All the rock, metal and alternative news from Monday 8/4/2019
Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson was made an honorary citizen in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday the 6th of April. The award was for playing in the city during the 1994 war with his solo band.
Norwegian black-metal band Mork have shared the video for I Flammens Favn from their upcoming cold and atmospheric album Det Svarte Juv set for release on 19th April through Peaceville Records.
After supporting Architects last year, Australians Polaris return to Europe for their own headline tour and festival dates:
Polaris European Summer 2019
28.06 Graefenhainichen, DE – Full Force Festival
29.06 Ysselsteyn, NL – Jera On Air Festival
30.06 London, UK – Boston Music Room
01.07 Köln, DE – De Essigfabrik*
02.07 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage*
04.07 Newark, UK – Tech Fest
06.07 Kapfenberg, AT – Overdrive Festival
08.07 Milan, IT – Dissonance Festival
09.07 Karlsruhe, DE – Stadtmitte**
10.07 Nurnberg, DE – Hirsch**
12.07 Velke Mezirici, CZ – Fajtfest
*w/ The Amity Affliction
**w/ Bad Omens + Kingdom Of Giants
Tickets are on sale at 10am on Wednesday 10th April
Memoriam have announced that their third studio album Requiem For Mankind will be released on June 21st. The band states: “Well here we are with our 3rd album Requiem For Mankind. On our previous albums we have experimented with different musical and vocal styles which have finally got us to the here and now with what we think is the definitive Memoriam album. It’s death metal, it’s all we know, it feels like the previous albums were a build up to this one. We finally have all the right ingredients in one place. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. Onwards!”
Former TNT singer, Tony Mills, has announced via a post on his Facebook that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The announcement in full reads:
Not only my birth sign, but now also my fateline.
Recently diagnosed, but far too late. I have suffered since the end of last year, shortly after a car crash before Christmas, which halted my digestive system and left me with internal pain that was difficult to isolate or fully understand.
Various hospital visits found nothing from tests until I took myself to a private clinic in Oslo, where the doctor decided I was too unwell for normal scopes and I was scanned the following day.
A tumour too old and large to be removable had been growing inside me for a year or so and was the cause of all my problems. It seems to me that the car crash definitely accelerated the growth and/or effects of this entity, otherwise I may still not even be aware of it. So, that’s that.
Standing back from this for a moment, to look at my ensuing album release, I am grateful to the people around me that have been involved with my latest album, ‘Beyond the Law’, that will very obviously be my last written work as an artist.
The timing was nothing short of a relief. I am glad it got finished in time.
Certainly not least my wife Linda, Pete Newdeck, Harry Hess, Tommy Denander, Toine Vanderlinden, Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams, Tony Forsythe and Chris Aldridge on the studio level and Pete Kotevski from Battlegod Productions Jon Løvstad, Alex Cooper, Avalon Music and Ivan Gunn for artistic support, finance and logistics.
The record is delayed slightly, until June to help the different territories release simultaneously and assist the record in some success.
I was planning a thirty year anthology of solo material next year (1990-2020);
I have spoken to some of my colleagues and they may well organise that.
With regard to what will happen in the short term, I don’t intend to do a lot; I gave up travelling after touring Spain three years ago, as I found it too tiring and it just felt like it was time to withdraw from such a public existence and get out of the spotlight. I have been a live performer in one fashion or another since 1978 and though many rockers paint the wrinkles and endeavour to recreate their long lost talents, that never interested me; I was always a believer in moving over for the youngsters and giving them their rightful opportunities while they were young and fit enough to do it with the energy that it requires.
I have been writing and recording for three years, mainly for other artists, which I have enjoyed a lot and for whatever time I have left, (which I will no doubt be told in no uncertain terms very soon) I intend to carry on that practice and work around the farm with my wife and the animals we love.
With little more to say for now, I will remain as sociable as possible for as long as I can, until it renders me incapable and then my wife will inform everyone of the eventualities.
Thanks for your support during my time as a singer/songwriter; I met and worked with many of my heroes and I lived the dreams from when I was a starstruck teenager, against all odds and the advice of parents and teachers, who were all wrong.
Metal Report Editor.
Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.