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  ROCK IN RIO 2013 - PART 1
Nando Souza


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Of course MetalTalk.net was at Rock in Rio. There would be no chance that the biggest Metal online magazine in the UK would miss that chance. The thing is, we had such a massive hangover from all those Caipirinhas we had there that it took us two months to recover from that and post our review of the festival.

Apart from its name, Rock In Rio is not all about Rock. It's a seven day festival which includes all kinds of music and rock just seems to be one of them.

This year, the Brazilian crowd was fortunate. They had two days considered to be the 'Metal day', one headlined by Metallica and the last day of the festival was headlined by Iron Maiden.

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Thursday 19 September:
Sunset Stage

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The Sunset stage is to express artistic freedom. This area of the Rock In Rio set up will be for meetings of established artists and some of the most praised new names in music from around the world. On the Sunset, the artist has complete freedom to dare and realize an old dream of sharing the stage with a particular colleague.

República, Dr. Sin and Roy Z

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Republic, Dr. Sin and Roy Z fulfill the role of warming up the audience. Brazilian bands and American guitarist/producer opened the Sunset Stage on the first day of metal in the festival.

The faithful metal audience was hungry for their metal - dry guitar riffs, straight bass lines, powerful drums and solos, many solos. The legendary Brazilian band Dr. Sin joined forces with Republica and the extraordinary guitarist and producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson Judas Priest, Halford). They knew how to give the audience exactly what they wanted, with competence, and lots of energy. Thus, they achieved some incendiary moments, but it was clear – for what we saw of the reaction of the audience and also by what he heard on stage - the show fulfilled its role of warming the crowd for what was about to happen later that night.

Roy Z gave an interview after the show which you can check out here:



Here's some footage of the gig itself:





Of course they also played two covers. Check them out:





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Almah + Hibria

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Almah and Hibria look great in their black shirts and earn their applause. Despite the limited repertoire, representatives of the national metal command the headbangers present at this moment.

Almah and Hibria. Who? The heavy metal audience that had occupied much of the space in front of the Sunset Stage seemed to know very well that the first is the new band of singer Edu Falaschi, the very one that caused the enormous controversy in a lousy show with Angra at Rock in Rio 2011 and soon left the band alleging that Angra songs were not written for his type of voice) and the second, a quintet from the south of Brazil with certain international fame.

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Blondie Edu and 'his' Almah started the show, to applause and cheers from the audience. Despite the competence of the band, the sound was confusing, and the quality of songs like 'Trace Of Trait' and 'Hypnotized' are unsatisfactory. Then, Hibria followed, led by bald singer Iuri Sanson, and they sounded a much more cohesive band with songs like 'Silent Revenge' and 'Silence Will Make You Suffer' (it's curious that such a loud band write songs about silence), to a great audience reaction.

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At the end, they all joined forces to play 'Rock And Roll' by Led Zeppelin. Here's some footage:





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Sebastian Bach

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Sebastian Bach entertains with good music and 'blunders'. The former lead singer of Skid Row experiments with sentences in Portuguese and reminds us of the hits of his old band.

Sebastian Bach knows how to play with the crowd. Speaking more phrases in Portuguese than most Brazilian bands that played at Rock in Rio, the former lead singer of Skid Row made an exhilarating show at the Sunset Stage with a good setlist, and a competent and powerful execution of his band, and especially for constant blunders. As a pop star, he knows how to explore the theatricality inherent to metal music, taking it to extremes, with the ability to put himself in the exact point between irony and seriousness.

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Announced - with great exaggeration - by Zé Ricardo, Sunset Stage host, as "one of the greatest artists of the world", Sebastian Bach stepped on the stage with lots of energy and a hardcore punch to the sound of 'Slave To The Grind' (from his Skid Row phase). And now the guy showed his arsenal: spinning the microphone by the wire over his head as he bangs his smooth hair, always finishing songs in a shrill cry, the shouted hoarse singing (which begins to show signs of tiredness), the frantic fingers asking for clapping, requesting the audience to punch the air, and (last but not least) a bunch of phrases in Portuguese:

— Nósestamosmuitofelizes de "astar" com vocês.

Or:

— Meunome é Schumann.

Or:

— Todomundopulando "camigo" — repetia, emulating some type of metal IveteSangalo (pop Brazilian singer).

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Requests to jump along or sing along were almost always during the Skid Row hits like 'I Remember You', 'Monkey Business' and the greatest of all, '18 And Life'. The setlist also wandered through his solo work, songs like 'Here I Am' and 'American Metalhead' (of which he suggested the name change to 'Brazilian Metalhead').

The funniest moment of the gig was when he wore a wig (some sort of advertising), one of the gifts distributed to the audience. With the same excitement, the public embraced his music, which travels through classic rock, hard rock and even a certain pop appeal, despite the heavy sound.

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Here's some footage of the show:







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World Stage

The World Stage, the primary musical area at the festival hosts the main acts and headliners.

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Sepultura, Tambours du Bronx

Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx demonstrate percussive force to open the night. The bands rely on drums and heavy guitars to win over the audience at the first show of the World Stage.

The great success of the Sunset stage in the last Rock in Rio, the meeting of the largest Brazilian metal group, Sepultura, with the percussive French combo Tambours du Bronx won the right to perform at the World Stage this year. And they came with everything to repeat on a larger scale their demonstration of pure power.

Shortly after the fireworks, they hit the stage playing 'Kaiowas' a track from the 1990s, then 'Spectrum' brought Andreas Kisser's guitar imbued with an absurd heavy sound to complete the massive attack of bass frequencies, and causing the audience to make a sea of Horns.

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One of Sepultura's successes was missing: 'Refuse/Resist', another one from the 1990s which had an enthusiastic response from the audience. It was one of the great instrumental moments of the show, with a festival of guitar riffs and bass lines by Paulo Jr., a perfect wedding with the drums - the Bronx and Sepultura's drummer, Eloy Casagrande.

Before 'Sepulnation', Andreas took the microphone to make his political call: "Let's show the world that Brazil is not sleeping". And he offered an attack of guitars and drums. Soon after, the Tambours showed one of their songs, 'Delirium', which reinforced the impression that, although the strength of the sound (with lead singer Derrick Green screaming with his monster voice) and an overwhelming visual spectacle, it lacked a little musical substance.

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A version without many attractions of 'Firestarter' (by English electronic rock group Prodigy) and a tangled 'Territory' by the excess of drums did not diverted the route of the steamroller formed by the union of the bands. Before the audience gave up to exhaustion, they played the main Sepultura hit, 'Roots Bloody Roots', with a kind of metallic touch made with berimbau. With strength and will, Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx set firein the metal night of Rock in Rio.
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Ghost

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Father forgive for I have sinned. I completely neglected Pope Hemeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls and I did not write any review of this show for I desperately needed to rest for the rest of the night. However, from what I could hear in the distance, it could have easily been the worst gig of the festival.

Alice In Chains

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With a show based on their dark album 'Dirt'(1992), the band presented a very efficient and friendly version of themselves.

Few bands besides Alice In Chains might say they had upon their heads a black cloud for so long. In their last appearance in Rio, two decades ago, what we saw was a group literally fighting for survival. With the repertoire of the then newly released album 'Dirt' (1992), the album group trudged across the stage with their gloomy, heavy, desperate - and great songs. Without vocalist Layne Staley (lost to drug problems in 2002), the group appeared recreated at Rock in Rio, with the same musicians from before - guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney. Now with vocalist William DuVall (who joined Alice in Chains in 2006 and has recorded two albums), they did a typical arena show exciting, almost happy, based on the repertoire of 'Dirt'.

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The vigorous and accelerated 'Them Bones' and 'Dam That River', from the 1992 album, opened the show by putting much of the public to jump. 'Hollow' (from the new album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs In Here') slowed the mood down a little bit, with its heavy and repetitive riff. The excitement only returned with 'Man In The Box' a MTV hit of group's first album, 'Facelift' - and the public (adults and teenagers) sang as if it was 1991.

Even without being exactly heavy metal, Alice In Chains showed a heavier sound, anchored in incredibly solid bass lines and Inez Cantrell's virtuoso style - who may have lost his long hair, but still plays fine. DuVall, in turn, proved once again a perfect vocal clone of Layne Staley, without half the trouble, much more friendly and communicative.

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The show continued with 'Nutshell' from the album 'Dirt' that the group dedicated to Staley and Mike Starr, bassist who recorded the album, quit the band and then died, a victim of drug overdose in 2011. 'We Die Young' brought more memories of 'Facelift' and from the beginning of the band on MTV and then 'Stone' from the irregular new album. After that, it was a celebration of 'Dirt' songs: 'Down In A Hole', the intense 'Would?' and, in a moment of total catharsis, 'Rooster'. Even without Layne Staley, Alice In Chains decided to win and broaden their audience and, thus, made their darkness dissipate. They are still a great band.

Here's some footage of the show:

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Metallica

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With many songs and some flames, Metallica warms the crowd. In a show that had 18 songs, the audience sang them all from the heaviest ones to the most commercial.

The crowd was already impatient when the screens started showing, at 12.35am, the preamble to the Metallica show, a clip of the movie 'Three Men In Conflict' with the orchestral song 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' by Ennio Morricone. Immediately, the crowd went nuts and started to sing along the melodies until the band played the first riffs of 'Hit The Lights' and then 'Master Of Puppets', from the beginning of their career, when their sound was still labelled as thrash metal. Whoever saw the presentation on TV may not have noticed, but it was amazing the amount of people who sang the lyrics of these songs from 1983 to 1986. It's important to say that those songs were never played on radio or MTV.

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Before the third song, the singer and guitarist James Hetfield addressed the audience saying it was great to go to work and come face to face with a crowd like that, adding that he could not call what he does "work". In a great mood, he communicated with the fans, even if it's just in English. At one point, he asked, "are you ready?" To which the crowd shouted "yes". So he replied: "I was talking to my bandmates."

The lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, also had some fun, playing themes of 'Superman' and 'Star Wars' (by John Williams) between the tracks 'Harvester Of Sorrow' and 'The Day That Never Comes'. When playing the latter, there was a delay between Kirk and Hetfield, one of the few mistakes of the night. This ballad, incidentally, was the only thing taken from their latest album 'Death Magnetic' (2008).

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The other 17 songs were much older, going no further than the famous 'Black Album' (1991), with the exception of 'The Memory Remains'. Often when talking to the audience, Hetfield used the term "Metallica family" to refer to all who were there. The fans reciprocated with chants for both faster and heavier songs, such as 'Seek And Destroy', and for the most commercials ones like 'Nothing Else Matters'. The drummer, Lars Ulrich, as usual, ended up playing a few songs, hitting the plates with the sticks while standing up, and bassist Robert Trujillo wandered around the stage and twirled with his instrument.

Without choreographed steps or fashion hits, the band played an exciting show only with its music and charisma. Well, there were some pyros and fireworks on 'One', which recreates an atmosphere of war with explosions on stage, 'Blackened' and 'Enter Sandman'. But flares, fires and explosions are worthy at a heavy metal gig and they were not used as a distraction to cover musical deficiencies. Playback was used. But it was only in very short introductions such as 'Wherever I May Roam' or '... And Justice For All'.

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One criticism that radical hipsters like to make about Rock in Rio is about the overwhelming presence of artists with decades of road experience, especially on the World Stage. On Thursday, the band that opened and closed that stage would fit that profile. Both Sepultura (Tambours du Bronx accompanied by Sepultura) and Metallica are veterans and had played in the 2011 edition. But the supporting band was Ghost, a new band, which has been hyped and has visual and audible originality.

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Well, after playing eight songs, Hetfield (who is an assumed Ghost fan) said he had seen Ghost's show and asked the audience's opinion. The reaction was negative. Hetfield joked: "Poor Ghost! You were frightened, as I understand it's like a Mass!". The fact is that Metallica fans, after more than two hours of show, went home much happier and, as Hetfield made sure to remember they have been in business for 32 years.

Click here to watch the complete Metallica show from Rock in Rio 2013:



All fotos taken from the oficial Rock in Rio Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RockInRio.

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Dark Tranquillity will be performing at European festivals over the summer...

five finger death punch FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH TO PLAY WEMBLEY ARENA IN NOVEMBER
It's a heavyweight double whammy when two bands at the top of their live game hit the UK...

annihilator ANNIHILATOR SET TO UNLEASH 'SUICIDE SOCIETY'
The new album is some of the most technically perfect, crisp, and crushingly taut, riffage Jeff Waters has ever produced...

skindred SKINDRED ANNOUNCE 'PUMP UP THE VOLUME' UK TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER
The full headline tour is in support of upcoming studio album 'Volume'...

nazareth NAZARETH ANNOUNCE UK DATES THIS AUTUMN
The pioneering legends welcome fans old and new to witness their current celebrated resurgence...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE DETAILS OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THE BOOK OF SOULS'
Maiden's eagerly awaited new studio album 'The Book Of Souls' will be released globally on 4th September...

huntress HUNTRESS REVEAL COVER ART, TRACKLISTING AND A NEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'STATIC'
"It is the heaviest and catchiest record we've written. I reveal life-long personal obstacles that I previously feared weaving into my lyrics..."

calatrilloz CALATRILLOZ PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR 'Z THE PSYCHOPATH'
Fans of operatic carnival Metal need look no further for a striking new album and video...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE PLAY SPECIAL ONE-OFF SHOW TO SAY FAREWELL TO THE SQUARE, HARLOW
The band will then head for their tour of South East Asia...

orphaned land ORPHANED LAND ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN UNPLUGGED TOUR 2015
I've waited a long time to take my "Jesus white dress" out of the closet and I guarantee it is going to be a holy musical experience, something to remember..."

slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCE CONTENT OF 'REPENTLESS' METAL EAGLE LIMITED EDITION
The impressive set contains many quality exclusive items...

icon I.C.O.N ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM 'THE BLACKLIST'
The band are all about the live experience, and further dates are expected to be added soon...

foo fighters VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DAVE GROHL'S BROKEN LEG INCIDENT NOW ONLINE
At present, Grohl and the Foos are expected to be back for a two-night performance at London's Wembley Stadium...

download SLIPKNOT, MUSE AND KISS HEADLINE EPIC DOWNLOAD 2015
In a blaze of fire, an explosion of colour, an endless montage of "I was there" moments Download has once again come to a truly thunderous conclusion...

therion THERION SIDE PROJECT LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA TO MAKE THEIR LIVE WORLD DEBUT AT FEMME METAL FESTIVAL IN THE NETHERLANDS IN OCTOBER
With clear references to rock and Metal from the 70s and 80s, this album returns to Therion's roots...

christopher lee CHRISTOPHER LEE PASSES AWAY AGED 93
The screen legend was famous for roles in Count Dracula, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
The arch satirists of popular culture bring their outrageous live performance to the UK one more time...

motley crue BREAKING NEWS: MOTLEY CRUE MAKE FINAL EVER TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDING FOUR UK DATES
These final ever British shows will have Alice Cooper as support...

sex pistols SEX PISTOLS CREDIT CARDS UNVEILED BY VIRGIN MONEY
Rock n' roll is changing dramatically and not necessarily for the better...

jon lord JON LORD HONOURED WITH BLUE PLAQUE IN HOME TOWN OF LEICESTER
"I'm delighted to see this today. I'm very proud that he is being recognised by his home city."

stoneghost STONEGHOST REVEAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE 'RAYNARDINE'
"Filth goes hand in hand with this song,we knew the video needed to show the beast it is in its natural habitat..."

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE UK TOUR SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015
Tracks from second album 'Love Lies Dying' will make an appearance in the legendary live set...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR DATES IN NOVEMBER
"We will be playing songs that we normally don't perform so all you hardcore fans will not want to miss the surprises..."

iggy hotei IGGY POP AND HOTEI RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLES'
The single is taken from guitar superstar Hotei's new album, to be released this autumn...

kaets KAETS SIGN WITH KLONOSPHERE AND RELEASE NEW TRACK 'MY CREATION'
There is a pre-order campaign happening for the debut album from the French Death Metallers...

ghost GHOST UNVEIL TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'MELIORA' AT WORLD PREMIERE ALBUM PLAYBACK
The album is a marked improvement on its predecessor, 'Infestissumam'...

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM AND TOURING PLANS FOR REMAINDER OF 2015
Motorhead are as strong, mean, loud, relentless, uncompromising and goddam heavy as ever...

buckcherry BUCKCHERRY TO RELEASE 7TH STUDIO ALBUM, 'ROCK 'N' ROLL', ON 21st AUGUST 2015
"We focused on making a record that encompasses all of what we are. You get every flavour of Buckcherry..."

36 crazyfists 36 CRAZYFISTS TEAM UP WITH PUCK HCKY FOR HOCKEY-BRANDED MERCH
They shoot, they score - check out this unique range of merchandise...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT SET TO RELEASE 'DARK MATTERS' & 'SKY BLUE' SEPARATELY THIS SUMMER
The albums were previously available as part of Z2...

foreigner FOREIGNER RELEASE 'GREATEST HITS LIVE'
The 2005 concert is available as a standalone product for the first time...

slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCE UK DATES WITH SUPPORT FROM ANTHRAX AND KVELERTAK
It's a welcome return to the UK for Slayer for a seven date run...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM - 'ETERNAL'
"Everybody has been busy the last few months writing lots of new songs, and only the best has been recorded for 'Eternal'..."

damned DAMNED DOCUMENTARY TO DEBUT IN THE UK
Lemmy, Guns 'N' Roses, members of the Sex Pistols, and more appear in the film. Members of The Damned will appear at select screenings...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE STORM THE ALBUM CHARTS AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THE RELEASE OF 'THE PURPLE ALBUM'
A limited edition box set is on its way along with a 42 date US tour...

nervosa tour NERVOSA ANOUNCE THEIR FIRST UK HEADLINE TOUR
"Playing on the same ground where the first Metal riffs were created is both an honour and a privilege..."

sabaton alestorm SABATON ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH ALESTORM
Put on your army combats, grab a tankard of rum and prepare to witness the Metal event of 2016...

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..."

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..."

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...

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...

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....

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..."

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

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...

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 14th
'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...

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...

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'...

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..."

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

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..."

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...

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."

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...

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...

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'."...

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...

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...

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...

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