Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN featuring Göran Edman

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN, a new melodic rock/AOR project featuring Göran Edman on all lead vocals. The self-titled debut album will be released on September 23rd.
Over the years, Göran Edman’s unique vocal style has been showcased in numerous genres including neoclassic metal, progressive rock, and AOR, just to name a few. His vocal stylings can be found on records by John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, and Glory, among others.
CRY OF DAWN is Goran Edman’s latest musical adventure: a straight ahead AOR / melodic rock album which highlights his amazing vocal abilities on superb songs written especially for him by the likes of Michael Palace (Palace, First Signal, Kryptonite), Steve Newman, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Sören Kronkvist, Daniel Palmqvist and Robert Säll among others.
“It’s been a privilege to work with all  these  good songwriters within the genre of classic  AOR,” tells Goran. “The conformity of the production has a good red line with a straight forward melodic flow as you would expect. Its been a true pleasure performing it. The recording of the album took place in Daniel Flores’ studio for the instrumental part while I did the vocals in my own studio. Personally I am grateful to be a part of this project and look forward to the fans listening to the album”.
The result is a true feast for the ears of all lovers of this music. Picture hints of the likes of Night Ranger, Journey, Bad English and Starship and you’ll get a sense of what is in store for you! Hear for yourself with an album sampler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l85g_qMKX0M
Tracklisting:
Chance
Listen To Me
When Right Is Wrong
Tell It To My Heart
Light A Light
Can’t Go On
Building Towers
Hands Around My Heart
Life After Love
Yearn
Tell Me

CRY OF DAWN
Göran Edman – Lead and backing vocals
Michael Palace – Guitars and bass
Sören Kronqvist – Keyboards
Daniel Flores – Drums and keyboards
Produced by Daniel Flores

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A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 – CD Version of Boxed Set Out Now

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Today marks the release of the CD version of Rhino’s new Dio new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. The set brings together Dio’s first six studio albums, each one featuring newly remastered sound, including Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993). Order your copy now via Amazon: CD

Pre-orders are still available for the vinyl version of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, set to release on October 4, 2016. Pre-order yours now via Amazon: vinyl. Retailing at $99.98, the vinyl version comes with a bonus 7″ single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).

Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers.

Ronnie James Dio’s sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Dio’s successful solo career led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.

After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”

The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band’s second platinum seller and included the single “Mystery,” as well as “We Rock,” a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.” Dio’s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles “All The Fools Sailed Away” and “I Could Have Been A Dreamer.”

In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single “Hey Angel” and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like “Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost,” “Evilution,” and the title track.

Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on.  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)

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2016 Expanded Edition of Martin Popoff’s Book Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story Available

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

OK, BÖC book is now at my site with PayPal buttons:

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http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

Sorry email #2 on this book but I’ve found a lot of you wait until there’s an easy PayPal button to pay for these things rather than ask for an invoice, so here ya go!

So yeah, I’ve got a second shipment of 75 copies of the updated and expanded 2016 edition of my Blue Öyster Cult book for signing and sale. They are expensive to import, so this campaign is brief (PS: I also have the updated Scorpions – Wind of Change, plus the hardcover Lizzy, no changes, but one book, through Johnny – you’ll get a separate email about those, but ask me know if interested):

It’s now called Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story and is published out of the UK and is no longer available as Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed!, which was a 2009 update of the 2005 book.

I did a long rewrite, expansion, re-edit on this thing (plus songs in double quotes, albums italicized, little up-classing details) with new interview footage from Eric Bloom, Al Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Donald Roeser and the always quotable Sandy Pearlman. maybe a few other citations as well, plus better writing.

Less pictures than the 2009 book and I’m not crazy about the cover, but where it really matters, the writing… well, this was my best band biog ever and now it’s even way better, with expanded examinations of many of the songs and an updating of the story, mostly with the continued writing and recording careers of Joe and Al.
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Blue Öyster Cult… six gold and platinum U.S. albums… classic trax like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You,” “Astronomy” and “E.T.I.” Indeed, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard comprised one of the great stadium acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s. BOC were heavy metal enough to duke it out with Kiss, Rush, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath, yet smart, funny, ironic and jaded enough to please the tough New York critics, of which more than a couple mingled within their ranks.

Agents of Fortune is not a biography as such, but a biography of the band’s albums, a canon of work I consider one of the finest in rock, and truly superlative on the lyrical front. Indeed, in radio, print and TV interviews, I’ve consistently called the band’s lyrics the best in the business, tied with those of Captain Beefheart and Pye Dubois (Max Webster, Kim Mitchell). And what’s more, it’s been well-documented that I consider this the most action-packed, intellectual and highly interesting of the band biographies I’ve penned. The guys are just really cool, creative and have killer stories.

The book examines the complicated early days of the band, graphically demonstrating the show biz sweat that goes into making an act an act. The majority of the book however is centered around the peerless intellectual quality of the songs, a quality made entertaining by the band’s psychotropic and ghoulish humor, and by its interest in all manner of conspiracy theories, cults, monsters, vampires, UFO tales, foul play, arcane spiritualism, alchemy, love lost and love buried, science fiction and science friction.

Along the way, I talked (in some cases numerous times) with Buck, Eric, Albert and Joe, along with drummer Bobby Rondinelli, legendary producer of the band Murray Krugman and BÖC expert Bolle Gregmar. For insight into the band’s fantastic lyrical world, I went right to the source, the penners of BÖC classics. Some of the best insights into creativity I’ve ever heard – through 1400 interviews an’ counting – came from Sandy Pearlman (also the band’s manager during the golden years), Richard Meltzer, Helen Wheels, David Roter and John Shirley, along with cover artists Greg Scott and Ioannis. Helen Wheels and David Roter are since deceased—these chats with them are among their last interviews.

Books will be signed by me to you, so make clear if it’s a gift to someone else.

Price including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (surface mail): $38.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail): $42.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

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

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 available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just email me for a quote.

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LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions Coming In September

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

91tqeiqyXjL._SL1500_Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC SESSIONS, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. On September 16th, the band will unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection that’s been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.

BBC SESSIONS was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.

Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.” Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.”

THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS will be available in the following formats:

• Deluxe Edition (3CD)
Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
• Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP)
Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
• Digital Download
Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
• Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)
– Remastered album, 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
– Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
– Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
– Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
– High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
– 44-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
– High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE CULT Announce Dates with Guns ‘N Roses

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

THE CULT have announced a wide array of summer tour dates including four upcoming stadium shows with Guns N’ Roses, as well as festivals and their own headlining concerts. The iconic band–founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, drummer John Tempesta and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox–is on the road now in support of this year’s Hidden City album.

Hidden City is their 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band’s trilogy of releases which began with 2007’s Born Into This then 2012’s Choice of Weapon.  The album has already produced three singles: “Hinterland,” “Dark Energy” and “Deeply Ordered Chaos.”

Of the album and its first single, ASTBURY told Billboard.com, “‘Hinterland’ is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a young woman as she realizes her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. ‘Hinterland’ is filled with symbolism, reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms.”

THE CULT continue to evolve and do things in their own style.  Not tethered to the latest hit single or trend. They are a way of life, an ethos. Adventurers more than careerists. As ASTBURY eloquently puts it,  “Our post-modern roots have kept the creative process vibrant, and we continue to evolve.”

DUFFY says, “Like all Cult albums–since Ian and I began writing together–we try our best to honestly reflect what we are feeling, doing and listening to.  Hidden City is no exception and I’m thrilled to have had a creative part in  such a critically acclaimed–but, more importantly–Cult-fan-acclaimed album. The dialogue between us all continues…”

Of the new album, Mojo said it’s “Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful – and also starkly beautiful – music of their career…The album’s extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times.”

Check out CULT music here:
“Hinterland” video via Billboard.com here.
“G.O.A.T.” video via Nowness.com here.
“Deeply Ordered Chaos” video via Billboard.com
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For more info on THE CULT, visit:
www.thecult.us
www.facebook.com/officialcult
www.twitter.com/officialcult
www.instagram.com/officialcult/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSDnqJB3Wc8

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Aces High! STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Share Latest Cover Track + More

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation STEVE’N’SEAGULLS have shared the first new track from their upcoming second album, Brothers in Farms, out September 9 via Spinefarm Records. The band, known for its Finnish “hillbillified” and folksy covers of classic metal tracks, has offered up its version of Iron Maiden’s iconic “Aces High.”

The track premiered via Metal Injection.

The song is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order the album

S’N’S also revealed details of the new album. Today, they’ve also shared the Brothers in Farms track listing and album cover.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, such as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Their unique take on beloved tracks garnered S’N’S fans, who cropped up all over the world, and their videos racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened STEVE’N’SEAGULLS day for the entire state of Colorado, while the band also covered The Beastie Boys’ hit “Sabotage” for The AV Club, toured the U.S., bringing their folk metal madrigrals to the masses, and appeared at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, last Spring.

This time out, the brothers-in-farms tackle legendary tunes from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Megadeth, and more.

BROTHERS IN FARMS TRACK LISTING:
1. “Aces High”
02. “Sad But True”
03. “Wishmaster”
04. “It’s A Long Way To The Top”
05. “You Could Be Mine”
06. “November Rain”
07. “In Bloom”
08. “Symphony Of Destruction”
09. “Fill Up The Tank”
10. “Burn”
11. “The Pretender”
12. “Self Esteem”
13. “Out In The Fields”
14. Born To Be Wild”

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS ON TOUR:
9/23 – Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9/24 – Rowdy on the Roof | Cumberland, Md.
9/25 – Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Louisville, Ky.
9/26 – Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, Ky.
9/27 – The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, Ind.
9/28 – Duck Room | St.Louis, Mo.
9/29 – George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, Ark.
9/30 – Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival | Guthrie, Ola.
10/1 – The Riot Room | Kansas City, Mo.
10/2 – 7th Street Rascals Live | Moline, Ill.
10/4 – Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, Iowa
10/5 -The Frequency | Madison, Wis.
10/6 – Rose Music Hal |, Columbia, Mo.
10/7 – O’Leaver’s Omaha | Neb.
10/8 The Armory Performing Arts Center | Brighton, Colo.

 

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SOILWORK Releases First “Inside Death Resonance” Video Trailer

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK have released the first “Inside Death Resonance” video trailer in which singer Björn “Speed” Strid talks about the band’s upcoming special collection of rarities, Death Resonance, out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Head to this location to watch: https://youtu.be/RHd01VOynRo

You can also watch the official visualizer for “These Absent Eyes” here: https://youtu.be/ydGQYp6QCHs

The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond The Infinite, which featured more songs from the recordings sessions for the band’s globally praised double album The Living Infinite.

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “Beyond The Infinite consists of some special, quite experimental songs. They might have been cut out from the original album but have a unique charm to them. It wasn’t easy to pick the final track list for The Living Infinite. It was never obvious which songs wouldn’t make it. The writing and recording was highly experimental and playful in general, and it was through this album that we rediscovered ourselves as songwriters, with a new and improved line-up which brought – and will bring – so many interesting things to the table. Originally only released in Japan, it is with great pleasure that we finally share those special songs with you all. Enjoy!”

Watch the lyric video for “Helsinki”, created by well-known videographer Tommy Antonini (facebook.com/tommyantoninivideography), at this location:

Commented guitar player David Andersson: “Death. It’s a word that might be used too often, but it can still be interpreted in a myriad different ways. It’s not just the soma being deprived of its lifeforce; it’s also the end of infinity, the birth of new possibilities and the acceptance of inevitable change. This song was written soon after the recording of our live album in Finland, making new friends and making sure that the old ones stay with us forever, despite the fact that everything is finite.”

Pre-Order Death Resonance in as CD digipak or clear vinyl here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkDResonanceNB
Death Resonance tracklisting:
01. Helsinki (new song)
02. Death Resonance (new song)
03. The End Begins Below The Surface (The Ride Majestic Japan bonus track)
04. My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
05. These Absent Eyes (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
06. Resisting The Current (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
07. When Sound Collides (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
08. Forever Lost In Vain (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
09. Sweet Demise (The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
10. Sadistic Lullabye (re-recorded, The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
11. Overclocked (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
12. Martyr (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
13. Sovereign (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
14. Wherever Thorns May Grow (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
15. Killed By Ignition (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “The cover for Death Resonance is made by Mircea Eftemie and in many ways he managed to capture what we went through while recording The Ride Majestic: the sorrow, the close encounter with death, the aftermath and also the existential cogitation that came with it. It links those albums together, even though Death Resonance contains unreleased material from 2005 and forward. The cover almost seems like a link between life and death and not only captures where the band is right now, but also where we’ve been and what lies ahead.”

SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. See list of dates below. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival

SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com

8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)

SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario

KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.

2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

SOILWORK’s The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

More on SOILWORK:
“Death In General” music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
“Enemies In Fidelity” music video: https://youtu.be/5aCvJWyeGnA
“The Ride Majestic” song stream: https://youtu.be/0wLXeWKGRpM

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Like: www.facebook.com/soilwork
Follow: https://twitter.com/soilwork
Watch: www.youtube.com/soilwork
Look: www.instagram.com/soilwork

SOILWORK is:
Björn “Speed” Strid (vocals)
Sven Karlsson (keyboards)
Sylvain Coudret (guitar)
David Andersson (guitar)
Markus Wibom (bass)

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Slayer & Dark Horse Announce Comic Book Series

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Dark Horse Comics and thrash-punk titans Slayer have joined forces to deliver a new comic series this holiday season.

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With full participation from the band and taking inspiration from Slayer’s recent Repentless music videos (filmed in support of their latest album, Repentless, on Nuclear Blast Records), disciple Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) will pen the three-issue comic series with interior bloodlines drawn by Guiu Vilanova (Twilight Zone, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective). Glenn Fabry’s covers reign in blood while Antichrist Eric Powell (The Goon, Hillbilly) will illustrate the variant cover for the first issue.

“I think of the songs I write as stories,” Slayer’s Kerry King told Rolling Stone in an exclusive interview. “And if nothing else, they are certainly visual.”

As announced in May, Slayer’s live undead appearance at Comic-Con will begin on Thursday, July 21, with a special sold-out concert performance at the intimate-capacity House of Blues to a crowd of die-hard fans.

Slayer will appear within the walls of Comic-Con for two exclusive signings on Friday, July 22. Nuclear Blast America (booth #501) will host the band from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dark Horse Comics (booth #2615) will host both the band and the comic’s creative team for a very limited engagement from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Limited edition posters will be provided. See each booth for details.

Regarding the comic, writer Jon Schnepp told Rolling Stone, “It’s definitely a lot of sensitive subjects that need to be explored and addressed. What’s the best way to explore those? With the chaos of metal.”

Slayer: Repentless #1 (of 3)is on comic stands in December 2016. Preorder at your local comic shop today.

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ABOUT SLAYER
For more than three decades, Slayer’s onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. Throughout Slayer’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who “commercialized” their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Slayer’s founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer’s drummer from ’94 – ’01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for two high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s “Repentless” (8.3-million views) and then for “You Against You.” (2.4-million views).

ABOUT DARK HORSE
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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Frontiers Music Srl Signs JACK RUSSELL’s GREAT WHITE

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE to the label.

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE represents the next phase of the iconic singer’s Rock n’ Roll legacy.

Since JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE inception in 2011, the frontman welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana-this time as a guitar player and keyboardist-lead guitarist Robby Lochner (Rob Halford ), drummer Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson ) and Dan McNay (Montrose ) on bass. The new album on the horizon, which is JACK’s 14th studio album, boasts the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell an icon in the first place.

“I want to say how happy and excited I am about my band,” states JACK RUSSELL regarding the recent signing with Frontiers for the new album. “I have so much respect for Serafino, Mario, Derek and their team and am so thankful to be working with them. The band and I are off the hook about the new material. You are going to love it!”

The Grammy nominated Great White originally broke out of the Los Angeles scene in 1984 with its self-titled debut. The record was followed by the sophomore release “Shot in The Dark” and then by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987’s Once Bitten… and 1989’s …Twice Shy (which reached #9 on the Billboard Album chart). Moving over 8 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE.

In 2014 JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE gave fans a taste of new music with the release of the single “Hard Habit” which received rave reviews from fans clamoring for the “classic” early sound of GREAT WHITE.  Listen to “Hard Habit” HERE: https://youtu.be/sZLGhYA8Pm4

Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It’s everything they’ve been waiting for and more. Russell leaves off, “this is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I’m 27 again. I hope it sounds like Great White-but for 2016.”

Frontiers plans to release the new record in early 2017.

JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE is currently performing various concerts around the U.S., for all dates and details visit the band’s website.  Upcoming dates include:

July 23 – Leon, TX
Aug. 19 – Reno, NV
Sept. 29 – Hollywood, CA
Oct. 7 – Englewood, FL
Oct 8 – New Port Richey, FL
Oct. 29 – Joliet, IL

Connect with JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE:
– Official Website: www.JackRussellsGreatWhite.com
– Official Webstore: http://smarturl.it/JRGWstore
– Facebook: www.facebook.com/JackRussellsGreatWhite
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacksGreatWhite
– YouTube: https://youtu.be/sZLGhYA8Pm4

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DEEP PURPLE Live At The NEC To Be Released On DVD, Digital Formats – August 26, 2016

July 21st, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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On September 14, 2002, hard rock pioneers Deep Purple took the stage for a landmark concert at the NEC in Birmingham, England to bid farewell to founding member and keyboard legend Jon Lord.

On August 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will deliver this very concert with the release of Live At The NEC on DVD and Digital formats [MSRP $14.99]. Previously only available as part of the Around The World Live boxed set, this film is being made available for the first time as a standalone DVD.

One of the most emotional concerts in Deep Purple’s long career, Live At The NEC is a unique experience in that it features both their keyboard players on stage – Jon Lord and Don Airey. Lord had announced his retirement earlier that year, and Airey was subsequently brought on board. Airey serves as the principal keyboardist throughout the show, culminating in a solo before the lights drop, and Jon Lord appears for a storming version of “Perfect Strangers.” The two share keyboard duties for the rest of the night, in a fitting passing-of-the-torch moment.

At 109 minutes total, Deep Purple (Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice, Lord and Airey) kick out all the classics: “Smoke On The Water,” “Woman From Tokyo,” “Space Truckin’,” “Highway Star,” “Speed King,” “Lazy,” “Hush,” and more. In addition to this fantastic set, Live At The NEC includes bonus interviews with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

In addition to Live At The NEC, Eagle Rock Entertainment will also release two more concert films — Total Abandon and Bombay Calling – on digital formats on August 26.

Amazon purchase link: http://amzn.to/2ah3nBc

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world’s largest producer and distributor of music programming for TV, DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Media. Eagle produces quality HD programs, both concerts and documentaries, directly alongside artists including Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, and Peter Gabriel. Eagle is a multiple Grammy® Award winner and has received numerous multi-platinum sales awards around the world.  Eagle Vision is headquartered in London, and is a Universal Music Group company.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt
Twitter: www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

TRACK LISTING
1) Fireball
2) Woman From Tokyo
3) Mary Long
4) Ted The Mechanic
5) Lazy
6) The Well Dressed Guitar
7) When A Blind Man Cries
8) Space Truckin’
9) Keyboard Solo
10) Perfect Strangers
11) Speed King
12) Guitar Solo
13) Smoke On The Water
14) Hush
15) Black Night
16) Highway Star

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Brutal Assault : Mastodon to headline Brutal Assault

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault offers a huge amount of bands in 2016. But the legendary and highly appreciated Mastodon will basically headline the Brutal Assault festival of this year. Mastodon has been supporter for Metallica several times and gained the massive success during the past few years. Besides Mastodon, the might industrial combo Ministry has undergone some tragic changes, but they can’t be ignored at all.

 

http://brutalassault.cz/

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Brutal Assault : Running Order published

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

Brutal Assault has released the official running order.

http://brutalassault.cz/en/running-order/

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Brutal Assault : How to get the tickets

July 21st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

TICKET PRE-SALE AND RESERVATIONS

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2016 TICKET PRE-SALE IS RUNNING!

ENTRANCE FEE

80,00 EUR pre-sale price for 4-day festival pass. This edition of tickets is available until August 08th, 2016 in our e-shop.

88,00 EUR at the door for the 4-day festival pass – IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT.

1.300,- CZK (approx. 50 EUR) 1-day tickets (available only at the festival’s box office and IF THE FESTIVAL IS NOT SOLD OUT).

HOW TO GET THE 4-DAY FESTIVAL TICKET(S) AT A REDUCED PRICE OF 80,00 EUR? PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TICKETS AT THIS PRICE ARE AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL AUGUST 08TH, 2016.

The ticket(s) has to be ordered on this link. The tickets can be paid via online card payment (preferred!) or via PayPal (please note 6% transaction fee will apply for PayPal payments).
We will email you a confirmation email no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one ordered and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the ticket check-in at the main festival entrance. Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The tickets check-in will be open from Tuesday August 09th, 2016 from 03:00 PM onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at info@shindy.cz or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Troubleshooting: always check your spambox and please provide an order ID when contacting us. The confirmation e-mail contains order ID and also a order status link, where the .PDF tickets can be downloaded.

Cancellation fees: if you decide for any reason to cancel your already paid tickets, we will make a refund of 40,00 EUR per one ticket paid within 10 days of your cancellation. Please note: only cancellations made before July 31st, 2016 will be accepted. No money refunds after July 31st, 2016 will be possible.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make your payment before July 31st, 2016!

To place your order, please follow this link.

HOW TO RESERVE THE WHOLE FESTIVAL TICKET(S) AT THE DOOR TICKET PRICE OF 88,00 EUR?

The capacity of the festival ground is around 15.000 persons. If the numbers of visitors will be rising again, it may happen to be sold out. That’s why we recommend you to buy the ticket in presale or reserve your ticket.

After numerous ticket reservation requests, we have opened the new reservation ticket system for Brutal Assault 2016. It will let you to reserve your ticket(s) in advance at a small fee 10,00 EUR and pay the rest of the ticket door price (88,00 EUR – 10,00 EUR advance fee = 78,00 EUR to be paid per ticket) in cash upon your arrival. Please note only paid ticket reservations are valid!

E.g. you will reserve 2 tickets: you will pay 2×10,00 EUR in advance upon your reservation and you will pay 2×78,00 EUR upon your arrival at the festival’s box office.

After paying the advance reservation fee, you will receive the confirmation no later than 10 days after we receive your payment. This email will contain a link to a *.PDF file(s) with code(s) – 1 code per one reserved and paid ticket – that is necessary to be printed out on a printer (even an old monochromatic bubble jet printer will work fine) and shown at the box office at the main festival entrance.Please keep that PDF file(s) and code(s) secret and safe (only the first person presenting the code will be allowed in). The box office will be open from Wednesday August 10th, 2016 from 12:00 noon onwards (no matter what day you are attending the festival). Please note that some of the spam filters may consider the above mentioned confirmation email as a spam since it contains URLs and attachement(s). Check your spam folder too. Check your spam folder/junk mail too. Please contact us at info@shindy.cz or at our facebook page via PM if you don’t receive your pick up code(s) within 10 days after the payment was made.

Cancellation fees: please note that cancellations for the reservation fees will not be accepted and no money refunds will be made. Do not reserve your ticket(s) if you are not seriously interested in the festival tickets.

Please note that in some cases it takes several days until your money appear on our PayPal account and also it takes some time to make the whole process complete. That’s why we sincerely ask you to make the payment of your ticket reservation fees before August 01st, 2016!

To make a ticket reservation, please follow this link.

DON’T WANNA PAY UPFRONT OR RESERVE THE TICKET(S)?

We do not recommed this option due to the festival ground capacity restrictions. So don’t risk a several hours trip without a presale or reserved ticket!

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SONATA ARCTICA announce new album »The Ninth Hour«

July 21st, 2016
by EvilG
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SONATA ARCTICA – The Ninth Hour

Only two years after the release of »Pariah’s Child« and a massive world tour, the Finnish Melodic Metal quintet SONATA ARCTICA are already back for more – their ninth masterpiece entitled »The Ninth Hour« will see the light of day on October 7th.

Once again, the album was produced by SONATA ARCTICA themselves and mixed by Pasi Kauppinen, to create a typical yet refreshing sound that defines the spirit of the band in the year 2016.

“The studio work for the new record started seriously in mid-April 2016 in several home studios around Finland,” singer Tony Kakko explains. “But the main recording and mixing took place at the Studio57 in Alaveteli, Finland. It functions as a kind of centre point and all work finally ends up there. We aimed to create another melodic, beautiful, surprising SONATA ARCTICA album… Did it turn out that way? I surely think so. But maybe I should leave that for you to decide!”

After a North American tour with their friends from NIGHTWISH plus many headline shows around the globe, the band was once again able to take a look at the entire world as it is at the moment – on the edge of a possible armageddon. This spirit is reflected in the new artwork of »The Ninth Hour« :

“The artwork of our ninth studio album »The Ninth Hour« depicts a future utopian landscape on the background. Nature and human technologies are in balance. In the middle we have an hour glass contraption with a knob for us to meddle with. The right-hand side cup represents the nature side with no humans left, on the left we have the human dystopia after we have destroyed Nature. The idea I had was, that turning the knob will tilt the hour glass in one direction or another, and the other cup will slowly empty and that future will be erased. Biblically we are expected to repent and sacrifice on »The Ninth Hour«…to dive right back to a more mundane reality, it’s a fact that we are currently living in critical, historical times. Our decisions will define the future. Not only ours as a race, but the future of this entire planet. We need to make sacrifices and in many cases we will repent our already made choices.”

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Midnight Eternal – singer Raine Hilai

July 21st, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Raine Hilai – Midnight Eternal

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

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Midnight Eternal is the name of a new band from New York and is the brainchild of Operatika members Richard Fischer and Boris Zaks. The band’s self-titled debut album was unleashed in April and ought to appeal to fans of symphonic metal. Singer Raine Hilai and I hooked up and we had a talk about the album, which has taken the band 2 years to finish, the fact the band has become high profiled in the NY area with only their demo and their support shows to Doro, The Agonist and Quiet Riot amongst others. The album was mixed by the famous Tommy Hansen with art work by Jan Yrlund and is jammed with epic songs perfect for fans of Delain, Nightwish and Kamelot.

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