From Hell’s Heart:
Halloween/horror monster week 2: Ghosts
The month of October means the imminent arrival of the Heavy Metal Holy Day…Halloween! This, the scariest and Metal-est of all months, we bring you five new topics for our editorial column FROM HELL’S HEART. Each week we will post the staff Top Five songs based on classic Halloween/Horror monsters. Last week was Frankenstein, this week’s subject is ghosts! Please join us and enjoy all of our theme columns this month and have a happy Hell-o-ween!
The last time Overkill was in Calgary was about a decade ago in a small bar. It was the first time the New Jersey thrashers had ever been to Calgary. I had the pleasure of having dinner with a couple of the guys in the band and while happy to be in town they said, realistically they would not come back. The Western Canadian leg is too small and too far to play to small crowds. They wanted to play cities they had never been to before, at least once, but they doubted they would ever come back. Well, as the Overkill songs says, ‘Never Say Never’, as they returned as part of a co-headlining gig with Nuclear Blast label-mates and fellow New Jersey-ites, Symphony X. The last time Symphony X played in Calgary they played in a bigger venue as support to Iced Earth. So it is very likely that Symphony X was perhaps disappointed they played a smaller hall (Capacity: 1000), half the size as last time, and it is possible that Overkill were much happier playing a much bigger venue – four times as big! It’s all about perception.
The opening act of the night were WITCHES; a French death metal band from Antibes. Witches, formed in 1986 are first French band with female guttural voice. They have been touring with bands like SIX FEET UNDER and EMTOMBER and were a perfect act to open for this old Skool extreme metal night.
There is no doubt that Alice Cooper is one of the biggest and most legendary rock stars of our time. The man’s career has lasted more than four decades and there is no end in sight. Originally, Alice Cooper was a band that consisted of Cooper, bassist Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, drummer and guitarists Michael Bruce and Glen Buxton (RIP). In 1975, before the release of WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, he scattered the band and continued as a solo artist with the same name. To this day he still follows this path. There have been a large number of fine musicians who have played in the band Alice Cooper. Names such as Reb Beach, Eric Singer, Kip Winger, Al Pitrelli, and Jimmy Degrasso, are all well-known world-class artists who have either created the early career of the Alice Cooper band or have played there at some point. Today, the Alice Cooper band consists of a drummer Glen Sobel, bassist Chuck Garric, and a trio of guitarists – Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, and Nita Strauss (she joined Alice’s band a year ago). I met a good-humored Strauss and Garrick after the gig in Helsinki in June and here is a summary of what was recorded on tape … Read on!
More shows were just announced for the Well Hungover Tour and we are giving Fan Club members early access to tickets before they go on sale to the public!
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Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, NB
Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY
Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI
House of Blues in Chicago, IL
Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
Egyptian Room in Indianapolis, IN
Presale Starts: Tues. Oct 6th at 10am Venue Time
The Roxy Theatre in Barrie, ON
Punishing 16th-note kicks at rapid-fire tempos, unbelievable runs across his rack toms, insanely twisted patterns, and awe-inspiring phrases:
Dave Lombardo is deemed one of the most influential drummers of our time.
Born with extraordinary musical aptitude, Lombardo was intuitive to rhythm at a very early age. His musical awareness has continued to transcend the repetitive formula of Metal throughout his formidable career.
His mentors include an eclectic array of percussion icons, such as: Ginger Baker, Bill Ward, Tito Puente, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mongo Santamaria and John Bonham.
Lombardo is most widely known as an aggressive and exceptionally skilled heavy metal drummer, but over time he has proven that his unique gift far surpasses the confines of being labelled.
Dave’s style has been called “astonishingly innovative,” “strikingly fast,” and “unmistakably powerful.” He has earned the title “The Godfather of Double Bass.” Lombardo’s unmatched combination of technical flair and outright speed has made him the yardstick against which all subsequent metal drummers are fated to be measured.
As an original and founding member of Slayer, Lombardo has performed with Slayer on seven albums, including their ground-breaking 1986 release Reign in Blood and their 2006 release Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Dave’s musical career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has been involved in the production of 30 commercial recordings spanning a number of major genres with bands such as Fantômas, Grip Inc, Testament, John Zorn and PHILM, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo’s most recent endeavours have found him in a variety of compelling adventures. From recording the drum tracks for Californication (Season 7) alongside the incomparable Tyler Bates, to lending his talent to the soundtrack of Insideous: Chapter 3 at the side of captivating yet sinister composer Joseph Bishara, to performing amidst a 75-piece orchestra by request of the esteemed composer, Christopher Young, to writing a score for a soon to be released Disney pilot.
Lombardo is out to shatter all preconceptions of what it is that he has to offer the world.
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On October 2nd, 2015 Deadline/Cleopatra Records will release worldwide the first-ever Greatest Hits package from Northern Japan’s own Saber Tiger.
Sapporo, Japan’s Saber Tiger was formed in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita. After releasing three albums through an independent record label, Kinoshita eventually signed a major label contract withTokuma Japan Communications. Saber Tiger’s 1997 major label debut album, Project One, thrust the band to the front of the flourishing Japanese metal scene. The album featured several famous guest musicians; vocalist Ron Keel (ex-Steeler and Keel), bassist Naoto Shibata (Anthem), and drummer Hirotsugu Honma (ex-Ezo and Loudness).
Saber Tiger then went on to record and release three hit albums (as well as a few others) while officially reformed with Takenori Shimoyama on vocals, Tomohiro Sanpei on bass, and Yoshio Isoda on drums.
Working together they produced two more albums, Paragraph 3 and Brain Drain. In 2001, Saber Tiger made their first release under their new major label VAP, naming the album simply Saber Tiger. With VAP they continued on to release F.U.S.E., The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- and the single “Eternal Loop”. Paragraph 3 and The History of the New World -凶獣伝説- were re-recorded compilations of the bands signature songs, with the new line-up and a heavier, more driven sound. They also released a live album named Live 2002 Nostalgia, on both CD and DVD.
In 2002, due to different musical ideas and goals, Shimoyama left the band to pursue his own ambitions in the heavy metal music scene. He formed the band Double Dealer, with Norifumi Shima. They signed a European-wide record contract with NTS/Limb Music, traveling through Europe on a tour with Symphony X.
After Shimoyama’s departure, Saber Tiger continued to write and record new music, producing the album Indignation in 2005, with vocalist Katsuto Suzuki.
In 2010, Saber Tiger announced the reunion with former members Takenori Shimoyama (vocals), Yasuharu “Machine” Tanaka (guitar) and Tomohiro Sampei (bass), and with Yasuhiro Mizuno as their new drummer. Eventually Takanobu Kimoto (ex-Double Dealer and Concerto Moon) replaced Sampei on bass. They began working on a new album at a studio in their hometown of Sapporo. The album Decisive was released on August 3, 2011, and was followed by a tour. On May 26, 2013, they performed at the Pure Rock Japan Live 2013 at Club Citta, alongside NoGoD, Galneryus and Onmyo-Za.
In 2015, a mutual friend of the band introduced them to Cleopatra Records VP/General Manager Tim Yasui, who was seeking to add more Japanese hard rock, punk and metal bands to the label’s Deadline Records imprint. In honor of Saber Tiger’s 35th Anniversary, a deal was struck to create the band’s first-ever “Greatest Hits” package, culling tracks from 3 of the band’s best albums: Messiah Complex (2012), Decisive (2011) and Paragraph IV (2011).
Current Saber Tiger frontman Takenori Shimoyama quotes, “We’re so glad to be able to finally have a U.S. record deal and hope that the sounds of SABER TIGER reverberate across the land! We’re very glad to be able to conduct activities in the US and we hope to make the sounds.”
Earlier this year, Kamelot released their new album “Haven” which got a 5/5 point from yours truly. Usually I am very conservative, therefore when I hear that a band is changing its members, I get mad because 90% of the time it will be shit. It wasn’t the same with Kamelot. “Silverthorn” with Karevik was a good album, but “Haven” is a masterpiece. When I heard that the guys are making a stop on their tour to Denmark, I had to go and see if Tommy is as good live, as his predecessor.
I got to the venue, Viften, pretty early.
Kobra & The Lotus and Gus G. were the warm-up. Not a fan of either, but the drummer from Kobra was insane, it was like he had 4 feet.
Regarding Gus G., I was eager to see what is all the fuss about – he plays with Ozzy, therefore he is a legend. Meh… he is a good guitarist, that’s it. Pretty dull moment if you ask me.
22.00 and Kamelot took over the stage with “Veil of Elysium” my personal favorite from their latest album. The audience went wild, Karevik had them in the palm of his hands the entire time, and he is an amazing performer and entertainer. I even dare to say that he sounds better live than on CD. One thing I would say needs improvements, he looks too humble and modest – which by no means is a bad thing – but looking like a God on stage, adds to the overall performance.
“When the Lights are Down” still remains the band’s biggest hits to date, executed with elegance and an overload of energy that I have not seen the band before – and let me assure you, I’ve seen them plenty of times in the Roy Khan era. You can feel the energy coming from them, and because I already sound like a groupie, what’s one more praise to young Tommy – if I every had doubts about Roy leaving, they are all gone and buried by now.
“Liar, liar” features Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz which I hoped to see on stage, unfortunately it did not happen but Kamelot invited Linnea Vikström on stage. For those who don’t know her, he is a non-official member of Therion, quite a reasonable figure, although I like her growl better than her clear voice (weird, i know).
The band delivered songs from the latest release “Haven” and “Silverthorn”, where Tommy has been the lead singer, but they did however performed some blasts from the past. A song that I missed and would have been a great ending to a marvelous night was “Ghost Opera”, maybe next time.
QUEENSRYCHE’s highly anticipated new, full-length offering, Condition Hüman, was released on Oct 2nd via Century Media Records. Condition Hüman, sees LaTorre deliver the performance of a lifetime on what is now his sophomore recording effort with the band. Produced by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed) in the band’s native Washington, Condition Hüman is a new mountain towering over many of the peaks and valleys of the hard rock landscape.
In only 4 months 70000TONS OF METAL 2016, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise will sail from Florida to Jamaica on board the Independence of the Seas, leaving from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale near Miami, FL on Thursday, February 4th 2016 and returning on Monday, February 8th.
10 more artists have just been confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL 2016: BLOODBATH, JAG PANZER, KATATONIA, KRISIUN, PARADISE LOST, SQUEALER, STRATOVARIUS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, VADER and VALLENFYRE. Each band will perform two concerts on board, once on the way to Jamaica, and once on the way back.
At the end of July it was once again time for the third annual edition of the Vasby Rock Festival. The festival is located inside the town of Vasby, Sweden, a suburb to the capitol Stockholm, at a soccer field. Bands like Astral Doors, Vasby Rock Allstars, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Eclipse, H.E.A.T,, Danger Danger, Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock and W.A.S.P. performed. It was the first time I visited the festival and this is what happened during the two days of rock, fun, and sun. Read more….
Three brand new releases from Rock Candy Records available right now. Great titles with all the usual Rock Candy trimmings: 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, weighty essay’s about the making of the album, full artist involvement, new interviews, enhanced artwork and additional photos spread out over large full colour booklets. See below for full details about each release.
RATT ‘INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY’ CANDY281
THERE’S NO DOUBT that the mid eighties were pretty much ruled by an exciting clique of Los Angeles based hard rock bands. Everyone from Mötley Crüe, Great White, Dokken and Quiet Riot were breaking records in one way or another, but it was five piece RATT who really condensed all that was truly exciting about the scene when their debut album ‘Out Of The Cellar’ exploded at MTV, radio and retail, giving them a double platinum album and a reputation second to none.
The impressive ‘Invasion Of Your Privacy’, produced by Beau Hill, who masterminded their previous record, found the band further exploiting their penchant for snappy melodies and super catchy hooks.
‘Tracks such as ‘You’re In Love’,‘Lay It Down’ and ‘What You Give Is What You Get’ became instant RATT classics bouncing out of the grooves and right into the public’s heart. It was this album that truly elevated RATT to arena headline status in the US, whilst helping to spread the message further afield in Europe and Japan. A solid gold classic.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.
TRACK LISTING: 1. YOU’RE IN LOVE 2. NEVER USE LOVE 3. LAY IT DOWN 4. GIVE IT ALL 5. CLOSER TO MY HEART 6. BETWEEN THE EYES 7. WHAT YOU GIVE IS WHAT YOU GET 8. GOT ME ON THE LINE 9. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW 10. DANGEROUS BUT WORTH THE RISK
RATT ‘REACH FOR THE SKY’ CANDY282
RATT’S RISE TO fame and fortune was meteoric. Kicking around Southern California in various forms since the mid 70s, the band fully gelled in 1981, with the independent release of a well received debut mini album, which quickly led to a coveted recording contract with label giant Atlantic Records. Their debut album ‘Out Of The Cellar’ exploded out of the box ultimately reaching sales in excess of double platinum.
‘REACH FOR THE SKY’, originally released in late 1988 and produced in the main by Mike Stone (Journey, Queen and Whitesnake), found RATT in familiar musical territory, a style based on big hooks, shout-it-out-loud vocals and razor sharp riffs. It was the sound of the times alright, and although performing well (attaining Platinum status) the band were feeling the strain of their work load. In fact it was the final album to feature guitarist Robbin Crosby who would leave due to much publicised personal problems.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered Audio,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and new interviews.
TRACK LISTING: 1. CITY TO CITY 2. I WANT A WOMAN 3. WAY COOL JR. 4. DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS 5. I WANT TO LOVE YOU TONIGHT 6. CHAIN REACTION 7. NO SURPRISE 8. BOTTOM LINE 9. WHAT’S IT GONNA BE 10. WHAT I’M AFTER
CONEY HATCH ‘FRICTION’ CANDY272
TORONTO BASED Coney Hatch were one of Canada’s brightest hopes during the mid eighties. They impressed fans and critics alike with their rambunctious brand of melodic hard rock, a sound imbued with a certain, some might say typically Canadian, quirkiness.
‘Friction’ was the band’s third and, as it turned out, their final album. It was a record designed to infiltrate the mass market, with catchy hooks and a selection of punishing riffs. Issued in 1985 and crafted by renowned British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Lynch Mob) the record was received with great critical enthusiasm, but hit a brick wall at their record company. With Def Leppard and Bon Jovi receiving major promotional pushes, Coney Hatch were sidelined and left, without the financial budget, to fight their own corner.
It was a crushing disappointment, leaving the band in a state of confusion and, ultimately, unable to carry on. Their legacy, however, continues to grow, with many citing ‘Friction’ as their finest and, possibly, one of the best albums released that year. Revisit the likes of ‘This Ain’t Love’, ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Burning Love’ for proof positive that this record delivered on all fronts.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 1 BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, NEW INTERVIEWS, 3,500 WORD ESSAY, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS.
TRACK LISTING: 1. THIS AIN’T LOVE 2. SHE’S GONE 3. WRONG SIDE OF TOWN 4. GIRL FROM LAST NIGHT’S DREAM 5. COMING TO GET YOU 6. FANTASY 7. HE’S A CHAMPION 8. STATE LINE 9. BURNING LOVE. BONUS TRACK: 10. FUEL FOR THE FIRE
Maiden will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in total, finishing up at The Forum, LA on April 15th.
FEB 24 – Ft Lauderdale, FLA – BB&T Center
FEB 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
FEB 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
MAR 30 – New York – Madison Square Garden
APR 05 – Detroit, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
APR 06 – Chicago, IL – United Center
APR 11 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
APR 13 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
APR 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Canadian fans please note that your dates will be announced very soon!
The US dates go on sale on Saturday October 10th, with an Iron Maiden Fan Club presale taking place on Tuesday October 6th. For more info, and details on fanclub presales, make sure you visit www.ironmaiden.com.
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