Biff Byford of Saxon – “Every Song on Thunderbolt is Great!”

January 19th, 2018
by Metal Rules

Interview by Robert CavuotoBiff Byford of Saxon

On February 2nd, Saxon will be releasing their 22nd album; Thunderbolt and three weeks later embarking on the first leg of the Thunderbolt 2018 European Tour with Diamond Head and Rock Goddess! In Mid-March to the excitement of US fans, Saxon will continue their trek to North America supporting Judas Priest.

Saxon was one of the bands leading the charge during the 80s for the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” movement. Comprised of members Biff Byford (vocals), Doug Scarratt (guitar), Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums), Saxon is responsible for penning some of the 1980’s most enduring metal anthems, including “Wheels of Steel,” “Strong Arm of the Law,” “Motorcycle Man,” “Princess of the Night,” and “Never Surrender.” They have been going strong for 40 years and don’t show any signs of slowing down with this latest CD and tour!

I had the pleasure of speaking with Biff Byford about their powerful new CD Thunderbolt and their North American Tour with Judas Priest and Black Star Riders.

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NOISE Records Set To Reissue Four More Deluxe KREATOR Titles In February

January 18th, 2018
by Celtic Bob


STOP PRESS!! We are pleased to announce deluxe reissues of Kreator‘s albums, Coma Of Souls, Renewal, Cause For Conflict & Outcast. Each is remastered and features bonus tracks/live shows on CD mediabook & colour vinyl. Pre-order links below! Released 23rd Feb 2018.

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Brutal Assault 2018 : get tickets on time

January 18th, 2018
by Arto Lehtinen

GET YOUR TICKET AT OUR ESHOP!

Have you ordered your tickets already? We kindly remind you checking our new e-shop on https://shop.brutalassault.cz/en. One price, no fees, simple and safe ordering of e-tickets. Don’t wait so long and make your order there!

Big things coming next week. Get ready for another bunch of killer bands.

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Brutal Assault release the after-movie of the 2017 event

January 18th, 2018
by Arto Lehtinen

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2017 AFTERMOVIE & NEW VIDEOS

Better late than never, here is official aftermovie as a reminder of the last edition of Brutal Assault. Feel the unique vibe of Fortress Josefov once again even in the midst of winter. Thanks to all for being part of this and see you in 7 months.

Also, from February you should get ready for BA live videos. Edition of 2017 was full of great live sets. Which of them would you like to see again on our YouTube channel?

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Brutal Assault 2018 : more bands confirmed

January 18th, 2018
by Arto Lehtinen

GOJIRA, TESTAMENT, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, GRAVEYARD AND MANY MORE!

We are thrilled to announce probably the biggest bands update accross different genres. To spice things up we are welcoming back technical death metal powerhouse Gojira, one of extreme prog’s modern leading lights.

Also thrash metal Titans Testament are returning to BA, the band, that reigned the genre throne with the latest album Brotherhood of the Snake. Speaking of veterans, we are also happy to welcome classic heavy metal juggernaut Armored Saint this time with former Anthrax member John Bush as well as mighty Peter Tägtgren with his melodic industrial-metal alter ego Pain.

Get your bandanas ready, since Suicidal Tendencies are coming to Josefov, skateboard anthems factory with monstrous bass lines and the one and only drummer, that makes hardcore thrash legends even more killer.

Who’s responsible for crossover thrash tsunami few years ago? Blame Municipal Waste for sure aka let’s remind those times when Cryptic Slaughter, D.R.I. or Attitude Adjustment ruled stages. A soupergroup Act Of Defiance consisting of former Megadeth members will give us a lesson about true heavy/thrash metal riffing.

Fans of golden rock era could appreciate Swedish act Graveyard, the one and only band, which was able to resurrect faithfully the best rock vibes of 1960s and 1970s.

Mexican drug lords Brujeria are coming once again to show us grindcore / death metal Macarena. Polish school of blackened death metal will be represented by AZARATH.

British Dragged Into Sunlight relentlessly push boundaries of black metal, post-metal and sludge to new extremes with a huge wall of amps and extreme decibels of anger and despair. Belgian beast Wiegedood with members of AmenRa, Oathbreaker or Rise and Fall will show us a merciless black metal storm.

Hardcore lineup getting stronger with uncompromising INTEGRITY, a classical Clevo band from the dark side of hardcore that began to put metallic sound into the genre. Another hardcore punk veterans Terror are also coming to the fortress. Meanwhile, Canadian AngelMaker is the new predatory pike in the deathcore pond.

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Watain @ The Dome, Tufnell Park, London

January 17th, 2018
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

WATAIN

@ The Dome, Tufnell Park, London

12th January 2018

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photography by Michelle Murphy

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Sacred Reich fire drummer

January 17th, 2018
by Arto Lehtinen

The Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich have split up with the original drummer Greg Hall. The former drummer posted the statement to his facebook regarding the departure ;

“So…. I want you all to hear this directly from me.  I am no longer the drummer for Sacred Reich. I was (rather abruptly and by phone I might add) fired.
I won’t go into details at this time, you will hear my story when the time is right.
I just want everyone to know how much it has meant to me to play for you! Those moments on stage were some of the greatest times of my life. To be able to see and do the things I have has been an incredible odyssey. I don’t know what the future holds for me, none of us do, but I do know,you can kick me out! But you will not keep me down.
Peace and love to each and every one of you ❤️”

Sacred Reich

Sacred Reich

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THE DEAD DAISIES Prepare To ‘Burn It Down’ In 2018

January 16th, 2018
by Celtic Bob

THE DEAD DAISIES announce new Album “BURN IT DOWN” via Spitfire Music / SPV on Friday, April 6th, 2018

2018 WORLD TOUR will Bring the Heat to a Town near you!! Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) joins The Dead Daisies

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W.A.S.P. – Blackie Lawless discusses the REIDOLIZED album

January 15th, 2018
by Marko Syrjala

INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless and Randy Piper. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock-themed image, lyrics and energetic live performances. The band’s popularity peaked in that decade. During the era, the band released such classic albums as W.A.S.P, THE LAST COMMAND, and HEADLESS CHILDREN. The band went through many significant changes in the early nineties. Blackie became the only remaining original member of the group. He then decided to start a short-lived career as solo artist and began to work the next album which became THE CRIMSON IDOL. After all, the album was released under name W.A.S.P. The record was a big success on many, and ironically, many critics feel that the concept album has been the best W.A.S.P. output so far. The band toured in 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE CRIMSON IDOL. A re-recorded version of the album titled REIDOLIZED, will be released on February 2, 2018. The anniversary tour arrived in Helsinki last September, and then I had the opportunity to sit down with Blackie and discuss the upcoming album and other recent happenings in the WASP world.

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IVORY KNIGHT Announces Official Lyric Video for New Song ‘FIGHT’

January 15th, 2018
by EvilG

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – IVORY KNIGHT is proud to announce the release of the official lyric video for its song “FIGHT”. The song is taken from the latest upcoming IVORY KNIGHT album, ‘UNITY’, which will be released in February 2018.

Ivory Knight - Unity

Ivory Knight – Unity

The veteran Canadian quartet features the fretboard wizardry of guitarist Rob Gravelle and the distinct, soaring, powerful vocals of John Perinbam, backed by the crushing rhythm section of bassist Steve Mercer and powerhouse drummer George Nesrallah.

IVORY KNIGHT was formed in 1987 by singer John Perinbam and ex-ANNIHILATOR drummer Paul Malek, and has received accolades from critics and fans alike throughout the world including Greece, Germany, France, Japan, Argentina, Italy, Sweden, the U.S., and Canada. The band’s second full-length album, titled “Unconscience”, was released in January 2005. The CD was mixed and mastered by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR. In 2007, frontman John Perinbam issued a solo album called “Knightfall”, which was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Waters and also featured songwriting and guitar work from Ivory Knight’s Rob Gravelle.

Respected Metal magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (now bravewords.com) Issue #92 listed the band among the great Canadian Metal acts alongside bands like Rush, Annihilator, VoiVod, Anvil, Exciter, and others! The Temple of Metal in Greece called the band “Canada’s best kept secret”! U.S.-based Indie-Music.com says this band is “good enough to have a mainstream appeal similar to that of Priest, Sabbath, Megadeth, or Metallica”!

IVORY KNIGHT continues to bring its energetic live performances and has shared the stage with many great acts including Sacrifice, Sonata Arctica, Sword, and Blackstar (featuring John Ricci and Jacques Belanger of Exciter).

Official Web site: www.ivoryknight.net

 

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Sanctuary tour with Iced Earth to go ahead

January 11th, 2018
by EvilG

Warrel Dane

SANCTUARY Tribute Upcoming Shows as Farewell to Warrel Dane; Announce Guest Vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfalll)

Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal’s most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE (Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY’s upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall).

SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments:
“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel’s musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.”

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/22 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe #
2/23 CIncinnati, OH – Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets and further details can be found at http://www.enterthesanctuary.com/.

SANCTUARY recently released the official prequel to 1988’s classic debut “Refuge Denied”, “Inception”, which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris “Zeus” Harris (Queensryche).

Formed in 1985, the band were signed to Epic Records with the help of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, “Refuge Denied” (1988) and “Into The Mirror Black” (1989) which saw them perform with the likes of Megadeth, Fates Warning, Warlock and Death Angel. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act Nevermore with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album “The Year The Sun Died” for Century Media Records in 2014.

Warrel Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Firewind new video clip “We Defy” / on European tour now!

January 11th, 2018
by EvilG

Greek melodic Power metal masters FIREWIND continuing promoting their latest album “Immortals” on a European tour together with Rage and have also launched a new video clip for the track “We Defy” now.

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RIP Fast Eddie Clarke

January 11th, 2018
by EvilG

As posted by the Official Motörhead page:

We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight…Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia…

Phil Campbell said, “JUST HEARD THE SAD NEWS THAT FAST EDDIE CLARK HAS PASSED AWAY. SUCH A SHOCK, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS ICONIC RIFFS AND WAS A TRUE ROCK N ROLLER. RIP EDDIE.”

Mikkey Dee said, ““OH MY FUCKING GOD, THIS IS TERRIBLE NEWS, THE LAST OF THE THREE AMIGOS. I SAW EDDIE NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE WAS IN GREAT SHAPE. SO THIS IS A COMPLETE SHOCK. ME AND EDDIE ALWAYS HIT IT OFF GREAT. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE UK THIS SUMMER WHEN WE COME AROUND WITH THE SCORPS…NOW LEM AND PHILTHY CAN JAM WITH EDDIE AGAIN, AND IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR THEM, SO WATCH OUT!!! MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EDDIE’S FAMILY AND CLOSE ONES.”

Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as goddamit man, your Motörfamily would expect nothing less!!!

RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE 5th October 1950 – 10th January 2018

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Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Motorhead – Ace of Spades

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John Corabi To Release Live 94 (One Night in Nashville) on February 16th

January 10th, 2018
by Celtic Bob

Famed vocalist of The Dead Daisies, John Corabi, is set to release his first-ever solo live album Live 94 (One Night In Nashville). Corabi performs the classic self-titled 1994 Mötley Crüe album that he sang on after longtime Crüe vocalist Vince Neil stepped away from the role in 1992. The new live album is scheduled for worldwide release on February 16th via Rat Pak Records. The album is now available for pre-order in various bundle configurations atwww.ratpakrecords.com/johncorabi.

 

“I love the way this record came out. I wanted something pure, and I think we’ve got it here!,” exclaims Corabi.

 

Recorded live on October 27, 2015 during a stop on his Motley 94 tour, Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track “10,000 Miles” which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the Quaternary EP. The Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) band is comprised of John Corabi (Guitar/vocals), Jeremy Asbrock (Guitar/vocals), Phil Shouse (Guitar/vocals), Tommy Daley (Guitar) and Ian Corabi (Drums/percussions). The album was recorded live from The Basement in Nashville and contains no overdubs or backing tracks. The recording even includes 2 tracks of Corabi addressing the crowd about his time in Mötley Crüe.

 

“I have to congratulate the guys in my band for helping me do a live album with no backing tracks or extras!!! It’s how it should’ve sounded live!!!” Corabi adds.

 

The track listing for Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) is:

  1. Power to the Music (Live)
    2. Uncle Jack (Live)
    3. Hooligan’s Holiday (Live)
    4. Misunderstood (Live)
    5. Loveshine” (Live)
    6. Poison Apples (Live)
    7. John Joins The Band (Live) *
    8. Hammered (Live)
    9. Til Death Do Us Part (Live)
    10. Welcome to the Numb (Live)
    11. Smoke the Sky (Live)
    12  Here Is The Band (Live) *
    13. Droppin’ Like Flies (Live)
    14. Driftaway (Live)
    15. 10,000 Miles Away (Live) (Bonus Track)

 

* John speaks to the audience

 

Mötley Crüe is the eponymous sixth studio album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was released on March 15, 1994, and is the only album that does not feature lead singer Vince Neil.

 

Website: www.johncorabimusic.com

Twitter: @crablegs59

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JohnCorabiMusic 

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Frontiers Musis Srl Welcomes Tora Tora!

January 10th, 2018
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to welcome Memphis’ very own Tora Tora to the family! The band will commence recording a new studio album in 2018 for a tentative release in early 2019!

Tora Tora’s mixture of hard rock with their hometown’s legendary blues style put them in a class of their own and we were thrilled to find the band was open to creating new music. We can’t wait to hear what they have in the works for their new studio album!

Says vocalist Anthony Corder, “Tora Tora is proud to announce we have signed with Frontiers! With a rich musical heritage and focus on quality content, we feel their company culture is the perfect fit for our project. We are excited to join some of our favorite artists and friends on their international roster. Thank you to Serafino Perugino, Mario De Riso, and Nick Tieder and our entire Frontiers’ family for this opportunity. We are looking forward to creating some great music and many good memories with all of you!”

Comments guitarist Keith Douglas, “When we first started talking about a new Tora Tora project, the biggest question for us was what it would sound like after so much time had passed since we’d written together. After just one day of collaborating, it was clear we were going to pick up right where we left off so many years ago. We have some really good songs already written as well as a ton of other cool ideas to get sorted out. Having creative freedom is a huge bonus for us. As far as the direction, it’s just going to be whatever comes out. But I can tell you what has come out so far rocks as hard as anything we’ve ever done and lets our Memphis roots shine through. We are very excited to be working on what we feel like is going to be a very special record and just as excited to be working with Frontiers Records. Stay tuned!”

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https://www.facebook.com/ToraToraBand/

https://www.instagram.com/toratoraband/

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