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On September 19, former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown took part in a clinic at Sam Ash in New York City. A two-minute Artisan News report on the event, which includes a short interview with Brown, can be seen bleow.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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On September 19, Metal Mark of SkullsNBones.com conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown at Sam Ash in New York City. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is footage of Rex‘s Sam Ash clinic.

Hartke recently announced the addition of Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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German black metallers ENDSTILLE will release their eighth full-length album, “Kapitulation 2013″, on November 8 in Europe and November 12 in North America via Season Of Mist.

“Kapitulation 2013″ track listing:

01. Aborted
02. The Refined Nation
03. Reich An Jugend
04. Sick Heil
05. Blasphemer (SODOM cover)
06. Monotonus 2013
07. Nostalgia
08. Stalin Note
09. KDF 511
10. Endstille (Abschied)

The song “The Refined Nation” can be streamed below.

With its eighth full-frontal assault, “Kapitulation 2013″, ENDSTILLE is armed and dangerous again. There is true grit and dirt in the nine original tracks as well as in the cover version of the SODOM classic “Blasphemer”, featuring a guest appearance by ex-SODOM guitarist Grave Violator on guitar.

“Kapitulation 2013″ has everything you expect from German black metal and more: furious droning of deliberately monotonous guitars, relentless punishing from the rhythm section and undiluted vocal aggression from the raw throat of frontman Zingultus – formerly of legendary NAGELFAR. Now ENDSTILLE is once more ready to take on the world with “Kapitulation 2013″, combining its strongest aspects on one album.

ENDSTILLE‘s seventh CD, “Infektion 1813″, came out in May 2011 through Season Of Mist.

ENDSTILLE in 2009 announced the addition of vocalist Zingultus to the group’s ranks.

The group’s sixth LP, entitled “Verfhrer”, was released in April 2009 via Regain Records.

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Our Joe Daly went to Uproar Festival to see the likes of Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria and many more heavyweights bring the noise to San Diego. Lucky for him. Lucky for us, though, he went and reviewed it! Here’s what went down…

Another skin-reddening day has descended upon the paradisaical surf town of San Diego and with it arrives the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival – the last major festival tour of the season – boasting easily the most eclectic lineup to pull through in quite some time. Headliners Alice in Chains are presiding over a scrambled spectrum of rock and metal acts, including alt-rock legends Jane’s Addiction and prog metallers Coheed and Cambria, as well as up-and-comers such as Walking Papers, Dead Daisies and Middle Class Rut.

Like other tours, UPROAR has set up two second stages side-by-side to eliminate breakdown times between sets. As one band wraps up, the other band are literally standing on the stage next to them, peering around the speakers and waiting for the final note to end so they can crash into their opener. Comical as it sounds, it works enormously well, and at 2:50, Charming Liars [6] launch into an energized yet fleeting set of pop-inspired rock, followed by Sacramento’s Middle Class Rut [7], whose sugary alt-rock stage show establishes a positively airtight case for a spot on next year’s Warped Tour.

Highlights of the second stage are Canada’s Danko Jones [8], rock/metal supergroup Dead Daisies [8], and Walking Papers [8]. The Dead Daisies first detonate a ferocious half hour set of filthy classic rock and metal, powered by the hard-hitting rhythm section of bassist Marco Mendoza (ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Whitesnake), and drummer Brian Tichy (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Whitesnake), the grooving fretwork of guitarists Richard Fortus (Guns n’Roses) and Dave Lowy (ex-Red Phoenix) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns n’Roses). Vocalist Jon Stevens (ex-INXS), sporting a chewed-up thumb and hobbling on a walking boot from a fishing accident, turns in a ferocious vocal performance that can likely be heard well past the Mexican border.

Duff McKagan: Walking Legend

In one of the festival’s more surreal moments (which is saying a lot with Jane’s Addiction lurking about), as two current members of GNR conclude their set with Dead Daisies on one stage, GNR’s original bassist, Duff McKagan, stands ten metres away, waiting to tear it up with his own new side project. Walking Papers turn in the most surprisingly heavy set of the afternoon with a punishing barrage of bluesy, hook-heavy anthems, powered by Duff and guitarist/vocalist Jeff Angell. Their final notes incite considerable dismay from the crowd and as security usher the people towards the main stage, two things stand out: 1) not a single “Whale’s Vagina” remark has yet been uttered and 2) Walking Papers’underground status is officially over.

Over on the main stage, the sun drops through the horizon as Circa Survive [6] offer an earnest but unremarkable clutch of pop-sweetened alt-rock as the amphitheatre begins to fill. Judging by today’s t-shirt representation, Coheed and Cambria [8] are the most in-demand outfit on today’s roster and their forty minute set offers a welcome shot of untempered urgency. Unleashing one brawny prog metal beatdown after another, including Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant, Number City and Welcome Home, Coheed and Cambria treat the audience like a flamethrower hitting a pile of dry leaves. It is majestic, as is frontman Claudio Sanchez’ heroic afro, which might well account for thirty percent of the musician’s total body mass.

Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez: furry

From the looks of Jane’s Addiction [9], they have all spent the past decade eating salads and doing sit ups. Elegantly-attired frontman Perry Farrell conjures images of old Tinseltown and those chiseled leading men of the 30s, his inimitable voice effortlessly exploring the high notes he first struck over two decades ago.

Perry Farrell: sprightly

We are especially thrilled to see Dave Navarro detonating filthy sets of mountain-cracking grooves, reminding everybody in attendance that before reality television, he was one of the architects of the alt-rock revolution. Jane’s simply kill it with an expertly-paced campaign of fan favourites including Superhero, Been Caught Stealing and Mountain Song.

Dave Navarro: groovy

Finally it’s time for headliners Alice in Chains [9] and the reception confirms that t-shirt numbers be damned, this is their crowd. Maniacal applause greets the grunge godfathers who dip straight into the old songbook with Them Bones, followed by Dam That River.

Alice In Chains: smashing it

As with most legendary bands who have seen a change in vocalist during their prime years, AIC will always inspire debate among fans regarding their election to carry on after the gut-wrenching demise of original vocalist Layne Staley. We are far too busy not giving a shit to worry about such hypothetical histrionics, instead savouring the unmitigated thrill of beholding the proto-grunge purveyors delivering a punishing retrospective of their entire catalog, tracking their early days straight through their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Check My Brain predictably rockets the Southern California crowd into heightened levels of clinical insanity, with seemingly every ticketholder in the venue shouting out the chorus Californiaaaaaaa’s alriiiiiiiight; Somebody check my brain!

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And then it happens. At just after ten p.m., none other than the iconic riff technician himself, Jerry Cantrell, steps up to the microphone during a break and, losing his composure into a fit of chuckles, advises, “I’m pretty sure that San Diego means ‘Whale’s Vagina.’” Score!

Would? and Rooster close out a spectacular set, bringing this year’s UPROAR festival to a close and sending the masses back into the heart of the Whale’s Vagina. Although to be fair, no one really knows what San Diego means. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago…

Alice In Chains Uproar San Diego Setlist

Them Bones
Dam That River
Check My Brain
Again
Man in the Box
Got Me Wrong
Rain When I Die
Hollow
Stone
Down in a Hole
Would?
Rooster

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Cutter of Envision Radio Networks“Hangar 19″ podcast recently conducted an interview with the incomparable guitar aficionado Joe Satriani. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Satriani last month kicked of an extensive U.S. tour, and first-ever cross-Canada trek, supporting his new album, “Unstoppable Momentum”. The tour launched on August 29 in San Diego, California before crisscrossing its way across the U.S., in addition to a trans-Canadian tour where Satriani will be hitting many Canadian cities for the very first time. The North American tour will end with a show on October 26 in Oakland, California. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran bandmate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).

“Unstoppable Momentum”, Satriani‘s 14th studio album, was released on May 7. The CD debuted at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart, giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years, and first single, “A Door Into Summer”, landed in the Top 10 on the Classic Rock radio chart.

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Episode 215 of the “Iron City Rocks” podcast (web site) features an interview with the incomparable guitar aficionado Joe Satriani about his new album, “Unstoppable Momentum”. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Satriani last month kicked of an extensive U.S. tour, and first-ever cross-Canada trek, supporting “Unstoppable Momentum”. The tour launched on August 29 in San Diego, California before crisscrossing its way across the U.S., in addition to a trans-Canadian tour where Satriani will be hitting many Canadian cities for the very first time. The North American tour will end with a show on October 26 in Oakland, California. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran bandmate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).

“Unstoppable Momentum”, Satriani‘s 14th studio album, was released on May 7. The CD debuted at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart, giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years, and first single, “A Door Into Summer”, landed in the Top 10 on the Classic Rock radio chart.

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Touring for over a span of seven years since age sixteen, first with late WARRANT singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with LIZZY BORDEN, metal guitar virtuoso Dario Lorina will release his first solo recording, entitled simply “Dario Lorina”, on September 10 via Shrapnel Records.

Growing up listening to guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen, Dario‘s music harkens back to the glory days of high-caliber shred guitar, the genre of which Shrapnel Records was a founding force.

Dario Lorina‘s debut solo CD reveals a guitarist brimming with extreme musical ability. This guitarist brings more diverse influences into play than the average neo-classical riff monger. While technically proficient like all of the label’s guitar instrumentalists, Dario‘s CD isn’t just about shredding. It’s an American guitar instrumental album having more in common with riffs reminiscent of Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen than the European influence of guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen.

Dario‘s debut CD is a powerful all-instrumental CD drenched in attitude-filled guitar work, backed by a thundering hard rock rhythm section.

Points of Interest

* Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD had this to say, “I think Dario Lorina is one Amazing guitar player! Having known him for many years, he never ceases to amaze me every time we hang out and jam! He blew me away when he played with us in Vegas. A true talent and an amazingly nice guy.”
* Boasting thirteen phenomenal new instrumental tracks, Dario proves why he is considered by many of his peers to be a true guitarist’s guitarist.
* Dario Lorina has remained in the public eye through heavy touring, first with Jani Lane and later with LIZZY BORDEN with whom he continues to perform.
* Dario has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and Europe’s Guitare Xtreme magazine.
* Dario was featured in the Music Star Productions All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten as “Next Generation Of Rock Guitar”.
* Dario has his own signature guitar model with LAG Guitars, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Bedarieux, France.

“Dario Lorina” track listing:

01. Demon Rum
02. Pipe Dreams
03. My Heroine
04. Villains
05. Silhouettes
06. Feels Good
07. House Of The Rising Sun
08. Alive
09. Ambrosia
10. Words Unspoken
11. Sacksong
12. Revolutions
13. Amor Odium

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DARKOLOGY, the Texas-based band featuring guitarist Michael Harris (VITALIJ KUPRIJ), drummer Brian Harris (ex-FIREWIND), bassist Mike Neal and vocalist Kelly “Sundown” Carpenter (FIREWIND, BEYOND TWILIGHT, OUTWORLD), will release its sophomore album, “Fated To Burn”, in late 2013 or early 2014 through Prime Eon Media. The CD was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, ANVIL, THIN LIZZY) at his studio in the U.K. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Eyes Of The Machine”, “Quantum Genocide”, “On Morrow’s Break”, “Nobot 2″ and “Your Hollow Soul”.

Says the band: “This is album is a tribute to the old-school and it’s our hope that what we’ve done here will remind the listener why they got into metal in the first place.”

The amazing Harris brothers have again put their indelible stamp on these songs. Michael, arguably one of the best guitarists in metal and beyond, brings the killer riffs, solos and big atmosphere as Brian, his younger brother, punishes the skins like there’s no tomorrow.

Finally, the always dynamic and melodic Mike Neal has not only played some mean bass and done a lot of backing vocals but has also written most of the lyrics on this album, proving this to be a total group effort.

Rainer Kalwitz, the illustrator for such bands as SHADOW GALLERY and PRAYING MANTIS, has provided DARKOLOGY with an eye-catching and very fitting cover painting.

The “Fated To Burn” title track can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.

“Altered Reflections” was released in November 2009 via Rockaholics Records.

According to a press release, DARKOLOGY‘s music features “ultra-tight, technical playing that serves the songs just right and remains transparent. The rhythm section just grooves wildly and delivers some impressive battery. And towering above all else, Sundown just redefines the term ‘metal singer.’ With some 15 different vocal styles, ranging from whispers to delirious screams and wails, he’s as theatrical as they come. Imagine a guy with Ripper Owens‘ or Rob Halford‘s ra(n)ge, Jon Oliva‘s wickedness and Midnight‘s madness! Then multiply!”



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Hartke has announce the addition of famed bassist Rex Brown to its already impressive roster of artists. Rex is best known as one half of the driving rhythm section of legendary metal band PANTERA and is currently further developing his signature sound with his new band KILL DEVIL HILL. KILL DEVIL HILL will release its sophomore album this fall on Century Media Records.

“I’ve been playing bass for a long time and I recently had the great fortune of pluggin’ in to a Hartke rig,” says Rex. “My new rig gives me the flexibility to control my tone and blast my sound in any size venue. This Hartke rig slams like a concrete sledge. I’m looking forward to being part of the Hartke family for ANOTHER very long time.”

On September 19, Rex Brown will make his debut Hartke appearance at the Sam Ash in New York City, located on West 34th Street. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Rex discussing some of his favorite bass techniques, as well as demonstrations of some of his famous riffs from throughout his career. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

This past March, Rex released his memoir entitled “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. He also made an appearance on VH1 Classic‘s flagship program “That Metal Show” in support of the book. He will be hitting the road with KILL DEVIL HILL this fall in support of their new release.

Rex was recently announced as part of the festivities at Bass Player LIVE! 2013. He will participate in the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show, presented by Hartke, which will be a historic tribute to BLACK SABBATH‘s Geezer Butler. The show will take place at the Fonda Theater on November 9. And on Sunday, November 10, Rex will be a part of a bass panel, again hosted by Hartke, alongside Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson and Frank Bello.

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“Dead Can See”, the new video from EVIL UNITED — the Austin/San Antonio, Texas-based band featuring Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANGEROUS TOYS, BROKEN TEETH) on vocals, a double guitar assault of T.C. Connally (PB/DC, CULT TO FOLLOW) and John Valenzuela (PB/DC, URIAL) as well as the brutal rhythm section of Don Van Stavern (RIOT, S.A. SLAYER) on bass and “Shakes” West (MURDERDOLLS, NEUROTICA, SEBASTIAN BACH) on drums — can be seen below. The song will appear on the band’s sophomore full-length album, which is currently “in the mixdown phase.” Connally says: “We can’t wait for people to hear the new material.”

EVIL UNITED instantly delivers what fans expect and demand from the Lone Star state: intricate, heavy, pounding rhythms, screeching guitar solos and over-the-top power-screaming vocals. The band was described by Lior “Steinmetal” Stein of Metal-Temple.com as “fresh with an old-school orientation.”

EVIL UNITED‘s self-titled debut album was released in September 2011 via MVD Entertainment Group.

McMaster previously stated about EVIL UNITED: “I think there are a lot of bands playing this type of metal right now, but I believe that EVIL UNITED has something different about it. There is a wide range of influence, lots of peaks and valleys to explore, without losing any of the extreme.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Texas metal alumni such as these guys; they shred but they are paying attention to the thrash and power as well as the melody.”

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