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Saturday, April 30, 2016

INTERVIEW: Jarkko from Korpiklaani

LAST week we caught up with Korpiklaani, and Jarkko told us a little bit about the band as it is now:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: Dead Daisies make Belfast return in July

Austrailian-American rock band and musical collective, The Dead Daisies, will play Belfast once again in a headline show at The Limelight 1, Belfast on Thursday July 21st, with planned support from Inglorious.

Here's the blurb:

Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s hard rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and accessible equal parts of The Faces, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks.

With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows, fans across the globe are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll! Tickets go on sale Friday April 15th at 9am from www.limelightbelfast.com, www.ticketmaster.ie Katys Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300

Since exploding onto the scene in early 2013, The Dead Daisies have taken the Classic Rock world by storm, releasing two albums to date & touring with the biggest names in rock including: ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. 2015 was a banner year that saw the band playing to over 300,000 people around the world in support of their second album "Revolución", make a historic visit to Cuba, join the line-up for some of the biggest European Rock Festivals including Download; Graspop, tour around the globe with Whitesnake and KISS as well as play a sold out triumphant headline show in Paris. The band then returned to the UK for the first time in two years to play a series of headline sold out club shows, including the special guest slot at Planet Rock Stock in Wales.

The Dead Daisies feature in their ranks some of the finest Rockers on the planet. The band has just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player. He completes a powerhouse line-up that features John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink)

The current incarnation of The Dead Daisies is part of musical collective created by a rotating line-up that have individually and collectively left their mark on the high-class brand of Rock & Roll the band is known for. This includes names such as Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses/Hookers and Blow), Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones, Sting), Charley Drayton (The X-pensive Winos/The Cult), Jon Stevens (Noiseworks/INXS), Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie) and many more.

The band recently signed an exclusive, global distribution deal with SPV Records and have begun recording their new studio album with mega-producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Buckcherry) in Nashville.

With the year having just started, The Dead Daisies are well underway to continue to rewrite the book on Classic Rock. With a killer new album in the works, massive touring being booked and fueled by their ever-growing fan base, the band is showing no signs of letting up.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!!

The Limelight 1, Belfast

Thursday 21st July 2016

Doors 7pm *EARLY SHOW*

Tickets £15 + Booking Fee

18+ Only

Monday, April 11, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: NIckelback for Belfast

Multi-platinum selling rock band NICKELBACK are set to embark on a massive headline tour in 2016. Starting in Helsinki. Finland on 2nd September, with support coming from fellow Canadian rockers MONSTER TRUCK, they will be play Belfast on October 10th.

Feel free to shout, scream, complain etc at this point... hereafter follows the blurb.

The tour marks NICKELBACK’s tenth world tour and will see the band performing in 32 cities across Europe this autumn, including shows at both London’s O2 Arena and SSE Arena Wembley.

Nickleback have also confirmed they will play Dublin’s 3Arena on October 9th and The SSE Arena, Belfast on October 10th. Tickets for both Dublin and Belfast go on sale this Friday 15th April at 9.00am.

In addition to membership gifts, exclusive giveaways and content, individuals that join the fan club will have first access to tickets. For additional information on joining the fan club, visit www.nickelback.com.


NICKELBACK have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past two decades. The group’s worldwide sales exceed 50 million units and their irresistible smash "How You Remind Me" remains Billboard’s "Top Rock Song of the Decade". Amongst all of these accolades, they’ve been crowned Billboard’s "Top Rock Group of the Decade" as well. Along the way, they’ve received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award. In their native Canada, the band have garnered 36 JUNO Award nominations of which 12 won in a variety of categories and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

NICKELBACK return to Europe with a high octane rock show, to put it in the words of singer Chad Kroeger: "Get ready Europe, we are bringing one hell of a loud party to our fans over there!"

Friday, April 01, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Artillery step it up on Penalty By Perception

WHEN Artillery released their last album 'Legions' it was clear that they were still a vibrant metal band, but come 2016 they have stepped their game up yet further on their latest release on Metal Blade 'Penalty By Perception'.

This is an album that not only deserves a place in the collection of all thrash fans, but deserves a wider audience beyond the realms of thrashers.

It is, however, more of a grower than an instant like. On first listen it comes across as another of the heritage thrash albums kicking around at the minute. But, if you persist there is a lot going on.

This is a nuanced release from the Danish veterans that gives back in spade loads with every listen of this 11-track monster.

While the guitar work of the Stutzer brothers has the trademark Artillery riffing what makes this album really rise is the rhythm work on each track. Josua Madsen (drums) and Peter Thorsland (bass) maintain a dynamic performance throughout, propelling the band, and allowing the Stutzers and singer Michael Bastholm Dahl to deliver to the highest levels.

The band grew up as contemporaries of the growth of thrash, and on 'Penalty By Perception' they take the template and give it a firm kick up the backside. 'Mercy of Ignorance' and 'When The Magic is Gone' are among the stand-out tracks, which are both familiar in sound and fresh in output, with a heavier attack than on 'Legions'.

Michael Stutzer states this is something intentional.

 "'Penalty by Perception' has the typical Artillery riffing, with powerful drumming and melodic singing," he said. "[It's full of] catchy hook-lines. We also wanted the sound to be a bit heavier and more powerful than on 'Legions'."
When, after a couple of listens, you get the lyrical content dealing with religiosity and its inherent danger to humanity's progress, you may get a sense of injustice.

That injustice is the status of Artillery...

The so-called 'Big Four' and other Bay Area and mid-European bands have produced little new (apart from some notable exceptions such as Anthrax's new release). At the same time as the big bands enjoy success playing old standards and re-treading riffs Artillery have attempted, and largely succeeded in keeping their sound fresh.

One can only hope that they gain more exposure with this release. What they do have is a sound fanbase to build upon.

"We have some of the most dedicated and diehard fans from the early days of Artillery still supporting the band," he said. "It's awesome to meet them when we are on tour.


"The difference is that now they are coming with their sons and daughters and this is amazing. Half of our fans were not even born when we released our first album, 'Fear of Tomorrow', but our new fans know all the songs!"
Whether any get the lyrical references to Superstring theory on 'Cosmic Brain' or the nod to Plato on the title track remains to be seen, but will no doubt be informed by any forthcoming interviews that the band give.

What is sure that if you give this album a chance it will reward you. Don't listen to it on streaming services, take the risk and but it!

Review by Jonny

Thursday, March 31, 2016

NEWS: More announced for Bloodstock


WELL, with just 133 days until Bloodstock Open Air shatters the peace of summer in Derbyshire yet more bands have been added to the bill. As if it wasn't burgeoning enough...

The latest batch includes symphonic metal six-piece Pythia, This Is Turin, Derange and One Machine.

One Machine is a name you will be getting very familiar with when they play in Belfast on April 9th, as openers for the Overkill and Vader Limelight1 show.

One Machine is the new project of Steve Smyth. If that name rings a bell, it is because Smyth's talents have been seen on the likes of Nevermore, Testament and Forbidden.

We have it on very good information that more bands are to be added soon, so stay tuned!

More bands? How in the name of Beelzebub are we going to cope with all the clashes across the four stages?

Already there are Twisted Sister, Mastodon, Slayer, Behemoth, Gojira, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, Symphony X, Satyricon, Paradise Lost, Dragonforce, Metal Allegiance, Stuck Mojo, Rotting Christ, Venom, Diamond Head, Goatwhore and shit tonnes more...

Weekend camping plus VIP packages are still available starting at £139+ booking fee.

All the latest BOA news can be followed here, via twitter @bloodstockfest, or by keeping checking here.

NEWS: LIve Motorhead album set for May release

IT was almost inevitable that some sort of Motorhead album would be released in the wake of Lemmy's death in December of last year.

UDR Records, in collaboration with 'Motorhead Music' will release the live album/DVD 'Clean Your Clock' on May27th.

Recorded on November 20th and 21st at the Zenith in Munich, Germany it was the last recording of a Motorhead show as the last ever tour by the band was coming to a close.

Yes, Lemmy was ill at the time but he still got up on stage and played. Yes, he was not the same man as he had been three or four years previously, but no-one doubted that he still got up on stage and played, it was in his blood as much as there was alcohol in his blood.

Is it valid for the label to release this? Some might see it as cashing in, but that is to ignore the fact that UDR is a business, and as such they lost one of their valued assets with Lemmy's passing.

And, while the individuals on the label mourned the loss of a friend they still had these live recordings. Who knows, there may have been a contractual issue for its release. However, it would have been cynical of the label to hold on to these recordings and do something tacky such as releasing them on the anniversary of the man's death.

We here at Belfastmetalheadsreunited are glad they are releasing the album. No matter what the quality of Motorhead's final shows it is fitting that the last album from Motorhead is a live album.

No doubt at some stage in the future there will be some sort of lost recordings/rarities compilation album, but for now we can't wait to hear 'Clean Your Clock'.


Tracklisting:
Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You/ Over The Top/ (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch/ Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It/ Dr. Rock/ Just ‘Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues/ Overkill

Formats:
· Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-up Art
· Standalone Audio CD
· DVD of the show with audio CD
· BluRay of the show with audio CD
· BOXSET which contains the Coloured Double Vinyl in Gatefold with Pop-Up Art, DVD of the show with audio CD and the Motörhead Metal Medal
· A limited edition BOXSET will be available through the UDR shop and will contain the Motörhead Medal in Silver or Gold
· Also available as a Digital download.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

COMIN' ATCHA: Airbourne prove loyalty with yet another return to Belfast

THEY are one of the most loyal hard rock visitors to Belfast - Airbourne. In case you missed the initial announcement the Aussie four piece are playing Limelight1 on 24th August.

When the first appeared on the scene with début release 'Runnin' Wild' it was clear that they were a band intent on playing hard ass whipping ass; and when they played what is now Limelight2 they proved live they were the real deal.

When Joel O'Keefe pushed his way through the crowd while still playing to get a pint from the bar the mixture of cheers and laughter summed up what was to come.

All the way from Warnambool in Victoria Australia they have come back to Northern Ireland, with shows including Mandella Hall and Limelight1 dates the 24th August date is part of the final leg of the 'Black Dog Barking' tour cycle, which will see them play festivals across Europe - and Belfast.

Tickets, priced £17.50 plus booking fee, are on sale now from all usual outlets.

Monday, March 21, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: Beholder deliver compassion and anger in equaly measures on Reflections

THE keyboard warriors of the world spout opinions on every matter under the sun - we're all guilty at tomes - but when you have a stance in the world it is the creative not the commentators who can deliver; and that is something Beholder have done on their forthcoming release 'Reflections'.

In the world of metal there is little new under the sun, but on Reflections they have taken the traditional metal trope, re-interpreted it for 2016 and produced an outstanding set of 10 songs - each with a message, each with a level of musicianship that belies its Kickstarter origins.

Indeed it is a sad reflection of times that a band as talented as Beholder needed to go out to fans to finance the release, but they can take solace in that the quality on display will surely have labels sniffing around for a full release and distribution.

It is an album jam packed with tunes that sit head and shoulders above many so-called big acts. Lyrically this is what we would all hope to understand, that we can be compassionate towards those in need, those who are isolated and persecuted, and we can rage in anger at injustice, cruelty and the worst aspects of society.

This is something that Simon Hall has done. Songs such as 'Heal The Wounds', which deals with the issues around the attempted murder of school girl Malala for daring to suggest that girls deserve an education.

The anger at those who tried to kill the young woman is balanced with the respect for her courage and the freedom to learn that is a right for all. The line "The freedom to sing, the freedom to cry, the freedom to simply walk on by" is one to send shivers down the neck.

Equally the lead release, 'Frozen Steps of Otøya is a deconstruction of the Norwegian mass murderer who killed so many young people on an island for some perverted cause. Hall takes the man's motives, destroys them and gives a voice of hope arising from the tragedy.

The power of the message is one thing, but without the music it would be just another poet in a world drowned in contrary views. Combined with the music it becomes a manifesto of hope, driving home with a package that sees a band rise to the next level in its evolution.

Make no mistake, this a heavy metal album, full stop. But it does not fall into the trap of living in the past, or trying to bask in what we sometimes expect from bands in a 'genre'.

There are riffs a plenty, but there are melodies to provide a counterpoint to the exorcism through metal. 'Danse Macbre' and 'Breath In the Silence', together with 'I, Machine' also show a band not afraid to be subtle and give space for the songs develop.

Scott Taylor, as said before, takes what can be a tired metal trope and delivers a stunning guitar display. Power and grace in solos and breakdowns will have listeners going back time and time to this album.

Si Fielding (bass) and Chris Bentley (drums) are a powerhouse of rhythm work. On 'Killing Time' and 'Army of One' they provide a foundation that enables each track's depth to be explored by all the band.

If there is one niggle it is on the outro of 'My Revolution' with its cacophony of voices, ending in a child's voice. The point of the lyric had already been driven home on the song, without the need to tell it again.]

But that is only a minor niggle, a few seconds that do not mar this release, but perhaps serves to emphasise how the 10 tracks are a true marriage of great metal and lyrical excellence.

In a world of so many false prophets of new sounds'; in a world where there are more genres than bands, some will not give Reflections the listens it requires. This is a release that needs time. On first listen it is immediately a good release, but after the third listen it emerges as a great release.

Review by Jonny


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NEWS: Massive Wagons release video for Tokyo

ON revved up anthem 'Tokyo' the fighting spirit at the very heart of Massive Wagons shines through. ‘You won’t play us on the radio’ blasts frontman Baz Mills. But this time we just might…

Because on brand new record 'Welcome To The World', Massive Wagons carry all the passion, power and party attitude missing in the slow lane of British rock.
 
For those who missed MW last week in Belfast here's the video for 'Tokyo':


It’s the sound of a band accelerating towards stardom and overtaking the opposition.

Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite revealed: “Our sound has always drawn on many different influences from classic rock to AOR to heavy blues and prog.

“Those influences are deliberately more polarised from track to track on this album. We love to be able to morph from highly accessible rock to deeper cuts.

“The result is something a lot more diverse yet a lot more ‘us’. We had a much heavier hand in the production beyond just the performance.

“I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do.”

Listen to 'Ratio' – where Massive Wagons promise to ‘go to a place where the beer is cheap, the craic is good and jukebox is free’ – and you’ll want to jump aboard and party hard.

Load up 'Shit Sweat Death' and it’s as if Vince Neil is fronting Nashville Pussy. On the uplifting set closer 'Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum' fans will lap up the giant-sized hooks that put the ‘massive’ into Massive Wagons.

In fact the band’s new album is rock and roll road trip referencing everyone from AC/DC to Black Stone Cherry, Green Day to Iron Maiden. And with Welcome To The World the Wagons are surely well on the road to long-term success.

After signing to Off Yer Rocka Reordings in 2014, Massive Wagons released the critically acclaimed Fight The System – the record that persuaded label bosses no MOT was required.

“I loved their songs from day one and didn’t want to change a thing about them,” said Off Yer Rocka CEO John Davies. “They already have a huge reputation as hard-gigging live band but Welcome To The World will confirm Massive Wagons as serious songwriters.

“People won’t believe this is the sound of five guys from North West England. This is music made for North American arenas.”

NEWS: Killswitch Engage Incarnate lauch shows

KILLSWITCH Engage did 5 TINY sold out gigs, all in different venues, in New York City last week - to celebrate the launch of their new album Incarnate. Of course, the shows were totally mental (one of the venues, St Vitus, only holds like 200 people, to give you an idea). 

They've put together a little recap video of the 5 nights, inc live footage, new songs etc - 

Enjoy!
 
 

NEWS: Raging Speedhorn Reveal Album Title, Artwork & Release Date

Lost Ritual Set For Wide Release On July 15th 2016


Corby sludge demons Raging Speedhorn have finally announced the release date of their long awaited new album.

The record, titled ‘Lost Ritual’, is set for a wide release on July 15th 2016. However, anyone who pledged on the record will receive their copy a week earlier on July 8th 2016.

 
Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the album and its title "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us, if you will. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock n roll moments, and some much darker ones too. Sound wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist.

 The title of the album, “Lost Ritual”, came initially from the artwork. It just seemed to fit perfectly with the image. Subconsciously though, I think maybe the title fits even better than that, as the mojo in the band seems to be back. Speedhorn have finally returned. We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album; you won’t be disappointed!"

Fans still wanting to Pledge on the new record can do so here - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raging-speedhorn


“Lost Ritual”, which was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts), is their first record with original vocalist Frank Regan since ‘How The Great Have Fallen’ in 2005, the band’s first record since ‘Before The Sea Was Built’ in 2008, and the first with their new line up.


Raging Speedhorn formed in 1998 and went on to release four records, the most successful being their second release ‘We Will Be Dead Tomorrow’, recorded by Billy Graziadei & Danny Schuler of Biohazard fame. The band achieved chart success with ‘The Gush’ in 2001, toured globally with the likes of Slipknot, Ill Nino, Rammstein and Will Haven, and performed at countless festivals around the world, including main stage at the inaugural Download Festival in 2004. They split in 2008 following the release of their last record ‘Before The Sea Was Built’ and a subsequent tour of Japan.

Friday, February 26, 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: All the Satans ooze fom Zlatanera's début release Legerdemain

FOR the past two years Zlatanera have been honing their songs on the live circuit, bringing a dark humour in lyrics and dark intent in their music. Now, they have wrestled their songs to the ground for their début album, 'Legerdemain'.

It could have been a disaster taking the live favourites into a recording studio. Thankfully it isn't a disaster, rather the five-piece have taken the stoner groove and the anger and brought a vitality to the sound.

From Andy's (Campbell) sheer determined vocals - such as on 'Hooked, Kicked, Hooked Again - through to the dynamic rhythm work of Anto on bass and Keith on drums the album rolls along with fierce power.

The live trio of 'Satanic' tracks - 'Master of Ceremonies', 'Bad Case of the Devil' and 'Idle Hand Sataniser' - have retained their tongue in cheek evil replete with the introductions that give them the feel of the best Hammer House of Horrors films.

Andy McCallister and Willie Caulfield's guitars intertwine and stab at the heart of the matter; where others sometimes isolate riffs and solos they compliment each other, such as on closer 'Advance of the Clodhoppers'.

The sheer size of the attack Zlatanera have amassed for the album is at times staggering. Stand-out track 'Holy Man's Crook' has been in the band's set since the off and harnessing that energy must have been a struggle for the band, but they have pulled it off.

Sure that are some minor niggles - at times the mix loses some elements - but they are very, very minor issues.

What 'Legerdemain' shows is that Zlatanera deserve a wider audience.

Review by Jonny

Legerdemain is launched at Limelight2 on February 27th.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

VIDEOS: Some old and new videos interviews and tunes

SO we're having a quiet night in ahead of tomorrow (Sunday) night's Ensiferum gig and basically we're bored...so trawling through some videos, old and new here's Rabid Bitch of the North's 'Green Eyes', Toseland's 'Puppet on a Chain', interviews with Napalm Death and Herod from last year.

Here you go:

RBOTN: Toseland: Napalm Death: Herod:

NEWS: Raging Speedhorn Announce Split EP With Monster Magnet!

Desertfest Sponsored 7" Set For release on April 29th 

UK SLUDGE demons Raging Speedhorn are set to appear on a split EP with US Stoner Overlords Monster Magnet as part of the bands’ appearance at the British Desertfest.

The Desertfest sponsored 7" split will be released by H42 Records on April 29th, the first date of the festival, with a limited vinyl pressing of 300.

The track listing is:
Side A: Raging Speedhorn - Halfway to Hell
Side A: Monster Magnet - Hallucination Bomb

Guitarist Jim Palmer had this to say on the release:

"Having been a fan of Monster Magnet, forever it’s a real pleasure to be part of this split record! We also feel tremendously honoured that Desertfest chose us, as we are big fans of the festival. It doesn’t much better than this!"
This is Desertfest’s second split, with last year’s featuring instrumental legends Karma To Burn & Sons of Alpha Centauri.

Raging Speedhorn are currently in the studio with Russ Russell finalising their fifth record, which is set for a mid-2016 release.

NEWS: Massive Wagons rolling in 2016 with new album and tour

MASSIVE Wagons have been carving out quite a live reputation and on revved up anthem Tokyo the fighting spirit at the very heart of Massive Wagons shines through. ‘You won’t play us on the radio’ blasts frontman Baz Mills. But this time we just might.

Because on brand new record Welcome To The World, Massive Wagons carry all the passion, power and party attitude missing in the slow lane of British rock.

It’s the sound of a band accelerating towards stardom and overtaking the opposition.

Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite said: "Our sound has always drawn on many different influences from classic rock to AOR to heavy blues and prog.

"Those influences are deliberately more polarised from track to track on this album. We love to be able to morph from highly accessible rock to deeper cuts.

"The result is something a lot more diverse yet a lot more ‘us’. We had a much heavier hand in the production beyond just the performance.

"I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do."

Listen to Ratio where Massive Wagons promise to ‘go to a place where the beer is cheap, the craic is good and jukebox is free’ and you’ll want to jump aboard and party hard.

Load up Shit Sweat Death and it’s as if Vince Neil is fronting Nashville Pussy. On the uplifting set closer Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum fans will lap up the giant-sized hooks that put the ‘massive’ into Massive Wagons.

In fact the band’s new album is rock and roll road trip referencing everyone from AC/DC to Black Stone Cherry, Green Day to Iron Maiden. And with Welcome To The World the Wagons are surely well on the road to long-term success.

After signing to Off Yer Rocka Reordings in 2014, Massive Wagons released Fight The System the record that persuaded label bosses no MOT was required.

"I loved their songs from day one and didn’t want to change a thing about them," said Off Yer Rocka CEO John Davies. "They already have a huge reputation as hard-gigging live band but Welcome To The World will confirm Massive Wagons as serious songwriters.

"People won’t believe this is the sound of five guys from North West England. This is music made for North American arenas."

Massive Wagons hit the road with label mates Trucker Diablo, Screaming Eagles, Skam, Chase The Ace and Thirteen Stars this spring and will play the following shows in April:

And, you can catch Massive Wagons in Belfast with The Quireboys and Screagles.

Single/Video Tokyo Released March 4
Album Welcome To The World Released April 29
UK Tour Starts April 14

NEWS: TREMONTI RETURNS WITH THIRD ALBUM DUST ON 29 APRIL

Companion Album To Last Year’s Critically Acclaimed Cauterize

HOT on the heels of their much lauded second release Cauterize, Tremonti returns with companion album Dust. Dust is scheduled for release on April 29th via Fret 12 Records. The album, which was recorded during same sessions as Cauterize, features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Long-time friend and collaborator, Michael "Elvis" Baskette, produced Dust.

To coincide with the announcement of Dust, several exclusive fan bundle pre-orders are now available at https://fret12.com/store/tremonti-dust. These bundles include autographed CD’s, t-shirts, hoodies, and other exciting experiences for the Tremonti fan. A teaser video has gone live at https://youtu.be/5PGvyjZtVKU talking about the pre-order and also features a snippet of new song "Catching Fire".

From the first riffs of album opener "My Last Mistake" to the final notes of closer "Unable To See", it is clear that Dust is not a collection of B-sides or leftovers.

These ten new tracks continue to showcase Mark’s hard rock/heavy metal influences alongside the material from Cauterize. Songs like "Once Dead", "Betray Me", and "Rising Storm" authentically hold their own in Tremonti’s musical arsenal.

The track listing for Dust is:

1) My Last Mistake
2) The Cage
3) Once Dead
4) Dust
5) Betray Me
6) Tore My Heart Out
7) Catching Fire
8) Never Wrong
9) Rising Storm
10) Unable To See

From late May, the band descend on Europe for a month, making stops at some of the largest festivals in the world including Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Download.

Mark Tremonti is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his work in the internationally renowned bands Alter Bridge and Creed.

Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, this is the man behind massive hits like "My Own Prison", "Higher", "Isolation" and "Addicted To Pain." His recognizable sound has garnered him a loyal fan base across the globe. Guitar World dubbed him "Guitarist of the Year" three consecutive years in a row, and he ranked as the "fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever" in Total Guitar.

Website: www.marktremonti.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti/

Twitter: @MarkTremonti

The 2016 DUST Tour includes a Download appearance on Sunday June 12th.

Friday, February 19, 2016

LIVE REVIEW(S): Saturday night's all right for...rockin' as eight of the best play Northern Ireland

SOME Saturday's are just special. Sure every weekend can be great but when you have the opportunity to revel in two special shows and see eight bands you know it is a Saturday (February 13th) to remember.

The main focus was The Distortion Project fundraiser at Limelight2 from three o'clock before a dash to The Diamond to round up the night.

The DP fundraiser was an important event as it was an opportunity for the rock and metal community celebrate the 15 years plus that James Loveday has been supporting metal in Northern Ireland and help secure the future of more local, national and international acts playing here.

During that time the initial promise grew small shows in Katy Daly's to regular slots giving new and emerging rock and metal stage time, through to attracting the likes of WASP, Sabaton, and many, many more to Belfast.

But Saturday's celebration was a fundraiser and about the music that was about to be laid down.

First up in proceedings were Molarbear who delivered a heavy opening, with three guitars, mixing between dense rhythms and tight melody sections. They also had one song that had the crowd gleefully chanting 'fuck' - we think it was called 'Swearwolf' but we were too busy shouting "fuck" and laughing.

That aside Molarbear are dripping with promise and potential. For the inherent silliness of shouting "fuck" the rest of the set had enough strength in depth to ensure we have them tipped for the future.

When it comes to the southern metal scene in the USA, the likes of Down, Corrostion of Conformity are synonymous with NOLA grooves. Baleful Creed take that sound, add layers of Sabbath and pound it down.

Airing new song 'Memento Mori' and playing fan favourites such as (our editor's favourite) 'Autumn Leaves' recent months have seen Baleful Creed grow into not only a tighter unit, but also with added layers of heaviness. They take the conventions of their influences and add a Northern Ireland metal take, with dark humour and dark intent.

There is doubt of the unity of the vast majority of the metal community, something on display when By Any Means take the stage. Gacy Threads stick man Stephen Currie took over drum duties as usual drummer Gavin was otherwise engaged. Sinocence's Anto McCaughley was adding a second guitar and before the show was over Andy from Overoth was on stage with Wayne Donaldson ex of Defyed joining Paul Docs on all sorts of vocal contortions.

And, contortions are something that Paul committed himself to with his usual leap into the crowd and hyperactivity. For those that didn't know the other Paul in BAM was playing despite a heavy cold and 'flu-like symptoms'. Manflu can be fatal but the lurgy was not going to stop Paul donning his axe. A cover of Motorhead's 'The Hammer' added to the sense of occasion.

'Built on Respect' maybe a song, but it also expresses the attitude of By Any Means, and the respect those at Limelight2 showed for each other, each band and for James Loveday.

But at times we must always harken back to our roots, as Altus did when they covered Sabbath's 'Children of the Grave'. But as a band Altus must be taken note of. A few years back their sound was a pick-a-mix of influences that sometimes left you scratching your head as to where they would go.

In 2016 Altus - with a few line-up changes - are a very more focussed act, brimming with dark metal intent; a ritualistic sense of evil, added to by Sleeve on vocals donning a druidic cowl. Altus's new(ish) interpretation of death metal has seen many take note of where their next chapter will lead to.

Up from Dublin to pay their respects to Mr Loveday and The Distortion Project were Two Tales of Woe, who brought the groove to the evening with a set filled with rampant rhythm, searing riffs and melody so intricately woven into the songs that it was almost on a sub-conscious level that you found yourself caught by TTOW, and by then it was too late - you were hooked, humming along and headbanging.

Fellow Dublin band Xerosun were the penultimate act, and for those who hadn't seen this act before they were immediately taken by the vocals of Martyna, who can deliver the sweetest of melody lines and death growls that would have Dani Filth cowering.

But Xerosun are more than vocal gymnastics. They have songs that are complex and driven by a tight sense of metal drama, with death metal and more traditional metal. Familiar to many across the Irish scene Xerosun are growing as a band that deserve a bigger stage.

Unfortunately with time tight both Xerosun and Two Tales of Woe had to cut their sets, but it did perhaps give everyone a few moments to prepare before the depths of Hades open and Overoth unleash their unique version of metal pestilence upon the unwary.

Last year's Northern Ireland winners of Metal2TheMasses, Overoth took the Bloodstock New Blood by storm and just why was apparent to all. They are commanding in their look, sound and vision, no more so than the towering Andy on bass.

All the band are majestic musicians, all the while leering with a jaundice eye at a world gone awry.

As the final applause died out, there was one thing sure - that there is nothing awry with a scene that can come together to help the DP foundation upon which so many have grown from.

Snatched cigarettes and a last gulp of beer then we and some like-minded chancers boarded the BAM Battle Bus for the journey from the heart of Belfast to Ahoghill Rock City, where the Diamond Rock Club was hosting another couple of bands for our delectation and delight.

Tumbling from the bus and into the heat of the Diamond where Derwin and crew were on hand to welcome one and all, symphonic metal act Selene were already on stage. Thankfully the Belfast refugees hadn't missed much in the dash up through County Antrim.

Just a year ago Selene seemed to be strugglers as the band and singer Shonagh Lyons crumbled at a Metal2TheMasses show. What a difference a year makes. They have now harnessed the sweep and technicality of symphonic metal, have real confidence and project their songs and sound in a really inspiring way.

Never mind all the 'from adversity...' crap, Selene are the real deal now. At a time when so many labels are picking up mediocre symphonic metal acts Selene show just how it should be delivered - technical, tight and dramatic.

If you were to give a teenager with ADHD a massive dose of amphetamines and load them with all the energy drinks you might get something of an idea of the level of energy that Oli Brown brings to the stage with RavenEye, but no chemical enhancements were needed for this three-piece.

The road weary who had travelled from Belfast were instantly given their second wind, as Aaron Spiers, Kev Hickman and Brown took the Diamond by the scruff of the neck and shook it the audience into smiling submission.

This is hard rock at its most celebratory. Sure Brown is one of the great guitar exponents of his generation, but the RavenEye show is not about guitar wankery (even if does it extremely well!), it is about a show - the sheer enjoyment coming from the band engendering enjoyment from the audience.

For all the live japes of Oli leaping off the bass drum, and jumping on Aaron's shoulders for a romp around the room, it is the songs that anchor everything. New tune 'Hate' shows yet again that RavenEye have much more in the tank. Even tunes already known by some such as 'Hey, Hey, Yeah' still sound fresh.

With new tracks and this sort of stage presence Oli and co are sure to be playing to bigger and bigger audiences. As long as they remember to come back to Northern Ireland as regularly as they have done over the past 12 months or so we have no problem with that.

Saturday 13th February, 2016, one of the days set to live long in the memory - a day to support The Distortion Project, to witness six bands pay homage to DP and to enjoy another night of rock in Ahoghill.

Review by Jonny
[Amateur] Pictures by Jonny