BLACKMORE’S NIGHT “To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond” out August 18

August 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Blackmore’s Night – the internationally-heralded Renaissance Rock band helmed by six-string extraordinaire Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night. To celebrate, the band is proud to present To The Moon And Back: 20 Years And Beyond…: a two-disc collection of favorites and new material.

To The Moon And Back boasts three brand new songs: “Ghost Of John”, which proudly introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the 6-year daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the close of the song, Blackmore’s “Land Of Hope and Glory” (a reworking of British patriotic anthem “Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1” written in 1902), and a cover of favored Rainbow tune “I Surrender”, with Night providing the vocals.

Additionally, the set includes re-recorded versions of catalog favorites “Moonlight Shadow”, “Somewhere Over The Sea”, “Coming Home”, and “Writing On The Wall”. This new material is buoyed with Blackmore’s Night classics, such as “Shadow Of The Moon”, “Ghost Of A Rose”, and “Under A Violet Moon”, and a live version of “Home Again”, fully rounding out this best-of compilation. The included booklet displays a collage of memorabilia, showcasing live band photos, backstage passes, and tour flyers. Completing To The Moon And Back is a behind-the-scenes bonus video of Blackmore and Night rehearsing at a soundcheck, allowing fans an intimate glimpse of the band before a show.

“We hope you enjoy this musical journey down memory lane from Shadow of the Moon…our first release…through our brand new 2017 versions of old favorites and a new surprise song. 20 years of memorable music and beyond…” enthuses Blackmore and Night.

The magic of Blackmore’s Night is their ability to transport the listener to a bygone era, gathered around a fire or in an old renaissance tavern. Their sold-out concerts resemble that era, with band and fans alike decked out in Renaissance garb, losing themselves in the mirth of the music. This ambiance is created via Blackmore’s dexterous movement between acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy, Night’s ethereal vocals and command of seven medieval woodwind instruments (bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, to name a few), and the consummate musicianship of keyboardist/back-up vocalist Bard David, violinist Scarlett Fiddler, back-up vocalist/shawm player Lady Lynn, bassist/rhythmic guitarist Earl Grey, and percussionist Troubadour of Aberdeen.

After 20 amazing years, Blackmore’s Night continue to invite fans and newcomers to join them To The Moon And Back…Won’t you heed their call?

Track Listing:

CD I:
1.) Shadow Of The Moon
2.) Spirit Of The Sea
3.) Renaissance Faire
4.) Play Minstrel Play
5.) Under A Violet Moon
6.) Spanish Nights
7.) Fires At Midnight
8.) Ghost Of A Rose
9.) Cartouche
10.) Village Lanterne
11.) The Circle
12.) 25 Years
13.) Dandelion Wine
14.) Home Again (live)

CD II:
1.) I Surrender (bonus track)
2.) Moonlight Shadow (2017 version)
3.) Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version)
4.) Writing On The Wall (2017 version)
5.) Coming Home (2017 version)
6.) Ghost Of John (bonus track)
7.) Minstrel Hall
8.) Possum Goes To Prague
9.) Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
10.) Nur eine Minute
11.) Village Dance
12.) Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version)
13.) Bonus Video

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Rise Above Records To Release Uncle Acid The Deadbeats’ “Vol 1” Friday October 13th

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

First released on Friday February 13th, (40 years to the day after Black Sabbath’s debut LP), “Vol 1” was the first efforts of unknown songwriter, Kevin Starrs. Pressed in small numbers for a non existing fan base, the album took several months to shift all 30 CD-R copies and provided a small platform to fund it’s follow up, “Blood Lust” (2011).

Recorded on a tight budget of stashed dole money and with little knowledge or regard for conventional recording techniques, the chaotic results speak for themselves;

Distorted vocals, out of tune harmonies, ragged musicianship and everything pushed to the red. The clatter of mic stands falling over mid performance, the rustling of lyric papers, the missed key changes and flubbed lines. Everything you would want to avoid is here. Self-funded, self-recorded and self released to a fanfare of silence, “Vol 1” was a true D.I.Y. effort from start to finish. No great ambition, no target audience, no press support. Just a collection of songs for anyone who would listen. With it’s mix of budget horror lyrics, Everly Brothers obsessed harmonies, downer rock riffs, overly long guitar solos and bizarre high pitched vocals, “Vol 1” had very limited appeal outside a small group of underground fanatics.

In the years following, the album became something of a cult curiosity. Despite the shoddy work of bootleggers and impatient collectors, Starrs refused to re release the album until he could work on its remix and oversee the mastering. “It was a D.I.Y project from the beginning so I wasn’t going to give it up and let someone else mess with it. I also wasn’t going to cash in on something for the sake of it. I wanted it to sound the best that it possibly could. The record deserves my full attention, so with no new album to distract anyone in 2017, it was the perfect time to work on it and release it on CD and Vinyl. It can stand on it’s own…flaws included.”

So here it is, “Vol 1” in all its ragged glory…finally mastered and mixed for this release.

Enjoy.

“Vol 1” Track Listing:
1. Crystal Spiders
2. Witches Garden
3. Dead Eyes of London
4. Lonely and Strange
5. Vampire Circus
6. Do What Your Love Tells You
7. I Don’t Know
8. Wind Up Toys

For More Info Visit:
https://www.uncleacidband.com
https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid/

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Inaugural RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State Chapter Charity Event Planned for August 26 at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Guest Hosts Include:
Comedian Don Jamieson
Metal Personalities and Reality Stars Adam Poch, Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo and Natalie Jansen
Alt-Model and TV Personality Marilyn Mansfield
The return of Mistress Juliya

Featuring an All-Star Jam, Plus Individual Performances from Thy Will Be Done, Silvertomb, Alekhine’s Gun (featuring Orange Is The New Black star Jessica Pimentel) and More

See Below for More Show Details

Getcha’ pull! The very first RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event and concert is set to take place at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Rd, Sayreville) on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Doors will open at 12:00pm sharp and tickets are on sale now for just $25 for a full day of fun for all ages! Day of show tickets will go up to $30, so get your tickets now here at the discounted price!

VIP packages are available, and include a ticket to RIDE FOR DIME East Coast, VIP laminate, admission to the pre-party at Dingbatz which includes complimentary beverages for VIPs. VIPs will also receive a RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State chapter EVENT t-shirt. VIP packages including all of the previously listed benefits are $100.

RIDE FOR DIME’s special guest hosts will include comedian Don Jamieson, heavy metal personalities and reality stars Adam Poch, Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo and Natalie Jansen, alt-model and TV personality Marilyn Mansfield, and the return of Mistress Juliya!

The concert portion of the event will feature tri-state talents Thy Will Be Done, the first performance of Silvertomb (featuring members of Type O Negative, Danzig and Agnostic Front), Frost Coalition (featuring members of Danzig and Savatage), Black Water Rising, Ikillya, Alekhine’s Gun (featuring Orange Is The New Black star Jessica Pimentel), Hammerfight, Lethal Affection, Negative Sky, Common Wealth, Throwdown Syndicate, Kalopsia, Whiskey Time Machine, Palaceburn, Apparition and Enigma Machine.

The night will also include an All-Star Jam featuring John DeServio (Black Label Society), Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig, A Pale Horse Named Death), Bob Pantella (Monster Magnet), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), Stickman (Fury of Five), Mike Lepond (Symphony X) John Outcalt (God Forbid), Corey Pierce (God Forbid), Jack Frost (Savatage, Seven Witches, Lizzy Borden), Ken Dubman (Prophet), Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo (Kittie, Suicide City), Alan Tecchio (Seven Witches, Watchtower, Hades), Jay Waterman (Thy Will Be Done), and more.

An auction will take place and will feature items including gift certificates to restaurants of celebrity chef Chris Santos, and merchandise items from Hatebreed, All That Remains, Lamb of God, art from Marilyn Mansfield and Joey James, and others. More auction items will be added up until the event.

RIDE FOR DIME organizer and God Forbid drummer Corey Pierce shares his thoughts: “I feel honored to be surrounded by talented and caring people who love music and who loved Darryl as a musician, but also loved what he stood for throughout his life. This event is a step in strengthening the metal family while showing our admiration and respect for one of metals greatest legends and I am so happy to be a part of it.”

Alekhine’s Gun frontwoman and Orange Is The New Black star Jessica Pimentel says:”We are honored to be a part of this wonderful evening – so much so that we broke our hiatus to participate in raising money and awareness for these great charities, especially MusiCares who helped us out after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy ruined our music equipment and studio. We look forward to enjoying all the bands and fans and having a great time. Getcha’ pull for Dimebag Darrell!”

Former Type O Negative and current Danzig drummer Johnny Kelly adds: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the upcoming RIDE FOR DIME show! I’ve had the privilege of playing at other RFD shows in the past, but getting to do it in my hometown will be even more fun! It’s all for a good cause and I’m always happy to be a part of anything that helps preserve Dime’s legacy.”

Black Label Society bassist John DeServio adds: “I’m honored to be involved in the RIDE FOR DIME this year! Dime impacted the world, and it’s up to us to keep his memory alive. God bless The Dimebag. He was definitely one of a kind.”

Proceeds will go to two major non-profit charities: MusiCares, established by the Recording Academy in 1989 and dedicated to providing confidential emergency health and human services and addition recovery to music people in need, and Marines Care, a charity founded in memory of LCPL Chris Cosgove III, providing benevolent assistance to wounded military members, those on active duty, and veterans nationwide, plus their families.

For more information on RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event, visit www.facebook.com/RFDEast

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Bigfoot Release New Single “Tell Me A Lie”

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut of one of their latest UK signings – Bigfoot. The album will be released October 13, 2017. Today the band drops their new single “Tell Me A Lie”

Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall.

Order the debut album here: http://radi.al/Bigfootor at the links below:

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
Amazon: http://radi.al/BigfootAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/BigfootiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/BigfootGooglePlay

Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “The Fear” and “Tell Me A Lie”

Follow the band on Spotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “The Fear” and “Tell Me A Lie” to your favorite playlists: http://radi.al/BigfootSpotify
1. Karma
2. The Fear
3. Tell Me A Lie
4. Forever Alone
5. Eat Your Words
6. Prisoner Of War
7. Freak Show
8. I Dare You
9. The Devil In Me
10. Uninvited
11. Yours

This Bigfoot is no myth, but they are about to become legends.

Upcoming UK shows:
25.08.17 HULL Hair Metal Heaven
14.10.17 MANCHESTER Sound Control (album launch event)
11.11.17 SHEFFIELD Corporation (with Tyketto)
25.11.17 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (with Tyketto)

Bigfoot is:
Antony Ellis – vocals
Sam Millar – guitar
Mick McCullagh – guitar
Matt Avery – bass
Tom Aspinall – drums

For More Info Visit:
Website bigfootband.co.uk
Facebook facebook.com/bigfootukrock
Twitter twitter.com/bigfootukrock
Instagram instagram.com/bigfootuk
YouTube youtube.com/user/bigfootukrock

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World Trade’s “Unify” Out Now On Frontiers Music

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 

A stunning masterwork to be sure – let’s hope we hear a lot more from World Trade in near future days ahead!
-Highwire Daze

The reunited World Trade have surely put together a fun, highly listenable album of pop melodies and the occasional prog flourish that is a welcome return.
-Sea of Tranquility

With great songwriting, excellent vocals, and immense production values, this album will appeal to fans of Toto’s most recent releases and 90125/Big Generator-era Yes as well as fans of other progressive rock bands who value musicianship and songwriting craft.
-Decibel Geek

 

Composed of some of L.A.’s most recognized studio and songwriting talents, Billy Sherwood, Guy Allison, and Bruce Gowdy, World Trade have released their third album, “Unify” today via Frontiers Music Srl.

Order the album here: http://radi.al/Unify or at the links below:
Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
Amazon: http://radi.al/UnifyAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/UnifyiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/UnifyGooglePlay

Lead vocalist and main songwriter, Billy Sherwood has been a fixture of the L.A. studio and recording scene since the mid-80’s. Billy’s talents range from producing a Grammy nominated album for Paul Rodgers to being the current bass player of YES, handpicked by Chris Squire to replace him before his untimely death. He also recently joined up with Asia as a replacement for John Wetton after his passing for the band’s current US tour with Journey.

Guy Allison and Bruce Gowdy, a pair of musicians also known for being behind the awesome melodic rock band Unruly Child, and drummer Mark T. Williams (son of famed composer John Williams and brother of Toto singer Joseph) round out the line-up.

No doubt that World Trade is a world-class band in every sense. “Unify” is a mature sounding recording reflective of the years of experience within the band. With great songwriting, excellent vocals, and immense production values, this album will appeal to fans of Toto ‘s most recent releases and 90125/Big Generator-era Yes, as well as fans of other progressive rock bands who value musicianship and songwriting craft.

WORLD TRADE Line Up
Billy Sherwood – bass and lead vocals
Bruce Gowdy – guitars
Guy Allison – keyboards
Mark T. Williams – drums

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Virtual Metal Band PENTAKILL Release Groundbreaking New Album “II: Grasp Of The Undying”

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Groundbreaking virtual heavy metal band PENTAKILL – featuring infernal lead vocalist Karthus, blazing axe-man Mordekaiser, enchanting keyboardist Sona, rumbling bassist Yorick, berserker drummer Olaf, and new member Kayle, a winged warrior goddess who sings songs presaging the end of the world – are breaking further out of the 100 million-player League of Legends gaming universe and onto the playlists of metalheads worldwide. Their second release, II: Grasp Of The Undying, hits international all major digital streaming platforms today, including Spotify, Apple Music and more.

In conjunction with the album’s release, League of Legends and PENTAKILL are streaming II: Grasp Of The Undying in full via YouTube and the Pentakill music landing page here: http://pentakill.leagueoflegends.com. At the same locations, you can also witness the brand new state-of-the-art, cinematic animated music video for the punishing track, “Mortal Reminder”. Within 24 hours of posting, the “Mortal Reminder” video racked up over 7.3 million views across platforms. Witness PENTAKILL’s live musical carnage in Bandle City, recorded in the catacombs of the Shadow Isles!

II: Grasp Of The Undying features not only the skills of League of Legends developer Riot Games’ most passionate in-house composers, songwriters, and producers (who also happen to be diehard metalheads), but an elite list of metal, rock and electronic music heavyweights. II: Grasp Of The Undying showcases the musical talents of renowned rock/metal vocalist Jorn Lande, songstress Noora Louhimo of Battle Beast, producer Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method, producer and vocalist Danny Lohner formerly of Nine Inch Nails, world-renowned drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crüe fame, drummer Mike Pitman and vocalist Rich Thomson of Xerath, vocalist Per Johansson of Ureas, and many more.

Jorn Lande, the voice of Karthus, states: “It’s great for a classic heavy rocker like myself to be a part of this modern gaming music world, and I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great team of talented people. This exciting development is not just about creating an original twist to the online gaming industry, but also about pioneering some groundbreaking new metal! My job is to make Karthus the singer he is, and add the classic heavy rock element to his performance. I’m proud that Karthus and his band are back to bring new PENTAKILL metal your way!”

Noora Louhimo, the voice of Kayle, adds: “It’s been so exciting and an honor to be part of the second PENTAKILL record. This has been my dream come true to work in the gaming world. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see what the future brings. I hope people love the result as much as I do!”

There’s something for every heavy music fan on II: Grasp Of The Undying – an album that is not only accessible, but will stand up next to any heavy metal artist on your playlist. II: Grasp Of The Undying is a full length, 10-track scorcher of a record – showcasing the multi-faceted talents of the genuine music professionals and avid production team involved, and featuring genre-influences ranging from power metal, NWOBHM, thrash, modern progressive death metal and everything in between – even electronic/industrial!

II: Grasp Of The Undying Track Listing:
1. Cull
2. Mortal Reminder
3. Tear of the Goddess
4. Infinity Edge
5. Dead Man’s Plate
6. The Hex Core mk-2
7. The Bloodthirster
8. Frozen Heart
9. Rapid Firecannon
10. Blade of the Ruined King

PENTAKILL ORIGINS:
PENTAKILL was spawned from massive League of Legends fan/player engagement, theories and buzz. Wanting first and foremost to give back to a global community of players, Riot Games and their team of in-house composers, songwriters, and producers came up with the idea to write, record and release a real heavy metal album based on a virtual heavy metal band comprised of members embodied by the original skin line they originated from. In their virtual reality, PENTAKILL is billed as the fictional land of Valoran’s most famous rock band.

In 2014, the Riot Games music label issued the band’s first foray out of the video game realm, Smite and Ignite – an eight-track collection of appropriately punishing songs that was written completely in-house at Riot, and supported by the talents of studio musicians, including ZP Theart of Dragonforce, Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater, Danny Lohner of Nine Inch Nails, and Jorn Lande. Upon its release in 2014 and with absolutely no traditional promotion, Smite and Ignite went on to debut Top 40 on Billboard and #1 on the iTunes Metal and Rock charts, plus charted top 30 on the overall iTunes charts, in addition to millions of YouTube and Spotify streams.

These numbers alone are a testament to the fanbase supporting PENTAKILL and the authenticity of the music itself – true metal fans know this is the real deal.

Stay tuned for more exclusives and news coming soon, and follow all things PENTAKILL at http://pentakill.leagueoflegends.com.

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Legendary Rockers AUTOGRAPH Sign to EMP Label Group, New Album ‘Get Off Your Ass’ in October

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

GET OFF YOUR ASS is the first official studio LP from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand, alongside new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels, and drummer Marc Wieland.

Lynch, an iconic guitarist, revered Worldwide as a bona fide guitar hero (known for his signature 8 finger hammer-on technique), reactivated the band in 2013 with bassist Randy Rand after reconnecting at the NAMM Show. After approaching original vocalist Steve Plunkett, who was unavailable for the reunion due to other business interests, with his blessing, the newly resurrected AUTOGRAPH recruited former JAILHOUSE vocalist Simon Daniels, the rest, as they say, is history.

GET OFF YOUR ASS features an updated, hard-edged (and keyboard free) sound for the band, featuring down-tuned guitars, and the fiery, blues-soaked delivery of Daniels, as evidenced on tracks like “Every Generation”, “I Lost My Mind In America”, and the first single, edgy title track “Get Off Your Ass”. The album also features an updated live version of the band’s classic rock staple “Turn Up The Radio”, performed by the current lineup.

Says co-founder, guitarist Steve Lynch, “Get Off Your Ass definitely sets a new direction for the band, with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from AUTOGRAPH. This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!!”

Adds vocalist Simon Daniels, “We are so excited about this record! This is a lineup of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless, and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies, but with heavier guitars and a more “in your face” attitude. The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era, with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s AUTOGRAPH on steroids.”

On their partnership with EMP Daniels adds, “EMP is the perfect match for us. They understand what we’re doing, they have the same vision and we are grateful to work with such great experienced humble focused achieving people!”

A sentiment echoed by drummer Marc Wieland. “EMP shares and supports the same Vision we had for our new album GET OFF YOUR ASS. We are stoked to be part of their family!!!!”

EMP President (and Megadeth bassist) David Ellefson expresses a mutual admiration. “When I first moved to LA to go to MI (then known as GIT), Steve Lynch was the guy EVERYBODY went there to learn from. As far as guitar players in LA went, he was THE guy. I never did end up at GIT, we formed MEGADETH and obviously went down an extremely different path, but Steve truly is an iconic guitar hero of the highest caliber, and I am so proud for EMP to be able to partner with him and the re-imagined AUTOGRAPH to release this killer album.”

GET OFF YOUR ASS will be available for pre-order this Friday, 8/4, from empmerch.com.

Forming in 1983, Autograph gave the world the perpetual Rock anthem “Turn Up the Radio”, which still commands nearly constant airplay on Classic Rock stations around the World, and has become an iconic piece of pop culture, making appearances in mass media classics like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and more recently in the hit film HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.

With seminal albums Sign In Please [1984], That’s The Stuff [1985], and Loud and Clear [1987]. as well as years of touring alongside legendary artists including Mötley Crüe, Ronnie James Dio, Van Halen and Aerosmith, AUTOGRAPH left an everlasting imprint on rock ‘n’ roll. Now this undeniable Rock legacy is reclaimed with GET OFF YOUR ASS.

AUTOGRAPH will continue to tour through 2017, and into the new year, with more dates added daily, and an appearance on the 2018 MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise.

Upcoming Shows:

8/4/2017 Heath, OH Muddy Creek Saloon
8/5/2017 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fair – with Queensryche & KIX
9/8/2017 Ellsworth, WI “SCVR 27th Annual Chilifeed” @ Gas-Lite Tavern
9/16/2017 Kingman, AZ The Great Mohave County Fair – (Free show w/ fair admission)
10/6/2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena – w/ Slaughter & Vixen

Autographband.com
Facebook.com/autographband

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APPICE To Release “Sinister” In October!

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

You’re unlikely to find a phenomenon like Carmine and Vinny Appice a second time in the history of rock music. For more than forty years, the two brothers have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny (each of them on their own) can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten Vanilla Fudge, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, looks back on an equally spectacular career, having worked with acts such as Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, among others. With the exception of the live album Drum Wars – Live! (2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far. That’s about to change! Sinister is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. Vinny: “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.”

Sinister consists of a total of 13 tracks, recorded by Carmine and Vinny together with distinguished colleagues. ´Killing Floor` and ´Future Past` feature the wonderful Craig Goldy (together with bassist Tony Franklin), Franklin resurfacing, together with Paul Shortino, on ´Suddenly` and on ´You Got Me Running`. Shortino also lends his awesome vocals to ´War Cry` and the programmatic ´Monsters And Heroes`, the latter also featuring Bulletboys guitarist Mick Sweda, while Shortino teams up with Whitesnake stringsman Joel Hoekstra on ´War Cry`. Talking of vocals: ´Sinister`, ´Danger` (bass: Phil Soussan), ´In The Night` (guitar: Bumblefoot) and ´Sabbath Mash` (guitar: Erik Turner, keyboards: Erik Norlander) are all sung by Jim Crean, while Chas West recorded the vocal parts for ´Killing Floor`, Scotty Bruce featuring on ´Future Past` and Robin McAuley on ´Riot`. The biggest surprise of all: Carmine himself doubles as vocalist on ´You Got Me Running`. Vinny: “Carmine has been singing lead and background for years. He´s a very good singer and I´m glad he sang one number on this record.”

So fans can look forward to a haunting rock album, which the Appice brothers plan to premiere, live on stage as soon as possible. Carmine: “We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!”

“Sinister” will be released on October 27th, 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.

Track Listing:
1. Sinister
2. Monsters And Heroes
3. Killing Floor
4. Danger
5. Drum Wars
6. Riot
7. Suddenly
8. In The Night
9. Future Past
10. You Got Me Running
11. Bros In Drums
12. War Cry
13. Sabbath Mash

LINE UP & GUESTS
Carmine Appice (drums & vocals)
Vinny Appice (drums)

Jim Crean (vocals)
Paul Shortino (vocals) (Rough Cutt, Ex-Quiet Riot)
Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)
Chas West (vocals) (Ex-Lynch Mob)
Scotty Bruce (vocals)

Craig Goldy (guitar) (Ex-Dio, Ex-Giuffria)
Bumblefoot (guitar) (Ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (Whitesnake)
Mike Sweda (guitar) (Bulletboys)
Erik Turner (guitar) (Warrant)
David Michael Phillips (guitar) (King Kobra)

Tony Franklin (bass) (Ex-Blue Murder, Ex-The Firm)
Phil Soussan (bass) (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)
Johnny Rod (bass) (King Kobra, Ex-WASP) Jorgen Carlson (bass) (Gov’t Mule)

Erik Norlander (keyboards) (Lana Lane)

For More Info Visit:
http://www.carmineappice.net/
http://www.vinnyappice.com/
www.spv.de
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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VENOM INC. Discuss Mantas Producing “Avé” in Fourth Episode of Video Interview Series

August 10th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Black metal originators VENOM INC. will release their upcoming full-length album, Avé, out August 11, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. Today, you can watch the fourth installment of the band’s one-on-one video interview series describing behind-the-scenes details on Avé. This video discusses the album’s recording process.

Check out the first two video series installments here:
Part 1 – signing to Nuclear Blast: https://youtu.be/y8hD3hMpRqQ
Part 2 – writing Avé: https://youtu.be/hv6AQ_wLvWY
Part 3 – album artwork:https://youtu.be/7wjvEfqiffQ

Hear two new tracks from Avé now:
“Dein Fleisch” music video: https://youtu.be/HKBb24JaLXM
“Avé Satanas” track video: https://youtu.be/Xt_yGt0ET0U

Pre-order your copy of Avé here: www.nuclearblast.com/venominc-ave

VENOM INC. will kick off their upcoming Blood Stained Earth headline tour, featuring support from Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence, on September 1. Tickets for each date of the Blood Stained Earth tour, in addition to exclusive, limited VENOM INC. meet & greet packages, are available now via www.venom-inc.com.

In addition to the tour, VENOM INC. are set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including stops at Sylak Open Air and Heavy Metal Cauldron, as well as UK dates in November. The band will perform classic Venom songs and new tracks. See below for all current performance dates.

VENOM INC. Summer Dates:
8/5 – Lyon, France @ Sylak Open Air

VENOM INC.’s Blood Stained Earth Tour w/ Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence:
9/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage
9/2 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
9/3 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
9/4 – Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
9/5 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
9/6 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
9/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
9/8 – Chicago, IL @ Reggies
9/9 – Cave In Rock, IL @ Full Terror Metal Fest
9/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
9/13 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
9/14 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
9/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
9/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
9/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
9/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
9/20 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
9/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
9/22 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
9/23 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
9/24 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
9/25 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
9/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB
9/28 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
9/29 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
9/30 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
10/1 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/2 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

VENOM INC. Fall Festival Dates:
10/27 – Helsinki, Finland @ Heavy Metal Cauldron
11/10 – Dublin, Ireland @ Voodoo Lounge
11/11 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Audio
11/12 – Manchester, England @ Ruby Lounge
11/13 – Bristol, England @ Fleece
11/14 – London, England @ Underworld

Regardless of your take on Venom, they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray have returned with a monster of an album.

Going into writing Avé, VENOM INC. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for VENOM INC. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the Venom catalogue and think, “We have to write another ‘Black Metal’ or another ‘Schizo’…” The focus is on VENOM INC. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now.

While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true Venom fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists.

Avé track listing:
01. Ave Satanas
02. Forged In Hell
03. Metal We Bleed
04. Dein Fleisch
05. Blood Stained
06. Time To Die
07. The Evil Dead
08. Preacher Man
09. War
10. I Kneel To No God
11. Black N Roll

VENOM INC. is:
Jeff “Mantas” Dunn | guitars
Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony “Abaddon” Bray | drums

VENOM INC. online:
www.venom-inc.com
www.facebook.com/venomincofficial
www.nuclearblast.de/venominc

 

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Eden Weint Im Grab present scissor type silhouette video “In der Toten-Taverne”

August 9th, 2017
by EvilG

For a long time fans of the Berlin based Dark Metal band Eden Weint Im Grab needed to wait for the videoclip „In der Toten-Taverne“. The crowdfunding campaign via Startnext and the video shoot had been finished in February already, but afterwards the post-production took a bit longer. But it is a unique video in the scissor type silhouette style („Scherenschnitt“), for which the band found inspiration in the artwork of their current album „Na(c)htodreise“. Director Rainer ZIPP Fränzen, who already did great videos for bands like Dimmu Borgir, Orden Ogan, Atrocity or Leaves’ Eyes tells: „The trip into the afterworld has become a bizarre and ingenious dream. It was a pleasure to work with EwiG again. A drop of bitterness was that the post-production meant much more effort than supposed. That’s why the video collided with a few other projects, that had been planned before, and got delayed. But now it’s finished and can be spread to thrill all the EwiG fans. A big SORRY but a even bigger HAVE FUN to you!“

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Aethernaeum call it quits

August 9th, 2017
by EvilG

Aethernaeum with sad news. The upcoming gigs at the Rock For Roots festival on Sep. 1st in Nauen/Germany and on Sep. 30th at Jugendfunkhaus Berlin will be the last ones for the Folk Black Metal band.

“For some of us musical, time and personal priorities have changed that much in the last months and years, that we decided to put the band to rest for now. We can’t say at the moment if it’s going to be an ultimate farewell or for a certain amount of time, since we want to leave all options on the table, particularly since we’re all still friends. But we don’t want to let you wait for new material and gigs in vain and prefer to be honest. To bid farewell won’t be easy, but sometimes it’s better to end things before they become a necessity and don’t feel like an adventure anymore.”

The current album “Naturmystik” and the vinyl single “Zwischen zwei Welten” are also available as a package with a huge discount in the webshops of Einheit Produktionen and Aethernaeum.

www.aethernaeum.de

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Inaugural RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State Chapter Charity Event Planned for August 26 at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom

August 9th, 2017
by EvilG

Guest Hosts Include:
Comedian Don Jamieson
Metal Personalities and Reality Stars Adam Poch, Jennifer “Jenncity” Arroyo and Natalie Jansen
Alt-Model and TV Personality Marilyn Mansfield
The return of Mistress Juliya

Featuring an All-Star Jam, Plus Individual Performances from Thy Will Be Done, Silvertomb, Alekhine’s Gun (featuring Orange Is The New Black star Jessica Pimentel) and more.

See Below for More Show Details | Get Tickets Here

Getcha’ pull! The very first RIDE FOR DIME East Coast Tri-State chapter charity event and concert is set to take place at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Rd, Sayreville) on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Doors will open at 12:00pm sharp and tickets are on sale now for just $25 for a full day of fun for all ages! Day of show tickets will go up to $30, so get your tickets now at the discounted price!

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Devilskin unveil the brand new video “Believe in Me”

August 9th, 2017
by EvilG

Following an epic debut appearance at Download 2017  in a rammed tent, Devilskin proudly unveil the brand new video for the swaggering Believe in Me.

The Believe in Me video was filmed while the New Zealand band were in the UK for Download, following a tour with Airbourne. This hard hitting love song is taken from their new album Be Like the River, recently included in Metal Hammer’s Best Albums of 2017
so far list.

Watch now the sensational video the Believe In Me below.

“We had spent months looking for a director when myself and Nail stumbled across Shae Stirling at an awards night. Three seconds of looking at his previous work was all we needed to know he was our guy. A month later we are shooting it at the beautiful Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire. With incredible grounds, it really was the perfect location for this video. Grand and foreboding. It features the band in acting roles as well as performing. We had a lot of fun with it.” explains Devilskin’s Paul

The band even scared the locals during the shoot  locals “The location was open to the public so there were quite a few older folks walking their dogs and grandchildren around the forest we were shooting in. Nail and I were in full monster/demon makeup and body paint. We frightened a few locals but not as much as poor precocious six year old –  Poppy  who screamed the forest down from the moment she saw us. She wouldn’t move so her mother asked us to sneak up behind her and scare her out of the park.”

History recently repeated itself for Devilskin as their new album Be Like The River entered their domestic album chart at #1 on week of release. Just 18 months ago their debut album We Rise spent 3 weeks in the pole position. This is unprecedented in rock music in New Zealand and is a testament to the excellence of Devilskin’s brilliant second studio album Be Like The River. 

Devilskin have established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010 this four piece rock band are bonded by blood. Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nics’ Aunt and Paul’s sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Paul’s evil twin.

Devilskin are writing their next album as we speak and  “hope to be recording in Jan/Feb and then get out and tour the world some more!”

Finally,  the band want to say “Thanks to the friends we have made on our UK tours who keep coming back for more. We are having the time of our lives and we’ll see you guys again real soon! Meanwhile, enjoy the video!”

Musically twisted and possessed, the fearsome and irresistible Devilskin are set to conquer the world.

Be Like The River is available here:
CD: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-River-Deluxe-bonus-Tracks/dp/B01LY2X1RV
VINYL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Like-River-VINYL-Devilskin/dp/B01LX0H9H4

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ACT OF DEFIANCE to Release New Full-Length Album, “Old Scars, New Wounds” on September 29 via Metal Blade Records

August 9th, 2017
by EvilG

Watch Full Performance Video for “M.I.A.” and Pre-Order Old Scars, New Wounds via:
www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance

Upcoming Tour Details to be Announced Soon

Art by Travis Smith (King Diamond, Opeth, Avenged Sevenfold, and Strapping Young Lad)

With their 2015 debut, Birth And The Burial, metal band ACT OF DEFIANCE – featuring Chris Broderick on guitar, Henry Derek on vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and Matt Bachand on bass – delivered a blast of pure and unadulterated metal that ignored fads and hit home hard. This year, the band returns with their sinister new album, entitled Old Scars, New Wounds, hitting retailers on September 29, 2017 via Metal Blade Records.

Today, you can watch a full performance video for the album’s intro track, “M.I.A.”, via www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance. The video was put together by Robert Graves (http://www.ashadowbeyond.com/).

You can also pre-order the album now at the same link. Pre-orders are available in the following formats:
— CD
— 180g Black Vinyl (EU exclusive)
— Golden Vinyl (EU exclusive – ltd. 100)
— Auburn Marbled Vinyl (US exclusive – ltd. 300)

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DIAMOND HEAD Announce North American Tour

August 8th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Few metal bands have been as influential and have had the longevity as Diamond Head – listed as a major influence by two of metal’s biggest, Metallica and Megadeth. Led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler, Diamond Head will be launching a North American tour that will include both US and Canadian dates, beginning on August 19th with Psycho Las Vegas festival appearance and ending on September 11th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York.

“We are excited to get back to North America and see our old friends once more,” says Tatler and Wilcox (who resides in the US).

“Diamond Head may not have toured the continent as much as we would have liked way back when, but we are certainly making up for it now! And the band sounds better than ever,” states Brian.

As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. And while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians – especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as “Am I Evil,” “Helpless,” “The Prince,” and “It’s Electric” multiple times – on multiple platinum releases.

In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release – 2016’s self-titled offering.
There is a new Diamond Head album already in the works (set for release next year).

Soon, many North American headbangers will get their chance to see the legendary Diamond Head and hear the songs that inspired a generation of musicians on a nearby concert stage.

DIAMOND HEAD LINE-UP 2017:

Brian Tatler – Guitars
Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals
Abbz Abberley – Guitars
Dean Ashton – Bass
Karl Wilcox – Drums

DIAMOND HEAD US TOUR 2017:

S 8/19 Las Vegas, NV Psycho Las Vegas 2017
Su 8/20 Salt Lake City, UT Liquid Joes
W 8/23 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballrooms
Th 8/24 Seattle, WA El Corazon
F 8/25 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
S 8/26 Victoria, BC Logan’s Pub
Su 8/27 Vernon, BC The Green
M 8/28 Calgary, AB Dickens
T 8/29 Edmonton, AB The Forge
W 8/30 Saskatoon, SK Capitol Music Club
Th 8/31 Winnipeg, ON Park Theater
S 9/2 Sault Sainte-Marie Canadian Nightclub
Su 9/3 Sudbury, ON The Asylum
M 9/4 Toronto, ON Coalition
T 9/5 Windsor, ON Backstage
W 9/6 Ottawa, ON The Maverick
Th 9/7 Quebec, QU l’Anti
F 9/8 Jonquière, QU Salle 4 Barils
S 9/9 Montreal, QU Wings of Metal Festival
Su 9/10 Liverpool, NY Sharkey’s
M 9/11 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

https://www.facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial/

http://www.diamondheadofficial.com

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