Nov. 25th is the Anniversary of The Great Kat’s Debut Masterpiece “Satan Says”

November 19th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

 

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NOV. 25TH is the ANNIVERSARY of THE GREAT KAT’S DEBUT MASTERPIECE “SATAN SAYS” VINYL RECORD EP 12”! RELEASED on NOV. 25, 1986!
Collector’s Item “Satan Says” Vinyl Record EPs Are Available Now! Personalized Autographed by The Great Kat at: http://www.greatkat.com/paypal/satansayspaypal2.html
Limited Quantities Available!

The Beginning of the Transformation – “Satan Says” – Released on Nov. 25, 1986 on Death Records, Inc, is the Historic BEGINNING of The Great Kat’s Unique Transformation from Juilliard Grad Classical Violin Virtuoso/Carnegie Recital Hall Violin Soloist to METAL’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS & INSANE Guitar/Violin Shredder/“Top 10 Fastest Shredders Of All Time”!
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“SATAN SAYS” EP features The Great Kat’s BLISTERING THRASH METAL Songs: “SATAN SAYS”, “METAL MASSACRE”, “WE WILL ARISE”!

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Legendary Metal musician Gene Hoglan shares memories of recording Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends for its 30 year anniversary!

November 18th, 2016
by EvilG
Dark Angel's Darkness Descends

Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends

“Howdy Everyone!
I’m currently in Europe, playing with Testament, and we’re on tour with Amon Amarth and Grand Magus, and the tour is going great! Great shows, loads of fun, and a good time all around. A lot of real cool people on this tour.

Y’know, somebody just mentioned that “Darkness Descends” came out 30 years ago TODAY?! Howling Christ, has it been that long? Well Jeez, I guess it has.

I figured I’d take a moment and reflect a little bit about the record, which happened to be my vinyl drumming debut. I was 18 when we recorded it, 19 by the time it was released. I can remember EVERYTHING about this whole period, way too much to fit right here, I tell ya.
We started tracking drums at the world famous Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood (anyone remember that maudlin tune, “That’s What Friends Are For”? by Stevie, Elton, Dionne and Gladys? Recorded there…) on April 14, 1986. The same day that the US bombed Libya. I remember thinking, “And here WE are, recording the soundtrack to the apocalypse (and indeed, I remember using that exact term. Great minds, yo!), yet it might not ever be heard by anybody, ’cause we could be entering WWIII today!”

Squirrel moment: Jeez, how many times have we all had that WWIII thought over these past 30 years? We’re almost desensitized to impending doom now, ’cause we only ever get the ‘impending’, never the ‘doom’. Hey, that’s way fine by me.

I remember having two days to track my drums (fun fact: Did you know that I used the same rented drum kit that Gar Samuelson used on “Peace Sells”? It still ranks right up there with my all time favorite tones I’ve gotten on record), and on that first day, I laid down six of the seven tunes that made it onto the album, leaving only “Black Prophecies”, which was written two days before and played a whole two times at rehearsal the day before that first tracking day. Thereby making the one pass I took at it be the third time I’d ever played it. That thought is now adorable to me. And I guess at the time we didn’t wanna over saturate the material. Oh-and we also tracked a version of “War Pigs” that didn’t make the cut because somehow we left out the entire third verse. Whoops. I tell ya, this was during those nebulous days when nobody but nobody was giving any love to Sabbath, they were just seemingly forgotten by everyone at the time. Except for Trouble (“Psalm 9”-all time classic). Also, this was before the period whereevery thrash band (including us) were putting cover tunes on their albums. Dang, if only there wasn’t that missing last verse…

After the drums were completed, we then moved to Mad Dog Studios, a grimy little place in the Venice area, to get crackin’ on the rest. Randy Burns (Possessed, Megadeth, Death, Crumbsuckers, Kreator) manned the board and he got some good performances outta Jim and Eric, and Robby Yahn, who had left the band a couple months earlier, was kind enough to stick around and track the bass for us. I remember when it came time to track the vocals, Randy Burns was so horrified at the methods Jim and I used to extract a performance out of the vocalist (which involved quite a bit of berating of said vocalist on our part), so much so that he banned me from the control room after he just couldn’t take the abuse that we were piling on the singer any longer, citing the fact that, “You just can’t scream at your singer like that!” To which my reply was, “Look buddy, you got your job to do, and I got mine, which is to NOT have another performance outta this guy like he gave on that last album. So, you do your thing, I’m gonna do mine, ’cause Jim and I know exactly what we’re doing with this guy.” To which of course, we got a way better vocal performance out of the singer. Believe me, nobody wants to have to resort to what we did with the dude, but it was the only way, seriously. The final outcome is enjoyed by a lot of folks, so he did a great job.

I remember listening to the singer tracking the title track as I was writing the lyrics to “Black Prophecies” in the lobby. I went in and cut a guide vocal track for him, and when he was done, so was all the tracking. I remember that being on May 2, and we had a gig at the Troubadour that same night. The next day, we mixed the album in its entirety. And then waited the requisite 6 months to release it.
I remember that our intended original  cover was deemed astonishingly too graphic to use, so we had our artist, Sean (pronounced ‘Seen’) Rodgers take another shot at something the record label pussies could deal with, and hence, there’s the cover you now see.

However, to this day, I never could get a proper explanation of what in the world that ‘purple grape dip’ was on the bottom half of our logo that soon-to-be legend Ed Repka had drawn for us. Colorful, deadly, baffling. Well, at least we fixed it on “Leave Scars”, when he gave our logo armpit hair. Man, I’ll take some manly armpit hair in a logo over grape Kool-Aid any day.

*A “THAT’S NOT VERY METAL” SPOILER ALERT*
The gravestone on the cover is of course styrofoam, and the knobs at the two top corners are wooden knobs off a canopy bed.
So now, it’s 30 years later, and the album has had whatever impact it has. Now for the tongue in cheek part. Metallica, you are welcome for the Grammy that the opening moments of “Darkness Descends” won for ya. If only ya didn’t throw in the line, “Darkness, imprisoning me”, I woulda chalked it up to extreme coincidence. Well actually, my bud Mr. Newsted, upon our first meeting at a Flotsam gig, expressed his extreme fondness for Dark Angel, and I returned the same for his recently released, “Doomsday…” record. So I always figured maybe he’d picked up “Darkness..”, cranked it somewhere in the vicinity of the rest of the dudes and perhaps there was a certain subliminality (is that even a word? I doubt it.) that made it through to El Dos Jefes.
And, to my friends in Anthrax, I gotta tell ya, I think I beat ya to the Judge Dredd punch with the title track, six months before your killer, “I Am the Law”.
Throughout the years it’s been a pleasure and an honor to hear from folks from bands like Pantera, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Deicide, and, Jesus, tons of others on whatever influence “Darkness Descends” has had on some of their action. Not those bands of course, just bands like them. Haha! Jesus, I crack myself up sometimes. I do mean them. But, it is a true honor indeed.
It really seems like yesterday. Thanks to you guys for keeping it around, at whatever level it may be. Pretty sweet to be a part of.
Holy crap, especially as my cherry-popper…
Thanks fer listening,
Gene”

The current line up of Dark Angel is:

* Gene Hoglan (drums)
* Eric Meyer (guitar)
* Jim Durkin (guitar)
* Ron Rinehart (vocals)
* Michael Gonzalez (bass)

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WITCHES MARK debut new single “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due”

November 16th, 2016
by EvilG

WITCHES MARK have uploaded their new track “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” via to Bandcamp.

Taken from the band’s forthcoming third album, “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” arrives hot on the heels of the band’s previous single“Road Razor” released this past June, the first new studio material WITCHES MARK have released since their last full length “Witching Metal Ritual” released in 2013 via Heaven and Hell Records.

Guitarist and founding member Robert Williams elaborates “After we finished playing out in support of the last record we got a little busy playing in some other bands. I joined IGNITOR on guitar in January of 2015 and Robb Bockman (Guitar/Vocals) recently joined the black metal band UADA on bass and has been touring with them. Both band’s have been doing really well for themselves and we’ve stayed consistently busy but wherever we’d go people kept asking us about WITCHES MARK and we’ve always known that band was something really special so we got together over the holidays and wrote all of the material for the next album. We hope to have this new record completed by the first quarter of next year.”

Stream “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” 

Purchase “The Butcher’s Bill Comes Due” 
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Kill Ritual – Recording Update

November 16th, 2016
by EvilG

Hey gang it’s been awhile since we laid down an official update! Good news no one died, became a Jehovah Witness or joined a Satanic Cult (yet)! We’ve actually been recording the follow up to our last CD Karma Machine and are about 80-90% there. Luckily we were able to enlist the talents of none other than Matt Thompson from King Diamond to lay down the drums tracks for the CD and as expected it’s pretty goddamn awesome. Of course he’s not joining the band as he has bigger fish to fry, but it was nice to have some talent of his caliber involved. 11 tunes’ in the bag and again we’ll hit up Andy La Rocque and Sonic Train for the mix and mastering. The CD went down as a trio this time with Matt on drums as mentioned, David Reed Watson on vocals and Steven D. Rice on all guitars, bass, etc. as well as engineering/producing the recordings. Song titles and all the usual press/promo BS at a later date as we get it done. Expect an early 2017 release with the usual tour dates etc. to follow up is in the works. Rock!


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Brutal Assault 2017 confirms 12 new bands!

November 15th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The second round of bands confirmed for BA 2017 is here! This time lets start with Swedish OPETH, unique metal act combining heavy riffs and prog elements for more than 20 years. British SIKTH will finally come to festival to play their influental music to the djent movement within progressive metal.

The other bands also do not need any special introduction: Greek gothic black metal matadors ROTTING CHRIST or American PRONG playing groovy crossover thrash.

Polish tech death metal DECAPITATED announced a special set to 20th anniversary. Another death metal act on the bill DESERTED FEAR is raging fierce take on the genre. Norwegian TSJUDER is known best for their relentless, aggressive approach to Black Metal. American COUGH is bringing their devastating heavy sludge/doom.

Three acts will offer uncompromising core music: THE AMITY AFFLICTION and CHELSEA GRIN and WHILE SHE SLEEPS. While Australians THE AMITY AFFLICTION will bring metalcore with post-metal elements, American CHELSEA GRIN will serve killing deathcore. The last is British metalcore WHILE SHE SLEEPS, powerful live band and one of the most promising band of the genre.

Last but not least on the bill are German respected industrial veterans KMFDM and American experimental music collective WREKMEISTER HARMONIES that combines drone and postrock elements.

Check out our website for more: http://brutalassault.cz/en/

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BRUTAL ASSAULT festival: the first big batch of bands annouced

November 15th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

The first big batch of bands confirmed for BA 2017 is here! Let’s start first with bands, that were forced to cancel their appearance this year but will come to play for You in 2017: ELECTRIC WIZARD, NILE and TERROR. While ELECTRIC WIZARD are the best stuff the drug-infused sabbathian doom has to offer, NILE helped to reshape death metal with new themes and energy by the turn of the millenium and TERROR are years proven veterans of the HC scene!

But the other bands also do not need any introduction! AUGUST BURNS RED will bring their powerful metalcore, AMORPHIS will present their unique transformation from old school death metal to their distinctive melodic take on the genre, GADGET will bring blasting swedish grindcore and MAYHEM will play the legendary De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in its entirety! MORBID ANGEL have reunited with the charismatic frontman Steve Tucker and will play our festival after quite a long hiatus, needles to say this lineup has set up very high expectation from the fans from all over the world!

Returning to our fest are NERVOSA, this all-female thrash power trio is raging with typical Brazilian fury while different take on the genre will be presented by SACRED REICH, who will debut on our fest and who despite not making it into the big four are a genre classic! Next band on the list SWANS are a band that needs to be witnessed. Avantgarde rock group revolving around Michael Gira has a new album out and this tour will be the last in the current lineup, that witness the band in the best shape and productivy during their carrer. The last band on this list is the band that made the most of the combination of old thrash and modern approach to metal – TRIVIUM.

Check out our Youtube channel with live videos from bands like Death, Decapitated, Marduk, Primordial, Mayhem and many more and don’t forget to subsribe!

The early bird ticket for “Brutal Assault 2017” is available for 78 EUR (1900 CZK) till April 30th at http://brutalassault.cz/en/eshop/

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Intrinsic Celebrates 30 Year Milestone!

November 15th, 2016
by EvilG

October/November, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of U.S. power thrash band Intrinsic laying down tracks in the recording studio for their debut, self-titled album. Intrinsic garnered immediate acclaim in the metal press and radio at the time of its release in 1987, including a rare 5K review in Kerrang!, the era’s biggest metal magazine in the world.

To commemorate this milestone, Intrinsic has released a vintage video with rare clips of the band recording the album live in the studio. In just weeks, the video already has over 30,000 views. (see video embed links below)
A reactivated Intrinsic is fresh off the 2015 release of their album Nails on the Divebomb Records label.
For more information, to view the anniversary video release and purchase official merchandise, go to: www.facebook.com/intrinsicofficialpage
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Reverence new bass player (works with Twisted Sister)

November 15th, 2016
by EvilG

Since it appears that 2016 is full of change, Reverence would like to introduce you to our newly elected rhythm section. First up we have, Mr. Russell Pzutto, with years under his belt in the NYC music scene, Russ brings us his stellar bass skills and professionalism plus he’s a total bad-ass, (I mean just look at him). Russ has been the bass tech for Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza of Twister Sister for the past several years and in 2013 Russ filled in for Mark and played the Grasspop festival with Twister Sister.

Next we elected to bring into the fold our new guest/touring drummer Mr.Tony Rossi. Some of you may remember that Tony showed his masterful chops on some songs from our first release ‘When Darkness Calls’. Tony will be filling in for Doc ‘Killdrums’ Wacholz when he is not able to play out. It goes without saying that only a hard hitting, metal loving, madman could to fill the spot, Tony is the man! He has also played and recorded with former Metal Church singer Ronnie Monroe’s band. We can’t wait to get these madmen out on the road with us.

Here’s Revolution Rising:

We truly believe the music that the band is writing is the best we have ever written. We promise the new Reverence album will not disappoint!! We can’t wait for you all to hear it.

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Interview with Justin Bender of Third Ion

November 14th, 2016
by J P

Interview with Justin Bender of Third Ion

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Indie Week Presents Wacken Metal Battle Canada Showcase: Friday, Nov 18 – Toronto, ON @ Coalition

November 14th, 2016
by EvilG

Free Download – Vol 4. Compilation featuring over 90 bands and 7 Hours of Canadian Metal – here.

    With WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA taking a break this year from battles, the event that crowns one champion to play Wacken Open Air has teamed up with Indie Week Canada to showcase some of the competing bands from years past along with some fresh new metal talents. The metal showcase will feature six stellar bands that includes ODIUM (Walkerton, ON), Scarecrowz (Ottawa, ON), Reptoid (Chicago, IL), Black Absinthe (Toronto, ON), Chagall (Toronto, ON) and Plethora (Toronto, ON).

Event Details:
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FRI NOV 18
@ COALITION
Doors: 8pm • $6 ADV / $8 Door
8:30 Plethorametal
9:15 Scarecrowz fanpage
10:00 Chagall
10:45 Black Absinthe
11:30 Reptoid
12:15 Odium

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BMG announce extensive reissue program of the seminal albums by British hard rock legends Uriah Heep

November 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

BMG are delighted to announce an extensive reissue program commencing in 2016 and continuing through 2017, of the seminal albums by British hard rock legends Uriah Heep, who are one of the big four along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath.

Created with the full collaboration of Heep themselves and curated by guitarist and founding member Mick Box, the reissues come as 2CD expanded packages, with the original LPs on CD1 re-mastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce of Lou Reed and Black Sabbath fame and complete with liner notes by the bestselling rock author Joel McIver. Box and Heep’s sometime member Ken Hensley, composer of many of the band’s best-known songs, contribute to each album’s notes.

The reissue program kicks off with a new Uriah Heep anthology, ‘Your Turn To Remember: The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990’. Evoking an era when prog, hard rock and heavy metal co-existed in an era of glorious, boundary-breaking music, the songs on this 2CD collection trace the evolution of Heep from inexperienced studio musicians with everything to prove to bona fide, limo inhabiting rock stars. The Anthology cherry picks tracks from some of Heep’s most celebrated albums including ‘Demons And Wizards’, ‘Look At Yourself’, ‘Return To Fantasy’, ‘Equator’, ‘Conquest’ and ‘The Magicians Birthday’.

As Mick Box explains: “We were very green! If the engineer had said, ‘Stand in a fire bucket and plug your guitar into that radiator’, we probably would have done it. We had no experience of the studio at all. Two years later we were in America, playing to between 10,000 and 20,000 people a night. We were in a big bubble, with all the private Learjets and so on: I don’t think I went through an airport for 10 years! We were picked up by limos on the tarmac, and all that stuff. We’d take whole floors of hotels, with bodyguards outside each room. It got to those heady, silly heights, but I was personally always up for the fun of it. I never believed it was going to continue, but some did, which was a bit unfortunate…”

Additionally released in 2016 is Heep’s 1970 debut album …’Very ’Eavy …Very ’Umble’ – a must-buy for many fans. Originally released on the magnificent Vertigo spiral label with original mint condition first pressings now commanding a price of $600+, it is bursting at the seams with creativity and a desire to make a mark in the most fertile era that rock music has ever known, the album was a powerful statement of intent, showcasing the incredible vocals of the late David Byron. Witness the opening cut ‘Gypsy’, the musicians stop and start on a dime in a classic opening sequence before Byron’s soaring vocals introduce the ever-lovin’ subject matter. Hensley’s immense organ solo, which not only occupies most of the song’s midsection, but also restarts the entire song towards its back end, is a showcase of a young, hot musician with everything to prove. The musicianship shines bright throughout the album; from the Hendrix inspired blues rocker ‘Real Turned On’, and the Mellotron soaked ‘Come Away Melinda’, to the bombastic ‘Dreammare’ and majestic closer ‘Wake Up (Set Your Sights)’, Heep’s debut showcased a very promising new rock band flexing some serious musical muscle.

This new issue of ‘Eavy brings together the newly re-mastered original album with a second disc of never before issued alternate mixes. Three tracks on CD2 are from the late period Spice (pre Heep) sessions (just prior to Ken Hensley joining the fold) and the rest are all from the Very ‘Eavy sessions, recorded over a period of several months in late 1969 and early 1970. These bonus tracks were recently discovered by Heep uber fan, Robert Corich who has a library of unreleased music used across these re-issues.

Box adds: “Creativity in Uriah Heep was at a peak at the time. Nobody was breathing down our necks, so we moved into a more progressive field after ‘Very ’Eavy… Very ’Umble’. We were getting into a period where we would just write things and let them go where they wanted to go, rather than writing to a format. Not that there had been a format before, but this time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever.”

Organist Ken Hensley looks back at this era fondly, saying: “It was beginning to sink in that we were onto something. The management company, the record company, the publishing company and everyone else were all on board, and we had made a bit of an impact with the first album, especially in Europe, so we had some momentum. I took most of the tracks in their rawest forms to the band, and together we turned them into full songs.”

The Uriah Heep reissue program continues with 1970’s ‘Salisbury’ featuring the huge international hit, ‘Lady In Black’.

‘Your Turn To Remember: The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990’ Tracklist:

Disc 1

1. Gypsy
2. Come Away Melinda
3. Bird Of Prey
4. Lady In Black
5. Look At Yourself
6. July Morning – Japanese Single Edit
7. Easy Livin’
8. The Wizard
9. Sunrise
10. Sweet Lorraine
11. Stealin’
12. Sweet Freedom
13. The Shadows And The Wind
14. Suicidal Man
15. Return To Fantasy
16. Devil’s Daughter

Disc 2

1. Weep In Silence
2. Can’t Keep A Good Band Down
3. Sympathy
4. Firefly
5. Free N’ Easy
6. Free Me
7. Woman Of The Night
8. Come Back To Me
9. It Ain’t Easy
10. No Return
11. Too Scared To Run
12. Chasing Shadows
13. Straight Through The Heart
14. The Other Side Of Midnight
15. Rockarama
16. Poor Little Rich Girl
17. Voice On My TV

You can purchase the releases here:

Salisbury – Out Now: http://smarturl.it/HeepSalisbury

Your Turn To Remember – Out Now: http://smarturl.it/HeepYourTurn

Salisbury – Out Now: http://smarturl.it/HeepVeryEavy

For further information on Uriah Heep please visit: www.uriah-heep.com

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ROCK CANDY RECORDS Announces North American Launch

November 14th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The times they are a-changing, but luckily there remains one constant: great music will live forever and in the catalogue and reissue world that has never been more relevant.

In the land of rock, that’s hard rock, heavy rock, classic rock or, call it what you will rock, no label has won more acclaim and earned respect than Rock Candy Records. Owned and founded by former music journalist and A&R man Derek Oliver, Rock Candy has focused on breathing life into records that deserve a place in the pantheon of rock history.

Operating out of London, England for the last eight years, the label specialises in revisiting some of the most important and significant records from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

From Ted Nugent to Rick Springfield, by way of Quiet Riot, Dokken, Billy Squier, Toto, Ratt, R.E.O. Speedwagon, L.A. Guns, Ace Frehley, Hanoi Rocks, and Kansas, the label has re-activated some of the greatest records of the last forty years, buffing them up, and re-positioning them as 24 Karat diamonds. To date, Rock Candy has re-released over 300 titles in Europe.

Rock Candy has made a concerted effort to dig deep and unearth a string of lesser known acts and records ripe for reappraisal, albums that have always been hot on the collectors market but overlooked at the time of release or just slipped below the surface through no fault of their own. Records by Montrose (the band who wrote the track that inspired the company’s name), Hughes/Thrall, The Godz, Blue Murder, Smashed Gladys, Girl and Blackfoot) have all been brought back to life for a victory lap. Having conquered Europe, Rock Candy has now set up shop in North America, happily partnering with industry powerhouse RED Distribution.

It’s a match made in rock n’ roll heaven and one that will shortly see the launch of a U.S. offensive, starting with four tantalising titles on Friday, November 18th.

RED President Bob Morelli comments, “Derek Oliver’s Rock Candy imprint and RED are a perfect fit. Already a leader in unearthing the best in-demand out of print rock titles in Europe, the label joins RED like-minded music strategy in the U.S. As we outpace industry growth in vinyl Market Share, the addition of Rock Candy will help keep that trend alive and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Keep an eye and, especially, an ear out for future offerings, but for now please raise a glass and join us for a toast to the imminent arrival of the following four solid gold classics all released on Friday, November 18th.
These forthcoming CD titles along with limited-edition select merch are available for pre-order now at the newly launched Rock Candy U.S. storefront.

Visit http://merchnow.com/catalogs/rock-candy-records now for more information.

NYMPHS ‘S/T’

The Nymphs were signed to Geffen Records in the late 80s on a wave of hope and excitement. Fronted by Inger Lorre, she soon attracted a reputation for being controversial, volatile and unapologetic.  She was unquestionably the real deal – and this record is a bonafide snapshot from the edge of Hollywood babylon during a time when music was being revolutionised in Los Angeles.

SAMMY HAGAR ‘ALL NIGHT LONG’

Sammy Hagar’s early studio work was often considered rather dull compared to his work with Montrose, but his1978 live album suddenly reversed that criticism.  Most live records are compromised by studio fixes but this record is pure dynamite – warts and all. Sammy’s performance is phenomenal and the energy level is through the roof.

SALTY DOG ‘EVERYDOG HAS IT’S DAY’

Formed in Los Angeles during the late 80s, Salty Dog honed their chops and assembled a line-up that was very different from what was happening on MTV.  Indeed, the band’s style incorporated a number of influences, from the old school rock of Led Zeppelin to the contemporary cut and thrust of Guns ‘N Roses.  It was a sound that paid homage to the blues; that’s the vintage gnarly influences of Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker.

TYKETTO ‘DON’T COME EASY’

The early 90’s presented a massive challenge to melodic rock bands, with the musical climate being transformed by grunge, a rush of angry young men playing stripped down rock built on angst and melancholy. For Tyketto this landscape meant that their arrival would be subjected to a chilly reception. Undaunted they were signed to industry giant Geffen Records and cut this, their powerful debut album. Inexplicably, the label sat on the completed record for over a year, but by then it was already too late.

ROCK CANDY RECORDS
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REMASTERED & RELOADED

About RED Distribution:
RED is an innovative digital and physical distribution company owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Headquartered in New York City, RED is widely recognized as the industry leader in music distribution and artist development. RED specializes in digital account management, playlist marketing, physical sales and marketing, label and product management, and radio promotion for the industry’s best independent record labels and Sony joint ventures.  In 2007, RED launched ‘stache media, a multi-faceted marketing agency, to support RED releases and artists, in addition to outside clients. ‘stache media’s staff provides services in digital marketing, publicity, college lifestyle marketing, advertising & consumer research, brand & partnership marketing, influencer marketing, on demand manufacturing and creative production. With an emphasis on customer service, a passion for music and a collaborative culture, RED continues to provide its labels with a superior experience.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Announce New Vocalist – Giacomo Voli

November 14th, 2016
by EvilG
Giacomo Voli

Giacomo Voli – Image courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/giacomovolijoker/

Says Rhapsody of Fire: “We are extremely proud to announce that Giacomo Voli is the new singer of Rhapsody Of Fire. As you can imagine, we are very enthusiastic to have Giacomo in the band and we can promise you that, beside his beautiful voice, he has brought new energy that we are looking forward to unleashing. Stay tuned! More news and footage coming really soon!

See the band’s announcement and hear the new voice of Rhapsody of Fire here:

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HELLOWEEN – Pumpkins United! World tour 2017/2018

November 14th, 2016
by EvilG

Drop everything. Drum roll.

Here comes the sensation for all Helloween fans: you believed in it for years and continued to ask for it – now is the time: in fall 2017, Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen will once again mount a Helloween stage together and resurrect the band’s legendary original line-up. Yes, it’s official: Weikath, Kiske, Hansen, Grosskopf are going to play Helloween classics live and on a joint tour. Massive news. Awesome. But you might want to sit down again, because that’s not all of it! Under the flag pumpkins united all pumpkin heads will step up – meaning Andi & Michi on vocals, Kai & Weiki & Sascha on guitars, and Markus & Dani in the rhythm section.

 

Pumpkins united world tour 2017/2018: good. As. It. Gets.

Pumpkins United

Pumpkins United

 

The Idea.

Undisputedly, Helloween are one of Germany’s most respected metal exports and considered the founders of German melodic speed metal. As godfathers of the genre, they have grown to become one of the most influential metal bands of the planet. In an unbelievable career reaching back as far as 1984, Helloween have performed at innumerable metal festivals around the globe such as rock in rio, loudpark in Tokyo, wacken, or the woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans.

 

The band has delivered countless headliner world tours, spectacular shows with the likes of iron maiden, black sabbath, dio, slayer, or Ozzy Osbourne to name just a few, and played at exotic locations in borneo, Indonesia, Manaus, brazil, or, at over 10,600 ft in the world’s highest capital, la paz, Bolivia. The band’s spectacular show at the »monsters of rock« festival in castle donington in front of over 100,000 metal heads in 1988 was just as memorable as the massive MTV »Headbanger’s ball« us tour with anthrax and exodus. Including genre masterpieces »Keeper of the Seven Keys« part i & ii, they’ve released 15 studio- and three live albums to date, selling over eight million records and earning fourteen gold and six platinum awards. For 30 years, Helloween have been delighting their fans with fantastic riffs, great songs, and haunting melodies – three decades of a global career they officially celebrated with the »Hellbook« in 2015. This is when the idea for pumpkins united was born: the ‘Anniversary Bible’ as well as touring with Kai made them realize that this band’s story is demanding its next chapter. Or, as Michael Kiske describes it: »playing an original Helloween track with Unisonic was quite a flashback already, but rocking with the original line-up and Andi will be something really special. The time has come!« the chemistry between Kiske, Hansen, Weikath, and Grosskopf is singular – and sees its revival not least because of you: you’ve never stopped asking for it – now the mega event is coming up live, with the complete cast, and heavily wired!

 

In detail.

The super tour’s first confirmed date is October 28, 2017 in Sao Paulo and takes the full pumpkins entourage across selected cities and venues in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the US. An extremely big deal, which, including a few secret surprises, will present almost three hours of the biggest hits from three decades of Helloween as the band will obviously insist on performing a full-speed trip through the Helloween repertoire. »we already had an awesome time on the hellish rock part 1 & 2, but this time we’ll definitely double down on it« says Kai Hansen, and Markus Grosskopf adds: »there’ll for sure be songs that we haven’t played in a very long time or even ever before.« Whoever doesn’t secure tickets for this tour, probably doesn’t have all their pumpkins in a row: the original line-up wants to celebrate a global party with you, which is also going to be highly emotional because this special world tour is actually not a reunion and most probably won’t happen again. Andi channels our metal hearts when he says: »I’m so much looking forward to playing Michi’s and my tunes together with him live on stage. It’s going to be absolutely exceptional.«

 

– And now: Breathe.

http://pumpkins-united.helloween.org/en/pumpkins-united.html

 

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Michael Ehré and Henjo Richter (both of GAMMA RAY) launch new band – Debut album out in spring 2017

November 14th, 2016
by EvilG

Michael Ehré and Henjo Richter (both GAMMA RAY (Official)) launch new band – Debut album out in spring 2017

Unity

Unity

With their latest sensational signing, Hanover record imprint Steamhammer/SPV has set the course for more highlights in the coming year: UNITY, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), has signed a long-term contract and is currently busy working on their debut album. The eponymously titled recording has been scheduled for release in early 2017 and aficionados of powerful hard rock and technically accomplished melodic metal can expect to get more than their money’s worth.

Along with their two figureheads, Richter and Ehré, UNITY consists of Gianbattista Jan Manenti (vocals), Stef E (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards), all of them musicians that many fans have been familiar with since Ehré’s band Love.Might.Kill arrived on the scene.

“During many gigs and countless hours in the rehearsal room, Michael and I discovered that we are on the same wavelength, on a personal as well as on a musical level. So we came up with the idea of focusing that part of our creativity that goes beyond Gamma Ray in another band,” Richter explains. “UNITY features the perfect line-up for that.”

Michael Ehré is equally enthusiastic: “We’re proud and more than happy to have found a strong partner in SPV/Steamhammer who enjoy an excellent reputation on a global level. The amazing experience and great passion with which Olly Hahn has helmed the label for many years are awesome. We’re really looking forward to our fruitful collaboration and will ensure together that UNITY gets off to a successful start.”
Oliver Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, places great hopes on his new signing: “The outstanding songwriting and great technical skill of everybody involved are unmistakable. For this reason, UNITY suits the Steamhammer team perfectly and we will continue to work flat out for our artists in 2017.”

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