STEVE’N’SEAGULLS’ “Aces High” Video Has Landed

August 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation Steve’N’Seagulls have shared the video for their latest and greatest — their cover of Iron Maiden’s classic “Aces High.” Throw your horns up and watch the clip.

“Sometimes, in order to make things happen, all you need is a bunch of crazy ideas, mash ’em together, and wait for the results,” the band said about the video. “This is basically how we started with our first video from the upcoming album. We were lucky to get some enthusiastic, creative, and hard-working people around to get it done. You can imagine that mixing miniature aircrafts, cows, pyrotechnics, and belly dancers with the band doesn’t necessarily come together naturally. But it did. And we’re happy about it.”

S’N’S’s second album  Brothers in Farms is out September 9 via Spinefarm Records.

The song is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order the album.

S’N’S also revealed details of the new album.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, such as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Their unique take on beloved tracks garnered S’N’S fans, who cropped up all over the world, and their videos racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened Steve ‘N’ Seagulls Day for the entire state of Colorado, while the band also covered The Beastie Boys’ hit “Sabotage” for The AV Club, toured the U.S., bringing their folk metal madrigrals to the masses, and appeared at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, last Spring.

This time out, the brothers-in-farms tackle legendary tunes from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Megadeth, and more.

BROTHERS IN FARMS TRACK LISTING:

1. “Aces High”
02. “Sad But True”
03. “Wishmaster”
04. “It’s A Long Way To The Top”
05. “You Could Be Mine”
06. “November Rain”
07. “In Bloom”
08. “Symphony Of Destruction”
09. “Fill Up The Tank”
10. “Burn”
11. “The Pretender”
12. “Self Esteem”
13. “Out In The Fields”
14. Born To Be Wild”

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS ON TOUR:

9/23 — Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9/24 — Rowdy on the Roof | Cumberland, Md.
9/25 — Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Louisville, Ky.
9/26 — Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, Ky.
9/27 — The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, Ind.
9/28 — Duck Room | St.Louis, Mo.
9/29 — George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, Ark.
9/30 — Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival | Guthrie, Ola.
10/1 — The Riot Room | Kansas City, Mo.
10/2 — 7th Street Rascals Live | Moline, Ill.
10/4 — Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, Iowa
10/5 —The Frequency | Madison, Wis.
10/6 — Rose Music Hal |, Columbia, Mo.
10/7 — O’Leaver’s Omaha | Neb.
10/8 The Armory Performing Arts Center | Brighton, Colo.

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Aaron Stainthorpe – My Dying Bride

July 31st, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

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My Dying Bride has been dooming for 26 years and have released several now classic albums. On each album the British metallers have always succeeded in creating a depressing feeling and eerie atmosphere. Metal-Rules.Com sat down with the vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe to talk about several interesting topics. 

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JEFF PILSON – Foreigner, Dokken and more

July 28th, 2016
by Marko Syrjala

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JEFF PILSON

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

Jeff Pilson is an American musician and producer best known for his long stint in the band Dokken. Jeff joined Dokken in 1983 and during the following years he recorded 6 studio and 3 albums with the band including such classics as TOOTH AND NAIL (1984) and BACK FOR THE ATTACK (1987). The band went through several line-up changes and break-ups. Jeff parted ways with the band for the last time in 2004. He was a member of Dio for part of the 1990s and recorded and toured for the albums STRANGE HIGHWAYS (1994) and ANGRY MACHINES (1996) with the band. In the summer of 2004, Pilson became the bass player for the AOR legends Foreigner. He has been part of every Foreigner recording and tour since, including the 2009 studio album, CAN’T SLOW DOWN. Pilson’s credits also include session work with such names as McAuley Schenker Group, Craig Goldy and Wild Horses. Although he is known primarily for his work as a bassist, Pilson is also known as a producer and he has worked in that capacity on his several own projects like War & Peace, T&N and Lynch/Pilson. He has also produced Foreigner’s latest releases and several other bands including Kill Devil Hill, Benedictum, Adler, and Last in Line. I met a good humoured Jeff in June at Sweden Rock, just prior his show with Foreigner. Here’s what the man told us about current Foreigner happenings, the upcoming Dokken reunion, his producing work, and other interesting subjects.

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OPERATION: MINDCRIME Debut New Single “Left For Dead”

July 28th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music srl has released the first single, “Left For Dead” from the upcoming new album from Operation: Mindcrime, RESURRECTION.

“Resurrection”, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate, is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.  The album is available for pre-order on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of ” Left For Dead”.  The song can also be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music.

“Resurrection” is the second part of a musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate, following one year after the release of the debut album, “The Key” in September 2015. Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

“The album “Resurrection” is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy.  It continues the story that began on the first album “The Key” with the near death experience of the lead character known as “H” and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, “H” has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called “The New Reality”. Or does he…,” explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, “I’m excited for people to hear and experience “Resurrection” because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, “The Key”.  Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009’s overlooked gem American Soldier – Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans – Tate’s 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

“Resurrection” Track Listing:
1. Resurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bailey)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side You’re On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On “Resurrection” Include:
Geoff Tate – Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kelly Gray – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Scott Moughton – Guitars, Keyboards
Randy Gane – Keyboards
Dave Ellefson – Bass
John Moyer – Bass
Simon Wright – Drums
Scott Mercado – Drums
Brian Tichy – Drums
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Mark Daily – Vocals
Nick Greatrex – Guitars

For More Info Visit:
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http://geofftate.com
https://www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial/
https://twitter.com/geofftate

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George Lynch 35 Years – A Celebration of Scary Music

July 28th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Guitarist Jay Parmar celebrates 35 years of Legendary Guitarist George Lynch’s monster guitar playing with an impressive exhibition of electrifying and provocative guitar wizardry. Not to mention, the Axe eye-candy is to die for…

Legendary Guitarist George Lynch is best known for his work with the heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob. Lynch is considered to be one of the most influential and famous 80’s metal guitarists. He is known for his unique playing style and sound. He is ranked #47 on “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Guitar World magazine and is also ranked #10 on “Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time”

As the Guitar Guru recalls, “the idea came to me one day of doing a video compilation of Mr. Scary’s music … I wanted to tie-it-in with my weekly YouTube show “Lynch Lycks”, where I teach how to play in the style of George Lynch. It’s a skill that I have acquired over the 27 years I have played and I want to share that with the many guitarists who want to learn that style. So, I listed every original studio album George has done, took a favorite clip of one song from each LP and then recorded the audio and video – so it’s a historic account of George’s 35 Years. I had an absolutely amazing time creating it and I’m super pleased with it! I had an absolutely amazing time creating it. It’s a real privilege to have had to opportunity to do this and I’m super pleased… by the same toke, I got to play pretty much every guitar that I own, especially my collection of ESPs and the guitars I build, Spirit Dance Guitars, and of course showcase the Randall Amp (I am a Randall endorse)!”

My GOAL is to get this video out to as many people as possible!!!  Please enjoy the entertainment…

For INSPIRATION:

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As well as being a solo artist, Jay has worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians over the years, including Eden’s Curse, Iron Knights and The Inner Road. Jay works from his studio, Sacred Sound, in East Sussex, UK, where he writes, records, engineers, produces, and teaches.

Read more: http://www.jayparmar.com/

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FAITH NO MORE Share Rare Footage from 1986 Performance in Advance of ‘We Care A Lot’ Reissue

July 27th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

As part of the build up to the release of Faith No More’s We Care A Lot reissue (Aug. 19, Koolarrow Records), watch new, rare footage (audio and video by Chris Husband) of Faith No More performing ‘The Jungle’ live from 1986 at The i-Beam in San Francisco:

The footage and track are included on the album reissue, and the track is also now available (as well as “We Care A Lot” and “As The Worm Turns’) as instant  downloads on the iTunes pre-order link: http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital

“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”

The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release. We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) is available now for pre-order on CD (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotCD), digital (http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital) and vinyl (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotLP).

We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a “raw punk album” while Select Magazine dubbed it “a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve.”

“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”

“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows.  Very stripped down, basic as could be.  The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”

We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:

1. We Care A Lot
2. The Jungle
3. Mark Bowen
4. Jim
5. Why Do You Bother
6. Greed
7. Pills for Breakfast
8. As The Worm Turns
9. Arabian Disco
10. New Beginnings
11. We Care A Lot – 2016 Mix
12. Pills for Breakfast – 2016 Mix
13. As The Worm Turns – 2016 Mix
14. Greed – Original Demo
15. Mark Bowen – Original Demo
16. Arabian Disco – Original Demo
17. Intro – Original Demo
18. The Jungle – I-Beam, SF, 1986
19. New Beginnings – I-Beam, SF, 1986

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MEDEVIL Reveal New Track ‘The Angel of Rain’ via Metal-Rules.com

July 27th, 2016
by EvilG

Western Canadian ‘Conductor of Storms Tour’ presented by PureGrainAudio
Debut Album ‘Conductor of Storms’ Out Aug 26th

Photo Credit - Kevin Eisenlord: L-R - Eric Wesa (Bass/Backup Vocals), Ross Collingwood (Drums), Liam Collingwood (Vocals), Gary Cordsen (Lead Guitar), Brett Gibbs (Rhythm Guitar)

Photo Credit – Kevin Eisenlord: L-R – Eric Wesa (Bass/Backup Vocals), Ross Collingwood (Drums), Liam Collingwood (Vocals), Gary Cordsen (Lead Guitar), Brett Gibbs (Rhythm Guitar)

Influenced by legends such as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Accept and Metal Church, Chilliwack’s heavy metallers MEDEVIL are set to unleash their debut full length ‘Conductor of Storms’ on August 26th.  The Canadian metal scene has been anticipating this release since the band placed in the top 6 during the 2015 Wacken Metal Battle Canada competition where they won over many fans with their self described ‘power thrash’ full of blistering fast riffs, strong choruses and front man Liam Collingwood’s impressive vocals (you can swear is Udo Dirkschneider from a distance).

Teaming up with Metal-Rules.com, MEDEVIL is proud to premiere their second single ‘The Angel of Rain’ streaming here:

1. Nightwalk (5:11)
2. Machination Factory (4:37) [Youtube]
3. An Empty Glass (4:03)
4. In The Distance (2:50)
5. The Angel of Rain (7:40)
6. A Sacrifice (5:04)
7. Escape (4:20)
8. The Fabled Uxoricide (12:02)
Album Length: 45:51

MEDEVIL will also will be hitting the road this coming August and September for their Western Canadian tour presented by PureGrainAudio.com.



‘Conductor of Storms’ Western Canada Tour presented by PureGrainAudio:
http://www.medevilmusic.com/tour-schedule
Aug 25 – Vancouver, BC – The Media Club – info
Aug 26 – Victoria, BC – The Copper Owl – info
Aug 27 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie – info
Aug 28 – Chilliwack, BC – Main Street Night Club – info
Sept 5 – Kelowna, BC – Muninn’s Post
Sept 8 – Calgary, AB – Verns – info
Sept 9 – Edmonton, AB – DV8 – info

For more info, please visit: www.medevilmusic.com.

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Ravenia – Singer Armi Päivinen

July 25th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Singer Armi Päivinen – Ravenia

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview. Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

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From Finland comes Ravenia, a symphonic/film-score metal (according to them) act that released their debut album BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH at the end of April 2016. When I listened to the album I thought it sounded like the soundtrack to a fantasy movie and was nothing like I’d ever heard before. That woke up my curiosity and I decided to get to know more about the band by contacting singer Armi Päivinen to ask if she’d like to conduct an interview. Besides the usual instrumental line up, the band also contains a string section which feels really unusual for a metal act. Armi and I talked about the album, the future for the band as well as their label, Inner Wound Records. If you want to have a somewhat unexpected musical experience then check out Ravenia. The review of BEYOND THE WALLS OF DEATH is also available on Metal-Rules.com.

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN featuring Göran Edman

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present CRY OF DAWN, a new melodic rock/AOR project featuring Göran Edman on all lead vocals. The self-titled debut album will be released on September 23rd.
Over the years, Göran Edman’s unique vocal style has been showcased in numerous genres including neoclassic metal, progressive rock, and AOR, just to name a few. His vocal stylings can be found on records by John Norum, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brazen Abbot, and Glory, among others.
CRY OF DAWN is Goran Edman’s latest musical adventure: a straight ahead AOR / melodic rock album which highlights his amazing vocal abilities on superb songs written especially for him by the likes of Michael Palace (Palace, First Signal, Kryptonite), Steve Newman, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Sören Kronkvist, Daniel Palmqvist and Robert Säll among others.
“It’s been a privilege to work with all  these  good songwriters within the genre of classic  AOR,” tells Goran. “The conformity of the production has a good red line with a straight forward melodic flow as you would expect. Its been a true pleasure performing it. The recording of the album took place in Daniel Flores’ studio for the instrumental part while I did the vocals in my own studio. Personally I am grateful to be a part of this project and look forward to the fans listening to the album”.
The result is a true feast for the ears of all lovers of this music. Picture hints of the likes of Night Ranger, Journey, Bad English and Starship and you’ll get a sense of what is in store for you! Hear for yourself with an album sampler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l85g_qMKX0M
Tracklisting:
Chance
Listen To Me
When Right Is Wrong
Tell It To My Heart
Light A Light
Can’t Go On
Building Towers
Hands Around My Heart
Life After Love
Yearn
Tell Me

CRY OF DAWN
Göran Edman – Lead and backing vocals
Michael Palace – Guitars and bass
Sören Kronqvist – Keyboards
Daniel Flores – Drums and keyboards
Produced by Daniel Flores

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A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 – CD Version of Boxed Set Out Now

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Today marks the release of the CD version of Rhino’s new Dio new boxed set, A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993. The set brings together Dio’s first six studio albums, each one featuring newly remastered sound, including Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), Lock Up The Wolves (1990) and Strange Highways (1993). Order your copy now via Amazon: CD

Pre-orders are still available for the vinyl version of A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993, set to release on October 4, 2016. Pre-order yours now via Amazon: vinyl. Retailing at $99.98, the vinyl version comes with a bonus 7″ single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album The Last In Line. The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the otherwise live release, Intermission (1986).

Both versions come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band’s iconic covers.

Ronnie James Dio’s sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath. Dio’s successful solo career led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.

After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”

The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band’s second platinum seller and included the single “Mystery,” as well as “We Rock,” a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children.” Dio’s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles “All The Fools Sailed Away” and “I Could Have Been A Dreamer.”

In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single “Hey Angel” and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like “Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost,” “Evilution,” and the title track.

Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on.  The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.

A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993 Album Listing:
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)

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2016 Expanded Edition of Martin Popoff’s Book Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story Available

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

OK, BÖC book is now at my site with PayPal buttons:

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http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

Sorry email #2 on this book but I’ve found a lot of you wait until there’s an easy PayPal button to pay for these things rather than ask for an invoice, so here ya go!

So yeah, I’ve got a second shipment of 75 copies of the updated and expanded 2016 edition of my Blue Öyster Cult book for signing and sale. They are expensive to import, so this campaign is brief (PS: I also have the updated Scorpions – Wind of Change, plus the hardcover Lizzy, no changes, but one book, through Johnny – you’ll get a separate email about those, but ask me know if interested):

It’s now called Agents of Fortune: The Blue Öyster Cult Story and is published out of the UK and is no longer available as Blue Öyster Cult: Secrets Revealed!, which was a 2009 update of the 2005 book.

I did a long rewrite, expansion, re-edit on this thing (plus songs in double quotes, albums italicized, little up-classing details) with new interview footage from Eric Bloom, Al Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Donald Roeser and the always quotable Sandy Pearlman. maybe a few other citations as well, plus better writing.

Less pictures than the 2009 book and I’m not crazy about the cover, but where it really matters, the writing… well, this was my best band biog ever and now it’s even way better, with expanded examinations of many of the songs and an updating of the story, mostly with the continued writing and recording careers of Joe and Al.
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Blue Öyster Cult… six gold and platinum U.S. albums… classic trax like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ for You,” “Astronomy” and “E.T.I.” Indeed, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard comprised one of the great stadium acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s. BOC were heavy metal enough to duke it out with Kiss, Rush, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath, yet smart, funny, ironic and jaded enough to please the tough New York critics, of which more than a couple mingled within their ranks.

Agents of Fortune is not a biography as such, but a biography of the band’s albums, a canon of work I consider one of the finest in rock, and truly superlative on the lyrical front. Indeed, in radio, print and TV interviews, I’ve consistently called the band’s lyrics the best in the business, tied with those of Captain Beefheart and Pye Dubois (Max Webster, Kim Mitchell). And what’s more, it’s been well-documented that I consider this the most action-packed, intellectual and highly interesting of the band biographies I’ve penned. The guys are just really cool, creative and have killer stories.

The book examines the complicated early days of the band, graphically demonstrating the show biz sweat that goes into making an act an act. The majority of the book however is centered around the peerless intellectual quality of the songs, a quality made entertaining by the band’s psychotropic and ghoulish humor, and by its interest in all manner of conspiracy theories, cults, monsters, vampires, UFO tales, foul play, arcane spiritualism, alchemy, love lost and love buried, science fiction and science friction.

Along the way, I talked (in some cases numerous times) with Buck, Eric, Albert and Joe, along with drummer Bobby Rondinelli, legendary producer of the band Murray Krugman and BÖC expert Bolle Gregmar. For insight into the band’s fantastic lyrical world, I went right to the source, the penners of BÖC classics. Some of the best insights into creativity I’ve ever heard – through 1400 interviews an’ counting – came from Sandy Pearlman (also the band’s manager during the golden years), Richard Meltzer, Helen Wheels, David Roter and John Shirley, along with cover artists Greg Scott and Ioannis. Helen Wheels and David Roter are since deceased—these chats with them are among their last interviews.

Books will be signed by me to you, so make clear if it’s a gift to someone else.

Price including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (surface mail): $38.00 US funds
Int’l orders (air mail): $42.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $36.00 Cdn. funds

http://www.martinpopoff.com/html/agents-of-fortune.html

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to: Martin Popoff,
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

Email me at martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books. Nice savings on shipping can be had if you take a few things, and as you know, I’m always good for swingin’ a deal for two books or more. Just email me for a quote.

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LED ZEPPELIN – The Complete BBC Sessions Coming In September

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

91tqeiqyXjL._SL1500_Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC SESSIONS, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. On September 16th, the band will unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection that’s been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.

BBC SESSIONS was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.

Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.” Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.”

THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS will be available in the following formats:

• Deluxe Edition (3CD)
Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
• Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP)
Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
• Digital Download
Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
• Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)
– Remastered album, 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
– Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
– Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
– Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
– High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
– 44-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
– High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE CULT Announce Dates with Guns ‘N Roses

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

THE CULT have announced a wide array of summer tour dates including four upcoming stadium shows with Guns N’ Roses, as well as festivals and their own headlining concerts. The iconic band–founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, drummer John Tempesta and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox–is on the road now in support of this year’s Hidden City album.

Hidden City is their 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band’s trilogy of releases which began with 2007’s Born Into This then 2012’s Choice of Weapon.  The album has already produced three singles: “Hinterland,” “Dark Energy” and “Deeply Ordered Chaos.”

Of the album and its first single, ASTBURY told Billboard.com, “‘Hinterland’ is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome. Through the eyes of several witnesses we observe a young woman as she realizes her enlightened self in a dystopian dream world. ‘Hinterland’ is filled with symbolism, reflecting a new aeon in the shift of human consciousness as we realign with our planet’s natural rhythms.”

THE CULT continue to evolve and do things in their own style.  Not tethered to the latest hit single or trend. They are a way of life, an ethos. Adventurers more than careerists. As ASTBURY eloquently puts it,  “Our post-modern roots have kept the creative process vibrant, and we continue to evolve.”

DUFFY says, “Like all Cult albums–since Ian and I began writing together–we try our best to honestly reflect what we are feeling, doing and listening to.  Hidden City is no exception and I’m thrilled to have had a creative part in  such a critically acclaimed–but, more importantly–Cult-fan-acclaimed album. The dialogue between us all continues…”

Of the new album, Mojo said it’s “Some of the fiercest, nastiest, most powerful – and also starkly beautiful – music of their career…The album’s extraordinary howls of pain and anger, its dramatic apocalyptic visions and quiet interrogations of the meaning of life and death, align perfectly with the times.”

Check out CULT music here:
“Hinterland” video via Billboard.com here.
“G.O.A.T.” video via Nowness.com here.
“Deeply Ordered Chaos” video via Billboard.com
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For more info on THE CULT, visit:
www.thecult.us
www.facebook.com/officialcult
www.twitter.com/officialcult
www.instagram.com/officialcult/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSDnqJB3Wc8

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Aces High! STEVE’N’SEAGULLS Share Latest Cover Track + More

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Viral Internet sensation STEVE’N’SEAGULLS have shared the first new track from their upcoming second album, Brothers in Farms, out September 9 via Spinefarm Records. The band, known for its Finnish “hillbillified” and folksy covers of classic metal tracks, has offered up its version of Iron Maiden’s iconic “Aces High.”

The track premiered via Metal Injection.

The song is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order the album

S’N’S also revealed details of the new album. Today, they’ve also shared the Brothers in Farms track listing and album cover.

For the uninitiated, Finland’s S’N’S shot to fame thanks to their bluegrass covers of metal classics, such as AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Their unique take on beloved tracks garnered S’N’S fans, who cropped up all over the world, and their videos racked up millions of views.

September 21, 2015 was eventually christened STEVE’N’SEAGULLS day for the entire state of Colorado, while the band also covered The Beastie Boys’ hit “Sabotage” for The AV Club, toured the U.S., bringing their folk metal madrigrals to the masses, and appeared at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, last Spring.

This time out, the brothers-in-farms tackle legendary tunes from Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Megadeth, and more.

BROTHERS IN FARMS TRACK LISTING:
1. “Aces High”
02. “Sad But True”
03. “Wishmaster”
04. “It’s A Long Way To The Top”
05. “You Could Be Mine”
06. “November Rain”
07. “In Bloom”
08. “Symphony Of Destruction”
09. “Fill Up The Tank”
10. “Burn”
11. “The Pretender”
12. “Self Esteem”
13. “Out In The Fields”
14. Born To Be Wild”

STEVE’N’SEAGULLS ON TOUR:
9/23 – Knitting Factory | Brooklyn, N.Y.
9/24 – Rowdy on the Roof | Cumberland, Md.
9/25 – Haymarket Whiskey Bar | Louisville, Ky.
9/26 – Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, Ky.
9/27 – The Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, Ind.
9/28 – Duck Room | St.Louis, Mo.
9/29 – George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, Ark.
9/30 – Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival | Guthrie, Ola.
10/1 – The Riot Room | Kansas City, Mo.
10/2 – 7th Street Rascals Live | Moline, Ill.
10/4 – Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, Iowa
10/5 -The Frequency | Madison, Wis.
10/6 – Rose Music Hal |, Columbia, Mo.
10/7 – O’Leaver’s Omaha | Neb.
10/8 The Armory Performing Arts Center | Brighton, Colo.

 

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SOILWORK Releases First “Inside Death Resonance” Video Trailer

July 23rd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK have released the first “Inside Death Resonance” video trailer in which singer Björn “Speed” Strid talks about the band’s upcoming special collection of rarities, Death Resonance, out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Head to this location to watch: https://youtu.be/RHd01VOynRo

You can also watch the official visualizer for “These Absent Eyes” here: https://youtu.be/ydGQYp6QCHs

The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond The Infinite, which featured more songs from the recordings sessions for the band’s globally praised double album The Living Infinite.

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “Beyond The Infinite consists of some special, quite experimental songs. They might have been cut out from the original album but have a unique charm to them. It wasn’t easy to pick the final track list for The Living Infinite. It was never obvious which songs wouldn’t make it. The writing and recording was highly experimental and playful in general, and it was through this album that we rediscovered ourselves as songwriters, with a new and improved line-up which brought – and will bring – so many interesting things to the table. Originally only released in Japan, it is with great pleasure that we finally share those special songs with you all. Enjoy!”

Watch the lyric video for “Helsinki”, created by well-known videographer Tommy Antonini (facebook.com/tommyantoninivideography), at this location:

Commented guitar player David Andersson: “Death. It’s a word that might be used too often, but it can still be interpreted in a myriad different ways. It’s not just the soma being deprived of its lifeforce; it’s also the end of infinity, the birth of new possibilities and the acceptance of inevitable change. This song was written soon after the recording of our live album in Finland, making new friends and making sure that the old ones stay with us forever, despite the fact that everything is finite.”

Pre-Order Death Resonance in as CD digipak or clear vinyl here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkDResonanceNB
Death Resonance tracklisting:
01. Helsinki (new song)
02. Death Resonance (new song)
03. The End Begins Below The Surface (The Ride Majestic Japan bonus track)
04. My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
05. These Absent Eyes (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
06. Resisting The Current (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
07. When Sound Collides (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
08. Forever Lost In Vain (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
09. Sweet Demise (The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
10. Sadistic Lullabye (re-recorded, The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
11. Overclocked (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
12. Martyr (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
13. Sovereign (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
14. Wherever Thorns May Grow (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
15. Killed By Ignition (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “The cover for Death Resonance is made by Mircea Eftemie and in many ways he managed to capture what we went through while recording The Ride Majestic: the sorrow, the close encounter with death, the aftermath and also the existential cogitation that came with it. It links those albums together, even though Death Resonance contains unreleased material from 2005 and forward. The cover almost seems like a link between life and death and not only captures where the band is right now, but also where we’ve been and what lies ahead.”

SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. See list of dates below. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival

SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com

8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)

SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario

KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.

2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

SOILWORK’s The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

More on SOILWORK:
“Death In General” music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
“Enemies In Fidelity” music video: https://youtu.be/5aCvJWyeGnA
“The Ride Majestic” song stream: https://youtu.be/0wLXeWKGRpM

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Like: www.facebook.com/soilwork
Follow: https://twitter.com/soilwork
Watch: www.youtube.com/soilwork
Look: www.instagram.com/soilwork

SOILWORK is:
Björn “Speed” Strid (vocals)
Sven Karlsson (keyboards)
Sylvain Coudret (guitar)
David Andersson (guitar)
Markus Wibom (bass)

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