LEATHERWOLF release ‘Wolfman’ video

April 8th, 2017
by EvilG

Leatherwolf - Promo 2017Southern California’s long running Triple Axe Attack, LEATHERWOLF, have released the “Wolfman” video, including footage from the band’s celebrated 2015 Keep It True festival appearance in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The audio track was mixed by legendary producer/engineer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, ANVIL) at Ecology Room Studios in Kent, England and mastered by Tom Baker (JUDAS PRIEST, ALICE COOPER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) at Baker Mastering in Calabasas, CA. The clip can be viewed on the band’s YouTube channel:

“Our bass player, Pat (Guyton), originally came up with the idea to do this video since we had a bunch of unused footage from Keep It True XVIII that just sat on the shelves so to speak”, states drummer Dean Roberts. “A few months ago, we hooked up with Chris (Tsangarides) and gave him a song to do a test mix. We were blown away by what he came back with – he’s just awesome! “Kill And Kill Again” off our debut album has always been a favorite of ours to play live so we got together with editor Michael Lyle and had him edit this cool “lupine” footage around the live visuals which makes for a pretty neat concept. I think the fans will get a kick out of it when they see it!”

In other news, LEATHERWOLF will be traveling to Europe later his summer to take part in the three-day 80’s metal extravanganza, Hair Metal Heaven, which is set to take place August 25-27 at Hull City Hall in Kingston-upon-Hull, England. Other bands on the bill include TNT, HOUSE OF LORDS, D-A-D, HARDLINE and DANGER DANGER. States vocalist/guitarist Michael Olivieri: “We are extremely excited to make our return to the UK after almost three decades. The last time we played Britain was opening up for VOW WOW back in 1989 in support of ‘Street Ready’. Great memories! We can’t wait to finally rock for our British fans again who’ve been asking about gigs for years. See you in August!”

Hair Metal Heaven will mark the European live debut of new addition, guitarist Joey Tafolla (JAG PANZER), who officially joined original LEATHERWOLF members, Michael Olivieri and Dean Roberts, guitarist Rob Math, and long-time bassist Patrick Guyton in January.


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Kreator with support act’s on Gods Of Violence European Tour 2017 – leg 1 – at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

April 8th, 2017
by Anders Sandvall


Gods Of Violence European Tour 2017: Leg 1

Sepultura – special guest
Soilwork – special guest
Aborted – support act

Amager Bio
Copenhagen, Denmark

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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SYRUS – Al Berlanga

April 6th, 2017
by Robert Williams

Since the late seventies and throughout the eighties San Antonio has long since been a haven for classic heavy metal music. Enriched with such notable underground acts as S.A. Slayer, Byfist, Oblivion Knight and countless others the River City helped write the pages of Texas metal lore. You can count Syrus among the names of the band’s that defined the sound of eighties metal in San Antonio. Now reformed and stronger than ever Syrus has re-recorded a CD of their classic material with new vocalist Geoff Dee at the helm. We caught up with original guitarist and founder Al Berlanga who filled us in on the latest happenings of the band…

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Premiere New Video For “Dancing With The Wrong Girl”

April 6th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

U.S./Irish hard rockers BLACK STAR RIDERS released their hotly-anticipated third album Heavy Fire on the February 3rd via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Fresh off their extensive run of the UK and Ireland, the band return with a music video for new single, “Dancing With The Wrong Girl.”

Lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick explains about the track, “The greatest lie we can endure is from our own denial, sometimes two wrongs can make it alright.”

The video was filmed in East London’s neon-clad Gods Own Junkyard and was directed by Louis Catlett.

Heavy Fire is now available for purchase:
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (NB Shop) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireNB
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (iTunes) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireIT
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Apple Music) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAM
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Amazon MP3) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireAMP3
BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire (Google Play) http://nblast.de/BSRHeavyFireGP

More from ‘Heavy Fire’:
‘Heavy Fire’: https://youtu.be/GzATJV-qnOM
‘Testify Or Say Goodbye’: https://youtu.be/SvcNNeiMl90
Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/PXFHrJfMtVY
Trailer #2: https://youtu.be/NHb15oJTD8s
Trailer #3: https://youtu.be/yWm1diFNtK4
Trailer #4: https://youtu.be/xp_4OMk6T5U
Trailer #5: https://youtu.be/LNG0Zy6-2KE
‘When The Night Comes In’ lyric video: https://youtu.be/aR-w6_IH7hE

From the immediate riffs of album opener Heavy Fire to the instant hooks of first single “When The Night Comes In,” from the dirty bass groove of “Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed” to the familiar and trademark dual guitars of Gorham and Johnson on “Testify Or Say Goodbye,” Heavy Fire is an album that will further cement BSR¹s reputation as one of the world premiere rock acts.

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Primal Fear To Release ‘Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany’ CD/DVD & Blu-Ray

April 6th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

The German metal legends Primal Fear are returning with a vengeance on June 2, 2017 with a brand new live album/home video, entitled “Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany” on Frontiers Music Srl!
2016 was a very busy year for PRIMAL FEAR. Following the release of their latest killer studio album, “Rulebreaker” in January, the metal warriors embarked on a world tour which shattered all the previously held records for shows played in one year by the band.
“We started in Europe with 11 countries and recorded the concert in Stuttgart for the album and video, which is Primal Fear’s first Blu-Ray release. We continued in the USA and Canada, Japan and for the first time, Australia. Then we played some wonderful festivals in the summer, continued touring in 10 countries in South and Latin America and ended the year with more shows in Europe. It was a fantastic experience for the band and we want to thank every single fan who joined us on this great journey!” says bassist and co-founding member Mat Sinner.
Vocalist and co-founding member Ralf Scheepers adds: “With a handy cam in my suitcase, I have recorded on multiple occasions many behind the scenes shots and funny, candid moments. We recorded an entire show right at the beginning of this fantastic world tour and it gives you an insight to the Primal Fear live experience on stage. You will find a lot of bonus material such as video clips and different additional surprises, so we can easily say that we are very proud to deliver this package to you…please enjoy and do us a favor: CRANK IT UP!”
The last tour unleashed the best Primal Fear performances since the band formed in 1998 – a consistently great mix of power, ambition, and enthusiasm filtered through the talent of these insanely great players! There is undoubtedly magnificent performances on this release, with great sound and video quality. This live album offers a barrage of metal anthems in their full glory that will please any headbanger! If you are a metal fan you, then you must see this in all it’s power and glory!
The package will be released on CD/DVD and Blu Ray on June 2, 2017 with vinyl and a limited edition special box set in the works as well!

1. Countdown To Insanity
2. Final Embrace
3. In Metal We Trust
4. Angel In Black
5. Rulebreaker
6. Sign Of Fear
7. Seven Seals
8. Angels Of Mercy
9. The End Is Near
10. Rollercoaster
11. The Sky Is Burning
12. Nuclear Fire
13. When Death Comes Knocking
14. Metal Is Forever
15. Fighting The Darkness

1. Countdown To Insanity
2. Final Embrace
3. In Metal We Trust
4. Angel In Black
5. Rulebreaker
6. Sign Of Fear
7. Seven Seals
8. Let There Be Drums
9. Angels Of Mercy
10. The End Is Near
11. Rollercoaster
12. The Sky Is Burning
13. Nuclear Fire
14. When Death Comes Knocking
15. Metal Is Forever
16. Fighting The Darkness
17. Running In The Dust

Bonus features:
– The End Is Near (Videoclip)
– Angels Of Mercy (Videoclip)
– When Death Comes Knocking (Videoclip)
– King For A Day (Videoclip)
– Strike (Videoclip)
– Chainbreaker (Live At Master Of Rocks)
– Rulebreaker World Tour 2016 (documentary)

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Mat Sinner – Bass
Tom Naumann – Guitars
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums

Produced by Mat Sinner


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CROMONIC  – Interview with vocalist Pasi Humppi (ex-Freternia)

April 5th, 2017
by EvilG

CROMONIC  – Vocalist Pasi Humppi (ex-Freternia)

Interviewed by EvilG

Pasi Humppi is a name I remember well and fondly from his time with the Swedish power metal band Freternia. When I was contacted by Pasi, and given the chance to hear the new CROMONIC, I was excited because to me this new band carries on a lot of the feeling and style from Freternia. Like Freternia, Cromonic are also a Borås, Sweden-based heavy/power-metal band. Cromonic formed with the current lineup in 2013 and consists of five members. With their debut album ”Time” coming out this week, now is a good time to talk about all things Cromonic, and of course, to fill in some of the gaps regarding Freternia.

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Crowbar + Dripback + Gods @ The Dome, London

April 4th, 2017
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Crowbar + Dripback + Gods

@ The Dome, London

March 20, 2017

Review by The Hun

Photography by Adrienn Pucher

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Interview with David Gehlke, author of Damn The Machine

April 2nd, 2017
by J P

Interview with David Gehlke, author of Damn The Machine

by JP

What first inspired you to write a book about the history of Noise Records?  Why not other early 80’s labels such as Megaforce or say Metal Blade?

David: Noise, along with Combat, Megaforce and Metal Blade, was one of the most influential labels of the ‘80s. Noise’s owner Karl-Ulrich Walterbach was able to unearth a tremendous array of undiscovered talent and a lot of his key signings are still around today and bigger than they were while on Noise. Aside from that, a lot of the bands who were on Noise were very vocal about their not-so-pleasant dealings with Karl and the label, most notably Celtic Frost and Helloween. That made me want to dive into the inner-workings of the label and find out what made Karl tick, as well as get his side of the story. Karl also has quite the back-story of his own; he spent a good part of the ‘70s squatting in Berlin, eventually becoming one of the first people to run a punk rock record company in Germany. If Karl didn’t get into punk, he probably doesn’t get into metal. This created the near-perfect sequence of events to build a book.

Noise staff in the mid 80’s.

Tell us a bit of your writing routine.  How long did it take from start to finish?

David:  The book took two-and-a-half years to write. Karl and I spoke nearly every Sunday during that time, where I’d present him with a topic and he’d share his experiences. Karl is a tremendous storyteller with an excellent memory, so that made my job really easy. Of course, transcribing my interviews with Karl as well as the Noise bands was time-consuming, but that’s part of the gig. Because the book involved so many bands and personalities, it was not written sequentially. I think I finished some of the book’s later chapters before some of the ones on Karl’s early days and even Celtic Frost. Therefore, you could say it was like piecing together a huge puzzle. A 504-page puzzle.

 Is this your first book?  

David: Yes, this is my first book! I’ve been writing for various metal magazines and ‘zines over the years, so it seemed like a good time to put a book together. I picked a difficult, somewhat controversial topic to start with, though. As clichéd as it sounds, this was a tremendous learning experience. I learned so much along the way. If I’m lucky enough to do another book, surely those lessons will be applied. I hope.

 Was it difficult to secure a publishing deal?
David: In North America, yes, absolutely. I was told the book was too niche, which I agree with. That led me to create my own publishing company, Deliberation Press. Thankfully, the world of self-publishing has grown to the point where it’s easy to do as long as you’re willing to front the money and handle the coordination of the book’s inner-design and promotion yourself. I was lucky enough to land a deal for both Germany and the U.K. with Iron Pages, who have been a tremendous supporter of the book.

What was the biggest challenge in writing Damn The Machine? Conversely, what were some of the highlights for you? 

David: The biggest challenge was piecing together the story of a label that in its first incarnation, was around for 24 years and had signed hundreds of bands. Since Noise had so many bands, determining a cut-off point on who to cover was essential. That led to some bands being left out who were deserving of space, like Scanner and Vendetta. Devoting entire chapters to some of Noise’s larger bands like Celtic Frost, Helloween and Kreator was easy, but trying to accommodate the behind-the-scenes business aspect of the label was difficult at times.

Perhaps the second biggest challenge was getting the bands to talk. A lot of hard feelings still exist between Noise’s legacy roster and the label, so actually convincing certain bands that this was a neutral project was a tough go at times. Luckily, I was able to get just about everyone who was needed for the book and in just about every case, the bands were candid and honest about their time with Noise.

Highlights…there were many. Just getting to know Karl-Ulrich Walterbach for starters. Karl had been out of the spotlight since selling Noise in 2001, but since reemerged as a band manager around 2010. Working with the gentleman responsible for so much of European metal was a true honor. Karl is a one-of-a-kind personality and I am grateful he allowed me to write the book on the label he created and presided over. And, let’s not leave out talking to all of the great bands, like Celtic Frost, Coroner, Gamma Ray, Grave Digger, Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, etc.

Why do you think it has taken so long for someone to document this story? 

David: That’s a good question. It may have more to do with Karl’s lack of visibility over the years than anything. He’s certainly a known quantity in the metal scene, but for whatever reason, no one had thought of telling his story, let alone Noise’s. We’re due for books on some of metal’s legendary record companies. There’s already one on Neat Records, written by John Tucker, who served as the editor for the Noise book. But, Century Media, Combat, Earache, Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast and Roadrunner all are deserving of their own book. Granted, some of those labels don’t quite have the adversarial angle Noise has, but they’d be good stories nonetheless.


Were there any Noise artists you contacted who declined to comment or participate, or alternatively, any you just could not find?

David: In the “could not find” department was members of Dark Avenger, who appeared on the Death Metal compilation. Even with the help of the Internet, I could not track any of them down. Same goes for members of S.A.D.O. and V2, two of the label’s more rock-oriented bands. Only two people outright turned me down for participation: Rod Smallwood, who, obviously is Iron Maiden’s manager, but also started to manage Helloween while they were on Noise. I was told Rod does not do any non-Iron Maiden-related press, which is understandable. The other was Tairrie B., who used to front Manhole and Tura Satana. Tairrie didn’t feel right participating in a book that included Karl-Ulrich Walterbach, which was a bummer, but again, I respect her wishes. Outside of those two, all of the key players participated. I got extremely lucky!

Was Karl Walterbach a bit skeptical to have an American write the story of a German label?

David: Of course. Plus, Karl didn’t know me from the next guy on the street when I initially approached him in 2013. Karl turned me down several times, so after putting together a proposal on how the book was to be created, he agreed. He wanted to be sure he had a proper platform to tell his side of the story and I wanted to ensure all of his bands were represented. Once we agreed on that, we got started in March 2014. But to your point, I’m 34 and American. I wasn’t around during Noise’s heyday, so some people outside of Karl were skeptical of me writing a book about a German label that had mostly German bands. I’d done quite a bit of homework on the label and its bands, so hopefully the book shows I know what I’m talking about…fingers crossed there!


Were there any big surprises or revelations that shocked you?

David: What surprised and/or shocked me the most was how the 1990 Helloween/EMI court case killed Karl’s passion for the music industry. Up until that point, he loved running the label. He loved signing bands and watching them develop. Once he got bogged down with a never-ending parade of lawyers and legalities, he started to hate everything the music industry represented. He saw himself as the little guy going after the big guys, which was the major labels of the time. He and Modern Music (Noise’s parent company) were ultimately successful in the court case, but the damage was done. It sapped Karl of his passion for running the label and that’s when Noise’s gradual descent began.


As a fan, how much of the Noise catalogue do you own?

David: [Turns around and looks at his CD collection] I have probably anywhere from 50-75 Noise releases, perhaps more. I have all of the major/key releases and have started working on tracking down some of the label’s lesser-known albums. They’re a bit hard to find and pricy, though.


What in your estimation is the rarest Noise release? 

David: Some of the label’s very early releases like Ballantinez or S.A.D.O. are really tough to track down. It’s unknown how many copies Noise pressed of each release, but since they were bands that had a very limited amount of success, it’s unlikely they made it to their second pressing. Even you, Josh, asking about the cassette version of Tankard’s Alien EP makes it pretty rare. Not even their manager, Buffo, knows if it exists!


How long did it take to complete the Noise discography? 

David: Months. I was provided a print-out of the last documented Noise Records discography from around 2000. I mean, it was literally the exact print-out the label used for keeping track of their releases. So I took that and typed it up, but there were tons of gaps. My German publisher Matthias Mader of Iron Pages requested I fill in the blanks, so that took quite a bit of time. Even looking at it now, there are still some gaps. Hopefully no true hardcore collector reams me out for not having the exact, final discography.

 What has reception been for Damn The Machine been like? 

David: So far it has been positive, although we’re still pretty early into the process. Once people have read the entire book, I’ll be curious to hear what they think. As a first-time author, there’s certainly a bit of anxiousness in getting the opinion of others. But, it’s nice to find people are interested in the book. Karl and Noise certainly left a lasting impression.

Do you have any plans to write another Metal released book?  If yes, can we have a hint to the topic? 

David: Absolutely. It will be about a band; I don’t know if I could handle doing a book about another record company ha-ha. Some hints: It will either be a Swedish or German band 😉



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Wacken Metal Battle USA Boston Round 3 Winner – UPHEAVAL

April 2nd, 2017
by EvilG

One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air
One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads! 

Wacken Metal Battle In America For The First Time! 

Wacken Metal Battle USA is proud to announce Boston round 3 winner UPHEAVALThe band will now join previous round 1 and 2 winners COFFIN BIRTH and GOBLET at the city final being held on April 19th at ONCE Somerville. Boston round 3 was held on Tuesday, March 29th at ONCE Somerville along with other competing bands Lung LeatherBirnam WoodConcilium. The winners of the Boston final will join Philadelphia round winners POWER THEORY and COPRSE HOARDER at the national final (city and date to be determined).

For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in various cities. The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th. Please watch the following video trailer to see all the metal fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xjt8Qp3TE

Boston, MA

Final – Wednesday, April 19 @ Once Somerville (156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts)
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/364745117238312/
Round 1 Winner – Coffin Birth – https://coffinbirth.bandcamp.com
Round 2 Winner – Goblet – http://goblet2.bandcamp.com
Round 3 Winner – Upheaval – http://upheavalboston.bandcamp.com
+ Wild Card Band To Be Determined

National Final (city and date to be determined):
Power Theory (Philadelphia Winner) – http://www.sentinelmusic75.wix.com/powertheory
Corpse Hoarder (Philadelphia Winner) – https://corpsehoarder.bandcamp.com

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Hammerfall with support acts on Built To Tour 2017 – European leg 1 – Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

April 2nd, 2017
by Anders Sandvall


Built To Tour 2017 – European leg 1 –
Gloryhammer – special guest
Lancer – support act

Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
8/2 – 2017

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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SLAUGHTER Frontman MARK SLAUGHTER To Release New ‘Halfway There’ Solo Album

April 2nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Says Slaughter: “We have been dropping hints for a while, but it is official. I have signed a deal with EMP Label Group, the record label owned by my good friend David Ellefson of Megadeth, who will release my new solo record Halfway There on May 26th in the US and Europe!! I’m so proud of this record, and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

If you pre-order “Halfway There” on CD or limited-edition vinyl LP on empmerch.com, you will get a free immediate download of  the song”Hey You”. Also, the first 200 pre-orders will be signed. You can pre-order the album HERE.




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Grand Opening of ELLEFSON COFFEE CO JACKSON April 7-9,

April 2nd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of Grammy-Winning Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group‘s President DAVID ELLEFSON, has announced additional details about the GRAND OPENING of their Brick and Mortar store in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN April 7-9. As previously announced, in addition to Ellefson himself, who will be in attendance all 3 days, the event will be co-hosted by special guest, comedian, and THAT METAL SHOW co-host Don Jamieson appearing on Saturday.

Additionally, the grand opening will feature special acoustic performances by Kik Tracee/ Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux, with Bang Tango/ZFM guitarist Drew Fortier, who will play several sets over the weekend of KIK TRACEE and ZFM material. Also joining the festivities on Satuday is Bryn Arens, frontman of local Minneapolis legends FLIPP, paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee, who will lead Ellefson and co. on an exploration to LOON LAKE CEMETARY, the local Jackson burial ground that inspired the Megadeth classic “Mary Jane”, and local Jackson Stock Car driver Luke Sathoff, who will have his ELLEFSON COFFEE CO sponsored car on display.

Also on display is the “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection, including highlights such as David’s Jackson High marching band uniform, as well as memorabilia from other artists including Machine Head, Max Cavalera, Coal Chamber, and fellow 2017 Grammy Nominees KORN.

In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co brands, including ROAST IN PEACE, SHE WOLF, KENYA THRASH, and URBAN LEGEND, ECC also serves as a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia, as well as a satellite retail outlet for titles and merchandise from Ellefson’s EMP LABEL GROUP. Additionally, the store will also act as an official retailer for JACKSON GUITARS and SIT STRINGS, as well as select items from PUCK HCKY, DEAN GUITARS, and more!

Says Ellefson, “As the GRAND OPENING draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the Grand Opening and beyond!! We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things COFFEE and METAL, and we’re going to show them all a GREAT time!!”

ECC Marketing Director Thom Hazaert adds, “The Ellefson Coffee Co. store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT, and everything else in our universe. With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique and amazing fan (and Coffee) experience, that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the World.”

Join the party at Ellefson Coffee Co. April 7-9th at 404 Second St, Jackson, MN, 56143.

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Sacred Oath announce spring/summer 2017 northeast US tour dates

April 1st, 2017
by EvilG
Sacred Oath

Sacred Oath

Sacred Oath has posted a confirmed list of concert appearances on their website.


·         May 5th in Allentown PA

·         May 6th in Scranton PA

·         June 3rd in Naugatuck CT

·         June 30th in Hartford CT

·         July 14th in Brooklyn NY

·         September 9th in Clifton NJ


The band also expects to add Worcester MA, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, and Wilmington DE to this list soon.


A fifth member – Damiano Christian – has been added to Sacred Oath’s roster for this tour.  Damiano is an 18 year-old guitar and piano prodigy from Middletown Connecticut who will be playing rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, and singing background vocals during the band’s set at each show on the tour.


“One of the conversations we were having in the studio this time around was that wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play all the music on this tour,” commented Rob Thorne on the addition of a fifth touring member.  “There were always missing elements in past live shows – third harmonies, backing vocals, keyboard parts –  and we thought it would be fun this time around to try and do it all.  Rehearsals with Damiano have been exciting and we’re all convinced this is a great way to go.  He’s a super-talent and already working at a pro level.  Sacred Oath fans can really look forward to an awesome experience in 2017.”


The band plans to do at least 20 US dates in support of their newest album “Twelve Bells” being released May 12th on Angel Thorne Music and distributed through Caroline.



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KillThax Tour: Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Blow Roof Off Wellmont Theater

April 1st, 2017
by Metal Rules

KillThax Tour: Anthrax & Killswitch Engage Blow Roof Off Wellmont Theater

Montclair NJ, 3/29/17

Review and photos by Robert Cavuoto

Tonight was the first show of the KillThax Tour featuring Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, and special guests The Devil Wears Prada. If the KillThax Tour was on a mission to level the theater and crush the metal heads; consider the job well done!

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MARTIN POPOFF’s Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead, signing, packing, mailing… nöw!

March 30th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

As the back cover (in part) says, this is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Phil “Animal” Taylor.

Through interviews with all of the principle troublemakers, Martin Popoff, author of 62 books on heavy metal, celebrates, over the course of the book’s action-packed 260 pages the formation of Motörhead in 1975, and, in detail, the records that made them legends, namely Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and Iron Fist, followed by an epilogue that brings the story up to date.

Eminently quotable, Motörhead come to life in this book as bad luck bad boys incapable of running their lives right, save for Fast Eddie who is charged with holding the thing together against all odds doused in drink and drugs, most notably speed.

Within the context of the book, Popoff also examines the heady heavy metal climate of the times exploding into what was known as the New Wave of Heavy Metal, including Motörhead’s unique position in the scene as both originators and bridge band to the punks, most notably The Damned.

A first-hand account in Popoff’s dependable style, Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers includes interview footage from Brian Robertson Mikkey Dee, Phil Campbell and the band’s manager at the time Doug Smith as well as members of Hawkwind, Angel Witch, Girlschool, Tank and Twisted Sister.

And of course, prominent are the many highlights from Martin’s many chats over the years with Fast Eddie, Phil and Lemmy, the latter two of which died after Martin had finished the manuscript, requiring a last-minute update due to their shocking demises.

Price for Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers including shipping:
US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

Ask me if you’d prefer a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to martinp@inforamp.net

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff, P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!), especially for US and Canadian orders. Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other 35 or so books that I have available for autographin’ and shippin’.  Note: this will not be at my website for a good ten days, but I have the books now and am shipping them this week.

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