HANGAR release video for “Reality Is A Prison”

July 18th, 2016
by EvilG

HANGAR has released the new video clip for the song “Reality Is A Prison.” It can be viewed here:

This is the lead track from their album, Stronger Than Ever, out July 15 on FC Metal Recordings.

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OPETH TO RELEASE 12TH STUDIO ALBUM, ‘SORCERESS,’ ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, Sorceress, will be released on September 30th and have unveiled the artwork and track list for their imminent masterpiece.

OPETH’s new album, Sorceress, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint label Moderbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener “Persephone” to “The Wilde Flowers” and “Strange Brew” to the album’s counterpart title tracks “Sorceress” and “Sorceress II,” OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.

”The new album ”Sorceress” is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”

For Sorceress, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked Pale Communion in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.

OPETH will return to North America this fall for a headline tour, which will kick off with a performance at Ozzfest/Knotfest on September 24th in San Bernardino, CA. The excursion will continue with special guest The Sword through the following month before wrapping up on October 26th in Vancouver, BC.

Sorceress Track List:
1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

OPETH Tour Dates:
Sep 24 – San Bernardino, CA – Ozzfest/Knotfest @ San Manual Amphitheater
Sep 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sep 30 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Oct 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 7 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Oct 8 – Akron, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
Oct 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Oct 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Oct 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Oct 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
Oct 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Oct 19 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Oct 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Oct 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct 25 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
Oct 26 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum

For More Information:
http://www.opeth.com/
https://twitter.com/OfficialOpeth
https://www.facebook.com/Opeth
https://www.instagram.com/officialopeth
https://www.youtube.com/user/OpethOfficial

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ANTHRAX Celebrate 35th Anniversary…..TODAY!

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.  Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band.  The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do.  I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.”  And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four.  Go here for a look at 35 years of Anthrax.

Anthrax:2016: Clockwise from left – Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Jon Donais, Frank Bello,  Joey Belladonna
Photo credit:  Travis Shinn
So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys?  Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his” Dark Tower” series books?  Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity?  Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination?  Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused.  Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show.  We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites.  They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it.  After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood.  Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner.  Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’  He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I?  Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’  It was just surreal.  That stands out as one of the highlights.  It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that.  I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”  “It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Antisocial’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers.  “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.”  Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day:  “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it.  Now I get to play every night with the band!”

The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx.  Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on
the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion   “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle.  My mecca.  The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played.  It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’

“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us?  Damn few, and they’re all dead.’  Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”

Anthrax – Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais – will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades Slayer.  Dates and ticketing info are listed here..

David Taylor, a staunch Anthrax fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.

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Second Annual ROCK CARNIVAL Reveals Daily Line-Ups

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

The second annual ROCK CARNIVAL returns with another stellar line-up of the biggest names in entertainment. The main event will take place on September 30, October 1 and October 2 at its new location in Lakewood, NJ at FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.

As with its inaugural year, which drew a staggering 50,000+ attendees, the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL will feature classic amusement rides and entertainment, the most delicious food truck offerings, high-action Professional Wrestling, a wide selection of tasty brews, and of course… the best in local, national and international rock music performances! This year’s event will also see the addition of more carnival area space and a children’s fun zone. This is a weekend of big fun for the whole family!

ROCK CARNIVAL is pleased to announce the official per-day event line-up, including Friday’s headliner, shock rock king Alice Cooper, and Saturday’s presentation of Twisted Sister’s official tri-state farewell performance. In addition to Daughtry – featuring its namesake Chris Daughtry – contestant on the fifth season of Fox’s American Idol, ROCK CARNIVAL’s new performers include Life Of Agony, Sebastian Bach, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Punky Meadows and 10 Years.

See below for the current line-up, with more artists being added leading up to the main event. Stay tuned, Sunday’s headliner will be announced soon!

Friday, September 30th
Alice Cooper
Clutch
Zakk Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult
Almost Queen
Alive! ’75
Kyng & More

Saturday, October 1st
Twisted Sister
Daughtry
Overkill
Ace Frehley
Fuel
Monster Magnet
Jackyl
Punky Meadows
Shaman’s Harvest
Texas Hippie Coalition
Zebra
Four By Fate
Jester
American Angel
Killcode
Cycle of Pain

Sunday, October 2nd
????
Life Of Agony
Sebastian Bach
Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy
10 Years
Trixter
Doro
Bullet Boys
Legion
River Monsters

+ more TBA!

Music will take place on multiple stages, including two main festival stages, side by side, on the field.  Fans will have general admission access to the stadium field. The musical portion of the event will once again feature the Birch Hill stage, a very popular performance area, with the addition of another performance area showcasing developing artists.

This year’s festivities will also include a brand new “Classic” Friday night celebration, which will feature tributes to classic rock favorites! Almost Queen will play your Queen favorites, and Zakk Sabbath – featuring vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) – will perform Black Sabbath classics.

Reserved weekend, GA weekend, single day, VIP and Skybox tickets for this year’s ROCK CARNIVAL are on sale now. Single day tickets are just $44.99! Carnival and concert entry is FREE for all children under 16 and Adult Carnival Only Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the Carnival. Carnival Only Admission does not include stadium access.

Get your reserved and GA weekend + single day tickets here! Find VIP packages and Skybox tickets via SoundRink.

More carnival details, per-day line-ups and other entertainment will be announced soon. For more information, visit http://therockcarnival.com/.

The ROCK CARNIVAL is produced by Stan Levinstone Presents and GameLoud.

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Dirk Verbeuren Exits SOILWORK to Join MEGADETH

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

With their full support behind him, SOILWORK announces the departure of longtime drummer Dirk Verbeuren as he joins heavy metal legends MEGADETH as their new full-time drummer. Verbeuren has been performing with MEGADETH for months – his first show with the band was at Rock on The Range festival in May, where he performed to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.

SOILWORK vocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid offers up his encouragement, “In regards to the statement MEGADETH released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”

Strid continues to state that SOILWORK is charging forward, continually progressing their performance but not straying too far from their defining, signature sound, “In the recent years SOILWORK have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day. Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% SOILWORK, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.

Touring drummer Bastian Thusgaard is more-than-worthily filling in the ranks behind the kit this summer.

Strid adds, “Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

Departing drummer Dirk Verbeuren has this to say, “They say the biggest decisions in life are the hardest to make. This decision falls under that category. As a drummer I’ve always enjoyed the evolution of my path. The past twelve years with Soilwork have been incredible, a portion of my life I honor with pride. When I was approached to join MEGADETH- a childhood dream come true and something I never anticipated- I was beyond excited to even consider the realm of possibility. But truth be told, I couldn’t have rightfully made this step without the support and blessing of my SOILWORK family. For that I owe a huge thank you to Bjorn, Sven, David, Sylvain and Markus. You have allowed me to see what lies ahead, and you’re my brothers in metal. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to MEGADETH and for your encouragement and support. Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled to perform and create badass music with you guys. To the fans, this is a new chapter for us; I hope we can enjoy this ride together!”

Stay tuned for more news on upcoming SOILWORK tour dates, music and more – the ride continues!

Pre-order SOILWORK’s new rarities collection Death Resonance in CD digipak or clear vinyl formats here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkDResonanceNB

SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

See below for all current SOILWORK tour dates. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival

SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com

8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)

SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario

KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.

2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

More on SOILWORK:
“Death In General” music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
“Enemies In Fidelity” music video: https://youtu.be/5aCvJWyeGnA
“The Ride Majestic” song stream: https://youtu.be/0wLXeWKGRpM

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
facebook.com/soilwork
twitter.com/soilwork
youtube.com/soilwork
instagram.com/soilwork

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Cleopatra Records To Release An Exclusive Limited Edition Box Set Of Vintage Live Recordings From Glam Legends TWISTED SISTER!

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Twisted Sister 10x10 med res

Following on the heels of the critically acclaimed documentary film “We Are Twisted F*cking Sister!” comes a deluxe box set chronicling the meteoric rise of the legendary glam rock outfit who strutted their way to the top of the music scene in high heels and fishnet stockings! Featuring 3 full length vintage live recordings dating back to the group’s late ‘70s, early ‘80s heyday, this incredible release, titled Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors – The Early Years, will be available starting July 15 courtesy of Deadline Music.

In addition to the classic TS line-up of vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, and bassist Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, these recordings feature early drummers Tony Petri and Ritchie Teeter as well as the man who earned the spot as permanent drummer, the brilliant A.J. Pero, whose passing last year was mourned across the entire rock universe. All together, these legends of crazed, cross-dressing hard rock mayhem absolutely slay on stage with performances of the early classics “Rock ’N’ Roll Saviors,” “The Kids Are Back,” “What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You),” “Ride To Live, Live To Ride” and many, many more! Each concert CD comes in its own individual wallet with inner sleeve and the whole set is packaged in a lavish, red velvet-lined box with pop up mirror. In addition to the CDs, inside the box is a gorgeous full-color 20-page booklet of rare photos and extensive liner notes written by music journalist Malcolm Dome PLUS 3 signature guitar picks, a custom bright pink lipstick tube, and a backstage pass. It’s everything you need to properly celebrate this extraordinary band!

Track List:
DISC 1: 1979 Detroit Club
1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors
2. Pay The Price
3. Follow Me
4. Under The Blade
5. Guitar Solo
6. Can’t Stand Still
7. Lady’s Boy
8. Workin’ On You Baby
9. Come Back
10. Without You
11. Chinese Hustle
12. I’ll Never Grow Up Now
13. Plastic Money
14. Johnny B Goode
15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors

DISC 2: 1980 Hammerheads
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. Come Back
3. Bad Boys
4. Destroyer
5. Pay The Price
6. Without You
7. Under The Blade
8. Rock ‘N’ Roll Saviors
9. Plastic Money
10. You Know I Cry
11. I’ll Never Grow Up Now!
12. Born To Be Wild

DISC 3: 1983 Donington
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Shoot ‘Em Down
4. Destroyer
5. Like a Knife In The Back
6. Ride To Live, Live To Ride
7. We’re Gonna Make It
8. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
9. I Am Me (I’m Me)
10. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/TwistedSisterCD
Buy the digital version: http://flyt.it/TwistedSisterDig

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GWAR B-Q Announces THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN As Special Guest!!!

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

We are just over five weeks away from the wildest party of the summer, the one and only GWAR B-Q in Richmond, VA at Hadad’s Lake on August 20th!  It has already been announced that GWAR, LAMB OF GOD, AGAINST ME!, AUGUST BURNS RED, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, EYEHATEGOD, LAGWAGON, MURPHY’S LAW, BRAIN TENTACLES, MOBILE DEATHCAMP, OCCULTIST, SAWYER FAMILY, and THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL will devastate and earfuck everyone at the event.

Today we are pleased as piss in your mouth to announce the addition of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN to the GWAR B-Q!!! THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are known for their unyielding, experimental, and brutal sound that will punish the GWAR B-Q and devastate Richmond with full force!

DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Guitarist Ben Weinman commented on playing the GWAR B-Q: “In honor of the legendary Oderus Urungus, we are proud to take part in this year’s GWAR B-Q. After all, any band who sings songs about killing hippies and Skinheads while simultaneously condemning war and shooting many gallons of blood on the crowd are friends of ours!”

With THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN added to the bill, this is proving to be one of the sickest GWAR B-Q lineups to date. So, what the FUCK are you waiting for? BUY or DIE! Tickets available at http://gwarbq.com/tickets. Check out the enhanced festival experience extras on the ticket page for the ultimate summer of fun.

For those Bohabs that have never attended The GWAR B-Q before, and for those that have, there are many things that you need to know about the event.  To make this as easy as possible, your Lords and Masters, GWAR, have put together “The Ultimate Bohab Guide”. In language Bohabs can understand, this sacred document reveals everything patrons need to know while invading Richmond for the GWAR B-Q weekend! Get the lowdown on Friday night’s kick off party, the B4BQ, featuring the Summer Slaughter tour, the main event Saturday, the GWAR B-Q, the GWAFTER Party where BAT is holding their Official CD Release at Strange Matter in Richmond Virginia. Get tickets HERE! and details on their Facebook Event Page. And last but not least, the Morning After Chill is Sunday at GWARbar! It’s how you’ll learn everything from where to park, to what you need to bring, to all the freakin’ iron-clad rules, to the special events and how to participate as well as how to purchase enhanced event extras and upgrade tickets! Follow this link to our holy grail of information, the BOHAB GUIDE:  http://gwarbq.com/bohabs-ultimate-guide.

Finally, GWAR commands a moment of silence in awe of the blistering B4BQ bill on August 19th at The National in Richmond, Virginia featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, NILE, AFTER THE BURIAL, SUFFOCATION, CARNIFEX, REVOCATION, KRISIUN, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, INGESTED, and more!

For More Info Visit:
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SOILWORK Releases “These Absent Eyes” Track from Upcoming Rarities Collection ‘Death Resonance’

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Visionary Swedish metallers SOILWORK have released another song off their upcoming special collection of rarities, entitled Death Resonance, out August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast. You can now watch the official visualizer for “These Absent Eyes” here: https://youtu.be/ydGQYp6QCHs

The song was originally released on the Japan-only EP Beyond The Infinite which featured more songs from the recordings sessions for the band’s globally praised double album The Living Infinite.

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “Beyond The Infinite consists of some special, quite experimental songs. They might have been cut out from the original album but have a unique charm to them. It wasn’t easy to pick the final track list for The Living Infinite. It was never obvious which songs wouldn’t make it. The writing and recording was highly experimental and playful in general, and it was through this album that we rediscovered ourselves as songwriters, with a new and improved line-up which brought – and will bring – so many interesting things to the table. Originally only released in Japan, it is with great pleasure that we finally share those special songs with you all. Enjoy!”

Watch the lyric video for “Helsinki”, created by well-known videographer Tommy Antonini (facebook.com/tommyantoninivideography), at this location: https://youtu.be/g5VGQueLuqM

Commented guitar player David Andersson: “Death. It’s a word that might be used too often, but it can still be interpreted in a myriad different ways. It’s not just the soma being deprived of its lifeforce; it’s also the end of infinity, the birth of new possibilities and the acceptance of inevitable change. This song was written soon after the recording of our live album in Finland, making new friends and making sure that the old ones stay with us forever, despite the fact that everything is finite.”

Pre-Order Death Resonance in CD digipak or clear vinyl formats here: http://nblast.de/SoilworkDResonanceNB

Death Resonance tracklisting:
01. Helsinki (new song)
02. Death Resonance (new song)
03. The End Begins Below The Surface (The Ride Majestic Japan bonus track)
04. My Nerves, Your Everyday Tool (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
05. These Absent Eyes (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
06. Resisting The Current (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
07. When Sound Collides (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
08. Forever Lost In Vain (Beyond The Infinite Japan-only EP)
09. Sweet Demise (The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
10. Sadistic Lullabye (re-recorded, The Panic Broadcast Japan bonus track)
11. Overclocked (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
12. Martyr (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
13. Sovereign (2016 mix, Sworn A Great Divide Japan bonus track)
14. Wherever Thorns May Grow (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)
15. Killed By Ignition (2016 mix, Stabbing The Drama Japan bonus track)

Commented singer Björn “Speed” Strid: “The cover for Death Resonance is made by Mircea Eftemie and in many ways he managed to capture what we went through while recording The Ride Majestic: the sorrow, the close encounter with death, the aftermath and also the existential cogitation that came with it. It links those albums together, even though Death Resonance contains unreleased material from 2005 and forward. The cover almost seems like a link between life and death and not only captures where the band is right now, but also where we’ve been and what lies ahead.”

SOILWORK is currently touring in support of their current album The Ride Majestic. See list of dates below. See below for all currently confirmed SOILWORK international tour dates. Visit www.soilwork.org for tickets and more information.

SOILWORK 2016 International Festivals and Headliners:
8.14.2016 Rasnov, Romania – Rockstadt Extreme Fest
8.19.2016 Dinkelsbuhl, Germany – SummerBreeze Open Air
8.20.2016 Saint-Nolff, France – Motocultor Festival

SOILWORK August 2016 UK Tour with ARCH ENEMY:
Tickets available from seetickets.com

8.21.2016 Norwich, UK -Waterfront w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.22.2016 Sheffield, UK – Corporation w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.23.2016 Cardiff, UK -Tramshed w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.24.2016 Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms w/ ARCH ENEMY
8.25.2016 London, UK – The Underworld (tickets) (headline – NO ARCH ENEMY)

SOILWORK in South America:
9.9.2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Treato Odisseia
9.10.2016 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Clash Club
9.11.2016 Curitiba, Brazil – Music Hall
9.13.2016 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Uniclub
9.14.2016 Montevideo, Uruguay – MM Box
9.16.2016 Santiago, Chile – Blondie
9.17.2016 Lima, Peru – The Blood
9.18.2016 Bogota, Columbia – Auditorio Lumiere
9.20.2016 Guadalupe Inn, Mexico – Lunario

KREATOR, SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, ABORTED European Tour:
Presented by: EMP, ESP, Meinl, Metal.de, Metal Hammer, Metal + Wine, Metalnews.de, Musix, Nuclear Blast, Peta, Piranha, RTN-Touring, Tätowiermagazin, Visions.

2.1.2017 Metz, France – B.A.M.
2.2.2017 Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
2.3.2017 Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
2.4.2017 Hamburg, Germany – Mehr! Theater
2.6.2017 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
2.7.2017 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
2.10.2017 Helsinki, Finland – Black Box
2.11.2017 Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
2.12.2017 Tallinn, Estonia – Rock Cafe
2.13.2017 Vilnius, Lithuania – Siemens Arena
2.15.2017 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
2.16.2017 Wien, Austria – Gasometer
2.17.2017 Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
2.18.2017 Berlin, Germany – Columbia-Halle
2.19.2017 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z 7
2.21.2017 Trezzo, Italy – Live Club
2.22.2017 Grenoble, France – Summum
2.23.2017 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
2.24.2017 Madrid, Spain – Riviera
2.25.2017 Toulouse, France – Bikini
2.26.2017 Paris, France – Bataclan
2.28.2017 Manchester, UK – Academy
3.1.2017 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
3.2.2017 London, Uk – O2 Forum
3.3.2017 Balen, Belgium – Torhout
3.4.2017 Essen, Germany – Grugahalle

SOILWORK’s The Ride Majestic is available to order now in CD, vinyl, or digital formats.

More on SOILWORK:
“Death In General” music video: https://youtu.be/kme-sxY2pAQ
“Enemies In Fidelity” music video: https://youtu.be/5aCvJWyeGnA
“The Ride Majestic” song stream: https://youtu.be/0wLXeWKGRpM

Visit SOILWORK online at www.soilwork.org.
Like: www.facebook.com/soilwork
Follow: https://twitter.com/soilwork
Watch: www.youtube.com/soilwork
Look: www.instagram.com/soilwork

SOILWORK is:
Björn “Speed” Strid (vocals)
Sven Karlsson (keyboards)
Dirk Verbeuren (drums)
Sylvain Coudret (guitar)
David Andersson (guitar)
Markus Wibom (bass)

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OPERATION: MINDCRIME to Release “Resurrection” September 23rd Via Frontiers Music

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Frontiers Music srl is excited to announce the release of “Resurrection”, the new album from Operation: Mindcrime, the brainchild of legendary vocalist Geoff Tate.  The album is set for a worldwide release on September 23, 2016.

“Resurrection” is the second part of the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album in September 2015, Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

“The Album “Resurrection” is the second part of our three album presentation or trilogy.  It continues the story that began on the first album “The Key” with the near death experience of the lead character known as “H” and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, “H” has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called “The New Reality”. Or does he…,”explains Geoff Tate.

Tate continued, “I’m excited for people to hear and experience “Resurrection” because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album, “The Key”.  Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I’ve ever written.”

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nomimations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009’s overlooked gem American Soldier – Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans – Tate’s 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results.

“Resurrection” Track Listing:
1. Resurrection
2. When All Falls Away
3. A Moment In Time
4. Through the Noize
5. Left For Dead
6. Miles Away
7. Healing My Wounds
8. The Fight
9. Taking On The World (Feature Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side You’re On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Musicians Featured On “Resurrection” Include:
Geoff Tate – Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kelly Gray – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Scott Moughton – Guitars, Keyboards
Randy Gane – Keyboards
Dave Ellefson – Bass
John Moyer – Bass
Simon Wright – Drums
Scott Mercado – Drums
Brian Tichy – Drums
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Mark Daily – Vocals
Nick Greatrex – Guitars

For More Info Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/operationmindcrimeband/
http://www.operationmindcrime.com
http://geofftate.com
https://www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial/
https://twitter.com/geofftate

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VENOM INC Issues Thanks To Their Fans, Video Footage From Entire Saint Vitus Show Available, And More!

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Just recently the UK Metal Masters VENOM INC – featuring Tony “The Demolition Man”, Mantas and Abaddon – concluded the 2nd part of their extremely successful North American tour.

Tony Dolan has issued a special message for their fans:

“On behalf of my band and myself I’d like to thank North America for ALL 60 dates we completed…from Florida to Quebec, from New York to LA, the eastern seaboard, the western seaboard, the north to the south and everywhere in between! Both part I and part II of our 2016 VENOM Inc tour were outstanding. We were welcomed everywhere and the fans? No words can truly describe the emotions they displayed & the support they have shown us. VENOM is for life and for that we thank our Mighty Legions! For our endless gifts, jewellery, photos, Tshirts,CDs, my Tequilla, Abaddon Jack Daniels,Posters,artworks,on & on, we feel very humbled and privileged and for ALL we Thankyou. Here’s to our new album upcoming and we will return in 2016!! See you soon. Tony ‘The Demolition Man’ On behalf of also of my brothers Mantas & Abaddon”

[Photo by Ben Stas / Sommerville show June 2, 2016]

Check out the entire photogallery from the Sommerville show 6/2/16 here: http://www.invisibleoranges.com/venom-inc-live-at-somerville-mas-once-ballroom/#photogallery-4=1

During the entire trek, Tony was releasing their tour blog, exclusively to Metal Shock Finland, check out here: https://metalshockfinland.com/2016/07/03/venom-inc-day-30-exclusive-north-american-tour-pt-2-blog-on-metal-shock-finland/

The video footage from the entire Saint Vitus show on June 1st, has been posted on Youtube (courtesy of Frank Huang), enjoy it here:

Also check out:
Rock! Shock! Pop! Presents – An Interview with Venom Inc:

In The Loop Magazine interviewing Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, talking about touring, the fans, the current sound and more:

How We Roll #1 with Venom Inc. by Decibel Magazine here: http://decibelmagazine.com/blog/2016/7/11/how-we-roll-1-with-venom-inc

More information at
BAND: http://www.facebook.com/VenomIncOfficialhttp://www.venom-inc.com

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Pentagram launches first ever music video “Curious Volume”

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

45 years into its career, Pentagram is ecstatic to announce its first ever promotional video for the title track from the acclaimed album Curious Volume, streaming now via Ultimate Classic Rock at: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/pentagram-curious-volume/.

The video for “Curious Volume” was produced by David Hall (Uneasysleeper.com), known for his work with The Melvins, Pig Destroyer, Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals, Venom, Brutal Truth, Ken Mode and more, with the live footage shot on tour March – April 2016 by Jerry Moore, Chris Navarro, Joe Shuerger and Dan Lively.

Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling said of the video: “We wanted our first ever video to, in-a-way, be a connection to the past as well as the present. The song can be interpreted as a personal and collective journey that we’ve been on for close to half a decade. It’s a trip that’s both physical and mental and I feel that Dave’s end result illustrates that for us and everyone. The video stands as both an escape and an introduction to us as artists and people. You can feel the rigors and rewards of tour life through the visuals. We love the stardust and psychedelics as well as the raw rock-n-roll energy felt throughout the song and video alike. We hope you connect with it like we do.”

Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), Curious Volume was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.

Curious Volume released in August 2015 on Peaceville Records.

Purchase Curious Volume now via Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Volume-Pentagram/dp/B010EQK4LY, iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/curious-volume/id1021262926 and the Peaceville webstore at: http://www.peaceville.com/store.
Pentagram has been touring extensively to support the album release and continue to do so with shows confirmed during the summer in North America and headline dates in Europe from the end of September. Full tour details can be found on the official Pentagram Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PentagramUSA.

Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram and Curious Volume.

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ANVIL Releases Video For “Zombie Apocalypse” European and Canadian Tour Dates Confirmed

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL release a new video for the song “Zombie Apocalypse” taken from their new studio album “Anvil Is Anvil”.

Guitar player and singer Lips says about the song:

“Zombie Apocalypse is my personal favorite from the new CD…I love the feel and tempo which allows for melody and sheer power. I’m still finding it funny when I was asked “Zombie A coffee Lips?”

Drummer Robb Reiner adds:

“A blood Rock / Sabbath inspiration of sorts ,… combined with slamming doom feel….the track is hypnotic in nature,….displaying a shredding of a guitar solo and has been fun to perform live!!! One of the many top tracks from “Anvil Is Anvil”!”

The new album “Anvil Is Anvil” was released in February 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold clear version and download.

ANVIL will embark on a massive European-Tour in October and November 2016 and they also confirmed the first Canadian shows of this tour! Here are the confirmed dates:

ANVIL “Anvil Is Anvil” Canada-Tour 2016

July
22 Arnprior,ON – St. John Pub
23 Oshawa,ON – The Music Hall

August
12 London,ON – Norma Jeans
19 Brampton,ON  – Spot 1 Music Hall
26 St. Johns,NL – Factory

September
10 Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey

ANVIL “Anvil Is Anvil” European Tour 2016

October
20.GB-London – Academy
21.GB-Manchester – Rebellion
22.GB-Doncaster – Diamond
23.GB-Cardiff-The Globe
25.GB-Gloucester – Guildhall
26.GB-Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
27.GB-Grimsby – Yardbirds
28.GB-Bristol – The Bierkeller
29.B-Roeselare – De Verlichte Geest
30.NL-Tilburg – Little Devil

November
04.NO-Sandnes – Tribute
05.NO-Fosser – Oeak Metal Club
06.SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand
08.DK-Kolding – Godset
10.NL-Amstelveen – P60
11.D-Bochum – Matrix
12.D-Weissenhäuser Strand – Metal Hammer Paradise
13.NL-Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
15.F-Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
16.I-Calenzano – Cycle
17.I-Rome – Jailbreak
18.I-Erba – Centrale
19.I-Padova – Bullet
20.I-Borgo Priolo – Dagda
24.D-Sieburg – Kubana
25.D-Lorsch – Rex

More dates will be added soon

For More Info Visit:
https://www.facebook.com/anvilmetal/
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/

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AC ANGRY Sign Worldwide Deal With SPV/Steamhammer New Album To Be Released In November

July 18th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

SPV/Steamhammer is very proud to announce, that AC ANGRY from Saarbrücken, Germany have recently inked a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. The new album will be released in November this year. It will be available as CD, Vinyl Version and of course as download.
The debut album “Black Denim” (2013) will be available as download again soon worldwide too.

Alan Costa (AC Angry) on the signing: “We are thrilled to announce that we will be working with SPV/Steamhammer from now on! The legendary label boasts decades of experience and unrivalled expertise in the music business and we are happy to have found precisely the right partner for our future endeavours. Being part of the SPV/Steamhammer family, home of many of our heroes, is just awesome! There is a true passion for music here! Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll!”

Georg Schröder (A&R Steamhammer): “This 4-headed Rock n Roll beast fits perfectly into our current Steamhammer roster. The band was able to get international attention with their debut album “Black Denim” and they toured very successful  with some big names in the music biz, such as Airbourne, Black Label Society, Saxon and many others. The new album will be a good step forward in their career and we are honored that they decided to go this way together with SPV/Steamhammer.”

www.acangry.com
www.facebook.com/acangry
www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

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Brutal Assault : looking for hotels ?

July 17th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

CHEAP HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION – ONLY A COUPLE OF ROOMS REMAINING!

For those who are looking for a cheaper hostel type of accommodation we just sealed a deal that will offer You this simple but cheaper option.
The service will even include a shuttle bus from the hostel to the festival ground as with our hotel packages.
T hostel is situated in Hradec Kralove, approx. 20km from the festival ground. See what hostel Academic can offer and if you are interested in ordering a room, scroll down and click on the Reservation form, the rooms are not likely to last long!
http://brutalassault.cz/en/hostel-academic/

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Brutal Assault : Official 2016 trailer announced

July 17th, 2016
by Arto Lehtinen

 

Brutal Assault 2016 Festival will be held between 10th and 13th of August 2016 in the Old Army Fortress Josefov in the Czech Republic. The combination of eclectic lineup as presented by selected worldwide acts and the historical area of the Old Army Fortress is what makes this festival unique. It’s an integral part of the festival’s image and provides festival-goers with unusual experience.

This year’s edition offer few well know acts like Polish black metal icon BEHEMOTH, legendary American industrial MINISTRY or British doom metal cult ELECTRIC WIZARD or Japanese post rock sensation MONO.

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