Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Happy Birthday ADRIAN SMITH (video)

Adrian Frederick "H" Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English musician, best known as one of the three guitarists in the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, for whom he regularly writes and, along with bassist Steve Harris, performs backing vocals on some songs.

Growing up in Camden, London, Smith gained an interest in rock music at 15 and formed a friendship with future Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray, who would inspire Smith to take up the guitar himself. Upon leaving school at 16, he formed his own band, Urchin, which he would lead until their demise in 1980. Having already been offered a position as their second guitarist the previous year, Smith joined Iron Maiden in November 1980, replacing Dennis Stratton. Following a short-lived solo project entitled A.S.A.P, he left Iron Maiden in 1990, forming his own group, Psycho Motel, before joining Bruce Dickinson's solo outfit in 1997. Along with Dickinson, he returned to Iron Maiden in 1999, after which the band gained renewed success, and recently formed the side project, Primal Rock Rebellion.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday NEAL SCHON (video)

Neal George Joseph Schon (born February 27, 1954) is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey's only constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date. He was also a member of the rock band Santana before forming Journey.

Schon was born at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, the son of Barbara and Matthew Schon. His father was an accomplished musician, arranger, composer and played and taught all reed instruments with emphasis on jazz tenor saxophone; his mother was a big band singer. Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 5. A quick learner, he joined Santana as a teenage prodigy at the age of 15. He went to Aragon High School in San Mateo, but dropped out (with his parents' blessing) before graduating. Schon had famously been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but since Santana called him first, he decided to join Santana for the album Santana III. Schon also played in Azteca before moving on in 1973 to form Journey, a group he continues to lead today.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TOOL 'Opiate' reissue (links)

Tool will mark the 21st anniversary of their six-song debut EP ‘Opiate’ with a handcrafted, limited-edition package.The special edition will be released March 26, limited to just 5,000 copies. It will feature illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov, with the design packaging by Mackie Osborne. He has collaborated with Tool on posters and merchandise along with several albums such as ’10,000 Days,’ ‘Lateralus’ and ‘Salival.’

The 5,000 copies will be divided into five different runs of 1,000. Each set will feature a variation of the exterior graphics and include bonus items such as a new stereoscopic image that can be viewed with glasses from the ’10,000 Days’ packaging.

The anniversary edition of ‘Opiate’ will not be available in stores. It can only be ordered via Tool’s website beginning March 26, with no pre-orders.

The reissue will have to tide fans over until the band’s next album of original material. They have been workiing on new material, but the release date is unknown. Maynard James Keenan has said it won’t be this year, but drummer Danny Carey says it will be released in 2013.  Time will tell.

Tool will be hitting the road in late April for a short tour in Australia and New Zealand.

from wikipedia:

Opiate is an EP by American rock band Tool. It was produced and engineered by Sylvia Massy and former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen. Released in 1992, it was the result of some two years of the band playing together after their formation in 1990. "Opiate" preceded Tool's first full-length album, Undertow, by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "Religion [...] is the opium of the masses". The EP was certified platinum by the RIAA on April 1, 2005. As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 Copies in the US.

source: Loudwire / wikipedia



Friday, February 22, 2013

KAMELOT - "Falling Like The Fahrenheit" (video)

KAMELOT has released a lyric video for the track "Falling Like The Fahrenheit"
from their latest album, Silverthorn.

source: Kamelot


Thursday, February 21, 2013

STEVEN WILSON - "The Birthday Party" (video)

'The Birthday Party' ghost story, taken from the deluxe book edition of Steven Wilson's third solo album, 'The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories)', accompanied by the instrumental version of 'The Watchmaker'.

The album was written between January-July and recorded in Los Angeles in September with Steven's current band line up of Guthrie Govan - lead guitar, Nick Beggs - bass guitar, Marco Minnemann - drums, Adam Holzman - keyboards, Theo Travis - saxophone / flute, and engineered by legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons. The 6 tracks on the album are all based on stories of the supernatural, and the deluxe 4 disc edition comes in the form of a 128 page hardback book containing lyrics and ghost stories illustrated by Hajo Mueller. In addition to the deluxe edition there will be regular CD, CD/DVDV media book, Blu-Ray and 2LP vinyl editions, with the DVDV and Blu-ray editions featuring a 5.1 mix of the album and other bonus material.

Please note the deluxe book editions are now SOLD OUT.

Track listing for the album:
1. Luminol (12.10)
2. Drive Home (7.37)
3. The Holy Drinker (10.13)
4. The Pin Drop (5.03)
5. The Watchmaker (11.43)
6. The Raven that Refused to Sing (7.57)

Order your copy from the Kscope store:

Steven and his band hit the road touring in support of the new record from March 1, kicking off in the UK and moving into Europe. The tour will continue throughout the rest of 2013, visiting many other countries for which the dates are yet to be revealed. Shows are currently announced in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

01/03/13 -- Manchester Academy 2
02/03/13 -- Glasgow ABC
04/03/13 -- London Royal Festival Hall
08/03/13 -- Paris Le Trianon
10/03/13 -- Cologne Live Music Hall
11/03/13 -- Amsterdam Rabizaal
12/03/13 -- Antwerp Arenbergshouwburg
14/03/13 -- Hamburg CCH (Saal 2)
16/03/13 -- Stockholm Filadelfiakyrkan
18/03/13 -- Oslo Sentrum Scene
19/03/13 -- Copenhagen VEGA (main hall)
21/03/13 -- Berlin Huxley's
22/03/13 -- Essen Colosseum
23/03/13 -- Frankfurt Hugenotthalle
25/03/13 -- Stuttgart Theatrehaus
26/03/13 -- Munich Alte Kongresshalle
27/03/13 -- Zurich Volkhaus
28/03/13 -- Milan Teatro Della Luna
16/04/13 -- Tampa, Florida - The State Theater
17/04/13 -- Atlanta, Georgia - The Variety Playhouse
19/04/13 -- Glenside, Philadelphia - Keswick Theatre
20/04/13 -- Washington, Washington D.C. - Howard Theatre
21/04/13 -- Buffalo, New York - Town Ballroom
23/04/13 -- Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
25/04/13 -- Montreal, Quebec - Club-Soda
26/04/13 -- New York City, New York - Best Buy Theater
27/04/13 -- Boston, Massachusetts - Berklee Performance Center
28/04/13 -- New York, Albany, Upstate Concert Hall *with OPETH and KATATONIA
30/04/13 -- Pittsburgh, Philadelphia - Mr Small's
02/05/13 -- Cleveland, Ohio - House of Blues Cleveland
03/05/13 -- Chicago, Illinois - Park West
04/05/13 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota - The Fine Line
06/05/13 -- Boulder, Colorado - Boulder Theater
09/05/13 -- San Francisco, California - The Fillmore
10/05/13 -- Los Angeles, California - Club Nokia
14/05/13 -- Mexico City - Teatro Metropolitan

The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories) will be released on 25th February 2013, for more info visit

source: Steven Wilson



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

KATATONIA - "Lethean" (video)

While KATATONIA gets ready to kick off a US tour with OPETH, they had time to release a new video taken from their 2012 album Dead End Kings.

About the upcoming tour, guitarist Anders Nystrom says: “This time we’ll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there will ever be.”

From the band:

Katatonia, Sweden's dark rock masters, have completed work on their latest video for the track 'Lethean', lifted from last year's acclaimed 'Dead End Kings' opus. The video was shot by Lasse Hoile, notable for his previous work with the Katatonia as well as Opeth & Porcupine Tree.

In related news, it has also been announced that Katatonia are shortlisted for a Swedish Grammy award in the 'best metal album' category for 'Dead End Kings'.
This year also sees the band embark upon an Australian tour with countrymen Opeth in March, as well as an extensive North American tour in April & May.

Released in August 2012, 'Dead End Kings' is a rich, adventurous and endlessly evocative masterwork that exhibits all the Swedish quintet's established traits while absorbing countless fresh ideas into that monumental sonic brew, this is plainly the strongest and most beguiling album in the Katatonia catalog to date. It also proves that sadness comes in many shades and that no one is safe from its cold allure.

"Dead End Kings represents progression and taking things to the next level," says Renkse. "The writing was a little more intense and spontaneous for this one. I think that's the biggest difference. But it was made with the same mindset as the last few albums. It just had a little more fire involved."

Dead End Kings was produced by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse themselves, and mixed by David Castillo (Opeth / Bloodbath). Additionally, Frank Default joins once more on sampling and atmospherics duties, while there is a very special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legends The Gathering / ex-Octavia Sperati. 5.1 mix by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend) Stunning artwork is supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.

Track listing:
1. The Parting
2. The One You are Looking for is not Here (with Silje Wergeland)
3. Hypnone
4. The Racing Heart
5. Buildings
6. Leech
7. Ambitions
8. Undo You
9. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters

Lethean (from Dead End Kings is OUT NOW on Peaceville Records, 
for more info visit

For more info on Katatonia's albums on Peaceville, 

source: Katatonia


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DEVICE - "Vilify" (video)

While Disturbed is on hiatus, David Draiman has been busy.
Check out the debut video from DEVICE:


Experimentation remains the best catalyst for progression. Rather than sticking to any pre-existing blueprints or conventions, modern hard rock icon David Draiman of Disturbed and studio collaborator Geno Lenardo [ex-Filter] constructed Device from strands of hard rock, industrial, and electronica. As a result, Device's self-titled debut album for Warner Bros. Records is a focused, fierce, and fiery new machine. With the switch turned on, the next chapter commences now.
While the Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse Disturbed was on hiatus, Lenardo reached out to Draiman to collaborate on a song for the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack in late 2011. As soon as the singer heard the music, he was both intrigued and inspired. The duo then cut "Hunted" in Chicago. Even though the track didn't ultimately make the final soundtrack album due to circumstances beyond their control, Draiman urged that they hold on to it and continue writing music. Soon, they had an entire album's worth of material.

"It started to develop very naturally and organically," recalls the frontman. "Geno is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It's not metal. It's got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It's futuristic rock."

Paving the way for that future, the first single "Villify" stands emblematic of Device's sonic alchemy. A guttural guitar grinds alongside synths and keys as the vocalist's unmistakable delivery resounds commandingly.

"It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band," he affirms. "It's an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that's not who I am. I'm a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I'm also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I'm very passionate about what I believe, and I don't apologize for standing behind those beliefs."

Quite a few friends stand beside him on the record too. On "Out of Line," Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler conjures a staggering bass groove, while System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian trades vibrant and visceral vocal melodies with the singer. "Tom Morello's guitar wizardry," as Draiman puts it, casts a spell over "Opinion," and Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows dives into the shadowy "Haze" as his inimitable wail resounds. Iconic Deep Purple voice Glenn Hughes also makes a cameo on the record's haunting and hypnotic finale "Through It All"-a love letter to Draiman's wife. Meanwhile, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale teams up with Device for an epic cover of the Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford classic, "Close My Eyes Forever," which allows both of their voices to reach heavenly heights.

"I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records," he laughs. "It's something we'd never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn't been done in our genre of music, and it's time. It's time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound."

Device undoubtedly stands at the forefront of that resurgence. Upon finishing the record, Lenardo opted to remain a studio collaborator in the project so he could remain free to pursue his other passions/projects, which include film scoring, and spend time at home with his son rather than tour. So in order to bring the album to life and solidify a band in the truest sense of the word, Draiman enlisted Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope and Rock of Ages guitarist Virus. Both Hunt and Virus jumped at the chance to be a part of this powerhouse trio.

"As soon as I heard the music, I thought it was super cutting edge," Hunt explains. "I knew this was something I wanted to be involved in. It's going to give people goose bumps whether they hear it on their stereo or live." Virus echoes that sentiment. "This is an album from start to finish, and it's meant to be experienced like that. These songs are all strong, and they'll stay stuck in your head."

In many ways, the group's moniker sums up its ultimate goal. "Device does several things," reveals Draiman. "It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature." Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. "This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum," he smiles. "Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride."

source: DEVICE


Happy Birthday TONY IOMMI (video)

 Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi (born February 19 1948) is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known as a founder member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, its sole continual member through multiple line-up changes.

Born in Birmingham, Iommi worked at a factory where he lost tips of two of his fingers in an accident. The first major band he played in was Jethro Tull, after which he co-founded Black Sabbath. In 2000, he released his first solo album Iommi, followed by 2005's Fused, which featured his former band-mate Glenn Hughes. After releasing Fused, he joined Heaven & Hell, which disbanded after Ronnie James Dio's death in 2010.
Iommi is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential rock guitarists of all time. A prolific riff-maker, he was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

In 2011, he published an autobiographic work, titled Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. In early 2012, Iommi was diagnosed with early stages of lymphoma, for which he has undergone successful treatment as of January 2013.

Iommi is currently working with the reformed Black Sabbath on the new album 13.

source: & wikipedia


Friday, February 15, 2013

FORT ROCK Music Festival (links)

 FORT ROCK Music Festival

April 14th at Jetblue Park in Fort Myers, Florida featuring: THE OFFSPRING, 3 DOORS DOWN, STONE SOUR, PAPA ROACH, VOLBEAT and many more.

The new Fort Rock music festival will take place Sunday, April 14 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox. Fort Rock is Southwest Florida’s largest rock festival.

The initial lineup for Fort Rock includes: The Offspring, 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Volbeat, In This Moment, Escape The Fate, Device (with David Draiman), Pop Evil, Otherwise, Mindset Evolution and many more. Bands will perform on the Main Stage and Jägermeister Second Stage.

Tickets for Fort Rock go on sale Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 AM EST and are available at General Admission tickets are $44.50, with a Party 4-Pack of GA tickets available for only $129.50. VIP tickets will be $89. Discounted hotel packages will also be available. For details about the presale, tickets, VIP packages and hotel discounts, visit  or

source: Fort Rock


Happy Birthday BRANDON BOYD (video)

Brandon Charles Boyd (born February 15, 1976, in Van Nuys, California) is an American musician, author, and visual artist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the American rock band Incubus. Boyd is also known for playing several instruments such as the didgeridoo and djembe. He also has some guitar parts during live performances.

His voice was part of what enticed Sony's Epic/Immortal Records, and the band was signed in 1996. The band's first two releases on the label, Enjoy Incubus and S.C.I.E.N.C.E. went largely unnoticed, but subsequent releases Make Yourself and Morning View were commercial successes. The band's 2004 release A Crow Left of the Murder... has continued their success, nominating the band for Best Hard Rock Performance in the 2005 Grammy Awards. On November 28, 2006, the band released Light Grenades. On June 16, 2009, Incubus released a greatest hits album titled Monuments and Melodies. In 2011 Incubus finished their 7th studio album If Not Now, When?, which was released on July 12, 2011, followed then by a tour.

Brandon Boyd has written two books. The first, written in 2003, was White Fluffy Clouds: Found Inspiration Moving Forward. It was published by Endophasia Publications and mainly consists of his artwork, photography, song lyrics from Incubus, and additional writings and thoughts. His more recent publication, From the Murks of the Sultry Abyss, was also published by Endophasia in 2007.

In recent years, Brandon Boyd has focused on making fine art, specifically painting, and on September 8, 2008 celebrated the opening of his first solo show, titled "Ectoplasm," at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Birthday BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath (video)

Black Sabbath is the eponymous debut album by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released on February 13, 1970 in the United Kingdom, and later on June 1, 1970 in the United States, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart and has been categorised as the first major album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre.

In August 1969 the band, who were then known as Earth, decided to change their name to Black Sabbath. This was because there was another band also known as Earth, and also as homage to the 1963 classic Mario Bava horror film starring Boris Karloff. Around the same time they recorded and distributed a demo version of their eponymous song. In November 1969 they recorded their debut single, "Evil Woman", released in January 1970, and recorded and mixed the remaining seven songs that would appear on their debut album. According to guitarist Tony Iommi, "We just went in the studio and did it in a day, we played our live set and that was it. We actually thought a whole day was quite a long time, then off we went the next day to play for £20 in Switzerland."

Iommi recalls recording live: "We thought 'We have two days to do it and one of the days is mixing.' So we played live. Ozzy was singing at the same time, we just put him in a separate booth and off we went. We never had a second run of most of the stuff."

Musically and lyrically the album was considered quite "dark" for the time. The first song on the album is based almost entirely on a tritone interval played at slow tempo on the electric guitar. The song's lyrics concern a "figure in black" which bass player Geezer Butler claims to have seen after waking up from a nightmare.

Similarly, the lyrics of the song "N.I.B." are written from the point of view of Lucifer. Contrary to popular belief, the name of that song is not an abbreviation for "Nativity in Black". Osbourne said in his autobiography that it is merely a reference to drummer Bill Ward's pointed goatee at the time, which was shaped as a pen-nib.

Lyrics of two other songs on the album were written about mythical themed stories. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" is a reference to the H. P. Lovecraft short story Beyond the Wall of Sleep, while "The Wizard" was inspired by the character of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. The latter includes harmonica performed by vocalist Ozzy Osbourne.

Both the songs "Warning" and "Evil Woman" are covers of blues rock songs, with lyrics regarding relationships. The first was written and performed by Aynsley Dunbar's Retaliation, and the second was written and performed by the band Crow.

Both sides of the original 1970 vinyl release end with the same finish.

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday PETER GABRIEL (video)

Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, musician, and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So, is his most commercially successful, and the album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, and the song is the most played music video in the history of the station.

More recently, Gabriel has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music. He has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts. Gabriel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1987, six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2007 he was honored as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers.” Gabriel was also awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2009, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Birthday RUSH - "Moving Pictures" (video)

Moving Pictures is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush. The album was recorded and mixed from October to November 1980 at Le Studio located in Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, and released on February 12, 1981.

Moving Pictures became the band's biggest selling album in the United States rising to No. 3 on the Billboard charts and remains the band's most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. The album was one of the first to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA upon establishment of the certification in October 1984, and eventually went quadruple platinum.

Following the formula of their previous album, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures follows a more radio-friendly format and includes several of the band's signature tracks, including the hits "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight", the FM rock radio standard, "Red Barchetta", and the band's highly praised instrumental, "YYZ".

Moving Pictures is one of two Rush albums listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2112 is the other). Kerrang! magazine listed the album at No. 43 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". In 2012, Moving Pictures was listed as the number 10 'Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time' by Rolling Stone.

The album cover art is a visual pun of movers physically carrying paintings, while several songs from the album are connected to motion pictures, with "moving pictures" meaning movies. This second meaning is explicitly shown on the back of the album, where a movie crew is seen filming the scene from the front cover. A third meaning is taken from bystanders who are watching the movers and are visibly emotionally moved by the paintings, making them "moving pictures".

source: wikipedia


IRON MAIDEN to release MAIDEN ENGLAND ‘88 (video)

Normally we would wait for a Blu-ray release but since this is an upgrade from VHS, we won't expect much in the video department.  But the new 5.1 mix...

From the band:
EMI are proud to announce the highly anticipated release of the Double Disc DVD MAIDEN ENGLAND ‘88 on 25 March. Now available for the very first time on DVD, this live show was filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour”. Disc one contains the concert which has been specially upgraded and extended from the existing 1989 longform VHS release and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary thereby completing the full concert with a total running time of 110 minutes . 

Maiden’s own Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews went back to the 1988 edit and painstakingly remastered each shot digitally; colour correcting and grading to give the image the best possible look from that time.  As well as the VHS stereo sound track by Martin Birch, the band’s producer between 1981 and 1993, the DVD also includes a brand new 5.1 audio surround mix by Maiden’s current producer Kevin Shirley. The concert was meticulously directed and edited by bass player and founder member Steve Harris, so as to capture the performance from a fans-eye view of the stage, focusing fully on the music, the elaborate stage production and the lighting.  Add into the mix an electrifying set list and of course Eddie, and Maiden England now offers a snapshot of a bygone era in which the band, as they continue to do today, devote their all in delivering the ultimate live experience for their fans.

Disc two is an extensive bonus disc featuring an exclusive documentary charting Part 3 in the History of Iron Maiden. This 40-minute film comprises recent interviews with the five band members and manager, Rod Smallwood. Picking up the story in the aftermath of the ‘84/85 World Slavery tour, this interesting and insightful documentary sees the band speak candidly about their memories of an exciting and occasionally turbulent period from which would emerge the albums Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son. As the Eighties began to draw to a close, so did another chapter in Maiden’s compelling history.

 Other special extras on the bonus disc include Twelve Wasted Years. First released as a longform VHS in 1987 and available for the first time on DVD, this documentary runs for 90 minutes and includes archive interviews and dynamic live footage from the band’s beginnings in the now legendary Ruskin Arms pub, via London’s Marquee club and three World Tours. Five promo videos for the singles from the aforementioned albums are also featured and have been carefully restored and improved upon from the original films using the very latest software with the audio remastered in digital stereo.

Manager Rod Smallwood comments “We’ve been busy upgrading this concert footage for a long time, with our in-house Film Producer and Director Andy Matthews working tirelessly to weave his magic yet again!. The 1989 VHS video has been largely unavailable for many years and we know how eagerly our fans have been awaiting the new version so we wanted to give it the best possible treatment. The current Maiden England World Tour which continues later this year revisits much of the set list and production from the initial 1989 VHS release so it will be interesting to compare just how much has changed in terms of our 2013 live show production, especially with all the advances in modern technology and the improvements we’ve been able to make to the set”.

The Maiden England ‘88 concert soundtrack will also be made available on 2CD album, Limited Edition double vinyl picture disc and Digital Download formats. The audio had previously only ever been available before on CD as part of EMI’s 1994 Sound And Vision Series packaged alongside the VHS, but with two tracks fewer than the video contained. Can I Play With Madness and Hallowed Be Thy Name were not featured as there was no space on the 1CD disc. Now with the three encores also included the double disc offers a total of 5 tracks previously unavailable on CD making this the first full and complete audio recording release of this historic tour.

The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills*
Running Free*
*previously unreleased.

The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 3
12 Wasted Years
Wasted Years promo video
Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
Can I Play With Madness promo video
The Evil That Men Do promo video
The Clairvoyant promo video

source: Iron Maiden


Monday, February 11, 2013

STONE SOUR - "Do Me A Favor" (video)

Stone Sour has released the official music video for "Do Me A Favor" 
from the upcoming House of Gold and Bones - Part 2.

New album available April 9, 2013.  
Download the song tomorrow, February 12, 2013 on iTunes.

source: Stone Sour



3 YEARS HOLLOW - "Remember" (video)

Check out this track from 3 Years Hollow

From their website: 3 Years Hollow is a five piece hard rock band hailing from the Quad Cities (IL, IA). Their sound combines driving rhythms with melodic vocals and sweeping hooks. The band’s sound has been described as the love child of Chevelle, Disturbed and Sevendust

The band is now on the Sevendust/Lacuna Coil tour!


Friday, February 8, 2013

STEVEN WILSON releases "The Raven That Refused To Sing" (video)

Check out the new video from STEVEN WILSON:

British musician/producer Steven Wilson, who’s known for his role as the mastermind of Porcupine Tree, has fans abuzz with the news of his upcoming third solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing.
The release, set to hit the streets February 25, promises to be an epic experience. Engineered by Alan Parsons and produced by Wilson, all six tracks on the album are based on stories of the supernatural; Wilson will also be releasing a deluxe edition that includes a 128 page hardback book containing lyrics and ghost stories illustrated by Hajo Mueller.
The six-track record explores themes of the supernatural and how such ideas are expressed. Wilson recently told Prog Magazine: “It’s less about what you see and more about what you imagine. I love those stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Machen. They’re macabre fairy tales. They have much more atmosphere than what we see in Hollywood horror cinema. It’s about a creeping sense of dread rather than something more explicit.

“I can look at it and say it’s a strong piece of work, possibly my best to date. I always rely on feedback to understand where in my canon the record sits. I hope this one sits very near the top, or even at the top.”

Four-time Grammy nominee (he is up for Best Surround Sound Album this year) Wilson, will tour the U.S. and Canada starting in April.

Wilson’s touring band is made up of the musicians who recorded the album: Guthrie Govan, Nick Beggs, Marco Minnemann, Adam Holzman and Theo Travis. Drummer Minnemann is unable to appear on the American leg of the tour and will be replaced by former Frank Zappa sticksman Chad Wackerman.

The video got it's US debut on Yahoo Music here.

source: PROG / Yahoo Music