"Firepower", the title track of the new album from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, can be streamed below. Due on March 9 via Epic, the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for "Firepower" was created by the Chilean/Italian digital artist and photographer Claudio Bergamin.
"Firepower" track listing:
02. Lightning Strike
03. Evil Never Dies
04. Never The Heroes
06. Children of the Sun
08. Rising From Ruins
09. Flame Thrower
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red
JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the lyrical themes covered on "Firepower": "We're an open book. We can go anywhere, and that's my job, where the proverbial word 'challenge' comes into play. I'm looking for things around me in the real world and in the metal fantasy world, so I'm making political comment and comments on the environment, as metaphorically as I can.
"We've always tried to be a bit ambigious, so our fans can make up their own mind, but on this one, you know, we are talking about Mother Earth and places like 10 Downing Street [the headquarters of the government of the United Kingdom]," he continued. "But we've always found a balance in not making the message too intense, while showing that we're connected as a bunch of metalheads in the real world."
Halford also credited "the incredible work" of Sneap for making "Firepower" sound "as wonderful as it does." "We are aware of the elements that are important to PRIEST, that have been our anvil in everything we've done, but in working with Andy, who is such a sought-after, contemporary metal producer, he's been able to dial everything in and get an effect where what you hear coming out of the speaker sounds like a young, fresh metal band," he said. "I've always tried to keep up with what's going on in metal, and I really feel confident that this sound is as strong as it ever was."
Halford stated about the album's first single, "Lightning Strike": "To me, the overall concept of this song is to use the element of a lightning strike to pull away and tear apart at an individual, at a body of people, maybe an organization, maybe an administration, that is kind of leading you, or leading us, into potentially a destructive place. You're kind of spinning that effect round, and you have the right to react and to do something about it. So that, in essence, is what this song is all about."
The North American leg of the "Firepower" tour will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas. Support on the trek will come from SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS.
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Few rock guitarists have proven to be as influential and enduring as the great Michael Schenker. And March will be a busy month for Schenker, as he will be issuing his latest album, Resurrection, on the 2nd, as well as launching a North American tour in support of it - kicking off on the 6th at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD, and wrapping up on April 3rd at the Ritz in Tampa, FL.
And what makes this tour truly unique is that it is being billed as Michael Schenker Fest, and will be featuring three classic Michael Schenker Group vocalists (Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley), plus the singer of Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock (Doogie White). And in addition to Schenker supplying guitar, he will be joined by second guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mann, bassist Chris Glen, and drummer Ted McKenna. Meet and greet packages are also available for purchase via here.
First bursting on the scene in the early ‘70s with the Scorpions, the German guitarist and his seemingly always present Flying V were also a crucial reason in UFO becoming one of the world’s top rock bands that same decade (on the strength of such classic recordings as 1977’s Lights Out, 1978’s Obsession, and 1979’s Strangers In The Night), as well as supplying guitar on a Scorpions album that made important inroads into the American market (1979’s Lovedrive). But since 1980, Schenker has been best known for his work with MSG - including such further classic recordings as 1980’s self-titled debut (featuring Barden), 1982’s Assault Attack (featuring Bonnet), and 1987’s Perfect Timing (featuring McAuley).
And soon, lucky North American fans will get the chance to experience all eras of MSG, on a nearby concert stage.
6 - The Fillmore - Silver Springs, MD
7 - Carnegie Music Hall - Munhall, PA
9 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA
10 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
11 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
12 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC CANADA
14 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
16 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
17 - Concord Music Hall - Chicago, IL
18 - Pabst Theater - Milwaukee, WI
19 - Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN
22 - Neptune - Theatre Seattle, WA
24 - Events Center - San Jose, CA
25 - The Grove - Anaheim, CA
26 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
27 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
29 - Cervantes Ballroom - Denver, CO
31 - Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
1 - Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX
3 - The Ritz - Tampa, FL
Black Country Communion, featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, have released a music video for their song “Love Remains”, featured on their chart-topping BCCIV album. Watch below:
German hard rockers BONFIRE will release their new album, "Temple Of Lies", on April 13 via AFM Records.
Few German rock acts can look back at as long and successful a career as BONFIRE. Counting the predecessor — a group called CACUMEN, which was also founded by Hans Ziller and featured more or less the same lineup — the band has been around since 1972, has operated under its current moniker since 1986 and released more than two dozen albums. During the most successful phase of the career, BONFIRE was counted alongside the SCORPIONS and ACCEPT as among Germany's three internationally most acclaimed acts, celebrating major success all over Europe and worldwide. BONFIRE's trademarks are and have always been deeply melodic hard rock songs, driven by captivating guitars, grooving rhythms and haunting vocal melodies. All the features that came together so perfectly on their most popular releases "Fireworks" (1987), "Point Blank" (1989) and "Branded" (2011) are present on their current release "Temple Of Lies".
Thanks to new vocalist Alexx Stahl, who joined the fold two years ago, and a first-rate lineup on all instruments, the band's creativity explodes on "Temple Of Lies" and is bound to wow a younger generation of rock music fans, too.
"We were extremely lucky to find Alexx," offers Ziller in explanation of the group's current creative and musical high. "He's a team player who looks after his voice in a totally professional way and treats it like the important tool that it is. He doesn't smoke and prepares optimally for every show. In addition, Alexx is a really nice guy. Being at the helm of the band, I couldn't be happier to have him in the band.”
Ziller is just as enthusiastic about his rhythm section consisting of bassist Ronnie Parkes and drummer Tim Breideband ("they seem to have reinvented the groove"), and, of course, guitarist Frank Pané ("one of the most awesome musicians I've ever worked with"). Ziller: "With this lineup, we'll be able to increase the hardness level of our material whenever we feel like it. Numbers such as 'Temple Of Lies' and 'Stand Or Fall' wouldn't have been possible with previous lineups.”
It's not only the occasionally tougher pace that impresses on "Temple Of Lies" (produced by Hans Ziller at the Flatliners Recording Studios in Ingolstadt) from the first to the very last note, but also the album's diverse high-quality songwriting in general. The programmatic album title and expressive cover artwork prove that Ziller & Co. also live up to the responsibility as socially aware musicians, taking to task "the lies of our world and politicians."
"Temple Of Lies" track listing:
01. In The Beginning
02. Temple Of Lies
03. On The Wings Of An Angel
04. Feed The Fire (Like The Bonfire)
05. Stand Or Fall
06. Comin' Home
07. I'll Never Be Loved By You
08. Fly Away
09. I Help You Hate Me
10. Crazy Over You
11. Comin' Home (extended acoustic version) (digipak bonus track)
12. Friedensreich - Let The Madness Continue (director's cut) (digipak bonus track)
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This week on the Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show, host Andrew the Axeman welcomes legendary bassist/singer/producer JEFF PILSON as the special guest! Jeff checks in to talk about his current 15+ year run with FOREIGNER, and everything DOKKEN; including the recent reunion shows, the upcoming DVD that includes a brand new track, and his quintessential DOKKEN record. He also tells us all about his new band SUPER STROKE, where he is joined by GEORGE LYNCH, MICK BROWN and ROBERT MASON.
Also on tap ...
- New music premieres from BULLETBOYS, W.A.S.P., LEATHERJACKS, NIGHTBREAK and the latest from APOCALYPTIC LOVERS.
- L.A. GUNS in the Classic/Current segment.
Plus, the perfect mix of headliners and hidden gems from the decade of decadence, your REQUESTS included!
The Hair Metal Mansion Radio Show w/ Andrew the Axeman premieres every THURSDAY night @ 9pm ET/8pm CT/6pm PT!
The premiere simulcasts on 2 stations, in 2 countries:
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Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has been named the first-ever female Ibanez signature artist.
She says: "After years of dreaming, hoping and working, followed by months of planning and preparation, I am honored and proud to introduce my signature guitar, the Ibanez JIVA.
This beauty will be sold worldwide and comes equipped exactly how I play it live, including brand new signature DiMarzio pickups meticulously designed by yours truly.
"When I had my first meeting with Ibanez in September of 2008, they asked me why they should add me to the artist roster. My (typically emotional) answer was: 'All my heroes are Ibanez players. It's a dream come true for me to just come and meet you guys. If you don't want to give me an endorsement, I'll still play my Ibanez guitars proudly, but it would be a huge honor to join the family and represent the company officially.'
"They took a chance on a basically unknown girl from L.A. (I was actually the only girl on the USA roster at that time) and coming up on my 10th amazing year as an Ibanez artist, words cannot express how honored and thrilled I am to now join the ranks of my greatest heroes as a signature artist."
Nita told Guitar Girl Magazine in a 2017 interview that she started playing guitar when she was 13 years old. "I played drums first, and I was just no good at all," she said. "Then I switched to bass, and I wasn't any good at that either! I'm still not. And, finally, I picked up the guitar and it just stuck. My first guitar was a $99 Squire Stratocaster and I think it came with a little amp and a songbook and some guitar picks and a capo and a slide and a cable and a whole bunch of accoutrements. It was the cheapest little guitar and I played it for years. I didn't have anything nicer for a long time. I was just so passionate about learning and playing and getting better. And then, of course, as soon as I got nicer guitars, I was like, okay, this is a lot easier to play fast. I remember when I picked up my first Ibanez, I was, like, 'Why didn't anybody tell me that I should be playing this the whole time?' As soon as I got my first Ibanez, I just never played anything else — my blood bleeds Ibanez. I have no bargaining power with them; they know that. It's like if you tell a guy you love him right away when you've been dating, which is actually what I did in my relationship too, it just takes away all the power. It's like I love you, then you have no mystery, no build-up, no nothing! There's no suspense. Just like you're stuck now. And I'm happily stuck with both my relationship and my guitar of choice."
Strauss made her name with THE IRON MAIDENS, FEMME FATALE and LA Kiss prior to hooking up with Cooper.
Nita joined the legendary rocker's band in 2014 as the replacement for Orianthi.
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Frank Hannon has released a lyric video for his cover of The Church hit "Under The Milky Way", featured on his new album, From One Place… To Another, a series of albums comprised of cover songs from the Tesla guitarist, out now. Order the album here, and watch the new video below.
From One Place… To Another Vol. 1 is the first of three albums to be released in 2018 and features special guest appearances by Paul Jackson (Blackberry Smoke), Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), Roger Fisher (original Heart guitarist) and many others.
"I recorded the majority of the songs while on tour with Tesla in dressing rooms, hotels, buses and even bathrooms using a handheld recorder," states Hannon. "I also went to friends' houses to capture performances and traded files over the internet, bringing home the digital files to mix and embellish in my studio."
“Blue Sky” feat. Duane Betts (Dickey Betts / Allman Brothers Band)
"Call Me The Breeze" feat. Paul Jackson of Blackberry Smoke (JJ Cale, made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
"Under The Milky Way" feat. Duane Betts (The Church)
"Jim Dandy To the Rescue" feat. Tommy Curiale & Alyson Kimball of Johnny Winters Band
(Lincoln Chase, made famous by Laverne Baker & Black Oak Arkansas)
"You're My Best Friend" (John Deacon made famous by Queen)
"Garden Party" feat. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (Rick Nelson)
"SunRise" in Texas (Blackberry Smoke, Michael Tolcher)
“I Hear Ya Knockin’" (Dave Bartholomew)
"Joy To The World" feat. Ron Keel (Hoyt Axton)
"Four Letter Word" (Lukas Nelson)
"Under The Milky Way" lyric video:
In December 2017, W.A.S.P. successfully completed their ReIdolized tour supporting the 25th anniversary of their iconic hit album, The Crimson Idol, the legendary story of Jonathan Aaron Steele, which will finally be released in a rerecorded version and of the album with the four missing songs - as originally intended - together with The Crimson Idol movie on DVD and Blu-Ray.
W.A.S.P. now present the first glimpse of the incredible film material that has never been officially released. Check out the video for "Chainsaw Charlie" below.
For the first time EVER as originally intended - the film and soundtrack are united and will be released as one special product. The product will also feature four additional songs that were intended to be part of the original The Crimson Idol.
ReIdolized (The Soundtrack To The Crimson Idol) will be released worldwide on February 2nd via Napalm Records.
- 2CD & Bluray & DVD in Slipcase
- 2LP Gatefold + DVD
- Deluxe Box
- 2CD Digipack (Re-Press)
- 2CD Jewelcase (Re-Press)
- Digital Album
Pre-order at this location.
"The Titanic Overture"
"The Invisible Boy"
"Arena Of Pleasure"
"Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)"
"The Gypsy Meets The Boy"
"I Am One"
"Hold On To My Heart"
"The Lost Boy"
"The Great Misconceptions Of Me"
"Chainsaw Charlie" video:
'Medicine Man', the new release by the Canadian heavy metal group SNAKE EYES SEVEN is set for a March 30th release on HighVolMusic and will be distributed through Amped Distribution. This latest effort features 9 tracks of classic heavy metal and their most solid effort to date. 'Medicine Man' was engineered and mixed by Cam MacLeod at the Wolf's Den in Canada and mastered by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles California.
A new video for the track 'Medicine Man' will debut on February 28th, worldwide. A video for the track 'Can You Hear Me Calling' can be viewed below.
Speaking Ill of The Dead
Can You Hear Me Calling
Angel of Death
What About Peace
SNAKE EYES SEVEN features members Cole ' The Madman' Stevens (g), Cam MacLeod (g), Danny Deane (v), Mike Cillis (b), and Erik Young (d). The band recently launched their new website at www.snakeeyes7.com.
Babylon A.D. have released a video for "Saturday Night", a track from their new album, Revelation Highway, released last November. The clip can be found below.
“Crash And Burn”
“Fool On Fire”
“One Million Miles”
“She Likes To Give It”
“Rags To Riches”
“Last Time For Love”
“I'm No Good For You”
“Don't Tell Me Tonight”
“Saturday Night” video: