Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With The Aviators

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with The Aviators.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

THE AVIATORS: We are a rock band from Bakersfield, CA. We’ve been around for 10 years gigging up and down California and even venturing into Canada. We’ve opened up for artists like LA Guns, Adema, Tom Keifer (Cinderlla), Jack Russell (Great White), Rudy Scarzo, Fuel, Montrose, The Quireboys, Black Oak Arkansas, Led Zepagain, Bonfire, The Bullet Boys, Tuff, Little Caesar, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clark and members of Foreigner, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Dramarama and Poison. We spend a lot of time gigging and writing music. We have 4 albums and one EP we did at Foo Fighters Studio 606 with producer Matt Starr (drummer of Mr. Big) all available on streaming devices.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

THE AVIATORS: Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Blackberry Smoke, Bad Company, Foreigner, Queen, just to name a few.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

THE AVIATORS: The latest release is “Flowers and Moonshine.” This album is all killer and no filler! Its for anyone that wants to hear a great album from beginning to end. We have always been about creating an album of work rather than building around a single.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

THE AVIATORS: You can expect to hear great musicianship. A real band, playing all their instruments and flowing in the moment.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band in 5 years?

THE AVIATORS: Touring independently and making a living playing music and entertaining people across the world.

Mats Levén (Ex-Candlemass) Signs With Napalm Records For His Skyblood Project

Mats Levén (ex-Candlemass) has signed a new deal with Napalm Records for his new solo project Skyblood. His new album will be released later this year and it is expected to feature the following guests: Martin “Axe” Axenrot (Bloodbath, Opeth, etc.), Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion), Snowy Shaw (ex-King Diamond) and Petter Karlsson (ex-Therion, etc.).

Levén commented:

“A few days after the split with CANDLEMASS in September 2018, I was contacted by Napalm Records regarding my solo material. The timing was perfect, and today I’m thrilled to announce our partnership and the release of SKYBLOOD in the fall of 2019! SKYBLOOD is who I am and where I’m at after 30 years in this weird business. A special thanks to Sebastian Münch at Napalm. Let’s do this!”

Sebastian Münch, A&R at Napalm Records, added:

“With absolute pleasure and honor, Napalm Records would like to announce the signing of Mats Levén’s SKYBLOOD. Over the years, Mats’s distinguished vocal works have created various masterpieces; in particular for CANDLEMASS, KRUX and THERION! The new songs from the SKYBLOOD debut sound amazing and we are looking forward to a very successful album release. Mats, welcome to the Napalm family!”

Watch Footage Of Animals As Leaders Performing With The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra In Winnipeg, MB

Last night (January 30), Animals As Leaders performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, MB. The set featured orchestral arrangements of “Arithmophobia,“ “The Brain Dance,” and “Mind-Spun,” which were put together by Harry Stafylakis. You can check out some fan-filmed footage from the show below:

[via The PRP]

Royal Blood, A Day To Remember, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To Reading & Leeds Festivals

50 more acts have been added to the 2019 Reading and Leeds festivals including Royal Blood, A Day To Remember, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari, The Story So Far, etc. Those events will be held on August 23-25 and the updated lineup can be found in the below poster:

Ace Frehley’s Wife Claims KISS Tried To Have Him Killed In The Bahamas

The recent KISS drama seems to have taken an odd turn. As previously reported, Ace Frehley blasted Gene Simmons and accused him of groping his wife after Simmons said the band would never be able to depend on Frehley and Peter Criss to play a full set on their farewell tour. Now, Frehley’s significant other, Rachael Gordon is claiming that KISS actually “tried to have Ace killed in the 70’s.” She said the following in the comment section on Facebook:

“Let me tell you. They tried to have Ace killed in the 70’s. Tried sending him to a so called ‘private party’ in the Bahamas. Ace is VERY sober now and knows what’s happening. He sees things clearly now. He doesn’t need a chain of low brow restaurants; he plays the guitar. That’s what he does. FUCK THEM.”

It’s worth noting that even though Frehley refers to Gordon as his “wife,” the guitarist is still legally married to his first wife Jeanette Trerotola.

[via Loudwire]

Obey The Brave Say Their New Album Is “Almost Ready”

Obey The Brave have confirmed that their new album is “almost ready” and that fans will get to hear new music this year. They posted the following:

Greta Van Fleet, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, Etc. To Perform At 2019 Bunbury Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Bunbury Music Festival. The event will take place in Cincinnati, OH on May 31 -June 2 and it will feature Fall Out Boy, Greta Van Fleet, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, Sublime With Rome, Dashboard Confessional, and more.

Allegaeon To Release New Album “Apoptosis” In April, Premiere “Stellar Tidal Disruption” Video

Allegaeon have announced that their new album “Apoptosis” will be released on April 19 via Metal Blade Records. The effort, which was recorded with producer Dave Otero at Flatline Audio in Denver, CO, will be the band’s first with bassist Brandon Michael. A video for the first single, “Stellar Tidal Disruption,” can be found below:

Guitarist Michael Stancel said the following about the album:

“On this record, I was more open to new ideas that we might not have used in past. Rather than deleting something because ‘it’s not Allegaeon-y enough’, I would take a step back and see if that idea fit the song and decide if it was worth keeping. With that mentality came some of my favorite songs, because I was less worried about if it fit into our old sound.”

Vocalist Riley McShane continued:

“Thematically, this record is all about contrast, and the music reflects that perfectly. The vocals are heavier than ever, but there are also more clean sections. The drums are faster than ever but also more dynamic, and the guitar playing is lower and slower than on most previous albums, but also provides long, melodic and beautiful sections throughout.”

“Apoptosis” Track Listing:

01. “Parthenogenesis”
02. “Interphase // Meiosis”
03. “Extremophiles (B)”
04. “The Secular Age”
05. “Exothermic Chemical Combustion”
06. “Extremophiles (A)”
07. “Metaphobia”
08. “Tsunami and Submergence”
09. “Colors of the Currents” (feat. Christina Sandsengen)
10. “Stellar Tidal Disruption”
11. “Apoptosis”

Overkill Share Part Four Of “Welcome To The Garden State” Documentary Series

Overkill have shared part four of their documentary series “Welcome To The Garden State.” You can check that out below. The band’s new album “The Wings Of War” will be released on February 22.