Celebrating 50 years in the music business, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker has recruited a wide selection of different musicians on the latest release, Immortal (Nuclear Blast), a hard-edged rock album that perfectly showcases his talent and versatility. With Ronnie Romero (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow) acting as the main singer, the vocal side is bolstered by the likes of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), the record’s co-producer Michael Voss (Mad Max) and former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner.
Cover songs can be tricky. A balancing act that often results in calamity. Lean too far one way and be accused of musical blasphemy; keep things too safe and be reliably informed you shouldn’t have bothered in the first place. So with that in mind, surely an album consisting entirely of cover versions is just asking for trouble, isn’t it?Continue reading
There’s a reason some of the world’s greatest metal bands are still coveted as reputable musicians even decades after their split. They’ve not only shaped the landscape of rock music with beautifully haunting sounds but also gave loyal followers a chance to escape reality with their iconically dark gothic fashion. Back when everyone else was wearing mustard yellow bell-bottoms, they were donning tight leather pants in the blackest of shades. From smudged guyliner to studded harnesses, these metal rock bands were masters at transferring their sounds into their styles. Concerts became their stage to show off avant-garde gothic outfits with a hint of demonic attitude. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest rock bands that shaped men’s gothic clothing styles as we know it today.
KnuckleBonz, the creator of the Rock Iconz music collectible series, has announced the production of a new bundle of Metallica figures (set of four or separately), available for pre-order now at this location. This “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” -era set includes James Hetfield Rock Iconz statue, Lars Ulrich Rock Iconz statue, Kirk Hammett Rock Iconz statue and Robert TrujilloRock Iconz statue. Other bands that have received the KnuckleBonz treatment include Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, KISS, Ghost, Guns N Roses, and countless more. Continue reading
Funko, the global sensation of popular vinyl collectible toys company has teamed up with Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider to create a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure Dee confirmed the news in a tweet. Upcoming new Funko Pop! figures include Slipknot and N.W.A. Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks treatment in the past includes Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ghost, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and, Motley Crue, Lemmy, and Rob Zombie. Funko reported that these figurines increased its sales by 38 percent in the second quarter of 2019. The Funko brand went public with an IPO in 2018. International sales spiked 65 percent to $68.5 million, while U.S. revenue grew 26 percent to $122.7 million. Dee also recently confirmed in an interview with Ghost Cult (hear it here) his next album, book, and horror movie. His new live album For The Love of Metal Live! is out now via Napalm Records.
KISS has announced the rescheduled dates for the latest U.S. leg of its “End Of The Road” tour. The shows, which will have support from David Lee Roth (Van Halen), will kick off on August 18, 2021 in Mansfield, Massachusetts and will conclude on October 6, 2021 in Lafayette, Louisiana.Continue reading
Ace Frehley has shared a cover version of the Deep Purple classic “Space Truckin'”. The track will appear on Origins Vol. 2, the sequel to his 2016 collection of cover songs that inspired the former KISS guitarist, due on September 18 via eOne.
Ghost Cult recently caught up with Zachary Ilya Ezrin ofImperial Triumphant over Zoom ti discusses their new album Alphaville, which is due out July 31st, 2020 via Century Media. Zachary discussed the surprising global acclaim of Vile Luxury, the creation of the new album, how Zach – drummer Kenny Grohowski and bassist Steven Blanco approach composing, the theme of the new album, working with guests such as Tomas Haake (Meshuggah), Phlegeton (Wormed) on guest vocals, Yoshiko Ohara (ex-Bloody Panda) as part of the choirs, RK Halvorson as part of the Barbershop quartet, Sarai Chrzanowski as part of the choirs, Andromeda Anarchia (Folterkammer, Dark Matters) as part of the choirs, J Walter Hawke on the trombone, and Colin Marston on guitars, choosing the distinctive cover songs that close the album, opinions on other costumed groups such as KISS and Ghost, and what comes next for the band. Pre-order Alphaville here and check out our chat. Continue reading
KISS has announced their rescheduled 2021 European Tour Dates. Unfortunately, due to world events KISS could not complete the original dates scheduled through June and July 2020. But the band are delighted to announce rescheduled and new European dates for 2021. Further dates will also be added to the cities announced today.Continue reading
New York City Rock band PSSR has some famous members trying to do justice to the greatest names in NYC rock history such as KISS, The New York Dolls, The Strokes, The Ramones, Living Colour, and The Velvet Underground. Capturing the spirit of those bands and haunts such as t just the bands, CBGB’s, Fillmore East, The Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, PSSR is comprised Eric J, on vocals and guitar, Guns N” Roses drummer Frank “Thunderchucker” Ferrer, and bassist Brett Bass (Greg Allman), and lead guitarist/producer Rob Bailey (Delta Goodrem, David Johansen). Check out two new singles “Busted” (also with a new video) and “Push’! A third, “Last Time”, will drop late July. “Busted” features Ferrer”s Guns N” Roses bandmate Richard Fortus on guitar and introduces the band with tough defiant lyrics and vocals over a gritty NYC rock backdrop. Check them out!Continue reading