QUEENSRŸCHE FRONTMAN TODD LA TORRE RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “HELLBOUND AND DOWN” FROM HIS CHART-TOPPING DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, “REJOICE IN THE SUFFERING”

On the heels of his chart-topping debut week for Rejoice In The SufferingQueensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre is releasing another official music video from the critically-acclaimed album. The video for Hellbound and Down is a fiery visual that accompanies one of the heaviest tracks on La Torre’s debut. Todd’s songwriting partner Craig Blackwell delivers a punishing guitar riff fronted by Todd singing and screaming as fan’s have not heard before. The video for Hellbound and Down and can be seen here.

Hellbound and Down is about crossing a line and paying a price. Musically, it is an action-packed metal tune with relentless groove, varying vocal textures, and vocal range. This song once again showcases stellar guitar riffs and soloing by Craig Blackwell ,” explains Todd La Torre. 

As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album Rejoice In The Suffering. Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Craig Blackwell, creating a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. Mixing and mastering was handled by Zeuss. From the album’s opening riffs of Dogmata to the vocal acrobatics that drive the album closer Apology, it is apparent that Todd La Torre has a true love of heavy metal.

See videos for La Torre’s previously released singles, by clicking on the highlighted titles: Darkened Majesty, Vanguards of the Dawn Wall and Crossroads To Insanity.

Rejoice In The Suffering track listing:

1. Dogmata

2. Pretenders

3. Hellbound and Down

4. Darkened Majesty

5. Crossroads to Insanity

6. Critical Cynic

7. Rejoice in the Suffering

8. Vexed

9. Vanguards of the Dawn Wall

10. Apology

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Version Only):

 11. Fractured

 12. Set it Off

13. One by One

As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album Rejoice In The Suffering. From the album’s opening riffs of Dogmata to the vocal acrobatics that drive the album closer Apology, it is apparent that Todd La Torre has a true love of heavy metal. Rejoice In The Suffering is scheduled for release globally on February 5th through Rat Pak Records. The deluxe version of the album features three bonus tracks: FracturedSet It Off and One by One Fans can pre-order the album in various bundle configurations here: ratpakrecords.com/ToddLaTorre or digitally via iTunes here: smarturl.it/tltitunes.
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L.A GUNS’ TRACII GUNS AND STRYPER’S MICHAEL SWEET FORM NEW PROJECT SUNBOMB, ALBUM “EVIL AND DEVINE” OUT MAY 14TH, NEW SINGLE NO TOMORROWS” OUT NOW

Sunbomb is the highly anticipated new musical alliance between two steadfast warriors of the U.S. hard rock/metal scene, Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns) and Michael Sweet (Stryper). They have put together an absolute blinder of a heavy metal album, melding influences of classic metal bands such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with Tracii’s love of metal subgenres, specifically doom metal. The band’s debut album, Evil And Divine is out May 14th. For your first taste of the album, watch the lyric video for the first single, No Tomorrows [Dana’s note; hit refresh if video will not load]

Available on CD/LP/Ltd. Ed. Color LP/Digital. Standard Black vinyl is available from all physical retailers. Limited Edition Red vinyl is available exclusively from the Frontiers’ U.S. and EU webstores. Limited Edition Yellow vinyl is available exclusively from Newbury Comics (U.S. customers only).

Initialized and conceived after Serafino Perugino, President and A&R director of Frontiers Music Srl, reached out to Tracii about working on a new musical project for the label, the idea of a classic heavy metal sounding album was born. The music style on Evil And Divine is much heavier than what one would expect from these two musicians and is firmly planted in the ‘metal’ category. While Tracii wrote the music for the album, the fact that Michael Sweet has been writing/playing in an increasingly heavier style in the latter era, and extremely well-received, Stryper albums made him a very logical choice to sing for the band. And since doom metal, often known for having powerful singers like Messiah Marcolin from Candlemass, was a massive influence on Tracii’s songwriting here, Sweet’s ability and range were a perfect match. 

Tracii Guns says, “Sunbomb was an idea, then an experiment. When I heard the first vocal completed I was blown away by Michael’s voice. It’s an exciting album.”

Michael Sweet says, “Hard to believe that I met Tracii for the first time just a few years ago. We hit it off right away and we obviously share the same love for metal. Traci sent me a song and I loved the vibe and then he eventually asked me to sing on the entire album. What I love about it is it’s definitely different not only for me, but for Tracii as well. I think fans will love this album and although it’s reminiscent of some of the greatest metal bands of the past, it also has a fresh spin to it. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it! I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Tracii leaked the news of the new project in a March 2019 tweet, where he described the project’s debut LP as “the Metal record I would have made when I was 17 years old.” In May 2020, he mentioned on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk that “The Sunbomb record is really kind of like [L.A. Guns’ 2019 album] The Devil You Know times three. It’s more on the heavy side of The Devil You Know album. And Michael Sweet, he’s a really fantastic metal singer.”

Drums on the album were handled by Tracii’s old L.A. Guns bandmate Adam Hamilton and bass was handled by Mitch Davis, with the exception of the track They Fought, which features current L.A. Guns bassist Johnny Martin.

Evil And Divine track listing:

1.  Life

2.  Take Me Away

3.  Better End

4.  No Tomorrows

5.  Born To Win

6.  Evil And Divine

7.  Been Said And Done

8.  Stronger Than Before

9.  Story Of The Blind

10. World Gone Wrong

11. They Fought

Pre-order Evil And Divine, here.

Line-up:

Tracii Guns – Guitars

Michael Sweet – Vocals

Adam Hamilton – Drums

Mitch Davis – Bass

Johnny Martin – Bass (We Fought)

Follow the band at:

facebook.com/SunbombMetal and instagram.com/sun_bomb.

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STEELHEART’S MILJENKO MATIJEVIĆ ASKS FANS AROUND THE WORLD TO SEND IN A PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR CHORUS OF “TRUST IN LOVE”

Miljenko Matijević (Steelheart) is calling on fans around the world to send in a cellphone video clip of themselves singing along to the chorus of his new upcoming song Trust In Love which can be heard at steelheart.com. The single is scheduled for release later this year and each fan will be credited for their participation.

Matijević said “Over 350 friends and fans have submitted their singing for the chorus of Trust In Love, it is pure love energy and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Miljenko, the voice of mega-hit We All Die Young and Izzy of Steel Dragon from the 2001 hit movie Rock Star, has written and sung Trust In Love in ten different languages including Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Croatian, English, Korean, Italian and plans to add more.  Trust In Love is scheduled for release later this year.

For more information on how to submit visit Steelheart.com and download the chorus and instructions for submission. Email your submission and any questions to [email protected]. All submissions must be in by March 15th.

For information on Steelheart’s 30th Anniversary live virtual concert on March 27th, 2021 visit: dreamstage.live/event/steelheart.

Connect with Steelheart: steelheart.com, facebook.com/OfficialSteelheart, twitter.com/SteelHeartband, youtube.com/user/SteelHeartOfficial and radi.al/SteelheartSpotify.

Also: steelheartstore.com, instagram.com/miljenko.m/?hl=en and facebook.com/Milispage.

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SMITH/KOTZEN ANNOUNCE SECOND SINGLE “SCARS” FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM DUE MARCH 26TH

Scars is the second single from the upcoming Smith/Kotzen debut album by Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen.

Released today (February 24th0, Scars is described by Adrian Smith as a song which “starts off with a dreamy intro then comes in heavy,” a hark-back to 70’s bluesy rock which the duo found particularly fun to work on.

As Richie Kotzen explains, “I remember Scars being one of the songs we wrote in the very beginning of the process. There is something moody and mysterious going on in this track that I find quite engaging. This would be a great track for us to stretch out live for some guitar improvisation between the two of us.”

As well as the pair co-writing, co-producing and sharing guitars and vocals, Richie also plays bass and drums on the track. The black & white video was once again shot on both sides of the Atlantic. Performances from the band take place in home studios in London and Los Angeles while outdoor footage juxtaposes the rugged beauty of the British Jurassic coast with the historic Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific coastline near Malibu.

Watch Scars below [Dana’s note: if video will not play, refresh the page] and to download the audio, click here.

Smith/Kotzen is the electrifying collaboration between guitarists & vocalists Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen. Part-time Los Angeles neighbors, full time friends with a healthy mutual respect.  Both artists are seasoned performers on the global stage, having honed their skills throughout their careers to create their own unique musical sound. Their eponymous debut is released by BMG on March 26th.

To read more about this release, and to hear the first single, Taking My Chances, please go here.

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MEMBERS OF KISS, BILLY IDOL, TESTAMENT, KORN, MEGADETH, SONS OF APOLLO, T.S.O., ANTHRAX AND MORE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DAVID Z FOUNDATION ALL-STAR FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 7TH

The David Z Foundation announced its online fundraiser and all-star line-up which features guest appearances and performances by Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Ray Luzier (Korn), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons of Apollo), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Eric Singer (KISS), Russell Allen (TSO), Chuck Billy (Testament), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Robert Mason (Warrant), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), James LoMenzo (John Fogerty), Debby Holiday, Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative), Jen Cella (TSO), Ira Black (Of Gods & Monsters), Matt Starr (Mr. Big), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Kat Dyson (Prince), the band Buckcherry, the band Candlebox and many more. (For full listing see flyer above.)

The event will take place on the David Z Foundation’s Facebook page on March 7th at 2pm PST/5pm EST

The David Z Foundation has partnered up with the United Way and music schools around the country, including School of Rock, Brooklyn College, and Rockstars of Tomorrow to raise money for music education.The goal is to raise $8,000 for eight music scholarships for eight deserving students. This event will feature performances by professional artists in the industry along with aspiring music students and will showcase original songs from students in our new Music Mentor Program: a one-on-one songwriting program where kids learn how to channel their emotions into an original song featured at the event.

Donations to the fundraiser can be made here.

David Zablidowsky, better known as “David Z.” tragically died in a roadside accident in 2017 while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. David Z was an incredible musician with an accomplished and celebrated career. He performed on stages all over the world, gaining recognition for his extraordinary ability on the bass guitar. He was best known for the bands ZO2, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), and Adrenaline Mob. David Zablidowsky was active in developing young people through music. To continue his legacy, the David Z Scholarship Fund has been created to offer education  and financial need to young aspiring musicians

The David Z Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of David Zablidowsky & dedicated to transforming lives through the magic of music.
Our goal is to nurture that creative musical spark that a child has and help turn it into a sustainable reality. We are currently running original music programming nationwide, including private instruction, rock band, songwriting, production, and music business. In addition, we prepare kids for the music world by pairing them up with professionals in the field and showcasing their creativity through the various events we produce. Our focus is on providing these services to those who need it most. We are also working on innovative ways to address the staggering issue of youth mental health through initiatives such as the Music Mentor Songwriting program. We also offer scholarships through partnerships with music schools such as School Of Rock, Brooklyn College, and various other local organizations around the country.

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2/22: THE TOP 3 NON ORIGINAL LINEUP KISS ALBUMS WITH CHRIS JERICHO STARTS TOMORROW ON TRUNKNATION. MORE

This week on TrunkNation on Volume 106 we break down the top 3 Kiss albums made without the original lineup. Chris Jericho will be my co-host tomorrow and we will take your lists. Join us live 2-4P ET on 106 Volume and call in! Also this Thursday my guest will be Anne Wilson of Heart and I will premiere a new song from her.

New podcast Thursday is with Glenn Hughes & Doug Aldrich of The Dead Daisies. Current podcast include Todd LaTorre, Bryan Adams and more. All free now wherever you get your podcasts!

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