VARDIS Classics “100 MHP”, “The World’s Insane”, “Quo Vardis” Remastered & Re-Released on CD & Vinyl

July 23rd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Hard Rock/NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band VARDIS will have the classics albums “100 MHP”, “The World’s Insane”, and “Quo Vardis” remastered & re-released on CD & Vinyl via Dissonance Productions and Back On Black Records. The CD digipaks featuring exclusive bonus tracks, to be realeased on September 22nd and Vinyl on October 20th 2017.

Preoder is open now: “100 MPH”, “The World’s Insane”, “Quo Vardis”

The VARDIS comeback album, “Red Eye“, was released in 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer.

VARDIS was forged out of glam, punk, heavy metal, blues and rock ‘n’ roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. They are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great rockers and electric bluesmen of the ’50s and ’60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of hard rock and punk in the ’70s, and achieving prominence in the ’80s as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and speed metal across North America and Europe, cited by metal giants such as METALLICA and MEGADETH. Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, the VARDIS brand of hard rock retains a unique heavy groove, and has endured as truly original.


Steve Zodiac
Joe Clancy
Martin Connolly

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Chains Over Razors Join Forces with Carmine Appice and Rocker Records

July 23rd, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Carmine Appice and Rocker Records ( is excited to announce its partnership with the Chains Over Razors.

Chains Over Razors is an intense Rock and Metal power trio comprised of singer Franco V. Roc, guitarist Mike Vapor, and drummer Andy Vapor.
The three started out together as part of the the group Beneathme in 2007. They reformed in 2014 as an intense three piece focused on edge and melody driven music pushing new ideas and concepts in the genre that many would consider against the rules. About the name drummer Andy Vapor says, “we were watching a show about taboo culture, and the art of scarring and people hanging from chains and laying on a bed of razors or nails. This kinda led to an ‘aha’ moment. We thought that should be the new group name, Chains Over Razors. We always think of it as being imprisoned in a cold dark room with hanging chains over a floor with razors. It’s a complete separation from reality.”

The hard hitting name goes hand in hand with the hard-hitting music on the trio’s debut album produced by Rock legend Carmine Appice. The first single and video “Damnation” which as guitarist Mike Vapor puts it is a “powerful heavy groove with a dark story”. Other stand out tracks include “Devil’s Eyes” (“The riff gives me the impression that your face is going to get torn off. It’s intense.” -Mike), “Center Line of a Lie” (“The rhythm for the drums has an interesting double bass pattern that sounds like it is dancing in and out of the guitars. It’s pretty interesting.” -Andy), and “2020” (“This song questions our existence and purpose.” -Andy).

Although Mike and Andy live in Chicago and Franco is based in Montreal, QC the band comes together to write and perform.
More videos and music coming soon, and look for the band on the road this summer and fall!


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Metal Church + Comaniac @ The Audio, Glasgow

July 21st, 2017
by UK Team

Metal Church

@ The Audio, Glasgow

June 21, 2017

Review by Pete Mutant

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Heidevolk – Interview with Rowan Roodbaert

July 21st, 2017
by UK Team


Interview with Rowan Roodbaert

May 2017

Interview by Demitri Levantis
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JAG PANZER release new lyric video for “Far Beyond All Fear”

July 21st, 2017
by EvilG

US Metal legends JAG PANZER release a new lyric video for the song “Far Beyond All Fear” today. The track is taken from their forthcoming album “The Deviant Chord”.

The lyric video was created by Jag Panzer guitarist Mark Briody:

I wanted the video to be a Jules Verne style adventure, like the kind we grew up with. I always wanted to set the lyric video in the same time period as the cover (late 1800s) so I could give some back story to the album artwork!

Jag Panzer “The Deviant Chord”

Jag Panzer “The Deviant Chord”

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Nokturnal Mortum – Interview with Knjaz Varggoth

July 20th, 2017
by UK Team

Nokturnal Mortum

Interview with Knjaz Varggoth

June 24, 2017

MonteRay Live Stage, Kiev

Interview by Oliver M.

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July 20th, 2017
by EvilG
Ross the Boss

Ross the Boss

With a resume including some of the most influential and hardest-hitting bands of all-time – the Dictators and Manowar – guitarist Ross the Boss’ stature in the history of hard rock and heavy metal has been well-solidified for decades by this point. And he continues to rock – as the leader of his own solo outfit, and such stellar releases as ‘Hailstorm’ and ‘New Metal Leader’ (as well as having just completed a major European tour, and has an all-new solo release coming soon, via AFM Records).

For the band’s upcoming three New Jersey/New York area shows (July 28 in Clifton, NJ, July 29 in Queens, NY, and July 30 in Long Branch, NJ) and an appearance at the massive Wacken Open Air Festival (August 3 in Germany), drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl will be stepping aside, and will be replaced by Ross’ nephew, Lance Barnewold.

“We – the Ross the Boss Band – are sad that Brother Rhino cannot be with us, and we wish him all the best,” says Ross. “Now we have my amazing nephew, Lance Barnewold, to pound the drums into oblivion!”

Ross the Boss was one of the pioneers of both punk rock and heavy metal. He’s proud to know that the music he’s made has influenced and inspired so many other artists. You can be sure that whatever band he’s in or whatever style he’s playing in, he’s always happy to be writing new music and playing the guitar with his friends.

And soon, fans will be able experience Ross’ immense guitar legacy on a concert stage!


July 28 Clifton, NJ USA Dingbatz
July 29 Queens, NY USA Blackthorn 51
July 30 Long Branch, NJ USA Brighton Bar
August 3 Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Wacken Open Air



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JUDAS PRIEST Announce Video Game

July 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Sony Music Entertainment and legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest announced today that “Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla,” a new mobile game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now available in the App Store.

Game download link to App Store here:

The app features stunning new visuals and gameplay set to the iconic songs “Halls of Valhalla,” “Breaking the Law”, “Turbo Lover”, “Electric Eye”, and “Painkiller” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”

Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla innovates by making isolated song stems (eg drums, vocals, guitar) from the 2016 ‘Battle Cry’ album available to players exclusively within the game. Using an innovative visual mechanic, players must fill “stem meters” to construct the full song and progress through each level of the game.

“When we set out to make this game, we wanted to give fans a new kind of visual listening experience” said Rob Halford, who also appears in a series of exclusive video clips throughout the game.

“For the first time, we are making individual stems of our songs available to fans to give them a new and interactive way to engage with some of the best songs from our catalog.”

“Judas Priest: Road To Valhalla” is a joint collaboration between Judas Priest, Sony Music Entertainment, Trinifold Management LLC UK and Babaroga, a leading mobile game studio.

“Metal maniacs are you ready to join Judas Priest on the Road To Valhalla…..? We are excited to have you take charge and lead the way on the bike and the tour bus! Let the molten metal mayhem begin with the thrill of the ride! Can you claim victory on this perilous journey that leads you into Valhalla…?”

Have a blast and enjoy!
Rob, Glenn, Richie, Ian and Scott


About Judas Priest:

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their 40 year career – originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is responsible for some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’etc.) and for decades have been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre including an iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985 – they also brought metal to the masses by their appearance on American Idol in 2011 – plus Judas Priest were one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and was eventually embraced by metal fans throughout the world!

And soon, the worlds of metal and gaming will collide head-on, with the groundbreaking new game, ‘Road to Valhalla’!


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July 20th, 2017
by Celtic Bob


Over the years, a whole new appreciation has developed for the “Blaze Bayley era” of Iron Maiden – which resulted in such classic albums as 1995’s ‘X Factor’ and 1998’s ‘Virtual XI’ (and the singles “Man on the Edge,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Angel and the Gambler,” “Futureal,” and an all-new track on 1996’s Best of the Beast comp, “Virus”).

And recently, Bayley (who was also the singer for another highly-respected rock band, Wolfsbane) has released his latest solo effort (a second in a trilogy of release), entitled ‘Endure and Survive (Infinite Entanglement Part II).

And with the album’s release comes the announcement of an extensive North American tour, which starts August 9th on the east coast, and will run to September 9th on the west coast.

“I’m so excited about coming to USA and Canada for the ‘Endure and Survive’ part of my ‘Infinite Entanglement’ tour,” explains Blaze. “I have great memories of touring there with Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden. I’ll be doing a few songs from those days and some songs from my new albums. As a thank you to my fans for waiting so long for this tour, I will be doing a free meet and greet after every show, signing any CDs and albums that I’m featured on. I’m fitting in as many towns and cities as I can on this tour and I’m hoping it will be possible to tour USA and Canada every year if fans want me to return.”

Soon, North American fans will be able to hear Iron Maiden classics and solo material performed on stage by one of the great rock singers of recent times, Blaze Bayley!


W 8/9 Sellersville, PA Sellersville, Theater
Th 8/10 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
F 8/11 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Su 8/13 Baltimore, MD Fish Head Cantina
T 8/15 Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s
W 8/16 Montreal, Quebec Piranha Bar
Th 8/17 Ottawa,Ontario Brass Monkey
F 8/18 Quebec City, Quebec L’Anti
S 8/19 Toronto, Ontario Rockpile
Su 8/20 London,Ontario East Side Bar and Grill
M 8/21 Detroit, MI Token Lounge
W 8/23 Newport, KY Southgate House Revival
F 8/25 Janesville, WI Backbar
S 8/26 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgators
Su 8/27 St. Louis, MO Fubar
W 8/30 Ft. Worth, TX Rail Club
Th 8/31 Austin, TX Come and Get it Live
F 9/1 Houston, TX Concert Pub North
S 9/2 San Antonio, TX Rockbox
M 9/4 Hollywood, CA Whisky A Go Go
T 9/5 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Th 9/7 Eugene, OR Old Nick’s
F 9/8 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
S 9/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon



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KIX – guitarist Ronnie “10/10” Younkins

July 19th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala


Kix is an American hard rock band that achieved their greatest popularity during the 1980s with such albums as MIDNIGHT DYNAMITE and BLOW MY FUSE. The band’s biggest hit was the power ballad “Don’t Close Your Eyes, which was in heavy rotation on US radio stations and MTV. The band split up in 1996, but they got back together in 2003 with the line-up of vocalist Steve Whiteman, guitarists Ronnie “10/10” Younkins and Brian “Damage” Forsythe, drummer Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant and the new bassist Mark Schenker. The album ROCK YOUR FACE OFF was released in 2014. Kix performed at Sweden Rock festival in early June. There I had the pleasure to discuss with the band’s guitarist and founder member, Ronnie Younkins, on many topics including the current lineup, the upcoming Kix album and his recent absence from the group’s ranks.

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Brutal Assault : Official Trailer 2017

July 19th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

Here is the official Brutal Assault 2017 trailer


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Morbid Angel cancels all the summer festival dates

July 18th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

World Management and Morbid Angel would like to announce that due to unfortunate and last minute, unforeseen problems with a passport for one of the members of the band, as a result the Summer Festival dates slated for late July and August will have to be cancelled. In well over 30 years we have never had an incident like this, nor have we ever cancelled shows in our past. We have been advised by The US State Department / Passport Agency that a new passport will not be forthcoming in time for any of the upcoming festivals. Morbid Angel are extremely unhappy about this loss of shows and want to apologize to all the Fans, Promoters, and Vendors in Europe! We are working to have this issue remedied for the future and are looking forward to coming back to Europe and playing for all of our fans in November!!!

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VENOM – Dante, Cronos and Rage

July 16th, 2017
by Marko Syrjala


WELCOME TO HELL, BLACK METAL and AT WAR WITH SATAN are iconic black metal albums having had a massive impact on the metal genre. Even though Venom has faced up and dows during its long career, the band is still pushing boundaries. Venom of 2017 is guided by Cronos, along with guitarist Rage, and drummer Dante. The landed at Sweden Rock to offer a black metal outburst in an old school way. The band’s latest FROM THE VERY DEPTH stands for the brutal and raw metal to show Venom’s vicious and fresh approach. had the unique opportunity to sit with the whole band and have a discussion about several interesting and fascinating topics.

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Tom Kefier July 1st, 2017

July 16th, 2017
by J P

Tom Keifer

Deerfoot Inn And Casino
July 1st, 2017

Review by JP
Photography by Jeff

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JACKYL Celebrate Silver Anniversary with ’25’ And A New Tour

July 14th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

t’s an incredible accomplishment when a rock band has been successful enough to reach the 25-year mark since the release of their first album.
And this year, raunchy southern rockers Jackyl have accomplished this feat, and are celebrating with an appropriately-titled compilation, ’25,’ which drops July 28 via Mighty Loud Records.

The 18-track set (which can be preordered via the band’s official site, features such Jackyl radio hits as “Down on Me,” “The Lumberjack,” “Push Comes to Shove,” and “Favorite Sin,” as well as two previously unreleased tracks – a live rendition of “Redneck Punk,” as well as a cover of Black Oak Arkansas’ “Hot and Nasty.”

“At the time we first hit the scene, we were told by quite a few interviewers and fans that we sounded like a cross between Black Oak Arkansas and AC/DC,” explains Jackyl. “While we was very familiar with AC/DC, we were not with BOA. We went back and listened, and were blown away – so much so, that we recorded a cover of one of their most kick ass tunes, ‘Hot and Nasty,’ which is now finally getting its release on this comp.”

First bursting upon the scene with their self-titled, platinum-certified debut album in 1992, Jackyl has made a name for themselves as a killer live band that delivers night after night, and has continued to offer up good old fashioned blues boogie over the years, as evidenced on such subsequent albums as 1994’s gold-certified ‘Push Comes to Shove,’ all the way to their most recent release, 2016’s ‘Rowyco.’

“With this compilation, we are celebrating 25 years of Jackyl rock n’ roll – the fundamentals of rock n roll,” adds Jesse. “And beware – we are not slowing down anytime soon.”

‘25’ Tracklisting:

Down on Me
When Will It Rain
The Lumberjack
Push Comes to Shove
Secret of the Bottle
Dumb Ass Country Boy
Cut the Crap
Kill the Sunshine
My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s Ass
Just Like a Negro (featuring DMC)
Favorite Sin
Just Because I’m Drunk
Redneck Punk (Live) – previously unreleased
Hot and Nasty – previously unreleased


Thursday, August 10, 2017 Sturgis SD Full Throttle Saloon
Friday, August 25, 2017 Sterling Heights MI Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Franklin OH J.D. Legends
Saturday, September 2, 2017 Milwaukee WI National H.O.G. Rally/Milwaukee Rally
Friday, September 8, 2017 Hinckley MN Grand Rocktember V Music Festival
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Ocean City MD Cowboy Coast Country Saloon
Friday, September 15, 2017 Heath OH Muddy Creek Saloon
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Sunrise Beach MO Pickleheads Roadhouse (Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest)
Thursday, September 21, 2017 Augusta GA The Country Club
Friday, September 22, 2017 Savannah GA The Stage on Bay
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Cocoa Beach FL 80’s in the Park
Friday, November 17, 2017 Sioux City IA Anthem at Hard Rock
Saturday, November 18, 2017 Watseka IL Watseka Theatre
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Cincinnati OH Bogart’s
Friday, November 24, 2017 Indianapolis IN 8 Seconds Saloon
Saturday, November 25, 2017 Green Bay WI The Green Bay Distillery
Sunday, November 26, 2017 Dubuque IA Q Casino
Friday, December 1, 2017 Flint MI The Machine Shop



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