Bay Area thrash legends TESTAMENT are taking the stage once again for their first US headlining tour in support of the award-winning The Formation of Damnation. The band’s first new studio album in nine years won “Album of the Year” at the 2008 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. The tour will feature the classic lineup of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Greg Christian, and drummer Paul Bostaph. TESTAMENT will be bringing along metalcore heroes Unearth and neo-thrashers Lazarus A.D. The tour kicks off May 2.The password for the TESTAMENT ticket pre-sale is “Damnation.” Links to purchase can be found below along with the individual tour dates. More details will follow regarding Meet and Greet and VIP ticket packs.
Singer Chuck Billy commented on the upcoming US headlining tour: “It was really exciting last summer touring with Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell, and Motorhead, playing in front of all the old-school as well as new-school metalheads. Now we look forward to CRUSHING on our first headline tour on the Damnation Vacation US run. Heavy metal forever!!!”
For over 20 years, TESTAMENT has remained committed to the thrash metal sound that brought them to prominence in the late 1980s. The band has never compromised its unmatched intensity or musicianship and has only continued to up the ante with each release.
The Formation of Damnation was named one of MySpace’s Top Albums for 2008 and found itself at the top of many year-end lists including #9 Rock Album of the Year on iTunes for 2008, #4 Album of 2008 in Revolver Magazine, #10 on Metal Edge Top 50 of 2008, #1 on Metal Maniacs Top 20 of 2008, and the #2 Brave Pick in Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles. The album also dominated metal radio, coming in at #1 on Sirius-XM’s metal channel, #1 on CMJ’s Loud Rock charts, and was the most played album on metal radio according to FMQB.
Combining elements of hardcore, thrash, and extreme metal – while also never overlooking the importance of thought-provoking lyrical ideas and concepts – UNEARTH has steadily become one of the leading lights in heavy metal. Over the years the quintet has played in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, South America, Mexico, Japan, Europe including the Netherlands and Russia, and has appeared on such renowned metal fests as Ozzfest and Download. They have also appeared on International festivals such as Rock Am Park, Rock Am Ring, Loud Park, Wacken and others. UNEARTH’s latest offering, The March, was released in October of 2008.
“THRASH OR DIE” is the motto Lazarus A.D. have lived by since day one and their no holds barred attitude is equaled only by their will to become a leading force in modern metal. Their supreme level of creativity, musicianship and professionalism makes them an electrifying and engaging live act. Powered by only a three-song demo, they earned a spot opening for Anthrax and were the only unsigned band included on Earache Records’ Thrashing Like A Maniac compilation. After being signed by Metal Blade in 2008, Lazarus A.D. released The Onslaught on March 3, 2009.
Stay tuned for more details on TESTAMENT’s upcoming US tour!
TESTAMENT U.S. HEADLINING TOUR:(with Unearth and Lazarus A.D.)
05/02 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/03 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
05/04 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore
05/06 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
05/07 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
05/09 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick Centre
05/10 – Maplewood, MN – The Rock
05/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Theater
05/13 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
05/15 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
05/16 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
05/17 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
05/18 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
05/20 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
05/21 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
05/22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/23 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
05/24 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
05/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
05/27 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
05/28 – Norfolk, VA – Norva
05/29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
05/30 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
05/31 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
06/02 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
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06/03 – San Antonio – Scout Bar
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06/04 – Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
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06/06 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont
06/07 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
06/09 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
06/10 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
06/11 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
06/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Eonian Records is proud to announce the release of its first four releases: Charlemagne “S/t,” High Noon “No Turning Back,” Gynger Lynn “S/t,” and Pistol Dawn “Conversation Piece.” All four will be available worldwide on March 19th.
Charlemagne “S/T” To Hollywood and back, these Sunset Strip veterans have owned the legendary stages of The Whiskey, The Troubadour, The Roxy Theater, Coconut Teaszer and the infamous Gazzarri’s. This self-titled release is evidence that the Charlemagne of today has yet to slow down or stop kickin’ ass. Covered by many and ignored by none, they were a part of history in the making, fuel for electricity that never waned and would impact our culture for years to come.
Track Listing: 1. Secret Romeo 2. I Don’t Wanna Lie 3. She’s Only Young 4. So Far Away 5. Is It Ever Easy 6. I’ve Got You 7. Chance Is Calling 8. Last Chance 9. Wait and See 10. I’m Not That Easy 11. I Wish I Knew
High Noon “No Turning Back” East Coast meets West Coast in 1989 and sparked High Noon, creating an experience of “groove and soul” that hooked the Hollywood scene and rocked the world! “No Turning Back” is THE chronological overview of High Noon, featuring straight ahead gut wrenching tracks produced by Michael Lardie of Great White and mixed by the legendary Michael Wagener (Skid Row, Dokken, & Extreme.)
Track Listing: 1. High Noon 2. Bad Moon Risin’ 3. Rude Boy 4. Don’t Come Running 5. Have My Heart 6. Skatin’ On Thin Ice 7. When the Night Calls 8. Just Like a Woman 9. Who Do You Think You Are? 10. Around Midnight 11. Faith Hope and Love 12. Bed of Lies 13. Weight of the World 14. House of Glass
GYNGER LYNN “Self-Titled” Not just another “hair band,” Gynger Lynn rose from the depths of basement rehearsals and took Chicago stages by storm for over a decade; becoming one of the hardest-working and most enduring rock legends the area has ever seen. Gynger Lynn lands hard on both feet here with their debut, self-titled release for Eonian Records. Gynger Lynn is armed with seductive ballads complete with haunting vocals and crying guitars while bringing it all home with their signature sound in “I Love the Lights,” the hard-hitting screaming anthem for a generation of musicians.
Track Listing: 1. Dirty 2. Reasons Why 3. One and Only 4. My, My Lisa 5. Why Is It Over 6. On My Way 7. Tell the World 8. In My Heart 9. Wanna Be Your Lover 10. I Love the Lights 11. Arms Around You 12. Faces 13. Love
PISTOL DAWN “Conversation Piece” Offering up their own brand of high-energy heavy metal sleaze with a wink and no apologies, these touring giants show us why they have shared stages the world over with the likes of Cheap Trick, Enuff Z’Nuff, Dangerous Toys and Lillian Axe. Featuring tracks produced by Chip Z’Nuff, ‘Conversation Piece’ is Pistol Dawn’s confirmation in this new millennium. From the raw-edged title track ‘Conversation Piece,’ to the harmonic intertwining of vocals and guitar showcased in ‘Still Running Wild,’ this compilation of “dirty power pop” songs captures and delivers Pistol Dawn at their loudest and proudest with just a peek at their tender side.
Track Listing: 1. Conversation Piece 2. Message in a Bottle 3. Dreams Come True 4. Be My Girl 5. Hard Way 6. Gone Away 7. Stocks and Blonds 8. Still Running Wild 9. Talk of the Town 10. Wish Upon a Star
British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have issued the following update:
“We are proud to announce that we will be touring in the U.S. with WHITESNAKE for most of the dates. A few of the shows won’t be with them. Details to be announced!”
JUDAS PRIEST has announced the following North American shows so far:
Jul. 01 – The Family Arena – St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 – Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage – Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 03 – Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island – St. Paul, MN
Jul. 09 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul. 11 – PNC Banks Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Jul. 17 – Moondance Jam 18 – Walker, MN
Jul. 18 – Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music – Cadott, WI
Aug. 02 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
More dates will be announced soon.
PRIEST competed last month for a Grammy Award in the “Hard Rock” category for “Visions” and “Metal” category for “Nostradamus”, a pair of tunes from the band’s 16th studio album, “Nostradamus”.
According to Reuters/Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST’s Sony BMG label puts sales of “Nostradamus” at 500,000 units worldwide; that includes 100,000 logged by Nielsen SoundScan in the United States.
WHITESNAKE’s latest album, “Good To Be Bad”, was released through SPV/Steamhammer in Germany on April 18, 2008, the rest of Europe on April 21 and it came out in North America on April 22. In addition to the regular jewel-case version, a limited-edition two-disc set contains an extra CD in a cardboard sleeve, as well as a poster, photocard and sticker.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
MÖTLEY CRÜE announced the lineup today for their second annual summer festival tour, Crüe Fest 2, at the Fuse TV studio in New York City. The trek will feature performances by the following artists:
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
CHARM CITY DEVILS
In addition to announcing the lineup, the CRÜE debuted a new music video featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands performing the single “White Trash Circus”. During the announcement, MÖTLEY CRÜE was joined on stage by Sully Erna of GODSMACK, Tyler Connolly of THEORY OF A DEADMAN, Ryan McCombs ofDROWNING POOL and John Allen of CHARM CITY DEVILS. The single of this track featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE with these vocalists is available to radio today.
Crüe Fest 2, produced by Live Nation and kicking off on July 19 in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5 in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20, the remainder go on sale March 21.
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Nikki Sixx says, “This is what we imagined when we came up with the idea of Crüe Fest last summer — putting together the most kick-ass bands on one bill for a day of rock. All of the bands on this tour compliment the others — musically, theatrically and passionately.”
To kick off the press conference, MÖTLEY CRÜE stopped lunch-hour traffic in New York City arriving at Fuse in a “Dr. Feelgood”-era ambulance accompanied by scantily clad nurses. As previously announced, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first #1 album by playing “Dr. Feelgood” from beginning to end every night of Crüe Fest 2. In addition, fans can expect MÖTLEY CRÜE to bring out hits from their entire catalog through their latest hit, “Saints of Los Angeles”.
Fuse is gearing up for a full-hour of programming dedicated to Crüe Fest 2 starting Monday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special edition of “Loaded: Crüe Fest”, featuring exclusive press conference coverage and a block of videos from the festival’s artists as well as “Loaded: Mötley Crüe”, filled with a selection of videos that have made the CRÜE rock legends. Also, don’t miss an inside look at the brand new DVD of “Crüe Fest 1” featuring performances from MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and TRAPT. “Crüe Fest 1” premieres Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse TV.
Fans can see a special live, network premiere performance of the CRÜE and the Crüe Fest 2 lead vocalists performing “White Trash Circus” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Friday, March 20 on ABC TV at 12:05 a.m./11:05c.
Imeem will be the online partner for Crüe Fest 2, starting on March 17 with heavy promotion on imeem.com, and constant information updated on http://www.imeem.com/cruefest2. Once a week, brand new content from the tour will debut on Imeem, including playlist, video, and audio content, and will be cross promoted across Imeem and band-branded assets.
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HRH Comment: Only one change from the previously leaked lineup. Charm City Devils takes the place of Saving Abel. While I like the fact that I haven’t seen 3 of the bands in this lineup, I am not so sure that this a better group than last year.
Back in 2007, Helix released their CD “The Power of Rock and Roll”. Those that had their 2006 disc, ” Get Up” complained that this release was nothing more than a mere reissue since it has seven of the same songs on that disc. If you don’t own “Get Up”, you will definitely want to check out “The Power of Rock and Roll” as it definitely rocks hard.
This isn’t a terribly long CD. The whole thing clocks in at 33 minutes. The bonus track is a reworking of the band’s 1983 hit “Heavy Metal Love”. I have always like this song, and this version sounds as good as the original.
A quick listen to this disc, and I am quite surprised that Vollmer can still sing at this level after 35 years. He sounds great as does the band backing him up. While Brian Vollmer may be the only original member of this band, the classic hard rock sound of Helix is in good hands with these guys.
“Fill Your Head With Rock” (what a great idea =0 ), ” The Past is Back (To Kick Your Ass) ” and “Baby Likes To Ride” are amongst my favorites on this disc. This CD may not have the most original rock and roll you have ever heard, but it is another solid effort by Helix.
If you enjoy bands like Krokus, and AC/DC, you ought to give Helix a look. “The Power of Rock and Roll” has me looking forward to seeing the band perform at Rock Gone Wild in August. You can check out these songs and more at Planet Helix. You can purchase this CD, at this link. Check it out. You will be glad you did.
1. Fill Your Head With Rock
2. Get Up!
3. Nickles and Dimes
4. The Past is Back (To Kick Your Ass)
5. Eat My Dust
6. Baby Likes to Ride
7. Boomerang Lover
8. Cyberspace Girl
9. Living Life Large
10. The Power of Rock and Roll
11. Heavy Metal Love
Brian Vollmer – Vocals
Steve Georgakopoulos- Guitar
Jeff Fountain – Bass
Rob MacEachern – Drums
Tesla has released a new video clip for their song, “Fallin’ Apart”. You can pick up a copy of Tesla’s new CD, “Forever More” at this link.
LIVE CHAT with GENE HOGLAN & LAURA CHRISTINE
Gene Hoglan and Laura Christine will be available to chat and answer questions to subscribed fans about the new album on the Meldrum MySpace (myspace.com/meldrumrocks) on March 18 and 19 from 2 pm to midnight PST. They will also be making a preview available to give fans a sneak peak of some of the new tunes.