IRONSTORM CD Release party w. Samandriel, Shrapnal & Bloodreich. April 25th, 2014
Photos by Jeff Thorell
Review by JP
There are half a dozen local bars that are Metal-friendly and Lord Nelson’s is one of them. It was a warm Friday night as I headed down to the IronStorm CD release party. In a busy city of 1 million people and over 75 active Metal bands on almost any given night there is a local show. It is hard to make it to all of them but I make a point of trying to get out and support the locals especially as CD release parties! This one was kind of unique with two bands from Edmonton (IRonstorm/Samandriel) , Bloodreich from High River and local thrashers, Shrapnal. Read the rest of this entry »
Founding KISS guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY has debuted an all new single titled “Gimme a Feelin'” exclusively through Rolling Stone today. The new effort serves as the first single from his all new LP SPACE INVADER slated for a summer release via eOne Music.
“Gimme a Feelin'” is available for purchase on iTunes immediately and Space Invader is available for pre-order via Amazon.
Frehley recently announced that he had tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming LP. Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977), says, “It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace.” Ken Kelly is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy sub genres, most notably for the Conan the Barbarian novels. He continues, “I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.”
Ace Frehley himself comments, ”I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!”
With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly concludes, “I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace’s continuing successful career!”
ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) this summer. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs along with “Gimme a Feelin'” as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.”
Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. “’Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.
You can catch Ace Frehley accepting his award at the 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Ceremony on May 31 at 8pm on HBO.
Tankard is one of the craziest bands the world has faced up ever. I do like always their insistence aboutcontinuing to write and record in the same vein: fast metalsongs in honour of alcohol. Get some answers about the music business and heavy metal from an old hand who can play what he wants along with his beer-fellas and don’t give a s***t. Beer kings’ Gerre caught up with Metal-Rules to talk about the new album, R.I.B. (=Rest In Beer!) their craziness, Gambrinus (the traditional god of Beer), iTunes, Greek metal scene and overall: Beer!
After a successful worldwide theatrical showing that had the film playing in over 400 theaters and garnering universal critical acclaim, LAMB OF GOD announce today that their feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, will be available on Video On Demand starting June 3rd with an exclusive 30-day digital worldwide run on Vimeo On Demand. The link below goes directly to the Vimeo player where the film is available for rent or purchase.
In addition, the film’s theatrical distributor Specticast has teamed with Gravitas Ventures to place the film on multiple cable, satellite, and telco Video On Demand platforms also commencing on June 3rd. These platforms include Cox Cable, Charter On Demand, Verizon Fios, Dish Network, Mediacom, Blue Ridge Communications, Suddenlink, Wave Broadband, Rogers on Demand, Shaw, Cogeco Cable, and East Link TV.
For more information on As The Palaces Burn, go to Asthepalacesburn.com
Get ready to mosh in the privacy of your own home, because multiple Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling thrash masters ANTHRAX have announced the release of “Chile On Hell,” a live-in-concert DVD that is set for a September 16, 2014 release. “Chile On Hell” was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013, and features Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/guitar, Charlie Benante/drums, Frank Bello/bass and Jon Donais/lead guitar. The band performed an extended set that featured songs from Anthrax’s entire catalogue – all the fan-favorites including “I Am The Law,” “Indians,” “Madhouse,” “Caught In A Mosh,” “The Devil You Know,” and “I’m Alive.” “Chile On Hell” will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray, was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, and will retail for $16.98.
“Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante. “When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room. But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap. I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop. One time Scott and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense. Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?
“Plus,” Benante continued, the time was right to do this DVD.” The band was in the home stretch of a three-plus-year campaign to record and support Worship Music and the Anthems EP, a period of time that was loaded with high points: the return of “classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna, Worship Music making the band’s highest chart debut in two decades, the series of Big Four shows – Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer and Metallica, the four bands that wrote the speed and thrash metal road map – that culminated in the September 2011 Big Four spectacular at Yankee Stadium in the band’s home town of New York, “Anthrax Day” declared in the Bronx, becoming the first metal band to have its music (“Got The Time”) played on Mars, two Grammy nominations, and sold out shows in every corner of the globe. “We wanted to finish on a high note,” Benante continued, “we didn’t want to look back and regret that we didn’t record the live show.”
“Chile On Hell” was produced by Jay Ruston and filmed by City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Global. The DVD’s cover art was designed by Stephen Thompson who partnered with Benante to “redesign” the artwork from last year’s Anthems EP.
As it is widely known the legendary thrash metal patrol Death Angel cancelled the whole European tour because of the financial issues. That means Death Angel will be not seen at Summer Breeze as well. Summer Breeze will be announcing a replacement later.
Marty Friedman is an American guitarist, best known for his career as the lead/rhythm guitarist for Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. During that period, the band reached its commercial peak and released several classic albums including RUST IN PEACE, COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION and YOUTHANASIA. Marty’s last album with the band was RISK (1999) and after the following tour he quit the band. Later on, Friedman relocated in Tokyo where he’s been living since 2003. Friedman has been visibly active in Japan. He’s hosted several TV and radio shows and works with various Japanese musicians. Friedman has released several solo albums, first of those were released prior his Megadeth tenure, and he just put out INFERNO which is his 12th solo release to date. This spring, Friedman finally returned to Finland, for the first time since the Risk tour. The current tour, titled GUITAR UNIVERSE 2, also features Friedman’s long-time friend Gus G. and it started in Helsinki on May 2nd. Before the show we had the pleasure to sit down with Marty and discuss about his current tour, INFERNO, living in Japan, the Metal All Stars tour, KISS, and various other topics.
No one has or will create death metal like Sinister.Taking the muffled hard-stop strumming of speed metal, mixing it in with the structural cryptograms of death metal, and amplifying the intensity, Sinister innovative the brutal death metal that spawned the goregrind genre and countless imitators. Band’s leader Adrie Kloosterwaard talks to Metal-Rules.com about the new upcoming album, “The post-Apocalyptic Servant”, Greek metal scene, the fillers in the album, the general see for the future…
SLASH and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album WORLD ON FIRE on September 16 via SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group revealed the cover artwork for WORLD ON FIRE designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single—arriving at radio Friday, June 13th—the disc marks SLASH’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). **See a Q&A with SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY below. Read the rest of this entry »
I first met Fierce Atmospheres lead guitarist Eric Gosselin when he joined a local Austin, Texas based black metal band I used to play drums for called Of the Fallen. Eric was from Maine and had performed in a technical death metal band back home called Living Impaired. I remembered Eric as being an exceptionally technical guitarist and very much into progressive song structures. I was not overly surprised when I head that he went on to perform with Nasty Savage at some of the bigger Euro summer metal festivals. Eric went on to form Fierce Atmospheres and relocated his new band to several cities and states before finally calling Illinois home. Eric’s old band Living Impaired eventually went on to reform and now the gifted guitarist finds himself with double duty…
“Wow, we never had a number 1 chart entry before!”
It is now confirmed HEROES has gone straight to the #1 position on the official Swedish album chart. Its predecessor, Carolus Rex has been on the Swedish charts ever since it was released two years ago!
Chosen for his extraordinary technical brilliance, Brosh will join legendary sibling drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice on stage for two Drum Wars extravaganzas in New York, including dates in Poughkeepsie on June 20 and two shows the next night at New York City’s famed Iridium venue.
All this coming on the heels of a CD release event for Brosh’s remarkable new instrumental album “Live the Dream” on May 31 at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.
“I am honored to be joining two of the biggest drumming legends for a few shows!” exclaims Brosh. “Carmine and Vinny Appice have been in some of rock’s biggest groups. Both have influenced generations of drummers. I’ve been to one Drum Wars concert and loved the intensity and craziness that goes on throughout the whole show!” Read the rest of this entry »
The album has also received a lyric video for the track ‘Hope Is Just An Illusion’. The video was developed by the artist Thiago Andrade (also frontman of the bands Fanttasma and Abstrakta):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymfg21-zYRo
‘Revolutionary Order’ was recorded at studio Graffon and produced by Junior Xavas, Xavier Collard and the band itself. For mixing and mastering, the disc traveled to France where Xavier Collard in SteelMind Studios completed the work.
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Dutch female-fronted symphonic metal band EPICA, has released a lyric video for the track “Unchain Utopia”, below. The song comes from their new album The Quantum Enigma, which was released earlier this month via Nuclear Blast records.
“The ‘Unchain Utopia’ lyric video is one of the coolest lyric videos I have ever seen,” commented guitarist Mark Jansen. “The footage worked out very well for this approach. Images and words strengthen each other. Initially we had a normal video in mind but that didn’t have the same impact. We hope you will enjoy ‘Unchain Utopia’!“ Read the rest of this entry »