QUEENSRYCHE’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, was released on Oct 2nd via Century Media Records. Condition Hüman, 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.
- Chicago Open Air: Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Korn, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour Lead All-Star Lineup Of Rock's Top Artists July 14-16 At Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL (Jan 17, 2017)
- More bands added to Brutal Assault (Jan 14, 2017)
- KXM Release Music Video For "Scatterbrain" (Jan 13, 2017)
- Armored Saint launches "March of the Saint (live)" video online; announces Ireland, UK and USA tour dates (Jan 13, 2017)
- DIMMU BORGIR - New DVD "Forces Of The Northern Night" Out In April! (Jan 13, 2017)
- Glacier - Michael Podrybau (Jan 12, 2017)
- SEAX - Carmine Blades (Jan 11, 2017)
- KILLCODE - A band from New York City (Jan 9, 2017)
- Belphegor + Possessed @ Islington Academy, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Moonspell - Interview with Fernando Ribeiro (Jan 2, 2017)
- Belphegor + Possessed @ Islington Academy, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Moonspell @ The Underworld Camden, London (Jan 2, 2017)
- Saxon with support on Battering Ram World Tour – European leg 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo,Sweden (Dec 31, 2016)
- Clutch - Valient Thorr - Lionize @ The Roundhouse, London (Dec 20, 2016)
- Lacuna Coil with support on Delirium World Tour 2016 -European leg - at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden (Dec 18, 2016)
QUEENSRYCHE Release Their New, Full-Length Album, Condition Human, Oct 2nd; On Tour Now With Scorpions
10 more bands incl. BLOODBATH, KATATONIA, PARADISE LOST and STRATOVARIUS join 70000TONS OF METAL 2016
In only 4 months 70000TONS OF METAL 2016, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale near Miami, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.
10 more artists have just been confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016: BLOODBATH, JAG PANZER, KATATONIA, KRISIUN, PARADISE LOST, SQUEALER, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, VADER and VALLENFYRE. Each band will perform two concerts on board, once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back.
Vasby Rock Festival 2015
Upplands Vasby, Sweden
17-18/7 – 2015
Pictures and live review: Anders Sandvall
At the end of July it was once again time for the third annual edition of the Vasby Rock Festival. The festival is located inside the town of Vasby, Sweden, a suburb to the capitol Stockholm, at a soccer field. Bands like Astral Doors, Vasby Rock Allstars, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Eclipse, H.E.A.T,, Danger Danger, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock and W.A.S.P. performed. It was the first time I visited the festival and this is what happened during the two days of rock, fun, and sun. Read more….
Tags: Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition, ASTRAL DOORS, Black Sabbath, Blackie Lawless, bob catley, Cherie Currie, Danger Danger, Doogie White, Eclipse, H.E.A.T., Johnny Lima, magnum, Michael Schenker, Michael Shenker's Temple Of Rock, Nils-Patrik Johansson, Sweden, The Runaways, Thomas Vikstrom, Tony Martin, Tygers of Pan Tang, Upplands Vasby, Vasby Rock Allstars, Vasby Rock Festival, W.A.S.P., Zinny Zan
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Three brand new releases from Rock Candy Records available right now. Great titles with all the usual Rock Candy trimmings: 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, weighty essay’s about the making of the album, full artist involvement, new interviews, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over large full colour booklets. See below for full details about each release.
RATT ‘INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY’ CANDY281
THERE’S NO DOUBT that the mid eighties were pretty much ruled by an exciting clique of Los Angeles based hard rock bands. Everyone from Mötley Crüe, Great White, Dokken and Quiet Riot were breaking records in one way or another, but it was five piece RATT who really condensed all that was truly exciting about the scene when their debut album ‘Out Of The Cellar’ exploded at MTV, radio and retail, giving them a double platinum album and a reputation second to none.
The impressive ‘Invasion Of Your Privacy’, produced by Beau Hill, who masterminded their previous record, found the band further exploiting their penchant for snappy melodies and super catchy hooks.
‘Tracks such as ‘You’re In Love’,‘Lay It Down’ and ‘What You Give Is What You Get’ became instant RATT classics bouncing out of the grooves and right into the public’s heart. It was this album that truly elevated RATT to arena headline status in the US, whilst helping to spread the message further afield in Europe and Japan. A solid gold classic.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.
TRACK LISTING: 1. YOU’RE IN LOVE 2. NEVER USE LOVE 3. LAY IT DOWN 4. GIVE IT ALL 5. CLOSER TO MY HEART 6. BETWEEN THE EYES 7. WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET 8. GOT ME ON THE LINE 9. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW 10. DANGEROUS BUT WORTH THE RISK
RATT ‘REACH FOR THE SKY’ CANDY282
RATT’S RISE TO fame and fortune was meteoric. Kicking around Southern California in various forms since the mid 70s, the band fully gelled in 1981, with the independent release of a well received debut mini album, which quickly led to a coveted recording contract with label giant Atlantic Records. Their debut album ‘Out Of The Cellar’ exploded out of the box ultimately reaching sales in excess of double platinum.
‘REACH FOR THE SKY’, originally released in late 1988 and produced in the main by Mike Stone (Journey, Queen and Whitesnake), found RATT in familiar musical territory, a style based on big hooks, shout-it-out-loud vocals and razor sharp riffs. It was the sound of the times alright, and although performing well (attaining Platinum status) the band were feeling the strain of their work load. In fact it was the final album to feature guitarist Robbin Crosby who would leave due to much publicised personal problems.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.
TRACK LISTING: 1. CITY TO CITY 2. I WANT A WOMAN 3. WAY COOL JR. 4. DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS 5. I WANT TO LOVE YOU TONIGHT 6. CHAIN REACTION 7. NO SURPRISE 8. BOTTOM LINE 9. WHAT’S IT GONNA BE 10. WHAT I’M AFTER
CONEY HATCH ‘FRICTION’ CANDY272
TORONTO BASED Coney Hatch were one of Canada’s brightest hopes during the mid eighties. They impressed fans and critics alike with their rambunctious brand of melodic hard rock, a sound imbued with a certain, some might say typically Canadian, quirkiness.
‘Friction’ was the band’s third and, as it turned out, their final album. It was a record designed to infiltrate the mass market, with catchy hooks and a selection of punishing riffs. Issued in 1985 and crafted by renowned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Lynch Mob) the record was received with great critical enthusiasm, but hit a brick wall at their record company. With Def Leppard and Bon Jovi receiving major promotional pushes, Coney Hatch were sidelined and left, without the financial budget, to fight their own corner.
It was a crushing disappointment, leaving the band in a state of confusion and, ultimately, unable to carry on. Their legacy, however, continues to grow, with many citing ‘Friction’ as their finest and, possibly, one of the best albums released that year. Revisit the likes of ‘This Ain’t Love’, ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Burning Love’ for proof positive that this record delivered on all fronts.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 1 BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, NEW INTERVIEWS, 3,500 WORD ESSAY, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS.
TRACK LISTING: 1. THIS AIN’T LOVE 2. SHE’S GONE 3. WRONG SIDE OF TOWN 4. GIRL FROM LAST NIGHT’S DREAM 5. COMING TO GET YOU 6. FANTASY 7. HE’S A CHAMPION 8. STATE LINE 9. BURNING LOVE. BONUS TRACK: 10. FUEL FOR THE FIRE
Available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
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Maiden will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in total, finishing up at The Forum, LA on April 15th.
FEB 24 – Ft Lauderdale, FLA – BB&T Center
FEB 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
FEB 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAR 30 – New York – Madison Square Garden
APR 05 – Detroit, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
APR 06 – Chicago, IL – United Center
APR 11 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
APR 13 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
APR 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Canadian fans please note that your dates will be announced very soon!
The US dates go on sale on Saturday October 10th, with an Iron Maiden Fan Club presale taking place on Tuesday October 6th. For more info, and details on fanclub presales, make sure you visit www.ironmaiden.com.
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In 2013, three of rock music’s preeminent musicians—Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan—joined forces to release their self-titled, self-produced debut album. Two years later, the trio known as THE WINERY DOGS is back with their second album, proving the immense critical acclaim, Top Ten chart positions and numerous sold-out shows worldwide wasn’t a fluke.
HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS’ appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out today on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard “Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart. A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.
As of October 1, HOT STREAK was sitting at #7 on iTunes’ Pre-Order Rock Albums chart, as well as many of Amazon’s top pre-order lists, including:
#1 Amazon BestSellers – Hard Rock
#5 Amazon BestSellers – Rock
#9 Amazon BestSellers – Pop
#9 Amazon BestSellers – All Music
#1 Amazon Pre-Orders – Hard Rock Albums
#2 Amazon Pre-Orders By Price ($9.99)
#3 Amazon Pre-Orders – Rock Albums
#5 Amazon Pre-Orders – Pop Albums
#6 Amazon Pre-Orders – CD / All Music
#6 Amazon Customer Top 20 Picks
Last week, Eddie Trunk—who was instrumental in introducing Kotzen to Portnoy and Sheehan in 2012 when the band was first forming—premiered two songs, “Captain Love” and “Hot Streak,” on his weekly “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” SiriusXM radio show. “THE WINERY DOGS have taken the incredible precedent for songs and performance set on their debut to the next level with HOT STREAK,” Trunk says. “More brilliant stuff from what is easily my favorite new band.”
Various interview video clips with THE WINERY DOGS have premiered recently on Revolvermag.com, GuitarPlayer.com, GuitarWorld.com, ModernDrummer.com, DrumMagazine.com, and HuffingtonPost.com.
After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
Here’s what the critics are already saying:
“Back with their second release HOT STREAK, supergroup THE WINERY DOGS are ready to prove that their initial success wasn’t a fluke. Featuring guitarist/singer Ritchie Kotzen, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan, the lineup is impeccable. Building on the strength of the songwriting on their debut, they step it up and showcase their amazing musicianship.”
–Dan Drago, HeavyMetal.About.com,
October 1, 2015
“HOT STREAK is the trio’s second album, and its loose, friendly feel shows that the trio doesn’t feel compelled to rely on instrumental pyrotechnics. The bluesy, soulful ‘Think it Over’ would appeal to those who admire the Allman Brothers, while ‘Captain Love’ shows that the band also has some hard rock energy to unleash, and the title track lets fly some of the technical proficiency that its members are known for.”
–Chris Steffen, AllMusic.com,
September 29, 2015
“With the uncertainty of how their debut release would win over fans, THE WINERY DOGS have settled nicely into their role as one of rock’s newest bands saving the genre.”
–Jim Pasinski, Record-Journal (CT),
September 27, 2015
“HOT STREAK picks up where their debut CD left off, but showcases the band coming into their own with straight ahead rockers like ‘Oblivion,’ ‘Captain Love,’ and ‘Devil You Know.”
–Robert Cavuoto, GuitarInternational.com,
September 28, 2015
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 10/3 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8 Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14 Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15 Tampa, FL State Theater
Fri 10/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Sat 10/17 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
Tue 10/20 Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22 Houston, TX Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23 Ardmore, OK Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24 Dallas, TX The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2 San Jose, CA Rock Bar
Tue 11/3 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Thu 11/5 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 11/6 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
Sat 11/7 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sun 11/8 San Diego, CA House of Blues
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label. Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
From Hell’s Heart:
Halloween/horror monster week 1: Frankenstein
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. This week is a classic movie monster…Frankenstein! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
Get ready for the exclusive world premiere video of “SCREAM” from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th. GUITARWORLD.com is hosting the world premiere of the fourth single at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link:
“SCREAM” is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that’s sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life,” explains Hoekstra. “Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars. Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!”
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as “Until I Left You” and “Anymore” (featuring Russell Allen).
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
PRONG continues it’s consistent releases with the announcement of a new studio album X (No Absolutes) to be released worldwide January 29, 2016 on Steamhammer/SPV.
2014 saw the acclaimed Ruining Lives followed by the tribute album Songs From the Black Hole in 2015.
The first digital single from the upcoming studio album “Ultimate Authority” is out today, October 2, 2015 to coincide with the kick off of PRONG’s North American Tour supporting DANZIG. Stream the new song on Spotify and download the single via iTunes.
Tommy Victor: “There’s no stopping. More songs were written and we recorded a powerful follow up to Carved Into Stone and Ruining Lives. We are real excited about this new one and it’s nice that we have “Ultimate Authority” out just in time for this tour.”
PRONG Live October 2015 US/Canada:
10/3: Tempe, AZ – The Marquee (with Danzig)
10/5: Austin, TX – Stubb´s (with Danzig)
10/7: Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall (with Danzig)
10/9: New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre (with Danzig)
10/10: Atlanta, GA – Center Stage (with Superjoint)
10/11: Birmingham, AL – Iron City (with Danzig)
10/12: Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live (with Danzig)
10/13: Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits (Prong alone)
10/14: Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (with Danzig)
10/15: Norfolk, VA – Norva (with Superjoint)
10/16: Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (with Danzig)
10/17: Worcester, PA – The Palladium (with Danzig)
10/18: Montreal, QC – Metropolis (with Danzig)
10/20: Portland, ME – State Theatre (with Danzig)
10/21: New York, NY – Playstation Theatre (with Danzig)
10/22: Clifton Park, NY – Trickshots (Prong alone)
10/23: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom (with Danzig)
10/24: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (with Danzig)
10/25: Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium (with Danzig)
10/26: Lawrence, KS – Granada (with Superjoint)
10/27: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater (with Danzig)
10/29: San Jose, CA – City National Civic (with Danzig)
10/31: Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater (with Danzig)
The band is currently booking European and North American headline dates for Spring 2016 as well as a full run of festivals. These dates will be announced later in the month.
One Machine – Interview with Steve Smyth
By Ben Spencer
@ Camden Barfly, London
18th September 2015
Review by Ben Spencer
After narrowly escaping the full wake of London’s rush hour and Northern line congestion, Camden Barfly appears densely populated by fans soaking up the pre-gig atmosphere while each band runs through their pre-gig sound check. Read the rest of this entry »
Australian melodic metaller’s LORD have been announced to play the first night of next years ProgPower USA Festival. This will be the band’s first ever US appearance.
Video announcement here – https://vimeo.com/140994397
Commented ProgPower USA Co-Promoter Milton Mendonca “There is a fundamental difference between bands who want to play ProgPower USA and bands who want to become a part of the festival. LORD has shown us that they understand how special our event is and are committed to it for the long run. The fact that they play top-notch power metal and will get our crowd on fire from the first note doesn’t hurt either. We’re thrilled to have them open the festival next year.”
Andy Dowling wrote, “We’re absolutely honoured to be invited to play one of the world’s most prestigious power and progressive metal festivals. PROGPOWER is a global name and we cannot think of a better way to make our debut in the US after so many years. Our U.S. DUNGEON and LORD fans have been very patient and we’ll make sure that the wait is worth it!”
LORD, formerly known as DUNGEON, has released several critically acclaimed albums and EP releases, and has toured with the likes of SAXON, QUEENSRYCHE, ICED EARTH, NIGHTWISH, GAMMA RAY and many more. LORD released a retrospective box set release in late 2014 entitled ‘THE DUNGEON ERA‘ comprising of all 4 albums from the first era of the band re-recorded as well as original remix/remasters and a 200+ page band bio on an accompanied USB all access pass. The release celebrated 25 years of the band and was limited to 500 copies worldwide.
The band’s current EP release ‘WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS‘ featues a 25+ minute title track plus accompanied unreleased tracks including 4 cover songs by THE POLICE, A-HA, LITTLE RIVER BAND and HELLOWEEN.
ProgPower USA will be entering into it’s 17th instalment next year with announcements of FATES WARNING, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, GREEN CARNATION, FREEDOM CALL and many more appearing at the festival. First public tickets go on sale October 3rd via Ticketmaster.
Powerwolf, Orden Ogan and Xandria
@ London O2 Academy Islington
9th September 2015
Review by Ona Helveti
Photography by Graham Hilling
Wacken being sold out is a kind of mystery, for sure. The event is somehow sold out every year, but this year’s sell out wasn’t a surprise as Savatage with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Judas Priest were headliners. Thousands and thousands of metal fans from every corner of the world arrived at Wacken to have fun and enjoy metal. Instead the weather gods didn’t show much support towards the festival and all its visitors. The hard rains literally ruined the ground and soil of the festival area. The whole Wacken village and large area of fields became the ultimate mud war field. The weekend at Wacken was one hell of a surviving camp.
Despite the tremendous problems and brutal field of mud, the people still gathered to witness the return and resurrection of Savatage and the massive show from Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
Tags: Armored Saint, Black Label Society, Death Angel, IN FLAMES, Judas Priest, Nuclear Assault, ROB ZOMBIE, Running Wild, SAVATAGE, seoultura, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, TSO, udo, Wacken Open Air
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