ALBUM REVIEW: H.E.A.T. – Force Majeure


 

As subtle as a brick and as silly as a juggling monkey riding a unicycle, Swedish Hard Rockers H.E.A.T are back with new album Force Majeure (earMUSIC). It is the Swedes seventh record and despite its over the top, everything and the kitchen sink nature it is a damn good time. It is a rich mixture of AOR, glam metal and hard rock with big riffs, flashy solos and huge choruses coming at you thick and fast. Continue reading


The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show 7/1/22


Check out our weekly news show! We cover the major stories of the week in heavy music, rock, and metal news, tour dates, and festivals, New Music Friday, and more!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost – Impera


As one cycle ends, another begins. The flamboyant, dancing Cardinal Copia has been anointed Papa Emeritus IV and the plague-ridden doom of the 14th century is gone. Taking place hundreds of years after Prequelle, Tobias Forge and his band of Nameless Ghouls, otherwise known as psychedelic doom rock popsters Ghost, leave the rats behind as latest chapter Impera (Spinefarm/Loma Vista) tells of new empires built from the ashes of the old.

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Legendary MTV Rock Video Vixen Tawny Kitaen Has Died, Age 59


Sad news according to MetalSucks.net, as Julie “Tawny” Kitaen who shot to fame in 1980s movies and later as a music video vixen in the heyday of MTV, has died. She was 59-years-old. Variety reports that Kitaen died at her home in Newport Beach, CA yesterday, Friday, May 7. There has been no cause of death revealed, but recent tweets from Tawny in April indicated she was battling an illness and had been off social media. Most recently Tawney had been a guest at Headbangers Con, participating in the virtual event, one of her last public appearances. Kitaen shot to fame in the Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party in 1984 and had been in RATT’s 1984 clip, “Back for More.” She dated late guitarist Robin Crosby. Later she was in a series of iconic videos for Whitesnake, including “Here I Go Again.” She was later married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. other clips as well, including “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love.” She was also married to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991. She was also a reality TV star and in 2011, she recreated the “Here I Go Again” video for a Funny or Die sketch, “Here We Go Again.” She later married form MLB pitcher Chuck Finely and had two children. We send our sympathies to Tawney’s family, friends, and fans at this time.

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground


A new album and a new singer. The Dead Daisies’ latest album Holy Ground (SPV Steamhammer) is their first with the “voice of rock” Glenn Hughes, and his powerful pipes are a perfect match for the band’s well-honed classic rock. Having been in Deep Purple and more recently Black Country Communion Glenn is no stranger to famous bandmates and supergroups. The lead single ‘Unspoken’ shows that despite the ever-revolving door of bandmates, the music is as thunderous, hooky and rocking as ever.

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ALBUM REVIEW: MSG – Immortal



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.

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Legendary Music Producer Martin Birch (Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple) Has Died


Legendary British producer Martin Birch, best known for engineering and producing albums by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, died yesterday (Sunday, August 9th). He was 71. His passing was confirmed former Deep Purple/Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, who tweeted: “It is with a very heavy heart I’ve just had verified my very dear friend & producer Martin Birch has passed away. “Martin was a huge part of my life…helping me from the first time we met through until Slide It In…
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Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier, John Moyer, and More to Raise Money for The David Z Foundation Livestream Tonight


Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more! Continue reading


Whitesnake Shares New Lyric Video for Previously Unreleased Song “Always The Same”


Whitesnake is releasing a new album, the first in a series of new releases that features revisited, remixed, and remastered versions of the group’s best songs organized by musical themes. The Rock Album, a new collection that features the group’s best rock songs. The album is the first release in the band’s “Red, White And Blues” trilogy, a series of fresh, new collections organized by musical themes that will include: Love Songs (red), The Rock Album (white) and The Blues Album (blue). Watch the new lyric video for a brand new previously unreleased song, ‘ Always The Same’ right now!Continue reading


The Dead Daisies Shares Unplugged Self-Isolation Version of New Single – “Unspoken”


Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies (Deep Purple, Journey, Whitesnake) just dropped their new single ‘Unspoken’ from their upcoming new album Holy Ground coming soon via Spinefarm Records! The band just shared a brand new unplugged version of the track, recorded during self-isolation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Watch it now!Continue reading