New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have posted an intro video for the upcoming webisode series the band filmed documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died. Check out the video intro.
AGNOSTIC FRONT has announced that as a special bonus in each vinyl edition of the album, every copy will also contain a download code for the album Your Time’s Up by THE ALLIGATORS, a rowdy punk project featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band INSTED.
The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL). The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song “A Wise Man.”
Commented Miret: “Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for ‘A Wise Man’ being that song has a total One Voice era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!”
The American Dream Diedwill be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. A limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too – surf to http://smarturl.it/AmericanDream-NB to secure your copy!
Recently AGNOSTIC FRONT posted a track-by-track commentary for every song on the new album. It was written by the band’s iconic front man, Roger Miretand can be read below.
The American Dream Died: It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!
Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to “protect and serve” us. If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with. Don’t abuse your badge!
Only In America: It’s sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You’ve gotta be blind if you don’t see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!
Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won’t get left behind.
We Walk The Line: It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.
Never Walk Alone: We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran’s Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it’s not an image!
Enough Is Enough: Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical” – Thomas Jefferson.
I Can’t Relate: Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.
Old New York: New York City has lost its edge. It’s been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we’re surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let’s face it, it’s not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.
Social Justice: Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!
Reasonable Doubt: Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!
No War Fuck You: Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.
Attack!: On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!
A Wise Man: Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever.
Just Like Yesterday: This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is “From NYC to the Berlin beat.” It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore community.
The American Dream Died Track Listing:
02. The American Died
03. Police Violence
04. Only In America
05. Test Of Time
06. We Walk The Line
07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller
08. Enough Is Enough
09. I Can’t Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar
16. Just Like Yesterday
Featuring a new arsenal that includes founder Robert Kukla on rhythm guitar, bass and vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, ex-Devin Townsend Project ex-Aborted) on drums, Myles Malloy on lead guitar and programmer Connor Ort Linning, Calgary, AB’s ARBITRATOR unleash their debut album ‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ out now as of February 13th and available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and CD Baby.
“‘Indoctrination of Sacrilege’ is the by-product of nearly four years of my life. It is a collection of the investments, time, influences, and inspirations within those four years. Although I feel like I have outgrown myself, the album still stands as a testament of my passion for the art. It’s everything I wanted it to be, and I look forward to hearing what the friends and fans of Arbitrator have to say about it. I can guarantee that the album falls nothing short of genuine.” comments band founder Robert Kukla.
The album is produced by Sacha Laskow (ex-Divinity, Every Hour Kills) plus mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy) along with album artwork done by Colin Marks (Exodus, Scar Symmetry, Jeff Loomis). ARBITRATOR is a project that began in late 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Kukla and officially debut in 2011 with the release “The Consummate Ascendancy” with former drummer Corey Chernesky.
Track Listing: Arbitrator – Indoctrination of Sacrilege
1. They Will Worship This Fire of Agony (6:41)
2. Stillborn Bastard of The Nazarene (6:50)
3. For That Which May Appease Lions (6:56)
4. Serpent of The Styx (8:41)
5. Profaned and Perfected (7:30)
6. The Burning Sands of His Kingdom (instrumental) (3:14)
“Indoctrination of Sacrilege is full of juicy riffs, and will easily quench any death metal fan’s thirst. It’s well written, catchy, and rewarding to revisit over time.” – Metal Made In Canada
“..a promising effort that sets the bar fairly high…melodic death metal that at times – and perhaps not surprisingly – echoes Soilwork at their feistiest, the grandiosity of Septicflesh or old Nocturnus and the blasphemous fury of Behemoth, with the blackened edges to boot. “Epic” is the word that perhaps best describes Sacrilege, as most of its six tracks are monsters… ” – Metal Rules
“These well crafted songs have an infectious groove to them, these riffs are punishing, the drums are precise and effective, the vocals are raw and full of anger and the soaring keyboards life the songs to new heights; they give the album a grandiose feel, full of ominous presence.” – Devils Gate Media
“With hard hitting, kick in the teeth death metal, Arbitrator gives a solid beat down full of hatred and ear-busting brutality in their song Stillborn Bastard of the Nazarene.” – The Indie Authority
“”The consummate ascendancy” is a fucken impressive first step and I wish the guy all the fucken best with his future endeavors. The talent is there, and obviously – so is the will.” – Global Domination
“…it quickly becomes clear that Arbitrator is more than just another death metal band. These guys are not afraid to put some experiments into their music and they still know via these two long, rather unusual songs how to make a decent impression.” – Lords of Metal
“Honestly, I’d love to hear more of this, so let’s hope Arbitrator can latch onto a label, fill out their line-up, and get working on a full-length follow-up to this very promising debut EP.” – Sea of Tranquility
Norwegian Black Metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records for release of their upcoming DVD Live At The Opera!
Mastermind Satyr about the story behind Live At The Opera:
“The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.
We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.
For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you’re there.
This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It’s not a live album. It’s a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”
Live At The Opera is set to be released in Europe on May 1st & on May 5th 2015 in North America via Napalm Records. This upcoming release will contain the full performance DVD and double CD of this exclusive and very special concert by the legendary Satyricon.
Originally released in 1986 via Metal Blade in USA and in The Netherlands via Roadrunner Records, Sentinel Beast’s classic debut Depths of Death will emerge from the crypts of old school thrash. On 2nd March 2015 Irish label Marquee Records will unleash this thunderous beast of an album.
Check Out ‘Dogs Of War’ Here!
Although they have been largely overlooked by most mainstream-leaning heavy metal historians, the cultists who truly live and breathe the old-school stuff wave the flag of Sentinel Beast.
Led by female vocalist Debbie Gunn, Sentinel Beast formed in Sacramento, California, in 1984 with bassist Michael Spencer, drummer Scott Awes, and guitarists Greg Williams and Jerry Frazier fleshing out the lineup. The group wedded the melodic yet aggressive flair of NWOBHM bands such as Angel Witch and Cloven Hoof with the propulsive rhythmic attack favoured by the early thrash movement. After recording three demos in their first couple of years together, Sentinel Beast started gaining a buzz within the underground metal community, with Slayer’s Kerry King and Omen’s Kenny Powell becoming two of the group’s loudest cheerleaders. But Sentinel Beast’s biggest champion was Brian Slagel, the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records, the Southern California-based label that helped launch the careers of heavy metal icons like Metallica, Voivod, Cannibal Corpse, and the aforementioned Slayer. Slagel would go on to sign Sentinel Beast to his then fledgling label, further cementing the already growing reputation as one of North America’s most promising speed metal acts. With guitarists Barry Fischel and Mark Koyasako replacing Williams and Frazier, a revitalised Sentinel Beast entered Track Record studios in North Hollywood with famed producer Bill Meteyor (D.R.I., Sacred Reich) to record their debut album, Depths of Death.
Released in 1986, the album found the quintet delivering on the promise of their demos. Blistering thrash assaults like the opening title track and ‘Evil Is the Night’ compliment the moodier cuts that also appear on the album including the instantly memorable ‘The Keeper.’ A faithful cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ also proves to be a fine addition to the album, paying tribute to one of Sentinel Beast’s spiritual brethren.
Despite sharing the stage with artists like Megadeth, Motörhead, and Exodus, Sentinel Beast would go on to break up after Spencer left the fold to replace Jason Newsted in Flotsam & Jetsam, who himself had quit his band to join Metallica after the death of Cliff Burton. After Sentinel Beast split up in 1987, Gunn moved to Chicago to front Znowhite, eventually relocating to Europe to join the all-female thrash outfit, Ice Age.
After lying dormant for 20 years, Sentinel Beast awoke in 2007 with Gunn again leading the charge. Since then, the band has toured Europe and Mexico, and released the Risen Demo EP (2009), and a compilation of material from the ‘80s called Up From The Ashes via StormSpell Records. Still a commanding live act, Sentinel Beast continues to floor audiences throughout the world on both large festival stages and inside sweaty heavy metal clubs.
Amaranthe will make their triumphant return to North America this spring for a headline tour. This marks the first time the band has cruised through the U.S. and Canada since last fall, when they served as main support for Within Temptation. On this run, fans will enjoy the full Amaranthe experience, as it will be their show.
Since the October 2014 release of MASSIVE ADDICTIVE, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, Amaranthe have gained steady momentum, with the addictively catchy single “Drop Dead Cynical” enjoying an exciting wave of success, garnering major spins at SiriusXM’s Octane and currently climbing the Active Rock radio charts.
The band recently shot a video for “Digital World,” which will premiere shortly. Stay tuned!
Joining Amaranthe on this spring trek will be I Prevail, as well as their labelmates in Santa Cruz. The latter are a bunch of young Finnish turks with major chops. They will release Santa Cruz on March 10 and are arriving stateside just in time to make some rock ‘n’ roll noise, to make dedicated and diehard fans of your sons, and to make out with your daughters! Lookout! The band recently shared a lyric video for “My Remedy.”
Hard rock fans won’t want to miss this special spring jaunt.
Amaranthe Spring 2015 Tour Dates With I Prevail + Santa Cruz:
5/13 New York, NY —Gramercy Theatre
5/14 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
5/15 Worcester, MA —The Palladium
5/16 Philadelphia, PA—The Trocadero Theatre
5/17 Toronto, ON—Opera House
5/20 Joliet, IL—Mojoes
5/23 Calgary, AB—Republik
5/24 Edmonton, AB—Starlite Room
5/26 Vancouver, BC—Rickshaw Theatre
5/27 Seattle, WA —Studio Seven
5/29 Denver, CO —Bluebird Theater
6/2 San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom
6/3 Los Angeles, CA—Club Nokia
Guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will release Scorpions Revisited, a highly-anticipated brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, in physical format on March 10 via UDR Music. Order the album now via iTunes.
Catch ULI JON ROTH supporting Scorpions Revisited on the Extreme Guitar Tour now:
Remaining 2015 ULI JON ROTH US Tour Dates – Extreme Guitar Tour:
12.02.2015 – Texas – Dallas – Trees
12.02.2015 – Texas – Houston –The Concert Pub North
For over four decades, ULI JON ROTH has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, ULI JON ROTH was a member of European rock giants, the Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.
The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH’s Scorpions Revisited, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it’s clear that ULI JON ROTH reinvents these songs from the soul up. Feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy.
Track listing – CD1:
1. The Sails Of Charon
2. Longing For Fire
3. Crying Days
4. Virgin Killer
5. In Trance
6. Sun In My Hand
7. Yellow Raven
8. Polar Nights
9. Dark Lady
Track listing – CD2:
1. Catch Your Train
2. Evening Wind
3. All Night Long
4. We’ll Burn In The Sky
5. Pictured Life
6. Hell Cat
7. Life’s Like A River
8. Drifting Sun
9. Rainbow Dream Prelude
10. Fly To The Rainbow
“The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978,” explains Roth. “Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I’m very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance.”
The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).
Metal icons Scorpions’ legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band’s shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band’s career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.
The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli’s “Polar Nights” guitar solo that make it a classic.
“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980’s when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal.
“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre’s development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.
1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
NWOBHM heroes TYSONDOG will release new studio album titled “Cry Havoc”, on April 20, 2015, on Rocksector Records. “Cry Havoc” will include 12 brand new songs, one of them titled “Shadow Of The Beast” is available as a free single at www.soundcloud.com/rocksector
Back in 1984, amongst the music press, renowned journalists such as Malcolm Dome, Geoff Barton & Dante Bonutto were tipping TYSONDOG for major success, emerging at that time from the force that had become known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One way or another, the fates conspired to deprive TYSONDOG of the international fame that so many thought they were destined for and in time the band disappeared from the limelight. Nevertheless, TYSONDOG’s rich history was not forgotten & having re-started their engines, have gradually worked their way back with a new perspective on life and the band is happy to see that people are taking notice. The power, precision and impact of their live performances are winning many new fans, as well as re-awakening old ones. Those qualities in the live performances have transferred to the studio setting equally well and “Cry Havoc” is the shining result. “Cry Havoc” was recorded at BLAST Studios in Newcastle, UK, and produced by Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn – founding member of VENOM and MPIRE OF EVIL.
For an artist to be elected to the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame, 20 years must have passed since their debut album in order to “guarantee an enduring historical value.”
The Swedish Music Hall Of Fame is situated on Djurgården in Stockholm by the ABBA museum.
From the Hall Of Fame jury:
The boy who would become known as Yngwie Malmsteen used to lock himself in his early-’70s bedroom in Hässelby with his electric guitar. His mother passed in trays of food now and again. The boy’s plan was not to come out again until he had mastered his instrument as well as Paganini, the Italian violin virtuoso who played so well it was rumoured that he had sold his soul to the devil. When Yngwie eventually emerged from his room, he brought with him albums such as ‘Rising Force’, which were to take the world by storm. Yngwie Malmsteen, with his dazzling technique and neo-classical metal style, has influenced electric guitarists on seven continents. Like a Paganini with smoke bombs and long hair, he has — in his own words — ‘unleashed the fucking fury’ and redefined Swedish music.
International metal band Blackwelder will release their debut album, “Survival Of The Fittest“, on April 24, 2015 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The “Survival Of The Fittest” cover artwork can be seen below.
“Survival Of The Fittest” track listing:
01. The Night Of New Moon
04. Freeway Of Life
05. Inner Voice
06. With Flying Colors
07. Remember The Time
08. Play Some More
09. Oriental Spell
10. Judgement Day
Today is the release of the first single Élan out of the new Nightwish album »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, which will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).
The release is also celebrated with the video clip for ‘Élan’. It was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, directed by Ville Lipiäinen.
Tuomas Holopainen commented: “The long awaited NIGHTWISH music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called “Urho” (“Braveheart”).”
Watch the video clip here:
Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk has returned with the new music video and single “Winter Woede,” the opening track of the new album “Velua,” which drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
March 20th: GAS/BENELUX
March 30th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
April 1st: SE/ESP
April 7th: USA/CAN
The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands – is the setting for Heidevolk’s fifth album “Velua.” Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener’s journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!
The album and video mark the debut of the band’s newest members Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals. The track list for the album is:
1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:
13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
The German death metal squad Morgoth unleashed the fiery lethal death metal outputs in early 90’s such as ETERNAL FALL, CURSED and ODIUM when death metal was at its peak. When the wind of changes started blowing the band changed the sounds more into the brutal industrilized approach and finally called its quits. The German death metal giant slept till 201o when Morgoth was resurrected back to life. Despite the vocalist change, the five piece’s most recent album UNGOD still proves the old school death metal lives and well. The band’s guitarist Sebastian Swart unveils more about Morgoth.
On March 3rd, UDR Music will release Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a tribute album of brilliant cover tracks recorded to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.
Today, Loudwire is hosting the premiere of an unreleased clip from the bonus DVD, which features an interview with Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne). The in-depth interview discusses Sarzo’s work on the record and his memories of Randy Rhoads, as well as other topics. The interview is conducted by Grammy Award-winning Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute producer Bob Kulick. Watch the clip here: http://loudwire.com/randy-rhoads-rudy-sarzo-exclusive-video/
In addition to the aforementioned interview with Rudy Sarzo, this essential bonus DVD is chock full of never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with more of the amazing artists involved in the compilation, such as Dweezil Zappa, Jon Donais (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), and others. The DVD is hosted by record producer Bob Kulick, and also includes a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA run by the Rhoads family.
The Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute record itself features an incredible gathering of renowned heavy metal and hard rock musicians performing 11 hard-hitting covers of classic Randy Rhoads co-written tracks. In addition to the musicians mentioned above, the songs are performed by top contemporary artists including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinnie Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
Listen to “Crazy Train” here via Rolling Stone
Listen to “Mr. Crowley” here via LA Weekly
Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be available in double vinyl gatefold, digipack and digital formats. PRE ORDER HERE via AMAZON
11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Bernie Torme
Rhythm Gtr: Bob Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.
When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.
Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.
Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.
The band comments on the signing:
“Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic ‘doom’ album ‘Relentless,’ many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That’s what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are.”
It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. “Minnesota” Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.
Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, All Your Sins, due out March 31 in North America. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Featuring two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.
1.1 Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
1.2 CBGBs – 1985 [00:28]
1.3 The Seagull Inn – 1985 [00:22]
1.4 The Hung Jury Pub – 1987 [00:39]
1.5 9:30 Club – 1993 [00:41]
2.1 The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
2.2 The End – 2010 [01:09]
2.3 John Dee, Oslo – 2012 [01:11]
2.4 The DNA Lounge – 2014 [00:06]
Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.