Rob Zombie’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Returns to Universal Studios This Fall

Rob Zombie makes a habit of celebrating his favorite holidays by scaring his fans to death! His “Halloween Horror Nights” event will take over Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida this fall. One of “scare zones” will be based on Rob Zombie’s solo debut album Hellbilly Deluxe. Scare zones are areas of the park, between the haunted houses and rides, where guests must travel through hordes of terrifying monsters and demented fiends. This year, the streets will be littered with characters from history, film, and pop culture. Continue reading

Def Leppard’s Entire Catalog Finally Comes To All Streaming Services

One of the long grave omissions of the DSP music streaming experience, Def Leppard have resolved a dispute with their record label Universal Records and their entire catalog of classic and recent albums have hit all streaming services today. One of the most iconic and commercially popular heavy metal bands ever, selling over 100 million albums in their storied career, and their albums are now available on all services worldwide. Continue reading

Audio: Megadeth Streaming Title Track From Dystopia Album

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Megadeth is streaming the title track from their up coming album Dystopia, which releases on January 22nd from Universal/Tradecraft. You can hear the track at this link or below:

Produced by frontman Dave Mustaine, Dystopia was recording in 2015 Nashville, Tennessee and mixed by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, All That Remains, Gojira).

Regarding the concept of Dystopia, Mustaine commented:

“I’ve had this outlook for a long time that the world is a really good place with some bad people in it. Others might think the opposite. But I think if you were to take a consensus of people, they know the difference between right and wrong.”

“People have manners and morals — but lately there’s been a decline in how people treat one another. That’s where ‘Dystopia’ comes in. If people don’t start loving each other and helping those in need, then when that becomes more important than power, fame or money, then I think we’re going to be okay.”

 

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Dystopia marks the debut of Megadeth’s new lineup, featuring Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass), with drummer Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra).

Dystopia track listing:

01. The Threat Is Real
02. Dystopia
03. Fatal Illusion
04. Death From Within
05. Bullet To The Brain
06. Post American World
07. Poisonous Shadows
08. Look Who’s Talking (iTunes bonus track)
09. Conquer Or Die
10. Lying In State
11. The Emperor
12. Last Dying Wish (iTunes bonus track)
13. Foreign Policy (FEAR cover)

Bonus Track: Melt The Ice Away (Budgie cover).

 

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On The Road… with Powerman 5000 and Soil

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Few bands call to mind the success of the late 90s of heavy and popular music like Powerman 5000 and Soil do. Both bands were products of the post-Nu Metal boom and got huge on big hit albums such as Tonight The Stars Revolt and Scars. Both bands played Ozzfest and toured the world. Then reality set in and each band had endured the turbulence of line-up changes, shifting music and images changes (for PM5K) shifting tastes of their own fans and a momentum killing hiatus. Fast-forward to the last few years and each band has clawed their way back to work and respectability. PM5K put out a new album in Builders of the Future (T-Boy/Universal) and Soil reunited with singer Ryan McCombs for their most recent album Whole (Pavement/AFM). Joined by up and coming rockers  3 Years Hollow, each band put down a strong performance and had enthusiastic response from the crowd. Shot here for Ghost Cult by Evil Robb Photography, each of the two veteran bands have something to prove to themselves and their fans.

 

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

Powerman 5000, by Evil Robb Photography

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Soil, by Evil Robb Photography

Soil, by Evil Robb Photography

Soil, by Evil Robb Photography

Soil by Evil Robb Photography

Soil by Evil Robb Photography

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3 Years Hollow, Evil Robb Photography

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Tarja- Luna Park Ride

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If Doro is the Queen of Heavy Metal, then Tarja is the Queen of both Power and Symphonic Metal. Her latest live album Luna Park Ride (Universal Records) is proof that she is deserving of the title. The tracks are a full sampling of both her solo career and her career with Nightwish which lasted from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.

This concert takes place in Buenos Aires for the most part. Although far from her native Finland, her fan base is still large and they make their excitement to be there heard; it can sometimes be an interference with the sound quality of the album. In the first few songs it sounds as though there are fans yelling right next to the recording equipment. However, this is the only serious complaint about an otherwise fantastic live performance.

Dark Star’ starts the show off with the right energy. It is also the only track that features vocals from someone other than Tarja which makes it clear that it is very much her show. ‘Stargazers’ is one of the heavier songs performed during the show probably because it is a Nightwish song. It reminds listeners that Tarja can work with any kind of sound. The strings during ‘In For a Kill’ nail the sinister and panicked feeling of the song. It is clear that her backing band knows exactly how to work with her.

The most fun the listener has during the album is close to the end with a medley of ‘Where Were You Last Night’, ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’, and ‘Living on a Prayer’. They blend together seamlessly and it is almost surprising just how well it is pulled off. It feels more spontaneous than planned and that is what makes it enjoyable. This is also where Tarja begins really to interact with her audience telling them to “really have some fun” and speaking to them in Spanish.

Even without Nightwish, whom many credit with establishing symphonic metal, Tarja’s popularity has not wavered. Her voice remains as strong and impressive as ever. Luna Park Ride is a great addition to the music library of any symphonic metal and female vocalist fan.

8.5/10

MELISSA CAMPBELL

 

Volbeat Signs With Q Prime Management For The Americas

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Volbeat have signed a management deal with the legendary Q Prime agency (Metallica, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, The Black Keys, Snow Patrol, Baroness) for the North America. Their latest Grammy nominated album Outlaw Gentleman and Shady Ladies (Universal) has been certified Platinum in three countries and Gold in several others. The band is hitting the road this spring for a string of dates with Anthrax and Crobot. With offices in New York, London, and Nashville Q Prime , founded by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, is perhaps best known as the agency that helped lead Metallica to prominence from the underground to one of the biggest, most commercially successful bands in music history.

 

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Press Notes:

Q Prime, the New York based music management firm founded and run by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, today announced the North American management signing of the Grammy nominated Danish metal band Volbeat.

“Anytime you see a band (in Lubbock, Texas no less) who can play Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and their own “Hangman’s Body Count” in the same set is worth managing,” said Peter Mensch. “We are looking forward to plunging into wildly imaginative world of Volbeat.”

“We are truly excited to join forces with Qprime as our management team for the Americas. We’re honored to be amongst such great bands as Muse and Metallica and to be able to work with such a great organization,” said Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen. “We can’t wait to be back on North American soil to see our American and Canadian fans in April.”

Since forming in Copenhagen in 2000, Volbeat has released five studio albums and two live offerings. Volbeat is Michael Poulsen (vocals/guitar), Anders Kjølholm (bass) and Jon Larsen (drums). In 2013, former Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, who produced their current album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, with longtime Volbeat co-producer Jacob Hansen, joined the band as a full time member.

Volbeat’s current release Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies has sold more than 300,000 copies in the U.S., alongside hundreds of thousands of digital singles. The title has been certified platinum in their home country of Denmark, alongside Germany and Austria, with gold sales in Finland and Sweden. The album has also been certified gold in Canada. This past year, the Danish quartet received their first GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Metal Performance” category for “Room 24” (Volbeat Featuring King Diamond), and won Germany’s Echo Award for “Best International Alternative Act.” Recently, “A Warrior’s Call” from Beyond Heaven / Above Hell was certified gold in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 units by the RIAA.