ANTHRAX CANCEL CONCERTS DUE TO MEDICAL CONCERN
ANTHRAX cancelled their concert on Monday (Aug. 8) in Dallas and on Tuesday (Aug. 9) in Austin, Texas due to "medical concern".
The shows were part of the band's North American tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and HATEBREED, who were still performing.
THE POGUES BASSIST DARRYL HUNT IS DEAD
Darryl Hunt, bassist for The POGUES, has passed away at the age of 72.
WACKEN OPEN AIR 2023 SOLD OUT IN 6 HOURS
The 2022 edition of Wacken Open Air ended less than 2 days ago and the promoters are already able to confirm that next year's installment of the annual metal festival has sold out. Within 6 hours, 80,000 tickets to the 2023 Wacken Open Air were sold. This marks the fastest sellout in Wacken's history.
THUNDERMOTHER CANCEL ALL EUROPEAN SHOWS IN AUGUST
Swedish all-female hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER have announced that "due to emergency illness in the band we unfortunately must cancel the remaining European shows in August".
IRON MAIDEN TO HEADLINE WACKEN OPEN AIR 2023
IRON MAIDEN will headline next year's edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-5, 2023.
Wacken Open Air takes place annually in the village of Wacken, Germany.
Among the other artists confirmed for 2023 are MEGADETH, The DROPKICK MURPHYS, JINJER, DEICIDE, PENTAGRAM, NERVOSA, BURNING WITCHES etc.
WHITESNAKE PULLS OUT OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SCORPIONS
WHITESNAKE has pulled out of its previously announced North American tour with SCORPIONS due to singer David Coverdale's "continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection".
SCORPIONS will still play all the shows on the trek, featuring support from the Swedish hard rockers THUNDERMOTHER, beginning on August 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and ending on October 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
whitesnake.com | twitter.com/scorpions | thundermother.com
MISFITS ANNOUNCES DALLAS CONCERT WITH ALICE COOPER AND THE DISTILLERS
MISFITS will make their only headline appearance of 2022 at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, Texas for Halloween weekend on Saturday, October 29. The MISFITS, featuring original singer/songwriter Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar, will be joined by very special guest Alice Cooper and The DISTILLERS. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, August 12.
Next month, MISFITS will headline Riot Fest 2022 in Chicago, performing their landmark first album "Walk Among Us" in full for its 40th anniversary.
NEW SINGLE WITH SLIPKNOT
SLIPKNOT has released a new single, "Yen": youtu.be/XCyF-NPcnBo
The new album, "The End, So Far", will be released on September 30. Pre-order: slipknot1.lnk.to/TheEndSoFar
SATOR No. 1 IN SWEDEN
Swedish rock legends SATOR are number 1 on the Swedish charts this week. Well, the physical list and the vinyl list to be exact.
The album that has reached the top is "Return Of The Barbie-Q-Killers", which features punk rock and power pop covers.
Liv Kristine: Enter My Religion (reissue)
Allegro Talent Media on Aug. 19 - LP, 2CD, Cassette
This album was originally released in 2006, but will now be re-released in several formats. The LP will include an extra single, while the cassette features 2 bonus tracks, and the CD will have an extra disc with unreleased tracks and demo recordings.
Liv Kristine is a Norwegian vocalist. She is also a member of LEAVES'S EYES, and was before that member of THEATRE OF TRAGEDY.
Well, this is a wild mixture of different genres: folk rock, goth rock, pop or rock etc. Her voice is very sugar sweet and polished, but she can sing, no doubt about that. I guess that some of these songs are o.k., while others are absolutely not my cup of tea. And the bonus material is probably just of interest for the true fans.
livkristine.net | allegrotalent.net
ALIENS DON'T RING DOORBELLS: Hello 2 You
No Rules Music Group - Digital EP
This was something different. Some kind of funky blues rock with a touch of soul or something like that? At least the second track. The title track is more melodic.
ALIENS DON'T RING DOORBELLS is an international pop/rock band, with members from USA, UK and The Bahamas. They have released 1 album so far, and a second album is scheduled for release in March 2023. While you wait for that they have released the single "Hello 2 You", and this 2-track EP, which also includes "Don't Touch".
Well, this might not really be a band for Hard Rock Info's readers, but it's catchy and actually not so bad after all. I like "Don't Touch" better than "Hello 2 You" though.
The OCCULT: The Occult
The Occult on Aug. 19 - Digital
These Canadians blend 80s American punk with 90s rock n roll and alternative metal. To me it sounds like The OCCULT are somewhere between VOLBEAT and later MISFITS. So I guess it goes as some kind of horror punk rock.
The dark lyrics are about things like murder, politics and disdain of religion, and this is their debut album, which consist of 13 tracks. The songs are mainly around 2-3 minutes.
Sometimes they succeed to be pretty good. But it's not always of interest to me.
linktr.ee/officialTheOccultband | facebook.com/TheOccultBand
MORBID EVILS: Supernaturals
Transcending Obscurity Records on Aug. 19 - LP, CD, Digital
ROTTEN SOUND vocalist Keijo Niinimaa and his band MORBID EVILS gives us their own dark, twisted and heavy interpretation of death/doom/sludge metal. There's only 4 songs, but they are between 8:38 to 11:45 minutes. In other words pretty long songs.
MORBID EVILS is the sound of desperate agony, or like visiting a really depressive place that makes you just want to leave. It's definitely not beautiful at all.
Those who like it heavy and brutal will probably love this shit though.
tometal.com | morbidevilsband.bandcamp.com
FAITH/STORMBRINGER: Black Demo 1985 (re-issue)
Transubstans Records on Aug. 19 - Digital
This is not a split release. STORMBRINGER was founded in Karlshamn, southern Sweden in 1984. They recorded their first songs in January 1985, and soon after that they changed the name to FAITH (which is said to be a completely different story). Not sure why they use both names for this digital release, as this was recorded as STORMBRINGER.
We get 6 songs, and it's more charming than good. The music is not bad, but the singer sounds very young and inexperienced, and uses the same key more or less all the time. The production is a typical raw and primitive demo sound. I guess you should take it for what it is, a fun time capsule. And I'm pretty sure that this could have been something really good with a better production and some more experience.
They say that this is much heavier and darker than most other stuff that came out in the mid-80s, and that might be possible. This is doom metal like it was done from the beginning. Heavier, melodic metal and no harsh vocals or growl.
transubstansrecords.bandcamp.com/track/stormbringer | facebook.com/Faith2ya
ARCH ENEMY: Deceivers
Century Media on Aug. 12 - 2LP/CD Artbook, Deluxe CD Box Set, LP, CD, Digital
ARCH ENEMY have been active for many years now, but they never seems to stop being curious and try new things. And that without going too far away from their roots in melodic extreme metal. Interestingly, they are only increasing in popularity with each passing year. So no, the band did not become weaker because former vocalist Angela Gossow left the band and got replaced by former The AGONIST vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. They succeeded to get stronger than ever instead.
"Deceivers" is the 11th studio album. It's hard and aggressive, as well as melodic. So nothing unusual there. I get a feeling though that the extreme is more extreme, and the melodic more melodic. But maybe it's just imagination?
It's a o.k. album, but for some reason I can't hear any future classics here. I guess that time will tell when it comes to that. And no matter what I think, I'm very sure that the audience will continue to grow even bigger.
centurymedia.com | archenemy.net
BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING (Swedish) - Young Swedish punk band: "När vi startade hade vi tre mål. Spela med ASTA KASK. Spela på punkbåten och släppa en vinylskiva. Allt detta har vi gjort nu, vilket känns helt sjukt."
SIR REG (English) - Read an interview with the man who moved from Ireland to Sweden and formed a Celtic punk band: "I felt the clouds were aligning, so Sweden it had to be!"
I could review your record, magazine/fanzine, DVD, book, cassette, concert or whatever it could be. BUT I don't like streaming, so I'm not interested in Spotify, Bandcamp or YouTube links and similar shit. AND please make sure that it's ROCK music that I actually like (no chaos/noise or weird avantgarde/ambient crap and absolutely not any other kind of music than rock, metal, punk and similar). And please include some information about the band too.
Note that I'm just 1 man doing this as a hobby project, so there's no way that I can review everything that people send me. And if your files are a total mess (songs in wrong order etc) or can't even tell what kind of music you play, then bye bye. It might also be goodbye if I don't like what I hear or think it doesn't fit in here. I'm extremely tired of people who obviously don't know what they are doing!
Currently I get more than enough of extreme metal, progressive rock and metal, and heavy bands of all kinds, so I don't need more of that. Some more punk, hardcore and garage rock is always nice though.
NEWS, INTERVIEWS ETC.
I'm actually not intrested in news of bands that I have not even heard of before, and absolutely not genres that I don't even like.
When it comes to interviews, I don't do interviews on request. If I like what I hear, then maybe, just maybe, there will be a few questions. But don't hope too much.
Also, videos with bands that I have not even heard is not of intrest either.
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