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ALCATRAZZ – To Release Latest Album, V, On October 15th Via Silver Lining Music; New Single/Video, “Sword Of Deliverance,” Now Playing + Preorders Available

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags on July 24, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Mighty Los Angeles-born, guitar-driven, heavy metal icons, ALCATRAZZ, announce the release of their fifth studio album, aptly titled V, which is set for release via Silver Lining Music on October 15th, 2021.  

In advance of the release of VALCATRAZZ today unveils new single/video, “Sword Of Deliverance,” and as far as lead statements go, it’s one hell of a reminder that when ALCATRAZZ is firing on all cylinders with all guns blazing, they are a vital part of any metalhead’s day. And there is little doubt that ALCATRAZZ 2021, featuring Doogie White on vocals, founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea on keyboards and bass respectively, Mark Benquechea on drums, and Joe Stump on guitar, are the chemistry causing the musical fire. 

“‘Sword Of Deliverance’ is a mighty, metal monument,” affirms White, “a call to arms for the ALCATRAZZ collective. Loud, proud, and ready!” 

View “Sword Of Deliverance,” now playing at THIS LOCATION.

Formed in 1983, ALCATRAZZ became famous for its blend of melodic and progressive rock and for introducing guitar heroes Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Emerging in 1983 with No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll, which featured the hit “Island In The Sun,” the band continued building popularity in 1985 with their sophomore effort, Disturbing The Peace, which contained the hit, “God Blessed Video.” The band issued one more studio LP, 1986’s Dangerous Games, before ceasing operations the following year. The band regrouped and released highly acclaimed Born Innocent in 2020, their first studio album containing all-new material since 1986. 

While Born Innocent was a smart and strong return to the studio, there is a synergy and crackle about V which shows a band both in lockstep with each other and back in love with the writing process. “We all are very happy with the new album. We were all on the same page about the direction and what we were trying to accomplish,” notes Waldo. “We had over twenty songs to pick from. It was tough; we liked them all. That’s very unusual for a band. I think this album sounds like the natural progression from No Parole, only heavier.”

Both vintage and timeless, V treads the ALCATRAZZ textured territories of old but with renewed vigor and verve. Whether it be the choral-echoes sitting inside the storming tempest which is “Nightwatch,” the staunch, speedy melodic metal of “Turn Of The Wheel,” or the thick, bluesy chug of “House Of Lies,” there is little doubt that this ALCATRAZZ is going full-tilt with not one ounce of a shackle holding them back. In that regard, White’s supreme vocal work on all twelves tracks serves as the catalyst for their creative synergy and his supremely positive energy brings the band closer than it has been since, well, 1986! 

“The addition of Doogie is a natural transition for the ALCATRAZZ legacy,” states Shea. “He is a hard-working professional who loves to sing and doesn’t shy away from deadlines. His long list of career achievements is the perfect fit for us as we have been leading parallel lives all these years creating music. I am looking forward to bringing this new powerful line-up on the road.”  

Over the course of three-plus decade career, the Scottish-born White is undoubtably one of the finest vocalists in hard rock, having fronted Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Tank, and Michael Schenker. It is therefore no surprise to hear him dovetail so easily with ALCATRAZZ, indeed, it feels like the most natural of career progressions.

There is little doubt that besides the work of White, much is going to be quite rightly said about the scintillating performance of Joe Stump throughout V, and it feels as though he’s truly found his place alongside previous ALCATRAZZ guitar gods, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Every riff is supremely sharp and every solo carries with it platinum sovereignty, whether engaging in the shred or delivering a more nuanced lead break.  

“I really enjoy playing with Joe; he’s not only a great player but a great writer as well,” enthuses Waldo. “He’s really fun to tour and work with. He plays with tons of energy live, kind of the ‘take no prisoners’ vibe.” 

Produced by Giles Lavery and Jimmy Waldo, and mixed by Andy Haller (Elton John, Joe Cocker, System Of A Down), V also includes guest appearances from Saxon’s Nigel Glockler (drums on “Guardian Angel” and “Blackheart”), Tank’s Cliff Evans (bass on “Grace Of God”), and Donnie Van Stavern of Riot (bass on “Guardian Angel,” “Nightwatch,” and “Target”), underscoring how perennially popular ALCATRAZZ’s music remains with their peers. stands for ALCATRAZZ’s fifth studio album of course… but it also stands just as resolutely for Victory; the victory that sees ALCATRAZZ 2021 stronger than ever despite all the odds.

is available for preorder at THIS LOCATION.

V Track Listing:

1. Guardian Angel

2. Nightwatch

3. Sword Of Deliverance

4. Turn Of The Wheel

5. Blackheart

6. Grace Of God

7. Return To Nevermore

8. Target

9. Maybe Tomorrow

10. House Of Lies

11. Alice’s Eyes

12. Dark Day For My Soul


Jimmy Waldo – keyboards, Gary Shea – bass, Doogie White – lead vocals, Joe Stump – guitar, Mark Benquechea – drums



CROWBAR Announces November Tour With Municipal Waste; Tickets On Sale NOW!

Posted in Heavy Metal with tags on July 24, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

photo by Justin Reich]
The legendary masters of NOLA sludge, CROWBAR, will return to the stage this November supporting Municipal Waste. The ten-date US journey will commence November 13th in Indianapolis, Indiana and come to a close November 23rd in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additional support will be provided by Skeletal Remains and Dead Heat.
Comments the band, “We are so excited to get back on the road! This pandemic has been horrible for so many people and has affected their lives tremendously. We just feel blessed to be able to play some music for our fans again.”
Tickets are on sale NOW! See all confirmed dates below.

CROWBAR w/ Municipal Waste, Skeletal Remains, Dead Heat:

11/13/2021 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN [tickets]

11/14/2021 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN [tickets]  

11/16/2021 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY [tickets]

11/17/2021 Big Night Live – Boston, MA [tickets]

11/18/2021 Wally’s – Hampton, NH [tickets]

11/19/2021 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA [tickets]

11/20/2021 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH [tickets]

11/21/2021 Riverfront Live – Cincinnati, OH [tickets]

11/22/2021 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI [tickets]

11/23/2021 Elevation – Grand Rapids, MI [tickets]

For nearly three decades, the name CROWBAR has been synonymous with the word “HEAVY.” Since rising ominously from the swamplands of New Orleans in 1990, they’ve been hailed internationally as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of crushing, melodic sludge. The band’s most recent release, The Serpent Only Lies, issued in 2016 via Entertainment One (eOne) in North America and SPV overseas, is both an affirmation of the group’s staying power and a nod to their legacy. It’s an album that stands toe-to-toe with those early CROWBAR classics while maintaining the lumbering hooks of mid-period standouts like 1998’s Odd Fellows Rest and 2000’s Equilibrium.

Wrote Metal Injection, “With CROWBAR being part of the great foundation that makes sludge metal, The Serpent Only Lies encompasses so much of the sound we love of sludge, while finding itself in a place where it is at once heavy, but has room for opportunity.” Added Blabbermouth, “Windstein was born to write crushing riffs. He continues to churn out riffs that will likely make two Hessians driving around blasting the album simultaneously look at one another in acknowledgment of ‘that riff!’ Which one? Those amazing riffs are peppered throughout the album…”

Already listed among the most anticipated records of 2021 by esteemed metal outlets like Revolver, Decibel, BrooklynVegan, MetalSucks, and so many others, CROWBAR’s forthcoming new full-length promises a sonic bone crush like no other. Stay tuned.




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