Dream Theater Singer James LaBrie Guests On Last Union Single “President Evil”; Video Posted Online

Italian progressive metal band, Last Union, featuring Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass, Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Masterplan) on drums, and as guest James LaBrie (Dream Theater) on vocals, have released a new music video and single for “President Evil”. The track is taken from their debut album, “Twelve,” out on December 21st via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. Watch the clip below.

The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, best known for his work with Arch Enemy, Symphony X, Devin Townsend, Angra, and Opeth, to name a few. The album artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Rage, Threshold).

The quiet city of Tolentino in the Marche region of Central Italy not only boasts a rich historical background, it is also the place progressive metal band Last Union calls home. Founded by vocalist Elisa Scarpeccio, guitarist Cristiano Tiberi and keyboardist Claudio Feliziani in 2007, the band – originally known as Blazing Ice – embarked on their journey in the pursuit of sharing their thoughts and feelings about life, and ultimately their art, with the world. With the assistance of professional session bassists and drummers, the trio established themselves on the Italian scene with a string of shows that helped them evolve and refine their craft. Over the course of 20 shows, Last Union presented songs that would eventually make the final cut for their debut album.

Strong and positive reactions to their music spurred Scarpeccio and Tiberi on to take the first of many bold steps. The first was to invite drummer Uli Kusch to join the fold, who expressed interest in joining the band as a full member rather than just a touring drummer after hearing the music. A similar scenario played out with Symphony X bassist Mike LePond and Last Union was officially born. The icing on the cake, however, was getting Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie to sing on three tracks.

Tracklisting:

1. Most Beautiful Day
2. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie)
3. Hardest Way
4. Purple Angels
5. The Best Of Magic
6. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie) – Radio Edit
7. 18 Euphoria
8. A Place In Heaven (Feat. James LaBrie)
9. Ghostwriter
10. Limousine
11. Back In The Shadow
12. Taken (Feat. James LaBrie)
13. President Evil (Feat. James LaBrie) – Video Version

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Spirits Of Fire Featuring Ripper Owens To Release Debut Album In February, Posts New Video Online

Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex-Fates Warning, Warlord) was born and put together under the direction of renowned LA-based producer Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies).

Called Spirits Of Fire (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22nd via Frontiers Music Srl. The music can best be described as “classic Priest meets Savatage”. Today, Spirits Of Fire release their first video and single, “Light Speed Marching”. Find the video below.

The album will be available on CD, Red Color Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, Collector’s Box (CD + T-Shirt, Size L), and Digital formats. Pre-order “Spirits Of Fire” on CD/LP/Digital and stream the singles here.

North American fans can get limited edition, exclusive red color vinyl & collector’s box (feat. CD + T-Shirt – Size L only) here. These are very limited and this is the only retailer in North America carrying these items. European fan can get the same items here.

Guitarist Chris Caffery on his influences for the record and working with Roy Z: “My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was Spirits Of Fire! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss’ music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I’m a fan of all of our bands!

“This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He’s written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can’t think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!”

“I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It’s like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can’t wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect,” says vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Drummer Mark Zonder adds about his playing and writing process, “I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With Spirits Of Fire, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener.”

Tracklisting:

1. Light Speed Marching
2. Temple Of The Soul
3. All Comes Together
4. Spirits Of Fire
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Game
7. Dispensable
8. Meet Your End
9. Never To Return
10. The Path
11. Alone In The Darkness

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Whitechapel reveals details for new album, ‘The Valley’

– November 1st, 2018 –

New single, “Brimstone”, now online; “Ten Years of Exile” USA tour with Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail kicks off today!

On March 29th, Whitechapel will release their 7th full-length, The Valley, via Metal Blade Records. Produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder) and featuring artwork by Branca Studio, The Valley is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it. “Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade, who alongside his bandmates, stands 100% behind everything their vocalist has to say. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”

For a preview of The Valley, the first single, “Brimstone”, can be heard now at: metalblade.com/whitechapel – where the album can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–digipak-CD
–box set (digipak CD, shoulder bag, 10 art prints, poster)
–clear w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 600 copies)
–transparent red w/ black smoke vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–opaque red inside black haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–opaque cream w/ black splatter vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–black inside transparent orange haze vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–180g clear vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–white / orange / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–orange / purple marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
–blood splattered vinyl (Impericon exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Anyone throwing The Valley on for the first time will immediately recognize it as the work of Whitechapel, yet as has been the case with each release, there is also evolution in play. “Sound-wise, it’s all over the place,” Bozeman states plainly. “There’s aggression, and then you’re hit with ominous and emotional guitar riffs. It’s mean, but then transfers to soft and inviting. It’s a whirlwind of emotions throughout.”

Stay tuned for more news about The Valley coming soon!

The Valley track-listing
1. When a Demon Defiles a Witch
2. Forgiveness Is Weakness
3. Brimstone
4. Hickory Creek
5. Black Bear
6. We Are One
7. The Other Side
8. Third Depth
9. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods

Starting today, Whitechapel will be on the road for their “Ten Years of Exile” USA tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of This Is Exile. Featuring Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To Prevail as support, this trek will also see Whitechapel perform This Is Exile in its entirety, plus a selection of other songs – and will be the last run of shows before the band tours in support of The Valley. See below for all dates!

Whitechapel tour dates
w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail

Nov. 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
Nov. 2 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
Nov. 3 – Easton, PA – One Centre Square
Nov. 4 – Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
Nov. 5 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Nov. 7 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Nov. 8 – Huntington, WV – V Club
Nov. 9 – Dayton, OH – Oddbodys
Nov. 10 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
Nov. 12 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
Nov. 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
Nov. 16 – Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
Nov. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
Nov. 18 – Ft Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Nov. 20 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Nov. 21 – Lincoln, NE – Royal Grove
Nov. 23 – Wichita, KS – Wave
Nov. 24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
Nov. 25 – Ft Collins, CO – Aggie Theater
Nov. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Nov. 28 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Nov. 29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Nov. 30 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Dec. 1 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
Dec. 2 – Bend, OR – Domino Room
Dec. 4 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Dec. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Dec. 6 – Bakersfield, CA – Bryder’s
Dec. 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater
Dec. 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec. 9 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Dec. 12 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
Dec. 13 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Dec. 14 – Memphis, TN – Growler’s
Dec. 15 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Dec. 16 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine

Whitechapel online:
https://www.whitechapelband.com
https://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel
https://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal
https://twitter.com/whitechapelband
https://www.instagram.com/whitechapelband
https://www.youtube.com/WhitechapelTV

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Soulfly Posts Title Track From New Album, “Ritual” Online

Phoenix, Arizona based metal veterans Soulfly has posted a 360° video online for the title track of their forthcoming new album, “Ritual.” You can check it out below. The album will be released on October 19 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera: “This song took a long time and almost didn’t make the record. We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio. We ended up having to fly Josh Wilbur (producer) out to my house to finish the vocals. He kept on telling me he wanted more of that ‘tribal shit’ like some of the stuff on our first record and ‘Primitive’. We ended up creating the chorus on the spot and layering something like 12 or 16 tracks of chanting for it. After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other. Josh just turned to me and said that was what he wanted to hear as a fan, and he was really happy to get that out of me. We both knew it was a new Soulfly classic for the ages and had to be the album opener. I’m really proud of this song and I think old-school fans of my work are going to love it.”

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Soulfly Posts Title Track From New Album, “Ritual” Online

Phoenix, Arizona based metal veterans Soulfly has posted a 360° video online for the title track of their forthcoming new album, “Ritual.” You can check it out below. The album will be released on October 19 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera: “This song took a long time and almost didn’t make the record. We recorded it as an instrumental and ran out of time in the studio. We ended up having to fly Josh Wilbur (producer) out to my house to finish the vocals. He kept on telling me he wanted more of that ‘tribal shit’ like some of the stuff on our first record and ‘Primitive’. We ended up creating the chorus on the spot and layering something like 12 or 16 tracks of chanting for it. After we heard it and were listening back, we got really excited and were high-fiving each other. Josh just turned to me and said that was what he wanted to hear as a fan, and he was really happy to get that out of me. We both knew it was a new Soulfly classic for the ages and had to be the album opener. I’m really proud of this song and I think old-school fans of my work are going to love it.”

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Roadburn Festival announces first 2019 headliners and curator

Roadburn Festival has announced it’s first major headliner for 2019: stoner metal legends Sleep will perform two sets: the first highlighting their soon-to-be 27 year old album “Holy Mountain”, and the second highlighting their latest release, “The Sciences”.

The festival, which is to be held in Tilburg, The Netherlands on April 11-14, has also announced that Tomas Lindberg will be guest curator for 2019, presenting bands under the banner “The Burning Darkness”. Lindberg is known for his work with At The Gates and Disfear.

An announcement video can be viewed below:

The line up so far includes:

Birds In Row
Curator: Tomas Lindberg
Gore
Have A Nice Life
Heilung
Louise Lemón
Midnight
Seven That Spells
Sleep
Vile Creature

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A Dying Planet Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming Debut Album “Facing The Incurable”

A Dying Planet – the new outfit spawned by twin brothers Jasun and Troy Tipton, known for their work in Zero Hour, Cynthesis, Abnormal Thought Patterns, and more – will release their Facing The Incurable debut album this week, and the entire album is streaming early below:

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Former Malevolent Creation Singer Bret Hoffman Passes Away

Former Malevolent Creation frontman Bret Hoffman has passed away at the age of 51, following a bout with colon cancer, a message from his wife has confirmed. Her post on Facebook reads:

“Today is the saddest day of my life I just lost my soul mate the love of my my best friend has passed away I will always love u Bret Malev Hoffmann RIP my love ????.”

Hoffman performed in the first three Malevolent Creation albums and was also known for his work with Fire For Effect and Down The Drain.

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Municipal Waste Chanel The 80s Horror w/ New Video “Slime And Punishment”

Municipal Waste premiere a new music video for the title track to their latest effort, “Slime And Punishment“. Check it out below.

Says guitarist Ryan Waste of the clip:

“Teaming up with Norman Cabrera for this video was a match made in horror. His 35 years experience with practical FX in film shined through as you‘ll see in this latest Waste clip. Not only a fan of monsters, he’s a metal lifer like us, so we saw eye to eye on the aesthetic of everything involved.

Initially, Norman approached me to make a mask for Municipal Waste, which has been his specialty for many years. I said why don’t you do us one better and make a damn video?! He leaped on the opportunity and even stepped up as the director, as well as the effects designer, making multiple masks and creating the horrific world of ‘Slime And Punishment‘.

We all grew up on VHS and that played a major inspiring role in the video as well. It was like making a movie, all the work that went into this and there are countless people to thank. I have to give shout-outs to Slasher Dave for composing the intro score and Joel Grind for taking us out with the synth outro, bookending this nightmare perfectly.”

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Former Vital Remains Vocalist Jake Raymond Has Passed Away

Ex-Vital Remains live vocalist Jake Raymond has died. As also mentioned by the group’s guitarist Tony Lazaro below, both former vocalists Scott Wily and Chris Ross both passed last year:

“I found out late yesterday some very sad news that a old friend and Vital Remains singer passed away. His name was Jake Raymond, and he was a good friend! Some of you might remember Jake was VR’s vocalist back in 2001 before we recorded Dechristianize album. He really loved the band and always held us in high regard.

Even though i hadn’t spoken or seen Jake in a few years i always hope things were going good for him. I remember the last time i saw him he came out to one of our local shows in Providence and we had fun catching up and talking about the good old days! We laughed alot that night and i remember he started helping me sell merch and asked if i needed any help?

You were always trying to help bro and i wish i could have helped you bro. Thank you for that and everything else you did for me!! I will always remember the good times we had brother! This is really so sad. I’m sick of losing so many friends this year. This makes three Vital Remains singers that passed in the last year.

Three brothers i will not forget! Thank you Jake for your friendship and all your help when i needed it! Thank you for all your work with the band!! I wish i could have been there for you more brother,but we kind of took different paths. I hope you are at peace now. Rest easy brother and until we meet again. My Deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Jake“

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