DUE TO MASSIVE DEMAND – GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON, a fun and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series now on Kickstarter, unveils a ton more new and exciting limited edition rewards to bestow upon loyal backers. New rewards include a second Kickstarter exclusive GWAR T-shirt, signed art and merchandise from the band, original painted art from the band, and very rare prints of new GWAR art from artists Stephen Blickenstaff (the artist behind the iconic CRAMPS “Bad Music for Bad People” album cover art), Chris Pyrate, and Tom Neeley. More art to be revealed later this week from artist Kyle Strahm.
The comic series is blowing up Kickstarter, raking in a whopping $32,000 in less than two weeks, and is written by shock rock legends GWAR, co-writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
“Seeing the incredibly positive reaction to the GWAR Kickstarter has been tremendous,” said co-writer Matt Miner. “Making comics with my favorite band is like a dream. A fever dream where I’m surprisingly okay to be choking on my own blood while showered with alien jizz, but a dream nonetheless.”
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series? Hell no! There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.
Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).
The Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends on November 25, 2016! Kickstarter is all-or-nothing funding so it must hit goal by November 25th to be able to make the project.
You’ll always hear your favorite band… here in metal, metal land!
“For me this is so much more than a collection of songs, it is the culmination of a lifetime of living. It is about addictions , love, pain and many facets of the human condition. I tend to write autobiographically and on this album I dealt with topics I’ve never explored,” explains Russell of the new record.
Rather than look backwards and merely attempt to relive the multi-platinum Hard Rock entity’s storied origins, Jack Russell set his sights on the future. In December 2011, Jack Russell’s Great White first bared its teeth. Robby Lochner has been with Jack since its inception, they soon welcomed back longtime bassist and friend Tony Montana-this time as a guitar player and keyboardist- they then added drummer Dicki Fliszar , then bassist Dan McNay. This group has a sharp, soaring, eclectic, hook laden new album ready, boasting the bluesy hard rock stomp that made Russell and Montana icons in the first place.
“It’s a powerful band,” Russell proclaims. “The music is dynamic and I’ve gone where I’ve never gone before. Lochner was a catalyst for moving forward. I wasn’t sure how the writing would go at first but soon realized the chemistry is beyond words. He’s my copilot and one of my best friends.”
This past year the musicians hit the studio to cut their official full-length debut. It taps into the bluesy bombast and heavy energy of Russell’s celebrated material, but it’s a distinctly modern metallic monster.
“We want the new material to blow people’s ears back,” Russell goes on. “It has the elements of the best of Great White, but there’s diversity, vibe and an edge to it. It draws from our 60’s and 70’s roots in a more modern way.”
Montana agrees, “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack’s voice. No other band sounds like this one, ever did or does now. When I was 17-years-old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that integrity moving forward.”
That integrity became forged over nearly thirty years. In 1984, the band broke out of the Los Angeles scene with its self-titled debut followed by seismic platinum-selling outings such as 1987’s Once Bitten… and 1989’s …Twice Shy. Moving over 10 million copies worldwide, they stood out as tried-and-true rock stalwarts into the 21st century until 2011, when Russell went on to form Jack Russell’s Great White.
Ultimately, the new music is for the millions of fans who stuck by Russell all these years. It’s everything they’ve been waiting for and more.
“He Saw it Comin” Track Listing:
1. Sign Of The Times
2. She Moves Me
4. Love Don’t Live Here
5. My Addiction
6. Anything For You
7. He Saw It Coming
8. Don’t Let Me Go
9. Spy Vs Spy
10. Blame It On The Night
Jack Russell’s Great White Lineup:
Jack Russell (Vocals)
Tony Montana (Guitar, Keyboards)
Robby Lochner (Guitar, piano, backing vocal)
Dan McNay (Bass, backing vocal)
Dicki Fliszar (Drums,backing vocal)
Finland’s riotous rockers STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS, known for rabble-rousing renditions of sempiternal rock and metal standards, have offered their latest take on a classic. This time out, the band tackles a quintessential power ballad and covers Guns N’ Roses’ epic “November Rain.”
After 50 million-plus cumulative YouTube views, you would think you’ve seen pretty much everything these clodhoppers might have under the shoulder straps of their britches. But you’d be wrong. Dead wrong.
After witnessing this wistful saga of moonshine-marinated melancholy and boozed-up, barmy bayou bromance, you will no longer be able to watch the original video – let alone enjoy Slash’s iconic guitar solo – the same way again.
The song lives on the band’s second album Brothers in Farms, which topped the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.
When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1975, many a rock n’ roll fan was left befuddled. Why would one of rock’s top guitarists leave one of the world’s most popular bands? Regardless of the reason, listeners would ultimately be thankful, as Blackmore soon launched Rainbow – a band that rocked just as ferociously as Purple, whose music has proven to be timeless and incredibly influential on subsequent heavy metal bands.
And along the way, Blackmore proved to be extremely adept at spotting largely-unknown talent, and introducing them to the world – including vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner. However, with Blackmore as the group’s leader, band members came and went on a regular basis – preventing the band from possibly reaching their full potential.
‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including former band members (Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey, Doogie White, etc.), those who worked closely with the band (Wendy Dio, Flemming Rasmussen, etc.), and were admirers of their music (Eddie Trunk, Charlie Benante, etc.).
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s,’ ‘Iron Maiden: ’80 ’81,’ ‘The Eric Carr Story,’ and ‘Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.’ ‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ is his 20th book overall.
‘The Other Side of Rainbow’ is available as a paperback version [276 pages, $19.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].
Rock the Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined
And so yes, proud to welcome you to my epic 290-page journey through the life and times of Ronnie Montrose. Included is a discography section as well as two sections of colour photography, as well as my usual plethora of black and white shots throughout. I went pretty deep with this one using footage from fully 40 personal interviews—including eight with Sammy Hagar and three with Ronnie himself—along with my usual exploration of the available press on these bands, of which there was very little. This is a story virtually untold until now.
As the back cover blurb attests…
As is expected with any Martin Popoff book, this long-awaited treatise on Montrose and Gamma is first and foremost the story of the five Montrose and four Gamma records, their making and baking, the hirings and firings, the superlative delivery live.
And within the detailed analysis, one of course gets to celebrate with the author Montrose classics like “Rock the Nation,” “Make it Last,” “Rock Candy,” “Bad Motor Scooter,” “I Got the Fire,” “Matriarch” and “Jump on It,” along with the entirety of the Gamma years, including the top-shelf Gamma 2, an album Popoff considers the equal to the earth-shattering first Montrose album of 1973.
But there’s a darker turn to this extensive tribute as well, as we look at Ronnie’s shocking suicide in 2012, before we correct the record, so to speak, looking at his legacy as articulated by those who played with him and knew him best. All told, it’s a rough ride, with unsettling doses of negativity, but once our tale winds down, there are more than enough lessons on creativity to satisfy any lover of the arts, particularly those centred around the type of six-string mayhem cooked up by the hero of our story, Ronnie Montrose.
Price including shipping:
US orders: $33.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $38.00 US funds
Canadian orders: $38.00 Cdn. funds
As The Stages Burn! ARCH ENEMY presents their new live DVD taken from their largest stage production to date and unforgettable performance last summer at the WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival in Germany.
This performance marks the pinnacle of a highly successful album campaign in support of War Eternal. It all began in March of 2014 when the band announced new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz as well as the video for the album title track. This debut track went on to become the bands most successful video, surpassing 20 million views on YouTube. The release of War Eternal also saw ARCH ENEMY reaching their highest U.S. and German chart positions to date and playing over 200 shows in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2014, Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) joined ARCH ENEMY during the world tour with Kreator and in 2015 they played arenas as direct support for Nightwish.
The DVD highlights an impressive live production fans have never seen before! As The Stages Burn is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on March 31st, 2017. More details will be revealed shortly, stay tuned.
Exclusive As The Stages Burn release shows with special support from Lacuna Coil and The Haunted have also been announced. Dates below.
ARCH ENEMY exclusive release shows:
03.30.2017 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany *
03.31.2017 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany *
04.01.2017 – Rock in Hell, Colmar, France *
04.02.2017 – Heavy Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
04.04.2017 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen (Hessen), Germany **
04.05.2017 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany **
04.06.2017 -Saarbrücken – Garage, Germany **
04.07.2017 – Durbuy Rock Festival, Durbuy, Belgium **
04.08.2017 – Betiz Fest, Cambrai, France *
04.09.2017 -Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik, Germany **
* with The Haunted
** with The Haunted and Lacuna Coil
German shows presented by Metal Hammer and EMP
ARCH ENEMY Festivals 2017:
02.02.2017 – 70000 Tons Of Metal – Miami, FL
07.06.2017 – Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany
07.14.2017 – Gefle Metal Festival , Gävle, Sweden
08.05.2017 – Ostrava v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic
08.10.2017 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain
08.11.2017 – Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal
08.12.2017 – Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Emerging from the vast Canadian wilderness with a ravenous thirst for beer and metal, PROTOKULT, the Eastern European transplants now residing in Toronto, ON are teaming up with Metal-Rules.com for the exclusive premiere of their new single ‘Oy Kanada’.
The band comments:
“Oy Kanada, is a power-folk thrasher that commands headbanging, pillaging and raising a round of the finest Canadian craft beer!. This is our take on a new Canadian metal national anthem: Our beer is better than yours! And tonight…Canadians rule!”
Fearlessly fusing metal subgenres, ‘Oy Kanada’ marks the return of PROTOKULT to the front line after unleashing their third studio recording and 2014 album ‘No Beer In Heaven’, a release that’s an adventurous, heavy and experimental trek, diving into themes of drinking, history and human endeavor.
BLOODSTOCK is thrilled to announce a bumper batch of Ronnie James Dio main stage bands for 2017, including their Friday night headliner!
Prepare your drinking horns!! Swedish overlords, AMON AMARTH will be sailing their Viking longboat on to the Catton Park shore as Friday night’s headline band! Chief berzerker Johan Hegg declares, “What’s up UK! On August 11th 2017, we are invading BLOODSTOCK! It’s going to be a fucking awesome party, with immense bloodshed and you better be there!” Get ready for battle and raise your horns with us via their latest video at https://youtu.be/Ndu33Uv7Aco
Landing the special guest slot on Friday are power metal kingpins, BLIND GUARDIAN. Their set will be a UK exclusive for 2017. BLOODSTOCK prides itself on being by the fans, for the fans, and are pleased to welcome one of the fans most requested acts to the lineup. If you’re not familiar, you’ve three decades of music to investigate, but why not start with the more recent ‘Twlight Of The Gods’, at: https://youtu.be/Ep1B_aIFPDE
Bay Area thrash beasts, TESTAMENT are set for a Friday slot. With their crushing brand new album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, released just a week ago by Nuclear Blast, check out the awesome video for new song ‘The Pale King’ at https://youtu.be/wkHT86Ei7DY
Hardcore kings, HATEBREED make a welcome return to Catton Park on Saturday. Check out their video for ‘Looking Down The Barrel of Today’ from current album, ‘The Concrete Confessional’ here – https://youtu.be/eGOr91Wx4DM. Expect firebrand frontman, Jamey Jasta to play ringmaster to some epic circle pit activity, so get your pit skills honed in preparation!
Also landing a spot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage over the weekend are Tennessee deathcore beasts, WHITECHAPEL, seminal death metallers, POSSESSED and flying the flag for English heavy metal, BLOODSTOCK favourites, HELL.
Early bird weekend camping tix are already on sale at a discounted £120 and due to exceptional demand, a limited number of VIP packages were put on sale last month on a first come, first served basis. This allocation has now SOLD OUT!
VIP sold out well in advance in 2016. VIP upgrades (for those who’ve already bought an early bird ticket) and the remaining VIP allocation will be available from 16th December, but don’t hang around if you want these, as they will sell out even earlier for 2017.
BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017. Early bird weekend tickets with camping are available now, priced from £120 (+ booking fee) at http://bloodstock.seetickets. com/event/bloodstock-2017/ catton-park/1010726/ Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee). Camper van pitches have now SOLD OUT.
Amon Amarth released their critically acclaimed concept album Jomsviking earlier this year. After numerous festival appearances and supporting Megadeth on tour in the US, the band recently embarked on their European headline tour. Guitarist and founding member Olavi Mikkonen was kind enough to talk to Metal-Rules.com before their sold out show in London this past Friday.
Chuck Garric is most notably known as Alice Cooper’s bassist, but what people are starting to find out is that he is also fronting and playing guitar in his own band – Beasto Blanco. On November 25th he and his bandmates; Chris Latham [guitar], Jan Le Grow [bass], Tim Husung [drums] and Calico Cooper [vocals] will be releasing their self-titled CD via Rat Pak CDs. It’s the follow up to their2013 release; Live Fast Die Loud.
Beasto Blanco is a force not to be reckoned with and destine to make an impact on the music industry. Each song is a well crafted story delivered in a unique way to intrigue the mind and create thematic visuals. Songs that are a pummeling mix of energy and the macabre. Their first single is a cover of Alice Cooper’s “Feed My Frankenstein” with a creepy and erotic spin. The album is currently available for pre-order via Rat Pak CDs website at: http://smarturl.it/BeastoBlanco16.
I spoke with Chuck about their new release and how the band is evolving, growing, and finding their own identity.
Calgary, AB’s RED CAIN have teamed up with Metal-Rules.com for the premiere of their playthrough for their first single ‘Hiraeth’ off their upcoming self-titled debut EP set for release on November 25th. The track was written as an anthem to glorious ages past, driven by the band’s Eastern European roots. Enveloped in Slavic mythology and imagery, the track takes the listener into an era where mysticism and sorcery coexisted with sharp steel, pagan hymns, and a still-present yearning for the restless wild. It is a gallop through hidden memories in their blood, and a call to arms from a long-forgotten heritage of renown.
RED CAIN, a powerful, modern melodic metal project with European roots is back on the scene after a two year hiatus and line up change that features orchestration guru William Lancaster along with the talented multi-instrumentalist Rogan McAndrews to join founding band members Evgeniy Zayarny, Nikita Ryzhenkov plus Samuel Royce. RED CAIN is a storytelling vehicle of Faustian sagas and twisted orchestral landscapes – complete with articulate songwriting, heavy, groove-filled instrumentals plus evocative, rich vocals, all creating a memorable and dramatic musical experience.
Metal fans have been waiting for this news for years! Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce that after a 9-year hiatus, the biggest indoor metal festival in Eastern Europe – Metalmania, comes back to life! The 23rd edition of this iconic festival will be held on April, 22nd 2017 in Spodek Hall, Katowice (Poland).
Due to the planned surprises, tickets will go on sale on November, 14th, not tomorrow as it was originally planned.
Moonspell, Sodom and Furia have been announced so far. Today, we can reveal names of two bands added to the line-up of Metalmania 2017: Arcturus and Tygers Of Pan Tang. More bands to be announced soon!
Arcturus is a Norwegian heavy metal band formed in 1991. The musicians have experimented throughout their career, extracting influences and incorporating elements from all over the musical spectrum including black metal and classical music. “Arcturian” is their fifth studio album released in May 2015.
More info: www.facebook.com/arcturusnorway
Tygers of Pan Tang, a heavy metal band, part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. They formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay, England, and were active until 1987. The band reformed in 1999 and since then continue to record and perform. Their brand new, self-titled studio album was released on October, 21st 2016!
More info: www.facebook.com/tygersofpantangofficial
It will be one of the most important musical events of 2017, a real treat for metal maniacs worldwide! Metalmania remains true to its formula – one day, two stages, several bands from all around the world and thousands of fans! That’s what Metalmania Festival is all about!
The last edition of Metalmania Festival took place at Spodek Hall in Katowice on March, 8th 2008, with Megadeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Overkill and Satyricon on the bill!