Friday, December 2, 2016

OVERKILL Officially Announces The Grinding Wheel For February

OVERKILL Officially Announces The Grinding Wheel For February

Overkill has been dancing around a release date for its new album The Grinding Wheel recently, mainly because the band was putting the finishing touches on the whole thing.
Now Overkill has officially announced that The Grinding Wheel will be out on February 10 via Nuclear Blast. The 10-track album was produced by Overkill and was mixed by Andy Sneap (Testament, Megadeth).
You can check out the debut single from the album right here, and the awesome artwork from world-renown artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Death, etc.) below.
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Metallica reach out to tribute band

Back in January, Canadian Metallica tribute band Sandman received a 41-page cease and desist letter from Metallica's attorney alleging the band's logo was too similar to the band they paid tribute to.
When Metallica saw the story online, they said it was the first they heard of it, blaming it on an "overzealous attorney" who sent the letter without them knowing, saying they support cover bands and cover songs, with their long history of releasing cover albums themselves, with Lars calling the tribute band personally to give his seal of approval. Turns out, Metallica really wanted to make good.
Ahead of their not-so-secret Toronto gig, Metallica invited the band to hang out and Sandman ended up meeting all of their idols, posing for a photo and even getting on Metallica's Instagram page.

 Sandman have since updated their Facebook page to state they are "the only Metallica-sanctioned tribute band."
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NIGHTWISH: Second Trailer For 'Vehicle Of Spirit' DVD

NIGHTWISH: Second Trailer For 'Vehicle Of Spirit' DVD

NIGHTWISH: Second Trailer For 'Vehicle Of Spirit' DVD

After touring for a year and a half throughout almost every corner of the world and leaving fans of all nationalities breathless, the time has come for NIGHTWISH to immortalize their "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" tour on DVD. Therefore, the symphonic metal visionaries are set to release their new live milestone, "Vehicle Of Spirit", in Europe on December 16 (U.S. release to follow on January 6), featuring not only two full concerts, but also plenty of bonus material.
The second trailer for "Vehicle Of Spirit" is available below.
"The title 'Vehicle Of Spirit' came from a friend of Troy's [Donockley, multi-instrumentalist], who after seeing our show a few years ago defined NIGHTWISH as 'a vehicle of spirit that defies category.' That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title," states NIGHTWISH keyboardist and songwriter Tuomas Holopainen.
"Vehicle Of Spirit" will be made available in the following formats:
* 2BluRay-Digibook (feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
* 3DVD-Digibook (feat. Live @ Wembley Arena London & Live @ Ratina Stadion Tampere + extras)
* 2BD+3DVD+2CD-Earbook (limited edition, content as above + 2CDs (feat. The Wembley Show)
* Exclusive NB Mailorder BOX (Earbook + 3LP vinyl (black, white, red vinyl) + 12” poster + 12” photo card)
DVD1 (The Wembley Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Ever Dream
04. Storytime
05. My Walden
06. While Your Lips Are Still Red
07. Élan
08. Weak Fantasy
09. 7 Days To The Wolves
10. Alpenglow
11. The Poet And The Pendulum
12. Nemo
13. I Want My Tears Back
14. Stargazers
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD2 (The Tampere Show)
01. Shudder Before The Beautiful
02. Yours Is An Empty Hope
03. Amaranth
04. She Is My Sin
05. Dark Chest Of Wonders
06. My Walden
07. The Islander
08. Élan
09. Weak Fantasy
10. Storytime
11. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
12. Alpenglow
13. Stargazers
14. Sleeping Sun
15. Ghost Love Score
16. Last Ride Of The Day
17. The Greatest Show On Earth

DVD3 (Extras)
01. Weak Fantasy (Vancouver)
02. Nemo (Buenos Aires)
03. The Poet And The Pendulum (Mexico City)
04. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Joensuu)
05. 7 Days To The Wolves (Espoo, Barona Arena)
06. Sleeping Sun (Masters Of Rock)
07. Sahara (Tampa Bay)
08. Edemah Ruh acoustic (Nightwish Cruise)
09. Last Ride Of The Day (Rock In Rio feat. Tony Kakko)
10. Élan (Sydney)
11. Richard Dawkins Interview From Wembley
Sold-out arenas and spectacular shows with never before seen pyro effects, wind machines, video screens and of course NIGHTWISH's incomparable melodies are the elements that made their latest tour so unique. Special highlights for the band have been two particular shows though: The one in London, where they not only played their hymns such as "Élan" and the majestic "The Greatest Show On Earth" to more than 12,000 fans, but also welcomed the world famous scientist Richard Dawkins live on stage with them. Richard Dawkins's works had a massive impact on the thematical orientation of their latest studio album ”Endless Forms Most Beautiful". Finland's Tampere show however was a home run for the band and never before NIGHTWISH had such an immense stage production with them:
"I would say the main part of the DVD are those two shows, both Wembley and Tampere," says Tuomas. "Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognizability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride! The show in Ratina Stadion, Tampere, was a home crowd specialty (for four-sixths of the band) with the biggest stage production we've ever had. A lovely atmosphere throughout the concert, with many same faces in the front row as there were 15 years ago. Heartfelt."
When it comes to the fine artwork of the DVD, NIGHTWISH decided to walk different paths this time and come up with a little alternative idea, as Tuomas explains.

"We didn't want to include a traditional band shot for the cover, as on the previous DVD release 'Showtime, Storytime'," he says. "So we started brainstorming on different options and the idea of a classic silent movie era Hollywood visuals quickly came up. With those classic slogans the cover has a little tongue-in-cheek-touch to it, but it's still classy and eye catching in its simplicity and originality."


ACE FREHLEY On Rumored KISS Return: 'It's A Possibility'

ACE FREHLEY On Rumored KISS Return: 'It's A Possibility'

ACE FREHLEY On Rumored KISS Return: 'It's A Possibility'

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley hasn't ruled out a reunion with his former band, saying that "if it was handled correctly, it could be great."
Rumors about Frehley's return to KISS gained strength earlier this year after he teamed up with KISS lead singer Paul Stanley on a cover of FREE's "Fire And Water", marking their first collaboration since 1998's "Psycho Circus".
Ace told Eddie Trunk of the "Trunk Nation" radio show earlier this week that his relationship with his former bandmates was never bad as it was portrayed by the media. "However the press colors the fact that we don't get along, in reality we do," he said. "You know, we have disagreements and things are said sometimes, taken out of context. But I've always been friends with those guys and they've been friends with me. We may not have agreed about certain things over the years and maybe there were times we didn't talk. I mean, we created something amazing that withstood the test of time."
Frehley's version of "Fire And Water" appears on his covers collection "Origins, Vol 1", which received great reviews and landed in the Top 25 on the Billboard album chart.
"Working with Paul again, it was almost as if I had never left the band," Frehley said. "I mean, the chemistry was still there. I wasn't sure he was gonna do the video. When he agreed to sing on 'Fire And Water', that was a great accomplishment. The record company said, 'You think Paul will do the video?' And I said, 'I don't know. I'll give him a call.' And he was very receptive from day one, and I was really amazed and thought it came out fantastic."
He continued: "Me and Paul have been through a lot over the years. But whenever we hook up, it's like we've never been apart. He was a consummate professional. And I said to him after we had done, like, fifteen takes, I said, 'I'm gonna shoot some smoking-guitar stuff.' And I go, 'You don't have to hang around, Paul. You can split. I really appreciate all the time you've invested in doing the video.' And he said, 'No, I'll wait around in case you need me.' And it was just terrific. He was a real trooper that day."
Asked about the rumors that he will re-team with KISS for one last run of shows before the band calls it quits, Frehley said: "I haven't been contacted. I'm not ruling it out. It's a possibility, I guess. But the ball's in Paul and Gene's [Simmons] court. If that's something that they would like to do to end off the career of KISS, I think it could be… if it was handled correctly, it could be great. But those guys pretty much run the show these days. And I'm doing my thing, and they're doing their thing. And if it happens, it'd be great, and if it doesn't, I'll be fine and they'll be fine."
Pressed once again about the persistent rumors that he has been in touch with the KISS camp about a reunion with his former band, Frehley said: "There's been rumors for years, and the rumors are probably… There's a lot more rumors going around now than there were a few years ago. But, you know, rumors are rumors."
Frehley also confirmed that he has begun working on music for his next collection of original material, tentatively due in 2017. He said: "I've been writing on and off for the last month, and I'm just about to start tracking. I'm finishing up my drum room here in [my] new [house], and I'll be able to start tracking by the weekend. So, anything can happen. I hit the 'record' button and just start jamming, and magic happens. [Laughs]"
Other high-profile artists guesting with Ace on "Origins, Vol 1" are Slash, Lita Ford, Mike McCready and John 5.
In addition to the FREE track, Ace and his guests tackle key classic rock touchstones by CREAM, STEPPENWOLF, LED ZEPPELIN, THIN LIZZY, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, THE ROLLING STONES, THE KINKS — and even KISS.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

It’s official… NITRO has reunited!

Here's something I didn't think I'd write: Lamb of God drummer Chris Alder is joining recently reactivated 80s glam metal band Nitro.
Adler will join founding members Michael Angelo Batio (renowned guitar shredder) and frontman Jim Gillette. Adler commenting, along with the other members of the band in the official press release:
It’s official… NITRO has reunited!
Joining with founding members: legendary guitar virtuoso, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO, and glass-shattering vocalist, JIM GILLETTE, is one of today’s most respected and revered metal drummer’s, CHRIS ADLER (Lamb of God).
“I’m not sure who keeps giving my phone number to the most talented musicians on the planet but, I couldn’t be more thrilled! I used to wonder what a metal band would sound like with all the cheat codes unlocked and well, I don’t wonder about that anymore. I’m blown away by the modern sound and groove in the material. The chaos has been harnessed and it’s incredibly heavy.” ADLER said.
States BATIO: “I can’t wait to get onstage with these guys! Inspirational is an understatement.”
“I’m honored to be surrounded by such insanely talented musicians. I mean, Michael and Chris are the best of the best. So yeah, it’s very exciting, humbling and even a little intimidating. To be honest, I’m less intimidated when I get in the ring with a 300-pound monster that wants to tear my head off!” added GILLETTE.
NITRO is currently writing and is scheduled to start recording next month with GRAMMY-winning producer, JOSH WILBUR (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Megadeth, Hatebreed and many more). An anticipated release is Spring of 2017 with a world tour to follow.
Nitro are writing a new album and expect to hit the studio next month with producer Josh Wilbur, and are hopeful to release their new album in the spring of 2017. Glam fans are likely stoked.

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DAVE MUSTAINE Explains Decision To Scrap 'Head Crusher' As Name Of MEGADETH Beer

DAVE MUSTAINE Explains Decision To Scrap 'Head Crusher' As Name Of MEGADETH Beer

DAVE MUSTAINE Explains Decision To Scrap 'Head Crusher' As Name Of MEGADETH Beer

Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed by WMSC's "The Metal Teddy Bear Experience" radio show about À Tout Le Monde, a new beer from Unibroue born of the friendship between its brewmaster Jerry Vietz and the MEGADETH mainman. Named À Tout Le Monde as a nod to one of the band's songs and one of their biggest hits in Quebec, this beer recalls the consonance of Unibroue's flagship beer, La Fin du Monde.
Asked why he decided to name the beer À Tout Le Monde, Mustaine said (hear audio below): "I didn't name it that. We initially had a different name and started this process back before we had the lineup change [in MEGADETH; it had a different name ['Head Crusher'], and it was based around a song that I had written and had a little bit of some co-writing from a different songwriter, a different bandmember [former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover]. When we went and talked to these guys [Unibroue], them being a company from Quebec, they wanted to figure out a way that it would tie in with the French heritage up there, the French-Canadian heritage, and so on and so forth. Because every one of their beers is French titled and it has a backstory to it."
He continued: "'À Tout Le Monde' is one of the most successful American songs ever up in Canada with French lyrics. And my family on my dad's side had also journeyed through that part of Canada, through the French-Canadian side, down into Ohio, where they ended up residing, and our family grew from there. So we had a lot of relationship with that area. So when they said, 'You know, we want something French. How about we do À Tout Le Monde?' I thought, 'I don't know. Why did you pick that?' And he goes, 'Because 'à tout le monde' means 'everybody,' and we want everybody to try this beer.' And I was, like, 'Sold.'"
Mustaine also spoke in more detail about why a decision was made to scrap the beer's original name. He explained: "The funny thing was, the name that we had before, it was called Head Crusher, and I was thinking, 'I don't know, man… Head Crusher beer versus À Tout Le Monde…' Head Crusher kind of sounds like one of those things where you do the super-hot-hot sauce kind of stuff where it's, like, something really dumb like 'Crap Your Pants Hot Sauce' or something really dumb. I think [the name À Tout Le Monde] is better. It's more palatable. I think that the people that see it, it's a conversation piece on top of it. It carries on the French backstory to everything, and it's just such a beautiful song."
He added: "Plus, you know, when you think about it, we've had… Unfortunately, when you go to concerts, people sometimes will overdrink, and we've had a lot of unfortunate situations where people have gotten injured or even worse, lost their lives or the lives of their friends behind the wheel. And we didn't wanna make light of the whole thing with alcohol; we wanted to make sure that people drank responsibly, and that if they were gonna drink that they were drinking because they liked what they were drinking."
À Tout Le Monde is a 4.5% abv saison that takes its name from a track on MEGADETH's 1994 album "Youthanasia", and features the group's mascot Vic Rattlehead on the label. It's described as follows: "À Tout Le Monde ale is a flavorful Belgian-style dry-hopped golden saison with hoppy and spicy notes. Topped by an unctuous head, this beer will give fans a clean, fresh taste and a crisp dry finish inviting to take another sip."
À Tout Le Monde is now available in 12 oz. bottles (4 pack) at all Unibroue retailers in the United States, as well as on tap in several bars and restaurants.
À Tout Le Monde is not Mustaine's first foray into the business of alcoholic beverages. Back in 2014, the MEGADETH leader teamed up with Fallbrook Winery winemaker Vernon Kindred to create the Mustaine Vineyards Cabernet.


Frontiers Music Srl will release the brand new PLACE VENDOME album, "Close To The Sun" on February 24, 2017.

PLACE VENDOME Feat. HELLOWEEN's MICHAEL KISKE: 'Close To The Sun' Album Due In February
Frontiers Music Srl will release the brand new PLACE VENDOME album, "Close To The Sun" on February 24, 2017.

One of the most popular projects put together over the years by Frontiers president Serafino Perugino, PLACE VENDOME was an idea sparked during a phone conversation between Serafino and former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, where they discussed their common passion for several melodic rock giants of the '80s. The Hamburg singer agreed to be part of a studio project where he would sing songs written especially for him by various writers with an AOR/melodic rock flavor.

The amazing reception of the first PLACE VENDOME album released in 2005 planted the seeds for a second recording, "Streets Of Fire", which was recorded during 2008 and for a third album, "Thunder In The Distance", which was released in 2013. Being a project so close to Kiske's heart, it was agreed during 2016 that work on a new album would start with his UNISONIC bandmate Dennis Ward at the production helm, as usual.

Of the album, Ward said: "Upon receiving the demos for the new songs intended for the new PLACE VENDOME record, I was a bit concerned because a few vocal styles seemed to go against what Michael Kiske is known for vocally. After talking together, we agreed to just let the melodies come out naturally, without trying to imitate or 'reproduce' the demos. Michael really stood up to this on the new album. He did 'his' thing, with no compromises. He managed to make the songs his own and brought all the songs to another level. I have a lot of respect for him because of this and now the album is much more than just another AOR album. That being said, I have to pay high respects to the other musicians on the album: Dirk Bruineberg proved again that he is a multi-talented drummer that can literally pull of any groove, any style of any era with the highest of expectations. Günter Werno is also a gem amongst a pile of stones. He really shines on this album and holds all the songs together, true to the PLACE VENDOME sound. Uwe Reitenauer is also a master of his instrument taking over duties that were critical and complicated to say the least. He has the perfect AOR tone and can implement it no matter what type of song you throw at him. The rest of the 'guests' that helped out made this album into a truly interesting compilation and also making this a milestone for PLACE VENDOME. That being said, it's the first PLACE VENDOME album where I feel that we have achieved our trademark sound. This is how we want to be heard and this is how we imagine ourselves to sound."

Speaking of other album guests, once again Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR) was one of the first to answer the call to participate and offered the awesome song "Falling Star" to the project. Jani Liimatainen (CAIN'S OFFERING, ex-SONATA ARCTICA) was the next contributor with the epic "Welcome To The Edge", the album's tour de force. Following LABYRINTH's reunion, guitarist Olaf Thorsen sat with ETERNAL IDOL, ANGRA and RHAPSODY singer Fabio Lione and offered "Helen" and "Riding The Ghost". Perugino then proposed that his favourite DGM song, "Hereafter", be included. This brought DGM's main composer, Simone Mularoni, into the picture, and he wrote the album's title track and "Across The Times". Alessandro Del Vecchio also offered two new songs, "Strong" and "Yesterday Is Gone", while SECRET SPHERE's guitarist Aldo LoNobile wrote "Distant Skies" and "Breathing". The full picture was finally completed with a new song written by Swedish melodic rock artist Michael Palace (PALACE, SKYLANDER), "Light Before The Dark".

Kiske and Ward wanted to make the album a little bit special, so besides the "usual suspects" (including drummer Dirk Bruinenberg, VANDEN PLAS's ivory tinkler Gunter Werno and PINK CREAM 69's Uwe Reineauer on guitars), some guitar heavyweights appear on the recordings. The list includes Alfred Koffler and (of course) Uwe Reineauer of PINK CREAM 69, Magnus Karlsson, Michael Klein, Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Simone Mularoni, and UNISONIC guitarists Kai Hansen and Mandy Meyer, among others.

Kiske comments: "The production with my buddy Dennis was great, as always, but what I especially like about this album — beside the new microphone I used that Dennis has built me — is the various styles of the songs. It is all a still very AOR-produced album, but we also have progressive or 'wilder' elements here and there. It was (again) interesting to see how much the songs change until you finally reach the mixing stage."

In a year that will see Michael Kiske rejoin with his old HELLOWEEN bandmates for a unique world tour, PLACE VENDOME's new album is the icing on the cake of a special and very rewarding period for the German singer.

All in all, "Close To The Sun" is probably the most hard-rocking release ever from PLACE VENDOME and an absolute monster of an album!

"Close To The Sun" track listing:
01. Close To The Sun
02. Welcome To The Edge
03. Hereafter
04. Strong
05. Across The Times
06. Riding The Ghost
07. Light Before The Dark
08. Falling Star
09. Breathing
10. Yesterday Is Gone
11. Helen
12. Distant Skies

Produced by Dennis Ward

* Lead Vocals - Michael Kiske
* Backing vocals - Dennis Ward, Michael Kiske // Additional Choirs on "Strong" by Alessandro Del Vecchio
* Bass - Dennis Ward
* Keyboards - Günter Werno
* Drums - Dirk Bruinenberg
* All Rhythm Guitars by Dennis Ward, except: "Welcome To The Edge", "Across The Times", "Close To The Sun", "Hearafter" - Rhythm Guitars by Uwe Reitenauer
* Guitar solo by Michael Klein on "Yesterday Is Gone", "Distant Skies", "Strong", "Breathing".
* Guitar solo by Uwe Reitenauer on "Close To the Sun"
* Guitar solo by Alfred Koffler on "Welcome To The Edge"
* Guitar solo by Magnus Karlsson on "Falling Star"
* Guitar solo by Gus G. on "Light Beyond The Dark"
* Guitar solo by Simone Mularoni on "Hearafter"
* Guitar solo by Mandy Meyer on "Helen"
* Guitar solo by Kai Hansen on "Riding The Ghost" and "Across The Times"

Dark Rites band signing for Sliptrick Records

Dark Rites band signing for Sliptrick Records
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Dark Rites band signing for Sliptrick Records

Welcome aboard to international Thrash/Heavy tinged Melodic Death Metal act Dark Rites, recently signed by Sliptrick Records for the worldwide release of their self titled album Dark Rites is an international act founded by Randy (USA) and Wojtek (UK) in early 2016. Despite its members living in different continents, technology has enabled them to overcome all possible geographical obstacles. After playing in several local bands in the late 90’s and late 2000’s, Randy and Wojtek soon teamed up with Oskar (ex-Disrupted, Sweden), thus completing the line-up.
DARK RITES wear their multiple influences on their sleeve. Their upcoming, self-titled full-length delivers a fresh yet deadly combination of Death Metal, melodic lines and powerful riffs, combined with fierce Thrash Metal tempos, Heavy Metal solos and powerful vocals.
All of DARK RITES’ songs are strongly autobiographical, with lyrics inspired by the band’s beliefs, views and fascinations. Their common passion for metal music – in all of its different facets and sub-genres – really shines throughout the entire length of the record.
Call it Death Metal, Metal Core or even Alternative Metal – The common denominator stays the same: a unique Metal experience.

Sliptrick Records:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Carmine Appice

Interview with Carmine Appice (Rocker Records)


"I Would Love to record with Led Zeppelin"

  One of the most iconic rock and roll drummers in the world. Carmine Appice has played with Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Blue Murder, King Kobra, Vanilla fudge, Cactus, to name a select few. His passion for music and his art is unparalleled.  I had the chance to listen to the entire Cactus catalog( now available on Rocker Records), and the music is a solid representation of superior musicianship. So many bands have been influenced by these players.  Creem magazine once called Cactus, "The American Led Zeppelin", and now I know why. They are simply some of the most creative and capable rock musicians to ever record.

     When we talked he was really excited to continue his musical projects which included, among others, Legacy x ( a band close to Blue Murder with Joe lYnn Turner on vocals), and Cactus. He was also enthusiastic about his new label, Rocker Records


Tell me a little about  Rocker Records.

     It's brand new. Basically we put it together to release some product I had sitting around that we thought fans might like. I had to look at what I had. Turns out I have some interesting stuff. So for the Cactus band we remixed and remastered some. Cactus live in the U.S., Japan, etc. These are my projects. Stuff that came from my archives. We have other things we are planning. Vanilla Fudge lie in New York City on cd. Some vinyl. A new Cactus ep. We're moving along.

Not strictly digital but vinyl and cd as well?

    Yes. Four releases now are just to start. Digital only. Cost a lot to make cds and nobody(Cactus) is touring tight now. So it doesn't pay to put Cactus on cd.Maybe in the future. Just digital for now.


How involved are you with social media?

     Well I have  twitter and two facebook accounts. I use it every day. Almost 6000 on twitter.


Has illegal downloading affected you?

    Definitely and not for the better. I have  a drum instruction book. I lost 50% of sales between economy and downloads. It sucks. We don't know how to fix it. Lost $1000 of dollars in royalties and copyright infringements. All the royalties on all the bands are down. We are just getting ripped off nobody is doing anything about it. There's got to be a way to control it.

How is touring different for you now?

     20 years ago it was harder.  We were dinosaurs during the grunge era. We were the old farts. But somehow during the 2000's we all became cool again. I don't know how.


You were on That Metal Show with Dave Meneketti(y&T). Did you ever jam with him?

     Yeah back in the day. The old days, the 80's we did. That Metal Show is really a great idea. They are moving it back to New York City.


Yeah maybe now I can go. I live near Providence, Rhode Island.

    Oh Yeah. Newport, Rhode Island( about 15 minutes away) We started there. Used to be a club called Dorians. There was  also a really good hamburger joint there as well.


Are there any artists you would love to record with?

     I would love to record with Led Zeppelin. If they decided to record again. Always liked their music. The Beatles maybe.


Craziest story on the road?

     One time Cactus was doing an outdoor gig. My drum set was on a riser on the back of a dump truck. Sometime during the show they accidentally raised the dump part and actually dumped the whole set off the back. I was pissed.

Any hidden Blue Murder tracks?

     No. But I started a new band with Joe Lynn Turner and Tony Franklin. Sounds like Blue Murder. Guitars will be big and fat. Whenever me and Tony Franklin play together  it always sounds like Blue murder. Songs are similar. 3 more tracks to go. Band is called Legacy x

GloryHammer Interview


Interview with Christopher Bowes from GloryHammer, Alestorm


    I had the unique pleasure of interviewing keyboardist extraordinaire, Christopher Bowes from GloryHammer and Alestorm fame. His keen insight into the state of Pirate metal, Theatrics, and all things metal in general was eye opening.  We touched on a lot of topics in our brief phone call.


First let me say that Gloryhammer is a very well produced catchy album. What is the percentage of writing that you do versus everyone else in the band?

     "Everyone writes. I write about 75% of the music. I let the guitarist make the riffs. I know what a power chord is but that is about it as far as guitar goes. "

So you allow each musician to input what he can.

     " It's not an ego driven solo project where I can show off my keyboard skills. The music comes first."

How do you approach a new tour?

    "I try to do very little. Try to forget about until the night before the tour starts. Then I just shove a couple of socks and pants into a bag and get on the bus. I've done so many tours it's second nature to me now."

And the band?

    " This band has never toured together before so it's a little more stressful. But at the same time it is exciting. We might do a little more prep work than usual."

GloryHammer has such a catchy power chord driven how to its sound. How do you plan on transferring that style and audio to the stage?

     "Really want to take the story from the album and give it a full theatrical production on stage. Crazy lights, sword fights onstage. That sort of thing."

This album captures a kind of knight and sword concept in both visual and sound. You other band, Alestorm, created a pirate metal vibe. Where do you see the next album going in terms of direction?

     "Probably the same style for the next album. This one was more medieval fantasy, knights, dragons and wizards. The next album will be set in the distant future, spaceships, aliens and also wizards. We have a concept mapped out for at least seven albums. The story with recurring main characters will travel thru time."

Any plans to play the states?

     " We would love to play the states. No reason that it's not gonna happen. Should be doing some festival tours, maybe a UK headlining tour by the end of the year. I want to tour this band a lot."

Any place you have not played but would like to?

    " Been to a lot of places around the world. Japan would be cool."


     Gloryhammer has a unique power metal sound and their passion for creating a metal vision is apparent in Christopher's responses. He shares his vision of what metal should encompass with the world. Any fans of catchy, power chord driven, metal should check out his band GloryHammer and also Alestorm.

Sister launches studio video for new album, 'Stand Up, Forward, March!'

Sister launches studio video for new album, 'Stand Up, Forward, March!'

The Swedish sleaze/punk influenced metal outfit known as Sister, who hail from Stockholm, Sweden, has been working hard during the last ten years earning the reputation of being one of the best live acts out there. Now, Sister is back with their new record, Stand Up, Forward, March!, due out November 25th via Metal Blade Records. The album was recorded in the city of rock n' roll - Upplands Vaasby, Sweden - by Sister and producer Jona Tee of H.E.A.T., mixed by Tobias Lindell (Avatar, Crash Diet, Mustasch, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, etc.) and mastered by Christian Schneider at Scandinavian Mastering.

To watch a video from the studio featuring new music, interviews with the band members and footage from the recordings, please visit:

For another preview of Stand Up, Forward, March!, the second single, "Unbeliever", can be heard at: - where the album can also be pre-ordered in various formats!

Stand Up, Forward, March! track-listing
1. Destination Dust
2. Carved In Stone
3. Lost In Line
4. Trail Of Destruction
5. Carry On
6. Unbeliever
7. Let It Bleed
8. Liberation Song
9. Dead Man's Dirt
10. Endangered Species
11. Piece Of Shame

Next week, Sister will head out on a European tour with Noise Pollution as direct support. See below for all dates!

Sister tour dates
w/ Noise Pollution

Nov. 29 - Hannover, Germany - Lux
Nov. 30 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
Dec. 1 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage
Dec. 2 - Burglengenfeld, Germany - VAZ Pfarrheim
Dec. 3 - Oberhausen, Germany - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
Dec. 6 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Boveda
Dec. 7 - Madrid, Spain Sala Lemon
Dec. 8 - Montpellier, France - Black Sheep
Dec. 9 - Lenzburg, Switzerland - Met-Bar
Dec. 10 - Vercelli, Italy - Occifine Sonore
Dec. 13 - Paris, France - Le Klub
Dec. 14 - London, UK - The Underworld
Dec. 15 - Roeselare, Belgium - De Verlichte Geest
Dec. 16 - Berlin, Germany - Maze Club
Dec. 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - High Voltage

Sister line-up:
Jamie Anderson - vocals
Tim Tweak - guitars
Martin Sweet - bass
Cari Crow - drums

Sister online:

Thursday, November 24, 2016


We just want to thank all of the supporters of this blog as well as hard rock and heavy metal fans around the world.
Looks like we might be formulating a top ten albums for 2016 this year.
Look for more live interviews in 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016



Armored Saint launches video for "Aftermath" online; pre-order for new live album, 'Carpe Noctum', now available via Metal Blade Records

As previously announced, Armored Saint is releasing a new live album on February 24th (digitally on December 16th): Carpe Noctum. Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act - not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer - until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

For a preview of Carpe Noctum, a live video of "Aftermath" from the Aschaffenburg show, filmed by Oliver "Bomber" Barth, can be viewed at: - where the new Metal Blade Records pre-order for Carpe Noctum has also been launched. Order your exclusive shirt, vinyl, and more now!

To view Armored Saint's PledgeMusic campaign - where the album is available in various formats and bundles, with every "pledge"/purchase receiving a digital download of the tracks, plus behind-the-scenes content (including footage from Wacken 2015, plus 2016's Ozzfest and Queensryche appearances, and more!) - please visit:

In regards to the PledgeMusic campaign, Armored Saint comments: "Why PledgeMusic? Our fans have been extremely supportive over the years. We want to share the process of realizing this project with you by giving you the chance to be a part of it, from start to finish. How does it work? You place your orders here and when the album is released, you will get your items in the mail. But throughout the process, you will have access to the regular updates that we will post on this page."

Carpe Noctum track-listing
1. Win Hands Down (Live)
2. March of the Saint (Live)
3. Stricken by Fate (Live)
4. Last Train Home (Live)
5. Mess (Live)
6. Aftermath (Live)
7. Left Hook from Right Field (Live)
8. Reign of Fire (Live)

Armored Saint is currently on tour in the USA with Queensryche and Midnight Eternal in support of Carpe Noctum and their latest studio album, Win Hands Down (2015). See below for all upcoming dates!

Armored Saint tour dates
w/ Queensryche, Midnight Eternal

Nov. 17 - Riverside Municipal Auditorium - Riverside, CA
Nov. 18 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Nov. 19 - Club Red - Mesa, AZ *
Nov. 21 - Jakes Backroom - Lubbock, TX *
Nov. 22 - Alamo City Music Hall - San Antonio, TX
Nov. 23 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
Nov. 25 - Clicks - Tyler, TX
Nov. 26 - Trees - Dallas, TX
Nov. 29 - Mavericks at the Landing - Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 30 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Dec. 1 - The Cuban Club - Tampa, FL
Dec. 2 - The Music Farm - Charleston, SC
Dec. 3 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
Dec. 4 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
Dec. 6 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Dec. 7 - Rex Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
Dec. 8 - Diesel Concert Lounge - Chesterfield, MI
Dec. 9 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
Dec. 10 - The Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI *
Dec. 11 - Limelight - Peoria, IL
Dec. 13 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
Dec. 14 - Kanza Hall - Overland Park, KS
Dec. 15 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
*=Armored Saint only

Armored Saint online:


Lamb Of God
The Duke EP
Epic Records
18 November 2016
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Internationally-renowned heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD just released a brand new EP, entitled The Duke, on November 18, 2016 via Epic Records. The EP will be released as a vinyl version on November 25. The Duke EP is titled after the new track “The Duke”, written in honor of the band’s late friend and fan, Wayne Ford, who was named after “The Duke” John Wayne.

“A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford – he was terminal – leukemia. I talked with him often, even video chatted him into the studio. He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him,” dedicates vocalist Randy Blythe.

The Duke EP Track List:
1) The Duke
2) Culling
3) Still Echoes – live from Rock am Ring
4) 512 – live from Bonnaroo
5) Engage the Fear Machine – live from Bonnaroo

In conjunction withThe Duke EP release, LAMB OF GOD is offering the following items as part of an online charity campaign, which is live via  All proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (WWW.LLS.ORG):
- Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque
- Signed signature model guitars
- Signed copies of handwritten lyrics
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on CD
- Signed copies of The Duke EP on Vinyl
- Signed copies of Randy Blythe's book
- Pair of Chris Adler Pro-Mark Drum Sticks Signed by Chris
- Signed Drum Head

**Contributors who give $5 or more will automatically be entered to win Randy Blythe's Ashes of the Wake gold record plaque.

At, you can also contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society without receiving a reward.

The Duke EP order links:
Merch Bundles:

Randy Blythe (vocals)
Mark Morton (guitar)
Willie Adler (guitar)
John Campbell (bass)
Chris Adler (drums)


Friday, November 18, 2016

Interview With Dave Meneketti of Y & T

Dave Meniketti


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Dave Meniketti has seen and done it all. A  true guitar icon, his band Y&T, has been a nonstop juggernaut of rock and roll. For over 40 years they have criss crossed the world delivering such songs as "Forever", "Meanstreak," and the celebrated "summertime Girls". I had the chance to speak with Dave on his career, highlights and the legacy of Y&T's music


Y&T celebrates 40 years. What are your thoughts on the longevity of the band?

Pretty amazing. Who knew. We just go out there and play music. All of a sudden here we are and it's 40 years later. It's really kind of shocking to me. I don't feel like the kind of guy who has been at the same job for 40 years. I guess that is the good thing about the gig.

Who were your influences growing up?

Hendrix was certainly one of them. I actually got a chance to see him play before he died. That kind of freaks people out because they go "You saw Hendrix play". (laughs) I listen to all kinds of music. Leslie West. Duane Almond, Dickie Betts, Jeff Beck. There are so many of them. I never tried to copy them it just sort of works into you

Any band you would love to record with if you had a chance.

Not really sure. Not off the top of my head.  a lot of bands I do admire. Most my voice probably wouldn't go with.

What is the craziest thing you ever experienced on the road?

Well it does happen all the time. So many. A cool thing, when we toured with AC/DC in the 70's. Bon Scott asked to drive in our little van because he wanted to party and at that time he claimed AC/DC was boring. They didn't want to party and he did. So he rode with us through Texas and when we stopped for gas he would run in and buy alcohol. That was a fun moment in our career. I wish I could have enjoyed the moment more as it happened. Especially when you think of how early he died. Those guys were still relatively unknown at the time.
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How do you choose the set list?

One of my least favorite things to do. I choose the songs. We try to craft the set do it ebbs and flows right. We don't want to bore anyone. We always want to play more stuff than we can fit in it. When we go back to the same club year after year we try to change up the set list. I have every list from the last ten years on my computer. So when we are on the road we can keep it fresh.

Are you active on social media?

Not so active. I just don't have the time to spend on it. I just don't really bother with it. Sometimes I respond on our forum on our web site. Too many avenues. I'm too busy to really get involved. I like to live in the moment and get out and enjoy life.

O.K. So let's talk guitars. Straight into the amp or a pedal guy?

I'm a straight amp kind of guy. I used some pedals for a little vibe onstage. But from the 70's through the 90's it was all handled by the house guy. For the most part I didn't control it. Eventually I used the pedals to help control. No rack. Chorus, delay, bare bones. Tube amps. Marshalls for most of my career until the mid 90's.
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40 years. Is it difficult to come up with new material?

Generally we just write in the moment. We have some riffs on tape but we usually don't listen to them. Sometimes when you get in a rut you can go back. But as you write if things are flowing then you don't want to go backwards. Keep moving forward.


Did you know when you wrote "Summertime Girls" that it would be such a hit?

Well you know what... that song.  A typical rehearsal for us. No one gets there at the same time. No pressure. Everyone gets there when they can sort of thing. So we were there with Joey and he starts noodling over my chord pattern I was messing with. We just stopped and looked at each other and said "That's cool". So by the end of the rehearsal we had the song basically down. It doesn't happen all the time but the song was written in a few hours. We thought it was kind of commercial. The record company wanted another single. We finished the song. It just happened. We liked it. But the record company initially told us "what the hell was that crap". A couple of years later we recorded it for the live album as an extra track. Just because we thought it was a good song. The label reps heard it and they loved it. They told us to record it right away. Everyone at the time was looking for a hit. We just liked the song. We thought it had a nice, fun melody.

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

The main thing to keep in your head. Just keep remembering sometimes you make better decisions if you just step back and go with what your gut is telling you. Always go with your gut. Go with what feels right. Try to just feel what you are doing. Don't just copy other peoples licks. Create you r own vibe. So when you're playing they can tell it's you playing.