Halestorm @ Koko, London

August 31st, 2015
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team


@ Koko, London

18th August 2015

Review by Rowena Lamb

Photography by Taya Uddin

The first thing that you couldn’t fail to notice that evening was the sheer size of the bloody queue wrapped several times around Koko and the surrounding pavements.  By far the longest queue I’ve seen in a long time; it seems everyone had arrived well before doors opening to try and ensure their view.


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Norwegian hard rockers Malice In Wonderland have decided to end the band

August 29th, 2015
by EvilG

After being in Malice In Wonderland half my life I have decided to put Malice In Wonderland to rest” says singer and founder Chris Wicked in a statement. “Earlier this summer Tracy (guitarist) informed me that he wanted a break from the music industry to focus on other stuff. I don’t want to bring in a new guitarist in the band at this point and therefor feel it is time to end this incredibly journey. It’s been 10 years since we released our debut CD, it’s been a hell of a ride and we all agree it’s a good time to close the book. Two farewell shows (Helsinki & Bergen) will be held before we take the final bow.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Friends and family, business partners and bands we’ve toured and played with. But most of all we would like to thank our dedicated and beautiful fans around the world, you know who you are and we love you.

Here’s to all of us. Cheers!

Stay Malice and all the best

Chris Wicked – On behalf of Malice In Wonderland

Malice In Wonderland released two ep’s in the nineties before Chris Wicked went from keyboard player to frontman. Since then they have released 2 albums and several EP’s and singles. Their latest album “The Royal Brigade” was released December 2013. Malice In Wonderland will play two farewell shows before it’s over, MeriRock in Finland, September 12 and a final hometown show at Garage, October 9. 


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AEROSMITH Premiere “Walk This Way” Film Exerpt

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

AEROSMITH’s new concert film AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014–a 20-song collection capturing the legendary rock band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014–is set for release next Friday (9/4) via Eagle Rock Entertainment. To advance the release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ have partnered with ROLLINGSTONE.com today (8/28) to premiere a film excerpt of the band performing “Walk This Way.” Click here to watch the clip.

The critically acclaimed film–which premiered earlier this year with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–is available to pre-order on the film’s micro-site in multiple formats: DVD/CD, Blu-Ray/CD, DVD/LP, DVD/CD Deluxe Package, Blu-Ray/CD Deluxe Package, DVD/LP Deluxe Package and digital video. Click here to view the film’s trailer.

AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014 featuresthe band’s all original members–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford–headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, unleashing supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more. For more information, click here to view the press release announcing the concert film release.

The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:

1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
4) Cryin’
5) Jaded
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin

Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 “Let Rock Rule” tour, AEROSMITH–Rock’s greatest live act–just wrapped up their summer “Blue Army Tour 2015,” which wrapped up in Canton, OH (8/7) when they performed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends.

AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors.  Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.

About Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.

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Swedish Metal Experts SOILWORK Release 10th Studio Album “The Ride Majestic”

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


SOILWORK’s 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, via Nuclear Blast Records is in stores now. The Ride Majestic is available to order in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle) here: http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB

SOILWORK guitarist David Andersson and Guitar World Magazine have teamed up to bring you an exclusive play-through + The Ride Majestic album commentary video. Check it out here: http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367

View More Exclusive Content Now:
Watch The Ride Majestic Two Part Mini-Documentary: Part One | Part Two
Watch Dirk Verbeuren’s Exclusive Drum Lesson and Interview via GearGods.net Here

“…“The Ride Majestic” is yet another crown jewel. Ridiculously written, immaculately performed…” – Decibel Magazine

“The Ride Majestic…the band’s 10th album has become an especially memorable part of its catalog.” – Billboard Magazine

“An epic, melodic blast of top-tier melodeath, sure to be an album of the year contender.” – New Noise Magazine

“Dig the guitars, stay for the high octane brutality!” – Loudwire

“”The Ride Majestic.” It Packs A Lot of Punch!” – Metal Injection

“[Whilst fellows comrades IN FLAMES and AT THE GATES try to keep up with the times with faltering success,] Soilwork seem to effortlessly keep on top of the continuously changing trends with such ease it’s almost laughable.” – Distorted Sound

This fall, SOILWORK will join the upcoming “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” U.S. tour in support of headliners Soulfly, with additional special guests Decapitated and Shattered Sun. Fans will be able to purchase VIP meet + greet packages on soundrink. The packages are $50 in advance or fans can purchase at SOILWORK’s merch booth. VIP’s will receive: individual/group photo with the band, band autographs (unlimited items), limited edition poster, VIP laminate with lanyard (must purchase ticket separately for show entry), patch, guitar pick pack, 30% discount coupon for online store & an entry to win a custom painted ASG guitar signed by the band with the “The Ride Majestic” artwork (winner will receive a call from the band to be notified also film the call and share on social media).

The band will then head back to Europe for their headlining “The Tour Majestic” run, with support from Hatesphere.

SOILWORK recently announced that they will perform at next year’s Bangalore Open Air Festival in Bangalore, India, taking place on July 9, 2016. Visit http://bangaloreopenair.com/ for more info. In addition, see below for some brand new Australian tour dates taking place in February 2016.

UNITED STATES – “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour
For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com
Meet + Greet packages available visit https://soundrink.com/app#/tour/soilwork
9/30/2015 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
10/1/2015 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/2/2015 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/3/2015 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/4/2015 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
10/6/2015 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub
10/7/2015 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite
10/8/2015 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
10/9/2015 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
10/10/2015 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
10/12/2015 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
10/13/2015 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
10/14/2015 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue
10/15/2015 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10/16/2015 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium – Rock & Shock
10/18/2015 – Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts Center
10/19/2015 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/20/2015 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/21/2015 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
10/22/2015 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
10/23/2015 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/24/2015 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/25/2015 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
10/27/2015 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/28/2015 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
10/29/2015 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
10/30/2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
10/31/2015 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red – no SOULFLY
11/1/2015 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick – no SOULFLY

EUROPE – Upcoming Headline Tour w/ HATESPHERE
11/27/2015 – Malmo, Sweden @ KB
11/28/2015 – Heford, Germany @ Herford X
11/29/2015 – Lyss, Switzerland @ Kufa
11/30/2015 – Sion, Switzerland @ Le Port Franc
12/1/2015 – Brescia, Italy @ Colony Club
12/2/2015 – Munchen, Germany @ Backstage Halle
12/3/2015 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
12/4/2015 – Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
12/5/2015 – Pilsen, Czech Republic @ Winter Basinfire Fest – headliner
12/6/2015 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
12/7/2015 – Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
12/8/2015 – Koln, Germany @ Luxor
12/10/2015 – Tillburg, Holland @ O13
12/11/2015 – Vooselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
12/12/2015 – Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
12/13/2015 – Dunkerque, France @ 4 Ecluses
12/14/2015 – Paris, France @ Trabendo
12/15/2015 – Rennes, France @ Antipode
12/16/2015 – Bordeaux, France @ Rocher De Palmer
12/17/2015 – Blois, France @ Le Chatod’o
12/18/2015 – Limoges, France @ CC John Lennon
12/19/2015 – Lyon, France @ CCO

2016 – AUSTRALIA Tour
2/10/2016 – Perth, Australia @ Rosemount Hotel
2/12/2016 – Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov
2/13/2016 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid
2/15/2016 – Sydney, Australia @ Max Watts
2/16/2016 – Melbourne, Australia @ Russel

Bangalore Open Air Festival
7/6/2016 – India @ Bangalore Open Air

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Like: www.facebook.com/soilwork
Follow: https://twitter.com/soilwork
Watch: www.youtube.com/soilwork
Look: www.instagram.com/soilwork

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BULLETBOYS Release New Video “Rollover”

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Bullet Boys elefante med res

Los Angeles hard-rockers BULLETBOYS have just wrapped up final touches on their brand new music video for the single “Rollover.” Taken from their latest album ELEFANTÈ (June 9th release, Deadline/Cleopatra Records) the song helped drive the album to reach the Top 10 in the Metal radio charts and has been a crowd-pleaser during the band’s summer 2015 tour.

The “Rollover” music video features voluptuous Playboy model Ivy Ferguson and plays off the dichotomous relationship between the artist who’s married to his music while simultaneously trying to keep his best gal happy. The sparks start to fly during the band’s live performance as the music and the tempestuous relationship reaches a fever pitch – all captured brilliantly by Director Diego Negrete.

The BULLETBOYS are founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). Elefante – the band’s first studio album of original material since 2009 – was produced by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher) and Marq Torien and engineered by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed). The album was mastered in Nashville,TN by Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry).

The Bulletboys World Tour continues for the rest of fall 2015, as the band heads off to Europe next. New tour dates to be added soon!

08/28/15 TAMPA, FL – BRASS MUG


For more information and updates click on: www.bulletboysofficial.com,
www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 or https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys

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LIKE A STORM Release Lyric Video For “Become The Enemy”

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Like A Storm Offical Press Photo 1 (Web)

New Zealand’s hottest export since Peter Jackson, Like A Storm, have released a lyric video for the third single from their latest release Awaken The Fire (Another Century Records). “Become The Enemy” is impacting radio and is the #2 Most Added at Active Rock Radio this week in between rock legends Chris Cornell and the Foo Fighters. The lyric video was filmed during the band’s recent European tour and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/B-lR-jHKMzQ.

Like A Storm are no strangers to success at the Active Rock format. Their previous singles, “Love The Way You Hate Me” and “Wish You Hell” have both charted at the format. “Love The Way You Hate Me” reached #22 at Active Rock, was #1 for 5 weeks on SiriusXM Octane, and the video was a viral hit that has been viewed over 3.2 million times to date. The follow up “Wish You Hell” reached #17 and gave the band the distinction of being the only artist from New Zealand to break in to the Active Rock Top 20.

Like A Storm is currently on tour opening for Three Days Grace. The band is no stranger to touring after building a rabid fan base opening for the likes of Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Steel Panther and Slash. They will also be performing at the Food Truck and Rock Festival (September 20th), Sonic Boom (September 26th), Louder Than Life (October 3rd) and next year’s Shiprocked (January 18-22, 2016). The band has received acclaim for the live performances with Kerrang! calling their music, “Big, badass riffage and arena-sized choruses…” and Metal Hammer declaring, “Like A Storm are rewriting metal’s rulebook like never before.”

Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, Like A Storm fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothers— Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], and Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming]— came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring. Their intense work ethic fosters the fertile creativity that is apparent in everything they do even today. Like A Storm write, perform, record and produce all of their records themselves.

Like A Storm is Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming] and Zach Wood [drums].

Website: www.likeastorm.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/likeastormofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealLikeAStorm
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/officiallikeastorm

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Brutal Death Metal Group BROKEN FLESH Stream New Self-Titled Album One Week Early

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Oklahoma City-native quintet BROKEN FLESH recently announced the release of their upcoming self-titled brutal death metal album, set to release via Luxor Records on September 4, 2015. The new album features ten brand new tracks and two rerecorded tracks from the band’s 2009 debut, Forever In Flames. You can pre-order the brand new album here: Physical | Digital

Today, BROKEN FLESH are thrilled to present their entire new album in a stream via NoCleanSigning.com. Listen here: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2015/08/27/an-ncs-premiere-and-a-review-broken-flesh-broken-flesh/

In addition, bassist Joshua Mathes and Bass Player Magazine have teamed up to bring you a video rundown of Mathes’ bass rig gear setup. Take a look at the video here: http://www.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/joshua-mathes-of-broken-fleshs-exclusive-rig-rundown-for-bassplayercom-video/53731

While on the web, preview some new tracks from BROKEN FLESH here:

“Unworthy” here via HM Magazine
“Blood Harvest” here via Luxor Records
“Hell” via The Circle Pit

While Christianity is far from common in the brutal death metal genre, it’s a breath of fresh air to learn that BROKEN FLESH are just that – unabashed Christians. That being said, don’t get BROKEN FLESH wrong. While as a ministry the band’s first priority is to spread God’s word, as a band, their main goal is to create the most crushing and aggressive forms of brutal death metal that they have the ability to conceive.

Broken Flesh Track Listing:
1. Valley Of Mass Crucifixion
2. Blood Harvest
3. Consumed By Death
4. Buried Alive
5. Hell
6. Cries Of The Dead
7. Forever In Flames
8. Unworthy
9. Exalt
10. Ignominy
11. By His Blood
12. Hate

BROKEN FLESH are no strangers to the live scene, having performed with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus and others. The band is performing at several Midwestern U.S. venues in the coming months. See below for all confirmed tour dates:

Sep. 4 – Oklahoma, OK @ 89th Street Collective – Official Album Release Party!
Sep. 5 – Joplin, MO @ Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
Sep. 6 – Columbia, MO @ The Social Room
Nov. 7 – Lawton, OK @ The Railhead Saloon
Nov. 21 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West

Stay tuned for more tracks, videos and beyond coming from BROKEN FLESH leading up to the release of their new self-titled album.

The band saw their debut release, Forever In Flames, released in 2009 before releasing their sophomore album, Stripped, Stabbed, and Crucified, three years later. The very next year they released Warbound before it was reissued January 27th on Luxor Records. 2015 will bring about the release of what will be the most crushing music the band has ever made to date. The album will be the band’s first proper release on Luxor Records (As They Sleep, It Lies Within, and others). Featuring on the album will be ten brand new face crushing songs and two rerecorded tracks produced by As They Sleep’s Nick Morris.

Jacob Mathes – Vocals
Kevin Tubby – Guitar/ Vocals
Dakota Whiteside – Guitar
Joshua Mathes – Bass/ Vocals
Brandon Lopez – Drums


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EARTHSIDE Issue “Mob Mentality” Video

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, will release its highly anticipated debut album, A Dream in Static, on October 23. Today, Earthside has teamed up with AllMusic.com to reveal the music video for “Mob Mentality” featuring guest vocals from Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by guitarist Jamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO). Check out the new music video, directed by Patrick Kendall, at: http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/video-premiere-earthside-mob-mentality/.

“Making this video was a fulfilling process because as such a transdisciplinary project, it crossed our paths with talented individuals across the arts,” van Dyck explained. “We worked with dancers, choreographers, directors, editors, colorists, professional orchestral musicians, a conductor, an orchestra contractor, a wardrobe/costume person, and of course a rock star vocalist. Involving all these people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we’re doing and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to continue to embody as we reach across the arts into the worlds of film, dance, video games, and other visual arts.”

An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists, including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer), to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.

“Earthside is excited and very proud to finally be releasing our debut album A Dream in Static,” commented keyboardist Frank Sacramone. “This record has been incubating for several years now between initial writing and demoing all the way through nailing down a release date. Along the way we’ve worked with so many different artists across disciplines and across continents. Now the fruits of our global project finally get to see the light of day and hopefully move listeners in a similarly meaningful way as the music moved us and our collaborators. We can’t wait for you all to hear these songs and to get out on the road and perform them for you guys.”

The first A Dream in Static single, “The Closest I’ve Come,” can be streamed on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/AL_v5U2AeIs.

A teaser video for the album can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5rMe3KTV4.

‘A Dream in Static’ track listing:

I. The Closest I’ve Come

II. Mob Mentality
Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

III. A Dream In Static
Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor)

IV. Entering The Light
Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT — Hammered Dulcimer
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

V. Skyline

VI. Crater
Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork)

VII. The Ungrounding

VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer)

Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue.

A Dream in Static, the group’s conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements, interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds.

Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.


Earthside online…


Earthside is…

Jamie van Dyck – Guitar
Frank Sacramone – Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom – Drums
Ryan Griffin – Bass

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MICHAEL MONROE Reveals ‘Blackout States’ Cover and Tracklist

August 29th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Michael Monroe will release Blackout States on October 9 via Spinefarm Records. The iconic artist has shared the album artwork and track listing ahead of the release.


Blackout States Track Listing:

1. “This Ain’t No Love Song”
2. “Old King’s Road”
3. “Goin’ Down With the Ship”
4. “Keep Your Eye On You”
5. “The Bastard’s Bash”
6. “Good Old Bad Days”
7. “R.L.F.”
8. “Blackout States”
9. “Under the Northern Lights”
10. “Permanent Youth”
11. “Dead Hearts on Denmark Street”
12. “Six Feet in the Ground”
13. “Walk Away”
14. “Break the Noose” (vinyl LP bonus track)

The record was produced by Chips Kiesbye (TheHellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri inHelsinki, Finland.

Select few are the ones born to rock and fewer survive to be called seasoned rock warriors. The Michael Monroe band features nothing but the latter, consisting of bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), guitarists Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Willy DeVille), and Rich Jones (The Black Halos, Amen) and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (the Chelsea Smiles, Danzig).

On the new album, the legendary vocalist said, “I am extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States.  It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record — strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”

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SLAYER shoots music video for new album’s title track “Repentless”

August 28th, 2015
by EvilG
SLAYER shoot music video for new album’s title track “Repentless
video features performances by a slew of iconic character actors!
Yesterday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women’s prison in East Los Angeles, where SLAYER shot the music video for the new track “Repentless.” In fact, whileSLAYER performed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the “prisonersˮ had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap (images can be seen below). But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell‘s brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as “more like something for a feature film than a rock band’s music video.ˮ
This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video.He directed the 2013 horror film Hatchet III, and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man and The Interview. ForSLAYER‘s “Repentless,” he and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have  been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (Predators, Friday The 13th,Tyler Mane (Halloween), Jason Trost (Hatchet III), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Tony Moran (Halloween‘s Michael Myers, American Poltergeist), Sean Whalen (Men In Black, Halloween II), andVernon Wells (Mad Max 2, Commando, Weird Science) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like Planet Of The Apes, Anger Management and Daredevil.
SLAYER‘s prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. WhileMcDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it’s safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls.

The date for the premiere of SLAYER‘s “Repentless” music video will be announced shortly.Repentless, SLAYER‘s 11th studio album, is due out on Septeber 11th via Nuclear Blast, and is already receiving some pretty amazing press:“Metal album of the yearˮGUITAR WORLDRepentless is prime fu**ing SLAYER, arguably their finest album since…if not ever, then it’s certainly among the best. Really, it’s that good.ˮMETAL HAMMER

Repentless is thrash redefined, upgraded and reborn…a return to the essence of who SLAYER is.ˮ– HOUSTON PRESS

Watch the video clip of the band talking about working with producer Terry Date as well as the video for “Repentless,” the clip discussing the promo video for “Chasing Death“ and the video for “When The Stillness Comes” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!

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Scot Coogan – Ace Frehley band, Red Zone Rider, ex- Brides of Destruction and more

August 27th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala




Scot Coogan is an American musician known for his accomplished drumming and vocal skills, working as both a session and touring musician. Coogan has worked with various groups such as Brides of Destruction featuring Nikki Sixx, Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, and Red Zone Rider feat. Vinnie Moore and Kelly Keeling. Currently he performs with Blue Man Group and he’s a member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo band. He worked previously with Frehley from 2009 through 2012 and performed on the ANOMALY (2009) album. I met a good humored Coogan in Stockholm just prior Ace Frehley’s band’s sold out show in Grona Lund, which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. We discussed various things including his work with Ace Frehley, Red Zone Rider and the rise and demise of Brides of Destruction… Read on!

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August 27th, 2015
by EvilG

Volcom Skate Team + BMX Riders Announced, Super Collider Returning in 2015 

Single-Day & Weekend Passes on Sale Now!

 — November 6-8, 2015, in Austin, Texas —

 AUSTIN, TX (August 27, 2015)  Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is proud to once again partner with Volcom, the leading modern lifestyle brand that embodies the creative spirit of today’s youth culture, to help redesign and build this year’s skate ramp, ride course, and curate the Fest’s 2015 action sports program. Single-day and weekend passes to the 10th annual event, set to take place November 6-8 in Austin, Texas, can be purchased at funfunfunfest.com.


Volcom, with the help of local ramp builder Ryan Corrigan of HOLDONHEREWEGO and the Austin-based nonprofit Project Loop, will lead the charge in building the FFF Fest skate & ride events this year, including the return of the Volcom Super Collider. The super ramp, designed by legendary skateboarder Remy Stratton, debuted last year to rave reviews from athletes and spectators alike, and it has now become an integral part of the action-sports experience at FFF Fest.


“The Super Collider, like a music stage, is also fun to look at even when no one’s on it. And then, there is that moment when the team jumps on deck with their boards in hand and the skate session explodes into some of the nastiest shredding ever, combined with the Fun Fun Fun Fest sights and sounds all around. I just can’t wipe the smile off my face,” says Volcom VP of Skateboarding Remy Stratton.


Volcom will also welcome back its renowned skate team for a series of demos throughout the Festival weekend, in addition to a variety of BMX riders that Project Loop is bringing to the 2015 Fest. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite athletes at special meet-and-greets and see some of today’s top skateboarders and BMX riders compete up close and personal in a truly unique environment.


With Volcom’s brand vision of ‘True to This, the company continues to build on the foundation of board riding and their tradition of supporting self-expression in sports, art, music and film to connect with the millennial consumer, driven and determined to build a better future. The unique Fun Fun Fun Fest experience of alternative sports, music, comedy, and lifestyle makes it an ideal event for a Volcom partnership.


A full list of participating Festival athletes can be found below and at funfunfunfest.com:



¨     Ryan Sheckler

¨     Grant Taylor

¨     David Gonzalez

¨     Dustin Dollin

¨     Caswell Berry

¨     Rune Glifberg

¨     Chris Pfanner

¨     Collin Provost

¨     Louie Lopez

¨     Ben Raemers

¨     Axel Cruysberghs

¨     CJ Collins



¨     Chase Hawk

¨     Aaron Ross

¨     Tom Dugan

¨     Clint Reynolds

¨     Joseph Franz

¨     Dani Lightningbolt

¨     Nina Buitrago

¨     Matt Nordstrom

¨     Paul Cvikevich

¨     Kenny Horton

¨     Devin Fredlund

¨     Jeremie Infelise


Fun Fun Fun Fest also has an incredible mix of music acts set to perform in 2015, including headliners like Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Venom, Wu Tang Clan, Chromeo, NOFX, as well as other acclaimed acts like Grimes, Rae Sremmurd, ANTEMASQUE, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, and ODESZA, among others. Plus, the JASH Yellow Comedy Stage is returning this year and is bringing a stellar comedy lineup with it. Comedy performers include Tig NotaroDoug BensonEric AndreTodd BarryEugene MirmanSabrina JaleesJonah Ray, and Kurt Braunohler, in addition to special events like GZA explaining “the science of hip-hop,” Andrew W.K. leading a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia giving twerking lessons. For the full lineup of performers and events, please visit funfunfunfest.com.


Both single-day and weekend passes are now on sale at and available online. Single-day tickets are available for $89, while three-day passes are $199. Additionally, the Ultimate Smooth Pass (USP) is on sale and available for $450, offering ticket buyers the upmost FFF Fest experience.


Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks on FFF NITES—all festival after-parties are free with a festival wristband. The festival will also continue to bring in some of Austin’s favorite local food and beverage offerings.


Fun Fun Fun Fest would like to thank all of the 2015 partners and sponsors who help make the festival possible, including Shiner, Red Bull Sound Select, Volcom, JASH, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jukely, Luden’s, and Rdio.


For more information on the festival, go to funfunfunfest.com. Follow them at facebook.com/funfunfunfest and on Twitter @funfunfunfest for updates and special promotions.

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SCORPIONS Celebrate New Album Release With Live Stream

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Iconic rock superstars, Scorpions, have partnered with Yahoo for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Fans can tune in at 9:10pm ET, to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning set list of Scorpions’ hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. The live stream will be available on desktop at https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/scorpions, or through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) or connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, Xbox).

Scorpions will be on tour in North American celebrating their 50th anniversary and the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), available September 11, 2015.  More information on the new release and upcoming tour dates (routing below) can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world going Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France (#5), Germany (#2), Greece (#1 debut), Russia (platinum!), Hungary, Japan (#4), Turkey (#4) Switzerland (#2), Malasia (their first gold!), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!  Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), Return To Forever features 19 new songs including first single, “We Built This House,” currently at #3 at Classic Rock in the U.S.  The track is available digitally as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes:http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns .

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You” and “Winds of Change.” The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents.

North American dates feature special guests Queensryche.

10 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
12 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
13 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
16 – Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
18 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
19 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
22 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH
23 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
25 – Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, ON
26 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
29 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village, CO

1 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
3 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
6 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
7 – The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
9 – ShoWare Center – Kent, WA
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ANVIL Offer Once-In-A-Lifetime PledgeMusic Fan Opportunities

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is back! Striving to bypass the labels that have stood between the band and fans for years, ANVIL is creating their new record Anvil Is Anvil with a direct-to-fan approach in mind. Recently, the band teamed up with PledgeMusic to assure that fan connection, but unlike other crowdsourcing campaigns put forth by bands in the hopes of amassing a recording budget, ANVIL’s campaign strives to do so while truly providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal, one-on-one opportunities that they will never forget.

ANVIL’s 2009 movie documentary, The Story Of Anvil made them famous the world over. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre. Their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice, and their 2013 release, Hope In Hell, were powerful and unrelenting.

Anvil Is Anvil will be their most potent yet, and feature guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and new bassist Chris Robertson in top form. Featuring no concessions to short-lived trends and no modern frills, the brand new ANVIL record will feature traditional metal at its finest with massive classic rock elements – a sound that ANVIL fans love and deserve.

ANVIL and PledgeMusic are offering fans a chance to get up close and personal with the band, access exclusive content and be a part of a truly unique fan-to-band experience. With every pre-order, pledgers will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive looks at behind the scenes videos, photos and messages from the band. Fans will also have several once in a lifetime opportunities to purchase:

·         In person or Skype drum lesson with Robb
·         In person or Skype guitar lesson with Lips
·         Guest back-up vocal appearance on the new record
·         One of Lips’ amps
·         The opportunity to attend a live rehearsal
·         A day in the studio with the band
·         Signed limited edition CD with bonus tracks
·         Signed drum head
·         Exclusive Pledger T-shirt
·         AMPU (Anvil Metal Pounders Union) deluxe lifetime membership and signed CD
·         Signed set list
·         Signed drumsticks
·         Handwritten lyric sheets

To pledge, please visit www.pledgemusic.com/anvil

Guitarist and vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow  states “We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next ANVIL album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a pre-sales platform and we are fully confident that getting closer to our fans through making the album will take the making of it and the final album to somewhere fantastic. Considering that almost anyone aware of ANVIL knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honoured to help and prove us right in our belief in you… and we promise another top notch ANVIL recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future.”

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JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 Release “Dying To Live” Album Sampler

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Joel Hoekstra has put together a kick ass sampler of various songs from the upcoming debut album from Joel Hoekstra’s 13, DYING TO LIVE! Check it out by hitting the play button below and let us know what you think!

DYING TO LIVE SONG SAMPLER: https://youtu.be/pVelC1mleHA

PRE-ORDER your copy now from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-order from either link, the single “Anymore” will download instantly, and the rest will download on the release date.

Order Here:
iTunes – http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes
AmazonMP3 – http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

DYING TO LIVE features performances from Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster(The Firm (British rock band), Rated X), Jeff Scott Soto Official (Official Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and more!

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

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