MAC SABBATH to Launch “Clown Power Tour”

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The kings of “extra cheesy” metal covers, MAC SABBATH, are back this September to slay you with their fast food-themed renditions of Black Sabbath anthems. Dubbed the “Clown Power Tour” 2016, MAC SABBATH will be joined by equally mesmerizing one-man, painted Elvis Presley project, Clownvis Presley, originally discovered on Season 5 of America’s Got Talent.

Blissfully unaware of his own tour package, Ronald Osbourne unnervingly offered, “The clown Elvis bloke? Yes I know him, we clown folk stick together, he’s a magical mate with a show like nothing I’ve….What the bloody hell? On our tour??? You got to be kidding me! Who does he think he is! But you realize I’m the clown ozzzzzzz–”

“… Sorry,  I think what Ronald is trying to say here is that MAC SABBATH will be joining forces with Clownvis Presley for a magical fun-tastic experience this summer on the Clown Power Tour 2016,” interjected manager Mike Odd, laughing nervously as he tightened Osbourne’s straightjacket.

The “Clown Power Tour” 2016 begins on August 25th in Las Vegas, NV and will run for about a month, ending in Tucson, AZ on September 17th. The band will perform a one-off show in Los Angeles on August 5th. See below for a full listing of MAC SABBATH tour dates.

MAC SABBATH Tour Dates:
8/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theatre

“Clown Power Tour” 2016 Dates:
8/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
8/28 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
8/30 – Green Bay, WI @ Lyric Room
8/31 – Detroit, MI @ Populux
9/1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex Theater
9/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
9/3 – Asbury, Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9/4 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall
9/5 – Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome
9/7 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/8 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
9/9 – Augusta, NJ @ Sussex County Fairgrounds
9/10 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Ballroom
9/12 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
9/13 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
9/14 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
9/15 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
9/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
9/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress (NO Clownvis Presley)

Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a MAC SABBATH show. Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – MAC SABBATH puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams.

“… one of the most interesting bands to come around in a long, long time. They have Dead Kennedys’ outrageous sense of humor mixed with total irreverence and ornate style on top of a solid, engaging performance (even if the crowd is reluctant to respond). So while this whole thing was probably thought up after eating too many pot brownies, it is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time.”­
– Troy Farah, Phoenix New Times

“This is not a drill. Be it exchanging Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” for a “Pair-a-buns” or “Iron Man” for a “Frying Pan,” these food-focused musical dweebs are cooking up something hot ‘n’ ready just for you.” – Alicia Lutes, MTV.com

“The most impressive-and terrifying-thing about Mac Sabbath is that they’re actually really good. Ronald channels his inner Ozzy onstage, from the manic jumping to the frantic hand waving…” – Bryan Rolli, Paste Magazine

“Even if the songs are dripping with onions and extra cheese, Mac Sabbath put on one righteous stage show, complete with smoke machines, gritty power chords, and endless head-banging.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceofSound.net

Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To”

Hungry for more? Check out some MAC SABBATH livevideos via YouTube here:
“Frying Pan” – https://youtu.be/m1wkfJY3AZM
“Pair-a-Buns” – https://youtu.be/GiAO2-SH3Wc

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MAC SABBATH is:
Grimalice – bass
Ronald Osbourne – vocals
The Cat Burglar – drums
Slayer MacCheeze – guitar

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GWAR Introduces “Arctic Snow” Vodka and Announces Special Events For GWAR B-Q 2016!

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

That’s right Bohabs, the date is drawing closer and closer… The 7th Annual GWAR B-Q is set for Saturday August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at Hadad’s Lake.  The band line-ups are set for both the B4BQ and the GWAR B-Q, but in case you need a refresher here’s who you can expect to see this year.

Priming you beasts for the feast at the B4BQ on Friday, August 19th:
CANNIBAL CORPSE, NILE, AFTER THE BURIAL, SUFFOCATION, CARNIFEX, REVOCATION, KRISIUN, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, INGESTED and ENTERPRISE EARTH.

And annihilating stages at the GWAR B-Q on Saturday, August 20th:
GWAR, LAMB OF GOD, AGAINST ME!, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, AUGUST BURNS RED, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, EYEHATEGOD, LAGWAGON, MURPHY’S LAW, BRAIN TENTACLES, MOBILE DEATHCAMP, OCCULTIST, RAMMING SPEED, SAWYER FAMILY, and THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL.

So you know the bands that are playing and now it’s time to let you know about the other amazing events that are set for the GWAR B-Q!

First, your Lords and Masters are thrilled to announce their very own GWAR Vodka.That’s right! GWAR and James River Distillery will unleash Arctic Snow to the masses. Collaborating together with JRD master distiller and GWAR’s master drunks, the band and the distillery have produced a potato vodka that is sure to please Bohabs and civilians alike. Arctic Snow is 80 proof and distilled 4 times for the perfect balance of flavor and smoothness. It gets you drunk too. It will be making its debut at GWARB-Q on August 20th and will be available at James River Distillery’s store thereafter.

The “GWART” Contest will be held for the very first time! Over the past 32 years, Bohabs have been creating artistic etchings and inscriptions with their puny hands dedicated to GWAR. These creations have not gone unnoticed and please your Lords & Masters greatly.

If you think you have what it takes to impress GWAR, send ONE piece of art via email. There will be TWO WINNERS!!

A panel of experts, or a bum in GWAR’S lair, will select the top ten entries from the submissions. One winner will be picked by whomever gets the most votes online via FB and the other winner will be picked by a select all star panel of art judges, including GWAR’s very own artist, the guys creating the sick fun that you crave. Bohabs DO NOT have to be present to win either prize, and there is a chance that one artist could win BOTH prizes. Email your entry to: hoopleworks@gmail.com by Aug 6th for a chance to win.
Only one entry per person and art must be GWAR related.
The two prizes include: Relics dug out from the depths of Slave Pit hell.

Start stabbing at some paper with pens, pencils, severed limbs or whatever your feeble little minds can dig up.

The Costume Contest returns to the GWAR B-Q as minions of Bohabs adorn themselves with duct tape and tampons to win meaningless prizes and gain acceptance from their masters, GWAR. Sign up for the costume contest at 2pm at Pavillon J near the Mill Rd gate with clearly marked Event signage. The winner and runner up will be paraded around on stage in front of the festival crowd to claim their prizes.

This year will see the return of the “Spew-O-Lympics”, a semi-aquatic-flail-fest of despair! Wanna-be contestants are required to submit a short essay on why they feel they should be considered to participate in this hallowed event. Longer than 200 words ensures immediate disqualification (and dismemberment). The band themselves will read these essays while taking a dump, and judge the top selections. Find out how to enter at https://www.facebook.com/SpewOlympics.

Also returning this year at the GWAR-B-Q is the Rolling Wheels of DeathSkate Park. In an effort to bump up the number of life altering casualties, GWAR has added a second half pipe that is 6′ tall and 12′ wide with a 7′ transition.  Remember you must be 18 to enter the park and will have to sign a waiver to be able to participate.

The insane freaks from the FBM Bike Co. will also be back again with multiple bike ramps to propel hapless Bohabs high into the air, just to come crashing down into the inky depths of Hadad’s Lake.

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METAL MELTDOWN; EXTREME Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of ‘Pornograffiti’ With “Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown” Blu-Ray/DVD/CD September 23

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme’s classic multi-Platinum, Grammy® nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band’s career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released September 23 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part “Metal Meltdown” DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.

Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), the PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN package includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. It also features Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through Extreme’s story, with exclusive interviews, ‘80s archive footage, and an exclusive photo gallery. Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, it’s set for release September 23. A trailer can be seen here.

“It was a great thrill to perform PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety,” says singer Gary Cherone. “Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour.  The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it’s when we came in to our own and it will always be special.”

As guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt continues, “The band always prided itself on its live performance. Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it. “

Extreme achieved their greatest success with their 1990 album PORNOGRAFFITTI, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, and was certified multi-Platinum. Musically, PORNOGRAFFITTI is dominated by blistering guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed rock/metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in leading guitar playing publications. But it was the acoustic ballad single, “More Than Words,” that reached #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart and was nominated for a Grammy® Award for “Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.” The subsequent single, “Hole Hearted,” another acoustic track, was also successful, rising to #4 on the same chart. “Decadence Dance” and “Get the Funk Out” were also released as singles both landing on Billboard’s Rock chart and becoming fan favorites.

To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide.  The band’s trademark sound is a mix of hard rock funk in the spirit and style of their predecessors Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen and Van Halen—fueled by BETTENCOURT’s signature guitar flights and CHERONE’s resonant vocals—and matched with a social consciousness in their lyrics.

Award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented, “It was a real privilege to produce PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN in celebration of PORNOGRAFFITI, to have the opportunity to work first-hand with such high caliber musicians and audio purists. Over 25 years after this iconic album was released, we captured the band at their very best. Watching Nuno Bettencourt’s off-the-charts guitar solos is simply mind-blowing, as confirmed by Queen’s Brian May and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, whom we filmed paying homage to the Guitar God himself in the RockShow documentary. One of the highlights of the documentary is a moment where Gary and Nuno are sitting on the doorstep of Gary’s childhood home, and they perform a spontaneous version of ‘More Than Words.’”

Here’s the complete song listing of PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN:

1.    Decadence Dance
2.    Li’l Jack Horny
3.    When I’m President
4.    Get the Funk Out
5.    More Than Words
6.    Money (In God We Trust)
7.    It (‘s a Monster)
8.    Pornograffitti
9.    When I First Kissed You
10.  Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11.  Flight of the Wounded Bumble Bee
12.  He-Man Woman Hater
13.  Song For Love
14.  Hole Hearted
15.  Play With Me*
16.  Cupid’s Dead*

* Songs do not appear on the audio CD.

About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud’s roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label’s longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.

About Rock Fuel Media:
Rock Fuel Media is an award-winning, full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel Media’s goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners. Their team has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins. The Beach Boys, Korn, The Doors, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row, and Great White. They produce 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows they produce and distribute. They use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for their partners.

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Frontiers Music Srl to Release New TYKETTO Album

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

In celebration of the band’s 25th Anniversary, Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of TYKETTO brand new album “Reach” on October 14th.

After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, TYKETTO took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The sessions took place at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales (Queen , RUSH , Oasis ). Musically the band is truly at the top of their game, with their muscular brand of melodic rock delivered with the finest arrangements and awesome performances.

Lead vocalist Danny Vaughn comments, “Although we only had planned on recording ten songs for “Reach”, we were so pleased with everything, we decided to keep all twelve songs on the record. We unanimously decided on “Reach” as the title of the album, as it defines who this band is in 2016. We have a new energy, some incredible new members, and a fresh outlook toward the future. All of us have pushed each other beyond our limits to make what we feel is a pinnacle record in our catalog.”

Drummer and founding member Michael Clayton Arbeeny adds, “Many bands who have been out as long as we have feel they need to fit into a preconceived notion of what their fans expect to hear. Following in the footsteps of icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Prince , we have decided to expand our musical boundaries and introduce our friends around the world to TYKETTO 2016. Rest assured that all the songs on “Reach” still carry the trademark melodies and choruses our fans have grown to love over the decades. The band is feeling stronger and performing better than ever and we can’t wait to share this music with the world.”

In addition to Vaughn and Arbeeny, the unstoppable 2016 lineup includes Chris Green (guitars and vocals), Ged Rylands (keyboards and vocals) and Chris Childs (bass).

A video for the title track, “Reach,” will be released soon. An 11 country tour to support the album commences in October. Dates below.

REACH Track Listing:
1. Reach
2. Big Money
3. Kick Like A Mule
4. Circle The Wagons
5. I Need It Now
6. Tearing Down The Sky
7. Letting Go
8. The Fastest Man Alive
9. Remember My Name
10. Sparks Will Fly
11. Scream
12. The Run
13. Precious Little Gets Away (Digital Bonus Track).

TYKETTO
Danny Vaughn – lead vocals
Michael Clayton Arbeeny – drums, percussion, vocals
Ged Rylands – keyboards, vocals
Chris Green – guitar, vocals
Chris Childs – bass guitar, vocals

TOUR DATES
September 30th – Avalon – Hollywood, USA
October 1st – 5th – Monsters of Rock Cruise
November 13th – De Bosuil – Weert, Netherlands
November 14th – Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium
November 16th – Pacific Rock – Cergy, France
November 18th – Hall of Fame – Wetzikon, Switzerland
November 19th – Riffelhof – Burgrieden, Germany
November 21st – Nachtlebel – Frankfurt, Germany
November 23rd – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
November 24th – Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
November 26th – Cluny – Newcastle, UK
November 27th – O2 ABC2 – Glasgow, UK
November 28th – 02 Academy 2 – Liverpool, UK
November 29th – 02 Academy 2 – Islington, UK
December 2nd – Planet Rockstock  – Trecco Bay, UK
December 4th – Robin 2 – Bilston, UK
December 5th – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham

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STEVE’N’SEAGULLS’ “Aces High” Video Has Landed

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation Steve’N’Seagulls have shared the video for their latest and greatest — their cover of Iron Maiden’s classic “Aces High.” Throw your horns up and watch the clip.

“Sometimes, in order to make things happen, all you need is a bunch of crazy ideas, mash ’em together, and wait for the results,” the band said about the video. “This is basically how we started with our first video from the upcoming album. We were lucky to get some enthusiastic, creative, and hard-working people around to get it done. You can imagine that mixing miniature aircrafts, cows, pyrotechnics, and belly dancers with the band doesn’t necessarily come together naturally. But it did. And we’re happy about it.”

S’N’S’s second album  Brothers in Farms is out September 9 via Spinefarm Records.

The song is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order the album.

S’N’S also revealed details of the new album.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, such as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Their unique take on beloved tracks garnered S’N’S fans, who cropped up all over the world, and their videos racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened Steve ‘N’ Seagulls Day for 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.

This time out, the brothers-in-farms tackle legendary tunes from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Megadeth, and more.

BROTHERS IN FARMS TRACK LISTING:

1. “Aces High”
02. “Sad But True”
03. “Wishmaster”
04. “It’s A Long Way To The Top”
05. “You Could Be Mine”
06. “November Rain”
07. “In Bloom”
08. “Symphony Of Destruction”
09. “Fill Up The Tank”
10. “Burn”
11. “The Pretender”
12. “Self Esteem”
13. “Out In The Fields”
14. Born To Be Wild”

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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Aaron Stainthorpe – My Dying Bride

July 31st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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My Dying Bride has been dooming for 26 years and have released several now classic albums. On each album the British metallers have always succeeded in creating a depressing feeling and eerie atmosphere. Metal-Rules.Com sat down with the vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe to talk about several interesting topics. 

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JEFF PILSON – Foreigner, Dokken and more

July 28th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

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JEFF PILSON

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Jeff Pilson is an American musician and producer best known for his long stint in the band Dokken. Jeff joined Dokken in 1983 and during the following years he recorded 6 studio and 3 albums with the band including such classics as TOOTH AND NAIL (1984) and BACK FOR THE ATTACK (1987). The band went through several line-up changes and break-ups. Jeff parted ways with the band for the last time in 2004. He was a member of Dio for part of the 1990s and recorded and toured for the albums STRANGE HIGHWAYS (1994) and ANGRY MACHINES (1996) with the band. In the summer of 2004, Pilson became the bass player for the AOR legends Foreigner. He has been part of every Foreigner recording and tour since, including the 2009 studio album, CAN’T SLOW DOWN. Pilson’s credits also include session work with such names as McAuley Schenker Group, Craig Goldy and Wild Horses. Although he is known primarily for his work as a bassist, Pilson is also known as a producer and he has worked in that capacity on his several own projects like War & Peace, T&N and Lynch/Pilson. He has also produced Foreigner’s latest releases and several other bands including Kill Devil Hill, Benedictum, Adler, and Last in Line. I met a good humoured Jeff in June at Sweden Rock, just prior his show with Foreigner. Here’s what the man told us about current Foreigner happenings, the upcoming Dokken reunion, his producing work, and other interesting subjects.

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OPERATION: MINDCRIME Debut New Single “Left For Dead”

July 28th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music srl has released the first single, “Left For Dead” from the upcoming new album from Operation: Mindcrime, RESURRECTION.

“Resurrection”, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate, is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of ” Left For Dead”.  The song can also be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music.

“Resurrection” is the second part of a musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate, following one year after the release of the debut album, “The Key” in September 2015. Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

“The album “Resurrection” is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy.  It continues the story that began on the first album “The Key” with the near death experience of the lead character known as “H” and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, “H” has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called “The New Reality”. Or does he…,” explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, “I’m excited for people to hear and experience “Resurrection” because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, “The Key”.  Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009’s overlooked gem American Soldier – Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans – Tate’s 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

“Resurrection” Track Listing:
1. Resurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bailey)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side You’re On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On “Resurrection” Include:
Geoff Tate – Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kelly Gray – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Scott Moughton – Guitars, Keyboards
Randy Gane – Keyboards
Dave Ellefson – Bass
John Moyer – Bass
Simon Wright – Drums
Scott Mercado – Drums
Brian Tichy – Drums
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Mark Daily – Vocals
Nick Greatrex – Guitars

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George Lynch 35 Years – A Celebration of Scary Music

July 28th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Guitarist Jay Parmar celebrates 35 years of Legendary Guitarist George Lynch’s monster guitar playing with an impressive exhibition of electrifying and provocative guitar wizardry. Not to mention, the Axe eye-candy is to die for…

Legendary Guitarist George Lynch is best known for his work with the heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob. Lynch is considered to be one of the most influential and famous 80’s metal guitarists. He is known for his unique playing style and sound. He is ranked #47 on “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Guitar World magazine and is also ranked #10 on “Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time”

As the Guitar Guru recalls, “the idea came to me one day of doing a video compilation of Mr. Scary’s music … I wanted to tie-it-in with my weekly YouTube show “Lynch Lycks”, where I teach how to play in the style of George Lynch. It’s a skill that I have acquired over the 27 years I have played and I want to share that with the many guitarists who want to learn that style. So, I listed every original studio album George has done, took a favorite clip of one song from each LP and then recorded the audio and video – so it’s a historic account of George’s 35 Years. I had an absolutely amazing time creating it and I’m super pleased with it! I had an absolutely amazing time creating it. It’s a real privilege to have had to opportunity to do this and I’m super pleased… by the same toke, I got to play pretty much every guitar that I own, especially my collection of ESPs and the guitars I build, Spirit Dance Guitars, and of course showcase the Randall Amp (I am a Randall endorse)!”

My GOAL is to get this video out to as many people as possible!!!  Please enjoy the entertainment…

For INSPIRATION:

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As well as being a solo artist, Jay has worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians over the years, including Eden’s Curse, Iron Knights and The Inner Road. Jay works from his studio, Sacred Sound, in East Sussex, UK, where he writes, records, engineers, produces, and teaches.

Read more: http://www.jayparmar.com/

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FAITH NO MORE Share Rare Footage from 1986 Performance in Advance of ‘We Care A Lot’ Reissue

July 27th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

As part of the build up to the release of Faith No More’s We Care A Lot reissue (Aug. 19, Koolarrow Records), watch new, rare footage (audio and video by Chris Husband) of Faith No More performing ‘The Jungle’ live from 1986 at The i-Beam in San Francisco:

The footage and track are included on the album reissue, and the track is also now available (as well as “We Care A Lot” and “As The Worm Turns’) as instant  downloads on the iTunes pre-order link: http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital

“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”

The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release. We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) is available now for pre-order on CD (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotCD), digital (http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital) and vinyl (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotLP).

We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a “raw punk album” while Select Magazine dubbed it “a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve.”

“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”

“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows.  Very stripped down, basic as could be.  The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”

We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:

1. We Care A Lot
2. The Jungle
3. Mark Bowen
4. Jim
5. Why Do You Bother
6. Greed
7. Pills for Breakfast
8. As The Worm Turns
9. Arabian Disco
10. New Beginnings
11. We Care A Lot – 2016 Mix
12. Pills for Breakfast – 2016 Mix
13. As The Worm Turns – 2016 Mix
14. Greed – Original Demo
15. Mark Bowen – Original Demo
16. Arabian Disco – Original Demo
17. Intro – Original Demo
18. The Jungle – I-Beam, SF, 1986
19. New Beginnings – I-Beam, SF, 1986

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MEDEVIL Reveal New Track ‘The Angel of Rain’ via Metal-Rules.com

July 27th, 2016
by EvilG

Western Canadian ‘Conductor of Storms Tour’ presented by PureGrainAudio
Debut Album ‘Conductor of Storms’ Out Aug 26th

Photo Credit - Kevin Eisenlord: L-R - Eric Wesa (Bass/Backup Vocals), Ross Collingwood (Drums), Liam Collingwood (Vocals), Gary Cordsen (Lead Guitar), Brett Gibbs (Rhythm Guitar)

Photo Credit – Kevin Eisenlord: L-R – Eric Wesa (Bass/Backup Vocals), Ross Collingwood (Drums), Liam Collingwood (Vocals), Gary Cordsen (Lead Guitar), Brett Gibbs (Rhythm Guitar)

Influenced by legends such as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Accept and Metal Church, Chilliwack’s heavy metallers MEDEVIL are set to unleash their debut full length ‘Conductor of Storms’ on August 26th.  The Canadian metal scene has been anticipating this release since the band placed in the top 6 during the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition where they won over many fans with their self described ‘power thrash’ full of blistering fast riffs, strong choruses and front man Liam Collingwood’s impressive vocals (you can swear is Udo Dirkschneider from a distance).

Teaming up with Metal-Rules.com, MEDEVIL is proud to premiere their second single ‘The Angel of Rain’ streaming here:

1. Nightwalk (5:11)
2. Machination Factory (4:37) [Youtube]
3. An Empty Glass (4:03)
4. In The Distance (2:50)
5. The Angel of Rain (7:40)
6. A Sacrifice (5:04)
7. Escape (4:20)
8. The Fabled Uxoricide (12:02)
Album Length: 45:51

MEDEVIL will also will be hitting the road this coming August and September for their Western Canadian tour presented by PureGrainAudio.com.



‘Conductor of Storms’ Western Canada Tour presented by PureGrainAudio:
http://www.medevilmusic.com/tour-schedule
Aug 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club – info
Aug 26 – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl – info
Aug 27 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie – info
Aug 28 – Chilliwack, BC – Main Street Night Club – info
Sept 5 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
Sept 8 – Calgary, AB – Verns – info
Sept 9 – Edmonton, AB – DV8 – info

For more info, please visit: www.medevilmusic.com.

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Ravenia – Singer Armi Päivinen

July 25th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Armi Päivinen – Ravenia

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

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From Finland comes Ravenia, a symphonic/film-score metal (according to them) act that released their debut album BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH at the end of April 2016. When I listened to the album I thought it sounded like the soundtrack to a fantasy movie and was nothing like I’d ever heard before. That woke up my curiosity and I decided to get to know more about the band by contacting singer Armi Päivinen to ask if she’d like to conduct an interview. Besides the usual instrumental line up, the band also contains a string section which feels really unusual for a metal act. Armi and I talked about the album, the future for the band as well as their label, Inner Wound Records. If you want to have a somewhat unexpected musical experience then check out Ravenia. The review of BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH is also available on Metal-Rules.com.

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN featuring Göran Edman

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN, a new melodic rock/AOR project featuring Göran Edman on all lead vocals. The self-titled debut album will be released on September 23rd.
Over the years, Göran Edman’s unique vocal style has been showcased in numerous genres including neoclassic metal, progressive rock, and AOR, just to name a few. His vocal stylings can be found on records by John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, and Glory, among others.
CRY OF DAWN is Goran Edman’s latest musical adventure: a straight ahead AOR / melodic rock album which highlights his amazing vocal abilities on superb songs written especially for him by the likes of Michael Palace (Palace, First Signal, Kryptonite), Steve Newman, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Sören Kronkvist, Daniel Palmqvist and Robert Säll among others.
“It’s been a privilege to work with all  these  good songwriters within the genre of classic  AOR,” tells Goran. “The conformity of the production has a good red line with a straight forward melodic flow as you would expect. Its been a true pleasure performing it. The recording of the album took place in Daniel Flores’ studio for the instrumental part while I did the vocals in my own studio. Personally I am grateful to be a part of this project and look forward to the fans listening to the album”.
The result is a true feast for the ears of all lovers of this music. Picture hints of the likes of Night Ranger, Journey, Bad English and Starship and you’ll get a sense of what is in store for you! Hear for yourself with an album sampler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l85g_qMKX0M
Tracklisting:
Chance
Listen To Me
When Right Is Wrong
Tell It To My Heart
Light A Light
Can’t Go On
Building Towers
Hands Around My Heart
Life After Love
Yearn
Tell Me

CRY OF DAWN
Göran Edman – Lead and backing vocals
Michael Palace – Guitars and bass
Sören Kronqvist – Keyboards
Daniel Flores – Drums and keyboards
Produced by Daniel Flores

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A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 – CD Version of Boxed Set Out Now

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Today marks the release of the CD version of Rhino’s new Dio new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. The set brings together Dio’s first six studio albums, each one featuring newly remastered sound, including Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993). Order your copy now via Amazon: CD

Pre-orders are still available for the vinyl version of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, set to release on October 4, 2016. Pre-order yours now via Amazon: vinyl. Retailing at $99.98, the vinyl version 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).

Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers.

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. Dio’s successful solo career led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.

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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2016 Expanded Edition of Martin Popoff’s Book Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story Available

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

OK, BÖC book is now at my site with PayPal buttons:

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http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

Sorry email #2 on this book but I’ve found a lot of you wait until there’s an easy PayPal button to pay for these things rather than ask for an invoice, so here ya go!

So yeah, I’ve got a second shipment of 75 copies of the updated and expanded 2016 edition of my Blue Öyster Cult book for signing and sale. They are expensive to import, so this campaign is brief (PS: I also have the updated Scorpions – Wind of Change, plus the hardcover Lizzy, no changes, but one book, through Johnny – you’ll get a separate email about those, but ask me know if interested):

It’s now called Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story and is published out of the UK and is no longer available as Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed!, which was a 2009 update of the 2005 book.

I did a long rewrite, expansion, re-edit on this thing (plus songs in double quotes, albums italicized, little up-classing details) with new interview footage from Eric Bloom, Al Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Donald Roeser and the always quotable Sandy Pearlman. maybe a few other citations as well, plus better writing.

Less pictures than the 2009 book and I’m not crazy about the cover, but where it really matters, the writing… well, this was my best band biog ever and now it’s even way better, with expanded examinations of many of the songs and an updating of the story, mostly with the continued writing and recording careers of Joe and Al.
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Blue Öyster Cult… six gold and platinum U.S. albums… classic trax like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You,” “Astronomy” and “E.T.I.” Indeed, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard comprised one of the great stadium acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s. BOC were heavy metal enough to duke it out with Kiss, Rush, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath, yet smart, funny, ironic and jaded enough to please the tough New York critics, of which more than a couple mingled within their ranks.

Agents of Fortune is not a biography as such, but a biography of the band’s albums, a canon of work I consider one of the finest in rock, and truly superlative on the lyrical front. Indeed, in radio, print and TV interviews, I’ve consistently called the band’s lyrics the best in the business, tied with those of Captain Beefheart and Pye Dubois (Max Webster, Kim Mitchell). And what’s more, it’s been well-documented that I consider this the most action-packed, intellectual and highly interesting of the band biographies I’ve penned. The guys are just really cool, creative and have killer stories.

The book examines the complicated early days of the band, graphically demonstrating the show biz sweat that goes into making an act an act. The majority of the book however is centered around the peerless intellectual quality of the songs, a quality made entertaining by the band’s psychotropic and ghoulish humor, and by its interest in all manner of conspiracy theories, cults, monsters, vampires, UFO tales, foul play, arcane spiritualism, alchemy, love lost and love buried, science fiction and science friction.

Along the way, I talked (in some cases numerous times) with Buck, Eric, Albert and Joe, along with drummer Bobby Rondinelli, legendary producer of the band Murray Krugman and BÖC expert Bolle Gregmar. For insight into the band’s fantastic lyrical world, I went right to the source, the penners of BÖC classics. Some of the best insights into creativity I’ve ever heard – through 1400 interviews an’ counting – came from Sandy Pearlman (also the band’s manager during the golden years), Richard Meltzer, Helen Wheels, David Roter and John Shirley, along with cover artists Greg Scott and Ioannis. Helen Wheels and David Roter are since deceased—these chats with them are among their last interviews.

Books will be signed by me to you, so make clear if it’s a gift to someone else.

Price including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (surface mail): $38.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail): $42.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff,
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just email me for a quote.

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