AIRBOURNE Are Breakin’ Outta Hell!

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


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

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

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

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


Mon/Sep 12, 2016    San Diego, CA    House of Blues
Tue/Sep 13, 2016    Los Angeles, CA    The Roxy Theatre
Wed/Sep 14, 2016    San Francisco, CA    Independent
Fri/Sep 16, 2016    Seattle, WA    Tractor
Sat/Sep 17, 2016    Vancouver, BC    Commodore
Tue/Sep 20, 2016    Victoria, BC    Sugar
Thu/Sep 22, 2016    Kamloops, BC    Cactus Jacks
Fri/Sep 23, 2016    Calgary, AB    Gateway
Sat/Sep 24, 2016    Edmonton, AB    Union Hall
Sun/Sep 25, 2016    Saskatoon, SK    Saskatoon Events Center
Wed/Sep 28, 2016    Winnipeg, MB    Pyramid
Thu/Sep 29, 2016    Minneapolis, MN    Triple Rock
Fri/Sep 30, 2016    Chicago, IL    Bottom Lounge
Sat/Oct 1, 2016    Detroit, MI    Smalls
Tue/Oct 4, 2016    Waterloo, ON    Maxwell’s
Wed/Oct 5, 2016    London, ON    London Music Hall
Fri/Oct 7, 2016    Toronto, ON    Opera House
Sat/Oct 8, 2016    Montreal, QC    Corona Theatre
Tue/Oct 11, 2016    Boston, MA    The Middle East
Wed/Oct 12, 2016    New York, NY    Gramercy
Fri/Oct 14, 2016    Baltimore, MD    Soundstage

Raise the Flag for Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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

Today marks the release of the band’s new music video for “Eternal Recurrence”. Directed by Abraham Roofeh and filmed in vocalist Jake Oni’s home locale of the Cayman Islands, the video depicts a man running from a mysterious masked assailant – but is this assailant really a stranger? Watch the video now, exclusively via Metal Injection:

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

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

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

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

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

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

ONI online:
Instagram: https://instagram/theoniband

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

June 25th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


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

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

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

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Rock on Green Festival @ The Forum, London

June 24th, 2016
by UK Team

Rock on Green Festival

@ The Forum, London

5th June 2016

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



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Interview with Untimely Demise

June 23rd, 2016
by J P

Interview with Untimely Demise

by JP
Photos courtesy of Aaron Brown


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Brutal Assault more bands confirmed

June 22nd, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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

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Chris Pike Releases Third Book On BUDGIE

June 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Budgie book front cover

New BUDGIE book “Time To Remember”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ANTHRAX – “Zero Tolerance” Lyric Video and Tour Dates

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25   Amnesia Rockfest, Montebello, Canada

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

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

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

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

* Anthrax & Death Angel

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June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob


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


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

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

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

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

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

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About Multiple Sclerosis

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

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

June 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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

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

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

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

U.S. tour dates are below.


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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Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper sign to Dissonance Productions

June 20th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Dissonance Productions proudly announces the worldwide signing of Steve Grimmett’s GRIM REAPER. The recently launched rock/metal label will release the band’s new album, Walking In The Shadows, on September 23. It will be the band’s first new recording since 1987’s Rock You To Hell. Pre-order information for the album’s standard and limited edition digipak formats will be announced shortly.

The release of Walking In The Shadows has been an anticipated announcement by fans of the British metal band for more than two decades. Vocalist/band leader Steve Grimmett shared to fans via a Facebook posting in early January noting, “2016 has started and that means only 29 days until I start touring again. This year it’s Europe then North America, South America, plus a new album… bring it on!” He continued in discussing the new album saying, “I am tremendously proud of the album. It has taken a long time because it has been fraught with problems, but we have ended up with the best thing I have done in decades. We’re all looking forward to bring it to the fans and excited to be doing a world tour, starting straight after its release, and carrying on until 2017.”

Surrounding himself with an all new band, Grimmett recently completed a 22-date North American tour. The tour, including stops in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Austin. Due to its success, the band recently announced a planned return in the autumn to support the new album after release.

GRIM REAPER’s story begins in 1979 after successfully fighting off hundreds of bands in a local Battle Of The Bands competition. This win, combined with an already sizeable following, aroused the interest of Ebony Records. Signing with the small UK label, GRIM REAPER released three albums in rapid succession to international acclaim. Due to legal turmoil with Ebony, GRIM REAPER would disband in 1988. Grimmett would go on to record with Onslaught, Lionsheart, and more recently The Sanity Days debut Evil Beyond Belief. His renowed vocal range remains one of metal’s most identifiable with loyal fans turning out in numbers to hear him perform.

Since reforming in 2006, Steve Grimmett’s GRIM REAPER has made several European festival appearances including Germany’s Keep It True, England’s British Steel, Belgium’s Heavy Sound, and Sweden’s Muskelrock. Steve Grimmett’s GRIM REAPER will perform next on June 18 at Rock The Ball in Hungerford, England. It is a charity event for Marie Curie . The band will also headline London Camden Underworld on the 23rd September, the show will be the European launch event for the new album.

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Motörhead’s ‘Clean Your Clock’ Out Now

June 20th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


They were the Kings of the Road. They lived on it. They loved it and the fans loved them!

Never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than when they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to within an inch of their lives thanks to that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume.  In fact, after four decades of bone-pulverizing duty, Motörhead were still enjoying sold-out gigs worldwide.

On November 20th and 21st 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR Records made the decision to record  – what happened to be the very last live shows ever recorded  – and Motörhead proceeded to deliver two storming sold out shows.  Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock’n’roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better and better, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal’s most coveted skinsmen.

He sounds so dialed in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had.  Yes, he was fighting ailments.  But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on Clean Your Clock he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery.

Those first strains of the mighty “Bomber” are like a salve to all heavy metal souls, the reverberant classic forcing you to turn it up, Lemmy snarling and roaring. “Metropolis” grooving like the day it was written, and “Overkill” as mighty as ever…. And  here is the unavoidable truth.  There will be no more Motörhead tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work.
Which makes Clean Your Clock a vitally important release.  It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead’s unique live sound.

Clean Your Clock is the natural sound of one of rock’n’roll’s mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts – Motörhead.  There isn’t a plaudit they haven’t received and there isn’t a plaudit they don’t deserve.  And if there had to be a ‘final’ Motörhead album, perhaps it is fitting that Clean Your Clock, a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one.

So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud… and remember Lemmy and Motörhead in the best possible way !!!

Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You / Over The Top / (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch / Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It / Orgasmatron / Doctor Rock / Just ‘Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues / Overkill
Jewel Case (audio only) / 12” Colored Double Vinyl (audio only) with pop-up art, DVD/CD Mini Gatefold (audio/video) / BluRay/CD Mini Gatefold (audio/video), Boxset (12” Colored Double Vinyl with pop-up art, DVD, BluRay, Metal Pin (audio video) / Digital Audio (audio only).

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Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ruling Montreal & Toronto

June 19th, 2016
by EvilG

Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody

Monday May 30 @ Club Soda, Montreal
Wednesday June 1 @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto

Primal Fear and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody Monday May 30 @ Club Soda, Montreal Wednesday June 1 @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto

Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody

Review by EvilG
Photos by Karen Saunders

A couple of additional pics taken by EvilG 

Every time Primal Fear tours North America, I travel and attend. They are after all, one of my favorite bands. On our shores, they commonly tour by themselves and rely upon local openers. This time however, things are different as we get treated to a co-headlining tour featuring Primal Fear and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody. Rhapsody doesn’t tour over this way quite as often as Primal Fear, so they were high on my bucket list of bands to see and have been since I first heard them in the late 90’s. A match this amazing doesn’t happen that often, so we decided to see the show two times. It was interesting to witness the same show in two very different Canadian cities to see the different reactions from the audience.

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New ACCEPT Book By Author Extraordinaire Martin Popoff Out Now

June 17th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

German heavy metal heroes Accept have been headbanging their way around the world since 1979, creating along the way three of the finest metal albums of all time in Restless and Wild, Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart, with 1981’s Breaker even serving as a cult favourite of those in the know.

image002.gifFronted by diminutive shrieker Udo Dirkschneider, the band crafted an intelligent and professional sound somewhere along the axis from AC/DC to Judas Priest, which found Accept going gold on the strength of their superlative Balls to the Wall record of 1983.

Acrimony between Udo and the guys caused the shocking ouster of their lead singer for 1989’s Eat the Heat, and a reunion in the ‘90s didn’t last, causing renewed tensions. Now back with Mark Tornillo belting it out, Accept have created a trio of rock-solid records that finds the band back in charge and cranking out anthems new and old on stages the world over.

Come celebrate the career of heavy metal’s beloved Teutonic terrors, in this first book ever on the band in any language. It’s guaranteed that Popoff’s celebrated song-by-song analysis will have you scurrying back to the catalogue screaming for another love-bite, faster than a shark out of the dark and headbanging over the course of many long neon nights.

Price including shipping:
US orders: 33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US orders.

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 with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Accept book won’t be up at the site for another 10 days or so but I am indeed taking orders!).

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