Ask any new or professional musician what it’s like to be involved in the music business, and they’ll tell you that it can be risky, dangerous – and sometimes – downright scary. Enter JOHNNY WORE BLACK (a.k.a Jay, as he prefers to be called) who skillfully balances craft as a musician with his main gig – Hollywood stuntman for the stars (including work in films such as Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Fast and Furious 6 and most recently, Fury with Brad Pitt). If Jay could have a choice of middle names, “risky”, “dangerous” and “scary” would be his three top selections.
Pulling inspiration from his work on the silver screen, JOHNNY WORE BLACK ‘the artist’ has created his own brand of dark, atmospheric musical intrigue. The new album, Walking Underwater Pt. 2, is an excellent example of this style. The new record also features several guest appearances, including the one and only Dave Ellefson of “Big 4” heavy metal titans Megadeth, Croatian singer Sara Renar, and renowned soul singer Loretta Heywood. Both esteemed artists bring a new level of undeniable credibility and brooding, haunting sounds that Jay bases JOHNNY WORE BLACK on. Walking Underwater Pt. 2 hits stores on November 26, 2014 via Dark Cherry. Pre-order links are coming soon!
Dave Ellefson’s co-writes on Walking Underwater Pt. 2 include the poignant ‘Gift of Desperation’ and ‘A Cut Above’. “JOHNNY WORE BLACK has a very unique sound that I like and as an artist creating a unique sound is one of the hardest things to do, you either have it or you don’t and to me JOHNNY WORE BLACK definitely has it.”
“Dave Ellefson is not only an inspired and creative musician he has also become a great friend and is always a pleasure to collaborate with musically,” adds Jay. “In addition, ‘Winter in July’ by Loretta Heywood skillfully produced by Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass was a childhood favorite of mine. I approached Tim and Loretta with the idea of doing a cover and was pleased to not only have their blessing but to have Loretta sing on the track and Tim’s full support during the recording.”
Walking Underwater Pt. 2 tracklisting:
1. Firefly (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
2. A Cut Above (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
3. Comfy Slippers (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
4. Fallen Angel (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
5. Gift of Desperation (co-written by Dave Ellefson)
6. I Do Dissolve (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
8. Shine On – (feat. Croatian singer Sara Renar)
9. Whose Children (feat. Dave Ellefson on bass)
10. Winter in July – (Cover feat. vocals by Loretta Heywood + Loretta Heywood/Bomb The Bass collaboration)
Walking Underwater Pt. 2 is produced by Jay himself, with several tracks mixed by Grammy-award winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Stone Sour).
Walking Underwater Pt. 1 was released earlier this year and received excellent reviews. PureGrainAudio.com’s Chris Gonda calls the album an “intensely passionate collection of songs”, while Screamer Magazine stated, “If you wish to purchase an album that doesn’t conform, yet provides a top quality set of textures and shades, then prepare yourself to be quietly impressed.”
This follows the praise of previously released singles ‘All The Rage’ (2011), ‘Up In Flames’ (2012), ‘Noise’ (2012) and ‘Gift of Desperation’ (2013). September 2014 marked the release of the new JOHNNY WORE BLACK single ‘A Cut Above’.
JOHNNY WORE BLACK is:
Johnny Wore Black – vocals
Pete Mathers – guitar
Simon Hutchby – drums
David Ellefson – bass
James Coppolaro – guitar
Loretta Heywood – vocals (Winter in July)
Sara Renar – vocals (Shine On)
LORD ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE ‘THE DUNGEON ERA’ BOX SET
Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release ‘The Dungeon Era’ comprising of all 4 official Dungeon albums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) re-recorded with the current band and modern production.
The release is also accompanied by a USB ‘all access’ pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released on November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the ‘Steel Assassins True Metal Festival’ in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.
Commented by Lord Tim:
“From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work.
From an artistic point of view, while we’ve been proud of everything we’ve ever done and it was the best we could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just “as good as we could do” but “exactly as we always imagined it.” Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: “What if it wasn’t like that?”
And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we’re currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon’s 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both eras of the band.”
All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive and limited edition t-shirt, patch and sticker.
Lord Tim, Andy Dowling & Mark Furtner are endorsed by ESP and have their own custom E-II Signature models
Lord Tim is also one of the latest Seymour Duncan pickup endorsees Mark Furtner is endorsed by DiMarzio pickups & the band uses Dean Markley strings www.lord.net.auwww.facebook.com/lordofficial
Bay Area thrash titans EXODUS are pleased to announce that their brand new album, Blood In, Blood Out, has charted at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 charts in its first week! This comes in at a staggering 76 charting spots higher and nearly double the sales above the band’s last release in 2010. This concretes Blood In, Blood Out’s status as the band’s highest-charting album to date! The new album also is charting at #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal charts and #6 on the Independent charts.
Blood In, Blood Out has also debuted at #29 in Germany, #30 in Finland, #30 in Switzerland, #38 in Austria, #38 in the Czech Republic, #72 in the UK, #75 in France, #85 in the Netherlands, and #101 overall, #86 on Top Current Albums, and #6 on Hard Music charts in Canada. This includes some territories that EXODUS has never charted in before!
These numbers come as no surprise, as Blood In, Blood Out has been praised by critics and fans alike as one of the best EXODUS albums of all time! In fact, Yahoo Music calls Blood In, Blood Out, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal records of the year”, and Rolling Stone calls the band “among the first and best” of thrash metal and touts the album as “recommended”.
EXODUS lead vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza states, “I’m very stoked and excited to see that EXODUS has charted at #38. This band being around over 30 years and being on our 10th album, this is truly amazing. I’m excited for our management, I’m excited for our record label, I’m excited for our booking agency, and I’m excited for everyone else in the staff. I’m mostly excited for all of our fans who have supported us over the years through thick and thin – I’m glad you’re all still here. We’re all very proud to have you as our fans, and when you come out to see us live, we will not disappoint you. You are truly our inspiration and we will keep doing this for as long as we can bang out heads. Thanks everyone.”
“EXODUS could not be any more excited about the awesome chart positions Blood In, Blood Out has achieved,” adds EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. “This is in many ways a milestone record for us, and for it to be so embraced by the metal world is quite simply amazing! We worked our asses off and people have responded in a way we only dreamed of! Thanks to all our fans for making this happen!”
EXODUS co-manager Maria Ferrero of Breaking Bands LLC and Adrenaline PR states, “Breaking records… breaking barriers… on behalf of Breaking Bands LLC I am proud to see EXODUS, my long-time friends of 31 years get the recognition that they deserve. To finally see Kirk Hammett record with his first band is just the icing on the cake. The team kicked ass. The reviews have been amazing and the fans stepping up to take action with their unwavering support speaks volumes. The fans don’t lie! This is a great day for thrash metal. It is my honor to protect, promote and support such an iconic band.”
EXODUS co-manager at Breaking Bands LLC and Testament vocalist Chuck Billy adds, “The Breaking Bands LLC team is very proud to be a part of the success of the new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out. The band has worked very hard to deliver a monster of a record that is shaking up the metal community. We would like to congratulate the band and wish them continued success on their world domination. They should be very proud of their accomplishment for kicking the door down in a declining music industry. Great job, boys. Let the EXODUS Attack begin.”
Blood In, Blood Out can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop in CD, digi-pak + bonus DVD, 2-LP exclusive yellow vinyl, and imported limited edition box set formats. The album can also be purchased via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Or, pick up a copy of the album at your local music retailers.
Track listing for the deluxe digi-pak version of Blood In, Blood Out:
01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02 – Blood In, Blood Out
03 – Collateral Damage
04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05 – Body Harvest
06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08 – My Last Nerve
09 – Numb
10 – Honor Killings
11 – Food For The Worms
BONUS DVD includes:
-“Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage
-Behind-the-scenes tour footage
-Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con
EXODUS will hit the road with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies in just under three weeks, so your tickets via the official EXODUS Facebook page now! Due to the overwhelmingly demand, EXODUS VIP Experience packages are available for the entire tour via SLOtix.com. All EXODUS VIP Experience attendees will be included in a giveaway for either an autographed Gary Holt signature guitar or an EXODUS guitar. At the end of the tour, Gary Holt will personally call the winner himself to announce that they’ve won!
EXODUS in North America with SLAYER & SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
11/11 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/12 – The Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
11/14 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
11/15 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – Coca Cola Bricktown Events Venter – Oklahoma City, OK
11/18 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
11/19 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX
11/21 – Hard Rock Café/Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
11/22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/23 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
11/24 – Empire – North Springfield, VA (EXODUS ONLY)
11/25 – Washington Avenue Armory – Albany, NY
11/26 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
11/28 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/29 – Wellmont Theatre – Montclair, NJ – SOLD OUT
11/30 – Tower Theater – Upper Darby (Philadelphia), PA
12/02 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
12/03 – Madison Theatre – Covington, KY (EXODUS ONLY)
12/04 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
12/05 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
12/06 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
12/07 – Aftershock – Merriam, KS (EXODUS ONLY)
12/08 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO (EXODUS ONLY)
12/09 – Pub Station – Billings, MT (EXODUS ONLY)
12/10 – The Hop – Spokane, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/11 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA (EXODUS ONLY)
12/12 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR (EXODUS ONLY)
12/13 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater (EXODUS ONLY)
12/14 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers (EXODUS ONLY)
Check out what other critics have to say about Blood In, Blood Out!
“Pared down to a simple sentence, this album is fucking sick,” chimed the first web review for the record, penned by Blabbermouth’s Ray Van Horn, Jr. Shortly after, Decibel Magazine’s Kevin Stewart Panko gave great praise to both returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza and guitarists Gary Holt and Lee Altus, saying tracks on the record feature, “Sousa spitting forth from a venomous thesaurus and some of the most adventurous lead work that Holt and Altus have ever recorded.” The EXODUS rhythm section receives equal praise from About.com Heavy Metal’s Dave Schalek, who states, “[Tom] Hunting shows no signs of slowing down and bassist Jack Gibson anchors down the album’s bottom heavy sound.”
“EXODUS deliver the definite lesson in violence,” adds Rue Morgue’s Aaron Lupton, while Outburn Magazine offered positive remarks in both review and feature form. “A vintage thrash metal voice placed on top of an EXODUS sound again harnessed to perfection by Andy Sneap has resulted in an album that batters the eardrums as effectively as it boils the blood,” remarks Scott Alisoglu. The most recent stellar-rating review comes from New Noise Magazine, in which Brandon Ringo states, “Once again, EXODUS has proven exactly why they have attained such a legendary stature over the years and are considered one of the greatest bands in thrash metal even 30 years later!”
OZZY OSBOURNE can add a few more #1’s to his career. His MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN DVD (Epic Records/Legacy Recordings), released October 14, entered the Nielsen Soundscan charts at #1 in the U.S, while also landing at the top of the charts in Sweden, Finland, and Canada. The DVD offers fans of the multi-platinum recording artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy® winning singer and songwriter hours of entertainment from OZZY’s distinguished solo career.
The MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN DVD set includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. The two disc set is the definitive visual compilation of the rock icon’s career:
DVD One features more than two dozen of OZZY’s classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of “Mama, I’m Coming Home” and making-of footage from the videos “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Life Won’t Wait.”
DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning OZZY’s solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. OZZY’s union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the Memoirs Of A Madman DVD showcases that to brilliant effect.
OSBOURNE’s ongoing solo career spans four decades–as both a successful solo artist and as the lead singer of Black Sabbath–and his music is as relevant today as ever; it still resonates daily on TV, in movies, on radio and at stadium sports events. OZZY’s latest solo release–his tenth studio album, 2010’s Scream–debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, featuring the No. 1 Mainstream Rock smash “Let Me Hear You Scream.”
From the first notes of OZZY’s 1980’s solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as OZZY; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. OZZY immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley” and “Flying High Again.” With the 1991 release No More Tears, OZZY continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles “No More Tears” and the smash hit “Mama, I’m Coming Home.”
Available Late January 2015 in North America on SPV/Steamhammer
SPV / Steamhammer will release one of NWoBHM cult albums on December 01st (Germany November 28th, USA late January 2015)
“Power From The Universe” was digitally re-mastered and will come in a high class digipak incl. 4 bonus tracks and a new extended booklet incl. liner notes, history special and track by track commentary
This is a must for every fan of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal!
2. Metal Rock
3. License To Rock
4. Fortune Lady
5. Shout It Out
6. Over The Top
7. Power From The Universe
8. Make It In America
9. Killer Woman
10. Radio Thunder
11. My Love`s On Fire
12. Love Sick Man
BATTLEAXE is a heavy metal band from Sunderland, England. As one of the notable bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene, they started out with the name Warrior and morphed into BATTLEAXE sometime in early 1980. The band consisted of Dave King (vocals), Brian Smith (bass), Steve Hardy (guitar), and Ian Thompson (drums). After playing around the area and honing their chops, they entered the studio to make the first album called “Burn This Town”. The second album “Power From The Universe” was released in 1984 with a new drummer named Ian McCormack followed by a massive UK Tour with Saxon.
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and new member Ricky Squires (drums)
The highly acclaimed studio album “Heavy Metal Sanctuary”, which was mastered by Fred Purser (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang), was released in February 2014.
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN
The Rods used to dominate back in the early and mid 80’s by releasing six albums in a row. After the intensive years of banging their heads and rocking hard, The Rods went on a hiatus for a long time. David “Rock” Feinstein did a few one/off shows by playing material from The Rods. It wasn’t until 2011 that The Rods officially got back together to release the long waited comeback album title VENGEANCE. The legendary trio arrived at Swedenrock and therefore sitting down with the whole band after the gig was obviously a great idea. THE RODS, here we go…
Finnish metal band LESS THAN THREE releases their new EP “The Black Box”. Also, watch a studio video of their cover version of Meshuggah’s “Future Breed Machine”.
LESS THAN THREE started as the bedroom project of Jesse Soiletsalo (ex-Medicated) in 2010. After composing a dozen songs Jesse wanted to record the tracks properly with a real drummer, so Samuli Mikkonen (PROFANE OMEN) was chosen to help with the job. The songs began to fill out but they still needed some lead vocals. After trying out a couple of singers the perfect match was found with Tommy Tuovinen (MYGRAIN). The band became whole after Pyry Hanski (ex-BEFORE THE DAWN, MÖRBID VOMIT) and Ari-Pekka Repo (ex-MURDERSHOCK) joined as bassist and second guitarist respectively.
Minnesota’s extreme metal experimentalists, THE CRINN, have returned with a face melting new track entitled Silent Betrayer!! Little has been heard from the band since the release of their debut full length album, Dreaming Saturn, via Nuclear Blast Records back in 2010. Aside from a few one off live performances and few and far between social media updates, THE CRINN have been excessively quiet over the last few years.
All that changes with the release of Silent Betrayer, which is taken from their forthcoming album Shadowbreather. Silent Betrayer is now streaming via THE CRINN‘s Bandcamp page, as well as their Official YouTube Channel. The artwork forShadowbreather has also been revealed and can be seen (attached).
In Solitude are one of the most exciting and innovating bands around. In the middle of an enduring European headline tour, we managed to catch up with vocalist Pelle Ahman before their astonishing performance in London’s Camden Underworld.
Century Media Records has licensed the classic back catalogue of the legendary IN FLAMES. All albums come in a luxurious Special Edition Digipak for a special price, all but “Lunar Strain” and “Subterranean” are available on 180gr black vinyl and you can also complete your digital collection.