SPRUNG MONKEY Return with New Album On November 26

Hot off the heels of a string of sold-out shows supporting Strung Out and Unwritten Law in Southern California, San Diego hard rock outfit Sprung Monkey has announced they will release their new album “Dead Is Dead” on November 26, 2013 on Pacific Records.
The current incarnation of Sprung Monkey consists of vocalist Steve Summers, bassist Tony DeLocht, drummer Ernie Longoria, as well as guitarists Mike Summers and William ‘Chuck’ Riley. The band will be hitting the road later this fall in support of the new album throughout November and December.
“We wanted to create a full firing, high energy record that we could take to the stage and play start to finish. No filler, no fluff,” said Sprung Monkey frontman Steve Summers.
“Having self-produced this it is a true representation of what we wanted to create, and we had no outside influences with their diluting suggestions. Things feel fresh and alive right now and the excitement towards the future of Sprung Monkey is infectious.”
From the early days of selling CD’s out of their trunk to their breakout success on MTV, Sprung Monkey has kept true to their heavy, hypnotic sound. Through the years, Sprung Monkey have become a staple in the extreme and action sports world, appearing on ESPN’s X-Games and contributing tunes to countless surf, skate, and snowboarding films, which opened up opportunities that have included major tours and festivals in United States, Europe, and Australia. The band’s relentless work ethic and tour schedule earned them spots on the Van’s Warped Tour, a slot at the world famous KROQ’s Weenie Roast, film and television placements, and an appearance on the Conan O’Brian Show.
Over the past few years the guys have been exploring, growing and focusing their musical talents to write some of their best music to date which continues to fuel and embrace the classic Spring Monkey sound and the California lifestyle that their music embodies.
For more information about Sprung Monkey and their new album please visit www.facebook.com/sprungmonkeyband

 

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InsideOut Music 20th Anniversary Prog Fest

InsideOut Music HeaderTo celebrate InsideOut’s 20th Anniversary, Spock’s Beard, Jolly & Randy George Band have teamed up to bring you two of the biggest nights in Progressive Rock

On August 21st, the lineup will be taking the stage at LA’s famous Whiskey A-Go-Go located on the Sunset Strip. The following night, the trifecta of Prog will do it again in San Diego at Brick By Brick! Tickets for both shows can be found here:

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PSYCLON NINE Launch Kickstarte​r Campaign To Fund Album, Tour + More

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Hollywood, California – Controversial Industrial Metal band Psyclon Nine launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund production costs for their upcoming album, music video, and tour.

Kickstarter Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2128428397/order-of-the-shadow-act-i-album-video-tour-product

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Fans that choose to contribute will be eligible for a chance at the following perks:

-Personal thank you email or Facebook message

-Personal autographed thank you letter

-Autographed copy of the upcoming album

-Appear in the liner notes of the upcoming album

-Extremely limited edition t-shirt

-Extremely limited edition hoodie

-Autographed drum cymbal

-30 minute Skype session

-Stage vest worn by Nero Bellum

-30 minute Skype guitar lesson

-Go out to eat with Nero Bellum in Hollywood, California

-Be an actor/actress in an upcoming Psyclon Nine music video

-Lip Service brand “tie up” style pants worn by Nero Bellum

-Personalized VIP Sound Pass good for every single show on the upcoming Psylcon Nine North American headline tour.

-Executive producer credit on an upcoming Psyclon Nine music video show & watch the filming in Los Angeles

-Nero Bellum’s LTD ESP guitar (in hard case)

-Fascist trench coat worn by Nero Bellum

-Custom made, hand painted “skirt flaps”

-Personal performance for up to 10 of your friends in Hollywood, California

Psyclon Nine are currently recording their 5th studio album entitled [Order of the Shadow : Act I] with Chris Vrenna  (Nine Inch Nails / Marilyn Manson / Tweaker) behind the mixing console.  The band has taken a turn from their traditional Dark Industrial Metal sound toward a more stripped down and raw, Rock-centric approach, while still maintaining the sonic elements that have always separated Psyclon Nine from the rest of the dark alternative culture.  Fans can look forward to the continued deliverance of their epic chorus riffs, eerie soundscapes and, of course, the multi-faceted voice of their infamous frontman Nero Bellum.

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New HIGH ON FIRE Album Streaming Online

 

 

California doom rock powerhouse HIGH ON FIRE will release not one, but two LIVE albums on June 18 via eOne Music. Titled Spitting Fire Live, the two volume set represents the first official live documents of the power trio’s storied career, perfectly capturing the sound and intensity of a band whose performances have been hailed as “rumbling and down-tuned and resonant” by the New York Times and who the Chicago Tribune called “one the best live bands you will ever see.” In advance of the two record set’s release, both live albums are now available for streaming via Pandora and Pitchfork, respectively.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 1) via Pandora HERE.

* Stream HIGH ON FIRE’s Spitting Fire Live (vol. 2) via Pitchfork HERE.

Plus, request to hear High On Fire on The Welding Room.

Recorded over a two evening NYC headlining stint at both NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg last winter, Spitting Fire Live showcases HIGH ON FIRE at its incendiary best. The live sets contain well known HIGH ON FIRE songs from each of the band’s critically acclaimed studio albums including last year’s celebrated De Vermis Mysteriis. Mixing of the performances was handled by Greg Wilkinson with additional engineering done by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The albums are available for pre-order via iTunes HERE and HERE, while limited LP versions and special bundle packages can be pre-ordered HERE.

The release of Spitting Fire Live puts a triumphant cap on a multi-year run by the Oakland band that has been fraught with both celebration and frustration. The release of last year’s De Vermis Mysteriis followed more than a year and a half of world touring in support of 2010’s Snakes for the Divine which included multiple North American headlining jaunts, international festival appearances and tours alongside Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and The Melvins, the latter of which saw the trio caught in BOTH the February 22, 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami in Tokyo, Japan on March 11, 2011. The group was unharmed, but shaken after surviving its second natural disaster in sixteen days and was able to return to its native Oakland a few days later.

Last summer, HIGH ON FIRE was forced to pull out of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival as front man and guitarist Matt Pike entered treatment for alcohol rehabilitation.  Pike would emerge from treatment “stronger than ever” and HIGH ON FIRE celebrated by releasing “the wildest video in heavy metal history” for De Vermis Mysteriis’ potent track Fertile Green and then immediately announcing a North American headlining tour which saw the band at its very best and would ultimately yield the recordings that would become Spitting Fire Live.

With a renewed energy, drive and passion for the unique music it creates, HIGH ON FIRE forges forth as focused and determined as ever before. Spitting Fire Live showcases the dedication, resolve and ultimate creativity of one of the very finest metal bands on the planet today.

Spitting Fire Live Volume 1:

1. Serums Of Liao
2. Frost Hammer
3. 10,000 Years
4. Devolution
5. Last
6. Fertile Green
7. Speedwolf

Spitting Fire Live Volume 2:

1. Rumors Of War
2. DII
3. Fury Whip
4. Madness Of An Architect
5. Face Of Oblivion
6. Hung Drawn and Quartered
7. Blood From Zion
8. Snakes For The Divine

About HIGH ON FIRE:

Universally recognized as one of the most potent acts in music today, HIGH ON FIRE creates modern heavy metal that merges primal fury and aggression, hesher bombast and hall of fame heaviness.  Described as “a supersonic exercise in conquest by volume,” HIGH ON FIRE has rewritten the hard rock rule book since its formation in 1998, forging a style and sound that is both critically celebrated and absolutely unique.  The group features vocalist and cult guitar hero Matt Pike — also a founding member of the famed underground band SLEEP — along with powerhouse drummer Des Kenseland talented bassist Jeff Matz.  Pike was named as one of Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” and is one of rock’s most charismatic figures. HIGH ON FIRE’s latest album De Vermis Mysteriis was released on April 3, 2012.
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“High on Fire sounds rejuvenated, as if it’s conquering the world all over again… Without fail, this no-BS stoner-metal band delivers yet another skull-bashing record, in the process challenging the metal world at large” – NPR

“Bludgeoning Bay Area trio High on Fire have seemingly entered a permanent state of metal flow. Fourteen years into its career, the band has mastered its woozy, pummeling music. Growler-guitarist Matt Pike yowls about violence and esoterica and riffs like he’s engulfed in flames while the rhythm section of bassist Jeff Matz and drummer Des Kensel pitch and yaw as if playing aboard a Viking longship” – SPIN

“visceral, ecstatically grimy heavy metal… progressive psychedelia… High on Fire are making some of the best music of their career” – PITCHFORK

“a beautiful, untamable kind of band” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“High On Fire is part of the future of heavy music” – CRAVE ONLINE

“it’s not often something rocks this hard… stadium-sized” – STEREOGUM 

“another host of monolithic, archetypal licks from the jaws of eternity… a mantra of transcendental awe” – THE ONION 

“a band that eats Motorhead, drinks Sabbath, and bleeds Slayer… at the absolute pinnacle of their game” – SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN 

“High on Fire are the new Mötörhead. The trio never falter” – ALTERNATIVE PRESS 

“High on Fire returning as victorious and inspirational as ever” – POPMATTERS 

“Oakland’s (and possibly Earth’s) heaviest band, High on Fire, is ready for its close-up” – SF WEEKLY

“High on Fire hasn’t altered its MO drastically on De Vermis Mysteriis; the band just continues to make it sound as amazing as possible… powerful yet progressive” – ALARM

WARDRUNA Reveal Second Album Trailer

Norwegian neo-folk group WARDRUNA unveiled the second in a series of album trailer videos in which they preview additional tracks from their new album, Yggdrasil.

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The trailer includes snippets of the new tracks Ansur, IwaR and IngwaR, also features commentary by the band’s founders, multi-instrumentalist Kvitrafn and vocalist Gaahl (ex-Gorgoroth, God Seed).

Yggdrasil will be released on April 2 in U.S., March 15 in Norway and March 25 throughout mainland Europe. Pre-order packages are now available through INDIE RECORDING’s web store HERE. The album is available as a regular jewel case CD, but also as a limited edition digibook which includes a specially designed bronze necklace along with a 32-page booklet that contains extra artwork, translated lyrics and additional text on the album’s Rune-based concept.

WARDRUNA will soon appear at the prestigious Inferno Festival in Switzerland alongside acts including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride, and Aura Noir. The band will also make their debut American performance later this year at the annual Stella Natura Festival in California’s Tahoe National Forest.

Keep track of the band by visiting:
www.wardruna.com
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WARDRUNA Release New Single on iTunes

Viking neofolk act WARDRUNA released the first single, Fehu, from their upcoming album Yggdrasil exclusively through iTunes. The album will be the band’s second release in the planned Runaljod trilogy, a musical interpretation of the runes of the elder futhark. Yggradsil will be released on April 2 in U.S., March 15 in Norway, and March 25 throughout mainland Europe.

Yggdrasil pre-order packages available now

In addition to launching the aforementioned single, the band – which consists of multi-instrumentalist Kvitrafn, Gaahl (God Seed, ex-Gorgoroth), and Linda Fay Hella – also unveiled pre-order packages for their upcoming album, available through Indie Recording’s webstore by clicking HERE. Yggdrasil will be available as a regular jewel case CD, but also as a limited edition digibook (as pictured above) including a specially designed bronze necklace and a 32-page booklet with extra artwork, translated lyrics and additional text on the Runes concept.

Kvitrafn added,

“The design of the necklace is a combination of the Sun-wheel representing the turning bane of the sun and the mythological serpent Jörmungandr that circles the earth and holds it together.”

The album was recorded mainly in outdoor settings with the use of ancient Nordic instruments (deer-hide frame drums, mouth harp, clove and hoof rattles from deer and goats, bone flutes, goat and cow horns) and features guest appearances by renowned Icelandic composer Himlar Örn Hilmarsson and leading rímur singer Steindór Andersen. Preview the first four tracks of the album with exclusive commentary by Kvitrafn and Gaahl on the band’s YouTube channel HERE.

WARDRUNA will make their American debut at the pagan/neo-folk/doom-focused Stella Natura Festival in California’s Tahoe National Forest later this year. Additionally, they will appear at the annual Inferno Festival in Switzerland alongside acts including Anaal Nathrakh, Primoridial, Dark Funeral, My Dying Bride and Aura Noir.

For more information and updates on the upcoming album, make sure to visit:
www.wardruna.com
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ULI JON ROTH 2013 Update

The following is a personal update from Uli Jon Roth regarding his plans for 2013.

Greetings to all of you! I hope you had a great New Year. Here is a condensed list of some of the events that are planned for the first half of this year.

2013 is going to be a very busy and intensely productive year ahead, it seems.

We will start off with a two-day Sky Academy in Los Angeles, at the Santa Monica Playhouse on January 21st and 22nd. This is a beautiful, intimate theatre, where we held one of the previous Sky Academies which we all have fond memories of. I’m looking forward to being there again!

The next day I will take part in Jason Becker‘s “Not Dead Yet” concert in San Francisco, together with my friends Steve Morse, Richie Kotzen, Gus G, and several other great players. Jason is an inspiration to all of us and I feel honored to be part of this worth-while cause.

Following that, I shall be attending the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California and will do a signing event for the Sky Guitar Limited Edition at the DEAN booth.

At the end of January we are embarking on my extensive 40th Anniversary Tour of the US, which will take us all the way through February until the beginning of March. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of my involvement with the SCORPIONS. The main theme of this tour will therefore be dedicated to performing my personal favorites from the five albums which I recorded with that great band.

I have chosen about 30 songs in all from that era as the basis of our repertoire, several of which have never even been performed live by either the Scorpions or myself. We will be rotating a selection of these songs on the tour, varying our sets on a nightly basis, because we cannot possibly play all of them in one go.

We will, of course, also play some ELECTRIC SUN and SKY OF AVALON music, but the main theme of the performance will be dedicated to the early SCORPIONS era.

Every show will be recorded for a live album, which will feature only songs from my time with the SCORPIONS. This will result in a double CD, which will be mixed in 5.1 surround. The release will also contain a DVD and a documentary, including personal behind-the-scenes Super-8 footage, which I shot to document our tours from 1973-1978.

As far as live albums go, I am intending to record 2 further ones in the following years:

One will be featuring my favorite ELECTRIC SUN material -and the next one will consist of SKY OF AVALON/ TRANSCENDENTAL SKY GUITAR music.

In order to do full justice to my selection of SCORPIONS songs we are bringing a large band with an exciting line-up. Due to the length of the tour, not all members were free to do the whole tour.

Therefore some of the positions will be filled by two musicians – each of them playing part of the tour.

The 40th Anniversary US-Tour line-up will be:

Uli Jon Roth, guitars, vocals

Henning Basse – lead vocals

Ali Clinton – guitars, vocals

Niklas Turmann – guitars, lead vocals

Ule W. Ritgen, Elliott Rubinson – bass

Jamie Little, Peter Holmes – drums

Paul Rahme, Corvin Bahn – keyboards, vocals

In addition to the concerts there are 14 introductory SKY ACADEMY SEMINARS to be held during the course of the tour! These are usually taking place at the venues of the shows, on the same days and prior to the concerts. Pre-booking is essential, though. The seminars are not only geared for musicians. Anyone who loves music can attend. Sky Academy is about much more than just guitar playing, but players are also very welcome to bring their guitars and practice amps. The teaching should be useful to players of all levels.

March, April and May will be dedicated to studio work and some shows in England.

I also have been invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London by Alfie Boe as a guest for his concerts in April. Aside from this, we are going to collaborate on a new release of “Bridge to Heaven” intended for the Sunflower Jam Cancer Charity.

In June we will play six concerts in South America, co-headlining with Michael Schenker. The dates will be posted very soon.

We are planning further European and UK dates for the second half of 2013 and a tour of Japan

I am also looking forward to my continued involvement in the Robert Johnson Award in Hamburg, Germany, which is a great platform for genuine young guitar talents. As a special appreciation of his talent, I have chosen one of last years’ participants, the 14-year old Merlin Lauert, to share the stage with us at our Wacken 2013 show.

And last, but not least: I have written an entire album’s worth of new material, which I am very excited about. As soon as time permits we will begin to record it.

Once again, many thanks to all of you and God bless!

Have a great 2013!

Uli Jon Roth

Live and Sky Academy Seminars

1/21: Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse *Sky Academy Only*

1/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Monica Playhouse *Sky Academy Only*

1/23: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *Jason Becker Event

1/25: Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go-Go

1/26: Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s

1/27: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick *SA

1/29: Denver, CO @ Jammin’ Joe’s

1/31: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall * SA

2/1: Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge *SA

2/2: Cleveland, OH @ Pirate’s Cove at Peabody’s

2/3: Old Bridge, NJ @ Old Bridge Music Center *Sky Academy Only*

2/5: Chantilly, VA @ Sully’s

2/6: New York, NY @ Stage 48 *SA

2/7: White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock *SA

2/8: Montreal, QC @ Le National

2/9: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile *SA

2/10: Toronto, ON @ The Rock Pile

2/12: Ottawa, ON @ The Brass Monkey *SA

2/13: Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater *SA

2/15: Kenosha, WI @ Hatrix

2/16: Savage, MN @ Neisen’s Sports Bar & Grill *SA

2/17: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club *SA

2/21: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red

2/22: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d

2/23: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15

2/24: Santa Rosa, CA @ The Last Day Saloon

2/26: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *SA

2/27: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *SA

3/1: Concord, CA @ Vinnies

 

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