Articles in the April 2017 Issue
The Pretty Reckless was formed in 2009 by Taylor Momsen (lead vocals & rhythm guitar) and Ben Phillips (lead guitar) and have been exploding in the rock n’ roll world. After the release of their 2014 album Going To Hell which spent 29 weeks on the Billboard Rock Charts, The Pretty Reckless have once again shown their domination with the
Their legacy began in the early ‘80's, stomping Bay Area stages and speakers with aggressive riffs and the imposing earth shaking roar of vocalist Chuck Billy, laying the groundwork with fellow forefathers Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Death Angel and other hallowed company that would become thrash metal. When MTV was in the cradle and social media was tape trading and word
80’s metal is big business these days. There are cruises and festivals devoted to the genre that regularly cruise the oceans and tour the country. There are even parallel competing bands, each with a few original members, fighting legal battles for the right to use the same name (Ratt, Great White, L.A. Guns and Queensryche come to mind). The downside
VAMPS (not to be confused with British pop boy-band, The Vamps) are no strangers to J-music lovers around the globe. The Japanese rock duo combines the talents of HYDE, lead vocalist of L'arc-en-Ciel, and K.A.Z, the guitarist and composer for Oblivion Dust. VAMPS came together back in 2008 and have since released three studio albums, along with a succession of live DVDs--
In case you weren't aware, Misfit’s Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein also has an eponymous band called Doyle. Their music continues in the same vein as Von Frankenstein’s former project Gorgeous Frankenstein, pairing metal riffs with punk rock beats and covering horror themed subject matter such as death, monsters, and chicks. The music is admittedly catchy, and fans of the
Nile began brushing away the ancient sands of time in ‘93 giving death metal voice and breath to the gods with technical blast beat precision, a well-researched thorough knowledge of the middle east and the land of the pyramids and guitars that delivered pestilent fury. Guitarist/ vocalist Karl Sanders takes great pride and patience with the lyrics, weaving intricate and
Body Count, the hardcore band that originated as a side project of rapper and actor Ice-T, made its major label return March 31 via Century Media with the release of its sixth album, Bloodlust. In a world brimming with social and political unrest, Body Count has once again come forward with 11 tracks of thought-provoking lyrics and blistering fretwork. Around
Tired of Facebook flame wars about politics? Had it up to here with the endless parade of sensational headlines, protest marches and requests to join boycotts? The perfect antidote is here: Whiplash Splash by The Dollyrots, a Southern California duo comprised of Kelly Ogden on lead vocals/bass and Luis Cabezas handling guitar and vocals. The album is a delightful joyride
On February 24th, Danish singer/songwriter Mike Tramp released his latest album, Maybe Tomorrow, two years after his album trilogy- Cobblestone Street, Museum, and Nomad. In the 80’s/early 90’s Tramp was best known as the lead vocalist of the band White Lion, with hits such as Wait and When the Children Cry making the girls with the big hair swoon. Even
The multi-layered, multi-faceted world of Arjen Lucassen continues in this prequel addition extension of the Forever saga. Performed by instrument virtuoso Lucassen, 17 tracks take us on an epic, musical, spiritual journey with energy, groove soaked prog, folk, metal and fairy tale like narrative mixed with sci-fi and biomechanical ambiance, showing that music can truly escape beyond the boundaries of conventional
35 years. That’s how long Night Ranger has been together. Sure, there have been some line-up changes, breakups and makeups along the way, but Night Ranger is here to show that they Don’t Let Up. Oh, hey, that’s the album name! Many bands from the era that Night Ranger first hit it big try too hard to sound “fresh” or
Amsterdam based metal band THE CHARM THE FURY released their sophomore album, The Sick, Dumb & Happy via Nuclear Blast (worldwide) and Arising Empire (Europe). Today, the band release a video discussing the many obstacles that went into recording, mixing and mastering of the album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZmkbwW2neo&feature=youtu.be The album was recorded at Wisseloord, ICP Belgium. The mixing was completed by Josh Wilbur (MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED) with additional mixing by Stefan Glaumann
On Friday, March 24, official presale for the concert film "RAMMSTEIN: PARIS" begins ahead of its worldwide release on May 19. The film, which will be released in many configurations, sets new standards. In March 2012, during the "Made in Germany" tour, Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund shot two acclaimed Rammstein concerts at the Palais Omnisports arena in Paris in front
The single day band lineups have been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26, 27 & 28, 2017 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Single day tickets will go on sale Monday, March 27 at Noon CT at www.Rocklahoma.com, and weekend ticket prices will increase at that time.
NWoBHM legends RAVEN announce the first live dates for 2017. The band is excited to go back on the road again: "Hi there...after a longer than expected break RAVEN are ready & raring to get out on the road again...a quick warm up in the USA will be following by a Euro tour with old friends Hirax opening & we
Anthrax's absolutely gorgeous "'For All Kings' Limited Edition 7-Inch Box Set, available worldwide (Megaforce), hits stores this Friday 3/24, and the band has just made a new track from the set available, "Vice of the People," previously released as a bonus track only in Japan. Check the song out here: https://goo.gl/DAqOML and more info on the collector's item box set are
Emperors and Elephants is a hard-driving, modern heavy rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The unique vibe and sound of the band gives E&E a strong identity, which led directly to signing with Pavement Entertainment. Over time, Emperors and Elephants became a solid touring machine, its popularity soaring at every turn. Unfortunately, tragedy struck on the evening of August 13, 2016,
Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino of Angel came together for the first time in over 30 years to perform “Tower" at the Backstage Bar and Billiards in Las Vegas, on March 8, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxo0cGYSXAg&feature=youtu.be "Just finished playing Backstage Bar and Billiards in Vegas and Frank Dimino came to the show jumped up on stage and we played the ‘Tower’,” says Punky. "It
Frontiers Music Srl is particularly pleased to announce that after a seven-year hiatus, Labyrinth, the legendary Italian metal band, will return with a brand new studio album, "Architecture of a God" on April 21, 2017. A video for the song "Bullets" the second single from "Architecture of a God" has been released. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMpkcssnvZU The first single from the album "A
LAS RAGEOUS Launches Flyaway Sweepstakes for New Two-Day Hard Rock Festival in Las Vegas ft. Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Anthrax, Breaking Benjamin & more
Sin City’s new two-day music festival, Las Rageous, is coming to the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Featuring some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal, the festival has launched a national flyaway sweepstakes for the inaugural event. One lucky winner will receive two VIP Gold tickets to Las Rageous,
New York's born-and-bred thrash-masters Anthrax will celebrate the release of the band's very own craft beer, Wardance on Tuesday, March 28 with a New York City "beer crawl" that will begin at 6:00PM at Daddy-O on Bedford Street in the West Village. Band members, along with Chuck Williamson, owner and head brewer of Butternuts Beer & Ale Brewery, will be on hand
The year was 1977. Jimmy Carter was President. Star Wars was #1 at the box office. And Foreigner’s self-titled debut album was sweeping the charts with unprecedented fanfare. Cheap Trick released their first two records this year too, Cheap Trick and In Color, and 1977 went on to be one of the most important years in rock and roll history.
Hell or Highwater, featuring Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller on lead vocals, have debuted ‘I Want It All’, the first song from ‘Vista’, their upcoming second full-length album and Spinefarm debut. Listen HERE. Vista will be released on May 19th. Pre-orders are HERE. In advance of the album's release, Hell or Highwater will hit the road with Nothing More, Black Maps, and
Stone Sour is excited to announce the band’s return to the live stage, with an exclusive performance at the Rock On The Range official festival Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18 at Express Live! in Columbus, OH. An exclusive presale for Rock On The Range ticket purchasers will start on Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets go on sale to the
At the London Bass Guitar Show this weekend, Grammy-winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson announced his collaboration with celebrated stompbox merchant PRO TONE PEDALS, to create the ‘DAWN PATROL’ CHORUS. Says Ellefson, “When Pro Tone approached me with the idea of making some signature pedals, as a bass player, CHORUS is one of my go-to effects live, an ace weapon in
West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release “Classic Live” via Rat Pak Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic Metal Church songs recorded live on their 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track; a powerful new studio version of “Fake Healer” that features a duet with Queensryche vocalist
Photos - Rock Against MS 5 Benefit Show – Los Angeles Theater CLICK HERE to read about the event.
Photos ANN WILSON Live! - Wiltern Theater CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos SKILLET Live! - Belasco Theater, Los Angeles CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos SICK PUPPIES & DEVOUR THE DAY Live! - Belasco Theater, Los Angeles CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Photos - L.A. GUNS Live! - At The Whisky A Go Go CLICK HERE to read a review of the show.
Nancy Wilson, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Steven Adler, Gilby Clarke, Bill Burr, Rudy Sarzo, Richie Kotzen, Graig Gass, Jerry Cantrell, Jim Florentine, Blake Boyd, Carlisle Forrester, Robert Sarzo and Debra Wilson, what do all these people have in common? They were all in attendance for the fifth annual Rock Against MS, benefit show, at its new and permanent digs in the fabled Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based hard rockers Edge of Paradise are making their presence known on the Billboard charts - as their latest release, the 5-song EP ‘Alive,’ has entered Billboard’s “Current Hard Music Albums” at #58 and “Top New Album Artist” at #94 (both chart positions upon first week of release). The release (issued via ILS/Universal) was produced by Chuck Johnson and
The celebrities will sweep the orange carpet at the 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW, being held at the historic Los Angeles Theatre in downtown LA, on March 25, 2017. “With this being a pivotal year for the foundation, we wanted to take this year’s show to the next level,” explains Nancy B. Sayle, Founder of
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee ANN WILSON of Heart - Solo Concert Re-envisioned Heart Classics & Covers In the 1970s and 1980s Heart produced some of the most memorable rock songs of the era, and along with heavy radio rotation and MTV videos, Ann and Nancy Wilson came to dominate the charts and sell-out concerts. Aside from her
X is ready to celebrate their 40 years together as a band with shows running all year long! The party launches on May 1st in Albuquerque, NM, with dates hitting Oklahoma, Missouri, Nashville, NC, Florida, Atlanta and New Orleans before the first leg wraps up with four Texas shows, ending on May 25th in Dallas, TX. Many more dates will
It's an unusually warm evening for early March. Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Los Angeles, lies a sidewalk filled with Panheads. In case you're unaware, Panheads are what Skillet fans call themselves. The hoard wraps around the corner, and stretches to the next block. On this particular corner sits the historic Belasco Theater, which is playing host to Skillet and their
Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from QUIET RIOT, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new QUIET RIOT record "Road Rage" until later this summer. Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent QUIET RIOT's lineup, new lead singer James
Frontiers Music srl is pleased to announce the release of WARRANT's new studio album, "Louder Harder Faster" on May 12, 2017! Under their belt, Warrant has eight million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hits, five #1 MTV videos...the list goes on and on. Now, six years after the release of "Rockaholic," the album
Dateline, March 3rd, 2017, Sunset Strip, Hollywood, CA. Inside the legendary Whisky a Go Go, the floor swells with what might seem like an over capacity crowd. The typically diligent security at the Whisky, which ordinarily keeps the crowd from blocking the red walkways, have clearly given up on even trying to influence the maintenance of those passageways. As one looks around