- The new lyric video by the Finnish metallers Quake The Earth (Jan 22, 2017)
- Denner/Shermann completes Nordic Noise Rock Festival 2017 lineup (Jan 21, 2017)
- 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)
- Fleshgod Apocalypse - Interview with Tommaso Riccardi (Jan 21, 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)
- Sabaton + Accept + Twilight Force @ O2 Academy Brixton, London (Jan 22, 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)
INTERVIEW WITH JOEY VERA OF ARMORED SAINT
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.
Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases:
Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.
Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.
Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.
As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zorn and PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparableTyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.
Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.
Join Dave as he discusses his incomparable musical career and Rhythm Mysterium Art Collection.
Watch never before seen footage, hear his new Paiste REIGN Ride, participate in a candid Q&A forum and meet the legend.
Witness why Dave Lombardo is one of the most provocative and breathtaking drummers alive today!
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Summer Rock Festival 2015 with Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden
Summer Rock Festival
Friluftsbadet, Svedala, Sweden
Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
With band’s like Corrored, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar and Sator
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@ Koko, London
18th August 2015
Review by Rowena Lamb
Photography by Taya Uddin
The first thing that you couldn’t fail to notice that evening was the sheer size of the bloody queue wrapped several times around Koko and the surrounding pavements. By far the longest queue I’ve seen in a long time; it seems everyone had arrived well before doors opening to try and ensure their view.
After being in Malice In Wonderland half my life I have decided to put Malice In Wonderland to rest” says singer and founder Chris Wicked in a statement. “Earlier this summer Tracy (guitarist) informed me that he wanted a break from the music industry to focus on other stuff. I don’t want to bring in a new guitarist in the band at this point and therefor feel it is time to end this incredibly journey. It’s been 10 years since we released our debut CD, it’s been a hell of a ride and we all agree it’s a good time to close the book. Two farewell shows (Helsinki & Bergen) will be held before we take the final bow.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and stood by us over the years. Friends and family, business partners and bands we’ve toured and played with. But most of all we would like to thank our dedicated and beautiful fans around the world, you know who you are and we love you.
Here’s to all of us. Cheers!
Chris Wicked – On behalf of Malice In Wonderland
Malice In Wonderland released two ep’s in the nineties before Chris Wicked went from keyboard player to frontman. Since then they have released 2 albums and several EP’s and singles. Their latest album “The Royal Brigade” was released December 2013. Malice In Wonderland will play two farewell shows before it’s over, MeriRock in Finland, September 12 and a final hometown show at Garage, October 9.
AEROSMITH’s new concert film AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014–a 20-song collection capturing the legendary rock band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014–is set for release next Friday (9/4) via Eagle Rock Entertainment. To advance the release, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ have partnered with ROLLINGSTONE.com today (8/28) to premiere a film excerpt of the band performing “Walk This Way.” Click here to watch the clip.
The critically acclaimed film–which premiered earlier this year with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–is available to pre-order on the film’s micro-site in multiple formats: DVD/CD, Blu-Ray/CD, DVD/LP, DVD/CD Deluxe Package, Blu-Ray/CD Deluxe Package, DVD/LP Deluxe Package and digital video. Click here to view the film’s trailer.
AEROSMITH ROCKS DONINGTON 2014 featuresthe band’s all original members–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford–headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, unleashing supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more. For more information, click here to view the press release announcing the concert film release.
The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:
1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 “Let Rock Rule” tour, AEROSMITH–Rock’s greatest live act–just wrapped up their summer “Blue Army Tour 2015,” which wrapped up in Canton, OH (8/7) when they performed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends.
AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
About Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
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SOILWORK’s 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, via Nuclear Blast Records is in stores now. The Ride Majestic is available to order in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle) here: http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB
SOILWORK guitarist David Andersson and Guitar World Magazine have teamed up to bring you an exclusive play-through + The Ride Majestic album commentary video. Check it out here: http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367
View More Exclusive Content Now:
Watch The Ride Majestic Two Part Mini-Documentary: Part One | Part Two
Watch Dirk Verbeuren’s Exclusive Drum Lesson and Interview via GearGods.net Here
“…“The Ride Majestic” is yet another crown jewel. Ridiculously written, immaculately performed…” – Decibel Magazine
“The Ride Majestic…the band’s 10th album has become an especially memorable part of its catalog.” – Billboard Magazine
“An epic, melodic blast of top-tier melodeath, sure to be an album of the year contender.” – New Noise Magazine
“Dig the guitars, stay for the high octane brutality!” – Loudwire
“”The Ride Majestic.” It Packs A Lot of Punch!” – Metal Injection
“[Whilst fellows comrades IN FLAMES and AT THE GATES try to keep up with the times with faltering success,] Soilwork seem to effortlessly keep on top of the continuously changing trends with such ease it’s almost laughable.” – Distorted Sound
This fall, SOILWORK will join the upcoming “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” U.S. tour in support of headliners Soulfly, with additional special guests Decapitated and Shattered Sun. Fans will be able to purchase VIP meet + greet packages on soundrink. The packages are $50 in advance or fans can purchase at SOILWORK’s merch booth. VIP’s will receive: individual/group photo with the band, band autographs (unlimited items), limited edition poster, VIP laminate with lanyard (must purchase ticket separately for show entry), patch, guitar pick pack, 30% discount coupon for online store & an entry to win a custom painted ASG guitar signed by the band with the “The Ride Majestic” artwork (winner will receive a call from the band to be notified also film the call and share on social media).
The band will then head back to Europe for their headlining “The Tour Majestic” run, with support from Hatesphere.
SOILWORK recently announced that they will perform at next year’s Bangalore Open Air Festival in Bangalore, India, taking place on July 9, 2016. Visit http://bangaloreopenair.com/ for more info. In addition, see below for some brand new Australian tour dates taking place in February 2016.
UNITED STATES – “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour
For more info and tickets visit www.soulfly.com
Meet + Greet packages available visit https://soundrink.com/app#/tour/soilwork
SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN
9/30/2015 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
10/1/2015 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/2/2015 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/3/2015 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/4/2015 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
10/6/2015 – Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub
10/7/2015 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite
10/8/2015 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
10/9/2015 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre
10/10/2015 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
10/12/2015 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
10/13/2015 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom
10/14/2015 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue
10/15/2015 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
10/16/2015 – Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium – Rock & Shock
10/18/2015 – Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts Center
10/19/2015 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
10/20/2015 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/21/2015 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
10/22/2015 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
10/23/2015 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/24/2015 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
10/25/2015 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
10/27/2015 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/28/2015 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
10/29/2015 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
10/30/2015 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
10/31/2015 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red – no SOULFLY
11/1/2015 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick – no SOULFLY
EUROPE – Upcoming Headline Tour w/ HATESPHERE
11/27/2015 – Malmo, Sweden @ KB
11/28/2015 – Heford, Germany @ Herford X
11/29/2015 – Lyss, Switzerland @ Kufa
11/30/2015 – Sion, Switzerland @ Le Port Franc
12/1/2015 – Brescia, Italy @ Colony Club
12/2/2015 – Munchen, Germany @ Backstage Halle
12/3/2015 – Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof
12/4/2015 – Leipzig, Germany @ Hellraiser
12/5/2015 – Pilsen, Czech Republic @ Winter Basinfire Fest – headliner
12/6/2015 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
12/7/2015 – Hamburg, Germany @ Logo
12/8/2015 – Koln, Germany @ Luxor
12/10/2015 – Tillburg, Holland @ O13
12/11/2015 – Vooselaar, Belgium @ Biebob
12/12/2015 – Metz, France @ Les Trinitaires
12/13/2015 – Dunkerque, France @ 4 Ecluses
12/14/2015 – Paris, France @ Trabendo
12/15/2015 – Rennes, France @ Antipode
12/16/2015 – Bordeaux, France @ Rocher De Palmer
12/17/2015 – Blois, France @ Le Chatod’o
12/18/2015 – Limoges, France @ CC John Lennon
12/19/2015 – Lyon, France @ CCO
2016 – AUSTRALIA Tour
2/10/2016 – Perth, Australia @ Rosemount Hotel
2/12/2016 – Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov
2/13/2016 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid
2/15/2016 – Sydney, Australia @ Max Watts
2/16/2016 – Melbourne, Australia @ Russel
Bangalore Open Air Festival
7/6/2016 – India @ Bangalore Open Air
Los Angeles hard-rockers BULLETBOYS have just wrapped up final touches on their brand new music video for the single “Rollover.” Taken from their latest album ELEFANTÈ (June 9th release, Deadline/Cleopatra Records) the song helped drive the album to reach the Top 10 in the Metal radio charts and has been a crowd-pleaser during the band’s summer 2015 tour.
The “Rollover” music video features voluptuous Playboy model Ivy Ferguson and plays off the dichotomous relationship between the artist who’s married to his music while simultaneously trying to keep his best gal happy. The sparks start to fly during the band’s live performance as the music and the tempestuous relationship reaches a fever pitch – all captured brilliantly by Director Diego Negrete.
The BULLETBOYS are founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). Elefante – the band’s first studio album of original material since 2009 – was produced by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher) and Marq Torien and engineered by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed). The album was mastered in Nashville,TN by Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry).
CATCH THE BULLETBOYS LIVE :
The Bulletboys World Tour continues for the rest of fall 2015, as the band heads off to Europe next. New tour dates to be added soon!
08/27/15 MELBOURNE, FL – 80’S IN THE PARK (AT WICKHAM PAVILION)
08/28/15 TAMPA, FL – BRASS MUG
08/29/15 JACKSONVILLE, FL – 1904 MUSIC HALL
09/19/15 W. HOLLYWOOD, CA – THE VIPER ROOM
10/16/15 GREEN BAY, WI – PHATHEADZ BAR
10/17/15 CUDAHY, WI – THE METAL GRILL
10/18/15 PEKIN, IL – ROCK N SKULL (AT GOODFELLAS)
11/09/15 EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – BANNERMAN’S
11/10/15 LONDON, ENGLAND – THE UNDERWORLD
11/11/15 EVESHAM, UK – IRON ROAD
11/13/15 WAKEFIELD, UK – THE SNOOTY FOX
11/14/15 CARDIFF, WALES – FUEL ROCK CLUB
01/02/16 W. HOLLYWOOD, CA – WHISKY A GO-GO
New Zealand’s hottest export since Peter Jackson, Like A Storm, have released a lyric video for the third single from their latest release Awaken The Fire (Another Century Records). “Become The Enemy” is impacting radio and is the #2 Most Added at Active Rock Radio this week in between rock legends Chris Cornell and the Foo Fighters. The lyric video was filmed during the band’s recent European tour and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/B-lR-jHKMzQ.
Like A Storm are no strangers to success at the Active Rock format. Their previous singles, “Love The Way You Hate Me” and “Wish You Hell” have both charted at the format. “Love The Way You Hate Me” reached #22 at Active Rock, was #1 for 5 weeks on SiriusXM Octane, and the video was a viral hit that has been viewed over 3.2 million times to date. The follow up “Wish You Hell” reached #17 and gave the band the distinction of being the only artist from New Zealand to break in to the Active Rock Top 20.
Like A Storm is currently on tour opening for Three Days Grace. The band is no stranger to touring after building a rabid fan base opening for the likes of Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Steel Panther and Slash. They will also be performing at the Food Truck and Rock Festival (September 20th), Sonic Boom (September 26th), Louder Than Life (October 3rd) and next year’s Shiprocked (January 18-22, 2016). The band has received acclaim for the live performances with Kerrang! calling their music, “Big, badass riffage and arena-sized choruses…” and Metal Hammer declaring, “Like A Storm are rewriting metal’s rulebook like never before.”
Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, Like A Storm fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothers— Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], and Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming]— came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring. Their intense work ethic fosters the fertile creativity that is apparent in everything they do even today. Like A Storm write, perform, record and produce all of their records themselves.
Like A Storm is Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming] and Zach Wood [drums].
Oklahoma City-native quintet BROKEN FLESH recently announced the release of their upcoming self-titled brutal death metal album, set to release via Luxor Records on September 4, 2015. The new album features ten brand new tracks and two rerecorded tracks from the band’s 2009 debut, Forever In Flames. You can pre-order the brand new album here: Physical | Digital
Today, BROKEN FLESH are thrilled to present their entire new album in a stream via NoCleanSigning.com. Listen here: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2015/08/27/an-ncs-premiere-and-a-review-broken-flesh-broken-flesh/
In addition, bassist Joshua Mathes and Bass Player Magazine have teamed up to bring you a video rundown of Mathes’ bass rig gear setup. Take a look at the video here: http://www.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/joshua-mathes-of-broken-fleshs-exclusive-rig-rundown-for-bassplayercom-video/53731
While on the web, preview some new tracks from BROKEN FLESH here:
“Unworthy” here via HM Magazine
“Blood Harvest” here via Luxor Records
“Hell” via The Circle Pit
While Christianity is far from common in the brutal death metal genre, it’s a breath of fresh air to learn that BROKEN FLESH are just that – unabashed Christians. That being said, don’t get BROKEN FLESH wrong. While as a ministry the band’s first priority is to spread God’s word, as a band, their main goal is to create the most crushing and aggressive forms of brutal death metal that they have the ability to conceive.
Broken Flesh Track Listing:
1. Valley Of Mass Crucifixion
2. Blood Harvest
3. Consumed By Death
4. Buried Alive
6. Cries Of The Dead
7. Forever In Flames
11. By His Blood
BROKEN FLESH are no strangers to the live scene, having performed with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus and others. The band is performing at several Midwestern U.S. venues in the coming months. See below for all confirmed tour dates:
BROKEN FLESH Tour Dates:
Sep. 4 – Oklahoma, OK @ 89th Street Collective – Official Album Release Party!
Sep. 5 – Joplin, MO @ Blackthorn Pizza & Pub
Sep. 6 – Columbia, MO @ The Social Room
Nov. 7 – Lawton, OK @ The Railhead Saloon
Nov. 21 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
Stay tuned for more tracks, videos and beyond coming from BROKEN FLESH leading up to the release of their new self-titled album.
About BROKEN FLESH:
The band saw their debut release, Forever In Flames, released in 2009 before releasing their sophomore album, Stripped, Stabbed, and Crucified, three years later. The very next year they released Warbound before it was reissued January 27th on Luxor Records. 2015 will bring about the release of what will be the most crushing music the band has ever made to date. The album will be the band’s first proper release on Luxor Records (As They Sleep, It Lies Within, and others). Featuring on the album will be ten brand new face crushing songs and two rerecorded tracks produced by As They Sleep’s Nick Morris.
BROKEN FLESH is:
Jacob Mathes – Vocals
Kevin Tubby – Guitar/ Vocals
Dakota Whiteside – Guitar
Joshua Mathes – Bass/ Vocals
Brandon Lopez – Drums
New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, will release its highly anticipated debut album, A Dream in Static, on October 23. Today, Earthside has teamed up with AllMusic.com to reveal the music video for “Mob Mentality” featuring guest vocals from Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by guitarist Jamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO). Check out the new music video, directed by Patrick Kendall, at: http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/video-premiere-earthside-mob-mentality/.
“Making this video was a fulfilling process because as such a transdisciplinary project, it crossed our paths with talented individuals across the arts,” van Dyck explained. “We worked with dancers, choreographers, directors, editors, colorists, professional orchestral musicians, a conductor, an orchestra contractor, a wardrobe/costume person, and of course a rock star vocalist. Involving all these people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we’re doing and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to continue to embody as we reach across the arts into the worlds of film, dance, video games, and other visual arts.”
An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists, including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer), to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.
“Earthside is excited and very proud to finally be releasing our debut album A Dream in Static,” commented keyboardist Frank Sacramone. “This record has been incubating for several years now between initial writing and demoing all the way through nailing down a release date. Along the way we’ve worked with so many different artists across disciplines and across continents. Now the fruits of our global project finally get to see the light of day and hopefully move listeners in a similarly meaningful way as the music moved us and our collaborators. We can’t wait for you all to hear these songs and to get out on the road and perform them for you guys.”
The first A Dream in Static single, “The Closest I’ve Come,” can be streamed on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/AL_v5U2AeIs.
A teaser video for the album can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG5rMe3KTV4.
I. The Closest I’ve Come
II. Mob Mentality
Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
III. A Dream In Static
Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor)
IV. Entering The Light
Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT — Hammered Dulcimer
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork)
VII. The Ungrounding
VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer)
Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue.
A Dream in Static, the group’s conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements, interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds.
Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.
Jamie van Dyck – Guitar
Frank Sacramone – Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom – Drums
Ryan Griffin – Bass
Michael Monroe will release Blackout States on October 9 via Spinefarm Records. The iconic artist has shared the album artwork and track listing ahead of the release.
Blackout States Track Listing:
1. “This Ain’t No Love Song”
2. “Old King’s Road”
3. “Goin’ Down With the Ship”
4. “Keep Your Eye On You”
5. “The Bastard’s Bash”
6. “Good Old Bad Days”
8. “Blackout States”
9. “Under the Northern Lights”
10. “Permanent Youth”
11. “Dead Hearts on Denmark Street”
12. “Six Feet in the Ground”
13. “Walk Away”
14. “Break the Noose” (vinyl LP bonus track)
The record was produced by Chips Kiesbye (TheHellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri inHelsinki, Finland.
Select few are the ones born to rock and fewer survive to be called seasoned rock warriors. The Michael Monroe band features nothing but the latter, consisting of bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), guitarists Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Willy DeVille), and Rich Jones (The Black Halos, Amen) and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (the Chelsea Smiles, Danzig).
On the new album, the legendary vocalist said, “I am extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record — strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”
INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
Scot Coogan is an American musician known for his accomplished drumming and vocal skills, working as both a session and touring musician. Coogan has worked with various groups such as Brides of Destruction featuring Nikki Sixx, Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, and Red Zone Rider feat. Vinnie Moore and Kelly Keeling. Currently he performs with Blue Man Group and he’s a member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo band. He worked previously with Frehley from 2009 through 2012 and performed on the ANOMALY (2009) album. I met a good humored Coogan in Stockholm just prior Ace Frehley’s band’s sold out show in Grona Lund, which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. We discussed various things including his work with Ace Frehley, Red Zone Rider and the rise and demise of Brides of Destruction… Read on!
Tags: ACE FREHLEY, ANTHONY ESPOSITO, blue man group, Brides of Destruction, Kelly Keeling, matt starr, Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx, red zone rider, scot coogan, Tracii Guns, Vinnie Moore
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