Recently, heavy metal supergroup HELLYEAH announced their “Blood For Blood” 2015 US Tour, featuring support from special guests Devour The Day and Like A Storm. The tour kicks off on Friday, February 6th in Las Vegas, NV and visits 23 markets through early March.
January is National Blood Donor Month! To raise awareness about the cause, HELLYEAH invites you to give blood through the “BLOOD FOR BLOOD” National Blood Drive. Fans who pledge to give at http://sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/HELLYEAH-BLOOD-FOR-BLOOD-Campaign this location (or make a financial donation) will not only receive a signed poster from HELLYEAH, but will also be entered to win tickets, Meet + Greet package, signed merch + more!
Join HELLYEAH and let’s make a difference in the lives of those in need.
HELLYEAH w/ Devour The Day and Like A Storm:
2/6 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
2/7 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/8 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
2/10 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex- Grand Room
2/14 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/15 Wichita, KS @ The Cotilion
2/17 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
2/18 Lincoln, NE @ The Bourbon Theatre
2/20 Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
2/21 Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/24 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
2/25 Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
2/27 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
2/28 Uncaseville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Wolf Den
3/1 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/3 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
3/4 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse @ The International
3/6 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s By The Sea
3/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
3/8 Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage
HELLYEAH’s most recent album, Blood For Blood, is a welcome return to form. It leaves a mark, thanks to songs like the “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)” and “Demons In The Dirt.” Then there is moodier, more contemplative fare like the current hit radio single, “Moth” which connects on an emotional, cellular level. “HELLYEAH lock and load their most crushing and catchy salvo yet with ‘Blood for Blood’. Its unmitigated, unbridled, and unique energy makes for one of the best heavy records of 2014 and the band’s definitive offering to date. It will leave you bloody and smiling” says Rick Florino of ARTIST DIRECT.
Special Brooklyn, NY Show on February 12th
MOTOR SISTER is comprised of a veritable super group; a team of musicians whose
collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist,
and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax’s Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl
Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums. The group
was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s fiftieth birthday party. Thanks
to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother
Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and
the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set
list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the
concert at my house,” Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.
Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs,
Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought
it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy MOTOR SISTER generated
at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly. “He said, ‘Yeah,
we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.’ So that’s
what we did,” Ian says. “A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over
a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio and the set-up
was at my house.”
“[Mother Superior] frontman Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a
huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey
Vera (Fates Warning/Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) to
be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation
they said, ‘We’re in.'”
Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn’t played
since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000’s after releasing eight albums
and playing as Henry Rollins’ backing band. “I definitely didn’t need any arm-twisting,”
he says. “I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it
would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established
in order to move forward.”
The recordings from those two days are what became to be known as MOTOR SISTER’s
Ride. Today, the first single from those sessions, “This Song Reminds Me of You,”
is available for to stream, along with a featurette video on the formation of the
band and the process behind the record, at metalblade.com.
In support of the project MOTOR SISTER have scheduled a special show on February
12th in Brooklyn, NY at Saint Vitus. Tickets for the show can be purchased HERE.
Ride Track Listing:
2. This Song Reminds Me Of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
12. Devil Wind
Re-recorded in it’s entirety, #STANGER2015 is a project from Daryl G. and Chris D. (from Grace The Skies) and Dave C. (of Adust), and is a brand new version of Metallica’s 2003 album St. Anger.
Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.
Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.
The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.
*Absolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favourite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular youtube video.
Award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled “Spirit On A Mission” Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.
Michael remembers how he came up with the name of the new album – “A while ago I was asked how I wanted to be remembered, and I said ‘as a spirit on a mission, spreading the joy of music from a place of pure self expression.’”
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song, and stamps his personality with every note and phrase, while Wayne Findlay adds a new level to Schenker’s classic sound with his Dean 7-string guitar and keyboard arrangements.
Spirit On A Mission is a rapturous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energised guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock.
The new album was recorded at Kidroom Studios, Muenster, Germany; the same studio where 2013’s Bridge The Gap album was recorded. The album was produced by Michael Voss and Michael Schenker, and engineered by Voss.
“After the Bridge The Gap Japan Tour in March 2014, I started to put new material together for what was to become the Spirit On A Mission album,” says Schenker. I went to the recording studio in June 2014 to put down the song arrangements and we finished recording in November.”
During the recording of the new album, the original recordings and guitars were stolen from the recording studio. Did this impact on the recording process of the new album?
“Yes we got robbed (some guitars and some music) and got very upset about it,” recalls Schenker. “Fortunately it was just performances and not compositions. We caught up and performed the music better than before. It forced us to work extra hard and longer but it made it stronger.”
For Schenker, the songwriting and recording process for Spirit On A Mission was very different from the 2012’s Bridge The Gap album.
Says Schenker – “I already knew ahead of time that I wanted to take Spirit On A Mission to the next level by adding more 7-string guitar on some songs to get more of the low heavy sound, and on other songs to keep it very fast and energetic with melodic vocals and a couple of mid tempo’s with more of my writing like in my UFO days.”
“Doogie did an amazing job with his melodies and singing,” adds Schenker. “Even though we had our instruments, music and equipment stolen from the recording studio, we had to re-record a lot of his vocals again, but when we did it the second time around, it got even better.”
“I asked Wayne to come up with a few cool guitar riffs on his 7 string. I added my parts to it and the outcome was very unique. Again, with the addition of Doogie’s vocals, we entered a whole new place that was an extreme pleasurable experience.”
The writing process and overall concept for Spirit On A Mission proved to be a fulfilling experience for Schenker and his band.
Says Schenker – “I always write in the same way but this time, especially driven by a precise concept.” The picture was album balance for me and combine many years of emotions in one. I wanted lots of double bass drum to keep the fast songs rolling like a train with lots of energy covered with interesting elements, a couple of my UFO days-type of mid tempos and the 7 string low sound to get a very wide range of sounds and emotions.”
Michael’s Temple of Rock shared ideas and collaborated in a bigger way on the new album.
“All songs were co-written by Doogie and myself, “recalls Schenker. “Wayne co-wrote five songs. I originally wanted to write the album as a group effort, but I had this concept that needed to be focused on differently. However, Herman and Francis did very well by adding there amazing Rock You Like A Hurricane rhythm section parts that gave it all it needed.
The new album also sees guitarist and keyboard player, Wayne Findlay, takes on a bigger role.
“Wayne has been with me (MSG) since 1999,” says Schenker. “In 2004, I met Dean Guitars and they built me a 7 string. I played it for a while but thought it was too much of a sidetrack from what I was doing.”
“I always liked that low sound and asked Wayne to look into developing it on the 7 string. A couple of years ago we started to use a bit of Wayne’s 7 string guitar on Bridge The Gap as a slow introduction. Wayne looks like a Neptune (Ocean God) and he loves the ocean. I saw this as an opportunity to have Dean build him a Trident Guitar in order to make his character complete. I wrote a little piece about Wayne called Neptune Rising on the Bridge The Gap album and now on Spirit On A Mission Wayne was ready to co-write five songs, and has now become an essential part of Temple Of Rock.”
“Coincidentally,” says Schenker, “former Scorpions members Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz and myself were out of the loop of rock’n’roll around the same time, but for different reasons. When we recorded 2013’s Bridge The Gap album, we had not played together since the Scorpions’ Lovedrive album (1979). Sprit On A Mission is the second Temple of Rock album to feature the former Scorpions rhythm section.
Former Rainbow singer Doogie White is described by Schenker as an ‘extremely creative individual with a fantastic range and a voice that never stops.’ “How many people do you know that can sing nine shows in a row, without a day off and still have a voice with a range like his?”, says Schenker. “He’s a real trooper.”
What are Schenker’s favourite songs from Spirit On A Mission, and why?
Says Michael – “I love Live and Let Live because it has everything. I love Vigilante Man because it’s heavy and melodic with a great tempo and sound. Something Of The Night turned out to be a fantastic outcome especially with that spooky Howler sound I developed awhile ago. Saviour Machine is an epic. Rock City, Bullet Proof, Restless Heart – I love the fast melodic stuff, and the other 7 string songs with a touch of ’70s rock.”
What are Schenker’s overall plans to promote the new album? Does he plan on touring the album by relentless touring and playing summer festivals?
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker. “Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote “Spirit On A Mission”. I want to make Temple Of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as ‘Temple Of Rock’.
“BRIDGE THE GAP” – TRACK LISTING
1. LIVE AND LET LIVE
3. VIGILANTE MAN
6.SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT
7.ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
9.LET THE DEVIL SCREAM*
Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition:
Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)
All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss
All songs are written by:
Music – Michael Schenker
Lyrics – Doogie White
Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay
Swiss metal legends SAMAEL have announced a rare North American festival appearance at Montreal’s Messe Des Morts Festival, where the band will play their universally lauded album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ in its entirety. Messe Des Morts runs from April 2-4 and sees the band playing alongside underground stalwarts SHINING, CULT OF FIRE, and MITOCHONDRION. More information about Messe Des Morts is available here.
SAMAEL previously released the albums ‘Anti God’ and ‘Lux Mundi’ through Season of Mist. Both albums are streaming here.
Founded in 1997, SAMAEL has earned notoriety within the worldwide underground scene as a result of the band’s constant evolution in extreme music. The band’s classic album, ‘Ceremony of Opposites’ is considered the record that paved the way for SAMAEL’s shift from primitive black metal to their current-day fusion of extreme metal with industrial music.
Yes. There were the cocaine overdoses, decade-spanning feuds, and wardrobe malfunctions — but those just seems to come with the territory. For all their follies, Guns N’ Roses have had a respectable career: they’ve skyrocketed to fame with the release of their debut album “Appetite for Destruction,” they became a television staple of the MTV generation during a time when the airwaves were polluted with hair metal, and they even garnered a Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction.
And really, what distinguished them more than anything was their musicianship. Steven Adler, Duff McKagan, and Axl Rose himself were all versatile and charismatic players. The most distinguished player of the group, however, had to be Slash.
Slash, born Saul Hudson, has been an active musician since 1981. Everyone from Rolling Stone to Time has listed him among all-time greats, courtesy of his favorite Gibson Les Paul. Time has not slowed his riffs or dulled his perception. “I think rock and roll bands have become really conformist and they are worried about pissing off their record companies,” he said. “Rock and roll … needs someone really committed to come and shake things up who doesn’t give a sh*t if they make it.”
And even though they aren’t on the best of terms, Slash’s former counterpart Rose has also retained his subversive tendencies. After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated him and the original ensemble for induction in 2014, Rose released an open letter not-so-politely rebuffing the invitation. “For more than a decade and a half we’ve endured the double standards, the greed of this industry and the ever present seemingly limitless supply of wannabes … From my perspective in regard to both the Hall and a reunion, the ball’s never been in our court.”
Whatever Rose wants to say about the industry having treated him unfavorably, the reality is that the band achieved monumental success relatively early into their career. They toured across four continents to promote their debut album, “Appetite for Destruction.”
That album rocked the world. It was the antithesis to MTV hair metal bands. The album, produced for $370,000, remains the best-selling American album debut ever. The band of misfits from Los Angeles used their blues tempered punk-rock sound to discuss everything from romantic nostalgia (“Sweet Child O’ Mine”), to urban realism (“Welcome to the Jungle”).
But even while Guns N’ roses rocketed to success, sharing the stage with Alice Cooper and Motley Crue, their internal bonds weakened and cracked. Drug addiction took its toll. At the “Monsters of Rock” festival in England, a crazed crowd of 100,000 killed two fans, earning the band the dubious distinction of “The Most Dangerous Band in the World.” The band produced three more platinum-certified albums — “GN’R Lies” (1998) and “Use Your Illusion I & II” (1991) — before its slow, twisted dissolution.
But before all that, even before the “Hell Tour” down the West Coast, there was a 14-year-old “problem child” nicknamed Slash who was sitting on a couch, ignoring the girl to his left, a boy mesmerized by Aerosmith’s albumRocks, a guitarist who would later say, “I remember riding my bike back to my grandma’s house knowing that my life had changed. Now I identified with something.”
And while Rose has struggled to recapture his earlier successes with newer ensembles, Slash has done quite well for himself. In 2014, guitarist Slash partnered with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and the Conspirators to wow audiences on the Sunset Strip for the golden anniversary of Guitar Center. The concert aired as part of a two-part special about Slash aired through a special contract between Guitar Center and Direct TV. The show featured selections were drawn from Slash’s latest album, World on Fire, along with tunes from Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses.
Whether the band’s self-proclaimed indifference to fame was genuine, or merely posturing, there’s no disputing that the band forever changed the face of rock music. And for this, we salute them.
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Coming off an era which saw several Judas Priest albums that have gone down as some of the greatest in the entire history of heavy metal (namely, 1980’s ‘British Steel’ and 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance’), the band from Birmingham knew that their next release had to ‘deliver the goods,’ to cement their standing as the leaders of metal. And deliver they did, with their platinum-certified 1984 release, ‘Defenders of the Faith,’ which spawned such headbanging classics as ‘Freewheel Burning,’ ‘Jawbreaker,’ ‘The Sentinel,’ ‘Some Heads Are Gonna Roll,’ and ‘Love Bites.’
And on March 10, 2015, a newly expanded three-CD version of the album will be unleashed via Columbia/Legacy, which includes the original ten-track album remastered by producer Tom Allom, and a complete live recording from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California, on May 5, 1984.
The 21-track concert (split up over two discs) perfectly balances the then-new material from the group’s ninth studio offering overall, including such classics as ‘Metal Gods,’ ‘Breaking the Law,’ ‘Sinner,’ ‘Electric Eye,’ ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),’ ‘Victim of Changes,’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ among many others.
As the band states in the liner notes to the reissue, “It’s 30 years since we released ‘Defenders of the Faith’ – we’re very proud to say it has become a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world”
Judas Priest continues to ‘defend the faith’ to this day, as the group recently issued their seventeenth studio album, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ which sees the band’s popularity amongst metalheads remain as strong as ever, as it debuted higher than any other previous Priest release (at #6 on the Billboard 200). And on the group’s current tour, quite a few classics from ‘Defenders’ are being performed for the first time in years.
And soon, fans will get a chance to re-experience vintage Judas Priest, with the ‘Defenders of the Faith’ reissue.
CD1 ‘Defenders of the Faith’ Re-Mastered
1. Freewheel Burning
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders of the Faith
CD2 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984
1. Love Bites
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking the Law
7. Desert Plains
8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9. The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free
CD3 Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984
1. Night Comes Down
2. The Hellion
3. Electric Eye
4. Heavy Duty
5. Defenders of the Faith
6. Freewheel Burning
7. Victim of Changes
8. The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)
9. Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Slipknot, Anthrax, Mastodon, Motörhead and Tenacious D have been nominated for Grammy’s. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 8, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.
The nominees in the “Best Metal Performance” category are as follows:
Anthrax – “Neon Knights”
Track from: “Ronnie James Dio
Mastodon – “High Road”
Track from: “Once More ‘Round The Sun”