Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Just Posted: Glenn Hughes on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 276 - Glenn Hughes

I think the title pretty much says it all. This week we welcome Glenn Hughes to the show. We dig into several topics including the Hall of Fame induction, the upcoming tour and more Glenn Hughes music on the way. Tap into all things Glenn at http://www.glennhughes.com/


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You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

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

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

JUDAS PRIEST LIVE CD/DVD/BLU-RAY TITLED BATTLE CRY HAS BEEN RELEASED



Friday, March 25th, 2016 marked the release of the new live set from legendary Judas Priest, Battle Cry, via Epic Records. Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany's Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.



What makes the show's track listing so appealing is it balances new classics ("Dragonaut," "Halls of Valhalla," "Redeemer of Souls") along with headbanging classics ("Metal Gods," "Electric Eye," "You've Got Another Thing Coming"), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear ("Devil's Child," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "Jawbreaker"). 

Originally formed during the early '70s in Birmingham, England, Priest is responsible for offering metal fans worldwide some of the genre's most influential and landmark albums (1980's 'British Steel,' 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 1990's 'Painkiller,' etc.), while helping spread metal music to audiences not normally associated with the genre (Live Aid in 1985, and a surprise appearance on American Idol in 2011), and helping popularize the now instantly recognizable "denim and leather" look.

For decades, Judas Priest has been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. And as evidenced by Battle Cry, Priest rock harder and more ferociously than ever.


Battle Cry CD sequence:
1.     (Intro) Battle Cry
2.     Dragonaut
3.     Metal Gods
4.     Devil’s Child
5.     Victim of Changes
6.     Halls of Valhalla
7.     Redeemer of Souls
8.     Beyond the Realms of Death
9.     Jawbreaker
10.   Breaking the Law
11.   Hell Bent For Leather
12.   The Hellion
13.   Electric Eye
14.   You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15.   Painkiller


Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:

1. (Intro) Battle Cry 
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

BONUS TRACKS
18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Just Posted: Harry James on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 275 - Harry James

On tap this week is a discussion Richie did with Harry James, the rhythmic engine behind the UK bands Thunder, Magnum, and Snake Chamer. Also we do a bit of GnR discussion and throw in a track of the week from the new self titled release by Sarasin.



Great vid from our track of the week artists Sarasin. Find them at sarasin.ca/

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Just Posted: Vivian Campbell on This Weeks Focus on Metal.


Episode 274 - Last in Line

Vivian Campbell joins us this week to talk about "Heavy Crown" the debut release from Last in Line (facebook.com/lastinlinerocks/). Also this week we chat with The Metal Warrior Rayman James bassist and founder of midwest power metal band Malice (maliceofficial.com/).



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You can hear us On Demand everyday on Platinum Rock Radio by going to this link

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

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

Focus on Metal is damn proud to be part of The Blast Syndicate. You can get this show as well as many other kick ass metal podcasts by clicking the link below.


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

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New video from A Sound of Thunder released.


The official video for A SOUND OF THUNDER's self-titled song "A Sound of Thunder" can be seen below.  The song is taken  from the album Out of the Darkness which was released by Nightmare Records in 2012.  Live footage was shot at Empire Nightclub (formerly the legendary Jaxx Nightclub) on September 19, 2014.

Out of the Darkness is available now at Amazon, iTunes and all other digital outlets.  A full album stream is now available at Bandcamp.

A SOUND OF THUNDER's most recent album Tales from the Deadside was released on September 25, 2015, entering the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart at #8 and entering the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart at #16 with approximately 1800 copies sold.  Tales from the Deadside is a concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's popular SHADOWMAN comic book series. The album was produced by Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven).




Metal Blade Records to release 'Metal Massacre 14' compilation in April


In 1982, Metal Blade Records put out its first release: Metal Massacre, a compilation album that included Metallica, Ratt, and many other influential artists. Now, Metal Blade will be releasing Metal Massacre 14 on April 8th - and continuing the legacy of the first album - the CD/LP/digital formats will once again contain a sampling of contemporary heavy metal. To pre-order your copy - and to hear clips of each track - please visit: metalblade.com/metalmassacre 

Primordial's Alan Averill - who compiled the Metal Massacre 14 track-listing - comments: "'Metal Massacre' is an institution that has been dormant for far too long. It served as a vital first step for many bands who are far too numerous to mention back in the early 80s. For fans, it was often the first time engaging with many of these acts, some of whom went on to become household names-- some of course didn't, but the rough and ready underground character of 'Metal Massacre' is what set it apart from other compilations back in the day. 
Those old recordings captured the vitality and energy of the time: all analog hiss, rattling drums, roaring bass and feed-backing solos...No pro tools compression, cut and paste editing or triggered drums back then. You set the tape rolling and then played for your life. 
It was in this spirit that I went about compiling a new 'Metal Massacre', with an old school mindset. 
Not the most modern sounding, but the bands that capture a more DIY underground spirit that resonates with what 'Metal Massacre' once represented. 
Of course the musical climate is different, and you probably won't be listening to the next Metallica, but what is important is that this spirit does not die and that Metal Blade still supports this underground, underdog ethos. 
So I give you 'Metal Massacre'! Back from the dead! Here's to the next one!" 

See below for the CD, LP, and digital track-listings for Metal Massacre 14

Metal Massacre 14 LP track-listing
Side A
1. Metalian - "The Traveler"
2. Noctum - "Until Then Until The End"
3. Gatekeeper - "Bell Of Tarantia"
4. Assassin's Blade - "The Demented Force"
5. Cobra - "Denim Attack"
Side B
6. Stone Dagger - "The Siege Of Jerusalem"
7. Crypt Sermon - "Will Of The Ancient Call"
8. Savage Master - "The Ripper In Black"
9. Outcast - "No Tomorrow"
10. Corsair - "Brothers" 

Metal Massacre 14 CD track-listing
1. Metalian - "The Traveler"
2. Noctum - "Until Then Until The End"
3. Gatekeeper - "Bell Of Tarantia"
4. Assassin's Blade - "The Demented Force"
5. Cobra - "Denim Attack"
6. Stone Dagger - "The Siege Of Jerusalem"
7. Crypt Sermon - "Will Of The Ancient Call"
8. Savage Master - "The Ripper In Black"
9. Outcast - "No Tomorrow"
10. Corsair - "Brothers"
11. Walpyrgus - "Cold Cold Ground" **BONUS**
12. Visigoth - "Final Spell" **BONUS**
13. Ravencult - "Into Depths" **BONUS** 

Metal Massacre 14 digital track-listing
1. Metalian - "The Traveler"
2. Noctum - "Until Then Until The End"
3. Gatekeeper - "Bell Of Tarantia"
4. Assassin's Blade - "The Demented Force"
5. Cobra - "Denim Attack"
6. Stone Dagger - "The Siege Of Jerusalem"
7. Crypt Sermon - "Will Of The Ancient Call"
8. Savage Master - "The Ripper In Black"
9. Outcast - "No Tomorrow"
10. Corsair - "Brothers"
11. Walpyrgus - "Cold Cold Ground" **BONUS**
12. Visigoth - "Final Spell" **BONUS**
13. Ravencult - "Into Depths" **BONUS** 

Metal Blade Records online:

TOKYO BLADE VOCALIST CHRIS GILLEN SPEAKS ABOUT HIS ROLE




Tokyo Blade recently announced that they will perform with two vocalists, Chris Gillen for shows in Canada and The Americas and the returning Vick Wright for classic 'Night Of The Blade' reunion shows in Europe.

Chris Gillen comments on this slightly unusual arrangement:

"I'm very honored to be able to continue to serve Tokyo Blade and their fans. The performances with the original lineup in Europe last year were truly a privilege. As a dedicated warrior fighting to help preserve the NWOBHM style, I will always step aside whenever original vocalists Alan Marsh or Vick Wright are able to perform and celebrate in Tokyo Blade's glory.  

As a member and a fan I want only what is best for the die hard fans as Tokyo Blade forges on, and I will do whatever I can to bring their historically amazing metal come to life whenever service calls. May the metal gods be with us all."

Live dates in 2016 have been announced in Spain, Holland, Belgium, France & Germany with more to follow. South American shows will take in Mexico, Brazil and Columbia with final dates to be confirmed soon.

For more details and updates visit the official website: www.tokyoblade.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rival Sons 'Hollow Bones' pre-order starts tonight at midnight GMT!

We know you've all been eagerly awaiting this moment...  The new Rival Sons album 'Hollow Bones' will be available to pre-order from midnight GMT tonight (7pm EST)!!!

Due to be released on June 10th, the fifth studio album from the Californian rockers features nine brand new tracks of electrifying rock 'n' soul, including a breathtaking cover of "Black Coffee".
With a huge range of 'Hollow Bones' products available, including limited edition signed versions and more, there's something for everyone:
 
  • Gold vinyl with hand-signed photo card
  • Silver vinyl
  • Transparent vinyl
  • Black vinyl
  • Signed CD
  • Regular CD
  • Album cover t-shirt

Pre-order 'Hollow Bones' from midnight GMT / 7pm EST tonight at http://www.earache.com/hollowbones (LINK NOT ACTIVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT GMT / 7PM EST!)

The album will also be available to pre-order on iTunes from midnight in your local time, including an instant download of the album's first single "Hollow Bones Pt. 1", at http://bit.ly/hollowbones-itunes

Once again recorded with two-times Grammy winner Dave Cobb, 'Hollow Bones' follows the release of Rival Sons' chart-hitting 2014 album, 'Great Western Valkyrie'.  Since then, the band have appeared on 'Later... with Jools Holland' in the UK and 'The Late Show With David Letterman' in the USA, performed at the iconic Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals and sold out countless headlining shows.

Now supporting the legendary Black Sabbath on "The End" world tour, and with the upcoming release of yet another jaw-dropping record, 2016 looks set to be Rival Sons' best year yet.

In the words of frontman Jay Buchanan, "Each record we've made has been part of a distillation toward revealing the band's essence.  This record, finally is the release of the unapologetic, wild beast that has long lived within the ribs of Rival Sons howling to be freed."


Don't forget to check back at midnight GMT to reserve your copy at http://www.earache.com/hollowbones

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Just posted: Flames of Fury & Angerhead on this weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 273 -  Angerhead & Flames of Fury


We are featuring two great bands this week. First up we talk with Paul Hastey from West coast thrashers Angerhead (angerhead.net/) then we swing over to the east coast to talk with Angelica Valkyrie from New York's own Flames of Fury (flamesoffury.com/).

Here's a taste of Angerhead

And here's the great video for "No Mercy" that Angelica discusses with us.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

TOKYO BLADE ANNOUNCE CLASSIC LINE-UP REUNION



British Classic Metal band Tokyo Blade today announce the official return of not one, but two vocalists who have formed part of the band's lineup in previous years. 

Vick Wright (1984-1985) and Chris Gillen (2008-2010) will rejoin the four original members Andy Boulton, Steve Pierce, John Wiggins and Andy Wrighton and perform alternate live shows depending on where in the world the band is playing.

Guitarist, founding member and former Focus on metal guest Andy Boulton explains:

"Firstly can I say that individually Chris and Vick are two of the best vocalists I've ever played with and two of the finest voices in rock full stop. It's been a pleasure to work with Chris again recently, and now to have Vick available to reunite a 'classic' lineup for the band is great for us and particularly the fans. Night Of The Blade is such a classic album and holds a place in everyone's heart so to be able to perform those songs again with Vick will be very special."

"Playing live is so important to us and over the past few years it's been difficult because most of the band is based in the UK and our vocalists have been in another country so we've come up with the perfect solution. Chris lives in Michigan so can perform all shows in the US, Canada and South America and Vick will be based in the UK to do everything in Europe for the Night Of The Blade reunion shows."

"It's a somewhat unique situation but I'm sure the fans will jump at the chance to see the classic lineup again. At the end of the day everything we do is for the fans so it's such a joy to be able to do this."

Chris Gillen never recorded with the band during his first tenure but toured with the lineup during 2008-2010 and performed with the band during 2015. His other band Overloaded has toured with the likes of Alter Bridge, Godsmack, Hellyeah, Dope, Skid Row, Slaughter and countless others

Vick Wright replaced original singer Alan Marsh in time to record vocals for the band's now classic 'Night Of The Blade' album in 1984 and its follow-up 'Black Hearts and Jaded Spades' before departing and moving to the US where he's had a successful career as a musician, writer and film director. His band Johnny Crash toured with Motley Crue and Pretty Maids and at one time included former Guns n' Roses members Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed. The award-winning supernatural thriller To Hell With A Bullet which Vick wrote and directed was recently released in the US and will be available in Europe soon.

Live dates in 2015 have been announced in Spain, Holland, Belgium, France & Germany with more to follow. South American shows will take in Mexico, Brazil and Columbia with final dates to be confirmed soon.

For more details and updates visit the official website: www.tokyoblade.com

Criminal streams new album, 'Fear Itself', online


Set to release their new full-length, Fear Itself, this week (March 11th) via Metal Blade Records worldwide, Anglo-Chilean thrashers Criminal are now streaming the album in its entirety online. To hear Fear Itself - and to pre-order the record in various formats! - please visit: metalblade.com/criminal 

Recorded at Criminal bassist Danny Biggin's HVR Studios in Suffolk, UK, with a "no bullshit" approach to recording, the band purposely avoided the vices of modern metal production such as samples, quantizing and amp simulators. The striking artwork by renowned Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Mayhem, etc.) perfectly represents the bleak, dystopian atmosphere of the lyrics, which denounce warmongering, misinformation, exploitation and other ills of modern society. A metal band with a hardcore attitude, Criminal's longevity is a testament to their honesty and passion; they're in it for all the right reasons. 

Fear Itself track-listing
1. Intro
2. Down Driven
3. False Flag Attack
4. Shock Doctrine
5. The Needle and Knife
6. Scream of Consciousness
7. Summoning the Apocalypse
8. The One Who Speaks at Night
9. Animals to Gods
10. Deep in the Rot
11. Wasted Youth
12. Carne Molida 

Read on for some acclaimed reviews of Fear Itself

"'Fear Itself' achieves its intended result - pounding the heads and hearts of those who desire a true to form metal record, and should be one of those albums in all post-thrash/death collections." - DeadRhetoric.com 

"...a mix of grim, brute-force steamrolling and galvanizing thrash savagery, with a massive sound." - NoCleanSinging.com 

Criminal line-up:
Anton Reisenegger - vocals/guitars
Sergio Klein - guitars
Dan Biggin - bass
Zac O'Neil - drums 

Criminal online:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Battlecross and Abnormality announce USA tour with Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong


This spring, Motor City thrashers Battlecross and Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality will hit the road with Soulfly, Suffocation, and Lody Kong for an extensive USA tour! See below for all dates - plus some additional Battlecross shows before and after the trek! 

Battlecross will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise to Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band's second Billboard chart entry (2013's War of Will entered the charts at #130). To preview and purchase Rise to Power, please visit: metalblade.com/battlecross 

Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, Abnormality will be releasing their debut for the label this upcoming April. Stay tuned for more details coming soon! 

Battlecross tour dates
Apr. 19 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Apr. 21 - Oklahoma City, OK - Thunder Alley 

Battlecross and Abnormality tour dates
w/ Soulfly, Suffocation, Lody Kong
Apr. 22 - San Antonio, TX - Korova
Apr. 23 - McAllen, TX Cine - El Rey
Apr. 24 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey*
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
Apr. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade 
Apr. 27 - Fayetteville, NC - Rock Shop
Apr. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Apr. 29 - Long Island, NY - Revolution
Apr. 30 - Providence, RI - Fete Ballroom
May 1 - Lowell, MA - Mill City Ballroom
May 3 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
May 4 - Joliet, IL - Bada Brew
May 5 - Valparaiso, IN - Big Shots
May 6 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
May 7 - Dayton, OH - Oddbody's
May 8 - Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter
May 10 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
May 11 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
May 12 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
May 14 - Walla Walla, WA - Main Street Studios
May 15 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven 
May 17 - Portland, OR - Dantes
May 18 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
May 19 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Metro
May 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Whisky A Go Go
*=no Suffocation 

Battlecross tour dates
May 28 - Howell, MI - Bled Fest (http://bledfest.tumblr.com

Battlecross online:

Abnormality online:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

VEKTOR Release New Track "Charging the Void" On NPR

Highly complex progressive sci-fi themed metallers VEKTOR have teamed up with NPR for the release of a brand new track, "Charging the Void".

The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album, 'Terminal Redux', which is due to be released on May 6th worldwide.  'Terminal Redux' is the band's third full-length release and first ever concept album, further exploring the themes that first appeared in the title track from their previous album, 2011's 'Outer Isolation'.

Listen to "Charging the Void" now on NPR at http://n.pr/1Ly5pt4

VEKTOR vocalist/guitarist David DiSanto comments:
"'Charging the Void' is the first track of the album and sets the scene for the story that follows.  It begins with the lone astronaut from 'Outer Isolation' who is actually an isolation test subject.  He overrides the auto-pilot and is compelled to go forth on his own and search for his purpose.  Years in isolation have twisted his mind and he teeters between insanity and vengeance.  His travels bring him to the now-exploded star, Alshain.  Within the stellar nebula he finds a life-giving molecule that revitalizes him and extends his life.  With an entire haul of the new found molecule, he believes to have found his purpose.  He has an epiphany about life and death and decides to bring his life-giving molecule and his new way of understanding to the Cygnus Regime.
"There are many hidden meanings in the song that relate to balance, power, and life and death, so keep an ear out!"

As well as letting their imaginations flow free lyrically, VEKTOR have also embraced some unusual audio elements during the recording of 'Terminal Redux', going as far as to enlist the vocal assistance of a group of Philadelphia soul singers to contribute additional texture to the riff-heavy opus.  Listen out for the introduction of Naeemah Z. Maddox and RoseMary Fiki towards the end of "Charging the Void".

'Terminal Redux' is available to pre-order now on CD and vinyl, including a number of limited signed editions.  Reserve your copy now in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/vektor or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/vektor

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/terminalredux-itunes
'Terminal Redux' was recorded between the band's home studio and Panther Pro-Audio in Philadelphia, with additional mixing courtesy of Byron Filson at Villain Studios in Arizona.
View the album artwork, created by Adam Burke, at http://bit.ly/1SlGhI7

Don't miss VEKTOR on their remaining North American tour dates with VOIVOD:
Mar. 02 - Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar
Mar. 03 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
Mar. 04 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Mar. 05 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood

Get more VEKTOR news and info:

SAINT DIABLO supporting Ill Nino on upcoming ’15 Years of Revolution’ tour


SAINT DIABLO have been confirmed as support for Ill Nino on select dates of the upcoming ’15 Years of Revolution’ tour. Also supporting Ill Nino are Bobaflex and Terror Universal. The band will jump on the tour starting May 5 in West Hollywood, CA staying on the package through May 17. Confirmed dates and venues are listed below, for tickets visit https://soundrink.com/#/tour/ill-nino  


SAINT DIABLO supporting Ill Nino w/ Bobaflex & Terror Universal – 15 Years of Revolution 
May 05 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
May 06 - Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
May 07 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
May 08 - Gallup, NM @ The Juggernaut
May 10 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Back Room
May 11 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
May 12 - San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald's
May 13 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
May 14 - Tyler, TX @ Click's
May 15 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
May 17 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club

Saint Diablo’s latest album “Devil Horns and Halos” was released on November 13 via Eclipse Records.  The album was produced by Tim Gilles (Anthrax, The Misfits, ill Nino) at Big Blue Meenie studios in Jersey City, NJ.  They have also released a music video for the title track, “Devil Horns and Halos” which may be watched at http://eclp.se/vdvlh.  

For more information on SAINT DIABLO, please visit these websites:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CORNERS OF SANCTUARY release "Wrecking Ball" video.


Former Focus on Metal guests CORNERS OF SANCTUARY have announced the official release of their second music video for "Wrecking Ball" from the album Metal Machine released on Metalizer Records from Germany. The new effort follows last December's video for "Left Scarred.”


Corners of Sanctuary guitarist Mick Michaels has checked in with the following comment: We planned to include a heavier visual support for Metal Machine, more than we had done in the past with previous albums.Expect at least two more videos to follow in the coming months.
The Wrecking Ball video, as with the previous one, was produced and directed by Philadelphia-area Indie artist Zen Say. who stated: "It's been a pleasure working with Corners of Sanctuary and sharing ideas across multiple mediums".

"Wrecking Ball" incorporates the now public domain scenes from the 1936 British science-fiction film, “Things to Come” – an adaptation of H.G. Well’s story depicting a world at war. The original film was produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The music video is also laced with on location shots filmed with the band.

The video's message is centered on the horror and devastation brought on during such conflicts and the effects it has on every walk of life. "Though the clips of the movie are based on a fictional story, the reality of what war holds is all too real to simply dismiss," added Zen Say.
"Wow, holy freakin’ fudge pop intense," exclaimed lead singer Frankie Cross, who again finds himself the focal point of the video's imagery.

"This song captures the horror, patriotism and pride of war while the images convey a seriously, emotional landscape. The metaphor of the song will be clearly felt by some... like a wrecking ball, “stated lead singer Frankie Cross when asked about his take on the video's backdrop of war for the song. ”It's just so beautifully frantic... the true star is the production team," he added.

Corners of Sanctuary is currently supporting Metal Machine with a string of live performances throughout 2016 including shows with Butcher Babies, Mind Assassin, and Killen along with performances at the 2016 NEPA Metal Meltdown Festival and this summer’s Metal Eternal Fest Tour.

A COS Crowdfunding page has been created to support the band’s touring efforts and is now live at their official website: :

Fans’ financial support is being gifted with several Official COS Metal Machine Merchandise Packages which include autographed photos and CDs, concert shirts, patches and supporters having their names listed on the COS website.

Upcoming 2016 Corners of Sanctuary shows
March 5 - Memories - Waldorf, MD
March 11 - Reverb w/BUTCHER BABIES - Reading, PA
April 1 - 3065 Live - Buzzards Bay, MA
April 8 – Bar XIII - Wilmington, DE
April 15-16 - 2016 NEPA Metal Metaldown Fest - Pittson, PA
May 12 - The Wire w/MIND ASSASSIN - Berwyn, IL
May 13 - The Headquarters w/MIND ASSASSIN - Indianapolis, IN
May 14 - New Dodge Lounge w/MIND ASSASSIN - Hamtramck, MI
May 21 - Diane’s Cafe w/KILLEN - Pittston, PA
May 28th - Metal Eternal Fest Tour - Ardmore, PA

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

NEW SCOTT WEILAND BOOK 'MEMORIES OF A ROCK STAR' TELLS THE INSIDE STORY OF THE LATE GREAT ROCK SINGER



From late 1992 and throughout the remainder of the decade, if you spent any amount of time watching MTV or listening to rock radio, you were bound to come in contact with a tune by Stone Temple Pilots. With such classic releases as 'Core,' 'Purple,' and 'Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop' selling millions and spawning countless hits ("Sex Type Thing," "Plush," "Creep," "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song," "Big Empty," "Big Bang Baby," etc.), STP is now widely considered one of rock's all-time great acts. 

And during this time, there were few rock frontmen who commanded an audience and generated as many headlines as Scott Weiland. Despite fronting another successful band, Velvet Revolver, and issuing his own critically acclaimed solo albums, Weiland could not overcome his demons - passing away in 2015 (at the age of 48). 

'Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star' features nearly 30 all-new interviews conducted exclusively for this book, including members of bands that toured with STP (Megadeth, Meat Puppets, Blind Melon, etc.), worked with Scott (Scott's autobiography co-author David Ritz, video directors Kevin Kerslake and Josh Taft, producer/engineer Chris Goss, etc.), or were friends and/or admirers of Scott's music (Richard Patrick, Bob Forrest, Matt Pinfield, Eddie Trunk, etc.). Get ready for an honest and accurate portrayal of Scott Weiland!

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, and has authored such books as 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' 'Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets,' and 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's.' 'Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star' is his 18th book overall.

'Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star' is available as a paperback version [294 pages, $19.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].

Read two excerpts here:



Ordering info here:

Paperback and Kindle: http://amzn.com/1523720689




Multi-platinum Canadian rock artist Lee Aaron returns with her anticipated new rock album titled Fire and Gasoline



On March 25th, 2016, multi-platinum Canadian rock artist Lee Aaron returns with her hotly anticipated new rock album, Fire and Gasoline

Ever timeless, seemingly ageless, and artistically fearless, Lee Aaron has sustained a three-decade strong career based on the powerful songwriting and vocal delivery that are at the heart of Fire and Gasoline (Big Sister Records/ILS/Caroline). Featuring songs like the title track Fire and Gasoline, Wanna Be, Heart Fix and Bitter Sweet which evoke the influences of Led Zeppelin, Heart, Bowie, The Runaways and Fleetwood Mac while weaving in and out of Aaron’s unique artistic vision. It is a vision that has led her to sales of close to a million copies in Canada alone, multiple awards and nominations, and a fervent following around the world. Iconic videos for songs like Metal Queen, Whatcha Do To My Body, Hands On and Some Girls Do were staples of MuchMusic in Canada, and continue to rack up massive views on YouTube, bringing Lee Aaron classics to a new generation.

Fire and Gasoline was recorded at Vancouver’s The Farm studio (better known to rock aficionados by its former name, Little Mountain Sound) with acclaimed west coast engineers Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother, Hedley) and vocal engineer/keyboard guru John Webster (Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, The Cult). Their Gold- and Platinum-certified ears give Fire and Gasoline a contemporary sonic sheen while also honouring the energy of the “off the floor” approach of real musicians interacting in real time.

The album is available for pre-order now, here: http://tinyurl.com/je4qzgk

Tom Boy, the first video and single, was penned for Aaron’s daughter and was inspired by the fearless, unself-conscious energy of pre-teen girls. The video features Aaron’s daughter (on guitar) along with her school friends as Aaron’s backing band. “It was incredibly cool watching the girls pick up the song as well as the instruments in an afternoon and give the performance they did. Off camera, we were all eating pizza and clowning around and that joy translated onto the screen. It really captures the essence of the tune.” Lee, a fan of vintage film and video, wanted the girls to have that ‘Jailhouse Rock’ look.

You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/1LgBv3l8Rx4.

Fire and Gasoline is truly a classic rock n’ roll album, with an emphasis on “class”.

This summer Lee Aaron will be performing to crowds of thousands at major music festivals across Canada, and is looking towards select live dates in Europe as well.

Fire And Gasoline Tracklisting:
Tom Boy
Fire And Gasoline
Wanna Be
Bitter Sweet
Popular
50 Miles
Bad Boyfriend
Heart Fix
Nothing Says Everything
If You Don’t Love Me Anymore
Find The Love


For further information, please visit LeeAaron.com

Just posted: drummer Kevin Valentine on this weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 272 - Shadow King 25


One of Richie's favorite albums, the self titled (and only) release from Shadow King, turns 25 this year. To mark that milestone he talked drummer Kevin Valentine into making an appearance on the show. After Shadow King Kevin went on to work with Cinderella and Donnie Iris as well as some uncredited work with KISS. Also this week we have a bit of discussion on some new metal releases.



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