GWAR Announces Fall 2017 North American Tour

On October 20, GWAR will release a new studio album titled “The Blood Of Gods” via Metal Blade Records. In support of the disc, your Lords and Masters will leave their arctic slumber and return to the road to cause aural (and anal) devastation across North America. Joining in the chaos will be GHOUL, DOYLE (October 20 – November 5), HE IS LEGEND (November 7 – December 10) and U.S. BASTARDS. The tour kicks off in Richmond, Virginia on October 20 and runs through December 10 in Detroit, Michigan.

The Berserker Blothar had this to say about the upcoming tour: “Humans, we are coming to tear your world apart with a live performance the likes of which has never been seen on this or any other planet! This album, ‘The Blood Of Gods’, is the greatest thing since French toast. Just hearing these songs performed will result in an instant paroxysm of weeping, gnashing of teeth, and the uncontrollable voiding of your filthy bowels. Now, we are taking the whole bloody shit show on the road, with the most spectacular, blood-drenched, gruesome, and terrifying rock concert of all time. Don’t miss your chance to sacrifice yourself to GWAR at a venue near you!”

“The Blood Of Gods” is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry. Meanwhile, Sleazy P. Martini, the crooked entrepreneur who discovered the Scumdogs, and has always envisioned them as a sort of horrific boy band, finally managed to convince the group to write a hit song called “I’ll Be Your Monster”. If all goes according to plan, it may be just stupid enough to work!

GWAR tour dates:

Sep. 15 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
Sep. 16 – Middletown, OH @ Land of Illusion
Sep. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

With GHOUL, DOYLE and U.S. BASTARDS

Oct. 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Oct. 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House* (No Doyle)
Oct. 23 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
Oct. 25 – Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Petes
Oct. 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
Oct. 27 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
Oct. 28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Oct. 31 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov. 01 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Nov. 02 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom* (Stonecutters Open)
Nov. 03 – St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s
Nov. 04 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
Nov. 05 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada

With GHOUL, HE IS LEGEND and U.S. BASTARDS

Nov. 07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 08 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid
Nov. 09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Events Center
Nov. 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Nov. 11 – Calgary, AB @ The Palaces
Nov. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Nov. 14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
Nov. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Nov. 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Nov. 18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club
Nov. 19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov. 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
Nov. 23 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Nov. 24 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Nov. 25 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Nov. 26 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Nov. 28 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Nov. 30 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Dec. 01 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Dec. 02 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
Dec. 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Dec. 05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Dec. 06 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
Dec. 08 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Dec. 09 – Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Dec. 10 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Head to www.gwarvip.com to take part in “The Lords And Masters VIP Experience”.

General admission tickets and VIP Packages go on sale to the public this Friday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

GWAR To Release ‘The Blood Of Gods’ Album In October

On October 20, GWAR will release a new studio album titled “The Blood Of Gods” via Metal Blade Records. The disc is nothing less than a sacred text chronicling the rise of humanity against their makers, and the massive battle between GWAR and the forces of all that is uptight and wrong with the world. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of their great mistake, from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are; a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry. Meanwhile, Sleazy P. Martini, the crooked entrepreneur who discovered the Scumdogs, and has always envisioned them as a sort of horrific boy band, finally managed to convince the group to write a hit song called “I’ll Be Your Monster”. If all goes according to plan, it may be just stupid enough to work!

Of course, “The Blood Of Gods” is the first GWAR album without the band’s fallen brother, Oderus Urungus. The title of the album refers to the loss of Oderus. and the struggles and triumphs that produced the new sound of the band. Born of adversity, “The Blood of Gods” is a sonic scar…a question asked and answered…Death cannot kill GWAR. Nothing can.

GWAR is taking a quick break following Vans Warped Tour, then heading back out on the road for an appearance at Chicago’s Riot Fest and a couple of additional headline dates (including an appearance at Land Of Illusion in Middletown, Ohio). Following those shows, the band will return home to Antarctica to prepare for a never-ending tour in support of “The Blood Of Gods”.

GWAR‘s last album was 2013’s “Battle Maximus”, which was released the year before Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie passed away.

Brockie was found dead in his home in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 2014. According to Virginia’s State Medical Examiner’s Office, he died from acute heroin toxicity by accidental means.

Dave Brockie, who fronted GWAR under the name Oderus Urungus was the band’s last remaining original member.

ACT OF DEFIANCE ‘Old Scars, New Wounds’ Album Due In September

ACT OF DEFIANCE will release its sophomore album, “Old Scars, New Wounds”, on September 29 via Metal Blade Records.

The official video for the disc’s opening track, “M.I.A.”, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Robert Graves.

ACT OF DEFIANCE is the group featuring former MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), alongside ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner and SHADOWS FALL‘s Matt Bachand (bass).

The follow-up to 2015’s “Birth And The Burial” was mixed by Dave Otero, who has previously worked with CEPHALIC CARNAGE and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others. The cover artwork was created by Travis Smith (KING DIAMOND, OPETH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

On “Old Scars, New Wounds”, ACT OF DEFIANCE has upped the ante. Each of the eleven new tracks sound fresh and urgent while wielding a timeless quality that will connect powerfully with metal fans new and old — and there aren’t many contemporary bands who can make such a claim.

Naturally blending a plethora of metallic styles and never recycling ideas, “Old Scars, New Wounds” is an even more dynamic and diverse collection than its predecessor, which was written solely by Broderick and Drover prior to recruiting Bachand and Derek. With a fully seasoned, tour-hardened band in place, there was room for everyone to bring something to the table this time around, and their varying styles helped shape the record.

The title — plucked from the blistering track “Conspiracy Of The Gods” — stands as a metaphor for life in general, and the breadth of lyrical matter covered is as broad as the styles of heavy music found on the record. “Another Killing Spree” looks at hardcore drug use, while “Lullaby Of Vengeance” is an angry song about singing angry lyrics, and “Overexposure” is an anthem dedicated to not selling out. There is also some very topical material, most notably on “Mis-Information Age” and “Broken Dialect”.

‘Mis-Information Age’ is very applicable in today’s social climate, where we can no longer blindly trust the source of facts that determine our view,” Broderick explains. “It asserts that we should be skeptical, making sure we have the truth and not someone’s propaganda, while ‘Broken Dialect’ conveys the idea that people can no longer hold a conversation with each other where their views differ, instead turning to sources that only support the view they want to hold on to.”

With every track featuring a blistering solo from Broderick, fans of his shredding can rest assured that the guitarist has not held back — though that was not his initial intention. “I actually wanted to tone it down a bit technically in terms of my solos, but the opposite happened! This was because I inadvertently ended up creating a few new techniques to use in my trick bag and saw their potential, so I worked really hard on the execution so they could make the record.”

“Old Scars, New Wounds” track listing:

01. M.I.A.
02. Molten Core
03. Overexposure
04. The Talisman
05. Lullaby Of Vengeance
06. Circle Of Ashes
07. Reborn
08. Conspiracy Of The Gods
09. Another Killing Spree
10. Broken Dialect
11. Rise of Rebellion

Going into writing the record, the quartet had no grand plan, and spread across the continental U.S., the individual members worked separately, bouncing demos back and forth and building on each others’ ideas. Like many contemporary bands, through taking advantage of available technologies they made a record that is very much a collaborative effort, despite the distances lying between the members’ home bases. Recruiting Otero, they tracked the record likewise, with Broderick laying down guitars in his own Ill-Fated Studios in L.A., Derek and Broderick‘s vocals tracked at Red Light Studios also in L.A., with Bachand tracking his contributions at Manshark in South Hampton, Massachusetts and Drover‘s drums were laid down at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios.

Having proven themselves on the road in support of “Birth And The Burial” both as headliners and supporting the likes of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HELLYEAH and HATEBREED, the band is looking ahead to the expansive touring that will accompany “Old Scars, New Wounds”, and their hunger to get back in front of crowds has not abated in the slightest.

CARMINE And VINNY APPICE To Release ‘Sinister’ Album In October

You’re unlikely to find a phenomenon like Carmine and Vinny Appice a second time in the history of rock music. For more than forty years, the two brothers have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny (each of them on his own) can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten VANILLA FUDGE, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, looks back on an equally spectacular career, having worked with acts such as BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL and DIO, among others. With the exception of the live album “Drum Wars – Live!” (2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far. That’s about to change!

“Sinister” is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. Vinny says: “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.”

“Sinister” consists of a total of thirteen tracks, recorded by Carmine and Vinny together with distinguished colleagues. “Killing Floor” and “Future Past” feature the wonderful Craig Goldy (together with bassist Tony Franklin), Franklin resurfacing, together with Paul Shortino, on “Suddenly” and on “You Got Me Running”. Shortino also lends his awesome vocals to “War Cry” and the programmatic “Monsters And Heroes”, the latter also featuring BULLETBOYS guitarist Mick Sweda, while Shortino teams up with WHITESNAKE stringsman Joel Hoekstra on “War Cry”. Talking of vocals: “Sinister”, “Danger” (bass: Phil Soussan), “In The Night” (guitar: Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal) and “Sabbath Mash” (guitar: Erik Turner, keyboards: Erik Norlander) are all sung by Jim Crean, while Chas West recorded the vocal parts for “Killing Floor”, Scotty Bruce featuring on “Future Past” and Robin McAuley on “Riot”. The biggest surprise of all: Carmine himself doubles as vocalist on “You Got Me Running”. Vinny says: “Carmine has been singing lead and background for years. He’s a very good singer and I”m glad he sang one number on this record.”

So fans can look forward to a haunting rock album which the Appice brothers plan to premiere live on stage as soon as possible. Carmine says: “We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!”

“Sinister” will be released on October 27 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.

Track listing:

01. Sinister
02. Monsters And Heroes
03. Killing Floor
04. Danger
05. Drum Wars
06. Riot
07. Suddenly
08. In The Night
09. Future Past
10. You Got Me Running
11. Bros In Drums
12. War Cry
13. Sabbath Mash

Lineup and guests

Carmine Appice (drums, vocals)
Vinny Appice (drums)

Jim Crean (vocals)
Paul Shortino (vocals) (ROUGH CUTT, ex-QUIET RIOT)
Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)
Chas West (vocals) (ex-LYNCH MOB)
Scotty Bruce (vocals)

Craig Goldy (guitar) (ex-DIO, ex-GIUFFRIA)
Bumblefoot (guitar) (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES)
Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (WHITESNAKE)
Mike Sweda (guitar) (BULLETBOYS)
Erik Turner (guitar) (WARRANT)
David Michael Phillips (guitar) (KING KOBRA)

Tony Franklin (bass) (ex-BLUE MURDER, ex-THE FIRM)
Phil Soussan (bass) (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE)
Johnny Rod (bass) (KING KOBRA, ex-W.A.S.P.)
Jorgen Carlson (bass) (GOV’T MULE)

FOZZY To Release ‘Judas’ Album In October

FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho alongside members of STUCK MOJO — will release its new album, “Judas”, on October 13 via Century Media.

Jericho told “The Front Row Report” about what fans can expect from the new disc: “It’s definitely the next step. It’s an extension. It’s more of an evolving FOZZY. We really put a lot of stock in bands like U2 and GUNS N’ ROSES and METALLICA, and I think the best example might be David Bowie, where there’s always different styles, different eras, and we like that too. And we’re not completely changing what we do. But there’s different more melodies and this is very much a hookier record. There’s not as many guitar solos on the record, but it’s still heavy and melodic. It’s an evolution from ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ [2014] as much as ‘Do You Wanna Start A War’ was an evolution from ‘Sin And Bones’ [2012]. I think it’s a great trilogy of records that shows a lot of growth, but it’s still very heavy and very melodic. Like I said, the trilogy of records — from ‘Sin And Bones’ to ‘Judas’ — I think they’re all very great records that have a little bit different elements to them all, which is a key to longevity for sure.”

Jericho also talked about the songwriting process for “Judas”, which was composed during late 2015 and most of 2016 while FOZZY took a break from the road.

“We never really sit in a room and write,” he said. “In the past, I would write my parts and send them over to [guitarist] Rich [Ward] and Rich would send it back to me. Also, we had Johnny Andrews writing with us for the whole record. He wrote ‘Lights Go Out’ on the last record, so we wanted him involved. He produced the record, so Rich and him did a lot of sessions [in the studio where they spent many hours] jamming it out… We wanted to give him total control and let him produce the record and make the record that he thought we should make, and we’re really happy that we did.”

FOZZY recently announced the return of bassist Paul Di Leo. Paul previously played with FOZZY between 2011 and 2014 and appeared on the group’s last two studio albums.

After “Do You Wanna Start A War”‘s release, Di Leo was replaced on the road by Jeff Rouse and later by Randy Drake.

“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 in July 2014 via Century Media.


LACUNA COIL Announces European Tour

Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL will embark on a European headlining tour in the fall. Support on the trek will come from CELLAR DARLING, the band featuring former ELUVEITIE members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass).

Tour dates:

Nov. 10 – MT – San Gwann – Aria Complex (LACUNA COIL only)
Nov. 11 – D – Andernach – Live Club
Nov. 12 – AT – Wörgl – Komma
Nov. 13 – RS – Beograd – Dom Omladine
Nov. 15 – RO – Bukarest – Quantic Club
Nov. 17 – BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5
Nov. 18 – GR – Thessaloniki – Principal Theater Club
Nov. 19 – GR – Athens – Piraeus Academy 117
Nov. 22 – CH – Aarburg – Musigburg
Nov. 24 – D – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
Nov. 25 – D – Hellraiser – Leipzig
Nov. 26 – D – Weinheim – Café Central
Nov. 28 – F – Toulouse – Le Metronum
Nov. 29 – E – Zaragoza – CC Delicias
Dec. 01 – PO – Lisboa – Lisboa ao Vivo
Dec. 02 – PO – Hard Club – Porto
Dec. 03 – E – Sevilla – Custom
Dec. 04 – E – Murcia – Garaje
Dec. 06 – LU – Esch Sur Alzette – Kulturfabrik
Dec. 07 – F – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
Dec. 08 – F – Vaureal – Le Forum
Dec. 09 – B – Diest – Moonlight Music Hall
Dec. 10 – F – Nancy – Chez Paulette
Dec. 11 – D – Bochum – Zeche
Dec. 13 – F – Angers – La Chabada
Dec. 14 – F – Colmar – Le Grillen
Dec. 15 – NL – Hengelo – Metropol
Dec. 16 – F – Limoges – Festival De Noel

LACUNA COIL‘s Andrea Ferro recently told the Impact metal channel that the band’s fans will have to wait at least a couple of years for the follow-up to 2016’s “Delirium”. “Next year’s gonna be twenty years of LACUNA COIL, so first we’re preparing some surprises for next year, and then after that maybe we’ll start working on a new record,” he said. “So I don’t think there will be a new record at least until 2019.”

LACUNA COIL‘s Cristina Scabbia and Ferro revealed to the Brazilian metal channel Heavy Talk earlier in the year that they were planning “something special” to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut EP.

LACUNA COIL will join Dutch symphonic metal giants EPICA on the North American leg of the band’s “The Ultimate Principle” tour. The month-long September trek marks the band’s first U.S. tour dates in over a year, as they continue to support “Delirium”. Joining LACUNA COIL and EPICA on “The Ultimate Principle” tour are INSOMNIUM and ELANTRIS.

LACUNA COIL in December released a new song called “Naughty Christmas”. The front cover and font were all created by bassist Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati.

“Delirium” entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 33 with first-week sales of just over 13,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales. The set followed the No. 27-peaking “Broken Crown Halo”, which also opened with around 13,000 copies back in 2014.

CELLAR DARLING‘s debut album, “This Is The Sound”, which was released on June 30 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at New Sound Studio with producer Tommy Vetterli (CORONER, ELUVEITIE).

ROB ZOMBIE Begins Work On New Album

ROB ZOMBIE Begins Work On New Album

Rob Zombie has commenced work on the follow-up to last year’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” album. The rocker-turned-film-director revealed that he was back in the studio in a post on his Instagram. He uploaded a photo of his dog along with the caption: “Day one of working on the new album. Godzilla is already bored.”

Rob told Kerrang! Radio in June that his band would continue to play scattered shows while making the new disc. He explained: “These days, as everybody knows, there’s not really like a proper album cycle where you make an album and you just tour it to death, because no one really gives a shit if anyone’s making records that much anymore.”

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.

“I love making videos,” Rob told Kerrang! Radio. “We made more videos for the last record than we’ve made in the last ten years, because that’s all that matters. People go, ‘Oh, no one listens to music.’ Yeah, they do, but they watch it at the same time. I mean, you look at a video and go, ‘Wow, it’s got fifty million views.’ Well, you didn’t get fifty million views on fucking MTV. It’s great!”

“The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” was released on April 29, 2016 via UMe/T-Boy Records. The disc was produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris and features Zombie alongside John 5, Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish.