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:

Pre-orders: http://radi.al/LightInTheDark
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
• Amazon: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkAmazon
• iTunes: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkiTunes
• Google Play: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkGooglePl

You can also listen to REVOLUTION SAINTS’ newest music on Spotify here: http://radi.al/LightInTheDarkSpotify

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.

www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints

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BRIAN VOLLMER Of HELIX’s Second Solo LP, ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ Available For Pre-Order

September 19th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

GET YER HANDS DIRTY is now ready for pre-sale on both CD and vinyl. Brent Doerner did the artwork, and once agan, did a fantastic job. I must mention the photography here as well…Victor Azziz did the cover art (Victor has been my personal photographer for many years now and has been the guy behind the lens for many Helix albums) and Ted Van Boort took the back cover shot which everyone has been raving about since he posted it on Facebook after our Ancaster show. But the whole story behind this disc has been one of synchronicity. Everything just fell into place as we went along-to Gavin agreeing to do the disc in the first place-right up to the last recording session which had Danko Jones add his voice to the lead track.

This is NOT a Helix album. The sound is much more “blues rock” than it is “heavy metal.” I expect the song to go to radio by the end of next week, so hopefully we’ll pick up a few stations across Canada.

HOW YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT ME:
Yesterday John Hockley (my computer guy) came over to the house and we spent the entire day loading the songs onto CD Baby for digital download. It’s a difficult process for those of us who are computer challenged; hence the reason for bringing in John. Now that we’ve gone through the process of loading all the info to the CD Baby site we have to wait for 8 days until the cover songs receive the mechanical licenses, which allows me to put them up there.

So…if you want to support me on this, the obvious way is to buy a digital download of the album, or a hard copy CD, or a vinyl album. When the single GET YER HANDS DIRTY is released next week I’ll probably post the song to Facebook as well.

http://helix.rockpapermerch.com/…/get-yer-hands-dirty-bria…/

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MACHINE HEAD ANNOUNCE WORLD TOUR FOR UPCOMING ALBUM, CATHARSIS

September 18th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

It’s been far too long since we’ve demolished venues in America, we have had an awesome and productive break writing our new album “Catharsis”, but now it’s time for Machine Head to go melt some faces!! The reaction to our last “Evening With” tours in America were nothing short of incredible, so once again these dates will be “Evening With” and will see us performing 2 1/2 to 3 hours every night with no opening bands.

We LOVED performing as an “Evening With” for you Head Cases, and you guys loved it as well, the freedom to do whatever the fuck we wanted for as long as we wanted every night was liberating. It’s not what everyone else is doing, and frankly, there are not a lot of bands who could even pull it off, but Machine Head CAN pull it off, and we are excited as fuck to do it again. We are carving our own path here, playing by our own rules, and as an artist, it’s the best feeling in the world!

No festivals period, no 45 minute slots, no supporting some stupid DJ, no parking lots in a rain storm, The Head will only be “Headlining”, so come on down and rage!!

MACHINE HEAD recently wrapped up recording their 9th full-length album with Zack Ohren (FALLUJAH, ALL SHALL PERISH) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA. An official release date has yet to be confirmed, but a Jan. 2018 release is expected. More details to follow shortly.

MACHINE HEAD will also be offering an extremely limited number of VIP Packages in 2 tiers at www.machinehead.vip.

Gold VIP Tour Package:
One (1) General Admission Ticket
Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head
Group Photo w/ Machine Head
Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt
Machine Head Flag
Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard
Early Entry

and

Platinum “Soundcheck” Package
One (1) General Admission Ticket
Soundcheck Viewing
Meet and Greet w/ Machine Head
Group Photo w/ Machine Head
Exclusive Meet and Greet Shirt
Machine Head Flag
Souvenir Laminate w/ Lanyard
Early Entry

Confirmed tour dates are as follows. General ticket on-sale begins at 10 am local on Friday, September 22nd.

North American “Catharsis” World Tour 2018

Thu 25-Jan Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
Sat 27-Jan Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Mon 29-Jan San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Tue 30-Jan Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Wed 31-Jan Houston,TX – HOB

Fri 02-Feb Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Sat 03-Feb Pensacola, FL – Vinyl MH
Mon 05-Feb Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
Tue 06-Feb Atlanta, GA – Centerstage
Thu 08-Feb Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Fri 09-Feb New York, NY – Playstation
Sat 10-Feb Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Sun 11-Feb Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Tue 13-Feb Toronto, ON – Danforth MH
Wed 14-Feb Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Thu 15-Feb Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Fri 16-Feb Cleveland, OH – Agora
Sat 17-Feb Detroit, MI – Majestic
Tue 20-Feb Des Moines, IA – Woolys
Wed 21-Feb Madison, WI – Majestic
Thu 22-Feb Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Fri 23-Feb Chicago, IL – Concord MH
Sat 24-Feb Saint Louis, MO – Pops
Tue 27-Feb Denver, CO – Summit MH

Thu 01-Mar Las Vegas, NV – HOB
Fri 02-Mar Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
Sat 03-Mar Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
Mon 05-Mar Portland, OR – Roseland
Tue 06-Mar Vancouver, BC – Commodore
Wed 07-Mar Seattle, WA – Showbox Market

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30 Years Of Goodies In New Box Set From Mike Tramp 

September 18th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

“This & That (But A Whole Lot More)” is the brand new box set from Mike Tramp, that is being released on the 1st of December in a limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide. The box set contains 5 CDs and 1 DVD with previously unreleased material from Tramps long career, but with brand new stuff as well.

For “This & That (But A Whole Lot More)” Tramp & Band Of Brothers have created this real rock ‘n’ roll banger “Work It All Out”, that comes with a really great “behind the scenes” video:
Mike Tramp – Work It All Out (Official Music Video)

Mike Tramp himself says this about the box set:
“In the 21st century where the music business have become something like an old fashion garage sale and your loyal fans have become someone you address by first name and have a coffee with. It is with great pleasure that I give back to those who have stood by my side for so long and shared this journey with me, and now give them the key to my own personal vault of songs and projects I have done over the past 30 years. This Box set is from Mike Tramp to his fans”.

The box set will be sold exclusively at  www.shop.targetgroup.dk

Release shows
On November 24th and 25th, Mike Tramp and Band Of Brothers will be playing two memorable release shows at Halmtorvet 9 in Copenhagen. The box set will be available at this show, and you will be able pre-order it when buying a ticket for the show at this link to make sure you will get your hands on a copy:
24.11.17: https://goo.gl/hXLoHK
25.11.17: https://goo.gl/HW5LvS

mightymusic.dk
facebook.com/MikeTrampOfficial

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10 Questions With…Oni Logan of Lynch Mob

September 17th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

10 Questions With…
Lynch Mob’s Oni Logan

Interview & Questions by Joey Rockman

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Suffocation + Scordatura @ The Audio, Glasgow

September 17th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Suffocation + Scordatura

@ The Audio, Glasgow

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Review by Pete Mutant

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PUNKY MEADOWS Releases New Video and Single Featuring Frank Dimino and Felix Robinson of ANGEL 

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Punky Meadows is from one of the most striking Hard Rock band of the 70’s, ANGEL, and on September 18th, Punky Meadows will release the new single, “LOST AND LONELY.”

The track features three members of Angel – guitarist Punky Meadows, vocalist Frank Dimino, and bassist Felix Robinson, as well as Punky’s band members Danny Farrow, Charlie Calv and Bob Pantella, who all performed on the song.

They also filmed a brand-new video at The Chance Theatre in New York for the song, in which it is the first time since 1980 that three members of Angel appear together in a music video.

The video was shot by Jeffery Moore, who co-directed with Danny Farrow.

The Track can be ordered at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-and-lonely-single/id1273422810

“Man, we had such a great time shooting our latest video with Frank, Felix and the guys,” says Punky. “Danny and I talked about doing this video for a while. We thought it would be something special for not only the fans of my band, but for the many Angel fans as well. Frank really delivered on this track, and the whole band kicked ass!!!”

Also order the autographed limited special edition of Punky Meadows’ ‘Fallen Angel’ full CD with the Frank Dimino version of “Lost and Lonely” at www.mainmanrecords.com

Punky Meadows also just launched a new merch Store with many shirts, posters and other great items you can order at https://shop.bandwear.com/punkymeadows.

And more exciting news – Punky and the band just signed with The Artery Foundation Artist Management, and will be working on many new exciting things together, including a slew of shows for 2018.

Lastly, Punky and his band will be doing a special show November 10th at the Debonair Music Hall (Mexicali Live) in Teaneck, NJ. You can get tickets and meet and greet at link for Punky’s official site below.

For More Information Please Visit:
www.punkymeadowsofficial.com
www.facebook.com/groups/punkymeadowsofficial/
www.facebook.com/punkymeadowsofficial/
www.twitter.com/punkymeadows001

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Steelheart’s New Album “Through Worlds Of Stardust” Out Now

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


This is rock from the heart, mature,modern music capable of moving people and taking you to a better place. Don’t dismiss this as just another comeback by an 80’s band, because it’s far, far more than that.
-The Rock Pit

This new stunning opus that will please every hard rock freak out there.
-Heavy Paradise

Miljenko Matijevic is a master in blending both sounds from past and present together on this release.
-Melodic.net

Steelheart is the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic, whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band. They have released their new album “Through Worlds Of Stardust” today via Frontiers Music Srl.

“Through Worlds Of Stardust” is available for purchasehere: http://radi.al/Steelheartor at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop (CD & VINYL)
Amazon: http://radi.al/SteelheartAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/SteelheartiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/SteelheartGooglePlay

Follow the band on Spotify: http://radi.al/SteelheartSpotify

Earlier this week Steelheart released the breathtaking video for “Lips of Rain.” It can be viewed HERE.

Watch the video for “Got Me Twisted” HERE.

Steelheart is back with a sonic tour de force befitting of their stature. Don’t be foolish and dismiss this as just another “band from the ’80s” as you will miss out on one of the most surprisingly robust and balanced hard rock albums of 2017!

Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars, Ebow Guitars: Miljenko Matijevic

Musicians on the album:
Guitars: Uros Raskovski
Bass: James “Rev” Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern
Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke
Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth
Guest guitar solo and part rhythm on My Dirty Girl by Kennet Kanowski

Strings composed and conducted by Glen Gabriel
Orchestrated by Anthony Weeden
Performed by Stockholm Strings

For More Info Visit:

R.I.P. Dear Kenny. You will be missed.


https://facebook.com/OfficialSteelheart

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TOM KEIFER Deluxe Edition Of Debut Album, ‘The Way Life Goes,’ Set For Release October 20

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

TOM KEIFER once sang, “You’re only going once around the ride.”

He’s proving that theory wrong with the highly anticipated release of THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION, an expanded compilation of his critically acclaimed solo debut album, THE WAY LIFE GOES, chock full of bonus content and special artwork.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION is finally set for release October 20 on Cleopatra Records. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and on Cleopatra’s website. The package will include the original album that has been remastered by Richard Dodd (Kings of Leon, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum). It also has two brand new studio tracks recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy® Award-winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) with KEIFER and his bandmates (#keiferband: Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Paul Simmons, Paul Taylor, Savannah Keifer, and Kendra Chantelle). Fans will finally get to hear the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

“The reason that I picked up

guitar, the reason that I sing the way I do, was all because of that guy,” said Hale of KEIFER’s influence on her at a young age. The two first performed “Nobody’s Fool” live together in Atlantic City, NJ in September 2013.
“I remember the first time seeing Lzzy perform live at the House of Blues show in Atlantic City and being absolutely floored by the power of her voice and performance,” KEIFER continues. “She’s an amazing artist and has been a great inspiration to me as well.”

There will also be a bonus DVD with music videos, tour clips, and “The Way Life’s Goin,’” a 30-minute documentary produced by Tammy Vega (KEIFER’s longtime official photographer) about the creation of the bonus tracks, exclusive interviews with the band filmed during the new recording sessions, and live footage.

THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION will be wrapped in an all new six-panel digipak designed by artist David Calcano (creator of the Fantoons comic strip series) with 20 pages of one-of-a-kind unique illustrations depicting each song.

As KEIFER explains, “Everything from the new artwork, documentary, videos and bonus tracks contained in the DELUXE EDITION is a sum of all the amazingly talented people who came into our world as a result of the initial release. The two bonus tracks were specifically chosen and recorded as we felt them both to be special collaborations that came about while touring for THE WAY LIFE GOES.”

New band members Jarred Pope (drums) and Kory Myers (keyboards/vocals) join the #keiferband lineup in 2017. Writing has begun for a follow-up to THE WAY LIFE GOES with recording slated for Fall 2018.

Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:

“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”
–Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone

“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
–Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar

“…the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest. They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic. Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice. And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”
–Matt Blackett, Guitar Player

“THE WAY LIFE GOES marks the first release of any kind by Keifer since Cinderella’s last record, 1994’s STILL CLIMBING. In many ways, it picks up right where the band left off. The first single, ‘The Flower Song,’ echoes ‘Maggie May,’ the familiar grit in Keifer’s voice approximating Faces-era Rod Stewart; but for the most part the album replicates the blend of pounding hard rock, soaring ballads and blues and country tinges that characterized Cinderella’s sound beginning with LONG COLD WINTER.”
–Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper,

“’The Flower Song,’ his premiere solo offering, smacks of the Black Crowes/the Faces.”
–Katherine Turman, Village Voice (NY)

Here’s the complete track listing for THE WAY LIFE GOES – DELUXE EDITION:

DISC 1: CD

1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick and Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fool’s Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
14. Babylon

BONUS TRACKS
15. Nobody’s Fool feat. Lzzy Hale
16. With A Little Help From My Friends
17. Nobody’s Fool (Piano Version)

DISC 2: DVD

Chapter 1) The Way Life’s Goin’ (Documentary)
Chapter 2) Solid Ground (Music video)
Chapter 3) The Flower Song (Music video)
Chapter 4) It’s Not Enough (Music video)
Chapter 5) It’s Not Enough (Lyric video)
Chapter 6) Album Promo
Chapter 7) Cathouse Live
Chapter 8) Count Vamp’d Las Vegas
Chapter 9) Farm Rock Chicago

Check out TOM KEIFER at any of the following tour stops:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 9/23 Hopewell, VA Beacon Theatre
Sun 9/24 Big Flats, NY Tag’s Summerstage
Thu 10/5 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
Fri 10/6 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
Wed 10/11 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Thu 10/12 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Fri 10/13 Chester, PA The Block at Harrah’s Casino
Sat 10/14 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/20 Little Rock, AR Arkansas State Fair
Sat 10/28 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
Fri 11/3 Galveston, TX Lone Star Rally at Saengerfest Park
Sat 11/4 San Antonio, TX The Rock Box
Thu 11/9 Pasadena, CA The Rose
Fri 11/10 Santa Clarita, CA The Canyon
Sat 11/11 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave
Sun 11/12 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House
Thu 12/7 Joliet, IL The Forge
Fri 12/8 Dubuque, IA Q Casino

www.TomKeifer.com
www.facebook.com/TomKeiferOfficial

www.instagram.com/tomkeiferofficial
www.youtube.com/user/tomkeifermusic

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THREAT SIGNAL announce details for new album “Disconnect”

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Canada’s melodic thrash metal powerhouse, THREAT SIGNAL, premiere the first single from their long-awaited fourth studio album, “Disconnect”, set to be released on November 10th worldwide via Agonia Records. The band’s first new song in six years, “Exit The Matrix”, is available in the form of a lyric video, een above.

Since their critically acclaimed debut offering “Under Reprisal” (2006), which won the “Canadian Recording Of The Year Award” at the Hamilton Music Awards, THREAT SIGNAL became internationally recognised as one of the most interesting modern acts in thrash metal. Their latest two installments, the intense “Vigilance” (2009) and reinvented “Threat Signal” (2011), have both met with unrelenting hype, with each generating growing interest within the metal community. Combining the complexity of thrash metal, with a more contemporary groove sound involving technical rhythms and melodic musical passages, the band finally returns with its fourth studio album, “Disconnect”.

Founder & vocalist Jon Howard commented: “Well, we made it to album number 4! To say its been a tough ride would be an understatement, but as the shit piles on, we’ll keep shovelling that shit off!! So we began writing this album back in 2012, and continued writing over the next 3 years until we were able to hit the studio again. Basically our thought process while writing was to not have an end goal of what the album should sound like. We didn’t plan to make a really heavy album, or a melodic album, or take anyone else’s input on what we should sound like. We basically just wrote songs with a clear and open mindset until Disconnect grew together. This album ranges from melodic metal, to hard rock, to thrash metal, and even down to a chill acoustic tune, its a roller coaster of a ride while staying true to the Threat Signal sound. You will feel the energy from all of our previous albums plus something new. A big thanks to Agonia records for believing in us and finally getting this album released. Also a HUGE thanks to the fans for sticking with us over the years. I’d like to dedicate our album Disconnect to my fallen friend and former Threat Signal drummer Norm Killeen. May you be jamming with the best of them in the next life!!! Peace and love”.

“Disconnect” was recorded and produced by vocalist Jon Howard and lead guitarist Travis Montgomery. Mixing and mastering were done by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Battlecross, Coal Chamber). Artwork for the album was created by Ludovic Cordelieres of Rusalkadesign (Kamelot).

Tracklist:
1. Elimination Process
2. Nostalgia
3. Walking Alone
4. Exit The Matrix
5. Falling Apart
6. Aura
7. Betrayal
8. To Thine Own Self Be True
9. Dimensions
10. Terminal Madness
11. Eyes Sewn Shut*

*BOX CD exclusive.

Album formats:
– Digipack CD.
– Limited to 500 copies BOX (inc. CD + bonus track, poster, patch and sticker).
– Regular black LP.
– Limited to 150 copies transparent blue/opaque red (“colour in clolour”) LP.
– Digital.
– TS.

PRE-ORDER “Disconnect” at:
CD/BOX/LP/MERCH: https://agoniarecords.com/threatsignal
iTunes: http://radi.al/THREATSIGNAL
Bandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/disconnect

 

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SONS OF APOLLO Release Video For “Coming Home” From ‘Psychotic Symphony’ Album Due Out October 20

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

SONS OF APOLLO–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—have just released the video for “Coming Home” from their highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY.

The song is now available on all digital outlets starting today. Set for release on October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is now available to pre-order on 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD, Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. Pre-order now here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS

“’Coming Home’ immediately felt like the SONS OF APOLLO ‘grand entrance’ as soon as we wrote the song,” says Portnoy. “Almost like a fighter entering the ring. I knew this had to be the first video and first time people see us playing together. The video was shot at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA, where we wrote and recorded the album. So you’re essentially seeing the exact place and environment that SONS OF APOLLO was born.

“I assume most people’s expectations of the band from its lineup is for SOA to be a self-indulgent ‘wank-fest’ (and granted, there are three 10-minute Prog epics on the album!), but ‘Coming Home’ is an example that we are just as much a rock band cut from the cloth of classic bands like Van Halen as well.”

The full track-listing of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is as follows:

1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of the Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro’s Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus

An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ

PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity– a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

SONS OF APOLLO online:
www.sonsofapollo.com
www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1
www.Twitter.com/SonsOfApollo1

INSIDEOUTMUSIC ONLINE:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
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LED ZEPPELIN: All the Albums All the Songs by MARTIN POPOFF Out Now!

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

THE STORY BEHIND EVERY STUDIO TRACK.

Commonly described simply as heavy, Led Zeppelin’s music was actually a complex amalgam of blues, rock, folk and country. Martin Popoff dissect each of Zep’s 81 studio tracks, including the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes and their historical contexts. Introductory essays for each album features sidebars listing studios, release dates and personnel. Beautifully illustrated with rare performance and offstage photography and memorabilia, the result is a stunning look at the foursome who forged the template for the marauding modern rock ‘n’ roll band.

Folks, this is the gosh-darn prettiest book I ever got to stick my name on. It’s hardcover, full colour throughout on heavy premium gloss. The cover is weirdly velvety and makes use of spot varnish and neon inks. And the dimension is this odd 7 3/4” x 10” which is… there’s just something really unique about it.

But inside, there are tons of pictures Voyageur Press unearthed that I’d never seen before, plus loads of memorabilia shots.
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And the bottom line is that ever last thought I ever had on Zeppelin has got to be in here, because I basically had to write a couple of pages of text on each and every Zeppelin song. This was pure hard-graft writing, melding analysis with hundreds of trivia nuggets, opinion (some of it not so complimentary—possibly get in some trouble here) and obsessive dissection, which was in truth, so gratifying to execute ‘cos for years I wanted to say my piece on Zeppelin.

Plus, there’s interview footage in there for a few sidebars, where I’ve offered quotes from my interviews with John Paul Jones, Aubrey Powell, Ron Nevison, the late Andy Johns, a bit from Robert Plant and a few other rock stars who tell me why Zep rules.
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Price for LED ZEPPELIN: All the Songs All the Albums including shipping:
US orders: $39.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $55.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $50.00 Cdn. funds

Book will be signed to you from me, so let me know if it is a present for someone else, or you don’t want it signed.
Ask me if you’d prefer a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

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

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), for US and Canadian orders. Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 45 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’. Note: this will not be at my website for a good ten days, but I have the books now and am shipping them this week.

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GWAR Delivers “State of The Union” and Drops New Song “El Presidente”

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

The countdown is on as GWAR gets ready to release their bone-crushing, corpse-grinding new opus “The Blood of Gods” out October 20th via Metal Blade Records. As the world continues hurtling through space towards a great conflagration of death and destruction, your alien overlords have dropped “El Presidente,” the second single from the album. Hopefully this will speed things along! Head over to metalblade.com/gwar to listen to the track and pre-order your copy of “The Blood Of Gods.” Digital pre-orders come with instant downloads of both “Fuck This Place” and “El Presidente.”

Additionally Beefcake the Mighty, has issued a brief “State Of The GWAR Union” address.

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State of the GWAR Union

GWAR Interrupts President's Speech to Announce New Album, and New SingleVideo has emerged showing Beefcake the Mighty of GWAR interrupting Donald Trump during a bizarre, secret speaking engagement being held In the basement of a Washington area pizza restaurant. The footage, captured on a cell phone, depicts the rotund bass guitarist shoving Trump aside to announce the October 20th release of "The Blood of Gods" and the new pre-order download track "El Presidente." Check it out… at http://metalblade.com/gwar

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Concerning the album; “The Blood of Gods” chronicles the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that oppose them. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of humanity from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry!

GWAR LIVES MOTHERFUCKERS!

GWAR:
9/15: Knoxville, TN @ The International
9/16: Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
9/17: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
GWAR W/Ghoul, Doyle and U.S. Bastards:
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10/20: Richmond, VA @ The National
10/21: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
10/22: Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
10/23: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/25: Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
10/26: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10/27: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10/28: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/29: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/31: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/1: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/2: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
11/3: St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
11/4: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
11/5: Lawrence, KS @ Granada

GWAR W/Ghoul, He Is Legend and U.S. Bastards

11/7: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/8: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
11/9: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
11/10: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
11/11: Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
11/13: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/14: Portland, OR @ Roseland
11/15: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
11/17: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
11/19: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/21: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
11/23: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
11/24: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/25: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/26: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
11/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
11/29: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/30: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
12/1: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
12/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
12/3: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/5: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
12/6: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
12/8: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/9: Peoria, IL @ Limelight
12/10: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

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Metal Legends ANNIHILATOR to Release 16th Studio Album, “For The Demented”, on November 3, 2017

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Since 1989, Canada’s ANNIHILATOR have not stopped putting out records and touring the world. Despite the ever-changing climate of the metal world (and releasing a series of “different” metal records with various lineups along the way), Jeff Waters and company have consistently delivered strong albums since the band’s debut Alice In Hell. Then there was 1990’s best-selling Never, Neverland, 1995’s King of The Kill, Schizo Deluxe in 2005 and many other critically-acclaimed releases up until 2015’s Suicide Society. The ‘under-the-radar’ influence of this band, and writer/guitarist/vocalist Jeff Waters, has been felt throughout the entire realm of the metal world by a ton of well-known musicians and bands; that influence even stretching into the hard rock and instrumentalist genre.

ANNIHILATOR’s main man Jeff Waters, in his usual humble manner, offers this in response: “ANNIHILATOR’s music has been influenced by a good hundred of my favorite bands and musicians; you can hear their contributions to what I have been doing all throughout ANNIHILATOR’s catalogue. It’s a bonus and an honor when bands and musicians I love mention that I had something to do with their playing or songs!”

Which all leads to the fact that ANNIHILATOR’s 16th studio release, For The Demented (out November 3, 2017 via Neverland Music/Silver Lining Music), is certainly their most complete and definitive statement yet. The album will be available in a Limited Edition Digipack with Lenticular cover, a jewel-case CD, a 12″ 180gms coloured vinyl in gatefold and digital download. Pre-order will go live next week.

“It was time to analyze what a lot of fans over the years have kept telling me,” says Waters. “It was time to sit down and figure out “why” ANNIHILATOR’s early “thrash-meets-melodic” caught the ears of so many and to try to sweep the “fan” part of my writing/playing/singing out the door and welcome back the mostly-original Waters writing that was to be the first four ANNIHILATOR albums.”

Waters didn’t venture back alone while looking back through ANNIHILATOR’s history. “I was well aware that trying to re-capture the past usually fails, or at least won’t come close. So, I decided to bring in fresh ears, both musically and physically with Rich Hinks, my bassist for the last few years. And doing most all of the records by myself, including writing and playing most all on my own, as well as mixing, mastering, engineering, etc…, well it can become routine and can often hinder you from being objective and more creative.

Rich came in and co-wrote the music with me, as well as co-produced the beginning stages of the record. His background of classic thrash metal meets a newer “math” metal style was the perfect combination for me to simply ask, ‘What do you think of this?’ He would most-often reply with “not the ANNIHILATOR style I like”, so we would keep going until we both felt that core ANNIHILATOR riffing and writing style presented itself.”

“Bottom line, For The Demented captures some feel from ANNIHILATOR’s 1985-87 demos mixed with the first four ANNIHILATOR records. Back to the thrash-meets-melody but with some pure Waters guitar riffing, up-graded lead guitar shredding and vocals back to the demo-days meets the King of The Kill record. Lyrically, I placed a theme on the record: the human mind and all of its glory, complexity, diversity, weaknesses and insanity! Pretty much the craziness of the music is matched by the lyrics.”

“I think metal fans are going to hear much of what they have been waiting for from ANNIHILATOR,” says Waters.

For The Demented track listing:
1. Twisted Lobotomy
2. One to Kill
3. For the Demented
4. Pieces of You
5. The Demon You Know
6. Phantom Asylum
7. Altering the Alter
8. The Way
9. Dark
10. Not All There

ANNIHILATOR European Tour Dates w/ Testament:
12.11.2017 BEL Antwerp Trix *
13.11.2017 GER Hannover Musikzentrum **
14.11.2017 GER Berlin Astra *
15.11.2017 POL Warsaw Progresja *
16.11.2017 SVK Kosice Colloseum *
17.11.2017 POL Wroclaw A2 *
18.11.2017 HUN Budapest Barba Negra *
19.11.2017 CZE Brno Sono Centrum *
20.11.2017 AUT Vienna Arena *
22.11.2017 GER Wiesbaden Schlachthof *
23.11.2017 GER München Backstage *
24.11.2017 GER Saarbrücken Garage *
25.11.2017 GER Stuttgart LKA/Longhorn *
26.11.2017 SLO Ljubljana Kino Siska *
27.11.2017 GER Nürnberg Löwensaal *
28.11.2017 SWI Pratteln Z7 *
30.11.2017 ITA Bologna Estragon *
01.12.2017 ITA Milano Live Club *
02.12.2017 SWI Fribourg Fri-Son *
03.12.2017 FRA Toulouse Bikini *
04.12.2017 ESP Madrid Riviera *
06.12.2017 FRA Lyon Transbordeur *
07.12.2017 FRA Nantes Stereolux *
08.12.2017 FRA Paris Bataclan *
09.12.2017 GER Oberhausen Ruhrpott Metal Meeting *
10.12.2017 NED Haarlem Patronaat *
* w/ Testament & Death
** w/ Death Angel

ANNIHILATOR is:
Jeff Waters (vox, guitar)
Fabio Alessandrini (drums)
Rich Hinks (bass)
Aaron Homma (guitar)

ANNIHILATOR online:
www.facebook.com/annihilatorband
www.annihilatormetal.com
www.sl-music.net

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ROCK LEGEND AND MEDIA MOGUL GENE SIMMONS TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS IN ROCK WITH “THE VAULT EXPERIENCE”

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Limited-Edition VAULT is The Largest Boxset of All Time with 150 Never-Before-Released Tracks, Collectibles and a Personal Item From The Demon’s Own Archives and Will Be Hand Delivered by Simmons Himself to Fans Around the World

Celebrating 50 years in rock (1966-2016) Gene Simmons, multi- hyphenate entrepreneur, co-founder and front man of KISS, America’s number one gold record award-winning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), and one of the most recognized performers in the world, today announced the unprecedented release of GENE SIMMONS: THE VAULT EXPERIENCE in partnership with Rhino Entertainment.
GENE SIMMONS: THE VAULT EXPERIENCE commemorates and celebrates Simmons’ notorious five-decade journey as a rock icon, offering fans around the world a limited-edition collectible ‘VAULT’ with contents that offer a unique look into The Demon’s colorful life, including never-before-released songs, photos, stories and collectible items. Additionally, every VAULT will be personally delivered to each fan by Simmons himself.
GENE SIMMONS: THE VAULT EXPERIENCE begins with a personal delivery, by Simmons himself, of a numbered, limited-edition, 17” x 25” 38-pound VAULT, during Simmons’ VAULT World Tour set to take place January 2018 through December 2018.
Priced at $2,000 – each unique VAULT includes:

150 never-before-released tracks written and performed by Simmons, and featuring notable rock and roll artists, including members of KISS past and present
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These unreleased tracks are exclusive to THE VAULT and will not be available in other physical or digital configurations
Limited-edition collectibles including a Gene Simmons non-makeup action figure and an “In Gene We Trust” oversized medallion
A one-of-a-kind, hand-selected original piece of memorabilia from Gene’s personal collection
During the one-on-one meet and greets with the delivery of the VAULTs, Simmons will travel around the world, to a designated location to take photos and video with the fan and a guest, and sign autographs. In addition to the private meeting, fans will receive a VAULT Pre-Pack* and join a small group of other fans for “Songs and Stories” from The VAULT and a Q&A with Simmons. Within a month of purchase, fans will also receive via mail a VAULT Pre-Pack featuring a USB including the first track “Are You Ready,” a signed golden ticket, exclusive t- shirt, and a laminate. Ordering by December 5 will ensure delivery of the VAULT Pre-Pack by December 23, just in time for holiday gift giving.
“Any artist can release a boxed set, and never really thank the fans for their support,” said Simmons. “I want to celebrate my 50th anniversary in rock WITH the fans, and I have had a blast putting something really special together for them. GENE SIMMONS: THE VAULT EXPERIENCE gives fans something truly unique that they can keep forever, and it gives me a chance to personally thank them for all of their support over the years.”
“What Gene and Rhino have put together with THE VAULT EXPERIENCE is truly unprecedented. We have taken the idea of a boxed set to a completely different level,” says Mark Pinkus, President of Rhino Entertainment. “As a card-carrying member of the KISS Army from a young age, I’m honored to be working with Gene on such an exciting and innovative project. His fans are going to be absolutely blown away by THE VAULT EXPERIENCE. “
For the ultimate fan, two additional VAULT Experiences are available:

The Executive Producers Experience – $25,000
Kicking off in New York on September 15, the Executive Producer’s Experience will be available in cities around the world until November 2017, and is the quintessential experience for the devoted fan, plus a guest. The Executive Producer’s experience includes an initial SKYPE call with Simmons; a one-hour private studio preview with Simmons, offering the opportunity to listen to tracks before they are released; a distinguished Executive Producer credit on every VAULT; a photo, video and autograph opportunity with Gene; one of the first 500 limited-edition numbered VAULTs; and a VAULT Pre-Pack*

The Home Experience** – $50,000
Launching December 2017 in the U.S. and in cities around the world, the Home Experience includes a personal delivery of THE VAULT to the fan’s home by Simmons himself; one of the first 300 limited- edition numbered VAULTs; two hours with Simmons at the fan’s home (or location of their choice) for a special event with up to 25 friends and family; photos, videos and autographs; an intimate “Songs & Stories” playback session and Q&A with Gene; and a VAULT Pre-Pack* for all guests in attendance.
For a complete schedule of all three VAULT EXPERIENCES or to pre-order THE VAULT EXPERIENCES please visit www.GeneSimmonsVault.com or call 1-833-GSVault
*VAULT Pre-Pack includes signed golden ticket, exclusive t-shirt, USB with “Are You Ready” and a laminate. It will be shipped three to four weeks after purchase
** Some scheduling and travel restrictions may apply

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