After the departure of their longtime friend and drummer Daniel Svensson, the Swedish heavy music institution IN FLAMES was looking for a new rhythm master – now their search is finally over and the new fifth member of the band is… Joe Rickard!
Meet Joe in this newest webisode, where he speaks about his first meeting with IN FLAMES and gives a little guided tour through the studio where »Battles« was recorded:
“As you know — our longtime drummer, friend, and brother that is the almighty Daniel Svensson has left IN FLAMES to pursue other dreams. He is still with us in spirit when we write our music, in our lives, and someone whom we will cherish forever. We are truly grateful for the nearly 20 years that Daniel devoted to IN FLAMES”, the band states. “Because of each other, we’ grown exponentially as musicians and brothers. Our 12th studio album is the first we will release without Daniel since 1998, so entering the studio this time around was a bittersweet moment. At the time, we didn’ know who could even replace him, and making new music without him felt strange. We were missing a piece of IN FLAMES.”
But, of course, the show must go on and now the band is back with a new man behind the drumkit, who first joined the band while they recorded their upcoming album »Battles«:
“From February to April of 2016 we recorded our newest album, “” with legendary producer, Howard Benson. Howard and his team pushed our boundaries and kept our energy high every day while navigating us through a new process. Suddenly, we felt at home. Howard introduced us to one of his trusted and so talented studio drummers, Joe Rickard. Joe had formerly been a member of Grammy nominated RED, toured with numerous bands such as
Islander and RED, and has played drums on many successful albums for artists such as RED, Vamps, Starset, Brian “” Welch and our very own “”. Joe had such natural talent behind the kit; it seemed effortless. Once we witnessed him laying down drums to our own songs with parts we couldn’ have imagined better ourselves — we knew we had to have him join IN FLAMES.
During nearly two months recording in Los Angeles with Howard Benson, Joe quickly became not only a musician that we highly respected, but also a friend. We are proud and excited to finally announce that Joe Rickard will be taking over the drums for In Flames. We feel by adding such a talented and pure musician to our band and brotherhood that we are doing Daniel a great
justice in ensuring his hard work and talent will continue on.
Daniel, thank you for your incredible talent and time dedicated to this band and family that is In Flames. We are so honored to have had the privilege of playing music with you all of these years and we couldn’ have achieved so much without you.
Jesterheads, please welcome JOE RICKARD to IN FLAMES and make him feel welcome! We will see you all out on the road very soon.”
Make sure to see Joe live for the very first time on these tour dates:
November 6 – Tokyo, Japan @ Knotfest Japan
November 12 – Orlando, FL @ Kink Festival
With AVENGED SEVENFOLD and DISTURBED:
January 10 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
January 12 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
January 13 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Genting Arena
January 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena
January 16 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
January 18 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
January 19 – Cardiff, Wales, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
January 21 – London, UK @ Peninsula Square O2 Arena
Band leader/guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera
Universal Mind Project
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the additional promo pictures of the band.
Universal Mind Project is a new act that released their debut album earlier in 2016. The band is led by guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera and they’ve gathered some well known people to feature on the album, titled THE JAGUAR PRIEST. Guests on the album are singer Nils K.Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Mark Jensen (Epica), Diego Valdez (Helker), Charlie Dominici (ex-Dream Theater) and Alessandro Bissa (Vision Divine) to name a few. I had the pleasure to talk to vocalist Elina and growler/guitarist Michael about working on the album, production, guests, a new label, and what the plans are in the future for the band. If you like the music of Avantasia, the Genius trilogy, or Soulspell, you have to check Universal Mind Project out. Enjoy.
Veteran Danish Power Metallers IRONFIRE have released an official video for the title track of forthcoming album Among the Dead. Check it out at the following link:
IRONFIRErelease their 8th full-length album Among the Dead September 16 on Crime Records. The album will be available on CD, cassette, and vinyl LP formats.Order Among the Dead from Crime Records below:
Los Angeles, CA-based heavy metal band LIGHTNING STRIKES have signed a worldwide deal with PURE LEGEND RECORDS, a division of PURE STEEL RECORDS, for the release of their forthcoming eponymous debut album.
“All can say is that we are excited to be part of the Pure Legend Records roster worldwide”, states LIGHTNING STRIKES founder / drummer, Karpis Maksudian. “I think Pure Legend know the market very well and the people at the label will work hard to get ‘Lighting Strikes’ the attention it deserves and needs. We can’t wait to get this album out to all the metal heads who appreciate classic heavy metal.”
Originally formed in 1985, LIGHTNING STRIKES were briefly part of the bustling L.A. scene, releasing a now highly collectable 7” single in 1986, before the band went their separate ways in late 1987 despite drummer Karpis Maksudian’s attempts to carry on with a new line-up. Fast forward to 2011 when Maksudian began to assemble a new version of LIGHTNING STRIKES, featuring bassist Cat Tate (SNEW, RED AGAIN) who was part of the original band, guitarist Rob Math (LEATHERWOLF, PLAYER), and vocalist Nando Fernandes (HANGAR). Adding to the band’s fire power, Maksudian brought in a trio of guest players, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, KISS), as well as Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) and Japanese visual kei star Noah (AVANCHICK) on lead vocals.
‘Lightning Strikes’ was mixed by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANVIL).
Nando Fernandes (Hangar) – vocals
Rob Math (Leatherwolf, Player) – guitars
Cat Tate (Snew, Red Again) – bass
Karpis Maksudian – drums
On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.
When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.
We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin “Kiddie” Kearns.
As for the rest of us, Bolt Thrower has been our way of life for 30 years, never driven by money, fame or ego, but by our own personal principles and values that have guided us through life, and which bonded us as friends long before Bolt Thrower was even formed…
MEGADETH co-founder/bassist, producer and EMP LABEL GROUP’s President DAVID ELLEFSON recently podcasted a special 34 minutes Facebook live-stream event, making special announcements and talked about the State of the “Ellefson” Union, EMP Label Group, EMP Underground, Ellefson Coffee Co, Merchlive.com, MEGADETH and more. The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1074862262583450
Formed in 2015, EMP Label Group has already had worldwide success with their first release, the debut EP from Phoenix all-female punk group DOLL SKIN, released as a joint venture with Megaforce and Cargo Records (U.K.), who has already received airplay on dozens of stations around the world. EMP Label Group signed later a distribution deal with eOne for USA and SPV in Europe.
Current EMP Label Group roster bands are: Doll Skin, Arise In Chaos, Green Death, Dead By Wednesday, Apollo Under Fire, Behind The Fallen, Chuck Mosley, Cage9, Even The Dead Love A Parade, Hail Sagan, Heaven Below, Semblant, Ancient, Helstar, Killing The Messenger, Machinage, SkumLove, Another Lost Year and Solus Deus.
Finally EMP Label Group put the EMP: Underground Vol. 1 Sampler to bed. Over 30 TRACKS, mastered by producer/mixer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Corrosion Of Conformity. D.R.I). Available from: www.empmerch.com
Dead By Wednesday – Live Again (F/ Brian Fair) 3:52
(From the EMPLG LP THE DARKEST OF ANGELS)
Ditchwater – Blister 3:18
Abertooth Lincoln – Dreamy Kids 3:50
Casket Robbery – Annibelle’s Hell 4:16
Dead Epimony – Untamed Mind 3:13
Solus Deus – The Plague 3:18
(From the EMPUG EP THE PLAGUE)
Unicorn Death – Doomed by the Inquisition 3:58
Killing The Messenger – Fuel to the Fire 4:13
(From the EMPUG LP FUEL TO THE FIRE)
Evil Engine – Father 3:19
Grüzer – The Accessory 4:29
Incarcerhated – Nightmare Reality 4:53
Lutharö – Black Scorpion 6:00
Green Death – Gates of Hell (F/ David Vincent) 3:16
(From the EMP LP MANUFACTURING EVIL)
Ancient – Land of the Dead 4:06
(From the EMPUG Release BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD)
Surviving the Era – Here in the Dark 4:00
SKUMLOVE – The Infected (F/ Burton C. Bell) 3:06
(From the EMPUG LP SINISTER MINISTER)
Even The Dead Love A Parade – Heart Poacher 3:59
(From the EMPLG EP EVEN THE DEAD LOVE A PARADE)
Machinage – Voices 6:07
(From the EMPUG LP SLAVE NATION)
Mutilated By Zombies – Maggot Bath 3:34
NonHuman Era – Hollow Point 5:49
Semblant – Incinerate – 4:45
(From the EMPLG LP LUNAR MANIFESTO)
Psykotribe – Live Evil 4:30
Revilwen – Lead 3:28
Behind the Fallen – Reflections (f/ Telle Smith) 3:13
(From the forthcoming EMPLG LP AS THE SKY FALLS THROUGH)
S7N – Blackout 4:08
Sardis – Satisfied 3:55
Toothless – Ennui 4:17
Helstar – Black Cathedal 7:38
(From the EMPUG LP VAMPIRO)
Your Chance To Die – Shadow and Flame 3:21
(From the EMPUG LP EX-NIHILO Coming Spring 2017)
Urn – Silently, I’m Still Screaming 5:25
Goatsilk – Nothing Compares 3:10
Heaven Below – Renegade Protest Movement 3:48
(From the EMPLG LP GOOD MORNING APOCALYPSE)
Left of Reason – Randall Cobb (4:03)
On Wednesday, September 14, Jimmy Page will host an exclusive Led Zeppelin listening event at Olympic Studios in London featuring the worldwide debut of several previously unreleased tracks from THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, just days prior to the set’s official release on September 16. The listening event, moderated by legendary BBC DJ Johnnie Walker, will be held before an intimate audience and streamed on Facebook Live starting at 7:30PM GMT (2:30pm ET), followed by a with conversation with Page and Walker. The evening will conclude with the world premiere of a new video of “What Is And What Should Never Be” from THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS. Directed by Ariel Costa, the monochromatic video features a melding of classic Led Zeppelin live performance video with innovative animation.
Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. The band will now unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection which has been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.
THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS will be available in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song on September 16:
Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:
Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
44-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
BBC Sessions was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.”
Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.
THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS
CD Track Listing
1. “You Shook Me”
2. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
3. “Communication Breakdown”
4. “Dazed And Confused”
5. “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair”
6. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
7. “Communication Breakdown”
8. “Travelling Riverside Blues”
9. “Whole Lotta Love”
10. “Somethin’ Else”
11. “Communication Breakdown”
12. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
13. “You Shook Me”
14. “How Many More Times”
1. “Immigrant Song”
3. “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
4. “Black Dog”
5. “Dazed And Confused”
6. “Stairway To Heaven”
7. “Going To California”
8. “That’s The Way”
9. “Whole Lotta Love” (Medley: Boogie Chillun/Fixin’ To Die/That’s Alright Mama/A Mess of Blues)
10. “Thank You”
1. “Communication Breakdown” *
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be” *
3. “Dazed And Confused” *
4. “White Summer”
5. “What Is And What Should Never Be” *
6. “Communication Breakdown” *
7. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” *
8. “You Shook Me” *
9. “Sunshine Woman” *
IRON MAIDEN – THE ULTIMATE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BEAST UPDATED
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY VOYAGEUR PRESS WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 0760351678 ISBN-13: 978-0760351673 Up the Irons!
Iron Maiden is the updated edition of the first-ever complete, illustrated retrospective of the band. Music journalist Neil Daniels relates the band’s entire history and provides a complete, up-to-date discography, while respected heavy metal journalists and Iron Maiden experts, including Ian Christie, Martin Popoff, and Mick Wall, analyze the recordings. The stories behind the band’s formation, roster changes, recordings through 2015’s The Book Of Souls, and tours through 2016 are complemented with nearly 500 images, including live performance and candid off-stage photographs, and memorabilia, including handbills, gig posters, backstage passes, buttons, ticket stubs, and, of course, Eddie, Iron Maiden’s iconic Derek Riggs-created mascot.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press; Updated ed edition (1 Oct. 2016) Language: English
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Visit his official website at www.neildanielsbooks.com
Formed in 1975 by a young, East London bass player named Steve Harris, Iron Maiden went on to become one of the most successful heavy metal acts in history. With an estimated 85 million albums sold worldwide, the band remains hugely popular.
This new edition of Iron Maiden is required reading for any heavy metal fan. The book covers the compilation From Here To Eternity (2011); the CD/LP/DVD/Blu-ray release of En Vivo! (2012); the Maiden World Tour (2012-2014) to North America, Europe, and South America; The Book Of Souls album (2015); and the 2016 tour.
For more information, please contact Neil Daniels at Neil Daniels Books; email him
Coming Home is the new studio album from PAIN, the Swedish metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann). The record was officially unveiled last Friday via Nuclear Blast. In conjunction with its release, the band is pleased to reveal the official new visual accompaniment to “A Wannabe.” The clip was directed, filmedm and edited by Owe Lingvall and produced by Per Bussmann of Dreamday Media with visual effects by Konstantin Smirnov (The Rasmus, Kamelot, Meshuggah et al).
Watch it HERE where you can also view three track-by-track video trailers, the band’s “Call Me” video clip featuring Sabaton’s Joakim Brodèn, the lyric video for “Black Knight Satellite,” and three additional album trailers.
ROCK WOLVES featuring Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan “Gudze” Hinz, release their debut single “Rock For The Nations” today in digital format. The song is taken from the forthcoming album “Rock Wolves” out on October 28th.
Herman Rarebell:”Rock for the nations is better than war for the nations!!! Rock Wolves bring the nations good rock music!!! See you soon at our concerts!!!”
“Rock Wolves” will be released worldwide (ex Japan) as digi, LP and download on October 28th, 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer.
1. Rock For The Nations 3:46
2. Surround By Fools 4:03
3. Out Of Time 3:31
4. What About Love 3:28
5. The Blame Game 3:19
6. Riding Shotgun 3:26
7. Nothings Gonna Bring Me Down 3:05
8. The Lion Is Loose 3.33
9. I Need Your Love 3:33
10. Lay With Me 3:30
11. Inside Out 3:09 (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
According to the official announcement on Scorpions’ website:
“We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process. After our incredibly successful shows in the US, Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead.”
Mikkey has been playing with Scorpions since April 2016, when James Kottak, their drummer since the 1990s, took a break on medical advice.
“I feel truly honoured and fortunate to be able to carry on playing drums on this level. I grew up listening to Scorpions and have always loved the band. We have been friends for a long time so traveling and performing this year with Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias and Pawel has been loads of fun and the crew is very professional. The Scorpions fans have been most welcoming and it’s been great to meet all the crazy wonderful Motörhead bangers along the way.
I had some close to 25 amazing years with my friends and brothers Lemmy and Phil in Motörhead and that will always be the backbone in my future drumming. Lemmy always had great respect for Scorpions for being a real rock band and I am sure he is proud up there that I moved on and for playing with this class act. Here’s to many more years of rock and roll.”
ANDY TIMMONS BAND is set to release their eighth album, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD, via their own custom label, Timstone Records, on September 30. Co-produced by virtuoso guitarist Timmons and his longtime bassist Mike Daane, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD features 10 all-new tracks of melodic guitar instrumentals that Timmons hopes will touch an emotional chord in every listener.
“First and foremost, I’m really proud of these songs,” he says. “Some of them don’t even have a guitar solo per se — which is kind of unusual for an instrumental guitar record, but that underscores the importance of the idea that a good song has to be there right from the start. It has to be something that people identify with and find themselves wanting to listen to over and over.”
THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD is comprised of 10 toe-tapping and fist-pump-inducing songs that warrant repeat listens, from the driving, rising force of “Ascension” to the crossover pop leanings of “Winterland” and “Sanctuary” to a pair of heartfelt, uplifting elegies, “That Day Came” and “On Your Way, Sweet Soul.”
In addition to Daane on bass, the album also features Rob Avsharian on drums as well as original Andy Timmons Band drummer Mike Marine, who appears on five tracks. “I think we’re just scratching the surface, as far as tapping into the music’s emotional content goes,” the guitarist says of the vibe he and his bandmates strove to achieve collectively on this record. “My playing and musical tastes have changed or matured in some way over the years, and here, we’re trying to be impactful emotionally and certainly melodically.”
Andy Timmons—who’s played with the likes of Danger Danger, Kip Winger, Simon Phillips, and Olivia Newton-John–says he wanted THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD to be both modern and vintage at the same time. “Overall, Mike and I have always been fans of the classic records of the ’60s and ’70s,” he admits, “and there was an underlying credo of trying to live up to the music we loved and grew up with, both sonically and vibe-wise. That’s been a consistent theme throughout the history of the band. It was always the common thread.”
The more challenges the ace guitarist tackles as he composes new music, the more he learns—and the more he wants to share his findings with his audience, both new and old. “The interesting thing I’m finding about this instrumental music is a lot of the songs are very specifically influenced by life events, be it my life or that of somebody else near me,” Timmons reveals, “but there are some songs that were inspired by just a groove or jamming with the guys in the band.”
Timmons thinks he’s able to better express himself more instrumentally than verbally. “Spoken language is a very finite entity, and there are only so many ways we can express a feeling in that way,” he believes. “Whereas the notes within the music and how they’re presented can sometimes strike people a lot deeper. The cool thing is, it may mean something specific to me, but it can be interpreted in almost any way by each listener as a very personal experience.”
Here is the complete track listing for THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD:
3. Theme From A Perfect World
5. The Next Voice You Hear
6. Lift Us Up (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
7. That Day Came
9. Welcome Home
10. On Your Way Sweet Soul
Check out the ANDY TIMMONS BAND on tour this fall at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
With Travis Larson Band unless indicated otherwise:
Sat 10/1 Dallas, TX Granada Theater (headlining, with Chris Duarte opening)
Wed 10/5 Memphis, TN Rock House Live
Thu 10/6 Nashville, TN Douglas Corner Café
Fri 10/7 Atlanta, GA AIMM/Atlanta Institute of Music
Sat 10/8 Charlotte, NC The Rabbit Hole
Sun 10/9 Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall
Tue 10/11 Charleston, WV The Empty Glass
Wed 10/12 Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Thu 10/13 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Fri 10/14 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge
Sat 10/15 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Live
Sun 10/16 Columbus, OH Rhumba Café
Tue 10/18 Akron, OH Musica
Wed 10/19 Buffalo, NY Nietzche’s
Thu 10/20 Rochester, NY The Montage Music Hall
Fri 10/21 Marlboro, NY The Falcon
Sat 10/22 Philadelphia, PA The Voltage Lounge
Sun 10/23 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)
Mon 10/24 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)