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Orange Goblin’s Ben Ward is currently hanging with the amazing trio of bands on this year’s Lords Of The Riff tour! Here’s how it’s going so far…

Day 3 – Tuesday March 18th – The Arts Centre, Colchester

Everyone was surprisingly refreshed after the Crobar last night and after some pub grub we were on the road from East London for the short drive up to Colchester. We arrived at the venue, which is stunning. It’s an old converted church set within the old roman wall of Colchester complete with it’s own ancient graveyard. As stunning as it is, it’s a pain in the arse to get a van and trailer to in order to unload and load equipment!

The band set up in quick time so that they could go for the obligatory photo shoot in the said graveyard. Scorpion Child were headlining the night and the stage looked great with the backdrop in front of a huge stained-glass window! Dinner was a delicious vegetarian Chilli that I probably ate too much of and soon the venue was filling up nicely. Again, Buffalo Summer kicked things off and they were soon followed by Monster Truck. I was half expecting the Monster Truck keyboard player to set up in the pulpit at the side of the stage! By the time Scorpion Child hit the stage the crowd had swelled and everyone was ready for the rock! Scorpion Child definitely brought it too! An hour of high energy, high volume rock and roll and again all the punters went home happy! After the show we headed off to get pizza and kebabs (again!) before having a few beers and discussing horror movies back at a friends house. And the tour rolls on…

Catch Lords Of The Riff on the following dates:

 

Thu 20 Mar – BIRMINGHAM Academy 3 (MT closes)
Fri 21 Mar – SHEFFIELD Corporation (SC closes)
Sat 22 Mar – GLASGOW King Tuts (MT closes)
Sun 23 Mar – NEWCASTLE Academy 2 (SC closes)
Tue 25 Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (MT closes)
Wed 26 Mar – LONDON Underworld (MT closes)
Thu 27 Mar – MANCHESTER Roadhouse (SC closes)

 

Tickets are on sale now. To buy online, visit www.seetickets.com (Sheffield shows),www.livenation.co.uk (Newcastle, London, Manchester), www.gigsinscotland.com(Glasgow) and www.alt-tickets.co.uk (Nottingham). See you at the front.

 

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DEEP PURPLE will release the track “Above And Beyond” as a CD-single and on seven-inch vinyl on October 25 in Europe. The single artwork was based on the original graphic work of Black Dwarf Designs.

A promotional video for the single can be seen below.

“Above And Beyond” comes off DEEP PURPLE‘s latest album, “Now What?!”, which sold 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 115 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Now What?!”, the 19th studio album from DEEP PURPLE, was released in North America on April 30 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER, KANSAS). The CD contain 11 tracks, including “Out Of Hand”, “Weirdistan”, “Uncommon Man” and “Above And Beyond”. The latter song references the band’s late keyboard player, Jon Lord, in the lyric “Souls having touched are forever entwined.”

In a recent interview with RadioMetal.com, DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan stated about the songwriting process for “Now What?!”: “There were no rules. We started with nothing, except the right attitude; that’s all. Every day, it was the same routine: the guys walked in at noon and we all worked until 6 o’clock on the writing sessions. We just stopped at 3 o’clock for a cup of tea. After 6 o’clock, we would go home, have a shower, some dinner and go to bed early, even if I’m always up in the middle of the night, writing lyrics. We start at 10 o’ clock the next morning when we’re recording. But the writing is always noon until six. It starts with nothing. Ian [Paice, drummer] and Roger [Glover, bassist] would start jamming, playing for an hour non-stop and trying out some rhythms or grooves. They would stop and say, ‘No, that’s not good,’ then start something else and say, ‘Remember that. Maybe on Thursday we’ll try this again and maybe it’ll be a song.’ Everything emerged from jamming sessions.”

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Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with legendary rock singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Songfacts: What are you currently doing musically?

Graham Bonnet: Well, at the moment, Mandy Wheatcroft, who’s looking after my business in England, we’re putting together an album that’s like a special edition of tracks that have never been released. She’s putting that together right now. And what we’re going to do is put it on my site, GrahamBonnet.com, folks. [laughs] How’s that for a commercial? There are some songs that I’ve had, they’ve been put away on a shelf and have never been released. It’s a mixture of different kinds of music, different kinds of styles, and it’s really more where I’m at with my music, because I started off as doing R&B and more pop stuff and I was suddenly put into this bracket of being called a heavy rock singer, which is not what I wanted to do at first. So this shows different sides of my singing and songwriting. It’s kind of like Paul McCartney‘s albums when he went solo after he left THE BEATLES: a bit of reggae, jazz, a bit of everything. So that’s what’s happening right now. We’re putting that together and getting the booklet together with some photos and all that kind of stuff inside. It will be interesting to people who like what I’ve done in RAINBOW or in ALCATRAZZ or other bands I’ve been in. It’ll be another side for them to listen to.

Songfacts: How would you compare playing in the current ALCATRAZZ lineup to the ’80s version of ALCATRAZZ?

Graham: Well, it’s completely different. We have no keyboard player, so it’s a smaller band of musicians. What we’ve done — a secret — is we’ve pre-recorded keyboards. We play to a click track when we go on stage, because a lot of the music I made in the past has been very heavily keyboard-oriented. So we’ve had to do that, unfortunately. Our keyboard player actually left — he went to get a real job, like big men do. He decided the music business wasn’t for him anymore. He was our keyboard player and second guitar player. His name’s John Thomas, and he’s a really great guitar player and worked very well with our current guitar player, Howie Simon. He left, so it’s completely different. I often think about the original band, the first band we put together with Yngwie Malmsteen playing and then the second band with Steve Vai, and it was a completely different world then. It was very exciting, it was all new, and everybody’s going, “Who are these guitar players?” But now there are so many guitar players that have that same kind of style, as well as singers who sing high, it’s becoming done to death. But I do miss that feeling of the first band. The first lineup we had was great, with Yngwie playing, and the second with Steve. Then the third one was with Danny Johnson, who eventually went to play with STEPPENWOLF. Danny‘s a very bluesy player, so he found it hard to fit. He said: “I can’t play all this heavy whittley whittley stuff.” But he did. And he could. But a better job come along, so he went with STEPPENWOLF for about 13 years after he left ALCATRAZZ. But the first lineup was a great lineup with Yngwie, because it was all new and fresh with this new guitar player, this young kid who everybody loved to death. I kind of miss that. It’d be nice to do it again, but I don’t think that will happen. I don’t think there’ll be a reunion.

Songfacts: How did you originally cross paths with Ritchie Blackmore?

Graham: That was through Roger Glover. One of my friends, Mickey Moody, was playing for WHITESNAKE at that time, and I think Roger was producing their album. This is 1970-something. Mickey told Roger that I was doing some solo stuff, which was successful in places like Australia and New Zealand. Weird places — everywhere but England. Roger wanted to know what I was doing, so they invited me over to this chateau on the border of Switzerland and France, and they gave me a song to learn. I had to learn a song called “Mistreated”, which I didn’t know anything about. I didn’t know anything about RAINBOW at all, to be honest with you. So I had to buy the albums and learn one song as an audition. Roger phoned me up and said, “Will you come over and do a song with us?” And so I went over there and sang at them and they gave me the job. That was it, really. Then I went home, thought about it, and I said to my manger, “I’m not right for this. I’m not like these other guys, long hair and all the rest of it. I don’t fit.” But I did in the end.

Songfacts: Would you want to set the record straight once and for all regarding if Yngwie is hard to work with or not?

Graham: He wasn’t at first. [laughs] But he became… he suddenly was engulfed by people telling him how wonderful he was. And when a kid is 19 years old and everybody’s telling you how marvelous you are and you could be better than this, how you could be the next Jimi Hendrix, it was very tempting for him, and his ego suddenly inflated. He became not a band member anymore — he wanted to go off on his own. And eventually, he did. It just wasn’t working. I could see it happening.

Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

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DEEP PURPLE will release the track “Above And Beyond” as a CD-single and on seven-inch vinyl on October 25 in Europe. The single artwork, based on the original graphic work of Black Dwarf Designs, can be seen below.

“Above And Beyond” comes off DEEP PURPLE‘s latest album, “Now What?!”, which sold 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 115 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“Now What?!”, the 19th studio album from DEEP PURPLE, was released in North America on April 30 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER, KANSAS). The CD contain 11 tracks, including “Out Of Hand”, “Weirdistan”, “Uncommon Man” and “Above And Beyond”. The latter song references the band’s late keyboard player, Jon Lord, in the lyric “Souls having touched are forever entwined.”

In a recent interview with RadioMetal.com, DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan stated about the songwriting process for “Now What?!”: “There were no rules. We started with nothing, except the right attitude; that’s all. Every day, it was the same routine: the guys walked in at noon and we all worked until 6 o’clock on the writing sessions. We just stopped at 3 o’clock for a cup of tea. After 6 o’clock, we would go home, have a shower, some dinner and go to bed early, even if I’m always up in the middle of the night, writing lyrics. We start at 10 o’ clock the next morning when we’re recording. But the writing is always noon until six. It starts with nothing. Ian [Paice, drummer] and Roger [Glover, bassist] would start jamming, playing for an hour non-stop and trying out some rhythms or grooves. They would stop and say, ‘No, that’s not good,’ then start something else and say, ‘Remember that. Maybe on Thursday we’ll try this again and maybe it’ll be a song.’ Everything emerged from jamming sessions.”

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Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return to the stage on April 30, 2014 for an album-release show at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

After taking a break from the road due the pregnancy of lead singer Simone Simons, the release of a new concert DVD, “Retrospect”, as well as the writing and recording of the band’s upcoming CD, the sextet will put on a memorable show, with plans to perform both old and new songs.

EPICA is currently finishing up the pre-production of the follow-up to “Requiem For The Indifferent”, with plans to enter the studio in October with producer Joost Van Den Broek (the former AFTER FOREVER and AYREON keyboard player who has previously worked with REVAMP and STREAM OF PASSION).

To make the album-release show even more special, EPICA‘s fans will not only be able to purchase regular tickets, but there will be two exclusive bundles available for this event. The first bundle contains a signed version of the upcoming album and the second, larger bundle will consist of a goodie bag, containing a signed copy of the upcoming album, an exclusive T-shirt, flag, lanyard, VIP laminate and a limited-edition poster.

Tickets and bundle for this show will go on sale Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:00 CET through Ticketmaster.nl.

There will be special “early-bird” tickets available at reduced price. This offer is valid until September 28, 2013.

EPICA celebrated its 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed “Retrospect”, on March 23 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band was accompanied by the seventy-piece Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable three-hour best-of set.

Ten high-definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while EPICA played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans. In addition to a collection of the band’s biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also featured the live debut of “Twin Flames” and the previously unreleased “Retrospect”, covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single “Quietus” with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter and Yves Huts.

On November 8, Nuclear Blast will release “Retrospect” as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages, both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

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Formed when its members were still too young to buy a pint, forward-thinking Norwegians Leprous have been honing their technical, soaring, exuberant, and often impossible-to-label sound over the last decade, impressing critics and fans alike with their dynamic sound. So convincing is their musicianship and vision, in fact, that ex-Emperor frontman and prog metal giant Ihsahn recruited the group en masse to become his live band, working frequently with the group and appearing on their recordings, including their latest – and arguably greatest – opus, Coal. Despite such connections, Leprous remain an exotic and often puzzling proposition, blending metal traits with a host of other inspirations and aesthetic choices to create a unique and mesmerising experience.

“I think in the early days it’s fair to say we had a lot of inspiration from Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Mars Volta, Dillinger Escape Plan, King Crimson and so on,” ponders lead vocalist and keyboard player Einar Solberg, “but I think in the last couple of albums we have become less directly inspired by other bands. It’s a mixture of everything we hear – even something we don’t know on the radio – and the fact that everyone in the band is involved in the writing of the songs that gives it an interesting mix.”

Indeed, while the group have seen comparisons to pretty much all the bands Einar mentions (and personally we would also add Devin Townsend and countrymen Shining to the list), Leprous are somewhat hesitant to label their own sound.

“I guess we are in the genre of progressive metal,” Einar laughs, “even though that is a pretty wide description. We started life as a metal band and have been taking whatever comes to mind when it comes to inspiration from other genres…we take influence from black metal, classical, rock music, pop music, so I think it’s difficult to describe the music we play, you have to listen to it. We are not just trying to copy another progressive metal band but are doing what I think the genre should be striving to do; to progress, to make something new and interesting and different from what you’ve done earlier.”

The band are certainly doing something new, with every part of the Leprous experience – music, live performance, even band photos – carrying a distinctly eccentric charm. But one question remains – why call the new (and possibly breakthrough) album ‘Coal’?

“It’s a nice metaphor because coal and diamonds are made from the same material,” Einar replies, “and it’s about how you use what’s given to you that turns it into what you end up. That’s true in life, but also with the album because we have the ideas but it’s how we put everything together that gives you the final result.”

Coal is out now via InsideOut

Interview by Dayal Patterson

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Kaledon has announced today the recruitment of new keyboard player Paolo Campitelli. Kaledon released latest LP “Altor: The King’s Blacksmith” back in April, and you can also check out the band’s music video for “Childhood” at this location

The post Kaledon Recruits New Keyboardist Paolo Campitelli appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Brazilian vocalist, keyboard player and composer André Matos (ANGRA, SHAMAN, VIPER) was recently interviewed by the Brazilian radio show “Heavy Nation” (web site), which airs on Radio UOL.

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As unlikely as it seems, there are times when having a drug addiction can have a beneficial side-effect. Just ask Dan Wieten of The Omega Experiment.

“All the songs on our debut album are about my life as an addict. I suppose writing about those times is a bit like being in therapy,” he muses. Self-titled, the album showcases The Omega Experiment’s progressive metal appeal, with multi-instrumentalist Dan and keyboard player Ryan Aldridge displaying a penchant for wildly adventurous yet hugely melodic music.

“My tastes are so diverse. They go from 80s bands like Def Leppard to 90s names such as Dream Theater, on to Devin Townsend, Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan,” adds Ryan. “I also love the soundtracks to movies such as Star Wars and ET.” From Michigan, Dan and Ryan met in rehab during 2008, by which point the former already had most of the song titles featured on the album in his head;

“It’s not a concept record, but to get the full effect you have to listen it all. The theme throughout is my life over a 10-year period. I am definitely the creative force behind the band, and Ryan is my co-pilot.”

The album follows up the 2011 EP Karma, and Dan is already working on fresh material. “I’m demoing stuff at the moment,” he comments. “The new songs are about how I’ve dealt with life since I’ve stopped taking drugs. How I’ve faced up to meeting people now I’m clean.”

Recording should start in the autumn, and if all goes to plan there will be live shows over here before the end of the year. This will feature an expanded line-up with bassist Matt Ryan (now a permanent member) and drummer Cody McCoy, plus an unnamed singer. For Dan, the mission statement is a no-frills one: “Our aim as a band is simple: to take you on a journey to another world.”

 The Omega Experiment is out now on Listenable

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Italian singer Chris Heaven has resurrected the EDGE OF TIME project with Japanese guitarist Yasu Matsushita and Italian keyboard player Luigi Accardo.

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