Black Sabbath has announced that they will reunite in 2012, with a new studio album, a world tour, and the band will be headlining the Download Festival next year. Check out the video announcement below!!
Heavy music innovators PRONG have signed a worldwide recording contact with LONG BRANCH RECORDS/SPV. Founded in 1986 PRONG are considered to be pioneers of the American post-hardcore and post-metal scenes whose influence is still being felt today. The as yet untitled album will be released in Spring 2012.
PRONG frontman Tommy Victor commented on signing with SPV
“I feel like PRONG has come full circle. We have the same energy and excitement about our music that we did at the beginning of our career. With Long Branch SPV we’ve found people to work with who are very supportive of us and what PRONG has accomplished so far in our career.”
SPV A&R representative Maria Ouellette spoke about signing PRONG
“We’re extremely excited to welcome PRONG into the SPV/Long Branch Records fold! Tommy Victor’s musical innovation and influence is far-reaching and inspirational, and exactly what we’re about. We’re proud that we can be part of their next musical milestone!”
Look for more news on PRONG in the coming weeks.
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LONG BRANCH RECORDS is a new SPV label imprint created by industry veteran Maria Ouellette. PRONG join artists like CHIMAIRA and MADINA LAKE in the label’s quest to build a home for today’s best in new and established rock and metal groundbreakers.
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Lee Small hails from the West Midlands in the U.K, a place that has brought a wealth of talent in rock music & heavy metal gentry, such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Robert Plant, Magnum, John Bonham, Slade, Mel & Tom Galley & the voice of rock, Glenn Hughes to name just a few.
Lee started out originally as a bass player in bands at just the age of 14 years and was playing the midlands pub scene at 15. He took up guitar in 1986 and became a vocalist fronting a band for the first time 3 years later, then, quite by accident as the band he was playing in at the time kept losing the vocalist, they all decided to have a go at singing and he ended up getting the job!!
Since then, Lee has been quietly climbing the ladder to success. In the 1990’s Lee fronted UK Melodic Rockers “Pride” and had the opportunity to tour with up and coming bands at the time such as Winger, Skin and Thunder. In the late 90’s he formed Native Cain with ex-Pride members and released the album “Primitive Soul” with them in 1998. During 2000 he has been involved with Rock legends “Budgie” and Eric Bell’s “Thin Lizzy”. It was not long before Escape Music recognized his vocal talent and Lee features on Escape Music releases Surveillance (“Angelstation” ESM132) and Cloven Hoof (“Eye of the Sun” ESM133), not forgetting Tom Galley’s Psychofantasy project ESM125 where Lee sang alongside such people as Tony Martin, Keith Murrell and Glenn Hughes.
More recently Lee took to the mike stand for legendary UK melodic rockers SHY (ESM232), and has helped create a marvellous piece of music which has received reviews of epic proportions. Lee Small is a name at the forefront of the rock scene at present and what a time to unleash his very own solo outing, an album which is full of surprises. Lee has given us a bluesy rock album that features contributions from Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose), Imre Daun (Don Patrol, Gypsy Rose) and Paul Bradder (Saracen). This is Lee at his finest, and this solo outing will see him take his talent to new heights.
The Captain’s Quarters
Walk the Plank
Shine A Light
Dead Man Walking
I am the sea
Waiting for the Hangman
End of the road
It is National Metal Day, and former Hanoi Rocks front man has released a new video clip, “Trick of the Wrist” just in time for this celebration of incredible music. Don’t have Sensory Overdrive yet? If not, you are really missing out on one of the best releases of 2011. Check out the clips “Trick of the Wrist” and “78” below, and buy Michael Monroe’s new album here!!
Banger Films’ Groundbreaking 11-Part Documentary Series Metal Evolution Premieres Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10 PM ET/PT
As previously announced, VH1 Classic has proclaimed 11-11-11 as “National Metal Day” and will celebrate with a slew of exclusive metal programming, including three major metal premieres: Behind The Music Remastered at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the exclusive debut of Banger Films’ groundbreaking documentary series, Metal Evolution, at 10 p.m. ET/PT and the ninth season premiere of a VH1 Classic original That Metal Showat 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Behind The Music Remastered: Megadeth premieres Friday, November 11 at 9PM ET/PT
They’ve been the champions of thrash metal for nearly thirty years, despite discord, addiction and infighting. Updated to the original episode are Dave Mustaine’s crippling hand injury which threatens the band’s survival, a painful law suit and more walk outs and throw outs of band members. Now they’re in the Big Four and still aiming for the top spot, but even if Dave Mustaine is happy with the new line up he remains unhappy about their ranking in the top ten of heavy metal—still just behind Metallica.
Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal premieres Friday, November 11 at 10PM ET/PT
The premiere episode of Metal Evolution Chapter 1: Pre-Metal will focus on Pre-Metal, the earliest sounds of metal that can be heard in the music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix. Subsequent episodes of the series will explore genres ranging from British Heavy Metal to Glam Metal to Thrash Metal, and artists from Iron Maiden to KISS to Metallica and more. Metal Evolution is an 11-episode docu-series produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films and is based on the groundbreaking Heavy Metal Family Tree. The Heavy Metal Family Tree is a 26 sub-genre genealogical chart which reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, host/producer and metal head turned anthropologist Dunn, crisscrosses the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. After the premiere episode on National Metal Day, “Metal Evolution” will move to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning Saturday, November 19 between new episodes of BTM:Remastered at 9PM ET/PT and That Metal Show at 11PM ET/PT.
That Metal Show: Season Nine premieres Friday, November 11 at 11PM ET/PT
The boys are back and there’s gonna be some trouble! Eddie Trunk, Don Jamison and Jim Florentine are back in LA and bringing the heat with season nine of That Metal Show. An all-star lineup of iconic metal guests grace the stage this season including: Marilyn Manson, Slash, Sully Erna, Jesse James Dupree, Tracii Guns, Brian Johnson, Dave Mustaine and more! Season nine of THAT METAL SHOW will deliver the ever popular “Stump The Trunk” and “TMS TOP 5” segments.
Additional concerts, movies and specials focusing on metal will air during the month of November. Please visit www.vh1classic.com for a full list of programming.