Audio Fidelity To Release Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ On Hybrid SACD On February 4

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Alice Cooper fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper’s classic album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated ‘Billion Dollar Bill’

With ‘Billion Dollar Babies’, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70′s only three years into the decade.

Song for song, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected”, “Hello Hooray”, “Billion Dollar Babies”,and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things”.

After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.

“Other than the original ‘Alice Cooper Band’ being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2011, our second biggest achievement was when our album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ went to Number #1 in all three music trade magazines at the same time in April of 1973. Number #1 in Billboard, Number #1 in Record World and Number #1 in Cash Box. We had hoped it would sell Gold or Platinum as a follow up to the success of our album ‘School’s Out’, but a Number #1 album was something that was totally unexpected. Over the years the title track “Billion Dollar Babies” has become my signature song because of the recognizable drum intro.” – Neal Smith, Alice Cooper drummer and founding member

“I remember we were out on the road when the album finally came out in February 1973. I listened to it in my hotel room and just got this really big smile. I was thinking, ‘It’s amazing, we’re really pulling this off’. The album was very, very unique and very, very different. I was really proud of the songs, especially ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ and ‘Generation Landslide’.” – Michael Bruce, Alice Cooper guitarist/keyboardist and founding member

TRACKS:
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
3. Elected
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
9. Mary-Ann
10. I Love the Dead

Produced by Bob Ezrin
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering

“…it remains one of rock’s quintessential classic albums!”

To purchase: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/alice-cooper-billion-dollar-babies

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Canadian Thrashers ANNIHILATOR to Release Limited Edition Version of “Feast” with Bonus Live DVD on March 11

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Looks like you zombies can‘t get enough of the Feast! ANNIHILATOR‘s latest masterpiece is let loose again as Limited Edition No. 2  – with re-recorded ANNIHILATOR classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover!

This edition contains:
-   The new album Feast in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet
-   The 15-song bonus CD Re-Kill with newly recorded ANNIHILATOR classics
-   Plus a never-seen-before live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air, when the band opened the festival relentlessly regardless of the blistering heat!
-   Not to mention a brand new 3D cover taking over where the original Feast cover left us. Which means: More zombies, and they are coming closer!

That‘s 35 songs-worth of the finest Canadian thrash metal. Pretty cool package, eh?
The Feast Ecolbook version will be available in US on March 11, 2014.

ANNIHILATOR’s 14th studio album Feast was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim and reached the charts in several countries, among them Germany (#20), Finland (#17), Switzerland (#36) and France (#76). Read the rest of this entry »

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RED DRAGON CARTEL Debut Out Now And World Tour Kicks Off in March

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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The time has come for music fans to see what all the fuss is about as the self-titled debut by Red Dragon Cartel is available worldwide. The album, featuring guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley, is now available around the globe via Frontiers Records. The band recently released a new music video for “Deceived,” which was viewed over 47,000 times in one week, proving excitement level is high for Red Dragon Cartel. The video for “Deceived” can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/DeceivedVideo. Fans can order the digital album on iTunes at http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel where it stormed to #5 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Chart and #53 on the Top Albums Chart. Red Dragon Cartel is also available on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/1aYjMng.

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Circle of Silence – Bass player Björn Boehm

January 29th, 2014
by Anders Sandvall

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Bass player Björn Boehm – Circle of Silence

Interview by Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Tom Hack for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Massacre Records for providing the promo pics.

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Once again it’s time to check out what’s happening in the Circle of Silence camp. I and bass player Björn Boehm hooked up to have a chat about what’s happened since the last time we spoke. The brand new album is titled THE RISE OF THE RESISTANCE and is jammed with brilliant heavy metal music. Our chat was of course about the new album, the past and present of the band, and what lies ahead for Circle Of Silence in 2014. If you’re into heavy metal music then be sure to check out the German act Circle Of Silence.

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STRYPER Frontman, MICHAEL SWEET Takes Center Stage With Solo Disc And Autobiography In 2014

January 29th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

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Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I’m Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. Fans can get a sneak peak at the album courtesy of the all-new lyric video for the song, “The Cause” – which premieres today at 12:00 p.m. EST exclusively at Loudwire, Noisecreep and NewReleaseTuesday. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.michaelsweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Read the rest of this entry »

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Retire; Final Tour Dates With Special Guest ALICE COOPER Announced

January 28th, 2014
by EvilG

Motley-Crue-All-Bad-Things-Must-Come-to-an-EndThis afternoon (Tuesday, January 28th) MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference in Los Angeles confirming their retirement, as well as a 72-date North American tour alongside ALICE COOPER.

On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.

“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.

“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”

The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

From left, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars, of Motley Crue, are seen in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. The heavy-metal band says it will retire after performing 72 goodbye concerts. (AP Photo/Invision/ Richard Shotwell)

Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!

July

2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest

5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center

6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center

16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion

21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp

23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater

27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater

29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater

 

August

1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp

2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip

6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center

8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp

12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center

13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp

16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park

17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp

19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center

27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair

29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center

 

October

10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena

11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion

12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center

14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live

19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena

21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion

26 – Montville, CT – Mohegan Sun

29 – Syracuse, NY – The OnCenter Complex

 

November

5 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast College

6 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

9 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center

11 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

12 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center

13 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

16 – Fargo, ND – FargoDome

18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

19 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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Eden’s Curse – Interview With Paul Logue

January 27th, 2014
by Erich Heintzelman
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Bassist – Eden’s Curse

Interview With Paul Logue of Eden’s Curse

Conducted By Erich Heintzelman

I recently spoke with Eden’s Curse bassist and band leader Paul Logue about the band’s new album, SYMPHONY OF SIN as well as the band’s new members.  Additionally, Paul shared how the band manages to compose their music despite the members being scattered all over Europe and how SYMPHONY OF SIN is a triumph after a two year period of adversity and hard work.

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Carpathian Forest Interview @ Camden Underworld, London, 14 December 2013

January 25th, 2014
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

 Carpathian Forest Interview

at Camden Underworld, London

14th December 2013

Interview by Ben Spencer

Photography by Jo Blackened

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Having arrived at Camden Underworld early to witness the bands on tonight’s bill sounding checking, it was time to meet Black Metal veterans Carpathian Forest and learn more about their story and what’s to come from their eagerly awaited return to the UK shores. After pulling up a table and setting up our equipment towards the front entrance we were joined by front man Roger Rasmussen, better known to the masses as Nattefrost.
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GUS G. Releases ‘I AM THE FIRE’ Album Cover And Track Listing

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Debut Solo Album Set For March 18 Release; NAMM Signings And Performance Announced

Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” To Be Released Digitally February 25

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Guitar virtuoso GUS G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as OZZY OSBOURNE’s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has unveiled the album cover and track listing for ‘I AM THE FIRE’, his debut solo album to be released March 18, 2014 in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17 in Europe.

‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:

  1. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén) Read the rest of this entry »
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Nightwish’s Tuomas Holopainen to release his debut solo single & video on Nightwish FanPOD before its world premiere

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG

Tuomas Holopainen’s debut solo single, A Lifetime of Adventure, will be released on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.

The Nightwish FanPOD update will also include a music video for the new single directed by Ville Lipiäinen and Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.

A Lifetime of Adventure, from the upcoming solo album, Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, will be released worldwide on 7 February 2014. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters. Nightwish FanPOD is available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

More information:
www.fanpod.fi/nightwish

Media:
http://www.tiedotuspalvelu.fi/tiedotteet/nightwish

 

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Remembering Oliver Withöft, Co-Owner of Century Media Withöft, 49, Passed Away January 20, 2014

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG

 

 “I have lost my best friend of 32 years and my business partner of 24. Although the unthinkable already happened three days ago, I am still in a state of utter shock. Oliver Withöft leaves a space that cannot be filled for all who held him dear. He was a tremendous father, husband, son and friend and will be terribly missed. I will always treasure him in my heart as the witty, brilliant and altogether great person he was. Farewell Oliver, see you on the other side and in our next life. Your brother, Robert” 

–Robert Kampf, Century Media founder

 Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on January 20, 2014 after falling ill several months ago. He was 49.

Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1964, Withöft studied linguistics, business and history in both Germany and the U.K. Robert Kampf started Century Media Records 25 years ago simply to create a suitable label home for his own band, Despair. He was looking for a trustworthy and strong partner to lead the company with and found this person in his best friend and fellow musician Oliver Withöft, who joined the company eighteen months later, sharing the same love and passion for music, and metal in particular. Since that very day, these two friends developed one of the most important independent record labels on the planet. Today the company has around 100 people on payroll in Dortmund, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Melbourne and the Netherlands. A lot of musical careers were developed over the years: Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, In This Moment, Otherwise, Iced Earth, Die Broilers, Arch Enemy and Heaven Shall Burn are just a few of them. Century Media became a brand name recognized across the world. Oliver Withöft was always the strategic, legal and financial mind behind the organization. He was not only a strong fighter for the company, but also a very intelligent and forward-thinking leader. When the music industry drastically changed in the ’90s, he was the first to think about new ways to adapt to the needs and challenges of the rapidly-changing market. We have lost a great man with an amazing sense of humor, a warrior, and an overall very human being. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Judith, and their three daughters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bay Area Thrash Legends EXODUS Hit the Road with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 Trek Includes EXODUS’ First Stop at the 2014 “Rock On The Range” in Columbus, OH

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG
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Gary Holt, live in South America, 2013

If you’ve ever wanted a lesson in true thrash-punk-metal, the wait is over. Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS are proud to announce their participation in this monumental upcoming tour with headliners SLAYER and additional special guests SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. This metal-head’s “dream tour” kicks off on May 9th in Salt Lake City, UT, and hits six more cities, including a stop at the world-famous Rock On The Range festival on May 17th in Columbus, OH.

Don’t miss all of the moshing, thrashing and headbanging— tickets are on sale as of today! Not only is this one of your first chances to see EXODUS in 2014, but this is the very first time that SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have toured together since the 1990 European “Clash of the Titans” tour.

Gary Holt will perform double-duty on this run as guitarist for his band EXODUS, while also filling in for SLAYER’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Gary Holt states, “I am very excited to announce EXODUS will be joining SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and the mighty SLAYER for a short trip including a special performance at Rock on the Range! Double duty will have never been so much fun! Looking forward to this one in a big way! Let the mayhem begin!” Read the rest of this entry »

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BLACKWELDER Featuring PRIMAL FEAR, DIO DISCIPLES, HANGAR Members, Signs With Rock’N’Growl

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG


International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.

BLACKWELDER are:

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra) Read the rest of this entry »

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SAVAGE MESSIAH: ‘THE FATEFUL DARK’ TO RECEIVE JAPANESE RELEASE VIA TROOPER ENTERTAINMENT

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG

British shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have secured a deal with Trooper Entertainment for the Japanese release of their upcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK.

The album is due to be released in Japan on March 12th, following its European launch on March 10th through Earache Records.  The album will then release in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on March 18th. Read the rest of this entry »

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Almah officially releases ‘Motion’ album in “playback” versions

January 25th, 2014
by EvilG
Almah Live photo by Danillo Facchini

Almah Live photo by Danillo Facchini

Brazilian metallers Almah announce a new release “Motion Playback Band”. Every song of this album now is available as four backing tracks where one of the instruments or vocal part is missing: there are tracks without solo guitars, bass or drums and karaoke version.

‘Motion Playback Band’ album, the first of the series, is already available as a worldwide digital release on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other stores. It presents all the songs from the third Almah album ‘Motion” (2011) specially re-mixed and re-mastered for this project.The samples can be heard here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/almah16/

Almah frontman and founder Edu Falaschi comments: “We release these backing tracks for our fans who have always wanted to play with Almah to practice with professional materials or just to have fun! For example, a bass player can download a version without bass and play along the track! A singer can use karaoke version etc. Right now we are preparing songs from our 2d album ‘Fragile Equality’ to give you more news soon!”

Last year Almah released its fourth album Unfold via Scarlet Records. The material was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California. In September 2013 the band took part in the world famous Rock In Rio Festivaland in November 2013 Almah played European co-headlining tour with Secret Sphere (Italy).The band was established in 2006 as a solo-project of Edu Falaschi (Angra’s singer at the time). After the release of the debut album ‘Almah’, the solo-project turned into a permanent band that launched another two records, ‘Fragile Equality’ (2008) and ‘Motion’ (2011). In May 2012 Falaschi announced his departure from Angra to concentrate on Almah as his main band.

More about Almah: http://www.almah.com.br

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