Vagos MetalFest-Day One by Keith Devereux

September 6th, 2016
by J P

Vagos MetalFest 2016, Day One

Quinta do Ega, Vagos, Portugal

Review and photos by Keith Devereux

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

This year we approached Vagos with some trepidation. For whatever reason, the original promoter of Vagos Open Air had decided to relocate Vagos’s metal festival down south, near Lisbon. This left a lot of very unhappy metal heads up north, as well as the Vagos Municipality itself, bemoaning the loss of yet another music festival to Lisbon. Recognising the need to continue the festival (aside from the local ‘festa’ Vagos Open Air was always the most exciting thing to happen in the town all year), the local Municipality called on another promoter, Amazing Events, to organise and run a metal festival. With only a few months to run a weekend festival, the Facebook page for Vagos MetalFest and then the website started to take shape. Bands were regularly announced and word of mouth started to spread: Come to Vagos, where metal lives on.

 

So here we were, sitting in the afternoon sun waiting for festival to start. As usual we left plenty of time to get to the venue and get our bracelet, and there was the first change. Unlike previous years the organisation seemed less hurried and friendlier, the entrance to the Quinta – the little park where the festival was held – was fenced off but everything was easy to find. Getting to the stage itself we passed shops selling merchandise, portable food stalls and cafés – even an ATM machine. It was a breeze this year getting through security, there was much more open space with just a merchandise stall, a few beer and drinks stalls and the sound/lighting deck in the middle. There was also a nice little box for the autograph sessions, but more of that later.

 

The show started right on time at 17:00 with the Portuguese melodic rock band, Correia. Formed by two brothers, Apolinario (‘Poli’; Devil In Me, Sam Alone) and Miguel (Mike Ghost) Correia (Men Eater, More Than A Thousand), Correia has only been around for a year but the brothers have a history in metal stretching back ten years or more and their powerful melodic rock got the festival off to a great start. Although they began their set with the arena half full, as the crowd trickled in they delivered a powerful selection of songs from their debut album, Act One, such as ‘Deliver Us’ and ‘Down By The Lake’ and by the time they pounded out their latest single, ‘Deceivers Of The Sun, they were being well received by an appreciative crowd.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Setlist: Architect, Seekers of Light, Down By the Lake, Untitled (from “Act One”), Deceivers of the Sun.

After a melodic start to the afternoon, which was even then setting out to be an excellent weekend, the peace was shattered with the Parisian symphonic deathcore band, Betraying the Marytrs. Founded in 2008 and fronted by Englishman Aaron Matts, Betraying the Marytrs have two studio albums and an EP behind them and are Victor Guillet on keyboards and vocals, Baptiste Vigier and Lucas D’angelo on guitar, Valentin Hauser on bass and Boris Le Gal on drums.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

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Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

From the start the band were clearly delighted to be at Vagos, pounding out songs like ‘Life is Precious’, from their debut album Breathe in Life, and ‘The Great Disillusion’, the new single from their as yet untitled and unreleased new album. Driving an increasingly receptive crowd into a frenzy, Aaron dashed and leapt around the stage, literally jumping in the air on a couple of occasions, and we were shocked to find the angelic­-voiced Victor suddenly start grinding out dirty deathcore vocals as he whirled around the stage with his keyboard (and not one of those portable keyboard’s, either).

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

For the first time in the afternoon the crowd spontaneously formed into a circle pit, and during a lull in the action Aaron paused to pay tribute to the Portuguese firefighters who had been battling wildfires in the weeks before the festival, which received a rapturous cheer from the audience. They also pointed out this was their first time in Portugal and they were loving the country, the people and the beer! With a set that included songs from their 2014 album, Phantom (‘Legends Never Die’) and their debut album, Breathe in Life (‘Because Of You’), Betraying the Marytrs raised the hot afternoon temperature even further. Near the end of the set Aaron encouraged the crowd to form a wall of death, and as they danced away Betraying the Marytrs launched into an unexpected deathcore version of ‘Let It Go’ from the Disney film, Frozen.

Next up was the American thrash metal band Vektor, fronted by founder and guitarist David DiSanto and with Erik Nelson on guitar, Frank Chin on bass and Blake Anderson on drums. With three albums behind them, most recently the 2016 release Terminal Redux, Vektor are known for fusing hi octane metal with science fiction themes and they grabbed the crowd’s attention straight away with ‘Charging the Void’ from Terminal Redux.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Soon the frenzied crowd were dancing around, forming walls of death and screaming for more with hands raised in devil’s horns. We also had the first crowd surfers, something security – provided by a company more used to transporting money or policing football (real football) matches or shopping malls – were totally unprepared for. As the first crowd surfers headed for the pit, security moved towards the barrier separating the crowd from the stage. When the first metal-head was tipped over the barrier a security guard, with fear in his eyes, grabbed him and bundled him away, almost looking like he was going to arrest the guy. Laughing, our intrepid metal-head pulled himself away and dashed back for more. After a few more exchanges, security seemed to understand that crowd surfing was completely normal at a festival like this and although they never completely seemed to grasp the fun of crowd surfing there were no more incidents.

All the while Vektor were pounding out tracks from Terminal Redux: ‘Cygnus Terminal’, ‘LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)’, ‘Psychotropia’ and ‘Pillars of Sand’. Finally their set came to a definitely premature end, and as they announced their last song of the afternoon, ‘Hunger for Violence’ from their debut album, Black Future, the crowd were visibly disappointed, screaming for more.

Setlist: Charging the Void, Cygnus Terminal, LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease), Psychotropia, Pillars of Sand, Hunger for Violence.

Next to the stage came Portuguese metal royalty. Formed in 1989, R.A.M.P. (from the initials of the bands founders: Ricardo, António, Miguel and Paulo) released their last album, Visions, in 2009 (and a compilation, XXV, in 2013 celebrating 25 years of the band). Aside from that, R.A.M.P. have made few public appearances, although members of the band have worked with other bands and artists over the years.

 

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

So there was great anticipation as to what R.A.M.P. would provide. No one need have worried, from their entrance and a powerful rendition of ‘In Sane’, from their 2003 album Nude, to their closing number, ‘Hallelujah’, from their 1998 album Evolution, Devolution, Revolution, R.A.M.P. captured the crowd. Rui Duarte’s powerful vocals echoed around the festival while flamboyant lead guitarist Tó Pica ground out song after song. The crowd cheered every song, singing along with the choruses to ‘How’ and ‘Dawn’ (also from Evolution, Devolution, Revolution), jostling one another in circle pits and cheering along to one of the best performances of the afternoon when R.A.M.P. launched into ‘Blind Enchantment’, from Visions.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

At the end of the performance, the crowd was breathless for more, though sadly the show had come to an end. As drummer José Sales threw his sticks into the crowd, guitarists Ricardo and Tó Pica leapt off the stage into the pit and ran along the barrier, shaking hands and pausing for selfies. It was clear from the crowd’s reaction that R.A.M.P. was as popular as ever with the Vagos audience and they are sorely missed on the live circuit.

Setlist: In Sane, (Unknown), How, Dawn, Follow You, (Unknown), Blind Enchantment, (Unknown), Hallelujah.

As the sun began to set behind the stage, following the old school metal of R.A.M.P. the Italian symphonic/operatic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse came on stage. Founded in 2007, Fleshgod Apocalypse are Tommaso Riccardi and Veronica Bordacchini on lead and operatic vocals, respectively, Cristiano Trionfera on guitar and vocals, Paolo Rossi on bass, Francesco Paoli on drums and Francesco Ferrini on keyboard and effects.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Standing alone on a darkened, empty stage, operatic vocalist Veronica Bordacchini pounded a staff into the floor as the band walked onstage to ‘Marche Royale’ from their most recent album, King, before launching into ‘In Aeternum’. Sadly the lighting and the sound were not ideal for the first few songs, and the lighting guys insisted on using strobes throughout the show, which, for me, distracted from the power of the performance. Also, the guttural lead vocals of Tommaso Riccardi were lost for the first few songs among an otherwise excellent musical performance.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Covering songs from their most recent album, King and from previous albums, Oracles (2009), Agony (2011) and Labyrinth (2013), Fleshgod Apocalypse ground out heavy performance after heavy performance, with Veronica Bordacchini supporting each song with a powerful operatic chorus. Finally, she was given the opportunity to stretch her lead vocals with ‘Epilogue’ before the show concluded with the jolly ‘The Fool’ and a venue-shattering performance of ‘The Forsaking’ from the album Agony.

Setlist: Marche Royale, In Aeternum, Gravity, Pathfinder, Cold as Perfection, The Violation, Epilogue, The Fool, The Forsaking.

From eighteenth century Italy, with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vagos was transported to … well Mordor, probably, with the appearance of the Swedish death metal band Dark Funeral. Founded in 1998, Dark Funeral are ‘Heljarmadr’ (Andreas Vingbäck) on vocals, ‘Lord Ahriman’ (Mikael Svanberg) and ‘Chaq Mol’ (Bo Karlsson) on guitars and ‘Dominator’ (Nils Fjellström) on drums.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

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Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

As ‘we are here to collect your souls’ boomed across the festival, which is probably what happened to their luggage and instruments which were lost by the airline on the way to Vagos, Dark Funeral emerged onto a darkened stage to the intro track from The Secrets of the Black Arts, ‘The Dark Age Has Arrived’, and immediately wowed the audience with ‘Unchain My Soul’ from their most recent album, Where Shadows Forever Reign. Death metal is not my preferred brand, but Dark Funeral were fabulous, their performance filled with energy as they rocked songs like ‘Open The Gates’, from their 2005 release Attera Totus Sanctus (literally Latin for ‘Destroy All the Holy’), to ‘The Secrets of the Black Arts’, the title track to their debut album of the same name.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Setlist: The Dark Age Has Arrived (intro), Unchain My Soul, The Arrival of Satan’s Empire, Open the Gates, Atrum Regina, The Secrets of the Black Arts, Temple of Ahriman, Hail Murder, Vobiscum Satanas, As I Ascend, Nail Them to the Cross, My Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign.

Choosing a death metal band to headline the first night of Vagos MetalFest was an unexpected but surprisingly inspired choice by the programmers, with the Quinta packed for their performance. It was disappointing, therefore, to see so many people have to leave, myself included, before the last show of the evening from the Portuguese industrial metal band, Bizarra Locomotiva, but for many starting the last performance at 00:30 was just too much. Quite frankly it would have been better to have either started the festival an hour earlier, at 16:00, or have one less band perform on the day. Having said that, the quality of music was so strong for the first day it would have been difficult to have to choose which band to not include.

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Leather and David T. Chastain in concert one more time!

September 6th, 2016
by EvilG

David T. Chastain and Leather Leone will perform together live for the first time in over 25 years on October 8th at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. This special performance will be part of the CJSS ‘Last Show on Planet Earth 2’ concert.

Leather says: “To be on stage with David T at Bogarts where it all began for me …there are no words…just incredible anticipation. It will be like coming home. To share music with all of those fans again is of the utmost importance to me”

David adds: “Last year was suppose to be CJSS’s ‘Last Show on Planet Earth’ but the fans and Bogart’s convinced us to do one more ‘Last Show.’ As far as I know this will be the last CJSS show. Once the date was confirmed I asked Leather to come and play a set as I wanted her to experience the Bogart’s environment one more time. Leather will be singing all of the CHASTAIN ‘hits’ such as Ruler of the Wasteland, Angel of Mercy, For Those Who Dare and The Voice of the Cult just to name a few. We will also play at least one of the newer songs off the recent CHASTAIN albums Surrender To No One and We Bleed Metal. Our last cross country tour together was in support for the ‘For Those Who Dare’ album. That tour seems like centuries ago but then again it feels like it was just last year. The passage of time is quite perplexing!”

To view the latest CHASTAIN videos go direct to youtube at:

‘Evil Awaits Us’

‘All Hail The King’

‘I Am Sin’

‘Rise Up’

‘Save Me Tonight’ Fan Video!

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SLAYER Premiere “Pride In Prejudice” Video

September 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

A convicted prisoner on death row…a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations… two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding…white supremacists…ruthless murders…Slayer’s “Pride in Prejudice” music video.

Directed by BJ McDonnell
Produced by Felissa Rose
Edited by Ed Marx and Andrea Porter
Director of Photography – Eric Leach
Tony Gardner/Alterian FX for Special FX Makeup
Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) – Wyatt
Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”)
Bill Moseley – the Dad (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
Caroline Williams – the Mom  (“Sharknado 4:  The 4th Awakens”, “Hatchett III”)
Richard Speight, Jr. – returning as the ultimate Bad Guy  (“CSI,” “Jericho,” “Supernatural”)
Filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy.  Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece.   The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding.  The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice.'”

“It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project,” said Slayer’s Kerry King.  “Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc.  By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own.  Get ready for video three.  It’s my favorite!!”

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Win tickets to see STEEL PANTHER in Copenhagen on September 20th

September 6th, 2016
by EvilG

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Thanks to ICO Metal-Rules.com is pleased to be giving away 2 tickets to the Steel Panther show at VEGA in Copenhagen on September 20th. To enter simply fill in the below form and we will randomly select the winner from the entries on September 13th and email you!

Contest is now closed. Contrats to the winner, Martin H. 

 

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Testament ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ new video available!

September 2nd, 2016
by EvilG

Watch the lyric video for Testament’s ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ below!

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album is now available for pre-order in various formats (Digibook, Limited Box Set, Limited Mailorder Box Set, Vinyl: black, clear, bi-colored, orange, splatter, silver, brown) here:http://nblast.de/TestamentBOTSNB

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THE GREAT KAT’s “Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2” Video on iTunes

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451

Classical SCREAMING into the FUTURE with Insane Guitar/Violin Shredding & All-Male Hunk Band:
The Great Kat’s NEW LISZT’S “HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY #2” Music Video on iTUNES VIDEOS & AMAZON!
iTunes Videos: https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L3G60EY

The Great Kat’s new insane Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” music video features rapid speed action — twin Kats, all-male stud band, fast guitar/violin finger-work, Vlad the Vampire, gypsy bacchanal, and more — from upcoming new DVD. Video available now on iTunes videos, Free on Apple Music at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451  and Free on Amazon Prime at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L3G60EY.

http://www.greatkat.com

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Metal Legends SAXON Reveal Live Performance Video of “Wheels of Steel” Cut from Upcoming Double Album

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

British NWOBHM legends SAXON will unleash Let Me Feel Your Power, their 10th live album, on October 7 via UDR Music. The 16 track album was recorded in Munich during November 2015 and Brighton in January 2016, with bonus materials from Chicago in September 2015, Let Me Feel Your Power will be available in several formats, including DVD/2CDs, Blu-Ray/2CDs, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which will also include the Blu-Ray and 2CDs (limited to 1500 copies).

Today, BraveWords is streaming an exclusive live video of SAXON performing “Wheels of Steel”, cut from the upcoming double album. Watch here: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-saxon-premier-wheels-of-steel-video-from-upcoming-live-album

Stay tuned for more exclusive Let Me Feel Your Power performance clips premiering soon.

Pre-order Let Me Feel Your Power here:
Vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/o7z7cv
CD/DVD: http://hyperurl.co/30v3g3
iTunes – get “Wheels of Steel” as an instant grat!

Let Me Feel Your Power track-listing:
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN MUNICH)
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN MUNICH)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DESTROYER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN MUNICH)
20000FT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
THE DEVILS FOOTPRINTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
QUEEN OF HEARTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
EYE OF THE STORM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
BATTALIONS OF STEEL (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
REQUIEM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)

The bonus material track-listing:
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
THIS TOWN ROCKS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SOLID BALL OF ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
DALLAS 1 PM (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
ROCK THE NATIONS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BACKS TO THE WALL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
JUST LET ME ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)

[*only available as video content; not available on CD or digital]

The format breakdown is as follows:
DVD+2CDs (digipack format)
BluRay+2CDs (digipack format)
Deluxe Vinyl Version, (Double vinyl plus BluRay+2CDs) limited to 1.500 units
Digital

Technical Information:
Bluray:  NTSC 16:9; 1920×1080 Full HD; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo
DVD: NTSC 16:9; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo (Brighton: PCM Stereo; Chicago: PCM Stereo)

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www.udr-music.com

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WEDNESDAY 13 Is Returning To The Road

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one-half of The Murderdolls braintrust, is back on the scene and there is lots of activity taking place in his blood-spattered world.

Wednesday 13 will embark on a tour this fall, traversing the U.S. in September and October. One-Eyed Doll will serve as direct support for the entire tour. Open Your Eyes will appear from September 8 through September 29, while Gabriel and the Apocalypse will join the tour October 9 through October 22.

In addition to this heavy duty touring schedule, Wednesday 13 has been in the studio with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris to work on the seventh Wednesday 13 album Condolences, which is the follow up to 2015’s Monsters of the Universe.

Deen Castronovo, formerly of Journey, laid drums on a few tracks.

Condolences is slated for an April 2017 release.

WEDNESDAY 13 TOUR DATES:
9/8 — The Pin  Spokane, WA
9/9 — El Corazon | Seattle, WA
9/11 — Falls Venue | Idaho Falls, ID
9/13 — Pub Station | Billings, MT
9/14 — Sunshine Studios | Colorado Springs, CO
9/15 —  Marquis Theater | Denver, CO
9/16 — Gabes | Iowa City, IA
9/17 — Diesel Lounge | Chesterfield, MI
9/18 — The Agora Theater | Cleveland, OH
9/19 —  Emerson Theater | Indianapolis, IN
9/20 —  Skully’s Music Diner | Columbus, OH
9/22 —  Rockpile | Toronto, Canada
9/23 —  Rockpile | Toronto, Canada
9/24 — The Brass Monkey | Ottawa, Canada
9/25 — Harmony House | Webster, NY
9/27 —  Marlin Room at Webster Hall | New York City, NY
9/28 — Middle East | Cambridge, MA
9/29 — Brighton Bar | Long Branch, NJ
9/30 — Tubby’s Nightclub | Duncannon, PA
10/1 — Hard Rock Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
10/2 —  SHOCK FEST  | Sinking Spring, PA
10/4 — G|Boones | Boonesboro, MD
10/5 — Amos’ Southend | Charlotte , NC
10/6 — V Club | Huntington, WV
10/7 — The Concourse at The International | Knoxville, TN
10/8 — Ground Zero | Spartanburg, SC
10/9 — Purgatory at The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
10/11 — Jack Rabbits | Jacksonville, FL
10/12 — Sidebar Theater | Tallahassee, FL
10/13 — The State Theatre | St Petersburg, FL
10/14 — Club LA | Destin, FL
10/15  — The Korova | San Antonio, TX
10/16 — Scout Bar, Houston, TX
10/20 — Juggernaut Lounge | Gallup, NM
10/21 — Club Red | Mesa, AZ
10/22 — Vampd | Las Vegas, NV
10/31 — Whisky A Go Go | West Hollywood, CA (with Michale Graves)

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SHIRAZ LANE Release Video For “Momma’s Boy”

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Earlier this year Frontiers Music Srl released the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled “For Crying Out Loud”.  The band is pleased to share their new video for the song “Momma’s Boy”.

“This groovy blast of energy is sure to blast off your ear wax and get your fist thumping. This is one of the most aggressive songs on our album regarding the lyrics and the overall atmosphere, which might contribute to making it one of our personal favorites to play live. Give it a spin and prepare for a musical punch in the face to get you going,” says the band about the song and video.

Formed in 2011, SHIRAZ LANE is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, Skid Row and Guns N’ Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia – The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate among others – have all described SHIRAZ LANE as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20’s), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine. “For Crying Out Loud”, proves that the band has learned all the tricks in the book and they’re now ready to take on the world.

Finnish Dates:
3.9. Vantaa, Vernissa
9.9. Kuopio, Henry´s Pub
17.9. Tampere, Jack The Rooster
24.9. Järvenpää, Blackpool
30.9. Hämeenlinna, Suisto

Europe & UK Dates With Lordi
01.10.16 D-Markneukirchen – Music Hall
02.10.16 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
04.10.16 HU-Budapest – Barba Negra
06.10.16 AT-Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
07.10.16 AT-Graz – Explosiv
08.10.16 AT-Traun – Spinnerei
09.10.16 SK-Bratislava – MMC
11.10.16 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
12.10.16 CH-Pratteln – Z7
14.10.16 BE-Kortrijk – De Kreun
15.10.16 D-Bochum – Zeche
16.10.16 D-Berlin – Columbia Theater
19.10.16 SK-Kosice – Multihala Sports Hall
20.10.16 CZ-Ostrava – Garage
21.10.16 CZ-Hluk – Sports Hall
22.10.16 CZ-Prague – Meet Factory
23.10.16 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
25.10.16 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
26.10.16 D-München – Backstage
28.10.16 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
02.11.16 NED-Amstelveen – P60
04.11.16 FR-Nancy – Zenith
05.11.16 ITA-Borgo Priolo – Dagda
06.11.16 ITA-Padova – Bullet
07.11.16 ITA-Rome – Planet
09.11.16 IE-Dublin – Button Factory
10.11.16 IE-Galway – Monroes
11.11.16 UK-Basingstoke – Stage
13.11.16 UK-Swansea – Scene
14.11.16 UK-Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
15.11.16 UK-Newcastle – O2 Academy
16.11.16 UK-Doncaster – Diamond
18.11.16 UK-Liverpool – Krazyhouse
19.11.16 UK-Bristol – Bierkeller
20.11.16 UK-London – O2 Academy

SHIRAZ LANE
Hannes Kett – Lead Vocals
Jani Laine – Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske – Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex – Bass
Ana Willman – Drums

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/ShirazLane
www.frontiers.it

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The 7th Annual GWAR B-Q Breaks All Records…And Bones!

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Once again, last weekend Bohabs and music fans alike descended on beautiful Richmond, Virginia to attend the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q at Hadad’s Lake.  Once again, the legendary GWAR found themselves lounging atop the bodies of the thousands of GWAR B-Q attendees, swilling massive amounts of GWAR Beer, mainlining “Arctic Snow” Vodka, and stinking up the joint by chain-smoking the band’s own premium limited edition CiGWARs.

The 2016 GWAR B-Q broke all previous records for, death count, casualties and utter devastation. Every band that performed kicked so much ass that GWAR spared their lives, although the “members” of several groups were severely beaten and humiliated in a series of no holds barred wrestling matches. The 2016 lineup goes toe-to-toe with any other festival performance anywhere, on any day: GWAR, LAMB OF GOD, AGAINST ME!, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, AUGUST BURNS RED, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, EYEHATEGOD, LAGWAGON, MURPHY’S LAW, BRAIN TENTACLES, MOBILE DEATHCAMP, OCCULTIST, SAWYER FAMILY, and THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL.

The sights were spectacular! There was the real life ROCK STAR moment when DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN made a fan’s dream come true… Cool Romanian vampire types gleefully lost their composure upon meeting LAMB OF GOD’S RANDY BLYTHE and WILLIE ADLER (seriously, it was like watching someone meet The freakin’ Beatles) and, with a dangling cig in his mouth, PHIL ANSELMO even performed a Bohab wedding! WHAT? Oh, and there were blood soaked Heavy Metal Jesus sightings everywhere too. It was like we were blessed and couldn’t lose!

But of course, the main event of this and every GWAR B-Q was the jaw-dropping, eyeball-popping exhibition by the annihilators of the human race, our Lords and Masters, the Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR! Those in attendance witnessed a blistering set that featured the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fighting to the death for control of the American government, as well as GWAR defending their belts for the “Intergalactic Wrestling Championship.”

You never know what’s going to happen at GWAR B-Q but everyone seems to agree, this festival is unfolding as a MUST EXPERIENCE EVENT!

Another successful GWAR B-Q is now in the books and the human slaves that organize it are incredibly grateful and already gearing up for next year’s event, which is slated to be even bigger and better display of carnage, mayhem, and GOOD TIMES than this year!

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SLAYER…”Repentless” Videos…And Soon They’ll Be Three…

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Slayer music videos for their latest album, Repentless…
“Repentless”…9/11/15…
“You Against You”…3/16/16…
And soon they’ll be three…..

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ROTH BROCK PROJECT To Release self-titled debut album on November 4th

August 31st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Roth Brock Project self-titled debut album on November 4th.

The Roth Brock Project is the exciting artistic union between guitarist John Roth (Winger, Starship, Giant) and singer Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant, Leroux). The pair first met in 2009 while working on Giant’s “Promise Land” record. They soon developed a unique songwriting chemistry and musical bond which all these years later has led to their debut release for Frontiers Music Srl. Powerhouse vocals and thundering guitars are at the forefront of this stellar collaboration from two of rock’s most seasoned and underrated veterans.

John Roth landed his first gig at the age of 19, with Southern boogie rock legends Black Oak Arkansas in 1986, and soon found himself in demand for recording and touring with the likes of Jimi Jamison (R.I.P.) of Survivor, and 80’s rock legends, Winger. Terry Brock’s first job in the music business was as a vocalist on the Kansas album “Drastic Measures” in 1983, which was soon followed by a tour with the Steve Morse Band and two albums with Strangeways (who were signed to BMG/RCA Records). Terry is currently on tour with Louisiana’s Leroux, while John is on tour with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

“The Roth Brock Project is the kind of record I’ve been wanting to make for a long time!” says John Roth “Guitar-Driven High Energy Rock with Stellar vocals is the first thing you’ll hear when you put this album on, so get ready to crank it up! Stay tuned to Frontiers.it for news on the Roth Brock Project debut record release date, as well as the premier of our first single and video, “Young Gun!”

Roth Brock Project tracklisting includes: Young Gun; What’s It To Ya; Young Again; If That’s What It Takes; I Don’t Know Why; Distant Voices; We Are; Fighter; My City; Never Givin’ Up; Reason To Believe.

Terry Brock: Lead and Background Vocals
John Roth: Guitars, Bass, Keys, Lead and Background Vocals
Scott Trammell: Drums, Percussion

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CRYSTAL VIPER Are Back

August 31st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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CRYSTAL VIPER are back! The Polish Heavy Metallers are returning after a 4 year absence, which was caused by the health issues relating to the band’s front woman and founder, Marta Gabriel, and which placed the future of CRYSTAL VIPER into question (last year Marta underwent surgery of her nasal and facial sinuses). “The witch is back” however, sounding stronger, heavier and louder than ever before…!

On February 17, 2017, AFM RECORDS will release CRYSTAL VIPER’s new concept album entitled “Queen Of The Witches”. The album, which will be available as a limited edition vinyl LP, CD and digital download, has been produced by Bart Gabriel – producer known for his collaboration with acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, MYTHRA and SACRED STEEL (and within their private lives, Marta’s husband), and engineered and mixed by Mariusz Pietka (JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, MORTICIAN). The album’s cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN, KREATOR). The first single from the new album will be entitled “The Witch Is Back”, and will be available in December. On February 18, 2017, the band will play an exclusive headlining live show in Munich, Germany, at the Heavy Metal Calling Festival, which will be an official release party for the new album.

In other news Marta Gabriel, the band’s singer and guitarist who has once again written all of the songs on the new album, recently joined the ESP GUITARS family. In addition, all of the members of CRYSTAL VIPER have signed an endorsement deal with DEAN MARKLEY.

More information: www.crystalviper.com

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SABATON – New Album “The Last Stand” Debuts on Billboard Top 200

August 31st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Swedish heavy metal heroes SABATON released their latest, highly-acclaimed record, The Last Stand, on August 19 through Nuclear Blast. The album reached the highest US & Canadian chart entries in the bands history debuting at #63 on the Billboard U.S. Top 200 album chart, #2 on the Billboard Hard Music chart, #2 on the Canadian Hard Music Chart, and #20 on the Canadian Top 200 album chart. The Last Stand also holds the #5 position on the Billboard Top Rock album chart, #4 on the Billboard Independent albums chart, and #19 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart.

Worldwide first week chart positions for The Last Stand include:
#1 – Czech Republic
#1 – Finland
#1 – Sweden
#2 – Germany
#4 – Belgium
#11 – Netherlands
#11 – Norway
#15 – Hungary
#17 – UK
#29 – Australia
#92 – Ireland

Additionally, the band has revealed the first track-by-track trailer today, telling more about the stories behind the songs. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/_nIPHU6N1IM

Get the new album here: http://nblast.de/SabatonLastStandNB
Or digitally: http://nblast.de/SabatonDownloads

In just two weeks, SABATON will return to the United States for the 2016 “Silence In The Snow” Fall Tour with headliners Trivium and fellow special guest Huntress. The tour begins on September 15 in Columbus, OH and comes to a close on October 21st in Lake Buena Vista, FL. These dates will be the first time U.S. fans get to see SABATON performing with their new guitarist Tommy Johansson.

Pick up your tickets via www.sabaton.net/tour and see below for all current tour dates.

SABATON US Tour Dates with Trivium & Huntress:
9/15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
9/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
9/17 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium – off date – w/ Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried and Me & Fallujah
9/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/20 – Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
9/22 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
9/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
9/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
9/25 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater – Knotfest
9/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
9/29 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium/Underground
9/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
10/2 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life
10/4 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight Eventplex
10/6 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/7 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/8 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/11 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/13 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/15 – Binghamton, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
10/17 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
10/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10/19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/21 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

More on The Last Stand:

‘The Lost Battalion’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:

‘Blood Of Bannockburn’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:

‘Shiroyama’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:

‘The Art Of War’ OFFICIAL LIVE CLIP:

See what press is saying about SABATON’s The Last Stand:
“Most diverse SABATON war ever!ˮ
– SPARK (CZ), David Havlena

“Everything SABATON stand for, compressed on 37 exciting minutes! The Last Stand goes straight forward without off-time, delivers hit after hit in the famous SABATON style, but still provides enough space for new sounds and surprises.ˮ
– METAL HAMMER (D), Sebastian Kessler

“Best SABATON record so far. The Last Stand has a better sound, bombastic vocals and a future crowd favorite called ‘The Lost Battalion’.”
– AARDSCHOK (NL), Michael van Rijswijk

About SABATON:
Formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999, SABATON is best known for singing almost exclusively about historical wars and battles, a direction the band members decided to take on after watching the 1999 Academy Award-winning film Saving Private Ryan. The band thoroughly researches their topics to ensure the songs paint accurate and objective portraits of the historical event they’re singing about, which are narrated from an omniscient point-of-view or in first-person as a soldier caught in the line of fire.  Like their home country of Sweden, SABATON aims to remain politically neutral in their role as musical war historians. SABATON have reached their unshaken position as heavy metal’s AAA-torchbearer after releasing ingenious studio recordings and playing endless amount of unforgettable live shows. The Last Stand is another unquestionable and bulletproof evidence of SABATON’s top class abilities and it will be followed by the band’s most gigantic world tour to date.

Visit SABATON online at www.SABATON.net:
Like: www.facebook.com/sabaton
Follow: www.twitter.com/SABATON
Watch: www.youtube.com/SABATON

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Easy Trigger: “Ways Of Perseverance” details revealed

August 31st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Street Symphonies Records will release “Ways Of Perseverance”, the new album by Italian hard rockers Easy Trigger, on September 30st, 2016 on CD and through all digital services. The album, whose artwork was realized by Ilpier.it, will be distributed by Andromeda. “The writing process for our new album, started already during the “Bullshit” promotional tour, has been very difficult, long and full of surprises” – said guitarist Caste – “We realized that we didn’t want to give up precisely during the line-up metamorphosis. With new drummer Fabio “Pane” Ferrari joining the band, the whole band’s style, groove and writing process were changing with a more professional tendency, thanks to his and new singer Nico’s backgrounds. With a new frontman, the band could re-start with renewed verve and passion. Nico started immediately working on the lyrics, representing an absolute priority for him: some were born during his trips between Verona, where he lives, and Turin, where he has attended University. He was essential also for the arrangements, giving to the band’s sound a blues touch! The first step was to realize the videoclip for “One Way Out” (https://youtu.be/MW535SKY8Fc), a catchy straightforward song, representing a perfect teaser for the sound of “Ways Of Perseverance”, an album we are eager to publish and play live, that we are proudly releasing, once again, under the label of our debut album Street Symphonies Records”.

“Ways Of Perseverance” track listing:

1. My Darkness
2. Land Of Light
3. The Watchmaker
4. God Is Dead
5. Turn To Stone
6. One Way Out
7. Blind
8. Tell Me A Story
9. Sold Out
10. The Sand

Web:

https://www.facebook.com/EASYTRIGGER

https://www.atomicstuff.com/easytrigger.html

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