As a founding member of both Manowar and the Dictators, guitarist Ross the Boss needs no introduction. But it’s been a while since the metal masses heard from Ross, leading some to wonder if or when he would return. The wait is now over, as his newly formed outfit, Death Dealer, is ready to rock and take the world by storm, with their debut album, Warmaster.

“The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explains Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” And when he says the band is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, he’s not kidding, as Death Dealer also includes vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden), and drummer Rhino (Manowar).

Formed last year through correspondence over the internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. “Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called Death Dealer. I say, ‘Who else is in the band? They say, ‘Rhino on drums.’ I’m in! Stu goes, ‘It was either you or we would have asked KK Downing to be on guitar.’ Wow!”

As evidenced by such tunes as Death Dealer, Never to Kneel, and The Devil’s Mile, for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, Warmaster is an absolute godsend. And soon, Death Dealer will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. “Our future plans? Obviously to put Death Dealer on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied.”

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Hotel Diablo’s full length debut The Return To Psycho, California is now available on a limited edition vinyl through Italy’s Night Of The Vinyl Dead. Other vinyl releases from them include limited runs from Motorhead, Saxon, Dio, Alice Cooper and Hardcore Superstar.

The pressing is limited to 300 copies on black vinyl with a never seen before custom gunshot label and full colored inner sleeve. For more information, please visit

An exclusive teaser clip of Hotel Diablo’s new video “Psycho, California” was released earlier this month via Guitar World and can be viewed below.

The video was recently shot in Los Angeles with nine-time Emmy Award-winning and MTV Video Music Award-nominated director Fabio Jafet (Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Children Of Bodom).

“We are beyond excited to be working with Fabio,” says Grossi. “We have all been fans of his work for a long time and feel he is the perfect director to bring ‘Psycho, California’ to life on screen.”

Hotel Diablo’s The Return To Psycho, California was released in September through Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Rockstar Supernova), with additional production by Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Beautiful Creatures) and can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers.

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A clip of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Democracy 3D concert film can be seen below.

The footage was shot on November 21st at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada during the band’s residency, Appetite For Democracy.

The setlist for the show is as follows:

Chinese Democracy
Welcome To The Jungle
It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Rocket Queen
Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
Live And Let Die (Wings cover)
This I Love
Motivation (Tommy Stinson song)
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
Catcher In The Rye
Street Of Dreams
You Could Be Mine
DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
Sweet Child O’Mine
Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd cover)
November Rain
Objectify (Bumblefoot song)
Don’t Cry
Civil War
The Seeker (The Who cover)
Knockin’ On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan cover)


Don’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
Used To Love Her
Paradise City

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A mere month after being named L.A. Guns guitarist, Frankie Wilsey has been replaced by EndeverafteR’s Michael Grant. The former EndeverafteR frontman, who had minor success with the singles I Wanna Be Your Man and Baby Baby Baby in 2007, will made his live debut last night (January 17th) with the band in Illinois.

Said Grant, “It’s official! I’m the new lead guitarist for L.A. Guns and we will be touring through Illinois and Michigan starting this Thursday. Check out for tour dates, tickets and catch me if you can.”

Bassist Scotty Griffin added, “Michael Grant from EndeverafteR will be our guitarist starting this weekend in Chicago and Detroit. Is he our permanent guitarist? What happened to the last guitarist? Who’s solo album is better, Paul’s or Ace’s? I can’t say… I’m just the bass player. But you heard it here first. Stay tuned…”

Wilsey, best known for his work with Sea Hags and Stephen Pearcy/Arcade, replaced Stacey Blades in L.A. Guns when the guitarist and band parted ways due to “extenuating circumstances and musical differences.” At the time Blades said, “”This isn’t an easy announcement but as of this month I will no longer be playing guitar for L.A. Guns,” said Blades at the time. “I dearly wish Phil, Scotty and Steve much continued success. It’s been a crazy ten year ride filled with some amazing tours, albums and memories to last a lifetime! Due to extenuating circumstances and musical differences I have decided not to continue with the band. L.A. Guns was a dream come true but life is full of new beginnings and journeys. I will be taking some time off and have some different things lined up that I will share with you in the near future.”

In other L.A Guns news, the will be releasing a DVD/CD package called Live In Concert on February 12th through Cleopatra Records. L.A. Guns provided one of the most talked-about performances at the 2012 M3 Rock Festival in Maryland last May. That full concert was professionally captured in a multi-camera shoot and packaged with behind-the-scenes, studio, and interview extras in L.A. Guns: Live In Concert. Also included are three studio music videos from the critically-acclaimed album, Hollywood Forever. The accompanying CD provides the audio tracks for the M3 concert.

In the bonus material, documentarian Jack Foster interviewed Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Stacey Blades, and Scotty Griffin about songwriting, collaboration, and the band’s rich history. In-studio footage throughout the recording process was also captured, including creative banter with legendary record producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Van Halen). Former L.A. Guns member Kelly Nickels makes a special appearance as well.

Live In Concert track listing:

Live At The M3 Rock Festival:

1. Sex Action
2. Never Enough
3. You Better Not Love Me
4. Sweet Mystery
5. Revolution
6. Sleazy Come, Easy Go
7. Electric Gypsy
8. The Ballad of Jayne
9. Rip N’ Tear

Studio Videos:

10. You Better Not Love Me
11. Arana Negra (Black Spider)
12. Requiem (Hollywood Forever)

The Making Of Hollywood Forever:

13. The Beginning
14. Bookends
15. Writing Songs
16. Working Together
17. Time Crunch
18. Phil’s Songs
19. Hot Rods & Strippers
20. Treasure Chest
21. Vinyl Spider
22. Hot Take


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As previously reported, former Great White frontman Jack Russell will playing an acoustic show next month to mark the tenth anniversary of The Station fire that killed 100 Great White fans and the band’s guitarist Ty Longley.

The singer was planning to donate all proceeds from the show to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, however Russell has released the following statement:

“This morning my manager received an email from the Vice President of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, stating that they will refuse any donations from me to the foundation.

‘This is to respect the wishes of the families and survivors who do not wish to have any association with Jack or his Great White … We do not want our name associated with ANYTHING Jack Russell or [what] his band does. We do not want any donations or proceeds from anything he does.’

That being said, the proceeds from the show on February 7th will be donated to a different charitable organization, to be determined shortly.

I am saddened by the response of the foundation and the motives behind it, but we will put on a great show and make it for a worthy cause.”

The Station nightclub in Rhode Island burst into flames during a Great White show on February 20th, 2003, as a result of the band’s pyros making contact with flammable soundproofing foam. Within six minutes it had become the fourth-most-deadly club fire accident in US history, injuring 230 along with the fatalities.

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On February 22nd Krokus will release their 17th studio album entitled Dirty Dynamite and they have posted a music video for the first single and title track. Watch it below.

But it hasn’t all been one long “high”: death, sickness and internal strife have pushed the band to the brink of collapse. The story of Krokus is like no other. Dotted with highs and lows, sell-out stadium concerts and sweaty club gigs, these five musketeers of rock have outlasted trends and survived treacherous US managers, tough splits, bad deals, shady lawyers, drugs, awful fast food, endless bus trips, disco, grunge, grotesque record companies and double-dealing advisors.

Today they are back in their classic line-up — Marc Storace, Chris von Rohr, Fernando von Arb, Mark Kohler, and Mandy Meyer — and are stronger than ever on their new album Dirty Dynamite. Guest musician Kosta Zafiriou plays drums on the entire album. The band spent a whole two years working on the new album under the watchful eye of bassist and original founder Chris Von Rohr.

“We didn’t spend all that time on golf courses or tennis courts. No, we just wanted to make the best album yet, the magnum opus of the new Krokus era” says the hit producer. Guitarist Mark Kohler has this to add, “This is not just another Krokus album. I think we have definitely passed another rock milestone with this record.”

To reach this goal, no expense was spared. The band booked into the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Krokus went back to their roots, back to where it all began with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Free, the Who and the Bluesbreakers. Back to where the band headlined concerts in the Hammersmith Odeon, celebrating their first international success. “The atmosphere there is very special and we wanted to make the most of that,” says vocalist Marc Storace. Guitarist Fernando Von Arb is quick to add, “With Dirty Dynamite we have recorded the urgently needed dirty kind of rock that no one plays in this country.”

Dirty Dynamite track listing:

1. Hallelujah Rock’n’Roll
2. Go Baby Go
3. Rattlesnake Rumble
4. Dirty Dynamite
5. Let The Good Times Roll
6. Help
7. Better Than Sex
8. Dog Song
9. Yellow Mary
10. Bailout Blues
11. Live Ma Life
12. Hardrocking Man

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