NEW VIDEO – Primal Fear – “The End Is Near” Live!

May 13th, 2017
by EvilG

 

From the album ANGELS OF MERCY – LIVE IN GERMANY. Get your copy NOW: http://radi.al/PrimalFearLive
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Symphonic Vocalist LEAH Releases Ethereal Cover of Skyrim Video Game Theme Song “The Dragonborn Comes”

May 13th, 2017
by EvilG

“The Dragonborn Comes”: Free Download | Stream
 

New Celtic Metal Album out this Fall

Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – is recognized in the music world for her work with established heavy metal musicians such as Eric Peterson of Testament and Dragonlord, Timo Somers of Delain, Troy Donockly of Nightwish and many others. With three well-received releases under her belt ( Of Earth & Angels [2012], Otherworld [2013] and Kings & Queens [2015]), LEAH is currently working on her upcoming, currently untitled album featuring many of the players above, in addition to former Delain drummer Sander Zoer and Barend Courbois of Blind GuardianLEAH‘s music places the listener in a world of fantasy, magic, history and everything in between.

While fast at work on said record, LEAH enjoys trying her hand at other musical endeavors and covers.LEAH‘s most recent cover comes in the form of the main theme, “The Dragonborn Comes”, from the wildly popular open world action role-playing video game Skyrim of The Elder Scrolls series.

This track will appeal to the heavy metal fan with a profound love for video games and all things fantasy! Listen here, and read the story of LEAH‘s inspiration below: https://youtu.be/vF03kI5HbbQ

“As you know I’ve been writing a brand new Celtic metal album due out this fall,” says LEAH.
“I was looking for inspiration and tried reading some books, but never found my muse, until my fans recommended I start playing Skyrim. So I did, and I really ran with some of those themes in my songwriting! Not only did the storyline inspire me, but the soundtrack itself is epic, as you already know. I ended up getting distracted and thought to myself, ‘Hmm… I wonder what it would sound like if I LEAH-fied the Dragonborn theme song?’ I decided to try it and see how it turned out for fun. I sent it over to my producer in Germany and he really liked my version, so I decided to release it for you! I hope you like it, and I hope the song stays true enough for The Elder Scrolls fans, while also giving a new feminine spin on it!”

“The Dragonborn Comes” and other tracks by LEAH are also available for free download via her website here http://leahmusic.net/dragonborn or http://leahmusic.net. You can also receive “The Dragonborn Comes” by texting the word DRAGONBORN to +1 587-800-4323.

Stay tuned for more news on LEAH‘s upcoming album, coming soon!

About LEAH:
LEAH is a fan-described “Celtic vocal goddess” hailing from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences. Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing the “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian “Moschus” Moos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia) and features the vocals of guitar legend Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) on the ethereal metal track “Dreamland”. 2014 was very successful year for LEAHas she raised over $27,000 through Indiegogo via her fans to record and produce her heaviest album, Kings & Queens, which was eventually released in early 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The album received dozens of four and five-star reviews, and helped her gain thousands of new fans around the world. Just like her beautiful music and vocal approach, the future is bright for LEAH!

LEAH Online:

Website: http://leahmusic.net/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leahthemusic

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/leahthemusic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/leahthemusic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/leahthemusic

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Roadburn – Tilburg Holland

May 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Roadburn 2017

The 21st – 23rd of April 

013 Tilburg Holland

Roadburn enjoys the status of an underground cult event among metal, rock, and stoner music fans. The festival is held annually in the small idyllic town of Tilburg in Holland. This year’s Roadburn was a success once again. Obviously, the festival drew more people than last year as a fourth day was added.

The festival conquered the whole small town and its small bars and restaurants. Roadburn offered a great deal of different kinds of underground stuff covering from hard rock, space rock, stoner rock, to industrial. Most all the mainstream metal styles don’t fit too well with the concept of Roadburn.

The Roadburn festival is held in the prestigious 013 club consisting of five different sizes of venues. The main venue usually draws a couple of thousand people whereas the smaller venue in the same building however draw a couple of hundred each. Of course, a couple of small bars Extuse and Del Sac share the Roadburn bill by giving bands a more intimate club atmosphere. Whereas Hel Patronaat is another bigger one.

Besides all the concerts, Roadburn has put a lot of effort into other interesting and fascinating aspects. Above all, the pre-listening sessions of forthcoming albums of Solstafier, as well as underground movies are an important part of the whole fest, so are seminars and conversation events. All in all the Roadburn festival is a fascinating and exciting gathering of art,  music, and good company.

Metal-Rules made its debut visit to Roadburn to feel the atmosphere of obscure stoner spacy rock and inhale the smell of the weed.

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Possessed inks a deal with Nuclear Blast

May 11th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

We are proud to finally announce that we have signed a world wide deal with Nuclear Blast Records! We are honored to be a part of the Nuclear Blast family and look forward to bringing you all our first full-length release in 31 years, sometime in 2018!

 

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Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2018 Announced (8th Edition of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Voyage)

May 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Details for the eighth annual MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, have been announced.

Departing out of Miami, FL, the five-day/five-night full ship charter cruise will set sail February 11-16 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas (a new ship for MOR) and visiting two new ports: Falmouth, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee. As in past years, the 2018 cruise will also feature optional pre-cruise parties in Miami on the evening of Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th (details TBA).

The cruise goes on sale tomorrow (5/10) at 12 Noon EST, with cabins starting at $1,199 per person (double occupancy). Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For more info, visit MonstersOfRockCruise.com and follow @monstersofrockcruise on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Confirmed line-up for the 2018 MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE includes: Tesla, Queensrÿche, Thunder, Lita Ford, Winger, British Lion featuring Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Doro, KIX, Y&T, Vixen, Great White, Beasto Blanco, LA Guns, The Pretty Maids, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Loudness, Michael Sweet (of Stryper), The Quireboys, Tyketto, Dangerous Toys, Junkyard, Keel, Raven, Madam X, Rhino Bucket, John Corabi, Autograph, Lillian Axe, Rough Cutt, Mitch Malloy, The Iron Maidens, Kickin’ Valentina, Jared James Nichols, Thee Rock ‘N Roll Residency, and Atomic Punks, with more performances to be announced. Plus, Eddie Trunk and comedian Don Jamieson (VH1’s “That Metal Show”), San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk and Luc Carl (SiriusXM’s “Hair Nation”) are the official cruise hosts and will moderate Q&A’s and many other specially designed events crafted especially for this voyage.

In addition to the band performances, the cruise will feature over-the-top, customized activities including MOR Artist Photo Experiences, Gong Show Karaoke, My Bloody Valentine Fantasy Ball, “So You Think You Can Shred” and Cooking with Rock Stars hosted by Lisa Tirone of Chef it up! and even more to be announced.

Click here for MOR ’18 artist reveal video and here for cruise experience video.

Navigator of the Seas is unlike any ship experienced before on the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE. The Voyager Class ship features the Royal Promenade, spanning the length of Deck 5, featuring restaurants, coffee bars, shopping and connecting cruisers to all performance venues. Other activities aboard the ship include: boogie boarding or surfing the waves at the FlowRider Surf Simulator, challenging yourself on the rock climbing wall, soaking in one of the many hot tubs and pools, or pampering yourself in the world-class Vitality at Sea Spa.

The exclusive island of Labadee is the ultimate private destination for Monsters of Rock cruisers, offering adventure, exploration and relaxation amongst its many bars and pristine waters. Vacationers can amp up the adrenaline on the Dragon’s Tail Coaster, a thrilling 30-mile-per-hour ride with incredible views of the island.For more action, adventurous passengers may choose to strap on a helmet and harness, and soar 500-feet down on the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the world’s longest zip line over water. In addition, there are plenty of exciting options to choose from, including wave jet rides, parasailing, snorkel safaris, kayak tours, and much more.

Situated on Jamaica’s North coast between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Falmouth has something for all travelers. Monsters of Rock Cruisers won’t want to miss Dunn’s River Falls, one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world and a shore excursion unlike any other. This series of lush, tropical waterfalls cascade over terraced natural stairs as you take the picturesque hike all the way to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the journey, taking breaks to swim in the small lagoons and grottos as you ascend the vertical sections of the falls. Cruisers can wrap up the day with a hike and dip into the Caribbean Sea or enjoy a myriad of activities, such as windsurfing, kayaking, horseback riding, river raft rides or sightseeing.

Find official cruise merchandise here:
www.rightrocksportswear.com/monsters-of-rock-cruise/

About ON THE BLUE:
ON THE BLUE — promoter for the Monsters of Rock Cruise — is a leader in cruise charter innovation, having sailed over 100,000 passengers in that last 20 years. The principals of ON THE BLUE have deep roots in the music industry, having provided world-class cruise ship production management for celebrities and musical artists for over two decades. ON THE BLUE has run dozens of charter and large group programs for organizations, corporations, celebrities and artists throughout North America, and has played major roles in the development of ground-breaking theme cruise concepts. Past charters have included an array of Fortune 500 companies plus theme cruises featuring entertainers such as Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Journey, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Night Ranger, The Moody Blues, UFO, Queensryche, Tesla, Cinderella, Yes, Little River Band, UK, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer, Greg Lake, O.A.R and many others. For more information, visit otblue.com.

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MARK SLAUGHTER Releases New ‘Halfway There Teaser’ Video’s, Announces Solo Shows

May 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

SLAUGHTER vocalist MARK SLAUGHTER has released the first and second of a series of in-studio videos discussing and previewing tracks from the upcoming album ‘Halfway There’, in stores May 26 via EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED, in Europe via EMP/SPV, and in Japan via Universal Music Japan/EMP out on May 10th, 2017.

Episode #2 features Mark discussing and previewing the album track “Supernatural”, and tells the touching story of how a lost guitar belonging to late Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly found its way home to make a guest appearance on the track and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/uy9ntN2yfnY

Episode #1 features Mark discussing and previewing the album track “Conspiracy” can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/i6AdIf3rRkc

‘Halfway There’ was produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist “Mister” Sam Shearon (Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, KISS, Clive Barker).

Slaughter has also announced his first solo show to support Halfway There, Thursday June 22nd at The Gramercy Theatre, (with support from KIK TRACEE vocalist Stephen Shareaux) where Slaughter will be backed by bassist Jaymi “PINKBASSMAN” Millard, Guitarist Mike Himmel (Bret Michaels, Dug Pinnick), and his former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION bandmate, drummer Bobby Rock.

Mark Slaughter will also stay busy on the road with his namesake band SLAUGHTER, who will also play several US dates through 2017, including a performance at ROCKLAHOMA May 26th.

SLAUGHTER 2017 Dates:

5/18 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
5/28 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
6/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
7/7 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort & Casino w/ Great White
7/13 – Baling, Germany – Bang Your Head Festival – Baling, Germany
7/28 – Sioux City, IA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – w/Great White & Bret Michaels
8/5 – McMinnville, OR – Yamhill County Fair
8/11 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin The Rivers
8/12 – St. Charles, IL – The Arcada Theater
9/8 – Hinckley. MN – Grand RockTember V Music Festival w/Queensryche, Great White & More
9/16 – Hurricane Mills, TN – Nashville Bike Week
11/12 – Houston, TX – Proof Rooftop Lounge
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DIAMOND HEAD To Tour US

May 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


One of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, Diamond Head, will be returning to the States for tour dates in May and in August. From May 17-27, the band – led by co-founding member/guitarist Brian Tatler – will be playing headline shows (and two dates with Ross the Boss, as well as a performance at the Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago with Armored Saint, and an appearance at Rocklahoma in Oklahoma). And then from August 19-25, Diamond Head will return to the US for another festival appearance (Psycho Vegas 2017 in Las Vegas), as well as additional headlining gigs.

“Excited to be back in the US this spring, playing songs from the new album ‘Diamond Head’ along with many classics from Lightning To The Nations, Borrowed Time & Canterbury’.” -Brian Tatler, 5/4/17

As part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, Diamond Head came up in the same scene as eventual global headliners Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. And while Diamond Head did not achieve the same commercial success as the aforementioned bands, they did influence countless subsequent musicians – especially Metallica, as it was a then-teenaged Lars Ulrich that befriended the band early on and became a major fan. Subsequently, Metallica has covered such Diamond Head classics as “Am I Evil,” “Helpless,” “The Prince,” and “It’s Electric” multiple times – on multiple platinum releases.

In addition to performing these classics at their upcoming U.S. shows, expect to also hear material performed off their latest release – 2016’s self-titled offering. Their seventh studio albums overall, the album has become one of their most critically acclaimed of their entire career – as evidenced by Classic Rock Magazine saying, “It just fu*kin’ rocks in glorious timeless fashion” and Metal Hammer simply adding, “This is rather excellent.”

And soon, many U.S. fans will get to see the legendary Diamond Head on a nearby concert stage.

“When we made ‘Kill Em All’, it was just Diamond Head and Motörhead”
Lars Ulrich – Metallica

“We’re a combination of the two heads, Diamond Head and Motörhead. The epic feel is definitely from Diamond Head, while the simplicity came from Motörhead.”
James Hetfield – Metallica

“I’m influenced by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Brian Tatler”.
Dave Mustaine – Megadeth

DIAMOND HEAD LINE-UP 2017:
Brian Tatler – Guitars
Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals
Abbz Abberley  – Guitars
Dean Ashton – Bass
Karl Wilcox – Drums

DIAMOND HEAD US TOUR 2017:

Additional dates to be announced shortly.

W   5/17 Columbus, OH      Ace of Cups
Th  5/18 Indianapolis, IN     The Headquarters w/Ross The Boss
F    5/19 Rock Island, IL      RIBCO
S    5/20 Chicago, IL            Legions of Metal Festival w/Armored Saint
Su  5/21 Savage, MN          Neisens w/Ross The Boss
M   5/22 Joliet, IL                 The Forge
T    5/23 Newport, KY          Southgate House
Th  5/25 Springfield, MO     Nathan P Murphy’s
S    5/27 Pryor, OK              Rocklahoma Festival
S    8/19 Las Vegas, NV      Psycho Vegas 2017 Festival
W   8/23 Portland, OR         Bossanova Ballrooms
Th  8/25 Seattle, WA           El Corazon

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
https://www.facebook.com/DiamondHeadOfficial/

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VOIVOD re-release RRROOOAAARRR, Killing Technology and Dimension Hatros

May 11th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

CD Editions available now and vinyl releasing Friday, May 19th, 2017.

Rrröööaaarrr


Rrröööaaarrr is the band’s 2nd studio album, released on Noise records in 1986. This sophomore album features their unique blend of thrash, electronic & industrial soundscapes creating a primordial fusion of progressive metal. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s second album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s early development within their native Canada plus their first live ‘assaults’ across the border into the US.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’86 ’No Speed Limit Week-End’ concert from Montreal – the set also includes a complete demo of the ‘RRROOOAAARRR’ album, band rehearsal tracks and a ‘never-before-heard’ sound-collage from the tapes of Piggy, Voivod’s late lamented guitarist. The set also contains tantalising early video footage of several live concerts from the band both in Canada & the US, the grainy films providing a unique insight into this developmental world of ‘the’ VOIVOD. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Killing Technology


The band’s third full album perfectly reinforces their image of a post-apocalyptic wasteland set against a thrashing-punk-speed-metal soundscape. It was released on Noise Records in 1987. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s Killing Technology is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s development as they strove to perfect their sound and become a band of international acclaim.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ’Spectrum ’87 concert recorded Live in Montreal – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in both the US and Switzerland. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Dimension Hatross


Highly influential Canadian prog. metal quartet continue to hone their distinctive blend of experimental speed-infused sci-fi to great effect on album number four. This definitive issue of Voivod’s fourth album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album, a work where the band’s sound and concept come together in perfect union, and where the transition from thrash metal into something altogether more unique, was finally made.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’88 concert – ’A Flawless Structure? (Recorded Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988)’ – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in the US. It was released on Noise Records in 1988. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated to the original release.

“Rrrroooaaarrr” track listing:

CD1

* Korgull the Exterminator
* Fuck Off And Die
* Slaughter In A Grave
* Ripping Headaches
* Horror
* Thrashing Rage
* The Helldriver
* Build Your Weapons
* To The Death!

CD2 – Spectrum ’86 – “No Speed Limit” Weekend; Live at Montreal, October ’86

* Korgüll The Exterminator
* Ripping Headaches
* Blower
* Fuck Off And Die
* Tornado
* Iron Gang
* War And Pain
* Warriors Of Ice
* Nuclear War
* Overreaction
* The Helldriver
* Ravenous Medicine
* Voivod
* Thrashing Rage

DVD

Audio:

* Rrröööaaarrr Rough Mix Demo 1985
* Anachronism Live 25.06.86 (first show)
* Early Rehearsals 1983-1984
* Piggy Sound Collage 1980

Video:

* Live, NYC, N.Y., USA – 05/05/86; First U.S. Show
* Live, Long Beach, C.A., USA – 06/13/86
* Live, Jonquiere High School, QC, Canada, 12/20/84; Morgoth Invasion
* Live, Jonquiere Cultural Center QC, Canada, 01/27/84; To the Death!
* Slideshows: Artwork (1983 – 1986) + Live & Studio Photos (1985 – 1986)

“Killing Technology” track listing:

CD1

* Killing Technology
* Overreaction
* Tornado
* Too Scared To Scream
* Forgotten In Space
* Ravenous Medicine
* Order of The Blackguards
* This Is Not An Exercise
* Cockroaches

CD2

Spectrum ’87 – Live In Montreal, September 1987:

* Killing Technology
* Overreaction
* Ravenous Medicine
* Tornado
* Korgull The Exterminator
* Ripping Headaches
* Blower
* Live For Violence
* Tribal Convictions
* Order of The Blackguards
* Cockroaches
* To The Death
* Voivoid
* Batman

DVD

Audio:

* Live At Kriekelaarzaal, Brussels, Belgium: 28/11/87

Video:

* Live At The Token Lounge, Westland, MI, USA: 14/05/87
* Live At Rossli Azmoosm, Sargans, Switzerland: 06/11/87
* Live At Festhalle, Tuttlingen, Germany: 07/11/87
* Live At Rex Club, Paris, France: 01/12/87
* Live At Ildiko’s, Toronto, ON, Canada: 19/09/87
* Slideshows: Artwork (1987) | Live & Studio Photos (1987)

“Dimension Hatross” track listing:

CD1

* Experiment
* Tribal Convictions
* Chaosmongers
* Technocratic Manipulators
* Macrosolutions To Megaproblems
* Brain Scan
* Psychic Vacuum
* Cosmic Drama
* Batman

CD2 – Spectrum ’88 – ‘A Flawless Structure?’; Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988:

* Overreaction
* Experiment
* Tribal Convictions
* Chaosmongers
* Ravenous Medicine
* Korgull The Exterminator
* Technocratic Manipulators
* Macrosolutions To Megaproblems
* War And Pain Medley
* Brain Scan
* Psychic Vacuum
* Order to The Black Guards
* Holiday In Cambodia
* Batman

DVD

Audio

* “Dimension Hatröss” Demo 1987

Videos

* Live At Blondies, Detroit, MI, USA: 18.11.88
* Live At The Axiom, Houston, Texas, USA: 10.12.88
* Live At Anthrax, Norwalk, CT, USA: 09.11.88
* Live At Fenders Ballroom, Long Beach, California, USA: 03.12.88
* Slideshows – Artwork + Live And Studio Photos (1988)

For additional information on Noise Records:

https://www.facebook.com/NoiseRecordsLebt

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Desertfest: London @ Various venues, Camden, London

May 10th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Desertfest: London

Various venues, Camden, LONDON

28th-30th April 2017

Review by Nathan Slack
Photography by Miguel de Malo
Additional photo by Carina Martins

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Ragnard Rock Fest returns in France this Summer!

May 8th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

After being sold out last year, Ragnard Rock Fest is back in France this Summer with a great line-up and a unique programme! Gathering many Folk music & Pagan/Death/Black metal bands, the 3rd edition of this excellent festival will take place in Simandre-sur-Suran (South-East of France) from the 20th to the 23rd of July.

This year, Ragnard Rock Fest is giving pride of place to Norway in order to make discover its pagan culture and ancestral traditions. As a consequence, cult Norwegian black metallers Satyricon have been chosen as main headliners.

The event will be spread over 3 days (with an additional warm-up concert) and feature a Viking camp in which medieval battles and workshops will be organized.

This will be a unique event of Pagan music & art!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594783084149606/

Tickets available here.

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MR. BIG ‘Defying Gravity’ With New Album Set For Release July 7

May 8th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

 “Alright, we’re rolling…”

The call went out. Time for a new MR. BIG album. They convened in a Los Angeles studio and in a matter of six days, the boundless result of all that musical talent is DEFYING GRAVITY, with the release of their ninth original studio album and start of a new worldwide tour.

Set for release July 7 on Frontiers Music Srl, DEFYING GRAVITY will be available at traditional retail and all digital service providers, as will a deluxe edition version with CD and bonus DVD that features music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new album. The album will also be made available on vinyl in the coming months.

DEFYING GRAVITY deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut “Open Your Eyes” to the harmony-laden wonderment of “Damn I’m in Love Again” to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of “1992” (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international #1 smash “To Be With You”) to the barnburning slide-blues closer, “Be Kind.” Overall, DEFYING GRAVITY is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.

Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band’s 1989 self-titled debut, 1991’s LEAN INTO IT and 1993’s BUMP AHEAD) for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.

“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” says guitarist Paul Gilbert. “Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on DEFYING GRAVITY. We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we’ve all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it’s still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I’ve worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record…both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff.”

DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014’s THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which Ultimate-Guitar.com described as “An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant ‘supergroups’ of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.”

MR. BIG is gearing up for the launch their latest worldwide tour which starts May 31 in Milwaukee, WI at the Potowatami Casino. For all the latest tour dates, fans should check the band’s official website.

“2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world,” proclaims Gilbert. “I can’t wait to play the new songs, and of course our favorites from the old days like ‘Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy’ ‘Just Take My Heart,’ ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind,’ ‘Wild World,’ and ‘To Be With You.’”

Here’s the complete track listing for DEFYING GRAVITY:

1. Open Your Eyes
2. Defying Gravity
3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
4. Damn I’m In Love Again
5. Mean to Me
6. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
7. Forever and Back
8. She’s All Coming Back to Me Now
9. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind

Check out MR. BIG at any of the following tour stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Leg 1:

Wed 5/31          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Fri 6/2               St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre
Sat 6/3              Wetland, MI                   The Token Lounge
Tue 6/6             Warrendale, PA             Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Wed 6/7            Newton, NJ                   Newton Theatre
Fri 6/9               Uncasville, CT               The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
Sat 6/10            New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Mon 6/12          Nashville, TN                 Basement East
Wed 6/14          Lexington, KY               Manchester Music Hall
Fri 6/16             Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live
Sat 6/17            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Mon 6/19          Kansas City, MO           Knuckleheads Saloon
Thu 6/22            Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theatre
Fri 6/23             Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Sat 6/24            Pasadena, CA               The Rose

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Kolovorot Fest is back in Ukraine!

May 7th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Kolovorot Fest was a Pagan Black metal festival that took place every year in Ukraine since 1998. It was one of the oldest festival of the genre and achieved cult status through the years. It disappeared a few years ago but has recently been resurrected under a new name: Kolovorot Nove Kolo.

The first edition of Kolovorot Nove Kolo will take place in Kiev on June 24th at the MonteRay Live Stage, with a fantastic bill:

  • Cult Polish act Graveland will headline the festival and it will be their first ever show in Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian legends Nokturnal Mortum will promote their brand new album “Verity”, performing both new songs and old classics.
  • Formed by some ex-Dub Buk members in 2015, Burshtyn will open the festival to perform some material from their debut album “Прах відчайдухів”.

Ticket information coming soon!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1306284252818882/

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Voivod re-releases RRROOOAAARRR, Killing Technology and Dimension Hatross out now – First time on Vinyl in 30 years!!

May 6th, 2017
by EvilG

CD Editions available now and vinyl releasing Friday, May 19th, 2017.

Rrröööaaarrr
Rrröööaaarrr is the band’s 2nd studio album, released on Noise records in 1986. This sophomore album features their unique blend of thrash, electronic & industrial soundscapes creating a primordial fusion of progressive metal. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s second album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s early development within their native Canada plus their first live ‘assaults’ across the border into the US.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’86 ’No Speed Limit Week-End’ concert from Montreal – the set also includes a complete demo of the ‘RRROOOAAARRR’ album, band rehearsal tracks and a ‘never-before-heard’ sound-collage from the tapes of Piggy, Voivod’s late lamented guitarist. The set also contains tantalising early video footage of several live concerts from the band both in Canada & the US, the grainy films providing a unique insight into this developmental world of ‘the’ VOIVOD. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Killing Technology
The band’s third full album perfectly reinforces their image of a post-apocalyptic wasteland set against a thrashing-punk-speed-metal soundscape. It was released on Noise Records in 1987. This definitive issue of VOIVOD’s Killing Technology is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album and details the band’s development as they strove to perfect their sound and become a band of international acclaim.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ’Spectrum ’87 concert recorded Live in Montreal – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in both the US and Switzerland. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated the original release.

Dimension Hatross
Highly influential Canadian prog. metal quartet continue to hone their distinctive blend of experimental speed-infused sci-fi to great effect on album number four. This definitive issue of Voivod’s fourth album is a must-have item for any fan of this unique and ground-breaking Progressive Metal band. The 2CD/DVD Set vividly captures the period surrounding this album, a work where the band’s sound and concept come together in perfect union, and where the transition from thrash metal into something altogether more unique, was finally made.

Along with a previously unreleased complete show – the ‘Spectrum ’88 concert – ’A Flawless Structure? (Recorded Live in Montreal, December 21st 1988)’ – the set also includes concerts performed by the band in the US. It was released on Noise Records in 1988. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes, pressed on high quality heavy-weight vinyl and the artwork has replicated to the original release.

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Bloodstock 2017 – It’s going to be a blast!

May 4th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Bloodstock Open Air Festival returns for another year of metal mayhem in August!

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Sabaton with support on The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1 – Sparbanken Skåne Arena Lund,Sweden

May 4th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall

Sabaton

The Last Tour Scandinavian leg 2017 – leg 1
Accept – special guest
Twilight Force – support act

Sparbanken Skåne Arena
Lund
Sweden
22/3 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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