Brimstone Coven: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Alchemists Premiere New Hymn

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Retro rock/doom metal alchemists, BRIMSTONE COVEN, are pleased to unveil “Behold, The Anunnaki,” the second movement off their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.

Now playing at cosmic riff portal, The Obelisk, “Behold, The Anunnaki” earns its name from an assembly of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures (The Anunnaki), and oozes a cathartically magnetic, psychedelic swagger that’s difficult not to fall prey to.

Describes The Obelisk: “In whatever context one might want to view it, Brimstone Coven is an album that righteously engages the tenets of classic doom. There’s an early ’70s sway to the material, a looseness in the rhythm section of bassist Andrew D’Cagna and drummer Justin Wood, that gives the chugging, grooving riffs of guitarist Corey Roth both meat and movement, and vocalist ‘Big John’ Williams meshes with this modus perfectly, the layers of his voice harmonizing and calling to mind the natural feel and melodic range of grandiose ’70s prog, working with the music surrounding to give cuts like ‘Behold, The Anunnaki,’ ‘The Black Door’ and ‘The Séance’ a mystique without sounding overblown or needlessly theatrical. It’s a careful balance and BRIMSTONE COVEN execute it well.

Check out “Behold, the Anunnaki,” now casting spells and taking names at The Obelisk at THIS LOCATION.

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KING OF ASGARD launch video clip for ‘The Runes Of Hel’

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

New album “Karg” out this week Friday!

Swedish Viking black metal-tinged act KING OF ASGARD are set to release their third album “Karg” July 18th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. Visit HERE to watch the video clip for “The Runes Of Hel“.

The video was once again directed by Rickard Moneus. Comments the band: “‘The Runes of Hel’ was shot at the location of Vadstena Castle, inside one out of four circular cannon turrets. Vadstena Castle is a former Royal Castle and fortress built by King Gustav I of Sweden (Gustav Vasa) in 1545. Vadstena being the city where both Karl and Jonas were born and forged. Somewhat the perfect place for a video to be shot. Thus, one night in May, the key to the city of Vadstena was lent to King of Asgard. A long and late evening, in authentic setting with history’s rugged wing beats embracing. Breathing the past and standing on undisturbed soil among ghouls and phantoms. A location harsh, barren and cold as carved for the finalization of “The Runes of Hel”! As in customary and traditional arrangement Rickard Monéus (1897.se), our true companion in arms, handled the photography and the completion of this piece. Assisted by our fellow thrall Petter Fredriksson. Lean back and soak yourselves, as we present to thee; ‘The Runes of Hel’!

Feel free to stream the 2nd single “Remnant of the Past” HERE!

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GENE HOGLAN BRINGS ”THE GENE HOGLAN EXPERIENCE” TO POLAND IN OCTOBER

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan “The Atomic Clock” will bring “The Gene Hoglan Experience” to Poland for 3 appearances in October for Drum Fest 2014. The dates are as follows: Gliwice 18/10/2014, Opole 18/10/2014 and Wroclaw 19/10/2014.

More info can be found @ http://www.drumfest.pl or www.facebook.com/pages/Drum-Fest/167115556701213
“The Gene Hoglan Experience” is “an intimate gathering of metal fans brought together to celebrate the legacy and 30-year career of one of metal’s most legendary drummers.”

Hoglan came up with this concept to give the fans what they want: the ultimate “Gene” experience. In addition to telling personal stories, as mentioned above, Hoglan will reveal some of his secret techniques and tips to help all drummers and musicians of all levels.

 

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SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement

Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

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KING DIAMOND: Bass Player Hal Patino “Relieved Of His Duties”

July 19th, 2014
by EvilG
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King Diamond

KING DIAMOND has announced the following via their official Facebook page:

“Hal Patino has been relieved of his duties with King Diamond, for reasons very similar to why he was fired from the band in 1990.

This will have NO negative impact on our upcoming shows whatsoever.
On the contrary.

King”

KING DIAMOND are due to start a North American tour in October, check the dates below:

KING DIAMOND
North American Tour 2014
10/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage – http://goo.gl/C4E7p8
10/13 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore – http://goo.gl/H0lVSU
10/14 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre – http://goo.gl/EfiFfu
10/16 Worcester, MA Palladium – http://goo.gl/8XuLsh
10/17 Montreal, QC Olympia – http://goo.gl/2AJPmp
10/18 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy – http://goo.gl/eSKKn1
10/19 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE – http://goo.gl/7qhTp6
10/21 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre – http://goo.gl/3yVQmj
10/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant – http://goo.gl/RH1n4X
10/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre – http://goo.gl/2Sxf3a
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex – http://goo.gl/B5umz7
10/28 Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre – http://goo.gl/jbkX5e
10/30 San Francisco, CA The Warfield – http://goo.gl/mfhqOn
10/31 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – http://goo.gl/Dn3DSC
11/01 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues – http://goo.gl/S8vBO5
11/03 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre – http://goo.gl/rhirDc
11/05 Houston, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/ZcIm8K
11/06 Dallas, TX House of Blues – http://goo.gl/WjzuTW
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores – http://goo.gl/lOeIXc

 

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

KING DIAMOND Announces North America Fall Tour 2014!

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DORO TO BRING “30 YEARS – STRONG & PROUD” ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO NORTH AMERICA

July 18th, 2014
by EvilG
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Doro

Having celebrated the 30  year anniversary of the first time she took the stage this past May with a two-night live concert party in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany in addition to shows throughout Europe, the U.K., and in Latin America, multi-decade recording artist & legendary metal maven DORO PESCH will be bringing her career-spanning anniversary show to North America this fall.

“The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to,” shares vocalist & songwriter Doro.  “I’m always super excited to play in the USA and Canada. Looking forward to seeing all our great fans, friends, and metalheads again.  See you soon… Raise Your Fist!”

Fans will soon be invited to participate in an online poll to select the set lists for the tour via Doro’s official Facebook page.

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Copenhell Festival 2014 – Denmark

July 18th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Copenhell 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 11th – 13th 2014

Review and photography by Ellen Norvang

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This year’s fifth version of the metal showdown and largest metal festival, in Denmark in the heart of the Danish capital, delivered a line up dominated by black metal and nostalgia.

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HAMMERFALL RELEASE SECOND NEW ALBUM TRAILER

July 18th, 2014
by EvilG

The second trailer for (r)Evolution, the ninth studio album by Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

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Historic DEEP PURPLE ‘Graz 1975′ Coming In September On CD, LP and Digital

July 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple – guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice – performed at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria’s second largest city after Vienna.

Enthused by Deep Purple’s arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert “das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]”. And it was – in more ways than one.

Previously unreleased in its entirety, Graz 1975 – will be released in North America on September 23th, 2014 on earMUSIC / Eagle Rock Entertainment.

After Graz, Deep Purple would play just two more shows – in Saarbrücken, Germany and Paris, France – before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow.

In order to preserve Blackmore’s final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Deep Purple’s managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now.

Kicking off with a blazing performance of “Burn,” Graz 1975 is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking – and then some.

The track listing, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Deep Purple’s previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic “Smoke On The Water” and the almost-as-iconic “Space Truckin’.” Still, it’s true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Deep Purple Mk III at the absolute top – and also, ironically, at the end – of their game.

After almost 40 years the concert is still captivating. It is the perfect example that, for Deep Purple, there is no need for extravagant video projections or expensive fire shows to play a unique and fascinating gig. All they need is their music. It is the love and passion for their music that makes every single show a unique experience.

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Twitter:  www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews
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Track Listing:
1. Burn
2. Stormbringer
3. The Gypsy
4. Lady Double Dealer
5. Mistreated
6. Smoke On The Water
7. You Fool No One
8. Space Truckin’

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RICHIE KOTZEN Set To Release The Essential Richie Kotzen 2CD/1DVD In September

July 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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When RICHIE KOTZEN plays his guitar, you know it’s him.  The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that’s both instantly recognizable and immediately striking.  This unique style courses through THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It encompasses this iconic talent’s entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs (“War Paint” and “Walk With Me”), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material.  A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with “Lie To Me,” is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month.  Fans can pre-order the album at http://bit.ly/1oXRsUX.

KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  “I’ve really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,” he says.  “I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.”

“War Paint” builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by KOTZEN’s gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing.  He explains, “It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments.  I think I accomplished that on this track.”  At the same time, “Walk With Me” sees KOTZEN evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem.  “There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,” he reveals.  “I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one.  I spent a couple of weeks learning it.  I used that where the lead guitar would normally go.  It was a really rewarding departure for me.”

With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand.  In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.  He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart).

With his 20th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN’s legacy is only continuing to expand.  “When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,” he concludes.  “It’s another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics.  That’s the ultimate reward.”

Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:

CD1:
1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What’s Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can’t Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *

CD2:
1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) – (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)

DVD:
1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)

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CINDERELLA’s Jeff LaBar Set To Release Debut Album ‘One For The Road’ On Rat Pak Records

July 18th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar’s “One For The Road” was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with long-time friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and mixed & mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (KXM/Lynch Mob/Lita Ford). Jeff’s first solo release entitled “One For The Road”  highlights both his songwriting and guitar playing abilities. It is also the first of two, seven song offerings of classic, hard rock style material that will be released via Rat Pak Records. About the album Jeff states, “This record is written about parts of my life since the hay-days of Cinderella….and there is a lot more where that came from!” The song “No Strings” features Tesla’s Troy Luccketta on drums and was mixed by Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. The song “Ode To Page” is Jeff’s acoustic tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Featured tracks include: “No Strings”, “Asking For A Beating”, “Muse”, “Hello Or Goodbye”, “Ode To Page”, “Nightmare on My Street” and “One For The Road”. Tracks on the CD range from classic, early Cinderella-style hard rock, to groove-laden blues rock and really captures the magic and spirit of the genre that Jeff helped create! Official release date is set for August 26,2014.

http://youtu.be/zl3fswzTxP0?list=UUUPtvV65HMegsuBFTnpQzYA

PRE-ORDER NOW AT: WWW.RATPAKRECORDS.COM/JEFFLABAR

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JUDAS PRIEST – First-Ever Top 10 Album In U.S. With ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

July 16th, 2014
by EvilG
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JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls

JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11.  This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.

JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.

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Primitive Man @ The Unicorn, London

July 15th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Primitive Man

The Unicorn, London

25th June, 2014
Review by Caitlin Smith

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Primitive Man Tour Poster

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Hellfest Festival 2014

July 14th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Hellfest Festival 2014

@ Clisson, France

20th-22nd June 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs & Graham Hilling
Photos by Graham Hilling

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Hellfest

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MEGADETH – Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good 180 Gram Vinyl LP Re-Issue Now Available

July 13th, 2014
by EvilG
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Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!

Megadeth’s essential classic 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! has been re-issued on 180 gram heavy vinyl via Century Media Records. The album is available now – released on July 7th – in black vinyl, transparent red vinyl (limited to 500 copies worldwide) and transparent white vinyl (limited to 100 copies worldwide – exclusive to cmdistro.de).

All vinyl versions are available now at CM Distro Europe via cmdistro.de.

 

 

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