DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCE ‘AN EVENING WITH DREAM THEATER’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2014

August 12th, 2014
by EvilG
DREAM THEATER

DREAM THEATER

Tombowler and Metropolis Touring Present: 

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 FloydRush 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 Theater sees 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.

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Primal Fear parts ways with drummer Randy Black

August 12th, 2014
by EvilG
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Randy Black

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.

Thank you!
Ralf”

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!”

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JOHN REGAN – Four by Fate, ex-Frehley’s Comet

August 10th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

John Regan

JOHN REGAN

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

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!

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Martin Popoff’s MAX WEBSTER Book Is Shipping Now!

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

 

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

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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.

Prices for Live Magnetic Air including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $43.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

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Martin Popoff’s New OZZY Coffee Table Now Shipping

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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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 »

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SCOTT IAN’s “Swearing Words in Glasgow” Tour DVD – Get Your Copy on November 13, 2014 via Megaforce Records

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN had a lot to say on the European and United States legs of his groundbreaking Speaking “Swearing Words” Tour. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

“Swearing Words” is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. Now, you can experience Scott’s “Swearing Words” Tour by way of Swearing Words in Glasgow, available via Megaforce Records on November 13, 2014.

The Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of the tour run in Glasgow, Scotland, and is being funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans!

To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page here here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/scottian

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ACE FREHLEY To Sit In With THE ROOTS On Jimmy Fallon

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on  the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12, 2014, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin’
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The album features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin’,” as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker.” Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

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Tuska Open Air 2014 – Helsinki Finland

August 9th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

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TUSKA OPEN AIR 2014
Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
June 27-29, 2014


Review by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This Sivulahti area almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown of Helsinki, is a perfect place for the metallic onslaught during the weekend. The line-up of 2014 looked once again amazing. Anthrax and of course the legion of the Norwegian (former) black metal artists such as Satyricon, both Emperor and Dimmu Borgir as headliners. Of course a few cult metal bands like Metal Church, Stone could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 24000 people visited Tuska during three days.

Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.

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Sonisphere 2014 @ Knebworth, UK

August 8th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

SONISPHERE 2014

Knebworth Park, UK
4th – 6th July, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe & Ryan Lee Spearman
Photography Michelle Murphy

Note: For coverage of the more rock orientated bands from the festival, go here.

One of the greatest news to shake the world of heavy metal arrived in 2013 when it was announced that everyone’s favorite rock and metal festival Sonisphere is returning to the hallowed grounds of Knebworth after 2 years of silence and is bringing the best acts of rock and heavy metal to the UK.

Alongside festival headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, over 100 bands appeared on five stages throughout the weekend of 4th to 6th July, 2014 and we were there to witness it all for ourselves.

From the first performances of Friday to sore heads on Saturday and Sunday, Metal-Rules.com UK team surely enjoyed Sonisphere to the fullest and we’re happy to tell you all about it.

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Geoff Tate-Ryche brings Queensryche’s music one last Time

August 7th, 2014
by Metal Rules
Geoff Tate photo by Joe Dolan http://joedolanpr.com

Geoff Tate photo by Joe Dolan http://joedolanpr.com

Yes it’s been confirmed by Tate and his management that this is the end. Yes, the name has been confirmed as changing to Operation Mindcrime and yes, what fans are witnessing on tour now is the end of a legacy in rock and metal music fronted by one of the genre’s most unique and easily recognizable voices. What comes next, we don’t have the answers to.

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Heavy Metal At The Gates Of Paleontology

August 7th, 2014
by EvilG

Heavy Metal At The Gates Of Paleontology

A collision from deep time to present: a half-meter long worm with deadly jaws that lived 420 million years ago, and paleontologist Mats E. Eriksson (Lund University) who discovered its impressive and never-before-seen remains. A diehard fan of Scandinavian metal legend King Diamond, Eriksson dubbed the creature Kingnites Diamondi. With this ancient organism’s musical nomenclature, connections were formed to deliver a fierce metal hymn — AT THE GATES frontman Tomas “Tompa” Lindberg vocalizes the piece backed by American industrial black metal upstarts INVERTIA — the black cherry on this cake being the participation of one of Germany’s top dark ambient talents SEETYCA.

Eriksson composed the lyrics based on the scientific paper he authored about the fossil polychaete worm Kingnites Diamondi, and conveys the story of the predatory creature from a first-person narrative point of view, that of the creature itself. The story focuses on the inferred life style of the creature, in fact a true “Deep Time Predator”; its subsequent entombment, fossilization and how the remains are used as environmental proxies by scientists today. As a lifelong heavy metal fan, Eriksson’s lyrics ooze of dark, metallic features and like the name of the fossil itself, the wording flirts with the musical legacy of King Diamond. Read the rest of this entry »

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BELPHEGOR: Entire “Conjuring The Dead” Album Available for Streaming

August 7th, 2014
by EvilG
BELPHEGOR: "Conjuring the Dead"

BELPHEGOR: “Conjuring the Dead”

Diabolical death / black metal giants, BELPHEGOR, have made their entire new album Conjuring The Dead available for streaminghereConjuring the Dead is the tenth studio album from one of metal’s most bizarre and authentic bands; BELPHEGORConjuring the Dead was unleashed on August 5th (North America), and will be out on August 8th  (EU) and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast.  The minions of death can now pre-order the album in several formats from the Nuclear Blast web shop.

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NUCLEAR BLAST TO RE-ISSUE MESHUGGAH’S I

August 7th, 2014
by EvilG
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MESHUGGAH – I

Continuing with the momentum of celebrating their 25-year anniversary, Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH proudly announce the upcoming fall re-issue of 2004’s one song EP, I, via Nuclear Blast.  Album artwork & concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, who comments on the EP’s mutant resurrection:

“This 21 minute madness that is the song ‘I’ is something we’ve always been extremely proud of!!  Originally recorded for Jason Popson’s Fractured Transmitter record label, this was a ‘one off’ that NB gave us the go ahead for – as we were under contract with them.  Our plan was to just quickly write a little nugget of a song to help our friend Jason to kinda kickstart his label.  It wasn’t quick, however.  We ended up spending a couple months on this thing as it just kept evolving and kind of took on a life of its own.

“This song is really different as it wasn’t ‘written’ in the normal sense, but recorded without anything more than very open guidelines/ideas as to what kind of style we wanted each part to have. For example: The initial 1½ minute drum fill is an excerpt of around a 15 minute recording of me just randomly going off on a kick/tom fill.  Once we had chosen which part of it to use, we had to chart out the hits on paper and guitarists Fredrik [Thordendal] and Mårten [Hågström] then basically used sight-reading/Avista to get the hits right while recording.

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HAMMERFALL RELEASE THIRD TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM

August 7th, 2014
by EvilG
HammerFall (r)Evolution

HammerFall (r)Evolution

The third trailer for (r)Evolution, the ninth studio album by Swedish heavy metallers HAMMERFALL, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channelwww.youtube.com/watch?v=ygt5davx3q8

 

(r)Evolution – called “the essence of HAMMERFALL at its very purist” by guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Oscar Dronjak – is due out in North America on September 2nd The album was produced by Fredrik Nordström(DIMMU BORGIR, SOILWORK, OPETH), who also helped produce the first two HAMMERFALL albums, 1997’s Glory To The Brave and 1998’s Legacy Of Kings.  Album artwork is by German artist Andreas Marschall (BLIND GUARDIAN, KREATOR, IMMOLATION).

 

“For this album, we’ve taken everything that makes HAMMERFALL HAMMERFALL and evolved it,” Dronjak has stated.

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Riot V and SPV Steamhammer Records are ready to “Unleash The Fire”!!! October 27 in Europe / October 28 in North America

August 7th, 2014
by EvilG
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RIOT – Unleash The Fire

The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT are back and are ready to unleash the follow up to 2011’s reunion record ‘Immortal Soul’. They are ready to unleash music in the great RIOT tradition that the fans come to know and love. RIOT V is ready to ‘UNLEASH THE FIRE!’

This marks the first release from the band without the late great founding guitarist Mark Reale who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on Immortal Soul because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and will dedicate this new offering to him. The album promises to please fans of the ‘Thundersteel’ era of RIOT as main song writer and long time Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern does much of the writing as he did on ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege of Power’. Don is joined by long time RIOT band mate, song writer and Reales guitar partner of over 20 years Mike Flyntz to create what they feel is something they are proud to call a RIOT record and Reale would have thought that as well. RIOT has a tumultuous history of member, label and management changes throughout the bands 30 plus year career but one things for sure, a bands longevity is through good music and if this new record is any proof, they will be around for years to come.

RIOT, like Johnny, are back again! Through the storm of lifes obsticles the guys are joined by powerhouse vocalist extraordinaire Todd Michael Hall (Burning Starr, Reverence), Frank Gilchriest (Virgin Steele, Riot’s Army of One) and former Mike Flyntz guitar student and resident shredder Nick Lee and are ready to raise the flag in honor of the RIOT legacy of music and our fallen band mates and the fans who have been demanding RIOT for years. This new onslaught headlined sold out shows in Germany, Greece, Spain and Italy and headlined the prestigious festivals Metal Assault and Metal Apocalypse early this year with rave reviews and festivals including Bang Your Head with Twisted Sister and Anthrax, Metal Days with Megadeth and Volbeat and they headlined the Headbangers Open Air with bands including Warlord and Anvil and top it off with the headlining performance on next years Keep It True 2015 Festival which is already sold-out!

The new record is slated for an October 22nd release in Scandinavia, an October 24th release in Germany, an October 27th release in Europe and an October 28th release in the US and Canada via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available as a digipak version with one bonus tack, a double gatefold coloured vinyl version also with one bonus track, as a standard version and download.

RIOT are consistently on radio and metal charts worldwide, as well as being a part of New York City’s Top 20 most influential metal bands and numerous mentions on VH1’s That Metal Show with Eddie Trunk and staff sighting RIOT as one of the innovators of Metal music in America and beyond! The new CD promises to be a true successor to the legacy of ‘Thundersteel’, ‘The Privilege of Power’ and “Immortal Soul”. RIOT V truely are Metal Soldiers and will keep marching and fighting the good fight to bring you the music you’ve come to know, love and expect.

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