Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (MPIRE OF EVIL, VENOM) and Ilker Ersin (POWERWORLD, FREEDOM CALL) were interviewed on the latest edition of "Rich Davenport's Rock Show". The program can be streamed using the Mixcloud player below.
MPIRE OF EVIL's "Crucified" album came out on May 7 via Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records). The booklet includes art by ex-MPIRE OF EVIL/ex-VENOM guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar), lyrics and band pics.
"Crucified" bulldozes through eleven tracks — including nine re-recorded versions of VENOM tracks from Dolan's time with the group — opening with the driving "Temples of Ice" and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, "Taking It All" (which includes the perfect anti-chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and in the case of pointed tracks like "Blackened Are The Priests", all three.
POWERWORLD's new album, "Cybersteria", was released in Germany on May 24, in the rest of Europe on May 27 and in the U.S./Canada on June 4 through SPV/Steamhammer.
Ersin produced and mixed "Cybersteria" at his MusikundWeb studios in Hirschaid, near Bamberg. The CD was mastered by Tommy Newton (VICTORY, UFO), and the instruments were recorded by Ersin, guitarist Andreas Rippelmeier, keyboardist Marco Grasshoff and drummer Guido Gallus. The biggest surprise: the vocal parts were recorded by Michael Bormann (ex-JADED HEART), who stepped in on short notice after David Reece (ex-ACCEPT, BANGALORE CHOIR) exited the group. Ersin explains: "It transpired during the recordings that David and I have different approaches which cannot be combined under the moniker of POWERWORLD. As a result, we decided to end our collaboration. There were no hard feelings between David and me; it was simply a decision by two grown men who agreed to follow their gut instincts."
In Michael Bormann, POWERWORLD have found an ideal replacement, particularly since Bormann had already successfully filled in during their most recent tour for former POWERWORLD vocalist Andrew McDermott, who suffered from ill health (he died in August 2011), and had also been scheduled as a choir singer on "Cybersteria". "Michael did a brilliant job and even rewrote the lyrics with me. We're not only totally thrilled, but also very grateful for his support," says Ersin.