SHARE THE WELT TOUR FEATURING FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, HATEBREED, ALL THAT REMAINS, AND REV THEORY KICKS OFF OCTOBER 16TH
Five Finger Death Punch recently unveiled the artwork for their forthcoming studio album, American Capitalist. The album is the band’s third studio album and follow up to the hugely successful War is the Answer, which was released in 2009. The band’s current single “Under and Over It” is currently number 7 on active rock radio, and continues to be a hit on the iTunes Metal and Rock charts. Artist Direct called the song a “call-to-arms” and that it “solidifies Five Finger Death Punch as the modern kings of metal.”
The band will be heading out on the road this Fall the headline the much anticipated SHARE THE WELT TOUR, with Hatebreed, All That Remains, and Rev Theory. For a full list of dates and more visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com.
“Under and Over It” on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/under-and-over-it-single/id452346757
Official Site: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com
Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of one of the leading forces in Swedish Heavy Metal, RAM!
Comments RAM: “We are very pleased and proud to sign with a metal label that has done so much for Heavy Metal and has such an amazing legacy. We are also very pleased to become labelmates with our good friends and fellow Swedish old school headbangers Portrait and In Solitude. Now with the Blade of metal behind our backs the conquest of demolition continues! HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!”
RAM was created back in ’99 and released their first E.P“Sudden Impact” in 2003. After playing numerous festivals and a support tour for Sebastian Bach they released their first longplayer “Forced Entry” in late 2005 which brought the entire old school Heavy Metal community to its knees.RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity, did some Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray and played gigs and festivals all over Europe.
In 2008 the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to record the album “Lightbringer” which was released in 2009 via AFM Records. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but strife for pure Heavy Metal perfection. RAM also headed out on a headline European tour to promote the album.
In 2011 RAM went back into the studio to record their third album “Death”. This time they worked with producers Per Stålberg and Olle Björk to create their best album to date by far. Live shows as support for Swedish extreme black metal band Watain followed as well as destroying some festivals.
Metal Blade and the World tremble in fear before the early 2012 release of the Metal behemoth that is“Death”.
RAM are back! Necks will be broken!
Oscar Carlquist – Vocals
Morgan Pettersson – Drums
Harry Granroth – Guitar
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Tobias Peterson – Bass
More details on RAM and their new album “Death” will be posted in the weeks and months to come!
Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal band SISTERhave announced four more Europan shows for 2011, supporting FOZZY!
15/11/11 – DE – Köln – MTC
16/11/11 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
17/11/11 – DK – Copenhagen – The Rock
18/11/11 – DE – Berlin – White Trash
SISTER will also be playing headlining shows throughout Europe in September! Supports will be local.
Lock your daughters and hide your wives, SISTER take no prisoners once they have passed the borders to your countys!
16/09/11 – CH – Uster – Rock City
17/09/11 – DE – Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
18/09/11 – IT – Bologna – Sottotetto Sound Club
20/09/11 – FR – St. Etienne – Thunderbird Lounge
21/09/11 – FR – Paris – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
22/09/11 – BE – Roselare – De Verlichte Geest
23/09/11 – BE – Arlon – t.b.a.
24/09/11 – DE – Köln – t.b.a.
Comments the band: “Finally after a spring/summer of recording and releasing the first collaboration with Metal Blade, our debut album HATED, its time for Sister to head down through Europe! This is what we have longed for the last year and all the work we have put into everything is pretty much the preperation of one thing. To hit the roads. we will tour as much as possible now with the album out and this tour together with the U.D.O-tour will be our first mark in Europe. There will be full-blown riots so take the chance to check us out when we come to your town!”
SISTER have also been confirmed as the opening band for a part of the upcoming European tour of the one and only U.D.O.!
SISTER will support U.D.O. – the band of former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider – at shows in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland. The bill will be completed by SISTER SIN.
+ SISTER SIN
24/11/11 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon
25/11/11 – DE – Pirmasens – Quasimodo
27/11/11 – DE – Berlin – C-Club
30/11/11 – BE – As – GC Drieschaar
01/12/11 – DE – Recklinghausen – Vest Arena
02/12/11 – DE – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
03/12/11 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
04/12/11 – DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
06/12/11 – DE – Langen – Neue Stadthalle
07/12/11 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
09/12/11 – DE – Balingen – Volksbankmesse
10/12/11 – DE – Memmingen – Stadthalle
Comments SISTER: “Udo and Accept has been a big influence for the members in Sister for a long time and to open for U.D.O. is fucking great for sure! We’re really looking forward to it all and this is one of many things that we wished for at this stage in our career. With the new album “HATED” out this summer the only thing we want to do is to hit the roads! Germany has been our “second home” the last years and has except for Sweden been the country we undoubtedly done most gigs. It´s always been a blast down there. This will of course be no exception and we will see all of you bastards when the time comes. We promise a riot on stage and thank U.D.O. and the organization around him for this opportunity! Cheers!”
About the band:
SISTER, who hails from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. SISTER consists of 4 members- Jamie on vocals, Lestat on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals- who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses.
SISTER’s Metal Blade debut HATED has been released the 3rd/6th of June, 2011!
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of GYPSYHAWK, a band who hails from Pasadena, CA and is part of the Modern Wave of Classic Heavy Metal. Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and Deep Purple with contemporaries like The Hellacopters, somehow just a few average dudes with a penchant for riffs have set out to return music to the people that really appreciate it. GYPSYHAWK is a band’s band, a fan’s band, and a flat-out rock and roll band when music needs it most.
The band comments: “Metal Blade Records has been making the hits since before most of us were born. They inherently had a latent inspiration on all of us, cranking out some of the most inspirational sounds to come out after the ‘70s. To be part of this family doesn’t leave much to be desired. In the mean time we’ll be doing our best to live up to the Metal Blade legacy and couldn’t be more eager for everything we’ve been working for during the last two and half years.”
“GYPSYHAWK captures the epic 70′s hard rock riffs of such great 70′s bands as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with their own updated twist. We are excited to be working with such a gifted band and look forward to their first album on Metal Blade. “ comments Michael Faley of Metal Blade Records.
Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris (former bassist of Ohio blackened thrashersSkeletonwitch), GYPSYHAWK’s foursome is rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Erik Kluiber, and drummer Ian Brown.
Andrew Packer- Guitars
Eric Harris- Bass and Voice
Ian “P.P. Rider” Brown – Drums
Erik “Ron Houser” Kluiber- Guitars
About the band:
In a time when music is shoveled down listeners’ throats, GYPSYHAWK backs up the walk with rock, and maybe a little swagger but that’s all for good showmanship as much as the sake of the song. The Pasadena, Calif. foursome has been honing its sound, sharpening its riffs and showing the promise it holds in the palm of their hands since the band’s mid-2009 inception through perseverance, practice, and an ever-increasing number of shows both at home in Southern California and across the U.S.
Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris, having already put in his time with Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch before moving to California, GYPSYHAWK’s foursome was initially rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Scotty Conant, and drummer Joe Fabio. The band’s promising self-recorded January 2010 demo caught Bay Area-based Creator-Destructor’s attention, which in turn led to the July 2010 release of Patience and Perseverance a full, twelve-track debut mixing melodies, musicianship, monstrous riffs, and the all important guitar solo.
Recorded in April 2010 in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Light This City),GYPSYHAWK enlisted artist Dan Lerner to create a fitting visual representation of the band’s manifest, which Harris and company think Lerner more than accomplished, mixing eerie vibes with hippy mentality, suiting for the band’s brand of harmonies and hard rock. With Patience and Perseverance and subsequent early praise for such a new band, GYPSYHAWK hopes to keep spreading the love for melody and riffs – and the solos –and everything that made the ‘70s era of super rock so fun.
Since the release of Patience and Perseverance, and several tours in support of the record,GYPSYHAWK has finally capitalized on the hard work the band has burdened their shoulders with in its brief, but bubbly and budding, existence. Now supplementing founders Packer and Harris are guitaristErick Kluiber and drummer Ian Brown, injecting some fresh blood into the four-piece, long-haired outfit.
Up next: another nation-wide tour in support of Patience – all booked themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion, whereupon GYPSYHAWK is unveiling a handful of new songs which will surface on a second full-length, so fans will get a preview before the tunes are laid down in the studio. Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed!
Check out the band’s video “Gypsyhawk” below!
GuitarWorld.com hosting the next three exclusive track video descriptions from ARCH/MATHEOS! Album of the month in both German magazines, ROCK HARD and HEAVY!
The new progressive rock band, ARCH/MATHEOS featuring Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist ofFates Warning) are readying the release of their highly anticipated debut album Sympathetic ResonanceSeptember 9th/12th on Metal Blade Records. The album is available for pre-order now atARCHMATHEOS.com.
GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine is offering an exclusive look inside Sympathetic Resonance. Jim Matheos and John Arch will provide a track by track video description of each song on the album. After the description of the song, each video features an exclusive 30 second sneak peek of the song. Check out the third video discussing the track “Stained Glass Sky”, the fourth song “On The Fence” and song number five, “Any Given Day” at GuitarWorld.com and be sure to check back in tomorrow for the final track “Incense And Myrrh”!
Recently Jim Matheos and John Arch recently took some time to discuss Sympathetic Resonance with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel for Metal Blade TV.Jim and John discuss how the project came together as a natural evolution from Arch‘s “Twist of Fate”EP. They also reflect on the recording process, how they started slowly with baby steps and howJohn‘s return to music on a full time basis was due to Jim‘s inspiration. The interview can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.archmatheos.com.
ARCH/ MATHEOS has released the first single off the group’s upcoming full-length debut Sympathetic Resonance. The new track, a 5 minute clip of the song Stained Glass Sky that clocks in at just less than 14 minutes, can be heard at http://www.archmatheos.com.
Sympathetic Resonance will be available in two formats. First as a digipak-CD and second on limited vinyl as 2-Gatefold-LP including the ‘A Twist Of Fate’ EP! A shirt bundle is available as well, check out the pre-order section at http://www.archmatheos.com!
Cover art for Sympathetic Resonance was fashioned using an image created by light painting photographer Dennis Calvert, who has described light painting as “The ability to see in 4 dimensions, time traveling, and creating fantasy using only what we base all reality on, light.”
Sympathetic Resonance track listing:
Stained Glass Sky
On the Fence
Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)
Incense and Myrrh
The band -accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar- began tracking the drums on January 12 and continued to record through March with Jim Matheos producing. ARCH/ MATHEOS is pleased to announce Sympathetic Resonance as the title of the debut album, which will be released September 9/12, 2011 in Europe!
John Arch – vocals (former Fates Warning)
Jim Matheos – guitars (Fates Warning, OSI)
Joey Vera – bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches)
Bobby Jarzombek – drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot)
Frank Aresti – additional lead guitar (Fates Warning)
ARCH/MATHEOS will make their live debut at the Keep It True festival, taking place April 27-28, 2012 in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany! Find out more about the line-up and presale tickets at http://www.keep-it-true.de/” target=”_blank”>http://www.keep-it-true.de.
Sympathetic Resonance receives excellent press results! It´s ALBUM OF THE MONTH in Rock Hardmagazine, Germany with a 9 out of 10 review and ALBUM OF THE MONTH in Heavy magazine, Germany, with a 12 out of 12 review! It also got a 14 out of 15 review in Legacy magazine, Germany, a 9 out of 10 review at http://www.metal.de and a 9.5 out of 10 review at http://www.powermetal.de!
LIVE INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE AND Q&A WITH THE BAND
CHICKENFOOT III DUE SEPTEMBER 27th FROM eONE MUSIC and earMUSIC/Edel
CHICKENFOOT – the supergroup featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar – are offering fans a very special free Live Concert Webcast: Chickenfoot Presents “III” on the release date of their forthcoming album Chickenfoot III, September 27th. At 6PM PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME the band will perform tracks from the new album at TRI Studios in Marin County, CA and host a 30-minute Q&A session with the fans at the band’s official website. Chickenfoot III is available now for pre-order on iTunes.
“These are exciting times,” said Hagar. “When a band can have the technology to allow them to perform in a state-of-the-art setting and take that performance out around the world is amazing! I’m up for that!”
Fans can submit their questions to be included in the live Q&A session at the band’s official website leading up to the live webcast. Special promotional opportunities to be a member of the live in-studio audience in the studio will be announced on the band’s social sites as well. The webcast will rebroadcast on the the band’s official website on September 28th at NOON PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME.
“Chickenfoot III”, produced by Mike Fraser and featuring a 3D package, is due September 27th from eOne Music in North America and around the world by earMUSIC/Edel. The lead single, “Big Foot,” debuted at #1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart holding the position for four weeks and earning over 1.5 million listeners. In addition to the initial performance at radio, “Big Foot” is garnering additional media buzz on Rolling Stone’s Hot List in the September 1st issue:
“Get on the good foot! The world’s most random supergroup returns with dinosaur rock so lumberingly powerful that an actual T.rex would flee from its Satriani-ified riffery.”
“Chickenfoot III” features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen. Colossal, stadium-shaking riffs abound on earth-movers such as “Alright, Alright,” “Last Temptation,” “Big Foot,” and “Lighten Up.” Tradition meets innovation on the Nashville pop-tinged “Different Devil,” the Delta-blues flavored “Something Going Wrong” and the aching rock ballad “Come Closer.” Special video releases and more can be seen at the band’s official website , as well as their podcast, YouTube, Facebook and Google+ pages.
“Chickenfoot III” follows up the band’s 2009 debut album, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band was also named “Best New Band” at Classic Rock Magazine.
For the “Big Foot” music video, more information about Chickenfoot and the upcoming release Chickenfoot III, please visit www.chickenfoot.us or stay connected via Twitter at www.twitter.com/chickenfoot and Facebook at www.facebook.com/chickenfoot. For more information on TRI studios go to http://www.tristudios.com.
HEARTLAND originally were the brainchild of singer Chris Ousey (ex VIRGINIA WOLF) and guitarist Gary Sharpe (ex MONROE). Released in 1991 on A&M Records, HEARTLAND’s self-titled debut album is regarded as one of the finest releases in British Melodic Rock history. Produced by Jimbo Barton (Gary Moore, Queensryche a.o.), ‘Heartland’ includes the classics ‘Carrie Ann’, ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ and ‘Walking On Ice’. ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ was released a single in the same year. To promote the record, the UK rockers at the time of the release being went on the road together with Mr. Big. HEARTLAND are still active today, with a different line-up, but still centered around singer Chris Ousey. So far the band has released 10 studio albums and one best of compilation – most of them on a small British underground label. Due to legal reasons, the best of album did not include any tracks from this first record.
Therefore the German label Yesterrock is even more proud to announce the reissue of the first ‘Heartland’ album, which has been a long time out of print and became a rare and expensive collector’s item. In cooperation with Universal Music Germany, Yesterrock is now re-releasing this sought after album. All songs have been lavishly remastered.
Heartland will be released September 12th, 2011 via Yesterrock Records.
Swedish rockers Saturday Night Strike have released a new video in support of their up and coming self titled album. Check out the video “Party Mood” below!
Gothenburg based Saturday Night’s Strike delivers party Rock’N’Roll with attitude, humor and heaviness. Their magnificent live shows together with 4 alter egos create one of the craziest experiences on the Swedish rock scene today. The band was put together 2008 and the concept is to blend rock, punk, metal and have one hell of a live show. When alter egos as The Party Police, Pink Cowboy, Beer Bandit and Joker Wild enter the stage anything can and will happen…intoxication tests, wild parties and sometimes even a Rock N Roll reverend shows up…give Saturday Night’s Strike space and something wild and crazy will happen!
The album is recorded at Grand Recordings Studios in Gothenburg and mixed by Svein Jensen (M.A.N., Hide the Knives, Sister Sin, Outshine, Troublemakers, etc). It´s mastered byGöran Finnberg (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, M.A.N, Troublemakers, Opeth etc) and will be released by Dead Tree Music December 2010.
Saturday Night’s Strike is compared to bands like: TURBONEGRO, GLUCIFER, HELLACOPTERS, MÖTLEY CRUE
Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica:
Dave Ziggera aka “The Party Police”
Abben aka “Joker Wild”
Lead guitar and backing vocals:
Chris Highlander aka “Pink Cowboy”
Bass, backing vocals:
Zeb aka “Beer Bandit”
02. Scandinavian girls
03. Party mood
04. Blackout midnight
05. Fuck yeah
06. Dirty dirty
07. We give it all
08. Let´s Rock n Roll
09. Nice boys
10. Won´t be back
11. All the way
12. So long
Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.
“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre — and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.
“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.
“Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners,” said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.
The first release from Rush through this deal will be various live configurations recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974′s self-titled debut, 1976′s “2112,” 1981′s “Moving Pictures,” 1996′s “Test For Echo,” and 2002′s “Vapor Trails.” Rush’s most recent studio album, 2007′s “Snakes & Arrows,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. Their 20th studio album, titled “Clockwork Angels,” is due in 2012.
In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage at this year’s gala event. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance — their first in over 30 years — on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film I Love You, Man. A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.” For more information about Rush, visit: www.rush.com.
About Roadrunner Records:
Originally founded in 1980 in the Netherlands, Roadrunner Records earned its place as one of the most prominent international independent record labels. Established primarily as a hard rock label, Roadrunner now boasts depth and variety in its artists. The label has experienced unprecedented success with multi-platinum artists Nickelback and Slipknot, platinum Theory of a Deadman, gold-certified Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage, as well as modern heavy hitters Korn, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Trivium and Opeth. Roadrunner’s current roster also includes Lenny Kravitz (via a partnership with Atlantic Records), plus diverse acts such as up and comers Young The Giant, The Parlor Mob, Black Stone Cherry and Airbourne. Loud & Proud Records, a label joint-venture with Roadrunner, is home to established rock acts including Rob Zombie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Steve Miller Band and KISS (Europe and select territories). The Roadrunner catalog includes now-classic albums from seminal artists such as Type O Negative, Sepultura and King Diamond. For more information about Roadrunner, visit: www.roadrunnerrecords.com.
GOOGLE TO CELEBRATE FREDDIE MERCURY’S BIRTHDAY WITH VERY SPECIAL GOOGLE DOODLE
TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY QUEEN FRONTMAN
GOES LIVE TODAY
To mark the 65th birthday of one of rock’s most iconic artists, Google posted a rare and extraordinary tribute to Freddie Mercury with a very special Google doodle on its homepage. The Google doodle was created to celebrate the life and talents of the legendary Queen frontman.
The video clip seeks to capture the dynamism and diversity of Mercury’s career through an animation that’s as colorful and playful as his stage performances.
Created by Google’s in-house team of illustrators, animators, and engineers, the doodle was available for users outside of the US on September 5th, Mercury’s 65th birthday. The doodle is available on Google.com in the US today, September 6th, as a belated “Happy Birthday” to Freddie since his actual birthday fell on Labor Day.
Google runs special doodles on its homepage as a celebration of holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. The worldwide tribute from Google is something that doesn’t happen very often. Google has previously run video doodles for other legendary entertainers including John Lennon and Charlie Chaplin.
For more information on the “Freddie For A Day” charitable fundraiser go to