KISKE / SOMERVILLE “City of Heroes” to be released worldwide in April on Frontiers

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the anticipated new album from KISKE / SOMERVILLE entitled “City of Heroes” on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America.

KISKE / SOMERVILLE is the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) and this new recording is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the season in Rock music. Kiske’s soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda’s voice and this time the results are truly over the top.

This brilliant new album sees Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution “Breaking Neptune” from Sander Gommans formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, Doro etc.) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none.

The first KISKE / SOMERVILLE self-titled album instantly aroused enthusiasm in the rock and metal community. The two videos off the album -“If I Had a Wish” and “Silence” – amassed a total of approximately 3,000,000 plays to date, which means that these songs can legitimately be considered as nowadays Rock classics!

Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, Michigan whose catalogue of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera “AINA,” and has also been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and / or vocal coach for many bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA and KAMELOT, giving her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and many others.

Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German Metal Gods Helloween. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Place Vendome and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band Unisonic, together with his former Helloween bandmate Kai Hansen and began touring again after 17 years.

“City of Heroes” will be released in CD, Deluxe edition with a bonus DVD and 2Lp vinyl gatefold sleeve. Tracklisting includes: City of Heroes; Walk on Water; Rising Up; Salvation; Lights Out; Breaking Neptune; Ocean of Tears; Open Your Eyes; Last Goodbye; After The Night Is Over; Run With a Dream; Right Now.

DVD includes: City of Heroes (video); Walk on Water (video); “Making of” documentary

An album trailer can be enjoyed following this link: http://youtu.be/8szKlcp3VP8

Musicians
Lead & Backing Vocals by Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass & Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova

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LA WEEKLY Premieres ‘Immortal Randy Rhoads’ All-Star Tribute Cover of “Mr. Crowley”

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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UDR Music will release Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute and its accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) on March 3, 2015. This highly-anticipated compilation of cover tracks – which feature an incredible gathering of renowned heavy metal and hard rock musicians – honors Randy Rhoads, who will forever be revered as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute includes a searing cover of the heavy-hitting Ozzy Osbourne track “Mr. Crowley”, which features a line-up of all-star performers: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Kelle Rhoads (brother of Randy Rhoads), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio). Today, LA Weekly is hosting the official worldwide premiere of “Mr. Crowley”. Listen and read here: http://www.laweekly.com/music/hear-a-track-from-new-randy-rhoads-tribute-album-premiere-5368967

This is just another sample of what can be heard on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs. The songs are performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, and more great musicians aside from those mentioned above, such as Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Tim “Ripper” Owens, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others. The album was produced by Grammy-award winning guitarist/producer Bob Kulick at his own studio.

Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be available in double vinyl gatefold, digipack and digital formats. In the digipack version, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will contain a bonus DVD along with the album, including interesting interviews with some of the involved artists, hosted by Bob Kulick and a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA, set up by the Rhoads family.

PRE ORDER HERE via AMAZON

Full track listing with performers:

1. Crazy Train
Vocals: Serj Tankian
Gtrs:  Tom Morello
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Vinny Appice

2. Over the Mountain
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Jon Donais
Bass:  Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

3. Mr Crowley
Vocals: Chuck Billy
Gtrs:  Alexi Laiho
Keyboards: Kelle Rhoads
Bass Rudy: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

4. Believer
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Doug Aldrich
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

5. Back To The Coast (Quiet Riot)
Vocals: Kelle Rhoads
Gtrs:  Bruce Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Frankie Banali

6. I Don’t Know
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: George Lynch
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

7. S A T 0
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Rhythm guitars: Bob Kulick
Lead guitar: Dweezil Zappa
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Vinny Appice

8. Killer Girls (Quiet Riot)
Vocals:  Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

9. Goodbye to Romance
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Gus G.
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

10. Suicide Solution
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Brad Gillis
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen

11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs:  Bernie Torme
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums:  Brett Chassen

A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.

When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.

Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.

For more information on this release, please visit http://udr-music.com/index.php/randyrhoads-info.

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PERIPHERY TAKE #15 AND #16 SPOTS ON BILLBOARD TOP 200

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Periphery, the DC-based prog/metal outfit whose decision to release two albums simultaneously was called “the group’s most ambitious project yet” by Rolling Stone, have been rewarded with two entries on the Billboard Top 200: Juggernaut: Alpha (#15) and Juggernaut: Omega (#16).

“Today marks a monumental moment in Sumerian and Periphery history,” said Sumerian Records’ Founder/CEO Ash Avildsen. “We’re incredibly proud of the progressive approach we took to releasing this body of music from such a progressive group of artists. I couldn’t be more elated about the synergy between Sumerian, Outerloop and Periphery in successfully executing the release of Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega. The band has a true cult following that appreciates their art and they just proved to the world that the Peripherals are only continuing to grow beyond boundaries. “

The two new albums, which have received four-star reviews worldwide, also landed at #2 and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart.

Periphery drummer Matt Halpern added, “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of positivity and excitement we’re seeing and receiving for the Juggernaut releases.  As a band and as individuals we poured our hearts and souls into these releases, so to have this type of response is truly special.  Thank you to those who have taken part in the Juggernaut experience so far… We can’t wait to play these songs live for you!”

Periphery is in the midst of a North American tour, playing St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit this evening.  The band wraps up the first leg of North American dates on Feb. 14 before launching a lengthy European tour on Feb. 26 in Belarus.  Periphery has confirmed performances at several festivals including Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range.

February 4     Detroit, MI     St. Andrew’s Hall
February 6     Toronto, ON     Opera House
February 7     Montreal, QC     Corona Theatre
February 8     Albany, NY     Upstate Concert Hall
February 9     Rochester, NY     Water Street Music Hall
February 11     Boston, MA     Paradise Rock Club
February 12     New York, NY     Irving Plaza
February 13     Silver Spring, MD     The Fillmore
February 14     Philadelphia, PA     District N9ne
February 26    Minsk, Belarus     Republic
February 27     St. Petersburg, Russia     Zal Ozhidaniya
February 28     Moscow, Russia     Volta

March 2     Novosibirsk, Russia     Rock City
March 3     Yekaterinburg, Russia     Tele-Club
March 5     Paris, France    La Cigale
March 6     Karlsruhe, Germany     Substage
March 7     Pratteln, Switzerland     Z7
March 8     Milan, Italy     Live Club
March 10     Munich, Germany     Backstage Werk
March 11     Vienna, Austria     Arena
March 12     Budapest, Hungary     Barba Negra
March 13     Bratislava, Slovakia     Majestic
March 14     Prague, Czech Republic     Roxy
March 16     Warsaw, Poland     Stodola
March 17     Hamburg, Germany     Gruenspan
March 18     Aarhus, Denmark      Voxhall
March 19     Oslo, Norway     Rockefeller
March 21     Seinajoki, Finland     Rytmikorjamo
March 22     Helsinki, Finland     The Circus
March 24     Stockholm, Sweden     Debaser Medis
March 25     Copenhagen, Denmark     Amager Bio
March 26     Bochum, Germany     Matrix
March 27     Eindhoven, Netherlands     Effenaar
March 29     Bristol, UK     O2 Academy Bristol
March 30     Glasgow, UK     O2 ABC
March 31     Manchester, UK     Manchester Academy

April 1     London, UK   O2 Academy Islington
April 25 – 26     Jacksonville, FL     Welcome to Rockville Festival

May 2     Charlotte, NC     Carolina Rebellion
May 15 -17     Columbus, OH     Rock on the Range

July 16 – 18     Viveiro, Spain     Resurrection Fest
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ANTHRAX Studio Update

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Nominated for the sixth time* at this weekend’s Grammy Awards, ANTHRAX has just released a new video clip from the band’s recent recording sessions.  Check out “Anthrax Studio Update:  Rhythm Tracks”

Anthrax – Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian/guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Joey Belladonna/vocals, and guitarist Jon Donais – will continue to record over the next several weeks, working with producer Jay Ruston.  The new album, the follow up to their 2011 critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated “Worship Music,” will be released later this summer (Megaforce Records).

*Best Metal Performance for their Black Sabbath cover of “Neon Knights,” from the “Ronnie James Dio – This is Your Life” tribute album.

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IN FLAMES Announce Spring Tour

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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In Flames weren’t kidding when they said they were making North America their priority market for 2015. The band has just announced a fresh batch of headline dates for Spring 2015, starting in late April and running through May.

For much of this second leg of 2015 dates, the band will perform with All That Remains and Periphery. The trek is coinciding with In Flames’ festival appearances at Welcome to Rockville (April 26), Carolina Rebellion (May 3), Rise Above Fest (May 9), Rock on the Range (May 16), Rocklahoma (May 23) and River City Rockfest (May 24).

In Flames will also serve as direct support for Five Finger Death Punch, who are a frequent European festival-mate, for a special show in Louisiana (April 30), making for a night of hard rock that Southern fans will not want to miss.

Also, “Paralyzed,” the new single from last year’s Siren Charms, is currently at radio and steadily gaining momentum, garnering airplay at SiriusXM’s Octane, WJJO/Madison, WIIL/Chicago and KHTQ/Spokane.

In Flames are set to embark on a Winter 2015 headline run, with All That Remains as direct support and Wovenwar in tow later this month, as well.

“It feels absolutely fantastic to be going back on the road, and to the U.S.,” said singer Anders Friden. “We’ve been working on radio with our new single ‘Paralyzed’ and it’s going to be great to perform that song, along with the rest of our set.”

Tickets for the new Spring 2015 headline dates will go on sale on Friday, February 6 at 10AM local time. Go here for ticket updates and information.

IN FLAMES SPRING 2015 TOUR DATES:

April 26    Jacksonville, Fla. | Welcome to Rockville
April 27    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. | Culture Room*
April 28    Tampa, Fla. | The Ritz Ybor*
April 30    Shreveport, La. | Shreveport Municipal Auditorium**
May 1       Sauget, Ill. | Pop’s Nightclub***
May 2       Nashville, Tenn. | Marathon Music Works***
May 3       Concord, N.C. | Carolina Rebellion
May 4       Richmond, Va. | The National*
May 6       Patchogue, N.Y. | The Emporium*
May 7       Sayreville, N.J. | Starland Ballroom*
May 8       Hartford, Conn. | Webster Theater*
May 9       Bangor, Maine | Rise Above Fest
May 10     Clifton Park, N.Y. | Upstate Concert Hall***
May 12     Quebec City, QC | Imperial*
May 13     London, ON | London Music Hall*
May 14     Pittsburgh, Pa. | Stage AE*
May 15     Buffalo, N.Y. | The Town Ballroom*
May 16     Columbus, Ohio | Rock on the Range
May 18     Reading, Pa. | Reverb***
May 20     Ft. Wayne, Ind. | Yolo Event Center*
May 21     Joliet, Ill. | Mojoes*
May 22     Des Moines, Iowa | Wooly’s*
May 23     Pryor, Okla. | Rocklahoma
May 24     San Antonio, Texas | River City Rockfest

*With All That Remains + Periphery
** Supporting Five Finger Death Punch
***With All That Remains + TBD

IN FLAMES WINTER 2015 TOUR DATES WITH ALL THAT REMAINS + WOVENWAR:

February 20           Agoura Hills, Calif. |The Canyon
February 21           Tucson, Ariz. | Rialto Theatre
February 22           Las Vegas, Nev. | House of Blues
February 23           San Diego, Calif. | House of Blues
February 25           Salt Lake City, Utah | The Complex
February 27           Santa Cruz, Calif. | The Catalyst
February 28           Chico, Calif. | Senator Theatre
March 1                 Sacramento, Calif. | Ace of Spades
March 3                 Missoula, Mont. | The Wilma Theatre
March 4                 Spokane, Wash. | Knitting Factory Concert House
March 5                 Boise, Id. | Knitting Factory Concert House
March 6                 Portland, Ore. | Roseland Theater
March 7                 Seattle, Wash. | Showbox SODO
March 9                Vancouver, BC | Vogue Theater
March 10              Kelowna, BC | Level Nightclub
March 12              Edmonton, AB | Encore
March 13              Calgary, AB | Flames Central
March 14              Saskatoon, SK | O’Brians Event Centre
March 15              Winnipeg, MB | The Garrick Centre
March 16              Bismarck, N.D. | Bismarck Civic Center
March 18              Milwaukee, Wis. | The Rave

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LORD Offer ‘Drinkers Pack’ To Fans

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Hi LORD fans!

A quick email to let you all know that we have just released a very special bundle pack for the drinking enthusiasts out there.

Limited to 100 units, this pack includes an exclusive LORD hip flask (250ml/8.5 oz) and bottle opener carrying the LORD symbol.

The hip flask is limited to 100 units only and will not be made available again. Each flask is engraved with its own unique number. Numbers will be sold in ascending fashion from date of order.

As always, all LORD orders include a bonus Aussie rock/metal CD.

Link: http://tinyurl.com/LORDdrinkerspack

Cheers!
LORD

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CHIP Z’NUFF Releases Video For “Rockstar”

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Chip Z’nuff released a video for “Rockstar” on YouTube as his for solo album, STRANGE TIME, drops via Deadline Music.  The video is a scenery-filled, dreamy trip around Amsterdam.

The 10-track record marks a departure from the trademark Enuff Z’nuff trip-pop sound, with heavier guitars and more psychedelic elements.  In addition to special guest appearances, the album includes a bonus 5-track EP collaboration with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses).

Having played bass for both Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Adler (Adler’s Appetite), Z’nuff knew they’d contribute something truly unique (Z’nuff calls Adler’s drumming “incendiary”). Home state  legend Robin Zander lends his pipes to “All Day and All of the Night.”  Geezer Butler’s son, Biff, sings on “Rockstar.”

STRANGE TIME TRACK LISTING:
~ all songs written by Chip Z’nuff except where noted ~
Sunshine
Rockstar
Strange Time  (written by Chip Z’nuff and Trent Reznor)
Dragonfly
Still Love Your Face (written by Chip Z’nuff and Wendel Rey)
F..Mary..Kill (written by Chip Z’nuff, Howard Stern, and Steve Miller)
Anna Nichole (written by Chip Z’nuff and Syklopps)
Strike Three
Hello To The Drugs
All Day And All Of The Night –  featuring Robin Zander & Steven Adler (written by Ray Davies)
BONUS EP: STEVEN ADLER & CHIP Z’NUFF
My Town
Yesterday (Another Wasted Day)
The Game
Tonight We Met (And Now We’re Going To Fuck) –  featuring Slash & Dale Bozzio
The Pain Is All On You (written by Chip Z’nuff, Steven Adler, Paul McCartney)

Enuff Z’nuff has a west coast run in February.

Feb. 19           Vamp’d           Las Vegas
Feb. 20           Whisky-a-Go Go        Los Angeles
Feb. 21           Fulton 55       Fresno
Feb. 22           The Boardwalk          Sacramento
Feb. 24           El Corazon      Seattle
Feb. 25           Tonic Lounge             Portland
Feb. 27           RockBar Theater       San Jose
Feb. 28           TBA

STRANGE TIME is now available at record stores and online retailers including iTunes (http://tinyurl.com/n3mlwje) and Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/ohduxhy).

Connect with the band at enuffznuff.com and facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official.

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FURYON Release Their Second Album

February 4th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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UK rockers FURYON will release their second album, ‘Lost Salvation,’ on February 23, via Dream Records in the UK and EUROPE.

What is to be expected is more explosive guitar riffs and solos in well-crafted song form, plus expressive vocal delivery and melodies to scream along to.
A possibly darker album, but still with progressive elements and a grungy edge.

US/CANADA/JAPAN release dates to follow.

‘Lost Salvation’ was recorded in Atlanta, US, and Brighton, UK, and mixed and produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) & Ken ëGLí Lanyon.
The album artwork was designed by Matthew Vickerstaff of Darkwave Art & Design (Textures, Pentagram, Bloodbath, etc.).
Video for the first single ‘These Four Walls’ here: http://youtu.be/TbLwSS4BkWI
Confirmed ‘Lost Salvation’ track listing:

01. All That I Have
02. Lost Salvation
03. These Four Walls (official video)
04. Scapegoat
05. Resurrect Me
06. Left It With The Gods
07. Good Sky
08. Dematerialize
09. What You Need
10. Wiseman

Singer Matt Mitchell also explained the stories behind several of the album’s standout tracks:
‘These Four Walls’ (first single)

“A view from ones mind. An almost trapped inside feeling. A view looking out from the room within where life long stories are written on the walls. ”

‘All That I Have’

“A tale of a person who has been living in a destructive relationship. Knowing they should leave but not wanting to. Eventually taking the plunge an leaving but sacrificing everything but a few personal items.”

‘Scapegoat’

“A song with a look at life beyond the life we know. Feeling there is more to life and the possibilities of afterlife. Having faith and or spiritual view. Also society’s blind faith.”

‘Lost Salvation’

“Relationship between a band and the music business and also the relationships between one another within the band of people, forging their way through these corridors.
Feeling they may have lost their hope and given their all, but still holding on with that glimmer of love.”
First reviews:

Furyon have come along way since ‘Gravitas,’ ‘Lost Salvation’ is not only remarkable, it’s herculean! I hope ‘Lost Salvation’ sees the band reach the zenith they so richly deserve! Score: 9.5/10 (The Metal Gods Meltdown)

Is all killer & no filler. This is already a contender for album of the year. If this record isn’t the making of FURYON then there is some sort of conspiracy theory in place. I heartily recommend seeing this band live. Ratings 9/10 (My Global Mind)

Verdict time now and I had a feeling that I would enjoy this new album from FURYON and my feeling was right as itís just as good as their amazing debut if not better!
Highly recommended if you like Hard Rock and Melodic Heavy Metal music. Almost perfect: 9/10 (Metal Temple)

This new track is a monstrous modern melodic heavy rock stuff that features a massive riffing and Matt Mitchell’s superb vocal performances.
For sure, this is a great appetizer of what is to expect from FURYON’s brand new work. Well done. Rating : 8.5/10 (Heavy Paradise)

FURYON have confirmed dates for a UK headlining tour in March 2015, in support of their second album release ‘Lost Salvation’.

The dates are as follows:

March 20 – The Square, Harlow, UK
March 22 – The Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
March 24 – The Audio, Glasgow, UK
March 29 – The Barfly, London, UK
March 30 – Bannerman’s Live, Edinburgh, UK
April 4th –   Rebellion Manchester, UK

more dates t.b.a.

For further information, please visit:
www.furyon.net
www.facebook.com/FuryonUK
www.dream-records.com

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Hellfest 2015 preview

February 3rd, 2015
by EvilG
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Pretty sure the usual custom is that the birthday boy or girl gets the presents, and yet for its tenth edition Hellfest has basically done up 2015 with a massive bow. Returning to the picturesque surroundings of Clisson in France, the fantastically diverse European beast is celebrating entering double figures with another mammoth line-up.

At this point we probably should point out that the 2015 edition is completely sold out – weekend passes, day tickets… it’s all gone man. The three-day tickets went in less than a month in fact. So if you’ve got a ticket… rejoice! If not, well why not check out what you could have won…

Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Venom, Motorhead, Scorpions, Korn, Faith No More, Arch Enemy, Shining, Meshuggah, Mastodon, ZZ Top, Slash… and no, those aren’t all headliners. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zero Down – Interview with Lenny Burnett

February 3rd, 2015
by Metal Rules

Zero Down – Interview with Lenny Burnett

Interview by Waspman

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Zero Down are a classic heavy metal band from Seattle, and we at Metal Rules have been big supporters of theirs since reviewing their demo way back in 2004. 2014 saw the release of the band’s fourth album, the thunderously awesome NO LIMIT TO THE EVIL, so now’s a great time for a chat with the band’s co-lead guitarist and song writer, Lenny Burnett.

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Doom Over London V: Latest additions to the one day doom fest

February 3rd, 2015
by EvilG
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DOOM OVER LONDON has just announced the latest additions to their stellar line up for 2015. Death Penalty and Witchsorrow will join the bill for the event due to take place at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 4th April.

Now in its fifth year, DOOM OVER LONDON brings together both up and coming new bands, as well as long standing favourites – all tied together by a common thread of doom. For the first time, the event will take place in its new home at legendary north London venue, The Dome.

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Black Fate – Guitarist Gus Drax

February 3rd, 2015
by Anders Sandvall

BlackFate_logo_interview_2014Gus Drax – Guitarist for Black Fate

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

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

Live photos taken by: Julie Lesage & Frank HSJ.com

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Black Fate is a Greek melodic/power metal act that released their great fourth album at the end of last year. The title of their newest album is BETWEEN VISIONS AND LIES and ought to appeal to every fan of this style of metal. Black Fate’s only remaining original member is drummer Nikos Tsintzilonis and he has kept the band rolling since 2000. After a few absent years, it was time to bring the band back to life with BETWEEN VISIONS AND LIES as their first album since 2009. With new members and a record label, it’s now time for Black Fate to conquer the world. I hooked up with the very young and talented guitar virtuoso Gus Drax in order to hear how they would manage to take over the world with their music. I’m sure this band has a great future ahead of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deadline Music Pays Tribute To Kiss Guitar Legend ACE FREHLEY With The Release Of ‘Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley’ – February 2, 2015

February 3rd, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Deadline Music will be releasing a space-tacular salute to legendary KISS axeman Ace Frehley performed by the legions of rockstars he inspired on February 3, 2015! ‘Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley’ features performances by metal giants Dimebag Darrell, Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger) plus members of Megadeth, Anthrax, L.A. Guns, Skid Row and more!

Ace Freheley is best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of Kiss. He took on the persona of the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace”, and played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a successful reunion tour. His second round with Kiss lasted until 2002. His most recent solo album ‘Space Invader, was released on August 19, 2014. Guitar World magazine ranked him “14th Greatest Metal Guitarist of All Time”.

Packaged in a digipak, ‘Spacewalk – A Salute To Ace Freheley’ includes blistering versions of songs from Frehley’s platinum-selling debut solo album including “New York Groove” and “Snowblind” plus Frehley-penned KISS classics “Shock Me,” “Cold Gin” and more!

Track List:
1. Deuce – Marty Friedman
2. Shock Me – Gilby Clarke
3. Rip It Out – Scott Ian
4. Hard Luck Woman – Ron Young & Jeff Watson
5. Snowblind – Snake Sabo
6. Rock Bottom – Sebastian Bach
7. Parasite – Tracii Guns
8. Cold Gin – John Norum
9. New York Groove – Bruce Bouillet
10. Fractured Mirror – Dimebag Darrell

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New Promo Clip Of The NWOBHM Godfathers QUARTZ Posted Online

February 3rd, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Originating from Birmingham, England, QUARTZ date back to 1974, and were considered to be at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. On January 31, 2015, Skol Records released “Too Hot To Handle” CD, which can be considered as a complete unreleased album from back in the day, as it’s a collection of 16 previously unreleased songs recorded between 1981 and 1982. Some of those tracks were re-recorded in different versions for the “Against All Odd’s” album (1983), and some of them see the light of the day for the first time ever.

Official promo clip “Tell Me Why” :

QUARTZ released their first same titled album, which was produced by Tony Iommi of BLACK SABBATH, on Jet Records in 1977. The band toured heavily during this time, playing the Reading Festival three times (1976, 1977 and 1980) and touring with of some of the larger Heavy Metal bands of the time, incl. IRON MAIDEN, SAXON, UFO and RUSH. Late 1979 saw Geoff Nicholls leave the band to join the legendary BLACK SABBATH, providing keyboards and songwriting for them for the next 24 years. Incidently in 1980 Malcolm Cope was approached by OZZY OSBOURNE  to join his solo band, but declined stating QUARTZ was his band, and they had just signed a deal with MCA to record “Stand Up And Fight”. 1983 brought the release of “Against All Odd’s” which had been partly written with vocalist David Garner, and the departing Derek Arnold had been replaced by Steven McLoughlin. Prior to the final recording of the opus, David Garner was replaced by Geoff Bate, whose vocals appear on the album. During this period Malcolm Cope also joined the roll call of QUARTZ members being called up to BLACK SABBATH, working on pre-production demos for the “Born Again” album.

QUARTZ reformed in 2011, and the current line up consist of: Geoff Nicholls on guitars and keyboards, Mick Hopkins on guitars, Derek Arnold on bass, Malcolm Cope on drums, and vocalist David Garner.

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MASTODON TO REISSUE ALL OF THEIR REPRISE RECORDS TITLES ON COLORED VINYL IN THE COMING MONTHS

February 3rd, 2015
by Celtic Bob

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Globally acclaimed hard rock icons and vinyl aficionados, Mastodon, have announced they will reissue all of their Reprise Records titles on vinyl in the coming months. The first album in the series will be 2006’s Blood Mountain, which will be issued on a mix of solid yellow and transparent green vinyl on March 3rd. Upon its release, Guitar World called Blood Mountain “pulverizing” with an “utter restlessness that grips you tighter with each cut.” It also placed at No. 9 on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2007.

On June 2nd, 2009’s Crack the Skye will be released on baby blue vinyl. Earning Mastodon unanimous critical praise, the album led to Rolling Stone calling them “the greatest metal band of their generation – no one else comes close,” while Revolver praised Crack the Skye as the work of “a band at the peak of its musical and conceptual powers.”

On August 4th, 2011’s The Hunter will be released on a mix of solid white and solid red vinyl. The band’s first Top 10 album, The Hunter was also met with united critical acclaim and spawned the singles “Black Tongue,” the Grammy-nominated “Curl of the Burl,” and “Dry Bone Valley.”

On October 5th, Mastodon’s current album, 2014’s Once More ‘Round the Sun, will be released on a mix of transparent green and solid white vinyl. The band’s highest charting album, with a No. 6 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, the album was praised by Spin thusly: “The band’s prog-metal potential stuns, with Dailor sounding like a young Ozzy over shredding guitars and enough drum dominance to blow out your speak system. Head-band on.” The album’s single “High Road” has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance.”

On December 8th, Mastodon will release a limited-edition box set featuring all of the band’s Reprise titles on vinyl. Only 500 will be made available. More details to come.

As an added bonus for fans, Mastodon will release a Limited Edition 12″ vinyl picture disc in celebration of Record Store Day on April 18th. The disc is comprised of a new song titled “Atlanta,” featuring guest vocals from Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers, originally only digitally available as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series. The ‘B-Side” is an unreleased instrumental version of “Atlanta,” and is exclusive to this very limited RSD pressing.

As previously announced, Mastodon will hit the road co-headlining with their friends Clutch for
THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN, with support provided by Big Business. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th.

Tickets are on sale now. Please visit www.mastodonrocks.com for more info.

Confirmed dates for THE MISSING LINK TOUR are as follows:
*Mastodon closes the evening.  **Clutch closes the evening.

Apr 16              *St. Paul, MN                 Myth
Apr 17             * Winnipeg, MB               The Burton Cummings Theatre
Apr 18              *Saskatoon, SK              O’Brian’s Events Center
Apr 19             * Edmonton, AB              Expo Centre
Apr 21             * Calgary, AB                  MacEwan Hall
Apr 23             * Vancouver, BC              Commodore Ballroom
Apr 24              **Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom
Apr 25              *Portland, OR                 Roseland
Apr 26              *Seattle, WA                   Showbox SODO
Apr 28             *Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater
Apr 29              *Los Angeles, CA           Palladium
Apr 30             *Tempe, AZ                    Marquee Theater
May 01             *Las Vegas, NV              House of Blues
May 02             *Salt Lake City, UT          The Complex
May 03             *Denver, CO                   Red Rock’s Amphitheatre
May 05             *San Antonio, TX            Kapone’s Ballroom
May 06             *Oklahoma City, OK        Diamond Ballroom
May 08             Atlanta, GA                   Shaky Knees Festival
May 09             *Raleigh, NC                   Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
May 10             **Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
May 12             *Clive, IA (Des Moines)   7 Flags
May 13             *Milwaukee, WI               Eagles Ballroom Club Stage
May 15             **Bethlehem, PA              Sands Event Center
May 16             **Baltimore, MD               Pier Six Pavilion
May 17             *Boston, MA                  House of Blues
May 19             *New York, NY               Central Park Summerstage
May 20             *Niagara Falls, NY          Rapids Theatre
May 21             *London, ON                  London Music Hall
May 24             **Columbus, OH              LC Pavilion

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