JUDAS PRIEST are working on new album

JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford (vocals), Scott Travis (drums) and Richie Faulkner (guitar) spoke to Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to “Firepower” album. Released in March 2018, “Firepower” was the second LP to feature Faulkner, who was selected to fill the void left by founding guitarist K.K. Downing following his exit in 2011.

Judas Priest
Judas Priest

“We started the year prepping the next JUDAS PRIEST metal masterpiece,” Rob said. “We had one massive writing session together and we’ve got an enormous amount of material stacked up, which is really thrilling after the glorious response we had to ‘Firepower’.”

“It’s gonna be good,” added Travis. Rob‘s always excited about new music, which is great, because he’s such a creative guy and when you are that creative, naturally you never rest on your laurels. You always want to do something new and get it out there.”

Faulkner talked in more detail about PRIEST‘s songwriting process, saying: “We compile all our ideas and get together and throw them in the pot and see what sticks, then see what lights up the room, see what Rob grabs hold of. It might be a riff that Rob really gets his teeth into that inspires a lyric or an intro, verse or chorus and suddenly you’ve got the nucleus of a song.”

Source: blabbermouth.net

NANOWAR OF STEEL reveals music video for new single “Uranus” feat. Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER)

Kings of masterful Heavy Metal parodies NANOWAR OF STEEL bless the world with yet another spectacular music video for their new single “Uranus”, featuring none other than glam icon Michael Starr of the legendary STEEL PANTHER! Showing off their incredible choreography skills in shiny space suits, NANOWAR OF STEEL dance their way straight into your heart – and Uranus!

Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER) says about the video for “Uranus”:
“This video will make your penis bigger with one view. The more times you view it, the bigger your penis will get. You’re welcome.
“Uranus” is a must watch video. It’s the only way to have your first eye orgasms. A fun video with a great story line. If you don’t like this song you must be deaf. If you don’t like this video you must be blind.”

Gatto Panceri 666 of NANOWAR OF STEEL adds about the video for “Uranus”:
“I know, this joke has been used and abused since 1781, from the very first day William Herschel discovered this planet. However, being a practicing astronomer and a professional idiot, I felt I had more right to use it as the subject of a song to be dignified with a Lady Gaga-level video (in all humbleness).
Perhaps it won’t be the most original pun ever, but one thing we can tell you for sure: this joke turned out to be the most expensive one we’ve ever told so far!”

Nanowar Of Steel
Nanowar Of Steel; photo by Valerio Fea

After gathering millions of clicks on YouTube and Spotify, Italy’s finest up-and-coming comedy metal outfit NANOWAR OF STEEL celebrates the overwhelmingly successful release of their previously sold out 2018 album, “Stairway To Valhalla”, with an exclusive first ever re-issue on vinyl via Napalm Records on December 4, 2020.

The re-issued vinyl edition will be available in two different colors and comes along with a bonus CD as well as yet-unreleased fountains of fun, starting with party smashing “Uranus” featuring Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER). On their forth full-length, the five-piece offers hits such as “The Call of Cthulhu” and “Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight” featuring Fabio Lione (Turilli/Lione Rhapsody). The Bonus CD also contains NANOWAR OF STEEL’s smashers “Norwegian Reggaeton” and “Valhalleluja” amongst others!

Nanowar Of Steel - Stairway To Valhalla
Nanowar Of Steel – Stairway To Valhalla

Stairway To Valhalla (Re-Issue) Tracklist:
1. Declination
2. Barbie, Milf Princess of the Twilight
3. The Call of Cthulhu
4. Heavy Metal Kibbles
5. Il maestro Myiagi di Pino
6. L’opelatole ecologico
7. Images and Swords
8. In the Sky
9. … And Then I Noticed That She Was a Gargoyle
10. Tooth Fairy
11. Vegan Velociraptor
12. Another Drill in the Wall
13. Ironmonger (The Copier of the Seven Keys)
14. Bum Voyage
15. Uranus
16. The Crown and the Onion Ring
17. The Quest for Carrefour
18. Hail to Liechtenstein
19. Uranus (feat. Michael Starr)

Bonus CD:
1. Valhalleluja
2. Sottosegretari alla presidenza della repubblica del True Metal
3. Norwegian Reggaeton
4. Bestie di Seitan
5. Sneeztem of a Yawn
6. A cena da Gianni
7. Kurograd
8. Esce ma non mi rosica (Shahram Shabpareh Cover)
9. Deep Throat Revolution (Immanuel Casto Cover)
10. Norwegian Reggaeton (Remix)

NANOWAR OF STEEL are:
Gatto Panceri 666 – Bass 
Potowotominimak – Vocals
Mr. Baffo – Vocals
Abdul – Guitar
Uinona Raider – Drums

SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH replace ANCIENT at Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Austrian Death Metal legend Martin „El Cochino“ Schirenc comes with his SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020, which will take place in the Summer Theatre of Burgas, Bulgaria, on July  4,  2020, Saturday.

Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

Due COVID-19 reasons, ANCIENT postponed their visit in Bulgaria for 2021.

The day PUNGENT STENCH disbanded in 2007 marked the loss of one of Death Metal‘s most unique originators…and the calls for a reunion have not ceased ever since. Although disappointed by the sudden split, founding member singer/guitarist Martin „El Cochino“ Schirenc continued to release music and play concerts with various other projects, before he finally agreed to attend a PUNGENT STENCH tribute show in Istanbul, where he played several songs from his former band under the moniker „The Church of Pungent Stench“. Supported by Mike Gröger (HOLLENTHON) on drums, as well as Hakan Nurcanlı (Art Diktator) on bass, this 2011 concert was a huge success. Subsequently, Schirenc received numerous offers from various promoters to also bring this show to other cities.

It wasn’t until 2013 that Schirenc finally agreed to take THE CHURCH OF PUNGENT STENCH on the road to grace stages worldwide. The new line up continued to feature Mike on drums, but also introduced a new bass player, Danny Vacuum, known for his involvement with bands like GENOCIDE S.S., NECRONY and THE ACCIDENTS. The first show took place at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting and only marked the beginning of a successful series of appearances at the biggest festivals in Europe (Neurotic Deathfest, SWR Barroselas Metalfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest, Bang Your Head, Brutal Assault, Into The Grave) and the USA (70.000 Tons of Metal and Maryland Deathfest).

Due to a legal dispute, the band was forced to change its name and is now touring as SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH. However, the mission remains the same:  ringing the music of Austria’s sickest band back to life and keeping the flame burning by refusing to praise the ashes!

Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

Schirenc Plays Pungent Stench

The complete line-up is NOKTURNAL MORTUM (Pagan Folk Metal, Ukraine), SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH (Death Metal, Austria), ACHERONTAS (Black Metal, Greece),  KAWIR (Black Metal, Greece), SCAPEGOAT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), DAY OF EXECUTION (Death Metal, Bulgaria), PAST REDEMPTION (Death Metal, Bulgaria), THE REVENGE PROJECT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), BOLG (Black Metal, Bulgaria).

Ticket price categories:
01.06.2020 – 03.07.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

ANCIENT comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Norwegian Black Metal legends ANCIENT comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020, which will take place in the Summer Theatre of Burgas, Bulgaria, on July  4,  2020, Saturday.

Aphazel - Ancient

Aphazel – Ancient

The complete line-up is NOKTURNAL MORTUM (Pagan Folk Metal, Ukraine), ANCIENT (Black Metal, Norway), ACHERONTAS (Black Metal, Greece),  KAWIR (Black Metal, Greece), SCAPEGOAT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), DAY OF EXECUTION (Death Metal, Bulgaria), PAST REDEMPTION (Death Metal, Bulgaria), THE REVENGE PROJECT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), BOLG (Black Metal, Bulgaria).

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Ticket price categories:
01.02.2020 – 31.05.2020 – 45 BGN
01.06.2020 – 03.07.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

NOKTURNAL MORTUM comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Ukrainian Pagan Folk Black Metal veterans NOKTURNAL MORTUM comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020, which will take place in the Summer Theatre of Burgas, Bulgaria, on July  4,  2020, Saturday.

Nokturnal Mortum

Nokturnal Mortum

Due COVID-19 pandemy, HORNA and LIQUID GRAVEYARD cancelled all their performances, including on Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020.

Ticket price categories:
01.02.2020 – 31.05.2020 – 45 BGN
01.06.2020 – 03.07.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

Nokturnal Mortum

ACHERONTAS comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Greek Occult Black Metal extremists ACHERONTAS comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020, which will take place in the Summer Theatre of Burgas, Bulgaria, on July  4,  2020, Saturday.

Acherontas

Acherontas

 

Due COVID-19 pandemy, MORK cancelled all their performances, including on Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020.

Ticket price categories:
01.02.2020 – 31.05.2020 – 45 BGN
01.06.2020 – 03.07.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

Acherontas comes to Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020 postponed for July 4

Due COVID-19 pandemy, Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020 is postponed for July 4, 2020, Saturday, the plae is the same – The Summer Theatre of Burgas, Bulgaria. The Welcome Warm Up Party in Alive Bar is postponed for July 3, Friday. Purchased tickets remain available.

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Ticket price categories:
01.02.2020 – 31.05.2020 – 45 BGN
01.06.2020 – 03.07.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

BULGARRITORY new album

The BULGARRITORY new album is will be out in April 2020, it includes songs along with FIN BULGARIA and ZEBRAZEBROZA. Created for the album is a single dedicated to the movie “Time of Violence” (“Време разделно”). The band is recording too to the new album “Gigama”, a song dedicated to Maximinus Thrax, Roman emperor of Thracian origin.

Bulgarritory

Bulgarritory

HORNA and LIQUID GRAVEYARD headlines Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020 will take place in the Summer Theatre of Burgas (Bulgaria) on May 9, 2020.

Line-up: LIQUID GRAVEYARD (Death Metal, UK), HORNA (Black Metal, Finland), MORK (Black Metal, Norway), KAWIR (Black Metal, Greece), AUTHOR (Black Metal, Finland), LYKAIONAS (Black Metal, Greece), SCAPEGOAT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), DAY OF EXECUTION (Death Metal,Bulgaria), PAST REDEMPTION (Death Metal, Bulgaria), THE REVENGE PROJECT (Death Metal, Bulgaria), BOLG (Black Metal, Bulgaria).

Ticket price categories:
01.02.2020 – 31.03.2020 – 45 BGN
01.04.2020 – 09.05.2020 – 50 BGN
at the festival doors – 70 BGN

Children until 10 years enter for free with parent with purchased ticket.

Tickets presale: besttickets.bg

Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest 2020

JUDAS PRIEST’s irrevocable Epitaph and the Resurrection of K.K.Downing

The New Moon at the end of November brings release of the tribulations around Judas Priest in the past two years. K.K.Downing has issued the following statement:

CaptureKK

It seems Judas Priest’s choice to cover up pervading toxicity had sucked the oxygen from their pond, until K.K.Downing was urged to stir it. Rightfully so – having left the band in 2011 amid unresolved conflict, and prior to Priest’s supposed farewell tour, he is not just attached to the band – he formed and helped mould it out of his own creative body over the course of 40 years.
His conflict being primarily with Glenn Tipton, he wrongfully but logically presumed that, once Glenn announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis and stepped down from active touring, Priest would rush to re-incorporate the other half of the axe duo that constituted the band’s essence.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

Little did he know that Judas Priest had already made other calculations.
Nothing had to change.
Judas Priest had established themselves as “gods” and “legends”, and in the words of Ian Hill, “heavy metal may now be cliche, but we invented it”. Ta-da.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

Heavy Metal as a genre, with enough exceptions that still confirm the rule, has long given up its revolutionary connotations and become a bastion of conservatism with an odour of bellicosity, a refuge for frail identities. (One proof is the comments’ section of the heavy metal news site, blabbermouth, where commenters seem mostly concerned with “shutting up” their idols, alongside any critical opinion.) There is some “truth” in metal, but it is that of a party line, a uniform, a brand holding the imagined power to provide fanatics with a sense of belonging. It’s a trap for both parties, those being sucked and their sycophants – a perversely intricate construct, given this is only rock’n’roll.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

It’s been such a backlash, such hostility KK Downing has had to endure from “fans” (coupled with that of his former colleagues), for simply relaying his own version of events in a dicreet and gentlemanly manner. It may sound like a storm in a glass to the outsider, but Priest’s struggle has been fierce to preserve the myth and keep up the facade, pleasing their (albeit dwindling) hordes of fanatics, to whom they openly refer as “maniacs”.
What the “maniacs” receive in return, are the full pyrotechnics for which they are prepared to part with their hard-earned dollar. Music and deep creatvity play second fiddle to this. Could Priest nowadays do a concert on a minimal stage, in black shirts, with no effects, and still be as impactful? Let’s leave the question open – but it seems to matter little to their fans that a fantastic guitarist such as K.K. Downing, whose name alone is an accolade, is no longer in the picture. Many of their concert attendants, reportedly, think Richie Faulkner is K.K, and leave the concert happy. Personal, challenging guitar style? Improvisation, soul, character? It’s all lost in the screens, smokes, and techically-enhanced screams. The Firepower fanboys want to be “blown away” and “get their ass kicked”, not to think, feel, and truly experience.
But that’s the case, to some extent, even in classical music today. Intimate, authentic concerts, where every note of the soloist is suffered, compete with productions where Paganini is turned into a hollow spectacle.
The latter are keywords, perhaps. Rob Halford has promised the Judas Priest 50th anniversary tour (minus K.K.) to be an “amazing spectacular”. He has also intimated that he finds the Ronnie James Dio hologram a “most beautiful, wonderful thing”.
Judas Priest is currently promoting a 2020 tour, booked through to the end of next year, featuring Glenn Tipton. While our hearts go out to Glenn, common sense wonders whether a late-stage Parkinson’s sufferer, whose only appearance in 2019 was a brief, painstaking struggle, could make it next year.
What if not? A further “spectacular” addition to the already giant screens? A “beautiful” hologram?

Judas Priest 2020 tour poster

Judas Priest 2020 tour poster

All of the above is a bit exaggerated, and not all Priest fans are zombies – although the ones who seek pure music and genuine identity, may be quick to regroup in the K.K. camp. Even those who were fond of the myth and their childhood heroes, might agree the balloon has popped. But K.K. has emerged from the dysfunctional rock’n’roll bubble rejuvenated and vigorous.
The fans were already enthusiastic at his Bloodstock appearance in August this year; but his full Priest-classics concert in Wolverhampton on November 3rd, featuring Les Binks, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, and second guitarist AJ Mills, is described thus by a fan:
“I think the best 50th anniversary celebration “Priest” could present already happened, and it was in Wolverhampton a few weeks ago.”
K.K. had the brisk demeanour of a child, coupled with mature sensitivity, bringing his wonderful takes and twists to Priest solos.
We do hope he forges on with new material, emerging from self-imposed obscurity and the swamp of non-resolution. The myth has been debunked, and fare well to Judas Priest on their 50th anniversary sail with two replacement guitarists. Hold your metal prayers that not too many in your congregation see the preacher naked.

Judas Priest on their 2019 Firepower Tour

Judas Priest on their 2019 Firepower Tour

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