Deheubarth – “Darkwinter Possession” out now via Ulthar Records

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

Released on 20th of March 2015 by Ulthar Records on Cassette & DD


Ulthar Records is delighted to announce the release of the first demo from Deheubarth.

Deheubarth is the fear of ancient Cambria and the manifestation of the spirit of the Brythons. Raw, atmospheric despair in reverence of the old ways of Black Metal, while also drawing power from early 90’s English Doom.

Darkwinter Possession‘ was unleashed on limited cassette tape and digitally on the 20th of this month.

Deheubarth will make their debut live appearance at Gathering of the Morbid III in October, alongside HaarPale MistCrypt Lurker, & Barshasketh.

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S.F.D. (Australia) – The Complete Works (Thrash Metal, 2014, Into the Pit)

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

S.F.D. from Australia are a reminder of the timeless quality of thrash metal. Originally active around 1991-1993 (the ‘Regression’ album happened later and was probably unreleased), the band put out some of the most potent thrash music to come out of their region. It’s clearly not as derivative as you’d think – more listens would only unravel the thought put behind the song structuring beyond the obvious relentless shredding (read – ceaseless headbanging momentum). It’s like an itch that you can’t get enough of. It’s sufficiently heavy, undeniably juicy and just as raw as you’d like to get your blood rushing and fists swinging. The music brings to mind classic thrash of Bay Area in parts, old Teutonic thrash, as well as the more technical kind such as CORONER’s style of thrash – evidently, S.F.D. have been mixing it up and serving it with a shot of adrenaline and immeasurable passion. Take any material from this release – it won’t leave much to be desired, and will deliver fairly raging, involved and varied thrash metal that will lure you in with each listen.

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March 26th, 2015
by EvilG
UNLEASHED - Dawn Of The Nine

UNLEASHED – Dawn Of The Nine

Warriors!!! Hear the sound of the battle cry! With their new album Dawn Of The Nine, legendary Swedish trailblazers UNLEASHED have forged a modern death metal weapon from the blood and spirit of their Viking ancestors. The band is offering fans a taste of their forthcoming masterpiece in the form of part three of their track-by-track trailer.

Check out UNLEASHED’s part three of Dawn Of The Nine track-by-track trailer here:

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LADY BEAST – New album artwork revealed & new song online

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

Pittsburgh Heavy-Metal combo LADY BEAST announce the release of their new & second album ! Simply entitled “Lady Beast II”, this new album will include 9 songs of pure Heavy-Metal fury ! We have no doubt here at INFERNO Records that the band will kick your ass again.. but this time, even harder!

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HRENETIX (Lithuania) signed to INFERNÖ Records

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

PHRENETIX is a young promising THRASH Metal band hailing from Vilnius/Lithunia, that got formed in 2011.
The band first played shows actively and released in 2013 their first demo, made of 5 songs which got very positive feedback from underground media.

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RIOTOR – Artwork for new album revealed & new song available for streaming

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

RIOTOR – the Beast from Québec/CANADA has inked a deal with french label INFERNÖ Records ! RIOTOR, formed back in 2007 in Québec/CANADA, are no newcomers in the underground METAL circuit! After a brilliant debut album released in 2010 (on BESTIAL INVASION Records) and many live shows where the BEAST spat his venomous Metal style in the face of many metal maniacs, a new album is in the making & will be released on INFERNO Records ! This one will be entitled “Rusted Throne” and will include 10 new devastating songs ! To be released on CD & Cassette.

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METALPUBS.COM Launches; Goal is to shows a map of all heavy metal pubs and bars near each user

March 26th, 2015
by EvilG

Developed by heavy metal fanatics METALPUBS.COM is a new website which features a geographical

location instrument that shows a map of all heavy metal pubs and bars near each user.

A webpage will be created for each pub/bar where every user will be able to leave reviews, add

photos or simply find info about the pub itself.

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Santa Cruz – Islington Academy London, March 2015

March 26th, 2015
by UK Team

Santa Cruz

Interview @ Islington Academy London, March 2015

Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Graham Hilling

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

With their new self-titled album having been released in the UK just two days prior, Santa Cruz arrived in the UK ready to play the Islington Academy in London in support of Amaranthe.

Straight after their sound check Metal Rules spoke to Archie (vocals & guitar) and Johnny (guitar)  to find out more about their second album and the recording process.  You can also hear more about their upcoming video for ‘My Remedy’ and the fate that awaits poor Middy.

If you missed them on this leg of the tour then worry not as they may be back later in the year….maybe.

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Amaranthe – Interview, Islington Academy London, March 2015

March 26th, 2015
by UK Team


Interview @ Islington Academy London, March 2015



Interview by Rowena Lamb
Photographs by Graham Hilling

On the sixth night of their tour Amaranthe arrived in the UK to play the Islington Academy in London.  After sound check Metal Rules spoke to Jake E (vocals), Elize (vocals) and Olof (guitar and keys) to inquire about how they were finding the tour so far.

Watch the video to hear more about how the band developed with three vocalists, their song writing process, and the ideas behind the video ‘Drop Dead Cynical’ from their most recent album Massive Addictive.

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earMUSIC Partners With eONE Distribution For North America

March 26th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

earMUSIC has signed an exclusive deal with Entertainment One Distribution for distribution in the U.S., it was announced today. The deal is the first of many planned elements that will further nurture the earMusic label, brand and artists in the United States in 2015 and beyond.

Max Vaccaro, General Manager of earMUSIC comments, “During the first five years of earMUSIC, we have seen our label becoming a constant presence on the charts all over Europe. After some excellent years with our close friends at Eagle, we now feel its time to ‘walk on our own two feet’ and start developing our own presence in the United States. We approach this step in the most important market in the world knowing how challenging it will be to be as successful as we are in Europe. In a market where some of the best companies operate, we feel strong with having met a partner like eOne to share this ambition with.”

Michael Healy, Executive Vice President of eOne Music, states, “We feel very fortunate to be able to add EarMUSIC to our strong list of labels and artists. It will be exciting to be a part of their continued success as they take these next steps to expand their footprint in the U.S. marketplace.”

Scott Givens, VP Metal of eOne Music, adds, “I am thrilled to have earMUSIC join eOne Distribution and look forward to working with Max and his staff. This is another example of eOne’s ongoing commitment to the rock and metal genres.”

earMUSIC is the international record company of Edel Group. The label features an impressive repertoire of rock, pop, metal, and alternative rock artists. earMUSIC fuses the experience and tradition, a product of Edel’s 25-plus years of worldwide success, with a renewed musical direction and a fresh approach to further artist’s careers and to foster their new releases.

Additionally, earMUSIC offers artists a strong network of owned affiliates and long-term international partners. These top professionals and highly-regarded companies have been responsible for the success of countless independent labels and artists, all of which have benefitted greatly from their marketing, promotion, and distribution services, as well as their expertise, their experience, and their “know how.”

Domestic label management for earMUSIC will be provided by the U.S. team of international promotion and marketing firm International Solutions, headed by Elias Chios in New York.

Internationally, earMUSIC’s roster in Europe boasts some of the biggest names in rock music, including Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, Status Quo, Ash, Foreigner, Tarja, Thunder, Joe Jackson, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Stratovarius, Baby Metal, Christopher Cross, and many others.

eOne Distribution is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America and holds the highest market share of any independent. The company boasts an unparalleled roster ranging from leading independent labels to major Hollywood studios covering a wide spectrum of genres in both music and video.  In addition to offering traditional wholesale and managed inventory services to some of North America’s largest retailers, the company’s fully staffed digital team operates its own in-house digital suite and provides a wide range of digital strategic services.

The first set of releases for May under this new deal are as follows:

May 12:

Deep Purple, Long Beach 1971: The release is the latest in earMUSIC’s Deep Purple live series of the past two years, boasting rare material. Recorded at the Long Beach Arena on July 30, 1971 and broadcast on KUSC, 91.5 FM, this is a “must own” for fans of Deep Purple, spanning over 70 minutes of music that was remastered in 2014. earMUSIC has reached Gold Status with Deep Purple latest release “NOW What?!” in Germany where it charted at No. 1, and achieved over 10 top 10 positions worldwide, four of which were No. 1.

Angra, Secret Garden: Brazilian metal icons Angra, who have been a unit for two decades, are releasing their first music in over four years in the form of Secret Garden. It’s a concept album which asks a critical question: Can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?

SOTO, Inside the Vertigo: Soto casts vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, formerly of Journey, amidst talented young turks who know their way around their instruments. The album is cathartic, as it finds Soto releasing the buildup of tension and frustration he has dealt with over the past several years, making for a fascinating listen that rock fans will love and be unable to turn away from.

May 26:

Thunder, Wonder Days: One of the most enduring British bands of the past two decades, Thunder roar again with their 10th studio album—their first in six years. Their sound is a timeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power and they have rightfully ascended into the rock pantheon. The album entered the UK Top 10, a first for the band in over 20 years.

ASH Kablammo!: A brand new studio album from the pop-punk sensations Ash, one of the most successful bands to emerge from Ireland in the last 20 years, is upon us. The album offers a great collection of instant classics for a band that has managed to stop time. It’s a return home, as Ash had enjoyed great success in collaboration with the Edel network for their first three seminal albums.

June 9:

Gamma Ray, Best Of: The German power metal institution offers a selection of their best, most representative songs on one album! It’s a collection of true greatness preparing the way to a complete catalogue reissue with extra disc made of brand new exclusive material.

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DEEP PURPLE Announce Summer Tour

March 26th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


Deep Purple have announced their 2015 North America Summer tour.  Tickets and VIP Packages go on sale NOW in select markets.  More dates to go on sale in the coming days.

VIP Packages will be offered in select markets on the 2015 Deep Purple North America Tour. The packages offered will be the following:

DIAMOND: MEET & GREET PACKAGE (available in select markets)

Package includes:

Premium Ticket (in first 5 rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
Meet n Greet with band member(s) (will not include Ian Gillan).
Exclusive Autographed Litho
1 Personal Item autographed
Exclusive VIP Merchandise- To Be Determined
Commemorative laminate & lanyard
GOLD: MERCHANDISE PACKAGE (available in select markets)

Package includes:

Premium Ticket (in first 15 rows in most markets) (or GA where applicable)
Exclusive VIP Merchandise To Be Determined

7/14/15    Lewiston, NJ
7/22/15    Englewood, NJ
7/24/15    Lynn, MA
7/25/15    Port Chester, NY
7/30/15    Mashantucket, CT
8/2/15    Nashville, TN
8/4/15    Sterling Heights, MI
8/5/15    Columbus, OH
8/7/15    Sioux City, IA
8/12/15    Costa Mesa, CA
8/14/15    Laughlin, NV
8/15/15    Indio, CA
More dates to be announced.

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The Metal Avenger THOR Is Set Loose Again With A Deluxe Reissue Of The Legendary 1983 EP Unchained Plus A New Documentary Film!

March 26th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

THOR Unchained med res

Classic metal fans are in for a treat as the muscle-bound thunder god of heavy metal, THOR, sees his pivotal 1983 Unchained EP reissued on both CD & Vinyl with amazing bonus material. Unchained is the EP that put THOR atop the Mt. Olympus of the metal music world with unforgettable, fist-pumping metal anthems such as “Lightning Strikes,” “Anger,” and “When Gods Collide.” The CD comes with 12 rare bonus tracks including the ultra rare 1982 Unchained master recordings. The bonus DVD contains 2 full hours of metal mayhem featuring the “Anger” concept video with behind the scenes footage as well as vintage concert performances from 1982-85. The special limited edition vinyl release comes in either blue or orange colored vinyl, includes the 1982 masters, and also contains a 20-page comic book reproducing the original Unchained comic plus additional unpublished art. These are truly deluxe editions worthy of the gods! And they will be available starting March 31 only from Deadline Music!

To coincide with these exciting reissues, THOR will be hitting the road, performing at select engagements alongside theatrical screenings of I AM THOR, the brand new documentary film about THOR’s incredible 40+ year career from award-winning body builder to mega-sized rock star to wacky B-horror movie actor! The film is an official selection of the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and earned solid reviews from Variety and Slug magazines. These very limited, multi-media events begin in April and will continue through September. See below for details and check for the latest news!

And stay tuned for a BRAND NEW studio album from Thor entitled The Metal Avenger coming this Fall!

1. Lightning Strikes Again
2. Anger
3. Rock The City
4. Lazer Eyes
5. When Gods Collide
6. Death March

7. War Hammer
8. Rebirth Of The Hero
9. Ride From Hell
10. Rag-Na-Rock
11. Unchained (When Rises The Moon)
12. She’s A Nightmare

13. Anger
14. Lightning Strikes Again
15. Lazer Eyes
16. I Am Your Sire
17. Rock The City
18. When Gods Collide

• Anger concept video
• Raw footage
• Live in NY 1982 (first Unchained release party)
• Live from Queens NY 1985
• Live at St. Alban’s Hall 1984 (with Nik Turner as Loki)
• Live at the Marque 1984
Approx. 117 minutes

I AM THOR Movie Tour (*with THOR live performance, **with THOR tribute band)
April 3 – Chattanooga Film Festival – Chattanooga, TN
April 10 – Titanic International Film Festival – Budapest, Hungary
April 12 & 15 – Florida Film Festival – Maitland/Orlando, FL (with band members Steve Price and Mike Favata)
**April 15 – Night Visions Film Festival – Helsinki, Finland (with FINN THOR)
*April 18 – Calgary Underground Film Festival (THOR live performance and Q&A at the festival and Calgary Comic-Con)
April 20 – Cindelphia Film Festival – Philadelphia, PA
**April 25 – Keep It True Festival – Germany (with IRON THOR)
*May 28 – Muskelrock Festival – Alvesta, Sweden (with THOR live performance)
*June 5 – Brooklyn Film Festival – Brooklyn, NY (with THOR live performance)
*August 7 – Little Rock Horror Picture Show Festival – Little Rock, AR (with THOR live performance)
*September 5 – Portland Film Festival – (with THOR live performance)

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DECLINE OF THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION Films Get Deluxe Box Treatment From Shout! Factory

March 26th, 2015
by Celtic Bob


The highly-celebrated and long-awaited trilogy known as The Decline Of Western Civilization will receive a deluxe box set release on June 30, 2015, from Shout! Factory. The 4-disc set will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, and will contain Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization (1980), The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II : The Metal Years (1988), and The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III (1998), a 40-page book containing an essay written by rock historian Domenic Priore (Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood), rare stills, and bonus features including extended interviews, a commentary recorded by Dave Grohl in February 2015, and more.  This is the first ever official Blu-ray or DVD release of the films. The set is available for pre-order on and

The Decline Of Western Civilization box set features a new 2K high-definition scan of each film, supervised by Spheeris. In keeping with the spirit of the rebellious times in which they were shot, the vintage aspects have been respected, and the films retain their original feel.

Spheeris, who also directed Suburbia, Black Sheep and Wayne’s World, regards the Decline films as her most personally rewarding work. “I am so grateful to the fans of these films, and the bands that appeared in them, for their loyalty and patience. This is my life’s work, and I like to think that when I go to my grave, The Decline is what I’ll be remembered for.”

In 1981 Spheeris was able to book only one midnight screening for the Los Angeles premiere of The Decline Of Western Civilization. Even though mainstream Hollywood didn’t get it, thousands of fans showed up, spilling onto Hollywood Boulevard, and over 300 policemen arrived on scene. “This was a 1,200 seat theater,” she remembered, “and they had to add another show at 2:00 a.m. to avoid a riot. Both shows sold out.” Police Chief Darryl Gates wrote the filmmakers a letter banning further screenings in the city. However, times change, and in 2014 the three Decline films were restored by The Academy Film Archive, and screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Part of the appeal of The Decline of Western Civilization was its appearance in the midst of a backlash against disco, and slick, mainstream music films. The film garnered rave reviews from press, becoming one of the most written about movies of 1980. Perceived as shocking and outrageous, the film captured the essence of the punk scene, and provided a front row seat to the mosh pits, violence, humor and anti-establishment view of the world, as well as unparalleled access to some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time, including X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, and Germs. Largely unknown to the mainstream world at the time, many of the punk bands first seen here have become legendary.

The second in Penelope Spheeris’ music documentary trilogy, The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) takes a fast-paced look at the outrageous heavy metal scene of the late ‘80s. Set in Los Angeles, the film explores fascinating portraits of struggling musicians, fans and star-struck groupies. Featuring Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, members of Aerosmith, Kiss, Motorhead, and perfomances by Megadeth, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Seduce, this raucous and uproarious chapter also chronicles the lonely naiveté of the striving bands, and the endless flow of alcohol and drugs.

Legendary moments from the film include Ozzy Osbourne’s straight talk about the pitfalls of the industry while he struggles to pour orange juice into a glass, an outspoken Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. lounges in a pool and pours bottles of vodka on his head, a comparison of outlandish groupie stories, and London setting a soviet flag on fire, all contrasted by a down-to-earth Lemmy offering some sage insight into the decadent rock lifestyle.

Vogue crowned Spheeris the Margaret Mead of headbangers, adding that the film works best “when these purveyors of white noise are dragged offstage and separated from their codpieces.” She was able to get to the heart of the musicians themselves, exposing what drives them with uncensored honesty.

In 1998, the last in the series, The Decline Of Western Civilization Part III, hit select theaters but was never released in any home video format. A disturbing social commentary on homeless youth who have often left home due to abuse or neglect, the film has themes of alienation and alcoholism.

Spheeris personally financed the film, bringing to the screen the real-life squatter lifestyle and angry rejection of mainstream society two decades after she wrote and directed the cult classic Suburbia. Sadly there are plenty of tragic endings in this story, overdoses, a squat fire, and the murder of a kid named Squid, who was thrilled to be included in the film because he thought it might turn his life around.

A fitting last chapter in the Decline trilogy, this film includes performances by Final Conflict, Litmus Green, Naked Aggression and The Resistance and won the Freedom of Expression award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 1999 Spheeris went on to direct We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll, which premiered at Sundance.

Capturing the zeitgeist of a movement or a time is an all-but-impossible task. And though the three movies in this collection are very different and reflect different times, one of the things they have in common is how adroitly they do exactly that. Compelling, revealing and ultimately moving, The Decline of Western Civilization, taken as a whole, is an arresting look at who we were and who we are.

The experience of interfacing with homeless kids for Decline III instilled in Spheeris a desire to become a foster parent, and she now has her California state license.

For years the fans have asked why it has taken so long for the three Decline films to be available as a collection. Spheeris says there are two major reasons and for both, she apologizes; “First, I was not able (until now) to get Decline III released, without giving up the rights to the first two movies. Second, I always like to look forward in life, not back.”

Spheeris credits her daughter, Anna Fox, for not only encouraging her to get the movies out there for the fans, but also for doing most of the incredibly complex expanse of work that was required. For this, she is eternally grateful to Anna.

David Pierce of Pierce Law Group represented Spheeris Films, Inc. in this deal.

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

New 2K Scan Of Each Film Supervised By Director Penelope Spheeris
Commentary by Dave Grohl
Tawn Mastrey of KNAC Interviews Penelope Spheeris
Never-Before-Seen Original Footage, Performances and Interviews
Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive Interviews Penelope Spheeris
Theatrical Trailers
40-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Stills and Text by Domenic Priore
And More…

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Ethereal – Interview with Vocalist Naut

March 25th, 2015
by UK Team

Ethereal – Interview with Naut

 The Underworld, London

26th February 2015

Interview by Jarod Lawley


On the back of their newly released Opus Aethereum, Ethereal get ready backstage to bombast the London crowd with their new tunes. Just before the corpse paint is applied, we manage to have a chat with singer Naut about playing Bloodstock, orchestras and the debut record. Read the rest of this entry »

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UDR Music Announces TOMMY BOLIN “TEASER” 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set

March 25th, 2015
by Celtic Bob

TOMMY BOLIN – recognized for his work with groups such as Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple – was a bright, young American guitar god who created a whirlwind with his loud, stylish, free-form fusion performances before his untimely death at the age of 25 in 1976. Released in 1975 during his time with Deep Purple, Teaser was the solo masterpiece and eventual cult-classic that Bolin never got the chance to properly promote.

Now, 40 years after the album was originally released and unfortunately buried with time, Teaser is finally getting its time to shine.

On May 19, 2015, UDR Music will release the official TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set, a three-album deluxe vinyl box-set supplemented with two live CDs, celebrating the 40th anniversary of this legendary release. Featuring long-lost outtakes and alternative mixes from the original Teaser studio sessions, plus two live CDs comprising performances from Ebbets Field, The Northern Lights, My Father’s Place and Albany, the TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set is set to satiate the appetites of Bolin fans worldwide.


Track list LP’s:
LP 1 – side A:
1.      Teaser
2.      Flying Fingers
LP 1 – side B:
3.      Wild Dogs
4.      Cookoo
LP 2 – side C:
5.      Chameleon
6.      Lotus
LP 2 – side D:
7.      The Grind
8.      Crazed Fandango
LP 3 – side F:
9.      People People
10.   Smooth Fandango
11.   Marching Powder
LP 3 – side E:
12.   Homeward Strut
13.   Dreamer
14.   Savanah Woman
15.   Oriental Sky

Track List Live CD’s:
CD 1:
1.     Teaser – My Father’s Place
2.     People People – My Father’s Place
3.     The Grind – My Father’s Place
4.     Wild Dogs – Live at The Northern Lights
5.     You Told Me That You Loved Me – Live in Albany
6.     Stratus – Live at Ebbets Field
7.     Post Toastee – Line in Albany
8.     Hoka-Hay – Energy KBPI Broadcast
9.     Homeward Strut – Live at Ebbets Field
CD 2:
10.  Shake The Devil – Live at The Northern Lights
11.  Marching Powder – My Father’s Place
12.  Lotus – My Father’s Place
13.  Homeward Strut – Live at The Northern Lights
14.  You Know, You Know – Live at Ebbets Field
15.  Crazed Fandango – Live at Ebbets Field
16.  Post Toastee – Live at The Northern Lights
17. Walk In My Shadow – Live at Ebbets Field

TOMMY BOLIN was a shooting star, a fiercely bright, ferociously driven and a guitarist whose soul spoke through his fingers and fretboard. Bolin was an American axeman of the caliber rarely seen or heard before (or since) his untimely death at the age of 25 on December 4th 1976. Bolin allowed the power of funk and the fury of rock to find such finite expression through his inspiration. His expression never sounded more fluent than on his 1975 solo album debut Teaser. The album embraced a tour de force of styles from jazz to hard rock to Latin music, all of which were expressed in a glorious musical stew.

At the age of 17, Bolin formed Zephyr, whose blues rock was coated in psychedelic tendencies. Despite opening for the likes of Led Zeppelin and growing a strong fan-base, Bolin left the group in 1971 to form Energy (a jazz-rock project) before Joe Walsh recommended him to The James Gang, where he recorded the Bang! and Miami albums in 1973 and ’74 respectively. Bolin also appeared on legendary drummer Billy Cobham’s Spectrum solo album, and his ability to enjoy (and make the grade with!) such improvisational jamming style sounds left Bolin as that rare bird. A man who could be a rock star or a man who could be a musician’s musician at cafes across America.

Bolin moved to LA seeking confirmation of the stardom his enormous talents promised, and the foundations for the legendary Teaser album were laid. Featuring session musicians such as Glenn Hughes, David Sanborn, Jan Hammer, Stanley Sheldon and Phil Collins, Teaser represents the fulcrum point of Tommy’s solo-artist work. As he completed work on it, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore quit the band, and Bolin was invited to join Purple by singer David Coverdale. Come Taste The Band came out towards the end of 1975, before Purple disbanded and left Bolin free to do his second album Private Eyes. Opening for Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck, Bolin was just starting to enjoy the sort of attention and recognition that would surly have seen him rise to the next level of revered guitar God. Sadly, Bolin’s addiction issues would not allow it, and in 1976, he died at the tragically young age of 25.

Bolin’s legacy is superbly reflected in TEASER 40th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Box Set – get your copy while they last!

Learn more about TOMMY BOLIN via

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