Articles in the April 2015 Issue
When you take one of the greatest voices from the ‘80s and you pair it with one of the most influential guitar players from the ‘80s, you know the results are going to be pretty impressive. That’s exactly what happened with the band Sweet & Lynch. The project pairs the vocals of Michael Sweet (Stryper) with the blistering fretwork of
Cars wind their way up the 405 freeway on a lazy late winter day that feels like spring in Southern California. Siri has found new and creative routes to enable me to duck and weave my way through the notorious L.A. traffic, the result being an on-time arrival at the designated location. Calling to announce my arrival, the iron gates
One-Way Mirror is not new to the American music scene, but it’s possible that you haven’t heard them yet. Or maybe you caught their self-titled album on Metal Blade Records in 2008 and were wondering what had happened to them. Hailing from France, the band has continued to make music, releasing two more albums in Europe only. So unless you
Guitar virtuoso Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has worn lots of musical hats over his 20-year career, including his role as lead guitarist in Guns N’ Roses, but his solo career has been where he’s been able to best flaunt his skills as a singer-songwriter. Thal recently used downtime from touring to produce his 10th solo album, Little Brother is Watching, released
With four albums under their belt and numerous tours Vamps are kicking ass and taking names. Formed by L'Arc-en-Ciel vocalist HYDE and Oblivion Dust guitarist K.A.Z in 2008, Vamps is an alternative/hard rock band from Japan that released their first single Love Addict on July 2, 2008. The pair had been working together on HYDE’s solo career since 2003. Since
As a writer your experiences are written by the artists you encounter, so when the opportunity to interview a legendary rocker such as George Thorogood arises, you jump at it. The man who brought us immortal rockin' blues tunes like Bad To The Bone, Who Do You Love? and I Drink Alone is reuniting with his band The Destroyers to
The band RED has just released their fifth studio album entitled Of Beauty and Rage on Essential Records on February 24. The album debuted in the Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, and is #10 on the SoundScan Top Current Albums chart. The band is clearly excited about the debut, but big sales and radio play are never the
Swedish melodic Death Metal band Soilwork is releasing their first ever live DVD/Blue-Ray on April 7, 2015 called Live In The Heart Of Helsinki. Recorded during a special show on March 21, 2014 at Circus Club in the Finnish capitol, it was produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen and will feature 23 headbang-worthy songs as well as
British singer/songwriter/musician, actor and host on SiriusXM’s nationally syndicated Little Steven’s Underground Garage, Michael Des Barres will be releasing his new full-length album, The Key To The Universe, April 7th on FOD records. This 10-track album with a classic rock sound mixes all the ingredients needed to put out quality lyrics, guitars, bass and drums. The first track on the album, Can't Get
Doris Brendel, formerly of The Violet Hour and daughter of classical pianist Alfred Brendel is releasing her 8th album, Upsidedown World on Sky Rocket Records on April 20th. As with her 2012 release, Not Utopia, she has teamed up with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham of Primary Slave. Honestly, this album is difficult to classify, though her bio describes it
Kent, UK-based band Crashgate originally released their first full length album Crude Jokes, Death Notes & Unicorns in 2013, but this band's album is worth taking a revisit to as their second single Tear It Down was just released to radio on March 2, 2015. The first single release from the album was As One. It strikes you as a bit
The US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was overtaken by female rockers on Saturday, March 21st with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Heart. As the lights went down, Jett took the stage to music by The Who, perhaps a nod to the fact that she will be opening for them on their 50th anniversary tour. Bad Reputation kicked
The creators of cinematic metal are finally back with their most outstanding record, Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus. The album is set to be released in North America this July by Nuclear Blast Records. Prometheus: Symphonia Ignis Divinus was once again composed and produced by Luca Turilli, responsible for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at
SOUL ASYLUM KICKS OFF THE FLY OVER TOUR ON APRIL 8 SUMMER TOUR TREK WITH MEAT PUPPETS ALBUM OF ALL NEW MATERIAL DUE OUT LATER THIS YEAR As Soul Asylum puts the finishing touches on an album of all new material due out later this year the band gets set for a string of live shows. Gearing up for The
Almost six years have passed since the world saw a new studio album from Metal Icons W.A.S.P. That is about to change as W.A.S.P. has signed a new worldwide record deal with Austria's Napalm Records. W.A.S.P. will release their 15th studio album titled Golgotha this August. "W.A.S.P. are excited to announce they have signed an exclusive recording contract with Napalm Records.
ATREYU, one of the most prominent bands of the '00s American metal scene, exited a period of self-imposed dormancy in 2014 to the delight of fans. They played several shows. They released a brand new song, "So Others May Live," which became an instant social media trending topic. The song touched on an important topical issue-what veterans who serve our
THREE DAYS GRACE: LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘HUMAN RACE’ LAUNCHES TODAY ON VEVO NEW ALBUM ‘HUMAN’ OUT MARCH 31 ON RCA RECORDS U.S TOUR TO LAUNCH MARCH 31 IN NEW YORK CITY Pictured above Three Days Grace: http://tinyurl.com/n33ujdr. THREE DAYS GRACE--currently in the midst of a South American tour including performances at Lollapalooza, Argentina and Brazil as well as dates in Rio De Janerio and Sao Paulo--have launched
Icelandic classic rock trio THE VINTAGE CARAVAN unveil the brand new song, “Babylon,” from the band's highly anticipated second album, entitled Arrival. Watch the official lyric video for “Babylon” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIa4fudByeA&feature=youtu.be&list=PLB4brr7vf-P6VYF3h-WiNf91OgxIBo8SY Excited about the upcoming release, the band stated: "We are so excited for the release of the upcoming album. It is a bit different from our previous album -
Returning with opus number fourteen, The Plague Within (set to be released June 1st in Europe, June 2nd in North America), PARADISE LOST has once again refined the chemical equation to their sonic alchemy with the kind of creative invincibility few can afford. It's a collection of songs that will surprise even the most seasoned of fans in its ambition:
New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT are set to release their new album The American Dream Died in just few weeks on Nuclear Blast. During the recording process the band filmed a webisode series documenting the production process and the background for the new album The American Dream Died. Today the fourth video in the series entitled "A Wise Man" has been
As previously announced, VALLENFYRE will join AT THE GATES, CONVERGE, and PALLBEARER on the North American Decibel Magazine Tour that begins on March 27th in Los Angeles. In addition to the 15-date run, VALLENFYRE will also perform at the official Decibel Magazine Tour after party, which will take place at Saint Vitus after the sold-out Webster Hall show in NYC.
Bridge Nine Records is excited to announce that Bent Life is the latest addition to the family. This added dosage of Midwest Blood to B9 formed in 2010, hail from Lincoln, Nebraska, and have previously released EPs on 6131 Records and Lost Time and toured with the likes of Bitter End, Naysayer, and Alpha & Omega among others. Playing a punishing brand
KILLER BE KILLED unveils the brand new official music video for “Curb Crusher,” taken from the band’s 2014 self-titled debut. Directed by Melbourne photographer Neal Walters, the video combines a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes footage captured in Australia, where KILLER BE KILLED made their international debut at last month’s Soundwave Festival and “Sidewave” club shows. Watch “Curb Crusher” on
Motorhead's Motorboat Set For September 28-October 2 With Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and...
Motörhead's Motörboat will embark on its second voyage September 28 through October 2, 2015 on Norwegian Sky, departing Port Miami, with stops in Nassau and the private picturesque island of Great Stirrup Cay in The Bahamas. The Loudest Boat In The World will feature performances from some of the greatest heavy rock bands in the world, including Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax,
RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals - cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal - a more intense live band does not exist on this planet! Today RAVEN presents the first lyric video from their upcoming album ExtermiNation. The lyric video is for the song "Destroy All Monsters". Check out the
What became a genuine international viral phenomenon, actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise... There, a bunch of like-minded countrymen-with the emphasis on "country"-played a customized version of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," using homespun instrumentation, everything from banjo picking to anvil bangin' to achieve their original take on a classic. They filmed the event, posted
“Shudder Before The Beautiful,” the opening track off the upcoming eighth studio album by Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH, is available for streaming in its entirety on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5diJsEdLS_8&feature=youtu.be&list=PLB4brr7vf-P6LMpAuLbvvaskBkEUpbNuL Evolutionary biologist, writer, and atheist Richard Dawkins narrates the introduction to the album’s opener. Endless Forms Most Beautiful will be released in North America on March 31st.
CANTON, OHIO – The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. AEROSMITH, Rock’s greatest live act, will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s first-ever Concert for Legends on Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The concert will pay tribute to the legends
With Season 14 of “That Metal Show” already making history (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming makes history again with its most diverse lineup of guests since the show began. This week’s show features legendary punk drummer Marky Ramone of the Ramones, Hip-Hop’s
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers NIGHTWISH have announced a worldwide video contest to showcase the talents of their own fans. Sign language speakers/interpreters, jazz flutists, cellists, ukulele & theremin players, expert whistlers, vocalists, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboard players alike: You are all invited to create a video for your very own cover version of the NIGHTWISH single "Elán." Prizes for three
The Symphonic Metal sensation XANDRIA is back with some great news! After the successful release of their latest studio album "Sacrificium" the band will release a new EP this summer! XANDRIA commented on the upcoming EP: "No rest for the wicked - there will be an EP coming out this summer! As some of you might have already heard or seen
Rocklahoma--America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party--has announced the first national ReverbNation Rocklahoma Battle Of The Bands contest and details for this year’s Miss Rocklahoma competition. Rocklahoma--presented by Bud Light--returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK for its ninth year May 22, 23 and 24 with a lineup featuring top current rock artists and classic bands. The festival
Progressive metal masters Fates Warning will be touring the US in October 2015 - initial confirmed dates are below, and more will be added in the coming weeks. FATES WARNING - US Tour 2015: Fri, October 9 - Hartford, CT, Webster Theater Sat, October 10 - Worcester, MA, Palladium Sun, October 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance Fri, October 23
To celebrate their triumphant return to North America this spring, Billboard-charting Swedish heavy metallers & avid war historians SABATON are releasing a special, 3-disc limited edition deluxe version of their 2014’s Heroes album, due out in the U.S. and Canada on April 7th. Limited to 5,000 copies, this deluxe edition includes two discs of live audio recorded on the 2014
(March 6th, 2015 – New York, NY) – With Season 14 of “That Metal Show” already making history (the Season 14 premiere was the second most watched Season Premiere in the history of the series) VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns with an all-new episode this Saturday at 9:00PM ET/PT, repeating at 11:00PM ET/PT. This week Philm drummer and
With last week’s release of their sophomore album The Killer Instinct, melodic hard rock super group BLACK STAR RIDERS have secured their second appearance on the American Billboard charts in less than two years. A celebrated contribution to contemporary rock music, The Killer Instinct has debuted on the following American Billboard album charts: #6 - Heatseekers #22 - Hard Music
Rock On The Range Update: Additional Bands, Comedy Tent Lineup & Ernie Ball Presents ROTR Battle Of The Bands
Rock On The Range, America’s premier hard rock festival, has announced additional bands, the ROTR Comedy Tent lineup, and the 2015 Ernie Ball presents the Rock On The Range Battle Of The Bands for the ninth annual event, held May 15, 16 and 17 in Columbus, OH. Festival producers explain, “Rangers, your rock home is now MAPFRE Stadium, formerly Crew
New York, NY --- Mascot Label Group recording artist Shaman's Harvest will begin a run as direct support for Black Stone Cherry on May 1 at District in Rockford, IL. The band will appear on thirteen shows across the Midwest and South with major festival appearances interspersed within the itinerary. Those include Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH (5/15),
Los Angeles, CA. - Duffing For Dollars Charity Golf Tournament, now going strong for six years straight is the music & touring industries most anticipated tournament where key players from the worlds of music, management, touring, entertainment and finance come together for a great cause every January. Music industry vets Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival)
THE COMPULSIONS: Announce New York (April 14) and Los Angeles (April 16) Shows; New Album ‘DIRTY FUN’ Out April 14
The critically acclaimed independent outfit THE COMPULSIONS have announced U.S. performances on Tuesday, April 14 in New York City at the Mercury Lounge and in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 16 at The Viper Room. The new album DIRTY FUN--out April 14 on Compulsions Records -- features the talents of vocalist and rhythm guitarist ROB CARLYLE, lead guitarist RICHARD FORTUS (Guns N’ Roses), drummerFRANK “THUNDERCHUCKER” FERRER (Guns N’ Roses) and bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls). Listen to the exclusive album
LOS ANGELES: Music icons The Doors, Otis Redding and the Ramones are all releasing special items for this year's Record Store Day April 18. Under the direction of Jampol Artist Management, Inc. (www.wemanagelegends.com), the artists' music will be available in record stores as part of the event that celebrates independent music retailers worldwide. The Doors - Strange Days 180-gram virgin
(Los Angeles, CA – March 24, 2015) Legendary guitarists JOE SATRIANI and STEVE VAI announce plans for a third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and good friend, Cliff Cultreri. “A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place on Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. This event will feature performances by Satriani and
Screamer Magazine’s history with BulletBoys dates all the way back to 1988, when they were packing clubs on the Sunset Strip and we were asking the labels, “Why haven’t you signed these guys?” Twenty-seven years later, they’re packing clubs on the Sunset Strip and we’re asking labels, “What took you so long to sign these guys?” In all fairness, bands
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LOST HIGHWAY--a weekend-long Motorcycle, Camping and Music, destination festival--will be held Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at San Manuel Amphitheater with camping at the picturesque Glen Helen Regional Park (adjacent to the venue) in San Bernardino, CA. LOST HIGHWAY will feature live performances on multiple stages from country and rock heavyweights. The weekend will feature performances from Toby
Close your eyes, let your mind wander and pretend time travel really does exist. Suddenly, it’s 1968 and you’re in London, at a small club listening to an unknown band with a strange-sounding name: Led Zeppelin. Playing hard rock clearly influenced by the blues, the four musicians blast through their set, leaving the audience breathless. As you are taking it
LA based teen rocker DIAMANTE will be joining select dates on Whitesnake's The Purple Tour. Diamante will join the tour on June 2 in Santa Rosa, CA and will continue until the tour hits Houston, TX on June 20. Whitesnake will be touring to promote their new album, The Purple Album, which is the band's first studio full-length album in
(March 10, 2015 Los Angeles, CA) ATTENTION UNSIGNED BANDS! Are you looking for airplay, exposure to industry insiders and to expand your fan base? RadioSreamer in conjunction with Screamer Magazine and Nasty Casty Records is producing a series of compilation CDs including music from various rock, hard rock, metal and heavy metal bands. They are currently accepting submissions from unsigned
For a band, playing a gig at a non-traditional venue can be both refreshing and challenging. Refreshing, because it’s a nice break from dingy clubs and bars. Challenging, as locations such as street fairs and charity events aren’t always set up with proper sound and lighting. Go Betty Go is a high-energy all-girl Hispanic punk rock band (now that’s a
Los Angeles, California's MOTOR SISTER recently shot two videos for the songs "Beg, Borrow, Steal" and "A Hole". The latter of which will be premiered next week. But to whet your appetite before hand, here is an exclusive behind the scenes video shot during the filming process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eBVEs1Kt8k In support of the new album Ride,the band is set to play two exclusive
During a night of epic, high energy metal at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, the BulletBoys brought their A-game. Right out of the gate Marq Torien on vocals and lead guitar, Nick Rozz on guitar, Aaron Samson on Bass and Shawn Duncan on drums, BulletBoys had everyone in the club on their feet dancing to their infectious grooves. During an
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Photo (left to right): Deanna Passarella, Nick Perri, John Bach, Josh Bartholomew NICK PERRI GROUP BECOMES ‘MOUNT HOLLY’RELEASES ‘IT AIN’T EASY’ SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO Silvertide Guitarist Confirms Plans for New Project (LOS ANGELES) – Accompanying an official music video release for the group’s debut single, “It Ain’t Easy,” – now available for download on iTunes and other music networks
GUNZO, is the newest brainchild of Tracii GUNs and Rudy SarZO. The new band made their debut at 8:55pm on February 27, 2015 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. Tracii Guns (guitar), Keith St. John (vocals), Rudy Sarzo (bass) and Shane Fitzgibbons (drums) blasted their way on stage, coming on a little early which took most by surprise. However, as
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Faster Pussycat took the stage at The Canyon in Agoura Hills on February 27th and brought some good old fashioned 80’s rock to the stage. Taime Downe (vocals), Ace Von Johnson (guitar), Danny Nordahl (bass), Xristian Simon (guitar) and Chad Stewart (drums) took no prisoners as they took the stage. Wind blowing through Stewart’s hair, Downe clad in police-style hat,
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(Los Angeles) JOHN FOGERTY’s highly-anticipated world-wide “1969” tour is pleased to announce additional U.S. dates. Beginning May 2nd with a special appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival, the tour will continue to the east coast with stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina before heading south to Florida with shows in St. Augustine, Tampa and W. Palm
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