New wave of British heavy metal and thrash legends RAVEN are embarking on a US and Canadian tour which will coincide with the release of their Documentary DVD entitled Rock Until You Drop – A Long Day’s Journey documents the band’s almost 40 year career and highlights their high energy approach and influence on the development of thrash. The DVD will be released July 16th via Steamhammer/SPV in North America and can be pre-ordered HERE.
A trailer for the DVD can be viewed HERE.
Joining them on the tour will be Special Guests and long time friends – Mpire of Evil which features ex Venom members Tony Dolan (Demolition Man) and Jeff Dunn (Mantas) together with drummer JXN Jackson marking their return to the US and Canada in support of their brand new album Crucified (Cleopatra Records) out now in North America. The tour will start in Fort Lauderdale September 11th and end in Chicago On October 1st.
RAVEN will then continue on as double headliners on the Diamond Head tour which will hit the West Coast in October.
RAVEN North American Tour:
9/11: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
9/12: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
9/13: Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
9/14: Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
9/15: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9/18: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
9/19: Long Branch, NJ @ The Brighton Bar
9/21: North Hampton, PA @ The Gin Mill
9/22: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
9/23: Quebec City, QC @ L’Agitee
9/24: Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
9/25: Buffalo, NY @ The Forum
9/26: Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
9/28: Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
9/29: Columbus, OH @ Shrunken Head
10/1: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
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Queensryche (with Todd La Torre) has released a brand new clip “Fallout”. “Fallout” is on Queensryche’s new self titled album, available now!
SOIL’s new album Whole will be released August 20th. Check out the first single “Shine On” below!
HUNTRESS have confirmed they will be touring late summer with Danzig as he celebrates his 25th Anniversary with Doyle. These tour dates kick off immediately following the band’s run with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Canada. The tour starts August 13th in Bethlehem, PA, and runs through August 31st in Tempe, AZ. A complete list of dates can be found below.
HUNTRESS vocalist Jill Janus commented on the upcoming tour with Danzig:
“HUNTRESS is honored and thrilled to be the opening act for Danzig’s summer 25th anniversary tour with Doyle! I speak for all my bandmates when I say Danzig and the Misfits were immensely influential during our angsty teenage years. I’m taking a time machine back to high-five and freak out with my thirteen year old self! This rules!”
HUNTRESS has generated a massive amount of buzz since the release of their debut album Spell Eater in 2012. The follow up to last year’s kill, Starbound Beast, has been released and is available now via Napalm Records. The album is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and in Best Buy stores in the US.
The band recently filmed their music video for “Zenith” from their new album Starbound Beast. An exclusive trailer has been posted and can be viewed HERE. The spectacular video was directed by Phil Mucci, whose video for HIGH ON FIRE‘s “Fertile Green” was named best video of 2012 by Revolver. Look for the video to receive its exclusive premiere via Bloody Disgusting soon.
HUNTRESS are taking part in the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In addition to performing every day, vocalist Jill Janus will host the first ever Shred-Meister guitar competition. Festival attendees can go to the Jägermeister tents on site and audition for a chance to shred for 10 seconds on the main stage. Each day, one of the 10 finalists will win a custom Jägermeister guitar from Schecter, and the overall winner at the end of the tour will win a custom Jägermeister full stack and head courtesy of Peavey Electronics.
Starbound Beast was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA, working with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). The artwork for Starbound Beast was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).
HUNTRESS was spawned from the preternatural union of Jill Janus with underground metal bands Professor and Dark Black. They thrive on thundering drums, heavy riffs, spectral solos and catchy choruses that come from the band’s musical concoction of occult science and bong rips. HUNTRESS remains true to the roots of melodic heavy metal with a penchant for thrash, death and black metal.
Vocals: Jill Janus
Guitars: Blake Meahl
Guitars: Anthony Crocamo
Bass: Ian Alden
Drums: Carl Wierzbicky
HUNTRESS on tour with Danzig and Scar the Martyr:
8/13: Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/14: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
8/16: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
8/17: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
8/18: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
8/20: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
8/21: Garden City, ID @ Revolution Center
8/22: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24: Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
8/25: Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
8/27: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8/28: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
8/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
8/31: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
HUNTRESS on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
7/10: Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/12: Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/13: Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
7/14: Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/16: Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
7/17: Bangor, ME – Bangor Waterfront
7/19: Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/20: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21: Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre
7/23: Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
7/24: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
7/26: Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/27: Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/28: Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30: Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
7/31: Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre at the FL State
8/2: Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheatre
8/3: The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/4: Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Additional Huntress Dates:
7/9: Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross)
7/22: Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (w/Battlecross)
7/29: Louisville, KY – Expo Five (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth)
8/5: Oklahoma City, OK – The Chameleon Room (w/Butcher Babies, Batltlecross)
8/7: Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub (w/Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Battlecross)
8/8: Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/9: Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder (w/Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Battlecross)
8/10: Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
8/11: Montreal, QC – Parterre Parc Jean Drapeau (w/ Heavy MTL)
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The return of HAREM SCAREM with Mood Swings II the re-recording of the band’s classic album with 3 new songs out in September on Frontiers
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of “Mood Swings II” the album celebrating the reunion of Canadian Rockers Harem Scarem on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe.
Harem Scarem released their second album – the original “Mood Swings” – in 1993. Now 20 years later the band celebrates the anniversary of such career-defining release re-recording from scratch the eleven songs that made up that album and also adding three new bonus tracks in the spirit of the original “Mood Swings” direction.
Harem Scarem disbanded after the release of their last album “Hope” in 2008. Five years later, rumours about a possible reunion for some shows started to circulate and were confirmed once Firefest announced the band as headliner of the first night of the event on Friday October 18th 2013. In this occasion the band will perform the entire “Mood Swings” record live, since they had never officially toured that release outside of Canada. This has led to the booking an extensive European and Asian tour, including the band’s second show ever in the US at the Melodic Rock Fest 3 in September in Chicago.
As the idea developed, the band decided to do a modern recording of “Mood Swings”, trying to keep true to the original intent as well as writing and recording three brand new tracks. Then it was decided to include a “making of ” video and also to have four songs broken down into individual audio tracks, so that fans can re-mix or play along with the songs.
“This re-record was extremely time consuming, we really put everything into it and spent an incredible amount of time writing and recording the 3 new bonus tracks” says singer Harry Hess. “We hope everyone can hear the effort that went into it and enjoys the result as much as we do”.
“Mood Swings II” track listing includes:
CD: Saviors Never Cry; No Justice; Stranger Than Love; Change Comes Around; Jealousy; Sentimental Blvd.; Mandy; Empty Promises; If There Was A Time; Just Like I Planned; Had Enough; World Gone To Pieces; Anarchy; Brighter Day.
DVD: “Re-Making Of Mood Swings” documentary; Audio Files: Change Comes Around, Saviours Never Cry, No Justice
You can sample new recordings and one new song following this link:
“Due to the huge time commitment everyone would need to make these live dates doable Creighton Doane and Barry Donaghy had to bow out as the tour dates keep growing. Darren Smith will be back behind the kit for our live dates with Stan Miczek on bass” concludes Hess. “Even if we have not made any plans beyond the tour at the moment but I’m pretty sure there will be more Harem Scarem in the future!”
HAREM SCAREM 2013 Tour Dates
28-09-2013 US Chicago H.O.M.E. Bar Melodicrockfest
18-10-2013 United Kingdom Nottingham Rockcity Firefest
20-10-2013 Holland Kerkrade Rock Tempel
23-10-2013 Germany Munchen Garage Deluxe
24-10-2013 Switzerland Pratteln Gallery
25-10-2013 Portugal Lisboa Musicbox
26-10-2013 Spain Madrid Rock Kitchen
27-10-2013 Belgium Vosselaar Biebob
28-10-2013 Belgium Oostende Bada Bing
1-11-2013 Sweden Upsaland Sala Rockland
3-11-2013 Germany Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik H.E.A.T. festival
Harry Hess: Lead Vocals
Pete Lesperance: Guitars, bass
Creighton Doane: Drums
Darren Smith: background vocals and lead vocals on Sentimental Blvd.
SPV / Steamhammer has signed a worldwide deal with NWoBHM cult act BATTLEAXE. It is not only for a new studioalbum called “Heavy Metal Sanctuary” which is due in early 2014, it also include the deluxe re-releases of the classic metal albums “Burn This Town” (out in October 2013) and “Power From The Universe” (out late summer 2014) with new covers, extended booklets and lots of bonus material.
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums).
Dave King and Brian Smith say about the signing: “We think speaking for the whole band that we are all elated to be joining the SPV family. A label with great worldwide distribution and also featuring some of our favourite bands. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to re-release our old classic albums again as well as introduce our fans to our new more powerful sound. After a long and hard struggle we have finally managed to complete our new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which we know will delight our fans worldwide. We do not think it will disappoint in either the songs or the production, and we feel that although it sounds modern and 21st century, it is still classic Battleaxe! We thank all our loyal fans all over the world who encouraged us to reform (indeed some even demanded it), even though some of you were not even born when the original albums were first released. Now because of this new deal, we will be able to see many of you in 2014 on the European festival scene and possibly around the world. Finally of course many many thanks to Olly Hahn and all the staff at SPV for making this dream come true! “
SPV/Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn ads: “Sometimes you have to do something….and I did. As a child of the NWoBHM due to the lack of informations you had to buy by the cover. In some cases the cover were good but the music average, in other cases the cover were not really good but the music was killer. This happened to me when I bought “Burn This Town”. The whole album, as well as the second one “Power From The Universe”, are classics for me and I know for many metal fans too. And I heard the new songs which are really strong and will surprise a lot of people. Yes, the band is ready to deliver…so are we!
SILVERTIDE ANNOUNCE REUNION PERFORMANCES, NEW MUSIC FORTHCOMING
In the early part of the 21st century, Silvertide represented the next great American band to starved rock n roll fans; touring across the globe and playing their own brand of dirty rock and blues to anyone who would listen. Their live shows become the stuff of legend, and in subsequent years, the band’s debut album, ‘Show & Tell,’ has become a cult classic the world over. Before deciding to take a break in 2006, they scored such top 20 rock radio hits as “Ain’t Comin’ Home,” “Blue Jeans,” and “Devil’s Daughter.”
As part of their much-anticipated return to the stage, the original Silvertide line-up will be performing two limited engagements at the infamous “Machine Shop” in Flint, Michigan (themachineshop.info).
The first night will see the band performing ‘Show & Tell’ in its entirety, while the second night will feature a mix of old songs, b-sides, rarities, and to the delight of long-time fans, new songs. All tickets are VIP, and include a meet and greet with the band after show. Tickets for both nights go on sale Saturday, July 13th.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Silvertide is comprised of lead singer Walt Lafty, lead guitarist Nick Perri, rhythm guitarist Mark Melchiorre, bassist Brian Weaver, and drummer Kevin Frank. Originally formed in 2001, the band achieved success straight away, with the 2004 release of their aforementioned debut – which has sold close to 400,000 copies worldwide.
And the group proved they could certainly deliver the goods on stage, as they spent the following three years (!) playing the world over, and opening for such renowned acts as Van Halen, Motley Crue, the Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, ZZ Top, and Metallica, among countless others.
The group has also made its presence felt in film and videogames, as a pair of Bob Dylan covers (“Maggie’s Farm” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe”) were featured on the soundtrack to the M. Night Shyamalan film, ‘Lady in the Water,’ while their tune, “Blue Jeans,” was featured on the ‘Rock Band’ videogame. The band is currently working on a new release with producer David Ivory (Halestorm).
Get ready Michigan fans, for what’s sure to be the rock n’ roll event of 2013…THE RETURN OF SILVERTIDE!
Sept 6 – Machine Shop (show 1) – Flint, Michigan
Sept 7 – Machine Shop (show 2) – Flint, Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: silvertideband.com
F.Y.E PRESENTS THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL FLYAWAY CONTEST TO DALLAS
SCOTT IAN’S METAL UNDERWORLD SELECTS TOP RELEASES FROM MAYHEM FESTIVAL LINE UP
Scott Ian’s Metal Underworld, F.Y.E’s metal program announces sixteen new titles that include Philip H. Anselo, Love and Death, Attila, Erimha, Holy Grail, Terror, Otep and Heaven’s Basement with additional releases being shared each month through F.Y.E. and Scott Ian’s Twitter pages.
Full Tour Dates for The Mayhem Tour:
|Jul 10||Toronto, ON CA||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
|Jul 12||Burgettstown, PA||First Niagara Pavilion|
|Jul 13||Scranton, PA||Toyota Pavilion|
|Jul 14||Darien Center, NY||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|Jul 16||Mansfield, MA||Comcast Center|
|Jul 17||Bangor, ME||Bangor Waterfront|
|Jul 19||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Jul 20||Saratoga Springs, NY||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|Jul 21||Hartford, CT||The Comcast Theatre|
|Jul 23||Holmdel, NJ||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|Jul 24||Bristow, VA||Jiffy Lube Live|
|Jul 26||Noblesville, IN||Klipsch Music Center|
|Jul 27||Tinley Park, IL||First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre|
|Jul 28||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|Jul 30||Atlanta, GA||Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|Jul 31||Tampa, FL||MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre|
|Aug 2||Austin, TX||Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas|
|Aug 3||The Woodlands, TX||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|Aug 4||Dallas, TX||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
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JORDAN RUDESS–the keyboardist/Continuum-player/multi-instrumentalist for Grammy-nominated prog rock/metal icons Dream Theater, along with his company Wizdom Music and Chilean developer Felipe Peña–will release their latest app, EARWIZARD via the Apple iTunes store this Thursday, July 11. An ear training app that improves memory, EARWIZARD will be available in 8 languages (Spanish, English, Greek, Dutch, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and German) here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/earwizard/id599466971?l=en&ls=1&mt=8
EARWIZARD trains your ear while improving your memory skills by having the player repeat back a sequence of chords which gets longer with each round of play. As you improve your skills, the visuals disappear and you’ll have to depend on your ear. Start off in easy mode with only a few chords on the screen and with practice, you’ll ultimately reach the hardest level where you’ll have seven chords on the screen and be playing against the clock. Whether you’re a novice or a trained musician, EARWIZARD will surely keep you entertained and challenged. View a clip of Jordan playing EARWIZARD here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAcK1AY6LWU
Says Jordan, “Ear training is the single most important thing that musicians of any level can do. I have a passion for creating effective ways to help people develop their musical ears! EarWizard is a result of my desire to offer a really fun and engaging experience that will challenge and entertain musicians and non musicians alike!”
Details on EARWIZARD:
-Three levels – Easy, Normal and Hard
-Start with three chords in a key and go up to seven!
-Features fun Jordan videos playing each chord
-Five different diatonic modes-presented in three keys
-Endless Mode for continuous play in any level
-Speed control-Slow to Lightspeed
-Chart that allows you to hear and see the note spelling of all chords in the selected key
-Wizardly video rewards
Jordan Rudess is also the creator of the top-selling synth-app MorphWiz which won first place in the category of “Best Music Creation App” in the 2010 Billboard Music App Awards, “Best Musical App” in the Best App Ever Awards and best “IPhone/Ipad/Itouch” app in the Electronic Musician’s 2011 Editor’s Choice Awards. In addition, Jordan has released the popular music apps SampleWiz, Geo Synthesizer, Tachyon and Space Wiz.
GOTTHARD – Radio-Bagpipe Version “YIPPIE AYE YAY”
The perfect song for the start of the summer.
With their album Firebirth, released in 2012, the Swiss rockers stormed the charts, toured the entire world and received a platinum award!
Right on time for the start of the summer, we present you «Yippie Aye Yay», the fourth single from this successful album, in a special radio-bagpipe version.
This feel-good song is the perfect choice for the upcoming months which are promising to be really hot.
At the start of “Yippie Aye Yay” you can hear the bagpipes of the Wild Boar Clan.
You can watch the video which Gotthard directed themselves here:
The song rocks from the very first sound and rolls without stopping throughout this enchanting track. „come what may,…. shake the day,… are you coming?
What are we waiting for?
At the moment they are fervently writing songs for the new album, planned to be released in early 2014. But Gotthard just can’t live without any stage appearances in 2013 and in order not to let the fans wait too long, the band will rock – besides a few shows in Germany – the Swiss Rock’n’Road exclusively on August 10th 2013 in Bellinzona!
“Yippie Aye Yay”!
The April/May “The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express” tour with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent was successful in more ways than one. STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
Young German Hard Rock band REBELLIOUS SPIRIT released a trailer for their debut album “Gamble Shot”.
You can see the trailer here:
Their debut album Gamble Shot, due out worldwide as digipak with three bonus videos (see attached photo), jewel case and download through SPV/Steamhammer, was recorded at the Cubeaudio Studios in Göttingenbetween September 2011 and February 2012, the final mix and the final mastering were completed in July 2012.
Tracklisting “Gamble Shot”
1.Let`s Bring Back
2.Sweet Access Right
3.Cry For You
4.Change The World
7.Don`t Leave Me
8.You`re Not The Only One
10. Rock It
The band released their first video for “Lights Out”
Here`s the teaser for their first single “Sweet Access Right”
Rebellious Spirit were founded in summer 2010. Alongside brothers Jannik Fischer (17, vocals/guitar)and Jens Fischer (20, bass/vocals), Silvio Bizer (18, drums) and Corvin Domhardt (18, guitar/vocals) complete the line-up. After a number of trial concerts, autumn 2010 saw them record their demo CD Heart Of Swabia featuring three original songs and three cover versions. In the meantime, the band has played more than 50 gigs, among them the german Rock Of Ages Festival, and have supported Voodoo Circle, Shakra, Reckless Love, Kissin’ Dynamite and Pussy Sisster in Holland and Germany.
REBELLIOUS SPIRIT live 2013
22.06. D-Balingen – Sonnenkeller
29.06. D-Münsingen – Wild Side
05.07. D-Stuttgart/Feuerbach – Media Markt (acoustic set)
07.07. D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
13.07. D-Balingen – Bang Your Head Festival
20.07. D-Köln – MC Adler
28.09. NL-Arnheim – Willemeen
04.10. D-Balingen – Loft (support for AXXIS)
01.11. D-Lünen – Lükaz (support for AXXIS)
15.02. D-Metzingen – Ermstal Rockfestival
On the heels of the recently announced collaboration with Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery, New York-based outfit, The Infinite Staircase (comprised of brothers Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie), have added a few more recognizable names in the hard rock and heavy metal community to their already “rock star-studded” forthcoming Ep; this time in the form of the album’s producer/drummer Morgan Rose’s longtime bandmates, both Sevendust’s guitarist Clint Lowery and frontman, Lajon Witherspoon.
Lowery plays on the track “Can’t Control It”, while Witherspoon sings alongside The Infinite Staircase frontman Lenny Cerzosie on “Just To Meet You There” and what has now been confirmed as the forthcoming new single, “The Things We’ve Done”.
These collaborations mark the finishing touches on the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled Ep, which is expected to be released in late summer or early fall with the first single hitting radio within the next few weeks.
The Infinite Staircase has made a habit in recent years of collaborating with some of the most respected musicians in hard rock and heavy metal. In 2009, the band’s debut album ‘The Road Less Taken’ featured guest appearances by Blues Saraceno (Poison) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). Saraceno also mixed the record.
In 2012 the band began work on their follow-up with Sevendust and Call Me No One drummer Morgan Rose at the helm, producing as well as taking charge behind the kit. Early sessions brought in collaborations with Sean Memphis Hennesy (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and Troy Cromwell (Cycle Of Pain).
Then, on October 22nd, 2012 came Hurricane Sandy and The Cerzosie brothers found themselves organizing an All-Star collaboration to raise money for the victims of the storm; a collaboration which consisted of, in addition to Morgan Rose and JD DeServio, Guitar God Zakk Wylde and Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin. What resulted was “The Pride”, a melodic mid-tempo rocker with blazing solos and screeching vocals which spent 6 weeks on America’s Music Charts’ Mainstream Rock Radio Top 40 with it’s highest ranking being #27.
“The Pride” was released digitally on February 5th, 2013 via Vanity Music Group with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation. The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked ‘Black Out The Sun’. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West Side Music in New Windsor, New York. The song is available via digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon & Google Play, or a limited edition CD Single can be purchased via theinfinitestaircase.bigcartel.com.
Austin, Texas revival rockers Scorpion Child have released their self titled debut album in June. Check out their lyric video “Polygon of Eyes” below.
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend MICHAEL MONROE has revealed the cover artwork for his new studio outing HORNS AND HALOS due out on August 27 via Spinefarm Records. The arresting cover art is based on an idea from Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies), who performs in MICHAEL‘s current touring and recording lineup. “I love logotypes that are a ‘little secret,” says DREGEN. “You know, the ones that are more like signs and symbols — Van Halen, Crass, Him’s Heartagram, etc. That was the starting point.”
HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE‘s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE‘s international posse — bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and DREGEN. The band has been hard at work in the studio, providing creative support for a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Guns N’ Roses members) citing MICHAEL‘s groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
A second single and video from HORNS AND HALOS will be made available on August 5.The video for the current single “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL‘s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman).
Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” here:
The track listing for HORNS AND HALOS is as follows:
1. TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
11. Hands Are Tied
For more Information on MICHAEL MONROE visit:
Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), has uploaded its new song, “Gettysburg,” to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle. Check out the song, taken from the band’s debut full-length The Killer Angels out now on Despotz Records, online here:
“The Battle of Gettysburg. 150 years have passed since it took place, but still today it’s one of the greatest battles in history,” commented the band. “This is a song that reflects the memories and thoughts of one single soldier. His name is unknown, maybe he never existed. But if he did, maybe this is what went through his mind. We give you the song, ‘Gettysburg.'”
After streaming the new song, fans can purchase The Killer Angels on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-killer-angels/id651486589 or via Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Killer-Angels/dp/B00DJMMN0Q/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372887657&sr=301-2 just in time for the weekend’s Holiday festivities.
1. King of the Sun
2. First to Fight
3. Saint Patrick’s Day
4. Rome is Falling
5. Sons of Avalon
6. I Will Rule the Universe
7. Lucifer’s Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March across the Belt **vinyl bonus track
11. Children of the Grave **CD bonus track
Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player, Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren’s, The Abyss, in Pärlby, Sweden.
Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak.
Stay tuned for more information on Civil War and The Killer Angels.
Civil War is…
Nils Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Rikard Sunden – Guitars
Oskar Montelius – Guitars
Daniel Myhr – Keyboard
Daniel Mullback – Drums
Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson – Bass
Civil War online
Airbourne have released a new lyric video for their song “No One Fits”. Check it out below! Airbourne’s latest CD Black Dog Barking is available now!
Chicago rockers The Last Vegas are back with another eye-catching music video for the song “She’s My Confusion” off the band’s fourth full-length album, Bad Decisions, released last fall through FrostByte Media. The video is produced and directed by the Chicago-based video production company Motion Source Video Solutions, the same team responsible for the “Evil Eyes” music video. Click to watch “She’s My Confusion” below.
The video is based on a well-known Chicago area ghost story named Resurrection Mary that’s been around since the ’30s. The young woman, Mary, had spent the evening dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom (now the Willowbrook) with a boyfriend. Following an argument that evening Mary stormed out into the cold winter’s night, leaving the ballroom behind and walked along Archer Avenue. Not long after, she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene leaving her to die. The story survives through the many men who claim picking up a young female hitchhiker along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom (which is the locale for the video) and Resurrection Cemetery. When reaching the cemetery, the young woman is let out only to disappear into the cemetery.
“The Willowbrook Ballroom is a Chicago musical institution; one bad-ass, old-school place which drips of mystery, intrigue and aura. What better place to film an unconventional rock video for ‘She’s My Confusion?’ We stepped back in time and addressed whether those noises we hear in the night are real, or just a dream?” – Adam Arling
TLV are a straight-up rock n’ roll meets garage/punk rock band that turn any event into a raucous. Hailing from Chicago and formed in 2005, TLV burst onto the national scene in 2009 when Motley’s Crue’s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, Whatever Gets You Off. More touring followed, including a stint opening Motley Crue’s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour. The Onion referred to their sound as “Swaggering, stomping, balls-out guitar rock”, while The Chicago Sun-Times declared them to be “Red hot garage-rockers.” The Last Vegas is: Chad Cherry (vocals), Adam Arling (guitars), Danny Smash (bass), Nate Arling (drums) and Johnny Wator (guitars).
TLV are in studio this month laying down tracks for their fifth full-length album, title yet to be determined, working with the great Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura) and immediately following up with a North American tour and then a European tour supporting Buckcherry and Hardcore Superstar, but they’re not doing any of that alone. Partnering with fans through PledgeMusic, TLV are offering up a variety of great exclusive opportunities like a studio hang, an acoustic performance/backyard BBQ and more!
For more details on specific dates and chances to win, visit TheLastVegas.com! Remaining tour dates listed below.
North American Tour:
- Jul 4 in Queretaro, Mexico at the Black Dog
- Jul 5 in Puebla, Mexico at Pulque For Two
- Jul 6 in Mexico City, Mexico at Jose Cuervo Salon w/ Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil
- Jul 18 in Chesaning, Michigan at Chesaning Showboat Music Festival w/ Theory of a Deadman
- Jul 19 in Pecatonica, Illinois at Breast Fest w/ Pop Evil, NonPoint, Wayland, SOIL
- Jul 20 in Kenosha, Wisconsin at Brat Stop w/ Sevendust
- Aug 17 in Chicago, Illinois at Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest
- Aug 24 in Hillsdale, Michigan @ Checker Records Street Dance
- Aug 30 in Burnsville, Minnesota @ High Five
- Aug 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ BMO Harris Pavilion w/ Halestorm
- Nov 8 in Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 9 in Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 10 in Vienna, Austria @ Szene Wien w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 12 in Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 13 in Zürich, Switzerland @ Plaza w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 15 in Roncade TV, Italy @ New Age Club
- Nov 16 in Bologna, Italy @ Estragon w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 17 in Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 19 in Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colo-Saal w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 20 in Vauréal, France @ Le Forum w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 22 in London, United Kingdom @ Koko w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 23 in Coventry, United Kingdom @ Kasbah w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 25 in Manchester, United Kingdom @ The Ritz w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom @ ABC w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 27 in Belfast, United Kingdom @ The Limelight 2 w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 29 in Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 30 in Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 2 in Bristol, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Bristol w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 3 in Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Solus w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 4 in Exeter, United Kingdom @ Lemon Grove w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 6 in Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 7 in Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 8 in Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle w/ Buckcherry
When I first heard the name Stardog Champion, I immediately thought of the Mother Love Bone song from the 90’s (what a great song!) I can assure you that Stardog Champion has nothing to do with Mother Love Bone, but they are a cool new band worth checking out.
Stardog Champion is the new band with singer Nick Coyle (from Lifer), and guitarist Aaron Fink, bassist Mark James (both originally from Breaking Benjamin). Their new EP Exhale offers up five rockin’ tracks that will likely get a lot of radio play. The first single “When We Fall” was my first introduction to the band, and I took to that song immediately. “When We Fall” is a little heavier that the rest of the songs on Exhale, but if the five songs on this EP are any indication as to the direction of Stardog Champion, this band will have a long and prosperous career.
Stardog Champion’s music leans more towards the alt rock side of the fence, but there are some definite harder rocking moments. If you like bands like Papa Roach, & Shinedown, I think you will enjoy Stardog Champion too. Check them out!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Nothing To Lose
3. When We Fall
4. House of Cards
5. The Switch
Stardog Champion is:
Nick Coyle – Vocals
Aaron Fink – Guitar
Mark James – Bass
Josh Karis – Drums
Maximum-blues-infused, rock ’n’ roll band RIVAL SONS are excited to announce a 14-city tour beginning August 20 with stops including Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Lake Tahoe, wrapping in San Francisco September 7 (full tour itinerary below). The Long Beach, CA-based group has been invited to perform a select number of shows with one of their hometown heroes, Sammy Hagar, on his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour.
Guitarist Scott Holiday says, “Well, we’re finally hittin’ our homeland for a handful of tour dates. Ask and ye shall receive! And what a cool thing to get to go out and support a legend…and super cool fella like Mr. Sammy Hagar! I think this one’s gonna be a blast.”
Hagar has been a fan of the Rival Sons for a while, since he first heard their 2009 debut Before The Fire. “These guys are the real thing,” says Hagar. “Their first CD was great, showing off a lot of styles from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. These boys have done their homework…now road-tested. The Sons have made a CD (Head Down) that truly lives up to the band’s name. This is a giant step from a great previous CD…not easy. But for those that like classic rock but are tired of the same old songs, I highly recommend this CD…and even better, go see ’em live–they deliver.” Hagar and RIVAL SONS frontman, Jay Buchanan, come from the same town of Fontana, CA.
RIVAL SONS—Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass) and Michael Miley (drums)–just concluded an international headlining tour with shows in Canada, Europe and the U.K. as well as a string of dates in the Midwest U.S. May 29-June 4. REAL DETROIT WEEKLY recently noted of their packed show at St. Andrew’s Hall: “These guys not only have the sound, but the look and the mojo to make anyone pay attention.” (6/5) EXAMINER.com exclaimed of the show at Reggie’s in Chicago, “Rival Sons cast a spell…” (6/9)
The band is on the road supporting their third album HEAD DOWN (released March 19th on Century Media Records), which reached #1 on the Rock chart in 2012 in the U.K., garnered the group four-star reviews (including Mojo and the Guardian) overseas as well as magazine covers and the “Breakthrough Artist” award at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards show in London. The album features “Keep On Swinging,” which hit #1 on the Active Rock Radio Charts in Canada and remained at the top for six straight weeks. The band made their major national television debut when they performed “Keep On Swinging” on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in March, which can be viewed here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/464788
RIVAL SONS are also set to perform two shows at the Telluride Festival, July 13 in Colorado. They’ll perform a main stage show during the day along with Steve Earle, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Big Head Todd & The Monsters. They’ll also perform a headlining show that night at Telluride’s Sheridan Opera House. See the full line-up here: http://www.ridefestival.com/home/schedule/
RIVAL SONS’ U.S. tour dates are as follows. A “**” indicates dates with SAMMY HAGAR.
|Sat||7/13||Telluride, CO||Telluride Festival|
|Tues||8/20||Loveland, CO||Budweiser Events Center **|
|Fri||8/23||Chicago, IL||Charter One **|
|Sat||8/24||St. Paul, MN||Minnesota State Fair **|
|Sun||8/25||Milwaukee, WI||Rave Bar|
|Mon||8/26||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre **|
|Thu||8/29||Whitesburg, KY||Summit City|
|Fri||8/30||Nashville, TN||3rd & Lindsley|
|Sat||8/31||St. Louis, MO||Verizon Wireless Amphitheater **|
|Wed||9/4||Paso Robles, CA||Vina Robles Amphitheatre **|
|Thurs||9/5||Lincoln, CA||Thunder Valley Casino Resort **|
|Fri||9/6||Lake Tahoe, CA||Cabo Wabo|
|Sat||9/7||San Francisco, CA||America’s Cup **|
About RIVAL SONS:
Long Beach band Rival Sons are a raucous, maximum-blues-infused, rock ‘n’ roll band that explode with the rhythm and thrill of some of the greatest live acts of all time. From their 2011 album Pressure & Time to this year’s breakthrough Head Down the strength of their live performances has gained the band major attention everywhere. Recent accolades include, a stint opening up for Guns ‘n’ Roses last year, plus legends like Judas Priest, AC/DC and Alice Cooper, and playing the likes of Download festival, Rock Am Ring, Sonisphere, T in the Park, to name a few European festivals.
Head Down charted at number 1 in the UK rock charts for several weeks and number 31 in the UK national chart. The band’s intense work agenda (with an aim to release an album a year), plus their grueling live schedule, have won the band a reputation for hard-graft. In the studio the band commit themselves to creating an experience that closely matches the attitude and excitement of their live performance. Right off a four-week stint on the road, Rival Sons wrote, recorded, and mixed the album in just twenty days; ensuring rawness for both the listener and the band.
In October 2012, Rival Sons finished up their UK leg of the sold out European “Head Down” tour with a fantastic show at the Electric Ballroom, introduced on stage by legendary presenter Bob Harris (of the Old Grey Whistle Test), and with Jimmy Page in the audience.
Bob Harris: “Absolutely love this band…I had such a great night with them when they played in London, I introduced them onstage, Jimmy Page turned up backstage just before the band went onstage it was an incredible evening and I really think they’re something special…”
Garnering fans amongst music-lovers, celebrities, indie-kids, rockers and comedians alike…
Juliette Lewis: “Holy shit! I think you’re my new fave band!! Good god I love your groove!”
Vic Reeves (comedian): “The new Rival Sons LP kicks your arse way off into outer space them retrieves it and kisses it goodnight.”
And last week, Corey Taylor cited the band as his new favorite on “That Metal Show” with Eddie Trunk saying, “My favorite new band…it’s the Rival Sons. They are really good. There is something about that band that is very Zeppelin-esque. The best 70s album that nobody ever heard.”
At the end of last year Classic Rock magazine made Rival Sons the cover stars of their November issue, and Head Down was voted the no.2 album of the year by the editorial team. Despite the achievements and following Rival Sons have already attained, any member of the band will say creating quality music and leaving a lasting impression is what matters most, and now they hope to convert their home country as they have already converted Europe.
More Praise For RIVAL SONS’ HEAD DOWN here:
“…Rival Sons are doggedly establishing themselves as a vital force for the modern age…the Californians’ third album is a riotous carnival of Zep-saluting riffs, sunkissed psychedelia and irresistible hooks, with the band’s soul, funk and blues influences thrust joyously to the fore…If you thrilled to the Black Keys’ El Camino, it’s time to meet your new favourite band.”
—GUARDIAN (UK), September 13, 2012 (4-out-of-5 star review)
“You know the guys who complain today’s rock doesn’t hold a candle to the ’70s stuff?
They haven’t heard this.”
—USA TODAY, November 13, 2012
“There’s a soulfulness and strut which puts them in a different league.”
—UNCUT (U.K.) August 1, 2011
—NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 7, 2012
“Bluesy, ballsy and real.”
—AOL’s NOISECREEP.COM, November 12, 2012
“…they sure as hell are a good time.”
—PENTHOUSE, February 23, 2013
“This is a band of storytellers and Head Down is their manifesto…”
—VINTAGEROCK.COM, December 17, 2012
“Jay Buchanan uncorks a quavering vocal over Scott Holiday’s buzz-bomb guitar playing and Michael Miley’s barely controlled bashing of drums…it sounds like something Jimmy Page’s pre-Zeppelin band, the Yardbirds, might have done…‘A’ grade.”
—CAMPUS CIRCLE, November 14, 2012
“The grooves are deep and the vocals are of the chest-beating variety…”
— MUSICRADAR.COM, December 6, 2012
“Rival Sons give rock ‘n’ roll a much needed kick in the ass…It’s as timeless as it is tough, and it’s everything rock music needs and more…”
—ARTISTDIRECT.COM, December 4, 2012
“…hard rock band that explodes with rhythm and roughness similar to some of the greatest rock acts out there…the CD oozes energy of epic proportions led by the powerhouse single,
‘Keep on Swinging’”
— GUITARINTERNATIONAL.COM, November 6, 2012
Danger Angel are very excited to release the second video out of their critically acclaimed album “Revolutia”!
“Not An Angel” was filmed during the band’s European tour this past April and contains footage from several of the band’s stops along the way.
“Revolutia” is the sophomore release by Danger Angel following their debut album released in 2010. “Revolutia” was produced by Jeff Scott Soto and mixed/mastered by John Ellis. It was released early 2013 and has received rave reviews from the press worldwide!
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.