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- Dark Tranquillity at the House of Blues Hollywood North America Construct Tour 2014 Feb. 22, 2014 (Mar 5, 2014)
- Amon Amarth at The Wiltern Los Angeles Feb. 15, 2014 (Mar 4, 2014)
- Children Of Bodom w. Death Angel & Tyr @ Mac Hall Ballroom, Calgary, Alberta (Mar 4, 2014)
- Behemoth + Cradle Of Filth @ The Forum, London (Mar 2, 2014)
- Toxic Holocaust @ The Underworld (Mar 2, 2014)
After forming Black Sabbath in 1969, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler, and Bill Ward went on to record one of the most influential canons of music in the history of rock and roll.
Warner Bros./Rhino brings together the original quartet’s groundbreaking eight-album run for BLACK SABBATH: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS (1970-1978). The hard-hitting, eight-disc boxed set will be available on April 15.
Presented in a clamshell box, the set contains all of the studio albums Black Sabbath recorded for Warner Bros. Records during the 1970’s, including its iconic, eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), as well as the gold albums Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978).
The past few months have been busy ones for Black Sabbath. Following hugely successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, the band won its second Grammy® Award when the song “God Is Dead?” picked up the trophy for Best Metal Performance.
The group will kick off another North American tour on March 31 with a show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. In the weeks that follow, the trek will hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before it wraps on April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. These dates are part of the band’s final shows of its 2013-14 world tour in support of its first studio album in 35 years, 13. A resounding success, the album entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Another run of European festivals and headlining shows will follow this summer.
First formed in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath’s doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of heavy metal, but Sabbath was capable of surprising its fans with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides darkness and monstrous decibels. Decades after their initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi’s jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler’s swooping bass lines, and Bill Ward’s thunderous drums. And, of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band has one of the most magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a maniacal voice like few others before or since.
BLACK SABBATH: THE COMPLETE ALBUMS 1970-1978
Black Sabbath (1970)
Master Of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
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Talanas – Asylum
London, UK based progressive metal act, Talanas now present their “unplugged” mini-album ‘asylum’ which is now available here:
See the teaser trailer for the forthcoming video for ‘sister damnable’ here: http://youtu.be/VEI2jQNcMIc
With some word recordings on offer in the campaign can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/halsinden
Recorded at London’s Berry Street Studio, the self-produced mini-album’s five songs concentrate on Britain’s rich history of supernatural and occult-based tales of murderous hauntings, possession, witchcraft & insanity.
Calling on influences such as Fields of the Nephilim, David Sylvian & Einstürzende Neubauten, it also marks the group’s concerted effort to explore different approaches to songwriting, as frontman Hal Sinden explains:
“Though rooted in extreme metal, TALANAS has always been about creating specific atmospheres regardless of the genre of the result. In this instance, we wanted to make sure we could still invoke the same esotericism without having to rely on volume and distortion, especially since James sodding Blunt has come back out of retirement, whilst getting a chance to work with some truly great guest musicians.”
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According to the official Ghost Facebook, the former mastermind of The Devils Blood and his own band Selim Lemouchi and His Enemies, Selim Lemouchi, has passed away.
The official Ghost facebook
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Metal Tank Records re-released the long-time sold out album from one of the major Slovenian thrash metal acts; PANIKK, entitled UNBEARABLE CONDITIONS. The second edition features alternative packaging and advanced track-listing.
Mastermind “Gapa Flere” comments: Expect nothing but sick untamed bay area thrash metal in the vein of VIO-LENCE, EVILDEAD, SEPULTURA, DEMOLITION HAMMER, FORCED ENTRY and ACID REIGN. Be prepared to head-bang on some killer tunes devoted to the true old school fanaticism! Read more at www.metaltankrecords.com/panikk.
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Dark Tranquillity at the House of Blues Hollywood
With special guests Omnium Gatherum
North America Construct Tour 2014
Feb. 22, 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
First thing to mention about this show is that it took place on Ragnarok. What better way to spend the end of the world (according to the Vikings) than with sophisticated Nordic metal? Both Swedish band Dark Tranquillity and Finnish band Omnium Gatherum blend the melancholic with the uplifting, creating thought-provoking, mood-inducing metal that complement each other quite well. It was definitely a fitting duo for a line-up. I could both see and feel the effect the bands had on the audience members – it was beautiful.
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The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund® benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath’s GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, and owner/CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg. Taking place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12, Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund. He is being recognized for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Greenberg will be the recipient of MusiCares®’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Continuing to celebrate the memory of DJ AM, the evening’s DJ will be Mix Master Mike. There will also be a performance by Osbourne and his touring band with special guest Slash on guitar. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
“Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians’ Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and MusiCares. “Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It’s an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll.”
“I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse,” said Osbourne. “This organization literally saves lives.”
“I’ve been lucky to spend my life in the music business doing things that I love,” said Greenberg. “But I’ve also seen the serious and, all too often, fatal effects of addiction in our industry, so that’s why I am an ardent supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund.”
This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. General Admission Balcony Seats for $50 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on March 7 at www.axs.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.
Osbourne is a multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter. His career has spanned more than four decades as both a solo artist and as the lead singer of metal icons Black Sabbath, and his music is as relevant today as ever. Since 2011, Osbourne’s focus has been with Black Sabbath. In June 2013 Black Sabbath returned with their critically acclaimed album 13, which debuted at No. 1 in 13 countries. Produced by eight-time GRAMMY-winning producer Rick Rubin, 13 was the first studio album to feature original Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Osbourne in 35 years. Earlier this year, the group won a GRAMMY Award for Best Metal Performance for the album’s lead single “God Is Dead?”
Beyond his music career, Osbourne is a best-selling author (I Am Ozzy, 2010; Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice From Rock’s Ultimate Survivor, 2011), advice columnist (The Sunday Times, The London Times and Rolling Stone) and among the first to have a celebrity reality television program (“The Osbournes,” which won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality) ). That same year, Osbourne was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Owner and CEO of the Village studios in West Los Angeles, Greenberg is a native Angeleno with music in his blood. At age 19 Greenberg was already managing his first rock band. He went on to produce some of the very first skateboarding events and 1978’s Cal Jam II (one of the biggest one day festivals in history). He also managed the band the Section and Felix Pappalardi, the producer of Cream and the leader of Mountain. Greenberg then booked and promoted concerts for Nederlander venues such as the Greek Theatre. Later he became a talent agent for ICM where, with the legendary Tom Ross, he represented artists such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Heart, the Kinks, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, Santana, and James Taylor, among many others.
The Village has produced many of the most important albums of the past half-century, including those by the Band, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Heart, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Talking Heads, Usher, and many of T Bone Burnett’s albums and affiliated soundtracks. Soundtracks recorded at the Village include The Bodyguard, Cars, Crazy Heart, The Hunger Games, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge, Saving Mr. Banks, The Shawshank Redemption, There’s Something About Mary, South Park: The Movie, Toy Story, and Walk The Line, among others. The complex, located in a 1922 Masonic Temple, hosts many events for artists and organizations such as The Recording Academy. Greenberg is past president and current director of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services, a Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Board member, and Governor and current Secretary of The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter. Greenberg was also one of the original board members of the Musicians’ Assistance Program.
The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with healthcare professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events.
MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, please like “MusiCares” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/musicares, follow MusiCares on Twitter @MusiCares at www.twitter.com/musicares, and join us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/musicares.
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2ND ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star line up. The 2nd Annual has the Rock Stars returning in support of long time friend and publicist, Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS.
Guitar Player Magazine is in the house to present Lita Ford their top award – Inspired by Chet Atkins’ phrase “Certified Guitar Player”—and typically bestowed at NAMM during Muriel Anderson’s All-Star Guitar Night—this award debuted in 2003 with Les Paul as the first recipient. Since then, GP has honored Duane Eddy, Nokie Edwards, Dick Dale, Larry Carlton, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, and others. “Lita Ford slugged it out with the boys club in an era where female musicians who liked to rock hard had very few heroes,” says GUITAR PLAYER Editor in Chief Michael Molenda. “But Lita was there, and man, did she cut a heroic figure. She was tough. She was smart. She could write a good song. And she could shred. Stinging bends. Fierce vibrato. A great sense of melody and phrasing. Since the Runaways in the late 1970s, and throughout her solo career, Lita has been a beacon of cool, and an inspiration for girls AND boys who want to express themselves through the guitar. She is the definition of a Certified Legend.”
In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th 2014
WHERE: CONCERT / VIP MEET & GREET
The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
VIP Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM
Show Starts at 8PM
· GENERAL ADMISSION – $35
· FLOOR – W/ PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET AT 6PM – $100
· BALCONY – VIP MEET & GREET – $150
· VIP – RESERVED BOOTH FOR 4 PPL W/ MEET & GREET – $500
· VIP – RESERVED BOOTH FOR 8 PPL W/ MEET & GREET – $1,000
PURCHASE: BUY TICKETS HERE: http://ticketf.ly/1mf2eJl
SPONSORS: 95.5 KLOS, GUITAR CENTER, MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, SCHECTER GUITARS, D’ADDARIO, EVANS, SIR, PRO MARK, WHISKY A GO-GO, RAINBOW BAR & GRILL
About Multiple Sclerosis
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
For more information go to www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
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Armoury Records will release a 3CD set of Twisted Sister’s You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll + Come Out And Play + Love Is For Suckers as part of the Armoury Classics series. This is the first time these albums will be available in a single set. [MSRP 24.98]
All three of these original Atlantic studio albums encapsulate the history of Twisted Sister’s 1980s zenith. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll, released in 1983, features early hits “I Am (I’m Me),” “The Kids Are Back,” and “Like A Knife In The Back.” 1985’s Come Out And Play followed the wild success of Stay Hungry, the album that launched Twisted Sister into worldwide fame. It includes the star-studded “Be Chrool To Your Scuel,” which features assists from Alice Cooper, Billy Joel, and Brian Setzer. 1987’s Love Is For Suckers was the band’s final studio album, as lead vocalist Dee Snider left the band shortly after its release, rendering the band separated for 15 years.
The first two albums feature the classic line-up of Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda (guitars), Mark Mendoza (bass), and A.J. Pero (drums). Love Is For Suckers features Joe Franco on drums.
Whether a lifelong Twisted Sister devotee, or a new fan sparked by the band’s recent resurgence and beloved A Twisted Christmas holiday show, this 3CD set should please heavy metal fans across the board.
Disc 1: You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
1) The Kids Are Back
2) Like A Knife In the Back
3) Ride To Live, Live To Ride
4) I Am (I’m Me)
5) The Power And The Glory
6) We’re Gonna Make It
7) I’ve Had Enough
8) I’ll Take You Alive
9) You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song)
10) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
11) One Man Woman
12) Four Barrel Heart Of Love
13) Feel The Power
Disc 2: Come Out And Play
1) Come Out And Play
2) Leader Of The Pack
3) You Want What We Got
4) I Believe In Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) The Fire Still Burns
6) Be Chrool To Your Scuel
7) I Believe In You
8) Out On The Streets
9) Lookin’ Out For #1
10) Kill Or Be Killed
11) King Of The Fools
Disc 3: Love Is For Suckers
1) Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)
2) Hot Love
3) Love Is For Suckers
4) I’m So Hot For You
6) Me And The Boys
7) One Bad Habit
8) I Want This Night (To Last Forever)
9) You Are All That I Need
10) Yeah Right
11) Feel Appeal
12) Statutory Date
13) If That’s What You Want
14) I Will Win
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Band leader/singer Andrea Rampa – Rustfield
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Tom Hack for getting this interview done.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.
Rustfield is a brand new Italian act that released their debut album KINGDOM OF RUST at the end of 2013. I hooked up with one of the band leaders, singer Andrea Rampa a while ago in order to get to know the band a bit better. The album features guest appearances from some very well known names like John Macaluso to mention one. If you’re into progressive rock/metal make sure to check out Rustfield. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Andrea Rampa, Davide Ronfetto, Douglas R Docker, John Macaluso, Kingdom Of Rust, Rustfield
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Metal On Ice
‘METAL ON ICE’ EP NOW AVAILABLE
NEW RECORDING FROM CANADIAN HARD ROCK AND HEAVY METAL HEROES LEE AARON, BRIAN VOLLMER (HELIX), DARBY MILLS (HEADPINS), CARL DIXON (CONEY HATCH), NICK WALSH (SLIK TOXIK) AND RUSS DWARF (KILLER DWARFS)
Billboard-charting guitarist, Metal on Ice author and co-producer of the Metal on Ice EP, Sean Kelly is excited to announce the official Metal on Ice CD release show, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 at The Opera House in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week 2014.
“I wrote a book to honour my Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes,” says Kelly. “Through the help of our fans and Pledge Music we turned up the volume with an amazing new EP, and now it’s time to crank the amps, stack the speakers, and put on the LOUDEST book release party in history! The Metal On Ice concert is going to bring the passion of the book and EP to life through an evening of great songs and killer performances…Get Your Metal On!!!” Read the rest of this entry »
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Interview with vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck
Interview by EvilG
Piet Sielck is one of those interesting guys who has been around / played with / recorded just about all of my favorite bands. Any opportunity to pick his brain about his excellent band, Iron Savior, and the German Power metal scene is welcomed. The newest Iron Savior, RISE OF THE HERO, is now upon us, and what a killer album it is! We start with talking about the new album…….
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Tags: Gamma Ray, German Power Metal, IRON SAVIOR, Piet Sielck
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Amon Amarth at The Wiltern Los Angeles
Deceiver of the Gods North American Tour 2014
Feb. 15, 2014
Review and photos by Metalette
Saturday night the hordes amassed to see Amon Amarth at the Wiltern – a grand old theater of Los Angeles that was a fitting establishment for the Swedish death metal Vikings to play in. Earlier in the day, I passed by the Wiltern and saw people camping in tents outside, waiting for the show! Quite impressive.
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Children Of Bodom w. Death Angel & Tyr
Feb 23rd, 2014
Mac Hall Ballroom, Calgary, Alberta
Reviews by JP Photos by Monika D
Each gig has a unique feel to it based on any number of obvious factors, venue, date, time, indoor vs. outdoor, bands all those things come into play. I was looking forward to the Children Of Bodom/Death Angel/Tyr gig for a number of reasons.
The show was held in the MacEwan Hall Ballroom (Capacity: 1000) in Calgary, Alberta and over the years I have seen dozens maybe even low hundreds of bands there. It is a familiar, nice venue and I was going with a bunch of friends. Compare this to a gig I saw in Toronto last year, at a venue I had never been in, seeing bands I had never seen and going by myself in a city I don’t live in. Very different ‘feel’ to each concert, not bad just different. If I had to define it, I’d say that the COB show in support of their latest excellent album HALO OF BLOOD was a safe, comfortable gig. Those aren’t usually words associated with a Metal gig, but nonetheless it was pretty laid-back. Or at least…I was pretty laid-back. I have had the pleasure of seeing each band on the bill at least 4-5 times each previously.
Before the show, I also had the pleasure of having supper with Mark and Rob from Death Angel at a nice restaurant so we arrived on time with a full belly, a few drinks in us and lots of friends in a familiar venue to see three bands I love. I have the entire catalogue of all three bands in my collection.
Tyr was up first with a disappointingly short five-song set. It was the biggest stage I have seen them on to date and they plundered through five cuts ending strong with ‘Shadow Of The Swastika’. With seven full-length albums under their belt they could have headlined a two-hour gig in my mind. (COB has 8 albums and Death Angel has seven as well, so Tyr are just as established, just not as popular in North America. They were of course the least well-known but because it was an early Sunday night all-ages gig there was a very decent crowd early on.
Death Angel was up next and it is hard to be impartial, but they played to their largest crowd in the last five times they have been here. They were happy to be on the COB tour because they aid it introduced them to a whole new audience. I found that quite curious as I assumed that COB fans and DA fans were one and the same, but I was mistaken. Compared to last time they were in town with Anthrax and Testament (which was an older, mostly male old-school trash crowd) this gig was way younger and way more girls.
Death Angel won over people in the audience being by far the heaviest, fastest band on the bill. Mark had cut off his dreadlocks and the band just ripped into it opening with. The crowd was in a good mood that night as Canada had just won a Gold Medal in the Men’s Hockey at the Sochi Olympics. Mark addressed the crowd as ‘Gold medal winning motherfuckers’ (which got a huge roar of approval) before they ripped into ‘Claws In So Deep’ from their last studio album RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION.
The Mark III line-up with the new rhythm section Damien Sisson (bass) and Will Carrol (drums) have really settled in making this in my mind, the strongest line-up. They finished off with the a teaser, the classic intro riff from ‘The Ultra Violence’ before ending with what has become their signature closing song, ‘Thrown To The Wolves’ the opening track from the third album THE ART OF DYING.
Admittedly, it was Children Of Bodom’s crowd, I could tell it was a younger crowd, the beer gardens were not that full! The ages ranged from 5 to 65 and the hall was as it sat comfortably full at about 800 souls and bodies were flying! The stage had three sets of six multi-coloured strobes on tall stands that made for a simple, but effective light show. The sound was crystal clear which is good to emphasize the higher end with the heavy keyboard and guitar sound the band has. The pacing seemed a little off but the band was only a few dates into the North American tour and maybe had to work out a few little timing measures. The band had some pre-recorded spoken word interludes and Alexi was a little lower key than I had seen in him in previous years. The Finnish frontman did thank us (Canada) for ‘…beating the shit out of Sweden’(!) in Hockey which was appreciated by the crowd.
The band ran through a good cross selection of their catalogue playing cuts from every album except, RELENTLESS RECKLESS FOREVER. I found I still preferred the cleaner burning, faster cuts from the first three albums, (SOMETHING WILD, HATEBREEDER, FOLLOW THE REAPER), before they injected more modern sounds into their delivery. ‘Are You Dead Yet?’ seemed to be a crowd favourite with lots of singing and bodies flying. There was some really nice trade-off soloing between Alexi and Janne (keyboards) during ‘Towards Dead End’ from HATEBREEDER.
They finished predictably with ‘Downfall’ but it was nice to hear them come back for an encore and close with ‘In Your Face’. I had seen the band many times and they were as good as ever. I know that does not sound like a glowing endorsement but it was like I said a good gig, no surprises and had a lot of fun being there. It is a good triple bill and if you can catch them on the eight-week north American tour do it and arrive on time to see Tyr!
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Each year, British heavy metal legends SAXON honor a fine tradition of paying homage to England’s patron Saint George by putting on a spectacular annual show on St. George’s Day (April 23rd). The band’s new live album, St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester, was recorded at last year’s performance on that special day, specifically at The Ritz in Manchester, England during the band’s ‘Sacrifice World Tour’. The album, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap and produced by SAXON vocalist Biff Byford, hits stores in the U.S. on April 29, 2014 via UDR Music.
This 2 CD set (also available in digital format) finds a blistering performance covering a collection of SAXON’s finest work from 1979 up to 2013. A very special rendition of ‘Broken Heroes’ goes straight to the heart and is dedicated to The British Armed Forces. This is SAXON at their best – a real treasure rejoicing every fan.
St. George’s Day Sacrifice – Live in Manchester tracklisting:
CD 1 – running time 61:05 minutes
02 Wheels Of Terror
03 Power And The Glory
04 Made In Belfast
05 Rock’n Roll Gypsy
06 And The Bands Played On
07 I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)
08 Night Of The Wolf
10 Broken Heroes
11 Guardians of The Tomb
CD 2 – running time 59:08 minutes
01 Never Surrender
02 Ride Like The Wind
04 Stand Up And Fight
05 Dallas I PM
06 747 (Strangers In The Night)
07 Wheels Of Steel
08 Strong Arm Of The Law
09 Denim And Leather
10 Princess of The Night
SAXON’s most recent studio album, Unplugged and Strung Up, debuted at #52 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, as well as #89 on the Top Rock chart in its first week of release! Unplugged and Strung Up is an amazing full-length release of fresh twists on classic tracks. Featuring staple SAXON stormers such as ‘Motorcycle Man’, ‘Strong Arm of the Law’ and ‘Dallas 1pm’, it is a quintessential part of any collection. Recorded, mixed and mastered with Andy Sneap in Derbyshire, UK last year, Biff and co. re-evaluated, re-worked and re-energized the towering likes of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘Crusader’ by introducing orchestral dynamics to offer added dimension. ‘Frozen Rainbow’ from the band’s 1979 debut, gets a stunning acoustic reprisal which transports it into a power ballad to be proud of, whilst ‘Red Star Falling’ soars and sweeps the emotions with its orchestrally-arranged dovetail. Buy your copy today – available in digipack version – here via Amazon.
For more information on both releases, please visit www.saxon747.com and www.udr-music.com.
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