JOE LYNN TURNER’s SUNSTORM To Release ‘The Road To Hell’ Album In June

JOE LYNN TURNER's SUNSTORM To Release 'The Road To Hell' Album In June

Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner‘s SUNSTORM project will release its fifth album, “The Road To Hell”, on June 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single from the effort, “Only The Good Will Survive”, can be streamed below.

Any hardcore fan of hard rock will certainly be no stranger to the story of Joe Lynn Turner‘s career. From his early days with FANDANGO to his successful stints fronting RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE and Yngwie Malmsteen and through his heralded solo career, the New Jersey-born singer has had his vocal talents on display for decades now.

Turner says: “The key to a great song is in the writing, performance, melody and lyrics. Anyone who loves melodic hard rock will not be disappointed with the first song! Personally, I love the positive message that it conveys to the listener… and the chorus is extremely memorable… The music is tight and compelling and played brilliantly. Turn it up loud and enjoy a great kick off to a rocking summer!”

Years ago, Turner got in touch with Frontiers president Serafino Perugino and after discussions between the two, the idea of unearthing some classic melodic rock gems to craft the definitive Joe Lynn Turner AOR album came about. This brought about the release of the first SUNSTORM album in 2006, and then came “House of Dreams” in 2009, “Emotional Fire” in 2012, and the definitively more hard-rocking “Edge Of Tomorrow” in 2016.

The new album, “Road To Hell”, once again featuring production from HARDLINE‘s Alessandro Del Vecchio and guitars by DGM‘s Simone Mularoni, continues in the same hard rock direction that was started on “Edge Of Tomorrow” and that JLT‘s vocal talents shine so brightly in when performing this style.

“The Road To Hell” track listing:

01. Only The Good Will Survive
02. The Road To Hell
03. On The Edge
04. Blind The Sky

05. My Eyes On You
06. Future To Come
07. Everywhere
08. Resurrection
09. Calling
10. State Of The Heart
11. Still FightingSUNSTORM is:

Joe Lynn Turner – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitar
Nik Mazzucconi – Bass
Edo Sala – Drums

As previously reported, Turner was hospitalized last Friday in Belarus “with a heart issue.” The singer’s hospitalization was first reported by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which quoted the press service of the Ministry of Health of Belarus as saying that his condition was “stable” after he was treated at a Minsk facility for “myocardial infarction,” commonly known as a heart attack. Turner‘s presence at the hospital was also reported by Belarus’s most influential daily newspaper, the state-owned SB Belarus Segodnya.

Frontiers said in a statement: “[The] press release [announcing the new SUNSTORM album] and the release of this song were scheduled well ahead of this weekend’s news that Joe Lynn Turner was hospitalized. We at Frontiers, who have worked with Joe for years, wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt wishes that Joe has a speedy recovery and is back to commanding the stage soon, as he has done for decades. Get well soon, JLT!”


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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Reunites With Singer HOWARD JONES For New Song

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Reunites With Singer HOWARD JONES For New Song

Massachusetts metallers KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have reunited with former singer Howard Jones for a new song.

The collaboration was revealed by current KILLSWITCH frontman Jesse Leach, who posted a photo of Instagram of him, Jones and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz in the studio, along with the caption: “This dude was in the neighborhood, so I figured hey let’s get him to lay down some stuff for a thing…He did, and it is going to be EPIC!”

Leach didn’t provide any details on what the track will be used for, but he did offer a few hints by including the hashtags #kserecordingsessions, #Duet, #TheSignalFiresAlight, #LightTheTorch and #YesItHappenedYouKnewItWouldSomeday.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE is currently working on a new album for a tentative late 2018 release.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Incarnate” will mark the band’s third full-length effort since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012.

Leach appeared on KILLSWITCH‘s self-titled debut and sophomore album, “Alive Or Just Breathing”, before exiting the band. Jones took over on vocals for “The End of Heartache”, “As Daylight Dies” and the 2009 self-titled set before being dismissed from the group six years ago.

Jones is currently the frontman of LIGHT THE TORCH, which recently released its debut album, “Revival”, after issuing two efforts under its previous name, DEVIL YOU KNOW.

GHOST To Release ‘Prequelle’ Album In June

GHOST To Release 'Prequelle' Album In June; Video For 'Rats' Single Available

GHOST has set “Prequelle” as the title of its new album, due on June 1 via Loma Vista Recordings. The disc was recorded last year at Artery studios in Stockholm with producer Tom Dalgety (OPETH, ROYAL BLOOD) and was mixed in January at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, California with Andy Wallace (NIRVANA, SLAYER).

The official video for the disc’s first single, “Rats”, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober), who has previously worked with METALLICA, ALICE IN CHAINS, MASTODON and GREEN DAY, among others.

“Prequelle” track listing:

01. Ashes
02. Rats
03. Faith
04. See The Light

05. Miasma
06. Dance Macabre
07. Pro Memoria
08. Witch Image
09. Helvetesfönster
10. Life Eternal“Prequelle” marks the introduction of GHOST‘s new leader, Cardinal Copia, who made his live debut with the band on April 6 at a private, three-song acoustic performance in Chicago.

The last Papa, Papa Emeritus III, was forcibly taken from the stage during the final show of the band’s “Meliora” tour cycle last fall, with Papa Zero arriving to announce the beginning of “the Middle Ages.” Of course, all the Papas — except the elder Zero — and Cardinal Copia are the same man, GHOST founder and vocalist Tobias Forge.

Forge‘s new alter ego will play his first full live show with GHOST on May 5 as the Swedish band kicks off a run of North American dates in Riverside, California.

Forge told Revolver about “Prequelle”: “It is loosely themed around the concept of death and doom. It’s a themed album around medieval times, but it’s definitely clinging onto a lot of very current things. The Black Death [plague] is a great example of a turning point for a whole civilization. Complete villages were annihilated. Most people knew very little, so all of it was God or the Devil — and about their faith being questioned: Why are we being stricken down by this great scourge? It must be because of our not fearing God enough and all this superstitious bullshit.

“There’s a lot that you would recognize today in online mannerisms,” he continued. “In many ways, we’ve gone back a few steps because now it’s closer to how it was back in the old days when people were standing at the square and all of a sudden, it’s like in Monty Python‘s ‘Life Of Brian’: ‘Stone him! Ra! Ra! Ra!’ Public trials are very unsupervised and extremely swift and speak to the most primordial parts of us.”

In a separate interview with Metal Hammer, Forge talked about the musical direction of “Prequelle”, saying: “It’s a very bright-sounding record. And it’s a very heavy record, I’d say, but not from a Metal Hammer point of view, meaning all metal through and through. But it’s a heavy record with a heavy theme. I think the overall ambience is very serious.

“Technically, a GHOST song could just be piano and vocals but it could also be full pounding, heavy-thrashing hard rock,” he added. “I’m not in any way comparing us to them but I guess our modus operandi is a little like what QUEEN did — just decide to play really good songs and not focus too much on sticking to a recipe.”

Forge last year revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of GHOST, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours.

Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson

DEE SNIDER Signs With NAPALM RECORDS/’For The Love Of Metal’ Album Due In July

DEE SNIDER Signs With NAPALM RECORDS; 'For The Love Of Metal' Solo Album Due In July

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has inked a deal with Napalm Records for his upcoming solo album. Titled “For The Love Of Metal”, the disc, which was produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta, will feature contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST), and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW). Songtitles set to appear on the LP include “American Made” and “Lies Are A Business”, which will open the disc.

Speaking to Chris Annunziata of the New Jersey radio station 90.3 WMSC-FM, Snider stated about “For The Love Of Metal”: “This is a really exciting album I did not expect to make, especially at this point in my life. I was doing Jamey Jasta‘s podcast, and he challenged me to make a contemporary rock record. And I was, like, ‘Who’s producing?’ He said, ‘I am.’ And so we went in the studio [with] no record deal, and people started flocking [to appear on the LP]. It just amazed me, the enthusiasm and excitement that these younger musicians — younger than me, at least — had for working with Dee Snider and being a part of this project.”

Dee went on to say that “the album turned out phenomenal,” so much so that “we had a bidding war from all the major metal labels,” he said. “As Jamey would say, it is hard. It harkens back to my earliest work with TWISTED SISTER, but it’s very contemporary sounding with my voice. And people are astounded, actually, that I still have a very strong, very powerful, and as Jamey says, an important, iconic rock voice. So I’m very excited about this album.”

Jasta previously described the LP, which is tentatively due in July, as a “full-on metal album,” adding that “people are gonna lose their minds when they hear this.” He also called Dee “one of the best vocalists of our time” whose “voice is up there with Ozzy [Osbourne], [Ronnie James] Dio, [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford to me. “And it’s as powerful as ever!” he said.

“Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set with ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, ‘I Wanna Rock’, ‘Burn In Hell’, ‘We Are The Ones’, ‘So What’ and others,” Jamey promised.

Snider‘s last solo album, “We Are The Ones”, was released in October 2016 via Red River Records. Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as “an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS.”

TWISTED SISTER called it quits in 2016 after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.


SYSTEM OF A DOWN Announces 1st U.S. Shows In 3 Years

SYSTEM OF A DOWN Announces First U.S. Shows In Three Years

Grammy-winning band SYSTEM OF A DOWN has announced its first U.S. shows since 2015. This string of special dates kick off October 13 at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California, and include a headline performance at the Aftershock festival. The shows follow last year’s sold-out European tour.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s last U.S. concert was at the Forum in Los Angeles during 2015’s “Wake Up The Souls” tour.

Newly announced tour dates:

Oct. 13 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
Oct. 14 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
Oct. 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Oct. 17 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center

Oct. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone in November that the band has attempted to make a possible follow-up to “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize” albums, which came out in 2005. “We’ve discussed it and we’ve played each other songs, but we still haven’t come eye to eye on how things should be done for us to be able to move forward with it,” he said. “And that’s where it’s been.”

Despite their disagreement on how to proceed, Tankian clarified that the four members of SYSTEM OF A DOWN are getting along better than ever. “That’s the funny thing. When people don’t see a record, they assume the worst about your internal relationship,” he said. “But the truth is we’re actually better friends — at least I’m better friends with everyone than I’ve ever been. John‘s [Dolmayan, SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer] my brother-in-law; he’s in my family. We have a great time together touring. But sometimes putting together a record, and that creative output and how things should be done, is different in four people’s heads and it doesn’t always come together. Fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to call it, that’s the truth. But touring is easy, because you’ve done all these songs. You have fun, you go out and tour, and that’s it.”

Tankian has toured with SYSTEM OF A DOWN over the past few years but the band has not released new music in more than a decade.

Dolmayan recently said that it was “very disheartening” that the band hasn’t made a new album in nearly 12 years.

The drummer revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that SYSTEM OF A DOWN had written music for more than a dozen new songs for a possible follow-up to “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize”.

The band went on hiatus in the fall of that year, although they have toured most summers since 2011.

ALICE COOPER Announces October 2018 U.S. Tour Dates

ALICE COOPER Announces October 2018 U.S. Tour Dates

Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album, “Paranormal”, last July via earMUSIC, has extended his previously-announced North American tour, announcing additional 2018 shows throughout October. The trek picks up again this summer, starting on August 3 in Wisconsin and now running through the end of October, including a lengthy section in Canada, from Briitish Columbia across to Ontario.

The Las Vegas (August 10) and Los Angeles (August 12) dates will feature a special guest as support, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley.

Tour dates:

Aug. 03 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 05 – Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion
Aug. 06 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
Aug. 08 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pike’s Peak Center

Aug. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl at the Palms Hotel + Casino*
Aug. 11 – Temecula, CA – Pechanga Resort + Casino
Aug. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre*
Aug. 14 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
Aug. 15 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino
Aug. 16 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort + Casino
Aug. 18 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Everett, WA – Angel of the Winds Arena
Aug. 20 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug. 22 – Calgary, AB – Southern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 23 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 25 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
Aug. 26 – Estevan, SK – Affinity Place
Aug. 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Aug. 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Aug. 30 – St. Paul, MN – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Sep. 01 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre
Sep. 02 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sep. 04 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Sep. 06 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Sep. 07 – York, PA – York Fair
Sep. 08 – Atlantic City, NJ – Tropicana Atlantic City
Oct. 04 – Albany, NY – Palace Theater
Oct. 09 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
Oct. 10 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Oct. 12 – Chattanooga, TN – Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 13 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage
Oct. 14 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hill Lawn
Oct. 16 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Oct. 17 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
Oct. 19 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater
Oct. 20 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Oct. 21 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theater
Oct. 23 – Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Civic Center
Oct. 24 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Performing Arts Center

* featuring Ace Frehley

Produced by Bob Ezrin, “Paranormal” was immediately saluted as a classic album, strong of the collaboration with iconic guests such as ZZ TOP‘s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen and DEEP PURPLE‘s Roger Glover.

Cooper, who turned 70 in February, said in a 2017 interview that he has no plans to retire from touring. “The live show is something I’ll never give up,” he said. “To me, the lyrics to the songs are the script to what’s going to happen on stage. If you sing ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’, you have to give the fans something. There are places where you have to kill the ballerina, you know. That’s how I design the show. It’s all about the lyrics.”

OVERKILL Bassist D.D. Verni Signs With MIGHTY MUSIC/Album Due In October

OVERKILL Bassist Signs Deal With MIGHTY MUSIC; Solo Album Due In October

OVERKILL songwriter and bassist D.D. Verni will release his debut solo album in October through Mighty Music. The effort features guest appearances by a number of guitarists, 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 group is former OVERKILL drummer Ron Lipnicki. The record was mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED). The first single, “Fire Up”, features Orlando.

Verni states: “I’m psyched to get this disc out. We had a lot of fun and a lot of great players contributed.

“There’s some metal, punk, classic rock… its all in there,” he adds. “From QUEEN to GREEN DAY to METALLICA, I think we covered all the bases.”

In addition to 18 OVERKILL albums, Verni has four releases with his side band THE BRONX CASKET CO. 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,” he explains.

“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 kind of 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.”