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Long-running U.S. metallers RIOT will release an as-yet-untitled new album in 2014 via SPV/Steamhammer (in North America and Europe) and Avalon/Marquee (Asia). The band will enter the studio in December to begin recording its first studio CD without guitarist and founding member Mark Reale, who died in January 2012 in a San Antonio hospital due to complications of Crohn’s disease — an ailment he had battled for most of his life. He was 56 years old.

Although no decision has yet been made on the matter, RIOT bassist Donnie Van Stavern has revealed that the group’s new album may be issued under a different band name — presumably in recognition of the fact that Reale was RIOT‘s only remaining original member prior to his passing.

Reale spent most of his life working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for Crohn’s disease. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn’s symptoms, leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility. Mark was struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of RIOT‘s last album, “Immortal Soul”, and guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the LP with Mark‘s creative direction while Reale was unable to perform.

In a September 2012 online posting, the surviving members of RIOT rejected claims that they were trying to cash in on Reale‘s death, writing, “RIOT has never really made lots of money — not even Mark. He lived with his parents until the day he passed. And we all have day jobs.

Mark was our brother. He lived with us and we took care of him up until his passing, and we are still deeply saddened by the death of a family member.”

They went on to say that Reale was “too shaky” to play anything but four rhythm tracks on the “Immortal Soul” album, leaving Flyntz to complete the work. “It did frustrate him,” they added. Nevertheless, “Mark was at the studio, and was pleased with how it was coming out — and was proud to call it a RIOT record.

Mark and his estate’s wishes were for us to go on, and most people want us to. We play songs we wrote or co-wrote, and play a few of Mark‘s songs in tribute to him and the early years… We’re all fans of the early stuff.”

“There are bands out there playing songs and performing with ONE original guy in the band and some didnt write any of the music — QUIET RIOT, GUNS N’ ROSES, GREAT WHITE now QUEENSRŸCHE! And, of course, THIN LIZZY (well, a couple of guys, but NOT Phil [Lynott]) but people come out to hear songs they love.

Mike Flyntz has been taking care of Mr. Reale [Mark‘s father] since Mark‘s death because [Mike] is like a son to him now.”

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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Many people see musicians as these mythical rock stars who are always in "rock" mode. One band in specific that fits this bill is Manowar, who's image preaches the upmost masculinity and being "metal." But the truth is, they're regular everyday guys like us and before Manowar got big, they had day jobs like the …

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Orange Goblin Rocking The Shades

2012 was a massive year for the Orange Goblin lads. Not only did they release what is arguably their greatest album yet with the mighty Eulogy From The Damned, but they announced that, for the first time ever, they were going to quit their day jobs to properly tour the world. Oh, and they bagged the Number 3 spot in our albums of the year list. Not bad, eh?

Tomorrow sees the Londoners bring their all-conquering, muscular stoner metal onslaught to London’s Islington Academy to bring their latest UK tour to a close. With seven blinding albums in their back pocket and a long-consolidated reputation for being the best party band our nation’s capital has to offer, you have no excuse for missing this if you’re in London tomorrow night.

It’s on a Friday and everything. You know it’s going to be the best party in town. And a couple of tickets are still available from the link below, but we really do mean a couple, so if you fancy it, go buy ‘em quick. Go on, you bell end!

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UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling it quits after twelve years, leaving behind five full length albums and an EP, the latest of which was the 2011 release “Blood Alliance.” The band is planning some farewell performances in 2013.

Keyboardist and founding member Steve Williams announced the news:

“I’ve decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.

“I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn’t sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years….it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going through the years. It’s been a great ride and I’ve had the pleasure of having some great musicians in this band who I am proud to call my friends. Steve, Alessio, Andrea, Francesco, Rich, Paul, Andy, Gav, Colin, Chitty, Adam, Andre, Bill, Oliver, Gav Ward, ZP,Sam Totman, Pete and Ben……you guys have played such a huge role in making PQ what it has become and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

“My dream as a youngster was to make one album. It was not about being a rock star or making lots of money, although that would have been nice :-) It always has and always will be about the music first and foremost, so to have released 5 albums is way beyond anything I could have dreamt of to be honest.

“Huge thanks to those who have done so much behind the scenes over the years as well, without whom it would have been immensely difficult for me. Step forward Manuela Froehlich, Anna Walker, Simon Burrell and Sprocket.

“But it is you, the fans, who have joined the Quest and supported the band through all the ups and downs over the years that I save my final words of thanks for. You guys have been inspirational to me! I’ve always said that PQ fans are the best in the world…..and that is as true today as it has ever been. I hope you will understand my reasons for this decision and I hope to see as many of you as possible in the months and years to come.

“We will be looking to do a couple of farewell shows in 2013 and hopefully make them a fitting way for us to take our leave.

“It’s never an easy thing to know when the time is right to move on to pastures new, but I believe that time is now.

“Through the wind and the rain we’ll meet again…….”

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UK melodic metal outfit Power Quest will be calling it quits after twelve years, leaving behind five full length albums and an EP, the latest of which was the 2011 release “Blood Alliance.” The band is planning some farewell performances in 2013.

Keyboardist and founding member Steve Williams announced the news:

“I’ve decided that now is the time to say that the Quest is over. From a business perspective it is getting harder and harder for us to break even. None of us make any money from PQ (we all work day jobs) but I have been losing significant amounts of money when on the road for the past few years. No matter how much you love something, there comes a point where you have to look at the facts, not the dream.

“I love nothing more than touring and making records but if there isn’t sufficient demand for the product then there comes a time when reality has to bite unfortunately.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and PQ over the past 12 years….it is very much appreciated and it is what has kept me going through the years. It’s been a great ride and I’ve had the pleasure of having some great musicians in this band who I am proud to call my friends. Steve, Alessio, Andrea, Francesco, Rich, Paul, Andy, Gav, Colin, Chitty, Adam, Andre, Bill, Oliver, Gav Ward, ZP,Sam Totman, Pete and Ben……you guys have played such a huge role in making PQ what it has become and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

“My dream as a youngster was to make one album. It was not about being a rock star or making lots of money, although that would have been nice :-) It always has and always will be about the music first and foremost, so to have released 5 albums is way beyond anything I could have dreamt of to be honest.

“Huge thanks to those who have done so much behind the scenes over the years as well, without whom it would have been immensely difficult for me. Step forward Manuela Froehlich, Anna Walker, Simon Burrell and Sprocket.

“But it is you, the fans, who have joined the Quest and supported the band through all the ups and downs over the years that I save my final words of thanks for. You guys have been inspirational to me! I’ve always said that PQ fans are the best in the world…..and that is as true today as it has ever been. I hope you will understand my reasons for this decision and I hope to see as many of you as possible in the months and years to come.

“We will be looking to do a couple of farewell shows in 2013 and hopefully make them a fitting way for us to take our leave.

“It’s never an easy thing to know when the time is right to move on to pastures new, but I believe that time is now.

“Through the wind and the rain we’ll meet again…….”

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FLOOD WARNING LOL

All the best new bands are rock fans first and foremost. It means they’re here for the sheer love of it, with no ulterior motive, just like the rest of us. James Power, frontman for St Albans post-hardcore band Floods, still hasn’t quite got over the shock of last year’s festival season, which saw him tracking down his heroes (Brent Hinds from Mastodon, Jason Butler from LetLive, Chris Jericho from Fozzy, and er, Steve-O from Jackass) like the world’s biggest fanboy. But it was hitting the Sonisphere stage that made him realise his own band may soon be inspiring similar devotion.

“It was an amazing feeling to be able to play in front of that kind of crowd,” he remembers. “We got to play Download too, so that’s a life goal ticked off the sheet. The only thing now is to go up a stage each time.”

Not bad for a band that were only ever supposed to be a bedroom project. When they formed, the plan was just to make music for themselves. Members came and went with dizzying regularity. Everyone got on with day jobs and other projects. But then, people started to notice the music – melodic but tough post-hardcore that reveals a love of turn-of-the-century British bands like Hundred Reasons and Million Dead, with a fat dose of metalcore thrown in for good measure. But they find their own groove on their self-titled new album thanks, oddly enough, to the upheaval in personnel. Co-frontman Jason Houlihan quit earlier in the year, leaving James – a screamer, not a singer – to step into the breach alone.

“It was a massive jump for me to go from being the second guy to doing the main vocals for the whole band,” he admits. “But I’m a complete attention seeker even if I’m not on the stage. I have no problem with making myself look like a dick. If that’s what it takes, so be it. It’s an outer manifestation of what I actually am – a bit of a freak.”

Now the plan is to strike while the iron is hot – after getting a taste for big crowds, there’s ambitious talk of weightier tours and European festivals, of reaching more people and carving a gloriously noisy trail across the UK. And most of all, having seen the local St Albans scene dwindle in the last few years, they want to inspire the next wave of British metal fans to pick up a guitar and make things happen for themselves.

“Anyone can be in a band,” says James. “I don’t really have any massive musical talent. I can scream, which is pretty abstract, that someone can do that in a band. Metal is very nonjudgmental, isn’t it? Anyone can do it, anyone can go in and be in a metal band with their friends and have fun. And they will!”

What are you waiting for? The floodgates have opened.

Floods is out now via SmallTown

Download 98 for free from http://www.wearefloods.com

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The remaining members of Riot, who recently announced that they will carry on after the tragic loss of founder Mark Reale in January, fired back at critics who claim that the band is “cashing in on the Riot name.” The band is writing and recording the follow up to “Immortal Soul” and have over fifteen songs written for the release, but have recently come under fire from unnamed sources.

The statement on the band’s official Facebook Page reads as follows:

“FOR THE RECORD! To all the people and other ‘so called’ pages that dont know what the real true story is and whats going on with Riot. First off, we are NOT cashing in on the name, Riot has never really made lots of money, not even Mark he lived with his parents til the day he passed AND we all have day jobs! We do it for the love of music and have to take time off to play. Mark was our brother and he lived with us and we took care of him up until his untimely passing and we are still deeply saddened by the death of a family member. Mike did ALL the guitar work on the Immortal Soul except 4 rhythm tracks that Mark layed because because of his illness he was too shakey to play correctly and It did frustate him. Don wrote most of the songs like he did on Thundersteel and Privilege of Power and has been with Mark since he co-wrote songs on Restless Breed and Born in America back in the early 80′s. Mark was at the studio and was pleased with how it was coming out and was proud to call it a Riot record. This is NOT the Rock City line up, this is NOT the Fire Down Under line up, IT IS THE THUNDERSTEEL LINE UP, with the original member of that era, we were ALL fans of the early stuff with Guy and Rhett. Mark and his estates wishes were us to go on and most people want us to! We play songs WE wrote or co-wrote and play a few of Marks songs in tribute to him and the early years! There are bands out there playing songs and performing with ONE original guy in the band and some didnt write any of the music, Quiet Riot, Guns n Roses, Great White now Queensryche! and of course Thin Lizzy (well a couple guys, but NOT Phil) but people come out to hear songs they love. Get the REAL or REALE info hear. Mike Flyntz has been taking care of Mr. Reale since Marks death because he is like a son to him now. Have a little compassion and get the real story before you post anything you have NO clue about! Opinions are welcome, but vicious uneducated posts and comments will NOT be tolerated and will be removed and blocked. A press release will be issued soon to let you know whats coming! Shine On believers!”

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Nashville act Ancients, which recently released a new lyric video, has issued the following statement about canceling upcoming live shows due to vehicle and health issues:

“Last weekend in St. Louis, our van’s transmission blew out. It completely totaled the van and left us without transportation. Our lead guitarist, Corey, also had a health concern while on the road. When we got back to Nashville, doctors told him that he would no longer be able to tour or play shows in such an an intense atmosphere due to his condition.

“With this string of shit luck, we have been forced to cancel a few shows in September. We apologize profusely to anyone who was planning to attend these shows. Corey will still remain an active studio member of the band as we finish up our next release.

“We are all picking up shifts at our day jobs trying to save up for a new van. If you want to help, pick up some merch or donate a little something to our paypal: ancients.booking@gmail.com.

“ANCIENTS IS NOT BREAKING UP. Instead, we will just have some new and extremely pissed off material heading your way soon. Thanks for all of the love and support so far. We appreciate every single on of you more than you know. We’re not done yet.”

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We interviewed Pig Destroyer during the Blackened Music Series on July 31st, 2009. We try to keep things on track here. We learn about the band’s day jobs, their writing process, their true feelings on police officers and more. Does it look like JR wants to kill Rob?

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Date: 2009-10-02


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Just days after God Forbid premiered their new single “War of Attrition” on their MySpace and Web site, we hooked up with guitarist Doc Coyle to talk about the creation of the band’s upcoming album Earthsblood, the metal public’s prejudice against melodic vocals, the difficulty of staying faithful on the road and how being forced to work day jobs might have inspired God Forbid to write such a killer record. Click here to listen.

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