MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – Rock Steady

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST have completed the recording sessions for their second studio album, Revelation, which is scheduled to be released on September 20th this year worldwide via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band release their first single, ‘Rock Steady’, as well as launching pre-orders for the new album.

Get the song digitally here: http://nblast.de/MSFRockSteady

“This song almost did not make it on the album”, says Michael Schenker. “It developed from a ‘maybe’ into a definite, after we swapped things around like an added solo, psychedelic pieces, the lyrics, the slide plus all the other goodies and sprinkles. It turned out to be a party song telling my story, capturing many aspects of music. It was originally a song for guest musicians to be featured on the album, the ones I had in mind were Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; it had that kind of feel. Ronnie actually introduced his family to me in my dressing room in Hammersmith back in the 80s and I’ve heard he’s a fan! So, I had asked my son Taro to knock on Ronnie’s door, since they both live in Barcelona, and tell Ronnie to bring Mick with him. The Beatles and the Stones were two of the first bands I got into. I had the pleasure to jam with Paul McCartney on an MSG album. Ronnie and Mick would have closed the cycle, but when Ted passed away we had to focus on other things instead. We ended up scrapping the whole guest idea!”

Revelation will be released on a variety of different formats and is ready for pre-order now. It will be available as CD-Digipak, 2LP (different colours) as well as a limited boxset incl. CD-Digipak, 2LP (red+black splatter), puzzle, poster 60×30, photo cards. Get your version here: http://nblast.de/MSFRevelation

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Live:

05.07. ES  Barcelona – Barcelona Rock Fest
11.07. D    Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
12.07. F    Saint-Julien-en-Genevois – Guitare-en-scene

BLOODY HAMMERS – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

Two weeks before The Summoning will be unleashed, BLOODY HAMMERS release the third single and video “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” from the new studio album. The Transylvania County based duo centered around mastermind Anders Manga draws the listener and viewer once again in a sinister and dark surrounding, that no band can evoke better in 2019 than BLOODY HAMMERS and their very own “Bloody Hammers Film Production”! Manga proves once more that he is the master of darkness!

Anders Manga on the video and the song: “’Let Sleeping Corpses Lie’ was the first song I wrote for what has become The Summoning album. I really liked the song so it inspired all the rest of the material. We had fun with the video and clearly reflects our love of classic British horror.”

BLOODY HAMMERS deliver their fifth studio album entitled The Summoning on June 26th 2019 via Napalm Records!
The U.S. duo has prepared a wonderfully creepy horror musical experience that pays homage to classic flicks such as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) and Now The Screaming Starts (1973). BLOODY HAMMERS’ idea of a soundtrack for your favorite video nasties holds some surprises on their upcoming record.

Frontman Anders Manga infused the new album tracks with epic metal and hard rock nuances. But don’t fret, the lumbering doom riffs deliver massive doses of goth rock, and Devallia’s psychedelic keyboards are present ever-still, and turn their latest effort The Summoning into a well-balanced, lush and highly infectious affair.

THE NEW ROSES – new album

German Hard Rockers THE NEW ROSES are back to climb the rock Olympus with their fourth studio album Nothing But Wild! After successful live appearances all over the world, lately opening for KISS, and the invitation to tour with the legendary Scorpions in summer, the four piece around Timmy Rough is ready to deliver the long awaited follow up for One For The Road (2017), which hit the top 20 in Germany.

The band on Nothing But Wild: “On Nothing But Wild, we fully concentrated on catchy songs with big melodies. Our goal was to record a strong and energetic Rock’n’Roll album without any frills and fillers. Simply true, simply loud, simply wild!”

For all those who can’t wait for the release of the album, the band are releasing the first single from the album – Down By The River – on Friday 14th June. The single is the ultimate soundtrack to your rock summer!

Says singer Timmy Rough: “Most of the band members grew up near river Rhine. Needless to say that we spent most our youth at the river. A sixpack of beer, a cassette tape deck and a girl you can fall in love with immediately…and the river. That was all we needed. That’s the attidute we put in “Down By The River”. Probably it will be played on any radio at any river and becomes the soundtrack of somebodies summer…”

After an intense touring schedule over the last several years THE NEW ROSES achieved something that very few German rock acts ever accomplish international success. They played over 300 club and festivals shows all over Europe with HELLFEST (FR), SWEDEN ROCK (SE); MASTERS OF ROCK (CZ), HARDROCK HELL (UK) and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FESTIVAL to name a few. They will be back in the UK this year.

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE – Bullshit Destroyer

New York/New Jersey Crossover veterans ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE have unveiled their first new song in 15 years today. The track, “Bullshit Destroyer,” is featured on the band’s upcoming EP, Life Without Pain is a Fucking Fantasy, that will be released by Innerstrength Records on August 9, 2019.

“We chose “Bullshit Destroyer” to kick off Life Without Pain Is A Fucking Fantasy because it captures the overall feel of the record: energetic, fast, heavy, pissed – and blending cues from multiple heavy genres.  “Bullshit Destroyer” rages against propagandists, alternative facts, and plausible deniability. It’s a counter-attack on people who stand in front of microphones and distort and/or avoid truth for a living. – Eric Dellon & Ronan Kauffman

Zombie Apocalypse was formed in 2000 by Matt Fox and Matthew Fletcher (Shai Hulud) and Ronen Kauffman (try.fail.try), with Eric Dellon (Shallow Water Grave) joining soon after. Releasing two EPs in 2003 and 2005, it’s been nearly 15 years since the world has heard anything new from these purveyors of break-neck Crossover/Thrash. Rich with the distinctive imagery ZA’s fans have come to expect, the band’s new ten-song EP — Life Without Pain is a Fucking Fantasy — catapults Zombie Apocalypse into the present with their most focused effort to date. Recorded by John Naclerio at Nada Recording (My Chemical Romance, Bayside, Senses Fail) in Montgomery, NY, the songs on LWPIAFF pull from different corners of aggressive music – touching on grind, thrash, hardcore punk and beyond – to evoke classic ZA while also reaching farther – louder, faster and heavier – than ever before.

Life Without Pain is a Fucking Fantasy is available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition, variant cover, one-sided 12” vinyl (300 on coke bottle clear/translucent red split): https://bit.ly/2WKRqvl

Zombie Apocalypse will be playing a limited amount of shows this year. The first scheduled show is opening for thrash legends Vio-Lence on November 9th at Brooklyn Bazaar in Brooklyn, NY.

OddFellas – Walk On By

Pampa, Texas, alternative rockers OddFellas premiere the music video for “Walk On By,” a song from their upcoming self-titled debut EP. OddFellas is set for a worldwide release on September 20, 2019, via Pavement Entertainment. The EP is also available for pre-order and includes “Walk On By.” Stream the track now on iTunes and Spotify.

Vocalist and guitarist, Drake Fisher, shares how “Walk On By” is a love song at its core, which documents rough patches in relationships. His marriage served as an inspiration. Fisher says, “I feel like nowadays all you see is people trying to prove how ‘perfect’ their relationships are. I wanted to be honest while writing this song. It’s not all butterflies and blue skies. Sometimes, you don’t even realize what you’re putting your spouse through, but during those times your spouse has no idea what you’re going through as well.”

Aaron Mckinney-Danner, manager of OddFellas, discusses the behind-the-scenes elements of the video for “Walk On By.” He says, “While shooting this video, I truly wanted to capture the emotion behind the song. We used a basement under one of the venues the guys played at in our hometown and they gave us free rein. We spray painted the walls and even destroyed a couch. We wanted a dark setting with a ‘broken home’ feel to it that I hope everyone can relate to when they watch the video.”

OddFellas formed in 2017. The emerging band has toured actively since its inception. Some highlights include playing SXSW, Hell & Heaven Fest (Mexico City), Rocklahoma, and Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Rat Face Lewey – Comfortable

RAT FACE LEWEY release their intoxicating sophomore album, The Fall Of Man, on Friday 6th September. In anticipation of this, the energetic alt-rockers have just revealed a new single and video for the track, Comfortable

On first listen, RAT FACE LEWEY points to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and The Manic Street Preachers, however, when you dig a little deeper into their layered sound, you soon discover an affluence of undefinable texturing and songwriting prowess that will consume you completely.

RAT FACE LEWEY were originally formed back in 2010 by brothers Jonny (lead vocals/guitar) and Mav (bass) with Gregg on drums. Born in the East Midlands, the band soon headed out to South London to cut their teeth writing and performing around the capital’s circuit. By 2013, the trio had released their debut album, Wonder Before Mess. The tracks from the release went out to grace playlists throughout the globe, and to this date, streaming numbers remain high for the album. In 2015, RAT FACE LEWEY continued their climb with the release of the singles, Dead in the Ground and Digital Prison, which were produced by Matthew Hyde with accompanying music videos directed by Jonathan K Harris. Both tracks increased the band’s fan base and helped to secure a slot at the Resonance Festival.

The industrious crew’s forthcoming new album, The Fall Of Man, certainly raises the bar for the band. Serving up a slew of memorable tracks, such as their new track Comfortable, and future single, The Pirate Song, the record showcases the group’s adept ability to create adrenaline fuelled alt-rock drenched with passion and melody. With tour dates and shows to be announced soon via the band’s socials sites, be sure to catch them before they climb their way out of the underground.

SINNERS BLEED – “Age Of The Crow”

German Death Metallers SINNERS BLEED have revealed another video clip for their furious comeback album “Absolution”!16 years after their highly acclaimed debut, “From Womb To Tomb”, the Berlin-based group has returned impressively and still convinces with highly intense, fast, varied material. “Absolution” is out now on War Anthem Records!

Blacklist Regulars – debut

International rock band Blacklist Regulars release their debut album, Through The Blast. The new release is out now on all digital streaming platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, via Pavement Entertainment. Vocalist Luke Keating says, “The band is pumped for the release. Two years in the making and it’s finally here. We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait for the fans to hear our debut record.”

In a recent interview with 100 Percent Rock Magazine, Keating explains what inspired Through The Blast: “Lyrically, I wanted to write an authentic record that reflects our story and issues that are close to me and all of us. Personally, I have dealt with addiction and depression issues during the course of my life and thankfully have come out on the other side of that.”

Blacklist Regulars currently reside in Chicago. They came together due to a lack of music opportunities and corrupt political climates in their home countries. Keating comes from Ireland, and his vocals have been compared to the sound of Alice in Chains. Rounding out the band, with screaming guitars and tight rhythms, are Venezuelan natives Arturo Banus, Tomas Zabala, and Alejandro Zabala.

LAMORI – “Heaven Ain’t For Us”

Finnish metallers LAMORI are proud to present their new single and official lyric video “Heaven Ain’t For Us”. Statement from the band: “Our latest single Heaven Ain’t For Us rides the new wave of darkness from the upcoming album Neo Noir. It works as a perfect showcase for of what to expect from the rest of the album.”

Bonfire – “Live On Holy Ground – Wacken 2018”

Bonfire – “Live On Holy Ground – Wacken 2018” CD / DVD / LP (Pride & Joy Music)

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Formed in 1972 by then teenage guitarist Hans Ziller, Bonfire have come a long way over the years into becoming a well known name in Europe, as well as being recognised internationally. As such, headlining the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival last year could not define any higher the band’s status, and this 10 track live release captures the moment superbly – especially if you’re a fan of Bonfire’s first 2 albums, including the incredible “Fireworks”! Reflecting a ‘best of’ set list with 6 of the tracks coming from that 1987 gold release and a matching performance to boot, Hans Ziller has proved, once again, why his band and the superb hard rock they play is a winner every time. With Alexx Stahl leading the masses through his soul and Ziller’s guitar hitting home the rocking riffs and killer melodies, songs like ‘American Nights’ may have written in the late 80s, but their catchiness still appeals to this day, and indeed at a festival whose motto is ‘louder – faster – harder’!!! Not sparing the crowd, even power ballads like ‘Give It A Try’ with its brimming harmonies and passionate vocals, not forgetting Ziller’s superbly moving guitar, get a massive clap from the mecca metal crowd, while a cover of Kiss’s ‘Sword And Stone’ elicits nothing short of an en masse cheer. With Stahl hitting the highs on ‘Sweet Obsession’, delivering the knock out blow along with Ziller’s fretboard burning and a killer chorus that I would dare anyone to refuse, ‘Champion’ closes with its fast guitars and some pumping keyboards from Alessandro DelVecchio, again delivering that magic chorus that’s built for live singalongs and hammered home by André Hilgers’s double bass drums. With the bonus tracks (including video for the DVD) made up of ‘Praying 4 A Miracle’ from 2017’s “Byte The Bullet” (radio edit), a cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ (radio edit), and re-recorded versions of ‘Sweet Obsession’ and ‘American Nights’ with Stahl on vocals, “Live On Holy Ground – Wacken 2018” does everything it states – and a whole lot more.