ROCK ROYALTY JOIN FORCES FOR A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TONY MACALPINE
(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehanand keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.
The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audioand Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.
Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.
“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”
“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5 “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.
Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai’s touring band The Breed.
Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.
Tickets are on sale: Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation.com, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.
Doors will be at 7 pm with the show set to begin at 8 pm. For tickets, visit www.livenation.com
This special event will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian, and featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.
He‘s become part of rock history as the lead guitarist of KISS, MICHAEL BOLTON, MEAT LOAF and GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. And like a bat out of hell, he was back in the studio to record some lead guitars for the newAVANTASIA album. Guitar legend, solo artist and Tobi‘s dear friend Bruce Kulick! AVANTASIA‘s new album Ghostlights will be released on January, 29th 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.
“I remember I was eleven years old when I had a KISS Crazy Nights poster on the wall”, commented Tobi. “20 years later Bruce asked me to co-write and lay down vocals for a song on his solo album BKIII (highly recommended to check out), which was a great honor for me. Bruce is a great guy, a pro and an outstanding guitar player, he comes from a different background than me, which makes it even more exciting to have him on theGhostlights album (out January 2016 via Nuclear Blast).”
We know this may come as a surprise to many of you; honestly, it kinda took us by surprise too. What was supposed to be a short eight weeks break, suddenly & unfortunately, turned in to the demise of the band.
-We have been touring and recording in a relentless schedule since 2008 and I guess we burned the candle in both ends and hit a wall. When we finally had the opportunity to step back and get some perspective, the motivation for some members in the band just wasn’t there any more…
Would like to take this opportunity and thank our beloved road crew, Victory Rec, Danger Music, Artery Foundation, TKO & all other great people and companies we worked with these past seven years as a professional touring act.
Most of all we would like to thank YOU; Our dedicated, devoted, loving and caring fans around the globe! We´ve truly been blessed to be able to travel the world and meet so very many of you Sinners. -Together we managed to sell tens of thousands of albums and achieve what most young bands only can dream of in this day and age.
You truly are the sole reason we pushed on for as long as we did and we will cherish the memories forever and never forget your unconditional love!
It is our hope that the flame will burn once again and hopefully resurrect this Swedish bastard sometime in the future. Time will tell…
Always a resilient band, Canadian extremists Cryptopsy seem to have bounced just about all the way back from their near-fatal misstep of 2008 – the divisive, perplexingly out of character album The Unspoken King, regarded by many as one of underground death metal’s most epic fails. Their self-titled 2012 album went a long way toward restoring Cryptopsy’s damaged credibility, as did the band’s choice to eschew label support and release it independently, a business model they have maintained ever since.
Any remaining skeptics should have all doubts quashed with the band’s latest release, the four-track The Book of Suffering Tome 1, the first in a planned series of three EPs, which was made available via CD or download through Bandcamp and digitally through the usual avenues Oct. 30. Musically, it is classic Cryptopsy: turbulent technical death metal with a hint of catchiness, lots of sudden time changes and wonderfully gnarly vocals from Matt McGachy, who rather unfairly took a brunt of the blame for the failures of The Unspoken King. He tops it all off with some of the most spectacularly savage lyrics in the band’s history, which is saying something. But the true-life horrors he details on Tome 1 make “Slit Your Guts” or “Open Face Surgery” seem like kid’s stuff.
During a mid-morning interview via Skype from Montreal, McGachy outlined the aforementioned horrors as well as what Cryptopsy have in mind for the future EPs – or at least the next one – the mistakes of The Unspoken King and the band’s rebound from them, as well his optimism for the road ahead as the quartet gets a better handle on life as an independent act, enjoys some relative lineup stability and prepares for better touring opportunities.
German power metallers GAMMA RAY have recruited Frank Beck as their second lead singer. A posting on the band’s official web site states: “From now, on the vocals there will be Mr. Kai Hansen as usual plus and welcome please Mr. Frank Beck with whom the band has done already a good amount of shows in the past.
“We found out that Frank is not only a great singer that very much fits into the band from his voice and from his temper of the voice and his kind of singing but as well as a very very good human being that is fit to live up to the extreme expectations that we as a band have for people joining. Mainly this guy cannot only sing, he can party, too and that’s very important. So that was reason one.
“Another good reason was that Kai just felt that it’s time for him to cut a bit shorter on singing, because he found out that his long touring, especially headline shows after a while, always tends to fuck up the voice and end up with something that is not a hundred percent. So sharing the vocals makes things much easier and much more pleasurable.
“It will not only give the band a new dimension soundwise or vocalwise but it will as well — and here is reason number three — give Kai the freedom to move around on stage a lot and plus create a bit more action on the live performances and be more free to play the guitar which actually he does like a lot.
“So, ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new GAMMA RAY and please welcome Mr. Frank Beck.”
GAMMA RAY’s eleventh studio album, “Empire Of The Undead”, was released in March 2014 on CD, CD/DVD digipack, LP and digitally via earMusic.
The “Empire Of The Undead” title track was already been made available on the single/EP “Master Of Confusion”, an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world with HELLOWEEN.
GAMMA RAY recorded the new album in various sessions in 2013, with Eike Freese at the mixing desk alongside bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.
The complete track listing for each “Empire Of The Undead” format can be found at GammaRay.org.
Power metal band Reverence (with members from Riot V, Tokyo Blade, Savatage) has released their 2nd album ‘Gods Of War’ on Nov 4th, 2015 via Razar Ice Records. Expect eleven head banging tracks full of nothing but old school heavy metal.
‘Gods Of War’ can be bought at the band’s official website, iTunes, Cdbaby, Amazon among other music outlets. www.Reverencemetal.com
Reverence’s first Official Video ‘Until My Dying Breath’ from their 2nd album ‘Gods Of War’
:::::: REVERENCE ‘GODS OF WAR’ TRACKLIST:::::::
01 Gods Of War
02 Heart Of Gold
03 Until My Dying Breath
04 Angel In Black
05 Tear Down The Mountain
06 Blood Of Heroes
07 Battle Cry
08 Choices Made
10 Cleansed By Fire
11 Race To Obscene
With the European leg of the Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour just around the corner, Nightwish announce the release of a strictly limited (no re-prints), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD, out in North America on February 19th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
On October 30th, Nuclear Blast released the special tour edition of Endless Forms Most Beautiful in Europe. The set comes with a bonus DVD containing all 21 making-of episodes, which came along before, during and after the album release. Besides those, the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for “Yours Is An Empty Hope” and “Stargazers” as well as five special clips incl. documentary scenes for the songs “Planet Hell”, “Last Of The Wilds”, “Storytime”, “Arabesque” and “Last Ride Of The Day”. On top, there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
Australian melodic metaller’s LORD have just released a new video for ‘Against the Wind’, taken from their 2014 box set ‘The Dungeon Era’.
LORD PPUSA XVII Promo
Formerly known as Dungeon, LORD celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band with a limited edition 4 disc set comprising of the Dungeon discography re-recorded by the current band. In addition, the box set also included a USB pass that included hi quality digital versions, the original Dungeon recordings remixed/remastered, the Changing Moods EP and a 200+ page band biography.
LORD were recently announced for the 2016 instalment of ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia. The festival will mark the début US appearance by the band who promise to not only play popular LORD selections but also many classics from the Dungeon era of the band.
Available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and – in collaboration with Soulfood Music in Germany – also on vinyl and a special super-limited edition version featuring an eagle head. “Rulebreaker” combines the strongest PRIMAL FEAR moments ever, with a well-balanced typical PRIMAL FEAR trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs and some very ambitious musical journeys.
“Rulebreaker” track listing:
01. Angels Of Mercy
02. The End Is Near
03. Bullets & Tears
05. In Metal We Trust
06. We Walk Without Fear
07. At War With The World
08. The Devil In Me; Constant Heart
09. The Sky Is Burning
10. Raving Mad; Final Call (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (bonus track; deluxe edition only)
DVD (deluxe edition only):
* The End Is Near (video clip)
* Angels Of Mercy (video clip)
* Making Of “Rulebreaker”
PRIMAL FEAR recently parted ways with Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester (HANGAR, ANGRA) and replaced him with Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.). In addition, founding PRIMAL FEAR guitarist Tom Naumann, who has been touring with the group for the past couple of years years, has now officially rejoined the band as a full member.
PRIMAL FEAR is:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitar
Magnus Karlsson – Guitar, Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitar
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass, Vocals
WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.
This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
“It’s hard to believe that we are already on our 4th edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal.” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.
Submissions for bands from across Canada will be open as of November 5, 2015 and end on January 5th 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation at the following link: http://metalbattle.ca/
SEVENTRAIN Featuring Former Members of CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ and TOURNIQUET Announce New Lead Vocalist
Hailing from San Diego, California, the hard rock/metal act SEVENTRAIN featuring guitarist Eric Horton (CAGE), guitarist Jef Poremba (6ONE9, KOFI BAKER), bassist Dino Andino (TOURNIQUET) and drummer Joel Maitoza (24-7 SPYZ, SHOCKHEAD) have officially announced their new vocalist as Eric Koonze (SICARUS).
Seventrain amicably parted ways with their former singer, Jon Campos in August of 2015 who wanted to focus more on his acoustic solo career as the band wanted to pursue a more heavier direction for the next album, yet still maintain their bluesy metal groove from the first album.
Drummer Joel Maitoza states: We would like to take this opportunity to officially announce and welcome Eric Koonze to the band as the new frontman for Seventrain. With Eric’s exceptional vocal abilities and positive attitude, we now feel like the possibilities are endless. The new songs will reflect that and we couldn’t be happier. We would like to thank all of the amazing vocalists who took time out of their busy lives to learn our songs and came down to our studio to audition. Over the past 10 weeks, we have had nearly 50 applicants and narrowed it down to 12 live auditions. Seventrain also wants to apologize to our fans for having to cancel our dates with Lynch Mob and Prong in order to take the time needed for the audition process. We plan to get back into the studio as soon as possible to continue work on the new album and are already scheduling shows for early 2016. Onward and upward…we’ll see you soon!
Seventrain will make their live performance debut with their new vocalist on February 5th, 2016 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California opening for Operation: Mindcrime featuring Geoff Tate.
Drawing of a werewolf in woodland at night. Main illustration for the story “The Werewolf Howls”. Internal illustration from the pulp magazine Weird Tales (November 1941, vol. 36, no. 2, page 38).
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Week 1 was Frankenstein, 2 Ghosts, 3 Zombies, 4 Vampires, and for the final week, the subject is werewolves! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!