Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iomi made a surprise reunion in their hometown of Birmingham, England, on Monday night with a performance at the city’s Commonwealth Games. They performed their classic “Paranoid” alongside two musicians who joined them on their final tour, The End: Adam Wakeman, who played bass and keyboards, and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Osbourne and Iommi performed versions of ‘Iron Man’ and the complete ‘Paranoid’, the latter of which ended with a spectacular firework display. The performance apparently disrupted the BBC’s 10 O’Clock news broadcast, but nobody seemed to mind.
News of Osbourne’s performance comes ahead of the release of his new album, Patient Number 9, on September 9th. The new studio effort features guest appearances by the likes of Iommi, Zakk Wylde and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and former Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins are also all rumoured to have contributed.
The 2022 edition of Wacken Open Air just less than two days ago and the promoters are already able to confirm that next year’s installment of the annual metal festival has sold out. Within six hours, 80,000 tickets to the 2023 Wacken Open Air were sold. This marks the fastest sellout in Wacken‘s history.
The Wacken Open Air organizers said in a statement: “Metalheads! We absolutely cannnot believe what just happened: The Wacken Open Air 2023 is completely sold out after a record time of 6 hours — all 80,000 tickets are sold out! Thanks for your incredible loyalty, support and the trust you give us!”
They added: “You are the best fans in the world! So we can’t wait to celebrate another superlative metal party with you next year. Look forward to many more great bands and a festival with which we will take you back to the age of the Vikings — officially on four days instead of three!”
Promoter Thomas Jensen added: “A sold-out festival in that amount of time — unbelievable. And especially in these times, the backing of the community is enormously important.
“We are still knocking off the dust of this year’s Open Air and now, thanks to the trust of our fans, we can continue to fully concentrate on the program in 2023 under the motto ‘Vikings’, which will have one or two highlights in the bag in addition to the great IRON MAIDEN!”
“This is an enormous proof of confidence from our fans and we appreciate it very much,” said promoter Holger Hübner. “This allows us to push Wacken Open Air forward and develop various projects and themes alongside the billing, which we will announce during the year.”
As previously reported, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will headline next year’s edition of Wacken Open Air, set to take place August 2-5, 2023.
Wacken Open Air takes place annually in the village of Wacken, which has a population of just about 2,000.
Up to 85,000 people attend the event, which is 32 years old.
The first Wacken Open Air event in 1990 drew less than 800 people, but it has since grown to become the biggest open-air festival of its kind.
Around 30 percent travel from other countries to the festival, which over recent years has been growing in popularity.
So far the following artists have been confirmed for the 2023 edition of Wacken Open Air:
IRON MAIDEN MEGADETH THE DROPKICK MURPHYS WARDRUNA JINJER BEARTOOTH TWO STEPS FROM HELL ENSIFERUM DEICIDE PENTAGRAM NERVOSA BURNING WITCHES
200 bands performed at this year’s Wacken Open Air, including headliners SLIPKNOT, POWERWOLF and JUDAS PRIEST.
Wacken Open Air was forced to take a break for two years due to coronavirus restrictions.
Wacken Open Air normally does not announce the names of its headliners before tickets go on sale. Still, the festival usually sells out within hours.
The festival also doesn’t sell VIP access or upgrades and all purchases are for all the days without a single-day ticket option, something they did away with nearly two decades ago.
The band’s seventh full-length album is set for release this October. Kennedy and Tremonti – plus bass guitar player Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips – have teamed back up for a new Alter Bridge album called Pawns & Kings. The band’s seventh album, Pawns & Kings was helmed by longtime collaborator/producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, and is set for an October 14 release via Napalm Records.
The animated music video for the LP’s second single “Silver Tongue” can be seen below and its heavy! The clip, which was created and directed by Ollie Jones of Better Feeling Films (Myles Kennedy, PRODIGY, PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS), follows victims who fall prey someone beautiful but turns demonic under a dark spell of a painting that pulls them into an alternate universe and traps them inside forcing them to fight for survival. My personal interpretation of the song is that its a euphemism for the mysterious power of attractive people who are evil on the inside and how you can fall victim to external beauty and to never judge a book by its cover. Watch the video and decide for yourself.
ALTER BRIDGE will be touring in support of “Pawns & Kings”. The band has announced a tour of Europe for November and December that will make 25 stops. The tour starts November 1 in Germany and will go to Denmark, Sweden, Spain and more before it ends December 12 at O2 Arena in the United Kingdom. HALESTORM and MAMMOTH WVH will be part of the tour.
Alter Bridge – Pawns & Kings:
1. This Is War 2. Dead Among The Living 3. Silver Tongue 4. Sin After Sin 5. Stay 6. Holiday 7. Fable Of The Silent Son 8. Season Of Promise 9. Last Man Standing 10. Pawns & Kings
Cosmic metallers VANDERLUST (ft. members of S91, Dreal) invited fans into their galaxy of wonder with the release of their self-titled debut album released this past April via Rockshots Records.
Today, they share their next video adventure with “High Hopes”, a heavy-power metal song, that is fast and powerful. It mixes technical riffs with a melodic and catchy vocal line; it’s one of the band’s most Iron Maiden-oriented songs. The lyrics speak about the first human travel to Mars and the great hopes that this mission inspires.
Birthed to travel the cosmos, Italy’s Vanderlust is a power-heavy metal band with prog-thrash influences that tells tales of space travels, astronomy, space engineering, and sci-fi adventures.
“We tried to mix a prog-thrashy riffing in the roots of Megadeth, Vektor, and Tool with epic vocal parts like Iron Maiden, Helloween, Angra, and Lione’s Rhapsody. We also put sci-fi elements in our songs, so you can hear also something from Voivod.” adds the band.
This debut recording is like a stellar system with 12 different planets. The star at the center of the system represents the heavy-power metal around all the songs revolving. Despite all the tracks being irradiated by the same light, they are all different from each other. Vanderlust has fast thrash, slow and doom, shiny and brilliant to grunge, and darker songs. Like planets, which appear like simple small bright spots, but in reality, are all big worlds, Vanderlust‘s songs are more complex than they sound at first listen. In fact, you can easily sing along to some of the choruses even if there are complex riffs in the background. Vanderlust is particularly proud of the participation of opera singer Letizia Cappellini who does vocals on select tracks and helps the band further expand the vocal register of their compositions. The band also adds the presence of synths and electronic elements to the compositions to set the sci-fi mood of the lyrics.
“The main goal was to start a metal band that could be an inspiration for young people, a band that could tell them stories from the future when mankind will have overcome its limits and the solar system will be an entire human colony. This idea came to mind to founding members Francesco and Santo when they began their search for other members that could fit. Drummer Giacomo Mezzetti joined the space odyssey right before the covid-19 outbreak. Vocalist Riccardo Morello joined the band during the first lockdown in Italy, so the first song was entirely composed online, using videocalls and file sharing.” adds the band.
For their live aspect, Vanderlust is currently working hard to create a thrilling spectacle, giving all their energy to the fans and letting them join them on the space journey.
Vanderlust is recommended for fans of Iron Maiden, Angra, Tool, Helloween, and Vektor.
Track Listing: 1. Intro (0:58) 2. High Hopes (3:34) 3. Orphan Planet (3:41) 4. Forgotten Breed (5:13) 5. The Last Ganymedian (3:45) 6. Scavengers Of Kuiper Belt (4:02) 7. Mass Effect Destruction (2:04) 8. Requiem For An Ancient World (4:59) 9. 3 Suns (4:44) 10. Dyson’s Swarm (4:00) 11. Ringworld (3:26) 12. Ten Years Back (3:38) 13. Zima Blue (4:39) Album Length: 48:49
Rob Zombie’s “The Munsters” reboot will be available for digital purchase and on Blu-Ray on Sept. 27. The premiere date was announced along with the release of a new “Munsters” trailer.
The film will be available on Netflix later in the year. Zombie had announced recently that the film would also head to Netflix, writing, “This fall we are gonna spook-out like it’s 1964! Yep, THE MUNSTERS and THE ADDAMS FAMILY are returning to the boob tube at the same time courtesy of Netflix.” The digital, Blu-Ray and DVD will include over an hour of Collector’s Edition bonus content, including behind-the-scenes footage with Zombie and the cast and feature commentary by Zombie that takes viewers deep inside the haunted adventure.
Based on the ’60s black-and-white sitcom, the film stars Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster and Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa. Returning from the original cast are Butch Patrick and Pat Priest.
Also making an appearance in the film is Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira. Peterson plays Barbara Carr, a real estate agent. “Here I am playing this character that’s so different from what I normally do. I’m playing a super straight character,” Peterson revealed in an interview.
Zombie, the director behind “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects” will deliver a family- friendly film which he confirmed will be rated PG. His version will be in color, as the teaser trailer revealed last week.
Production shot on location in Budapest, Hungary, during the pandemic. The entire Mockingbird Lane neighborhood was constructed from scratch by production designer Juci Szurdi.
Since announcing the news last June, Zombie has teased audiences with behind-the-scenes insights into the sets, costumes and makeup of the anticipated film.
The costumes are designed by Tóth András Dániel and Godena-Juhász Attila. Zombie revealed photos of Daniel’s and Attila’s designs when he shared sketches of what Lily and Herman Munster wear to bed. The detailed look included a description of Herman’s nightgown, complete with skull buttons, while spiderweb embroidery finishes Lily’s floor-length robe. Zombie wrote, “What do Herman and Lily wear to bed? Perhaps something like this! Check out some wardrobe designs by our amazing costume designers.”
Earlier this month, Marvel released a book titled X-Men: Hellfire Gala, and there were two cameos. One of those is Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, the other being comedian Brian Posehn. Both the Iron Maiden Twitter account and Posehn tweeted about their special cameos within this latest X-Men book. Per Iron Maiden, they wrote:
“EDDIE??! Look who showed up at @Marvel‘s biggest night for mutantkind! Check out Eddie’s guest appearance in ‘X-Men: Hellfire Gala’ #1, out now at your local comic book shop. #XMenHellfireGala#IronMaiden #Marvel #Eddie #Comic #Xmen”
EDDIE??! Look who showed up at @Marvel 's biggest night for mutantkind! 🔥
Posehn retweet’d Maiden and wrote: “Um, this is crazy. My huge ass just chillin’ with ‘Trooper’ Eddie at a Hellfire Gala. @IronMaiden and @Marvel had a crazy impact on my life. And now this panel exists. Thanks to all involved and @GerryDuggan.”
Swedish Melodic Black Metal Combo EOSPHORUS re-newed their collaboration with Wormholedeath for the release of their EP “From Fire Into Birth”, which will be available on July 29th, 2022.
The band speaking of the album stated:After almost 8 years of working on other projects and records, new material has surfaced from Eosphorus! This new EP saw the beginning of its creation shortly after the release of Winds of Apep but we just didn’t have the time to complete it until now. We think it will be worth the wait for those who want to hear a more developed, more sinister Eosphorus. With this release we are sparking yet another rebirth of this band, with more material already on hold and waiting to take form it’s only a matter of sorting out logistics and time to have it manifest into something great. Still breathing, still brewing… A big thanks to Wormholedeath for wanting to work with us again, and believing in our music. They are a rare breed in this industry and it shows in their devotion and care for their bands.
Eosphorus is a band from Stockholm, Sweden founded in 2006-2008 by Markus Svantesson(Bödel) on lead guitar and Oliver Spetse (ex-Bödel) on guitars and vocals. While in the early years of the band, members have come and gone with only Oliver and Markus still remaining as original members and founders. The core line-up of Eosphorus was established when Joel Haegerström(Purified By Pain, Bödel) joined on bass guitar and Victor Parri(Desolator, Hadriel, Isole, Neuronaut, The Curse, Valkyrja) joined on drums in 2010. There have been no line-up changes since then. With their first album “We who’ve seen the darkness”, which reminisces of Dissection, Watain, and older black metal with melodic passages, they set their sights on making the album in a way that best embodies the band, an album that would later be called “Winds of Apep”. Released by WormholeDeath in 2014 it received critical acclaim by journalists and listeners alike for its melodic nature and shifting between fast and slow passages and variety in tracks.
Band members Oliver Spetse (Lead vocals, guitar,) Markus Svantesson (Clean vocals, lead guitars, backup bass) Joel Haegerström (Main Bass) Victor Parri (Drums)
“From Fire Into Birth” Cover & Tracklist
1. From Fire Into Birth 2. Charnel Ground 3. They Fall 4. Behold The Pyre
The second release from Denver, USA’s Celestial Wizard is a veritable blend of power metal and death metal. “Winds Of The Cosmos” is nine tracks of crushing and aggressive vocals with thrash and melodic style of guitar playing. The drums are clear, and punchy to give a solid foundation and framework for the music to thrive. All these elements together create something new and unique in its own right, blazing a new trail of melodic heavy metal.
The lyrics guide the listener through a choice mix of fantasy and sci-fi themes, ranging from frosty Dungeons and Dragons excitement to space travelers and black holes. The lyrics also delve into personal struggle and growth, allowing fans to connect with the music on a deeper level. The band shares their thoughts on the release:
“We’re over the moon to finally be releasing ‘Winds Of The Cosmos’ to everyone. We’re all so incredibly proud of what we’ve made. We worked so hard on this record and pushed ourselves to outperform anything we’ve done previously, and I think we’ve achieved that. We made a point to record everything with the most passion and conviction we could and to give our absolute best from start to finish. We’re so thankful for everyone that’s stuck with us since the beginning and especially thankful for everyone who had a hand in seeing this album to completion.”
Celestial Wizard wanted every song on this album to be able to stand on its own, giving the fans a different experience with each track. At the same time, they wanted there to be a flow and connection from song to song, allowing listeners to sit down with the album and enjoy the ride from beginning to end. Those wanting more from the band won’t be disappointed, as they have already started the writing process on new material.
Melodic, and high energy, “Winds Of The Cosmos” is recommended for fans of Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, and Galaktikon.
The album “Winds Of The Cosmos”comes out on July 15, 2022 and can be heard in full via its premiere on Bravewords HERE.
About: Celestial Wizard is a fantasy-inspired heavy metal band based out of Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2018, this heavy metal quartet delivers crushing riffs and grand stories of dragons and wizards. Seeking to stand out among the others, Celestial Wizard combines the best elements of death metal with symphonic and synthwave elements creating a unique and engaging sound.
In the beginning, they carried a symphonic, fantasy sound dousing every song with a healthy dose of strings, choirs, synthesizers, and the like. This vibe can be heard on their debut album “A Sinister Awakening” (2018). Intended to be a concept album, they marketed some of the limited edition tapes and mini VHS tapes as though the album was a movie, thus The tapes ended up getting put in the soundtrack section of record stores.
The next year, drummer Tim Gillman joined Nick Daggers (guitar/vocals), Guillermo Jurado (guitar/bass), and Amethyst Noir (vocals) and they slashed most of the unnecessary backing tracks and refocused the music on the riffs and the core elements of the band. The evolution is reflected in the second album “Winds Of The Cosmos” (2022) (Release Date July 15th).
They deliver an energetic and engaging performance while keeping the sound tight. They make an effort each night to make their songs come alive and immerse the audience in their love for playing. They have played with bands including Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Insomnium, Nekrogoblikon, and Unleash The Archers. Combining their passions of Dungeons and Dragons, space adventure, and fantasy, Celestial Wizard takes influences like Arch Enemy, Metallica, Firewind, and Turisas and forge a path all their own!
In 2020 international brutal death metal collective Awaken The Misogynist announced themselves to the world in suitably violent and abrasive fashion with the three track Abuse Of ConsumptionEP – a release which set out the concept behind their challenging name, that of mankind destroying the earth, Mother Nature, with their endless obsession with the advancement of technology. As vocalist Jameson Blomgren put it, this band are here to “shed light on the atrociousness of man through talking about the uncomfortable things that we continue to ignore”. Well things are about to get a hell of a lot more uncomfortable with the release of new full length debut album, Descended From Vast Dimensions…
Including the three bursts of rage that made up Abuse Of Consumption, along with nine brand new wicked nail bombs of slamming brutality, black humor and an even blacker vision of the future, Descended From Vast Dimensions is an explosion of obscene power. Ugly tracks like ‘Crimson Horror’ and ‘Infinite Regression’ grind the listener’s face into the sordid reality of modern society, delivering venomous justice with spine-splitting savagery. This is a punishing ride through depravity and darkness, but one that hits you with an adrenaline high as it empties a full magazine into your guts. The level of focused ferocity might seem insane for such a new band, but then the members of Awaken The Misogynist are all battle hardened troops from death metal’s front lines, with tours of duty with Crepitation, Enigmatik, Slamentation, Facelift Deformation, Bodysnatch and more under their belts. They know just how to deliver a barrage of brutality with maximum deadly effect.
With Comatose Music’s undisputed muscle behind them, Awaken The Misogynist are prepared to spread their vision of disgrace and disgust throughout the world – a rude awakening for the blind and ignorant sleep walking to their doom and dragging the planet with them. The fuse will be lit on September 9th and the furious artillery of Descended From Vast Dimensions will discharge its payload of death.
Feel the fury of Awaken The Misogynist now at the Comatose Music YouTube channel – where first single ‘The Cleansing Of Ignorance’ is streaming now!
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Its interesting that Pantera are touring again without the Abbott brothers. Could you do The Beatles without John and George or Motörhead without Lemmy? I’ve always liked the idea of Zakk Wylde doing a tour with Pantera, but now that there’s no Vinnie Paul it’s an even bigger ask of the fanbase to support this. Personally, I feel that it’s only fitting that Terry Glaze is somehow involved but that’s just my personal preference. I won’t shit on this, as those great songs deserve to be played live.
Surviving members of Arlington metal band Pantera are reuniting for 2023 tour. Guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante will be joining them in place of the late Dimebag Darell and Vinnie Paul, who died in 2004 and 2018 respectively. This would serve as the metal legends’ first time playing under the Pantera name since 2001.
Metal social media was blown up yesterday by the news that a Pantera reunion is happening. The news was received both positively and negatively by fans. Some excited to hear Pantera songs played live again while many have expressed hesitation at the thought of a Pantera tour without the Abbott brothers. Others pointed out Anselmo’s white power outburst in 2016, suggesting that it has tainted Pantera’s legacy.
Several fans have taken to Twitter to share their sentiments about the news. While some are ecstatic, others seem a bit torn over the idea of a tour taking place with only half of the surviving members.
“Pantera tour 2023. I will be in that fucking pit,” one user wrote.
“Pantera reunion tour is a thing… man, I love that band with my whole heart, but without Dime and Vinnie I don’t know,” remarked another.