SAXON’s new album, Call To Arms (out now in Europe), will be released in the US and Canada on September 27th, distributed by EMI.
In support of the release, Saxon have announced the following North American tour dates (with more to be announced):
28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
29 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Last Day Saloon
30 – Sactramento, CA – The Boardwalk
1 – Santa Clara, CA – The Avalon
2 – Santa Ana, CA – The Galaxy
7 – San Antonio, TX – Sunkin Gardens
8 – Saint Charles (Chicago), IL – The Arcada Theatre
13 – New York, NY – B. B. King
14 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
15 – Baltimore, MD – Bourbon Street
Additonal Saxon tour dates can be found on the band’s web sites at this location.
Call To Arms features the following tracklisting
‘Hammer Of The Gods’
‘Back In 79’
‘Surviving Against The Odds’
‘Mists Of Avalon’
‘Call To Arms’
‘Chasing The Bullet’
‘When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)’
‘No Rest For The Wicked’
Legendary metal maven, DORO PESCH, will perform a special show in New York City this Fall. Scheduled for September 9, 2011 at the Gramercy Theatre, the show will mark the official U.S. screening/release party for DORO‘s 25 Years In Rock DVD, set for release in North America via Nuclear Blast on September 13. Released in Europe late last year (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic 2 DVD/CD set includesDORO‘s 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as out-takes from her 2,500th concert and so much more. Tickets for the show will go on sale July 6, 2011. For more info, point your browser HERE.
In related news, professionally filmed video footage PESCH’s entire Hellfest performance in Clisson, France can be viewed HERE (courtesy of Arte, a Franco-German TV network).
For the next three nights, the German metal queen will be filling in for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens on the following Dio Disciples dates:
7/01/2011 Rockstar Live – Bilbao, Spain
7/02/2011 Heineken – Madrid, Spain
7/03/2011 Bikini – Barcelona, Spain
Dio Disciples is the new project featuring former Dio members Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards), along with Owens and additional singer Toby Jepson, who pay tribute to legendary vocalist, Ronnie James Dio. Owens was unable to make the Spanish shows to celebrate his daughter’s wedding.
More DORO news, including additional U.S. dates, to come. In the meantime, be sure to check out DORO‘s new (and official) fan page at:http://www.facebook.com/DoroOfficial.
Frontiers Records is excited to present a new and interesting musical project called TRILLIUM which features the talents of the American singer and songwriter Amanda Somerville.
Mostly known for her catalogue of projects, studio work, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date with bands like AVANTASIA, KAMELOT and EPICA, her most recent endeavors include touring with renowned artist Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and a duet album entitled Kiske-Somerville with metal legend Michael Kiske (HELLOWEEN).
TRILLIUM is however something new, exciting and very diverse for Amanda, who describes it “more like an expedition with my musical family to explore and celebrate the metamorphosis I’ve gone through as an artist over the past several years. Quite simply, it’s my new baby”.
The TRILLIUM name came about since it “symbolizes a trinity because things are always showing up in 3s in my environment and there are a number of triads occurring in this project, as well” tells Amanda. “The name of the album, “Alloy,” is symbolic and metaphorical. An alloy is a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals combined with a nonmetal, intimately mixed. It also means standard; quality; fineness and is an admixture, as of good with evil. I’m a Pisces, so I’m all about duality and combining known elements – sometimes opposing each other – to create something different. Though I’ve been working myself further and further into the metal scene, I still always feel the need to add an extra element to make it shine, bling, stand out”.
Musically TRILLIUM is going to be a hybrid of rock and metal: it’s riffy, has a heavy hand instrumentally and is quite different from anything Amanda has worked on so far. The creative team on the album includes the acclaimed Sascha Paeth & Miro (KAMELOT, AVANTASIA, EPICA, AFTER FOREVER, ANGRA etc.) on production, songwriting and performances with the participation of Sander Gommans (ex After Forever) and also features Jorn Lande on a very special duet with Amanda.
Amanda’s sound is eclectic yet particular, sweet yet raw and commercial yet conventionally-challenged. Singer-songwriter metal with bling. Think Annie Lennox, Doro, Rob Zombie and Sade thrown into a blender and whipped into a frothy concoction.
TRILLIUM debut album “Alloy” will be released worldwide on Frontiers Records in the fall 2011. Watch out for those razor blades. Prosit!
Weblinks: www.amandasomerville.com / www.youtube.com/amandasomerville www.twitter.com/amsomerville / www.myspace.com/amandasomervillemusic www.facebook.com/amandasomervillemusic / www.reverbnation.com/amandasomerville
Last Saturday night, the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio was packed full of metalheads ready to enjoy the music from not one, not two, but seven heavy metal & metal core bands to delivery their music to the masses. Three local bands opened for the national touring bands Havok, White Wizzard, Revocation & Forbidden. The show was opened up by Domestic Terror, followed by Dismemberment, and Black Rue. Black Rue was my favorite out of the local trio of bands. Black Rue’s singer had a similar to look to Dimebag Darrell, with his long hair and beard. Considering the location of this concert, his look was a little unnerving to this hard rock fan. I enjoyed their tunes though, and thought they might merit a second look. Check them out on Reverbnation.
Denver, Colorado natives Havok was the first band out of the national acts, and easily one of the best. David Sanchez and company delivered a tight set of metal that included songs from the band’s two CD’s Time is Up and Burn. The last time I saw these guys in May of 2010, they a three piece band. Since the last time I saw them play, the band has filled their vacant guitar slot with guitarist Reese Scruggs. Scruggs playing combined with the great vocals and fretwork of David Sanchez has helped to take Havok’s sound to the next level. This up and coming metal band is great live, and no thrash metal fan afford to miss them. Check them out on Facebook at this link.
White Wizzard was next on the bill, and compared to the other heavy bands on this bill, they seemed like an odd fit for this show. Don’t get me wrong, I dig these guys. Their Iron Maiden-esque sound works for me, and the band does it well. I thought it was strange to have a more NWOBHM sounding band sandwhiched between two thrash metal acts, and an extreme metal band, but at least they are out there getting their music heard.
White Wizzard has had a revolving door of musicians over the years, but the lineup has appeared to have stabilized as of late. The band’s current singer, Mike Gremio (formerly of Cellador) does a great job on vocals. If you haven’t heard him sing before, you ought to check him out. Gremio’s vocals could be the key to White Wizzard making it to the next level of their career. Their set was far too short in my opinion.
Revocation was up next, and I knew absolutely nothing about this band, with the exception that they had one of those completely unreadable band logos. I did not know any of the band’s songs. While I thought the music was really good, the vocals didn’t really do anything for me. I have to admit, I am not a big fan of extreme metal so I didn’t enjoy this band as much as the others on the bill. I prefer vocals that I can understand, and don’t care for that cookie monster stuff too much. Revocation was easily the most intense band on the bill, and I can’t fault them for that. When singer/guitarist David Davidson would gaze into the crowd, I didn’t know if I should be frightened or excited. That is s0 Metal!
After a rather lengthy soundcheck, Forbidden stormed the stage, and simply blew me away. Forbidden is one of those thrash metal bands that I never thought I would get a chance to see, so I was looking very forward to seeing them play live. They far exceeded my expectations, and were easily the best band of the night. Singer Russ Anderson probably hasn’t missed too many meals, but this guy can still sing with the best of them. He was flat out getting it done at the Alrosa Villa. The guitar triage of Steve Smyth, Craig Locicero and Matt Camacho might just be the most under rated in thrash metal. They put on one energetic set which included the songs: “Forsaken Gates”, “Overthrow”, “Off the Edge”, “Forbidden Evil”, “Step By Step”, “Adapt or Die”, “Draggin”, “R.I.P.”, “Twisted”, “March”, “Omega Wave”, “Infinite”, a killer cover of Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Sea” which Russ Anderson dedicated to the late Ronnie James Dio, “Through Eyes of Glass” and “Chalice of Blood”. If you are a thrash metal fan, you gotta get out to see these guys play, you won’t be disappointed!
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CHICKENFOOT’s forthcoming sophomore effort, Chickenfoot IV, is set for release on September 27th. The first single, ‘Bigfoot’, is scheduled to hit the airwaves sometime in July.
Bassist Michael Anthony describes Chickenfoot IV as “a lot heavier than the first record.”
Tracks to appear on the new album include: ‘Bigfoot”, ‘No Change’, ‘Who’s Next’, ‘Astral Years’ and ‘I Ain’t Got You, I Got The Two By Blues’.
According to vocalist Sammy Hagar, the album cover and first video will both be in 3D.
Broken Teeth has released a new video for their song, “Bullet” This song is from the excellent 2010 album, Viva La Rock, Fantastico! from Jason McMasters & Company! Check it out!1