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Mike Portnoy Interview

Thursday April 24, 2014

The Winery Dogs just reissued their 2013 self-titled debut album with some extras. The band will also be conducting Dog Camp later this summer, where fans can hang out, learn and jam with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen. I spoke with Portnoy about the camp, the reissued album, the success of The Winery Dogs, his participation in various other bands including Bigelf, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and more along with other topics.

Read the complete Mike Portnoy Interview

(photo courtesy Markus Cuff)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/22/14)

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Next week's release calendar is packed, but this week was a bit lighter. We still managed to find more than a dozen new albums to review, including releases from Black Tar Prophet, Creinium, Eskhaton, Ghoul, Gunpowder Gray, Krokus, Pet Slimmers of the Year, Skelethal, Skinfather and Winger.

New Heavy Album Reviews (week of 4/22/14)

Recent Full Heavy Metal Album Reviews:
Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves
Death - Leprosy Re-Release
Lord Mantis - Death Mask
Whitechapel - Our Endless War

(album cover courtesy The End Records)

New Heavy Metal Album Releases: April 22, 2014

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Here are the new heavy metal album releases for this week.  For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

April 22, 2014
Andromeda - Shock (Southern Brigade)
Black Tar Prophet - Deafen (Domestic Genocide)
Creinium - Project Utopia (Inverse)
Eskhaton - Worship Death (Chaos)
Ghoul - Hang 10 EP (Tankcrimes)
Gunpowder Gray - Gunpowder Gray (Boris)
Harakiri For The Sky - Aokigahara (Art of Propaganda)
Joe Satriani - The Complete Studio Recordings (Legacy)
Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom Live: From Da House Of Rust (The End)
Skelethal - Deathmanicvs Revelation EP (Iron Bonehead)
Skinfather - None Will Mourn (Streetcleaner)
Stuka Party - Schmeiser Smasher (Hammerheart)
Wild - En Tierra Hostil (Sliptrick)
Winger - Better Days Comin' (Frontiers)
Wrong - Pessimistic Outcomes (Xtreem)

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell Interview

Monday April 21, 2014

They have one of the more unique names in metal, and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell have unleashed their second full-length, Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em. We checked in with vocalist/guitarist Johnny Gorilla, who gives us the scoop on the band's background, the writing and recording of the new record, his musical background, tour plans and other topics.

Read the complete Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell Interview

(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)

2014 Mayhem Festival Tour Dates

Sunday April 20, 2014

The 2014 edition of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off July 5 in San Bernardino, Calfornia. Here's the lineup for this year's trek:

Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium

Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage: Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, King 810

Sumerian Records/Headbang For The Highway Stage: Body Count featuring Ice-T, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Headbang Local Winner

Victory Records Stage: Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, Erimha

Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour Dates:
7/05 -- San Bernardino, Calif. -- San Manuel Amphitheater
7/06 -- Mountain View, Calif. -- Shoreline Amphitheater
7/08 -- Auburn, Wash. -- White River Amphitheatre
7/09 -- Nampa, Idaho -- Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Phoenix, Ariz. -- Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Isleta Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Denver, Colo. -- Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/16 -- Maryland Heights, Mo. -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/17 -- Clarkston, Mich. -- DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/18 -- Milwaukee, Wisc. -- Eagle's Ballroom
7/19 -- Noblesville, Ind. -- Klipsch Music Center
7/20 -- Tinley Park, Ill. -- First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/22 -- Mansfield, Mass. -- Xfinity Center
7/23 -- Saratoga, N.Y. -- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Burgettstown, Pa. -- First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 -- Hartford, Conn. -- Xfinity Theatre
7/29 -- Darien Center, N.Y. -- Darien Lake
7/30 -- Wantagh, N.Y. -- Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
8/01 -- Camden, N.J. -- Susquehanna Bank Center
8/02 -- Scranton, Pa. -- The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/03 -- Bristow, Va. -- Jiffy Lube Live
8/05 -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/07 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
8/09 -- Dallas, Texas -- Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 -- The Woodlands, Texas -- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

5 Questions With Gunpowder Gray

Saturday April 19, 2014

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Gunpowder Gray are an Atlanta group who just released their self-titled EP. Guitarist Chris Heffernan and vocalist Nate Godbee introduce us to their band.

Give us a brief history of Gunpowder Gray.
Chris: I had a bunch of rock riffs that were different from anything I had done in the past, but I had no idea what they would turn into. Gunpowder Gray started with myself, Joey O'Brien (Biters), and Charlie Southern (Sadistic Ritual) just jamming these riffs that I had been sitting on for at least a couple of years and it seemed like something we all wanted to pursue.

We brought Nate Godbee (Disfigurement) in to sing like Halford, and Sam Vaughan in to lay down the cool vibes. Charlie is a killer guitarist and stand up dude, but we decided to try out Adam Besserer (Disfigurement) on lead. He pretty much got the part because he looks like Slash.

Describe the songwriting and recording process for your self-titled EP.
Chris: Nate and I write songs in the warehouse that we live in on acoustic guitars at four in the morning hammered drunk. Recording of the EP was cut live except for the vocals and solos. Matt Washburn of Ledbelly Studios was really rad for putting up with us and for making Joey's drums sound straight beastly.

How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Nate: That's pretty tough. We didn't have some holy-grail band or era in mind when writing or recording the stuff. We just tried to make a record that sounds like something that we'd want to listen to, and I think it worked. Everyone hears something a little different in it, and that's what we wanted. You can't listen to it and say 'yeah, that sounds like so and so' and that's it, there's always a little something else there. You have to decide for yourself. That being said, I guess it sounds like a rock n' roll record, the way we think a rock record should sound.

What has been your most memorable Gunpowder Gray live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?


The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

Friday April 18, 2014

At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.

The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

The Oath Interview

Thursday April 17, 2014

A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.

Read the complete The Oath Interview

(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This week's collection of short reviews includes nearly 20 new releases, including the latest from Anubis Gate, Below, Dark Days Ahead, The Drip, Emmure, Enthroned, Erebus Enthroned, I Declare War, Mos Generator, Reality Grey, Sinbreed, Stoneburner, Teramaze, Thantifaxath, T.O.M.B., Words Of Farewell and Wormreich. Also check out several new full reviews.

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Recent Full Heavy Metal Album Reviews:
Brainstorm - Firesoul
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

(album cover courtesy 7Bros Records)

Kyng Interview

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Burn the Serum is the second full-length from California's Kyng. I caught up with the band's drummer Pepe Clarke Magana, who fills us in on the recording of the new album, working with producer Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry, signing with a new label, tour plans, tales from the road and other topics.

Read the complete Kyng Interview

(photo courtesy Razor & Tie)

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