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February 16th, 2012 | 5 comments - (Comments are closed)

Fukushima single released!

The track was written about the Fukushima Daiichi, Japan nuclear disaster, a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The song talks about the struggles involved, and the amazing ability of the Japanese people to overcome such a tragedy.

Released 15 February 2012
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Justin Bender at Touchwood Studios, Regina SK, Canada
Artwork by Mattias Noren
Japanese Translation by Misaki I. Kawamura
Guest death vocals by Rob Doherty

February 15th, 2012 | One comment - (Comments are closed)

The Queen City’s king of metal rocks on

QC, Regina (link article)

pic by Bryan Schlosser, QC

Regina’s Tim Roth has travelled the world with the band he founded, sold thousands of CDs and is viewed as a pioneer in the world of heavy metal.

But it was a conversation with his dying father that stands out as one his biggest affirmations as a musician, and as a man.

On the day before his dad’s death from cancer in 2007, Roth heard what he views as the ultimate words of encouragement.

“He said ‘make sure you continue with your music.’ I couldn’t believe he said that,” Roth said over a recent dinner break from rehearsals with his band Into Eternity.

“It was vindication for me at the end because he didn’t accept (my music) at first … my parents thought I’d just quit.

“My whole life changed when my dad died. It was the worst day of my life.”

By anyone’s standards, life on the road with a fledgling heavy metal band from Regina wasn’t glamorous. In its early days, without much idea about what organizing a tour was about, Roth and his bandmates would fill a van and set out across North America.

Showers and real beds were never guaranteed, nor was a respectable financial reward. (Three weeks without a shower is a band record).

But Roth didn’t care. As long as he was on the road and playing his songs in front of fans, he was satisfied to know the band was getting closer to success outside the Queen City.

“I would sleep in the front seat of the van and then I’d wake up because there was no heat. And then I’d start the van again until it got warm and shut it off again to save on gas,” Roth said. “We got $50 a night during that first tour. And our booking agent took half that. But it paid off because we believed in what we were doing.”

“We were taken advantage of. But it worked out for us. I should be a millionaire. But I’m not.”

The Roth family of Kenaston adopted Tim, who was born in Saskatoon on Dec. 6, 1975. They’d already adopted his older brother Jason.

Roth remembers a happy childhood, sharing life on the farm with a stay-at-home mother and at the family home in Regina. He was given his first guitar when his was eight as a way to help him pass the time. He took the instrument seriously when he was 12 and heard music that was different from the country songs that filled the family home.

“I would see these AC/DC videos and I’d see Angus Young rolling around on the ground,” said Roth.

“My parents always listened to country. I grew up on CKRM and listening to Willy Cole. But I think the melody of country music was ingrained in me.”

As a teenager, Roth’s appreciation of the guitar and heavy music grew. He learned songs by AC/DC and Black Sabbath and was attracted to bands and guitar players who played music known for their volume and speed. A turning point came when he heard the music of Yngwie Malmsteen, a Swedish heavy metal guitar player known for playing speedy solos.

“I went from AC/DC to Metallica and Megadeth and then Dream Theater. As soon as I saw Yngwie, it changed my life. I was playing all these Black Sabbath songs, which was cool. But then Yngwie came. I realized what you could do with an instrument.”

Roth said he was drawn to the technical aspect of music and preferred to challenge himself to play fast, as well as to write songs that fell outside of the traditional heavy metal.

“I’d be sitting in the house while my parents were doing the harvest. I dedicated myself at such a young age. I didn’t know I was being disciplined when I was playing eights hour a day,” said Roth.

During his teen years, he was a student at Miller Collegiate but was still immersed in his guitar and music.

“I was just so attracted to the energy of the music and the technical aspect of playing guitar. I was just a super crazy fan and I took it so far to learn an instrument. I was really moved by my music for some reason. It’s all I really had as a kid.”

Growing up with strict parents was a blessing, Roth says. Not only did it leave him with ample time to learn the guitar riffs of his music heroes, he was also steered clear of trouble.

“Even in high school, I had to be at home my 10 p.m. and on weekends until 11 p.m. I practised a lot,” said Roth. “It was either that or get into trouble. I had a lot of friends who were breaking into cars and that sort of thing.”

In the early 1990s, he started his first band called Entity. Later, he joined Pericardium and later started a new band because he wanted to have more control over the songwriting and sound of the music. While Roth loved the ultra heavy sound of the day, he also liked melody. When Into Eternity was formed in 1996, he set out to blend the two and write songs that included traditional singing with the so-called “death vocals,” a growl that essentially makes the lyrics impossible to decipher but gives the music a uniquely heavy sound.

It didn’t take long for the sound of Into Eternity to take hold in the metal community. The band signed with Century Media, which helped get the band on the road and into the studio. Slowly, despite lean years of touring as a supporting act, the band earned a reputation outside Canada.

Between 1999 and 2008, Into Eternity released five albums — Into Eternity, Dead of Dreaming, Buried in Oblivion, The Scattering of Ashes and The Incurable Tragedy.

Roth has seen more than a dozen members come through the lineup over the years, some of whom just weren’t willing to sacrifice the weeks of touring for little or no pay. But even though Into Eternity’s popularity didn’t always translate into big pay cheques for its members, Roth was content because he was doing what he loved and was also hopeful his band’s fortunes would improve.

“Obviously, to me, it wasn’t about the money. There wasn’t much of it. But to me, that was OK. I was travelling the world and somebody else was paying for the plane tickets. And I was playing my music. To me, that’s success.”

Martin Popoff, a Toronto author who’s written several books about heavy metal, believes Into Eternity has a special place on the heavy metal map.

“Into Eternity has been through a ton of lineup changes, but Tim’s always been the mastermind, great writer, positive force, propelling that band forward, and prolifically as well,” Popoff said.

“The guys have gained such a reputation as the foremost thinking man’s progressive thrash band from Canada. They built a powerful, smart catalogue of front-edge extreme metal of which they can certainly be proud.”

As Roth looks back on his band’s history, he acknowledges his naivety may have prevented him from collecting more financial rewards.

“Looking back at it, it looks stupid. We should have had a manager and a lawyer right from day one. We have made more than a million dollars for Century Media,” said Roth. “How can you get into a van with five other guys and drive across the U.S. and be expected to look after yourselves making $50 a night? That seems insane. But at the time, it seemed like a good idea.”

“I wanted to conquer the world at the time. I realize now that was crazy. We toured the world, so I guess it did work out. I does pay to dream big sometimes.”

Today, the founder of a million dollar band works as part owner of a small taxi company which he inherited from family. It takes away from band time but Into Eternity is far from dead. This winter, the band has gigs planned in Regina and Winnipeg, as well as invitations to play at music festivals in Europe. There are also plans to record a followup to 2008’s The Incurable Tragedy with a new singer.

News of a new album and plans for a tour come as a relief to fans because 2011 wasn’t kind to Into Eternity. Vocalist Stu Block, who moved to Regina from Vancouver to lead the band in 2005, was hired away by American metal band Iced Earth. While Roth admits it was hard losing Block to a much bigger band, he’s delighted to see his best friend succeed.

“As hard at it was, I couldn’t help but be happy for him — he is out doing things we all dreamt of.” Block’s wide vocal range to help shape the Into Eternity sound.

In an interview, Block credited Roth and his work with Into Eternity for helping him win the coveted Iced Earth job.

“Tim is a creator. And he’s a true artist. And there’s nobody who can do what he does. The way he plays the guitar, the way he writes a song is special.”

Block met Roth years ago after a B.C. band Block was performing with came to Regina to play a show. Roth, who was in the crowd that night, was so dazzled by Block’s voice that he invited him to audition.

“I was too nervous to go and talk to him,” Block said. “To me, he was a rock star.”

Roth brushes aside compliments, and argues he’s only done what’s come natural to him.

“I knew very early on when I was 12 or 13 that I needed to play guitar and do music. I’m 36 now and I am still doing it.

“I guess I’m in this for the long haul.”

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post

February 7th, 2012 | 2 comments - (Comments are closed)

Regina metal band Into Eternity shifting gears

Leader Post, Regina (article link)

pic by Cortney Roth

REGINA — Regina metal band Into Eternity is hoping the recent hiring of a singer and dramatic shift in testosterone will give the band new life after nearly a year of uncertainty.

Amanda Kiernan of Edmonton’s Order of Chaos takes over from Stu Block who was hired away last year by American metal band Iced Earth, leaving Into Eternity without a full-time singer.

Band founder and guitarist Tim Roth began searching for a replacement last fall after deciding to record a new album with hopes of taking the band on the road in 2012. After offers for shows began coming in, Roth didn’t take long to invite Kiernan to Regina after hearing a tape of her performing his songs.

“I had all these guys who told me they could do the songs and hit the notes Stu could. So I had them try out and it was like, ‘No way.’ Nobody could do it,” Roth said. “But Amanda’s got this great voice … none of the dudes could hit the notes Stu could, so maybe it makes sense that only a chick can do it.

“Besides, she already fits in like she’s one of the guys.”

Roth said Kiernan will add a visual element the shows.

“She’s a woman and she has these great outfits.”

Kiernan, who said she’s been an Into Eternity fan since she was in high school, admitted she was nervous when she arrived in Regina for rehearsals with the full band earlier this month.

“At first, I was pretty intimidated. These guys are rock stars to me,” she said. “There were times when I was sitting around with the guys, and then all of a sudden I’d get this little burst of energy because I reminded myself that I was sitting with Into Eternity.”

After agreeing to sign-up with Into Eternity, Kiernan had to break the news to her bandmates in Order of Chaos, some of whom didn’t take her news well.

“I couldn’t pass up on the Into Eternity thing because I could never sit at home and wonder what could have been,” Kiernan said, adding she hopes she can perform with her old band whenever she’s not working with Into Eternity.

“Some of them might not understand, but I think that in the long run, this will be very good for Order of Chaos. They’re a little jealous and upset. But I think I just need to prove to them that I’ll work 100 per cent at both bands,” said Kiernan.

Block, who toured across Europe with Iced Earth last fall and is to tour again this winter across Canada and the U.S., went out of his way to help Kiernan sing the often complex Into Eternity numbers when he was Regina on a break earlier this month.

“I don’t want to hold Into Eternity back. They need to be taking advantage of the opportunities that they have,” Block said.

“All the boys in the band, even previous guys who’ve been in the band, are like brothers to me. They were so supportive to me when I got into Iced Earth. I feel I need to do all I can to help them keep going,” Block said.

“Any time I can help, I will.”

Block said Kiernan has a challenge ahead of her but is confident Into Eternity fans will be pleased with its new sound.

“She has an awesome spirit. She has a little growing to do but she’s got a great stage presence. And all the guys are going to love her.”

Kiernan’s first show is slated for Feb. 25 at Manitoba Metalfest in Winnipeg.

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post

January 18th, 2012 | Comments are closed

Teaser of “Fukushima” single streaming

BraveWords.com:
Regina, Saskatchewan-based extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY have uploaded an audio teaser of our new single “Fukushima”, due out in February. Check out studio and rehearsal footage of the song written about the crisis in Fukushima Daiichi, Japan below:

Into Eternity will be debuting their new singer at the upcoming Manitoba Metalfest being held February 24th/25th in Winnipeg – Into Eternity perform on Friday, February 24th.

The band are rounded off by:
Tim Roth – guitar, vocals
Justin Bender – guitar
Troy Bleich – bass, vocals
Bryan Newbury – drums

About the status of Into Eternity singer Stu Block (also in ICED EARTH), guitarist Justin Bender told BraveWords.com recently: “The cool thing about the new singer is that Stu was over working on parts with us every day and so he is still very involved.”

Canadian label War on Music Records will be issuing several albums by Into Eternity for the first time ever on vinyl. Starting with Dead Or Dreaming (2001), Buried In Oblivion (2004), and with Scattering of the Ashes (2006) following soon after, these albums will be made available, each as a limited LP release starting early spring 2012.

December 30th, 2011 | Comments are closed

INTO ETERNITY Vinyl Reissues Due Soon

BraveWords.com:
Canadian label War on Music Records will be issuing several albums by INTO ETERNITY for the first time ever on vinyl. Starting with Dead Or Dreaming (2001), Buried In Oblivion (2004), and with Scattering of the Ashes (2006) following soon after, these albums will be made available, each as a limited LP release starting early spring 2012.

Singer/guitarist Tim Roth had this to say: “Happy New Year! Things are getting busy again for the band. Our drummer Bryan flies down on January 3 2012, so we’ll be putting in long days rehearsing old and new Into Eternity material. The new songs are coming along quite well and we’ll have 2 new songs finished and mixed in the upcoming weeks. So far five songs have been recorded (30 minutes) and we are looking forward to get working on the next batch of new Into Eternity songs.”

Into Eternity are among the acts confirmed for the 11th annual Manitoba Metalfest 2012, taking place February 24th – 25th at The Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The lineup is as follows:
Friday, February 24th: INTO ETERNITY, LEGION OF LIQUOR, SEVENTH SIN, ANNEX THEORY.
Saturday, February 25th: SUFFOCATION, UNTIMELY DEMISE, DISSOLUTION, HOARFROST, ALPHAKILL.
Further details to follow.

Manitoba Metalfest

November 8th, 2011 | 5 comments - (Comments are closed)

Looking for a touring ONLY singer!

Hello Everyone,

As everybody already knows, our long time singer Stu Block has joined Iced Earth. We are very excited for him and he is killing it on tour in Europe right now!

In the meantime, we are still getting gig offers from promoters. This means, we are looking for a touring ONLY singer. It will not be an easy task to get someone like Stu, so it should be interesting to see who might be able to fill in!

To audition, we’re going to need to see a video of you singing an Into Eternity song. In addition, we’d like to hear you sing our new single “Sandstorm”. Justin can email you the (instrumental) version of “Sandstorm” to record vocals over. Join us on Facebook or at our website www.intoeternity.net

Contact us: intoeternityintoeternity.net

Good luck to everyone!
TIM

July 27th, 2011 | One comment - (Comments are closed)

New material – Sandstorm!

Hello everyone!

We are proud to announce the release of “Sandstorm”, our first new material since 2008! We have it available on iTunes and intoeternity.bandcamp.com – we know it’s only one song, for now, but our new drummer Bryan Newbury, flew down on Sunday and we have been rehearsing more new material. We are going to enter the studio this weekend to record drums for 4 more songs – “The Fringes of Psychosis”, “Fukushima”, “Devoured by Sarcopenia” and an un-named acoustic song.

The new song features guest death vocals by Rob Doherty, and we think he did a killer job! We hope “Sandstorm” will tide you guys over until we release more songs throughout the year and into next year!

Also, we have a special package deal for “Sandstorm” coming any day now on www.realdealmerch.com including a Sandstorm T-Shirt (artwork by Mattias Norén). With the purchase of the shirt (for a limited time it will be only $12), you get a Tim Roth vocal mix, a Stu Block vocal mix, the normal version of the song, and an Instrumental mix.

“Sandstorm” was written the day the U.S.A. took out Osama Bin Laden, and is inspired by the events that transpired.

Last but not least, we have a great Facebook fan page going on – stop by and “like” it at facebook.com/intoeternityweb – and our brand new YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/intoeternitytv– stop by and check out all kinds of studio footage of new material.

Thanks for all of the support everyone!

Keep it Metal!

-Into Eternity

July 18th, 2011 | 5 comments - (Comments are closed)

Exclusive version of ‘Sandstorm’ streaming at BraveWords.com

Hello Everyone!

Tim Henderson at BraveWords was kind enough to let us preview our brand new song, “Sandstorm”.  Tim has always supported our band and we thank him and the rest of the Brave Staff.

“Sandstorm” was written in May 2011 with our new drummer Bryan and it features the guest death vocals of Rob Doherty. This streaming version is just the bonus Tim Roth/Rob Doherty version. There is a Stu Block track as well.

The real version of “Sandstorm”, featuring Stu Block, Tim Roth and Rob Doherty, will be released on iTunes July 25 2011.

Thank you to the fans for all the positive energy. Keep it metal!

TIM

March 19th, 2011 | 4 comments - (Comments are closed)

ICED EARTH leader chooses Stu Block as their new vocalist!

Hey guys… Stu Block here!

Well, as the world now knows, I will be fronting the mighty Iced Earth!!

Some of you have asked about Into Eternity. I’m happy to report that I will be fulfilling all of the 2011 gigs for that great band. So no worries to loyal fans out there.

I have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be Iced Earth’s vocalist, and I need to embrace it 100%. As you can imagine, I can’t wait for the metal journey to begin!

Thx for your support.

See you all on the road soon!!!

Stu Block

Here’s the press release from Iced Earth:

Stu Block © Cortney Roth

In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow’s retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth’s management team. But one name kept popping up – Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.

According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

“Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on,” said Schaffer. “We heard one of Stu’s incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, ‘Damn, that dude has serious range.’”

So while Iced Earth’s management team sifted through the growing number of prospective vocalists, Schaffer got in touch with Block.

After several phone conversations with the then-prospective Iced Earth vocalist, Schaffer asked his manager to e-mail Block several key Iced Earth songs, with the vocals stripped. Block went into his studio and recorded himself singing, then sent the files back to the team.

The result landed Block an intense two days at Schaffer’s studio where the two musicians hit it off.

“I felt a lot of chemistry between us, we knocked out a couple of great original pieces of music in no time” said Schaffer. “He’s very good at coming up with catchy melodies, and will help with lyrical duties as well. There’s no doubt Stu has an amazing vocal range and a lot of energy, but he also has the touring experience, which is a big plus for our plans of performing in all corners of the world.”

In addition, Schaffer said Block has what Iced Earth needs in a front man: “stage presence that includes high energy, passion, and focused rage.”

“Stu is charismatic and understands the depth and varying emotions in Iced Earth’s music,” said Schaffer. “So he will embody not only the emotion of our songs, but he will be able to perform them in a dynamic way. I believe fans are in for some incredible records and live shows in the coming years.”

New Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block concurs: “Iced Earth fans are wonderful, wonderful people,” he said. “The music is so passionate. So they’re passionate, and very loyal to the band. I am, too. I’m a huge fan of Iced Earth myself. So I share that same passion, and I will show it on stage. I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Block continues: “It’s a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, for sure.”

Schaffer is totally stoked. “This is a new beginning,” he said. “It’s game-on time. Iced Earth is going to record and tour like it never has before. The band is really amped-up and ready to hit the ground running in November.”

And to prove it, Iced Earth has released the European leg of a world tour that will take the band to countries it has never previously played. All told, the 2011-2012 Iced Earth world tour will be the largest the band has undertaken since its inception.

NOTE: Retired Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow will perform with the band on all summer festival dates. New vocalist Stu Block will take over from there, starting with the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.

» read more and see the tour dates on the official Iced Earth website

March 9th, 2011 | 11 comments - (Comments are closed)

INTO ETERNITY Announces New Drummer

Into Eternity with Bryan Newbury

Regina, Saskatchewan-based Canadian extreme progressive metallers INTO ETERNITY have announced the addition of drummer Bryan Newbury from Edmonton, Alberta. Newbury is known in the western Canadian metal scene as a member of Edmonton-based DEATH TOLL RISING.

INTO ETERNITY has been writing new material as a follow-up to the well-received 2008 Century Media release “The Incurable Tragedy”. Guitarist Tim Roth commented: “It is the coldest March in 90 years (-40 C), so I’m staying indoors and working on some new INTO ETERNITY music. This will be our sixth album, so we have to make sure all the songs are perfect. I have over 60 minutes of music demoed now on my iPod, so things are slowly getting done. The music is all there now, so the rough arrangement of the songs has started. It helps us also that we have the organizational assistance of our lawyer, Eric Greif, to fall back on, which is cool considering DEATH was one of our main influences.”

INTO ETERNITY’s Canadian agent Zandra Productions has announced the following shows, the first for the band in two years:

Apr. 15 – Walkers, Saskatoon
Apr. 16 – The Exchange, Regina
May 12 – The Distillery, Calgary
May 14 – Pawn Shop, Edmonton

In other news, INTO ETERNITY will be playing the “Chuck Schuldiner Birthday Bash” on May 13 at The Distillery in Calgary, organized by REVEREND KILL’s Don Stenhouse and Greif, Schuldiner’s intellectual property lawyer and the former manager of DEATH. A charitable event benefitting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, it features a 12 band line-up centering on Candlelight Records act DIVINITY, with guests such as former DEATH members Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert and Chuck’s nephew Chris Steele, and raffled items donated by labels, publishers and artists.