The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20, 2020 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show, SiriusXM Trunk Nation), the organization recognized honorees in eight categories—each named after songs written by Ronnie James Dio–who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. Live entertainment was provided by Ronnie James Dio’s live band Dio, featuring vocalists Tim “Ripper” Owens and Oni Logan, and band members Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Scott Warren and Bjorn Englen, and highlighted by the vocals and visuals of Ronnie James Dio. Los Angeles comedian Brian Posehn, in addition, his comedic duties, performed a song from his upcoming GRANDPA METAL album accompanied by Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), while local rockers Sadie & the Tribe opened the festivities with their set. Check out these EXCLUSIVE photos by Tyler Kanode of Brilliant Reverie Photography. Continue reading
Let’s face the facts, folks, the music industry has changed drastically in the last 30 years. I firmly believe that change is inevitable and most of the time I embrace change with open arms. The recording process has been completely revolutionized to the point that musicians can produce their own albums right from home on their computers. The problem with having the ability to record and release music so easily is the plethora of music that is flooding the market that just does not stand the test of time. Think of some of the current songs you hear on Fm radio stations, most of them will spin themselves out of rotation and vanish to the isle of forgotten songs within 6 months of their release. Career longevity has become an elusive beast in the music industry, so when an artist who released his first album over thirty years ago is touring and selling out venues, a Skullgurl must pay attention. Of course, I am talking about the original untamed mane rock star, Sebastian Bach. Continue reading
Los Angeles power-trio Athanasia is a new group featuring former members Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach, and Joey Jordison’s Murderdolls. Founded in California by veteran guitarist/vocalist Caleb Bingham under the band’s original name Ascension. The bands’ early demos landed Caleb a slot with the first incarnation of Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. Leaving that band in 2007, Bingham continued to write under the name Ascension, recording several more unreleased demos (and one EP) at the behest of then Roadrunner Records A&R, now Nuclear Blast Entertainment impresario and tastemaker Monte Conner (Sepultura, Slipknot, Type O Negative, Machine Head, Fear Factory). Now Athanasia is ready to strike with their debut full-length The Order Of The Silver Compass on March 15 via Seeing Red Records and Rock of Angels Records. New music to follow soon, but check out the album details.
Fancy that, Thunder Horse (BC/TX) just happens to be the debut LP from well, err, Thunder Horse. I’m only surprised because even the youngest bands today seem to have a trail of EPs and singles before jumping onto the hollowed full length. And as far as musical maiden journeys go, this San Antonio outfit has hit the ground running. Continue reading
Rocklahoma 2016 has announced it’s lineup for it’s 10th anniversary. Taking place at the Catch The Fever festival grounds in Pryor, OK from May 27th to 29th this year. The headline bands are Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, along with Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, Sixx:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, Bullet For My Valentine, Great White, Sevendust, P.O.D., HELLYEAH, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Saint Asonia, Bang Tango, Last In Line, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Sword, Red Sun Rising, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Mystery, Wilson, Avatar, Wild Throne, The Glorious Sons, Citizen Zero, Banshee, Nova Rex, Prophets Of Addiction, Beggars Jam, NiteRain, Freeway Mad, Midnite Sin, 3-D In Your Face, Teer, 5-Star Hooker, Dead Metal Society, Electro_Nomicon, Kore, Rozzik, Diamond Lane, Chaotic Resemblance, Project Terror, The Tip, NICNOS, Stolen Rhodes, Screaming For Silence, DREK, A Course Of Action, Lovebettie, BC and the Big Rig and more. Fan interested in attending can get specially priced Rocklahoma pre-sale tickets now with the password “ROK10”. Ticket prices go up when the public on sale begins, next Monday, Jan 18th at noon local time. http://bit.ly/ROK2016
AXS TV will be launching an all new original music series Breaking Band on Sunday, January 24, 2015 at 9:30 PM EST. The documentary style series is hosted by Donovan Leitch (of Royal Machines) and features six 30-minute episodes of the country’s most talented emerging acts to be mentored by Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray); chart-topping music artist Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go’s); rock legend Robin Zander (Cheap Trick); award-winning producer and techno star Moby; master of metal Sebastian Bach (Skid Row); and beloved guitar guru Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction). Breaking Band was filmed at YouTube Space LA, and concert highlights are available on youtube.com/axstvconcerts.
The Complete Episode Schedule is as Follows (All Times Eastern):
• Dave Navarro mentors “Andie Case” (Seattle-based band) – Jan. 24 at 9:30 p.m.
Jeff Kollman and his band (Jesse Stern on Bass, Jeffrey Marshall on Guitar and guest singers Paul Vallis and Mark Renk) teamed up with drummer Danny Carey of Tool for a night to remember at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 18th 2015. An intimate, cozy little venue frequented by the artists, gave the audience the ability to truly have a special experience. The band was all smiles as drinks were passed around and bluesy, rock ‘n roll was played on into the night. You can catch Jeff Kollman on tour with Sebastian Bach right now with stops that include Barcelona, Madrid, and Tel Aviv. Be on the lookout for Danny Carey with Tool on Halloween at the Monster Mash Festival in Tempe, AZ. as well.
Words and Photos by Melina Dellamarggio of Melina D Photography
Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse will return to Southern California for one night as Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (recently known as Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) in Irvine, CA. Riki Rachtman created the original rock dance club that dominated the Hollywood scene from 1986-1993. The lineup confirmed for this evening include:
Tom Keifer (Cinderella)
Stephen Pearcy (the voice of RATT)
Black ‘N Blue
Enuff Z’ Nuff
Pretty Boy Floyd
Wilson is streaming “Hang With The Devil,” off of their forthcoming album Right To Rise on June 30, 2015 via Razor & Tie. Producer Johnny Andrews (Halestorm, All That Remains) helmed the sessions.
01: Right To Rise
02: Guilty (You’re Already Dead)
04: Windows Down!
05: All My Friends
06: Satisfy Me
07: The Flood
08: Hang With The Devil
09: I Am The Fly
10: Give ‘Em Hell
11: Waiting For The World To Cave In
12: Before I Burn
The band will also be on tour with Nothing More and Red Sun Rising beginning later this month:
May 31: Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 02: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Jun 05: The Loft – Lansing, MI
Jun 06: The A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
Jun 07: The Studio @ the Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
Jun 09: Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 10: Shakas Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jun 13: Kress Live – Biloxi, MS
Jun 14: Nitetown – Lafayette, LA
Jun 16: House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
Jun 17: Average Joe’s – Laredo, TX
Jun 19: The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
Jun 21: Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 22: The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 23: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
Jun 24: The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO (feat. Sebastian Bach)
Jun 27: The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI (album release party show)
Aug 07: Heavy Montreal 2015 – Montreal, QC
‘Right to Rise’ out June 30th Worldwide via Razor & Tie.www.wilsonisaband.comThis record is for the people out there…
Posted by Wilson on Monday, May 4, 2015
Not content with plying his trade with one major label band, guitarist Niclas Engelin, who stepped into the Jesper Strömblad sized hole in the In Flames line up on a permanent basis in 2011, teams up with long-standing partner in crime Marcus Sunesson (ex-The Crown) for Raven Kings (Gain/Sony), the fourth installment of his near-eponymous band Engel, and his stamp, and that of his day job, is all over this new release.
Engel are keen to show that the metal does indeed flow in their veins, and the decision to kick the album off with two ragers works from a dynamic point of view, particularly considering the exemplary production job undertaken by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat), although the decision to utilize new vocalist Mikael Sehlin’s harsher tones at the onset of the album instantly draw comparisons with Anders Friden, which for a side project that are not a million miles away from the furrows being ploughed by his other band, is potentially too thin an ice to be stomping army boots on.
Where they do come into their own, though, is as the album progresses and the bands’ keen ear for a hook is accentuated and highlighted, be it riff, groove, vocal melody or chorus that provides it, this is an album full of catchy moments and Soilwork-ed passages, with Sehlin operating much more effectively in the melodic ranges, sounding not too dissimilar to Sebastian Bach’s more Slave-ish moments, and with a power and tone reminiscent of Chris Jericho.
While the band have termed themselves Melodic Death Metal there is no escaping that the core sound of Engel is intrinsically close to that of In Flames, particularly as electronic and “industrial” nuances fleck both the Jester’s and this ancillary outfits’ sound these days, or that the term “Death” in that descriptor is a bit of a red herring. Yes, their hooky song-based modern metal (I’m loathe to add the word core on the end as it almost by default detracts from what they produce) is heavy without resorting to ultra beatdowns to bring the weight, but it is in the melodic and the catchy where they thrive, as, ultimately, Raven Kings is a worthy release of contemporary, commercial metal.
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