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Slayer’s Premieres Video For “Pride In Prejudice” To Complete ‘Relentless’ Trilogy

Slayer’s Premieres Video For “Pride In Prejudice” To Complete ‘Relentless’ Trilogy

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With the premiere of “Pride in Prejudice,” Slayer completes the Repentless music video trilogy. Check out the video below.

The first video, “Repentless,” was released 9/11/15 and has accumulated more than 9.8 million views to date. It introduced us to Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate (Jason Trost/”Hatchet III”), and a host of nefarious prisoners played by some of today’s most iconic horror film actors including Danny Trejo/”Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”, Tony Moran/”Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist,” Derek Mears/”Predators,” “Friday the 13th,” Tyler Mane/”Halloween,” Sean Whalen/”Men In Black,” “Halloween II,” and Vernon Wells/”Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science.” “Repentless” was shot at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and has Slayer performing the song in the prison yard while a riot breaks out, blood flowing in abundance, inmates and prison guards brutally slaughtered.

From the very first frame, “You Against You,” the gore, the violence, the carnage begins and just never ends. While the second video in the trilogy, it is the prequel to “Repentless,” telling the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment. Slayer’s performance for “You Against You” was shot at a graveyard of jets, airliners and helicopters in California’s Mojave Desert.
“You Against You” premiered 3/16/16 and has accumulated more than 4.8 million YouTube views.

The “Repentless” video trilogy was conceived and directed by BJ McDonnell who directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchett III.” His rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Jack Reacher,” “Tomorrowland” and “The Interview,” and just wrapped filming for the upcoming “Annabelle 2.”

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In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without founding member Jeff Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band – Tom Araya/vocals & bass, Kerry King/guitars, Paul Bostaph/drums and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt – has toured near-non-stop since the album’s release, and heads out on the road starting September 9 with a seven-week North American trek with Anthrax and Death Angel. This fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish a three-issue comic book series based on McDonnell’s original concept for the “Repentless” video trilogy and written by Jon Schnepp. In addition, October will see the release of Slayer’s “Cradle To Grave” BMX Bikes/Subrosa four-bike collection. Comprised of the Slayer Balance, Slayer 20, Slayer 26 and the Slayer Urban Terrain Bike, all are intended for BMX riders to “use and abuse.”‘

Pride and Prejudice: A convicted prisoner on death row…a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations… two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding…white supremacists…ruthless murders…Slayer’s “Pride in Prejudice” music video.

Here’s the breakdown on the video:

Directed by BJ McDonnell
Produced by Felissa Rose
Edited by Ed Marx and Andrea Porter
Director of Photography – Eric Leach
Tony Gardner/Alterian FX for Special FX Makeup
Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) – Wyatt
Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”)
Bill Moseley – the Dad (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
Caroline Williams – the Mom (“Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens”, “Hatchett III”)
Richard Speight, Jr. – returning as the ultimate Bad Guy (“CSI,” “Jericho,” “Supernatural”)
Filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice.'”

“It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own. Get ready for video three. It’s my favorite!!”

*****

SLAYER AND THE “REPENTLESS” VIDEO TRILOGY

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Iron Maiden Launches ‘Legacy of the Beast’ Mobile RPG Game

Iron Maiden Launches ‘Legacy of the Beast’ Mobile RPG Game

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The wait is over! Metal and RPG gaming fans can now download Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the action-packed, free-to-play mobile game where players take on the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie. Available from today for iOS and Android devices, the teams at Nodding Frog, 50cc Games and Roadhouse Interactive have created a new and unique gaming experience in close collaboration with the band and its management team, Phantom Music Management.

The game is set in a visually stunning universe, comprised of an ever-expanding series of worlds derived from Iron Maiden’s music and art. Fans of the band and RPG gamers alike will battle and strategize as Eddie and his allies. Inspired by themes from the songs, and set against a powerful and atmospheric Maiden soundtrack, players will journey on epic quests to reclaim the shards of Eddie’s shattered soul as he faces his most challenging adversaries.

James Hursthouse, CEO of Roadhouse Interactive comments, “As a lifelong Maiden fan, I am exceptionally proud of Legacy of the Beast and excited to launch it globally. It has been a privilege to work so closely with Maiden and their management. With this game I believe that we have created an outstanding, authentic RPG experience to appeal to all mobile gamers, including those discovering the band for the first time.”

Steve Harris, Bassist and founder member of Iron Maiden comments, “We’ve always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited – and it’s a great way to get our music out to a new audience! When the opportunity arose to make a mobile game which our fans, along with hopefully a lot of the gaming community, can play pretty well anywhere in the world, and download for free at that, we jumped at it. The whole band visited Roadhouse while touring through Vancouver back in April and we were so impressed by the creativity, enthusiasm and passion of the team there. Visually, the worlds and character designs do us proud and the music just ties it all together.”

Llexi Leon, Interactive Director of Phantom Music Management adds, “Eddie is constantly evolving; he’s a globally recognizable character that resonates with fans of all ages, and has taken on a life of his own beyond the album covers where he first appeared. This game gives players a chance to step into Eddie’s world and experience an odyssey across space and time. In this incredible RPG adventure, we’re able to explore the origins of Eddie’s power and test the limit of his abilities, bringing new mechanics to the mobile RPG genre, and creating a truly unique gaming experience for everyone to enjoy.”

In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beastplayers control Eddie’s destiny across a spectacularly diverse array of worlds by traveling through time in captivating 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden’s rich history, and each with a set of special powers and abilities.

Players will amass an army of powerful allies to battle alongside Eddie and face the onslaught of foes hell-bent on destroying him. Legions of unrelenting enemies are commanded by the Agents of Control, including The Beast, The Wicker Man, Horus and The Axis General, all drawn from the expansive catalog of Maiden’s albums and artwork.

The game offers over 40 different Talisman sets to choose from, which all add to characters’ vital abilities. With each battle, players will evolve their armies, take on ever-increasing challenges to reclaim the facets of Eddie’s soul, and ultimately defeat the Agents of Control.

Gameplay is enhanced by a blistering soundtrack that features songs spanning the band’s entire career. Players will hear rare, previously unheard live recordings of Iron Maiden classics adapted for the game under the close scrutiny of bassist and founding member Steve Harris.

The game is now available for free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. For more information about Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, please visit www.ironmaidenlegacy.com.

About Iron Maiden:
With over 90 million album sales, more than 2000 live performances in 62 countries,  millions of fans worldwide and 16 studio albums of unerring quality and power to their name, Iron Maiden have more than earned their proudly-held status as one of the most influential and revered bands of all time. In February they took to the road and the skies yet again on The Book Of Souls World Tour, this time on board a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson and carrying the band, their full crew and over 20 tons of stage production and equipment. Iron Maiden’s 2016 tour covers six of the seven continents and 36 countries, performing to well over 1.5 million fans, including first-ever performances in China, El Salvador and Lithuania. The band has recently extended its legacy in a couple of areas of particular interest to them! They now have their own beer, Trooper, widely acknowledged as the most successful international British beer launch of the past twenty years and brewed by family brewers Robinsons in Stockport UK. Secondly Maiden Audio just launched a set of high end on-ear audio headphones, named the ‘Ed-Ph0n3s’, in collaboration with award-winning Japanese electronics company Onkyo Corporation. These are specifically designed as the ultimate headphones to hear Rock and Metal and as such are perfect for use with this game. Their latest album “The Book of Souls” debuted at number 1 in the official charts of over 24 countries and subsequently hit a retail #1 in over 40 countries around the globe.

Visit www.ironmaiden.com for more information.

About Roadhouse Interactive:
Roadhouse Interactive is a Vancouver-based developer and publisher of mobile games. Roadhouse’s management team is responsible for some of the most well-known game franchises of the past twenty-five years and continues to grow industry-leading production, development and live game operations expertise. Titles include a series of hit action sports titles in partnership with Red Bull Media House (Red Bull Air Race: The GameBike Unchained), Food Battle: The Game for YouTube sensations SMOSH, and Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, an ARPG set in the expansive Warhammer 40,000 universe. Roadhouse Holdings Ltd., along with 50cc, formed Nodding Frog Limited, a UK company, to bring Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beastto market.

Visit www.roadhouseinteractive.com for more information.

About 50cc Games:
50cc is a 21st-century gaming collective focused on delivering IP innovation in mobile games. The company was founded in 2014 by Gavin Shackell, Will Moore and Jon Link, who between them have close to a century of senior management experience in the entertainment sector. The team has led projects for global brands including, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Coldplay, Iron Maiden, Universal Music Group, Def Jam Enterprises, Live Nation, London 2012 Olympics and the BBC. 50cc recognizes that IP holders from the worlds of music, film, television and sport want to engage with their audiences in new and immersive ways. The company is carving a niche as leaders in the creation and financing of compelling new mobile gaming IP with some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Visit www.50ccgames.com for more information.

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TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

TIME CAPSULE: Lita Ford On Bringing Her New Throwback Album To The Masses!

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With four decades in the music game, it seems the long-reigning Queen of Metal, Lita Ford, is just getting warmed up! Hot on the heels of her recently released memoir, “Living Like A Runaway,” she is ready to rock the masses once again with a new album! “Time Capsule,” which will be released April 15th, 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer, is a unique record. For this throwback, Ford opened the vault to reveal a collection of powerful, never before heard songs. The album features Ford paired with some of the most identifiable voices and brilliant players from the decade of decadence, jamming without planning or pressure. The album’s highlights include Billy Sheehan playing bass and Rodger Carter on drums; Dave Navarro playing a mandolin; Jeff Scott Soto singing a duet with Ford; Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick singing backing vocals; and KISS’ Gene Simmons ripping the bass. “Time Capsule” is a work of art that turns back the clock to a time when rock music was handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ford to discuss the origins of “Time Capsule,” the challenges involved in bringing it to the masses, her recently released autobiography and what the future holds for her as an artist!

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Lita Ford

For a lot of people your work is one of their first memories of music. What are some of your first musical memories?

Oh boy! Some of my first memories are listening to The Monkees. I think that was my first real favorite album. They were so cute, The Monkees, and they had great songs! Their records were such great fun and I always thought Davy Jones was so cute! I also listened to The Who’s “Who’s Next?” That is the one where they are all pissing on that concrete thing! It was The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Grand Funk and anything that had a hook or a riff I would listen to and then try to figure it out on guitar. I really started listening to guitar when I was very young. I was probably around 10 years old when I first picked up a guitar.

I imagine you didn’t realize at the time how far the guitar would take you.

Well, I had a dream! I wanted to follow that dream, so whether or not it would come true or not, I didn’t know for sure but I did have a dream and a vision! Playing guitar was something in my nature and something I call a gift from God. It was something I was able to do and I was a child prodigy on guitar. I didn’t know that at the time and it didn’t dawn on me. Looking back now, I really can say I was a child prodigy. People would come over from all around the neighborhood and sit in my living room, where I would give them their own personal little concert!

That is awesome! You have come a long way from those early years. It is only fitting we discuss your new album, “Time Capsule.” What can you tell us about it and what made now the time to release it?

It was something I had on my shelf, literally, in my closet. I had been saving it. I don’t know what for but I just knew it was something that was going to come out one day. There are so many great people on this record and the songs are amazing! It is really a double whammy on this record! It has a lot to offer the fans and it is also a little bit of a treat because it was recorded in the ‘80s. It is literally a time capsule of rock ‘n’ roll history! The people who are on it make it that way and it was an absolute honor to be able to work with these people. They are amazing musicians and it was an absolute honor to work with Gene Simmons, Robin Zander, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro and Billy Sheehan. When you work with musicians of that caliber, you have to be up to par yourself. You have to deliver the goods as well and can’t be the one who is lacking! Working with people like that definitely keeps you on your toes! Ya know, people really miss the ‘80s and the fun times they used to have and the music. There are also people out there who were too young at the time and didn’t get to live through the ‘80s. This album is something I wanted to put out as a gift to the fans and to the kids who didn’t get to live through the ‘80s!

Lita Ford's 'Time Capsule'

Lita Ford’s ‘Time Capsule’

Every album has its own unique set of challenges. I am sure putting this one together wasn’t as simple as grabbing the tapes from your closet. What were the biggest hurdles?

One of the biggest challenges was I had to go get the tapes. My ex-husband had the tapes. We were going through a divorce and I wanted the tapes. He had changed the locks on the house and put a security guard on the house in case I showed up! This is my house and I had lived in it for almost 10 years! All I wanted were my tapes. I wasn’t going to steal the couch, the stove or anything like that! It was really stupid. I just grabbed my music tapes and that was it! I took them back to Florida and put them in safe keeping where I could use them for the future. This was back in 2010 or 2011. I knew I was going to use the tapes down the road because they were so good!

Is there anything still hiding out on those tapes that we might hear in the future?

I think I picked the best of the best off of the tapes and put it all together in Lita Ford’s “Time Capsule.” That is why I never forgot about the tapes. They were something that were just priceless. I knew eventually I would use them but I just didn’t know when. It seems like now is a good time to put them out!

The album features cool artwork and brings a retro feel. How did that come about?

The artwork was done by Gene Kirkland. In the ‘80s, Gene photographed me to death! He has all of these amazing images which we used in the booklet. We made a stack of stuff for the album cover of all the old pictures, a lot of which came from the drummer who played on the sessions, along with Gene’s photos. Throw in a can of Aqua Net hairspray, a bottle of Jack Daniels and a hash pipe and it is the ‘80s all over again!

It definitely captures the spirit of the time! [laughs]

Yeah! Along with the musicians who played on the record.

Lita Ford's autobiography, 'Living Like A Runaway' is not to be missed.

Lita Ford’s autobiography, ‘Living Like A Runaway’ is not to be missed.

“Time Capsule” is a perfect compliment to the book you just released, “Living Like A Runaway.” Putting your life down on paper seems like a monumental task. How difficult was it to get the ball rolling?

It really was a challenge to get it rolling! I couldn’t find the right author for the project. They just weren’t capturing my voicing. I don’t know if it was because I am pretty much one of a kind and because of that they weren’t getting it. There are plenty of guys who have done what I have done but when you read the book, it is not coming from a guy. You can tell it is written from a female standpoint or point of view. It has a lot of different aspects of approaching the music world, whereas a guy wouldn’t write these things. So, I think some of the co-writers I was trying to work with just weren’t getting it for that reason. I am just guessing but maybe they couldn’t digest the fact I am a woman. I did it myself and I am glad I did because I got what I wanted out of this book in a way that I don’t think anyone else could have put it together. It is not a very big book but there is so much that happened in such a small period of time. Even in The Runaways days, by the time I was 18, and it says this in the book, I felt as if I had lived an entire lifetime. We did so much in The Runaways and had so many ups, downs and hurdles we had to jump. It was a lot!

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Lita Ford

There were some instances where I wasn’t sure what happened first. Did I date Tony Iommi or Nikki Sixx first? I had to dig and make sure everything was in chronological order and make sure the dates were right. It was a difficult process because a lot of the old memorabilia that I had was not given back to me in my divorce. I lost all of my memorabilia. I didn’t lose it, it was stolen by my ex. He even took my mother’s baby pictures. He took anything and everything that meant anything to me, so I had none of my personal belongings to go through, look at and try to remember which picture was which and where it came from. I had a lot of great stuff! I had pictures of Sid and Nancy and other stuff that can never be replaced. It is all gone. I was able to go back to some of my friends and relatives, who I had sent pictures to, and they still had stuff I had given them years before. I was able to use their photographs and memorable moments of being with Lita to flesh it out. For instance, my drummer Dusty Watson, who’s on the “Out For Blood” album cover, is someone I hung out with a lot. Getting his takes and my old bass players takes, we were able to slowly piece together the entire book.

One of the things I love about the book is it feels honest and uncensored.

I didn’t want to get cold feet halfway through the book and say, “I am not going to talk about that because it’s gross, disgusting or I am too scared.” When the book did come out, I wasn’t sure how people were going to react. Of course, “The New York Post” just went ahead and pulls all the sex out of the book and put it up completely out of context, making me out to be, “She screwed this guy, this guy and this guy.” If you actually read the book there is an actual story around it. I knew they were going to do that. I didn’t know who would do that but I knew somebody was going to do that! Sure enough, there it was on “The New York Post.” If you read anybody else’s autobiography that is in a rock band like Nikki Sixx or anyone else coming from a hard rock standpoint, their sex stories way exceed mine, along with the things they did to women. Those guys way exceed anything I did that was crazy! A woman does it and she is called names but if a guy does it is OK. So, it made me a little nervous at first but now I am really happy I did it.

Are you comfortable with playing the part of a role model for those who might look up to you?

Heck yeah! Somebody’s got to be the queen!

Where do you see yourself headed in the future when it comes to music?

I am going to write another album. I am in the process of doing that now. It is a slow process because we are so busy right now. I have a lot of great, brand new songs that are ready to go but I just need to finish the album. I need a few more songs and we should have another new album out for 2017.

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

The Unstoppable Lita Ford

What can you tell us about your songwriting process these days? Is there a method to the madness?

I feel the song. I feel it out and if it doesn’t feel right or doesn’t sound right, I will change the part as I am writing the song, whether it is the chorus, pre-chorus or somewhere you want to put a lead guitar part or harmony guitar part, I write it as we are writing the song. Then, when you come to record the song, I don’t like to do too many demos. I think doing too many demos makes the song sterile. This is just my opinion and just how I like to record. It is almost like having sex for the first time with someone you really love. It is amazing. The more and more and more you do it, that first initial impact you had seems to wear off. You want to keep that initial wow in your music. The more you record it and mess with it, it seems like you lose that. I like to keep it spontaneous and keep that first vibe and feel of the song true.

Lita Ford

Lita Ford

You have an incredible drive, even after experiencing the ups and downs of your epic career in the music industry. What is the secret to your longevity?

I think it is in your blood. You either have it or your don’t. If you have it in your blood, there is no way you can refuse the music. Even if you try, you will always come back to it. I read a quote somewhere that said something along the lines of, “If you have it in your blood, it will always be a part of you. There is no escaping it.” That quote is right on the money! Like I said, I look at it as a gift from God.

I am sure you learned many lessons along the way. What is the best piece of advice you can offer to young musicians?

I have hung out with some pretty amazing people along the way and learned from them. If you are a guitar player or a musician, there is always stuff to learn. It is neverending! There are always little bits and pieces you can learn from somebody else. Always try and take that and apply it to yourself. By doing that you will always keep growing!

That’s terrific advice! Thank you for your time today, Lita! We look forward to talking with you again soon! Until then, stay out of trouble!

[laughs] Do I have to?!

Nah! Your secrets are safe with me, Lita!

OK, thanks! [laughs]

For the latest news and tour dates, visit Lita Ford’s official website at www.litafordonline.com. Connect with her on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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Ghost Releases New Music Video For “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

Ghost Releases New Music Video For “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

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Ghost today released a new music video for “From The Pinnacle To The Pit.” Directed by Zev Deans, the clip can be seen below. Ghost’s North American tour kicks off next week. See below for a complete list of tour dates. Meliorathe band’s critically acclaimed third record, is available now via Loma Vista Recordings.

Black To The Future Tour
September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC
September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
September 29 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO
October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA
October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ

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Ghost Streaming Now Streaming ‘Meliora’ In Full — Out August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings

Ghost Streaming Now Streaming ‘Meliora’ In Full — Out August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings

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Ghost are now streaming their highly anticipated new album, Meliora. Due out on August 21st, on Loma Vista Recordings, the album serves as the follow up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM. The album can be heard at this location – Click Here!

Unholy/Unplugged Tour

August 18th – Silver Platters (SoDo Location) – Seattle, WA (7:00 PM)
August 20th – Amoeba – Los Angeles, CA (5:00 PM)
August 21st – ZIA (Camelback Location) – Phoenix, AZ (7:00 PM)
August 22nd – Sound Garden – Baltimore, MD (5:00 PM)
August 23rd – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY (2:00 PM)

Black To The Future Tour

September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC
September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
September 29 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO
October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA
October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ

*Rescheduled

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013” and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in.” In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

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Ghost Reschedule Concert In Wake of Coinciding Philadelphia Papal Visit

Ghost Reschedule Concert In Wake of Coinciding Philadelphia Papal Visit

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Ghost has rescheduled their concert in Philadelphia in the wake of Papal Visit. The band received a letter informing them that Ghost fans would not be able to use public transportation or park their cars next Union Transfer. The show has moved the Philadelphia concert to Union Transfer on Tuesday, September 29th. Tickets are still valid.

Ghost Live Dates
September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC
September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
September 29 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL
October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS
October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL
October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL
October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO
October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA
October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA
October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA
October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ

*Rescheduled 

Meliora is due out on August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings. To pre-order the album now, click HERE.

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Ghost Announces Unholy / Unplugged Tour In Support of ‘Meliora’

Ghost Announces Unholy / Unplugged Tour In Support of ‘Meliora’

Ghost have been summoned stateside for a procession christened the Unholy/Unplugged Tour. The five-city outing will take Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls to some of the nation’s most highly regarded record selling institutions. Blessed attendees will enjoy a rare stripped down acoustic live performance of new songs followed by a signing of their new album Meliora. The occasion will mark Papa Emeritus III’s inaugural visit to the United States.  See below for complete details.

August 18th – Silver Platters (SoDo Location) – Seattle, WA (7:00 PM)
August 20th – Amoeba – Los Angeles, CA (6:00 PM)
August 21st – ZIA (Camelback Location) – Phoenix, AZ (7:00 PM)
August 22nd – Sound Garden – Baltimore, MD (5:00 PM)
August 23rd – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY (2:00 PM)

Meliora is due out on August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings and is the follow up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM. To pre-order the album now, click HERE.

GHOST

GHOST

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013” and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in.” In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013” and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in.” In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

“The band has done more to bring blasphemous, religion-skewering devil rock to the mainstream masses than perhaps any act since Marilyn Manson rose from the swamps of Florida to declare himself the Antichrist Superstar.” – ROLLING STONE

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Ghost Premiere “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” From Forthcoming Album ‘Meliora’

Ghost Premiere “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” From Forthcoming Album ‘Meliora’

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Ghost today announced the arrival of “From The Pinnacle To The Pit” from their forthcoming third sacred psalm, Meliora. The song is available to stream HEREand will be available for instant download for those who pre-order the album, along with the previously released track “Cirice”. Meliora is due out on August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings and is the follow up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM.

“We always have had a craving for a truly stomping riff-­based song, Led Zeppelin style. Something that would sound great coming out of a car stereo standing at an American high school parking lot” – A nameless ghoul, regarding “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”

Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls will return to North American to deliver their satanic melodies to audiences across the continent this fall for their ‘Black To The Future’ headlining tour. The procession begins at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22nd. See below for a complete itinerary.

Ghost released their second album INFESTISSUMAM on April 16th, 2013 via Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-song offering was produced by Grammy® Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains) in Nashville, TN and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. SPIN called the album, “one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2013” and Pitchfork praised its “addictive as sin” hooks. Rolling Stone described their sound as “somewhere between Mastodon and Metallica, with a heavy dose of Swedish synth mixed in.” In November of 2013, the band released If You Have Ghost, a five track EP recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, including cover versions of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, and Depeche Mode. Ghost have toured the U.S. Extensively and appeared at various music festivals across the country, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Rock on the Range.

Live Dates for GHOST:

September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC

September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

September 26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA

September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC

October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON

October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI

October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL

October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS

October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA

October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL

October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO

October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA

October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA

October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA

October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ

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Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Greg Prato Releases ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s’

Another epic read from Greg Prato

Another epic read from Greg Prato

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:
http://www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/survival_of_the_fittest_heavy_metal_in_the_1990_s/

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

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/survival-of-the-fittest-greg-prato/1122273381

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GHOST: Video For “Cirice” Released, ‘Black To The Future’ Tour Announced

GHOST: Video For “Cirice” Released, ‘Black To The Future’ Tour Announced

GHOST

GHOST

Ghost have declared the release date of their third sacred psalm, Meliora, would be August 21st on Loma Vista Recordings. The body of work is the follow up to 2013’s heralded INFESTISSUMAM and is available for pre-order beginning today HERE.

Fans who pre-order the album will receive a complimentary download of album track “Cirice” (stream HERE).

Late last month the congregation revealed a video of the summoning of Papa III which was immediately picked up by VH1 on its VH1 Classic Channel.  It can be viewed HERE.

Ghost have also revealed a brand-new music video for “Cirice”, directed by Roboshobo, which can be viewed HERE.

Meliora Tracklisting

1.     Spirit

2.     From The Pinnacle To The Pit

3.     Cirice

4.     Spöksonat

5.     He Is

6.     Mummy Dust

7.     Majesty

8.     Devil Church

9.     Absolution

10.  Deus in Absentia

Live Dates

September 22 – The Fillmore – Washington, DC

September 23 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

September 25 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

September 26 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

September 27 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

September 28 – House of Blues – Boston, MA

September 30 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC

October 1 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON

October 2 – The Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI

October 3 – The Riviera – Chicago, IL

October 5 – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS

October 6 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

October 8 – The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA

October 9 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

October 10 – Beacham Theatre – Orlando, FL

October 11 – The Ritz – Tampa, FL

October 13 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

October 14 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

October 16 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

October 17 – Sumitt Music Hall – Denver, CO

October 19 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

October 20 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA

October 21 – Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR

October 23 – Warfield – San Francisco, CA

October 26 – The Mayan Theater – Los Angeles, CA

October 27 – Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

October 28 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

October 30 – Northside Park Theater – San Diego, CA

October 31 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

November 1 – Monster Mash Festival – Phoenix, AZ

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