Metal Blade Records Re-Issues MERCYFUL FATE’s “9”, “Dead Again”, And “Into the Unknown”

On December 14th, Mercyful Fate will release LP re-issues of the classic albums 9, Dead Again, and Into the Unknown via Metal Blade Records. Available as 180g picture discs, these exclusive editions can be purchased now here.

“You can spiral yourself into darkness with these classic Mercyful Fate albums, or you can exhibit them on your wall like I will. Either way, enjoy.” says King Diamond.

RAVEN to Release New Live Album “Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live in Aalborg” January 18th via SPV/Steamhammer

When the British/American metal trio Raven left the Skråen stage at the end of November 2017 after their acclaimed concert in Aalborg, Denmark, brothers John (bass, vocals) and Mark Gallagher (guitar) along with new member Mike Heller (drums) didn’t foresee their show being recorded for posterity. “We were surprised of course, since nobody had informed us of this beforehand”John Gallagher explains. “We had a flash drive with the recording delivered to us and when we checked it, we realized that – barring some small technical problems – we had a truly magical live recording on our hands. It was a near perfect concert thanks to the great atmosphere inside the hall and our out of control attitude – since, you know, we weren’t aware the show was being recorded.” It’s the unbridled show of a band who has been writing metal history for the last 45 years.


As to the differences between the current Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg and earlier Raven live recordings? “We have of course gotten better and better on a technical level over the years. Also, on Destroy All Monsters/Live in Japan (1996), you can clearly hear that I was wrestling with voice issues due to a bout of laryngitis. And if you compare Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg with Live In The Inferno from 1984, it almost seems as if we had taken sedatives back then”,Gallagher says laughingly and concludes with: “The Aalborg recording matches the energy which Raven is exuding 100 percent. It’s the best representation of us as a live band yet.”


Screaming Murder Death From Above:Live In Aalborg will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on January 18th, 2019 as CD DigiPak, 2LP Gatefold, download and stream.
Screaming Murder Death From Above:Live In Aalborg Tracklisting:
1. Destroy All Monsters 5:18
2. Hell Patrol 4:31
3. All For One 3:22
4. Hung Drawn and Quartered 4:28
5. Rock Until You Drop 7:58
6. A.A.N.S.M.M.G.N. 3:59
7. Tank Treads (the blood runs red) 4:36
8. Faster than the speed of light 3:37
9. On And On 5:10
10. Break The Chain 7:10
11. Crash Bang Wallop 4:11


RAVEN Live in the USA 2018
11/6: Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar
11/7: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/8: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
11/9: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Lounge
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Tony V’s
11/11: Vancouver, BC @ The Wise Hall
11/12: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
11/14: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge
11/15: Denver, CO @ Hermans Hideaway
11/16: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/17: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews*
11/18: Sioux Falls, SD @ Bigs Bar
11/19: Minneapolis, MN @ Lee’s Liquor Lounge
11/20: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
11/21: Ft Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
11/23: Westland, MI @ The Token Lounge
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/25: Rochester, NY @ The Montage
11/26: Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
11/27: Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
11/28: Frederick, MD @ Café 611
11/29: Chesapeake VA @ The Riffhouse
12/1: Jonesboro, GA @ Furnace 41


Third Single & Lyric Video Released By BURNING WITCHES

Old-school heavy metal newcomers BURNING WITCHES are set to unleash their second album, Hexenhammeron November 9th, 2018 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Today, the band released the third single titled “Open Your Mind”. The song can be heard and watched in the form of a lyric video over on YouTube.

The band states: “We are very proud to announce our last lyric video for the track ‘OPEN YOUR MIND’!
The song delivers a message for all of us: Don’t let fear and anger control your life! We all should stand together in this time, when racism is about to grow again. We should remember that we are all the same. ‘Open your Mind’– Open your Heart – and try to remember how to cry!“ 

Pre-order Hexenhammer here.

Pre-order the album digitally to receive “Open Your Mind,” “Hexenhammer” and “Executed” instantly! Pre-save the album via Spotify. Listen to these tracks in the NB Novelties Playlist.

Hexenhammer Track Listing:
01. The Witch Circle
02. Executed
03. Lords Of War
04. Open Your Mind
05. Don’t Cry My Tears
06. Maiden Of Steel
07. Dungeon Of Infamy
08. Dead Ender
09. Hexenhammer
10. Possession
11. Maneater
12. Holy Diver
Bonus Tracks
13. Self Sacrifice
14. Don’t Cry My Tears (Acoustic)

The forthcoming record was produced in the Little Creek Studio by the same team as its predecessor: V.O. Pulver (PRO-PAINDESTRUCTIONNERVOSAPÄNZER) and DESTRUCTION legend Schmier, who helped and advised as a close friend of the band. The result is a truly brilliant heavy metal album, which will take away the breath of metal heads worldwide, and of course make people bang their heads!

The stunning cover artwork was created by acclaimed Hungarian artist Gyula, who has also created artwork for DESTRUCTIONANNIHILATORGRAVE DIGGERSTRATOVARIUSTANKARD and many more.

BURNING WITCHES live:
Release shows
09.11. CH Brugg – Salzhaus
10.11. D Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex

The Tour Of The Living Dead
w/ GRAVE DIGGER
Presented by Rock Hard (D)
11.01. D Hanover – MusikZentrum
12.01. D Andernach – JUZ Live Club
13.01. CH Pratteln – Z7
14.01. D Munich – Backstage
15.01. D Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
16.01. D Saarbrücken – Garage
17.01. D Bochum – Zeche
18.01. D Glauchau – Alte Spinnerei
19.01. D Neuruppin – Kulturhaus
20.01. NL Rotterdam – Baroeg
22.01. D Hamburg – Martkhalle
23.01. D Berlin – Lido
24.01. D Bamberg – Live-Club
25.01. D Regensburg-Obertraubling – Airport-Eventhall
26.01. D Memmingen – Kaminwerk
27.01. D Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
28.01. F Paris – Petit Bain
29.01. UK London – Camden Underworld
30.01. B Vosselaar – Biebob
31.01. F Lyon – CCO Villeurbanne
01.02. E Bilbao – Santana 27
02.02. E Madrid – Sala Mon Live
03.02. E Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2

THE AMORETTES Release New Single and Video

The Amorettes have released the title track of their new album, Born To Break, as a single, alongside a new lyric video, courtesy of Andy Pilkington at Very Metal Art. 


 


You can watch the video here.


The Amorettes continue to promote their most exciting release yet, and are on tour across the UK this November and December:


11 November – Monstersfest, Inverness (with The Dead Daisies)
21 November – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
22 November – The Key Club, Leeds
24 November – Esquires, Bedford
25 November – Joiners, Southampton
27 November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
28 November – The Adelphi, Hull
29 November – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool
30 November – Rock City Basement, Nottingham
1 December – Winter Rocks Festival, Sheffield
2 December – Koko, London (special guests to The Wildhearts)
3 December – The Mill, Birmingham (special guests to The Wildhearts)
4 December – SWG3, Glasgow (special guests to The Wildhearts)
 


Tickets for all shows are available from www.theamorettes.com.


 
Whilst today’s popular music world seems to be based around the idea of “style over substance”, Scottish Hard Rock Trio, THE AMORETTES, have a very simple plan; Taking over the world, one show at a time!  


No fuss! No gimmicks! Just good, old-fashioned hard work, and great songs.  Anyone who’s ever experienced an AMORETTES live show can easily testify to the buzz of expectation that kicks in as soon the lights go down, and the intro rolls. Never has the Slade track, “We’ll bring the house down” been so prophetic in its meaning.  The roar from the crowd builds expectation from the very start, and the energy and intensity doesn’t let up until we reach the end together. Witness the audience sing-a-long during the anthemic set closer, “Hot And Heavy”, a track always pre-empted by vocalist/guitarist, Gill Montgomery asking the sweat soaked audience, “Is Everybody Hot? Do You Like It HEAVYYY?” 


Relentless touring across the UK and Europe has helped turn THE AMORETTES into a lean, mean, Rock and Roll machine, leading them to be described as “Like Airbourne fronted by Joan Jett“. Reviews for both live shows, and the albums, only reinforce the fact that THE AMORETTES star is still very much in ascendance, and, as long as there are stages to play, and records to make, there is no sign of this “Female Motorhead” attempting to take the easy road to the top.


UNEARTH Kick Off US Tour in Brooklyn, NY Tonight

UNEARTH will release their new album Extinction(s) on November 23rd via Century Media Records. In support of the album, UNEARTH will hit the road this November with Fit For An Autopsy.  The first leg of the tour has The Agony Scene and Traitors rounding out the package. This leg of the tour begins tonight with a sold-out show in Brooklyn, NY and runs through November 18th.  The second leg of the kicks off November 19th in Cincinnati, OH.   Again, they will be on the road with Fit For An Autopsy and The Agony Scene.  I AM will join the tour beginning on November 23rd.  A complete list of dates can be found below.
Watch the lyric video for “Survivalist” HERE and listen to the first single from the album “Incinerate” HERE.


Pre-Orders are available for Extinction(s) HERE .


Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Body Count, GojiraThy Art Is Murder, Silent Planet) handled the production duties for Extinction(s) at Graphic Nature Studios.


After an awe-inspiring 20 years of blazing trails and dominating stages, UNEARTH is now institutionalized as a relentless force in heavy metal, standing the test of time with consistently triumphant creative output, tireless road warrior resilience, Blue Collar style workmanship and a resolute determination to deliver the goods.
UNEARTH W/ Fit For An Autopsy, The Agony Scene and Traitors:
11/2: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (SOLD OUT)
11/3: Cambridge, MA @ Sonia
11/4: Halethorpe, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
11/5: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/6: Fayetteville, NC @ The Drunk Horse Pub
11/7: Ocala, FL @ The Alchemy Ballroom
11/8: Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s Live
11/9: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
11/10: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/12: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
11/13: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
11/14: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
11/15: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
11/16: St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
11/17: Joliet, IL @ The Forge
11/18: Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick


UNEARTH W/ Fit For An Autopsy and The Agony Scene:
11/19: Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club
11/20: Springfield, MO @ The Complex
11/21: Merriam, KS @ Aftershock


UNEARTH W/ Fit For An Autopsy, The Agony Scene and I AM:
11/23: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
11/24: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/26: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11/27: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/28: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
11/29: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
11/30: Los Angeles, CA @ Union
12/1: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red


Dark Folk Crossover Artist AMIGO THE DEVIL Announces Second Leg of North American Tour

Following a number of well received single and EP releases, singer-songwriter and underground folk phenom AMIGO THE DEVIL released his highly-anticipated debut album, Everything Is Fineearlier this month. Everything Is Fine can be ordered now at www.shopbenchmark.com/regime/.


Today, AMIGO THE DEVIL is pleased to announce that the band has added a second leg of their current North American tour with Harley Poe, beginning January 16, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN. The second leg will visit several additional cities, coming to an end in San Antonio, TX on February 5, 2019. See below for all currently confirmed AMIGO THE DEVIL tour dates.


 
Additionally, AMIGO THE DEVIL‘s Everything is Fine debuted on the Billboard charts this week! The album made an amazing impact – debuting at #38 on Heatseekers, #27 on Americana Folk, and #83 on the Record Label Indie current charts.


AMIGO THE DEVIL says about the Billboard debut, “This is surreal to us! Thank you forever for all your support with this record. Please keep sharing it and let’s keep this party going. Again, from every cell in our bodies, thank you.”
AMIGO THE DEVIL Tour Dates:
North America – Leg 1:
10/31 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater SOLD OUT
11/1 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
11/2 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/3 – Hamtramck, MI @ The Sanctuary
11/4 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/5 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Pete’s Concert Venue
11/7 – Millvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s SOLD OUT
11/8 – Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station
11/9 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie SOLD OUT
11/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/14 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/15 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/16 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
11/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Purgatory
11/18 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar SOLD OUT


Europe:
12/04 – Paris – La Boule Noire
12/05 – Amsterdam – Melkweg
12/07 – London – Borderline
12/08 – Nottingham – Bodega
12/09 – Newcastle – Think Tank
12/11 – Glasgow – Stereo
12/12 – Manchester – Deaf Institute
12/13 – Bristol – Thekla
12/14 – London – Oslo


North America – Leg 2:
1/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Studio B at Skyway Theatre
1/17 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
1/18 – University City, MO @ Blueberry Hill
1/19 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
1/21 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheet
1/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
1/23 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic
1/24 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
1/25 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
1/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
1/29 – Reno, NV @ Jubs Jubs Thirst Parlour
1/30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium
1/31 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
2/1 – Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
2/2 – Tuscon, AZ @ Club Congress
2/4 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe and Backroom
2/5 – San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s


A key figure in the U.S. ‘murder folk’ scene which also includes contemporaries such as The Devil Makes Three and The Dead South, the music of singer-songwriter AMIGO THE DEVIL is a unique blend of folk that also incorporates elements of Southern Gothic, Country and Bluegrass. Initially influenced by the likes of Tom WaitsNick Cave and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, the artist born as Danny Kiranos has a recognized sound that carries traces of artists such as Americana string band Old Crow Medicine Show and singer-songwriters William Elliott Whitmore and David Eugene Edwards of 16 Horsepower, allied with direct, often morbid lyrics shot through with a dark sense of humor.


Produced by Ross Robinson – renowned for his work with major league hard rock/metal acts such as Korn, Slipknot, At The Drive In and Glassjaw – Everything Is Fine also features drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage) sitting in on the entire recording session. The album was recorded at Valentine Studios, a time capsule untouched since the 70’s with all the original gear and atmosphere. Everything Is Fine was recorded, mixed and mastered to tape to capture an absolute and pure brutal honesty.


Despite being armed with only his vocals and a banjo/acoustic guitar, AMIGO THE DEVIL‘s live show is worlds away from what people expect of a traditional folk show. Loaded with sing-alongs and an unsuspecting dose of humor to make otherwise grim topics accessible for fans of every genre, the songs remain deeply rooted in the tradition of story-telling that seems to be slipping away from the human condition.

WHITECHAPEL To Kick Off 10 Years Of Exile US Tour With CHELSEA GRIN, OCEANO, And SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL Next Week

WHITECHAPEL will kick off their 10 Years Of Exile US tour next week. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of their critically-lauded This Is Exile full-length, the tour — which stretches from November 1st through December 16th — will see the bandperform the record in its entirety alongside other songs from their catalog. Support will be provided by Chelsea Grin, Oceano, and Slaughter To PrevailWHITECHAPEL‘s 10 Years Of Exile tour serves as the final bout of shows before returning to the studio to finish recording their upcoming new full-length, due in the Spring of 2019 via Metal Blade Records. See all confirmed dates below.
WHITECHAPEL w/ Chelsea Grin, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail:
11/01/2018 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/02/2018 Westcott Theater – Syracuse, NY
11/03/2018 One Centre Square – Easton, PA
11/04/2018 Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI
11/05/2018 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/07/2018 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
11/08/2018 V Club – Huntington, WV
11/09/2018 Oddbodys – Dayton, OH
11/10/2018 The Firmament – Greenville, SC
11/12/2018 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA
11/13/2018 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
11/16/2018 Civic Music Hall – Toledo, OH
11/17/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI
11/18/2018 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN
11/20/2018 Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
11/21/2018 Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
11/23/2018 Wave – Wichita, KS
11/24/2018 Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/25/2018 Aggie Theater – Ft. Collins, CO
11/27/2018 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
11/28/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/29/2018 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
11/30/2018 Diamondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
12/01/2018 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
12/02/2018 Domino Room – Bend, OR
12/04/2018 Senator Theater – Chico, CA
12/05/2018 The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
12/06/2018 Bryder’s – Bakersfield, CA
12/07/2018 Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
12/08/2018 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
12/09/2018 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
12/12/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
12/13/2018 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
12/14/2018 Growler’s – Memphis, TN
12/15/2018 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
12/16/2018 The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN


WHITECHAPEL‘s latest album, Mark Of The Blade, was released in 2016 via Metal Blade. Crowned an, “exciting milestone,” by Alternative Press and a, “21st century album that reinvents the sound of heavy,” by Popmatters, the record was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse).

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.