Best of 2016: EvilG

January 20th, 2017
by EvilG

TOP 20 METAL albums

#1. Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake`

Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Testament continues to wow me with their savage power, melody, riffs, drums, vocals, just everything about this band continues to exemplify perfection.

#2. Primal Fear – Rulebreaker

Primal Fear "Rulebreaker"

Primal Fear “Rulebreaker”

One of my fav bands continue their delivery of supreme power metal. Maybe a tiny step down from their previous release, but nothing to worry about as the album is still a very enjoyable listen. Maybe a couple faster songs and 1-2 less mid-tempo ones would have made this my #1 album but I’m not complaining.

#3. Borknagar – Winter Thrice

borknagar winter thrice

Although this album didn’t make my number one, this band, and album, made a big impact on me in 2016 as I went back and revisited a bunch of their releases along with all the Vintersorg albums in my collection. I’ve always liked the band, but with this album I found myself mesmerized by the mixture of folky metal mixed with some kind of prog black metal.

#4. Megadeth – Dystopia

Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

Megadeth – DYSTOPIA

Loved this album and it’s more aggressive Rust in Peace feel (I also really enjoyed 2013’s lighter Super Collider though). Kiko Loureiro on lead guitar is amazing, but it’s the riffs and songwriting that are just soooo good. Hope this band continues for many more years!

5. HammerFall – Built to Last

HammerFall - Built to Last

The Swede’s 10th studio album is in line with the bands early days as the album cover-art hinted at. I love all their albums so anything they do that even comes close to GLORY TO THE BRAVE is going to make me happy.

  1. Iron Savior – Titancraft

  2. Avantasia – Ghostlights

  3. Anthrax – For All Kings

  4. Death Angel – The Evil Divide

  5. Rhapsody of Fire – Into the Legend

  6. Striker – Stand in the Fire

  7. Metal Church – XI

  8. Prong – No Absolutes

  9. Sabaton – The Last Stand

  10. Metallica – Hardwired…to Self-Destruct

  11. Pain – Coming Home

  12. Flotsam and Jetsam – ST

  13. Anvil – Anvil is Anvil

  14. Sodom – Decision Day

  15. Brainstorm – Scary Creatures

Honorable Mentions:

Vader – The Empire
Eternal Champion – The Armor Of Ire
Iron Fire – Among the Dead
Freedom Call – Master of Light

Best EP

VoiVod – Post Society


Best Remake Album

Einherjer – Dragons of the North XX

Wow it’s been 20yrs!? I have the original on CD and it was a special album. Now with a much better studio budget and recording production, the album sounds ever better.

Best Book

Metallica – Back to the Front by Matt Taylor


Best Concert

Primal Fear with Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody. I’ve seen PF live umpteen times now as they are about my fav band, but Rhapsody are not a band that comes this way so it was quite a treat to be front row and watch Luca Turilli melt my brain for the two concert dates I followed the tour for (Montreal and Toronto).

Primal Fear - Toronto

Primal Fear – Toronto

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Toronto

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Toronto

Best New Band

(debut full length was from 2016)

Almanac – Tsar

Eternal Champion – The Armor Of Ire

Disappointment of 2016

There is is one main thing that tops my musical disappointments for 2016 – that is the lack of new Gamma Ray music or from what I’ve heard, any solid plans. With the (albeit super exciting) announcement of Kai re-uniting with Helloween for a 2017 tour (not a permanent reuniting) and with Henjo off starting his new band Unity….Kai’s 2016 solo album which was mostly OK, but it wasn’t Gamma Ray…etc…yes they are alive and doing musical things, but not together. As well, for me, there is the question mark of Gamma Ray’s new vocalist Frank Beck. They sadly don’t tour here, so I haven’t heard him (shit phone YouTube clips do not count). I would of course prefer to have Kai sing in Gamma Ray, or maybe get Ralf (as long as it didn’t detract from PF)…but time will tell and I’m willing to give it a chance. Regardless, for 2016, my greatest disappointment is with the lack of new material, with Canadian tour dates, etc for what is my favorite band, Gamma Ray. I have faith in Kai Hansen. He is one of those musicians to whom I look up to the most (why can’t their be a detailed autobiography about Kai and his complete musical life? Rather than more 80’s pop metallers writing books…) So I still have hope there will be life for Gamma Ray but it seems that won’t be until 2018?

Hopes for 2017

  • I’d love for the reunited Helloween re-united to not only tour (including some Canadian dates please!) but to record an album that will have on vocals: Kai, Kiske, and Deris! That would be such a gift as a long time fan of the band and a fan of all the bands incarnations.
  • New King Diamond studio album….please!!!
  • The reunited Ratt must record a new album that will be as cool as 2010’s Infestation. As well, the band needs to play some Canadian dates.
  • Týr release a follow-up to their 2013 album….and it will be glorious.
  • A new Slayer album would be nice…wishful thinking that it might come in 2017.
  • New studio albums from Jag Panzer, Metsatöll, Edguy, and so many more
  • I’ve given up wishing for a reunited Savatage. It was on my list for about a decade…but I’ve given up and will just go crank Hall of the Mountain King and remember what once was.

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Chicago Open Air: Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Korn, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour Lead All-Star Lineup Of Rock’s Top Artists July 14-16 At Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL

January 17th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup of rock’s top artists on Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air go on sale Friday, January 20 at Noon CT at

In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. The weekend gets started with The Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta (details to be announced in February) and the official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

Friday, July 14: KISS, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Anthrax, Meshuggah, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling In Reverse, Vimic, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Crobot, Code Orange, Hell or Highwater, Failure Anthem

Saturday, July 15: Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, Steel Panther, Body Count, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Metal Church, Pig Destroyer, Dragonforce, Cane Hill, Night Verses, Black Map

Sunday, July 16: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Stone Sour, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Hellyeah, Demon Hunter, DevilDriver, KYNG, Norma Jean, Whores., DED

Here’s what some of Chicago Open Air’s top artists have to say about playing the festival:

Corey Taylor, Stone Sour: “We are beyond stoked to be a part of Chicago Open Air this year. If you’ve never seen Stone Sour before, you’re in for a goddamn treat. If you HAVE seen Stone Sour before, forget what you’re expecting. It’s a whole new ballgame. See you all soon!”

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth: “This year’s Chicago Open Air festival is going to kick so much ass! I mean, KISS, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Rob Zombie?! If I wasn’t playing, I would want to go just to be part of the party!!

Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God: “Wassup Chicago! We’re stoked to be playing the Chicago Open Air this year. It’ll be nice to be outside in Illinois for a change, especially since it won’t be 10 below, haha. So come on out and bring your baggies, bikinis and suntan lotion, and surfboards (ok, so you can leave the surfboards at home). See ya there!”

Danny Wimmer, Founder of Danny Wimmer Presents said, “Walking through the site last year, I saw people from all over the world. Different ages, different races – people celebrating rock culture. When curating the 2017 version of Chicago Open Air, we wanted to find that balance for everyone who attends the festival. From iconic artists like Ozzy, KISS, Korn and Slayer to Rob Zombie, Godsmack and Stone Sour to Amon Amarth, Meshuggah and Behemoth. If you are a rock fan, this is a must see experience.”

“Rock is clearly alive and well in Chicagoland, and year two of Chicago Open Air promises to build on where we left off in creating one of America’s best destination hard rock festivals,” said Jason Wright, Live Nation’s Midwest President.

Tickets are priced as follows:

3-day General Admission Field: starting at $209.50
3-day General Admission Bowl: starting at $119.50
3-day VIP: starting at $425.00
Single Day General Admission Bowl: starting at $50.00

All VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into the event, access to a VIP lounge area featuring dedicated food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), field and stadium level viewing areas of the main stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a commemorative Chicago Open Air VIP-only laminate.

No Service Fee tickets will be available at the Chicago Open Air Official Pop-Up Party at Kuma’s Corner downtown (666 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago) on Friday, January 20, starting at Noon. In addition, all three Chicago-area Kuma’s locations ( will be selling No Service Fee tickets and exclusive Chicago Open Air / Kuma’s merchandise.

Discounted hotel rates are also available through Curadora. Visit for details.

Here’s a preliminary list of Chicago Open Air special events, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer partners, as well as onsite experiences and nonprofit organizations with a presence at Chicago Open Air:

Chicago Open Air Kick Off Fiesta, hosted by Jose Mangin: Kick off the Chicago Open Air weekend with this fiesta. This intimate dinner will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal DJ Jose Mangin. The menu and more information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chicago Open Air Official Pre-Party & After-Show Events: The official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party will be held at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 13. Bands and more details will be announced soon. In addition, official after-show events will be held at Double Door on Friday, The Metro on Saturday, and the official afterparty will be at House of Blues in Chicago on Sunday.

Gourmet Man Food: The initial Gourmet Man Food lineup includes selections from Chicago favorites such as: Bruges Brothers, Chicago Doghouse, Crème of the Crop, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky’s Donuts, Kuma’s Corner, Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish), and Yum Dum. Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Aporkalypse Now, BBD’s Restaurant, Ben’s Burrito Bowl, Cheeze Louise, Cravin’ Cajun, Master of Patties, Ollie’s Tots, Pie Baby (wood-fired pizza), Sweet Pete’s, and The Big Cheesy.

Headbangers Bier Hall: This unique METAL themed dive bar is returning to Chicago Open Air. Headbangers Bier Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Revolution Brewing (Chicago – Fist City, Rev Pils), Surly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – Sidekick Extra Pale Ale, Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend.

Monster Energy Experience: Fueling the festival experience with energy, the Monster Energy Experience offers free Monster drink samples and artist signings. Stop by the Monster Energy Experience and get energized for Chicago Open Air!

Kuma’s Corner: Kuma’s Corner will be returning to serve their signature metal themed burgers.

The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. After laying your hands on the hottest equipment available, you will walk away feeling like a rock star and you may even see one there, too! Come and meet your favorite band members from the festival at the Music Experience Tent. You can win free amps, free guitars and get tons of other free stuff, as well.

FYE Fan Experience: FYE will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival! FYE is the only place at the festival to get your favorite band’s music, and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performer!

Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live: The Dyin 2 Live Dreams program is a wish-granting organization whose purpose is to try and enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring hope and inspiration to their lives. In doing this, we hope it can help give them a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day. Through our extensive network of friends, supporters, and affiliates, we are able to reach out to individuals and present them with one of a kind experiences and opportunities that arise. We feel a Dyin 2 Live Dream can offer a source of inspiration for those undergoing difficult medical treatments and be a positive force that offers a life-changing impact not only for them, but also the family to overcome their obstacles. If you are currently fighting cancer or know of someone in the fight who could benefit from a Dyin 2 Live Dream, please submit your story and tell us why and how a Dyin 2 Live day would help. Also, anyone interested in being a supporter, volunteer or donor, please contact us at

Take Me Home: Take Me Home (TMH) has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. TMH was founded as an animal rights advocacy foundation saving orphaned animals and striving to end animal overpopulation. TMH works in conjunction with shelters and rescues throughout California and beyond to help save animals on death row, on the streets, or in unsafe living conditions. Stop by their booth for custom gear and contribute to a great cause.

Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, Live Nation, and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.

Chicago Open Air is fueled by Monster Energy. Additional 2017 sponsors include: Jack Daniel’s, FYE, The Music Experience, Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home, Soho Concessions and more.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit:


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Best of 2016: Manos

January 15th, 2017
by Metal Rules
  1. Hellstar – Vampiro

Hellstar – VampiroAmazing album released in the end of 2016. After 34 years of existence Helstar are in top form. Fast rhythms, insane singing creates a relentless album that doesn’t let it till final song. Absolutely killer!

2. Warfect – Scavangers

From Kreator to Destruction to the golden days of Nuclear Assault. Bone crushing songs bursting with speed, aggressiveness and imagination. If there’s justice in this world these guys could become the next Kreator. Thrash at its best

3.  Assassin’s Blade – Agents of mystification

Excellent classic metal collaboration featuring former Exciter singer Jacques Bellanger. Passionate music and cool songs what else could you ask for?

4.  Chronos Zero – Hollowlands

Symphony X fused with death metal and female vocals ? Can this happen? If anyone can pull this of then it’s Chronos Zero from Italy. Jaw dropping music skills, complex arrangements and awesome singing from a guy that would make Russel Allen (of Symphony X) wonder if he has an evil twin

5.  Nordic Union – Nordic Union

Superb hard rock with a kick ass vocal performance of Ronnie Atkins from Pretty Maids.  Hard rock at its fucking best!

6. Tarchon Fist – Celebration

7. Innerwish – Innerwish

8. Wardrum – Awakening

9. Madder Mortem – Red in tooth and claw

10. Wedingoth – Alone in the crowd

11. Meshuggah – The violent sleep of reason

12. Hansen & Friends – XXX Three decades in metal

13. Herman Frank – The Devil rides out

14. Blazon Stone – War of the roses

15. Brainstorm – Scary creatures

16. Wolf Hoffmann – Headbangers symphony

17. Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

18. Megadeth – Dystopia

19. False Coda – Secrets & sins

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More bands added to Brutal Assault

January 14th, 2017
by Arto Lehtinen

While black metal fans should be more than satisfied with the line-up by now, with this batch we’re gonna make happy mostly the headbangers of death, as the title suggests!

Swedish death dealers AEON have recently reminded Europe on their tour with Cannibal Corpse that they’re still a force to be reckon with! And the same applies for the band revolving around Terrance Hobbs, possibly the only death metal guitar hero to share his hairdresser with the Predator! Indeed NY/DM godfathers SUFFOCATION are still a massive live force despite the recent line-up changes. CRYPTOPSY will present their own innovative ways of brutal death while the represantatives of the US murder capital Chicago under the monicker of MACABRE will indeed tell some tales of a macabre nature, revolviing around…surprise, murders and murderers!
Chicago took the torche from New York, a city that once witnessed it’s own Epidemic of Violence and the mighty thrash force DEMOLITION HAMMER has reformed to show You how it was like back in 1992! Besides the old school masters we’ll also have the cream on top of the new school US thrash with HAVOK!

ROTTEN SOUND will once again unleash a grinding fury that is yet to be surpased while their countrymen WOLFHEART on the other hand showcase the sad nature of Finland. Their thoughtful attitude is shared by German black metal DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT that will debut at our festival.

A band that needs no introduction and will not debut at our festival are ARCHITECTS, who are sadly returning without the deceased founding guitarist Tom Searle.

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KXM Release Music Video For “Scatterbrain”

January 13th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Coming on the heels of the announcement of their sophomore album, KXM has released the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain.” The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, features the band performing live in the desert. The video can be seen here: and is the first song from the upcoming release of the same name. The new album is scheduled for release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes ( will receive “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (

Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at  KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.

From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.

KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.

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Best of 2016: Oliver Manso

January 13th, 2017
by Metal Rules

Top 10 Albums

 1. AVANTASIA “Ghostlights”
2. AXEL RUDI PELL “Game of Sins”
3. ELDERBLOOD “Messiah”
4. EVERGREY “The Storm Within”
5. FORTERESSE “Thèmes pour la rébellion”
6. GRAVELAND “1050 Years of Pagan Cult”
7. HAMMERFALL “Built to Last”
8. RHAPSODY OF FIRE “Into the Legend”
9. SIRENIA “Dim Days of Dolor”
10. SONATA ARCTICA “The Ninth Hour”

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Armored Saint launches “March of the Saint (live)” video online; announces Ireland, UK and USA tour dates

January 13th, 2017
by EvilG

On February 24th, Armored Saint is releasing their new live album, Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act – not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989’s live album,Saints Will Conquer – until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band’s 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of “March of the Saint” from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver “Bomber” Barth, can be viewed at: – where Carpe Noctum can also be pre-ordered in various formats. Purchase your exclusive shirt, vinyl, and more now!

To view Armored Saint‘s PledgeMusic campaign – where every “pledge”/purchase receives a digital download of Carpe Noctum, plus behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016’s Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!) – please visit:

In regards to the PledgeMusic campaign, Armored Saint comments: “Why PledgeMusic? Our fans have been extremely supportive over the years. We want to share the process of realizing this project with you by giving you the chance to be a part of it, from start to finish. How does it work? You place your orders here and when the album is released, you will get your items in the mail. But throughout the process, you will have access to the regular updates that we will post on this page.”

Carpe Noctum track-listing
1. Win Hands Down (Live)
2. March of the Saint (Live)
3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
4. Last Train Home (Live)
5. Mess (Live)
6. Aftermath (Live)
7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
8. Reign of Fire (Live)

Armored Saint will return to Ireland and the UK this March (appearing in some cities for the first time!), before playing select USA dates in May. Joey Vera (bass) comments: “We’re really looking forward to playing these select UK shows in March. We’ve never played in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham or Wales, so we’re super excited to play in these places – as well as in Belfast, which we’d played only once before. We get a lot of requests from our UK fan base and since we were offered the headline spot at Hammerfest, we decided to hit some of these other UK cities. So, here we go!”

Armored Saint tour dates
Mar. 20 – Voodoo – Dublin, Ireland
Mar. 21 – The Limelight – Belfast, Ireland
Mar. 23 – HammerFest – Gwynedd, N. Wales, UK
Mar. 24 – The Rebellion – Manchester, UK
Mar. 25 – O2 Academy 3 – Birmingham, UK
May 18 – Route 20 Outhouse – Sturtevent, WI
May 19 – Q and Z Expo Center – Ringle, WI
May 20 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

Armored Saint online:

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DIMMU BORGIR – New DVD “Forces Of The Northern Night” Out In April!

January 13th, 2017
by EvilG

Norwegian symphonic black metal giants, DIMMU BORGIR, finally emerge from the depths of darkness, to mark 2017 as the year of their monumental return.

On April 14th, they will finally release their highly-anticipated DVD Forces Of The Northern Night, containing two of the band’s live rituals: Their legendary show in Oslo, showing DIMMU BORGIR on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as the entire performance at Wacken Open Air 2012 with almost 100 musicians on stage. Both concerts present a spectacular sound scenario of raging black metal in front of an epic orchestral landscape and the band’s unique visuals.

This authentic combination of the beauty and the beast has long seemed like a natural evolution for fans, but much time, arrangements and commitment were necessary to put this gigantic production into reality and fill the stage with 90 minutes of mind blowing sets per night. The shows guide the fans through classics from the band’s discography – from the majestic finisher “Mourning Palace” to the stomping manifesto “Puritania” and the haunting “Gateways”… Norway’s DIMMU BORGIR know how to leave nothing behind but pure ashes.

“For us, this is the pinnacle of our career so far. As a band, we’ve always used a lot of symphonic elements in our music. But we haven’t been able to use a real orchestra live. We’ve had to use samples, synthesizers and so on, so this was a huge, awesome experience for us!”, states front man Shagrath.

On April 14th, both concert plus a bonus documentary feature will be available in many different formats that will soon be revealed.

And beware… this is not the only gem that the year 2017 holds for DIMMU BORGIR.


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Glacier – Michael Podrybau

January 12th, 2017
by Robert Williams

Interview with Michael Podrybau

Conducted by Robert Williams

Michael Podrybau is best remembered as the vocalist for the Pacific Northwest based traditional heavy metal band Glacier. A recent resurgence of renewed interest in the band’s seminal self-titled EP lead to a deluxe reissue campaign on both CD & Vinyl spearheaded by Cult Metal Classics Records. Original axeman Sam T. Easley sadly passed away in 2016 laying to rest any hopes of a Glacier reunion but Michael Podrybau has since put together a proper Glacier tribute band with the aptly named Devil In Disguise. Michael shares his recollections of his time in Glacier as well as what to expect from Devil In Disguise in this special chat. Enjoy and pick up your copy of the Glacier reissue when you’re done reading!

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TOKYO MOTOR FIST Are “Shameless” With New Song

January 12th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

You don’t need to be a die-hard ’80s metal fan to know that the fruits of an artistic alliance between Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of TRIXTER is going to make melodic rock fans rejoice! The two musicians from New Jersey have recently created TOKYO MOTOR FIST and the new band is ready to unleash on the world their self-titled debut album on February 24, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The band’s self-titled debut can be pre-ordered here: and at the links below.  Digital pre-orders  come with instant downloads of “Love Me Insane” and “Shameless”.

Google Play:

Indeed, Tokyo Motor Fist is exactly what you would expect: catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way is should be! You want big – we mean, BIG – hooks? You got ’em. What about major guitar riffs? Of course there’s plenty of those. Killer rhythm section? Well, with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent , Rainbow , Alice Cooper ) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult , Joe Lynn Turner ) you simply can’t go wrong!

Ted and Steve have been friends for a long time. They were playing the same club circuit with their respective bands, Danger Danger and Trixter, when both bands were starting their careers. Over the years, they’ve had a great personal relationship and the idea of doing a record together has been in the cards for many years. Now, thanks to Frontiers this concept has become a reality.

“To say that I’m excited for the world to hear Tokyo Motor Fist would be an understatement,” says Steve Brown. “Working on this project with my Rock and Roll Brothers Ted Poley, Greg Smith & Chuck Burgi was a total blast….We had fun and it shows in the performances and in the music!  As a songwriter I couldn’t be happier with the way the songs came together. Fans of TRIXTER, DANGER DANGER, Def Leppard , Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick will get the best of all those worlds.”

Ted Poley adds: “Working with guys of this caliber was amazing. I was excited to collaborate with my long time friend Steve Brown, who is not only a really great songwriter and guitarist but also an insanely cool producer! The band sounds great and very high energy. The vocals of Steve and I along with his SHREDDING guitar, combined with the World Class rhythm Powerhouse section of Greg Smith and Chuck Burgi is amazing, what a cool band – the sound is HUGE. But it’s the songs that drew me into making this album in the beginning and the record is full of catchy songs with massive choruses and great melodies and sounds BIG BIG BIG! I am beyond THRILLED with the final result and I hope you will be too.”

Beefy and energetic, “Tokyo Motor Fist” is sure to please not only Ted Poley, Danger Danger, and Trixter’s fans, but all fans of melodic hard rock. Don’t miss this superb release!

Tokyo Motor Fist Track Listing:
1. Pickin’ Up The Pieces
2. Love Me Insane
3. Shameless
4. Love
5. Black And Blue
6. You’re My Revolution
7. Don’t Let Me Go
8. Put Me To Shame
9. Done To Me
10. Get You Off My Mind
11. Fallin’ Apart

Tokyo Motor Fist
Ted Poley – Vocals
Steve Brown – Guitars, Vocals
Greg Smith – Bass guitar
Chuck Burgi – drums

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Frontiers Music Srl to Release House of Lords “Saint of the Lost Souls” March 24th

January 12th, 2017
by Celtic Bob

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of “Saint Of The Lost Souls”,the tenth studio album from House Of Lords.  The album, which is the follow up to their highly successful “Indestructible”, will be released March 24th.

“Saint of the Lost Souls” can be pre-ordered here: and at the links below:

Google Play:

Recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, this collection of songs has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band’s trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell’s guitar.

“Saint Of The Lost Souls” is already one of the years most anticipated melodic rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre. James Christian’s well crafted and smooth vocals bring the band’s craft to new heights. Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless. A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the rock community. His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to House of Lords.

House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of their self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80’s. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria, along with luminaries Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), were reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen and immediately brought the band to the attention of the music media and fans.

With their sophomore release, “Sahara”, House of Lords had considerable radio and video chart success with their cover of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”. After a tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded, eventually coming back together with a new lineup (featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with “Demon’s Down”. With the change in musical climate at the time, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial “Power and the Myth”, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards progressive hard rock with 70’s rock influences. After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark arena rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of “Power and the Myth”. New members Jimi Bell on guitars and B.J. Zampa on drums supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album, “World Upside Down”, a record which caused a real stir in the hard rock and melodic rock scenes. That album was followed up by the equally impressive “Come to My Kingdom” in 2008, “Cartesian Dreams” in 2009, “Big Money” in 2011, and “Precious Metal” in 2014.

The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents. House Of Lords stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. All these ingredients you will find on “Saint Of The Lost Souls” which shines from the first second to the last!

“Saint Of The Lost Souls” Track Listing:
1.    Harlequin
2.    Oceans Divide
3.    Hit the Wall
4.    Saint of the Lost Souls
5.    The Sun Will Never Set Again
6.    New Day Breakin’
7.    Reign of Fire
8.    Concussion
9.    Art of Letting Go
10. Grains of Sand
11.The Other Option

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January 12th, 2017
by EvilG

morbid angel 2017 tourDeath metal veterans MORBID ANGEL will embark on their first U.S. tour of 2017 in May. Support on the trek will come from SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION and WITHERED.

The tour will commence on May 23 in Orlando Florida at the Beachum and continue around the country until June 27, in New Orleans at the House Of Blues.

Commented MORBID ANGEL: “We are excited to get back out on tour with longtime friends and death metal brothers SUFFOCATION as main support. We have also added the technical thrash metalers REVOCATION and newcomers WITHERED to what will promise to be a great night. The tour will also mark the unveiling of the new lineup of MORBID ANGEL, featuring Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ERRORGEIST) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) on second guitar.”

Said Dan: “It is an honor to stand among my brothers Trey, Steve and Scott in the one and only MORBID ANGEL.”

Added Scott: “I’m beyond thrilled and excited to have claimed the drum throne with my brothers in the mighty MORBID ANGEL! We are chipping away right now on the new album at Mana Recording with our great friend Erik Rutan! Stay Tuned!”

Stated Steve: “I am stoked to get out and do some badass shows. This will be a devastating tour and I am looking forward to watching every band.”

Commented Trey: “We are excited to bring back lots of cool songs that haven’t been in the live sets for a long while. Do you suffer the same sickness???”

Tour dates:

May 23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
May 24 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
May 25 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 27 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Deathfest
May 28 – Boston, MA – Brighton
May 29 – New York NY – The Gramercy Theater
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Small’s
Jun. 01 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jun. 02 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
Jun. 03 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
Jun. 04 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
Jun. 06 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic
Jun. 07 – Lawrence, KS – Grenada
Jun. 08 – Denver CO – Bluebird
Jun. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Jun. 12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Jun. 13 – Portland, OR – Dame’s
Jun. 15 – San Francisco, CA – The Social Hall
Jun. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jun. 17 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
Jun. 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Jun. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Jun. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
Jun. 23 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 24 – Austin, TX – Grizzly Hall
Jun. 25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 27 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues

MORBID ANGEL is recording its new album at Mana Recording in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer — and former MORBID ANGEL guitarist — Erik Rutan for a mid-2017 release via UDR Music.


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Best of 2016: Helias Papadopoulos

January 12th, 2017
by Metal Rules


1. Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
That was a great comeback by one of the biggest metal bands in the world. Simple as that.

Metallica - self-destruct

2. Anthrax – For All Kings
Anthrax is not one of my favorite bands, BUT their last effort grabbed me and rocked me out!

3. Rotting Christ – Rituals
Greece’s most famous black metal band, Rotting Christ’s almost 30 years after their establishment, they managed to release an album that will be remembered as an instant classic!

4. Gojira – Magma
5. Opeth – Sorceress
6. Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake
7. Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason
8. Marauder – Bullethead
9. Universe 217 – Change
10. Vader – The Empire
11. Crowbar – The Serpent Only Lies
12. Avantasia – Ghostlights
13. Artillery – Penalty by Perception
14. Vektor – Terminal Redux
15. Diamond Head – Diamond Head
16. Suicidal Angels – Division of Blood
17. Sodom – Decision Day
18. Evergrey – The Storm Within
19. Wardrum – Awakening
20. Epica – The Holographic Principle

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Nominations for the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History

January 12th, 2017
by EvilG

Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Randy Rhoads, Ross The Boss Friedman, Frankie Banali   Among 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees


Anaheim, CA,  (January 7, 2017) – Metal Blade Records (Celebrating their 35th Anniversary), Scorpions, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill have just joined the list of Metal Royalty who have been nominated for induction into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. The All-Star Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA. Television and Radio Legend Eddie Trunk  will host the event.

Performing at the Ceremony will be Dio Disciples featuring “Craig Goldy,” “Simon Wright” “Scott Warren,” “Bjorn Englen,” “Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens,” and “Joe Retta.” Ross “The Boss” (band), will also be performing, which features Iconic guitarist “Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman,” “Rhino (Formerly of Manowar),” vocalist “Marc Lopes,” and “Mike LePond” (Symphony X and Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins). Surprise artists will also take part in the event. Supporting bands include Budderside, and LA rockers Diamond Lane.

Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Sponsors include: Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D. Drum and Disablitiy Riola Design, Evans, and Modern Drummer Magazine.

The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:

  • Ronnie James Dio, “Rainbow,” “Black Sabbath,” “Dio,” (With Wendy Dio accepting the induction)
  • Metal Blade Records (With Brian Slagel accepting the induction)
  • Scorpions (With Drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction)
  • Rainbow Bar and Grill (With Rainbow Bar and Grill owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction)
  • Lemmy Kilmister, “MotorHead” (With Manager Todd Singerman accepting the induction)
  • Ross “The Boss” Friedman, formerly of “Manowar”
  • Rudy Sarzo, formerly of “Ozzy Osbourne” and “Whitesnake.”
  • Frankie Banali, of “Quiet Riot,” (Along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the
    first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status).
  • Vinny Appice, formerly of “Black Sabbath” and “Dio.”
  • Don Airey of “Deep Purple”
  • Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of “Sabian Cymbals
  • Randy Rhoads, “Ozzy Osbourne,” (With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction)

“The induction of Ronnie into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History is indeed an honor and I know Ronnie would have been very proud,” says Wendy Dio. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund, we thank you for your support and donation. Every penny will go to cancer research and education, to hopefully one day find a cure for this horrible disease that takes the lives of so many of our loved ones.”

“We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization,” says Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel. “I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way. Huge thanks to all at the Hall of Heavy Metal History for this great honor.”

“Our family is so deeply honored to have Randy inducted into The Hall of Heavy Metal History,” says Kathy and Kelle Rhoads.” To think that after all these years since he has passed, he is STILL remembered and respected is totally awesome. His passion for music continues to inspire so many. It was always about the “Music” for him. He would be speechless about this award, and so would our Mom!!”

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SEAX – Carmine Blades

January 11th, 2017
by Robert Williams

Interview with Carmine Blades of SEAX

Conducted by Robert Williams

SEAX hail from Worcester, Massachusettes and are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the most exciting forces in Speed Metal today. With the release of their third full length album “Speed Metal Mania” the  quintet deliver unrelenting, headbanging, fist-pumping steel in the same glorious vein as such eighties titans as Exciter, Razor or Whiplash. Do yourself a favor and check out SEAX today! Pick up their new album “Speed Metal Mania” and enjoy our chat with SEAX vocalist Carmine Blades below!

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