KIX’s “Rock Your Face Off” Album Cracks Billboard Top 50

August 14th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Fans of KIX– Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), Mark Schenker (bass)—have waited almost two decades for new music.  Now that their seventh album was released August 5 on Loud & Proud Records, their unwavering and undying support has landed ROCK YOUR FACE OFF in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart.

Elsewhere in Billboard, in addition to the #48 chart debut, ROCK YOUR FACE OFF debuted at #5 on the Independent Albums chart, #11 on the Top Internet chart, #17 on the Top Rock Albums chart, #27 on the Indy/Small Chain Core Stores chart and #33 on the Physical chart.  It also debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hard Rock and Metal chart.

Rave reviews have been pouring in since ROCK YOUR FACE OFF was released:

“KIX have made an album with all the spirit and joy and craftsmanship that they always brought, an album with a hooks-per-minute ratio enough to grab you even if you never heard of them before reading this review.  The band plays with a sense of rhythmic push-pull that reminds you that people used to dance to this stuff, and that they still could, if they were so inclined. “Rollin’ In Honey,” about having so much sex that you feel like you’re drowning, rides cowbells and backing-vocal chants that push the song close to bubblegum-disco territory…Nearly every song has oh whoa whoa backing vocals that will get stuck in your head for hours.  All of it is delirious and catchy, and it proudly flaunts its out-of-fashion party-hard spirit.  It’s glittering trash, made by guys in their fifties who probably hold down day jobs these days and who have no business making this vigorous and fun anymore.  Its mere existence is an inspirational thing, and it’s a reminder that sometimes exploring new musical space isn’t the most important thing. Sometimes, songs are the most important thing.”   (

“The album, which was produced by Taylor Rhodes, is a collection of blues-inspired rock that combines catchy hooks and tasty riffs with the inspired musicianship and party atmosphere KIX are known for.”  (

“…it is good to see that KIX has stuck to their signature style in your face AC/DC sound…In the vein of BLOW YOUR FUSE the up tempo beat of the band never diminishes and keeps on rolling.  The tightness of the band is evident…ROCK YOUR FACE OFF is the perfect summertime record.  Crank it up to ten and roll your top down, as the pride of Maryland shows the country how to rock East Coast style.”  (

Check out KIX at any of the following stops:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Sat 8/16            Greencastle, PA            Greencastle Legion Grounds
Sat 9/13            Berlin, MD                     Soundwave Festival at Airlift Acres
Sat 9/20            Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live
Sat 10/25          Camp Hill, PA               Radisson Convention Center
Sat 12/20          Baltimore, MD               Rams Head Live (KIXmas)

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August 14th, 2014
by UK Team

Bloodshot Dawn

Before closing their main stage show at Bloodstock Festival last weekend, unsigned UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn made a very special announcement. Frontman Josh McMorran told an excited crowd that their new album, entitled ‘Demons’ would be released in the UK on 26th October (Rest of World TBA). Read the rest of this entry »

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MACHINE HEAD Announce New Album Details

August 14th, 2014
by EvilG
Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds

Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds

Bay Area Metal Titans MACHINE HEAD, will release their eighth full-length album and Nuclear Blast Entertainment debut entitled,Bloodstone & Diamonds, this Fall! The record was once again produced by Robb Flynn himself and Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, VILE), and like the last 7 out of 8 albums, was masterfully mixed by Colin Richardson (CARCASS, FEAR FACTORY, SLIPKNOT, BEHEMOTH,DEVILDRIVER). Additional tracking, editing, and mixing was done with heavy metal legend Andy  Sneap (EXODUSTESTAMENTARCH ENEMY, ACCEPT, MEGADETH) and Steve Lagudi.

“I cannot even begin to tell you how proud we are of this album,” comments frontman Robb Flynn.  “It’s been a heck of a ride.  It looked like it might not ever happen again at one point, but man, this album is a milestone for us. You’re going to love it Head Cases.”

“Without getting too philosophical on ya, bloodstone and diamonds represent two of the hardest materials on earth, it is also a lyric from the opening track of the album ‘Now We Die’.  In many cultures the bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against evil, and is the symbol of justice. Diamonds and are hardest natural material on earth (which is how we feel about our music), and it also represents the diamond logo I drew 22 years ago (in my wife’s apartment on Dover St. in Oakland) that has become the symbol for the band.”

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Win a copy of “HAIR METAL”!

August 13th, 2014
by EvilG
Hair Metal

Hair Metal

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this huge coffee table book “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” by Martin Popoff.

Details on the book are below, but if you’re just anxious to enter the contest, here’s the entry form…but first, some simple rules. The contest is only open to residents of Canada and the USA.  One entry per person.

Your Name

Your Email

City in which you'd like to see the band

Enter text from above image:

Read more about the book below…

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CARCASS Announces U.S. Tour with OBITUARY

August 12th, 2014
by EvilG
Carcass Carcass


Disinterred British extreme metal icons CARCASS, will return to the United States once again this October/November! Joining them on select dates are Florida death metal legends OBITUARY and the eclectic champions of “murder metal”, MACABRE. Death grinders EXHUMED and newcomers NOISEM will open each night of churning insanity as well.

“We thought it would be cool to go off the beaten track a bit and play some places that usually get overlooked,” commentedCARCASS frontman Jeff Walker. “We figure some of the tumbleweeds needed blowing away. Pretty chuffed to have managed to get our pals OBITUARY to come along on these dates. As anyone who has seen them recently will testify they’re tearing it up live nowadays!”
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August 12th, 2014
by EvilG


Tombowler and Metropolis Touring Present: 

If there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater.

The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink FloydRush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.

It has been 5 years since Dream Theater’s last visit in 2009 and Australian fans have been chomping at the bit for a return tour from the mesmerising kings of post prog metal.

Metropolis Touring and Tombowler are therefore thrilled to announce Dream Theater will be finally returning to Australia for two very special, exclusive and intimate performances in Sydney and Melbourne this October!

Expressive, extraordinary and genre-defining, Dream Theater’s music is as timeless as their dozen-album strong discography would suggest, while their latest album, the self-titled Dream Theater sees the band ever advancing toward new horizons.  This latest record is the first featuring the full integration into the band of new drummer Mike Mangini, making their current lineup something to behold.

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Primal Fear parts ways with drummer Randy Black

August 12th, 2014
by EvilG
Randy Black

Randy Black

Official statement from the band:
“Due to irreconcilable differences between singer Ralf Scheepers and drummer Randy Black, Primal Fear announce that Randy will leave the band effective August 16th, 2014 – one day after the band’s performance @ the Summer Breeze Festival, Randy’s final show with the band. Primal Fear will announce their new drummer in September. We wish Randy all the best in his future career! “

Ralf Scheepers:
“For all of you out there who are wondering now about the reasons why Randy has left the band: We’ve agreed to keep the reasons private! Decisions are made and have to be accepted! It’s as sad as it is but Randy and I have agreed on having respect to each other and there will be NO dirty laundry! If we can’t work together as pro’s anymore, we still can go separate ways like pro’s! So please show some respect to Randy’s decision, to him as a person, the bands future and me as a person.

Thank you!

Mat Sinner:
“Bang! One part of me can understand Randy’s decision, the one part not. But after 11 years together in a band, sharing buses, stages & hotels, through good & bad times, this is a sad moment – good luck Randy! I accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be!”

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JOHN REGAN – Four by Fate, ex-Frehley’s Comet

August 10th, 2014
by Marko Syrjala

John Regan



John Regan is an American bassist, songwriter and producer. He is best known for being a long time member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s band Frehley’s Comet and later on Ace’s solo band. Regan worked with Ace from 1984 to 1990 and he played on three studio albums FREHLEY’S COMET, SECOND SIGHTNING and TROUBLE WALKIN, a live ep LIVE +1 and a live video LIVE + 4. He has also recorded and performed with such names as John Waite, Peter Frampton, Robin Trower, David Lee Roth and Billy Idol among many others. Currently, Regan is a member of brand new band called Four by Fate. The band also includes Tod Howarth who is Regan’s old band mate from his Frehley’s Comet days. Regan and Howarth were invited to be a special guests for KISS ARMY FINLAND’s KISS Convention in Helsinki in May 2014. On the day before the Expo, John had enough time to sit down with us and discuss Four by Fate, his colorful past with Ace Frehley, and many other interesting topics. Read on!

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Martin Popoff’s MAX WEBSTER Book Is Shipping Now!

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Martin Popoff here, with my most satisfying labour of love book yet, a tome on a band that is both obscure, and also MY FAVOURITE BAND OF ALL-TIME.  It’s called…

Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster

Guys, a few opening words. Whatcha get is 260 pages and over 100,000 words—plus loads of pictures… live, studio, ads, memorabilia, sleeves—on a band you may not know and love… yet! They only made five studio albums and a live album, all between 1976 and 1980, but they are indeed, my #1 top fave rave rock ‘n’ roll unit of all time.

You’ve heard me say that in radio interviews over the year and  you’ve seen it in print. Sure, occasionally I tucked a few together, including ZZ Top, Deep Purple, BOC, Gillan… but Max Webster is always in that list of five and depending on the day, get the most props.

For those soon to see the light… best description I can give is 92% Blue Oyster Cult crossed with Cheap Trick, topped by 4% Kansas and another 4% Zappa.

So… you wanna learn something, step up. It’s a short print run, a financial risk, all of that, but it’s Canuck history and I’m proud to tell it, along with the blessings of the guys in the band. So yeah, back cover sez…

Dubious, unlikely, improbable…

…but indeed verifiable and certifiable! The book now buzzing in your privileged hands is in fact the story of the finest rock ‘n’ roll band that ever was. Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Queen, King’s X… none can hold an expiring lighter to the conflagration that was the near mythical Max Webster.

Consume these pages, and you will learn the secrets—often in the impenetrable code of the band’s top-shelf wordsmith Pye Dubois—of the wily Canuck wizards who made the above boast sing with unassailable truth.

Toronto Tontos, Hangover, High Class In Borrowed Shoes, America’s Veins, Oh War!, Beyond The Moon, Lip Service, Charmonium, Paradise Skies, A Million Vacations, In The World Of Giants, Battle Scar… these are towering anthems from the band’s tight catalogue of five classics spanning the years 1976 to 1980. And so the time has come to re-celebrate and re-calibrate their majesty, along with dozens of other Kim Mitchell classics stuck in cult status… until now?!

About the Author
Martin Popoff has penned 47 books on hard rock, heavy metal and record collecting, including two on Max Webster’s good buddies Rush. He was Editor In Chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada’s foremost metal publication (now for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine and Record Collector. Martin is currently consultant on the Banger Films series Rock Icons, having also worked on the company’s award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and on Metal Evolution, an 11 episode documentary series for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through

Prices for Live Magnetic Air including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $43.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds

PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to

Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.

Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2

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Martin Popoff’s New OZZY Coffee Table Now Shipping

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Yes, I’ve constructed as Ozzy book using the same format as my Maiden book of last year. It’s a full-color, hard cover extravaganza, making full plunder of all the Ozzy and band interviews I’ve done over the years, all that quote footage that has been in the archives forever waiting to be unleashed.

What I’ve done is used the day-by-day, diary (of a madman) format and stuffed in hundreds of journal entries and quotes, along with masses of live photography and memorabilia shots throughout.

Quick description: large format hardcover, 8 3/4” x 11 1/4”, full color throughout, est. 250 pictures, including ads, tour posters, rare sleeves, shirts, live shots from all eras, including lots of our beloved Randy. Read the rest of this entry »

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SCOTT IAN’s “Swearing Words in Glasgow” Tour DVD – Get Your Copy on November 13, 2014 via Megaforce Records

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality SCOTT IAN had a lot to say on the European and United States legs of his groundbreaking Speaking “Swearing Words” Tour. After decades-worth of international touring with Anthrax, bumping elbows with illustrious (and sometimes ridiculous) characters all over the media spectrum, and undergoing general “you won’t believe this” experiences— SCOTT IAN certainly had some hilarious and surprisingly personal stories to share.

“Swearing Words” is an honest look at the insane life that Scott has led for the last 31 years, the people he’s met, and the events that coincide. Now, you can experience Scott’s “Swearing Words” Tour by way of Swearing Words in Glasgow, available via Megaforce Records on November 13, 2014.

The Swearing Words in Glasgow DVD is a full performance recording, filmed towards the end of the tour run in Glasgow, Scotland, and is being funded by a wildly popular PledgeMusic campaign, which surpassed its goal with the help of gracious and dedicated fans!

To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page here here:

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ACE FREHLEY To Sit In With THE ROOTS On Jimmy Fallon

August 9th, 2014
by Celtic Bob


Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on  the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12, 2014, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.

1. Space Invader
2. Gimme A Feelin’
3. I Wanna Hold You
4. Change
5. Toys
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex
8. What Every Girl Wants
9. Past The Milky Way
10. Reckless
11. The Joker
12. Starship

ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The album features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin’,” as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker.” Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member.  In addition to having the best selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley’s self titled Ace Frehley (1978), went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove,” from any of the legendary KISS solo albums. The massive hit was most recently featured in an episode of cult show Entourage and was also KISS’ second best selling download in 2012, besting such KISS Army anthems as “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Beth” and “Calling Dr. Love” even after 36 years.

Since departing from KISS, Frehley went on to release four more solo albums and one live EP including his most recent effort, Anomaly in 2009, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and received a welcoming response among critics.

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Tuska Open Air 2014 – Helsinki Finland

August 9th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen


Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
June 27-29, 2014

Review by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Marko Syrjala

The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This Sivulahti area almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown of Helsinki, is a perfect place for the metallic onslaught during the weekend. The line-up of 2014 looked once again amazing. Anthrax and of course the legion of the Norwegian (former) black metal artists such as Satyricon, both Emperor and Dimmu Borgir as headliners. Of course a few cult metal bands like Metal Church, Stone could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 24000 people visited Tuska during three days. was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.

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Sonisphere 2014 @ Knebworth, UK

August 8th, 2014
by UK Team


Knebworth Park, UK
4th – 6th July, 2014

Review by Anna Dumpe & Ryan Lee Spearman
Photography Michelle Murphy

Note: For coverage of the more rock orientated bands from the festival, go here.

One of the greatest news to shake the world of heavy metal arrived in 2013 when it was announced that everyone’s favorite rock and metal festival Sonisphere is returning to the hallowed grounds of Knebworth after 2 years of silence and is bringing the best acts of rock and heavy metal to the UK.

Alongside festival headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, over 100 bands appeared on five stages throughout the weekend of 4th to 6th July, 2014 and we were there to witness it all for ourselves.

From the first performances of Friday to sore heads on Saturday and Sunday, UK team surely enjoyed Sonisphere to the fullest and we’re happy to tell you all about it.

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Geoff Tate-Ryche brings Queensryche’s music one last Time

August 7th, 2014
by Metal Rules
Geoff Tate photo by Joe Dolan

Geoff Tate photo by Joe Dolan

Yes it’s been confirmed by Tate and his management that this is the end. Yes, the name has been confirmed as changing to Operation Mindcrime and yes, what fans are witnessing on tour now is the end of a legacy in rock and metal music fronted by one of the genre’s most unique and easily recognizable voices. What comes next, we don’t have the answers to.

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