HALESTORM To Release ‘Vicious’ Album In July

HALESTORM will release its fourth album, “Vicious”, on July 27 via Atlantic. The first single from the disc, “Uncomfortable”, premiered this morning, and the video, directed by Evan Brace (PHANTOGRAM, TAKING BACK SUNDAY), can be seen below.

Recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse’s Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, “Vicious” is available for pre-order beginning today at all DSPs and streaming services. All pre-orders are joined by an instant download of “Uncomfortable”.

Deluxe album packages are available for pre-order exclusively at the band’s official webstore, including the new album on standard vinyl, plus a limited-edition opaque purple colored double vinyl with enhanced cover art and bonus tracks, limited to 1500 units worldwide. Also exclusively available at the webstore are a limited edition t-shirt, dog tag necklace, autographed poster, and a free album cover magnet with physical album purchase while supplies last.

Raskulinecz is an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM‘s third covers EP, “ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP”, which came out in January 2017.

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale told Boston radio station WAAF about the band’s new album: “I feel like this is the most… Every record, we try to kind of get it closer and closer to what people see every day live. And I really think that this is the most HALESTORM record that you’re gonna hear from us as of yet.”

HALESTORM debuted a new song called “Black Vultures” at the opening show of its Canadian co-headlining tour with STONE SOUR in late January in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger told the SiriusXM show “Trunk Nation” that the band’s follow-up to 2015’s “Into The Wild Life” will contain some of “the heaviest stuff we’ve ever done.”

“Into The Wild Life” was criticized by some HALESTORM fans for veering too far into pop music territory.

“Vicious” track listing:

01. Black Vultures
02. Skulls
03. Uncomfortable
04. Buzz

05. Do Not Disturb
06. Conflicted
07. Killing Ourselves To Live
08. Heart of Novocaine
09. Painkiller
10. White Dress
11. Vicious
12. The Silence

HALESTORM will embark on the second leg of their milestone U.S. tour showcasing all female-fronted hard rock bands. The dates — once again co-headlined by Roadrunner/Atlantic group IN THIS MOMENT — get underway July 27 at Kansas City, Missouri’s SEC Arena and then travel through the end of August. Support throughout the trek comes from special guests NEW YEARS DAY. The tour will include stops at a number of upcoming festivals and state fairs, including Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Rock USA (July 12), Cadott, Wisconsin’s Rock Fest (July 13), Dubuque, Iowa’s Dubuque County Fair (July 28) and Springfield, Illionois’s Illinois State Fair (August 11). Other highlights include a one-night-only event supporting JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS — set for August 9 at Moorehead, Minnesota’s Bluestem Amphitheater — as well as a free concert on Las Vegas, Nevada’s Fremont Street (August 25).

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PRONG Announces Summer 2018 European Dates

American power trio PRONG has announced a short 2018 European “Zero Days” summer tour, featuring a return to Reload Festival as well as a run of headline shows. DEW-SCENTED has been confirmed as special guest on most of the shows.

PRONG founder Tommy Victor says: “PRONG and Europe is always something special. What would a summer be if we were not returning? Even for a more selective run of shows like this one in 2018, which has already been a great touring year for us. We are extremely excited to see more friends old and new! And to have DEW-SCENTED along for their final run of shows is really awesome!”

DEW-SCENTED said: “We are stoked to be playing these shows with PRONG, who are not only an early influence of ours but also always an extremely intense live band. You might also remember we covered ‘Steady Decline’ a few years ago?! This is a nice way to come full circle on these last touring dates for DEW-SCENTED!”

PRONG is continuing to tour in support of its recent “Zero Days” release. After a solid year of touring with the likes of TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, SEPULTURA and EXODUS, as well as having key slots on the European summer festival circuit in 2017, the band recently completed a headline run with POWERFLO and a co-headline run with HELMET.

“Zero Days” was released last year through Steamhammer/SPV as a CD digipak, two-LP gatefold, download and stream.

PRONG European tour dates:

Aug. 24 – DE-Sulingen – ReLoad Festival (without DEW-SCENTED)
Aug. 25 – DE-Hamburg – Hafenklang (without DEW-SCENTED)
Aug. 26 – DE-Berlin – SO36
Aug. 28 – NL-Groningen – Vera

Aug. 29 – NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo
Aug. 30 – DE-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
Aug. 31 – DE-Cologne – Jungle
Sep. 01 – DE-Bochum – Rockpalast
Sep. 2-7 – DE/UK-Full Metal Cruise (without DEW-SCENTED)

BRITISH LION Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Steve Harris, bassist and co-founder of metal icons IRON MAIDEN, will bring his side project BRITISH LION to Canada for the first time. Dates begin in Toronto on November 1, stopping in Kitchener, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

Harris formed BRITISH LION in 2012 and released a debut album with touring concentrated mainly in Europe. With a second album in the works, BRITISH LION has announced dates in Brazil and Japan and are excited to add the five Canadian shows to their schedule.

Harris has invited his longtime friends in CONEY HATCH to be special guests on the Canadian dates, making this the first time since IRON MAIDEN‘s 1983 “Piece Of Mind” tour that Steve and CONEY HATCH will share the same stage.

CONEY HATCH returned in 2013 with the release of “Coney Hatch Four”.

“We’re honored that Steve invited us to be part of his first-ever BRITISH LION Canadian tour; it’ll be like déjà vu,” said Andy Curran, bassist and lead vocalist of CONEY HATCH.

Tour dates:

Nov. 01 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto
Nov. 02 – Maxwell’s Waterloo, Ontario
Nov. 03 – Brass Monkey Ottawa, Ontario
Nov. 04 – L’Imperial Quebec City, Quebec

Nov. 05 – Corona Theatre, MontrealTickets go on sale on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

BRITISH LION‘s debut album sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 3 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

“British Lion” was released in the U.S. in September 2012 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Mixed by Kevin Shirley — whose credits include IRON MAIDEN as well as LED ZEPPELIN, JOURNEY and RUSH — the CD featured Harris alongside singer Richard Taylor, guitarists Graham Leslie and David Hawkins and drummer Simon Dawson.

RICHIE KOTZEN, VINNIE MOORE And GUS G Team Up For U.S. Shows In The Fall

RICHIE KOTZEN, VINNIE MOORE And GUS G. To Team Up For U.S. Shows In The Fall

Guitar legends Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. will join forces for a 10-date U.S. tour in the fall. Prior to the trek, Vinnie and Gus will play four shows in Texas without Kotzen.

Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates:

Sep. 13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
Sep. 14 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Box
Sep. 15 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep. 16 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s

Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Gus G. tour dates:

Sep. 18 – Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live

Sep. 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vampd
Sep. 20 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Sep. 21 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
Sep. 23 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Sep. 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Sep. 26 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
Sep. 28 – Santa Clarita, CA – Canyon Club
Sep. 29 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Sep. 30 – Pasadena, CA – The RoseKotzen‘s 21st solo album, “Salting Earth”, was released in April 2017 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc. The disc veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End Of Earth”, to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy”.

Kotzen‘s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching “Cannibals”, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and “Salting Earth” cuts like the aforementioned “End Of Earth”, “Thunder” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a Kotzen solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy”.

Moore‘s latest solo album was released in October 2015 via Mind’s Eye Music. Titled “Aerial Visions”, the disc featured drummer Richie Monica (TANTRIC, POPPA CHUBBY), and bassists Dave LaRue (STEVE MORSE, FLYING COLORS, THE DREGS), Rob DeLuca (UFO, SEBASTIAN BACH), Dorian Heartsong (JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE) and Elliott Dean Rubinson (ULI JON ROTH, MSG).

Vinnie has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums; six albums and one DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO; and one album with band RED ZONE RIDER. His solo and UFO releases as well as live performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, inspiring guitarists worldwide and launching him into aerial guitar superhero distinction.

Gus G.‘s latest solo album, “Fearless”, was released on April 20 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” marks Gus‘s first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne‘s band in 2017.

On “Fearless”, Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) and drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE).


VIXEN’s ‘Live Fire’ Due In July

Classic ’80s rock veterans VIXEN will release “Live Fire” on July 6 via Rat Pak Records. Mixed by Michael Wagener, “Live Fire” features 12 live tracks and was recorded at Chicago’s legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour. In addition to the classic VIXEN songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of “You Ought to Know By Now”, an all-new studio acoustic version of the hit song “Edge Of A Broken Heart” and a live version of a previously unreleased track called “Big Brother”.

Regarding “You Ought to Know by Now”, vocalist Janet Gardner says: “It gives you a taste of the classic VIXEN days with a revitalized energy and passion!” Bassist Share Ross adds: “This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!”

Speaking of the live material, drummer Roxy Petrucci comments: “It’s really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!” Guitarist Britt Lightning adds: “This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band’s live performance.”

“Live Fire” is available in various formats and bundle configurations, including a limited white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “thank-you” phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at http://www.ratpakrecords.com/vixen.

“Live Fire” track listing:

01. Rev It Up (Live)
02. How Much Love (Live)
03. One Night Alone (Live)
04. Cryin’ (Live)

05. Meet The Band (Live)
06. Rock Me (Live)
07. Streets In Paradise (Live)
08. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Live)
09. Love Is A Killer (Live)
10. Love Made Me (Live)
11. Big Brother (Live) *previously unreleased*
12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)

Bonus tracks:

13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)
14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)

VIXEN is:

Janet Gardner (vocals)
Roxy Petrucci (drums)
Share Ross (bass)
Britt Lightning (guitars)

ROB ZOMBIE’s Next Studio Album To Arrive In 2019

ROB ZOMBIE's Next Studio Album To Arrive In 2019

Rob Zombie has completed recording his new album for a tentative early 2019 release.

Last summer, Rob and his bandmates commenced work on the follow-up to 2016’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, which was the second consecutive effort to feature Zombie and guitarist John 5 alongside bassist Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish. In the meantime, the group continued to play sporadic shows, with Zombie scheduled to kick off a 29-date North American summer tour with Marilyn Manson on July 11. Rob also started shooting his next movie, “3 From Hell”, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit “The Devil’s Rejects”.

During a recent appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Rob offered an update on his next album, saying: “We basically more or less finished the record before I started the movie. We haven’t mixed it yet and we haven’t put the final touches on it, but it’s pretty far along… We’re actually gonna start mixing the record in June, just before the tour [with Marilyn Manson] starts, hopefully finish it — I don’t know if I will — go on tour, come back, then [edit] the movie.”

Predicting that “the record and the movie will probably drop around the same time” early next year, Rob said that it is still “incredibly important” for him to make new music with his band. “I think people that think it isn’t important have lost the idea of why they’re in a band in the first place.

“For us, in a funny way, it seems like nothing ever changes,” he continued. “Thirty years later, here we are, in some crappy rehearsal space that’s too loud, going deaf, playing music… We never change anything. We don’t decorate our dressing rooms; we just want it to be the same. If you looked at us in a dressing room ten years ago, twenty years ago, it never changes. ‘Cause there’s something about remembering why you’re doing it. We have one bus, we all jam together, we don’t separate, we all stay in the same dressing room, we all eat together. It’s a band, and we do everything like a band. And making a record is important, I think, because we try as hard as we can with every record to make a great record; that’s what we do. Is it like the days where you could sell three million and it’s on MTV every five minutes? No. But it’s different too. At the same time, you go, ‘Okay, well, a couple of million people watched this on YouTube.’ None of these old records got spun a million times on MTV. It’s just how you approach it.”

Rob added: “On the last record, we made more videos than we’ve ever made for any record, we promoted it heavier, and the new songs connect in the set just as good as the old songs; people don’t leave. But at the same time, maybe people that have been fans for 30 years go, ‘Ah, I don’t know the new songs,’ but the front row that look like they’re about 14 know the new songs. So, to me, it’s, like, you just have to keep trying to reinvigorate your fanbase. You don’t wanna go just shit out some record [and go] ‘Oh, nobody cares.’ They’re only gonna care as much as you care, I believe. And if it looks like we put a lot of work into everything and we care and we promote it, people get onboard. It always works. I mean, our set is filled with songs from every single record and they all seem to work just as good. But you have to slowly introduce ’em, get people onboard, like anything else. Because, of course, someone’s not gonna like a new song as much as some song they’ve been listening to for 25 years.”

Zombie went on to say: “I feel so many bands just throw their hands up in the air and go, ‘It’s not worth it anymore.’ Well, it could be, if you changed your attitude and went in and felt like, ‘Let’s make the greatest record humanly possible.’ I don’t understand why artists have to decide, oh, their best days are always behind them. It’s always behind them. It’s how they always talk. Or they can blame everything — they blame the Internet, they blame the crowd, they blame this. In the ’80s, everyone blamed MTV. I remember hearing all the guys [saying], ‘Oh, man. We don’t wanna make videos. We’re not video stars.’ And it was, like, ‘Jesus Christ, man. Just do your thing and stop crying.'”

While rock radio has largely stopped playing his newer records, fans are continuing to embrace new music from Rob Zombie. The week of its release, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard album chart and was the only rock record in the top 30. It would have been No. 4, if two previously released Prince albums weren’t near the top of the chart.

Several of Zombie‘s singles from “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, including “In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High” and “Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.”, were accompanied by their respective attention-grabbing videos, a trend that is likely to continue with the upcoming effort.

DISTURBED Completes Recording New Album

DISTURBED Completes Recording New Album

According to DISTURBED bassist John Moyer, the band has finished recording its new album The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.

Moyer broke the news by posting an Instagram photo of him, Churko, drummer Mike Wengren and guitarist Dan Donegan at a restaurant, along with the caption: “Celebratory dinner! New @disturbed album tracking done!! Missing @davidmdraiman with @kevin.churko @dandonegan @mikewengren”

Frontman David Draiman said in a new behind-the-scenes video that DISTURBED goes to “war” each time it makes a new album to make sure it’s the best it can be. Draiman explained: “You fight for the strength of your creation, you fight to make the greatest thing you possibly can, and it’s worth every minute, it’s worth every bit of sweat, it’s worth every tear. So that’s what we live for.”

He added: “Every time we put out a piece of art, it continues to define who we are. What could possibly be more important than that and require more of your focus and your time and your energy.”

Donegan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the band doesn’t like to waste time in the studio. “I mean, we definitely go in there very prepared,” he said. “We never enter the studio unless we feel like, right now, if these are the songs we record, that we would have an album that we’re proud of and we’re excited about. And we put everything under the microscope and examine it the best we can to make sure that we’re prepared. We don’t like going in there wasting time. We go in there to work, and to try to make the best album we can.”

The new disc will follow up 2015’s “Immortalized”, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1.

“Immortalized” featured the band’s cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “The Sound Of Silence”, a massive hit that introduced DISTURBED to new audiences.