Metal-Rules.com: Best of 2016

January 21st, 2017
by Metal Rules

As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!

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Legions of Metal Festival

May 22nd, 2017
by Robert Williams

by Robert Williams

For years upon years metalheads made the pilgrimage to Chicago, Illinois for the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival. I’m not exactly sure how many years in a row Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse had been going strong but it was a bunch, OK? Anyway, the bill for this year’s festival was super-stacked and then things went pear shaped and the festival was cancelled. Guess what? A few mighty warriors kept the dream alive, rebranded the festival as Legions of Metal and retained virtually every act set to appear at Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse. All of this cool stuff you see below happened last weekend at the inaugural Legions of Metal festival! Read the rest of this entry »

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SCUORN – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

May 22nd, 2017
by EvilG

Parthenopean Epic Black metallers SCUORN have unveiled the brand new music video to their song “Sepeithos”, from their critically-acclaimed debut album “Parthenope”, released in February 2017 via Dusktone.

Directed by Portuguese artist Gullherme Henriques Silva (Belphegor, Noctem, Nargaroth), the video was shot by Mirco Condello (Fastforward Filming) during Scuorn’s latest show of the “Parthenope Italian Tour 2017” at Alchemica Music Club in Bologna.

SCUORN - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

SCUORN – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE

SCUORN’s mastermind Giulian has commented “Working with such a talented director as Guillherme was awesome. For this first official videoclip, we wanted to focus the attention on Scuorn’s live performance and the impact we want to deliver to our crowds when on stage. That’s why I went for the most furious track of the album, “Sepeithos”,  and the result was exactly what I was looking for : a disturbing, confused portrait of epic black metal madness …”

The song reveals the legend of gods Vesevo (the volcano Vesuvius) and Sebeto (Sepeithos in ancient greek, a river who used to divide the city of Neapolis from its older part Palepolis). The giants battled over the beautiful daughter of Neputune, Leucopetra, spreading destruction all around : Vesevo was spitting torrents of fire, while Sebeto smashed stones into a water causing it to splash and to put out the flames. Their presence and dominance were respected and honored by the first Neapolitan settlers, who handed down their lore through the centuries …

“Parthenope” is out via Dusktone.

Get your copy via the link below :

www.goo.gl/VljBjD
Follow the band and label here :

www.facebook.com/scuorn

www.facebook.com/dusktone

 

 

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WARBRINGER Kick Off North American Tour Supporting Destruction Tonight!

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed WARBRINGER album, Woe to the Vanquished, was released March 31st 2017 via Napalm Records.  WARBRINGER have been on the road since the album’s release and have no plans to stop anytime soon.

Following an extremely successful European run, WARBRINGER have returned to North America and will kick off their tour tonight in Oakland, CA providing direct support to Destruction with Jungle Rot.  The tour runs through June 11th in Los Angeles, CA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

Frontman John Kevill on the upcoming tour:
“Hey everyone, after returning home from a European tour with Havok, Exmortus, and Gorod, we are making preparations to depart on a USA tour with Destruction, Jungle Rot, Hellbender and Demons Within. We will be trekking around North America for three weeks with this lineup, and leveling everywhere on the way! This is a super aggressive bill that promises to be one of the most intense metal shows of the year. This marks our third outing supporting our new record, Woe to the Vanquished, which has had a great response live.  Looking forward to the shows and to seeing people mosh, stage dive, and completely go off! See everybody at the show, and remain violent.”

Order your copy of Woe to the Vanquished at the Napalm Records Webstore

WARBRINGER
w/ Destruction, Jungle Rot, Hellbender and Demons Within:
5/22: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/24: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/26: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/27: Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
5/28: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/30: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/31: Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
6/1: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
6/2: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
6/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/5: Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
6/7: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
6/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
6/9: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/10: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
6/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
*Hellbender on 5/22 – 5/26 and 6/7 – 6/11
#Demons Within on 5/27 – 6/5

WARBRINGER Line-up:
John Kevill – Vocals,
Adam Carroll – Guitar
Carlos Cruz – Drums
Jessie Sanchez – Bass
Chase Becker – Guitar

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/Warbringermusic
www.warbringermusic.com/

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MARTIN POPOFF Signing 35 copies of Motor City Madhouse: Going Gonzo with Ted Nugent (updated, expanded, UK)

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Guys, now usually I just give you the back cover text but first a little heart-to-heart. First off, this book has been re-edited  by Jerry Bloom, at its UK publisher Wymer. It now includes a chapter on Ted’s righteous Shut Up & Jam! album plus other assorted changes. It has been out of print, and so I have some now, actually, just 35 copies for sale.

I loved doing this book. Ted was my first concert back in ’76 and the guy just makes me happy. As well, Ted’s an amazing interview and one of the ones I had with him, is like one of the most outrageous I’ve ever seen, and it’s all here. Plus other chats with him, lots of Derek, and what was quite possibly the last interview dear Cliff Davies gave before his suicide in April ’08. But dudes, there’s the legendary David Krebs, Lew Futterman, a couple of Amboy Dukes, Don Branker of Cal Jam, lotsa Tom Werman, some Charlie, Rob, lots of research… if this ain’t my best book, then certainly it’s second to the BOC or tied with the UFO. And it’s long – 283 pages.

So yeah, as the back cover blurb sez… Ted Nugent… hear the Whackmaster roar!

The Tedinator, Deadly Tedly, The Whackmaster or simply The Nuge… guitarin’ Detroit gunslinger Ted Nugent goes by many names, but his riff-mad rock ‘n’ roll speaks for itself.

This is the detailed story of the man’s music (and emphatically not the rest of it), from the Amboy Dukes through to his bloodthirsty revival marked by the Craveman and Love Grenade albums—all men play on ten, indeed!

But above else, it is the story of his classic, celebrated albums with Epic Records, namely Ted Nugent, Free For All, Cat Scratch Fever, Double Live Gonzo!, Weekend Warriors, State Of Shock, Scream Dream and Intensities In 10 Cities… so much furious fun we hadda name ‘em all.

Telling the Tedly tale, offering all manner of fresh perspective in interviews with the author, is Ted himself, along with major players in the story such as Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange, Cliff Davies, Lew Futterman, David Krebs and Tom Werman. Immerse yourself in Martin’s celebrated record by record analysis and emerge out the other end of this thick yet fast-paced tome as a renewed soldier in Ted’s army. Still alive and well… still raising hell!

Originally published in North America in 2012 as Epic Ted Nugent, this revised and expanded version for the European market takes the story bang up to date. Essential reading for Nugent devotees.

Price including shipping:
US orders: $34.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $39.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything – long story, ask me!). Works best in the US and Canada. Overseas, basically linear by weight.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, this one won’t be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).

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NITROGODS Release Video For ‘Boogeyman’

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

There is only one week to go until the German power Rock n Roll three-piece NITROGODS will release their third studio album “Roadkill BBQ” via Steamhammer / SPV worldwide. Today we will premiere another video / song from this album. The first video for “Rancid Rock” was a straight and fast Rocker – now the guys stepped on the brake carefully and deliver a very cool rockin’ song. The track is called Boogeyman and it should be fun to watch for everybody who is into real handmade Rock n Roll tunes.

Claus “Oimel” Larcher (Bass, Main Vocals at NITROGODS) on Boogeyman: “Boogeyman describes the utterly disgusting thoughts in the sick mind of an assassin. The drastic pictures are underlining that creepy stuff. As I live near Winnenden (a small town in Southern Germany, where a school shooting took place in 2009, which cost the life of 15 innocents), this story inspired me to those lyrics. My thoughts on this day were like, everybody is freaking nuts now.”

Get the album here: https://Nitrogods.lnk.to/RoadkillBBQ

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/Nitrogods
www.nitrogods.de

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New Book “Disadvantaged Populations And Technology In Music” Feat. Interviews By Former/Current Members of the Scorpions, Alice Cooper, Roger Waters, Krokus and others!

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

This is a new book  which explores the relationship between the disadvantaged populations and technology in the music industry. There are a number of people around the world who are digitally divided. In other words, they have no access or non using efficiently the technology. So, what happens when these populations are trying catch up with the latest trends of music listening and creation? How easy is for people who are “disadvantaged”  to use the modern technology for listening or creating music?

Vasileios Yfantis follows a journalistic/scientific approach to identify the importance of the issue. He places the problem in a scientific framework, but uses a journalistic method (interviews) to  explore further the research area.  A number of famous musicians participate in the research by  answering questions considering technology and its impact on music. The musicians are former or current members of the Scorpions, Genesis, Camel, Alice Cooper, Gong, Roger Waters, Krokus and other important artists.

The full  list of the musicians includes: ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, CHAOSTAR, DAVE KILMINSTER, ERIC NORLANDER, GREG KIHN, HARALD GROSSKOPF, KANE ROBERTS, MIKE HOWLETT, ASHBURN MILLER, PAUL MAY, SUZI QUATRO, MISS GUY, UDO HANTEN, ANTHONY PHILLIPS, COLIN BASS, JAMES KOTTAK, MARK KOHLER, TOM BRUMPTON, STEVE HACKETT.

Distribution of the book:
Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2pacbPS ;
CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/4443377 ;
Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/2pqqDTF ;

BIO
Vasileios Yfantis holds an MSc in Information Technology (University Of The West Of Scotland) and an MSc in Information Security (Luleå University of Technology), moreover he is the author of scientific articles published worldwide. Technology as a medium and music as a mission led him to experiment as a musician with unorthodox sounds and machines since the late 1990s. The main areas of his research interests feature: Information Communications Technology, e-Tourism, Digital Divide, e-Government and  the Digital Entertainment Industry.

Bibliography
1. V. Yfantis, “The Commercial Exploitation Of Color As A Consumer Stimulus” (Greek Edition), CreateSpace, 2013.
2. V. Yfantis, “The Lost Lyrics” (Greek Edition), CreateSpace, 2013.
3. V. Yfantis, “Punk Goes Science: The Academic Punk Bibliography”, CreateSpace, 2014.
4. V. Yfantis, “City Streets Of Europe”, Lulu, 2017.

Contact information:
Bandcamp: https://billyyfantis.bandcamp.com/ ;
Website: www.skylight.gr ;

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ABANDONED SOULS Offer Free Download “Make It Last’ via PureGrainAudio + Ontario Show Dates

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Inspired by Alter Bridge, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Judas Priest, Godsmack and Kings X, ABANDONED SOULS’ sound is powerful, heavy, rhythmic, melodic, and personal. Unleashing their fifth release and latest EP “Make It Last” this past April via their indie label Fiend Records, the London, ON heavy rockers have teamed up with PureGrainAudio.com to offer a FREE download of their new EP’s title track.

The band comments on the EP:

“We want to give the fans a pure and unfiltered listening experience, one that reflects us and where we are at in our musical journey and our lives. It is as much a reflection of who we are as musicians as it is of us as people. The philosophy behind “’Make It Last’ is a reference to always trying to make the good times in life last as long as you can. As much as possible, try to live every minute like it could be your last…Time is fleeting, so…Make It Last!”

To get your FREE download, please visit the following link: http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/abandoned-souls-make-it-last-free-song-download

In additional news, ABANDONED SOULS will be performing Ontario show dates in promotion of their new EP “Make It Last”, which includes a CD launch in Windsor on May 27th at The Backstage with support from Punishment and Thy Kingdom Slum.

Track Listing:
1. Prove It (3:42)
2. Make It Last (3:28)
3. Best of Me (3:35)
4. Stand Out Front (3:26)
5. So Through (4:41)
EP Length: 18:54
Show Dates:
May 27 – The Backstage – Windsor, ON w/ Punishment, Thy Kingdom Slum – info
June 24 – Jacob Hespeler Hall – Cambridge, ON w/ Counterwait, Punishment
Sept 9 – Norma Jean’s – London, ON w. Counterwait

For more info:
http://www.abandonedsouls.com/
http://www.facebook.com/abandonedsouls1

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THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Travel Back to the 80’s in New Music Video for “Something Mysterious”

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – featuring members of metal frontrunners Soilwork and Arch Enemy – have released their critically acclaimed new album, Amber Galactic, today! In celebration, the band has teamed up with Loudwire to reveal the official music video for the song “Something Mysterious”.

Guitarist David Andersson says: “Almost everyone, no matter who they are, have experienced one, or perhaps even a few, epic nights in their lives. That night when you met the love of your life, and you couldn’t go to sleep because your heart was beating too fast out of pure excitement and joy. That night when you lost the love of your life. The night when you thought that no matter what happens next, I’ll remember this night for the rest of my life. ‘Something Mysterious’ is a song about standing at that crossroads, gathering the courage to take that plunge into the unknown, knowing your life will never be the same again.”

The record was awarded as “album of the month” in various renowned European music magazines such as Rock Hard (Germany), Rock Hard (France), Sweden Rock Magazine (Sweden), Powermetal.de (Germany), United Rock Nations (France).

The album also reached high soundcheck positions in other magazines:
METAL HAMMER (Germany): #2
DEAF FOREVER (Germany): #3
AARDSCHOK (Netherlands): #3

More on Amber Galactic:
Album trailer #1: https://youtu.be/gRtYJvO_m3E
Album trailer #2: https://youtu.be/9lONkhOA_Hw
A message from outer space: https://youtu.be/IEgbRcaGpQk
“Midnight Flyer” lyric video: https://youtu.be/JToNqBY0s-U
“Gemini” music video: https://youtu.be/QOcnKnNKv-A
“Sad State Of Affairs” visualizer: https://youtu.be/8uMmNx5xRXQ
“Domino” visualizer:https://youtu.be/73a2YZXkPGo

Amber Galactic is available as a limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art, 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle, see below) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms.

Amber Galactic is available for purchase now: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticNB

Amber Galactic track listing:
01. Midnight Flyer
02. Star Of Rio
03. Gemini
04. Sad State Of Affairs
05. Jennie
06. Domino
07. Josephine
08. Space Whisperer
09. Something Mysterious
10. Saturn In Velvet
11. Just Another Night (BONUS TRACK, limited edition digipak, vinyl)
12. Fly Tonight (Never Rewind) (BONUS TRACK, Japan only)

When asked about the direction of NFO within the realm of classic rock, Strid explains with a chuckle: “Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD – we sound like cocaine.”

Amber Galactic was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA’s two previous releases, 2012’s Internal Affairsand 2015’s Skyline Whispers.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA members:
Björn Strid – vocals
Sharlee D’ Angelo – bass
David Andersson – guitars
Richard Larsson – keyboards
Jonas Källsbäck – drums
Sebastian Forslund – guitars, percussion

www.facebook.com/thenightflightorchestraofficial | www.nuclearblast.de/thenightflightorchestra

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Wednesday 13 Is “Cruel to You”

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Wednesday 13 is “Cruel to You.” The Duke of Spook just released the video for “Cruel to You,” the latest visual from his upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, Condolences, out June 2.

The song is available for download at iTunes, Amazon and all good DSPs.

“I’m really excited for everyone to see our new video for ‘Cruel To You,'” Wednesday 13 said. “Making this one turned out to be so much fun and director Tommy Jones made my comic book dream come to life. Running around sunny Los Angeles, chasing a girl and her dog with an axe was certainly a first for me. This song (and video) is definitely a throwback to the more fun, campy side of Wednesday 13.”

Fans can pre-order the Condolences album in an array of different digital and physical formats, including a few limited-run, colored vinyl versions, here.

The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) and the sleeve artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia).

ICYMI:
Watch the video for “What the Night Brings” here.

Also, check out the video for “Blood Sick.”

Wednesday 13 will tour this summer with Once Human and Gabriel and the Apocalypse in tow. All dates are below.

WEDNESDAY 13 TOUR DATES:
6/16 — Metro Music Hall — Salt Lake City, UT
6/17 — Sunshine Studios — Colorado Springs, CO
6/18 — Marquis Theater — Denver, CO
6/20 — Launchpad — Albuquerque, NM
6/21 — Juggernaut Music — Gallup, NM
6/22 — The Green Room — Flagstaff, AZ
6/23 — VAMPD — Las Vegas, NV
6/24 — Fulton 55 — Fresno, CA
6/25 — Whisky A Go Go — West Hollywood, CA
6/27 — Brick By Brick — San Diego, CA
6/28 — Club Red — Mesa, AZ
6/30 — My Place — Abilene, TX
7/1 — Paper Tiger — San Antonio, TX
7/2 — Grizzly Hall — Austin, TX
7/4 — Southport Music Hall — New Orleans, LA
7/6 — Trees — Dallas, TX
7/7 — The Vanguard — Tulsa, OK
7/8 — Oklahoma City Limits — Oklahoma City, OK
7/9 — Fubar — St Louis, MO
7/11 — Emerson Theater — Indianapolis, IN
7/12 — Fubar — St Louis, MO
7/13 — The Wire — Berwyn, IL
7/14 — Vaudeville Mews — Des Moines, IA
7/15 — Amsterdam Bar — St Paul, MN
7/16 — Bigs Sports Bar — Sioux Falls, SD
7/18 — The “O” Bar — Minot, ND
7/20 — Starlite Room — Edmonton, ALB
7/21 — Dickens — Calgary, ALB
7/23 — Studio Seven — Seattle, WA

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ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION: ALL-STAR ONLINE ROCK AUCTION ANNOUNCED

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Only a few days left to own ROCK History or grab the experience of a life-time!! We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION 501(c)3. The latest donations are the following one of a kind experiences and personal items from some of the biggest names in Rock N’ Roll!:

**CLICK TO BID ON THE STEVE VAI PACKAGE: https://goo.gl/fIWqXk

**CLICK TO BID ON THE ALL-STAR BASS: https://goo.gl/N8u1KF

**CLICK TO BID ON THE ALL-STAR GUITAR: https://goo.gl/BTyFFo

**CLICK TO BID ON DRUM LESSON w/MARK SCHULMAN: https://goo.gl/Xa2Vjz

**CLICK TO BUY MARKY RAMONE DRUM HEAD ARTWORK: https://goo.gl/5Ko5yc

**CLICK TO BID ON TRACK RECODING w/MARK SCHULMAN: https://goo.gl/LAR6lM

All funds raised will benefit the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION, creating public awareness and the first resource center aptly named THE ROCK HOUSE to help and assist those living with MS. 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, THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, offering free support groups, integrative therapies, creative and educational workshops to all those whose lives have been affected by MS designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS
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 on Rock Against MS Foundation click here: www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation

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RED REIGN ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES WITH QUIET RIOT AND TESLA

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Richmond, Virginia-based rockers Red Reign specialize in a sound that recalls vintage rock and metal acts of the mid to late ‘80s, as evidenced by their just-released self-titled EP, which features the single “Not That Way.” So it will undoubtedly be a perfect fit when the group (which features singer/guitarist Carlton “Bubba” McMichael, guitarist Stevie Shred, bassist Larry Moore, an drummer Sammy Lee) opens a show on June 23rd with Quiet Riot, and three shows from August 3rd-5th with Tesla.

“WOW, we are so excited to join Quiet Riot for a show in Lynchburg, Virginia,” says Sammy Lee. “Seeing Frankie Banali for the 1st time was unbelievable to me as a drummer. I loved his booming sound and will now get to see and hear it up close and personal. And Red Reign is extremely excited to be supporting Tesla, one of the premier hard rock bands out today. I remember watching Tesla’s videos all over MTV back in the day and now we get to share the same stage with them…it is surreal.”

The self-titled EP, was overseen by Grammy-nominated producer, David Ivory (Halestorm, Roots, Silvertide). “After signing with Chipster PR, we were directed to David Ivory, to help with the rewriting and rearrangement of songs for our upcoming CD,” explains Sammy. “David made the songs flow better rhythmically and brought in fresh ideas, to build on the original foundation of the songs. He also brought a different vision of how the songs were played, to put the band in more of a mainstream direction.” The EP can be purchased here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-reign-ep/id1183635946

One of the EP’s standout tracks is the “Not That Way” (which will be performed at the upcoming show), which the band’s McMichael describes as “one of those songs that is about a love gone bad and then the girl realizes she made a mistake in our relationship and wants to get back into the same relationship she poisoned. But the guy has gotten over her and moved on.”

Other tracks include “Chains” (“About the feelings of being held back and looking for that escape”), “Toxic” (“The feeling of hopelessness in a relationship”), “Red Reign” (“The anger side of a relationship”), and “What is Love For” (“About you pouring yourself into a relationship, knowing it’s not going to go far”).

And in August, Red Reign will undoubtedly win over many new fans – when they join forces with Tesla!

Upcoming RED REIGN tour dates:

June 23rd Phase 2 in Lynchburg, VA [WITH QUIET RIOT]
August 3rd Embassy Theatre in Ft Wayne, IN [WITH TESLA]
August 4th Taft Theater in Cincinnati, OH [WITH TESLA]
August 5th 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, MI [WITH TESLA]

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
redreignband.com/
facebook.com/RedReignBand/

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Nikki Stringfield Releases Video

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Los Angeles-based guitarist Nikki Stringfield (The Iron Maidens, Femme Fatale) has released a video for her new single called “As Chaos Consumes”. The song is in the vein of Evanesence and Avenged Sevenfold and it’s Nikki’s very first original track with her vocals on it as well.

Produced and engineered by Brad Jurjens
Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Billson
Bass and Additional Guitars by Brad Jurjens
Video edited by Smokinbat

Nikki has her own signature model guitar from Schecter Guitars, she is also endorsed by GHS Strings and Seymour Duncan pickups.

Video:

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Michael Monroe “Best Of” On The Way This June

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

MICHAEL MONROE’S OFFICIAL CAREER-SPANNING COLLECTION, THE BEST, CONFIRMED FOR RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS ON JUNE 30
 
29-TRACK + 2-CD, RE-MASTERED SET FEATURES KEY COMPOSITIONS FROM MONROE’S 30-YEAR SOLO CAREER, PLUS BONUS CUTS + UNRELEASED SONGS

In the leather-bound history of heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll, not only will Michael Monroe have at least one chapter all to himself. But his name will be colourfully threaded throughout, such has been his impact, his appeal, and his ongoing never-surrender story; a powerful, inspirational tale told in detail on The Best – the first official collection of his (ongoing) solo musical exploits, featuring prime tracks from 1987 right up to 2017. It arrives June 30 via Spinefarm.

“This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career, including four songs from the Little Steven-produced Demolition 23 album, which has been unavailable for over 20 years, plus some special rarities and previously unreleased bonus tracks.”

Icon, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, media personality, flamboyant force of nature, and one of rock’s most celebrated and uber-kinetic frontmen, Michael has been a name and a (much-photographed) face on the scene since 1979, when he played a central role in the formation of Hanoi Rocks – the legendary Finnish glam-punk heroes who came within a rolling paper’s width of taking the world by glitter-storm.

Were it not for cruel and fickle fate, Hanoi – who disbanded for the first time in 1985, then finally in 2009 – might have ended up as an arena act. But whatever obstacles were thrust in their path, they were never less than the real deal, and major names like Guns N’ Roses were ready to acknowledge their influence and their worth. G N’ R would go on to issue the European Hanoi catalogue in the U.S. via their Uzi Suicide imprint.

Over his three-decades-plus in the spotlight, Monroe has befriended and performed with a whole host of artists and acts, including the aforementioned Guns N’ Roses and Slash; Lemmy, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Little Steven, and Ian Hunter.

The frontman has shared stages and studios with them all, but since that first break-up of Hanoi in the mid-’80s, he’s essentially been pursuing his own path, and it’s this solo activity that forms the basis of The Best. It’s almost two hours’ worth of career-spanning music, re-mastered by Svante Forsback and sequenced by the great man himself.

As well as key, high-profile numbers such as “Dead, Jail Or Rock ‘N’ Roll” (from second solo album, 1989’s Not Fakin’ It, the promo clip for which features an onstage cameo from Axl Rose) and “’78” (from 2011’s Sensory Overdrive, voted “Album of the Year” by Classic Rock magazine), this two-CD set also showcases some “from the vaults” moments for collectors and completists, with bonus tracks and previously unreleased songs strategically placed to make the journey both scenic and surprising.

“There’s a couple of extra special tracks like ‘It’s A Lie,’ sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover ‘Magic Carpet Ride,’ featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in rock ‘n’ roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!,” said Monroe.

Two other previously unreleased songs are “Fist Fulla Dynamite” and “Simpletown,” outtakes from the Blackout States album (2015); plus there’s the new single “One Foot Outta The Grave” – an anthem of pure defiance – to bring things nicely up to date, showing the artist’s continued commitment to a genre.

We’re talkin’ rock ‘n’ roll here, straight from the source!

Monroe has both celebrated and driven forward with unbridled passion, energy and emotion, not to mention a natural front-cover flair.

So… 29 great and glorious tracks. A heady life in music.

Simply, The Best.

For More Info Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial https://twitter.com/michaelmonroe
http://www.michaelmonroe.com/site/
https://instagram.com/michaelmonroeofficial

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New PledgeMusic Campaign For Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set!

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

New PledgeMusic Campaign For Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set!

Feat. David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, John Lawton, Eddie Jobson, Vincent Price and others!

A new PledgeMusic campaign has been started for Deep Purple legend Roger Glover’s “Butterfly Ball” 2017 Directors Cut Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set to be released on Gonzo Multimedia!

“The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast” is a concept album and subsequent live rock opera appearing in 1974 and 1975 respectively, based on the children’s poem of a similar title. The work was originally conceived as a solo vehicle for Jon Lord to be produced by Roger Glover who had recently left Deep Purple. However, Lord proved too busy with Deep Purple and Glover took up the reins on his own. Using his connections, Glover recruited a large cast of noted rock musicians to perform on it, with a different vocalist for each character, including David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.

On 16 October 1975, a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall took place. Again it had a star-studded cast of rock musicians, most notably Ian Gillan who was drafted in at the last minute and received a standing ovation on his entrance. He replaced an unavailable Ronnie James Dio who had commitments with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (although Dio did eventually get to perform the song at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 as the guest of Deep Purple). Gillan had not performed since leaving Deep Purple in 1973. Also notable was the appearance of Twiggy as singer and actress and Vincent Price as narrator. Apart from most of the musicians involved in the studio recording, the concert also featured Jon Lord. The live concert was filmed and released in 1976 produced and directed by Tony Klinger.

Tony Klinger is thrilled with the quality of the creation of this Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set which includes Double DVD (original film + 2017, re-edit, remaster), a Double CD (never released before), Reproduction Press Pack, 5 × 10″x 8″ glossy promotional photos, A3 reproduction Film Poster. Each box will contain a number certificate signed by Tony Klinger.

Box Set Content

Double DVD (original film + 2017, re-edit, remaster)
Double CD (never released before)
Reproduction Press Pack
5 × 10″x 8″ glossy promotional photos
A3 reproduction Film Poster (different to the poster which we are offering for sale)
Signed and number certificate.

There will only be 250 Boxes manufactured.

For more information: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/roger-glover-butterfly-ball

About PledgeMusic:

PledgeMusic is the leading global direct-to-fan platform dedicated to empowering artists, labels and brands to build communities, fund and pre-sell recordings, and provide unique experiences and exclusives throughout the entire music production and promotion lifecycle. PledgeMusic was named as one of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Music for “Helping artists and fans get what they want”. – Fast Company.

Gonzo Multimedia: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/

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SPV/Steamhammer Signs Worldwide Deal With APPICE…..Featuring Drum Legends Carmine and Vinny Appice!

May 22nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

APPICE
–  First studio album from the two legendary drum brothers together –
– APPICE album release in autumn 2017 –
– Guest appearances by members and ex-members of Whitesnake, Dio, WASP, Quiet Riot and many more –

The two legendary drum brothers Carmine (Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Murder, King Kobra) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Last In Line) are recording their first ever studio album together this spring under the name APPICE.

“After decades in this crazy music business, we will sit down for the first time and record songs TOGETHER for an amazing new studio album! The album will feature both new songs and classic tracks from our history! This is very exciting for us as we will have, as Ringo said, “A Little Help from My/Our Friends”. With that in mind, the result will be great sounding spine-shaking rhythmic foundations, along with BIG giant melodic guitars from hell, and on top, blazing vocals and melodies that will tear it all up! A first in a lifetime for us brothers!” say Carmine and Vinny.

Expect some great friends/guests to contribute to this album including Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt), Johnny Rod (WASP, King Kobra), Craig Goldy (Dio), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder)and members of Last In Line among others.

Carmine says: “I am so excited to be doing this new Appice CD. It is always a challenge and fun doing music with Vinny. This CD is no exception and we will be doing cool songs with double drumming and lots ear candy for our fans, not to mention playing with some of our special friends. The recording process is coming out great. Cannot wait to finish and take it on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!”

Vinny adds: “A studio album that was years in the making has now come to life! Our first ever studio CD together. With great songs, musicians and of course drums and rhythms that will overwhelm your ears and fascinate your mind!”

Olly Hahn (Head of Steamhammer) says: “It’s an honour to welcome these legendary drummers to the Steamhammer family. Be prepared for an album filled with great musicians and a lot of drum wars!!!”

The yet untitled studio album will be released in October 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.

More news within the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Mirko Marten (Promotion Steamhammer), Georg Schröder (A&R Steamhammer), Carmine Appice, Olly Hahn (Head Of Steamhammer), Frank Uhle (Managing Director SPV)

For More Info Visit:
http://www.carmineappice.net/
http://www.vinnyappice.com/
www.spv.de
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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