Metal dance phenomenon Babymetal have announced the release of a new 13 track live album on December 9th via earMUSIC / Edel. With a carefully selected track-listing, the CD captures the spectacular performance recorded at Babymetal’s first ever UK Arena show, “Babymetal World Tour 2016 kicks off at The SSE Arena, Wembley”, which took place in London on April 2nd. The show saw Babymetal become the first Japanese artist in history to perform a headline show at The SSE Arena, Wembley. This headline show garnered an attendance of 12,000 people, where Babymetal also broke the merchandise sales record of the venue, creating history once again. A digital version will be released December 30th.
Babymetal’s second album “Metal Resistance” was released simultaneously worldwide on April 1, 2016 and ranked in at No.15 on the UK Official Album Chart, which is the highest rank acquired by a Japanese artist to date. The album also charted at No.39 on the US Billboard chart making Babymetal the first Japanese artist in 53 years to have made the charts and second in the history of Japanese artists.
The release coincides with their UK tour as special guests to RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS. Catch them at the following shows:
Monday 5 December London The O2
Tuesday 6 December London The O2
Thursday 8 December Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Saturday 10 December Birmingham Genting Arena
Sunday 11 December Birmingham Genting Arena
Wednesday 14 December Manchester Arena
Thursday 15 December Manchester Arena
Sunday 18 December London The O2
Anciients are now premiering their complete forthcoming full length 'Voice of the Void' which has been scheduled for release on October 14th.
The album is exclusively streaming via the official media partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
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Never Mind The Hype (NL)
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Dyck comments on behalf of the band:
"For me, 'Voice of the Void' is the logical progression, musically and lyrically from 'Heart of Oak'. It goes further in each direction that we explored on the debut. Heavy parts are heavier, fast parts are faster and so forth. In terms of theme and lyrics, this record is far more cynical and less hopeful than the debut. It metaphorically addresses some life choices and paths, and what we see happening in the world. It is a darker and more pissed off album. I feel like we have hit our stride and I am stoked as hell to get on the road and play these songs live. Thanks to everyone for all the support so far!"
You want an album that delivers smoking hot rock and delicious heaviness in equal measure? 'Voice of the Void' does exactly that. An avalanche of brilliant riffs comes crashing down your speakers, driven by a relentlessly pounding rhythm section. Vancouver's Anciients have no time to spare, no fillers, no hesitation, they are just pushing and pulling and banging those heads from start to finish.
With their sophomore opus 'Voice of the Void', the Canadians are fulfilling all the glorious promises that 'Heart of Oak' (2013) already made. In comparison to their critically acclaimed debut full-length, which already contained the musical equivalent of the warm flow, solid earthiness, and beautifully dark undertones of whisky matured in ancient oak casks within an intoxicating song-writing, the new songs have exponentially boosted the tasty formula unique to this band.
Hard Rock / Metal band Darkh have released the Official Music Video for their track "My Curse", the second single off of their debut album A Story Yet Untold, which was released on September 29, 2016. The video, which premiered on Revolver Magazine, is a follow up to their critically acclaimed "Bury Our Bones" music video, which was also the first single from the the album.The album was Recorded and Produced by Rob Vitacca of Lacrimas Profundere at Weltraumstudios in Munich, Germany, Mixed and Produced by Stacy O'Dell (New York City, NY), and Mastered by Steve Corrao (Sage Audio, Nashville, TN). All songs were written by Darkh.
"The story of the song is about that special someone in our lives. And when we filmed the music video we didn't just want to capture a cliche boy and girl thing, we wanted something obscure and unique. And who doesn't love a bit of Grindhouse vibe!" - Touby Fisher (DARKH)
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde has debuted an all new music video for his latest single "Sleeping Dogs" featuring Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. The track has gone on to become the most successful active rock radio single of Wylde's career reaching as high as #22 in the U.S. and #11 in Canada. Directed by long time collaborator Justin Reich, the video can be seen here.
The new video is being released on the heels of Zakk Wylde's memorable performance in Glendale, AZ opening up for Guns N' Roses last week on their current "Not In This Lifetime" tour.
Zakk Wylde is currently on the tail end of a a U.S. and Canadian tour in continued support of his new LP, Book Of Shadows II. Wylde is hitting over 40 cities spread out across the U.S. and Canada which included a highlighted performance at Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal on August 7th, a first for him as a solo artist. Tickets are on sale now here, including VIP upgrades in all markets. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Jared James Nichols will serve as support.
Wylde will continue touring through the end of October, this time with Zakk Sabbath serving as support for Clutch. Zakk Sabbath includes himself, bassist Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzing, QOTSA) performing only BLACK SABBATH songs. Click here for more info.
Book Of Shadows II was released on April 8th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music), Zakk Wylde's first solo release in 20 years. This release is the highly anticipated follow up to 1996’s Book of Shadows LP, a classic album Wylde released between his work with Ozzy Osbourne that has since become a fan favourite. The album debuted at #2 on the Independent Chart, #3 on the Rock Chart and # 6 on the Current Albums Chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in Black Label Society and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.
Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humour, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.
Mexican metal quartet, Excellion, stream their new, fourth EP titled Unsean ahead of its release which is set for August 6th.
Speaking about the level of creativity the new EP reaches compared with the previous efforts, bassist and backing vocalist Adrian Vilbel commented:
“On ‘Unsean' you can find this maturity in the sound that is very unique actually, all instruments converge in a way that it just was’t in our previous releases, that’s why this new material it’s really a breakthrough for us.
“We were trying to express ourselves in the way we felt at the moment when we moved to Mexico City, it was a moment to adapt and learn a new way to live, so we felt the urgency to write some riffs and melodies that made people feel those expressions, that’s how the whole concept came to mind,” he continues.
Unsean is the fourth EP release the band put out to date, and it was originally planned to be a full-length release, but Excellion decided to split it in two shorter releases. Vilbel also talked about the reasons behind that decision.
“Nowadays it’s kind of hard that a person listen to a full album from the beginning to the end. There would be a lot to digest and they just don’t want that, at least a lot of people, so yeah, ‘Unsean’ was actually a full-length, but we wanted people to give the same weight to every song and not just one or two. We wanted to write songs with high quality too and not just fillers so we decided to make this release in two parts. This is part one and you can expect part two some time around 2017. This way people can sit and listen the whole EP and it’ll be easy to digest too.”
Unsean is out on August 6. Listen to the EP in its entirety through a YouTube stream. The EP is available from iTunes and Google Play.
Out September 23!
Get a first taste of the new album HERE.
“Mortality closes in.
Evils of fanatic religion.
21st century imperialism.
Destruction campaign against the earth.
Immortal idols pass away.
Cancer in our minds.
In our way of life.
In the veins of those we honor the most.
It is in our darkest times we realize how swiftly life can end.
We all die.
In a time when threats of religious hostility and environmental decay loom heavily over the world, we have no choice but to acknowledge the inevitability of death. Not only does it spread fear, stigma and hatred, but it also reminds us of the grasp our own mortality has on us. Death is just a heartbeat away and our fear of the unknown is apparent now more than ever. Thus the title "Memento Mori" (Latin: remember that you must die).
The heavy rock powerhouse Sahg have since their beginnings in 2004 delivered grade-A hard rock of the fist bumping and heavy-leaded sort. When elements hoisted from the depths of doom converge with the realm of progressive rock, one can draw parallels to greats such as Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Mastodon. Sahg procure a unique blend of the aforementioned while resting firmly on a heavy metal base. The crisp sound on their fifth and latest effort "Memento Mori" defies the idea of simple genre categorization in favour of delivering a damn good heavy metal album!
The Steel Panther and Black Stone Cherry Australian tour date in Adelaide, Wednesday 22nd of June will be moving venue to the mighty HQ Complex, Australia's most awarded Nightclub. The promoters have made the change from the Thebarton Theatre to HQ Complex in order to make it far more intimate for you to get up close and personal with Michael Starr, Lexxi, Stix and Satchel...
Any ticket holders that can’t make it to HQ will be offered a full refund, otherwise hold on to your purchased tickets, print them and bring them along - As all current tickets fans are holding are valid and will get you entry into HQ. Anyone wishing to grab some of the last remaining tickets can click here to purchase: http://eventtree.co.uk/steelpanther/
Steel Panther arrive today in Australia and New Zealand to promote the release of their Live Acoustic record and feature film, “Live from Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage.”
Alongside US rockers Black Stone Cherry, they hit the Big Top Sydney this Friday night 17th June, Festival Hall in Melbourne 18th June, Eaton’s Hill Hotel in Brisbane 20th June, HQ Complex in Adelaide 22nd June and 23rd June at Metro City in Perth, then jump over to Auckland, NZ for the 26th June at Powerstation, alongside Blue Ruin.
“Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” is the band’s first full length film, featuring a live ten song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes showcasing the band’s unmatched shenanigans and debauchery. The one hour film is now available on DVD from Steel Panther’s label, Kobalt Records, at SteelPantherRocks.com. The album only version can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and wherever music is sold.
For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). The fearsome foursome are not stopping anytime soon. “Our drive to bring heavy metal back has not lessened,” concludes Michael Starr. “It’s actually gotten stronger. We’re not going to stop. I look forward to our continued world domination.”
Last in Australia for Soundwave 2015, the band played main stages at the festival and drew massive numbers to their bombastic set, simultaneously offending and salaciously delighting all in attendance. In recent times, they have almost entirely sold out their UK tour, which included Wembley Stadium and played main stage at Download Festival.
For ticket information, go to mjrpresents.com or blackstonecherry.com
STEEL PANTHER - AUSTRALIAN TOUR
with special guests
BLACK STONE CHERRY
AUSTRALIAN TOUR June 2016 | TICKETS ON SALE NOW
FRIDAY 17TH JUNE - BIG TOP SYDNEY, NSW
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE - FESTIVAL HALL MELBOURNE, VIC
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au
MONDAY 20TH JUNE - EATONS HILL HOTEL BRISBANE, QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
WEDNESDAY 22ND JUNE - HQ COMPLEX ADELAIDE, SA
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au
THURSDAY 23RD JUNE - METRO CITY PERTH, WA
Tickets available from www.megatix.com.au
SUNDAY 26TH JUNE - POWERSTATION AUCKLAND, NZ
Tickets available from www.aaaticketing.co.nz
- BLACK STONE CHERRY NOT APPEARING -
Supported by Blue Ruin
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Hellcats have released the video for their recent single "I Am" - you can watch it online below. The video was filmed recently in Ljubljana at the local drift car ring and it is the work of the same director (Pedrag Rajčič-Perica), who also directed their last video for the song "Demon Dreams" which reached the top of the video charts in Slovenia.
"I Am" is also the first single from their upcoming album. Their previous (debut) album "Warrior Princess" which was critically-acclaimed in Slovenia and around the world was released in 2014.
Sasha Zagorc (bass) formed the heavy metal / hard rock band Hellcats with her sister Sonja Zagorc (drums) ten years ago. The band had to deal with quite a lot of criticism as the first all-female band on the Slovenian metal scene, but they just kept going and now have fans all over the world. For Hellcats having a band provides much needed relaxation, and they love going on tour as best friends, Sasha told the BBC in the interview few days ago.
(Link to the BBC interview: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wbj8l)
Enjoy the adventure of Hellcats "I am" video accompanied with addictive music, spinning wheels, smoke and engine noise of drifting cars that symbolizes the free-minded spirit with forward facing attitude.
"White Noise" Track Listing:
1. Coming In Hot
2. White Noise
3. Break Even
5. Fools Gold, feat. Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
6. Good Life
7. Into The Grey, feat. Gerry Finn (Killer Dwarfs)
10. Any Given Sunday, feat. Jeff Labar (Cinderella)
11. Fall To Rise, feat. Ralph Saenz (Steel Panther) & Charlie Parra Del Riego (Kobra & The Lotus)
Current Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA) Alternative Rock Band of the Year vocalist / bassist and motorcycle rally queen Jasmine Cain has released her new album "White Noise" via 3Thirteen Music / eOne Music. You can order "White Noise" now here. White Noise was produced by Mills Logan (Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith), Jasmine Cain and Lincoln Parrish (Cage the Elephant), and features Jasmine Cain members Zach Ballard and Benjamin Johnson on drums and lead guitar, respectively.
This is, by far, Jasmine Cain's strongest album to date. Having self-released four albums prior to White Noise, the songwriting has reached its pinnacle. With so many miles behind and so many miles left to travel, the Sturgis, SD nativehas paved a way for female rockers in the motorcycle culture. As JPF Female Artist of the Year and Nashville's Music City Mayhem (MCMA) four-time Female Rock Vocalist (in addition to the aforementioned Nashville Industry Music Award), Cain has set the standard and raised the bar. Living her life through her songs and gypsy spirit like a modern day Janis Joplin, she is a ghost on the road sitting next to you as you take your own musical journey.
"White Noise was a fun challenge for me because for the first time, we were writing songs together as a band and we only had two weeks to complete the writing process. I've never been put under the gun that hard and it forced me to get really focused and stay that way. My entire life had to be shut off. With that being said, I was very skeptical of the lyrics sound contrived and forced, but much to my surprise, and the surprise of everyone else, the songs happened effortlessly. Only a few times can I remember getting tripped up on a part or lyric and hitting a wall. But I just didn't force it. I started a new chapter and just wrote something else until that came to me. Most days I was just shooting ideas at the wall, but occasionally we would hit a vein and write two or three songs that day. It was really amazing to be able to do that. You don't really know if you can until you have no other choice."
Jasmine Cain and her band are endorsed by S&S Cycle, Epiphone Guitars, Kramer Guitars, Warwick Basses and GHS Strings.
Last weekend in Las Vegas, Doro received her well-deserved award, acknowledging her decades-long dedication, passion and love of music. She was met with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation by the crowd when she received the ‘Metal Goddess’ Legends Award at the Vegas Rocks Hair Metal Awards at the Casablanca Event Center of Eastside Cannery Casino.
"It was incredibly nice, the people celebrated endlessly and everyone in the hall stood up and clapped for me - even my colleagues couldn't rest on their chairs!"
Those colleagues were Scorpions, who received a lifetime achievement award, as well as Twisted Sister amongst other legendary artists. Doro received her third Legend Award in Las Vegas - she has already been honoured with two ‘Living Legend’ awards; at the awards shows of prominent magazines in London and Berlin in 2013.
"The first two award shows were already phenomenal, but how the Americans celebrated the evening here in Vegas, that's unbeatable,"
Doro explains after her return to hometown Dusseldorf.
But there isn't much time for Doro to enjoy this happiness as today, she will fly to Krasnodar, Russia with her band for another show on her world tour - which will take place next weekend.
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