Alice scooped up the award for Best International Artist at the 19th annual awards held in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd December at Nordoff Robbins Fundraiser.
Accepting his award in advance when playing Glasgow’s SSE Hydro last month, Alice recorded a special video message that was played at the ceremony for the SSE Scottish Music Awards held at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. Commented Alice:
“Thank you this is great. You have to survive this business long enough and rock ‘n’ roll business is not the easiest thing… We’ve been doing it 50 years and keeping the quality of the show and music up really is the whole trick to doing it. In my case though they do cut my head off every night so it’s a matter of survival! Thanks very much!”
The awards are held each year to raise money for music charity Nordoff Robbins Scotland. This year they raised over £148,000 for the music therapy charity.
Alice Cooper has just finished a hugely successful UK-wide tour, his first full UK Tour in five years, which included a stop at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
The shows saw Alice reunited with the original Alice Cooper band and schoolmates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce. The Alice Cooper band split in 1974 after which Alice went on to continued success as a solo artist.
2017 has been a busy year for Alice, who also released the new album ‘Paranormal’ earlier this year. His first new original studio album in six years saw him collaborate with his original band as well as iconic guests such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover. It was recorded by Alice’s long-time producer Bob Ezrin and received much acclaim from fans and critics alike.
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honours and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.
Cooper has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where 24 hour cable news can present real life shocking images.
Still touring worldwide year-in and year-out, still hosting his worldwide syndicated radio show (heard on Planet Rock 5 days a week in the UK), still writing and recording new music, Alice Cooper show no sign of slowing down.
Pioneer of exotic guitar Marty Friedman released his stunning, critically-acclaimed full-length opus, Wall Of Sound, this past summer via Prosthetic Records. The album can be ordered here: http://smarturl.it/MartyFriedman
Now, Marty Friedman has revealed a second music video from Wall Of Sound, this time for the track "Miracle". The track tells the story of Marty's personal journey from an everyday kid to virtuoso, through a series of candid family home videos and photos from the Friedman family. Watch the video now, exclusively via Loudwire: http://loudwire.com/marty-friedman-miracle-exclusive-video-premiere/
"Once you have grown up in this complicated world, it`s easy to forget the simpler times that were so important in making you who you are now, as well as the people in your family who put up with all of the loud music, smoke and noise coming from your bedroom, and all the other BS that you put them through. With this video, rather than looking at how much of a goofy kid I was, I hope that it inspires you to think about your own family or whoever was closest to you when you were just starting out in the world." says Friedman.
While online, check out another music video for the track "Whiteworm", which has racked up nearly 400k views: https://youtu.be/pXECaAsYD-s
Wall Of Sound expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. The album was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Once again, Marty Friedman assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on Wall Of Sound. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese musician Kiyoshi - who is undisputedly one of the most aggressive bassists on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.
Marty Friedman was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador by the Japanese Government Ministry of Cultural Affairs to promote the country`s upcoming Olympic games. He is currently filming a documentary, and his biography is set to be published soon.
Blackened metal band Grethor have teamed up with No Clean Singing to reveal "Embracing Oblivion". The track is taken from their upcoming album Damnatio Memoriae.
The band commented "Embracing Oblivion was written right after Trump’s RNC nomination speech. It is about his supporters, their obsession with security, and his obliging of their fears.
Listen to "Embracing Oblivion" here: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2017/11/27/an-ncs-premiere-grethor-embracing-oblivion
Pre-order Damnatio Memoriae here: https://grethor.bandcamp.com/album/damnatio-memoriae
US Prog Death Metallers Xenosis premiere "Army of Darkness" at Toilet Ov Hell. Album Out January 19th.
New Haven, Connecticut Progressive Death Metal legion Xenosis recently announced their forthcoming 3rd full-length, Devour and Birth. Set for release on January 19th, 2018. The group has a keen knack for creating progressive / technical death metal that blurs the lines and draws from the past and present equally.
Today the group partnered with Toilet Ov Hell to launch "Army of Darkness". The first single from Devour and Birth thus far. The song is an eclectic journey that shows off much of the bands multi-faceted nature in one compact killer package.
*You can listen to "Army of Darkness" HERE
Toilet Ov Hell had this to say regarding today's "Army of Darkness" premiere
"Xenosis’ tone and songwriting are decidedly modern, but the mercurial nature of their music feels like something that could have emerged in the 90’s. They play with the refinement of newer bands and the adventurousness of the old guard, creating a truly unique sound in the progressive death metal landscape. Next year is already shaping up to be a banner year for the genre, and Devour and Birth looks like it’s going to be its standard bearer."
Pre-orders for Devour and Birth are now live
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions will release the debut EP from Indy-based death metal outfit Obscene in early 2018.
Obscene self-released Sermon to the Snake in October, 2017 as a limited-edition cassette. The four-track EP quickly made it to the ears of HPGD owner Mike Juliano, who inked a deal with the band for the January 18 digital release of Sermon to the Snake.
Cassette orders and track streams are online at obscenedeathmetal.bandcamp.com.
Obscene formed in 2016 in the crypts of Indianapolis via drummer Brandon Howe (also of Acheron infamy) and vocalist Kyle Shaw. The band came together with the intent to forge hymns of death, doom and destruction with influences running the gamut of classics from the UK, Scandinavia and the US.
"We wanted songs that are memorable with triumphant guitar harmonies and acidic vocals (ala Asphyx, Morgoth, Obituary), both woefully under utilized in a lot of newer death metal bands," said Shaw.
Obscene plans to strike out in support of Sermon to the Snake in 2018. Work is underway on a follow-up to the EP.
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'Black Somnia' is the impending new album from Seattle-based avant doom conjurors Eye Of Nix. Slated to drop on December 15th via newly-launched Scry Recordings, the stunning new offering was captured by legendary producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Om, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot).
In advance of its release, Decibel Magazine offers up the punishing sounds of "Wound And Scar" for public consumption. Issues Eye Of Nix vocalist Joy Von Spain of the track:-
"In the song 'Wound And Scar,' we strove to evoke finality and resolution through repetitive bass-heavy rhythms accentuated with piano and distorted gong. The lyrics came from a dream about a woman brutally intent upon ending a cycle of fear imprinted on ancestors and passed down through DNA, halting a lineage of misery at any cost. I had been reading about an experiment in which two generations of mice were shown to react with anxiety when exposed to a new and innocuous scent (cherry blossoms), simply because their predecessors had been made to fear it."
Hear "Wound And Scar," courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, hear excerpts of "A Curse" and "Fear's Ascent" RIGHT HERE.
Black Somnia will be available digitally and in a full colour gatefold LP presentation with 180-gram black vinyl, limited to 250 copies. Pre-order Black Somnia at THIS LOCATION.
Eye Of Nix's 'Black Somnia' centres itself on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. "Black Somnia includes five new pieces and a re-imagining of 'A Curse.' Our goal for the recording was to frame the songs' turbulence and tension with layers of atmosphere," relays Vin Spain. "We also worked intensively with occult artist/photographer Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza) and an international group of Butoh performers to create the album's ritual-based visual element."
Eye Of Nix first began to create abrasive yet kaleidoscopic sounds together in 2012. Current members vocalist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, new bassist Zach Wise (Hissing), and noise/sound collage artist Masaaki Masao strive to conjure music that's threatening, beautiful, and harsh. Eye Of Nix toured the west coast with noise veterans Blue Sabbath Black Cheer in 2013, then chose an expanded route including the rockies and south-west in 2015. Since their inception, Eye Of Nix has shared the stage with diverse notable acts such as Voivod, Jarboe, SubRosa, Sea of Bones, King Dude, Lesbian, Worm Ouroboros, Eight Bells, Tengger Cavalry, and more.
Moros, their first LP, was released in 2015 via Eugene-based imprint Belief Mower (Muscle And Marrow, Hungers). The album was captured by the hands of accomplished Seattle-based engineer Brandon Fitzsimons (Bell Witch, Anhedonist) at Airport Grocery in Seattle and mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx in San Francisco. The record was reissued digitally with two bonus studio tracks: "Blood In The Fire," and "Rome Burned."
Unlocking The Truth Release New Music Video for "My Chains" - WATCH IT HERE
By now, the story of teenage metal trio Unlocking The Truth (who walked away from a seven-figure deal with Sony) is well known. After years of media excitement, late-night TV appearances, and breakout sets at Coachella and Bonnaroo, the band's debut album Chaos was finally released independently last year. The Brooklyn-based band is now back with a new music video for their latest single "My Chains" that premiered exclusively with Loudwire.com. The video (directed by JP Brasca) cuts through much of the hype surrounding the group and shows a different side of the band.
"We wanted the video to show that Unlocking The Truth has more to offer than just a good song," says guitarist/vocalist Malcolm Brickhouse. "The video and song both push the envelope for 'the norm' in metal music. It's fresh. It's new. It's MY CHAINS!"
The track is a soulful metal hybrid, co-produced by Brickhouse (and Kenta Yonesaka, Germano Studio NY), who says "The meaning of 'My Chains' will be different for everyone, but there's a line in the song for everyone. Think about it. We all have chains in life. It could be somebody or something we use as a crutch to help us get through life and loosen those chains."
"My Chains" is available on Spotify and iTunes.
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Ugly, frost-bitten, troll-ravaged folk-metallers Frost Giant will unleash a new beast in 2018.
Transcending Records is gearing up for the release of The Harlot Star, an 11 track salute to the glory of battle from one of folk metal's most unique and entertaining bands. Frost Giant's third full-length is a catchy mix of 90's So-Cal punk, European folk metal and American hardcore rooted in Norse mythology, historical references and general silliness.
Ahead of the album's release, Frost Giant offers the animated video for "Prisoner of the Past." Check it out at https://youtu.be/TBeOGMINaqg.
Decibel Magazine recently posted a stream of album track "Forgive Me Not" as part of an interview with Transcending Records owner Mike Ramirez. The interview also features songs by Transcending Records artists Transylvania Stud and Mountaris.
Transcending Records will release The Harlot Star on January 19.
Inspired by Norse mythology, epic metal, punk rock, and combined with an American hardcore attitude, Frost Giant drops an icy hammer on everything trendy and weak. The music pays no attention to boundaries, deliberately crossing genres and bringing them all together in one truly unique sound. From the mead-hall sing along choruses to the shredding melodic death metal passages laced with tortured growls and screams, from the pounding double bass to the pop-punk riffs that linger for days, Frost Giant's music journeys through stories and lore, bringing to light the tales of old in a modern folk-metal context.
Whether they be warm memories of hearth and home, heroic sagas, or tragic remembrances, the songs will carve these colourful volumes into the soul of anyone whose ears they touch.
Marilyn Manson teamed up with director Bill Yukich to film the video for “KILL4ME” from his new album Heaven Upside Down, which critics are calling career defining. The video, which stars Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp and models Jocelyn Binder and Bailee Cowperthwaite, follows the four through a Hollywood mansion on a wild night.
Watch here: http://found.ee/MM_KILL4MEofficial-yt
Manson will return to North America on tour in January. Find a list of rescheduled North American dates below. He is currently on the road in Europe.
UK TOUR DATES
DEC 04 - MANCHESTER, UK @ 02 APOLLO
DEC 05 - GLASGOW, UK @ 02 ACADEMY
DEC 06 - WOLVERHAMPTON, UK @ CIVIC HALL
DEC 08 - NEWPORT, UK @ NEWPORT CENTRE
DEC 09 - LONDON, UK @ SSE WEMBLEY ARENA
As part of an onslaught of new short-length assaults, on February 16th, 2018, Blood Harvest Records is proud to present VoidCeremony's Foul Origins of Humanity on digipack CD and 12" vinyl formats.
On the back of two hotly received demos - 2014's Dystheism, which Blood Harvest later released on 7" vinyl, and 2015's Cyclical Descent of Causality - California's VoidCeremony have been patiently perfecting their craft. Although both demos were suitably rough in production, the execution was flawless - and fierce. Now, with the release of Foul Origins of Humanity, VoidCeremony have at last fully capitalized on their mesmerizing, mind-bending potential. Everything that made those two demos special have been taken to extremes here, and with extreme focus and finesse: blackened death metal sprawling with labyrinthine technicality and endless corridors of unexplored realms. Foul Origins of Humanity is just as much a dizzying, bilious beast, VoidCeremony's songs here twisting and contorting in ever-more-obscene ways, but now captured with a clarity that's absolutely blanching to behold.
The Foul Origins of Humanity are here, and VoidCeremony have thrown down the gauntlet...that is, until their forthcoming debut album for Blood Harvest arrives. In the meantime, hear the new track "Through the Woe of the Dismal Pandemonium" HERE at Blood Harvest's Bandcamp. Preorder info can be found HERE.
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