Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, has announced a batch of headlining U.S. tour dates this March. Touring in support of its latest album Curious Volume, which released last summer on Peaceville Records, Pentagram will be joined on the road by Mondo Drag and King Giant. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
Pentagram has also launched a new official website at: http://www.pentagramofficial.com/. A new webstore will soon follow with exclusive discounts and free giveaways. Stay tuned for more information.
Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), Curious Volume was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.
RICHIE KOTZEN released his first-ever professionally filmed DVD, RICHIE KOTZEN LIVE, October 13, 2015 via his Headroom-Inc label. He has now made it available for fans worldwide to stream on his official YouTube page.
As KOTZEN explains, “I was thinking that there are so many fans around the world that simply don’t have access to or can’t afford to buy this content. Not that I’m looking to give everything away, but I thought by making this available for people to watch on YouTube I was sort of giving back a bit to all the great people who have bought my music, concert tickets, and generally supported my pretty much ‘underground’ career over the last 20 years. Those who can afford or desire to own the full resolution DVD still have the option of buying it as well…and I hope they do as I’ve still got a few on-going bills to pay (laughing).”
KOTZEN and his band ended their 2014-2015 tour in Tokyo, Japan at Akasaka Blitz, where they shot the entire concert in high-definition. This is RICHIE KOTZEN and his band—bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett–at their best. It features some of his classics, “You Can’t Save Me,” “Remember,” as well as new songs “Cannibals,” “War Paint,” and “Walk With Me.” The collection also includes off-the-chart improvisational solo sections between KOTZEN and his virtuoso rhythm section. This live DVD concert is a must-have for KOTZEN fans worldwide, and it’s the perfect introduction to those who have yet to be a part of the RICHIE KOTZEN experience.
He currently plays guitar and fronts The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band’s latest HOT STREAK album debuted at #2 on the Billboard “Top Current Alternative Albums” chart and #5 on Billboard’s “Top Current Hard Music” chart). The trio is on tour in Europe through the end of February. U.S. tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Every March, masses of hungry fast-food fanatics search endlessly for their favorite brain-freeze inducing treat. A minty milkshake you say? No, we’re talking about MAC SABBATH – bringing the deliciously disturbing “Rock-Sham-Shake” tour to your town this March! As if they didn’t get enough frosty coolness from this year’s massive blizzard, the tour will frost over the majority of the eastern U.S., beginning down in Dallas, TX on March 3rd. See below for a complete listing of confirmed tour dates.
MAC SABBATH Tour Dates:
3/3 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
3/4 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/5 – New Orleans, LA @ Publiq House
3/6 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
3/7 – Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
3/9 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
3/10 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
3/11 – Gainesville, FL @ The Wooly
3/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl Atlanta
3/14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In
3/15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
3/16 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Music Hall
3/17 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
3/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood
3/20 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
3/21 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound
3/22 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
3/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
3/24 – Mechanicsburg, PA @ Whiskey Ridge
3/25 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
3/26 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
3/27 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf
3/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
3/30 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
3/31 – Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
4/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Mixing raucous comedy with borderline-horrific theatrics, the only thing more petrifying than impending health problems resulting from years of overeating is a MAC SABBATH show. Set wise, this ain’t no value meal – innocent bystanders can enjoy 10 fantastically alarming Black Sabbath-turned-junk food themed tunes on this tour:
Chicken For The Slaves
Brand of Doom
Lord of the Swirled
Zippin Up the Uniform
Cherries Are Fruits
Show attendees should be prepared to partake in the fun – MAC SABBATH puts on a theatrical, multimedia stage show – complete with a smoking grill, laser-eyed clowns, bouncing burgers and many more magical surprises… basically anything and everything an unwary show-goer could ever want in their wildest dreams.
“… one of the most interesting bands to come around in a long, long time. They have Dead Kennedys’ outrageous sense of humor mixed with total irreverence and ornate style on top of a solid, engaging performance (even if the crowd is reluctant to respond). So while this whole thing was probably thought up after eating too many pot brownies, it is one of the most brilliant ideas in a long time.”
– Troy Farah, Phoenix New Times
“This is not a drill. Be it exchanging Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” for a “Pair-a-buns” or “Iron Man” for a “Frying Pan,” these food-focused musical dweebs are cooking up something hot ‘n’ ready just for you.” – Alicia Lutes, MTV.com
“The most impressive-and terrifying-thing about Mac Sabbath is that they’re actually really good. Ronald channels his inner Ozzy onstage, from the manic jumping to the frantic hand waving…” – Bryan Rolli, Paste Magazine
“Even if the songs are dripping with onions and extra cheese, Mac Sabbath put on one righteous stage show, complete with smoke machines, gritty power chords, and endless head-banging.” – Chris Coplan, ConsequenceofSound.net
Named by Buzzfeed as one of the “13 Metal Bands You Didn’t Know How to React To”
American vocalist/guitarist LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
“There was a shitload of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house (in the islands),” FORD recalls. “This is some of the best work I`ve ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States.” Imagine FORD dragging a pair of suitcases full of analog tapes through the Caribbean dirt back to Los Angeles, so, as she recalls, “we could bake these fuckers,” due to their age. “If you just put them on the reel, they would flake. I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, ´Please work! ` And they did!”
Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen. Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.
1. Intro 1:35
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 04:47
3. Killing Kind 04:49
4. War Of The Angels 05:44
5. Black Leather Heart 03:33
6. Rotten To The Core 04:21
7. Little Wing 03:01
8. On The Fast Track 03:41
9. King Of The Wild Wind 05:04
10. Mr. Corruption 04:15
11. Anything For The Thrill 03:25
LITA FORD Live 2016
2/12: Houston,TX – BFE Rock Club
2/13: Tyler,TX – Rock N´Valentines Festival
2/14: Fort Worth,TX – The Rail Club
2/20: Enoch,AB – River Cree Resort
3/5: Beverly Hills,CA – Saban Theatre
3/19: Toledo,OH – Savage Arena
4/24: Ladson,SC – 98 Rock Fest
08.-11.06. SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
13.-14.08.B-Kortijk – Alcatraz Festival
Following the news of the release of Rob Zombie’s sixth solo studio album, the rock icon announces a string of Spring 2016 dates, including a legendary co-headlining tour with Disturbed and several festival slots. The creative visionary will be hitting the road this May in support of his upcoming full length, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, out April 29 via UMe/T-Boy Records.
The Electric Warlock… marks Rob Zombie’s first solo studio album since 2013’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200. Produced by Zeuss and recorded at Goathouse studios, this new record is a full return to form by Zombie. The album features John 5 (Guitar), Piggy D (Bass) and Ginger Fish (Drums) with provocative art provided by Alex Horley. To celebrate the release of the album, Zombie has made a direct-to-fan presale available on FuckinginaUFO.com where fans can pre-order the new record and collectible merchandise, as well as purchase exclusive tickets and VIP Meet & Greet bundles for the new tour and a chance to be in The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser movie.
As a rock legend and filmmaker with a unique vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. His seventh feature film, the highly anticipated 31, will be making its world premiere this month at Sundance Film Festival. Last year he also released his first live album in over eight years, SPOOKSHOW INTERNATIONAL LIVE, which is filled with nineteen tracks from the highlights of Rob’s critically acclaimed US tour of 2014.
Get a glimpse of what the new album has in store with the official track list below and don’t miss the once in a lifetime chance to see these two rock legends share the stage during the Rob Zombie/Disturbed 2016 tour!
4/30 – Fort Myers, FL at Fort Rock†
5/1 – Jacksonville, FL at Welcome to Rockville†
5/3 – Biloxi, MS at Mississippi Coast Coliseum*
5/4 – Pelham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheater*
5/6 – Atlanta, GA at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood*
5/7 – Nashville, TN at Ascend Amphitheater*
5/8 – Concord, NC at Carolina Rebellion†
5/10 – Lafayette, LA at Cajundome*
5/11 – Bossier City, LA at CenturyLink Center*
5/13 – Council Bluffs, IA at KIWR Festival†
5/14 – Somerset, WI at Northern Invasion†
5/15 – Fargo, ND at Fargo Civic Center
5/17 – Cedar Rapids, IA at US Cellular Center*
5/18 – Bloomington, IL at U.S. Cellular Coliseum
5/19 – Saginaw, MI at FirstMerit Bank Event Park
5/20-5/21 – Columbus, OH at Rock On The Range†
5/22 – Hershey, PA at Giant Center*
5/24 – Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena*
5/25 – Fort Wayne, IN at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum*
5/27-5/29 – Pryor, OK at Rocklahoma†
* Co-Headlined with Disturbed
1. The Last Of The Demons Defeated
2. Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!
3. The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God
4. Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.
5. A Hearse Overturns With The Coffin Bursting Open
6. The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore
7. Medication For The Melancholy
8. In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
9. Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom Part One
10. In The Bone Pile
11. Get Your Boots On! That’s The End Of Rock And Roll
As thousands of fans descend upon Alexandra Palace the atmosphere is electric. Fans wait in the freezing cold in the longest queue I’ve ever seen but that does nothing to dampen their spirits, the crowd breaks into song – a hundred metallers at the top of their voices give a full rendition of “Left Behind” is something special. Once you’re though the doors, Ally Pally has everything you need for a great night, countless food outlets, acoustic bands playing before the bands start, bars and pubs a plenty.
INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Tobias Sammet is the man and the visionary behind Avantasia and Edguy. Tobias sat down with Metal-Rules.com in Helsinki to discuss the brand new Avantasia opus entitled GHOSTLIGHTS. Avatansia is best known for their bombastic and rock opera oriented metal offerings. The band has conquered thousands of fans all over the world and they’re now more popular than ever. GHOSTLIGHTS is the bands seventh studio album. This is yet another masterpiece by Avantasia offering a magnificent journey into the world of Tobias Sammet and his musical adventures. Here’s the summary of the discussion we had about the album creation process, Avantasia in the Eurovision contest, the special quests, and more, including the current state of Edguy. Read on!
HARD N’ HEAVY – A ROCK REVIEWS COMPILATION BY NEIL DANIELS PUBLISHED BY CREATESPACE WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2016 ISBN-13: 978-1523472758 ISBN-10: 1523472758
Hard N’ Heavy is the latest rock based collection of reviews from Neil Daniels, the author of critically acclaimed books on Journey, ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, AC/DC and UFO.
This entertaining collection features reviews of Bruce Dickinson, Ace Frehley, Aerosmith, Black Label Society, Lemmy, L.A. Guns, Thunder, Rush, Whitesnake, and Metal Church amongst other seasoned names in rock. Daniels also explores the work of smaller, lesser known bands such as Breed 77, 22-20s, Hurricane Party, McQueen and Young Heart Attack. Hard N’ Heavy is a devil’s horn salute to the genre and an entertaining collection to stand alongside Daniels’ other collected works such as Rock Bites, Get Your Rock On and Bang Your Head.
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Visit his official website at www.neildanielsbooks.com
A lyric video for Metal Church “Killing Your Time” is available here:
You can now pre-order “XI” Worldwide on iTunes and get an instant download of this track! Metal Church “XI” will be available via Rat Pak Records (USA/Canada/SA),Nuclear Blast (Europe) and King Records (Japan) on March 25th, but you can pre-order your exclusive bundles ahead of time!!
I hope you are all doing well!
Right now we are putting the final touch on the new album and the long but very successful way of doing this album reaches its end. I am super-duper happy with the songs and the mix! This weekend we will record all backing choirs. Looking absolutely forward to this! And this time we have a guest with us: Frank Beck will hop over to Hamburg to lend his voice also to the mighty backing, haha! Also Felipe came up with a killer artwork once more, which suites the album title TITANCRAFT really perfect. So all couldn’t be better at this point!!!
Rising German power metal force ORDEN OGAN follows up on the success of their latest studio album „Ravenhead“ (which became an international chart success in 2015) with their first ever DVD release. But “The Book Of Ogan” is so much more than that… The package consists of 2 DVDs (running time 6 hours – incl. 2 full Live concerts, extensive band documentary, all music videos & numerous specials) and 2 CDs (“Best Of 2008 – 2015” and the self-released/demo “Testimonium a.d.” from 2004). While the “Best Of” is an exclusive selection of the band’s hits and fan favorites from their four albums, “Testimonium a.d.” is made available for the first time ever as official label release here. It received highest ratings in the demo sections of the leading metal magazines back then and was dealt for up to 500€ (!). „The Book Of Ogan“ comes as deluxe 2DVD/2CD box set (hardcover, separate trays for each disc, 40-pages booklet) and is a must for both longtime followers and new fans!
Metal-Rules.com is proud to be the first to premiere “No Sanctuary”, the new music video from the Austin, Texas based traditional heavy metal band IGNITOR. The first track released from the band’s currently untitled upcoming album “No Sanctuary” was filmed at Emphatic Audio studios and was directed by IGNITOR guitarist and founding member Stuart Laurence (Agony Column). Vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys) has checked in with the following comment: “We have been writing and recording some new songs, of which a few of them we are looking forward to playing at these upcoming shows that have been long overdue. These confirmed dates will also be used to showcase our new band lineup that features Robert Williams (Witches Mark) on guitar and Billy “Chainsaw” Dansfiell (Agony Column) on bass.
Upcoming IGNITOR shows:
March 5 – IGNITOR w/ Dead Earth Politics, Forcefed @ Sidewinder (Austin)
March 16 – IGNITOR @ Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin) March 18 – IGNITOR w/ Cage, Aska, Matrekis @ Acadia Bar & Grill (Houston)
April 16 – IGNITOR w/ Grim Reaper, Helstar, Las Cruces @ Rockbox (San Antonio)
May 6 – IGNITOR – Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse @ Reggies Rock Club (Chicago)
Chuck Garric is most notably known as Alice Cooper’s bassist, but fans can now see him fronting and playing guitar in his own band – Beasto Blanco. With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, the band has been performing at select dates between his touring schedule with Alice.
The biggest and best names in musical instruments come to Anaheim, California every winter for 4 days to show off their new products. This year NAMM boasts 1,700 exhibitors showcasing products of every type across music products, pro audio, lighting, and sound recording, collectively displaying over 6,000 brands to attendees from 125 countries and regions around the world.