Accept’s stature amongst metal heads continues to grow since they left a long-lasting impression with such anthems as “Fast As A Shark,” “Balls to the Wall,” “Princess of the Dawn” and “Metal Heart.” It’s about to be taken to a whole new level, as the group has announced they are going back into the studio to write a new CD right after they finish a string of dates from the Blind Rage Tour. Their last three CDs; Blood of the Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage have left an indelible mark on the metal community and all offers thunderous riffs, intricate melodies, aggressive vocals, and infectious undiluted metal songs with a bite. Accept continues to write new metal anthems that carry on the legendary tradition with a metal attitude.
I caught up with guitarist and foundering member, Wolf Hoffmann, to get his perspective on touring, making new music, and history behind “Fast as a Shark!”
MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen’s new project, SURGICAL METH MACHINE, has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records for their self-titled debut album. The record, which was recorded primarily at Jourgensen’s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso, will be released on April 15 worldwide. In support of the forthcoming album, Al has launched a brand-new lyric video for the new track “Tragic Alert”.
Al commented: “I hope you enjoy this soundtrack to the New World Order…you should, y’all helped create it!”
Pre-order Surgical Meth Machine via Nuclear Blast .
CD – Track Listing:
01. I’m Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don’t Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
08. Gates Of Steel
10. Just Go Home
11. Just Keep Going
12. I’m Invisible
LP – Track Listing:
01. I’m Sensitive
02. Tragic Alert
03. I Want More
04. Rich People Problems
05. I Don’t Wanna
06. Smash And Grab
02. Gates Of Steel
04. Just Go Home
05. Just Keep Going
06. I’m Invisible
In an October 2015 interview with In The Loop magazine, Jourgensen stated about how the idea for SURGICAL METH MACHINE came about: “You know, [guitarist] Mikey [Scaccia] died a couple of years ago, from MINISTRY, and I just figured, like, nah, it’s time to quit. I don’t want to have John Bonham’s kid playing drums for us and having replacement parts forever; that’s just not my scene. So I just figured, ‘All right, let’s stop this. Let’s do some other stuff.’ And not only that. I found that it was really unburdensome to not have the MINISTRY moniker or expectations and just do something like whatever the fuck we want. I mean, the band’s name is SURGICAL METH MACHINE. It’s not like we’re gonna be on Top 40 radio and on ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’. [Laughs]”
He continued: “I understand it’s not a real commercial project for us, it’s not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in that sense – of just not having the constraints of the expectations of what you’ve done for twenty years. So this is… It’s kind of new stuff. It’s pretty cool. It sounds like kind of MINISTRY, but it’s a different level. It’s like I literally just put my foot on the gas pedal for this record.”
According to Jourgensen, the sound of SURGICAL METH MACHINE’s debut release leans heavily on the aggressive side, but fans can also expect to hear a few surprises. “There’s a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don’t give a fuck anymore,” he said. “So I’m actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I’m crooning on some songs, I’ve got some pop songs on there, and then there’s just brutal assault for the rest of it. It’s a very dichotomous record, but it’s me, and I’m acknowledging everything that’s been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let’s just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn’t have a meat cleaver running.”
Record Store Day is thrilled to announce its Ambassador for 2016, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees… METALLICA!
Metallica is no stranger to Record Store Day, this year set for Saturday, April 16th, a special day in support of independent record stores and record store culture worldwide, now in its ninth year.
“Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA,” said drummer Lars Ulrich. “They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”
Throughout Record Store Day’s near-decade lifespan, Metallica’s support has been more than noteworthy with in-store appearances, (remember Mountain View, CA Rasputin Records in 2008, when the band met their fans for hours to kick off the very first Record Store Day) and a healthy handful of special releases. In fact, members James Hetfleld, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo made big news just last year when the band’s cassette-issued demos collection, No Life Til Leather, ended up as Record Store Day 2015’s highest seller. As well, Trujillo’s lauded biopic, Jaco, about legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius, was RSD 2014’s Official Film and a special Record Store Day exclusive version was released on DVD for Black Friday 2015, including a bonus CD featuring tracks from Trujillo himself.
This year the band’s official release will fit into a wider theme of Record Store Day 2016, highlighting the relationship between US record stores and their French counterparts, between Record Store Day and ‘Disquaire Day’, between music-loving humans in the US and France, following the tragic events in Paris in November 2015. Metallica will release Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a CD featuring a live recording from the club, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France’s Give For France charity (details here)
The live recording set list includes: “The Four Horsemen;” “Leper Messiah;” “No Remorse;” “Fade To Black;” “Frantic;” “Ride The Lightning;” “Blackened;” and encores: “Seek & Destroy;” and “Damage, INC.”
For now, let’s all get ready for another great Saturday in April, when we celebrate the culture of the independent record store with Metallica.
BOOK OF SHADOWS II AVAILABLE 4/8/15
COVER ART, TRACKLIST REVEALED
PRE ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
Guitar icon ZAKK WYLDE today has debuted an all new single titled “Sleeping Dogs” from his forthcoming solo LP. Artwork, created by Wylde and longtime collaborator John Irwin, is being revealed today along with 14-song tracklisting. “Sleeping Dogs” will also be available as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes will get the single immediately.
An additionalpreorderbundle is also available offering a Book Of Shadows II CD signed by Zakk plus a 17″x11″ poster. Limited to 1,000 bundles.
The new Swedish supergroup ‘Allegiance Of Rock’ is a collaboration consisting of Gus G (Ozzy, Firewind) – guitars, John Leven (Europe) – bass, Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, Yngwie Malmsteen) – drums and Mats Leven (Candlemass, Gus G) on vocals. This all star alliance will be united for the very first time at Stockholm Rocks Festival on May 7th, 2016 at Debaser Medis, Sweden.
The band will be performing songs from the past, present and future of their own back catalogue and more.
Prepare yourself for screaming guitars, thundering bass and drums and voices from another world.
German rock legends Scorpions will be touring the US beginning May 2016. In fall 2015 Cleopatra Records released on Blue-ray the Scorpions FOREVER AND A DAY fully authorized documentary spanning 50 years (!) of Germany’s long running rock band. After 50 years on stages all around the world, Germany’s Scorpions decided it was time to embark on one last tour. This fully authorized documentary follows the hard rockers from their beginnings as young music fans to the present day. The band reflects on their fans, their long-time crew and each other. FOREVER AND A DAY is the portrait of a life long journey. In German with English subtitles.
As the film shows, during the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. Founding Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker says that if you watch FOREVER AND A DAY, you can see the veteran rockers come to the realization that they weren’t ready to call it quits.
“Director Katja von Garnier’s in-depth look at Germany’s largest musical export is fascinating and eye opening for both the hard rock initiated and/or classic rock music fans in general.” – Night Flight
“Along with their spotlight years and older material, including their humble beginnings and humorous anecdotes, there’s the farewell concert snippets and behind-the-scenes looks… An in-depth documentary.” – Geeks Of Doom
“The tour shots are all cool as is the on-stage performance footage, but what really intrigued me is the culture journey the band takes.” – Ink 19
“A solidly entertaining, highly accessible rock documentary.” – Libertas Film Magazine
I AM THOR DVD/Blu-Ray screener & concert to tour Canada:
Thor and the award winning documentary head North!
After an incredibly successful release in the USA of the Award winning documentary, I AM THOR, the saga of Jon Mikl Thor, returns to the country of his origin. To celebrate the North American release of the DVD and Blu-Ray, I AM THOR, Thor will be touring and making various guest appearances in the spring of 2016.
Produced by Ryan Wise and Al Higbee, I AM THOR won acclaim at festivals throughout the world and was extremely well received by both the audience and critics alike. In November of 2015, Thor went on a multi city tour across the USA with the movie tucked under his arms. The crowd response was overwhelming and every event from Seattle to New York was a sell out with fans screaming for more.
Due to demand, I AM THOR is now coming to DVD and Blu-Ray. Distribution in the US is through Dark Sky Films/ MPI Media and by Raven Banner Entertainment in Canada.
All live events are produced and presented by Fabio Productions.
Details of the DVD/Blu-Ray launch tour and events are as follows.
March 11th: The Viking Lounge, Victoria, BC. Tour launch with Concert by THOR and ZON-SON OF THOR. Special Guest appearance by FRANK SODA.
March 17th: The Moose, Vancouver, BC. I AM THOR screening party on Thorsday!
Special guest appearances by FRANK SODA and ZON-SON OF THOR! Featuring promotions, giveaways will make it a fun party atmosphere.
March 19th: Rose City, Portland, Oregon. The “Ride of The Chariots” Bus will take Canadian fans from Vancouver down Highway 5 to the event. Pre-orders of the Canadian Raven Banner release of I AM THOR and the movie OST will be available for all those who purchase a ticket to Portland. The album Only The Strong will be performed by Thor live in its entirety after the screening.
March 26th: Muninn’s Post, Kelowna, BC. The mighty THOR will lead an epic Viking March, with over 100 vikings, to the concert through downtown Kelowna. The screening/concert will be held at the Viking themed Muninn’s Post music venue with special guest Mike Kischnick.
April 30th: Rockpile, Toronto, Ontario Details TBA
May 14th: Highline Ballroom, NYC THOR a Rock Odyssey. Details TBA
For press and publicity inquiries contact Joshua Wood at (403) 880-1864 or Joshuawood@shaw.ca
H&H Records has Assassin in the cross-hairs and are ready to pull the trigger. Heaven and Hell Records will soon be re-issuing classic Pennsylvania band Assassin’s ‘Licenses to Kill’ album for the first time ever on CD.
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.
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 http://metalchurchofficial.com.
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: https://youtu.be/QfG0vw19RJM. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church. 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 http://smarturl.it/MCXIiTunes 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: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o 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: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU.
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.
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1505365376439377/ or bandsintown/killritual
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).