Overkill "Wings of War" - CD Review (Nuclear Blast)

Overkill “The Wings of War”

By: The Hellion

The “Mean Green Machine” from the Garden state are back and as expected they deliver a Greg” The Hammer” Valentine style Elbow Drop to your cranium with another “Skullcrusher” of an album!

The boys…

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Spirits of Fire - (Frontiers Music Srl) CD review

CD Review – Spirits of Fire S/T (Frontiers Music Srl)

By: The Hellion

Tim “Ripper” Owens has to be the hardest working vocalist currently in Hard Rock and Metal.   In the past he has lent his vocal talents to numerous bands;  Judas Priest, Ic…

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#551 MTRS - Will O'Shire (author), Marzi Montazeri (Heavy as Texas), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), Matthew Wolf (author)

#551 MTRS – Will O’Shire (author), Marzi Montazeri (Heavy as Texas), Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster), Matthew Wolf (author)

Dom took to the road and went to Wizard World Con and snagged some pretty sweet interviews, with authors Will O’Shire, and Matthew Wolf. Dom also caught up with Kato as well, for only a promo ID.  Also on the show was a special call in with Marzi Montazeri from Heavy as Texas. Just getting caught up with him and the release date.  Also great quick little call with old friend Butch Patrick whom played Eddie Munster.  It was such a cool show tonight.

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AVATAR ANNOUNCES LIVE ALBUM TITLEDTHE KING LIVE IN PARIS 

AVATAR ANNOUNCES LIVE ALBUM TITLED
THE KING LIVE IN PARIS 

“BLOODY ANGEL (LIVE IN PARIS 2018)” STREAMING NOW

REVOLVER MAGAZINE PRESENTS “AVATAR COUNTRY WORLD TOUR 2019” ON SALE NOW

DIRECT SUPPORT FROM DEVIN TOWNSEND

From the Royal Court of Avatar Country on March 8 in the Year of the King (2019).
Avatar has announced a new live LP today titled The King Live In Paris recorded live at Download Festival 2018 held in Paris, France. The new release underscores fan favorites such as “A Statue Of The King,” “Let It Burn,” and “Hail The Apocalypse.”

“Looking back at all that’s happened and what’s still going on it feels more like a document from a pivotal battle than a live album,” says frontman Johannes Eckerström.

“In the past, I’ve found it hard to motivate making something like this, but as time goes on, I find it fortunate that we get to have our work captured like this. I realize now more than ever that we are in the process of constant change. This release is a version of Avatar that didn’t exist a year prior, and that already has morphed into something else. The show at Download Paris was a particular one for many reasons. We are very proud of the result.”

Avatar will release The King Live In Paris on May 17, 2019, via Entertainment One (eOne). Pre-orders are available today with “Bloody Angel” serving as an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive “Bloody Angel” as an immediate download.

1. Intro
2. Statue Of The King
3. Let It Burn
4. Paint Me Red
5. Bloody Angel
6. For The Swarm
7. Tower
8. The Eagle Has Landed
9. Smells Like A Freakshow
10. Avatar Country
11. Hail The Apocalypse

As the band wraps up a mostly sold out European trek, AVATAR also announced their return to North America on the aptly named “Avatar Country World Tour 2019” Presented by Revolver Magazine. Dates begin on May 16 in Buffalo, NY and stretch coast to coast before wrapping up in Las Vegas, NV on June 15 exactly thirty days later.

These dates include three prestigious North American rock festivals including Sonic Temple in Columbus, OH on May 17, Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK on May 26, and Domination 2019 taking place in Mexico City on May 3.

“As we’ve stated in the past, we are reaching the end of the road for the Avatar Country saga,” continues Eckerström. “And if you want to see us in all our Royal Glory in tribute to the King, this might very well be your last chance. We will make sure to go out with a bang!”

The band is thrilled to announce that the legendary singer/songwriter and producer Devin Townsend will serve as direct support performing a full acoustic set. Southern California’s Dance With The Dead and Atlanta mainstays 68’ will open the show.
“This tour is extra special to us and me personally as we’ve not only amazing hand-picked openers to showcase what we think deserves more eyes and ears in ’68 and Dance with the Dead, but we also have the extreme pleasure and privilege to share the stage with Devin Townsend at an exciting phase of his career.” 
“I am a life long fan, and I genuinely feel that people who appreciate our willingness to experiment and walk that extra mile to be true to our vision and integrity have Mr. Townsend to thank for a lot. It will be a bucket list experience for me, and I hope we get to share it with as many people as possible.”
The 2019 trek across the U.S. will be the first time the band has toured in America since they went out with TRIVIUM on the “The Sin and the Sentence World Tour” last October. Tickets are on sale now.

AVATAR Tour

3-May – Mexico City, MX – Domination 2019
16-May – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
17-May – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple
18-May – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
19-May – Portland, ME – Aura
21-May – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
22-May – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
23-May – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
24-May – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
25-May – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel
26-May – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
28-May – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
29-May – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
30-May – Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
31-May – Edmonton, AB – The Ranch Roadhouse
1-Jun – Calgary, AB – The Palace
3-Jun – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
4-Jun – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
6-Jun – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
7-Jun – Reno, NV – Cargo
8-Jun – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand
9-Jun – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
10-Jun – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
11-Jun – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
13-Jun – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
14-Jun – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

15-Jun – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

5 – July – Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Festival
6 – July – Barcelona, ES – Rockfest
18 – July – Laukaa, FL – John Smith Festival
19 – July – Eindhoven, NL – Dynamo Metal Festival
20- July – Gävle, SE – Gefle Metal Festival
26 – July – Ternopil, UR – Faine Misto
1 – August – Kostrzyn nad Odrą, PL – POLandROCK
3- August – Wacken, GR – Wacken Open Air
9 – August – Villena, ES – Legends del Rock Festival XIV
10 – August – Kortrijk, BL – Alcatraz Metal Festival
15 – August – Dinkelsbuehl, DE – Summer Breeze
16 – August – Moravsky Krumlov, CZ – Rock Heart Festival
17 – August – Hamburg, DE – Elb-Riot
18 – August – Brittany, FR – Motocultur

Avatar released their seventh, and most Royal, full length, Avatar Country last year via Entertainment One. The LP debuted at #2 Indie, #4 Hard Music, #8 Rock, and #25 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Critics praised the release as well. NEW NOISE MAGAZINE said Avatar Country was “the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful.”

LOUDWIRE called the opening track “Glory To Our King” sounds like “it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album.” And finally, METAL INJECTION called Avatar Country “a wonderful ride.”

“THE KING WELCOMES YOU TO AVATAR COUNTRY” WATCH
“A STATUE OF THE KING” WATCH
“THE KING WANTS YOU” WATCH

“The opening track ‘Glory to Our King’ sounds like it could’ve come straight off of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club, a warm and over the top introduction to the rest of the album.” LOUDWIRE

“Avatar’s music and their stage performance is ‘Metal Theater,’ and they not only fall into this category – this album defines it.” TATTOO.COM

“Avatar has only gotten weirder, wackier and more ambitious, not only pushing the over-the-top, operatic boundaries of their sound but also creating a whole imaginary ‘country’ in the process.” REVOLVER

“The Swedish oddballs have risen to the challenge of creating a follow-up that’s just as barmy.” METAL HAMMER

“‘Avatar Country’ is a wonderful ride.” METAL INJECTION

“This royalty-themed release features plenty of the usual theatrics and bombast from the Gothenburg quintet, but with stronger songwriting to shore up their conceptual side.” ROCK SOUND

“If Avatar Country isn’t recognized as a multi-faceted metallic gem, forget government: Your current hard-rock tastes might need to be overthrown.” ALTPRESS

“Avatar Country is the culmination of the group’s evolution into a singular powerhouse, a trip into the heart of what makes metal so distinctively powerful.” NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

“AVATAR’s career has blossomed as its allowed its adventurous spirit to wander.” BLABBERMOUTH

Tracks:
1. Glory To Our King
2. Legend of The King
3. The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country
4. King’s Harvest
5. The King Wants You
6. The King Speaks
7. A Statue of The King
8. King After King
9. Silent Songs of the King Pt 1 Winter Comes When The King Dreams of Snow
10. Silent Songs of the King Pt 2 The King’s Palace

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Exumer - "Hostile Defiance" - Watch lyric video here

‘Hostile Defiance’, Exumer’s fifth full-length, is exactly what its title suggests. A 42-minute full on attack, the thrash faction hold nothing back as they unleash hell as only they can, yet with more variety and dynamics than ever before. “We wante…

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DIAMOND HEAD: British Heavy Metal Icons Unleash

DIAMOND HEAD: British Heavy Metal Icons Unleash “Belly Of The Beast” Video Taken From Upcoming Album, The Coffin Train; Cover Art Revealed + Preorders Available Via Silver Lining Music This Friday

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French Heavy / Thrash Metal band PARALLEL MINDS joins Pitch Black Records

French Heavy / Thrash Metal band PARALLEL MINDS joins Pitch Black Records

New album out on April 5 – Guest appearances by Kobi Farhi & Yossi Sassi

French Heavy / Thrash Metal band PARALLEL MINDS has joined Pitch Black Records and announces …

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HELLHORSE: Boston Outfit Joins The Creator-Destructor Records Roster; New LP Under Construction

Creator-Destructor Records intensely excited to announce that Boston’s HELLHORSE has joined the label’s diverse and ever-growing roster.

Featuring ex-members of VYGR and Black Elm, HELLHORSE is a blistering five-piece vehicle of monumental heavine…

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‘Smallville,’ ‘Charmed’ Q&A’s, Cosplay, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Cleveland; Most Included With Any Admission

‘Smallville,’ ‘Charmed’ Q&A’s, Cosplay, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Cleveland; Most Included With Any Admission

Rankin, Astin, Murray, Ryan, Conroy Q&A’s, Disney Trivia, Creator Panels, Costume Contests, Cosplay Sessions, Speed Dating, Evening Parties All Weekend Long At Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Friday through Sunday

A sessions with the stars of “Smallville” and “Charmed,” plus Richard Rankin (“Outlander”), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, “Stranger Things 2”), Matt Ryan (“Constantine”), Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Justice League”) and Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “Gilmore Girls”), and workshops, cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, speed dating and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Cleveland, Friday through Sunday at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (dancing, music, etc.) all weekend.

Some highlights of the more than 80 hours of panels scheduled to date include:

· Group sessions with the casts of “Smallville” (Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), Laura Vandervoort (Kara / Supergirl), John Glover (Lionel Luthor) and Alaina Huffman (Dinah Lance / Black Canary); Saturday, 4 p.m.); and “Charmed” (Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Drew Fuller; Saturday, 1 p.m.)
· Sessions with Rankin (Sunday 11:30 a.m.), Ryan (Saturday, noon), Conroy (Saturday 3 p.m.), Astin (Saturday, 2 p.m.) and Murray (Saturday, 3 p.m.)
· Disney Trivia panel with Walt Before Mickey star Thomas Ian Nicholas (Rookie of the Year), moderated by Handbook for Mortals author Lani Sarem (Saturday, 2 p.m.)
· Creator sessions with industry superstars Joe Wos, Stuart Sayger, Gavin Smith, Mostafa Moussa, Jeremy Clark, Shawn Coss, Mark Kistler, Mike Watson and more
· Action Comedy Nerd Show comedy act (Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m.)
· Immersive, high-intensity interactive workshops on such topics as Cosplay Foam Fabrication, Acting, Worbla, Wiz-Art, Posing and Photography (these workshops have an additional fee, and are limited availability)
· Fan- and industry-based panels on subjects ranging from wig care, YouTube 101, Paranormal, self-promotion, NASA and the science of Superman, diversity, Ghostbusters, indie comics, filming fight sequences, Haunted Ohio, animation, Pokemon and more
· Kids programming all three days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)
· Attend a recording session of the Game Fix Podcast (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.), with many giveaways; and the 3 Geeks Podcast (Sunday, noon)
· World-famous Wizard World Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
· Super Sonic Speed Dating (Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m.(LGBTQIA+), 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. (LGBTQIA+), 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 60 minute sessions
· Cosplay with special guests SuperKayce, Knightmage, Galaxy Amethyst, Meerami, Missy Mayhem, Christina Dark, Rubber City Cosplay and more, throughout the weekend
· Drink & Draw hosted by Joe Wos, for pros and amateurs alike… weirdness, drinks, drawing, and prizes (at WXYZ Bar, inside the ALoft Cleveland Downtown, 1111 W. 10th St., Cleveland; Friday, 9-11 p.m., FREE admission with Wizard World wristband)
· Cosplay and Industry Workshops (Social Media/Branding/Content Creation, Wiz-Art, Resin Casting, Intro to Sculpting), require additional ticket

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

A full list of Wizard World Cleveland programming is available at http://wizardworld.com/programming-entertainment/cleveland (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The third event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Cleveland show hours are Friday, March 8, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Cleveland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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All Those NAMM Interviews

February 11, 2019 Radchad Reynolds 0

NAMM weekend is one of the most exciting and ultimately exhausting weekends of the year. You end up walking over 30 miles and by Sunday evening you feel like you could sleep for a month. Your mind has been blown multiple times by different new exciting equipment and you have been to several awesome shows. You have run into numerous rockstars and friends, new and old, and you can’t wait to do it all again next year.