Interview with Dave Ingram, Vocalist of Hail of Bullets

June 14th, 2016
by Infamous Butcher

Interview with Dave Ingram, Vocalist of Hail of Bullets

June 13, 2016

Interview by InfamousButcher

 
Dave Ingram

All extreme metal fans are familiar with the work of Dave Ingram. The vocalist fronted Benediction during their heyday in the 90’s, growling his way through classic albums like THE GRAND LEVELLER and TRANSCEND THE RUBICON. He also had a memorable turn in Bolt Thrower on HONOUR, VALOUR, PRIDE and has been involved with numerous other projects. Most recently he joined Hail of Bullets as their new singer. I was lucky enough to witness their mind-blowing performance at Maryland DeathFest XIV last month with Dave at the helm for the first time! Let me tell you, I’ve seen a lot of shit, and this was one for the ages! I did have the pleasure of meeting Dave at MDF, but due to timing we ended up conducting the interview remotely.

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“METAL MELTDOWN” New Series Of Four Concert DVDs Set To Launch With July 22 Release Of ‘Metal Meltdown – Featuring Twisted Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino – Las Vegas’

June 13th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The first “Metal Meltdown” concert series event kicked off at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on May 30, 2015. Legendary, multi-Platinum selling rockers Twisted Sister performed an explosive 90-minute concert of their biggest hits spanning their 40-year career. The show was dedicated to the honor of Twisted Sister’s iconic drummer, A.J. Pero, whose tragic, sudden death just two months prior to the filming of this event shocked the music world. The band announced that not only were all the remaining concerts being performed in 2015 dedicated to the memory of A.J. Pero, but that 2016 would mark the 40th and final year of the band’s legendary live performances. They recruited renowned drummer and friend of A.J. Pero, Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) to take the reins, and his very first Twisted Sister appearance was captured by the “Metal Meltdown” camera crew.

Twisted Sister fans will now get to witness that special concert produced by the award-winning production company, Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records. Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), METAL MELTDOWN – FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO – LAS VEGAS features that complete concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band’s 40-year ride from local club outcasts to world domination with exclusive interviews, archive footage from the ‘80s, photo gallery. It was mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. Set for release July 22, the retail package includes both BluRay and DVD formats as well as an audio CD.

As Twisted Sister guitarist JayJay French explains, “The decision to continue performing all the summer shows in 2015, not to mention the concert that this performance celebrates, was in jeopardy over the days immediately following A.J.’s sudden death. We needed time to re-group and re-focus. Everyone was great. All the promoters of the huge European summer festivals that we were set to headline and Barry, the producer of this concert said, ‘We understand. You all (meaning the band) have to do what makes you comfortable. Whatever the band decides has to be honored and respected.’

“In the end, I believe we did what A.J. would have wanted us to do and Mike Portnoy was a very big part of that decision in both an emotional and artistic way. This performance captured herein just two months after A.J.’s death really was about our way to help memorialize the great A.J. Pero. The front four (Dee, Eddie, Mark and I) have had no one but A.J. behind us since 1982. This concert has A.J.’s influence permeating through our bloodstream in ways that I will never forget and when we cut to A.J.’s drum solo on the rear projection screen, We were all emotionally overwhelmed. Not since our reunion for NY Steel in 2001 (to honor and raise money for the families of the NYC police and fire department who died on 9/11) have I been moved to tears.”

Award-winning producer Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media commented, “Twisted Sister was the first live club band I ever saw in 1979 at Emmett’s Inn in New Jersey, and they literally blew my mind. We actually revisited Emmett’s and filmed a scene for the Rockshow documentary. It has been a real dream come true to produce this amazing concert film for such an iconic and influential band. The tribute to A.J. Pero makes this film that much more special. We’re excited to give the fans the highest quality concert film and live recordings ever released in the year of Twisted Sister’s final farewell.”

Other bands filmed in Las Vegas as part of the “Metal Meltdown” include Extreme, Skid Row and Great White. Stay tuned for details on those releases.

Here’s the complete song listing of METAL MELTDOWN – FEATURING TWISTED SISTER LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO – LAS VEGAS:

1. What You Don’t Know
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Stay Hungry
4. The Beast
5. Shoot ‘Em Down
6. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
7. I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll
8. Under The Blade
9. I Am (I’m Me)
10. We’re Not Gonna Take It
11. The Fire Still Burns
12. The Price
13.  Burn In Hell
14.  A.J. Pero Tribute
15. I Wanna Rock
16. Come Out and Play
17.  S.M.F.

About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label whose mission is to provide a true partnership between artists and their label. Loud & Proud’s roster of releases is a diverse collection of established and developing artists. Notably, the label’s longstanding relationship with Lynyrd Skynyrd has yielded releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant (featuring brothers Johnny and Donnie); The Rossingtons (Gary & Dale Rossington), and Blackfoot (featuring Rickey Medlocke). The label also represents recordings by rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; emerging Nashville roots/blues artists The Delta Saints; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winners Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winner Rick Springfield; five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; jam scene favorites The String Cheese Incident; powerhouse rockers KIX and more. Labels under Lipsky’s direction in the past (CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records) released such prominent artists as Rush, Neil Young, Robert Plant, KISS, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and more. Loud & Proud Records is distributed worldwide by ADA, a Warner Music Company and is marketed outside North America by International Solutions.

About Rock Fuel Media:
Rock Fuel Media is an award-winning, full-service film and television production company specializing in multimedia content distribution. Rock Fuel Media’s goal is to build entertainment brands, engage audiences and boost revenues for its partners. Their team has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists, including Guns N’ Roses, The Smashing Pumpkins. The Beach Boys, Korn, The Doors, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Hank Williams Jr., 3 Doors Down, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Skid Row, and Great White. They produce 2D/3D and 4K live entertainment programming and provide a cloud-based, multi-channel content distribution platform for the shows they produce and distribute. They use a proprietary production process and secured content delivery network specially designed to engage audiences, build brands and boost revenues for their partners.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada – Winner Selected

June 12th, 2016
by EvilG

Thank you Canada! Bands, Judges, Sponsors, Media Partners, Fans for an amazing 2016 Edition and Finals!

Congratulations to Profaner who will be representing our country at the international battle at Wacken Open Air \m/\m/

ONE BAND TO RULE THEM ALL!
https://www.facebook.com/profaner/

Congratulations to Profaner

Congratulations to Profaner

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BLOODSTOCK confirms more bands!

June 12th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team
BLOODSTOCK festival has announced another batch of bands for August’s event at Catton Park, England!

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Rock Legend ALICE COOPER to Headline at ROCK CARNIVAL 2016

June 10th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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As recently announced, the annual ROCK CARNIVAL is back for its second year – taking place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.

As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course… the best in local, national and international rock music performances! This year’s event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children’s fun zone. This is a weekend of big fun for the whole family!

ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce even more stellar talent performing at this year’s show. In addition to Saturday headliners and heavy metal legends Twisted Sister performing their can’t-miss official tri-state farewell show, fans will enjoy a legendary Friday headline performance from none other than the original shock rocker himself, Alice Cooper.

Pop culture icon Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. With a schedule that includes six months each year on the road, Alice Cooper brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where CNN can present real life shocking images. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards. As he heads back out on the concert trail each year, Cooper insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for such side projects as Cooper’stown (his Phoenix-based restaurant/sports bar) and his “Nights With Alice Cooper” nightly radio show, syndicated domestically and worldwide on over 100 stations.

In addition to Alice Cooper, other newly announced artists include Clutch, Blue Oyster Cult, Zakk Sabbath, Cycle of Pain, Zebra, Jackyl, Shaman’s Harvest and KYNG. These artists join previously announced ROCK CARNIVAL 2016 artists   Overkill, Ace Frehley, Monster Magnet, Fuel, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Dokken, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Four By Fate, Killcode, Jester and American Angel. Even more ROCK CARNIVAL performances will be announced soon, with Sunday’s performance line-up being announced via 95.9 the WRAT on Tuesday, July 5!

Music will take place on multiple stages including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field.  Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.

This year’s festivities will also include a brand new “Classic” Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Voyage will perform a tribute to Journey, Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, and Zakk Sabbath – featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) – will perform Black Sabbath classics.

Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year’s ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Carnival entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access.

Single Day, VIP Packages and Skybox Meet & Greet’s, powered by SoundRink, are on sale beginning today. Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.

More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://therockcarnival.com/.

The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud.

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Diviner – band leader/singer Yiannis Papanikolaou

June 10th, 2016
by Anders Sandvall

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Band leader/singer Yiannis Papanikolaou- Diviner

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Ulterium Records for setting up the interview
Thanks to Ulterium Records for the promo pictures of the band.

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The Greek heavy metal act Diviner released their debut album FALLEN EMPIRES last year and since I thought the album was great I hooked up with one of the band’s leaders, singer Yiannis Papanikolaou, to learn a bit more about them. The band is jammed with experienced and skilled musicians like guitarist Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) and drummer Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish). Innerwish is one of the biggest metal acts from Greece and Yiannis was also a member of that band before joining Diviner. Besides Diviner this busy man also leads and fronts the Dio cover act Rock N Roll Children, whom we discussed during our interview. To learn more about Greek heavy metal lean back and enjoy…

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MOTÖRHEAD MUSIC Kicks Off – Motörhead’s Very Own Label Launches Several New 2016 Releases

June 9th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Several years ago, MOTÖRHEAD (together with UDR Music) formed their own label called Motörhead Music. Lemmy and the boys were concerned about where the support was for rock’n’roll bands trying to get a leg up, so they decided forming their own label would be the way to help.

They wanted bands to have access to everything they enjoyed, from production to studios to marketing to distribution – the full monty. They even wanted their management, Singerman Entertainment, and their booking agents to be involved in helping talent get a chance to shine in the public eye.

In 2014, the band finally chose a few bands to support, with Lemmy insistent that Budderside and Others be on the inaugural Motörboat and that Barb Wire Dolls also receive the full support of Motörhead Music and its staff. Now all three will lead the charge for Motörhead Music in 2016.

Motörhead Music will continue to follow the mission statement as laid down by Lemmy and the boys.  So if you want to support raw, exciting rock’n’roll, punk and whatever music is on the label, come one, come all.  If not, don’t let the door hit yer arse on the way out.

One more thing – Motörhead Music would like fans to pay close attention to UDR Music artist Seek Irony, who they feel are completely different from anything you’ve heard and deserve your attention! Follow Seek Irony at the links below.

Motörhead Music online:
www.motorheadmusic.com
www.facebook.com/motorheadmusicofficial/
www.udr-music.com

BARB WIRE DOLLS
NEW ALBUM: Desperate
OUT: July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music
https://www.facebook.com/barbwiredolls/
https://twitter.com/barbwiredolls
https://www.instagram.com/barbwiredolls
https://www.youtube.com/BarbWireDolls

BUDDERSIDE
NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
OUT: July 29, 2016 via Motörhead Music
http://www.budderside.com/
https://www.facebook.com/budderside/
https://twitter.com/budderside
https://www.instagram.com/budderside/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrWzaiGCa24lFi0WcmnQycw

OTHERS
New Release Information Coming Soon!
https://www.facebook.com/officialothers/
http://othersofficial.com/

SEEK IRONY
NEW ALBUM: Tech N’ Roll
OUT: July 29, 2016 via UDR Music
http://www.seekirony.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SeekIrony/

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JACKYL To Release 8th Studio Album ROWYCO On August 5th

June 9th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Jackyl has announced that their brand new album, ‘ROWYCO,’ will be released on August 5th via Mighty Loud Records. ‘ROWYCO’ (let us know when you figure this one out!) is the FATTEST sounding record to date for the band. “This will be an exciting year,” predicts lead singer Jesse James Dupree. “With the album’s release timing perfectly with the grand opening of the Full Throttle Saloon, in Sturgis, South Dakota. The original location burned to the ground last year AND they are building back bigger and better than ever.”

The Full Throttle Saloon enjoyed a 6 year run of a hit reality television show of the same name, which documented owner Michael Ballard and Jesse’s struggles to get the bar up, running and profitable during the world’s largest motorcycle rally.

The first single off of ‘ROWYCO,’ “Rally,” is the perfect song to kick off summer, as it’s time to rally for ROCK! “There is not a better song than ‘Rally’ to set the pace for an incredible summer 2016,” exclaims Jesse. So crank that bitch up!” To hear the new single and to pre-order the album, visit the following links:

“Rally”:     https://soundcloud.com/user-922058585/sets/rally-lead-single-from-rowyco/s-FUflP

Amazon:     http://tinyurl.com/amazonROWYCO

iTunes:     http://tinyurl.com/itunesROWYCO

And as far as the album as a whole, “It’s a Jackyl record at its core, but there are some tracks, lyrically, that I went a little deeper on a personal level with some things I had going on at the time. It is the thickest sounding production that we have ever recorded. It’s just a huge slice of rock. ‘ROWYCO’ is a very diverse album and every track has its purpose.”

And with Jesse and co. set to continue their latest tour on June 8th in Pennsylvania, this is shaping up to be the summer of Jackyl!

‘ROWYCO’ Tracklist:

“Disasterpiece”
“Rally”
“All Night Rodeo”
“Ahead of My Time”
“Just Because I’m Drunk”
“Everyone’s A Winner”
“Crazy”
“Hammer To The Head”
“Limpdick”
“Blast Off”

JACKYL Tour Dates:

6/8/2016      Sharon, PA               Quaker Steak & Lube
6/10/2016    Rothbury, MI             Sandy Corley Memorial Run @ Double JJ Resort
6/11/2016    Fond Du Lac, WI        Walleye Weekend @ Lakeside Park
6/17/2016    Stroudsburg, PA         Sherman Theater
6/18/2016    Loudon, NH               New Hampshire Motor Speedway / Loudon Classic
6/19/2016    Portland, ME              Asylum
6/24/2016    Mount Vernon, OH     Legends Sports Bar
6/25/2016    Johnstown, PA           Thunder in the Valley @ Peoples Natural Gas Park
6/26/2016    Baltimore, MD           Baltimore Soundstage
7/1/2016        Simpsonville, SC      INDEPENDENCE SLAM
7/2/2016        Scott City, MO         Great River Rally at Lawless Harley Davidson
7/13/2016    Erie, PA                    Roar on the Shore
7/15/2016    Mineral Wells, WV      WV Interstate Fair
7/16/2016    Marion, IN                 Brandt’s I-69 Harley Davidson
7/22/2016    Pompano Beach, FL    Pompano Beach Ampitheatre
7/23/2016    Comstock, NE            Comstock is Back Festival at 2nd Wind Ranch
7/29/2016    Van Wert, OH            Wetzelland 30th Anniversary Motorcycle Rally
7/30/2016    New Albany, IN          The Backyard
8/19/2016    Milford, IA                 Boji Bay Fun Pavillion
9/1/2016        Oklahoma City, OK   Diamond Ballroom
9/2/2016        Manhattan, KS         RC McGraw’s
9/3/2016        Clear Lake, IA          The Surf Ballroom
9/6/2016        Minot, ND                The O’Riginal Bar & Nightclub
9/9/2016        Hinckley, MN            Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre
9/17/2016    Sunrise Beach, MO      Picklehead’s Roadhouse
11/25/2016    Indianapolis, IN         8 Second Saloon

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION,  PLEASE VISIT:
www.jackyl.com
facebook.com/OfficialJackyl

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SEX PISTOLS Set To Release ‘Live’ Set This Summer

June 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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On 19th August Universal Music Catalogue will release 4CD and 4LP sets of Sex Pistols – Live ’76. The collection comprises four revolutionary live recordings – all officially sanctioned by the Sex Pistols and professionally mastered at Abbey Rd Studios and released in full for the first time.

Sex Pistols Live '76 4 CD / LP box set

Disc one features the truly legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester concert, which took place on 4th June, 1976, arguably one of the most important music concerts ever. Set up by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto (who were inspired to form Buzzcocks after travelling to Welwyn Garden City to watch the Pistols), the show was witnessed by people including future Joy Division/New Order members, Morrissey, Mark E. Smith (The Fall) and Tony Wilson, the concert changed the course of music history, with the Pistols inspiring a generation of musical mavericks.

Closer to the band’s London roots, the second disc comprises the ‘Midnight Special’ concert, which was recorded on 29th August, 1976 at Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cult cinema screenings. This famous gig saw the Pistols supported by The Clash and Buzzcocks. Legend has it that journalists and record company staff attempting to gain entry were reported to have been barred entry.

Disc three is the live show that took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison on 17th September 1976. Of the four recordings that make up this collection, this was the only one ‘officially’ recorded on 4 track ¼ inch tape, by the band’s live soundman Dave Goodman. Reportedly the idea of the band’s manager Malcolm McLaren, who claimed it was part of his strategy to have the band play more interesting, unusual non rock ‘n’ roll places, no doubt in an attempt to create controversy. John Rotten Lydon rose to the occasion by being his provocative best, as can be heard on the between songs banter.

The collection is completed with a concert that originally made its way around as a fans bootleg, recorded on 25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent. Officially released in full for the first time.

Sex Pistols – Live ’76 is the first time all four of these concerts have been collected together in sequence. It will be available on 4CD and 4LP sets (as well as digital download). It features related photographs and an original facsimile Sex Pistols Glitterbest press kit from the era.

The Sex Pistols are one of the most important British bands ever. Although they remain the band that defined punk (a term they still reject), they were also a great band who made great records. Considering they only released one album and four singles, their influence and legacy has reached every corner of the planet. Contrary to the myth of them not being able to play, they were fantastic rock’n’roll musicians, fronted by one of the most unique and distinctive-sounding frontmen ever, not to mention one of the most inspiring and greatest lyricists.

Vocals: John Rotten
Guitar: Steve Jones
Drums: Paul Cook
Bass: Glen Matlock

Sex Pistols – Live ’76 tracklists:

CD1
4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester
1. Did You No Wrong
2. No Lip
3. Seventeen
4. Stepping Stone
5. New York
6. Whatcha Gonna Do About It
7. Submission
8. Satellite
9. No Feelings
10. No Fun
11. Substitute
12. Pretty Vacant
13. Problems

CD2
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington
1. Anarchy in the UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
7. Satellite
8. Submission
9. Liar
10. No Feelings
11. Substitute
12. Pretty Vacant
13. Problems
14. Did You No Wrong
15. No Fun

CD3
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford
1. Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
7. Satellite
8. Submission
9. Liar
10. No Feelings (incomplete)
11. Substitute
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
14. Problems
15. Anarchy in the UK (encore)
16. Did You Know Wrong

CD4
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent
1. Anarchy In The UK
2. I Wanna Be Me
3. Seventeen
4. New York
5. No Lip
6. Stepping Stone
7. Satellite
8. Submission
9. Liar
10. Substitute
11. No Feelings
12. No Fun
13. Pretty Vacant
14. Problems

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Blind Guardian @ The Forum, London

June 7th, 2016
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Blind Guardian + Gloryhammer

@ The Forum, London

22nd May 2016

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Graham Hilling

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KISS ROCKS VEGAS Live On PPV – Starting June 14, 2016

June 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

In November 2014 a helicopter landed at the infamous Hard Rock Hotel as KISS invaded Las Vegas for an historic nine-show run. Now, fans will be able to experience this spectacular night for themselves in their own homes as ‘KISS Rocks Vegas’ hits PPV in North America – available via cable, satellite, and online. From this blistering live show, fans can expect sky-high flames, ear-bursting volume and a few drops of blood!

As America’s #1 Gold Record Award winning group of all time, and that’s in every category, KISS can easily be named one of rock’s most influential bands. The Rock N Roll Hall of Famers have released 44 albums and sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.  Additionally, KISS were recently honoured by their peers, having received the illustrious ASCAP Founders Award in 2015.

Paul Stanley (KISS lead Vocals, rhythm guitar)
“See us from the comfort of your couch with the awesome power of surround sound. Feel like you are in Vegas and don’t be shy. ‘Shout it out loud”!

Gene Simmons (KISS Vocals, bass guitar)
“Join us for a “Crazy Crazy Night’!”

Over the course of 40 years, KISS’ record-breaking global tours have brought them to fans around the world. The band kicked off their recent world tour with 5 headlining shows in Japan and a #1 single in 2014 “Samurai Son” with Japanese pop group, Momoiro Clover Z.  Their 40th Anniversary World tour also rocked North America, South America and Australia.  Furthermore, once a year the “KISS Army” becomes the “KISS Navy” as fans from across the globe board the KISS Kruise (2016 year will mark their 6th voyage).

KISS teamed up with Warner Brothers in 2014 to create the well-received original movie ScoobyDoo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery. Other high-profile appearances have included the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, Rockin’ The Corps concert, a FOX alliance with KISS appearing in multiple episodes of Family Guy, plus two special guest performances on American Idol finales.

KISS has been featured in major advertising and marketing campaigns for John Varvatos, Google Play, Hello Kitty— even appearing in a Dr. Pepper Super Bowl commercial and advertising campaign in support of their Hottest Show On Earth tour. This year represents the 3rd season of the LA KISS Arena Football League team bringing professional football back to Los Angeles.  KISS founding band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have also entered the culinary world by opening a string of successful restaurants aptly named Rock & Brews.

KISS is dedicated to numerous Veterans Organizations including: The Wounded Warriors Project, The USO, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hire A Hero” program, The Legacy Organization in Australia, Help for Heroes United Kingdom and The Dr. Pepper Snapple Groups Wounded Warriors Support Foundations
For more information, visit www.KissOnline.com

For more information and to purchase digital PPV go to Kissonline.com or check your local cable provider for more info.

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Interview with Terji of Tyr

June 5th, 2016
by J P

Interview with Terji of Tyr 

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VÖRGUS to reveal artwork, tracklist and FIRST song “Sado Zombies” online

June 5th, 2016
by EvilG

Swedish filthiest & dirtiest bastards Mikke Killalot (Drums), Belze Bo (Bass & Vox), Straight G (Guitars) a.k.a. VÖRGUS reveal now the artwork for the upcoming album “White Trash Hellraisers” to be out in September on INFERNO Records and available as a first limited digipack edition CD and as a limited cassette edition!

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Epica – The Holographic Principle – Sep. 30

June 4th, 2016
by EvilG

Holland’s greatest symphonic metal band, EPICA, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principle. Once again it’ll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records on September 30!  The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann (www.heilemania.de).

The band commented:
“Our highly anticipated seventh studio album is a fact.  The Holographic Principle feels to us like a true treasure, created by us all with blood, sweat and tears of joy. In the past year we have worked very hard to write and record this special album. We are all very eager to share it with you! Join us on our new musical journey.”

To celebrate the release of EPICA’s brand-new record fittingly, the band will be playing on their own Epic Metal Fest at the 013 in Tilburg, NL on Saturday, October 1st. They invited KATATONIA, their label mates FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and (also landsmen) TEXTURES to take part in this special event. Additionally, STREAM OF PASSION, THE AGONIST, MAYAN, MYRATH, EVIL INVADERS and last but not least OFF THE CROSS will be attending EPICA’s release show. On Saturday 15th October the Brazilian edition of Epic Metal Fest will take place in Sao Paulo. PARADISE LOST, FINNTROLL, XANDRIA and THE OCEAN will join EPICA for this first edition.

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VICIOUS RUMORS To Release New Album Concussion Protocol August 26th on SPV/Steamhammer

June 4th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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VICIOUS RUMORS Concussion Protocol proves yet again … as pioneers of power metal, they remain driven to consistently innovate and forge new paths into ever-expanding musical territory. Known worldwide for their high-energy shows and top quality musicianship … VICIOUS RUMORS is perhaps the most versatile band of the heavy metal genre.

Their debut releases on Shrapnel Records, Soldiers of The Night (which was also the full length recording debut of metal guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore) and Digital Dictator – are unanimously considered to be full-on metal classics, by both fans and reviewers worldwide. Vicious Rumors three subsequent releases on Atlantic Records (and the companion MTV videos, which landed in regular rotation on ´Headbanger’s Ball`) served to cement their reputations in heavy metal music history. Countless tours, eleven studio and three live albums later – it is now well beyond question that the band will never fail to deliver a relentless, driving energy and commitment to excellence. Their major festival appearances at events like Bang Your Head, Rock Hard and Wacken Open Air over the years have left no doubt – this is a band who is not satisfied to simply rest on their laurels.

The stage is now set, and Aug 26th 2016 is the date to mark on your calendar – the worldwide unveiling of what will no doubt be remembered as a milestone release for both the band and the genre, Concussion Protocol.  Not simply a “return to form” , the production team of Juan Uteaga (Testament) and band leader Geoff Thorpe has been solidifying their working relationship for the past ten years, and has deftly zeroed in on the new strengths of a fully re-vitalized band – that now features newcomer Nick Holleman on vocals, Tilen Hudrap on bass and Thaen Rasmussen on guitar … alongside veteran guitarist Geoff Thorpe and drummer Larry Howe … as well as  guest appearances by some long time Vicious Rumors friends: guitarists Steve Smyth and Brad Gillis .

Consider yourself forewarned – Concussion Protocol will simultaneously explode out of the gate with the passion & fire of a newly galvanized band – and the maturity in writing and performances that can only come from the most seasoned metal outfits. The songs run the gamut: the melodic power of ´Take It Or Leave It`, the brutality of ´1000 Years`, and the haunting ´Circle Of Secrets` will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride of pure, unadulterated, cutting-edge metal adventure – and will demonstrate yet again – Vicious Rumors will place no limits on their creative inspirations. Of course, true to form – there`s the shredding guitar solos, melodic and powerful vocals, double bass drum thunder, bass guitar madness, and the thought provoking songs that are all part of the historical band sound – yet somehow, amazingly – Vicious Rumors still expertly traverses both known and yet unknown metal territory.

“Concussion Protocol” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th, 2016 as a digipak version (incl.poster), 2LP gatefold red vinyl edition and download.

Track Listing:

1. Concussion Protocol 4:56
2. Chemical Slaves 05:50
3. Victims Of A Digital World 04:13
4. Chasing The Priest 04:13
5. Last Of Our Kind 03:56
6. 1000 Years 03:39
7. Circle Of Secrets 05:04
8. Take It Or Leave It 03:23
9. Bastards 04:40
10. Every Blessing Is A Curse 04:14
11. Life For A Life 06:11

For More Info Visit:
http://www.viciousrumors.com
https://www.facebook.com/ViciousRumorsThisIsMetal
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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