With his solo debut album, From Hell I Rise, set for a May 17th release (Reigning Phoenix Music), Kerry King unveils Residue, the project’s brand new single, and first music video. Co-directed by Jim Louvau and his partner Tony Aguilera, who have made videos for Jerry Cantrell, Sebastian Bach, Exodus, and Killer Be Killed, the video was shot at their downtown Phoenix studio in early April, and features King’s new band – Mark Osegueda/vocals, Phil Demmel/guitar, Kyle Sanders/bass, and drummer Paul Bostaph.

According to Louvau, his concept for the video was simple: “A fiery, bitchin’, heavy f*ucking metal performance introducing the world to Kerry King‘s new project and band members. A no bullsh*t, no prisoners showcase of the band members, performing while engulfed in flames and surrounded by burning pentagrams.”

“I come from a big fire pedigree,” said King, “and my music works with fire. I’ve always written horror-type music, so it made sense to incorporate fire into the first video, where you get to see the entire band, which I think is just awesome. I think fire goes hand-in-hand with the devil, and I’m no stranger to talking about the devil.” 

Said Louvau, “I knew this would be the first time that the world was going to see the band performing together, so I wanted to create a fast-moving visual assault. Pyrotechnics and Kerry King clearly go hand in hand and seem to fit like a glove, so Tony and I wanted to create something that felt familiar but also something new and exciting. I also knew I could get away with certain visuals like a burning pentagram.”

Watch the video below, and to hear Kerry‘s first single, Idle Hands, please click here.

From Hell I Rise track listing:

1.  Diablo
2.  Where I Reign
3.  Residue
4.  Idle Hands
5.  Trophies Of The Tyrant
6.  Crucifixation
7.  Tension
8.  Everything I Hate About You
9.  Toxic
10. Two Fists
11. Rage
12. Shrapnel
13. From Hell I Rise

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Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced their new studio album, One And Only, for a release on June 28th through powerhouse label AFM Records! A first video single, Feed Your Fantasy, has just been premiered and is now streaming below. Pre-Order One And Only, here.

When it comes to the most influential bands in the history of heavy metal, authorities on the subject regularly vote Anvil among the top positions. The group from Toronto, Canada, with its two masterminds, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and Robb Reiner, and bassist Chris Robertson, not only looks back at an impressive career with countless highlights – as well as a number of well-documented difficulties – but has also had a lasting influence on lots of internationally renowned musicians, from Metallica to Slayer and beyond. 
Their forthcoming, 20th album is aptly entitled One And Only, Anvil are and will always be one of a kind and are continuing to shape the contemporary metal scene just as impressively as they did at the beginning of their career. How they achieve this? Thanks to their straightforward metal fuelled by cutting riffs and catchy hooks, which the musicians continue to celebrate with admirable effortlessness and great passion. We’re more like our old selves than we’ve been in years,” comments frontman Lips Kudlow on the new album, adding, “We’ve dropped all our more modern aspects, particularly the 90s version of Anvil. No sexual topics and no thrash speed songs like they featured on past albums.”

One And Only’ sees the band provide first-rate Anvil entertainment: While Guitarist/vocalist Lips is considered to be one of the most creative and interesting storytellers of the metal genre, Chris Robertson and Robb Reiner keep the up the pace with their usual confidence, providing the perfect rhythm section for Lips. Although they have experienced the tough and frequently merciless side of the music industry on a number of occasions, Anvil never lost their idealism, motivation and energy, which is immediately evident on One And Only.

One And Only track listing:
1 – One And Only 
2 – Feed Your Fantasy
3 – Fight For Your Rights 
4 – Heartbroken 
5 – Gold And Diamonds
6 – Dead Man Shoes
7 – Truth Is Dying 
8 – Rocking The World 
9 – Run Away 
10 – World Of Fools 
11 – Condemned Liberty 
12 – Blind Rage  

For More Info Visit:

Anvil live: 
02.05.2024 (CA) Ajax / The Edge
25.05.2024 (DE) Schönenberg-Kübelberg / Iron Fest Open Air
29.06.2024 (FR) Clisson, Hellfest
22.11.2024 (DE) Weissenhäuser Strand / Metal Hammer Paradise

 Anvil are:

Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow (Vocals/Guitar)
Robb Reiner (Drums)
Chris Robertson (Bass/Vocals)

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Deep Purple, one of Britain’s most influential bands, today announced 1 More Time Tour of the U.S., to celebrate over 50 years of Smoke On The Water.

They will be shaking the walls of North American amphitheaters this summer with an explosive lineup of unforgettable hits taken from their repertoire of rock, spanning half a century. Joining Deep Purple on their tour is Yes, making each stop an unmissable event for rock fans everywhere.

Fronted by the legendary Ian Gillan, whose vocals have defined generations and accompanied by the masterful bassist Roger Glover, the powerhouse drummer Ian Paice, the maestro on keyboards Don Airey, and the sensational guitarist Simon McBride, Deep Purple guarantees a musical journey like no other. Since joining the band in 2022, McBride has already played to Deep Purple audiences totaling more than half a million people.

Tickets will go on sale beginning with a presale on April 10th at 10 a.m. VIP packages will go on sale on April 10th at 10 a.m. The general on-sale begins on April 12th at 10 a.m.

Tour dates:

August 14 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
August 15 – Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Event Center
August 17 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 18 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino – Grand Theatre
August 19 – Forth Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
August 21 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion At Riverbend Music Center
August 22 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre At Freedom Hill
August 23 – Tinley Park, IL – Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
August 25 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 27 – Montreal, QC Bell Centre
August 28 – Gilford, NH – Banknh Pavilion 30 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
August 31 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
September 1 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater
September 3 – Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater
September 4 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Broadview Stage At Spac
September 6 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
September 7 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
September 8 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain

Selling over 100 million records and laying the ground for hard rock and metal, the band continue to tour arenas the world over and release hit albums. Their last studio album, 2020’s Whoosh!, was their highest charting in 46 years, making No. 4 in U.K. album charts.

Combining Now WHAT?! (2013) and Infinite (2017) and Whoosh(2020), Deep Purple returned as one of the best-selling hard rock bands around, with sales exceeding one million copies.

They have been touring the globe consistently since forming in 1968, travelling through rock genres and line ups to become a British institution. A measure of their influence can be seen in their fans, who count Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden and Metallica among their most ardent numbers.

Hit songs  Highway Star, Perfect Strangers, Knocking At Your Back Door, HushBlack NightFireball and Smoke On The Water helped define heavy rock, riffs and all. They remain true to the band’s origins and their ever-forging future.

Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2016.

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Metal Blade Records is pleased to welcome Category 7, the new band featuring vocalist John Bush, guitarists Phil Demmel and Mike Orlando, bassist Jack Gibson, and drummer Jason Bittner, to its legendary roster.

With veteran musicians from such legendary acts as Anthrax, Armored Saint, Adrenaline Mob, Machine Head, Overkill, Exodus, and Shadows Fall, it’s hard not to think of Category 7 as a supergroup. The origins of the band began with discussions between Demmel and Orlando of their mutual desire to form a twin lead guitar hard rock unit harkening back to bands of the ’70s such as Thin Lizzy. Bittner was next to join the conversation followed by Gibson. After composing some early music, it was obvious that the only vocalist that would fit the concept would be Bush.

Notes Bush, “Mike Orlando‘s and Phil Demmel‘s awesome riffs made writing lyrics over the music a piece of cake. The rhythm tandem of Bittner and Gibson rounded out the sound and the connection felt like it was put together in the stars. Obviously, everyone being a veteran of the metal scene made it that much easier.”

Based on Demmel‘s and Bush‘s long-term relationships with Metal Blade Records, it seemed to be the perfect home for the band. The label agreed and a union was quickly forged.

Comments Metal Blade Records‘ founder Brian Slagel of the signing, “Happy to welcome Category 7 into the Metal Blade family. Of course, some of them are already in. Seriously love working with this crew and it’s great stuff.”

As crushing and confrontational as an armed rebellion and as fiercely melodic as infectious riffs and aggressive vocals can be, Category 7 is a new breed of hard rock that lives up to the storied histories of its members. Category 7‘s debut will see release this Summer with their first single to be unveiled on May 2nd. Stand by for details!

Follow Category 7 at: Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

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A tour announcement that has been fourteen years in the making, GRAMMY®-winning, progressive music titans Dream Theater are announcing their 40th Anniversary Tour 2024 – 2025. The tour – presented as An Evening With Dream Theater – is the first outing since drummer Mike Portnoy’s return to the lineup joining vocalist James LaBrie, bassist John Myung, guitarist John Petrucci, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess. The European leg consists of stops in 23 cities and begins on October 20th and runs through November 24thDream Theater will be performing classics and fan favorites from their catalog in what promises to be an unforgettable evening of music. More information on all tickets and VIP packages can be found at

“This tour is going to be incredibly special for all of us!  Each show will surely be filled with anticipation and a variety of emotions. We can’t wait to step on stage together once again and begin this historic celebration of 40 years with everyone this Fall. This is just the beginning, and we will have plenty of more exciting Dream Theater news to share in the coming months,” explains Dream Theater

An Evening With Dream Theater 40th Anniversary Tour 2024 – 2025:

October 20 – London, England – The O2

October 22 – Berlin, Germany – Uber Eats Music Hall

October 23 – Koln, Germany – Palladium

October 25 – Milan, Italy – Forum

October 26 – Rome, Italy – Palazzo dello Sport

October 28 – Munich, Germany – Zenith

October 29 – Zagreb, Croatia – Arena Zagreb

November 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Arena 

November 2 – Prague – Czech Republic – Fortuna Arena

November 3 – Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena 

November 6 – Helsinki, Finland – Metro Areena

November 8 – Stockholm. Sweden – Waterfront

November 9 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum 

November 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Poolen

November 12 – Luxembourg – Rockhal 

November 13 – Zurich, Switzerland – The Hall 

November 14 – Lyon, France – Halle Tony Garnier

November 16 – Lisbon, Portugal – MEO Arena

November 17 – Madrid, Spain – La Cubierta de Leganés

November 20 – Stuttgart, Germany – Beethovensaal

November 21 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhundderthalle

November 23 – Paris, France – Adidas Arena

November 24 – Amsterdam – AFAS Live

Dream Theater has been in their DTHQ studio working on their 16th studio album and the first with Portnoy since 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings. More information on the upcoming release will be unveiled in the future

Find Dream Theater online:,, twitter and instagram.

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C.J. Snare, the lead singer of the 80s hair metal band FireHouse — behind hits like Don’t Treat Me Bad and Love of a Lifetime — died unexpectedly Friday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 64, as reported by the New York Post.

The band mourned Snare’s passing as a “sad day for Rock N Roll” in a statement on Facebook Sunday.

“It is with great sorrow we are letting the world know we have lost our brother: CJ Snare, the rock and roll warrior, lead vocalist, and a founding member of FireHouse,” it read. “CJ Snare passed unexpectedly at home Friday night, April 5th. He was a young 64 years old.”

“As you are all aware, CJ was expected to be back on stage with the band this summer after recovering from surgery,” the statement read adding that everyone in the group was “in complete shock with CJ’s untimely passing.”

CJ was arguably one of the best vocal talents of a generation, touring the world with Firehouse nonstop the past 34 years,” the statement added. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Snare family, Katherine Little, friends, and all our beloved fans all over the world.”

“‘Reach for the Sky’ CJ,” the post concluded referring to their 1992 song of the same name. “You will be forever missed by family, friends, fans and your bandmates. You’re singing with the angels now.” 

Several fans of the group also shared their shock over Snare’s sudden passing.

“A living legend. Loved your music, and so glad to have worked with you and met you,” one person commented on the Facebook post. “Your music and voice is my inspiration, my condolences and respect to the family, Rest well my friend. Your voice inspired generations!

“This is so sad. CJ was one of the most kind-hearted beautiful people I ever met. He was like family. A huge loss to the world, wrote a second person. 

“No words. This is so terrible and my heart goes out to his loved ones. He was a friend and a true talent,” a third person lamented.

The New York Post has reached out to Snare’s reps for comment.

Snare’s daughter, Heather, later told TMZ that her father had passed away after suffering cardiac arrest after a lengthy cancer battle. 

In addition to singing, the frontman — who helped form the group in 1987— also played keyboards on seven of the group’s albums including their debut LP which went double platinum in the United States.

Prior to his death, the singer posted a photo on Instagram announcing that he would be taking a brief hiatus from the band “until I have recovered from abdominal surgery…”

…In what would be his last social media post, Snare once again reiterated that he was feeling stronger and would be back on stage “before you know it.” 

Snare is currently survived by his three children.

[Dana’s note: send our condolences, and in honor of Snare, I will embed one of my favorite FireHouse songs, which I was listening to, yesterday.]

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