Sylosis + Decapitated @ The Electric Ballroom, London

March 9th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Syslosis & Decapitated

Electric Ballroom, London

7th March, 2016

Review by Steven Allen
Photography by Billy Edmonds

So as another dreary Monday brings the beginning of the working week to many, the bustling area of Camden seems to have an extra buzz in the air tonight.  Could it be the fact that the nights are staying lighter longer which means that summer might soon be upon us OR could it be the fact that two of metal’s most exciting bands are co-headlining the fantastic Electric Ballroom? Quite frankly my money is on the later, and that’s before even a single chord has been played.

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SIXX:A.M New Album Out April 29th and Summer Tour Dates

March 9th, 2016
by Celtic Bob
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Beautiful Sculpture at a Melbourne Cemetery

 

Rock luminaries, Dj Ashba (Guitar), James Michael (Lead Vocals) and Nikki Sixx (Bass), collectively known as SIXX:A.M, today have unleashed the first single, “Rise,” from the first volume of their upcoming double album, Prayers For The Damned,  which drops April 29 via Eleven Seven Music. Fans can stream the rock anthem via iHeartRadio here now.  In celebration of the single’s release, iHeartMedia will be blasting the song across all Active and Mainstream Rock radio stations nationwide every 3 hours today, until midnight. Adding to the excitement, SIXX:A.M. also announced a slew of festival and headlining tour dates across the U.S., kicking off the global Prayers For The Damned -Tour cycle in Jacksonville, FL on April 30 at Welcome to Rockville and seven major rock festivals in Europe including, Gods of Metal (Italy), Rock Am Ring (Germany), Download and Isle of Wight Festivals (UK). See full tour dates below.

Tickets are available for purchase via VIP Pre-Sale, March 2nd at 10am (local time) and an Exclusive Pre-Sale, using the password ‘PRAYERS’ beginning on March 3 at 10am (local time). The General public on-sale starts March 4 at 10am EST. For more information and exclusive VIP Packages, go to www.sixxammusic.com.

Prayers For The Damned will also be available to pre-order via iTunes and all digital retailers March 4, to coincide with the premiere of the “Rise” lyric video this coming Friday, March 4. See a detailed track list of the new album below.

Setting the stage for thenew album, “Rise” is a call-to-action for everyone to stand up for their beliefs. Describing the song’s message, Michael explains, “Throughout history, some of the most dramatic changes have occurred when people reject the status quo and demand change. ‘Rise’ is about how we find ourselves at a global tipping point and how it is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders.”

With two U.S. Billboard top 20 albums and a string of hit singles already under their belt, Prayers For The Damned represents the band’s most ambitious, complete and adrenaline-soaked effort to date. James Michael once again, plays triple-duty on Prayers For The Damned as vocalist, the album’s producer and mixer, thereby solidifying the unique musicianship of this beloved hard-rock outfit.  The introspective cover art for Prayers For The Damned is an original design created by guitarist Dj Ashba, further proving that all aspects of this album are a collaboration of true passion for the band.

“SIXX:A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers,” says Sixx, “For James, Dj and myself, we think it’s the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who’ve been supporting us over the last 3 albums.” Michael agrees, “The double-albums will leave no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock.” Ashba concludes, “We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually.”

The band’s previous release, 2014’s Modern Vintage, featured the breakout single, “Stars,” which sold over 73,000 copies, peaked at #5 on the Active Rock Chart and #4 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, making the band the #10 most played active rock artist of 2015.

Prayers For The Damned promises to be the injection of hard rock that we have all been waiting for from this talented trio. Be sure to catch their upcoming performances and pre-order your copy of the new album this Friday. For exclusive, band curated pre-order packages and new SIXX:A.M. merchandise visit the newly re-launched web store at http://store.sixxammusic.com/

SIXX:A.M. Tour Dates:

April 30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
May 1 – Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
May 3 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
May 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheater (w/ Disturbed and Rob Zombie)
May 6 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
May 7 – Richmond, VA @ The National
May 8 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sand’s Event Center
May 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
May 11 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
May 13 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 14 – Kansas City, MO @ KQRC’s Rockfest
May 15 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
May 17 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
May 18 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
May 20- May 22  – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
May 21 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
May 22 – Albany, NY @ Rock ‘n Derby
May 24 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 27- May 29 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
May 29 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest
June 2 – Monza, IT @ Gods Of Metal
June 3 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
June 5 – Mendig, DE @ Rock am Ring
June 7 – Lodz, PO @ The Power Festival
June 9 – Solvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 11 – Castle Donington, UK @ Download Festival
June 12 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wright Festival
June 16 – Pratteln, SW @ Konzertfabrik Z7
June 17 – Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Festival
June 18 – Clisson, FR @ Hellfest
June 19 – Dessel, BE @ Grasspop Festival (NOT ANNOUNCED?)
June 22 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund
June 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell
June 24 – Halden, NO @ Tons of Rock
July 30 – Alberta, CA @ Sturgis Alberta Motorcycle Rally and Festival

PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED  Track Listing:

1                 Rise
2                 You Have Come To The Right place
3                 I’m Sick
4                 Prayers For The Damned
5                 Better Man
6                 Can’t Stop
7                 When We Were Gods
8                 Belly Of The Beast
9                 Everything Went To Hell
10              The Last Time (My Heart Will Hit The Ground)
11              Rise of the Melancholy Empire

VIP Pre-Sale:                                                                                       March 2rd at 10AM (local)

Exclusive Pre-sale using the password ‘PRAYERS’:                          March 3rd at 10 AM (local time)

General Public On-sale:                                                                      March 4th at 10am EST

Order tickets to festival dates via https://sixxammusic.com/tour/

ALBUM PRE-ORDER (March 4) viaiTunes HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SIXX:A.M.:
www.sixxammusic.com
www.facebook.com/sixxammusic
www.instagram.com/sixxam/
twitter.com/SixxAM

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Cannibal Corpse Live at The Opera House. Toronto, Canada

March 8th, 2016
by J P

Cannibal Corpse

 Opera House   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
by Guest contributor Marc Abell

Cannibal Corpse is touring with other death metal bands spawned in the eighties including Cryptopsy and Obituary, and newcomers, Abysmal Dawn, born in ’03. Travel difficulties including tormenting traffic that added an additional three hours to my drive–all the way from Buffalo–prevented me from witnessing the openers.

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DIRKSCHNEIDER & ANVIL : Live at Tavastia, Helsinki, FINLAND

March 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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DIRKSCHNEIDER 

with support band ANVIL

The 1st of March 2016

Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

“Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and a great number of other Accept classic ones have been the most important part of Udo Dirkschneider’s career, life and DNA since year zero. Especially those 80’s metal hymns have belonged to the youth of every teenager’s life back in the day. Even though the German metal icon has done those Accept evergreen on his long solo career until now, when he announced about closing the chapter of the Accept years by doing the specific tour under the Dirkschneider moniker. Back To The Roots/Farewell To Accept had been aimed high to cover nothing, but the Accept songs from the 80’s. Before Udo hit the stage smash the balls to the wall for the last time ever, the Canadian threesome Anvil had obtained the opening slot. The Tavastia club was totally packed, the gig was sold out a long time ago. Obviously the Accept nostalgia trip reached these 80’s heavy metal teenagers who had aged quite a lot. Seeing the younger generation in the middle aged crowd was quite rare.

 

ANVIL

Although the legendary Anvil DVD saw the light of day years ago, the band got the well deserved hype to boost the career to survive, but yet the hype still goes on. Frankly good for them, the 60 year old men got the one last chance to enjoy a bit of some kind of success before it was too late. However Lips appears to be a young naïve teenage hippie kid from the suburban area of Toronto, smoking weed and playing rock’n’roll. However Anvil’s simple and tongue-in-cheek mentality with the serious attitude is bloody cute and endearing in a way. Anvil is Anvil, no doubt about that. The songs off from METAL ON METAL played the major role in the set such as “666”, “March Of The Crabs” and of course “Metal On Metal” concluding the 60 minute set. As for the latest album being played a few songs for example “Die For A Lie” and “Zombie Apocalypse”. However that kind of simple metal seems to appeal to the certain group of the hard core metal fans for sure. Anvil is and presents a bit of comical as well as unintended humoristic aspects. The Canucks pounded and forged the metallic anvil for about one hour and left the stage with the overexcite crowd chanting Anvil, Anvil for a long time.

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Lips and the boys in Helsinki 2016

666
School Love
Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
Winged Assassins
Free as the Wind
Zombie Apocalypse
Mothra
Swing Thing
Die For a Lie
Metal on Metal

OFFICIAL ANVIL WEBPAGE

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER

All right as stated earlier this is supposed to be Udo Dirkschneider’s farewell tour to his Accept era. The tour is massive and it seems like the demand has been incredible, because some festival has booked Dirkscheider. However the U.D.O moniker is on hiatus for the time being. Udo with the back-up band did the 120 minute set of several Accept songs. The packed club went entirely bezerk when the riff of “Starlight” cut the air and followed by all in all 23 Accept songs in a row. All of them had been picked up from the 80’s albums. Unfortunately the 90’s albums had been skipped completely and so was the Accept debut.  It obvious why Udo concentrated on the well-known classics instead but it would have been great to hear at least a couple of tracks from the bands excellent re-union album at the time OBJECTION OVERRULED (1993). In fact the band then played a sold out show in this same venue and for sure there were many fans now present who witnessed that show.  The album tracks “Objection Overruled”, “Slaves To Metal”, “Bulletproof” or “Protectors Of Terror” could all have been great additions on the set list.  The sounds were excellent. Well as for the band in general, they did a solid work and did the justified work for the old classic material. But Accept is Accept with the full metal heart, therefore comparing the back-up band of Dirkschneider for them is pointless and beyond the absurd. However the guitar duet appeared to be enjoying being at the stage. Even though the most ultimate passion and fire have gone a bit down for Udo to perform the immortal metal hymns, but the metal legend performed all of those songs with the professional attitude and proud for sure. At least this is supposed to be the last time to hear classics like “Breaker”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “London Leatherboys” sung by Udo on the Finnish soil.

It remains to be seen if Udo truly leaves the Accept material out from his U.D.O gigs in the future. To be honest the 80’s metal fans are desperately eager to hear those Accept classic stuff, therefore it is going to be quite interesting how this decision will effect on the ticket selling in the future.

Udo in HElsinki 2016

Udo in Helsinki 2016

Starlight
Living for Tonite
Flash Rockin’ Man
London Leatherboys
Midnight Mover
Breaker
Head Over Heels
Neon Nights
Princess of the Dawn
Winterdreams
Restless and Wild
Son of a Bitch
Up to the Limit
Midnight Highway
Screaming for a Love-BiteWrong Is Right
Monsterman
Losers and Winners
TV War
Metal Heart
I’m a Rebel
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall

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RAINBOW “Monsters Of Rock – Live At Donington 1980” DVD+CD Set Out April 22, 2016

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

 

The date was Saturday August 16,1980. Rainbow took to the stage to headline the first rock festival ever staged at Castle Donington – a concert that would inevitably be the last live show featuring the line-up of Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Don Airey (keyboards), Graham Bonnet (vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Cozy Powell (drums).

On April 22, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release this very concert — Monsters Of Rock – Live At Donington 1980 as a DVD + CD set and via digital formats [MSRP $19.98].

Monsters of Rock contains all the surviving footage of this concert, and marks the first time that the audio from the show has been available as a full-length standalone CD.

This show was the culmination of Rainbow’s tour in support of the hugely successful 1979 album Down To Earth. Featuring new tracks alongside classics from earlier in their career, the set includes “Since You Been Gone,” “All Night Long,” “Stargazer,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Catch The Rainbow,” “Eyes Of The World,” and more. Punctuated with virtuoso solo spots which allow Blackmore, Airey, and Powell to shine, Monsters of Rock highlights the sheer musical prowess in the band. The show climaxes with Blackmore destroying his guitar and thrusting it into an amp which promptly bursts into flames before fireworks burst overhead, concluding a truly explosive show.

Rainbow is a legendary rock band in every sense of the word, and Monsters Of Rock – Live At Donington 1980 captures an incendiary performance at a significant point in the band’s career.

Click here to view a video clip of “All Night Long”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjTaJo2n6hY

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM sign with AFM Records / new album out in May!

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

 

U.S. thrash metal legends Flotsam and Jetsam have inked a worldwide deal with AFM Records. The band’s new album, simply titled “Flotsam and Jetsam” will be released on May 20th.

Timo Hoffmann (AFM Records A&R): „We’re honored that Flotsam and Jetsam have decided to join our roster. Of course we’ve followed their career for many years and always valued the band’s qualities. This new, self-titled album is a blast! We’ve been convinced right from the very first demos sent. It was obvious to us why the album is titled as it is: „Flotsam and Jetsam“ holds the essence of what defines the band – this album is a statement, something to be proud of. And we are proud to start working with the band with such a special release“.

The band states: “Flotsam and Jetsam really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate, business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us. We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality metal to get behind and promote. Along with signing to a new label, all the forward movement for the band in the last two years has also allowed us to partner with new team members; like Chris Collier of CMC21 Productions, who just completed the mixing and mastering of the album and Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art out of the UK, for the album cover and stage production art, who are both doing a phenomenal job for us. We’re looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn’t been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look”.

Flotsam and Jetsam is:

Eric “AK” Knutson – vocals
Steve Conley – guitars
Michael Gilbert – guitars
Michael Spencer – bass

“Flotsam and Jetsam” album tracklisting:

01. Seventh Seal
02. Life Is A Mess
03. Taser
04. Iron Maiden
05. Verge Of Tragedy
06. Creeper
07. L.O.T.D.
08. The Incantation
09. Monkey Wrench
10. Time To Go
11. Smoking Gun
12. Forbidden Territories

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Record Store Day Ambassadors, Garage Sale, and St. Patrick’s Day!

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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We hope you’ve heard by now, but in case you missed it… Metallica is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2016! We are extremely excited to be spearheading this event we are so passionate about in such a personal way. To find out more about our connection to this cause and THREE special releases coming out in conjunction with it, check out the Record Store Day story and video at Metallica.com.

Get ready for the return of everyone’s favorite sale of the year. That’s right, it’s Garage Sale time! We’ve searched our shelves high and low to bring you the best offers on some of our favorite products. You know these items don’t last long, so head over to the Met Store this Thursday, March 10th at 1:00 PM PST to find special offers on exclusive Met Club merch, last of their kind products, and rock bottom prices on so much more.

Lucky random orders will receive goodies like official shirts or guitar picks from The Night Before or even used guitar strings we snagged from the studio! And with all the merch flowing in and out of our doors, we’re bound to pile up a few items with minor flaws here and there, so we’re also offering a “mystery grab bag” shirt for only $2.99 that is the perfect add on to any Garage Sale order!

And before the Garage Sale starts, be sure to hit up our St. Patrick’s Day Sale for some green gear and avoid getting pinched this year! Head over to the Met Store for 20% off “Whiskey in the Jar” and “No Leaf Clover” shirts along with barware to help you celebrate in style. Sale ends Monday, March 14th at 9:00 AM PST.

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Anthrax’s “For All Kings” Makes Top Ten Billboard Debut

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Multi-Grammy nominee Anthrax have blasted into Billboard’s Top 10 with their 11th studio album, For All Kings, bowing at #9-bullet on the Top 200 Albums Chart and selling 34,000 units.  This debut eclipses the #12 debut made by the band’s 2011 Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed Worship Music.

The album also topped the Hard Rock Albums chart in both the U.S. and Canada with its #1 debuts, and landed at #5 and #7 respectively on the U.S. and Canada’s Top Current Albums charts.  Additionally, For All Kings debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, #2 on the Independent Albums chart, #4 Physical Albums, and #5 Vinyl Albums chart.

“We share this Top 10 victory with all of our fans,” said the band’s Charlie Benante.  “Heavy metal is alive and well.”

Since For All Kings was released last Friday, February 26, it has held the #1 position on both the iTunes Heavy Metal Albums sales chart and Amazon’s Best Sellers in Metal chart.  In addition, the album’s first single, “Breathing Lightning,” debuted last week in the Top 40 on both the Mediabase Active Rock Chart and on BDS.

Press has also been an enormous champion of For All Kings:  “The album is thrash perfection…”  “…a near flawless album…5 out of 5 stars…”  “…one of Anthrax’s best CDs of all time, a sparkling triumph…” “…a surefire album-of-the-year contender…”

For All Kings is the band’s 11th studio album, was produced by Jay Ruston, and is their first album since 1990’s Persistence of Time to be written specifically for Joey Belladonna’s soaring vocals, an integral part of Anthrax’s classic signature sound. And the album IS classic Anthrax, with the band’s metal thrash roots clearly front-and-center, and lyrics that tackle topics such as the struggle to grow up and be responsible, having blind faith and selling your soul, how the way you live your life affects everyone around you, and murder and martyrdom rooted in an ideology.

“Thank you so much to everyone who loves the record we made,” added Anthrax’s Scott Ian.  “The response to For All Kings has been fantastic, seriously, thank you all so much.”

Anthrax is currently on tour in South America with Iron Maiden and will return to the U.S. for a series of festival dates in the Spring.

ABOUT ANTHRAX
Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica’s Kirk Hammett put it, “one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands.”  The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.  From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise,” to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four – with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth – as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it’s just all about the music.

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2016 Metal Alliance Announce Line Up

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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High River Sauces is proud to present the 6th Annual The Metal Alliance Tour. Each year this touring festival assembles a package that celebrates the various genres of Metal. It is with great honor to celebrate this 6 year hallmark than to announce DYING FETUS, one the pioneers of the death metal as the official Metal Alliance Tour 2016 headliner.

The tour will be rounded out by THE ACACIA STRAIN, JUNGLE ROT, BLACK CROWN INITIATE and rotating openers REAPING ASMEDEIA and NYLITHIA .

The Metal Alliance Tour will make the trek across United States and Canada starting on the east coast in April and run through May.

Official Dates:

4/29/2016        Baltimore, MD            Soundstage
4/30/2016        Lowell, MA                  Mill City Ballroom
5/2/2016         Cleveland, OH              Agora Ballroom
5/3/2016           Chicago, IL                  Reggie’s
5/4/2016          Minneapolis, MN         Cabooze
5/5/2016          Winnipeg, MB             Park Theater
5/6/2016          Saskatoon, SK            Obriens
5/8/2016          Edmonton, AB             Shredmonton Festival
5/10/2016        Seattle, WA                 Studio Seven
5/11/2016        Portland, OR               Hawthorne Theater
5/12/2016        Petaluma, CA             Pheonix Theater
5/13/2016        Pomona, CA               Glasshouse
5/14/2016        Hollywood, CA            Whisky
5/15/2016        Phoenix, AZ                Joe’s Grotto
5/17/2016        Denver, CO                Marquis Theater
5/18/2016        Kansas City, MO        Riot Room
5/20/2016        Ft Worth, TX               Rail Club
5/21/2016        Austin, TX                   Dirty Dog
5/23/2016        New Orleans, LA        Southport Hall
5/25/2016        Tampa, FL                  Orpheum
5/26/2016        Atlanta, GA                 Masquerade
5/27/2016        Knoxville, TN              The International
5/28/2016        Dayton, OH                Oddbody’s
5/29/2016       Greensboro, NC         Arizona Pete’s

Poster artwork done by the truly talented Brian Mercer at www.mercerrock.com

For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: www.MetalAllainceTour.com or www.facebook.com/metalalliancetour

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SHOTGUN (ex-SHOTGUN MESSIAH) “Live – Down Decadencia Drive” Album Details Revealed

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Swedish hard rockers SHOTGUN will release their new live album “Live – Down Decadencia Drive” on May 7 through Livewire/Cargo Records. A rocking new half breed of the original SHOTGUN MESSIAH is now releasing an in your face live album with all the songs from Shotgun Messiah’s highly acclaimed first album.

Is the result of this collaboration and a damn good live album that captures the nerve, the riffs, the attitude – and that straight-in-your-face-style that once was the trademark of SHOTGUN MESSIAH.

“Live – Down Decadencia Drive” track listing:

1. Squeezin Teazin
2. I’m Your Love
3. Bop City
4. Nowhere Fast
5. Dirt Talk
6. Nervous
7. Shout It Out
8. Don’t Care Bout Nothin’

The album was mixed by Chris Laney at LaneyLand and mastered by Classe Persson at CRP Recordings.

SHOTGUN are:

ZINNY J. ZAN – Vocals
STIXX – Drums
ROB MARCELLO – Guitars
CHRIS LANEY – Bass

SHOTGUN MESSIAH was the pioneers of the glam and sleaze era back in the 80’s and one of the first acts to come out of Sweden to relocate to the U.S. and actually hit the charts and make a name for themselves. With extensive tours, press, radio and TV covering the entire U.S. under the belt for some years, SHOTGUN MESSIAH was worn out in 1993 and decided to call it quits.

Later in the 90’s you could find the former members in bands like MARILYN MANSON, TOM WAITS and ZAN CLAN.

Over the years some of the members in former SHOTGUN MESSIAH has been made aware by their fans that they never got to play their songs live for their supporters in Europe, Latin America or Asia.

Now 25 years after the release of their first album, two of the band’s biggest supporters contacted singer ZINNY J. ZAN and drummer STIXX in order for them to consider a reunion and actually get the opportunity to play these songs for one last tour. An opportunity for the supporters that once missed out to hear the songs live – but also for it to be captured and released as a live album.

THE CATCH, YOU SAY? These two hardcore supporters wanted to see the original line-up reform. Since that was a definite no-go they gladly volunteered to fill the two missing slots. The two fanboys happened to be none other than…

www.facebook.com/bopcityshotgun
www.shotgun-messiah.se

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Rock On The Range Tickets Sold Out!

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Tickets for the 10th annual Rock On The Range–the largest and most-acclaimed rock festival in the United States–are now sold out. This marks the fourth year in a row that tickets have sold out in advance. A monumental 120,000 “Rangers” from all 50 states and around the globe were in attendance over the three days of the 2015 festival.

Rock On The Range will celebrate its 10th Anniversary May 20, 21 & 22, 2016 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. The incredible music lineup features the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers, hard rock titans Disturbed (who have returned after a 4-year hiatus), and rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie topping a lineup that’s packed with rock royalty such as Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, and Pennywise, along with the genre’s hottest developing artists.

With three days of music on three stages, sets from rock’s favorite comedians (including Grammy nominated Jay Mohr, Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, Bethany Dwyer, and Madison Malloy) in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, a Craft Beer Village featuring top breweries from the region, new art installations, and unique onsite activities, Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals.

“Anyone who says, ‘Rock is Dead,’ hasn’t paid attention to Rock On The Range,” says ROTR co-executive producer Danny Wimmer. “This festival has grown in each one of its 10 years, selling out in record time this year. Rock On The Range’s strength stands as a testament that rock fans are not only alive and well, they are flourishing.”

Download the Rock On The Range mobile app (available for FREE via iTunes and Google Play) for festival information and band performance times.

Rock On The Range is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, AEG Live, and MAPFRE Stadium.

Rock On The Range is supported by great sponsors including: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, Zippo, The Music Experience, and Bud Light.

Website: www.RockOnTheRange.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockontherange
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rockontherange
Announce Video: http://bit.ly/ROTR16sm

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Rolling Stone/Behind the Scenes – ANTHRAX “Blood Eagle Wings” Video Shoot

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Anthrax invited Rolling Stone to go behind the scenes at the shooting of the band’s very horrific video for the track “Blood Eagle Wings,” from the band’s new album For All Kings, released last Friday (2/26, Megaforce Records).  Featured in the clip are interviews with the video’s star, actor James Duval (“Donnie Darko”), director Jack Bennett (who directs Scott Ian’s “Bloodworks” web series), playing the role of “The Butcher,” comedian and long-time Anthrax friend, Brian Posehn, and Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante.

Check out Rolling Stone’s “behind the scenes” doc here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/go-behind-the-scenes-of-anthraxs-grisly-new-video-20160304

See the “Blood Eagle Wings” video here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-anthraxs-chilling-epic-new-video-20160302

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VARDIS release new album “Red Eye” in May!

March 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The Past

VARDIS were forged out of Glam, Punk, Heavy Metal, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great Rockers and electric bluesmen of the 50s and 60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of Hard Rock and Punk in the 70s, and achieving prominence in the 80s as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the Vardis brand of Hard Rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.

The Future

In March 2014, Steve Zodiac began remastering the Vigilante album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, Vardis reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the UK and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began.  After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith’s side project Blues Band, Vardis set to work on their first new material in nearly 30 years.

Founder Steve Zodiac: “Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in ’76.

The cover art was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for Nightmare on Elm Street, Basket Case and The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.

After the tragic death of bass player Terry Horbury last year, the band recuited Martin Connolly  (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox, Entire Population of Hackney) and played their first successful show with the new line up at this years’ Up The Hammers Festival in Greece.

Steve Zodiac comments: “We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing Vardis would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist. By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly. After just one rehearsal we knew we wouldn’t need to see anyone else, Martin is a top bassist and has brought a new dimension and fresh energy to Vardis as we rebuild to get the show back on the road this year. Thank you all for your support and patience, we are proud to rock on with you in tribute to a man whose life was music.”

The new album “Red Eye” will be released on May 20th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl. 2 bonus tracks + poster), LP version in red vinyl and download (iTunes exclusive contains 2 bonus tracks).

Tracklisting:

1. Red Eye 4:08
2. Paranoia Strikes 3:36
3. I Need You Now 3:26
4. The Knowledge 4:24
5. Lightning Man 3:33
6. Back To School 3:36
7. Jolly Roger 5:15
8. Head of the Nail 4:22
9. Hold Me 4:59
10. 200 M.P.H. 7:47
DIGI PAK BONUS TRACKS
11. Living Out Of Touch 3:31
12. 200 M.P.H. (Reprise) 3:38

VARDIS live 2016

09.04.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil (sold out)
10.04.B-Roeselare – Verlichte Geest
12.05.E-Ibiza – Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
03.06.SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
26.06.GB-Biggar – Wildfire Festival
30.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
17.09.I-Villa Rosa – Heavy Metal Night 9
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20 years of Brutal Assault Festival in hardcover

March 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

On the occasion of 20th anniversary edition of Brutal Assault, organizers published a truly unique book that summarizes the entire history of the festival from the very beginning in 1996 to the present. The publication simply entitled “Brutal Assault: 20 years (1996-2015)” describes in detail a growing festival from a small event for a few hundred people to one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe. A total of 442 pages in Czech and English offer comprehensive information about every single edition of the festival ­ memories of headliners as well as loyal fans. An intergral part of the book are also behind­the­scenes stories about preparation and organization.

“Some stories seem adventurous, if not crazy,” says author Pavel Kriklan. “Would you pawn your own house to get money for headliner?” asks Kriklan. The text is accompanied by hundreds of photos. A series of photos, for example, is about reconstruction of the fortress in 2007, when all those wooded areas with old houses have become a place for a huge metal event.

The book also contains a summary of all the best that occurred over the years including a comprehensive index of all performing bands.

The book “Brutal Assault: 20 years (1996 – ­2015)” is available for 32 EUR (799 CZK) at http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/

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BRUTAL ASSAULT CONFIRMS NEUROSIS, DYING FETUS, STICK TO YOUR GUNS, VENOM INC. and more!

March 8th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The immensely brutal power trio of Maryland DYING FETUS will Reign Supreme at Brutal Assault 2016, alongside their labelmates OBSCURA, who will premiere songs from their brand new album Akróasis. From the swamps of Lousiana GOATWHORE will present the incarnation of the old school soul of extreme metal. The influental NEUROSIS will return with their opressive-mood-laden and original mixture of styles. STICK TO YOUR GUNS on the other hand will bring hardcore punk also straight outta California. Rap metal veterans STUCK MOJO will make appearance at BA 2016 as well as modern metal stars TESSERACT and UNEARTH. Sadly Tesseract will serve as a substitution for SIKTH, who once again pulled off our fest because of full US tour they will do in summer. There again is a mutual will to do a show at the very next edition of Brutal Assault. Closing this bill are VENOM INC., who are currently building a reputation of great live version with the true spirit of the original band. Mantas, Abaddon and Demolition Man (the Prime Evil lineup) reformed in April last year and have already toured the world (including China, Japan, Europe and America) with a full and classic VENOM set and proved to everyone they’re the true powerhouse!

For list of all confirmed bands and ordering info please follow http://brutalassault.cz/en/

The tickets for “Brutal Assault 2016” is available for 72 EUR (1800 CZK) at http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/

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