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Israeli And Palestinian Metal Bands Join Forces For European Tour

Israeli progressive folk metal masters ORPHANED LAND will join forces with the Palestinian group KHALAS for an 18-concert European tour in October/November. The two bands will also share a tour bus for three weeks, an artistic cooperation between Jewish and Arab artists which is being hailed as “a major breakthrough.” Continue reading Israeli And Palestinian Metal Bands Join Forces For European Tour

Reunited SANCTUARY Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Reunited ’80s cult metal outfit SANCTUARY has inked a deal with Century Media Records. The band’s “comeback” album — tentatively titled “The Year The Sun Died” — is scheduled for release before the end of the year.

In 2010, four of the founding SANCTUARY members — Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill — came together for a few select reunion performances. At first, it was just going to be a handful of shows, but the response and chemistry on stage was so overwhelming that the guys changed their minds. Now, some 20 years after they left off, SANCTUARY will continue with their unique mix of U.S. power metal, hard rock and progressive elements and begin work on a new LP.

To complete the lineup, Brad Hull (FORCED ENTRY) will be filling in for former guitar player Sean Blosi.

Comments Dane: “Having been with Century Media since 1995 with NEVERMORE, it was a very comfortable decision for SANCTUARY to sign with them. Century Media has a great team that always delivers for all of their bands. I’ve known most of them on a first name basis for many years and I look forward to this new chapter in history.”

Added Rutledge: “I can speak for every member of SANCTUARY when I say we are all excited to join the Century Media family. We now have the opportunity to work with the best metal record label on the planet. We are looking forward to creating great music with an awesome team behind us.”

SANCTUARY released the classic albums “Refuge Denied” and “Into The Mirror Black” during its short existence between 1985 and 1992. Following the band’s split, Dane and Sheppard formed NEVERMORE.

Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for SANCTUARY‘s new CD, Dane told GetYourRockOut in August 2012, “We’ve got so much stuff written that it’s hard to sort through, but we played two new songs [at the Bloodstock Open Air festival]. We played the one ballad, it’s called ‘I Am Low’, and we played another one called ‘The World Is Wired’. Some of the other stuff is a little heavier, but those songs, I think, are… Sometimes the stuff that isn’t as heavy is stronger, so that’s why we picked those.”

He added, “I don’t think anybody is gonna be disappointed, because I am involved in the creative process and I know what’s going on and I know where we’re going and I know it’s gonna be killer.”

Regarding how SANCTUARY‘s reformation came about, Dane told Rock My Monkey TV, “[SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge and I] always talked to each other, but never really been friends again. And when the whole thing came about, that we were actually friends again, that’s when we started talking more about doing it. And it definitely wasn’t because NEVERMORE was imploding… which it was, at that point . . . We all just started talking with each other again. That was kind of the groundwork for it. And then we started saying, ‘Well, gosh, let’s make music again.’ And my god! Lenny is writing some stuff that is so friggin great! Obviously, he’s been bottling this up for years, because he really hasn’t been doing anything… Well, he’s had bands here and there. But he’s really writing some great stuff that’s really inspiring me, and making me fall in love with music again, with the creative process… everything that revolves around that. Really inspiring me to write really evil lyrics.”

On the topic of the sound of SANCTUARY‘s upcoming studio album, Dane said, “This record is not going to sound like the other two. It might sound very similar to the second one (‘Into The Mirror Black’). It’s definitely not going to sound like the first one, because we’re all a little bit older and I can’t come up with a c-clamp for a scrotum and a helium tank . . . It’s not going to sound like the old ones… it’s 2011. It’s still gonna be that good, I think, and there’s gonna be high-pitched screaming. I’m making sure of that. With NEVERMORE, high-pitched screaming was never really called for. You know, with SANCTUARY… of course it is.”

SANCTUARY‘s current lineup:

Warrel Dane – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitar
Brad Hull – Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums

“The World Is Wired” (new song) performance:

“I Am Low” (new song) performance:

ICED EARTH Drummer Quits; Replacement Announced

North American power metallers ICED EARTH have parted ways with drummer Brent Smedley (pictured below) for “personal family reasons.” His replacement, Raphael Saini (CHAOSWAVE), will join the group on the road starting this summer.

“I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville,” Smedley says in a statement. “It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post.” Continue reading ICED EARTH Drummer Quits; Replacement Announced

TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE: New Album Details Revealed

 

The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will release its new album, simply titled “Queensrÿche”, on June 25 via Century Media Records. The cover artwork was created by Craig Howell, who has previously worked on designs for “Star Wars”, SLIPKNOT and “American Idol”, to name a few. Continue reading TODD LA TORRE-Fronted Version Of QUEENSRŸCHE: New Album Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE Comment On Tour Disruption – “(We) Never Want To Miss Any Chance To See And Play For Our Fans Around The World”

Legendary Seattle progressive hard rockers QUEENSRŸCHE are rescheduling some of their upcoming European shows next month. The postponement of these dates is caused by changes in the bands promotional schedule brought upon by their new label, Century Media Records, in order to meet the demands of their upcoming June 10th worldwide release date. All affected performances have been moved to October in an effort to honor the band’s desire to play for their fans around the globe. A complete list of all European tour dates for Queensrÿche can be seen below. Continue reading QUEENSRŸCHE Comment On Tour Disruption – “(We) Never Want To Miss Any Chance To See And Play For Our Fans Around The World”