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Operation: Mindcrime To Complete Concept Trilogy with New Album

One by one and once a year since 2015, Operation: Mindcrime has been releasing each chapter of a premeditated musical trilogy through a series of concept albums. The Geoff Tate-fronted band began with The Key, Operation: Mindcrime’s debut that formed the foundation on Frontiers Music Srl and paved the way for a part two in Resurrection. This 2016 follow-up led to a music video featuring Blaze Bayley and Tim “Ripper” Owens alongside the former Queensrÿche frontman for the track “Taking On The World”, as well as a spin-off tour highlighting the collaboration known as Trinity. Now, it’s time for the third and final part […]

Concert Review: Appice at Tupelo Music Hall

Perhaps you’re a fan of Vanilla Fudge, or caught Carmine Appice during his time with Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, or Cactus. Maybe you were in a crowd somewhere along the “Sacred Heart” tour and saw Vinny Appice behind the kit with Ronnie James Dio, and were always a fan of Black Sabbath’s “Dio Years” – or you might be a more recent Kill Devil Hill fan, or possibly have spotted a Last In Line show last year. It could be some, all, or none of the above, but in any case, it’d be pretty difficult to call yourself a Rock […]

Interview: Carmine Appice

On September 23rd, Appice, the project consisting of iconic drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice releasing their new collaborative album Sinister later this month, hit Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire. Just before the start of the show, the legendary Carmine Appice was kind enough to sit down with me for a great interview, where he gave an in-depth explanation of the record’s connection to late great Ronnie James Dio, plus an inside look into the Vegas video shoot for the track “Monsters and Heroes”. We also chatted about the Hall of Heavy Metal History, and the history of “Drum […]

Concert Review: Warrant at Tupelo Music Hall (With Red Sky Mary)

“Louder, Harder, Faster!” The chant which united the voices of a packed house with the strong pipes of Robert Mason when Warrant rocked Tupelo Music Hall last weekend. Through a rock and roll call and response of sorts, the audience was thrilled to join in as the Down Boys played their new track on this Northeastern stop along the Louder Harder Faster Tour 2017. September 17th marked the date for Warrant’s second New Hampshire stop of the year, but it wasn’t only new songs that made it onto the setlist that night in Derry – just about all the tracks […]

“Bowl for Ronnie” Adds More Celebrity Guests

The Third Annual “Bowl for Ronnie” charity event was announced not too long ago, and the long list of rockers on the celebrity teams just keeps getting longer. The team led by Eddie Trunk will face off against the team headed by KLOS DJ Gary Moore, with return guests/last year’s winners John 5, Tom Morello, Jeff Scott Soto, and Rock Feinstein joining in. The roster of guests now includes members (and former members) of Guns N’ Roses, Dio, Lynch Mob, Billy Idol, Cinderella, Ratt, Whitesnake, Armored Saint, Budderside, Hellion, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Black Star Riders, Rough Cutt, and many […]

Motörhead’s Under Cöver Released

Under Cöver is officially out – the covers album by Motörhead has been released digitally this week, and it can be purchased via iTunes (affiliate link). While there’s still some time to wait for any physical formats of the record, as October 13th is when the CD and Vinyl will see the light of day from the Motörhead Music label, the 11-track compilation is available to give fans the full experience of the legendary band as they took on tracks by some other legends over the years, including The Ramones, Judas Priest, Metallica, and more. A music video surfaced not too […]

Appice to Perform Debut Album at Select Live Shows

There’s something “sinister” on the way from a project formed by two legendary figures in the rock and metal worlds…and they just happen to be brothers who are both drummers. Appice is the name, and Carmine and Vinny have signed to the SPV/Steamhammer label to put together a debut album under their new moniker. Sinister has a long list of guests to round out the collaboration, which Vinny sums up nicely by stating, “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.” The full lineup of the record is as follows, classified by instrument: Carmine Appice (drums & vocals) Vinny Appice (drums) Jim […]

Metallica to Reissue “Master of Puppets”

Metallica’s iconic Master of Puppets is set for a reissue. The band’s own label, Blackened Records, will be offering a variety of digital and physical forms of the remastered album beginning on November 10th. The release will also feature deluxe and expanded editions that include previously unreleased tracks, videos, and photos, plus instant downloads upon pre-order. James Hetfield shows off everything the Deluxe Master of Puppets reissue has to offer in a special unboxing video, which you can see here. Visit www.metallica.com for more information on the album and Metallica’s upcoming WorldWired European tour dates.

Overkill to Hit the Road on Metal Alliance Tour

The Metal Alliance tour is almost ready to take off, with East Coast thrash legends Overkill at the helm. Kicking off on September 8th, this set of US dates will cover plenty of ground over 20 stops through the month of September. Overkill’s latest record, The Grinding Wheel came out on Nuclear Blast earlier this year, and NJ’s legends are still going strong in support of it. Speaking of support, joining Overkill on the road will be the “sludgy” Southerners Crowbar, along with another set of thrashers in the form of Havok, Black Fast, and Invidia. Show info and tickets […]

Third Annual Bowl for Ronnie Officially Announced

For the third year in a row, the season approaches for the rock ’n’ roll celebrity charity event known as Bowl for Ronnie. Taking place in Studio City, California, the bowling party’s proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. The event will feature teams of rockers, metallers, and on-air personalities, including a team led by Eddie Trunk, who is not only the official host of the event, but the first place winner in last year’s Bowl for Ronnie competition. Celebrity guests include Tom Morello, John 5 (both returning from last year’s winning team), Steven Adler, […]

Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons Announce Recording and Tour

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – the Nuclear Blast-signees consisting of former Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his three sons, plus a vocalist who doesn’t share the last name of Campbell – are on their way to releasing their debut full-length as of this week. They’ve just entered the studio to begin recording the album this week, and there’s not too many details to reveal just yet in these early stages, but according to Phil Campbell, “We have spent the last few days at the legendary Rockfield studios in Wales, soaking up the atmosphere and getting inspired! We hope […]

Ride for Dime to hit the East Coast This Month

It’s time to Ride for Dime – later this month, Sayreville, NJ will mark the spot for a charity event, auction, and concert held in honor of the late Dimebag Darrell – the first ever Ride for Dime in the East Coast Tri-State chapter. This will be an all-day event featuring a variety of guest hosts from the worlds of comedy, reality TV, and of course – Metal. An array of rock and metal bands from the tri-state area plus an All-Star Jam featuring members of Black Label Society, Danzig, Soulfly, Symphony X, Seven Witches, Prophet, Monster Magnet, and many […]

Motörhead Music Video Released for Covers LP

The release of a new Motörhead record – Under Cöver – was announced last week, but coming along somewhat unexpectedly this week is a new music video from the band. Featuring a variety of footage and photos shot both onstage and off, this video is for a previously unheard cover of the David Bowie track “Heroes”. Rolling Stone has the exclusive premiere for the clip and song. While the sight of the beloved late Rock’n’Roll legend Lemmy might warm the hearts of many fans, this track is only the tip of the iceberg for the upcoming record, which will also […]

Accept Releases “The Rise of Chaos”

The Rise of Chaos has arrived – Accept’s latest record is officially out today. Met with instant rave reviews, this marks the fourth studio full-length release from Accept on Nuclear Blast, as well as the fourth to feature vocalist Mark Tornillo. Leading up to the release, Accept has not been shy about sharing some behind-the-scenes secrets – today is no different, as the third “track-by-track” trailer, featuring Wolf Hoffman discussing the final four tracks on the album, is available on the Nuclear Blast Records YouTube Channel. Accept has plenty of worldwide dates lined up in support of The Rise of […]

Motörhead Going Under Cöver

Motörhead is going Under Cöver this fall, as a never-before-released collection of covers is set to come out on their own label of Motörhead Music, together with Silver Lining Music. The tracks featured on the album are a variety of Rock’n’Roll covers that the band took on over the years, and that also includes the Bowie classic “Heroes”, recorded during the Bad Magic sessions in 2015. On the selection of songs, Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell says, “We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now!” while Drummer Mikkey Dee adds, “We should remember that it’s […]