Wolf Hoffmann of Accept discusses his addiction to classical music on new CD – Headbangers Symphony

June 25th, 2016
by Metal Rules
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Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers Symphony

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has dedicated his life to heavy metal which is well documented in dozens of albums spanning four decades. But beyond heavy metal, many people might not know that he has an incessant craving for classical music! In 1997 he released his first classical CD and now almost 20 years later he is releasing his newest solo CD, Headbangers Symphony due out July 1st on Nuclear Blast Records. Eleven “metaled up” songs by classical composers like Ludwig v. Beethoven, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to name a few.

I caught up with Wolf to talk about this monster endeavor that took almost a decade to create as well as the work that went into it.

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A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Boxed Set Available for Pre-Orders Now

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Ronnie James Dio’s sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Rhino would release a new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, that brings together Dio’s first six studio albums – each one featuring newly remastered sound. It includes: Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993).

Pre-orders have begun for CD and vinyl versions of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. Pre-order your copy now via Amazon: CD | vinyl.Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers. The CD set will hit stores on July 22, 2016 for a list price of $34.98.

The vinyl incarnation of the set will be available on October 4, 2016 for $99.98, and comes with a bonus 7″ single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).

After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”

The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band’s second platinum seller and included the single “Mystery,” as well as “We Rock,” a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.” Dio’s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles “All The Fools Sailed Away” and “I Could Have Been A Dreamer.”

In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single “Hey Angel” and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like “Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost,” “Evilution,” and the title track.

Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on.  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)

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ANATA “The Infernal Depths of Hatred” vinyl reissue details revealed

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

KAOTOXIN is proud to announce the second release by KAOSKVLT, its new sub-label dedicated to old-school Metal gems: ANATA‘s 1998 debut full-length, “The Infernal Depths of Hatred”, which will be unleashed on October 21st worldwide, for the first time ever on vinyl!

Released in 1998 through then recently launched French label Season of Mist, “The Infernal Depths of Hatred” took the unsuspecting Death Metal scene by storm combining a sped up version of the trademark melodic, catchy and uptempo Gothenburg “New Wave of Swedish Death Metal” sound (At The Gates, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity…) with faster, relentless, heavy parts influenced by the rawer, darker and heavier typical US Death Metal of that time (Morbid Angel, Suffocatio, Cannibal Corpse…).

Specially remastered for analog physical supports at the Conkrere studio (Loudblast remasters, Gorod, OTARGOS…) and coming with a bonus Morbid Angel cover version (“Day of Suffering”) taken from ANATA’s 1999 “War, vol.II” split with Bethsaida, the brand new 2016 version of the album’s collector first press will be limited to 300 hand-numbered copies and come as a yellow and black marbled 12″ vinyl LP.

Track listing
Released When You Are Dead
Let the Heavens Hate
Under Azure Skies
Vast Lands / Infernal Gates
Slain Upon His Altar
Those Who Lick the Wounds of Christ
Dethrone the Hypocrites
Aim Not at the Kingdom High
Day of Suffering [Morbid Angel cover]
Total running time: 43:48
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Los Angeles Rockers BUDDERSIDE to Release New Self-Titled Album via Motörhead Music/UDR

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Doused in the (street) waters of Los Angeles, California, gritty hard rockers BUDDERSIDE are fronted by Patrick Stone, who was with the likes of Quiet Riot, Velvet Revolver and Adler’s Appetite before realizing the ultimate dream of his own band and singing his own songs to the world. Enter Michael “The Stoneman” Stone on bass, Rich Sacco on drums and Johnny Santoro, (Still Standing, Rock Sugar) on guitar to form a rock-solid band of brothers with instantly unbreakable bonds.

BUDDERSIDE manager Todd Singerman of Singerman Entertainment (Motörhead) ensured the band went into Rosewood Strat Studio with producer Paul Inder Kilmister (son of Lemmy Kilmister). And the result is a searing-hot, self-titled debut album Budderside,which is due for release on July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music/UDR. Pre-orders will be available soon, which will come in digipack, digital download and streaming formats.

Take a look at the video for BUDDERSIDE’s first single “Pain” now via YouTube: https://youtu.be/V48Li8Rqi9A

In the video, we see a gym janitor making eyes at a female boxer, who of course knocks him out. A daydream of unlikely grandeur ensues – chock full of scantily-clad vixens boxing one another and a full on BUDDERSIDE concert in the ring! But is this really a daydream? Watch the video to find out!

BUDDERSIDE vocalist Patrick Stone’s drive and verve come from a need to make sense of all life’s challenges – politics, sex, philosophy, rage, love, light, sound, senses – and express them all with one unifying current racing through it all – electricity, and Stone is far from encumbered by any perceived ‘limitations’ of a rock band more than he is empowered by the freedom to explore.

That seeker-spirit sees BUDDERSIDE go from the thick, thumping, leather-clad rock riffery of “The Envelope” to the ska-tinted mobility of “Ska-Bra” which also features Motörhead’s Phil Campbell on guitar. There’s the bendy, grungy intoxication of “X-Girlfriend”, the big-stage orchestral grandiosity of “Can’t Wrap My Head Around You” and the thicker, space-fuzzy buzz-riff of “Open Relationship”… which all serve to say that whatever sonic broadsword BUDDERSIDE want to swing, they swing with freedom and verve.

Infectious, gritty, contagious and altogether dangerous, BUDDERSIDE demand your fullest focus and most engaged attention. Stay tuned for more coming from BUDDERSIDE soon.

Budderside Track Listing:
Genocide
Ska Bra (feat. Motörhead’s Phil Campbell)
Pain
X-Girlfriend
Clear Blue Sky
Open Relationship
My Religion
The Enevelope
Let This One Breathe
Can’t Wrap My Head Around You

BUDDERSIDE is:
Patrick Stone – vocals
Michael Stone – Bass
Johnny Santoro – guitar
Rich Sacco – drums

BUDDERSIDE online:
www.budderside.com
www.motorheadmusicofficial.com
info@motorheadmusic.com

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AIRBOURNE Are Breakin’ Outta Hell!

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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AIRBOURNE —unswerving, clenched-fist champions of the hard rock cause— have confirmed their new album title, Breakin’ Outta Hell, also the title of the first single/video, along with a headline tour of North America for September and October; the tour kicks off in San Diego on September 12 and concludes in Baltimore on October 14, taking in 21 shows along the way.

Driven by a formidable work hard, play hard ethic, the Australian outfit (led into action by brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe, vocalist/lead guitarist and drummer, respectively; guitarist David Roads and bassist Justin Street complete the line-up) have spent the past 10 years establishing themselves as a true force of nature:  living on the road, selling out major venues and appearing on bills with some of rock’s most legendary names, and this latest North American run will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances —maximum energy, maximum entertainment.

Airbourne will launch their latest, fourth studio album, produced by Bob Marlette (who helmed the band’s Runnin’ Wild debut in 2007) and engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, who has previously worked with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Metallica and more, worldwide this fall via a new deal with Spinefarm Records.

The full list of North American headline shows is as follows.

TOUR DATES:

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

Raise the Flag for Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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Progressive Metal Band ONI Unleashes New Music Video for “Eternal Recurrence”

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Solidifying their position as a band to watch in 2016, rising progressive metal band ONI saw their breakout moment earlier this year with the release of their blistering new track “Eternal Recurrence”. Showcasing the band’s ability to meld chaotic progressive time signatures with blazing solos and heavy grooves (with the unique inclusion of “xylo-synth”), “Eternal Recurrence” soars as the band’s first of several planned singles cut from their upcoming full-length album, Ironshore, scheduled to hit stores this fall.

Today marks the release of the band’s new music video for “Eternal Recurrence”. Directed by Abraham Roofeh and filmed in vocalist Jake Oni’s home locale of the Cayman Islands, the video depicts a man running from a mysterious masked assailant – but is this assailant really a stranger? Watch the video now, exclusively via Metal Injection: http://www.metalinjection.net/video/oni-is-the-strange-straight-forward-progressive-metal-band-you-need

ONI frontman Jake Oni states, “It was a pleasure filming the video in the Cayman Islands. It’s very convenient working from home, although the performance was brutal at times. When the guys and myself were done filming, we couldn’t even walk the next day! After headbanging for what felt like an eternity, there was nothing better than laying on the ground!

When we first saw the treatment for the video, it was hard to imagine how it would turn out, however it exceeded all of our expectations. The sunny island felt more dystopian than anything else and our director captured the meaning of the song and the look of the band perfectly. Overall, it was a blast to work on and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!”

Formed in 2014, ONI mastermind Jake Oni’s initial vision for the band was “to be the band he never got to see”. One that was deeply rooted in progressive metal but that had a feel all of its own, one that would rise above a genre that continues to churn out new groups with a similar sound. ONI’s sound comfortably situates them among the genre’s heavy hitters, demonstrating spastic technicality and fast-paced verses like Protest The Hero and Arsis, with melodic progressive hooks echoing Between The Buried in Me. But while those artists are still positioned on one end of the metal spectrum, ONI digs even deeper with resonating groove-oriented guitars and mathematic rhythm patterns resembling artists like Lamb of God and Gojira.

The band’s upcoming new album Ironshore is packed full of contrasts and contradictions, grace and violence, and with the band disinterested in churning out endless soundalikes, each has a distinct character of its own – or more accurately characters of its own, since they refuse to limit themselves to a single mood or tone.

With Jake Oni handling vocal duties, Martin Andres and Brandon White on guitar, Chase Bryant on bass and Joe Greulich on drums, they are also perhaps the first metal band to feature a xylo-synth player, in the form of Johnny D, which adds an interesting and intriguing dynamic.

Stay tuned for much more coming from ONI in anticipation of their upcoming album release this fall.

ONI online:
Facebook: https://facebook.com/theoniband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theoniband
Instagram: https://instagram/theoniband
YouTube: https://youtube.com/theoniband

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KiLLeR DWaRfS 2nd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament For ‘Rock Against Hunger’ In August

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The 2nd annual Killer Dwarfs charity golf tournament “Rock Against Hunger” is happening FridayAugust 26th 2016. The event will be hosted again by none other than world renown Author and DJ Lüc Carl
Last years tournament raised over $2000 for Feed The Need in Durham.
The Tournament is “Best Ball” so all levels of golfers will have a great time! Last year was a blast!
Spots are limited so book your foursomes or singles ASAP!! Payment in full must be received to secure your spot.
We are looking for more sponsors and hole sponsors as well this year.
Lets make this a day to remember and give back to those less fortunate.
Contact Golf@KillerDwarfsBand.com to get your registration forms and sponsorship information.

Please share this event to help get the word out!! #KeepTheSpiritAlive

$150.00 per person Passport: $20.00
Hole Sponsor: $200.00
Foursome & Hole Sponsor: $750.00
Title Sponsor (Includes a foursome) $2,500.00
Price Includes: Golf, Cart, Driving Range, BBQ Lunch, Dinner, and Prizes.
Registration & Lunch at Noon
Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm Dinner, Raffle & Door Prizes at 6:30 pm

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Rock on Green Festival @ The Forum, London

June 24th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Rock on Green Festival

@ The Forum, London

5th June 2016

Review by: Jacob Ovington
Photography by Billy Edmonds/Graham Hilling

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Interview with Untimely Demise

June 23rd, 2016
by J P

Interview with Untimely Demise

by JP
Photos courtesy of Aaron Brown

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Brutal Assault more bands confirmed

June 22nd, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

One of the final lineup updates will leave us with only five announced bands but unfortunately starts with bad news as EYEHATEGOD had to postpone all their European appearances including Brutal Assault. They’ll be replaced by Latvian sludgy post metal TESA. Next on the lineup are the Hungarian Soulfly-style-epigones EKTOMORF and a handful of Czech bands. These however are no fillers, make sure to check them out! First double death metal combo lead by the same mastermind: BRUTALLY DECEASEDand HEAVING EARTH. The first are playing classic Swedish death with their own twist to it, they got their third album on the way and deffo are not just a plain retro but a true powerhouse of their own! The 2015 album Denouncing the Holy Throne by HEAVING EARTH was one of the best death metal records of the last year, especially if you are into blasphemous but yet thoughtful part of the DM spectre. Another great addition to the line-up are Prague’s own experimentators DEMIMONDE who are returing after a 15 year hiatus. The single “The Event Horizon” from their upcoming album was released earlier today and is heralding yet another piece of avantagarde metal science fiction. PERFECITIZEN will unleash a whirlwind of their unique death grind mix which they call blastcore. Three MetalGate records bands to finish this update, electronic metal crossover LIVEEVIL, technical death metal KEEP ON ROTTING and thrashing death ANTIGOD!

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Chris Pike Releases Third Book On BUDGIE

June 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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New BUDGIE book “Time To Remember”

A new book on influential Welsh rockers BUDGIE covers the period from 1980, when new guitarist John Thomas would prove to be just the tonic needed to launch the band into the ’80s.

Thomas, who passed away in March this year, recorded three albums with BUDGIE in the early 1980s – “Power Supply”, “Nightflight” and “Deliver Us From Evil”. The book, “Time To Remember: Budgie’s Heavy Revolution 1980–2010”, covers these three albums and three Reading Festival appearances, culminating in a headline show in ’82.

BUDGIE would also venture behind the Iron Curtain, visiting Poland in ’82 for a triumphant tour of sold-out stadiums, two years before IRON MAIDEN’s much-heralded visit. Forty of photographer Justin Thomas’s previously unseen photos of BUDGIE’s Polish tour are included in the book, which includes more than 750 images across 430 pages.

BUDGIE took a break in 1988, but returned in style to play before a huge San Antonio audience in 1995 – the music kept alive by Texas radio and METALLICA’s covers of “Breadfan” and “Crash Course In Brain Surgery”.

BUDGIE remained active during the 1990s and 2000s, touring in the UK, Europe, the States and Australia, and releasing another studio album. The band last played live in 2010, when bandleader Burke Shelley would undergo emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

The book features contributions from band members, roadies, promoters and photographers, including extensive interviews with John Thomas in the months leading up to his untimely passing.

The new book, the third in a trilogy of books about BUDGIE, can be ordered online here:

http://budgieinpeckingorder.weebly.com/book-store.html

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KISS’ ‘Rocks Vegas’ Coming In August On Multiple Formats

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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On August 26, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash KISS Rocks Vegas on DVD+CD ($21.98), Blu-ray+CD ($26.98), DVD+2LP ($39.98), and Deluxe Edition DVD+Blu-ray+2CD ($79.98).

Captured in the midst of their 40th Anniversary World Tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sonically shook Vegas during their residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in November 2014. This Sin City set sizzles with KISS classics from across their 44 album legacy: “Rock And Roll All Night,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “Love Gun,” and more. As a bonus feature, Kiss Rocks Vegas includes a seven-song acoustic set. Punctuated with pyrotechnics galore, the film presents the fire, electricity, and one-of-a-kind rock experience that earned KISS over 100 million sales globally.

The Deluxe Edition of KISS Rocks Vegas is presented as a hardcover package with a 12X12 book, boasting photos from the show and an exclusive CD.

“We Rocked and Vegas Rolled ! This was Epic In Your Face KISS ! We got Up close and personal, I think Rock and Roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver.”
– Paul Stanley

“KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well.”
-Gene Simmons

KISS has been a solid mainstay in the music industry for four decades, and were recently honored by their peers with the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015. With over 40 years of record-breaking global tours and the expanse of loyal KISS Army members worldwide, KISS continues to entrance generations with their mammoth live prowess, which is on big, bold, LOUD display on KISS Rocks Vegas.

KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer) is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hire A Hero” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help for Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations

For more information, visit www.KissOnline.com

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ANTHRAX – “Zero Tolerance” Lyric Video and Tour Dates

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Celebrating 35 years as a band, 2016 is proving to be a very good time for thrash/metal icons Anthrax, and the festivities are intensifying.  First, today Anthrax is releasing the third lyric video from their new album For All Kings, this one for the track “Zero Tolerance.”  The song closes the album and its message is very personal and particularly timely in today’s society, with the horrific rise in mass shootings and other forms of terrorism.  In the words of Anthrax lyricist Scott Ian, “‘Zero Tolerance’ sums it all up.  It’s about doing anything to protect your small circle of family and friends from the insanity of the world.”  Check out the lyric video for “Zero Tolerance” here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_HKsoql1Y

The truth of humanity is far from insane
It’s focused, it’s cruel, it’s hearbreak and pain
As if I needed more reasons to hate
A savage decision that’s not hard to make
Family and friends, dare to threaten what’s mine
I kill motherfuckers for crossing the line
Tighten the noose round my life and I choose
Murder and mayhem ’cause I’m worse than you

Clockwise from left:  Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Jon Donais, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna
Photo credit:  Travis Shinn

Anthrax’s 35th anniversary year will also see the band spending the bulk of June, July and August playing major music festivals throughout Europe.  These will include France’s Hellfest and Download, SwedenRock, Graspop in Belgium, and the UK’s Bloodstock, as well as playing select dates with Slayer, Iron Maiden, and a handful of headline shows.

Then, the 35th anniversary will culminate beginning September 9 in Cleveland when Anthrax will join forces with Big Four comrades Slayer for a seven-week North American tour of major and secondary markets.  This trek will also include appearances at several major North American music festivals including Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 25 in San Bernardino, CA.

“I find it hard to believe that all this time has gone by,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante.  “I still feel like I did when we were first recording our Spreading the Disease album.  For All Kings has been so well received, it really does make us want to take this to another level.  I think it’s all so encouraging that, after all these years, here we are hanging out with out metal alumni Slayer.  The two bands have never been better at what we do, that’s encouraging for the future of music.”

Added Scott Ian, “July 18, 1981 is the day I started playing rhythm guitar in Anthrax.  Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon to be college dropout that co-founded a heavy metal band.  The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do.  I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.  It is a privilege.  And the reason I GET to be in Anthrax is because for 35 years, people all over this planet have connected with what we do. There wouldn’t be an Anthrax if it wasn’t for the fans that heard something in our sound that made them want to bang their heads all those years ago.  Together over these 35 years, we became part of something that changed the history of music and I am deeply proud of that.  So to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, “Here’s to us; who is as good as us? Damn few, and they’re all dead.”  Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”

For the September/October dates with Slayer, Anthrax is making available a limited number of “VIP Kings Ensemble Packages.”  In addition to the band’s new For All Kings CD, access to the band’s Meet’n’Greet, a personal photo with the band, early entry into the venue, and much more, these special packages will include the buyer’s choice of a Scott Ian Signature Guitar, Charlie Benante Signature Series Snare, or a Frank Bello Signature Series LTD Bass Guitar.  Only 10 of these Ensemble Packages will be available.  For more info on all of the Anthrax VIP Packages, go to http://anthrax.com/vip-info/

Confirmed dates for Anthrax’s 35th anniversary tour are as follows:

JUNE
25   Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, Canada

JULY
2   Tuska Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
3   Wroclaw Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland (w/ Iron Maiden)
5   USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway
6   Terminalen, Alesund, Norway
7   Parkteatret Scene, Oslo, Norway
9   Jalometalli Festival, Oulu, Finland
11   Pumpehuset, Copenhagen West, Denmark
12   Live Music Hall, Koln, Germany
13   Skaters Palace, Munster, Germany
15   Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden
16   Dynamo Metalfest, Eindhoven, Netherlands
17   Rock Fest Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
19   Castrelos, Vigo, Spain
20   Sala Arena, Madrid, Spain
22   Area Concerti Festival Majano, Majano, Italy
23   Fosch Fest, Bagnatica, Italy
24   Rock in Rome, Roma, Italy

AUGUST
11   Leyendas del Rock Festival, Villena, Spain
14   Bloodstock, Walton-On-Trent, UK
21   Pain In The Grass, Auburn, WA

SEPTEMBER
9   Jacob’s Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10   Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
11   Ground Zero, Travers City, MI*
12   Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13   Metropolis, Montreal, PQ
15   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
16   Anthology, Rochester, NY*
17   Revolution Rock Fest., Mashantucket, CT
18   Rock Allegiance Festival, Chester, PA
20   Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
21   Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*
22   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
24   Houston Open Air Festival, Houston
25   Knotfest, Devore, CA
27   Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28   Fillmore, Miami, FL
29   Club L.A., Destin, FL*
30   Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

OCTOBER
1   Louder Than Life Festival, Louisville, KY
3   Norva, Norfolk, VA
4   Orange Peel, Ashveille, NC*
5   Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
6   Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA*
7   Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
8   ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10   Fillmore, Denver, CO
11   The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
12   Rev Hall, Boise, ID*
13   The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
14   The Hill event Center, Idaho Falls, ID*
15   Revolution Concert House, Garden City, ID
16   Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA*  (offer)
17   ENMAX Centre, Lethbridge, AB
19   S. Okanagan Cvents Centre, Penticton, BC
20   Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
21   Hawthorn Theatre, Portland, OR*
22   Discovery Park, Elverta, CA (w/Aftershock)
23   Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
22   Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
25   Orpheum Theatre, Flagstaff, AZ*
26   Top Deck, Famington, NM*  (offer)
27   El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX**

* Anthrax & Death Angel

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ROCK AGAINST MS: THE PIZZA RECORDINGS TO RELEASE TUESDAY JULY, 19TH – PRE ORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The long awaited ROCK AGAINST MS: PIZZA RECORDSINGS will be released Tuesday July 19th, 2016. This is a limited release of 1000 vinyl records with music written and recorded specifically for the Rock Against MS Foundation, 501c3 at the world renown 606 Studios – Home of the Foo Fighters.

PRE-ORDER YOUR VINYL HERE: https://goo.gl/7oAlvt

This album was the brain child of David “Veggie” Vieira when he held a battle of the bands at his restaurant, the World Famous Rock & Roll Redballs Pizza. The winners received recording time for 1 song that would be turned into a vinyl album. Finding that he recorded more than 1 vinyl could hold, he contacted his dear friend, publicist Nancy B. Sayle and said “Let’s do another album for your foundation and ask your friends to join in!”

Sayle had limited space on the album as to the number and length of songs that could be recorded. The music also had to be fresh, new and never recorded – So, she sent out a plea to her friends to donate a new song and record live for the foundation. Several artists stepped up for the challenge without hesitation. In two days they all came back with amazing new, never recorded music and got ready for the studio. They spent the day at the 606 Studios recording the old fashioned way – LIVE IN STUDIO! “Being a part of this album was an amazing experience and a no brainer – It is a charity near and dear to my heart,” explains Phil Buckman (bassist/FUEL). Plus we got to record the song on the legendary 606 Studio soundboard!”

SIDE A
What Cha Don’t – Bullet Boys
Where I Belong – SquirrelEXplosion
Build A boy – Dilana
Love Not For Profit – Billy Bone
Make A Sound – Galvanized Souls

SIDE B
Struggle – DOS (Mike Watt/Kira)
Fly – Complex Killers (Phil X, Phil Buckman, Matt Starr & Dann Saxton)
No Peace In The Valley – Jezebel Dogs
Feels Like Drowning – TODDSPLANET
Same Old Stupid Thing – Imperfexion

This album is one of a kind and a limited edition. Get yours ordered now before they sell out and ROCK AGAINST MS!! For more information go to www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation

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About Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

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Steve’N’Seagulls Are Brothers In Farms… Really!

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation STEVE’N’SEAGULLS are back. Their second album Brothers in Farms is due out September 9 via Spinefarm.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, which spread across the w-w-w and garnered fans all over the world and racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Day in the entire state of Colorado, while the band also covered The Beastie Boys’ hit “Sabotage” for The AV Club, toured the U.S., bringing their folk metal madrigrals to the masses, and appeared at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, last Spring.

The first single for their hillbillified cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” is slated for release on July 21, with the video following on August 3.

U.S. tour dates are below.

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS ON TOUR:

9/23 – Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9/24 – Rowdy on the Roof | Cumberland, Md.
9/25 – Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Louisville, Ky.
9/26 – Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, Ky.
9/27 – The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, Ind.
9/28 – Duck Room | St.Louis, Mo.
9/29 – George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, Ark.
9/30 – Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival | Guthrie, Ola.
10/1 – The Riot Room | Kansas City, Mo.
10/2 – 7th Street Rascals Live | Moline, Ill.
10/4 – Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, Iowa
10/5 -The Frequency | Madison, Wis.
10/6 – Rose Music Hal |, Columbia, Mo.
10/7 – O’Leaver’s Omaha | Neb.
10/8 The Armory Performing Arts Center | Brighton, Colo.

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