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Fozzy Announces Dates For Next Leg of the “Judas Rising Tour”

Fozzy Announces Dates For Next Leg of the “Judas Rising Tour”

Armed with two top 10 Active Rock hits, Fozzy is continuing the headlining “Judas Rising Tour” this summer/fall with Adelitas Way, Stone Broken and The Stir. The run kicks off in Atlanta on August 24, hitting major markets like Minneapolis, Cincinnati and St. Louis along the way. Tickets for this leg of the “Judas Rising Tour” will be available to the general public on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi® Cardmembers can access pre-sale tickets today at 2 p.m. local time. Click here for tickets.

The announcement comes after Fozzy’s latest single, “Painless,” broke into the Top 10 on Active Rock radio, currently sitting at #8 on the Mediabase chart. “Painless” is the second focus track off the band’s seventh studio album, Judas, released via Century Media Records in October 2017. Since its release, the track accumulated nearly 2 million streams on Spotify and more than 2 million views on YouTube.

Fozzy’s headlining tour kicked off in May 2017 with sold-out shows across North America and Europe. The five-piece band is also slated to perform at various festivals, including Rock USA, Rockfest, Rock of Ages and Wacken this summer before returning to the United States for the next leg of the “Judas Rising Tour.” Complete tour routing is below:

JUDAS RISING TOUR w/ Adelitas Way, Stone Broken and The Stir

Aug 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Smith’s Olde Bar *
Aug 26 – Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
Aug 29 – Clarksville, TN @ O’Connor’s
Aug 31 – Little Rock, AR @ The Revolution Music Room
Sep 6 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Sep 7 – Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Sep 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sep 9 – Fargo, ND @ Sanctuary
Sep 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Sep 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vouge
Sep 14 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Sep 15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Sep 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Sep 18 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom **
Sep 19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Sep 20 – Jacksonville, NC @ Tarheel Concert Lounge
Sep 21 – Huntington, WV @ Planetfest at Riverfront Park
Sep 22 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
Sep 25 – Savannah, GA @ The Stage on Bar
Sep 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Sep 28 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum **
Sep 29 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room **

* Adelitas Way and Stone Broken do not appear
** Stone Broken does not appear

ABOUT FOZZY
Since the beginning, Fozzy has been about hard work, dedication and delivering great rock ‘n’ roll to their devoted fans worldwide; reminding them that music is all about invoking dirty, sweaty jubilation and doing it loudly! Comprised of Chris Jericho (vocals), Rich Ward (guitars, vocals), Frank Fontsere (drums), Billy Grey (guitar) and Paul DiLeo (bass), the band formed in 2000 to release their self-titled debut album. Throughout the years, Fozzy released six progressively popular records, including 2012’s Sin & Bones, which featured the hit single “Sandpaper” (more than 3 million views on YouTube) that found the band reaching a level of legitimacy that drew a mass audience to drink in their trademark heavy melodic groove. More recently, the hard rockers released their seventh studio album, Judas, which includes their explosive title track. “Judas” catapulted up the Active Rock radio chart, eventually sitting at #1 for five consecutive weeks, and the music video amassed over 18 million views. With that giant hit song in their arsenal and a similar trajectory being set for the band’s follow-up single “Painless” (#8 on Active Rock radio), Fozzy is taking its live experience back on the road for their wildly successful “Judas Rising Tour.”

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Legendary Rockers ANVIL Announce US Tour In Support of New Album “Pounding The Pavement”

Legendary Rockers ANVIL Announce US Tour In Support of New Album “Pounding The Pavement”

Canadian Metal heroes ANVIL are currently thrashing their way across Europe in support of their new release “Pounding the Pavement”.  As soon as the European devastation ends the band will be ready to return to North America and have announced their next North American tour.The tour starts May 2nd in Buffalo, NY and runs through June 16th in Canton, OH.  A complete list of dates can be found below.  Additional dates will be added soon.

“Hello America pounders…we’re looking forward to the return smashing’s, and Golden Corrals,” says drummer Robb Reiner.

ANVIL released their new album “Pounding The Pavement”January 19th through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold colored version, download and stream.

ANVIL North American Tour:ANVIL North American Tour:
5/2: Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works
5/3: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
5/4: Boston, MA @ Middle East
5/5: Portland, ME @ Genos
5/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
5/12: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
5/13: Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
5/18: Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
5/19: Dallas, TX @ Rack Daddy’s
5/20: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
5/24: Portland, OR @ Bossanova
5/26: Seattle, WA @ Highline
5/27: Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s
5/30: Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
5/31: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
6/1: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
6/2: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
6/3: Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
6/6: Denver, CO @ Streets Of London
6/7: Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern
6/8: Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co.
6/9: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
6/10: Detroit, MI @ El Club
6/14: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/15: Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana City Brewing Co.
6/16: Canton, OH @ Buzzbin

ANVIL “Pounding The Pavement” European Tour 2018
20.02.GB-Bilston – Robin 2
21.02.GB-York – Fibbers
22.02.GB-Evesham – Iron Road
23.02.GB-Weston – The Bear
24.02.B-Kortrijk – De Kreun
25.02.F-Paris – Le Trabendo
27.02.F-Colmar – Le Grillen
01.03.E-Irun – Sala Tunk
02.03.E-Madrid – MON
03.03.E-Valencia – Paberse Club
04.03.E-Barcelona – Sala Boveda
13.03.CH-Solothurn – Kofmehl
14.03.D-Munich – Backstage
15.03.D-Essen – Turock
16.03.D-Mannheim – 7er Club
17.03.D-Münster – Sputnikhalle
18.03.D-Berlin – Musik & Frieden
20.03.D-Flensburg – Roxy
22.03.SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
23.03.SE-Finspang – Hugo
24.03.SE-Uppsala – Katalin
25.03.SE-Stockholm – Fryshuset Klubben
28.03.NO-Oslo – Olsen Pa Bryn
29.03.NO-Haugesund – Flytten
30.03.NO-Hamar – Gregers
31.03.NO-Odal – Odal Rock Club
04.04.D-Frankfurt – Nachtleben
05.04.D-Hamburg – Markthalle
06.04.D-Siegburg – Kubana

15-17.04. F/E – Full Metal Cruise VI
25.08.GB-Newark – Stonedeaf Festival
26.-28.07. D-Brande/Höhnerkirchen – Headbangers Open Air

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Slayer Announces Dates For Final North American Tour

Slayer Announces Dates For Final North American Tour

Slayer, 2017 * L-R:Paul Bostaph, Kerry King, Gary Holt, Tom Araya

After making some of the most brutal, breathtakingly aggressive, all-hell’s-a-breaking-loose music ever created, being one of the four bands that defined an entire musical genre and being the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to…after nearly 37 years, releasing 12 studio albums, multiple live recordings, compilations, live video and two box sets, playing nearly 3000 concerts in all corners of the world, receiving countless awards including five Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards, Gold records and other accolades…having its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute, gracing hundreds of magazine covers, experiencing the devastating loss of a founding brother, and even appearing on “The Tonight Show,” the age of Slayer, one of the greatest thrash/metal/punk bands of this or any age, is coming to an end.

Slayer announces that it will do one last concert tour around the globe to thank their fans for all of their support over the years, for making the last three-and-a-half decades so packed with good times and unforgettable experiences, and will then move on.

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament will support Slayer on the first leg, North America, of its final world tour.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26 at 10AM local time. Very limited Slayer onstage + meet & greet+ exclusive merchandise packages will be available.  Log on to www.slayer.net for this and all ticket purchasing info.

MAY
10 – Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 – FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 – PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 – South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 – Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 – Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 – Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 – The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 – Place Bell, Montreal, PQ

JUNE
1 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 – PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 – Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 – KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 – VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 – Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 – Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

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END OF DAYS: Slayer Announces Final World Tour

END OF DAYS: Slayer Announces Final World Tour

Shocking news from the metal world today as Slayer, the world’s undisputed thrash metal Gods, announced their final world tour. In a career-spanning video teaser, the band has revealed the End of Days are upon us and they will be headed out for a final run.

Update: The lineup will feature Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament. 

Check out the video below and be sure to crank up some of the band’s epic tunes today!

“The End is Near… Slayer to tour the world one more time…”

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Chris Jericho’s FOZZY To Continue ‘Judas Rising Tour’ Into 2018

Chris Jericho’s FOZZY To Continue ‘Judas Rising Tour’ Into 2018

FOZZY, the active rock band led by Chris Jericho, will continue to rock their fans across America on their Judas Rising Tour with newly added tour dates in 2018.  Set to launch February 28 in New Orleans, LA, the 25-date trek will take the band (Jericho: vocals, Rich Ward: guitars, vocals, Frank Fontsere: drums, Billy Grey: guitars and Paul DiLeo: bass) from east to west, including stops in Los Angeles on March 10 and New York City on April 5, before bringing them back across the country through the spring. Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Star Choir will round out the bill for the night of rock headlined by FOZZY. Tickets for these newly announced dates (see below for list) go on sale to the public Friday, December 8.

“I’m stoked to do this extensive tour of the States now that ‘Judas,’ the song, is a Top 5 rock radio hit and Judas, the album, has gone top 40!” says Chris Jericho.  “Fozzy is bigger than we’ve ever been, which means bigger production, bigger songs and bigger lighted jackets! So we can’t wait to rock your literal socks off starting in February!! JUDAS IS RISING!”

“I started playing guitar because of how deeply powerful the experience of going to concerts was for me,” Rich Ward adds.  “With a hit single and a new album pushing Fozzy to new heights, I can’t wait to get back on the road in America to capture the power that only live music can create. Make sure to bring a helmet and your dancing shoes when Fozzy rolls through your town.”

The upcoming dates come on the heels of the October release of the band’s seventh album, JUDAS (Century Media), which Loudwire named as one of the top 25 albums of 2017, saying the band has continued “honing their craft and steadily improving. JUDAS is their most polished and fully realized album, and should be their most successful, as well.”

The album’s title-track and single “Judas” was released in May 2017, becoming a top 5 hit at active rock radio.  The song also spent five weeks at number one on the highly influential ‘Big Uns Countdown’ on Sirius/XM’s Octane channel and has amassed over 11 million views for its video on YouTube (view here).  Cryptic Rock (10-13-17) says the song is “A passionate and bombastic tune showcasing the band’s irresistible energy and uncanny ability to rock hard, it is as good as it gets.”

In their more than 20-year career, FOZZY has always been about hard work, dedication and delivering great rock n roll to their devoted fans worldwide; reminding them that music is all about invoking dirty, sweaty jubilation and doing it loudly!  However, calling them just “entertainers” would be abridging their talent as Ward is one of the most versatile, underrated riffers in rock n roll and Jericho‘s vocal range and passion for music makes one wonder just how he is able to excel in pretty much everything he does. Throw in the powerhouse rock solid drumming of Fontsere, the blazing leads of Grey and the genius and energy of returning bassist DiLeo and it’s no surprise that FOZZY has skyrocketed into becoming one of the hottest rock acts in years.

FOZZY’s 2018 tour dates are as follows:

Feb. 28 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at House of Blues
Mar. 01 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Mar. 02 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
Mar. 03 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
Mar. 04 – El Paso, TX – Speaking Rock Casino
Mar. 07 – Tucson, AZ – Club X’s
Mar. 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theater
Mar. 09 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Mar. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
Mar. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Counts Vamp’d
Mar. 13 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Mar. 15 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Mar. 16 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Mar. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom
Mar. 28 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Mar. 29 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
Mar. 30 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
Mar. 31 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
Apr. 02 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Apr. 03 – Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s
Apr. 04 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Apr. 05 – New York, NY – The Gramercy
Apr. 06 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Apr. 07 – Portland, ME – Aura
Apr. 08 – Hampton Beach, NH – Wally’s Pub

For more information on FOZZY, visit:
www.fozzyrock.com
www.facebook.com/FozzyRock/
http://twitter.com/fozzyrock
www.instagram.com/fozzyrock/

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Legendary Iron Maiden Frontman Bruce Dickinson To Release Autobiography In October

Legendary Iron Maiden Frontman Bruce Dickinson To Release Autobiography In October

In the Fall of 2017, Dey Street Books is publishing What Does This Button Do?, the hugely anticipated memoir from Iron Maiden frontman and rock legend, Bruce Dickinson.

Heavy metal pioneers since their formation in 1975, Iron Maiden have sold over 90 million albums and played over 2000 shows in 63 countries, making them one of the most successful and globally influential bands of all time.

One of the world’s most storied musicians, Bruce Dickinson has been the band’s internationally-acclaimed lead singer for more than 30 years, and quite aside from the decades spent delivering high-octane performances with his larger-than-life persona, Bruce has lived an extraordinary off-stage existence too.

A true polymath, Bruce is, or has been, an airline pilot and captain, an aviation entrepreneur, a beer brewer, motivational speaker, film scriptwriter, twice-published novelist, radio presenter, TV actor and a world-class fencer.

Over the last couple of years, and throughout Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls World Tour, which has covered 39 countries and 117 shows since February 2016, Bruce has turned his unbridled creativity to writing his memoirs, longhand (in seven A4 notebooks no less). In What Does This Button Do?, Bruce (a man who famously  never gives interviews about his personal life) shares, for the first time, the most fascinating recollections, including his thirty years with Maiden, the early days, his childhood within the eccentric British school system, going solo, realizing his dream of flying jumbo jets and his recent battle with tongue cancer.

Bruce Dickinson is so much more than the frontman of one of the biggest bands on the planet. A rock icon, a true renaissance man, Bruce has been, and remains, a man of legend.

The U.S. publication on October 31st will be accompanied with a commensurate international book tour.

To pre-order Bruce Dickinson’s What Does This Button Do? go to:

http://ironmaiden.com/whatdoesthisbuttondo/

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Blaze Bayley Announces Brand New Album, ‘Endure and Survive,’ and Dates For World Tour

Blaze Bayley Announces Brand New Album, ‘Endure and Survive,’ and Dates For World Tour

Blaze Bayley, singer with Iron Maiden 1994-1999, announces his World Tour schedule to promote a brand new album, the 9th studio record of his solo career.

In home-city Birmingham, England, often celebrated as the birthplace of metal, Blaze Bayley has completed the recording of his ninth studio album, aptly titled ‘Endure and Survive’. The record is an exciting and enthralling sequel to his 2016 release ‘Infinite Entanglement’ which was the first of a trilogy of releases following a sci-fi concept and storyline.

‘Endure and Survive’ is set for release on 3rd March 2017 via Blaze Bayley Recording and will be accompanied by a world tour totalling some 120 shows. The European leg of the tour takes place principally between February and June 2017. After a small number of summer shows, Blaze will then go to the United States and Canada during August-September. It’s also planned to take the tour to Latin America in 2018.

Pre-orders for the new album are available now at www.blazebayley.net/webshop

Throughout this world tour, Blaze will be backed by his main recording and touring musicians, picked from British metal band Absolva and including Chris Appleton (guitar, backing vocals), Martin McNee (drums), Karl Schramm (bass, backing vocals).

In addition to the established band members as above from Absolva, ‘Endure and Survive’ also contains a talented array of collaborators; Luke Appleton (Iced Earth / Absolva) – backing vocals, Michelle Sciarrotta – nylon acoustic, backing vocals, voice actor, Jo Robinson – backing vocals, Mel Adams – backing vocals, Liz Owen – backing vocals, Thomas Zwijsen – nylon acoustic, Anne Bakker – violin, backing vocals, Corvin Bahn (Uli Jon Roth) – accordion, Aine Brewer – voice actor, Rob Toogood – voice actor, backing vocals.

The spectacular album artwork has been completed by Andreas Sandberg, with additional images from Christopher Steenstrup who is also working on a Blaze Bayley video game.

The album was recorded between October and December 2016 at Robannas Studios, Birmingham, produced by Blaze Bayley and Chris Appleton, mixed and engineered by Miguel Seco, mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Tank, Phil Campbell).

As with the previous record the song-writing has been a collaboration between Blaze, Chris Appleton and Michelle Sciarrotta.

‘Endure and Survive’ track listing:
1. Endure and Survive
2. Escape Velocity
3. Blood
4. Eating Lies
5. Destroyer
6. Dawn of the Dead Son
7. Remember
8. Fight Back
9. The World Is Turning the Wrong Way
10. Together We Can Move the Sun

The first single from the new album will be available early in February, together with a music video.

2014-2015 was a period of building momentum for Blaze, partly created by the highly popular release of the 15th anniversary edition of his debut solo record ‘Silicon Messiah’ as well as his ‘Soundtracks of My Life’ 30 year compilation celebrating his career since he began singing with his first band Wolfsbane, before catapulting to worldwide fame with Iron Maiden.

2016 saw a significant renaissance with the remarkable plaudits given to the ‘Infinite Entanglement’ album from fans and critics alike. The year was also notable for Blaze’s special guest performance with Disturbed at the UK’s premier festival Download when the warmth and recognition from the crowd was as crystal clear as it was predictable given Blaze’s reputation for connecting with audiences.

The European leg of the ‘Endure and Survive’ tour is listed below. Additional European shows are still to be announced, whilst the detailed schedule for the US and Canada, plus Latin America in 2018 is awaited.

FEBRUARY
11TH MT, Gzira, The Orpheum
18TH UK, Ballymena, Diamond Rock

MARCH
1st UK, Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
2nd UK, Newcastle, Trillians
3rd UK, Grimsby, Yardbirds Rock Club
4th UK, Manchester, Sound Control
5th UK, Birmingham, Roadhouse
9th UK, Cardiff, Fuel
10th BE, Verviers, Spirit of 66
11th FR, Paris, Le Petit Bain
12th BE, Deinze, Café Elpee
18th FR, Luynes, Le Korigan
19th ES, Barcelona, Salamandra 2
21st ES, Oviedo, Franelrock
22nd ES, Madrid, Club Moby Dick
23rd ES, Lleida, Café Del Teatre
24th ES, Valencia, Sala Fussion
25th ES, Irun, Tunk
26th ES, Zaragoza, King Kong
30th IT, Vercelli, Officine Sonore
31st CH, Saint-Maurice, Manoir Pub

APRIL
1st FR, Nancy (Pagney D-B), Chez Paulette
2nd UK, Edinburgh, Corn Exchange, Heavy Scotland festival
7th FR, Grenoble, L’Amperage
8th FR, Clermont-Ferrand (Mozac), Salle De L’Arlequin
9th DE, Renchen, Come Inn
13th DE, Krefeld, Kulturampe
14th NL, Leiden, Gebr De Nobel
15th DE, Grossefehn, Schlappohr Rockkneipe
16th NL, Helmond, Muziekcafe
20th DE, Hamburg, Bambi Galore
21st DE, Siegen, Vortex
22nd DE, Balingen, Sonnenkeller
23rd DE, Konstanz Rockbar
26th SI, Ljublijana, Orto Bar
27th AT, Vienna, Viper Room
28th SK, Bratislava, Rock Café
29th CZ, Brno, Melodka
30th Czech, Pilsen, Serikovka

MAY
4th PL, Wroclaw, Liverpool Klub
5th PL, Tychy, Underground
6th PL, Stalowa Wola, Labirynt Club
7th PL, Olsztyn, Nowy Andergrant
9th LT, Kaunas, Klubas Lemmy
10th LV, Riga, Nabaklab
11th EE, Tallinn, The Tapper
12th FI, Helsinki, On The Rocks
13th FI, Mikkeli, Kulttuuritalo Tempo
14th FI, Tampere, Jack The Rooster
19th FI, Lappeenranta, Mobar
20th FI, Mantyharju, Bar Krouvi
21st FI, Mantyharju, Bar Krouvi (acoustic)
24th SE, Strangnas, Garage
26th NO, Fosser, Oak Metal Club
27th SE, Falkenberg, Downtown

JULY
28th RS, Belgrade, Club Fest
29th BA, Sarajevo, Cinemas Sloga
30th BA, Mostar, OKC Abrasevic
AUGUST
5th UK, Oxford, Oxrox Alive

For further information visit these sites:
www.blazebayley.net
www.facebook.com/officialblazebayley
www.twitter.com/realblazebayley
www.instagram.com/blazebayley
www.youtube.com/blazebayley

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ANTHRAX: Thrash Metal Legends Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary!

ANTHRAX: Thrash Metal Legends Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary!

Anthrax still going strong after 35 years!

Anthrax still going strong after 35 years!

Thirty-five years ago today (July 18, 1981), the then New York-based thrash/metal band Anthrax was formed and started on the road to help change the history of music.  Said co-founder Scott Ian, “Thirty-five years have passed since that day and my life has changed profoundly.  I am a husband, I am a father.  I am a long way from the 17-year-old soon-to-be-college dropout who co-founded a heavy metal band.  The only thing that hasn’t changed in 35 years, the one constant, is that I am still the rhythm guitar player in Anthrax. It’s what I GET to do.  I GET to play in a band and I never take that for granted.”

Over that 35-year period, Anthrax has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring The Noise.”  And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the thrash/metal genre as a member of The Big Four.  Go here for a look at 35 years of Anthrax.

So, with all those years, all those experiences, all those memories, what’s the one big takeaway experience that stands out for the guys?  Was it when legendary author Stephen King included the band in one of his” Dark Tower” series books?  Or in 2012 when Anthrax became the first metal band to have its music played on Mars, when NASA played “Got The Time” to wake up the Mars Rover, Curiosity?  Or how about in 1991 when they received their first Grammy nomination?  Maybe it was when the band was caught up in the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks and considered changing their name due to the PR nightmare that was caused.  Or possibly it was when Anthrax made a cameo appearance on the popular 1992 TV series, “Married…with Children.”

Remembers Charlie Benante, the band’s drummer since 1983, “We had such a ball doing that show.  We taped the episode twice, once in the afternoon then another one in the evening, which was done with rewrites.  They changed some of our lines, but we got bigger laughs the second time so it was all worth it.  After the show, we went to a sit-down dinner with the entire cast and crew at a restaurant in Hollywood.  Here I am sitting next to Al Bundy [played by actor Ed O’Neill), and I look over at the booth across from us, and there are Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman having dinner.  Al said, ‘hey, let’s go talk to Clint and Morgan,’ and I went ‘whaaaaa???’  He took us over there and introduced us to them – and I’m thinking ‘where am I?  Am I here right now? This is actually happening?’  It was just surreal.  That stands out as one of the highlights.  It wasn’t really a musical thing, but music got us to that.  I’m just a guy in a band making music…what am I doing here with these stars?”

Then there is newest member, lead guitarist Jonathan Donais who has a completely different take on his “best Anthrax moment.”  “It was probably 1989 or ’90, whenever the ‘Antisocial’ video blew up at Dial MTV,” he remembers.  “It was the first time I’d ever heard Anthrax, and I immediately fell in love with the band.”  Donais’ “best Anthrax memory” now happens like Groundhog Day:  “I brought a tape of the Dial MTV performance to my guitar teacher and told him I wanted to learn how to play it.  Now I get to play every night with the band!”

The most memorable time as a member of Anthrax could have been on September 14, 2011 as it was named “Anthrax Day” in the Bronx.  Or June 22, 2010 when The Big Four played together on the same stage for the first time ever in Sofia, Bulgaria.

For Anthrax’s Ian, it was a different occasion   “My ONE thing of thousands of things I’ve done in Anthrax that stands out the most in the world would be playing Yankee Stadium,” he said, referencing The Big Four’s second of only two U.S. concerts, held on September 14, 2011. “For me that is the pinnacle.  My mecca.  The most NY thing a NY band could ever do. I got to play on stage on the field, in the building where so many of my heroes since I was a child played.  It was surreal and overwhelming and I was in tears almost the entire first song, I had so much emotion pouring out of me. Like the words to the song say, I was ‘King of the hill, top of the heap.’

“So, to quote the Scottish poet Robbie Burns,” Ian adds,”‘Here’s to us; who is as good as us?  Damn few, and they’re all dead.’  Thank you my friends…35 and counting.”

Anthrax – Ian, Benante, Frank Bello, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais – will celebrate their 35 years well into the fall playing major festivals, headline shows and as Special Guest with fellow Big Four comrades Slayer.  Dates and ticketing info are listed here..

David Taylor, a staunch Anthrax fan, compiled a variety of in-concert clips of the band performing the 1988 classic “Antisocial” over the past three-plus decades, to create a celebratory gift for the band and their 35th anniversary.  Check out that tribute video here.

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Daniel Lioneye To Release ‘VOL III’ On August 19th Via The End Records

Daniel Lioneye To Release ‘VOL III’ On August 19th Via The End Records

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The End Records is pleased to announce the upcoming studio album from Daniel Lioneye, set for release August 19. Featuring members of HIM, Daniel Lioneye (“The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll”) returns after eight years to deliver VOL III, which boasts a seamless blend between rock, psych metal and black metal. The first single “Ravensong” just premiered with Revolver and is available now for download and streamingCLICK HERE to listen on Revolver!

Says guitarist and vocalist Linde, “VOL III is heavier, with more fuzzy guitars, more singing, and less growling. The drumming is very ‘metal.’” He jokes, “You can actually hear the vocals on this album.”

Vol. III Tracklisting:
1. Messier 0
2. Blood On The Floor
3. Break It Or Heal It
4. License To Defile
5. Ravensong
6. Alright
7. Baba Satanas
8. Aetherside
9. Dancing With The Dead
10. Oh God In Your Great Mercy
11. Mathematics Of The Storm
12. Neolithic Way (2016)

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About Daniel Lioneye:
When formed in 2001, Daniel Lioneye originally consisted of Ville Valo (HIM) on drums, Mige (HIM) on bass and Linde (HIM) on guitar and vocals. That year, they released The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Finland and Germany, a ‘tongue in cheek’ psychedelic stoner rock album. Performing festival shows in Finland under the name ‘Daniel Lioneye And The Joint Rollers,’ their music soon reached international audiences when the title track of the album was selected as the theme song for Bam Margera’s MTV show, Viva La Bam. In 2006, “The King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was the most played Finnish song in the world (right after Sibelius, of course).

In 2008, Linde wanted to do a Daniel Lioneye album completely different than the last. The follow-up album, simply titled VOL II (The End Records), was an extreme rock n’ roll album much heavier than their first, quite noticeably influenced by black metal. The album represented everyday life- divorce, dealing with difficult situations and people, cannabis psychosis, extreme nightmares, self-realization, sex, moving on, standing up for yourself, anger management and the universe.

Now, Daniel Lioneye has teamed up yet again with The End Records (US) to release VOL III, an album that is, in many ways, a combination of their previous two. Basking in magnetic glow of the northern lights, this album deals with an existential crisis- depression, disappointment, being lost, meaninglessness.

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Metal Church Announce First Tour Since The Return Of Mike Howe

Metal Church Announce First Tour Since The Return Of Mike Howe

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Hard rock titans Metal Church are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records release XI. The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for XI will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. Metal Church will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to http://metalchurchofficial.com.

XI, the band’s 11th studio album available worldwide on March 25th, marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The album has been getting critical and fan praise alike with Decibel Magazine recently stating in a review: “On XI, Howe croon-roars like a man possessed, delivering a varied, vital, almost unbelievably pitch-perfect performance. As for the riffs, Vanderhoof remains a master crafter of speed-metal mayhem – a faithful keeper of the once-bustling aural bridge connecting NWOBHM and thrash metal proper.”

Metal Church just released a new video trailer for XI that features a sample of the album opener “Reset.” The trailer can be seen here: https://youtu.be/QfG0vw19RJMThe new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/metal-church. A limited number of the Deluxe International Version are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/MCXIiTunes and fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener “Reset” through the driving outro of album closer “Suffer Fools,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Needle and Suture” and “Soul Eating Machine” showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance such fan favorites. Musical opuses “Signal Path” and “Sky Falls In” clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU.

Metal Church Official Website: http://metalchurchofficial.com

Metal Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch

Metal Church on Twitter https://twitter.com/metalchurchis1

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