MIKE PORTNOY, BILLY SHEEHAN, BUMBLEFOOT, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, DEREK SHERINIAN Join Forces In SONS OF APOLLO

For the past few months, rumors have been circulating about a new secret project including former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.

Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE). Their debut album, “Psychotic Symphony”, will be released October 20 on InsideOut Music. An album teaser can be seen below.

“Psychotic Symphony” was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in DREAM THEATER.

SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left DREAM THEATER in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ’90s when he was in DREAM THEATER and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old-school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock ‘n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity — a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year. [Laughs] So, I pulled up the list and APOLLO was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was APOLLO CREED, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy and Sherinian shared together in DREAM THEATER combined with the swagger and groove of VAN HALEN, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN.

“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with SONS OF APOLLO, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, label manager/A&R international of InsideOut Music. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where THE WINERY DOGS left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying THE WINERY DOGS have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Sherinian agrees: “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of music, and we are his mighty offspring!”


SATYRICON ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’ Track Listing Revealed

Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON will release their ninth studio album, “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”, on September 22 via Napalm Records.

Recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON‘s 2006 album, “Now, Diabolical”), “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” is not just a new collection of songs from one of extreme music’s most enduring and reliable bands: this is a wholesale reinvention and a brand new era in SATYRICON history.

“Deep Calleth Upon Deep” track listing:

01. Midnight Serpent
02. Blood Cracks Open The Ground
03. To Your Brethren In The Dark
04. Deep Calleth Upon Deep
05. The Ghost Of Rome
06. Dissonant
07. Black Wings And Withering Gloom
08. Burial Rite

SATYRICON vocalist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015, says: “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record. If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special. If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning. I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.”

“Deep Calleth Upon Deep” is a profound statement about the essence of SATYRICON‘s music and the eternal value of art itself. Satyr continues: “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it SATYRICON or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well. If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you. So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’ If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us.”

The “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” front cover is an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.

SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad recently told “The Jasta Show” about “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”: “This is an album that we have been really working a lot with for a long time. It’s all about getting the right expression for each and every song.

“It has never been anything that we’ve discussed in the band, but at least I personally feel that every song has a life of its own, a very strong and unique identity,” he continued. “This album is really about giving life to those eight songs that constitute it.

“Like with every SATYRICON album, I guess it’s very, very diverse, and this is more true than ever with the new one,” he said. “In particular, when it comes to this identity bit, I feel the songs, even if they fit extremely well together in a compilation of songs, each and every one, it’s very, very different from the others — almost like human beings are different from each other.”

According to Frost, the more varied approach of SATYRICON‘s 2013 self-titled album was a musical precursor to the exploratory nature of the band’s upcoming disc.

“I realize that the previous albums opened lots of doors for us,” he said. “There was a reason that we chose to name the [last] album after the band itself. Basically, we felt that somehow SATYRICON became a very complete band with that album. We managed to bring that dynamic element into the band that somehow had been missing a little, and we felt that when that was there, it was like we had all the basic components that should constitute SATYRICON. And as those doors were opened with that album, we then found ourselves in a situation where we were, like, roaming about in those different rooms. And this new album is a result of discovering and searching through and basically exploring new territory and making it ours.”

SATYRICON has already announced a European tour for September/October to coincide with the release of “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”.

UFO Covers Album ‘The Salentino Cuts’ Due In September

British rock legends UFO will release their first-ever covers album, paying homage to a dozen of their personal favorites. “The Salentino Cuts” includes several unexpected choices such as MAD SEASONS“River Of Deceit”, John Mellencamp‘s “Paper In Fire” and Bill Withers‘s “Ain’t No Sunshine” alongside more traditional but nonetheless thrilling versions such as THE YARDBIRDS“Heartful Of Soul”, ZZ TOP‘s “Just Got Paid” and lots more!

UFO‘s current lineup features original members Phil Mogg on vocals and Andy Parker on drums. Keyboardist/guitarist Paul Raymond joined the band in 1976. Lead guitarist Vinnie Moore has been a permanent member of the group since 2003, and American bassist Rob De Luca joined the fold in 2012.

Vinnie says: “Making this covers record was a blast for me. I thoroughly enjoyed putting a little of my own spin on these tunes that I grew up with. I played ZZ TOP and Robin Trower songs about a gazzilion times onstage over the years. it was great to actually get to record some of my old faves.”

“The Salentino Cuts” will be released on September 29 and will be available on both CD and two limited vinyl pressings, one splatter vinyl and one white vinyl.

“The Salentino Cuts” track listing:

01. Heartful Of Soul
02. Break On Through (To The Other Side)
03. River Of Deceit
04. The Pusher
05. Paper In Fire
06. Rock Candy
07. Mississippi Queen
08. Ain’t No Sunshine
09. Honey-Bee
10. Too Rolling Stoned
11. Just Got Paid
12. It’s My Life

In September & October, UFO will embark on a monster tour of North America with fellow classic rockers SAXON.

UFO released its last studio album, “A Conspiracy Of Stars”, in 2015.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION To Release ‘BCCIV’ Album In September

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV”, via Mascot Records on Friday, September 22. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

Just like its three predecessors, “BCCIV” was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, JOURNEY and THE BLACK CROWES has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009, is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences — a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and well, and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.

The initiative for the new album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would be up for going back into the studio to write and record a fourth album.

Says Joe: “I just felt the time was right for BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right.”

During October 2016, when news first broke about the band getting back together, things on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, started blowing up and fan reaction was overwhelming. It was clear to see that BCC fans were hungry for another album. “BCCIV” is destined to become one of the biggest hard rock albums of 2017.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s inception took place when frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa fused their styles on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center‘s King Of The Blues event. With the help and guidance of producer Kevin Shirley, they further added to their rock lineage by recruiting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian.

Taking their name from the industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.

Following the release of another two studio albums, 2011’s well-received “Black Country Communion 2” and 2012’s equally impressive “Afterglow”, plus a smoldering live CD released in 2011, “Live Over Europe”, the band has firmly established themselves as one of hard rock’s premier acts. The band took a hiatus in 2013 and focused on their successful solo careers.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, but as a powerful live act, is only exceeded by their dedication to their craft, and a willingness to challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.

Now, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION lineup back for album No. 4.

“We had around four months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves,” comments Glenn Hughes. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums. However, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the ‘Aferglow’ album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound. If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

The band assembled to record “BCCIV” at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in December 2016. The album was mixed at Cave Studios in Sydney in March 2017. The songs on “BCCIV” will appeal to all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice of Rock for nothing.

In terms of content, “BCCIV” expands upon the progression that took place between the first three albums. With an abundance of heavy riffs, undeniable hooks, melodic flair and infectious choruses, “BCCIV” is a spectacular album that gets bigger and bolder with repeated spins.

“I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It’s a wake-up call.” explains Hughes.

All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song “The Last Song For My Resting Place”, which was written by Joe.

“BCCIV” track listing:

01. Collide (4:07)
02. Over My Head (4:06)
03.
The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
04. Sway (5:24)
05. The Cove (7:11)
06. The Crow (6:00)
07. Wanderlust (8:18)
08. Love Remains (4:53)
09. Awake (4:42)
10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)
11. With You I Go (bonus track on vinyl edition only)

The first single taken from the new album will be “Collide”.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION has announced two exclusive concerts in Europe during January 2018 to support of “BCCIV”. The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday, January 2 and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday, January 4.

These will be the only two concerts the band will play in Europe. Planet Rock will run a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public from 0844 844 0444 and can be booked online from Ticketmaster.co.uk and Eventim.co.uk.

ARCH ENEMY Announces Early 2018 European Tour

ARCH ENEMY will embark on a headlining tour this fall in support of its new album, “Will To Power”, due out September 8 via Century Media Records.

The first leg of the trek will take the band across Eastern Europe from September 15 until October 11 with support act JINJER. The second round of dates will take place in early 2018 — from January 12 until February 7 — across Western Europe and feature support from WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER.

ARCH ENEMY bandleader and chief songwriter Michael Amott comments: “Very happy to already announce our ‘Will To Power’ European headline tour for early 2018. We can’t wait to get back out there with a new fresh ARCH ENEMY show full of cool surprises! And what a lineup! We have assembled a killer tour package with some amazing bands for you. WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER are all bands with their own unique and impressive live performances. This all adds up to an epic night of metal that should not be missed!”

Finnish metallists WINTERSUN commented, “We’re super excited to announce that we will be supporting the mighty ARCH ENEMY on their European tour in January-February 2018! Hope to see you all there!”

Labelmates TRIBULATION added: “It is happening again! We are returning to the road in conjunction with the release of our new album, first stop Europe with no other than ARCH ENEMY. See you all soon!”

JINJER chimed in, stating, “We are literally counting the days until this tour starts! It’s everything that we’ve been working up to for the past few years: bigger venues, bigger crowds and smashing the stage every night with the likes of a heavy metal giant like ARCH ENEMY. This tour will be one for the record books for sure!”

ARCH ENEMY early 2018 tour dates with WINTERSUN, TRIBULATION and JINJER:

Jan. 12 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
Jan. 13 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
Jan. 15 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Jan. 17 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz
Jan. 18 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur
Jan. 22 – Toulouse, France – Le Bikini
Jan. 23 – Paris, France – Bataclan
Jan. 24 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Jan. 26 – Oberhausen, Germany – Turbinenhalle
Jan. 27 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall
Jan. 29 – Hamburg, Germany – Große Freiheit
Jan. 31 – Malmö, Sweden – KB
Feb. 01 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Feb. 02 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan
Feb. 03 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Trädgarn
Feb. 05 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
Feb. 06 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
Feb. 07 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, “Will To Power” was mixed and mastered by longtime collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (OPETH, AT THE GATES, DIMMU BORGIR). The disc’s captivating cover artwork was designed by Alex Reisfar.

“Will To Power” marks the second ARCH ENEMY album since the departure of longtime singer Angela Gossow and addition of her replacement, former THE AGONIST frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz. It will also be the first ARCH ENEMY disc to feature guitarist Jeff Loomis (ex-NEVERMORE), who joined the band in late 2014.

MOTÖRHEAD To Release ‘Under Cöver’ In September

One thing Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee liked to do throughout their years together in MOTÖRHEAD was grab a favorite song by another artist and give it a good old fashioned “Motörheading.” To run them through the Motörizer, if you will. To rock them, roll them and even give them an extra twist and edge.

In celebration of some of those finest moments, the band will release “Under Cöver”, a collection of some of their best covers, and a collection which will include the previously unreleased version of David Bowie‘s timeless classic “Heroes”. Recorded during the “Bad Magic” sessions in 2015 by Cameron Webb, it was one of the last songs the band recorded together.

“It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be,” says Phil Campbell, “and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

“He was very, very proud of it,” says Mikkey Dee, “not only because it turned out so well but because it was fun! Which is what projects like this should be — fun!”

“Under Cöver” will be available on September 1 in 1CD (digipak), 1x 180-gram black vinyl in gatefold, super deluxe boxset (1CD digipak, 1x 180-gram black vinyl and VIP guest pass), digital audio and MFiT Audio.

To that ethic, the rest of the album contains loud and proud, raucous and raging rock ‘n’ roll takes on the likes of “God Save The Queen” (SEX PISTOLS), “Cat Scratch Fever” (TED NUGENT), “Rockaway Beach” (THE RAMONES), “Breaking The Law” (JUDAS PRIEST) and “Whiplash” (METALLICA) which earned the band a Grammy in 2005 for “Best Metal Performance.”

“We were happy with them at the time and we’re happy with them now!” affirms Campbell, while Dee says, “We should remember that it’s about having some fun with songs that we all loved.”

“Under Cöver” track listing

01. Breaking The Law (produced by Cameron Webb) 2008
02. God Save The Queen (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2000
03. Heroes (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
04. Starstruck (produced by Cameron Webb) 2014
05. Cat Scratch Fever (produced by Peter Solley) 1992
06. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
07. Sympathy For The Devil (produced by Cameron Webb) 2015
08. Hellraiser (produced by Billy Sherwood) 1992
09. Rockaway Beach (mixed by Cameron Webb) 2002
10. Shoot ‘Em Down (produced by Bob Kulick and Bruce Bouillet) 2001
11. Whiplash (produced by Bruce Bouillet and Bob Kulick) 2005

VINNIE MOORE & GUS G. Join Forces For ‘Gunslingers’ Tour

Guitar wizards Vinnie Moore (UFO) and Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) will hit the road for some shows together in November and December. This is Moore‘s first solo tour since 2015, and will mark the first time these two powerhouse players have toured together. The show will feature music from both guitarists’ impressive catalogs.

Says Vinnie: “Gus and I met years back in Greece. I brought him up onstage to jam a couple tunes with me and we had a great energy together and had a blast. I knew that night that I would like to do some shows with him at some point. He’s a very talented guitarist. Am really looking forward to some Gunslingin’ with Gus.”

From his first release, “Mind’s Eye”, in 1987 through 2015’s “Aerial Visions”, Vinnie Moore has set the standard for instrumental guitar albums by delivering soulful songs that feature his signature crackling guitar solos along with memorable melodic lines.

Gus comments: “Touring with Vinnie Moore is yet another dream come true for me. His album ‘Mind’s Eye’ has had a huge impact on me as I consider it somewhat as a shred guitar ‘bible.’ I spent countless hours learning his licks as a teenager. We met and got to jam few years ago and have become good buddies since. I’m looking forward to returning to the U.S. and playing guitar for you and sharing the stage with Vinnie! See you soon!”

Gus‘s latest solo album, “Brand New Revolution”, was recorded with Jay Ruston (STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER) and mixed by Mike Fraser (METALLICA, AC/DC, VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH) and featured various vocalists, including Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), and Jacob Bunton (ADLER, LYNAM).

Tour dates are as follows:

Nov. 28 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Nov. 30 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
Dec. 01 – Detroit, MI @ Token Lounge
Dec. 02 – Joliet. IL @ The Forge
Dec. 03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Dec. 06 – Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Dec. 07 – Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Dec. 08 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
Dec. 09 – Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom