New JUDAS PRIEST Track Preview Available

The tracks that Judas Priest has been offering the public as a prelude to the official July 8, 2014 release date of their 17th album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ are stirring up quite a buzz within the heavy metal community.  On June 17th, eager fans will be able to sample another winning metallic rocker from the legendary band, when “Dragonaut” is made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital retailers.

Listen to “Dragonaut” http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-judas-priests-thunderous-new-dragonaut-premiere-20140613#ixzz34XDw7xOd

And you can pre-order the deluxe album version via these links:
http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-albm – iTunes
http://smarturl.it/redeemerofsouls-amzn – Amazon

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.

The countdown to the release of Priest’s latest studio triumph has officially begun, and “Dragonaut” provides further proof that ‘Redeemer of Souls’ will be a prime slice of Judas Priest metal.

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HARK Finish Recording Debut Album

Welsh heavy power-rock trio HARK (Jimbob Isaac (ex TAINT) – Guitar, Vocals Nikolai Ribnikov (ex-WHYTELEAF) – Bass, Simon Bonwick (ex- WHYTELEAF) – Drums) have finished recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut album. The as-yet-untitled album was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales (BLACK SABBATH, RUSH, JUDAS PRIEST, PORTISHEAD), and mixed by CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, HIGH ON FIRE, KVELERTAK, YOUNG WIDOWS).

Regarding the recording, front-man Jimbob Isaac stated:

“Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our mottos since HARK’s inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. Long days, little sleep and grim determination made this record the beast that we believe it to be. We pushed ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout. The upcoming mini-tour will be a nice introduction for our fans, before the record release and more lengthy tours follow in 2014. We’re having fun biding our time, but there’s only so long you can keep a bull in its pen.”

HARK have also announced a string of European tour dates. The trek, which starts on November 27 in France, will travel through Switzerland, Germany, and the UK. The band is also slated to make an appearance at next year’s Wild Custom Guitars Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Led by former TAINT frontman and acclaimed graphic artist Isaac, HARK has already released one sold-out seven-inch single and has toured extensively with RED FANG and CLUTCH throughout Europe. With fresh chops and almighty riff power, HARK continue to fuse punk attack with Sabbathian dirge, and decorate post-whatever angularities with classic rock flourish. While Isaac’s vocals expand on his tried and tested palette, his lyrics continue to shatter prose with bleak metaphor and acerbic spittle. Former WHYTELEAF rhythm section Ribnikov and Bonwick, the HARK engine, bring an endlessly creative pummel. Their dynamic chops, and blood lust for riffs meld with Isaac’s honed and equally determined musical vision.

News and tour information available through the Season of Mist website, the HARK websiteTwitter and Facebook page. For information on Jimbob Isaac’s artwork visit his website here.

Tour Dates
11/27 Le Havre, Tetris – FRA
11/28 Besancon, Passengers Du Zinc – FRA
11/29 Oberentfelden, Borom Pom Pom – CH
11/30 Jena, Rosenkeller – GER
12/04 Swansea, The Garage – UK
1/29 Wild Custom Guitars Festival, Clermont Ferrand – FRA

 

Live Chat with TESTAMENT Guitar God ALEX SKOLNICK

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal and co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman were the featured topic/guests on 90.9 WBUR / NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. Towards the end of the show, special guest artist Robb Flynn of Machine Head called in to join host Tom Ashbrook and the authors in the discussion. If you missed it, the show is streaming now via Soundcloud widget at the top of the “On Point” homepage, here.

While checking out the NPR “On Point” interview, head over to the WNYC homepage to listen to Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman on “Soundcheck” with host John Schaefer. The show is streaming at http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/2013/may/15/louder-than-hell/.

Now, after listening to these interviews, don’t you wish you could ask the authors some of your burning metal questions? Well, now you can! Co-authors Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman (with special guest Alex Skolnick of Testament) will be hosting a live, exclusive video chat session with fans about LOUDER THAN HELL on June 6 at 5:00pm ET. Fans can meet the authors and Alex Skolnick via video chat for an interactive, Q&A session in a very cool virtual environment powered by Shindig. Click here to RSVP. Come and join the chat!

LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal is in stores now. Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books May 14, 2013; Hardcover $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it. This week, the book is ranked at number #549 in the top books OVERALL on Amazon. The book is still ranked #1 in Heavy Metal Books and #2 in History & Criticism Books. LOUDER THAN HELL is also ranked #11 in 20th Century Books.

From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter.

LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal… from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God.

LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouderThanHellTheBook

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/louderthanhellbook

Twitter: https://twitter.com/louderthanhell

Buy your copy of LOUDER THAN HELL on Amazon.com now at this location.

About the Authors:

Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL $66 6-Pack Ticket Offer

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Tour Starts June 29 in San Bernardino, CA

Get your Tickets NOW at www.rockstarmayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com

Check out all of GREAT things happening with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL this year:

Starting June 6, you and several friends can share that good time together for a very low price with the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL Devil of A Good Time offer! This features your choice of paying $66 for a 6-pack of lawn tickets, or $69 for a pair of tickets in the reserved section (plus fees). Begins on Thursday, June 6 at 9:00am local time and ends on Sunday, June 9 at 9:00am local time.

NOT PARTICIPATING: Boise, ID/Mountain View, CA/Bangor, ME/Boston, MA.

Check your local listings for more information.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL was on hand at the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods and caught up with a few of the bands playing this summer. Jason Hook and Jeremy Spencer of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH talk their upcoming album and what we can expect from FFPD this summer on Mayhem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ouaVMpaRR4

ROB ZOMBIE and the gang were on the Black Carpet and stopped by to tell us a little bit about the Mayhem Zombie is going to unleash this summer. John 5 and Rob talk about their latest album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and Zombie’s latest film, Lords of Salem out now.

Be sure to check out all the interviews and highlights from the Golden Gods, artists past and present talk about their favorite moments from the tour, and more: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRtdtY9BEgj3QF8YPtCRixDTC66pTUG_0

Again this year, ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s METAL OF HONOR is giving back. Starting Wednesday, May 1 at 12 noon (all local time zones), members of the military and veterans will have their chance to purchase Military Discount tickets to THE ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, General Admission tickets only. You must be in the military to qualify for this pricing. Go to Veteran Tickets Foundation at www.veteranticketsfoundation.org to receive discount and to purchase discounted tickets online.  There are limited discounted tickets, so get yours now! NOTE: Toronto is excluded from this offer.

Take the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL survey now! By completing this survey, you could be selected as a Mayhem Reporter member to receive a FREE VIP PASS to the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL date of your choice. The fest will be selecting 10 members for each date of the tour and selected reporters will be announced via email and posted on www.mayhemreporters.com on June 15, 2013.

If you or someone you know is Living The Dream despite suffering from a terminal illness, submit your story to dreamday@ltdfoundation.org  for your chance at a VIP day to meet your favorite bands on tour!

Hey Nonprofits… MAYHEM Wants You! Here is your chance to meet your local community, while engaging and educating people about your organization and cause. The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is now accepting applications for local and regional non-profit organizations to participate for FREE at a Mayhem Festival show, in your area. All 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL show dates are listed on the official tour website (http://rockstarmayhemfest.com/dates) and to apply, just click here (http://www.unitetheunited.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Mayhem-Non-Profit-Application.pdf ), complete this form and return it to us at: MayhemNonprofit@gmail.com

For more information on these items and more, visit www.rockstarmayhemfest.com.

Take a look at what some of this year’s festival artists are doing RIGHT NOW:

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH’s Lift Me Up (Featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest) debuted at #18 first week on Active Rock, the highest single debut at radio for the band in their career so far. Upon its debut, it was also the #1 rock single at iTunes in the US and Canada simultaneously. Also right now, it is the “most shared” song on Spotify! Read more here and here.

  • Premier Guitar recently spoke to CHILDREN OF BODOM’s frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho about the recording sessions for the band’s eighth studio album, Halo Of Blood (due out in North America on June 11th), the inspiration provided by his guitar heroes, and why he’s finally retired his Lee Jackson preamp. Read the entire interview here.
  • Melodic death metal legion AMON AMARTH recently revealed a trailer for their forthcoming mini-documentary, which can be viewed here. Fittingly titled Forging Mjölnir, the short film will appear as a three-part series with each official segment slated to premiere via the band’s microsite.
  • MOTIONLESS IN WHITE premiered a new lyric video for their single America, off of their latest album Infamous. Check out the video and make sure to catch them on the Musicians Institute Stage this summer!

This week, BUTCHER BABIES announced a July 9 release date for their upcoming album of Goliath on Century Media Records. The Los Angeles-based band wrapped their tour with Marilyn Manson in late-February and went straight into the studio with producer Josh Wilbur [Gojira, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed]. Forget everything you think you know about the BUTCHER BABIES, because they’ve got their sights set to slay on Goliath.

  • War of Will, the sophomore album from Detroit, MI’s BATTLECROSS, will be in stores on July 9. You’ve seen them on tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Killswitch Engage, In Flames, and more, now see them bring the Mayhem all summer! Click here for more info.
  • Jill Janus of HUNTRESS will be hosting the Jagermeister Shred-Meister guitar competition all summer long. Festival attendees can go to the Jagermeister tents on site and audition for a chance to shred for 10 seconds on the main stage. Each day, one of the 10 finalists will win a custom Jägermeister guitar from Schecter and the overall winner at the end of the tour will win a custom Jägermeister full stack and head courtesy of Peavey Electronics. HUNTRESS revealed their LIKE YOU TO DEATH campaign which revealed a new song on their upcoming album STARBOUND BEAST (in stores July 2). Go to the band’s facebook page and click LIKE to hear a new song co-written by Lemmy of Motorhead!
  • Artists performing this year include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEA.

Date    City                             Venue

6/29     San Bernardino, CA     San Manuel Amphitheater

6/30     Mountain View, CA    Shoreline Amphitheatre

7/2       Boise, ID                    Idaho Center Amphitheatre

7/3       Auburn, WA                White River Amphitheater

7/5       Phoenix, AZ                Desert Sky Pavilion

7/6       Albuquerque, NM        Isleta Amphitheatre

7/7       Denver, CO                 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

7/10     Toronto, ON                Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

7/12     Burgettstown, PA         First Niagara Pavilion

7/13     Scranton, PA                Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

7/14     Darien Center, NY       Darien Lake PAC

7/16     Mansfield, MA            Comcast Center

7/17     Bangor, ME                 Bangor Waterfront

7/19     Camden, NJ                 Susquehanna Bank Center

7/20     Saratoga Springs, NY   SPAC

7/21     Hartford, CT                The Comcast Theatre

7/23     Holmdel, NJ               PNC Bank Arts Center

7/24     Bristow, VA                 Jiffy Lube Live

7/26     Noblesville, IN            Klipsch Music Center

7/27     Tinley Park, IL             First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

7/28     Clarkston, MI DTE      Energy Music Theatre

7/30     Atlanta, GA                 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

7/31     Tampa, FL                   Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds

8/2       Austin, TX                   Austin360 Amphitheater

8/3       The Woodlands, TX    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

8/4       Dallas, TX                   Gexa Energy Pavilion 

Sponsors for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include title sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and stage sponsors JAGERMEISTER, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Festival sponsors include IBANEZ GUITARS,

ZIPPO, METAL BLADE RECORDS, NAPALM RECORDS, SQUATCH SNACK STICKS, FUCK CANCER and KEEP A BREAST. Media partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE and ZUUS MEDIA.

New VICIOUS RUMORS Album This Spring

Vicious Rumors is on fire. 3 albums in 3 years. Razorback Killers (2011), Live You To Death (2012) and the new studio album Electric Punishment in 2013, and the ball keeps rolling!

The legendary San Francisco bay area metal band released a new live CD Live You To Death last year on Steamhammer/SPV. Tight and full of energy the album captures the power and excitement of the Vicious Rumors live performance. 9 live tracks with 2 covers; Black Sabbath’s Sign of the Southern Cross and Judas Priest Running Wild complete this must have live album.

No rest for the wicked. The band is in the Trident studios in San Francisco right now with Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga – the same production team that brought you WarballRazorback Killers and Live You to Death. The new studio album Electric Punishment will be out on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2013.

Geoff Thorpe, Brian Allen, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Thean Rasmussen are back with 9 new songs and a wicked cover of Strange Ways by KISS sure to satisfy the Vicious Rumors faithfull fans. Black X List, D-Block are two thrashy speed killers while Escape (From Hell) and Together We Unite add a classic flavor. Guest appearances by Mark McGee, Brad Gillis as well as touring guitarist Bob Capka all along with Geoff Thorpe round out this 5 man guitar gun slinger army.

It’s all there, the killer guitar attack, power and speed, melody and double bass thunder and of course shredding guitar solos.

The Vicious Rumors ball is gaining speed and rolling through your town this year. The first confirmed live date is July 26 at the Headbangers Open Air in Germany. More details regarding the new studio album and live shows coming soon.

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