With many rock artists trying to figure out the best way to service their music to their fans, melodic rockers Strange Karma are returning back-to-basics – by issuing their latest album, ‘Cold Blooded,’ as a vinyl-only release. The ten-track album includes the lead-off single, “Devil from the Moon,” and is available for purchase via PayPal through the band’s site (in the US, it is priced at $24.95 + $7.80 shipping and handling): strangekarma.net/music/
Comprised of members Martin Strange (lead vocals, piano, guitar), Paul Strange (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jason McDonald (drums), the group’s singer/leader is especially proud of the release.
“We all think this record is a great snapshot of what Strange Karma is all about – it showcases the versatility of the music we like to create and play.” ‘Cold Blooded’ was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered at Dylanava Studios by Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum engineer and producer David Ivory (Silvertide, Halestorm, The Roots) and co-produced by Joe Lam.
Thus far, the group (which has over 100K followers on Facebook) has received outstanding reviews concerning their style and approach, including Classic Rock Magazine describing them as “Wild, flamboyant and larger than life” and the WVOX Metal Mayhem stating “Strange Karma is one of the most refreshing and highly innovative bands I have ever had the pleasure of spinning on air.” And finally, Classic Rock Revisited hold Strange Karma in extremely high regard – “The band has been compared to Led Zep in many reviews, but I think that is unfair. A lot of bands copy Led Zep, but not Strange Karma…one finds a very unique and hard rockin’ band. Strange Karma is a true hard rock band that mixes old school tricks with a modern twist. In short, they rock!”
And with the new vinyl edition of ‘Cold Blooded,’ rock fans will get another chance to hear what all the accolades are about.
TRACK LISTING FOR ‘COLD BLOODED’ VINYL RELEASE:
2) Devil from the Moon
3) Crying for Your Love
5) I Believe (London Town)
2) Should’ve Seen It Coming
3) Cold Blooded
4) Hey Man
RHAPSODY OF FIRE: “Legendary Years” to be released on May 26!
A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE have re-recorded their biggest classic songs of the “Rhapsody” years (1997 – 2002) with enormous effort and a huge result. Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan). „Legendary Years“– out May 26, available as Digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-Vinyl!
01. Dawn Of Victory
02. Knightrider Of Doom
03. Flames Of Revenge
04. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
05. Land Of Immortals
06. Emerald Sword
07. Legendary Tales
08. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
09. When Demons Awake
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames
Sepultura, as we all know, is the famous Brazilian metal export who gained a loyal fanbase all around, including Finland. The Brazilian metallers recently released their latest album MACHINE MESSIAH. The album is definitely one of the greatest and strongest releases of the Derrick Green era. Therefore it was a good time to sit down with Andears Kisser to talk about the new album, the old school Brazilian metal scene, and his old band before Sepultura.
‘Ripping Through Canada Summer 2017 Tour‘ (more dates coming)
June 13 – Victoria, BC – Distrikt Nightclub
June 16 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub
June 17 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
June 18 – Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Event Center
June 19 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
June 23 – Waterloo, ON – Maxwells
June 24 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
June 26 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
June 28 – Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
June 29 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus
June 30 – Cornwall, ON – The House
July 1 – Cornwall, ON – The House
Canada’s ANNIHILATOR is the lifework of guitarist Jeff Waters. Founded in 1984, the band took the metal scene by storm with their debut 1989 release “Alice In Hell”, upped the ante with 1990’s “Never, Neverland” and has continued a non-stop career-pattern of releasing records and touring with many of the biggest bands in the metal genre (mostly all outside North America), ever since; cementing ANNIHILATOR as the biggest-selling metal act in Canada’s history.
After 18 months of touring for the band’s latest album “Suicide Society” (nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the Metal / Hard Rock Album of The Year category), the band is currently finishing up their 16th studio release and is getting ready to headline not only the mighty WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany (Aug 3), but hit the road for their first Canadian tour since 1993.
The tour will see the band kick off their first date in Victoria, BC on June 13th and travel east wrapping up the tour in Cornwall, ON July 1st during Canada day weekend festivities. This is very big news for Canadian metal fans, both young and “older” whom have been waiting for an ANNIHILATOR tour to return to Canadian soil for over 20 years!
Support on this tour comes from Australia’s MASON whom was ANNIHILATOR’s support in Europe last year & from Montreal, QC thrashers MUTANK who won the acclaimed Wacken Metal Battle Canada contest in 2014 and have also performed at Wacken Open Air.
The band’s founder, Jeff Waters (and guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, mix engineer, mastering engineer, manager, etc.) was asked how it feels to be “back” touring his home country:
“I have always enjoyed flying the flag for one of the nicest countries and people in the world, despite having very little support from the industry here to play and releasing CDs in Canada. It sure is an honor to be nominated for a Juno, after all these years, and to have the opportunity to tour this great and metal land! It will be some of our best-ever shows this summer. We look forward to meeting the metal fans and to show them what the rest of the world has seen us do every year for decades. It’s about time, eh?!”
ANNIHILATOR has given the metal world a sound that is one of the clearest, most-tasteful mixtures of huge, metal riffs with the idea of the perfect song and some legendary solo shredding as the icing on the cake. Jeff Waters and ANNIHILATOR have been a major influence on countless well-known metal acts and musicians around the world. In fact, countless, successful non-metal acts & musicians cite Waters and Co. as an influence in their careers.
The German metal veterans Accept returned to Finland once again, this time as “a special guest” for Sabaton. The concert was held at the Old Ice Hall of Helsinki, and the venue was completely sold out with approximately 7000 people in the crowd. The band doesn’t have a new studio album to promote, but they just released their first live album, RESTLESS AND LIVE, in January 2017. Maybe this tour is more or less an escape from the studio tour since the band is currently working on its next record which is coming out sometime in the fall. But on the other hand, touring with bands like Sabaton surely helps older groups reach a lot of potential new fans who are not familiar with the legends.
In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe!
Today, 25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (AVANTASIA) and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias “Eggi” Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.
To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, the new release will not be just a ‘Greatest Hits’ album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package Monuments (release:July 14th) will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before! In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from their “Hellfire Club” tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of their video clips.
Frontman Tobias Sammet states: “Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and all of a sudden we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn’t think about what happened while things were happening…
But if you look back now, you will realize how lucky we were! It’s now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We’ll celebrate our quarter century with the release of Monuments and LIVE in some selected cities! We’ll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle! The first quarter century is over and we want to honor these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!”
Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from QUIET RIOT, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new QUIET RIOT record “Road Rage” until later this summer.
Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent QUIET RIOT’s lineup, new lead singer James Durbin should be the vocalist on “Road Rage.” In order to execute that plan and promote the album accordingly, and with the full support of the label, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals to ensure that they deliver the album that QUIET RIOT fans have been patiently waiting for and truly deserve.
Regarding the critically important decision to re-record with new QUIET RIOT vocalist James Durbin, Banali said, “After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from QUIET RIOT fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new QUIET RIOT release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on “Road Rage” with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!”
While the new QUIET RIOT album will be slightly delayed as a result of the re-recording process, the QUIET RIOT faithful can rest assured that the resulting album will be well worth the brief wait.
Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, “Metal Health.” The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member of the 1983 Metal Health era of QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004).
Frankie Banali’s history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s METAL HEALTH through 2017’s “Road Rage”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has moved forward with the band.
Frankie Banali – drums
Alex Grossi – guitars
Chuck Wright – bass guitar
James Durbin – vocals
QUIET RIOT Live:
March 18, 2017 -w- The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
March 24, 2017 -w- The Music Vault, Hardeeville, SC
March 25, 2017 -w- John F. Savage Arena, Toledo, OH
March 30, 2017 -w- The Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 7, 2017 -w- Bowery Live, West Palm Beach, FL
April 23, 2017 -w- The Rainbow Bar & Grill, West Hollywood, CA
April 28, 2017 -w-AVI Main Ballroom, Laughlin, NV
June 2, 2017 -w- City of Lincolnton, Lincolton, NC
June 11, 2017 -w- Motorcity Harley Davidson Festival, Farmington Hills, MI
June 23, 2017 -w- Phase 2, Lynchburg, VA
June 24, 2017 -w- 15th Annual Funstatic Festival, Big Spring, TX
July 1, 2017 -w- Sundown Salute, Junction City, KS
July 15, 2017 -w- The Horny Toad, Lake Ozark, MO
August 11, 2017 -w- The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX
August 12, 2017 -w- Maude Cobb Event Center, Longview, TX
August 18, 2017 -w- Chase Co. Fairgrounds, Imperial, NE
August 26, 2017 -w- Cruisers Stateline, Port Falls, ID
October 28, 2017 -w- Rock The Park Festival @ Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, TX
October 29, 2017 -w- The Avanti’s Dome, Pekin, IL
Aarrrrrrrr, the one and only heavy metal pirates of ALESTORM are back, and they’ve brought with them their 5th full-length album titled ‘No Grave But The Sea’! Time to put on your eye patch and let the rum flow freely for the unstoppable international party machine, as ALESTORM have finally announced first and hotly anticipated details on their brand new album!
‘No Grave But The Sea’ will be released on May 26th 2017 on Napalm Records, now the band fronted by Captain Chris Bowes unveiled their upcoming album cover art as well as track listing.
Says the band:
“Oh wow! It’s a new Alestorm album! I hope all of you fellow humans & dogs like it; we think it’s pretty gosh darn ok! It’s also our first album to feature our grandiose guitarist Máté Bodor who brings his tasty & delicious solos and rifftacular riffing into the mix. This is the place in the press release where we would usually tell you this album is darker and heavier than our previous works, but that’s probably not true. It is, however, full of epic songs about pirates, drinking, and pseudoscientific cryptogeography. I’m sure y’all will enjoy those things just as much as we do.”
The track list of ‘No Grave But The Sea’ will read as follows:
1. No Grave But The Sea
3. To the End of the World
5. Bar und Imbiss
6. Fucked with an Anchor
7. Pegleg Potion
8. Man the Pumps
9. Rage of the Pentahook
10. Treasure Island
No other band in the galaxy creates such epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems with endless hooks that will be stuck in your head until the heat death of the universe. Or in ALESTORM’s own words…”Stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing treasure”. Twisted together with blistering harmonized guitar & keyboard solos, thunderous power metal majesty, and unrelenting modern metal riffing, ‘No Grave But The Sea’ is nothing less than the perfect soundtrack to the most epic battle of your life. “A pirate’s life is simple; we drink and steal and kill!” So raise up your tankard into the sky for this brand new treasure of pirate metal!
In support of ‘No Grave But The Sea’, ALESTORM will drop their anchor at the following live dates! More shows will be announced soon.
20.03.17 CA – Montreal, QC / Theatre Corona
21.03.17 CA – Quebec City, QC / Le Cercle
22.03.17 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
23.-26.03.17 UK – Gwynedd / HRH UNited 2017
25.03.17 UK – Gwynedd / Hammerfest
09.-11.06.17 UK – Castle Donington / Download Festival
16.-18.06.17 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
16.-18.06.17 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
09-.12.08.17 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
11.-12.08.17 AT – Graz / Metal On The Hill
High Octane, rip-roaring hard rockers THE DEAD DAISIES have announced a massive World Tour in celebration of the release of ‘LIVE & LOUDER’, the band’s highly-anticipated live outing, out on May 19th 2017 via Spitfire Music / SPV.
In addition to prestigious high profile UK & EU Festival appearances throughout all of June, THE DEAD DAISIES are set to enthral Japanese fans with their highly-coveted return to the land of the Rising Sun in July after which they’ll travel to South America to make their long-awaited debut. It’s then back to Poland to play “Woodstock”, one of Europe’s biggest Festivals. August & September will see the band embark on their first ever North American Headline Tour where demand has been steadily building after 2016’s smash success of “Make Some Noise” and their summer tour with the mighty KISS
The tour will take the band to many new markets and revisit some old stomping grounds. Lead Guitarist Doug Aldrich adds: “The Dead Daisies update: Getting my guitars ready for the 2017 “LIVE & LOUDER”-Tour! We’re gonna be doing a quick blast this summer…come and hang with us when you hear about the band coming through! See ya soon for a good dose of the Daisies!”
The “Live & Louder”-World Tour 2017 will visit the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Holland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Poland, Canada and the USA.
”LIVE & LOUDER”, will be available in multiple deluxe formats & perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016. The result, once again mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company), is an absolute stunner!
Lead singer John Corabi: “We’re extremely excited and proud of ‘LIVE & LOUDER’! A lot of the fans have been writing to us and saying how much they LOVED our records but were even more blown away by the band live. The album shows the world how truly loud and supportive The Dead Daisies fans are! Turn It Up!!!!”
Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – Guitars
John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – Vocals
David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – Guitars
Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – Bass
Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – Drums
LIVE & LOUDER WORLD TOUR 2017:
Fri 2 Jun Rock Hard Festival | Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Sat 3 Jun Rock In Vienna | Vienna, Austria
Sun 4 Jun Substage | Karlsruhe, Germany
Tue 6 Jun Dynamo | Zürich, Switzerland
Thu 8 Jun Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Fri 9 Jun Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
Sun 11 Jun Download Festival | Donnington, United Kingdom
Mon 12 Jun Liquid Room | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Wed 14 Jun Boerderij | Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Fri 16 Jun Le Forum | Vaureal, France
Sat 17 Jun Hellfest | Clisson, France
Sun 18 Jun Graspop Metal Meeting | Dessel, Belgium
Tue 20 Jun Hirsch | Nürnberg, Germany
Wed 21 Jun Hellraiser | Leipzig, Germany
Fri 23 Jun Harley Days Festival | Hamburg, Germany
Sun 25 Jun Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Mon 26 Jun Bluesiana | Velden, Austria
Tue 27 Jun Rockhouse | Salzburg, Austria
Wed 28 Jun A38 | Budapest, Hungary
Thu 29 Jun Lucerna Music Bar | Prague, Czech Republic
Sat 1 Jul Freigericht Rockt Festival | Freigericht, Germany
Thu 3 Aug Woodstock Poland | Kostrzyn, Poland
Wed 5 Jul Shibuya Club Quattro | Tokyo, Japan
Thu 6 Jul Umeda Club Quattro | Osaka, Japan
Wed 12 Jul Opera de Arame | Curitiba, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Thu 13 Jul Carioca Club | Sao Paulo, Brazil (special guest to Richie Kotzen)
Sat 15 Jul Vorterix | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sun 16 Jul Teatro Vorterix | Rosario, Argentina
Hungarian neo thrash masters EKTOMORF are set to release their new DVD, titled “Warpath”, on May 5th. “Warpath” includes the band’s entire gig from Wacken Open Air 2016 on DVD and CD, plus an amazing more than 60 minutes long, brutally honest and heavily entertaining behind-the-scenes documentary of Ektomorf’s tour life: “Live And Life On The Road”. This is real as it gets!
Audio mix was again handled by the band’s longtime engineer Tue Madsen (Antfarm studios).
Tracklisting DVD & CD:
02. Move On
03. Ambush In The Night
05. Black Flag
06. Evil By Nature
07. United Nations
09. Fuck You All
10. I Know Them
12. Live And Life On The Road *