Obituary drummer rescues injured kitten

September 21st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

According to the article published by Revolver Magazine, the legendary Obituary drummer rescued an injured kitten despite the Hurricane Irma. Here is the whole story :


DONALD TARDY Things never go as planned. The night before the Irma was to hit, we noticed that a house in our neighborhood had a kitten outside. We offered to help trap it for the people who owned the house, but they were not willing. Since they didn’t care about this poor, little eight-week-old baby, I spent two hours with my traps set, waiting for it to come out from under their fence. By 2 A.M., I had to call it off and get home to finish preparing my place for the storm, but laying in bed that night, I knew I had to do something for this little kitten.

So, right as Hurricane Irma was on top of Florida, and just a few minutes before the brunt of the storm was set to be more or less on top of me, I went back in the pouring rain with my net and trap. I snuck up the the front bushes where I thought the kitten would be hiding. I saw it immediately, but it saw me as well, and ran from me. That was when I realized that there was something wrong with the kitten. Its back end was not working right: It had a bad limp, and its back legs didn’t seem to be working properly. I knew right then that this was a serious issue, a much bigger situation I was putting myself in, but I was not going to leave it behind — so I got deeper into the bushes until the kitten was scared enough that it tried to run from me. It came out of the thick bush; because it was either injured or sick, it was not fast enough to get under the fence, giving me my opportunity. I dove onto the driveway, netted the kitten, took it by the scruff of its neck and got it into my carrier.

At this point, the rain and wind were picking up. The trees were beginning to blow sideways. I had to make that decision to go straight home with the kitten, and I put it in a cage ’til the storm passed. I still didn’t know if it was sick or injured — and if so, to what extent — so I drove to my local emergency vet, with whom we have worked very closely with for the past 12 years. They were kind enough to examine the kitten to determine what was wrong. I am pretty experienced with assessing these types of things, and I had a feeling it was either FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or trauma. After telling the vet what I saw and thought, I remained in the examining room while the doctor checked out the kitten. She immediately noticed the kitten had no feeling in its tail, and limited mobility in its back legs. It — or rather she, it was a little female — was partially paralyzed in her back end, likely from getting hit by a car, or a human.

I surrendered the kitten to the vet so they could assess how bad her injury was, and determine if there was a chance for this little girl. The next day, we recieved good news: The vets had decided to give her a fighting chance and put her through rehab. Sadly, her tail had to be amputated, but she will nonetheless be fixed, vaccinated and entered into an adoption program to find a forever home as a special needs pet. It probably wasn’t my smartest or safest decision I’ve ever made, being outside during a hurricane, but I wasn’t going to ignore the situation, or leave that baby behind.


obituary drummer Donald Tardy


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Scorpions Rock Madison Square Garden Like a Hurricane!

September 20th, 2017
by Metal Rules




Saturday September 16th
Madison Square Garden, New Your City

Review & photos by Robert Cavuoto

The legendary Scorpions have just kicked-off a North America tour with 17 shows between September and October for their Crazy World Tour. Their second stop on Saturday September 16th was the world-renowned Madison Square Garden in the heart of New Your City. On this warm September evening the Scorpions were clearly feeling the excitement from the crowd as they exploded onto the stage performing “Going out with a Bang” to a fury of stunning lights and images displayed on the massive video screen.


Intermixed into the set were two newer songs from their 2015 release, Return to Forever; “Rock n’ Roll Band” and “We Built this House.” Both songs fit nicely with their classics and lyrically share the band’s struggles to make it in America. The basic elements of hard rock music are ingrained in the iconic German hard rock band’s DNA.  As with every release they manage to redefine their signature sound and build songs that not only resembles the characteristics of the past but of the present too. Unfortunately, there were no songs played from, Sting in the Tail, which is another outstanding CD; with so many great songs in their armamentarium, I’m sure it’s a challenge to pick.

Before the show I asked Matthias about picking songs for the set list, he told me, “The fans want us to play the classics. If we play two hours than we have to play 10-12 classics or the audience will be disappointed.” Rudolf added, “These 10-12 songs are the foam on the cappuccino.”

Tonight fans did not go home disappointed and got exactly what they came for; a chance to relive the classic 80’s songs that are so etched in their brains, like, “Big City Nights” “Blackout”, “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Still Loving You,” and “No One Like You.” All played with the same passion and ferocity as when they were released 35-40 years ago, timeless songs that still embody the band and their music.


There were also two sets of medleys, one from the 70s with Uli Jon Roth era songs; “Top of the Bill,” “Streamrock Fever,” “Speedy’s Coming” and “Catch Your Train” and the second was an acoustic medley with, “Always Somewhere,” “Eye of the Storm,” and “Send Me an Angel.”

Matthias and Rudolf tirelessly ran from one end of the stage with their Teutonic twin guitar attack; feeding off the energy from the crowd. Rudolf had an arsenal of Flying Vs and seemed to have a different one for every song. One resembled a Ferrari’s grill, and another looked like the stick shift console out of a Mercedes. He even used an acoustic Flying V for “Winds of Change.”

Mikkey Dee of Motorhead recently joined the band on drums following the departure of James Kottak. Prior to Mikkey’s monster drum solo the band paid homage to Motorhead and Lemmy Kilmister by performing “Overkill.” The bass and drums during that song were chest crushing and reminiscent of how Lemmy played; kudos to bassist Pawel Maciwoda.


All Scorpion shows have their trademark moments during “Blackout” Rudolf comes out with a guitar that bellows smoke into the arena, Klaus hammers a cowbell and tosses drum sticks into the crowd, and Mikkey’s drum kit elevates!

Klaus by far has the best and most recognizable voice of all the hard rock bands from the 80s. He ultimately owned the stage and whipped the crowd into a frenzy while sharing insights into many of the band’s songs.

The Scorpions do not show any signs of slowing down as many of the members are in their mid-to-late 60s. The band comes to the US like clockwork every two years, so catch them on this Crazy World Tour to see one of the best rock shows of the year!

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WARREL DANE announces new album “Shadow Work”!

September 20th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

WARREL DANE, the legendary vocalist of Sanctuary and Nevermore will return with his second solo album, currently created under the guidance of renowned producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Helloween, Sebastian Bach) in 2018!

“Shadow Work” is the follow up to the acclaimed “Praises to the War Machine” (2008) and stylistically strays away from its predecessor, which leaned towards a goth-tinged, less metallic rock sound. First rough mixes already reveal that “Shadow Work” will offer darker, heavier, more complex songs, occasionally flirting with extreme metal by incorporating such elements as blast beats and combining this with WARREL DANE’s unique, dramatic trademark vocals.

As with the previous WARREL DANE solo tours, including the 15th anniversary tour celebrating Nevermore’s classic, “Dead Heart in a Dead World”, the line-up for the record will consist of Johnny Moraes (guitars), Thiago Oliveira (guitars), Fabio Carito (bass) and Marcus Dotta (drums), who all have been playing with the Dane since 2014.

“Shadow Work” will be recorded during autumn 2017 and is expected to be released in the first half of 2018 via Century Media Records worldwide.

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September 20th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Warner Music will release IRON MAIDEN’s ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ on November 17th worldwide [through BMG in the USA]. This live recording comprises 15 songs captured during ‘The Book Of Souls World Tour’, which covered 39 countries across six continents during 2016 and 2017, and was seen by over two million fans. ‘The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter’ will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD & vinyl audio formats, with the concert film available to stream free online or as a digital download – full details below.

Produced by Tony Newton and Iron Maiden founder member and bass player Steve Harris, the album is based on this year’s set list and is a faithful record of the epic show, including six songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’, the band’s most recent studio album, along with many other classics and fan favourites.

Steve comments, “We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted to get it as close to the Maiden live experience as I possibly could and to represent our fans from different parts of the world. This meant listening to literally hours upon hours of tapes from every show, to select material and construct a sound that would run consistently across the whole album and capture the excitement of a new country like El Salvador alongside such regular favourites as Donington or Wacken.”

Maiden manager Rod Smallwood adds, “’The Book Of Souls World Tour’ was a huge undertaking, not least for Bruce who started the tour singing in public for the very first time since recovering from throat cancer. He also piloted Ed Force One, upgraded last year from a Boeing 757 to a 747 so we could go further and faster to visit some fantastic cities and fans all round the world. This year continued that excitement bringing us our most successful North American and UK tours ever. It was a very special tour in a great many ways so we felt we wanted to document it for both ourselves and for our fans. Steve has done an incredible job putting together this set from cities around the world and we’ve made sure the deluxe CD will be available in a matching book format to ‘The Book of Souls’ release.

“On top of all that the release will be celebrated by an event that is a Maiden first: a free live streaming premiere of the concert film, as a thank you to our loyal fans around the world. We hope that the global Maiden community will all enjoy coming together to watch this special event online. Many of you will be in it as there is footage from a whole host of the places we played on this momentous tour. ”

More details on how to take part in this one-off event will be published on shortly.

The full tracklisting and the cities they were recorded in, is as follows:

If Eternity Should Fail – Sydney, Australia
Speed of Light – Cape Town, South Africa
Wrathchild – Dublin, Ireland
Children of the Damned – Montreal, Canada
Death or Glory – Wroclaw, Poland
The Red and the Black – Tokyo, Japan
The Trooper – San Salvador, El Salvador
Powerslave – Trieste, Italy
The Great Unknown – Newcastle, UK
The Book of Souls – Donington, UK
Fear of the Dark – Fortaleza, Brazil
Iron Maiden – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Number of the Beast – Wacken, Germany
Blood Brothers – Donington, UK
Wasted Years – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The album will replicate ‘The Book Of Souls’ original formats and be issued as a limited edition deluxe 2 CD hardcase Book, a regular 2CD album, a triple black vinyl LP and digital download in high resolution audio (48khz/24 bit) including Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) version. A digital download of the concert film will also be available to purchase following its free online premiere.



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Brutal Assault – Jaromer Czech

September 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen


The experience at Brutal Assault 2016 was an ultimate great and brilliant one that returning to the festival was definitely a must. It isn’t any wonder why Brutal Assault is an insane credible pleasant fest because of the stellar line-up, a lot of great food,  a wonderful old fortress as a festival area, and above all….cheap beer! This festival easily blows most other festivals away. Once again the line-up  was huge, but still varied, covering a wide range of extreme from the side to the side. All in all 110 bands had once again been booked for the four day metal inferno. Trying to witness as many bands as possible was quite challenging and near impossible. Here is the brief article of the mighty Brutal Assault.

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OBLIVION To Unleash The Path Towards… Full-Length Via Unique Leader This November Album Features Guest Appearances From Members Of Nile, Suicide Silence, Hideous Divinity, And Connoisseur + New Lyric Video Playing At Decibel

September 19th, 2017
by EvilG


Focused on crafting music to transcend time and genres, OBLIVION features a compelling lineup with internationally-acclaimed composer and Antagony founder Dr. Nick Vasallo on vocals and bass, All Shall Perish and Antagony founder Ben Orum on guitar, thrash metal veteran guitarist Ted O’Neill, and drum virtuoso Luis Martinez (formerly of The Zenith Passage), trained by renowned jazz funk musician Ndugu Chancler. Their songs are masterfully composed by Vasallo using material from all the band members. Each album is highly unified conceptually and musically. Their debut album, Called To Rise was crowned, “the must-own album of 2013,” by Metal Injection and a “progressive metal masterpiece,” by Sputnik Music, who furthered, “the band’s eleven song display of nothing more than pure aggression with more musical depth than many bands can find in their entire discography.”

The highly-anticipated follow-up to that critically-acclaimed masterpiece arises in the form of The Path Towards… Darker, heavier, and even more eclectic, The Path Towards… was composed by Vasallo early this spring and boasts an all-star lineup of guest artists that include Karl Sanders (Nile, guest songwriter), Eddie Hermida (Suicide Silence/All Shall Perish, guest vocals), Enrico H. Di Lorenzo (Hideous Divinity, guest vocals), and Carlos Saldana (Connoisseur, guest vocals). This album also marks the return of Ben Orum and Nick Vasallo collaborating on music since Antagony’s debut album in 2001. With precise and intricate guitar solo work by O’Neill and legendary performances by Martinez, OBLIVION forges ahead stronger than ever with The Path Towards…

The Path Towards… was recorded and engineered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish, Cattle Decapitation, Fallujah et al) at Castle Ultimate Productions, features artwork by Daniel McBride (Black Label Society, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Chimera et al) and will see release on November 17th with preorders to be announced in the coming weeks.

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ONSLAUGHT to embark on Thrash ‘Till the Death EU Tour- 2017 with Artillery, Exarsis and Chronosphere!

September 19th, 2017
by EvilG

British Thrash giants ONSLAUGHT are all set to embark on another European Tour-THRASH ‘TILL DEATH EUROPEAN TOUR– 2017 alongside Artillery and others. The band states, “Ladies and Gentlemen, this tour is going to be a 666% Old School Thrash Metal Lesson in total and Unrivalled Brutality! Set your clocks to 1986, Get in the Pit and THRASH ‘TILL THE DEATH!

With a recent successful outing at Lebanon for an exclusive show; Onslaught has been the first ever Thrash Metal band to play there. With its upcoming EU tour on Full Swing; the bands are all geared up to go on this massive schedule.

23 – Helvete Club – Oberhausen, Germany
24 – Hedon Club – Zwolle, Netherlands
25 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
26 – Roxy Concerts – Flensburg, Germany
27 – Garage Deluxe – Munich, Germany
28 – Moonlight Music Hall – Diest, Belgium
29 – Fuizenfest – Riel, Netherlands (Onslaught only)
30 – Kiehool Burgum – Burgum, Netherlands


ONSLAUGHT to embark on Thrash ‘Till the Death EU Tour- 2017 with Artillery, Exarsis and Chronosphere!

ONSLAUGHT to embark on Thrash ‘Till the Death EU Tour- 2017 with Artillery, Exarsis and Chronosphere!

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Public Sales Date Announced For 70000TONS OF METAL 2018

September 19th, 2017
by EvilG

70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date for the February 1-5, 2018 voyage which sails from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back.

Public Sales will begin Thursday September 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT (9:00 AM PDT, and respectively 6:00 PM CEST).

Only 3,000 tickets will be sold, with prices starting at USD 766.00 plus Taxes and Fees per person and includes on board accommodation, access to all shows, meals, room service, port and service charges.

Sales for 70000TONS OF METAL Survivors (festival goers who have attended the event before) started on July 7, 2017 so limited tickets remain. Visit to book your cabin before they’re gone!


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To get a taste of the unique 70000TONS OF METAL experience check out the official 2017 aftermovie here.

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September 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

On Thursday, 22nd June 2017, grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH made history by being the first ever grindcore band to play at the world-famous Glastonbury festival, and now you can relive the momentous occasion.

One of the most powerful performances to ever take place at Glastonbury, NAPALM DEATH‘s set was truly a spectacle to behold, completely flooring the massive crowd which had gathered – whether they were into grindcore or not.

NAPALM DEATH frontman Barney Greenway said following the performance, “It’s a paradox, because whilst we don’t deliberately set out to shock people, needless to say the music’s extremely sonically violent, but actually what underpins it is peace, tolerance, equality, non-violence – but we still get a perverse kick out of wrecking people’s heads.”

Video and audio production company Infinite Ear was on hand at the festival to capture the magic, and have now released the full NAPALM DEATH Glastonbury set for you to watch again and again.  Watch the show now at

NAPALM DEATH‘s performance on the Truth Stage was part of the Earache Records-curated punk and metal event held in Glastonbury’s Shangri-La area, which also included the Earache Express – a recycled London Underground tube carriage designed to provide a place for like-minded souls to congregate, as well as for those who just wanted to experience a different side of music than is typically offered at the festival.  Also appearing as part of the lineup were EXTREME NOISE TERROR, Singaporean grindcore trioWORMROT, former CRASS frontman Steve Ignorant, punk legends DEAD KENNEDYS and more.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE reveals details for new album, ‘Red Before Black’ and launches video for first single, ‘Code of the Slashers’; announces European tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return, In Arkadia!

September 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

On November 3rd, CANNIBAL CORPSE will release their 14th full-length, ‘Red Before Black‘, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of ‘Red Before Black‘, the band has launched a video for the single, ‘Code of the Slashers’. Directed by Zev Deans ( – who created videos for Behemoth‘s “Messe Noire”, Ghost‘s “Square Hammer”, Portal‘s “Curtain”), ‘Code of the Slashers’ can be viewed at: – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:

–digipak CD (US exclusive)
–limited edition 2CD digipak (EU exclusive)
–jewelcase CD (EU exclusive)
–opaque red vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
–coke bottle clear vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–white vinyl (FYE exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–transparent red / clear split vinyl (USA exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–translucent blue vinyl (Hells Headbangers exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
–olive green marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
–blood red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
–blood red / white splattered vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–white / red splattered vinyl (Ebay exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–opaque wine red marbled vinyl (Napalm exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
–box-set (limited to 1500 copies): limited edition 2CD digipak, ‘Blood Covered’ white / red marble vinyl, cassette, back patch, sweat band, guitar picks, and poster in a black cardboard box (~12.5″ x 12.5″ x 1.25″)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Zev Deans comments: “After crawling through abandoned buildings, crashing our van into a tree in the middle of a scene, witnessing a real stabbing and drenching ourselves in fake blood in a derelict park at 5am, we can safely say this was a proper introduction to the slasher genre for Panorama Programming. We brought a slab of fresh meat back from a rotting metropolis, and we’re serving it to you raw. Come and get it.

Many words come to mind when you hear the name CANNIBAL CORPSE, but one truly defines the soon-to-be thirty-year death metal veterans: Unstoppable. Produced by Erik Rutan (Hate EternalGoatwhore), Red Before Black serves to not only reiterate this but to once more raise the stakes, making it very clear who sets the standard when it comes to always compelling music that is equally brutal and complex. Moreover, the band have pushed themselves again, ensuring that it stands out from their catalog. “Throughout our career we’ve tried to improve the precision of both our musical execution and our album production, while still maintaining full-on aggression. ‘Red Before Black’ continues in that direction, but might go even further on the aggressive side of things. It’s definitely precise, but it has a rawness to it that goes beyond anything we’ve done recently,” asserts bassist Alex Webster. “We really worked super hard crafting these songs, practicing them, and getting them where we wanted to be more so than on any of our previous albums,” adds drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz. “And as Alex said, musically I think it’s the most raw sound we’ve had – and at the same time I think it’s our most focused, tightest and catchiest record.

Red Before Black‘ track-listing
1. Only One Will Die
2. Red Before Black
3. Code of the Slashers
4. Shedding My Human Skin
5. Remaimed
6. Firestorm Vengeance
7. Heads Shoveled Off
8. Corpus Delicti
9. Scavenger Consuming Death
10. In the Midst of Ruin
11. Destroyed Without a Trace
12. Hideous Ichor

In support of ‘Red Before Black‘, CANNIBAL CORPSE will head out overseas in early 2018 for a European trek with The Black Dahlia MurderNo Return, and In Arkadia. See below for all dates.

Cannibal Corpse tour dates
w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, No Return (Feb. 9-25), In Arkadia (Feb. 27-Mar. 18)
Feb. 9 – Hannover, Germany – Musikzentrum
Feb. 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
Feb. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Feb. 12 – Stockholm, Sweden – Klubben
Feb. 13 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
Feb. 15 – Kolding, Denmark – Godset
Feb. 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
Feb. 17 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Feb. 18 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Feb. 20 – Kassel, Germany – 130bpm
Feb. 21 – Prague, Czech Republic – Palac Aropolis
Feb. 22 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club
Feb. 23 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Feb. 24 – Magdeburg, Germany – Factory
Feb. 25 – Stuttgart, Germany – im Wizemann
Feb. 27 – Geneva, Switzerland – L’Usine
Feb. 28 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
Mar. 1 – Grenoble, France – Belle Electric
Mar. 2 – Toulouse, France – Le Metronum
Mar. 3 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Mar. 4 – Madrid, Spain – Penelope
Mar. 6 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
Mar. 7 – St. Etienne, France – Le Fil
Mar. 8 – Caen, France – Cargo
Mar. 9 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Mar. 10 – Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Mar. 11 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Dynamo
Mar. 13 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Mar. 14 – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
Mar. 15 – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
Mar. 16 – Bristol, UK – Bierkeller
Mar. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Mar. 18 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Mar. 19 – Dublin, Ireland – Tivoli*
Mar. 20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse*
Mar. 22 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight 2*
*= no The Black Dahlia Murder

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Iconic Drummer GENE HOGLAN of Brendon Small’s GALAKTIKON to Join NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Metal drumming legend and Brendon Small’s Galaktikon rhythm master GENE HOGLAN is honored to announce that he will sit in with NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” house band, The 8G Band, from October 2 through October 5, 2017 as guest drummer. Hoglan joins the ranks of iconic drummers Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Sting), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Danny Carey (Tool), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé) and others who have also held this position on the show.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” airs on NBC weeknights at 12:35e/11:35c. Visit for additional airing information.

“Words cannot express how elated I am to have been invited to man the throne for the mighty 8G Band on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the first week of October,” says GENE HOGLAN. “I’m really looking forward to this experience, and it’s an honor to be a part of such a fun show. Thank you to all who have helped put this together, you have my esteemed gratitude.”

GENE HOGLAN has recently been promoting his latest musical endeavor, Brendon Small’s Galaktikon, alongside musician/actor/writer/comedian Brendon Small and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller. Their latest release, Galakitkon II: Become The Storm – a high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album released on August 25, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI – is available now via In its first week of release, Galakitkon II: Become The Storm charted at #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers chart, in addition to charting as the #9 Independent Album, #9 Hard Rock Album, #10 Rock Album, and #40 in Top Current Albums.

Hoglan has also been promoting his latest DVD, The Atomic Clock: The Clock Strikes Two, which is out now. The DVD features the Clock himself breaking down some of his favorite beats, telling stories and playing along with tracks from several of his most legendary projects. An impressive roster of high-caliber musicians also weigh in over the course of the feature, offering stories about Hoglan and their experiences working with him. Fans can order physical and digital copies here in Canada and here in North America/elsewhere worldwide.

While renowned as a progenitor and leading legend of double bass drumming, GENE HOGLAN – a.k.a. “The Atomic Clock” – is equally known for blending seamlessly into any given style. Hoglan’s humility sets him apart, making him one of the most sought-after drummers in hard rock and metal. Hoglan boasts an impressive 30+ year history as a member of some of heavy metal’s most influential bands, including Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad and Dethklok. He has also performed with metal luminaries Anthrax, Testament, Opeth, Fear Factory, Devin Townsend and many others. Guitar legend Steve Vai and Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward have named Hoglan their favorite drummer, with Ward adding that Hoglan is “this generation’s John Bonham”. Drumming icon Dennis Chambers (Parliament, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Santana) has said he is astounded by Hoglan’s talent, taste and feel.

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September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

The first annual FEAR THE RIFF Expo will be coming to Brooklyn on October 7, 2017. Gearheads, effects aficionados and fans who want to meet their heroes alike will enjoy the event, happening at the Brooklyn Expo Center from 10am through 8pm.

FEAR THE RIFF has put together a leading line-up of both emerging and established companies. Vendors like Ernie Ball, Roland, PRS Guitars and Boss will be a part of the show. Along with trailblazing pioneers like Jim Dunlop, to boutique mainstays like Black Arts Toneworks. Canada’s Millimetric Instruments will be exhibiting for the first time in the US at FEAR THE RIFF. Brand new companies like Night Owl Industries will be unveiling brand new, never before seen products at the Expo.

Adventure Audio *Amplified Parts *Analog Alien Guitar Pedals *Avedissian Pick Ups *Black Arts *Boss/Roland * Brian Mercer *Champion Leccy * Charvel Guitars *Damnation Audio *Daredevil * Death By Audio * Dunlop * Dunwich Amps * Earthquaker Devices * Electro Harmonix * Electronic Audio Experiments * Ernie Ball * EVH * Friedman Pedals * Fuzzrocious * Gibson * Gizmotron * Gretsch Guitars * Ground Control * Heartbreaking Dawns * High River Sauces * Jackson Guitars * KMC Music * LIC Foot Pedals * Lone Wolf * Main.Ace.Fx * Millimetric Instruments * Morley/Ebtech * Night Owl Industries * Old Blood Noice * Option Knob * Pedal Genie * Phil Jones Bass * PRS Smith Guitars * Quilter Labs LLC * Red Panda * Rigs of Doom * Sam Ash * Schecter Guitars * Seymour Duncan * Small Sound/Big Sound * Supro & Pigtronix * Tomkat Pedals * Tone Mob and others.

In addition to the one-on-one experience attendees will have discussing products with the makers, they will also have access to our SAM ASH Sponsored demo stage and the Gibson mobile Guitar Showroom Bus. While you are satisfying your craving for gear, you will also be able to enjoy specialty cocktails, craft beer from our fully stocked bars, award winning TX style BBQ and a full gourmet taco bar by NYC’s Pinks Tacos on site.


The Guitar industry is in the midst of a true renaissance. A surge of innovative boutique and small batch crafters have carved out an exceptional market for true tone seekers and gear heads. FEAR THE RIFF is proud to have assembled the best in boutique guitar effects, amps and accessories in the country’s greatest city, New York. For one day, 50-plus vendors will converge upon Brooklyn’s expo center to demo their latest creations .

SAM ASH will also have a “used gear” buy back station set up on-site! Attendees can trade in old and used pedals for cash making new additions to their arsenal possible.

Event Details:
Fear The Riff Expo
DATE: Saturday October 7th, 2017
VENUE: Brooklyn Expo Center | 72 Noble Street | Brooklyn, NY

General Admission – $10 | Lunch & Drink – $50 | All Access VIP Package – $100
TIME: 11 AM – 8 PM

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September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Gilby Clarke embarks with his solo band on a Canadian micro tour – kicking off in Barrie, ON at Mavericks. The Gilby Clarke band is a well-oiled three-piece that comprises of Gilby Clarke (vocals/guitar), EJ Curse (bass) and Dustin Steinke (drums). Opening up the night is Ontario’s very own The Road Heavy!

Clarke will also circle back to Toronto on September 30th to The Opera House for the KISS CF Goodbye charity benefit concert. This special concert will raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis – the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure. CF is a multi-system disorder that mainly affects the digestive system and lungs.

Joining Clarke at this charity event will be: Rock And Roll Over (KISS Tribute), Ozone Baby (Led Zeppelin Tribute), Staring At The Sun (U2 Tribute).?

Best known for his tour of duty with Guns n’ Roses, Gilby Clarke was 17 when he traded Cleveland for Hollywood. A troubadour in the Ronnie Wood tradition: a barroom brawler with a Stones-y swagger, plus a catalog of well-written ditties. Clarke joined Guns in the early 90’s as the Use Your Illusion tour kicked off. He appeared on the bands Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 & Greatest Hits albums. Surviving the longest tour in history – Clarke went solo & came out swinging with PawnShop Guitars. A catalog of rock n roll purity: Tijuana Jail, Cure Me… Or Kill Me… & The Stone’s Dead Flowers put this record on many year-end top 10 lists.


9/21 – Mavericks – Barrie, ON
9/22 – Maxwells – Waterloo, ON
9/23 – Col Mustards – Newmarket, ON
9/26 – This Ain’t Hollywood – Hamilton, ON
9/27 – The Warehouse – St. Catharines, ON
9/28 – The Rockpile – Toronto, ON
9/29 – The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
9/30 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON Kiss CF Goodbye 3 – Special Appearance

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT “Winter Carols” with three new songs – digital 9/22, CD 10/13

September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ritchie Blackmore has been known worldwide for his guitar shredding in Deep Purple and Rainbow. He has also shown hints of his penchant for medieval music in both of those bands. That 18th and 19th Century love, though, has only truly come to the fore within the acoustic context of his “renaissance rock” project, Blackmore’s Night. Together, with award-winning vocalist / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, (often compared to Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter), Blackmore’s Night is currently celebrating the band’s 20th Anniversary.

Passionate about the musical melodies and styles of the past, combined with their love for the spirit of the holiday season, they recorded Winter Carols to share with their fans, friends and Blackmore’s Night families. Winter Carols is holiday music at its best, performed and sung as it was hundreds of years ago, when the peasants and royalty alike shared the jovial spirit of the holidays. For this very special re-release of their holiday album (out on digital formats on September 22, on CD October 13), Blackmore’s Night included three brand new recordings of “Deck The Halls”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Oh Christmas Tree”. Each song, arranged by Ritchie Blackmore, is lovingly filtered through the Blackmore’s Night prism, given an eclectic Renaissance touch topped with Candice Night’s ethereal vocals.

It’s this love of Renaissance-based and classical melodies that endears Blackmore’s Night to hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. Their unique genre is classified as “fantasy music for all ages.”

“The holiday season has always embodied joy, love, peace and togetherness,” says Candice. “We are entranced by the magic of the season. The sentiments of the holidays are what we try to express in our music year round—so this CD is a natural progression. All the music we craft and create has always been about love, unity and friendship. These songs as a whole are beautiful unifying carols. Feel the warmth of friendship! Everyone can join in.”

“The origin of the word ‘carol’ means ‘dance’,’” adds Ritchie. “I am naturally attracted to these melodies. As a kid, I would go from house to house during the holiday time and sing them just to earn some money. As an adult, I thought I could play them and make more money!”

Celebrate the holiday season with Blackmore’s Night!

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Track Listing

1) Deck The Halls
2) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3) Oh Christmas Tree
4) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
5) I Saw Three Ships
6) Winter (Basse Dance)
7) Ding Dong Merrily On High
8) Ma-O-Tzur
9) Good King Wencesla
10) Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
11) We Three Kings
12) Wish You Were Here
13) Emmanuel
14) Christmas Eve
15) We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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REVOLUTION SAINTS Release Third Video, “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” From ‘Light In The Dark’ Album Due Out October 13

September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

REVOLUTION SAINTS—Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)—released the third video, “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing,” from their highly anticipated second album, seen above.

It was directed by Maurizio Del Piccolo of Moviedel, and it was shot at Villa Bossi in Bodio Lomnago, Varese, Italy.

“I Wouldn’t Change A Thing” was originally written by Richard Page from Mr. Mister,” says Castronovo, “and Serafino wanted us to do it our way. The first time I heard it, I got a bit choked up. It’s a beautiful ballad that Doug got a hold of and put his stamp on it.”

“The song was filmed at magnificent historic home outside of Milano, Italy,” Aldrich continues. “It was a rainy day and really had a great vibe for the video. We spent most of the day going for the basic shots and the actors did the love scenes later. There was some steamy stuff going on in the script and I decided it was a bit too racy for me, so I decided to help the chef with his pesto sauce! It is a beautiful song and a nice video. I was very happy about how the solo guitar worked and Deen just shines!!”

LIGHT IN THE DARK is due out October 13 on Frontiers Music Srl, and will be available on CD, CD/DVD Deluxe Edition (includes live bonus tracks on the CD and on the DVD, footage from the band’s first-ever live performance captured at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan this past April, a “Making Of” mini-documentary, and music videos for “Light In The Dark” and “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”), Vinyl, and as a special Limited Edition Box Set (includes the Deluxe Edition CD/DVD, 180g Vinyl, T-shirt (size L), poster, lithograph and sticker). Pre-orders for all formats can be made at the following locations:

• Frontiers:
• Amazon:
• iTunes:
• Google Play:

You can also listen to REVOLUTION SAINTS’ newest music on Spotify here:

LIGHT IN THE DARK builds off the classic melodic rock style of the debut, but fans should prepare for a somehow even more inspired set and a few (pleasant) surprises. Inspiring, uplifting, emotionally powerful, and thoughtful, this album WILL be the soundtrack to many a moment in your life.

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