Holiday Rock Ensemble WIZARDS OF WINTER Announce 2018 Holiday Season Tour Dates And New Members

Holiday rock ensemble the WIZARDS OF WINTER – featuring former members of the Trans-Siberian OrchestraRainbowBlue Oyster CultTed Nugent and The Irish Tenors– will begin their annual holiday tour on Friday, November 16, 2018 in Westbury, NY! The tour will visit cities and towns across North America, coming to an end on December 29 in Derry, NH.


See below for a full listing of tour dates. All dates are on sale now, and tickets can be purchased via individual venues.


WIZARDS OF WINTER founder and keyboardist Scott Kelly says, “We are looking forward to bringing the spirit of Christmas across the nation again this year. We have such an exciting lineup and we can’t wait to get out there and share the magic with friends, both old and new!”


The WIZARDS OF WINTER 2018 Holiday Tour Dates:
11/16 – Westbury, NY @ The Space at Westbury
11/17 – York, PA @ The Strand Theatre
11/23 – Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Theatre
11/24 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
11/30 – Jackson, MI @ Potter Center
12/1 – Winona, MN @ St. Cecelia Theatre
12/2 – Mitchell, SD @ Corn Palace Theatre
12/3 – Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
12/6 – Suquamish, WA @ Clear Water Casino
12/7 – Shelton, WA @ Little Creek Casino
12/8 – Longview, WA @ Columbia Theatre
12/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre
12/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cannery Casino
12/18 – Ponca City, OK @ Poncan Theatre
12/19 – Terre Haute, IN @ Indiana Theater
12/20 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center Theatre
12/21 – Elkhart, IN @ The Lerner Theatre
12/22 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center
12/23 – Easton, PA @ State Theatre Center for the Arts
12/28 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre
12/29 – Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall


The WIZARDS OF WINTER are thrilled to announce the addition of several talented new members to their ensemble. The ensemble is pleased to welcome drummer and former Trans-Siberian Orchestra member John O. Reilly, Baritone/Tenor lead vocalist Karl Scully, lead vocalist/auxiliary keyboardist Rebecca Graae and lead guitarist Chris Green.


Drummer John O. Reilly says, “I’m proud and excited to be joining the WIZARDS OF WINTER this coming season and beyond! There are great things ahead for the Wizards and I am truly honored to be a part of it and looking forward to seeing you on the road.”


John O. Reilly has recorded, performed live, and appeared on video with some of the best, including Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), John Anderson (Yes), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Blackmore’s Night, West World, Jane Mangini (O’2L), Joe Lynn Turner, Blue Oyster Cult, Al Pitrelli (Megadeth), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Randy Coven (Yngwie Malmsteen), Zack Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne), TM Stevens (Steve Vai), Steve Morse (Kansas/Dixie Dregs/Deep Purple), Alan Holdsworth, Stanley Jordan, Reb Beach, Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Rod Price (Foghat), Peter Noone, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Bobby Sherman, Yoko Ono, Richie Havens and more. Reilly performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for over 15 years.


Lead vocalist Karl Scully says, “I am thrilled to be joining the WIZARDS OF WINTER! Throughout my classical career I’ve rocked out to this kind of music, so I am so excited to now be able to join such an incredibly talented group and bring this full-throttle music to audiences everywhere! It’s amazing to me how easily this music sits on my voice, and how much fun it is to use the full range of my voice with this powerful band. I am honored to be included with these world-class instrumentalists and singers this year, and I know the tour with them is going to be a blast!”


 
Karl was a member of The Irish Tenors and performed with them and as a soloist in Europe and the USA. He kick-started his career in 2000 when he played the role of Count John McCormack in the cinematic film “Nora”, by Pat Murphy and Gerard Stembridge, starring Ewan McGregor. He followed his on-screen success by performing operatic roles such as: Don Jose in “Carmen” by Bizet; The Witch in “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck; MacHeath, in “Beggars Opera” and Albert, in “Albert Herring” by Benjamin Britten; King Ouf in “L’etoile” by Chabrier; Paolino, in “Il Matrimonio Segreto” by Cimarosa; Ferrando, in “Cosi Fan Tutte” by Mozart; and Arturo in “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti. During his time in Italy, Karl was a permanent artist in the Teatro Carlo Felice Opera House in Genoa. While there he performed solo roles alongside world-famous artists including Samuel Ramey, Robert Brubaker, and Dwayne Croft.


Lead vocalist/auxiliary keyboardist Rebecca Graae holds a degree in vocal performance, and has been featured as a lead soloist on Viking Ocean Cruises since 2016. Rebecca has also performed in several theatre productions. Rebecca comments, “I’m so excited to tour with the Wizards this season! As a classically trained theatre performer, getting to work with rockers is an exciting challenge and an amazing opportunity that I am honored to have been given. I’ve already been warmly welcomed into a new family of incredible musicians, and celebrating Christmas is the best job anyone could ask for! Let’s get this show on the road!”


Lead guitarist Chris Green has performed with the likes of Jeff Scott Soto, Firehouse, Nelson, Scrap Metal (with Eric Martin, Mark Slaughter and Kip Winger), Furyon, Pride and Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, and is currently the lead guitar player for Tyketto. He is also a songwriter and has released solo albums. Chris Green adds, “I’m incredibly proud to join the ranks of the WIZARDS OF WINTER. Rehearsals have been fantastic and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road this winter as part of the team. The level of musicianship in this band is incredible, so I’m honored to be part of this Christmas extravaganza. I look forward to meeting you all on the road, see you soon!”

New Documentary, “Down Again”, Shows Mark Hunter of CHIMAIRA Detailing his Battle with Bipolar Disorder

Today is World Mental Health Day, and also marks the release of a brand new short film/documentary detailing CHIMAIRA vocalist Mark Hunter‘s battle with bipolar disorder, entitled Down Again. The documentary is available to view for free now via https://downagainfilm.com/.


In conjunction with the documentary’s release and World Mental Health Day, Mark Hunter took part in a very personal, in-depth conversation with Psychology Today about growing up and living with bipolar disorder. Read the entire interview here.


Mark Hunter explains to Psychology Today that it’s helpful to focus away from his own issues and serve others, as he is with the release of Down Again and creating art through music and photography. “I enjoy serving humanity. Whether that’s writing music people relate to, taking photographs that mean something to the people I take them for, and sometimes being anonymous and just being nice… I’m amazed at how much better I feel doing meaningful things for people.”


Down Again was directed by Nick Cavalier – also recognized for directing Derek Hess’ award-winning Forced Perspective documentary. Mark Hunter and director Nick Cavalier met on a panel speaking about Mental Health and Creativity monitored by Dr. Patrick Runnels (featured in the documentary) during the Acting Out! festival in Cleveland – a festival put on in 2017 to raise mental health awareness. After hearing his story at the panel, Nick approached Mark to create a short film around his ability to cope with mental illness in the public spotlight through the art. Down Again juxtaposes CHIMAIRA‘s history with Mark’s life events and lyrics, presenting an intimate timeline through the rise and fall of the band and Mark’s ability to channel it into art. The film also explores the catharsis created by the act of making music and art (even touching upon Mark Hunter’s love for photography) and how the end result affects the fans.


In addition to interviews with Mark Hunter and those in his life about his mental health, upbringing, and the formation/rise of CHIMAIRA, the documentary also includes high-quality video footage of the band’s 15th Christmas show at the Agora in Cleveland (2017), featuring the band’s original line-up – marking their first performance together after nearly seven years of separation.


 
Down Again features direction of photography by Tyler Clark and a live audio mix on the performance scenes by CHIMAIRA guitarist Rob Arnold.


Down Again was made possible by a generous donation from The Centers for Family and Children, and marketing support via Hope For The Day.


To learn more, visit the film’s IMDB page here, or www.nickcavalier.com.

METALLICA Announces Summer 2019 European Tour With GHOST

METALLICA will embark on a European tour in May. The three-month trek will cover 25 cities and 20 countries and include “black tickets, enhanced experiences, free albums and downloads, and more,” according to a press release.

Grammy-winning, Swedish rock band GHOST will be special guest on all four European legs of METALLICA’s 2019 “WorldWired” stadium tour that begins on May 1 at the Estadio do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal. GHOST has shared festival stages with METALLICA before, but this is the band’s first invitation to join METALLICA on tour. With Norway’s BOKASSA opening all dates, the three-band bill will play 25 stadiums from May through August.

Fan-club presales begin tomorrow (Tuesday, September 25) at 10 a.m. CEST for Legacy Members and 11 a.m. CEST for Fifth Members. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, September 28.

Tour dates:

May 01 – Lisbon, Portugal – Estádio do Restelo
May 03 – Madrid, Spain – Valdebebas
May 05 – Barcelona, Spain – Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 08 – Milan, Italy – SNAI San Siro Hippodrome
May 10 – Zürich, Switzerland – Letzigrund
May 12 – Paris, France – Stade de France
Jun. 08 – Dublin, Ireland – Slane Castle
Jun. 11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena
Jun. 13 – Köln, Germany – RheinEnergieStadion
Jun. 16 – Brussels, Belgium – Koning Boudewijnstadion
Jun. 18 – Manchester, England – Etihad Stadium
Jun. 20 – London, England – Twickenham Stadium
Jul. 06 – Berlin, Germany – Olympiastadion
Jul. 09 – Göteborg, Sweden – Ullevi
Jul. 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Telia Parken
Jul. 13 – Trondheim, Norway – Granåsen
Jul. 16 – Hämeenlinna, Finland – Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
Jul. 18 – Tartu, Estonia – Raadi Airfield
Jul. 21 – Moscow, Russia – Luzhniki Stadium
Aug. 14 – Bucharest, Romania – Arena Națională
Aug. 16 – Vienna, Austria – Ernst-Happel-Stadion
Aug. 18 – Prague, Czech Republic – Airport Letnany
Aug. 21 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy
Aug. 23 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion
Aug. 25 – Mannheim, Germany – Palastzelt Maimarktgelände

METALLICA kicked off the 2018/2019 U.S. leg of the “WorldWired” arena tour on September 2 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

METALLICA recently landed on Pollstar’s Global Concert Pulse chart with concert grosses of more than $2 million per market appearance on the band’s last European tour.

The San Francisco-based metal giants averaged 20,451 tickets per market, at an average ticket price of $104.

The 19 market reports included a two-night stand at Stuttgart, Germany’s Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, which grossed $3.3 million. Both shows were sold out, with an attendance of 14,695 per concert.

Touring in support of its latest album, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”, that arrived in November 2016, METALLICA launched the world tour in Latin America a month before the disc’s release. In early 2017, prior to the North American stadium tour, the band made festival appearances and headlined concerts at venues in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Although METALLICA played U.S. stadiums in the summer of 2017, the band was mostly indoors for the first leg of its European tour last fall.

METALLICA’s European tour included the first drone swarm for a major touring act. It consisted of 120 autonomous micro drones that emerge from the main-stage prop lifts during the song “Moth Into Flames” and swarm into several formations over the band’s heads, according to Pollstar.

The 2017 dates on the “WorldWired” tour, which included stadium shows across the U.S., grossed $110.3 million in North America and $152.8 million worldwide.

SMASHING PUMPKINS To Release ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.’ Album In November

Grammy Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries THE SMASHING PUMPKINS announced their new LP “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.”. Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

“Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” will be released will on November 16 on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership.

“Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” track listing:

01. Knights of Malta
02. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
03. Travels
04. Solara
05. Alienation
06. Marchin’ On
07. With Sympathy
08. Seek And You Shall Destroy

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS recently sat down with Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview on Beats 1 on Apple Music to discuss reuniting, their new LP, touring together for the first time in 18 years, and more. Tune in to hear the conversation in full on Monday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Earlier this summer, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single “Solara”. “Solara” is available now to stream and download now via all digital services. The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos.

Last week, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS wrapped their monumental “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and sold-out arenas, including The Forum, United Center, and Madison Square Garden. Produced by Live Nation, the tour was the band’s first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.

This fall, the band will perform in London, United Kingdom, and Bologna, Italy, before returning to Chicago, Illinois for a special 30th-anniversary series performance for WKQX’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas”.

Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS released their heralded debut album, “Gish”, in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s four-times-multi-platinum “Siamese Dream” and 1995’s 10-times-platinum “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”.

NEAL MORSE Signs With Frontiers Music SRL For Next Release

Frontiers Music Srl is honored to announce the signing of a monumental project entitled Jesus Christ – The Exorcist,a Progressive Rock Opera written and produced by legendary musician and singer Neal Morse with performances by Neal and an all-star cast of singers and musicians.


Neal explains, “Sometimes providence comes with a whisper; sometimes it comes with an unexpected phone call. A friend of mine who works in the music business called me from New York one day in 2008 and said, “‘Hey man, a friend and I were listening to Jesus Christ Superstar last night and were saying, ‘Man, somebody ought to do a new rock opera based on the Jesus story’. I told my friend, ‘I know the guy!’ He went on to tell me I ought to write an epic prog piece based on the gospels. With a New York accent he said, ‘Ya gotta do it!’ I laughed and said, ‘Well, I’m busy right now, but I’ll think about it.’ Over the next couple of months, I began to feel that “yes” inside and spent a few months writing the first draft. The strong sense that I was onto something continued to grow and the people that sang on the original version were really into it. However, my friend from New York, (Michael Caplan) shopped it around and a lot of people loved it, but it never found a home….until NOW! Again, the phone rang and it was Michael. He said, ‘You’re not gonna believe this, but I’ve got a company interested in the musical!’ I replied, ‘That’s great, ’cause I am in the middle of a rewrite as we are putting it on at Morsefest 2018 in a few months.’ Very timely! The company is called Frontiers Music Srl and after some communication, we struck a deal! Cool! So, here we are…ready to record and release this collection of songs and themes that is very dear to my heart and I believe tells the greatest story ever told in a powerful, new way.”


With a cast of amazing singers and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”


With recordings set to commence imminently, the record will be released in 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. In the meantime, you can hear an audio sample of DEMOS of the musical here.


Additionally, the project will be performed live for the very first time on Saturday, September 15th at [Morse]Fest 2018 in Cross Plains, TN! “JESUS CHRIST – THE EXORCIST”, the world premiere of a musical written by Neal Morse will be performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists will include Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nick D’Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
FULL CAST:
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David – Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio – Judas
Rick Florian – The Devil
John Schlitt – Caiaphas
Matt Smith – John the Baptist, Pharisee 3
Jake Livgren – Peter, Pharisee 4
Neal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1,
Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein – Demon 4
Julie Harrison – Servant Girl


Plus strings, horns, orchestral percussion, vocal ensemble, and choir!


Visuals by Christian Rios.


More info and ticket information for [Morse]Fest 2018 is available here.


Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Progressive (“Prog”) Rock musicians, there is now no doubt that Neal Morse is a prolific musical driving force and his desire to move people through his music burns brighter than ever before. Born in California in 1960 to a musical family, Morse played in many bands during his youth, learning and mastering several instruments along the way. In 1995, he wrote and recorded The Light with his then new band, Spock’s Beard. It was an album grounded strongly in the then-unfashionable progressive rock genre, but the album and especially the title track became modern prog classics and brought Morse and the band global recognition. Over the next seven years, Spock’s Beard released six critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings, while establishing a passionate fan base in the Prog Rock community.


In 2000, he formed the prog supergroup Transatlantic with drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Marillion‘s Pete Trewavas, and The Flower KingsRoine Stolt. In a remarkably brief but productive few days together, they knocked out SMPTe, a richly received, massive work of vintage, long form prog. Two years later, the sophomore release, Bridge Across Forever, solidified Transatlantic’s global appeal. Additionally, in 2008 he also joined another prog rock supergroup, Flying Colors featuring Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic), and Casey McPherson. The band has released two studio albums and two live releases.


In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from secular music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After success with Spock’s Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his Christian faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn’t have worried. As the Testimony Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply life affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004’s One, a conceptual album that was a vast, rewarding piece of music that reached new heights. Morse, Portnoy, and George stayed on this musical journey together until Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band in 2015 on The Grand Experiment album. This collective effort saw collaboration between all of the members and has subsequently yielded another studio album, the astonishingly brilliant Similitude Of A Dream, and two live releases.


Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.

AUDIOTOPSY Reveal Grooving New Track “What Am I?”

AUDIOTOPSY, the American heavy rock quartet featuring the deft musical talents of guitarist Greg Tribbett and drummer Matt McDonough – both of Grammy-nominated metal band Mudvayne – as well as Billy Keeton of Skrape and bassist Perry Stern, will release their second full-length release, The Real Now, on November 2, 2018 via Megaforce Records. Self-produced with vocal production and mixing completed by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot, Mudvayne), The Real Now is available for pre-order now via Amazon, and will be available via more digital retailers very soon.


The band is pleased to reveal the first single cut from The Real Now, the grooving “What Am I?”, via Guitar World. Listen here.


Guitarist Greg Tribbett says about the track: “‘What Am I?’ touches upon finding yourself and the true meaning of life. Life is ever-changing and you never know what is around the corner. Musically, I really wanted to concentrate on single note riffs in the verses. Something easy but mesmerizing. Then to a wide-open chorus. The bridge is single-noted as well with underlying picking patterns leaving room for vocal melodies.”
 
“This record is really well rounded with the AUDIOTOPSY sound. There are very cool atmospheric vibes as well as old school metal riffs! Enjoy.”


He adds information regarding the guitars used on the album: “The guitars on this album were recorded at Valve Studios in Dallas. I used my Legator Guitars along with a Mesa Dual Rectifier and an Egnator Armageddon Head. This is a combined sound you will hear. Also used DR Strings for that crisp attack. I tried something different on this record and tuned down to A for all the songs. Low aggressive vibe.”


Featuring both fast-paced headbangers and melodic, grooving anthems, The Real Now conjures nostalgic turn-of-the-century alt-metal influences while never sacrificing crystal clean, modern metallic drive and swagger. Heart-clenching vocals and unforgettable guitar riffs grip the listener from track one. Tracks like “Panic On The Airwaves” and “What Am I?” summon deep, numbing grooves while driving anthems like “Hologram” feature non-stop power rhythms and energy. No AUDIOTOPSY release would be complete without a melodic climax, which comes in the form of the chill-inspiring track “Hurt Down”.
The Real Now track listing:
1) War
2) Hologram
3) Panic on the Airwaves
4) Fade Away
5) Hurt Down
6) What Am I?
7) If Only
8) A Death Benefit


AUDIOTOPSY began writing together in 2014 with the goal of setting themselves apart with their songwriting and dynamic presentation. Upon quickly recognizing the chemistry, they began the journey of recording their debut album, Natural Causes. Metal Injection praised the album’s energy, describing it as “remarkable”, while Metal Wani called it “a welcome surprise to the metal scene” and New Noise Magazine dubbed it “an artfully inspired rock and metal mixture”. The Real Now builds upon that praise, and then some.

VESSEL OF LIGHT, Featuring Founding Members of Hades, Non-Fiction and Ancient VVisdom, Release New Single

VESSEL OF LIGHT are pleased to reveal their new single, “One Way Out”, which can be streamed here.


VESSEL OF LIGHT features Ancient VVisdom‘s Nathan Opposition on drums and vocals and founding member of Hades and Non-Fiction, Dan Lorenzo, on guitars and bass. Lorenzo was also in The Cursed with Overkill‘s Bobby Blitz.


Coincidentally, Blitz is a huge fan of VESSEL OF LIGHT. Says Blitz, Dan and Nathan‘s collaboration is a marriage made in hell. Riffs from the depths and vocals in the twilight. What the devil has put together, may no man put asunder. I can’t wait for the reception.”


 
VESSEL OF LIGHT released their debut self-titled EP in November of last year. “One Way Out” is cut from their new LP/CD/DD release, Woodshed, out September 21 on Argonauta Records.


VESSEL OF LIGHT will perform their first ever show Saturday, September 29 at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, opening for Life Of Agony. The show is already sold out.


Dan Lorenzo says, LOA used to open for Non-Fiction all the time and Joey Z has always been really supportive of my music. We are so happy they invited us to open for them. My former Hades buddies Jimmy Schulman and Ron Lipnicki (who was also in Overkill for ten years) will be playing with us live.”

DEE SNIDER Is “American Made” With New Video

DEE SNIDER released his critically acclaimed and metal radio topping new album For The Love Of Metal on July 27 via Napalm Records. Today unleashes his brand new music video for the track “American Made”.  Watch it HERE.


SNIDER speaks about the meaning behind the song, “I was watching the Olympics and couldn’t help but notice that no matter how ‘at each other’s throats’ we all appear to be politically these days, amazingly we are all unified when it comes to our country against another.  It made me realize that countries are like dysfunctional families: we may argue and fight amungst each other (You should have seen the extended Snider family Christmas this year.  People literally almost came to blows.  On Christmas!?), but should someone dare attack any one of us and the entire family will band together against the aggressor.  This goes for all countries.  This song is a song on unification – recognizing that there is a very important something we all share and should be proud of: where we are from.”


For The Love Of Metal was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow).

Order For The Love Of Metal HERE!


For The Love Of Metal Track listing:
1. Lies Are A Business
2. Tomorrow’s No Concern
3. I am The Hurricane
4. American Made
5. Roll Over You
6. I’m Ready
7. Running Mazes
8. Mask
9. Become The Storm
10. The Hardest Way
11. Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)
12. For The Love of Metal


Dee Snider Live:
9/14: Mixx360 Malden, MA
9/15: Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Festival show in East Durham NY
9/21: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ
9/22: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ
9/23: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ


10/7: Forcefest, Mexico City
10/18: Rocktopia  Bergen Performing Arts Center  Englewood, NJ
10/20: Rocktopia Tiles Center, Greenvale,  NY
10/24: Rocktopia The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
10/25: Rocktopia Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
10/26: Rocktopia Powers Memorial Auditorium, Youngstown, PA
10/27: Rocktopia Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH


11/2 – 11/4: Rhode Island Comicon
11/10 – 11/12: Ottawa Tattoo Convention in Canada
11/17:  La Generala Biker Fest 2018 – Zapopan , Jalisco, Guadalajara



12/1: Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, El Paso, TX
12/5: Pakkahuone – Tempere, Finland
12/7: Oulo, Finland
12/8: Helsinki, Finland


2019
1/31: Sydney – Manning – SPOKEN
2/1:  Sydney – Manning – SHOUTED
2/2:  Melbourne – Croxton – SHOUTED
2/3:  Melbourne – Croxton – SPOKEN


3/2- 3-9:80’s Cruise Cruise to Ft Lauderdale, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Key West


3/23: São Paulo, Brazil


6/2:  Metalfest Open Air Festival,  Plzen, Czech Republic

RIVERS OF NIHIL To Kick Off North American Tour With Revocation, Exhumed, And Yautja

RIVERS OF NIHIL will take to the streets again next week on a month-long North American trek supporting labelmates Revocation. The journey begins September 17th in Baltimore, Maryland and will run through October 20th in Boston Massachusetts. Additional support will be provided by Exhumed and Yautja. See all confirmed dates below.


RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their latest full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, which debuted on the Billboard and Canadian music charts upon its first week of release earning #3 Top New Artist Albums (Billboard/US), #9 Current Hard Music Albums (Billboard/US), #57 Top 200 Current Albums (Billboard/US), #61 Top 200 Albums (Billboard/US), #50 Top 200 Chart (Canada), and #10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada). Named, “one of the best progressive death metal albums in years,” by Heavy Blog Is Heavy and one of, “2018’s best metal albums…so far,” by Loudwire, Where Owls Know My Name can be previewed and purchased at metalblade.com/riversofnihil.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Revocation, Exhumed, Yautja: 

9/17/2018 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
9/18/2018 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/19/2018 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/21/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/22/2018 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/23/2018 Rail Club – Ft Worth, TX
9/24/2018 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
9/26/2018 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/27/2018 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/28/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/29/2018 Union – Los Angeles, CA
9/30/2018 Phoenix Theatre – Petaluma, CA
10/01/2018 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
10/03/2018 Astoria – Vancouver, BC **
10/04/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
10/05/2018 Highline – Seattle, WA
10/06/2018 Dante’s – Portland, OR
10/07/2018 Shredder – Boise, ID
10/09/2018 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/10/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/11/2018 Amsterdam Bar & Grill – Minneapolis, MN
10/12/2018 Reggies -Chicago, IL
10/13/2018 The Outpost – Kent, OH
10/14/2018 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
10/15/2018 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON **
10/16/2018 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON **
10/17/2018 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC **
10/18/2018 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
10/19/2018 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
10/20/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
** No Exhumed