DANZIG HITS THE ROAD
Special Nine City Tour to Usher in the Release of Deth Red Sabaoth
Glenn Danzig, at the forefront of the hardcore/dark metal movement for nearly three decades, announces a special nine-city concert trek that will kick off in Norfolk, VA on June 15. The dates, played to usher in the release of Deth Red Sabaoth (evilive/The End Records), Danzig‘s first new studio album in six years, will feature long-time Danzig cohort, guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry), drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) and former Samhaim bandmate, bassist Steve Zing. Support for the east coast dates will be Gorgeous Frankenstein, the band of original Misfits member Doyle, and Seventh Void, the band that includes of Danzig/Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly and Type O guitarist Kenny Hickey.
A special internet pre-sale has now launched at http://www.ticketmaster.com and is ongoing through Thursday, May 13. During this internet pre-sale, fans who purchase a ticket can also purchase a special, limited edition Danzig 7″ vinyl single with two brand new songs – “On a Wicked Night,” the first single from the new album, and “The Revengeful.” See the itinerary below for on-sale info and where to purchase tickets.
Danzig plans to dig deep into his career-defining catalogue and perform tracks from Danzig, Lucifuge, How the Gods Kill, and on up to the present, including several new songs from Deth Red Sabaoth. “Danzig fans have their own favorites from throughout the years,” said Glenn, “and I hope the set list we put together will satisfy everyone.”
Deth Red Sabaoth, which marks Danzig‘s ninth studio venture that began back in 1988 with the Rick Rubin-produced, Platinum-certified Danzig, is an 11-track collection penned by Danzig, and is laced with Glenn’s lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including “Black Candy, “The Revengeful,” and “On A Wicked Night,” emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig‘s colossal discography. Part I of the exquisite two-part “Pyre of Souls” opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn’s plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.
In addition to the upcoming Deth Red Sabaoth, Danzig has just published a book of select, previously unreleased Misfits, Danzig, and Samhaim lyrics, titled “Hidden Lyrics of the Left Hand” (Verotik). The book features illustrations by Simon Bisley, who has painted numerous album covers for Danzig and collaborated on many Verotik comic titles.
Glenn Danzig has received many titles, from the Godfather of Dark Metal to a punk pioneer to a man of integrity, but most agree that over his near-30-year career, his intense musical and lyrical statements have left a permanent mark on rock music. He is a gifted songwriter, and his songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, and Roy Orbison, just to name a few. His “13,” originally written for Johny Cash and then recorded for Glenn’s own Satan’s Child, was the opening song in last year’s box office smash and Golden Globe winner, The Hangover. Danzig‘s music is dark, gothic, and haunting, and continues to influence generation after generation of musicians and music fans across the globe.
Confirmed itinerary for Danzig’s special nine-city tour are as follows:
15 Norva – Norfolk, VA (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
16 The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
18 Nokia Theatre, New York, NY (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
19 Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
21 House of Blues, Boston, MA (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketfly)
25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketfly)
26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA (public on-sale May 14 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (public on-sale May 16 @ 10AM through Ticketmaster)
Swiss rockers announce that the upcoming Sideburn album will be co-produced, mixed and mastered by the Multi-Platinum producer Beau Hill.
“We are pretty honoured and excited to collaborate with him. It took us a little bit of time to decide to change our recording team, especially after an album such as “Cherry Red”, but we also thought that it was time to move forward, to get some new input and Beau seemed to be the perfect choice”.
Beau Hill has sold over 50 millions album throughout his carreer, has mixed & produced some legendary artist such as Ratt (Out of the Cellar, Invasion of your Privacy, Dancing under cover, Reach for the sky), Warrant (Dirty, rotten, filthy, stinkin rich & Cherry Pie), Winger (Winger & In the Heart of the young), Alice Cooper, Europe, Twisted Sister, Gary Moore, Steve Stevens & much more…
Roadrunner Records and Hard Rock Hideout are giving you the chance to win a copy of Meat Loaf‘s new album Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Click here to visit Roadrunner Records to enter the contest!
The Sin City Sinners have released their first video, “Goin to Vegas” in support of their new CD, “Exile on Freemont Street” which is available now!
Should “Goin To Vegas” SINK or SWIM? If you vote SWIM, we will play “Goin To Vegas” on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show. If you hated the video or song, you know what to do.
Japanese metal veterans LOUDNESS will release a new album, “King Of Pain”, in Japan on May 19 via Tokuma Japan Communications. The CD will include a 32-page booklet, a LOUDNESS original pick, and application card (valid only in Japan).
“King Of Pain” track listing:
02. The King Of Pain
03. Power Of Death
04. Death Machine
06. Rule The World
07. Straight Out Of Our Soul
08. Where Am I Going?
11. Doctor From Hell
12. Hell Fire
14. Never Comes
LOUDNESS has scheduled the following European tour dates:
July 16/17 – Bang Your Head!!! – Balingen, Germany
July 18 – Zwarte Cross – Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands
July 19 – Dynamo Club – Eindhoven, Netherlands
July 20 – Knust – Hamburg, Germany
July 22 – On Stage Club – Athens, Greece
July 23 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
July 24 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
LOUDNESS released a CD+DVD set entitled “Live Loudest At The Budokan ’91″ on December 23, 2009 via Warner Music Japan. The album was recorded on May 31, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan and features Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on vocals.
LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi passed away on November 30, 2008 following a seven-month battle with liver cancer. He was 49 years old. Higuchi was also the drummer of the rock band LAZY, going by the nickname of Davy. The group disbanded in 1981 and Higuchi co-founded LOUDNESS the same year. LAZY reunited in 1998. Higuchi was also active as a producer, handling artists such as Mari Hamada.
A good four years since their critically acclaimed studio recording Christ O hit the charts, Vanden Plas, one of Germany’s top prog metal acts, is set to release its latest album, The Seraphic Clockwork, on June 4, 2010. Impatiently awaited by the band’s fans, what The Seraphic Clockwork has turned into is a fascinating concept album which highlights the quintet’s exceptional technical skills and demonstrates their impressive development as composers. Once again, Vanden Plas have succeeded in giving new impetus to their unmistakable style without watering down their very own unique sound. The Seraphic Clockwork sounds more multi-layered, progressive and metal-oriented than previous Vanden Plas releases: “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 orchestra arrangements plus catchy hook lines come together in a perfect symbiosis which marks Vanden Plas’ characteristic style. I feel that we were much more adventurous on with The Seraphic Clockwork than ever before.”
A perfect example which substantiates this 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 tender 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, which reveals the band’s affinity to theatre music and all its complexity, is classic Vanden Plas.
Speaking of music theater: in case if you’ve been wondering how Vanden Plas spent the past four years since releasing Christ O, you may be in for a surprise. Along with the production of their own musicals, ‘Abydos’ and ‘Ludus Danielis’ (both at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern) and Christ O (which debuted in Munich in 2008 and will be produced at the Pfalztheater Kaiserlautern this year), the group was also involved in productions of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Hair’ (both at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern), and ‘Der Herbst des Winterkönigs’ (Amberg). Understandably, these activities left little time for extensive tours, which explains why the band concentrated on major festivals such as Sweden Rock (2006), PP Scandinavia (2008), Bloodstock (2008) and the Roccolo Park Festival in Italy (2008).
The band’s fascination with classical history has left its mark on The Seraphic Clockwork and particularly in the 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 anno Domini. After an apocalyptic vision, the protagonist 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 accept fate”, explains Kuntz, a master at making complex subject matter both fascinating and accessible to contemporary audiences. “Working for the theater has definitely influenced the story’s depth. When you realize your own projects on a theater stage, you learn a lot of very important things about dramaturgy.”
The musical and dramatic complexity of The Seraphic Clockwork is certainly inspiring. Vanden Plas have proved again that it is the most imaginative and diverse of German prog metal bands and justly enjoys the highest international acclaim. It can only be a matter of time before this concept album also makes it onto the stage.
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