Former Wildhearts/Yo-Yo's bassist DANNY McCORMACK is back with a new band, THE MAIN GRAINS.
Joined by guitarists JJ (Spill 16/Whiskey Haze) and Ben (Modern Day Dukes), and drummer Ginna (Psychobabylon/Phluid), McCormack's new outfit are self-described as Northern punk 'n' roll, fusing Spector-era Ramones to the trademark Wildhearts/Yo-Yo's sound... with an added hint of Blondie!
Danny had this to say about The Main Grains:
"I was thinking of putting something together for a while and by chance I bumped into JJ at a Richie Ramone gig in York. I remember talking with Ben as he was in one of the support bands and he got my attention right away - great riffer and his lead sounds like Slash!
"Anyhow, a couple of months later I was looking through my phone, saw JJ's number, and called, thinking he was a drummer! I found out that he was a guitarist/singer but, believe it or not, he knew Ginna who had only recently said he wanted to do something like the Yo-Yo's!
"Fate or fluke we are here and sound great together. We will be recording something as soon as possible so keep an eye on the site for more info. I personally can't wait. There is real exitement in all of this. Watch this space..."
Basel bad boys BITCH QUEENS have got the internet's knickers in a twist with a new music video for golden track, 'Lick It (Like You Like It)'.
Premiered this week by BlankTV, the video is already a hot potato being tossed around the blinkered views of many a keyboard warrior - watch it yourself below and make up your own mind!
Here at URHQ we think it's a typically ludricrous clip perfectly suited for the high energy glunk rock of Bitch Queens! We love it, and you should too!
Want more info on the band described as a street fight between the Stooges and the Backyard Babies, while next door the Dead Boys are drinking beer with Turbonegro? Get it here: https://www.facebook.com/B1tchQueens
Attention vinyl lovers - 'Devil's Angels', the first single from 'Skeletons', the upcoming album from DANZIG, will be released on September 4th as a 7" single, strictly limited to 500 units!
The B-side of the single will be a vocal and keyboard version of 'Satan (from Satan's Sadists)'.
'Skeletons', the long-promised covers album from Danzig, will be released via AFM Records this coming Autumn and is said to feature a collection of Glenn's renditions of some of his favourite classic songs from the likes of ZZ Top and many more.
Ahead of their UK headline tour this winter, pop punk heroes ZEBRAHEAD have today unveiled details of a new full-length studio album called 'Walk The Plank', set for release through Rude Records on October 13th.
The album of heavy punk mixed with hooky pop songs was recorded in Buzzbomb Studios, Orange County with long time friend and old writing, recording and touring partner of band member Dan, Paul Miner.
On the album's title, bassist Ben Ozz commented: "Touring all the time and traveling can be a bit of a pirate's sort of life so it fits in that sense. So in a way to us it's about taking a chance in life and walking the plank of life. It could also just be too much rum in the Mai Tai also but that's another story! It's one of our best sounding records to date! We wanted it to sound like you're in an arm wrestling competition at the beach while doing a keg stand! Hopefully it'll take you on that journey before the ice in your cocktail melts!"
The first taste of what's to come can be seen in the form of this lyric video for 'Save Your Breath':
'Walk The Plank' follows the recent split EP, 'Out Of Control', with Man With A Mission that impressively charted at Number 1 in the Japanese iTunes rock chart and Number 2 in the overall physical chart for the whole country.
Check out Zebrahead at the following UK dates.
21 Nov - Southend, Chinnerys 22 Nov - Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham 23 Nov - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms 24 Nov - Leeds, Stylus 25 Nov - Glasgow: The Garage 27 Nov. Manchester: Manchester Academy 3 28 Nov - London, Brooklyn Bowl 29 Nov - Oxford, O2 Academy Oxford 30 Nov - Portsmouth, The Wedgewood Rooms 01 Dec - Bristol, The Marble Factory
In Spring 2016, black metal icons SATYRICON are set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their seminal masterpiece, 'Nemesis Divina', with a special re-release and a series of exclusive European shows.
Artistically imperious, instinctively forward-thinking and remorselessly creative, SATYRICON have long since earned the right to be hailed as one of black metal's most important and influential bands. Their 2016 return celebrates their most illustrious piece of dark art with a never-to-be-repeated series of exclusive European shows, wherein the Norwegian trailblazers will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time. In the spring, 'Nemesis Divina' will be re-released, newly remastered by Satyr himself and boasting upgraded and revamped packaging worthy of an album that has had a huge and enduring impact on both the black metal scene and underground heavy music in general.
"It's not what we do and it won't happen again!" avows frontman and creative mastermind Satyr. "This band, as you know, is definitely not retrospective. But we started playing live in 1996. Our most groundbreaking milestone record came out in 1996. 'Nemesis Divina' is the only one of the first three records that has aged really well. It's the only one that we still play several songs from in our set to this day - so if I'm ever going to do anniversary shows and do a reissue and make it a big deal, it's gonna be 'Nemesis Divina' and it has to be now."
When SATYRICON released their third album in 1996, their status as one of the most significant and creatively vital bands in Norwegian black metal was already beyond dispute. But 'Nemesis Divina' was no ordinary record or just another step along the road to infamy. Instead, this was a revolutionary and groundbreaking piece of work from a band that had suddenly hit their stride on every conceivable level. From its uniquely vibrant and impactful artwork, which broke every supposed rule in the black metal handbook with its vivid colours and refined aesthetic core, to the supremely confident and idiosyncratic songs and individual performances that heralded a newfound sophistication and a freshly incisive vision, 'Nemesis Divina' almost single-handedly took black metal from its voluntarily shadowy and obscure origins into the glaring spotlight of the international metal scene. There are many classic albums to salute from the Norwegian scene of the early '90s and while the likes of Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor and Immortal undoubtedly share SATYRICON's esteemed position in the genre's spectral hall of fame, it was arguably 'Nemesis Divina' that most vigorously announced the arrival of this arcane musical phenomenon to the rest of the world, destroying the notion that black metal was an entirely self-contained and inward-looking subculture in the process. Most of all, however, 'Nemesis Divina' showcased a band that finally had the skill and the musical intuition to back up the undeniable potency of their artistic vision. Sonically devastating and compositionally meticulous, songs like 'Mother North' and 'The Dawn Of A New Age' redefined what black metal was capable of, while proudly retaining the genre's ageless essence and aesthetic values.
"Everything expanded tenfold with 'Nemesis Divina'," Satyr states. "For most people who liked the first two records, SATYRICON climbed to a whole different level on 'Nemesis Divina' and people really started to love the band. This album has a special place in our history. Suddenly we were selling 80,000 and then 100,000 records, and those numbers were unheard of in our small part of the world. That was the record that everyone that was into this scene wanted to buy. If you say there are two stages of evolution in black metal - the '80s, with Venom and Celtic Frost and Bathory, and then the '90s with the Norwegian stuff and everything followed in its wake - there are, at most, a handful of albums and a handful of songs that really define modern day black metal. 'Nemesis Divina' is definitely one of those records and 'Mother North' is definitely one of those songs."
"Next year it's 20 years since SATYRICON made its live debut as a band, and 20 years since we released 'Nemesis Divina'," Satyr states. "I thought 'Either we do multiple shows, re-release the album and do it properly, or we don't do it at all'. So here we are. We'll be performing 'Nemesis Divina', front to back, doing only a few exclusive shows in 2016 and we look forward to sharing this unique experience with our loyal fans."
1.) Kill The Ravens 2.) Romance Of Death 3.) Monster Blood 4.) Snakebites 5.) Old Mans Dead House 6.) Hometown 7.) Unrighteous Grave 8.) Chamber Of Suffering 9.) This Means War
JUNKSTARS, along with fellow Swedes, all-girl rockers HEAVY TIGER, will support BACKYARD BABIES on the reunited band's European tour in support of new album, 'Four By Four'. Catch them at one of four shows on the UK leg of the tour:
22 Nov - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms 23 Nov - Glasgow, O2 ABC2 24 Nov - Manchester, Academy 3 25 Nov - London, Islington Academy
The long-awaited new album from classic rock legends THE LIZARDS, featuring members of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus and Riot, will be released in September 2015 on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice's Rocker Records.
Titled 'Reptilicus Maximus', the band's seventh album features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO). Once again the breathtaking cover artwork was created by longtime Lizards artist Rick Klemann.
The Lizards are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album), and have released seven critically acclaimed albums and three live DVDs in the past 13 years. The band's 2006 release, 'Against All Odds', and their covers album from 2009, 'Archeology', garnered rave reviews from fans and music press alike worldwide, catapulting The Lizards into legendary status!
"Loved hearing The Lizards when they opened for UFO. Cool riffs, grooves and musicality with Mike DiMeo's killer vocals on top. Awesome new record and I am glad to be a part of it." - Vinnie Moore, UFO
Says bassist and band leader, Randy Pratt: "On our 7th CD, 'Reptilicus Maximus', we brought in a few of our touring buddies. David Lanik, of 'Sharks' kicks ass on 'Ton on the One', the opening track on the CD. Frank Marino, of Mahogany Rush, was the headliner on our first tour and dazzles on 'Evil Eyes', the second track. Vinnie Moore and UFO were the headliners on our LAST tour (so far). Vinnie shreds beautifully on 'Crash', a song I wrote the lyrics to in the hospital after my brutal car crash that sidelined us for awhile. We did a 2 month tour with Glenn Hughes and he came to New York to record 4 songs on our 6th CD, 'Against All Odds'. 'Miracle Man' is a song that he wrote specifically for The Lizards, and I believe we slay it. He and Mike DiMeo do another one of their over the top duets on the closing number on the record. We added Scott 'The Doctor' Treibitz on keys for this CD, adding some new textures, from dark and brooding synths and majestic pipe organ to honky tonk piano and funky hammond organ. The music runs from progressive rock to swampy blues, lyrics ranging from the sacred to the profaneall in the name of ROCK. Bobby Rondinelli told us that we got some of the best playing of his career on this record. Since he played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, you can believe the drums are world class throughout!"
"Having toured with The Lizards and getting to know the band personally, I was delighted when Randy asked me to play on a track with them. And even if I hadn't gotten to know what a great bunch of guys they are, I still would have accepted the invitation gladly, because I just loved the track and the music they make. With me it's always been about heart, and these cats bring it... straight from the heart." - Frank Marino, Mahogany Rush
D.O.A. is back with a vengeance! It looked like Canada's legendary punk pioneers were going to hang it up, as Joe Shithead Keithley, the godfather of "hardcore" sought political office, but that didn't happen this time so the political world's loss is the music world's gain.
D.O.A. has a brand new album, 'Hard Rain Falling', out now on Sudden Death Records and iTunes, and a tour in the works.
To come up with 'Hard Rain Falling', Joe, Paddy Duddy (drums) and Mike Maggot (bass) took inspiration from D.O.A.'s early classics: 'Something Better Change', 'Hardcore 81' and 'War on 45' and made the songs quick, short and right to the point. With anthems like 'The Cops Shot a Kid', 'Punk Rock Hero', 'Warmonger', 'Kicked In The Teeth' and 'Racism Sucks', they take on environmental destruction, racism, street gangs and warmongers. There's even a cover of the reggae classic 'Johnny Too Bad'. Just what's needed from what some people call Canada's protest band.
"The way I look at it, if D.O.A. is going to be relevant in these tough times, we have to stick to our roots and really stir things up," says Keithley, "we're still doing our best to change this god damn old world for the better."
The first video from D.O.A.'s new album is 'Pipeline Fever', a funny and sarcastic look at the impending environmental disaster that will happen if oil companies manage to get their way and litter Canada and the USA with pipelines to move Canada's "dirty oil": Bitumen. The oil industry is eager to maximize profits by proposing not one pipeline for Bitumen from Alberta, but four in total: Northern Gateway, the Kinder Morgan expansion, Keystone XL and Energy East.
"Canada is in the middle of an election and a big issue is oil pipelines, I, like most Canadians say transporting bitumen is a disaster waiting to happen, let's work on alternative clean energy," Keithley said. "Apparently PM Stephen Harper has learned nothing from BP's Deepwater Horizon 2010 Gulf of Mexico massive oil disaster, he cares nothing for our irreplaceable environment and future generations."
D.O.A. 'Hard Rain Falling' tour dates:
Wednesday September 16th - Jimmy Jazz, Guelph, ON Thursday September 17th - This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton, ON Friday September 18th - Bourbon, Barrie, ON Saturday September 19th - Main Stage Riot Fest, Toronto, ON - 2 PM set time Saturday September 19th - Bovine Sex Club, Toronto, ON Sunday September 20th - The Moustache, Oshawa, ON Monday September 21st - Windsor Tavern, Van Kleek Hill, ON Tuesday September 22nd - Katacombes, Montreal, QC Wednesday September 23rd - Koto, Salem, MA Thursday September 24th - Firehouse 13, Providence, RI Friday September 25th , Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA Saturday September 26th - Bowery Electric, New York City, NY Sunday September 27th - Soul Sounds Inc, Sayville, NY Tuesday September 29th -Joe Keithley solo acoustic, Cherry Cola, Toronto, ON Tuesday October 6th - Spirit Bar, Nelson, BC Wednesday October 7th - Byng Roadhouse, Cranbrook, BC Thursday October 8th - The Vat, Red Deer, AB Friday October 9th - Brixx, Edmonton, AB Saturday October 10th - Joe Keithley solo show 3 PM, Cask & Barrel, Edmonton, AB Saturday October 10th Saturday October 10th - Nite Owl, Calgary, AB Saturday November 7th - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Frontman James Atkinson comments: "After a long hiatus, we are excited to be coming back to our London spiritual home of the Underworld to play once again. We hope you can dust off the Monday blues and join us for a debauched evening of wine, whiskey and song."
'Hustler's Row' will be in stores worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records on October 16th but eager fans can check out the first track from their new offering over on YouTube - Listen to 'The Searcher' here:
Australia has long been a breeding ground for some of the most violent and chaotic varieties of black/death metal to have ever surfaced from the underground. Although it is almost certainly best known as the birthplace of the incomparable Sadistik Exekution, the Island Continent also later spawned the likes of bands such as Corpse Molestation, Bestial Warlust, Destroyer 666, and ABOMINATOR, all of whom began to thrive in the early to mid 1990s and espoused a distinctly bloodthirsty and uniquely Australian brand of extreme metal.
ABOMINATOR's early recordings capture the ferocity of this movement as well as, if not better than, any other from that place and period. Their first demo, 'Barbarian War Worship', was released in 1995, three short years after Corpse Molestation's seminal 'Descension of a Darker Deity' demo. Another two years later, Abominator released their second demo, 'The Conqueror Possessed'. Anchored by the viciously precise drumming of Chris Volcano (Destroyer 666, Destruktor, Denouncement Pyre, Ignivomous) and fueled by the riffs of guitarist Andrew Undertaker (Cemetery Urn), these demos exemplify the precise and violent but still uncivilized attack perfectly foreshadowed by the title of the first demo.
First released as a double vinyl LP compiling both Abominator demos in 2010, on December 1st, Nuclear War Now! Productions is pleased to once more exhume these artifacts of battle and offer them on both DLP and CD formats, again under the most appropriate title imaginable of 'Barbarian War Worship'.
In addition to the two demos in their entirety, this release also includes bonus tracks from 2000 and 2005 studio sessions.
Moreover, both CD and DLP versions feature the same cover art as the 2010 release by the legendary Chris Moyen, but also contain an updated and improved layout that includes the original cover art from both demo cassettes, rare band photos, and lyrics to all songs.
The audio for the CD release has also been specifically mastered by James Plotkin in order to best match the sound properties of that particular format. In other words, no element has been overlooked in order to present these recordings in the most befitting way possible to all who worship the most barbaric acts of violence.
Tracklisting for Abominator's 'Barbarian War Worship':
Disc 1 - Barbarian War Worship (1995)
Side A 1. Intro / War Worship 2. Hordes of Impurity 3. The Darkest Sabbat
Side B 4. Black Nuclear Mists (Holocaustic Swarm) 5. Sepulchral Vomit 6. The Filthy Spirit Antichrist / Outro
Disc 2 - The Conqueror Possessed (1997)
Side A 1. The Conqueror Possessed 2. Damnations Prophecy 3. A Luciferian Path to Destruction
Side B 4. Debauchery (The Sinners Hammer) 5. Blood of the Damned 6. Urge to Retaliate 7. Infernal Tides
CHILDREN OF BODOM are set to release their forthcoming album, 'I Worship Chaos', on October 2nd via Nuclear Blast. Today the band has released the first track by track trailer for the forthcoming album, which covers new songs 'I Hurt', 'My Bodom (I Am The Only One)' and 'Morrigan'. Watch the trailer below.
Returning to Finland's Danger Johnny Studios (located at a top secret, undisclosed location in Helsinki) to record 'I Worship Chaos', the album was produced by the band and Mikko Karmila, who worked with the band on their earlier albums 'Halo Of Blood', 'Hatebreeder', 'Follow The Reaper' and 'Hate Crew Deathroll'. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki and the artwork was created by Finnish artist Tuomas Korpi.
'I Worship Chaos' tracklist:
01. I Hurt 02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One) 03. Morrigan 04. Horns 05. Prayer For The Afflicted 06. I Worship Chaos 07. Hold Your Tongue 08. Suicide Bomber 09. All For Nothing 10. Widdershins
Bonus tracks (digibook only): 11. Mistress Of Taboo (PLASMATICS cover) 12. Danger Zone (KENNY LOGGINS cover) 13. Black Winter Day (AMORPHIS cover)
The autumn is going to be a celebration of Swedish steel! WOLF founded in 1995 and were the first wave of the NWOSHM (New Wave Of Swedish Heavy Metal). They inspired the next generation like ENFORCER who came to birth in 2004 with a new Speed Metal approach while the new kids on the block, DYNAMITE, present the Rock 'N' Roll side of good old Metal.
An official WOLF statement reads: "We are thrilled to get out on the road to promote 'Devil Seed' on yet another run around Europe, this time with fellow Swedes Enforcer and Dynamite. This package is so much Metal that everyone coming to the shows will have a hard time passing airport security and metal detectors for a foreseeable future. Buckle up and get ready, the Heavy Metal tour of the fall is soon in a city near you!"
Don’t miss this gathering of generations and make sure to train your neck for headbanging insanity!
ENFORCER, WOLF + Dynamite 'From Beyond' tour
08.10.2015 - Queens Hall, Nuneaton, UK 09.10.2015 - Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Ireland 10.10.2015 - Limelight 2, Belfast, UK 11.10.2015 - Audio, Glasgow, UK 12.10.2015 - Live Rooms, Chester, UK 13.10.2015 - Underworld, London, UK
JOE BONAMASSA will release 'Live At Radio City Music Hall' on 2nd October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The live concert will be released on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and 180 gram 2LP vinyl with free MP3 download code.
The live release was filmed over his two sold out shows on 23rd and 24th January 2015 at the iconic Radio City Music Hall in the heart of New York City. It's the largest and most iconic music theatre in the world. Joe's father would take Joe to Radio City as a boy to see shows in the city, and it had forever been his dream venue to play as a musician.
'Live At Radio City Music Hall' CD tracklisting:
1. I Can't Be Satisfied 2. One Less Cross To Bear 3. Living On The Moon 4. I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues 5. Dust Bowl 6. Trouble Town 7. Still Water 8. Different Shades Of Blue 9. Happier Times 10. Never Give All Your Heart 11. Hidden Charms 12. Love Ain't A Love Song 13. So, What Would I Do?
'Live At Radio City Music Hall' Video tracklisting:
1. Bite The Big Apple (titles) 2. Dust Bowl 3. Trouble Town 4. Still Water 5. Different Shades Of Blue 6. The Huckleberries - Introducing the acoustic band 7. Black Lung Heartache 8. Happier Times 9. Never Give All Your Heart 10. Hidden Charms 11. Living On The Moon 12. I Can't Be Satisfied 13. Double Trouble 14. One Less Cross To Bear 15. Love Ain't A Love Song 16. Introducing the Electric Band 17. "Happy Birthday Mom!" 18. I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues 19. So, What Would I Do?
Bonus Featurette: 1. Bite The Big Apple - (behind-the-scenes) 45 minutes
'Live At Radio City Music Hall' dovetails Joe Bonamassa’s 8-date October 2015 UK tour, which kicks off at Newcastle Metro Arena (Wednesday Oct 21), followed by dates at Liverpool Echo Arena (Friday Oct 23), Leeds First Direct Arena (Saturday Oct 24), Nottingham Capital FM Arena (Sunday Oct 25), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Tuesday Oct 27), Bournemouth BIC (Wednesday Oct 28), and two dates at Brighton BIC (Friday October 30 & Saturday Oct 31). Tickets are available from www.eventim.co.uk or 0844 493 6666.
LENNY KRAVITZ and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced the release of a new, live concert film entitled 'Just Let Go', which is set for worldwide release on DVD, Blu-ray and all digital formats on October 23rd.
Shot over the course of three months in the Autumn of 2014 during the European leg of Kravitz's world tour, 'Just Let Go' features spectacular live performances of some of the best loved tracks from the artist's legendary career, as well as material from his latest studio album, 'Strut'.
"I am a solo artist but 'Just Let Go' reflects on the relationship with my band and the camaraderie that develops between us while out on the road," states Lenny Kravitz. "The film takes a deeper look into what it's like to be on tour and also gives an intimate perspective into my life with my band, both on and off the stage."
'Just Let Go' features a total of 12 performances that are artfully intercut with behind-the-scenes raw clips, interviews, and intimate rehearsal footage. The film sheds insight into the artist's creative process behind delivering his music and the aesthetic quality of the presentation that characterize his electrifying concerts.
'Just Let Go' tracklisting:
1) Fly Away 2) Dirty White Boots 3) American Woman 4) Dancin' 'Til Dawn 5) Strut 6) It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over 7) New York City 8) The Chamber 9) Sister 10) Dig In 11) Let Love Rule 12) Are You Gonna Go My Way
**As a Bonus Feature the film will also include full unedited live versions of Sister, Always On The Run, Sex, I Belong To You, New York City, and Let Love Rule.
Kravitz has recently embarked on the US leg of his 'Strut' world tour, which kicked off at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY on August 23rd. Tickets and more information for the tour can be found at www.lennykravitz.com/tour/
After an extensive European tour with Stick To Your Guns, Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean as well as shows in Russia, Greece and several festival appearances, DEEZ NUTS have announced their return to Europe and the UK.
It is the band's first headline tour in support of their latest album, 'Word Is Bond', which entered the German charts at #34 upon its release in April this year.
Joining them are special guests Nasty, Expire, Astroid Boys (Nov 20 – Nov 30), Coldburn (Dec 6 – Dec 18) and Louie Knuxx.
'Word Is Bond' European Tour 2015 - UK leg:
22.11.15 (UK) Birmingham - The Rainbow 23.11.15 (UK) Leeds - The Key Club 24.11.15 (UK) Glasgow - Ivory Blacks 25.11.15 (UK) Sheffield - Corporation 26.11.15 (UK) London - Underworld