Metal-Rules.com Releases In-Depth GENE HOGLAN Interview

Earlier this week, Metal-Rules.com posted a career-encompassing interview with GENE HOGLAN, discussing his legendary history as a musician and his relationships with the primary bands he has performed and recorded with. Covering DeathStrapping Young Lad,Testament and more, this is a must read for any fans of GENE HOGLAN and his current and past projects. Read the whole interview here:http://www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/07/30/gene-hoglan/

While cruising the web, check out this recent vlog that Gene recorded during Testament’s current tour in Korea here:http://youtu.be/EKKblgizUl4. You can check out more exclusive vlogs recorded by Gene at his Official YouTube page:http://www.youtube.com/user/GeneHoglanOfficial.

 

Last week, GENE HOGLAN announced the “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”, an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30 year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers. GENE HOGLAN came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

The first appearance that can be announced will take place as part of the Noctis 666 Metal Festival and Conference. This specific “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” appearance is being held on Saturday, September 20th at 3:00PM at Vern’s Tavern in Calgary, AB (622 8 Ave SW). Admission to the clinic is included in the conference ticket. Further details at www.noctisvalkyries.com.

More information will be announced soon in regards to “THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE”.

For more information on GENE HOGLAN, visit http://www.hoglanindustries.com/.

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact Adrenaline PR and Maria Ferrero at 732-462-4262 or maria@adrenalinepr.com.

Slipknot’s Joey Jordison Announces New Project Scar The Martyr

By Phil Freeman: Roadrunner Records

 

 

Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has unveiled details of his new project, Scar The Martyr. Recorded at Sound Farm Studios in Des Moines, IA, Scar The Martyr‘s debut album was produced by Rhys Fulber, whose production and mixing credits includeFear FactoryRob ZombieMindless Self IndulgenceFront Line Assembly and more. The as-yet-untitled album is slated to arrive later this fall.

Joey Jordison in the studio

Recognized globally as one of the best drummers in rock, Jordison is both a primary songwriter and the drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Slipknot. The Scar The Martyr recording sessions saw him behind the drum kit, while also playing bass on all songs, and rhythm guitar on all but two. The album was written by Joey and lead vocalist Henry Derek, and joining them in the studio were keyboardist Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), as well as guitarists Jed Simon(Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) who collectively handled all lead guitars on the album.
Scar The Martyr sees Jordison treading in new sonic territory and expanding upon his already remarkable abilities as songwriter and performer. A searing rock record that draws elements from post-punk and industrial music to create an immersive and modern attack, the album creates a menacing and enveloping palette of surging synthesizers layered under heavy guitars and Jordison’s trademark precision drumming.
“With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song,” says Jordison. “I wasn’t worried about flash or persona…It’s all about writing a good solid song. I’m writing music that people can grasp and hold on to…something that resonates. If you don’t have that, then you have nothing.”

 

Interview with Bob Meadows of A Life Once Lost (In Pittsburgh at Garfield Art Works 12/14)

A LIFE ONCE LOST roars into Pittsburgh at the Garfield Art Works next Friday, December 14 with Revocation and Ken Mode. Bob Meadows, lead vocals, took some time to speak to Pittsburgh Music Magazine about the frustrations of the music business, playing Pittsburgh, taking and giving vocal lessons, their new release “Ecstatic Trance”, and the inspiration for the lyrics behind “Madness is God”, check it out by listening here…

A LIFE ONCE LOST has existed on the forward edge of modern metal, where progression and innovation collide with tradition, since its inception. From day one, the path the ALOL have blazed has not only been defiant but also their own.
A LIFE ONCE LOST was formed in ’99 in the Philadelphia suburbs by Doug Sabolick (guitars) and Bob Meadows (vocals). The nascent band immediately forged a noisy, high-impact wall of sound combining dissonant, modern aggression with the hallmarks of traditional metal. Almost as soon as ALOL had songs, the band started cutting their teeth in the Philly-area DIY circuit playing alongside their peers in Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lamb of God, God Forbid, and more.
Early releases followed on Deathwish, Inc. and Robotic Empire, and ramped up to 03’s punishing ‘A Great Artist’, their first proper full-length. ‘A Great Artist’ saw them take hold of their dark, rhythmic sound and took A LIFE ONCE LOST from a Northeast favorite to a true national band. It was the catalyst that enabled them to get signed to Ferret Records and to then embark on their first national tour(s) alongside Between the Buried & Me among others.
Then ALOL released its’ sophomore album, the more refined ‘Hunter’, in ‘05 and moved to the forefront of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. The band conquered America for the next 2 years touring as part of Ozzfest 2006, as well as direct support tours alongside Lamb of God, Clutch, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I Die, High on Fire and more.
Their 3rd album ‘Iron Gag’, released in ’07, saw significant critical acclaim. That album had ALOL introducing traditional rock grooves and a more confident swagger into their already-explosive sound. The ensuing ‘Iron Gag’ tour saw the band crisscross North America and Europe, from Alaska to Mexico and London to Moscow respectively, once again alongside High on Fire; The Dillinger Escape Plan + new tour mates, Suicide Silence, and Job for a Cowboy.

At the end of the ‘Iron Gag’ World Tour in ‘09, they begin practicing again only to find fractures in the band. After a year plus of writing, Sabolick and Meadows were faced with their most difficult decisions yet. In order to realize their vision for the next evolution of A LIFE ONCE LOST, they needed to scrap almost all of the new material; cut ties with the other members, and start again on their own.

ALOL’s process was arduous, and required Bob Meadows and Doug Sabolick to rebuild everything from the ground back up. The writing process was intense while the two tried to meld a diverse range of influences – Killing Joke to Can, King Crimson to Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti and more – while respecting and remaining true to the sonic art that they had always traveled.

Three years in the making, A LIFE ONCE LOST’s new album ‘Ecstatic Trance’ (Season of Mist), is the product of that unwavering determination and raises their patented rhythmic attack to hypnotic new levels of precision and expression. Huge, jagged riffs and churning, syncopated rhythms are the blueprint for the emotive guitar-playing and explosive vocals of Sabolick and Meadows respectively. Dark washes of melody and ominous Hammond Organ tones color epic tracks such as “Madness Is God, “Something Awful”, and “The Blues”, giving their material a bold, raw sense of expression unlike any they’ve shown before. ‘Ecstatic Trance’ is one of 2012’s best metal albums, and proves that the path of A LIFE ONCE LOST is always moving forward.

DETHKLOK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DANGEROUS TOYS Members Comment on the Late MELDRUM Guitarist Michelle Meldrum

MELDRUM are pleased to announce that their long awaited third album ”LIFER” is officially out now via REVERSED RECORDS. ”LIFER” was released as a proud tribute to the late MELDRUM founding guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM. MICHELLE tirelessly spent her career touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of MOTORHEAD, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SEPULTURA, DANZIG and NASHVILLE PUSSY to name a few. During that time MICHELLE left a everlasting impact on the guitar world. To mark the release some of MICHELE’s closest friends GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok) JOHN DESERVIO (BLS, Cycle of Pain), JAMES LOMENZO (BLS, Megadeth, White Lion) and JASON MCMASTER (Dangerous Toys, Watch Tower, Broken Teeth) have commented on their fallen friend. ”LIFER” is available now on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lifer/id579206627),CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/meldrum14) and at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore.

DETHKLOK’s Gene Hoglan states, “It was and still is an honor to know Michelle and it is indeed with great pride that we release “LIFER”. I know she’s watching over us and smiling along with us at this wonderful day. I know I’m a better person for knowing Michelle, and I know she feels all of our love for her, as we feel hers for us. Through tragedy may we find joy, and through “LIFER” and all her other works, may Michelle find immortality. She’ll always be immortal to us. Remember, this is meant to be cranked up.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s James LoMenzo adds, “Michelle had the amazing ability to conjure almost any guitar style, from her earlier “Steve Vai” styled dexterity to the out and out muscular style that she later carried through with her own band Meldrum. A fine guitarist in the 80’s/90’s virtuoso tradition and one of the finest people you could ever come to know.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s John Deservio states, “First off I want to say how much I miss Michelle. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I am blessed to have known her. I miss you and love you Mich, R.I.P. baby.”

DANGEROUS TOYS/WATCHTOWER/BROKEN TEETH’s Jason McMaster adds, “Proud to call her a friend. Michelle Meldrum was and will always be one of my favorite and most inspiring guitarists and real people I’ve ever known. The world misses her.”

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM recently announce November 20, 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album ”LIFER”. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s, Saint Cecilia) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become ”LIFER”.

”LIFER” will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from ”LIFER”, ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE”, BLACKENED BLUE and ”PAID” are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

Gene Hoglan comments on ”LIFER”, “Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM’s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed.”


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IMMINENT SONIC DESTRUCTION New Video Teaser

Earlier this year IMMINENT SONIC DESTRUCTION released their debut Recurring Themes. The album was produced by Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson), and features nine original tracks that showcase the band’s vocal harmonies soaring over original progressive-metal riffing, melodic compositions and the rhythms of ex-Tiles drummer, Pat DeLeon. Recurring Themes was financed entirely by the band andis available for purchase via the band’s website, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Lasers Edge, Dearborn Music and is now available through Nightmare Records.

ISD recently completed work on a video for the song “Monster”. The video will be receiving its exclusive premiere in the coming weeks via Noisecreep:

IMMINENT SONIC DESTRUCTION is the brainchild of Detroit-based guitarist, vocalist and metal innovator Tony Piccoli. Influenced by the raw power of bands such as Strapping Young Lad, Meshuggah and Pantera , as well as the disciplined complexities of progressive groups like Dream Theater and Genesis, Piccoli set out to change the face of metal. His blend of crushing guitars, ethereal overtones, a combination of vocal styles and wonderful melody are wrapped in subtly complex time signatures, skull-crushing guitar riffs, and melodic hooks so memorable that you will need surgery to get these songs out of your head.

MELDRUM Announces Release Date for Long Awaited Album ‘Lifer’

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM is pleased to announce Tuesday November 20th 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album ”LIFER”. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become ”LIFER”.

Place your pre sale orders for MELDRUM’s new release ”LIFER” now at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore. The album will come as a digipak that includes a 8 page insert and cd. Fan’s who place their order between now and the November 20th release date will receive a free download of MELDRUM’s latest single ”PAID”. Partial proceeds from the album will go to MICHELLE’S son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

Listen to ”Paid” now

”LIFER” will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from ”LIFER”, ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE”, BLACKENED BLUE and ”PAID” are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

Gene Hoglan comments on ”LIFER”:

“Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM’s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a razor-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for… what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed”. -Gene Hoglan

Label Releases Retrospective Playlist Containing Over 750 Songs

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has teamed up with RDIO to make their entire music catalogue available to listeners. The CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS label page can be seen here: http://www.rdio.com/label/Century_Media/

To celebrate, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS is currently spotlighted on RDIO and has launched a retrospective playlist of over 750 hand-picked songs that have been released since the label’s inception in 1988. Tracks include the early years, landmark albums first licensed in the US and new favorites. The playlist also includes tracks that were released through Century Black and Olympic. Listen here:
http://www.rdio.com/people/CenturyMedia/playlists/1326019/Century_Media_Retrospective/

In addition, CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS has collectively selected their top 10 albums, which can be seen below:

Eyehategod – Take As Needed for Pain
Suicide Silence – The Cleansing
Shadows Fall – The War Within
Lacuna Coil – Comalies
Strapping Young Lad – Heavy As A Really Heavy Thing
Stuck Mojo – Pigwalk
Tiamat – Wildhoney
Arch Enemy – Doomsday Machine
In This Moment – Blood
Moonspell – Irreligious

New MELDRUM Single ”Paid” Available on iTunes Now

MELDRUM’S latest single, ”PAID” is available now on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paid-single/id564528537). ”PAID” is the third single to be released from MELDRUM’s long awaited third album ”LIFER” due out this fall via REVERSED RECORDS. ”PAID” is a tongue in cheek poke at the music industry and the one hit wonders that think they have it made. MELDRUM vocalist Michele Madden has this to say about the single ”A warning to the wanna be’s not to mix their ambition with their blinding lack of ability…just sayin”.

MELDRUM’s first two singles ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE” and ”BLACKENED BLUE” are out now on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-toast-to-romance-single/id549289572). The album was produced by producer/engineer ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Dethklok, Death, Dark Angel). Check out MELDRUM online at http://www.facebook.com/MeldrumOfficial

”PAID” is streaming now at: http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/03-paid MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. MICHELLE wrote the material for the album with drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), along with new members bassist/guitarist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s).

MICHELLE’S untimely demise before any of her guitar tracks for “Lifer” were able to be laid down led the three remaining members to come together in tribute to her, to honour Michelle’s vision of the album, with Laura Christine playing the majority of the rhythm and bass guitars, as well as all the leads. Partial proceeds from the album will go to MICHELLE’S son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.

MELDRUM has toured worldwide with Lemmy Kilmister’s Motorhead, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Sepultura, Danzig, Nashville Pussy, as well as sharing the stage with many more. Touting a combination of mammoth vocal styles along with aggressively melodic vocals, mind bending guitar riffs and a rhythm section that creates fiercely bombastic grooves, this is what gives MELDRUM their unique, cutting edge sound.

Follow MELDRUM online:

http://www.facebook.com/MeldrumOfficial
https://twitter.com/Meldrumofficial
http://www.myspace.com/meldrumofficial
http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/meldrum
http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMeldrum

West of Hell’s Spiral Empire a Thrashers Heaven

West of Hell is a heavy metal band that formed in West Auckland, New Zealand but has since made their home in Vancouver, BC. According to their press package, “Their objective was to create a sound that would preserve their legendary influences, whilst having modern elements”. From the very first listen to the opening track of Spiral Empire, “Father of Lies”, those influences can be heard loud and clear. Frontman, Chris “The Heathen” Valagao, has a Bruce “Dickinsonian” vocal range that blends quite nicely with the guitar god-like assault and brutally pounding rhythms.

All of the songs are powerful with no let up in pace. The outstanding guitar pyrotechnics by Jordy Knute and Sean Parkinson have much in common with the likes of DragonForce, Iron Maiden, Veils of Maya, and even Metallica. The guitars do not overshadow the double bass drum thrashing by Andrew Hulme though. The bass (Jordan Kemp) and drum centered opening for “To War” is a great example of how well all the elements within the band fuse together. Lyrically, West of Hell” seems to lean to the epic side with great narratives in the tradition of Maiden or Testament. Spiral Empire focuses on musicality with a tinge of old school metal blended with what documentarian Sam Dunne would more than likely classify as thrash. The results are a formidable release that should gain fans rather quickly.

West of Hell was fiercely determined to produce an album of high quality hiring producer and Juno Award winning engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, Gene Hoglan, Fear Factory, Cocaine Moustache) with whom Valagao had worked with on previous projects. The payoff for their efforts is huge. The production is a beautiful blend of instrumentation that helps keep the music focused and not muddy. If you are a fan of thrash metal with lyrics you can understand and a voice that hearkens back to the heydays, Spiral Empire needs to be on your download list.

Highlights: “Soul Taker”, “Demon Sent”, “To War”, “Father of Lies”

http://www.myspace.com/westofhell