THE THREE TREMORS Debut Album Due In The Fall

Acclaimed heavy metal singers Tim “The Ripper” Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (JAG PANZER) and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (CAGE, DEATH DEALER, DENNER/SHERMANN) have joined forces in a new project called THE THREE TREMORS.

THE THREE TREMORS‘ self-titled debut LP is due on September 20. Check out audio samples on THE THREE TREMORSPledgeMusic page.

Sean‘s band, CAGE, opened for JUDAS PRIEST on the ‘Jugulator’ tour in San Diego — that is where I first met him,” recalls Ripper. “He hit me up about resurrecting the idea and actually doing a record, and then a band, to put this out in the live setting also, and I thought it sounded really cool. The record came out really strong and I think the fans deserved to have a thing like this actually exist. We performed two of the songs live already when I was out in San Diego shooting the video for the first single, and it was a blast.”

“It was about five years ago, I was camping and thinking about the whole THREE TREMORS urban legend from long ago and what a shame it was that it never happened,” says Sean. “Then I started thinking about if there was a resurrected 2018 version of it, who would I get, and Tim and Harry were at the top of my list. I immediately reached out to Tim, who agreed to embark on this adventure and Harry quickly joined next. It took a long time to put it together, create the right songs, and get it properly arranged, but the results are beyond my wildest expectations. I think the fans are really going to freak out on what we have done with this record, and live it’s going to be almighty I assure you!”

Sean and I ended up at a party together in Germany, where we were both playing the same festival, and he told me about the THREE TREMORS album he was putting together and asked if I would be into it,” adds Harry. “He described the concept and how he wanted to bring this old idea to actual life and I said I was in. Once I started hearing the songs that were being sent over for me to record, I knew this thing was going to be really powerful. Then when I got sent the final mixes with all three of us on it, my jaw hit the floor on how well it all came together. For heavy metal fans, this is the ultimate.”

THE THREE TREMORS nourish in heavy metal anthems, and feature the illustrious chops of guitarist Dave Garcia, whose tenacity fuels the fire, allowing the music to naturally flow in complimentary tone. Second guitarist Casey Trask picks up the pace and pushes the boundaries alongside bassist Alex Pickard, who highlights a melodic sensibility giving character to the overall tonality. On drums, the thrash machine Sean Elg adds in his perfectly placed fills and signature double bass patterns.

THE THREE TREMORS‘ self-titled debut highlights artwork ingeniously created by renowned artist Marc Sasso (DIO, HALFORD, ADRENALINE MOB, DEATH DEALER), to showcase an apocalyptic battle between demonic hyper-wolves and the Three Tremors, who marched into an underworld overshadowed by evil forces only armed with bullets powered by heavy metal sorcery to reclaim the dystopian lands.

THE THREE TREMORS‘ self-titled debut album will feature 12 new songs that depict monumental stories of time honored heavy metal themes as written by Peck, focusing on original concepts to highlight three of the most revered and relentless voices in heavy metal.

“The Three Tremors” track listing:

01. Invaders From The Sky
02. Bullets For The Damned
03. When The Last Scream Fades
04. Wrath Of Asgard

05. The Cause
06. King Of The Monsters
07. The Pit Shows No Mercy
08. Sonic Suicide
09. Fly Or Die
10. Lust Of The Blade
11. Speed To Burn
12. The Three Tremors (bonus track)

THE THREE TREMORS was the provisional name given to a proposed project featuring Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN), Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE) and Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST).

It was announced in 2000 that Tate would be joining Dickinson and Halford in the all-star group, which was slated to record an album’s worth of material with Dickinson‘s solo guitarist and Roy “Z” Ramirez.

Dickinson said that he and Roy wrote “about three songs” for THE THREE TREMORS during a session in Los Angeles before he “realized it was going to take us a lot longer than three weeks to write a project with three singers that would work.”

Before Dickinson‘s proposed collaboration with Halford and Tate was officially scrapped, the name THE THREE TREMORS was changed to TRINITY because “we figured they would sue our ass if we called it THE THREE TREMORS,” Bruce explained in an interview several years ago.

Back in late 2016, Owens, Tate and ex-IRON MAIDEN singer Blaze Bayley played a number of U.S. shows under the “Trinity” banner. Owens later said that while the tour “was a lot of fun,” he would not be working with Tate again.

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STRATOVARIUS To Release ‘Enigma: Intermission 2’ Album In September

Finnish metallers STRATOVARIUS are back with a new album — with some fresh and some very rare material. Due on September 28 via earMUSIC, “Enigma: Intermission 2” features three brand new songs as well as, for the first time in the band’s history, four beautifully arranged orchestral versions of popular STRATOVARIUS songs.

The album is similar in concept to “Intermission”, released 17 years ago between “Infinite” and “Elements”, in the sense that these seven tracks made in 2018 are completed by nine very rare, very-hard-to-find power metal gems.

With over 30 minutes of brand new material and 50 minutes of previously rare metal, “Enigma: Intermission 2” is definitely more killer than filler!

Take “Enigma” and “Oblivion”, for example, fresh from the studio in 2018. Both combine an epic melody with a bombastic chorus and heavy riffs for STRATOVARIUS‘s trademark sound and remind of “Unbreakable” from their 2013 album “Nemesis”, the most streamed song in the band’s history. Or “Kill It With Fire” and “Castaway”, two epic and full-blown power metal tracks that were previously only heard by Japanese fans.

The official song stream video for “Oblivion” is now available below.

The sweeping melodic power metal grandeur of STRATOVARIUS, together with Timo Kotipelto‘s powerful yet emotional voice, is very much present on all of the 80 minutes of this release. This spirit truly makes “Enigma: Intermission 2” closer to a full new studio album than to a mere compilation.

“Enigma: Intermission 2” track listing:

01. Enigma (brand new studio song; recorded 2018)
02. Hunter
03. Hallowed††
04. Burn Me Down (brand new studio song; recorded 2018)

05. Last Shore††
06. Kill It With Fire*
07. Oblivion (brand new studio song; recorded 2018)
08. Second Sight*
09. Fireborn
10. Giants*
11. Castaway*
12. Old Man And The Sea††

Brand new orchestral versions (all recorded 2018)

13. Fantasy
14. Shine In The Dark
15. Unbreakable
16. Winter Skies

* previously unreleased in Europe
† rare bonus track
†† rare bonus track; first time on CD

This autumn, STRATOVARIUS will hit the road in Europe with Tarja Turunen on the “A Nordic Symphony ’18” tour.

SOULFLY ‘Ritual’ Album Details Revealed

SOULFLY will release its eleventh album, “Ritual”, on October 19 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The follow-up to 2015’s “Archangel” was produced, recorded and mixed by Josh Wilbur (KILLER BE KILLED, LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA). Cover artwork was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). Additional booklet art was handled by Marcelo Vasco (SLAYER, HATEBREED, KREATOR), who also handled the package design. The album features multiple guests, including Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD) and Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION).

The first single from the disc, “Evil Empowered”, can be streamed below.

Comments guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera: “I am really stoked to be working again with two of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor and Marcelo Vasco!

“The ‘Ritual’ artwork is very mystic and captures the vibe of the album perfectly. For this one, we really tried to retain the groove of early SOULFLY as well as my love for the heavy, fast stuff I’m into, like death and black metal and some hardcore.

“Working with Josh Wilbur for SOULFLY this time around has been amazing. He’s a huge fan and added a lot to the record. I would fight for the fast songs and he would always push me to add more groove. I think in the end we created a really cool mix of songs that covers a lot of ground in my career. Let the Ritual begin!”

Wilbur adds: “Before I had ever recorded a record, in my formidable years, Max released the holy trinity that was (at least to me) ‘Chaos A.D.’, ‘Roots’ and ‘Soulfly’. I wanted to make a record that captured what I loved about those when I was growing up! Those records inspired me and introduced me to heavy metal. Fast forward to now and I was given the opportunity to make the record I wanted as a fan! So I set up some mics, recorded some riffs, we banged on some galvanized metal, roto toms, djembes, and anything else we could get, then I told Max to ‘BRING DA SHIT’!”

“Ritual” track listing:

01. Ritual
02. Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
03. The Summoning
04. Evil Empowered

05. Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
06. Demonized
07. Blood On The Street
08. Bite The Bullet
09. Feedback!
10. Soulfly XI

GLENN DANZIG Signs Feature Film Deal With CLEOPATRA ENTERTAINMENT

MISFITS and DANZIG frontman Glenn Danzig has signed a feature film agreement with Cleopatra Entertainment, a division of the Los Angeles independent record label Cleopatra Records. Danzig will pen, direct and compose music for the feature film which will be structured as an anthology splitting its running time between three individual characters/storylines based on Danzig‘s own popular Verotik comic book characters.

Brian Perera, owner and CEO of Cleopatra Records/Cleopatra Entertainment, says of the partnership: “Glenn has a fantastic track records of building brands, including Verotik. We’re excited to bring his vision and passion to the screen.”

Verotik is Danzig‘s long-running brand of mature horror comic books and related material. The comics, featuring mostly deadly femme fatales, have been in print since 1994.

Principal photography for the anthology film will begin fall of 2018.

ACE FREHLEY ‘Spaceman’ Album Details Revealed

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ace Frehley has released a new song today called “Rockin’ With The Boys”. This is the second song Frehley has made available from his forthcoming all-new “Spaceman” album, due October 19 via Entertainment One (eOne). Frehley previously released the track “Bronx Boy” in April.

“Spaceman”, Frehley‘s eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks, including a cover of Eddie Money‘s “I Wanna Go Back”, a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

“No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys”, which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS‘s heyday in the ’70s. Both “Rockin With The Boys” and “Bronx Boys” are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant-grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace‘s distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on “Spaceman” except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, “Without You I’m Nothing”, which Gene also co-wrote, and “Your Wish Is My Command”. Both songs were recorded at Frehley‘s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace‘s reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of FREE‘s “Fire And Water” for 2016’s covers LP “Origins, Vol. 1”) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace‘s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 “Anomaly” album in 2009.

“Spaceman” (a title suggested by Simmons himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014’s “Space Invader”, which debuted at No. 9 on the Top 200 chart. The LP scored the highest=charting position of any former or current KISS bandmember ever and marked Frehley‘s first return to the Top 10 since KISS‘s 1998 “Psycho Circus” reunion album.

Widely known as the original “Space Ace” and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over two tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is arguably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley‘s self-titled “Ace Frehley”, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, “New York Groove”, from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).

“Spaceman” track listing:

01. Without You I’m Nothing
02. Rockin’ With the Boys
03. Your Wish Is My Command
04. Bronx Boy

05. Pursuit Of Rock and Roll
06. I Wanna Go Back
07. Mission To Mars
08. Off My Back
09. Quantum Flux

OVERKILL’s D.D. VERNI Reveals Artwork And Track Listing Of ‘Barricade’ Solo Album

OVERKILL bassist and main songwriter D.D. Verni will release his first solo album, “Barricade”, on October 12 via Mighty Music. The record, which was mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED), is said to be a mix of all of Verni‘s influences. “There’s some metal, punk, and classic rock… it’s all in there, from QUEEN to GREEN DAY to METALLICA, I think we covered all the basses!” declares D.D.“Barricade” track listing:

01. Fire Up
02. Miracle Drug
03. Off My Leash
04. (We are) The Broken Ones

05. Lost In The Underground
06. The Party Of No
07. Night of the Swamp King
08. We Were Young
09. Slow My Ride
10. Heaven Calling

The lyric video for the song “Fire Up” can be seen below.

Verni‘s first effort features a host of guitar players doing guest spots, including Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY), Angus Clark (TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Bruce Franklin (TROUBLE), Mike Romeo (SYMPHONY X), Mike Orlando (ADRENALINE MOB), Steve Leonard (ALMOST QUEEN), and Andre “Virus” Karkos (DOPE), who also contributed the rhythm guitar tracks. Rounding out the recording lineup is former OVERKILL drummer Ron Lipnicki.

In addition to OVERKILL‘s 18 full-length albums, Verni has four releases with his side band THE BRONX CASKET CO.. Verni states: “So, why do a solo record… well I never really stop writing material, and after some time, it starts to pile up and take shape and I wonder what it will be. In the past, anything that was not OVERKILL material I would put aside for my other band THE BRONX CASKET CO., but when I starting pulling these songs together, it was clearly not that, and I thought, ‘Okay, I guess it’s a solo record.’ The material was kinda metal and kinda rock and kinda punk, so those really are my basic influences. In OVERKILL, I take all that background and funnel it into our thrash sound. But these songs were not thrash but a combination of the other stuff.

“I would never really have an interest in doing a record that was thrash-sounding outside of OVERKILL; I just don’t think it could be any better. The fun is trying new shit and seeing where it goes for me.

“I could always do all the instruments myself, as I have in the past on projects, but thought this could be a good opportunity to try working with some new people. My wife was hearing me thinking out loud and basically said, ‘Why don’t you just call some guys whose work you like and see if they would be interested?’ And so that’s what I did.”

For more information, visit www.ddverni.com.

DEVILDRIVER Announces ‘Outlaws ‘Til The End’ U.S. Tour

California metallers DEVILDRIVER will embark on a U.S. headline tour in the fall. Support on the trek, which will kick off on October 23 in Phoenix, Arizona and end on November 18 in San Diego, California, will come from JINJER and RAVEN BLACK.

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara says: “It’ll be well over a year since we last headlined a full tour when DEVILDRIVER returns in the fall… and on a number-one-metal-charting record! We are bringing some special guests with us — our friends JINJER will be joining from the Ukraine, and RAVEN BLACK as well. We have decided to do clubs in order to make sure this is a very close up and personal special event for everyone attending! Get your tickets now; this tour is going to sell out!”

JINJER vocalist Tatiana Shmaylyuk says: “It is hard to express how delighted we are to join the upcoming tour with mighty DEVILDRIVER this fall. Folks, be prepared for a devastating force on stage this October [and] November. JINJER will come back to the U.S. with new songs, and our American fans will check them out live first. It is gonna be a hell of a tour!”

Tour dates:

Oct. 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
Oct. 25 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
Oct. 26 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 27 – Austin, TX @ Texas Revolution Fest

Oct. 28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 30 – Louisville, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
Oct. 31 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Nov. 01 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Nov. 02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Nov. 04 – Providence, RI @ Providence Metal Fest @ Fete Ballroom
Nov. 05 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Nov. 06 – Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
Nov. 07 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
Nov. 08 – Harrison, OH @ Blue Note
Nov. 09 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Nov. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
Nov. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Nov. 12 – Racine, WI @ Route 20
Nov. 14 – Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
Nov. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Nov. 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
Nov. 18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

DEVILDRIVER‘s long-awaited full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, “Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1”, was released on July 6 via Napalm Records. The disc is described in a press release as “both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now.”