Founding KISS guitarist and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Ace Frehley has tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming LP SPACE INVADER, due out July 8th. The reveal comes exclusively through Rolling Stone today. Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977), says, “It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace.”
Ken Kelly is also widely known for his paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy sub genres, most notably for the Conan the Barbarian novels. He continues, “I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.”
Ace Frehley himself comments, ”I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!”
With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly concludes, “I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace’s continuing successful career!”
ACE FREHLEY will release SPACE INVADER, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on July 8th, 2014. The album will include at least nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” This album is the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal on eOne Music.
Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums; (peaking at #13). The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.
Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics. “’Anomaly’ shows why many rock and metal guitarists list ‘Space Ace’ as a prime six-string influence,” said Rolling Stone.
You can catch Ace Frehley accepting his award at the 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Ceremony on May 31 at 8pm on HBO.
ZIX is a female-fronted Lebanese heavy-metal band devoted to breaking metal music in the Mid-East. Formed in 2010 by composer/bassist Ziad, ZIX has been featured in a huge amount of metal-related magazines, webzines and blogs offering very high and promising reviews on their debut EP and covering its revolutionary project. ZIX is fronted by Maya on vocals with her powerful voice and ability of creating imagery with her singing moods and mocking tunes. Juan Carrizo, a guitar guru and technical master from Argentina, grabs you with dense, atmospheric melodies and well-crafted tunes that haunt you long after the song is over. Ziad shreds hard in the background like a tank, with his oriental massive sections, keeping everything tight and knit together in the manner of the great Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. And drummer Kenny Earl Rhino (Ex Manowar) brings incredible musicianship and double-bass, taking the band to a whole new level.
Steve Thompson is a 7x Grammy-winning producer-mixer-arranger-writer with 150+ diamond, platinum and gold albums. Thompson’s credits include: “Appetite for Destruction,” Guns N Roses; Anthrax (many); “And Justice for All,” Metallica; “Blackout,” hed pe; “Freak on a Leash, Follow the Leader, etc.,” KORN; “Every Six Seconds,” Saliva; Tesla (many); among many, many more. Read the rest of this entry »
Australian progressive metal quintet, Voyager, will release its fifth studio album, V, digitally worldwide on 2nd June 2014. Physical releases will be June 2nd in Aus (Bandcamp exclusive)/UK (Code 7), North America (Nightmare Records) on June 3 and June 27th (MBM) in Europe. The 13- track, 54 minute album was recorded at Templeman Audio with producer, Matt Templeman.
The band calls the release “heavy, groovy and super-catchy. This is going to be pure, polished Voyager with a modern feel”and Classic Rock stats it as : “Polished collection of heavy, heavily polished anthems”
VOYAGER’s new album ‘V’; funded by a Kickstarter campaign, proves what the band does best: heavy, super-catchy, melodic, modern and progressive. From polished heavy grooves to driving riffs and unforgettable melodies, album ‘V’ contains 13 genre-defying tracks bound to be the absolute zenith of VOYAGER’s career. With a new look and a new album, this is the right time to say “I Am Voyager”.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, took home the award for “Metal Artist/Group or Duo of the Year” at this year’s installment of the SiriusXM Indie Awards.Some of the other artist nominated this year in that category included BLOOD CEREMONY, GORGUTS, KENmode, and VOIVOD. “We are very pleased for this great honor,” commented the band. “KATAKLYSMremains one of the hardest working bands on the planet and we won’t change who we are ever. The future looks bright and winning this award puts a big smile on our face. The fans have spoken; thank you!” Read the rest of this entry »
Polish Death Metal legends VADER have release the brand new track “Triumph of Death” here. The song comes from their upcoming blasterpiece Tibi Et Igni, which is set to be released May 30 (EUR), June 2 (UK/France) June 10 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
Recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland, produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesławski, and featuring artwork byJoe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD, KRISIUN), Tibi Et Igni pre-order bundles featuring an exclusive t-shirt design for North America are available from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
Gilby Clarke embarks solo on a worldwide summer tour – kicking off in London, England at The Underworld. Before Clarke crosses the pond, he will deliver to all the fans a new track, which will be announced in the weeks to come.
Recently, Clarke released a new video Tijuana Jail – Originally released in 1994, Clarke updated this fan favorite with a 2014 video version that can see here: http://youtu.be/74-pGsvqnvE.
Bobby ‘Leatherlungs’ Lucas (ex-Morbid Sin/Seven Witches/Exhbition/current Attacker vocalist) and long-time drummer Dave Wrenn (ex-Persia) have officially left the NJ based power metal band Overlorde. Bobby states their reasons for leaving the band center around an extensive period of inactivity and lack of label support (it has been over 10 years since the band released their full-length debut Return Of The Snow Giant in 2004 on Sonic Age Records). Read the rest of this entry »
“A big hello from Hattula, Finland. Tero (“TeeCee” Kinnunen) and I have been here for the past 2,5 weeks recording a demo of the new Nightwish songs.
It has come together beautifully and we now have a total of 12 songs to work with. We are all very eager to finally get together and start the rehearsals in July. If everything goes as scheduled, we should have the ready album in our hands by the end of January 2015.
It`s still too early to analyze the material more closely, but the album will once again explore all the ends of the spectrum, bringing the very best out of the newcomers Floor and Troy. And stealthily the album ended up having a theme running through it.
Excited beyond words now! Best wishes to you all, Tuomas”
Classic Heavy Metal Band MINDCAGE Releases New Single and Lyric Video for ‘The One Constant’ Michael Wagener-Mixed Special Edition of Dystopian Concept Album “Our Own Devices” Hitting Digital Stores this Summer via AetherWax Fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rush and Queensryche – Take Note!
MINDCAGE with the mysterious and ever-changing Arabella Vash…
“WOW! This CD is the absolute hammer! Could it be that MINDCAGE are starting some kind of New Wave Of American Progressive Metal?” – Alexander Melzer, The Metal Observer – Germany
“The formula that came together to make this CD come to life is nothing short of miraculous. The musicianship and vocal work are world-class and the world should step up and take notice.” – The Hellion, Hellion Rocks
Groundbreaking heavy metal band MINDCAGE puts a fresh, conceptual spin on an internationally-embraced classic heavy metal sound, originally established by artists like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Not unlike the aforementioned groups, MINDCAGE serves up a potent blend of heavy melodies mixed with progressive influences à la Rush, but offers a unique steampunk twist to the theme of the music.
Florida-natives MINDCAGE released their new concept album, Our Own Devices, in September 2013, but are pleased to announce that they will enter triple-platinum producer Michael Wagener’s WireWorld studio (Ozzy Osbourne, Accept, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Helloween) next month to mix even more songs for a special edition version. The original version of Our Own Devices was self-produced by the band and engineered by Wagener, so his familiarity with the project will only add to the potency of the special edition, coming this summer.
The special edition of Our Own Devices will include exclusive, never-before-released live footage from the band’s headlining performance at this year’s Florida-based Comic Con event, Pensacon. Our Own Devices also includes the band’s new single ‘The One Constant’, which can be streamed via lyric video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro6I2TxFdKg The track will hit radio on May 19th and will be available via iTunes on May 20th.
MINDCAGE isn’t new to the heavy metal game. Forged in 1996, MINDCAGE began as the brainchild of founder and lead guitarist Dietrick Hardwick. His vision merges diverse concepts like the fiction of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne with the sensibility of the greatest in metal music. Our Own Devices takes musical creativity and imagination to another level, introducing the world to the character of Arabella Vash, a young woman who uses the power of her dreams to transform the dystopian world she inhabits.
It’s a combination that is grabbing the attention of conceptual music lovers everywhere. MINDCAGE utilizes grand storytelling to add dynamic to the music. “Dystopian themes are fun, gothic gets boring after a while. My life was at a low point a few years ago, and creating the character of Arabella Vash and creating the dystopian world became an outlet for me,” states guitarist and MINDCAGE mastermind Dietrick Hardwick. “This is meant to be a trilogy – it’s a story about a Tesla-like inventor who is overthrown by the corporate system. This corporate system begins harming innocent people, killing them with no remorse. We, the band, represent characters that are the outsiders in the concept – these outsiders follow a mythology that states that this Arabella Vash character represents the “chosen” one who comes and saves the day. Arabella starts attacking from the inside and meets several obstacles while attempting to overthrow the corporate system. The story continues in part two and three, but we’ll let the listener get there…”
Fans can follow a bit of the story in the band’s music video for the track ‘The Human Race’ (watch here: http://youtu.be/uczkeEevnGc) – the video portrays Arabella following her dreams, getting metal messages that inspire her to awaken and realize that the system is corrupt. She discovers her calling, which is to monitor this system. She realizes she has to get out of the city to begin her work in exposing this corruption.
MINDCAGE’s core sound revolves around Hardwick’s guitar style which draws influences from icons of 80′s metal like Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO), Uli Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun) and Wolf Hoffmann (Accept). Hardwick has reunited with founding members Brian Howell (bass) and Craig Nudo (drums) whose roots lie in love for prog giants like Yes, Rush, and Iron Maiden. Stir in newcomer Jeff Hignite’s powerful vocals and MINDCAGE is a musical brew unlike any you’ve ever encountered.
“The band has never sounded better and been filled with more promise,” guitarist Hardwick says. “We are ready to do extensive world-wide touring behind our upcoming release. I can promise you one thing, you will not be disappointed.”
In 1986, Anthrax unleashed the thrash metal monster “I Am The Law” on New York City. In this episode of beat:repeat NYC, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante meets with Ninja Tune producer Lee Bannon to transform the track from its core: The beat. Using his AKAI MPC Renaissance, Bannon shows what a drum machine can do with Benante’s ferocious live drumming.
CALIFORNIA BREED PREMIERE DEBUT ALBUM ON ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM HERE: HTTP://TINYURL.COM/NJ6KKKM
FIRST-EVER U.S. PERFORMANCES IN LOS ANGELES (May 28) AND NEW YORK (May 31)
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM OUT MONDAY, MAY 19th ON FRONTIERS RECORDS (U.S.)
CALIFORNIA BREED, one of most exciting new bands of 2014 featuring legendary vocalist-bassist GLENN HUGHES, drummer extraordinaire JASON BONHAM and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter ANDREW WATT, have premiered the full stream of their self-titled debut album out Monday, May 19 in the U.S. on Frontiers Records. Listen to the full album exclusively today, Friday, May 16 on UltimateClassicRock.com here: http://tinyurl.com/nj6kkkm.
Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, the album was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings), and was recorded at his Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup.
The LA band will perform their first-ever U.S. show on Wednesday, May 28 at the Whisky A GO GO and their first New York City show will be Saturday, May 31 at Gramercy Theatre. The band will announce their U.K., European and U.S. tours soon.
CALIFORNIA BREED will be available as a CD, digital download and a Deluxe Edition CD + DVD featuring the bonus song “Solo,” two video clips and a documentary. Fans that pre-order the digital download on iTunes will receive an instant download of the first single, “Sweet Tea” upon ordering. The iTunes and Amazon pre-order links are as follows: iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaBreed Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCD and CD Deluxe Edition CD + DVD: http://smarturl.it/CB_AmzCDDVD.
CALIFORNIA BREED’s self-titled debut is garnering solid early reviews. Check out a sampling of the critical reaction here:
“California Breed eclipses anything Black Country Communion mustered in their short existence. ‘The Way’ and ‘Chemical Rain’ pack bombastic, swaggering Led Zep-meets-Audioslave riffs, ‘Spit You Out’ is straight-up good time rock ‘n’ roll and ‘All Falls Down’ is a decent stab at the token power-charged ballad. Watt’s undoubted spark has pulled these two seasoned vets out of a rut…”
–Rich Chamberlain, TOTAL GUITAR, May 2014
“California Breed is a raw, fiery rock cocktail that marries belligerent attitude with heartfelt emotion, delicate touch with super confident strut. First single ‘Sweet Tea’ is irresistible, hard hitting rock swagger, while closing number ‘Breathe’ is an uplifting, soulful hymn of understated groove that highlights Glenn’s evergreen vocal talents.”
–Chris Kee, POWERPLAY MAGAZINE, May 2014
“California Breed are another supergroup of sorts, but this time they’re a power trio, with new guitar sensation 23-year old Andrew Watt threatening to become the most talked about axe slinger since Charlie Sexton burst onto the scene. Like Sexton, Watt is a Bowie-phile. In fact he came to Hugh’s attention via a hair-raising stint at a New York City ‘Bowie Ball.’ Hughes’s monstrous pipes and super funk bass thwack are a given, as is Jason Bonham’s percussive assault, yet even these seasoned campaigners must be rubbing their eyes in disbelief at what the prodigy achieves.”
–Max Bell, CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE, May 2014
“California Breed’s debut highlights the best of all three virtuosos without overstating the obvious. Because in the end, it really is all about the groove.”
–James Wood, GUITAR WORLD, May 2014
“…muscular yet funky riffage….this debut album gets the fist pumping and the heart righteously racing.”
–GUITAR & BASS, May 2014
“…blustery heavy rock…”
–Q, (4 out of 5 stars), May 2014
“There are some classics among the twelve songs presented here, with the moody ‘Chemical Rain’ leading the way. A gigantic groove burst forth as Hughes sings a killer melody and his performance is lively. The chorus is classic with Hughes expanding his range and blends it with a Beatle influenced chord progression. ‘The Way,’ ‘Sweet Tea’ and ‘The Grey’ all push the tempo and all capture the band slamming. Bonham’s performance elevates the material with his huge tom work and complex fills. These tracks are straight up rock ‘n’ roll and find the band executing it like the experts they are.”
–Dan Drago, ABOUT.COM “Heavy Metal” (4 out of 5 stars) May 14, 2014
“This is a powerhouse of a band sounding like they are ready to conquer the world, so come taste the California Breed brothers and sisters-trust me they are divine!”
–UBER ROCK (UK), May 2014
“Combining influences that span three generations, the self-titled California Breed is a heavy amalgamation of Hughes’ soaring vocals, Bonham’s imitable finesse behind a drum kit and Watt’s intuitive, modern swagger on the guitar and songwriting abilities. Julian Lennon introduced Hughes to Watt, and, despite the 40 year gap between the two, they apparently spoke the same musical language. Together with Bonham, they’ve churned out a rigid collection of 13 songs, sparse of hot-shot leads and speedy intervals in favor of rusty-blade power chords and layer upon layer of riffery resourcefulness. There’s a pervasive 70s influence throughout, alongside the grungy feel of the 90s (think Pearl Jam meets Led Zeppelin) that lifts the music from the doldrums of recycled retro rock moldy oldies.”
–Shawn Perry, VINTAGE ROCK, May 2014
“Amazing how close this power package comes to the original Zeppelin sound…great noise…”
–STEREOPLAY (Germany), May 2014
“…one extremely exciting, yet original Rock`n`Roll record.”
–CLASSIC ROCK (Germany), May 2014
“Instant and immediately likeable, California Breed is retro tinged modern rock at its absolute finest. Looking backwards to the classics–Led Zeppelin, Cream, Hendrix–whilst also very modern thinking, and boasting superb performances and production, California Breed pretty much sets the new benchmark for a rock ‘n’ roll record. Opener ‘The Way’ literally leaps from the speakers–as a statement of intent it is pure sorcery: seductive and addictive. First single ‘Sweat Tea’ is almost alarmingly good, reaching one arm deep into the Zep playbook whilst remaining firmly NOW. The rest of the album follows in similar style – enormous riffs, huge drums, fantastic playing, and Hughes’ incomparable voice. If it sounds like I am drooling over this album–I AM, and it is completely justified. ‘Invisible,’ ‘Spit You Out,’ ‘Midnight Oil’ all strike pay dirt immediately, but we could name any of these 13 tracks as standouts.”
–Shane Pinnegar, 100PERCENTROCK.COM, (10 out of 10) May 14, 2014
Cover art for CALIFORNIA BREED’s self-titled debut album.
About CALIFORNIA BREED:
Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo’, both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.
According to Radio.com’s Jay Tilles (with reporting by Eva Knott), Tim Lambesis, singer for San Diego metal band As I Lay Dying (also Austrian Death Machine) was sentenced today (May 16th) to six years in prison in a San Diego Superior Courtroom for attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife. Judge Carlos Armour handed down the sentencing.
Last February, Lambesis threw himself on the mercy of the court by pleading guilty to the felony charge of soliciting the murder of his wife of eight years, Meggan Lambesis.
The verdict was handed down as the singer’s ex-bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert looked on. Spilling into the section typically reserved for the defense, many of Meggan’s more than three dozen supporters adorned small yellow felt hearts pinned to their shirts to make their sentiments known. With more than 80 spectators packing the gallery, defense attorney Tom Warwick told the judge that he had a lot of people who support Tim and he wanted “some kind of parity” with the seating in the room.
ELUVEITIE: Announce North American Tour for Fall 2014
Swiss folk-metal pioneers, ELUVEITIE, will return to North America once again for a headlining tour this Fall! The band will be touring in support of their highly-anticipated follow-up to Helvetios (2012), with the release of their new album, Origins, this August.
“In September, 2013, our massive Helvetios world tour came to a well-deserved end. After just over 200 shows, spread over 3 continents and including over 30 countries, it was time begin work on a new album,” comments drummer Merlin Sutter. “Now that we’re finally holding Origins in our hands, we can’t wait to share it with you – and what better way to do so than with a tour! We are extremely excited to kick off our new tour in North America this time, and you can expect us to make every single night one to remember. We’ll bring along some of the most exciting new ELUVEITIE music yet, as well as a hand-picked line-up featuring our friends from the Faroe Islands, the magnificent TYR, and the excellent Metsatöll from Estonia. See you this Fall!” Read the rest of this entry »
A founding member of Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium, Ville Friman, reminisces about and shares some of his insights and inspiration from more than 15 years of metal musicianship and the melodic death metal journey with his band…