It’s not often a Independent band gets the distinction to be on the top of the charts, but Michigan powerhouse POP EVIL has done it, landing their first career #1 Active Rock single with the highly successful single “Trenches.”
The band is humbled by the reaction to their new album and are ecstatic to be in the top spot at Active Rock. Achieving this while signed to an independent label makes it even more of a major milestone for the band.
To celebrate, POP EVIL is offering the single for $0.69 on iTunes here starting tomorrow, July 2nd. Vocalist Leigh Kakaty weighs in on the good news:
“‘Trenches’ was written about the constant grind to survive in the music business. Earning our first #1 means more than you could imagine! Thanks to our supporters and believers at rock radio, management and record label. Most of all we Thank the Pop Evil die hard fans for making this happen!“
POP EVIL released “Onyx,” their third studio LP earlier this year. Accolades continue to pile up as the band releases their most comprehensive material to date.
“Onyx” debuted at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 and #9 on the Independent Chart.
With over 10,000 copies sold in the first week of release, this makes “Onyx” the most successful first week in the band’s history.
This milestone is the latest in the band’s hard working radio career. POP EVIL has landed a total of 4 Top 10 Active Rock singles and 3 Top 5 Rock Singles on their last album, “War Of Angels.”
The Answer are set to return in 2013 with a new single ‘Spectacular’ on available in August and followed by a new studio album ‘New Horizon’ on October 1st.
Keeping the beacon of Irish rock music well and truly alight, The Answer have consistently delivered commercial, and critically acclaimed albums. The band have toured the world extensively, proving themselves to be an incendiary live act – spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.
Since their third studio album in late 2011, the band instigated a major shakeup in their circumstances and with new management, live booking agents and with new record label on board, late 2012 saw them enter the studio with ex Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepson at the production helm. The new record, “New Horizon” will be their fourth studio album and with mixes from rock icon Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), it will be released on September 30th 2013 through label Napalm Records GmbH in multiple formats soon to be announced!
To shorten the anticipatory wait for the upcoming album, THE ANSWER are making available the single “Spectacular” which features an exclusive radio mix of the song as well as an acoustic version of the album title track “New Horizon” available on 7″ vinyl and an acoustic version of the song “Speak Now” available on the digital release.
Fans have the chance to purchase a rare and strictly limited vinyl single of “Spectacular” released as a Sky Blue Vinyl 7″ and a Green Vinyl 7″, both exclusively available via www.napalmrecords.com. You don’t want to miss this great edition and soon to be a highly sought after collectible! If you are not fortunate enough to get one, you can obtain the single digitally through all of the major digital vendors.
The band were also honoured and privileged that the late Storm Thorgerson and his team designed the artwork for the new album / single and Storm was working on the album cover design just before his sad passing. In a statement released by Storm Studios, they said:
“Never one for looking back or resting on his laurels Storm always got a thrill from working with young bands and from the idea of ‘newness’ in general. In his last few months Storm and the Storm Studios team threw ourselves wholeheartedly into many new projects and New Horizon was one of the last covers we designed together. As is our usual modus operandi, we interrogated the band at length about their music and lives, and listened to the album on repeat for a month. Our final designs were submitted to The Answer very shortly before Storm died. The image itself came from our thoughts about endings and new beginnings, very poignant for all concerned.”
The Downpatrick quartet consists of Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums) and their UK tour will kick off in Belfast on October 11th. Australian band TRACER will perform as very special guests on the UK mainland run in what promises to be one of the finest rock tours at the end of 2013.
(UK and EIRE bold)
Fri 11th Oct Limelight 2, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sat 12th Oct Whelans, Dublin, EIRE
Thurs 17th Oct Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Fri 18th Oct Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Sat 19th Oct Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Sun 20th Oct Corporation, Sheffield, UK
Tues 22nd Oct The Garage, Glasgow, UK
Wed 23rd Oct O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Thurs 24th Oct Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Fri 25th Oct Electric Ballroom, London, UK
Sat 26th Oct The Thekla, Bristol, UK
Sun 27th Oct Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Sat 30th Nov Hard Rock Hell Festival, Pwllheli, Wales
Sign Ups Open July 15 Giving Guitarists Across America the Opportunity to Train with a Rock’n’Roll Icon
One of rock’s most influential guitarists, Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold, joins forces with Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, and Schecter Guitar Research to launch Master Class with Synyster Gates. The talent-discovery program was co-developed by Gates, Guitar Center and Schecter to provide a dynamic group of musicians the chance to have their skills recognized and rewarded with the incredibly rare opportunity to learn from a famed guitarist in an intimate and engaging setting. Master Class with Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold offers a chance for young and emerging artists to learn directly from one of the best in the business and aims to inspire a new generation of rock guitarists.
“Avenged Sevenfold has always been a band that champions musicality,” said Synyster Gates. “ I’m passionate about the art of guitar, and this Master Class is the perfect opportunity to help further the skills and careers of like-minded musicians.”
From his sound to his style, you’d be hard pressed to find a more distinctive musician in rock than Synyster Gates. As lead guitarist for Huntington Beach, California’s Avenged Sevenfold, Gates’ riff and rhythms have helped to power some of this millennium’s most inventive, invigorating, and forceful heavy music. And his work as a soloist, crafting leads that combine gut-level aggression and blinding speed with advanced melodic and harmonic concepts and techniques, has resulted in his being bestowed with numerous honors, including Guitar World’s Best Metal Guitarist, Total Guitar’s Guitarist of the Year, and, with his A7X band mate Zacky Vengeance, a Revolver Golden God for Best Guitarists. Gates recently launched the Hellwin line of amplifiers with the Hellwin USA 100, a 100-watt, three-channel, all-tube unit that he developed in conjunction with renowned amp designer James Brown. This signature series was used in the recording of the upcoming Avenged Sevenfold album due out later this year.
Starting today, seven signature Avenged Sevenfold tracks will be available for download, allowing guitarists to add their best original lead guitar performance to the backing track. Submissions run July 15 to September 15 and will be ranked through artist fan growth across top social networks and music portals. Synyster Gates will then review the top ranked artists and personally select 10 winners who will be flown out to Los Angeles to attend an intimate master class led by the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist himself. All ten winning musicians will also take home a fully-loaded music package including Synyster Gates’ signature-special Schecter guitar, Ernie Ball accessories and more.
To Enter Master Class with Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold visit guitarcenter.com/a7x
Guitar Center Master Class with Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold Winners will Receive:
- VIP Trip to Los Angeles to attend a master class with Synyster Gates in the historic Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room
- Schecter Synyster Gates Special electric guitar
- A behind-the-scenes tour of the Schecter factory and custom shop
- Ernie Ball accessory prize pack
Watch more about the program here:
About Schecter Guitars
Since their birth in 1976, Schecter Guitar Research has been known and sought after for its high quality instruments by those with a discerning eye. Over the last decade the brand and its reputation continues to grow as does the demand for a hand-built US made product. Schecter recently announced the addition of a new 14,000 SQF exclusive Custom Shop facility. Featuring the latest in CNC technology from Haas for pinpoint manufacturing precision, a return to their roots with Schecter’s own line of hand wound pickups and finally a completely environmentally compliant 1,500 SQF sealed spray booth and drying room. Allowing the highest-grade ultra thin and durable automotive finishes along with the ability to offer highly sought after vintage finishing techniques such as nitrocellulose lacquer and conversion varnishes.
As Schecter Guitars moves into its 37th year in business, they have solidified the elite status, as one of the world’s premier guitar companies. Its continually evolving and expanding line of guitars and basses appeals to a broad spectrum of players and diverse musical styles and now features a full line of hand built tube amplifiers and cabinets. Its core business practice offers high-quality products with professional components at an affordable price. One of the company’s strongest assets is its growing roster of high-profile artists, including Disturbed, members of Avenged Sevenfold, Motley Crüe, The Cure, Papa Roach, Seether, Prince, Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots, Nevermore and Black Label Society.
About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 224 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician’s Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.
The legendary, multi-platinum selling band KISS bursts onto your screen as they team up with VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, for the global premiere of the band’s explosive new Lyric Video for the song “Right Here Right Now” from their current release Monster (UMe).
Check out the clip below!
The lyrics and video for “Right Here Right Now” encapsulates KISS’ drive and sheer, unrelenting determination as they triumphantly succeeded in becoming one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time. Packed with all the explosions, fire, confetti and excitement you can expect from a true, larger-than-life KISS concert experience, VEVO’s premiere of KISS’ bombastic new video “Right Here Right Now” brings this extravaganza right into your home and onto your screen. The video also features the legions of devoted fans and KISS Army members from around the world whose dedication continue to make KISS one of the greatest and most successful rock bands in history. “Right Here Right Now” has also been adopted by the Arena Football League (AFL) and will be played in every AFL arena during this season and is destined to become the rally song for years to come.
During KISS’ illustrious, 40-plus year history the band has earned 28 U.S. gold albums, the most gold records for any American rock band, 40 million sales in the U.S., and a total exceeding 100 million worldwide.
You can catch KISS on the road as they continue with their massive 2013 Monster Tour, taking their spectacular stage show around the world in support of Monster.
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
DUE OUT JULY 23 IN NORTH AMERICA
The Winery Dogs (@TheWineryDogs), the power trio featuring rock veterans Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), have signed with Loud & Proud Records. The Winery Dogs’ self-titled debut album will be released in North America on July 23. THE WINERY DOGS was self-produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther). It features a classic rock/power trio sound which seamlessly melds the immense talents of the three veteran rockers.
The band has already released two videos from the new album, “Elevate” and “Desire,” the latter of which recently premiered on Ulitmateclassicrock.com. Both videos can now be seen on their official YouTube page.
Of The Winery Dogs’ signing, Mike Portnoy commented, “I am so excited about The Winery Dogs and am proud and honored to be working with two of the greatest musicians on the planet! Richie Kotzen is such an unbelievable talent, as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. I think The Winery Dogs will finally get him the attention and recognition that he so richly deserves. And what can be said of Billy Sheehan that hasn’t been said already? He is one the true pioneers of the instrument and a legend. I am looking forward to working with the great staff of Loud & Proud Records, some of whom I worked very closely with during their time at Roadrunner and my time with Dream Theater. I look forward to continuing that relationship with The Winery Dogs!”
Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky added, “The debut by The Winery Dogs absolutely rocks and we are very excited that Loud & Proud is their label partner. This body of work showcases not only their renowned skills as musicians and vocalists, but also the depth of their talent as songwriters. Billy, Mike and Richie delivered some of the best performances of their illustrious careers and I am confident this album will be recognized as one of the truly great rock albums of the year.”
Touted as one of the best guitar players in the world, Richie Kotzen also possesses a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and is highly regarded as a gifted songwriter. With guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Kotzen has built a remarkably diverse 20-year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. A prolific songwriter, Richie has written several songs that have gone on to become hit singles around the world and he continues to appear in countless books, magazines and websites, being acknowledged as one of the top guitarists in the world.
Mike Portnoy is one of the founding members of Dream Theater, with whom he played drums for 25 years, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide. Portnoy’s long list of awards include 26 Modern Drummer magazine Reader’s Poll Awards, including Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004, MVP of the Year in 2010, Best Progressive Rock Drummer (for the magazine’s record of 12 years in a row), Best Clinician (twice), Best Educational Video/DVD and Best Recorded Performance of the Year (seven times) while in Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold. He also holds the distinction being the second youngest drummer ever inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (at age 37) and is currently the youngest in the magazine’s Hall of Fame. DRUM! Magazine named him Drummer Of The Year for the last two years in a row (2011 & 2012), and he won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for “Drummer Of The Year” in 2011.
As a founding member of Mr. Big, Billy Sheehan forged his place in hard rock history. Mr. Big’s trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies and earned them numerous hit songs, including the ubiquitous “To Be With You,” which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries, propelling the band to major international success and record sales in the multi-millions. Sheehan was voted the “Best Rock Bass Player” 5 times in Guitar Player magazine’s Readers Poll, earning him a spot in their “Gallery of Greats” along with Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Eddie Van Halen and more, and he has won several Reader’s polls around the world. He won the prestigious Player magazine (Japan’s #1 Music mag) Reader’s Poll for Best Bass Player an unprecedented 14 consecutive times and Burrn! magazine’s (Japan’s #1 heavy metal mag) Readers’ Poll five times. His hands and signature are preserved in cement on the Rockwalk at Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.
Stay tuned for U.S. tour news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.