• SKINDRED Teases 'Machine' Video
    on January 18, 2018 at 09:47

    Welsh "ragga metal" and SKINDRED will release its new album, "Big Tings", on April 27 via Napalm Records. A single, "Machine", will precede the full-length effort, featuring vocals by REEF frontman Gary Stringer and guitar by Phil Campbell of MOTÖRHEAD. The track was previously used as both the intro and outro theme to AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson's TV show "Cars That Rock". A teaser for the "Machine" video is available below. "The album's sounding really big," SKINDRED drummer Arya Goggin told Metal Hammer magazine. "With that name, you have got to deliver big songs. There will be lots of twists and turns — nothing's off limits." SKINDRED vocalist Benji Webbe added: "We are totally revved up about our new single, 'Machine', and are busy getting wheels into motion and gearing up ahead of our U.K. tour in what is looking like being a turbo-charged bumper year." SKINDRED will embark on a full U.K. tour in April with special guests CKY. Benji revealed last year that he was working Campbell on the MOTÖRHEAD guitarist's upcoming solo album. […]

    on January 18, 2018 at 09:36

    Indian/American progressive metal band SKYHARBOR has signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One/Good Fight Music. The group is in the studio with producer Forrester Savell (KARNIVOOL, TWELVE FOOT NINJA, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS) working on its new full-length album, "Sunshine Dust". The follow-up to 2014's "Guiding Lights" will be released later in the year. "It goes without saying that we're stoked as all hell to have found our new home with Entertainment One and Good Fight Music," says guitarist Keshav Dhar. "They have been key in bringing to life our vision for where we want this band to go, and we're delighted to be able to bring our new record out to the world through them." SVP of Metal, eOne Music's Scott Givens adds: "Entertainment One is committed to developing and breaking new rock/metal music talent. SKYHARBOR has already laid the foundation for an amazing future with us and we are all excited to get to work." SKYHARBOR will support its new labelmates THE CONTORTIONIST on a North American run named "Clairvoyant North America 2018". Dhar continues: "Our first-ever North American tour was with THE CONTORTIONIST in 2015, and we became great friends on that run. We've been gunning for a chance to tour with them again ever since, and it couldn't have come at a better time. It's going to be a truly memorable experience." From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the Internet, SKYHARBOR has defied convention every step of the way. The debut album, "Blinding White Noise", was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, SKYHARBOR has been performing regularly around the world and making waves with its distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal prog-rock, releasing "Guiding Lights" in 2014 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign. After a brief patch of turbulence that saw new frontman Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok solidify the band's lineup, SKYHARBOR embarked on a series of tours around the world, covering North America, Europe and India. Photo credit: Argon Photography […]

  • FIREWIND Keyboardist BOB KATSIONIS Announces 'Prognosis & Synopsis' Album, Introduces New Release Format
    on January 18, 2018 at 09:18

    Greek multi-instrumentalist, producer, video director and composer Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) returns with his fifth solo album called "Prognosis & Synopsis". Both a "synopsis" (summary) of his solo career so far and a "prognosis" (prediction) of where he is going to move musically in the future, the new album consists of 10 songs that were composed/recorded in a period of 15 days during August 2017. "It was a blast of inspiration," Katsionis says. "Last August,and after finishing my duty with German power metallers SERIOUS BLACK, I was suddendly found with one month free in my hands after four or five years where I was constantly working in my studio, touring and recording other projects. So I had some wonderful vacation time in Greece and then I was sitting all day home playing games and watching movies. And suddendly... my mind cleared. I decided to start my own record label Symmetric Records and finally work on the Icon-Disc project that's been on my mind since the birth of smartphones. And, of course, play some music for my own. So every day I was just sitting on my Korg Kronos jamming, then take a break to play some virtual reality games to help me travel to different worlds, get some inspiration and give time to my music to grow inside of me and then back on my studio to record. "I feel like this album is the most sincere, compact and mature work so far and represents me and my art at a 100 percent while leaving a bright promise for the future." "Prognosis & Synopsis" was recorded at Sound Symmetry Studio by Katsionis, who played all the instruments except drums, which were handled by Vangelis Moraitis. The disc was produced and mixed by Katsionis and mastered by Nasos Nomikos at VU Productions in Piraeus, Greece. The artwork was once again created by French artist Aurelien Police who was also responsible for the "Rest In Keys" album cover. "Prognosis & Synopsis" will not be available for streaming through iTunes and Spotify until further notice. Bob has also announces a brand new format: the Icon-Disc. "The Icon-Disc is what its name simply states: a music 'disc' in the form of an icon on your phone or tablet," he says. "For decades, artists and bands were releasing their music in the form of an album: a compilation of music expression and inspiration representing a certain period of the composer's or performer's life. Even the radio was playing the singles to make people buy the album in the form of a cassette, vinyl, CD. With the recent arrival of the broadband internet, services like YouTube, iTunes, Spotify etc, feed us with tons of isolated songs, videoclips, playlists, random compilations and other cool stuff like this, BUT people are not concentrating on the album anymore. And for me the 'magic' of diving into the world of an album, surrounded by the full artwork, pictures, photos, credits, info is what turns the listeners to 'fans'. And it's the fans who are buying the albums, merchandise, special editions etc and help a band survive at this difficult period we all live and make music. And even more important, through the album, the artist himself has the chance of showcasing his full potential, present his work on a full scale and take the listener by the hand on a wonderful trip through his music. "The idea/concept of the Icon-Disc is not something new; great artists like Bjork, Paul McCartney, Sting, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and many more have released 'albums-as-app' but the format was never established on the market for various reasons: * There wasn't a name for it. Putting the word 'app' next to some music it takes away all the 'music album' character and makes it something hi-tech and common like the app to order a taxi, food or an app that does something else. * There was no actual 'format.' In order to pioneer, every app works differently: one wants you to travel through space to listen to the song, the other one is a game and another one wants you to take photos of the sun, upload them and receive your music. Something like releasing a CD in a different shape every time: one like a star and another one heart-shaped! Cool but confusing. * Pricing. Developing a complex and original app costs a lot. And then you have your 'regular' formats on the market for sale. What will the big record stores say when they sell your CD for $15 and you sell your beautiful and shining 'app' for just $2.99? "That's why I designed the Icon-Dis in a way that it's both user friendly and fully customizable at the same time, while our company app The Irons keeps the developing costs low enough that even a newcomer independent artist can afford." Katsionis released his 2012 solo album "Rest In Keys" with remixed/remastered sound plus a brand new bonus track for all of you to get to know this new format and give him your feedback. In this release, you can experience some of the benefits of the Icon-Disc: * Fully customized artwork * Different artwork for each song * Part-by-part analysis from Katsionis * Update your album (more songs, different mix, different art, bandmembers, everything!) Prognosis & Synopsis by Bob Katsionis […]

  • W.E.T. Feat. JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Behind-The-Scenes Look At Making Of 'Earthrage' Album
    on January 18, 2018 at 08:47

    A five-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Earthrage", the third album from the Swedish/American melodic hard rock supergroup W.E.T., which features vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, TALISMAN), guitarist/vocalist Erik Martensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION, AMMUNITION) and guitarist Robert Säll (WORK OF ART), is available below. The disc will be released on March 23 via Frontiers Records Srl. W.E.T. — whose moniker is an acronym of the names of the acts that the group's core members are best known for (WORK OF ART, ECLIPSE, TALISMAN) — released its acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2009. The band's sophomore effort, "Rise Up", surfaced in 2013, followed by the live CD/DVD "One Live - In Stockholm" in 2014. Now, the group — which also features drummer Robban Bäck (MUSTASCH) and guitarist Magnus Henriksson (ECLIPSE) — returns with an album that label owner Serafino Perugino claims is "by far one of the best records in Frontiers's history." "Earthrage" track listing: 01. Watch The Fire 02. Burn 03. Kings On Thunder Road 04. Elegantly Wasted 05. Urgent 06. Dangerous 07. Calling Out Your Name 08. Heart Is On The Line 09. I Don't Wanna Play That Game 10. The Burning Pain Of Love 11. The Never-Ending Retraceable Dream The "Watch The Fire" video can be seen below. Soto told 100 Percent Rock Magazine last year that W.E.T. is "a project. It's not a band in the sense of touring and we get together and do the things that bands do. That's why we only have a handful of dates under our belts to date. We've never actually done a tour together, because it's three completely different bands that are just so busy all the time. And Erik is as bad as I am — Erik Mårtensson. He's in several bands and he's always producing and writing and jumping from one to the next. We've never tried to actually follow up as a band." […]

  • JUDAS PRIEST Teases New Song 'Spectre'
    on January 18, 2018 at 08:39

    A 12-second snippet of the new JUDAS PRIEST song "Spectre" is available in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin. "Firepower" track listing: 01. Firepower 02. Lightning Strike 03. Evil Never Dies 04. Never The Heroes 05. Necromancer 06. Children of the Sun 07. Guardians 08. Rising From Ruins 09. Flame Thrower 10. Spectre 11. Traitors Gate 12. No Surrender 13. Lone Wolf 14. Sea Of Red JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the lyrical themes covered on "Firepower": "We're an open book. We can go anywhere, and that's my job, where the proverbial word 'challenge' comes into play. I'm looking for things around me in the real world and in the metal fantasy world, so I'm making political comment and comments on the environment, as metaphorically as I can. "We've always tried to be a bit ambigious, so our fans can make up their own mind, but on this one, you know, we are talking about Mother Earth and places like 10 Downing Street [the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom]," he continued. "But we've always found a balance in not making the message too intense, while showing that we're connected as a bunch of metalheads in the real world." Halford also credited "the incredible work" of Sneap for making "Firepower" sound "as wonderful as it does." "We are aware of the elements that are important to PRIEST, that have been our anvil in everything we've done, but in working with Andy, who is such a sought-after, contemporary metal producer, he's been able to dial everything in and get an effect where what you hear coming out of the speaker sounds like a young, fresh metal band," he said. "I've always tried to keep up with what's going on in metal, and I really feel confident that this sound is as strong as it ever was." The official video for the album's first single, "Lightning Strike", can be seen below. Halford stated about "Lightning Strike": "To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the element of a lightning strike to pull away and tear apart at an individual, at a body of people, maybe an organization, maybe an administration, that is kind of leading you, or leading us, into potentially a destructive place. You're kind of spinning that effect round, and you have the right to react and to do something about it. So that, in essence, is what this song is all about." The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS. […]

  • JOE PERRY Joined By SLASH, JOHNNY DEPP, CHRIS ROBINSON At Record-Release Concert In L.A. (Video)
    on January 17, 2018 at 21:30

    Joe Perry — legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of AEROSMITH — assembled an all-star band to perform alongside him at the sold-out record-release show last night (Tuesday, January 16) at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. The show came three days before the release of his "Sweetzerland Manifesto" album. "Sweetzerland Manifesto" collaborators Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK), David Johansen (THE NEW YORK DOLLS) and Terry Reid (solo artist/vocals) are among the artists who performed at the Roxy show with special guests Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), actor and Perry's HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES bandmate Johnny Depp, and THE BLACK CROWES frontman Chris Robinson. They were joined by Gary Cherone (EXTREME, VAN HALEN), Dean and Robert DeLeo (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS), Buck Johnson (keyboards, vocals; AEROSMITH) and David Goodstein (drums). The setlist was as follows: 01. Let The Music Do The Talking (guest: Gary Charone) 02. Toys In The Attic (Gary Charone) 03. Pandora's Box (Gary Charone) 04. Shakin' My Cage (Gary Charone) 05. I'll Do Happiness (Terry Reid ) 06. Sick & Tired (Terry Reid ) 07. Won't Let Me Go (Terry Reid) 08. Fortunate One (Chris Robinson ) 09. Spanish Sushi 10. Eve Of Destruction (Johnny Depp) 11. I Wanna Roll (David Johanson & Johnny Depp) 12. I'm Goin' Crazy (David Johanson) 13. Countryside Blvd. (Robin Zander) 14. Aye, Aye, Aye (Robin Zander) 15. Quake 16. Rockin' Train (Gary Charone) 17. Come Together (all guests) 18. Train Kept A-Rollin' (all guests, including Slash) Set for release on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), "Sweetzerland Manifesto" — which is available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon — marks Joe's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction", with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons. Highlights include "Aye, Aye, Aye", which Joe co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander, and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll", "Haberdasher Blues" and "I'm Going Crazy", plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness" (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go". […]

  • Watch GEOFF TATE Sing QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Suite Sister Mary' With His Daughter EMILY In London
    on January 17, 2018 at 21:02

    Fan-filmed video footage of ex-QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate performing his former band's classic song "Suite Sister Mary" on January 15 at the Garage in London, England can be seen below. Tate, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime" album on his current European tour, was joined for the performance by his 20-year-old daughter Emily, whose band TILL DEATH DO US PART is the support act on the entire trek. Tate told "Totally Driven Radio" last month about his daughter: "We haven't sung together on stage since she was a little kid and joined me on [the QUEENSRŸCHE] album [and] tour called 'American Soldier', and she sang a song with me. And that was, like, 2009 or '10 — something like that. So she's all grown up now. And she has a band called TILL DEATH DO US PART, which is a fantastic band, and they've got a new album out, and they're gonna be opening the shows for us." Asked if he tried to encourage his daughter to get involved in singing or steer her away form the music business altogether, Tate said: "She was really into music as a kid. And she came to me one day and she said, 'Can I play the music in your collection?' And I said, 'Yeah. Just take whatever you want.' And she took it all — she took all the albums I had and just went through everything. She got this A-to-Z history of rock and just absorbed it all. And then when she was nine, I asked her to sing this duet part with me on a song called 'Home Again' on the 'American Soldier' album. And it was great working with her; she really was a very eager learner. And then she went on the road and toured America with me on that tour. And then, you know, I didn't think anything past that; she didn't make any more moves as far as being a musician. And then about, I think it was last year, I was sitting in my living room reading the newspaper, and she walked in and she goes, 'Hey, you wanna hear my new CD?' And I thought she meant something she bought. [So I said], 'Oh, yeah, sure.' She tosses me the CD and I look on the cover and it's her face. I go, 'You made a CD?' [Laughs] She goes, 'Yeah. This is my first album. Listen to it and tell me what you think.' So I had no idea she was making this record — she didn't tell me about it. And so I put the record on and I was really surprised — it's great; it's really good stuff. So I'm having her come out and tour Europe with me this year, so I'm looking forward to that." Geoff went on to say that he was "really happy" Emily made the TILL DEATH DO US PART album without seeking his input or even letting him know she was working on it. "It's her own stuff, it's her own art, and she didn't feel like she needed to ask my permission or my direction on it; she just followed her heart," he said. "And, to me, that's the most honest art there is — when you make it yourself. And she did that. She didn't come [to me] and say, 'Hey, can you write a song for me?' Nothing like that; it was all her. So it's really her own effort and her own viewpoints and her own perspective on the world, which I really respect." "Operation: Mindcrime" is the third studio album of eleven that Geoff recorded with QUEENSRŸCHE. The concept album and rock opera is a story following Nikki, a recovering drug addict, who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and becomes involved in a revolutionary group, acting as an assassin of political leaders. The certified platinum album was rated by Kerrang! as one of heavy metal's top 100 albums of all time. QUEENSRŸCHE played "Operation: Mindcrime" in its entirety during the band's 1990 tour to promote the "Empire" album. The performance featured video, animation and guest singer Pamela Moore as the character Sister Mary. Tate was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012. He has since been replaced by former CRIMSON GLORY singer Todd La Torre. […]

  • MADBALL To Begin Recording 'For The Cause' Album Next Month
    on January 17, 2018 at 20:20

    New York hardcore veterans MADBALL will enter the studio next month to begin recording their new album, titled "For The Cause". Helming the sessions for the follow-up to 2014's "Hardcore Lives" will be RANCID's Tim Armstrong, a longtime friend of MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien. The new disc will be mixed and mastered by Danish producer Tue Madsen, who has previously worked with MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED and SICK OF IT ALL, among others. Former MADBALL guitarist Matt Henderson will lay down the guitar tracks in the studio, but will not join the group on tour. Cricien told the NNC Hardcore Channel last November about the songwriting process for MADBALL's next album: "We've been writing in between touring, so that's why it's taken longer — because we have commitments that we have to follow through on, and then when we get a chance, we write in between. But we feel really good about the stuff that's coming out. Some of it has been around for a while and some of it is brand new, and it's all sort of really coming together now. I think it's gonna be one of the most diverse-sounding MADBALL records, maybe ever. As far as diversity goes, it's gonna have a lot of different elements that may surprise some people, but it's part of our evolution." As for Henderson's involvement with the project, Cricien said: "He's not gonna be actively touring, because he just doesn't do that anymore — he has a family and other things going on. But he's definitely gonna play on this record." According to Cricien, Armstrong invited MADBALL to be one of the first bands to record in his new California studio. "And he's sort of gonna be a producer," Freddy said. "I mean, we have a lot of ears — there's gonna be a lot of ears: Tim, Matt, us. We know our own stuff, so it's gonna be an interesting, fun time. It's gonna be cool." Last October, MADBALL parted ways with longtime guitarist Brian "Mitts" Daniels. The New York outfit called the split "a very hard and heartbreaking decision for all involved." The original version of the "For The Cause" title track was released last September via the "Family Biz" split seven-inch single, which saw the Cricien-fronted outfit joining forces with Pennsylvania's blue-collar-core heroes WISDOM IN CHAINS. Our brother Matt “Wildcard” Henderson, has joined us in the studio to iron out some final pieces. YES, he will be playing on the record! He will NOT be joining us for tours.... but as always, he will make appearances here and there - MB Lifer Squad! We start recording with our friend Tim Armstrong from @rancid in February.. He will also be lending us an ear on the Production side. Tue Madsen on the Mix and Master.. it’s on!!! #madballnyhc #matthenderson #timtimebomb #rancid #tuemadsen #theboat #forthecause2018 A post shared by Madball NYHC (@madballnyc) on Jan 7, 2018 at 9:06am PST […]

  • New Documentary Coming Out About Sunset Strip Clubs Whisky, Rainbow, And Roxy + MAGLIERI Family
    on January 17, 2018 at 20:05

    Legendary Sunset Strip club Whisky A Go Go opened January 16, 1964 and has been the launching pad for countless bands including LED ZEPPELIN, STEPPENWOLF, VAN HALEN, JOHNNY RIVERS, GUNS N' ROSES, IGGY AND THE STOOGES, LINKIN PARK, MÖTLEY CRÜE and many, many others. In 2006, the all age venue was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Whisky played an important role in many musical careers, especially for bands based in Southern California. THE BYRDS, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN' were regulars, and THE DOORS were the house band for a while — until they got fired. Van Morrison's band THEM had a two-week residency in June 1966, with THE DOORS as the opening act. On the last night they all jammed together on "Gloria". Frank Zappa's THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION got their record contract based on a performance at the Whisky. THE TURTLES performed there when their newest (and biggest-selling) single "Happy Together" was becoming a hit, only to lose their new bassist, Chip Douglas (who had arranged the song), to THE MONKEES; guitarist Michael Nesmith invited him to become their producer (he returned to THE TURTLES a year later, to produce them). Neil Diamond also played at the Whisky on occasion. METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton was recruited by the band after they watched him play a show there with his band TRAUMA. CHICAGO was the house band there when Jimi Hendrix saw them and asked them to go on tour and open for him. To this day, bands vie for the chance to play there and consider themselves fortunate to perform in such hallowed ground. Coming out this year will be a documentary called "The Rainbow" about the beloved and respected owner of Rainbow Bar & Grill, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go Go, Mario Maglieri, and his family, and their significance to the Los Angeles rock scene these last five and a half decades. Maglieri passed away last May. In 2016, the Whisky A Go Go launched an official TV channel on Roku. The Whisky A Go Go channel opens the Whisky's doors to a global audience with live music videos, full concerts and related content spanning its 54-year history. As long as there has been a Los Angeles rock scene, there has been the Whisky A Go Go. An anchor on the Sunset Strip since its opening in 1964, the Whisky A Go Go has played host to rock 'n' roll's most important bands to today's up-and-coming new artists. […]

  • POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT Talks Cameras, Haircuts And Jiu-Jitsu In Second Video Blog
    on January 17, 2018 at 17:47

    POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has uploaded the second episode of his video blog in which he talks about cameras, haircuts and jiu-jitsu. You can watch it below. POISON's reunited original lineup — Rockett, Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille — completed a North American tour with DEF LEPPARD last summer. The band is scheduled to perform at this year's Rocklahoma festival, set for Friday, May 25, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Rockett was declared cancer free two years ago after undergoing an experimental treatment. He was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015. Rikki last summer finalized his divorce from singer/songwriter Melanie Martel. The 56-year-old rocker and his ex-wife, who had a prenuptial agreement, share joint custody of their two kids — 8-year-old son Jude Aaron Rockett and 4-year-old daughter Lucy Sky Rockett. […]

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