SATYRICON Signs With Napalm Records For Release of Spectacular Live DVD!

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Norwegian Black Metal legends SATYRICON have signed a worldwide deal with Austrian metal label Napalm Records for release of their upcoming DVD Live At The Opera!

Mastermind Satyr about the story behind Live At The Opera:
“The whole thing started with us doing one song, “To The Mountains” a year and a half before the actual show. We performed at a closed event in the main hall of the opera with the Royal Norwegian Opera Chorus. It was very inspirational. I then said to the conductor that I would love to do a whole show like this. He loved the idea, I was serious about it, and he was serious about it.

We spent approximately one and a half year working with composer and arranger Kjetil Bjerkestrand on the choral arrangements. When I picked songs, I was not necessarily looking at only songs suitable for choral arrangements or typical in the Satyricon live set. For me, it had to be a combination. If you look at songs like “Die By My Hand”, it`s pretty obvious we`ll want to use a choir for that because it has a choir on the record too. On the other hand, there were other things I had to consider. For example, “K.I.N.G.” is probably the most famous Satyricon song ever – and not necessarily a song I can imagine with choral arrangements. But just because people hear it more or less the same way always, I thought it would be interesting to take that song and give it a totally different vibe for this one time. And it`s also interesting to see if we can work it around the structure of a song that is more or less straightforward.

For something that we planned for so long, put so much work into, and something this unique – of course it would be nice to film it and record it. But I made it very clear to the people around Satyricon that I`m not going to turn this into a recording session where you can buy tickets.When you hear or or watch this recording you should feel like you’re there.

This is not “Satyricon – Best Of from the Opera”, this is a show! The perfect parts need to go in there, but also the parts that are not so perfect. That`s the nature of it, that`s the real deal. It’s not a live album. It’s a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band.”

Live At The Opera is set to be released in Europe on May 1st & on May 5th  2015 in North America via Napalm Records. This upcoming release will contain the full performance DVD and double CD of this exclusive and very special concert by the legendary Satyricon.

Watch a preview of Live At The Opera here: http://youtu.be/hmtVc-4z8Ow

To celebrate their upcoming DVD release, SATYRICON will be hitting the road for an extensive European tour. Catch them live on the following dates:

21.02.2015 NOR – Bergen / Blastfest
04.04.2015 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
05.04.2015 FR – Oignies / Le Metaphone
06.04.2015 FR – Paris / La Machine
07.04.2015 UK – Manchester / Sound Control
08.04.2015 UK – London / Scala
10.04.2015 BEL – Durbuy / Durbuy Rock Festival
11.04.2015 GER – Bochum / Matrix
12.04.2015 GER – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
13.04.2015 CZ – Prag / Akropolis
15.04.2015 GER – Munich / Bachstage Halle
16.04.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7
17.04.2015 FR – Montbéliard / Impetus Festival
18.04.2015 IT – Pordenone / Deposito Giordano
19.04.2015 AT – Vienna / Szene
21.04.2015 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
22.04.2015 GER – Berlin / SO36
23.04.2015 GER – Leipzig / Werk 2
24.04.2015 GER – Hamburg / Markthalle
25.04.2015 SE – Malmö / KB
26.04.2015 SE – Stockholm / Nalen
19.06.2015 FR – Clisson / Hellfest

For More Info Visit:
www.satyricon.no
www.facebook.com/SatyriconOfficial
www.twitter.com/Satyricon
www.napalmrecords.com
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Marquee Records Set To Reissue Cult Classic – SENTINAL BEAST ‘Depths of Death’

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Originally released in 1986 via Metal Blade in USA and in The Netherlands via Roadrunner Records, Sentinel Beast’s classic debut Depths of Death will emerge from the crypts of old school thrash. On 2nd March 2015 Irish label Marquee Records will unleash this thunderous beast of an album.

Check Out ‘Dogs Of War’ Here!

Although they have been largely overlooked by most mainstream-leaning heavy metal historians, the cultists who truly live and breathe the old-school stuff wave the flag of Sentinel Beast.

Led by female vocalist Debbie Gunn, Sentinel Beast formed in Sacramento, California, in 1984 with bassist Michael Spencer, drummer Scott Awes, and guitarists Greg Williams and Jerry Frazier fleshing out the lineup. The group wedded the melodic yet aggressive flair of NWOBHM bands such as Angel Witch and Cloven Hoof with the propulsive rhythmic attack favoured by the early thrash movement. After recording three demos in their first couple of years together, Sentinel Beast started gaining a buzz within the underground metal community, with Slayer’s Kerry King and Omen’s Kenny Powell becoming two of the group’s loudest cheerleaders. But Sentinel Beast’s biggest champion was Brian Slagel, the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records, the Southern California-based label that helped launch the careers of heavy metal icons like Metallica, Voivod, Cannibal Corpse, and the aforementioned Slayer. Slagel would go on to sign Sentinel Beast to his then fledgling label, further cementing the already growing reputation as one of North America’s most promising speed metal acts. With guitarists Barry Fischel and Mark Koyasako replacing Williams and Frazier, a revitalised Sentinel Beast entered Track Record studios in North Hollywood with famed producer Bill Meteyor (D.R.I., Sacred Reich) to record their debut album, Depths of Death.

Released in 1986, the album found the quintet delivering on the promise of their demos. Blistering thrash assaults like the opening title track and ‘Evil Is the Night’ compliment the moodier cuts that also appear on the album including the instantly memorable ‘The Keeper.’ A faithful cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ also proves to be a fine addition to the album, paying tribute to one of Sentinel Beast’s spiritual brethren.

Despite sharing the stage with artists like Megadeth, Motörhead, and Exodus, Sentinel Beast would go on to break up after Spencer left the fold to replace Jason Newsted in Flotsam & Jetsam, who himself had quit his band to join Metallica after the death of Cliff Burton. After Sentinel Beast split up in 1987, Gunn moved to Chicago to front Znowhite, eventually relocating to Europe to join the all-female thrash outfit, Ice Age.

After lying dormant for 20 years, Sentinel Beast awoke in 2007 with Gunn again leading the charge. Since then, the band has toured Europe and Mexico, and released the Risen Demo EP (2009), and a compilation of material from the ‘80s called Up From The Ashes via StormSpell Records. Still a commanding live act, Sentinel Beast continues to floor audiences throughout the world on both large festival stages and inside sweaty heavy metal clubs.

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AMARANTHE Touring North America This Spring With SANTA CRUZ In Tow

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Amaranthe will make their triumphant return to North America this spring for a headline tour. This marks the first time the band has cruised through the U.S. and Canada since last fall, when they served as main support for Within Temptation. On this run, fans will enjoy the full Amaranthe experience, as it will be their show.

Since the October 2014 release of MASSIVE ADDICTIVE, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, Amaranthe have gained steady momentum, with the addictively catchy single “Drop Dead Cynical” enjoying an exciting wave of success, garnering major spins at SiriusXM’s Octane and currently climbing the Active Rock radio charts.

The band recently shot a video for “Digital World,” which will premiere shortly. Stay tuned!

Joining Amaranthe on this spring trek will be I Prevail, as well as their labelmates in Santa Cruz. The latter are a bunch of young Finnish turks with major chops. They will release Santa Cruz on March 10 and are arriving stateside just in time to make some rock ‘n’ roll noise, to make dedicated and diehard fans of your sons, and to make out with your daughters! Lookout! The band recently shared a lyric video for “My Remedy.”

Hard rock fans won’t want to miss this special spring jaunt.

Amaranthe Spring 2015 Tour Dates With I Prevail + Santa Cruz:

5/13   New York, NY —Gramercy Theatre
5/14   Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
5/15   Worcester, MA —The Palladium
5/16   Philadelphia, PA—The Trocadero Theatre
5/17   Toronto, ON—Opera House
5/20   Joliet, IL—Mojoes
5/23   Calgary, AB—Republik
5/24   Edmonton, AB—Starlite Room
5/26   Vancouver, BC—Rickshaw Theatre
5/27   Seattle, WA —Studio Seven
5/29   Denver, CO —Bluebird Theater
6/2     San Francisco, CA—The Regency Ballroom
6/3     Los Angeles, CA—Club Nokia

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GUITAR WORLD Teams with ULI JON ROTH for Dual Track Streams

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Guitar legend ULI JON ROTH will release Scorpions Revisited, a highly-anticipated brand new double album of 19 re-invented Scorpions tracks, in physical format on March 10 via UDR Music. Order the album now via iTunes.

As we announced last week, Guitar World Magazine is hosting a dual web premiere of ULI JON ROTH’s re-workings of classic Scorpions tracks “In Trance” and “Virgin Killer”, both featured on Scorpions Revisited. Last week, the magazine posted “In Trance” (listen here), now you can also hear “Virgin Killer”: http://www.guitarworld.com/uli-jon-roth-premieres-new-song-virgin-killer-scorpions-revisited-exclusive

Catch ULI JON ROTH supporting Scorpions Revisited on the Extreme Guitar Tour now:

Remaining 2015 ULI JON ROTH US Tour Dates – Extreme Guitar Tour:

FEBRUARY
12.02.2015 – Texas – Dallas – Trees
12.02.2015 – Texas – Houston –The Concert Pub North

For over four decades, ULI JON ROTH has forged new frontiers in the world of guitar, both in terms of approach and style. He even managed to invent the sky-guitar, a six octave lead instrument that remains unparalleled. But before he started to explore the creative worlds of music, philosophy and art, ULI JON ROTH was a member of European rock giants, the Scorpions, a band with which he helped create a new path in hard rock music. In 2013, venerated for his originality and dynamism at the time, Roth found himself intrigued by the memory of those early days which began 40 years ago, and specifically by the music he helped write, perform and occasionally sing on the albums Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance, Virgin Killer and Taken By Force. It lead to Roth deciding to spend a year re-visiting, exploring, performing and re-recording his favorite Scorpions songs.

The first results of this magical, mystical journey into his own past can be heard on ULI JON ROTH’s Scorpions Revisited, a double-disc CD recorded in Hanover, Germany which sees the maestro re-harness all the collective power and poise of those original Scorpions classics, and re-imagine them as he feels today. No one in their right mind would dare call these mere re-recordings, as it’s clear that ULI JON ROTH reinvents these songs from the soul up. Feast your ears, heart and emotions on ULI JON ROTH’s unique return to his most famous musical legacy.

Track listing – CD1:
1.       The Sails Of Charon
2.      Longing For Fire
3.      Crying Days
4.      Virgin Killer
5.      In Trance
6.      Sun In My Hand
7.      Yellow Raven
8.      Polar Nights
9.      Dark Lady

Track listing – CD2:
1.      Catch Your Train
2.      Evening Wind
3.      All Night Long
4.      We’ll Burn In The Sky
5.      Pictured Life
6.      Hell Cat
7.      Life’s Like A River
8.      Drifting Sun
9.      Rainbow Dream Prelude
10.  Fly To The Rainbow

“The material for this double CD was recorded last year in the same hall in Hanover that we used for the Scorpions rehearsals 1973-1978,” explains Roth. “Together with an amazing bunch of very talented young musicians, I revisited my personal favourites from the early Scorpions period, some of which were written in that same hall. It was an emotional few days and I am very pleased with the results in more ways than one. The idea was to stay truthful to the original spirit of the music, while also putting a new slant on it whenever it felt like the right thing to do. I feel we really succeeded in this and I’m very excited about this project. It was a intense journey into the past and I think we really managed to bring the songs back to life with a vengeance.”

The band which performed with Roth for these historic shows was Nathan James (vocals), Jamie Little (drums), Ule W. Ritgen (bass), Niklas Turmann (guitar, vocals), Corvin Bahn (keyboards, vocals) and David Klosinski (guitar).

For more information, please visit www.ulijonroth.com and www.udr-music.com.

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Metal Icons SCORPIONS’ Legendary “Virgin Killer” Album To Be Released On Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl!

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Metal icons Scorpions’ legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band’s shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band’s career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.

The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli’s “Polar Nights” guitar solo that make it a classic.

“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980’s when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal.

“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre’s development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.

TRACKLIST:
1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
6. Hell-Cat
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven

Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: https://audiofidelity.net/product/scorpions-virgin-killer-lp

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TYSONDOG: New Album “Cry Havoc” Coming Soon On Rocksector Records

February 14th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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NWOBHM heroes TYSONDOG will release new studio album titled “Cry Havoc”, on April 20, 2015, on Rocksector Records. “Cry Havoc” will include 12 brand new songs, one of them titled “Shadow Of The Beast” is available as a free single at www.soundcloud.com/rocksector

Back in 1984, amongst the music press, renowned journalists such as Malcolm Dome, Geoff Barton & Dante Bonutto were tipping TYSONDOG for major success, emerging at that time from the force that had become known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One way or another, the fates conspired to deprive TYSONDOG of the international fame that so many thought they were destined for and in time the band disappeared from the limelight. Nevertheless, TYSONDOG’s rich history was not forgotten & having re-started their engines, have gradually worked their way back with a new perspective on life and the band is happy to see that people are taking notice. The power, precision and impact of their live performances are winning many new fans, as well as re-awakening old ones. Those qualities in the live performances have transferred to the studio setting equally well and “Cry Havoc” is the shining result. “Cry Havoc” was recorded at BLAST Studios in Newcastle, UK, and produced by Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn – founding member of VENOM and MPIRE OF EVIL.

The album is available for pre-order now as a special CD Fanpack direct from Rocksector Records at www.rocksector.com
Visit the band @ www.tysondog.co.uk

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Yngwie Malmsteen – Elected to the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame

February 13th, 2015
by EvilG

malmsteen_live_1.jpgFor an artist to be elected to the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame, 20 years must have passed since their debut album in order to “guarantee an enduring historical value.”

The Swedish Music Hall Of Fame is situated on Djurgården in Stockholm by the ABBA museum.

From the Hall Of Fame jury:

The boy who would become known as Yngwie Malmsteen used to lock himself in his early-’70s bedroom in Hässelby with his electric guitar. His mother passed in trays of food now and again. The boy’s plan was not to come out again until he had mastered his instrument as well as Paganini, the Italian violin virtuoso who played so well it was rumoured that he had sold his soul to the devil. When Yngwie eventually emerged from his room, he brought with him albums such as ‘Rising Force’, which were to take the world by storm. Yngwie Malmsteen, with his dazzling technique and neo-classical metal style, has influenced electric guitarists on seven continents. Like a Paganini with smoke bombs and long hair, he has — in his own words — ‘unleashed the fucking fury’ and redefined Swedish music.

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Blackwelder ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ Cover

February 13th, 2015
by EvilG
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Blackwelder ‘Survival Of The Fittest’

International metal band Blackwelder will release their debut album, “Survival Of The Fittest“, on April 24, 2015 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The “Survival Of The Fittest” cover artwork can be seen below.

“Survival Of The Fittest” track listing:

01. The Night Of New Moon
02. Spaceman
03. Adeturi
04. Freeway Of Life
05. Inner Voice
06. With Flying Colors
07. Remember The Time
08. Play Some More
09. Oriental Spell
10. Judgement Day

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NIGHTWISH – Official music video for “Élan”, taken from the 2015 album, ‘ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL’

February 13th, 2015
by EvilG
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NIGHTWISH ‘Élan’ single, out on February 13, 2015

Today is the release of the first single Élan out of the new Nightwish album »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, which will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).

The release is also celebrated with the video clip for ‘Élan’. It was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, directed by Ville Lipiäinen.

Tuomas Holopainen commented: “The long awaited NIGHTWISH music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called “Urho” (“Braveheart”).”
Watch the video clip here:

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Heidevolk return with the new music video and single “Winter Woede”

February 13th, 2015
by EvilG
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Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk has returned with the new music video and single “Winter Woede,” the opening track of the new album “Velua,” which drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:

March 20th: GAS/BENELUX
March 30th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
April 1st: SE/ESP
April 7th: USA/CAN

The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands – is the setting for Heidevolk’s fifth album “Velua.” Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener’s journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!

The album and video mark the debut of the band’s newest members Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals. The track list for the album is:

1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
3. Urth
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
7. Drankgelag
8. Velua
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
12. Vinland

Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:

13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)

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Sebastian Swart – MORGOTH

February 13th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen

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INTERVIEW WITH SEBASTIAN SWART OF MORGOTH

by Arto Lehtinen

 The German death metal squad Morgoth unleashed the fiery lethal death metal outputs in early 90’s such as ETERNAL FALL, CURSED and ODIUM when death metal was at its peak. When the wind of changes started blowing the band changed the sounds more into the brutal industrilized approach and finally called its quits. The German death metal giant slept till 201o when Morgoth was resurrected back to life. Despite the vocalist change, the five piece’s most recent album UNGOD still proves the old school death metal lives and well. The band’s guitarist Sebastian Swart unveils more about Morgoth.

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Watch an “Immortal Randy Rhoads –The Ultimate Tribute” Bonus DVD Clip

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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On March 3rd, UDR Music will release Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a tribute album of brilliant cover tracks recorded to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.

Today, Loudwire is hosting the premiere of an unreleased clip from the bonus DVD, which features an interview with Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne). The in-depth interview discusses Sarzo’s work on the record and his memories of Randy Rhoads, as well as other topics. The interview is conducted by Grammy Award-winning Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute producer Bob Kulick. Watch the clip here: http://loudwire.com/randy-rhoads-rudy-sarzo-exclusive-video/

In addition to the aforementioned interview with Rudy Sarzo, this essential bonus DVD is chock full of never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with more of the amazing artists involved in the compilation, such as Dweezil Zappa, Jon Donais (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), and others. The DVD is hosted by record producer Bob Kulick, and also includes a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA run by the Rhoads family.

The Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute record itself features an incredible gathering of renowned heavy metal and hard rock musicians performing 11 hard-hitting covers of classic Randy Rhoads co-written tracks. In addition to the musicians mentioned above, the songs are performed by top contemporary artists including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinnie Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.

Listen to “Crazy Train” here via Rolling Stone
Listen to “Mr. Crowley” here via LA Weekly

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be available in double vinyl gatefold, digipack and digital formats. PRE ORDER HERE via AMAZON

Full track listing with performers:

1. Crazy Train
Vocals: Serj Tankian
Gtrs:  Tom Morello
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Vinny Appice

2. Over the Mountain
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Jon Donais
Bass:  Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

3. Mr Crowley
Vocals: Chuck Billy
Gtrs:  Alexi Laiho
Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads
Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

4. Believer
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Doug Aldrich
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

5. Back To The Coast (Quiet Riot)
Vocals: Kelle Rhoads
Gtrs:  Bruce Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

6. I Don’t Know
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: George Lynch
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

7. S A T 0
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick
Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

8. Killer Girls (Quiet Riot)
Vocals:  Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

9. Goodbye to Romance
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Gus G.
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

10. Suicide Solution
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Brad Gillis
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Bernie Torme
Rhythm Gtr: Bob Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Brett Chassen

A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.

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PENTAGRAM Re-Sign With Peaceville Records and New Album This Summer

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.

Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.

The band comments on the signing:

“Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic ‘doom’ album ‘Relentless,’ many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That’s what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are.”

It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. “Minnesota” Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.

Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, All Your Sins, due out March 31 in North America. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Featuring two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.

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Disc 1:

1.1  Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
1.2  CBGBs – 1985 [00:28]
1.3  The Seagull Inn – 1985 [00:22]
1.4  The Hung Jury Pub – 1987 [00:39]
1.5  9:30 Club – 1993 [00:41]

Disc 2:

2.1  The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
2.2  The End – 2010 [01:09]
2.3  John Dee, Oslo – 2012 [01:11]
2.4  The DNA Lounge – 2014 [00:06]

Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram.

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RIOT V Release New Lyric Video

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT regrouped last year as RIOT V and released the fantastic album “Unleash The Fire”, which topped the year end media charts worldwide.

Today they unleash a new lyric video for the song “Ride Hard Live Free”.  Check the video out HERE.

“Unleash The Fire” is out now as a digipak version with one bonus track and poster, a 2LP colored vinyl version, standard version and download via SPV/Steamhammer.  Purchase it on Amazon and iTunes.

RIOT V Live 2015:

3/13: US-Brooklyn,NY – Defenders Of The Old Festival III
4/25: D-Lauda/Königshofen – Keep It True Festival
6/6: SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
7/25: E-Barcelona – Rock Fest
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http://www.areyoureadytoriot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/riotrockcity

https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

www.spv.de

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TENACIOUS D’s “Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life” Tribute Version of “The Last In Line” Wins “Best Metal Performance” Grammy

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock and metal history, known for fronting legendary groups such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio. Sadly, in 2010, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer. The indisputable fact that his towering voice and legacy live on is solidified again with this past Sunday’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy win for his classic track “The Last In Line”, re-recorded in homage to the singer/songwriter by Billboard chart-topping group Tenacious D (featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass).

The winning cover version of “The Last In Line” was not only recorded to honor one of the greatest and most recognizable voices in heavy metal and hard rock, but to assist in raising funds for a very important cause.

The Grammy award-winning track “The Last In Line” appears on the Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute album, a compilation recorded and released last year to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). This Is Your Life features an all-star group of Dio’s friends and fans performing 13 of their favorite Ronnie James Dio tracks. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, and was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research. So far from the sale of This Is Your Life, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has raised $132,000 towards cancer research.

Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and President/Founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund states, “We are so excited to see one of Ronnie’s songs be awarded with a Grammy. As soon as Tenacious D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen.”

“This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio,” add Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. “We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness.”

The Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute compilation debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Produced by Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund President/Co-Founder,  This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. See below for a full tracklisting, chock full of renditions by today’s most stellar classic, heavy metal and hard rock artists.

This Is Your Life is available now via iTunes, or physical via Amazon.

*Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s life at the “Ronnie James Dio 5th Anniversary Memorial Weekend” in Los Angeles, May 15-17, 2015*
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a “BOWL FOR RONNIE” Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural “RIDE FOR RONNIE” motorcycle ride and BBQ. Please visit http://www.diocancerfund.org/events/ for in-depth information on the weekend, and stay tuned for more details to be announced soon.

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