Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak…it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.
Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.
” ‘Blackout’ just flat out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
The Reigning Queen of Metal LITA FORD has announced the addition of guitar player Patrick Kennison to her band. Patrick has been on the road with the band the past few weeks and is truly brining a new energy to the band.
LITA commented on new guitarist Patrick Kennison:
“Patrick Kennison is our latest and greatest addition to Team LITA! He shreds on guitar and is killer at singing backing vocals. He adds so much energy to the already thunderous sound, just another reinforcement that we will be blowing the doors off the place, and killing it in our future recordings.
We are able to bring down the house together with Marty O’Brien jamming on Bass and Bobby Rock behind us bashing the drums, together they are the best of the best musicians, Hollywood California’s finest line up. Welcome Patrick Kennison!!!”
Kennison on joining the band:
“It’s both an honor and a blast to share the studio and stage with the queen of metal. I attended many Lita Ford concerts as a kid and was always blown away by her guitar playing and take no prisoners approach to the concert stage.”
In other LITA FORD news, LITA narrated the brand new Randy Castillo documentary entitled “The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo”. The film is the story of the late, legendary drummer who played with Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue, LITA FORD and other rock and roll icons of the 1980s and 1990s. The movie will premiere on November 4th at the Red Nation Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. For more info on the film please visit: http://randycastillomovie.com.
Finally the long awaited autobiography from LITA FORD will be released in Spring 2015 via Harper Collins. More details on the book will be made available soon.
UDR Music’s ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set is out now, and has charted at #24 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock charts in its first week! The set also charted at #52 on the Top Indie Albums Chart and landed within the Top 200 as well.
Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken is available as a CD/DVD Digipack and in BluRay Amaray (Full HD) format. The DVD contains 22 songs from the Wacken concert – including covers of The Doors’ ‘Break on Through,’ The Who‘s ‘My Generation’ and Pink Floyd‘s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ – plus bonus material shows + a 20-minute interview with the man himself, and the double CD features music from the complete concert. 22 Songs LIVE…. a phenomenal stage show, all classics in one package + ALICE COOPER – one the biggest entertainers ever! What’s not to love?
Not only is ALICE COOPER Raise The Dead – Live From Wacken CD/DVD set an excellent release in itself and a fantastic gift idea, it also benefits charity! When Alice learned about the charity aspect of the set, he was very happy to be one the first to participate and support the Wacken Foundation.
The Wacken Foundation is a non-profit organization, supporting the new blood of hard rock / heavy and metal music. For every CD/DVD sold, € 1 will be contributed to the Wacken Foundation.
ALICE COOPER – not much has to be said about this incredible artist whose career spans five decades by now. The ‘Godfather of Shock Rock’ is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. He is credited with helping to shape the sound and look of heavy metal and has been described as the artist who first introduced horror imagery to rock’n’roll, and whose stagecraft and showmanship have permanently transformed the genre.
Being one of the hardest working death metal bands throughout the years, Cannibal Corpse recently released their 13th album A SKELETAL DOMAIN. The long time death metal veterans visited Finland and played a couple of shows in front of crazy audiences. Before Cannibal Corpse hit the stage, Metal-Rules.com had the great opportunity to talk to the band’s bassist Alex Webster.
And also several high-class musicians are enthusiastic about „Stormborn“:
Joacim Jans (HammerFall): „My favourite Swedish metal band has done it again! As metal as it gets!“
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton): „Great melodies and one of the best voices in metal right now! This is the future of Power Metal!”
Pär Sundström (Sabaton): „Bloodbound is just getting better and better and with their new album they are on top of their genre.”
With their first two album “Onwards” and “The Road Less Travelled”, Norwegian (female-fronted) metal band TRIOSPHERE gained a fantastic reputation worldwide. They shared the stage with bands such as Nightwish, Jorn, Arch Enemy and many others. Especially after their latest album “The Road Less Travelled”, which was released in May 2010, the band around vocalist/bass player Ida Haukland, was busy touring Europe. First with Crimson Glory, then with Kamelot and lately with Sonata Arctica.
Also Haukland took part in the Epysode project, where she sang a.o. a duet with Evergrey’s Tom S. Englund (on the album “Fantasmagoria” from 2013).
Now TRIOSPHERE are finally back with a brand new piece of work, titled “The Heart Of The Matter”. Even more confident, unique and improved, the band delivers a slice of high-class melodic metal music, cleverly mixing power metal, progressive metal and a few contemporary rock elements to forge their very own sound. “The Heart Of The Matter” was mixed and mastered by acclaimed Jens Bogren (a.o. Opeth, Paradise Lost, Symphony X, Amon Amarth, Kreator) at Fascination Street studios, Sweden.
Methane will be headlining Friday December 5th at the 2 day Metal Inferno Festival in Kramfors Sweden at Bollsta Folkets Hus. The southern metal quartet is returning from thier U.S. mini tour and finishing 2014 in Scandinavia.
The Metal Inferno Festival is a yearly fund raising benifit for “The Hero’s House” a foundation that supports the families of children who have been hospitalized with longterm illness and The Childrens Cancer fund. The festival hopes to generate 100 000 SEK this year for donation.
“This is a killer welcome home and to be asked to play for such a worthy cause is an honor. I hope to see die hard rattleheads and beardbangers out in full support!” Said Tim Scott in a statement to the press.
There is a current trend of high profile artists touring small venues in the UK, giving fans the opportunity to get up close in their home regions. In the past Plymouth was very rarely visited by big names. With it being my home city this is something I know all too well and is actually a reason I left for bigger cities. However the music industry has changed and this has led to a change in the way bands tour. Plymouth has recently lost a music venue due to redevelopment, but luckily the city has another great venue to take on the booked shows.
Great video clip that spoofs the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad…guy needs to sell his 1997 Ford Escort to buy tickets to see Slayer at the L.A. Forum
Slayer Fall tour dates (with Suicidal Tendancies and Exodus):
11 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
12 Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
14 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
15 Comercia Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
17 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
18 ACL Live, Austin, TX
19 Verizon Theatre, Dallas, TX
21 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
22 The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
25 The Armory, Albany, NY
26 Sands Events Center, Bethlehem, PA
28 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
29 Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
2 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH
4 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
5 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
For the third year in a row, your Lords and Masters GWAR return to The A.V. Club to take part in the A.V. Undercover Series. The A.V. Undercover Series features artists covering other artists’ music. GWAR’s first offering tackled the Kansas classic, “Carry on Wayward Son” – which was voted favorite performance of the year, to no surprise of GWAR. After a year of celebrating the victory, the group returned to defend the crown with its unique spin on Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” The result? Back-to-back favorite performance titles.
GWAR has now returned for a third time to The A.V. Club. With new Scumdog warriors Blóthar and Vulvatron by its side, GWAR takes on the Pet Shop Boys classic “West End Girls” in what is no doubt the most head scratching followed by headbanging cover yet! Kneel before your overlords and watch them go New Wave HERE. Then remember to vote early and often for GWAR because the Scumdogs command you to do so!
A.V. Club VP/Editor in Chief Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR’s return visit:
“GWAR once again descended on The A.V. Club office unannounced, demanding to play a song. They threatened to eat our children and drink all our booze–and then made good on that threat.”
GWAR is off on a journey to find their departed brother Oderus Urungus using every resource available – including new Scumdogs Blóthar and Vulvatron. GWAR will enlist the help of even the lowliest Bohab as its enemies plot to take advantage of the hole in GWAR’s ranks. That being said, Bohabs, look at the dates below and see when it is your time to come worship the mighty GWAR!!!
GWAR W/ Decapitated and American Sharks:
10/28: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/29: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
10/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
10/31: Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall**
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/5: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
11/6: Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/7: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
11/8: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
11/10: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/11: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/12: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
GWAR W/ TBA and American Sharks:
11/14: Vancouver, BC and Commodore Ballroom
GWAR W/ Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks:
11/15: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
11/16: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/17: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/19: Fargo, ND @ The Venue
11/20: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/22: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/23: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection***
11/25: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/26: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/28: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/30: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
12/2: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
12/3: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12/4: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
12/5: Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/7: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/8: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
12/9: Toronto, ON @ Opera House
12/10: Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theater
12/11: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
12/12: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
12/13: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
*No American Sharks
**Havok plays on this show
*** The Meatmen play on this show
Now about that video? It was directed by Ville Juurikkala and it is wild and vibrant, and features the band running amok and partying hard, much to the dismay of their long-suffering manager. So in other words, SANTA CRUZ do it just like any hard rock band worth its salt should!
Since this video, shit got real and the band has put down the whiskey, swallowed a couple of headache pills and marched into the studio to record its second album, to be released via Spinefarm Records. It’s the follow up to 2013’s Screaming for Adrenaline, also released through Spinefarm.
Expect skillfully-crafted, party-minded, rocket-powered rock from this quartet of young turks from Finland, who pledge allegiance to an era of devil-may-care rock that’s long gone. SANTA CRUZ aren’t so much bringing a classic sound and style back as they are bringing their own, modernized version of a beloved style to the masses. SANTA CRUZ will “cruise” on over to the States on December 12, playing a gig at Webster Hall in NYC.
Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, their 9th full length LP today. Almost three decades in, Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. Inked in Blood is available for now from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE. The album is available as CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital. The limited edition, one time press deluxe CD includes two exclusive bonus songs and is packaged in a 3D embossed digipak along with a die-cut album cover sticker. The bonus songs, available on the deluxe CD and digital verisons, are two classic tracks (“Intoxicated” and “Bloodsoaked”), from Slowly We Rot, re-recorded this year live out of Morrisound Studios in Tampa, FL and engineered by legendary death metal producer Jim Morris. A special vinyl color will be available exclusively via each of the following means: North American Indie Stores, Florida record stores, Relapse.com and for Kickstarter backers.
Inked in Blood is available for streaming in its entirety via bandcamp and Sound Cloud.
In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015. Their dates with Carcass and Exhumed begin tomorrow night October 28th in Tucson, AZ followed by a North American run with Death (DTA) and Massacre from November 14th through December 7th. Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January. A complete list of dates is available below.
OBITUARY are giving fans the opportunity to “Ink Themselves in Blood” with an interactive web page where fans can upload their own head to the gruesome torso from the Inked in Blood cover art. Check out the unique experience HERE.
Guitar World is giving away an autographed ESP guitar signed by the entire band at this location. OBITUARY have also partnered with Metal Injection for a vocal cover contest for the song “Violence”. Details can be seen HERE.
OBITUARY Tour Dates:
***Oct 28 to Nov 09 with Carcass, Exhumed and Noisem***
Oct 28 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Oct 29 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Oct 31 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
Nov 01 Lawrence, KS Granada
Nov 02 Sauget, IL Pops
Nov 04 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
Nov 05 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
Nov 06 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
Nov 07 Nashville, TN Exit/In
Nov 08 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards
Nov 09 Cincinnati, OH The Madison Theater
Nov 11 Fort Worth, TX The Rail Club w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
Nov 13 Las Vegas, NV LVCS w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil
***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Nov 15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov 19 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22 Regina, SK Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central
***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***
Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld
May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot
Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are celebrating Blood In, Blood Out’s stellar Top 40 Billboard debut with the release of their brand new music video for the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’, directed by Shan Dan Horan of the Shadow Born Group (Buckcherry, Carnifex, Winds of Plague). The video features hundreds of dedicated Bay Area fans that came out in droves to perform as extras in the video after a wide casting call. Check out the video now, exclusively via Revolver Magazine: http://smarturl.it/exodus-bibo-premiere
“‘Blood In, Blood Out’ was exactly the kind of video we wanted and needed to make… unbridled energy, violence, blood and our Bay Area friends and family at the center of attention! Just as they should be,” states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “I hate making videos and this one was so much fun, I actually caught myself saying things I never would say before! ‘Let’s run through it again!’”
EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “Typical and sheer violence, straight up aggressive and in your fucking face! Watching this video kind of reminds me of Fight Club, but awesome action and awesome violence, perfect for the title track of the new EXODUS album ‘Blood In, Blood Out’!”
“Directing this music video has been a pleasure. Having the task to find hundreds of metal heads to fill up a dark room with very limited time seemed like a tough task,” begins director Shan Dan Horan. “What I found however, was an overwhelming response from some of the most positive and energetic fans I’ve ever met. I feel honored to have played a small role in that. Old metalheads, young ones, to even a guy that showed up in his wheelchair. The fact of the matter is everyone was accepted and everyone picked up their brethren when they would fall in the pit. To me that’s what ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ is about. While we all come from different backgrounds – once a metal head, always a metal head. That’s something that stays in your blood.”
Blood In, Blood Out was released on October 14th via Nuclear Blast and debuted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week. That’s a staggering 76 charting spots higher and nearly double the sales above the band’s last release in 2010! This concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date.
Blood In, Blood Out also debuted at #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal charts and #6 on the Independent charts, as well as at #29 in Germany, #30 in Finland, #30 in Switzerland, #38 in Austria, #38 in the Czech Republic, #72 in the UK, #75 in France, #85 in the Netherlands, and #101 overall and #6 on Hard Music charts in Canada. This includes some territories that EXODUS has never charted in before!
Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in just under three weeks, so your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now! Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater (EXODUS ONLY)
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers (EXODUS ONLY)
Check out what other critics have to say about Blood In, Blood Out!
Yahoo Music calls Blood In, Blood Out, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, and Rolling Stone calls the band “among the first and best” of thrash metal and touts the album as “recommended”.
“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”
“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”