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Metal United World Wide Sets International Metal Event for 2018

“A night of united Metal” – that’s what a recently launched project known as Metal United World Wide has its sights set on for 2018. Drawing from the roots of MUDU (Metal United Down Under), an Australian project that, since 2014, has coordinated an annual day of nationwide Metal shows all performed on the same night under the same banner, Metal United World Wide (MUWW) is taking the concept and turning it into an intercontinental experience planned for this year. May 5th, 2018 marks the date, and though each of the shows are individually organized, the sense of unity within […]

Album Review: Jim Crean – Insatiable

Not too long ago, I reviewed a Northeastern stop of the Appice Drum Wars series of shows, one which took place to promote the recent release from the Appice Brothers, Sinister. In light of this new album being the first officially recorded collaboration between Vinny and Carmine, much of the attention was on these drummer brothers. But now, it’s time to focus entirely on the singer whose powerful vocals fronted that very Drum Wars show, not to mention his role as a featured vocalist on Sinister following a long history with the Appices, plus his own far-reaching solo career – […]

Concert Review: Tom Keifer at Tupelo Music Hall

When you hear the band name Cinderella, what comes to mind? Perhaps you’d say the 1986 debut Night Songs, chock-full of hard rock hits and quite a few of their most well-known tracks, or you might reference the blues-tinged sequel Long Cold Winter, and its follow-up Heartbreak Station. If you kept on listing albums, you would’ve hit it eventually, but Still Climbing most likely wasn’t your first choice of an answer. The fact that this album and its title track tends to get a little lost in the shuffle (and I don’t mean the “Bad Attitude Shuffle”) is precisely what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview: Red Sky Mary

With seven years, three full-length albums, and an EP behind them, New England rockers Red Sky Mary have got plenty of material under their belt to pack an opening slot to the brim. The New Hampshirites regularly tour the Northeast, and recently played at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire, opening for Warrant. I caught lead singer Sam Vlasich and guitarist Tom Boisse at the show, who demonstrated some great time-management skills as they shifted between running their merch table and doing an interview with me. I took their populous local fanbase into consideration and tried not to […]

“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 […]

Serenity Premiere “Lionheart”

Symphonic Metallers Serenity will soon have a new record out via Napalm Records. Lionheart is set for an October 27th release, but in the meantime the title track has been released through an exclusive premiere with Metal Underground, and you can hear it right here: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=137069. The band says of the new song, “Lionheart – the title track of our upcoming album – is a fast, deep melodic metal song with a slightly celtic influence! It’s about war, pain but also hope – and one of our favourite tracks! So let’s fight like a lion!” With an Amadeus Austrian Music […]

DevilDriver Heads Out on Fall Tour Tonight

The Superjoint/DevilDriver 2017 U.S. Tour kicks off tonight in the south, with a Austin, TX date launching the lineup into a month long run wrapping up in Orlando on October 23rd. Presented by The Oracle Management, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara-founded company, this will be the second leg of North American touring for the groove metallers, who also finished up the first leg in Lubbock, TX last night. Cane Hill will come along for the ride, having supported DevilDriver for most of the summer and now continuing on into the fall. Also joining Superjoint and DevilDriver on the road is King […]

Steelheart Goes “Through Worlds of Stardust” With New Album

The buzz surrounding Steelheart’s first full-length record in almost ten years has been building for several months, ever since the release of its first single, “Got Me Runnin’” back in July. In a case of classic meets modern, the latest sounds from Miljenko Matijevic-founded-and-fronted Steelheart are officially out today on Frontiers Records, in the form of the 10-track Through Worlds of Stardust. On the record, Miljenko says, “I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album. Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled. […]

Beast In Black Premiere Debut Single

One of the latest additions to the Nuclear Blast Records roster is the former-Battle Beast-guitarist-formed heavy group known as Beast In Black. The Helsinki Heavy Metallers were founded by Battle Beast’s Anton Kabanen in 2015, and now, with some solid gigs including an opening slot for Nightwish under their belt, the band is preparing for their debut album to be released in the fall. Berserker is the name, and “Blind and Frozen” is the first single, for which a music video directed by Ville Lipiäinen (Nightwish) has already been released. Taking a classic heavy metal sound to heart with a […]

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 […]

Babylon A.D. Release New Video for Upcoming Record “Revelation Highway”

All original members with all new material, Babylon A.D. have recently announced the upcoming release of their latest album. Not too long ago, the band released LIVE@XXV to celebrate their 25th anniversary of recording together. Now, on November 10th, 2017, Revelation Highway will mark the 30th anniversary of Babylon A.D.’s formation with a 10-track release on Frontiers Music Srl. For the first look and an early taste of the high-powered Rock’n’Roll Babylon A.D. has to offer on Revelation Highway, check out the music video for the opening track, “Crash and Burn“. Here’s a statement from frontman Derek Davis on the band’s latest work: “This record […]

Sweet & Lynch Are “Unified” in Lyric Video for “Afterlife”

Sweet & Lynch, the Frontiers-signed band whose name combines that of Stryper frontman Michael Sweet and Lynch Mob/Ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch, are on their way to releasing their second album this fall – an 11-track full-length by the name of Unified. This is not the first collaboration for the two, as their debut record Only to Rise hit the shelves and the Billboard charts in 2015, also released on Frontiers Music Srl. Rounding out the group for a second time are bassist James LoMenzo (ex-White Lion, ex-Megadeth, John Fogerty) and drummer Brian Tichy (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, BashFest Founder). The band recently released […]

Earthless Signs to Nuclear Blast

Earthless is a Hard Rock band out of San Diego who’s been releasing classic-inspired psychedelic and mainly instrumental records since 2005. Now, they’ve officially signed to Nuclear Blast Entertainment, with a brand-new album at the stage of completion. Recorded at Rancho de la Luna with Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), the fourth full-length from Earthless is set for an early 2018 release, with more details to be revealed in the near future. Meanwhile, the trio will head out on a West Coast headlining run soon, with further dates in October. All the details at: https://www.facebook.com/earthlessrips/