Disturbed have just announced the title of their upcoming album – “Asylum.” As with Indestructible, Disturbed are self-producing Asylum, which they began writing in September 2009 and recording in February of this year. David Draiman describes it as “still identifiably Disturbed, but showing more maturation. We feel this is one of the strongest bodies of work we’ve ever put together. It definitely goes in familiar areas, but with new levels of precision and skill.”
Lyrically, Draiman says, the themes “range from very personal and introspective to the political and provocative. What would you expect? No songs about puppy dogs or rainbows here.”
“We want this record to be a shining example of how the years have made us stronger,” Draiman says. “We want it to be a record that helps people get through their own trials and tribulations, as always.”
HOEY On Tour With JEFF BECK NOW
HOEY PERFORMS ACOUSTIC SETS ON EXCLUSIVE DATES
HOEY’S CLINIC TOUR EXTRODINAIRE ALL SPRING
Gary Hoey takes the cover of POLLSTAR Magazine and feature as POLLSTAR uncovers the un-sung shredder. It is a tale of reinvention and how Hoey takes it and creates it for the fans. Get an inside view of all things Hoey and learn the ropes from a true Guitar Master.
Currently Hoey is performing at select tour dates with Jeff Beck and will perform acoustically an array of favorites. These shows come in the middle of Hoey’s spring run of National Fender guitar clinics running up and down the East Coast. These clinics started April 6 in Allentown, PA and continue till the end of May.
With a collection of 16 albums and five top 20 Billboard hits, it’s clear to see why Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time. Whether Hoey plays rock, blues, surf or Christmas, Hoey’s command of each style makes his live show one of the most exciting on the circuit today.
GARY HOEY TOUR ITINERARY – SPRING 2010:
April 20: Exeter, CA Orange Blossom Junction
April 23: Houston, TX Fuller’s Guitar Fender Clinic
April 24: Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre (w/ Jeff Beck)
April 25: Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Live @ Grand Prairie (w/ Jeff Beck)
April 27: Tulsa, OK Brady Theatre (w/ Jeff Beck)
April 28: Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre (w/ Jeff Beck)
April 29: St. Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre (w/ Jeff Beck)
May 06: Weymouth, MA South Shore Music Fender Clinic
May 07: Hamburg, NY Music Exchange Fender Clinic
May 08: Rochester, NY House of Guitar Fender Clinic
May 11: Gaffney, SC Hames Music – Fender Clinic
May 12: Marietta, GA Ken Stanton Music Fender Clinic
May 13: Augusta, GA Portman’s Music Fender Clinic
May 14: Daytona Beach, FL Total Entertainment Fender Clinic
May 17: Manchester, NH Daddy’s Junky Music Fender Clinic
May 18: Peabody, MA Daddy’s Junky Music Fender Clinic
May 19: Augusta, ME Musician’s Choice Fender Clinic
May 20: Brewer, ME Mark’s Music Fender Clinic
May 30: Syracuse, NY NY State Fair Grounds
July 09: Salisbury, MA Tupelo (Salisbury) Music Hall
July 10: Londonderry, NH Tupelo (Londonderry) Music Hall
July 21: New York City, NY BB King’s
Aug 12: Chico, CA El Rey Theatre (tent)
Aug 13: Costa Mesa, CA OC Fairgrounds
Aug 14: Redondo Beach, CA Brixton South Bay
Aug 15: Pala, CA Pala Casino
Miss America In Stores June 8th
Saving Abel are giving fans a peek into their upcoming album with their new single, “Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood).” The new song comes off their upcoming album, Miss America, which will be available on June 8th.
Latest album “New Religion” released April 6
Danny Rexon, lead singer for Swedish hard rockers Crazy Lixx, will be the special guest on the April 23-29 edition of Hard Rock Nights. Crazy Lixx has just released their new album, “New Religion,” April 6 on Frontiers Records. The album features new guitarist Andy Dawson, who joined the group after Vic Zino left to join Hardcore Superstar.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on a number of rock and metal stations. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of stations and times.
Pittsburgh rockers ICARUS WITCH have been confirmed to open for Y&T’s upcoming July/August 2010 tour! Long-time rock icons Y&T will be touring in support of Facemelter, their first studio album in 13 years on Frontiers Records. ICARUS WITCH will continue promoting their recent release, Draw Down The Moon, this time with former Dirty Looks guitarist/backing vocalist, Christopher Shaner as the new frontman and DiAnno guitarist, Ed Skero on 2nd lead guitar.
“It’s a good thing we didn’t unpack out bags from the Paul DiAnno tour yet because we just got word from Brian Perera at Cleopatra Records that ICARUS WITCH is confirmed to tour America once again” states ICARUS WITCH bassist Jason Myers. “This July & August we will be crisscrossing the country opening for one of our all-time favorite bands, Y&T! Their classics like ‘Mean Streak,’ ‘Midnight In Tokyo,’ ‘Forever,’ ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ and ‘Summertime Girls’ have always been the perfect soundtrack to summer partying. Now we’ll get to hear them played at full volume in a different city every night after warming up the crowds. See you on the road!”
Having become somewhat of a buzz band on the underground rock circuit for years, ICARUS WITCH have received recent praise from widely recognized music icons such as comedian/actor, Brian Posehn, That Metal Show’s Don Jamieson and more. ICARUS WITCH’s album Draw Down The Moon is now available for a limited time to stream in its entirety at: http://www.myspace.com/icaruswitch.
Upcoming ICARUS WITCH live appearances:
5/28/2010 Hard Rock Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Lizzy Borden
6/16/2010 Fate Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Winger
6/24/2010 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
6/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest – Chillicothe, OH w/ Cage, Omen, Dantesco, Imagika, + more
ICARUS WITCH No Rest For The Witches Tour 2010 w/ Y&T
7/16/2010 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
7/17/2010 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
7/21/2010 The Roadhouse – Dacona, CO
7/28/2010 Steel Mill – Martins Ferry, OH
8/04/2010 Hard Rock Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
8/05/2010 Sterling Rock Room – Allentown, PA
8/06/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
8/07/2010 BB King’s – New York, NY
8/08/2010 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
8/11/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club – Corpus Christi, TX
8/13/2010 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
8/14/2010 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
8/15/2010 Zen-Meister Bar – El Paso, TX
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH w/ Kamelot, Leaves Eyes
“It will take you back to a time when metal ruled the world” – Music Street Journal
“heavy, mystical, haunting & visceral” – Metal Crypt
“Few do it as well as ICARUS WITCH” – Dangerdog.com
“Raise your metal horns high” – Connections Mag
Want to hear the best new rock from RATT, Danko Jones, Broken Teeth, SNEW, Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, Y&T and Masterplan (featuring the return of Jorn Lande!!!) ? Tune in to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show tonight at 9 P.M. CST (10 P.M. EST) on KACV’s Cutting Edge, FM 90.
Frontiers Records to release Germany’s Prog Metal finest VANDEN PLAS highly anticipated new concept album
The Seraphic Clockwork” in the shops on
June 4th in Europe and June 22nd in the U.S.A.
A good four years after Vanden Plas last critically acclaimed studio recording, “Christ O” hit the charts, Germany’s finest Prog Metal act is set to release its brand new album: “The Seraphic Clockwork”, on June 4th, in Europe and June 22nd in the USA.
Highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, “The Seraphic Clockwork” is a fascinating concept album, which not only shows the quintet’s exceptional technical skills, but also highlights their impressive development as songwriters. The new album sounds more multi-layered, progressive and metal-oriented than any previous Vanden Plas release. “I think that my penchant for music of the tougher persuasion shines through more than ever before on this album,” comments guitarist Stephan Lill, who – together with keyboardist Günter Werno and vocalist Andy Kuntz – make up the group’s creative triumvirate. He adds: “Hard riffs, elaborate keyboard and orchestral arrangements plus catchy hooklines come together in a perfect symbiosis which marks Vanden Plas’ own style. I feel that we were much more adventurous on with The Seraphic Clockwork than ever before.”
A perfect example which substantiates this statement, is the 13-minute track ‘On My Way To Jerusalem’, a little masterpiece within a homogeneous, self-contained album. The song takes the listener on a haunting, adventurous journey which comes full circle musically towards its end. From soaring piano sounds through hard riffs and versatile arrangements to atmospheric parts, the whole range of expressive forms which the Progressive Metal genre has to offer are present. On the other hand, ‘Heal The World’ with its melodic intro, subsequent heavy riff and catchy chorus, reveals the band’s affinity to theatre music and all its complexity, and is classic Vanden Plas.
The band’s fascination with classical history has left its mark on “The Seraphic Clockwork” particularly in terms of lyrics: the dramatic science fiction story of the concept album was penned by vocalist Andy Kuntz and chronicles a journey in place and time from 16th century Rome to Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. The protagonist, after an apocalyptic vision, has come under the spell of an Old Testament prophecy and must travel back through the centuries to face his God-given destiny. “It’s about being unable to escape fate”, explains Kuntz, a master at making complex subject matter both fascinating and accessible to contemporary audiences. “Working for the theatre has definitely influenced the story’s depth. When you realize or reproduce your own projects on a stage, you learn a lot about dramaturgy.”
“The Seraphic Clockwork” was exclusively presented to the journalists in a press showcase held in Koln, Germany on April 9th. Some of the reactions to the preview include:
“Great comeback of Germany’s leading Prog Metal band!”
Mike Borrink – Rock Hard Germany
“Those who have been concerned that Vanden Plas might have lost their riff power over the last few years don’t have to worry anymore: their new album „The Seraphic Clockwork“ is a perfect example for a well-balanced mixture of intelligent prog tunes, heavy riffing and the uncompromising love for hard music.”
Thorsten Zahn – Classic Rock Mag Germany
“They’ve made us wait but one of the best and most respected Progressive Metal bands are back with the heaviest, most epic and diverse album of their career to date. Awesome stuff.”
Matthew Adrian Spall – Powerplay , UK
“The Seraphic Clockwork” is unbelievable, fantastic, great music with a great story. Vanden Plas are the Prog Metal kings.”
Marco Magin – Breakout, Germany
“Intense, melodic and challenging at the same time, this new offering by Vanden Plas has what it takes to please the most demanding Progressive Metal fans.”
Morgan Rivalin – Rock Hard France
The musical and lyrical complexity of “The Seraphic Clockwork” is certainly inspiring. Vanden Plas have proved again that they are the most imaginative and diverse of German Prog Metal bands and justly enjoy the highest international acclaim. It can only be a matter of time before this concept album also makes it onto the stage.
“The Seraphic Clockwork” includes the following tracks:
Andy Kuntz (vocals), Stephan Lill (guitar), Günter Werno (keyboards), Torsten Reichert (bass), Andreas Lill (drums)
COLOUR TEMPLE (1995)
THE GOD THING (1997)
FAR OFF GRACE (1999)
SPIRIT OF LIVE (2000)
BEYOND DAYLIGHT (2002)
CHRIST O (2006)
New: THE SERAPHIC CLOCKWORK (2010)
Glam hard rockers LA ROXX for the reissue of their self-titled album released through Steelheart Records.
For the very first time on CD the debut-album of Glam/Street Hard Rockers from Italy LAROXX originally out, only on cassette, in 1992.
-The album was originally recorded for a release in USA and Japan thru a major-label, and a promotional tour in the States (prior of the announced release) was set up, with gigs played at famous “Troubador”, “Foundation Forum” and “F.M. Station” in Los Angeles. Unfortunately things went bad, as the label supposed to release the album suddenly dropped the offer, so the band found itself with a great (and expensive!) album in its hands without a label ready to release it!
-The album has a pure Party-Glam-Street Rock flavour, close to the sound of US bands like Poison, Pretty Boy Floyd and early Motley Crue.
-Fantastic artwork with a de-luxe full colour 16 pages booklet, including pics, memorabilia and lyrics, plus a fully re-mastered sound from the original DAT master-tapes!
1- Intro – Run (Animal)
2- Where Is My Way
3- Before It’s Too Late
4- No Strife In Life
5- Sweet Pain In Las Vegas
8- They’ve Got To Know
9- Let The Girl Go
10- Downtown Rock N’ Roll
11- Long Dark Night
12- Ready To Shock
Empires of Eden is very proud to announce Zak Stevens as one of the feature artists on the upcoming album Reborn in Fire. After rising to legendary status as lead singer for Savatage and Circle II Circle as well as Machines of Grace, Zak is featured on a full-length song on the album.
Zak’s vocals were recorded in Tampa, Florida by Mark Prator, who engineered the Savatage albums Edge Of Thorns and Handful of Rain. The album was mixed and mastered at Frontiers Studio in Sydney, Australia.
From Zak: “It’s an understatement to say that I had an amazing time working on the new Empires of Eden CD. Stu Marshall is a super-talented recording musician who really knows how to get the best performances out of the artists he works with. Stu asked me to write my own lyrics and vocal melodies to the song I appeared on (‘Prognatus Ut Obscurum’). That’s exactly how I like to do things, and that really allowed me to bring out more of myself on the composition. As a result I was able to give an all-round stronger performance, there’s no doubt about it. Working with Stu was a fantastic experience for me. His vision for the overall spectrum of the album was stunning. I learned a lot… and that’s what it’s all about in the world of music and artist collaboration.”
The new album from Empires of Eden, Reborn in Fire will feature some of the world’s most respected heavy metal voices, including the already announced, Mike Vescera. Reborn in Fire is set for release in June 2010 through 7Hard Records. Further announcements on the guests will continue in the coming weeks.
LONG AWAITED USA TOUR DATES IN OVER A DECADE
Kotzens New Masterpiece PEACE SIGN Out NOW!
USA TOUR DATES HERE & VIP PACKAGES
Richie Kotzen will hit the road on his world tour starting in South America April 22nd in Goiania, Brazil, but is working his way back to his long-awaited return to the USA. This will be his first string of tour dates in the USA in over a decade and a concert not to miss. He will be performing from his 17 plus solo albums with various charting hits he wrote or performed with Poison and Mr. Big.
Kotzens latest critically acclaimed release PEACE SIGN on Headroom Inc is sweeping the Nation. Kotzen has an amazing ability to create projects that awe critics and inspire aspiring musicians having done it again with his new release. “I’m really excited about this new CD,” explains Kotzen. “I’m not sure how I did it, but somehow I think it has a really live sound, even though I’m playing all the instruments on all but four songs. I think it is because of the music I grew up on. Bands like Cream, The Stones, and of course Hendrix all had that ‘live — create it on the spot’ sound so I suppose that is the way I hear music.
Kotzen has been touted as “one of the best guitar players in the world” with a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers. He has also enjoyed a truly incredible journey in the world of music. Among numerous accomplishments, in 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour in Japan. And in addition to writing and being featured on #1 charting albums and tracks, Kotzen has amassed an impressive 25 plus album discography.
Come see the hot ticket of the year and one of the greatest guitar players to hit the pages of Guitar Player Magazine, Guitar World and more! USA tour dates below~
VIP Packages are available on this tour. VIP Packages include:
– One (1) VIP ticket with early entry to the venue.
Attend sound check with RICHIE KOTZEN!
– A meet and greet with RICHIE KOTZEN!
– An autographed, limited edition RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace SIgn World Tour commemorative Poster (In addition to your personal item, Richie will also personalize the poster for you at the meet and greet if you’d like)
– A RICHIE KOTZEN VIP commemorative laminate.
– A RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace Sign World Tour T-Shirt.
– A copy of Richie’s new CD PEACE SIGN
USA TOUR DATES & CLININCS
May 10 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Orlando, FL
May 11 Skipper’s Smokehouse Tampa FL
May 12 Club 57 West Orlando FL
May 13 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
May 14 The Local Marietta, GA
May 15 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Nashville, TN
May 16 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
May 18 Jaxx Night Club West Springfield, VA
May 19 The North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
May 20 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic Philadelphia, PA
May 21 The Works Reading, PA
May 22 Diesel Club Lounge Pittsburgh, PA
May 24 *Sam Ash Guitar Clinic NYC, NY
May 25 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
May 26 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
May 27 Showcase Live Foxboro, MA
For more information visit www.richiekotzen.com