BLACK COFFEE Announce Go Fund Me to Finance New Record & Facilitate Future Touring

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Columbus, OH based Rock Band BLACK COFFEE has announced a GO FUND ME campaign to help fund their upcoming new album. Funds will also go towards renovating an old school bus for future touring.

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“We need your help to convert our school bus into a tour bus so we can play shows worldwide and so we can work on our studio album with some of the top producers in the world who have worked with everyone from AEROSMITH, AC/DC, GUNS N’ ROSES, FLEETWOOD MAC, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and SOUNDGARDEN to ADELE, ARIANA GRANDE, KATY PERRY, and PHARRELL.” – Black Coffee

Click to Donate to Black Coffee’s Go Fund Me Page

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Track List:
1. Creamer
2. I Barely Know Her
3. Hurricane
4. Monica
5. Born to Lie
6. The Traveler
7. Psychedelic Red
8. Fade
9. Away

Click HERE to Download ‘Take One’!

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Black Coffee formed in late 2017 and consists of drummer Tommy McCullough, singer Ehab Omran, guitarist Justin Young, and bassist Nick Fratianne.

With the release of Black Coffee’s first demo, Take One, on April 21st, the Columbus, Ohio rockers definitely possess the sound, style, confidence and work ethic to drive this band’s success. Take One and the original single, “I Barely Know Her,” is available on all streaming services, and its accompanying video which debuted Friday, April 20th.

Fans can expect a diverse selection of original music. From the raw and dominant 1st single to the blistering, “Hurricane,” and funky, “Monica,” . . . along with otherworldly, “The Traveler,” and drive-with-the-top-down classic,“Born To Lie,” Take One proves to be one of the most exciting musical debut’s in modern history.

Black Coffee combines superb musicianship with a high-energy performance. Dedicated to re-inventing modern rock music, Black Coffee parts the proverbial sea for the next generation of artists.

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Anthony Vincent of 10 Second Songs Releases METALLICA’S “Enter Sandman” in 20 Styles

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Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs has released his newest video, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in 20 Styles. His newest auditory kaleidascope rendors the metal classic in the style of such diverse bands as Owl City, John Denver and The Doors as well as exploring genres as varied as lo fi hip hop, Yodeling, and Synthwave.
” I want to start showcasing more metal and rock songs in non metal styles to show non metal listeners that metal and rock songs are just as good if not better than what they listen to. Or I just want to hear bad things sung in nice ways. Ok, a little bit of both. ” – Anthony Vincent

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Style List:
1. Metallica
2. Eurythmics
3. The Chordettes
4. Stevie Wonder
5. The Beatles
6. Haddaway
7. The Police
8. Owl City
9. The Doors
10. The Weather Girls
11. Cafe music – Jazz & Bossa nova 24/7 stream on youtube
12. lo fi hip hop beats to chill, study, relax, and sleep to
13. Hans Zimmer
14. Yodeling
15. Synthwave
16. Acapella
17. Parliament-Funkadelic
18. Lil Uzi Vert
19. David Bowie
20. John Denver

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Check out more of Anthony’s videos including “10 Songs in the Style of Metallica,” “12 Songs in the Style of The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “10 Songs in the Style of Ozzy Osbourne (feat. EROCK),” and “Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away (Ten Second Songs 20 Style Cover)“.

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Silent Theory Release Official Music Video for “Before the Storm”

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Idaho Rock Band Silent Theory has released the Official Music Video for their new single “Before the Storm”. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com. “Before the Storm” was directed by Jon Kuritz (Make Waves Entertainment).

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“I had this idea that I was going to write a song about the calm before the storm in our country. Predominantly, the opioid crisis and the fact that we created this monster and have no clue how to stop it. It’s that helplessness that has forced us to wade into the waters of this storm without a way out and that’s what this song is about. Can we withstand this storm? Or will we drown?” – Dakota Jerns

Download / Stream “Before the Storm” Online:

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In a society where new bands pop up every day, Silent Theory is here to set a new standard. Silent Theory was created in 2010 by brothers Mitch, Scott, and George Swanger and family friend Robert James. In 2014, Dakota Elliot Tyler joined to front the band. The Swanger brothers are from the Moscow, Idaho area, where they grew up playing music together. Dakota and Robert are from the western Washington area, where they grew up doing the same.

Lead singer Dakota says the guys are “like family” and they’ve made a great bond. Despite a portion of the group being brothers, they say it really makes the creativity flow having band members who aren’t related. From the beginning, the band has wanted to make music people can relate to. They want their fans to love their songs even more, every time they hear them.

The group started their journey playing small local shows to get their name out and their music heard. The band gained popularity and started playing bigger shows in the Seattle/Tacoma area, Spokane, Washington, and Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. The band also got the opportunity for a much bigger show, the South-By-Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas where they played with bands like Metallica, Shiny Toy Guns, The Proclaimers and more. 2010 was a year of achievements for the band. The group made an appearance on MTV Cribs, where they performed their single “Livin’ the Dream,” headlined the world famous “Whisky A Go-Go” in Los Angeles, California, and signed their first record deal with Turkey Vulture Records. By June 2011, the band was headed to Rockford, Illinois to record their full-length debut album, Black Tie Affair, which was released in October of 2011. In celebration of their album release, the band played their first ever sold out show in the history of the BellTower Concert House in Pullman, Washington. After the release of Black Tie Affair the band toured the nation in the summer of 2012 to promote the album and the single, “Livin’ the Dream” which was made available on the video game Rock Band. Recently, Silent Theory released several new songs including; “Outta My Head” in 2013, and their most recent single and music video, “Fragile Minds.” Their sophomore album, Delusions was released September 10th, 2016 and they toured Spring 2017 in support of the album.

Through the years, Silent Theory has always had one constant goal in mind: To always be striving to better themselves. Despite challenges along the way, the band says “playing together has always kept us motivated; we’re all up there because we love it.” The band has plenty on their plate in the upcoming months and they’re ready to see what the future holds.

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Metallica Announces ‘Now That We’re Live’ Rehearsal Special — Event To Be Streamed Live From Baltimore Exclusively On Facebook Live On May 9th At 9:00 PM EST

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 2, 2017 – Metallica today announced “Now That We’re Live,” a live rehearsal special from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore that will stream exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday May 9th at 9:00 PM EST, the eve of their inaugural show for the North American leg of the WorldWired Tour 2017.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy® Award winning band will warm up the stadium stage with a full-scale rehearsal performance.
The ‘Now That We’re Live’ rehearsal special will feature Metallica performing four songs in their entirety (including their current single, “Now That We’re Dead”). The presentation will offer fans an early glimpse of the groundbreaking production elements of the WorldWired tour and will be available for on-demand viewing following the live stream via Metallica.com and the band’s Facebook page.
Said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, “We are psyched to share some of our rehearsals and final pre-production run-through with our friends around the world, and we hope you’ll come hang with us as we fire up the engines for the North American Summer run.”
A very limited number of lucky Fifth Club members will have the opportunity to attend the event by entering to win at Metallica.com.
Viewers will also be able to donate on Facebook Live to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which supports a cross-section of national, local and Bay Area charities that the individual band members support, as well as music education programs and local food banks.
Metallica’s most recent album Hardwired…To Self Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations at www.metallica.com.
See below for a list of all confirmed dates and visit www.Metallica.com for more info.
WorldWired Live Dates
May 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium*^
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field*^
May 14 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*^
May 17 – Uniondale, NY – New Coliseum^
May 19 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium ^#
May 21 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range Festival
June 4 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium^#
June 7 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field*^
June 9 – Dayton, IA – Iowa Speedway
June 11 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium*^
June 14 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome*#
June 16 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium*#
June 18 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field*#
July 5 – Orlando, FL – Camping World Stadium*^
July 7 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium*^
July 9 – Atlanta, GA – Suntrust Park*^
July 12 – Detroit, MI – Comercia Park*^
July 14 – Quebec City, QC- Festival D’Ete
July 16 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre*^
July 19 – Montreal, QB – Parc Jean-Drapeau*^
July 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl*+
August 4 – Phoenix, AZ – University of Phoenix Stadium*+
August 6 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*+
August 9 – Seattle, WA – Centurylink Field*+
August 11-13 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
August 14 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place*+
August 16 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium*+
*With Avenged Sevenfold
^With Volbeat
+With Gojira
#With Local H
ABOUT METALLICA
Metallica formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), with sales of nearly 17 million copies in the United States alone, making it the best-selling album in the history of Soundscan. Metallica has also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  In December 2013, Metallica made history when they performed a rare concert in Antarctica, becoming the first act to ever play all seven continents all within a year, and earning themselves a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Metallica’s latest album Hardwired…To Self Destruct was released on November 18, 2016 on Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week.

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT Announce US Dates @MrSmalls May 5

DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT will return to the road in the US this year with a two week stretch of dates; some of which will see the band playing support for Opeth. The band continues to tour on the strength of their new record, Transcendence. Speaking about their upcoming shows in North America, Devin comments:

“Continuing on our run to support Transcendence, we are coming back to America for a quick run with Opeth and Gojira as well as some additional dates to get us to and from those shows. We are many places this year and are trying to make sure we take advantage of our geographic locations as we roll. The band keeps getting stronger and we look forward to seeing you there!”

Devin Townsend Project – “Stormbending”
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Recorded at The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Canada with Townsend and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Animals as Leaders), Transcendence sounds absolutely massive. From the moment ‘Truth’—a re-work from the Infinity album—monstrously blends into the soul-stirring ‘Stormbending’ to the undulating cool of mid-point jam ‘Secret Sciences’ and Ween cover ‘Transdermal Celebration’, Townsend and crew have engineered a modern-day classic. The sheer scale of tracks like ‘Failure’, ‘Higher’, and the majestic title track is at once daunting and inviting. Transcendence pulls the listener in like a movie score. It has the emotional heft of Rosenman’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the mega-riff power of Black-era Metallica.
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Upcoming US Dates

Friday, April 28th – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House*
Saturday, April 29th – Flagstaff, AZ @ The Orpheum*
Sunday, April 30th – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*
Tuesday, May 2nd – St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room*
Thursday, May 4th – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
Friday, May 5th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls*
Saturday, May 6th – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory^^
Sunday, May 7th – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom^
Tuesday, May 9th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre^
Thursday, May 11th – Denver, CO @ Red Rock Amphitheatre^
Friday, May 12th – Kansas City, KS @ Arvest Bank Theatre^
Saturday, May 13th – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room^
Sunday, May 14th – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s**

* – Headlining with Thank You Scientist & ONI
** – Headlining with Thank You Scientist
^ – Supporting Opeth & Gojira
^^ – Supporting Mastodon, Opeth & Gojira

Citi To Launch New Live Music Platform, Citi Sound Vault, To Provide Epic Cardmember Experiences

CITI TO LAUNCH NEW LIVE MUSIC PLATFORM, CITI SOUND VAULT,TO PROVIDE EPIC CARDMEMBER EXPERIENCES
                                                                                                                           
STING, BECK, THE CHAINSMOKERS AND METALLICA KICK OFF PLATFORM WITH INTIMATE PERFORMANCES – PRODUCED BY LIVE NATION – EXCLUSIVELY FOR CITI CARDMEMBERS
 

 

New York, January 30, 2017 – Citi, working with Live Nation, will unveil “Citi Sound Vault,” a new live music platform curated exclusively for cardmembers to access unprecedented music experiences across the U.S. From performances by major artists in intimate venues, to meet and greets and backstage access, Citi Sound Vault goes beyond ticket access to deliver extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Kicking off in Los Angeles from February 8 – 12during one of the biggest weeks in music – traditionally only open to industry insiders – Citi and Live Nation have hand-selected Sting, Beck, The Chainsmokers, and Metallica to perform for cardmembers at the iconic Hollywood Palladium.
A full schedule of events at the Hollywood Palladium can be found below.
  • February 8 & 9: Sting, 16-time GRAMMY Award winner
  • February 10: Beck, GRAMMY Album of the Year winner, 5-time GRAMMY Award winner
  • February 11: The Chainsmokers, 3-time, 2017 GRAMMY Award nominee
  • February 12: Metallica, 8-time GRAMMY Award winner and 2017 GRAMMY Award nominee
Tickets go on sale January 31st at 10am PT for Beck, The Chainsmokers, and Metallica exclusively for cardmembers using their Citi credit or debit card, at www.livenation.com. In addition, Citi cardmembers have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of preferred GA balcony tickets to the Sting show on February 8.
“For nearly a decade, Citi has been providing our cardmembers with incredible access to entertainment. Now, we’re excited to take it to the next level to bring cardmembers true once-in-a-lifetime experiences with some of the world’s biggest artists,” said
Jennifer Breithaupt, Managing Director, Media, Advertising and Global Entertainment for Citi. “Citi Sound Vault brings our cardmembers access they will never forget.”
“Citi Sound Vault epitomizes the work we strive to create for our partners by providing them with custom music experiences,” said Darin Wolf, EVP Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. “The driving force behind developing the concept was to put Citi cardmembers at the epicenter of the most electrifying week in music and continue to build on that unparalleled fan access throughout the year and beyond.”
Citi and Live Nation – the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company – have a longstanding relationship that is focused on providing fans with more access to their favorite artists and providing next-gen experiences.
About Citi
Citi [NYSE:C], the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook:www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi
About Live Nation
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), or Live Nation, is the world’s leading live entertainment and ticketing company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.investors.livenationentertainment.com.

Anthrax: Innovative Stop Motion Video for “Monster At The End”

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The original concept was to have four still photographers placed strategically on a Florida set while the five members of Anthrax performed their new song “Monster At The End” live.  Each photographer would hold down his camera’s shutter button continuously for the near-four minute-long song, capturing a steady stream of hundreds of still images.
“Hey, it might have been a great idea,” laughed video director Jack Bennett, “but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time?  All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!”
Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images.  “Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get.”
In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them.  Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion.  “We didn’t want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation.”
This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members’ individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante‘s drum hits, or Scott Ian‘s strumming or Frank Bello‘s rhythm.
And then the real fun began.
Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.
Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow.’  There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax’s “Blood Eagle Wings” music video that Bennett also directed.  Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in “Monster At The End.”
“We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original ‘Exorcist’ film,” Bennett added.  “We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel.”
As the music video unfolds, the frame rate increases, giving the band members more and more fluid movements until the final chorus when the video is full-on 24-frames per second.  “You could watch this video one frame at a time,” Bennett added, “and probably not find everything we did.”
“The ‘Monster at the End’ video takes us back to our love of comics and horror,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante.  “We’ve always loved the ‘Creepshow’ movies and wanted something like that for this video.  Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted.”
Bennett wraps the video with one more surprise, an unexpected ending that goes to show that in the end, there’s a little bit of the monster in all of us.
ABOUT ANTHRAX:
Since the September, 2011 release of Worship Music, six-time Grammy-nominated Anthrax has experienced a tremendous comeback.  “Classic era” vocalist Joey Belladonna rejoined the lineup in the Spring of 2010, fronting for the band on The Big Four shows across Europe – Anthrax, along with Metalllica, Slayer and Megadeth – the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre.
Worship Music, the band’s first studio album in eight years and the first with Belladonna since 1990, was released the day after Anthrax played a home-town concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium with The Big Four.  Press and VIPs called it “the metal album of the year.”  In 2012, Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars when its “Got The Time” was chosen by NASA to wake up the Mars Rover.  The band is in the final stages of recording the follow up to Worship Music that is expected out in early 2016.  According to Benante, the new songs are “aggressive and thrashy.  Anyone who liked ‘Worship Music’ should love the new album.”

Crowbar Announce New LP, Song Teaser Available

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August 29, 2016 – New Orleans sludge masters Crowbar have announced their eleventh new LP titledThe Serpent Only Lies, due out October 28, 2016. “We are so excited about our 11th studio record! The Serpent Only Lies is a powerful follow up.” says frontman and riff lord Kirk Windstein “Eliran Kantor did a brilliant job with the artwork! Our first release, “Falling While Rising”, is Crowbar at its finest… HEAVIER THAN EVER!!!”
The Serpent Only Lies will be the follow up to the highly buzzed about Symmetry in Black that sold over 4,000 copies in its first week of release in 2014, the highest of any LPs in the band’s 27 year career, beating out its predecessor, 2011’s Sever the Wicked Hand.

That record received quite the critical reception to boot. Metalsucks stated, “It’s no surprise that it’s excellent, but what is a surprise is just how excellent it is.” With Weinstein’s focus entirely on Crowbar for the first time since the band’s inception, the anticipation was higher than ever leading up to its release leading internet giants Loudwire to declare, Windstein’s singular focus pays off.”

For nearly three decades, the name Crowbar has been synonymous with HEAVY. Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The Serpent Only Lies, is both an affirmation of the band’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. “To me, it’s a fresh-sounding version of old-school Crowbar,” says Windstein.

“I intentionally went back and listened to a lot of old Crowbar stuff, like the self-titled and Broken Glass albums, to get a feel for what my mindset was 20-plus years ago. I also went back and listened to the bands that influenced Crowbar in the beginning, like Trouble, Saint Vitus, Melvins, and the first Type O Negative record. So it was kinda me doing my homework.”

The result is an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early Crowbar classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium. “Even lyrically, the approach was a little more old-school,” Windstein offers. “Some of the songs have less lyrics to let the riffs breathe a little more, which I had kind of gotten away from over the years. It was a conscious thing to go back to that.” 

The tour cycle for The Serpent Only Lies marks the return of original Crowbar bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in forging Crowbar’s future.  “Todd helped start the band, so having him back is important to me and, I think, the fans,” Windstein offers. “It’s a great feeling to be standing onstage next to him. It’s a breath of fresh air for the band and makes us stronger.” 

“Having this be our eleventh record, we’re very fortunate because so many bands don’t last this long,”Windstein adds. “My whole outlook on music as a career is the Motörhead outlook, which is that slow and steady wins the race. If you continue to put out killer records, continue to kick ass onstage every night and continue to treat your fans with respect, that’s the stuff people will remember.” 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL TOUR DATES
Sep 13    JJ’s Bohemia    Chattanooga, TN
Sep 15    The Agora Theatre and Ballroom    Cleveland, OH
Sep 16    Reggies Music Joint    Chicago, IL
Sep 17    Harpos    Detroit, MI
Sep 18    Town Ballroom    Buffalo, NY
Sep 20    The Westcott Theater    Syracuse, NY
Sep 21    The Ballroom at The Outer Space    Hamden, CT
Sep 23    Amityville Music Hall    Amityville, NY
Sep 24    THE COLOSSEUM/ THE RUINS @ THE COLOSSEUM    Providence, RI
Sep 26    Saint Vitus    Brooklyn, NY
Sep 27    Dingbatz    Clifton, NJ
Sep 28    Shakas Live    Virginia Beach, VA
Sep 29    The Throne Theater    Wilmington, NC
Sep 30    The Sparrow    North Charleston, SC
Oct 01    New Brookland Tavern    Columbia, SC
Oct 02    The Warehouse    Clarksville, TN
Oct 03    Manchester Music Hall    Lexington, KY
Oct 06    Nighthawks    Jacksonville, FL
Oct 07    The Orpheum    Ybor City, FL
Oct 09    Churchills Pub    Miami, FL
Oct 10    House of Blues Orlando    Orlando, FL
Oct 22    Empire Control Room & Garage    Austin, TX

ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele announces departure from the band due to family responsibilities

After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with Autism.  In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I’ve always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that.

The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.

Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It’s taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.

I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years.  Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support.”
Troy Seele

ICED EARTH singer Stu Block remarks on Seele’s departure, “It’s very sad that Troy is leaving.  He will be missed and will always be considered family to us.  I wish him the best of luck in everything he does.”

Jon Schaffer, ICED EARTH founder, states, “Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team, and always will be.  I understand and respect his decision.  We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together.  We laughed hard, and we laughed often.  Be well brother.  We all wish you the very best.”

Troy Seele’s last gig with the band will be Knotfest in Mexico City, October 16th 2016.

For those guitarists who think they’ve got what it takes to be in the studio and on stage with ICED EARTH, send your audition video and contact info to the following link.

https://www.dropbox.com/request/OTbbKP82hQoFOocKUn25

ICED EARTH online:
www.icedearth.com
www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth
www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

New RONNIE JAMES DIO Covers Album “This Is Your Life” Celebrates the Life and Legacy of a Legend

Available April 1, 2014 via Rhino

This Is Your Life Pays Tribute To The Late Singer With Covers Of

His Greatest Songs From Rainbow, Black Sabbath, And Dio

 

Features Newly Recorded Tracks From Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor, And Tenacious D, Among Others

To Benefit The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with RainbowBlack SabbathHeaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

 

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (diocancerfund.org). Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as MetallicaMotörheadScorpionsAnthrax, andRob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

 

This Is Your Life will be available from Rhino on April 1, 2014 for a suggested list price of $18.98. A digital version will also be available.

 

Although the songs featured on the album touch on the different eras of Dio’s career, several spotlight his time with Rainbow, including Metallica’s epic, nine-minute “Ronnie Rising Medley,” which combines theRainbow songs “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.” Scorpions add a scorching take on “The Temple Of The King” while Motörhead is joined by Biff Byford from Saxon on “Starstruck.” Rob Halford teams with frequent Dio collaborators Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, and Scott Warren for “The Man On The Silver Mountain.” The final line-up of Dio’s solo band – Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren – are joined by Glenn Hughes (Deep PurpleBlack Sabbath) for “Catch The Rainbow,” a track from Rainbow’s 1975 debut.

 

Anthrax and Adrenaline Mob honor Dio’s memorable stint with Black Sabbath with their takes on “Neon Knights” and “The Mob Rules” respectively, as does a group, led by Oni Logan on vocals along with Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, and Brian Tichy, which performs “I” from Dehumanizer.

 

This Is Your Life also includes songs from Dio’s back-to-back platinum albums Holy Diver (1983) and The Last In Line (1984), with Doro’s take on “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, Halestorm tackling “Straight Through The Heart,” Corey Taylor (Stone SourSlipknot) covering the classic “Rainbow In The Dark” andTenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Glass) putting their signature spin on “The Last In Line.” Killswitch Engage’s cover of “Holy Diver,” a hit in its own right when released in 2006, is also included here.

 

Fittingly, Ronnie James Dio provides the finale (and the album’s title) with his moving performance of “This Is Your Life.” Originally released on Angry Machines (1996), the song’s lyrics explore mortality and are backed by a stark and beautiful arrangement that features Dio accompanied only by his longtime keyboardist Scott Warren on piano. The song serves as a poignant reminder that we will never hear a voice like Dio’s again.

 

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, 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 when dealing with this deadly disease.

 

 

RONNIE JAMES DIOThis Is Your Life Track Listing:

 

  1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
  2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
  3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
  4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
  5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
  6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
  7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
  8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
  9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
  10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
  11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
  12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
  13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
  14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

 

* Previously unreleased

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About The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization which has already raised more than $600,000 in its short history.  Monies raised to date have been committed to the cancer research work of the T. J. Martell Foundation for Cancer, AIDS and Leukemia Research and the gastric cancer research unit of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where Ronnie was treated for gastric cancer during the last six months of his life.

This Saturday, May 11th – Donate to Victims of Superstorm Sandy + Win an Autographed METALLICA Guitar and Drumhead, a SLAYER Bass Featuring Signatures from the Entire Band and More

ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN and OLD BRIDGE METAL MILITIA Reunion Concert and Fundraiser

All Proceeds Go to Charity! Win Several Other Items Including Signed Memorabilia from Anthrax, Raven, and More!

Over 1,500 Ticket Pre-Order’s Already Sold for this Superstorm Sandy Benefit Concert – Get Your Tickets Before They Are Gone!

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Do you want to be part of a great cause for charity to help victims of Superstorm Sandy? Are you interested in winning a signed METALLICA guitar or drumhead? How about a signature SLAYER bass signed by the entire band, or maybe an ANTHRAX guitar? Well, now is your chance! Come to the ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN and the OLD BRIDGE METAL MILITIA Reunion Concert and Fundraiser and donate to the Superstorm Sandy charity fund by entering a raffle to win one of these rare, exceptional prizes!

 

The ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN and the OLD BRIDGE METAL MILITIA Reunion Concert and Fundraiser now announces that there will be a special charity raffle at Saturday’s event, allowing fans the chance to win rare and exceptional, high-ticket autographed rock memorabilia, while giving to a great cause! Attendees must purchase a raffle ticket at the show and may purchase as many as they like to increase their chances of winning. See below for a full list of raffle items.

 

Reunion Concert and Fundraiser RAFFLE ITEMS:

 

  • Autographed Metallica ESP Ltd. Guitar (signed by the entire band)

 

  • Autographed Metallica Remo Drumhead (signed by the entire band)

 

  • 1 ESP “TA-200” Tom Araya Custom Bass: Signed by Slayer (the entire band)

 

  • Superstorm Sandy Survivor BC Rich Warlock Guitar signed by Twisted SisterAnvilRavenThe RodsTT Quick and Lords of Mercy. This is a playable guitar that survived the storm – Donated by a Superstorm victim.

 

  • 1 “MGT” Mark Gallagher Tele Signature Model: Signed by Raven

 

  • 1″JG12″ John Gallagher Limited Edition Signature Model 12 String bass: Signed by Raven

 

  • 1 Jackson SLATXMG3-6 Soloist Donated Anthrax guitar – Bring it to the next Anthrax event and they will happily sign it!

 

  • 1 Metal Literature Prize Pack: including “Louder Than Hell” Autographed by Authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman. Also “The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists” by Authors  Howie Abrams & Sacha Jenkins.

 

 

The highly-anticipated ROCK N’ ROLL HEAVEN and the OLD BRIDGE METAL MILITIA Reunion Concert and Fundraiser to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy will take place this Saturday, May 11th at Encore Event Center in Freehold, NJ (106 Schanck Rd). The line-up features headliners Twisted Sister, as well as AnvilRavenThe Rods, TT Quick and NJ locals Lords of Mercy. All three personalities of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, including Eddie Trunk as Master of Ceremonies plus comedians Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, will be at the Fundraiser making special appearances and adding their brand of Metal humor.

 

Doors will open at 7:00pm and there will be a drinking section for those 21+. R N’ R HEAVEN and OBMM ask all attendees to bring canned goods or non-perishable food items for a food drive which Under My Skin For Life will distribute to benefit local area soup kitchens and shelters.

 

TICKETS ARE GOING FAST! GET YOURS NOW at TICKETMASTER and TICKETFLY

 

Advance Tickets are $30 // $35 Day of Show

 

 

This is an event to benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the east coast, destroying the Jersey Shore and the lives of its residents. Superstorm Sandy has left dozens dead and thousands homeless – making it the worst storm in the region’s history. This is a 100% non-profit event.

If you can’t make the show and are interested in making a donation please make checks payable to:

 

Under My Skin For Life

73 Memorial Parkway

Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

 

Under My Skin For Life is a 501C3 Charitable organization/ 100% of monies raised will be distributed directly to those in need.

 

 

Invite your friends, family and neighbors! All are welcome – Keep your kids in tow and enjoy Encore and ‘iPlay America’ – check it out at this link.

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF METAL MUSIC!

 

LOUDER THAN HELL THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL

Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with Metal Elite — Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and Many More!

Buy Your Copy NOW at Amazon.com

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“Essential.” REVOLVER (4/4 stars review!)

“An indispensable oral history of an often misunderstood musical genre.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS (a starred review!)

“I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—ALICE COOPER

 

“…the authors’ inclusiveness give this examination a weight that is just as heavy as the music.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“This is the best oral history I’ve read since Please Kill MeLouder than Hell is the first book that really delivers the brutal truth from the mouths of the artists and key players themselves!

I couldn’t put it down.” —MATT PINFIELD

 

Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.

 

Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

 

The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:

  • Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
  • Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
  • Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
  • Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
  • Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
  • Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
  • Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
  • Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.

 

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

 

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouderThanHellTheBook

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/louderthanhellbook

Twitter: https://twitter.com/louderthanhell

 

Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

 

 

 

About the Authors:

 

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling StoneSPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

 

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIPmagazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications includingLos Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

Advance Praise for LOUDER THAN HELL:

 

Louder Than Hell comes straight from the twisted minds of rock icons and flows seamlessly through various eras of heavy metal. You hear from the guys that were there on the stage, in the pit, puking in the gutter. It brought back memories, and I even learned a few things I never knew. I really dig this book.”  —Riki Rachtman, DJ, VJ

 

“Books on the history of even something as cool as metal can be a bit antiseptic and boring—not this one. It’s the story straight from the horse’s mouth. Even better is when the horses have experimented with drugs and black out occasionally. . .” —Brendon Small, creator of Dethklok and Metalocalypse

 

“Who likes rock n roll here?? Well if you do, this is the book for you! Every rock has been overturned, every band has been analyzed, quoted, and lionized and every page offers a new fact or figure that you probably didn’t know. This is the definitive chronicle of all that is heavy metal and I’ve read them all!”  —Chris Jericho, Fozzy

 

“Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. Louder than Hell is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

—Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine

 

“This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the head-banging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then Louder than Hell is a must-read.”

—Alice Cooper

 

Louder than Hell is a love letter to the misunderstood genre of heavy metal music, written by trusted companions who had a front row seat on the devil’s rollercoaster. The definitive chronological testimony by the people who were there, including some who are no longer with us.” —Mark McGrath, Sugar Ray and co-host Extra

 

“An amazingly comprehensive book on all eras and genres of hard rock and heavy metal. The stories and attention to detail make it an instant must for anyone who ever was or is a fan.”

—Eddie Trunk, DJ and host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic

 

BOMBUS signs with Century Media Records

Century Media Records is very pleased to welcome Sweden-based metal outfit BOMBUS to the family.
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BOMBUS was started in late 2008 in Gothenburg by axe men Feffe and Matte as a two-piece, but then they quickly emerged to a full band with Ulf (bass) and Peter (drums) joining the party.  Heavily influenced by the greats of MOTORHEAD, THE MELVINS, METALLICA and POISON IDEA, the newly arisen four-piece started to play their first live shows and evolve their own unique sound.  After releasing three 7″ singles and their praised self-titled debut album in 2010, the band matured greatly by performing many live shows throughout Europe, which earned them a massive die-hard fan base. Recently, a new bassist, Jonas, joined the band, which allowed Ulf to step back from his duties onstage to focus on the band’s artwork and video clips. In the summer of 2011, Century Media Records discovered BOMBUS, and a deal was quickly signed. To start off this new relationship, BOMBUS will release a special single, as well as a full-length album, later this year via Century Media Records.

 

The band comments on the new partnership: “BOMBUS are proud to announce that we are teaming up with Century Media Records for the release of our upcoming album ‘The Poet And The Parrot’. Century Media has always been a prominent label with a high quality roster, and we are happy as pigs in shit to now be a part of it.”

 

BOMBUS recently finished work on their new album, The Poet And The Parrot, which is tentatively set for an August 2013 release. The incredible new album track, “Apparatus,” will be released earlier on a limited 7″ single and as a digital download. This single will be available from May 2nd on, right at the start of the band’s European DANKO JONES tour. See below for all upcoming dates.

BOMBUS tour dates with DANKO JONES

5.2 WIESBADEN Schlachthof (DE)

5.3 SAARBRUCKEN Garage (DE)

5.4 2013 DRESDEN Reithalle (DE)

5.5 COLOGNE Live Music Hall (DE)

5.7 NURNBERG Hirsch (DE)

5.8 2013 LINZ Posthof (AT)

5.9 2013 DORNBIRN Conrad Sohm (AT)

5.10 MILANO Factory (Area 3)(IT)

5.11 SAN ALBERTO DI ZERO BRANCO Parco Altroquando – Maximum Festival VI (IT)

5.12 MARSEILLE Le Moulin (FR)

5.14 BARCELONA Music Hall Barcelona (ES)

5.15 MADRID Sala Arena (ES)

5.16 PORTO Hard Club (PT)

5.17 LISBON TMN ao vivo (PT)

5.18 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Sala Capitol (ES)

5.19 GIJON Sala Acapulco (ES)

 

BOMBUS line-up:

Feffe – guitar & vocals

Matte – guitar & vocals

Jonas – bass

Peter – drums

 

BOMBUS online:

http://www.bombusmusic.com

http://http://www.facebook.com/bombusmusic

http://www.myspace.com/bombusmusic

 

WHILE SHE WAITS Announces New Endorsement Deal with Warwick Basses & Framus Guitars

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Phoenix, AZ rockers WHILE SHE WAITS are pleased to announce their new endorsement deal with Warwick/Framus Basses and Guitars. Framus guitars and Warwick basses have been used by many artists and bands like MetallicaAlice in ChainsMastodonTRAPTMeshuggah,Devin Townsend and more.

 

WHILE SHE WAITS has released an official statement about the endorsement. “We are so excited to start playing the best guitars and basses on the planet. Getting an exclusive endorsement from Warwick/Framus is an amazing feeling. Having an industry leader believe in our music is unreal. We want to thank Chris at Warwick/Framus for teaming this great company and product up with us.”

 

“As artist relations manager for Warwick and Framus USA, we are thrilled to begin an endorsement relationship with WHILE SHE WAITS,” adds Warwick/Framus Artist Relations rep Christopher Kunitz.  “They are a great band, write awesome, catchy rock songs and stick out from the crowd by having a rip-roaring Southern-rock influence and an extremely high level of musicianship.  Our guitars and basses are the best in the world and are played by some of the best musicians in the world.  We are looking forward to a bright future with WHILE SHE WAITS and the exposure for the brand that they are sure to bring.”

 

This summer, WHILE SHE WAITS plans on hitting the road with fellow Warwick/Framus endorsed band Throw Logic. The band had some words to share about WHILE SHE WAITS’ endorsement as well. “We are stoked to be heading out on the road this summer with our fellow Warwick/Framus guitar endorsed friends WHILE SHE WAITS. The earth rumbling sound of these Warwick bass guitars and legendary tones of the Framus guitars are unmatched. We atThrow Logic want to welcome WHILE SHE WAITS to the Warwick/Framus family.”

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is also currently endorsed by KranK Amplifiers, Swiss Picks, Stiff Amplifications, Tsunami Cables and Buzz Technical.

 

The band is performing at more select shows in the Southwest U.S. this spring. See below for all currently confirmed tour dates:

 

3/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Soil

4/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Venue TBA

4/30 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go w/ Taproot

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS recently announced their new record deal with Oklahoma City, OK based record label TMG Records and are working on new music to be released with the label later this year. WHILE SHE WAITS brings the influences of Volbeat, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Blackstone Cherry and more fused with their upbeat Southern-rock styles.

 

 

WHILE SHE WAITS is:

James Cole- vocals

Tommy Gibbons- lead guitars, backing vocals

Timothy Rooen- rhythm guitars

Aaron Belk- drums, backing vocals

Blake Jordan- bass

 

For more information on WHILE SHE WAITS, visit www.whileshewaits.com.

Road to the Golden Gods Tour

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Road to the Golden Gods Tour

GRAMMY®-nominated rock band Stone Sour recently announced details of their headlining slot of the first-ever Revolver “Road to the Golden Gods” Tour presented by Epiphone & Drum Workshop.  Supporting the band on the coast-to-coast run will be hard rockers In This Moment and Hell or Highwater. The dates get underway April 2 at the State Theatre in Portland, ME and culminate with a performance at the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards presented by Epiphone® on May 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles (see itinerary). To purchase tickets, click HERE or click the TICKETS button on the poster below with your preferred date selected.

In addition to Stone Sour, other 2013 Golden Gods performers include MetallicaFive Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Halestorm. The sold-out 5th anniversary show will air live on AXS TV and Xbox Live on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Stone Sour will be releasing Part 2 of their double album, House of Gold & Bones, on April 9. The new record includes the single “Do Me A Favor,” which is currently climbing the Active Rock building chart (now at No. 15). The track is actually one of three in the Active Top 20 that feature Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor—the other two being “Absolute Zero” fromHouse of Gold & Bones Part 1 and “From Can To Can’t,” a collaboration with Dave Grohlfeatured on Sound City: Real To Reel, the soundtrack to Grohl’s recently released Sound City documentary. Both Stone Sour songs are available on iTunes now.

In other media, the first issue of House of Gold & Bones (Dark Horse Comics) will be released April 17, written by Corey Taylor and featuring the artwork of Richard Clarke (interior) and Jason Shawn Alexander (cover).

For up to the minute news and information, please visit
www.goldengodsawards.comwww.stonesour.comwww.houseofgoldandbones.com, andwww.roadrunnerrecords.com.

Lordi Announces New Album:To Beast Or Not To Beast Out March 19th

“To Beast Or Not To Beast” was recorded earlier this fall at WireWorld Studio in Nashville, TN with renowned producer Michael Wagener (METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, SKID ROW, DOKKEN, RAVEN, MEGADETH). The CD will mark the recording debut of LORDI’s new members, keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Otus).

“The road to this album has truly been paved by hardships,” Mr. Lordi says. “However, the new line-up of the band has given us new and fresh touch and an energetic edge to the recording process, and to the album itself.”

“The album cover painting is actually a part of a larger picture. The original artwork had this vintage- styled lady holding a horned skull, which, however, was not the main point of the art piece. 
There was something not quite right with the setting, so I made experiments with various versions and framings. Album title was Upgradead at that point in time, and the painting was done with that title in mind.”


“But now, with a changed concept of the artwork, the title did not seem to fit anymore. We did not consider it an A-class name either. Our guitarist Amen came up with the final title, which we felt suitable and perfect both for the cover artwork and the album.”

– Mr. Lordi

Click Here To Pre-order ‘To Beast Or Not To Beast’

WATAIN signs worldwide deal with Century Media Records

Century Media Records is proud to welcome Swedish black metal extremists WATAIN to its worldwide family. Legitimately labeled as genre leaders, deservedly awarded with a Swedish Grammy, playing the world’s biggest stages and touring the globe constantly while reaching numerous top positions in the annual reader’s polls, WATAIN have worked hard and achieved a lot over the past years despite successfully ignoring any kind of conformity and concession to the metal mainstream. Unrivaled in their unwillingness to compromise and clear artistic vision, WATAIN are most befittingly described with the title of BATHORY’s third opus – “Blood Fire Death”, a fact they never fail to underline with their infamous live shows: The stench of rotting animal cadavers, the inferno of candelabras and torches, chalices of blood, darkness and death – WATAIN are a full scale attack on all sensory organs. In days of toothless, sterile, family-friendly metal they embody danger and dread and are rewarded with a maximum of support and appreciation.

WATAIN comments:
“We are writing this from a magical place of desolation and desert-like vastness, where wondrous things are at this very moment taking place. Things that will come to colour our world as well as yours in the strangest hues for many years to come. We are entering this new chapter of WATAIN with a will and confidence to make it the most diverse and rememberable so far. And with the things that we have in mind for the future, it looks like it will be just so. Just wait and see, f***ers! Loud and terrible shall the trumpets of Devils sound…”

“Century Media is massively excited to work with WATAIN. This band has it all: charisma, the firm will to conquer the world, and an authenticity you rarely find these days. Mixed with their creativity and musical impact – this band will make it to the top. They are a healthy slap in the face for any Metal Bourgeois. We are ready to kill for them!” says Antje Lange, General Manager Century Media Europe

“I am very proud and excited to welcome WATAIN to the Century Media family. There are few bands that remind me of when I first discovered metal as a teenager that could give me the same feeling of extreme release and evil such as SLAYER, VENOM and MERCYFUL FATE did. WATAIN is one of those rare bands and I look forward to being a part of their growing career and helping today’s future metalhead find their way!” adds Don Robertson, President Century Media USA.

Formed back in 1998, the first two albums Rabid Death’s Curse (2000) and Casus Luciferi (2003) established the band firmly within the underground scene whereas Sworn To The Dark (2007) and especially Lawless Darkness (2010) helped them conquer a wider audience making them one of the most talked about acts in recent years. Musically rooted in classic black metal inspired by the likes of VENOM, HELLHAMMER, BATHORY, MAYHEM, DISSECTION as well as the grandeur of old IRON MAIDEN, METALLICA, RAINBOW, it is the larger-than-life aesthetics and total dedication to their art that elevates WATAIN beyond almost any other extreme metal band out there. WATAIN is satanic metal at its most frightening and fascinating.

After celebrating their 13th anniversary with the release of the DVD/double live album Opus Diaboli (2012) under the band’s own imprint His Master’s Noise, followed by an US tour with BEHEMOTH, THE DEVIL’S BLOOD and IN SOLITUDE earlier this year plus celebrated shows at Wacken and Bloodstock Open Air, 2013 will see the release of WATAIN’s much anticipated fifth studio album via His Master’s Noise in collaboration with Century Media Records. Beware!

WATAIN online:
http://www.templeofwatain.com

Black Dahlia Murder: A Pittsburgh Pictorial

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The Black Dahlia Murder derived their name from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, and in Pittsburgh the absolutely killed. With influences ranging from Carcass, At the Gates, Darkane, Dissection, Darkthrone, Morbid Angel, The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera and Megadeth- the band has an interesting mix of very hardcore genres.

Mainly sticking to the genres of melodic death metal, metalcore, and deathcore, when asked to describe what kind of music the band plays, Strnad commented: “I’ve always said that we’re melodic death metal. We are mostly influenced by Swedish bands and Carcass. The heavy end of our sound is the American style creeping in, with some Floridian influences like Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and that kind of stuff. We’ve been labeled more often because of our look than our sound, which is dumb, and speaks volumes about what kind of geniuses are out there!”. In an interview with Uranium Magazine, Strnad also stated, “Some bands that get labeled as metalcore are actually good, like Between the Buried and Me or The Red Chord. Metal is what I grew up with, and then I learned about punk and hardcore. But a lot of our ethics, the way we carry ourselves, is more punk…I like that hardcore has a sense of community without the competition you see in metal.”

The only disappointment for many of the Pittsburgh fans was the “early” start of BDM. Most shows at Stage AE start about an hour after doors open, but BDM went on pretty early (6:30) causing many to miss part or all of their set.

-all photos property of AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Kirk Hammett Performs “Trapped Under Ice” with Death Angel

Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett, invited Bay Area thrashers Death Angel to perform at the release party for his new book, Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection.

Hammett joined the band for a handful of songs, including renditions of Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice,” Kiss’ “She” and, fittingly, Misfits’ “Horror Business.”

New Jersey Writer/Author BRIAN ABERBACK Pens New Educational Unauthorized Rockography, “BLACK SABBATH: Pioneers of Heavy Metal”

Esteemed New Jersey writer and author BRIAN ABERBACK has penned a new, educational Black Sabbath book, being released with Enslow Publishers, Inc. The book, titled Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal, is an unauthorized “rockography” that transforms the extensive knowledge about Black Sabbath that Aberback has amassed over the years to the page for future music enthusiasts and students alike to enjoy.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is the only Black Sabbath biography written for middle and high school students. Thoroughly researched, annotated and highly informative, this book is an appealing read for all ages and a great way for parents to introduce their kids to some of the music they love and grew up with. This book chronicles one of rock’s most legendary band’s careers from its formation to the present day and does a superb job of conveying the group’s ups and downs, not glossing over any details while staying age-appropriate. Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is available in high-quality library bound hardcover as well as softcover editions and can be found wherever books are sold online.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal has already been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives and sits on the shelves of libraries throughout the United States to New Zealand, Singapore and the United States Army Base in Heidelberg, Germany.

Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal is part of The Rebels of Rock series from Enslow Publishing Inc. The Rebels of Rock books have a list price of $31.93 and a 25% discount price for Schools and Libraries of $23.95. Other books in The Rebels of Rock series include “rockographies” on Aerosmith, Def Leppard, The Clash, The Ramones, and The Rolling Stones.

BRIAN ABERBACK is a veteran music journalist specializing in hard rock and heavy metal. Aberback’s encyclopedic knowledge of heavy metal and hard rock spans numerous genres. His interview list is a who’s who of heavy metal and hard rock legends, including Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Overkill, Testament and Mercyful Fate. His work has appeared in daily newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines, and on news and music websites. Many of his stories have been published in The Record, the largest daily newspaper in Northern New Jersey.

What sets Aberback apart, in addition to his strong writing style and dedication to his craft, has been his passion for giving heavy metal bands a shot at attracting new audiences through mainstream newspaper exposure. Over the years he’s introduced such bands as Nile, Cradle of Filth, Amorphis, Morbid Angel, Opeth, Arch Enemy, The Haunted and many, many more, through the pages of The Record and other publications, to music fans, and even metal fans, who likely would have never heard of these bands. Not often do you find daily newspaper writers publishing stories about the likes of D.R.I., Diamond Head, Everytime I Die, Iced Earth or The Gathering.

***An articulate and well-informed speaker with a vast knowledge of the history of rock-and-roll, musically and socially, with a specific emphasis on heavy metal and hard rock, BRIAN ABERBACK is available for book talks, panel discussions and as an expert commentator for television and radio programs.

Check out some great reviews on Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal:

“Refreshingly levelheaded and loaded with sourced quotes, it’s that rare middle-grade biography (or “rockography,” as the title page insists) that is able to trace a band’s history, revel in its rock awesomeness, and be blunt about such things as drug abuse, all the while keeping things at an age-appropriate keel.”
–Booklist

“Through this book, old and new fans alike learn about the band’s history and impact on the music industry.”
–Children’s Literature

For more information on the book and the author Brian Aberback and to purchase Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal, visit www.brianaberback.com.

Re-Machined – a Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head will be available on September 4, 2012

Metallica sent forth the following info on their participation in a Deep Purple Tribute Album:

We are honored to finally confirm that our contribution to the much-discussed Deep Purple tribute album Re-Machined – a Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head will be available on September 4, 2012 through our good friends at Classic Rock Magazine as part of a special “fan-pack.” Those of you who know us will have figured out we don’t always take the most conventional path, and sure enough, we decided to cover a song called “When A Blind Man Cries,” which was recorded during these sessions, but not included on the album. Instead, it was used as the B-side on the “Never Before” single. The song does appear as a bonus track on the album’s 25th anniversary edition.

As you might have noticed with these fan-packs, the mag portion is always full of really cool exclusive content, and this one is no different, with 128 pages of exclusive chats with Purple members as well as one of the last-ever interviews with the mighty Jon Lord, who sadly passed away recently.

Aside from us, the likes of Iron Maiden, Steve Vai and Black Label Society also feature. Here’s the full track-listing:

1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana / Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes/Chad Smith
4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society
5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos
6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica

Plus, exclusive to this special edition:

10. Highway Star – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley

Classic Rock Presents: Re-Machined – a Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head is published on September 4, 2012, so be sure to check your local rag/mag store after that date or pre-order by clicking here.

Keep your eyes peeled for additional information about a wider release of the album including the States later in the Fall.

Megadeth and Zombie Will Continue Co-Headlining Tour

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Megadeth and Rob Zombie rocked Stage AE in Pittsburgh last week and will continue to do so throughout the U.S. and Europe. MPAPPHOTO was there to capture the pure energy of the show and has joined Pittsburgh Music Magazine as a collaborator.

Metal icons MEGADETH are delivering volcanic performances and earning rave reviews on their co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together. The trek kicked off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include two high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit www.megadeth.com.

Prior to the show, the New York Times proclaimed that “the speed pioneers Megadeth have the decibels to fill the grandiose PNC” and the New York Daily News said, “At last year’s faceoff with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, the band led by Dave Mustaine offered a set that did both their sub-genre and legacy proud (5/10/12).”

In a review of the first show, Tris McCall of the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger said, “While most of the band’s peers have either slowed down, broken up or switched to a more profitable style, Megadeth presses on, hard and fast as ever. Mustaine is a study in perseverance–and professionalism, too: He recently had to re-learn how to play guitar after suffering nerve damage in his arm. That trauma has left no mark on him–his solos, sometimes taken in harmony with sideman Chris Broderick, are as dextrous, and rapid-fire, as ever (5/13/12).” Theexaminer.com added, “The musicians ripped and shredded their way through riffs and solos with machine-like precision, yet somehow projecting an earnest passion through the notes that speaks to the raw emotion of Mustaine’s songwriting (5/13/12).”

After their tour with ROB ZOMBIE wraps at Rocklahoma, MEGADETH–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVID ELLEFSON, drummer SHAWN DROVER and guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK–will head to Europe for shows in Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, then in September will head to South America for concerts in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

A newly released video for the group’s next single “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” can be seen now.. The video is a heavy metal tour de force, depicting youth angst turned violent, resulting in an apocalyptic finale.

The current tour comes on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE. Rave reviews poured in for the festival, which also featured MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”

2011 marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.

Check out MEGADETH in the following cities:

DATE CITY VENUE
5/22 La Crosse, WI La Crosse Center
5/24 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
5/25 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
5/31 Dessau, Germany Metalfest @ Airfield
6/1 Jaworzno, Poland Metalfest @ Zalew Sosina
6/2 Mining, Austria Metalfest @ Castle Mamling
6/3 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
6/5 Zadar, Croatia Metalfest @ Zadar Beach
6/6 Milan, Italy Metalfest @ Alcatraz Club
6/7 St. Goarshausen, Germany Metalfest @ Loreley
6/8 Plzen, Czech Republic Metalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin
6/10 Leicestershire, England Download Festival
6/12 London, England Electric Ballroom
6/13 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Den Atelier
6/14 Heerlen, Netherlands Parkstad Limburg Theater
6/15 Clisson, France Hellfest
6/17 Bucharest, Romania Ost Fest @ Romexpo
6/19 Istanbul, Turkey Hi-Voltage Festival
6/20 Athens, Greece Iera Oldos
6/22 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks
6/23 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting @ Festival Dessel
6/25 Moscow, Russia Stadium Live
6/27 Vilinius, Lithuania Teatro Arena
6/28 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
6/29 Helsinki, Finland Tuska Festival @ Sulvilhati
9/7 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
9/14 Buenos Aires, Argentina Estadio Cubierto Malvinas
9/16 Cordoba, Argentina Orfeo
9/19 Mexico City, Mexico Pepsi Center WTC
9/21 Guadalajara, Mexico Arena VFG

Metallica Fan Club So What! Magazine Goes to Newsstands


Next week the first ever newsstand edition of Metallica’s fan club publication So What! will hit newsstands, bookstores, and the net on May 14. The issue has 132 pages devoted to the 30th anniversary celebration at the Fillmore Theatre in December of 2011.  The special issue was done in collaboration with Metal Hammer and is said to be “packed with exclusive photos and special post Fillmore interviews. You’ll hear from all the members of Metallica, a few of your favorites that were on stage including Brian Tatler, Sean Harris, King Diamond, Dave Mustaine, and Rob Halford, and a look behind the scenes at how it all came together”.  Also, a  bonus 7″ vinyl single featuring live recordings from those nights of “So What” and “Through The Never” is included with each and every issue.  Nice to see a package like this offered without having to fork out $45-65.

For a preview go here

Pre-orders go here

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