Just recently the UK Metal Masters VENOM INC – featuring Tony “The Demolition Man”, Mantas and Abaddon – concluded the 2nd part of their extremely successful North American tour.
Tony Dolan has issued a special message for their fans:
“On behalf of my band and myself I’d like to thank North America for ALL 60 dates we completed…from Florida to Quebec, from New York to LA, the eastern seaboard, the western seaboard, the north to the south and everywhere in between! Both part I and part II of our 2016 VENOM Inc tour were outstanding. We were welcomed everywhere and the fans? No words can truly describe the emotions they displayed & the support they have shown us. VENOM is for life and for that we thank our Mighty Legions! For our endless gifts, jewellery, photos, Tshirts,CDs, my Tequilla, Abaddon Jack Daniels,Posters,artworks,on & on, we feel very humbled and privileged and for ALL we Thankyou. Here’s to our new album upcoming and we will return in 2016!! See you soon. Tony ‘The Demolition Man’ On behalf of also of my brothers Mantas & Abaddon”
[Photo by Ben Stas / Sommerville show June 2, 2016]
The video for “Curious Volume” was produced by David Hall (Uneasysleeper.com), known for his work with The Melvins, Pig Destroyer, Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, Venom, Brutal Truth, Ken Mode and more, with the live footage shot on tour March – April 2016 by Jerry Moore, Chris Navarro, Joe Shuerger and Dan Lively.
Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling said of the video: “We wanted our first ever video to, in-a-way, be a connection to the past as well as the present. The song can be interpreted as a personal and collective journey that we’ve been on for close to half a decade. It’s a trip that’s both physical and mental and I feel that Dave’s end result illustrates that for us and everyone. The video stands as both an escape and an introduction to us as artists and people. You can feel the rigors and rewards of tour life through the visuals. We love the stardust and psychedelics as well as the raw rock-n-roll energy felt throughout the song and video alike. We hope you connect with it like we do.”
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.
Curious Volume released in August 2015 on Peaceville Records.
Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL release a new video for the song “Zombie Apocalypse” taken from their new studio album “Anvil Is Anvil”.
Guitar player and singer Lips says about the song:
“Zombie Apocalypse is my personal favorite from the new CD…I love the feel and tempo which allows for melody and sheer power. I’m still finding it funny when I was asked “Zombie A coffee Lips?”
Drummer Robb Reiner adds:
“A blood Rock / Sabbath inspiration of sorts ,… combined with slamming doom feel….the track is hypnotic in nature,….displaying a shredding of a guitar solo and has been fun to perform live!!! One of the many top tracks from “Anvil Is Anvil”!”
The new album “Anvil Is Anvil” was released in February 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold clear version and download.
ANVIL will embark on a massive European-Tour in October and November 2016 and they also confirmed the first Canadian shows of this tour! Here are the confirmed dates:
ANVIL “Anvil Is Anvil” Canada-Tour 2016
22 Arnprior,ON – St. John Pub
23 Oshawa,ON – The Music Hall
12 London,ON – Norma Jeans
19 Brampton,ON – Spot 1 Music Hall
26 St. Johns,NL – Factory
10 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
ANVIL “Anvil Is Anvil” European Tour 2016
20.GB-London – Academy
21.GB-Manchester – Rebellion
22.GB-Doncaster – Diamond
25.GB-Gloucester – Guildhall
26.GB-Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
27.GB-Grimsby – Yardbirds
28.GB-Bristol – The Bierkeller
29.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
30.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
04.NO-Sandnes – Tribute
05.NO-Fosser – Oeak Metal Club
06.SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand
08.DK-Kolding – Godset
10.NL-Amstelveen – P60
11.D-Bochum – Matrix
12.D-Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise
13.NL-Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
15.F-Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
16.I-Calenzano – Cycle
17.I-Rome – Jailbreak
18.I-Erba – Centrale
19.I-Padova – Bullet
20.I-Borgo Priolo – Dagda
24.D-Sieburg – Kubana
25.D-Lorsch – Rex
SPV/Steamhammer is very proud to announce, that AC ANGRY from Saarbrücken, Germany have recently inked a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. The new album will be released in November this year. It will be available as CD, Vinyl Version and of course as download.
The debut album “Black Denim” (2013) will be available as download again soon worldwide too.
Alan Costa (AC Angry) on the signing: “We are thrilled to announce that we will be working with SPV/Steamhammer from now on! The legendary label boasts decades of experience and unrivalled expertise in the music business and we are happy to have found precisely the right partner for our future endeavours. Being part of the SPV/Steamhammer family, home of many of our heroes, is just awesome! There is a true passion for music here! Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll!”
Georg Schröder (A&R Steamhammer): “This 4-headed Rock n Roll beast fits perfectly into our current Steamhammer roster. The band was able to get international attention with their debut album “Black Denim” and they toured very successful with some big names in the music biz, such as Airbourne, Black Label Society, Saxon and many others. The new album will be a good step forward in their career and we are honored that they decided to go this way together with SPV/Steamhammer.”
CHEAP HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – ONLY A COUPLE OF ROOMS REMAINING!
For those who are looking for a cheaper hostel type of accommodation we just sealed a deal that will offer You this simple but cheaper option.
The service will even include a shuttle bus from the hostel to the festival ground as with our hotel packages.
T hostel is situated in Hradec Kralove, approx. 20km from the festival ground. See what hostel Academic can offer and if you are interested in ordering a room, scroll down and click on the Reservation form, the rooms are not likely to last long! http://brutalassault.cz/en/hostel-academic/
Brutal Assault 2016 Festival will be held between 10th and 13th of August 2016 in the Old Army Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic. The combination of eclectic lineup as presented by selected worldwide acts and the historical area of the Old Army Fortress is what makes this festival unique. It’s an integral part of the festival’s image and provides festival-goers with unusual experience.
This year’s edition offer few well know acts like Polish black metal icon BEHEMOTH, legendary American industrial MINISTRY or British doom metal cult ELECTRIC WIZARD or Japanese post rock sensation MONO.
You still got seven weeks of dusting Your bones before the festival hell breaks out, but we have already revealed 95% of the line-up and right now we’re bringing You the festival SCHEDULE, where You can find out which bands play in the respective days.
Also we are again giving You the opportunity to create Your own Brutal Assault poster! Our simple website app lets You pick 10 of Your favourite bands from this year’s line-up and put them in order based on Your preferences. In the next step You can add info about the total number of editions You’ve visited and then we’ll generate the poster for You. The poster is available for download or sharing on Your facebook page. There are several genre-centred versions of the poster based on the selected bands, so we have something for everyone! As a bonus, You can win the festival hardcover book we put out last year to celebrate 20 years of the festival and festival hoodie simply by sharing Your poster on facebook! Available designs are here and here.
The rules are easy, 10 randomly selected people, who will share their line-up poster with the #mybrutalassault hashtag on facebook will receive the festival book or the hoodie. The merch is to be picked up at the festival on Your ID card. Beware, the post must be set as “public” otherwise we won’t be able to see it so it couldn’t enter the draw. Otherwise it’s pretty simple, just share Your line-up poster on Your timeline or set it as Your cover photo and add the aforementioned hashtag. The winners will be announced June 30th! Find the poster app here http://my.brutalassault.cz/en/
Below are the winners of the first round of our #mybrutalassault contest, congratulations! And here comes the second round, this time You can win 5 free festival passes! The rules are the same as the last time. Five randomly selected people, who will share their line-up poster with the #mybrutalassault hashtag on facebook, will receive free festival pass. The pass is to be picked up at the festival on Your ID card. Beware, the post must be set as “public” otherwise we won’t be able to see it so it couldn’t enter the draw. Otherwise it’s pretty simple, just share Your line-up poster on Your timeline or set it as Your cover photo and add the aforementioned hashtag. Find the poster app here! Not familiar with the app? Check this post.
Doro Pesch – Strong and Proud – 30 Years of Rock and Metal
Interview by Robert Cavuoto
The Metal Queen, Doro Pesch will be releasing her brand-new 2Blu-ray/3DVD+CD box set entitled Strong and Proud – 30 Years of Rock and Metal on July 15, 2016 in the US through Nuclear Blast.
Three decades of Doro are captured in this monster box set that gives fans a chance to see her perform her extensive catalogue of music live. It features her 30th anniversary shows which took place during her 2013 – 2014 world tour and kicked off in front of 85,000 people at the world’s biggest metal festival; Wacken – followed by two sold-out nights in her home town, Dusseldorf, where she also started her outstanding career.
Doro invited all her friends to come to party and perform with her like Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Biff Byford (SAXON), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE), Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Udo Dirkschneider, Uli Jon Roth, as well as LORDI. Included in this box set is a two-hour movie/documentary, which delivers deep insights behind the scenes as well as inside the heart of Doro.
In this interview, Doro provides us with a very candid and honest look into her success over the last 30 years and the importance of this tremendous box set!
Canadian progressive/power folklore metallers SCYTHIA recently released their newest full-length offering, Lineage. You can order your digital or physical copy of Lineage now via the band’s Bandcamp page. These minstrels of metal are back today with a play-through video of the album’s title track, “Lineage”, which you can view now exclusively via Gear Gods: http://geargods.net/playthrough/scythia-shred-tastic-new-guitar-playthrough-for-lineage/
SCYTHIA guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states, “We’re stoked to have our playthrough of “Lineage” up with Gear Gods! We use some really unusual gear. I play a custom-made Warrior Black Knight with X2N active pick-ups into an ENGL raider 1 x 12, and AJ plays a Ibanez RG premium through a Blackstar HT Stage 100.”
Although the band primarily self-produced the album, Lineage features engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), and mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica). Nino Laurenne is also responsible for mixing duties on the album. Lineage was recorded at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany and Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
SCYTHIA are gearing up to perform at two more events this summer before heading out on a tour this fall (details coming soon). See below for all currently confirmed performance dates.
SCYTHIA Canadian Tour Dates:
Aug 19 – Edmonton, AB @ DV8
Aug 25-28 – Valemount, BC – Metalocalypstick Festival
SCYTHIA have been playing progressive power metal with a twist of folklore since 2008. The band has coined their own sound while drawing influences from different genres such as celtic/gypsy folk music, power metal, death metal and progressive rock. SCYTHIA’s albums and performances feature rich, poetic storytelling and grand tales that vividly captures the imagination of their listeners. Because of this, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally. Scythia acquired its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with ancient Slavic imagery and melodies inspired from Balkan music. The name is fitting for a grandiose sound as SCYTHIA is also an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.
SCYTHIA delivered their first album Of War in 2010, which was quickly followed by their next release Of Exile in 2011. The latter scored SCYTHIA a nomination at Canada’s Sirius XM Indies Independent Music Awards in the Best Metal Group/Duo category, amongst the likes of Bison B.C., Derelict, Devin Townsend Project and Mares Of Thrace. In February 2014, the band released their most recognized release to date, …Of Conquest. The Canadian quartet’s lead single and music video, entitled”Bear Claw Tavern”, was first featured via GuitarWorld.com and instantly hit the web like wildfire. The video – described as a truly uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring SCYTHIA rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters – garnered over 50,000 views in less than a few days, inciting io9 to dub it “20 times better than The Hobbit”.
…Of Conquest positioned the band with an opportunity to co-headline a major festival in Brazil and other festivals in the southeast US the following year. With the same production team behind their upcoming offering Lineage, SCYTHIA is poised to make 2016 their breakout year.
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet returns with his most intense solo release to date. One Sided Waris Michael’s 7th studio solo album and is slated for release on August 26th via Rat Pak Records. 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. The new album showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career. The album is available for pre-order at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet.
“Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks,” explains Michael Sweet.
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, “Golden Age”, “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront. One Sided War features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. An EPK that talks about the CD and contains samples of “Bizarre” and “Radio” can be seen at: https://youtu.be/xl5PgzbZy-8. The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.
The Track listing for One Sided War is:
2) One Sided War
3) Can’t Take This Life
5) Golden Age
6) Only You
7) I Am
8) Who Am I
9) You Make Me Wanna
10) Comfort Zone
11) One Way Up
12) Can’t Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring Moriah Formica)
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.
Aussie rockers AIRBOURNE have shared the first song from their new album Breakin’ Outta Hell. The title track premiered today via Metal Injection.
The album is the band’s Spinefarm Records debut and it’s out September 16.
The band will also crash North American shores this fall, as well, embarking on a tour that runs from September 12 through October 14. The band will perform 21 gigs in total on the trek.
AIRBOURNE ON TOUR:
Mon/Sep 12, 2016 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Tue/Sep 13, 2016 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
Wed/Sep 14, 2016 San Francisco, CA Independent
Fri/Sep 16, 2016 Seattle, WA Tractor
Sat/Sep 17, 2016 Vancouver, BC Commodore
Tue/Sep 20, 2016 Victoria, BC Sugar
Thu/Sep 22, 2016 Kamloops, BC Cactus Jacks
Fri/Sep 23, 2016 Calgary, AB Gateway
Sat/Sep 24, 2016 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Sun/Sep 25, 2016 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Events Center
Wed/Sep 28, 2016 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid
Thu/Sep 29, 2016 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Fri/Sep 30, 2016 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Sat/Oct 1, 2016 Detroit, MI Smalls
Tue/Oct 4, 2016 Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s
Wed/Oct 5, 2016 London, ON London Music Hall
Fri/Oct 7, 2016 Toronto, ON Opera House
Sat/Oct 8, 2016 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Tue/Oct 11, 2016 Boston, MA The Middle East
Wed/Oct 12, 2016 New York, NY Gramercy
Fri/Oct 14, 2016 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
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In this beautifully designed and illustrated history, prolific rock journalist the noted Rush authority Martin Popoff follows the world-conquering exploits of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson from the band’s formation in Toronto to their fortieth anniversary record release, celebration and world tour. Popoff’s stellar history is complemented by LP reviews from a slate of highly regarded music writers, a thorough discography compiled by the author himself, and more than 400 photographs and articles of memorabilia, running the gamut from candid backstage images of live performance photography to picture sleeves, gig posters, period print ads, ticket stubs, backstage passes, and more. The result is a visually stunning and authoritative review befitting the rock band with one of the world’s most devoted fan bases.
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Currently everyone in Antarctica is slaving away on preparations for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q. During a break in the action to step away for a quick hit of crack, the band realized that there was no crack left.
“Since the FBI and CIA have put a huge dent in the human trafficking market we have to resort to touring again to make drug money! We can’t catch a break!” exclaimed guitarist Pustulus Maximus!
So there you have it, the Scumdogs in GWAR need crack and they are out of money!!! So to combat this problem your Lords and Masters will be slaying Juggalos in July, GWAR B-Q’ing this August, then hitting the road with Crowbar and Mutoid Man from September 14th in Cincinnati, OH through September 18th in Buffalo, NY with a stop in Chicago at this year’s Riot Fest! Tickets for the GWAR headline shows go on sale this Friday July 8th!
GWAR At Gathering of the Juggalos:
7/21: Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley*
GWAR B-Q Weekend!
8/19: B4BQ – RIchmond, VA @ The National
8/20: GWAR B-Q – Richmond VA @ Hadad’s Lake*
GWAR W/ Crowbar and Mutoid Man:
9/14: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/15: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest (Humbolt Park)*
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
9/18: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
South Florida heavy metal outfit, Forty Winters, has announced a July 22 release date for its sophomore album Rotting Empire on Dead Truth Recordings. Today, the band has teamed up with Lambgoat to stream the first single and opening track, “Summoning Spirits,” in the form of a lyric video created by acclaimed animator/music video director Scott Rudd (Fear Factory, Thy Art is Murder, Job for a Cowboy). Stream the new song and video clip exclusively at: http://lambgoat.com/news/26851/Forty-Winters-announce-new-album-premiere-song.
Forty Winters vocalist Xavier Vicuna comments: “Welcome to the year of Rot! With each release we got more comfortable in our own skin and more willing to take chances, which leads us to Rotting Empire. You can expect the signature FW sound with more of a modern approach, better song structure, as well as more grit and tenacity. It’s pissed, and it’s real. Some unexpected and unplanned touring pushed the release back quite a bit, but we were able to play new songs and hype the impending album so it was well worth it. We always had a vision for our sophomore album, this is it.”
With regards to the first track, he adds: “‘Summoning Spirits’ is a great representation of what people can expect from Rotting Empire. It’s the first single and the opening track of the album. We recorded the album in the order of the track list, it all just felt right.”
1. Summoning Spirits
3. Profit Hostage
4. Empty Tombs
5. Human Sacrifice
6. Looming Serpent
7. Snuff out the Light
8. Disease of Time
Over the course of the last three years, Forty Winters has toured extensively in the U.S., Puerto Rico, South America and Central America, plotting, calculating, and culminating its brand of pissed off, punishing metal. Rotting Empire was recorded by Jesse Kirkbride (Black Tongue, Aversions Crown, Enterprise Earth) at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, Fla., and features special guest appearances by Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams) and Adam Warren (Oceano).
Rotting Empire is the follow up to the 2011 debut Reflection and 2013 ‘Isolation’ EP. In that time, Forty Winters has shared the stage with genre heavyweights like Suicide Silence, Terror, Emmure, A Day To Remember, Stick To Your Guns, Shai Hulud and more.
Stay tuned for more information on Forty Winters and Rotting Empire, out next month on Dead Truth Recordings.
Forty Winters is:
Jeff Stevenson – Guitar
Xavier Vicuna – Vocals
Scott Dotson – Drums