Dio Returns Announces First Dates for Hologram Tour

As we previously reported The Dio Returns tour featuring the Dio Hologram is here and is finally coming to the United States this spring and summer! The Dio Returns U.S. Tour will feature a line-up of Dio band members of 17 years performing aside the stunning Ronnie James Dio hologram.  Continue reading

Dio Hologram Tour Confirmed For 2019, 100 Dates To Be Announced

According to a published report via Billboard, Eyellusion, the company responsible for the Ronnie James Dio hologram tour plans, has signed with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), represented by agency partner Steve Martin. The Dio hologram will return to the road in April is set to hit over 100 cities in 2019. The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram debuted at Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans. Continue reading

Extreme Guitar Tour 2015 Dates Announced

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The Paramour Group and JAAB Productions present the Extreme Guitar Tour 2015, featuring Uli Jon Roth, Vinnie Moore, Craig Goldy and Black Knights Rising (Goldy, Vinnie Appice on drums, Mark Boals on vocals, Allesandro Bertoni on keyboards and Dean Guitars CEO Elliot Rubinson on bass). Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) and Canadian rockers Old James will be opening every show. Dates are below.

Special guests Joe Lynn Turner* (Rainbow, Deep Purple) Canadian rockers Old James will be opening every show.

Jan 21: Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA *
Jan 22: House of Blues – Anaheim, CA *
Jan 23: House of Blues – Hollywood, CA *
Jan 24: Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV *
Jan 25: Rock Star Bar – San Jose, CA
Jan 26: Tonic – Portland, OR
Jan 27: Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
Jan 29: The Garage – Moorehead, MN
Jan 30: POVS – Spring Lake Park, MN
Jan 31: Arcade Theater – St Charles, IL
Feb 01: Reggies – Chicago, IL
Feb 02: Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
Feb 03: Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Feb 04: Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Feb 05: Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT
Feb 06: Tupelo Music Hall – Londonderry, NH
Feb 07: The Chance – Poughkeepsie NY
Feb 08: BB Kings – New York, NY
Feb 09: Empire – Springfield, VA

*Joe Lynn Turner appears on this date

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Benedictum- Obey

BenedictumWhen it comes to modern bands who play with a distinctively vintage metal style, there are two distinct types. There are those who tap into that near magic and illusive quality that makes the early greats the inspirations they are, yet still sound fresh and of this age at the same time. Then there are the ones who sound simply dated and should have been put to bed long ago. California’s Benedictum certainly fall into the latter camp.

It is quite staggering that Benedictum have continued as long as they have, considering how cliché ridden their fourth album Obey (Frontiers Records) is. From the (attempted at least) tension building intro, through each individual song, Obey simply shows no originality of its own, nor does it fill you with any of the adrenaline that heavy metal should do. Each riff sounds tiresome, no song stands out above more than complete tedium, and as big as Veronica Freeman’s voice is, it doesn’t have that commanding quality or unbridled sense of emotion that such a presence should have by any means.

Obey sounds embarrassingly outdated and ancient, in a way that really shouldn’t exist in this day and age. Seriously the likes of Grand Magus and Triaxis have taken from such classic heavy metal periods yet have still sounded timeless and relevant; Benedictum just sound like they are from a time forgotten. Obey, quite simply, is a lifeless album that should be buried with the dinosaurs.

3/10

 

Chris Tippell