German True Heavy Metal act WIZARD will release their first ever live DVD, titled “25 Years Of Heavy Metal – Live In Bocholt”. The DVD will be available on March 10, 2015, and will include complete live show recorded in 2014 in Bocholt, Germany, incl. songs such as: “Midgard’s Guardian”, “Betrayer”, “Defenders Of Metal” or “Hammer, Bow, Axe And Sword”. Except that, the DVD will include bonus footage recorded during the German Metal Attack Tour 2013, during which WIZARD shared stages with GRAVE DIGGER and MAJESTY. The DVD can be ordered directly from the band: firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news, WIZARD confirmed several new tour dates:
06.03.2015 Zum Pitt, Bocholt, Germany
13.03.2015 Le Grillen, Colamr, France
18.06.2015 Dong Open Air, Germany
21.06.2015 Metal Frenzy Festival, Germany
01.08.2015 Bäääm Festival, Germany
28.08.2015 Metalacker, Tennbronn, Germany
WIZARD’s last studio album titled “Trail Of Death” came out in September 2013 via Massacre Records.
New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have posted the first video in the webisode series the band filmed documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died. Check out the first webisode HERE.
AGNOSTIC FRONT has announced that as a special bonus in each vinyl edition of the album, every copy will also contain a download code for the album Your Time’s Up by THE ALLIGATORS, a rowdy punk project featuring AGNOSTIC FRONT singer Roger Miret and members of legendary Anaheim, CA hardcore band INSTED.
The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 7, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL). The band also announced the collaboration of legendary AGNOSTIC FRONT/MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson on the song “A Wise Man.”
Commented Miret: “Matt Henderson tracked all guitars for ‘A Wise Man’ being that song has a total One Voice era feel! Our good friend Ricky Singh (BACKTRACK NYHC) is to credit for the songs existence! The band executed it with such a great feel and bringing in our brother and ex-AF veteran Matt Henderson to solely do the guitar tracks was just magical!”
The American Dream Diedwill be available as digital download, on vinyl as well as on CD. A limited bundle with an exclusive T-Shirt will be available, too – surf to http://smarturl.it/AmericanDream-NB to secure your copy!
Recently AGNOSTIC FRONT posted a track-by-track commentary for every song on the new album. It was written by the band’s iconic front man, Roger Miretand can be read below.
The American Dream Died: It’s a harsh look at what’s going on today in our society. The intro that precedes this song says it all! It’s a reaction to everything happening around us right now. The higher ups are out of control!
Police Violence: This is our reaction to what’s going on in our country regarding the unprovoked brutality of our citizens by those who we pay to “protect and serve” us. If they are going to act like criminals, then they should be prosecuted as one! They have some kind of elite fraternity-like understanding that they protect each other with. Don’t abuse your badge!
Only In America: It’s sad to learn that the people who serve in our military and risk their lives fighting in wars come home to the government not giving a shit about them, especially if those veterans were wounded mentally or physically. They gotta go through a lot of bullshit just to try and get a little help and support. You’ve gotta be blind if you don’t see that, only in America. This is why I strongly believe the US Government should stop policing the world, and start caring for the issues right here in the USA!
Test Of Time: Learning from the past is important, to help you move forward and not make the mistakes we did in our youth. Longevity is the key to success. We won’t get left behind.
We Walk The Line: It’s a statement of who we are and how we live in relation to the hardcore community.
Never Walk Alone: We always spoke about unity and how sticking together will help us grow as scene. Hardcore is worldwide now. This is our scene, our passion and it was great to present this song with honorable NYHC veteran’s Freddy Cricien (MADBALL), Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL) joining on the anthemy chorus!!! Punk rock/Hardcore is a movement it’s not an image!
Enough Is Enough: Protest song! I once read an inspiring quote that went like this “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical” – Thomas Jefferson.
I Can’t Relate: Dealing with different people you don’t like in different situations. Could be applied to a boss, ex girlfriend, someone who lives a completely opposite lifestyle, etc.
Old New York: New York City has lost its edge. It’s been stripped of its culture and over run by money. Making it hard for musicians and artist to live there. Now we’re surrounded by transplants and rich hipsters. Let’s face it, it’s not the NYC I once adored. That one is so well documented in one of my favorite movies Taxi Driver! Hence the intro, I Miss The Old New York.
Social Justice: Nothing is more disgusting than hearing about a grown man rapping a child. This song talks about a man who got caught in the act and was served street justice stabbed with knives from his head to his toes. Justice served!
Reasonable Doubt: Our whole lives we’ve been criminalized for one reason or another. But it’s actually the media, the corporations and the government who are the scumbags. Power to the people standing up against them. Wake the fuck up people!
No War Fuck You: Self explanatory, stop creating wars so you can justify your unlimited defense budget and make all your friends rich. Innocent people are dying for your stupid games.
Attack!: On some occasions people tend to disrespect and take our kindness for weakness. We have always been known for never taken shit from anyone. Cross the line and we will attack!
A Wise Man: Growing up in NYC living in and out of Vinnie’s apartment. Our old friend John always looked out for us like a father figure. He tried to guide us in the right direction and give us good advice. He was a wise man, a friend forever.
Just Like Yesterday: This song takes us on the journey through our history as a band, from touring all over the world and making friends that still remain loyal today. One of my favorite lines is “From NYC to the Berlin beat.” It shows our love for those two great cities and our great world accomplishments as a hardcore community.
The American Dream Died Track Listing:
02. The American Died
03. Police Violence
04. Only In America
05. Test Of Time
06. We Walk The Line
07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse & Lou Koller
08. Enough Is Enough
09. I Can’t Relate
10. Old New York
11. Social Justice
12. Reasonable Doubt
13. No War Fuck You
15. A Wise Man feat. Matt Henderson on guitar
16. Just Like Yesterday
Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings.
In conjunction with the upcoming album release, the band will ship off on the Monsters of Rock cruise on April 18th from Miami, FL, and cruise to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, docking back in Miami on April 22nd. In addition to EUROPE, the cruise features performances from Tesla, Night Ranger, Lita Ford, and more. Visit www.monstersofrockcruise.com for pricing and more information.
Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a stop at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:
EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
4/18 – 4/22 – Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
4/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
4/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/26 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/28 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues – w/ Black Star Riders
4/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza – w/ Black Star Riders
5/1 – Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den – w/ Black Star Riders
5/2 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – M3 Rock Festival
5/3 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Last week, in celebration of the release and forthcoming tour, EUROPE released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In less than two weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 75,000 views. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/yOgVa–DyVI
War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.
Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, UltimateClassicRock.com and BraveWords.com. Good luck!
Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
War of Kings tracklisting:
1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)
EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.
War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years.
Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals
RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal – a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes – 41 years ago!) the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours! Following a tumultuous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band. Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world. In 2001, guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident – but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever! This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album Walk Through Fire and in the career overview DVD Rock Until You Drop. In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations…where albums and live shows are click tracked & pro-tooled to death… where a band’s line up can change every few months with “hired guns” who float in and out -RAVEN are almost alone among their peers in that they boast a lineup featuring the same three guys – a line up that has been stable for the better part of three decades! RAVEN are a band that is real, not fake – and proud of it!
RAVEN had an exciting 2014 – opening for Metallica (the band who RAVEN took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date – ExtermiNation slated for an April 2015 release worldwide on SPV/Steamhammer! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades. Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) – the band have taken their game to the next level…this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!
In commemoration of Bon Scott`s death 35 years ago today, RAVEN release a snippet of their new song “Thunder Down Under”. Check out the song HERE.
ExtermiNation will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.
Track Listing Digipak:
1. Destroy All Monsters
3. It`s Not What You Got
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)
1. Destroy All Monsters
3. It`s Not What You Got
1. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
2. Feeding The Monster
3. Fire Burns Within
1. One More Day
2. Thunder Down Under
3. No Surrender
4. Golden Dawn
1. Silver Bullet
2. River Of No Return
3. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)
RAVEN live 2015:
06.03. MX-Mexico City – El Circo Volador
07.03. CO-Bogota – Thrash La Union Festival
08.03. CO-Pereira – Thrash La Union Festival
11.03. PE-Lima – Wairuru Club
13.03. BR-Sorocaba – Priliampus Bar
15.03. BR-Sao Paulo – Manifesto Bar
As recently announced, Metal Mind Productions extended the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, Metal Mind have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming album titled “Valley of Tears” is scheduled for release on June, 8th in Europe and June, 9th in North America (via MVD).
Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, comments: “The title comes from the famous Tank battle during the 1973 Yom Kippur War where one side was massively outnumbered but fought on regardless and against all odds secured a heroic victory. We feel that our style of metal is slowly disappearing and now we must also fight against the odds to keep it alive. We hope ‘Valley of Tears’ will inspire other bands and fans alike to never forget what real metal is all about. The Mighty Tank Rolls On!”
Swedish Heavy Metal foursome ENFORCER will releasetheir new album From Beyond April 7th via Nuclear Blast. The fourth ENFORCER record consists of ten new tracks; all produced, mixed and mastered by the band themselves.
A new album trailer, featuring comments from the band and previews of new music is available now. Check it out HERE.
Also do not miss the official lyric video for “Undying Evil”. The clip perfectly underlines the gloomy and blasphemous mood of the song
Check it out at the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel HERE
From Beyondwill be released as a limited edition digipak, as well different colored vinyl editions. Pre-order From Beyond HERE.
From Beyond Track Listing:
2. Undying Evil
3. From Beyond
4. One With Fire
5. Below The Slumber
6. Hungry They Will Come
7. The Banshee
9. Hell Will Follow
10. Mask Of Red Death
Another SEVEN new “making of” eBook documents for ya, eight each at 98¢, or 99¢ on iTunes.
Just go to www.zunior.com and stick Martin Popoff name in the search or hit/paste the links below. Each are sweet ‘n’ easy pdfs—or ePub or .mobi—with color pictures and lotsa my previously unpublished interview footage with the bands. Same with the iTunes—all set for your Mac or iOS device. Full blurb text following links.
Also available: full length-books on Scorpions, Ted Nugent, all six Ye Olde Metal, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, all three of the Thin Lizzy trilogy, four different Deep Purple books, my authorized Rush book and bopt of the Top 500 title—all at $8.88 each.
More on Savatage’s Sirens…
The metal class delivered, in 1983, at least three of the genre’s greatest records, Kill ‘Em All, Melissa and Sirens, the latter, by our band at hand, Florida’s Savatage. One of those would albums would represent a new strain of metal, but the other two are distinguished as highly professional records of rich and traditional metal might coming from outta nowhere, debuts of frightening skill and authority. Come celebrate what is perhaps the finest indie album every bestowed upon the world of heavy metal, through the words of all four of the record’s magic makers.
More on Savatage’s Power Of The Night…
Florida metal craftsmen Savatage found themselves wielding a major record deal with Atlantic after the effusive praised bestowed upon the band following their landmark 1983 debut, Sirens. The sophomore album did not disappoint, with the band turning in a monstrous affair of rumbling traditional metal, track after track on Power Of The Night molten of riff and bruised and battered of rhythm, while vocalist Jon Oliva proved himself a thespian shrieker for the ages. Come here the story of how the album was recorded in a haunted Bearsville studio and then the debacle that was the band’s very first tour, after which Savatage would have to sack their bass player and rethink their future.
More on The Stooges’ The Stooges…
Sadly, three of four of this record’s makers are gone, with only Iggy Pop remaining. However, here the story is told, through the words of brothers Ron and Scott Asheton, interviewed by the author a few years back when The Stooges were mounting their first reformation. A proto-metal classic, The Stooges includes the likes of 1969 and I Wanna Be Your Dog. Come here the story of metal being born, at the garage end of it, as it crashed out of booming Detroit in the late ‘60s, courtesy of these cats and the MC5.
More on Iggy And The Stooges’ Raw Power…
One of the most notorious records ever made, Raw Power is a mountain of filthy guitar tones and sneering vocals, recorded like garbage but a car crash from which one cannot look away. Featuring the likes of Death Trip, Penetration and Search And Destroy, Raw Power is considered to be a crucial proto-punk shot across the bow. And here’s the story of that record, as told by James Williamson, Scott Asheton and brother Ron Asheton, sadly, the latter two now deceased.
More on Motorhead’s Bomber…
Motorhead was on a drink- and pill-fuelled roll as they roared into the studio to make their third album, buzzsaw 1979 classic Bomber. Classic front cover, available in blue vinyl… lots of cool things about this catchy upturn of brightness after the churn of Overkill. Come hear what Lemmy, Philthy Phil and mostly guitarist Fast Eddie has to say about this early and clanging NWOBHM cornerstone.
More on Angel Witch’s Angel Witch…
The joy and purpose of writing up the story of Angel Witch’s foreboding self-titled masterpiece of doomful NWOBHM is in the telling of a record every bit as good as the first Iron Maiden. Angel Witch in fact were the second coming of Black Sabbath, before Witchfinder General took the glory, Kevin Heybourne and Co. creating a massive collection of scary, evil songs for Bronze Records, incredibly early within the NWOBHM, specifically 1980. The quality enclosed matches the infernal painting on the packet—come learn for yourself, a little more about a stone cold classic that should be in every metalhead’s collection.
More on Quartz’s Stand Up And Fight…
Birmingham bashers Quartz were long in the tooth as they kerrang’ed their way into the NWOBHM with their MCA-issued classic Stand Up And Fight (see Mick Hopkins’ tale about opening for the Beatles!) from 1980. But all of that experience as friends of Black Sabbath through the ‘70s stood them well as they crafted their magnificent second studio record, a gorgeously recorded suite of songs that surely should have made the band stadium rock stars. Come hear the story of opportunities missed and misfortune heaped, from two original members, as we celebrate a record that the author steadfastly considers one of the three greatest albums from the entire NWOBHM.
Iron Savior frontman/founder Piet Sielck has checked in with the following announcement regarding the band’s 2007 album, Megatropolis:
“Big news! According to AFM all Megatropolis CDs are sold out. Therefore the album will be re-released with a new mix and a lot of re-recordings! Being unhappy with the album for a long time, I am absolutely happy to get a chance to correct my errors. The new mix will carry all Iron Savior trademarks such as big choir backings and lots of multi timbral vocals. I left all these goodies out at the time to make the album more distinguishable from my former second band Savage Circus… a fatal error which I finally can correct now. ‘Omega Man’ and ‘Megatropolis’ are done already sounding… fat! Folks, you have no idea how happy I am about this!”
Megatropolis was released in 2007 via Dockyard 1, a now defunct label co-owned by Sielck. The tracklist is as follows:
“The Omega Man”
“A Tale from Down Below”
“Still I Believe”
“Farewell and Good Bye”
“Just before Christmas, Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson visited his doctor for a routine check-up. This led to tests and biopsies which revealed a small cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue. A seven week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment was completed yesterday. As the tumour was caught in the early stages, the prognosis thankfully is extremely good. Bruce’s medical team fully expect him to make a complete recovery with the all clear envisaged by late May. It will then take a further few months for Bruce to get back to full fitness. In the meantime we would ask for your patience, understanding and respect for Bruce and his family’s privacy until we update everyone by the end of May. Bruce is doing very well considering the circumstances and the whole team are very positive.”
The Unicorn appears to be the right place to be on a Sunday night with several Black Metal bands playing for free at the renowned North London venue. Once inside, several members from the various bands began sound checking in preparation for tonight’s show.
Taking place this September 11th-12th-13th, Wings of Metal is an underground festival bringing the finest quality and cutting-edge Doom, Heavy, NWOBHM, Thrash, Black and Death bands together for a weekend of pure metal insanity.
The legendary dark New Wave of British Heavy Metal band ANGEL WITCH has just been added to the festival’s line-up. Not having played in North America since the 1990s, this very special and unique performance is going to be their first Canadian appearance ever!
They’ll be joined by the legendary 80’s Swedish death/thrash metal band MEFISTO (who is doing their first concert ever), the French speed metal band VULCAIN, and more to be announced!
Wings of Metal takes place at Canada’s best punk and metal venue, The Katacombes, in downtown Montreal. Weekend passes and individual day tickets will be available for purchase on March 4th.
“When The Stillness Comes,” the first new track from Slayer in nearly a year, will be available as part of Record Store Day on April 18, it is announced today by Slayer and Nuclear Blast. The song, accompanied by a live recording of “Black Magic,” from the band’s 1983 album Show No Mercy and recorded live at the 2014 Wacken Open Air Festival, will be available as a limited-edition (only 5000 copies worldwide), 7-inch vinyl picture disc exclusively at all participating independent record stories worldwide. Log onto www.recordstoreday.com for the list of stores.
Slayer – 7 Picture Disc
Slayer – 7 Picture Disc [GD17PD]
Side A: “When the Stillness Comes”
Side B: “Black Magic”
Slayer – Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph – recorded “When The Stillness Comes” last year in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date. Currently, the band is in the final stages of recording what will be its first new album since 2009’s Grammy-nominated World Painted Blood, which is expected out later this year.