Doro Pesch – Strong and Proud – 30 Years of Rock and Metal
Interview by Robert Cavuoto
The Metal Queen, Doro Pesch will be releasing her brand-new 2Blu-ray/3DVD+CD box set entitled Strong and Proud – 30 Years of Rock and Metal on July 15, 2016 in the US through Nuclear Blast.
Three decades of Doro are captured in this monster box set that gives fans a chance to see her perform her extensive catalogue of music live. It features her 30th anniversary shows which took place during her 2013 – 2014 world tour and kicked off in front of 85,000 people at the world’s biggest metal festival; Wacken – followed by two sold-out nights in her home town, Dusseldorf, where she also started her outstanding career.
Doro invited all her friends to come to party and perform with her like Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Biff Byford (SAXON), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE), Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN), Udo Dirkschneider, Uli Jon Roth, as well as LORDI. Included in this box set is a two-hour movie/documentary, which delivers deep insights behind the scenes as well as inside the heart of Doro.
In this interview, Doro provides us with a very candid and honest look into her success over the last 30 years and the importance of this tremendous box set!
Canadian progressive/power folklore metallers SCYTHIA recently released their newest full-length offering, Lineage. You can order your digital or physical copy of Lineage now via the band’s Bandcamp page. These minstrels of metal are back today with a play-through video of the album’s title track, “Lineage”, which you can view now exclusively via Gear Gods: http://geargods.net/playthrough/scythia-shred-tastic-new-guitar-playthrough-for-lineage/
SCYTHIA guitarist and vocalist Dave Khan states, “We’re stoked to have our playthrough of “Lineage” up with Gear Gods! We use some really unusual gear. I play a custom-made Warrior Black Knight with X2N active pick-ups into an ENGL raider 1 x 12, and AJ plays a Ibanez RG premium through a Blackstar HT Stage 100.”
Although the band primarily self-produced the album, Lineage features engineering from Nino Laurenne (Firewind, Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum) and Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Powerwolf), and mastering from Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Volbeat, Firewind, Apocalyptica). Nino Laurenne is also responsible for mixing duties on the album. Lineage was recorded at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany and Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
SCYTHIA are gearing up to perform at two more events this summer before heading out on a tour this fall (details coming soon). See below for all currently confirmed performance dates.
SCYTHIA Canadian Tour Dates:
Aug 19 – Edmonton, AB @ DV8
Aug 25-28 – Valemount, BC – Metalocalypstick Festival
SCYTHIA have been playing progressive power metal with a twist of folklore since 2008. The band has coined their own sound while drawing influences from different genres such as celtic/gypsy folk music, power metal, death metal and progressive rock. SCYTHIA’s albums and performances feature rich, poetic storytelling and grand tales that vividly captures the imagination of their listeners. Because of this, they have taken the independent scene by storm as they gather more and more fans both domestically and internationally. Scythia acquired its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with ancient Slavic imagery and melodies inspired from Balkan music. The name is fitting for a grandiose sound as SCYTHIA is also an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia.
SCYTHIA delivered their first album Of War in 2010, which was quickly followed by their next release Of Exile in 2011. The latter scored SCYTHIA a nomination at Canada’s Sirius XM Indies Independent Music Awards in the Best Metal Group/Duo category, amongst the likes of Bison B.C., Derelict, Devin Townsend Project and Mares Of Thrace. In February 2014, the band released their most recognized release to date, …Of Conquest. The Canadian quartet’s lead single and music video, entitled”Bear Claw Tavern”, was first featured via GuitarWorld.com and instantly hit the web like wildfire. The video – described as a truly uproarious three-minute scorcher featuring SCYTHIA rocking out in a medieval tavern filled with hooligans and mysterious characters – garnered over 50,000 views in less than a few days, inciting io9 to dub it “20 times better than The Hobbit”.
…Of Conquest positioned the band with an opportunity to co-headline a major festival in Brazil and other festivals in the southeast US the following year. With the same production team behind their upcoming offering Lineage, SCYTHIA is poised to make 2016 their breakout year.
Stryper frontman Michael Sweet returns with his most intense solo release to date. One Sided Waris Michael’s 7th studio solo album and is slated for release on August 26th via Rat Pak Records. Michael’s solo band is comprised of Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. The new album showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs that Michael Sweet has come to be known for throughout his illustrious musical career. The album is available for pre-order at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet.
“Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks,” explains Michael Sweet.
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with its lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, “Golden Age”, “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront. One Sided War features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. An EPK that talks about the CD and contains samples of “Bizarre” and “Radio” can be seen at: https://youtu.be/xl5PgzbZy-8. The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.
The Track listing for One Sided War is:
2) One Sided War
3) Can’t Take This Life
5) Golden Age
6) Only You
7) I Am
8) Who Am I
9) You Make Me Wanna
10) Comfort Zone
11) One Way Up
12) Can’t Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring Moriah Formica)
Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as “a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side.” Sweet continues to record and tour with Stryper, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.
Aussie rockers AIRBOURNE have shared the first song from their new album Breakin’ Outta Hell. The title track premiered today via Metal Injection.
The album is the band’s Spinefarm Records debut and it’s out September 16.
The band will also crash North American shores this fall, as well, embarking on a tour that runs from September 12 through October 14. The band will perform 21 gigs in total on the trek.
AIRBOURNE ON TOUR:
Mon/Sep 12, 2016 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Tue/Sep 13, 2016 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
Wed/Sep 14, 2016 San Francisco, CA Independent
Fri/Sep 16, 2016 Seattle, WA Tractor
Sat/Sep 17, 2016 Vancouver, BC Commodore
Tue/Sep 20, 2016 Victoria, BC Sugar
Thu/Sep 22, 2016 Kamloops, BC Cactus Jacks
Fri/Sep 23, 2016 Calgary, AB Gateway
Sat/Sep 24, 2016 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
Sun/Sep 25, 2016 Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Events Center
Wed/Sep 28, 2016 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid
Thu/Sep 29, 2016 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Fri/Sep 30, 2016 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Sat/Oct 1, 2016 Detroit, MI Smalls
Tue/Oct 4, 2016 Waterloo, ON Maxwell’s
Wed/Oct 5, 2016 London, ON London Music Hall
Fri/Oct 7, 2016 Toronto, ON Opera House
Sat/Oct 8, 2016 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Tue/Oct 11, 2016 Boston, MA The Middle East
Wed/Oct 12, 2016 New York, NY Gramercy
Fri/Oct 14, 2016 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
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An epic visual celebration of Rush!
In this beautifully designed and illustrated history, prolific rock journalist the noted Rush authority Martin Popoff follows the world-conquering exploits of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson from the band’s formation in Toronto to their fortieth anniversary record release, celebration and world tour. Popoff’s stellar history is complemented by LP reviews from a slate of highly regarded music writers, a thorough discography compiled by the author himself, and more than 400 photographs and articles of memorabilia, running the gamut from candid backstage images of live performance photography to picture sleeves, gig posters, period print ads, ticket stubs, backstage passes, and more. The result is a visually stunning and authoritative review befitting the rock band with one of the world’s most devoted fan bases.
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Currently everyone in Antarctica is slaving away on preparations for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q. During a break in the action to step away for a quick hit of crack, the band realized that there was no crack left.
“Since the FBI and CIA have put a huge dent in the human trafficking market we have to resort to touring again to make drug money! We can’t catch a break!” exclaimed guitarist Pustulus Maximus!
So there you have it, the Scumdogs in GWAR need crack and they are out of money!!! So to combat this problem your Lords and Masters will be slaying Juggalos in July, GWAR B-Q’ing this August, then hitting the road with Crowbar and Mutoid Man from September 14th in Cincinnati, OH through September 18th in Buffalo, NY with a stop in Chicago at this year’s Riot Fest! Tickets for the GWAR headline shows go on sale this Friday July 8th!
GWAR At Gathering of the Juggalos:
7/21: Thornville, OH @ Legend Valley*
GWAR B-Q Weekend!
8/19: B4BQ – RIchmond, VA @ The National
8/20: GWAR B-Q – Richmond VA @ Hadad’s Lake*
GWAR W/ Crowbar and Mutoid Man:
9/14: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/15: Cleveland, OH @ Agora
9/16: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest (Humbolt Park)*
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Harpos
9/18: Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
South Florida heavy metal outfit, Forty Winters, has announced a July 22 release date for its sophomore album Rotting Empire on Dead Truth Recordings. Today, the band has teamed up with Lambgoat to stream the first single and opening track, “Summoning Spirits,” in the form of a lyric video created by acclaimed animator/music video director Scott Rudd (Fear Factory, Thy Art is Murder, Job for a Cowboy). Stream the new song and video clip exclusively at: http://lambgoat.com/news/26851/Forty-Winters-announce-new-album-premiere-song.
Forty Winters vocalist Xavier Vicuna comments: “Welcome to the year of Rot! With each release we got more comfortable in our own skin and more willing to take chances, which leads us to Rotting Empire. You can expect the signature FW sound with more of a modern approach, better song structure, as well as more grit and tenacity. It’s pissed, and it’s real. Some unexpected and unplanned touring pushed the release back quite a bit, but we were able to play new songs and hype the impending album so it was well worth it. We always had a vision for our sophomore album, this is it.”
With regards to the first track, he adds: “‘Summoning Spirits’ is a great representation of what people can expect from Rotting Empire. It’s the first single and the opening track of the album. We recorded the album in the order of the track list, it all just felt right.”
1. Summoning Spirits
3. Profit Hostage
4. Empty Tombs
5. Human Sacrifice
6. Looming Serpent
7. Snuff out the Light
8. Disease of Time
Over the course of the last three years, Forty Winters has toured extensively in the U.S., Puerto Rico, South America and Central America, plotting, calculating, and culminating its brand of pissed off, punishing metal. Rotting Empire was recorded by Jesse Kirkbride (Black Tongue, Aversions Crown, Enterprise Earth) at Kirkbride Recordings in Cape Coral, Fla., and features special guest appearances by Chad Ruhlig (For the Fallen Dreams) and Adam Warren (Oceano).
Rotting Empire is the follow up to the 2011 debut Reflection and 2013 ‘Isolation’ EP. In that time, Forty Winters has shared the stage with genre heavyweights like Suicide Silence, Terror, Emmure, A Day To Remember, Stick To Your Guns, Shai Hulud and more.
Stay tuned for more information on Forty Winters and Rotting Empire, out next month on Dead Truth Recordings.
Forty Winters is:
Jeff Stevenson – Guitar
Xavier Vicuna – Vocals
Scott Dotson – Drums
Mike Portnoy is an American drummer, best known as the former drummer and co-founder of progressive metal / band Dream Theater. He resigned from the band in 2010 after 25 years. Nowadays, Portnoy is known for many other bands and projects. He is a founding member of Transatlantic, a progressive rock “super-group” which also includes former Spock’s Beard keyboardist / vocalist Neal Morse. He is also a founding member of the bands Flying Colours and Winery Dogs. Portnoy has also recorded and/or toured with, among others, Adrenaline Mob, Overkill, G3 and Avenged Sevenfold. When I did this interview in June at Sweden Rock, Portnoy was on tour with the Winery Dogs and the legendary Twisted Sister with whom he has played as the tour drummer from May 2015 onward. There is always a lot going on in the world of Mike Portnoy, and here’s what the man had to tell us about his ongoing activities and immediatefuture plans.
The lineup is now complete! For list of all confirmed bands and the already revealed daily schedule please follow http://brutalassault.cz/en/
Also we would like to draw Your attention to the very few remaining cheap hostel rooms (including shuttle service), that are available here.
Also we are again giving You the opportunity to create Your own Brutal Assault poster!Our simple website app lets You pick 10 of Your favourite bands from this year’s line-up and put them in order based on Your preferences. In the next step You can add info about the total number of editions You’ve visited and then we’ll generate the poster for You. The poster is available for download or sharing on Your facebook page. There are several genre-centred versions of the poster based on the selected bands, so we have something for everyone! As a bonus, You can win free festival ticket just by sharing Your personalised poster.
Five randomly selected people, who will share their line-up poster with the #mybrutalassault hashtag on facebook, will receive free festival pass. The pass is to be picked up at the festival on Your ID card. Beware, the post must be set as “public” otherwise we won’t be able to see it so it couldn’t enter the draw. Otherwise it’s pretty simple, just share Your line-up poster on Your timeline or set it as Your cover photo and add the aforementioned hashtag.
Female fronted Finnish metal band Evil Drive have announced a line-up change and the band’s statement reads as follows:
“Hey folks, we have some news for you. We all together as the band Evil Drive had to separate from our longtime comrade and guitarist Niko Huusari. This difficult decision is based on personal reasons of Niko and we please you to respect that this is a matter between the band and Niko. Even though bands and musicians are part of the public in general there are some things which have to stay private. We thank Niko for everything he did for the band and wish him all the best for his future with his other activities. At the same time we are glad to announce our new guitarist Juha-Pekka “J-P” Pusa (Alcantaria). J-P lives in Karhula and he has a long experience of playing and performing with diffent bands and projects.
Guitarist Ville Wiren comments: “Now with J-P’s guitar skills, the band will lay the stages in ashes with us for the upcoming shows, which he has already proved at our rehearsals. He’s also a skillful song writer and we can’t wait to write and finish our new material with him in near future.”
Evil Drive’s latest release, THE LAND OF THE DEAD album, was relesed in Januray of 2016 through Mighty Music. Videos were released for the singles “The Land of the Dead” and “War”. The band has have begun working on next album in Äänilaitos studio in Karhula. The first single “Anti Genocide” and new video will be released in September. Full album release date is still tentative but the band has high hopes for a winter release.
EVIL DRIVE IS:
Viktoria Viren – vocals
Ville Wiren – guitars
J-P Pusa -guitars
Marko Syrjala – bass
Juha Beck -drums
Macabre sea farers Necronautical are one of the most interesting and musically solid bands to have come out of the recently revived British black metal scene. We spoke to frontman Naut about the concept behind the band and where they are sailing towards in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
The Metal Voice producer Jimmy Kay had to say, “Riot has always been an underdog Hard rock band with so little documentation of who they are, what they have accomplished and how their legacy continues on. Now fans will get finally get look into their musical lives.”
Giles Lavery co-producer of the project also added,” This will be a behind the scenes look at the tour , including interviews and a lot more… so come on down to the shows we want you in the film”
Riot V will be playing a number of North American tour dates this summer in support of the latest album Unleash the Fire that was released in 2014.
On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions and Hubb Music Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world!
Friday, September 16th, 2016 at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL.
Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL.
Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor lineup TBA.
Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.
Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at http://bignateproductions.com