RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW Releases New Song Via iTunes

June 8th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was moved to release a special version of “Land of Hope and Glory”, a reworking of “Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1” written in 1902. The renowned British patriotic anthem is available now via iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon (Minstrel Hall Music).

Expressing his pride for his homeland, Blackmore wanted to show his solidarity and support for the UK with this recording.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow recently enjoyed success on their 2016 European tour, earning critical acclaim. (Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released a concert film from this tour – Memories In Rock: Live In Germany – on DVD and Blu-ray, and will release the Live In Birmingham 2016 2CD on June 9).

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Blackmore’s internationally celebrated Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night, whom he leads with wife and singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night. “Land Of Hope And Glory” will be featured on the bands’ upcoming album To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond. This collection presents Blackmore’s Night best loved and most requested songs, including newly recorded and remixed versions and brand new tracks, and will be released in July 2017.

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MR. BIG: Video for “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” from ‘Defying Gravity’ album online now!

June 8th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

MR. BIG has just released the video for “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” from their forthcoming ninth studio album, DEFYING GRAVITY. Set for release July 7 on Frontiers Music Srl, it will be available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as will a deluxe edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. The album will also be made available on vinyl in the coming months.

Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band’s 1989 self-titled debut, 1991’s LEAN INTO IT and 1993’s BUMP AHEAD) for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.

DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014’s THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which Ultimate-Guitar.com described as “An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant ‘supergroups’ of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.”

In an early album review of DEFYING GRAVITY, TheMusicUniverse.com praises: “MR. BIG aren’t afraid to stick to their guns in this ever changing world of music.   Throughout the album, the group of virtuosos play syncopated rhythms, lightning fast guitar solos, driving bass lines and pounding drums. The groups’s syncopated rhythms literally draw you in as they often match each other rhythmically, along the lines of prog rock bands. The group’s masterful harmonies that have always been a staple on their records continue here with nearly every song giving you prominent backing vocals.”

MR. BIG launched their latest worldwide tour May 31 in Milwaukee, WI. Check them out at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Leg 1:

Wed 5/31          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Fri 6/2               St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sat 6/3              Wetland, MI                   The Token Lounge
Tue 6/6             Warrendale, PA             Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Wed 6/7            Newton, NJ                   Newton Theatre
Fri 6/9               Uncasville, CT               The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
Sat 6/10            New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Mon 6/12          Nashville, TN                 Basement East
Wed 6/14          Lexington, KY               Manchester Music Hall
Fri 6/16             Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
Sat 6/17            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Mon 6/19          Kansas City, MO           Knuckleheads Saloon
Thu 6/22            Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Fri 6/23             Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Sat 6/24            Pasadena, CA               The Rose

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Deicide and Mortal Decay at the Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA, May 23, 2017

June 7th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Deicide / Mortal Decay

The Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA

May 23, 2017
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by SheWolf

Deicide continues to soldier on like an unstoppable unholy force, cranking out reliable satanic death metal albums every few years and keeping busy touring. With a new album in the works and a new guitarist (Mark English from Monstrosity), Deicide is touring North American this summer bringing their anti-Christian message to the masses! They haven’t been to Philadelphia in almost 5 years, so we were hungry for some fucking blasphemy! You want more? Also tonight we get local legends Mortal Decay with their original vocalist John Paoline! Let’s head down to the Voltage Lounge for some evil, sick shit! KILL THE CHRISTIAN!

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Ruinous at the Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD, May 24, 2017

June 7th, 2017
by Infamous Butcher

Ruinous

The Metro Gallery,Baltimore, MD

May 24, 2017
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by She Wolf

 

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Pyramaze – keyboard player and original member Jonah W

June 7th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Keyboardplayer and original member Jonah W – Pyramaze

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

The brand new Pyramaze album is a concept album titled CONTINGENT; it’s the band’s fifth album so far. The album was unleashed in Europe and North America at the end of April and is jammed with some intense progressive metal songs. This time around I had the pleasure of talking to keyboardist and original member Jonah Weingarten and he opened up about the process of making the album, the past and present members, as well as some more personal stuff. The band performed at Prog Power USA last year in a special show where current singer Terje Haroy teamed with previous singers Lance King and Matt Barlow; of course I had to ask what it was like to perform with the two previous singers again. In October this year the band is going to perform at Prog Power Europe in The Netherlands so we talked about the band’s expectations regarding the up-coming one time only show. If you’re interested in the band and its history, check out the previous interview I’ve done with infamous producer/guitar and bass player Jacob Hansen.

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Melodic Thrash Metal Group SAWTHIS Reveal Unique Guitar/Bass Playthrough Video

June 7th, 2017
by EvilG


After garnering attention with their previous releases Fusion (2006), Egod (2010) and Youniverse (2013), Italian metal hybrids SAWTHIS returned earlier this year with their new full-length onslaught, Babhell, released via Denmark-based label MIGHTY MUSIC. The relentlessly fast-paced Babhell combines melodic and progressive influences with thrash, groove and atmospheric soundscapes, making the record an engrossing listen for any metal fan. Babhell is available to order via Bandcamp here.

Today, SAWTHIS are revealing a brand new guitar and bass guitar playthrough video for their track “The Burning Place”, featuring a unique twist on standard playthrough videos. The band performs amidst beautiful landscapes, surrounded by monitors – a striking juxtaposition of nature vs. machine. Take a look at the playthrough video here via Gear Gods:http://geargods.net/playthrough/sawthis-the-burning-place-dual-guitar-and-bass-playthrough/

Bassist Gaetano Ettorre says: “‘The Burning Place’ is track one from our newest album Babhell and best represents the entire album and the band’s brand new soul. Musically, it is a dynamic, powerful, fast track but at the same time full of groove. It’s also pretty fun to play, which is why we chose to share this new playthrough with you all.”

Passionate songwriting and a strong dedication to their craft has propelled Italian melodic metal quintet SAWTHIS to fame in their regional metal scene. Their energetic live performances haven’t gone unnoticed either – offering them the opportunity to perform with the likes of Korn, Sepultura, Children of Bodom, The Haunted, Lacuna Coil and others. To date, SAWTHIS have sold out performances in Europe, the UK and Russia.

Back at the time of the album’s release, SAWTHIS revealed a 360-degree music video for the track “Start A New Game”. Watch here: https://youtu.be/fxsK0lu31Ig

Babhell track listing:
01 The Burning Place
02 My Return
03 Start a New Game
04 Through Hell
05 This String is for Your Neck
06 The End
07 Seabed
08 Waiting for Love
09 Empty Wall
10 Never Alone (feat. Nico Andrea Di Benedetto on keys)
11 No Time to Die

SAWTHIS is:
Alessandro Falà (vox)
Marco Di Carlo (guitar)
Adriano Quaranta (guitar)
Gaetano Ettorre (bass)
Michele Melchiorre (drums)

SAWTHIS Online:
www.sawthis.bigcartel.com
www.facebook.com/sawthis
www.twitter.com/sawthismusic
www.youtube.com/sawthisofficial
 

 Babhell album art

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Experimental Metal Outfit THE ATLAS MOTH Sign to Prosthetic Records, Recording New Album, “Coma Noir”

June 7th, 2017
by EvilG

In-Studio Now with Sanford Parker (Voivod, Eyehategod) | Release Details Coming Soon
 


Chicago-based experimental metal band THE ATLAS MOTH have officially announced their signing to Prosthetic Records. Described by Pitchfork for having, “turned black metal torment into post-rock splendor, mid-tempo marches into alternate-universe alternative rock, and late-album comedowns into psychedelic dreamstates…”, the five-piece is augmenting their ever-evolving sound with producer Sanford Parker (Voivod, Eyehategod) at the helm.

Vocalist/guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos comments on the signing, “We have nothing but the best things to say about our time with Profound Lore and we are equally excited to start our next chapter with Prosthetic Records! We are currently tracking our fourth full-length record, Coma Noir, in Chicago with Sanford Parker at the helm! We’ve known Sanford for many years and are stoked to have him be the first to produce a moth record outside of the band. Keep your eyes peeled for in studio updates.”

Coma Noir will be released in the fall of this year. More information will be made available soon.

THE ATLAS MOTH have released three full lengths, A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky (Candlelight Records), An Ache For The Distance (Profound Lore) and The Old Believer (Profound Lore), as well as numerous splits, EPs and singles. They have toured with Gojira, Boris, Between the Buried and Me, The Ocean, Scale The Summit and many more throughout the world.

THE ATLAS MOTH is:
Andrew Ragin – Synth/guitar
Alex Klein – Bass
Mike Miczek – Drums
David Kush- Guitar/Vocals
Stavros Giannopoulos – Guitar/Vocals

THE ATLAS MOTH online:
www.facebook.com/theatlasmothband
www.twitter.com/theatlasmoth
www.instagram.com/theatlasmoth

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Finnish “Epic Film Score” metallers Ravenia have released a new single and lyric video

June 7th, 2017
by EvilG

Finnish “Epic Film Score” -metallers Ravenia have released a new single and lyric video “Creators Of The Apocalypse”.

Led by the angelic voice of Armi Päivinen the trailer music and epic film score metal hybrid will please both
fans of trailer music, such as Two Steps From Hell, Really Slow Motion, etc.. as well as lovers of symphonic metal.

Tracklist:

1. Creators Of The Apocalypse
2. In The Ever After

You can check out the official lyric video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OaX4Ci1jAs&t=14s

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About Ravenia

Ravenia is a trailer music and epic film score metal hybrid, founded in 2013. We are unique in our kind,
our roots are made of metal but our branches extend beyond the ordinary.
We are here to give you the best of both worlds!

Ravenia released their debut album “Beyond The Walls Of Death” 2016 via Inner Wound Recordings.
The album got great reviews and response both from the critics and the audience.
Ravenia has also been composing trailer music for Hollywood based Colossal Trailer Music,
alongside some of the best trailer music composers.

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facebook.com/raveniaofficial
twitter.com/raveniaofficial
raveniaofficial.com

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Heidevolk + Old Corpse Road + Sellsword @ The Camden Assembly, London

June 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Heidevolk + Old Corpse Road + Sellsword

@ The Camden Assembly, London

21st May 2017

Review by Demitri Levantis

Photos by Oliver M.

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Uprising Festival 2017 @ De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK

June 6th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Uprising Festival 2017

De Montford Hall, Leicester

27th May 2017

Review & Photography by Graham Hilling

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Brutal Assault : Final updates on bands

June 5th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

LINEUP UPDATE! We now bring you the final update for this year. This time we bring you some of the most interesting underground bands of their respective genres out there.

As their name implies, The Great Old Ones are heavily inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Like the sinister novels and stories of the horror icon, the music of these Frenchmen delves into the forbidden, dark, haunting and violent spheres of post-metal and ambient. Higher Power play brassy hardcore the British way while Phurpa will perform soul cleansing musical ritual of Bön tradition. Polish Furia has a very personal take on black metal including several style transgressions. Mercy Ties are touring with Birds in Row this year and present punk-rock gone schizo; a deformed approach that adds elements of math rock and grind to create something unsettling, unpredictable and distinctive. Norwegian avant-garde representatives Madder Mortem will travel through a wide array of musical landscapes and German black metal band ULTHA will show their own hybrid of Scandinavian and US-black metal, doom and dark wave melodies. The first Saturday slot will traditionally let you relax on the wave of cheerful goregrind this time executed by Polish Nuclear Vomit while the tradition of the last slot of the fest draining you of the last bits of energy by gloomy funeral doom will be upheld by French MONOLITHE. Also we have for you is Soen, a super-group project of former Opeth, Amon Amarth and Willowtree members with contribution of Steve DiGiorgio. Expect melodic, heavy, intricate and very unique blend of progressive metal. Last but not least, we are excited to welcome again Italian symphonic death metal masters FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE.

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Brutal Assault : video clip of Textures at Brutal Assault of the last year

June 4th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

this is how Textures rocked last year at BA! and this year we are again gonna have many great modern sounding bands like: August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, Miss May I, Oceans Ate Alaska, SikTh, The Amity Affliction, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Trivium, Walls Of Jericho – OFFICIAL PAGE or While She Sleeps!

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The return of the Axemaster!

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

After a long silence, we are back with some very important AXEMASTER updates! Since last summer, the band has been working with producer extrodinairre Rick Fuller (who has worked with such major bands as KISS, POWERMAN 5000, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and PRONG) at both his and Joe Sims’ studios to record and produce a new full length Axemaster album, the band’s second with Pure Steel Records (Germany). All of the final masters for the album, which will be titled “Crawling Chaos”, are now close to completion and will soon be sent to Pure Steel along with original professional front cover artwork by Noël Puente. While the new material retains the heavy edge of the previous Axemaster album “Overture to Madness”, overall it’s also more reminiscent of the bands musical roots from the late 80’s. All who are associated with the project agree that in every aspect (both sound and appearance), this will be a very special album for the band!

Additional major band news is that, in coordination with the release of “Crawling Chaos”, Pure Steel is planning to also re-release a collection of old Axemaster material ON VINYL. There are very few details available yet (such as the title and which songs will be included), but we do know that Pure Steel has already had most of the band’s old material mastered and everything sounds much better than it ever has. We expect to be receiving much more information soon.

No official release date for either album has been set as of yet. We will provide all important updates, details, and information concerning both releases as it become available. In addition to these emails, you can always find the most current band news at the following sites:
http://www.axemasterofficial.com/https://www.facebook.com/axemasterofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Axemastergroup

 

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LOUD AS HELL FEST ANNOUNCE 2017 LINE UP W/ BATTLECROSS, BISON, BLACK WIZARD, AGGRESSION + MORE

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

 

LoudAsHell.com | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Tickets

Loud As Hell Metal Fest Announce 2017 Line Up w/ Battlecross, Bison, Black Wizard, Aggression and more!

Aug 4-6 – Drumheller, AB @ Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds

Tag #LAH666 On Your Social Media

Western Canada’s decibel breaking heavy metal festival Loud As Hell returns for its sixth consecutive year presented by Semchuk Productions, Jurassic Ink Custom Tattoo, Prairie Fire Events, and Asher Media Relations. Hosted in the Alberta badlands in Drumheller, this year’s three day festival from August 4th-6th features 40 bands from across Western Canada and beyond. Ready to resurrect the roaring echoes of the dinosaurs that once ruled the area millions of years ago, the 2017 headliners Detroit tyrants BATTLECROSS will be melting the faces off headbangers and sure to stir a massive pit along with stoner rockers Vancouver’s BLACK WIZARD will fellow city comrades sludge riffers BISON and Canadian 80’s thrash legends AGGRESSION. The festival also includes various vendors, tattoo artists, suspension demos, guitar and drum clinics. Full line-up and set times listed below.

Weekend passes are now available at pre-sale price for $79 CAD until March 1st and will increase to the regular price of $99 CAD. Weekend passes include tent camping (additional onsite charges for RV’s, trailers, & motorhomes).
Tickets available at http://www.loudashell.com/tickets.

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Loud As Hell – 2017 Line Up & Set Times

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/572801856244503/

Friday, August 4
Cocaine Moustache (Vancouver, BC) – 12:45am
Bison (Vancouver, BC) – 11:15pm
Exit Strategy (Calgary, AB) – 10pm
Mortillery (Edmonton, AB) – 9pm
Sentient (Calgary, AB) – 8pm
W.M.D. (Calgary, AB) – 7pm
Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB) – 6pm

Saturday, August 5
Shocker (Edmonton, AB) – 12:45am
Aggression (Vancouver, AB) – 11:15pm
Planet Eater (Regina, SK) – 10pm
All Else Fails (Edmonton, AB) – 9pm
Tyrants Demise (Winnipeg, MB) – 8pm
Expain (Vancouver, BC) – 7pm
Neck of The Woods (Vancouver, BC) – 6pm
Shark Infested Daughters (Calgary, AB) – 5:15pm
God Said Kill (Port Coquitlam, BC) – 4:30pm
Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB) – 3:45pm
Social Arsonist (Chile/Vancouver, BC)- 3pm
Hammerdrone (Calgary, AB) – 2:15pm
Cell (Winipeg, MB)- 1:30pm
Tides of Kharon (Edmonton, AB) – 12:45pm
The Cadavor Dog (High River, AB) – 12pm
Concrete Funeral (Calgary, AB) – 11:15am
Nuclear Oath (Medicine Hat, AB) – 10:30am

Sunday, August 6
Battlecross (Detroit, MI) – 11:15pm
Black Wizard (Vancouver, BC) – 10pm
Galactic Pegasus (Vancouver, BC) – 9pm
Scythia (Calgary, AB) – 8pm
Nylithia (Vancouver, BC) – 7pm
Dead Asylum (Vancouver, BC) – 6pm
Altars of Grief (Regina, SK) – 5:15pm
Skepsis (Edmonton, AB) – 4:30pm
Tales of The Tomb (Edmonton, AB) – 3:45pm
Tyrants of Chaos (Lethbridge, AB) – 3pm
Slaughterhauser (Mission City, BC) – 2:15pm
Sovereign Enemy (Winnipeg, MB)  – 1:30pm
Statue of Demur (Calgary, AB) – 12:45pm
Gales of Avalon (Calgary, AB) – 12pm
Immunize (Edmonton, AB) – 11:15am
Caste of Shadows (Lethbridge, AB) – 10:30am

Loud As Hell 2017 social media hashtag is #LAH666.

Also check out Metal-Rules.com’s live review of LAH 2016 here.

For more info, please visit these links:

https://www.facebook.com/LoudAsHellFestival

http://www.loudashell.com
@Loudashellfest #LAH666

Video Links: https://www.youtube.com/user/SlimBzTV

Festival Bio:

Loud As Hell Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada will be celebrating year 6 in 2017. As always the festival takes place over August long weekend from August 4th-6th. They always work their hardest to deliver the best lineup in the West ready to melt your face off. Featuring over 30 of the top Canadian metal bands you won’t want to miss any of it. And don’t forget about their freak shows, burlesque dancers, clinics, vendors and dinosaurs!

 

WCMFA:

Armstrong MetalFest – http://www.armstrongmetalfest.ca
Calgary Metalfest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
Days of The Dead – https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfTheDeadRD
Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca
Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com
Metalocalypstick – http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks
Metallion – http://www.facebook.com/metallionfestival

Sponsors / Partners:

Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com

Jurassic Ink – https://www.facebook.com/Jurassic-Ink-Custom-Tattoo-Studio-337036566310964/

Metal Heads United – https://www.facebook.com/MHUnited/

PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com

Prairie Fire Events – https://www.facebook.com/prairiefireevents/

SANE Clothing – http://www.saneclosthing.com

Voxx Promos – http://voxxpromotions.wixsite.com/voxxpromotions

 

 

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Evergrey w. Seven Kingdoms, Need and Ascendia Calgary, Alberta May 22, 2017

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

Evergrey w. Seven Kingdoms, Need and Ascendia  Calgary, Alberta  May 22, 2017

Review by JP, photos by Jeff Baratelli

It was a hot long weekend on May 22nd, 2017 (celebrating Victoria Day) in Calgary, Canada when an international touring package came to town.  Evergrey (Sweden) touring in support of their most recent release THE STORM WITHIN was supported by Seven Kingdoms (USA), Need (Greece) and Ascendia (Canada).

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