He had his first hit, “Journey to the center of the mind”, as a member of the Amboy Dukes in 1968. 1975 marked his official debut as a solo artist. Today, Ted Nugent is a long established icon in American hard rock history. He’s one of the major guitar heroes. Songs like “Stranglehold”, “Motor city madhouse”, “Dog eat dog” and “Cat scratch fever” are classics and perennial faves with fans of fat and groove-based rock. To date, Ted Nugent has sold around 30 million albums and made way over 6 000 concerts. In 2014 he returns to SRF, teamed up with his classic vocalist/rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Greg Smith (ex-Alice Cooper, Rainbow) and drummer Mick Brown (ex-Dokken) – which will also be his one and only European performance this year.
Sweden Rock Festival 4-7 June 2014. Confirmed bands: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Wasp, Alter Bridge, Megadeth Transatlantic, Rob Zombie, Q5, The Rainmakers, Magnum, Queensrÿche, Emperor m.fl. Totaly 84 band!
Today, cult metal legends SATAN’S HOST premiere the new video for “Dichotomy.” The track hails from SATAN’S HOST’s newest album, Virgin Sails, released late last year by MORIBUND RECORDS to widespread international acclaim. Cited by many journalists as 2013′s “Album of the Year,” Virgin Sails showcases SATAN’S HOST in blazing Satanic fury, delivering a hellish opus of new standards and metal classics, taking the band and scene to new heights. With Harry “Leviathan Thisiren” Conklin surpassing all prior vocal performances, buttressed by riveting black-axe master Patrick Evil and the rock-solid rhythm backbone of drummer Anthony “Evil Hobbit” Lopez and bassist Margar, SATAN’S HOST unleash another metal classic. Witness for yourself the band’s unique, eternal “Dichotomy” HERE (and below)
Check out “Lost Cause”, the blistering new release from Hellcannon! Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Hellcannon is preparing to release their second full length album TERMINAL on Vile Records (www.vilerecords.com) in Oct 2014. The driving forces behind Hellcannon are Vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fiorita, drummer Bryant Morrison, and guitarist Jim Nickles, a former founding member of death metal legends Malevolent Creation. Jim is also the owner of Vile Records and Shredly Studios, where TERMINAL is being produced. Catch Hellcannon on their European tour with Sodomizer (Brazil) in Oct when they will hit Germany, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and more!
Alice Cooper fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper’s classic album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated ‘Billion Dollar Bill’
With ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70′s only three years into the decade.
Song for song, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected”, “Hello Hooray”, “Billion Dollar Babies”,and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things”.
After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.
“Other than the original ‘Alice Cooper Band’ being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, our second biggest achievement was when our album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ went to Number #1 in all three music trade magazines at the same time in April of 1973. Number #1 in Billboard, Number #1 in Record World and Number #1 in Cash Box. We had hoped it would sell Gold or Platinum as a follow up to the success of our album ‘School’s Out’, but a Number #1 album was something that was totally unexpected. Over the years the title track “Billion Dollar Babies” has become my signature song because of the recognizable drum intro.” – Neal Smith, Alice Cooper drummer and founding member
“I remember we were out on the road when the album finally came out in February 1973. I listened to it in my hotel room and just got this really big smile. I was thinking, ‘It’s amazing, we’re really pulling this off’. The album was very, very unique and very, very different. I was really proud of the songs, especially ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Generation Landslide’.” – Michael Bruce, Alice Cooper guitarist/keyboardist and founding member
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
10. I Love the Dead
Produced by Bob Ezrin
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering
“…it remains one of rock’s quintessential classic albums!”
To purchase: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/alice-cooper-billion-dollar-babies
Looks like you zombies can‘t get enough of the Feast! ANNIHILATOR‘s latest masterpiece is let loose again as Limited Edition No. 2 – with re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover!
This edition contains:
- The new album Feast in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet
- The 15-song bonus CD Re-Kill with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics
- Plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat!
- Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original Feast cover left us. Which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer!
That‘s 35 songs-worth of the finest Canadian thrash metal. Pretty cool package, eh?
The Feast Ecolbook version will be available in US on March 11, 2014.
ANNIHILATOR’s 14th studio album Feast was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). Read the rest of this entry »
The time has come for music fans to see what all the fuss is about as the self-titled debut by Red Dragon Cartel is available worldwide. The album, featuring guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley, is now available around the globe via Frontiers Records. The band recently released a new music video for “Deceived,” which was viewed over 47,000 times in one week, proving excitement level is high for Red Dragon Cartel. The video for “Deceived” can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/DeceivedVideo. Fans can order the digital album on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel where it stormed to #5 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Chart and #53 on the Top Albums Chart. Red Dragon Cartel is also available on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng.
Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.
Once again it’s time to check out what’s happening in the Circle of Silence camp. I and bass player Björn Boehm hooked up to have a chat about what’s happened since the last time we spoke. The brand new album is titled THE RISE OF THE RESISTANCE and is jammed with brilliant heavy metal music. Our chat was of course about the new album, the past and present of the band, and what lies ahead for Circle Of Silence in 2014. If you’re into heavy metal music then be sure to check out the German act Circle Of Silence.
Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I’m Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. Fans can get a sneak peak at the album courtesy of the all-new lyric video for the song, “The Cause” – which premieres today at 12:00 p.m. EST exclusively at Loudwire, Noisecreep and NewReleaseTuesday. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.michaelsweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Read the rest of this entry »
This afternoon (Tuesday, January 28th) MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference in Los Angeles confirming their retirement, as well as a 72-date North American tour alongside ALICE COOPER.
On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.
“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.
“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”
The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.
From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)
Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!
2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp
23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater
27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp
2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp
12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp
16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp
19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center
27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair
29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center
10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion
I recently spoke with Eden’s Curse bassist and band leader Paul Logue about the band’s new album, SYMPHONY OF SIN as well as the band’s new members. Additionally, Paul shared how the band manages to compose their music despite the members being scattered all over Europe and how SYMPHONY OF SIN is a triumph after a two year period of adversity and hard work.
Having arrived at Camden Underworld early to witness the bands on tonight’s bill sounding checking, it was time to meet Black Metal veterans Carpathian Forest and learn more about their story and what’s to come from their eagerly awaited return to the UK shores. After pulling up a table and setting up our equipment towards the front entrance we were joined by front man Roger Rasmussen, better known to the masses as Nattefrost. Read the rest of this entry »
Debut Solo Album Set For March 18 Release; NAMM Signings And Performance Announced
Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” To Be Released Digitally February 25
Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has unveiled the album cover and track listing for ‘I AM THE FIRE’, his debut solo album to be released March 18, 2014 in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.
Tuomas Holopainen’s debut solo single, A Lifetime of Adventure, will be released on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.
The Nightwish FanPOD update will also include a music video for the new single directed by Ville Lipiäinen and Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.
A Lifetime of Adventure, from the upcoming solo album, Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, will be released worldwide on 7 February 2014. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters. Nightwish FanPOD is available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.
”I have lost my best friend of 32 years and my business partner of 24. Although the unthinkable already happened three days ago, I am still in a state of utter shock. Oliver Withöft leaves a space that cannot be filled for all who held him dear. He was a tremendous father, husband, son and friend and will be terribly missed. I will always treasure him in my heart as the witty, brilliant and altogether great person he was. Farewell Oliver, see you on the other side and in our next life. Your brother, Robert”
–Robert Kampf, Century Media founder
Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on January 20, 2014 after falling ill several months ago. He was 49.
Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1964, Withöft studied linguistics, business and history in both Germany and the U.K. Robert Kampf started Century Media Records 25 years ago simply to create a suitable label home for his own band, Despair. He was looking for a trustworthy and strong partner to lead the company with and found this person in his best friend and fellow musician Oliver Withöft, who joined the company eighteen months later, sharing the same love and passion for music, and metal in particular. Since that very day, these two friends developed one of the most important independent record labels on the planet. Today the company has around 100 people on payroll in Dortmund, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Melbourne and the Netherlands. A lot of musical careers were developed over the years: Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, In This Moment, Otherwise, Iced Earth, Die Broilers, Arch Enemy and Heaven Shall Burn are just a few of them. Century Media became a brand name recognized across the world. Oliver Withöft was always the strategic, legal and financial mind behind the organization. He was not only a strong fighter for the company, but also a very intelligent and forward-thinking leader. When the music industry drastically changed in the ’90s, he was the first to think about new ways to adapt to the needs and challenges of the rapidly-changing market. We have lost a great man with an amazing sense of humor, a warrior, and an overall very human being. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Judith, and their three daughters. Read the rest of this entry »