With the European leg of the Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour just around the corner, Nightwish announce the release of a strictly limited (no re-prints), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD, out in North America on February 19th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
On October 30th, Nuclear Blast released the special tour edition of Endless Forms Most Beautiful in Europe. The set comes with a bonus DVD containing all 21 making-of episodes, which came along before, during and after the album release. Besides those, the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for “Yours Is An Empty Hope” and “Stargazers” as well as five special clips incl. documentary scenes for the songs “Planet Hell”, “Last Of The Wilds”, “Storytime”, “Arabesque” and “Last Ride Of The Day”. On top, there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
Australian melodic metaller’s LORD have just released a new video for ‘Against the Wind’, taken from their 2014 box set ‘The Dungeon Era’.
LORD PPUSA XVII Promo
Formerly known as Dungeon, LORD celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band with a limited edition 4 disc set comprising of the Dungeon discography re-recorded by the current band. In addition, the box set also included a USB pass that included hi quality digital versions, the original Dungeon recordings remixed/remastered, the Changing Moods EP and a 200+ page band biography.
LORD were recently announced for the 2016 instalment of ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia. The festival will mark the début US appearance by the band who promise to not only play popular LORD selections but also many classics from the Dungeon era of the band.
Available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and – in collaboration with Soulfood Music in Germany – also on vinyl and a special super-limited edition version featuring an eagle head. “Rulebreaker” combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys.
“Rulebreaker” track listing:
01. Angels Of Mercy
02. The End Is Near
03. Bullets & Tears
05. In Metal We Trust
06. We Walk Without Fear
07. At War With The World
08. The Devil In Me; Constant Heart
09. The Sky Is Burning
10. Raving Mad; Final Call (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
DVD (deluxe edition only):
* The End Is Near (video clip)
* Angels Of Mercy (video clip)
* Making Of “Rulebreaker”
PRIMAL FEAR recently parted ways with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester (HANGAR, ANGRA) and replaced him with Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.). In addition, founding PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann, who has been touring with the group for the past couple of years years, has now officially rejoined the band as a full member.
PRIMAL FEAR is:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitar
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitar
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass, Vocals
WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.
This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
“It’s hard to believe that we are already on our 4th edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Submissions for bands from across Canada will be open as of November 5, 2015 and end on January 5th 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation at the following link: http://metalbattle.ca/
SEVENTRAIN Featuring Former Members of CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ and TOURNIQUET Announce New Lead Vocalist
Hailing from San Diego, California, the hard rock/metal act SEVENTRAIN featuring guitarist Eric Horton (CAGE), guitarist Jef Poremba (6ONE9, KOFI BAKER), bassist Dino Andino (TOURNIQUET) and drummer Joel Maitoza (24-7 SPYZ, SHOCKHEAD) have officially announced their new vocalist as Eric Koonze (SICARUS).
Seventrain amicably parted ways with their former singer, Jon Campos in August of 2015 who wanted to focus more on his acoustic solo career as the band wanted to pursue a more heavier direction for the next album, yet still maintain their bluesy metal groove from the first album.
Drummer Joel Maitoza states: We would like to take this opportunity to officially announce and welcome Eric Koonze to the band as the new frontman for Seventrain. With Eric’s exceptional vocal abilities and positive attitude, we now feel like the possibilities are endless. The new songs will reflect that and we couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank all of the amazing vocalists who took time out of their busy lives to learn our songs and came down to our studio to audition. Over the past 10 weeks, we have had nearly 50 applicants and narrowed it down to 12 live auditions. Seventrain also wants to apologize to our fans for having to cancel our dates with Lynch Mob and Prong in order to take the time needed for the audition process. We plan to get back into the studio as soon as possible to continue work on the new album and are already scheduling shows for early 2016. Onward and upward…we’ll see you soon!
Seventrain will make their live performance debut with their new vocalist on February 5th, 2016 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California opening for Operation: Mindcrime featuring Geoff Tate.
Drawing of a werewolf in woodland at night. Main illustration for the story “The Werewolf Howls”. Internal illustration from the pulp magazine Weird Tales (November 1941, vol. 36, no. 2, page 38).
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Week 1 was Frankenstein, 2 Ghosts, 3 Zombies, 4 Vampires, and for the final week, the subject is werewolves! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra literally blew the two stages away by offering a huge visual spectacle at Wacken Open Air this August. The whole show was beyond normal human comprehension and understanding. Seeing this one of kind spectacle can’t be compared to any other show in the music industry. After gasping some air we sat down with Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, and the mastermind of both the outfits, Paul O’Neil, to discuss the return of Savatage to Wacken and above all Trans Siberian Orchestra, whom enjoy tremendous success in North America.
QUEENSRŸCHE will kick-off the New Year with a massive bang embarking on a lengthy North American headlining run. The much-anticipated trek kicks off on Jan 7th and goes through Feb 5th. QUEENSRŸCHE just wrapped up a massive direct support tour to the legendary Scorpions across North America and either see below or head over to www.queensrycheofficial.com for the complete list of new headlining dates.
QUEENSRYCHE’s highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, via Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. The disc sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.
“Guardian” Official Music Video
“Arrow of Time” Live From Wacken Open Air Festival
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
Jan. 7 @ Rockbar – San Jose, CA
Jan. 8 @ House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Jan. 9 @ Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 10 @ Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jan. 12 @ Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
Jan. 14 @ Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
Jan. 15 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
Jan. 16 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Jan. 17 @ Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX
Jan. 21 @ Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Coming off a small run of successful West Coast dates, BRITNY FOX is hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two day festival of retro 80’s debauchery. BRTINY FOX then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre of the Living Arts.
BRITNY FOX is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991 – This musical jewel was a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again – Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock! It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”
SHOW DATES & INFO:
SAT 11/07 – NORCROSS, GA NORTH ATLANTA TRADE CENTER
FRI 11/13 – QUEENS, NY BLACKTHORN 51
SAT 11/14 – PHILADELPHIA, PA THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS – W/HEAVENS EDGE
BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.
For the fourth year in a row (the most by any artist human, Scumdog or otherwise), your masters GWAR returned to The A.V. Club to take part in the A.V. Undercover Series. The A.V. Undercover Series features artists covering other artists’ music. GWAR’s first offering tackled the Kansas classic, “Carry On Wayward Son” – which was voted favorite performance of the year, This, of course, came as no surprise to GWAR who consider themselves the greatest rock performers on this or any other planet in history. After a year of celebrating the victory, the group returned to defend the crown with its unique spin on Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” What happened for their third appearance? The band returned and went New Wave with their version of Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls” which segued into a re-worked version of Jim Carol’s “People Who Died”, paying tribute to fallen GWAR members and friends of the band. And of course, they won performance of the year again. (Did you think they wouldn’t?)
By this point, people may be thinking, well GWAR wins every year, so why do they keep coming back? Well it’s because they are the rulers of the universe and they are the A.V. Club three-time champions. How did they top themselves this time? Well the band dug deep into their cassette collection and pulled out Cyndi Lauper’s Greatest Hits. Once they came across “She-Bop” and learned that it was a song about masturbation, which is a habit near and dear to their hearts, they decided this is the song they must play to defend their “Undercover” title for an unprecedented fourth time! So without any more fanfare here it is, the orgasm inducing GWAR rendition of “She-Bop” with a little surprise at the end. Then remember to vote early and often for GWAR because the Scumdogs command you to do so!
After hearing that the A.V. Club was inviting GWAR back for a fourth time, Pustulus admits, “I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit.”
A.V. Club VP/Editor in Chief Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR’s fourth visit:
“Every year we hope GWAR will forget where our studio is so that they won’t crush us and the competition. But every year they manage to find us and breathe horrible new life into an old classic. We submit, we submit.”
GWAR are currently in the midst of their 30th anniversary tour as they continue to wreak havoc across North America. The show stops tomorrow in Tempe, AZ and runs through November 28th in Orlando, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.
GWAR W/ Born of Osiris and Battlecross:
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/30: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
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
11/15: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
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*
11/22: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
11/24: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
**Cryptopsy Providing Direct Support