Metal Blade Records have announced that they will be releasing a retrospective vinyl box set, titled “The Story Of Metal Blade,” in May. The limited edition set will feature eight albums from the label’s history, a podcast series, deluxe liner notes, and a photo booklet. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
Courtney Catagnus, Sr Director, Business Development & Partnerships, VMP, commented:
“In the 80’s, when Brian Slagel released Metal Massacre – the inaugural Metal Blade compilation that featured a little local band called Metallica – he altered the course of music history as we know it. So, there was a resounding ‘hell yes’ from the VMP team to partner with Metal Blade to release our first-ever heavy music Anthology. In true Anthology form, we brought in the connoisseurs of the genre to guide us through the history of the label, as told through these eight key albums from Metal Blade, with guidance from legendary magazine, Revolver. We’re so proud to bring you this next chapter in our Anthology series and can’t wait to dive in together to unpack the rich history and influence of Metal Blade.”
Here’s the records that will be included:
01. Omen – “Warning Of Danger” (1985)
02. Fates Warning – “The Spectre Within” (1985)
03. GWAR – “America Must Be Destroyed” (1991)
04. Cannibal Corpse – “Butchered At Birth” (1991)
05. King Diamond – “Voodoo” (1998)
06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Miasma” (2005)
07. Amon Amarth – “Twilight Of The Thunder God” (2008)
08. Armored Saint – “La Raza” (2010)
Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth), Joe DiBiase (ex-Fates Warning), and Henning Basse (ex-Firewind) have joined forces for a new project. Shawn Drover recently confirmed the news on the “Nothing Shocking” podcast.
Shawn said the following:
“We started working on some music probably a couple of months ago now. It’s been a couple of months. We’ve been talking about doing something. Glen owns his own studio up in Canada, so why not utilize the fact that we don’t have to go and pay huge studio costs and et cetera, et cetera, and get some friends together that we admire and that we respect and work on a record. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.
We have Glen and myself, of course, and we have a bass player named Joe DiBiase, who was in a band called FATES WARNING out of Connecticut for years and years and years. A great player; a friend of ours. So he’s gonna play bass on it. And we have a singer from Germany who was in a band called METALIUM for a number of years, and his name is Henning Basse, who is a fantastic melodic singer. So that’s what we’re doing currently.
It’s a slow process, because life gets in the way. We all have things that we deal with, so we do that. But when we have the time, we work on it, and so far it’s turning out to be really exciting. We’re pretty happy with the material we’ve done so far.”
He also added:
“It’s been really similar to the first band that Glen and I did years ago, which was a band called EIDOLON. We released, actually, five records on Metal Blade in the early 2000s, right before we both got into MEGADETH. And the dynamic of that was that I write most of the material. Although Glen does contribute to some of it, I usually have the main germ of ideas, and, of course, he records all that stuff. So he’s kind of a studio guy. He’s the guitar player, but he handles all of the studio recording affairs, and I just kind of take on the job of creating most of the music. And we finetune it — he tweaks it and kind of makes it his own in a way. But that’s kind of the working relationship we have with that. Because if Glen wrote all the music, I’d basically be doing nothing, and he would have to tackle all the work on his own. So we made a decision years ago — that was back in the mid-’90s, actually, when we put out our first bit of music, before we got signed to Metal Blade — that’s always been the working dynamic, is I create most of the material, and he handles all the recording affairs with that. And it’s worked out quite well. So that’s what we’re doing this time as well. At this point, we’re on song four. I think we’re gonna do eight or nine songs, and so far I’ve written all of them. It’s just kind of how it worked out.”
Fates Warning have premiered a new song titled “Scars.” This track is from the band’s new album “Long Day Good Night,” which will be released on November 6.
“Long Day Good Night” Track Listing:
01. “The Destination Onward”
02. “Shuttered World”
03. “Alone We Walk”
04. “Now Comes The Rain”
05. “The Way Home”
06. “Under The Sun”
08. “Begin Again”
09. “When Snow Falls”
11. “Glass Houses”
12. “The Longest Shadow Of The Day”
13. “The Last Song”
Ray Alder said the following about the new record:
“The styles of music we’ve written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue. There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us. And there are also some pretty heavy songs. We tried to give the listener a host of different things to listen to, as opposed to an album where every song sounds the same.”
“Like all albums, nothing comes easy. It’s quite a process to go from the idea to the actual finished song. Sometimes you think you’re done with it, then you hear something else and you have to try that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but you at least have to try it just so you know that in the end you’ve done everything possible to make it as good as it can be. Jim [Matheos] and I spent practically every day for the last year writing this album. I am very happy with the outcome, and with the blend of styles. I guess I could say that this album represents all of the years that we have been together.”
Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine cover of the Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack.” The track also features Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Michael Schenker Group), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), John Tempesta (The Cult), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000).
Phil Demmel commented:
“I knew I had wanted to jam on a tune with Johnny but I hadn’t came across which one. I knew he was a huge Cozy Powell fan and we both love Schenker so I proposed the instrumental MSG tune ‘Into the Arena’. He had done something similar to that tune previously with his brother Mike and suggested the banger track ‘Assault Attack’, off a record featuring vocalist Graham Bonnet and a friend of John’s, Ted Mckenna (who had tragically passed away a few years back). He then (kinda) joked about asking Graham to sing on it then reached out to him and made it happen! Marta nailed the keys and vocal harmonies and our good friend and incredible bassist Joey Vera from the legendary Armored Saint not only laid down the bass tracks, but also provided the mix for this. Mike and I both played our Schenker tribute guitars Originally aired for Metal Injections ‘Slay at Home’ fest and video edit by Frank Godla. Thanks to Conrad for getting us Graham’s vocal/vid, and to Joey Vera for the mix!”
Fates Warning bassist Joey Vera will be missing three shows due to his commitments to Armored Saint. During his absence, original Fates Warning bassist Joe DiBiase will be filling in. Here’s the dates DiBiase will perform at:
03/13 Detroit, MI – Diesel
03/14 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/15 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
“Dear friends, Just a quick heads up with something regarding the upcoming Fates Warning tour. Over a year ago I had committed to playing a gig with Armored Saint in Athens, Greece this March 15. I wish to honor that commitment but that means that I’ll sadly have to miss a couple of gigs with Fates in order to do it. So i will be not playing on the Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee shows. (Some of my favorite cities by the way!).
Luckily for us, and YOU, my brother and OG Fates Warning bassist Joe DiBiase will be stepping up once again for these three gigs. So this will be amazing!
I will resume in Minneapolis with Fates.
I am currently practicing over 37 songs for the upcoming gigs with Motor Sister, Armored Saint and Fates Warning. My head is spinning out. But, not to pity me. This is the bed I’ve made for myself this time.
I’m very sorry I’ll be missing these three gigs but I know you’ll be in good hands. i look forward to seeing all of you out there very soon!”
Fates Warning have announced their return to Metal Blade Records. The group are planning to release a new album through the label in 2020. Vocalist Ray Alder commented:
“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning and we are proud to call them part of our family. The journey begins again and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more. A big thank you to our fans for sticking with us through all these years. We could not be here today without all of you. That is a fact. Thank you everyone. Here’s to making some new memories!”
Queensrÿche have posted a new trailer for their upcoming tour with Fates Warning and it contains teasers of new songs featured on their new album “The Verdict” (out March 1). You can check that below:
03/02 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
03/03 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
03/05 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/07 Baltimore, MA – Sound Stage (with The Cringe)
03/08 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun (Queensrÿche only)
03/09 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (with The Cringe)
03/10 Worcester, MA – Palladium (with The Cringe)
03/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
03/13 Detroit, MI – Diesel
03/14 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/15 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/16 Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
03/17 Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort (Queensrÿche only)
03/20 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
03/21 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03/22 San Antonio, TX – Aztec
03/23 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
03/26 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
03/27 San Diego – Observatory
03/28 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
03/29 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
03/30 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
04/02 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
04/03 Seattle, WA – Neptune