MR BIG announced today that its drummer, Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour in support of the band’s new album, '…The Stories We Could Tell'.
"I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened. I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability," said Torpey.
MR BIG intends to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of MR BIG's drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group's acoustic set.
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 1998, the Boston quartet - Sully Erna (lead vocals / guitar), Shannon Larkin (drums), Robbie Merrill (bass) & Tony Rombola (lead guitar) - have notched up a remarkable set of facts 'n' stats in the US and beyond: these include 4 Grammy nominations, 4 Platinum Awards, 20 million records sold, 3 consecutive US #1 albums, unmatched airplay records at radio, and many more.
"I think you can hear a real hunger in the sound," says Erna. "We're all pretty fired up at the moment, and that extends to taking our music overseas. It's time to give some real focus to our touring activities outside of North America, and we think this new single will make our intentions clear. It's one for the fans, and that means our fans everywhere."
Produced & mixed by Dave Fortnam (Slipknot, Evanescence, etc.) working closely with Erna, '1000HP' was recorded in Godsmack's new HQ just 30 minutes from the heart of Boston, and the band's calling-card weight, groove, power and spiritual tone are in evidence throughout, tempered here and there by more reflective moments, and, in certain cases, something of a new drift.
VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS are set to release a brand new studio album, 'Army Of Three', on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records.
The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video, 'All Night Long'. The new album dovetails the band's nationwide UK tour which starts Monday 29th September at London's The Borderline.
'Army Of Three' is the band’s second studio album, produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011's critically acclaimed debut album, 'The Radium', which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine's year round-up. The album will be released on 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital download.
The band have just posted a new video on YouTube for 'Blow To The Head', one of the powerhouse guitar-driven tracks from the forthcoming album - watch below.
VATA bassist Jack Alexander Timmis recalls when everything was cut short just before the LP was completed. Says Timmis: "Towards the end of production, the album was suddenly put on unexpected hold. Before we returned to the studio to finish the album, Chris Tsangarides was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. He was in intensive care for 3 months. He was lucky to come out of it alive."
'Army Of Three' tracklisting:
1. TAKE ME HIGHER 2. BLOW TO THE HEAD 3. ALL NIGHT LONG 4. LOVE AGGRESSION 5. GIVE IT UP 6. THROUGH THE NIGHT 7. IT BURNS 8. STAND UP 9. ANYMORE 10. FREE
THE BORDERLINE LONDON - ALBUM LAUNCH - Monday 29th September
SPAIN CALELLA ROCKFEST - Saturday 11th October
BEAVERWOOD CLUB, CHISLEHURST KENT - Thursday 16th October
BOOM BOOM CLUB, SUTTON - Friday 17th October
MANCHESTER, THE RUBY LOUNGE - Saturday 18th October
GREAT YARMOUTH - LEGENDS OF ROCK FESTIVAL - Sunday 19th October
SOUTHAMPTON, TALKING HEADS - Sunday 22nd October
HULLBRIDGE, THE TOUCHLINE - Friday 24th October
FERRYHILL, MAINSFORTH COMMUNITY CENTRE - SATURDAY 25th October
DEVIZES, LONG STREET BLUES - Saturday 1st November
RISE AGAINST has released the official video for the first single to be taken from new album, 'The Black Market' - watch 'I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore' below.
The band commented: "Our new video for the song 'I Don't Want To Be Here Anymore' encompasses the overwhelming noise of our world and the fatigue we all feel as its witness. This song is a starting point, not an ending point. It’s about the wake-up calls in life that let us know something needs to change."
Chicago, Illinois female-fronted heavy metal quintet HESSLER - now featuring new singer "Jessikill" - is embarking on the 2nd leg of their Ghost Dance Summer Tour, which will see the band returning to play in the East Coast of the United States and in Canada for the very first time.
The band is touring in support of their recently released EP 'Ghost Dance'.
GRANT NICHOLAS has announced a UK tour, playing 12 dates across the UK this autumn to support the release of his first solo album, 'Yorktown Heights'.
Grant will be playing a dozen major UK cities across September and October. He will also be playing his first solo tour in Japan in early October. Following two sold out London shows at London’s Slaughtered Lamb and Sebright Arms plus an appearance with Neil Young in Hyde Park Grant will close the tour at Islington Assembly Halls October 23rd.
September Sat 20th - BRIGHTON, The Haunt Mon 22nd - MANCHESTER, Ruby Lounge Tue 23rd - NEWCASTLE, The Cluny Thu 25th - LIVERPOOL, East Village Arts Club Sat 27th - BIRMINGHAM, HMV Library Sun 28th - LEEDS, The Wardrobe Mon 29th - CARDIFF, Globe
October Wed 1st - PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms Thu 2nd - BRISTOL, The Fleece Thu 16th - GLASGOW, Oran Mor Fri 17th - EDINBURGH, Cabaret Voltaie Thu 23rd - LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall
Tickets are available from 9am on Friday 25th July
‘Yorktown Heights’ is the debut LP from the songwriter and frontman of the phenomenally successful UK rock band Feeder. Made up of 13 tracks (with the Deluxe version being 15 tracks), the album is a beautifully crafted, insightful set of tracks that underline Nicholas’s deft songwriting abilities.
Nicholas’ career with Feeder thus far has spanned 20 years and 11 albums, with 8 gold and platinum albums and over 3 million album sales.
Ahead of their UK and Ireland tour, action heroes ARNOCORPS have announced the re-release of album 'The Greatest Band Of All Time'.
After 5 years of being out of print, the album is back, along with a gatefold vinyl in Limited Alpine White or standard Barbell Black vinyl.
It should come as no surprise that the pioneers of Action-Adventure Hardcore Rock and Roll claim to be 'The Greatest Band of All Time'. On their 2001 arrival in the burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area music scene, ArnoCorps were the world's first band to feature lyrics based exclusively on the ancient tales of heroes which were pilfered by Hollywood studios. The ballsy band combine militaristic appearance with a musical style rooted in god damned heavy metal. Describing their music as Action Adventure Hardcore Rock and Roll, the focus of the band is on their energetic live performances which feature interaction with the audience. Attendees and fans are referred to by the band as "Goddamn Heroes and Sheroes."
"It's fantastic to know this historic recording will live on forever in analog permanence for future generations, long after we're gone. It's amazing the life that record has taken on. All 15 songs were recorded in just 2 days! Heroic."
The album is available for order from Alternative Tentacles Records or you can pick it up at a show.
ArnoCorps are conducting live audio assaults in the UK and Ireland this month, ballsier and more fantastic than ever. The Fantastic Tour is in support of The Fantastic EP, Wheel of Pain Push-Ups app, the 7" release of Two More and the re-release of The Greatest Band Of All Time.
The time to assemble your goddamn heroic rescue team is NOW!
Thursday July 24, 2014 - Sound Control, Manchester, England Friday July 25, 2014 - Fibber Magees, Dublin, Ireland Saturday July 26, 2014 - The Speakeasy, QUBSU, Belfast, Northern Ireland Sunday July 27, 2014 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, Scotland Tuesday July 29, 2014 - The Asylum, Birmingham, England Thursday July 31, 2014 - The Racehorse, Northampton, England Friday August 1, 2014 - Exchange, Bristol, England Saturday August 2, 2014 - The Underworld, London, England
There are only two people in the entire world who can claim to have played with the Ramones while not actually being tagged with the ‘Ramone’ nom-de-plume. DUNCAN ‘KID’ REID is one of those people.
As singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, Duncan rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. The Boys remain one of the best-loved and influential bands of their generation.
Fast forward to 2014 and Duncan’s new group The Big Heads, featuring multi-instrumentalist Alexander Gold, guitarist Sophie Lynch and drummer Ciara Lavers, are powering their way around the globe and astounding audiences from Buenos Aires to Berlin to Dublin and back again. 'Montevideo', from the Big Heads’ debut album 'Little Big Head', has earned Duncan the keys to the Uruguayan capital (the only other musicians to achieve this being Elton John and Paul McCartney). The band has been joined onstage by members of Europe, German mega group Die Toten Hosen and TV Smith of The Adverts.
Following a cornucopia of stellar reviews for 1st album 'Little Big Head', The Big Heads develop their unique, effortlessly entertaining, melodic brand of harmony laden pop punk with new release: 'The Difficult Second Album'. 12 tracks dealing with close shaves in Rio, hen parties in London, growing old disgracefully, and hugging, combine to give a unique view of life.
Get a taster of 'The Difficult Second Album' below:
LIZZY BORDEN has announced tour dates for their '30 years of American Metal' tour. The anniversary show features songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like 'Me Against the World', 'American Metal', 'Master of Disguise'.
Lizzy commented: "We are all very excited to perform our Anniversary show all over the world and can’t wait to celebrate with all of our friends/fans for this monumental milestone. See you all soon."
UPCOMING LIZZY BORDEN TOUR DATES:
July 24, 2014 - Lima, Peru Centrica July 26. 2014 - Bogota, Colombia Ozzy Rock Bar August 1, 2014 - Incheon, South Korea Pentaport Rock Festival August 14, 2014 - Forth Worth, TX Rail Club August 15, 2014 - Houston, TX Concert Pub North Theater August 16, 2014 - San Antonio, TX. Fitzgerald's October 10, 2014 - North Platte, Nebraska Skull Fest October 11, 2014 - Denver, CO Wolf Fest Nov 7, 2014 - Madrid, Spain We Rock Nov 8, 2014 - Zaragossa, Spain Teatro de las Esquinas Nov 9, 2014 - Donostia, Spain Doka Nov 11, 2014 - Eisden/Maasmechelen, Belgium Rock Club Jan Hertog Nov 12, 2014 - Tilburg, Holland Little Devil Nov 14, 2014 - Lichtenfels, Germany Paunchy Cats Nov 15, 2014 - Uster, CH Star Club Nov 16, 2014 - Bologna, Italy Freak Out Nov 17, 2014 - Brecia, Italy Colony Nov 21, 2014 - Vienna, Austria Escape Nov 22, 2014 - Zlin, Czech Republic Monsters of Rock Festival Nov 23, 2014 - Moscow, Russia Voltaclub
Aussie rockers MASSIVE and Welsh outfit BUFFALO SUMMER have been confirmed as supports on the Octboer UK tour from Cambridge rockers THE TREATMENT.
The Treatment issued a statement saying: "Hi folks, we are pleased to announce the second leg of our UK Running with the Dogs tour! Also on the bill will be our old friends and awesome up and coming band Buffalo Summer and we are very excited to have Australia's very own Massive join us on these shows, their high energy rock and roll will fit the bill perfectly!"
The tour kicks off on October 6th in Newcastle and will mark the first ever European shows for MASSIVE - notorious road dogs who once famously travelled 1,000 miles to play a single show. The band will be playing in support of their debut album, FULL THROTTLE, which was released this week. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, July 25th.
Don't miss MASSIVE on tour in the UK with THE TREATMENT and BUFFALO SUMMER at the following shows:
Oct. 06 - Newcastle, UK - Think Tank Oct. 07 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC 2 Oct. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms Oct. 09 - Northampton, UK - Roadmender Oct. 10 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City Basement Oct. 11 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation Oct. 12 - Liverpool, UK - Arts Club Oct. 14 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit Oct. 15 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach Oct. 16 - London, UK - Underworld Oct. 17 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre Oct. 19 - Norwich, UK - Studio Oct. 20 - Southampton, UK - Joiners Oct. 21 - Exeter, UK - Cavern Oct. 23 - Brighton, UK - Audio
MASSIVE's debut album FULL THROTTLE was originally released independently in 2013 in the band's homeland of Australia, and is finally available now in the rest of the world, featuring four newly-recorded bonus tracks which weren't available on the original release, including two brand new original songs plus covers of AC/DC's 'If You Want Blood (You've Got It)' and AEROSMITH's 'Rats in the Cellar'.
FULL THROTTLE is out now worldwide on CD, as well as limited edition coloured double vinyl in the following quantities and colours:
100 - Ghost White Marble 200 - Hot Rod Red/Yellow 300 - Massive Pink 400 - Black
UK thrash giants ONSLAUGHT have been announced as the final Headliner of this year's HEADBANGERS BALLS tour.
After incredible reviews for their latest album, 'VI', and a storming international tour ONSLAUGHT are a band that are once again ripping up venues around Europe. The thrash legends head up an eclectic mix of rock and metal at all day show at The Flapper in Birmingham on 6th December. ONSLAUGHT join headliners FLESHROT in London on 15th November, SAVAGE MESSIAH in Manchester on 8th November and BULL RIFF STAMPEDE in Gloucester on 13th December in leading the four main all day shows making up this year's exciting tour.
Andy Pilkington of the HEADBANGERS BALLS said: "We're truly honoured that the ONSLAUGHT boys see us as a worthwhile cause. They'll be leading an already exceptional line up including main support act Beholder, Martyr De Mona, Warlord UK, Morgue Orgy, Left For Red, Reign of Fury and more. We're dedicated to making this show an exciting blend of old masters and newest talent from the area, following our blueprint in 2014 of showcasing the best each area has to offer."
The HEADBANGERS BALLS have teamed up with the BEARDFEST festival to host the Birmingham event. BEARDFEST will be helping to raise money for Teen Cancer Trust and with ONSLAUGHT on board as headliner, this is one event that will be a highlight of the metal calendar in 2014.
Earache Record's SAVAGE MESSIAH have powered their way on the European scene with a reputation for highly charged live shows, and will lead an exceptional rock lineup including Collibus, Babylon Fire, I.C.O.N, Line of Fire, and the immense talent of Massive Wagons among others. The show is in partnership with Viper events.
Death metal masters FLESHROT, newly re-formed for 2014, join a London show partnered with Chaotic Tapestry Management, who represent several of the bands on the bill such as Taunton's Flayed Disciple, Virus, Meta-Stasis, One For Sorrow and new boys on the block Reprisal. Also announced for this brutal billing are Morgue Orgy, and of course the hosts of the tour Reign of Fury. The show will cater for even the heaviest tastes and is sure to make it's mark in one of the best young music venues in London, Boston Music Rooms.
BULL RIFF STAMPEDE, one of the UK's hottest thrash metal properties, lead a Gloucester show at new venue OLYMPUS THEATRE in partnership with Nerva Events, bringing a much needed hub to one of the most vibrant metal regions in the UK. Reign of Fury will be playing to their first home crowd on a Headbangers Balls date, and with bands such as Seprevation, Lifer, and Hellbound this will be the biggest collection of South West talent seen on one lineup for some time.
The tour will also be teaming up with several local promoters to take in in several free warm-up shows leading up to the all day events, with bands like Anihilated, Collapse and Spirytus on board.
To date the Headbangers Balls project has raised over £12,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, and this year has seen its supporters even more involved than ever with the Hairy Balls Challenge raising over £5000, and their Kickstarter Campaign release of the 2014 compilation album reaching the funding target it just 3 hours.
At long last, HELLS HEADBANGERS is proud to release the first issue of ORGAN fanzine. Available in an 120-page, perfect-bound book, Organ was hand-drawn and written in an old-school cut 'n' paste style by celebrated underground artist Putrid, who's done artwork for Autopsy, Impetigo, Hooded Menace, and Acid Witch among many others.
Organ is the physical-waste deposit of two Midwest dipshits who suffer from obsessive visions of horror, visions of endless torrents of blood and gore, visions of cinematic barbarism transfixed within a nauseating vortex of undead soldiers of Satan waging war with guitars and venomous forked tongues, never-fuckin'-ending visions that transform their already unstable reality into an all-out blood orgy of neck-snapping, fist-pumping, homicidal lunacy! That, and super-cool comics and buxom babes smothered in a lot of blood... Organ is cry for help - a plea, if you will, to join their Cult Of Gore. They are possessed by death and obsessed with gore, and they want you to come fuckin' die with 'em.
This blood tome is saturated in interviews with metal purveyors Impetigo, Asphyx, Undergang, Nocturnal, Grave Upheaval, Cianide, Morbus Chron, and Denial, a chat with Mike Minnet of Bad Taste, and Mike Howlett, the author of The Weird World Of Eerie Publications book: literally, a fuck-ton of horror/exploitation write-ups including a Coffin Joe and Tim Ritter spotlight, metalhead artist profiles, insane horror comics, nerd anecdotes of the lurking past, and then throw in a gaggle of numskulls that love Jap hardcore, Conan The Barbarian rip-offs, and throwin' loads to Amber Lynn for, like, over two decades!! And just when you think the sleaze maelstrom has ceased, you are dead-fuckin'-wrong! There's even more weird diseases to contract that you've never even heard of, WOW!
Pick up this 'zine HERE and be a buddy or worst enemy. A sordid, bowel-emptying presentation of Organ fanzine can be viewed below:
Hot off the heels of a summer of touring European festivals, the loudest band in Rock 'n' Roll, MOTÖRHEAD, have announced that they will be returning to the UK for their usual run of November shows, this time hitting O2 Apollo Manchester on 4th November, Birmingham NIA on 6th November and culminating in a show at London's SSE Wembley Arena on 8th November. Support comes from THE DAMNED and THE BOSSHOSS.
Motörhead will reissue their 2013 album 'Aftershock', under the title 'Aftershock - Tour Edition', on August 4th. This expanded release contains a bonus disc of live material comprised from the band's historic appearances at the 2014 West Coast Tour. It proves one major thing no-one should ever forget...they are Motörhead, and they play rock'n'roll!
Don't miss what has become an integral part of every rock fan's calendar, catch the legendary Motörhead when the blast through the UK this November:
Tuesday 04 Nov - 02 APOLLO, MANCHESTER Thursday 06 Nov - BIRMINGHAM, NIA Saturday 08 Nov - LONDON THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY
After kicking off their European (festival) tour New York Hardcore legends SICK OF IT ALL have also announced the release of their upcoming album, 'The Last Act Of Defiance', which is scheduled for release on the following dates:
Europe, Australia / NZ: September 29th, 2014 USA, Canada: September 30th, 2014
Asked about what he wants fans to walk away with after hearing 'The Last Act Of Defiance' drummer Armand Majidi's answer is very simple: "I want them to feel that they just heard a hardcore record that has everything, from blistering speed to bouncing groove, to heavy and pounding to bright and melodic."
The eye-catching cover artwork (seen above) comes from Ernie Parada, who has already designed posters, merchandise and album art for numerous bands and artists from the punk and hardcore scene such as Hatebreed, Propagandhi, Rancid or The Gaslight Anthem just to mention a few.
'The Last Act Of Defiance' was produced by long time friend and producer Tue Madsen who recorded the album at Nova Studio in Staten Island, NY while mixing it in his own Antfarm Studio in Denmark.
Armand Majidi commented on why Tue Madsen is the perfect match for SICK OF IT ALL: "Not only do we get along famously, but he has always understood how to capture the band's intensity in the quietly controlled, less-than-intense studio setting. It was always difficult for us to find an engineer who could capture our live sound before meeting Tue, so now that we’ve found him, he's our guy."
'The Last Act Of Defiance' tracklisting:
1. Sound the Alarm 2. 2061 3. Road Less Traveled 4. Get Bronx 5. Part of History 6. Losing War 7. Never Back Down 8. Facing the Abyss 9. Act Your Rage 10. Disconnect Your Flesh 11. Beltway Getaway 12. Sidelined 13. Outgunned 14. DNC
Catch SICK OF IT ALL live on one of the festivals and shows in the next 3 weeks:
SICK OF IT ALL 22.07.14 (H) Budapest - Budapest Park 23.07.14 (A) Graz - P.P.C. 25.07.14 (D) Essen - Nord Open Air 26.07.14 (D) Bausendorf - Riez Open Air 27.07.14 (D) Stuttgart - Universum 29.07.14 (F) Colmar - Grillen 30.07.14 (F) Nantes - Le Ferrailleur 01.08.14 (E) Viveiro - Resurrection Fest 02.08.14 (F) Biarritz - Festilasai @ Atabal 03.08.14 (F) Albi - Xtreme Fest 05.08.14 (I) La Spezia - Spazio Boss 06.08.14 (SLO) Tolmin - Punk Rock Holiday 07.08.14 (D) Munich - Free & Easy 08.08.14 (D) Torgau - Endless Summer Open Air 09.08.14 (CZ) Jaromer - Brutal Assault Festival