APRIL 17, 2021
RAJOITUS ARE IN THE STUDIO
Borås, Sweden based Finn-hardcore/punks RAJOITUS are in the studio this weekend to record 10 new songs and a cover.
APRIL 16, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER PLEADS GUILTY FOR HIS ROLE IN CAPITOL RIOT
ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has agreed to plead guilty for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. As part of the plea deal, he is expected to enter into a cooperation agreement with the government.
Although Schaffer was initially charged with 6 crimes, including engaging in an act of physical violence and targeting police with bear spray, he has agreed to plead guilty to only 2 charges: obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress; and trespassing on restricted grounds of the Capitol while armed with a deadly or dangerous weapon. The first charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while the second carries up to a 10-year prison term.
According to CNN, prosecutors and Schaffer's attorneys agreed to recommend that he get between 3 and a half and 4 and a half years in prison, based on how fruitful his cooperation is with the government.
FIRST EVER JOHN BONHAM BIOGRAPHY
Hachette Books has set a September 7 release date for "Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin", the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest rock drummer of all time. The 384-page book, which was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins, will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA).
WHITESNAKE IS WORKING ON CHRISTMAS MUSIC
WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale is working on Christmas songs, to be released in time for the holidays. It's not an album.
NETFLIX BIOPIC ABOUT JOEY RAMONE IN THE WORKS
Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce "I Slept With Joey Ramone", a biopic chronicling the life of the legendary RAMONES frontman.
Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live) will portray Ramone in the film, which will be made with the cooperation and support of Joey Ramone's estate and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by his brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will serve as an executive producer.
LIVE ALBUM WITH LACUNA COIL IN JUNE
Italian metal/rock veterans LACUNA COIL just announced the release of a new live album, entitled "Live From The Apocalypse", to be released on June 25 via Century Media Records.
The album is a recording from a special live stream in September 2020, where they performed their latest studio album, "Black Anima", in its entirety.
"Live From The Apocalypse" will be released on vinyl and CD, as well as a digital album. The physical album formats come with a bonus DVD featuring the footage of the original live stream.
NEW EP WITH SVARTA SANNINGAR IN MAY
SVARTA SANNINGAR, from Borås, Sweden, will release a new EP, "Kapitel 2", on May 21. It's an independent continuation of their debut EP, "Kapitel 1", from 2018.
Their music can be described as occult post rock with elements of goth and metal. It's a dark concept with influences from KENT, DEPECHE MODE, GHOST and OPETH.
The band features members of BESEECH and DEPRESSIVE ART among others.
APRIL 15, 2021
GEFLE METAL FESTIVAL POSTPONED AGAIN
This year's edition of Gefle Metal Festival will be postponed to 2022. "Due to the pandemic it won't be possible to arrange such a big event", they say.
The new dates will be July 14-16, 2022. All tickets will be valid for 2022, and the first confirmed bands for 2022 will be announced soon.
PUNK ILLEGAL POSTPONED TO 2022
The Swedish hardcore/punk festival Punk Illegal was supposed to come back this summer at Tyrolen in Alvesta, Sweden. But all events at Tyrolen has been canceled, so they have to postpone the festival to next year. Most of the confirmed bands has already agreed to participate next year instead, and they have also added 3 new to the lineup: HIATUS, CONTORTURE and BEYOND PINK.
NEW ALBUM WITH TRANSPORT LEAGUE IN AUGUST
Swedish groove metal veterans TRANSPORT LEAGUE will release a new album, titled "Kaiserschnitt", on August 27 via Mighty Music.
YET ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT LED ZEPPELIN
Penguin Press has set a November 9 release date for Bob Spitz's new book, "Led Zeppelin: The Biography".
APRIL 14, 2021
THE END A.D. TO RECORD NEW EP
Philadelphia hardcore/punk/metal band The END A.D. are going into the studio in June to record 5 new songs for a EP.
NEW LIVE RELEASE WITH TOTO IN JUNE
TOTO and The Players Club/Mascot Label Group have announced the global release of "With A Little Help From My Friends" on June 25. The performance captures one special night on November 21, 2020 when Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams and David Paich appeared with the new lineup of TOTO for a global event originating from Los Angeles, California.
Joining Lukather, Williams and Paich for this next chapter in their indelible history are new band members bassist John Pierce (HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS), drummer Robert "Sput" Searight (GHOST-NOTE, SNARKY PUPPY), and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora (ROBERT JON & THE WRECK). Keyboardist Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince, GHOST-NOTE) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the 15th incarnation of the TOTO lineup in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
The pre-order goes live today. Alongside LP pressings of the audio only, both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package are available. In the DVD and Blu-ray releases, a documentary is featured alongside the performance, featuring thoughts from all members of the band that appeared that evening.
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Sabotage"
In 1975 BLACK SABBATH released their 6th album "Sabotage". Now BMG pays tribute to the album with a Super Deluxe edition of the album.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on June 11 as a 4-CD set and a 4-LP set that includes the same music on 180-gram vinyl plus a bonus 7" with the single edit for "Am I Going Insane (Radio)" and "Hole In The Sky" on the flipside, with artwork replicating the very rare Japanese release of the single. The newly remastered version of the original album will be available via digital download and streaming services on the same day.
"Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition" also introduces 16 live tracks (13 of which are previously unreleased) that were recorded in 1975 during the quartet's U.S. tour for the album.
Also included in the package is a 1975 Madison Square Garden replica concert book and "Sabotage" 1975 tour color poster, among other things.
H.E.A.T SINGER ERIK GRÖNWALL GOT LEUKEMIA
Erik Grönwall, former singer for Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T, is currently at hospital, where he gets treatment against acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) since 3 weeks. In medical terms this means that his bone marrow generates immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. The disease is curable.
Read more here: facebook.com/heatsweden
DESTRUCTION SIGNS WITH NAPALM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION have signed with Napalm Records.
The band is currently working on a Blueray/CD release for this summer, and is also in the studio producing new demos for the upcoming album (release early 2022).
APRIL 13, 2021
EXODUS DRUMMER TOM HUNTING DIAGNOSED WITH SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
Tom Hunting, drummer for thrash veterans EXODUS, have been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It's a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in his upper stomach in February. His treatment start today.
Read more here: facebook.com/exodusattack
IRON MAIDEN POSTPONE EURO SUMMER TOUR TO 2022
IRON MAIDEN have announced that their European tour in June and July have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The "Legacy Of The Beast European Tour" will now take place in the Summer of 2022. All tickets remain valid.
New dates can be found here: ironmaiden.com
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON IN JUNE
Frontiers Music Srl will release the 4th album from TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18.
The new record features the following vocalists: James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE, CYRHA), Marina La Torraca (PHANTOM ELITE, EXIT EDEN), Brittney Slayes (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS), Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, ETERNAL IDOL), Caterina Nix (CHAOS MAGIC) and YouTube vocal star Pellek.
The first single from the album, "Master Of Hell", featuring up-and-coming Brazilian vocalist Raphael Mendes (ICON OF SIN), is out now: youtu.be/kz8qsWDNdD0
MICK JAGGER COLLABORATES WITH DAVE GROHL
Mick Jagger has collaborated with Dave Grohl on a new song called "Eazy Sleazy". Jagger wrote the track, with the ROLLING STONES frontman handling guitar and vocals, and the the FOO FIGHTERS leader playing drums, guitar and bass.
Listen here: youtu.be/MN9YLLQl7gE
APRIL 12, 2021
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES
British pub rock veterans EDDIE & THE HOT RODS will be playing here and there around the UK from mid-August until the end of October. Some of the shows will be together with 9 BELOW ZERO.
Dates here: facebook.com/TheHotRods
TOTO MOVE ALL CONFIRMED SHOWS TO 2022
TOTO has announced the band will push all confirmed appearances to 2022.
New dates etc. can be found here: facebook.com/totoband
AC/DC SINGER BRIAN JOHNSON TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Brian Johnson, AC/DC's legendary frontman, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, "The Lives Of Brian", on October 26.
The book will be published in the U.K. by Penguin Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House, by publishing director Rowland White. It will be published simultaneously in the U.S. by Dey Street Books, an imprint of the William Morrow Group at HarperCollins,.
APRIL 11, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES NEXT FRIDAY
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES will release another single, "Flaunt It", from their upcoming new album, "Power Trio".
The single will be released on Friday, April 16. The album will be released on August 27.
U.D.O. POSTPONE SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR
German heavy metal veterans U.D.O. have (for obvious reasons) announced new dates for South America. The tour will now happen in January instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
APRIL 10, 2021
CHEAP TRICK BASSIST TOM PETERSSON RECOVERING FROM OPEN HEART SURGERY
CHEAP TRICK bassist Tom Petersson has revealed that he is recovering from open-heart surgery.
More info: twitter.com/cheaptrick
APRIL 9, 2021
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE RESCHEDULE REUNION TOUR AGAIN
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has rescheduled its reunion tour for 2022.
The reunited quartet - Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford - was originally set to kick off its run of shows in March 2020, and then postponed it until 2021. The "Public Service Announcement" tour will now launch March 31, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. RUN THE JEWELS will provide support on the trek. Tickets will be honored for the postponed shows.
The upcoming tour will mark the first time RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has hit the road together since 2011.
Dates and tickets: tour.ratm.com
ANOTHER SINGLE WITH THE DICTATORS ON MONDAY
New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS will release a new single, "Let's Get The Band Back Together", on Monday, April 12.
A TRIBUTE TO ROKY ERICKSON
Light In The Attic Records has announced the first-ever posthumous tribute to the psychedelic horror rock luminary and pioneer Roky Erickson with "May The Circle Remain Unbroken: A Tribute To Roky Erickson".
Available July 17 as an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release, and with the full support of the Roky Erickson estate, this tribute to the late singer was produced by Bill Bentley (executive producer of the 1990 Erickson tribute album "Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye" on Sire Records) with associate producers Matt Sullivan (co-founder/co-owner of Light In The Attic Records) and Wyatt Bentley, with mastering by the Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin and design by Darryl Norsen. The release is complemented by a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos, liner notes by Bentley, and a bonus RSD-only flexi disc featuring an unreleased track, titled "Love Hieroglyphics", performed by Erickson circa the early 70s.
The participants range the whole world of modern music, and each chose one of Erickson's originals to stamp their own imprint on. Artists featured on "May The Circle Remain Unbroken" include: Lucinda Williams, Billy F Gibbons, The BLACK ANGELS, Margo Price, MOSSHART SEXTON (Alison Mosshart and Charlie Sexton), Neko Case, Mark Lanegan and Lynn Castle, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr. and Eve Monsees, Ty Segal, Chelsea Wolfe and Brogan Bentley.
Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019.
H.E.A.T RESCHEDULE AUSTRALIAN AND UK TOUR
Due to the ongoing issues with international border closures, the Australian tour with Swedish hard rockers H.E.A.T and CRAZY LIXX is postponed to September 2022. Existing tickets remain valid for the new dates.
The new dates are:
8 Sept - Sydney, Manning Bar
9 Sept - Melbourne, The Prince
10 Sept - Brisbane, The Zoo
11 Sept - Adelaide, The Gov
H.E.A.T have also rescheduled their UK tour with MASON HILL and COLLATERAL. That tour will now happen in October 2022, and tickets remain valid for the new dates.
..and the new dates for UK are:
Oct. 14 - Leeds, Warehouse
Oct. 15 - Wolverhampton, KK's Steel Mill
Oct. 16 - Swansea, Patti Pavilion
Oct. 17 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Oct. 18 - London, Electric Brixton
NAPALM DEATH REISSUES
UK grindcore pioneers NAPALM DEATH have recently signed a new deal with Century Media Records, extending the long-running co-operation between the parties once more.
Century Media Records are now making 2 of the group's albums from their ample catalogue available physically again in their standard versions: "Time Waits For No Slave" (2009) and "Utilitarian" (2012) will be released as LP on 180g vinyl and as Jewelcase CD on June 4.
APRIL 8, 2021
PHOTO BOOK COVERING DIO ERA OF BLACK SABBATH
Rufus Publications has announced the publication of "Sabbath: The Dio Years".
This new, coffee-table book from Rufus Publications creates a unique visual history of the Ronnie James Dio era of BLACK SABBATH, with rare and unseen photos from a range of photographers who worked closely with the band. The book has been created with the full co-operation of Wendy Dio and BLACK SABBATH band members. 3 different versions will be published, including signed editions.
The book should be out soon..
EX-KISS GUITARIST BRUCE KULICK ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM
Former KISS and current GRAND FUNK RAILROAD guitarist Bruce Kulick will host a livestream event later this month. Dubbed "Bruce Kulick Live In Las Vegas", the show will be filmed at the Marquee Club's Library inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will see Kulick joined by his wife Lisa, as well as his longtime collaborator Todd Kerns, who is best known as the bassist of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS. They will perform music from KISS along with songs made famous by ROLLING STONES, The BEATLES, The WHO, Elvis Presley and more.
Virtual tickets are on sale now, and the premiere is on April 16 at 9 p.m. ET. The show will be available for purchase and to enjoy until the end of April.
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES FOR RECORD STORE DAY
A 40th-anniversary cassette box set containing cassettes of MÖTLEY CRÜE's first 5 albums is among this year's Record Store Day Drops, set for June 12 and July 17 at independent record stores.
AC/DC will release a limited collector's edition 12" picture disc with the songs "Through The Mists Of Time" and "Witch's Spell", from the band's global chart-topping album "Power Up", housed in a PVC jacket with an OBI strip at the top.
ANTHRAX has also joined up with Record Store Day to release a limited-edition, custom mini-turntable, as well as a vinyl disc bundle consisting of 4 3" singles (sold separately). For the vinyl discs, the band reached way back into its rich catalogue for 4 favorites: "Madhouse", "I Am The Law", "Got The Time" and "Discharge".
There will also be releases with RAMONES, The CLASH, Joe Strummer, BEASTIE BOYS, BLACK SABBATH, MOTÖRHEAD, L7, Iggy Pop, HAWKWIND etc. And everything will be released on June 12.
For further details, visit: recordstoreday.com
APRIL 7, 2021
LASTKAJ 14 TO RELEASE SPLIT ALBUM WITH FRUKTANSVÄRLD
Swedish trallpunk veterans LASTKAJ 14 are going to release a split album with FRUKTANSVÄRLD. The album will be released through Second Class Kids Records both digitally and on vinyl.
The songs with LASTKAJ 14 will be released digitally in May, while the songs with FRUKTANSVÄRLD will be released in the fall/autumn, when the vinyl is released.
lastkaj14.com secondclasskids.com facebook.com/Fruktansvarld
NOICE TO RE-RELEASE "Tonårsdrömmar"
It's 40 years since the Swedish rock band NOICE got its breakthrough with the album "Tonårsdrömmar". Wild Kingdom/Sound Pollution will celebrate this with a very limited edition of the album on both CD and black vinyl, which will also include a English version of their hit song "En Kväll I Tunnelbanan" (previously just released in Western Germany).
Release date is June 11, and you can pre-order it here: soundpollution.se/sv/shop/f1/p/KING098CD
JUDAS PRIEST POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe, all European JUDAS PRIEST dates have been rescheduled to 2022. All tickets will remain valid for the new dates, which you can find here: judaspriest.com
However, the band's UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August, where they look forward to celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST and 20 years of Bloodstock.
THE DAMNED RESCHEDULE UK TOUR WITH ORIGINAL LINEUP
Punk rock legends The DAMNED have rescheduled the Original Line-Up UK tour to February 2022 and announced support acts The SKIDS, The WILDHEARTS, PENETRATION, TV Smith & The BORED TEENAGERS and SMALLTOWN TIGERS.
Dates and tickets: aegp.uk/Damned2021Tix
APRIL 6, 2021
THE DICTATORS GUITARIST SCOTT KEMPNER DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA
Scott Kempner, guitarist for New York punk rock veterans The DICTATORS, will be leaving the band due to health reasons. Scott has been diagnosed with early stage dementia.
MAYHEM TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCKHEIM HALL OF FAME
Norwegian black metal legends MAYHEM will be inducted into Rockheim Hall Of Fame. The band will be the only one who will receive a permanent place in the main exhibition in Trondheim. Therefore, they recreated the former rehearsal room that features instruments, posters, microphone stands and some interior that once belonged to the band.
The ceremony will take place in Trondheim in September this year.
GUNS N' ROSES RESCHEDULE EURO TOUR TO 2022
The European Summer dates with GUNS N' ROSES are now rescheduled to 2022. New dates added and new special guest: Gary Clark Jr. Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled dates.
More info: gunsnroses.com
ACCEPT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
ACCEPT are going on a European tour in the beginning of 2022 with special guests PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM.
The tour will start in Oberhausen, Germany on January 15, and will last until February 23.
For dates and more info, try 1 of these pages: acceptworldwide.com philcampbell.net flotstildeath.com
NEW ALBUM WITH LEE AARON IN JUNE
Canadian rock vocalist Lee Aaron will release her new album, "Rock On!", via Metalville Records on June 18.
APRIL 3, 2021
MUSKELROCK POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to obvious reasons the Muskelrock festival at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden has been canceled this year too. New date is June 3-5, 2022.
APRIL 1, 2021
SEX PISTOLS MEMBERS SUE EACH OTHER OVER ROYALTIES
SEX PISTOLS are in a new royalty dispute. Steve Jones (guitar) and Paul Cook (drums) have filed a suit against John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten, vocals) and Glen Matlock (bass). The Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants have breached a contract concerning royalties and have wrongfully withheld earnings.
The same reports states that while there was some talk of a reunion recently, those talks have now ended.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH SUPERGROUP CROWNE IN JUNE
CROWNE is a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album, "Kings In The North", will be released on June 18 through Frontiers Music Srl.
The band features vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), and drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). All guitar solos are played by Love Magnusson (DUNAZTY).
The second single, "Shoreline", is out today: youtu.be/GuvKbyt0bGw
BAD JOKES FOUND ON APRIL FIRST
NIGHTRAGE announce that they have split up (seems to be a tradition to announce that on April 1 according to 1 of many comments).
Swedish punk legends EBBA GRÖN is going to play live in Rågsved (Stockholm suburb) on Sunday, April 4 at 21:00. Only 8 people allowed and entrance is 800 Swedish kronor. Pretty obviously a joke.
Swedish heavy progressive metal band VOKONIS are going to do covers of Swedish schlager artist Carola Häggkvist's debut album, "Främling". Cover art will be drawn by no other than John Travolta, hahaha.
Death metal band SENTIENT HORROR has replaced the entire lineup with a cat.
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY says that their new album will be a rap album.
NEW ALBUM WITH AT THE GATES IN JULY
Swedish death metal legends AT THE GATES has set "The Nightmare Of Being" as the title of their new album, and the release date is July 2 via Century Media Records.
Pre-order will start on April 30.
MARCH 31, 2021
URIAH HEEP POSTPONE UK TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK and around the world, the URIAH HEEP UK tour due to take place in September/October 2021 will now take place in 2022. All tickets purchased for the original dates remain valid.
The dates have been rescheduled as follows..
Fri 30 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Mon 03 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Wed 05 London, The Palladium
Thu 06 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sat 08 Gateshead, Sage
Mon 10 Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Tue 11 Cardiff, St David's Hall
NEW ALBUM WITH POWERWOLF IN JULY
German heavy metal band POWERWOLF have set "Call Of The Wild" as the title of their new album, which will be released on July 9 via Napalm Records.
The band also plan to go on a European tour in October, which will start in Stuttgart on October 1, and will last until October 23 when they visit Hamburg.
OPETH RSSCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Swedish progressive metallers OPETH have been forced to push back their "Evolution XXX: By Request" European headline tour, originally planned for this October, to November 2022.
EX-MISFITS SINGER MICHALE GRAVES IN TROUBLE AGAIN
According to Reuters, former MISFITS singer Michale Graves could end up as a defense witness in the trial of 4 leaders of the Proud Boys, the pro-Donald Trump extremist group that participated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
Graves, who became a member of the Proud Boys last year, told Reuters he was asked by another member of the group to play some songs for a private concert planned for the afternoon of January 6. Although the concert never happened, lawyers representing Ethan "Rufio" Nordean, one of the defendants charged with conspiracy, said in a court filing that planning for such an event scheduled for a time when the riot actually was still taking place contradicted the notion that the group had a plan to "topple the government" that day.
Last year, Graves came under fire after announcing his vocal support of both the Proud Boys and then-President Donald Trump. And in a 2018 interview with Ammoland, Graves described himself as a "patriot".
MARCH 30, 2021
SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL POSTPONED TO 2022
Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden has decided to cancel this summer and try again on June 8-11, 2022.
More info at: swedenrock.com
MARCH 29, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH TIMO TOLKKI's AVALON IN JUNE
Timo Tolkki's AVALON will release a new album, "The Enigma Birth", on June 18 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single will be released on April 13.
MARCH 28, 2021
HYPOCRISY TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metallers HYPOCRISY has completed work on their new album. More details soon..
MARCH 27, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT ALICE COOPER IN MAY
Sonicbond Publishing has set a May 28 release date for "Alice Cooper In The 1970s" by Chris Sutton.
In the book, Sutton explores the story of ALICE COOPER the band and the solo performer from the early years through to the decadent end of the decade. It is the first book to offer a fully rounded approach to the Cooper phenomenon and give full credit to the musicians.
The book features interview material from key figures, including Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith from the original band, plus their session guitarist Mick Mashbir. From the solo Alice years in the 1970s, there is new material from Prakash John, John Tropea and Allan Schwartzberg. There are observations too from Ernie Cefalu, whose company Pacific Eye And Ear designed the album covers. Several other musicians, concert promoters and even the band's first roadie have also contributed their thoughts.
All of the albums and singles from "Don't Blow Your Mind" until "From The Inside" are examined in detail, along with related archive releases and songs that didn't make the cut.
MARCH 26, 2021
SIDE PROJECT WITH MEMBERS OF TOY DOLLS, CRASHED OUT AND THE PANIC REPORT
Olga (TOY DOLLS) have teamed up with Lee (CRASHED OUT) and Martin (The PANIC REPORT) for the side project MONKEY MIND. They have signed with Canadian label People of Punk Rock Records for the release of a new album.
NEW SOLO ALBUM WITH ZZ TOP's BILLY GIBBONS IN JUNE
"Hardware", the third solo album from ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4 by Concord Records.
The album's release is preceded by the release of the single "West Coast Junkie", which you can ckeck out here: youtu.be/thJrQIKWghQ
MARCH 25, 2021
QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody" REACHES DIAMOND STATUS IN USA
More than 4 decades after its release, QUEEN's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody" continues to reach new milestones. The iconic song has been officially certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States.
QUEEN is the first British band in music history to earn the diamond song award.
THE DAMNED POSTPONE JULY TOUR DATES TO FEBRUARY
With things as they are, British punk rock veterans The DAMNED have decided to move their tour dates in July to February 2022 instead. All tickets bought will be valid for these new dates, which will be announced on April 7.
BLITZKRIEG TO RE-RELEASE "Theatre Of The Damned"
NWOBHM legends BLITZKRIEG will have their 2007 album, "Theatre Of The Damned", re-released via Mighty Music on June 11.
The album will be available on 180gr vinyl (for the first time) in 3 different colors, CD (with 2 bonus tracks and i-Pod versions of "Escape From The Village" and "I'm Not Insane").
MARCH 24, 2021
NEW BOOK ABOUT URIAH HEEP EXAMINES THEIR MOST INFLUENTIAL DECADE
Sonicbond Publishing will release "Uriah Heep In The 1970s" from Steve Pilkington on March 25.
URIAH HEEP has now been active for a full 50 years. However, few would argue that their most influential period was from 1970 to 1980.
CANDLEMASS RELEASE SHOT
From today you can order the CANDLEMASS "Shot Of Doom" Solitude Violet Liquorice and Gallows Salty Liquorice at Systembolaget in Sweden. This is a test, only 1000 bottles of each.
Order here: systembolaget.se
RAMMSTEIN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to the expected ongoing event-bans and restrictions related to COVID-19, RAMMSTEIN are unfortunately forced to postpone the planned European Stadium Tour again.
The concerts are rescheduled to 2022. Unfortunately, some minor changes had to be made and the show in Belfast will be cancelled entirely. Tickets for Belfast will be refunded, all other tickets remain valid.
The band is using the time off to continue working on new songs.
Find more information at: ramm.st/europetour2022
MARCH 23, 2021
ROCK N ROLL SOCKS AND PILLOWS
Alcohol and chili sauce from rock bands are nothing unusual nowadays. But socks? And even pillows?
Both CHILDREN OF BODOM and The DAMNED are selling socks now. And WHITESNAKE have pillows for sale.
MONSTER MAGNET TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
MONSTER MAGNET's next album, "A Better Dystopia", will be a collection of 60s and 70s proto-metal and late-era psych obscurities covered by the heavy New Jersey rock veterans. The release date is May 21 via Napalm Records.
MARCH 22, 2021
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES CANCEL UK/EUROPEAN TOUR
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES - the rock band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry (AEROSMITH) and movie star Johnny Depp - have announced that they must cancel their rescheduled UK/European tour this Summer due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 travel restrictions. Full refunds will be honored through your original point of purchase.
HEWHOCANNOTBENAMED CANCEL UK TOUR
All HeWhoCannotBeNamed (The DWARVES) plans to tour the UK this summer have been cancelled.
MARCH 21, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ARTILLERY IN MAY
On May 7, Danish thrash veterans ARTILLERY will release its 10th full-length, "X", via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, the new single, "In Thrash We Trust", can be heard here: youtu.be/PAprfMOy3iY
HOMO MILITIA SINGER IS DEAD
Wojtek/Wojti, singer for Polish punk band HOMO MILITIA, has passed away.
I don't know much else..
MARCH 19, 2021
HAMMERFALL TO TOUR EUROPE WITH HELLOWEEN
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will release a new album in 2022, which will be followed by a huge European tour together with HELLOWEEN from March to May.
For dates and other info, visit one of these: hammerfall.net helloween.org
ANOTHER BEER WITH WOLF
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF will release another beer, Wolf Pale Moon Pilsner, which will be available through Systembolaget (that's where we get the strong stuff here in Sweden) on June 1.
The beer is brewed by Heavy Metale.
heavymetale.se facebook.com/officialwolf systembolaget.se
BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS AND THUNDERMOTHER CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN ROCK LATE SHOW
The people behind Sweden Rock Festival have announced Sweden Rock Late Show, a live stream from Sölvesborg, Sweden with live performances, interviews and other stuff.
Sweden Rock Late Show take place on March 26, and start at 20:00 CET. The bands that will play are Swedish hard rockers BOMBUS, ELECTRIC BOYS and THUNDERMOTHER. Each band will play for 20 minutes each, and tickets cost 249 Swedish kronor.
More info and tickets: swedenrock.com
MARCH 18, 2021
NEW INTERVIEW WITH N:A HOSPITALET
New interview here at Hard Rock Info. This time with the Swedish punk rock band N:A HOSPITALET. Once again in Swedish (but you can always try Google Translate, the result will probably not be perfect though).
Click here to read it
MARCH 17, 2021
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH KANSAS IN MAY
Legendary progressive rock band KANSAS will release their new live album, "Point of Know Return Live & Beyond", on May 28 via InsideOutMusic. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, triple 180-gram vinyl + 2 CD box-set, and digitally.
Pre-order starts on March 26, and you can ckeck out a teaser here: youtu.be/6s0kt7BfadM
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST GILBY CLARKE IN APRIL
Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke will release his new solo album, "The Gospel Truth", on April 23 via Golden Robot Records.
MARCH 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH YNGWIE MALMSTEEN IN JULY
Yngwie Malmsteen has announced that he will release a new studio album called "Parabellum" in July.
ASOCIAL PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER
Swedish hardcore/punk veterans ASOCIAL has parted ways with their drummer Johan.
MARCH 15, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH PRINS SVART ON FRIDAY
Swedish retro hard rockers PRINS SVART will release another single, "De Odödliga", from their new album, "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23.
The single will be released on Friday, March 19, and you pre-save it here: presave.io/t/theimmortals
NEW ALBUM WITH SKARLETT RIOT IN MAY
British modern metal band SKARLETT RIOT will release their new album, "Invicta", on May 7 via Despotz Records.
MARCH 14, 2021
BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER BILL WARD IS WORKING ON AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Original BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has confirmed that he is working on an autobiography.
The 72-year-old rocker revealed his plan to tell his life story in book form during a March 12 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk".
MARCH 13, 2021
NEW EP WITH CORNERS OF SANCTUARY
Philadelphia's New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal band CORNERS OF SANCTUARY has released a new 4-track EP, titled "Blood And Steel: Volume One". And it's available here: smarturl.it/7sbflp
MARCH 12, 2021
EX-SABATON GUITARIST THOBBE ENGLUND JOIN CIVIL WAR
Former SABATON and RAUBTIER guitarist, and solo artist since a few years, Thobbe Englund has joined Swedish heavy metal band CIVIL WAR. The band is currently working on a new album.
Thobbe replace Rikard, who left the band in February.
THE EXPLOITED DRUMMER WULLIE BUCHAN HAD A HEART ATTACK
Wullie Buchan, drummer for Scottich punk legends The EXPLOITED (and brother of frontman Wattie), had a heart attack last night. He is now at hospital.
MARCH 11, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH HELLOWEEN IN JUNE
The new album with German power metal legends HELLOWEEN will be self titled, and the release date is June 18 via Nuclear Blast. Pre-order begin on March 26.
NEW SINGLE WITH 23 TILL IN APRIL
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans 23 TILL will release the new single "Ännu Ekar Ropen" on digital platforms on April 9.
GBH ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR SWEDEN
British punk legends GBH has rescheduled their 4 tour dates in Sweden. The new dates are these:
Dec. 8 - Hus 7, Stockholm (w/ VÄRLDEN BRINNER and SLAGGPRODUKT)
Dec. 9 - Musikens Hus, Göteborg (w/ FREDAG DEN 13:E and UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE)
Dec. 10 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad (w/ AVSKUM and BOMBFORS)
Dec. 11 - Plan B, Malmö (w/ HÅRDA TIDER and TRENCH)
NEW SONG WITH EASY ACTION
The "That Makes One" lineup of Swedish melodic hard rock band EASY ACTION has released their first new song, "Dazed", in 35 years.
Check it out: youtu.be/XVh7PQ0Ubx0
The lineup includes former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello and famous Swedish pop singer Tommy Nilsson among others.
OZZY/BLACK SABBATH DRUMMER TOMMY CLUFETOS GOT A NEW BAND
TOMMY'S ROCKTRIP is drummer Tommy Clufetos's (Ozzy Osbourne, BLACK SABBATH) new hard rock outfit, where he offers his take on the rock n roll influences that made him one of the most sought-after drummers in the current hard rock scene. The debut album, "Beat Up By Rock 'N' Roll", will arrive on May 7 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Eric Dover, known for singing and playing guitar with JELLYFISH, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT and Alice Cooper, handles lead vocals on the LP (though Tommy grabs the mic for 3 tracks). Eliot Lorengo (bass), Hank Schneekluth (guitar) and Nao Nakashima (guitar) round out the supporting cast.
The official music video for the disc's first single, "Got To Play Some Rock N Roll", is available now: youtu.be/-TrRiViGaA8
MARCH 10, 2021
SCORPIONS RESCHEDULE SIN CITY NIGHTS
The SCORPIONS Sin City Nights Vegas Residency dates May 8-30, 2021 at Zappos Theater in Las Vegas have been rescheduled to March 26 to April 16, 2022.
Special guest on these dates will be QUEENSRŸCHE.
More info: facebook.com/Scorpions or facebook.com/ZapposTheater or facebook.com/QueensrycheOfficial
NEW ALBUM WITH DANKO JONES IN AUGUST
Canadian hard rock trio DANKO JONES has set "Power Trio" as the title of their new album, which will be released on August 27.
NEW VIDEO WITH JIMMY BLOM (your editor) - "BOMB"
Check it out here: youtu.be/PN_HfqZ-2xk
MARCH 9, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH NIGHTRAGE IN A FEW WEEKS
Greek/Swedish melodic death metal veterans NIGHTRAGE will release a new single, "Abyss Rising", on March 26 via Despotz Records.
The song is the first single from their upcoming album.
You can pre-save the single here: despotz.ffm.to/abyssrising
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH ALCATRAZZ
Long-running British hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL has announced a UK tour with ALACTRAZZ in the end of the year.
More info here: facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial or facebook.com/alcatrazzband
MARCH 8, 2021
SOLO ALBUM WITH 220 VOLT DRUMMER PETER HERMANSSON
Peter Hermansson, drummer for Swedish hard rock veterans 220 VOLT, will release a solo album, "Second Glance", on April 16 through GMR Records. The first single will be out soon..
RANDY RHOADS PHOTO BOOK BY ROSS HALFIN
Legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin has teamed up with Rufus Publications for the publication of "Randy Rhoads By Ross Halfin", a celebration of one of the most influential hard rock/heavy metal guitarists of all time. This extensive photo book features many classic and unseen shots of the former Ozzy Osbourne and QUIET RIOT guitarist chosen by Ross from his personal archive.
ENTOMBED SINGER L-G PETROV IS DEAD
Swedish death metal singer L-G Petrov (Lars-Göran Petrov) has died after a period of illness due to cancer. He died on Sunday night (March 7), and was just 49 years old.
L-G was the singer in ENTOMBED/ENTOMBED A.D., NIHILIST and FIRESPAWN among others.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF NIFELHEIM, NECROPHOBIC AND CRYPTOSIS
IN APHELION is a new band with Sebastian Ramstedt (vocals/guitar), Johan Bergebäck (guitar) - both with a background in NECROPHOBIC and NIFELHEIM - and Marco Prij (drums) from CRYPTOSIS.
The band's debut album will be released in the end of 2021 on Edged Circle Productions. The music is black metal with elements of heavy and thrash metal.
Check out "Let The Beast Run Wild" for a first taste: youtu.be/1B1YxfXdZ2U
MARCH 7, 2021
RÖVSVETT TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish hardcore/punk legends RÖVSVETT are rehearsing on new material, and will enter the studio in the fall/winter to record their 6th LP, with the working title "Småland".
EX-GUNS N' ROSES DRUMMER MATT SORUM's AUTOBIOGRAPHY TO ARRIVE IN SEPTEMBER
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum's long-awaited autobiography, "Double Talkin' Jive: True Rock 'N' Roll Stories From The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses, The Cult, And Velvet Revolver", will now arrive on September 7, 2021 via Rare Bird Books after being delayed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MARCH 6, 2021
HELLOWEEN POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2021
In the best interest of everyone's health and safety, HELLOWEEN have to postpone their European tour again. As we all know, touring is currently not possible. So in order to guarantee a proper execution of the tour, they decided to postpone until spring 2022.
The band is working on the rescheduled dates and will announce them shortly.
It seems like they are close to announcing some other big news soon..
NEW ALBUM WITH EX-ACCEPT GUITARIST HERMAN FRANK
Former ACCEPT and VICTORY guitarist Herman Frank will release a new solo album, "Two For A Lie", on May 21 via AFM Records.
The first single, "Eye Of The Storm", is out now.
You can pre-order the album here: shop.afm-records.de/herman-frank
MARCH 5, 2021
ROCK IN RIO POSTPONED TO 2022
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rock In Rio has been forced to cancel the 2021 editions of its festivals in both Lisbon, Portugal in June and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in late September. Both have been rescheduled for 2022, with the dates for Brazil being September 2-4 and September 8-11, 2022, and for Portugal June 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2022.
This marks Rock In Rio's second postponement in a row as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
ALEXI LAIHO's CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
Alexi Laiho's cause of death has been revealed. According to his former SINERGY bandmate Kimberly Goss, to whom he was still legally married at the time of his passing, the former CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman died of "alcohol-induced degeneration of the liver and pancreas connective tissue." Furthermore, Laiho had a cocktail of painkillers, opioids and insomnia medication in his system.
Alexi passed away on December 29, 2020 in his home in Helsinki, Finland. The 41-year-old had reportedly suffered from long-term health issues leading up to his death.
CANDLEMASS TO RELEASE "Green Valley Live"
Following a year where most live activity has not been possible, "Green Valley Live" features CANDLEMASS' "lockdown" session (their only 2020 show, and first ever live streamed event), with the line-up of Johan Längqvist (vocals), Mats Björkman (guitar), Lars Johansson (guitar), Leif Edling (bass) and Jan Lindh (drums). The release contains numerous classics and others from the band's legendary first 4 albums, as well as "Astorolus" from the band's latest opus.
"Green Valley Live" will be released as CD/DVD and double gatefold vinyl on May 7.
More info and pre-order links here: facebook.com/candlemass
G.B.H. ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk veterans G.B.H. have announced a European tour in November and December this year.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/GBH.official
TOY DOLLS POSTPONE UK DATES TO 2022
English fun punk veterans TOY DOLLS were supposed to go on a 4-date tour in UK in September. These shows have now been postponed to September 2022.
More info here: facebook.com/TheToyDollsOfficial
PUNK ILLEGAL ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Swedish festival Punk Illegal have announced 4 more bands: IDIOT IKON, SVÄRTA, SWORDWIELDER and VIDRO.
Confirmed since earlier are: MEANWHILE, AXE RASH, ŚMIERĆ, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS, VICIOUS IRENE, WARCOLLAPSE etc.
The festival will (hopefully) take place at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
MARCH 4, 2021
NEW SINGLE WITH DANKO JONES
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will release a new single, "I Want Out", on March 12.
Scroll down for more news from the band..
NEW SINGLE WITH THUNDERMOTHER NEXT WEEK
Swedish hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER will release a new single, "The Road Is Ours", on March 11. Pre-save the single here: backl.ink/144776042
But that's not all.. In May they will release "Heat Wave Deluxe Edition" - A double album on both CD and vinyl with their latest album, "Heat Wave", as well as an extra disc with 10 previously unreleased tracks. Pre-order the album here: afm.fanlink.to/HeatWaveDeluxeEdition
NEW YORK CONCERT VENUES ALLOWED TO REOPEN IN APRIL
Starting on April 2, concerts in New York state will be allowed to resume at 33% capacity, with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, and a requirement that all attendees wear masks and be socially distanced. According to The New York Times, those limits would be increased - to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors - if all attendees test negative before entering.
Because of the state's order that venues require social distancing and mask-wearing, some promoters and venue operators say that reopening simply isn't economically feasible.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR FINLAND AND RUSSIAN DATES
The Finnish tour dates with Hank Von Hell, that was supposed to happen in April, will now take place in October instead.
The new dates are:
Oct. 15 - Zrock Festival, Hempele
Oct. 16 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
Oct. 17 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
Before the Finnish shows, Hank will go to Russia on the following dates:
Oct. 12 - 16 Tonns, Moscow
Oct. 13 - Mod, St. Petersburg
MARCH 3, 2021
NEW SWEDISH ALL-STAR BAND WITH MEMBERS OF EUROPE, H.E.A.T, THE POODLES AND ART NATION
CROWNE is the name of a new Swedish melodic hard rock supergroup whose debut album will be released this summer through Frontiers Music Srl. The band is comprised of vocalist Alexander Strandell (ART NATION), guitarist/keyboardist/producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (EUROPE), drummer Christian Lundqvist (The POODLES). The album also features Love Magnusson (DYNAZTY) providing guitar solos.
The first single, "Mad World", is out now: orcd.co/crownemadworld
A FIRST LOOK AT SEX PISTOLS LIMITED SERIES
The first look at "Pistol", a 6-episode limited series about the legendary SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones, is available at Rolling Stone.
Based on Jones's 2018 memoir "Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol", the series from Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, who also serves as executive producer and director, was created by Craig Pearce and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Jones, Boyle and Pearce serve as executive producers alongside Gail Lyon, Anita Camarata, Tracey Seaward, Paul Lee, Hope Hartman and Wiip. The series is produced by FX Productions.
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCE LIVESTREAM FROM LAS VEGAS
On March 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will take part in a one-night only exclusive livestream event - complete with full, live band - from the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets can be purchased at yngwie.veeps.com
BOTH STUDIO AND LIVE ALBUM FROM KEE MARCELLO's NEW BAND OUT OF THIS WORLD
The new band OUT OF THIS WORLD - with Kee Marcello (EUROPE), Tommy Heart (FAIR WARNING), Ken Sandin and Darby Todd - will release both a studio album and a live album. Both albums is expected to ship in May. Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE etc.) play keyboards on 4 of the songs.
You can pre-order and get more info here.
TEXAS AND MISSISSIPPI TO ALLOW CONCERT VENUES TO REOPEN AT FULL CAPACITY
Texas and Mississippi are both lifting their mask mandates and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the states to 100%. This means that social gatherings, including at sports stadiums, concert halls and other large venues, will be allowed in Texas and Mississippi without any restrictions.
Effective March 10, all businesses in Texas will be allowed to open at full capacity for the first time in nearly a year, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
Iowa and Montana recently lifted statewide mask mandates, while Massachusetts is completely lifting capacity limits on indoor dining, and allowing concert venues to open at 50% capacity.
MARCH 2, 2021
TAPES WITH EYEHATEGOD AND PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS
There's a new French label called Birth Ritual Records, created on the ashes of respected and revered Deadlight record label, who was active from 2008 to 2020 and released almost 80 albums.
The first release on the new label is a cassette version of the new EYEHATEGOD album, "A History Of Nomadic Behavior", under licence from Century Media Records. This tape will be released on April 9.
The second release will be a cassette with PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, "Walk Through Exits Only". Release date will be announced soon.
You can pre-order EYEHATEGOD and get more details at: birthritual.fr
SPIDERS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
Swedish retro rockers SPIDERS have announced a few tour dates in Germany, which will take place in March 2022.
The dates can be found here: facebook.com/wearespiders
MARCH 1, 2021
DANKO JONES ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE STREAM
Canadian hard rocking trio DANKO JONES will celebrate their 25th anniversary with 2 live stream shows - March 12 (North American live stream) and March 13 (European live stream). You will be able to tune in to both shows from anywhere in the world. Tickets and information is available at: eventrbrite.ca and dankojones.com
NO DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER
UK's Download Festival will not take place this year. New date is June 10-12, 2022. Headliners will be KISS, IRON MAIDEN and BIFFY CLYRO.
More info: downloadfestival.co.uk
DORO AND MICHAEL MONROE CONFIRMED FOR STOCKHOLM ROCK OUT
Stockholm Rock Out return after a 11-year hiatus. The festival will take place on December 18 at Fållan in Stockholm, Sweden.
Confirmed artists are: DORO, Michael Monroe, CRASHDÏET, CRAZY LIXX, Chez Kane and DONNA CANNONE.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 3.
FEB. 28, 2021
WOLF WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL
Swedish heavy metal band WOLF are currently working on new songs for their next album. Recording will start this spring.
FEB. 27, 2021
EX-MONTROSE SINGER ROBERT JAMES IS DEAD
Vocalist Robert "Bob" James, best known for his work with the band MONTROSE, has died from stomach ulcer complications. He was reportedly 68 years old.
FEB. 26, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH THE END MACHINE IN APRIL
The END MACHINE, featuring 2 members of the classic DOKKEN lineup - George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass) - along with former LYNCH MOB and current WARRANT singer Robert Mason, will release its sophomore album, "Phase2", on April 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The official music video for the disc's first single, "Blood And Money", can be seen here: youtu.be/Ts2mJ2JPyek
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF "The Who Sell Out"
In December 1967 THE WHO released the album "The Who Sell Out". Now a Super Deluxe Edition of the album will be released, featuring 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by guitarist Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) and Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy club manager).
The Super Deluxe Edition will be released on April 23.
More info at: thewho.com
ANOTHER LED ZEPPELIN BOOK
Omnibus Press has set a September 9 release date for "Evenings With Led Zeppelin: The Complete Concert Chronicle (Revised And Expanded Edition)".
The book chronicles the 500-plus appearances LED ZEPPELIN made throughout its career. From its earliest gig in a Denmark school gymnasium on September 7, 1968, through to the last gig that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones ever performed with John Bonham, in Berlin on July 7, 1980, this is the LED ZEPPELIN story told from where their legend was forged - on stage.
NEW ALBUM WITH CHELSEA IN MAY
British punk rock veterans CHELSEA will release their 12th studio album, "Meanwhile Gardens", on May 28.
The album also includes guest apperances from former members of CHELSEA.
GRASPOP METAL MEETING POSTPONED TO 2022
Belgian metal festival Graspop Metal Meeting has been postponed to 2022.
More info here: graspop.be
KISS ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
KISS are going to Australia in November/December. Fan Club pre-sale begins today (Feb. 26) at kissonline.com, where you can find all the dates etc. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, March 5.
FEB. 25, 2021
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS FROM THE STOOGES, PENTAGRAM AND TESTORS
There's a band called The LIMIT, consisting of members of legendary proto-punks The STOOGES, doom rock legends PENTAGRAM, legendary New York City punk originators TESTORS and infamous Portuguese metal band DAWNRIDER. Their new album, "Caveman Logic", will be released on April 9 via Svart Records.
Check out the song "Kitty Gone": youtu.be/v2xqt_N1L_o
NEW COMPILATION WITH TYGERS OF PAN TANG IN MAY
On May 28 TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release their new album, "Majors & Minors", via Mighty Music.
The album features a selection of songs that were written and recorded over the last 13 years. The CD version of the compilation includes "Plug Me In", never released on CD, a new orchestral version of "Spoils of War", "What You Say" never released in an album format before. Furthermore, a live version of "Keeping Me Alive", recorded in 2018, will grace the vinyl format of "Majors & Minors".
TRACII GUNS AND MICHAEL SWEET TEAM UP IN SUNBOMB
SUNBOMB is a new musical alliance between Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) and Michael Sweet (STRYPER). They have put together a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST with Tracii's love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal.
The band's debut album, "Evil And Divine", is out May 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.
For a first taste of the album, watch the lyric video for the first single, "No Tomorrows": youtu.be/s9qF1ehswQI
DENY TO RELEASE SPLIT EP WITH CHØRNOBYL
Swedish hardcore/punk bands DENY and CHØRNOBYL will release a split EP. Physical release on March 12, digital releaase on March 26. The EP will be released by Flyktsoda, Phobia Records, Dark Elk Vinyl, TWYB Records and Cramada.
THE RETURN OF BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD
MTV's seminal, Gen X-defining "Beavis And Butt-Head" about 2 cartoon teenagers famous for their nasally laughs and love of heavy metal, will return with an all-new movie on Paramount+.
Announcement from the boys: https://youtu.be/QNgR62hMATk
RIVAL SONS LAUNCH THEIR OWN RECORD LABEL
RIVAL SONS has announced the launch of its very own label, Sacred Tongue Recordings, with distribution through Thirty Tigers.
The band recently regained the master rights to several of its early releases, and will reintroduce them to the world by first remastering their independent full-length debut LP, "Before The Fire" (2009), and self-titled EP "Rival Sons" (2010), on all DSPS, CD and vinyl - for the first time - on March 26.
Limited-edition vinyl variants are available for pre-order at: sacredtonguerecordings.com
FEB. 24, 2021
DUFF McKAGAN PRE-GUNS N' ROSES BAND TO RELEASE ALBUM FROM 1982
Seattle punk pioneers The LIVING, featuring iconic multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Duff McKagan, are sharing their debut recording for the first time. "The Living: 1982" is set for release on April 16 via the Seattle-based Loosegroove Records, a label owned by fellow Seattle luminaries Stone Gossard (PEARL JAM) and Regan Hagar (SATCHEL, BRAD).
The LIVING featured a 17-year-old McKagan on guitar, frontman/vocalist John Conte, Todd Fleischman on bass, and Greg Gilmore (MOTHER LOVE BONE) on drums.
Check out "Two Generation Stand" from the album: youtu.be/MQxcB0NGsig
NEW INTERVIEW WITH THE QUILL
A new interview with Swedish heavy hard rockers The QUILL is available here. Only in Swedish.
NEW SONG WITH THE BUSINESS
In 2016, Micky Fitz, lead singer of British Oi! punks The BUSINESS passed away after battling cancer. Since then, the remainder of the band performed 2 shows with guest singers as a tribute to Fitz. Recently, the band released their first new track since the passing of Fitz.
"You Know My Name" features co-founder Steve Kent and "classic era members" Steve Whale and Micky Fairbairn.
You can see a video for the track here: youtu.be/64W0RPI85TI
FEB. 23, 2021
HEART's NANCY WILSON TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
HEART's Nancy Wilson will release her debut solo album, "You And Me", on May 7 via Carry On Music.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE USA TOUR DATES
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has announced some tour dates in USA, which will take place in September, October, November 2021. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 26.
On this tour he will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the QUEENSRŸCHE albums "Empire" and "Rage For Order".
Dates and tickets: geofftate.com
SYSTEM OF A DOWN RESCHEDULE L.A. SHOWS WITH KORN AND FAITH NO MORE
SYSTEM OF A DOWN has rescheduled their concerts at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles from May to October 22 and 23. KORN, FAITH NO MORE, HELMET and RUSSIAN CIRCLES will also play at these concerts.
For more information, visit: livenation.com/refund or systemofadown.com
AEROSMITH RESCHEDULE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Due to current conditions and for the safety of their fans, the AEROSMITH 2021 European Tour has been rescheduled to 2022.
More info: aerosmith.com
FEB. 20, 2021
NO HELLFEST THIS YEAR
This year's edition of Hellfest has been officially canceled after the French government culture ministry said summer events would be allowed to go ahead - but with a limit of 5,000 people, all whom must remain seated, to meet COVID-19 restrictions.
The Union of Contemporary Music (SMA), which represents festivals, concert venues and producers, said late Thursday that the figure had been agreed at a meeting with culture minister Roselyne Bachelot.
Hellfest, which drew 180,000 people in 2019, generally features a lineup which is 90 percent made up of international acts and 20 percent of spectators coming from abroad. As a result, organizers felt they had little choice but to call off this year's event.
FEB. 19, 2021
CANDLEMASS POSTPONE STOCKHOLM SHOWS ONCE AGAIN
Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS has once again rescheduled their 2 shows at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden. The concerts will now take place on September 3 (performing the entire "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album) and September 4 (performing the entire "Nightfall" album).
MORE MUSIC WITH GARY MOORE IN THE FUTURE
Jack Moore, the son of Belfast-born guitar legend Gary Moore, has confirmed that his father was working on new, heavier rock material, before his tragic passing almost 10 years ago. Now Jack and his family intend to let fans hear the unreleased music. When and how the music will be released is currently unknown.
But in related news, Mascot Label Group/Provogue will issue a new album on April 30 featuring previously unreleased material from Gary Moore. "How Blue Can You Get" contains a total of 8 songs - 4 original tracks plus 4 tunes which were previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and B.B. King.
Official visualizer for the track "In My Dreams": youtu.be/7dIG2as9jLc
FEB. 18, 2021
LEEWAY SINGER EDDIE SUTTON BATTLING LUNG CANCER
Singer Eddie Sutton of the legendary New York hardcore/metal act LEEWAY is battling stage 3 adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of lung cancer. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Eddie deal with the cost of treatment: gofundme.com/f/eddie-leeways-fight-with-cancer
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE NORWEGIAN TOUR DATES
Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate are going on a short 4-date tour in Norway in February 2022. Special guest will be GHOST AVENUE.
For dates and tickets, go to: geofftate.com
FEB. 17, 2021
"Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76" TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
On April 9, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release "Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live At Knebworth '76" as a DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, limited edition 2LP+DVD, and digital video, capturing the band's historic performance in England on August 21, 1976.
Featuring the legendary lineup of Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Leon Wilkeson, Artimus Pyle, Billy Powell and The HONKETTES, this set was part of a daylong festival which also boasted the likes of Todd Rundgren's UTOPIA, 10CC and headliners The ROLLING STONES.
This footage, originally only available via the 1996 film "Freebird...The Movie", was intercut with interviews and other performance footage. Now "Live At Knebworth '76" presents the pure concert experience in its entirety, delivering the show as it happened that day.
PUNK ROCK BOWLING ANNOUNCE NEW DATE
Punk Rock Bowling has announced the new dates for their 2021 festival, and the first wave of bands.
The festival will now take place September 24-26, 2021 at the DLVEC/Downtown Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. All previously purchased 3-day tickets will remain valid for the new dates and refunds are also available. Single day tickets will be automatically refunded.
DEVO, NOFX, CIRCLE JERKS, The LAWRENCE ARMS, PROPAGANDHI and MUNICIPAL WASTE are among the bands confirmed for the new dates. The full line-up will be announced in April, and information about the single day tickets and after party announcements will be in the spring.
More info here: punkrockbowling.com
THUNDERMOTHER KEEP ON ROLLING
Swedish hard rocking chicks THUNDERMOTHER will continue to tour around Europe in April, May and June. All shows have very limited capacities and Covid-19 regulations.
The headline tour that was supposed to happen in September 2020, will now happen in December 2021 instead.
Dates and more updates here: facebook.com/thundermother
BOOK ABOUT RONNIE JAMES DIO IN JULY
Ronnie James Dio's long-awaited autobiography, titled "Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography", will finally be released on July 27 via Permuted Press.
FEB. 16, 2021
ANGELUS APATRIDA NO. 1 IN SPAIN
Spanish thrash metal band ANGELUS APATRIDA are number 1 on the Spainish official chart with their latest self titled masterpiece.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH MOTÖRHEAD IN APRIL
MOTÖRHEAD will release "Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin" via Silver Lining Music on April 23. It will be available on CD with bonus DVD, double vinyl, and limited-edition boxset.
The concert was recorded on December 5, 2012, at the Berlin Velodrom.
Check out "Over The Top" from the album: youtu.be/Fs2NVHLOW8E
Pre-order the album: smarturl.it/MHLOUDERTHANNOISE
TYGERS OF PAN TANG ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR 2022
NWOBHM veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced a few tour dates in UK in February 2022.
DIAMOND HEAD RESCHEDULE UK TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty whether venues will be allowed to open at full capacity, NWOBHM veterans DIAMOND HEAD have had to make the decision to postpone their UK tour until 2022. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
FEB. 15, 2021
SINGER STU BLOCK AND BASSIST LUKE APPLETON HAS LEFT ICED EARTH
ICED EARTH singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their departure from the band.
Block and Appleton's resignations from ICED EARTH come a month after guitarist Jon Schaffer was arrested for his role in last month's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Just hours after Stu Block and Luke Appleton announced their departures from the band, guitarist Jake Dreyer said that he has distanced himself from the band, and is now focused solely on his other group WITHERFALL.
NEW BAND WITH MEMBERS OF OBITUARY AND THE ABSENCE
Florida death metal veteran Terry Butler (OBITUARY, DEATH, MASSACRE, SIX FEET UNDER) has joined forces with Jeramie Kling (VENOM INC., The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on drums/vocals and Taylor Nordberg (The ABSENCE, GOREGÄNG) on guitar to form INHUMAN CONDITION. The trio is currently in the studio at Kling and Nordberg's own Smoke & Mirrors Productions in Spring Hill, Florida finishing up the group's debut album.
A teaser video featuring a demo mix of a song can be viewed here: youtu.be/0g8i39WxG5g
EDDIE VAN HALEN PHOTO BOOK TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE
Ross Halfin and Rufus Publications have announced the publication of "Edward Van Halen By Ross Halfin", a 320-page photo book featuring many classic and unseen shots chosen by Ross from his personal archive together with an exclusive introduction from Edward's friend and fellow player Tony Iommi. Respected journalist Mark Blake provides a career essay on Van Halen's hugely successful career.
"Edward Van Halen By Ross Halfin" will ship in June.
THE WHO CANCEL UK/IRELAND TOUR
Unfortunately, THE WHO's forthcoming UK and Ireland tour, booked for March 2021, has now been cancelled. Customers can contact their point of purchase regarding refunds.
FEB. 12, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH BLISTERHEAD IN MAY
Swedish punk rockers BLISTERHEAD are going to release a new album, "The Stormy Sea", on May 27 through Laketown Records, AOS Records, Liberty Or Death Records and Punkebjartes Punkeplater.
facebook.com/Blisterhead laketown-records.de facebook.com/Liberty-or-Death-Records-107246577897753 a-o-s.info
SPLIT EP WITH THE BRISTLES AND KRIMTÄNK
Pike Records will release a split 7" EP with Swedish raw punk bands The BRISTLES and KRIMTÄNK on February 26.
Order from: email@example.com
NEW ALBUM WITH HARDCORE SUPERSTAR LATER THIS YEAR
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have signed a deal with Golden Robot Records for Australia, New Zealand, South America, USA and Canada. The band's new album will be released later this year.
THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE GERMAN TOUR
UK rock n roll veterans The QUIREBOYS plan to do 6 dates in Germany in March 2022, with special guests TWISTER and LORD BISHOP ROCKS.
More info here: facebook.com/quireboys
STEVE IGNORANT FROM CRASS RESCHEDULE UK TOUR
Former CRASS singer Steve Ignorant has rescheduled his upcoming UK tour to 2022.
More info here: facebook.com/steveignorantofficial
NEW SINGLE WITH THE DRIPPERS
Swedish action rockers The DRIPPERS release a new single, "Stuck With You", today.
Stream it here: orcd.co/stuckwithyou
FEB. 11, 2021
MOTÖRHEAD COLLABORATES WITH CYCLEWEAR STUDIO
Cyclewear studio Milltag will release their latest in a long line of musical collaborations. This time it is with rock legends MOTÖRHEAD. Featuring the famous "War Pig" logo, the collection features a jersey, cap and snood.
The range is available for pre-order via the Milltag website for a limited time (ending March 5) for delivery in May. Each collection features a full kit of: cap, jersey, snood.
NEW SINGLE WITH CHARTA 77 TOMORROW, NEW ALBUM SOON
Swedish melodic punk rock veterans CHARTA 77 will release a new single, "Från Slagfältet", on Friday, February 12. It's a taste of their new album, "URD", which will be released sometime in April/May.
The album will be the third and last album in a trilogy. All 3 albums - "Skuld", "Verdan-Di" and "URD" - will be released in a box set, titled "Ödesboxen", which will also include a 4th album, "Post", with leftover material.
FEB. 10, 2021
PRIMAL FEAR ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Heavy metal band PRIMAL FEAR have announced the rescheduled tour dates for 2021/2022. Special guests will be BURNING WITCH, and opening act are SCARLET AURA.
The tour will kick off in Germany on September 14, and will end in Spain on February 6 next year.
For dates etc., try: primalfear.de
EP WITH BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT IN APRIL
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, will release an EP, "Paint The Sky With Blood", on April 23 via Napalm Records. The effort was recorded in Finland back in 2020 and was meant to be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. Sadly, that chapter ended far too soon with the December 29 passing of Laiho.
NEW SINGLE WITH PONTUS SNIBB'S WRECK OF BLUES
Swedish blues rockers PONTUS SNIBB'S WRECK OF BLUES will release a new single, "My Kind Of Thing", on digital platforms via Rootsy Music on February 26.
IRON MAIDEN, NEW YORK DOLLS AND RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE AMONG NOMINEES FOR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME
IRON MAIDEN, NEW YORK DOLLS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, FOO FIGHTERS, Tina Turner, DEVO and Todd Rundgren are among the nominees for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's class of 2021. The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall.
Further details: rockhall.com
ELECTRIC BOYS ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS are going on a short 4-date tour in Sweden and Norway in September. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Feb. 11), and the exclusive dates are:
Sept. 10 - Babel, Malmö, Swe
Sept. 11 - Valand, Göteborg, Swe
Sept. 17 - Krøsset, Oslo, Nor
Sept. 18 - Vasateatern, Stockholm, Swe (w/ BLACK PAISLEY)
A new album with ELECTRIC BOYS, titled "Ups!de Down", will be released on April 30 via Mighty Music.
facebook.com/electricboys triffidanddanger.se mightymusic.dk
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT POSTPONE EURO TOUR TO 2022
Following a sensational run across Asia and Oceania last winter, QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT were originally set to rock Europe in summer 2020. But during the band's spring break, however, the coronavirus outbreak left them no choice but to prioritize the safety of fans, crew and venue staff by postponing the dates until 2021.
Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic still far from resolved, the band is forced for a second time to reschedule the tour dates, moving them to 2022.
For dates, tickets and other info, go to: queenonline.com
FEB. 9, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH VOKONIS IN MAY
Local (Borås, Sweden) prog/heavy rockers VOKONIS will release their new album, "Odyssey", on May 7 via The Sign Records.
A new single, "Blackened Wings", is out now.
TRIBUTE CONCERT FOR SYLVAIN SYLVAIN
The NEW YORK DOLLS' David Johansen and Earl Slick are among the artists who will take part in a virtual tribute concert to Sylvain Sylvain on February 14.
The show will feature a mix of stories, performances and videos from the aforementioned two musicians, along with Debbie Harry, Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, Clem Burke, Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, Michael Des Barres, Mara Hennessey, Ivan Julian, Chuck Prophet, Glen Matlock, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's Joe and Albert Bouchard, and the LEMON TWIGS.
"A Celebration Of The Musical Life Of New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain" is being presented by Rolling Live Studios and the New York City venue Bowery Electric. Tickets for the show are on sale now at: rollinglivestudios.com/collections/Sylvain-Sylvain-box-office
Sylvain Sylvain (born Sylvain Mizrahi), was guitarist of legendary band The NEW YORK DOLLS. He died on January 13 at the age of 69. He had battled cancer for 2 and a half years.
HARD ROCK INFO START WITH INTERVIEWS!
O.k., after something like 15 years since my last interview, I have decided to start doing some interviews again once in a while. And the first one is online now, and it's a interview with the new Swedish melodic punk rock band GATUPLAN. This interview, and all others that I do in Swedish, will unfortunately just be available in Swedish (translate is not funny and sometimes hard). Check it out!
And please, don't ask me to interview your band.
So, what happened to the photo page then? Well, it had to go. But if you want too see those photos again, then you can always like and/or follow Hard Rock Info on Facebook. That's where they will go.
And if you're still reading, I can tell you that in the end of the summer/beginning of the fall it will be 20 years since I started this website.
MANOWAR MOVE 2021 EURO TOUR DATES TO 2022
Ongoing safety restrictions in Germany, The Netherlands, and other countries, coupled with the continued uncertainty regarding the ability to perform large scale live events this year require MANOWAR to reschedule their planned April 2021 tour dates to April 2022.
More info at: manowar.com
FEB. 6, 2021
D.R.I. ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES FOR AUSTRALIA
Crossover legends D.R.I. has just announce the rescheduled tour dates for Australia. The tour will now happen in February 2022, and the dates can be found here: facebook.com/DRI-137263955229
FEB. 5, 2021
BELFAST MIGHT GET A STATUE OF GARY MOORE
The campaign to erect a statue of Gary Moore in the guitar legend's native Belfast has received a boost ahead of the 10th anniversary of his passing (Feb. 6).
The Wild Frontier Memorial Project, led by members of Gary's family, and fans, has gained support from the Green Party and The Alliance Party in Belfast and has been warmly welcomed after initial discussions.
A statue recognizing Gary Moore in Belfast could become a feature of the city's plans for a major cultural celebration in 2023.
SERJ TANKIAN ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR NEW EP
SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian will release his eagerly awaited "Elasticity" EP on March 19 via Alchemy Recordings/BMG.
DEMO COLLECTION WITH THE PARTISANS
Early Welsh punk band The PARTISANS will release a rarities compilation the first week of March. It will be out via La Vida Es Un Mus, and it"s called "Anarchy In Alkatraz/ No Future Demos 80-82".
The release will include the band's very first demo, which is composed of covers and some original compositions, and 2 other demo recordings recorded for the "No Future" album.
FEB. 4, 2021
DESTRUCTION WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION let us know that they are working with full force on their next record.
They are also negotiating a release of their live stream in physical form (DVD/Blu-ray).
GREATEST HITS COLLECTION WITH JOE STRUMMER
The estate of Joe Strummer (The CLASH) is planning a new compilation focusing on his solo works, called "Assembly".
The collection picks mostly from his time in The MESCALEROS, and also includes some of his work from the "Earthquake Weather" era. It also includes 3 unreleased tracks, 2 of which are live recordings of Strummer's band playing "I Fought The Law" and "Rudie Can't Fail", as well as an acoustic version of "Junco Partner".
The release is out on George Harrison's Darkhorse Records on March 26, and you can pre-order it here: joe-strummer.lnk.to/D2C
CLOSE-UP BÅTEN POSTPONE METAL CRUISE
Due to current circumstances, the metal cruise with Close-Up Båten in March has been postponed to September 23-24, 2021.
Confirmed bands are: RAUBTIER, PAIN, SUNGEN, SKITARG, F.K.Ü., MISERY LOVES CO., KNOGJÄRN and MASS WORSHIP.
DYNAZTY CANCEL FINNISH TOUR
Swedish hard rockers DYNAZTY has been forced to cancel their 3 tour dates (Feb. 16-18) in Finland due to the ongoing pandemic.
CRADLE OF FILTH REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
CRADLE OF FILTH has set "Existance Is Futile" as the title of their 13th studio album.
The album will be unleashed later this year through Nuclear Blast Records.
FEB. 3, 2021
PANTERA's PHILIP ANSELMO AND REX BROWN TO TAKE PART IN Q&A SESSION
According to the Dallas Observer, PANTERA's Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown will take part in a question-and-answer session - via videolink - at the launch party for Pantera Golden Ale on Saturday, February 27.
There will be 400 tickets sold, and the event at the Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project will be split into 2 sessions to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. If you buy your tickets before February 9, you can submit a question that will be considered for the question-and-answer session.
DJ Souljah will be the DJ and emcee for the night. Giveaways will include "Reinventing The Steel" CDs album and other limited-edition items like PANTERA and Texas Ale Project collaboration pint glasses and T-shirts. Cane Rosso has created a custom PANTERA pizza for the event.
Dallas Observer Tickets
BOOK ABOUT JUDAS PRIEST DUE IN JUNE
Wymer Publishing has set a June 11 release date for the book "Judas Priest: Decade Of Domination".
Lifelong fan and preeminent metal historian Martin Popoff examines JUDAS PRIEST's rich legacy from 1974 to 1984, album by album, anthem by anthem, in this hugely expanded update on the early years portion of his long-out-of-print "Heavy Metal Painkillers" book.
LASTKAJ 14 NOMINATED FOR GAFFAPRISET
Swedish trallpunk band LASTKAJ 14 has been nominated for Gaffapriset 2021.
Not really sure what it means, but Gaffa is a Swedish magazine anyway.
UPDATE! Swedish retro folk rockers LYKANTROPI has also been nominated, as well as symphonic metal band ELEINE and black metallers AGES. Punk rockers SLAVERIET and blues rockers BLUES PILLS are also nominated.
You can vote for them here: gaffa.se/priset
NEW ALBUM WITH TERROR IN MARCH
Long-running Los Angeles hardcore outfit TERROR will release their new album, "Trapped In A World", on March 5. The album is a revisit to their earliest records with former guitarist Todd Jones of NAILS, who will also be producing the band's next LP.
"Trapped In A World" features 12 of their most seminal and foundational tracks brutally delivered in less than 24 minutes.
Pre-order here: sticktight.la
MEANWHILE CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
MEANWHILE, ŚMIERĆ, AXE RASH and TUHOON TUOMITUT have been confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival, which is planned for July 9-10 at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden.
Confirmed since earlier are: WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS and DEVIATED INSTINCT.
FEB. 2, 2021
CIRCLE JERKS RESCHEDULE U.S. TOUR TO 2022
Reunited American punk band CIRCLE JERKS has rescheduled their 2021 North American tour dates to 2022.
More info here: circlejerks.net/tour
U.D.O. ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Heavy metal veterans U.D.O. plan to go on a European tour in November/December, which will kick off in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 14, and last until December 19 when they play in Pratteln, Switzerland.
The touring will continue in 2022 (dates to be announced later).
Dates and tickets: facebook.com/udoonline
MARILYN MANSON ACCUSED OF ABUSE
On Monday (Feb. 1), actress Evan Rachel Wood, who was engaged to Marilyn Manson from 2010 to 2011, publicly accused Manson of "grooming" her as a teenager and "horrifically" abusing her during their relationship. The 2 reportedly met when she was 18 and he was 36. Since then a couple of other former girlfriends of Manson has also accused him of similar things.
Marilyn Manson has denied the abuse allegations leveled against him, calling them "horrible distortions of reality". Manson posted a statement to Instagram, which you can read here: instagram.com/marilynmanson
In light of these disturbing allegations, his record label Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album, effective immediately. The label have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.
HANSI KÜRSCH QUITS DEMONS & WIZARDS
BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has quit his long-running project with ICED EARTH's Jon Schaffer, DEMONS & WIZARDS.
Hansi announced his departure from DEMONS & WIZARDS 2 weeks after Schaffer was arrested for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The 52-year-old ICED EARTH guitarist, who resides in Edinburgh, Indiana, is facing 6 federal criminal charges after he was accused of spraying a police officer with a pepper-based bear repellant.
Kürsch has released a statement here: rockhard.de/artikel/demons-und-wizards-hansi-kuersch-verlaesst-das-projekt_532128.html
FEB. 1, 2021
NEW SUPERGROUP WITH MEMBERS OF SAXON, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, SABATON AND BLACK MAMBA
SPIN THE WHEEL is a new project featuring Biff Byford (SAXON), Eric Peterson (TESTAMENT), Cecilia Nappo (BLACK MAMBA), Hannes Van Dahl (SABATON) and Jay Jay French (TWISTED SISTER).
Watch a brand new video here: youtu.be/Xi-7GEOFaRU
JAN. 31, 2021
THE ANIMALS GUITARIST HILTON VALENTINE IS DEAD
Hilton Valentine, guitarist for British 60s rock band The ANIMALS, has died at the age of 77. Cause of death is unknown.
The ANIMALS are most well-known for the song "House Of The Rising Sun", but also songs like "Don"t Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place".
EX-MEMBERS OF MEGADETH, FIREWIND AND FATES WARNING GOT A NEW PROJECT
Former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has launched a new project with his brother, and fellow ex-MEGADETH member, Glen Drover. The as-yet-unnamed band also features former FATES WARNING bassist Joe DiBiase and German singer Henning Basse, who has previously played with FIREWIND, METALIUM and MAYAN.
JAN. 30, 2021
MARYLAND DEATHFEST RESCHEDULED TO 2022
Maryland Deathfest XVIII has been rescheduled again until 2022. The new dates are May 26-29, 2022.
Among the confirmed acts are: DISMEMBER, SACRAMENTUM, SUFFOCATION, CANCER, NIFELHEIM, MASSACRE, ONSLAUGHT, EXHORDER, GENERAL SURGERY, SKITSYSTEM, BIRDFLESH, VALKYRIA etc. etc.
For more details, go to: deathfests.com
JAN. 29, 2021
BOOK ABOUT SAXON's FIRST 10 YEARS
Wymer Publishing will release "Denim And Leather: Saxon's First Ten Years" on June 11.
The book focuses on the band's golden era, SAXON's prodigious first decade of output, and is 250 pages, with 2 4-page photo sections, loads of fresh interview content, all the facts and dates and even some of the hot disputes.
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD REHEARSAL VERSION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell"
A previously unreleased rehearsal recording of BLACK SABBATH playing the song "Heaven And Hell" in 1979 during the pre-production sessions for the album of the same name can be streamed here: youtu.be/uAk4Z3sX0F4
The track, which features BLACK SABBATH's longtime keyboardist Geoff Nicholls on bass, was uploaded to YouTube by Geoff's stepson and executor of his estate, Gary Rees.
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New video with Jimmy Blom: "Cancer" - Check it out!
JAN. 28, 2021
CHEAP TRICK TO RELEASE 20th STUDIO ALBUM IN APRIL
American rock legends CHEAP TRICK will release their 20th studio album, "In Another World", on April 9 via BMG.
Check out the new single, "Light Up The Fire", here: youtu.be/2volrJQ0p2U
EX-CRASS SINGER STEVE IGNORANT RESCHEDULE IRISH TOUR
Former CRASS singer Steve Ignorant was supposed to go on a short tour in Ireland in March, where he would perform CRASS songs from 1977-1984. That tour has now been rescheduled for obvious reasons, and will take place in January 2022 instead.
The new dates are these:
Jan. 27, 2022 - Crane Lane, Cork
Jan. 28, 2022 - The Grand Social, Dublin
Jan. 29, 2022 - Voodoo, Belfast
Except for Steve himself, the lineup will be: Carol Hodge on keys and vocals, Jay Bagnall on drums, Pete Rawlinson on bass guitar, and Pete Wilson on electric guitar.
More info about tickets etc., try: facebook.com/steveignorantofficial
JAN. 27, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH SWEET OBLIVION IN APRIL
SWEET OBLIVION featuring Geoff Tate (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) will release a new album, "Relentless", on April 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
NEW ALBUM WITH GREENLEAF IN MARCH
Swedish stoner rockers GREENLEAF will release a new album, "Echoes From A Mass", on March 26 through Napalm Records.
Pre-order the album here: smarturl.it/EchoesFromAMass
PUNK ROCK BOWLING POSTPONED TO THE FALL
American festival Punk Rock Bowling has announced that they will postpone the 2021 version of the festival due to the ongoing pandemic. The festival was originally planned to go ahead in May of this year, but will now be rescheduled for the fall instead.
In a statement on their website the festival stated that they are working on the lineup for the new dates, and will be announcing the new dates and bands soon.
More info at: punkrockbowling.com
G.B.H. POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
British punk legends G.B.H. have to postpone their European tour from March 2021 to October 2021. The new dates will be announced very soon..
JAN. 26, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH HOT BREATH IN APRIL
Swedish action rockers HOT BREATH will finally release their debut album, "Rubbery Lips", on April 9 via The Sign Records.
SNOWY SHAW TO RELEASE NEW SONG EVERY MONTH
Multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw, who has played with KING DIAMOND, SABATON, MERCYFUL FATE, THERION, DREAM EVIL and DIMMU BORGIR, among others, has announced a special album titled "This Is Heavy Metal, Plain & Simple".
Recorded during quarantine and pandemic times as a tribute to 50 years of heavy metal, a homage to a lifestyle as well as a music style, with an underlying theme of doom and gloom, the plan for the LP is for Snowy to release 1 song per month digitally during 2021, and by month 12 in time for Christmas, he will issue a limited-edition double vinyl album with some extra bonus tracks and outtakes.
For this unique album, Snowy has invited lots of his teenage heroes, living legends and former bandmates and friends to participate on guest vocals or guitar solos. The list includes musicians who have played with MANOWAR, SAXON, Ozzy Osbourne, KING DIAMOND, LIZZY BORDEN, SABATON, DEATH SS, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, MERCYFUL FATE, SOILWORK, DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY, TORCH, HAMMERFALL and DARK FUNERAL.
The first track out is "Of Hell and Fire", featuring a guest appearance by the Swedish goth girl Scarlet. It is available now on all good digital platforms.
NEW ALBUM WITH APHRODITE IN MARCH
Canadian speed metal band APHRODITE will release their second album, "Orgasmic Glory", on March 30 via Fighter Records.
DESTRUCTION ANNOUNCES RUSSIAN SHOWS WITH ENFORCER AND XENTRIX
German thrash veterans DESTRUCTION are going to Russia with ENFORCER and XENTRIX in the end of the year. The dates are these:
Dec. 3 - Glavclub, Moscow
Dec. 4 - Aurora, St. Petersburg
More info here: destruction2021.ru
STRYPER's OZ FOX TO UNDERGO BRAIN SURGERY
STRYPER guitarist Oz Fox is scheduled to undergo brain surgery later this month to treat one of the tumors that were found in his head - one by his ear and the other in the back of his brain - when he suffered his first seizure in August 2018 while performing with SIN CITY SINNERS at Harrah's in Las Vegas.
More than 2 years after the tumors were discovered, both have grown and are posing a serious health risk to the guitarist, who turned 59 last June. Specifically, the tumor behind the ear, if it continues to grow, could cause hearing loss, balance, vision and spinal problems, while the tumor in the back of Oz's brain is in the area where left side of his arms, hands and body operate. Removing it could affect the upper left motor function and potential ability to recognize faces and objects.
JAN. 25, 2021
FAKE NAMES WORKING ON NEW SONGS
FAKE NAMES - the American/Swedish punk rock band made up of Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., EMBRACE), Dennis Lyxzén (REFUSED) and Johnny Temple (GIRLS AGAINST BOYS, SOULSIDE) - have stated that they are working on new material.
THE HAUNTED RESCHEDULE SWEDISH TOUR ONCE AGAIN
Swedish thrash veterans The HAUNTED has once again been forced to postpone their short tour in Sweden, which was originally supposed to happen around Easter last year.
The new dates are:
Sept. 23 - Katalin, Uppsala
Sept. 24 - Plan B, Malmö
Sept. 25 - Denim & Leather, Jönköping
Sept. 30 - Dynamo, Norrköping
Oct. 1 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Oct. 2 - Klubb Undergrunden, Borås
THE STRANGLERS POSTPONE UK TOUR TO 2022
Old British rockers The STRANGLERS has once again postponed their UK tour with RUTS DC as special guests. The tour has now been postponed until early 2022.
Some more happy news are that The STRANGLERS will go on a European tour in the end of 2021, which will kick off in Belgium on October 30 and end in Nantes, France on December 7. The band will also visit the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland and Germany along the way.
All dates and other details can be found here: thestranglers.co.uk
NEW SINGLE WITH TRANSPORT LEAGUE IN MARCH
Swedish metal band TRANSPORT LEAGUE will release a new single, "Criminal Energy", on March 12.
JAN. 24, 2021
DEE SNIDER RECORDING NEW ALBUM
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will enter the studio on Monday (Jan. 25) to begin recording the vocals for his next solo album.
NEW SINGLE WITH CHEAP TRICK ON THURSDAY
American rock veterans CHEAP TRICK will release a new single, "Light Up The Fire", on Thursday, January 28.
A short preview is available here: twitter.com/cheaptrick
Pre-save the single here: cheaptrick.lnk.to/LightUpTheFire
JAN. 23, 2021
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD MUSIC FROM AC/DC SINGER BON SCOTT OFFICIALLY RELEASED AFTER 50 YEARS
A box set containing previously unreleased music written and sung by Bon Scott has just been made available via Cherry Red Records.
Founded in Australia, rock band FRATERNITY will forever be associated with Scott, who would later join AC/DC and enjoy worldwide fame. However, Scott's tenure with FRATERNITY has been poorly documented on the reissue market. Of the 2 albums the band had issued at the time, "Livestock" and "Flaming Galah", neither album has been released officially. And their story has never been told accurately.
Half a century later, "Seasons Of Change - The Complete Recordings 1970-1974" finally seeks to amend this oversight. Curated in conjunction with surviving band members (Bruce Howe, John Freeman, Sam See, John Bisset, Uncle John Eyers and the estate of Mick Jurd) and their original manager Hamish Henry, this 3-CD set seeks to offer the complete recorded output of FRATERNITY, including both their albums from 1971-72 (originally issued on Sweet Peach and RCA, respectively), utilizing the original master tapes and best possible remastering sources, adding all relevant non-albums singles As and Bs and EP tracks. Bonus tracks feature FRATERNITY backing The VALENTINES' Vince Lovegrove and their victory at the National Battle Of The Sounds competition where they claimed the title of Australia's No. 1 band.
In addition, research by Victor Marshall for this package uncovered the long-lost Hamish Henry cache of session tapes which have been curated into FRATERNITY's third album "Second Chance". "Second Chance" also features live tracks recorded at PT Lincoln, South Australia as part of their historic Country Arts Tour and unheard songs including vocals and song writing contributions from Bon Scott.
Musically, from their base in Aldgate, South Australia, FRATERNITY ran the gamut of musical styles in vogue on the rock scene at the dawn of the 1970s, from proto-heavy metal to country and soft rock, progressive music and a nod here and there to the earlier psychedelic boom.
The box set can be ordered here: cherryred.co.uk/product/fraternity-seasons-of-change-the-complete-recordings-1970-1974-3cd
JAN. 22, 2021
"NEW" ALBUM WITH SKUMDUM NEXT MONTH
Swedish skate punks SKUMDUM will release a new album, "Proud Minority Deluxe", on February 5. It will be available on Spotify, and will contain 6 tracks from "2 Sides Of The Story", plus 6 songs that never made it to Spotify. 1 of the songs, "Lifeboats", is previously unreleased.
JAN. 21, 2021
NEKROMANTIX POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2022
Psychobilly rockers NEKROMANTIX has postponed their European tour to 2022. All tickets remain valid.
For further details, go to: facebook.com/Nekromantix
VIO-LENCE RECORDING FIRST NEW MUSIC IN OVER 30 YEARS
Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have entered Trident Studios in Pacheco, California to begin recording their new EP, tentatively due in late summer via Metal Blade Records. Helming the sessions is producer Juan Urteaga, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD and EXODUS, among many others.
JAN. 20, 2021
NEW COLLECTION OF LOST TRACKS WITH TOMMY BOLIN
This year will mark the 45th anniversary of the passing of Tommy Bolin, the guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with DEEP PURPLE and The JAMES GANG. And to celebrate the man a new collection of never-before-released outtakes and demos will be released showing the many sides of Bolin's talent.
The collection is called "Shake The Devil - The Lost Sessions" and will be released on February 12 courtesy of Cleopatra Records. Licensed directly from Bolin's estate and with informative liner notes from rock journalist Dave Thompson, these recordings offer both acoustic, instrumental and alternate versions of some of Bolin's best-known tunes.
NEW SONG WITH BAD RELIGION
American punk rock veterans BAD RELIGION have released a new track, "Emancipation Of The Mind", commenting on the US Presidential inauguration.
Listen here: youtu.be/uacdaG5ajX8
JAN. 19, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH ELECTRIC BOYS IN APRIL
Swedish hard rock veterans ELECTRIC BOYS will release their new album, "Ups!de Down", on April 30 via Mighty Music.
The band also has a tour planned in Sweden, and is hoping to widen and include more dates worldwide as circumstances permit.
Pre-order the album here: targetshop.dk/en/electricboys
JAN. 18, 2021
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE SWEDISH TOUR
Former TURBONEGRO singer Hank Von Hell are going on a short tour in Sweden in September. Special guest will be The CARBURETORS, and the few dates are:
Sept. 1 - Pustervik, Göteborg
Sept. 2 - Katalin, Uppsala
Sept. 3 - Club Destroyer, Uppsala
Sept. 4 - Berns, Stockholm
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER TAKEN INTO CUSTODY
ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer was taken into custody over the weekend in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
JAN. 16, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH MEMORIAM IN MARCH
MEMORIAM, the Birmingham, United Kingdom-based death/grind metal band featuring Karl Willets (BOLT THROWER) on vocals, Frank Healy (BENEDICTION, CEREBRAL FIX) on bass, Scott Fairfax (CEREBRAL FIX) on guitar and Spike T Smith (SACRILEGE, CONFLICT, KILLING JOKE, The DAMNED) on drums, will release its 4th studio album, "To The End", on March 26 via Reaper Entertainment.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT X-RAY SPEX SINGER POLY STYRENE TO BE SCREENED AT GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL
Glasgow Film Festival 2021 - now an online event - will be screeening the world premiere of the documentary "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché".
The late Poly was the singer in British punk band X-RAY SPEX, and the film is co-directed by her daughter Celeste Bell and Paul Sng.
More details here: glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/shows/poly-styrene-i-am-a-cliche-pg?fbclid=IwAR3Ec_GqNGI5qX4ZYZKstBAkJiHimStipy9yjB9cT5wtGZVYPtfK2Tt6AD4
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH ENFORCER IN MARCH
Swedish heavy metal band ENFORCER will release its second live album, "Live by Fire II", which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on March 19.
Check out a live video for the first single, "From Beyond": youtu.be/CYKA391G7pQ
Pre-order the album in the format of your choice here: nblast.de/Enforcer-LiveByFireII
Pre-save the album here: nblast.de/EnforcerLiveIIPreSave
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR EX-IRON MAIDEN SINGER PAUL DI'ANNO's KNEE SURGERY
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise £20,000 (approximately $27,000) so former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery.
More info here: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kastro-carthorses-2
JAN. 15, 2021
NEW YORK DOLLS GUITARIST SYLVAIN SYLVAIN IS DEAD
NEW YORK DOLLS guitarist Sylvain Sylvain (born Sylvain Mizrahi) passed away on Wednesday (Jan. 13) after a fight with cancer. He was 69 years old.
NEW ALBUM WITH THE CROWN IN MARCH
Swedish death metallers The CROWN has set "Royal Destroyer" as the title of their new album, which will be released on March 12 via Metal Blade Records.
EX-EUROPE GUITARIST KEE MARCELLO TEAM UP WITH FAIR WARNING SINGER TOMMY HEART
Former EUROPE guitarist Kee Marcello have a new band called OUT OF THIS WORLD together with FAIR WARNING vocalist Tommy Heart. The band has just signed to JVC Victor for Japan, and their first album will be mixed by Ron Nevison (KISS, BAD COMPANY, Ozzy Osbourne, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, Vince Neil, Meat Loaf, HEART, CHICAGO etc etc).
More news and details on the album release in the rest of the world and the other musicians on it coming soon.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS POSTPONE UK TOUR AGAIN
Northern Irish punk veterans STIFF LITTLE FINGERS has once again been forced to postpone their UK tour, which was supposed to happen in March. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
For further details and dates, try: slf.rocks
NEW ALBUM WITH RAPTURE IN MARCH
Greek death/thrash band RAPTURE will release a new album, "Malevolent Demise Incarnation", on March 26 through FDA Records on CD, LP and digital formats, and through Headsplit Records on cassette.
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JAN. 14, 2021
JORN LANDE TO COMPETE IN NORWAY'S EUROVISION NATIONAL SELECTION SHOW "Melodi Grand Prix"
Norwegian hard rock vocalist Jorn Lande will compete this weekend in the first semi-final of Norway's Eurovision Song Contest qualifier, Melodi Grand Prix (MGP).
According to NRK, the network responsible for the Norwegian national final and the country's representation in the Eurovision Song Contest, a total of 26 acts will take part in Melodi Grand Prix. Through 5 preliminary heats and a wildcard round, 12 of them will make it to the big final on February 20.
Jorn is 1 of 4 acts who will compete in the first heat on Saturday, January 16. This semi-final features artists competing for only 1 place in the grand final where they will join the 6 artists who have already pre-qualified. After the 5 semi-finals are completed, 1 more show will announce which of the excluded acts has earned the golden ticket to the grand finale.
Jorn will perform his new single "Faith Bloody Faith", which you can hear here: youtu.be/IXJM_kMjW9Y
VANILLA FUDGE AND CACTUS BASSIST TIM BOGERT IS DEAD
Tim Bogert, bassist and founding member of VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS and supergroup BECK, BOGERT & APPICE, has died at age 76.
SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, KATTHEM AND HÅRDGNISSEL NOMINATED FOR MANIFESTGALAN
The nominated for Manifestgalan (award for Swedish independent artists) has just been announced.
In the metal category we can find: SERPENT OMEGA, ELECTRIC HYDRA, SVARTKONST and NOVARUPTA.
In the category punk are: KATTHEM, HÅRDGNISSEL, SPADER KUNG and ETT DöDENS MASKINERI.
And in the rock category are: HOLLOW SHIP, ALLERGIC TO HUMANS, MARTIN SAVAGE GANG and MARIANNE'S MARERITT.
Finally, in the category "Årets nykomling" (newcomer of the Year) we can find the rockers REACH and the young punks BORGERLIG BEGRAVNING.
This year's gala will be held digitally on February 26.
More info and categories at: manifestgalan.se
JAN. 13, 2021
NEW ALBUM WITH THE QUILL IN MARCH
Swedish hard rock band The QUILL will release their 9th studio album, "Earthrise", on March 26 via Metalville Records.
The QUILL play deep 70s heavy rock, and features members from bands like HANOI ROCKS, ELECTRIC BOYS, ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, CIRCUS PRÜTZ, AYREON etc.
DELUXE EDITIONS OF BLACK SABBATH's "Heaven And Hell" AND "Mob Rules" TO INCLUDE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
Rhino are going to release newly remastered versions of the classic BLACK SABBATH albums "Heaven And Hell" and "Mob Rules". Both albums will be expanded with rare and unreleased music.
"Heaven And Hell: Deluxe Edition" and "Mob Rules: Deluxe Edition" will be released separately on March 5. Each album will be available on 2-CD and 2-LP. Due to space constraints, both vinyl editions include a selection of bonus material from the CDs. The music will also be available via digital download and streaming services the same day.
A rare live version of "Heaven And Hell" and a previously unreleased live version of "The Mob Rules" are both available today as digital singles and can be streamed here: Heaven And Hell The Mob Rules
EXTREME METAL DRUMMER NICK BARKER LAUNCHES HARDCORE BAND
BORSTAL is a brand new U.K. hardcore band featuring Pierre Mendivil (KNUCKLEDUST), Nick Barker (BRUJERIA, ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, TESTAMENT) and members of DRIPBACK and KING OF PIGS. The group will release its debut EP, titled "At Her Majesty's Pleasure", on April 1 via 4Family Records.
Check out their first single, "Vicious Circles": youtu.be/qLCX-kzjyiw
NEW ALBUM WITH NOFX IN FEBRUARY
Longstanding California punk rock band NOFX will release its 14th full-length album, titled "Single Album", on Friday, February 26 via Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords.
GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR EUROPE
Geoff Tate's (ex-QUEENSRŸCHE) 30th Anniversary of "Empire" and "Rage For Order" European Tour dates have now been rescheduled from March/April of 2021 to March/April of 2022. All previously purchased tickets and meet and greet passes will be honored.
Dates and tickets: geofftate.com/events-list
JAN. 12, 2021
SEX PISTOLS GUITARIST STEVE JONES' AUTOBIOGRAPHY BECOMES FX SERIES
A few years ago, Steve Jones of SEX PISTOLS released his autobiography, "Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol". That book is being made into a 6-part FX mini-series called "Pistol", which is expected later this year. Danny Boyle is directing and executive producing the series. Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce co-wrote the series.
NEW LIVE ALBUM WITH U.D.O. IN MARCH
Heavy metal veterans U.D.O. will release their fifth live album, "Live In Bulgaria 2020 - Pandemic Survival Show", on March 19. It will be available as CD/DVD, Blu-ray/CD and very strong limited vinyl (audio only).
The recording was done at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on September 18, 2020.
Pre-order here: afmrec.de/UDOLiveInBulgaria
JAN. 11, 2021
KEYBOARDIST MICHAEL FONFARA IS DEAD
Internationally renowned Canadian keyboard player Michael Fonfara has died in a Toronto hospital on January 8, 2021, due to complications from his 2-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
Fonfara appeared on 9 of Lou Reed's albums between 1974 and 2005. He also recorded with FOREIGNER, The EVERLY BROTHERS, ROUGH TRADE, RHINOCEROS, ELECTRIC FLAG and was a current and 30-year plus member of Canadian blues legends DOWNCHILD.
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE AND LA FRACTION CONFIRMED FOR PUNK ILLEGAL
WARCOLLAPSE, VICIOUS IRENE, LA FRACTION, KONTROVERS and DEVIATED INSTINCT are the first bands to be confirmed for the Punk Illegal festival, which happens at Tyrolen in Blädinge, Sweden on July 9-10.
LIVE ALBUM WITH DEEP PURPLE KEYBOARDIST DON AIREY
earMUSIC will release a live album with keyboard player Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-RAINBOW, Gary Moore, WHITESNAKE etc) on February 26.
The album is titled "Live in Hamburg", and was recorded at the Fabrik club in Hamburg, Germany on March 14, 2017. The setlist contains a mix of tracks from the bands Don has been involved with over the years, as well as some originals.
ABRAMIS BRAMA TO RE-RELEASE "Enkel Biljett" ON DOUBLE VINYL
Swedish retro hard rockers ABRAMIS BRAMA will have their 6th album, "Enkel Biljett", reissued on double LP on February 26.
This edition will also feature 2 live tracks from the Krökabacken festival, plus the previously unreleased song "Självdör".
Pre-order here: smarturl.it/BLOD134
CIRKUS PRÜTZ TO RECORD NEW ALBUM
Swedish heavy/blues rockers CIRKUS PRÜTZ will enter the studio in February to record a new album, which will be released later this year.
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH ON FRIDAY
Swedish high energy rockers HOT BREATH will release the second single, "Who's The One", from their upcoming debut album, "Rubbery Lips", on Friday, January 15.
MEGAFORCE RECORDS CO-FOUNDER MARSHA ZAZULA IS DEAD
Marsha Zazula, who co-founded Megaforce Records in 1983 with her husband Jon (a.k.a. Jonny Z), died yesterday (Jan. 10) at the age of 68.
JAN. 9, 2021
NEW SONG WITH THE DICTATORS NEXT FRIDAY
It looks like the old New York punk/rock n roll band The DICTATORS are going to release a new song and video on January 15.
I don't know much else right now..
NEW ALBUM WITH CAGE LATER THIS YEAR
Heavy metal band CAGE will spend the next 30 days writing and recording and finishing up the over 20 songs they have for the upcoming 2021 record.
JAN. 8, 2021
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER WANTED BY FBI
ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer is among dozens of people wanted by the FBI for storming Capitol Hill earlier this week.
The FBI's Washington Field Office early Friday morning released 40 photos of people who are suspected of unlawful entry during a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried out on Wednesday (Jan. 6) during the final Congressional vote recording for the 2020 general election.
WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE "The Blues Album" IN FEBRUARY
WHITESNAKE celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group's best blues-rock songs. "The Blues Album" is the third and final release in the band's "Red, White And Blues" trilogy, a series of compilations organized by musical themes that began last year with "Love Songs" (red) and "The Rock Album" (white).
"The Blues Album" is available for pre-order now, and will be available on February 19 digitally and on CD and as a double-LP set pressed on 180-gram, blue vinyl. Like "The Rock Album" and "Love Songs", all the tracks on "The Blues Album" have been revisited, remixed, and remastered.
JAN. 7, 2021
RELEASE OF ACCEPT's NEW ALBUM POSTPONED 2 WEEKS
Nuclear Blast has unfortunately been forced to postpone the release of ACCEPT's new album, "Too Mean To Die", from January 15 to January 29.
"Due to a COVID-19 related pressing plant closure the finished product has been massively delayed so that the planned release on January 15th, 2021 cannot be kept", says Nuclear Blast.
JAN. 5, 2021
NEW EP WITH VICE SQUAD OUT NOW
Long running UK punk rockers VICE SQUAD are continuing their series of Isolation themed EPs. The new one, "Vice-O-Lation Vol 3", has 4 tracks and is out now via Last Rockers Records.
DEBUT ALBUM WITH GATUPLAN IN FEBRUARY
Swedish punk rock/power pop band GATUPLAN, Inge Johansson's (The (International) NOISE CONSPIRACY, AGAINST ME!, CSS, STILETT, ALONZO & FAS 3, TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, KNUGEN FALLER) new band, will release their debut album, "Kampen Går Vidare!", on February 26 via Wild Kingdom.
A new single, "Dee Dee Ramone", will be released on Friday, January 8.
The band also features members from DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA, TWOPOINTEIGHT and KNUGEN FALLER.
Pre-order the album: orcd.co/kampen-gar-vidare
I AM MORBID TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF MORBID ANGEL's "Blessed Are The Sick" WITH EURO TOUR
I AM MORBID - the band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Kelly McLauchlin - will celebrate the 30th anniversary of MORBID ANGEL's second album, "Blessed Are The Sick", with a European tour in September/October. Support on the trek will come from GRAVE, GRUESOME and PYREXIA.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/IAMMORBIDBand
JAN. 4, 2021
CHILDREN OF BODOM GUITARIST ALEXI LAIHO IS DEAD
Alexi Laiho, known as the frontman for Finnish metal band CHILDREN OF BODOM, has passed away. He died in his home in Helsinki, Finland last week. The 41-year-old guitarist/vocalist suffered from long-term health issues during the last years.
Alexi's last band was BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT. He also played with bands like WARMEN, SINERGY, KYLÄHULLUT and The LOCAL BAND.
JAN. 3, 2021
FINNEGAN'S HELL RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers FINNEGAN'S HELL are back in the studio to record a new album.
JAN. 1, 2021
UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY ABOUT QUEENSRŸCHE
NW Metalworx Music has announced it will publish the first-ever QUEENSRŸCHE biography in late 2021, as part of the NW Metalworx book line.
Written by James R. Beach, with Brian L. Naron and Brian J. Heaton, "Building An Empire: The Story Of Queensrÿche", takes a deep dive on QUEENSRŸCHE, from its original members' musical beginnings in the high schools of suburban Seattle, to the group's rise to stardom in the 1990s.
The book is an unauthorized account, and is slated for a fall 2021/winter 2022 release on NW Metalworx Music's web site, Amazon and other retailers.
FEAR TO REISSUE "Live...For The Record"
American punk band FEAR will release a deluxe expanded edition of 1991's "Live...For the Record" for its 30th anniversary.
The original 19-track album was a recording of the band performing on Los Angeles radio station KPFK, and was released by Restless Records. The reissue will be a 2-CD/3-LP set containing the entire KPFK show as well as a previously unreleased show from their 1982 tour in support of "The Record".
The album will be released soon via Atom Age Industries.
DEC. 31, 2020
TROUBLEMAKERS TO RECORD NEW ALBUM NEXT YEAR
Swedish punk rock veterans TROUBLEMAKERS will enter the studio in about a month to record a new album.
2021 will be the band's 40-year anniversary, so there will also be a book about the band during the year.
DEC. 30, 2020
AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS COVER DISCO CLASSIC
As part of Melbourne publication Rising's singles series, Australian punk rockers AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS have covered the 1978 worldwide disco hit, "Born To Be Alive".
The track was oringally recorded by France's Patrick Hernandez. You can hear the track here: open.spotify.com/track/2cvZeL9qJrnDYvx0XpCb2d
DEBUT ALBUM WITH KK'S PRIEST IN 2021
KK'S PRIEST, the new band featuring former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums), will release its debut album in 2021 via Explorer1 Music Group. The group will also play select shows next year to mark the 50th anniversary of JUDAS PRIEST and Downing's career as a founding member. KK'S PRIEST's setlist will consist of JUDAS PRIEST classics and new songs.
KK'S PRIEST is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO SIX).
NEW ALBUM WITH THE LIPTONES IN 2021
Swedish ska band The LIPTONES plan to make a new album during 2021.
DEC. 28, 2020
LION'S SHARE CELEBRATE MEMORY OF LEMMY WITH MOTÖRHEAD COVER
Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made its tribute to Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD available on streaming services and digital service providers on the fifth anniversary of Lemmy's death, December 28, to celebrate his memory and music.
Check out their version of "Killed By Death" here: youtu.be/sIhsO8Udwn4
DEC. 27, 2020
ABYSSUS SIGNS WITH TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY RECORDS
Greek death metallers ABYSSUS has signed with Transcending Obscurity Records, who will release the band's second album, "Death Revival", in 2021.
DEC. 26, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SWEET OBLIVION NEXT YEAR
Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate is working on the second album from his SWEET OBLIVION project for a 2021 release via Frontiers Music Srl.
DEC. 24, 2020
MOUNTAIN FRONTMAN LESLIE WEST IS DEAD
Leslie West, the legendary guitarist, vocalist and original founding member of MOUNTAIN, has died at the age of 75.
West suffered cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, Florida on Monday (Dec. 21) and was rushed to a hospital, where he never regained consciousness.
He died yesterday (Dec. 23).
DEC. 22, 2020
LONG FORGOTTEN PRE-URIAH HEEP ALBUM RE-RELEASED
A 50th-anniversary remastered edition of HEAD MACHINE's "Orgasm" album is now available via Explore Rights Management.
"Orgasm" was recorded in 1969 and this is the first official re-release of the album since 1971. Every other re-release since then has been a counterfeit.
The album features 4 members of The GODS: Ken Hensley (also of URIAH HEEP, credited here as Ken Leslie), Lee Kerslake (also of URIAH HEEP, credited here as Lee Poole), John Glascock (also of JETHRO TULL, credited here as John Leadhen) and Brian Glascock (credited here as Brian Poole).
This 50th-anniversary edition of "Orgasm" has been given a 2020 remastering and better sound quality than any previous edition. The packaging is a 6-panel digipack and the booklet features new liner notes by David Paramor plus exclusive comments from Hensley, Kerslake and Glascock.
Work on the new "Orgasm" edition was completed in early 2020 for a May release, which was the 50th-anniversary month of its first arrival. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed that plan, and then, when Kerslake and then Hensley passed away, the publicity was held to ensure the painstaking work undertaken on this re-release wouldn't be mistaken for a cash-in.
NEW SONG WITH IGGY POP
Iggy Pop has just released a COVID-19-inspired song called "Dirty Little Virus".
Check it out here: youtu.be/J_2zS_XPxT0
DEC. 21, 2020
NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE HELLACOPTERS
A new documentary, "I'm In The Band - Storyn Om The Hellacopters", will be broadcast on Swedish television in January. It can be seen on SVT Play from January 10, and on SVT2 at 20:00 on January 15.
The film was made by Amir Chamdin and Johan Bååth, and tells the whole story about the Swedish action rockers The HELLACOPTERS.
DEC. 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH THE AIRWAVES FEATURING MEMBERS OF BLACK SABBATH AND KING DIAMOND
Swedish hard rock band The AIRWAVES will release their new album, "Bitchy One", in a limited edition of only 100 copies on April 29, 2021. It will only be available on vinyl LP to begin with.
The album features guest apperances from people like Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH), Janne Schaffer (legendary Swedish guitarist, internationally best known as ABBA's studio guitarist), Andy Larocque (KING DIAMOND) and John Culley (CRESSIDA, BLACK WIDOW) among others.
Listen: youtube.com/watch?v=ydwXA0EpXpc youtube.com/watch?v=zU44er0aGUo
LP WITH IFK GAMLA SAXON NEXT YEAR
Swedish 90s trallpunk band IFK GAMLA SAXON plan to release a LP with old material during next year. More details later..
DEC. 18, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH BLAZE BAYLEY IN APRIL
British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN more than 20 years ago, will release a new studio album, "War Within Me", on April 9, 2021.
NEW EP WITH SERJ TANKIAN IN FEBRUARY
SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has confirmed to Rolling Stone that his previously announced solo collection of rock songs, "Elasticity", will finally be released in February.
The songs on the EP were written many years back, and was originally intended for SYSTEM OF A DOWN.
Rolling Stone interview with Serj Tankian: youtu.be/JhRvVbu5uUM
DEC. 17, 2020
NEW EP WITH ANAUGH CONDA NEXT WEEK
Swedish rock band ANAUGH CONDA will release a new EP, "Fear The Weaker", on December 27. It will be available on all digital platforms.
Check out the song "Start A War", from the new EP: youtu.be/VT9aIo9uOlE
NAPALM RECORDS JOIN FORCES WITH SPV
Internationally esteemed heavy rock and metal record labels Napalm Records Handels GmbH and SPV GmbH have announced that they have joined forces, combining decades of renowned expertise and passion for music, their artists, and those who inspire it all - the fans. Napalm Records' acquisition of SPV was completed at the end of November 2020 and represents a logical step in the Austrian company's global strategy.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SYSTEM OF A DOWN's SERJ TANKIAN
A new documentary about SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian, called "Truth To Power", will be released on February 19, 2021 via Oscilloscope Laboratories.
DEC. 16, 2020
THE RODS TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH REISSUES
American heavy metal band The RODS are set to collaborate with High Roller Records on 40th anniversary reissues of their catalog. The reissues will be available in late summer/fall 2021, and will include bonus material as well.
To celebrate this and 40 years of The RODS, the band has made available on all digital platforms the new 2020 40th anniversary version of "Crank It Up", mixed by Fred Coury.
DEC. 15, 2020
UFO GUITARIST VINNIE MOORE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore has tested positive for COVID-19.
NEW LIVE CD/DVD WITH KROKUS IN FEBRUARY
Swizz hard rock veterans KROKUS will release "Krokus Adios Amigos Live @ Wacken" on February 19, 2021. It will be available on CD and DVD, and was recorded at Wacken Open Air in Germany on their farewell tour in 2019.
The farewell tour is by the way not finished yet, but will continue sometime in the future (when the pandemic is over).
ABORTED ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Belgian gore death/grind veterans ABORTED have done some new songs, and will soon enter the studio to record a brand new album.
The album release will be followed by a European tour in September/October 2021, together with The ACACIA STRAIN, BENIGHTED, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, FLEDDY MELCULY (Sept. 24-Oct. 21) and CULT OF LILITH (Oct. 23-31). Tickets go on sale Friday, December 18.
Tour dates and tickets can be found here: goremageddon.be
DEC. 14, 2020
U.D.O. POSTPONE RUSSIAN TOUR
German heavy metal band U.D.O. has postponed their tour in Russia again. The tour will now happen in September/October 2021, and the new dates can be found here: facebook.com/udoonline
THE HIVES ANNOUNCE WWW WORLD TOUR
Swedish energy rockers The HIVES present "The World's First World Wide Web World Tour" in January 2021.
They will play live shows for specific cities from a hermetically sealed, virus-safe bunker in Sweden.
For tickets and more info, go to: store.thehives.com
SOLO ALBUM WITH PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS IN MARCH
Frontiers Music Srl will release "One Shot", the new solo album from Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS), on March 12, 2021.
The disc's first single, "Real", can be streamed here: youtu.be/Q3oIp7dQx9k
DEC. 12, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH ATTENTAT NEXT WEEK
Swedish punk rock veterans ATTENTAT will release a new single, "Under Mitt Skinn", on December 18. It will be available on digital platforms.
The song is said to be a new direction for the band, as it's heavier, harder and darker.
Read more: attentat.nu
..and while we talk about new singles, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, Alice Cooper and BUTCHER BABIES are some of the artists who released new singles yesterday (Dec. 11).
DEC. 11, 2020
COVERS ALBUM WITH SAXON IN MARCH
SAXON will release a covers album, "Inspirations", on March 19, 2021 via Silver Lining Music.
The 11-track effort contains classic rock songs that influenced Biff Byford and the rest of the band. You can expect covers of songs by ROLLING STONES, The BEATLES, Jimi Hendrix, MOTÖRHEAD, AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE, THIN LIZZY, LED ZEPPELIN etc.
Check out the first single, "Paint It Black": youtu.be/3h4LdiM4C8w
DIO TO REISSUE LIVE ALBUMS
Niji Entertainment and BMG have announced the first 2 albums in the DIO live album reissue series with "Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" (2005) and "Holy Diver Live" (2008) on February 12, 2021. Fans can get an early listen with 2 tracks launched today, a never-before-released, live version of "Lord Of The Last Day" and a live version of the classic "Holy Diver".
Pre-order "Evil Or Divine: Live In New York City" here:rjdio.lnk.to/EvilDivinePR
Pre-order "Holy Diver Live" here: rjdio.lnk.to/HolyDiverLivePR
Listen to "Holy Diver": youtu.be/l6VPtRxkZ7M
DEC. 10, 2020
ADRIAN SMITH AND RICHIE KOTZEN ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION
BMG has announced that 2 of rock's most admired (their words) musicians have joined forces for an exciting new side-project. SMITH/KOTZEN is the electrifying collaboration between guitarists and vocalists Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen.
Smith is best known as one of IRON MAIDEN's principal guitarists, having also enjoyed success as a solo artist. Kotzen is the frontman for The WINERY DOGS as well as having been the guitarist for both MR. BIG and POISON during his long and acclaimed career, which has to date seen him release more than 20 solo albums.
Listen to their first song, "Taking My Chances", here: youtu.be/13MprqKfqGI
CYNIC BASSIST SEAN MALONE IS DEAD
CYNIC's longtime bassist Sean Malone has passed away. He was 50 years old. No cause of death has yet been revealed.
DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN NAMED BEST ROCK DRUMMER IN THE WORLD
DEF LEPPARD's Rick Allen has been voted "Best Rock Drummer In The World" by the readers of Music Radar.
OLDFASHIONED IDEAS TO RELEASE DIGITAL COLLECTION
Swedish street punks OLDFASHIONED IDEAS will celebrate their first 10 years (2009-2019) with a digital collection, titled "All This And More". It will be released on Spotify tomorrow (Dec. 11), and features 37 tracks from EPs, tracks from compilations, previously unreleased tracks and covers.
And no, it will not be released on CD or LP. Not even on cassette.
DEEP PURPLE TO RE-RELEASE "Rapture Of The Deep"
DEEP PURPLE will re-release their 2005 album "Rapture Of The Deep" in 2021. The album will be remixed with a new fresh sound.
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT IMPERIET IN THE WORKS
Some people are going to do a documentary about the Swedish rock legends IMPERIET. A Kickstarter campaign for the project will go live on December 14 at 11:00 (Swedish time).
You can follow the project here: facebook.com/EttHjartaArAlltidRott
DEC. 9, 2020
MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE LIMITED BATCH OF CASK-STRENGTH BOURBON
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of "Ace Of Spades", MOTÖRHEAD is releasing a limited batch of cask-strength bourbon in collaboration with Global Brews and the award-winning Hillrock distillery.
The release is limited to 1,100 bottles. Each bottle is hand numbered and comes packed in a bespoke "Ace Of Spades" gift box.
More info: mashandgrape.com/motorhead imotorhead.com
DEC. 8, 2020
ANOTHER LED ZEPPELIN BOOK
Reel Art Press will release a new book, "Led Zeppelin Vinyl: The Essential Collection By Ross Halfin", on April 17, 2021.
LED ZEPPELIN released only 8 studio albums and no singles over the course of its 12-year career, but to date there are more than 1,000 singles and 2,000 LPs in the market. This definitive volume illustrates in full color some of the rarest and most interesting vinyl releases, including one-of-a-kind rarities, bizarre regional variations, official albums and historic recordings of legendary concerts, sometimes featuring handmade artwork or colored vinyl. All the vinyl, labels and covers have been documented by photographer Ross Halfin in superb detail and are annotated with details of their release.
NEW ALBUM WITH KEN HENSLEY IN MARCH
The late Ken Hensley (URIAH HEEP, BLACKFOOT, W.A.S.P, CINDERELLA) had completed work on his new album, "My Book Of Answers", shortly before his untimely death on November 4, 2020. "My Book Of Answers" is to be released on March 5, 2021 as a CD/DVD and Vinyl Album with Lyric Book package through Cherry Red Records.
You can pre-order the album here: cherryred.co/KenHensley
BAD BRAINS TO REISSUE BACK CATALOG
Affro hardcore/punk legends BAD BRAINS have recently re-acquired the rights to their late 70s, and 80s catalog.
The band will be reissuing their albums and many singles from that period: The "Pay to Cum" single is out February 2021. The self-titled LP is out in April, the 12" single "I & I Survive" in May, "Rock For Light" in June, "Quickness" in August, "The Youth Are Getting Restless (Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam, 1987)" in October, "Omega Sessions" in January 2022, and "Live at The Fillmore 1982" in March/April 2022.
All of the releases are out via their own label Bad Brains Records, and distributed via ORG music.
See a short promo video regarding the reissues: youtu.be/Vx22bO1yT9w
DEC. 7, 2020
PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS TO PERFORM PANTERA ON EUROPEAN TOUR NEXT SUMMER
PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and his solo band, The ILLEGALS, will perform "A Vulgar Display Of Pantera" set on a European tour in the summer of 2021. Support on the trek will come from BAEST.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/Philipillegals
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
SLIPKNOT will be touring in Europe next summer. Tickets go on sale December 11.
The tour will kick off in Moscow, Russia on July 16, and will last until August 19 when they enter the stage at Cabaret Vert Festival in France.
Dates and tickets: slipknot1.com
NEW SINGLE WITH HELLOWEEN IN APRIL
German power metal veterans HELLOWEEN will release a new single, "Skyfall", on April 2 via Nuclear Blast.
The epic 12-minute song, written by Kai Hansen, will be released in 2 versions: The A-side features the 7-minute single edit and the B-side explodes with a 12-minute alternative version of the album track with a new mix and a different singer allocation - available only on this single.
The second edition will offer "Indestructible" as the B-side, another precursor from the album. Limited availability, on vinyl only with premium packaging.
Pre-order the single here: nblast.de/Helloween-Skyfall
The upcoming album will follow in summer 2021.
DEC. 6, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH EVERGREY IN FEBRUARY
Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY will release its 12th album, "Escape Of The Phoenix", on February 26, 2021 via AFM.
The official lyric video for the disc's first single, "Forever Outsider", is available here: youtu.be/L339xdHOZYQ
GRAHAM BONNET TO CONTINUE WITH ALCATRAZZ
Graham Bonnet says that he will "still be recording and performing with ALCATRAZZ" despite the fact that he has parted ways with the musicians who performed with him on the band's latest album, "Born Innocent".
On Friday, December 4 ALCATRAZZ members Jimmy Waldo, Joe Stump, Gary Shea and Mark Benquechea issued a statement saying that they will be joined by singer Doogie White (RAINBOW, Yngwie Malmsteen, MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST) for all their 2021 touring.
Graham is currently in the studio finishing up the third GRAHAM BONNET BAND album and once delivered, he will begin working on a new ALCATRAZZ record.
QUEENSRŸCHE SINGER TODD LA TORRE TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "Rejoice In The Suffering". The LP is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records.
DEC. 3, 2020
DEEP PURPLE MIGHT MAKE ANOTHER STUDIO ALBUM NEXT YEAR
DEEP PURPLE is planning to enter the studio in 2021 to begin work on another album.
Source, virtual meet-and-greet with Finnish fan Anssi Herkkola: youtu.be/wqMSYnluyUQ
ACCEPT RESCHEDULE JAPANESE SHOWS TO 2021
ACCEPT has rescheduled their "2 Nights To Remember" dates in Japan, which will now take place on December 10 ("Balls To The Wall" night) and 11 ("Metal Heart" night) at Club Citta in Kawasaki.
DEC. 2, 2020
SUPER DELUXE EDITION OF BLACK SABBATH's "Vol 4" DUE IN FEBRUARY
BLACK SABBATH will revisit their 4th studio album, "Vol 4" (1972), on a new collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with a trove of 20 unreleased studio and live recordings.
"Vol 4: Super Deluxe Edition" will be available on February 12 as a 4-CD set and a 5-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Both versions come with extensive booklets featuring liner notes with quotes from the era from all 4 band members, rare photos, and a poster with previously unpublished early artwork of the album using the working title "Snowblind". Both the 4-CD and 5-LP versions are available for pre-order now at this location: blacksabbathband.lnk.to/Vol4PR
The newly remastered version of the original album will also be available on digital download and streaming services on the same day.
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS
BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, the band launched by ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho, has inked a deal with Napalm Records for all territories excluding Japan.
Joining Alexi in the group are drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex-SANTA CRUZ) and touring keyboardist Vili Itäpelto.
URIAH HEEP BIOGRAPHY DUE IN APRIL
Wymer Publishing has set an April 16, 2021 release date for Martin Popoff's "Uriah Heep: A Visual Biography".
Customers who pre‑order by January 31 can have their names printed on a dedicated fan page. You can pre-order here: wymeruk.co.uk/webshop/books/rock/uriah-heep/uriah-heep-a-visual-biography
BAD RELIGION CELEBRATES 40 YEARS WITH 4-PART STREAMING SERIES
L.A. punk rock icons BAD RELIGION will celebrate their 40 years of making music with "Decades", a 4-episode online streaming event captured live at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California. The band felt it important to commemorate the conclusion of 2020 as a strange moment in history when they reached that 40-year milestone. The celebratory episodes will include live performance footage, exclusive interviews, and a peek at their rehearsals leading up to the taping of "Decades".
BAD RELIGION will participate in an accompanying live chat during the premiere of each episode. Show-specific merchandise will be available for sale on the "Decades" NoCap Shows page (link below).
The episodes will premiere at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on the following dates:
December 12: "Bad Religion: The '80s"
December 19: "Bad Religion: The '90s"
December 26: "Bad Religion: The '00s"
January 2: "Bad Religion: The '10s"
DEC. 1, 2020
KNOTFEST JAPAN POSTPONED ONCE AGAIN
SLIPKNOT has announced the postponement of the 2021 edition of Knotfest Japan.
Last March, SLIPKNOT was forced to cancel its Asian tour, including the band's appearance at the 2020 edition of Knotfest Japan, due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. The festival was eventally moved to January 10-11, 2021.
But now the festival has been moved once again. The new show dates are as follows: Knotfest Japan 2022 Roadshow: April 9, 2022 / Festival: April 10, 2022 Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11.
MUSTASCH TO PARTICIPATE IN MELLO 2021
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH have announced that they will participate in Melodifestivalen next year (aka Mello 2021), which is the Swedish outtakes for Eurovision Song Contest.
MUSTASCH will play the song "Contagious", and the competion will take place in February/March.
KREATOR TO RELEASE ANTHOLOGY IN FEBRUARY
KREATOR will release "Under The Guillotine: The Noise Records Anthology" on February 26, 2021 as a deluxe box set, 2CD and 2LP formats.
"Under The Guillotine" is a deluxe celebration of KREATOR's Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work.
Also available as an introduction piece is "Under The Guillotine - The Noise Anthology" - an 18-track double-vinyl collection of KREATOR's Noise-era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30-track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook. Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the band's discography.
NOV. 30, 2020
ARCH ENEMY TEAM UP WITH BEHEMOTH AND CARCASS FOR EURO TOUR
ARCH ENEMY and BEHEMOTH will join forces for a European tour in the fall/autumn 2021, with special guests CARCASS and UNTO OTHERS (formerly known as IDLE HANDS).
The tour will kick off in Dublin, Ireland on September 28, and will last until November 6 when they arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.
For dates and tickets, try 1 of these: archenemy.net behemoth.live centurymedia.com nuclearblast.com
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LATE MEGADETH DRUMMER NICK MENZA
West Virginia-based Screaming Butterfly Entertainment has announced "This Was My Life", an uncensored documentary focusing on late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza.
NOV. 29, 2020
EX-CANDLEMASS SINGER MATS LEVÉN JOINS PRINS SVART
Mats Levén - a veteran of the Swedish hard rock scene who has previously played with CANDLEMASS, Yngwie Malmsteen, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, THERION and SKYBLOOD, among others - is the new lead singer in Swedish hard rock band PRINS SVART.
PRINS SVART has just released "Speglar Och Dimma", the first single from its upcoming album "Sanning Och Makt", which will be released on April 23, 2021.
Check out the new single here: youtu.be/CTQ7ah6Jhv0
NOV. 28, 2020
SWEDISH TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO
A tribute album to legendary singer Ronnie James Dio made by Swedish metal musicians has just been released.
"Legacy - A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio" features the bands MADISON, MEMORY GARDEN, TAD MOROSE, GORMATHON, TRAIL OF MURDER, FRONTBACK, SOULSHINE and SVEN-HOLGER ROSENVINGE plus guest appearances from Mats Levén (Yngwie Malmsteen, CANDLEMASS), Mike Wead (KING DIAMOND, HEXENHAUS), Pontus Norgren (HAMMERFALL, The POODLES), Jonny Lindkvist (NOCTURNAL RITES, GATHERING OF KINGS), Simon Johansson (WOLF, BIBLEBLACK), Tom Björn (NIGHTINGALE, MEMENTO MORI), Anders Modd (WOLF, BLACK INK RIVER), Hans Birger (FATAL SMILE, MINDSPLIT), Martin Knutar (DIVINE SIN, MACABRE DECAY) and Andreas "Bagge" Baglien (DIVINE SIN, WOLVERINE).
Available on all streaming platforms now, this collection was originally intended to be released on CD on the 5-year remembrance day of the legendary singer's passing in 2015, but a lot of small and big things got in the way.
All proceeds will go to Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
HEART BIOPIC IS IN THE WORKS
Seattle rock legends HEART will get the biopic treatment.
The HEART biopic will be written and directed by Carrie Brownstein, of SLEATER-KINNEY and "Portlandia" fame, and will be produced for Amazon by Lynda Obst, who has produced more than 20 movies and TV shows.
More info: instagram.com/lyndseyparker
NOV. 27, 2020
NEW 6-TRACK EP WITH THE HARD ROCK INFO EDITOR JIMMY BLOM OUT NOW!
Title: "Välkommen Till Dårhuset"
Music: Hardcore/punk and raw rock.
Listen/download here: jimmyblom.bandcamp.com/album/v-lkommen-till-d-rhuset
LIONHEART TO SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HOSPICE WITH 2 SINGLES
British AOR band LIONHEART are aiming to fulfil one of their greatest wishes, to help in the support and care of terminally ill children.
For this reason, the band is releasing 2 songs over the festive season, from which 100% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the children's hospice Little Havens.
The first single, "The Reality of Miracles - Solstice Mix", will be released on November 29 (1st Advent) as a digital download version. As well as images of the band, the video for the song also contains pictures and information about the remarkable work Little Havens Hospice carries out.
On December 11 the second title, a new version of "Mary Did You Know", will be released with 100% of the proceeds also going straight to the hospice. And as a special collector's item, the song will not only be released digitally but also as a strictly limited edition stunning 7" single in white vinyl.
Both singles can be pre-ordered here: flying-dolphin-administration.lnk.to/Lionheart-Mary-did-you-know
More info about Little Havens: havenshospices.org.uk/little-havens
THE UNDERTONES RESCHEDULE UK TOUR TO 2022
Pop punk legends The UNDERTONES has once again been forced to reschedule their English/Welsh tour. It will now happen in March 2022 instead.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/OfficialTheUndertones
NOV. 26, 2020
KVELERTAK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2022
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Norwegian metal/rock band KVELERTAK has postponed their European headline tour to 2022.
The new dates and other details can be found at: kvelertak.com
NOV. 25, 2020
KREATOR JOIN THE COFFEE BUSINESS
German thrash metal veterans KREATOR have collaborated with coffee roasters The Barn on their first blend, Black Sunrise. The coffee sources beans from Brazil and features a "smooth and chocolatey" taste.
Black Sunrise is available from: thebarn.de/products/black-sunrise
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE KNOTFEST BRASIL
SLIPKNOT has announced the first-ever Knotfest Brasil, set to take place on December 19, 2021 at Sambódromo do Anhembi in São Paulo.
Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. Brasilia Standard Time on Thursday, November 26 at eventim.com.br
NOV. 24, 2020
STICKY FINGERS CLOSING DOWN
According to rumors, the Göteborg, Sweden-based concert venue/night club Sticky Fingers might have gone bankrupt, and therfor have to close down.
NOV. 21, 2020
LIVE SINGLE WITH MÄBE IN DECEMBER
Swedish rock band MÄBE will release a digital 3-track live single, "Söndag i Juni - Live 2020", on December 18 via Twofaced Productions/Sound Pollution Distribution AB.
These 3 tracks was recorded during a live stream in their hometown Strömstad on June 14, 2020.
T.S.T DRUMMER KARRI MÄKKELI IS DEAD
Karri Mäkkeli, once a drummer for Swedish punk band T.S.T, has died. He had been fighting against a disease for a while, which unfortunately won.
SIR REG RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish Celtic punk rockers SIR REG has entered the studio to record a new album.
KISS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
KISS will perform a virtual "Kiss 2020 Goodbye" concert on New Year's Eve.
Read more here: kiss2020goodbye.com
NOV. 20, 2020
NEW SINGLE WITH HOT BREATH OUT TODAY
Swedish action rockers HOT BREATH has released a new single, "Bad Feeling", today on all digital platforms.
The song comes from their upcoming album, "Rubbery Lips" (release date to be announced later).
Check out the single here: orcd.co/bad_feeling
NEW ALBUM WITH ANGELUS APATRIDA IN FEBRUARY
Spanish thrash metallers ANGELUS APATRIDA will release their 7th album, which is self titled, on February 5, 2021 via Century Media Records.
A first impression of the album can be obtained now via the single "Bleed The Crown": youtu.be/l3ebfRQwqOc
You can pre-order the album here: angelusapatrida.lnk.to/AngelusApatridaPR
NEW COMPILATION WITH SWEDISH PUNK
A new compilation with new Swedish punk, called "Ursäkta Röran - Vi Sprängde Hela Skiten", is now available at: ursaktaroran.bandcamp.com/album/vol-1-vi-spr-ngde-hela-skiten
Volume 1 features artists like GIFTIGT AVFALL, KARDBORREBANDET, HÅRDGNISSEL, BLIMEY, N:A HOSPITALET, The PAST, BELTA 53, SYSTEMKOLLAPS etc.
NOV. 19, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH SCARECROW NEXT SPRING
Finnish horror metal/punks SCARECROW are almost done with their new album, titled "Splatterpunk". They plan to release the album in Spring 2021 via German label Sick Taste Records.
More info here: facebook.com/scarecrowfinland
THE HEADLINES POSTPONE GERMAN TOUR
Due to the Corona situation, Swedish punk rock band The HEADLINES have postponed their German tour, which was supposed to happen this month. The new dates are in March 2021, and these dates are as follows:
March 4 - Riders Cafe, Lübeck
March 5 - Black Pearl, Wetzlar
March 6 - Hellraiser, Leipzig
March 7 - Resonanzwerk, Oberhausen
DRUNKEN SWALLOWS and APRIL ART will also play at these shows.
EXODUS REVEAL TITLE OF NEW ALBUM
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends EXODUS has set "Persona Non Grata" as the title of its long-awaited new album, due in the summer of 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
GUNS N' ROSES ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND TOUR
GUNS N' ROSES will return to Australia and New Zealand in November 2021.
Fan-club members will get the first shot at tickets beginning November 23. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning November 26.
..and the dates are:
Nov. 06 - Metricon Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia
Nov. 09 - Adelaide Oval - Adelaide, Australia
Nov. 11 - Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 14 - ANZ Stadium - Sydney, Australia
Nov. 16 - Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane, Australia
Nov. 19 - Sky Stadium - Wellington, New Zealand
Nov. 21 - Forsyth Barr Stadium - Dunedin, New Zealand
Nov. 24 - Optus Stadium - Perth, Australia
More tour dates etc. at: gunsnroses.com
NOV. 18, 2020
SAXON TO RELEASE COVERS ALBUM
British heavy metal legends SAXON are putting the finishing touches on a covers album titled "Inspirations".
Video message from singer Biff Byford: facebook.com/watch/?v=744945539440649
PANTERA BEER IN MARCH
Dallas craft brewery Texas Ale Project has announced a new beer collaboration with legendary Texas music icons PANTERA. Pantera Golden Ale, 5.4% ABV, the first beer to bear the PANTERA name, will be available March 2021.
HANK VON HELL ANNOUNCE FINNISH TOUR DATES
Former TURBONEGRO legend Hank Von Hell have announced 3 dates in Finland in April 2021. These dates are:
April 8 - On The Rocks, Helsinki
April 9 - ZRock Festival, Kempele
April 10 - Rockperry Reload, Vaasa
NOV. 17, 2020
AVATAR ANNOUNCE 4-PART CONCERT SERIES
Swedish metal band AVATAR have announced a series of concert streams, "Avatar Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience", that will take place over the course of January 2021. The 4-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from AVATAR's celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album, "Hunter Gatherer", in full. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan-voted setlists, chosen by ticket purchasers.
Tickets are on sale now.
Visit avatarages.com for all details and to purchase tickets.
NEW SINGLE WITH DALAPLAN IN DECEMBER
Southern Swedish power pop band DALAPLAN will release a new single on December 11 via Beluga Records. The single will include 2 new songs.
NOV. 16, 2020
HEAVEN SHALL BURN ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH TRIVIUM
German hardcore/death metal band HEAVEN SHALL BURN will team up with American metal band TRIVIUM for a European tour in late 2021. Special guests will be TESSERACT and FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Pre-sale start on November 18.
The tour will kick off in Saarbrücken, Germany on November 16, 2021, and will end in Prague, Czech Republic on December 19, 2021.
NOV. 15, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH W.E.T. IN JANUARY
Melodic rock band W.E.T. - with members like Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, SOTO, TALISMAN), Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, NORDIC UNION) and Robert Säll (WORK OF ART) - has announced the release of its 4th album, "Retransmission", on January 22, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Get a first taste of the new album with the single and video "Big Boys Don't Cry": youtu.be/XSoFybZG0_I
NOV. 12, 2020
KREATOR TO RE-RELEASE LIVE ALBUM ON CASSETTE
KREATOR, Germany's legendary thrash metal icons, return with the official reissue of their live album "Terror Prevails - Live at Rock Hard Festival 2010", which is available for the very first time as a 2xMC tape box limited to 444 copies worldwide via Reborn Through Tapes Records on December 20.
NOV. 11, 2020
NEW ALBUM WITH ALICE COOPER IN FEBRUARY
Alice Cooper will release a new album, "Detroit Stories", on February 26, 2021 via earMUSIC. The album is a homage to his hometown Detroit, and among the guests are Wayne Kramer (MC5), Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (DETROIT WHEELS) och MOTOR CITY HORNS.
The first single, "Rock 'N' Roll", will be released on Friday, November 13.
Pre-order the album: alicecooper.lnk.to/DetroitStories
Pre-save the single: alicecooper.lnk.to/RocknRoll
NOV. 10, 2020
KICKIN VALENTINA CANCEL UK/EURO TOUR
Due to the craziness in the world right now, American ass kicking hard rockers KICKIN VALENTINA's February 2021 tour in the UK and Scandinavia is being canceled.
The band are planning European tours in April/May and again in August, so they hope to include as many of the canceled dates on those tours as they can.
PRETTY MAIDS SINGER RONNIE ATKINS TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM
Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins to a solo deal.
The acclaimed PRETTY MAIDS and NORDIC UNION vocalist is currently wrapping up work on a new solo album, titled "One Shot", which will be released in the spring of 2021.
GRAVE DIGGER TO RE-RELEASE "25 To Live"
Metalville/Rough Trade will re-release "25 To Live" with German heavy metal veterans GRAVE DIGGER on December 4.
"25 To Live" consist of 2 CDs and 1 DVD, and was recorded in Sao Paulo in 2005 in front of a frenetic audience on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the band. The concert, with 27 tracks, features not only all the classics, but also songs rarely played live.
TRIBULATION RESCHEDULE EUROPEAN TOUR TO 2021
Swedish metal band TRIBULATION have had to reschedule their upcoming European tour with BØLZER and MOLASSESS, which will now take place in September/October 2021 instead.
Find the new dates here: facebook.com/TribulationSweden
GUS G. IS WORKING ON INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ALBUM
Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, has confirmed that he has begun work on a new solo album.
NOV. 9, 2020
AT THE GATES RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Swedish death metal pioneers AT THE GATES have entered Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden to begin recording their next album.
NOV. 8, 2020
ANGELES WORKING ON NEW ALBUM
L.A. hard rock veterans ANGELES is currently working on a new album, scheduled for a Spring 2021 release. The first single from the album will be released in early 2021.
CHUCK BERRY DOCUMENTARY TO RECEIVE BLU-RAY RELEASE
Following a festival run and special drive-in events across the States, the official Chuck Berry documentary "Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock 'N' Roll" is finally available on VOD platforms and is set for release on Blu-ray on November 27.
NOV. 7, 2020
GIRLSCHOOL ANNOUNCE NORWEGIAN DATES
British hard rock veterans GIRLSCHOOL have announced 3 shows in Norway in November 2021. These dates are:
Nov. 4 - John Dee, Oslo
Nov. 5 - Tribute, Sandnes
Nov. 6 - Flytten, Haugesund
NEW SINGLE WITH M.I.D NEXT FRIDAY
Swedish 90s punks M.I.D are still alive, and will release a new single, "Öl Och Brudar", on Friday, November 13.
The song is taken from their upcoming album "Mata Inte Djuren!".
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT EX-W.A.S.P. GUITARIST CHRIS HOLMES GOT A RELEASE DATE
The documentary film "Mean Man: The Story Of Chris Holmes" will be made available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on January 15.
Pre-order and read more at: mvdshop.com/search?type=product&options%5Bprefix%5D=last&q=Story+of+Chris+Holmes
NOV. 6, 2020
SYSTEM OF A DOWN RELEASE FIRST NEW MUSIC IN 15 YEARS
It's been 15 years since SYSTEM OF A DOWN released new music. For years, fans and press speculated about this, and of late, the rumor mill has gone into overdrive hypothesizing when the band might return to the studio.
Today, motivated by the recently-erupted conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, the latter aided by Turkey and accountable for the greatest violence the region has endured in 26 years, SYSTEM OF A DOWN - Daron Malakian (guitars, vocals), Serj Tankian (vocals), Shavo Odadjian (bass) and John Dolmayan (drums) - announces the release of its first new songs in 15 years: "Protect The Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz".
Produced by Malakian, who also wrote the music and lyrics, both songs are streaming now on all DSPs and are available for purchase on Bandcamp with band royalties earmarked for the Armenia Fund.
"Protect The Land": youtu.be/XqmknZNg1yw
"Genocidal Humanoidz": youtu.be/_74nVpLVn9Q
Read more: facebook.com/systemofadown
NOV. 5, 2020
MARDUK POSTPONE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish black metal veterans MARDUK was supposed to go on a European tour in November/December. But because of the situation with the virus, they have been forced to postpone the tour until March 2021 instead.
YET ANOTHER LIVE RELEASE WITH BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and Frontiers Music Srl continue their release of archival treasures from the band's vault with the December 4 release of "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, and 2xLP.
Additionally, the label will also reissue "A Long Day's Night" on the same date (ex-North and South America).
Pre-order/save "Live At Rock Of Ages Festival 2016" here: orcd.co/rockofages2016
L.A. GUNS TO PERFORM ENTIRE "Cocked & Loaded" ALBUM
L.A. GUNS, the version featuring singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns, will perform its second album, 1989's "Cocked & Loaded", in its entirety on November 28 at the Fremont Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tickets for the pay-per-view livestream go on sale on Friday, November 6 at 10:00 a.m. PST from laguns.veeps.com
L.A. GUNS' next LP is tentatively due in early 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be the third studio album since the much welcome reunion of the band's core foundation of Lewis and Guns.
URIAH HEEP LEGEND KEN HENSLEY IS DEAD
British musician and songwriter Ken Hensley, who was a member of URIAH HEEP between 1970-1980, has passed away at the age of 75.
Ken also collaborated with bands such as BLACKFOOT, W.A.S.P. and CINDERELLA, as well as built a successful solo career.
NOV. 4, 2020
STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE ACOUSTIC ALBUM
Former GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett will release an all acoustic album, "Under A Mediterranean Sky", on January 22, 2021 via InsideOut Music.
H.E.A.T ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T are going on a European tour in the fall of 2021. Support acts will be REACH and TEMPLE BALLS.
The tour will kick off in Rotterdam on October 14, and will end in Hamburg on November 1.
Dates can be found here: facebook.com/heatsweden
NOV. 3, 2020
CHEAP TRICK SIGNS WITH BMG
American rock veterans CHEAP TRICK have signed with BMG. A new album is already done, but has been put on hold because of the virus.
Singer Robin Sander on AXS TV's "At Home And Social With": youtu.be/Sg9YNioae_U
NOV. 2, 2020
HAMMERFALL CANCEL BELARUS AND UKRAINE
Swedish heavy metal band HAMMERFALL have been forced to cancel their shows in Belarus (Nov. 13) and Ukraine (Nov. 14) due to the pandemic.
PUNK ILLEGAL WILL BE BACK NEXT SUMMER
Swedish punk festival Punk Illegal plan to come back next summer. They are currently working on the lineup. The date will be July 9-10, 2021 at Tyrolen in Blädinge (the home of Muskelrock).