Breaking Benjamin’s new album titled “Dear Agony“, will be hitting stores on September 29th. The first single “I Will Not Bow” to be featured in the movie “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis will be at radio on on August 17th.
TANTRIC’s fourth album, MIND CONTROL, was released today on the Silent Majority Group label (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). Produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Framing Hanley, Dark New Day), it’s the follow-up to 2008’s THE END BEGINS, which produced the Top Five Rock hit, “Down and Out.”
The album’s first single, “Mind Control,” is currently #34 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart, garnering spins on over 50 radio stations nationwide including, WRIF/Detroit, WRAT/New Jersey, WIIL/Chicago, WCCC/Hartford, WIYY/Baltimore, and Sirius XM’s “Octane” channel. The Mason Dixon-directed video for the track also makes its world premiere today, all day, as part of MTV2’s “UNLEASHED” program.
As praised in a recent album review in Guitar Edge magazine: “…on this new album, the quintet offers some tantalizing nuggets such as guitarist’s Joe Pessia’s acoustic riffing on ‘The Past Is the Past’ and ‘What Are You Waiting For,’ at least one of which is almost certain to be a huge radio smash; the hyper-aggressive chorus vocal of ‘Coming Undone’; and the Rob Zombie meets Alice in Chains with an E-Bow ‘Let’s Start.’ Four stars.”
Meanwhile, the band–Hugo Ferreira (lead vocals, keyboards), Joe Pessia (guitars), Erik Leonhardt (bass and vocals), Marcus Ratzenboeck (violin) and Richie Monica (drums)—recently started their U.S. tour along with special guests Aranda and Vayden, which includes various radio station festivals along the route.
Upcoming tour dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
All dates with Aranda and Vayden (except for the radio shows indicated):
Tue 8/4 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)
Thu 8/6 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Fri 8/7 Baltimore, MD The Quarter
Sat 8/8 Laurel, DE The House Sports Bar & Grill
* Sun 8/9 Rochester, NY WZNE show/Riverside Festival Site
Tue 8/11 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Wed 8/12 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
Fri 8/14 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
Sat 8/15 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
* Sun 8/16 South Bend, IN Big 10 Rock Fest/St. Patrick’s Park
Sat 8/22 Maplewood, MN The Rock
* Sun 8/23 Algona, IA Rock Gone Wild Festival/Freedom Park
Fri 8/28 Dallas, TX Trees
Sat 8/29 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Sun 8/30 Beaumont, TX Scout Bar
Wed 9/2 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
Thu 9/3 Abilene, TX Midnite Rodeo
Fri 9/4 Lubbock, TX Tequila Jungle
Sat 9/5 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos Cantina
* Sun 9/6 Sunland Park, NM KLAQ BBQ/Western Playland
* Sat 9/12 Huntington, WV XFest 2009/Harris Riverfront Park
* Wed 9/16 York, PA York Fair
* Indicates radio show.
Back for more, The Answer stage a triumphant return to North America for even more touring as the sole opening act for AC/DC from late summer through early fall. Having already established themselves as the new sound of rock music in Europe and Australia, the band’s focus on our fair shores is not to be ignored! Their live chops are unquestionable having played with the Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith, throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. With a renewed publicity, radio and media push, phase two of the Everyday Demons campaign rocking across the States armed with a new single and video for the epic song ‘Tonight’. Tour dates are as follows:
08/04/09 @ Grog Cleveland, OH Headlining
08/06/09 @ Greenfield Stadium Moncton, NB Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/08/09 @ Olympic Stadium Montreal, QC Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/10/09 @ Scotiabank Arena Ottawa, QC Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/11/09 @ Horseshoe Toronto, ON Canada Headlining
08/14/09 @ United Centre Stadium Chicago, IL Supporting AC/DC
08/15/09 @ Beat Kitchen Chicago, IL Headlining
08/16/09 @ Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit, MI Supporting AC/DC
08/18/09 @ Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI Supporting AC/DC
08/20/09 @ Triple Rock Minneapolis, MN Headlining
08/22/09 @ Canad Inns Stadium Winnipeg, MB Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/24/09 @ Mosaic Stadium Regina, SK Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/26/09 @ Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton, AL Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/28/09 @ Media Club Vancouver, BC Canada Headlining
08/29/09 @ BC Place Stadium Vancouver, BC Canada Supporting AC/DC
08/30/09 @ El Corazon Seattle, WA Headlining
08/31/09 @ Tacoma Dome Arena Tacoma, WA Supporting AC/DC
09/02/09 @ HP Pavilion Arena San Jose, CA Supporting AC/DC
09/03/09 @ Red Devil San Francisco, CA Headlining
09/04/09 @ Save Mart Center Fresno, CA Supporting AC/DC
09/06/09 @ Sports Arena San Diego, CA Supporting AC/DC
09/08/09 @ Honda Center Arena Anaheim, CA Supporting AC/DC
09/09/09 @ Spaceland Los Angeles, CA Headlining
Up to the minute news directly from the Primal Fear camp, one day before the band starts their 16.6 trip to South America, some days later to North America!
Ralf: It’s so cool that we can add Colombia to our map and rock there for the first time. We’re really sad that we can’t play Chile this time, but to come back in three beloved countries like Mexico, Argentina and Brazil is always a huge pleasure. I’m looking forward to present the songs of our new album to our loyal fans and rock the night. The communication and their enthusiasm in South America is always very special. There’s just one word to explain the atmosphere of a Primal Fear concert in South America: Electrifying!
Henny: This will be an absolute highlight of my career. There can’t be one European musician out there who isn’t thrilled to tour the US with his own songs & music. Our target in Primal Fear was always to be known as a worldwide touring act and for me personally, it’s a real pleasure, that our focus is on North America in the coming month and in the next year. I know that the worldwide metalfans appreciate the consequence and tenacity of our course!
Alex: I must add, that I’m really excited to play with Primal Fear in South & North America. It’s a dream come true! I did a special work out during the last month to be in top shape for the shows and you know that the stage is my life. I will give more than 100% every day and I will enjoy every minute! It’s so great to be part of this tour!
Randy: Coming Home :-) ….. for me coming back to Canada to play with Primal Fear is a big thrill, not only because I’m from there, but because we’ve played there so little since I’ve been in the band. It will be great to finally play to the North American Primal Fear fans again too! I’m sure the shows will be rockin – I’ve only played in Canada ONCE since I moved over to Germany in 98, I can’t wait & see you all soon!
New Primal Fear Video Clip
Mat: we will shoot two new video clips during the next weeks. The first one will be released in September in connection with our TV campaign on iMusic TV and the second video clip will be released during the European tour in mid November! We will shoot a lot of interesting footage filmed in the forthcoming weeks, so we can present two really interesting clips for songs from the new album 16.6 – which songs? The first clip will have a South American, the second a North American vibe J
The European Tour
Ralf: It’s the same feeling & vibe this time as for all other territories. The difference is, that Europe is our home and especially this time, with the new 16.6 songs in the setlist, it will be something special. We feel so strong in the band now, that nothing can stop us!
Mat: I agree, it feels really good on stage and the new songs are perfect additions to our current Best-Of live set and our new found metal attitude. Even I miss my friend Magnus, Alex is doing a killer job. With Brainstorm on the bill in Europe, we have a fantastic second band with us and we’re working on another third great band to present an overall strong package for our fans. And it feels really good to have some good friends like Duce & Martin back in the team again!
Plans for 2010?
Frank Suepfle from ITM Agency: We’re already working on a second and longer run through North America and another European leg on the 16.6 tour before the festival season starts and we will play a lot of open air festivals next year!
Michael Kiske / Amanda Somerville
Mat: That’s my newest project and we’re working hard on the songwriting for the first album. It’s a pleasure to write & produce Michael’s next album and with Amanda as the co-singer it’s something very special. I wrote songs with Magnus and Jimmy Kresic for the album and we’re really excited about the songs. Eight tracks are pre-produced now and we need another two songs before we will start the real recordings. After Forever mainman Sander Gommans plans to join us and he’s working on new songs with Amanda at the moment! Look out for a melodic metal masterpiece in early 2010!
Ralf Scheepers Solo Album
Ralf: I’m still collecting ideas and riffs …. and I can’t wait to start the production together with Mat. I’ve signed a deal with Frontiers Records and we will make this happen during the coming months. I will welcome a lot of interesting guests and if my plan will come reality, it’s a dream come true with a killer concept and strong songs!
Rock Meets Classic
Mat: This will be a huge challenge for everybody involved. My good friend and well respected concert promoter Manfred Hertlein introduced me to Toto singer Bobby Kimball and some weeks later we had 14 dates booked in the finest venues of Germany & the Netherlands for January 2010. Featuring the originals singers of Foreinger – Lou Gramm, Nazareth – Dan McCafferty and Toto – Bobby Kimball – a killer classic rock line up! Maestro Philipp Maier from Dubai will write the arrangements and conduct the Prague Symphonic Orchestra. I will direct the RMC band & choir featuring Henny Wolter on guitar, Jimmy Kresic on keyboards, Martin Schmidt on drums plus Amanda Somerville, Verena Schock and Tiffany Krikland on backing vocals. Look out for an exciting eveneing and songs like Cold As Ice, Juke Box Hero, Hold The Line, Africa, Love Hurts or This Flight Tonight with a brandnew vibe! We’re aleady in negotiations for more concerts and to continue the project in 2011.
The Black Book
Randy: The Black Book is “An Introduction To Creative Metal Drumming” wil be my first ever drum DVD. On the dvd I’m playing along to original Primal Fear songs as well as a selection of songs from DuskMachine and past bands such as Annihilator, Skew Siskin and Rooky. Also include will be two drum solos (studio and live) and sections on basic to advanced rudiments, special parts from the songs broken down in real and slow motion time and various fills and stick tricks I’ve developed over my drumming career. There is also an interview where I’m talking about my life as a drummer from the day I started to the present. It looks likely that the DVD will be distributed by Hudson Music.
New Primal Fear DVD & Live CD
Mat: We will film footage with 3 cameras during every part of the forthcoming tour this year. We will start in South America, the US, Canada, Europe and later this year in Japan. The show in Sao Paulo will be filmed by Patrick Kolb. We will shoot add. shows in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Montreal. Good friend Bomber & his Visions In Fear team will film two shows in Switzerland and Germany. Achim Koehler will record selected shows on pro audio material. If everything will work out cool, we plan to work on a forthcoming DVD and Live CD for 2010 and if all involved people & companies will support this release for the fans.
Mat Sinner New Book Project ……Prison Break? (The International Version)
Mat: I plan to write some interesting stories about the last three years during the forthcoming world tour and add them to with some unreleased pictures to my existing biography. „The Book Of Seven Seals“ was released in german language and is already collectors item. Now it’s time to end up some speculation, controversial stories, funny moments rename the bio. My Sinner buddy and Metal Hammer journalist Christof Leim will review and edit the old version and this time, we will release an international version. I haven’t decided yet, if we will make a limited edition of the forthcoming Primal Fear DVD and add the book as a special present to our fans.
Japan & Primal Fear
Ralf: First of all, we want to thank all our loyal fans for all the super positive e-mails we’ve received about a forthcoming Tour in Japan. 16.6 reached the best chart entry in Japan of the entire Primal Fear career. We’ve got the word from our record company King Records and our agency that everybody is working hard on the subject! We are ready for our fans in Japan and if everything works out well, we will play some concerts during the next months!
Alex Beyrodt’s Last Words:
I’m totally happy and satisfied to be back with Primal Fear and I’m proud to be a part of Primal Fear family! We know eachother for so long, shared a lot of great memories and hotel rooms. We’ve travelled thousands of miles together and Mat is my friend for a lifetime. The Primal Fear / UDO tour was one of the best experiences of my career The new songs are killer and new setlist is even more exciting than ever. I can’t wait to entert he stage in Mexico City and start my engine!
Henny Wolter’s Last Words
It’s my best time in Primal Fear! It feels really good and I’m enjoying every day in the band! If we’re on tour with the band, it makes me a lot of younger in seconds, it’s just like a big party with a lot of good friends. We’re working hard on every matter, but it’s always a pleasure, friendly, funny and creative. My comeback with the band was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. In the meantime, I know the guys very well and they are very talented and have a great humor!
See you on tour!
Ralf, Randy, Henny, Alex & Mat
Today (August 4th, 2009) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of L.A. Guns superb sophomore effort, Cocked & Loaded. To this listener Cocked & Loaded is easily the best release of L.A. Guns storied but troubled career.
I have listened to this CD countless times over the years, and it remains my defacto favorite from the L.A. Guns camp. Quite a bit of L.A. Guns live set comes from this disc including: “Rip & Tear”, “Sleazy Come Easy Go”, “Never Enough”, “Malaria”, and “The Ballad of Jayne”.
The great songs don’t end there. Cocked & Loaded dishes up a bunch of cool rockers including the kick ass opener, “Letting Go”, “17 Crash”,”Wheels of Fire” and “I Wanna Be Your Man”.
Phil Lewis has never sounded better than he did on Cocked & Loaded (although he still sings these song remarkably well today). Tracii Guns guitar work on this disc is just stupid good.
It is crazy to see what this band could do in their peak lineup. I doubt we will ever see the classic lineup of the band back together ever again. They are too busy squabbling over the L.A. Guns name instead of trying to show folks why they were one of the best bands on Sunset Strip, when they all played together.
At least we have Cocked & Loaded to keep the memories alive. This is as close to perfection as 80′s sleaze metal ever got to. A worth pick up for any hard rock fan! Highly Recommended!
You can grab dirt cheap copies of this CD at this link. It is worth every penny!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Letting Go
2. Slap In The Face
3. Rip And Tear
4. Sleazy Come Easy Go
5. Never Enough
7. The Ballad Of Jayne
9. Give A Little
10. I’m Addicted
11. 17 Crash
12. Showdown (Riot On Sunset)
13. Wheels Of Fire
14. I Wanna Be Your Man
L.A. Guns are:
Phil Lewis – lead vocals
Tracii Guns – lead guitar
Mick Cripps – rhythm guitar
Kelly Nickels – bass
Steve Riley – drums
Check out the latest video from Endeverafter, “Next Best Thing” below.