Interview with the mighty THOR!

March 16th, 2014
by J P

Interview with the mighty THOR!

by JP

We had the pleasure of an audience with the mighty Thor!  Thor is Canada’s first and longest running Metal band now celebrating 40 years of heroic metal and Muscle Rock.  Enjoy the words of the gods! 

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Interview with Bane Of Winterstorm

March 15th, 2014
by J P

Interview with Bane Of Winterstorm

by JP

Bane Of Winterstorm burst onto the international scene in late 2013 with an incredibly well-recieved independent debut album THE LAST SONS OF PERYLIN.  It ranked highly on a number of Metal webzines year-end lists including #7 on my own Top 20 list here at Metal-Rules.com.  I contacted this powerful Australian act to learn more.

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From Hell’s Heart-Multiple Reissues Of The Same Album: Trash or Treasure?

March 15th, 2014
by J P

The latest fad in music has been re-issuing the same album over and over again, sometimes within the year of release and multiple versions on initial release days.  Some of our staff  (listed alphabetically) wade into the debate with various perspectives.  That do you think?

Brat (Australia)

The latest fad in music has been re-issuing the same album over and over again, sometimes within the year of release and multiple versions on initial release days. Are you tired of it? Does it make you spend more $$ on one artist and less on others or do you just say Fuck ‘em and download it for free from some illegal site? Write you thoughts, feelings and suggestions down and maybe some artists/labels will read it and hear us, the fans and music buying people.

When it comes to multiple versions of one album, Australian metalheads are probably most able to deal with sorting through the hype and confusion because we’ve been doing it for years. We’ve mostly only ever had the option of imports as most metal acts are not represented here. The few good, heavy metal, independent specialist retailers would regularly offer more than one option of a release: the European release; the US release; or the value-add and pricier Japanese release. Then later came the special release, limited box editions with a bunch of extra goodies on top of the CD. This is how I’d approach the array of offerings of one album.

1. Am I a huge fan of the band having their entire back catalogue?

If so, I go for the fanciest version possible. I first noticed these over ten years ago and even bought a few because they were so novel. RHAPSODY had some great box editions and a HELLOWEEN box even included a zippo lighter. I’ve tried to collect all of these over the years for my must-have bands and have only missed NIGHTWISH’s Imaginaerum release with the owl mirror.

2. Do I really like the band? 

I usually buy the digibook version of the CD, or something like a 2CD or CD with bonus DVD.

3. Is it a CD I like, but don’t necessarily consider myself a fan of the band?

In this case my choice will be the cheapest, usually jewel case, version.

4. Is it a new band or something everyone’s raving about as a must-have release, but I’ve never been into the band?

I rely on a promo copy and if the label is not forthcoming, I go to the band’s website or youtube to listen to some samples. Once I’ve listened to it and had time to absorb it, I follow one of the applicable steps from 1–3.

Multiple offerings

I love that we have options to suit our interest levels and budgets, but when the same CD is released with nothing different but the artwork, the band is getting too greedy.

 

 

Celtic Bob (Eastern Canada)

The latest fad in music has been re-issuing the same album over and over again, sometimes within the year of release and multiple versions on initial release days. Some recent examples have been the latest David Bowie; issued the Spring of 2013, re-issued the Fall with an EP of extras (at least he made an Extras EP on itunes so you didn’t have to buy the album again) . Similar with Deep Purple; NOW What?! came out, the singles had B-Sides then it was re-issued the Fall as Gold Edition with the B-Sides and a Live CD (luckily I bought the Live LP and the 2 bonus tracks I got from iTunes). Some release Digi versions with a bonus Live CD/DVD, some will give an exclusive track to Best Buy/Amazon…etc so to get all the music by your favorite band you end up buying multiple copies of the same album. Are you tired of it? Does it make you spend more $$ on one artist and less on others or do you just say “Fuck ‘em” and download it for free from some illegal site? This has been an issue that has been eating away at me for awhile now and I needed to vent my frustrations on it.

This trend has been around for awhile but in the past few years it has gotten worse. There was always the Japanese version with exclusive track which was done so the Japanese fans would buy their own version rather than the usually cheaper North American import version. While many North American fans sought out the Japanese version for that sole exclusive track. Now things have gotten worse, much worse. The label (or whoever) has taken it upon themselves to exploit this tenfold and offer different versions of an album. How many times have you seen an exclusive Amazon version, or Best Buy version? Pre-order direct from the band’s site and get a t-shirt or exclusive live DVD? It’s become too much in my opinion. Why not release the album in one complete edition initially? If you have demo versions or more recordings from the session then release a separate disc of SESSION SONGS or DEMOS FROM THE ALBUM for the hardcore fan? Why force the record buying public to buy multiple copies of your album? Does it really increase sales or just confuse the buyer? If I can buy the regular basic album for $20 or the Super Duper Deluxe Extended Special Edition for $30 with ‘Bonus DVD’ then I will buy the cheaper. If it is only a dollar or two more then it’s a no brainer that the Super Duper Deluxe Extended Special Edition wins out. Basically it comes down to economics and how much I really love the band.

For me personally I will buy the original LP and as much as I want the ‘Bonus’ tracks I will get them from iTunes and NOT but multiple versions of the release just for a single song, that’s absurd. I paid for the album once and that is more than enough. There is only so much income I can spend on music and I will not spend it on re-buying the same album over and over again. If I cannot get the bonus tracks from iTunes then so be it, I live without that song in my collection. Besides, a digital file is NOT a collection, a physical LP that I can hold in my hand is. Maybe that is another topic of discussion for Hell’s Heart?

 

Erich (USA)

The music recording industry has proven itself resilient through the years, helping it to partially offset its lack of innovation and willingness to change through years of bleeding to death fiscally. The latest trend being peddled to the consumer is the constant re-issue of the same album over and over, sometimes twice in a year, with a few added bonus tracks to justify the cost of buying the entire album again. On the surface, the immediate riposte would seem to be straightforward and reasonable; simply do not pay for what is essentially the same album more than once. However, this does not seem to be happening or the industry would stop if it no longer was a financial positive.

A little background is in order. Viewed from the perspective of the music industry, things are bleak and have been for well over a decade. The recording industry estimates that over the decade running from 1997 to 2007, they lost $55 billion in revenue ((Ehlrich 2011). Indeed, for the year 2013 overall music sales were down 6.3%, with physical music sales down a whopping 13% and digital sales down 6% (Nielsen 2013). Digital sales had been the one positive for the industry, but for the first time in the U.S., digital sales declined in 2013 (Luckerson 2014). Viewing data from 2012 to 2013, total album sales dropped 8% (Nielsen 2013). The disruptive technology of Napster was what the recording industry initially attributed to its massive losses, but today peer to peer file sharing accounts for less than 10% of internet traffic in North America, where only five years ago it accounted for 31% (Luckerson 2014). The new culprit is thought to be YouTube and streaming services like Spotify (Luckerson 2014).

The decline is unmistakable and possibly irreversible, so it is no small wonder that the recording industry is pulling out all stops to squeeze money from the consumers that still pay for music. Once again, in typical recording industry fashion, they have incorrectly identified their own role in this debacle. Napster was a response to fans no longer willing to pay upwards of $15 for albums that often had only a few good songs on them. Mass marketing often became the predicator of success rather than creativity and quality music, thus fan loyalty was often absent as well when it came to buying albums. Most fans only wanted a free copy of the hit song. Not much has changed in 2014, with popular music more often sold on image, sex appeal and marketing than on any iota of talent.

Singles are a problem for the music industry though. According to the RIAA’s own data, the music industry makes almost all of its money from album sales (Degusta 2011). Problem is, no one is buying albums anymore…except for those die-hard loyalists of certain artists! Oh yeah baby, find out what artists continue to sell albums or have a passionate and loyal following and reissue their albums ad nauseum. Those suckers will buy ‘em! Apparently that is what is happening, as the industry continues to re-issue albums, and while the data out there on boosts to the bottom line is not concrete yet, you can bet they would not continue to do it if there was not some fiscal benefit.

Artists that own some or all of the rights to their catalogs are just as guilty. They know the loyalty of their fans and endorse or initiate several different versions and re-issues knowing the die-hard fans will scoop them up. The issue that goes unresolved is that in order to change the behavior of the consumer you cannot continue to repeat the alienating behavior that cost you their money in the first place. Expecting your core fans to sustain your lost profits to the general public is ultimately going to prove counterproductive. The recording industry is flailing and artists make the bulk of their money now through touring and merchandising.

So we the loyal fans need to send a message. We buy your albums because we support you. Do not insult our intelligence by offering minimally altered versions of your album and calling it a new release. It is a sure-fire way to lose even your core fans, and then what will you as artist sand labels have when that happens? Me personally, I am voting with my wallet by refusing to buy re-issues. I am also no longer going to review minimally altered re-issues. These are not worthy of promotion. Furthermore, I am going to encourage my fellow industry peers to do the same.

 

Helias (Greece)

I am a classic metal fan like you and I want to buy the (new) album of a band. Surely re-issuing is a very boring and operose fad that labels the recent years tend to follow. I don’t know if this fad shoots for making us spending the maximum of money on an artist. Assuredly, re-issuing a big damage on die-hard fans of a band who want to purchase the gatefold of album X, the 7’’ inch inches, the limited edition EP after the X release and finally the reissue of the album X with 3 bonus tracks.

Personally speaking, my favourite band is Black Sabbath, but I ain’t purchasing all those Sabbath-ical releases of PARANOID album ( 7’’ inch LP, deluxe edition, special edition, bonus track version and whatever edition). Simply, I am interested in only the first ‘ordinary’ edition with the 8 tracks that gave me hell! That’s all! I don’t want something more than it. The only exception that I can spend my money upon a re-issue is only a Vinyl version due to the fact I am a die-hard fan of vinyl and the sound that comes out of it. The vinyl’s sound is much better than CD’s one and it’s the best way to listen carefully to an album away of a ‘computer-sed’ sound. Only that! But let’s take a look on what records labels (the ones that are responsible for the re-issuing of the albums):

1) Record labels maintain that they re-issue an album because fans possibly get the album via tape trading and now it’s time to pick up the album in a much more ‘beautiful’ outlet than a loose ripped CD. And here is the strongly opposed mind. Many people do not care about the ‘thing’ (tape, vinyl or CD) that would bring the music into their ears! They just care only about the music and not the fancy and glaring enwrapment. That’s only an aspect.

2) The records labels deem that people that those albums are something like ancient back catalog stock and if it makes it into a store at all, the CD will be tucked away in a dark corner at the back. Also, they allege that people’s attitude changes towards a new edition- the exact same album that was ignored for years, the redux version will suddenly now feature on the front line in record shops, and this extra visibility in stores has a massive effect on sales.

And many people would say that that is not true. The real fans do not need any front line in record shops to buy the real good music that is packed in albums. Music (CD’s and LP’s) is not such a product like perfumes or toys etc. that can be outside of our desire and appetence or something that we get bored with.

The bottom line is that the issue of the re-issue is up to you guys!

 

JP (Western Canada)

I suspect I will be in the minority opinion but I actually like and support multiple versions of an album. There are often many good, business reasons why various bands have multiple versions of albums. Primarily different territories have different contractual demands on an artist to provide content (bonus tracks, videos, special packaging) to support their domestic industry. The classic example for 20-30 years has been Japan. Domestically manufactured CD’s are very expensive in Japan. Japanese fans would buy non-domestic versions (ie. imports from Europe or North America) instead of the local Japanese pressing, because the import was significantly cheaper. Therefore Japanese labels started insisting that bands provide extra, exclusive content (bonus tracks) as an incentive for Japanese fans to buy the Japanese version. This practice is expanding as bands and labels release multiple versions onto the market.

As a Metal fans I would rather have more, not fewer, versions on the market of a bands product. With smaller print runs, higher costs it makes sense to offer a variety of versions, of smaller runs. It is just like the automobile industry. You can buy a base model, a version with lots of options, or fully loaded versions and consumers can decide based on those features and their budget.

I don’t usually rush out on the first day to buy an album, so it is very seldom that I’ll experience disappointment of buying one, then have a different (or better) version come out later. I try to be an informed consumer and listen a bit on-line or through media contacts to an album before committing dollars to owning a physical product. I enjoy comparing the versions, to see what creative ways the band had reissued the album, perhaps new artwork, bonus tracks even a DVD. If I like the band I may buy both versions to help support them and give them two sales. Sometimes, if there is a second version that is superior, the first version (the original pressing) goes up in value for collectors. Another option is that if you want to rebuy a newer version of an album, the first version can make a nice gift to a friend to try to introduce more people to a band. Lastly, people can sell their old versions to recover their costs if they want to buy a newer, different version. There really is no downside.

Any fan that complains about multiple versions of a bands product are likely not a true, die-hard fan of the band.  Often it is the record label, not the band that is making multiple reissues.  Why would anyone try to complain about an artist that they like trying to make a living and offer more products to a marketplace? The market will decide if the current practice of multiple issues can be sustained and obviously it is sustainable because of the increase in multiple versions. Those same ‘fans’ that complain are under no obligation to purchase any of the various versions of an album. They can buy some or all of them, the consumer has choice and that is a good thing. In the words of Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ‘Less is not more. More is more’.

 Rick (Eastern Canada)

 

One of the newest trends that we have seen in recent years with the ever changing music industry is the “reissuing” of an album over and over with bonus tracks, live cuts, re-mastered tracks, video cuts etc etc etc. Some of these reissues follow so closely on the heels of the original release that it almost seems incomprehensible that they weren’t part of the original marketing plan to begin with. A band spends 3 years between releases, conceivably composing and perfecting their next release and then put out that music to their fans. Said fans buy said music yet sometimes before it has had a chance to leave an impression, the CD is reissued with new tracks, new track listing and sometimes even new artwork..

From my personal perspective there is only so much money that I can spend on music today. When I was younger I had voracious appetite for purchasing music. Those days are past. I support the bands I love, be they new or old, and it just irks me to go and support a band by buying their music only to be faced with a reissue 3 months or even 3 years later. Do I usually go out and buy the reissue? Not normally. As I have stated, I try to spread my purchases around and support as much of the music I love while staying on budget. If the option of buying the tracks on iTunes is available I will think about it but to me that ruins the completeness of the album.

Here is a case in point, IN MEMORY by Nevermore. Nevermore are one of my favourite bands and this EP is where Nevermore found itself. Pat O’Brien, who would later join Cannibal Corpse, came on board and helped mold the sound that the band was reaching for on their debut. The reissue, coming 10 years later, just adds a bunch of demoes as bonus tracks. These songs do nothing to augment the original release. Of course they bring added value for anyone wanting to purchase the disc for the first time but on a purely musical level there is nothing. This is the case with many reissues. The added tracks seemingly bring an added value to the table in that the purchaser seems to be getting more “bang for the buck”. Unfortunately, I subscribe to the old adage of quality over quantity. I assume that when an album is released that it is the vision that the artists want to present the fans. If a band has a ton of unused B-sides, demoes etc, then why not release a whole album of that material? I would plunk down my cash for a package like that. Just reissuing a previously released album with a few demoes thrown aboard for good measure doesn’t make me want to spend my hard earned money.

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Vocalist & Songwriter Orlando Logan Perez talks about new band “ Hanged Man’s Curse” and SXSW Release

March 15th, 2014
by EvilG

Here is a video update where Orlando Logan Perez talks about upcoming Terranodon Media and new project “ Hanged Man’s Curse” which can be described as Western Doom. Also is a new sample of the “Hanged Man’s Curse” Demo song “ I Buried Her At Dawn”.
The new Terranodon 2014 Sampler is a limited edition download card that will be given to the general public for free at the SXSW event on Saturday, the 15th of March during and after the “THE MONK” performance. It will then go for sale on online through Terranodon Media’s facebook and other media .

Orlando Logan Perez was the original singer /lyricist of Against the Plagues. Also is the current singer and lyricist for Whore of Babylon and Hanged Man’s Curse.

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FROM HELL Presents Epic Horror Concept Album ‘Ascent From Hell’ Featuring Metal Icons

March 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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FROM HELL is a new horror concept heavy metal band. Their debut release on Scourge Records on April 8th, 2014 is called Ascent From Hell and it is as heavy as it is epic! FROM HELL is the brainchild of George Anderson aka Aleister Sinn, the live narrator of this horror story. This project began in 2007 after his previous band Down Factor with then drummer Ramon Ochoa, Brooks Rocco on guitar and Waylon Ford on bass broke-up. Interested in putting a different type of band together that was not involved in politics, George formed FROM HELL to tell horror stories in the vein of King Diamond. Every song is in some way linked to all of the other songs and when each album starts, they don’t stop until the very end.

After several line-up changes, during the recording of the first album, George enlisted some amazing players to record with him in FROM HELL. For this debut recording, metal icons Paul Bostaph from Slayer on drums, Steve Smyth from Nevermore on lead guitar and Damien Sisson from Death Angel on bass were recruited to make this record happen. This recording is diabolically epic, and heavy as Hell! Every song is different from the next covering many genres of metal from thrash metal and black metal to death metal and doom metal. This album is as dynamic as metal can be! Also participating in this recording is Phil Bennett of the iconic rock band Starship, playing piano on the track Dead Reckoning and a 22-piece choir, The Pacific Mozart Ensemble on four other tracks. Establishing new ground, this record has the first recorded blast beat by Paul Bostaph, orchestrated with shredding guitar solos from Steve Smyth and heavy melodic & syncopated bass by Damien Sisson.

Produced by George Anderson and Steve “Snake” Green, guitar player from Skinlab, a Century Media recording artist, this recording is a theatrical 70 minutes long with segues in between each song to give additional detail to this horror story. With songs like The Walking Dead, Soul Crusher, Nun With A Gun and Ascent From Hell, this record will take you on a heavy metal horror ride to Hell!

As one can imagine, with so many legendary players in its ranks, it is hard to schedule live performances. There is a CD Release/Listening Party and signing event scheduled for early April 2014 in Oakland, California. FROM HELL will tour the West Coast and select East Coast markets to support the release of Ascent From Hell in the summer and fall of 2014. FROM HELL’s show will include a few different guest performers and members of the band who play in other bands will perform as their touring and recording schedules allow.

Visit the band’s website www.fromhell.net or www.scourgerecords.com for more information and future tour dates.

FROM HELL Ascent From Hell to be released Physically and Digitally worldwide on April 8th, 2014

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PANTERA – Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition Release

March 14th, 2014
by EvilG

Pantera_FBD_CoverPANTERA reached a major milestone in 1994 when the legendary metal band’s seventh studio album, Far Beyond Driven, debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the group’s career and its second consecutive platinum release. Not only a commercial success, the album also earned positive reviews around the world for the beautiful brutality of its all-out sonic assault.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of that landmark album and Rhino is celebrating with a special two-disc version that includes a newly remastered version of the album, along with a live performance from the 1994 Monsters Of Rock festival. Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on March 25th. A digital version will also be available.

A release / listening party for Far Beyond Driven: 20th Anniversary Edition has been scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd at 10 PM, at Duff’s Brooklyn in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. More info on the event flyer below:

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SPLIT HEAVEN Announce Departure Of Guitarist Pedro Zelbohr

March 13th, 2014
by EvilG

SPLIT HEAVEN checked in with the following:

“In these last few weeks Split Heaven and guitarist Pedro Zelbohr had to separate due to his personal reasons to carry out other goals in life. This was a big blow for us, but just that the flames of our heavy metal are becoming stronger and make us be more alive than ever.

Because of this, a new alignment has been formed and we want to announce and welcome our friend Pablo Ollervides as new bassist of the band, leaving the position of guitarist for Carlo “Taii” Hernández who acted as bassist since the beginning of Split Heaven. Tomas Roitman will continue destroying the battery, Armand “Hank” Ramos bleeding our ears with his guitar and Giancarlo Farjat riffs will never cease to gritaaaar!

So let us rock and shake our heads because: the heavy metal will never die!”

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WAMI (White Appice Mendoza Iggy) reveal the first single from their forthcoming debut release

March 12th, 2014
by EvilG

WAMI, a new exciting project will see the light of day in May. The album entitled “Kill the King” will give a new meaning to hard’n’heavy music and today you can check the first single promoting this release. “Wild Woman (You Oughta Know)” is available on Metal Mind Productions’ official YouTube channel in THIS location.

You can also preview and purchase this track on iTunes HERE.

The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.

The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy’s concert in Poland. The bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the project involving legendary musicians, who are currently recording a brand new album together with Iggy. The drummer Vinny Appice, renowned for playing in some of the best heavy metal bands of worldwide fame, as also the bassist Marco Mendoza have already finished recording bass and drum tracks in Los Angeles. In late November 2013, Doogie White confronted his vocal talent with Iggy’s guitar technique during their recording sessions in Poland. Hard rock fans can well expect the results of these sessions to be truly outstanding!

WAMI – Official pages:
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MACHINE HEAD: Details for “Killers & Kings” 10″ Revealed

March 12th, 2014
by EvilG
MACHINE HEAD: Details for "Killers & Kings" 10" Revealed

MACHINE HEAD: Details for “Killers & Kings” 10″ Revealed

With twenty plus years, seven critically acclaimed full-length releases and multiple world tours to their credit, few can deny that when it comes to metal, MACHINE HEAD is one of the kings of the genre!

This summer Nuclear Blast Entertainment will have the privilege of releasing MACHINE HEAD’s next full-length album, the band’s debut for the label. In anticipation and to celebrate Record Store (April 19, 2014), we’re excited to release a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled “Killers & Kings”. Never heard or released before, MACHINE HEAD fans have been waiting for new music from the band for the last 3 years and “Killers & Kings” does not disappoint. Side B of the release will also feature MACHINE HEAD covering two tracks by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE.

“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both METALLICA demos, EXODUS demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of Pleasure Of The Flesh by EXODUS, easily 2 years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we’re gonna do that for you. I can’t wait for you guys to hear this stuff.”

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MOTÖRHEAD’S MOTÖRBOAT FEATURING MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, ZAKK WYLDE & MORE

March 11th, 2014
by EvilG

 

Motörhead’s Motörboat

Motörhead’s Motörboat

‘The Loudest Boat In The World’ Sails from Miami to Key West and Cozumel

September 22-26 – Onboard Carnival Ecstasy

 

Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax - three of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world – will perform at the first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises…more bands to be announced soon.

 

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

 

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at Noon ET. The event website–www.MotorheadCruise.com–will launch later this week with full details and cabin pricing.

 

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister proclaims, “This will be everything you’ve come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you’ve got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!”

 

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says, “There never has and never will be another cruise like Motörboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motörhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy‘s friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert.”

 

Scott Ian of Anthrax adds, “Anthrax, Motörhead and Megadeth at sea??? To quote Chief Brody [Jaws], ‘We’re going to need a bigger boat.’”

 

“It’s truly an honor to partner with one of the most iconic bands in rock music to deliver a one of a kind fan experience for ‘Motorheadbangers’ from around the globe,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.

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TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

March 11th, 2014
by EvilG
TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album "Angels of the Apocalypse" with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON to release sophomore album “Angels of the Apocalypse” with an amazing cast of singers ! Out in May on Frontiers

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16th in Europe and May 20th in North America.

Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.

As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary STRATOVARIUS “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (EPICA), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE), David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE), Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE), plus Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) – who appears again after contributing to the first album – and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You’ll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.

Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.

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The Legendary ALICE COOPER Welcomes YOU To His Nightmare!

March 11th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents ALICE COOPER in Super Duper Alice Cooper, the brand new official ALICE COOPER documentary distributed by SpectiCast (As The Palaces Burn, Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun, Morrissey 25: Live).

Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30, 2014. The film is the first ever ‘doc opera’ – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of ALICE COOPER.

In order to make Super Duper Alice Cooper as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, ALICE COOPER is putting together a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” Q&A that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he’ll require some burning questions from fans, so he’s inviting YOU to ask him anything now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com (click the “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. So, do you want your question to be answered in the pre-recorded ALICE COOPER Q&A running after each and every screening in the U.S.? Of course you do! Submit your questions now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as ALICE COOPER, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original ALICE COOPER band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.

For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit:
www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com
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For more information on ALICE COOPER, please visit:
www.alicecooper.com
www.facebook.com/AliceCooper
www.twitter.com/realalicecooper

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WAMI Reveal The First Single From Debut Album

March 11th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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WAMI, a new exciting project will see the light of day in May. The album entitled “Kill the King” will give a new meaning to hard’n’heavy music and today you can check the first single promoting this release. “Wild Woman (You Oughta Know)” is available on Metal Mind Productions’ official YouTube channel.
You can also preview and purchase this track on iTunes.

The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.

The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy’s concert in Poland. The bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the project involving legendary musicians, who are currently recording a brand new album together with Iggy. The drummer Vinny Appice, renowned for playing in some of the best heavy metal bands of worldwide fame, as also the bassist Marco Mendoza have already finished recording bass and drum tracks in Los Angeles. In late November 2013, Doogie White confronted his vocal talent with Iggy’s guitar technique during their recording sessions in Poland. Hard rock fans can well expect the results of these sessions to be truly outstanding!

WAMI – Official pages:
www.facebook.com/WAMIband
twitter.com/WAMIBand

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MOTÖRHEAD’s Motörboat, The Loudest Boat In The World Sets Sail Sept 22nd

March 11th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Megadeth, Motörhead, and Anthrax -three of the greatest heavy metal bands in the world – will perform at the first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise onboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26, 2014. In addition to these three rock giants, “The Loudest Boat In The World” will also feature performances from Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson, and some big surprises…more bands to be announced soon.

Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship.

Tickets for Motörhead’s Motörboat go on sale Tuesday, March 18 at Noon ET. The event website–www.MotorheadCruise.com–will launch later this week with full details and cabin pricing.

Motörhead founder Lemmy Kilmister proclaims, “This will be everything you’ve come to expect from a night out with us, except even louder, with more great bands and no way of escaping! If you thought waves could rock a boat, you’ve got another thing coming with this lovely little outing!”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says, “There never has and never will be another cruise like Motörboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motörhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy’s friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert.”

Scott Ian of Anthrax adds, “Anthrax, Motörhead and Megadeth at sea??? To quote Chief Brody [Jaws], ‘We’re going to need a bigger boat.’”

“It’s truly an honor to partner with one of the most iconic bands in rock music to deliver a one of a kind fan experience for ‘Motorheadbangers’ from around the globe,” says event producer Alan Koenig of ASK4 Entertainment.

Motörhead–the world’s biggest and baddest rock & roll band of all time–released their mammoth 21st studio album Aftershock in October 2013. Aftershock is one of Motörhead’s best-selling and highest-charting albums in 20 years, debuting at #22 on the Billboard 200. Through tenacity, hard work, and a deep-seated ability to produce an original, face-melting sound, Motörhead–Lemmy Kilmister (bass, vocals), Phil Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums)–has become one of the most popular bands in the world with a fanbase that is second to none. www.imotorhead.com

In a career nearing 30 years, heavy metal titans Megadeth have sold more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning five consecutive platinum albums and numerous accolades along the way, including 11 Grammy nominations.  The band’s latest studio album, Super Collider, features vocalist/guitarist/founder Dave Mustaine once again reunited with guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist David Ellefson, and drummer Shawn Drover.  Released in June 2013, Super Collider debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, Megadeth’s highest chart debut since 1994’s Youthanasia. In April, Megadeth is set to embark on a world tour in over 25 countries across four continents. The tour follows a first-ever performance at Copley Symphony Hall on April 12, where Dave Mustaine will collaborate with the San Diego Symphony. www.megadeth.com

Since the September 2011 release of Worship Music, five-time Grammy-nominated Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback. “Classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the lineup in the spring of 2010, fronting for the band on The Big Four shows across Europe, at NY’s Yankee Stadium and at the SoCal Coachella site. In 2012, Anthrax–Joey Belladonna (vocals), Scott Ian (guitar), Charlie Benante (drums) and Frank Bello (bass)–became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars when its “Got The Time” was chosen by NASA to wake up the Mars Rover. The band is currently writing and demoing new material for the follow up to Worship Music that is expected out late 2014/early 2015. www.anthrax.com

The Carnival Ecstasy, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment, features a tropical-themed resort-style main pool area, multiple dining options (including a 24-hour pizzeria), 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health club, a jogging track, as well as 12 lounges, bars and nightspots.

www.MotorheadCruise.com

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“Capricia Productions” Launches Indiegogo Funding Campaign for The Birdcage, First Ever Music Album To Be Released as a Videogame

March 10th, 2014
by J P

“Capricia Productions” Launches Indiegogo Funding Campaign for The Birdcage, First Ever Music Album To Be Released as a Videogame

 

Featuring Artists from Rock Legends Guns N’ Roses, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Kamelot and Others

 

JERUSALEM, March 06, 2014 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform announces today that Capricia’s funding campaign for the first ever music album created as a videogame The Birdcage is now live. The Birdcage is the first music concept rock album ever to be released as a full-scale video game instead of as a traditional CD or Mp3 download. The groundbreaking album entirely visualized as a videogame is a modern rock re-creation of The Beauty and the Beast fairytale with the music driving and creating the story rather than the music complimenting and coming secondary to the story and action. In order to create the perfect soul shattering music, big guns of rock from bands such as “Guns N’ Roses”, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Kamelot, Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, and many others were enlisted.

“Albums don’t sell like they used to, so how do we create music that we want to make while also avoiding the starving artist label?” said Arnold Nesis, Music Producer for The Birdcage. “We believe that we have found a way to change the music industry by combining the haunting and heart racing sound of an album created by the best rock artists in the world with the immersive and soul wrenching environments, storyline and interactivity of a videogame to create a truly unique and industry changing product.”

The Birdcage retells the Folk legend of Beauty and the Beast the way it should have been to begin with – as a conceptual, story driven, rock album, set in modern times that deals with the psychological and social aspects of this grim crime. The beauty, Gitta is a young and fair looking girl, living in a trailer park with her drunk and abusive father and her lazy mean older sister. She loathes them both. Her mother has left many years ago. Gitta works hard as a waitress at a local diner and dreams of the day she’ll leave her family and the gloomy trailer park just like her mother. Her plans are disturbed when her father loses a big sum of money while participating in illegal gambling at the house of a mysterious rich person called Bres. Her father is given an ultimatum – he is to submit his younger daughter to Bres or he’ll be killed. The father doesn’t think twice – he drugs Gitta and gives her up to Bres, warned that if he turns to the police, both he and Gitta will be shot. From here on the plot follows the development of the abusive relationship between Gitta and Bres, as Gitta’s affection towards him grows, and the events rush towards the inevitable end.

The Birdcage funders will have the option of choosing a reward based on the amount of money that they contribute. Some of the rewards include getting their photos into the game, signed props from the musicians in the game, original recorded materials and even the opportunity to perform in the album itself side by side with the legendary artists.

Help fund The Birdcage here: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/8ba854c5

ABOUT INDIEGOGO

Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com and follow us at www.twitter.com/indiegogo and www.facebook.com/indiegogo.

THE TEAM:

Artists:

Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses) – Guitar Solos

John Lecompt (Evanescence) – Musical Production

Rocky Gray (Evanescence) – Guitars

Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Kiss) – Keyboards

Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) – Guitars

Snowy Shaw (Therion, Sabaton, King Diamond) – Male Vocals

Casey Grillo (Kamelot) – Drums

Arjen Lucasen (Aeryon)

Lisa Middelhauve (Xandria) – Vocals

Post Production:

John Rude (World of Warcraft, Assasin’s Creed, Call of Duty, The Last Samuri, X-Men, Matrix, Kill Bill and more) – Mixing

Maor Appelbaum (Megadeth, Sepeltura, Yewing Malmsteen, Halford, Edgend, and many others) – Mastering

 

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