Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, has teamed up with Noisey to stream its upcoming album, Curious Volume, before it releases this Friday, August 21 on Peaceville. Stream Curious Volume today exclusively at: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/pentagram-new-album-2015.
Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), Curious Volume was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer, Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.
1. Lay Down and Die
2. The Tempter Push
3. Dead Bury Dead
4. Earth Flight
5. Walk Alone
6. Curious Volume
8. Close the Casket
10. Devil`s Playground
11. Because I Made It
Pentagram will support the release of Curious Volume with a headlining U.S. tour, set to kick off in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 30. Electric Citizen and Satan’s Satyrs will join Pentagram for the nine city trek. A list of confirmed dates, including a handful of one-off West Coast headliners this month, can be seen below.
Frontman Bobby Liebling commented: “Pentagram is extremely excited about our upcoming tours in the U.S. and Europe this fall. We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album Curious Volume for you. We feel that they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history. Of course, the set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs; we are going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!”
Formed in the early 1970s with a debut album Relentless releasing in 1985, Pentagram has survived through more than four decades filled with adversity and triumph to become the legendary international act it is today, firmly stamping its name into the heavy metal history books. Although once viewed as a cult act but with a strong and dedicated global fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity due in part to the 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, which follows the trials and tribulations of a troubled rock star, Pentagram’s lead singer Bobby Liebling. With a DVD release set for this fall on Peaceville’s label, the documentary has garnered international recognition on the film festival circuit and has won several awards, including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
The band recently released its double DVD collection, All Your Sins, featuring over 7 hours of live footage spanning a period of three decades.
Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram and Curious Volume, out this week on Peaceville.
8/26 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
8/27 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
8/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Pentagram w/ Electric Citizen, Satan’s Satyrs…
9/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/01 – Providence, RI @ The Met
10/02 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/03 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/06 – New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Bobby Liebling – vocals
Victor Griffin – guitar
Greg Turley – bass
Pete Campbell – drums
The 6th Annual GWAR B-Q was held this weekend in beautiful Richmond, Virginia. All Bohabs lucky enough to survive the event are in agreement; this was the best GWAR B-Q ever! Fans from across the globe made their way to Hadad’s Lake in Richmond to celebrate the 30th Birthday of intergalactic shock rock giants….GWAR!
The 3-day weekend of destruction and debauchery started off at The National with the B4BQ, featuring blistering performances from Coal Chamber, Fear Factory and every band from The Summer Slaughter Tour. After the show, hundreds of Bohabs kept the party going at GWAR’s own watering hole, the one and only GWARbar!
The weekend’s main event took place on Saturday, August 15th, under crystal clear skies at Hadad’s Lake. The water was cool, and the Oderus Ale was flowing like hot, delicious piss! In an uncharacteristic act of compassion, our Lords and Masters offered free GWATER to the delirious, heat stroking Bohabs, and this was no Woodstock…there were more than enough chemical toilets for all the pee pee and poo poo!
Riding high on the momentum from The GWAR B-Q, the Intergalactic Overlords are set to hit the road next week. The tour begins August 25th in Millvale, PA and ends September 19th in Toronto. Support on the tour will come from Butcher Babies and label-mates Battlecross, and this run will see the band playing all three Riot Fest dates (Denver, Chicago, Toronto) and the Befuddled Fest in New Albany, IL. Tickets for these dates are on sale now!
Following their appearance at the final Riot Fest in Toronto, GWAR will return to their arctic slumber for less than a month before they return to finish the desecration of the North American continent. This time, the band will be joined by Born of Osiris and once again their friends in Battlecross. This leg of the tour kicks off October 7th in Cincinnati, OH and wraps up November 28th in Orlando, FL. For the Canadian dates on the tour direct support will come from Cryptopsy. More dates will be added in the coming weeks, so don’t worry if your Intergalactic rock gods have yet to announce a date in your town. Tickets for these Fall shows go on sale Friday August 21st, but if you are a member of the GWAR Fan Club, you can get your tickets starting today direct from your Overlords at a reduced ticket processing fee by clicking the logo below or visiting gwar.missiontix.com.
GWAR promises an all new show that cannot be missed. All human scum are commanded to attend each and every show of the tour! So tell your bosses, spouses and screaming rug rats to suck it! Dedicate your life to GWAR!
The band is keeping the gory details of the show tightly under wraps, but guitarist Pustulus Maximus seems hell bent on leaking some information about what to expect…
“I have yet to grasp this concept of the internet and the spouting of self-important speeches by people in social media; the INTERNET MUST DIE, so GWAR will KILL IT!. Management tells me the internet is not a person that can be fought and killed, but they don’t know the true power of a Scumdog. WE KILL EVERYTHING!”
GWAR w/Butcher Babies and Battlecross
8/25: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
8/27: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
8/28: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/29: Denver, CO @ Riot Fest*
8/30: Lawrence, KS @ Granada
8/31: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/1: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
9/2: Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
9/3: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
9/4: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
9/5: New Albany, IN @ Rustic Frog – Befuddled Fest*
9/6: Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggys
9/8: Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By the Sea
9/9: Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
9/10: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
9/11: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/12: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest*
9/14: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
9/15: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
9/16: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/17: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
9/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
9/19: Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest*
GWAR W/ Born of Osiris and Battlecross:
10/7: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/8: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/9: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
10/10: Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
10/12: Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian’s Event Centre
10/13: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
10/14: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
10/16: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/17: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/18: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10/19: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/20: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
10/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
10/24: San Bernardino, CA @ KnotFest*
10/25: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/26: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/4: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/6: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/7: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/8: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/9: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/21: Houston, TX @ Houston Whatever Fest*
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
**Cryptopsy Providing Direct Support
Lahaina, Hawaii – Faith No More have posted a live video for the song, “Sunny Side Up” as the band announces a Sept. 3 performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The “Sunny Side Up” clip was filmed at The Fillmore in Detroit on May 8.
Faith No More recently wrapped up four months of international tour dates following the release of their first album in eighteen years, Sol Invictus. The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart with numerous top ten entries across the globe (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK).
Faith No More tour dates:
September 6 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot
September 8 Denver, CO Red Rock Amphitheatre
September 11 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
September 15 Guacima, Costa Rica Parque Viva
September 18 Bogota, Columbia Royal Center
September 20 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
September 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil Escpaco Das Americas
September 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio
September 27 Santiago, Chile Get Louder
John Gallagher (Raven) has recorded lead vocals on A SOUND OF THUNDER’s covers of “Space Truckin'”(DEEP PURPLE) and “Icaurs – Borne on Wings of Steel”(KANSAS). Both tracks are exclusively available via A Sound of Thunder’s current Kickstarter campaign which runs through August 17th. Previews of both tracks are streaming on the band’s Soundcloud page here.
Gallagher commented on the guest spots: “It was my pleasure to be invited to be a part of the A SOUND OF THUNDER project. I chose to do one I’d actually never heard by Kansas (an amazing band that I’m catching up on), and an old fave by Deep Purple. Hope you like ’em!!!!!”
A SOUND OF THUNDER recently announced its new album Tales from the Deadside with a Kickstarter campaign that reached full funding in under 24 hours. The full-length concept album is based on Valiant Entertainment’s SHADOWMAN comic book series. The album was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with RIAA-platinum awarded producer Kevin ‘131’ Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven). Tales from the Deadside is set for release on September 25th. The Kickstarter campaign runs through August 17th and features many exclusive items including colored vinyl, picture discs, t-shirts, and digital bonus tracks featuring additional guest musicians yet to be announced.
“The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date,” said A SOUND OF THUNDER guitarist Josh Schwartz. “We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. Shadowman’s harrowing journey demanded no less!”
A Sound of Thunder was formed in Washington, DC in 2009. Their most recent album “The Lesser Key of Solomon” was released on September 9th, 2014 via Mad Neptune Records and debuted at #43 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
RAVEN’s latest album “ExtermiNation” was released in April on SPV/Steamhammer Records. The album was recorded at Assembly Line Studios with engineer Kevin ‘131’ Gutierrez and landed at #53 on the Billboard Hard Music chart and #190 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. This October 9th, the wait ends, as Blackie Lawless and the legendary rockers W.A.S.P. will release their long awaited new album and Napalm Records debut Golgotha.
Today the first single from Golgotha is receiving its exclusive premiere courtesy of UltimateClassicRock.com. Be one of the first to hear “Last Runaway” HERE.
Frontman Blackie Lawless told about Ultimate Classic Rock about “Last Runaway”:
“40 years ago I came to Hollywood as a teenager. Terrified and scared out of my mind, I had no idea what waited there for me. The song “Last Runaway” is an intensely personal account of what happened to me, not only then but over the years and the success that followed after. Be it a kid looking for success in the music business or any life challenging endeavor that someone would “Runaway” from in life, I’m certain that everyone can relate to this story one way or another. It’s another kid “chasing the dream” ………and trying to survive it in the process…we’ve all been there!!”
Golgotha is available for pre-order from the Napalm Records
Golgotha Track Listing:
2. Last Runaway
4. Miss You
5. Fallen Under
6. Slaves of the New World Order
7. Eyes of My Maker
8. Hero of the World
W.A.S.P. came out of the Los Angeles Metal scene in 1982 gaining notoriety for their shock rock antics. With a career spanning over 3 decades, 17 world tours, and now their 15th studio album, they are a metal band that has evolved in maturity without having lost their signature sound, unlike many of their peers from their origins. Golgotha will continue down the path that 2007’s Dominator and 2009’s Babylon started on, both in production style and theme. Years in the making, Golgotha will undoubtedly lead the listeners on the emotionally epic undertaking that W.A.S.P. has become acclaimed for!
Ex-Angra frontman Edu Falaschi has finished the recording of the best-of acoustic album dedicated to the 25th anniversary of his musical career. The title is confirmed as ‘Moonlight’, and it will present acoustic versions of the most significant songs of Falaschi’s career in Angra, Almah and more, all the material was rearranged for the voice with piano, acoustic guitar and orchestra.
The cover artwork was created by Brazilian designer Gustavo Sazes (Almah, Kamelot, Sepultura, Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel, Manowar, etc.). The worldwide release is set for the end of this year, the date is to be announced soon.
01. Nova Era
02. Bleeding Heart
03. Warm Wind
04. Arising Thunder
07. The Traveller
08. Angels and Demons
09. Spread Your Fire
10. Wishing Well
11. Wings of Revolution
12. Heroes of Sand
Edu Falaschi started his career in 1990 and since then the musician has issued 14 studio albums and has got a worldwide fame with more than one million CDs sold, countless world tours and recognition of fans worldwide especially in Japan, Europe and South America.
At the moment Edu Falaschi is working in the studio with his mates from ALMAh at the 5th album of the band.
Norwegian thrashers Dienamic are heading to Japan for the second run of dates! The band are heading over to support their new record “Afterlife” which will be released in Japan on September 3rd.
The band are to play the following dates:
Sept 3rd – Flying Son, Sendai
Sept 4th – Tight Rope, Nagoya
Sept 5th – Wild Side, Tokyo
Sept 6th – Wild Side, Tokyo
Straight from the heart and right in your face! Dienamic has a super energetic and intense live show, with unique audience contact and a great atmosphere. The band first saw the light of day in 2010, and ever since the first live show following the release of their self titled EP they have been bringing it on the stage.
With over 60 live shows to date, they have become a bone crushing five piece metal act that will definitely leave a mark on the world. The band has already toured Japan, most of central and eastern Europe along with their home country Norway. This band is addicted to touring and get out there every chance they have!
Interview with Dennie Grondelaers (vocals) and Dries Gaerdelen (keyboards) August 9th, 2015 @ Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Interview by Melanie Brehaut
Self-described ‘epic black metal’ band Saille hail from Belgium and write grandiose stories about death, destruction and darkness. The band formed in 2009 and have so far released three albums on Code666 Records.
Melanie Brehaut caught up with vocalist Dennie Grondelaers and keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen at this year’s Bloodstock festival to chat about live shows, large versus small music festivals, and an exclusive snippet on the concept of their new album…
After their performance on the unsigned stage at Bloodstock Open Air, we had a quick chinwag with a very contented Soulborn about their set and their ambitions for the future. Read the rest of this entry »
Video & Live Photography courtesy of Sandra Torres
San Antonio, Texas
July 31, 2015
What are the chances of seeing the likes of King Diamond and Slayer live in concert twice in the same year? It was just last fall that I caught a headlining festival performance featuring the long awaited return of King Diamond at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and shortly after that I caught a blistering performance from thrash legends Slayer at the historic Austin City Limits venue atop a billing that also featured Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies. This year’s traveling rock festival turned tabloid controversy that is the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featured the unholiest of pairings in co-headliners Slayer and King Diamond alongside Hellyeah, Whitechapel, Jungle Rot and Sister Sin to name a few. We caught up with vocalist Liv Jagrell of the Swedish second-stage act Sister Sin as well as Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph for some metal talk and managed to snap some pretty choice King Diamond liveshots as well!
The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass). Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio. A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November.
After playing over 100 shows in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward.”
Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow.”
The trio first exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour. THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
Here’s the complete track listing for HOT STREAK:
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
7. Ghost Town
8. The Bridge
9. War Machine
11. Devil You Know
12. Think It Over
13. The Lamb
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 10/3 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15 Tampa, FL State Theater
Fri 10/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Sat 10/17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
Tue 10/22 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22 Houston, TX Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23 Ardmore, OK Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2 San Jose, CA Rock Bar
Tue 11/3 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Thu 11/5 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 11/6 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
Sat 11/7 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sun 11/8 San Diego, CA House of Blues
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
Deep Purple have premiered the live clip of “Perfect Strangers” from their upcoming …To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) release via Billboard.
Allow yourself to be transported to a Deep Purple performance by watching the clip here.
earMUSIC will release a pair of “must own” Deep Purple live releases from two different kinds of nights!
Check it this clip of “Space Truckin’,” which jumps from the Wacken performance to the Tokyo show, effectively showcasing both concerts and atmospheres at once.
From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) and …To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made available on 2CD+DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance), and 3 LPs on September 18 via earMUSIC
From the Setting Sun… (In Wacken) was filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013.
…To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) was filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.
Monday, August 17th will be an amazing night of rockstars hitting the stage at the World Famous Whisky A Go-Go to raise money for a sweet little girl named Charlotte.
This is a special night not only for Charlotte but also to Phil X (Bon Jovi) and his wonderful wife Lindy. “Both Christine and my wife Lindy were pregnant at the same time,” explains Phil X (Bon Jovi). “When Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia we felt that helping this little girl we care about to get the proper care – Well, we just knew it was the right thing to do. People need to know about childhood leukemia. It is devastating for a family.” This wonderful girl, who is only 20 months, will require 2 years of chemo.
Phil X called upon his friends to help get this benefit together. Actor/Director Greg Grunberg (Heros/Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will host this night of All-stars – With STEEL PANTHER headlining, Phil X & The Drills (Phil X/Bon Jovi, Randy Cooke/Ringo Starr & Daniel Spree), Richie Kotzen Trio and The Barb Wire Dolls to open. The guests that are jumping in with The Drills are Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs/Mr. Big), Matt Starr (Ace Frehely/Mr. Big), dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Brian Tichy (Dead Daisies/ Moby Dicks/Foreigner), Marq Torien (Bulletboys) and Scotti Hill (Skid Row).
WHEN: MONDAY, AUGUST 17TH
WHERE: CONCERT / VIP MEET & GREET
The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
VIP Meet & Greet: 5:30 PM
Show Starts at 7PM
L-R: Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna, Jon Donais
In the final stages of recording the follow-up to 2011’s Worship Music, Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, guitarist Jon Donais, and Scott Ian/rhythm guitar – will hit the road beginning August 28 for a 42-city global trek that will see the band playing three major festivals as well as sharing stages with the likes of Motorhead and their fellow Big Four comrades, Slayer.
Anthrax’s Bello, Benante and Ian started the new album writing process back in late 2013 when they began exchanging suggested riffs and other ideas for the new songs. With producer and “sixth member of the band” Jay Ruston, formal writing sessions started last Fall, culminating with about 20 original songs, almost twice as many as the band had ever brought to the recording studio in the past.
According to Benante, “‘Worship Music’ started a new chapter in our career, and it has served as an inspiration for this new album. ‘Worship’ was made up of a lot of different types of songs, some thrashy, some very mid-90s Anthrax-sounding, but this new one is
Said Bello, “The thing about Anthrax…we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax, and I think we’ve done a really good job of that on this new record.”
The Grammy-nominated Worship Music featured the return of “classic era” vocalist Belladonna, and was named one of the best albums of 2011 in numerous media outlets including SPIN, Metal Hammer, Guitar World, and Loudwire, and provided the band with the rock’n’roll comeback story of the year, all adding up to the excitement and anticipation for this new album.
Confirmed dates for Anthrax’s upcoming tour schedule are as follows:
28 Riot Fest & Rodeo, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO
11 Riot Fest and Carnival, Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
12 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*
13 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY (headline)
15 The Dome, Wallingford, CT*
16 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY*
18 Theatre Olympia, Montreal, QC*
19 Shindig Festival, Carrol Park, Baltimore, MD
20 Food and Truck Festival, Oak Ridge Park, Clark, NJ
22 Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA*
23 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC*
25 House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL*
26 Pompano Beach Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, FL*
September 28 – October 2 – Motorboat 2015 Cruise*
10 Loud Park 15, Tokyo, Japan
25 Theaters Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands**
26 Zenith Paris, Paris, France**
28 La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
30 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain**
31 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain**
1 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain**
3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain**
5 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy**
7 Planet.tt Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B, Vienna, Austria**
8 Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany**
10 Zenith, die Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany**
12 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany**
13 RuhrCongress, Bochum, Germany**
14 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany**
17 AB Main Hall, Brussels, Belgium**
19 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
21 Newport Centre, Newport, UK**
22 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK**
24 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK**
25 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK**
27 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK**
28 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK**
30 O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton, UK**