Back in June, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore did something that many folks thought might never happen as he reactivated his legendary band Rainbow with a new line up and performed three concerts in Europe, two in Germany and one in England. The jaw-dropping set list contained classic songs from both Rainbow and Blackmore’s other, equally beloved band, Deep Purple. The two German shows at Loreley and Bietigheim were caught on camera to produce the “Memories In Rock – Live In Germany” which will be released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats on November 18. A deluxe version (DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD in a 48-page hardback photobook), along with a 3LP version (180-gram vinyl), will be available as an import on December 2. Continue reading →
Crowbar will release their eleventh album, “The Serpent Only Lies“, on October 28th via eOne Music. The album track “Plasmic And Pure” is streaming below. The track seems to channel vibes of the band’s earlier era sound which may be in part due to the return of original Crowbar bassist Todd “Sexy T” Strange, who left the band back in 1999 but now joins founding guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein, drummer Tommy Buckley and guitarist Matt Brunson in driving Crowbar’s future forward.
Evergrey have released a video for “The Impossible”, a track from new album, “The Storm Within“, released on September 9th via AFM Records. The new clip, directed by Patric Ullaeus, can be seen below. The band addressed their latest video saying:
““The Impossible” is the third of a series of videos we have shot for The Storm Within album. Working very closely with Patric Ullaeus and rEvolver Film Company our aim was to recreate the eerie and desolate sense we had while writing the songs for this – the 10th Evergrey album. One could say this is our first real attempt at inviting everyone into the cinematic world where we have been in mind and thought throughout this year while writing. We think the imagery speaks for itself. This is just the beginning. The storm is coming.”
Like a 427 cubic inch engine under a cowl induction hood with 4-on-the-floor comes the fresh-off-the-assembly line new self-titled 3-song EP from Massachusetts’ Z28. Rippling and rumbling with high octane Fuzz and super-injected Stoner Rock, the power trio of Jeff Hayward (guitars/vocals), J. Negro (bass/backing vox), and Breaux Silcio (drums) put the pedal to the metal on this scorcher. With the boogie ‘n blues of the opening song “Learn The Hard Way“, the guys tear ass right off the line and drop the hammer, never looking back. With a fiery guitar leading the way, things are kept high and tight right in the pocket on this grooving go-getter. As the second song “Blinded” arrives, you can see there’s no end in sight to the power of these riffs burnin’ right down the road. Once again the guys get dialed in and never let up as they get down on this sweat-soaked monster, pushing it for all its worth right up until the finish. For the closing namesake song, “Z28“, the guys hit the nitrous tanks on yet another asphalt-shredding, high-octane rocker and ride it out until the checkered flag drops. This short run EP is long in the tooth for some relentlessly driving Rock ‘N Roll.
A few weeks back I chose Eternal Voyager as my State of the Art: Minnesota spotlight band. Killer, old school HeavyPower Metal band that has a very long history in the music business. I was contacted by Online Metal Promo and was offered an interview with founder/vocalist/guitarist Brian Blake. So, without further ado, here is what this Metal Master has to say…
Faith No More have released a music video for the track “Cone Of Shame”, from the album “Sol Invictus” (Ipecac Recordings/Reclamation Recordings). The video, directed by Gore Cvetanovski, can be seen below. A limited edition “Cone Of Shame” 7” will be available on November 25th with pre-orders available soon.
Popular metallers Every Time I Die recently released their latest album “Low Teens” (via Epitaph Records) and have decided to share it with fans via the full album stream below. Furthermore, you can watch the band’s brand new Official Video to the track “It Remembers” which features guest vocalist Brenden Urie from Panic! At The Disco.
The Brooklyn-based masters of progressive, fusion-fueled music, Candiria, will release their new album “While They Were Sleeping“, via Metal Blade on October 7th. Listen to the title track below in a play-through video Candiria are streaming and make sure to check out my upcoming Review of this highly anticipated record. The album was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn by Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox, and produced by Candiria. It’s the band’s first album since 2009’s “Kiss The Lie“.
Be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming review of Candiria‘s “While They Were Sleeping“, coming soon!
In related news, Candiria have announced a touring trek of several northeast U.S. dates including their planned NYC Five-Borough “World Tour,” where they’ll be playing shows in intimate venues in each of the city’s five boroughs during the week of release.
Candiria‘s NYC Five-Borough Record “World Tour” dates: October – 7 – Manhattan, NY – Arlene’s Grocery (support from Cavallo) 8 – Queens, NY – Blackthorne 51 (support from Car Bomb, The Last Stand) 9 – Staten Island, NY – Mother Pugs Saloon (support from Tombs, Meek Is Murder) 11 – Bronx, NY – Alfie’s Place (support from Billy Club Sandwich, Circuit of Suns) 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Black Bear (support from Dalek, Husbandry) November – 9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo 10 – Detroit, MI |Magic Stick 11 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Joint 12 – Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class 13 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground 14 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz 15 – Albany, NY – Trickshots 16 – Providence, RI – Firehouse 13 17 – Hartford, CT – Webster Under 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
We are approached by promoters to review new albums all the time. When we were asked if we were interested in reviewing Opeth’sSorceress that is due out Friday, September 30th, 2016, what were we supposed to say? Is it even legal to tell Opeth “no”? Of course we are interested in the new Opeth album! Please send it along, thank you very much! Couldn’t wait to hear what one of my favorite bands had in store this time around and I have to tell you, it is nothing short of breathtaking! My only hope is that I give Sorceress its due, so let’s move forward with the review…
The Phoenix, Arizona quartet of heaviness, the critically acclaimed Twingiant, have announced their official signing with Italy’s Argonauta Records. The band commented:
“We are beyond stoked to have signed to Argonauta. We’ve been watching this label grow for a while now and felt it was the perfect fit for us due to Argonauta’s persistence to get their bands noticed on a global level.”
The band is currently working on new material for an upcoming album set to be released in the summer of 2017. You can hear an early version of two new tracks in Twingiant‘s ‘Demo 2016‘ below.