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Following on from their exclusive North American appearance at this year’s first ever Blackest of the Black festival (Glenn Danzig’s festival) I caught up with Abaddon in California to chat about the latest tour announcement with Goatwhore, new signing to Nuclear Blast records and the much anticipated release of what will be Venom Inc’s first studio album…
So let’s take it back to the beginning, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is where it all began. The gathering of Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn and Conrad “Cronos” Lant. What would follow, would be one of the most iconic and significant albums to mastermind the movement known as black metal….yes I am talking about none other than Venom.
At the height of their career both Abaddon and Mantas were part of the albums Welcome to Hell (1981), Black Metal (1982), At War with Satan (1984) and Possessed (1985). This would mark the most successful period for the lads and put them at the forefront of influencing such heavy metal luminaries as Metallica, Testament, Megadeth and many more.
Following numerous changes within Venom, in 1989 Demolition Man (aka Tony Dolan) was fronting the band when they produced the album “Prime Evil”. However, by 1993 Demolition Man and Mantas had left for pastures new. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with Tony backstage at Bloodstock festival that I heard about his then new band Primevil (later to become M-pire of Evil). In 2015 at the Keep it true XVIII festival in Germany the drummer Abaddon returned and the current reunited Venom Inc. lineup were first sighted together.
Since that date in 2015, Venom Inc. have been inundated with show requests and have been flown all over the world to play numerous festival dates. With all the noise surrounding them, it was only a matter of time before heavy metal label giants Nuclear Blast soon heard about the rebirth and wanted a piece of the action.
With a scheduled album release still yet to be announced, the first single is set to hit the airwaves this July. It’s with a United Kingdom exclusive that I am able to bring you this interview with Abaddon.
To hear the interview, tune in to Totalrock.com this Wednesday 8pm UK – 12pm PST
Currently sweeping the US nation supporting German thrash legends Destruction I catch up with founding member and frontman John Kevill of Warbringer.
Just back from Europe extensively touring their latest release ‘Woe to the Vanquished’, I find out more about the latest release and news on new additions to the band.
I first came across the band last year when out on the road with Enforcer, they were trying out a new line-up consisting of guitar player Conan from Exmortus and bassist Jessie Sanchez. Following on from that tour, Warbringer hit the studio to record what would be the band’s 5th studio album entitled ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ (released March 31st via Napalm Records). The album shows a stronger side to the band and also highlights the talents of new members guitarist Chase Becker and Sanchez.
What the label say;
Warbringer has continued to evolve throughout its 4 albums into the most lethal band in thrash, and delivers a monumental 5th record in Woe to the Vanquished. Taking the more progressive and ambitious leanings of Empires Collapse and tempering them with pure, unrelenting violence. The result is a unique hybrid strain of thrash and extreme metal that ranges from all-out speed assaults such as “Woe to the Vanquished” and “Shellfire” to the biggest song the band has ever done, the 11-minute “When the Guns Fell Silent.” Warbringer makes a triumphant step forward on this record, it’s an absolute must for anyone into metal today.
Joining me from “the other side of the river” (New York) this week I chat via phone with Alan Robert bassist and founding member of Life of Agony. With a 12 year gap since their last release, the much anticipated album ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ was released last month. Tune in as Alan and I chat about the start, the middle, the hiatus, then middle again and the future for Life of Agony.
Let’s take it back to the beginning shall we… The Summer of 1989 with Hardcore and thrash music dominating the New York scene, Life of Agony decided to mix all those elements along with a nice helping of groove metal to form their own band. Sitting out there on their own they, the band, just averaging 21 years old, put together the album ‘River runs red’ in 1993, which conquered that year’s music charts, that’s for sure and projected the guys into the rock n roll lifestyle. The album sent shock waves throughout the metal music scene and became one of Roadrunner’s best selling albums of all time.
By 1995 the release of ‘Ugly’ followed by the 1997 ‘Soul Searching Sun’ were released, but cracks began to form within Life of agony. After a lengthy hiatus the band bounced back in 2005 with the album ‘Broken Valley’, but issues with the record label and personal pressures, soon saw the band again break away from the business.
Now back with a brand new studio album and a completely new lease of life, the band have put together a monumental new release ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ . Now signed to new label Napalm Records, the album hits the shelves April 28th.
What the label say; The drive and intensity these ten blistering new tracks possess, surpass all expectations that built up in the past 12 years – a cathartic Sturm & Drang experience for the listener that matches the ferocity of River Runs Red with gut wrenching rock melodies. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves mark the return of LOA’s signature sound and turn A Place Where There’s No More Pain into a passionate, soul-searching affair.
The birthplace of classic rock giants the Scorpions to the thrash metal Teutonic trio Kreator, Sodom and Destruction; Germany remains one of the most heavy metal countries in Europe and the source of many a band. However, this week’s guests are somewhat removed from a purely heavy metal lineage and share more in common with psychedelic, spacerock and blues bands of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Amon Düül, Ash Ra Tempel and contemporary peers Colour Haze and Samsara Blues Experiment. I am joined this week by frontman Nick Van Delft of psychedelic blues rock outfit Zodiac.
Starting the band in 2011, Zodiac made waves in a short time with their eponymous debut EP and their first album release “A Bit Of Devil”. It wasn’t long before Napalm records soon snapped up the band and released album “With A Hiding Place” closely followed by the huge success of album “Sonic Child” which made it’s way up the German charts. With all that said, there is much anticipation for their upcoming fourth album: Grain of Soul (released 29th July).
1. Rebirth By Fire
3. Follow You
7. Ain’t Coming Back
8. Get Out
9. Like The Sun
11. Grain Of Soul
Bonus 10 Inch Single:
2. Dying Done
ZODIAC + RAVENEYE + HONEYMOON DISEASE – European Tour 2016
16.09.16 DE – Hamburg / Molotow
17.09.16 DE – Dresden / Beatpol
18.09.16 DE – Rostock / Mau Club
19.09.16 DE – Hannover / Lux
20.09.16 DE – Kassel / Schlachthof
21.09.16 DE – Jena / FHaus
22.09.16 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
23.09.16 DE – Köln / Underground
24.09.16 DE – Essen / Turock
25.09.16 DE – Nürnberg / Hirsch
26.09.16 DE – München / Backstage Club
27.09.16 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
28.09.16 AT – Wien / B72
30.09.16 DE – Stuttgart / Keller Klub
01.10. 16 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
02.10.16 FR – Nancy / Chez Paulette
03.10.16 FR – Paris / La Fleche D’Or
04.10.16 FR – Strasbourg / Laiterie
05.10.16 FR – Lille / La Peniche
06.10.16 NL – Leiden / Gebr. De Nobel
07.10.16 NL – Eindhoven / Tuchthuis
08.10. 16 DE – Osnabrück / Bastard Club
Crash landing in North Carolina, the boys from the Morning Star were birthed on the Earth on the eve of Easter 2001. Soon after hitting the stage the band vowed to their first audiences that they would take over every major city on Mother Earth. They stayed true to their word! Known to earthlings as Valient Thorr, the band have created untold havoc on the eardrums and underwear of this planet’s inhabitants for the last 15 years. Behold their magnificence and tremble foolish humanoids!
In the words of Jim Morrison… “The West is the best!”. As the birthplace of the hippie movement, San Francisco was at the epicentre of the cultural revolution. With the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, it isn’t hard to see that this influence has transcended through the generations. The fashions and sounds of that era resonate powerfully within this week’s guests Orchid.
Forming in 2007, the San Francisco based band Orchid have found themselves at the forefront of a 60’s/70’s rock revival. The band’s first release in 2009 “Through the Devil’s Doorway” E.P. not only saw them cut their teeth in the industry but also rapidly built them a following. By 2011 the first album “Capricorn” was released which finally brought them to European shores.
It wasn’t long before record labels took an interest in the band. Nuclear Blast released the second album “The Mouths of Madness” and most recently last years EP. “Sign Of The Witch”.
With another new album in the works, I catch up with the guys at a one-off hometown show to chat about progress in the studio, the recent addition to the band and the next chapter for Orchid.
02. John the Tiger
03. Sign of the Witch
04. Strange Winds
From a self produced video to being signed to Napalm records. The short life of Nervosa has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. Conceived whilst in previous bands, the members gave up everything to form Nervosa. Born on the South American road, Nervosa were soon picked up by Destruction frontman Schmier who took the band under his wing and showcased their music video via social media. Within a short time the video had gathered tens of thousands of views on youtube, earning them a great deal of noise throughout the world.
Their blinding debut album release “Victim of Yourself” sent shockwaves throughout the metal industry gaining the Brazilian trio the credibility they so richly deserve. Nervosa are now back with a second album “Agony“.
What the label says:
Brazil`s meanest power trio has returned: Nervosa indulge in relentlessly raw all-female thrash metal on their second studio album Agony that almost effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious 80s with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than debut Victim of yourself (2014), it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape! Nods to Kreator, Slayer etc really are just the tip of the iceberg here, and the Brazilian squad continues to drag its fans down into a malicious maelstrom full of old school darkness…
Currently on tour in Europe I catch up with Bassist/ vocalist Fernanda Lira via telephone to chat about her musical journey and life in Nervosa and what’s next for the thrasher trio.
Live on Totalrock.com, July 6th, 8pm GMT~ 12pm PST ~ 9pm CET
02 Theory Of Conspiracy
04 Intolerance Means War
05 Guerra Santa
06 Failed System
08 Surrounded By Serpents
12 Wayfarer (Bonus Track)