RAGE Break Up?

February 6th, 2015
by EvilG

An update to the below info was released shortly thereafter. Please read that here.

“Dear friends,
after 15 fantastic years, 10 records and countless live shows with RAGE, I have decided to focus myself on other musical challenges. I really want to thank all RAGE fans, who supported me all those years.

In the future I will concentrate on the new LMO CD. The orchestra project I founded and formed in 2013 will continue with the same lineup, just without Peavy. New musicians, giving this creative band new input, but also a new name will be revealed soon. Composing and producing the last record was so much fun to me and I want to thank everyone who supported me doing this. With all the experience from the shows with LMO, I’m quite sure the new album will be even more exciting.
Expect the unexpected!”

Victor , February 2015

“Hi Rageheads,
After thinking it over carefully, Peavy and Victor decided to stop working together in the future. This is due to musical and personal changes. We have developed in different directions in the last years that much, that we cannot identify with the current band situation anymore. In this situation we will also part from drummer André Hilgers. The last 15 years were blessed with many Highlights and great releases but this era is over now. Every extension would be untrue to ourselves and to our fans.

We wish each other all the best!
Thanx to all the fans for your trust and support!”
Peavy & Victor, Feb 2015

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BEHEMOTH – Interview With Adam “Nergal” Darski

February 6th, 2015
by Peter Atkinson

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Interview with guitarist/vocalist Adam “Nergal” Darski

By Peter Atkinson

Photos from https://www.facebook.com/behemoth https://www.facebook.com/officialnergal; and Metal Blade Records

The night of a show, first few dates of the tour phone interview: these things are almost always a challenge. They inevitably run late or are rushed, usually both, as they get squeezed in between meet-and-greets, sound check, dinner or there is some travel delay, equipment hassle, dodgy phone signal, personal crisis or illness to contend with. And that’s if they happen at all.

Too often, they end up having to be rescheduled. Sometimes more than once. I remember a week’s worth of phone calls and text messages through five cities in the U.S. and Canada before finally hooking up with Satyricon drummer Frost in 2009. Good times.

And that’s where it looked like things might be headed when I rang Behemoth’s tour manager for my appointed time with frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski prior to the band’s show in Austin, Texas, the third date of a five-plus-week North American trek with Cannibal Corpse – and got voicemail.

Fortunately, when I called back 10 minutes later, there was an answer. But, alas, not only would the interview need to be pushed back a half-hour because a meet-and-greet was running long, I was asked to keep it to 20 minutes because Darski already was experiencing trouble with his voice – which perhaps is no wonder. Behemoth – rounded out by bassist Tomasz “Orion” Wróblewski, drummer Zbigniew Robert “Inferno” Promiñski and guitarist Patryk “Seth” Sztyber — had traveled from their native Poland to Miami, spent four days at sea as part of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and then got right on the bus the kick off the tour with Cannibal in New Orleans.

Still, 20 minutes is certainly better than none, and even in a hurried conversation, we managed to cover quite a bit of ground – albeit not in much depth – from the 70,000 Tons of Metal trek and start of the current tour to the imminent English-language release of Darski’s own book “Confessions Of A Heretic: The Sacred And Profane, Behemoth And Beyond,” and the “definitive Behemoth biography” – as it’s being advertised – “Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors” by Łukasz Dunaj.

Darski also addressed his health, how his triumphant battle with leukemia in 2010-11 has changed the way he looks at life and what that might mean for Behemoth in the future, once the lengthy crusade on behalf of last year’s masterwork, The Satanist, comes to an end some time in 2016, when the band will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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Prepare for a new documentary – British Black Metal: The Extreme Underground

February 4th, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The British black metal scene is currently bursting and exciting; many would claim. The British black metal scene is currently bursting and exciting; Andy Horry from Leeds sets out to prove. To capture the essence of what makes the UK’s bleak landscape so special at this moment in time, the young film maker’s project, entitled British Black Metal: The Extreme Underground encompasses the best and the biggest of the nation’s thriving scene, including the glorious Winterfylleth, Northern folklore masters Old Corpse Road, and the war torn Eastern Front. With the film still in the making, I had a few words with Andy Horry about just why this documentary needs to be made, and why it deserves your pledging support.

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“The idea for the documentary actually came up in conversation with my former band, “Slaughter Throne”. Andy tells me. “I’d made a few vlogs for the band that had a documentary feel to them and because of all the bands that were around in the UK, and especially Yorkshire it seemed like it would be a good idea to cover what is out there right now.”

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Morbid Angel with support on 20th Anniversary Of Covenant European Tour 2014, Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

February 4th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall


Morbid Angel: 20th Anniversary Of Covenant European Tour 2014

Necrovation – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
18/12 – 2014

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall


Morbid Angel is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their COVENANT album by playing the entire record from beginning to end at each show. Well actually it was 21 years ago the album came but who’s counting? I had been looking forward to seeing the show for quite a while and my expectations were set really high.

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THAT METAL SHOW Returns With Season 14

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Kicking off what’s guaranteed to be the best season of “That Metal Show” yet, Rush’s Geddy Lee has been confirmed for the debut episode of VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming. He will be making his second appearance on the acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine. Geddy Lee returns to the show to promote the highly anticipated Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour that will kick off this summer. The tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America and tickets are currently on-sale for select markets. The episode will premiere on Saturday, February 21st at a new broadcast time of 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT the same evening.

“Back when ‘TMS’was first born Geddy & Alex were nice enough to fly to New York and be a guest in our very first season. I’ve always had a great relationship with the Rush guys and it meant so much to me they were willing to support something I was doing that at that point hardly anyone had seen or heard of,” states host/co-producer Eddie Trunk.  “Amazingly almost seven years have passed and we’re now about to debut our 14th season of ‘That Metal Show’ and I couldn’t be more honored to welcome back Geddy to the set to celebrate 40 plus years of Rush and the return of TMS!”

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” the Season 14 premiere will continue the trend with John Petrucci of Dream Theater making his first-ever appearance on the debut episode. The 7-string guitar virtuoso has been someone the show has hoped to have on for some time now. Dream Theater is currently working on their new album, which they hope will be out later this year.

Season 14 of “That Metal Show” will consist of 12 all-new episodes and will be shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/. Upcoming guests will be announced in the near future.

Season 14 will also mark the return of some notable segments including “Metal Modem,” “TMS Top 5” “Rank”, and “Take It Or Leave It.” The popular “Stump The Trunk” segment will also be returning as audience members go out of their way to test Eddie Trunk’s vast knowledge for a chance to win a prize and see everyone’s favorite Ms. Box Of Junk, Jennifer, who is also returning for the new season. Fans can watch previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television.  The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots,Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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KISKE / SOMERVILLE “City of Heroes” to be released worldwide in April on Frontiers

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the anticipated new album from KISKE / SOMERVILLE entitled “City of Heroes” on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America.

KISKE / SOMERVILLE is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) and this new recording is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the season in Rock music. Kiske’s soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda’s voice and this time the results are truly over the top.

This brilliant new album sees Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution “Breaking Neptune” from Sander Gommans formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, Doro etc.) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none.

The first KISKE / SOMERVILLE self-titled album instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. The two videos off the album -“If I Had a Wish” and “Silence” – amassed a total of approximately 3,000,000 plays to date, which means that these songs can legitimately be considered as nowadays Rock classics!

Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, Michigan whose catalogue of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera “AINA,” and has also been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and / or vocal coach for many bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA and KAMELOT, giving her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and many others.

Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German Metal Gods Helloween. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Place Vendome and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band Unisonic, together with his former Helloween bandmate Kai Hansen and began touring again after 17 years.

“City of Heroes” will be released in CD, Deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and 2Lp vinyl gatefold sleeve. Tracklisting includes: City of Heroes; Walk on Water; Rising Up; Salvation; Lights Out; Breaking Neptune; Ocean of Tears; Open Your Eyes; Last Goodbye; After The Night Is Over; Run With a Dream; Right Now.

DVD includes: City of Heroes (video); Walk on Water (video); “Making of” documentary

An album trailer can be enjoyed following this link: http://youtu.be/8szKlcp3VP8

Lead & Backing Vocals by Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass & Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova

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LA WEEKLY Premieres ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads’ All-Star Tribute Cover of “Mr. Crowley”

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

UDR Music will release Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute and its accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) on March 3, 2015. This highly-anticipated compilation of cover tracks – which feature an incredible gathering of renowned heavy metal and hard rock musicians – honors Randy Rhoads, who will forever be revered as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute includes a searing cover of the heavy-hitting Ozzy Osbourne track “Mr. Crowley”, which features a line-up of all-star performers: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Kelle Rhoads (brother of Randy Rhoads), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio). Today, LA Weekly is hosting the official worldwide premiere of “Mr. Crowley”. Listen and read here: http://www.laweekly.com/music/hear-a-track-from-new-randy-rhoads-tribute-album-premiere-5368967

This is just another sample of what can be heard on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs. The songs are performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, and more great musicians aside from those mentioned above, such as Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Tim “Ripper” Owens, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others. The album was produced by Grammy-award winning guitarist/producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be available in double vinyl gatefold, digipack and digital formats. In the digipack version, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will contain a bonus DVD along with the album, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA, set up by the Rhoads family.


Full track listing with performers:

1. Crazy Train
Vocals: Serj Tankian
Gtrs:  Tom Morello
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Vinny Appice

2. Over the Mountain
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Jon Donais
Bass:  Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

3. Mr Crowley
Vocals: Chuck Billy
Gtrs:  Alexi Laiho
Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads
Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

4. Believer
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Doug Aldrich
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

5. Back To The Coast (Quiet Riot)
Vocals: Kelle Rhoads
Gtrs:  Bruce Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

6. I Don’t Know
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: George Lynch
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

7. S A T 0
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick
Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

8. Killer Girls (Quiet Riot)
Vocals:  Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

9. Goodbye to Romance
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Gus G.
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

10. Suicide Solution
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Brad Gillis
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Bernie Torme
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Brett Chassen

A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.

For more information on this release, please visit http://udr-music.com/index.php/randyrhoads-info.

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February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Periphery, the DC-based prog/metal outfit whose decision to release two albums simultaneously was called “the group’s most ambitious project yet” by Rolling Stone, have been rewarded with two entries on the Billboard Top 200: Juggernaut: Alpha (#15) and Juggernaut: Omega (#16).

“Today marks a monumental moment in Sumerian and Periphery history,” said Sumerian Records’ Founder/CEO Ash Avildsen. “We’re incredibly proud of the progressive approach we took to releasing this body of music from such a progressive group of artists. I couldn’t be more elated about the synergy between Sumerian, Outerloop and Periphery in successfully executing the release of Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega. The band has a true cult following that appreciates their art and they just proved to the world that the Peripherals are only continuing to grow beyond boundaries. “

The two new albums, which have received four-star reviews worldwide, also landed at #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart.

Periphery drummer Matt Halpern added, “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of positivity and excitement we’re seeing and receiving for the Juggernaut releases.  As a band and as individuals we poured our hearts and souls into these releases, so to have this type of response is truly special.  Thank you to those who have taken part in the Juggernaut experience so far… We can’t wait to play these songs live for you!”

Periphery is in the midst of a North American tour, playing St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit this evening.  The band wraps up the first leg of North American dates on Feb. 14 before launching a lengthy European tour on Feb. 26 in Belarus.  Periphery has confirmed performances at several festivals including Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range.

February 4     Detroit, MI     St. Andrew’s Hall
February 6     Toronto, ON     Opera House
February 7     Montreal, QC     Corona Theatre
February 8     Albany, NY     Upstate Concert Hall
February 9     Rochester, NY     Water Street Music Hall
February 11     Boston, MA     Paradise Rock Club
February 12     New York, NY     Irving Plaza
February 13     Silver Spring, MD     The Fillmore
February 14     Philadelphia, PA     District N9ne
February 26    Minsk, Belarus     Republic
February 27     St. Petersburg, Russia     Zal Ozhidaniya
February 28     Moscow, Russia     Volta

March 2     Novosibirsk, Russia     Rock City
March 3     Yekaterinburg, Russia     Tele-Club
March 5     Paris, France    La Cigale
March 6     Karlsruhe, Germany     Substage
March 7     Pratteln, Switzerland     Z7
March 8     Milan, Italy     Live Club
March 10     Munich, Germany     Backstage Werk
March 11     Vienna, Austria     Arena
March 12     Budapest, Hungary     Barba Negra
March 13     Bratislava, Slovakia     Majestic
March 14     Prague, Czech Republic     Roxy
March 16     Warsaw, Poland     Stodola
March 17     Hamburg, Germany     Gruenspan
March 18     Aarhus, Denmark      Voxhall
March 19     Oslo, Norway     Rockefeller
March 21     Seinajoki, Finland     Rytmikorjamo
March 22     Helsinki, Finland     The Circus
March 24     Stockholm, Sweden     Debaser Medis
March 25     Copenhagen, Denmark     Amager Bio
March 26     Bochum, Germany     Matrix
March 27     Eindhoven, Netherlands     Effenaar
March 29     Bristol, UK     O2 Academy Bristol
March 30     Glasgow, UK     O2 ABC
March 31     Manchester, UK     Manchester Academy

April 1     London, UK   O2 Academy Islington
April 25 – 26     Jacksonville, FL     Welcome to Rockville Festival

May 2     Charlotte, NC     Carolina Rebellion
May 15 -17     Columbus, OH     Rock on the Range

July 16 – 18     Viveiro, Spain     Resurrection Fest

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ANTHRAX Studio Update

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Nominated for the sixth time* at this weekend’s Grammy Awards, ANTHRAX has just released a new video clip from the band’s recent recording sessions.  Check out “Anthrax Studio Update:  Rhythm Tracks”

Anthrax – Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian/guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais – will continue to record over the next several weeks, working with producer Jay Ruston.  The new album, the follow up to their 2011 critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “Worship Music,” will be released later this summer (Megaforce Records).

*Best Metal Performance for their Black Sabbath cover of “Neon Knights,” from the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album.

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IN FLAMES Announce Spring Tour

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


In Flames weren’t kidding when they said they were making North America their priority market for 2015. The band has just announced a fresh batch of headline dates for Spring 2015, starting in late April and running through May.

For much of this second leg of 2015 dates, the band will perform with All That Remains and Periphery. The trek is coinciding with In Flames’ festival appearances at Welcome to Rockville (April 26), Carolina Rebellion (May 3), Rise Above Fest (May 9), Rock on the Range (May 16), Rocklahoma (May 23) and River City Rockfest (May 24).

In Flames will also serve as direct support for Five Finger Death Punch, who are a frequent European festival-mate, for a special show in Louisiana (April 30), making for a night of hard rock that Southern fans will not want to miss.

Also, “Paralyzed,” the new single from last year’s Siren Charms, is currently at radio and steadily gaining momentum, garnering airplay at SiriusXM’s Octane, WJJO/Madison, WIIL/Chicago and KHTQ/Spokane.

In Flames are set to embark on a Winter 2015 headline run, with All That Remains as direct support and Wovenwar in tow later this month, as well.

“It feels absolutely fantastic to be going back on the road, and to the U.S.,” said singer Anders Friden. “We’ve been working on radio with our new single ‘Paralyzed’ and it’s going to be great to perform that song, along with the rest of our set.”

Tickets for the new Spring 2015 headline dates will go on sale on Friday, February 6 at 10AM local time. Go here for ticket updates and information.


April 26    Jacksonville, Fla. | Welcome to Rockville
April 27    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. | Culture Room*
April 28    Tampa, Fla. | The Ritz Ybor*
April 30    Shreveport, La. | Shreveport Municipal Auditorium**
May 1       Sauget, Ill. | Pop’s Nightclub***
May 2       Nashville, Tenn. | Marathon Music Works***
May 3       Concord, N.C. | Carolina Rebellion
May 4       Richmond, Va. | The National*
May 6       Patchogue, N.Y. | The Emporium*
May 7       Sayreville, N.J. | Starland Ballroom*
May 8       Hartford, Conn. | Webster Theater*
May 9       Bangor, Maine | Rise Above Fest
May 10     Clifton Park, N.Y. | Upstate Concert Hall***
May 12     Quebec City, QC | Imperial*
May 13     London, ON | London Music Hall*
May 14     Pittsburgh, Pa. | Stage AE*
May 15     Buffalo, N.Y. | The Town Ballroom*
May 16     Columbus, Ohio | Rock on the Range
May 18     Reading, Pa. | Reverb***
May 20     Ft. Wayne, Ind. | Yolo Event Center*
May 21     Joliet, Ill. | Mojoes*
May 22     Des Moines, Iowa | Wooly’s*
May 23     Pryor, Okla. | Rocklahoma
May 24     San Antonio, Texas | River City Rockfest

*With All That Remains + Periphery
** Supporting Five Finger Death Punch
***With All That Remains + TBD


February 20           Agoura Hills, Calif. |The Canyon
February 21           Tucson, Ariz. | Rialto Theatre
February 22           Las Vegas, Nev. | House of Blues
February 23           San Diego, Calif. | House of Blues
February 25           Salt Lake City, Utah | The Complex
February 27           Santa Cruz, Calif. | The Catalyst
February 28           Chico, Calif. | Senator Theatre
March 1                 Sacramento, Calif. | Ace of Spades
March 3                 Missoula, Mont. | The Wilma Theatre
March 4                 Spokane, Wash. | Knitting Factory Concert House
March 5                 Boise, Id. | Knitting Factory Concert House
March 6                 Portland, Ore. | Roseland Theater
March 7                 Seattle, Wash. | Showbox SODO
March 9                Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theater
March 10              Kelowna, BC | Level Nightclub
March 12              Edmonton, AB | Encore
March 13              Calgary, AB | Flames Central
March 14              Saskatoon, SK | O’Brians Event Centre
March 15              Winnipeg, MB | The Garrick Centre
March 16              Bismarck, N.D. | Bismarck Civic Center
March 18              Milwaukee, Wis. | The Rave

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LORD Offer ‘Drinkers Pack’ To Fans

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

LORD Utility Drinkers Pack
Hi LORD fans!

A quick email to let you all know that we have just released a very special bundle pack for the drinking enthusiasts out there.

Limited to 100 units, this pack includes an exclusive LORD hip flask (250ml/8.5 oz) and bottle opener carrying the LORD symbol.

The hip flask is limited to 100 units only and will not be made available again. Each flask is engraved with its own unique number. Numbers will be sold in ascending fashion from date of order.

As always, all LORD orders include a bonus Aussie rock/metal CD.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/LORDdrinkerspack


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CHIP Z’NUFF Releases Video For “Rockstar”

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Chip Z’nuff released a video for “Rockstar” on YouTube as his for solo album, STRANGE TIME, drops via Deadline Music.  The video is a scenery-filled, dreamy trip around Amsterdam.

The 10-track record marks a departure from the trademark Enuff Z’nuff trip-pop sound, with heavier guitars and more psychedelic elements.  In addition to special guest appearances, the album includes a bonus 5-track EP collaboration with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses).

Having played bass for both Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Adler (Adler’s Appetite), Z’nuff knew they’d contribute something truly unique (Z’nuff calls Adler’s drumming “incendiary”). Home state  legend Robin Zander lends his pipes to “All Day and All of the Night.”  Geezer Butler’s son, Biff, sings on “Rockstar.”

~ all songs written by Chip Z’nuff except where noted ~
Strange Time  (written by Chip Z’nuff and Trent Reznor)
Still Love Your Face (written by Chip Z’nuff and Wendel Rey)
F..Mary..Kill (written by Chip Z’nuff, Howard Stern, and Steve Miller)
Anna Nichole (written by Chip Z’nuff and Syklopps)
Strike Three
Hello To The Drugs
All Day And All Of The Night –  featuring Robin Zander & Steven Adler (written by Ray Davies)
My Town
Yesterday (Another Wasted Day)
The Game
Tonight We Met (And Now We’re Going To Fuck) –  featuring Slash & Dale Bozzio
The Pain Is All On You (written by Chip Z’nuff, Steven Adler, Paul McCartney)

Enuff Z’nuff has a west coast run in February.

Feb. 19           Vamp’d           Las Vegas
Feb. 20           Whisky-a-Go Go        Los Angeles
Feb. 21           Fulton 55       Fresno
Feb. 22           The Boardwalk          Sacramento
Feb. 24           El Corazon      Seattle
Feb. 25           Tonic Lounge             Portland
Feb. 27           RockBar Theater       San Jose
Feb. 28           TBA

STRANGE TIME is now available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/n3mlwje) and Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/ohduxhy).

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

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FURYON Release Their Second Album

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

UK rockers FURYON will release their second album, ‘Lost Salvation,’ on February 23, via Dream Records in the UK and EUROPE.

What is to be expected is more explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form, plus expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to.
A possibly darker album, but still with progressive elements and a grungy edge.

US/CANADA/JAPAN release dates to follow.

‘Lost Salvation’ was recorded in Atlanta, US, and Brighton, UK, and mixed and produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) & Ken ëGLí Lanyon.
The album artwork was designed by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art & Design (Textures, Pentagram, Bloodbath, etc.).
Video for the first single ‘These Four Walls’ here: http://youtu.be/TbLwSS4BkWI
Confirmed ‘Lost Salvation’ track listing:

01. All That I Have
02. Lost Salvation
03. These Four Walls (official video)
04. Scapegoat
05. Resurrect Me
06. Left It With The Gods
07. Good Sky
08. Dematerialize
09. What You Need
10. Wiseman

Singer Matt Mitchell also explained the stories behind several of the album’s standout tracks:
‘These Four Walls’ (first single)

“A view from ones mind. An almost trapped inside feeling. A view looking out from the room within where life long stories are written on the walls. ”

‘All That I Have’

“A tale of a person who has been living in a destructive relationship. Knowing they should leave but not wanting to. Eventually taking the plunge an leaving but sacrificing everything but a few personal items.”


“A song with a look at life beyond the life we know. Feeling there is more to life and the possibilities of afterlife. Having faith and or spiritual view. Also society’s blind faith.”

‘Lost Salvation’

“Relationship between a band and the music business and also the relationships between one another within the band of people, forging their way through these corridors.
Feeling they may have lost their hope and given their all, but still holding on with that glimmer of love.”
First reviews:

Furyon have come along way since ‘Gravitas,’ ‘Lost Salvation’ is not only remarkable, it’s herculean! I hope ‘Lost Salvation’ sees the band reach the zenith they so richly deserve! Score: 9.5/10 (The Metal Gods Meltdown)

Is all killer & no filler. This is already a contender for album of the year. If this record isn’t the making of FURYON then there is some sort of conspiracy theory in place. I heartily recommend seeing this band live. Ratings 9/10 (My Global Mind)

Verdict time now and I had a feeling that I would enjoy this new album from FURYON and my feeling was right as itís just as good as their amazing debut if not better!
Highly recommended if you like Hard Rock and Melodic Heavy Metal music. Almost perfect: 9/10 (Metal Temple)

This new track is a monstrous modern melodic heavy rock stuff that features a massive riffing and Matt Mitchell’s superb vocal performances.
For sure, this is a great appetizer of what is to expect from FURYON’s brand new work. Well done. Rating : 8.5/10 (Heavy Paradise)

FURYON have confirmed dates for a UK headlining tour in March 2015, in support of their second album release ‘Lost Salvation’.

The dates are as follows:

March 20 – The Square, Harlow, UK
March 22 – The Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
March 24 – The Audio, Glasgow, UK
March 29 – The Barfly, London, UK
March 30 – Bannerman’s Live, Edinburgh, UK
April 4th –   Rebellion Manchester, UK

more dates t.b.a.

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Hellfest 2015 preview

February 3rd, 2015
by EvilG
Hellfest 2015 poster

Hellfest 2015 poster

Pretty sure the usual custom is that the birthday boy or girl gets the presents, and yet for its tenth edition Hellfest has basically done up 2015 with a massive bow. Returning to the picturesque surroundings of Clisson in France, the fantastically diverse European beast is celebrating entering double figures with another mammoth line-up.

At this point we probably should point out that the 2015 edition is completely sold out – weekend passes, day tickets… it’s all gone man. The three-day tickets went in less than a month in fact. So if you’ve got a ticket… rejoice! If not, well why not check out what you could have won…

Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Venom, Motorhead, Scorpions, Korn, Faith No More, Arch Enemy, Shining, Meshuggah, Mastodon, ZZ Top, Slash… and no, those aren’t all headliners. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zero Down – Interview with Lenny Burnett

February 3rd, 2015
by Metal Rules

Zero Down – Interview with Lenny Burnett

Interview by Waspman

Zero Down

Zero Down

Zero Down are a classic heavy metal band from Seattle, and we at Metal Rules have been big supporters of theirs since reviewing their demo way back in 2004. 2014 saw the release of the band’s fourth album, the thunderously awesome NO LIMIT TO THE EVIL, so now’s a great time for a chat with the band’s co-lead guitarist and song writer, Lenny Burnett.

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