Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend Michael Monroe (HANOI ROCKS) has revealed the cover artwork for his new studio outing, “Horns And Halos”, to be released in the U.K. on August 26 via Spinefarm Records.
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Finnish death metal legion KALMAH are pleased to unleash their seventh studio offering this June. Titled Seventh Swamphony, the follow-up to 2010’s critically lauded 12 Gauge release, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features eight tracks, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al).
Comments lead guitarist Antti Kokko: “This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player [Veli-Matti Kananen], which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren.”
KALMAH’s latest production showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.
Check out epic pummel of fifth track “Windlake Tale” as well as studio footage at THIS LOCATION.
KALMAH (“From The Grave” in Karelian) will play Dark River Festival in Finland this Summer with more festival and UK touring plans to be announced. Stay tuned for details.
Seventh Swamphony will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records this June. Further details to be announced in weeks to come.
Monroe, whose solo band opened the show, stated after the concert: “We had an absolute blast with Slash on Tuesday at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki! A big thank you to Slash for inviting us to open the show. And for having me come up to jam on ‘We’re All Gonna Die’ and ‘Magic Carpet Ride’. It was truly magical. Good times and then some!”
Monroe has completed recording his new solo album in Stockholm, Sweden for an early 2013 release. He states, “We laid down 12 killer tracks! We’re all really excited about it!”
Michael‘s latest CD, “Sensory Overdrive”, was released in the U.S. and Canada in August 2011 via Spinefarm/Universal. The CD, which was made available in Europe in March 2011 via Universal Music subsidiary Spinefarm Records, featured guest appearances by MOTÖRHEAD‘s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and three-time Grammy-winning country/folk singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.
“Sensory Overdrive” was recorded in Los Angeles with legendary producer Jack Douglas, who has previously worked with AEROSMITH, JOHN LENNON, CLUTCH, SLASH’S SNAKEPIT and NEW YORK DOLLS, among many others.
Monroe in June 2011 recruited Dregen (real name: Andreas Tyrone Svensson) of Swedish sleaze rockers BACKYARD BABIES to be the guitarist of Monroe‘s solo band following the departure of Ginger (THE WILDHEARTS).
Photo by Ville Juurikkala (courtesy of Michael Monroe‘s Facebook page)