ANDY TIMMONS BAND Set To Release ‘Theme From A Perfect World’ September 30

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

ANDY TIMMONS BAND is set to release their eighth album, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD, via their own custom label, Timstone Records, on September 30. Co-produced by virtuoso guitarist Timmons and his longtime bassist Mike Daane, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD features 10 all-new tracks of melodic guitar instrumentals that Timmons hopes will touch an emotional chord in every listener.

“First and foremost, I’m really proud of these songs,” he says. “Some of them don’t even have a guitar solo per se — which is kind of unusual for an instrumental guitar record, but that underscores the importance of the idea that a good song has to be there right from the start. It has to be something that people identify with and find themselves wanting to listen to over and over.”

THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD is comprised of 10 toe-tapping and fist-pump-inducing songs that warrant repeat listens, from the driving, rising force of “Ascension” to the crossover pop leanings of “Winterland” and “Sanctuary” to a pair of heartfelt, uplifting elegies, “That Day Came” and “On Your Way, Sweet Soul.”

In addition to Daane on bass, the album also features Rob Avsharian on drums as well as original Andy Timmons Band drummer Mike Marine, who appears on five tracks. “I think we’re just scratching the surface, as far as tapping into the music’s emotional content goes,” the guitarist says of the vibe he and his bandmates strove to achieve collectively on this record. “My playing and musical tastes have changed or matured in some way over the years, and here, we’re trying to be impactful emotionally and certainly melodically.”

Andy Timmons—who’s played with the likes of Danger Danger, Kip Winger, Simon Phillips, and Olivia Newton-John–says he wanted THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD to be both modern and vintage at the same time. “Overall, Mike and I have always been fans of the classic records of the ’60s and ’70s,” he admits, “and there was an underlying credo of trying to live up to the music we loved and grew up with, both sonically and vibe-wise. That’s been a consistent theme throughout the history of the band. It was always the common thread.”

The more challenges the ace guitarist tackles as he composes new music, the more he learns—and the more he wants to share his findings with his audience, both new and old. “The interesting thing I’m finding about this instrumental music is a lot of the songs are very specifically influenced by life events, be it my life or that of somebody else near me,” Timmons reveals, “but there are some songs that were inspired by just a groove or jamming with the guys in the band.”

Timmons thinks he’s able to better express himself more instrumentally than verbally. “Spoken language is a very finite entity, and there are only so many ways we can express a feeling in that way,” he believes. “Whereas the notes within the music and how they’re presented can sometimes strike people a lot deeper. The cool thing is, it may mean something specific to me, but it can be interpreted in almost any way by each listener as a very personal experience.”

Here is the complete track listing for THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD:

1. Ascension
2. Winterland
3. Theme From A Perfect World
4. Sanctuary
5. The Next Voice You Hear
6. Lift Us Up (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
7. That Day Came
8. Firenze
9. Welcome Home
10. On Your Way Sweet Soul

Check out the ANDY TIMMONS BAND on tour this fall at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

With Travis Larson Band unless indicated otherwise:

Sat 10/1            Dallas, TX                     Granada Theater (headlining, with Chris Duarte opening)
Wed 10/5          Memphis, TN                 Rock House Live
Thu 10/6            Nashville, TN                 Douglas Corner Café
Fri 10/7             Atlanta, GA                   AIMM/Atlanta Institute of Music
Sat 10/8            Charlotte, NC                The Rabbit Hole
Sun 10/9           Raleigh, NC                   The Pour House Music Hall
Tue 10/11          Charleston, WV             The Empty Glass
Wed 10/12        Cincinnati, OH               The Mad Frog
Thu 10/13          Indianapolis, IN             Radio Radio
Fri 10/14           Detroit, MI                     The Token Lounge
Sat 10/15          Chicago, IL                   Reggie’s Live
Sun 10/16         Columbus, OH              Rhumba Café
Tue 10/18          Akron, OH                     Musica
Wed 10/19        Buffalo, NY                   Nietzche’s
Thu 10/20          Rochester, NY               The Montage Music Hall
Fri 10/21           Marlboro, NY                The Falcon
Sat 10/22          Philadelphia, PA            The Voltage Lounge
Sun 10/23         New York, NY               Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)
Mon 10/24         New York, NY               Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)

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ALTER BRIDGE Release New Lyric Video

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Heroes push us to excel. Their will, courage, and sacrifice can bring out the best in the world around them. Fittingly, on their fifth full-length album, The Last Hero, hard rock juggernaut Alter Bridge pursue a level of excellence inspired by timeless heroism. That mantra is showcased in the track “My Champion” and the band unveiled a lyric video via worldwide premiere that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/WTTkNlvrYeQ.

“The lyric was actually inspired by thinking back to my situation as a kid,” Myles Kennedy recalls. “I was this really small, underdeveloped kid who had to work extremely hard to keep up with all of my peers. It was very frustrating. I would hear a lot of words of encouragement from parents, coaches, or teachers though. A lot of those things were stored away, and they manifested themselves in this song. I’ve been able to apply some of those concepts in my life a thousand times over since then.”
“My Champion” is the second track released from Alter Bridge’s upcoming fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 7th by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The album is now available for pre-order via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_iTunes), Amazon  (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_Amz) and Google Play (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_GP). Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of “My Champion” and the debut single “Show Me A Leader.” The album is also available in various fan bundles at www.Alterbridge.com/store. The Last Hero was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium, etc) and mastered by GRAMMY®award winner Ted Jensen.

Alter Bridge is heading out on select U.S. headline dates in support of The Last Hero this coming September and select ticket purchases will come with a digital album. The headline run kicks off September 22nd in Destin, FL. The tour will make stops in San Antonio, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln, NE; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN. The band will also perform at a few festival dates this Fall including the inaugural Houston Open Air Festival, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and the Tulsa State Fair. Tickets for their U.S headline dates are on-sale now via ticketmaster.com.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from Billboard, The Guardian, Loudwire, Ultimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.

Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums.

Website: www.alterbridge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alterbridge
Twitter: @alterbridge

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VENOM INC Featuring on New Episode of Bus Invaders

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

UK Metal Masters Tony “The Demolition Man”, Mantas and Abaddon of VENOM INC are featuring on the new episode of DTB’s Bus Invaders, taking fans inside the touring bus, while on VENOM Inc’s recent North American tour.

VENOM Inc. will be soon on the road again, kicking off their 18-shows European tour, Pt.1, on October 13th in Prague (CZE). The bands to join the tour are VITAL REMAIN, MORTUARY DRAPE, NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR. Check out the tour itinerary and details below.

13 October – Prague (CZE) at Storm Club
14 October – Erfurt (GER) at Club From Hell
15 October – Lodz (POL) at LDK
16 October – Gdansk (POL) at B90
17 October – Krakow (POL) at Rotunda
18 October – Ostrava (CZE) at Barrack Club
19 October – Vienna (AUT) at Viper Room
20 October – Ljubljana (SLO) at Orto Bar
21 October – Bologna (ITA) at Locomotic Club
22 October – Roma (ITA) at Init
23 October – Milan (ITA) at Lo Fi Club
24 October – Strasskirchen (GER) at Plutonium
25 October – Weinheim (GER) at Cafè Central
26 October – Essen (GER) at Turock
27 October – Tilburg (NL) at Dudok
28 October – Drachten (NL) at Iduna
29 October – Metz (FRA) at Le Gueulard
30 October – Leiden (NL) at Gebr De Nobel

VENOM Inc’s upcoming Festivals:

October 01 – Mammothfest – Brighton (UK)
December 2-3 – The Xmas Rocka Fest – Sheffield (UK)

More information at

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GRAHAM BONNET BAND’s “The Book” Coming On November 4th

September 12th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of GRAHAM BONNET BAND’s new album “The Book” on November 4th!

GRAHAM BONNET is a rock legend. With a pedigree that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri, he is one of the finest vocalists of his generation.  His is a recognizable and unique voice on a number of classic hard rock albums, including Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ (1979), Michael Schenker Group’s ‘Assault Attack’ (1982), Alcatrazz’s ‘No Parole For Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (1983) and ‘Disturbing The Peace’ (1985), and Impellitteri’s ‘Stand In Line’ (1988).

The recently formed Graham Bonnet Band, features Graham Bonnet on, of course, lead vocals, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Zonder (known for his acclaimed work with Warlord and Fates Warning) on drums.

The new album, “The Book” offers 11 new songs where Bonnet lays down his legendary vocals over a selection of hard rock tunes that are chock full of great hooks and melodies. “The songs on the album are very similar to what I have done in the past with Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG,” says Graham. “I think this is what people want to hear from me and won’t be disappointed”.

Graham Bonnet is in fine form and the album is easily his best in decades: 11 new tracks that will blow hard rock fans away! The album also includes a bonus disc featuring re-recorded versions of some of the most well known classics he has sung in his solo career and with Rainbow, Alcatrazz, MSG and Impellitteri.

THE GRAHAM BONNET BAND has spent the last 12 months touring solidly around the world, with performances at several major European festivals including an acclaimed set at Sweden Rock 2016. “The Book” will be supported with several shows in the UK and Spain in 2016, with more dates to be added.

“The Book” track listing:

CD 2 (new songs)
1. Into The Night
2. Welcome To My Home
3. Earth’s Child (I Am Your Son)
4. Rider
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Strangest Day
7. The Dance
8. Where Were You?
9. The Book
10. Everybody Wants To Go There
11. California Air

CD 2 (Re-recorded classics)
1. Eyes Of The World
2. All Night Long
3. Lost In Hollywood
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Night Games
6. S.O.S.
7. Assault Attack
8. Dancer
9. Desert Song
10. Island In The Sun
11. Hiroshima Mon Amour
12. God Blessed Video
13. Will You Be Home Tonight
14. Witchwood
15. Stand In Line
16. Here Comes The Night (Down Without A Fight)

GRAHAM BONNET BAND
Graham Bonnet – lead vocals
Conrado Pesinato – guitars
Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – bass
Mark Zonder – drums

Angelo Vafeiadis – keyboards on CD2 (bonus disc)

TOUR DATES
3 November Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
4 November Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
5 November Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
8 November Boston Music Room, London, UK
9 November Stourbridge, River Rooms, UK
10 November Warehouse 23, Wakefield, UK
11 November Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell, UK
12 November Manchester, Club Academy, UK
13 November Edinburgh, Bannermans, UK
15 November Doncaster, Diamonds, UK
16 November Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
18 November Derry-Londonderry, Nerve Centre, UK
19 November Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
20 November Monroes, Galway, Eire
21 November Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
22 November Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, UK

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – announce new tour for 2017

September 10th, 2016
by EvilG

Full ImageBLACK STAR RIDERS are hitting the road next year with a comprehensive UK tour in support of their new album »Heavy Fire«, set for release in early 2017.

After a full year off the road, BLACK STAR RIDERS (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane & Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers GUN and THE AMORETTES and then Sweden&#8217s own BACKYARD BABIES with GUN on the remaining 11 shows.

Ricky Warwick says: “It seems like ages since we did the LEPPARD / WHITESNAKE tour so we are all really looking forward to be back out on the road with BSR. Our third album will be out just prior to the dates so it’s going to be great to play tracks from that along with favorites from the first two records also. Having my old friends from BACKYARD BABIES, GUN and THE AMORETTES out with us too is just icing on the cake to make a great tour!”

»Heavy Fire Tour 2017«

w/ GUN, THE AMORETTES

02.03.  UK       Cardiff – Tramshed
03.03.  UK       Wrexham – William Aston Hall
04.03.  IRL       Dublin – Academy
05.03.  UK       Belfast – Limelight
07.03.  UK       Inverness – Ironworks

w/ BACKYARD BABIES, GUN
08.03.  UK       Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
09.03.  UK       Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
10.03.  UK       Newcastle – o2 Academy
11.03.  UK       Leeds – o2 Academy
12.03.  UK       Manchester – o2 Ritz
14.03.  UK       Nottingham – Rock City
15.03.  UK       Norwich – UEA
16.03.  UK       Bristol – o2 Academy
17.03.  UK       London – o2 Kentish Town Forum
18.03.  UK       Birmingham – o2 Institute
19.03.  UK       Bournemouth – o2 Academy

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NEW LEMMY TRIBUTE RECORD FEATURES MEMBERS OF WOLF, DENATA AND SEANCE

September 10th, 2016
by EvilG

Swedish paleontology professor and heavy metal aficionado Mats E. Eriksson named a fossil worm, Kalloprion Kilmisteri, in honor of Lemmy Kilmister in 2006. Now — ten years later — the fossil has come to brutal sonic life with assistance from prolific Swedish metal musicians, notably members of WOLF, DENATA and SEANCE, deciphering the “paleo metal” music “Silurian Overkill”.

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The Exalted Piledriver (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 15th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal!

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

AWEsome! Finally a solid invite to play out West! Can’t wait! We’re really looking forward to tearing faces off out there! It’s almost happened a few times now over the years.. but finally, it’s now a reality!

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

If you don’t count when I was a kid playing with a toy jet in a hotel window in 1969 during a stopover when my family was moving up to Inuvik… NEVER!!! This is why I’m SO looking forward to this! I’ve wanted to get west of Ontario with this band forever, hahaha!

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

We’ve never played with any of the bands on the bill of our night, and can’t wait to hear what wickedness they serve up, but I have done numerous shows with Razor in the past.. mostly long past tho, hahaha! We’ve been to each other’s shows several times since, but haven’t terrorized together in many years! I think the last time was in 2009 at Headbanger’s Open Air in Germany. We played with Exciter some months ago in Montreal, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing them again seeing as I too am an Ottawa boy, haha! We’ll be playing in Toronto the week before CMF5 with Annihilator, the first time we’ve torn it up together, and once again they’re Ottawa boys, so, definitely looking forward to it in an Old-Home-Week kinda way, haha! Oddly, I don’t remember if we’ve ever shared a stage with Sacrifice, but we are buds just the same from way back when we were label-brothers at Fringe when I had Dogs With Jobs going. Seeing as we all know and love each other, me and the guys will be hanging around thru til Saturday so we can all hang and party and have some wicked laughs with our TorontHole and OughtaWah buds!

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

I guess that it’s significant in that it took Western promoters so fucking long to get us out there, haha! Maybe it won’t be 32 years before we get asked to come out again? Who knows! Maybe even Vancouver!! hahahaha. Other than that, I think it’s AWEsome that it’s not all flavour of the week American bands with a few Canucks to point at, it’s MAPLE-METAL wall to wall!!! THAT is significant. I know people in other countries are salivating about CMF5’s lineup and wish it would tour, haha! Nyaaaah nyaaaaah!! This is for hose-heads ONLY, hahahaha! If they wish to come on over and join us, that’s their prerogative, but they have to fill up on Canadian Club, back-bacon, Alberta beef and some greasy poutine while they’re here or we’re kickin’ them out with a “Sorry, eh!” haha!

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

No harder than for any other gig, really. It all came down to work schedules, and other commitments. This is why we are on Thursday night, because of our schedules. Nontheless.. we are going to tear it up and fuck it hard in a room full of metal-addled freaks, and will be around to celebrate throughout the whole fest… only our drummer will have to depart early and miss out on the ‘big’ night. Sucks to be him, hahahaha!

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

We will do exactly what we always do.. serve up the songs the fans love from Metal Inquisition and Stay Ugly, and dish out a few tasty morsels from Metal Manifesto, and maybe a new song.. maybe two. I’m not delusional, I fully realize that people need their fix of the early stuff and am only happy as a leather bound pig in vomit and shit to serve ’em up for ’em! We don’t have a label forcing us to ‘sell’ the latest album, and as such don’t really give a shit about such things.. as long as we get people hot, sweaty, singin’ along and fist-pumpin’ to the tunes they dig, we’ll be happier than them, haha! There’s nothing like looking out at a venue filled with freaks screaming the songs back at me.. plus, at my age I need all the help I can get to remember the lyrics, hahahahaha! Cue me for the chorus, please! hahahaha!

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

There are indeed the ‘mandatories’: Sex With Satan, Metal Inquisition, WItch Hunt, The Executioner, Lord Of Abominations, Metal Manifesto, UnSuck My Cock.. we will definitely be crankin’ those out! We’ll try to dig out some oddball stuff to surprise with, too.. maybe a DWJ song that was originally a Piledriver song, or a new one or two. We’ll see what we can squeeze in for ya’s!

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Possibly.. I don’t really do that merch-whoring thing very much.. I kinda like being a sought after rarity as opposed to a product shilling whore. I like to know that when someone has a Piledriver shirt on it’s because they’re the biggest Pile-freak in their town and they jumped through flaming hoops made of razor blades to get it, not just a metal-dude that already has 2 of everything by everyone, hahaha! But.. yeah.. we’ll bring out a few tshirts for the diehards to fight over, yeah, sure! hahaha! And, no. The old M.I. baseball shirt reissue is only available EXCLUSIVELY from http://hotmetal.bigcartel.com/product/piledriver-vintage-style-baseball-shirt. This plays into the whole ‘rarity of a sought after gem’, you see. I never made a penny from the records due to being a stupid kid when I signed the contracts.. I’ve barely ever broken even doing shows ever since. Why would I start gouging and whoring now? I’m happy just to see the faces of our devoted fans when I can, and meet them and sign autographs for them and get ugly in their selfies with ’em! Their love and devotion for us feeds my soul more than money ever could.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Well.. kind of the opposite.. they can be quite draining due to the travelling being 30 times longer than the show. On tour you can hit a rythym, hit your stride and ride it high. A one-off is fly/drive forever, play for the freaks for an hour, see the inside of a hotel for a few hours, and drive/fly forever again, haha. But all is forgotten for that frenzied hour onstage, of course! Besides, every show is seen by us as the greatest show we’ll ever do.. who knows if this will be the night my bradycardial heart gives up the ghost! Hahaha.. maybe we should start a pool? I’ve been to the precipice a few times now.. someone could make some sweet green on that bet, hahahaha!

When can we expect some new material from the band?

Sometime in the future if at all. Again.. since I’ve lost all respect for labels, since not one of them did right by me in 30+ years, and none of them gives a shit about us now because we’re not a ‘big’ band that will fill their coffers, I don’t plan to ever do a ‘proper’ ‘album’ again. I’m finally twigging to the digital age where people post torrents and ‘blog reviews’ of an album the day it’s released and everyone ends up getting it free and the musicians eat the cost of producing it. Tired of working my ass off and spending my very hard earned money to never make it back because of downloads. So.. from now on, I won’t spend big bucks in a studio recording a high-fidelity album only to never make back it’s costs. .nope.. decent enough home demos will be what you get from this point on, I think, via Youtube or Facebook or whatever. I’m so tired of chasing dollars that refuse to exist for me, hahaha! Nope, as an old dog in a new age, this will be my new trick.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

And we in turn look forward to seeing all of you maniacs sweatin’ and moshin’ and losin’ yer shit!!! hahahahaha! The best view in the house is mine, forever entertaining! hahahaha! Can’t wait!

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Dave Carlo of Razor (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal!

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

answer: We are always greatly looking forward to any opportunity to play for great Canadian metal fans. And this show is especially awesome with the line up of so much classic Canadian metal. Razor has to be there!

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

Last time was 1990 I believe. Been awhile.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

Actually fairly recently for each of them. Last time with Sacrifice was in April 2015 in Winnipeg, Annihilator in June 2016 in Kitchener/Waterloo and Exciter in July 2016 in Chicago. Haven’t played with The Exhalted One since 2005 though. Looking forward to seeing all of those guys!

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

Well I think this is a nice group to be part of. So in a word, I guess it’s swell.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

No. We have been performing more in the last 2 years than at any time since the early 1990’s. We are ready!

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

This set will consist of a decent cross section from our historical releases. No new tracks for this show, but a new studio album coming out in 2017 (and a live album coming out imminently!)

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

Always! Razor fans know which ones they are! We do not like to disappoint anyone.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Well at this stage of our lives, the one offs are likely going to be continuing. We may do very brief (eg. maximum 10 day) tours at some point, but the one off’s are very suitable for us. We like being part of a larger festival line up. The experience is usually just a bit more awesome (although all shows are great).

When can we expect some new material from the band?

New album: Cycle of Contempt, expected late summer 2017. Live album: Osaka Saikou, LP Release fall 2016, CD Version (Japan) late 2016, Rest of World early 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Thank you. See you there.

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John Ricci of Exciter (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal.

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

We were thrilled to be part of it, we don`t play Canada that much so a Canadian gig is a good thing !

When was the last time you played Calgary ?

The last time we played Calgary was in 2013 at the NOCTIS VI fest which went great even with the `other` line-up of Exciter, this time should even be better with the original line-up.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

We just recently played Metal Threat fest in Chicago with Razor on the bill. It was an awesome show, the moshing didn`t stop all night ! The other bands we`ve never played together with.

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

The fans will get to see the different sides of metal, each of the 4 bands have a distinctive signature sound that made them what they are today. I`m sure this event will be a rare opportunity to see these bands on the same stage on the same night.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

Actually we`ve been together almost 2 years, we reunited in 2014 and started playing shows right away in South America, Europe etc. The response to our re-uniting was incredible ! When we announced the original line-up had re-united my emails didn`t stop for about 48 hours. I had agents, managers and fans commenting how happy they were that the original Exciter was back !

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

Our live set feature songs from the first 3 albums. Those are considered the classic albums, so we decided to play what the fans want to hear. We are working on new material but they are in the early stages , it will be a while before you see a new Exciter record.

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

The `must play ` songs of course are Pounding Metal, Heavy Metal Maniac, Violence and Force and Long Live The Loud. These songs are all anthem songs so we always include them in the set.

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Yes, we will have shirts and patches.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

This time around we only play one-off shows, we`re not into touring that much. The whole economic situation is different now we`d rather play one-off shows that are feasible instead of grinding it out on the road. Our energy level is the same as the 80`s maybe even more so !

When can we expect some new material from the band?

I hope by late 2017 we should have something out, we are still signed with Massacre Records in Germany so a new record has to happen. We have about 5 new song ideas but they are not developed yet but I can say the new songs sound like classic Exciter. We are aiming for 10 new songs for the album.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Should be a metal good time !! See you then !

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Rob Urbinati of Sacrifice (appearing at Calgary Metal Fest, Sept 17th )

September 9th, 2016
by J P

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In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal.  (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016.   Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of  Canadian Metal.

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What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?

Rob: We all felt like it is a show we need to play, this might be the best lineup of Canadian metal bands ever. It’s always great to play with Razor, who we have a lot of history with.

When was the last time you played in Calgary?

Rob: The very last Noctis fest, I believe in 2013.

When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?

Rob: The only band on the bill we have played with is Razor, the last time was in Winnipeg, 2015 at the Manitoba Metalfest…and a million times before that.

What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?

Rob: All the bands are some of the biggest names in Canadian metal history, so that is pretty significant. It feels like one of those shows that people will be talking about for years, definitely feels culturally historic. The venue looks incredible.

Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?

Rob: Yes, we had a few obstacles to clear, but we found a way. As I said, this is an event I am sure all the bands involved are looking forward to being part of. Seeing the original Exciter perform is something all of Sacrifice is looking forward to as much as anyone else. Last time I saw them, I was about 16 years old, right at the front of the stage in Toronto.

Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?

Rob: No, just an ultra truculent and belligerent set of Canadian thrash metal.

Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?

Rob: Absolutely. I’m pretty sure we might get arrested if we didn’t play Reanimation, we all have songs we like to perform, but we like to mix the set up occasionally as well.

Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?

Rob: Right now, all I can guarantee is t-shirts, but we may dig up some other stuff.

How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?

Rob: Sacrifice almost exclusively do one-off shows, and yes, there is definitely more excitement and energy. We play only a handful of shows during a year so the anticipation builds for us. It’s kind of nice to have this kind of focus for one show.

When can we expect some new material from the band?

Rob: We have some material, but no plans to record at the moment. We won’t enter the studio unless we know it is completely face melting. Sacrifice don’t tour, so there is no pressure to release an average album with one good song.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Rob: We do as well! See you then.

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GLENN HUGHES’ New Studio Album, Resonate, Scheduled for Release November 4th

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated, twelfth original GLENN HUGHES album Resonate – scheduled for release worldwide on November 4th . A true vocal and musical icon of our times,
Glenn is back with his heaviest solo album to date. Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording: “this album is the first complete Glenn Hughes album”.  Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

2016 was the busiest year yet for Glenn Hughes. Glenn was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Deep Purple in April, recently wrapped up his successful sold-out US headline tour, and now finally Glenn’s first solo album in over 8 years will see the light of day! Resonate is truly a triumphant return to form for “The Voice of Rock”! No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card and the new album, Resonate will shine as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, the new release promises to be a contender for numerous ‘Album of the Year’ lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers. An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8

Make no mistake. The “Voice of Rock” never left the building!

ALBUM TRACKLISTING

1.       HEAVY
2.       MY TOWN
3.       FlOW
4.       LET IT SHINE
5.       STEADY
6.       GOD OF MONEY
7.       HOW LONG
8.       LANDMINES
9.       WHEN I FALL
10.   STUMBLE & GO
11.   LONG TIME GONE

Glenn Hughes – Biography

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was TRAPEZE. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and CALIFORNIA BREED, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham.

Glenn Hughes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste The Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple were in attendance to receive the honour. This achievment was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands.

GLENN HUGHES
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MICHAEL SWEET’s ‘One Sided War’ Enters Billboard Chart

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Stryper frontman Michael Sweet continues to grow musically. His latest release One Sided War, released via Rat Pak Records, made a massive impact on the charts this week. The latest solo album from Sweet landed at #77 on the Billboard 200 with over 8300 units sold and was also #1 on the Hard Rock Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. One Sided War was also the #4 on Top Rock Albums, #6 on Independent Albums and #21 on Top Current Albums charts. The album was also #1 on the Amazon Hard Rock chart for 3 weeks. The album is available via physical retail and all digital providers including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Physical bundles can also be purchased via Rat Pak at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet.

“I’m not only humbled by the amazing numbers on the release of One Sided War, but I’m also blessed by the fact that it placed at #77 on the Billboard Top 200! We (Stryper) have always used the number 7 (Gods number) and it’s a reminder to me that God is still in it. I’ve been doing this my entire life and although it’s been a tough road at times, I’ve never lost my faith or my passion for music,” explains Michael Sweet about his solo chart debut.

Michael Sweet has released two music videos from One Sided War. One is for the fast and furious album opener “Bizarre” that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/I31Sw_654rg. The other is for the song “Radio” and is look at growing trend of rock stars making a switch to country music. That video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JdR_P-UZDSQ. Michael’s solo band is comprised of Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. One Sided War was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as “a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side.” Sweet continues to record and tour with Stryper, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.

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“Terror” New Music Video About 9/11 From THE GREAT KAT Coming Soon

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The song “TERROR” was written by The Great Kat immediately after 9/11 in New York City! Video Filmed September 2016 to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary!

The Great Kat completed filming “TERROR” Music Video in 4K Video, featuring The Great Kat Shredding Guitar with her All-Male Army Band & J.S. BACH’S famous “TOCCATA AND FUGUE” INTRO!

“Terror” Music Video Available Soon with Free Streaming on Amazon Prime & Apple Music & on Upcoming New Great Kat DVD!
Listen to “TERROR” NOW!:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5QSjtvkjl8lA90oxchtvYT ,
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/terror/id384716310?i=384716409,
Napster: http://us.napster.com/artist/the-great-kat/album/wagners-war/track/terror

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Frank Bello of Anthrax – “We are hungrier now as a band than I can remember!”

September 7th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

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After 35 years, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello is still humbled and appreciative of fans paying him a compliment. The band’s career has never been easy as they have weathered the storm despite member changes, the introduction of grunge, and the downturn of the record industry. With dedication and hard work, the band has prevailed; overcoming all the challenges that have been hurdled at them. After speaking with Frank about the band’s career he seems to take things in stride, chalking his resilience up to being a New Yorker who loves the pressure – in fact he thrives on it.

Since the band Big 4 Tour in 2010 with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth; Anthrax has found its stride, gained momentum, and feels rejuvenated. To prove it, they release a monster CD Worship Music in 2011 which was met with critical acclaim and sales. In 2016 they released, For All Kings which could possibly be the band’s best work to date. I’ve interviewed countless musicians and rock star and found Frank to be a regular guy; grounded quite possibly by his modest Italian upbringing. A guy that knows what is important and they follows it through. With his partners Scott Ian [guitar], Charlie Benante [drums], Joey Belladonna [vocals] and newest member Jon Donais [lead guitar], the band is playing better, writing better, and working harder than ever before. He sums up his career in Anthrax in one statement – “We’ve rolled with the punches and we never went down!”

I caught up with Frank prior to leaving on a 7 week tour of the US with Slayer and Death Angel to talk about the band’s career and the legacy they have forged!

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

September 6th, 2016
by J P

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

2016 Line Up w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice,
Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

Tickets & VIP Passes On Sale here

Download Calgary MetalFest Posters here

 

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta! This year they plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an ENTIRE wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction.

The following items will be available for auction with more to come!

The list so far:
– Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars!!!

– Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church on Metal Nation Radio

– An amazing nightscape print on metal donated by the impeccableMonika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography

– Each night’s respective 4’X6′ poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off. Donated by Creative Factor and Big Nate Productions

– A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca

– A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night. Donated by superstarphotos.ca

-Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance. Donated by Armstrong MetalFest – AMFLoud As Hell Festivaland others.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WOULD LIKE TO DONATE ITEMS TO THE AUCTION, SEND AN EMAIL TO calgarymetalfest [at] gmail dot com ATTN Charity Auction 2016

Schedule and more items to come! For more info, follow here.

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On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world! Info here.

Tickets and VIP Passes on sale through https://calgarymetalfest.com and at Sloth Records in Calgary.

New this year, VIP packages will be offered and include sound check viewings, band meet and greets, and autograph sessions. Check out http://calgarymetalfest.com and http://bignateproductions.com for more info!

Friday, September 16th at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL. Info here.

Thursday, September 15th at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL. Info here.

Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor, FREE SHOW with THE CADAVOR DOG, W.M.D., IN/VERTIGO, BLACKBIRD ELECTRIC, OUTLETS BAND. Info here.

About:

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at http://bignateproductions.com.

Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.

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