HARD N’ HEAVY – A ROCK REVIEWS COMPILATION BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2016 ISBN-13: 978-1523472758 ISBN-10: 1523472758
Hard N’ Heavy is the latest rock based collection of reviews from Neil Daniels, the author of critically acclaimed books on Journey, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, AC/DC and UFO.
This entertaining collection features reviews of Bruce Dickinson, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Label Society, Lemmy, L.A. Guns, Thunder, Rush, Whitesnake, and Metal Church amongst other seasoned names in rock. Daniels also explores the work of smaller, lesser known bands such as Breed 77, 22-20s, Hurricane Party, McQueen and Young Heart Attack. Hard N’ Heavy is a devil’s horn salute to the genre and an entertaining collection to stand alongside Daniels’ other collected works such as Rock Bites, Get Your Rock On and Bang Your Head.
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Visit his official website at www.neildanielsbooks.com
A lyric video for Metal Church “Killing Your Time” is available here:
You can now pre-order “XI” Worldwide on iTunes and get an instant download of this track! Metal Church “XI” will be available via Rat Pak Records (USA/Canada/SA),Nuclear Blast (Europe) and King Records (Japan) on March 25th, but you can pre-order your exclusive bundles ahead of time!!
I hope you are all doing well!
Right now we are putting the final touch on the new album and the long but very successful way of doing this album reaches its end. I am super-duper happy with the songs and the mix! This weekend we will record all backing choirs. Looking absolutely forward to this! And this time we have a guest with us: Frank Beck will hop over to Hamburg to lend his voice also to the mighty backing, haha! Also Felipe came up with a killer artwork once more, which suites the album title TITANCRAFT really perfect. So all couldn’t be better at this point!!!
Rising German power metal force ORDEN OGAN follows up on the success of their latest studio album „Ravenhead“ (which became an international chart success in 2015) with their first ever DVD release. But “The Book Of Ogan” is so much more than that… The package consists of 2 DVDs (running time 6 hours – incl. 2 full Live concerts, extensive band documentary, all music videos & numerous specials) and 2 CDs (“Best Of 2008 – 2015” and the self-released/demo “Testimonium a.d.” from 2004). While the “Best Of” is an exclusive selection of the band’s hits and fan favorites from their four albums, “Testimonium a.d.” is made available for the first time ever as official label release here. It received highest ratings in the demo sections of the leading metal magazines back then and was dealt for up to 500€ (!). „The Book Of Ogan“ comes as deluxe 2DVD/2CD box set (hardcover, separate trays for each disc, 40-pages booklet) and is a must for both longtime followers and new fans!
Metal-Rules.com is proud to be the first to premiere “No Sanctuary”, the new music video from the Austin, Texas based traditional heavy metal band IGNITOR. The first track released from the band’s currently untitled upcoming album “No Sanctuary” was filmed at Emphatic Audio studios and was directed by IGNITOR guitarist and founding member Stuart Laurence (Agony Column). Vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) has checked in with the following comment: “We have been writing and recording some new songs, of which a few of them we are looking forward to playing at these upcoming shows that have been long overdue. These confirmed dates will also be used to showcase our new band lineup that features Robert Williams (Witches Mark) on guitar and Billy “Chainsaw” Dansfiell (Agony Column) on bass.
Upcoming IGNITOR shows:
March 5 – IGNITOR w/ Dead Earth Politics, Forcefed @ Sidewinder (Austin)
March 16 – IGNITOR @ Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin) March 18 – IGNITOR w/ Cage, Aska, Matrekis @ Acadia Bar & Grill (Houston)
April 16 – IGNITOR w/ Grim Reaper, Helstar, Las Cruces @ Rockbox (San Antonio)
May 6 – IGNITOR – Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse @ Reggies Rock Club (Chicago)
Chuck Garric is most notably known as Alice Cooper’s bassist, but fans can now see him fronting and playing guitar in his own band – Beasto Blanco. With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, the band has been performing at select dates between his touring schedule with Alice.
The biggest and best names in musical instruments come to Anaheim, California every winter for 4 days to show off their new products. This year NAMM boasts 1,700 exhibitors showcasing products of every type across music products, pro audio, lighting, and sound recording, collectively displaying over 6,000 brands to attendees from 125 countries and regions around the world.
70000TONS OF METAL is The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise – 60 Metal Bands play 120 Shows for only 3000 Fans on one 154,000ton Cruise Ship sailing from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.
Now in the Sixth year, the event is boasting its sixth consecutive sellout – a testament to the brand’s staying power, innovation and intense customer loyalty. Fans on 70000TONS OF METAL get unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board, not just one show per band with assigned seating based on which cabin category was booked.
Two full days at Sea and the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with World Class artists on a floating luxury resort in the middle of the Caribbean. This event truly has no comparison and since there are no VIP areas it’s like everyone has a backstage pass!
60 BANDS TO PERFORM
With something for even the most discerning Metal Head, 70000TONS OF METAL offers a diverse lineup covering almost every subgenre of Heavy Metal imaginable – with bands coming from all over the world, including acts from AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, GERMANY, GREECE, FAROE ISLANDS, FINLAND, ICELAND, ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, PORTUGAL, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, UNITED KINGDOM and USA.
Every band that is booked for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016 will play two shows – once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back to Florida, presenting fans the opportunity to see 120 shows, including some very special exclusive performances:
As an exclusive World Premiere, DIAMOND HEAD will be playing unreleased tracks from their upcoming self-titled album.
DRAGONFORCE promises a special set dedicated to their 2014 release “Maximum Overload”.
Former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo will be bringing his brand new band DEAD CROSS – having only played a couple of warm up shows in California, this will be the newly formed band’s first show in front of a Global audience!
Commemorating 20 years since the release of their 1996 album “Irreligious”, MOONSPELL will perform Irreligious it’s entirety for the first time ever.
The complete Lineup for 700000TONS OF METAL 2016 is:
ARKONA AT THE GATES
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
KOYI K UTHO
MY DYING BRIDE
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
SUBWAY TO SALLY
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
JAMMING WITH WATERS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS
Hosted by Jeff Waters of ANNIHILATOR, the official 70000TONS OF METAL All Star Jam will once again write Heavy Metal History on board The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise when a spectacular lineup the of musicians on board team up to perform classic Metal Anthems!
Mr. Waters has assembled an impressive lineup of participants including Dave Lombardo (DEAD CROSS, ex-SLAYER), Gus G (FIREWIND), Cristina Scabbia (LACUNA COIL), Alexi Laiho (CHILDREN OF BODOM), along with members ofDELAIN, DRAGONFORCE, HAMMERFALL, HOLY MOSES, ICED EARTH, JAG PANZER, KRISIUN, MOONSPELL, RAVEN, TURISAS, VADER and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. To view the complete scheduled lineup and setlist, visit this location – http://bit.ly/1nNQjFz
For the first time ever, 70000TONS OF METAL are introducing #SuperMetalSunday: The last day of the cruise will coincide with the 2016 SuperBowl which will be screened live on board but it will also include the aforementionedJAMMING IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, Clinics and Work-Shops with the musicians on board, and last but not least: the World Famous #70000TONS Belly Flop Contest, which will be judged by members of THRYFING, Týr,DRAGONFORCE, ICED EARTH, CRADLE OF FILTH and DELAIN.
ROUND 7 ON THE HORIZON
70000TONS OF METAL will return for the 7th voyage in 2017, and promises to continue the pattern of sailing to a new destination with each voyage. Stay tuned, as details will be released SOON.
Progressive Death and Doom metal band BLACK CROWN INITIATE from Reading PA have just entered the studio to start recording their follow up from their debut release titled “Wreckage of Stars”. The sophomore effort yet to be titled will be released in late spring via eOne Music. The band is going to incorporate from the mountains of Lancaster, PA Carson Slavak (AUGUST BURNS RED, TEXAS IN JULY, RIVERS of NIHL) and Grant McFarland of Atrium Audio to engineer and mix these new sessions.
BLACK CROWN INITIATE are building on their success of “Wreckage of Stars” in a multi-dimensional way, fusing progressive, death and doom in a seamless way. This new record will bridge the gap between their self-released EP “Song of the Crippled Bull” and the brutal beatdown of “Wreckage of Stars”.
“This is the best album we’ve done by far. We’ve grown a great deal as writers, players, and people in general. As a result, this is our most focused, dynamic, and emotional outing to date. The past year has been quite a trying one in a number of ways, and this new recording is a very fitting representation of that.” States Andy Thomas the lead guitarist of the band. “we hope to show the world our true capacity; we believe this album to be beautifully dynamic, emotionally crushing and the finest example yet of what Black Crown Initiate has to offer. It is our collective, still-beating heart torn out and put on display for all to witness.” Adds James Dorton the bands vocalist.
BLACK CROWN INITIATE have been clocking the mileage on the road with over 200 performances under their belt in 2015. They have toured with BEHEMOTH, CROWBAR, THE FACELESS, 1349, GOATWHORE, DECIDE and CATTLE DECAPITATION. Look for the band to hit the road in April in support of their newest release.
Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to announce the return of the mighty TREAT with their brand new, kick ass album entitled Ghost of Graceland! It will be released on April 15th.
Building on the success of their last album Coup de Grace (2010), hailed by both fans and critics as a masterpiece, TREAT is releasing an album packed with reflective, soul searching songs dressed in devilishly seductive yet hard hitting melodic rock.
“This is where we are today, as a band, as musicians, songwriters and individuals. It’s a statement: this is us in 2016”, says main songwriter and guitarist Anders Wikström.
Ghost of Graceland, was produced by long time TREAT fan and respected writer/producer Peter Mansson and co-produced by Anders Wikström, showcases a band with a thirty plus career, that are hungrier and more energetic than ever!
To achieve the organic, pure, bold, (somewhat) cocky, contemporary sound with melodies and choruses to die for that they were going for, the band took a step back. Says Anders Wikström: “It’s a musical as well as a personal soul searching. We traced us back to our roots, the music and the heroes that got us dreaming back in the 70’s: KISS, Van Halen, Sweet, Deep Purple and UFO. An era where music and musicianship really mattered and rock ‘n’ roll was a matter of life or death.” TREAT got in the time machine and retrieved all that restless energy. But Ghost of Graceland, with all it’s delicious, action packed and hook ladden melodic rock that could soundtrack a party, also sees a band that reflects on their personal lives.
Robert Ernlund (vocals), Anders Wikström (Guitars and backing vocals), Patrick Appelgren (keyboards, guitar and backing vocals), Jamie Borger (drums) and new bass player Pontus Egberg (King Diamond) are a powerhouse. Pontus replaces the band’s songwriting partner Fredrik Thomander who has also been performing live with the band since 2013. “When we started working on this album and in need of a permanent replacement on bass, Pontus was the only guy we had in mind. He´s a good friend of ours and a fantastic musician and live performer. He and Jamie just blow the roof off together on this new album!”
“We’re doing what we love. We’re proudly flying the flag for hard and melodic rock. Honestly, this is a very, very good TREAT album”, says Anders Wikström. TREAT are proud, confident and hungry for more!
Experience TREAT Live at Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milano) on April 23rd 2016.
Ghost of Graceland Track Listing:
1. Ghost Of Graceland
2. I Don’t Miss The Misery
3. Better The Devil You Know
4. Do Your Own Stunts
7. Alien Earthlings
8. Nonstop Madness
9. Too Late To Die Young
10. House On Fire
11. Together Alone
12. Everything To Everyone
– Robert Ernlund – lead vocals
– Anders Wikström – lead guitars and background vocals (lead vocals on “Together Alone”)
– Patrick Appelgren – keyboards, guitars and background vocals
– Pontus Egberg – bass guitar
– Jamie Borger – drums
Produced by Peter Mansson / Co-produced by Anders Wikström
John 5 – Illuminates NAMM Jam 2016
Anaheim CA 1-22-16
Review and photos by Robert Cavuoto
John 5 – NAMM Jam 2016
John 5 and his band, The Creatures, were the headlining act at the 2016 NAMM Jam at The Grove in Anaheim CA as part of the NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants).
One of the hardest working musicians on the planet has to be guitar virtuoso John 5. He was out touring with Rob Zombie in October, in November he embarked on a string of West Coast instrumental dates, he put out a Greatest Hits CD/DVD of fan favorite instrumental songs and if that wasn’t enough he is currently working on a new instrumental studio CD.
2016 Edition – October 22, 2016 Rendezvous Pub, Edmonton 10+ bands Tickets range from $30 to $40
Edmonton, AB based Black Mourning Light Metal Festival, a celebration of black, doom, and dark death metal is proud to announce after a successful debut during Halloween 2015 that they will be returning for a 2016 edition set for October 22nd. The onslaught will be held at the Rendezvous Pub with a lineup of bands from across Western Canada all in the vein of black and doom metal along with select death styles. Last year’s line up included 11 bands from three provinces such as headliner Idolatry (Edmonton), Altars of Grief (Regina), Noire (Winnipeg), Ossific (Winnipeg), Vile Insignia (Calgary) and more.
On January 22nd, Arch Enemy guitarist/founder Michael Amott announced the return of original singer Johan Liiva and guitarist Christopher Amott for a special one-off project dubbed Black Earth, which will perform Arch Enemy material from the band’s first three albums on tour in Japan this May.
In speaking to Bravewords, Michael Amott clarified: “It’s a one-off tour in Japan and that’s all. It’s just supposed to be something super fun and not Michael Amott’s new band (laughs), and that’s where the confusion lies.”
“We brought Chris and Johan over for Loud Park, and the promoters over there offered us a tour,” Michael reveals. “They suggested that we do something to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first album in Japan to a fuller extent. Arch Enemy is taking it slow this year, doing some writing and some shows here and there, so we thought it would be a good idea, but we obviously can’t call it Arch Enemy. We came up with using the name of the first album, Black Earth. They booked six shows in Japan so it’ll be quite extensive. I thought the buzz would be contained to Japan but of course the news got picked up and spread around thanks to social media and metal news sites. And when I was at NAMM last weekend in California everyone was asking me about Black Earth (laughs).”
“Johan doesn’t want to be the singer of Arch Enemy,” Michael adds. “That’s never been his thing as far as being in an act that tours worldwide. Black Earth is just something that we all wanted to do because it’s going to be a lot of fun for us and the fans in Japan.”
Fans should be aware that Black Earth is intended to have a very limited run, so don’t expect them to surface outside of Japan except on YouTube or the planned DVD.
Michael Amott – guitar
Christopher Amott – guitar
Johan Liiva – vocals
Daniel Erlandsson – drums
Sharlee D’Angelo – bass
17 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Club Quattro
19 – Fukuoka, Japan – Drum Be-1
21 – Hiroshima, Japan – Hiroshima Club Quattro
23 – Osaka, Japan – Umeda Club Quattro
24 – Aichi, Japan – Nagoya Club Quattro
27 – Sapporo, Japan – Lane24 Penny Sapporo
Arch Enemy releases with Johan Liiva:
Black Earth (1996)
Burning Bridges (1999)
Currently on their final tour, metal legends Black Sabbath were forced to cancel their January 30th show in Edmonton, Alberta due to frontman Ozzy Osbourne coming down with extreme sinusitis. The band’s February 1st show in Calgary, Alberta has also been postponed. According to an update from Live Nation, details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available.