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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 4 – Wednesday March 19th – Another Day Off!

Woke up to the smell of bacon cooking as our good host served us up a full English breakfast and a pint of tea! Before we left Colchester we stopped off to pick up some sleeping bags (essential touring kit) and debated going to visit a zoo or a castle but everyone decided to get to the hotel in London and get some much needed rest. In no time we were back in the smoke and the band got some sleep whilst I managed to go home and do some laundry. Later that evening we all met up for some food at possibly the worst Chinese restaurant in the world before heading to The Red Lion in Leytonstone for beers.

We were joined by a few friends including Joe, the guitar player from Orange Goblin, and the night soon started to get messy as everyone started sampling the wide range of guest ales. We ended up back at a friends house drinking whiskey, wine, cider, more beers and whatever else was going whilst rocking out in the kitchen to Captain Beyond and Budgie. I don’t remember leaving but I must’ve staggered home at some point and the band jumped in a cab for the hotel. Days off RULE!

Day 5 – Thursday March 20th – o2 Academy 3, Birmingham

Off to the birthplace of Heavy Metal! The home of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest amongst many others. Everyone was feeling a little sceptical about this show as we knew that Red Fang, The Shrine and Lord Dying were playing across town and could seriously affect the turn out. With this in mind I did what anyone in my position would do……….I got in touch with my friends in Red Fang and arranged for them to put us all on their guest list for after Scorpion Child had finished!! We rolled into Brum around 3pm, found a place to eat and did some press before the doors opened. The turn out in the small room was great and all the bands put on a fantastic show. A fan arrived with an awesome cake for the bands (see pic) which I was amazed remained intact throughout the entire evening.

Unfortunately due to the timings of both shows we didn’t make it across town to catch up with Red Fang but we all considered the night another massive success for all involved. After the van got loaded we headed to a friends house, drank some beers and played the cheesy band name game, which involves trying to incorporate different cheeses into band names. I can’t take the credit for it but the best was ‘Crosby, Stilton Nash’!!! Tomorrow, the Lords of The Riff head north!

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 (Sheffield shows), (Newcastle, London, Manchester), and (Nottingham). See you at the front.

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Friends through the North Carolina Triangle Area heavy music scene, Black Skies and Caltrop were obvious tour mates as the two both share psychedelic sludge leanings and Southern heavy rock roots.

This November, the two bands will hit the road for a coast-to-coast tour. Black Skies will be touring in support of newest full length release, “On The Wings Of Time” and Caltrop will be touring in support of latest release “Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes.” Dates are as follows:

10.30 The Get Down (Asheville, NC) (Black Skies only)?
10.31 Sidecar (Lexington, KY)?
11.01 Reggie’s Music Joint (Chicago, IL)?
11.02 Gabe’s (Iowa City, IA)?
11.03 The Sandbox (Omaha, NE)?
11.04 Aqualung’s Community Music Space (Denver, CO)?
11.05 Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Salt Lake City, UT)?
11.06 The Shredder (Boise, ID)?
11.07 The Comet (Seattle, WA)?
11.08 Plan B (Portland, OR)?
11.09 Little Red Lion (Eureka, CA)?
11.10 Hemlock Tavern (San Francisco, CA)?
11.11 Blue Cafe (Long Beach, CA)?
11.12 Yucca (Tempe, AZ)?
11.13 Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Albuquerque, NM)?
11.14 The Conservatory (Oklahoma City, OK)?
11.15 Arrow Bar (Texarkana, AR)?
11.16 Buccaneer (Memphis, TN)?
11.17 529 (Atlanta, GA)?
11.18 Chapel Hill Underground (Chapel Hill, NC)

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Philadelphia-based traditional metal band Power Theory has welcomed renowned metal guitarist Steve Stegg into the ranks as the newest band member. Steve is a founding member and former guitarist for Blood Feast, Sleepy Hollow and Tapping the Vein. Guitarist Bob ‘BB’ Ballinger of Power Theory had the following to say:

Power Theory has been looking to add a second dual rhythm/lead guitarist since the end of the recording sessions for ‘An Axe to Grind,’ but our commitments haven’t given us the time to do anything but start to compile a list of potential candidates. Steve is a great friend and supporter of the band, and has been a regular at our local shows; in fact he replaced me as the Colossus guitarist and played with Jay Pekala prior to his first Sleepy Hollow tenure.

We would always jokingly add Steve as our top candidate when we discussed it, but knew he was very busy with Sleepy Hollow and there was no chance, so we moved on to other names. “Steve informed us he had become available in mid July and was interested in jamming to see if there was chemistry and it was evident from the first few minutes it was a great fit for both Power Theory and Steve.

We will then take a short break from live shows to start demo tracking for a new full length CD we are planning to start recording in February and release in 2013. We are currently negotiating with a legendary artist/producer for the project (more to come soon on that). Steve will be a very big part of the writing and recording process for the new album, and we will resume some live shows in October 2012. European dates are being planned for 2013 with Red Lion Music as well as Warriors of Metal Fest VI, and some US tour dates with Axxenstar and Taberah for summer 2013.

Immediate plans for the band, who just released “An Axe to Grind” on Pure Steel Records, are two area shows in August:

August 11th

FalloutZine Presents: at O’Reilly’s Pub in Philadelphia, PA – October 31, Anvil Bitch, Sinister Realm, Power Theory, Hammer Fight, and Mistress.

August 19th

Magnetar Media and Biz R Entertainment Present at Jimmy’s Place in Allentown, PA: North American Assault – White Wizzard, Icarus Witch, Widow, Power Theory, and Infernal Opera.


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