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The Three Tremors Announce First-Ever U.S. Tour In Support of New Self-Titled Album!

The Three Tremors Announce First-Ever U.S. Tour In Support of New Self-Titled Album!

It’s not every day that metalheads get the opportunity to witness three of metal’s finest vocalists on the same concert stage – Tim “Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, DIO DISCIPLES), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (JAG PANZER, SATAN’S HOST, TITAN FORCE), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (CAGE, DENNER/SHERMANN, DEATH DEALER). But soon, US fans will get their chance, when the Three Tremors launch their first-ever US tour in support of their self-titled debut – running from February through March 2019 (kicking off on February 14 at El Corazon in Seattle, and wrapping up on March 11 at The Crafthouse Stage & Grill in Pittsburgh).

Tickets for the shows and album bundles can be purchased via these respective links:



Sean – “After the European tour we did in September, it became clear that our live show was somehow even better than I ever imagined it could be. That is saying a lot because when I first conceptualized putting this band together 5 years ago I thought back then it was going to be amazing. So even after the first practice we had, me and the band members looked at each other with that ‘Holy shit!’ look in our eyes after every song, because it was so sick and unique with the 3 of us just ripping it all together on these powerful, original heavy metal songs we made. Then, when we did the 17 shows in Europe and really locked it in. We experienced the feedback from the audience during and after the shows that confirmed what we were all thinking and feeling there up on stage. There were the super skeptical people that came in first for a curiosity kind of thing that came up to us after the show and told us, almost apologetically, that they were completely blown away and sold after seeing it. And there were the guys with 20 year old worn out battle vests with a million patches on it that would quietly walk up to me after the show, and calmly say in a heavy German accent or something, ‘I have seen over one thousand heavy metal shows in my life and this was one of the best.’ So after months of metalheads in America shouting from the rooftops for us to do dates in the US, I am stoked to finally announce our first US tour dates.”

Harry – “Do not miss the upcoming US tour dates – we will be bringing our A game for sure! The Three Tremors will put the power and perfection of pure heavy metal on full display. So get your tickets ahead of time, and let’s make it an old-school heavy metal party in 2019!”

Ripper – “Playing our new album in its entirety like we do every night is a total blast. We are all having a great time together performing these songs live, and I know the American metal fans are going to dig them, too. We of course are also playing some stuff from our personal catalogs, and some highly requested metal classics, too. It is a long night of rockin so be sure not to miss it!”

The trio’s debut album will be released on January 18, 2019, and will include twelve original songs total (over 60 minutes of music), and will feature all three singers on every track. A blend of songs that cover all the different heavy metal styles, the album features some of the most incredible metal vocal performances ever put to tape. Also included is cover art by Marc Sasso (who has previously worked with the likes of Dio, Halford, Cage, and Adrenaline Mob), while the CD will feature a 16-track digi-book, packed with incredible visuals and artwork. Check out the following links for a sample:

And less than a month after the album drops, US fans will be able to experience the full vocal might of the Three Tremors!

Confirmed Tour Dates:

Feb 14 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Feb 15 – Denver, CO – Herman’s Hideaway
Feb 16 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
Feb 17 – Santa Ana, CA – Malones
Feb 18 – Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go
March 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
March 2 – Wilmington, DE – Bar XIII
March 3 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
March 4 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
March 5 – Niagra Falls, NY – Evening Star Music Hall
March 7 – Racine, WI – Route 20
March 8 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
March 9 – Westland, MI – Token Lounge
March 10 – Louisville, KY – Tiger Room
March  11 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Crafthouse Stage and Grill

‘Three Tremors’ Tracklisting:

1. Invaders From The Sky  4:54
2. Bullets For The Damned 4:11
3. When The Last Scream Fades 6:04
4. Wrath Of Asgard  4:58
5. The Cause  3:54
6. King Of The Monsters  4:24
7. The Pit Shows No Mercy  4:34
8. Sonic Suicide  4:41
9. Fly Or Die  4:55
10. Lust Of The Blade  4:29
11. Speed To Burn  5:19
12. The Three Tremors  6:18


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Operation: Mindcrime’s Geoff Tate Talks Life, Career and Powerful New Album!

Operation: Mindcrime’s Geoff Tate Talks Life, Career and Powerful New Album!


Geoff Tate has been rocking audiences around the globe for over three decades. Instantly recognizable from his amazing vocal work as the former lead-singer of Queensrÿche, he has spent the his life immersed in music. Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensrÿche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception to 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way.  After parting ways with the band he had founded, Tate soon found himself rising from the ashes with what would become his most ambitious project to date — Operation: Mindcrime. Operation: Mindcrime continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of Tate’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

Operation: Mindcrime exploded onto the scene in late 2015 with their debut album, ‘The Key.’ Masterminded by Geoff Tate, the album served as the first entry of a musical trilogy containing a dynamic story which would unfold across three different albums. The band returns with the second chapter of the unique tale of September 23, 2016. ‘Resurrection’ continues the story that began on the first album, picking up with the near death experience of the lead character known as H and his subsequent recovery of the missing encryption key. With the Key finally in his possession, H has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called The New Reality. Or does he? With Resurrection, Operation: Mindcrime aim to answer some of the questions that were posed in the first album, while delivering their most diverse and challenging material of Geoff Tate’s already colorful career.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Geoff Tate to discuss his journey as an artist, the challenges he has faced along the way, the making of Operation: Mindcrime’s ambitious trilogy and the other projects that lie in store for him in the months to come. 

Over the years, you created an amazing body of work. I want to start at the beginning. What drew you to music originally and ultimately made you pursue it as a career?

Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate

Well, I was 9 years old when I first started taking piano lessons. I wanted to be a musician as far back as I can remember. My earliest memories of music are things like Christmas carols and things like that. I heard pop music on the radio and I heard a song by Jefferson Airplane called “Somebody To Love.” That song got me! I loved the guitar work in it and I told my parents I wanted to play guitar. They said, “You can but you have to take a year of piano first.” That was really good musical advice because piano is a great learning instrument. I started taking those lessons and I never looked back! After I started learning piano, the world started to open up for me because I got to learn different classical pieces and started playing in school bands and becoming aware of all the great composers and their works. That led me to more contemporary music and jazz band in high school. It was a long line of being exposed to various types of music.

I’m sure you are asked about your musical influences often. However, I was curious to know if there was anyone behind the scenes giving you the extra push you needed musically in a mentor role?

I had a music teacher named Mr. Stratton who was pretty instrumental to me when I was first starting out. I was in elementary school band at the time and he was really a wonderful teacher. You know how some teachers can just present the material to you, while other teachers inspire your imagination about the material? He was really one of those teachers who got you thinking about things musically. Later, I had other teachers who had significant impacts on me. Bob Lion was real important in my musical career. He was a very inspirational teacher as well.

You have a distinct and recognizable style. What went into finding your creative voice early on as an artist?

I think it was really dictated by my musical influences. I was lucky to have grown up in the period I did. The ‘60s and the ‘70s were a real breakthrough time in music where bands and artists were really exploring what could be done with music. Bands like the Beatles were taking classical themes, show tune musical themes and folk songs and blending those into a new form of music. It was a time of real innovation. I grew up in that time and was truly inspired by the bands that were doing that, especially the prog rock era of bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Supertramp. These bands were incredibly inspirational and instrumental in my musical development.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Ya know, I don’t really look for it. It finds me! [laughs] I don’t have a problem being inspired at all. I work almost every day on music. Lately, I have been working quite a bit on finishing up this trilogy project. It’s something I love. It’s a labor of love and something that never gets dull to me. I can always find something interesting to do or experiment with and there is always new technology to understand and learn how to use as well, which I find incredibly fascinating.

Operation: Mindcrime's 'The Key' hits stores on September 18th.

Operation: Mindcrime’s ‘The Key’ hits stores on September 18th.

You mentioned the trilogy you have been hard at work on, which is what brought us together today. How did the idea for this trilogy get sparked?

I have always liked the idea of a trilogy to tell a musical story. It makes sense to me and is a classical three-act structure that writers use in plays, films and presentations. I thought it would be the perfect thing to explore a musical concept album with, a story in three acts, so to speak. I had been playing around with the idea for quite a few years but just didn’t have the story. Several years ago, my wife and I took a trip to Europe. We hiked across Spain on the Camino De Santiago pilgrim trail. It is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain. When you are hiking a lot like that, there are lots of hours of solitude that go by where you are just thinking. That is where the story happened. Once I got back to Seattle, I started composing the music to fit the story and haven’t stopped to take much of a breath since! [laughs]

It seems you are always challenging yourself with new material. Did you have goals or aspirations for this trilogy?

I wanted to really pull from my progressive rock roots on this project and really explore the bands and music that influenced me to become a musician. I think that is really quite evident on a lot of the tracks on the two albums so far. I played a lot of the instruments on this record. I also composed a lot of the music, lyrics and vocal melodies as well, so I have a lot to do with the construction of the albums and the writing of it all. On past albums, I haven’t played so much of the instruments but I have written the song and then let other people play. With this new album, I played a lot and I really enjoyed myself quite a bit on that!

Operation: Mindcrime

Operation: Mindcrime

You assembled a talented group of musicians for Operation: Mindcrime. What do they bring out in you creatively?

That is a good question. Whenever you have a musical collaboration, there is push and pull, in good collaboration. I will use Kelly Gray and Scott Moughton as examples because they are the two people I have worked the most with on these projects. You play something you have written for them and you hope they get a feel for it right away and that they find it interesting. Sometimes, they find it interesting enough that they want to write to it. So, you hope they become interested in the piece you are writing to become involved with it and, if they can, add something to it. As a composer, sometimes you want people to be part of it and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you want to reinterpret what you have written and give it their twist and sometimes you don’t and you like it just the way it is. It is actually a wonderful position to be in for me because I can give them a song and say, “Well, I like everything about this but I would like this part to be different. What can we do here? Do you have any ideas?” Hopefully, the ideas will start happening and they will say, “Oh, we will change the key here … ” or “I have a part that might fit better here. This is a new section in B flat. Let’s see how that works.” Those kind of ideas and suggestions are always really, really helpful.

There is no question you’re a prolific songwriter. How has the process changed for you over the years?

I would say with the advent of the technology we have today, it has drastically changed everything. You can get so much more detailed in your writing, presentation, recording and mixing. You can get into it on such an intricate level than you ever could before. To me, that is a major change from the way it used to be.

Each project presents a unique set of challenges. What are the biggest obstacles you faced while breathing life into this record?

It has really been the amount of material. Typically, I have taken two years to three years between releases and with this project, it has been one a year. That is a lot of work to do in a year period, where you also have six months of touring in there as well. As you travel around, it becomes more and more difficult to record. The challenge of the amount of material and the deadline of when it has to be released has been the biggest challenge I have had to work with.

Geoff Tate

Geoff Tate

When it comes to the songs, I am sure there are those that come easy and others that are harder to nail down. What can you tell us about that in regard to this album?

Yeah! You know, that is true. Some are easy and some are more challenging. Some are more involved and some are more simple. It really depends on the track. I think challenges are good and I enjoy them. I enjoy the challenge of writing a song or a part. There is a song on this record called “Into The Hands of The World” that was very challenging to write because it is a multi-themed piece. A lot of times when you write a song there is one major part and you do variations on that part to make up the different parts of the song. With this track, “Into The Hands of The World,” it’s like four different, drastically different, musical pieces all working as one. The challenge was to link those all together so they made sense, writing bridges in and out.

You have been hard at work on this trilogy. What can we expect from the third act and are you looking beyond that release to whatever might come next?

Yeah, the third is mostly done. We just need to mix and master it. I have been taking a bit of a break from finishing to let my ears rest up and get a different perspective on it before we wrap it up, which will probably be later in the year. Right now, I am concentrating on getting my things together. I have a couple of different tours I am putting together now. That takes a lot of planning and work to get it all operational and up and going.

You show no signs of slowing down when it comes to creating music. How have you evolved as an artist along the way?

I think that if you listen to the albums I have been part of, you can see quite an evolution. I think I am getting more and more adventurous with what I do. I have been getting out of what I have done in the past and I’m stretching toward some other things that are quite a bit different than what people know me for, which I think is a good thing!

Is there a secret to success when it comes to sustaining a career as an artist?

It’s really no secret. I think if you believe you are successful, you are. I tried to explain this to people in the past. There is no ladder of success that you climb. You are just there. There are no steps you climb or platform you reach to be at the pinnacle of everything. It’s not that way. Success is a state of mind. I think the most important thing you can do in life is find something you like doing and then do it. Enjoy your life, enjoy what you do and find pleasure in a positive existence within whatever it is you are doing for a living.

You have seen the music industry change exponentially through the years. What is the best part of being a working musician in this day and age?

It is definitely challenging in today’s industry, what is left of it. I think it has always been challenging to sell records but it is even more challenging nowadays to do that because there are so many different forms of entertainment that grab people’s attention and their hard earned dollar. That is a difficulty and a challenge but, again, it is a good challenge! It’s definitely one I am happy to be part of! I like that aspect of it. You have to figure out how to make the whole darn thing work. It’s like a crossword puzzle with all these missing pieces. Once you get one piece, it kind of leads you to another piece and so forth.

TRINITY: Tim Ripper Owens, Geoff Tate and Blaze Bayley.

TRINITY: Tim Ripper Owens, Geoff Tate and Blaze Bayley.

You mentioned some of the tours you have in the works. We are definitely excited about TRINITY. How did that come about and what excites you about the shows?

Blaze Bayley and Tim “Ripper” Owens, who I am performing with in Trinity, are old friends. They are both incredible singers and really, really interesting personalities. The three of us get together and our chemistry is very infectious! We have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We like loud music, so we are bringing that on the road. This is one of my dream tours and one where I have always wanted to do this kind of thing. Luckily, these guys were able to work around my schedule and vice versa. We found about 10 days or so that we could tour together, so we are going out as the ex-singers tour — The Trinity. I’m doing material from my days in Queensryche. Blaze, of course, is doing his material from Iron Maiden and Ripper is doing the material he did with Judas Priest. We are just going to go out, throw down and have a great time!

You already have my money, Geoff! I will be there for sure and it sounds like a group of tremendous shows in intimate venues. My final question for you is — What is the best lesson we can take from your journey so far?

I don’t know. What I can say about music is that it is a personal journey and we can all find something about it that inspires or moves us. That is not a journey that can be dictated by anyone other than yourself. The music has to connect with you in its own way and we all hear it differently. For me, I think it is interesting to look at an artist’s life’s work, what they have done and where they have been. Typically, the songs they write should be an example of their life, what their interests are, what moves them and what their emotional state is. All those things can be witnessed through an artist’s music. I would think my journey is interesting.

I definitely agree! Thanks for being an inspiration, Geoff! We can’t wait to see where the future takes you!

Thank you, Jason! Talk to you soon!

For all the latest updates on Geoff Tate and Operation Mindcrime, visit the official website for the band at www.operationmindcrime.com. Follow them on social media via Facebook and Twitter

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Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned Release Details On New Album!

Richard Christy’s Charred Walls of the Damned Release Details On New Album!

Charred Walls of the Damned returns with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, Cold Winds on Timeless Days. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a “perfect storm of producing” – Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Fans can hear the first single, Zerospan, as well as place pre-orders now on metalblade.com/cwotd. The album can also be pre-ordered on iTunes HERE. Additionally, Richard Christy will be on air with SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin for an interview and to premiere the track on air. Fans can hear the interview and song today Tuesday, August 23rd at approximately 9am, 3pm and 9pm eastern time! For more info on liquid metal, head to http://www.siriusxm.com/liquidmetal.

Cold Winds On Timeless Days track listing:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light


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Dio Disciples Announce First Ever US Tour!

Dio Disciples Announce First Ever US Tour!

Some fans figured that with the passing of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, one of metal’s greatest voices of all-time had been silenced forever.

But Dio’s music will live on forever, and many of his friends and/or former band mates are making sure of it, as they have reunited as Dio Disciples – a concert celebration to the former singer of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Elf (and successful/respected solo artist). And while Dio Disciples has already performed overseas, US fans have waited patiently for their chance to catch the group. Soon, their wish will be granted.

The band (which is comprised of singers Tim “Ripper” Owens and Toby Jepson, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright) has announced a string of dates (with more to be announced), which as of now, kicks off on September 22nd at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY, and wraps up on October 9th at Trees in Dallas, TX.

Keep your eyes peeled to Dio Disciples’ Facebook page for announcements regarding additional US tour dates.

Touching upon almost every era of Dio’s stellar career, you can expect to hear faithful and heavy renditions of such classics as “The Last in Line,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” “Holy Diver,” “Heaven and Hell,” “Neon Knights,” and “Man on the Silver Mountain,” among countless others.

And Dio Disciples have been receiving rave show reviews, including the Planet Mosh website, which gave a recent London performance a 10/10 rating, and proclaimed, “The performance was a fitting tribute to the memory of the great man himself. I’m not sure there is a better way of keeping the legacy alive, than by witnessing this group of men with such outstanding ability pour every ounce of their being into delivering Dio’s music so perfectly.”

Get ready US fans, as it will soon be time to “Stand Up and Shout” to an evening of Dio music once again.

CONFIRMED US TOUR DATES [more to be added]:

9/22/2011 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
9/23/2011 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony
9/24/2011 Springfield, VA Jaxx
9/26/2011 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
9/27/2011 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
9/28/2011 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
9/29/2011 Chicago, IL House of Blues
9/30/2011 Medina, MN Medina Entertainment Center
10/6/2011 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
10/7/2011 Houston, TX Scout Bar
10/8/2011 San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens
10/9/2011 Dallas, TX Trees




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