From Hell’s Heart:
THE TOP 5 METAL VOCAL REPLACEMENTS
As usual, constraints must be placed on everyone’s suggestions. The vocalists, the original and the replacement in each list, must have both recorded a studio album with the band. To make our lists a little more interesting, we have an honorable Top 5 which we disallowed from each staffers top 5. We just assumed these would likely win otherwise and make the point of doing the list pointless.
Honorary top 5:
1. Bruce Dickinson 2. Dio 3. Rob Halford 4. Phil Anselmo 5. Brian Johnson
So with those vocal legends given their rightful place, let’s continue on with the selections.
One band, two crowds, two countries—a tale of two cities indeed. From Germany’s Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world and a city unto itself, to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each has its own distinct personality.
Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals… ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb.
As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.
Festival crowds are unique because most people are there for the occasion itself rather than for any particular band. For us that is always a welcome challenge and a chance to connect with many who may never have seen us before. But the real stars are all in the audience. Thank you, Wacken.
By way of contrast, the Budokan is a temple of peace (except for the infamous occasion when all the seating was destroyed). Made in Japan was partially recorded there and we’ve played there many times since. For such a large space, the acoustics are excellent; this special building never ceases to impress.
On this particular evening, we came in at the back door, climbed the cool, marble staircase and entered the familiar dressing room. Feeling like we’re the only people in the building, it’s hard to believe there’s even an audience out there.
But there is, young and old, sitting patiently or chatting quietly—the embodiment of civility. It’s almost like the respectful hush one might find in a cathedral. But they’re here to rock. And rock they do. They may be quiet while they’re waiting, but they are far from shy during the show. They gave us an unforgettable evening. Thank you, Tokyo.
From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) has been filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013. For the first time in Deep Purple’s history, the band will release a 3D version of their performance on Blu-ray, filmed at Wacken.
…To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) has been filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.
The audio of both shows has been mixed in Hamburg, Germany by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) with the supervision of Roger Glover.
From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) and …To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made available on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), and Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) on September 18 on earMUSIC.
Just a few more weeks and the BULLETBOYS will embark on a National headline-tour with LA Guns axe-man Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.
BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available – You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8×10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.
Buy your VIP here: www.bulletboysofficial.com/my-website#!__my-website/tour-dates
The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80’s, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he’s the real freak’n deal. If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80’s record you are completely wrong!”
Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records OUT NOW!! You can ORDER this long awaited album here: http://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq and many other fine online outlets such as Amazon.
TOUR DATES – MORE DATES TBA – NEW DATES IN BOLD:
JULY – ARMED ALLIANCE TOUR W/LA GUNS TRACII GUNS & KILLER BEE W/PAUL CHAPMAN OF U.F.O.
MON 07/06 TUCSON, AZ CLUB XS – NEW DATE!
WED 7/08 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK THUNDER ALLEY
THU 7/09 DALLAS, TX GAS MONKEY LIVE
FRI 7/10 HOUSTON, TX CONCERT PUB NORTH
SAT 7/11 AUSTIN, TX THE GATSBY
SUN 7/12 SAN ANTONIO, TX BOOZEHOUNDS
MON 7/13 MARRERO, LA BARATARIA LIVE
TUE 7/14 MEMPHIS, TN ROCKHOUSE LIVE
THU 7/15 JONES CREEK, GA 37 MAIN – NEW!
FRI 7/17 PITTSBURGH, PA REX THEATER
SAT 7/18 MANCHESTER, NH JEWEL NIGHTCLUB
SUN 7/19 NARRAGANSETT, RI THE WHEEL HOUSE – NEW!
MON 7/20 NEW YORK, NY EDDIE TRUNK SHOW – LIVE
TUE 7/21 NEW YORK, NY GRAMERCY THEATER **EDDIE TRUNK TO HOST
WED 7/22 TORONTO, ON ROCK PILE EAST
THU 7/23 TOLEDO, OHIO BAR 145 – NEW!
FRI 7/24 WESTLAND, MI THE TOKEN LOUNGE
SAT 7/25 BOLINGBROOK, IL TAILGATERS
SUN 7/26 FRIDLEY, MN GB LEIGHTON’S PICKLE PARK
WED 7/29 MERRIAM, KS AFTERSHOCK
THU 7/30 COLORADO SPR, CO PEAK 31
SAT 8/01 MESA, ARIZONA CLUB RED **NO TRACII GUNS – NEW DATE
END FIRST LEG OF THE ARMED ALLIANCE TOUR
SAT 8/15 IRVINE, CA CATHOUSE LIVE FESTIVAL – W/ EXTREME, SEBASTIAN BACH, DOKKEN, CINDERELLAS TOM KIEFFER AND MORE
THU 8/27 MELBOURNE, FL 80’S IN THE PARK FESTIVAL
FRI 8/28 TAMPA, FLORIDA BRASS MUG – NEW DATE
10/03/15 LAKE ELSINORE, CA HAIR OF THE DOG FESTIVAL (AT STORM STADIUM) – WITH WARRANT, DOKKEN, STEPHEN PEARCY AND MORE
10/16/15 GREEN BAY, WI PHATHEADZ BAR
10/18/15 PEKIN, IL ROCK N SKULL (AT GOODFELLAS) – W/ FASTER PUSSYCAT
The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .
One of the hottest releases of 2015 is undoubtedly the new album by dual female fronted alternative metal power trio TANG featuring a guest appearance by legendary Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider! Titled “Blood & Sand”, TANG’s new CD features a duet with Dee Snider on the track “Reign of Blood”!
Says guitarist Denny Colt, “Bonnie knew Dee from back in the day when they both did the club circuit…I hooked up with Dee when I was in Van Helsing’s Curse with him..so we have quite the connection. He’s a really nice guy & did such a great job on the duet with Bonnie on ‘Reign of Blood.’”
Hailing from New York, TANG features Bonnie Parker on Vox & Bass and Denny Colt on Vox, Lead Guitar & Keyboards, and have been trading phrases back and forth in their own ripping style since 1999. Mark Edwards, formerly of Criss Angel & Burning Star, now brings skull-splitting drum beats and a monster attitude. TANG has toured Europe, Canada and the US opening shows for such artists as Crucified Barbara, Girlschool, W.A.S.P., Dokken, Hammerfall, Helloween, Dee Snider, Symphony X and many, many other cool bands.
Denny played guitar, toured & recorded in Dee Snider’s “Van Helsing’s Curse”, the gothic rock orchestra. Bonnie & Denny have currently played, toured & recorded, with Corky Laing from Mountain in his new band “Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves”. They are also working with Corky in Finland, writing, recording & performing on a rock opera called “Playing God” which was presented in Helsinki in 2014. The opera was presented in the US in April 2015 at Yale University & Hunter College.
“I love the total rock vibe of the new TANG CD! It’s real, it’s vital – it’s brilliant.” – Corky Laing
TANG is featured in the new Fred Carpenter film, “Charlie Mantle”, performing their song “Crashing”. The film debuted summer of 2014 and stars Armand Assante, Sean Young and Robert Funaro. Says Bonnie, “TANG was in the film performing the song in a Russian mob club as the lead character, Robert Funaro (of The Soprano’s), is at the end of his dirty cop career & everything is ‘crashing’ down around him. Great concept by director Fred Carpenter!”
Now much to the excitement of their fans worldwide, on September 1, 2015, TANG is releasing their new CD “Blood & Sand”!
Says Denny, “TANG is currently promoting the release of ‘Blood & Sand’ doing shows in the tri-state area. We are talking with promoters in Europe, Scandinavia & the US about setting up a tour. Our first CD, ‘Mental Pollution’ was on a Swedish label, Raw Power UK, and we toured Scandinavia to support it. The tours were very successful culminating with TANG performing at the Sweden Rock Fest.”
Aura Noir have long had a reputation for making some of the vilest blackened thrash going, but apart from a couple of studio albums out and a few live shows, things have been a little quiet from the band. Heading up the main stage early at Incineration 2015, we get the chance to catch the band afterward to chat about what’s next for Aura Noir.
While their masks and their dark ambient sound may make From The Bogs of Aughiska an inaccessible entity onstage, getting to chat to the band, it’s a totally different scenario. Down to earth and funny, Bogs are just trying to capture the darkness of their heritage in their own way and with their own sound. While there may be serious tones running through every piece they create, as we sit down with Conchur O’Drona it quickly becomes clear there’s also some fondness and heart in every note and sample that makes their sound.
For a band that only formed 10 years ago, Swedish four-piece Tribulation have already been making waves on the scene. Mashing up a variety of styles, the band have found a refreshing new way of looking at the genre. Before taking the stage at Incineration festival, we got the chance to sit down with vocalist Johannes Andersson to chat about their latest release, Children of the Night.
The Black Heart, Camden
Interview by Caitlin Smith
Following on from the release of their latest album, Desideratum, it seems that Anaal Nathrakh can do very little wrong. Having played sets at both Temples Festival and Damnation recently, this band have long been proving they can pull some serious crowds. Hitting the Black Heart that evening, the night had long been sold-out due it’s minuscule capacity. The event promised to be one the most intimately explosive gigs seen in a long time. Sitting down with Vocalist Dave, we discuss the ins and outs of what makes up Anaal Nathrakh.
Grammy Award winning iconic rock band Motörhead, who are embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour in support of their upcoming release Bad Magic, have announced a US tour. These North American shows start in mid-August, with Saxon and Anthrax as special guests on select dates, before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat Cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise also features Slayer, Anthrax and a bumper line-up of bands including three exciting new acts, Others, Budderside, and No Words.
Bad Magic is the band’s 22nd studio album and is slated to be released August 28th via UDR Music / Motörhead Music. The album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA with long-time producer Cameron Webb. Bad Magic is the follow up to the band’s highly successful album Aftershock which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful year yet, including a fourth Grammy nomination.
MOTÖRHEAD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Wed 19 Aug – Riverside, CA – RHA
Fri 21 Aug – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Sat 22 Aug – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
Mon 24 Aug – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Thu 27 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Fri 28 Aug – Denver, CO – RIOTFEST
Tue 01 Sep – Austin, TX – Cedar Park Center
Wed 02 Sep – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
Fri 04 Sep – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Sat 05 Sep – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Tue 08 Sep – St Louis, MO – Pageant
Wed 09 Sep – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
Fri 11 Sep – Chicago, IL – RIOTFEST
Sat 12 Sep – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Tue 15 Sep – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
Wed 16 Sep – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Sat 19 Sep – Toronto, ONT – RIOTFEST
Tue 22 Sep – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Wed 23 Sep – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Fri 25 Sep – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
BAD MAGIC – TRACK LISTING
1. Victory Or Die – 3.09
2. Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3. Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4. Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5. The Devil – 2.54
6. Electricity – 2.17
7. Evil Eye – 2.20
8. Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9. Till The End – 4.05
10. Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11. Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12. When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13. Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35
Thanks to: Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview and to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo and additional promo pictures of the band
Finnish vocalist Heidi Parviainen (ex- Amberian Dawn) recently released an album with her new band Dark Sarah. The album is called BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL and it ought to appeal to fans of symphonic goth/metal. The album came to life thanks to crowd funding on Indie a Go Go and was recorded in three separate parts which later became the album. We talked about the album, the guest appearances, and the on going process with releasing the album. The first video from the disc came two years ago so I guess Heidi was glad to finally unleash her work to the fans and the world. Read more about her journey below.
NECROMASS’ video “Fair of Blasphemy” is now available. The video was directed by Stefano Poggioni and features Claudia Cataldi(Factory Prod.) as director of photography, both winners of several video-clips and short films awards, such as “The Drift”.
This is the first official video of the cult florentine band and it is a first preview of the new split with Mortuary Drape, set to be released shortly by Funeral Industries.
The classic three piece line-up of Exciter has returned. The legendary Canadian metal band went through changes resulting in the break-up of the previous line-up a few years ago. When the return of the classic line-up was announced, die hard old school metal fans went totally berserk. The first three albums – HEAVY METAL MANIAC, VIOLENCE AND FORCE and LONG LIVE A LOUD are pure classic gems in the speed/thrash metal genre. Therefore, the return of the original Exciter is truly welcomed. Here we have guitarist John Ricci to talk about the band’s reunion and writing new songs.
Finnish Metal heroes CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, worldwide on October 2nd, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check out a message from the studio from Alexi and Janne HERE.
Pre-orders for I Worship Chaos are available beginning today!
I Worship Chaos will be available in following formats:
– CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonus tracks!)
Finnish melodic metal heroes SONATA ARCTICA have announced their highly-anticipated 26-date North American tour for 2016 with headliners NIGHTWISH! The trek launches in Sayreville, New Jersey on February 19th, hitting six Canadian cities plus Pittsburgh, Anaheim, and New Orleans, then closing out in Tampa, Florida on March 23rd. Opening for the tour will be Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
SONATA ARCTICA keyboard player Henrik “Henkka” Klingenberg checks in with a special message for their North American fans:
“It’s again been far too long since our last American tour, so we’re really happy to announce that we’re coming back once again…and with NIGHTWISHnevertheless. As we’ll be working on our next studio album in the spring of 2016, be ready to hear some surprises during the tour. Even if we prepared to be in the studio for the whole spring, this was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on and we’re all looking forward to see our North American fans once again and kick some ass. Until then, take care and a big cheers!!”