ROB AFFUSO – Soulsystem Orchestra, ex-Skid Row,

November 25th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

Rob Affuso<



Rob Affuso is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the band Skid Row from 1987 to 1998. After Skid Row split he briefly played in a band called Ozone Monday with Dave Sabo, Rachel Bolan and Scotti Hill. After that he moved on to completely different things. Currently Affuso leads his own entertainment company Soulsystem Orchestras Inc. in New York and he’s is also the drummer for band Soulsystem. I met Rob in NYC at the end of October and we discussed a variety of topics including his current activities, past times with Skid Row, and the future and what it may possibly include… Read on!

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At The Gates – Nosturi Helsinki Finland

November 25th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen


AT THE GATES with Rotten Sound

The 22nd of November

Nosturi Helsinki Finland


The Swedish legendary At The Gates returned with the ultimate revenge by releasing the outstanding album AT WAR WITH REALITY. The album is definitely a piece of evidence of the band’s skills and ability to create the catchy and killer riff filled songs. However At the Gates have visited Finland by doing a few festival shows since the return, but never ever played any single club gig not in the present day nor in the heyday. Therefore the three gig tour in Finland was basically about time, as At The Gates has definitely gained the cult and fanatical following up here in Finland.


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The Nosturi club was totally packed on Saturday night. Before At The Gates’ riffmaelstrom hit the stage the domestic grind core mongers Rotten Sound conquered the stage to warm-up the audience. The four piece’s 30 minute set of intensive grinding was the pure pleasure of the sonic torment from the beginning to the end without any mercy. Rotten Sound’s frontman’s comments could be found a bit of humouristic and amusing. But he has always got the good way of expressing himself with the good sense of humor. Rotten Sound is always extreme, brutal uncompromising live act, no doubt about that. The audience could have been more brutal though.

The more and more people was arriving before the opening intro roared out. Finally the place is totally packed, quite close to sold-out. That was a good sign as some metal gigs have suffered from the low attendances and it has been written and spoken the metal is in the crisis in Finland.


The masters of the old school Gothenburg death metal proved to be in the vicious strike already on the first opening riff of “Death And The Labyrinth”. The frontman Tompa’s unique screaming vocals is a pure trademark of the sounds for At The Gates. The lethal catchy riffs by the guitar duet; Anders Björler and Martin Larsson, worked and sounded utter tight and above all razor sharp. Jonas Bjorler hit the bass with the raging passion As stated a bit earlier Tompa’s sound being unique, but it has that tight and unique dry approach. He hasn’t lost any inch instead during these years. Instead he encouraged the audience go utter beserk. At The Gates’s older material from the 90’s is still as relevant as the present days. It still sounds refreshing new and brilliant. Those songs haven’t aged at all. As for the newer material off the AT WAR WITH REALITY album fitting along with the older material more than perfectly. Of course the older songs like Suicide Nation, Kingdom Gone etc caused the energetic ballistic reactions amongst the audience. In general the the near 90 minute set included a surprising lot of tunes picked up from the classical SLAUGHTER OF THE SOULS album. Of course the songs from the other albums played the tight important role in the setlist. To be honest At The Gates still has its own grip, as the five piece still kicked and whipped. It was awesome to witness the legendary outfit in the club atmosphere, giving more intimate feeling. Hopefully ATG will arrive to do club tours. If ATG will be around your corner, go check them out.

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El altar del Dios desconocido
Death and the Labyrinth
Slaughter of the Soul
At War with Reality
Terminal Spirit Disease
Raped by the Light of Christ
The Circular Ruins
Under a Serpent Sun
City of Mirrors
Suicide Nation
Heroes and Tombs
World of Lies
The Burning Darkness
The Book of Sand
Blinded by Fear
Kingdom Gone
The Night Eternal

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Volbeat @ Roundhouse, London

November 25th, 2014
by UK Team


@ Roundhouse, London

17th November 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Michelle Murphy


The guy beside me is meerkating. Bouncing up on the tips of his toes, straining his neck, bending this way and that, clutching his phone. Looking for his friends. I can understand. A good gig with good friends is something very lovely indeed. But I want to tell him it doesn’t matter, if only to stop him from keep invading my eye line. Also he’s missing all the songs. The band are just a few feet away and the music is really flying – if you can’t just enjoy that then there’s something a bit wrong. After all we’re all friends here tonight.

And now a girl bursts into tears. Jesus. Let’s assume it’s because of the music, although that would imply levels of hysteria beyond anything expected. Volbeat have never felt big enough to cause such emotion. Not in the UK. Back home, sure, platinum all the way, Europe and the US are on board, but here they’ve always seemed to struggle to impact. People say they like them, but rarely do you meet someone foaming at the mouth, raging about just how good they are. And yet tonight they’ve sold out the show, sold out the impressive Roundhouse no less.



It’s not for us to speculate how or why, but when Hatebreed roll on stage and you can only loosely use the term “full” to describe the place, well it suggests something. It suggests the coins have been coughed up for Volbeat. It suggests the tide is turning.

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Raven – John Gallagher

November 25th, 2014
by Robert Williams


Interview with Raven bassist/vocalist John Gallagher

Conducted by Robert Williams

Video courtesy of Andy Gonzalez – Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres

NWOBHM legends Raven were back out on the road this fall trekking all across the U.S. in what has to be one of their most comprehensive, if not all encompassing tours in years. The British metal stalwarts now celebrating forty years of history as a metal band are on the cusp of releasing “ExtermiNation” their thirteenth full-length album due this coming February via a collaboration between the band’s current record label SPV and a Kickstarter crowd funded campaign by their die-hard fanbase. We caught up with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher shortly before the band took the stage in Austin, Texas in early October. John previewed some of the new Raven material for us and it sounded loud, lethal and assaulting. John fills us in on the upcoming album “ExtermiNation” as well as “Party Killers”an exclusive covers album for Kickstarter contributors, the band’s recent run-ins with Metallica and more…

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Gwar @ MacHall, Calgary Alberta

November 25th, 2014
by Monika Deviat


Gwar Eternal Tour 2014

with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks

November 6, 2014

Photos & Review Monika Deviat

Gwar © Monika Deviat

Gwar © Monika Deviat

The Gwar Eternal Tour is just that, the continuation of GWAR and a demonstration that they can keep the story and music going – perhaps for the “next thousand years”.  Gwar is soldiering on after their bandleader and vocalist Dave Brockie, who played Oderus Urungus, sadly passed away after an accidental heroin overdose in March 2014. With Oderus missing from their ranks the scumdogs have joined forces with two new members, Blóthar and Vulvatron, who mysteriously appeared on stage one day through a time travelling device. On this tour Gwar is searching for their missing leader through North American cities and through time. American Sharks from Austin, Texas have been the opening act for the entire tour. Poland’s Decapitated acted as support for the first half of the tour and then were replaced by Corrosion of Conformity for the second half. On November 16, 2014 the tour rolled into Calgary, Alta., to slaughter the masses at MacEwan Hall.

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OBITUARY Launch Guitar Solo Contest Via Ultimate Guitar

November 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]
Schedule Reddit AMA For Tomorrow November 25th at 4:00 PM CST

Death metal legends OBITUARY released their Relapse debut Inked In Blood, this past October via Relapse Records.  In conjunction with the album’s release OBITUARY have teamed up with ESP Guitars and Ultimate Guitar for a special guitar solo contest. Visit HERE and find out how to record your own unique solo on the new song “Violence”.  OBITUARY will personally judge each entry awarding one grand prize and 2 runners up.

Tomorrow OBITUARY has scheduled a Reddit “AMA” at 4:00 PM Central Time.  Brothers John and Don Tardy will be online to answer any question you may have about OBITUARY, their new album, tour and their three-decade long legacy of Death Metal trailblazing.  The AMA will take place at

Inked In Blood stands out as one of the finest moments in OBITUARY’s already godlike discography.  The album cracked the Billboard Top 100 coming in at #75.  This is OBITUARY’s highest chart number to date and sold almost 5 times as many copies of their 2009 release “Darkest Day”.  Inked in Blood also came in at #8 on the Top Hard Music Chart and #15 on the Top Current Rock Chart.  Internationally Inked in Blood came in at #56 in Germany (2nd Highest Chart Entrance in Band History), #81 in The Netherlands, #139 in Belgium, #174 in the UK and #65 in Switzerland.

Inked in Blood is available for now from Relapse Records HERE and via iTunes HERE.  The album is available as CD/Deluxe CD/2xLP/Digital/Deluxe Digital. Inked in Blood is available for streaming in its entirety via bandcamp and Sound Cloud.

In support of their new album the band will be touring extensively through North America and Europe throughout 2014 and 2015.  The band’s North American run with Death (DTA) is going on right now through December 7th in Miami, FL.  Then the band heads to Europe for a two week headlining tour in January.  A complete list of dates is available below.

OBITUARY are giving fans the opportunity to “Ink Themselves in Blood” with an interactive web page where fans can upload their own head to the gruesome torso from the Inked in Blood cover art.  Check out the unique experience HERE.

***All Dates Nov 14 – Dec 07 w/ Death DTA, Massacre, Rivers of Nihil***

Nov 24                 Minneapolis, MN   Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25                 Chicago, IL                   Metro
Nov 26                 Cleveland, OH              Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27                 Toronto, ON                  Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28                 Montreal, QC                Le National
Nov 29                 Boston, MA                  Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30                 New York, NY              Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03                 Springfield, VA             Empire
Dec 04                 Charlotte, NC                Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05                 Atlanta, GA                   The Masquerade
Dec 06                 Tampa, FL                     Orpheum
Dec 07                 Miami, FL                     Grand Central

***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***

Jan 15                  Essen, Germany             Turock
Jan 16                  Alkmar, Holland             Victory
Jan 17                  Bremen, Germany          Tivoli
Jan 18                  Praha, Czech Republic    Futurum
Jan 19                  Krakow, Poland              Fabryka
Jan 21                  Budapest, Hungary         Durer Kurt
Jan 22                  Vienna, Austria               Szene
Jan 23                  Innsbruck, Austria          Weekender Club
Jan 24                  Romagnano, Italy           R&R Area
Jan 25                  Luzern, Switzerland        Schuur
Jan 27                  Barcelona, Spain             Salamandra
Jan 28                  Toulouse, France            Metronum
Jan 29                  Paris, France                  Divan du Monde
Jan 30                  Enschede, Holland         Atak
Jan 31                  Antwerp, Belgium          Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01                 London, England            Underworld

May 22                Baltimore, MD               Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot

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THE ANSWER Re-Sign to Napalm Records

November 24th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


New Album Raise a Little Hell Set For Release in March 2015!
On Tour in the UK March 2015 plus December 2014 shows!

Northern Irish Rockers THE ANSWER are pleased to announce that they have re-signed with Napalm Records. The band released their last album New Horizon in September 2013 to critical acclaim and has just finished work on their new follow up record entitled Raise a Little Hell. The album will be released on March 6th (GSA/Benelux), March 9th (UK and Europe) and March 10th in North America.

Hot on the heels of the new album announcement, THE ANSWER are set to perform a couple of UK festival shows this winter at which they will be featuring new material from the forthcoming album. In March 2015 they will hit the road again on a comprehensive UK headline tour which will be followed by a soon to be announced European run of shows. A complete list of UK dates can be found below.

Lead vocalist Cormac Neeson commented, “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with the Napalm family and look forward to great times ahead! During summer 2014 we hightailed ourselves down to Madrid to record our new album with long time friend and producer, Will Maya. Our time in Spain represents one of the most productive and enjoyable chapters in The Answer’s colourful history. Our new album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ comes from deep down inside. We brought the blues, the swagger and soul back into the studio and emerged from it with an album that encapsulates our unabated love for making the music we make. We’re all incredibly proud and thrilled with this record!”

Keeping the beacon of rock music well and truly alight, THE ANSWER have consistently delivered commercial and critically acclaimed albums. They have toured the world extensively, proving themselves to be an incendiary live act – spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.

“Every now and then a band emerges that walk, talk and rock like true saviours of rock music’s spirit and soul. The Answer make the kind of life-affirming, eardrum-threatening music that separates the truly great from the merely adequate” (Dom Lawson – Metal Hammer)

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THE ANSWER UK Tour Dates:;

06.12.14 UK – Sheffield Corporation / Winter Rocks Festival
07.12.14 UK – Trecco Bay / Planet Rockstock

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

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FANTOONS: ” Chasing MR. BIG” Online Now

November 22nd, 2014
by Celtic Bob

Fantoons is both, a comic strip and an animated series that combines classic rock, crazy humor and cutting-edge animation parodying the world’s greatest rock bands.

David Calcano created the series independently to showcase his passion for music and animation. He released comic strips every week and the series’ Facebook fanbase started to grow (now close to 40,000 fans).  It slowly became one of the most popular comics amongst Rush fans in particular, and other rock bands including Mr. Big (Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey).

Calcano approached Mr. Big – one of his favorite rock bands – with Fantoons under his arm and a dream to feature them in one of the series of animated shorts.  The band loved the concept and immediately green-lit the project.  After seeing the completed animated short, “Fantoons: Chasing Mr. Big,” the band not only selected the short to open their 2014 shows in Japan, but also hired Calcano and his team to produce six additional animated pieces to be used throughout the show.

“Chasing Mr. Big” (featuring the voice of Eric Martin) was shown before the band’s concert at the legendary Budokan venue on November 10 in front of 20,000 people.

Today, the feature is available on the web at and on the site’s official YouTube page.  The clip has been garnering rave feedback from the likes of radio DJ Eddie Trunk, members of the animation industry media such as, whose founder Jerry Beck called it, “completely crazy and very cool.”

Check out the complete “Chasing Mr. Big” animated short here:

Calcano is now preparing his next Fantoons animated short and is already getting offers to work with other bands to continue his creative path combining rock music and animation.  His ultimate goal is to create a new revenue stream for the music industry using the boundless world of animation as a medium.

Fantoons gets featured constantly at comic conventions around the U.K. and the United States, where the critically acclaimed cartoon book, Fantoons:  Rock, Sweat and Strips, is sold. Throughout Fantoons’ history, the animated shorts have earned more than 40 film festival nominations around the world, including screenings at San Diego Comic-Con and winning the “Best Animation Short” at London’s Portobello Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the world.  The future is bright for this young series that is all about the comedy and passion for the world’s greatest rock bands.

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Mortician Live at Jabber Jaws in Allentown, PA, November 8, 2014

November 22nd, 2014
by Infamous Butcher


Jabber Jaws, Allentown, PA

November 8, 2014

Review and Photos by InfamousButcher
Dedicated to my good friend Gary Anderson, who passed away in November 2000

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SEBASTIEN – Live video of BLACK SABBATH classic “Headless Cross”,

November 21st, 2014
by EvilG

SEBASTIEN proudly presents a brand new live-video from this year’s MASTERS OF ROCK festival!!! It’s an exclusive version of one of BLACK SABBATH highlights, “Headless Cross”, which was performed with an unforgettable line-up:

Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) – vocal
Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN) – guitar, backing vocal
George Rain (SEBASTIEN) – guitar
Petri Kallio (SEBASTIEN) – bass
Pavel Dvořák (SEBASTIEN, WARHAWK) – keyboards
Martin ‘Marthus’ Skaroupka (CRADLE OF FILTH, MASTERPLAN) – drums

…the mix and mastering of the live recording was made by Roland Grapow himself in GRAPOW STUDIOS! That’s also where final mixing-works of SEBASTIEN’s second album, “Dark Chambers of Déja vu”, are made nowadays. The long promised new album – including some great guest-appearances – is going to be released in 2015…

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Supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS To Release Debut On Frontiers Records in Early 2015

November 21st, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Featuring Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake),
Jack Blades (Night Ranger)
Deen Castronovo (Journey) and
with special guests Alessandro Del Vecchio,
Journey’s Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda
Released on CD, Deluxe Edition w/ bonus DVD,
Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl
European release by Frontiers Records – Friday 20 February 2015
US release: Tuesday 24 February 2015

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Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen’s excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed “Forevermore” release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name – and the names involved – that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock ‘n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS’ music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Revolution Saints have released an EPK discussing the new project that can be seen here:

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Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You’re Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

1.      Back On My Trail
2.      Turn Back Time
3.      You’re Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda)
4.      Locked Out Of Paradise
5.      Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon)
6.      Dream On
7.      Don’t Walk Away
8.      Here Forever;
9.      Strangers To This Life
10.  Better World;
11.  How To Mend A Broken Heart
12.  In The Name Of The Father (Fernando’s Song)

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
1.      You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version)
2.      Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version)
3.      You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version)

DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
1.      Making of the Album documentary
2.      Turn Back Time (promo video)
3.      Back On My Trail (promo video)
4.      Here Forever (promo video)
5.      Way to the Sun (lyric video)

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November 21st, 2014
by UK Team

Eluveitie, Arkona and Skálmöld

@ Mandela Hall Belfast

November 14th 2014

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Jamie Hunter


Deep in the autumnal gloom (read: rain) in the heart of Belfast, the last thing one would expect was a gig featuring not one, but THREE languages other than English. Right? Well, that was exactly what punters got when they ventured out on a rather meh Friday night in November.
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OZZFIESTA; Payment Plans Now Available

November 20th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Looking for a rock & roll escape next year?

Time to start planning a tropical vacation with rock legend OZZY OSBOURNE at next May’s Cool Breeze Concerts and Sharon Osbourne Present OZZFIESTA.  This all-inclusive (all food, beverage, resort fees included, along with room credits to use towards a variety of onsite amenities), five-day event is set for Wednesday, May 27-Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya, Mexico (

Beginning December 1, anyone who purchases an OZZFIESTA ticket during the month of December is automatically eligible for daily online giveaways.  Each week’s giveaway will be Osbourne-themed with a week to honor OZZFIESTA headliner Ozzy Osbourne, OZZFIESTA presenter Sharon Osbourne, The Osbourne’s TV week and and OZZFest week.  Beyond the daily giveaways, each week will include one grand prize, with one special OZZFIESTA grand prize to be given to a random winner.

OZZFIESTA will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from OZZY with full sets from Black Label Society and a special TBA guest, along with a variety of additional performances.  Other OZZFIESTA highlights include a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne (included in select room packages), an opening night “Welcome Party” featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a Q&A session with OZZY OSBOURNE and his band, a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, a hilarious Comedy Club Night featuring renowned stand-up comedians Jim Norton (Opie and Jim Norton Show) and Jim Florentine (That Metal Show), OZZFIESTA Karaoke night, Osbourne movie night, games (including Boozeicle chairs) and much more.  Beyond Ozzy and Sharon, look for additional appearances and events throughout the weekend from other Osbourne family members.

Tickets for OZZFIESTA are available now at  A just announced payment plan requires only a $199 deposit at time of purchase, with another $199 payment due January 16, another payment for the remaining 50% balance due February 15 with the remaining balance due March 15.

Ticket prices start at $1,899 per adult, $499 for children (4-17) and $100 for toddlers (newborn-3) and the first 500 rooms sold include a meet & greet with OZZY.  All prices include room taxes and gratuities.

OZZFIESTA will take place at an all-inclusive five-star resort with all high-level amenities.  The resort boasts Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a “resort within the resort” exclusive to adult guests, which features three adults-only pools and a private beach on the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounded by the natural sea cove.  The luxurious location also offers two family pools and a private white sand beach nestled along the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, a world-class 18-hole Robert von Hagge-designed golf course, nine on-site restaurants (ranging from casual to international gourmet selections) and 24-hour room service, top-shelf alcoholic beverages in six bars, a teen “backstage” lounge, the Little Big Club™ Experience children’s area with interactive play rooms and activities and playrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and throughout the resort property, unlimited phone calls to the continental U.S. and Canada.  In addition, each room booked includes a $750 resort credit (which can be used for spa treatments, massages, golf and much more).

More information about tickets, the resort and travel options can be found at WWW.OZZFIESTA.COM.

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UFO Announce Details of New Album A Conspiracy of Stars

November 20th, 2014
by Celtic Bob

The rumors have been doing the rounds for months, now it’s official at last: 23 February 2015 will see the European release (Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) of the latest studio recording by British rock legend UFO, their 22nd to date. The album will be called A Conspiracy Of Stars, and the band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) have recorded almost a dozen fantastic new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides, renowned for his work with acts such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore. A Conspiracy Of Stars will be available as a Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl double LP and for download.

More or less simultaneously with the release, UFO are scheduled to go on tour in February and March 2015, playing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland, and more, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland in Apriland May.

The band is already looking forward to the reactions to their latest release: “A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We’re confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money’s worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!”


Fri 20 Germany, Barby – Rautenkranz
Sat 21 Germany, Berlin – K17
Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabrück – Saal Stock
Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg – Downtown Blues Club
Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
Thu 26 Germany, Bochum – Zeche
Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg – Kubana
Sat 28 Germany, Affalter – Zur Linde

Mon 02 Germany, Rostock – Mau Club
Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw – Stodola
Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  – Forum Palace
Fri 06 Poland, Krakow – Kwadrat
Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin – Masters of Rock Café
Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  – Riffelhof
Tue 10 Germany, Osterode – Dorster Festhalle
Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg – Jazzhaus
Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug – Choller Halle

Thu 16 England, Norwich – Waterfront
Fri 17 England, Cambridge – Junction
Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sun 19 England, Manchester – Ritz
Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin – The Academy
Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast – The Limelight
Fri 24 England, Glasgow – O2 ABC
Sat 25 England, Newcastle – O2 Academy
Sun 26 England, Leeds – O2 Academy
Tue 28 England, Nottingham – Rock City
Thu 30 England, Bristol – O2 Academy

Fri 01 England, Falmouth – Pavilion
Sat 02 England, Exeter – Phoenix
Sun 03 England, Salisbury – City Hall
Tue 05 England, Brighton – Concorde 2
Wed 06 England, Oxford – O2 Academy
Thu 07 England, London – HMV Forum

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER Recording Housecore Records Debut With Philip H. Anselmo

November 20th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Author & Punisher, the San Diego-based, one man doom outfit that uses machinery to create music, is currently in the studio recording their Housecore Records’ debut album.

The currently untitled album is being recorded at Nodferatu’s Lair in North Shore, La. With Housecore Records’ founder Philip H. Anselmo and Author & Punisher serving as producers.

As Author & Punisher, Tristan Shone builds and manipulates machinery to create music in an entirely new manner. A recent Wired Magazine feature, citing the lack of live instruments said, “What you’ll find instead is lots and lots of actual metal — a hefty helping of aluminum, steel, and copper, to be precise.”  Shone started working on what would become Author & Punisher as part of his master’s thesis, dubbing his “instruments” the Drone Machines.  NPR said of Author & Punisher’s live performance, “It’s a thrill to watch this musical cyborg at work, as he literally fires on all cylinders and pulls levers like an executioner.”

“I went into the writing process with a new setup of both old Drone Machines, newer Dub Machines and synth, as I have found combinations that work effectively together,” explains Shone. “From day one of our session and throughout, Phil Anselmo and his long time crew of Mike Thompson and Big Fella have nurtured the heaviness and dissonance in my songs and the machines with a very interesting focus on vocals.  The experience at Housecore has been so positive because, yes we are making a record, but we are together 24 hours a day and the welcome has made me feel relaxed so I can produce the art.  This is the first time I have really worked with anyone on an A&P recording and to be fully engrossed in your songs for more than three weeks with Phil has really allowed us to find.”

“Tristan Shone is a genius,” said Anselmo. “I’ve seen him do his thing for a few years now and toured with him.  We set up a recording session for early November 2014, and his crushing of most things common in music ensued.  But lo and behold, I heard him SING.  And it blew me away.  What now separates him from other Noise-type bands is his voice!  It is an art to make excellent Noise, and it’s an art to be able to use one’s voice to its full potential.  The songs we’re recording are Noisy, dismal and beautiful — an excellent combination.  To not maximize his talents would be a slight to Tristan’s art.  This is what we intend to do through his songs, and I’m proud to be a part of this alliance.”

Author & Punisher tour dates:

Dec. 3     San Diego, CA     The Casbah
Dec. 4     San Francisco, CA     DNA
Dec. 5     San Luis Obispo, CA     Lee Golde
Dec. 6     Sacramento, CA     Press Club
Dec. 8     Eugene, OR     Wow Hall
Dec. 9     Portland, OR     Tonic
Dec. 10     Seattle, WA     Highline
Dec. 11     Vancouver, BC     Hindenburg
Dec. 12     Bellingham, WA     Shakedown
Dec. 13     Boise, ID     Crazy Horse


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