Scot Coogan – Ace Frehley band, Red Zone Rider, ex- Brides of Destruction and more

August 27th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala




Scot Coogan is an American musician known for his accomplished drumming and vocal skills, working as both a session and touring musician. Coogan has worked with various groups such as Brides of Destruction featuring Nikki Sixx, Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, and Red Zone Rider feat. Vinnie Moore and Kelly Keeling. Currently he performs with Blue Man Group and he’s a member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo band. He worked previously with Frehley from 2009 through 2012 and performed on the ANOMALY (2009) album. I met a good humored Coogan in Stockholm just prior Ace Frehley’s band’s sold out show in Grona Lund, which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. We discussed various things including his work with Ace Frehley, Red Zone Rider and the rise and demise of Brides of Destruction… Read on!

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August 27th, 2015
by EvilG

Volcom Skate Team + BMX Riders Announced, Super Collider Returning in 2015 

Single-Day & Weekend Passes on Sale Now!

 — November 6-8, 2015, in Austin, Texas —

 AUSTIN, TX (August 27, 2015)  Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is proud to once again partner with Volcom, the leading modern lifestyle brand that embodies the creative spirit of today’s youth culture, to help redesign and build this year’s skate ramp, ride course, and curate the Fest’s 2015 action sports program. Single-day and weekend passes to the 10th annual event, set to take place November 6-8 in Austin, Texas, can be purchased at


Volcom, with the help of local ramp builder Ryan Corrigan of HOLDONHEREWEGO and the Austin-based nonprofit Project Loop, will lead the charge in building the FFF Fest skate & ride events this year, including the return of the Volcom Super Collider. The super ramp, designed by legendary skateboarder Remy Stratton, debuted last year to rave reviews from athletes and spectators alike, and it has now become an integral part of the action-sports experience at FFF Fest.


“The Super Collider, like a music stage, is also fun to look at even when no one’s on it. And then, there is that moment when the team jumps on deck with their boards in hand and the skate session explodes into some of the nastiest shredding ever, combined with the Fun Fun Fun Fest sights and sounds all around. I just can’t wipe the smile off my face,” says Volcom VP of Skateboarding Remy Stratton.


Volcom will also welcome back its renowned skate team for a series of demos throughout the Festival weekend, in addition to a variety of BMX riders that Project Loop is bringing to the 2015 Fest. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite athletes at special meet-and-greets and see some of today’s top skateboarders and BMX riders compete up close and personal in a truly unique environment.


With Volcom’s brand vision of ‘True to This, the company continues to build on the foundation of board riding and their tradition of supporting self-expression in sports, art, music and film to connect with the millennial consumer, driven and determined to build a better future. The unique Fun Fun Fun Fest experience of alternative sports, music, comedy, and lifestyle makes it an ideal event for a Volcom partnership.


A full list of participating Festival athletes can be found below and at



¨     Ryan Sheckler

¨     Grant Taylor

¨     David Gonzalez

¨     Dustin Dollin

¨     Caswell Berry

¨     Rune Glifberg

¨     Chris Pfanner

¨     Collin Provost

¨     Louie Lopez

¨     Ben Raemers

¨     Axel Cruysberghs

¨     CJ Collins



¨     Chase Hawk

¨     Aaron Ross

¨     Tom Dugan

¨     Clint Reynolds

¨     Joseph Franz

¨     Dani Lightningbolt

¨     Nina Buitrago

¨     Matt Nordstrom

¨     Paul Cvikevich

¨     Kenny Horton

¨     Devin Fredlund

¨     Jeremie Infelise


Fun Fun Fun Fest also has an incredible mix of music acts set to perform in 2015, including headliners like Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Venom, Wu Tang Clan, Chromeo, NOFX, as well as other acclaimed acts like Grimes, Rae Sremmurd, ANTEMASQUE, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, and ODESZA, among others. Plus, the JASH Yellow Comedy Stage is returning this year and is bringing a stellar comedy lineup with it. Comedy performers include Tig NotaroDoug BensonEric AndreTodd BarryEugene MirmanSabrina JaleesJonah Ray, and Kurt Braunohler, in addition to special events like GZA explaining “the science of hip-hop,” Andrew W.K. leading a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia giving twerking lessons. For the full lineup of performers and events, please visit


Both single-day and weekend passes are now on sale at and available online. Single-day tickets are available for $89, while three-day passes are $199. Additionally, the Ultimate Smooth Pass (USP) is on sale and available for $450, offering ticket buyers the upmost FFF Fest experience.


Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks on FFF NITES—all festival after-parties are free with a festival wristband. The festival will also continue to bring in some of Austin’s favorite local food and beverage offerings.


Fun Fun Fun Fest would like to thank all of the 2015 partners and sponsors who help make the festival possible, including Shiner, Red Bull Sound Select, Volcom, JASH, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jukely, Luden’s, and Rdio.


For more information on the festival, go to Follow them at and on Twitter @funfunfunfest for updates and special promotions.

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SCORPIONS Celebrate New Album Release With Live Stream

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Iconic rock superstars, Scorpions, have partnered with Yahoo for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Fans can tune in at 9:10pm ET, to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning set list of Scorpions’ hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. The live stream will be available on desktop at, or through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) or connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, Xbox).

Scorpions will be on tour in North American celebrating their 50th anniversary and the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), available September 11, 2015.  More information on the new release and upcoming tour dates (routing below) can be found at

Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world going Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France (#5), Germany (#2), Greece (#1 debut), Russia (platinum!), Hungary, Japan (#4), Turkey (#4) Switzerland (#2), Malasia (their first gold!), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.!  Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), Return To Forever features 19 new songs including first single, “We Built This House,” currently at #3 at Classic Rock in the U.S.  The track is available digitally as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: and iTunes: .

Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You” and “Winds of Change.” The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents.

North American dates feature special guests Queensryche.

10 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
12 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
13 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
16 – Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
18 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
19 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
22 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH
23 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
25 – Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, ON
26 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
29 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village, CO

1 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
3 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
6 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
7 – The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
9 – ShoWare Center – Kent, WA
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ANVIL Offer Once-In-A-Lifetime PledgeMusic Fan Opportunities

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is back! Striving to bypass the labels that have stood between the band and fans for years, ANVIL is creating their new record Anvil Is Anvil with a direct-to-fan approach in mind. Recently, the band teamed up with PledgeMusic to assure that fan connection, but unlike other crowdsourcing campaigns put forth by bands in the hopes of amassing a recording budget, ANVIL’s campaign strives to do so while truly providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal, one-on-one opportunities that they will never forget.

ANVIL’s 2009 movie documentary, The Story Of Anvil made them famous the world over. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre. Their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice, and their 2013 release, Hope In Hell, were powerful and unrelenting.

Anvil Is Anvil will be their most potent yet, and feature guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and new bassist Chris Robertson in top form. Featuring no concessions to short-lived trends and no modern frills, the brand new ANVIL record will feature traditional metal at its finest with massive classic rock elements – a sound that ANVIL fans love and deserve.

ANVIL and PledgeMusic are offering fans a chance to get up close and personal with the band, access exclusive content and be a part of a truly unique fan-to-band experience. With every pre-order, pledgers will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive looks at behind the scenes videos, photos and messages from the band. Fans will also have several once in a lifetime opportunities to purchase:

·         In person or Skype drum lesson with Robb
·         In person or Skype guitar lesson with Lips
·         Guest back-up vocal appearance on the new record
·         One of Lips’ amps
·         The opportunity to attend a live rehearsal
·         A day in the studio with the band
·         Signed limited edition CD with bonus tracks
·         Signed drum head
·         Exclusive Pledger T-shirt
·         AMPU (Anvil Metal Pounders Union) deluxe lifetime membership and signed CD
·         Signed set list
·         Signed drumsticks
·         Handwritten lyric sheets

To pledge, please visit

Guitarist and vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow  states “We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next ANVIL album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a pre-sales platform and we are fully confident that getting closer to our fans through making the album will take the making of it and the final album to somewhere fantastic. Considering that almost anyone aware of ANVIL knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honoured to help and prove us right in our belief in you… and we promise another top notch ANVIL recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future.”

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JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 Release “Dying To Live” Album Sampler

August 27th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Joel Hoekstra has put together a kick ass sampler of various songs from the upcoming debut album from Joel Hoekstra’s 13, DYING TO LIVE! Check it out by hitting the play button below and let us know what you think!


PRE-ORDER your copy now from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-order from either link, the single “Anymore” will download instantly, and the rest will download on the release date.

Order Here:
iTunes –
AmazonMP3 –

DYING TO LIVE features performances from Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster(The Firm (British rock band), Rated X), Jeff Scott Soto Official (Official Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and more!

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click and

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Brent Fitz – Slash, ex- Union, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil etc.

August 26th, 2015
by Marko Syrjala




Brent Fitz is a Canadian musician, multi-instrumentalist and the drummer of ex-Guns’ N Roses guitarist Slash’s solo band. Previously, he has played with Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and Econoline Crush among others. At the end of the 1990s he had a band called Union with Bruce Kulick (ex -KISS) and John Corabi (ex -Motley Crue). But nowadays Fitz plays with Slash’s solo band where he joined in 2010. The band’s current line-up has recorded two studio albums, the latest WORLD ON FIRE was released in 2014. I met a good-humored Fitz last June in Sweden Rock Festival. We discussed Fitz’s own Guns’n Roses/Slash’s history, about how he ended up in the band, and what the future might bring. We also talked about his time in the Union and what all it takes to be able to end up in a position where he currently is. Read on!

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Rhino Records Reissue Two Classic FAITH NO MORE LP’s

August 26th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Faith No More’s big breakthrough came in 1989 with The Real Thing. Although it was the San Franciscan rockers third studio album it was the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals).

Celebrating the classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy Rhino Records releases a fantastic double LP vinyl Deluxe Edition of The Real Thing. Featuring the original album and an additional disc packed full of rarities related to the album. The bonus disc puts a different spin on “Falling To Pieces,” as well as live performances of “Surprise! You’re Dead!” “Underwater Love” and the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs.”

Original Album
1. From Out Of Nowhere
2. Epic
3. Falling To Pieces
4. Surprise! You’re Dead!
5. Zombie Eaters

1. The Real Thing
2. Underwater Love
3. The Morning After
4. Woodpecker From Mars

Bonus Tracks
1. War Pigs
2. Edge Of The World
3. Sweet Emotion
4. Falling To Pieces (Matt Wallace Remix)

1. War Pigs (Live in Berlin 11.9.1989)
2. Surprise! You’re Dead! (Live in Sheffield)
3. Chinese Arithmetic (Live in Sheffield)
4. Underwater Love (Live in Brixton)
5. As The Worm Turns (Live in Brixton)



In 1992, after an extensive period of touring, San Franciscan rockers Faith No More released Angel Dust. The album swings between extremes—aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing—showing off every facet of the band’s quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as “Midlife Crisis,” “Jizzlobber,” “R.V.” and “Small Victory.”

Celebrating the classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy Rhino Records releases a fantastic double LP vinyl Deluxe Edition of Angel Dust. Featuring the original album and an additional disc packed full of rarities related to the album. Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of “Midlife Crisis” by the band’s longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys’ “Let’s Lynch The Landlord” and the band’s unforgettable take on the Commodores’ “Easy.”

Original Album
1. Land Of Sunshine
2. Caffeine
3. Midlife Crisis
4. RV
5. Everything’s Ruined
6. Malpractice

1. Kindergarten
2. Be Aggressive
3. A Small Victory
4. Jizzlobber
5. Smaller And Smaller

Bonus Tracks
1. Easy
2. Midnight Cowboy
3. Crack Hitler
4. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) [Remixed By Matt Walllace]
5. The World Is Yours (Outtake from Angel Dust Sessions)

1. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton Vocal)
2. Das Schutzenfest (German Version)
3. Let’s Lynch the Landlord
4. Be Aggressive (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
5. Kindergarten (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
6. We Care A Lot (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)

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ANATOMY OF I – ‘In memoriam’ (bonus track from 2015 re-release)

August 25th, 2015
by EvilG

ANATOMY OF I, the band featuring bassist Steve Di Giorgio(TESTAMENT, ex-DEATH) and drummer Dirk Verbeuren(SOILWORK, SCARVE), has released a video for ‘In memoriam’, an exclusive bonus track on their 2015 re-release through Punishment18 records.


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Getaway Festival – Sweden

August 25th, 2015
by UK Team

Getaway Festival

Gävle, Sweden

August 6 – 8 2015

Review by Ellen Norvang
Photography by Inca Calmeyer


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IRON MAIDEN Go Jumbo For 2016

August 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob




IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio album The Book of Souls, their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on Sept 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see attached comparison grid). The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.


Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalised and we will commence announcements of specific dates for the different territories in a few weeks’ time.  However we can reveal that The Book Of Souls World Tour will open in the U.S.A in late February with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting MEXICO, followed by a much anticipated first ever concert in EL SALVADOR and a return to COSTA RICA. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in ARGENTINA, CHILE and a number of shows in BRAZIL before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and, of course, CANADA in the first two weeks of April.

A long awaited return to JAPAN follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in CHINA before heading to NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in SOUTH AFRICA, Maiden’s first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to EUROPE for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August. This will the first time Ed Force One has ever been used on any European Tour dates (other than Bruce’s Fan Club trips to shows) and will provide transport there for at least for the first few weeks.

Bruce Dickinson comments,
“When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is “paint” it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew – our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster o.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.
“However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, I’m currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and Captain on a Boeing 747.  I’m doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I can’t wait to get practising on!

“We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.”

The 747 is the world’s most recognisable airliner on account of its distinctive hump. With its impressive dimensions of 70.7m (232ft) length, 19.4m (63.6ft) height and a jaw-dropping wing span of 64.4m (211ft) this double-decker aircraft has a range of 13,450km (7,262nm).


Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what Maiden fans can expect from The Book Of Souls World Tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks’ time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the Fan Club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.

The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s 16th, and first ever, double studio album and is released 4 September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the US).

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NWoBHM Cult Act SAVAGE To Return With New Double Album

August 24th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

NWoBHM cult act SAVAGE, will release their brand new studio album “7”, on October 9, 2015, via Minus 2 Zebra Records (distributed by Plastic Head). The double disc release will include complete live album titled “Live N Lethal” on second disc.

SAVAGE, once credited for influencing METALLICA to play fast. Even though the band has often been linked to the NWOBHM movement, their roots are more in the vintage classic rock with a modern feel. Influences such as THIN LIZZY and DEEP PURPLE abound and yet with new material they sound incredibly contemporary and fresh. Their debut album, “Loose ‘n Lethal” (from 1983) became a classic and was the biggest selling independent import into USA in it’s day. The band have had a stop start career but came back with a vengeance in 2012 with the epic album titled “Sons Of Malice”. The band has been busy ever since on the live scene in the UK and Europe, and most recently an Italian tour earlier this summer.

The classic debut is now given a fresh and live treatment in the form of a recently recorded live gig in their hometown. In addition to this, SAVAGE has been hard at work writing and recording set of new classics on this double release. The album titled “7” features 12 blistering new tracks, which mix old with new. Many of the tracks are fast paced and hark back to the early days, whilst tracks such as “Superspy” and “Empire Of Hate” sound akin to something off a modern OZZY album or even METALLICA at their best!

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Monsters of Rot V Festival @ The Halfway Inn, Enniskillen

August 24th, 2015
by UK Team

Monsters of Rot V Festival

August 1st, 2015
The Halfway Inn, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Review by Melanie Brehaut
Photography by J Hunter Photography & Michal Spigiel

Monsters of Rot V

Ah, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland…home of some pretty lakes, the Marble Arch caves, Enniskillen Castle…and the bruising Monsters of Rot Festival, a one day event created with the singular purpose of bashing your face in and leaving you bleeding on the ground. Metaphorically, of course…

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BLITZKRIEG announce new album “A TIME OF CHANGES”

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

{ 30th Anniversary Edition }
Release Date : 2nd November 2015

2015 sees the 35th anniversary of the band Blitzkrieg who came into existence in 1980.  Although their debut single (on Neat records) was released in 1981  , ‘Buried Alive b/s Blitzkrieg’  it was not till 1985 that the band recorded their debut album as vocalist Brian Ross was involved with his other band , Satan recording and touring their debut classic ‘ Court In The Act ‘ . .
30 years on because of catalogue sale and resale ‘A Time Of Changes ‘ is lost in the vaults of corporate hell and may never see the light of day again. That said the current line up of Blitzkrieg wanted this album available to fans so they have completely rerecorded the album and added two bonus tracks . ‘Too Wild To Tame’ which should have made the LP back in 1980 but for time restrictions of vinyl then would not fit !
It was eventually recorded by another Neat records stablemate , Avenger,
The second bonus track has never been released before though written at the time . ‘Jealous Love’ was the last song penned by the Ross/Sirroto partnership which fueled the early version of the band . .
All the classic tracks are here too on this album including many still played live today which included the Metallica covered ‘Blitzkrieg’ track .
It also features guess twin guitar appearances on ‘Pull The Trigger’ by Satan’s Russ Tippins and Steve Ramsay.
Great new artwork has been commissioned for the new version too by South American artist Ivan Chacon fronting a new 12 page booklet full of sleeve notes by  Brian Ross , lyrics and new photos from the past and present line up..
The album will be release in Europe by the band’s long time label Metal Nation Records . It will also be release in Japan by Spiritual Beast and various labels in South America to coincide with the band’s 15 date four country tour there in November 2015.  There will also be a vinyl version of the album on High Roller Records by German based label , High Roller Records .
The band continue their 2015 ‘Time Of Changes ‘ 30th Anniversary tour having already headlined festivals in he UK ( Brofest / Hard Rock Hell ) , Slovenia ( Metal Days) and appeared at the prestigious Germany festival Headbangers Open Air.  The South American dates will be the last for this year. ( dates available from the band’s site or their facebook page.


Track listing:
1. Ragnarok
2. Inferno
3. Blitzkrieg
4. Pull The Trigger ( Features members of Satan )
5. Armageddon
6. Take A Look Around
7. Hell To Pay
8. Vikings
9. A Time Of Changes
10. Savior
11. Too Wild To Tame ( Bonus Track )
12. Jealous Love ( Bonus Track )

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METAL ALLEGIANCE Release “Dying Song”

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob
Metal Allegiance

Metal Allegiance

Metal Allegiance have released their first official music video for the single “Dying Song” from their upcoming self-titled album. The video premiered on The concept video was directed by Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films. “Dying Song” features Philip H. Anselmo on vocals, Alex Skolnick on guitars, Mark Menghi on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums.

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states vocalist Phil Anselmo.

The debut album will be available worldwide on Spetember 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Full Metal Rock recently declared in an album review: “It is one of the must-have albums for the year.” Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes at will receive instant downloads of “Dying Song” and the recently released track, “Can’t Kill The Devil.” The self-titled album contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs. Physical CD bundles are available via the Nuclear Blast store at

Metal Allegiance recently announced that they will be having a record release concert on September 17th in New York City at the Best Buy Theater. The show, presented by D’Addario, will feature the following confirmed participants: Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), David Ellefson (Metal Allegiance/Megadeth), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance/The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Metal Allegiance/Testament) along with a few special guests.  Space Born Killers have been tapped to open the show. Tickets for the show are $25.00 and can be purchased via at

Metal Allegiance will be airing weekly webisodes every Wednesday up until the album’s release date.  The webisodes offer fans an inside look at the creation of Metal Allegiance and the unique collaboration by hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable performers. Seven webisodes have been released in total and can be seen at This week’s episode offers a behind the scenes look at “Wait Until Tomorrow.”

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal- a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.


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Retro Hard Rockers RUBIKON Streaming New Album “Delta”

August 20th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Blues rock/stoner metal quintet RUBIKON is pleased to announce the official release of their latest album, Delta, out tomorrow via Round Hill Records. In celebration, the band is streaming the entire album via YouTube for a limited time.

Make sure to order your copy of Delta here:

In a collective band quote, the group states, “The release of this record has been a long time coming. We’ve changed as musicians and as people, and we were eager to see what it would sound like when we moved back toward our musical roots. The result is far superior to anything we thought we could achieve.  We’ve changed a lot since we released our last album in 2011, and Delta, which mathematically means change, has helped remind us of that – even after 14 years of making music together, it really IS all about the music.”

Check out the RUBIKON music video for “Vipers”, directed by No Anchor, here:

See what the press is saying about DELTA and RUBIKON:
“[“Pretty Pretty”] has gigantic, burly riffs that are both stony and dark, a hard-driving beat that’ll make you wish you were cranking through the southern California desert, and soulful, gruff vocals that come from a place deep within. There’s even a bit of Southern sludge when the band slows things down into the song’s coda; guitarist Dave Raymond name-checks Down and Corrosion of Conformity as influences, and you can definitely hear that in this track.” –

“Rubikon is… like a big swig of Queens of the Stone Age with a Led Zeppelin back chaser. If limited to genre descriptions and band names, however, does not do them justice.” – New Noise Magazine

“‘Vipers’ lurches out at you like a modern take on Skynyrd; whilst ‘Sermon’ comes across like Soundgarden was a Blues band, even adding a female backing vocal… ‘Delta’ is a great listen and at only nine tracks it will leave you wanting more.” –

“A smooth and rich rock, marinated in blues influences and flavoured with interesting arrangements… “Delta” proves to be a strong album, showing the different influences and talents of the members.” –

“Loaded with diverse flavors including modern rock, classic rock, Southern rock, stoner rock and blues, Rubikon combines these flavors together so well that it’s almost “uncategorizable”. Obviously nods towards bands like Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, and Queens of the Stone Age only adds spice to their diverse palette.” – Illinois Entertainer

“Rubikon’s sound is individualistic and different, keeping itself from being pigeonholed… “Live That Lie” is a swampy rocker that takes on a cool rock vibe at the chorus and gets the foot tapping from open to close with solid vocals, guitars, and a cool rhythm section.” – 100% Rock Magazine

Delta features progressive blues rock riffs, soaring vocals, complex harmonic structures, mile-high atmospherics and metallic outbursts. Influencing genres on Delta range from classic blues rock to hard rock and sludge metal, only further refined by mix master Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures), producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Brother Cane), and Howie Weinberg (Metallica, Nirvana), who mastered the record. Recorded in an organic, live setting at Quad Studios in Nashville, TN, the band chose to include minimal overdubs and completed the album over just two weekends.

Unlike many veteran groups that try to continuously change their sound to fit trends, Delta is a return to form – an exploration of RUBIKON’s roots, if you will. Nearing roughly fourteen years of performing and recording, the band broke out into the rock world with a pair of EPs in 2001 and 2002 before releasing their first full album, The Hollow Men, in 2004.

RUBIKON has taken this potent combination on the road countless times – touring the country and performing hundreds of shows to folks all across the nation. RUBIKON has performed with the likes of Damageplan, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Nonpoint, Nothingface, Dog Fashion Disco, and others.


Doug Arsham- drums, vocals
DR – guitars, banjo
Josh Gruss – guitars
Hugh Eaton – bass
Jae Sims – vocals, guitars

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