Metal icons Scorpions’ legendary “Virgin Killer” album will be released on limited edition 180gm vinyl by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity in April. “Virgin Killer” is the first of four studio releases that really defined the Scorpions and their highly influential urgent metallic sound. It was released in 1976 and was the first album of the band to attract attention outside Europe. The album was a step in the band’s shift from psychedelic music to hard rock. For the first time in the band’s career the line-up stayed the same with Klaus Meine on vocals, Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Rudy Lenners on drums. The nine tracks were laid down with Dieter Dierks producing.
The band is in top form and churns out some melodic yet blistering heavy rock. “Virgin Killer” is full of heavy songs and exceptionally, fast, innovative guitar leads by Uli Jon Roth. These songs are infectious and the Jimi Hendrix comparisons are endless, especially the sound of the thunder-heavy riffs and grooves on Uli’s “Polar Nights” guitar solo that make it a classic.
“Virgin Killer” should have made the band superstars, but since metal was still very much an underground movement, the Scorpions would have to wait until the 1980’s when the band cranked out their first hits. The metal is so clear cut and state-of-the-art on this historic recording and distinctly draws the line of what was classic hard rock and true heavy metal.
“Virgin Killer” is simply essential listening; a landmark album for the genre’s development that made Uli Jon Roth a guitar legend.
1. Pictured Life
2. Catch Your Train
3. In Your Park
4. Backstage Queen
5. Virgin Killer
7. Crying Days
8. Polar Nights
9. Yellow Raven
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
NWOBHM heroes TYSONDOG will release new studio album titled “Cry Havoc”, on April 20, 2015, on Rocksector Records. “Cry Havoc” will include 12 brand new songs, one of them titled “Shadow Of The Beast” is available as a free single at www.soundcloud.com/rocksector
Back in 1984, amongst the music press, renowned journalists such as Malcolm Dome, Geoff Barton & Dante Bonutto were tipping TYSONDOG for major success, emerging at that time from the force that had become known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. One way or another, the fates conspired to deprive TYSONDOG of the international fame that so many thought they were destined for and in time the band disappeared from the limelight. Nevertheless, TYSONDOG’s rich history was not forgotten & having re-started their engines, have gradually worked their way back with a new perspective on life and the band is happy to see that people are taking notice. The power, precision and impact of their live performances are winning many new fans, as well as re-awakening old ones. Those qualities in the live performances have transferred to the studio setting equally well and “Cry Havoc” is the shining result. “Cry Havoc” was recorded at BLAST Studios in Newcastle, UK, and produced by Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn – founding member of VENOM and MPIRE OF EVIL.
For an artist to be elected to the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame, 20 years must have passed since their debut album in order to “guarantee an enduring historical value.”
The Swedish Music Hall Of Fame is situated on Djurgården in Stockholm by the ABBA museum.
From the Hall Of Fame jury:
The boy who would become known as Yngwie Malmsteen used to lock himself in his early-’70s bedroom in Hässelby with his electric guitar. His mother passed in trays of food now and again. The boy’s plan was not to come out again until he had mastered his instrument as well as Paganini, the Italian violin virtuoso who played so well it was rumoured that he had sold his soul to the devil. When Yngwie eventually emerged from his room, he brought with him albums such as ‘Rising Force’, which were to take the world by storm. Yngwie Malmsteen, with his dazzling technique and neo-classical metal style, has influenced electric guitarists on seven continents. Like a Paganini with smoke bombs and long hair, he has — in his own words — ‘unleashed the fucking fury’ and redefined Swedish music.
International metal band Blackwelder will release their debut album, “Survival Of The Fittest“, on April 24, 2015 via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The “Survival Of The Fittest” cover artwork can be seen below.
“Survival Of The Fittest” track listing:
01. The Night Of New Moon
04. Freeway Of Life
05. Inner Voice
06. With Flying Colors
07. Remember The Time
08. Play Some More
09. Oriental Spell
10. Judgement Day
Today is the release of the first single Élan out of the new Nightwish album »Endless Forms Most Beautiful«, which will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US).
The release is also celebrated with the video clip for ‘Élan’. It was shot in Finland at various locations between September and November 2014, directed by Ville Lipiäinen.
Tuomas Holopainen commented: “The long awaited NIGHTWISH music video ‘Élan’ is finally here. Inspired by the untold stories of abandoned places around Finland, the video was nearly a year in the making and features some of the most loved Finnish actors and actresses. And also the legendary NIGHTWISH symbol, a snowy owl (Bubo Scandiaca in Latin) called “Urho” (“Braveheart”).”
Watch the video clip here:
Dutch folk/viking metal act Heidevolk has returned with the new music video and single “Winter Woede,” the opening track of the new album “Velua,” which drops via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
March 20th: GAS/BENELUX
March 30th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
April 1st: SE/ESP
April 7th: USA/CAN
The Veluwe – the mythical and utterly beautiful woodlands in the Netherlands – is the setting for Heidevolk’s fifth album “Velua.” Using this as a backdrop, the Dutch metal act paints a dark picture of ghosts, goblins and brigands in order to raise a monument: anthemic folk parts, clean male vocals and gritty metal provide the perfect soundtrack for the listener’s journey to the sylvan halls of Velua!
The album and video mark the debut of the band’s newest members Kevin Vruchtbaert on guitar and Lars Vogel on vocals. The track list for the album is:
1. Winter Woede
2. Herboren in Vlammen
4. De hallen van Mijn Vaderen
5. De Vervloekte Jacht
6. Het Dwalende Licht
9. Een Met de Storm
10. Richting de Wievenbelter
11. In Het Diepst der Nacht
Limited/Deluxe Box Edition Bonus Tracks:
13. Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
14. In the Dutch Mountains (The Nits Cover)
15. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
The German death metal squad Morgoth unleashed the fiery lethal death metal outputs in early 90’s such as ETERNAL FALL, CURSED and ODIUM when death metal was at its peak. When the wind of changes started blowing the band changed the sounds more into the brutal industrilized approach and finally called its quits. The German death metal giant slept till 201o when Morgoth was resurrected back to life. Despite the vocalist change, the five piece’s most recent album UNGOD still proves the old school death metal lives and well. The band’s guitarist Sebastian Swart unveils more about Morgoth.
On March 3rd, UDR Music will release Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, a tribute album of brilliant cover tracks recorded to memorialize Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for legendary hard rock and metal bands Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. The digipack version of the album will also include an accompanying bonus DVD.
Today, Loudwire is hosting the premiere of an unreleased clip from the bonus DVD, which features an interview with Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne). The in-depth interview discusses Sarzo’s work on the record and his memories of Randy Rhoads, as well as other topics. The interview is conducted by Grammy Award-winning Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute producer Bob Kulick. Watch the clip here: http://loudwire.com/randy-rhoads-rudy-sarzo-exclusive-video/
In addition to the aforementioned interview with Rudy Sarzo, this essential bonus DVD is chock full of never-before-seen, in-depth interviews with more of the amazing artists involved in the compilation, such as Dweezil Zappa, Jon Donais (Shadows Fall, Anthrax), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad), and others. The DVD is hosted by record producer Bob Kulick, and also includes a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, CA run by the Rhoads family.
The Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute record itself features an incredible gathering of renowned heavy metal and hard rock musicians performing 11 hard-hitting covers of classic Randy Rhoads co-written tracks. In addition to the musicians mentioned above, the songs are performed by top contemporary artists including Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Vinnie Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Frankie Banali, George Lynch, Gus G., Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.
Listen to “Crazy Train” here via Rolling Stone
Listen to “Mr. Crowley” here via LA Weekly
Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be available in double vinyl gatefold, digipack and digital formats. PRE ORDER HERE via AMAZON
11. Flying High Again
Vocals: Tim “Ripper” Owens
Gtrs: Bernie Torme
Rhythm Gtr: Bob Kulick
Bass: Rudy Sarzo
Drums: Brett Chassen
A lover of classical music, Rhoads had taken initial steps into rock’n’roll as a 16 year old when he formed a band, that soon became Quiet Riot. Rhoads was vaulted to the limelight in 1979 when Ozzy Osbourne chose the relatively unknown guitarist to help shape a new future for him via his band, Blizzard of Oz. The result saw Rhoads co-script two of the most famous albums in hard rock history, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman, and rapidly ascended the stairway of fame and recognition for his virtuoso playing and writing. Famed for the way he fused classical flavors with technically-excellent hard rock, Rhoads became one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock.
When he tragically passed away on March 19, 1982 in a plane accident, Rhoads was only 25 years old, but thankfully, the legend of his work, ethos and their continuing influence on a whole new generation of guitarists, has never dimmed.
Celebrate the life and legend of Randy Rhoads with Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute.
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.
Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.
The band comments on the signing:
“Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic ‘doom’ album ‘Relentless,’ many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That’s what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are.”
It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. “Minnesota” Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.
Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, All Your Sins, due out March 31 in North America. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Featuring two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.
1.1 Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
1.2 CBGBs – 1985 [00:28]
1.3 The Seagull Inn – 1985 [00:22]
1.4 The Hung Jury Pub – 1987 [00:39]
1.5 9:30 Club – 1993 [00:41]
2.1 The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
2.2 The End – 2010 [01:09]
2.3 John Dee, Oslo – 2012 [01:11]
2.4 The DNA Lounge – 2014 [00:06]
Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
The remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT regrouped last year as RIOT V and released the fantastic album “Unleash The Fire”, which topped the year end media charts worldwide.
Today they unleash a new lyric video for the song “Ride Hard Live Free”. Check the video out HERE.
“Unleash The Fire” is out now as a digipak version with one bonus track and poster, a 2LP colored vinyl version, standard version and download via SPV/Steamhammer. Purchase it on Amazon and iTunes.
RIOT V Live 2015:
3/13: US-Brooklyn,NY – Defenders Of The Old Festival III
4/25: D-Lauda/Königshofen – Keep It True Festival
6/6: SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
7/25: E-Barcelona – Rock Fest
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock and metal history, known for fronting legendary groups such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio. Sadly, in 2010, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer. The indisputable fact that his towering voice and legacy live on is solidified again with this past Sunday’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy win for his classic track “The Last In Line”, re-recorded in homage to the singer/songwriter by Billboard chart-topping group Tenacious D (featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass).
The winning cover version of “The Last In Line” was not only recorded to honor one of the greatest and most recognizable voices in heavy metal and hard rock, but to assist in raising funds for a very important cause.
The Grammy award-winning track “The Last In Line” appears on the Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute album, a compilation recorded and released last year to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). This Is Your Life features an all-star group of Dio’s friends and fans performing 13 of their favorite Ronnie James Dio tracks. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, and was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research. So far from the sale of This Is Your Life, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has raised $132,000 towards cancer research.
Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and President/Founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund states, “We are so excited to see one of Ronnie’s songs be awarded with a Grammy. As soon as Tenacious D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen.”
“This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio,” add Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. “We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness.”
The Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute compilation debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Produced by Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund President/Co-Founder, This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. See below for a full tracklisting, chock full of renditions by today’s most stellar classic, heavy metal and hard rock artists.
This Is Your Life is available now via iTunes, or physical via Amazon.
*Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s life at the “Ronnie James Dio 5th Anniversary Memorial Weekend” in Los Angeles, May 15-17, 2015*
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a “BOWL FOR RONNIE” Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural “RIDE FOR RONNIE” motorcycle ride and BBQ. Please visit http://www.diocancerfund.org/events/ for in-depth information on the weekend, and stay tuned for more details to be announced soon.
Irish Rockers THE ANSWER will release their new album Raise a Little Hell this March in North America via Napalm Records. This is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 release New Horizon. The album is set for release on the following days:
Raise a Little Hell can be pre-ordered at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes.
Today the band premieres the next new single from Raise a Little Hell entitled “Long Live the Renegades” exclusively at GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine. Listen to the song HERE.
The band commented on the new track:
“The song is a bit of a rocker and we tried a slightly different production technique on this track by keeping it very dry. The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality. This is our fifth album and we’ve gone back to our earlier blues and roots style with what we think are harder rockin’ grooves. Hope you like it as much as we do!”
Raise A Little Hell Track Listing:
1. Long Live the Renegades
2. The Other Side
4. Cigarettes & Regret
5. Last Days of Summer
6. Strange Kinda’ Nothing
7. I Am What I Am
9. Gone Too Long
11. I Am Cured
12. Raise A Little Hell
06.03.15 IRL – BELFAST / LIMELIGHT
07.03.15 IRL – DUBLIN / WHELANS
09.03.15 UK – MANCHESTER / ACADEMY 3
10.03.15 UK – LEEDS / THE KEY CLUB
11.03.15 UK – YORK / FIBBERS
12.03.15 SCO – ABERDEEN / THE LEMON TREE
13.03.15 SCO – GLASGOW / THE GARAGE
14.03.15 UK – NEWCASTLE / RIVERSIDE
16.03.15 UK – GRIMSBY / YARDBIRDS
17.03.15 UK – LIVERPOOL / ARTS CLUB
18.03.15 UK – SOUTHEND / CHINNERY’S
19.03.15 UK – NOTTINGHAM / RESCUE ROOMS
20.03.15 UK – BIRMINGHAM / INSTITUTE
21.03.15 UK – SHEFFIELD / THE CORPORATION
23.03.15 UK – NORWICH / WATERFRONT
24.03.15 UK – BRISTOL / MOTION
25.03.15 UK – BRIGHTON / CONCORDE 2
26.03.15 UK – LONDON / O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON
27.03.15 UK – EXETER / LEMON GROVE
28.03.15 UK – SOUTHAMPTON / 1865
14.04.15 DE – Berlin / Magnet
15.04.15 DE – Hannover / Faust
16.04.15 DE – Hamburg / Knust
17.04.15 DE – Weinheim / Café Central
18.04.15 DE – Köln / Luxor
20.04.15 DE – Wiesbaden / Kesselhaus
26.04.15 DE – München / Strom
With the support of one of the most loyal fan bases in the worldwide heavy metal community, Beyond The Red Mirror, the tenth studio album by epic metal’s most exalted storytellers BLIND GUARDIAN, has attained the highest first-week U.S. sales numbers for the band in the history of their existence and has debuted at #132 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #6 on the Top Hard Music chart. In Canada, BLIND GUARDIAN nearly doubled their first-week numbers from 2010, resulting in Beyond The Red Mirror debuts at #49 on the Top 200 and #4 on the Top Hard Music charts.
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the brand new IMPELLITTERI studio album entitled “Venom” on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America.
With the release of the new album titled “Venom”, IMPELLITTERI deliver a record filled with addictive and memorable riffs, guitar solos that feature Chris Impellitteri’s blistering shredding technique coupled with strong melody and taste. Rob Rock vocals are mesmerizing, melodic, and will make the listener sing along with each song long after the record is over. Lastly, the band boggles the mind with brutal drumming (featuring John Dette, ex TESTAMENT, SLAYER etc) filled with speed and groove and beastly bass playing (curtesy of James Pulli) that supports IMPELLITTERI’s sonic madness! The result is a record that excites and musically satisfy every Metal and Rock fan, and every musician around the world. To add to their quest, IMPELLITTERI also wanted to create music that would take the listener on a musical journey thru different time periods of metal and rock.
Chris Impellitteri is heralded as one of the world’s greatest guitar shredders. He has won Best Rock Guitarist Awards on several magazines during the years for his guitar soloing. He is the first guitarist to be branded as the fastest guitarist in the world by the international media. Recently and without any promotion, Impellitteri was officially voted 2nd fastest guitarist in the world by “Guitar One” magazine; and “Guitar World” magazine recently listed Chris Impellitteri within their top 50 fastest guitarists of all time!
“For Depressive Seasons” by Illdisposed, “Through the Flesh to the Soul” by Invocator and “The Sickness Within” by HateSphere will come out on limited vinyl for the first time ever released by Heartburn Music in April.
Albums by three of Denmarks most respected and well known metal acts that now will come out on vinyl. Danish death metallers Illdisposed is the biggest Danish death metal band ever and their debut album “Four Depressive Seasons”, released in 1993, is rated a true classic in the genre. The cd version with the original artwork has been a rare and sought after release through out the years and now it’s finally gonna be available on vinyl with official license through the band. Since 1993 Illdisposed has never looked back and has only gained more and more attention. This release will for sure be a long awaited item for true Illdisposed fans.