Former DIO, AC/DC, QUIET RIOT Members DREAM CHILD Debut Album Due In September

DREAM CHILD, a brand new band featuring former members of DIO, AC/DC and QUIET RIOT, will release its debut album, “Until Death Do We Meet Again”, on September 14 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The fist single from the album, “You Can’t Take Me Down”, can be streamed below.


* Craig Goldy (DIO, GIUFFRIA): Guitar
* Wayne Findlay (MSG): Guitar, Keyboards
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, OPERATION: MINDCRIME): Drums

* Diego Valdez (HELKER): Vocals

Goldy stated about “You Can’t Take Me Down”: “It’s about when all the people, circumstances, obstacles and so forth that life can throw at us take a turn for the worst and that no matter what, we can and will prevail!”

The guitarist previously said about DREAM CHILD‘s formation: “The band DREAM CHILD was conceived during a brainstorming session with Serafino (president of Frontiers) and I one day while discussing other matters.

“I had been listening to my favorite bands a lot recently, DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW‘s ‘Rising’ album, among others in that style, and had noticed that many people who also love those bands often have the very same comments as one another: ‘They don’t make music like that anymore!’ Even though I said that in passing, Serafino asked me a question that would forever shape my future. He simply asked, “Well, can you?” and I said, ‘Yes!!!’

“During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud… and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the ‘Dream Evil’ album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child!

“We are so very fortunate to have bassist Rudy Sarzo as a featured guest, Simon Wright on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitars and keyboards, and a surprise vocal discovery from Argentina, Diego Valdez, whose voice will send shivers up your spine!

“This album will bring back memories of the days most people have thought were long gone and never to return, yet it is also new and fresh enough to be unique with some unexpected twists and turns!! No more ‘same old, same old’ here, no fillers. Every song is an oasis in the desert and a rare gem in the coalmines of life in this new world that thinks the past greatness of rock would remain in the past. We’ve brought it back to life once again!!

“I am very proud of this album and all who have made this become a reality. There are some big names who’ve lent a hand in the writing and I am amazed at the new and aggressive sound that producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has brought to these songs! I hope you all agree….”

“Until Death Do We Meet Again” track listing:

01. Under The Wire
02. You Can’t Take Me Down
03. Game Of Shadows
04. It Is What It Is
Playin’ With Fire
06. Light Of The Dark
07. Midnight Song
08. Until Death Do We Meet Again
09. Washed Upon The Shore
10. In A World So Cold
11. Weird World
12. One Step Beyond The Grave




Former DEATH, ICED EARTH, DEICIDE and OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla died Wednesday night (June 6) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

The musician fell into a coma after suffering a heart attack on May 30 and was taken off life support last night around 11:00 p.m. He was 51 years old.

Santolla‘s friend, fellow guitarist Bill Hudson, confirmed Ralph‘s passing in a Facebook post, writing: “NOW It is official: I (and many other people) just lost my best friend, as well as one of the most underrated guitarists in all history.

“He passed away peacefully with about 10 of his closest friends and family around him (myself included).

“Please keep his mother Sue Santolla-Rocha, his son Dorian Angelo Santolla and all the rest of us in your thoughts…

“Rest in peace, my brother, Ralph Santolla… You will be missed by A LOT of people…

“I love you, bro.”

Ralph‘s mother wrote about her son: “My heart is broken, but I know he loved me unconditionally and will always be with me. It is the same with all of us; he will be with you everyone, everyday and his love will surround us now and forever.”

Santolla‘s family members said that they would uphold his legacy by donating his organs to patients in need. “Those recipients don’t know what they are getting until they suddenly become sarcastic, funny, get tattoos, start playing guitar,” Santolla-Rocha joked in a Facebook post.

Although Santolla never recorded with DEATH, he toured with the legendary death metal act in 1993 and appeared in the group’s “The Philosopher” video.

Santolla played on and off with DEICIDE between 2005 and 2011 and appeared on three of the band’s albums: “The Stench Of Redemption” (2006), “Till Death Do Us Part” (2008) and “To Hell With God” (2011).

Ralph joined OBITUARY in 2007 as the replacement for Allen West. He recorded with the band on the “Xecutioner’s Return” (2007) and “Darkest Day” (2009) albums as well as the “Left To Die” EP (2008).

Santolla also played with MILLENIUM, ICED EARTH and Sebastian Bach. In addition, he was involved with DEVIL’S HIGHWAY, a project he formed several years ago with singer Kyle Thomas (TROUBLE, EXHORDER), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS), guitarist Matt Brunson (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and drummer Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, NILE).

Bach wrote in a Facebook post: “Rest in peace, Ralph Santolla. Thanks for the music and the fun times. My condolences to the Santolla family.”

Norwegian singer Jørn Lande, who played with Santolla in MILLENIUM, wrote: “My dear friend and former bandmate Ralph Santolla has passed away, and I can’t believe he is gone. The kindest, most caring and compassionate man you could ever know. He had the most hilarious sarcastic humor, and played guitar like no one else!

“There’s a hole in the heart of the world without you, Ralph, and I am sorry I wasn’t there when you left.

“All my love to Sue Santolla-Rocha, Dorian Angelo Santolla and the rest of the family.

“So long, my friend!”

TRIVIUM To Tour North America

TRIVIUM will continue its wildly successful “The Sin And The Sentence” world tour with another leg of North American dates this fall. The band will hit the road on a headline run this October. The bill will feature very special guest AVATAR and LIGHT THE TORCH. The 25-date trek kicks off on October 3 in Tampa, Florida and runs through November 3 in Berkeley, California, with several stops in Canada.

“North America! The last North American and European runs were the greatest TRIVIUM tours we had ever experienced,” the band said. “Now how do we top it? We follow up with more songs from our extensive eight-record catalogue, a massive production and setlist, and two more of our favorite bands on earth: AVATAR and LIGHT THE TORCH. See you all soon.”

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Thursday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, June 7 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “TRIVBBM” to access tickets before the general public.

General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. local time.

Tour dates:

Oct. 03 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
Oct. 04 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
Oct. 05 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Oct. 06 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva

Oct. 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Oct. 09 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Oct. 11 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
Oct. 12 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Oct. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Oct. 14 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Oct. 16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Oct. 17 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Oct. 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Oct. 20 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
Oct. 21 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Oct. 22 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
Oct. 23 – Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
Oct. 25 – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
Oct. 26 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theater
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Oct. 30 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 31 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Nov. 02 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 03 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre

TRIVIUM‘s latest album, “The Sin And The Sentence”, was released last October via Roadrunner. The disc was recorded with producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA) at Santa Ana, California’s Hybrid Studios. The LP features the band’s first recordings with new drummer Alex Bent, who joined the band in 2016.

TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy spoke to the “That’s Not Metal Podcast” about the fact that it has been difficult for the band’s core trio — Heafy, guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto — to keep a drummer in the last few years, prior to the addition of Bent.

“The drumming is what the band is built upon, it’s the foundation for which all the music is built upon, and if you don’t have a strong foundation for a house or a building, it eventually collapses,” Matt explained. “And I’m so thankful that the stars finally aligned, after eight records, to find the guy that we needed to find. And I think that when people hear Alex, it’s not a question of ‘Why?’ It’s more like an observation, like, ‘Oh, I see you did it again, but I know why.’ Because he’s that freakin’ good.”

DANZIG ‘Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand Volume II’ Book Due In August

The second collection of lyrics of Glenn Danzig songs from DANZIG, SAMHAIN and the MISFITS will be released as “Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand Volume II”, featuring illustrations by long-time Danzig and Verotik collaborator Simon Bisley.

The book, which will be available in August, can be ordered at your local comic or indie record shop, or from the Verotik-World eBay store.

The first volume of “Hidden Lyrics Of The Left Hand” book with illustrations by Bisley came out in 2010. The book was meant to appease every Danzig fan who was dying to know the lyrics to all the DANZIG, MISFITS and SAMHAIN songs — tracks that never had their “dark verses” printed.

Bisley has painted many album covers for Danzig, including the latest CD, 2017’s “Black Laden Crown”.

As previously reported, Glenn Danzig and his band will perform DANZIG‘s 1992 album, “Danzig III: How The Gods Kill”, live in its entirety exclusively at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas festival, set to take place August 17-19 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will mark the only time “Danzig III” will be played in full in the U.S. this year.

Glenn previously played “How The Gods Kill” live at Riot Fest and his own Blackest Of The Black festival last year.

Glenn will also celebrate DANZIG‘s 30th anniversary this year by playing a limited number of special shows in Europe in August.

The run begins August 2 at Wacken Open Air, where DANZIG will headline one of the main stages, and includes stops in the U.K., Germany, Luxembourg and Czech Republic. DANZIG will complete the tour with a headlining performance at Brutal Assault festival on August 11 in Jaromer, Czech Republic.

MINISTRY Announces Fall 2018 North American Tour

American industrial juggernaut MINISTRY will continue to support their critically acclaimed album “AmeriKKKant” with a full U.S. tour this November and December. Joining them are new wave of synthwave cessations CARPENTER BRUT and manic avant garde industrial act IGORRR.

“I think the sets are going to work really well together,” commented MINISTRY mastermind Al Jourgensen. “Looking forward to seeing the masses collapsing into a puddle of sweat by the end of the festivities.”

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET and end on Thursday, June 7 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “WARGASM” to access tickets before the general public. (Check back here tomorrow for individual ticketing links.)

General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. local time.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 21 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Nov. 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Nov. 24 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre

Nov. 29 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Nov. 30 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
Dec. 01 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
Dec. 02 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
Dec. 04 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Dec. 05 – Washington, DC – Fillmore
Dec. 06 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Dec. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Dec. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Dec. 10 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Dec. 11 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theater
Dec. 12 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Dec. 13 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
Dec. 14 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Dec. 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Dec. 18 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Dec. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
Dec. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda

Joining Jougensen in MINISTRY‘s most recent touring lineup were drummer Derek Abrams, vocalist Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), live scratcher DJ Swamp (BECK, THE CRYSTAL METHOD), alongside longtime bandmembers Sin Quirin and Cesar Soto on guitars, Tony Campos (FEAR FACTORY, STATIC-X, ASESINO, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) on bass, and keyboardist John Bechdel (KILLING JOKE, FEAR FACTORY).

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES To Release New Album In September

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES To Release New Album In September

According to SUICIDAL TENDENCIES drummer Dave Lombardo, the band will release a new full-length album in September.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES‘ latest release was the “Get Your Fight On!” EP, which came out in March. It was the group’s second release with Lombardo, Ra Diaz on bass and Jeff Pogan on guitar. The ten-song effort included new tracks, the first-ever cover song from the band — of the classic Iggy Pop song “I Got A Right” — and artwork by artist Mike Strachan.

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES singer Mike Muir told SCENEzine about “Get Your Fight On!”: “We were trying to put the EP out before ‘World Gone Mad’, but then we got Dave Lombardo in the band and everything kind of got switched, and when you put out an EP with the title track of the song that has already been released, it is kind of strange, so the point then you wanted to have originally is still valid.

“The point is, I think, a lot of times, especially nowadays, when people don’t want to communicate, they just want to yell and they don’t want to hear what anyone else has to say,” he continued. “They just want to hear what they want to hear and they are the type of people whose basis of strength is based on numbers.

“My dad always said there are two types of fights, one where you fight with your fists and you end up with scars and the ones where you fight with your mind, and those ones cut way deeper, and the battles that are really important in life are the one you fight with your mind. So, for us, ‘get your fight on’ is about being way smarter it’s about doing your thing, it’s about knowing who you want to be and about figuring out a path to get to that. It’s about not being the victim, it’s about being victorious, it’s about realizing in a particular moment it may not be where you want to be in life, but that is just an opportunity to fight a little harder, be a little stronger. And sometimes, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back and regrouping and coming up with a better plan. Just quitting is never a good plan. So, for us to get that approach, we don’t do the ‘same old same old.’ Do something different, but do it for the right reason, because you believe it’s good and has some validity and you don’t need confirmation from anybody else.”

KISS To Launch 3-Year World Tour In January 2019

KISS To Launch Three-Year World Tour In January 2019, Says GENE SIMMONS

Gene Simmons has told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper that KISS will launch a three-year world tour in January 2019. Calling it the band’s “most spectacular tour ever,” the bassist/vocalist added that the trek will make stops on “all continents.”

Simmons‘s latest comments echo those made by his bandmate, Paul Stanley, who told CNBC‘s “Squawk Box” that KISS will embark on its “biggest tour” next year.

Rumors of KISS‘s final run of live shows gained strength several months ago following the news that the band was attempting to trademark the phrase “The End Of The Road.” An application from KISS was filed in February to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — should it be accepted — means that the band could use it in connection with “live performances by a musical band.” As it stands now, no official farewell tour has been announced.

As most fans remember, back in 2000 and 2001, KISS already performed a “Farewell Tour”. The trek, which was the last to feature drummer Peter Criss, played 142 shows over five legs, covering North America, Japan, and Australia.

In a recent interview with Australia’s News Corp, Simmons confirmed that he “had nothing to do” with KISS‘s attempt to trademark “The End Of The Road.”

“The god’s honest truth is that I’ve heard this before but I literally had never heard of it until somebody mentioned it and I had nothing to do with it,” he said. “So I might learn something, but I know nothing of it. I wouldn’t pull your leg, by the way.

Kiss Catalog [the company that filed ‘The End Of The Road’ application] is one of our companies, that’s true — but we trademark all sorts of things. I own [the phrase] ‘Motion Pictures’ — I actually do.

“There’s always been talk, every tour, that this is the last time.

“Let me put it bluntly: One day we are going to stop and do the last show. I don’t know when that is… I still look stunning in real life,” he laughed.

“The band’s in great shape — Tommy [Thayer, guitar] and Eric [Singer, drums] are fantastic. Everybody finally seems happy with their lot in life.”