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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DIRKSCHNEIDER: Announce new live DVD!

June 13th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

In addition to their still ongoing successful “Back To The Roots” Tour, DIRKSCHNEIDER will release “LIVE – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” on August 4th (EU)/August 18th (USA) as DVD/2CD, BluRay/2CD and Gtf. Triple Vinyl in two different colors.
After putting out the live double CD last year, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno (Czech Republic) was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Udo Dirkscheider’s Accept era, there’s a cover version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as bonus track on the CD and Vinyl.
From Oct 2017 on, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only Accept hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.

01.07.2017        ES-Barcelona         Rock Fest
02.07.2017        FI-Helsinki             Tuska Festival
05.07.2017        D-Ballenstedt         Rock Harz Festival
29.07.2017        D-Kempten/Buchenberg    Rock THE King
04.08.2017        SWE-Knislinge        Helgaefestivalen
11.08.2017        BEL-Kortrijk           Alcatraz Metal Festival
12.08.2017        D-Hanau                Amphitheater/Shooter
18.08.2017        SWE-Falun             Sabaton Open Air

01.10.2017        UA-Kharkiv            KKZU
03.10.2017        UA-Dnipro              Mashinostroiteley
04.10.2017        UA-Kiev                 Nau
06.10.2017        RU-St Petersburg    Kosmonaut
07.10.2017        RU-Moscow            Yotaspace Club
08.10.2017        RU-Nizhniy             Novgorod Milo Concert Hall
26.10.2017        AUT-Wörgl              Komma
27.10.2017        AUT-Wien               Szene
28.10.2017        SK-Bratislava         MMC
30.10.2017        HU-Budapest          Barba Negra
31.10.2017        SK-Kosice              Colosseum
02.11.2017        CZ-Ostrava            Garage
03.11.2017        CZ-Zlin                  MOR Cafe
04.11.2017        CZ-Plzen                KD Serikovka
06.11.2017        POL-Warschau         Progresja
08.11.2017        LV-Riga                  Palladium
09.11.2017        EST-Tallinn             Rockcafe
24.11.2017        NOR-Trondheim       Byscenen
25.11.2017        NOR-Jevnaker        Glassheim
27.11.2017        DK-Aalborg             Skraaen
28.11.2017         DK-Copenhagen     Amager Bio
29.11.2017        DK-Aarhus              Voxhall
01.12.2017        CZ-Prag                 Meet Factory
02.12.2017        D-Leipzig                Haus Auensee
03.12.2017        D-Oberhausen        Turbinenhalle
05.12.2017        D-Hamburg            Grosse Freiheit 36
06.12.2017        D-Hannover           Capitol
07.12.2017        D-Bremen              Aladin
09.12.2017        D-Osnabrück          Hyde Park
10.12.2017        D-Berlin                 Huxley´s Neue Welt
12.12.2017        D-Köln                   Essigfabrik
15.12.2017        D-Tuttlingen            Stadthalle
17.12.2017         D-Stuttgart           LKA
19.12.2017        CH-Pratteln            Z 7
22.12.2017        D-Geiselwind         Music Hall
23.12.2017        D-Mannheim          Maimarkthalle Club

All North America shows will have a VIP meet/greet with early entry. Purchase VIP and tickets via Enter The Vault:

February 2018
23 NYC Gramercy Theater
24 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater
25 Montreal ,QC Cafe Campus
27. Quebec City ,QC LeCercle
28. Toronto , ON Mod Club
March 2018
2. Rochester , NY Montage Music Hall
3 Cleveland , OH Agora Theater
4 Pitt , PA Rex Theater
6. Westland , MI Token Lounge
7. Joliet ,IL The Forge
9. Milwaukee Rt 20
10. SIoux Falls ,SD Bigs Bar
11. LaCrosse ,WI Cavalier Theater
12. Minn, MN Cabooze
13. Winnipeg,MB park theater
15. Calgary , AL Marquee
16. Edmonton, AL Starlite Room
18. Vancouver ,BC Rickshaw
19. Seattle ,WA El Corazon
22. West Hollywood , CA Whiskey a GO GO
23. San Diego,CA Brick By Brick
24. Tempe , AZ Club Red
26. Dallas,TX Trees
27. San Antonio , TX Vibes Event Center
28. Houston , TX Scout Bar
30. Jacksonville, FL Mavericks
31. Ft Lauderdale , FL Kelsey Theater
April 2018
1. Tampa , FL Orpheum
2 Raleigh ,NC Cats Cradle
3 Louisville , KY Trixie’s
5 Baltimore ,MD Soundstage
6. Asbury Park NJ Stone Pony
7` Worcester , MAThe Palladium
8 Philly, PA Trocadero

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Proto-Metal Legends BLUE CHEER’s Debut Album Vincebus Eruptum To Be Released On Hybrid SACD

June 13th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Proto-Metal legends Blue Cheer’s debut album Vincebus Eruptum will be released on Limited Edition Hybrid SACD by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity! Rock & roll had grown louder and wilder by leaps and bounds during the ’60s, but when Blue Cheer emerged from San Francisco onto the national rock scene in 1968 with their debut album, Vincebus Eruptum, they crossed a line which most musicians and fans hadn’t even thought to draw yet. The album features a heavy, thunderous blues sound, which would later be known as heavy metal. It also contains elements of acid rock, grunge, experimental rock, blues rock, stoner rock, and garage rock. A commercial and critical success,

Vincebus Eruptum peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and spawned the top-20 hit cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.”

The album has been held in high regard by many rock critics who regularly praised the band’s “sound and fury” as one of the founding movements of heavy metal. No band could summon so much power with just three people. Vincebus Eruptum is still the Blue Cheer’s album to own, it was their simplest and most forceful musical statement.

1 Summertime Blues
2 Rock Me Baby
3 Doctor Please
4 Out Of Focus
5 Parchment Farm
6 Second Time Around

Produced by Abe “Voco” Kesh
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering

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OBITUARY Announce “Battle of the Bays” North American Co-Headlining Tour with Exodus

June 13th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Tampa Bay Florida Death Metal Godfathers OBITUARY collide with Bay Area Thrash Metal Kings EXODUS for another epic Battle of the Bays this Fall! The two American legends went to war in Europe last year and are now bringing the Battle to America this time with support from POWER TRIP and DUST BOLT. The co-headlining tour kicks off September 14 in Durham, NC and ends on October 15 in Baton Rouge, LA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16 and a complete listing of dates is available below.

Additionally, OBITUARY will perform at the prestigious Hellfest Open Air 2017 on June 18 in France and return to Europe for a headline tour on July 8 including multiple festival appearances at Resurrection Festival, Rock Maraton 2017, VOA Heavy Rock Fest and more. All confirmed OBITUARY tour dates are listed below.

OBITUARY’s latest, self-titled album is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.

— All Dates Sep 14 to Oct 15 w/ Exodus, Power Trip and Dust Bolt  —

Sep 14                 Durham, NC                  Motorco Music Hall
Sep 15                 Virginia Beach, VA         Shakas Live
Sep 16                 Baltimore, MD               Baltimore Soundstage
Sep 17                 Sayreville, NJ                 Starland Ballroom
Sep 19                 Brooklyn, NY                 Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep 20                 Worcester, MA              The Palladium (Downstairs)
Sep 21                 Burlington, VT               Higher Ground
Sep 22                 Quebec City, QC            Imperial Ball
Sep 23                 Ottawa, ON                   Bronson Centre
Sep 24                 London, ON                   London Music Hall
Sep 26                 Grand Rapids, MI           The Intersection
Sep 27                 Columbus, OH               Park Street Saloon
Sep 28                 Indianapolis, IN              Deluxe @ Old National Center
Sep 29                 Joliet, IL                        The Forge
Sep 30                 Minneapolis, MN            Skyway Theatre
Oct 01                 St. Louis, MO                The Ready Room
Oct 03                 Lawrence, KS                Granada Theater
Oct 04                 Ft. Collins, CO               Aggie Theatre
Oct 06                 Sacramento, CA             Ace Of Spades*
Oct 07                 Los Angeles, CA            Teragram Ballroom*
Oct 08                 San Diego, CA               The Observatory North Park
Oct 10                 Tucson, AZ                   The Rock
Oct 11                 Albuquerque, NM           Sunshine Theater
Oct 12                 El Paso, TX                   Tricky Falls
Oct 14                 San Antonio, TX            Paper Tiger *
Oct 15                 Baton Rouge, LA            The Varsity Theater +

^ Obituary, Exodus, Dust Bolt ONLY
* Obituary, Power Trip, Dust Bolt ONLY
+ Obituary, Dust Bolt ONLY

— European Summer Festival/Tour —

Jun 18         Clisson, FR                     Hellfest 2017
Jul 08          Viveiro, ES                     Resurrection Festival
Jul 10          Poznan, PL                     Klub U Bazyla +
Jul 11          Bratislava, SK                 Randal Club +
Jul 12          Ceske Budejovice, CZ     Cafe Klub Slavie +
Jul 14          Vienna, AT                       Szene Vienna
Jul 15          Dunaújváros, HU            Rock Maraton 2017
Aug 06        Corroios, PT                   VOA Heavy Rock Fest
Aug 08        Gijon, ES                        Sala Acapulco
Aug 09        Barcelona, ES                 Razzmatazz 2
Aug 11        Zurich, Switzerland        Dynamo
Aug 12        Kortrijk, BE                    Alcatraz Festival 2017
Aug 13        Derbyshire, UK              Bloodstock
Aug 14        Tilburg, NL                     013 *
Aug 15        Dortmund, DE               FZW Freizeitzentrum West *
Aug 17        Dinkelsbühl, DE             Summer Breeze 2017
Aug 19        Saint-Nolff, FR              Motocultor Festival

+ W/ Absu
* W/ Trivium


One of the most influential, revered and best-selling death metal bands of all time, OBITUARY formed in the swamplands of South Florida in 1986 after switching their name from Xecutioner.  The band signed to Roadracer Records, a now defunct division of Roadrunner, for the recording of their debut album, the immense and immeasurably heavy Slowly We Rot (1989). The album was engineered by the legendary Scott Burns at Morrisound Studio, which would come to be the most sought after facility for production of albums during the rise of death metal in the 1990s. Unlike much death metal preceding it, the album had a sludgy feel and integrated devastatingly slow passages along with obliterating overtures that reached far beyond any point of mayhem that metal had yet to reach. The result was a carnal pleasure for doom, death and thrash fans alike coupling the adrenaline of a speedball with the slow, degrading measures of a sewer at dusk. OBITUARY were unlike anything anyone had heard before and would change the shape of heavy music forever.

OBITUARY followed up Slowly We Rot with Cause of Death (1990), perhaps the band’s most hailed album and an even more chaotic, bass heavy mix of the band’s signature groove, manic guitar solos and crashing drums. The album’s defining feature, however, was vocalist John Tardy’s disarmingly horrific, gargling style, that created guttural chasms of dread, which, though often mimicked, have been achieved by no one else. Drastically shifting tempos and Tardy’s unique vocal style became the band’s trademark, which clearly distinguished them from the rest of the burgeoning US death metal scene.

OBITUARY spent the next two decades releasing some of the finest death metal ever put to tape with classics like The End Complete (1992), World Demise (1994), and Frozen in Time (2005) solidifying them as one of the genre’s most important bands of all time. Fast forward to 2014, when after a five year gap between albums, OBITUARY successfully crowdfunded their new album and subsequently partnered with Relapse Records for it’s release. Reinvigorated with a new lineup featuring the additions of legendary bassist Terry Butler (Death, Massacre, Six Feet Under) and lead guitarist Ken Andrews. The result was Inked In Blood (2014) which immediately took the world by storm.  The next couple years revolved around an extensive world tour schedule that took them to sold-out venues across the globe including tours with Cannibal Corpse, Carcass and Exodus and multiple mainstage festival appearances including 7000 Tons of Metal, Maryland Deathfest, Hellfest, Obscene Extreme, Full Terror Assault, Neurotic Deathfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, and the band’s own inaugural Florida Metal Fest.

To end 2016, OBITUARY released a surprise, live EP, Ten Thousand Ways to Die, featuring two brand new songs plus twelve classics and fan favorites recorded across eleven different cities during the Inked In Blood world tour. The EP left die-hard fans craving more, unbeknownst that it was just the beginning.

Now in 2017, OBITUARY return with their self-titled, 10th studio album, further cementing their legacy as one of the most important metal bands of all time! Picking up where Inked In Blood left off, OBITUARY show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as Kings of death metal. Recorded at their home studio in Tampa, FL, Obituary is a 10 track tour-de-force of bone-pulverising death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they’ve released in their historic, nearly 30-year career!

John Tardy – Vocals
Trevor Peres – Guitar
Ken Andrews Jr. – Guitar
Terry Butler – Bass
Donald Tardy – Drums

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QUIET RIOT Release First Single From “Road Rage” Featuring New Vocalist James Durbin

June 13th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Quiet Riot continues their historic journey in 2017 with their new album, “Road Rage”. Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin, the band continues to be an unstoppable force in the rock ‘n roll world.  “Road Rage” is set for release August 4, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Today the first song from “Road Rage” and the first ever QUIET RIOT track featuring James Durbin on vocals has been made available for streaming.

“QUIET RIOT has always recorded songs that have a link with the QUIET RIOT “sound” and at the same time always musically moving forward. “Freak Flag” is such a song with a strong connection to our iconic sound from the past, which I think our longtime fans will appreciate and newer fans will embrace,” says drummer Frankie Banali.

Vocalist James Durbin continues, ” ‘Freak Flag’ is a concept I’ve been holding on to for a few years. It’s all about being you no matter what life has labeled you with. We’re all broken & searching for acceptance, but there’s a beauty in that search & it’s something that should be celebrated.”

Order the album here: or at the links below
Google Play:

All digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Freak Flag”

Stream the current single on Spotify:

“Road Rage” was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of American Idol alumni James Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record the album with the new and improved line-up. The results are everything QUIET RIOT fans could have hoped for!

QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit album, 1983’s “Metal Health”. That album topped the Billboard album charts for several months and the follow up album; “Condition Critical” went double platinum. The band has continued to record and tour throughout the decades following.

Frankie Banali’s history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release since the release of their now classic album, “Metal Health”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching, and the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has moved forward with the band to bring the fans “Road Rage”!

Musically, “Road Rage” offers exactly what you would expect from QUIET RIOT. Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer.

Quiet Riot has come back stronger than ever, in perfect METAL HEALTH with the new album, “Road Rage”! Catch them on the road this summer!

“Road Rage” Track Listing:
1. Can’t Get Enough
2. Getaway
3. Roll This Joint
4. Freak Flag
5. Wasted
6. Still Wild
7. Make A Way
8. Renegades
9. The Road
10. Shame
11. Knock Em Down

Frankie Banali – drums
Alex Grossi – guitars
Chuck Wright – bass guitar
James Durbin – vocals

See Quiet Riot Live:
6/17: Sauk Rapids, MN @ Old Capital Tavern
6/23: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
6/24: Big Spring, TX @ Annual Fantastic Fourth

7/1: Junction City, KS @ Sundown Salute
7/7: Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
7/15: Lake Ozark, MO @ The Horny Toad At Camden On The Lake
7/21: Las Vegas, NV @ The Golden Nugget Casino

8/11: Greenville, TX @ The TExan Theater
8/12: Longview, TX @ Maude Cobb Event Center
8/18: Imperial, NE @ Chase County Fairgrounds
8/25: Le Roy, NY @ Jam At The Ridge
8/26: Port Falls, ID @ Stateline Cruiser

9/1 – San Pedro, CA @ USS IOWA – Fleetweek 2017
9/2 – Wilmington, NC @ The Thorne Theater
9/7 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
9/15 – East Durham, NY @ Catskill Mountain Thunder
9/21 – St Charles IL @ Arcada Theater
9/23 – Newkirk, OK @ Southwind Casino

10/19: Houston, TX @ Proof Rooftop
10/28: Brownsville, TX @ Rock The Park Festival
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Avanti’s Dome – Rock ‘N’ Skull Festival

11/4: Pembrook, Pines FL @ Rockfest 80’S -CB Smith Park
11/8: West, Hollywood CA @ The Whisky A Go Go

February 15-19 @ Rock Legends Cruise

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Interview with Stephen Reynolds of Mutank

June 12th, 2017
by J P

Interview with Stephen Reynolds of Mutank

by JP

We caught up with Stephen Reynolds of Mutank on the eve of the start of their cross-Canadian tour with Annihilator and Mason.

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Brutal Assault – lineup update

June 12th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

EDIT: Accidentally we have used an unauthorized photo in the last lineup update. So here is the new one. Sorry for all your lost comments. Thanks for understanding!

LINEUP UPDATE: We now bring you the final update for this year. This time we bring you some of the most interesting underground bands of their respective genres out there.

As their name implies, The Great Old Ones are heavily inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Like the sinister novels and stories of the horror icon, the music of these Frenchmen delves into the forbidden, dark, haunting and violent spheres of post-metal and ambient. Higher Power play brassy hardcore the British way while Phurpa will perform soul cleansing musical ritual of Bön tradition. Polish Furia has a very personal take on black metal including several style transgressions. Mercy Ties are touring with Birds in Row this year and present punk-rock gone schizo; a deformed approach that adds elements of math rock and grind to create something unsettling, unpredictable and distinctive. Norwegian avant-garde representatives Madder Mortem will travel through a wide array of musical landscapes and German black metal band ULTHA will show their own hybrid of Scandinavian and US-black metal, doom and dark wave melodies. The first Saturday slot will traditionally let you relax on the wave of cheerful goregrind this time executed by Polish Nuclear Vomit while the tradition of the last slot of the fest draining you of the last bits of energy by gloomy funeral doom will be upheld by French MONOLITHE. We have for you Soen, a super-group project of former Opeth, Amon Amarth and Willowtree members with contribution of Steve DiGiorgio. Expect melodic, heavy, intricate and very unique blend of progressive metal. Last but not least, awesome Italian symphonic death metal FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE is coming back after 3 years.


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Brutal Assault : BA STAGES NEWS!

June 12th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

We are stoked to say we have started to work with Sea Shepherd Global, a non-profit, marine conservation organization. So please welcome Sea Shepherd main stage at Brutal Assault 2017! Another big news is coming from our 3rd stage. This year we will bring there a LED screen. From now on, Brutal Assault have 3 stages with professional LED screens!


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PRONG Returning With ‘Zero Days’ In July

June 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

After a self-prescribed hiatus, 2012 saw PRONG blow the hinges off the door with the release of “Carved Into Stone”. Seemingly out of nowhere, Tommy Victor and company managed to combine all the previous elements of the band’s formula: thrash, hardcore, industrial metal, etc. with a new urgency and angst that struck a deep nerve with the band’s loyal fan-base and beyond.

The band marched onwards with 2014’s highly acclaimed “Ruining Lives” which spawned a number of instant classics. “Turnover”, “The Barriers” and the title track became staples in their live set when embarking on a bone breaking schedule of concerts around the world in support of the record. A video for “Remove, Separate Self” was released creating even more interest in this significant recording.

Recorded over the summer of 2014 and released in early 2015, PRONG’s cover album
“Songs From The Black Hole”was loved by fans and critics alike. Always game to make the unexpected move, the album featured songs from artists as diverse as Hu¨sker Du¨, The Bad Brains, Black Flag, The Sisters Of Mercy and Neil Young.

After yet another headline tour, it was straight back to the studio for another studio album. Just days after mixing was completed, PRONG went on the road with Danzig and SuperJoint Ritual in North America and released the first single “Ultimate Authority” on the day the tour began.

The album that followed, “X – No Absolutes”, was once again PRONG at their very best. The sheer intensity and ferocity of the albums opening triumvirate “Ultimate Authority”, “Sense Of Ease” and “Without Words” left the listener gasping for air. The album was once again followed by a massive world wide touring campaign, this time as special guest to Obituary and Exodus in Europe and to Testament and Sepultura in North America.

In between tours, Tommy Victor managed to write and record yet another album, his fourth album of all new works and his sixth recording project in as little as five years. Describing him as being at his most prolific is an understatement.

The new PRONG-Album “ZERO DAYS” is another monster of an album, another step towards refining the perfect PRONG-Sound and another album that lacks any filler or lacklustre moment.

Musically, it hits home from the first bars of the mighty opener “However It May End” to the last bars of the albums closing track “Wasting Of The Dawn”. Every track is it’s own emotional roller-coaster ride, chock-full of massive riffage, ironclad grooves and topped off by Victor’s ever-improving vocal delivery.

“ZERO DAYS” was once again produced by Tommy Victor, with trusted collaborator Chris Collier as co-producer and engineer.

Tommy Victor talks about “ZERO DAYS”:

“I must say a lot of effort was put into this new “Zero Days” recording. From the minute I would get off tour, I would consolidate ideas from the road and form new ones. Again the focus was on creating good songs. We wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases. Again and maybe even more than normally I went crazy meticulous with the lyrics. I had built up a lot to say and I wanted to articulate them in the most intelligent way possible.I firmly believe the mission was accomplished all around.
We are really pleased with the performances on this record, as well. It’s a solid outing. We have the anthems, the bangers, the thrashers, the grooves, everything that makes up a PRONG record. It’s definitely a record to listen to start to finish!!”
“Zero Days” will be released on July 28th, 2017 through Steamhammer/SPV as CD digipak, 2 LP gatefold, download and stream.

Tracklisting Digi:

01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
04. Divide and Conquer 3:16
05. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
06. Interbeing 3:50
07. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
08. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
09. The Whispers 3:19
10. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
11. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
12. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
13. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39
14. Reasons to Be Fearful 3:31 (bonus track)

Tracklisting 2LP:

Side 1
01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
Side 2
01. Divide and Conquer 3:16
02. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
03. Interbeing 3:50
Side 3
01. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
02. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
03. The Whispers 3:19
Side 4
01. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
02. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
03. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
04. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39


01. However It May End 3:36
02. Zero Days 3:35
03. Off the Grid 3:18
04. Divide and Conquer 3:16
05. Forced Into Tolerance 3:16
06. Interbeing 3:50
07. Blood Out of Stone 4:12
08. Operation of the Moral Law 3:30
09. The Whispers 3:19
10. Self Righteous Indignation 4:13
11. Rulers of the Collective 3:01
12. Compulsive Future Projection 3:10
13. Wasting of the Dawn 4:39

Prong European Tour 2017

16.06.B-Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
18.06.F-Clisson – Hellfest
13.07.D-Hamburg – Hafenklang
14.07.D-Münster – Sputnikhalle
15.07.NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo Metal Fest
18.07.GB-Glasgow – Audio
19.07.GB-Belfast – Voodoo
20.07.IE-Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
21.07.GB-Manchester – Rebellion
22.07.GB-London – Underworld
26.07.D-Munich – Free&Easy Festival
27.07.D-Stuttgart – Keller Klub
28.07.D-Weinheim – Cafe Central
29.07.D-Essen – Nord Open Air
30.07.D-Siegen – Vortex
02.08.D-Potsdam – Waschhaus
03.08.PL-Kostrzyn – Woodstock Open Air
04.08.D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air
05.08.D-Veltheim – Festival Kult
06.08.D-Cologne – Rheinriot
09.08.D-Regensburg – Eventhall Airport
10.08.A-Graz – Explosiv
11.08.A-Vienna – Viper Room
12.08.CZ-Josefov – Brutal Assault Festival
25.08.D-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival


Tommy Victor – guitar, vocals
Mike Longworth – bass
Art Cruz – drums

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ORDEN OGAN: Fields Of Sorrow lyric video released!

June 9th, 2017
by EvilG

Orden Ogan

Orden Ogan

German power metal masters ORDEN OGAN proudly present the second single off their upcoming album „Gunmen“ (out July 7th): “Fields Of Sorrow” is one of the ten stunning, epic, melodic tracks featured on the new release, which also offers a guest appearance of former Leaves’ Eyes/Theatre Of Tragedy vocalist Liv Kristine on the song “Come with Me To The Other Side”.

Band leader Seeb Levermann: „Fields of Sorrow” is a special song for us in many ways: besides the (virtual) title track “Gunman, it is the only song in Orden Ogan’s history which I wrote together with our guitarist Tobi. Also, “Fields Of Sorrow” is quite likely the most melancholic song we’ve ever recorded. Lyrically we enter a kind of „Dark Fantasy/Wild West/Civil War“ world, telling the story of a man who loses the love of his life on the battlefield and has to bury her right there – while the Civil War is still raging on. The lyrics show his dark, heartbreaking thoughts in these minutes, a sad but realistic picture of human existence. With its epic-melancholic chorus, modern grooves, heavy riffs and orchestral arrangements, “Fields Of Sorrow” features all of Orden Ogan’s trademarks.”

“Gunmen” will be released on July 7th, available as CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. “Live At Wacken 2016” bonus DVD), ltd. colored Vinyl (red and silver), ltd. Picture Vinyl and ltd. “coffin” box set (incl. ltd. Digipak, a figure of the band mascot “Alister Vale” (ca. 15 cm tall) and more).

The album was once again produced by the band’s guitarist/vocalist Seeb Levermann, who just recently had also handled mixing & mastering duties for Rhapsody Of Fire’s latest release, “Legendary Years”.

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Extreme Metal Originators VENOM INC. Return with New Full-Length Album, “Avé”

June 9th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Out August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast

“Blood Stained Earth” Headline Tour with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence Begins September 1 – Meet & Greet Packages Available!

Regardless of your take on black metal forefathers Venom, they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray have returned with a monster of an album.

After months of anticipation, VENOM INC. will release their upcoming full-length opus, entitled Avé, on August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders for the new album are available now at:

VENOM INC. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015’s Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The on-stage reunion was a rousing success amongst Venom fans and music industry personnel alike, and although it was originally only set up for fun, Dolan began receiving numerous show offers for VENOM INC. from booking agents around the world. What started as a live set to celebrate Venom’s legacy immediately turned into a serious reunion discussion. The rest is history.

While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true Venom fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists. Vocalist/bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan says, “We tried to shape Avé so that it comes at you dark, then it gets bright and heavy and just keeps growing into some kind of monster.”

Avé track listing:
01. Ave Satanas
02. Forged In Hell
03. Metal We Bleed
04. Dein Fleisch
05. Blood Stained
06. Time To Die
07. The Evil Dead
08. Preacher Man
09. War
10. I Kneel To No God
11. Black N Roll

Going in to writing Avé, VENOM INC. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for VENOM INC. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the Venom catalogue and think, “We have to write another ‘Black Metal’ or another ‘Schizo’…” The focus is on VENOM INC. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now.

Dolan adds, “Expect 100% pure, honest, solid, hard, dark, thought-provoking metal… like it was, is and forever shall be. Classic old-school, but with the ferocity and energy that we display in our live show. We are proud of this album and our new home at Nuclear Blast, as well as our whole team – management, PR, agents, sponsors and most of all, YOU. Thank you! See you somewhere on this Blood Stained Earth!”

VENOM INC. will kick off their upcoming Blood Stained Earth headline tour, featuring support from Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence, on September 1. Tickets for each date of the Blood Stained Earth tour are on sale today, at 10:00AM local time, at the links below.

Exclusive VENOM INC. meet & greet packages are available with limited availability – for details please visit:

In addition to the tour, VENOM INC. are set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including stops at MetalDays Festival, Heavy Metal Cauldron and others. The band will perform classic Venom sets and new tracks. See below for all current performance dates:

VENOM INC. Summer Dates:
7/24 – Sotocje, Slovenia @ MetalDays Festival
7/29 – Thiesi, Sardinia, Italy @ Bardaneris
8/5 – Lyon, France @ Sylak Open Air

VENOM INC.’s Blood Stained Earth Tour w/ Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence:
**Click each VENUE for tickets
9/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
9/2 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
9/3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9/4 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
9/5 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/6 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos – NEW DATE!
9/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
9/9 – Cave In Rock, IL @ Full Terror Metal Fest
9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
9/13 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
9/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
9/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
9/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
9/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
9/20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
9/22 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
9/24 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
9/25 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
9/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB
9/28 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
9/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
9/30 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
10/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

VENOM INC. Fall Festival Dates:
10/27 – Helsinki, Finland @ Heavy Metal Cauldron

Jeff “Mantas” Dunn | guitars
Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony “Abaddon” Bray | drums

VENOM INC. online:

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Chris Holmes Launches New Video ; Adds New Tour Dates

June 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Today, the legendary ex-WASP guitarist Chris Holmes has launched a brand new video for the song “TFMF”.

The video can be seen at this location :

“TFMF” is taken from his solo album “Shitting Bricks”.

In addition, 6 more dates have been added to the “BE SOMEBODY” European tour from his band Chris Holmes’ MEAN MAN !

Chris Holmes’ MEAN MAN toured Europe last year and with returning it will be even bigger and better ! Chris Holmes’ Mean Man play no less than seven W.A.S.P classics in their set to include a crowd invitation to three members of the audience to come and join in on “ I Wanna Be Somebody”, promising for a very memorable night. Free, Meet and Greets are organised at the end of each gig at the merch booth !

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