San Diego long time Heavy Metal die-hards CAGE have announced their spring, 2017 European tour dates. Celebrating over 25 years of touring and 7 albums, CAGE embarks on their most extensive European tour yet venturing into new Countries for the first time like ISRAEL, CYPRUS, SWEDEN, DENMARK, SPAIN, PORTUGAL and FRANCE. CAGE’s tour promo video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/csLbv46zTkQ
“We are fired up to be playing for our fans in these new places that we have not reached yet.” Says Guitarist David Garcia. “We have heard the cries for the CAGE for years from these places and now we finally get to play at a time when the band is at its’ peak performance. Our lineup now is just incredible from both the technical and visual performance standpoint. The guys really bring it every night!”
March 29 Tel Aviv – Papaito, ISR
March 31 Nicosia – Exantas Love, CYP
April 01 Athens – Modu, GR
April 02 Tehssaloniki – Eight Ball, GR
April 06 Lenzburg – Met Bat* w/ Emerald, CH
April 07 Innsbruck – Livestage*, AT
April 08 Oberürsel – Taunus Metal Fest*, DE
April 09 Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest*, BE
April 10 Moers – Dschungel Club*, DE
April 12 Eindhoven – The Jack* w/ Lord Volture, NL
April 13 Hamburg – Bambi Galore*, DE
April 14 Copenhagen – Lygten*, DK
April 15 Trollhattan – Backstage Rock Bar*, SE
April 16 Helsingborg – Rockbaten*, SE
April 20 Geleen – De Meister*, NL
April 21 Pageny – Chez Paulette w/ Lonewolf, FR
April 22 Maubeuge – Luna Fest, FR
April 23 Paris – L’Space B w/ Hurlement, FR
April 26 Madrid – Sala Barracudas**, ES
April 27 Lisbon – RCA**, ES
April 28 Jaen – Pista Poliderotiva**, ES
April 29 Valencia – Sala Paberse Matao**, ES
April 30 Euskadi – tba**, ES
* with Guilty As Charged
** with Lorraine Cross
CAGE will perform an extended set each night with songs from all 7 of their award winning albums including their latest concept record ANCIENT EVIL. The band will be rotating songs throughout the tour so each night will be a different and unique show. CAGE will also hold a free meet and greet after every performance as they have done their entire career.
“Performing is the most fun part of the whole process but a close second is meeting all the killer metal heads after the show and getting to know new friends or reconnect with our long time ones. We look forward to meeting all of you!” says singer Sean Peck.
CAGE will be supported by Belgium thrashers GUILTY AS CHARGED for most of the tour and LORRAINE CROSS in Spain. CAGE will also be joined on various dates by good friends LONEWOLF, LORD VOLTURE, EMERALD, and HURLEMENT.
CAGE want to thanks TRF Booking Agency and ISP Technologies for their support on this glorious endeavor!
The British hard rock supergroup Snakecharmer was originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake/David Coverdale members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high calibre musicians including Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, MAGNUM), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne), and Chris Ousey (Heartland).
The band’s debut self-titled album was released in 2013 and musically the record showed a finely crafted hard rock style mixed with blues and melodic overtones, akin to Micky and Neil’s former band and Bad Company, with hints of early Foreigner as well.
Snakecharmer played live shows regularly in support of the album’s release and built a solid fanbase in the UK and Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar. Simon was hailed “among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” by Guitarist Magazine and has built up an impressive resume playing with outstanding rock, soul, and blues artists.
“Second Skin” is the hotly anticipated second effort from Snakecharmer and brings the listener straight back to the good old days of real rock n’ roll played with heart and soul. Slightly harder edged compared to the debut, but with roots still firmly planted in the classic hard rock vibe with a hint of late ’70s AOR, this new record sounds fresh and crisp.
Bassist Neil Murray says “It’s been a rather long journey, but finally I’m very pleased to announce that Snakecharmer are soon to release our new album, Second Skin. The band has now found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the Snakecharmer blues-rock distinctive trademarks. The band works in a very democratic and collaborative way, which means that sometimes there is a lot of discussion before decisions are finally made, and it was great to have a more objective viewpoint from producer Gary Stevenson, who also fired the band up with his ideas, enthusiasm and sonic skills. We can’t wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both Snakecharmer and Whitesnake, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride.”
Strong, passionate, rocking, and blues-laden, “Second Skin” is quality British hard rock at its very best!
1. Sounds Like A Plan
2. That Kind Of Love
3. Are You Ready To Fly
4. Follow Me Under
5. I’ll Take You As You Are
6. Hell Of A Way To Live
7. Fade Away
8. Dress It Up
9. Punching Above My Weight
10. Forgive & Forget
11. Where Do We Go From Here
Chris Ousey – vocals
Laurie Wisefield – guitar
Simon McBride – guitar
Adam Wakeman – keyboards
Neil Murray – bass
Harry James – drums
UK TOUR DATES:
May 05 Cardiff, The Globe
May 07 Bingley, Bingley Arts Centre
May 10 Hull, Fruit
May 12 Sheffield, The Plug
May 13 Tavistock, The Wharf
May 14 London, O2 Academy Islington
May 18 Glasgow, 02 ABC2
May 19 Newcastle upon Tyne, 02 Academy
May 20 Alva, Scotland
May 24 Preston, Guildhall
May 25 Milton Keynes, The Stables
May 26 Frome, Cheese And Grain
May 27 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Metal history gets an upgrade! The legendary first four classic albums by ACCEPT (“Accept”, “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker”, “Restless And Wild”) will be available as CD re-releases (in Digipak format) on April 14th.
These re-issues were compiled in close collaboration with original Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (official) (U.D.O./ DIRKSCHNEIDER). The booklets include the song’s lyrics, old photos from the archives and liner notes by Udo*; “I’m A Rebel”, “Breaker” and “Restless And Wild” in addition come with exclusive (live) bonus tracks, performed by Dirkschneider.
* The “Accept” album instead of written liner notes includes an audio-recorded interview with Udo in which he gives insight on the foundation of the band.
These “Platinum Edition” re-issues will only be available in North & South America, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Baltic Countries.
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of HAREM SCAREM’s highly anticipated 14th studio album, “United” on May 12th.
The new recording offers up 11 tracks of trademark Harem Scarem music from Harry Hess (lead vocals, keyboards), Pete Lesperance (guitars, bass, keyboards), long-time drummer Creighton Doane, and backing vocals from original sticksman Darren Smith (who will be playing live drums for the band on tour dates). The band is back and stronger than ever!
Frontman Harry Hess says: “This year will mark the 30th year of Harem Scarem and I can tell you that we are just as excited about writing and recording today as we were then. The brand new ” United ” album is one of the best collection of songs we have ever put on one release and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”
Harem Scarem make it clear they still have something to say right from the start with the title track, “United”, a chunky slice of guitar-driven melodic rock nirvana that kicks off their strongest studio outing since the early 00’s. From there, the album lifts off with well-crafted songs featuring big choruses with simple and addictive hook-laden earworms. Each track carries a power-rock-packed punch, swaggering riffs, and hooks to die for. Hess and Lesperance without a doubt show the world that their partnership still works, that they indeed are still “United”.
With sales well over a million records in 43 countries and 12 top 40 hits around the globe, 2017 will see Harem Scarem return and ready to dominate while touring the world in support of their 14th studio album, “United“!
“United” tracklisting includes:
2. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
4. Sinking Ship
5. One Of Life’s Mysteries
6. No Regrets
7. Bite The Bullet
8. Things I Know
9. The Sky Is Falling
10. Heaven And Earth
Harry Hess – lead vocals, guitar
Pete Lesperance – lead guitar
Stan Miczek – bass guitar
Creighton Doane – drums
Darren Smith – background vocals, live drummer
TOUR DATES (More to be announced soon)
– 30 September – The Music Hall, Oshawa, Canada
– 6 October – Norma Jeans, London, Canada
– 14 October – The Brass Moneky, Ottawa, Canada
– 20-22 October – Trent University, Nottingham (Rockingham Festival), UK
Conservation biologist Jukka Salmela of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland recently discovered a new insect species in his home country and while remembering Tuomas Holopainen‘s love for nature, he decided to name it “Sciophila holopaineni” after NIGHTWISH‘s keyboarder and songwriter. After the release of the band’s latest album Endless Forms Most Beautiful in 2015, Holopainen has been known as person being highly interested in evolution and the diversity of nature.
“I am very, very touched. This is the highest honour a nature nerd like me can receive”, Tuomas Holopainen commented after being contacted by Salmela, who asked for permission to name the insect after him.
So far, this particular fungus gnat has only been spotted in eastern Lapland, Finland, and lives in shadowy environments.
Timo Tolkki is a well known and highly revered musician with hundreds of thousand of fans across the world. Best known as the creative force, behind some 17 Stratovarius releases and a member of super groups such as Revolution Renaissance (members of Helloween, Edguy/Avantasia and Thunderstone) and Symfonia (members of Helloween, Sonata Arctica, Angra and Avantasia).
Timo is also highly regarded for his two Avalonalbums, where he really gathered the crème de la crème, of international metal talent including : Michael Kiske (Helloween, UnisonicAvantasia), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe, Kamelot), Rob Rock (Solo, Impelliterri, Avantasia),Russell Allen (Symphony X), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Dio, Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X, Solo) and Alex Holzwarth (Sieges Even, Rhapsody) to participate, receiving great commercial and popular acclaim.
In 2011, Guitar World magazine, included Tolkki in theall-time top 50 list of fastest guitar players in the worldas well as counting him among the 100 most influential ever!
Timo Tolkki in now embarking on a 2017 tour where he will be exclusively performing ‘Songs from his Career’ including Stratovarius favourites “Black Diamond” , “Hunting high and Low” , “Father Time” , “Against the Wind” … This “best of show” should bring back fond memories to all those who were there during Visions of Europe, but will also include a few deeper cuts for good measure..
Joining him on stage will be Keyboard playerMikko Harkin (ex Sonata Arctica, Symfonia) following their collaboration on Symphonia albums; Santtu Lehtiniemi on Bass, a highly skilled professional player and academic; Alex Landenburg (Rhapsody and many others) – one of the most exciting new drummers; and finally vocalist Mike Livas, well known for covering Angra and Queensryche. Timo handpicked Mike having discovered his faithful but also quite passionate renditions of some old Strato favourites.
THEM, the international theatrical heavy metal band have released their debut album “Sweet Hollow” in Japan via SPIRITUAL BEAST records.
Them – “Sweet Hollow” track listing:
2. Forever Burns
3. Down The Road To Misery
4. Ghost In The Graveyard
5. The Quiet Room
6. Dead of Night
8. The Crimson Corpse
9. Blood From Blood
10. The Harrowing Path To Hollow
12. When The Clock Struck Twelve
3 Bonus Tracks (1 alternate version of the intro Rebirth and 2 additional demo tracks)
Them Band Line-Up:
Mike LePond – Bass – (Symphony X)
Kevin Talley – Drums – (Suffocation)
Markus Ullrich – Guitars – (Lanfear)
Markus Johansson – Guitars – (Sylencer)
Richie Seibel – Keyboards – (Lanfear)
Troy Norr “KK Fossor” – Vocals – (Coldsteel)
THEM recently announced their first tour of 2017 which will take the band throughout Europe during May and followed by September / October dates with stops at metal festivals in Germany and Austria.
Vocalist Troy Norr “KK Fossor” has checked in with the following comment:
“In May 2017, THEM will tour various parts of Europe bringing their theatrical horror metal show to the masses for the first time. In full force first time out, THEM will perform their debut concept record “Sweet Hollow” in it’s entirety! Don’t miss the opportunity to see THEM perform live. Some critics have categorized THEM as a Heavy Metal Opera. See you in May 2017! “
12 – Live Music Hall – Mörlenbach-Weiher, Germany
13 – MTS – Oldenburg, Germany
18 – Bambi Galore – Hamburg, Germany
19 – Heavy Agger Festival – Agger, Denmark
20 – Roxy – Flensburg, Germany
21 – Little Devil – Tilburg, Netherlands
24 – Club RCA – Lisbon, Portugal
25 – Sala Gruta 77 – Madrid, Spain
26 – Sala Paberse Matao – Valencia, Spain
27 – C. C. Valdefierro – Zaragoza, Spain
28 – Salamandra 2 – Barcelona, Spain
29 – Night of the Banging Heads V – Frankenthal, Germany
30 – Harder Than Steel Festival – Dittigheim, Germany
1 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
20 – Mountains Of Madness – Innsbruck, Austria
For the latest Them news, visit their official website and Facebook page:
The following titles have reissued on CD digipak by Candlelight Records: Note: These are the CD’s , not the vinyl.
Emperor/Wrath Of The Tyrant (1992/1993)
In The Nightside Eclipse (with As Shadows Rise EP) (1994)
Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk (with Reverence EP) (1997)
IX Equilibrium (1999)
Emperial Live Ceremony (2000)
Prometheus:The Discipline Of Fire & Demise. (2001)
Live Inferno 2CD (2009)
Courtesy of the good people at Candlelight and Universal Music Canada we have a full set to give-away! If you want your chance to win a set of all seven (7) digipaks of this reissue campaign, you can enter METAL-RULES.COM contest DO YOU LIKE IT BLACK? We want these to go to a true Emperor fan so you must answer the following question.
Q: Who designed the Emperor logo?
A: Artist: Christophe Szpajdel
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered, the randomly selected winner is U. Lachance from Montreal. Congrats!
Vancouver’s West Of Hell is pleased to announce the dates of their upcoming Vengeance in Hell Tour, which will see them playing ten dates between Calgary and Vancouver in the company of fellow BC shredders Revenger. The Vancouver date will see West of Hell sharing the stage with Delain and Hammerfall.
West Of Hell’s all-star touring lineup will comprise frontman Chris “The Heathen” Valagao (Zimmer’s Hole), Jordan Kemp (Neck of the Woods), Sean Parkinson (Revenger), Bryan Newbury (Into Eternity, Untimely Demise), and guitarist Kris Schulz (Mechanism).
VENGEANCE IN HELL TOUR DATES
April 27 – Calgary, AB – Lord Nelson’s
April 28 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat
April 29 – Edmonton, AB – DV8
April 30 – Drumheller, AB – Neighbours Corner Pub
May 1 – Lethbridge, AB – The Smokehouse
May 2 – Banff, AB – TBA
May 3 – Revelstoke, BC – Big Eddy Pub
May 4 – Kelowna, BC – Munnin’s Post
May 5 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
May 6 – Abbotsford, BC – Brothers Bowling
Our hearts are broken, Pete Rossi, one of the best guitarist, and our brother has passed away today.
Reverence will honor him by keeping his music alive as we keep moving forward. May you RIP Pete. Our horns are up for you!!
West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release “Classic Live” via Rat Pak Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic Metal Church songs recorded live on their 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track; a powerful new studio version of “Fake Healer” that features a duet with Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre.
Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof; “This album not only commemorates the reunion between Mike and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It’s really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this”. Mike Howe adds “It’s an honor to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3 decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!”
On the subject of the “Fake Healer” duet with Todd, Mike Howe comments, “The idea came from the owner of our label Rat Pak Records (Joe). It was his idea to record this as a duet with Todd. It’s an amazing version and I think fans will be very surprised at how good it sounds!”
Queensryche singer Todd La Torre further comments, “Having been a fan of Metal Church since my early teens, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the great Mike Howe would re-join the band! Getting the opportunity to record a duet to the track Fake Healer was beyond amazing!”
Metal ChurchClassic Live is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including vinyl, signed CD’s and t-shirts and can be found at: www.ratpakrecords.com/metal-church
From Norway, in a city called Hell (Yes, it’s true. Google it.), comes a new
and epic metal project that will take you on a journey into the future.
Welcome to the world of Chontaraz.
The year is 2068 and people are suffering from The Great War, that
destroyed our world as we know it. But from the remains rises a prophecy.
Led by frontman Chontaraz himself and accompanied by his band of rogue
soldiers, he travels the world to preach his message to the people, a
message of hope. A message of perseverance.
Take the Norwegian aggression from Dimmu Borgir, the German industrial
grooves from Rammstein and the Swedish epic anthems of Sabaton, then
you’re starting to get a sense of what we’re dealing with here.
The debut album “Rondamauh” will be released March 24th. (Mighty Music)
and was produced by the legendary Daniel Bergstrand (Behemoth, In
2017 will see the band touring and playing European festivals. First
confirmed festival appearance is at Metal Days in Slovenia, Thursday 27
th. July on the second stage. Other bands confirmed are Marilyn Manson,
Opeth, Amon Amarth, Venom, Katatonia and more.