New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends RAVEN have are currently on the road in North America on the “North American Extermination Tour 2014″. The band kicked off this tour following their special guest appearances alongside Accept. . Fans can expect to hear RAVEN classics and new songs that the band is currently in the studio working on. The tour is going on now and runs through November 25th in Raleigh, NC.
Vocalist/Bassist John Gallagher commented on the tour:
“The tour is off to a great start…we’ve mixed things up set wise and are playing a few brand new songs that will be in the upcoming album and a few old ones we have not done in a long while or ever! We even did ‘Ballad of Marshall Stack’ last night! Night Demon is killing it as support and we are really looking forward to the rest of the gigs.”
It was recently announced that RAVEN has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and their new studio album and follow up to Walk Through Fire is set for a release in February 2015
Last year saw the release of the band’s documentary DVD Rock Until You Drop – A Long Day’s Journey documents the band’s almost 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of thrash. The DVD can be ordered HERE.
RAVEN “North American Extermination Tour 2014″
10/07: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/08: Dallas, TX @ RBC
10/09: Houston TX @ White Swan Live
10/10: Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
10/11: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/12: Midland, TX @ Keglers Lounge
10/13: Las Cruces, NM @ The Green Room
10/15: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/17: San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
10/18: Santa Barbara, CA @ Biko House
10/19: Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
10/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
10/22: San Bernardino, CA @ Black Flame Collective
10/23: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
10/24: Ventura, CA @ Bombay
10/25: Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs Saloon
10/26: Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp
10/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Elbo Room
10/28: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
10/29: Ashland, OR @ Club 66
10/30: Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/31: Spokane, WA @ The Hop!
11/01: Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
11/02: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
11/03: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
11/04: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Lo-Fi Café
11/05: Denver, CO @ 3 Kings
11/07: St Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/09: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
11/11: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
11/13: Indianapolis, IN @ Headquarters
11/14: Akron, OH @ Empire Rock Club
11/15: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/16: Chicago IL @ Reggie’s
11/18: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
11/19: Syracuse, NY @ Macs Bad Art Bar
11/20: Pittsburgh, PA @ Dead Horse
11/21: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
11/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Dobbs
11/23: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/24: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/25: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
According to the pages of the various metal media, the labels “LEGENDARY,” “INNOVATIVE,” “TRUE ORIGINALS,” as well as “LUNATICS!” have been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a music scene filled by clones nurtured with a cookie-cutter mentality, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals & bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother, Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer, Joe Hasselvander, all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!
From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN’s albums ROCK UNTIL YOU DROP, WIPED OUT and ALL FOR ONE virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres – during the trailblazing USA tours of the 80’s introducing the States to “Athletic rock” as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the late 80’s/early 90’s when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many acts – RAVEN has consistently proved to be both survivors par excellence and in a genre of grim imitation – shown that they are “the real thing”. Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack – both in the studio & in their true element, onstage!
Tell us a bit about the development of your new 25th Anniversary album, THE LIVESHOW! Was it hard to pick which tunes to play live?
You mean the DVD/CD box. Naw, not at all, I just picked my favorite songs, although the hardest part was obviously all the ones I had to exclude in the set. But I made up for some of it for the second show where I selected a bunch of other songs, apart from the customary classics and hits that the audience expects. I’ll add more long forgotten, obscure and rarely performed numbers in the future, and that’s the charm of this concept. However, I couldn’t possibly include all the songs we played live on the DVD/CD. It was a matter of Killing your darlings, but not even me would stand a 5 hour long DVD,.. even if it was KISS ´76 or Manowar ´84.
SAXON – Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II
Legendary British Heavy Metal masters follow-up the 2001 “Chronicles” release with a DVD/CD triple-disc set.
SAXON, one of worldwide most loved, respected and heard Heavy Metal heroes, continue their detailed documentation of life on the road with Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II, to be released worldwide on October 24th 2014 and featuring extensive coverage of their 2013 appearance at the UK’s Steelhouse Festival plus full-sets from the Wacken and Download festivals in 2012 and Graspop in 2013. A further bonus disc will carry the Steelhouse Festival set on CD.
Saxon – Warriors of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II – This jam-packed collection of some recent Saxon road triumphs is the successor to 2001’s Chronicles release, which admirably documented many elements of Saxon’s earlier career. Warriors Of The Road… proudly maintains that tradition and bumps it up a notch by charting the return of the famous stage eagle back from Hamburg to a British show for the first time in decades, documenting the Steelhouse Festival from dawn until long after the midnight hour. In the process, fans are given further personal insights into the band members, Paul Quinn (guitar), Nibbs Carter (bass), Nigel Glockler (drums) and Doug Scarratt (guitar) and the main man, Biff Byford.
Tales of tea and other leaves are told among other stories which come together to explain why the boys have enjoyed such an amazing, enduring and successful Sax-life on the road for 35 years.
To celebrate Warriors Of The Road – The Saxon Chronicles Part II the band will be doing what they instinctively know best as they hit the road for a 36-date European tour which starts in Athens, Greece on October 25th and ends on December 13th in the UK at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire … with plenty of Europe in the middle!
The Swedish melodic rock band Coldspell will return to UK and Scotland for five gigs in November 2014. Their third album Frozen Paradise have gained excellent attention all around the world, and has among all been voted to top 10-lists in US, Australia and Greece. The band toured UK and US in the spring, and also played the Hard Rock Hell AOR festival in 2014. They will be supported by Twelve Gauge.
November 26 Bolton, Railway
November 27 Workington, Vine Bar
November 28 Glasgow, Grand Central (as Special Guest to Eden’s Curse, no Twelve Gauge)
November 29 Grimsby, Yardbirds
November 30 Crewe, the Box
The making of a new album has started and is due to be released spring 2015.
REVOCATION have spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of: Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass, and Phil Dubois on drums. REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and will continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. Their fifth album, “Deathless,” is a fitting debut for the label, and a definitive statement of intent from the band. The artwork for “Deathless” was hand painted by internationally recognized tattoo artist Tom Strom.
STEEL PANTHER CONFIRMED FOR UNITED STATES HEADLINING RUN IN DECEMBER MAIN SUPPORT SLOT FOR ICONIC METALLERS JUDAS PRIEST ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR CONTINUES
(New York, NY) – Rockers Steel Panther have been confirmed for a United States headlining run of tour dates in December. Steel Panther is currently bringing their raucous show to North American audiences on tour as main support for iconic metallers Judas Priest. Immediately following the Judas Priest tour, Steel Panther will make a quick jaunt to Japan for two shows and then will return to the United States to begin their December headlining run, rounding off a very hectic, successful year. Please see below for a complete list of 2014 tour dates. In other Steel Panther news, fans worldwide can check out the brand new video for “Pussywhipped” here.
White Empress, the new band founded by former Cradle of Filth guitarist Paul Allender, has launched a video breakdown of the first five tracks off its new album Rise of the Empress on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/XXuHcYSCiXU.
SOILWORK singer, Bjorn “Speed” Strid, is once again making his legendary voice available for session work. Strid worked with several artists earlier in the year by doing session vocal work, and he is now back at metalizing more music with his vocals. Strid has been evolving his unique screams and dynamic cleans throughout the years with various projects, and he is now branching out to work with other artists and bands around the world.
Strid can be heard throughout the metal world as he has contributed to several other metal acts, including his latest work with fellow Swedes, SONIC SYNDICATE, on their latest track “Before You Finally Break”. Strid can also be found with guest appearances on tracks by DISARMONIA MUNDI, DEMON HUNTER, I LEGION, KAMELOT, and TERROR 2000.
British heavy metal legends Satan are releasing their first official live album to celebrate their live debut appearance on North American soil in support of their latest and very successful album, Life Sentence, released on ListenableRecords in April 2013. Entitled Trail of Fire – Live in North America, the album will be released in North America on November 18th by Listenable Records, preceded by a new North American tour this month (dates after the jump). This raw ‘n’ pure live recording is also testimony to the disturbing fact that Satan played 6 U.S. shows in 6 days in 6 states! As such, it sounds 100% genuine and live. Cover and tracklisting are as follows……
ENSIFERUM have been locked away in Astia Studio (astiastudio.fi) in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo for three weeks. Drums, bass, and most of the guitar parts have been recorded. At the end of last week, guest musician Timo Väänänen tracked some takes with hiskantele, and over the weekend, vocalist Petri Lindroos began tracking vocals!
Bassist Sami Hinkka comments: “Hi folks! For last few days, Mahi and Pete have sweated their asses off while recording guitars. Songs sound, like our friends in UK would say, bloody awesome! Today (Friday, September 26) we recorded kantele and some special guitar tracks. Tomorrow it’s time to set up a microphone and start to record vocals. Things are proceeding as planned.”
The album is tentatively scheduled for release worldwide on Metal Blade Records in early 2015.
26/11/14 JP – Tokyo – Club Duo Exchange
27/11/14 JP – Osaka – Mamba Rocket
13/12/14 NL – Eindhoven – Metal Meeting
22/01-26/01/15 US – Miami – 70,000 Tons Of Metal
30/07/15 – 01/08/15 DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
13/08/15 RO – Rasnov – Rockstadt Extremefest
13/08 -15/08/15 DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
The Scumdogs of the Universe are sharpening their axes and stoking the fires of their great war engines in preparation for the fall 2014 GWAR Eternal Tour. Global leaders had hoped the bouts of terror accompanying GWAR‘s annual rampages would finally come to an end with the passing of the group’s monstrous captain, Oderus Urungus. But tonight politicians, religious leaders, and citizens around the world are asking, “Why?! Why won’t GWAR just leave the Earth in peace?”
The band’s toothsome guitarist, BalSac the Jaws of Death had this to say: “Something is wrong, unspeakably wrong. It feels as if the very fabric of reality has been ripped from belly to taint. And it all centers around Oderus’ disappearance. One moment, life is fantastic, as we celebrate the near sinking of Japan as a result of our recent journey across the Pacific; and the next, he is just gone. Suddenly the world is a dark, vile place with hordes of trolls biting at my hooves and daring to spit poison in my face. There is a great evil behind this, and I will not rest until I know what has become of my brother!”
The fall season sees a handful of releases from FnA Records, one of the leading “re-issue” labels on the scene. Everything we release comes from the heyday of the 80’s and early 90’s hard rock scene.
The newest release for this fall is Naughty, But Nice by Knoxville/Nashville Rockers JUSTIN HEAT. JUSTIN HEAT was formed when Hard Knox bassist Don Murray teamed up with local rocker Mark West in 1986. One of the interesting things about the Naughty, But Nice release is that it features 3 different singers, who came from 3 different incarnations of the band. Most notable, Rick Ruhl, who would later go on to form EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE sings on 5 of the tracks. Gene Hadley, from Hard Knox sings on 2 of the tracks, and Robert Leath sings on the rest. Drummer Jim Phipps, who also went on to be in EVERY MOTHERS NIGHTMARE plays drums on the majority of these songs. JUSTIN HEAT were definitely one of the hometown heroes who were just a smidgeon away from getting signed by a major label. Naughty, But Nice features 19 tracks, including 3 live tracks, an alternate take track, and an instrumental track. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out atwww.FnARecords.net.
Two monster releases on the roster are by the New Jersey band KIDD SKRUFF. KIDD SKRUFF started as a side project for then Lead Singer/Guitarist Jimmy Forest who was performing with the popular New Jersey band “PUSH” in the late 80’s and early 90’s. At that time, Jimmy was the Drummer/Songwriter for “Push”, and had a plethora of musical ideas that he wanted to express but they just didn’t quite fit the style of his current band, so KIDD SKRUFF was born. They had that well defined New Jersey sound like Skid Row and Bon Jovi. The first album released is entitledAngels With Dirty Faces, a 10 track album comprised of high quality recordings and demos which were only sold in cassette form back in the day. The second album entitled Perfect Disaster is another solid 10 track release in the vein of Skid Row. The album includes a 2014 version of the fan favorite “Best Friendz”. KIDD SKRUFF was a fan favorite of the New Jersey rock scene for many years. If you are a fan of Skid Row, definitely check out KIDD SKRUFF.
Lyric Video Now Playing + Pre-order Packages Available
Dublin’s finest metal exports, PRIMORDIAL, will release their long-anticipated new studio album, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen“, later this Fall via Metal Blade Records.
Commended by Pitchfork for their meticulously composed “folk and black metal-inflected classic metal that spirals and extends and, somehow, keeps getting bigger,” and crowned the, “most vital heavy metal band on the planet,” by Last Rites, “Where Greater Men Have Fallen” serves as the followup to PRIMORDIAL‘s critically-adored, 2011-released “Redemption At The Puritan’s” Hand full-length and boasts some of the band’s deepest, most meticulously composed compositions to date. The eight-track, fifty-eight minute epic was tracked at Grouse Lodge in Dublin with Jaime Gomez (Cathedral, Angelwitch, Grave Miasma).
Singer A.A. Nemtheanga elaborates: “Some time at the end of 2013 we sat and began to plot a course for album number eight. We moved camp to a new rehearsal room and the ideas began to take shape. We felt it was time to try a new studio and engineer so we went to Grouse Lodge deep in the middle of Ireland and employed Gomez to come over and work on the new album.” The band’s idea was, of course, to keep the PRIMORDIAL trademarks intact while incorporating a broader, heavier more organic sound. “We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history!”
Sample the dark, victorious cadence of title track “Where Greater Men Have Fallen,” with the official new lyric video now playing HERE.
Currently in the midst of a successful US run with Theory of A Deadman, FOZZY announce “THE CINDERBLOCK PARTY TOUR” a headlining run in support of their new single and title track of their most recent album, Do You Wanna Start A War.