Legendary AEROSMITH guitarist JOE PERRY is pictured here after being presented with the Les Paul Award at 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards, Saturday, January 23.
Photo Credit: Zack Whitford
PERRY was presented with the prestigious honor by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp, who said PERRY was “his hero” and “the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place.”
The two were joined by AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford, Robert DeLeo (Hollywood Vampires, Stone Temple Pilots) and Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) for a three-song set–“Boogie Man,” “Combination,” “Walk This Way”–before PERRY’s Hollywood Vampires partner Alice Cooper joined in on “Train Kept A Rollin” and “Sweet Emotion.”
The annual Les Paul Award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation and honors individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul. PERRY was honored alongside famed AEROSMITH engineer and producer Jack Douglas, who was inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame (which was created nearly thirty years ago to honor pioneers of audio technology, as well as the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians) earlier in the evening.
Syre was formed and came out kicking and screaming in 1986. With members from Toronto, London and Kitchener they brought their unique brand of glam to the Canadian scene and through non-stop touring 50 weeks a year, built a strong live following of dedicated supporters. They began touring in the U.S and garnered a deal there to compliment their 1989 Canadian A&M Records deal by signing with Chicago based Red Light/Warner Bros. Syre also began to get some interest in Europe and Japan and leveraged on that to land deals with Intercore Records (Europe) and Sony (Japan). Syre toured coast to coast in to the mid 90’s leaving a swath of ringing ears and empty liquor stores, their livers retired in 88! Over the years they’ve had the pleasure of supporting many great acts including Helix, Nitro, Brighton Rock, Goddo, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, The Sweet and many more! What a ride! Syre continues to do selective dates and still enjoys a cold beer and a bright stage….if you see them around be sure to join the party.
Doug Weir, lead vocal
Chip Gall, rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Mead, Lead guitar, vocals
Chris Caron bass, vocals
Jamie Constant, drums
U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS are set to release their hotly-anticipated third album Heavy Fire on February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band premiere the new lyric video for “Heavy Fire,” the album’s thundering opening track.
Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “Only fools would believe that rock n roll can rejuvenate a world in the throes of a collapsing civilization that’s coming under heavy fire from all asunder. But what if the would-be fools are right?”
From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In,” from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye,” Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.
Following on from their critically acclaimed albums All Hell Breaks Loose and The Killer Instinct which have paved the way for Black Star Riders to be recognised as a power force in the modern day of Rock n’ Roll, Heavy Fire will be once again released by Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The band have also brought in PledgeMusic, one of the most innovative and successful platforms of the modern music world, to give fans extra special product and experiences to go along with the album’s release.
Heavy Fire Tracklisting:
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
6. Testify Or Say Goodbye
7. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
8. True Blue Kid
9. Ticket To Rise
10. Letting Go Of Me
The Limited Edition Digibook CD will have above Tracklisting plus
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl
Limited Edition Picture Disc
1. Heavy Fire
2. When The Night Comes In
3. Dancing With The Wrong Girl
4. Who Rides The Tiger
5. Cold War Love
1. Testify Or Say Goodbye
2. Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
3. True Blue Kid
4. Ticket To Rise
5. Letting Go Of Me
After a full year off the road, Black Star Riders (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane and Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers Gun and The Amorettes and then Sweden¹s own Backyard Babies with Gun on the remaining 11 shows.
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The first concert of the year is usually a fun one. The last show I saw in 2016 was Dec 17th so it had been a month so I was ready to rock!
Anvil was playing at a familiar venue the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, a great place for a show, good sound and a mix of seats and standing room with a capacity of 666 or so. I think the ‘official capacity’ is 600 but since it is Anvil…
John Bush of Armored Saint – Carpe Noctum is Giving Fans our Best Live Performances
Interviewed by Robert Cavuoto
Armored Saint, photo by Stephanie Cabral
Armored Saint has been delivering their heavy metal mastery around the globe, joining the likes of Saxon, Metal Church – and even Queensryche in November/December 2016 – on the road. In order to capture Armored Saint’s powerful live show the band recorded their 2015 Wacken Festival set as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany. The original intent was to only offer it to the Pledge Music Campaign but after hearing it and feeling the raw energy the band decided to make it a proper release and let everyone have it.
I caught up with John Bush; full time rocker, husband and father to talk about the history behind this release and what lies ahead for the band.
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Heidi Parviainen (ex-Amberian Dawn) and Dark Sarah are back to attack with the brand new album THE PUZZLE. The album is jammed with some excellent cinematic/symphonic metal and is the continuation where the last album BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL left off. The album contains vocals from some new acquaintances as well as from Manuela Kraller who participated on the debut album BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL. What Heidi has been up to since the last time we spoke, the pledge campaign, the cover art by Jan Yrlund, and if it was hard to write the follow up and the future of the band were the things we talked about. We also talked about why Finland doesn’t like female metal….read more about what Heidi has to say down below.
We really haven’t heard from Greensboro, North Carolina’s Cerebus since 1991’s “Regression Progression” EP. The newly reformed band have scheduled a main-stage appearance at the inaugural Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago, Illinois this Spring as well as a back catalogue reissue campaign from Heaven and Hell Records. There’s no telling what the future has in-store for Cerebus going forward but we caught up with Cerebus vocalist Scott Board who filled us in on the band’s early beginnings and everything else leading up to this point.
Michael Schenker, one of music’s greatest rock guitarists, will release Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo – a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 24th March 2017.
Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.
“It’s been a long time since M.S.G. – Live At Budokan,” says Schenker.
Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the ’80’s to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.
Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”
Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass
“It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”
Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo.
“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”
1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
2. Into The Arena
3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
4. Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
5. Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
7. Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
8. Coast To Coast
9. Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
10. Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
11. Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
12. Captain Nemo
13. This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
14. Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
15. Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
16. Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
17. Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
18. Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley
Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is available in the following formats:
2 CD + DVD Combo
Michael Schenker started his professional career as a recording Artist in 1970 as a young hopeful talent in the Scorpions and followed this with a stint in the British hard rock institution UFO and then his own Michael Schenker Group before moving on to forming The Temple of Rock.
Over the years, Michael has not just experienced the highs and lows of life; but his development as a guitarist has been consistent, from a German Wunderkind to an experienced and technically highly skilled guitarist.
The Michael Schenker Group (abbreviated as M.S.G.) are a guitar-oriented hard rock band formed in 1979 by former Scorpions and UFO guitarist, Michael Schenker.
Michael Schenker’s solo career instantly took off right from the start 1980 when the eponymous debut album, “Michael Schenker Group”, featuring Gary Barden on vocals, entered the top 5 UK Album and Single Charts with Armed and Ready, followed by the release of Live At The Budokan.
In 1982, Graham Bonnet who had just left Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was temporary replacing Gary Barden and recorded with M.S.G. the album Assault Attack which was to become many musicians’ favorite featuring Chris Glen on bass and Ted McKenna on drums.
In 1986, Schenker and vocalist Robin McAuley formed the McAuley Schenker Group, which lasted until 1992.
M.S.G.’s music is best described as mostly melodic hard rock with progressive undertones. Michael Schenker is famous for his black and white Gibson Flying V and for his unorthodox approach to lead guitar. Michael is sponsored by Dean Guitars and is well known in the neo-classical genre.
M.S.G. – DISCOGRAPHY
THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (1980) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
M.S.G. (1981) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN (1982) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
ASSAULT ATTACK (1982) Ft. Graham Bonnet (vocals)
BUILT TO DESTROY (1983) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
WRITTEN IN THE SAND (1996) Ft. Leif Sundin (vocals)
THE UNFORGIVEN (1999) Ft. Kelly Keeling (vocals)
BE AWARE OF SCORPIONS (2001) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
ARACHNOPHOBIAC (2003) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
TALES OF ROCK’N’ROLL (2006) Ft. Jari Tiura (vocals)
IN THE MIDST OF BEAUTY (2008) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
LIVE IN TOKYO – THE 30th ANNIVERARY CONCERT (2010) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
McAuley Schenker Group was a multi-national band featuring core members Robin McAuley (vocals) and Michael Schenker (guitar), a successor (and eventual predecessor) to Schenker’s earlier band Michael Schenker Group. McAuley was initially contacted to replace singer Gary Barden in MSG. However, the strong partnership immediately formed between McAuley and Schenker led to the change of the name from Michael Schenker Group to McAuley Schenker Group, retaining the same initials of the previous band “M.S.G.”.
Their debut album Perfect Timing, released in 1987, included their first hit Gimme Your Love. Two years later, Save Yourself was released, giving this incarnation of M.S.G. its biggest hit with the power ballad Anytime (co-written by McAuley and the band’s guitarist, keyboard player Steve Mann), the album M.S.G. Schenker/McAuley followed in 1992, followed by “Unplugged” Live in 1993.
After that Schenker and McAuley went their separate ways. Michael decided to withdraw from the spotlight of the rock scene (doing occasional recordings with UFO and MSG, but focused mainly on experimenting with music, building a recording studio and had his own record company while also focusing on his development on a personal level.
2008 was Michael’s return into the loop of rock’n’roll with a reunion album with Gary Barden “In the Midst of Beauty” on inakustik and from then on Michael developed step by step all the way back to the top again.
MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP – DISCOGRAPHY
PERFECT TIMING (1987)
SAVE YOURSELF (1989)
M.S.G. SCHENKER/MCAULEY (1992)
NIGHTMARE: THE ACOUSTIC M.S.G. (1992)
“UNPLUGGED” LIVE (1992)
OTHER INAKUSTIK ALBUM RELEASES:
MICHAEL SCHENKER & GARY BARDEN: GIPSY LADY (2009) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK (2011) Ft. Michael Voss (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER: TEMPLE OF ROCK – LIVE IN EUROPE (2012) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: BRIDGE THE GAP (2013) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: SPIRIT ON A MISSION (2015) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK: ON A MISSION – LIVE IN MADRID (2016) Ft. Doogie White (vocals)
The architects behind Denmark’s most influential metal act – Mercyful Fate, Michael Denner and Hank Shermann will be playing their first full live concert in Copenhagen at Nordic Noise Rock Festival 2017. The new incarnation Denner/Shermann features, aside from the two guitar-masters the Americans Sean Peck (Vocals), Marc Grabowski (Bass) and Swedish Jens Berglid (Drums). The band is signed to Metal Blade Records.
As always, the top albums of the year are for full albums (no EP’s or demos) released in 2016. They are new studio albums for the year, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live albums. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each individual staff members’ personal “best of” lists which besides their top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, best metal book, disappointments of the year, greatest hopes for 2017, personal metal discovery of the year, and various other categories. Enjoy!
That time has come yet again for our annual list of what we personally and collectively thought were the best releases of 2016. As with previous years, my list has both Rock and Metal where I handle the Lets Get Rocked portion of the site. Yet again I have to say, “Is it still 1989?”. The vast majority of my list is compromised of bands and artists I listened to back when I was in High school from ’86 to ’89. Not much has changed it appears.
#1. Tygers Of Pan Tang
I discovered the Tygers through my journey into the NWOBHM. With the Tygers it was deeper. I went past just an anthology of ‘Hits’. I needed more as these guys were exactly what I loved about the genre and early 80’s Metal.
#2.Anthrax – For All Kings
Perfect follow-up to WORSHIP MUSIC. This is an excellent LP that has gotten many spins and will continue to do so. It’s classic 80’s ‘thrax for the future.
#3. Megadeth – Dystopia
I loved Megadeth back in the 80’s. They were one of my favourite bands. I remember picking up the KILLING IS MY BUSINESS tape back in February of ’88 while on a road trip to see Alice Cooper with Motörhead opening. After COUNTDOWN they lost me but by ENDGAME I started listening again. The past few have been hit and miss with some great music here and there but nothing that was really memorable, until now. DYSTOPIA is their best since COUNTDOWN in my mind. Let us hope the Dave’s continue down this path.
This album took me by surprise, no two ways about it. Like many, I heard of Diamond Head due to Metallica covering them. A couple years ago I dug a little deeper into the NWOBHM partially due to Martin Popoff’s fantastic books on the genre which led me to John Tucker’s book on Neat Records. That started my journey outside the songs that were covered. Then I hear that Diamond Head were releasing an album so I was interested and lo and behold when my CD arrived I was surprised. They maintained that classic, early 80’s sound, yet made it fresh and modern. Cannot wait for my LP to arrive and give it a spin while enjoying a cold British bitter.
Death Angel – The Evil Divide
Another band I loved in high school. I wore out my ULTRA VIOLENCE tape during my senior year I think? Lost track like I did with many in the 90’s but got back on board with their last one. THE EVIL DIVIDE is the perfect follow-up to THIS DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD. I loved that album and it got countless plays here in the Celtic house, in the vehicle and at work (yes, my co-workers were subjected to the glorious sounds of Death Angel playing from my desk). This new one will get just as many spins as its predecessor.
Flotsam & Jetsam
Pattern here I am thinking. Heard of them when Newstead joined Metallica so I bought the tape of NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE. I enjoyed it but never went any further until UGLY NOISE came out. Loved that CD so was interested in this new self-titled release. It never disappointed. It’s a great release and my LP just arrived which I look forward to spinning soon.
The debut of the year for me. When I read the press release, it sparked my interest but never gave me that high interest feeling. When the video for “Rock For The Nations” premiered all that changed and I immediately placed an order for the LP (which looks beautiful by the way). A solid Hard Rock album from the ex-Scorpions drummer.
Sophomore album from Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice’s daughter Calico. This continues on where LIVE FAST, DIE LOUD ended with dirty, raw heavy Rock with a Punk influence. The Alice cover is quite interesting to say the least. Adds a whole new dimension to the Classic track. If you need a comparison for this it’s like Rob Zombie meets Ramones meets a darker, heavier Alice Cooper. Fantastic album.
Glenn Hughes – Resonate
I love Deep Purple so this sparked my interest from that angle. I liked Black Country Communion but couldn’t really get into it like I wanted. My initial feelings on this where skeptical at best but still interested to hear it. When I first heard “Heavy”, that did it for me, I was in awe. This was going to be good. As I listened to the digital copy I was really digging it and began raving about it on my social media. An excellent Hard Rock album.
Michael Sweet – One Sided War
This is quite possibly the heaviest and best thing Michael Sweet has ever done in his career. It’s heavy, melodic and just kicks ass. No other description comes to mind.
Phil Rudd – Head Job
Where to begin? Former AC/DC drummer reemerges with an album that proves to the world that he was an integral part to the AC/DC sound and an essential part of the groove that they once had. It was him and Mal that gave the band the groove. Good to see him cleaned up and back behind the kit.
Shakra – High Noon
80’s influenced Metal with a bit of a Glam Rock thrown into the mix. Need I say more? Fun album to crank up and have a few with.
Metal Church – XI
Mike Howe returns!! For many he was the only singer for Metal Church. I liked Metal Church back in the day and one of the first CD’s I bought was BLESSING IN DISGUISE (which I ended up trading with Evil G in the 90’s for a Jeff Healey one). I loved GENERATION REALITY from a couple years ago so change of singer’s had me wondering where that was my re-introduction to the band. It works, he’s back and the classic sound is intact.
Grim Reaper – Walking In The Shadows
SEE YOU IN HELL was the introduction to the band and I am embarrassed to say that is all I know outside this album. That WILL change in 2017 as both are excellent albums. Unfortunately Nick Bowcott is no longer in the band and all is left is original vocalist Steve Grimmett. Either way, an excellent Metal album for all you NWOBHM fans.
Prong – X
BEG TO DIFFER was my introduction to Prong. Lost track after that but reintroduced myself with RUINING LIVES. This album took just the initial spin to get into, same as RUINING LIVES did. Can Prong do no wrong?
The Roth-Brock Project
A solid Melodic Hard Rock album. Not much more need be said.
Testament – Brotherhood Of The Snake
Loved ‘em in the 80’s, lost track in the 90’s but got back on board with DARK ROOTS. Heavier now than ever and are quite possibly the heaviest band I listen to along with Kreator and Slayer.
Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser
Who doesn’t love a little Zombie? A heavy, fun listen. A must for all Zombie and Cooper fans.
Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
A fun album, like Rock n Roll should be. Simple and straightforward.
Vardis – Red Eye
More new NWOBHM. Excellent album from top to bottom. True to their roots with no change in direction.
LGR Top 6
David Bowie – ★
Not jumping on the bandwagon by any stretch of the imagination as I have been a fan for well over 20 years. I had ★ pre-ordered from the official site a month prior. It was instantaneously SOLD OUT and my copy never shipped so I scrambled to locate a copy as they were selling out everywhere then finally it shipped but in the meantime I received a digital copy. From the first note onwards, I was transfixed. It was haunting, yet stunningly beautiful all at the same time. By the time I heard it, Bowie had passed so the album took on a darker meaning. Here we are, a year later still in shock that he is gone and this album is still in rotation and sounds as fresh as that initial spin.
Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello
Anyone that knows me personally can attest to my love of Cheap Trick. The first LP that I ever bought with my own $$ was Cheap Trick’s Budokan for $7.49 back in the day. I have seen them three times (Twice with Bun E.) so my love of Trick is undeniable. This new LP is fantastic on every level. If you enjoy the classic songs but unfamiliar with anything else, take a chance on this one as you will not be disappointed. It has a bit of the 80’s Power Pop feel to it but rocks hard like their 70’s material.
Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Unearthed album from the late Jeff Healey. What is there to say? He was always on top of his game. This along with the unreleased Demo’s CD a few years ago are a testament to that even his unreleased music is better than most of the current drivel that is issued. Thankfully these recordings saw the light.
Damn Pigeon – Whisky Sinners
Independent artist Damn Pigeon from Ontario, Canada released the excellent Whisky Sinners CD. This is not quite a Metal album but it it much heavier than he average Rock record. I have struggled on where to put this release on my list. Some of it is Metal, some Hard Rock and other parts just good ‘ol Rock n Roll. Tough call. Either way, an excellent CD that you need to check out.
Lee Aaron – Fire and Gasoline
The ‘Metal Queen’ returns with a not so Metal album. Personally, I love the album otherwise it would not be in my list. I chose to put it in my Rock list as it’s not a Hard Rock or Metal album. At places it does get a bit heavy but it’s mostly a Rock album. I love Lee’s voice and she still has it. This is a great Rock record and I have hopes that the next one will be heavier.
Bobnoxious – Mark Of The Devil
Again, anyone that knows me personally know I am a huge Bobnoxious fan. This release is a little different as it seems more geared toward Halloween from the pumpkin cover to the first single, “Halloween Baby”. Regardless of that it is a good solid ‘noxious disc.
Best Live Album
Motörhead – Clean Your Clock
We lost Lemmy in 2015 but we get one of the final shows in 2016 to remind us of his greatness and that he gave his all right to the end.
Ghost – Popestar
One of my favourite bands of recent years. This EP of covers is fantastic and their version of “Missionary Man” is worth the price of admission alone. Let us hope 2017 brings us a new LP.
Best Covers album
Toque – Giv’er
Todd “Dammit” Kerns and Brent Fitz’s new project. This album is the ultimate in Canadian Classic Rock. It was released just in time for Xmas and immediately went on repeat and was turned up for 2 days straight. I was never big on cover songs but it doesn’t get any better than this. I hope they issue it on LP and it’s follow-up includes some Helix, Killer Dwarfs, Kick Axe and Coney Hatch.
Comeback of the year is a two-way tie. Both of these classic NWOBHM bands released stellar self-titled LP’s in 2016.
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Best Book Metallica: Back To The Front by Matt Taylor
An excellent hard cover book filled with amazing photos documenting Metallica’s last great album. It’s too bad the band never released the PUPPETS box to coincide with this book coming out.
Best DVD/Blu-ray Extreme – Pornograffitti Live 25
I first received an online stream of this and thought it was killer but once the Blu-Ray showed up and I was able to enjoy it on my large screen plasma with the audio pumping through the speaker it was beyond phenomenal.
Being isolated on a small island the concerts are minimal at best. This past April I did travel to see Iron Maiden and it was easily one of the best concerts I have seen in my life.
Best new band (their debut full length is a 2016 release)
Ex-Scorpion Herman “Ze German” Rarebell’s new project. Nothing I can say except “Buy It”. This is easily the debut LP of 2016 and needs to be in your collection.
The death of Bowie, hands down was the biggest event for me. Like the loss of Lemmy just weeks prior this one had an impact. I love his music and it was just the day prior that I mentioned to a promoter of trying to get him to play the local Festival. Bowie was not Metal but his influence is felt in the Metal community.
Packaging of the year
This is an idea that Evil G gave me a few years ago due to the fact that I primarily buy records rather than CD’s. This years award is not Metal but his influence is felt by many in the Hard Rock and Metal community. I am referring to the late David Bowie. Not only was his final studio album ★ incredible, the packaging was unique and equally interesting. From the die-cut star front of the jacket showing the black (or clear if you were fortunate enough) record to the inner section that once held up to the sunlight displays a galaxy of stars. As the year went on it was discovered that a reflection of Bowie in the inner gatefold is reflected if held a certain way. another fan counted the total number of points on the black stars in the booklet, and realised they total the number 69 which was his age when he died. Since then, the album designer has said that there are many aspects to the cover that fans (and Bowie himself never knew) have yet to discover. He went on to say that there is one big one that has yet to be discovered.
Predictions and hopes for 2017
With huge box sets coming out hand over fist I would love to see a properly mastered, cut from the original tapes LP set for Motörhead come out in 2017. All the albums in one nice ‘Road Case’ looking box with a double LP collection of rarities and unreleased.