1-1-11 Metal Message
“Scourge Of The Light”, the new album from Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER, will be released on February 28, 2011 in Europe (except in Germany, where it will arrive three days earlier) and on March 8, 2011 in the U.S. via SPV/Steamhammer Records. In addition to the regular CD version, the effort will be made available as a double-vinyl set.
The cover artwork for “Scourge Of The Light” is available below. It was painted by Los Angeles artist Justin Yun.
For the original band members Harry Conklin (vocals), Mark Briody (guitar) and John Tetley (bass), JAG PANZER has always been something they held close to their hearts. “We’ve known each other from our earliest childhood and have never lost sight of the idea that this band is based on,” Tetley explains. “I don’t exactly want to use the term ‘spiritual’, but the three of us are connected with this band by a very special relationship. You could say that our lives are inseparably linked with the history of JAG PANZER.”
This heartfelt passion has always been apparent in their songs, however: the American band has never sounded as impressive, mature and accomplished as on their latest album, “The Scourge Of The Light”.
The reasons? Well, there are probably a number of them. Without a doubt, the band’s two main songwriters, guitarists Mark Briody and Christian Lasegue, have never been in better form. Every one of their extremely dynamic riffs sounds haunting, every melody cuts their listeners to the core. It may sound like a contradiction, but since guitarist Chris Broderick, who was a bandmember between 1997 and 2007, left to join MEGADETH, JAG PANZER have returned to their old roots. “There can be no question that Chris Broderick is an amazing guitarist, and we were really happy for him that he got this chance with MEGADETH. But we feel that thanks to Christian Lasegue, JAG PANZER‘s classic, clearly more melodic power metal style has returned and that the fans will definitely be happy about this.” Tetley may well be right since JAG PANZER‘s most recent studio recording “Casting The Stones” (2004) was criticized, especially in Europe, for its noticeably harsher direction. “We knew that Christian was the best man for the job; after all he was a band member for three years in the mid-1980s,” the band says.
But there are other reasons, too, why “The Scourge Of The Light” sounds so impressive. Despite their limited production budget, JAG PANZER spared no expense or effort to give their ten fantastic new songs a driving their trademark sound. For this reason, they asked Jim Morris to mix the recordings at his legendary Morrisound Studios in Florida and sent the result to New York’s renowned Sterling Sound for mastering. The result is a real ear catcher, without any ifs and buts.
“I feel ‘The Scourge Of The Light’ is the best-sounding album in the history of JAG PANZER,” Tetley says.
“Scourge Of The Light” track listing:
01. Condemned To Fight
02. The Setting Of The Sun
03. Bringing On The End
04. Call To Arms
07. Let It Out
10. The Book Of Kells
Revolver: A couple of years ago, Peter moved to rural Pennsylvania with his new girlfriend. Did he like being away from the city?
Silver: He hated it. Peter liked the woods, but he was bored out of his mind.
Hickey: One day he calls me at 2 in the morning and goes, “Can I tell you a story?” At the time he was living with his girlfriend and he had another girl [on the side]. He says, “I was at the other girl’s house, and then I got a call from my girlfriend saying she was goin to be home in a few minutes. I got dressed in pitch black, wasted out of my mind. I get in my Jeep and I’m driving down the road, and a bear jumps out in front of me. I swerved off the road and hit a pole.” So the cops show up, arrest him, his main girlfriend comes to bail him out and picks him up. He goes back to her house — and here’s the kicker. He gets undressed, and she says, “What are you wearing?!” It turned out he had his other girlfriend’s panties on because he got dressed in the dark when he was really drunk.
Kelly: I don’t believe the bear part. But that accident is what made him get sober. He had to go to court and they put an ankle bracelet on him [that detects alcohol consumption]. The cops said, “If this comes up dirty, you’re going to jail for six months.” He didn’t want to go to jail again so he took it serious and straightened up. And he was clean and sober from then until the day he died.
Revolver: Was Peter in a relatively good headspace at that point?
Hickey: Yeah, he was sober, coherent, and really excited about working on the next TYPE O record.
Silver: It was something we regularly talked about. He was thinking about going for a new tuning to give the album a new sound.
Revolver: Was he seriously ill before he died?
Kelly: No. It was crazy. I called his house three hours before he died. His girlfriend answered the phone. She said he was sick in bed and that he had a flu bug for a couple of days and was throwing up. So I was like, “OK, tell Peter that Kenny and found a studio. Tell him I hope he feels better and to call me when he’s up to it.” We had rehearsal with [Kelly and Hickey‘s current band] SEVENTH VOID that night, and I got a phone call from a number that I didn’t recognize, so I let it go to voicemail. It was Peter‘s sister. I called her back and she said, “We lost Peter.” I said, “What do you mean?” And she goes, “He’s gone.”
Silver: I was sitting at home, and Johnny called me and said, “Did anybody call you?” Then he told me Peter was dead. I was surprised, but to be honest, I was shocked that he lived as long as he did. His lifestyle was so unhealthy that I couldn’t believe he was as strong as a horse most of the time.
Hickey: There were many, many times when we were like, Uh-oh, this is it. A million times. Nobody could consume like him, nobody. Nobody could drink as much as him, nobody could do as much drugs as him, nobody could eat as much as him, and nobody could fuck as much as that man. He was the only guy I knew who could do two eight balls and eat 60 dollars worth of Chinese food. The only guy.
The cover of the new issue of Revolver magazine features a stunning painting by legendary comic-book artist J.G. Jones (Superman, Batman, Wanted). Jones depicts Ronnie James Dio, SLIPKNOT‘s Paul Gray, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s The Rev, TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s Peter Steele, PANTERA‘s Dimebag Darrell, METALLICA‘s Cliff Burton, NIRVANA‘s Kurt Cobain, OZZY OSBOURNE‘s Randy Rhoads, QUEEN‘s Freddie Mercury, and ALICE IN CHAINS‘ Layne Staley rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster with the issue.
Inside the issue, Revolver remembers the cover artists and many of hard rock and metal’s other fallen heroes via exclusive interviews with members of SLIPKNOT and TYPE O NEGATIVE, Dio‘s wife and manager Wendy Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s M. Shadows, JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford, ALICE IN CHAINS‘ Mike Inez, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s Zakk Wylde, RAMONES‘ Marky Ramone, MELVINS‘ Buzz Osborne, rapper Ice-T, and more.
As a tie-in to the issue and a special tribute to PANTERA‘s Dimebag Darrell, Revolver has produced a highly limited-edition commemorative coin in his honor. The coin comes free with the magazine when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, it is available with the issue and an antiqued metal coin holder at this location, where a portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Photo credit: Linda Aversa
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT will play two very unique shows on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, which is set to sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 24, 2011 and return four days later. The first set will see the band perform its classic debut album, “The Legacy” (1987), in its entirety. At the second show, they will play another iconic masterpiece: 1988’s “The New Order”.
On March 12, 2011, MANOWAR promises to “crush all disbelievers” at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the band’s one and only scheduled appearance in North America. The group states, “After six years, the wait for true metal in America is over!”
Tickets go on sale January 7, 2011. Details to follow soon.