Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: North Carolina’s KING HITTER will release their self-titled debut ep via Restricted Release/Plastic Head Music on March 24. Featuring vocalist Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity) and his Leadfoot band mate, guitarist Scott Little, the ep will be available for preorders via ITunes, Amazon, and other music outlets in North America beginning February 10. The label has started early cd preorders HERE and digital preorders HERE. The album will also be available on limited-edition 10 inch vinyl; order details to be announced shortly.
Taking their name from the 1975 song “Black-Eyed Bruiser” by Australian pop icon Stevie Wright, King Hitter properly introduces the Raleigh-based five-piece to the world. Under the guidance of producer James Lugo (Fuel/Matt Sorrum/311), King Hitter was recorded during the mid months of 2014 at Hemispheres Recording. Featuring five herculean songs that are comfortably familiar yet fresh and new, it showcases the band’s tempered chops. In a recent interview Agell shared, “I remain proud of the work I did with Corrosion of Conformity and Leadfoot. That satisfaction has always led me to wonder if I would ever feel the same achievement that I still have for the Blind album. I finally have my answer to that; let me introduce you and the rest of the world to the real King Hitter.”
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) has posted in-studio footage of 2 songs from FATES WARNING’s highly acclaimed “Darkness In A Different Light” album. The video can be seen on his YouTube channel:
”Hey all, I finally sat down and finished editing some drumming video footage of myself from the recording sessions of Fates Warning’s “Darkness In A Different Light” at The Carriage House in Stamford, CT. DIADL was released in October 2013, and, of course, I’ve have this footage for a while but for various reasons I never got around to editing it until now. Better late than never, I guess. The two songs in this particular video clip are “I Am” and “One Thousand Fires.” Enjoy!”
We are happy to announce another seven acts for this summer’s Sweden Rock Festival.
Ace Frehley is best known as the original solo guitarist in Kiss. These days, his focus is on his solo career and his latest album “Space Invader” (2014) marked his first Swedish album chart entry as a solo artist. On June 6th he will be back at the Sweden Rock Festival!
We are very excited to announce the world premiere of what we are claiming to be the world’s first heavy metal musical – The Legend of Dio: A Metal Musical!
The world’s legions of Ronnie James Dio fans will soon have something to celebrate after mourning the passing of the great metal singer in 2010. The Legend of Dio, a metal musical featuring the songs of Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow and starring Melbourne metal warriors Barbariön, will have its World Premiere at The Corner Hotel in Richmond on Friday March 6. A fictional comedy based on Dio’s music, lyrics and imagery, The Legend of Dio is equal parts Tenacious D, Rock of Ages, and Shakespeare. So come, raise your devil horns and salute a true metal legend.
Starring Barbariön’s menacing frontman, Myles Tauchert as Satan, William James Smith from H.M.A.S. Vendetta as Dio and Kat Stargazer of Horizons Edge as Wendy.
“From Kiss classics to tracks from his newest album, and everything in between, fans would be hard pressed to leave wanting much more.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY has announced his first Australian shows since 2010 his First Ever New Zealand Solo Shows!
“I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia with this new lineup. I’ll be performing ACE classics as well as songs off my new CD ‘Space Invader‘ for the enjoyment of the fans. Let There Be Rock!”
Few rock guitarists have as impressive a resume as Michael Schenker does – as he has supplied his six-string talents to such world-renowned acts as the Scorpions, UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group over the years. And it is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of his killer new disc, ‘Spirit on a Mission,’ released March 24, 2015.
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane” rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA (the day after the release of ‘Spirit on a Mission’), and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th.
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of ‘Spirit on a Mission.’ “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote ‘Spirit On A Mission.’ I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock.” To get a taste of the new line-up, view the video for the tune “Vigilante Man” here: youtube.com/watch?v=21EaEwU4szU
Undoubtedly, this set of North American dates are the first step towards establishing Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock as a global force.
Temple Of Rock — Spirit On A Mission — World Tour
Michael Schenker (guitar)
Doogie White (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (7 string guitar/keyboards)
MAR 25 2015 @ Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA
MAR 27 2015 @ Tonic in Portland, OR
MAR 28 2015 @ Studio Seven in Seattle, WA
APR 01 2015 @ Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
APR 02 2015 @ Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA
APR 03 2015 @ Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA
APR 04 2015 @ M-15 Concert Hall in Corona, CA
APR 07 2015 @ Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV
APR 08 2015 @ Livewire Concert Hall in Scottsdale, AZ
APR 10 2015 @ Trees in Dallas, TX
APR 11 2015 @ 210 Kapones Live in San Antonio, TX
APR 12 2015 @ 18th Street in San Leon, TX
APR 15 2015 @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY
APR 16 2015 @ Eclipse in Binghamton, NY
APR 17 2015 @ Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ
APR 18 2015 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ
APR 20 2015 @ Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA
APR 22 2015 @ Rockpile West in Toronto, Ontario Canada
APR 23 2015 @ Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
APR 24 2015 @ Harpos Concert Hall in Detroit, MI
APR 25 2015 @ Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
APR 26 2015 @ Freaksters in Pontiac, IL
APR 28 2015 @ Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO
APR 30 2015 @ Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA
MAY 01 2015 @ Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
MAY 02 2015 @ Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (Special Guest Don Dokken)
Sweet & Lynch are releasing another video from their upcoming debut album, Only To Rise. The video is for the song “Dying Rose” and premiered yesterday at GuitarWorld.com (http://www.guitarworld.com/sweet-lynch-premiere-dying-rose-music-video). The performance video, showing Michael Sweet and George Lynch playing the song together, was shot in a warehouse in Los Angeles last year. “Dying Rose” was directed by Devin DeHaven, known for his work with Rick Ross, Whitesnake, Kiss and R. Kelly to name a few. The video can be seen here: http://youtu.be/YSbQgAntZZ4.
“Dying Rose is the perfect representation of this album. It’s heavy yet dynamic with a riff and melody that reminds you of the greatest era in rock. George and I are proud of this song and excited that you all have the opportunity to finally hear it in it’s entirety and to see it as well!” exclaims Michael Sweet.
Only To Rise is scheduled for release in the United States on January 27th, 2015 via Froniters Music SRL. Backing up Sweet & Lynch on this new musical adventure is bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Brian Tichy. The album has been receiving postiive reviews with Blabbermouth stating ,“It’d be tacky to grab an easy pun and say here’s a match made in you-know-where, yet an alliance between STRYPER’s Michael Sweet and guitar hero George
Lynch is most definitely a match.” Target Audience Magazine recently raved, “Few sounds can capture the feel of the late 80s and early 90s like the clean guitar licks that scream from George Lynch’s (Dokken, Lynch Mob) fingers and out through his amp. Combine that with Michael Sweet’s (Stryper) powerful trumpeting vocals and you have the recipe for a hard rock album the likes of which we haven’t heard in years.”
From the opening notes of “The Wish” to the drum solo finish on the album-closer “Only To Rise,” it is evident that this musical partnership between Michael Sweet’s unmistakable voice and George Lynch’s signature guitar tone has yielded incredible results. Songs “Dying Rose,” “Me Without You” and “Strength In Numbers” showcase the diversity that permeates throughout the entire album. Sweet & Lynch released a lyric video for the 9/11 inspired track “September” which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/i5G5uzrYWXw and the video for “The Wish” can be seen here: http://youtu.be/jmmolV-B7xE. An EPK featuring Michael and George discussing this new project can be seen here: http://youtu.be/BPYIoe0fTqI. Only To Rise was produced by Michael Sweet who also produced the last Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, which received massive fan praise and critical acclaim alike.
Plans are currently being worked out for Sweet & Lynch to play a few live shows in the Spring of next year, making this different than any other supergroups that record together but never play live. More information will be announced in the near future. If the past records of these four musicians are any indication, no fan will want to miss these shows.
Motley Crue – 2015 on New Year’s Eve, December 31st 2015 at Staples Center
Mötley Crüe announced today on Fox And Friends the details of their final performance. This will mark the end of their touring career and will conclude their two year Final Tour cycle at the end of 2015 on New Year’s Eve, December 31st at Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles where the band’s career began 34 years ago. The band will be celebrating this week’s big announcement with a performance on The Tonight Show on January 22nd.
Mötley Crüe first announced plans for their 2-year Final Tour by signing a Cessation Of Touring Agreement at a press conference in Los Angeles in January 2014, solidifying the end of their Final Tour at the end of 2015.
The 2014 leg of the Final Tour was one of last year’s top grossing tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million. “Mötley Crüe’s Final Tour has been a massive global success and a true testament to the popularity of this legendary rock band,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North American Concerts. “New Year’s Eve 2015 will mark the end of an era in rock history but there’s no doubt that Mötley Crüe’s music will influence generations of artists for years to come.”
The Metal Network™, a new, social media-based music video sharing and entertainment network, will launch officially on Twitter on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
The Metal Network™ will dish out a continuous dose of Metal music videos daily, drawn from a group of more than 13,000 YouTube and Vimeo-based videos programmed to circulate across a series of designated channel pages that will broadcast free Metal music video entertainment on Twitter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Metal Network™ features simple, on-demand music video viewing for channel page followers (with playable videos delivered straight to user home timelines), plus free promotion for the record labels (over 250) and Metal bands (several thousand) whose music videos have been programmed into the first phase of The Metal Network™.
“I first noticed the possibility of broadcasting music videos within social media in 2009,” says Mike Brochin, music video programmer and content curator for The Metal Network™. “In 2010, I created a few test groups of Twitter pages on which I’d posted descriptive links to several hundred music videos of different genres to gauge demand,” he said.
“It was a group of Metal video link pages that attracted the most followers, and those were expanded in 2012. In 2013, I programmed in another round of music videos, this time to embed directly within Twitter for on-demand play [without having to be redirected to YouTube or Vimeo]. That prompted strong follower growth in the latter part of 2013, so in 2014 I decided to build The Metal Network.”
With a cumulative follower count of over 500,000 across all channel pages currently (including individual band pages for Iron Maiden, Metallica & Slipknot), The Metal Network™ will ultimately operate as a genre-based sub-network of Social Music Net™, a planned online music portal to which several other music video sub-networks will be added in 2015.
Previously, Brochin began an independent commitment to building and operating former music directory websites Rock And Metal Dot Com (launched in 2003) and Music Portal Dot Com (launched in 2004). Prior to that, he was independent publisher and editor of “Baseball Card Update,” a monthly baseball card magazine distributed by Time/Warner.
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• Thumbnail view of all music video channel pages of The Metal Network™:
As recently announced, Metal Mind Productions extended the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, Metal Mind have re-released the band’s back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming yet untitled album is planned for late March/early April.
Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, reveals the bands nearest plans:
“We’re kicking off 2015 with our first show performing on the awesome 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise sailing around the Carribean. A great way to start the year and an ideal opportunity to showcase some new songs from our forthcoming new studio album planned for release in late March / early April through our label Metal Mind. (Title to be announced soon). This will be our first album featuring vocalist ZP Theart, former Dragonforce frontman. Without doubt one of the best rock vocalists in the business today.Joining Mick Tucker, Myself and ZP on the new album will be former Sodom drummer Bobby Schottkowski and current Blind Guardian bass player Barend Courbois. Combined together to make a formidable metal machine. We intend to tour as much as possible this
year and we have already confirmed European shows and festivals starting in April. Details to be announced on our website. www.tankofficial.com. The mighty TANK keeps Rollin’!”
Black metal and bluegrass/Appalachian folk music would seem unlikely companions. But over the last few years, Austin Lunn’s one-man “band” Panopticon – hailing, fittingly, from the “Bluegrass state” of Kentucky, before a recent move to Minnesota – has proven that they are not mutually exclusive styles. After experimenting with folk/bluegrass accents on earlier work, Lunn went all in with the Appalachian vibe on 2012’s mesmerizing Kentucky, capturing a sort of Aaron Copland meets Bathory sonic effect. With Panopticon’s fifth full-length, Lunn – this time assisted by a bevy guest musicians and vocalists – accentuates old school Scandinavian-influenced black metal and flavors it, albeit quite liberally, with Americana. It makes for an incredible contrast, yet in the hands of someone with the genius and versatility of Lunn, this “blackgrass” treatment works brilliantly.
Emerging from the Tampa swamps once more to bludgeon us with grinding death metal, Florida Death Metal legends Obituary return with their 9th studio album. The album is brutal, raw, and very underground demo looking from the artwork and the packaging. This is all intentional, because the album sounds like SLOWLY WE ROT meets CAUSE OF DEATH! Obituary hasn’t changed at all folks, and that is fine by me!
The legendary band from Gothenburg, Sweden that created their own genre of metal decades back – the infamous Gothenburg sound. After 19 years is the band back with not just another “Slaughter Of The Soul” album, instead they did something else with the brilliant AT WAR WITH REALITY. I’m glad to be Swedish!
I had no problem picking what album would be number one for 2014. In fact, when the album came out way back in January 2014, I suspected that nothing would top this album all year. It seems some casual PF fans have been saying this is their best album in a long time…however, as I love all their albums, to me it’s another serving of great heavy metal from one of the very best bands going!
Great news for the fans of WAMI! The band’s new official video “Wild Woman” can be watched now on Youtube. Check it out at this location.
“It’s a story about music, love, rock’n’roll, beautiful women and tuff guys on motorbikes. And what’s most important – about Iggy’s love for guitar”.
The video was made by Mania Studio (maniastudio.pl) with photos taken mainly in Goleniów, Iggy’s hometown. Guest performance (as Iggy’s mum) was done by Lidia Popiel, an acclaimed Polish photographer. The animation was done by Białkowscy brothers from Szczecin.
WAMI – the names associated with this project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals – Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums – Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass – Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the young Polish guitarist Igor ‘Iggy’ Gwadera (born in 1997).
The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy’s concert in Poland. Bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into a project involving legendary musicians, who recorded a brand new album together with Iggy. In late November 2013, after Vinny Appice and Marco Mendoza recorded the bass and drum tracks, Doogie White confronted his vocal talent with Iggy’s guitar technique during their recording sessions in Poland. The truly outstanding results of these sessions are included on the album entitled “Kill the King”!!
“Kill The King, proves one undisputed fact – this international, intergenerational hard rock WAMI project really works. And even more, the sensational artistic collaboration between a group of talented Polish musicians and the three hard rock legends would be seriously unappreciated if referred to only as a curio in Appice’s or White’s vast discographies. It’s so because of many reasons – not only the predictable quality of the performance by the legendary musicians of Rainbow, Dio or Whitesnake fame, but also well-crafted compositions penned by the creative duo of Cugowski brothers. The true scene stealer is, however, the guitarist Iggy Gwadera – being not even old enough to vote and still, capable of meeting such a challenge. His talent and prowess, surprising at such young age, really shines through the entire album, and it’s almost certain we’ll hear about this gifted young man in the future – perhaps mentioned again alongside big names of the music industry. Let’s also hope Kill The King won’t be the last album under the WAMI moniker – although with the bar set so high with the first one, it’ll be hard to top it. Much recommended.”
For full review go here: http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2014/05/wami-kill-the-king-cd-review/