Available exclusively in North America and released in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Spring co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax” – thrash metal icon ANTHRAX – Frank Bello/bass, Scott Ian/guitar, Joey Belladonna/vocals, Charlie Benante/drums, Jonathan Donais/guitar – announces the release of the limited edition “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” (Megaforce Records). The set goes on sale March 24, will retail for $79.99, and is an absolutely stunning collector’s item for any Anthrax fan as this unboxing video illustrates.
The “For All Kings 7-Inch Box Set” includes a removable lenticular cover and contains 10 7-inch vinyl discs featuring 20 songs – the 11 finished album tracks, two brand new covers (The White Stripes’ “Black Math” and the classic Kansas song “Carry On”), six demos from the FAK track listing, and “Vice of the People,” a bonus track previously released only in Japan and now making its North American vinyl debut. The original album cover art sketch by Alex Ross is also part of this package, as well as a download card enabling the holder to access the Box Set’s tracklisting for free.
Each 7-inch disc features gorgeous, double-sided four-color artwork designed by Douglas Heusser with additional art by Stephen Thompson, as well as band photos by Jimmy Hubbard. The tracks are pressed onto different-colored vinyl discs – red, green, blue, maroon, orange, most with a two-color swirl design.
“Doing a box set edition of ‘For All Kings’ was something that we’ve always wanted to do,” said Benante, who worked closely with Heusser and Thompson on the box set’s artwork. “We wanted to do something special, something that was so much more than the original release, and have it be fun for our audience when they open it up, just be floored by the different colored vinyl, the artwork, everything that’s inside. And we think we’ve done that.”
Dutch death metal moloch Bloodgod, featuring (former) members of Disquiet, Hymir and Nuestros Derechos, have revealed details of their upcoming release. Titled ‘Catharsis’, the band’s second EP will see the foul light of day on March 15, 2017.
Five brand new tracks were recorded and mixed at Mass Audio Studio in the Netherlands, and mastered by Grammy nominated engineer Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Mercenary, Volbeat, Pestilence, etc) in Denmark.
The artwork, created by Lisa Röttjers, depicts ‘t Schrickelik Tempeest’, meaning ‘the horrible tempest’ in old Dutch. It refers to the song with the same title and lyrics about the violent storm of August 1, 1674 that hit the episcopal cathedral in the band’s hometown and turned it into ruins.
Watch the sneak peek video of the EP’s opening track, Valar Morghulis, on YouTube: http://bit.ly/pr3v13w.
Following the release of their debut EP ‘Pseudologia Phantastica’ (2013), Bloodgod shared the stage with Can of Worms, Cryptopsy, Skeletal Remains, and Terrorizer among others, and played several festivals including Big Ass Metal Fest, Angelfest Doetinchem and Frisian Brotherhood Fest.
Vancouver thrashers TERRIFIER are proud to announce they will be headlining this year’s 2nd annual CEMR MetalFest in Calgary, AB on April 8th. The festival is presented by Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio, Voxx Promotions and The Forge featuring a delectable bill of various genres of metal that are assured to keep you on your feet and make your weekend a severe bangover with tons of amazing memories. The line up from April 6th – 8th includes some of Western Canada’s best up and coming metal talents such as W.M.D (Calgary, AB), Display of Decay (Edmonton, AB), Planet Eater (Regina, SK), Train Bigger Monkeys (Calgary, AB) and more (full line up below).
The ever prolific shred god otherwise known as Toby Knapp remained busy throughout 2016 releasing a new solo record “The Architect Of Paradox” in addition to the third full-length album “Weihung auf Satan” from his one-man, black metal project Waxen. Toby also started a new thrash metal band in Affliktor who at the time of publication Affliktor recently signed to Transcending Obscurity Records and will also have a track on the Crushing Notes Records compilation album “The Tyrants of the Apocalypse”. We caught up with Toby who was nice enough to briefly step away from his insanely busy schedule to talk metal with us and he brought us up to speed on all things “Knapp”.
Legendary AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY is pictured here after being presented with the Les Paul Award at 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards, Saturday, January 23.
Photo Credit: Zack Whitford
PERRY was presented with the prestigious honor by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said PERRY was “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.”
The two were joined by AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford, Robert DeLeo (Hollywood Vampires, Stone Temple Pilots) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) for a three-song set–“Boogie Man,” “Combination,” “Walk This Way”–before PERRY’s Hollywood Vampires partner Alice Cooper joined in on “Train Kept A Rollin” and “Sweet Emotion.”
The annual Les Paul Award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul. PERRY was honored alongside famed AEROSMITH engineer and producer Jack Douglas, who was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame (which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians) earlier in the evening.
Syre was formed and came out kicking and screaming in 1986. With members from Toronto, London and Kitchener they brought their unique brand of glam to the Canadian scene and through non-stop touring 50 weeks a year, built a strong live following of dedicated supporters. They began touring in the U.S and garnered a deal there to compliment their 1989 Canadian A&M Records deal by signing with Chicago based Red Light/Warner Bros. Syre also began to get some interest in Europe and Japan and leveraged on that to land deals with Intercore Records (Europe) and Sony (Japan). Syre toured coast to coast in to the mid 90’s leaving a swath of ringing ears and empty liquor stores, their livers retired in 88! Over the years they’ve had the pleasure of supporting many great acts including Helix, Nitro, Brighton Rock, Goddo, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, The Sweet and many more! What a ride! Syre continues to do selective dates and still enjoys a cold beer and a bright stage….if you see them around be sure to join the party.
Doug Weir, lead vocal
Chip Gall, rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Mead, Lead guitar, vocals
Chris Caron bass, vocals
Jamie Constant, drums
U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their hotly-anticipated third album Heavy Fire on February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band premiere the new lyric video for “Heavy Fire,” the album’s thundering opening track.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “Only fools would believe that rock n roll can rejuvenate a world in the throes of a collapsing civilization that’s coming under heavy fire from all asunder. But what if the would-be fools are right?”
From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In,” from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye,” Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in PledgeMusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.
Heavy Fire Tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me
After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.
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The first concert of the year is usually a fun one. The last show I saw in 2016 was Dec 17th so it had been a month so I was ready to rock!
Anvil was playing at a familiar venue the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, a great place for a show, good sound and a mix of seats and standing room with a capacity of 666 or so. I think the ‘official capacity’ is 600 but since it is Anvil…
John Bush of Armored Saint – Carpe Noctum is Giving Fans our Best Live Performances
Interviewed by Robert Cavuoto
Armored Saint, photo by Stephanie Cabral
Armored Saint has been delivering their heavy metal mastery around the globe, joining the likes of Saxon, Metal Church – and even Queensryche in November/December 2016 – on the road. In order to capture Armored Saint’s powerful live show the band recorded their 2015 Wacken Festival set as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The original intent was to only offer it to the Pledge Music Campaign but after hearing it and feeling the raw energy the band decided to make it a proper release and let everyone have it.
I caught up with John Bush; full time rocker, husband and father to talk about the history behind this release and what lies ahead for the band.
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Heidi Parviainen (ex-Amberian Dawn) and Dark Sarah are back to attack with the brand new album THE PUZZLE. The album is jammed with some excellent cinematic/symphonic metal and is the continuation where the last album BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL left off. The album contains vocals from some new acquaintances as well as from Manuela Kraller who participated on the debut album BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL. What Heidi has been up to since the last time we spoke, the pledge campaign, the cover art by Jan Yrlund, and if it was hard to write the follow up and the future of the band were the things we talked about. We also talked about why Finland doesn’t like female metal….read more about what Heidi has to say down below.
We really haven’t heard from Greensboro, North Carolina’s Cerebus since 1991’s “Regression Progression” EP. The newly reformed band have scheduled a main-stage appearance at the inaugural Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago, Illinois this Spring as well as a back catalogue reissue campaign from Heaven and Hell Records. There’s no telling what the future has in-store for Cerebus going forward but we caught up with Cerebus vocalist Scott Board who filled us in on the band’s early beginnings and everything else leading up to this point.
Michael Schenker, one of music’s greatest rock guitarists, will release Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo – a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 24th March 2017.
Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
“It’s been a long time since M.S.G. – Live At Budokan,” says Schenker.
Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the ’80’s to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.
Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”
Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass
“It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”
Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo.
“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”
1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
2. Into The Arena
3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
4. Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
5. Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
7. Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
8. Coast To Coast
9. Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
10. Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
11. Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
12. Captain Nemo
13. This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
14. Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
15. Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
16. Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
17. Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
18. Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley
Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is available in the following formats:
2 CD + DVD Combo
Michael Schenker started his professional career as a recording Artist in 1970 as a young hopeful talent in the Scorpions and followed this with a stint in the British hard rock institution UFO and then his own Michael Schenker Group before moving on to forming The Temple of Rock.
Over the years, Michael has not just experienced the highs and lows of life; but his development as a guitarist has been consistent, from a German Wunderkind to an experienced and technically highly skilled guitarist.
The Michael Schenker Group (abbreviated as M.S.G.) are a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker.
Michael Schenker’s solo career instantly took off right from the start 1980 when the eponymous debut album, “Michael Schenker Group”, featuring Gary Barden on vocals, entered the top 5 UK Album and Single Charts with Armed and Ready, followed by the release of Live At The Budokan.
In 1982, Graham Bonnet who had just left Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was temporary replacing Gary Barden and recorded with M.S.G. the album Assault Attack which was to become many musicians’ favorite featuring Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums.
In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1992.
M.S.G.’s music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Michael Schenker is famous for his black and white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. Michael is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.
M.S.G. – DISCOGRAPHY
THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (1980) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
M.S.G. (1981) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN (1982) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
ASSAULT ATTACK (1982) Ft. Graham Bonnet (vocals)
BUILT TO DESTROY (1983) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
WRITTEN IN THE SAND (1996) Ft. Leif Sundin (vocals)
THE UNFORGIVEN (1999) Ft. Kelly Keeling (vocals)
BE AWARE OF SCORPIONS (2001) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
ARACHNOPHOBIAC (2003) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
TALES OF ROCK’N’ROLL (2006) Ft. Jari Tiura (vocals)
IN THE MIDST OF BEAUTY (2008) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE IN TOKYO – THE 30th ANNIVERARY CONCERT (2010) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
McAuley Schenker Group was a multi-national band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar), a successor (and eventual predecessor) to Schenker’s earlier band Michael Schenker Group. McAuley was initially contacted to replace singer Gary Barden in MSG. However, the strong partnership immediately formed between McAuley and Schenker led to the change of the name from Michael Schenker Group to McAuley Schenker Group, retaining the same initials of the previous band “M.S.G.”.
Their debut album Perfect Timing, released in 1987, included their first hit Gimme Your Love. Two years later, Save Yourself was released, giving this incarnation of M.S.G. its biggest hit with the power ballad Anytime (co-written by McAuley and the band’s guitarist, keyboard player Steve Mann), the album M.S.G. Schenker/McAuley followed in 1992, followed by “Unplugged” Live in 1993.
After that Schenker and McAuley went their separate ways. Michael decided to withdraw from the spotlight of the rock scene (doing occasional recordings with UFO and MSG, but focused mainly on experimenting with music, building a recording studio and had his own record company while also focusing on his development on a personal level.
2008 was Michael’s return into the loop of rock’n’roll with a reunion album with Gary Barden “In the Midst of Beauty” on inakustik and from then on Michael developed step by step all the way back to the top again.
MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP – DISCOGRAPHY
PERFECT TIMING (1987)
SAVE YOURSELF (1989)
M.S.G. SCHENKER/MCAULEY (1992)
NIGHTMARE: THE ACOUSTIC M.S.G. (1992)
“UNPLUGGED” LIVE (1992)
OTHER INAKUSTIK ALBUM RELEASES:
MICHAEL SCHENKER & GARY BARDEN: GIPSY LADY (2009) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK (2011) Ft. Michael Voss (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE (2012) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: BRIDGE THE GAP (2013) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: SPIRIT ON A MISSION (2015) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: ON A MISSION – LIVE IN MADRID (2016) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)