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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY I: AN ENTIRE ALBUM FULL OF UNRELEASED SONGS
January 2013


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My wish for 2013 would be another Kiss album before the end of the year. 'Monster' was great, I'm looking forward to the European tour in the Summer and I'm sure they'll be touring the world well into Autumn but I still want more.

They'd probably say they didn't have time to write one by Christmas 2013 with their busy schedule but that's the cunning point - they don't have to write one. It's already done. They just have to record it and that would take them a month at most..

Van Halen got a bit of flak from some fans on their recent album 'A Different Kind of Truth' because songs such as 'Tattoo' and 'She's The Woman' were not newly written songs but re-workings of demos the band had recorded back in the 70s.

Van Halen have particular form in that area. 'House Of Pain' was demoed back in 1976 (with Gene Simmons producing), a full eight years before it was finally recorded and released on their '1984' album.

You can hear all the original demos on YouTube. I don't see anything wrong with that. They're Van Halen songs, they wrote them and most importantly, they're great tracks. The only shame is that we had to wait so long to hear them done properly.

I reckon Kiss have got at least an album's worth of unused material lying around. The thing is as I started to compile this list for fun, I realised it's not just another Kiss album, it's actually one of their best. There's some excellent tracks out there that they demoed but did not make it onto the finished albums for one reason or another.

You should of course bear in mind that the demos you are about to hear are not all of the best sound quality. The very meaning of a demo is a recording of a song to demonstrate the idea of it. They were only ever intended to be heard by the inner circle of the other band members, the producer and possibly a few of the management and record company. They were certainly never supposed to be heard by the fans and the world in general. Thanks to YouTube.

These recordings are mostly third or fourth generation cassette copies of unfinished and roughly mixed songs. Some of them were recorded with what sounds like the cheapest toy drum machine money can buy these days but those things were high-tech state of the art back in the 70s.

Other songs are layered in unflattering keyboard sounds that were all the rage in 80s home recording. Try to ignore these downfalls and appreciate the songs for the potential they undoubtedly have.

I'd like you to imagine these songs with the live drums, big guitars and general attitude that Kiss recently put into the 'Monster' recordings. This is VERY IMPORTANT!

1. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DARKNESS

OK, let's start our dream Kiss album with a stomping Paul and Gene shared vocal song. It's a cover. They've got previous for opening with covers. 'Is That You?' was written by Gerard McMahon, a young British artist yet it still sounds like a great Kiss tune when the boys rock it up.

This one is called 'What Happens In The Darkness'. It was written by Tamy Lester Smith and was originally recorded by Infinity back in 1971. Gene and Paul recorded it in 1972 for their band Wicked Lester long before they met Ace and Peter. A couple of other Wicked Lester songs made it onto later Kiss releases. Both 'She' and 'Love Her All I Can' were recorded by Wicked Lester prior to their appearance on 'Dressed To Kill'. I think they should use this one as well.



2. KEEP YOUR TAIL BETWEEN YOUR LEGS

Like so many Kiss albums, I'd like to hear a good Gene song in second place. 'Keep Your Tail Between Your Legs' was written by Gene and Howard Rice (who was also Gene's writing partner on 'Anyway You Slice It'). It was demoed in early 1984 for the 'Animalize' album. It's difficult to imagine why they eventually chose 'Burn Bitch Burn' over this one for the final album. I especially love the very cool double tempo middle section.



3. SWORD AND STONE

Track three on a Kiss album is a key point. It's often where they put Paul's best song. 'Sure Know Something', 'Lick It Up' and 'Hide Your Heart' are all third tracks on their respective albums. This song stands up there with them.

It was originally written for the 'Crazy Nights' album around an idea by Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Desmond Child. Desmond Child was also Paul's co-writer on 'I Was Made For Loving You', and later on 'Reason To Live' and Hide Your Heart'.

It was Paul who introduced Desmond to Jon Bon Jovi. Jon and Desmond went on to write 'Living On A Prayer' and 'You Give Love A Bad Name' with Richie Sambora. The rest, as they say, is history.

Desmond has since written dozens of hit singles with loads of artists including Aerosmith's 'Dude Looks Like A Lady', Alice Cooper's 'Poison' and 'Livin' La Vida Loca' with Ricky Martin. Oh, well - they can't all be favourites can they?

It's been said that Ron Nevison, the producer of 'Crazy Nights', wasn't keen on 'Sword And Stone'. Maybe he felt they already had enough strong Paul songs on there. It still seems crazy that this song never got released later down the line.



4. AUDIO VIDEO (CATCH ME WHEN I FALL)

Next up let's have an Ace Frehley tune. Oh, I know Ace isn't in the band any more. So should you imagine this with Tommy's guitars and vocals or Ace's? I'm going to sit on the fence here and advise you to enjoy it 'Anyway You Want It'.

If you want a genuine Tommy song instead maybe you should imagine Kiss playing Black 'n Blue's 'Nasty Nasty'. Then again that's already as much a Kiss song as a Black 'n Blue one by having Mr Simmons credited for putting the middle eight of 'Only You' into it. Funny world isn't it?

Anyway, this unreleased Ace song that I'm recommending is called 'Audio Video' or 'Catch Me When I Fall' by other sources.

I like the combined title 'Audio Video (Catch Me When I Fall)' but I've always been a sucker for brackets in a song title.

I've really never understood why this song was never released by Frehley's Comet. It was by far and away the best new song in the early Comet setlist yet did not make it onto their debut album a couple of years later. My band, Sack Trick recorded a cover of it on our 'Sheep In Kiss Make Up' album (you can find that on YouTube too).

Anyway, here's Ace's demo of the tune from around 1985. The keyboard sound alone dates it pretty accurately.

It was recorded by the Frehley's Comet line up of Ace himself on guitar and lead vocal, Richie Scarlet on guitar, John Regan on bass, Anton Fig on drums and Arthur Stead on the over the top 80s keyboard.

Please turn it down, mate. What was everyone thinking back then?

Still it can't spoil a great song.



5. DEADLY WEAPONS

Here's another top class Paul song. This is one of the first demos Eric Carr recorded in Kiss back in early 1981 and ironically one of the last ones Ace did. I think the Mark II line-up of Kiss is probably my all time favourite. I'm sure Paul Stanley loved Eric's obvious Zeppelin influences too.

Back then they were planning a heavy rock album to follow up 'Unmasked'. The project was eventually dropped in favour of working on a concept album that would eventually become 'The Elder'. Gene later used part of the chorus of this one on the 'Asylum' album but I prefer the original Paul Stanley version by far.



6. I AM YOURS

On our fantasy album, I'd like to close side one (yes, I still think Kiss records work best that way) with another Gene tune. 'I Am Yours' is a rocker that also shows Gene's mellower side.

I've always liked Gene's softer songs (as you'll hear more of later) but this one has such a powerful chorus that it's strange they didn't take it further than this half-finished demo. It was probably written and demoed by Gene and friends around 1997.



7. IT'S MY LIFE

Let's open side two with an anthem. Wasn't 'I Love It Loud' so perfectly placed on the 'Creatures Of The Night' album?

This is a great rock anthem written by Gene and Paul that has somehow never made it onto a Kiss album before. It was demoed and rejected twice for different albums. The first time was in 1982 for 'Creatures Of The Night'. The backing track from that version was used on the 1985 Wendy O'Williams album.

The second time Kiss considered the tune was for the 'Psycho Circus' album in 1997, as heard here. Gene sings the lead, Paul's vocals are excellent and Ace sings the third verse. Could things get any better?



8. BEST MAN FOR YOU

Side two, track two is always the ballad moment for me. 'I Still Love You', 'Million To One' and 'Reason To Live' all held that position. Unbelievably Paul still has quite a few great unreleased ballads.

This is one I like which was written by Paul and Jean Beauvoir. Jean was the bassist in the Plasmatics with Wendy O'Williams before fronting Crown Of Thorns. He also co-wrote and played bass on 'Thrills In The Night', 'Who Wants To Bbe Lonely' and 'Uh All Night' for Kiss.

Unfortunately 'Best Man For You' was demoed with those stupid over the top keyboards in around 1987. Let's calm down and imagine it with a gentle guitar instead of the synthetic curse of the eighties.



9. AIN'T NONE OF YOU BUSINESS

We're going to need a Peter vocal song too (or a song for Eric Singer to sing, if you really prefer it that way). Rather than go for a ballad like Peter often seems to get lumbered with (and of which there are many more around) let's have a rocker.

'Ain't None Of Your Business' was suggested to Kiss by Bob Ezrin during the 'Destroyer' sessions. It was written by Becky Hobbs and Lew Anderson.

As with all the other songs on this page, for some reason Kiss decided not to use it. Peter sings this Kiss demo of the song and puts one of his best ever rock vocal performances into it.



10. IT AIN'T THE SMOKE

Let's stay old school for a moment with this Gene and Paul song they recorded around 1975 possibly for inclusion on 'Destroyer'. It might well be Bob Kulick ripping away in the solo on this version. It sounds a bit too clean for Ace.

Overall the song rocks but perhaps it was too rock and roll for Bob Ezrin's vision of the album he wanted Kiss to make. To me however, it is pure classic Kiss in their early prime.



12. IN YOUR FACE

Now let's have another Ace vocal number shall we? Why not? It's our fantasy album and we can have what we want on it.

This is one was recorded for 'Psycho Circus' but oddly didn't make it onto the final record. As with much of that album it's probably Kevin Valentine playing drums on it.

Perhaps it wasn't included because it was written by Gene for Ace rather by Mr Frehley himself. I personally think that Kiss sometimes write their best songs for each other. Remember Paul wrote both Gene's signature 'God Of Thunder' and Peter's classic 'Hard Luck Woman'.

Either way, I think Ace's attitude comes across great on 'In Your Face'. It's also got one of his blistering solos which I just wish was mixed a little bit louder.



13. I HAVE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT

This a great song to finish with. It's an anthemic ballad by Gene. He recorded this demo in early 1979 with Chuck Billings on drums and Tom Moody on guitar, both from the band Virgin. I just can't believe again that this song has gone to waste. It's got such a strong melody and positive vibe.



14. FEEL LIKE HEAVEN

Do we have to finish already?

Come on then, as its going so well, let's have a CD bonus track for Japan. It's our dream album and I just don't want it to end quite yet.

I know I said we were on vinyl before but this extra one is truly great. Maybe it could be an extra flexi-disc put in with the limited edition vinyl album?

It's a quick Gene demo from the 1981 aborted album sessions.

This version is definitely NOT SUITABLE FOR UNDER 18s!



In conclusion, there were two very interesting points I noticed during my researches for this article. I listened to literally tons of Kiss and related rough songs.

The first of these interesting points was the sheer number of unreleased Kiss songs that are out there. When I first thought about this idea, there were a few tunes that sprung instantly to mind but when I started searching YouTube there were loads more that I had never heard before and in choosing the final list it was quite hard to leave some out.

Some of the better songs I missed out were 'Howling For Your Love', 'When Two Hearts Collide', 'Don't Let Go', 'Reputation', 'Nobody's Perfect', 'Shocker' and 'Rotten To The Core'. They're all on YouTube, look them up.

There were other demos that I didn't include that had been released on the Boxed Set such as 'Time Traveller', 'Ain't that Peculiar' and 'Don't Hesitate' and others still that have not turned up in public yet such as the Kiss version of of Vinnie Vincent's 'Back On The Streets' or Eric Carr and Bryan Adams' 'Don't Leave Me Lonely' which were both allegedly demoed for 'Creatures of the Night'. There's also a whole album and more of Wicked Lester tunes.

The second interesting thing I noticed was that while Gene's songwriting has often been criticized (and he himself admits his focus wasn't at his best in the eighties) it's strange how Gene-heavy my final choice of unreleased material ended up. Gene even wrote one of Ace's vocal numbers. It just seems that so many of Gene's best ideas remain largely unheard.

So after that guided marathon through various Kiss demos, would that not make you want to hear them all recorded properly? I'm not the only one thinking this would be the basis of a very cool album, am I?

Also when we look at the titles together they're a pretty fearsome bunch, full of threats and weapons. This would be Kiss back to their 'Creatures Of The Night' peak!

Reference Sources and Recommended Reading:
kissfaq.com
The Kiss Album Focus: Kings Of The Night Time World 1972-82 by Julian Gill
The Kiss Album Focus: Hell or High Water, 1983-1996 by Julian Gill
Black Diamond by Dale Sherman
Behind the Mask by David Leaf and Ken Sharp
... and of course the many Kiss rarities uploaded onto YouTube!




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March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Kiss: 'Love Gun' Deluxe Edition
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
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June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
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September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
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motley crue MÖTLEY CRÜE ANNOUNCE 'demandthecrue' CAMPAIGN FOR LAST EVER EUROPEAN TOUR
Have your say and cast a vote for which cities Mötley Crüe will play on their final leg...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ABBATH LONDON SHOW
The band have also released a new video for 'Wield Lightning To Split The Sun'...

nile NILE REVEAL NEW ALBUM DETAILS AND COVER ARTWORK PLUS UK TOUR DATES
"This album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence..."

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE LIVE SHOWS IN NOTTINGHAM AND LONDON TO CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
'Love Lies Dying' is released on May 31st. "Recording this album felt so right, we had the right producer and engineer and the sounds just fell out of us..."

anti flag amnesty ANTI-FLAG STREAM 'AMERICAN SPRING' VIA AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
"Amnesty International's mission is to speak up and stand up for those who cannot for themselves. The record American Spring is about the very same idea..."

blackberry smoke BLACKBERRY SMOKE ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Blackberry Smoke are touring in support of their latest album, 'Holding All the Roses'...

death angel DEATH ANGEL REVEAL ARTWORK FOR 'THE BAY CALLS FOR BLOOD' LIVE LP
"The title is written in the blood of victims whose bodies have been dragged down to the second deck of the bridge, where their assailants plot the next attack..."

nile tour NILE ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS THIS SEPTEMBER WITH SUPPORT FROM SUFFOCATION
Nile's withering live performances are nothing short of legendary...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT RELEASE NEW SINGLE 'DIVIDE US'
One of the UK's most exciting young bands can be seen on a headline tour in support of the new CD...

scrap metal FREE SCRAP METAL EVENT COMING TO GLASGOW
Eight hours of Metal is heading your way this June in this must-see event...

hrh aor MELODIC LEGENDS AND ICONS JOIN THE HRH AOR 4 CRUSADE
Quiet Riot, Joe Lynn Turner, Tyketto, The Dan Reed Network are among the first batch to be announced...

napalm death NAPALM DEATH ANNOUNCE US FESTIVALS AND EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
It's a busy time for Napalm Death who can be seen at festivals and gigs throughout the summer, including Bloodstock in August...

wacken ROCKCOMM TO HOST SPECIAL FESTIVAL FOCUS Q&A ON WACKEN OPEN AIR FESTIVAL WITH ITS CO-FOUNDER THOMAS JENSEN
As well as the festival focus, the prestigious rock music conference has doznes of panels and showcase covering all aspects of the industry...

black sabbath BLACK SABBATH REUNITE WITH BILL WARD TO ACCEPT IVOR NOVELLO AWARD
Ozzy Osbourne, did not join the other three members at the ceremony for reasons unknown...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCED AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR DEEP PURPLE EUROPEAN TOUR
"I cut my teeth on those early records... 'Machine Head', 'In Rock', 'Made In Japan' etc. The musicianship, performances and sheer bravado is nothing short of LEVELLING....

trooper RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ANNOUNCES TROOPER AS OFFICIAL ALE FOR FESTIVAL
One of Iron Maiden's famous creations is now the must-have ale for the must-see festival...

helloween HELLOWEEN REVEAL STUNNING POST-APOCALYPTIC VIDEO FOR 'MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT'
When the tough girl realises that she won't escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty...

lucifers friend ROCK LEGENDS LUCIFER'S FRIEND TO RELEASE NEW BEST OF COMPILATION PLUS BONUS DISC WITH FOUR NEW TRACKS
The founder members have re-formed and will be taking their influential and ground-breaking original sound to fans old and new...

symphony x SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'UNDERWORLD' OUT IN JULY
The album is a flowing, total experience Inspired by Dante and secret knowledge. "There's cool shit like this all over the record..."

chris squire CHRIS SQUIRE TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA
Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TWO UK AND IRELAND SHOWS THIS AUGUST
Brazil's most successful Metal band are making additional stops after Bloodstock...

download AT THE GATES CONFIRMED TO PLAY AT DOWNLOAD
The Swedish Melodic Death Metallers can also be seen across Europe, South America and Australia...

magic bus 3CD COMPLIATION 'MAGIC BUS' IS RELEASED ON UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Take a trip and relive the hippie trail with this mystical compilation bringing together the best of the era...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CANCER SCARE
Absolutely brilliant news this Friday afternoon - Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear...

the edge THE EDGE GOES OVER THE EDGE ON U2'S OPENING NIGHT
This is karma's way of saying don't make your new album a compulsory free download on iTunes...

gus g GUS G ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'BRAND NEW REVOLUTION'
"It's a continuation of the modern hard rock style I followed on my 1st album, although I think this one's a bit heavier..."

mac sabbath MAC SABBATH, THE CHEESIEST AND BEEFIEST BAND IN THE WORLD TO DRIVE THRU THE UK
These mind-blowing sets are guaranteed to leave you satisfied...

pearl handled revolver PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ABSINTHE IN ADELAIDE'
This stunning psychedelic new track is the first taste of the new studio album to be released later this year...

billy idol BILLY IDOL RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME NOW'
The dramatic promo was filmed in the Californian desert...

beth hart BETH HART ANNOUNCES LONDON'S UNION CHAPEL SOLO CONCERT
Beth will play solo in the UK for the first time ever - tickets for this unmissable show are on sale from Friday 15th May...

vintage trouble THE NEW ALBUM FROM VINTAGE TROUBLE IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 14
'1 Hopeful Rd.' is available for pre-order now. The band open for AC/DC in Europe this summer...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA'
Satch releases a wildly ambitious album, showcasing his extroverted alter ego...

helloween HRH 9 ANNOUNCES HELLOWEEN FOR NOVEMBER
Fans will get a chance to see this rare UK performance surrounded with the customary HRH community back drop...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES, THE VOICE OF ROCK, RETURNS FOR EURO DATES
Glenn has announced a month long string of dates across western Europe which will run from mid September to mid October...

anvil ANVIL RETURN TO UK FOR SUMMER TOUR
Canadian Heavy Metal legends return to the UK for four dates in July...

vardis VARDIS SPEED BACK AT '200MPH' WITH FIRST NEW MATERIAL AND LONDON DATE IN 30 YEARS
Hoplite Records proudly announce the first new Vardis release since 1986...

ron wood GIBSON TO LAUNCH RON WOOD SIGNATURE GUITAR
Not all vintage guitars were first built in the 1950s...

art of anarchy ART OF ANARCHY STREAM ALBUM SONG SNIPPETS
Their debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 8th 2015...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BENEATH BROKEN EARTH'
"Doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist..."

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM 'MAKING OF COMA ECLIPTIC' DVD
'Coma Ecliptic' is available for pre-order from Metal Blade with special bundles and packages offered...

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE MEPHISTOPHELES OF LOS ANGELES'
Marilyn Manson will play live across Europe this summer, including an appearance at Download in the UK...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE 'TORN APART', THE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
The band can be seen at a string of summer shows and festivals across Europe...

death angel DEATH ANGEL TO RELEASE 'A THRASHUMENTARY' DVD AND LIVE ALBUM
"This is the first time that the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be..."

dan reed DAN REED NETWORK UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Dan Reed was very excited to announce the six dates and said that "this would be a funky good time warp indeed"...

wildhearts THE WILDHEARTS TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 'P.H.U.Q' WITH UK TOUR
It's twenty years since the album went straight in at Number 6 on the national UK album charts...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'STOLEN LIFE (2015 VERSION'
This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, 'War Eternal'...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE RELEASE NEW 'SOLDIER OF FORTUNE' VIDEO
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago..."

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
"It's not a reformation, it's a reboot!" Howard 'H' Smith...

ac dc AC/DC KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR IN ARNHEM: VIDEOS AND SETLIST HERE: WARNING - CONTAINS BIG SPOILERS
The set list running order differed slightly from the show they played at the Coachella Festival...

craig gruber ORIGINAL RAINBOW BASSIST CRAIG GRUBER PASSES AWAY AGED 64
Craig Gruber's career in music took off in 1974 when he joined Elf, the band fronted by Ronnie James Dio...

rev jones REV JONES SLATES DON DOKKEN, MARK BOALS AND THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN
"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

dew scented DEW-SCENTED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'INTERMINATION' ON 12th JUNE
The German/Dutch thrash commandos have finished recording their third full length studio release for Metal Blade...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS RAINBOW REUNION IS "PROBABLE"
"We are talking, but we have not sat in the same room yet to discuss anything..."

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH UNVEIL THE COVER ARTWORK FOR 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES'
"...themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION AND THREATENING TO KILL CHARGES
Phil remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea and also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse...

inglorious EXCLUSIVE: INGLORIOUS RELEASE VIDEO OF 'FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN'' AHEAD OF LONDON HIPPODROME SHOWCASE
The video was recorded completely live and recorded and mixed by Steve Rispin at Liscombe Park Studios...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

kiss KISS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR MAY/JUNE 2015
"Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as Kiss are coming to OWN Europe..."

bill ward BILL WARD POSTS LONG STATEMENT ON HIS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM
"The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

conan CONAN ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR IN JUNE
""As we gear up to record the follow up to 'Blood Eagle', we welcome you to join us on our only run of UK shows in 2015..."

muskel rock MUSKEL ROCK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HEADLINERS
Let Them Eat Metal On Metal because there's Thunder On The Tundra at this year's Muskel Rock Festival in Sweden...

primus PRIMUS ANNOUNCE 'AN EVENING WITH PRIMUS' JUNE UK DATES
Primus are set to return to the UK for the first time since 2012 for three special shows...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA earMUSIC
Babymetal are a divisive phenomena in the Metal world today...

ac/dc AC/DC OPEN ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR WITH SURPRISE SETLIST INCLUSIONS: WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Rock Or Bust world tour resumes on April 17th during Coachella's second weekend before the band hit Europe in May...

six feet under SIX FEET UNDER ALL SET TO RELEASE THEIR ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM 'CRYPT OF THE DEVIL'
The band's eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance...

gwar METAL BLADE TO RE-ISSUE GWAR's 'AMERICA MUST BE DESTROYED'
'America Must Be Destroyed' is definitely their "heaviest" album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music...

twisted sister BREAKING NEWS: TWISTED SISTER ANNOUNCE AJ PERO TRIBUTE CONCERT, FAREWELL TOUR AND AJ'S REPLACEMENT
"Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits - just one week before drummer AJ Pero died from a heart attack."

skyclad MARTIN WALKYIER GOES SKYCLAD ANNOUNCED AS BEERMAGEDDON SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
"Once again we will witness Skyclad in it's true glory, as intended from conception, the Skyclad that impacted Metal like no incarnation since..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SIX MORE BANDS
Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, 13 Stars, Heartbreak Remedy, Liz Owen & Charlotte Hackett are added to the loaded bill this July...

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

odium CANADA'S ODIUM ISSUE STUDIO UPDATE AND OFFER FREE SONG DOWNLOAD
As the album comes together in the studio, Odium have no plans to slow down on the live performance front...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

status quo STATUS QUO TO ROCK ROCHESTER CASTLE FOR A RECORD FIFTH TIME
The Quo will perform at the picturesque Norman castle grounds on Wednesday July 15th with support from Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW SET OFF FOR 'ROAD TO DOWNLOAD' TOUR
Grab the chance to catch the Nottingham maestros of Metal around the UK before their appearance at Download...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

aj pero BANDMATES AND STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO TWISTED SISTER AND ADRENALINE MOB DRUMMER AJ PERO
Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when members of that band were unable to rouse him on their bus on Friday morning...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

walls of jericho WALLS OF JERICHO ARE ENTERING THE STUDIO
The band will start work shortly on their first full length album since 2008...

beyond forgotton shores DORMANT INFERNO & DIONYSUS ANNOUNCE SPLIT RELEASE 'BEYOND FORGOTTEN SHORES'
India's Transcending Obscurity label produces a Doom Metal double...

icon I.C.O.N SIGN TO METALBOX RECORDINGS
With a follow up album to 'New Born Lie' on the way and an extensive touring schedule, 2015 sees I.C.O.N in full flow...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL WARM-UP SHOW
Catch the band at Bristol in June before their slot headlining Download's second stage...

serpentyne MEDIEVAL FOLK ROCKERS SERPENTYNE UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALKYRIES'
Over the last few years their live show has become quite the spectacle...

tank TANK REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013..."

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY IN MEGA "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" MOMENT AFTER HAVING TO WAIT AT HOSPITAL
However well intended, the post comes across as though he is expecting to jump the queue due to his "status"...

david gilmour DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOWS
The dates will coincide with the release of his as yet untitled fourth solo studio album...


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