5th April, 2014
Metal All Stars show @Arena Riga, Latvia
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Interview photos by Aiga Leitholde
Few hours before Metal All Stars show kicks off in Riga, Latvia on Saturday 5th of April, 2014, Metal-Rules.UK team had a chance to sit down with the ultimate thrash metal legend Joey Belladonna and talk about all things Anthrax, being on the road with Metal All Stars and music in general.
When Metal All Stars tour was first announced, many people had doubts about the quality and legitimacy about this specific project simply because of how impressive the line-up was. In the very beginning Metal All Stars was a tour that would take many musicians, like Zakk Wylde, Tom Araya, Vince Neil, Cronos, Phil Anselmo and many more on a tour across Eastern and Northern Europe, but after few artists cancelling or denying their appearances on Metal All Stars tour, it was questioned by even more people.
The truth is, until the actual day of the show, many heavy metals fans of Latvia really had no clue if the performance is actually going to happen due to lack of advertisement and news about artists, like Vince Neil, Phil Anselmo, Cronos, etc cancelling their appearances just days before the tour kicks off. However the show DID happen and we were there to see it all for ourselves. Read the rest of this entry »
GEOFF TATE TO EMBARK ON FAREWELL QUEENSRYCHE TOUR BEGINNING IN JULY
AFTER FRONTING IMMENSELY POPULAR BAND FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES
QUEENSRYCHE CO-FOUNDER AND ORIGINAL VOCALIST HEARD ON ALL THE HITS
OF THE PAST TO CARRY ON INTO THE FUTURE WITH THE MUSIC HE HELPED
MAKE FAMOUS ALONG WITH OTHER CREATIVE ENDEAVORS
More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, singer GEOFF TATE — one of rock’s quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits — will be performing his farewell tour as “Queensryche” beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary).
The announcement of the tour, Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate – The Farewell Tour, comes hot on the heels of the recent amicable settlement with his former band mates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield, who will be continuing with the band name.
With Geoff at the helm of Queensryche, the band experienced incredible success, garnering four Grammy nominations, performing in 46 different countries and selling over 20 million albums worldwide.
“One thing that’s really important for fans to know is that this never went to court,” comments Geoff Tate, who will be continuing as Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche once the summer farewell tour is complete.
As part of the agreement between the original members, Geoff will have the exclusive right to perform the concept albums Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II as unique performances.
For the past several months, Geoff and his version of Queensryche (comprised of bassist Rudy Sarzo, guitarist Robert Sarzo, guitarist Kelly Gray, drummer Simon Wright and keyboardist Randy Gane) have been performing the fan favorite on their 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour (with special guest Sass Jordan as “Sister Mary”) in front of sold out audiences everywhere.
“It’s sort of similar to the Pink Floyd situation where Roger Waters retained The Wall,” comments Geoff. “Mindcrime was my thing and my story, so it’s only appropriate that I keep that… The others will be touring as Queensryche and I’ll be continuing on as me.”
The popularity of the theatrical back-to-back presentation of the Operation: Mindcrime saga (I & II) was exemplified when the performance was captured for the 2007 double DVD/CD set, Mindcrime at the Moore, that hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Music DVD Chart and eventually reached gold status.
For the forthcoming tour, Geoff’s version of Queensryche will be performing all the hits along with some rarities to celebrate the music he’s enjoyed making over the past thirty years.
Although the name will change, the line-up of stellar musicians performing with Geoff after this “farewell” tour is expected to remain the same.
Tickets go on sale for the majority of shows this Friday, May 2nd and this Saturday, May 3rd.
“So, here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over… or has it just begun?”
— Queensryche’s “Silent Ludicity” —
QUEENSRYCHE STARRING GEOFF TATE / 2014 FAREWELL TOUR DATES
Wednesday, July 30 – Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, California
Thursday, July 31 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
Friday, August 1 – Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California
Saturday, August 2 – House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, August 3 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
Thursday, August 7 – Strummer’s in Fresno, California
Friday, August 8 – Theatre Deville in Vacaville, California
Saturday, August 9 – Downtown Amphitheater in Morgan Hill, California
Tuesday, August 12 – Music Marathon Works in Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, August 13 – Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Thursday, August 14 – The Chop Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina
Friday, August 15 – Ziggy’s by the Sea in Wilmington, North Carolina
Saturday, August 16 – Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sunday, August 17 – Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia
Tuesday, August 19 – Trees in Dallas, Texas
Wednesday, August 20 – Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
Friday, August 22 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, August 23 – Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
Sunday, August 24 – Sunshine Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tuesday, August 26 – The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah
Thursday, August 28 – The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas
Saturday, August 30 – Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Illinois
Pantera – Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington
PANTERA will celebrate the 20th anniversary release of the Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94. The live show was included as a bonus on the 20th anniversary edition of Far Beyond Driven. In honor of the nearing of the 20th anniversary of the performance from June 4th, it will be released on its own on June 3rd via Rhino. The concert captures a set the band played at the Monsters Of Rock Festival in Donington, UK on June 4th, 1994.
01. Strength Beyond Strength
03. 5 Minutes Alone
04. I’m Broken
05. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills
06. Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks
08. 25 Years
09. Shedding Skin
10. Use My Third Arm
11. Throes Of Rejection
12. Planet Caravan
Disc Two – “Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94”
01. Use My Third Arm
03. Strength Beyond Strength
06. Fucking Hostile
07. This Love
08. Mouth For War
09. Cowboys From Hell
MERCYFUL FATE guitarist Hank Shermann’s new band, SHERMANN TANK – described as metal with crushing brutality, relentless guitar attacks and vocals from the depths of hell… dark and melodically captivating – have released a video for the track ‘The Bloodbath Begins’.
“This is what Shermann Tank is all about; classic metal with all the layers of guitars that I love to play”, says Hank. “We’re still in song writing mode and it really shapes up like you wont believe! Final lineup for the album recordings will be announced shortly!”
Explaining Shermann Tank, Hank previously stated: “After touring with VOLBEAT for all of 2012, I decided it was time for me to start working on my first solo output. Things developed really fast and I joined forces with my good friend Marc Grabowski to handle vocals and bass! I’ve known Marc since the mid-90s and was already impressed with his potential back then. Now it’s full circle. Songwriting is full steam ahead and it really kicks hard, very hard! This is going to be my dream guitar album! I’m putting all my 35 years of guitar experience into this album.”
Chilean Death metal band SIKARIO have released the music video for the track ‘Strange and unpleasant revelation’ that comes off included on their latest album ‘Noocracy’. The video was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones (www.abysmo.cl).
‘Noocracy’ was released via Australis Records in Chile, contains 12 tracks of pure death metal, the track list ca be seen below:
1. 144,000 2. February. Wake up Mother 3. Three. Purgatory is here 4. April. Human nature 5. May. Strange and unpleasant revelation 6. Disavowal 7. Vanity-Shame 8. A Deep Fog of Uneasiness 9. The Nihilist 10. The next level 11. Cannibal 12. Noocracy
Sikario is: Alberto Arenas – Guitar, Vocals Kazz Gutierrez – Drums Rodrigo Leiva – Guitar Marco Zuñiga – Bass
Sacramento rock band TESLA have announced an all new LP titled SIMPLICITY due out June 10th, 2014 via Tesla Electric Company Recording’s arrangement with Entertainment One Music and Distribution.
SIMPLICITY will be the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort will be the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
TESLA locked themselves away for weeks writing the new material that would become SIMPLICITY with long time A&R man Tom Zutaut. Fourteen solid tracks later the band sank their teeth in while recording began at bassist Brian Wheat’s very own J Street Recorders. Legendary engineer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row, Motley Crue) was then tapped to put the final touches in place.
Fresh off the MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE, the band has quite the itinerary of tour dates throughout the rest of 2014. Click here for all tour dates.
Formed in 1981, TESLA have firmly carved out their own space in rock and roll history. The band saw great success with their own rendition of the 1971 classic “Signs” and their own hit single “Love Song” from the The Great Radio Controversy, released in 1989.
TESLA is: Frank Hannon – Brian Wheat – Jeff Keith – Troy Luccketta – Dave Rude
As previously announced, in early June Metal Mind Productions will release a brand new studio album by the best Polish hard rock band – Kruk. The band’s fourth full-length release, entitled “Before”, should be interesting for fans of such big artists as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and DIO. The album is scheduled for release on June, 9th in Europe and July, 8th in NorthAmerica (via MVD) and includes abonus DVD featuring additional material: live show from Spodek Hall, Katowice from February 2014 when Kruk supported the legendary band Deep Purple, interviews, documentary and studio report. Read the rest of this entry »
After recently launching a video for their new album’s title track (which has already surpassed 2 million views on YouTube), metal icons ARCH ENEMY are now ready to unleash the second single from their upcoming ninth full-length, War Eternal, due out worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America. Watch the new lyric video for ‘As The Pages Burn’ below.
Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott comments: “‘As The Pages Burn’ almost goes back to the style of writing that I had in the late 90’s. It’s very old school Arch Enemy with an almost SLAYER-vibe in the intro/verse and a huge melodic chorus. A bit like ‘The Immortal’ and other AE classics of that time. The middle section is very classical music inspired – a twin guitar part that is a lot fun to play. Alissa wrote the lyrics for the song. This song is an example of what I love about collaborating – in the songwriting, I’m giving her the instrumental, and she comes from a different background, and the two different approaches merge together to form a very interesting result that blew my mind. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.”
Front-woman Alissa White-Gluz adds: “‘As The Pages Burn’ is also one of my favorite songs. I think it’s going to be a very fun song to perform live. I really like fast-paced, energetic songs. A lot of the lyrics on the album are coming straight from my brain during sleepless nights. I often wake up in the middle of the night from horrible nightmares and just start writing songs. For whatever reason, I like the lyrics that I get that way, they feel real and uncensored. This song is one that I wrote at 4am in the dark, half asleep. In the morning I woke up and thought, ‘This is cool, I’m going to use this, and I know just the music to put it to’. The musical dynamics in the song are very satisfying to sing to as well. I hope you like it!”
War Eternal can now be pre-ordered digitally in Europe at iTunes and AmazonMP3 with the tracks ‘War Eternal’ and ‘As The Pages Burn’ available as instant downloads upon purchase (a third track, ‘You Will Know My Name’, will be instantly downloaded on May 26th).
War Eternal tracklisting (standard edition)
‘Tempore Nihil Sanat (Prelude in F Minor)’
‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’
‘As The Pages Burn’
‘No More Regrets’
‘You Will Know My Name’
‘Graveyard Of Dreams’
‘Time Is Black’
‘On And On’
‘Down To Nothing’
‘Not Long For This World’
Co-host of “The Metal Voice” Jimmy Kay recently caught up with Iced Earth’s vocalist Stu Block on Iced Earth’s North American tour.
In the interview Stu Block talks about the huge undertaking behind the making of “The Plagues of Babylon” and his favorite tracks.
Stu Block also confesses to Jimmy Kay that vocal wise he has had no traditional vocal training nor does he do a warm up before most gigs
When asked about his long term plans, Block answers he would like to continue to be active in the music business and also to go back and visit the places with his wife where he did not have the chance to fully explore when on tour all these years
1st US Randy Black of Primal Fear Drum Clinic – May 5th 2014 in Chicago
Randy Black is conducting his first ever US drum clinic May 5th , 2014 presented by Vic’s Drum Shop in Chicago between dates on Primal Fears current US tour. The following night you’ll be able to catch him performing live with Primal Fear at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois.
Randy Black is well known as a seasoned professional live and studio musician known for his technical precision, symmetric cymbal set up (Including Hi-hats and Rides), and ambidextrous playing style; Randy is sure to amaze in this intimate event.
Randy will be performing with his personal drum set used on tour, giving attendees a chance to take a close look at his setup and the instruments he uses.
There will be a chance to meet Randy following his clinic along with purchasing his specially priced Hudson Limited double DVD instruction video, currently only available in the US at the Vic’s Drum Shop location.
Randy has recorded and played with: Bif Naked, Annihilator, Rebellion, DuskMachine, & Primal Fear.
Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, recently wrapped up a North American tour with Belgian gore-grinders ABORTED in support of their new album Waiting for the End to Come! Shortly before that run, vocalistMauricio Iacono sat down for an intimate artist profile interview. View part 3 of that segmenthere.