Michael Sweet, frontman for the multi-platinum rock band Stryper, will release a new full-length solo album, I’m Not Your Suicide, and his first autobiography, Honestly: My Life and Stryper Revealed, on May 6, 2014, via BIG3 Records. Fans can get a sneak peak at the album courtesy of the all-new lyric video for the song, “The Cause” – which premieres today at 12:00 p.m. EST exclusively at Loudwire, Noisecreep and NewReleaseTuesday. The new Michael Sweet website also launches today at www.michaelsweet.com with a free preview of Chapter One of the upcoming book. Read the rest of this entry »
- Chicago metal trio DIAMOND PLATE have confirmed a US tour with Bay Area thrashers HATCHET (Mar 7, 2014)
- VADER COMPLETES RECORDING FOR NEW ALBUM (Mar 7, 2014)
- DEW-SCENTED working on new album; Japan tour and Euro dates with SACRED REICH announced (Mar 7, 2014)
- SABATON RELEASE FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR HEROES (Mar 7, 2014)
- LOST SOCIETY: Second Track-By-Track Video Online! (Mar 7, 2014)
- Interview with Evertale (Mar 8, 2014)
- Interview with Lords Of The Trident (Mar 5, 2014)
- Rustfield - Band leader/singer Andrea Rampa (Mar 5, 2014)
- IRON SAVIOR vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck (Mar 4, 2014)
- Darkane - Singer Lawrence Mackrory (Feb 27, 2014)
- Dark Tranquillity at the House of Blues Hollywood North America Construct Tour 2014 Feb. 22, 2014 (Mar 5, 2014)
- Amon Amarth at The Wiltern Los Angeles Feb. 15, 2014 (Mar 4, 2014)
- Children Of Bodom w. Death Angel & Tyr @ Mac Hall Ballroom, Calgary, Alberta (Mar 4, 2014)
- Behemoth + Cradle Of Filth @ The Forum, London (Mar 2, 2014)
- Toxic Holocaust @ The Underworld (Mar 2, 2014)
On a stage dressed with headstones donning the names of the band – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – the press conference streamed live via the band’s official website.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale tomorrow (January 29th) for VIP fan club members and Friday (January 31st) and Saturday (February 1st) for the general public.
“We want to go out with the four founding members of Motley Crue and go out on top,” said lead singer Vince Neil.
“We want to leave a legacy,” added guitarist Nikki Sixx. “We want to have some dignity.”
The band members have signed a legal agreement promising not to perform as Motley Crue after 2015.
Dates confirmed so far are below, with more to be announced!
2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
5 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
9 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
12 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
13 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
15 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
19 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
22 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amp
23 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
25 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
26 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep County Amphitheater
27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
29 – Wheatland, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
30 – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater
1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp
2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
5 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
6 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Events Center
8 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amp
12 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
13 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
15 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amp
16 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
17 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp
19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
20 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
23 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
24 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing. Arts Center
27 – Allentown, PA – Great Allentown Fair
29 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
30 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
31 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing. Arts Center
10 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
12 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
14 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
17 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
19 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
21 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
22 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
25 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Events Center Phoenix – AK-Chin Pavilion
26 – Montville, CT – Mohegan Sun
29 – Syracuse, NY – The OnCenter Complex
5 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast College
6 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
9 – Moline, IL – iWireless Center
11 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
12 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
13 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
16 – Fargo, ND – FargoDome
18 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
19 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
21 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Interview With Paul Logue of Eden’s Curse
Conducted By Erich Heintzelman
I recently spoke with Eden’s Curse bassist and band leader Paul Logue about the band’s new album, SYMPHONY OF SIN as well as the band’s new members. Additionally, Paul shared how the band manages to compose their music despite the members being scattered all over Europe and how SYMPHONY OF SIN is a triumph after a two year period of adversity and hard work.
Carpathian Forest Interview
at Camden Underworld, London
14th December 2013
Interview by Ben Spencer
Photography by Jo Blackened
Having arrived at Camden Underworld early to witness the bands on tonight’s bill sounding checking, it was time to meet Black Metal veterans Carpathian Forest and learn more about their story and what’s to come from their eagerly awaited return to the UK shores. After pulling up a table and setting up our equipment towards the front entrance we were joined by front man Roger Rasmussen, better known to the masses as Nattefrost.
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Debut Solo Album Set For March 18 Release; NAMM Signings And Performance Announced
Lead Single “I Am The Fire (featuring DEVOUR THE DAY)” To Be Released Digitally February 25
‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:
- My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
- Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
- I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
- Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
- Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
- Just Can’t Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
- Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
- Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
- Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
- Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
- Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
- End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén) Read the rest of this entry »
Nightwish’s Tuomas Holopainen to release his debut solo single & video on Nightwish FanPOD before its world premiere
Tuomas Holopainen’s debut solo single, A Lifetime of Adventure, will be released on the Nightwish FanPOD tablet-computer app on 23 January 2014, two weeks before its world premiere.
The Nightwish FanPOD update will also include a music video for the new single directed by Ville Lipiäinen and Mika Jussila’s photos of Tuomas Holopainen and Don Rosa in the recording studio.
A Lifetime of Adventure, from the upcoming solo album, Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, will be released worldwide on 7 February 2014. The cover artwork on both the single and the album is by Don Rosa, the illustrator of Disney’s Duck characters. Nightwish FanPOD is available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.
”I have lost my best friend of 32 years and my business partner of 24. Although the unthinkable already happened three days ago, I am still in a state of utter shock. Oliver Withöft leaves a space that cannot be filled for all who held him dear. He was a tremendous father, husband, son and friend and will be terribly missed. I will always treasure him in my heart as the witty, brilliant and altogether great person he was. Farewell Oliver, see you on the other side and in our next life. Your brother, Robert”
–Robert Kampf, Century Media founder
Oliver Withöft, co-owner of independent record label Century Media, passed away on January 20, 2014 after falling ill several months ago. He was 49.
Born in Dortmund, Germany in 1964, Withöft studied linguistics, business and history in both Germany and the U.K. Robert Kampf started Century Media Records 25 years ago simply to create a suitable label home for his own band, Despair. He was looking for a trustworthy and strong partner to lead the company with and found this person in his best friend and fellow musician Oliver Withöft, who joined the company eighteen months later, sharing the same love and passion for music, and metal in particular. Since that very day, these two friends developed one of the most important independent record labels on the planet. Today the company has around 100 people on payroll in Dortmund, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Melbourne and the Netherlands. A lot of musical careers were developed over the years: Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Suicide Silence, In This Moment, Otherwise, Iced Earth, Die Broilers, Arch Enemy and Heaven Shall Burn are just a few of them. Century Media became a brand name recognized across the world. Oliver Withöft was always the strategic, legal and financial mind behind the organization. He was not only a strong fighter for the company, but also a very intelligent and forward-thinking leader. When the music industry drastically changed in the ’90s, he was the first to think about new ways to adapt to the needs and challenges of the rapidly-changing market. We have lost a great man with an amazing sense of humor, a warrior, and an overall very human being. Oliver leaves behind a wife, Judith, and their three daughters. Read the rest of this entry »
Bay Area Thrash Legends EXODUS Hit the Road with SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in May 2014 Trek Includes EXODUS’ First Stop at the 2014 “Rock On The Range” in Columbus, OH
If you’ve ever wanted a lesson in true thrash-punk-metal, the wait is over. Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS are proud to announce their participation in this monumental upcoming tour with headliners SLAYER and additional special guests SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. This metal-head’s “dream tour” kicks off on May 9th in Salt Lake City, UT, and hits six more cities, including a stop at the world-famous Rock On The Range festival on May 17th in Columbus, OH.
Don’t miss all of the moshing, thrashing and headbanging— tickets are on sale as of today! Not only is this one of your first chances to see EXODUS in 2014, but this is the very first time that SLAYER and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have toured together since the 1990 European “Clash of the Titans” tour.
Gary Holt will perform double-duty on this run as guitarist for his band EXODUS, while also filling in for SLAYER’s fallen guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
Gary Holt states, “I am very excited to announce EXODUS will be joining SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and the mighty SLAYER for a short trip including a special performance at Rock on the Range! Double duty will have never been so much fun! Looking forward to this one in a big way! Let the mayhem begin!” Read the rest of this entry »
International power prog metal band BLACKWELDER signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. Hailing from the four corners of the world, BLACKWELDER is a brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in Power Prog Metal today. Arguably the best singer in all of metal, Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) fronts this extraordinary outfit at the top of his game, alongside guitar virtuoso Andrew Szus (Seven Seraphim). Bjorn Englen (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex-Angra) round out this unstoppable team of what quite possibly could be one of the greatest lineups metal has ever seen.
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray)
Andrew Szucs – Guitar (Seven Seraphim)
Bjorn Englen – Bass (Dio Disciples, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, ex-Angra) Read the rest of this entry »
British shred-heavy melodic metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have secured a deal with Trooper Entertainment for the Japanese release of their upcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK.
The album is due to be released in Japan on March 12th, following its European launch on March 10th through Earache Records. The album will then release in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records on March 18th. Read the rest of this entry »
Brazilian metallers Almah announce a new release “Motion Playback Band”. Every song of this album now is available as four backing tracks where one of the instruments or vocal part is missing: there are tracks without solo guitars, bass or drums and karaoke version.
‘Motion Playback Band’ album, the first of the series, is already available as a worldwide digital release on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and other stores. It presents all the songs from the third Almah album ‘Motion” (2011) specially re-mixed and re-mastered for this project.The samples can be heard here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/
Almah frontman and founder Edu Falaschi comments: “We release these backing tracks for our fans who have always wanted to play with Almah to practice with professional materials or just to have fun! For example, a bass player can download a version without bass and play along the track! A singer can use karaoke version etc. Right now we are preparing songs from our 2d album ‘Fragile Equality’ to give you more news soon!”
Last year Almah released its fourth album Unfold via Scarlet Records. The material was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil and mixed and mastered by Damien Rainaud at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California. In September 2013 the band took part in the world famous Rock In Rio Festivaland in November 2013 Almah played European co-headlining tour with Secret Sphere (Italy).The band was established in 2006 as a solo-project of Edu Falaschi (Angra’s singer at the time). After the release of the debut album ‘Almah’, the solo-project turned into a permanent band that launched another two records, ‘Fragile Equality’ (2008) and ‘Motion’ (2011). In May 2012 Falaschi announced his departure from Angra to concentrate on Almah as his main band.
More about Almah: http://www.almah.com.br
Some things in life just seem to go together, for example, peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs and hamburgers, baseball and apple pie, and of course heavy metal music and porn. And speaking of heavy metal music and porn, the Los Angeles metal band, BRUTE FORCZ, has added to that combination. The group, featuring ex professional wrestlers, Slammer and Jammer, have just released their first video for the song, Sex Machine, from their debut album, “Out For Blood”. The video includes super hot adult actresses, Ava Devine and Missy Martinez. The girls do their best to sensor the video, shaking, bouncing and exposing every boob, nipple and butt cheek possible. ( If you are not familiar with Missy and Ava, make sure you look them up.) Read the rest of this entry »
LOST SOCIETY, one of the most promising up-and-coming Finnish bands of our time, has released the details to their upcoming album Terror Hungry. “LOST SOCIETY is back, and we’re angrier than ever,” commented guitarist/vocalist Samy Elbanna. “The new album Terror Hungry is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements that make up LOST SOCIETY and we’ve put in even more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding, and some of the fastest stuff we’ve ever done on it! Look out, this one’s gonna be faster, louder and we’re more pissed off than ever!”
Led by EPICA guitarist & songwriter Mark Jansen, MAYAN’s second studio album, Antagonise, is due to hit stores on the 3rd of Feb 2014. The album was recorded at Sandlane Studio with producer Joost van den Broek (REVAMP, STREAM OF PASSION). Guests on the album include: Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and Greek virtuoso violinist Dimitris Katsoulis. The band revealed the first track by track trailer for their new album last week and part two is now online too. Watch the second part, here:
Swedish riff lords GRAND MAGUS will unleash their new album Triumph And Power in the next few weeks. In anticipation we sat down and asked frontman JB about the themes on the record and here’s what he had to say http://youtu.be/ssBG27oJAIU.
GRAND MAGUS recently made the track “Steel Versus Steel” available for streaming at the following location: http://smarturl.it/
Triumph and Power was recorded at Studio Sweetspot in Halmstad, Sweden this past September with producer Nico Elgstrand and engineer Staffan Karlsson (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS). Artwork was done this time around by Anthony Roberts. Read the rest of this entry »