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13th January 2017


The rapid rise of New Yorkers Martyrd continues with a prime opening slot on a prestigious bill with Metal Allegiance, Marty Friedman and Gus G on Friday 20th January at the City National Grove of Anaheim, in Anaheim, California. This performance takes place, of course, during NAMM week.

Martyrd hit the stage at 7:30pm, doors at 7:00pm.

Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas told us:

"We're totally honoured to step up to the legendary Anaheim Grove, and to be sharing the stage again with Metal Allegiance. Not to mention Marty Friedman and Gus G, who are definitely two of my favourite players.

"NAMM is a blast, total musical sensory overload from every direction. Tons of people to talk to, new gear to put through its paces, and old friends to party with. It’s like getting lost in a hurricane - I can't wait."

The band, whose line-up also includes Mike Kitsos on guitar, Randall Reekstin on drums, Brian Nichols on bass and vocalist Aaron Pollard, have already played alongside such renowned/respected Metal acts as Fear Factory, Soilwork, Slayer, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies and Motörhead.

This spring, Martyrd will be unleashing their latest album, 'Endless', while the video for one of the standout tracks, 'Faceless', serves as the perfect example of the record's melodic, heavy, and dark direction. Here it is:

"The album is really story driven," says Andreas about 'Endless'. "Both musically and lyrically, every song is part of this big story. Each song stands by itself, but they're all part of a bigger whole.

"Musically too - you'll be able to listen to the whole album through as a single piece of music. We didn't decide on the name 'Endless' until very late in the recording process."

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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