Brutal Assault : video clip of Textures at Brutal Assault of the last year

June 4th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

this is how Textures rocked last year at BA! and this year we are again gonna have many great modern sounding bands like: August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, Miss May I, Oceans Ate Alaska, SikTh, The Amity Affliction, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Trivium, Walls Of Jericho – OFFICIAL PAGE or While She Sleeps!

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The return of the Axemaster!

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

After a long silence, we are back with some very important AXEMASTER updates! Since last summer, the band has been working with producer extrodinairre Rick Fuller (who has worked with such major bands as KISS, POWERMAN 5000, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and PRONG) at both his and Joe Sims’ studios to record and produce a new full length Axemaster album, the band’s second with Pure Steel Records (Germany). All of the final masters for the album, which will be titled “Crawling Chaos”, are now close to completion and will soon be sent to Pure Steel along with original professional front cover artwork by Noël Puente. While the new material retains the heavy edge of the previous Axemaster album “Overture to Madness”, overall it’s also more reminiscent of the bands musical roots from the late 80’s. All who are associated with the project agree that in every aspect (both sound and appearance), this will be a very special album for the band!

Additional major band news is that, in coordination with the release of “Crawling Chaos”, Pure Steel is planning to also re-release a collection of old Axemaster material ON VINYL. There are very few details available yet (such as the title and which songs will be included), but we do know that Pure Steel has already had most of the band’s old material mastered and everything sounds much better than it ever has. We expect to be receiving much more information soon.

No official release date for either album has been set as of yet. We will provide all important updates, details, and information concerning both releases as it become available. In addition to these emails, you can always find the most current band news at the following sites:
http://www.axemasterofficial.com/https://www.facebook.com/axemasterofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Axemastergroup

 

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LOUD AS HELL FEST ANNOUNCE 2017 LINE UP W/ BATTLECROSS, BISON, BLACK WIZARD, AGGRESSION + MORE

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

 

LoudAsHell.com | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Tickets

Loud As Hell Metal Fest Announce 2017 Line Up w/ Battlecross, Bison, Black Wizard, Aggression and more!

Aug 4-6 – Drumheller, AB @ Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds

Tag #LAH666 On Your Social Media

Western Canada’s decibel breaking heavy metal festival Loud As Hell returns for its sixth consecutive year presented by Semchuk Productions, Jurassic Ink Custom Tattoo, Prairie Fire Events, and Asher Media Relations. Hosted in the Alberta badlands in Drumheller, this year’s three day festival from August 4th-6th features 40 bands from across Western Canada and beyond. Ready to resurrect the roaring echoes of the dinosaurs that once ruled the area millions of years ago, the 2017 headliners Detroit tyrants BATTLECROSS will be melting the faces off headbangers and sure to stir a massive pit along with stoner rockers Vancouver’s BLACK WIZARD will fellow city comrades sludge riffers BISON and Canadian 80’s thrash legends AGGRESSION. The festival also includes various vendors, tattoo artists, suspension demos, guitar and drum clinics. Full line-up and set times listed below.

Weekend passes are now available at pre-sale price for $79 CAD until March 1st and will increase to the regular price of $99 CAD. Weekend passes include tent camping (additional onsite charges for RV’s, trailers, & motorhomes).
Tickets available at http://www.loudashell.com/tickets.

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Loud As Hell – 2017 Line Up & Set Times

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/572801856244503/

Friday, August 4
Cocaine Moustache (Vancouver, BC) – 12:45am
Bison (Vancouver, BC) – 11:15pm
Exit Strategy (Calgary, AB) – 10pm
Mortillery (Edmonton, AB) – 9pm
Sentient (Calgary, AB) – 8pm
W.M.D. (Calgary, AB) – 7pm
Leave The Living (Red Deer, AB) – 6pm

Saturday, August 5
Shocker (Edmonton, AB) – 12:45am
Aggression (Vancouver, AB) – 11:15pm
Planet Eater (Regina, SK) – 10pm
All Else Fails (Edmonton, AB) – 9pm
Tyrants Demise (Winnipeg, MB) – 8pm
Expain (Vancouver, BC) – 7pm
Neck of The Woods (Vancouver, BC) – 6pm
Shark Infested Daughters (Calgary, AB) – 5:15pm
God Said Kill (Port Coquitlam, BC) – 4:30pm
Burning Effigy (Calgary, AB) – 3:45pm
Social Arsonist (Chile/Vancouver, BC)- 3pm
Hammerdrone (Calgary, AB) – 2:15pm
Cell (Winipeg, MB)- 1:30pm
Tides of Kharon (Edmonton, AB) – 12:45pm
The Cadavor Dog (High River, AB) – 12pm
Concrete Funeral (Calgary, AB) – 11:15am
Nuclear Oath (Medicine Hat, AB) – 10:30am

Sunday, August 6
Battlecross (Detroit, MI) – 11:15pm
Black Wizard (Vancouver, BC) – 10pm
Galactic Pegasus (Vancouver, BC) – 9pm
Scythia (Calgary, AB) – 8pm
Nylithia (Vancouver, BC) – 7pm
Dead Asylum (Vancouver, BC) – 6pm
Altars of Grief (Regina, SK) – 5:15pm
Skepsis (Edmonton, AB) – 4:30pm
Tales of The Tomb (Edmonton, AB) – 3:45pm
Tyrants of Chaos (Lethbridge, AB) – 3pm
Slaughterhauser (Mission City, BC) – 2:15pm
Sovereign Enemy (Winnipeg, MB)  – 1:30pm
Statue of Demur (Calgary, AB) – 12:45pm
Gales of Avalon (Calgary, AB) – 12pm
Immunize (Edmonton, AB) – 11:15am
Caste of Shadows (Lethbridge, AB) – 10:30am

Loud As Hell 2017 social media hashtag is #LAH666.

Also check out Metal-Rules.com’s live review of LAH 2016 here.

For more info, please visit these links:

https://www.facebook.com/LoudAsHellFestival

http://www.loudashell.com
@Loudashellfest #LAH666

Video Links: https://www.youtube.com/user/SlimBzTV

Festival Bio:

Loud As Hell Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada will be celebrating year 6 in 2017. As always the festival takes place over August long weekend from August 4th-6th. They always work their hardest to deliver the best lineup in the West ready to melt your face off. Featuring over 30 of the top Canadian metal bands you won’t want to miss any of it. And don’t forget about their freak shows, burlesque dancers, clinics, vendors and dinosaurs!

 

WCMFA:

Armstrong MetalFest – http://www.armstrongmetalfest.ca
Calgary Metalfest – http://www.calgarymetalfest.com
Days of The Dead – https://www.facebook.com/DaysOfTheDeadRD
Farmageddon Open Air – http://www.farmageddon.ca
Loud As Hell – http://www.loudashell.com
Metalocalypstick – http://metalocalypstickfest.rocks
Metallion – http://www.facebook.com/metallionfestival

Sponsors / Partners:

Asher Media Relations – http://www.ashermediarelations.com

Jurassic Ink – https://www.facebook.com/Jurassic-Ink-Custom-Tattoo-Studio-337036566310964/

Metal Heads United – https://www.facebook.com/MHUnited/

PureGrainAudio – http://www.puregrainaudio.com

Prairie Fire Events – https://www.facebook.com/prairiefireevents/

SANE Clothing – http://www.saneclosthing.com

Voxx Promos – http://voxxpromotions.wixsite.com/voxxpromotions

 

 

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Evergrey w. Seven Kingdoms, Need and Ascendia Calgary, Alberta May 22, 2017

June 3rd, 2017
by J P

Evergrey w. Seven Kingdoms, Need and Ascendia  Calgary, Alberta  May 22, 2017

Review by JP, photos by Jeff Baratelli

It was a hot long weekend on May 22nd, 2017 (celebrating Victoria Day) in Calgary, Canada when an international touring package came to town.  Evergrey (Sweden) touring in support of their most recent release THE STORM WITHIN was supported by Seven Kingdoms (USA), Need (Greece) and Ascendia (Canada).

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LION’ SHARE releases first new song in 8 years

June 3rd, 2017
by EvilG

After a six-year hiatus, Swedish heavy metal band LION’ SHARE has just released a new lyric video, “Another Desire”. This is the group’s first new release since the Dark Hours album in 2009.

“ plan was always to release more LION’ SHARE material. And even though Lars [Chriss, guitar] and I live quite far apart, we have managed to squeeze in songwriting sessions here and there throughout the years,” lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson reveals.

“’ been working full time as a producer/mixer for the last six years, and Patrik has released albums and toured with both Civil War and Astral Doors, so it’ not like we’ been out of the music business, even though LION’ SHARE as a band hasn’ been very public”, Chriss adds.

Both remark that they have always worked very well together, and at this point it feels the most natural to keep LION’ SHARE as a duo, with friends helping out wherever needed.

Well over 20 new LION’ SHARE songs are more or less written. About half of them are partly recorded as well, with original member Andy Loos handling the bass duties on the first batch of tracks. The plan is to release a couple of lyric videos – one by one – a couple of months apart, and to take it from there, depending on the response from fans.

Follow LION’ SHARE on http://www.facebook.com/lionsshareband and http://www.youtube.com/LIONSSHARE for more news and upcoming videos.

The official lyric video for “Another Desire” can be seen below.

LION’ SHARE – Another Desire [Lyric Video 2017]

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Pre-Orders for Brendon Small’s “Galaktikon II: Become The Storm” Available Now + Vinyl Formats and Track Listing Revealed

June 3rd, 2017
by EvilG

Galaktikon II: Become The Storm | August 25, 2017 | Megaforce Records/MRI
 
Enter for your chance to win an extra special Galaktikon II: Become The Storm vinyl test pressing – details below!
 
Pre-Order Here:
Digital (iTunes, Amazon) | Physical CD | Original Vinyl | Picture Disc Vinyl
 


Brendon Small – the mastermind behind massive metal band Dethklok and albums The Dethalbum, Dethalbum II, Dethalbum III andMetalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – announced that he will release his upcoming high-stakes intergalactic extreme rock/metal album, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, on August 25, 2017 via Megaforce Records/MRI.

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MARTY FRIEDMAN – Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, Ambassador to Japan and Undisputed God of Exotic Guitar Returns with “Wall Of Sound”

June 3rd, 2017
by EvilG
MARTY FRIEDMAN - WALL OF SOUND

MARTY FRIEDMAN – WALL OF SOUND

MARTY FRIEDMAN‘s new album, Wall Of Sound, which will be released on August 4, 2017, expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. It was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice In Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Legendary Queen producer, Mack, came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, “Streetlight” and “For a Friend”, which Friedman proclaimed was, “an honor for me, for sure”. The album’s first track, “Self Pollution”, can be streamed here:

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Quiet Riot To Release “Road Rage” August 4th

June 2nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Quiet Riot continues their historic journey in 2017 with their new album, “Road Rage”. Led by drummer Frankie Banali, who is joined by veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of the band since 1982), guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been in the band since 2004), and new vocalist James Durbin, the band continues to be an unstoppable force in the rock ‘n roll world.

Pre-Order “Road Rage” here: http://radi.al/RoadRage or at the links below:

Amazon: http://radi.al/RoadRageAmazon
iTunes: http://radi.al/RoadRageiTunes
Google Play: http://radi.al/RoadRageGooglePlay

“The recordings for the new “Road Rage” record have been an incredible musical journey in the storied history of Quiet Riot. I asked vocalist James Durbin to fill the very large shoes of the late great Kevin DuBrowbecause Iknew he could.While no one can ever replace Kevin DuBrow, he has the same spirit and drive that Kevin had. James is an amazing live performer with insane vocal range, but he is also a very gifted songwriter and brought to the “Road Rage” record totally uniqueoriginal lyrics and melodies.  Not only do they fit perfectly to the music we wrote, but took the songs to a completely new level. All the work that we have put into this record has been well worth the wait! I am extremely proud of guitarist Alex Grossi, bassist Chuck Wright and especially James Durbin for the work we have created on this record. Quiet Riot continues to tour relentlessly and will be on the road throughout the year.  Expect to hear your Quiet Riot favorites as well as new songs from “Road Rage” at our shows!” exclaims Frankie Banali.

New frontman James Durbin comments on joining the band and his work on “Road Rage”.

“The crown-jewel, on top of joining one of your favorite bands, has to be writing, recording & releasing a new album. No matter what, you are now a part of that band’s history & I’m honored to have had the opportunity to do that with Quiet Riot. I spent just over 3 weeks marathon song-writing brand new lyrics and melodies for every song & recording vocals. I’m extremely proud of the “Road Rage” record, not only that I had the band’s support & trust to deliver, or how great of a personal accomplishment & blessing it’s been, but that we can keep the Quiet Riot freak flag flying & have the chance to inspire a new generation of fans!”

“Road Rage” was originally scheduled for release in the spring of 2017, but with the injection of newfound energy for the band with the addition of American Idol alumni James Durbin in the vocalist slot, the band decided to scrap the original sessions and record a new version of the album with the new and improved line-up. The results are everything Quiet Riot fans could have hoped for! “Road Rage” is set for release August 4, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Quiet Riot is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit album, 1983’s “Metal Health”. That album topped the Billboard album charts for several months and the follow up album; “Condition Critical” went double platinum. The band has continued to record and tour throughout the decades following.

Frankie Banali’s history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release since the release of their now classic album, “Metal Health”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching, and the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has moved forward with the band to bring the fans “Road Rage”!

Musically, “Road Rage” offers exactly what you would expect from Quiet Riot. Arena ready hard rock with strong hooks and infectious riffs, along with maturity in the songwriting that only a band with such a history and pedigree can offer.

Quiet Riot has come back stronger than ever, in perfect METAL HEALTH with the new album, “Road Rage”! Catch them on the road this summer!

“Road Rage” Track Listing:
1. Can’t Get Enough
2. Getaway
3. Roll This Joint
4. Freak Flag
5. Wasted
6. Still Wild
7. Make A Way
8. Renegades
9. The Road
10. Shame
11. Knock Em Down

QUIET RIOT Lineup
Frankie Banali – drums
Alex Grossi – guitars
Chuck Wright – bass guitar
James Durbin – vocals

See Quiet Riot Live:
6/2: Lincolnton, NC @ Court Square
6/4: Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Boathouse Concert Series
6/10: Farmington, Hills MI @ Motor City Harley Davidson Festival
6/17: Sauk Rapids, MN @ Old Capital Tavern
6/23: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2
6/24: Big Spring, TX @ Annual Fantastic Fourth
6/30: Marksville, LA @ MARI CENTER – PARAGON CASINO

7/1: Junction City, KS @ Sundown Salute
7/7: Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
7/15: Lake Ozark, MO @ The Horny Toad At Camden On The Lake
7/21: Las Vegas, NV @ The Golden Nugget Casino

8/11: Greenville, TX @ The TExan Theater
8/12: Longview, TX @ Maude Cobb Event Center
8/18: Imperial, NE @ Chase County Fairgrounds
8/25: Le Roy, NY @ Jam At The Ridge
8/26: Port Falls, ID @ Stateline Cruiser

9/1 – San Pedro, CA @ USS IOWA – Fleetweek 2017
9/2 – Wilmington, NC @ The Thorne Theater
9/7 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak
9/15 – East Durham, NY @ Catskill Mountain Thunder
9/21 – St Charles IL @ Arcada Theater
9/23 – Newkirk, OK @ Southwind Casino

10/19: Houston, TX @ Proof Rooftop
10/28: Brownsville, TX @ Rock The Park Festival
10/29: Pekin, IL @ Avanti’s Dome – Rock ‘N’ Skull Festival

11/4: Pembrook, Pines FL @ Rockfest 80’S -CB Smith Park
11/8: West, Hollywood CA @ The Whisky A Go Go

2018
February 15-19 @ Rock Legends Cruise

For More Info Visit:
www.quietriot.band
www.facebook.com/quietriot

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HammerFall “extensive Glory To The Brave session” planned for album’s 20th anniversary

June 2nd, 2017
by EvilG
Hammerfall - Glory To The Brave

Hammerfall – Glory To The Brave

Since this is the 20th anniversary of HammerFall’s debut album Glory To The Brave, the band has decided to do something very special to celebrate this milestone. At Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Sabaton Open Air Festival in Sweden, they members will be joined on stage by Swedish Grammy nominees Draupner (featuring 3-time key-fiddle world champion Magnus Holmström) for an extensive Glory To The Brave session that you won’t see anywhere else.

Singer Joacim Cans exclaims: “I have worked with these wizards of folk music before, and what they are capable of doing on their instruments is almost impossible. If Yngwie Malmsteen played key-fiddle his name would be Magnus Holmström. This will truly be an epic and unforgettable addition to the live set!”

Draupner represents the timeless Swedish folk music tradition and will put their very unique stamp on some of the HammerFall classics. Expect something very much out of the ordinary for this segment, as no other band on this level has incorporated the Swedish folk music and made the tradition come alive in a heavy metal setting. This will be reserved for the headline slot of these two festivals and nowhere else.

Catch HammerFall live this year:

June 2 Rock Fest Plzen, Czech Republic
June 23 Rock am Härtzfeldsee Dischingen, Germany
June 24 Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar Mannheim, Germany
July 2 RockFest Barcelona, Spain
July 14 Rockmarathon Budapest, Hungary
July 15 Bang Your Head Balingen, Germany*
Aug 5 Helgeåfestivalen Knisslinge, Sweden
Aug 11 Leyendas del Rock Alicante, Spain
Aug 13 Vagos Metal Fest Vagos, Portugal
Aug 18 Sabaton Open Air Falun, Sweden*
Nov 4 Lycksele Rock Festival Lycksele, Sweden
Nov 10 Folkets Park Huskvarna Huskvarna, Sweden

*=special Glory To The Brave session with Draupner

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GRUMPYNATORS Premiere New Video For “Then We Cried”

June 2nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

”Then we Cried” is the 2nd single from Grumpynators new album, “City Of Sin”. “The song is about a anti-hero, who is also described on “Walked Away” from “Wonderland”, who has some problems which basically origins from his own personality. A lot of people can probably relate to the clown in the video, who tries his best, but still just fails to succeed. The video has been recorded and produced by Emil Vinther Sørensen, who have also made the videos to “The Stalker” and “Burning In The Snow”.

More Grumpynators info:

Grumpynators release their second album supported by Jacob Hansen and Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex. Anthrax).

The 24th of March Danish rock/metal act Grumpynators will release their second album entitled “City of Sin”.

“It is the difficult second album” says guitarist, Christian Noergaard and continues: ”It has been vital for us to make this record a lot stronger than the debut. This is one of the reasons why we choose Jacob Hansen to produce and mix it”. Michael H. Andersen, Mighty Music follows up: “I think Grumpynators is entering a whole new league on this album, both in terms of songwriting, vocal performance and overall expression”.

The 12 track album is a product of a joint work process between the 4 musicians in the band. In addition, they have Rob Caggiano as guest guitarist on “Far Away”, a song where he is playing solos, fills and themes.

The band recorded drums and guitars together with Jakob Gundel (Black Book Lodge/Invocator) and vocal recording, mix and mastering was done by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, and Pretty Maids).

Artwork for “City Of Sin” is created by Karsten Sand (Volbeat, Mike Tramp).

Since the debut album from 2015, “Wonderland”, Grumpynators have played a lot in Denmark and Germany. Highlights of 2016 was when they were selected for a “Gaffa-price” as Danish Hard Rock Release of the year, when they were nominated for a High Voltage Award as Danish Alternative Release Of The Year and when they performed at Copenhell.

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Steelfest 2017

June 1st, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Steelfest is known for the sonic pleasure of the most obscure and brutal bands sharing two stages. The festival once again had an extremely strong line-up offering killer bands from the front lines of the death/black metal genre from below and above the underground. Even though the festival is kind of small, it has an intimate feel. All those ones attending the fest definitely know what  to expect to witness during these two days.  The normal weekend metal maniacs are more or less rare to be seen at the festival. Steelfest is hailed as one of the greatest festivals with all extreme bands on the bill. It was a huge pleasure to see the crowd from abroad at the fest. The Metal-Rules.com team spent the whole weekend at Steelfest, witnessing killer bands… All Hail \,,/

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Groundbreaking Iranian Alt-Metal Band TARANTIST Releases New Album “Not A Crime” Today

June 1st, 2017
by EvilG

Available Today via iTunes and More Digital Retailers

Listen to a New Track, “Rain, Pour Down”, Here:

Formed in 2000 by a group of young underground metal heads, TARANTIST originated in the basement alternative rock and heavy metal scenes in their native Tehran, Iran. Having to perform secretly-but-loudly often proved to be difficult, but after sparking a following via word of mouth in the underground, the band soon began to garner international recognition. Within just a few years, international media correspondents inspired by their story (including BBC, SKY, CNN, NPR, Metal Hammer and Kerrang) started visiting Tehran to meet and talk with TARANTIST. These news reports and articles aided TARANTIST in cultivating a worldwide following – motivating the band to relocate to the United States Los Angeles in 2008.

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GWAR INVADES YOUR COMIC SHOP JUNE 7. SIGNINGS AND EXCLUSIVES GALORE!

June 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

ON JUNE 7th GWAR invades comic book stores worldwide with their new 4 issue comic book series GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON from Dynamite Comics!  Brought to life by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight), this highly-anticipated series is sure to delight with violence, fun, and absurdity.

Having drenched the music and film world in gore, humor, and political/social satire for 30 years, GWAR’s coming for your comic books and it’s gonna be a bloody good time!  Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series?  No way!

“You already love bonkers fun comics about dinosaurs, giant robots, monsters, aliens, and enough blood spew to drown drown a small nation anyways, so you’re gonna love the GWAR book.  It’s written as a perfect jumping-on point for people unfamiliar with the band, but still has enough juicy tidbits to make the die-hard fans go ‘oh yeah, I remember that awesome thing!'” says series co-writer Matt Miner.

Find your local comic book store at www.comicshoplocator.com and make sure to hit them up on June 7 to pick up the first issue.

SIGNING TOUR!  Come getcha stuff signed and meet some folks!

June 7: GWAR comic release/signing party at 2nd & Charles in Richmond, VA.  Meet GWAR live and in-costume and co-writer Matt Miner! Don’t miss this!
June 7: Series artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer signs GWAR #1 at Sanctum Tattoos & Comics in Birmingham, AL.
June 7: Artist Ally Cat signs her exclusive cover at Brave New Worlds in Philadelphia, PA.
June 7: Backup/Cover artist Scott Wygmans signs copies at Green Brain Comics in Detroit, MI.
June 8: Meet Bonesnapper, Sawborg, and Beefcake plus series co-writer Matt Miner at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD.  Giveaways, GWAR costume contest, and more!
June 9: Backup/Cover artist Scott Wygmans signs copies at Vault of Midnight in Grand Rapids, MI.
June 10: Meet GWAR’s Sleazy P. Martini and series co-writer Matt Miner at Black Cat Comics in Salt Lake City, UT.  Black Cat’s 13th anniversary party with sales, giveaways and more!
June 14: Cover artist Dave Fox signs his exclusive cover for Royal Collectibles in Queens, NY, along with series co-writer Matt Miner.
June 17: Cover artist Sean Von Gorman signs his exclusive cover for East Side Mags in Montclair, NJ, along with series letterer Taylor Esposito and co-writer Matt Miner.
June 24: Series co-writer Matt Miner signs at Coast City Comics in Portland, ME.  Afterparty with bands to follow!
July 5: GWAR’s Sexecutioner and series co-writer Matt Miner celebrate the release of issue 2 at ZAPP Comics in Wayne, NJ – details TBD
July 7-8: GWAR’s Sexecutioner and Sleazy P. Martini join series co-writer Matt Miner at VA ComiCon, in Richmond, VA!  Come get your comics signed!  Buy our stuff!
July 15: Series co-writer Matt Miner signs at Comic Book Jones in Staten Island, NY – details TBD
August 2: Series co-writer Matt Miner signs issue 3 at JHU Comic Books in New York City – details TBD

LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE COVERS!  A handful of stores and conventions have special limited edition covers that you can’t get ANYWHERE ELSE.  These rare covers are bound to sell out quickly, so get on it!  Click the links to see the art.

Black Cat Comics exclusive, art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer with Doug Garbark colors
Hip Hopf Comics exclusive, art by Mike Rooth
Larry’s Comics and Jetpack Comics shared exclusive, art by GWAR’s Bob Gorman with Hank Jones colors
2nd & Charles exclusive, art by Stephen Blickenstaff
Third Eye Comicsexclusive, art by GWAR’s Matt Maguire
East Side Mags exclusive, art by Sean Von Gorman and Brian Level, with Paul Mounts colors
Brave New Worlds exclusive, art by Ally Cat
Royal Collectiblesexclusive, art by Dave Fox, with Doug Garbark colors
VA ComiCon exclusive, art by GWAR’s Bob Gorman
Coast City Comics exclusive, art by GWAR’s Matt Maguire
Warped Tour / GWAR merch exclusive, art by Matthew Allison

Are you gonna cry for your momma? Are you gonna have a good time? Are you gonna be a bohab when it’s your turn to die?

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Third Annual “Ride For Ronnie” Motorcycle Rally and Concert Raises $40,000 for Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

June 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

“Steven Adler and Friends” All-Star Jam and Performances by Lynch Mob, Dio Disciples, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, The Loveless, Sonia Harley and No Small Children Highlight Afternoon Concert in Los Encinos Park

Despite the continuous threat of rain, the third annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Rally and Concert, held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, attracted motorcycle enthusiasts and rock music fans alike and raised $40,000 for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.  Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio led the procession of some 200 motorcycle riders for the morning RIDE from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park in Encino.  She was joined by Sons of Anarchy actors Emilio Rivera (and also star of the forthcoming Mayans MC series), Sean McNabb (who also performed with Lynch Mob at the concert) and Star Fields, as well as actors Al Coronel (The Last Ship) and Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) and musicians Lita Ford, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, who claimed to be on the oldest bike in the RIDE and Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), plus Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director Dr. Sandy Kapoor and KLOS Radio “Horns Up” show personality Stew Herrera.

The afternoon of live music following the RIDE, hostedby radio and television personality Eddie Trunk,was kicked off by the trio of rockin’ schoolteachers known as No Small Children.  Performances by Sonia Harley, The Loveless, Eddie Money and Rough Cutt followed. Rough Cutt concluded its set with a performance of “Stars,” the song released in 1986 by Hear ‘N Aid, an organization spearheaded by the original Dio band to raise money for famine relief in Africa.  Rough Cutt members Paul Shortino, Dave Alford, Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, and Matt Thorne were joined on stage by Lita Ford, Ronnie James Dio’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (Elf, The Rods), Brittany Denaro (Vixen), Patrick Stone (Budderside), Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Joe Retta, Bjorn Englen and Scott Warren of Dio Disciples, Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat) and legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads’ brother Kelle Rhoads for the song.

Next up, Steven Adler and Friends took to the stage for an all-star jam featuring the Guns N’ Roses drummer along with Mike Devin (Whitesnake), Lita Ford, Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot), Patrick Stone (Budderside) and Jeff Pilson (Foreigner and former Dio guitarist), playing three Guns N’ Roses hits.

Rousing sets by Dio Disciples and headliners Lynch Mob rounded out the afternoon of music.  The threatening skies finally let loose during Lynch Mob’s last song, drenching the audience as they headed out of the park.

A silent auction, raffle and live auction, which included Eddie Money’s stage-worn full-length leather trenchcoat from his 2000 “Millennium Tour” and a Great White acoustic guitar signed by the band members brought in additional donations during the event.

Wendy Dio and Dr. Sandy Kapoor presented a check for $25,000 to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry to further his team’s research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer.  Dr. Wong told the crowd that the recognized support from the Dio Cancer Fund has already brought his project additional funding.

The family of Randy Rhoads-his sister Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and brother Kelle Rhoads-joined Wendy Dio on stage to show their support for the work of the Dio Cancer Fund, presenting the organization with a donation in memory of their late brother.

Additionally, 95.5 KLOS, Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station, came on board this year as an event sponsor and was out in force, bringing its Frosty, Heidi & Frank RV to Harley Davidson in Glendale for the start of the RIDE.  KLOS radio personalities Melissa Maxx and Stew Herrera helped out with the hosting duties at the concert.  Other event sponsors included Ninkasi Brewing Company, Graffiti Wine, Solar Rain Water, Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Bigg Time Entertainment.  Slammin Sliders, G’s Taco Spot, Hungry Nomad and Archie’s Ice Cream food trucks were on hand at the park.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org) was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010.   A privately funded 501(c)(3) public charity, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has already raised nearly $2 million since its inception.  Monies raised have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life, and other cancer research projects. Most recently, the Dio Cancer Fund has committed funds to support the research of Dr. David Wong and his team at the UCLA School of Dentistry in developing a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer, which is in keeping with the Fund’s mission of cancer prevention, research and education.

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Zakk Sabbath Announces Fall Tour Dates! 

June 1st, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath cover band / super group featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens of the Stoneage) have announced additional tour dates this fall. Dates kick off on September 7 at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD before wrapping at Revolution Rock Festival at Foxwoods Casino on September 9.

Drummer JP Gaster of CLUTCH will be taking over drum duties for these shows as drummer Joey Castillo has prior commitments.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 2nd at ZakkSabbath.live and VIP upgrade packages will be available on Monday June 5th at ZakkSabbath.VIP.

Tour Dates:
Sep-07 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sep-08 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sep-09 – Mashantucket, CT @ Outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino – “Revolution Rock Festival”

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