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Solo album of the legendary ex-KREATOR and ex-SODOM guitarist FRANK BLACKFIRE titled “Back On Fire” out now
Frank Blackfire is a German guitarist, who started exploring and listening to his father´s Rock´n Roll albums at the early age of 6, and therefore learned how to love this genre and became a musician. Frank started to play guitar at the age of 15, and then at the age of 18 joined a cover band in which he played classic songs of acts such as Judas Priest or Saxon.
About 2 years later Frank joined the German Thrash legends Sodom, and entered with them the Music Lab Studios in Berlin, to record the “Expurse Of Sodomy” EP and later the famous “Persecution Mania” album, which were produced by Harris Johns. The album has been promoted on European tour, which was documented on the legendary “Mortal Way Of Live” live album and video. In 1989 the band completed another classic album, “Agent Orange”, which as the first German Thrash Metal album ever entered German charts. Frank left Sodom in 1989, but as his friends from Kreator were in need of a guitarist, he joined their ranks to support them on their North American tour. Soon after that he became regular member of the band, and except touring with Kreator, recorded with them the classic “Coma Of Souls” album (1990), “Renewal” (1992) and “Cause For Conflict” (1995).
After leaving Kreator in 1996 Frank focused on other music genres, and also started to teach guitar playing. Between 2000 and 2006 Frank lived in Brazil, where he was playing with several bands, and where he released an album and an EP with his band Mystic. In 2007 Blackfire joined Sodom at the Wacken Open Air festival stage, and then appeared on the Chris Witch Hunter Memorial Festival in 2008. In 2013 Frank started to work on his solo album titled “Back On Fire”, which was completed and released in 2015.
FRANK BLACKFIRE “Back On Fire” CD out now, featuring:
Frank Blackfire – guitars, vocals
John A.B.C. Smith – bass guitar, vocals
Toni Merkel – drums
and special guests:
Tom Angelripper – vocals in “Insane Human Race”
Nancy Kunze – vocals in “Beautiful World”
We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION. These artists are gracious supporters to help build the foundation and fund the programs that will help people NOW with MS.
ALL 8 Experiences are detailed here to bid on: www.charitybuzz.com/support/2901
**More to be added!
Steve Vai has donated a lesson in a private studio, which will come with a guitar he will personally sign to the winner.
Marky Ramone will have lunch with the winner in NYC, then off to SIRIUS/XM Radio to hang with him while he records his radio show.
Phil X (Bon Jovi/ The Drills) has donated a guitar lesson to be held at the famous FOO FIGHTERS 606 Studio, plus you get a guitar.
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot) has donated a bass lesson in a private studio, which will come with a bass that Rudy can personally sign to the winner.
Nick Menza (OHM/Megadeth)has donated a personal meet & greet with a bad-ass piece of cymbal artwork he created.
Robbie Rist (Best known as Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo) has donated dinner at Redballs Rock N Roll Pizza – made famous by the Foo Fighters – Eat with Robbie some of the best NYC Style pizza then hang out while his band plays some the greatest hits in music!
Phil X (Bon Jovi/ The Drills) has donated a personal meet & greet at the world Famous 606 Studios of the Foo Fighters – You also get a huge bag full of cool swag and sign-able awesome surprises!
About Multiple Sclerosis
Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
For more information on Rock Against MS Foundation click here: www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
BABYMETAL–2015’s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group–announced their sophomore album will be released April 1, 2016 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment (for the U.S. release only) and revealed their initial U.S. tour dates on their “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016” (full tour itinerary below). The new album (title TBA) is available now to pre-order via the BABYMETAL’s official webstore, both as stand alone CD and special pre-order bundles. Click here to view the group’s new album and world tour announcement video.
News of the new album was revealed in front of BABYMETAL’s hometown fans over the weekend during their two headlining shows at Japan’s Yokohama Arena (26,000 people in attendance over two days). Click here to download live photos from the performance (photo credit: Taku Fujii).
Says KOBAMETAL (the producer and mastermind behind the group): “As prophesied by the FOX GOD, a new album will be released on April 1, 2016, also known as the FOX DAY. Since the release of BABYMETAL’s debut album in 2014, we have been racing across the globe non-stop on our World Tour. Through the last tour I have come across people from all over the world and have had the chance to feel that miraculous moment when everyone came together via BABYMETAL. Our new song ‘THE ONE’ contains lyrics that speak of uniting the world, or a crowd favorite at concerts ‘Road of Resistance’ that never fails to bring our fans together, every BABYMETAL song makes up this extraordinary story. I continue to believe that the songs of BABYMETAL continue to push them forward to discover new possibilities. All I can say right now is for all of you to wait patiently for the coming of the FOX DAY.”
2015 was a breakout year for BABYMETAL, the young trio of 17-year-old SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance) and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) and MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal: they re-released their 2014 chart topping self-titled debut album (released digitally 5/12/15 and physically on 6/16/15 via RAL/Sony Music Entertainment), were the most sought-after band at Rock on the Range (U.S.’s premiere rock festival) and completed sold-out dates at Chicago’s House of Blues and New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom (part of their 2015 world tour); they’ve won several awards including the “Breakthrough Act” award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods, the “Spirit of Independence” award at the 2015 Relentless Kerrang! Awards, MTV Europe’s “Wildcard Best Japanese Act” and several LOUDWIRE Awards. In addition, they were awarded the “Discovery Prize” at GQ Japan’s “Men of the Year 2015” Awards and the “Women of the Year” Award at VOGUE Japan’s “Women of the Year 2015” Awards. In July, 2015, they became the first Japanese artist to appear on the cover of METAL HAMMER.
Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL have already achieved two major debut singles: “IJIME, DAME, ZETTA!” and “MEGISTUNE,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart The official live music video for their debut album’s lead single “Gimme Chocolate!!” has garnered over 36 million views on YouTube. 2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported Lady Gaga on her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour.
U.S. tour dates confirmed for the “BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2016”:
Wednesday, May 4 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
Saturday, May 7 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, May 8 – Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion (Festival) – Concord, NC
Tuesday, May 10 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Wednesday, May 11 – The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
Friday, May 13 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Saturday, May 14 – Northern Invasion (Festival) – Somerset, WI
Note: All dates above go on sale December 18, details available at http://en.babymetal.jp/schedule/, with the exception of Carolina Rebellion, which is on sale now.
Melodic metallers The Raven Age have announced that they will be one of the support bands on Iron Maden’s mammoth “Book of Souls” world tour that will see them playing through North, Central & South America , Australasia, South Africa and then culminating in a stadium & festival run throughout Europe in June
“It’s a game changer for us” said their drummer Jai Patel, speaking to Metal Rules after their sold out show with Mark Tremonti at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh
With a new album also planned for 2016, it will certainly be an exciting year for The Raven Age
You read all about them at http://www.theravenage.com
By Gavin Lowrey
SURPRISE ATTACK: Here is a new Primal Fear song for your headbanging pleasure, “Bullets & Tears”!!! \m/
Pre-order the band’s new album, RULEBREAKER from Apple Music and “Bullets & Tears”, “In Metal We Trust” and “The End Is Near” will all download instantly: http://radi.al/RulebreakeriTunes
The song comes from the upcoming album RULEBREAKER.
Release date: January 29, 2016
Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l
“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
09. Constant Heart
10. The Sky Is Burning
11. Raving Mad
12. 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 vocalist Ralf Scheepers stated about “Bullets & Tears”: “‘Bullets & Tears’ is a powerful melodic track with a catchy guitar riff and an extraordinary melodic guitar intro, which is backed up by a choir chant later in the song. The story of the track is about a guy and how he went through all ups and downs in his life. He is growing stronger through every task and each disappointment he went through. The time for him has come to take his personal little revenge upon those people who gave him hell… You’ll always meet twice in life!”
December 12th: Benefit For Tony MacAlpine @ the Wiltern Theater, LA
Included in the show were:
- John 5 & The Creatures
- Zakk Wylde
- Mike Portnoy
- Billy Sheehan
- Derek Sherinian
- Steve Vai and band
- Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt
- Paul Gilbert
The evening finale was an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests.
Videos from the benefit show can be viewed below:
MacAlpine’s update on his health:
“Hello my friends,
I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.
It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.
Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture, which is recovery.
More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.
Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!
I will touch base and give you further updates soon.”
Metal-Rules.com will be attending and covering the upcoming Steelfest Open Air 2016 ( 20-21.05 2016).
You can purchase tickets here (first 500 on lower price):
Denial Of God (Den)
Sadistic Intent (US)
Megadeth have unveiled a hyper-violent animated video for new single “The Threat Is Real.” The track is the second to be released from the band’s upcoming “Dystopia” album.
Reflecting the album title, the video depicts a futuristic dystopian society that is parts “Fallout,” “Mad Max” and “1984” in equal measure.
Track listing for the album, due for release on January 22 2016:
01. The Threat Is Real
03. Fatal Illusion
04. Death From Within
05. Bullet to the Brain
06. Post American World
07. Poisonous Shadows
08. Look Who’s Talking (iTunes bonus track)
09. Conquer or Die
10. Lying In State
11. The Emperor
12. Last Dying Wish (iTunes bonus track)
13. Foreign Policy (Fear cover)
Electric Boys with very special guests FM on Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 25th anniversary tour 2015 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden
Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 25th anniversary tour 2015
FM – very special guests
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11/11 – 2015
Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: Andy Christell, Conny Bloom, Electric Boys, FM, Franco Santunione, FUNK-O-METAL CARPET RIDE, Hanoi Rocks, HEROES AND VILLAINS, KB, Kulturbolaget, Malmö, Merv Goldsworthy, Niclas Sigevall, Pete Jupp, STARLIGHT UNITED, steve overland
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Doro Pesch @ The Garage
Highbury & Islington, London
November 22nd, 2015
Words: Ann Sulaiman
Photos: Inty Malcolm
A week after Europe and the UK were shaken by previous news of terror in France at the Bataclan concert hall, venues in London chose to carry on with hosting live music shows. It was thus fitting that one of these would be Heavy Metal Queen Doro Pesch at The Garage in Highbury & Islington, for the London leg of her European tour. Having styled herself as a champion for freedom and love through the genre, it can be said that Doro was a symbol of hope for this reporter, while also being a symbol of the 80’s for her better known Warlock days.
King Diamond / Exodus:
The Fillmore Philadelphia
November 25, 2015
Review by InfamousButcher, Photos by She Wolf
King Diamond is a fucking legend. As part of Mercyful Fate, or as a solo artist, his high pitched falsetto vocals, evil imagery, and excellent musicians have been his trademark for 35 years. No matter what your metal preference, all metalheads love the King! A few years back, after a heart attack, the King had triple bypass surgery and we thought we might have heard the last of him. Then in 2013 his health returned and he started touring again. A short US tour last year was followed by an appearance at the Mayhem Festival. The glowing reviews of these tours set up the US Abigail Tour, 23 dates covering the US where the band would play their 1987 classic ABIGAIL in its entirety! Want more? How about Bay Area thrash masters Exodus opening the shows?!? I love this kind of shit, two metal legends, and a full album performance! Onward to Fishtown! BRING IT!
At the Gates & Lost Society
Helsinki Finland The 7th of December 2015
Slayer and Anthrax in the same bill with At The Gates and Lost Society added as supporters, wow… this line-up sounds absolutely fabulous for sure. All in all 4000 metal bangers crawled to testify these four bands in action in the Hartwall hockey arena in Helsinki.
The domestic thrash metal patrol Lost Society kicked the night off by offering the hyper active and blasting thrashing assault. The young three piece is known for being a real uncontrolled act on the stage with the relentless performance. The gig was no exception in this case as the outfit put the full force ahead by encounraging and demanding the audience beserk. Lost Society mostly rely on the brutal speed in songs, but instead the newer material such as I Am The Antidote presenting the more groove based songs.
The Finnish-Swedish battle continues when the long time Swedish metal veterans At The Gates next. The Gothenburg metallers did an equal set consisting of the material of both Slaughter Of Souls and At War With Reality. Without the essential speech and other mandatory obligations At The Gates pushed the 45 minute set thru with the pro and attitude.
When the Swedish-Finnish metal battle has got completed, the stage was prepared for Anthrax. Anthrax is about to unleash the new album All For Kings in February, therefore seeing them now was a bit early, but the NY thrash veterans will embark for the European festival run for sure. The set was kicked by the legendary stuff Caught In A Mosh, followed by Got The Time, Madhouse. The most recent material was the part of the set for obvious reasons. Evil Twins released as a single in the net was an expected one and Fight’Em and In The End from the Worship Music album. The funny part was the riffing of the mighty S.O.D song of the same titled song. That sounded killer. All in all Anthrax was in the fire thru the whole set. The band kept moving and even raging with the intensive devoted thrashing passion. Despite the short set, it gave a positive vibe and willing to expect more from their upcoming European tours within the next year. Even though John Dette is a real machine behind the drums, but hopefully Charlie Benante will be able join the band for the upcoming European stints.
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time (Joe Jackson cover)
Antisocial (Trust cover)
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
March of S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
In the End
Among the Living
When the last riff of Among The Living was finished and Anthrax had thanked the audience, it is time and turn for Slayer to hit stage. The Repentless was kickstarter, followed by Post Mortem. The setlist had been created to cover the obligatory classic ones such Post Mortem, Chemical Warfare, Mandatory Suicide, but however the material off from the Repentless album played a strong role in the set such as Take Control, Vices and When The Silentless came. Before War Ensemble caused the havoc and mayhem in the audience, Tom Araya kept the missionary speech by asking if the people are prepared as the north Europe has became a part of a game in the wargame. Whathever it meant as it depends on anyone willing to understand in every possible way. However the audience was a bit stunned and surprised. However the reaction and the pit was time to time brutal and merciless. Even though Slayer is on the overtime nowadays, but it doesn’t prevent them from unleashing the total warfarelike battlefield with the ultimate sonic divine intervention on the stage. Gary Holt having gained the Hanneman spot is truly a thrash riff master for sure, but his instant playing in Slayer has brought the tightness and precision. Bostaph is a real monster behind the drum kit, beating the kit with the clockstrict playing. Slayer is a well oiled thrash war machine rolling over bringing the utter pleasant mind control and catatonic state of mind. Welcome back.
Delusions of Saviour
God Send Death
When the Stillness Comes
Die by the Sword
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
World Painted Blood
South of Heaven
Angel of Death
Blind Guardian & Grave Digger
November 13, 2015
Review by JP Wood
Photos by Monika Deviat
There is an interesting trend emerging with promoters announcing show many months in advance, even well over a year in some cases. I think it they want to maximize time for ticket buyers. So, it was with much anticipation I waited about eight months since it was announced that Grave Digger and Blind Guardian were coming to Calgary. After all that time, Friday the 13th finally arrived, a Friday night Power Metal fest, it could not be better.
Arriving early I was very pleased to learn the show had been moved from the 900 capacity Ballroom to downstairs into the 2500 capacity room. A good omen! I had seen Blind Guardian on four previous occasions but I had never had the pleasure of seeing Grave Digger. I have been a fan for 30 years since I bought their debut cassette back in about 1985 and have since bought all of their catalogue. This was by far my most anticipated show of 2015.
With Germanic precision the band started right on time and took charge for about an hour. The place was very full as the gathered faithful realized this was perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the legendary Power Metal band in North America. It was their first time in Western Canada ever.
With Germanic precision the band started right on time and took charge for about an hour. Every classic Metal move was present with Grave Digger. They played a superb mix of new and old, songs from their latest RETURN OF THE REAPER and several classics from the 90’s. Alex ‘Ironfinger’ Ritt headbanged up a storm striking metallic poses while Chris prowled the stage with confidence on one who has been fighting for Metal for three decades. The band did a big sing-along for likely their most famous song ‘ Rebellion’ from TUNES OF WAR and finished with a rousing extended version of ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’. It was a dream come true to see these Heavy Metal Heroes.
After a relatively short break it was time for Blind Guardian. It had been about five years since they had played the same venue and it seemed to be a little more full. The band hit the stage and ripped through a couple of songs old and new before catching a breather. Hansi announced that they were recording the show for a live album and that they would be playing an extended set of almost two and half hours!
I’ve seen the band a number of times; you never forget the first time you see an iconic band. I also had the pleasure of seeing them in a unique setting on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise but I feel this was the best set. The band is not as energetic as some bands but they music certainly was as song after song after song came pouring form the crystal clear speakers. They played many of the old favourites like ‘Valhalla’ , ‘The Last Candle’, ‘Tanelorn’ and ‘Majesty’ and a generous amount of tunes from the newer era. I think the only album that got no song representation was NIGHT AT THE OPERA. Of course they played ‘The Bard’s Song’ with the obligatory, extended sing-along session.
Overall it was a superb night enjoying great music with many friends, a few drinks and two of my favourite bands. It doesn’t get any better than this making this very likely my best concert of 2015.