Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Just posted, Trixter's Steve Brown on this weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 239 - Steve Brown

Last year Kix put out a great "summer" disc and this year apparently Trixter has taken on the challenge. C'mon no matter how much you like thrash or NWOBHM sometimes you need that upbeat disc to crank in the car on a summer day. Guitarist Steve Brown joins us to talk all about "Human Era" the latest release from New Jersey's own Trixter. 


Track of the week comes to us via the legendary Raven off their latest metal masterpiece "ExtermiNation"



Trixter can be found at http://www.trixterrocks.com/ and Raven is on the web at http://www.ravenlunatics.com/


Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuessdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Maxxxwell Carlisle releases LOUDNESS cover. Details for new solo album.



As discussed on Focus on Metal, HELLION lead guitarist and solo artist Maxxxwell Carlisle has released a cover of "Like Hell", originally recorded by Japanese metal legends
LOUDNESS on their 1985 "Thunder in the East" album. Featuring Fang VonWrathenstein (Lords of the Trident) on vocals, the cover track is one of several
singles to be released for Carlisle's upcoming full length solo album which will feature covers and new original material.

The new album, entitled "When The Clock Strikes Metal", will be Maxxxwell's 6th solo album and features a host of guest vocalists and guitarists.

"I've long been a huge fan of LOUDNESS and in particular, Akira Takasaki's guitar playing. My upcoming album features covers as well as originals
so it was a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to some of my favorite players and bands."

In addition to his upcoming solo album, Maxxxwell continues to work with HELLION on a new live album, new studio tracks and touring.

Full album details and release dates TBA.

The single is available NOW on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Google Play, and can be streamed right here on SoundCloud:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Michael Sweet, The Claddagh Pub, Lawrence, MA on 6/19/15

   This was a show I had been looking forward to because Michael doesn't do many of these and I knew he would delve a little deeper into not only the Stryper catalogue but his own solo material. Acoustic shows can prove difficult, the artist has to have songs that are effective for the stripped down format and also have the confidence to pull them off. Not a problem for Michael who also added some great in between song stories. The audience even helped him with his mic stand a number of times. After some introductory banter with the audience  Dying Rose from the Sweet/Lynch cd was a great opener. It's probably the only opportunity you will get to hear any of that material live and that's a shame. As for Stryper tunes there was the expected crowd favorites Calling On You and Honestly but Michael also dusted off Lady and All For One from Against The Law plus Always There For You from In God We Trust. Some solo material including the title track I'm Not Your Suicide from his last solo release and a sprinkling of covers rounded off a fantastic set.

Richie.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Online Now - Kill Devil Hill's Mark Zavon Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 238 - Mark Zavon

This week is a bit unusual. Yes we have great guest, Mark Zavon from Kill Devil Hill and although we spend a bit of time talking about what's up with KDH we spend a ton of time talking about NAMM. Yes believe it or not Richie willingly took part in a gear related conversation. In fact he initiated it. We also have a quick check in with Seeb from Orden Ogan about their latest, Ravenhead.


Kill Devil Hill can be found on the web at https://killdevilhillmusic.com/


Orden Ogan is on the web on facebook

Here's a video from their latest "Ravenhead".

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

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You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Motor Sister to perform with Steel Panther next week

New music video online now!


Motor Sister to Take Part in Motörhead's "Motörboat"

Motor Sister have just confirmed a special show on June 26th in San Francisco with Steel Panther! The show is at the Regency Theater, and doors are at 8pm. Get tickets online now at axs.com HERE. In celebration of this show announcement, Motor Sister is proud to release a brand new music video for "Beg Borrow Steal" from their Metal Blade Records debut, "Ride." The Jack Bennett directed video is streaming now at metalblade.com/motorsister!

Motörhead's "Motörboat" is known for their amazing lineups, and it was only fitting that Motor Sister be part of the bill. The band will bring the songs of Mother Superior to the high seas for the first time! The cruise takes place September 28th through October 2nd and more info can be found at motorheadcruise.com.

Motor Sister's "Ride" debuted on the Billboard charts after its first week of release. The album cracked the top 10 with the #9 position on the Billboard New Artist (Heatseekers) chart. Additional chart numbers have been listed below!

#12 Debut @ Billboard Hard Music Albums
#40 Debut @ Billboard Rock Albums
#27 Debut @ Billboard Independent Albums
#163 Debut @ Billboard Top 200 Albums (current)

MOTOR SISTER is a group of musicians whose collective musical pedigrees speak for themselves. Mother Superior founder, guitarist, and vocalist Jim Wilson fronts the band, with Anthrax's Scott Ian on guitar, Pearl Aday on backing vocals, Joey Vera on bass, and John Tempesta on drums.

"All you really need to know about Ride is that it kicks a massive amount of ass" Revolver Magazine

"the retro rock and roll band that you didn't even know you were missing in your life until right now!" MetalInjection.net

"This is kick ass classic sounding hard rock! Blazing guitars, great vocals and songs! Everything I love most about hard rock music in one killer album." Eddie Trunk

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THE RODS and Veronica Freeman to perform at 2015 DIO Day in Cortland, New York.


American 80's heavy metal power trio THE RODS featuring special guest vocalist Veronica Freeman "The V" (BENEDICTUM) have announced their performance at the 2015 DIO Day to be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, New York.

The Rods band members and The V have released the following statements on the joining of forces for this special show:

(Guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein) - After Ronnie's untimely passing in 2010, the city of Cortland, in honor of Ronnie, decided to make July 10th, officially DIO DAY. Every year around that time, we celebrate and honor the man that gave us so much good music and inspiration. His talent as a singer, musician, song writer and producer were unparalleled. The Ronnie James Dio Music Scholarship Fund was started in 2010 and every year a $1,000.00 scholarship is given to a student that is pursuing a career in music. This year our fund raising concert will be held on June 20th, at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex in Cortland, N.Y. Any donations to this worthy cause are accepted by check or money order, and can be mailed to: The Ronnie James Dio Music Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 533, Cortland, N.Y. 13045 "Keep the Music Alive"..

(Drummer / Producer - Carl Canedy) - The Rods European shows, which included Veronica Freeman performing a Dio Tribute set, were a huge success. The US fans have been asking if she'd be performing with us in the US. The answer until just now has been "no". Fortunately for us, and the fans, she's shooting a video for her new CD, "Now Or Never", the following day in NYC which will allow her to perform. The Rods with Veronica performing a Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, at this Dio Day Concert, is truly special for each of us. We're all proud to be a part of this Memorial Fund event in Ronnie's name.

(Bassist Garry Bordonaro) - I’m really happy that Veronica is going to be able to perform at our Dio Day show. She is a perfect fit for this celebration, and I think the fans are going to love her!

(Vocalist Veronica Freeman "The V" - BENEDICTUM) - Sure had a blast in Europe with these crazy guys and it was a wish in the back of my head to be able to do Dio Day. Now, it is a reality.... ! Lets roll!!

For the latest news, visit the official DIO Day websites:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

DEATHDEALER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR THIS SUMMER



Although the forthcoming sophomore release from DeathDealer, 'Hallowed Ground,' won't be arriving until September 11th (via SMG Records), the band - led by ex-Manowar/Dictators guitarist Ross the Boss - will be hitting the road this summer, with a string of Euro dates. 

"I cannot wait to hit the stage again and reconnect with all our friends in Europe," says Ross. "HAIL AND KILL!!"

Also, available at these shows (which runs from July 16th through August 2nd) will be a "DeathDealer Limited Edition Metal Tour Package," which will contain the following items (housed in a custom printed tin container):
-- 'Warmaster CD' 
-- Limited Edition T-Shirt (L, XL)
-- Patch 
-- Download card with (3) new DeathDealer songs from the forthcoming 'Hallowed Ground' album (the tracks "Break the Silence," "Plan of Attack,” and "The Anthem")
The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and sing along headbangers, as well. 



The band - which in addition to Ross is comprised of Sean Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann), Stu Marshall (Dungeon, Empires of Eden), Steve Bolognese (Into Eternity), and Mike Davis (Halford, Lizzy Borden) - is fresh off of the Metal All Stars arena tour, and are primed to rock the world with a killer new album and kickass stage show. Get ready to rock! 

TOUR DATES:
Thursday, July 16th      Waregem, Belgium     Gasolina Rock and Metal Cafe               
Friday, July 17th           Tilburg, Holland           Little Devil               
Saturday, July 18th       Den Haag, Holland      Musicon                  
Sunday, July 19th         Roeselare, Belgium    Verlichte Geest       
Monday, July 20th         Mulheim, Germany     Gaststatte Rheinpreussen
Wednesday, July 22nd  Osnabruck, Germany   Bastard Club           
Thursday, July 23rd      Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany    HOA Festival               
Friday, July 24th          Renchen Germany           Come Inn                 
Saturday, July 25th      Maasmechelen, Belgium  Meat and Metal Festival @ Jan Hertog
Tuesday, July 28th      Stockholm, Sweden      Gota Kallare             
Wednesday, July 29th     Gavle, Sweden          Hardrocks Klubb     
Friday, July 31st           Gothenburg, Sweden    Sticky Fingers         
Saturday, August 1st     Kierspe-Ronsahl, Germany   Gut Haarbecke, BAAAM Fest               
Sunday, August 2nd     Frankfurt, Germany       Spritzehaus  


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Episode 237 - The Fang & Joey Show

Another double header of massive metalness this week. We kick it off with returning guest Fang VonWrathenstin, vocalist of show favorites Lords of The Trident. We follow that up with the one and only Joey Vera from Armored Saint. Unless you live in some isolation bubble you known that Armored Saint just released a brand new album on Metal Blade, "Win hands Down" and Joey will be talking all about it it. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

Get all your Lords of The Trident news and merch at: http://lordsofthetrident.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/lordsofthetrident

Here's a vid from their latest metal opus, "Frostburn"



Enjoy the official video for "Win Hands Down"

Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us Tuessdays on Platinum Rock Radio and be sure to check their schedule because we usually get repeat run during the week.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
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Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cannibal Corpse confirms Latin American tour with Testament!

Cannibal Corpse have confirmed that they will be touring Latin America in November and December with thrash legends, Testament! The tour begins November 17th in Brazil, and concludes on December 2nd in Guadalajara, Mexico. The combined weight of these two bands will surely mean these shows will sell fast. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 10 at 10am ET at liberationmc.com/tours!



CANNIBAL CORPSE
TESTAMENT
11/17 Porto Alegre, Brazil Opiniao
11/18 Curitiba, Brazil Vanilla Music Hall
11/20 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Circo Voador
11/21 Sao Paulo, Brazil Carioca Club
11/24 Buenos Aires, Argentina Groove
11/25 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolican
11/26 Lima, Peru Embarcadero 41
11/28 Bogota, Colombia Downtown Majestic
11/29 San Jose, Costa Rica Club Peppers
12/01 Mexico City, MX Pabellón Oeste Del Palacio de los Deportes
12/02 Guadalajara, MX Teatro Studio Cavaret

CANNIBAL CORPSE
European Summer Tour
06/10 Paris, FR Petit Bain
06/12 Kristainsand, NO Kick
06/13 Stavanger, NO Folken
06/14 Bergen, NO Hulen
06/15 Drammen, NO Union Scene
06/16 Trondheim, NO Blaest
06/18 Copenhagen, DK Copenhell
06/19 Dessel, BE Graspop
06/20 Rouen, FR 106
06/21 Clission, FR Hellfest
07/10 Paris, FR Le Petit Bain
07/11 Marseille, FR Le Moulin
07/12 Palma De Mallorca, ES Gremi
07/13 Valencia, ES Rock City
07/14 Malga, ES Trinchera
07/16 Viveiro Lugo, ES Resurrection Fest
07/17 Bilbao, ES Santana 27
07/18 Albi, FR Xtreme Fest
07/19 Milan, IT Magnolia
07/20 Bologna, IT Zr
07/21 Tolmin, SI Metaldays
07/22 Budapest, Hu Club 202
07/24 Bucharest, RO Arenele Romane
07/25 Sofia, BG Mixtape 5 Club
07/26 Thessaloniki, GR Principal Club
07/27 Athens, GR Fuzz Club
07/29 Belgrade, CS Dom Omaldine
07/30 Vienna, AT Szene
07/31 Wroclaw, PL Alibi
08/01 Wacken, DW Wacken Open Air
08/02 Malmo, S Kulturbaloget
08/03 Berlin, DE Postbahnhof
08/04 Munster, DE Sputnikhalle
08/06 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault Fest
08/07 Schlotheim, DE Party San Open Air
08/08 Leeuwarden, NL Into The Grave
08/11 Trier, DE Ex-Haus
08/12 Luzern, CH Schuur
08/13 Cologne, DE Werkstatt
08/14 Salzburg, AT Rockhouse
08/15 Dinkelsbuhl, DE Summer Breeze

A Skeletal Domain, the latest full-length from American death metal icons, Cannibal Corpse, debuted at an astounding #32 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, making it the highest charting record in the band's storied history! This is the band's thirteenth full-length album. It was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios in Flordia. The record boasts twelve ravenous tracks of confrontational, meticulously-executed ill-omened brutality as only Cannibal Corpse can deliver.

Watch current and past videos from Cannibal Corpse on the youtube playlist HERE. Also, check out George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher and Orion of Behemoth as they play the new video game Evolve in the recently released video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6nFf2kOq5E


CANEDY releases video for "My Life, My Way".


CANEDY, the solo project from The Rods drummer / producer Carl Canedy has released a new video for the song "My Life, My Way" from the independently released debut album "Headbanger".

Carl Canedy has checked in with the following comment:
My Life, My Way is a song written for and about my best friend, Jim Nunis, who died from Cancer 4 years ago. It is dedicated to the memory of both Jim Nunis and Billy Hilfiger. Two great guitarists and even greater people who left us way too soon. Gone, but not forgotten.


For the latest Canedy news, visit their official Facebook page:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SACRILEGE signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS


The NWOBHM Band SACRILEGE from Gillingham signed a worldwide deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. The new album is entitled “six6six” and will be released on 3rd July 2015.

The Album “Ashes To Ashes” will be released on 26th June 2015 by KARTHAGO RECORDS.


LINE-UP:
Bill Beadle – vocals, guitars
Neil Turnbull (ex-Dervish) – drums
Jeff Rolland - bass, back vocals
Tony Vanner – lead guitar


In other Pure Steel news:
BLIZZARD HUNTER "Heavy Metal To The Vein" - pre-order phase started!


The debut album of BLIZZARD HUNTER “Heavy Metal To The Vein" is now available in the Pure Steel Webshop. Save 1 Euro during the pre-order time. The official release date of the album is the 19th of June 2015.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Just posted, Jeff Martin Guests on This Weeks Edition of Focus on Metal


Episode 236 - Blasted to Static

Our guest this week is Jeff Martin. Most of you may know Jeff as the vocalist of Racer-X . Others may know him from filling the drum seat in Badlands, MSG, or Dokken. One things for sure the guy keeps busy. Now Jeff is fronting a new band Blasted To Static which also includes Stu Marshall, Rev Jones, and Clay T. Jeff will give us the lowdown on the new band as well as touch on a bit of his past on this weeks show.



Keep and eye out for Blasted to Static news at http://blastedtostatic.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/blastedtostatic



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
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You can hear us Thursdays on Platinum Rock Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

Monday, June 1, 2015

IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Bringing Shred Sled to X GAMES

Texas shredders IMMORTAL GUARDIAN will be out on their infamous Shred Sled during the X Games this Friday, June 5, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's Shred Sled comes one day ahead of METALLICA's June 6 X Games performance.

In case you're unfamiliar with the Shred Sled, it's a mobile heavy metal spectacle on wheels that has made appearances at festivals such as SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and River City Rockfest, receiving press from SPIN Magazine and multiple music publications.

"If you were one of the lucky hundreds who stumbled upon Immortal Guardian during one of their 'Shredding In the Streets' gigs, you won't soon forget... Immortal Guardian might have been SXSW's most sincerely earnest act." - SPIN MAGAZINE

The IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Shred Sled will be making three appearances throughout Friday's X Games at the following locations (site map available upon request):
12:30PM - NEXT X PARKS Area
2:30 PM - NEXT X PARKS Area
5:00 PM - MOTO X VENUE

See below for footage of the IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Shred Sled in action at Fun Fun Fun Fest 8, or visit this location



 "Immortal Guardian's Shred Sled - The most metal thing at this year's X Games next to Metallica"



Immortal Guardian has been making a name for themselves as an up and coming independent metal act with a Fender sponsorship, Brazilian Tour, and an album mixed by the producer of Judas Priest already under their belt. The band is highlighted by its members astounding virtuosity starting first with founding member Gabriel Guardian, sponsored by Fender Guitars at the young age of 22 and known for his insane ability to shred on guitar AND keyboard at the same time. Next is Brazilian born vocal siren Carlos Zema who has been named one of the top 10 metal vocalist in Brazil by several media outlets in 2007. The rhythm section is filled out by the dynamic duo of Cody Gilliland, one of the most technical speed/progressive drummers emerging onto the scene, and master of the five-string fretless bass, Thad Stevens.