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Footage: MACHINE HEAD Rejoined By Guitarist LOGAN MADER For ‘The More Things Change…’ 25th-Anniversary Play-Through

MACHINE HEAD celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band’s second studio LP, “The More Things Change…”, with a special full-album play-through this past Friday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

Joining MACHINE HEAD‘s Robb Flynn and Jared MacEachern for the event was original “The More Things Change…” guitarist Logan Mader. You can watch the full performance below.

Released in 1997, “The More Things Change…” was MACHINE HEAD‘s last LP to feature Mader, and the first to feature drummer Dave McClain. The album reached No. 138 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1997, and as of 2002 had sold over 115,000 copies in the United States. In 2020, it was named one of the 20 best metal albums of 1997 by Metal Hammer magazine.

 

‘Impera’ Tops The Charts, GHOST’s New Album

Swedish rockers GHOST released their firth studio album “Impera”on March 11. One week later, “Impera” has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe, according to the band’s record label, Loma Vista Recordings:

Germany: #1 (highest-ever in Germany)
Sweden: #1
U.K.: #2 (highest-ever in the UK)
Netherlands: #2 (highest-ever in Netherlands)
Belgium: #2 (the band’s highest-ever position in Belgium)
Norway: #2
Australia: #3 (the band’s highest-ever position in Australia)
France: #5 (the band’s highest-ever position in France)
Ireland: #5 (highest-ever in Ireland)
Italy: #20 (highest-ever in Italy)

“Impera” was produced by Klas Åhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace.

GHOST‘s co-headlining tour with VOLBEAT kicked off on January 25 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada and concluded on March 3 in Anaheim, California.

In March 2020, at the final show of GHOST‘s “Prequelle” tour in Mexico City, Mexico, the band introduced Papa Emeritus IV, the new character who is fronting the act for its “Impera” album phase.

Tobias Forge performed as a “new” Papa Emeritus on each of the band’s first three LPs, with each version of Papa replacing the one that came before it. Papa Emeritus III was retired in favor of Cardinal Copia before the release of “Prequelle”.

“Impera” Cover art was designed by Zbigniew M. Bielak

Impera track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Imperium” Tobias Forge 1:40
2. “Kaisarion” Forge, Joakim Berg 5:02
3. “Spillways” Forge, Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare 3:16
4. “Call Me Little Sunshine” Forge, Max Grahn 4:44
5. “Hunter’s Moon” Forge, Grahn 3:16
6. “Watcher in the Sky” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 5:48
7. “Dominion” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 1:22
8. “Twenties” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 3:46
9. “Darkness at the Heart of My Love” Forge, Al Fakir, Pontare 4:58
10. “Griftwood” Forge, Peter Svensson, Klas Åhlund 5:16
11. “Bite of Passage” Forge 0:31
12. “Respite on the Spitalfields” Forge, Berg 6:42
Total length: 46:21

Mille Petrozza: Real War Is NOT Metal!

Recently, a huge argument has been going around and brought to you by today’s MINGNONS of the internet.

It is about the metal bands who are coming out against the WAR in Ukraine. These bands perform music that includes WAR oriented lyrics and themes, so how can they be ANI-WAR!

German legends KREATOR’s front man Mille Petrozza has spoken out against the Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, this is what he had to say in his latest Instagram post:

 

Stop the war in Ukraine! Stop all wars on earth! Now!!

In the year 2022 we should be on the edge of a spiritual transformation, but it seems like we are moving back into the Neanderthal.

War can never be justified! And to those that give me the „ ….but what about your lyrics? Flag of hate? You are not metal, etc.“. Understand one thing: where there is war, there is no concerts, festivals, music.

We were about to play a tour for our fans in both Ukraine and Russia next month. And now? Nothing but pain, death, fear and suffering on both sides. The people are the ones that have to pay for this insanity. Like so many times in the history of mankind. Again!
Kreator stands for peace, music and a worldwide unity of like minded individuals, regardless of cultural, religious or material background.
Call me a naive hippie or find a new favorite band.
Real war is NOT Metal! It’s hell on earth!
Have a nice day!

Check out Kreator’s new epic single: “Hate Über Alles.” Their new album Hate Über Alles comes out June 3rd on Nuclear Blast, and is available for preorder.

 

Kreator’s Hate Über Alles:

1. Hate über alles
2. Killer of Jesus
3. Crush the Tyrants
4. Strongest of the Strong
5. Become Immortal
6. Conquer and Destroy
7. Midnight Sun
8. Demonic Future
9. Pride Comes Before the Fall
10. Dying Planet
11. Sergio Corbucci Is Dead

Slipknot’s Tortilla Man’s Identity Revealed

The identity of Slipknot percussionist Tortilla Man has been kept behind the mask. Now, the band have officially confirmed his identity by announcing a Reddit AMA with him!

Tortilla Man is in fact Michael Pfaff, as was long suspected.

Pfaff answered the fans questions yesterday at the start of their 1st leg US Headlining tour, go check it out on Reddit by following this link.

 

And here are the tour details:

First Leg: Slipknot w/ In This Moment & Wage War

Wed Mar 16 Fargo, ND FARGODOME
Fri Mar 18 Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
Sat Mar 19 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Tue Mar 22 Memphis, TN FedExForum
Wed Mar 23 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Fri Mar 25 North Little Rock, AR Simmons Bank Arena
Sat Mar 26 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater
Tue Mar 29 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Wed Mar 30 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Fri Apr 01 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Sat Apr 02 Reading, PA Santander Arena
Mon Apr 04 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Wed Apr 06 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
Thu Apr 07 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
Sat Apr 09 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Mon Apr 11 Winnipeg, MB Canada Life Centre
Tue Apr 12 Regina, SK Brandt Centre
Thu Apr 14 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
Fri Apr 15 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
Sun Apr 17 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Second Leg: Slipknot w/ Cypress Hill and Ho99o9

Wed May 18 University Park, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Fri May 20 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Sat May 21 Providence, RI Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Sun May 22 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
Tue May 24 Albany, NY MVP Arena
Thu May 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sat May 28 Québec, QC Videotron Centre
Sun May 29 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre
Mon May 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Wed Jun 01 Cincinnati, OH Heritage Bank Center
Thu Jun 02 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sat Jun 04 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Sun Jun 05 Moline, IL TaxSlayer Center
Tue Jun 07 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
Thu Jun 09 Colorado Springs, CO The Broadmoor World Arena
Sat Jun 11 Nampa, ID Ford Idaho Center
Mon Jun 13 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena
Tue Jun 14 Ridgefield, WA RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Fri Jun 17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
Sat Jun 18 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Bruce Dickinson VS Sharon Osbourne

It’s no secret that Iron Maiden are not the biggest fans of Sharon Osbourne. When the NWOBHM legends performed at Ozzfest, the band clashed with Sharon. Now, frontman Bruce Dickinson has taken a moment during a recent spoken-word engagement to say that he doesn’t think Black Sabbath exists without founding drummer Bill Ward — and that he thinks Sharon is the one to blame.

As published by Blabbermouth, during his March 3rd spoken-word engagement at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, Dickinson was asked what he thought about Black Sabbath existing without Bill Ward. The singer didn’t mince words:

 

“I’m a massive lover of Bill Ward’s drumming style, I think it’s inspired. ‘Cause he’s not really a rock drummer; he’s more like a jazz drummer playing rock. And I love that kind of style, it’s kind of like drums that kind of wander around the rhythm and everything else. But he’s on it, he’s brilliant. And I met him. He’s a lovely bloke as well. Slightly mad, but very nice. But then aren’t we all? All of us are on the madness spectrum a little bit.”

“Does Black Sabbath exist without Bill Ward? Well, it’s not a matter of… I don’t think Black Sabbath exist at all now. I think Sharon’s made sure of that.”

Bruce has some truth and we all agree with him. The omission of Bill Ward from Black Sabbath’s final album and tour felt really weird and out of place, especially with how often the presence of Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler was touted as making this the “original” Black Sabbath. Then again, knowing Dickinson’s previous beef with Ozzy, Sharon, and their whole organisation, this feels a little like berating someone to a captive audience.

Go see Iron Maiden live:

5/22 – Zagreb, CROATIA – Arena Zagreb (Lord of the Lost) [tickets]
5/24 – Belgrade, SERBIA – Stark Arena (Lord of the Lost) [tickets]
5/26 – Bucharest, ROMANIA – Romexpo Open Air (Lord of the Lost) [tickets]
6/13 – Sofia, BULGARIA – Arena Armeec (Lord of the Lost) [tickets]
6/16 – Athens, GREECE – Olympic Stadium (Airbourne & Lord of the Lost) [tickets]
9/7 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Foro Sol (Special Guests to be announced) [tickets]
9/11 – El Paso, TX, USA – Don Haskins Center (Trivium) [tickets]
9/13 – Austin, TX, USA – Moody Center (Trivium) [tickets]
9/15 – Tulsa, OK, USA – BOK Center (Trivium) [tickets]
9/17 – Denver, CO, USA – Ball Arena (Trivium) [tickets]
9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT, USA – USANA Amphitheatre (Trivium) [tickets]
9/21 – Anaheim, CA, USA – Honda Center (Trivium) [tickets]
9/25 – Chula Vista, CA, USA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (Trivium) [tickets]
9/27 – Concord, CA, USA – Concord Pavilion (Trivium) [tickets]
9/29 – Seattle, WA, USA – Climate Pledge Arena (Trivium) [tickets]
9/30 – Spokane, WA, USA – Spokane Arena (Trivium) [tickets]
10/3 – Sioux Falls, SD, USA – Denny Sanford Premier Center (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/5 – Chicago, IL, USA – United Center (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/7 – Columbus, OH, USA – Nationwide Arena (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/9 – Detroit, MI, USA – Little Caesars Arena (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/11 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Scotiabank Centre (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/12 – Hamilton, ON, CANADA – FirstOntario Centre (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/15 – Ottawa, ON, CANADA – Canadian Tire Centre (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/17 – Worcester, MA, USA – DCU Center (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/19 – Belmont Park, NY, USA – UBS Arena (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/21 – Newark, NJ, USA – Prudential Center (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/23 – Washington, DC, USA – Capital One Arena (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/25 – Greensboro, NC, USA – Greensboro Coliseum (Within Temptation) [tickets]
10/27 – Tampa, FL, USA – Amalie Arena (Within Temptation) [tickets]

New Releases Calendar… What to expect in March and April 2022

 

March 18, 2022
Aeviterne – The Ailing Facade (Profound Lore)
Agathodaimon – The Seven (Napalm)
Chip Z’Nuff – Perfectly Imperfect (Frontiers)
Cypress Hill – Back In Black (MNRK)
Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse (Century Media)
Eric Wagner – In The Lonely Light Of Mourning (Cruz Del Sur)
Erra – Erra Deluxe Edition (UNFD)
FM – Thirteen (Frontiers)
Friends Of Hell – Friends Of Hell (Rise Above)
Gauntlet Rule – The Plague Court (From The Vaults)
Hellfrost And Fire – Fire, Frost And Hell (Transcending Obscurity)
Hell In The Club – Kamikaze – 10 Years In The Slums EP (Frontiers)
Hell Militia – Hollow Void (Season Of Mist)
Hot Water Music – Feel The Void (Equal Vision)
Landmvrks – Lost In The Waves (The Complete Edition) (Arising Empire)
The L.I.F.E. Project – Big F.O.U.R. EP (Blood Blast)
Moonlight Haze – Animus (Scarlet)
Shewolf – Shewolf (Frontiers)
Shining Black – Postcards From The End Of The World (Frontiers)
Slaegt – Goddess (Century Media)
Stabbing Westward – Chasing Ghosts (COP International)
Trench – Encased In Chrome EP (New Damage)
Tyr – A Night At The Nordic House DVD/CD (Metal Blade)
Without Waves – Comedian (Prosthetic)

March 25, 2022
Abbath – Dread Reaver (Season Of Mist)
Absent In Body – Plague God (Relapse)
Animals As Leaders – Parrhesia (Sumerian)
Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist At Abbey Road (Epitaph)
BillyBio – Leaders And Liars (AFM)
Bomber – Nocturnal Creatures (Napalm)
Capricorn – For The Restless (Wild Kingdom)
Crystal Viper – The Last Axeman (Listenable)
Flotsam & Jetsam – Iron Tears/Metal Shock Re-Release (Vic)
Hardcore Superstar – Abrakadabra (Self)
Ignite – Ignite (Century Media)
Incite – Wake Up Dead (Atomic Fire)
Killing Joke – Lord Of Chaos EP (Spinefarm)
Lucifer’s Child/Mystifier – Under Satan’s Wrath Split (Agonia)
Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds, Part 2 (InsideOut)
MWWB – The Harvest (New Heavy Sounds)
Night Demon – Year Of The Demon (Century Media)
Nite – Voices Of The Kronian Moon (Season Of Mist)
Placebo – Never Let Me Go (Rise)
Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph)
Svartsot – Kumbi (Mighty)
Various Artists – Legacy: A Tribute To Leslie West (Provogue)
Witchpit – The Weight Of Death (Heavy Psych Sounds)

April 1, 2022
Aldo Nova – The Life And Times Of Eddie Gage EP (Self)
Bhleg – Fäghring (Nordvis)
Black Death Cult – Diaspora (Profound Lore)
Carpenter Brut – Leather Terror (Universal)
Centinex – The Pestilence EP (Agonia)
Evil Invaders – Shattering Reflection (Napalm)
The Hellacopters – Eyes Of Oblivion (Nuclear Blast)
Kublai Khan TX – Lowest Form Of Animal EP (Rise)
Lords Of The Trident – The Offering (Self)
Meshuggah – Immutable (Atomic Fire)
Misfire – Sympathy For The Ignorant (MNRK Heavy)
Nekrogoblikon – The Fundamental Slimes And Humours (Self)
Pattern-Seeking Animals – Only Passing Through (InsideOut)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love (Warner)
Satan – Earth Infernal (Metal Blade)
Violet Blend – Demons (Eclipse)
Wolf – Shadowland (Century Media)

April 8, 2022
Black Swan – Generation Mind (Frontiers)
Destruction – Diabolical (Napalm)
Dynazty – Final Advent (AFM)
Envy Of None – Envy Of None (Kscope)
First Signal – Closer To The Edge (Frontiers)
Hallas – Isle Of Wisdom (Napalm)
Health – DISCO4 :: PART II (Loma Vista)
Inglorious – MMXXI Live At The Phoenix (Frontiers)
Jack White – Fear Of The Dawn (Third Man)
Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
Lux Incerta – Dark Odyssey (Klonosphere/Season Of Mist)
Mors Principium Est – Liberate The Unborn Humanity (AFM)
Papa Roach – Ego Trip (New Noize)
Therion – Beyond Sanctorum Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Therion – Lepaca Kliffoth Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Therion – Symphony Masses: No Drakon Ho Megas Re-Release (Hammerheart)
Tool – Fear Inoculum Vinyl Re-Release (RCA)
Treat – The Endgame (Frontiers)
Wet Leg – Wet Leg (Domino)

April 15, 2022
Alunah – Strange Machine (Heavy Psych Sounds)
Armored Saint – Delirious Nomad Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Armored Saint – March Of The Saint Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Armored Saint – Raising Fear Re-Release (Metal Blade)
Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII (SPV/Steamhammer)
Darkher – The Buried Storm (Prophecy)
DeVicious – Black Heart (Pride & Joy)
Fozzy – Boombox (Century Media)
Manegarm – Ynglingaättens Öde (Napalm)
Monuments – In Stasis (Century Media)
Nazareth – Surviving The Law (Frontiers)
Semblant – Vermilion Escape (Frontiers)
Stone Broken – Revelation (Spinefarm)
These Arms Are Snakes – Duct Tape & Shivering Crows (Suicide Squeeze)

April 22, 2022
Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova 2.0 Reloaded (Self)
Amenra/Cave In/Marissa Nadler – Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III (Neurot)
Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell (Napalm)
Caliban – Dystopia (Century Media)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter – Wilde Kinder (Nuclear Blast)
Huntsmen – The Dying Pines EP (Prosthetic)
Kirk Hammett – Portals EP (Blackened)
Ocean Grove – Up In The Air Forever (UNFD)
Radiant – Written By Life (Massacre)
Ruby The Hatchet – Live At Earthquaker EP (Magnetic Eye)
Shinedown – Planet Zero (Atlantic)
Somali Yacht Club – The Space (Season Of Mist)
Speckmann Project – Fiends Of Emptiness (Emanzipation)
Static Abyss – Labyrinth Of Veins (Peaceville)
Udo Dirkschneider – My Way (Atomic Fire)
Undeath – It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave (Prosthetic)
Wardruna – Kvitravn – First Flight Of The White Raven (By Norse)

April 29, 2022
Ann Wilson – Fierce Bliss (Silver Lining)
Devil Master – Ecstasies Of Never Ending Night (Relapse)
Kaipa – Urskog (InsideOut)
Lament Cityscape – A Darker Discharge (Lifeforce)
Rammstein – Zeit (Universal)
Robin Trower – No More Worlds To Conquer (Provogue/Mascot)
Ted Nugent – Detroit Muscle (Pavement)
Thunder – Dopamine (BMG)
Velcrocranes – What If I Die (InsideOut)
Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain (Nuclear Blast)

HELLFEST… It’s Happening Again

In the title of this article, we are simply stating that Hellfest is finally happening again after two years being left-out without our precious HELL. Two years without Hellfest, no thanks to you Covid and all your ugly relatives.

In four months we’ll be back in our favorite spot in the world, Hellfest Open Air.

We have so much to look forward to, two years is way too long and since Hellfest started in 2006, it has been a nonstop roller coster and getting bigger each year. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that this amazing festival is not going anywhere no matter the circumstances.

Ben and his team never fail to impress their loyal fans, and I say loyal fans because they never fail when the festival needs them, they kept their tickets for two years without asking for a refund and the moment has come to enjoy this ride one more time.

Fans held onto their tickets like they were lottery tickets, that’s how important they are to each of us

This only demonstrates the love and support the heavy-metal community and fans of Hellfest have for this haven

Not only is this anniversary special because it’s happening again, but:

  • It’s a return after two years, which is why I titled it “it is happening again” Two years seems so very long, and also, it’s a nice reference. Let us know if you catch it.

  • It is going to be massive, like real massive not just like every other year because usually Hellfest is expanding year after another, but this year it’s gonna be a double bill, Hellfest is set to return and run throughout two consecutive weekends , a complete 7 days of HELL with over 350 bans, isn’t that beyond amazing?

For Ben and his team to pull-off such an organization after two years of no income, no government support, and being turned down by their insurer, is just beyond incredible. It’ll be a 15th anniversary edition to go down in history and we are fortunate to be a part of Hellfest.
It sounds crazy when we say 15th anniversary. In truth, it should have been the 17th, but time surely stood still for us.

Here are the complete line-up wit the official running order:

 

Ticket Information:

TICKET RESELLER Part 1

TICKET RESELLER Part 2

TICKET ADDINIONAL INFORMATION



Hellfest 2019 (Reviewed)

Here we go, it’s that time of the year where all Metal enthusiasts from France and all over the world gathers in the beautiful Clisson, to visit their own version of Disney Land for a full weekend, HELLFEST.

The special bonus this year was a fourth day, the weekend kicked of on Thursday this year with Knotfest embracing the French meal world.

I personally stopped talking about how big Hellfest is each year, Ben and his team got enough creativity to surprise us each year.

Come Hellfest 2020, I can only guarantee you, it’ll be your best Metal experience.

The lineup this year was massive, maybe too massive.

This edition of Hellfest was probably the 1969 Woodstock of our time.

It had everything, legends bidding farewell to their fans, old school rock stars, new emerging bands, Tool after 13 years away from their fans.

So many highlights that would go down in the history,

Only this year there were stories to tell, on a positive notes and a negative one.

The opening day of Hellfest was busy, really busy, Hellfest dedicated a main stage just for French bands which was really awesome.

Imagine, in one day, you have the chance to see, Gojira, King Diamond, Mass Hysteria, Dagoba, SUM41, Godsmack, Demons & Wizards, and Dream Theater… etc.

And finally, to close out the day, the almighty Manowar was set to headline.

Remember our story from last year? Where after the last band on the third day, Hellfest came up with a huge surprise, Lights were out for few minutes, then Joey from MANOWAR was live on stage to announce the return of MANOWAR to Hellfest after 10 years, their last performance was back in 2009. I was there.

People were looking forward to this, but don’t get too attached, this story does not have a happy ending.

In the afternoon of Friday, around 80,000 people were notified that MANOWAR wouldn’t be playing tonight anymore, no further explanations.

Few hours later, the story started to go out, MANOWAR were on site the night before, as per Hellfest, they just decided to leave the site and not to play the show.

Then an official statement from MANOWAR blaming Hellfest for this cancelation, I mean it’s MANOWAR, of course they’re gonna blame Hellfest.

The fans were really disappointed and furious, a band like MANOWAR should care and respect their fans.

No matter the reason that led to an argument between the band and the organizer, your MANOWAR, you were on site and ready to play, you deliver to your fans, the show must go on, you perform, then you go to solve your issues with the promoter.

Let’s not give MANOWAR too much attention here, they let down their fans, Hellfest were proactive and on the spot, replaced them by Sabaton.

Long story short, it was a dramatic day, but nobody cared, Hellfest ruled and people had a blast.

Day tow was no less, it was the day where you go on a trip back in time, the real legends of rock and metal ruled, not MANOWAR!

The biggest act that everyone was waiting for was KISS, another legends bidding farewell to the world.

We also had, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Within Temptation and many others.

But for me, the highlight of this year was without a doubt KISS.

These guys, after all this years, they put on a show that bands in there twenties wouldn’t have the stamina to do.

They gave it all, a rock show on the highest level, they had raisers on the stage for each musician, at some point, Paul surfed over the crowd with a zip-line and plaid two songs in the middle of the ground, not to mention the flames, the smoke, the explosions and finally the fireworks.

KISS presents the real meaning of the term ROCK STARS.

Days three is usually sad, because you come to realize that it is almost the end for this year, but was way more emotional as SLAYER were also bidding farewell to the world, Tom said few touching words at the end and had tears in his eyes.

On the bill were also, Lamb Of God, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anthrax, Trivium, Testament, Death Angel and Philip Anselmo who plaid so many Pantera hits and many other bands.

I will leave with our photo gallery so you can live or re-live some of the best moments of Hellfest 14

Keep an eye on our page and also Hellfest pages, as tickets will go out on sale very soon.

Next year Hellfest celebrates 15 years of greatness, be ready to get blasted as I guess something really extraordinary is in the works…

Until then… Stay Metal \m/

Hellfest Reveals 2K19 Lineup: Tool, KISS And Manowar To Headline…

 

Dream Theater, Def Leppard, Lamb of God, Stone Temple Pilots, Gojira, Slayer, King Diamond, ZZ Top, and Whitesnake among other notable acts.

Hellfest has earned the reputation of being the biggest metal festival in the past few years, and believe me it is for many good reasons.

The French festival introduces a massive lineup each year, spanning over six stages, each one is dedicated to a specific subgenre.

On Monday 26th of November, Hellfest announced the lineup for its 14th edition, headlining the three days are Manowar, KISS, and Tool with many co-headlining acts such as ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Dream Theater, Slayer (Final show in France), Slash, Mass Hysteria, King Diamond, and many many more.

Hellfest 2K19 will take place as usual in Clisson, France on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of June.

Tickets for the festival are sold out, this is the second year that tickets are out way before announcing the lineup, this only shows how blind faith the metal world has for Hellfest, it also shows a great confidence from the founder Ben Barbaud and his team.

Just like any other musical events, it is possible to find tickets but we advise you not to buy anywhere un-trusted, here is a link to the official website for re-selling the tickets, keep an eye on a regular basis

http://hellfest.zepass.com/

I will leave you here with the complete lineup, also with a great short film created for Hellfest.

Just like every year, we will be there to cover and share with you this heavy experience.

Stay Metal \m/

 

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal From Sons Of Apollo Talks Touring With Dream Theater And The New Album

During Hellfest, we had the chance to sit down and talk to Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Sons Of Apollo about the current tour, the new album, and so many other things, you can read the whole conversation below and view the photos from their performance.

Metal Bell: Thank you so much for this opportunity to chat during the first show in Europe, it was a great show, congratulations.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you so much.

Metal Bell: So how does it feel to play your first show at Hellfest?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is a great way to start a European tour, that’s for sure, no better way to start so we are very happy, to start a tour in front of 30,000 people I guess it’s ok (laughs).

Metal Bell: Have you ever played Hellfest before?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah six years ago with Guns, we headlined it, it is nice to be here doing it with people that are close to you, friends with whom we wrote together, we recorded together, and it’s great.

Metal Bell: Your tour started in February, how is the reception so far?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Oh it is wonderful, this is our 42nd show I believe, it’s been great. We started off on the cruise to the edge, and then from there we went to the east coast and did like a week and a half of shows. And then April and May we did a big US tour, actually, we did South America, Mexico, Canada, and all around in the US. Nothing beats getting on the road, that’s what every band used to do to become who they are, being together every night and do it.

Metal Bell: How do I put this question, tell me how did

you come up or assemble The Avengers of Prog?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: (laughs) That was very easy, we all knew each other and played together over the years.
Me and Billy were playing for years doing these jams with Ray Luzier from KORN and with Mike. Me, Mike, and Billy would be this core band and we’d play like big events in New York, with guys from Anthrax and Kiss joining us. I laid guest solos on Metal Allegiance’s first album with Mike and another album that Billy produced for Madame Mayhem, a great artist that I laid 4 guitar solos for her album.

Me, Mike, Derek, and Billy played together at Prog Nation 4 years ago, so we all have this background and we’ve done things together, so it was a no-brainer. When Mike wanted to do this band, he sent me an email, it was January 2017, he said: hey, how we always talked about putting a band together! Well me and Derek have this idea and we want to go into the studio in March and just write on the spot, record on the spot, we all play together and mark it, record it the way bands used to do it, the right way, it’s the real thing. And we’ve written spontaneously, we did that, we spent 10 days at the studio, we wrote, recorded and made the album in 10 days.

So it was me, Mike, and Derek in the studio, and then Billy cut off his Mr. Big’s tour halfway through and joined us, then we all just recorded. Jeff finished his touring, then he recorded his vocals at my studio where I laid my

guitar solos on everything, and that was it. And then we just waited for the right moment to go out and announce the band and put out the album. The label is wonderful (Inside Out), they’ve been a fantastic record label, so supportive and really a good team.

Metal Bell: So basically You, Mike, and Derek wrote the majority of the album?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Yeah it started with us and then Billy joined, then Jeff wrote everything you hear sung, that’s Jeff, he was really the key ingredient to turn it from a cold prog album to songs, things you can sing along you know, melodies that stick, that’s what Jeff does, he’s the guy.

Metal Bell: Today the band is less than a year old, considering all of your projects and involvements, will Sons Of Apollo be a long-term project?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: That’s the question everyone has, is this another quick project or is it a band that’s gonna be around.

Our intentions are for it to be a band that’s gonna be around, but at the same time, we can’t completely neglect everything else we have, we can’t do that. It is also not fair for the other people in our life that are waiting for us so we still have to do other things. This year we’ll do a lot of Sons Of Apollo, next year we’re gonna have to do some other things, but you know we are already writing for the second album, it really goes down to business, not amongst each other, but we can’t just afford to be in a start-up band, put everything else aside, and get this off the ground. We are not 20-year old kids in a van you know, so it’s tough, but we are giving it our best and our intentions are to be a band that puts out a lot of albums and keeps on going and going. So as long as everyone on our team does the right thing, you know we are depending on managers, the label and on each other, all it takes is one person to fuck it all up and then we are all screwed, it could be anybody that we are depending on if they don’t do the right thing.

What we want for this band is to continue and we are doing everything possible to keep that going even when odds are against us, we want to keep going, we do.

Metal Bell: We do hope so too, you know how prog fans are so attached.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Sure yeah, and we made a pact with them, we said this is a band, we are obligated to keep our words to them and to ourselves.

Metal Bell: The history between Derek, Mike, and Dream Theater, would you ever consider a tour with them?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: I would love to do it, I have such tremendous respect for Dream Theater as a band and individuals. I love John Petrucci, we’ve met before, we’ve chatted, he’s a wonderful guy. I also played on Jordan’s solo record in 2009, he was just incredible. That would be a wonderful thing.

And honestly I feel like there would be no Sons Of Apollo if there was no Dream Theater, you know you have to respect where this came from and everything that leads up to it, the influences and the history, and I do, I tremendously do.

It’d be wonderful to play together, I doubt it would ever happen, that would be really something interesting to the fans to see that. I would love it to be taken not as a competition in any way, we are all branches of Dream Theater’s tree and I’m grateful to them, I respect and admire them.

Metal Bell: Your second album is called Sophomore, is there already a date in mind?

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Well I mean Derek has written things, he sends me videos and things like hey check out this riff I came up with, and we’ve talked to the label about it but nothing is definite yet. Right now, it’s just let us finish up what we have here and once it’s all clear and done, everything goes ok, we will then think about the next step. Even though now is the time to think about it, we are just staying focused and looking ahead, so we are thinking about this leg of the tour, then the next leg, and the leg after that so there’s no definitive time. We’ve talked about November going into the studio but I know Mike has something to do in November so it might be January, but hopefully not too far too long.

Metal Bell: Well thank you very much for the chat, it’s been wonderful talking to you and the best of luck for the rest of the tour.

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal: Thank you very much. It was an absolute pleasure.

Interview and Photos by Sharbel Kanoun

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