Brutal Assault ; some changes in the line-up

June 16th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

BANDS UPDATE! This time we bring you the best of CZ & SK scene! Sadly POWER TRIP had to withdraw from our lineup since they are unable to perform for personal reasons. On the other hand US hardcore veterans MADBALL are ready to rock our stage this year again!

Talking about CZ and SK bands we are excited to welcome Postcards from ARKHAM-post rock, narcotic post-rock that takes you to the melancholic and gloomy world of H.P. Lovecraft. We are also pleased to bring two genre-smashing acts, Six Degrees Of Separation who have developed their own progressive sound called metal-soul, and unique crossover outcasts INSANIA celebrating 30 blasphemous years on the stage.

If you want to hear some classic stuff, we would recommend you EXORCIZPHOBIA, straightforward crossover / thrash metal invoking bands like D.R.I., Nuclear Assault or Sacred Reich; Dysangelium with their orthodox death metal craft or Avenger with their black/death metal crushing since 1992.

Hardcore fans could appreciate two promising CZ names – Primary Resistance, dirty hardcore/metal of former members of Disfigured Corpse, and Skywalker, unrestrained hardcore/punk touring all over the world. Last two bands of this announcement are intense industrial metal War For War and melodic dark doom metal Doomas.

Also many of you have asked for lineup by days. So here is a small teaser:

Wednesday August 9th – The Dillinger Escape Plan, Wintersun, Master’s Hammer, Metal Church

Thursday Aug 10th – Emperor official, Opeth, Hatebreed, Suffocation

Friday Aug 11th – Electric Wizard, CLAWFINGER, Trivium, Morbid Angel

Saturday Aug 12th – ARCHITECTS, Eluveitie, Devin Townsend, The True Mayhem

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June 15th, 2017
by EvilG

Kimmo Kuusniemi, producer of  the Promised Land Of Heavy Metal TV documentary has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for his latest documentary project; Korpiklaani – Made In Russia, a life altering band tour through Russia; planes, trains and automobiles. Fifteen cities and 19000km in 18 days…

Kuusniemi: “Made In Russia is an epic rock documentary about folk metal superstars Korpiklaani and their 2016 Russian tour. The tour started in St Petersburg and took us through Siberia to Vladivostok on the coast of Sea of Japan and Back to Moscow. We played in 15 cities, traveled  19,000 km in planes, night trains and automobiles and all in just 18 days! Exotic Russia with big cities in Siberia, the tribes people of Khabarovsk, -30C temperatures, Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, plus the unique fans gave us an adventure of a lifetime.

I have been making films for a long time around the world but this Russian tour was the most stunning and world view altering experience I’ve had so far Some days you really felt as you had been taken back in time.

Not many bands have toured this extensively throughout Russia and the fans really showed their appreciation, enthusiasm, openness and unrivalled energy at every gig. This lifted the already great live performances of Korpiklaani to new levels.

For a seasoned documentary film maker this trip had totally new challenges, as we were constantly on the move. Using state of the art technology enabled me to film even while carrying my bags to catch the most interesting moments as they unfolded. The experience of a band on the road in an exotic country with the highs and lows, from fatigue to exhilarating moments are all captured on video. I also filmed all 15 live gigs. The audio was recorded on multitrack for a proper music experience.

All in all I have over 80 hours of footage from gigs, backstages, hotels, planes, trains, automobiles, Siberian cities, Russian people/fans, places we visited and interviews with the band.

The film was shot in Russia between 26th November and 12th December, and is now in post production. Depending on the success of the crowdfunding, the duration of the film will be a minimum of 1 hour. The more money we raise, the more live songs and extras will be added for the crowdfunders. 

At the moment there are no plans to release the Live In Russia documentary and music videos to general public. So, ONLY the crowdfunders will be receiving the film, live music videos and other exclusive extras.”

Post-production is being overseen by Kimmo Kuusniemi and his partner in film Eugene O’Connor.

Eugene O’Connor: “I have made several band documentaries and DVDs but this one I wish I would have been there with Kimmo and the band. The footage is very unique and interesting. You can see Korpiklaani at their best in the live shows and Kimmo has captured the essence of this unique band in this exciting road movie. I’m very excited to be working on this film.”

Check out the Indiegogo Crowdfunding site here. For additional information and updates go to andFacebook.

Kimmo Kuusniemi is a professional film maker and musician based in UK. He has made numerous films from music videos to International TV Series.
With his partner in film, Eugene O’Connor, together and separately they have worked with such names as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Madonna, Rush, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kimmo’s band Sarcofagus was formed in 1978 and was the first Finnish heavy metal band. He also made probably the first broadcast quality album length music video “Moottorilinnut” in 1980.

In 2008, Kuusniemi made an international TV documentary Promised Land Of Heavy Metal about the Finnish metal scene as a co-production with Finnish Broadcasting company YLE. As he is known as the “Godfather of Finnish Metal” he had unlimited access to the Finnish metal scene, which also even helped him to get an interview with Madame President of Finland. The same complete trust gave him full access again during the filming of this Korpiklaani tour film as the band were fully aware of his past and knew they could trust him.

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The Metal Alliance Tour Announces 2017 Line Up

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Fear The Riff Expo the nation’s premier gathering of boutique effects pedals and guitar gear in NYC proudly presents the 2017 Metal Alliance Tour. The tour is celebrating its 7th year as one of the most anticipated metal tours in the Metal Community. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. We are very proud to announce New Jersey thrash metal legends OVERKILL, the undisputed titans of thrash metal as this year’s headliner.

Sharing the stage each night and crushing skulls on the Metal Alliance Tour will be New Orleans native doom/sludge band CROWBAR, Colorado thrash metal stalwarts HAVOK, technical thrash metal band BLACK FAST and INVIDIA featuring former members of SKINLAB.

The Metal Alliance Tour offers the fans upgrade VIP tickets that include meet & greet with bands, bottle of High River Sauces, Poster and a VIP Laminate. Tickets are available exclusively through ticket platform Soundrink.

Advance Ticket Link:

The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across the United States starting on September 9th. We hope to see you in the pit.

Date Venue City/State
9/8 The Forge Joliet/IL
9/10 The Crofoot Ballroom Pontiac/MI
9/11 Diesel Pittsburgh/PA
9/12 The German House Theater Rochester/NY
9/13 Irving Plaza New York/NY
9/14 The Canal Club Richmond/VA
9/16 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale/FL
9/17 The State Theater St. Petersburg/FL
9/18 Southport Hall New Orleans/LA
9/19 Come And Take It Live Austin/TX
9/20 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas/TX
9/22 Club Red Mesa/AZ
9/23 The Glass House Pomona/CA
9/24 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas/NV
9/25 The Grand @ The Complex Salt Lake City/UT

OVERKILL’s latest album, “The Grinding Wheel”, was released on February 10 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by OVERKILL and mixed by Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS,).

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ALICE COOPER Releases Debut Single From New LP

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Last Thursday evening on his radio program, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” ALICE COOPER debuted the first single, “Paranoiac Personality” off the forthcoming album Paranormal. As previously announced, Paranormal features two songs written and recorded with the original members of the Alice Cooper band and also has guest appearances by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, U2 drummer Larry Mullen and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. The album is out July 28 on earMUSIC and can be pre-ordered via Amazon and iTunes today. There will also be a limited run of blood-red vinyl available at indie retailers across the country.

The guitar-driven “Paranoiac Personality” is a perfect entry point to Alice’s searing rock record. An album that explores the fringes of society, the end of the world, encounters with the devil and more. Paranormal was produced by long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Deep Purple). In addition to the new studio album and the two new recordings from the original Alice Cooper band, fans will receive a bonus of six live tracks recorded at one of Cooper’s 2016 shows in Columbus, OH.

Alice Cooper’s North American tour also kicked off this week. He’ll join up with Deep Purple beginning in August. Highlights include The Greek in Los Angeles on August 13 and Jones Beach on August 26. Alice Cooper is on a world tour throughout 2017. Full North American tour dates below.

1. Paranormal
2. Dead Flies
3. Fireball
4. Paranoiac Personality
5. Fallen In Love
6. Dynamite Road
7. Private Public Breakdown
8. Holy Water
9. Rats
10. The Sound of A

New studio recordings with the original Alice Cooper band:
11. Genuine American Girl
12. You And All Of Your Friends

Live in Columbus, Ohio, May 6, 2016 with the current Alice Cooper band:
13. No More Mr. Nice Guy
14. Under My Wheels
15. Billion Dollar Babies
16. Feed My Frankenstein
17. Only Women Bleed
18. School’s Out

Jun 09 ­­— Vetter Stone Amphitheater ­­— Mankato, MN
Jun 12 ­­— Paramount Theatre ­­— Denver, CO
Jun 13 ­­— Kingsbury Hall ­­— Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 16 ­­— Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater ­­— Lincoln, CA
Jun 17 ­­— Cuthbert Amphitheatre ­­— Eugene, OR
Jun 18 ­­— Pepsi Summer Outdoor Concert Series ­­— Airway Heights, WA
Jun 20 ­­— Rabobank Theater ­­— Bakersfield, CA
Jun 21 ­­— Pechanga Theater ­­— Temecula, CA
Jun 22 ­­— AVA Amphitheater ­­— Tucson, AZ
Jun 24 ­­— KLAQ Streetfest ­­— El Paso, TX

Aug 12 ­­— Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan ­­— Las Vegas, NV
Aug 13 ­­— The Greek ­­— Los Angeles, CA
Aug 15 ­­— AK Chin Pavilion ­­— Phoenix, AZ
Aug 16 ­­— Isletta Amphitheatre ­­— Albuquerque, NM
Aug 18 ­­— Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ­­— Houston, TX
Aug 19 ­­— Gexa Energy Pavilion ­­— Dallas, TX
Aug 21 ­­— Chastain Park Amphitheatre ­­— Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 ­­— Jiffy Lube Live ­­— Bristow, VA
Aug 24 ­­— BB&T Pavilion ­­— Camden, NJ
Aug 26 ­­— Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre ­­— Wantagh, NY
Aug 27 ­­— Xfinity Center ­­— Boston, MA
Aug 28 P.N.C. Bank Arts Center ­­— Holmdel, NJ
Aug 30 ­­— Klipsch Amphitheater ­­— Indianapolis, IN
Sept 01 ­­— KeyBank Pavilion ­­— Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 02 ­­— Molson Canadian Amphitheatre ­­— Toronto, ON
Sept 03 ­­— DTE Energy Music Theatre ­­— Detroit, MI
Sept 06 ­­— Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ­­— Chicago, IL
Sept 08 ­­— Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ­­— St. Louis, MO
Sept 09 ­­— Blossom Music Center ­­— Cleveland, OH
Sept 10 ­­— Riverbend Music Center ­­— Cincinnati, OH

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KREATOR Unleash Video For “Pleasure To Kill” To Celebrate NOISE-Era Reissues

June 15th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


“This video is a tribute to eighties slasher movie culture. We have kept this very simple and the idea is, to take you back on a trip to the eighties to celebrate the re-release of our first four albums. Enjoy!” – Mille Petrozza

Kreator’s second album ‘Pleasure To Kill’ is still revered as a benchmark album in thrash metal circles. Often uttered in the same breath as such masterpieces as ‘Master Of Puppets’ and ‘Reign In Blood’, it firmly put German thrash on the map and has rippled out its influence over the past four decades to many thrash and death metal contemporaries.

Released on November 1st 1986 on the, then fledgling Noise records it never had a promo video made for it so the band would have to wait a couple of years before their debut video was shot in form of the track ‘Betrayer’.

Now, some 31 years later Kreator are proud to premiere this video for the title track of this seminal album. Working with classic 80’s era footage of the band in both the studio and live environment, with an added narrative full of sadistic intent – think ‘Stranger Things’ meets Wes Craven in a machete fight with Jason Vorhees! This video goes for the throat and leaves you in a pool of blood. Pleasure to kill!

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Interview with Malkavian

June 14th, 2017
by UK Team


Email Interview

May 2017

Interview by Sabrina Selkis

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MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE’s ‘Suffersystem’ Coming Being Reissued Digitally

June 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

After being out of print for over 20 years(!) the Monster Voodoo Machine album ‘Suffersystem’ is FINALLY being released world wide at all digital stores, and on all streaming services on JUNE 30!

ADDITIONALLY: The State Voodoo / State Control EP is tentatively scheduled for a similar world wide digital release on September 1 (however this may be bumped up to an earlier date).

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June 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

In honor of Jack Osbourne’s “Run the Grove” for the Race to Erase MS Foundation – The OZZFEST STORE has chosen The Rock Against MS Foundation to receive 10% of ALL sales for the WHOLE month of June – This money will go to the start to build the first ROCK HOUSE Resource Center #HelpingPeopleNow! GO SHOP NOW! CLICK HERE:

Cool one-of-a-kind collectibles, limited editions, vintage T-shirts, CD’s and more from Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath and OZZFEST are – THANK YOU Jack, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne!!!

For more information go to,

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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, 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 #HelpingPeopleNOW

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.

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SELECT-A-HEAD Announce New Designs And Pricing

June 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


Select-A-Head, LLC is pleased to announce a new reduced pricing for their popular 22” pieces of drum wall art. The new pricing comes just in time as the Seattle-based company has also established new partnerships with music and horror visionary Rob Zombie, acclaimed hard rock band Alter Bridge, metal juggernauts Mastodon and supergroup KXM. These partnerships will join the already impressive lineup of designs created for Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Godsmack and Queensrÿche to name a few. All designs are available at for the new low price of $115 + shipping. All Select-A-Head purchases come with a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee.

On the heels of the company’s launch in winter 2014, Select-A-Head has been working
tirelessly to refine the process these beautiful pieces of art are created. Now holders of
the patent design, Select-A-Head, LLC looks to expand the line in various avenues. Aside
from establishing numerous musical partnerships with more to be announced soon,
they have already created designs for colleges such as Central Washington University,
Gonzaga, Ohio State and others with new Universities being solicited all the time.
These unique displays were the creation of Seattle entrepreneur Steven Kenkman. He,
alongside his brother, created the design that in some select instances come
autographed by the artist when available. The process starts with a 22 inch 4 Ply drum
shell wrapped in black PVC for durability; black die cast metal hoops; chrome lugs and
claws with rubber gaskets to help prevent scratching and the images are printed on a
high-quality matte finish. These designs have caught the attention of some of music’s
biggest stars including Ray Luzier (Korn/KXM), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Eddie Trunk
and countless others.

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MR. BIG’s ‘Defying Gravity’ New Release Date Coming On Multi Formats Details Including A Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set

June 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl announced full format details and a slightly delayed release date for MR BIG’s new album, ‘Defying Gravity’, pushing it back from the previously announced street date of July 7.

The album will be available on CD, LP, deluxe CD/DVD, digitally and a deluxe Collector’s Edition box set that includes: deluxe CD/DVD, LP, poster, numbered lithograph, T-Shirt, sticker. The box set is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide.

The CD and LP contain the following tracklisting:
Open Your Eyes / Defying Gravity / Everybody Needs A Little Trouble / Damn I’m In Love Again / Mean To Me / Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good) / Forever And Back / She’s All Coming Back To Me Now / 1992 / Nothing At All / Be Kind

The DVD contents are:
Defying Gravity [music video] / Everybody Needs A Little Trouble [music video] / Making of Defying Gravity

/ Making of Everybody Needs A Little Trouble

/ Track by track interview. Total length is approximately 65 minutes.

The Box set includes: CD/DVD deluxe edition, Vinyl, Lithograph, Poster, Sticker and exclusive T-Shirt (L size only).

The first video from the new record, for ‘Everybody Needs A Little Trouble’, was made available on June 5 and can be seen here: . The group are currently on tour in the U.S. and are planning European dates in the autumn.

MR. BIG – ‘Defying Gravity’: press release

“OK, we’re rolling.” With those three declarative words (spoken by producer Kevin Elson right after the music kicks in on ‘Open Your Eyes’, an instant callback to the beginning of ‘Addicted to That Rush’, the hard-charging lead track on the band’s self-titled 1989 debut), Mr. Big plants the flag between past, present and future with ‘Defying Gravity’, the band’s ninth original studio album.

Recorded in just six days at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California, the album reunites Mr. Big with the aforementioned Elson (Journey, Europe, Lynyrd Skynyrd), who is back behind the boards for the first time since helming the band’s first four albums. ‘Defying Gravity’ deftly showcases that patented Mr. Big blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut ’Open Your Eyes’ to the harmony-laden wonderment of ‘Damn I’m In Love Again’ to the nostalgia trip of ‘1992’ (recalling the days when the band was flyng high atop the singles charts with their international smash ‘To Be With You’) to the barnstorming slide-blues closing track, ‘Be Kind’. Overall, the album is prime evidence that the only thing Mr. Big remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.

“It’s inspiring to work with Mr. Big,” observes guitarist/songwriter Paul Gilbert, who penned much of the material on the new album. “I know that any ideas I bring into the studio have to go through our long-established band filter, which means the songs all have to rock, have melody, and put a grin on the faces of all of my bandmates to make the final cut.” What that means is Gilbert, lead vocalist Eric Martin, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey all have to agree collectively on the finished product — as does touring drummer Matt Starr, who also joined in on the studio proceedings this time around.

That tried-and-true “all for one, one for all” mentality is one of the main things that fuels Mr. Big to reach for new heights whenever they are recording. “That’s what makes a band a band,” believes Torpey. “I think we all feel that way. It’s not one guy’s vision that the other guys all just follow. We’re always kicking ideas around to come to some kind of consensus. And that makes Mr. Big music what it is.”

Adds Sheehan, “I like recording with a sense of urgency. Put a mic in front of us, roll tape, and that should sound like what you’re hearing from us live. When you can create that kind of pressure in the studio in a short amount of time, it makes for better songs — and better performances.”

Once Martin got in sync with Gilbert, the album took shape in a relatively short amount of time. “My music tells you more about me than I can actually tell you myself,” the vocalist admits. “And ‘Defying Gravity’ is about ignoring everybody in life who tells you it can’t be done; that it’s impossible to do what you love. You have to stand your ground whenever someone tells you to give up your dream to do anything your heart desires — whether it be as a musician, painter, dancer, or whatever you want to be — in favour of a life that’s safe and conventional.”

To a man, Mr. Big couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Elson again. “Kevin Elson is really good at steering the ship through rough waters and making it seem like they’re not rough waters,” Gilbert notes. “He’s a very even-keeled guy — mellow, but he still gets it done.” Concurs Sheehan, “It was glorious and fantastic. Kevin creates an atmosphere of ease and creativity. He’s full of so many ideas. Really a wonderful man.” Torpey adds. “We’ve got a lot of history with him. He’s a great guy, super-talented. It’s not like having a dictator for a producer, just somebody who barks commands. He’s got so much experience, history and pedigree — and he’s also a really good friend, so the vibe in the studio was perfect.” Sums up Martin, “I always loved Kevin because of his musical sense, and I love singing in front of him. Kevin has a different approach that’s more cerebral. He has a lot of ideas like a musician and a songwriter would. Kevin’s a huge piece of our recording puzzle. He’s a musician’s friend. He gets good sounds, and I trust his insight and his criticism. Kevin has the golden touch, and he knows how to make great voices sound even greater.”

One of the key tracks on the album, ‘1992’, hearkens back to the glories of much headier days for Mr. Big – albeit with tongue planted firmly in cheek. “That was an incredible period in our lives, right when the rumblings of grunge were starting to happen,” Gilbert points out. “So here I am writing about and tweaking something that was so positive in just about every way, but it did open the world to us. Suddenly, we were playing stadiums in Indonesia, just going all over the place. And to this day, whenever we start a tour, we end up going all around the world. That whole era, back when we all still had giant hair(!), really opened the door for us. Thankfully, people still gravitate toward the underlying thing that is still important, and that’s the music.”

Sheehan adds his own spin: “It’s a song about its own history. It reminds me of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’, a song where a band looks back and talks about how it all went down in a clever way. And ‘1992’ certainly pops for me from a philosophical point of view.” Muses Torpey, “Who would have thought we would actually be talking about something like this 25 years later? But I’ve had those thoughts myself. It’s really interesting to reflect back like that and actually have it come out in a song. It’s an epic kind of song that’s got the classic rock stuff, the crazy guitar-and-bass stuff, and the big vocals from Eric. It’s a Mr. Big song, no doubt.”

Speaking of the band’s inherent instrumental virtuosity, there is plenty of it on display during the middle section of ‘Mean to Me’, where Paul and Billy trade a score of hot licks back and forth. “That song came about very quickly,” Gilbert reports, “and the solo was a first take with no overdubs at all; it was done live with the band. The delay I used helped make it twice as fast, but you still have to be dead-on accurate, and play the notes super-staccato so that it doesn’t get sloppy. Billy, however, does it all for real where no effects were necessary. He battles my technology-aided solo with the pure fire from his hands.” Observes Torpey, “The songs themselves are always important, but we always want to come up with the right vehicle to have some gymnastics between those twin towers of rock, Billy and Paul. That’s a big part of what we do, and we utilise it. I hope the fans like it.”

Martin is proud that ‘Defying Gravity’ showcases the best of what Mr. Big has to offer. “There’s something about this band. We’ve been through a lot of stuff together,” he notes, “but there’s a spiritual bond we all share, no matter what. And that raises you up to give the best performance you can for a record that came together so quickly, like this one did.” Adds Sheehan, “This record really seems to fit in with some of my favourite times in music, which were right around ’68 to ’74. The other thing is, Mr. Big is really a singing band, and I love the fact we have that here with the background vocals we were able to add to some of the songs.”

For his part, Gilbert is very much looking forward to bringing ‘Defying Gravity’ to life for Mr. Big fans the world over: “We’re aware that we’re going to be playing this music onstage, and we’re no longer just going to be looking into each other’s eyes — we’re going to be looking into the eyes of the audience. We know our audience quite well, and we’re looking forward to seeing their reactions to the album.”

Torpey has the final word: “The title says it all: ‘Defying Gravity’. We’re still here, and we’re still keeping the ball rolling down that hill. We’re still doing it. The album has a positive message, and that’s what I like about it. We can still fly, even after all these years.”

Indeed, Mr. Big’s keen combination of their virtuosic nature with a DNA-infused sense of melody continues to enable listeners the ability to sing along to every word they hear. Not a lot of acts can do that as deftly as Mr. Big does, and ‘Defying Gravity’ finds this still-hungry band collectively leaning into it to push their music into new stratospheres. Climb aboard.

Eric Martin – Vocals
Paul Gilbert – Guitar
Billy Sheehan- Bass
Pat Torpey- drums
with Matt Starr – drums
Produced by Kevin Elson

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KRYPTONITE Release “This is the Moment” (Official Video)

June 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

From the album KRYPTONITE. Get your copy NOW:
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Sometimes musicians are put together who only know each other from afar via their respective recordings, but something clicks and triggers a magical moment. That’s exactly what happened when Jakob Samuel from The Poodles met up with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio on the heels of a concept created by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino. Together, they set off to work on a new band that could offer lyrical concepts that are deep and intelligent with music that operates within the genres they excel in. And most importantly, has a great energy and impact.

Together with executive producer Serafino Perugino, they handpicked each musician to be part of their vision for a strong lineup of young and hungry Swedish musicians that would be ready to go out there and kick some ass. Pontus Egberg, formerly of The Poodles and now the bass player for King Diamond and Treat, was the first one to enter the picture, followed shortly thereafter by Robban Back of Mustasch (and ex-Eclipse). The choice of guitar player fell to the young and immensely gifted Mike Palace. Mike showed his huge talents as a writer and performer on his band Palace’s debut album and on several songs he has already written for the label.

The recording and writing sessions flowed freely and the songs came naturally. This band will truly set a standard for what fans perceive as melodic hard rock in today’s climate. It is classic, but modern at the same time, groovy and cool.

You will love what Jakob, Michael, Pontus, and Robban have cooked up for you as Kryptonite!

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Interview with Mark Riddick

June 13th, 2017
by J P

Interview with Mark Riddick

by JP

I noticed the introduction of the Morbid Visions book was written by your twin brother, Mike.  Who was hatched first?  Were you the ‘evil’ twin like on the cover of the Exodus album, “Bonded by Blood?”
My twin brother Mike was born first, he is 3 minutes older than me. Since we were premature, I was born in respiratory distress and only given a 10% survival rate; I was fortunate to beat the odds and have been in good health the past 40 years. Being a twin is a unique experience that is difficult to describe unless you are a twin yourself. We are identical twins which means we have the same DNA, a collection of shared experiences, and an innate bond that is unlike any other. I asked my brother to write the introduction to my new art book because he is more familiar with my work than anyone else. In addition, he has a solid understanding of the arts and has become an expert in some areas such as Renaissance plaquettes ( wherein he has worked with other experts, collectors, and even galleries, such as the National Gallery of Art, in the field. He has a strong sense of design and knows what it takes to construct a legitimate work of art. Furthermore, it seemed appropriate to involve my brother in the book, especially since he was able to offer some insight into the early part of my art career by providing stories that most would be unfamiliar with.

On a more serious note, your brother mentioned in the introduction that your folks were generally supportive.  At what point did you realize you could make a living as a professional artist and at what point did your parents come to the same realization?

My parents have always acknowledged and appreciated my creative outputs; I’ve been very fortunate in this regard.  I don’t earn a living solely on my illustration work; I maintain a full time day job as a graphic designer. The illustration work I do takes place outside of my day career and my obligations to my wife and kids. It is really the product of my passion for drawing coupled with my obsession with heavy metal music—a labor of love. I believe my parents took note of my creative endeavors throughout my youth; they did their best to foster my interests, even if they appeared fringe on the surface.


Tell us bit about your preferred routine?  Are you a late night, hanging out in the graveyard with candles for inspiration kind of artist or do you have more of a conventional studio/office with a plant and a cat?

I’m certainly a creature of habit and depend on routines to help me achieve the goals and obligations I set in front of myself each day. Most of my freelance illustration work takes place either late at night or very early in the morning so it has as little impact on my family life as possible. The time I spend on my freelance work is not only dedicated to drawing but also to other responsibilities such as keeping up with email, working with customers, updating my website and social media, answering interviews, focusing on items related to my visual brand such as printed matter, merchandise, and processing orders. I do have a home studio space wherein I’m surrounded by part of my music collection and original artwork I’ve collected by other artists from the underground metal scene, however I tend to work wherever is convenient.

Do you listen to metal much while working?  What is on your playlist?

Yes, I listen to music frequently. Some of the bands I’ve been indulging in recent weeks include Father Befouled, Imprecation, Obituary, Absu, Hellripper, Morbid Angel, Funebre, Depravity, Claws, Rippikoulu, Front Beast, Horrified, Skelethal, and Sadistic Intent.

Have you experimented much with other mediums?
My Studio Art degree concentrated on painting however pen and ink is my mainstay. I would like to revisit painting again so I’ve been trying to take less work in 2017 so I can focus my attention on this endeavor as well as other things.

I know you have your own signature style but have you ever dabbled with other styles? For example, many death and thrash metal album covers are very bright, vibrant, colourful and even cartoon-like (Repka, Locke, etc).  Have you ever gone down that road, to satisfy a client, or just to see how it would turn out?

While I certainly appreciate and respect Ed Repka’s and Vince Locke’s work, utilizing color would stray from my visual brand as an artist. My strict adherence to black and white pen and ink work is a throwback to the underground days of death metal when most demo covers and fanzines were reproduced on a black and white photocopier. It’s very important to me that my work embraces the nostalgic aesthetic associated with the genre. I’ve never changed my stylistic approach to appease a customer; most clients come to me for my specific style anyhow so it’s never been much of an issue.

I noticed a slight similarity with your art and perhaps that of Drew Elliott  (Goreaphobia, Unsane, etc)  Did you enjoy his art when you were younger?  On similar lines, a boring question but what other metal artists inspired you to take up the pen?

Yes, I’ve had an appreciation for Drew Elliott’s work since witnessing his illustrations for bands like Amorphis, Exmortis, Goreaphobia, Necrophagia, etc. Other influences from the early 90s include Chris Moyen (Beherit, Blood, Necromantia, Incantation, etc.), Alfonso “Artgore” Ruiz (Pyphomgertum, R’lyeh, Cenotaph, etc.), Steve Somers (Phantasm, Mortal Dread, etc.), Paw Nielsen (Pan-Thy-Monium, Abhoth, Utumno, etc.), Kristian Wahlin (Grotesque, Desecrator, etc.), Vince Locke (Cannibal Corpse, etc.), Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Dismember, Gorguts, etc.), Wes Benscoter (Mortician, Sinister, etc.), Rob Smits (Avulsed, Broken Hope, etc.), and Phil Hampson (Nuclear Death, Execration, etc.). Since most of the demos and fanzines I collected in the early 90s utilized black and white pen drawings on their covers it seemed appropriate to take this direction with my own work.


Due to the graphic nature of some of your art, have ever got any flak from people who don’t ‘get’ it?
I can’t recall any particular scenario where I received criticism solely on the subject of my work. In my opinion, the creative process is void of ethics, it is a place where the imagination can embrace the fantastic without restraint. The bulk of my work resides within the niche of the heavy metal music industry, an arena where fringe ideas and extreme concepts live comfortably so there isn’t much opportunity for artistic confrontation. I stand firmly that if you don’t like the art then don’t look at it.

Who was the biggest artist you have had to work with?
Last year I was asked to come up with some merchandise pieces for Metallica, in support of their new album, however to my knowledge the sketches I provided to their management didn’t make the cut. It was a missed opportunity but the business of dealing with bigger bands is an unpredictable endeavor. I much prefer working with underground bands because the workflow process is much more convenient and the end result is more in synch with the client’s needs and ideals. I’ve had other major clients in the past but I despise dealing with contracts, I much prefer not having to handle paperwork.

Do most clients give you artistic free reign or do they give you a frame work to start with?  Any high maintenance clients (no name necessary) that have tried to micro-manage your work?
The type of request I receive varies, some clients allow me complete creative freedom while others might be more specific about their needs. My personal preference is to work from minimal guidance, such as an illustration based on a song title or lyrics. I have had some challenging clients in the past but I’ve gotten much better about vetting the requests I take and tend to steer away from the clients who ask for too much in a drawing. If the composition of an illustration is to be successful, it can’t have too much visual clutter, otherwise the main points are lost.

You seem incredibly productive; how long does it take to do your average work of art?
I usually balance multiple assignments at a time but generally speaking I turn about one illustration around per week. I spend about 3-6 hours per drawing on average but some jobs are more demanding and some less.


As for your publishing, is it hard to find a publisher and/or market for your Morbid Visions book?  On a similar line, why hard copies?  It seems digital formats are overtaking most conventional print and publishing.  For the record, I’m glad you still support and create coffee table art books!
Morbid Visions was published by Doomentia Press (Czech Republic), who published my previous two books—Logos from Hell and Compendium of Death. Working with Doomentia has been great; they always publish high quality products and since we’ve worked together in the past it seemed appropriate to collaborate on the Morbid Visions book with them. I’m not much of a fan of anything digital, I prefer tangible products so it was necessary to release the book as a physical product that a purchaser could take the time to hold and experience.

What is your #1 piece of advice for aspiring artists?

My key piece of advice to any aspiring or established artist is to remain passionate about your craft. Passion is the root of all motivation and without a sincere love for what you do it’s impossible to stay self-disciplined.

Thank you for the generous feature in Metal Rules, Joshua; I sincerely appreciate your time and support! For those interested in learning more about my artwork, please visit:

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History of Thrash Metal-Caught In A Mosh Available now!

June 13th, 2017
by J P

Okay, thrashers, thanks to all who have made Hit the Lights, my birth of thrash book, a success. Now it’s time for the bloody meat of the story, the years containing thrash’s biggest classic albums. The book is…

Caught in a Mosh: The Golden Era of Thrash

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TANTAL – New video and song

June 13th, 2017
by EvilG

Russian Melodic Dark/Progressive Metal band TANTAL is about to release the album this Autumn in Europe and USA. Recently, the band released a new video and song from the upcoming album “Ruin” which is called “Torpid”:

Check more video and more new song at YouTube channel:

Band info:

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Announces Headlining Tour in Support of New Album, “Wall Of Sound”

June 13th, 2017
by EvilG

Featuring Support from Special Guests SCALE THE SUMMIT and THE FINE CONSTANT
New Album, Wall Of Sound, out August 4, 2017 via Prosthetic Records

Following last week’s album announcement, MARTY FRIEDMAN is now set to unveil his headlining tour in support of his latest scorcher, Wall Of Sound. The 22-show trek will feature support from Houston’s top progressive outfit, Scale the Summit, along with Madison, WI-based technical progressive three-piece, The Fine Constant. The tour kicks off in Philadelphia on August 2, just two days before Wall Of Sound is released.

Friedman comments, “We`re coming to you direct from Tokyo, to make you smile or make you cry, or even drag you up on stage with us. What`s for sure is that we will definitely get your blood pumping.”

About the band, in Friedman’s own words: “Kiyoshi is the most aggressive bassist on the planet. You will either fall in love with her, admire her skills or both. Jordan Ziff is an up-and-coming guitar superstar. The youngest of the select few who have played beside me in the band. Anup Sastry (on the first week of the USA tour) played drums on Inferno as well as Wall Of Sound, and is the most innovative young drummer I`ve ever seen. Chargeeee (on the remainder of the USA tour) has been my touring drummer for 8 years – he steals the show from me every night. He has an inhuman amount of energy.”

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