WHEN agreeing to review Amon Amarth Belfast date I did warn the commissioning editor that I would be opting for the more visceral experience of reviewing it with a pint or two, (ahem!) and probably from the pit.
Undeterred, she gave the okay! Given Amon Amarth are one of my favourite bands, it was inevitable that I’d want to be in the thick of the action when the Swedes came to town! Read the rest of this entry »
Broad Horizon Records is pleased to announce that The Mighty Swine will be joining the legendary Doro for her North American tour in support of their latest release, Last Man Standing. This is their first N. American tour since 2012 and will highlight songs from their newest release including; Last Man Standing, Two Graves, and All That is Evil.
Doro will be bringing her 30 Years Strong & Proud Anniversary Tour to North America in October 2014 (see dates below)
Doro says, “The Anniversary Tour was incredibly well-received everywhere and we know there are many more places we need to get to. 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!”
Tickets are currently available for the following dates/venues:
10.10.2014 USA – Racine, WI RT20
11.10.2014 USA – Spring Lake, MN POVs 65
12.10.2014 USA – Joliet, IL Mojoes
14.10.2014 USA – Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom
15.10.2014 USA – Pittsburg, PA The Altar Bar
16.10.2014 CAN – Toronto CAN Hard Luck Bar
18.10.2014 CAN – Quebec CAN Salle Multi
19.10.2014 CAN – Montreal CAN Petit Campus
20.10.2014 USA – New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
It was a secret show; announced on the Social Network and promoted as the band name Jam Prancer, but those in the know were quick to share that the band was none other than the historically and politically incorrect kings of sexual perversion – Steel Panther. Known for their well rehearsed debauchery and having less than just six months ago given up their residency at the House Of Blues Hollywood, the news from the band was that the North American bus tour would keep them from returning to Hollywood for the foreseeable future. On Wednesday, August 13th, it was clear that the band would not miss the opportunity to return and celebrate with the long standing establishment that continues to dominate the Sunset Strip’s performance scene, the Viper Room and it’s 21st Anniversary Week of shows.
After successfully concluding their world-tour in support of the 2013 output »Straight Out Of Hell«, the party has been concluded upon the festival summer.
Clearly no time to sit back & relax, as the pumpkin heads will heading right for their very own MiSueno Studios, located on the isle of Tenerife to start working on the successor of »Straight Out Of Hell« in October. Joining the band to handle production duties will be long-term companion Charlie Bauerfeind. The new album which is set for a release in May 2015 will be the first since HELLOWEEN have inked a new deal with old label home Nuclear Blast, where they released two albums – »The Dark Ride« (2000) and »Rabbit Don’t Come Easy« (2003), both of which have been re-issued with extended bonus material in 2013.
Last but not least, HELLOWEEN would like to send out a big “Thank You” to all the Helloween Maniacs worldwide with some live impressions of the title track of the charting success »Straight Out Of Hell« turned out to be, landing on a sensational #4, their highest German chart entry to date, holding this position for five long weeks. Additionally they made another five Top ten entries in Europe and also cracked the US Billboard Charts.
Legendary Seattle metal band, Sanctuary, has posted the artwork for their upcoming album, The Year The Sun Died. Created by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE) the album art can be seen below.
The album will be released in North America on October 14 (October 6 in Europe) and will feature 11 tracks. There will be a deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, “Waiting for the Sun”, originally recorded by THE DOORS. The vinyl version will come with a CD featuring this bonus track as well.
The 11 tracks on the CD and LP are as follows:
The Year The Sun Died track-listing
1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died
SANCTUARY was formed in Seattle in 1985; the band released two studio albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. Worldwide touring with the likes of MEGADETH, WARLOCK, FATES WARNING and DEATH ANGEL, just to name a few, followed each album. Singer Warrel Dane’s sky-high vocals combined with guitarist Lenny Rutledge’s more mature take on classic thrash riffs separated SANCTUARY from the throes of metal bands struggling to get noticed at the time. Simply put, SANCTUARY offered something fresh sounding in the muddled world of ’80s thrash.
Nov. 14 – Seattle, WA – S7
Nov. 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
Nov. 16 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Nov. 19 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Nov. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 22 – San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage
SANCTUARY line-up 2014:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums
Brad Hull – Guitars
Fans of KIX– Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), Mark Schenker (bass)—have waited almost two decades for new music. Now that their seventh album was released August 5 on Loud & Proud Records, their unwavering and undying support has landed ROCK YOUR FACE OFF in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart.
Elsewhere in Billboard, in addition to the #48 chart debut, ROCK YOUR FACE OFF debuted at #5 on the Independent Albums chart, #11 on the Top Internet chart, #17 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #27 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Stores chart and #33 on the Physical chart. It also debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hard Rock and Metal chart.
Rave reviews have been pouring in since ROCK YOUR FACE OFF was released:
“KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review. The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined. “Rollin’ In Honey,” about having so much sex that you feel like you’re drowning, rides cowbells and backing-vocal chants that push the song close to bubblegum-disco territory…Nearly every song has oh whoa whoa backing vocals that will get stuck in your head for hours. All of it is delirious and catchy, and it proudly flaunts its out-of-fashion party-hard spirit. It’s glittering trash, made by guys in their fifties who probably hold down day jobs these days and who have no business making this vigorous and fun anymore. Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it’s a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn’t the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.” (Stereogum.com)
“The album, which was produced by Taylor Rhodes, is a collection of blues-inspired rock that combines catchy hooks and tasty riffs with the inspired musicianship and party atmosphere KIX are known for.” (GuitarWorld.com)
“…it is good to see that KIX has stuck to their signature style in your face AC/DC sound…In the vein of BLOW YOUR FUSE the up tempo beat of the band never diminishes and keeps on rolling. The tightness of the band is evident…ROCK YOUR FACE OFF is the perfect summertime record. Crank it up to ten and roll your top down, as the pride of Maryland shows the country how to rock East Coast style.” (Hardrockhaven.net)
Check out KIX at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 8/16 Greencastle, PA Greencastle Legion Grounds
Sat 9/13 Berlin, MD Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
Sat 9/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
Sat 10/25 Camp Hill, PA Radisson Convention Center
Sat 12/20 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live (KIXmas)
Before closing their main stage show at Bloodstock Festival last weekend, unsigned UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn made a very special announcement. Frontman Josh McMorran told an excited crowd that their new album, entitled ‘Demons’ would be released in the UK on 26th October (Rest of World TBA).Read the rest of this entry »
Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, will release their eighth full-length album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut entitled,Bloodstone & Diamonds, this Fall! The record was once again produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE), and like the last 7 out of 8 albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, FEAR FACTORY, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH,DEVILDRIVER). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy Sneap (EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.
“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album,” comments frontman Robb Flynn. “It’s been a heck of a ride. It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You’re going to love it Head Cases.”
“Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’. In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife’s apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.”
Here’s your chance to win a copy of this huge coffee table book “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” by Martin Popoff.
Details on the book are below, but if you’re just anxious to enter the contest, here’s the entry form…but first, some simple rules. The contest is only open to residents of Canada and the USA. One entry per person.
Disinterred British extreme metal icons CARCASS, will return to the United States once again this October/November! Joining them on select dates are Florida death metal legends OBITUARY and the eclectic champions of “murder metal”, MACABRE. Death grinders EXHUMED and newcomers NOISEM will open each night of churning insanity as well.
“We thought it would be cool to go off the beaten track a bit and play some places that usually get overlooked,” commentedCARCASS frontman Jeff Walker. “We figure some of the tumbleweeds needed blowing away. Pretty chuffed to have managed to get our pals OBITUARY to come along on these dates. As anyone who has seen them recently will testify they’re tearing it up live nowadays!” Read the rest of this entry »
If there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater.
The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink Floyd, Rush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.
It has been 5 years since Dream Theater’s last visit in 2009 and Australian fans have been chomping at the bit for a return tour from the mesmerising kings of post prog metal.
Metropolis Touring and Tombowler are therefore thrilled to announce Dream Theater will be finally returning to Australia for two very special, exclusive and intimate performances in Sydney and Melbourne this October!
Expressive, extraordinary and genre-defining, Dream Theater’s music is as timeless as their dozen-album strong discography would suggest, while their latest album, the self-titled Dream Theatersees the band ever advancing toward new horizons. This latest record is the first featuring the full integration into the band of new drummer Mike Mangini, making their current lineup something to behold.
Official statement from the band: “Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 – one day after the band’s performance @ the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy’s final show with the band. Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September. We wish Randy all the best in his future career! “
Ralf Scheepers: “For all of you out there who are wondering now about the reasons why Randy has left the band: We’ve agreed to keep the reasons private! Decisions are made and have to be accepted! It’s as sad as it is but Randy and I have agreed on having respect to each other and there will be NO dirty laundry! If we can’t work together as pro’s anymore, we still can go separate ways like pro’s! So please show some respect to Randy’s decision, to him as a person, the bands future and me as a person.
Mat Sinner: “Bang! One part of me can understand Randy’s decision, the one part not. But after 11 years together in a band, sharing buses, stages & hotels, through good & bad times, this is a sad moment – good luck Randy! I accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be!”
John Regan is an American bassist, songwriter and producer. He is best known for being a long time member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s band Frehley’s Comet and later on Ace’s solo band. Regan worked with Ace from 1984 to 1990 and he played on three studio albums FREHLEY’S COMET, SECOND SIGHTNING and TROUBLE WALKIN, a live ep LIVE +1 and a live video LIVE + 4. He has also recorded and performed with such names as John Waite, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, David Lee Roth and Billy Idol among many others. Currently, Regan is a member of brand new band called Four by Fate. The band also includes Tod Howarth who is Regan’s old band mate from his Frehley’s Comet days. Regan and Howarth were invited to be a special guests for KISS ARMY FINLAND’s KISS Convention in Helsinki in May 2014. On the day before the Expo, John had enough time to sit down with us and discuss Four by Fate, his colorful past with Ace Frehley, and many other interesting topics. Read on!
Martin Popoff here, with my most satisfying labour of love book yet, a tome on a band that is both obscure, and also MY FAVOURITE BAND OF ALL-TIME. It’s called…
Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster
Guys, a few opening words. Whatcha get is 260 pages and over 100,000 words—plus loads of pictures… live, studio, ads, memorabilia, sleeves—on a band you may not know and love… yet! They only made five studio albums and a live album, all between 1976 and 1980, but they are indeed, my #1 top fave rave rock ‘n’ roll unit of all time.
You’ve heard me say that in radio interviews over the year and you’ve seen it in print. Sure, occasionally I tucked a few together, including ZZ Top, Deep Purple, BOC, Gillan… but Max Webster is always in that list of five and depending on the day, get the most props.
For those soon to see the light… best description I can give is 92% Blue Oyster Cult crossed with Cheap Trick, topped by 4% Kansas and another 4% Zappa.
So… you wanna learn something, step up. It’s a short print run, a financial risk, all of that, but it’s Canuck history and I’m proud to tell it, along with the blessings of the guys in the band. So yeah, back cover sez…
Dubious, unlikely, improbable…
…but indeed verifiable and certifiable! The book now buzzing in your privileged hands is in fact the story of the finest rock ‘n’ roll band that ever was. Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Queen, King’s X… none can hold an expiring lighter to the conflagration that was the near mythical Max Webster.
Consume these pages, and you will learn the secrets—often in the impenetrable code of the band’s top-shelf wordsmith Pye Dubois—of the wily Canuck wizards who made the above boast sing with unassailable truth.
Toronto Tontos, Hangover, High Class In Borrowed Shoes, America’s Veins, Oh War!, Beyond The Moon, Lip Service, Charmonium, Paradise Skies, A Million Vacations, In The World Of Giants, Battle Scar… these are towering anthems from the band’s tight catalogue of five classics spanning the years 1976 to 1980. And so the time has come to re-celebrate and re-calibrate their majesty, along with dozens of other Kim Mitchell classics stuck in cult status… until now?!
About the Author
Martin Popoff has penned 47 books on hard rock, heavy metal and record collecting, including two on Max Webster’s good buddies Rush. He was Editor In Chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost metal publication (now bravewords.com) for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine and Record Collector. Martin is currently consultant on the Banger Films series Rock Icons, having also worked on the company’s award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and on Metal Evolution, an 11 episode documentary series for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through martinpopoff.com.
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Yes, I’ve constructed as Ozzy book using the same format as my Maiden book of last year. It’s a full-color, hard cover extravaganza, making full plunder of all the Ozzy and band interviews I’ve done over the years, all that quote footage that has been in the archives forever waiting to be unleashed.
What I’ve done is used the day-by-day, diary (of a madman) format and stuffed in hundreds of journal entries and quotes, along with masses of live photography and memorabilia shots throughout.
Quick description: large format hardcover, 8 3/4” x 11 1/4”, full color throughout, est. 250 pictures, including ads, tour posters, rare sleeves, shirts, live shots from all eras, including lots of our beloved Randy. Read the rest of this entry »