BAD WOLVES To Release ‘Disobey’ Album In May

BAD WOLVES‘ cover of THE CRANBERRIES“Zombie” has hit No. 1 in multiple countries around the globe. The track will appear on the band’s debut album, “Disobey”, coming out May 18 on Eleven Seven Music.

Stateside, the song hit the trifecta, going No. 1 iTunes overall, rock, and metal. It also hit No. 1 Rock and No. 1 Metal on iTunes in THE CRANBERRIES‘ home country of Ireland, the U.K., Canada, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.

The global numbers are undeniable: the video has garnered more than 14 million views in 18 days across YouTube and Facebook, and the track has gone No. 3 on Spotify‘s Viral Global Top 50 and No. 4 on Spotify‘s Viral US Top 50.

The unstoppable hit single was first released by THE CRANBERRIES in 1994, the original track hit No. 1 across the globe, including the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. The song returned to the Top 10 on the U.S. Rock chart shortly after news of Dolores O’Riordan‘s passing earlier this year.

O’Riordan was slated to record vocals for BAD WOLVES‘ cover of the track (which she described as “killer”) on the day of her passing. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all BAD WOLVES‘ proceeds going to her children.

BAD WOLVES, which is managed by Zoltan Bathory of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, consists of of vocalist Tommy Vext (ex-DIVINE HERESY, SNOT), drummer John Boecklin (ex-DEVILDRIVER), guitarist Doc Coyle (VAGUS NERVE, ex-GOD FORBID), guitarist Chris Cain (BURY YOUR DEAD) and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-IN THIS MOMENT).

BAD WOLVES burst on to the scene last year with the independently released debut single “Learn To Live”.

Boecklin previously described BAD WOLVES‘ style as “a heavy-slightly prog rock band that tunes low and cuts off most of the fat. Watching FAITH NO MORE on the reunion tour made my thought process change,” he explained. “I was standing there, and it hit me that I don’t want to be in a metal band with screaming all the time. We’re heavy, yet from track-to-track, things change quite a bit.”

“More was revealed, so more was required,” added Vext. “The overall tonality and approach resonated with me as an opportunity to challenge myself and grow as a vocalist. I was given a platform to tap into some musical influences I hadn’t yet explored in previous bands. All in all, it was some of the most diverse, original material I’ve gotten to wrap my hands around.”

In no rush to put together something reminiscent of his musical past, Boecklin quietly wrote over the course of 2015. During summer of 2016, he entered AudioHammer Studios with longtime collaborator Mark Lewis (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS) and tracked what would become the group’s debut album.

“Starting from scratch is never easy,” admitted Boecklin. “Many musical roads were traveled before getting to what you hear today — it’s trial and error. I kept reminding myself not to do what I’ve done before. Eventually, we started to hear what we wanted.”

“A Toast To The Ghosts” delivers a searing gut-punch punctuated by sharp succinct fretwork, smart-bomb precise percussion, and another searing vocal performance. Everything culminates on the pensive and punishing “Blood And Bones”. Vext added: “It’s like an open letter to an abusive relationship partner that no longer serves you or the opposing counterpart. It’s left open to interpretation.”

Defined by a push-and-pull between incalculable instrumentation and soaring melodies, BAD WOLVES will keep listeners guessing and thinking on their path to hard rock and metal supremacy.

“This is something new for me,” Boecklin left off. “It’s the most unique drumming I’ve ever done. Tommy has never sounded so good. The songs are much more diverse than anything from our collective past. I’d love for people to take away some sort of connection emotionally. That’s what all of the bands who inspire me do. Everything else doesn’t really matter.”

BAD WOLVES will tour the U.S. later in the year with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and SHINEDOWN.


ROSS THE BOSS To Release ‘By Blood Sworn’ Album In April

Guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman‘s stature in the history of hard rock and heavy metal has been well-solidified for decades by this point — with a resume including some of the most influential and hardest-hitting bands of all-time, particularly both THE DICTATORS and MANOWAR. And he continues to rock — as a member of the group DEATH DEALER, and also as the leader of his own solo outfit, which has issued such stellar releases as “Hailstorm”, “New Metal Leader” and his latest offering, “By Blood Sworn”.

Joined by Marc Lopes on vocals and keys, Mike LePond on bass, and Lance Barnewold on drums for the sessions (Steve Bolognese will beat the skins on the album’s tour), “By Blood Sworn” was produced by Dean Rispler and will be released April 20 via AFM Records.

“The main thing is that my band all live nearby me instead of in Germany,” explains Ross. “So, we were able to really work the tunes up. Mike LePond and I started going through riffs and tunes in July, worked up the tunes, and started forming them. It was a very satisfying process.”

And as evidenced by such standout tracks as title track, “Among The Bones”, “Devil’s Day” and a reworked version of MANOWAR‘s “Hail And Kill”, “By Blood Sworn” is certainly as hard-hitting and heavy as Ross‘s previous classics. “Actually, I know what direction the songwriting should go, and we go,” he says. “As for my guitar playing, whatever the song needs, the songs get! The record is more old school, but with a fresh attack — the songs are not repetitive, and this record is also not a ‘drum-machine recording’ like most these days.” Also featured is extremely eye-catching album cover artwork. “Marc and I had this concept for the cover art by Stan W. Decker. It was a knight kneeling after battle — holding his mighty sword and my eagle behind him.”

“By Blood Sworn” track listing:

01. By Blood Sworn
02. Among The Bones
03. This Is Vengeance
04. We Are The Night

05. Faith Of The Fallen
06. Devil’s Day
07. Lilith
08. Play Among The Godz
09. Circle Of Damnation
10. Fistful Of Hate

Ross was one of the pioneers of both punk rock and heavy metal. First crashing on the scene with THE DICTATORS and with such classic albums as 1975’s “Go Girl Crazy!”, 1977’s “Manifest Destiny” and 1978’s “Bloodbrothers”, Ross helped trailblaze punk rock (just to put it all in perspective, “Go Girl Crazy!” arrived a full year before the RAMONES‘ debut, and two years before THE CLASH‘s and SEX PISTOLS‘ debuts). After exiting the band, Ross then co-formed one of heavy metal’s all-time great bands, MANOWAR, which showcased exceptional six-string work on such classic albums as 1982’s “Battle Hymns”, 1983’s “Into Glory Ride” and 1984’s “Hail To England”, among countless other titles.

By the end of the ’80s, Ross had reconnected with his DICTATORS bandmates in MANITOBA’S WILD KINGDOM, which served as a bridge between his love of punk and metal, as heard on the group’s popular 1990 debut, “…And You?” Throughout the remainder of the decade, Ross also played with such groups as THE HELLACOPTERS and THE SPINATRAS, before THE DICTATORS reunited, which resulted in several new releases starting from the late ’90s all the way through the early 21st century. Also around this time, Ross joined forces with former of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT drummer Albert Bouchard in the band BRAIN SURGEONS.

With Ross‘s main focus turning to metal music at this time, two additional projects were launched — DEATH DEALER and his solo outfit, ROSS THE BOSS. Thus far, DEATH DEALER (which is comprised of vocalist Sean Peck, guitarists Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis and drummer Steve Bolognese, in addition to Ross) has issued a pair of releases, “Warmaster” and “Hallowed Ground”.

MORBID ANGEL Announces U.S. Tour

Death metal veterans MORBID ANGEL will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in April. Support on the trek will come from DREAMING DEAD and HATE STORM ANNIHILATION, with MISERY INDEX providing direct support from April 16 through April 25 and ORIGIN providing direct support from April 26 through May 17.



Apr. 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground at the Fillmore
Apr. 17 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Apr. 18 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Apr. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium (New England Metal & Hardcore Festival)
Apr. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Apr. 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection


Apr. 26 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Apr. 27 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Apr. 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall
Apr. 30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 01 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 03 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
May 04 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
May 07 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 08 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
May 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
May 10 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 12 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
May 13 – Albuquerque, NM – The El Rey Theater
May 15 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Trees
May 17 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar

More shows will apparently be added to the tour.

MORBID ANGEL‘s latest album, “Kingdoms Disdained”, was released December 1 via Silver Lining Music in the U.S. and JVC in Japan. The disc was recorded at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by MORBID ANGEL with Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL, SIX FEET UNDER, BELPHEGOR), Azagthoth.

MORBID ANGEL frontman Steve Tucker told the Toilet Ov Hell web site about the band’s decision to not perform any songs from the David Vincent era of the legendary death metal outfit during the band’s last U.S. tour: “Somewhere along the line, somebody put out there that we had said that we were only doing only this-era stuff from now on, and I think that did make a lot of people start to grumble; I would have grumbled too, dude — absolutely. But that’s not what was said. It was one tour. It was one tour where it was, like… We started putting together, ‘Okay, what songs are we gonna do live?’ And, honestly, dude, when Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and I started talking about it, I started stating the obvious songs — you know, ‘Rapture’, ‘Pain Divine’, maybe ‘Blood On My Hands’ — the songs that had always been part of the set. And Trey was just, like, ‘Man, let’s do something different, dude.’ And until the very end, it wasn’t that it ended up being all our era — that just ended up really being the songs… He asked me to pick songs, Scotty [drummer Scott Fuller] picked songs, he picked songs, and in the end, the songs that were all picked, man, they happened to be from that era.”

Tucker, who is back for his third spell with MORBID ANGEL, continued: “I did one interview with a guy in Orlando, and he said, ‘So, are you only gonna be doing…?’ And I said, ‘Well, it just so happens on this tour, we’re only gonna be doing songs from this era,’ and somewhere it got changed into ‘from now on.’ And that’s not a fact, dude.

“I’ve always respected MORBID ANGEL‘s legacy — one hundred percent, absolutely,” he said. “I love the first four MORBID ANGEL albums with every bit of me and my metalness. And I’ve always liked playing those songs. It’s always kind of fun to be on stage with Trey playing a song like ‘Where The Slime Live’ or something — man, it’s great. To be honest with you, those are great-ass riffs, they’re Trey‘s riffs, they’re things he wrote. It’s MORBID ANGEL and we’re never gonna stop playing all of that stuff. But the thing that we are gonna do is we’re gonna mix it up — we’re not gonna just keep playing the same songs that you’ve always heard. Yeah, you’re gonna hear songs from ‘Blessed Are The Sick’ and from ‘Covenant’ and ‘Altars Of Madness’ and ‘Domination’, but it might not be the same song that you’ve heard every single time. It might not be the song that you’ve heard on tour the three, four, five other times that you’ve seen MORBID ANGEL. We’re gonna play songs that maybe got put on the backburner a little bit somehow.”

Tucker added: “When you’re writing songs, you love all the songs or you wouldn’t put ’em on the album. And somehow some songs end up being the ones that become a little more quote-unquote popular than others or considered classics.

“But, dude, we’re gonna mix it up — we’re gonna always mix it up. And we’ll be playing classic MORBID ANGEL songs always. It’s MORBID ANGEL. This is not just MORBID ANGEL with me — this is MORBID ANGEL, and it always was.”

In January 2017, MORBID ANGEL announced the addition of Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal band VADIMVON) to the band’s lineup on second guitar. He joined the group as the replacement for Norwegian guitarist Destructhor (a.k.a. Thor Anders Myhren), who left the band three years ago.

LORDI To Release ‘Sexorcism’ Album In May

Finnish heavy metal monsters LORDI will release their ninth studio album, “Sexorcism”, on May 25 via AFM. The disc is described in a press release as “a full-on and uncensored shot of LORDI brand hard rock and roll” and “possibly [the band’s] most controversial record to date.”

LORDI‘s most recent album, “Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy”, was released in September 2106 via AFM. The first half of the follow-up to 2014’s “Scare Force One” contained classic LORDI standalone songs while the second half was said to be “a mini-concept album.”

LORDI leader Mr. Lordi told Shut Up & Rock On about the decision to split “Monstereophonic” in half — one half being “Theaterror”, or the more traditional LORDI hard-rock stylings, and the other being “Demonarchy”: “[On] previous albums, there was a little more flirting with the modern metal things and the fans kind of started to divide. One half of the fans were, like, ‘This is fucking cool. You should do more of this shit,’ and the other fans were, like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. Stick to your guns.'”

He continued: “I write all kinds of stuff and over the years, especially when Kita was in the band. With all due respect to him, he wasn’t that great of a drummer playing that kind of style. So the reason was I always wrote that kind of stuff, but we couldn’t use those songs, so it’s kind of frustrating for a writer when you write these songs and you already know that when you’re doing the demo, it’s not going to make it to the album because it cannot be played by this band. We were pussies. We were too scared to change, and there was always this same fucking line that someone would say — like, ‘Okay, AC/DC is not going to do a disco album, so why change?’ Then we decided, let’s do a split album, let’s do something for the fans who want the classic LORDI shit and let’s do this other stuff too. I’m not saying it’s new stuff, because the old LORDI demos from the ’90s sound more like the ‘Demonarchy’ side, so it’s always been there, but it was never released.”

ROB ZOMBIE And MARILYN MANSON To Join Forces For ‘Twins of Evil – The Second Coming’ Summer 2018 Tour

But never say never — the Twins Of Evil are back this summer for a co-headlining tour.

Yes, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson are heading out on tour again to bring their unique brands of showmanship to audiences across America. The 29-date North American summer trek will kick off in Detroit on July 11.

Pre-sales for the “Twins of Evil – The Second Coming” tour will start from March 19 and will go fully on sale from March 24.

As part of this, fans will be able to take part in “Ticket To Rock” 2018. One ticket gets you into see Rob Zombie with Marilyn Manson, plus other shows like GODSMACK / SHINEDOWN, AVENGED SEVENFOLD / PROPHETS OF RAGE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / BREAKING BENJAMIN.

“Twins of Evil – The Second Coming” tour dates:

Jul. 11 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center
Jul. 14 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 17 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul. 18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Center
Jul. 20 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veteran’s United
Jul. 21 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul. 24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Pavilion
Jul. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Keybank Pavilion
Jul. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Jul. 29 – Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Darling’s Pavilion (‘Impact Music Festival‘)
Aug. 07 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
Aug. 08 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 09 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 11 – Hartford, CT @ The Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 12 – Darien lake, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amp at Lakewood
Aug. 16 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Aug. 17 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360
Aug. 18 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Aug. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
Aug. 24 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheater
Aug. 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 26 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK Chin Pavilion
Aug. 28 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Aug. 29 – Irvine, CA @ Fivepoint Amphitheater

Zombie and Manson previously toured together in 2012 on the “Twins Of Evil” tour.

Zombie released his latest album, “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser”, in 2016. Manson issued “Heaven Upside Down” in 2017.

SHINEDOWN And GODSMACK Announce Co-Headlining Tour

SHINEDOWN And GODSMACK Announce Co-Headlining Tour

SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK have announced a co-headlining tour as part of Live Nation‘s “Ticket To Rock” program. The program lets attendees purchase tickets for multiple shows by different bands in one city for one price.

“Ticket To Rock” bundles begin at $59 for three concerts and $69 for four concerts for lawn or reserved upper pavilion seating. Those prices jump $20 for reserved ticket bundles.

SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK summer 2018 tour dates:

Jul. 22 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 11 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Aug. 12 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavillion
Aug. 19 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 24 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 25 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 26 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 28 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug. 31 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep. 01 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 02 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

SHINEDOWN has completed recording its new album for a tentative late spring/early summer release via Atlantic. The follow-up to 2015’s “Threat To Survival” marks the group’s first full-length effort to be produced entirely by bassist Eric Bass.

“Threat To Survival” contained the No. 1 rock radio hits “Cut The Cord” and “State Of My Head”, along with the Top 10 tracks “Asking For It” and “How Did You Love”.

GODSMACK has set “When Legends Rise” as the title of its first album in four years, due out April 27. The band has also shared the first single from the LP, called “Bulletproof”, posting the track online and sending it to rock radio stations nationwide. An official music video for the track is coming soon.

The new disc is GODSMACK‘s seventh studio effort and follows up to 2014’s “1000hp”. It’s also the band’s first release through BMG after splitting with its longtime home, Republic/Universal Records.


Grammy nominees AVENGED SEVENFOLD have announced the “End Of The World Tour”, a North American headlining run produced by Live Nation that kicks off July 22 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts and features PROPHETS OF RAGE plus THREE DAYS GRACE.

This leg of the tour sees AVENGED SEVENFOLD once again partnering with CID Entertainment to offer concertgoers a unique VIP experience. Those special packages, “Hail To The King,” “A7X Experiences” and “‘Higher’ Seamless Experiences,” were a huge hit with fans, selling out in practically every city on the tour. This run takes the packages to another level with backstage tours, photos on the stage, exciting new interactive experiences and added memorabilia to The Paradigm Lounge.

This tour will be the band’s first with PROPHETS OF RAGE, who are touring in support of their internationally acclaimed, self-titled debut LP. PROPHETS OF RAGE features Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, Chuck D and DJ Lord of PUBLIC ENEMY and B-Real of CYPRESS HILL.

“We’re proud to tour with PROPHETS OF RAGE and THREE DAYS GRACE this summer across America,” says AVENGED SEVENFOLD vocalist M. Shadows. “We see this tour as an opportunity to create an event with special bands and different generations of rock fans. From the moment you arrive at the venue until the last note is played, we’re hoping to give you the time of your life.”

“Awful pop dominating the airwaves? Political chaos across the land? Wanna fight back? Well the ‘End Of The World Tour’ is here,” says PROPHETS OF RAGE‘s Tom Morello. “PROPHETS OF RAGE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD have always played absolutely uncompromising music. If you want your summer loud, raw and fearless we’ll see you in the pit.”

After a stadium tour with METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently wrapped the first leg of their own sold-out North American headlining run in support of critically acclaimed album “The Stage” (Capitol). Now available as a deluxe edition, the album features 22 tracks, seven of which are additional studio songs plus four are live tracks recorded during the band’s recent shows at The O2 Arena in London. The CD and vinyl versions feature a special lenticular cover. Among the seven bonus tracks is the band’s stunning cover of the PINK FLOYD classic “Wish You Were Here”.

The quintet (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) kicked off 2018 with its first-ever Grammy nomination, as the title track for “The Stage” earned the nod for “Best Rock Song.”

The “End of the World Tour” is part of Live Nation‘s “Ticket To Rock” promo, which offers exclusive multi-ticket bundles to some of the summer’s biggest rock shows.

Tour dates:

Jul. 22 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Jul. 25 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 26 – Hartford, CT @ The XFINITY Theatre
Jul. 31 – Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
Aug. 01 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug. 04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 06 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Aug. 07 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug. 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Aug. 28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Sep. 01 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
Sep. 02 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion