Rockabilly’s Mistress of Ceremony, The REVEREND MARTINI, will host the 1st ANNUAL PISTONS & PIN-UPS CAR SHOW N’ CONCERT Saturday, August 20th at the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth, CA. An extravaganza of hot rods, custom cars, and motorcycles will roll in to compete in the “BEST OF” car show – But it does not stop there! The stage will host a lineup of some of Rock and Rockabilly’s elite all night, while some of the most beautiful, classiest pin-ups will be sweeping the platform in the 1st Annual “Miss Piston” Pin-Up Pageant!
This stellar line-up starts with MAUREEN & THE MERCURY 5, THE SATIN DOLLZ, THE PHANTOM POMPS (Chris Story/Blazing Haley, Fuse/Hard Six and Pussy Fontaine) and ending with Guns N’ Roses alumni GILBY CLARKE to take you down to the paradise city. Featured performance by Rockabella Hoop Artist LILLIAN STARR will dazzle you with her brilliant flaming hoops. While there, you can visit the Vendor Village and the food court for some tasty treats!!
WHEN: Saturday, August 20th 2016
WHERE: The Valley Relics Museum
21630 Marilla St
Chatsworth, CA, 91311
Stage Starts at 5:30PM
TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION – $25
? VIP – $75 – includes goodie bag, drink tix, VIP garden with private bar
? CHILDREN UNDER 9 – $10
SPONSORS: MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM, SIR, THE PRINT LAB, SOUND & LIGHT EVENT PROS, THE BROADWAY THEATRE GROUP LOS ANGELES, ART & COMMERCE PRODUCTIONS
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.
About Rock Against MS Foundation, 501c3
In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.
One thing you won’t ever catch DEE SNIDER doing is being complacent. “I’ve never been about living in the past,” Snider says. “The past is wonderful to reflect on and enjoy, but for me, I’d rather show you the latest thing I’ve been working on. I’m all about looking ahead, and this new record is very much about me moving forward.”
DEE’s vibrant new solo album, WE ARE THE ONES, is due out in October on Red River Records (Distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning song writer, Damon Ranger, WE ARE THE ONES crackles with modern energy, from the call-to-arms manifesto of “Rule the World,” to the anthemic bonding of “So What” (complete with, yes, a string section) to the intensely synth driven “Close to You,” to the thematically soaring “Superhero” (a song tailor-made for running over the end credits of the next Marvel or DC movie blockbuster if ever there was one). Another significant highlight of the album is a newly re-recorded acoustic version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” which has also been tapped the official anthem for The Recording Academy’s advocacy efforts, including the “Fair Play Fair Pay” Act. Recently performed in Washington D.C. at the annual GRAMMYs On The Hill event, a video of the song premiered earlier today on Entertainment Weekly’s website HERE and can now be viewed at Grammy.com/FairPlayFairPay.
Also featured is an explosive cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole.” “I always thought it was a great song, a powerful song,” DEE explains, “I can’t wait to do that one live. Like ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ is iconic, ‘Head Like a Hole’ is iconic for that era.”
With Twisted Sister effectively entering the rearview mirror, DEE now has his sights dead-set on his new musical direction. “You can’t expect others to embrace what you do if you don’t embrace it yourself,” he admits. “I have to believe it first before I can expect anybody else to believe it. When you’re creating a new record, you want to make a statement, and you want to have music you can stand behind and feel strongly about. So it was a little unnerving when I started heading down this path. After Damon and I cut the first four tracks, I said, ‘Oh yeah, there is a place for me here.’ This is music I feel excited about, and I also look forward to playing it live.”
Earlier this summer, DEE took part in the unveiling of the new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power And Politics,” which will remain on display in Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention. To commemorate the new Hall of Fame exhibit, DEE performed a new acoustic version of Twisted Sister’s legendary song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” This moving new version of DEE’s epic anthem is currently available on iTunes.
In April 2016, DEE was called to Capitol Hill for the second time—the first at the infamous 1985 Senate hearing instigated by Tipper Gore and the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC)–to speak on behalf of The Recording Academy’s “Fair Play Fair Pay” initiative. On September 18, DEE will be presenting his new music at Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.
DEE is unapologetically energized about where he’s going as an artist. “Music inspires that genuine enthusiasm. I’m not anti the past — I’m just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days. To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days. And this new record is the part of my next glory days.”
It sure is. WE ARE THE ONES opens an exciting new chapter in the ongoing, never-ending glorious saga of DEE SNIDER. And that’s how you come to rule the world.
The saviours of heavy metal, and one of the most influential bands for over 20 years in metal, are finally back! HAMMERFALL, who recently signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records, have just left the studio and are about to release their hotly anticipated masterpiece in form of the band’s upcoming 10th album, which marks their strongest work to date in their successful career and history. Sold out shows and headlining tours all over the world, HAMMERFALL stand for powerful, majestic and melodic heavy metal. The memorable choruses, straight and heavy riffs, thundering drums, pounding bass power and outstanding vocals have already and without a doubt became metal hymns for eternity. Their unstoppable creations reigned in a time when none cared about classical Heavy Metal, HAMMERFALL have and will always deserve credit for bringing the melodies back to metal music. 20 years later and with their upcoming studio album, HAMMERFALL prove that they still own the throne of heavy metal!
HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak comments: “Built To Last is our 10th studio album in 19 years, incredibly enough, but I think we sound more alive and vibrant than ever before! We have worked our asses off to make sure this album is a worthy successor to (r)Evolution, and I have no doubt in my mind that we have created one of the strongest records we have ever done. I am immensely proud and excited about this album, and I am confident all our Templars of Steel will agree once they hear it in November.”
Today the band has unveiled the title, artwork and track listing for their upcoming album, which will be titled Built To Last and will be released November 4th 2016 on Napalm Records.
The stunning artwork was designed by Andreas Marschall:
The Track Listing for Built To Last will read as follows:
1) Bring It!
2) Hammer High
3) The Sacred Vow
4) Dethrone And Defy
5) Twighlight Princess
7) Built To Last
8) The Star Of Home
9) New Breed
10) Second To None
In support of their new album, HAMMERFALL will be heavily hitting the road on a recently announced extensive European tour. Catch HAMMERFALL live, when they return to Europe on the following dates, presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, Musix and Metal.de. More dates to come!
Built To Tour
12.01.17 DE – Bremen / Aladin
13.01.17 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 1
14.01.17 DE – Bamberg / Brose Arena
16.01.17 NL – Utrecht / Tivoli Vredenburg
17.01.17 BE – Antwerp / Trix
18.01.17 DE – Fulda / Wartenberg Oval
20.01.17 DE – Langen/Frankfurt / Stadthalle
21.01.17 CH – Pratteln / Z7
22.01.17 CH – Pratteln / Z7
25.01.17 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
26.01.17 DE – Filderstadt / Filharmonie
27.01.17 DE – München / Backstage
28.01.17 DE – Kaufbeuren / AllKart Halle
29.01.17 IT – Mailand / Live Club
31.01.17 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
01.02.17 AT – Wien / Arena
02.02.17 AT – Graz / Orpheum
03.02.17 CZ – Zlin / Hala Euronics
04.02.17 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
06.02.17 DE – Berlin / Huxley´s Neue Welt
07.02.17 DE – Hamburg / Große Freiheit 36
08.02.17 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
“What an emotional week. I’m quite proud of the performance that our team and the band pulled off at Wacken. It was truly a night filled with firsts.
Live music is one of life’s most precious treasures. I can think of few other things that bring people together so closely. That bring such joy and excitement. We want to create an enduring tribute to Ronnie that gives his music an opportunity to continue touching the lives of new and old generations of fans.
With the hologram show that we are working so hard on, we’re envisioning a new way to enjoy live music. A new world in which the music never dies. We want to bring you some place magical, if only for a night.
Pre-Sales are currently underway for their Survivors who have previously sailed on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. Public Sales are slated to start on Tuesday August 16, 2016 at 3PM EDT / 9PM CEST. Mark down the date and time in your calendar as they have sold out the previous six consecutive sailings to sailors from over 70 different countries! Don’t miss the boat, book your cabin as soon as the gates open!
70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise offers Metalheads a life-changing experience in an incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. Boasting the biggest Open Air Stage structure to ever sail the Open Seas, 70000TONS OF METAL gives Sailors unrestricted festival access to all 120 live shows by 60 unique Artists on board. Not only that, throw in Meet & Greets with every Artist, exclusive Art Exhibits and Artist Clinics and the infamous JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam hosted by ANNIHILATOR’s Jeff Waters. Everyone sailing is a VIP, they spare no expense to remove seating in the theatre so that fans can create a mosh pit at sea (this is a Heavy Metal Cruise after all), and most importantly… there are bars that never close – you heard that right, bars that never close!
Round 7 Sails to Labadee
70000TONS OF METAL will sail February 2 – 6, 2017 onboard Royal Caribbean’s luxurious Independence Of The Seas which will be leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to an all new Caribbean dream destination: Labadee, situated on the northern coast of Haiti, featuring pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains. Soar over the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water! Propel down the 300 foot long waterslides, get your adrenaline fix on the Dragon’s Tail Roller Coaster, cool off in the Arawak Aqua Park, or kick back and relax at the cabanas on Nellie’s Beach.
There’s no shortage of shore activities here! Don’t miss out on your chance to explore this Caribbean dream destination with your favorite Artists! Check out official video footage of excursions available at Labadee here.
Sunday February 5, 2017 is #SuperMetalSunday! Start off the best Sunday of the year with Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on 4 different stages. Think you can make a splash? Participate in the infamous 70000TONS Belly Flop Contest which is judged by a panel of Artists! Witness Heavy Metal history in the making with JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS – the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam. Don’t forget your jerseys because the NFL Championship Game will also be screened on board! Not enough action for you? Throw in multiple workshops and Artist Clinics, and end the cruise with 70000TONS OF KARAOKE for a final sing along until the sun rises!
60 Bands Representing Every Genre Of Metal!
Every Artist on board 70000TONS OF METAL 2017 will play two shows – once on the way to Labadee, and once on the way back to Florida, presenting fans with the opportunity to see 120 shows, including some exclusive performances.
The following 32 of 60 bands have been announced for Round 7:
Statement re lawsuit filed by Robert “Bob” Daisley against Ozzy Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited
For the past 36 years Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.
We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.
The Tuska Open Air Festival has carved its name as one of the most important metal festivals amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. The media, label staff and PR -people travel all over the world to attend and feel and see the metal culture in Finland. All in all, 28,000 metal maniacs made a visit to a sold-out Tuska during three days. That’s excellent, as Tuska will be turning 20-years old next year, therefore it can be expected we’ll see something really unique as well as some bigger bands in 2017.
The line-up of the festival was mostly ignored the normal radio friendly audience whereas the die-hard metal freaks arrived at the Tuska Open Air Festival. Ghost, Avantasia, the domestic metal export Children Of Bodom and a number of other interesting names, like old thrash metal veterans Testament and Anthrax had to be witnessed of course. The Finnish Metal-Rules.com team was present the whole time and managed to catch several interesting bands during the 3 long days of pure metal madness.
Over 75,000 fans were rocked at the Wacken Open Air music festival in Germany this weekend as the late Ronnie James Dio reunited with his bandmates via hologram. The surprise performance took place at the end of Dio Disciples’ set to close the world’s largest annual live heavy metal event. Dio Disciples features members of the Dio band, which last performed with Ronnie in 2008 before he passed away two years later, leaving a void in the rock community. Eyellusion, a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market, created the hologram and produced the groundbreaking performance.
Almost one year in the making, Eyellusion’s Ronnie James Dio production represents the world’s first rock hologram performance and the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting. The Wacken Open Air Festival marked the debut of the Ronnie James Dio hologram, which features the singer’s actual live vocals and will be toured globally in 2017, with further details to be announced.
Read an Exclusive Interview About the Ronnie James Dio Hologram and EyeIlusion Here
“When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears,” said Wendy Dio, who manages Dio Disciples and is also a member of the Eyellusion team, supporting industry relations. “With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie’s fans around the world to share this experience.”
“We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances,” said Craig Goldy, lead guitarist for Dio Disciples. “Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible. For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can’t wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year.”
“At first I did not know what to think or to expect. But after I got over the initial surprise, it felt like Ronnie was still with us. It was wonderful, sad and emotional,”
stated David James of California, a fan present for the performance at Wacken Open Air.
“I have watched quite a few hologram clips online and nothing can compare to the performance here tonight at Wacken – this was the most realistic of all. Amazing! Ronnie James Dio and metal will live forever,” added Anna Lorenz, a 25-year-old fan from Germany, also in attendance.
“Eyellusion is creating the best hologram content and live music productions for a completely new concert experience,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO of Eyellusion. “We’re taking every step to capture the excitement and energy that comes from seeing your favorite band perform live. That means when the lights go down in the venue, the amps are loud, the band sounds great and the pyro is blinding. We are creating an entirely new way for fans to experience their favorite music.”
Touring remains a viable revenue stream for many artists as music industry business models continue to evolve. However, it is not always financially or physically feasible to get to every market where there is demand. Further, massive loyal fan bases still exist for artists that are no longer able to tour or that can only do a set number of dates within a year. Eyellusion is expanding touring opportunities for emerging and established acts alike. In addition to unique shows based around digital recreations of artists, Eyellusion can stream live holographic performances of one show to many locations, opening global possibilities to play new markets and venues.
“The economics of making music are changing, with tours being more important than ever,” said Wendy Dio. “For artists who have been blessed with legions of fans around the world, the question is how to continue meeting the demand for your music. At the same time, newer acts are thinking about how to build a following and reach more people. Today, all artists need to find new, modern ways to connect with fans and Eyellusion is supporting those efforts.”
Eyellusion’s hologram and live production focus spans a range of genres, including rock, country, pop, EDM and more. Key team members include Wendy Dio, who supports industry relations, veteran rock manager Todd Singerman and Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens, who support artist relations, and Kenny Aronoff, world renowned live and studio drummer, who supports business development and technical live production efforts. Chad Finnerty at Digital Frontier FX is Eyellusion’s exclusive content creation partner, working directly with clients to help bring every project vision to the live stage. Legendary Hollywood digital effects executive Scott Ross advises Eyellusion on overall content production.
“Holograms represent a major opportunity for live music and fan engagement, but they have to be done right,” said Pezzuti. “We believe we’ve cracked the code on delivering the highest quality hologram-based events, creating the ultimate live music experience that keeps fans coming back. The Eyellusion team’s unmatched production capabilities and deep music industry ties bring crucial industry knowledge to our collaboration with artists as we work toward a shared vision of creating unforgettable shows. We can’t wait to see music fans everywhere on the road.”
For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com and follow Eyellusion @eyellusionlive on Instagram and Twitter.
Friday, July 22 saw the release of the CD version of Rhino’s new Dio boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. The set brings together Dio’s first six studio albums, each one featuring newly remastered sound, including Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993). Order your copy now via Amazon:CD. Pre-orders are still available for the vinyl version of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, set to release on October 4, 2016. Pre-order yours now via Amazon:vinyl.
About Eyellusion, LLC:
Eyellusion, LLC is a hologram entertainment company focused on the live music market. The company addresses full end-to-end hologram production needs, from live streaming to full digital recreation. As music industry business models evolve, Eyellusion is working with a fast-growing roster of top artists to open up new revenue streams, expand touring capabilities and meet fan demand. The Eyellusion team brings decades of global music industry and live touring experience, combining deep expertise with cutting-edge production and hologram display capabilities. Eyellusion is based in Los Angeles with offices in New York. For more information, visit www.eyellusionlive.com.
Pantera? Down? Obviously you know the bands, being a metal fan and all. Then you would also know that they were fronted by none other than metal legend Philip Anselmo. Well, he is back with an all-star lineup, his extreme metal project Scour. With music created by Derek Engemann of Cattle Decapitation and John Jarvis of Pig Destroyer, Scour also features current and former members of Decrepit Birth and Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
July 15th saw the band release their debut self-titled debut EP which can be heard in full right here…
Anselmo previously commented, “The Scour thing was just something that popped up – it’s something I think I can kill, I can lay it out. It’s predominantly modern-ish thrashy black metal stuff. I’m going to put my own spin on it. I don’t have to sound like your boy from Gorgoroth to get the point across – there’s other ways of singing over that style of music, and I shall employ many styles.”
February 23rd will see the band perform live for the first time ever, and what is a more fitting arena then Blastfest in Bergen, Norway! They join the Devin Townsend Project, Dying Fetus, Between The Buried And Me and many more bands over the weekend from February 23-25.
Rumors were flying thick and fast for a while, but now it’s official: Steamhammer/SPV have signed the new all-star trio Rock Wolves for the world ex Japan. The name stands for Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan “Gudze” Hinz, three of the most renowned German rock musicians of the past forty years. Their CVs feature eminent acts such as the Scorpions, MSG, H-Blockx, Casanova and Mad Max. Their first single ´Rock For The Nations` is due out on September 09th, to be followed by the debut album on October 28th. Drummer Herman Rarebell describes his new band’s material as “classic rock music, powerful but not too heavy”.
You can see the first teaser here:
As the former Scorpions’ drummer, Herman Rarebell was instrumental in recording classics such as Lovedrive, Blackout and Crazy World between 1977 and 1996, and looks back at a successful stint as the manager of his own recording company Monaco Records. At the moment he is a member of guitar legend Michael Schenker’s current group Temple Of Rock, where Rarebell met Michael Voss, among others. Since the 1980s, Voss has caused a stir with acts such as Mad Max and Casanova, has worked with Michael Schenker and is also involved in Temple Of Rock as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The third Rock Wolves member is Stephan “Gudze” Hinz, founder member and bassist of H-Blockx and hence a representative of the 1990s rock generation. So here we have three illustrious names, three decades, and three artistic careers with similar but by no means congruent influences.
The material of the upcoming Rock Wolves album was produced by Michael Voss at Münster’s Kidroom Studio and at the Principal Studios in Senden. Twelve songs, among them a cover version of American hit writer Jim Vallance’s ´What About Love`, which was a Billboard Charts topper for American band Heart in 1983. A video to support the lead single ´Rock For The Nations` was shot near Hanover in mid-June and will also be released on September 9th.
Michael Voss (guitar, vocals), Olly Hahn (A&R Steamhammer), Herman Rarebell (drums), Gudze (bass)
Just recently VENOM INC concluded their successful North American tour and are currently on their Summer Festival trek! Today these UK Metal Masters launch their next bomb, announcing the 18-shows European tour, Pt.1, kicking off on October 13th in Prague (CZE). The main support come from VITAL REMAIN and MORTUARY DRAPE. The other bands, joining the tour are NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR. Check out the tour itinerary and details below.
Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan states:
“We are proud to announce the first part of our European tour with VITAL REMAIN, MONTUARY DRAPE, NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR! We are busy writing the new album and the excitement is growing fast. After 60 total dates in North America it’s time to ignite our bomb in Europe, bigger and better than before! To our mighty legions everywhere, WE HAVE RETURNED!! From the very depths of HELL!!! See you soon, HELL YEAH!!!”
13 October – Prague (CZE) at Storm Club
14 October – Erfurt (GER) at Club From Hell
15 October – Lodz (POL) at LDK
16 October – Gdansk (POL) at B90
17 October – Krakow (POL) at Rotunda
18 October – Ostrava (CZE) at Barrack Club
19 October – Vienna (AUT) at Viper Room
20 October – Ljubljana (SLO) at Orto Bar
21 October – Bologna (ITA) at Locomotic Club
22 October – Roma (ITA) at Init
23 October – Milan (ITA) at Lo Fi Club
24 October – Strasskirchen (GER) at Plutonium
25 October – Weinheim (GER) at Cafè Central
26 October – Essen (GER) at Turock
27 October – Tilburg (NL) at Dudok
28 October – Drachten (NL) at Iduna
29 October – Metz (FRA) at Le Gueulard
30 October – Leiden (NL) at Gebr De Nobel
Currently VENOM INC are on their Summer Festival tour, check out the remaining dates below.
August 10 – Brutal Assault – Jaromer-Josefov (Czech Rep.)
August 27 – Beyond The Gates – Bergen (Norway)
August 26 – Headbangers Desaster V – Huberhof Suben (Austria)
October 01 – Mammothfest – Brighton (UK)
December 2-3 – The Xmas Rocka Fest – Sheffield (UK)
It seems Mike IX Williams, unfortunately, will be unable to join us for GWAR B-Q on August 20th, as planned, but don’t worry, because the legendary PHILIP H. ANSELMO is making the trek to Richmond to front EYEHATEGOD before the rabid masses! As your Lords and Masters were seasoning Anselmo to serve as tasty shred for the almighty meat grinder, he had this to say, “When our brothers in one of New Orleans’ most influential music outfits needs me, I’m there, 1000%. There is no secret that I adore my brethren in Eyehategod, as I’ve always supported them through thick and thin. This present situation will be no different. In light of Michael D. William’s health issues, which he needs to address more importantly than any other point in his life, and should be respected by anyone with a heart, I will do my best to fill in for him. Those are mighty big shoes to fill, but I shall do my best, once again. I do believe I speak on behalf of the concerned parties when I state that we ALL NEED Mike IX Williams to heal, recover, and get better ASAP. These gigs are NOT about me; it is about keeping the obligations of EHG so, as a band and force, they are able to stay true to their commitments to these two gigs. My admiration of Mike and all his works, especially EHG, knows zero boundaries, hence, me doing these gigs. Here’s to Mike’s recovery, and here’s to supporting these shows on his behalf. Much love to everyone.”
In response, Mike IX was heard throughout the interweb thingy saying, “Phil has my full blessing for these shows and, with all forces willing, I will return to the stage as soon as I am physically able.”
GWAR wishes Mike IX a speedy recovery and look forward to the day they can shove him into the grinder! The Intergalactic Lords had been looking forward to that! Get your tickets to this HISTORIC EVENT at http://gwarbq.com/tickets.
The creation of Karl-Ulrich Walterbach, Noise Records’ origins lay in the late 70s/early 80s West Berlin punk rock scene. Against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall, the convergence of volatile music, left-wing ideals, and anti-government sentiment spurred Walterbach to release two punk compilations, Soundtracks zum Untergang (Soundtracks to the Downfall), on his first label, Aggressive Rockproduktionen, otherwise simply known as AGR.
Due to the influence of Los Angeles hardcore punk masters Black Flag, Walterbach would gradually turn his interests from punk to metal, forming Noise Records in 1983 as the European response to the likes of Metallica and Slayer. From there, the label would enjoy an unprecedented signing streak of bands who would play a significant role in defining underground metal as we know today.
Noise’s early releases – including the seminal 1984 Death Metal compilation – would lay the groundwork for future European metal mainstays such as Grave Digger, Hellhammer (who became Celtic Frost), Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, and Tankard. These acts would become Noise’s bedrock outfits, leading the charge in heavy metal innovation via death metal (Celtic Frost), power metal (Helloween), and thrash metal (Kreator).
The label’s roster was filled with variety. Coroner emerged as arguably metal’s most talented power trio, with budding guitar hero Tommy T. Baron mesmerizing audiences across the globe. Mordred beat the entire rap metal movement to the punch by several years, as the street-level rhymes of Scott Holderby set the table for Rage Against the Machine and Korn. Rage released a string of critically-acclaimed, well-received melodic metal albums, while the serpentine thrash of Britain’s Sabbat would introduce the metal world to Andy Sneap, currently one of the scene’s most in-demand producers. The manic, sci-fi explorations purveyed by Voivod brought forth a new level of weirdness, and Watchtower’s outrageous math motifs instantly earned them cult status in the progressive metal scene.
But it was the success of Helloween that propelled Noise to the next level. The band’s twin Keeper of the Seven Keys albums (Part I and II) were milestones for the genre. Guided by the stratospheric vocals of Michael Kiske, Helloween’s epic, strident, and symphonic numbers were in a league by themselves circa the late-80s. And with hit songs such as “Future World” and “I Want Out” leading the way, Helloween became the first Noise outfit to reach seven-digit figures in album sales.
Famed “pirate metal” act Running Wild weren’t too far behind, as their 1987 Under Jolly Roger album moved an estimated 250,000 copies, helping the band earn headliner status across continental Europe. The brave, bold, risk-taking Celtic Frost forever solidified their status as metal’s most adventurous band with 1987’s Into the Pandemonium. Kreator released a string of explosive, neck-snapping albums that shaped the face of pure German thrash, and were flanked by Tankard, the first band to proudly proclaim themselves as “beer metal.”
As the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, the music scene and political landscape underwent radical changes. By then, Noise’s worldwide distribution setup covered 43 countries, boasting a highly-profitable back catalog and lasting viability in territories like Japan, ensuring the label’s survival as the genre of metal struggled with diminishing sales and negative public perception. Bands such as Kai Hansen’s Gamma Ray, British folk innovators Skyclad, Floridian melodic metal upstarts Kamelot, and Finland’s Stratovarius carried Noise throughout the turbulent 90s, allowing the label to remain vital, even as newer, more “alternative” forms of rock became popular.
Not wanting to contend with the oncoming digital revolution, Walterbach sold Noise to Sanctuary Music in 2001. Sanctuary would steer Noise for the next six years, helping launch the career of multi-national power metal sensation Dragonforce, until it was sold to Universal Music in 2007. Noise’s catalog has laid dormant ever since…
BMG purchased Noise’s holding company Sanctuary records from Universal Music in 2013, and will re-launch Noise Records in 2016. The label has planned a full-scale campaign featuring “best-ofs” of select Noise bands, along with reissuing classic titles from Celtic Frost, Coroner, Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, Tankard, Voivod, and more, featuring expanded liner notes, rare bonus material, and a fresh mastering job.
The campaign will prove one thing: Few metal labels have a legacy roster with as much longevity and relevance as Noise. Several of the key bands Karl-Ulrich Walterbach signed and developed have actually become more popular as the years have progressed, showing that the lightening in a bottle he captured in the 80s was more than just a passing trend. It was a movement.
David E. Gehlke, Author of “Damn the Machine – The Story of Noise Records”
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