PENTAGRAM Re-Sign With Peaceville Records and New Album This Summer

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.

Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.

The band comments on the signing:

“Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic ‘doom’ album ‘Relentless,’ many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That’s what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are.”

It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. “Minnesota” Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.

Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, All Your Sins, due out March 31 in North America. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Featuring two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.


Disc 1:

1.1  Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
1.2  CBGBs – 1985 [00:28]
1.3  The Seagull Inn – 1985 [00:22]
1.4  The Hung Jury Pub – 1987 [00:39]
1.5  9:30 Club – 1993 [00:41]

Disc 2:

2.1  The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
2.2  The End – 2010 [01:09]
2.3  John Dee, Oslo – 2012 [01:11]
2.4  The DNA Lounge – 2014 [00:06]

Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram.

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RIOT V Release New Lyric Video

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT regrouped last year as RIOT V and released the fantastic album “Unleash The Fire”, which topped the year end media charts worldwide.

Today they unleash a new lyric video for the song “Ride Hard Live Free”.  Check the video out HERE.

“Unleash The Fire” is out now as a digipak version with one bonus track and poster, a 2LP colored vinyl version, standard version and download via SPV/Steamhammer.  Purchase it on Amazon and iTunes.

RIOT V Live 2015:

3/13: US-Brooklyn,NY – Defenders Of The Old Festival III
4/25: D-Lauda/Königshofen – Keep It True Festival
6/6: SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
7/25: E-Barcelona – Rock Fest

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TENACIOUS D’s “Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life” Tribute Version of “The Last In Line” Wins “Best Metal Performance” Grammy

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock and metal history, known for fronting legendary groups such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio. Sadly, in 2010, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer. The indisputable fact that his towering voice and legacy live on is solidified again with this past Sunday’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy win for his classic track “The Last In Line”, re-recorded in homage to the singer/songwriter by Billboard chart-topping group Tenacious D (featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass).

The winning cover version of “The Last In Line” was not only recorded to honor one of the greatest and most recognizable voices in heavy metal and hard rock, but to assist in raising funds for a very important cause.

The Grammy award-winning track “The Last In Line” appears on the Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute album, a compilation recorded and released last year to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund ( This Is Your Life features an all-star group of Dio’s friends and fans performing 13 of their favorite Ronnie James Dio tracks. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, and was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research. So far from the sale of This Is Your Life, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has raised $132,000 towards cancer research.

Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and President/Founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund states, “We are so excited to see one of Ronnie’s songs be awarded with a Grammy. As soon as Tenacious D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen.”

“This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio,” add Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. “We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness.”

The Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute compilation debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Produced by Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund President/Co-Founder,  This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. See below for a full tracklisting, chock full of renditions by today’s most stellar classic, heavy metal and hard rock artists.

This Is Your Life is available now via iTunes, or physical via Amazon.

*Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s life at the “Ronnie James Dio 5th Anniversary Memorial Weekend” in Los Angeles, May 15-17, 2015*
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a “BOWL FOR RONNIE” Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural “RIDE FOR RONNIE” motorcycle ride and BBQ. Please visit for in-depth information on the weekend, and stay tuned for more details to be announced soon.

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THE ANSWER Premiere New Song

February 12th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Irish Rockers THE ANSWER will release their new album Raise a Little Hell this March in North America via Napalm Records.  This is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 release New Horizon.  The album is set for release on the following days:

G/A/S/Europe/AUS: 06.03.2015
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: 09.03.2015
SE/ESP: 11.03.2015
USA/CAN: 17.03.2015

Raise a Little Hell can be pre-ordered at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.

Today the band premieres the next new single from Raise a Little Hell entitled “Long Live the Renegades” exclusively at the online home of Guitar World Magazine.  Listen to the song HERE.

The band commented on the new track:

“The song is a bit of a rocker and we tried a slightly different production technique on this track by keeping it very dry.  The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality. This is our fifth album and we’ve gone back to our earlier blues and roots style with what we think are harder rockin’ grooves. Hope you like it as much as we do!”

Raise A Little Hell Track Listing:
1. Long Live the Renegades
2. The Other Side
3. Aristocrat
4. Cigarettes & Regret
5. Last Days of Summer
6. Strange Kinda’ Nothing
7. I Am What I Am
8. Whiplash
9. Gone Too Long
10. Red
11. I Am Cured
12. Raise A Little Hell

Tour Dates:
10.03.15 UK – LEEDS / THE KEY CLUB
11.03.15 UK – YORK / FIBBERS
24.03.15 UK – BRISTOL / MOTION
28.03.15 UK – SOUTHAMPTON / 1865

14.04.15 DE – Berlin / Magnet
15.04.15 DE – Hannover / Faust
16.04.15 DE – Hamburg / Knust
17.04.15 DE – Weinheim / Café Central
18.04.15 DE – Köln / Luxor
20.04.15 DE – Wiesbaden / Kesselhaus
26.04.15 DE – München / Strom

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February 11th, 2015
by EvilG


Once again, the fans have spoken.

With the support of one of the most loyal fan bases in the worldwide heavy metal community, Beyond The Red Mirror, the tenth studio album by epic metal’s most exalted storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN, has attained the highest first-week U.S. sales numbers for the band in the history of their existence and has debuted at #132 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #6 on the Top Hard Music chart.  In Canada, BLIND GUARDIAN nearly doubled their first-week numbers from 2010, resulting in Beyond The Red Mirror debuts at #49 on the Top 200 and #4 on the Top Hard Music charts.

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IMPELLITTERI return with a new studio album « Venom »

February 11th, 2015
by EvilG
Impellitteri - VENOM

Impellitteri – VENOM

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new IMPELLITTERI studio album entitled “Venom” on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America.

With the release of the new album titled “Venom”, IMPELLITTERI deliver a record filled with addictive and memorable riffs, guitar solos that feature Chris Impellitteri’s blistering shredding technique coupled with strong melody and taste. Rob Rock vocals are mesmerizing, melodic, and will make the listener sing along with each song long after the record is over. Lastly, the band boggles the mind with brutal drumming (featuring John Dette, ex TESTAMENT, SLAYER etc) filled with speed and groove and beastly bass playing (curtesy of James Pulli) that supports IMPELLITTERI’s sonic madness! The result is a record that excites and musically satisfy every Metal and Rock fan, and every musician around the world.  To add to their quest, IMPELLITTERI also wanted to create music that would take the listener on a musical journey thru different time periods of metal and rock.

Chris Impellitteri is heralded as one of the world’s greatest guitar shredders. He has won Best Rock Guitarist Awards on several magazines during the years for his guitar soloing. He is the first guitarist to be branded as the fastest guitarist in the world by the international media. Recently and without any promotion, Impellitteri was officially voted 2nd fastest guitarist in the world by “Guitar One” magazine; and “Guitar World” magazine recently listed Chris Impellitteri within their top 50 fastest guitarists of all time!

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Rare albums from Illdisposed, Invocator and HateSphere out on vinyl in April

February 10th, 2015
by EvilG
3 Danish metal classics to be released on vinyl

3 Danish metal classics to be released on vinyl

“For Depressive Seasons” by Illdisposed, “Through the Flesh to the Soul” by Invocator and “The Sickness Within” by HateSphere will come out on limited vinyl for the first time ever released by Heartburn Music in April.

Albums by three of Denmarks most respected and well known metal acts that now will come out on vinyl. Danish death metallers Illdisposed is the biggest Danish death metal band ever and their debut album “Four Depressive Seasons”, released in 1993, is rated a true classic in the genre. The cd version with the original artwork has been a rare and sought after release through out the years and now it’s finally gonna be available on vinyl with official license through the band. Since 1993 Illdisposed has never looked back and has only gained more and more attention. This release will for sure be a long awaited item for true Illdisposed fans.

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February 10th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Dustin Rabin Photography, Faith No More, FNM, Dustin Rabin

Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s highly anticipated follow-up to Album of the Year, arrives on May 19 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.

“What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space.” Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Sol Invictus was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

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Winter Warmer 2015 @ The Windmill, London 16/01/15

February 10th, 2015
by UK Team

Winter Warmer 2015

@ The Windmill, London

16th January 2015
Review and Photography by Ashlinn Nash


As a standard winter and summer tradition most metal and stoner fans take the pilgrimage to the far end of Brixton to enjoy a sweating, breathing room glazed with honey roasted tunes for two days solid. When Planets Collide this year have put together a third instalment of this all out good times fest with the likes of XII boar, Trippy wicked and the cosmic Children of the knight, Mother Corona among others. Due to illness I was only able to make one of the nights, but my, it was a cracking one.

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February 9th, 2015
by UK Team

Rabid Bitch of the North





Before Rabid Bitch of the North tore Voodoo Belfast a new one last weekend, we sat down with the trio to talk about their recent flurry of activity, signing to a record label and death-defying gigs!

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Crocell reveal album artwork for “Prophet’s Breath”

February 9th, 2015
by EvilG

The Danish blackened death metal outfit Crocell will release their fourth album, “Prophet’s Breath”, through Deepsend Records in the spring 2015.

Like on Crocell’s previous album, “Come Forth Plague” (2013), the artwork is painted by the tattoo artist Odin Roar Uldall, and the layout has been done by Tue Rislund.

“Prophet’s Breath” will be Crocell’s first album with guitarist Rasmus “Hexen” Henriksen (Seed of Heresy, ex-Panzerchrist, ex-Die, etc.) on board and as the cover suggests, the album is a dark and destructive affair.

No exact release date has been set yet, but the album is released this spring.

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Rock Legends EUROPE Launch North American Premiere of “War of Kings” Music Video

February 9th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings. In celebration of the release, the band has launched the official worldwide premiere of their new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). is hosting the North American premiere of the video. Watch the official video here:

Stay tuned for more tracks and teasers coming soon from EUROPE in anticipation of War of Kings!

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.

Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)

EUROPE’s place as a legendary classic rock band was platinum-stamped early in their career, having enjoyed an explosive period of worldwide success in the ‘80s, under-pinned by their hit album and single The Final Countdown, before going on hiatus between 1992 and 2003. They reunited and quickly settled into a period of re-establishment which has seen them re-enforce their reputation worldwide as one of the premier purveyors of blues-tinged classic rock with an edge and some kick. Their last album, 2012’s Bag of Bones, saw EUROPE hit the UK top 40 rock album charts and debut at #2 on the Swedish national charts.

War of Kings is set to take full advantage of the global groundwork EUROPE have put in over the last few years.

Joey Tempest – lead vocals, acoustic & rhythm guitar, keyboards
John Norum – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
John Leven – bass, backing vocals
Mic Michaeli – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Ian Haugland – drums, percussion, backing vocals

For more information on EUROPE, please visit, and

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Neat & Tidy: The Story Of Neat Records Coming March 31st

February 9th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Author John Tucker is set to release Neat & Tidy: The Story Of Neat Records on March 31st. Tucker has written several books over the past decade, his first being Suzie Smiled which is a book on the NWOBHM. Tucker was also involved in Sanctuary Records’ compilation CD’s of Neat Records Singles. More info can be found on his personal website about this and his other writings.

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A cover song wins “Best Metal Performance” at the Grammy Awads

February 8th, 2015
by EvilG

Tenacious D’s cover of the Dio classic “The Last In Line” has won the Best Metal Performance category at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which was handed out earlier today (Sunday, February 8th) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. “Music’s Biggest Night” will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The period of eligibility for this year’s awards cover recordings released between October 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2014.

Nominees in the Best Metal Performance category (for new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative metal recordings) included:

“Neon Knights” – Anthrax
Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Rhino)

“High Road” – Mastodon
Track from: Once More ‘Round The Sun (Reprise)

“Heartbreaker” – Motörhead
Track from: Aftershock (UDR)

“The Negative One” – Slipknot (Roadrunner Records)

“The Last In Line” – Tenacious D
Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life (Rhino)

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Roadburn 2015

February 8th, 2015
by Arto Lehtinen



The legendary and prestigious Roadburn festival offers a wide range of musical sonic torment of the different genres breaking the boundaries on 9-12th of April 10 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands

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