Articles in the March 2017 Issue
There are few guitarists in the rock industry that tout the extensive history held by German guitarist Michael Schenker. Often cited by many guitar legends as one of their biggest influences, Michael Schenker is arguably an underrated musician. But while he often doesn't receive the same credit as many of his peers, any fan worth their salt understands his huge
The worlds of rock music and fashion have always been tightly linked. From the psychedelic explosion in the late 60’s to the glam movement of the 70’s, the punk and metal bands of 80’s to the grunge movement of the 90’s, musicians are influenced by what they see on the street, and stagewear is often emulated by fans and fashion
Since their humble New Jersey beginnings in the early ‘80s, instilled with a solid blue collar East Coast work ethic and desire to make heavy, catchy, riff-driven thrash that crowds around the world have moshed to, Overkill vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni have stayed true to themselves, their fans and their hometown sound. They haven’t reinvented it
Greek power metal pioneers Firewind have cranked out several albums of high powered, high octave metal, anchored by founding guitarist Gus G. With their newest record Immortals they’ve given heavy voice to the passion of the warrior's fighting spirit. They’ve dug into their roots, sporting Greek pride, recording a concept album about the great battles of Thermopylae and Salamis led
Art of Anarchy- the band name sounds familiar right? Why yes, it is the band that released their self-titled debut album in June 2015, featuring Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) on vocals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses) on guitars, and John Moyer (Disturbed) on bass, as well as twin brothers Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums) who
Ask the average music fan their impression of what life on the road is like for a band on tour. Sold-out arenas with thousands of screaming fans, backstage parties, lavish food spreads, groupies and gleaming tour buses will probably be mentioned. While that might be true for a handful of bands at the top, for the vast majority of musicians,
Fresh on the heels of their latest album Similitude of a Dream and the corresponding North American tour, the Neal Morse Band is releasing the 2015 edition of the now annual event, Morsefest, on DVD and Blu-Ray. Both packages will come with corresponding four audio CD's. Morsefest 2015 is nearly five hours of all things Morse, recorded over two nights in September 2015.
Author Greg Prato is back again with his latest book, Shredders! The Oral History of Speed Guitar (and more). If you are unsure what a “shredder” is, Prato explains in the book’s description: “‘How fast can you play?’ ‘What guitar do you have?’ ‘Who is better, Van Halen or Steve Vai?’ For metal fans in the 80s, these were common
The battle of 300 rages again with the eighth album from Greek power metal five piece Firewind. Gus G and the band engage the Immortals in 11 tracks racing through the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis. Gus’s fingers shred through notes like the Spartans through the first two waves of Persians, adding melodic strings to Lady of 1000 Sorrows and
Ancient Egypt and East Coast Jersey invaded Columbus Thursday, February 16 as Nile and Overkill smashed through The Park Street Saloon on night three of their 26 date U.S. tour. Nile, with newly acquired vocalist and guitarist Brian Kingsland took their trademark technical death assault from the crypts to the mosh-ready minions with the full force of the gods as
The Rock n Roll Now Tour with Badflower, Red Sun Rising, and Pop Evil rolled into Des Moines on a surprisingly warm February evening in Iowa and the fans rolled into Wooly’s. Because the majority of Pop Evil’s equipment was already on stage, the opening bands did not have as much room on the stage, but they certainly made the
One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970’s was undoubtedly ANGEL - who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show only rivaled by KISS (their then-label mates on Casablanca Records). Despite ANGEL splitting in 1981, the group’s popularity and influence remain high - resulting in the return last year of their larger-then-life guitarist, Punky Meadows, with
Explosive Canadian Hard Rockers, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut "Prevail I". The album is set for release on May 12th! Today the band reveals the artwork, track listing and has unleashed their brand new single "Gotham". Listen to a stream of the new aurally enticing single "Gotham" courtesy of Bravewords HERE.
Continuing the tradition of reinvention and innovation, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock outliers, LINKIN PARK enjoyed another career first today by announcing the May 19 release date of their seventh studio album, One More Light and debuting their new single “Heavy” [feat. Kiiara] on Facebook Live. As the biggest band on Facebook—with over 62 million followers—the Los Angeles band delivered a stripped-down live performance and Q&A via the platform. Linkin Park invited fans everywhere into the
Hot on the heels of 2016’s most acclaimed progressive rock release, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, THE NEAL MORSE BAND announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. Pre-orders are available on Radiant’s website starting February 13. A trailer for the package can be found on
NILE will be embarking on their next tour in support of their latest release What Should Not Be Unearthed on Feb 14, 2017. The tour will be with the legendary OVERKILL and will visit 24 cities across America. The band would also like to announce that Dallas Toler-Wade has decided to leave the band to focus on his own plans and recordings. This tour also
Amsterdam based metal band THE CHARM THE FURY have announced their sophomore album, The Sick, Dumb & Happy, will be released on March 17th via Nuclear Blast (worldwide) and Arising Empire (Europe). Today, vocalist Caroline Westendorp and drummer Mathijs Tieken discuss the bands formation, the band name and sound. Watch video trailer #1 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxk4oeS8F4s&index=1&list=PLB4brr7vf-P6TF_LfxR9Nvfu_PepyBhvf More on The Sick, Dumb & Happy "Down On the
Today WITHERFALL have released their debut album "Nocturnes And Requiems"! If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to listen to the full album stream via Loudwire. Then be sure to pick up your Digital, CD, or Vinyl copy of the album HERE. Vinyl colors include black and a commemorative Adam Sagan translucent (limited to 100 copies). "Nocturnes and
Legendary MISFITS guitarist DOYLE WOLFGANG VON FRANKENSTEIN has released a streaming clip of “Run For Your Life”, a track from his forthcoming sophomore release DOYLE II: AS WE DIE, in stores May 5th from EMP LABEL GROUP, in conjunction with Doyle’s own MONSTERMAN RECORDS. Pre-order is available at empmerch.com. Pre-Order Link: http://bit.ly/2kQFqlE “Run For Your Life” CLIP: https://soundcloud.com/emplabelgroup/doyle-run-for-your-life-clip ABOMINATE THE
GWAR B-Q Postponed Until 2018 - New Album In Progress - Heavy Touring in 2017 - First Dates Announced
Attention Human Scum!! Your Lords and Masters GWAR have been quiet lately, but do not fret, things are about to pick the fuck up! We have good news and bad news...what do you want first? Bad news? We thought so... It is with both great sorrow, and a twinge of self-satisfied glee (because we love to make you suffer), that
RadioContraband 5th Annual Rock Radio Convention To Feature Incubus, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Alter Bridge…
RadioContraband is gearing up for its 5th annual rock radio convention at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casinoin Las Vegas February 15th - 17th. The conference features industry panels, band showcases, and the RadioContraband Rock Radio Awards hosted by Lou Brutus. The 2017 convention will feature Incubus, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Alter Bridge and more. Past winners of the RadioContraband Rock Radio Awards include Foo Fighters, Five Finger Death Punch, Avenged Sevenfold, Pop Evil, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing
On February 14th, MVD Entertainment will release the feature film debut of Geoff Tate, former lead vocalist of the mega-platinum metal band Queensrÿche. Entitled THE BURNINGMORE DEATHS, the horror film - written and directed by Jonathan Williams - is inspired by true events surrounding unsolved murders captured on security cameras during a production shoot of a Home Improvement TV show pilot.
With worldwide anticipation at a near boiling point, CAROUSEL KINGS are providing another glimpse of their upcoming album Charm City, through their new single “Dynamite.” Charm City, their Victory Records debut, will be available February 10th, and ‘The Charm Cities Tour’ kicks off March 2nd. Head to ChorusFM and listen to “Dynamite.” “’Dynamite’ is one of the heavy hitters from
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the hotly anticipated fifth studio album from Eclipse, "Monumentum" on March 24, 2017. Today Eclipse is pleased to present the first video from "Monumentum". Watch the video for "Never Look Back" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQqRR2r7444&feature=youtu.be The first single from the album "Vertigo" can be streamed HERE Pre-orders for the album can be found here http://radi.al/EclipseMonumentumor at the
Photos - ALTER BRIDGE - Live At The Wiltern CLICK HERE to read a review from the show.
Photos - OVERKILL & NILE - Grind Through Columbus CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
More Photos From NAMM 2017
Photos - POP EVIL Live! - at Wooly's w/Red Sun Rising & Badflower CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Alter Bridge visited Los Angeles on Sunday, February 19th, three dates from the end of the current leg of their 2016/2017 The Last Hero tour. The band has been out on the road pretty consistently since early July of 2016, with a few breaks and is set for a month long break commencing February 23rd after shows in San Francisco
There’s something about the intimacy of a huge act playing a small club and the energy that such a show brings to the room. The lucky few that get to see such a performance are always in for something extraordinary. Only Metallica, the big ONE, can make the 3200 capacity standing room floor of the Hollywood Palladium feel intimate. After
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of QUIET RIOT's anticipated new studio album entitled "Road Rage" on April 21, 2017. Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, "Metal Health." The band now continues their historic
Greatest Hits: Photography Exhibition Launches At Gibson Brands Sunset In West Hollywood; Show Extends To Mr. Musichead
Over 500 music and art lovers and entertainment industry influencers attended the sold-out Los Angeles opening launch of GREATEST HITS at Gibson Brands Sunset (former Tower Records) in West Hollywood on Thursday, February 2. The premiere art retrospective and photography exhibition GREATEST HITS celebrates the work of veteran Los Angeles photographer CHRIS CUFFARO. Last week's launch featured special acoustic performances from emerging
King Kobra’s Classic First Two Releases, ‘Ready To Strike’ And ‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’ Set For Reissue
DURING THE 1980s the music scene was exploding with an abundance of great rock bands - including multi-platinum sellers such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and RATT – but there was always room for talented new contenders. For KING KOBRA this was an invitation from heaven, launching onto a landscape that was primed for killer hard rock, enormous sales, and unlimited airplay. It