DUFF MCKAGAN has split from JANE’s ADDICTION, five months after joining the band. Reuters reports PERRY FARRELL, DAVE NAVARRO and STEPHEN PERKINS issued a statement via e-mail, thanking McKagan for helping them write songs. The group e-mail stated, “We love the songs we worked on with him -– and the gigs were a blast -– but musically we were headed in a different direction. From here, Duff is off to work on his own stuff so we wish him all the best.”
In a Twitter posting, Farrell wrote, “Jane’s wishes Duff much luck with his band LOADED. What a fun time we all had working together. Look out for his record and tour this fall.” Blabbermouth.net reports Loaded recently finished recording its new album at a studio in the Seattle area.
Five months ago, McKagan said he joined Jane’s Addiction because he needed to occupy himself while VELVET REVOLVER was searching for a new singer. In an interview with Seattle Weekly in April, the bassist said, “Velvet is in a period of downtime right now, and perhaps we will one day get a new singer. For now, though, I have to look at opportunities when they are presented.”
American Speedway, the beer guzzlin’ punk rock n roll foursome from the Philadelphia-area, have nearly completed their sophomore album A Bigger Boat (due Winter 2010). A 7″ vinyl single will be released in Fall 2010 and the featured track entitled “Howl (Ya Doin?) is exclusively streaming on Stereokiller.com right now – http://www.stereokiller.com/AmericanSpeedway .
In January 2010, Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty joined the band as the new lead guitarist. McGurty was lead axe for an all female metal band called WENCH, who (in the early 90s) had a good amount of success domestically and also toured throughout Europe and the UK several times.
American Speedway is most known for topping the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio, Punk Channel 29, with their hit single “One Foot In, One Foot Out” back in Summer of 2008. They also charted on CMJ’s Heavy Rock charts with their single “Ship of Fools” in November 2008. “Ship of Fools” was the title track to their debut album released in January 2007.
The band has engaged on tours with The Meatmen, as well as provided main support for The Supersuckers, Mike Watt, Valient Thorr, just to name a few.
The street date for A Bigger Boat has yet to be set, but it will be released by Prophase Music, and distributed nationally by MVD Entertainment Group. The bands sophomore release will be available on CD and vinyl. The vinyl will include a card with a unique number so fans can download the entire album on MP3.
The band is:
Michael Thursby Speedway – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Chris Callahan – Drums
Billy Angry – Bass/Vocals
Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty – Guitar
In an official band statement made this afternoon, KAMELOT have postponed their North American tour, which was set to begin this week:
“Hi Kamelot Nation.
As many of you know, Roy has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour. We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa — the band is tighter than ever and Michael from Circus Maximus is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today’s rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% Kamelot Experience. We appreciate that many fans have waited more than 2 years for new material and to see us perform together. Our new album, Poetry for the Poisoned represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved.
Though we will suffer financial losses on this late hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make – we regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full form Kamelot strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty! We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return. To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the sold-out Progpower Festival, as a one off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival. Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!
Best regards, Kamelot Members”
Metal Heaven is pleased to announce the signing of Swiss Hard Rock outfit Sideburn to their label for Europe & Japan release (except Switzerland).
The band comments: “We have been in contact with Georg at AOR Heaven since the release of Cherry Red, who has done a great work promoting it and our previous releases. And as we are pretty loyal, it’s a quite a logical move for us to collaborate with such a passionate company.”
Sideburn are: Roland Pierrehumbert – Vocals, Fred Gudit – Rythm Guitars, Boris – Lead Guitar, Michel Demierre – Bass, Lionel Blanc – Drums.
The new album will be released in February 2011 and will be co-produced, mixed and mastered by the legendary producer Beau Hill.Check out the video clip of “Cherry Red” below!
It’s been a busy summer for New York rock combo THE CRINGE—singer/songwriter/guitarist John Cusimano, lead guitarist James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns) and drummer Shawn Pelton (“Saturday Night Live” Band, Bruce Springsteen)—and their activity is only accelerating heading into the Fall. Since the June 8 release of their third album, PLAY THING, the band has kept busy on the road, online and in the media.
MIND KEY have recently announced the addition of the new drummer Mirkko De Maio to the line-up. The band issued the following statement: “We are very pleased with Mirkko. We think he’s 100% the right man for us. His musical background, his experience (although he’s really young) and his incredible energy and taste in playing make him the perfect fit for MK”. Mind Key looks forward to present the new guy on stage and to continue the evolving musical path started with the recent release of the band’s second album “Pulse for a Graveheart”. You can have an introduction to Mirkko at www.mirkkodemaio.com
In the meantime, Mind Key have redesigned their with a new layout and a RSS Feed feature to follow every news about the band. Check it out at www.mindkey.it
Last but not least, the band started the songwriting for the third album which the guys hope to release by the end of 2011.
Underdawg Promotion has arranged the following Club Parties in Germany to celebrate the release of the highly anticipated KISKE – SOMERVILLE album.
23.9 Ochsenfurt @ Postkeller
23.9 Ludenscheid @ Alte Druckerei
24.9 Uster (CH) @ Rock City
24.9 Ludwigsburg @ Rock Fabirk (Michael Kiske and Amanda Somerville will make a special personal appearance in this party!)
25.9 Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater
During the parties the album and videoclips will be played in full and some free copies of the album will be raffled.
Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, STARBREAKER, LAST TRIBE) has finished laying down his parts for the forthcoming solo album from Ralf Scheepers of German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. According to a posting on the PRIMAL FEAR web site, “Magnus delivered his guitar parts on some songs of the album and did a killer job as always. Just some more lead guitars are missing by some other great players and we’re ready to mix the album after the forthcoming [PRIMAL FEAR] European tour!”
As previously reported, powerhouse American vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will make a guest appearance on Scheepers’ forthcoming CD. Owens will be heard dueting with Scheepers in the track “Remission Of Sin”. Other guest musicians expected to appear on the album include Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (DIMMU BORGIR, THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE) on drums, Sander Gommans (AFTER FOREVER, HDK) on guitar and PRIMAL FEAR‘s Mat Sinner playing bass on the entire LP and producing. A photo shoot with Alex Kuehr for the CD’s cover took place in early July in Germany.
In a recent interview with the “Metalzone” radio show (web site) with Kostas Purevil Kyriakakis and Helena Mihailidou, Scheepers revealed that his upcoming solo album will include a remake of his song “Saints Of Rock” from Scheepers‘ pre-PRIMAL FEAR band TYRAN PACE and a cover version of “Before The Dawn’ from JUDAS PRIEST. “‘Saints Of Rock’ is gonna be, of course, a little bit more modern than it was [when the original version was recorded] in 1986,” he explained. “I mean, right now we have much more possibilities to make songs sound a little bit more modern, starting with the drum sound and the bass sounds — having a much more distorted sound.” He added, “I think ‘Before The Dawn’ pretty much is a [straight] cover — [there's] just a little more orchestral things going on, I have more strings in the song compared to the JUDAS PRIEST [original]. Back then there wasn’t much strings going on. I think they even have a piano [in the original version], which I don’t have. I have strings and I have this atmosphere stuff going on. Vocal-wise, I just added a harmony at the last bridge before last chorus, I added a harmony which is not on the original, but that’s the basic difference.”
In a June 2010 interview with Metal Assault, Scheepers stated about the musical direction of his forthcoming solo CD, “It’s more diverse [than PRIMAL FEAR], you can say.” He added, “In the beginning I had those ballads that we couldn’t use for PRIMAL FEAR because they might be too mellow, but now we’ve started to write together on it. Basically, it’s my ideas on it, but I have a great team, with Mat and Magnus and some other members — Sander [Gommans], the ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist, helped me a lot. It’s a good variety — from the hardest to the softest tones.”
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, “16.6 – All Over The World” (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled “Live In The USA”.
The brand new Primal Fear European tour is about to kick off:
18.09.2010 POL – Warsaw – Progresja
19.09.2010 CZ – Pardubice – Zluty Pes Pardubice
21.09.2010 D – Aschaffenburg – Colossaal
22.09.2010 D – Munich – Backstage
23.09.2010 D – Cologne – Underground
25.09.2010 IT – Bari Modugno – Demode
26.09.2010 IT – Rome – Black Out
28.09.2010 AUT – Woergl – Komma
29.09.2010 D – Nuernberg – Hirsch
30.09.2010 D – Osnabrueck – Lagerhalle
01.10.2010 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
02.10.2010 D – Bad Arolsen – Outback
04.10.2010 SWE – Vaesteras – Sigurdsgatan2
05.10.2010 SWE – Stockholm – Gotokolare
06.10.2010 SWE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
08.10.2010 FIN – Tampere – Sputnik
09.10.2010 FIN – Helsinki – Dantes Highlight
11.10.2009 D – Hamburg – New Headbangers Ballroom
12.10.2010 FRA – Paris – La Scene Bastille
13.10.2010 FRA – Lyon – Marche Gare
14.10.2010 FRA – Mulhouse – Noumatrouf
15.10.2010 D – Speyer – Halle 101
04.12.2010 BEL – Kuuren – Hippodrom
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of VEGA, a very exciting new Melodic Rock band from the UK, featuring former KICK vocalist Nick Workman and the successful and respected songwriting partnership of Tom and James Martin (House of Lords, Ted Poley of Danger Danger, Khymera, Sunstorm to name but a few), together with drummer Dan Chantrey.
VEGA are set to bring back the reputation of British Melodic Rock music with a strongly original sound approach that while obviously influenced by the genre’s greatest names (from Bon Jovi, to Def Leppard and Journey) adds a strong personal element that will definitely bring the band to the attention of a very wide audience.
The band’s debut album “Kiss Of Life” has been recorded under the direction of producer John Greatwood (engineer for Tom Lord-Alge of QUEEN fame), with the band selecting a total of 12 songs out of a total of 25 written for the purpose. Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) stepped up to the plate to put the final touches to the album, mastering it in his studio in Germany. The band has also recently finished the shooting of the first video for the album title track, which will be launched as first single in the fall.
Singer Nick Workman commented: “We are pleased and excited to be signed to Frontiers Records. We are very proud of this album and believe that it brings new vibe to the rock scene whilst maintaining the roots of all of the bands that have inspired us over the years!”
Frontiers plans to release the debut album “Kiss of Life” later this year with more details to follow later. VEGA will be out on the road in the new year taking their music to the Rock fans live on stage!
Power metal rockers ROSS THE BOSS — featuring Ross The Boss of Manowar and Dictators fame — have several American shows happening this week! The band will be headlining the Midweek Mayhem show this Wednesday, which is the pre-party for the annual Progpower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This special concert will also feature Scott Columbus also of Manowar fame performing with RTB!
The band then heads to upstate New York the following day to headline a shows at Fusion, and the following day in Allston, Massachusetts. The festivities come to a culmination this Sunday with a headlining ROSS THE BOSS performance at the Duff’s Bar sponsored Thunderfest 2010 in New York City.
ROSS THE BOSS East Coast USA September 2010 Concerts:
9/08/2010 The Loft – Atlanta, GA @ Progpower USA Pre-Party w/ Vangough, Seven Kingdoms
9/09/2010 Fusion – Syracuse, NY w/ Seventh Calling, Titanium Black, Trial By Fire9/10/2010 O’brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
9/12/2010 Bowery Electric – New York, NY w/ Magus Beast, Ravage, Martyrd, Horrifier. Seventh Calling, Made Again
Ross has been captivating rock and metal fans since the early 70’s. Originally as a member of The Dictators, he is best known for his work as co-founder of Manowar. As the band’s main songwriter and guitarist, his work can be found on Manowar’s first six albums. After releasing the first official ROSS THE BOSS album New Metal Leader in 2009, AFM Records will release the second full-length from RTB stateside on November 9th. More info on the album’s unveiling will be announced in mere days.In North America contact Earsplit with all press coverage and inquires for ROSS THE BOSS.
I don’t know who writes up the stickers that embrace the front of the CDs from Victory Records artist Sister Sin, but they always catch the eye of this 80’s metal fan. Sister Sin’s latest output True Sound of the Underground declares the CD as real street metal for fans of Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Scorpions & Accept. Typically, when I read this on the cover of a CD, I think to myself, “Yeah Right”, but in the case of Sister Sin, they completely nailed it. If you like 80’s metal, you are going to enjoy True Sound of the Underground!
My first taste of Sister Sin came with their 2008 release, Switchblade Serenades. I really like that CD a lot, so it was only natural that I was going to pick this disc up. Typically, I have an aversion to female hard rock singers, but this is not the case Sister Sin’s Liv. Liv often reminds me of Doro Pesch when she sings. She has the perfect metal voice, and one that really helps to drive these songs home. True Sound of the Underground blasts off with the opening numbers, “Sound of the Underground”, and “Outrage”. To my ears, these are the best songs on the album, but the all of the songs rock. If you are looking for some power ballads, you won’t find it here. The eleven tracks here are packed full of up tempo heavy metal. If anything, this album could have used a couple of slower tracks to break up the pace a little bit. A little more diversity could have given some of these songs a bigger impact. “Sound of the Underground” and “Outrage” are both awesome, as is the cover song “24-7″.
Most folks may not recognize “24-7” as a cover tune, but this is a Udo Dirkschneider tune from his 2005 CD, Mission No. X. I like Sister Sin’s version of the song better than Udo’s quite honestly. Liv’s voice is nowhere near as abrasive as Udo’s and this makes the lyrics much easier to understand.
Another highlight on the album is the headbanging tune “Heading for Hell”. This kick ass song will have you throwing your horns up in no time!
Overall, True Sound of the Underground doesn’t break any new ground musically, but if you are a fan of 80’s metal, you won’t care about that any more than I do. I believe Switchblade Serenades is a stronger disc than True Sound of the Underground, but this disc does not disappoint in the least. You can download the song “Outrage” for free at this link, and you can score a digital copy of True Sound of the Underground for only $5.o0 in the month of September here! Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Sound of the Underground
03. Better Than Them
05. Heading For Hell
06. I Stand Alone
07. Built To Last
08. The Devil I Know
09. Times Aren’t A-Changing
11. Beat Em Down
Sister Sin is:
Benton – Bass
Dave – Drums
Liv – Vocals
Jimmy – Guitar
I have been a Jorn Lande fan pretty much from the first time I have heard him sing. To see Jorn Lande perform live is definitely on this metalhead’s bucket list. Masterplan may have come as close to metal perfection as they are ever going to get by having Jorn Lande return to the band. While the band is extremely talented in its own right, Jorn Lande’s powerhouse vocals really make Masterplan one of the better new metal acts of the last decade. Check out their killer new video, “Time To Be King” below.