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Monday, September 21, 2015

Seven Witches New Album!!!

New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, 'The Way of the Wicked.' Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013's 'Rebirth.' And this is especially apparent in the album's second video, "World Without Man."

New Jersey metallists Seven Witches are ready to assault your senses once again, with a fierce new album, 'The Way of the Wicked.' Comprised of singer Anthony Cross, guitarist Jack Frost, bassist Ronnie Parkes, and drummer Johnny Kelly, Seven Witches picks up exactly where their hard-hitting last album left off, 2013's 'Rebirth.' And this is especially apparent in the album's second video, "World Without Man."

"When I got the demo version of the music, I knew these were the lyrics I wanted to use for it," recalls Cross. "The opening line was something that I had jotted down some time ago. 'How would it be, if one day, man no longer was?'"

"Think about it….you’ve seen documentaries that show you that if human life ceased to exist, the planet would start to heal. Lyrically, this is where this came from. I’m also a big fan of the Richard Matheson story, 'I Am Legend,' so that fed into it as well. So really, if everyone and everything was gone, how would you go on with your life?"

And according to Cross, his songwriting union with Frost is already a career highlight. "Writing with Jack Frost is a treat! He will usually come up with suggestions and ideas that I would never think of. And in the end we are both happy with the result." And the union is already paying off, as evidenced by the song "World Without Man," and the full-length 'The Way of the Wicked.'

Joe Satriani 2016 tour news



Los Angeles, CA – September 15, 2015   In 1986 JOE SATRIANI released his first solo album through Relativity Records, “Not of This Earth”.  Fast-forward to this year when SATRIANI released his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova” to critical acclaim.  To mark this major milestone anniversary, SATRIANI will bring to life the “Surfing to Shockwave” 2016 Tour, an evening spotlighting his 30-year career.

The 45-date tour celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone, launches February 25th at Seattle’s legendary Paramount Theatre crossing the US into Canada ending April 24th.  The shows will highlight music over SATRIANI’s entire career, including songs the legendary guitarist hasn’t played live in over 20 years!
This August, the world renowned guitarist released his 15th studio album, hitting Satriani’s highest chart debut at #19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart.  In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the SoundScan era. 
The critical acclaim for Shockwave Supernova was unprecedented:
“…Joe Satriani has proven himself to be one of the most imaginative, brilliant and talented rock guitarists ever to strum six strings.” - Rolling Stone
“…Satriani leans into ringing arpeggios that build into one of the soaring lead lines that have helped him rack up five gold albums and one platinum LP, along with 15 Grammy nominations since 1989.”
- The Wall Street Journal

“The immutable fact which emerges from repeated listens to Shockwave Supernova is that this is a combo for the ages and maybe the best one we’ve heard on Satriani record to date.”  - Popmatters

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza.  Satriani’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.  His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.
Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.
Tickets will be on sale beginning September 25th with exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages available on sale starting September 23rd, for details please visit:
“Surfing to Shockwave” Tour Itinerary (Leg 1):
February 25                        Paramount Theatre                                        Seattle, WA
February 26                        Historic Elsinore Theatre                               Salem, OR
February 27                        Grand Sierra Theatre                                      Reno, NV
February 28                        Fox Theater                                                        Oakland, CA
March 1                                Balboa Theatre                                                 San Diego, CA
March 3                                Fox Performing Arts Center                        Riverside, CA
March 4                                Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino   Las Vegas, NV
March 5                                Talking Stick Resort Ballroom                      Scottsdale, AZ
March 7                                Historic Paramount Theatre                        Denver, CO
March 8                                Abraham Chavez Theatre                             El Paso, TX
March 9                                The Majestic Theatre                                     Dallas, TX
March 10                             House of Blues                                                  Houston, TX
March 11                             Laurie Auditorium                                            San Antonio, TX
March 12                             Orpheum Theater                                           New Orleans, LA
March 14                             Iron City                                                               Birmingham, AL
March 15                             Saenger Theatre                                              Pensacola, FL
March 16                             Parker Playhouse                                             Ft. Lauderdale, FL *
March 17                             Ruth Eckerd Hall                                               Clearwater, FL
March 18                             Hard Rock Live                                                   Orlando, FL
March 19                             Florida Theatre                                                 Jacksonville, FL
*Tickets on-sale 10-2
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Eddie Trunk Interview( One From The Archives Series)

I  have been spending some time in my archives and I came across this gem. Eddie Trunk is one of metal stalwart torch bearers. His That Metal Show is a staple around the globe for metal fans.I had a chance to interview Eddie early in my pursuit of this passion. This was originally published on The Ripple Effect. Enjoy...
Eddie Trunk  essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal volume 2

Abrams image publishing 9/24/2013


    Eddie Trunk is a stalwart proponent of the metal genre. He is well respected within the metal community as a man of knowledge and passion for this musical style. His loyalty and dedication to the music, artists, and fans was born out of a simple love of the music. For 30 Years he has been leading the metal battle cry for all who do not believe. His latest book is a testament to that passion and drive. A forward by none other than Slash himself kicks off this literary tour de force of bands, that helped shape and define the heavy metal genre. Included within each band chapter are clever insights, stories from the Eddie's vast memory reservoir. Every band has a story and Eddie Trunk is your ringleader into their magic circus lifestyle.   I had the opportunity to talk with Eddie over the phone about his new book, radio, That Metal Show, and of course, metal in general.


Congrats on your second book, Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal volume 2. Also your radio show and That Metal Show. 30 years in the business. What is something that still amazes you about the metal genre and its fans?

Thanks. The fans are the ones that keep it all going for the artists and myself, and the genre in general.  I'm really lucky for that. It's incredible how much support I have from people from my TV. show and my radio show, and now my books. I'm really grateful. At the end of the day, I just considered myself a fan. I got into this music 30 years ago because I wanted to find ways to share and spread the music I love with other people in a respectful way. And it's just been amazing to see it continue. You know metal has its ups and downs just like anything does, but the core of it and the passion from the fans is really there. I think that is really one of the true hallmarks of this genre of music.

You included almost every band that received a mention at the end of your first book within your latest book. How long did it take you to narrow down the list of bands?

It was a little difficult because as you mentioned the bands at the end of the first book were meant to be included in the book, but then I realized that there wasn't room. It was tough to cut those bands out but I had to do so because of space. Then when I was approached to do the second book, I said well that is the starting point. That is where we should begin. So that was the jumping off point. There are still a few that I did not end up using and then there were a few that were not listed at all that I did. So it was a little bit of a process trying to determine which bands to use. I ran into space limits for this book too. as much as you want to keep writing and writing, you can't just do that. So I had to go through the existing list and say yeah I think I have enough about that band to do a full section. It was a balance. 80% of the bands that were mentioned at the end of the first book now have full sections in this one. The last thing that was important was the variety. It's the same thing for the books, radio and television. This book has Manson in it and Warrant. I have always done that, I have never discriminated within the different genres. Never been afraid to say I like hard rock and I like heavy metal. I think we found a decent amount of variety within the book.

Right,  I'm so glad you included "Veteran of The Psychic Wars" in your Blue Oyster Cult playlist. I used to have that album on 8-track believe it or not.

Yeah(laughs),  Blue Oyster Cult in general just being included in the book was really important to me. They were one of the tougher cuts from the first book. I think that Blue Oyster Cult is a band that is really overlooked by a lot of people. Buck Dharma doesn't really think of them as a "metal" band but they are certainly a hard rock band and they have such a huge influence on so many bands. So it was important to get them in. I spent a good amount of time listening to them as a kid as well, so I was glad that I was able to get those guys in the book.

You briefly touched upon Blue Murder. You mentioned you have the demo tapes for the Sykes,Portnoy project. Any chance of hearing that demo?

I don't think anyone would be comfortable with me  playing them for people because they are really raw demos. Very, very basic. Really just them set up and playing. Nothing that they could shop to any labels. The skeletons of the songs are there. If they wanted me to and were comfortable with it then o.k. I would, but it would be more a curiosity thing because it wasn't a polished  product. The four or five songs I have are just skeletons. I am pretty sure that on John Sykes new solo record those songs are going to be  on it.

How long will the book tour go on for

This will be pretty extensive. The initial run starts on September 24 goes for about eleven days and ends in Vegas. From there it's back to Jersey and New York. from there I go to Brazil to host a festival. I have new episodes of That Metal show taping in October. Might have to wait until November or December. There really isn't an end date. The first signing is the 24th of September at the Hard Rock in Times Square. The 25th in Morris Plains, New Jersey at the Barnes And Noble, and 26th is Staten Island at a Barnes  And Noble. From there I actually start to travel. I hope to do more on the East Coast. I want to do Philadelphia, Ct. Boston. Just time and schedules.

Let's say you had a chance to put together an Eddie Trunk music festival based on the books. which five bands would have to be on the bill?

Oh wow. well if it was just a fantasy thing where it could be any band then....

Well any band living

Yeah, Kiss and Aerosmith. Original members. Those  two started it all for me as a kid. Van Halen, Black Sabbath. Sabbath with Ronnie but sadly we couldn't have that. So Sabbath, and Metallica. That would be a pretty good line up.

I just saw Sabbath a couple of weeks ago, They were awesome.

Yeah, I thought Sabbath with Ozzy was great, but Sabbath with Dio is where I discovered them. Ronnie and I were close, so Sabbath with him has always been kind of special to me. As great as the current Sabbath is, I couldn't help but think while watching them ,that we would never hear Ronnie's vocals on some of those songs again. Never going to hear "Children Of The Sea" live again, sung by Ronnie.


Speaking of that. There have been a lot of deaths in the metal community lately and then of course  lemmy's(Motorhead) health issues. How concerned are you about the mortality and the future of Heavy Metal?

It's true. Nobody is immune to it. Us included. A lot of people ask, well who carries the torch? The biggest bands are still the bands that have been around 30 or 40 years. Doing the biggest business. So you do have to say that some bands do scale back or retire or even sadly, pass on . It definitely is a concern, but  you have to point to the guys from the 80's. You hope they become big again. You hope they still have some juice left in them, than say the guys from the 70's. Iron Maiden is bigger now than they have ever been. so they are still ten years younger than the 70's groups. New bands like Avenged Seven fold, Five finger Death Punch are bands that certainly have great fan bases. It remains to be seen if they can continue the legacy. Hopefully the combo of the 80's and the new bands can keep it all going together.


Almost every artist I have interviewed from Doro to John5 has tremendous praise for you and what you do to promote the genre. Does that pressure ever get to you?


Honestly man I don't think about it. I don't let it ..I don't think about it. I am so grateful for people that support. Slash did my forward and Halford did the last one, so to have the friendship and respect of these great artists is amazing to me. But I don't think about it. I'm too consumed with what I am doing and pushing forward that I really don't think about it. Maybe one day when I am retired I will look back. Every day is still a fight for this music. People think you are set. But that is not the case at all. There is a perception about that. Every day is a struggle like anyone else to keep the bills paid and to make sure that you keep doing what you love. The struggle is with the industry to make them believe that metal is important. I would love to do more episodes or have a longer radio show but it's a struggle to get the powers to be to continue to support. It's not as easy as people think.


So you will keep this going as long as you can...

I think about it. I'm 49, doing this 30 years right out of High School. The audience and the fans have been along on this ride with me. My 30 year anniversary radio party in Times Square is really just a celebration of the fans. From where I go from there is anyone's guess. It's really up to the powers that be if it continues on. I am aware of the possibility that the television show and the radio show hinges on support from the companies that own the stations. It's out of my control. I will still be a fan. It's all I have known since High School. I would love to keep going for another ten or twenty years.



Let's play a little word association

If I say Metallica, you say:






Blue Murder:





    obviously, Mustaine


    Under rated

That concluded our interview, but I could have talked to him about metal for hours. He is a true lifelong fan of all that heavy metal has to offer. You can check out His TV show on VH1 Classic called THAT METAL SHOW, His radio show, Eddie Trunk Rocks a syndicated show on q104.3(New York City), And Eddie Trunk Live on SiriusXM radio. Visit him at Eddie Both Eddie Trunk Essential books are available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well as other outlets.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monster Magnet news

Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)
Napalm Records
2 October 2015
Dave Wyndorf and his henchmen seemingly had the time of their lives when they completely rearranged and boosted Last Patrol in 2014 and christened it Milking the stars: A Re-Imagining of Last Patrol! Now Monster Magnet havegone back even further to the year 2010 and revisited their classic release Mastermind. Even if you know the album inside and out you will not be prepared in the slightest for the trip that is Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)! Familiar elements drift by and are swallowed whole by thundering psych orgies – Wyndorf often focuses on a singular song fragment and turns it into his ride to total Nirvana. Go look for your daily dose of average rock elsewhere: this is the mindfuck of the year!

Release Date:
02.10.2015 RoW
09.10.2015 US/CAN

Tour Dates:

Monday, September 14, 2015

TEN release lyric video

"The Dragon And Saint George" Lyric Video Released!

On the back of such highly rated albums ‘Albion’ and ‘Isla De Muerta’, released a mere 6 months apart, the UK’s esteemed melodic hard rock band Ten release their first EP for many years, along with the latest stunning lyric video produced by Transistor Pictures.

Featuring exclusive artwork from Gaetano Di Falco, the EP also boats three previously unreleased tracks. These are no mere left-overs but potential bone-fide classics, with ‘Musketeers – Soldiers of the King’ being right up there with the best historical Ten epics, while ‘Is There Anyone With Sense?’ and ‘The Prodigal Saviour’ return to the more melodic AOR of the debut. The booklet also contains extensive written note from Gary Hughes on every song from ‘Isla De Muerta’ as well as the unreleased tracks from the EP, making this a totally indispensable package for all fans of classic melodic hard rock.

The EP is out NOW and available in all good record shops across the UK, as well as online at

And further, the EP will be released as a stunning 12” picture disk featuring the additional bonus track ‘Good God In Heaven What Hell Is This’, originally found on the Japanese release of ‘Albion’. This picture disc will be released early December and is strictly limited to 350 copies, although PRE-ORDERS are now being taken at

For fans not familiar with Ten, this is the perfect opportunity to grab a slice of classic hard-hitting melodic hard rock that is sure to become a collectors’ item in years to come. Come join the party!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Interview With Ross The Boss

Interview With Ross The Boss


When you get a chance to speak with a musician who was directly responsible for writing some of metals greatest anthems and flag bearing songs, you get nervous. I rarely find myself like this.  A chance to talk with Ross The Boss formerly of the Dictators and Manowar. I jumped at the opportunity. Ross has been extremely busy with the metal all stars and such. And of course his power metal tour de force, Death Dealer. This band is about to drop a new album, Hallowed Ground on October 2nd. Hands down, destined to be one of the top ten of 2015 and beyond. You may have caught the video for "Break The Silence". Just the band doing what they do and lots of fire. This is heavy metal always played on ten.


How is it going?

It is going very well I would say.

The new album has just an incredible metal sound. Do you guys jam together in a room or is this all done via file sharing?

Well whenever we are together. Whatever time we have, sound checks, we go over riffs. That being said most of the writing is done through file sharing.

Do you find that way is comfortable or do you lose any emotion recording like that?

I would say we don't lose any emotion. It's just the reality of what we have to do. You know I will come up with a riff and show it to stu (Marshall) and that gets put into the coffee pot. Then it coagulates and I'll ask what he thinks or he asks me. And we pick it apart. It works its way out. It works for us.

Do you ever find that after you play the songs live a melody might come into play that you didn't hear before and the music changes slightly?

I would say the song...the song remains the same (laughs). When you play live there is a lot of adrenaline. Sometimes I play a little different. But we try to stick to the template of the song because we feel that is the best version of the song. But live there are always a lot of liberties taken.

You just concluded a short tour or Europe. Are their plans for more dates?

Yeah about 14 dates. Absolutely this is just the beginning. We just signed on for the motor boat cruise and then we are booking January on the west coast. Then we start again in Europe. Titans of metal is coming up too. Plus the dictators are touring again. I am very very busy.

How long did it take to write this album?

Maybe a couple of months. The one thing about Death Dealer is we have a song rich environment. We all have riffs and lyrics already written. It's great. We already have enough for our third record.

You can feel the passion and the energy on the tracks. A lot of bands seemed almost forced to do it. But Death Dealer seems to possess a certain energy not found in a lot of today's metal acts.

I must say that I come from a punk background with the dictators and very high energy music. Any band I have been in is always a high energy band. But this band, something amazing goes on when we get together. We have this energy level that is really scary. People are noticing. Other bands sometimes seem to be going through the motions but this band has insane energy. There is a street vibe to it. It just comes out. Don't take this band lightly. We plan to do a lot.

Are you a fan of social media?

You can reach a lot of people. You personalize your fans. Which we do and they appreciate it. I like it. But it is funny...the internet wrecked music. But it also allowed for a band like us to exist so I guess we are kind of lucky in a way.  I think heavy metal is better than ever. Let's face facts. Iron Maiden just delivered a new record, Motorhead just put out a new record. We have a new record. Things are really great. Bands are delivering real fine music. Metal is very healthy. Never give up. As long as you don't become something you're not the fans will stay with you. We are not reinventing the wheel but we are true to ourselves and the fans will be true to you. Social media, instagram, face book, twitter all that stuff is good. It's good and it's bad. People are glued to their phones. Like their lives depended on it. Addicted. It's ridiculous.

Does it bother you when fans watch the whole show through their cell phones instead of actually "watching" the show?

Well you know everyone wants to be the next Francis ford copula. They want to be directors. It doesn't do the band any good for their career. The quality is never good. A lot of bands want to control this. Manowar confiscates phones.

Do you think they do that because they don't want someone filming the performance or they simply want the audience to physically enjoy the show?

I think they don't want bad pictures of themselves. That is how it works. They don't want unflattering pictures. I can't blame them, but we have no control over that. If people want to see shows at unflattering angles then what are going to do?

Getting back to the guitar. Are you a digital guy or a tube guy?

On stage live, straight tubes. Recording is a whole other matter now. Digital makes it quicker and it sounds great on the records. I don't use any effects live. I plug my guitar straight into the amp. Guitar, cord, and the amp. And a microphone. That is who I am and how it will be till the end. I learned that from the blues legends like B.B.king. Chuck Berry. They would just walk out onstage with their guitar and cord and plug into whatever was there. They just played. It struck me early in life to do it this way.  Heart, Hands, Head.

What is the craziest thing you have seen either backstage or onstage that you can talk about?

(Laughs) Metal all stars. It was Udos(Accept) birthday and our buddy from Los Angeles came streaking onstage. Kind of reminded me of the 70's. I mean he had balls to do that and we saw them as well. Literally.



Monday, September 7, 2015

Interview With Gary Hughes From the band TEN

Interview with Gary Hughes from the power metal band, Ten
I had the opportunity to send out some questions to Gary Hughes, vocalist for the power metal band Ten. If you have not heard of these guys then check them out. Hands down one of the best power metal acts out there.
1. Your music contains so many facets of heavy metal and power metal in particular. Which bands were the most influential and why?


The most influential of the genre you mean? I’d definitely say Deep Purple, Rainbow and Iron Maiden. Perhaps it’s the British amity thing going on there, but I’m sure most of the readers would agree if I said that these bands certainly influenced the scene more than any other. When it comes to us though, I’d say that our influences vary, from the late Deep Purple years (Come Taste The Band must be my favourite Deep Purple album), to Whitesnake, Michael Schenker and of course the 80s NWOBHM and Hard Rock scene in general. I’m proud to say that we’ve managed to combine all these different influences (no matter how heavy or soft these may appear to be) and created something of our own, which, as it stands, has managed to stand the test of time quite successfully, despite the difficulties that the ups and downs of the scene have produced. It’s a rare feat indeed to be able to survive for 20 years now, when so many other great bands have fallen by the wayside.


2. Who designs your covers?

If I am to be completely honest, we have been blessed with some great covers since the beginning of the band’s existence really. The covers of the “Spellbound”, “Babylon” and “Stormwarning” albums were illustrated by none other than Luis Royo for example. “Return To Evermore” on the other hand, was designed by Chris Achilleos, who also designed the cover of the rock opera project of mine entitled “Once And Future King”. Felipe Machado Franco, responsible for the cover of our “Heresy And Creed” album and lately, we’ve decided to collaborate with Gaetano Di Falco, who illustrated the covers of our latest releases, namely “Albion”, “Isla De Muerta” and that of our latest EP “The Dragon And Saint George”.


3. Any plans for a tour to support the new album and any chance of coming to the states?

We’ve deliberately decided to push back our tour plans, due to the fact that I’m currently working on two very interesting projects, which will surely take me the rest of the year and the first months of 2016.

Having said that, we hope we made up to our fans with two studio albums six months apart from each other and our first EP release since 1999’s “Fear The Force”.


4. What is the craziest thing you have ever seen or experienced at a gig.


Oh quite a few things, with the most crazy of them happening during our tours in Japan back in the late 90s. I remember one instance during our “The Robe” tour in ’97, where my jet lag was so severe that while entering the stage I hit my head on top of a concrete beam. I ended up having to perform the first couple of songs suffering a severe concussion. I guess my adrenaline levels have gone so critical, that despite a few seconds of me passing out I just stood back up and completed the gig. Haha good times!


5. Where do you see the future of metal in say 10 years?


The music industry seems to be in a resurgence the last couple of years, with some great albums having been released, but I can’t say the same about the dwindling record sales. Having said that, I’m not the kind of person who goes on whimpering about such things and how everything’s so hopeless etc. This is the situation and you either learn to live with it or just quit. I’m happy that when it comes to TEN we have an extended family, our fans, who keep supporting us through thick and thin, for a good 20 years now. I’m also very happy to see new fans joining in after the release of our last couple of albums, which goes to show that apparently we are doing something right. This is a blessing and one more of a reason for us to keep it up! Money or not, we’re here to deliver and as long as there are people wanting to hear from us, we’ll keep pushing forward.


6. Let's say you have a chance to add a song on a capsule to Mars...which song would it be and why?


I’d guess you mean one of our songs? I’d say “The Name Of The Rose”, since this track seems to be one a fan favourite and the track with which we always close our shows! It’s the ultimate representation of our music, so I hope that the martians will enjoy our music! We hold no prejudice towards extraterrestrials to be honest, so they can definitely join the TEN army if they like the music! :D


7. Anything you want to say to your fans and to new fans here in the states?


Of course! I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for the interview Bryan and of course all our fans, old and new, for your never ending support! It really means a lot! We’re hoping to be able to visit the States at some point, since we never had the opportunity before! It’s been a long time coming!


All the best,


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