MARTY FRIEDMAN Announces ‘Wall Of Sound’ Tour

Following last week’s album announcement, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has now unveiled his headlining tour in support of his latest scorcher, “Wall Of Sound”. The 22-show trek will feature support from Houston’s top progressive outfit SCALE THE SUMMIT along with Madison, Wisconsin-based technical progressive three-piece THE FINE CONSTANT. The tour kicks off in Philadelphia on August 2, just two days before “Wall Of Sound” is released.

Friedman comments: “We’re coming to you direct from Tokyo, to make you smile or make you cry, or even drag you up on stage with us. What’s for sure is that we will definitely get your blood pumping.”

About the band, Friedman states: “Kiyoshi is the most aggressive bassist on the planet. You will either fall in love with her, admire her skills or both. Jordan Ziff is an up-and-coming guitar superstar. The youngest of the select few who have played beside me in the band. Anup Sastry (on the first week of the USA tour) played drums on ‘Inferno’ as well as ‘Wall Of Sound’, and is the most innovative young drummer I’ve ever seen. Chargeeee (on the remainder of the USA tour) has been my touring drummer for eight years — he steals the show from me every night. He has an inhuman amount of energy.”

U.S. fans who preorder Friedman‘s new album at Prosthetic Recordsofficial store will be entitled to a VIP meet-and-greet for one of the dates below. Once ordered, please email martyvip@prostheticrecords.com with your order number and what date you would like to attend. Please note, tickets to the show will still need to be purchased. The pre-order VIP offer will expire on June 30 at which time VIP packages will only be available at MartyFriedman.com.

Aug. 02 – The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 03 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
Aug. 04 – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Aug. 05 – Crossroads, Garwood, NJ
Aug. 06 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Aug. 08 – Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 09 – Diesel, Chesterfield, MI
Aug. 10 – Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL
Aug. 11 – Studio B at the Skyway, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 12 – Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
Aug. 13 – Fubar, St, Louis, MO
Aug. 16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
Aug. 17 – The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX
Aug. 18 – Trees, Dallas, TX
Aug. 19 – Tower Theater, Oklahoma, OK
Aug. 20 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Aug. 23 – Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
Aug. 24 – Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 25 – The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 26 – Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 27 – The Parish @ HOB, Anaheim, CA
Aug. 28 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA

“Wall Of Sound” will be released on August 4 via Prosthetic Records. Produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (GHOST, RUSH, ALICE IN CHAINS) and mixed by Jens Bogren (KREATOR, OPETH, SEPULTURA), the disc “expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music,” according to a press release. Legendary QUEEN producer Mack came on board to handle the mixing on two tracks, “Streetlight” and “For A Friend”, which Friedman proclaimed was “an honor for me, for sure.”

Friedman said last year about the musical direction of the follow-up to his 2014 album “Inferno”: “This time it’s even more ambitious than that album was, a bit more dense, and, with any luck, more exciting for those of you who will hear it.”

He added: “There will be elevent or twelve songs in total. Sometimes a song you really love doesn’t make it to the album because it doesn’t fit nicely in the sequencing. Either way, we’re pushing sixty minutes, so it won’t be a short album.”

Marty‘s new CD was recorded in part at Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606 in California with engineer Paul Fig (ALICE IN CHAINS, RUSH, DEFTONES) and was previously described by Friedman as “a way more intense version” of its predecessor: “deeper, sadder, happier and more aggressive.”

Like “Inferno”, Friedman‘s upcoming album will feature several guests, including prog-thrashers MUTOID MAN, Jørgen Munkeby of the Norwegian avant-garde jazz-metal outfit SHINING and Jinxx of Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES.

Regarding how the collaboration with Jinxx came about, Friedman told Guitar World: “I’m a big fan of Jinxx and BLACK VEIL BRIDES. He came to my show in L.A. in 2015. Right after that, I was told that he plays violin. I didn’t even know that! Then light bulbs went off. I thought now’s the chance to really turn some heads by doing something that’s a little bit, well, a lot, unexpected to my fans and his fans.”

DIRKSCHNEIDER To Release ‘Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!’ In August

DIRKSCHNEIDER — the band fronted by former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider — will release “Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!” on August 4 in Europe and August 18 in the USA as a DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD and gatefold triple vinyl in two different colors.

After putting out the live double CD last year, fans were asking for a visual output, so finally, in December 2016, the show in Brno, Czech Republic was recorded for that purpose. Besides many classics from Dirkscheider‘s ACCEPT era, there’s a cover version of Frank Sinatra‘s “My Way” as a bonus track on the CD and vinyl.

Track listing digipak:

CD1

01. Intro
02. Starlight
03. Living For Tonite
04. Flash Rockin‘ Man
05. London Leatherboys
06. Midnight Mover
07. Breaker
08. Head Over Heels
09. Neon Night
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winter Dreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit

CD2

15. Wrong Is Right
16. Midnight Highway
17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
18. Monsterman
19. T.V. War
20. Losers And Winners
21. Metal Heart
22. I’m A Rebel
23. Fast As A Shark
24. Balls To The Wall
25. Burning
26. Outro
27. My Way (Bonus)

Blu-ray:

01. Intro
02. Starlight
03. Living For Tonite
04. Flash Rockin’ Man
05. London Leatherboys
06. Midnight Mover
07. Breaker
08. Head Over Heels
09. Neon Night
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winter Dreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit
15. Wrong Is Right
16. Midnight Highway
17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
18. Monsterman
19. T.V. War
20. Losers And Winners
21. Metal Heart
22. I’m A Rebel
23. Fast As A Shark
24. Balls To The Wall
25. Burning
26. Outro

Dirkschneider spent the last year and a half touring under the DIRKSCHNEIDER banner, performing classic ACCEPT songs for the last time. The trek, which was originally supposed to conclude with the band’s North American run in January/February, has now been extended through early 2018.

In a message on the DIRKSCHNEIDER Facebook page, Udo explained his decision to continue touring as DIRKSCHNEIDER, saying: “Originally it was our plan to go back to touring with U.D.O. in 2017. But we have received an incredible number of emails and letters from fans begging us to continue with DIRKSCHNEIDER, and as there are still so many (ACCEPT) songs left to be sung, we have decided to bow to your demands!

“During the last tours with DIRKSCHNEIDER, the audience had a lot of fun, and we as a band also had the time of our lives on stage. In fact, a whole lot of people in countries all over the world have been knocked out by these shows. Just check out all the media (especially from the U.S., where we have just finished a five-week tour) and you will read the caption ‘tour of the year’ multiple times…

“We are thrilled by the idea of continuing and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again live on tour!

“Oh, we nearly forgot to tell you about possibly the most important point of all: From October 2017 on, DIRKSCHNEIDER will tour with an almost completely NEW setlist. Of course, it will still contain only ACCEPT hits, but this time with many different songs compared to the last tours.”

DIRKSCHNEIDER released a live album called “Live – Back To The Roots” in October via AFM Records. The effort, which was recorded on April 2, 2016 at Kaminwerk in Memmingen, Germany, was made available as two-CD digipak and gatefold three-vinyl in four different colors (black, gold, silver and clear).

In addition to Udo, the DIRKSCHNEIDER band on the recent tours included his son Sven Dirkschneider on drums, Fitty Wienhold on bass, Andrey Smirnov on guitar and Kasperi Heikkinen on guitar. Kasperi has since left the group and was replaced by Bill Hudson.

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST Is Returning To Southern California This Fall

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST Is Returning To Southern California This Fall

Ozzy Osbourne has hinted at the return of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, a combination of the two hard rock and metal events that first took place last September at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California.

A new post on Osbourne‘s Facebook page features a picture of the singer on stage with guitarist Zakk Wylde along with the caption, “Hey Zakk, should we do an #Ozzfest this year?”

A follow-up Facebook post notes that an “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2017 Announcement” is coming on July 10.

Last year’s Ozzfest lineup was headlined by BLACK SABBATH, while SLIPKNOT closed out the Knotfest bill.

SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler were asked what they thought such a massive show said about the state of rock music. “I don’t know about the state of rock music, but I’m just gonna go up there and have some fun, you know,” Ozzy said. “We’re not trying to make a statement to the industry, we’re just gonna have some fun.” Geezer added: “It’s good that we’re still going and this kind of music’s still going. To do something this big proves that it’s still as popular as ever.”

Ozzfest was just the perfect way for BLACK SABBATH to say farewell to the fans in Southern California,” said Sharon Osbourne. “Being there made Ozzy and I realize how much we missed having Ozzfest and we want to thank all of the fans for being so loyal. Also a big thank you to all of the bands who performed some incredible sets.”

Also on the Ozzfest portion of the weekend were DISTURBED, OPETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and others, while the Knotfest lineup included SLAYER, TRIVIUM, ANTHRAX, SUICIDE SILENCE and many more.

Both days featured three stages, with one of them named after late MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest began in 1996 and where Knotfest was staged last year.

Ozzfest started more than twenty years ago and was the first national music festival of its kind dedicated to hard rock music.

Ozzfest has not been a traveling festival in the U.S. since 2007’s “free” edition. The show morphed into a one-off event in Dallas in 2008, took 2009 off and played just six cities in 2010.

Knotfest, meanwhile, staged its third annual event in 2015 and second as a Southern California weekend destination festival.

WESTFIELD MASSACRE Parts Ways With Singer TOMMY VEXT

WESTFIELD MASSACRE has parted ways with singer Tommy Vext (ex-DIVINE HERESY, SNOT) and has replaced him with Seann Nicols (pictured; a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; Bobby Blotzer‘s RATT, formerly of ADLER’S APPETITE and QUIET RIOT).

The new lineup of WESTFIELD MASSACRE will embark on a U.S. headlining tour, the “North American Meltdown”, in early July.

WESTFIELD MASSACRE features lead guitarist Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN), guitarist Stephen Brewer, bassist Erik Tisinger (OTEP, THROWN INTO EXILE) and Brazilian drummer Dio Britto.

WESTFIELD MASSACRE stated: “We are committed to fulfilling all obligations and promises we’ve made to our fans. We have secured the legal right to perform and do business as WESTFIELD MASSACRE. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for our fans to understand the internal workings of a band. We appreciate all of our fans support as we move forward and are anxious to deliver our record and get back on the road.”

WESTFIELD MASSACRE‘s self-titled debut album was released in April 2016 via Urban Yeti Records. The CD was recorded at Echelon Studios with producer Joseph McQueen.

OBITUARY And EXODUS Join Forces For North American ‘Battle Of The Bays’ Tour

Florida death metal godfathers OBITUARY collide with Bay Area thrash metal kings EXODUS for another epic “Battle Of The Bays” this fall! The two American legends went to war in Europe last year and are now bringing the battle to America, this time with support from POWER TRIP and DUST BOLT. The co-headlining tour kicks off September 14 in Durham, North Carolina and ends on October 15 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 16.

Tour dates:

Sep. 14 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
Sep. 15 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas Live
Sep. 16 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sep. 17 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sep. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sep. 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Downstairs)
Sep. 21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Sep. 22 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Ball
Sep. 23 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
Sep. 24 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
Sep. 26 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Sep. 27 – Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
Sep. 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
Sep. 29 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Sep. 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
Oct. 01 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Oct. 03 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Oct. 04 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Oct. 06 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades *
Oct. 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
Oct. 08 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Oct. 10 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Oct. 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Oct. 12 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Oct. 14 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger *
Oct. 15 – Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theater +

* No EXODUS
+ OBITUARY, DUST BOLT only

OBITUARY‘s new, self-titled album was released on March 17 via Relapse.

Picking up where 2014’s “Inked In Blood” left off, OBITUARY show no signs of slowing down as they continue to reign as kings of death metal. Recorded at the band’s home studio in Tampa, “Obituary” is a ten-track tour de force of bone-pulverizing death metal that is as heavy, uncompromising and infectious as anything they’ve released in the group’s historic, nearly 30-year career.

The band recently took part in the 2017 Decibel Magazine Tour with KREATOR, HORRENDOUS and MIDNIGHT. The tour kicked off on March 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina and ran through April 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting spoke to the “Mike James Rock Show” at this past weekend’s Download festival about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band’s follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out” album. He said: “We’re just structuring songs right now. I think we’ve probably got five or six maybe, and the makings for the rest of ’em — bits and pieces here and there.”

When asked if EXODUS writes any music on the road, Hunting said: “We kind of do that now a little bit. I mean, Gary‘s [Holt, guitar] making riffs right now. He’s out [on the road] with SLAYER, and we’re out here doing this run. And then we connect back home. We’re playing with IRON MAIDEN on July 1st [in San Bernardino, California].”

“Blood In Blood Out” was EXODUS‘s first album since the departure of the band’s lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of his predecessor, Steve “Zetro” Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.

POWERMAN 5000 To Release ‘New Wave’ Album

POWERMAN 5000 To Release 'New Wave' Album

POWERMAN 5000 has inked a worldwide deal with Pavement Entertainment. The band’s new album, “New Wave”, will be released later in the year.

POWERMAN 5000 vocalist Spider One stated about the follow-up to 2014’s “Builders Of The Future”: “We went a bit dirtier on this one. Ripped it up more than the last couple of records. One of the goals was to recreate the noise of the live show. Keep in the chaos.”

Regarding the new album title, Spider said: “New Wave? Are we a new wave band? Well, I would say that we have always had more in common with DEVO than DIO.”

POWERMAN 5000‘s legacy continues to push the boundaries of rock, metal, industrial, rap and punk to create innovative and groundbreaking releases time and time again. With songs like “David F**king Bowie”, “Cult Leader” and “Sid Vicious In A Dress”, the new album is sure to please longtime fans, as well as turn the heads of many more to come.

“New Wave” is POWERMAN 5000‘s eleventh official release since forming in 1992 and continues the strides and success, from their platinum-selling album “Tonight The Stars Revolt!” to their most recent chart-topping single in 2014, “How To Be A Human”.

“Builders Of The Future” sold around 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 63 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued in May 2014, the CD was released through POWERMAN 5000‘s partnership with T-Boy Records, a co-venture with Universal Music Enterprises founded by veteran rock manager Andy Gould.

MASTODON Extends North American Tour

Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON have extended their U.S. headline tour, starting on September 26 in Orlando, Florida at Hard Rock Live with continued support from EAGLES OF DEATH METAL and RUSSIAN CIRCLES. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including the High Elevation in Denver, Colorado and Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Thursday, June 15 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “SAND” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Sep. 23 – Denver, CO – High Elevation #
Sep. 26 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live (buy tickets)
Sep. 27 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performance Arts Center (buy tickets)
Sep. 29 – Knoxville, TN – Civic Auditorium (buy tickets)
Sep. 30 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life #
Oct. 03 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz (buy tickets)
Oct. 04 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore (buy tickets)
Oct. 06 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 07 – Camden, NJ – Rock Allegiance #
Oct. 09 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis (buy tickets)
Oct. 10 – Rochester, NY – The Armory (buy tickets)
Oct. 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live (buy tickets)
Oct. 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom * (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 15 – Houston, TX – Houston Open Air #
Oct. 17 – Albuquerque, NM – Historic El Rey Theater (buy tickets)
Oct. 19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (buy tickets)
Oct. 21 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock #
Oct. 23 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center (buy tickets)
Oct. 24 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory (buy tickets)
Oct. 25 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre (buy tickets)

# indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows
* without EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

MASTODON‘s seventh studio album, “Emperor Of Sand”, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it their third Top 10 album. The follow-up to 2014’s “Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON‘s hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O’Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album “Crack The Skye”

“Emperor Of Sand” finds MASTODON returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass.

“‘Emperor of sand’ is like the grim reaper,” says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. “Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, ‘How much time is left?'”

“We’re reflecting on mortality,” adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. “To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It’s 17 years in the making, but it’s also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.”