One of Germany’s most prominent and consistent hard rock bands have just announced their next major coup: November 5th. Mad Max will be releasing their new album Interceptor, not just its title but also its cover artwork, created by Thomas Ewerhard, alluding to Mel Gibson’s legendary desert car in the movie classic Mad Max. The four musicians, Michael Voss (vocals, lead guitar), Jürgen Breforth (guitar), Roland Bergmann (bass) and Axel Kruse (drums), promise “full throttle from start to finish” and sum up the direction of their new record in just two words: “It rocks!” Or, as guitarist Jürgen Breforth puts it: “Whereas some rock groups become insipid and balladesque with time, we’ve taken the opposite route and deliver nothing but pure energy.”
Like its predecessors Interceptor was produced by frontman Michael Voss at his own Kidpool Studio in Münster, with the drum recordings completed at the renowned Principal Studios in Senden. The record was mastered at the MSM Studios in Munich, where once upon a time Gotthard added the final polish to their works. Breforth: “This time we made a conscious decision to allow ourselves more external output, yet without overdoing it.”
There are ten new songs to marvel at on Interceptor, including ´Turn It Down`, the obligatory cover song by The Sweet. “It’s what our fans are used to, so we just have to grit our teeth,” jokes Breforth.
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Veteran Los Angeles metallersARMORED SAINThave commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2010’s“La Raza”for a tentative late 2014 release viaMetal Blade Records.
Speaking toMetal Assaultearlier this month,ARMORED SAINTbassistJoey Verastated about the band’s plans for the next CD: “We decided that we didn’t want to wait another ten years to make a new record [laughs], so we’re trying to work this out as a group.John[Bush, vocals] and I started working on some songs in February this year and I got a bunch of stuff that came out really quick and we wrote a few songs in February-March, but then I had to kind of put it on the back burner because I got involved with several mixing projects and then, of course, theFATES WARNING, which took up a lot of my time, learning the material and then obviously recording that. TheFATES WARNINGrecord is finally done and is coming out in the U.S. this fall, butJohnand I resumed writing in early July and we have a good chunk of songs now. We’ve got about five that are done, and another six that are almost finished. So we’ve just got to get back to it and our goal is to try and get this finished before 2018 [laughs]. In a perfect world, it would be great if we could have the album out by fall of 2014. It’s not set in stone yet, but that’s what we’re shooting for right now.”
Fan-filmed video footage ofARMORED SAINT‘s August 16 performance at Paladino’s in Reseda, California at a benefit show for drummerDave Brown(ex-SOUND BARRIER,MASI,TOTAL ECLIPSE), who is battling cancer, can be seen below.
“La Raza”sold around 2,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 18 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.“La Raza”also entered the German Media Control chart at No. 96 and the Canadian Independent chart at No. 85.
The classic first EP fromARMORED SAINTwas reissued on August 13, 2012 in Europe viaMetal Blade Recordswith bonus tracks and etching on vinyl.
GENERATION KILL, the band featuring EXODUS frontman Rob Dukes, has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group’s sophomore album is tentatively due in November. The CD was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who has previously worked with SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, SHADOWS FALL and SOULFLY, among others.
Commented Dukes: “I want to thank everyone at Nuclear Blast for having GENERATION KILL become part of the greatest metal family.
“GENERATION KILL has finished our new album. We used Zeuss to produce this record. He really helped us bring out things in all of us we didn’t know we had.
“We all reached down and made a good record. We fought, we argued, and in the end each of us rose up to the challenge and wrote good fucking songs.”
Added Zeuss: “This album is not an EXODUS clone. This is an album of music where five guys got together an explored our own roots of music, the records we grew up listening to and wrote songs paying homage to what we love.”
Commented Nuclear Blast A&R manager Jaap Wagemaker: “Nuclear Blast is very amazed to announce the signing of New York thrashers GENERATION KILL!
“Already with the release of their debut, ‘Red White And Blood’, we knew that something special was brewing in New York!
“The band, led by frontbeast Rob Dukes from EXODUS, is playing a different kind of thrash metal, not just straight in your face, but also elements from hardcore and alternative are used, not only in the music, but also in the vocals.
“Where Rob is mostly known for his aggressive vocal style for EXODUS, you will be very surprised to hear a different side from him.
“Two months ago, when we had the chance to see the band play live as support of HEATHEN, we were blown away by the sheer power of this outfit live.
“All members have a lot of experience in playing live in several New York outlets in the past and are longtime friends, really know their music and it shows. Now the guys have finished recording their second album and we at Nuclear Blast are very impressed by the new tracks and we are very pleased to welcome GENERATION KILL as new members to the Nuclear family.
“The new record is set for a November release and the band is looking into some touring opportunities as well to promote the album live.
“GENERATION KILL is here to destroy and leave no prisoners behind!”
GENERATION KILL‘s debut album, “Red White And Blood”, was released in September 2011. The CD was recorded at J. Rod Production Studios in New City, New York (where the vocal tracks for EXODUS‘ “Let There Be Blood” and OVERKILL‘s “Ironbound” were previously laid down).
GENERATION KILL is:
Rob Dukes – Vocals
Rob Moschetti – Bass/Backing Vocals
Jason Trenczer – Lead Guitar
Jason Velez – Lead Guitar
James DeMaria – Drums