While UK Metal Masters VENOM INC. are currently on their Summer Festival trek and preparing for the upcoming European tour, Jeff “Mantas” Dunn has shot a guitar lesson video for “Witching Hour”, now streaming on PlayThis Riff.com!
“In the latest guitar lesson video, Jeff “Mantas” Dunn shows us the solo and final riff in the Venom song “Witching Hour”. These parts rule on their own, but what makes this lesson so cool is that Jeff will show us how he gets the sound of a whammy bar dive without a whammy bar or bending the neck. He also barres the 7th fret with his picking hand during the solo. Gnarly!”
Just recently VENOM INC announced their 18-shows European tour, Pt.1, kicking off on October 13th in Prague (CZE). The bands to join the tour are VITAL REMAIN, MORTUARY DRAPE, NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR. Check out the tour itinerary and details below.
13 October – Prague (CZE) at Storm Club
14 October – Erfurt (GER) at Club From Hell
15 October – Lodz (POL) at LDK
16 October – Gdansk (POL) at B90
17 October – Krakow (POL) at Rotunda
18 October – Ostrava (CZE) at Barrack Club
19 October – Vienna (AUT) at Viper Room
20 October – Ljubljana (SLO) at Orto Bar
21 October – Bologna (ITA) at Locomotic Club
22 October – Roma (ITA) at Init
23 October – Milan (ITA) at Lo Fi Club
24 October – Strasskirchen (GER) at Plutonium
25 October – Weinheim (GER) at Cafè Central
26 October – Essen (GER) at Turock
27 October – Tilburg (NL) at Dudok
28 October – Drachten (NL) at Iduna
29 October – Metz (FRA) at Le Gueulard
30 October – Leiden (NL) at Gebr De Nobel
Currently VENOM INC are on their Summer Festival tour, check out the remaining dates below.
August 26 – Headbangers Desaster V – Huberhof Suben (Austria)
August 27 – Beyond The Gates – Bergen (Norway)
October 01 – Mammothfest – Brighton (UK)
December 2-3 – The Xmas Rocka Fest – Sheffield (UK)
First a quick description: swank new cover, SOFT-cover (and I like it!) interestingly, full colour throughout, the story of the band using lots of my previously unpublished interviews with the band, long reviews of the whole catalogue by top journos and mostest coolest… an explosion of visuals, from the very best live photography down to passes ‘n’ ads. Basically done up real pretty like my new Rush book – if you like that format, here it is applied to the kings of thrash.
Updated with a new chapter, a bunch of new pictures and really cool new cover. It’s now 207 pages, versus the original 191 pages.
Here’s the publisher’s blurb of the original:
Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, Metallica has become the single bestselling heavy metal act in music history, with more than 100 million album sales to its credit. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band remains hugely popular worldwide: in 2009, Metallica’s 1991 self-titled LP became the bestselling album of the SoundScan era.
In this book, the first complete illustrated treatment of the band, acclaimed heavy metal journalist Martin Popoff leads a roster of respected heavy metal writers to take on Metallica’s entire history, analyzing each of the group’s ten studio albums (including 2011’s LuLu collaboration with Lou Reed) and providing a complete discography. More than 300 images complement extensive band stories: their formative years spent woodshedding in the clubs of Los Angeles, tragedies like the death of founding bassist Cliff Burton, the triumphs of multiple platinum recordings, personnel changes like the departures of Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted, and tours covering the world over. Live-performance and candid off-stage photographs are accompanied by a stunning selection of memorabilia, including gig posters, concert tees, picture sleeves, backstage passes, buttons, ticket stubs, and more.
By following the same critically acclaimed, high-quality format as Voyageur Press’ previous books on Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, Iron Maiden, Popoff’s own Rush and others, Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History is the authoritative tribute to one of history’s most successful and admired heavy metal bands.
Price including shipping (the book will be signed, by me, to you unless otherwise requested):
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The term “NWoBHM” – what’s a shortcut for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – electrify Metal fans around the globe for already more than 30 years. No wonder, as not only it’s a goldmine of great bands, albums, riffs and spectacular live shows, but also something that influenced and still influence the entire Metal world, and the biggest Metal bands that ever existed, including METALLICA, whose members are known as a huge NWoBHM enthusiasts. Probably all the fans know such NWoBHM acts as IRON MAIDEN, SAXON or DIAMOND HEAD, but those who dig deeper, know that there is still a lot to discover.
One of the best kept secrets of the NWoBHM was CHASER. Back in the day, in 1984, the Ipswich, Suffolk based band released just one single titled “Raiders” (which nowadays is a highly sought after collectors item). But between 1984 and 1986, they actually managed to professionally record 15 tracks, worth of an album release. This never happened, and the recordings got buried for the next 30 years. Now the recordings will be heard and officially released for the first time ever. The limited edition CD entitled “Raiders – The Anthology”, which will include all the 15 tracks, with new dynamic mastering by Bart Gabriel (CIRITH UNGOL, MYTHRA, SATAN’S HOST) will be released on October 28, 2016, on Skol Records. Album’s cover artwork was created by Roberto Toderico, Italian artist known from his cooperation with such NWoBHM acts as TYGERS OF PAN TANG, QUARTZ and MYTHRA.
German Metal Legends RUNNING WILD have released a lyric video for the new song “Black Bart” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming album “Rapid Foray”.
Rock N’ Rolf: “Bartholomew Roberts, called “Black Bart” was not only one of the most flamboyant personalities in the history of piracy, but also the most successful one with more than 200 captured ships.”
“Rapid Foray” will be released worldwide on August 26th 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer!!
=> DigiPak incl. doublesided poster
=> Double gatefold LP with printed innersleevs, 180 g, golden Vinyl and CD in cardboard sleeve
=> Boxset limited to 1.500 units:Digi, 2LP,poster, handsigned photocard, sticker, button, patch and a mousepad
=> Download version
1. Black Skies, Red Flag
3. Stick To Your Guns
4. Rapid Foray
5. By The Blood In Your Heart
6. The Depth Of The Sea – Nautilus (instr.)
7. Black Bart
9. Blood Moon Rising
10. Into The West
11. Last Of The Mohicans
AFFIANCE and New Noise have teamed up to premiere the band’s cover of Toto’s ’80s soft rock gem “Africa.” The song is available for purchase.
Affiance’s Dennis Tvrdik explained the band’s reason for covering this track to New Noise, saying, “About a month before we left for our South Africa tour in 2014, Patrick [Galante] and I were at a bar and Toto’s ‘Africa’ came on. I had joked that we should cover the song since we did a cover of ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe, thinking it was clever to keep the whole continent thing going.”
Tvrdik continued, “But what if we actually recorded it in South Africa? The rest is history. We recorded and mostly wrote ‘Africa’ while in Africa at Audio Militia in Johannesburg. Well, if that wasn’t on my bucket list, it sure is now! This is a reminder of one of the most personally impacting and life-changing tours/experiences to date.”
‘Make Some Noise’ stormed the UK Album Charts at Number 35, the Swiss National Album Chart at Number 10, the US Hard Rock Album Chart at Number 11, debuted in the German National Album Chart at Number 22, on the Austrian Album Chart at Number 34, on the USA Top Hard Music Chart at Number 19, on the Swedish Hard Rock Chart at Number 15, on the Canadian Hard Music Chart at Number 42, and came in on the USA Billboard Top Current Album Chart at Number 93.
The album landed on a total of 23 official charts around the world.
John Corabi says: “We want to thank all of our fans & friends around the world for the AMAZING support of our new record “Make Some Noise”! We have entered all of these charts around the world because of YOU and we can’t thank you enough!!!! Keep spreading the word and we’ll see you on tour soon!!!! You guys are the BEST!!! We love you all!!!!”
As if that wasn’t enough, today sees the band release their brand-new Video for “Join Together” filmed at Europe’s biggest Open Air Festival, Woodstock Poland.
Watch it here:
With an average attendance of over 625.000 people over the last four years, the festival is truly massive and the Daisies were welcomed by the giant crowd with open arms and left to thunderous applause – a true testament to how music makes people “Join Together”!
In July and August of this year, The Dead Daisies played the big European Festivals as well as a string of sold-out headline shows in Ireland, the UK and Germany.
They are currently touring the United States with KISS on their “Freedom To Rock”-Tour. This is topped off by two exclusive headline performances in NYC and Los Angeles as well as an Acoustic Performance at Battlefield Harley Davidson in Gettysburg, PA. They also just recently performed at the coveted Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Later this year, the band will return to perform in Japan and South Korea for the first time, set sail on the KISS KRUISE and embark on an extensive UK & European Co-Headline Tour with The Answer.
Rock & Roll is alive and well!!
ALL Chart Positions below:
# 03 England – Hard Rock & Metal Charts
# 10 Switzerland – Album Charts
# 11 USA – Hard Rock Album Charts
# 12 Germany – Media Markt / Saturn Charts
# 15 Sweden – Hard Rock Charts
# 18 England – Update Charts
# 19 USA – Top Hard Music Charts
# 20 England – Indie Charts
# 21 USA – Indie Charts
# 22 Germany – Album Charts
# 24 USA – Top Internet Charts
# 33 USA – Top Current Rock Charts
# 34 Austria – Album Charts
# 35 England – Album Charts
# 42 Canada – Hard Music Charts
# 48 USA – Album Core Genre Rock Charts
# 66 Canada – Indie Charts
# 93 USA – Top Current Album Charts
# 104 USA – Current Digital Album Charts
# 140 Sweden – Album Charts
# 145 France – Album Charts
# 166 Belgium – Album Charts
# 187 Canada – Album Charts
If anybody really needed additional proof that all of their songs are timeless, classic and independent of trends and fashions, then Fair Warning provide that proof incontestably on Pimp Your Past. The current album by the band from Northern Germany features 2016 versions of the most important tracks from their first three studio albums Fair Warning, Rainmaker and Go!, originally released between 1992 and 1997. Every single note sees Fair Warning underline the motto, which they have chosen for themselves: a good song will always remain a good song (at this point we will save ourselves a decisive “full stop” as an expression of absolute conviction). At the same time, it’s an integral part of the Pimp Your Past concept that the arrangements of some of the new versions differ significantly from the originals. As bassist Ule Ritgen puts it so aptly: “When our Japanese record company approached us with the request for this kind of album, we were skeptical to start with. But once we had made up our minds to not simply rerecord the material but furnish it with a few fresh arrangements, the project gained momentum and we were gripped by a kind of eagerness to explore the possibilities. Especially since the new recording are very energetic and sound excitingly different in parts while their essence has remained the same. You can tell that the originals have a lot of substance and that their quality is extremely robust.”
So it comes as no surprise that the unmistakable spiritedness of this band, which has been on the scene for 25 years and is now throwing a new light on the beginning of their career with Pimp Your Past, is also reflected in the album’s unusual cover artwork. “We’ve run out of dragons, unfortunately they’re extinct,” jokes Helge Engelke and gets to the serious core of the matter: “Of course people may wonder what this ‘arty stuff’ is all about. In view of the term ‘pimp’, a cover featuring old cars would probably have been the logical thing to go for. But honestly: who wants something normal? And after all, monkeys also stand for an early stage of the evolution of man, so the album title and the cover fit together really well. To put it in a nutshell: we played with our origins on Pimp Your Past, which was not only a lot of fun but is also expressed in this particularly humorous artwork.”
Pimp Your Past will be release worldwide (ex-Japan) on October 28th, 2016 as CD through Steamhammer/SPV.
Frontiers Music Srl will release the brand new album from Italian prog metal masters DGM, entitled “The Passage”, on August 26th.
“The Passage” is DGM’s eighth studio album and is the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 with the release of their self-produced mini-album, ‘Random Access Zone’. The band went through several incarnations and lineup changes during the years, but since singer Mark Basile joined the group in 2007, DGM evolved and developed their sound into what they have now become.
DGM releases their new video for the song “Fallen”.
A lyric video for the song “Ghost of Insanity” which features Evergrey singer Tom Englund. The second single released from the album “The Secret Part 1” can be streamed.
Make sure to check out DGM’s video for the song “Animal”
Pre-order your copy of “The Passage” on Amazon and iTunes. When you do you will receive an instant grat track downloads of “Animal”, “The Secret Part 1”, “Ghost of Insanity” and “Fallen”.
It was probably the release of “Frame” (2007) that pushed the band into the top of the league of international prog metal. It was also on the strength of this material that DGM managed to tour for almost four years around the world, taking part in some of the biggest metal festivals, supporting Symphony X on their European tour, and sharing the stage with Pagan’s Mind too. In 2013, DGM came back with “Momentum”, an album which showed the full stylistic maturity of a band which felt fully confident with their abilities, both on the songwriting and the musicianship side. The last album was promoted with more shows and after several gigs in Europe, they performed for the second time at ProgPower USA and started their first Asian tour in November 2014 playing Beijing, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as headliners.
The new album, “The Passage” is another substantial step forward for DGM. Sounding like a hungry, urbanized version of Symphony X, with substantial hard rock influences, the new record is remarkable in several aspects. The compositions are phenomenal, with sweeping choruses, technical passages, lightning fast fretwork, big vocals and bombastic transitions. The playing is simply faultless and the melodies are perfectly woven into the killer guitars, epic keyboards, and pounding drums!
“This album can easily be seen as our most ambitious work to date,” says guitarist and producer Simone Mularoni. “This time we tried to evolve to an even more personal sound. We took all the elements we developed through all these years and we tried to take them to the limit. Throughout the whole record you will hear a recurrent musical theme. Instead of doing a usual concept album with the lyrics, we decided to do a sort of musical concept with this melody that repeats in every song but every time with different time signatures and keys,” tells drummer Fabio Costantino. “This album will offer to the listener a key for a positive dimension. A path made of sound vibrations: The Passage to our dreams and hopes,” concludes bassist Andrea Arcangeli.
Evergrey singer Tom Englund and Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo also appear as special guests contributing the value of this outstanding album. And let’s not forget the great job that producer Simone Mularoni did in the studio! The future looks bright for these guys! Check them out live when they come to a town near you!
Tom Englund – vocals on “Ghosts of Insanity”
Michael Romeo – lead guitar on “Dogma”
Produced by Simone Mularoni
September 16 – Moonlight Music Hall, Diest (Belgium)
September 18 – Café De Meister, Geleen (Holland)
September 20 – International, Paris (rue moret)
October 30 – Trezzo Sull’Adda, Live Club – Frontiers Metal Festival
November 3 – Osaka, Shinsaibashi
November 5 – Nagoya, Osu Red Hall
November 4 – TBD
November 6 – Tokyo, Shinjuku Mars
American rock legend and “cult band” Blue Öyster Cult finally returned Finland 25 years after their previous visit. Back in 2001, the band released its last studio album CURSE OF THE HIDDEN MIRROR. Since the music industry has changed, the band has avoided the recording studio to focus on touring. Blue Öyster Cult has never enjoyed mainstream success here in Finland, with the exception of the radio hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the size of the crowd tonight. Although ticket pricing was really high (over 50 euros) and the show was on Sunday, there were about 600 people in Club Circus who wanted to see the bands’ (possible) last gig in Finland.
On August 25th, 2016, Travis Moore will be hosting the Pop-Up Art Event at Art On Scene on 8521 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA at 7PM. This opening reception will feature a red carpet, catering, quality entertainment and live art, and will be run out of a pop-up space located in close proximity to The Rainbow Bar & Grill. The VIP invite-only event will be comprised of invited guests, celebrities, patrons, as well as friends and family of The Rainbow Bar & Grill, Motörhead and the artist Travis Moore, many of which will also be attendance at The Kilmister Unveiling and Dedication party.
The event will consist of over fifty pieces of original art produced by Sharpie Artist and Kilmister Statue creator Travis Moore, which will focus on music and its role and history in Los Angeles’ iconic imagery. In addition, there will be a “Mini-Lemmy” Museum that will feature Lemmy’s personal items,a s well as all the pictures drawing and work done to complete the Lemmy Kilmister Statue. Featured will be exclusively signed posters, prints, shirts, and event miniature reproductions of the statue.
Travis Moore, a local LA artist has been selected to create the life-size bronze sculpture of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, former bassist and frontman of Motörhead. Travis is a native of Texas, holds a BA in Fine Art as well as a Masters degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has been creating art from the age of two, even having a short 3 panel comic strip in his local paper at age five. His talent was fostered by his mother, who herself has an Art degree from SFASU; her friends and artists Grace and Loyd Carey; and his junior high and high school art teacher, J.D. Beltran. Travis was mentored by Gary Frields while at SFASU, a tremendously dedicated instructor and amazing artist. It was there at SFASU that Travis first began to experiment with his own individual drawing process, which he refers to as “Sharpism”. Travis came to the Los Angeles area in 2005 and has since been part of a number of shows in the area, including two Sharpie sponsored shows at Crewest Gallery and hosted Art Jam: a live art and music event held at The Whisky a Go Go.
Los Angeles artist, Travis Moore, has made headlines for spearheading the new artist movement involving Sharpies, creating completely unique and complex artwork, creating the movement of “Sharpism”.
Porispere festival, now held for the sixth time, has gradually grown into one of the most significant festivals in Finland. Although Porispere is still unable to compete financially against the bigger festivals, they have managed to capture a couple of very interesting artists every year. This year, those were the two US metal bands – Metal Church and Twisted Sister. Porispere’s main idea has always been try to please everyone. And because of that, the festival’s supply was at the very least, peculiar. There were artists from all genres; starting from Finland’s leading pop stars, schlager and rap artists, children’s bands to metal bands. Although there were a couple of other interesting names on the festival too, like Children of Bodom, I only reviewed the legends.
One of the founders and organizers Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Devin Townsend, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Tenent, Zimmer’s Hole etc) took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions.