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
www.myspace.com/insideoutlabel
Visit the new
Insideout Shop:
www.insideoutshop.de

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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

For More Info Visit:
http://www.gwar.net
http://instagram.com/gwar

http://www.youtube.com/gwar
http://www.facebook.com/gwar

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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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L.A. Guns Release New Single “Christine”

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis are back together as L.A. Guns with their first studio album in 15 years! “The Missing Peace” is set for release on October 13th via Frontiers Music Srl.

Today the band releases their new single “Christine,” which Tracii describes to Billboard Magazine as “The Perfect L.A. Guns style ballad.”

Order the album here http://radi.al/MissingPeace or at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
Amazon: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceGooglePlay

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Speed” “Sticky Fingers” and “Christine.”

Follow the band on Spotify: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceSpotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Speed,” “Sticky Fingers” and “Christine” to your favorite playlists.

As the revival of the classic ’80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

L.A. GUNS LIVE:
9/23: Lawnton, OK @ Comanche Nation Fair
9/30: Macul, Santiago, Chile @ Santiago Rock Festival
10/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
10/7: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
10/14: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
10/27: Knoxville, TN @ The Open Chord
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Rock N Skull @ Avantis Dome
12/14: Houston, TX @ Proof Bar
12/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky W/Faster Pussycat

2018:
1/27: Anaheim, CA @ The Parish @ HOB Anaheim (Namm Event)
2/10: San Juan, Puerto Rico, @ Shannan’s W/Loudness
2/11-2/16: Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
2/16: Jacksonville, FL @ 80’s In the Park @ Lexington Hotel
2/17: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room

For More Info Visit:
http://www.lagunsmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/LAFknGuns/

https://www.instagram.com/laguns/
https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns/

https://www.instagram.com/traciiguns/

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Martin Popoff’s new book: Tornado of Souls: Thrash’s Titanic Clash… signing and shipping now!

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

As the back cover sez… In the final instalment of his thrash trilogy, Martin Popoff looks at the ramp-up from the years 1987, 1988 and 1989, into the momentous pinnacle of the thrash saga, swirled around three key events: the Clash of the Titans tour, the release of Metallica’s self-titled “black album” and the rise of grunge, symbolized by the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind.

In detail and from many angles and many more speakers, Tornado of Souls makes the case that thrash had to reach a peak and then get replaced, because, as our cast explains, it had found itself “painted into a corner.”
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It’s all explained by an army of thrashers, label executives and thrashing journalists, who take us through all the great records of the era from the likes of the big four and beyond, up until the fateful fall of 1991, and the fall of thrash as the year winds down. Tornado of Souls therein becomes the culmination of 750 pages of fast an’ loose timeline and quotes coverage, the necessary exclamation mark put upon previous volumes, Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash and Caught in a Mosh: The Golden Era of Thrash.

Utilizing his celebrated oral history method—rich with detailed chronological entries to frame the story—Popoff moshes through to 1991, hammering closed this massive undertaking.

Come join Martin, along with dozens of his old school headbanging buddies (including multiple members from thrash’s big four and beyond), as they together tell the tale of thrash’s blow-up years. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, Celtic Frost, Pantera, Sacrifice, Razor, Exciter (along with Zazula and Slagel of course!)… they’re all here talking about their own thrash classics and those of their buddies too.

Price for Tornado of Souls including shipping:
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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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HEAVEN & EARTH Set To Release Fourth Studio Album ’Hard To Kill’ October 6

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Los Angeles hard rockers HEAVEN & EARTH HARD TO KILL, October 6 on Quarto Valley Records. It’s available to pre-order via HEAVEN & EARTH’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering HARD TO KILL, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta.  It will be available on iTunes September 22. are set to release their highly anticipated fourth studio album,

HEAVEN & EARTH features Joe Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has been a sideman to countless bands both live and in-studio including Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and the Rolling Stones. His distinctive style and energyis one to behold on HARD TO KILL. While on tour, the band includes musicians Mike Mangan (Hammond organ and keyboards) and Steven Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals).

Taking HARD TO KILL as a whole, the 11 original songs ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan.

With guidance from Ritchie Blackmore, Smith’s own performing career took him across Europe with various bands, through New York City, and ultimately to Los Angeles where he first formed HEAVEN & EARTH. The band released two previous albums before he met singer Joe Retta about a decade

HEAVEN & EARTH founder/guitarist Stuart Smith was born in Great Britain, the son of an RAF jet fighter pilot, and he was originally classically trained on the guitar from the age of 8. After seeing a Deep Purple concert in the early ‘70s, he got turned on to rock & roll. When he was 19 years old, he met guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and the two became fast friends. Blackmore instantly took Smith under his wing and mentored him.ago, when both men were touring with The Sweet, known for the classic hits “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run.” After developing a strong writing partnership, Retta and Smith joined forces to continue the HEAVEN & EARTH legacy.

A native of Rochester, NY, Retta established himself as one of the most versatile singers in Los Angeles. He has performed with The Sweet, Gregg Rolie, Dio Disciples, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With Retta out in front, his powerful vocals and world-class musicianship are integral to HEAVEN & EARTH’s epic sound.

Bassist Lynn Sorensen, a Seattle native, has performed all across the globe with Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers’ band. As a teen, Sorensen studied classical violin and viola; to this day, he maintains a passion for classical music.

“We feel that HARD TO KILL is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says guitarist Stuart Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four HEAVEN & EARTH albums, as well as a few surprises.”

“The reinvention of rock comes to you from HEAVEN & EARTH. A band that brings every riff you ever wanted into the 21st century”
—Chris Lord-Alge, Multi Grammy® Award-winning mix engineer

“The new album from HEAVEN & EARTH is the real deal. Many great songs start out as a great riff, and this album is full of them. Intention, intensity, and emotion. All three are in play here. Well done, guys. Keep On Rocking!”
—Edgar Winter

“On all fronts, HARD TO KILL is an album that demands your attention. I recommend a total surrender, because those who absorb its savage beauty will be rewarded with a transcendent musical experience.”
— Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine

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Sammy Hagar and Dave Mustaine Confirmed For Loudwire Music Awards Ceremony & Concert On Tues. Oct. 24 At The Novo In Los Angeles

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremony and concert–has announced that Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), will perform alongside previously announced artists ANTHRAX, NOTHING MORE, ICE-T & BODY COUNT, HALESTORM, STARSET, POWER TRIP and a special guest performance from ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale now at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.

In addition, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and longtime Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar will be honored for his charitable efforts with The Hagar Family Foundation. “It’s always exciting to receive an award. But this one is extra special,” says the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. “To be recognized for something you truly love doing and in front of an audience of your peers, doesn’t get any better than that!” The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar–is a private non-profit which puts their community philosophy towards giving into action by eliminating the red tape in getting funds and food quickly into the hands of the people and charities in need. “We look for things that are grassroots,” explains Hagar. “We want to give a dollar to somebody and have it go right in their pocket or put food on their table.” Since the launch of their foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.

Confirmed presenters so far for LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Rex Brown, Brendon Small, Brian Posehn, and members of As Lions, August Burns Red, Avatar, Beartooth, Bloodclot, Butcher Babies, Crown the Empire, Ded, Demon Hunter, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Ice Nine Kills, Huntress, LA Guns, New Years Day, Of Mice & Men, Pop Evil, PowerFlo, Prayers, Quiet Riot, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, Steel Panther, Stitched Up Heart, Sum 41, Sylar, Wage War and many more to be announced.

Voting for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS is now open until October 2, 2017. Loudwire.com readers are able to vote in multiple awards categories, including Album and Artist of the Year at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.

Following are the categories and nominees for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS:

HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by FRONTIERS RECORDS
* In This Moment
* Korn
* Papa Roach
* Pretty Reckless
* Starset
* Stone Sour

METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
* Avenged Sevenfold
* Body Count
* Code Orange
* Mastodon
* Metallica
* Power Trip

HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
* At The Drive In “In*Ter * A*Li*A”
* Highly Suspect “The Boy Who Died Wolf”
* Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”
* Royal Thunder “WICK”
* Starset “Vessels”
* Stone Sour “Hydrograd”

METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by RAZOR & TIE
* Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
* Body Count “Bloodlust”
* Code Orange “Forever”
* Mastodon “Emperor of Sand”
* Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
* Power Trip “Nightmare Logic”

HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC
* Foo Fighters “Run”
* Fozzy “Judas”
* I Prevail “Alone”
* Nothing More “Go To War”
* Of Mice & Men “Unbreakable”
* Starset “Monster”

METAL SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC
* Body Count “No Lives Matter”
* DragonForce “Ashes of the Dawn”
* Municipal Waste “Amateur Sketch”
* Obituary “Sentence Day”
* Pallbearer “I Saw The End”
* Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”

BEST LIVE BAND presented by eONE
* Amon Amarth
* Anthrax
* Behemoth
* The Dillinger Escape Plan
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* Iron Maiden

MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by BMG/RISE
* Babymetal
* Blink-182
* Halestorm
* I Prevail
* Iron Maiden
* Rammstein

BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by APPLE MUSIC
* Avatar
* Beartooth
* Bloodclot
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* King Woman
* Royal Thunder

BEST NEW ARTIST presented by CENTURY MEDIA
* Black Map
* Cover Your Tracks
* Ded
* Gone Is Gone
* Greta Van Fleet
* Zeal & Ardor

BEST VOCALIST presented by FEARLESS RECORDS
* Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
* Maria Brink, In This Moment
* Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden
* Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge
* MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder
* Corey Taylor, Stone Sour

BEST GUITARIST
* Tosin Abasi. Animals As Leaders
* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
* Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
* Dave Mustaine & Kiko Loureiro – Megadeth
* Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge
* Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath

BEST DRUMMER
* Charlie Benante, Anthrax
* Brann Dailor, Mastodon
* Mario Duplantier, Gojira
* Tomas Haake, Meshuggah
* Matt Greiner, August Burns Red
* Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah

BEST BASSIST presented by INDIGO HOTELS
* Frank Bello, Anthrax
* Derek Boyer, Suffocation
* Rex Brown, Rex Brown
* Matt Freeman, Rancid
* Steve Harris, Iron Maiden
* Mike Kerr, Royal Blood

Previously announced:

The COURAGE AWARD – Tony Iommi
The LEMMY AWARD presented by EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT – Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST

WWE superstar Chris Jericho will serve as host for the first-ever LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS ceremony and concert with the GRAMMY Award-winning ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST receiving the “Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award”– named in honor of late Motörheadfrontman Lemmy Kilmister. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi–who will be presented with the “Courage Award,” which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer.

The Loudwire Music Awards will be curating exclusive playlists on Apple Music to spotlight the top hard rock and heavy metal released this year, and Apple Music will be featuring these playlists in support of the following awards categories: Heavy Metal Song of the Year, Hard Rock Song of the Year and Breakthrough Band. For the above categories, the fans will let their voices be heard by streaming the songs and the total streaming numbers will dictate the winners.

LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremony and concert–attracts the biggest names in the world of rock and will celebrate artists that have imprinted themselves on generations of rock fans and is proudly sponsored by Blacklight Media, BMG, Century Media, Entertainment One Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eleven Seven Music, Fearless Records, Frontiers Records, Loudwire Nights Radio, Metal Blade Records, Musicians Institute, Nuclear Blast, Razor & Tie, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Sinister Picks, Spinefarm Records, Suretone Records, TicketFly and Indigo Hotels.

WWW.LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM

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MOTÖRHEAD’s “Under Cöver” Out Now – CD and LP due out October 13, 2017 in North America

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Friday marked the release of MOTÖRHEAD’s new covers compilation album, Under Cöver – a collection of some of the band’s best covers ultimately celebrating a love of interpreting the music of fellow legends. October 13, 2017 will see the release of the physical album formats in North America, including 1CD (Digi pack) and 1x 180 grams Black Vinyl in gatefold.

North America pre-orders:
CD: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverCDUSA
Vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/MHUnderCoverLPUSA

Right now, MOTÖRHEAD is also running a “Show Us Your Heroes” social media contest! Fans can upload photos of their personal heroes (musical, or otherwise), and tag #Motorheadheroes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The winner (best entry) will win a special MOTÖRHEAD 40th Anniversary prize pack!

Watch MOTÖRHEAD’s music video for their cover of David Bowie’s timeless classic “Heroes” above. The music video features massive performance footage and heartwarming behind the scenes images and video of the band. Recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, “Heroes” was one of the last songs MOTÖRHEAD recorded together.

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (Sex Pistols), “Cat Scratch Fever” (Ted Nugent), “Rockaway Beach,” (The Ramones), Breaking The Law” (Judas Priest) and “Whiplash” (Metallica) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for Best Metal Performance.

Under Cöver Track Listing:
1. Breaking the Law (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
2. God Save the Queen (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
3. Heroes (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
4. Starstruck (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
5. Cat Scratch Fever (Produced by Peter Solley) 1992
6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
7. Sympathy for the Devil (Produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
8. Hellraiser (Produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
9. Rockaway Beach (Mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10. Shoot ‘Em Down (Produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (Produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

All songs performed by MOTÖRHEAD.

MOTÖRHEAD is:
Lemmy Kilmister – Bass/Vocals
Phil Campbell – Guitar
Mikkey Dee – Drums

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Adrian Vandenberg returns with his MoonKings for album # 2!

September 16th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Four years after Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with Vandenberg’s Moonkings, the band returns with a sophomore album, simply titled MK II. The album has all the qualities of the debut: once again the four-piece band manages to create a perfect mix of vintage seventies hard rock and current styles of heavy rock. Adrian Vandenberg shines as a bonafide guitar virtuoso, while the rest of the band also delivers in spades.

We completely rebuilt the MoonKings store and added some great new items. Yes… there’s the regular CD and vinyl. But how about bundling it with a limited edition fullcolor T-shirt? And for everybody who wants to redecorate their house, a limited 75x75cm canvas of the album art would look awesome in your hall, living room or bedroom.*

The next few weeks, we’re going to add some more limited items. Check back often!

All CD, vinyl and canvas pre-orders will be signed by Mr. Vandenberg!

And you get a free poster as well (while stocks last)!

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Metal-Rules Premiere NERVCAST Video “Fallen Angels”; New EP “Locked And Loaded” Due Out October 21st

September 13th, 2017
by EvilG
NERVCAST

NERVCAST

Toronto, ON’s NERVCAST will be unleashing their debut EP “Locked And Loaded” on October 21st. Just as the title describes, this EP introduction from the band is full of four hard hitting tracks that are catchy and have lyrics that are relevant. The EP was mastered by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandra, The Devil Wears Prada) plus produced/engineered by Collin Young (Animal Faces, Godstopper, Yonder Peak) and captures the band’s love for classic rock while maintaining today’s standard in modern production.

Teaming up with Metal-Rules.comNERVCAST are premiering their video for their first single “Fallen Angels”.

Vocalist / guitarist Everett Mason comments:

“I would like to introduce the world to our brand new band Nervcast. This video is for our debut song “Fallen Angels” off our upcoming EP “Locked And Loaded”. The video features British actor Paul Mason and in the storyline kidnaps the band and holds us captive while we perform a classical arrangement of our song. In Paul’s mansion, he has installed a jail cell in the basement where he keeps us as prisoners until he wants us to perform for him. We had a lot of fun working with the talented Aaron Alter, who put this whole video together.”

Watch “Fallen Angels”:

“Locked And Loaded” pre-order available on bandcamp with immediate download of Fallen Angels here.

Show Dates:
Oct 21 – Bovine – Toronto, ON (CD Release Show)

NERVCAST – Locked and Loaded


Track Listing

1. Chemical Solution (3:59)
2. Fallen Angels (3:52)
3. Moonstruck (3:32)
4. Locked And Loaded (3:31)
EP Length: 14:57


EP and Live Band Line Up:

Everett Mason – Vocals and Guitar
Kevin Daliri – Guitar
Galen Weir – Bass
Matthew Humphreys – Drums

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Polish metal band Decapitated accused of gang-raping Spokane woman after concert

September 12th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

A woman said she was gang-raped by all four members of the Polish death metal band Decapitated in the bathroom of their tour bus after an Aug. 31 concert in downtown Spokane, according to court documents released Monday.

The band members – Michal Lysejko, 27; Waclaw Kieltyka, 35; Rafal Piotrowski, 31; and Hubert Wiecek, 30 – were arrested after another show early Saturday in Santa Ana, California, on charges of first-degree kidnapping. Decapitated had been on tour with Australian band Thy Art is Murder.

The alleged victim and her friend told Spokane police they attended the Aug. 31 show at The Pin, 412 W. Sprague Ave., and afterward tried to get pictures with the drummer from another band, according to court documents. A security guard told police the show ended at about 11 p.m.

The women said they ended up speaking with members of Decapitated and were invited to have drinks in the tour bus parked outside the venue, according to court documents.

One woman “described being excited to be on the bus, and then one of the band members began grabbing her breasts,” court documents say. “He was later identified as the drummer, Michal Lysejko.”

The same woman “was uncomfortable and said the band members began speaking to each other in Polish,” court documents say. “She described the ‘vibe’ in the bus changed, and one of the members began looking at them like they were prey.”

The woman said she looked at her friend “to signal they needed to get out of there.” She then used the bathroom and was followed by the lead singer, Piotrowski, according to court documents.

The woman told police Piotrowski began kissing her as she finished using the bathroom, and she began resisting when he started undoing her belt, according to court documents. She said she wanted to leave the bus with her friend, but a band member indicated her friend had already left, saying, “You have to have fun. She left you.”

The woman “attempted to push Piotrowski away but he grabbed her arm and spun her around to where she was facing the sink and mirror in the bathroom,” court documents say. “She saw in the mirror and out of the corner of her eye each of the band members taking turns raping her.”

The friend, meanwhile, said she watched the band members rape the other woman, and Piotrowski asked her to perform oral sex on him. When the friend refused, court documents say, “she was pushed to the ground and received bruises to her knees and shins.”

Shortly after leaving the tour bus and driving away, at 12:43 p.m., the friend was pulled over on North Washington Street near West Boone Avenue on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to court documents.

In the back seat of a patrol car, the friend was allowed to use her cellphone to call the other woman, who reported the rape. A state trooper said he couldn’t help without a specific location and proceeded with his DUI investigation.

The alleged victim “described her body as feeling broken,” court documents say. “After an unknown amount of time,” she told police, “Waclaw (Kieltyka) helped her put her clothing on and carried her out of the bus with another male.”

She walked north from The Pin and called several family members before calling 911, according to court documents. An officer found her near North Post Street and West Buckeye Avenue, about 2 miles from the venue. The officer also stopped by The Pin and “checked the area for the tour bus, but the band had already left Spokane for their next venue.”

The woman was taken to Providence Holy Family Hospital for a sexual assault examination.

Detectives noted she had “significant bruising to her upper arms consistent with being restrained” and “small abrasions to her knuckles that were scabbed over.” During the rape, she said, she “was digging her fist into the wall to try and distract herself from what was happening.”

Court documents say detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the band members on Thursday.

Lysejko, the drummer, “made no comment other than he did not know who the girls were” when shown a picture of them. “He said he would not talk without using a translator,” court documents say.

Kieltyka, the lead guitarist, told detectives he saw both Piotrowski and Wiecek engaged in a sex acts with the woman in the bathroom. He agreed to have a DNA swab collected as evidence.

Piotrowski “admitted there was a party on the bus and (the women) were present. He then requested an attorney and a translator refusing to make any further statements,” court documents say. He declined to give a DNA sample.

Wiecek, the bassist, admitted the women had been on the bus, but said he “sat on the couch and did not see what was going on,” court documents say. “He then said he needed a translator so he did not misspeak. He also said no one was forced to get on the bus. He then said he did not recall what happened.”

Wiecek also declined to give a DNA sample.

A fifth man, Wojciech Cichocki, told detectives he was asleep in the cab of the tour bus and never saw the woman who reported being raped. Cichocki said he “only briefly” saw the friend who was later pulled over. “He also made a reference to (her) Instagram account but would not elaborate on it,” court documents say.

All four band members are being held in a Los Angeles County jail facing extradition to Spokane. Police have said additional charges are possible.

The Spokane-based attorney representing the band, Steve Graham, said Saturday they would not fight extradition.

“We have witnesses that can testify to the fact that the accuser came to visit the band of her own free will and left on good terms,” he said.

After the rape accusations became public on Monday, Graham added: “Decapitated plan to fully fight the allegations that are brought against them, and we are fully confident that the other side of this story will be heard.”

He declined to comment further.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/sep/11/polish-metal-band-decapitated-accused-of-gang-rapi/

 

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AT THE GATES – Announce new guitarist; Studio album update; First live-shows for 2018!

September 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Swedish melodic Death Metal pioneers AT THE GATES are in the final stages of preparation for their upcoming new album, following up 2014’s acclaimed comeback release, “At War With Reality”.

After the departure announcement of founding guitarist Anders Björler in March, the group is now not only ready to give a comprehensive update on the new album’s status, but they can also announce the newest addition to their line-up ranks…

AT THE GATES are back!

“We have finally decided on a new guitar player, and we are ready to rip again! Actually he was our first choice, and we are happy to have him on board. Jonas Stålhammar has been a friend since the late eighties (Tomas used to tape trade with him back then!), and our paths have crossed many times during our careers.

We were looking for someone who had the same reference points as we do, someone from the same path, so to say, who understand the greatness of both Autopsy and King Crimson. Of course it was essential that our new member could fill the shoes of Anders’ performance-wise as well, but that was never an issue with Jonas. We were looking for someone with a deep understanding of what AT THE GATES are about, someone who could contribute creatively to the band.

Jonas Stålhammar will be a full member from day one, and will play on the upcoming full length album, scheduled for recording in November 2017 – January 2018.

We currently have 11 songs ready for said album, and are more inspired than perhaps ever before. You can expect a full-on AT THE GATES record with all the classic elements of the band. It is by far the most comprehensive album of the band to date, and will span all the way across the different elements of the band’s sound.

We are super-excited for 2018. It will be a good year for AT THE GATES, and our fans, for sure.”

Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Jonas Björler – Bass
Tomas Lindberg – Vocals
Jonas Stålhammar – Guitar
Martin Larsson – Guitar

At The Gates

At The Gates

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