In surprising news, drummer Shawn Drover announced today (Nov. 25) that he has quit Megadeth. The stickman had been in the legendary metal band for 10 years.
Megadeth are no strangers to lineup changes, with frontman Dave Mustaine being the only consistent member of the band throughout the group’s existence. Bassist David Ellefson is also an original member, but spent a handful of years out of Megadeth until rejoining the group in 2010.
Drover joined the band in 2004 and played on the band’s last four albums, including 2013′s ‘Super Collider.’ In an official statement (via Blabbermouth), the drummer wrote the following:
After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.
There’s no word yet on Drover’s replacement. We’ll keep you posted as more news breaks.
Brazilian singer and composer Edu Falaschi (ALMAH, ex-ANGRA) for the first time in his career collaborated with a Russian band and recorded a guest vocal part for the self-titled debut album of heavy/power/folk metal band Stilverlight from Saint-Petersburg.
One can hear Edu’s voice in “Open Your Eyes” composition in a vocal fight with the band’s singer Max Palanin. The album will have its digital release on November 28, 2014 at Power Prog label (Germany).
STILVERLIGHT was formed in 2009. Their sound can be described as “unique styled Melodic Power Metal with multifarious influences”. Elements from Thrash, Folk, Heavy and Speed Metal can be clearly perceived and give the whole thing a very interesting and special touch. A well known Ukrainian producer and engineer Max Morton (Morton band) was responsible for the mixing and mastering.
Igor Radomsky (guitars): “I’m really happy that Edu accepted our invitation to participate in our first album!I am a huge fan of his singing in Angra and I really like Almah.”
Rob Affuso is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the band Skid Row from 1987 to 1998. After Skid Row split he briefly played in a band called Ozone Monday with Dave Sabo, Rachel Bolan and Scotti Hill. After that he moved on to completely different things. Currently Affuso leads his own entertainment company Soulsystem Orchestras Inc. in New York and he’s is also the drummer for band Soulsystem. I met Rob in NYC at the end of October and we discussed a variety of topics including his current activities, past times with Skid Row, and the future and what it may possibly include… Read on!
The Swedish legendary At The Gates returned with the ultimate revenge by releasing the outstanding album AT WAR WITH REALITY. The album is definitely a piece of evidence of the band’s skills and ability to create the catchy and killer riff filled songs. However At the Gates have visited Finland by doing a few festival shows since the return, but never ever played any single club gig not in the present day nor in the heyday. Therefore the three gig tour in Finland was basically about time, as At The Gates has definitely gained the cult and fanatical following up here in Finland.
The Nosturi club was totally packed on Saturday night. Before At The Gates’ riffmaelstrom hit the stage the domestic grind core mongers Rotten Sound conquered the stage to warm-up the audience. The four piece’s 30 minute set of intensive grinding was the pure pleasure of the sonic torment from the beginning to the end without any mercy. Rotten Sound’s frontman’s comments could be found a bit of humouristic and amusing. But he has always got the good way of expressing himself with the good sense of humor. Rotten Sound is always extreme, brutal uncompromising live act, no doubt about that. The audience could have been more brutal though.
The more and more people was arriving before the opening intro roared out. Finally the place is totally packed, quite close to sold-out. That was a good sign as some metal gigs have suffered from the low attendances and it has been written and spoken the metal is in the crisis in Finland.
The masters of the old school Gothenburg death metal proved to be in the vicious strike already on the first opening riff of “Death And The Labyrinth”. The frontman Tompa’s unique screaming vocals is a pure trademark of the sounds for At The Gates. The lethal catchy riffs by the guitar duet; Anders Björler and Martin Larsson, worked and sounded utter tight and above all razor sharp. Jonas Bjorler hit the bass with the raging passion As stated a bit earlier Tompa’s sound being unique, but it has that tight and unique dry approach. He hasn’t lost any inch instead during these years. Instead he encouraged the audience go utter beserk. At The Gates’s older material from the 90’s is still as relevant as the present days. It still sounds refreshing new and brilliant. Those songs haven’t aged at all. As for the newer material off the AT WAR WITH REALITY album fitting along with the older material more than perfectly. Of course the older songs like Suicide Nation, Kingdom Gone etc caused the energetic ballistic reactions amongst the audience. In general the the near 90 minute set included a surprising lot of tunes picked up from the classical SLAUGHTER OF THE SOULS album. Of course the songs from the other albums played the tight important role in the setlist. To be honest At The Gates still has its own grip, as the five piece still kicked and whipped. It was awesome to witness the legendary outfit in the club atmosphere, giving more intimate feeling. Hopefully ATG will arrive to do club tours. If ATG will be around your corner, go check them out.
El altar del Dios desconocido Death and the Labyrinth Slaughter of the Soul Cold At War with Reality Terminal Spirit Disease Raped by the Light of Christ The Circular Ruins Under a Serpent Sun Windows City of Mirrors Suicide Nation Heroes and Tombs Nausea World of Lies The Burning Darkness The Book of Sand Blinded by Fear Kingdom Gone The Night Eternal
The guy beside me is meerkating. Bouncing up on the tips of his toes, straining his neck, bending this way and that, clutching his phone. Looking for his friends. I can understand. A good gig with good friends is something very lovely indeed. But I want to tell him it doesn’t matter, if only to stop him from keep invading my eye line. Also he’s missing all the songs. The band are just a few feet away and the music is really flying – if you can’t just enjoy that then there’s something a bit wrong. After all we’re all friends here tonight.
And now a girl bursts into tears. Jesus. Let’s assume it’s because of the music, although that would imply levels of hysteria beyond anything expected. Volbeat have never felt big enough to cause such emotion. Not in the UK. Back home, sure, platinum all the way, Europe and the US are on board, but here they’ve always seemed to struggle to impact. People say they like them, but rarely do you meet someone foaming at the mouth, raging about just how good they are. And yet tonight they’ve sold out the show, sold out the impressive Roundhouse no less.
It’s not for us to speculate how or why, but when Hatebreed roll on stage and you can only loosely use the term “full” to describe the place, well it suggests something. It suggests the coins have been coughed up for Volbeat. It suggests the tide is turning.
Interview with Raven bassist/vocalist John Gallagher
Conducted by Robert Williams
Video courtesy of Andy Gonzalez – Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
NWOBHM legends Raven were back out on the road this fall trekking all across the U.S. in what has to be one of their most comprehensive, if not all encompassing tours in years. The British metal stalwarts now celebrating forty years of history as a metal band are on the cusp of releasing “ExtermiNation” their thirteenth full-length album due this coming February via a collaboration between the band’s current record label SPV and a Kickstarter crowd funded campaign by their die-hard fanbase. We caught up with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher shortly before the band took the stage in Austin, Texas in early October. John previewed some of the new Raven material for us and it sounded loud, lethal and assaulting. John fills us in on the upcoming album “ExtermiNation” as well as “Party Killers”an exclusive covers album for Kickstarter contributors, the band’s recent run-ins with Metallica and more…
The Gwar Eternal Tour is just that, the continuation of GWAR and a demonstration that they can keep the story and music going – perhaps for the “next thousand years”. Gwar is soldiering on after their bandleader and vocalist Dave Brockie, who played Oderus Urungus, sadly passed away after an accidental heroin overdose in March 2014. With Oderus missing from their ranks the scumdogs have joined forces with two new members, Blóthar and Vulvatron, who mysteriously appeared on stage one day through a time travelling device. On this tour Gwar is searching for their missing leader through North American cities and through time. American Sharks from Austin, Texas have been the opening act for the entire tour. Poland’s Decapitated acted as support for the first half of the tour and then were replaced by Corrosion of Conformity for the second half. On November 16, 2014 the tour rolled into Calgary, Alta., to slaughter the masses at MacEwan Hall.
Schedule Reddit AMA For Tomorrow November 25th at 4:00 PM CST
Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, this past October via Relapse Records. In conjunction with the album’s release OBITUARY have teamed up with ESP Guitars and Ultimate Guitar for a special guitar solo contest. Visit Ultimate-Guitar.com HERE and find out how to record your own unique solo on the new song “Violence”. OBITUARY will personally judge each entry awarding one grand prize and 2 runners up.
Tomorrow OBITUARY has scheduled a Reddit “AMA” at 4:00 PM Central Time. Brothers John and Don Tardy will be online to answer any question you may have about OBITUARY, their new album, tour and their three-decade long legacy of Death Metal trailblazing. The AMA will take place at http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/
Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography. The album cracked the Billboard Top 100 coming in at #75. This is OBITUARY’s highest chart number to date and sold almost 5 times as many copies of their 2009 release “Darkest Day”. Inked in Blood also came in at #8 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #15 on the Top Current Rock Chart. Internationally Inked in Blood came in at #56 in Germany (2nd Highest Chart Entrance in Band History), #81 in The Netherlands, #139 in Belgium, #174 in the UK and #65 in Switzerland.
Inked in Blood is available for now from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE. The album is available as CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital. Inked in Blood is available for streaming in its entirety via bandcamp and Sound Cloud.
In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015. The band’s North American run with Death (DTA) is going on right now through December 7th in Miami, FL. Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January. A complete list of dates is available below.
OBITUARY are giving fans the opportunity to “Ink Themselves in Blood” with an interactive web page where fans can upload their own head to the gruesome torso from the Inked in Blood cover art. Check out the unique experience HERE.
***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central
***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***
Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld
May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot
New Album Raise a Little Hell Set For Release in March 2015! On Tour in the UK March 2015 plus December 2014 shows!
Northern Irish Rockers THE ANSWER are pleased to announce that they have re-signed with Napalm Records. The band released their last album New Horizon in September 2013 to critical acclaim and has just finished work on their new follow up record entitled Raise a Little Hell. The album will be released on March 6th (GSA/Benelux), March 9th (UK and Europe) and March 10th in North America.
Hot on the heels of the new album announcement, THE ANSWER are set to perform a couple of UK festival shows this winter at which they will be featuring new material from the forthcoming album. In March 2015 they will hit the road again on a comprehensive UK headline tour which will be followed by a soon to be announced European run of shows. A complete list of UK dates can be found below.
Lead vocalist Cormac Neeson commented, “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with the Napalm family and look forward to great times ahead! During summer 2014 we hightailed ourselves down to Madrid to record our new album with long time friend and producer, Will Maya. Our time in Spain represents one of the most productive and enjoyable chapters in The Answer’s colourful history. Our new album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ comes from deep down inside. We brought the blues, the swagger and soul back into the studio and emerged from it with an album that encapsulates our unabated love for making the music we make. We’re all incredibly proud and thrilled with this record!”
Keeping the beacon of rock music well and truly alight, THE ANSWER have consistently delivered commercial and critically acclaimed albums. They have toured the world extensively, proving themselves to be an incendiary live act – spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.
“Every now and then a band emerges that walk, talk and rock like true saviours of rock music’s spirit and soul. The Answer make the kind of life-affirming, eardrum-threatening music that separates the truly great from the merely adequate” (Dom Lawson – Metal Hammer)
06.12.14 UK – Sheffield Corporation / Winter Rocks Festival
07.12.14 UK – Trecco Bay / Planet Rockstock
06.03.15 IRL – BELFAST / LIMELIGHT
07.03.15 IRL – DUBLIN / WHELANS
09.03.15 UK – MANCHESTER / ACADEMY 3
10.03.15 UK – LEEDS / THE KEY CLUB
11.03.15 UK – YORK / FIBBERS
12.03.15 SCO – ABERDEEN / THE LEMON TREE
13.03.15 SCO – GLASGOW / THE GARAGE
14.03.15 UK – NEWCASTLE / RIVERSIDE
16.03.15 UK – GRIMSBY / YARDBIRDS
17.03.15 UK – LIVERPOOL / ARTS CLUB
18.03.15 UK – SOUTHEND / CHINNERY’S
19.03.15 UK – NOTTINGHAM / RESCUE ROOMS
20.03.15 UK – BIRMINGHAM / INSTITUTE
21.03.15 UK – SHEFFIELD / THE CORPORATION
23.03.15 UK – NORWICH / WATERFRONT
24.03.15 UK – BRISTOL / MOTION
25.03.15 UK – BRIGHTON / CONCORDE 2
26.03.15 UK – LONDON / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
27.03.15 UK – EXETER / LEMON GROVE
28.03.15 UK – SOUTHAMPTON / 1865
Fantoons is both, a comic strip and an animated series that combines classic rock, crazy humor and cutting-edge animation parodying the world’s greatest rock bands.
David Calcano created the series independently to showcase his passion for music and animation. He released comic strips every week and the series’ Facebook fanbase started to grow (now close to 40,000 fans). It slowly became one of the most popular comics amongst Rush fans in particular, and other rock bands including Mr. Big (Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey).
Calcano approached Mr. Big – one of his favorite rock bands – with Fantoons under his arm and a dream to feature them in one of the series of animated shorts. The band loved the concept and immediately green-lit the project. After seeing the completed animated short, “Fantoons: Chasing Mr. Big,” the band not only selected the short to open their 2014 shows in Japan, but also hired Calcano and his team to produce six additional animated pieces to be used throughout the show.
“Chasing Mr. Big” (featuring the voice of Eric Martin) was shown before the band’s concert at the legendary Budokan venue on November 10 in front of 20,000 people.
Today, the feature is available on the web at Fantoons.tv and on the site’s official YouTube page. The clip has been garnering rave feedback from the likes of radio DJ Eddie Trunk, members of the animation industry media such as CartoonBrew.com, whose founder Jerry Beck called it, “completely crazy and very cool.”
Check out the complete “Chasing Mr. Big” animated short here:
Calcano is now preparing his next Fantoons animated short and is already getting offers to work with other bands to continue his creative path combining rock music and animation. His ultimate goal is to create a new revenue stream for the music industry using the boundless world of animation as a medium.
Fantoons gets featured constantly at comic conventions around the U.K. and the United States, where the critically acclaimed cartoon book, Fantoons: Rock, Sweat and Strips, is sold. Throughout Fantoons’ history, the animated shorts have earned more than 40 film festival nominations around the world, including screenings at San Diego Comic-Con and winning the “Best Animation Short” at London’s Portobello Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the world. The future is bright for this young series that is all about the comedy and passion for the world’s greatest rock bands.
SEBASTIEN proudly presents a brand new live-video from this year’s MASTERS OF ROCK festival!!! It’s an exclusive version of one of BLACK SABBATH highlights, “Headless Cross”, which was performed with an unforgettable line-up:
Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) – vocal
Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN) – guitar, backing vocal
George Rain (SEBASTIEN) – guitar
Petri Kallio (SEBASTIEN) – bass
Pavel Dvořák (SEBASTIEN, WARHAWK) – keyboards
Martin ‘Marthus’ Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH, MASTERPLAN) – drums
…the mix and mastering of the live recording was made by Roland Grapow himself in GRAPOW STUDIOS! That’s also where final mixing-works of SEBASTIEN’s second album, “Dark Chambers of Déja vu”, are made nowadays. The long promised new album – including some great guest-appearances – is going to be released in 2015…
Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake), Jack Blades (Night Ranger) Deen Castronovo (Journey) and with special guests Alessandro Del Vecchio, Journey’s Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda Released on CD, Deluxe Edition w/ bonus DVD, Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl European release by Frontiers Records – Friday 20 February 2015 US release: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.
Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen’s excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed “Forevermore” release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.
You can tell by the name – and the names involved – that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock ‘n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.
The project is the vision of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.
With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.
REVOLUTION SAINTS’ music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You’re Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
1. Back On My Trail
2. Turn Back Time
3. You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4. Locked Out Of Paradise
5. Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6. Dream On
7. Don’t Walk Away
8. Here Forever;
9. Strangers To This Life
10. Better World;
11. How To Mend A Broken Heart
12. In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
1. You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version)
2. Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version)
3. You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version)
DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
1. Making of the Album documentary
2. Turn Back Time (promo video)
3. Back On My Trail (promo video)
4. Here Forever (promo video)
5. Way to the Sun (lyric video)
Deep in the autumnal gloom (read: rain) in the heart of Belfast, the last thing one would expect was a gig featuring not one, but THREE languages other than English. Right? Well, that was exactly what punters got when they ventured out on a rather meh Friday night in November. Read the rest of this entry »
Time to start planning a tropical vacation with rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE at next May’s Cool Breeze Concerts and Sharon Osbourne Present OZZFIESTA. This all-inclusive (all food, beverage, resort fees included, along with room credits to use towards a variety of onsite amenities), five-day event is set for Wednesday, May 27-Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico (http://www.hrhrivieramaya.com/).
Beginning December 1, anyone who purchases an OZZFIESTA ticket during the month of December is automatically eligible for daily online giveaways. Each week’s giveaway will be Osbourne-themed with a week to honor OZZFIESTA headliner Ozzy Osbourne, OZZFIESTA presenter Sharon Osbourne, The Osbourne’s TV week and and OZZFest week. Beyond the daily giveaways, each week will include one grand prize, with one special OZZFIESTA grand prize to be given to a random winner.
OZZFIESTA will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from OZZY with full sets from Black Label Society and a special TBA guest, along with a variety of additional performances. Other OZZFIESTA highlights include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne (included in select room packages), an opening night “Welcome Party” featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with OZZY OSBOURNE and his band, a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, a hilarious Comedy Club Night featuring renowned stand-up comedians Jim Norton (Opie and Jim Norton Show) and Jim Florentine (That Metal Show), OZZFIESTA Karaoke night, Osbourne movie night, games (including Boozeicle chairs) and much more. Beyond Ozzy and Sharon, look for additional appearances and events throughout the weekend from other Osbourne family members.
Tickets for OZZFIESTA are available now at www.ozzfiesta.com. A just announced payment plan requires only a $199 deposit at time of purchase, with another $199 payment due January 16, another payment for the remaining 50% balance due February 15 with the remaining balance due March 15.
Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children (4-17) and $100 for toddlers (newborn-3) and the first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with OZZY. All prices include room taxes and gratuities.
OZZFIESTA will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities. The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove. The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club™ Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada. In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more).
More information about tickets, the resort and travel options can be found at WWW.OZZFIESTA.COM.