Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody @ The Underworld Camden, London

February 23rd, 2016
by UK Team

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody + Temperance + Qantice

@ The Underworld Camden, London

9th February 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Street Party to be Held at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA

February 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA (3717 San Fernando Rd.) will be the site of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Street Party, taking place on Saturday, March 5th from 2:00-5:00PM. The event will include a special raffle drawing to win the one-of-a-kind, custom-painted “Holy Diver” Harley Motorcycle (see photo below).

This FREE event will be open to the public and include live entertainment by DIO DISCIPLES, GABBIE RAE, BUDDERSIDE, ERNIE SNAIR, and THE LOVELESS, plus food truck eats by Slammin’ Sliders and King Kone Ice Cream, and the opportunity for attendees to pre-register for the 2nd Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride & Concert, which will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

A celebrity guest will pull the winning raffle ticket for a one-of-a-kind “Holy Diver” Harley motorcycle.  This 2015 FXDB “Street Bob” model Harley is custom-painted with the illustration that graced the cover of Ronnie James Dio’s iconic Holy Diver album. A total of 666 tickets are available at $50 each or 3 for $100 and will continue to be sold online until the day prior to the March 5th event, and in person up to the time scheduled for the drawing. 100% of the proceeds from the sale go directly to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.



2015 FXDB “Holy Diver” Harley – Customized Value: $25,000
For bike specs visit: Harley-Davidson of Glendale Website
Two year factory warranty coverage included; additional maintenance coverage available for purchase at the time of delivery.
*Winner responsible for delivery and all applicable federal, state & local taxes/registration fees.

2nd Prize (10 winners):
1 pair of tickets each for the 2nd Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride & Concert on May 22, 2016

As mentioned above, Street Party attendees will also have the opportunity to pre-register for the 2nd Annual RIDE FOR RONNIE Motorcycle Ride and Concert, which will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016. On that day, riders will depart from Harley-Davidson of Glendale and ride to Los Encinos Park in Encino, where they will be treated to an afternoon of live music, raffle/silent auction, food trucks and more. More details are set to be announced soon.

The Inaugural Ride, held May 2015 as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 5th anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio, drew over 300 riders and fans.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund was formed in memory of the legendary rock singer Ronnie James Dio, who lost his life to gastric cancer in 2010.  SUAS has already raised over $1 million for cancer research projects in its short history. Just recently, the original bass player in Dio, Jimmy Bain, died of lung cancer and Lemmy Kilmister, the celebrated leader of Motorhead, lost his battle with what was deemed an “extremely aggressive cancer” just after Christmas. These and other deaths attributed to cancer have only reinforced the commitment of the Dio Cancer Fund to support research and education that furthers early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate, colon and gastric cancers.  Portions of the money raised thus far has been allocated to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research, and the Gastric Cancer Research Unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated during the last six months of his life.

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METAL CHURCH Announce First Tour Since The Return Of Mike Howe

February 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob


Hard rock titans Metal Church are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records release XI. The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for XI will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. Metal Church will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to

XI, the band’s 11th studio album available worldwide on March 25th, marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The album has been getting critical and fan praise alike with Decibel Magazine recently stating in a review: “On XI, Howe croon-roars like a man possessed, delivering a varied, vital, almost unbelievably pitch-perfect performance. As for the riffs, Vanderhoof remains a master crafter of speed-metal mayhem – a faithful keeper of the once-bustling aural bridge connecting NWOBHM and thrash metal proper.”

Metal Church just released a new video trailer for XI that features a sample of the album opener “Reset.” The trailer can be seen here: The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via A limited number of the Deluxe International Version are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes at and fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener “Reset” through the driving outro of album closer “Suffer Fools,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Needle and Suture” and “Soul Eating Machine” showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance such fan favorites. Musical opuses “Signal Path” and “Sky Falls In” clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here:

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ANTHRAX Discusses Jonathan Donais on New Album

February 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Lead guitarist Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) joined the Anthrax touring line-up in 2013, replacing Rob Caggiano.  “For All Kings” marks the first album he’s recorded with the band.

“I think Jon has brought a great energy to the band,” said Anthrax’s bassist Frank Bello.  “He stepped up and then some on this record.”  Added the band’s rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, “Jon’s approach towards lead guitar playing, he’s more of a guy who’s looking to construct something that makes sense and helps a song rather than the 45-seconds for him to be showing off how many notes he can play in x-amount of measures.”

On this video clip, members of Anthrax talk about working with Donais.  Check it out:

Already getting terrific reviews, Anthrax’s 11th studio album “For All Kings” will be released this Friday, February 26.  On March 1, the band joins Iron Maiden for a month-long tour of South America.

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LITA FORD Debuts New Song From New Album ‘Time Capsule’ Out April 15th

February 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

LITA FORD is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on SPV/Steamhammer on April 15, 2016. Thevery special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a “throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).

Today LITA debuts the first single from Time Capsule entitled “Rotten to the Core”.  Check out an exclusive interview with LITA and stream the song courtesy of Noisey HERE.  The song features Gene Simmons on Bass, Rodger Carter on Drums and additional guitars are supplied by Bruce Kulik.

Time Capsule contains ten songs plus an intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.  Time Capsule is available for pre-order HERE.

In support of Time Capsule, LITA FORD will take to the road with her all-star band for a string of headline dates and special shows in February in March.  Following those dates, LITA will join up with Halestorm providing direct support on their North American tour.  A complete list of dates can be found below.

3/5: Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre (With Ace Frehley)
3/6: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl (With Ace Frehley)
3/18: Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon Concert Club
3/19: Toledo, OH @ Savage Arena (With Brett Michaels, Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse, LA Guns and Trixter

LITA FORD W/Halestorm:
4/1: Reading, PA @ Reading Eagle Theatre in the Santander Arena
4/2: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/5: Huntington, WV @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/6: Lexington, KY @ Singletary Center
4/7: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
4/9: Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
4/11: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
4/12: Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
4/13: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
4/15: Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Center
4/16: Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4/19: Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
4/20: Spartanburg, SC @ Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
4/21: Johnson City, TN @ Freedom Hall Civic Center

4/24: Ladson, SC @ 98 Rock Fest

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KILL RITUAL 2016 spring Tour!

February 22nd, 2016
by EvilG
KILL RITUAL - 2016 Spring Tour Poster

KILL RITUAL – 2016 Spring Tour Poster

On March 1st, 2016 Kill Ritual will embark on a month long tour starting in Ashland, Oregon and working their way through; Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and ending back in California. You can follow their tour on this facebook group that they created: or bandsintown/killritual

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Original EXCITER line-up plays first Canadian gig in 31 years!

February 22nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob


In 2014, the Canadian speed metal pioneering band Exciter made the announcement that the original trio of John Ricci, Dan Beehler and Allan Johnson got back together.

The classic line-up has since played Keep it True festival in Germany, Defenders of the Old in the US, a full-on tour in South America and finally, they will be playing their first Canadian show in 31 years on Friday March 18th at Montreal’s legendary Foufounes Électriques club! Their performance will consist of all the classics from “Heavy Metal Maniac”, “Violence and Force” and “Long Live the Loud” that established Exciter as one of the pioneers of speed and thrash. New material and a new release will eventually follow.

The Foufounes Électriques march 18th concert will feature only Canadian metal bands. Besides EXCITER, the show includes heavy/speed metal killers PILEDRIVER and pre-Cauldron heavy/doom band GOAT HORN.

PILEDRIVER, well-known for their debut 1985 classic “Metal Inquisition”, was formed in 1984 as a studio project. Their leather-clad vocalist is well known for his over-the-top image and fist-pumping flamboyant song lyrics. They have been playing live since 2005, having done festivals in Europe and North America.

GOAT HORN was formed in 1999, by three metal maniacs from Pembroke, Ontario. Started up as a Cathedral/Judas Priest jam band, they have released three albums (mostly privately pressed) and have toured extensively between 2002-2006. The band disbanded in 2006 and Jason Decay then formed CAULDRON. Goat Horn reunites from time to time for special events (like this one).

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Helloween + Rage + Crimes of Passion @ The Forum, London

February 21st, 2016
by UK Team

Helloween + Rage + Crimes of Passion

@ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

3rd February 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Graham Hilling

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Alex Staropoli – Rhapsody Of Fire

February 21st, 2016
by Metal Rules

Alex Staropoli of Rhapsody Of Fire

Interview by Mark Abell

Rhapsody of Fire

Rhapsody of Fire

Rhapsody Of Fire, an Italian symphonic power metal band, just released INTO THE LEGEND, which takes individuals on an emotionally involving journey.

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SCHIZO: new album’s lyric-video available

February 20th, 2016
by EvilG

The brand new lyric video of the title-track of “Rotten Spiral”, extract from SCHIZO’s new studio album which will be available in March, exact date to be released soon, via Punishment 18 Records, is now available:

Included in the video some images of Tommy Vetterli (Coroner) working in the studio recording his special guest solo appearance for this track.

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VARDIS unveil new bass player: MARTIN CONNOLLY

February 20th, 2016
by EvilG

After the death of Terry Horbury in December VARDIS unveil new bass player: MARTIN CONNOLLY.

Martin has been in the business for 40 years, playing bass for Rick Wakeman and Paul Fox, releasing two albums with hard rockers Scarlet, performing on Nicko McBrain’s ‘Rhythms of the Beast’ and as The Entire Population of Hackney with Iron Maiden, FM and the rest of Marshall Fury.

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Female Fronted Occult Metallers SAVAGE MASTER To Release New Album

February 20th, 2016
by EvilG
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Savage Master – With Whips And Chains

The Kentucky based female fronted occult Heavy Metallers SAVAGE MASTER, will release their new studio album titled “With Whips And Chains”, on April 22, 2016. The Skol Records / High Roller Records release will be available as a CD, LP, and digital download.


On “With Whips And Chains”, for which the cover artwork was painted by the legendary French artist Chris Moyen (BEHERIT, BLASPHEMY), the Metal tyrant Stacey Savage returns with the crack of the devil’s whip, claiming her rightful throne with her signature sensual devil’s screech, and backed by blistering Classic Heavy Metal riffs played by masked brutes. The album will be promoted on European Tour in April/May 2016, which will start with a special appearance at the KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL, and US Tour in May/June.


SAVAGE MASTER plays pure old school Metal which follow the tradition of acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, BITCH, early JUDAS PRIEST and MERCYFUL FATE, while their stage image is a tribute to classic horror movies such as “Black Sunday” (aka the “The Mask Of Satan”), and the legendary Hammer Films productions.


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Debut CATALANO album from ex-De La Cruz frontman Roxxi Catalano

February 19th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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During 2012, Gold Coast, Australia based band De La Cruz rose from obscurity to the world platform with a self-titled E.P which garnered critical world-wide acclaim leading to a record/distribution deal and subsequent full-length album titled ‘Street Level’ released in March 2013 on European indie giant Frontiers Records.
In the wake of the band dissolving at the start of 2014, frontman and main-songwriter turned guitarist Roxxi Catalano, began putting together a solo studio act with an aim to release his own personal musical work.
Calling on the help and collaboration of Australian rock musician friends the final result is the debut CATALANO album ‘Dark Skies’ due out on 29.2.2016, a hook-laden collection of heavily 80’s influenced rock but with a modern dynamic and pop sensibility.

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TREMONTI Returns With ‘Dust’

February 19th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed and fan adored sophomore release Cauterize, Tremonti returns with the companion album Dust. Dust is scheduled for release on April 29th via Fret 12 Records. The album, which was recorded during same sessions as Cauterize, features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Long-time friend and collaborator, Michael “Elvis” Baskette, produced Dust.

To coincide with the announcement of Dust, several exclusive fan bundle pre-orders are now available at These bundles include autographed CD’s, t-shirts, hoodies, and other exciting experiences for the Tremonti fan. A teaser video has gone live talking about the pre-order and also feature a snippet of the new song “Catching Fire” can be seen here:

28FE7E70-0E8F-4389-A7A6-7564A837227A.pngFrom the first riffs of album opener “My Last Mistake” to the final notes of the closer “Unable To See,” it is apparent that Dust is not a collection of B-sides or leftover material. These ten new tracks continue to showcase Mark’s hard rock/heavy metal influences alongside the material from Cauterize. Songs like “Once Dead,” “Betray Me” and “Rising Storm” hold their own place as weapons in Tremonti’s musical arsenal.

The track listing for Dust is:

1)     My Last Mistake
2)     The Cage
3)     Once Dead
4)     Dust
5)     Betray Me
6)     Tore My Heart Out
7)     Catching Fire
8)     Never Wrong
9)     Rising Storm
10)   Unable To See

Mark Tremonti is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his work in the critically acclaimed Alter Bridge and in the multi-platinum rock juggernaut Creed. Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, this is the man behind massive hits like “My Own Prison”, “Higher”, “Isolation” and “Addicted To Pain.”  His sound is recognizable and has garnered him a loyal fan base worldwide. Guitar World dubbed him “Guitarist of the Year” three consecutive years in a row, and he ranked as the “fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever” in Total Guitar.

Twitter: @MarkTremonti

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Martin Connolly joins VARDIS

February 19th, 2016
by Celtic Bob


After the death of Terry Horbury in December VARDIS unveil new bass player: MARTIN CONNOLLY.

Martin has been in the business for 40 years, playing bass for Rick Wakeman and Paul Fox, releasing two albums with hard rockers Scarlet, performing on Nicko McBrain’s ‘Rhythms of the Beast’ and as The Entire Population of Hackney with Iron Maiden, FM and the rest of Marshall Fury.

Steve Zodiac (Guitar/Voice) & Joe Clancy (Drums) Statement:
“We are very lucky to be able to welcome Martin Connolly to the band. Despite knowing Vardis would continue, after losing Terry so suddenly it took some time before we could consider playing with another bassist. By the time we were ready, the job required someone with the musicianship and experience not only to maintain the power of our live shows but to form a tight chemistry quickly. After just one rehearsal we knew we wouldn’t need to see anyone else, Martin is a top bassist and has brought a new dimension and fresh energy to Vardis as we rebuild to get the show back on the road this year. Thank you all for your support and patience, we are proud to rock on with you in tribute to a man whose life was music.”


“It was a privilege to be asked to join Vardis and take over from such a talented player. Terry and I weren’t close friends but our paths crossed many times over the years – I bought my Fender Precision from him in 1984. Our styles are very different, so I’m grateful to Steve and Joe for giving me the freedom to put my own mark on the music. Rehearsals have been a blast, but we’re itching to get out there and make some noise!”

Vardis are signed to SPV/Steamhammer – new album “Red Eye” will be released worldwide in 2016.

VARDIS live 2016

26.02.GR-Athens – Up The Hammers Festival
09.04.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil (sold out)
10.04.B-Roeselare – Verlichte Geest
12.05.E-Ibiza – Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
03.06.SE-Alvesta – Muskelrock
26.06.GB-Biggar – Wildfire Festival
30.07.D-Brande/Hörnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air
17.09.I-Villa Rosa – Heavy Metal Night 9

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