Marko Syrjala of Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with ALICE COOPER sticksman Glen Sobel (IMPELLITTERI, ORIANTHI, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, PAUL GILBERT). In the interview, Sobel discusses how he came to tour and record with the legendary shock rocker, working with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, JANE’S ADDICTION), and the many other records and bands he has been a part of over the years. The Q&A is posted at this location http://www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/11/24/glen-sobel/
Sobel finished drum tracks for the forthcoming Alice Cooper covers record in August. Due out in 2014, the collection of classic tunes will feature a variety of special guests. Alice Cooper and band have just wrapped up the 2013 “Raise The Dead” tour with several dates on the West Coast, with the final show taking place at Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on November 27. Afterwards, Sobel, along with Cooper band mates Ryan Roxie, Chuck Garric, and Tommy Henriksen, joined local all-stars SIN CITY SINNERS at The Lounge at the Palms to perform several songs, including “20th Century Boy” by T-REX and “Sedated” by THE RAMONES, among others. Video of the jam can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkLhFdnGcs
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY are pleased to announce their new single and video ‘SAMARAH NEVER SLEEPS’ from their new album ‘SECONDS OUT’. The single is now on general release from all popular download sites including iTunes and Amazon.
The new album promises more huge melodies and anthem-like choruses coupled with high levels of musicianship, and will be the first album to feature the bands new keyboard player – David Billingham, and the return of the bands original drummer – Chris Miller.
This release is the first since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘CROSS YOUR HEART’ hit the shelves exactly two years ago and launched the band into the public eye with supports slots to rock legends URIAH HEEP and progressive rock giants IT-BITES….cumulating with a legendary performance on the main stage at the inaugural HRH/AOR festival alongside TESLA and FM. The single and video ‘CROSSING THE GREAT DIVIDE’ was subsequently released with the accompanying video documenting the bands HRH/AOR performance. The release went on to beat new songs from Queensryche, FM and Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) in a Classic Rock Magazine readers poll earlier this year.
Metal-Queen DORO is celebrating her 30th Anniversary throughout 2013/2014 with a series of special performances worldwide. Following the enormous success of this year’s European tour DORO will bring her “30 Years Strong & Proud” show to the Islington Academy London on Monday19th May 2014. Special guests will be announced soon.
On the heels of the November 19 release of their second top two album within four months in 2013, rock heavyweights FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have soared to #1 at Active Rock Radio with “Battle Born,” the first single off THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2, which has just entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #2. The video for “Battle Born” was premiered on USAToday.com (10/1) and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1c05nEJ.
The multi-million selling FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are shining a new light on rock in 2013 with the second installment of their masterwork titled THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL – VOLUME 2, released via Prospect Park in North America and on Eleven Seven in all other territories. It follows the massive global success this past July of VOLUME 1–which also debuted at #2 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, #6 in Canada overall and #1 on the Rock & Metal chart, #19 on Germany’s mainstream charts, #29 in Australia and #44 in the U.K. overall and #1 (U.K.) on the official Rock & Metal chart.
5FDP–known for their uncompromising musical intensity and razor-sharp lyrics–are currently on an extensive European arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold through early December and have just announced they’ll be performing at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on March 8, 2014 to kick off their own headlining European tour next Spring. For all tour dates and tickets, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour.
Camden. Underworld. Sold out. All very good words and very good reasons to get excited about tonight’s show. There was a queue from early on which is not surprising, especially given the size of the venue and the locality of the stage, it can be a bit of a bottle neck trying to get some floor space. Being sold out you knew it was going to be absolutely rammed which I can tell you, it certainly was.
‘Skies Are Falling’, the debut album from London metal band HORNET has garnered some great reviews. The seamless blend of punk, metal and rock makes it the ideal record to blast out of your windows and is well worth checking out as it’s packed with roof raising anthems. Our reviewer Becky Brown gave ‘Skies Are Falling’ 3/5 and said “Hornet have stormed into the metal scene with a whole new style, showing us a mix of punk, metal and rock that works perfectly together.”
Metal-Rules.com recently sat down with Hornet’s guitarist Tollef Rikje-Pearson and bassist Max Thompson to discuss their new single, their debut album, the band’s creative influences and more. Read on for the full interview… Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who went to BLOODSTOCK this year would be amazed to see the strength and depth of metal on the upgraded big top ‘Newblood Stage’ and next year promises to deliver yet again. With their ale-loving friends at Hobgoblin continuing their support of BLOODSTOCK, the commitment to underground metal grows, as ‘Hobgoblin Presents BLOODSTOCK’s Metal 2 The Masses’.
BLOODSTOCK has an ever-increasing number of venues and promoters in the UK and overseas supporting their scheme to support ‘new blood’ bands, and in addition to their ‘battle of the bands’-style roadshow, there’s a raft of other entry platforms to get bands on to the bill at the UK’s heaviest of festivals. This really is an event with an eye on the future of metal. Read the rest of this entry »
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and wish him the very best in his future musical endeavors. A replacement will be officially announced soon.
ZAKK WYLDE and company have been holed up in Zakk’s personal studio the past few months hammering out their much-anticipated new full-length album, which is set for a spring 2014 release through EOne. Stay tuned for additional information.
A split between three of the best underground bands in the UK extreme metal scene at the moment has been released on Depressive Illusion Records. The split contains 3 tracks each from Baalberith, legendary satanic black metal since 1997, Hex Morbidity, a brand new UK band best suited to fans of Deicide, Carcass and Dissection, and Forneus, Sheffield’s dark entity of hatred and chaos.
Currently available via Ukraine’s Depressive Illusion Records, the CDs are highly limited so it is certainly recommended that you take this opportunity to sample some of Britain’s newest and freshest sounds in the underground. Read the rest of this entry »
Brit Outfit Unleash New Video ‘Wasted Feelings’ In Tandem With Latest Record Within The Frozen Design.
British symphonic metal upstarts Winter Storm have been busy. Alongside their stunning second record, “Within The Frozen Design”, the band have also put together a brilliant video for their rapturously received new single ‘Wasted Feelings’. Read the rest of this entry »
**The ONLY UK shows by Metallica and Iron Maiden in 2014** 4th – 6th JULY 2014
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCK AT KNEBWORTH
SONISPHERE 2014 – CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCK AT KNEBWORTH
Iron Maiden and Metallica, the two biggest metal bands on the planet, will make history this summer when they co-headline the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, the very first time both bands have appeared together on a British bill, and the ONLY CONCERTS EITHER BAND WILL PLAY IN THE UK IN 2014.
Both Metallica and Iron Maiden headlined their first ever Knebworth concerts under the Sonisphere banner and now these giants of the world stage return together to fly the Sonisphere flag once more; bigger and bolder than ever before. For the first time ever fans will have the chance to see both bands come together to head up what will surely make for one of the most historic festival bills in heavy rock music.
British legends Iron Maiden will bring their immensely successful ‘Maiden England’ World Tour to a spectacular finale.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson comments:
“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.
This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”
Also headlining will be one of the biggest selling rock acts of all time, Metallica. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, Metallica are one of the most influential and successful rock bands in history. Next summer’s performance by Metallica will see the band delivering a ‘Metallica By Request’ interactive setlist spanning their entire career. For full details, see below.
Says Lars Ulrich:
“This just works on all fronts:
Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindf*ck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.
And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.
Add the cherry on top…co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.