KILL DEVIL HILL Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

ImageKILL DEVIL HILL — the band featuring legendary drummer Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) alongside Rex Brown (PANTERA, DOWN) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals — has inked a multi-album North American deal with Century Media Records. The group’s sophomore album will be released this fall. “It’s a real pleasure being on a label that feels like home!” says Brown of the signing. “Since day one with Century Media, it’s been great knowing That they have the same mutual beliefs and goals that we do — to keep hard rock and metal alive and kicking, and to bring our music to as many fans as we can! These guys have the best track record around when it comes to hard rock and metal music, and it’s great to know that we’re on the same page and striving for the same things!” Speaking to Skinny Music earlier this year, Brown stated about KILL DEVIL HILL’s new material: “It’s pure, unadulterated, hard, kicking-ass rock and roll, man. That’s all I an say about it. It’s gonna be amazing. The tapes I have, there’s no compression, no EQ off the board. It’s just non-stop rock and roll, man. That’s all there is to it.” KILL DEVIL HILL’s self-titled debut album was released last year via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD landed at position No. 9 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. “Kill Devil Hill” was produced by Warren Riker, who is best known for his work with DOWN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SUBLIME and CATHEDRAL. The effort was made available in a standard CD edition, as an iTunes digital download, and double gatefold LP. According to drummer Vinny Appice, KILL DEVIL HILL’s sound is “like a cross between BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS and a little bit of LED ZEPPELIN thrown in. It’s heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too.”

KILL DEVIL HILL is:

* Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) – Vocals

*Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) – Guitar

* Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) – Bass

* Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) – Drums

SEPULTURA: New Album Cover Artwork, Track Listing Revealed

ImageAccording to the web site of the Brazilian newspaper Diario de Pernambuco, Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA have revealed the cover artwork and track listing of their new album, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart”, which which will be released on October 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Alexandre Wagner, who specializes in charcoal drawing techniques. Guitarist Andreas Kisser commented on how he discovered the work of Alexandre Wagner. “It was through Silvio Bibika, who was my roadie for a long time,” he said. “He always shows me things in general that SEPULTURA might need. Alexandre, who is from Belo Horizonte, Silvio showed me a year ago. So before we went to the United States, to record the album, I was at his house to talk about the cover, tell him the album title, talk about the concept of the film ‘Metropolis’, so he could do something original. But when I saw the picture with the drawing, I thought it was all about what we wanted and we did not need something new. I asked him to do a tribal S in the style of the cover. The S made by Alexandre will be on the back cover.” Said Alexandre: “I did this series of charcoal drawing work when I still lived in Belo Horizonte. They were all made there. They were quick drawings without much reference, almost an experimentation that may have came from a desire to use the most basic of basic materials — coal, paper and wood. The cover design was already done, Andreas saw it and liked it. We talked a little more and I also sent some other pictures for the booklet. I was pleased with the choice of the theme of the album, I like Fritz Lang very much, and not only ‘Metropolis’. ‘Dr. Mabuse der Spieler’ is a fucking great movie.” As a Mineiro, from Belo Horizonte like SEPULTURA, Alexandre was glad to be part of the band’s history. “It’s impossible to be from Belo Horizonte and not know the band,” he said. “Some of their albums followed me for a long time, especially ‘Chaos A.D.’ I remember seeing ‘Refuse/Resist’ on TV and thinking it was wonderful. It’s really cool to work with the guys, being part of something together. It is somehow a shared history.” “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” track listing: 01. Trauma Of War 02. The Vatican 03. Impending Doom 04. Manipulation Of Tragedy 05. Tsunami 06. The Bliss of Ignorants 07. Grief 08. The Age Of The Atheist 09. Obsessed 10. Da Lama ao Caos (CHICO SCIENCE & NAÇÃO ZUMBI cover) Although it was inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 movie “Metropolis”, the CD, “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” is not a concept album or a soundtrack like its precedessors “Dante XXI” (based on “The Divine Comedy”) and “A-Lex” (based on “A Clockwork Orange”). “The Mediator Between The Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” was tracked over a 40-day period at producer Ross Robinson’s (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SLIPKNOT) studio in Venice, California and is being mixed and mastered by co-producer Steve Evetts, who previously worked with SEPULTURA on the “Nation” (2001), “Revolusongs” (2002) and “Roorback” (2003) albums, in addition to having collaborated with Ross on a number of other projects in the past. SEPULTURA recorded a total of 14 songs for the follow-up to 2011’s “Kairos”, including a cover version of DEATH’s “Zombie Ritual”. The CD will also feature a guest appearance by former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo. In a recent interview with JacksonGuitars.com, Kisser stated about the direction of the new SEPULTURA album: “I write stuff all the time — riffs or ideas on an acoustic guitar. But we really started working on this album in February of this year, so it was pretty quick. We have Eloy Casagrande as our drummer, and he’s 22 years old. The guy’s a beast. One of the best drummers I’ve seen on the planet Earth. He has this metal blood that has so much energy and brings so many possibilities for riffs and stuff like that. It is a SEPULTURA album, but like every SEPULTURA album, there is something different. I think the main difference now is the drummer. It’s the first time we’ve worked in the studio with him. It’s been almost two years [since the last album], and it’s very exciting.” Asked about SEPULTURA’s decision to include a bonus track covering DEATH’s “Zombie Ritual”, Kisser said: “Without DEATH, there wouldn’t be a SEPULTURA — especially in the beginning. The very early albums — like ‘Morbid Visions’ and ‘Schizophrenia’ — there’s a lot of influence from Chuck Schuldiner and his riffs. You can hear that very clearly in our early music. And we never really had the opportunity or idea to play that. We really play our idols, like BLACK SABBATH or MOTÖRHEAD and some Brazilian stuff, but because we covered so many different bands, I think it was time for this tribute to this great band.” SEPULTURA’s upcoming CD will mark the first time the band will have recorded an album outside Brazil since “Against”. The reunion between SEPULTURA and Robinson was first suggested by Monte Conner, the former Roadrunner Records A&R chief who is now the head of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, a U.S. partnership with Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger. Robinson produced SEPULTURA’s classic “Roots” album in 1995. Released in February 1996 by Roadrunner, it was the band’s last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist Max Cavalera.

JUDAS PRIEST Completes Writing New Album

ImageSinger Rob Halford of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST spoke to Billboard.com about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Nostradamus”. “The writing process is complete,” he said. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.” Regarding the sound of the new PRIEST material, Halford said, “[It’s] hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.” In an interview with VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner, Halford spoke about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST’s next release: “We felt it was very important to follow up ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.” ] As for when fans can expect to get the new PRIEST album, Halford explained that he and his bandmates aren’t going to set dates for themselves. “I think that’s the best way to approach it, because it would be wrong to say, ‘On this date, at this moment, the record is coming out.’ But where we’re at now, we’re very, very confident. We’re forging ahead and everything’s looking good, and yeah, it’s looking right. So in the not-too-distant metal future, there will be new PRIEST to listen to.”

UFO Confirm Additional North American Tour Dates

 

British Hard Rock legends UFO have confirmed that they will be returning to North America this Fall.  Some of the previously announced dates have been changed and new shows have been added.  The tour now kicks off October 4th in Poughkeepsie, NY and is currently scheduled to wrap up October 23rd  in Houston, TX.

Frontman Phil Mogg commented on the upcoming tour:

“USA and Canada tour this October? Are we looking forward to it?  Bet your socks we are. So bring your mates, loved ones, earplugs and hangover remedies. UFO will be delivering.  See you there!”

True rock legends such as UFO are characterized not only by the fact that they have added several classic anthems to the annals of rock history, but that their musical output, after many years, still remains at such a consistently high level and they always have something new and fresh coming up.  With classic albums such as “Phenomenon”, “Force it” and “No Heavy Pettin”,Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker and Paul Raymond still sound vital and imaginative to this day.

UFO’s latest studio album Seven Deadly is available for purchase on AMAZON and iTunes.  Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals, which are unique to UFO.

UFO on Tour:

10/4: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

10/5: Amityville, NY @ Revolution

10/6: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

10/8: Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Theater

10/9: West Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/11: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (West)

10/12: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile (East)

10/14: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center

10/15: New York, NY @ Stage 48

10/16: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater

10/17: Akron, OH @ Tangiers

10/19: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater

10/22: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

10/23: Houston, TX @ Concert Pub North