Grand Opening of ELLEFSON COFFEE CO JACKSON April 7-9,

April 2nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of Grammy-Winning Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group‘s President DAVID ELLEFSON, has announced additional details about the GRAND OPENING of their Brick and Mortar store in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN April 7-9. As previously announced, in addition to Ellefson himself, who will be in attendance all 3 days, the event will be co-hosted by special guest, comedian, and THAT METAL SHOW co-host Don Jamieson appearing on Saturday.

Additionally, the grand opening will feature special acoustic performances by Kik Tracee/ Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux, with Bang Tango/ZFM guitarist Drew Fortier, who will play several sets over the weekend of KIK TRACEE and ZFM material. Also joining the festivities on Satuday is Bryn Arens, frontman of local Minneapolis legends FLIPP, paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee, who will lead Ellefson and co. on an exploration to LOON LAKE CEMETARY, the local Jackson burial ground that inspired the Megadeth classic “Mary Jane”, and local Jackson Stock Car driver Luke Sathoff, who will have his ELLEFSON COFFEE CO sponsored car on display.

Also on display is the “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection, including highlights such as David’s Jackson High marching band uniform, as well as memorabilia from other artists including Machine Head, Max Cavalera, Coal Chamber, and fellow 2017 Grammy Nominees KORN.

In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co brands, including ROAST IN PEACE, SHE WOLF, KENYA THRASH, and URBAN LEGEND, ECC also serves as a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson’s EMP LABEL GROUP. Additionally, the store will also act as an official retailer for JACKSON GUITARS and SIT STRINGS, as well as select items from PUCK HCKY, DEAN GUITARS, and more!

Says Ellefson, “As the GRAND OPENING draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the Grand Opening and beyond!! We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things COFFEE and METAL, and we’re going to show them all a GREAT time!!”

ECC Marketing Director Thom Hazaert adds, “The Ellefson Coffee Co. store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT, and everything else in our universe. With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing fan (and Coffee) experience, that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the World.”

Join the party at Ellefson Coffee Co. April 7-9th at 404 Second St, Jackson, MN, 56143.

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Sacred Oath announce spring/summer 2017 northeast US tour dates

April 1st, 2017
by EvilG
Sacred Oath

Sacred Oath

Sacred Oath has posted a confirmed list of concert appearances on their website.


·         May 5th in Allentown PA

·         May 6th in Scranton PA

·         June 3rd in Naugatuck CT

·         June 30th in Hartford CT

·         July 14th in Brooklyn NY

·         September 9th in Clifton NJ


The band also expects to add Worcester MA, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, and Wilmington DE to this list soon.


A fifth member – Damiano Christian – has been added to Sacred Oath’s roster for this tour.  Damiano is an 18 year-old guitar and piano prodigy from Middletown Connecticut who will be playing rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, and singing background vocals during the band’s set at each show on the tour.


“One of the conversations we were having in the studio this time around was that wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play all the music on this tour,” commented Rob Thorne on the addition of a fifth touring member.  “There were always missing elements in past live shows – third harmonies, backing vocals, keyboard parts –  and we thought it would be fun this time around to try and do it all.  Rehearsals with Damiano have been exciting and we’re all convinced this is a great way to go.  He’s a super-talent and already working at a pro level.  Sacred Oath fans can really look forward to an awesome experience in 2017.”


The band plans to do at least 20 US dates in support of their newest album “Twelve Bells” being released May 12th on Angel Thorne Music and distributed through Caroline.

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KillThax Tour: Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Blow Roof Off Wellmont Theater

April 1st, 2017
by Metal Rules

KillThax Tour: Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Blow Roof Off Wellmont Theater

Montclair NJ, 3/29/17

Review and photos by Robert Cavuoto

Tonight was the first show of the KillThax Tour featuring Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, and special guests The Devil Wears Prada. If the KillThax Tour was on a mission to level the theater and crush the metal heads; consider the job well done!

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MARTIN POPOFF’s Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead, signing, packing, mailing… nöw!

March 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

As the back cover (in part) says, this is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Phil “Animal” Taylor.

Through interviews with all of the principle troublemakers, Martin Popoff, author of 62 books on heavy metal, celebrates, over the course of the book’s action-packed 260 pages the formation of Motörhead in 1975, and, in detail, the records that made them legends, namely Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and Iron Fist, followed by an epilogue that brings the story up to date.

Eminently quotable, Motörhead come to life in this book as bad luck bad boys incapable of running their lives right, save for Fast Eddie who is charged with holding the thing together against all odds doused in drink and drugs, most notably speed.

Within the context of the book, Popoff also examines the heady heavy metal climate of the times exploding into what was known as the New Wave of Heavy Metal, including Motörhead’s unique position in the scene as both originators and bridge band to the punks, most notably The Damned.

A first-hand account in Popoff’s dependable style, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers includes interview footage from Brian Robertson Mikkey Dee, Phil Campbell and the band’s manager at the time Doug Smith as well as members of Hawkwind, Angel Witch, Girlschool, Tank and Twisted Sister.

And of course, prominent are the many highlights from Martin’s many chats over the years with Fast Eddie, Phil and Lemmy, the latter two of which died after Martin had finished the manuscript, requiring a last-minute update due to their shocking demises.

Price for Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers including shipping:
US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

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

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!), especially for US and Canadian orders. Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other 35 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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Interview with Kam Lee of Massacre, Death, Mantas

March 30th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Interview with Kam Lee of Massacre, Death, Mantas

Photo By Steven Shea (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

March 10, 2017

Interview by: InfamousButcher

Kam Lee is one of the Godfathers of Death Metal , right up there with Chuck Schuldiner. As a member of Mantas, Death, and Massacre, Kam put his stamp on extreme metal by creating the growling Death Metal vocal style that has stood the test of time, influencing legions of bands. Kam and guitarist Rick Rozz have recently re-formed Massacre (as Massacre X) and are planning a tour and new material. I was lucky enough to have a chat with Kam over the phone about Death Metal history, Massacre X, and his plans to create a documentary.

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SABATON Distinguished With Gold And Platinum Awards

March 30th, 2017
by EvilG

“The Last Tour”, with support from LEAVES’ EYES and BATTLE BEAST, begins April 20
Tickets and VIP Packs Available via WWW.SABATON.NET

Swedish war machine, SABATON, is currently touring the world in support of their latest studio record titled The Last Stand (August 19th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast) and also holding #1 (The Last Stand), #7 (Carolus Rex; on the top for 248 (!) weeks in a row now), #9 (Heroes), and #17 (The Art Of War) in the Swedish Top 20 rock charts. After hitting the charts worldwide with The Last Stand last year (#6 World; #1 in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany among others), the band was recently honored with new plaques for their impressive album sales: The Last Stand achieved Gold in the band’s homeland Sweden and in Poland. The previous studio album, Heroes, even got platinum-certified in Sweden! On March 4th, the band had already been honored with golden plaques for The Last Stand’s sales in the Czech Republic at Tipsport Arena, Prague.

Bass player Pär Sundström commented:

“This is a proof of two things, first that we are still able to make music that fans wanna listen to and second that we have fantastic fans who really care. Sure, the current tour is called “The Last Tour”, but as long as it is going like this we’ll be going strong for a long time.”

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Lita Ford + Rock Goddess @ O2 Islington Academy, London

March 29th, 2017
by UK Team

Lita Ford + Rock Goddess

@ O2 Islington Academy, London

March 12, 2017

Review by Sabrina Selkis
Photography by Inty Malcolm

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada: Banger Films: “WELCOME TO WACKEN”; First Ever Virtual Reality Festival Documentary

March 27th, 2017
by EvilG

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Dear Metal Battle Bands (past & present),
Great News to share!

Banger Films (Sam Dunn, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey) are excited to announce WELCOME TO WACKEN, the first-ever music festival documentary in virtual reality has been selected for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Those in the Toronto area can watch it for FREE between April 28th and May 1st as part of the DOCX program. Produced by Banger Films and Secret Location.


Watch the “Welcome To Wacken” trailer!


For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website:


Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN


For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit

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BODY COUNT Release New “Black Hoodie” Music Video; Bloodlust Out March 31st

March 25th, 2017
by EvilG

Ice-T’s BODY COUNT just launched the new track, “Black Hoodie,” via this explosive music video directed by @TreachTribe, so click on the link below now to check it out. The aforementioned song is also now an instant-grat track downloadable immediately upon pre-ordering the amazing, new album, Bloodlust, now at

“Black Hoodie” Official Music Video

Ice-T states: “This type of thing happens everyday and nobody marches or it never makes the news. The video speaks for itself.”

Official Facebook –

Official Website – (all physical pre-order bundles can be purchased here)

Ice-T and co-founder/lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom heavy doom across five albums, hitting a zenith with the unstoppable Manslaughter. They embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer. This is abrasive, in-your-face heavy metal at its very finest.

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March 25th, 2017
by EvilG

poison-logo.jpgDrummer Rikki Rockett discussed the making of Poison’s debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In on this week’s episode of the Decibel Geek podcast.

In an interview recorded on his tour bus during a Devil City Angels stop in Nashville, Rockett reflected on the early days of Poison as they made a leap the transition from their home in Mechanicsburg, PA to Hollywood in the early 1980’s.

“I was really scared. I lived in the same house until I was 22 years old. All of a sudden, BAM, I’m in a fuckin’ one bedroom in the hardcore part of Hollywood. The first week we’re seeing people get their asses kicked out front. I remember this pimp was literally smacking the hell out of his ho across the street. We went down the steps. I had a Pearl drum cymbal stand. I’m like “Let’s just fuck this motherfucker up”, you know what I mean? We went down and the guy comes around with a knife this fuckin’ big and we’re like “Maybe we shouldn’t get involved (laughs)”

Poison quickly built a reputation as a top live act on the Sunset Strip; boasting a glam look and songs that described a life of excess. When asked about how accurate the lyrical content was at the time, Rockett said: “We didn’t have any money. We didn’t have beautiful cars. We didn’t have anything. So, we wrote about it like we did. A lot of times when people have it in their life, they write about how downtrodden they are. But when you really don’t have anything, you write about how wonderful it could be.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t go out and party every night.  Later, that happened because we were, like, fulfilling our dreams. But when we were writing those songs, they were wish lists.”

Original guitarist, Matt Smith, quickly left the band to return to Pennsylvania to start a family.  The audition process of replacing Smith would see the competition narrowed to two players; CC DeVille and Slash. “Slash, we had known. He was in Hollywood Rose….We all liked him. He came and worked on some songs with us but we continued to audition people even though he was a frontrunner…We didn’t want, like, a hotshot Yngwie guy. We wanted an East Coast guy. And then CC auditioned and he just made more sense than Slash did. So, it was a tough decision because we all liked Slash. Slash was really pissed off about it. He was pissed. He was like “What the fuck you guys?”…So there was that rivalry between Poison and Guns n’ Roses because of that, I think for a long time you know?”
One thing that definitely helped DeVille’s chances was a song he brought to the audition from his previous band, The Screaming Mimis. That song was ‘Talk Dirty to Me.’

According to Rikki, “It was a different feel… I don’t want to say it was a different song; that it would be totally unrecognizable but it didn’t sound the same.”
Producer Rick Browde was previously associated with DeVille and was tapped to helm the album. Early on, tensions flared, “CC had some tie-in with him….We didn’t have much money and he was willing to do it. And he was a Nazi in there, he really was. When we recorded ‘Talk Dirty to Me’, we actually had kicked him out by then. We did not part happily….Talk Dirty to Me was recorded twice. It was really stiff; the way he wanted it.”

As it’s well-known by now, Poison has had a well-publicized tension between certain members. When asked for a cause, Rikki responds, “You combine success and drugs and pressure and all sorts of things and the lid can come off in a minute….You’re in each other’s space all the time and one person does stuff that just annoys you, it’s the little shit…Look at these things in jail. People go to jail and they’ll fuckin’ beat the fuck out of each other over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What do you call it, shank a person?…I mean, I’ve wanted to shank everybody in this band! (laughs)”
Asked about the trend of rock stars today being more relatable, Rockett doesn’t agree with it, “Everybody’s like “Aw shucks” about it. We were unabashedly about it. We loved the fuckin’ pageantry of it. I didn’t grow up thinking “I wanna be a rock star so I can have a Porsche. I woke everyday wanting to be a rock star so I can have a big drum kit and a big PA. That’s what the fuck I wanted. I’d go see a concert and at the end of the night I was like “Man, those guys are getting laid right now.”  I want that shit. You know what I mean?”

The episode featuring Rikki Rockett can be downloaded/streamed  below.

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IRON MAIDEN Completing the collection – Vinyl reissues coming this summer

March 24th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Completing the collection! No Prayer through to Final Frontier album reissues coming this summer – all on black vinyl!

Parlophone Records will follow 2014’s reissue of the first eight IRON MAIDEN albums, which spanned the 1980s, with twelve brand new pressings of albums from the period 1990-2015 in heavyweight 180g black vinyl.

Unlike the 1980’s reissues which were cut from the original analogue master tapes, the audio on these releases has been cut from the high resolution remasters of 2015 when the Maiden catalogue was digitally upgraded. They will be packaged in identical artwork to the initial vinyl releases.

The records will be released chronologically across a three month period:

May 19th: No Prayer For The Dying / Fear Of The Dark / The X Factor / Virtual XI

(Pre-order available now: Collectors Box | No Prayer For The Dying | Fear Of The Dark | X Factor | Virtual XI)

June 23rd: Brave New World / Rock In Rio (Live) / Dance Of Death / A Matter Of Life And Death

July 21st: Death On The Road (Live) / Flight 666 (Live) / The Final Frontier / En Vivo! (Live)

As a bonus, the first two albums (No Prayer For The Dying & Fear Of The Dark) will also be made available in an exclusive Collector’s Box sized to house all 12 albums with additional space for fans to insert the latest Maiden studio album The Book Of Souls, which was released on triple black vinyl in 2015. The Collector’s Box will be a strictly limited edition and available while stocks last.

These high quality, black vinyls comprised of eight studio albums together with a specially selected choice of four live recordings from this period, completes the IRON MAIDEN album reissues series and offers Maiden fans the opportunity to own the band’s entire studio album legacy on vinyl simultaneously for the very first time.

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Warrant Release New Track “Only Broken Heart”

March 24th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Under their belt, Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos…the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of “Rockaholic,” the album that relaunched the band as a force to be reckoned with in the 21st Century, Warrant returns with another slab of muscular hard rock, aptly titled “Louder Harder Faster”, to be released on Frontiers Music Srl on May 12th.

Today the first single from “Louder Harder Faster” has been made available for streaming.

“Louder Harder Faster” can be pre-ordered here: and at the links below.  Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Only Broken Heart”.

Google Play:

With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are now stronger than ever. Mason’s vocals remain a breath of fresh air and his swagger on the songs gives new life and a bright future to the band. With production handled by Foreigner and ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson (Last In Line, Starship, Adler’s Appetite, etc.). Warrant is sounding tighter and playing better than ever before. “Louder Harder Faster”, true to the band’s roots, is full of rockers with some classic ballads thrown in and sure to send their faithful fans into a frenzy.

Warrant was one of the most popular and successful rock bands to emerge out of Hollywood, CA in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The band was formed in the early 80’s by Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon. In 1989, Warrant released their classic debut “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich”, which immediately entered the charts and launched the hit singles “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries”, and “Heaven”, which climbed up to number two on the US charts. With extensive touring for DRFSR, sales exceeded 2 million records in the US only.

In the summer of 1990, their second album “Cherry Pie”was released. The album turned out to be an even bigger success, featuring the Top Ten hits “I Saw Red”, Uncle Toms Cabin and the rock anthem “Cherry Pie”, which received massive airplay on MTV and continues to get millions of plays on streaming services and YouTube to this very day.

Warrant’s signature style of rock is catchy, very melodic, and remains the band’s calling card. The band is fired up and more inspired than ever musically! The band will be out touring in support of “Louder Harder Faster”, so be sure to catch them when they hit your town!

“Louder Harder Faster” Track Listing:
1. Louder Harder Faster
2. Devil Dancer
3. Perfect
4. Only Broken Heart
5. U In My Life
6. Music Man
7. Faded
8. New Rebellion
9. Big Sandy
10. Choose Your Fate
11. Let It Go
12. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink (Bonus Track available on CD ONLY)

Warrant Lineup
Robert Mason – lead vocals
Joey Allen – lead and rhythm guitar
Erik Turner – rhythm and lead guitar
Jerry Dixon – bass guitar
Steven Sweet – drums

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Children of Bodom + Forever Still + ONI @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

March 24th, 2017
by UK Team

Children of Bodom + Forever Still + ONI

@ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

March 12, 2017

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

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ACHERONTAS – Interview with Acherontas V.Priest

March 24th, 2017
by UK Team


Interview with Acherontas Coven

@ Gibus Live, Paris – Dimensional Nomads tour

By Oliver M.

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Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash By MARTIN POPOFF

March 23rd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

In the logical follow-up to Popoff’s celebrated New Wave of British Heavy Metal trilogy (Smokin’ Valves, Wheels of Steel and This Means War), Martin now brings us Hit the Lights: The Birth of Thrash, attacking heavy metal’s next wave of faster, heavier, angrier sounds, with a geographical shift in the axis to San Francisco and Los Angeles, with a bit of New York, Germany and Canada thrown in for good measure.

image002.jpgUtilizing his celebrated oral history method—rich with detailed chronological entries to frame the story—Popoff executes a slow and ruminating burn through 1981, 1982 and the first half of 1983, culminating in the release of Kill ‘em All, the landmark Metallica album widely considered to be the first thrash metal record proper.

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 forging from the influence of punk, ‘70s metal and the NWOBHM. Venom, Anvil, Exciter, Raven, Exodus, Anthrax, Metallica… they’re all here and willing to explain candidly and at length how and why metal past the implosion of the NWOBHM suddenly found itself barreling down the tracks at breakneck speed.

Price for Hit the Lights including shipping:
US orders: $34.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $39.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds

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

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!), especially for US and Canadian orders. Email me at with any further questions, and see for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 35 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.

See for info on my 58 books.
Latest are:
Rock the Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined
Ramones at 40
Metal Heart: Aiming High with Accept
Martin Popoff, PO Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4K 2Z2

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