JUST LAUNCHED on Kickstarter – GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
The Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends in 31 Days.
Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books! Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series? Hell no! There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!
Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.
“I’ve been a fan of GWAR more than half my life,” said writer Matt Miner. “They’ve been one of my very favorite things since someone loaned 16-year-old me a cassette tape of SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE and my mind was warped for the better. This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done aside from punking the Westboro Baptist Church, making them proclaim that my comics will ‘Split Hell wide open.'”
In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-COPS (GWAR’s cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of SAWBORG DESTRUCTO, GWAR’s fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia. Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).
To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers. Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, honest to God STAGE-USED GWAR PROPS, and tons of autographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late, great Dave Brockie, who graced our puny human lives and made the world a much more fun place as the band’s ODERUS URUNGUS.
Again, the Kickstarter can be found at GWARKICKSTARTER.COM and it ends in 31 Days. So contribute now!
Glenn Hughes, the legendary “Voice Of Rock,” has released the second music video from his upcoming 8th solo album, Resonate. The video for the song “Long Time Gone” is now available worldwide. The music video also features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who also played on the track. Chad also lent his talents to the debut single “Heavy” and that video (https://youtu.be/B7P3zt11vQQ) has been viewed over 126,000 times to date. Resonate is scheduled for release on November 4th by Frontiers Music SRL.
Resonate has been receiving critical acclaim from media and fans alike. The album will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. The album is available for pre-order via Amazon (http://radi.al/ResonateAmazon), iTunes (http://radi.al/ResonateiTunes) and Google Play (http://radi.al/ResonateGooglePlay). The single “Heavy” is also available on Spotify at http://radi.al/ResonateSpotify with the full album streaming on release date. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.
From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, Resonate promises to be a contender for ‘Album of the Year’. The album features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards). In addition, long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), added his drumming skills to the tracks ‘Heavy” and “Long Time Gone.” An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8
It might well be the most-heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording, “This album is the first kind of a complete Glenn Hughes album”.
Wacken Metal Battle USA Launch Submissions For One Champion To Play At Wacken Open Air
One band, one champion, thousands of metalheads!
Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America!
For over a decade at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, independent metal bands from around the globe have been performing in front of thousands and competing against one another for one to be crowned champion of the world along with winning multiple prizes (prizes info). For the first time ever, Wacken Metal Battle USA is coming to America for its inaugural year and will be hosting qualifying rounds in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia (more may be announced). The national champion of those battles will perform at the 2017 festival taking place from August 3rd – 5th.
Submissions for Metal Battle USA will begin October 21st and end on December 2nd at 11:59pm EST.
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals (dates to be determined), selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in New York City (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 28th edition of Wacken Open Air. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.
The finalists will be selected as follows by city.
2 Finalists from Boston
2 Finalists from Philadelphia
2 Finalists from New York City
National Final in New York City
For more info on Wacken Metal Battle USA, please visit these links:
All bands, that wish to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.
Your band doesn’t have a deal and isn’t about to sign to a label in the near future.
Your band can easily play a 25 minute set consisting of your own songs. (No Covers). Full set performance time is 25 mins.
PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands.
Backline arrangements TBA.
The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live. Background orchestrations are ok as long as all vocals, guitars and bass are live. Intros / interludes are also ok.
Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.
If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.
Travel for the winning band to go to Germany is at their own expense and accommodations at the festival will be in the form of camping in the VIP area.
Full professional back line will be provided for performance.
Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, has released the first official video from their upcoming self-titled, sophomore release. “Feed My Frankenstein” is a cover of the Alice Cooper classic that features Cooper’s daughter on vocals. The video was released today and the single can be heard on the “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show, which is syndicated on over 100 stations worldwide. The song can also be heard at 15,000 AMC, Regal, Cinemark and NCM movie theaters in the United States throughout the month of November.
“I’ve been performing that song with Alice Cooper for years,” says Garric. “I talked to Alice and said ‘I’m thinking about covering ‘Feed My Frankenstein’ on the Beasto Blanco record.’ Alice responded with ‘I think that would be a great idea. I think you guys will really knock it out of the ballpark.’”
Beasto Blanco will embark on a 2016/17 Fall/Winter tour starting in November, that includes a string of U.S headline dates, as well as a soon to be announced arena tour of Europe. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise in February.
The eight volumes of Metal Massacre released by Metal Blade Records in the 1980s were massively instrumental in chronicling (and furthering) the burgeoning heavy metal movement, particularly in the United States. Here, the earliest songs of Slayer and Ratt, for example, stood side by side each other as a declaration of intent: that HEAVY METAL was here, and it was here to stay. Those who grew up in the ’80s and heard these compilations have fond memories of them, as each song was almost always exclusive and almost always exciting – a new stone to unturn, a new head to bang.
For the members of OCTOBER 31, these compilations are so cherished and enduring that they’ve recorded a covers album comprising songs all exclusively on these comps, appropriately titled Metal Massacre. For over 20 years now, OCTOBER 31 are no strangers to the heavy metal fight, so it’s a no-brainer that the US quintet would reverentially cover the revered likes of Omen, Hallow’s Eve, Sacred Blade, and America’s Tyrant alongside the more obscure likes Aloha, War Cry, Final Warning, and Canada’s Death Dealer among others. From early, more melodically inclined traditional metal to heads-down proto-thrash and speed metal, OCTOBER 31 cover all bases on Metal Massacre, rendering the record a veritable time-machine back to the early-to-mid ’80s. However, with erstwhile DECEASED frontman (and scene legend) King Fowley on the mic, the band brims with the confidence and elan to make these songs their own – or, at least, songs that could easily be among their original repertoire – serving as a fully satisfying stopgap album before their next full-length for HELLS HEADBANGERS. All you metal merchants, step forth and prepare for OCTOBER 31’s Metal Massacre!
“Take Me Back”, the new video from RIOT V, the new band featuring the remaining members of legendary metal pioneers RIOT, can be seen below. The song is taken from RIOT V’s debut album, “Unleash The Fire”, which was released in October 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD marked the first release from RIOT without the late, great founding guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away in early 2012 and was limited on his participation on 2011’s reunion album “Immortal Soul” because of his health issues. The band was encouraged at the request of Mark and the Reale estate to forge ahead in his honor and has dedicated this new offering to him.
The band commented:
“We have played many shows all around the world in support of ‘Unleash The Fire’. As we take a break to work on our new album, we are releasing this video as a way to say thank you to all our friends for their support. Thanks also to everyone that submitted photos. Shine on!”
Recognized as one of the key inventors of punk and celebrated as a living legend, guitarist and songwriter Steve Jones revisits his unruly, and often tragic, past in his upcoming autobiography, Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol,due this January from Da Capo Press. Its release will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks,which set the world on fire in 1977.
In Lonely Boy, Jonesrecounts the nihilistic songs, amphetamine-fueled music, and influential anarchical fashion that turned a street urchin into a founding member of a genre-defining band. From his days of petty crime and havoc-wreaking in England, to his first impression of Sid Vicious and famously blowing off the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with Johnny Rotten, Lonely Boyoffers a portrait of a punk pioneer-a demigod to a generation of frustrated youth who identified with the band’s political and social condemnations of life for the working class.
Traumatic childhood abuse and neglect, meaningless sexual exploits, life-threatening drug addiction, and bottoming out on heroin-all are covered candidly in Lonely Boy. It brings us face-to-face with a Steve Jones neither seen on stage nor heard over the airwaves, a man who spent his youth at the epicenter of angst in class-ruled Britain, taunting and ridiculing the establishment, who later, through sobriety, finally learned to be comfortable in his own skin.
Steve Joneswas born in West London in 1955. He founded QT Jones and the Sex Pistols with Paul Cook. The band eventually went on to become The Sex Pistols, and Jones was their guitarist until the band broke up in 1978. The Sex Pistols reformed in 1996 for a massive world tour-which produced an acclaimed live album, Filthy Lucre Live-and again in 2007-2008. A musician, record producer, DJ, and actor, he lives in Los Angeles, where he hosts Jonesy’s Jukebox (http://www.jonesysjukebox.com/) on 95.5 KLOS FM and www.955KLOS.com every Monday through Friday between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Ben Thompson is a London-based rock journalist and author. He has written books with Ray Winstone, Russell Brand, and Terry Gilliam.
January 15, 2017 Hardcover 320 Pages $26.99 Music/Memoir
ISBN 978-0-306-82481-4 16 pages of black-&-white photographs
The submissions are now open for the CANADIAN METAL / HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
Last year only a very small percentage of eligible Canadian Metal bands submitted an entry to CARAS to be considered for the award. I’d like to see that number increase.
As a fellow Canadian Metal fan I’m writing to you to ask you to consider entering your album into this years competition. The process is simple. The following is taken directly from the Juno Awards web-site…
In order to be eligible for a 2016 JUNO Award your music must be released between September 1, 2015 and November 11, 2016. Your music needs to be available for national retail sale either in stores or online in Canada within this period.
If you’re actively participating in the Canadian music industry and plan on making a submission then a CARAS membership is a great option. Along with your discounted submission rates, you will receive voting privileges on 13 JUNO Awards categories, discounts on JUNO Awards ticket packages and more!
According to my research there are over 300 eligible bands this year (that have released albums between Sept 1, 2015 and Nov 11, 2016) and it would be fantastic to show CARAS the wide range of talent, creativity and skill in the Metal community in Canada. Please consider submitting your album to represent the best of Canadian Metal!
Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, will release their self-titled, full-length second album on November 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Beasto Blanco is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2013 release Live Fast, Die Loud (Rat Pak Records) which was endorsed by the likes of movie actor Johnny Depp, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, producer Bob Ezrin, and many more. The effort, which was produced by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Mr. Big), features 11 new tracks and an amped-up cover version of Alice’s hit song “Feed My Frankenstein” that also features Alice’s daughter and fellow Beasto band mate Calico Cooper. The album is currently available for pre-order via Rat Pak Records website at: http://smarturl.it/BeastoBlanco16.
The first single from Beasto Blanco, the band’s version of “Feed My Frankenstein,” can be heard on the “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show, which is syndicated on over 100 stations worldwide. The song can also be heard at 15,000 AMC, Regal, Cinemark and NCM movie theaters in the United States throughout the month of November.
Influenced by bands such as White Zombie and Motörhead, Beasto Blanco’s all new 12-song, sophomore release is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses. “I’m very proud of this release” says Chuck Garric, “This new album showcases the bands evolution as songwriters and our unity as a musical force” and Calico Cooper adds “This record is like a baseball bat to the chest that you want more and more of“.
The track listing for Beasto Blanco is:
01. Buried Angels
03. Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper cover)
05. Death Rattle
06. Dark Matter
08. I Rise
09. Machine Girl
11. Blind Drive
Beasto Blanco will embark on a 2016/17 Fall/Winter tour starting in November, that includes a string of U.S headline dates, as well as an arena tour of Europe with German Hard Rock heavyweights Boshe Onkelz. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise in February.
A Casual Guide To The Music Of Original KISS Guitarist Ace Frehley
As “Spaceman” Ace Frehley became one of rock’s most revered and entertaining guitarists with KISS from their formation in 1973 to his departure in 1982 plus his reunion with the band in 1996 until 2002. Frehley has also had a successful solo career with his own band Frehley’s Comet and under his own name. It is widely thought that his 1978 debut solo album is the best of the original KISS self-titled solo albums. His solo career is the most high profile of all the musicians that have performed in KISS.
This is not specifically a book on KISS but of course references to the band are plentiful. The first part of the book offers a potted history of Spaceman’s career from his upbringing and musical tastes and influences to the formation of his earlier bands and first meeting Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. In the second half of this book you’ll find a wealth of information on Frehley, from a timeline of important events and releases, to a discography, trivia, reviews, influences and words from the man himself as well as some thoughts on his music from fellow rock scribes. It’s a handy little book that will sit comfortably on the bookshelf next to fellow books on other world class rock guitarists.
From the author of books on Paul Stanley, Richie Sambora, Brian May and Joe Perry, Space Invader celebrates Frehley’s musical legacy. Also included are previously unseen live photographs of this awesome American guitar rock icon.
Space Invader is essential reading for KISS and Ace Frehley fans.
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Journey and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Visit his official website atwww.neildanielsbooks.com