Star & Dagger is a New Orleans based fe-metal group formed by bassist Sean Yseult (White Zombie), with her good friends guitarist Dava She Wolf (Cycle Sluts From Hell), and vocalist Von Hesseling. They are releasing their debut album Tomorrowland Blues recorded at Rancho de la Luna, produced by Ethan Allen and Dave Catching, and mastered by J. Yuenger (White Zombie) on Cauldron 333, distributed by MRI July 23. I’m hoping you’d consider posting their new video for “Freak Train” The video was made from live footage of their recent tour of England, and showcases the live show that they will be delivering in the US on their tour dates aug 1-10. The song is about a nihilistic ride through a world of brain- numbing monotony – and getting the hell outta dodge on the Freaktrain. The entire video was shot with gopro cameras by Chris Lee, and edited by Todd Perley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_nvTc4t9H0&feature=youtu.be
Star & Dagger was formed with auspicious beginnings: Sean and Dava were drinking late one night with the legendary Lenny Kaye (noted rock journalist and founder member of the Patti Smith Group) and he declared: “You two must start a band, I see it!” They took his word and set to it.
Hard Rock Rebels – Talking With Rock Stars is a bumper sized collection of dozens of interviews author Neil Daniels has conducted over a decade’s worth of rock writing. This 400+ page book features interviews with current and former members of Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Journey, Europe, Saxon, Judas Priest, Thunder, Slade, The Darkness, Scorpions, Queensrÿche and Mötley Crüe, amongst others.
Hard Rock Rebels was previously published as Rock ‘N’ Roll Mercenaries Volumes I & II (both out of print) and contains bonus material.
“UK classic rock expert Neil Daniels has been quickly, methodically making a name for himself as one of the most prolific and academic of rock biog penners…” Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado natives, ALLEGAEON, recently completed a brand new performance demo video. Watch as guitarist Greg Burgess and bassist Corey Archuleta show fans how they play “Secrets of the Sequence,”the epic closing track to their latest studio offering, Formshifter. The video is streaming now at metalblade.com/allegaeon.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends, CARCASS, have announced that they will release the track “Captive Bolt Pistol” as a limited 7” with bonus track on Aug. 9th (Rest of EU) / Aug 11th (UK) / Aug 13th (US). The single will be available both digitally and on colored vinyl.
Captive Bolt Pistol track list:
Side A: Captive Bolt Pistol
Side B: Intensive Battery Brooding
To celebrate his 30 year career as a singer, Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane, ex-Iron Maiden) is releasing a best off album “Soundtracks of my life” under his own label Blaze Bayley Recording. This double disc album contains 30 recordings that have been important to Blazes career and personal life. The album features songs that have not been widely distributed before and two new songs written with Rick Plester (former guitarist Black Symphony).
With this release comes the book “Albums of my life”. This 40 page A4 book contains pictures, tour dates and autobiographical account of the recordings written by Blaze. This will only be available with the platinum pre-order package. The platinum package is limited to 300 copies. Read the rest of this entry »
Mysterious death metallers Reptilian Death from India have inked a deal with California based record label Old School Metal Records. The label will be releasing the bands latest album ‘The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence‘ worldwide on 10th October 2013.
Commented Demonstealer. “I’m really happy and grateful to sign up with OSM. I’ve known Patrick (OSM Ceo) for a while now and he’s very passionate about the music and I couldn’t have asked for a better label to release the album on. The album released a while back in India and now finally our fans overseas can get their hands on a copy. We should also be working on some dates to tour UK/Europe in early 2014.”
Death/thrash Metallers Devoid who won the Indian leg of the Wacken Metal Battle held in Bangalore earlier this month are set to represent the nation at the international leg of the contest in Germany. Wacken Metal Battle is a worldwide contest held by the promoters of Wacken Open Air and is currently in it’s seventh year. This also happens to be the band’s international debut. Vocalist Arun Iyer had this to say:
“When I first got into a band playing an open air gig was the ultimate goal. Playing to a sizable audience under the sky was the biggest thing a band could do. Now we not only get to do that, we get to do that in Wacken. As an Indian band we are really looking forward to bringing our brand of metal to a crowd made up folks from countless nationalities and hopefully make our country proud. As a debut international gig I couldnt be more happy to play in the temple of metal, Wacken Open Air.”
Devoid will be competing with over 30 bands from different nationalities. This is the 24th year of Wacken and headlining acts include the likes of Motorhead, Lamb of God, Anthrax etc.
Devoid recently put out it’s sophomore EP titled The Invasion in 2013 and went on to be nominated in 6 categories in The Rolling Stone Metal Awards 2013. Check out the official video to ‘Brahma Weapon’ from the EP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJwMQzwF3do
Check out at this link the trailer dedicated to the fourth edition of ROCK HARD FESTIVAL ITALY, where 10 bands from the international and national metal scene will alternate on Live Club’s stage next Milano.
Among that, the festival presents performances as unique as the Teutonic couple SODOM and TANKARD, never seen before on the same stage in Italy, as well as the exclusive ASPHYX show, and CRIPPLE BASTARDS special set dedicated to their master album “Misantropo a Senso Unico “.
With them you will see: ATTACKER, DEATH MECHANISM (w / Bulldozer), NATIONAL SUICIDE, ASGARD and AGONY FACE
“Serpent Reaper”, the new video from Cleveland, Ohio-based thrashers SOULLESS, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth full-length album, “In Death’s Grip”, which was released on April 23 via Auburn Records. The clip, which was directed by Kristoff Bates for Black Arts Media, was filmed on location in Cleveland at the House Of Wills, an abandoned former funeral home built in the early 1900s and rumored to be a place of very active paranormal activity.
“You have to see this place to believe it,” says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. “It’s a massive structure that was originally built in 1900 as a German opera house. 35 rooms in an abandoned funeral home with multiple basements, attics, hidden passageways, rotting floors, unexplained cold temperatures, no water or electricity, empty caskets and a crematorium. It looks as if the funeral home owners literally left in the middle of the night some 20 years ago. Many of their things are still there.
“This is officially the creepiest and craziest place I have ever been to in my life. The real deal in horror. Words cannot even begin to describe.
“Being locked up in that place for two full nights was a mind-altering experience — let me tell you! The smell of evil is everywhere. The perfect location for a SOULLESS video shoot.”
Toronto’s favourite thrash party monsters Fatality are currently on a two-month North American “Towards Disastour” in support of their latest album, Psychonaut. Vocalist Spencer Le Von checks in with Dead Rhetoric.com, sharing their run in with Cuba Gooding Jr. and why the quartet have fallen in love with New York City…
Read about it herealong with apodcast entitled “Fatality Backseat LeVoncast” on iTunes here:
Rat Pak Records have officially welcome legendary US west coast head bangers METAL CHURCH to the fold! Rat Pak Records, in conjunction with Body Of Work Recordings will be releasing the bands tenth studio album, Generation Nothing, worldwide in early fall. This full length release marks the “return to the band’s classic metal sound,” says founding member/guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. “It has elements of the first album and the The Dark, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past,” he adds.
Rounding out Metal Church 2013 are singer Ronny Munroe (singer), Steve Unger (bass), Jeff Plate (drums) and Rick Van Zandt (guitar). Read the rest of this entry »
Since 2001, the annual Hollywood Crue Fest has been held to benefit the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, a foundation established by Motley Crue front man Vince Neil to battle childhood illnesses.
On Saturday night, July 27th, the world famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go rock club in West Hollywood, CA will host the annual Crue Fest, featuring a full day of entertainment with nine featured bands and dozens of music industry guest appearances on stage.
In honor of Motley Crue front man Vince Neil’s daughter Skylar, who passed away at the age of four from childhood cancer, fans from around the world have shown their support by arranging events to raise money toward cancer research and other childhood illnesses. Of the most notable has always been the annual Hollywood Crue Fest, which takes place on the same stage where Motley Crue found their rock and roll beginnings.
Founded, funded and developed by music promotions expert Nick Culves, the show has been a Sunset Strip feature since 2001 and has brought tens of thousands of fans to Hollywood from around the world to celebrate and take part in the event. The 2013 edition of Crue Fest will be equally as spectacular as previous years.
Club doors open at 4:30 pm, with the show starting at 5:00 pm. The bands on stage will offer hours of consistent performances, including an All-Star Jam featuring some of the hard rock industries top performers. The current line-up announcement is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »
The stunning four-song EP, which was culled from Baroness’ July 12, 2012 performance at Studio 4 (Maida Vale) on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, highlights the quartet’s live prowess and gives the collection of songs an entirely new dynamic. The release is available digitally and as a highly limited edition 12” with a B-side featuring a silkscreen of John Baizley’s iconic swan image. Pre-orders are available via Relapse’s web store (www.relapse.com/baronessmaida) and digitally through iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-at-maida-vale-bbc-ep/id661621266).
The highly-anticipated and already critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album by THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) was released in North America on Loud & Proud Records. The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther).
Fans can pick up the debut on the band’s official website, iTunes, and Amazon. The band has already released three videos from the new album, “Elevate, “Desire,” and “I’m No Angel,” which can all be seen on their official YouTube page. “Elevate,” the album’s first single, debuted at #30 on Mediabase’s “Mainstream Rock” airplay chart last week.
To celebrate the new album, drummer Mike Portnoy invades websites across the Internet—including Musicradar.com, Revolvermag.com, Loudwire.com/Noisecreep.com, GuitarWorld.com, Drummagazine.com and ARTISTdirect.com–premiering video clips discussing new songs and THE WINERY DOGS’ new place in the music community.
THE WINERY DOGS kicked off their first-ever tour in Japan last week to sold-out crowds. After wrapping up the successful stint in Japan, they’ll head to South America before returning to the States for their first shows on home soil starting August 3 in New York City at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. While they’re in the Big Apple, THE WINERY DOGS will appear on “The Artie Lange Show,” which will air Monday, August 5 at 10pm ET on DirectTV and is streamed live on the show’s website. On Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm, the band will take part in an in-store performance and signing session at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.
In radio news, THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on Rocklineradio.com for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Even before today’s release, THE WINERY DOGS has been racking up rave reviews:
“The self-titled debut Winery Dogs album is one of the most intriguing releases of the year. The all-star trio has delivered a blistering collection of soaring tunes.” – Loudwire.com
“Mike Portnoy is a lot of people’s favorite drummer, Billy Sheehan is a lot of people’s favorite bassist, and Richie Kotzen is a lot of people’s favorite guitarist. But as The Winery Dogs, they very well could be a lot of people’s favorite new band. Yes, their self-titled debut album is that kind of winner.” – Musicradar.com
“…a cohesive, well-rounded classic-sounding trio with blazing songs that defy expectation. The group’s self-titled debut is filled with straightforward rock and roll inspired by some of their favorite bands, and their music transcends any of the styles they’re best known for and melds their collective talents into a magnificent brew.” — Icon Vs. Icon
“Free-wheeling, jamming and cohesively playing on 13 equally stellar songs as if they’ve been a unit for 20 years, The Winery Dogs self-titled release should easily stand up at year’s end as one of hard rock’s top albums. And carve a niche for years to come.” – Examiner.com
“The talents of these three artists found throughout their previous bodies of work is well known and hugely well respected, but put the three of them together in one band, and the result is nothing short of spectacular! The Winery Dogs debut album, for me is the album of the year, and I don’t think anyone who has followed these three throughout their careers will disagree. Do yourself a favor, buy this album and put on the second to last track ‘The Dying,’ close your eyes and listen to three masters at their craft…and then tell all your friends to buy it too!” — Jammagazineonline.com
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 8/3 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Sun 8/4 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
Tue 8/6 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl (in-store)
Wed 8/7 Newton, NJ The Newton Theater
Thu 8/8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu 10/3 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 10/4 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 10/5 San Diego, CA Romana Mainstage
Sun 10/6 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
As today is the official release date for their new album, the Swedish Dark Power Metal Band MAD ARCHITECT has just announced that they will celebrate their new release on Facebook with a full streaming of the entire album “Journey To Madness”.
The album is released through Supertzar Records and is available from today on through all popular download platforms and as a Limited Edition CD Digipack through the band’s website. The album was produced by Mad Architect and mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) in Sonic Train Studios. Read the rest of this entry »