YNGWIE MALMSTEEN RETURNS WITH KILLER NEW ‘RELENTLESS’ ALBUM, RECENTLY SELECTED AS ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S “TOP TEN GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYERS OF ALL TIME
“Shred guitar” and “neo classical metal” are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ever since the early 1980’s, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process.
And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, ‘Relentless,’ the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed ‘Perpetual Flame’ (Yngwie’s first album for Rising Force Records).
The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and ex-Iced Earth singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.
“This title truly is the right one for this album, explains Yngwie. “I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I’ve done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can’t just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!”
Confirmed song titles for ‘Relentless’ include “Relentless,” “Look At You Now,” “Shot Across the Bow,” “Adagio B Minor Variation,” “Caged Animal,” “Critical Mass,” “Into Valhalla,” “Enemy Within,” and “Caprici Di Inferno.”
Bursting onto the scene with such classic releases as 1984’s ‘Rising Force,’ 1985’s ‘Marching Out,’ and 1986’s ‘Trilogy,’ Yngwie instantly made a name for himself, by recreating the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccolò Paganini, but within the realm of heavy metal guitar.
Soon, countless other guitarists were copying Yngwie’s style…but there is simply only one Yngwie. Yngwie’s career continued to thrive throughout the world, including such additional triumphs as his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, ‘Concerto Suite,’ which proved once and for all that his classical credentials were genuine.
Yngwie continues to receive accolades worldwide, such as recently being selected as one Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” (amongst the stellar company of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix).
A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of. ‘Relentless’ is a must-have, which will appeal to all Yngwie fans and rock music fans alike. Prepare yourself for a ‘Relentless’ classical metal attack!
As reported by to Radio Bulgaria: The rock legend Ronnie James Dio will have a monument dedicated to him in the Bulgarian Black-sea coastal town of Kavarna. The decision to erect this monument was taken by the municipal administration, with the most active proponents being Kavarna Mayor Tsonko Tsonkov as well as leading journalists, musicians and singers. The monument is to be built in the town park and will mark the creation of the so-called Walk of Rock. The model of the monument is ready and was displayed during the three-day Kavarna Rock Fest last week. Ronnie James Dio died on May 16 this year. In the past few years, he came to Bulgaria five times to give concerts and took an active part in the campaign for liberating the Bulgarian nurses held in prison in Libya for eight years.
According to Standart News, the mayor of Kavarna, Tzonko Tzonev, has managed to turn his life-long hobby — rock music — into a successful and profitable project and thus pours funds into the treasury of Kavarna Municipality. Thanks to Tzonev’s efforts, some of the greatest rock musicians of all time have come and performed in the small coastal town of Kavarna.
Newly created plaster model of Ronnie James Dio statue (photos courtesy of Tzonko Tzonev‘s official web site)
Ozzy Osbourne dedicated the song “Road To Nowhere” to his “old friend” Ronnie James Dio during Ozzy‘s September 22, 2010 concert at the Palasharp Arena in Milan, Italy.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my old friend Ronnie James Dio,” Osbourne said from the stage. “God bless you, man. It’s a song called ‘Road To Nowhere’. I love you, Ronnie.”
Fan-filmed video footage of the Dio dedication and “Road To Nowhere” performance can be viewed below.
Photos of the ahow are available on the news blog Musica Metal.
Ozzy‘s setlist was as follows:
01. Bark At The Moon
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Mr Crowley
04. I Don’t Know
05. Fairies Wear Boots
06. Suicide Solution
07. Road To Nowhere
08. Shot In The Dark
09. [Band Jam / Solos]
10. Rat Salad
11. Iron Man
12. Killer Of Giants
13. I Don’t Want To Change The World
14. Crazy Train
15. Mama, I’m Coming Home
17. War Pigs
Ozzy Osbourne told QMI Agency in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on in May that Ronnie James Dio‘s ultimately fatal battle with stomach cancer hit close to home.
“As soon as I heard I heard he had been diagnosed with cancer, I sent him some encouragement,” Osbourne said. “Having been through that situation myself with (my wife) Sharon when we were doing (the reality TV show) ‘The Osbournes’, it’s always somebody over there. When it lands at your doorstep you’re like, ‘What do you do? How do you get round this?’ When Sharon got (colon) cancer, I’d never known anyone who survived. I thought it was bullshit when they told you, ‘They can survive.’ I just thought they were trying to smooth me over. And she got over it.”
Osbourne added that he ran into BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show in early April and inquired about Dio‘s health.
“I didn’t get a chance to see him but I was talking to the drummer Vinny, and I said, ‘Did he get my message?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he said.’ And I said, ‘Well, tell him to keep up the fight.’ Then on the weekend, we heard he had passed away, which is sad. He had a great voice. People thought that me and him were at war. At first, I suppose a bit of theatrics would be involved, but I mean it’s been 30 years.”
The deaths of Dio and SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray are the latest that have stunned the heavy rock world in the last few months. AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan died last December, while TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele passed away in April.
Ozzy, who knew or had a passing acquaintance with all four artists, told The Pulse of Radio it’s sad to see so many musicians pass away in such a short period of time. “I mean, of late everyone’s dropping dead,” he said. “This happens every so often, you know. I’m only hoping my number don’t come up soon. It’s what happens, you know. You hear me talking, I’m lucky I’m not one of the dead ones, ’cause I used to — I mean, Ronnie James Dio didn’t have any problems, but when there’s drugs involved or alcohol…I should have died a thousand times.”
The Argentinian band AZEROTH will release its third studio album “Historias y Leyendas” – “Stories and Legends” on July 20th. This album has been recorded at the Virtual Studios in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and it presents a new formation: Fernando Ricciardulli (founder member and composer of the band) on the bass, the participation of Christian Bertoncelli (Renacer, Imperio) as vocalist, and the new members: Mario Dorantes on the guitar, Angel Montagner also playing the guitar, Alfredo Mondragón on the drums and Luigi Mondragón on the keyboards.
The new CD, totally produced and composed by Fernando Ricciardulli, has been mixed and masterized by Emiliano Obregon of Virtual Studios. The cover was designed by the Swedish artist Rudolf Hergzog. “I think that the work done by Rudolf is amazing. At last we could have total control when taking decisions, and I believe that collaborating with this great Swedish artist has been a wise choice.”
“Historias y Leyendas” will be available in digital format on July 20th by Duskwood Records. In Argentina , it will be released already in CD format by Hurling Metal Records on August, and its release in Mexico , Spain and Japan (among others) is being discussed.
Besides, AZEROTH has recorded a promotional video clip (an unprecedented fact for the band until now) of the song “La promesa” – “The promise”.
01. Cámara de reflexión (Reflection chamber)
02. La promesa (The promise)
03. Sombras del terror (Horror shadows)
04. Al final te alcanzaré (In the end I will reach you)
05. The old ways
06. Leyenda negra (Black legend)
07. Sólo una chance (Just one chance)
08. El fin de los tiempos (The end of time)
09. Mensajero (Messenger)
About the subjects dealt with in the new CD, Fernando Ricciardulli says: “in this album, the lyrics found their basis in some historical facts, particularly as the Holocaust (“Sombras del terror” – “Horror shadows”) or the Inquisition (“Leyenda negra” – “Black legend”), as well as stories or legends of everyday life. “Cámara de reflexión” – “Reflection Chamber” talks about a person deprived of his freedom; “La promesa” – “The promise” is a very personal story about a moment on which I had to be far away from my daughter…”
Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #42: On this episode Skullsessions returning guests Monte Conner (VP of A&R for Roadrunner Records) and legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, along with newcomer to the Skullsessions and thrash-metal drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory/ Deathclock), join Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian on this astounding and diverse conversation about modern-metal bands, the art of drumming and the use of dynamics, the metal music business of today, modern recording techniques vs. analog, the great John Bonham and much, much more! http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Skull-Sessions-Podcast-42-Drummers-22151.aspx
Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #47: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews founding guitarist for the classic German heavy metal band ACCEPT, Wolf Hoffman. The two discuss the new ACCEPT album Blood of Nations and some great stories about the past. Also on this episode is a feature interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. Bill discusses his new projects, the new BLACK SABBATH Paranoid Classic Albums DVD and he also shares some fond memories of Ronnie James Dio.
OCEANO vocalist, Adam Warren lent his formidable talents to Utah’s CHELSEA GRIN during their recent Canadian tour. Warren stepped in for CHELSEA GRIN vocalist Alex Koehler, who was recovering from a jaw fracture. Just after coming back home, Adam gave a statement that describes his excitement over his stint fronting for CHELSEA GRIN and beyond:
“The Grin tour went awesome. It was really fun to get to experience all the Canada has to offer. Even IF it involves paying bigger prices. Everyone (Blind Witness,Chelsea grin, Attila) were all cool and it was just like picking up on a tour that I had already started. It was a good way FOR ME at least to establish some good friendships with CG and Attila as well considering Oceano will be hitting the road with them very soon. So I’m sure there will more partying to ensue when that rolls around.”
Produced by Zeuss (MUNICIPAL WASTE, THE ACACIA STRAIN, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL), the new album, CONTAGION spreads in North America November 9th. Take one look at the track list and fans will get a brief taste of the destructive tale to be unfolded within:
01. Precursor To Enslavement
02. Viral Re-Animation
03. Regulated Disposal Of Life
05. The Contaminated
06. Exist In Confinement
07. Persuasive Oppression
09. Sadistic Experiments
10. Remnants Aflame
11. Ending Intellect
OCEANO is giving fans the chance to win an iPad. That’s right! A brand-spanking-new iPad is up for grabs. All fans must do is go to http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_672_698 and pre-order CONTAGION. Pre-order the album on its own, with a hoodie, a shirt or any other configuration that can be conceived. As long as the pre-order is made through the EARACHE US WEBSTORE, fans will automatically be entered into a drawing to win.
While making their CONTAGION pre-orders, fans can listen to the BRAND NEW track, “Precursor To Enslavement,” now available on OCEANO‘s official MySpace page: http://myspace.com/oceano
Catch OCEANO live on the run-up to the release of CONTAGION, as they head out on “The Corruptour” with WHITECHAPEL, IMPENDING DOOM, MISS MAY I and I DECLARE WAR:
Oct 01 – Macon, GA – The 567
Oct 02 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Oct 03 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
Oct 04 – Jacksonville, FL – Rain
Oct 05 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Oct 06 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
Oct 07 – Raleigh, NC – Volume 11 Tavern
Oct 08 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
Oct 09 – Jermyn, PA – Eleanor Rigby’s
Oct 10 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Oct 12 – Boston, MA – Harper’s Ferry
Oct 13 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
Oct 15 – Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
Oct 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Oct 17 – Elgin, IL – Mad Maggies
Oct 19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 20 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Oct 22 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
Oct 23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Canada’s tech-death metal magicians DIVINITY are set to embark on their latest in-country tour offensive this week, which is being dubbed the The Singulari-tour 2010, in support of their latest full-length The Singularity. Beginning this Saturday at the Noctis IV Metalfest and Conference — in DIVINITY’s hometown of Calgary, Alberta — DIVINITY will rage the stage alongside Sodom, Ex Deo, The Devil’s Blood and countless more at the festival before hitting the road for the first half of October. They’ll tear their way through the country appearing alongside Beneath The Massacre, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder and more over the two-week assault, ending the festivities at the Metalfest 10 at Trois-Rivieres alongside Misery Index, Despised Icon and more on October 15th.
DIVINITY Singulari-tour 2010:
9/25/2010 Macewan Hall – Calgary, AB @ Noctis IV Festival
9/30/2010 Le Bunker – Chicoutimi w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/1/2010 Bar le Trash – St-Hyacinthe, QC @ Trash Metalfest w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/2/2010 Salle du Canton – Victoriaville (Warwick), QC w/ Beneath The Massacre
10/3/2010 L’Imperial – Quebec, QC w/ The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Arkaik
DIVINITY’s latest full-length The Singularity was released by Candlelight Records in North America this past August. The impressive nine-track album flows through all sorts of metal territories, fusing technical death metal with progressive metal elements into an undeniably infectious blend of brilliance and brutality. The Singularity recently won an Alberta Metal Award for album of the year on Pitch Black Magazine’s site: http://pitchblack.ca/2010/08/01/alberta-metal-awards-nominees.
Canadian head bangers EVIL SURVIVES are pleased to premiere the music video for “Resist the Exorcism” from their forthcoming album, Powerkiller on Heavy Artillery Records. Delivering heavy metal in the proud tradition of such bands as Grim Reaper, Iron Maiden and Jag Panzer, Powerkiller hits store shelves worldwide on October 12th. Watch “Resist the Exorcism” at the Official Heavy Artillery YouTube profile:
In 2008 EVIL SURVIVES unleashed their debut full length album Metal Vengeance. After touring in support of their debut and on the heels of a growing renown, EVIL SURVIVES were right back in studio by the end of 2009 to record their second full length album, entitled Powerkiller. Mixed entirely in analog, Powerkiller delivers over 40 minutes of driving NWOBHM worship and is scheduled for release by Heavy Artillery Records on CD and Digital formats worldwide on October 12th 2010.
Catch EVIL SURVIVES on tour with label mates SPELLCASTER during the “Speedkiller” tour. Dates are as listed below:
October 6th Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
October 7th Portland, OR @ Plan B
October 8th Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
October 9th San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
October 10th Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
October 11th TBA
October 13th Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
October 14th Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
October 15th Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground
Powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) joined German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR on stage on September 18, 2010 at Progresja in Warsaw, Poland to perform the JUDAS PRIEST classic “Metal Gods”.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
Owens is being backed by the following musicians during his current European tour:
* Andy Boss (PAUL DI’ANNO, ABSOLUTE STEEL) – Guitar
* Jon Vegard (PAUL DI’ANNO) – Guitar
* Are Gogstad (PAUL DI’ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL) – Bass
* Rick Hagan (PAUL DI’ANNO, QUEENSTREET, ABSOLUTE STEEL, 21ST CENTURY ROX) – Drums
“Play My Game”, the first solo album from Owens, landed at position No. 66 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. The CD was released via SPV/Steamhammer. The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (BEYOND FEAR, RINGWORM).
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”. Frontiers Records issued the two products separately and as a limited-edition combo on June 22 in the USA. The DVD is filled with an abundance of extra materials, such as an entire bootleg section with funny moments on the road, bootleg footage from various festival appearances and other concerts, all of PRIMAL FEAR’s most recent promotional videos, plus the making-of footage for “16.6” and a brand new interview section about the past, present and future of PRIMAL FEAR.
German a capella metal band VAN CANTO have released a video for their track ‘Magic Taborea’, which can be seen below.
The track is lifted from the band’s Tribe Of Force album, which features the following tracklisting:
‘To Sing a Metal Song’
‘One To Ten’ (featuring RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski)
‘I Am Human’
‘Rebellion’ (GRAVE DIGGER cover featuring Chris Boltendahl)
‘Last Night Of The Kings’
‘Tribe Of Force’
‘Water. Fire. Heaven. Earth.’
‘Master of Puppets’ (METALLICA cover)
‘Hearted’ (featuring SONATA ARCTICA vocalist Tony Kakko)
Special pre show meet and greet VIP tickets are onsale now as well , and with this you get a preshow meet and greet , a t-shirt and a customized poster made for the show to be signed by the band and as an ADDED BONUS FOR LOS ANGELES ……….. a VIP ticket will also guarantee you a spot in the pit at the Wiltern show.
MONSTER FEST 2010 – Monster Fest is the biggest one-day annual Rock & Metal Festival to hit Merced County and it is growing every year with 1500 in attendance expected. For the First time since the Monster Fest journey began, we have added an international artist featuring legendary guitar player “George Lynch” (Dokken) and the “Lynch Mob”. Along with “George Lynch” are Damage Inc. (tribute to early Metallica), Izzy Ozborne (salute to Ozzy) plus 30 other bands on 6 stages indoor and outdoor presenting some of the best original cover, tribute, rock and metal bands this side of the Sierra’s. Plus, this year new rock genres have been added such as Punk Rock and Christian Rock. Sponsored by Merced Honda, Budweiser, Clear, Bad Boys Audio, Sfarzo Guitar Strings, Quality Inn and Garza Tire in Winton.
About George Lynch: George Lynch is a hard rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken and his own band Lynch Mob. Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in the small town of Auburn, California. Great White guitarist Mark Kendall claims George started two-hand tapping before Eddie Van Halen did. George Lynch (born September 28, 1954) is a hard rock guitarist best known as a member of the band Dokken, his own bands Lynch Mob and Souls Of We.
This all age event brings great music, retail and display booths, good food and beverages for all, including those 21 and older plus some fun activities as well. It all begins Saturday October 2nd, 2010 at the Merced County Fairgrounds in Merced Ca.
Gates open at 3:00pm – Show starts at 3:30pm till 12:00am.
For more information:
Merced County Fairgrounds
900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Merced, California 95341 mercedcountyfair.com
$20 pre-sale $25 Door
Blackened death collective VALDUR, who dwell within thesmall town of Mammoth Lakes, California located high within the Sierra Mountain Range and feature current and former members of Plutocracy, Weverin and Endless Blizzard, unleashed their long-awaited full-length Raven God Amongst Us upon unsuspecting masses earlier this summer. Featuring nine tracks of sonic decay, the self-financed long player was recorded at Trench Studios and released via drummer Sxuperion’s own BloodyMountain Records.
Check out the band’s recent video for “Vicious Existence,” by following: http://tinyurl.com/3ypn622. All visuals were taken by Sxuperion within the Mammoth Lakes area (except for the tree photo at beginning, by Scot/Tarna).
In related news, the band will be performing a special release show tonight with fellow black metal horde LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH in Mammoth Lakes.
LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH/VALDUR Friday – September 24, 2010
6201 Minaret Rd # 200
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Check out the show flyer HERE.
Swedish death metal masters NOMINON will be broadcast on Texas Metal Syndicate TV tonight at 11:00 PM Central Standard Time. The show, which will feature footage from NOMINON’s recent North American tour, can be seen throughout the Houston, TX area on the following stations:
Expect nothing but brutality as one of Swedish death metal’s finest invades your living room this weekend. Tomorrow night’s show, which airs at 10:00 PM Central Standard Time, will feature BUTCHERED SAINT. Visit www.TexasMetalSyndicate.com for details.