New RAINBOW Singer Ronnie Romero speaks with Rafabasa

November 17th, 2015
by EvilG

Ronnie Romero has spoken about being sought out by Ritchie Blackmore to join the new line-up of Rainbow. Talking to the Chilean-born Lords Of Black frontman recalled the moment he was contacted by the legendary guitarist:

“I don’t know from how long they had me on their list, but they contacted me some months ago, at the beginning of summer, to tell me about a chance to an audition. I deeply remember that ‘day one’ and that first ‘hi,’ been doing your daily activities and receive an email from Ritchie Blackmore himself is quite hard to assimilate, after a few days, even weeks.”

He also talked about Blackmore’s recent statement that his vocal style as “a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury.

As Romero states, the guitarist set the bar high with his description: “I just think about how lucky I feel, not just to get the gig, but how the hell they found me. Having so many good singers worldwide. From the first contact, I just tried to give my best to get it. I always believed in myself, and with the support of my family and close friends, even more. About his words, I just can be thankful, he put the bar quite high with his description. [Laughs] But I’m also glad with his confidence on me to this huge task.

The new Rainbow line-up will be rounded out by Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (a.k.a. Robert “Bob” Curiano, ex-Blackmore’s Night). The band have so far announced three dates for summer 2016, with two shows scheduled in Germany and one in the UK.

Here’s a video of Ronnie Romero’s band LORD OF BLACK:

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Audio Fidelity To Release Alice Cooper’s “Muscle of Love” On 4.0 Quad SACD

November 16th, 2015
by EvilG
Audio Fidelity To Release Alice Cooper's “Muscle of Love” On 4.0 Quad SACD

Audio Fidelity To Release Alice Cooper’s “Muscle of Love” On 4.0 Quad SACD

“Alice returns to a pure rock sound…one of his most revered albums ever.”

Alice Cooper fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be releasing the final Alice Cooper group album on 4.0 Quad SACD. Muscle of Love is the seventh studio album by Alice Cooper and it was the last album to feature the entire original band, and it was a true grand finale at that. Cooper stated in an interview at the time that the album marked a return to fundamentals. “It’s not complicated in any sense…It’s very basic rock & roll throughout.”

The two best-known tracks are undoubtedly the Top 20 anthem “Teenage Lament ’74,” which features none other than Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Spector, Labelle and the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals, and the rollicking title track. But other tracks are just as good – the Led Zep-stomping opener, “Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo),” the gentle “Hard Hearted Alice” (a precursor to Cooper’s future ballad-oriented direction), the raging “Working Up a Sweat,” and “Man with the Golden Gun.”

The 1973 return to the band’s more hard rock roots was a successful creative choice and catapulted Muscle Of Love into Billboard’s Top 10 Album Chart. That sound, complete with the prog-rock/heavy metal workouts, has proven over the years to be a significant piece of the Alice Cooper legacy.

“One of the best albums of the genre…a hard rock classic!”

INCLUDES: Miniature replica of the Institute of Nude Wrestling book cover

1. Big Apple Dreamin’ (Hippo)
2. Never Been Sold Before
3. Hard Hearted Alice
4. Crazy Little Child
5. Working Up a Sweat
6. Muscle of Love
7. Man with the Golden Gun
8. Teenage Lament ’74
9. Woman Machine

Produced by Jack Richardson, Jack Douglas
Mastered: Stereo CD, SACD & 4.0 Analog to High Definition DSD Digital Transfer: Steve Hoffman & Stephen Marsh

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Megadeth + Lamb of God @ Wembley Arena

November 15th, 2015
by UK Team

Megadeth + Lamb Of God

Wembley Arena
14th November 2015

Review by Billy Edmonds


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Motörhead forced to cancel tonight’s (Nov.15th) show in Paris, France

November 15th, 2015
by EvilG
Motorhead France

Motorhead France

Motörhead have been forced to cancel tonight’s show in Paris, France (at The Zenith) due to the ongoing terror threat in that country after six simultaneous attacks on Friday night left at least 129 people dead, including the massacre at the Eagles Of Death Metal concert hall, where at least 80 people were killed.

“Due to the serious situation that our brothers and sisters are facing in Paris we have to postpone our gig until January. We are working on locking a date and will give details as soon as we can.”

Show production company Gerard Drouot Productions added on Facebook: ”Following the tragic events that occurred last night in Paris, the Ministry of Culture has taken the decision to close the Zenith Paris – La Villette on Sunday, November 15. The official Motorhead concert scheduled … is therefore postponed to a later date, probably on 21 January. We will confirm this report shortly.”

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At Least Eighty People Killed in Attack on Eagles of Death Metal Concert in Paris

November 14th, 2015
by Metal Rules

At least eighty people have been killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall in France during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. The incident was one of several gun and bomb attacks in Paris in which at least 120 people have been killed. France has declared a state of national emergency.

Scores were taken hostage during the attack, which lasted between 10-15 minutes. JournalistJulien Pearce, who escaped the 1,200 capacity venue after the shooting started told CNN(via Blabbermouth):

“We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Julien didn’t hear the attackers speak, but said a friend heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French.

“I found myself inside the concert hall when several armed individuals burst in, in the middle of the concert. Two or three men, without masks, came in with Kalashnikov-type automatic weapons and began shooting blindly at the crowd… It lasted 10, 15 minutes. It was extremely violent and there was a wave of panic. Everyone was running in all directions towards the stage. It was a stampede and even I was trampled on. I saw a lot of people hit by bullets. The gunmen had loads of time to reload at least three times. They weren’t masked; they knew what they were doing; they were very young.”

The siege reportedly ended when SWAT units stormed the concert hall. There were reportedly several attackers in the Bataclan looking for concertgoers who were in hiding. They also said that there was a shootout in the street, with police “firing at a rooftop position near the venue.”

Several hours ago, Eagles of Death Metal posted the following statement:

“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”

According to Washington Post, a US official has since confirmed that the band are safe and have been accounted for.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 – Interviews with Venom & Mayhem

November 13th, 2015
by Robert Williams


Festival coverage & Interviews conducted by Robert Williams

Live photography and video editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

The Austin, Texas based Fun Fun Fun Fest recently celebrated it’s tenth year of triple-fun featuring an ever eclectic roster of performing acts that this year included Jane’s Addiction, L7, Cheap Trick, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, NOFX, Coheed and Cambria, Dag Nasty, Gogol Bordello and about a billion other acts that have absolutely nothing to do with metal. Plus extreme sports, live pro wrestling, and the ever popular taco-cannon that blasts foil-wrapped Torchy’s Taco’s hundreds of yards into the jam-packed festival audience of smelly hipster Austinites.

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Freedom Call with support on 666 Weeks Beyond Eternity Tour 2015 – European leg – at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

November 13th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

Freedom Call

666 Weeks Beyond Eternity Tour 2015 -European leg-
Lancer – special guest
DragonHammer – support

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
14/10 – 2015

Live pictures and review by: Anders Sandvall


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RHAPSODY and PRIMAL FEAR – Co-headline North American tour; dates announced!

November 13th, 2015
by EvilG





26.04.2016 USA Hartford – Webster Theater
28.04.2016 USA New York City – Stage 48
29.04.2016 USA Pittsburgh – Altar Bar
30.04.2016 USA Cleveland – Agora Theater


01.05.2016 USA Detroit – Token Longue
03.05.2016 USA Chicago – Concord Music Hall
04.05.2016 USA Minneapolis – Mill City Nights
05.05.2016 USA Kansas City – Granada Theater
06.05.2016 USA Denver – Bluebird Theater
08.05.2016 USA Seattle – El Corazon
09.05.2016 CAN Vancouver – Rickshaw Theater
11.05.2016 USA San Francisco – Rockbar Theater
12.05.2016 USA Los Angeles – The Grove
13.05.2016 USA Las Vegas – LVCS
14.05.2016 USA San Diego – Brick By Brick
15.05.2016 USA Phoenix – Club Red
17.05.2016 USA Dallas – Trees
18.05.2016 USA Houston – Scout Bar
20.05.2016 USA Orlando – The Haven
21.05.2016 USA Tampa – Orpheum
22.05.2016 USA Atlanta – The Masquerade
24.05.2016 USA Baltimore – Soundstage
25.05.2016 USA Albany – Upstate Concert Hall
26.05.2016 USA Philadelphia – The Trocadero
28.05.2016 USA Worcester – The Palladium
30.05.2016 CAN Montreal – Club Soda
31.05.2016 CAN Quebec City – Imperial


01.06.2016 CAN Toronto – Mod Club

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Judas Priest – Live in Halifax, Nov 10th 2015

November 12th, 2015
by EvilG

Judas Priest

Still delivering the goods

Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS Canada
Nov. 10th, 2015

Review by EvilG, Photos by Celtic Bob

Judas Priest - before the curtain falls

Judas Priest – before the curtain fell

“It took us 40 years to get here”
– Rob Halford

For the first time in their lengthy career, the Metal Gods came to Atlantic Canada for a single show in Halifax. Rather than lament about their absence from the other Atlantic Canadian provinces (Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island) on this, or any other tour, we shall focus on the fact that they finally came to our part of Canada!

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Close Quarters – release party for new album ALWAYS A LOT, NEVER LITTLE with support at Dr. Feelgod’s Malmo, Sweden

November 12th, 2015
by Anders Sandvall


Close Quarters – release party for new album ALWAYS A LOT, NEVER LITTLE – headline act
Mother Mersy – support act

Dr. Feelgood’s, Malmo, Sweden
5/9 – 2015

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall


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Former MOTORHEAD Drummer, Phil Taylor passes away

November 12th, 2015
by EvilG
Rest In Peace Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor

Rest In Peace Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor

Former Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor passed away yesterday (November 11th), at 61 years of age. His former bandmate “Fast” Eddie Clarke broke the sad news via his official Facebook page.

Motörhead have since taken to social media with the following tribute: “Lil’ Philthy… he who once shouted ‘stop wincing about’ on an album… he who fueled many a young boy’s punk/metal hairstyles… he who played the drums with fury and intent… he who liked to call people ‘wazzocks’ once in a while… friend, Roman, Derbyshireman… rest in peace… with much love.”

“Fast” Eddie Clarke’s original message: “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!”

Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor played in Motörhead from 1975 to 1984, and from 1987 to 1992.


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Cradle of Filth @ KOKO, London

November 12th, 2015
by UK Team

Cradle of Filth

+ Ne Obliviscaris + She Must Burn

@ KOKO, London

23rd October 2015

Review by Jacob Ovington
Photography + Videos by Jo Blackened

Cradle of Filth @ KoKo, London

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Sabaton Open Air 2016 proudly presents: HYSTERICA

November 7th, 2015
by EvilG

is back after 2 years paus with a solid tour experience and 2 full length albums to back it up with, hungry to conquer the international market. Hysterica is melodic metal with Anni as a fantastic singer, Bitchie’s fantastic riffs and more. The entire bands heavy rocking leave a lasting memory to the audience.

In august 2014 the independent Rock Label, Attitude Recordings signedHYSTERICA. A 5 track minialbum, “All in” was released in april 2015 and the producer is Marcus Jidell.

The 2016 line-up, so far:

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November 7th, 2015
by EvilG


(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehanand keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event.  Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audioand Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!”  Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai’s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May.  Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets are on sale: Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family.  A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.

Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit

Tickets for the Benefit For Tony MacAlpine are on sale now:

This special event will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

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AVANTASIA: Bruce Kulick on new album!

November 7th, 2015
by EvilG

He‘s become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of KISS, MICHAEL BOLTON, MEAT LOAF and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. And like a bat out of hell, he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the newAVANTASIA album. Guitar legend, solo artist and Tobi‘s dear friend Bruce Kulick! AVANTASIA‘s new album Ghostlights will be released on January, 29th 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

“I remember I was eleven years old when I had a KISS Crazy Nights poster on the wall”, commented Tobi. “20 years later Bruce asked me to co-write and lay down vocals for a song on his solo album BKIII (highly recommended to check out), which was a great honor for me. Bruce is a great guy, a pro and an outstanding guitar player, he comes from a different background than me, which makes it even more exciting to have him on theGhostlights album (out January 2016 via Nuclear Blast).”

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