metal-allegiance640 The long-awaited debut from Metal Allegiance is now available through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

The album has been in the Top 10 of the Amazon Metal charts since it was announced and shot up to the top of the iTunes charts. Metal Allegiance has been receiving rave reviews with Revolver declaring in a 4-star review “…Metal Allegiance towers above other albums of its ilk. Metal Allegiance is equal parts reverence and reference. While the songs are solid with remarkable performances and solos (performed by a host of guests), the real star here is the metal genre itself and the bands that influenced these eclectic tracks.” Wicked Channel recently praised the album in a 10 out of 10 review by stating, “The sales pitch is easy, this is our Bible.” The self-titled album contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance features nine original songs. A digipak edition is available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song We Rock (which can be viewed here), as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version is available that features all 10 songs. Physical CD bundles are available at the Nuclear Blast store.

“Words cannot convey how proud I am of this release. It’s been an honor to work with so many talented folks, from the master rhythm section of Ellefson/Portnoy to our songwriting team with Menghi to the many experts from the studio and business side of things and of course, our stellar lineup of special guests,” states Alex Skolnick. “As a guitarist, this project feels like a career milestone – some of my best work as a soloist (including fun tradeoffs with several esteemed colleagues) as well as the first metal recording to feature my own rhythm playing and guitar tone as its core foundation. I’m grateful for the opportunity and believe this is an album that will shatter all preconceptions.”

Metal Allegiance just released their latest video for the album opener Gift Of Pain. The song features vocals by D. Randall Blythe, lead & rhythm guitars by Alex Skolnick, bass by David Ellefson, drums by Mike Portnoy and additional lead guitar by Gary Holt. The video is a compilation of the song performers playing the song and is the first time any Metal Allegiance members are seen performing in a video. The video can be seen below.

The Gift Of Pain video comes on the heels of the official music video for the debut single Dying Song, which appears below.

Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal- a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert; it’s an experience and a lifestyle.

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metalAllegiancepic640 Metal Allegiance, the band featuring David Ellefson of Megadeth, Mike Portnoy of The Winery Dogs, and Alex Skolnick from Testament and Mark Menghi, have released a video for their cover of Dio’s We Rock. Watch it below.

Joining Metal Allegiance on the song are singers Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy (Testament) and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus). Additionally, guitarists Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head) and Gary Holt (Exodus) appear on the song as well.

The tracklisting for Metal Allegiance is:

1. Gift Of Pain (Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt)

2. Let Darkness Fall (Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe)

3. Can’t Kill The Devil (Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)

4. Dying Song (Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi
Drums: Mike Portnoy)

5. Scars (Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy)

6. Destination: Nowhere (Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)

7. Wait Until Tomorrow (Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy)

8. Triangulum
I. Creation
II. Evolution
III. Destruction
(Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)

9. Pledge Of Allegiance (Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)

10. We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only) (Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy &
Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt)

The self-titled album is our released today (September 22nd) through Nuclear Blast Entertainment.


Slayer - 2015 Repentless, the 12th studio album from the iconic thrash/metal band Slayer and the first without beloved founding member Jeff Hanneman, makes the highest Billboard debut in the band’s 32-year recording career, coming in at #4 on the Top 200 Album Charts and scanning 50,000 units. Slayer’s Christ Illusion had been the band’s highest debut, premiering in 2006 at #5. Repentless, the band’s first album produced by Terry Date (Slipknot, Soundgarden, Deftones), also lands at #2 on Billboard’s Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Hard Music charts.

Repentless now also holds the record as the band’s career-highest chart debut in Germany (#1), Holland (#2), Australia (#3), New Zealand (#8), the UK (#11) and on the Japanese International Chart (#1), and bowed at #3 in Finland, #4 in Belgium, and #5 in both Sweden and Greece. Additionally, the album debuted in the Top 10 in France (#7), Italy (#8), Hungary (#9), and Japan, (#10).

“The entire Nuclear Blast global team thanks Slayer and their loyal fans everywhere for the tremendous first-week success for Repentless,” said Gerardo Martinez, NB’s General Manager, USA. “Slayer made an amazing album that stayed true to who the band is, and the fans’ overwhelming response is proof of that.”

Repentless, the album’s first music video, made its premiere on the album’s September 11th release date and has since logged more than 1.9 million YouTube views and is north of two-million views on Slayer’s Facebook page. The video can be viewed here.

In support of Repentless, Slayer heads back out on tour next month. Dates are below:


6 Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan
8 Studio Coast, Koto, Japan
10 Saitama Super Arena, Saitama-Shi, Japan
12 The Republik, Honolulu, HI
13 The Republik, Honolulu, HI
25 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
26 Zenith Paris, Paris, France
27 Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland
30 Santana 27, Bilbao, Spain
31 Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain


1 La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
3 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
5 Alcatraz, Milano, Italy
7 Bank Austria Halle Gasometer B, Vienna, Austria
8 Haus Auersee, Leipzig, Germany
10 Zenith, die Kulturhalle, Munich, Germany
12 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
13 RuhrCongress, Bochum, Germany
14 MHPArena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
16 Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
17 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
19 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
21 Newport Centre, Newport, UK
22 Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
24 O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK
25 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
27 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
28 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK
30 O2 Academy Brixton, Brixton, UK


3 Hal 14, Helsinger, Denmark
4 Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
5 Lisebergshallen, Goteborg, Sweden
9 Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia

For more information, please visit Slayer’s Official Website.



joesatriani640 In 1986 Joe Satriani released his first solo album through Relativity Records, Not of This Earth. Fast-forward to this year when Satriani released his 15th solo album, “Shockwave Supernova” to critical acclaim. To mark this major milestone anniversary, Satriani will bring to life the Surfing to Shockwave 2016 Tour, an evening spotlighting his 30-year career.

The 45-date tour celebrating “30 Years of Mind-Bending Guitar Daredevilry,” a phrase coined in a June 2014 career-defining retrospective feature in Rolling Stone, launches February 25th at Seattle’s legendary Paramount Theatre crossing the US into Canada ending April 24th. The shows will highlight music over Satriani’s entire career, including songs the legendary guitarist hasn’t played live in over 20 years.

Joe’s touring band remains Marco Minnemann on drums, Bryan Beller on bass and Mike Keneally on keys & guitar.

Tickets will be on sale beginning September 25th with exclusive Joe Satriani meet & greet and VIP packages available on sale starting September 23rd, for details please visit,

Surfing to Shockwave 2016 Tour (Leg 1):

February 25 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
February 26 Historic Elsinore Theatre Salem, OR
February 27 Grand Sierra Theatre Reno, NV
February 28 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

March 1 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
March 3 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA
March 4 Pearl Concert Theater @ Palms Casino Las Vegas, NV
March 5 Talking Stick Resort Ballroom Scottsdale, AZ
March 7 Historic Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
March 8 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX
March 9 The Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
March 10 House of Blues Houston, TX
March 11 Laurie Auditorium San Antonio, TX
March 12 Orpheum Theater New Orleans, LA
March 14 Iron City Birmingham, AL
March 15 Saenger Theatre Pensacola, FL
March 16 Parker Playhouse Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Tickets on-sale 10-2)
March 17 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL
March 18 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
March 19 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL

In related news, Satriani recently revealed that Chickenfoot is in the process of recording a new track, read more here.


queensrycheband640 Queensryche have made their track Hellfire available for streaming, listen to it below.

The song is from the band’s latest album Condition Human, which is scheduled for release on October 2nd through Century Media.

Guitarist Michael Wilton said of the recordm “The label are very positive and happy about it. I know that a lot of people are really anticipating this, so stay tuned and you won’t be disappointed.”

The band previously released Arrow of Time and Guardian from their 15th album, and all three tracks are instantly available for those who pre-order the album from their PledgeMusic page.

Queensryche are currently on tour across North America with Scorpions.

Condition Human track listing:

1. Arrow Of Time
2. Guardian
3. Hellfire
4. Toxic Remedy
5. Selfish Lives
6. Eye9
7. Bulletproof
8. Hourglass
9. Just Us
10. All There Was
11. The Aftermath
12. Condition Human


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IronMaidenBookOf Soulscoveer640 Iron Maiden have reached the number one spot in 24 countries with latest album The Book Of Souls.

They’ve also secured top-four placings in 10 other locations, with more best-selling results expected soon.

Maiden’s first-ever double-length studio release was already confirmed as the UK‘s top seller.

It’s also at number one in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The follow-up to 2010’s The Final Frontier sits at number two in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Poland. It’s at number three in Turkey and number four in South Africa and the USA.

Parlophone Records boss Miles Leonard says, “We are delighted to announce that The Book Of Souls is number one in 24 countries with more to come – but more impressively, it’s sold more than The Final Frontier in its first week five years ago. A remarkable achievement!”

This week, drummer Nicko McBrain revealed that he’d momentarily thought the band were finished when he heard frontman Bruce Dickinson was suffering from cancer.



richiekotzen640 Richie Kotzen of The Winery Dogs (Kotzen/Billy Sheenan/Mike Portnoy) called into Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley to talk about the new Winery Dogs record Hot Streak.

The new record is a stylistic departure from their self titled debut while keeping their hard rock roots. The lead single Oblivion and a majority if the record is in the vein of what fans came to love with the preceding release while showing a few different sides of their musical tastes. The song Fire has a very Eagles feel while Ghost Town has a Concrete Blonde vibe.

“The record does have a broader style and I think that’s a good thing”, Kotzen said.

Unlike the debut record, Hot Streak contained no material that Kotzen had previously came up with. On the first record, Richie had brought in songs that he had already been working on.

“I brought finished songs in. I’m No Angel, Damaged, Elevate; they were all recorded. Elevate was actually a little different because I had a verse from another song and that Elevate chorus, so we did some kind of Frankenstein things with what I had written, but there is at least five songs on that first record that came off of my hard drive” he said. “This time, that I just decided in my own mind, that I didn’t want to be bringing in my songs. If I’m sitting in a hotel room and I write a song, that’s my song. I’ll put it on my record and be done with it.”

He also said, “I wanted this record to really just come from the three of us, at least from the initial foundation and it really worked well by doing that.”

Kotzen also talked about how he is doing it because he enjoys playing with Sheenan and Portnoy.

“The reality is that we do this because we love it and we will keep doing it as long we love it and as there’s a base and people that will respond favorably, we’re gonna keep doing it” he said.

“I personally don’t need to be in a band. I haven’t been in a band since 2002 and before that it was another 10 years since I was in a band. I love doing what I do, I’m a solo artist, that’s who I am, I will always be that. It’s what I enjoy” Kotzen continued.

When getting on the topic of Prince and soul music, he had a message for musicians out there, “As an artist I think it’s mandatory you can play at least two instruments, write your own songs, sing your own songs, and then be able to get on stage and do it live and do it well. Yet, there are so many people that are huge recording artists that can’t even sings and somehow they are playing stadiums. It’s really bizarre, it’s a bizarre thing. I try not to think about it too much because it can make think I don’t want to be a part of it.”

When asked about his time in Poison, he had nothing but good things to say, but also talked about when it went sour for him.

“I joined a band that really opened a creative door for me to do whatever the hell I wanted. That Native Tongue record could have easily been my solo record and they let me do what ever I wanted and the only difference is that I co-wrote lyrics with Bret Michaels and he was the lead singer. They couldn’t have treated me better on a creative level during that process” he said. When they started playing live is when the problems started for him.

“When it got really hard and was really like a wake up call and I realized “oh, this is not your band, dude” is when we got on the road and suddenly we’re only playing two songs from the new record and I’m up there playing songs; not that they’re bad because they’re good songs and people like those songs and they sold a lot of records, but it just didn’t connect with me. They have a song called “Ride The Wind” and I can remember playing it thinking “I have no emotional connection to this whatsoever; I could be reading a book right now. I’m not here, I’m not present, I’m not enjoying this” and then obviously things happened and I moved on” said Kotzen.

On his departure from the band?

“I can tell you the truth about what happened back then. It was really sensationalized and not nearly as insane as what was put in the press. They needed a story because the tour was bombing and the band was really going into oblivion, so to speak. They needed a story but in the end we’re all on good terms”.

The entire episode can be heard through Spreaker and iTunes.


deesnider400 Back in the mid 80’s, the PMRC published a list called The Filthy Fifteen, which were the top 15 songs they wanted banned due to objectionable lyrics suggesting violence, sex, drugs, alcohol or the occult. They petitioned for lyrics to be printed on the album jackets and no one was safe–heavy metal acts were right there alongside the pop stars — AC/DC, Madonna, Motley Crue, Mary Jane Girls, Judas Priest, Prince,, W.A.S.P., Mercyful Fate, Vanity, Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper and Twisted Sister all made The Filthy Fifteen list. In November 1985, the RIAA agreed to put “Parental Advisory” labels on selected releases at their own discretion.

The Filthy Fifteen App features exclusive interviews by the artists whose artistic freedom was directly impacted in 1985 after Tipper Gore and a group of influential Washington housewives started the PMRC (The Parents Music Resource Center) which pressured the record labels to put “Parental Advisory” stickers on albums with explicit lyrics.

Highlights of the App include never-before-seen images from world-renowned photographer, Mark “Weissgy” Weiss. The visual power of Mark’s iconic images helped define the music and aesthetics of the Decade of Decadence. Weiss is proud that his photographs of The Decade That Rocked are an integral part of music history.

Please visit for more information.


ScorpionsForeverandaDay640 International rock superstars, Scorpions, continue to celebrate their 50th year in metal with a special one-night national screening event of their first theatrical release, the documentary film, Forever And A Day, Wednesday, October 14th. Watch a trailer below.

Presented by SpectiCast and Tempest Films, Forever And A Day captures the history of one of the most influential bands in music history – following them for 18 months with an insightful look into the dynamic that has kept them at the top of the metal community. Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on their Final Sting dates – originally the band’s farewell tour around the globe, from Bangkok via Los Angeles to Moscow, the resulting documentary Forever and a Day is a moving portrait of their unique history, packed with candid moments and Scorpions’ memories, culminating with the decision to scrap their retirement plans. Klaus Meine adds, “I think it’ll be a really special film for our fans.”

For more information on locations and tickets, please go to

The title, Forever And A Day, outlines the philosophy Scorpions have internalized since their early days. In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don‘t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travelers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way.

Scorpions continue their global assault in support of their 19th studio album, Return to Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), just released September 11th, with North American dates (see below). For additional info please visit

Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents. For these milestone shows Scorpions have built a career-spanning setlist of their hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. In September 2015, Scorpions released their 19th studio album, Return To Forever, and embarked on the first leg of their North American tour featuring special guests Queensryche.

Remaining dates of the first leg of their North American tour:

September 18 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
September 19 Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre
September 22 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
September 23 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
September 25 Windsor, ON Canada Caesar’s Windsor TBA
September 26 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
September 29 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
October 1 San Jose, CA SAP Center
October 3 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
October 6 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
October 7 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel
October 9 Seattle, WA ShoWare Center


King Diamond King Diamond to film feature length video on the Abigail In Concert 2015 tour for blu-ray/DVD release.

King Diamond will be recording a feature length live concert video for blu-ray/DVD/digital release while on tour this fall. Director Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage) has been enlisted to direct the project, which will include footage from multiple shows throughout the entire Abigail in concert 2015 tour.

King Diamond With special guest Exodus:

10/29 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium – Tickets
10/31 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex – Tickets

11/2 San Francisco, CA The Warfield – Tickets
11/5 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)
11/6 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern – Tickets
11/8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre – Tickets
11/9 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues – Tickets
11/13 San Antonio, TX Housecore Horror Festival at the Aztec Theatre – Tickets
11/15 New Orleans, LA The Civic Theatre – Tickets
11/16 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle – Tickets
11/20 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
11/21 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
11/24 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater – Tickets
11/25 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore – Tickets
11/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom – Tickets
11/28 Detroit, MI The Fillmore – Tickets
11/30 St Paul, MN Myth Live – Tickets

12/2 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater – Club Brady – Tickets
12/4 Houston, TX House of Blues – Tickets
12/5 Dallas, TX House of Blues