THE WINERY DOGS To Take 2017 Off

THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will take all of next year off while the individual members focus on other projects.

The band recently completed a tour in support of its second album, “Hot Streak”, which was released in October 2015 in North America via Loud & Proud Records.

During a recent appearance on “Trunk Nation”, Eddie Trunk‘s new show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Portnoy stated about THE WINERY DOGS‘ plans for the coming months: “We just wrapped the ‘Hot Streak’ cycle, which went for about a year and did really great all over the world. But we’re basically gonna take 2017 off. Richie’s gonna do his solo-band stuff, and I think Billy says he might be doing some MR. BIG activity. And I’m gonna spend 2017 with THE NEAL MORSE BAND for the first several months, and then possibly a new FLYING COLORS album, a new METAL ALLEGIANCE album. And also I’m gonna be doing shows with this thing called SHATTERED FORTRESS, which is me playing the DREAM THEATER ’12 Step Suite’ at select events and festivals throughout the world. So that’s my 2017. But Billy, Richie and I have penciled in tentatively reconvening after next year, and hopefully at the start of 2018. And in the meantime, I’m finishing up work on a live DVD, Blu-ray, CD for THE WINERY DOGS that we recorded in Santiago, Chile. And that should be out at the start of next year.”

Kotzen told Pollstar earlier in the year that he would likely get right back to making another solo album once THE WINERY DOGS‘ touring commitments have been completed. “Knowing me, I always say I’m going to take a long break, I always say that in the middle of an album cycle, every time I get in the middle of a tour, I start saying, ‘All right. I need a break. I need a long break.’ But knowing me, THE WINERY DOGS‘ cycle will end and I’ll probably just dive right back into writing another record. [Laughs] So it’s a cycle but you have to have a balance. That’s the thing for me. I need that balance. I’m not the guy who can stay on the road all year long without really losing it. And I like to come home and spend time with my family. So we do that. We build that into our schedule and it works out great.”

“Hot Streak” debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.

ADRENALINE MOB Preparing To Record New Album

ADRENALINE MOB Preparing To Record New Album

ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its new album for an early 2017 release via Century Media Records.

Following 2015’s “Dearly Departed”, the forthcoming effort is being recorded by Orlando at his Sonic Stomp Studio.

Said Mike in a statement: “Myself and Russell are hard at work finishing up the writing and are heading into the studio to track the new ADRENALINE MOB album in a few weeks time. The album is coming out great and we’re both very excited on the sound and direction. We’re extremely thrilled to be releasing our third studio album on Century Media Records! Our expected release time will be early 2017.”

ADRENALINE MOB and TWISTED SISTER drummer, A.J. Pero, died in March 2015 of a heart attack.

“Dearly Departed” was released in February 2015 through Century Media.

In a departure from “Covertà”, “Dearly Departed” featured, in addition to four cover tunes, a previously unreleased track from the sessions for ADRENALINE MOB‘s second album, 2014’s “Men Of Honor”, three acoustic renditions of songs from both 2012’s debut, “Omertà”, and “Men Of Honor”, and an edited version of the “Men Of Honor” track “Dearly Departed”.

ADRENALINE MOB in August 2014 tapped Erik Leonhardt (TANTRIC) as its new bass player following the departure of John Moyer (DISTURBED).

Moyer, who had been a member of DISTURBED since 2004, joined ADRENALINE MOB in February 2012 and appeared on the band’s “Covertà” EP (2013) and “Men Of Honor” album (2014).

“Men Of Honor” sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 99 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s full-length debut, 2012’s “Omertá”, opened with around 6,600 units to enter the chart at No. 70.

Drummer Mike Portnoy (FLYING COLORS, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) quit ADRENALINE MOB in June 2013 due to “scheduling conflicts.”


Russell Allen – Vocals
Mike Orlando – Guitar
Erik Leonhardt – Bass
Jordan Cannata – Drums

METALLICA To Release ‘Atlas, Rise!’ On Halloween

METALLICA To Release 'Atlas, Rise!' On Halloween

METALLICA will unleash “Atlas, Rise!” to fans this coming Halloween at 3:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. PST. The song is the third track to be released from METALLICA‘s forthcoming album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, due for release on the band’s own Blackened Recordings on November 18 and follows previously released tracks “Hardwired” and “Moth Into Flame”.

To help fans get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28, METALLICA fans around the world can visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited-edition “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” Halloween mask. Inside of each mask, fans will find a special access code that will allow them to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30 minutes prior to its official release on Halloween.

To see a complete list of participating record stores, visit

The long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” consists of two discs, containing a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music.

“Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” was produced by Greg Fidelman with frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The band recorded the disc at its own studio.

METALLICA appeared at Neil Young‘s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California on October 22 and October 23.

ACCEPT To Release ‘Restless And Live’ Blu-Ray/DVD

German/American metallers ACCEPT will release a new live set titled “Restless And Live” on January 13, 2017 via Nuclear Blast. This package will include the entire show ACCEPT played at 2015’s Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany on Blu-ray/DVD plus two CDs.

Comments ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann: “We didn’t know exactly what would happen back in 2010, what happens if… But this was six years ago and we’ve released three records since then. With ‘Blind Rage’, we had our first No. 1 chart record! There can be nothing nicer!”

The package’s title, chosen by the band couldn’t be more suitable: “‘Restless And Live’ simply fits what we experienced at Bang Your Head!!! and for what we stand for until today!” Wolf says. “It goes on and on and on! We’re already working on a new production. The thought of being on the road again soon gets our blood flowing: And it is possible to overcome everything that happened before.”

To give their fans a taster of what to expect from this forthcoming live release and to make the waiting more tolerable, the live clip for “Stampede” can be seen below.

Asked why it’s so important for ACCEPT to still make new music after all this time, Wolf recently told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon: “For us, it was very important, especially since we got [singer] Mark [Tornillo], and when we had our reunion with Mark, the new singer, we really wanted to show to the fans and to us that we still can write relevant new songs, and so that’s why we really did three albums in five or six years — really banged them out, one after the other. And those three albums are, in a lot of fans’ views, as strong as most of the stuff we’ve done in the eighties, if not stronger. So I think it’s very important for us to come up with new songs, ’cause, you know, once you stop trying, or you’re just living on the past, I think that’s no good. We’re trying to stay relevant, and the fans really appreciate that.”

Regarding what Mark Tornillo has added to ACCEPT‘s sound, Wolf said: “He very much inspired us to write songs, because all of a sudden, he can pretty much sing anything we want him to do. With Udo [Dirkschneider, former ACCEPT singer], it was much more limited, what worked and what didn’t work. And Mark, man, anything Peter [Baltes, bass] and I come up with, he can perform, and so that opened a lot of doors, musically, for us, and that inspired us totally. But, like I said before, we always try to stay close to what ACCEPT fans are wanting to hear from us, ’cause we could write a bunch of stuff that was left and right, genre-wise, but I’m not sure if fans would really appreciate it that much. And that’s also where [producer] Andy Sneap came in, especially during the ‘Blood Of The Nations’ [2010] recording. He really, sort of, forced us more to stay true to the course. ‘Cause he grew up being an ACCEPT fan and listening to the old albums, and he came in with an expectation, ‘All right, we’re gonna make a great new ACCEPT album, but it’d better sound like I want it to sound as an ACCEPT fan.'”


DEEP PURPLE’s New Album To Be Released In The Spring

DEEP PURPLE‘s new studio album is tentatively due in early spring, bassist Roger Glover has revealed in a new video message (see below).

The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2013’s “Now What?!”, which was tracked in February at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee, was once again helmed by Bob Ezrin, who has previously worked with KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER and KANSAS, among others.

DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan recently told Antihero magazine about the PURPLE songwriting process: “DEEP PURPLE was different than any other kind of writing I do with other people. DEEP PURPLE is primarily an instrumental band, and the routine is we book [time] in a studio somewhere, and the [other] guys [in the band] come in at noon. They start jamming and they work ’till six o’clock, take a break at three for a cup of tea and then do that every day. Roger [Glover, bass] and I listen to the music and clock out the occasional bit and think that might be okay for a tune on the album or something. Then we start refocusing on making arrangements and how to develop the song. Then when it is all tucked away, I start thinking about the lyrics and the tunes. There is no point before they get literally torn up every day because everything changes every day. There’s no shortage of things to write about lyrically. There is no point trying to create a tune on something that’s going to change in a couple of hours. That’s how it worked with PURPLE. This is primarily an instrumental band. I just climb on board and write it along.”

DEEP PURPLE — which has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now — finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016. The band’s first three lineups were inducted, including drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, late keyboardist Jon Lord, and various singers and bassists — Rod Evans; Ian Gillan and Roger Glover; and David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.

FOZZY Re-Signs With CENTURY MEDIA/New Album Due In 2017

FOZZY Re-Signs With CENTURY MEDIA; New Album Due In 2017

FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — has re-signed with Century Media for the follow-up to its 2014 album “Do You Wanna Start A War”, due next year.

Jericho told Planet Mosh about FOZZY‘s songwriting process: “We don’t put any boundaries on who we are as a band. Is this song too heavy, is it too poppy? What is the vibe behind it? And that’s something we take great pride in the fact that when people come to a FOZZY show and, for the most part, listen to a FOZZY tune… I mean, ‘Lights Go Out’ was Number One on the ‘strip club’ chart in the U.S. — meaning that strippers danced to ‘Lights Go Out’ more than any other song in the world. And I wasn’t aware there was a ‘strip club’ chart, but there is, and that’s good, because that’s kind of the vibe that we have — it’s that music people can dance to, but it’s a little bit dirty, it’s a little bit wild. But, basically, it makes you feel upbeat and fun and makes you feel good. And that’s what we want. There’s not a lot of crowdsurfing or moshing at FOZZY shows, but there’s a lot of jumping up and down and chanting and screaming and yelling and showing your boobs and all that sort of stuff. And that’s our mission: we want people to have a great time, and ninety-nine percent of the time, they do.”

In a separate interview with Live Metal, Jericho talked about how various lineup changes over the years have affected FOZZY‘s sound. He said: “The core of the band has always been the same. It’s always been me, [guitarist] Rich [Ward] and [drummer] Frank [Fontsere]. I think when you have that core element, it’s gonna sound the same no matter what. There’s been different bass players, but Rich plays all the guitars on the record with a few solos here and there by whoever else is in the band at the time. The songwriting is me and Rich. The core of the band is me, Rich and Frank. It’s great to have [guitarist] Billy [Grey] with us for two records in a row, but if [he] left, it wouldn’t really matter, because the core is still the same, the songwriting is still the same. So the band is always gonna sound like us.”

“Do You Wanna Start A War” sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived on July 22, 2014 via Century Media.

Lyric Video For New OVERKILL Single ‘Our Finest Hour’

Legendary New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL are putting the finishing touches on their new studio album, titled “The Grinding Wheel”. To give their fans a taster of what to expect from their forthcoming record, a brand-new single called “Our Finest Hour”, will be released in the first week of OVERKILL‘s European tour, on November 4.

The seven-inch single will be made available on black, clear, green, and splatter vinyl.

The official lyric video for “Our Finest Hour” can now be seen below.

Said OVERKILL frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: “Looks like the ‘machine’ is up and rolling, but for all good things we wait.

“The delay for ‘The Grinding Wheel’ will take us to February 2017, at the start of the U.S. tour… but fear not, the Euro tour will happen and happen with some new music!

“Friday, November 4th, we will let go of the first cut; ‘Our Finest Hour’, available on various colors of vinyl along with some ear-shattering madness. We will also have it with us on the road to quench your thirst and fill the hunger.

“So you heard it here first and you can hear more live the first time on tour!

“To the road, onward and upward into ’17!”

Ellsworth recently told about OVERKILL‘s decision to title its forthcoming album “The Grinding Wheel”: “When we were looking for a title, when you think in terms of the word ‘grind,’ you think of something that is relentless and doesn’t wear down, whether it be an old stone mill or something metallic where sparks are flying through it. It’s about an all-purpose tool through all time. It’s a good, quality OVERKILL record.”

Regarding the musical direction of the follow-up to 2014’s “White Devil Armory”, Ellsworth told Alternative Nation: “At the end of the day, OVERKILL is OVERKILL. Our trademark is that we are always recognizable on every release. For the three decades we have been around, we were always OVERKILL. So, sure, it is a metal record, and like always, it will have sort of a thrash vibe to it with some melody in it.”

As previously reported, OVERKILL and NILE will join forces for a U.S. tour in February/March 2017. AMORPHIS will also play six shows at the end of the trek, but will not be part of the OVERKILL/NILE tour.