Soen Video Interview Series Posted Online

Soen – the heavy progressive rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree) – will release upcoming full-length opus “Lykaia” on February 3rd, 2017 via UDR Music.

Last week MetalSucks posted the first segment of a three-week Soen video interview series, in which Martin Lopez discussed the formation of Soen after striking out on his own, and detailed the band’s new track “Opal” atop a sample of the unreleased track.

This week’s segment features Joel Ekelöf discussing his take on Lykaia’s lyrical content, as well as the band’s approach to organic recordings and his feelings about digital recordings and backing tracks in modern music.

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Tiles Posts New “Pretending 2 Run” Video Interview Segment

The Detroit prog rock titans from Tiles have issued the fifth and final segment in their ongoing video interview series documenting the creation of “Pretending 2 Run,” the band’s double-disc album released earlier this year through Laser’s Edge.

The members of Tiles sat down individually and chatted about all things “Pretending 2 Run.” Divided into five parts and totaling nearly thirty minutes, the band takes the viewer behind-the-scenes with insights on the album’s tentative beginnings, the concept and story line, artwork and variations, the many special guests involved with the record, and the multi-national recording process.

Tiles also booked an annual Motor City ProgShow, which takes place next weekend:

11/19/2016 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI w/ Imminent Sonic Destruction, Reign

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Saint Diablo Discusses New Album “Devil Horns And Halos”

Saint Diablo is currently offering a free download of “Dark Horse,” taken from the forthcoming second studio album “Devil Horns and Halos,” which will be released worldwide via Eclipse Records on November 13, 2015.

The album was produced by Tim “Rumblefish” Gilles (Anthrax, ill Nino, The Misfits), and the free song may be downloaded at this location (email registration required).

Saint Diablo also just posted a video interview with members of the band discussing “Devil Horns and Halos,” available below. Guitarist Justin Adams states: “We were on cloud nine, working with a well-known producer in a world-class recording studio. Tim’s approach to capturing our sound was so inspirational, and then life threw us some pretty significant detours… I got divorced, and shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with cancer.”

Vocalist Tito Quinones elaborates, “He was faced with some difficult decisions, and the lyrics for ‘Survive This’ were written about him. I was impressed with how he balanced the pain, faced his mortality, and was still able to write and perform some of the most powerful music that’s ever come out of him.”

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Queensryche Releasing New Album This Fall

Rock By Wild has posted a video interview online with Queensryche’s Michael Wilton shot last month in Italy, in which he reveals a new album is set to drop this fall. The full interview is available below, and Wilton comments:

“The next album from Queensryche is hopefully coming out the first week of October. We are doing a worldwide release. The record label, Century Media, is the one that will be putting it out and they have the demos right now and are very positive and happy about it. I know that a lot of people are really anticipating this, so stay tuned and you won’t be disappointed.”

For those interested in the goings-ons of former member Geoff Tate, he also has a new album coming called “The Key.” Check out a teaser for that right here.

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Eric Peterson Announces New Dragonlord Album “Dominion”

Testament’s Eric Peterson was interviewed by Robbs MetalWorks at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas on April 6th.

In this new video interview, available below, Peterson finally gives a long-overdue update on DragonLord, which hasn’t released an album since 2005. He comments: “I’m working on that right now, I’m actually mixing it right now. It’s gonna be out in ’16, it’s called ‘Dominion.’ It’s gonna be really killer, I’m excited about that!”

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The Faceless Video Interview With Justin McKinney Available Online

Gear Gods has unveiled the first-ever video interview with Justin McKinney, the newest guitarist for The Faceless.

In the interview, McKinney discusses how he met and got to know founder/frontman Michael Keene (including his innocent assumption that the two were just going to “hang out and play guitar”), his experience with touring Indonesia and playing in front of 30,000 fans with a band he’s loved since high school, and upcoming plans with both the Faceless and his other band, The Zenith Passage.

McKinney also sheds some light on the progress of the new albums by The Faceless and The Zenith Passage, both of which are currently being recorded. Check it out below.

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Insurrection Posts Behind The Scenes “Prototype” Footage

Gatineau, QC death metal band Insurrection recently unleashed a music video for “Prototype,” filmed by La Corp (check it out over here).

The band has also now posted a behind-the-scenes video interview with actor James Cobra, which can be viewed below. “Prototype” is the title track off the band’s new album, and the full track listing is:

1. Overprocessed (Intro)
2. Abattoir
3. The Chronophobes
4. Checkmate
5. Sueurs Froides
6. Hellfire
7. Trois Minutes de Carnage
8. Archetype
9. Prototype
10. They Rise
11. Bruits Sans Fin

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Video Interview Posted With Judas Priest’s Rob Halfrod

Metal Injection has released a video interview with Judas Priest front man Rob Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner.

The group discusses new album, “Redeemer of Souls” and its recording process, the band’s legendary outfitting, and what a modern day version of Heavy Metal Parking Lot would look like.

Halford also discusses sitting in on a Simpsons read-through and being a gay front man in a metal band. Halford revealed he has never been approached by a gay metalhead since coming out, but he welcomes it.

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Gwar Video Interview From Soundwave Festival Available

Gwar is currently in the land down under, destroying cities on the Soundwave Festival. Now SoundwavefestTV has released a video interview with Gwar front-thing Oderus Urungus, which can be seen below. You can also still catch the band live:

2/22/14: Soundwave Festival Brisbane
2/23/14: Soundwave Festival Sydney
2/28/14: Soundwave Festival Melbourne
3/1/14: Soundwave Festival Adelaide
3/3/14: Soundwave Festival Perth

Australian Headline Dates With Amon Amarth, Satyricon and The Black Dahlia Murder:
2/26: Sydney, Australia @ The Factory Theater
2/27: Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell

Japanese Invasion:
3/6: Osaka, Japan @ Big Cat
3/7: Tokyo, Japan @ Akasaka Blitz

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Samael Answers Fan Questions In New Video Series

Samael has posted a series of video clips online with band members Vorph, Mak, and Mas answering questions directly from fans. Check out the video interview series in the YouTube playlist below.

You can also read out our look at the history of Samael in our “Sunday Old School” column right here.

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