As I said in my letter to you asking to vote which genres to do, it’s been bugging me forever that I’ve got this interview archive of all these interviews I’ve done that will never wind up in any of my books, and thus likely never see the light of day… unless I made books out of them, of course!
And voters, thank you for all the input and picking a few or even saying you would take them all. It’s possibly these only go so far as these respondents.
Again, very important: if you have a pile of my books, don’t worry about overlap—this is material I haven’t used in my books, with minor exceptions. Don’t ask about thrash bands not in here for example (books coming), or NWOBHM bands or Thin Lizzy or Accept or Riot interviews. I don’t want to give you material you already have from me.
So as a way to unlock this material, I’m compiling the raw transcripts, in Q&A form, with a little background info and historical context to each chat, into book form. Popoff Archive – 1: Doom Metal, is the first one, given its popularity in the voting.
And listen, it’s a given 1: Doom Metal will be the first to sell out, as we work our way through the dozen planned, possibly with a box to put them all in, once I get the dozen out.
In this edition, we have the following. I’ve included an excerpt from my lead-in explanation for each.
Johan Edlund, Tiamat, November 1994 (excerpt)
This was an exciting and nail-biting time for Century Media, when things weren’t selling well, but they are bringing on a lot of groundbreaking artists. This was for the band’s Wildhoney album, which was quite admired around the office.
Mike Smail, Penance, December 6, 1994
My chat with drummer Mike Smail was in celebration of this Pittsburg band’s second album, 1994’s Parallel Corners, a doom classic, and dare I say, a bit of a blueprint record or cornerstone.
Lee Dorrian, Cathedral, September 7, 1995
So here’s another one, my first chat with Lee Dorrian, after getting totally into Cathedral (and Entombed), when both bands were an exciting new flavour for Sony back in ‘92, ‘93.
Pepper Keenan, Down, November 1995 (excerpt)
Unfortunately, this has to be called an excerpt of the original interview, which I’m sure was double or triple this, easy, but anyway, I thought it was of some value, because it’s about the first Down album.
Eric Wagner, Trouble, November 28, 1995
Of note, if some of these questions sound stupid, bear in mind, this is pre-Internet.
Aaron Stainthorpe, My Dying Bride, March 1996 (excerpt)
Here’s another one of these thankfully few “excerpts,” where I had to rescue as much as I could from the only place I could find a trace!
Mathias Lodmalm, Cemetary, March 12, 1996
Gonna play me some Cemetary right now, as I copy-edit this. I gotta say, this project is messing with my head a bit. All these forgotten relationships. All this whole life lived now 20 years ago that I have almost no memory of.
Pete Steele, Type O Negative, September 22, 1996
This was an interview for which Erin Smythe and the good folks at Attic Records, the Canadian partner of Roadrunner, had me down to the office to chat to Pete in person, under much more calm circumstances than at a show, and perhaps for both of us, less comfortable than the anonymity of a phoner. The occasion was the release of October Rust a month earlier, a record that all parties involved were hopeful would be a massive hit.
Lee Dorrian, Cathedral, October 2, 1996
Doom was pretty new as a juggernaut genre in ‘96, and Cathedral were essentially the leaders of it in the ‘90s, and doing the best job of striking at the heart of all the things we loved best about the Sabs. This chat was on the occasion of the band’s fourth album, Supernatural Birth Machine, which always fell short for me.
Messiah Marcolin, Memento Mori, 1997
This was a phoner, but again, greatest memories come with ever meeting these legends in person, which indeed happened when Tim and Mark put on one of our Brave Bashes in Cleveland featuring a reunited Candlemass.
Esa Holopainen, Amorphis, June 17, 1997
Me an’ our mag, Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles had a long history with Finland’s favourite doomsters gone prog, sorta like Opeth and for that matter, Katatonia and Anathema. All of us staffers got a lot out of the band, and enjoyed the change from the crude chording of doom classic Tales from the Thousand Lakes to the dark oak of the band as it’s existed, well, since 1996’s Elegy to this very day.
Jimmy Bower, Down, 1997 (excerpt)
God knows where this was or even what band was playing. I have a feeling it might have been an Eyehategod show at the Opera House, but it could have been a Down show or a Crowbar show. But there are some interesting things on the first Down album, which is a doom classic, or a classic of some sort, stoner or straight-up heavy metal.
Jeff Michael, In Ruins, November 13, 1998
At the time, it was refreshing getting some melodic US doom like this, especially out of Metal Blade. But the main thing I remember is the vision of poor Brian Ames, indentured graphic artist at Metal Blade, cranking out his infamous run of purple front covers, overworked near to the point of heart attack.
Ben Ward, Orange Goblin, January 14, 1999
I regret not really keeping up a relationship, interviewing these guys; that was likely a byproduct of thinking too much in book mode, that I was getting too old to start in with too many young bands, and to follow their lives through.
Leif Edling, Candlemass, August 11, 1999
This chat hails from the stoner rocking non-Messiah era, which couldn’t get much traction, given the intractable visual and vocal domination of the cloaked one, forever at odds with music-master Edling.
Pete Steele, Type O Negative, September 9, 1999
Always an amusing chat, Pete was, a gracious guy, famously self-deprecating.
Kirk Windstein, Crowbar, December 15, 1999
The occasion here was the writing of the label bio, for Spitfire Records, to be used with the band’s upcoming album, Equilibrium, issued March 7, 2000. When I do this with someone, we really hammer hard on the album at hand.
Sammy Duet, Crowbar, December 19, 1999
I totally loved Acid Bath, and even more so post-Acid Bath band Agents of Oblivion (no Sammy) and Dax Riggs so (also no Sammy), but alas, found Goatwhore just too nasty. Still, a Goatwhore show at the Opera House was the one time I got to meet the guy, so I’m glad for that.
Scott “Wino” Weinrich, Spirit Caravan, January 6th, 2000
I got into the warm, accessible doom vibes of Spirit Caravan more than any of Wino’s other legendary vibes, and so in late 2000, I figured it was as good an opportunity as any to finally talk to the guy. Great chat, and one I used, really, to propel myself further into his catalogue, which I did for a spell but then dropped off again.
Sami Lopakka, Sentenced, January 26, 2000
Just like Paradise Lost at about the same time, there was actually talk of Sentenced becoming “the next Metallica,” or at least a successful baby version of something resembling that success and career path.
Josh Silver, Type O Negative, March 3, 2000
I mentioned this elsewhere, but the hang with Josh took place at the now defunct Warehouse (soon to be condos), where Type O were playing a swell headline gig on that high-up stage. So laconic, so New York, so real.
Tommy Southard, Solace, April 17, 2000
Every once in a while, a new band would come along where the record was so good that, a) we wanted to get on the ground floor, and b) putting voice to name, making the acquaintance, was going to help you get even more into the record, and thereby just… you’ve made a new friend and you have an album you really want to play now, repeatedly. Such was the case with Solace’s first full length, Further, issued in 2000.
Bruce Franklin, Trouble, August 2000
This chat was on the occasion of the intriguing Supershine band that Bruce had formed with Doug Pinnick from King’s X. Obviously, I also took the opportunity to talk a bunch of Trouble too.
D. D. Verni, Bronx Casket Co., October 27, 2000
Good stuff—I’ve had a lot of time over the years for the cool branding of this band, the excellent production, and the straight-to-the-point accessibility (and camp) of the whole thing. In fact, I listened to it on my walk to work this fine summer morn. Nice idea.
Aaron Stainthorpe, My Dying Bride, May 20, 2001
Glad to meet the My Dying Bride boys, because as it turned out, they were not to become one of these bands that slammed through town with regularity, playing the Opera House like dozens and dozens of European acts started to do in the early 2000s, unabated. From here on in, it was pretty much phone interviews, as with this wide-ranging chat with the always substantive Aaron Stainthorpe.
Rex Brown, Down, January 30, 2002
Yes, the subject at hand is the new, relaxed and sludgy Down album, Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow, issued two months after we spoke. But really, figuring Pantera the band that saved metal in the ‘90s, I was itching to angle a few questions in there about Pantera.
Sami Lopakka, Sentenced, May 1, 2002
Sentenced? Well, Canadians and Finns shared many traits, including a somber world-view. Plus these guys drew a doomy link to the music our increasingly long-in-the-tooth—and increasingly comparatively conservative—staff could appreciate. And so we kept talking to them, right?
Petri Eskilinen, Rapture, January 30, 2003
Our good relationship with Century Media over at BW&BK meant that I’d often be more inclined to talk to newer, younger bands in their stable than others, especially if it was a cool doomy band like Rapture who fall within that melancholy Amorphis/Sentenced camp. Good stuff.
Eric Wagner, Trouble, April 4, 2003
This time with Eric, I wanted to keep adding to what I had to the story of the debut album, in case I ever got around to writing one of my Ye Olde Metal essays on it, either just for a short eBook or for including to a print book once I got up into the ‘80s on the series. As I type this, I’ve kind of shelved the idea of continuing into the ‘80s, so here ya go, some cool trivia on the early days of the band.
Rick Wartell, Trouble, April 7th, 2003
With this chat, it sounds like Rick thought a new album was imminent, even though we wouldn’t see Simple Mind Condition for another four years. As I dig in, I see the main reason for the interview was that it was in advance of the BW&BK fest we were putting on in Cleveland, and once the bands were picked—Trouble was the headliner—we shamelessly hyped them in the mag.
Anneke van Giersbergen, The Gathering, February 13, 2004
By the time we all debate whether The Gathering are doom or not—or were earlier but then became more gothic and barely metal—this interview will be over.
Sami Lopakka, Sentenced, April 28, 2005
Nice of Sami to call me on my 42nd birthday. Sadly, the occasion was to discuss what would be the loveable Finnish doom legends’ last record, The Funeral Album.
Leif Edling, Candlemass, May 1, 2005
Two days after this interview marked the release date of the much vaunted Candlemass record that featured Leif Edling and Messiah Marcolin reunited, sealing the deal with a cloak and dagger handshake of doom.
Ville Laihiala, Poisonblack, July 21, 2006
Poisonblack were essentially the successors to Sentenced, starring Ville Laihiala on lead vocals and guitar, first on this second album, after a hiatus and major lineup changes since 2003’s Escapexstacy. The record discussed here, Lust Stained Despair, was the first for this Sentenced-evoking configuration, after which there were to be four more albums, before a break-up in 2015.
Phil Cope, Witchfinder General, March, 2007
When I say trinity, past Witchfinder, the most important bands are of course Trouble and Candlemass, both represented in this book. Doom was a lonely place, actually, until the ‘90s, when it really became what the kids call “a thing.” In any event, I was thrilled to talk to the mysterious Phil Cope, who proved as enigmatic as I would have expected, but only a fraction as oblique as the still un-contacted Zeeb Parkes.
Leif Edling, Candlemass, June 12, 2007
At this point, we’re but a year away of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles ceasing as a print publication. As well, my output had gone way down, given added duties at Banger Films, which was to include the Rush movie, Metal Evolution and quite a bit later, Rock Icons. Speaking of rock icons, here’s Leif one more time…
Pepper Keenan, Down, September 14, 2007
Both his bands were killer, helping to make the climate for metal in the ‘90s bearable. Unfortunately, this chat took place when Hurricane Katrina was still causing bleeding, over two years after it hit landfall.
And so that’s it. For Popoff Archive: 1: Doom Metal…
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Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, have released another video from their upcoming self-titled, sophomore release.
“Grind” is an adrenaline-fueled rocker that is the mantra for Beasto Blanco.
“‘Grind’ is SO authentic to the character of Beasto and the Beasto Blanco lifestyle. The credo of working hard no matter what you were born into or what cards life deals you. Rise and GRIND no matter what and be the KING or QUEEN of your world,” explains vocalist Chuck Garric
The band also released the debut single “Feed My Frankenstein,” a cover of the Alice Cooper classic that features Cooper’s daughter on vocals. The video was released last month and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/XMLRw8OaUmE. The single can be heard on the “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show, which is syndicated on over 100 stations worldwide. The song can also be heard at 15,000 AMC, Regal, Cinemark and NCM movie theaters in the United States throughout the month of November.
Beasto Blanco will embark on a 2016/17 Fall/Winter tour starting in November, that includes a string of U.S headline dates, as well as a recently announced arena tour of Europe with BÖHSE ONKELZ. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise in February.
Loyal fans of THE NEAL MORSE BAND—singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette—have been extremely patient since the announcement was made in September that a new album was coming. Soon after, the band has released four videos to give them a taste of what to expect, and the resulting praise online has been overwhelming. A fifth video premiered on PROG’s website this morning for “The Man In The Iron Cage.”
Today is finally the day they’ve been waiting for: THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, a double-disc concept album, has been released on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. It’s the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Clocking in at over 100 minutes, this amazing piece of prog storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It’s available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and “The Making Of A Dream” DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CDs.
THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM has already been racking up one rave review after another from all over the globe:
“All in all, this is quite an achievement by a group of musicians that didn’t need to improve upon already magnificent careers filled with incredible albums…THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM does the impossible and exceeds all expectations. It is absolutely a jaw-dropping release that will no doubt rank alongside the best albums by Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, if not above them.”
“…will the album live up to the high expectations? Well…YES! This album is a success on every level. Every time Neal Morse or Mike Portnoy put out a new album it has to stand up in comparison with so many great albums in their catalog, and I think this album sets a new standard for prog albums and concept albums in general. It’s not just a concept album, it really is a listening experience…this is THE album of the year!…This album will definitely be remembered as one of their best of not even the best album in their career.
“How to conclude an album of this dimension, simply by telling you this, do not miss THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM under any circumstances. It’s almost perfect, if it exists on earth.”
“THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is prog at its most bombastic…Over more than twenty tracks, the band throws all the prog staples into the mix…It’s a sprawling prog epic that demands your attention.”
“THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is, in my opinion, the best album of the year and the best album of Neal Morse’s career. It’s a lengthy, complex, emotional, and pretty much perfect example of modern progressive rock, with occasional flashes of driving metal. 10 out of 10”
“…so rich in ideas, fresh, explosive and atmospheric that almost every other prog band is reduced to a top-40 act.”
— RockHard (Germany)
“Unique, moving and deeply moving, and blasts through all boundaries of rock music expression…I’ve never heard anything more epic.”
— Rocktimes (Germany)
“THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM is the best progressive album of the year, and the best album of Neal Morse’s career.”
— Metal Underground (Austria)
THE NEAL MORSE BAND tours worldwide almost yearly and continues to grow in popularity, attracting new listeners everywhere they go. The band has toured in North America, Central America, Europe, Israel, Mexico and India. The shows are filled with excited and extremely loyal fans, some which have regularly traveled very long distances to see the band. The band has an extensive catalog of live shows on Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
Their latest round of worldwide tour dates start January 14, 2017 in Morse’s current hometown of Nashville, TN. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks on the band’s official website.
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 1/14 Nashville, TN TBA
Tue 1/17 Seattle, WA Triple Door
Wed 1/18 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Sat 1/21 Whittier, CA The Center Theatre
Sun 1/22 Phoenix, AZ Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
Tue 1/24 Denver, CO The Oriental Theater
Wed 1/25 Dallas, TX Curtain Club
Thu 1/26 St. Louis, MO Delmar Hall
Fri 1/27 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
Sat 1/28 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Mon 1/30 Toronto, ONT. Mod Room
Tue 1/31 Montreal, QUE. Club Soda
Wed 2/1 Quebec City, QUE. Salle Jean-Paul Tardif
Thu 2/2 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Fri 2/3 Washington, D.C. State Theater
Sat 2/4 Atlanta, GA City Winery
Feb 7 – 11 Tampa, FL Cruise To the Edge
Wed 3/22 Barcelona, Spain Apolo
Thu 3/23 Milan, Italy TBA
Fri 3/24 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
Sat 3/25 Aschaffenburg, Germany Colo-Saal
Sun 3/26 Berlin, Germany Lido
Tue 3/28 Warsaw, Poland Progresja Music Zone
Wed 3/29 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
Thu 3/30 Verviers, Belgium Spirit of 66
Fri 3/31 Cologne, Germany Stollwerck
Sat 4/1 Malmo, Sweden KB
Sun 4/2 Tilburg, Netherlands O13
Tue 4/4 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Rockhal
Wed 4/5 Paris, France Divan Du Monde
Thu 4/6 Birmingham, U.K. O2 Academy 2
Fri 4/7 Glasgow, U.K. O2 ABC 1
Sat 4/8 Manchester, U.K. O2 Ritz
Sun 4/9 London, U.K. O2 Islington Academy
Mon 4/12 Tel Aviv, Israel Havana Club
Legendary rockers Def Leppard excited and thrilled fans nationwide with their massive 55+ city Summer 2016 North American tour. Def Leppard will now share their masterful performance on DVD and Blu-ray. On February 10, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release their epic concert film And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit on DVD+2CD for $21.98, Blu-ray+2CD for $26.98, and Digital Video.
With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. Most recently, their 2015 self-titled album featured singles “Dangerous” and “Let’s Go” which premiered via RollingStone.com and hit #1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart.
Filmed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI, And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit is an incredible showcase that captures the electrifying energy and power of Def Leppard live today. As the sun began to set over a frenzied Detroit crowd, Def Leppard’s legendary hooks and anthemic rock served up an audiovisual feast second to none. The audience were served hit after hit with fan favorites from across their iconic career.
Said front man Joe Elliott: “I had this idea that we should film one of the shows from the 2016 tour because apart from the ‘Viva Hysteria’ shows, we hadn’t actually had a live performance filmed since 1988. With a new album out that was being so well received, it was just a case of where to do it. From the second the house lights went down, we could see the sun setting from the stage, and the energy from the crowd just seemed to intensify. It was a good choice and a great way to document Def Leppard in 2016.”
As a bonus, the DVD set will include the official music videos for “Let’s Go”, “Dangerous,” and “Man Enough,” and the lyric video for “Let’s Go.”
In anticipation of the DVD release, Def Leppard and Eagle Rock Entertainment are launching a special PledgeMusic pre-order today. Fans who participate will gain early access to a few select tracks, including “Dangerous” and “Rock On” as well as exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic. CLICK HERE to pre-order!
DEF LEPPARD IS:
Joe Elliott (vocals)
Phil Collen (guitar)
Vivian Campbell (guitar)
Rick Savage (bass)
Rick Allen (drums)
Let It Go
Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
Medley: Hysteria / Heroes
Let’s Get Rocked
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Rock of Ages
Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the January 27th release of Stephen Pearcy’s fourth original solo album, “Smash”. Stephen Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band RATT, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated new album, while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S. The first audio offering from “Smash”, entitled “I Can’t Take It” can be heard HERE.
Digital pre-orders include an instant download of I Can’t Take It”
Stephen will be supporting “Smash” with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.
“It took long enough to finish the new record “Smash” and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next. Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D’ Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn’t settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We’re very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs,” says Pearcy of the new album.
With over 15 million records and gold and platinum long form videos sold in the U.S. alone with RATT, touring the world with over 20 albums to his credit with other ventures, solo projects, compilations, best of records, and other bands he created, there is no slowing Pearcy down.
Pearcy is an accomplished songwriter with credits on all of RATT’s records through the years (including “Out Of The Cellar”, “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, “Dancing Undercover” and more). More recently, RATT’s last studio album, “Infestation” was released a few years ago to rave reviews around the world. Stephen is also a producer, composer, television program creator, art director, marketing director, and owner/product creator of “Mic Knuckle” (hands free mic holder) and has also been involved in music for ESPN2 NHRA Drag Racing. Additionally, he has been involved in sponsoring several top fuel dragsters and funny cars since the mid 80’s-90’s thru the 00’s.
“Smash” Track Listing:
1. I Know I’m Crazy
2. Ten Miles Wide
3. Lollipop; Dead Rose’s
4. Shut Down Baby
5. Hit Me With A Bullet
6. Want Too Much
7. What Do Ya Think
10. Can’t Take It (Album Version)
11. Summer’s End
12. Passion Infinity
Stephen E. Pearcy – Lead Vocals, Back-up Vocals
Erik Ferentinos – Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Back-up vocals
Greg D’ Angelo – Drums, Percussion
Matt Thorne – Bass Guitar
Chris Hager – Guitars, Lead Guitars on track (3)
DUE TO MASSIVE DEMAND – GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON, a fun and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series now on Kickstarter, unveils a ton more new and exciting limited edition rewards to bestow upon loyal backers. New rewards include a second Kickstarter exclusive GWAR T-shirt, signed art and merchandise from the band, original painted art from the band, and very rare prints of new GWAR art from artists Stephen Blickenstaff (the artist behind the iconic CRAMPS “Bad Music for Bad People” album cover art), Chris Pyrate, and Tom Neeley. More art to be revealed later this week from artist Kyle Strahm.
The comic series is blowing up Kickstarter, raking in a whopping $32,000 in less than two weeks, and is written by shock rock legends GWAR, co-writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
“Seeing the incredibly positive reaction to the GWAR Kickstarter has been tremendous,” said co-writer Matt Miner. “Making comics with my favorite band is like a dream. A fever dream where I’m surprisingly okay to be choking on my own blood while showered with alien jizz, but a dream nonetheless.”
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series? Hell no! There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.
Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).
The Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends on November 25, 2016! Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding so it must hit goal by November 25th to be able to make the project.
You’ll always hear your favorite band… here in metal, metal land!
“For me this is so much more than a collection of songs, it is the culmination of a lifetime of living. It is about addictions , love, pain and many facets of the human condition. I tend to write autobiographically and on this album I dealt with topics I’ve never explored,” explains Russell of the new record.
Rather than look backwards and merely attempt to relive the multi-platinum Hard Rock entity’s storied origins, Jack Russell set his sights on the future. In December 2011, Jack Russell’s Great White first bared its teeth. Robby Lochner has been with Jack since its inception, they soon welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana-this time as a guitar player and keyboardist- they then added drummer Dicki Fliszar , then bassist Dan McNay. This group has a sharp, soaring, eclectic, hook laden new album ready, boasting the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell and Montana icons in the first place.
“It’s a powerful band,” Russell proclaims. “The music is dynamic and I’ve gone where I’ve never gone before. Lochner was a catalyst for moving forward. I wasn’t sure how the writing would go at first but soon realized the chemistry is beyond words. He’s my copilot and one of my best friends.”
This past year the musicians hit the studio to cut their official full-length debut. It taps into the bluesy bombast and heavy energy of Russell’s celebrated material, but it’s a distinctly modern metallic monster.
“We want the new material to blow people’s ears back,” Russell goes on. “It has the elements of the best of Great White, but there’s diversity, vibe and an edge to it. It draws from our 60’s and 70’s roots in a more modern way.”
Montana agrees, “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack’s voice. No other band sounds like this one, ever did or does now. When I was 17-years-old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that integrity moving forward.”
That integrity became forged over nearly thirty years. In 1984, the band broke out of the Los Angeles scene with its self-titled debut followed by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987’s Once Bitten… and 1989’s …Twice Shy. Moving over 10 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form Jack Russell’s Great White.
Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It’s everything they’ve been waiting for and more.
“He Saw it Comin” Track Listing:
1. Sign Of The Times
2. She Moves Me
4. Love Don’t Live Here
5. My Addiction
6. Anything For You
7. He Saw It Coming
8. Don’t Let Me Go
9. Spy Vs Spy
10. Blame It On The Night
Jack Russell’s Great White Lineup:
Jack Russell (Vocals)
Tony Montana (Guitar, Keyboards)
Robby Lochner (Guitar, piano, backing vocal)
Dan McNay (Bass, backing vocal)
Dicki Fliszar (Drums,backing vocal)
Finland’s riotous rockers STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS, known for rabble-rousing renditions of sempiternal rock and metal standards, have offered their latest take on a classic. This time out, the band tackles a quintessential power ballad and covers Guns N’ Roses’ epic “November Rain.”
After 50 million-plus cumulative YouTube views, you would think you’ve seen pretty much everything these clodhoppers might have under the shoulder straps of their britches. But you’d be wrong. Dead wrong.
After witnessing this wistful saga of moonshine-marinated melancholy and boozed-up, barmy bayou bromance, you will no longer be able to watch the original video – let alone enjoy Slash’s iconic guitar solo – the same way again.
The song lives on the band’s second album Brothers in Farms, which topped the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.
When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n’ roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock’s top guitarists leave one of the world’s most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow – a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple, whose music has proven to be timeless and incredibly influential on subsequent heavy metal bands.
And along the way, Blackmore proved to be extremely adept at spotting largely-unknown talent, and introducing them to the world – including vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, with Blackmore as the group’s leader, band members came and went on a regular basis – preventing the band from possibly reaching their full potential.
‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, etc.), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen, etc.), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante, etc.).
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s,’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ and ‘Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.’ ‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ is his 20th book overall.
‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ is available as a paperback version [276 pages, $19.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].
Rock the Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined
And so yes, proud to welcome you to my epic 290-page journey through the life and times of Ronnie Montrose. Included is a discography section as well as two sections of colour photography, as well as my usual plethora of black and white shots throughout. I went pretty deep with this one using footage from fully 40 personal interviews—including eight with Sammy Hagar and three with Ronnie himself—along with my usual exploration of the available press on these bands, of which there was very little. This is a story virtually untold until now.
As the back cover blurb attests…
As is expected with any Martin Popoff book, this long-awaited treatise on Montrose and Gamma is first and foremost the story of the five Montrose and four Gamma records, their making and baking, the hirings and firings, the superlative delivery live.
And within the detailed analysis, one of course gets to celebrate with the author Montrose classics like “Rock the Nation,” “Make it Last,” “Rock Candy,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “I Got the Fire,” “Matriarch” and “Jump on It,” along with the entirety of the Gamma years, including the top-shelf Gamma 2, an album Popoff considers the equal to the earth-shattering first Montrose album of 1973.
But there’s a darker turn to this extensive tribute as well, as we look at Ronnie’s shocking suicide in 2012, before we correct the record, so to speak, looking at his legacy as articulated by those who played with him and knew him best. All told, it’s a rough ride, with unsettling doses of negativity, but once our tale winds down, there are more than enough lessons on creativity to satisfy any lover of the arts, particularly those centred around the type of six-string mayhem cooked up by the hero of our story, Ronnie Montrose.
Price including shipping:
US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds
As The Stages Burn! ARCH ENEMY presents their new live DVD taken from their largest stage production to date and unforgettable performance last summer at the WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany.
This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal. It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of War Eternal also saw ARCH ENEMY reaching their highest U.S. and German chart positions to date and playing over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.
The DVD highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! As The Stages Burn is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on March 31st, 2017. More details will be revealed shortly, stay tuned.
Exclusive As The Stages Burn release shows with special support from Lacuna Coil and The Haunted have also been announced. Dates below.
ARCH ENEMY exclusive release shows:
03.30.2017 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany *
03.31.2017 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany *
04.01.2017 – Rock in Hell, Colmar, France *
04.02.2017 – Heavy Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
04.04.2017 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Hessen), Germany **
04.05.2017 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany **
04.06.2017 -Saarbrücken – Garage, Germany **
04.07.2017 – Durbuy Rock Festival, Durbuy, Belgium **
04.08.2017 – Betiz Fest, Cambrai, France *
04.09.2017 -Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik, Germany **
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil
German shows presented by Metal Hammer and EMP
ARCH ENEMY Festivals 2017:
02.02.2017 – 70000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
07.06.2017 – Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
07.14.2017 – Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
08.05.2017 – Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
08.10.2017 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
08.11.2017 – Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
08.12.2017 – Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Emerging from the vast Canadian wilderness with a ravenous thirst for beer and metal, PROTOKULT, the Eastern European transplants now residing in Toronto, ON are teaming up with Metal-Rules.com for the exclusive premiere of their new single ‘Oy Kanada’.
The band comments:
“Oy Kanada, is a power-folk thrasher that commands headbanging, pillaging and raising a round of the finest Canadian craft beer!. This is our take on a new Canadian metal national anthem: Our beer is better than yours! And tonight…Canadians rule!”
Fearlessly fusing metal subgenres, ‘Oy Kanada’ marks the return of PROTOKULT to the front line after unleashing their third studio recording and 2014 album ‘No Beer In Heaven’, a release that’s an adventurous, heavy and experimental trek, diving into themes of drinking, history and human endeavor.
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including their Friday night headliner!
Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, AMON AMARTH will be sailing their Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, “What’s up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading BLOODSTOCK! It’s going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!” Get ready for battle and raise your horns with us via their latest video at https://youtu.be/Ndu33Uv7Aco
Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, BLIND GUARDIAN. Their set will be a UK exclusive for 2017. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on being by the fans, for the fans, and are pleased to welcome one of the fans most requested acts to the lineup. If you’re not familiar, you’ve three decades of music to investigate, but why not start with the more recent ‘Twlight Of The Gods’, at: https://youtu.be/Ep1B_aIFPDE
Bay Area thrash beasts, TESTAMENT are set for a Friday slot. With their crushing brand new album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, released just a week ago by Nuclear Blast, check out the awesome video for new song ‘The Pale King’ at https://youtu.be/wkHT86Ei7DY
Hardcore kings, HATEBREED make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday. Check out their video for ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ from current album, ‘The Concrete Confessional’ here – https://youtu.be/eGOr91Wx4DM. Expect firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta to play ringmaster to some epic circle pit activity, so get your pit skills honed in preparation!
Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, WHITECHAPEL, seminal death metallers, POSSESSED and flying the flag for English heavy metal, BLOODSTOCK favourites, HELL.
Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!
VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets. com/event/bloodstock-2017/ catton-park/1010726/ Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.