MARTY FRIEDMAN Added To Axes And Anchors Cruise

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


As the impressive lineup of performances and clinics continues to expand, Axes & Anchors music cruise brings another virtuoso on board its inaugural voyage. Shred guitar  maestro Marty Friedman has been added to the list of confirmed performers. Marty will be performing two complete sets with his band and will delight attendees with an up-close and personal guitar clinic showcasing some of his legendary techniques. Since the release of his critically acclaimed album “Inferno” — which Guitar World readers voted the “Best Shred Album” of 2014 (Marty was voted “Best Shredder” as well) — he’s toured around the world and next month he will embark on his first American tour in 12 years, which includes his participation on Axes & Anchors in 2016. Now, Marty is ready and excited to take his talents to sea on his first-ever cruise appearance.

“Axes & Anchors is not only the first cruise I`ve ever played on, but it`s the first cruise I`ve ever been on so I`m beyond excited to join in this awesome event!” exclaims Marty Friedman. “Not only am I going to play my ass off, but I`m planning to learn a TON from all the other super players on this trip. How many times do you get to surround yourself with this many amazing guys in one place?! I can`t wait!”

Coming off of the recent announcement of the addition of Breaking Benjamin to headline the inaugural music cruise, as well as the addition of Demon Hunter, Axes & Anchors is the most diverse cruise hitting the sea in 2016. The five days and four nights cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas leaves from Miami on February 20th and will take place on the Carnival Victory. Performances and clinics will be presented by Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Gilby Clarke, Mike Orlando and A Beautiful Disaster, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Johnny Monaco, Pamela Moore, Falling Through April, Gabriel Ayala and Headstrum. Cabins can be reserved at

The cruise guarantees fans plenty of opportunities for meeting and hanging with their favorite bands on board, including free workshops on topics ranging from guitar and vocals to concert photography to stage clothing construction. 31 workshops are already confirmed and currently listed online with more to be added before Axes & Anchors sets sail in February. Passengers are encouraged to bring their guitars on board for workshops and jam sessions.

All reservations include 4-nights lodging and taxes, all meals, all concerts, all open workshops, a professional photo opportunity with every artist, and more.  Current promotions include a $150 per person rebate by paying in full, a special Marty Friedman code for paying passengers (enter reservation code MARTY16) for $100 savings on any booking (may be combined with the paid in full rebate) and the recently announced Stowaway Package, which allows 3rd and 4th passengers in a cabin who are under 21 to cruise for free when accompanied by two paying passengers as long as one is over 25 years old.

Twitter: @Axescruise

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CATHOUSE Live At Irvine Meadows United Fans From Around The Globe

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Rock fans traveled from around the world and from various parts of the U.S. to be a part of Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows presented by SiriusXM Hair Nation last Saturday, August 15 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California. The day-long rock festival celebrated Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse with band performances on two stages, artist signings, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, a chopper motorcycle show, and go-go dancers.

Cathouse Live featured performances from some of the defining rock artists of the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Gilby Clarke’s All-Star Jam featuring Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Brent Muscat (Sin City Sinners, ex-Faster Pussycat), Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Evan Seinfeld (Attika7, Biohazard), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), and Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators).

The lineup also included sets from Extreme, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat (including an on-stage reunion with some original band members), Stephen Pearcy (the voice of RATT), Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Little Caesar, Swamphammer and The Aviators.

The press had lots of praise for the festival, as noted below:

“…with Rachtman’s well-curated killer lineup of Cathouse regulars (Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Jetboy, Junkyard, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Gilby Clarke, and of course Faster Pussycat, among others), it was easy to feel transported back in time to the big ’80s era of big riffs and big hair.”
–Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music, August 17, 2015

“…the highlight for many festival goers was the all-star jam that included such star players as Sebastian Bach, Ace Frehley, Gilby Clarke, Evan Seinfeld, Michael Starr, Nuno Bettencourt and Phil Lewis.”
–Chad Childers,, August 17, 2015

“A love of ’80s hair metal was the only requisite for having a good time Saturday night as fans of all ages descended upon Irvine Meadows for Riki Rachtman’s Cathouse Live.”
–Philip Cosores, Orange County Register, August 16, 2015

“This juxtaposition of bands and music was nothing short of brilliance and we can only hope Rachtman will bring this back again and again to connect more and more fans as well as bring new fans to the world of Cathouse.”
–Laura De Gaetano, Screamer Magazine, August 18, 2015

Here’s some of what Sebastian Bach posted on Instagram about his experience playing at Cathouse Live:

“An open letter to Southern California:
I am still on a high from Saturday’s show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. It’s hard for me to put into words what this day meant to all of us. During our show there were moments when all the lighters were lit up, sorry I mean all the cell phones were lit up, because it’s 2015 now. As far as the eye could see. It’s always a breathtaking, beautiful vibe. The first time I played Irvine Meadows was 1989 with Bon Jovi…At the end of the night [at Cathouse Live] we got to shred ‘Deuce’ w Ace Frehley & the rock n’ roll circle was complete. The crowd packed out the place and made us feel so special we cannot thank you enough. We will never forget Saturday!!!! Thanks to John Reese & Riki Rachtman & the bands & crew for throwing the party!! I only hope we can do it again sometime at the Cathouse LIVE!!! Southern California you made our set a night we will never forget!!!”

Sponsors for Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows included SiriusXM Hair Nation, Monster Energy, COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, and The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen.

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JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 Premiere New Song, “Anymore”

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13.  Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).  The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio’ish at its heaviest and Foreigner’ish at its lightest.

“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music.  I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I’m known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’

Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won’t be an issue.”

Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar!  I want to thank everyone for any support in advance.  Life is good!”


Album Tracklisting:

1.    Say Goodbye To The Sun
2.    Anymore
3.    Until I Left You
4.    Long For The Days
5.    Scream
6.    Never Say Never
7.    Changes
8.    The Only Way To Go
9.    Dying To Live
10.    Start Again
11.    What We Believe
12.    Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)

The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) – Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) – Bass

Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) – Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) – Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click and

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Bloodstock Open Air 2015

August 20th, 2015
by UK Team

Bloodstock Open Air 2015

@ Catton Hall, Derbyshire

6th – 9th August 2015

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photography by Michelle Murphy



Picture the scene: a field in south Derbyshire. One moment, quaint and calm; serene, leafy and undisturbed.

But then, as the sun arises to the midday point one cloudless Thursday in august, thousands upon thousands of heavy metal fans swarmed forth out of the woodwork that is England 2015, to attend the twelfth official Bloodstock Festival (11th open air to be exact).

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Glenn Hughes unveils official photo of new band

August 19th, 2015
by EvilG





GLENN HUGHES, nicknamed the ‘Voice of Rock’, has today unveiled an official photo of his new band that he has put together for his European and UK 2015 Solo tour.  Glenn is pictured alongside drummer Pontus Engborg (far left) and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich (far right).   The photo is taken by Gene Kirkland.


The band’s UK leg of the European tour stars on October 17th at the Southampton Engine Rooms and ends at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 1st.   Special guest on the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his critically acclaimed debut album Old Glory & The Wild Revival.


The concerts will showcase highlights from Glenn’s career including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed, along with his solo material.


“I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band,” says Glenn, who is currently on tour in Brazil.  “I called my drummer Pontus Engborg , and guitar player Soren Andersen.  Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn Tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement.

There was only one man on my mind… Doug Aldrich.”


“I’ve  known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio , and of course Whitesnake. Doug played with me on a couple of Purple songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry , and talked about playing together again, when schedules permitted.


Continues Hughes, “ Doug is a welcome addition to my Band, and is a dear friend , both loving and nurturing , and is a rock phenomenon.  I’m beyond grateful to return to a Solo Band touring cycle, that will see me travel across many continents these next 12 months.See you down the front.”


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.  That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card.  He’s known as a singer’s singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.  “I love my fans, and interact with them online, or at venues on my travels,” says Hughes. “There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fans.”





Sat 17  Southampton, ENGLAND – Engine Rooms              BUY TICKETS

Mon 19 Norwich, ENGLAND – Waterfront                            BUY TICKETS

Tue 20 Newcastle, ENGLAND – Tyne Theatre                       BUY TICKETS

Thu 22 Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND – Limelight                 BUY TICKETS

Fri 23 Glasgow, SCOTLAND – The Garage                                BUY TICKETS

Sun 25 Holmfirth, ENGLAND – Picturedrome                       BUY TICKETS

Mon 26 Bilston, ENGLAND – Robin 2                                         BUY TICKETS

Wed 28 York, ENGLAND – Fibbers                                            BUY TICKETS

Thu 29 Manchester, ENGLAND – Club Academy                  BUY TICKETS



Sun 01 London, ENGLAND – Electric Ballroom                      BUY TICKETS

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Copenhell Festival 2015 at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen, Denmark

August 19th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall


Copenhell Festival 2015
18-20/6 2015

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson copenhell_logo_4_2015

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UGLY KID JOE Release First New Album In Almost 20 Years

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


After a 19-year hiatus, raucous rockers UGLY KID JOE are set to return with a new full-length album entitled, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be.

The album, which was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana under the helm of producer and UKJ guitarist Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Godsmack, Evanescence), is scheduled for release in North America October 16th via Metalville/UKJ  Records.

Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars) to form the now 7-member line up a.k.a. “Seven Headed Monster” (pictured below) and write and record in the studio. The result is the most cohesive sounding UGLY KID JOE record to date.

The chemistry flows so well throughout this new release, it’s as though they never left. Uglier Than They Used Ta Be boasts a collection of well-crafted rock tunes, from the riff driven ‘Let The Record Play’ to the hard-hitting ‘She’s Already Gone’ and ‘Hell Aint Hard To Find’, the album offers up a collection of some of the best songs ever written by the band.

“It’s a full circle of sorts,” says Crane. “There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like.”

Uglier Than They Used Ta Be Tracklisting:

1. Hell Aint Hard To Find

2. Let The Record Play

3. Bad Seed

4. Mirror The Man

5. She’s Already Gone

6. Nothing Ever Changes

7. My Old Man

8. Under The Bottom

9. Ace Of Spades (feat. Phil Campbell of Motörhead)

10. Enemy

11. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

In addition to the nine newly written original songs, the album features a couple of cover songs including Rare Earth’s version of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ with Australian chart-topping vocalist Dallas Frasca lending her unmistakable vocals behind Crane, and the Motörhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’ with a very special guest appearance from Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell who lends his signature sound to the timeless track. Campbell also appears on the tracks ‘My Old Man’ and ‘Under The Bottom’.

This September the band will head to the UK for an intimate tour finishing with two shows at the Underworld in London.


Having first garnered success with the song “Everything About You,” which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart [enjoying 20 weeks on the charts] and was later used in the movie Wayne’s World, the group’s debut E.P. As Ugly As They Wanna Be sold two million copies making it the highest selling debut E.P. of all time.

The positive response to the band’s live performance of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” prompted a studio version and was subsequently released as a well-received single that sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone and spent 20 weeks on the BB Top 100 Singles chart, peaking at number six.

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PENTAGRAM Stream New Album

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, has teamed up with Noisey to stream its upcoming album, Curious Volume, before it releases this Friday, August 21 on Peaceville. Stream Curious Volume today exclusively at:

Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), Curious Volume was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer, Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.

Pre-order Curious Volume online at:

1. Lay Down and Die
2. The Tempter Push
3. Dead Bury Dead
4. Earth Flight
5. Walk Alone
6. Curious Volume
7. Misunderstood
8. Close the Casket
9. Sufferin`
10. Devil`s Playground
11. Because I Made It

Pentagram will support the release of Curious Volume with a headlining U.S. tour, set to kick off in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 30. Electric Citizen and Satan’s Satyrs will join Pentagram for the nine city trek. A list of confirmed dates, including a handful of one-off West Coast headliners this month, can be seen below.

Frontman Bobby Liebling commented: “Pentagram is extremely excited about our upcoming tours in the U.S. and Europe this fall. We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album Curious Volume for you. We feel that they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history. Of course, the set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs; we are going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!”

Formed in the early 1970s with a debut album Relentless releasing in 1985, Pentagram has survived through more than four decades filled with adversity and triumph to become the legendary international act it is today, firmly stamping its name into the heavy metal history books. Although once viewed as a cult act but with a strong and dedicated global fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity due in part to the 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, which follows the trials and tribulations of a troubled rock star, Pentagram’s lead singer Bobby Liebling. With a DVD release set for this fall on Peaceville’s label, the documentary has garnered international recognition on the film festival circuit and has won several awards, including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

The band recently released its double DVD collection, All Your Sins, featuring over 7 hours of live footage spanning a period of three decades.

Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram and Curious Volume, out this week on Peaceville.


Pentagram live…

8/26 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
8/27 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
8/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

Pentagram w/ Electric Citizen, Satan’s Satyrs…

9/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/01 – Providence, RI @ The Met
10/02 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/03 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/06 – New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Pentagram is…

Bobby Liebling – vocals
Victor Griffin – guitar
Greg Turley – bass
Pete Campbell – drums

Pentagram online…

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GWAR B-Q Is Huge Success – GWAR Announces North American Tour Dates!

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q was held this weekend in beautiful Richmond, Virginia.  All Bohabs lucky enough to survive the event are in agreement; this was the best GWAR B-Q ever!  Fans from across the globe made their way to Hadad’s Lake in Richmond to celebrate the 30th Birthday of intergalactic shock rock giants….GWAR!

The 3-day weekend of destruction and debauchery started off at The National with the B4BQ, featuring blistering performances from Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and every band from The Summer Slaughter Tour.  After the show, hundreds of Bohabs kept the party going at GWAR’s own watering hole, the one and only GWARbar!

The weekend’s main event took place on Saturday, August 15th, under crystal clear skies at Hadad’s Lake.  The water was cool, and the Oderus Ale was flowing like hot, delicious piss! In an uncharacteristic act of compassion, our Lords and Masters offered free GWATER to the delirious, heat stroking Bohabs, and this was no Woodstock…there were more than enough chemical toilets for all the pee pee and poo poo!

Riding high on the momentum from The GWAR B-Q, the Intergalactic Overlords are set to hit the road next week.  The tour begins August 25th in Millvale, PA and ends September 19th in Toronto.  Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and label-mates Battlecross, and this run will see the band playing all three Riot Fest dates (Denver, Chicago, Toronto) and the Befuddled Fest in New Albany, IL. Tickets for these dates are on sale now!

Following their appearance at the final Riot Fest in Toronto, GWAR will return to their arctic slumber for less than a month before they return to finish the desecration of the North American continent.  This time, the band will be joined by Born of Osiris and once again their friends in Battlecross.  This leg of the tour kicks off October 7th in Cincinnati, OH and wraps up November 28th in Orlando, FL.  For the Canadian dates on the tour direct support will come from Cryptopsy.  More dates will be added in the coming weeks, so don’t worry if your Intergalactic rock gods have yet to announce a date in your town. Tickets for these Fall shows go on sale Friday August 21st, but if you are a member of the GWAR Fan Club, you can get your tickets starting today direct from your Overlords at a reduced ticket processing fee by clicking the logo below or visiting

GWAR promises an all new show that cannot be missed. All human scum are commanded to attend each and every show of the tour! So tell your bosses, spouses and screaming rug rats to suck it! Dedicate your life to GWAR!

The band is keeping the gory details of the show tightly under wraps, but guitarist Pustulus Maximus seems hell bent on leaking some information about what to expect…

“I have yet to grasp this concept of the internet and the spouting of self-important speeches by people in social media; the INTERNET MUST DIE, so GWAR will KILL IT!. Management tells me the internet is not a person that can be fought and killed, but they don’t know the true power of a Scumdog. WE KILL EVERYTHING!”

GWAR w/Butcher Babies and Battlecross
8/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
8/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/29: Denver, CO @ Riot Fest*
8/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/5: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog – Befuddled Fest*
9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/12: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest*
9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
9/19: Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest*
*Festival Appearance

GWAR W/ Born of Osiris and Battlecross:
10/7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/8: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/9: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
10/12: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
10/13: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
10/14: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/17: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/18: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/19: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
10/24: San Bernardino, CA @ KnotFest*
10/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/26: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/4: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/6: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/7: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/8: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/9: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/21: Houston, TX @ Houston Whatever Fest*
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
*Festival Appearance
**Cryptopsy Providing Direct Support

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FAITH NO MORE Share “Sunny Side Up” Clip

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Lahaina, Hawaii – Faith No More have posted a live video for the song, “Sunny Side Up” as the band announces a Sept. 3 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The “Sunny Side Up” clip was filmed at The Fillmore in Detroit on May 8.

Faith No More recently wrapped up four months of international tour dates following the release of their first album in eighteen years, Sol Invictus.  The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart with numerous top ten entries across the globe (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK).

Faith No More tour dates:

September 6     Seattle, WA     Bumbershoot
September 8     Denver, CO     Red Rock Amphitheatre
September 11     Chicago, IL     Riot Fest
September 15     Guacima, Costa Rica     Parque Viva
September 18     Bogota, Columbia     Royal Center
September 20     Buenos Aires, Argentina     Luna Park
September 24     Sao Paulo, Brazil     Escpaco Das Americas
September 25     Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     Rock in Rio
September 27     Santiago, Chile     Get Louder

October 25     Sacramento, CA     Aftershock Festival


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SLAYER Discusses Working With Producer Terry Date On Upcoming Album “Repentless”

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Leading up to the 9/11 release of Repentless, Slayer’s new studio album, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt talk about working with producer Terry Date

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August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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John Gallagher (Raven) has recorded lead vocals on A SOUND OF THUNDER’s covers of “Space Truckin'”(DEEP PURPLE) and “Icaurs – Borne on Wings of Steel”(KANSAS). Both tracks are exclusively available via A Sound of Thunder’s current Kickstarter campaign which runs through August 17th.  Previews of both tracks are streaming on the band’s Soundcloud page here.

Gallagher commented on the guest spots: “It was my pleasure to be invited to be a part of the A SOUND OF THUNDER project.  I chose to do one I’d actually never heard by Kansas (an amazing band that I’m catching up on), and an old fave by Deep Purple. Hope you like ’em!!!!!”

A SOUND OF THUNDER recently announced its new album Tales from the Deadside with a Kickstarter campaign that reached full funding in under 24 hours.  The full-length concept album is based on Valiant Entertainment’s SHADOWMAN comic book series.  The album was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with RIAA-platinum awarded producer Kevin ‘131’ Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven).  Tales from the Deadside is set for release on September 25th.  The Kickstarter campaign runs through August 17th and features many exclusive items including colored vinyl, picture discs, t-shirts, and digital bonus tracks featuring additional guest musicians yet to be announced.

“The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date,” said A SOUND OF THUNDER guitarist Josh Schwartz.  “We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. Shadowman’s harrowing journey demanded no less!”

A Sound of Thunder was formed in Washington, DC in 2009.  Their most recent album “The Lesser Key of Solomon” was released on September 9th, 2014 via Mad Neptune Records and debuted at #43 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

RAVEN’s latest album “ExtermiNation” was released in April on SPV/Steamhammer Records.  The album was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer Kevin ‘131’ Gutierrez and landed at #53 on the Billboard Hard Music chart and #190 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

A Sound Of Thunder:

Nina Osegueda- vocals

Josh Schwartz- guitars/ keyboards

Jesse Keen- guitars/ keyboards

Chris Haren- drums/ percussion


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W.A.S.P. Premiere New Song “Last Runaway”

August 18th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P.  This October 9th, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.

Today the first single from Golgotha is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of  Be one of the first to hear “Last Runaway” HERE.

Frontman Blackie Lawless told about Ultimate Classic Rock about “Last Runaway”:

“40 years ago I came to Hollywood as a teenager.  Terrified and scared out of my mind, I had no idea what waited there for me.  The song “Last Runaway” is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after.  Be it a kid looking for success in the music business or any life challenging endeavor that someone would “Runaway” from in life, I’m certain that everyone can relate to this story one way or another.  It’s another kid “chasing the dream” ………and trying to survive it in the process…we’ve all been there!!”

Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records

Golgotha Track Listing:
1. Scream
2. Last Runaway
3. Shotgun
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
9. Golgotha

W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins.  Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’s Dominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!

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Edu Falaschi: solo album title, track list and cover artwork revealed

August 18th, 2015
by EvilG
Edu Falaschi

Edu Falaschi

Ex-Angra frontman Edu Falaschi has finished the recording of the best-of acoustic album dedicated to the 25th anniversary of his musical career. The title is confirmed as ‘Moonlight’, and it will present acoustic versions of the most significant songs of Falaschi’s career in Angra, Almah and more, all the material was rearranged for the voice with piano, acoustic guitar and orchestra.

The cover artwork was created by Brazilian designer Gustavo Sazes (Almah, Kamelot, Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, Manowar, etc.). The worldwide release is set for the end of this year, the date is to be announced soon.

Track List:
01. Nova Era
02. Bleeding Heart
03. Warm Wind
04. Arising Thunder
05. Rebirth
06. Breathe
07. The Traveller
08. Angels and Demons
09. Spread Your Fire
10. Wishing Well
11. Wings of Revolution
12. Heroes of Sand

Edu Falaschi started his career in 1990 and since then the musician has issued 14 studio albums and has got a worldwide fame with more than one million CDs sold, countless world tours and recognition of fans worldwide especially in Japan, Europe and South America.

At the moment Edu Falaschi is working in the studio with his mates from ALMAh at the 5th album of the band.

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Dienamic Announce Japanese Tour

August 18th, 2015
by EvilG

Nordic Thrash Mob To Hit Japan For Four Dates

Norwegian thrashers Dienamic are heading to Japan for the second run of dates! The band are heading over to support their new record “Afterlife” which will be released in Japan on September 3rd.

The band are to play the following dates:

Sept 3rd – Flying Son, Sendai

Sept 4th – Tight Rope, Nagoya

Sept 5th – Wild Side, Tokyo

Sept 6th – Wild Side, Tokyo

Straight from the heart and right in your face! Dienamic has a super energetic and intense live show, with unique audience contact and a great atmosphere. The band first saw the light of day in 2010, and ever since the first live show following the release of their self titled EP they have been bringing it on the stage.

With over 60 live shows to date, they have become a bone crushing five piece metal act that will definitely leave a mark on the world. The band has already toured Japan, most of central and eastern Europe along with their home country Norway. This band is addicted to touring and get out there every chance they have!

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