Screamer Magazine May 2014
Featuring: Steel Panther. Also Included California Breed, Count's 77, Godhead, The Peckham Cowboys, Black Label Society, Xandria, Arkona, Mushroomhead, Demon Hunter and Much More.

Articles in the May 2014 Issue

Interviews

  • STEEL PANTHER - All You Can Eat and Then Some

    Born on the streets of Los Angeles where Sunset and Vine meet and crack is plentiful, [or so I've been told by Michael Starr], Steel Panther sounds more like a bottle of 100 proof whiskey than a rock n’ roll band, but herein lies the irony, Steel Panther is 100 proof and will get you just as f**ked up as

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  • CALIFORNIA BREED – The Young and the Restless

    You’ve heard of Jason Bonham, son of the Led Zeppelin drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham plus his sterling work with the bands Bonham, Black Country Communion and other collaborations; you’ve heard of Glenn Hughes who was in Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Country Communion and has an impressive solo catalog too amongst a plethora of other collaborations; but have you heard of

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  • COUNT'S 77 - Drivin' It Hard and Drivin' It Fast

    Not often does one get the opportunity to sit for three hours and chat with a band.  Count’s 77 graciously invited Screamer Magazine to sit in for a chat and a practice session. Arriving at Count’s Kustoms, the band is unloading their equipment and saying their hellos.  It’s quite fun to hear the prattle begin as they walk inside the

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  • GODHEAD's Jason C. Miller - Talking Manson & Future Plans

    The industrial rock band Godhead is possibly best known for their affiliation with Marilyn Manson. Shock rocker Manson brought the band out of obscurity and introduced them to the world when he signed them onto his short-lived vanity record label, Posthuman Records. Godhead was the only band ever signed to the label, but since the signing it's given them opportunities

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  • THE PECKHAM COWBOYS – “...No Point In Being Obvious”

    There is a band that is critically acclaimed and can be found crawling through the debris of London’s back streets, playing smaller or larger clubs with their style of rock music.  The Peckham Cowboys now have two studio albums worthy of investigation for those who have the time and inclination to sample some genuine and honest rock n’roll. There are

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Reviews

  • BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

    There is no dispute that the beating heart and dark soul of Zakk Wylde is the entity at the driving core of Black Label Society.  He produced this 10th studio album; played guitars, piano and strings including his vocal performance as lead singer, plus was involved in the mixing process.  Wylde also wrote all eleven tracks which rattle the cages

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  • CALIFORNIA BREED - California Breed

    Glenn Hughes is quite rightly filled with pride and enthusiasm about this power-house trio that will release their debut album full of groove, hard rock and energy on May 19, 2014.  The opening song tells you what this album has hidden within as The Way rolls along on an urgent riff, and punches the ears of those who witness its majesty. 

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  • COUNT'S 77 - Count's 77

    Count’s 77 is the creation of Danny “Count” Koker (lead vocals), John Zitto (lead guitar), Stoney Curtis (lead guitar), Barry Barnes (bass) and Paul Disibio (drums) and recently added Tommy Paris (keyboards).  Each band mate offers an extensive musical resume with Curtis being an international recording and touring blues guitarist and Zito shaped his career on the L.A. rock scene

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  • THE PECKHAM COWBOYS - 10 Tales From The Gin Palace

    London is an impressive capital city, and lurking beneath the surface of such a multitude of cultural exploits is a resounding collective of talented souls.  An example of that point can be found in this bunch of reprobates who are celebrating the result of their most recent creative collaboration. Album number two possesses the swagger of a drunken ant roaming the

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  • GODHEAD - The Shadow Realigned

    Industrial/gothic, Marilyn Manson-discovered rockers Godhead are back with their newest album The Shadow Realigned. Expected to release on April 29th, 2014 via Warrior Records, it contains 14 remixes from 14 different producers that vocalist Jason C. Miller says “they've come to be friends with” over the course of their music career. According to Miller the precursor The Shadow Line was

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  • XANDRIA - Sacrificium

    This German symphonic metal act has been plying their trade since releasing their debut album in 2003 called Kill The Sun.  They are no newcomers to their craft, but with this 6th studio opus they confronted the challenging circumstances of bringing in a new face; a new voice; the lead vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen.  This can sometimes inject a new fresh

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  • Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal by Jill Hughes Kirtland

    As a woman herself, journalist and band manager Jill Hughes Kirtland is uniquely qualified to write about the successes and challenges of women in the world of music and she does just that in her self-published Not Just Tits In A Corset: Celebrating Women In Metal. The book is chock full of quotes and photographs, many taken by the author

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  • ARKONA - Yav

    Since the Rus demo back in 2002, these Russian pagan folk metal enthusiasts have grown from strength to strength.  Their sound on Yav is busy, intricate and full of heart-felt passion.  Completing the album is the truly stunning artwork that graces the cover.  A young female kneels down by some water and watches as the pure liquid runs through her

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  • MUSHROOMHEAD - The Righteous & The Butterfly

    Few bands last ten years in the metal business, even fewer last 15, so when you look at Mushroomhead’s 20 plus year history it just screams experience, and on their new release The Righteous & The Butterfly, their first release since vocalist JMann rejoined the group, it screams that experience right back in your face. Mushroomhead are a nine piece group

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  • DEMON HUNTER - Extremist

    Few bands are as unappreciated as Demon Hunter. With a massively devout fan base, seven albums, and fourteen years under their belt, Demon Hunter is the unspoken powerhouse of the metal world, and yet they still aren’t hugely popular. It begs the question, "why?" Demon Hunter started in Seattle in 2000 by brothers Ryan and Don Clark after Ryan’s former

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  • Corabi/Tramp - Unplugged In Vegas

    Danish singer Mike Tramp passed through Las Vegas on his acoustic tour en route to Florida to board The Monsters of Rock Cruise before heading across America.  Making his new trek across the U.S., Tramp will surpass the 10,000 mile mark this tour. Michael Trempenau [his given name] is best known as the legendary front man of White Lion from 1983

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Press Releases

  • Geoff Tate Announces Farewell Tour as "Queensryche"

    More than thirty years after setting forth on the musical journey that would become known as Queensryche, singer GEOFF TATE -- one of rock's quintessential front men and the lead vocalist heard on all Queensryche hits -- will be performing his farewell tour as "Queensryche" beginning in late July (see below for full itinerary). The announcement of the tour, Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate - The Farewell Tour, comes hot on

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  • Edguy's 'Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown' Out Today!

    Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, the eleventh studio release by German superhero heavy metal quintet EDGUY, has been released today in the U.S. and Canada. At having learned that the album entered the official German album chart at #2 – EDGUY’s highest chart position ever in their native country – EDGUY’s dynamic frontman Tobias Sammet decreed:   “The fans

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  • Lacuna Coil Launch Video For 'I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)'

    Courtesy: Century MediaItaly's finest are taking you to the next stage of their dark and sultry ride: LACUNA COIL have just launched the video for the song "I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)" which was done by Sitcom Soldiers. Watch a wicked game via the online outlet of Metal Hammer UK: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/2014-04-29/exclusive-lacuna-coil-i-forgive-but-i-won-t-forget-your-name "I Forgive (But I Won't Forget Your Name)"

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  • Saliva Releases New Album 'Rise Up'

    Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated hard rockers SALIVA officially unleash their new album Rise Up onto the world today! Want to listen before you buy? Stream Rise Up in its entirety now exclusively via Pandora’s website, or on the “Pandora Premieres” station in the Pandora app. Then, head to iTunes and Amazon to get your copy! While you’re online, check out the final

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  • Queensryche Statement

    "We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name. According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity

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  • Scorpion Child Announce Headlining North American Tour

    Ready to blaze back into North America with appearances at this year’s Rocklahoma & River City Rock festivals after their all-out assault through Europe, kick-ass hard rockers SCORPION CHILD from Austin, Texas will launch a headlining tour this spring with Pennsylvania’s space rockers CROBOT supporting.  The trek will start off on May 26th in Dallas, Texas, includes two shows in

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  • Listen To A New Expire Track On Revolvermag.com

    Listen to the first new track to be unveiled from Expire's forthcoming album with the same title, "Pretty Low", now via Revolvermag.com.  Pretty Low will be released June 17th from Bridge Nine Records and features eleven tracks of honest and uncompromising hardcore.  This LP is the follow-up to Expire's B9 debut Pendulum Swings which was called "one of the best

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  • "All Hail GWAR!" Dave Brockie Memorial Art Show To Open At MF Gallery 5/3/14

    On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is having a special memorial art show dedicated to our good friend Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR, who passed away suddenly in March 2014. Part of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Dave Brockie Foundation. Dave was prolific in many different visual mediums and he collaborated often with

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  • Strange Karma Issue New Single, 'Devil From The Moon'

    Led by the Australian brother duo of Martin and Paul Strange (who supply vocals and guitar, respectively), Strange Karma is set to unleash their brand new single "Devil from the Moon" via iTunes today, Tuesday, April 22nd  on Flexitone Records. You can purchase the song via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/album/devil-from-the-moon-single/id853946945 and check out the video via this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJySTkYmvc4&feature=youtu.be "Devil from the Moon" also serves as a

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  • Miasmal Premieres New Track 'Call Of The Revenant'

    Cursed Redeemer, the brilliant new album by Gothenburg's MIASMAL, will be released on May 13 in North America via Century Media Records. The album, which was recorded at Studio Fredman, contains eight tracks of relentless death metal in a traditional, yet stunningly fresh style. The cover artwork was done by Mattias Frisk (GHOST, VAMPIRE, etc.). For a preview of Cursed

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  • Lillian Axe Release EPK For 'One Night In The Temple' On May 27th, 2014

    Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects; “ when I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20 person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.” One Night in the Temple; will be released as 3 disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in

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  • Hard Rock Power House Masters Tesla Are Back With A New Album

    Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of TESLA brand new studio album entitled "Simplicity" on June 6th in Europe. The Sacramento Rockers are back with 14 new songs offering a ride of energy that doesn't come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years. “Simplicity” is TESLA’s seventh

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  • Tantric Announces More Tour Dates

    Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric are announcing more tour dates that kick off on May 3rd in Indianapolis, IN at The Vogue Theatre. The tour is in continued support of Tantric’s fifth studio album entitled '37 Channels' released via Pavement Entertainment. The album sees Tantric returning to form from their previous album "Mind Control" while incorporating new elements and special guests ranging from Shooter

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  • Within Temptation’s Ruud Jolie & ‘Metal School’ On Fuse TV

    Guitarist Ruud Jolie of symphonic rockers WITHIN TEMPTATION spoke to FUSE NEWS about his day job as a teacher at the recently-founded Metal Factory Music Academy in Holland, where students studying vocals, guitar, bass, and drums get a well-rounded metal music education. “[It’s] not just about playing music,” Jolie elaborates. “It's also entrepreneurship: the management side, booking, merchandising... also history

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  • Vader: ‘Where Angels Weep’ Lyric Video Now Online

    The official lyric video for the song “Where Angels Weep” by Polish extreme metallers VADER, is now available for viewing on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/2yWpgwDYY9M The track comes off the band’s twelfth studio album, TIBI ET IGNI, be released in North America on June 10th. Featuring artwork by Joe Petagno (MOTÖRHEAD, KRISIUN), TIBI ET IGNI was recorded in

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  • 42 Decibel Release New Video For 'Rocker Soul'

    42 DECIBEL have released a new video for the song "Rocker Soul" from their debut album "Hard Rock N´Roll".  The video can be seen below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19DacXdm0mU&feature=youtu.be 42 DECIBEL have documented one thing beyond a doubt: traditional rock'n'roll is universal and stops neither at geographical borders nor current trends and fashions. The way this young band gets down to business in

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  • Machine Head: Production Blog #2 Posted

    Legendary bay area metallers MACHINE HEAD have posted the second video blog about the production process of their as-of-yet-untitled eighth studio album below. The first production blog instalment can also be viewed at the following location. MACHINE HEAD are currently hard at work on their new album slated for a summer 2014 release. The record is being produced at GREEN

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  • The Pretty Reckless To Perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY

    TAYLOR MOMSEN and her band THE PRETTY RECKLESS will perform at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, April 16th.The band is touring in support of their second album GOING TO HELL just released on Razor & Tie entered the chart at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. The band’s single—“Heaven Knows”—is currently #1 on the Mainstream Rock radio airplay chart, for

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  • Kataklysm Officially Part Ways with Drummer Max Duhamel

    Montreal based death metal powerhouse KATAKLYSM, has issued the following statement: “We are here today to announce that Oli Beaudoin will remain behind the throne as the drummer for KATAKLYSM on the next album and future tours. Max has informed that he cannot continue or return to the ranks at this time due to physical health issues. KATAKLYSM welcomes Oli on board

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  • Hard Rock Power Trio, California Breed, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Andrew Watt Release Official Lyric Video Today

    The celebrated hard rock power trio, California Breed, which consists of Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Jason Bonham (drums) and Andrew Watt (guitar), today release the official lyric video for their current single Midnight Oil. The video can be viewed below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF_pm7mLqXs The song will also be available as an instant grat track by pre-ordering the album exclusively from iTunes worldwide

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  • Dio Live In London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993

    Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the May 13 release of Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 on DVD, SD Blu-ray and double CD formats, from the incomparable Dio [Pre-book Order Date April 18, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 SD Blu-ray, $17.98 2CD]. This is the first ever video release of this classic 1993 concert and includes anthems such as

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  • Insomnium Premieres New Video For 'While We Sleep'

    Finnish melodic death metal outfit INSOMNIUM has completed the video clip for the track "While We Sleep", taken from their upcoming album Shadows Of The Dying Sun, which is due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America via Century Media Records.  The video, which was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz (produced by grupa13.com - BEHEMOTH, SONATA ARCTICA,

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Products

  • Review of the iRig MIC Cast and iRig Mic

    Our smartphones really are wonderful devices. We can choose to fritter the day away playing games or posting to Facebook, do productive work, or something in between. When it comes to recording, that can fall into either category depending on your needs. Most smartphones come with a sound recording app, but the weak link is the built-in microphone on the

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