- Jim Gillette on Nitro’s Reunion - "We Didn’t Get it Right Until Now" (Dec 7, 2016)
- TESTAMENT announce North American tour w/ SEPULTURA and PRONG (Dec 6, 2016)
- QUEENSRYCHE Release New Music Video for "Hellfire" (Dec 6, 2016)
- Unboxing Of The Massive IAN HUNTER Box (Dec 6, 2016)
- LEGENDARY MUSICIANS AND MUSIC EXECUTIVES TO BE HONORED (Dec 6, 2016)
- Ensiferum - Interview with Petri Lindroos (Dec 7, 2016)
- Angelcorpse - Pete Helmkamp and Gene Palubicki (Dec 4, 2016)
- ULI JON ROTH - Solo artist, Electric Sun, ex-Scorpions (Dec 1, 2016)
- Sirenia - Interview with Morten Veland (Nov 30, 2016)
- Týr - Interview with Terji Skibenæs (Nov 30, 2016)
- The Amity Affliction @ Roundhouse, London (Dec 7, 2016)
- EUROPE - The Final Countdown Tour - November 16 2016, Zurich (Dec 5, 2016)
- Delain + Evergrey + Kobra and the Lotus @ Koko, London (Dec 3, 2016)
- Powerwolf with support act Civil War on Blessed and Possessed European Tour 2016 – Scandinavian leg - Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark (Dec 3, 2016)
- Sirenia + Týr + Unleash The Archers + Xaon + Relicseed @ O2 Academy Islington, London (Dec 2, 2016)
Limelight 1, Belfast
October 25th 2015
Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photos by Jamie Hunter at JR Hunter Photography
Tags: Carcass, Death Metal, Deathcrusher 2015, extreme metal, Grindcore, Herod, Limelight Belfast, Napalm Death, OBITUARY, progressive sludge metal, progressive thrash metal, VoiVod
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INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTOLEHTINEN
Savatage and Trans Siberian Orchestra literally blew the two stages away by offering a huge visual spectacle at Wacken Open Air this August. The whole show was beyond normal human comprehension and understanding. Seeing this one of kind spectacle can’t be compared to any other show in the music industry. After gasping some air we sat down with Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, and the mastermind of both the outfits, Paul O’Neil, to discuss the return of Savatage to Wacken and above all Trans Siberian Orchestra, whom enjoy tremendous success in North America.
QUEENSRŸCHE will kick-off the New Year with a massive bang embarking on a lengthy North American headlining run. The much-anticipated trek kicks off on Jan 7th and goes through Feb 5th. QUEENSRŸCHE just wrapped up a massive direct support tour to the legendary Scorpions across North America and either see below or head over to www.queensrycheofficial.com for the complete list of new headlining dates.
QUEENSRYCHE’s highly acclaimed new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, via Century Media Records debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts with 13,798 units sold. The disc sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.
“Guardian” Official Music Video
“Arrow of Time” Live From Wacken Open Air Festival
Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.
The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.
Jan. 7 @ Rockbar – San Jose, CA
Jan. 8 @ House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Jan. 9 @ Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 10 @ Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jan. 12 @ Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
Jan. 14 @ Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
Jan. 15 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
Jan. 16 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
Jan. 17 @ Brewster Street Ice House – Corpus Christi, TX
Jan. 21 @ Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 22 @ Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Jan. 23 @ The Palladium – Boston, MA
Jan. 24 @ Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
Jan. 25 @ 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.
Jan. 27 @ Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 28 @ Limelight – Peoria, IL
Jan. 29 @ St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake, WI
Jan. 30 @ The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 31 @ Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Feb. 2 @ Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
Feb. 3 @ Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Feb. 4 @ In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 5 @ Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
1 pair of tickets for Toronto – Nov. 9th @ Mod Club
1 pair of tickets for Montreal – Nov. 11 @ Petit Campus
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED:
Congrats to our winners:
Toronto Winner: Annelie D.
Montreal Winner: Greg S.
Coming off a small run of successful West Coast dates, BRITNY FOX is hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two day festival of retro 80’s debauchery. BRTINY FOX then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre of the Living Arts.
BRITNY FOX is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991 – This musical jewel was a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. “It’s awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again – Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks,” exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. “The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock! It’s a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together! Can’t wait to get back out on stage!”
SHOW DATES & INFO:
SAT 11/07 – NORCROSS, GA NORTH ATLANTA TRADE CENTER
FRI 11/13 – QUEENS, NY BLACKTHORN 51
SAT 11/14 – PHILADELPHIA, PA THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS – W/HEAVENS EDGE
BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.
For the fourth year in a row (the most by any artist human, Scumdog or otherwise), your masters GWAR returned to The A.V. Club to take part in the A.V. Undercover Series. The A.V. Undercover Series features artists covering other artists’ music. GWAR’s first offering tackled the Kansas classic, “Carry On Wayward Son” – which was voted favorite performance of the year, This, of course, came as no surprise to GWAR who consider themselves the greatest rock performers on this or any other planet in history. After a year of celebrating the victory, the group returned to defend the crown with its unique spin on Billy Ocean’s “Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car.” What happened for their third appearance? The band returned and went New Wave with their version of Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls” which segued into a re-worked version of Jim Carol’s “People Who Died”, paying tribute to fallen GWAR members and friends of the band. And of course, they won performance of the year again. (Did you think they wouldn’t?)
By this point, people may be thinking, well GWAR wins every year, so why do they keep coming back? Well it’s because they are the rulers of the universe and they are the A.V. Club three-time champions. How did they top themselves this time? Well the band dug deep into their cassette collection and pulled out Cyndi Lauper’s Greatest Hits. Once they came across “She-Bop” and learned that it was a song about masturbation, which is a habit near and dear to their hearts, they decided this is the song they must play to defend their “Undercover” title for an unprecedented fourth time! So without any more fanfare here it is, the orgasm inducing GWAR rendition of “She-Bop” with a little surprise at the end. Then remember to vote early and often for GWAR because the Scumdogs command you to do so!
After hearing that the A.V. Club was inviting GWAR back for a fourth time, Pustulus admits, “I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit.”
A.V. Club VP/Editor in Chief Josh Modell had the following to say about GWAR’s fourth visit:
“Every year we hope GWAR will forget where our studio is so that they won’t crush us and the competition. But every year they manage to find us and breathe horrible new life into an old classic. We submit, we submit.”
GWAR are currently in the midst of their 30th anniversary tour as they continue to wreak havoc across North America. The show stops tomorrow in Tempe, AZ and runs through November 28th in Orlando, FL. A complete list of dates can be found below.
GWAR W/ Born of Osiris and Battlecross:
10/28: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
10/29: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/30: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/2: Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
11/4: Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
11/5: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/6: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
11/7: Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
11/8: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
11/9: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/11: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/13: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/15: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/17: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
11/18: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
11/19: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
11/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/21: Houston, TX @ Houston Whatever Fest*
11/22: Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
11/24: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/27: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
11/28: Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
**Cryptopsy Providing Direct Support
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On the heels of their much-anticipated performances in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, BLACK SABBATH will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago with another run of North American dates in fall 2016. These shows will follow a mix of summer headlining and festival performances throughout Europe.
The second run of North American dates kicks off August 17 at Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York and includes stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (where the band last performed a sold-out show on their wildly successful 13 world tour in 2014), Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, and Dallas, among others, before wrapping September 21 at AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.
The massive 2016 world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time marks THE END for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story with this tour. BLACK SABBATH’s THE END farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band’s most mesmerizing production ever.
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock ‘n Roll history…BLACK SABBATH
BLACK SABBATH’s 2016 Tour Dates are as follows:
1/20 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
1/22 Chicago, IL United Center
1/25 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
1/27 Winnipeg MN MTS Centre
1/30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Centre
2/1 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
2/3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
2/6 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
2/9 San Jose, CA SAP Pavilion
2/11 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
2/13 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
2/15 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
2/17 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
2/19 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/21 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
2/23 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
2/25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
2/27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
4/15 Perth, AU Perth Arena
4/17 Adelaide, AU Entertainment Centre
4/19 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena
4/23 Sydney, AU Allphones Arena
4/25 Brisbane, AU Entertainment Centre
4/28 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
4/30 Dunedin, NZ Forsyth Barr Stadium
6/1 Budapest,Hungary Groupama Arena
6/8 Berlin, Germany Waldebuhne
**6/11 Donington, UK Download
6/13 Verona, IT Arena Di Verona
6/15 Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadon
**6/17 Dessel,Belgium Grasspop
**6/23 Halden, Norway Tons of Rock
**6/25 Copenhagen, DE Copenhell
6/28 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle
6/30 Prague, Czech Rep. 02 Arena
7/2 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
7/5 Riga, Latvia Riga Arena
**7/7 Helsinki, Finland Monsters of Rock
**7/9 Stockholm, Sweden Monsters of Rock
7/12 Moscow, Russia Olympisky Arena
**Denotes festival appearance
8/17 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
8/21 Washington DC Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
8/29 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
9/2 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
9/4 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/9 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
9/11 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Ampitheater
9/13 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Arena
9/15 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
9/17 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
9/19 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
9/21 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion
Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at: www.Livenation.com
New Estonian documentary „Heart of a Wolf“ coming to Estonian cinemas from October 30th.
Director Liina Paakspuu’s full length music documentary „Heart of a Wolf“ („Hundi süda sees“ in Estonian) is about the nature of folk metal and features two bands – Metsatöll from Estonia and Finntroll from Finland.
The film premiers at 7pm in Tallinn’s CC Plaza on October 29th and will be screened with English subtitles in cinemas across Estonia from October 30th.
Hairy rockers mixing their metal sounds with traditional music instruments, pagan symbols and songs in their native language draw audiences from all corners of the world. The film focuses on Estonian band Metsatöll and their older Finnish brother Finntroll with the aim to get an insight into the nature of Nordic folk metal.
Quote from Liina Paakspuu:
„I like that there is something primitive and even naíve about Metsatöll’s music, but it has a sort of raw power that can unexpectedly hit you in the core of your inner cosmos. There are common traits to all Nordic folk metal bands. Finntroll from Finland is a huge name across the world and figuratevly the band is like a big brother to Metsatöll. I chose four main characters from the two bands – the „poster boys“, meaning the lead singers Markus Teeäär and Mathias Lillmans and „the hermits from the woods“, meaning Lauri Õunapuu and Jan Jämsen.
Wolves are a common symbol for both bands. Markus Teeäär from Metsatöll says in the film that he started to make Metsatöll’s music as through the eyes of a wolf. Wolves are important to Finntroll’s founder and lyricist Jan Jämsen as well, also in other art forms besides music.“
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE–the four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami this February 22-26, aboard the NCL Pearl–has announced its biggest line-up ever in its five year history. This year’s cruise, appropriately titled Shredders From The Deep, will feature 40+ bands including headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche; Helloween and Y&T, plus guitar fantasy camps, pre-cruise events and more.
This year’s cruise itinerary includes pre-parties on February 20 and 21 (complimentary to all cruisers with entertainment/location TBA), visiting the private island of Great Stirrup Cay and the cosmopolitan resort meccas of Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas, plus a full day of Metal mayhem at sea. Cabins are available now, starting at $999 per person (double occupancy), with Special EZ Pay financing options also available for as little as $499 USD per person down (double occupancy), with the remaining balance payable over 12 equal monthly installments beginning the month after the initial reservation is completed. For booking and more info, visit: monstersofrockcruise.com and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
The MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE: Shredders From The Deep will transport fans back to the era when Metal wasn’t just a music genre, it was a way of life. The final artist lin-eup for the 2016 Shredders From The Deep cruise include headliners Tesla, Steve Vai, Extreme, Sebastian Bach, Queensryche, Helloween and Y&T. Joining the headliners is an epic array of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal artists featuring: Michael Monroe, Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint, Saigon Kick, XYZ, Killer Dwarfs, Metal Church, Hardcore Superstar, Akira Takasaki of Loudness, Jeff Scott Soto, Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne, Uli Jon Roth of Scorpions, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Helix, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, Madam X, Tyketto, Anvil, Hellion, Dio Disciples, Lilian Axe, Soto, D-A-D, Heavy Mellow, Brandon Gibbs, Paradise Kitty and The Kix.
New this year to the cruise are Guitar Fantasy Camp at Sea Shredder Clinics, available to all passengers aboard the cruise for free as part of the cabin fee. Clinics will be given by Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore (UFO), George Lynch (Dokken and Lynch Mob), Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Angelo Battio and Akira Takasaki (Loudness), with more instructors to be announced. Instructions to reserve these complimentary clinics will be given to cruisers a few weeks before the cruise.
According to cruise spokesman, Larry Morand, “The clinics are designed to give our passengers the opportunity to hone their guitar skills in an up close and personal experience with some of rock’s greatest shredders. Fans don’t just watch the artist perform, they make music with the artists.” In addition to all instruments being provided, artists in each clinic will be giving away an autographed guitar to one lucky fan in attendance.
In addition to the performances and clinics, the cruise will feature over-the-top special events only experienced on this voyage, including: Artist Meet & Greets, Monsters Rock & Roll Formal, Monster Gong Show Karaoke, Rock Star Dating, and Cooking with Rock Stars, and a “So You Think You Can Shred” Guitar Competition, with more events to be announced. As an added bonus, TV personalities and cruise hosts Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson from VH1’s That Metal Show will moderate the intimate onboard artist Q&A’s. Rounding out the spectacular celebrity line-up are radio personalities Luc Carl from XM’s Hair Nation, along with San Francisco bay area radio host Nikki Blakk.
Get ready, Cruzaderz! Finnish hellraisers SANTA CRUZ have dropped their scorching new video for “Let Them Burn.” The clip captures the essence of the band’s explosive shows and takes their dynamic pulse, all the while showing off youthful shenanigans.
Witness the action for yourself by watching the video
The band’s self-titled album is out now.
Faith No More, who play their final 2015 show on Oct. 25 at the Aftershock Festival, debut the colorful video for “Sunny Side Up”
The clip, which was directed by filmmaker Joe Lynch (The Movie Crypt podcast, and films Everly and Knights of Badassdom), arrives as the band wraps up a whirlwind year.
Sol Invictus (Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings), Faith No More’s first new album since 1997’s Album of the Year, arrived in May, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and landing at similar spots worldwide (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK). The months surrounding release found the band headlining a number of festivals including Sonisphere, Download, Riot Fest, Bumbershoot and Rock in Rio. Returning to late night television for the first time since the mid ‘90s, Faith No More took the stage on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Rolling Stone called the album “as much a triumphant victory lap as it’s a comeback record, The New York times said the new album found the Bay Area band “reunited and reclaiming its spot” and the Los Angeles Times said “Faith No More has a history of defying expectations, and that’s what it’s doing again with Sol Invictus.”
The long awaited new album from legendary guitarist Vinnie Moore, will be released on October 23 on Mind’s Eye Music. Titled “Aerial Visions”, Vinnie’s 8th solo album features drummer Richie Monica (Tantric, Poppa Chubby), and bassists Dave LaRue (Steve Morse Band, Flying Colors, The Dregs), Rob DeLuca (UFO, Sebastian Bach), Dorian Heartsong (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience) and Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, MSG).
“Everything that Moore throws himself into features his astounding 6-string abilities. Far from being a ‘mere shredder’, Moore combines insane technique with touch, taste, and stylistic influences that include Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Larry Carlton, and many other diverse talents. He can play sweep-picked arpeggios with a bluesy feel or play blues licks at neo-classical speeds, never sacrificing tone, time,or intonation. It’s a unique and musical skill set.” – Matt Blackett, Guitar Player Magazine
Vinnie has released seven critically acclaimed solo albums; five albums and one DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO; and one album with band Red Zone Rider. His solo and UFO releases as well as LIVE performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, inspiring guitarists worldwide and launching him into aerial guitar superhero distinction!
Says Vinnie, “I have been touring all over the world pretty nonstop for the past 12 years. I started this record about two years ago and have been working on it while at home. I’m totally jacked up about getting it out there for others to hear as well as playing these songs LIVE. Two of the songs on ‘Aerial’ were written as instrumentals but were included on a UFO record with vocals. I have also done a cover of ZZ Top’s ‘La Grange’ which I have always thought is one of the coolest songs ever. I have done ZZ covers onstage a lot.”
Vinnie has toured several times all over Europe, UK, Scandanvia, Brazil, and the USA, as well as performing in India, Korea, Mexico, Russia, and Canada. The UFO “A Conspiracy of Stars” tour will continue in Europe on October 21, and will include nine shows in December as opening act for Judas Priest on their Redeemer of Souls tour.
“Eyes closed in concentration, his fingers dancing, he solos like a man possessed. Ritchie Blackmore used to be like this. Vinnie is that good!” – Neil Jeffries, Classic Rock Magazine, England
Says Vinnie, “With my solo records I can cover a lot more territory stylistically. I enjoy this freedom to be able to follow my muse wherever it leads. All of my influences are in there, from Rock to Blues to Be-Bop to Funk. I am into so many different styles of music that I can’t help myself, I’m basically a slave to it all and so there are inspirations from everywhere. Having said that, being a songwriter is the most important thing to me. I try to use my inspiration to create a mood and take the listener on a little journey to wherever.”
Metal Icon THOR Unleashes Pure Metal Vengeance With Help From A Host Of His Punk/Hard Rock Superstar Friends, Debuts New Video
After a year that saw a deluxe reissue of his career-launching 1983 album Unchained as well as seeing his life’s story retold in the documentary film I AM THOR, which has been picking up awards at such prestigious film festivals as Slamdance and Fantasia Fest, metal legend Jon Mikl THOR is capping off one of the biggest years of his career with the release of his newest studio album Metal Avenger on October 30! Joining the metal savior on this epic recording is a slew of luminaries from both the rock and punk worlds including powerhouse vocalist Henry Rollins, Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome, Twister Sister axeman Jay Jay French, Christian Death guitarist Rikk Agnew, D.O.A.’s own Joey Shithead plus Ritchy Stotts of Plasmatics, Betsy Bitch and many others! The album will be available on both CD as well as a limited edition “blood red” vinyl pressing courtesy of Deadline Music!
“This is my most ambitious and best album in the history of my career,” THOR states boldly. Reteaming with producers Bruce Duff (Twisted Roots) and Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs), the group began writing new material and “came up with the concept of the ‘Metal Avenger’ whereby each song represents THOR’s quest to overcome the overlords of the planet Psykon and free the slaves on the master ship. There is adventure, intrigue and love in the lyrics and story. But most of all there is strength in the music. These songs are HEAVY yet melodic.” Recording took place at Kitten Robot studios with engineer Paul Roessler (The Screamers, 45 Grave) behind the board. Speaking of his guest performers, THOR offers, “I was very fortunate to perform with these incredible musicians who are each superhero characters in their own right. With my Comrades of Metal, I feel more powerful than ever!”
Check out the world premiere of the “Metal Avenger” video at Metal Hammer starting Friday!
Catch THOR perform live along with screenings of his documentary at these following locations:
Nov 10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Nov 11 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Nov 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go-Go
Nov 14 – San Antonio, TX – Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival
Nov 16 – Chicago, IL – Reggie Rock Club
Nov 18 – Detroit, MI – Small’s Bar
Nov 20 – Philadelphia, PA – PhillyMOCA
Nov 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
THOR originated in the early ‘70s with body building champion and former Mr. USA Jon Mikl Thor, and quickly gained a devout following thanks in part to the band’s elaborate and supremely entertaining live shows, which frequently featured Jon performing not just outstanding anthems of metal but also astounding feats of strength – bending steel bars with his teeth and exploding water bottles with his lungs! Jon would go on to appear on the Merv Griffin Show, which led to the licensing deal with RCA in late 1976 and the release of their debut album Keep The Dogs Away the following year. But it wasn’t until the group’s 1984 EP Unchained and the follow-up full-length album, Only The Strong, that Jon Mikl & Co. really began to flex their muscles. Those releases contained the now classic songs such as “Lightning Strikes,” “Anger,” “Let The Blood Run Red” and “Thunder On The Tundra,” which earned the band a truly international following. Through the years that following has grown and solidified as new generations of classic metal heads discover the awesome power of the mighty THOR!
1. Out Of Control feat. Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle)
2. Metal Avenger feat. Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead)
3. Kings Of Thunder And Lightning feat. Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
4. Master Of Revenge feat. Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
5. Destruct feat. Brian Forsythe (Kix)
6. The Hammer feat. Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister)
7. Taste Of Victory feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch) & Rikk Agnew (Christian Death)
8. Heavy Load
9. Legions Of The Psykon World feat. Jack Starr (Virgin Steele)
10. Drive feat. Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys)
11. Stars Upon Stars feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch)
12. T.H.O.R. feat. Joey Shithead (D.O.A.)
13. Atomic Man feat. Peter Stjärnvind (Krux)
14. Wings Of Destiny feat. Niklas Stålvind (Wolf)
15. Law Of The Universe
Buy the CD: http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/thor-metal-avenger-cd/
Buy the LP: http://cleorecs.com/store/shop/thor-metal-avenger-limited-edition-blood-red-lp/
Buy the digital album: http://flyt.it/ThorMetalAvengerDigi
Interview with vocalist Olof Wikstrand
18th October 2015
@ Limelight, Belfast
Prior to their co-headlining set in Belfast’s Limelight with Wolf, we sat down with Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand to chat about the band’s history and his hopes for the future, as well as their ten year anniversary celebrations and who he feels has influenced the band. Read the rest of this entry »