Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JUDAS PRIEST SET TO ROCK U.S. AND CANADA THIS FALL



Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal's top bands, Mastodon.

'Redeemer of Souls' also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band's career, with Rolling Stone stating, "Above all, 'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, "Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade."

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.). 

Ever since the release of 'Redeemer of Souls,' Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

October 16th, 2015      Paso Robles, CA    Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015      Las Vegas, NV        The Pearl                     
October 20th, 2015      San Francisco, CA  The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015      San Jose, CA           City National Civic                 
October 23rd, 2015      Fresno, CA              William Saroyan Theater            
October 24th, 2015      San Bernardino, CA  Knotfest                     
October 27th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 28th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 31st, 2015       Regina, SK              Brandt Center                     
November 1st, 2015     Winnipeg, MN          MTS Center                     
November 3rd, 2015     Peoria, IL                 Civic Center                     
November 6th, 2015     Huntington, NY      Paramount Theater                
November 7th, 2015     Newark, NJ              Prudential Center                
November 10th, 2015    Halifax, NS             Scotiabank Center             
November 12th, 2015    Toronto, ON           Air Canada Center


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Veronica Freeman Returns To Focus on Metal This Week



Episode 244 - The V

At long last the wait is over, Veronica Freeman (aka The V) has finally released her first solo outing "Now or Never". As long time listeners know we are heavy duty supporters of Benedictum here on FoM and part of that is due to the vocal firepower of Veronica. This week we are pleased to have The V making her third appearance back on FoM. Don't miss this one folks as the always outspoken Veronica didn't disappoint and of course you'll also get to her some samples of what to expect on "Now or Never". So sit back and enjoy a healthy dose of vitamin V.

Find The V at her new site http://veronicafreeman.com/ , on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/veronicafreemanofficial or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/therealvfreeman


Here's a bit of classic V as she announces her first solo effort.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fates Warning to reissue "A Pleasant Shade of Gray"

Deluxe Reissue of Classic Album "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" available October 2nd via Metal Blade Records


Progressive Metal legends FATES WARNING will be releasing 3 CD/DVD deluxe reissue of their critically acclaimed 1997 release "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" October 2nd on Metal Blade Records. "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.

This all encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band's 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of "We Only Say Goodbye" and a studio cover version of the Scorpions "In Trance". The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for "A Pleasant Shade of Gray". Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray". The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band's 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Thursday, August 6th.

FATES WARNING will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Exclusive VIP Packages are available for all shows and can be purchased HERE. There are two different VIP Packages, the first includes a chance to watch the band's sound check, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate. The second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a SIGNED copy of the deluxe reissue of "A Pleasant Shade of Gray".

FATES WARNING Live:
10/9: Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
10/10 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
10/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/13: Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
10/14: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/16: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
10/17: Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
10/18: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
10/20: Altoona, PA @ McGarveys
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/24: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/25: San Antonio, TX @ 210 Kapone's Live
10/27: Denver, CO @ The Roxy
10/29: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/30: Costa Mesa, CA @ Tiki Bar
10/31: San Jose, CA @ Rockbar
11/1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/2: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW BOOK TELLS STORY OF ONE OF HEAVY METALS BEST YET MOST DIFFICULT DECADES



Since its inception in the late 1960's, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling - the 1990's. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980's was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach - detected in several new metal-based "sub-genres." Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.


Written by journalist/author Greg Prato, 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's' is the first book to focus entirely on this decade. Set in an oral history format, 'Survival' features over 80 interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Dream Theater, King's X, Extreme, Winger, Cinderella, Living Colour, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, Kyuss, Danzig, Clutch, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Death, Coal Chamber, and System of a Down (among many others), as well as Eddie Trunk, Riki Rachtman, and Lonn Friend. Also featured is a foreword penned by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.


Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, and has authored such books as 'Iron Maiden: '80 '81,' 'The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music.' 'Survival of the Fittest' is his 16th book overall.


Available as a paperback version [616 pages, $24.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], and a Nook download [$9.99], 'Survival of the Fittest' helps put the '90s and heavy metal all into perspective.


Read an exclusive excerpt here:

Ordering info here:
Paperback and Kindle: http://amzn.com/1512073067

CORNERS OF SANCTUARY release free "Prelude to War" (The Japan Demo} EP.


American new wave of traditional heavy metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY announce the release of their brand new EP titled "Prelude to War" (The Japan Demo) as a free download on their official website.


The release includes the following 8 songs:
1. A Fist Full of Vengeance
2. Victoria
3. Battle
4. Hell and Back
5. Bleed With Me
6. On the Hunt
7. Juggernaut
8. Blood Quest

All tracks are in MP3 format and the EP's artwork is included as part of the free download.


For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official Facebook page:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just Posted, Tony Franklin on Part 4 of Focus on Metal's Little Mountain Sound Project

Episode 243 - Little Mountain Sound Part 4

This week we bring you the fourth installment in our Little Mountain Sound Studio series. Our guest this week is none other than bassist and all around cool guy, Tony Franklin. Tony has played with an impressive list of artists including Gary Hoey, Marty Freidman, Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, and Whitesnake. Did I mention the guy has also played with Jimmy Page in The Firm? Jimmy Freaking Page! Of course he was also a big part of Blue Murder with John Sykes and Carmine Appice. So yeah, I think this guy knows his way around a studio so he's a perfect guy to talk about his time at LMS. These days when he's not enjoying his Ninja blender Tony is playing with Rated X and Heart of Storm with Doug Aldrich.


Here's Tony and Blue Murder doing a classic track

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Review of Kip Winger, The Claddagh Pub, Lawrence, MA 7/19/2015

   When we did our career retrospective interview with Reb Beach (episode 223) he mentioned the depth and complexity of the Winger catalogue and that the majority of people had no clue it existed bar the hits. Being a huge fan of the band as well as Kip's solo material this was one show I couldn't wait to see and boy was I not disappointed. There's nowhere to hide for the artist when they do an acoustic show, the songs have to be there and the performer has to be able to pull them off live. The stories and between song banter with the crowd count for a lot too and there has to be some level of spontaneity. The artist who can cover all of this make you feel they are playing just for you in your living room and on Sunday night that's how I felt.

   You could tell straight away that not only has Kip been doing these shows for a while but he has a ton of fun up there on stage. He talked and joked with members of the crowd for a couple of minutes before opening with Cross from his solo album Songs From The Ocean Floor. Requests were taken from the audience and after playing Runaway he said he couldn't believe he remembered the words. An audience member was even invited to sing Miles Away and he nailed it with Kip stepping away from the mike at the end to let the guy finish the song, he was that good.

   Some of the deeper Winger cuts were dusted off including Under One Condition from In The Heart Of The Young, Spell I'm Under and Who's The One from Pull and Blue Suede Shoes from Winger IV. Ben Hans accompanied Kip on percussion for a couple of tunes including Deal With The Devil and a killer version of the instrumental solo track Free. The icing on the cake was the return of support act Stomping Melvin to back him up for rocking versions of Rat Race, Can't Get Enuff and Seventeen. Closing the near 20 song set with Van Halen's Ain't Talking Bout Love rounded off one of the best shows I have seen in a while. If he's playing in your area go see him.

Richie.

http://www.kipwinger.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kip-Winger/265389465470

http://www.wingertheband.com/

  

  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SAVAGE MESSIAH confirmed for Bloodstock festival main stage

London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have been confirmed for the Ronnie James Dio main stage at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, which takes place August 6th - August 9th at Catton Park in the UK.

Having already rocked the Bloodstock masses a number of times before, SAVAGE MESSIAH are this year moving up to the big leagues, joining the likes of TRIVIUM, NAPALM DEATH, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and more on the main stage.  SAVAGE MESSIAH will be hitting the stage on Saturday, 8th August at 11:00am.

SAVAGE MESSIAH bassist Míra Sláma comments:
"We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that we will be playing the most metal festival in the UK.  Bloodstock Open Air always has been a special festival for the metal fans and we are stoked to join this year's line-up.  See you in the pit, Savages!"

For tickets and more information about Bloodstock, head to http://www.bloodstock.uk.com
Get SAVAGE MESSIAH's latest album, 'The Fateful Dark', on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl now at http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah

The album is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes

Watch SAVAGE MESSIAH's music video for the track "Hellblazer", featuring famed London contortionist Pixie Le Knot (Game of Thrones, The Devil Inside), at http://youtu.be/qMLgbl7yU98

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Old School Thrashers SONICK PLAGUE Streaming Tracks from Re-Recorded Debut Album

Old school thrashers SONICK PLAGUE are streaming two tracks from its re-recorded, self-titled debut, which will be reissued digitally on Pavement Music and on CD from the band on July 24. Stream album tracks "Street Wars" here and "One Swift Kick" here.

Pre-order the CD here or the CD/shirt combo at this location

Originally titled What's the Purpose, this updated version of the album was recorded at the legendary Carriage House Studios and captures the powerful energy and grit of the origins of thrash metal.

Sonick Plauge are veterans (and some say) pioneers of the classic, thrash metal sound. This raw and lively sound originated in the hills of West Virginia in 1984. The lineup was solidified in Connecticut a few years later with founders Ken Cuccaro (drums) and Tim Meehan (guitars), along with Tony Teodoro (guitars) and Sean Donnelly (bass, vox).
Things started moving for Plague when they landed their first show at the legendary Anthrax in Norwalk, CT. Owners Shaun and Brian Sheriden signed the metal quartet to their own label (Anthrax Records) and the debut album, What's the Purpose, was released in 1988. Immediately after the album's release, Tim Meehan retreated south and (after an exhaustive search) was replaced by childhood friend Chuck Crilly (guitars). The band embarked on a self-supported tour and played alongside the likes of Death Angel, Voivod, Gwar, Pantera, Ludichrist, Crumbsuckers and many more. The tour took its toll on the guys and after a couple unsuccessful lineup changes, the band dissolved.


In 2012 Sonick Plague lost their beloved friend and brother Tony Teodoro. The tragic and untimely passing found Ken, Sean and Chuck talking again and soon back to their old musical form.   Matt Dupre was recruited to round out the reformed band and a decision was made to re-record and release the debut album while they continue working on material for a follow up. 


Street Wars
My Gun
AA
I Don't Want to Relax
View of Death
One Swift Kick
Misc Bullshit
NRG


GUNDRIVER selected as winners of the 2015 AKADEMIA music awards for best hard rock album.



Past Focus on Metal guests GUNDRIVER have recently been selected as the winners of the 2015 AKADEMIA Music Awards Best Album in the Hard Rock category.

"Gundriver has the kind of monumental talent we think of in the same sense as Pantera and Black Sabbath, allowing them to overwhelm listeners by sheer technical skill and pulse-pounding energy".

Hollywood, California's GUNDRIVER released their scorchin earth debut album "What's Inside" in early 2015 and immediately hit the road in the USA as the direct support act for MICHAEL SCHENKER's TEMPLE OF ROCK nationwide tour.

Gundriver is a Rip-Roaring hard rock band that combines Blues and Metal elements, inspired by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and AC/DC, featuring Tom Potter on lead guitar, Alex on drums and Tomes on bass. lead vocals, keyboards and guitar.


For the latest band news, visit their official website and Facebook page:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

James Christian from House of Lords on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 242 - Indestructible

House of Lords has been making albums since 1988 and Richie has been waiting about that long to talk to the voice of the band, James Christian. This week he gets his wish and does a bit of a House of Lords retrospective with James. In case you don't know HoL has also released a new one "Indestructible" via Frontiers records.

During the interview James cites the cover of "can't Find My Way Home" as one of his favroites. Although we don't play it in the episode here's the vid HoL cut for it.


Track of the week comes to us courtesy of Massacre Records. Massacre has just released "A Light in The Black" an excellent 2 CD tribute to Ronnie James Dio. This week we are featuring Love.Might.Kill's cover of the Dio classic Stand Up And Shout.

Here's a taste of Love>Might.Kill from their "Brace For Impact" release


Find James Christian at http://www.jameschristianmusic.com/. Love.Might.Kill is on the web at http://www.lovemightkill.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:
Pure Rock RadioMetal World RadioAudio Graffiti

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.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Australian Thrashers HARLOTT sign to Metal Blade!


Debut single/video, cover art, pre-orders live now! European tour with ANNIHILATOR confirmed!

Metal Blade Records is excited to announcing the signing of Australian thrash metal act, HARLOTT! Forged in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, HARLOTT are the finest example of the thrash metal genre in recent years. Taking their influence from the 80's Bay Area thrash scene, and blending it with the Teutonic melody and grit, they focus on high energy, up tempo music with lyrical influence from war, religion, chaos, and the human condition. Unrivaled live concerts, an aggressive recognizable sound, clinical musicianship, and a classic 'Aussie' sense of humour have earned HARLOTT a strong and dedicated fan base, which continues to grow day to day.

HARLOTT's debut release 'Origin' blew audiences away with its unrelenting speed, ferocious sound, and hook driven riffs, and did much to solidify HARLOTT as an up and coming force to be reckoned with. The four piece thrash outfit followed with a national tour, a string of Australian Heavy Metal Festival performances and a handful of support positions, including Germany's Accept and Megadeth's very own Dave Ellefson.

Their follow up release 'Proliferation' only proves that the band means business, and could not only match their own fury, but even surpass it.

Check out the 1st single 'Denature' at metalblade.com/harlott. White you're there, check out the pre-order section where you can order 'Proliferation' on CD, vinyl, or digitally!

The band comments: "Harlott are extremely excited to be signing on with METAL BLADE for the worldwide release of Proliferation. METAL BLADE have worked with some of the most important and influential Heavy Metal bands of all time, and we feel absolutely privileged to have the opportunity of engaging with such dedicated persons from a record company that has been so vital to the history of our music."

"Proliferation" track listing:
01. Proliferation
02. Denature
03. Systematic Reduction
04. Restless
05. The Fading Light
06. Lord of War
07. Civil Unrest
08. Hellbent
09. Bloodlust
10. Cross Contamination
11. Legion
12. Means to an End

HARLOTT are hungry for the World, and in October 2015, they will be dominating Europe with Canada's Annihilator, the first step in what is to be a long and grueling career in total devastation!

Annihilator
+ HARLOTT
+ Archer
30/09/15 UK - Birmingham - O2 Academy
01/10/15 IE - Dublin - Button Factory
02/10/15 UK - Glasgow - O2 ABC2 
03/10/15 UK - Sheffield - O2 Academy
04/10/15 UK - London - O2 Academy Islington
06/10/15 FR - Paris - Divan du Monde
08/10/15 ES - Bilbao - Santana 27
09/10/15 PT - Porto - Hard Club
10/10/15 ES - Madrid - But
11/10/15 ES - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
13/10/15 CH - Pratteln - Z7
14/10/15 IT - Brescia - Circolo Colony
15/10/15 SI - Ljubljana - Kino Siska
16/10/15 SR - Belgrade - Dom Omladine
17/10/15 RO - Bucharest - Maximum Rock Festival
19/10/15 HU - Budapest - A38
20/10/15 AT - Wörgl - Komma
21/10/15 AT - Wien - Szene
22/10/15 CZ - Zlin - Masters of Rock Café
23/10/15 PL - Krakow - Fabryka
24/10/15 PL - Warsaw - Proxima
25/10/15 DE - Berlin - Lido
27/10/15 DK - Kolding - Godset
28/10/15 DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
29/10/15 DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
30/10/15 DE - München - Backstage Halle
31/10/15 DE - Karlsruhe - Substage
02/11/15 DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
03/11/15 LU - Luxemburg - Den Atelier
04/11/15 NL - Tilburg - 013
05/11/15 NL - Haarlem - Patronaat
06/11/15 BE - Kortrijk - De Kreun
07/11/15 DE - Bochum - Zeche
08/11/15 DE - Köln - Underground

HARLOTT is:
Andrew Hudson - Guitar/Vocals
Ryan Butler - Lead Guitar
Tomas Richards - Bass
Tim Joyce - Drums


ON TOP's 'Topless' EP Out Today on Toil Records

Philadelphia's hard-hitting power trio ON TOP have release new EP 'Topless' today on Toil Records. Purchase the digital EP at this location. The CD version is forthcoming.

Stream album track "Got Me Runnin'" here and "Lie to Me" here

Topless is the band's third offering, one demonstrative of their continuing musical evolution. Following up the band's raucous 2014 EP Top to Bottom (HPGD Productions), the new EP features ON TOP's signature rock/metal blend from heard on the previous two releases multiplied by 10. Topless contains more aggressive, yet dynamic vocals; a broader array of hooks, tastier licks, dynamite drums, and a much fatter production.


Topless was recorded at Tribe Sound Studios in West Chester, Pennsylvania, engineered by Brian Davis, and mix/mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob).


1. Lie to Me
2. Crazy
3. 282
4. Got Me Runnin'

"Fresh, energetic and heavy hitting." 
- JP's Music Blog

"On Top sound like a well-oiled machine. This thing grabs attention from start to finish."
 - Manic Mosh Metal

"Tasty rock!" 
- White Room Reviews

New Music Fridays kicks off with new releases from Between the Buried and me and DragonForce!


Fans across the world will now all have access to new albums on the same day! New music Fridays begin on Friday, July 10th with the first ever global music street date. Metal Blade Records offers up two huge releases to mark the unified global launch, with the new album from Between the Buried and Me, Coma Ecliptic, and the first ever DragonForce DVD/blu-ray, In the Line of Fire …Larger Than Live.

Between the Buried and Me's seventh full length album, Coma Ecliptic, boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Singer Tommy Rogers shares: "Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic."

Coma Ecliptic was recorded in January and February of 2015 with longtime Between the Buried and Me producer Jamie King at Basement Recordings in North Carolina. Drums and piano were recorded with King and Kris Hilbert at the Fidelitorium. Final mixing and mastering was placed in the capable hands of Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. Watch the video for The Coma Machine now at metalblade.com/btbam.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/16 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club XS
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
07/30 Waukegan, IL Sundance Saloon
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/05 Montreal, QC Club Soda
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys By The Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works


DragonForce's first ever full length video release, In the Line of Fire …Larger Than Live, features high definition footage shot during the band's Ultimate Stage headline show at 2014's Loud Park Festival in the Saitama Super Arena, Japan, the band used multiple camera angles to capture the raw energy of their show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide. Watch the trailer for "In the Line of Fire" and pre-order your copy (on blu-ray or DVD w/ bonus audio disc) now at metalblade.com/dragonforce.

The track listing below features a selection of new songs from the latest album "Maximum Overload" mixed in with foot stomping anthems and lightning fast shred-fests from previous releases. The video also includes backstage, behind the scenes, and off tour footage to give fans an insight into the Maximum Overload World Tour.

DRAGONFORCE
Tour w/ Kamelot
11/13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
11/14 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
11/15 Louisville, KY Expo 5
11/17 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
11/18 Springfield, MD The Fillmore
11/20 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
11/21 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
11/22 Quebec City, QC Imperial de Quebec
11/24 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
11/25 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater
11/26 London, ON Music Hall
11/27 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
11/28 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
12/01 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
12/02 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
12/03 Seattle, WA Showbox
12/04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
12/06 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
12/07 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
12/09 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/10 Houston, TX House of Blues
12/12 Tampa, FL The Ritz


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Rod's Carl Canedy on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 241 - Headbanger

Carl Canedy has been playing drums with The Rods since 1978 and shows no signs of quitting anytime soon. In fact he is still so into metal music that late last year he released his first solo album "Headbanger" which features some metal luminaries as guests This week we sit down with Carl and talk about the new album and also what's in store for Rods fans in the near future.

Here's The Rods with special guest Veronica Freeman who just happens to be the guest on next weeks Focus on Metal.


Track of the week is from Blackwelder off their debut "Survival of The Fittest".


Your source for Rods news and mercy is at http://www.therods.com/ and you can hook up with Blackwelder on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlackwelderMetal

If you want to get a jump on next weeks show here's a taste of the new solo release from The V "Now Or Never"


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PROJECT PAIN signs to Dead Inside Records

Dutch thrashers PROJECT PAIN have inked a deal with DEAD INSIDE RECORDS and the signing couldn’t have come at a better time as the band follows-up on the success of their 2012 release “I Have Sinned” with their brand new album “Thrashed To Kill”

PROJECT PAIN returns in 2015 faster, harder and heavier with an unapologetic punch in the face comprised of chugging riffs, breakneck solos and a no nonsense attitude. 10 awesome tracks of traditional Thrash metal including a guest appearance by Josh Christian of TOKIX on the track “Taken By Force”.

Formed in 2011 by guitarist Guido den Hoed and vocalist Bauke GoudbeekProject Pain have produced two releases: "Hated (Demo)" (2011) and "I Have Sinned" (2012). With the new signing to DEAD INSIDE RECORDS the band is poised to unleash their brand of Thrash Metal to the masses.


PROJECT PAIN’s current lineup:
Bauke Goudbeek - vocals
Guido den Hoed - guitar
Niels van Lier - guitar
Kristof Mycka - bass
Frank Ruisch - drums



“Thrashed To Kill” was released on April 30th, 2015 worldwide and is available through all major digital distributors as well as through the official DEAD INSIDE RECORDS website. The featured single “Sent Off To Die” can be heard below via the band’s official lyric video.

“Thrashed To Kill” Track Listing:
1. Betrayal
2. Necrophiliac
3. Piss On Your Grave
4. Zero Tolerance
5. Sent Off To Die
6. Fear The Reaper
7. Flatline Invasion
8. Thrashed To Kill
9. At Dawn We Ride
10. Taken By Force

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SOTO (Jeff Scott Soto) To Tour Europe In September


SOTO, featuring the legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY) embarking on a Eurpean tour 'Live In The Vertigo' beginning middle of September, in support of the new album 'Inside The Vertigo'. SOTO will be performing selections from JSS classic past. More details on the tour, special guest, support band, will be made available soon.


Upcoming SOTO 'Live In The Vertigo' tour dates:

16.9. Sala Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
17.9. Sala Lemon, Madrid, Spain
18.9. t.b.a., Seville, Spain
19.9. Festival, Alicante, Spain
20.9. Centro Civico Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
24.9. Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
25.9. Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
26.9. Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy

More dates to be announced soon.

Jeff Scott Soto is one of today’s premier rock frontmen and vocalists and a union of hotshot young musicians: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums), bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO.

SOTO recently released a music video for the track “Break”, featured on the new album, Inside The Vertigo. The video, directed by Thiago Kiss, can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ivgSA4V6gf0

Between the Buried and Me Premiere Full Stream of Upcoming Album, 'Coma Ecliptic,' on Spin


Listen Now HERE

Pre-Order Coma Ecliptic Now Here: metalblade.com/btbam

July 6th, 2015 - Progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me are streaming their highly anticipated upcoming album Coma Ecliptic on SPIN today! Fans can listen to the album in full now HERE. Coma Ecliptic is set to drop via Metal Blade Records on Friday, July 10th worldwide.

Tomorrow, July 7th, Between The Buried And Me will celebrate the release of Coma Ecliptic by kicking off a headlining tour with support from Animals as Leaders and The Contortionist!

Fans can purchase VIP packages that include an exclusive Q&A with both Between the Buried and Me and Animals As Leaders, photo opps with each band, an 18"x24" poster signed by both bands, and a souvenir laminate with early entrance to the show! These VIP packages are available at showstubs.com/btbam. General tickets can be purchased at metalblade.com/btbam.

Between The Buried and Me is composed of vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarist Paul Waggoner, guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs and drummer Blake Richardson.

Coma Ecliptic track listing:
1. Node
2. The Coma Machine
3. Dim Ignition
4. Famine Wolf
5. King Redeem / Queen Serene
6. Turn on the Darkness
7. The Ectopic Stroll
8. Rapid Calm
9. Memory Palace
10. Option Oblivion
11. Life in Velvet

Upcoming Tour Dates
Tour w/ Animals As Leaders, The Contortionist
07/07 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
07/08 Tallahassee, FL Sidebar Theater
07/09 Orlando, FL Venue 578
07/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
07/11 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
07/13 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
07/14 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
07/15 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/17 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater and Club
07/18 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 Tucson, AZ Club X's
07/21 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
07/22 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
07/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
07/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spaces
07/25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
07/29 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
07/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
07/31 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
08/01 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
08/02 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
08/04 London, ON London Music Hall
08/06 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
08/07 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
08/08 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
08/09 Wilmington, NC Ziggys by the Sea
08/11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
08/12 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
08/13 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
08/14 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggys
08/15 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Just Posted, Jason McMaster on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 240 - Jason McMaster

This week we are joined by Jason McMaster. Considering how busy the guy is it's surprising he could fit us in the schedule. Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, we could just keep listing them. So sit back and enjoy the conversation from a true metal veteran. 


Also this week we have Crazy Tomes from LA metallers GunDriver who just released their second album "What's Inside".


Jason can be found on the web at http://www.jasonmcmaster.net/ and you can find out about Gundriver at http://www.gundriver.com/


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