SONATA ARCTICA: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From North American Tour

December 28th, 2012
by EvilG
SONATA ARCTICA

SONATA ARCTICA

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have posted the first five video clips featuring behind-the-scenes footage from their recent North American tour in support of the band’s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”. Check them out below.

SONATA ARCTICA’s latest album, “Stones Grow Her Name”, was certified gold in Finland for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. Released in Europe on May 18 and in North America on May 22 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded in several studios all over Finland, mixed at Sonic Pump Studios by Mikko Karmila and mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. The effort was released as a limited-edition digipak, standard jewel case, vinyl and download.

“Stones Grow Her Name” sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 9 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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RAGEHAMMER finished recording the debut demo

December 28th, 2012
by EvilG

Kraków, Poland’s Black/Thrash Kommando RAGEHAMMER known mainly from unexpected live attacks conducted during last year along such hordes, as Thornafire, Embrional, Intestinal, Hell United, Christ Agony, Deivos or Ulcer, finally put finishing touches on the debut demo. War Hawks will consist of five pieces of pure Black/Thrash Metal, full of hatred, scorn and lack of respect for the living and the dead as well, inspired by such murderous squadrons as Nifelheim, Desaster, Gehennah, Von, Impaled Nazarene, Deströyer 666 or Darkthrone. The extermination plan looks as follows: RageHammer Rising, Prophet of Genocide, Hate Command, The Wolfpack, Gospel of the Scum.Stop wasting good air – cease breathing.

Demo was recorded by the lineup consisting of: Corpsebutcher (bass), Bestial Avenger (guitars), Mortar (drums) and Heretik Hellstörm (vocals). The session took place at No Solace, mixed and mastered by M. (Mgla/Kriegsmachine/No Solace). The morbid cover artwork was deliviered by Klaudiusz Witczak (Throneum, Bloodthirst, Warfist, Anima Damnata among others…) and the sinister layout was prepared by Marcin of Upgrade Design Studio. The material will appear in form of digisleeve limited to 200 copies through Mythrone Promotion (www.facebook.com/mythroneprom

As the taste of desecration to come check out the track RageHammer Rising on: www.soundcloud.com/mythrone_promotion

No Hope – Just Hate!

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Fatal Smile – bandleder/guitarist Mr.Y

December 28th, 2012
by Anders Sandvall

 Fatal Smile

 Guitarist/Bandleader Mr.Y

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Promo pictures taken by: Tallee Savage, Partik Hellstrom,

Tim Tronckoe, Thomas Mead and Pamela C Navorro

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The Swedish metal act Fatal Smile is ready to attack again with their fourth album called 21st CENTURY FREAKS. This time around I had the pleasure of talking to the bandleder/guitarist Mr. Y. We talked about the band, the new album, the past and present and future of the band. Since this interview was conducted, the band released a video for their second single “My Private Hell” and the band is confirmed for a tour in USA in 2013. Enjoy.

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ARJEN LUCASSEN To Guest On New AVANTASIA Album

December 27th, 2012
by EvilG

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) has been confirmed as one of the guest musicians who will appear on “The Mystery Of Time”, the new album from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA project. Also scheduled to make appearances on the CD are Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP.

 

Commented Sammet: “To me, he used to be what John D. Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: an adamant longtime rival; in our case, when it comes to producing rock operas. Well, if you can’t beat your enemy, make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha!

 

“Seriously, the truth is that the ‘pestilence’ I’m talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I’ve ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2912 — where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants and boots — he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming AVANTASIA album, ‘The Mystery Of Time’: AYREON mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen!”

 

A YouTube clip containing footage of the orchestra recordings as well as a rough-mix sample of a song featuring Kiske is available below.

 

Bruce previously appeared on AVANTASIA’s “The Wicked Symphony” and “Angel Of Babylon” CDs and Tobias contributed guest vocals to Bruce’s last solo release, “BK3”.

 

The new AVANTASIA CD is being recorded in part at VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY).

 

Immediately after the release of “The Mystery Of Time”, a metal opera based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage.

 

Since the performances will embrace all the different eras and history of AVANTASIA, these shows will feature an extended playing time and the entire evening will be dedicated to AVANTASIA with no support acts.

 

Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days” concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart. He explains, “Even though I love to record and tour with EDGUY, I didn’t foresee how much I need AVANTASIA when I decided to finish this chapter of my life in 2011. I didn’t know if there would be another AVANTASIA album one day, but I didn‘t feel like doing it. After the worldwide success of the latest studio releases, an arena world tour that was sold out pretty much everywhere, collaborations with childhood heroes like Alice Cooper, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Eric Singer of KISS, etc. I ‘knew’ that I had said everything I could possibly say in the name of AVANTASIA. But that’s not what AVANTASIA is all about. I wanna create more great music, I wanna create more fantasy worlds, the bigger and the more epic, the better. And listening to the material that I have created for this forthcoming chapter in the history of AVANTASIA, I know there is no way I am not going to do it! I have got the feeling and the certainty that this is absolutely meant to happen and to be!”

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Man.Machine.Industry to Rockstad: Falun

December 27th, 2012
by EvilG

Since J. Bergman and his creation Man.Machine.Industry had the opportunity to appear in the PS3 / X-Box 360 The Darkness things moved on fast for the band . After playing Sweden Rock Festival in 2009 the band signed a record deal with GMR Music (Krux, Crucified Barbara, Kamchatka) and released their third album “White Trash Devil In a Jesus Christ Pose” in 2010.

The album got great response from both fans and media and the band went on the road playing with bands such as Dr: Midnight & The Mercy Cult, Sonic Syndicate, Deathstars, Corroded, Raubtier, Engel among others. The band also climbed as high as number ONE on the My Space top chart for Swedish bands and held the position for a week and top 50 for a month.

In April 2012 J.B and his machine released the critically acclaimed album “Lean Back, Relax and Watch The World Burn” getting the best response possible. The album also has a guest appearance from Jens Westin of CORRODED on the single/video track “Eighties” and on the second video/single you can hear/see fifteen fans taking part of the recording and also long time friend of J.B. Ronnie Nyman (Always War) appears in the song and video.

As a live band MMI is something special guaranties Sweden’s Close-Up Magazine when they graded the band 9/10
for a live show with the words:
-Bergman screams with an intensity that would scare even Lemmy himself.
You rarely hear metal more powerful and genuinely mean.

As always MMI delivers a wide spread in their albums, all from the heaviest of the heavy in songs like “Lean Back relax And Watch The World Burn” to the fast blasting drums in “Time”. The band also delivers their first ever ballad in “The Cage” where J.B gets to show that he has a soulful depth and feeling to his voice.

A song like “Vivite Et Sinite Mori (live & let die)” and “What You See Is What You Get” shows yet another side of the band, a more commercial side but without letting their aggressive side suffer. And in songs like “To A Blood Red Sky”, “AIM! HOLD! FIRE! “and “War God” you definitely hear their thrash metal riffs crunching away just as many songs on the previous album did.

J.B calls the music he makes HEAVY METAL with an industrial touch. Nothing more, nothing less. Watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Bj0Mvhcpg

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HATE: Teasers for the upcoming album Solarflesh revealed!

December 27th, 2012
by EvilG

HATE Polish Death Black Metal warriors have just unleashed two teasers on their official YouTube channel for the new album Solarflesh. Check out the teasers for this masterpiece to hit the stores in the mourn of 2013!

Check out TEASER I: http://youtu.be/DawZ0jMwdW0

Check out TEASER II: http://youtu.be/ziRuXx3qKs0

HATE new album Solarflesh – A Gospel of Radiant Divinity will come out in the following dates:

20.01.2013 – ESP/FIN/SWE/NOR/GR
01.02.2013 – G/A/S & BENELUX
04.02.2013 – REST OF EUROPE
05.02.2013 – USA/CAN

 

For further Information check:
Official Site: http://www.hate-metal.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Hateofficial
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hatepoland

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/hatepoland
Label: http://www.napalmrecords.com

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THRAW LAUNCHES NEW SINGLE: Doomsday Code

December 27th, 2012
by EvilG

THRAW, the Slovenian thrash metal machine released the first single from their upcoming full-length album scheduled for release in 2013 on Metal Tank Records. The song entitled “Doomsday Code” can be heard excluslively by visiting ROAD RAYGE (link: bit.ly/TpA3pO) or on Metal Tank Record’s official SoundCloud profile:

THRAW

THRAW

More information can be obtained by visiting www.metaltankrecords.com

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The Metal Alliance Tour Announce Dates (ANTHRAX to Headline!)

December 26th, 2012
by Celtic Bob

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The Metal Alliance Tour is back for their third ferocious year of wrecking heads have booked and is now announcing this year’s round of dates. The Metal Alliance has become the genre’s biggest spring tour and this year is no different. Festival organizers Dan Rozenblum and Steve Seabury of High River Entertainment are proud to announce and welcome ANTHRAX, the undisputed titans of metal, as their 2013 headliner. The band will be performing their fan favorite 1987 classic Among The Living in its entirety. The album was produced by Eddie Kramer and includes the tracks “Caught In A Mosh”, “Indians” and “I am The Law”.

Ryan Waste reveals his excitement for the tour. “I grew up listening to ANTHRAX and EXODUS and they inspired me to start playing speed metal from the beginning. I’m thrilled to hit the road and rip it up along-side some the most influential ‘bangers of our time!”

“We hope to see all you die hard metalheads at these shows doing the Toxic Waltz. This is such a bad ass tour and will be one for the ages.” Adds co-organizer Seabury.

General Admission Tickets will be available on January 11th but fans can now order their VIP Tickets. There are only 50 VIP Tickets per market and will quickly sell out. Each VIP Ticket will include the following items:

General Admission Ticket
Meet & Greet 30 Minutes Before Doors
Limited Edition VIP Laminate
Limited Edition 11 x 17 Tour Poster
Metal Alliance Beer Koozie
Bottle of High River Sauce’s Hellacious Hot Sauce (The Official Hot Sauce of The Metal Alliance Tour)
Issue of Revolver Magazine

You can now purchase the VIP Tickets from our friends at Sound Rink: http://www.soundrink.com/collections/metal-alliance

Sharing the stage each night and crushing heads on the Metal Alliance Tour will be San Francisco thrash legends EXODUS, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HOLY GRAIL and a couple of additional bands will be announce at a later date.

Date                 Venue                                      City/State
3/23                  House of Blues                         Las Vegas, NV
3/24                  Marquee Theatre                        Tempe, AZ
3/25                  House of Blues                         San Diego, CA
3/27                  House of Blues                         West Hollywood, CA
3/28                  Regency Ballroom                     San Francisco, CA
3/29                  The Crystal Ballroom                 Portland, OR
3/30                  Commodore Ballroom               Vancouver, BC
3/31                  Showbox SoDo                        Seattle, WA
4/2                    Summit Music Hall                     Denver, CO
4/4                    First Avenue                              Minneapolis, MN
4/5                    House of Blues                         Chicago, IL
4/6                    The Fillmore Detroit                   Detroit, MI
4/7                    Bogarts                                    Cincinnati, OH
4/9                    House of Blues                         Dallas, TX
4/10                  House of Blues                         Houston, TX
4/12                  House of Blues                         Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/13                  Tremont Music Hall                    Charlotte, NC
4/14                  The Fillmore                              Silver Spring, MD
4/16                  House of Blues                         Cleveland, OH
4/18                  Theatre of the Living Arts           Philadelphia, PA
4/20                  Irving Plaza                               New York, NY

You miss this you miss it all.

For more information please visit the Metal Alliance Tour website: http://metalalliancetour.com

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CHRIS CAFFERY – Plans To Record A New Solo CD

December 26th, 2012
by EvilG

CHRIS CAFFERY (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE) has issued the following update:

“Well, the Christmas Story marathon has ended…the TSO marathon continues!!! Hard to believe it was 1999 when we first played here in Cleveland. Such an amazing ride so far! I remember the first post Christmas show we ever did was December 26 in Cleveland a couple years later! We had already played like 4 shows here and the demand was so huge we came back after Christmas as well! I remember sitting in my hotel room that night with Daryl Pediford. We were laughing, saying some silly jokes about something we only understood. I remember him talking about the ghosts. He said there were ghosts there. As I travel around and look back at the friends I have lost who I have worked with in this business I know for sure the ghosts are here. I feel them at different times. Onstage and offstage. Daryl, Criss, Ray Gillen…the list goes on. Amazing musicians and friends who are no longer with me this Christmas but are always there in spirit. Thank you so much for these past 25 years. That was the first time I played a December 26th show…my first show with Savatage on the Mountain King Tour in Providence. Since then I have traveled about 1/2 million miles, played for close to ten million people. I have truly been blessed. I know I am not a perfect person. But I always try to learn from my experiences and hope to leave each day making people smile. Every day I take a look here and see the thousands of you that stop by to say hi it makes me smile. Thank you for being my friends! I look forward to next year…I am planning on recording a new solo CD, it really seems to be what everyone is asking me to do when I see them on this tour. Savatage? I still am as hopeful as you guys, but you know how that one goes!!! TSO…studio and more touring of course…what and when? Always a mystery like the man behind TSO itself! That’s what makes it magical! This journey is never written in stone. As long as Paul is at the wheel I know it will be an amazing adventure! I, like you, can’t wait to see what comes up! But I am blessed to be a part of it and blessed to have your friendship and support! I am going to go walk and look at Christmas lights! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!”

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UNITED FORCES: Members Of Iconic NYHC/Thrash Outfit Begin New Chapter

December 24th, 2012
by EvilG

Subsequent to the demise of reunited NYC hardcore/speed metal legends Stormtroopers Of Death, two of the four members of the brutal faction have set out to forge a new path of punishment in 2013.

UNITED FORCES unites S.O.D.’s bassist Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Nunfuckritual, Lock-Up,ex-Anthrax) and notorious frontman Billy Milano (Method Of Destruction), the longtime cohorts taking their mayhem to new turf. Milano and Lilker recruited two additional henchmen to help carry out their forthcoming disorder, with the thunderous Nick Barker (Lock-Up, Ancient, ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir) on percussive duties, and Anton Reisenegger (Criminal, Pentagram Chile, Extreme Noise Terror, Lock Up) handling guitars. With Lilker located in upstate New York, Milano in central Texas, Barker in England and Reisenegger in Spain, details on the outfit’s plans concerning touring or recording remain unknown, but UNITED FORCES is, without question, a pending force with which to be dealt.

Notes vocalist Billy Milano on the eclectic union of metal soldiers: “I’m not out to reinvent myself at my age. I just want to have a lot of fun with this. We called it UNITED FORCES because we’re located all over the place, in different countries, but this is something we’re going to come together for.” Added four-string assaulter Danny Lilker: “It’s gonna be really fun to get together with some good friends — who are also great musicians — and play some earsplitting, hardcore-tinged thrash metal! And obviously, we know how to do just that.”

At this year’s installment of the Fun Fun Fun fest in Austin, Texas, modern thrash heavyweights Municipal Waste were joined by Lilker and Milano onstage to help unleash the S.O.D. staple “United Forces.”  Check out the carnage HERE.

Future UNITED FORCES plans will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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AVANTASIA – First Audio Sample From New Album Unveiled, UNISONIC Vocalist Michael Kiske Confirmed

December 24th, 2012
by EvilG
AVANTASIA: 'The Flying Opera' DVD

AVANTASIA: ‘The Flying Opera’ DVD

AVANTASIA mastermind Tobia Sammet (EDGUY) has issued a special Christmas update for the fans:

“Hey friends, as you know I am currently working on a new Avantasia album. It’s a lot of work, but I am so proud of what we are creating right now – it’s amazing stuff. As my little Christmas gift to, and to make Christmas even a little more exciting for you, I’ll reveal some secrets today: Of course, Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, ex-HELLOWEEN) is on board again! I bet you expected this, you can hear him loud and clear, and he is still the number one vocalist in that range – unbelievable! But, what is really new: For the first time in the history of Avantasia, we’re working with a real symphonic orchestra: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg! You may remember it, they have worked with RAMMSTEIN, BRYAN ADAMS, SHANIA TWAIN, and also with Edguy on the Hellfire Club album. It’s an enchanting fairytale we are working on, so we really have no choice but to finally have a real orchestra – after all it’s an epic Rock-, or probably Metal Opera! Okay, I don‘t wanna talk much, but wish you a Happy Christmas. If you click on the clip below, you can check out the orchestra recordings and also, you’ll hear a little sample, a rough mix of what’s to come in March 2013: The Mystery Of Time!

Enjoy… and Merry Christmas!”

As previously reported, Avantasia are the latest act confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2013. Sammet promises an even more celebrity-filled show, which says a lot since previous performances have included such names as Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske, Jørn Lande and Bob Catley. This will be Avantasia’s only show in Sweden for the summer of 2013.

Sweden Rock Festival 2013 will take place June 5th – 8th in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

Confirmed acts now include: ACCEPT, AMARANTHE, AMON AMARTH, AUDREY HORNE, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BULLET, CANDLEMASS, CIVIL WAR, CRAZY LIXX, DEMON, DORO, JON ENGLISH, FIREWIND, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HUNTRESS, HYPOCRISY, IHSAHN, KISS, KREATOR, KROKUS, MORGANA LEFAY, LENINGRAD COWBOYS, LEPROUS, MANILLA ROAD, MARTIN PRAHL’S SKELTER WHEEL, NAGLFAR, NINE BELOW ZERO, PARADISE LOST, RAUBTIER, RUSH, SATAN, SAXON, THE SCAMS, SISTER SIN, SONATA ARCTICA, STATUS QUO, TANKARD, THRESHOLD, UFO, VADER, WITCHCRAFT.

Sweden Rock Festival is a four-day festival with a total of 80 bands performing on five outdoor stages. More info can be found at Swedenrock.com.

Avantasia’s complete live schedule can be found at this location.

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JAG PANZER, LETHAL, SINNER And IRON CROSS Confirmed For Keep It True XVII In 2014

December 24th, 2012
by EvilG

Organizers of the annual Keep It True festivals in Germany have announced the first round of bands confirmed for the 17th edition of the event on April 25th and 26th, 2014. Confirmed thus far are JAG PANZER (first time in Europe with Joey Tafolla), LETHAL, SINNER (special old school show), PERSIAN RISK, IRON CROSS, ATTENTAT ROCK, and DEEP MACHINE (UK)

It will take place at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany.

Keep It True XVI takes place at the same location from April 19th – 20th, 2013. Acts confirmed include: WARLORD, LIEGE LORD, ANGEL WITCH, POSSESSED, MEDIEVAL STEEL, HOLOCAUST, JACK STARR’s BURNING STARR, STEEL PROPHET, QUARTZ, MORBID SAINT, LEGEND, OCTOBER 31, MIDNIGHT, HIGH SPIRITS, TORANAGA, RAZORWYRE, AIR RAID, BORROWED TIME, ELIMINATOR, ATTIC.

Further festival details at the official website, or via Facebook.

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Online Fundraiser For Late MINISTRY/RIGOR MORTIS Guitarist Michael “Mike” Scaccia Announced

December 24th, 2012
by EvilG
MIKE SCACCIA dead (Rigor Mortis, Ministry)

MINISTRY/RIGOR MORTIS Guitarist Michael “Mike” Scaccia

Michael “Mike” Scaccia, best known as the lead (and sometimes rhythm) guitarist for the metal bands MINISTRY, RIGOR MORTIS and THE REVOLTING COCKS died on December 23rd after suffering a seizure on stage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas during Bruce Corbitt’s (Rigor Mortis) 50th birthday show. According to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, Scaccia’s death onstage was actually caused by a heart attack brought on by heart disease. Scaccia was 47 years old. He is survived by his wife by Jenny Rowen Scaccia and their two daughters Sarah and Taarna.

Corbitt has issued the following update:

” I’ve been giving the blessings to start an online Fundraiser for Mike Scaccia’s Wife Jenny and their Kids. So I will be posting the link for that soon. Also, there will possibly be a Scaccia Tribute/Benefit Show put together for them to honor Mike and also raise money to help them. It could be as soon as this coming weekend. So I will also need to know what bands are interested in being part of this or if anyone can help in any way.

 

I also understand that it is Christmas time and I know Mike wouldn’t want this to ruin that for anyone. He would want us all to know he went out doing what he loved doing surrounded by everyone he loved. He would want us to block this out and enjoy our Christmas with our families and loved ones. Anyway, the online Fundraiser will be up for awhile if you aren’t able to contribute anything right away. I will also post any updates on the possible Tribute show as soon as I know anything. THANKS AGAIN for all of the support that everyone has given to Mike’s family and friends.”

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GEORGE LYNCH Confirms STRYPER Frontman On Board For T&N Tour in 2013

December 23rd, 2012
by EvilG
George Lynch

George Lynch

Legendary Rock Interviews recently caught up with guitarist GEORGE LYNCH (T&N, LYNCH MOB, ex-DOKKEN). An excerpt is available below:

LRI: Is it true that Michael Sweet of STRYPER will be the touring singer for T&N when you tour?

George: “Yeah, that was the decision we all collectively came up with, we thought he was really the right choice. Lynch Mob has done quite a few dates with Stryper and we know Michael as a man and he’s just such a wonderful guy which is important at this stage in the game. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way over the years and now it’s to the point where you just wanna work with people who want to work with you and are dedicated, honest, transparent and have a good work ethic. Michael is obviously talented, we all knew that but he is also ust a good person who has all of those qualities and architecture and is a solid guy but more importantly his voice is really suited to what we are trying to accomplish live which is to recreate the Dokken stuff faithfully. Jeff’s voice is not necessarily ideal for all of that because he has a bit of a raspier, harder edge which is better suited to the original music that T&N has done, Jeff will do some of the Dokken stuff but then Michael will come in and do some of the material that he’s better at. The other advantage we have with Michael Sweet other than him being just a great human being is that he’s a really good guitar player and really suited to playing the rhythm parts we have which is something we really need collectively in this band and for this material. There’s a lot of guitars on this record and we wanna reproduce the record faithfully. Plus, he’s not a bad lookin guy either!”

LRI: I was really hoping it was true because I am a huge fan but kind of got the feeling that Michael didn’t want me to formally announce it. His mother put it out there on Facebook (laughs). Is it formally announced? Is it alright for fans to officially plan on this?

George: “I guess we just announced it (laughs). It’s something that we held back on only because of the fact that the tour isn’t going to happen for a few months, like I said, we are going to finish this second album and then tour behind the both of them. We just have so many other touring commitments and Michael has Stryper so the timing has to be just right but we are looking to have that in place for summer of 2013.”

LRI: There are also a great many people who are under the impression that your band Lynch Mob is also over and broken up which is partially because of Robbie Crane talking about his leaving the band. The last EP was probably the best thing you’ve ever done. Is there any future for Lynch Mob?

George: “We have half a record which is just on the shelf, it’s something we’ve been working on for quite a long time and it’s beautiful and I would really hate to see the record not be heard but at this point it’s only half done and I don’t know exactly when we will be getting back together to finish it, if at all but I am hopefully optimistic (laughs). We all have a lot of other things going on though and I understand that, Robbie’s got some other project, Oni (Logan, vocalist) is doing DIO DISCIPLES, and I have two or three very heavy projects going on with the T&N thing, the movie and associated band SHADOW TRAIN which is working on the soundtrack to the movie, and then the album I am making with Doug Pinnick of KING’S X and Ray Luzier of KORN.”

Click here for the complete interview.”

T&N’s debut album, Slave To The Empire, “offers eight new original songs and four re-recorded classic Dokken songs that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim “Ripper” Owens (DIO DISCIPLES, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), Doug Pinnick (KING’S X), Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW), and Robert Owens (WARRANT). Add to the mix the hard hitting, multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy (ex-BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE, SLASH) and you’ve got yourself a major dose of awesome!”

“Mick, Jeff and I have been playing together for many years,” states Lynch. “When we go way back in time, we always had the most fun when we were just sitting in a room together or up on stage with the three of us playing.”

“Don’t think of this as Dokken without Don – that’s misleading,” adds Pilson. “Think of it as a band with great chemistry coming up with new music that excites them, and also paying tribute to Dokken music which the members all are heavily invested in emotionally. Don is, and will always be, the singer of Dokken and an invaluable part of the Dokken chemistry.”

Slave To The Empire is out now via Rat Pack Records.

Slave To The Empire tracklisting:

‘Slave To The Empire’
‘Sweet Unknown’
‘Tooth And Nail’ (featuring Doug Pinnick of King’s X)
‘It’s Not Love’ (featuring Robert Mason of Warrant)
‘Rhythm Of The Soul’
‘When Eagles Die’
‘Into The Fire’ (Jeff Pilson)
‘Alone Again’ (featuring Sebastian Bach)
‘Mind Control’
‘Kiss Of Death’ (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens)
‘Jesus Train’
‘Access Denied’

Audio samples from the entire album are streaming at this location.

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The guitarist of Ministry and Rigor Mortis Michael “Mike” Scaccia dies

December 23rd, 2012
by Arto Lehtinen

The guitarist of Ministry and the legendary Rigor Mortis, Michael “Mike ” Scaccia, has passed away last night after the Bruce Corbitt’s 50th B-day show. Reportedly, Scaccia had a heart attack after the show.

Mike’s brother, Bruce Corbitt, wrote the following on Facebook: “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is Because of this man. If it was not for him I would not even be in a band. RIP Mike Scaccia! The greatest guitar player I ever knew!”

Metal-Rules.Com sends condolences to all the Ministry and Rigor Mortis teams and Scaccia’s family.

MIKE SCACCIA dead (Rigor Mortis, Ministry)

MIKE SCACCIA dead (Rigor Mortis, Ministry)

 

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