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SIMMONS RECORDS/UME RECORDING ARTIST
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS MAJOR LABEL DEBUT OUT NOW
BAND NOW ON FEAR FACTORY TOUR
Their Own “ROCK CITY” TV Show Premieres On SPIKE TV In September
Kobra And The Lotus make their major label debut with their self-titled album KOBRA AND THE LOTUS on April 16, 2013, on Simmons Records/T-Boy Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UME).
Formed in 2009 by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, Kobra And The Lotus have been more than busy touring Canada, the UK and Europe extensively with ball-busting hard work and intensity that secured coveted slots at Hellfest, Wacken Open Air, Download and Bloodstock in 2012.
The life of Kobra Paige and her band Kobra And The Lotus, will be chronicled for the show “Rock City,” airing on Spike TV, Fall 2013. Their 8 episode season will follow the grit, drama, and thrills, both on the road and off, as this emerging metal band takes to the road on their world tour.
Featuring female metal warrior Kobra Paige on lead vocals, Jasio Kulakowski on guitar, Pete Dimov on bass and Griffin Kissack on drums, the band recently added Latin America’s most famous metal axeman Charlie Parra del Riego.
For Kobra And The Lotus’ self-titled release, producer Kevin Churko (Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne) was brought in to assist delivering precise songs heavy with emotion. The Kobra and The Lotus release has an intentionally grand-scale dynamic, magnifying the glories of the genre and making its mark as ‘arena’ rather than ‘garage’ rock.
The band is co-signed to Gene Simmons’ label - Simmons’ Records. Simmons has a longstanding reputation for discovering, assisting or recognizing new artists like Van Halen. Many of the early artist demos he worked on or helped with have gone on to become multi-platinum records and legendary rock anthems.
Andy Gould, head and curator of T-Boy Records, recognized Kobra’s talent and his newly minted T-Boy Records will serve as the umbrella label for Kobra And The Lotus. T-Boy Records releases new music and albums from established iconic hard-rock bands. Current releases include Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (due April 23) and Megadeth’s Super Collider (due June 4). Gould adds, “It’s great to have a fresh act on the label that is carrying on all the best heavy metal traditions. And of course, it’s fantastic to be in business with Gene [Simmons].”
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS packs a powerful 10-track punch featuring the multi-range wailing vocals of metal hellion Kobra Paige, with infectious harmonies and sweeping choruses over powerful metal riffs, thundering bass and rapid fire percussion. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS contains driving anthems “50 Shades of Evil,” “Welcome To My Funeral,” “My Life” and “Forever One,” more dramatic stylings in “Aria of Karmika,” and they build on tradition with “Nayana” and “No Rest For The Wicked”. The band sets the stage for a tender intimate moment with “Sanctuary” before launching into skull-crushing guitars to carry the track out.
In support of their new album, Kobra And The Lotus will now take on America with an extensive North American tour supporting Fear Factory. The carnage starts April 14 in Colorado Springs, CO winding throughout the U.S. and Canada conquering this continent one face-melting show at a time.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
April 14 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
April 15 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
April 17 Riot Room Kansas City, MO
April 18 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
April 19 Mojoes Joliet, IL
April 20 Club Fever South Bend, IN
April 21 Diamond Pub & Billiards Louisville, KY
April 23 Rapids Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
April 24 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
April 26 McGuffy’s House of Rock Dayton, OH
April 27 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
April 28 Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY
April 29 The Junkyard Nashua, NH
May 1 The Webster Hartford, CT
May 02 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
May 03 Revolution Amityville, NY
May 04 Mojo 13 Wilmington, DE
May 05 Baltimore Soundstage Baltimore, MD
May 07 NV Knoxville, TN
May 08 Amos South End Charlotte, NC
May 09 Brewsters Roc Bar Jacksonville, FL
May 10 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 11 The Haven Lounge Winter Park, FL
May 12 Brass Mug Tampa, FL
May 14 Trees Dallas, TX
May 15 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX
May 16 Scout Bar Houston, TX
May 17 The Station Broussard, LA
May 18 Riverside Warehouse Shreveport, LA
May 19 The Chameleon Room Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 FUBAR St. Louis, MO
May 22 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
May 28 Club 9one9 Victoria, BC
May 30 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
June 06 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
June 07 LVCS Las Vegas, NV
June 08 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA
In short, heavy metal has a New Face. A New Voice. A New Name. Kobra And The Lotus.
3 Doors Down has announced the third leg of the band’s co-headline tour with Daughtry. The run kicks off on July 5 at the PNC Waterside Pavilion in Solomons. MD, and will continue in to the first week of August. Halestorm will appear as the special guest. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold shares, “We are looking forward to great summer touring with our friends in Daughtry! Everyone had so much fun on the last two legs that we had to add a third and hit some new cities and some outdoor sunshine along the way. See you on the road!”
Prior, 3 Doors down will stage a tour overseas that brings the band to Russia and Poland for the first time, including their inaugural appearance at the Download Festival in the U.K. In May, they are on the U.S. Summer festival circuit with appearances remaining at Welcome To Rockville (Jacksonville, FL) and Carolina Rebellion (Concord, NC), following gigs staged at Fort Rock (Ft. Myers, FL) and the Toad Lick Music Festival (Dothan, AL). Additionally, a special one-time only acoustic evening at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, TN will be staged on May 4. The complete itinerary is here: http://www.3doorsdown.com/events.
On November 19, 2012, 3 Doors Down released THE GREATEST HITS, a collection of nine #1 singles, accompanied by three new songs. While many greatest hits albums signify the end of a career, the band’s recent release is the origin of a new chapter. Historically, few artists over the past two decades have enjoyed a greater level of radio airplay success than 3 Doors Down, and with “One Light” hitting the Top 5, the band has once again proven they are hit makers. The full track-listing includes “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You,” “It’s Not My Time,” “Let Me Go,” “Be Like That,” “Loser,” “Away From The Sun,” “Duck and Run,” “One Light,” “There’s A Life,” and “Goodbyes. Originally from Escatawpa, MS, the band has achieved success across The Globe.
Over the past several months, the quintet has staged two U.S. legs of the World Tour alongside appearances in Dubai and Mexico, and with Europe, Russia, and a third leg across the U.S. on the books, the band continues to be a major attraction.
VIP Ticketing will go live on Thursday, April 18th, with local pre-sales to follow on Thursday, April 25. The general public on-sale will be Friday, April 26. The itinerary for the third leg of the U.S. tour includes appearances in:
7/05 Solomons, MD PNC Waterside Pavilion
7/06 Baltimore, MD Pier 6 Pavilion
7/09 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
7/10 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
7/12 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion *
7/13 Big Flats, NY Tags Summerstage
7/16 Syracuse, NY Oncenter
7/17 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach **
7/22 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater **
7/23 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center *
7/25 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
7/27 Harrington, DE Delaware State Fair (3 Doors Down Only)
7/31 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino *
8/02 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn *
8/03 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *
Halestorm appears on all dates excluding those cited with ** where Ed Kowalczyk will be on the bill and * where special guests are to be determined.
When Vicious Rumors returned from a long, strenuous and immensely successful world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians – least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe – couldn’t really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future. “2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word,” he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. “We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise – what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction.” Now the doubtlessly successful result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors are set to unleash Electric Punishment sounding more multi-faceted and creative than they have done in a long time.
Vicious Rumors has released a new video today “I Am The Gun” in support of Electric Punishment. Check it out below!
There definitely is no discernible loss of friction on Electric Punishment, which is again ruled by what Thorpe refers to as an “impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band”. At the same time, the ten new songs are clearly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor Razorback Killers. “While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth,” Thorpe explains. At the same time, the uncompromising toughness that their fans have come to expect of Vicious Rumors is present on Electric Punishment as well: the two openers ‘I Am The Gun’ and ‘Black X List’ are typical as can be of Vicious Rumors. Thorpe refers to those numbers as “classic power metal tracks which would have fitted on every one of our albums. But there’s also an unusually atmospheric song called ‘Eternally’, an anthem to our audience entitled ‘Together We Unite’ and a deeply black ballad named ‘Escape (From Hell)’. I’m sure that our fans will be just as surprised of the whole album as they will be of the final Kiss cover ‘Strange Ways’.”
Surprised and most likely thrilled, because once again the band has brought all its skills to bear and come up with a real highlight. Thorpe, vocalist Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported by guitarist Thean Rasmussen, who returned to the Vicious Rumors fold after Razorback Killers. In addition, Thorpe & Co. invited a number of former allies to the studio as guest musicians: Brad Gillis features on ‘D-Block’, ‘Together We Unite’ and ‘Eternally’, Marc McGhee on ‘Escape (From Hell)’, and last but not least tour guitarist Bob Capka helped out at the studio with a number of rhythm guitars and a haunting solo on ‘D-Block’. Thorpe: “I had a few problems with my fingers, that’s why I was glad that Bob was there to help. Otherwise it probably wouldn’t have been possible to stick to our tight production schedule.”
So it’s done: Electric Punishment is Vicious Rumors’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.” Vicious Rumors have been scheduled to headline countless clubs and play important festivals (the Headbangers Open Air in Germany and the Alcatraz festival in Belgium having been confirmed already) before going on to Japan and the USA. Thorpe: “We’re facing big challenges again – but that sort of thing has always helped Vicious Rumors to grow!”
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)
01 I Am The Gun
02 Black X List
03 Electric Punishment
02 Escape (From Hell)
03 Dime Store Prophet
01 Together We Unite
03 Thirst For A Kill
01 Strange Ways
02 Murderball (live) (bonus track)
03 Abandoned (live) (bonus track)
“Electric Punishment” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.
VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013
21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest
28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage
02.10. US-Brooklyn,NY – Saint Vitus
04.10. US-Frederick,MD – Bentz Street
05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero