MIKE LEPOND from SYMPHONY X and SILENT ASSASSINS appeared on Neckbreaker Podcast this week for a full-length interview. Topics include:
– criticism for Kickstarter as an album medium
– why he decided to start a heavy metal side project
– the setlist selection process for the Symphony X / Overkill tour
– thoughts on Spotify and other streaming services in 2015
– best/worst show experiences and much more.
The free, full-length episode is available for download via iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher Radio, the Shining Wizards Network, The Blast Syndicate, or you can stream/download the episode right from the direct link at this location.
NECKBREAKER is a pro wrestling and heavy metal themed show. Hosts Brian Thompson, John Aubrey, and Chris Kessaris sit down with guests from both worlds, drink alcohol, and have casual, laid-back conversations.
Old School Florida based Death Metal act THE END – featuring ex-DEATH/MASSACRE guitarist Rick Rozz, ex-MASSACRE drummer Mike Mazzonetto and vocalist/bassist Michael Grim – has released an Official lyric video “Crawling Back To Life”, created by Chad Sanford at Wicks World. Check out it below.
THE END will release its debut EP “Age Of Apocalypse” in January 2016, recorded at CGM Studios in Altamonte Springs, Florida with producer/engineer Tim Vazquez.
01. Age Of Apocalypse
02. Crawling Back To Life
03. Silent Screams Of Death
04. Inhale The Plague
More information at https://www.facebook.com/theendflorida
Rich’s Rapidfire Recommendations – bite-sized metal morsels to let you know about albums that have grabbed Rich Davenport by the ears, that we hope you’ll enjoy too! ROCK ON!
Artist: JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13
Album: “Dying To Live”
Label: Frontiers Music Srl
Released: October 16th, 2015
01. Say Goodbye To The Sun
03. Until I Left You
04. Long For The Days
06. Never Say Never
08. The Only Way To Go
09. Dying To Live
10. Start Again
11. What We Believe
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live. Described as being akin to Dio at its heaviest, and in the vein of Foreigner in its lighter moments, this opening salvo from Joel Hoekstra’s 13 delivers 11 high-quality Hard Rock and Heavy Metal songs. It also gives Joel more room to show his impressive capabilities as a songwriter and lead guitarist, after a lengthy stint with Night Ranger, during which he contributed in both of those areas. He’s also arranged all the material and taken on the role of producer – nice work Mr H! This is one fine album! Very catchy songs, smokin’ solos from Joel, and the added attraction of hearing an all-star cast of musicians, including Jeff Scott Soto (Journey/Yngwie Malmsteen) and Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob/Symphony X) on lead vocals, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) on drums and Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder) on bass, bringing their A-game to hammer home each track. All in all, “Dying To Live” is a very enjoyable record that lets the talents of Joel Hoekstra shine brightly, and suggests that he’ll be a valuable addition in his recently acquired role with Whitesnake. If you like your Metal melodic and your Hard Rock heavy, check it out!
RITCHIE BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW have started their rehearsals for next years tour. The official Ritchie Blackmore Facebook page posted a picture of the new line up, which consists of Blackmore, LORDS OF BLACK singer Ronnie Romero, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau. They simply stated “And so the rehearsals begin…”
Guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore will play two Monsters Of Rock Festival appearances in Bietigheim-Bissingen ,Germany on 18th June and Loreley, Freilichtbühneon on Friday 17th June, as well as one UK date on 25th June at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
The next Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem on Tuesday 1st December will be a birthday celebration, as it is three years since the show started on TotalRock.
Joining the birthday fun, ahead of their show at The Forum in London on 7th December, will be Wolf Hoffmann from ACCEPT and David Bower from HELL, having a chat about what’s going on with both bands and choosing some of their favourite tracks to play.
As if that’s not enough there will also be some giveaways available, you can see what is available on the poster below. Find out more during the show if you would like to win some great merchandise!
Tune into the show on http://www.totalrock.com from 6PM GMT on Tuesday 1st December.
Polish death metal legends VADER – currently touring in South America – are far from slowing down, even for a bit. That’s right folks! Right after the succesful tour with VENOM INC., VADER entered Hertz Studio and recorded the sequel for the now almost 20 years old “Future Of The Past” album.
Along with the reissue of the original record Witching Hour Productions will release “Future Of The Past II – Hell In The East” a retrospective album reminiscing the biggest bands of the Polish metal underground of the ’80s and the ’90s. Peter himself handpicked the best classical tracks from bands like IMPERATOR, MERCILESS DEATH and GHOST only to prove that our scene back then was extreme. STRONG AS HELL! With raw sound and “demo” approach this album will introduce you to the best bands of that time.
Commented Witching Hour Productions:
Hertz Studio Wieslawski Bros are putting the finishing touches to the record as we speak. You will be surprise to hear some great guest appearances as well. But we will reveal that soon. As for the FUTURE OF THE PAST I you will be able to experience it with artwork done by the original artist Krzysztof Iwin (www.iwin.art.pl). His concept binds both albums into one, astonishing release.
The premiere date has been set to December 14. You can already pre-order it at http://vaderempire.pl
1.EXORCIST -“Ostatni Diakon”
2.GHOST -“Noc Demona”
4.KRABATHOR -“Totalni Destrukce”
5.MARKIZ DE SADE -“Sen Schizofrenika”
6.MERCILESS DEATH -“The Beginning of Darkness”
7.SCARECROW -“Ostatni Sakrament”
8.SLASHING DEATH -“No Return”
9.SLAUGHTER -“Czas Apokalipsy”
11.THRASHER DEATH -“Czarny Aniol”
More information at:
http://store.witchinghour.pl – http://www.vader.pl – https://www.facebook.com/vader – https://www.facebook.com/vaderempirewebstore
German power metallers BRAINSTORM have released a new video for the song “The World To See”, taken from the upcoming album “Scary Creatures”, set to be released on January 15th on AFM Records. The band turns into scary creatures in this new video, giving the first taster of their upcoming album.
Watch the video here: