MARTY FRIEDMAN – Inferno

Marty Friedman - InfernoAs a fan of metal, you love Marty Friedman by default.  But since his move to Japan 10 years ago, can we all say that we’ve kept up with what he’s been up to?  Thankfully for everyone Marty has come to us with his best solo record to date.  Inferno is full on metal or said in another way, full on Marty Friedman.

The title track starts things off and he wastes no time in blowing up your mind with a roller coaster of guitar wizardry.  The song quickly re-reminds you that Marty can smoke any guitarist on the planet.  Inferno is about diversity of flavors as many of the songs are co-written with some of today’s most well-known artists.

Wicked Panacea” features RODRIGO Y GABRIELA doing what they do best mixed in with Marty‘s frenetic playing.  It makes for a very unique and excellent hybrid.  “Meathook” with SHINING (NO)’s Jorgen Munkeby on vocals and saxophone is a balls out, off the wall number not unlike SHINING‘s work.  Hearing Marty and Jorgen trade leads is a thing of beauty.  “Hyperdoom” is a mere 1:55 and takes a little less than a minute to build up before Marty just goes off (pun intended).  While the vast majority of Inferno is pretty damn heavy, REVOCATION‘s Dave Davidson and Marty take it more extreme places with “Sociopaths.”

The beauty of the album lies in not only its diversity but also running order.  Just the listener may need a change up from all the full-out metal, the slower, mellower “Undertow” comes in.  Huge, melting melodies say so much with way less notes than are found on the previous songs.

The biggest deal surrounding Inferno has to be “Horrors,” which was co-written with still guitar god, Jason Becker.  This epic has it all – the peaks and valleys, acoustic guitars, and mind bending leads.  Simply awesome.

Inferno is an immediate and overwhelmingly clear reminder that we have indeed been pining to hear from Marty Friedman.  (Prosthetic Records)

First Track from New MARTY FRIEDMAN Solo Album Online

The track, “Steroidhead,” off of MARTY FRIEDMAN‘s upcoming solo album, Inferno, is now up.  Check it out below:

It sounds unmistakenly like Marty.  “Steroidhead” sees FRIEDMAN backed by Keshav Dhar and Anup Sastry (SKYHARBOR). Says Friedman, “I love working with innovative, risky and borderline crazy musicians, and the guys on ‘Steroidhead‘ certainly fit that description. Each track on the album has a separate dream team on it, so it feels like a constant barrage of fresh interpretations of my music.”

Due in May,Inferno is Marty‘s first solo album of original material in four years, and his first recording in more than a decade that will be released worldwide simultaneously. Featuring what he describes as the heaviest, most intense playing of his career, the album will feature guest appearances by several artists influenced by Marty, including Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), RODRIGO Y GABRIELA and REVOCATION‘s David Davidson. In addition, Inferno includes FRIEDMAN’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in CACOPHONY.

CHILDREN OF BODOM Guitarist to Tour with HYPOCRISY

HYPOCRISY have enlisted the help of CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for their upcoming North American tour. Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the currently vacant guitarist spot on their tour alongside ENSIFERUM, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, and SWASHBUCKLE. HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren commented:

“We’re very happy to bring Alexi along on this tour and that he’s helping us out with filling the 2nd guitarist position. Funny, the first CHILDREN OF BODOM show was a support gig for HYPOCRISY on the Nuclear Blast festival in ‘98. Since then me and Alexi have become very good friends. I’ve helped him with producing and he’s helped me by contributing a guitar solo on one of my records with my other band PAIN. There will be no shortage of alcohol on this tour that’s for sure.”

ENSIFERUM, HYPOCRISY, EX DEO, BLACKGUARD, SWASHBUCKLE:

11/06/09 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
11/07/09 Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
11/08/09 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/09/09 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/10/09 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/11/09 AKA Lounge – Orlando, FL (AntiPop Music Festival)
11/13/09 Meridian – Houston, TX
11/14/09 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/15/09 Ridglea Theatre – Fort Worth (Dallas), TX
11/17/09 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
11/18/09 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
11/19/09 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
11/20/09 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
11/21/09 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
11/22/09 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
11/23/09 The Warehouse – Calgary, AB – CANADA
11/24/09 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
11/27/09 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
11/28/09 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/29/09 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/30/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/02/09 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/03/09 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/04/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
12/05/09 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

MUNICIPAL WASTE Recording New Album, Massive Aggressive

MUNICIPAL WASTE have reached the halfway point in recording their new album, titled Massive Aggressive, tentatively scheduled for an August 2009 release on Earache Records. The band are recording the album at Red Planet Studios in Richmond, VA with acclaimed producer Zeuss (HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), who also produced the band’s previous album, 2007’s The Art of Partying.

MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarist Ryan Waste reports from the studio with his thoughts on the album and the recording process so far:

“We’re in the middle of blazing out the new tracks from Massive Aggressive. I’m really proud of the speed picking on the new record. I finish up my rhythms tomorrow and I’m pumped to celebrate after some gruelling nights in the studio. Zeuss is spot on for this record and we are thankful to have him in our neck of the woods this around.”

“For Massive Aggressive we are striving to capture elements from both traditional heavy metal and hardcore punk. When combined, the two genres can become a lethal formula. We’re not afraid to bridge the gap on this one.”

Already having finished his drums, Dave Witte reflects on the recording experience and what’s in store for fans:

“This record is definitely shaping up to be the best we’ve done easily, I’ve already banged out all my tracks in 1 & 1/2 days and am totally pleased with the outcome…I think our fans are going to be psyched with this record and I can’t wait to play these songs live!”

Finally, vocalist, Tony Foresta comments on his studio time and why his performance on Massive Aggressive will be his best yet:

“I have about 3 songs left of vocals. I’m really happy with how things are turning out. Zeuss has been pushing me really hard this time around and I think it will show when the record is completed.”

View photos of Ryan Waste and Dave Witte in the studio recording their parts for Massive Aggressive:

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MUNICIPAL WASTE are also gearing up for the No Fear Energy Music Tour with LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM and GOD FORBID.

MUNICIPAL WASTE and GOD FORBID will be alternating the show’s opening slot each night. Dates where MUNICIPAL WASTE go on 2nd after GOD FORBID are noted with an asterisk (*).

April 2, 2009 – Dodge Theater – Phoenix, AZ*
April 3, 2009 – Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 4, 2009 – Events Center – San Jose, CA*
April 5, 2009 – Crest Theater – Fresno, CA
April 7, 2009 – Paramount – Seattle, WA*
April 8, 2009 – UBC Thunderbird Arena – Vancouver, BC
April 10, 2009 – Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB*
April 11, 2009 – The Coral – Calgary, AB
April 12, 2009 – Praireeland – Saskatoon, SK*
April 13, 2009 – Convention Centre – Winnipeg, MB
April 14, 2009 – City Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ON*
April 16, 2009 – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ON
April 17, 2009 – Cepsum – Montreal, QC*
April 18, 2009 – Palladium – Worcester, MA
April 19, 2009 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA*
April 21, 2009 – LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
April 22, 2009 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA*
April 23, 2009 – Blackham Coliseum – Lafayette, LA
April 24, 2009 – Verizon Theatre – Houston, TX*
April 25, 2009 – Concrete St. Ampthitheatre – Corpus Christi, TX
April 26, 2009 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX*
April 28, 2009 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
April 29, 2009 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, KS*
April 30, 2009 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
May 1, 2009 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL*
May 2, 2009 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
May 3, 2009 – Egyptian – Indianapolis, IN*
May 5, 2009 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 6, 2009 – Fillmore Theater – Detroit, MI*
May 8, 2009 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
May 9, 2009 – Convention Center – Asbury Park, NJ
May 11, 2009 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD*
May 12, 2009 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*
May 13, 2009 – Washington St. Armory – Albany, NY
May 14, 2009 – The National – Richmond, VA*
May 15, 2009 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, and MUNICIPAL WASTE Team Up for Wrath Tour

Fresh off of their west coast run with METALLICA and upcoming visits to Finland, UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and Indonesia, LAMB OF GOD are primed to tour Noarth America in support of their fifth studio album, Wrath, which will be released by Epic Records on February 24th.

The tour, sponsored by No Fear Energy, will feature support from AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, and MUNICIPAL WASTE. AS I LAY DYING and CHILDREN OF BODOM are the main support acts on the tour, with the opening slot rotating between GOD FORBID and MUNICIPAL WASTE.

LAMB OF GOD drummer, Chris Adler, commented “I cannot wait to begin the first North American run of the ‘Wrath‘ world tour. The package we have lined up is guaranteed to leave sore necks and broken eardrums across the country. If you are into metal, there is something here for everyone, this is not a tour to miss. We are working up one hell of a show and can’t wait to play the new material. See you there! ”

No Fear‘s Vice President Of Marketing, Britt Galland commented, “No Fear Energy is excited to be working with LAMB OF GOD, Live Nation and the solid line-up of support bands for this upcoming tour. The music on this tour fits perfectly into the no-holds-barred lifestyle of those who buy No Fear Energy drinks and gravitate toward the action- sports properties associated with the No Fear brand image. We’re anticipating another popular metal tour, along with some unique product promotions and contests.”

Tickets and more information are available at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and www.nofear.com. Check local listings for additional information.

The dates for the tour are:
April 2, 2009 – Dodge Theater – Phoenix, AZ
April 3, 2009 – Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 4, 2009 – Events Center – San Jose, CA
April 5, 2009 – Crest Theater – Fresno, CA
April 7, 2009 – Paramount – Seattle, WA
April 8, 2009 – UBC Thunderbird Arena – Vancouver, BC
April 10, 2009 – Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB
April 11, 2009 – The Coral – Calgary, AB
April 12, 2009 – Praireeland – Saskatoon, SK
April 13, 2009 – Convention Centre – Winnipeg, MB
April 14, 2009 – City Auditorium – Thunder Bay, ON
April 16, 2009 – Ricoh Coliseum – Toronto, ON
April 17, 2009 – Cepsum – Montreal, QC
April 18, 2009 – Palladium – Worcester, MA
April 19, 2009 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
April 21, 2009 – LC Pavillion – Columbus, OH
April 22, 2009 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
April 23, 2009 – Blackham Coliseum – Lafayette, LA
April 24, 2009 – Verizon Theatre – Houston, TX
April 25, 2009 – Concrete St. Ampthitheatre – Corpus Christi, TX
April 26, 2009 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
April 28, 2009 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
April 29, 2009 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, KS
April 30, 2009 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
May 1, 2009 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
May 2, 2009 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
May 3, 2009 – Egyptian – Indianapolis, IN
May 5, 2009 – Expo Five – Louisville, KY
May 6, 2009 – Fillmore Theater – Detroit, MI
May 8, 2009 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
May 9, 2009 – Convention Center – Asbury Park, NJ
May 11, 2009 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
May 12, 2009 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 13, 2009 – Washington St. Armory – Albany, NY
May 14, 2009 – TBD
May 15, 2009 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

AMON AMARTH – Twilight of the Thunder Gods

With their relentless touring schedule and countless albums underneath their belt, AMON AMARTH have proved that hard work in the metal scene does indeed pay off. Twilight of the Thunder God shows that although their style of Viking death metal is different and more accessible than UNLEASHED, they can put out a solid album as well. Following the path of the last album, Twilight of the Thunder God treats fans to memorable choruses, melodic riffs, and a few surprise guest appearances. AMON AMARTH offers no bullshit, just straight up headbanging material.

The title track opens the album with tons of ferocity that will indeed make every AMON AMARTH fan smile with approval, and Roope Latvala of CHILDREN OF BODOM fame lends his talents with a nicely executed solo in the track. Fans of all Swedish death metal should be pleased that ENTOMBED growler L.G. Petrov belts out a few lines and backup vocals in “Guardians of Asgaard,” and his vocals compliment Johan Hegg‘s quite well. Johan has definitely stepped up to the plate, as his vocals on Twilight of the Thunder God are decipherable, yet deeper and stronger than ever before.

While the middle of the album loses some steam, “Tattered Banners and Bloody Flags” picks right back up and many of the songs on this album were written for the live setting as you can picture the entire crowd easily singing along and headbanging to certain parts. “No Fear for the Setting Sun” has an aggressive IN FLAMES feel to it, and will certainly satiate the thirst of all Swedish death metal lovers.

Live For The Kill” features APOCALYPTICA, but the cellos do not come into play until almost the end of the song, and while it is a nice touch, it could have been easily substituted with keyboards. “Embrace The Endless Ocean” closes the album nicely, capturing the spirit of a Viking warrior riding into the sunset across the vast ocean. Don’t be surprised if you catch yourself singing along to this album while drinking some beer and headbanging at the same time. (Metal Blade Records)

MENDEED – The Dead Live By Love

Despite what may sound like the title to a poor emo band you might find at a trendy store in the mall, The Dead Live By Love is actually the newest album by UK thrashers MENDEED. This new release is an excellent combination of talented modern thrash metal and 80’s metal inspiration and influence. MENDEED have been around in the UK since 2004, but this album should help secure their standing as an up and coming band worldwide. They sound like what you may get if Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM made a full on thrash album with no keyboards and Alexi Laiho occasionally threw in 80’s rock style vocals. The result is a stylishly executed thrash sound that should get the attention of the metal community, and there is no skimping in the guitar department with excellent riffs and solos. With twelve tracks of uncompromising, talented songwriting, MENDEED does not sell you short, and the album is well worth your cash. The Dead Live By Love runs the gamut of thrash metal, and the band has no problem displaying their versatility. Stand out tracks are “Gravedigger,” “Blood Brothers,” “Reload ‘n’ Kill,” and “It’s Not Over Yet.” Some new school fans may not like the 80’s rock clean vocal homage, but most metalheads should find this kind of influence refreshing in that it does not rehash operatic vocals like stereotypical power metal bands. (Nuclear Blast Records)

GOJIRA Making U.S. Debut with CHILDREN OF BODOM and AMON AMARTH

France’s GOJIRA have been confirmed as support for CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s upcoming North American tour, alongside AMON AMARTH and SANCTITY. The tour will cross the continent from late-November to mid-December and marks the first time GOJIRA will play live to North American audiences.

The band’s first domestic release, From Mars to Sirius, was released Aug. 22 through Prosthetic Records after seeing a late 2005 European release through Listenable Records.

The album’s first video, “To Sirius” can also be seen here.

Tour dates:
11/29 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero (no AMON AMARTH)
11/30 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall (no AMON AMARTH)
12/01 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s Concert Theatre
12/02 Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club
12/04 Dallas, TX – Gypsy Ballroom
12/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
12/08 San Diego, CA – Soma
12/09 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
12/11 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
12/12 Lawrence, KS – Granada
12/13 Minneapolis, MN – The Quest
12/15 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12/16 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
12/17 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
12/18 Montreal, QC – Metropolis