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GATEKEEPER – To Release ‘Grey Maiden’ EP In February

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock bands, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

Looking to strike while the iron is hot, Canadian up and coming True Metal force GATEKEEPER will release the Grey MaidenEP on February 22 via Cruz Del Sur Music.

Featuring two brand-new compositions, a cover song and a track re-recorded from their first demo, Grey Maiden picks right up where the band’s acclaimed East Of Sun first full-length left off. The groundswell of support in North America and abroad – including the selling out of the vinyl and CD pressing of East Of Sun within six months – spurred GATEKEEPER to satiate their ever-growing fanbase with a new release.

“We’ve been working harder and faster than ever since all of this started happening,” says guitarist and founding member Geoff Blackwell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from spending the past ten-plus years in bands, it’s that momentum is your greatest resource and you’ve gotta pour gasoline on the little fires that pop up in your career.”

According to Blackwell, GATEKEEPER (who are rounded out by vocalist Jean-Pierre, lead guitarist Kenny Kroecher, bassist David Messier and drummer Tommy Tro) has performed more shows in 2018 than all other years of the band combined, which has started to influence their songwriting. While East Of Sun is considered by many fans to get only better with each passing listen, the songs on Grey Maiden are some of the band’s most immediate compositions to date. However, there are some twists afoot.

“The title track might be our best song yet,” notes Blackwell. “It’s got a massive chorus, intricate vocal lines and catchy, pummelling riffs. We re-recorded the song ‘Tale Of Twins’, which is an old favorite that we’ve been playing lately. It’s finally gotten the recording and performance quality that the song deserves! JP did a great job with the singing on this one.

‘Moss’ is a big departure from our other material,” he continues. “It’s a soft, finger-picked acoustic ballad featuring a lilting guitar pattern inspired by traditional folk music with fantasy-tinged lyrics. We also brought in a guest violinist to fill in the gaps. It’s much different than anything else we’ve done, but I think it makes perfect sense for GATEKEEPER. Lastly, we covered an obscure NWOBHM song by a band named TREDEGAR called ‘Richard III’. They’re a very cool, but forgotten band from Wales who had ex-members of BUDGIE in their ranks. They were a very early example of epic metal and we decided that it would be a good match for us. Kenny and I took some liberties with the guitar arrangement.”

GATEKEEPER‘s future plans include a tour of Europe in support of Grey Maiden, including spots on key festivals such as Hell Of Hammaburg, Swordbrothers and Up The Hammers. In addition to more live dates in their home territory of Canada, GATEKEEPER will buckle down and get to work on their second LP, which, according to Blackwell, will feature material contributed by the entire band. But, before the calendar jumps over to 2019, some reflection of 2018 is warranted, a year that saw GATEKEEPER emerge as one of the best new traditional metal hopefuls in recent memory.

“Obviously we all hoped the album would do well and I figured that we’d make a few sales and play some fun shows here and there,” closes Blackwell. “But, I absolutely never expected us to sell out the first vinyl and CD pressing so quickly. That’s the kind of stuff that usually happens to other people. The outpouring of support from our new friends and fans on social media and streaming platforms like YouTube has been huge, too.”

Grey Maiden – Track Listing:

  1. Grey Maiden
  2. Tale Of Twins
  3. Moss
  4. Richard III

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For more GATEKEEPER:

www.facebook.com/gatekeeperband/

www.gatekeepermetal.com/

gatekeeper.bandcamp.com

www.instagram.com/gatekeeper_metal/

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE GATEKEEPER.

STONE.

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KISS – 25 New Dates Added For End Of The Road Tour!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

Just announced – 25 NEW dates added in the U.S. for the End Of The Road Tour!

VIP packages on sale 11/27 at 10am local, KISS Army pre-sale begins 11/28 at 9am local and general onsale begins 12/3 at 10am local.

Visit Kissonline.com for full dates and info.

LONG LIVE KISS.

STONE.

SPIRITS OF FIRE – Release First Single & Video “Light Speed Marching” – Debut Album Out February 22nd!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

In Summer 2017, TESTAMENT’s Steve Di Giorgio teamed up with Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chris Caffery and Mark Zonder, for a new musical project, SPIRITS OF FIRE! This outstanding supergroup has announced the release date  for their self-titled debut album, to be February 22, 2019, via Frontiers Music Srl, unleashing also the first single & video, “Light Speed Marching” from the album.

Watch “Light Speed Marching” video, here:

https://youtu.be/Cg1gzFPAhcM

Pre-order the album on CD/LP/Digital HERE: http://radi.al/SpiritsofFire

North American fans can get LIMITED EDITION, exclusive red color vinyl & collector’s box (feat. CD + T-Shirt – Size L ONLY) HERE: https://frontiersrecords.pmstores.co/ These are limited to 100 each and this is the only retailer in North America carrying these items.

European fan can get the same items HERE: https://bit.ly/2RXvA0Q

Frontiers Music Srl is known for building new bands/projects featuring musicians of outstanding quality and who come from unique backgrounds. After an intense brainstorming session, a dream team of renowned metal musicians including Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death (Official), etc.) and Mark Zonder (ex Fates Warning, Warlord) was born and put together under the direction of renowned LA-based producer Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies).

Called SPIRITS OF FIRE (after the title of one of their songs), the band has completed work on their debut album which is set for release on February 22nd via Frontiers Music Srl. The music can best be described as “classic Priest meets Savatage”.

Guitarist Chris Caffery on his influences for the record and working with Roy Z:

“My influences for writing on this record were the bands that we were and are still in! I wanted to write songs that [Judas] Priest, Savatage, Testament, and Fates Warning fans would like. But, I wanted them to have a personality of their own as well. To give it a vibe that was SPIRITS OF FIRE! I grew up listening to Judas Priest and spent 30 plus years working with Jon Oliva and Paul O’Neill with Savatage and TSO. Many years playing Criss’ music. These influences for me came naturally! Especially because I’m a fan of all of our bands!

This was the first time that I ever worked with Roy and it was so much fun. I have been a huge fan of his work for a long time. He’s written music, played on, and produced some of my favorite metal albums ever. He had a difficult job bringing this all together and I can’t think of anyone that would have been a better producer and co-worker for this album!”

“I always just sing to the song, whatever I feel it should be. It’s like a character thing! I like layers! This music is really perfect for me and in my natural wheel house. I like to sing all over the place and change it up and this all happens on this album. This is just the start of an amazing band, I mean sky is the limit and I actually can’t wait to record the next album, because this one is so great and perfect,” says vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Drummer Mark Zonder adds about his playing and writing process, “I am the kind of player that plays what I think fits best with the music. With SPIRITS OF FIRE, the music was more aggressive and hard hitting which I really liked. Again, I tried to be very mindful of the song and the vocals, but tried to add parts that were interesting and creative for the listener.”

Track Listing:
1. Light Speed Marching
2. Temple of the Soul
3. All Comes Together
4. Spirits of Fire
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Game
7. Dispensable
8. Meet Your End
9. Never to Return
10. The Path
11. Alone in the Darkness

Get more information at https://www.facebook.com/SpiritsOfFireBand

Source: ALPHA OMEGA Management

LONG LIVE SPIRITS OF FIRE.

STONE.

IRON MAIDEN – Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2019 Dates Announced!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2018 by Metal Odyssey


July 2019
18 – Sunrise, FL, USA – BB&T Center
20 – Atlanta, GA, USA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

22 – Charlotte, NC, USA – PNC Music Pavilion
24 – Washington DC, USA – Jiffy Lube Live
26 – Brooklyn, NY, USA – Barclays Center
30 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – Wells Fargo Center

August 2019
01 -Boston, MA, USA – Xfinity Center
03 – Hartford, CT, USA – Xfinity Theatre
05 – Montreal, QC, CANADA – Bell Centre
07 – Quebec, QC, CANADA – Videotron Centre
09 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Budweiser Stage
10 – Toronto, ON, CANADA – Budweiser Stage
13 – Buffalo, NY, USA – KeyBank Center
15 – Cincinnati, OH, USA – Riverbend Music Center
17 – Pittsburgh, PA, USA – PPG Paints Arena
19 – Nashville, TN, USA – Bridgestone Arena
22 – Chicago, IL, USA – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
24 – Indianapolis, IN, USA – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

26 – St Paul, MN, USA – Xcel Energy Center
28 – Winnipeg, MB, CANADA – Bell MTS Place
30 – Edmonton, AB, CANADA – Rogers Place
31 – Calgary, AB, CANADA – Scotiabank Saddledome

September 2019

03 – Vancouver, BC, CANADA – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

05 – Tacoma, WA, USA – Tacoma Dome
06 – Portland, OR, USA – Moda Center
09 – Sacramento, CA, USA – Golden 1 Center
10 – Oakland, CA, USA – Oracle Arena
13 – Las Vegas, NV, USA – MGM Grand Garden Arena
14 – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Banc of California Stadium
17 – Phoenix, AZ, USA – Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 – Albuquerque, NM, USA – Isleta Amphitheater
21 – Dallas, TX, USA – Dos Equis Pavilion
22 – Houston, TX, USA – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

25 – San Antonio, TX, USA – AT&T Center
29 – Mexico City, MEXICO – Sports Palace

October 2019
04 – Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL – Rock In Rio
12 – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA – Velez Sarsfield Stadium
15 – Santiago, CHILE – Estadio Nacional

No further countries will be added to above touring schedule.

On-sale from Nov 16th
Pre-sale from Nov 12th

Support on the 2019 tour comes from The Raven Age

Additionally, Fozzy will be Guests for the Banc of California Stadium show in LA

Play the game that inspired the tour – http://irnmdn.co/game

Source: Iron Maiden

LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN.

STONE.

TOKE – November And December Tour Dates

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

North Carolina’s Stoner and Doom power trio, TOKE, are ready to embark on a tour of the states, commencing on November 11th in Charlotte. Check out the tour flyer above, to see if TOKE will be in your area!

For more band info: Toke

LONG LIVE TOKE.

STONE.

POP EVIL – Announces 2019 Tour Dates!

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

From POP EVIL facebook:

Starting 2019 with a bang! Come see us live for what will be one of our most memorable headline tours yet, with special guest Don Jamieson, Them Evils, and Savage After Midnight. There will also be a local band contest for each market. Stay tuned for more details! Bandsintown Pre-Sale starts this Wednesday with Password “POPBIT” along with our brand new VIP Package.

Public On-Sale starts Friday
https://popevil.com/

Tour Dates:

1/16 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon

1/17 – Denver, CO – Summit Denver

1/18 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion

1/19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

1/20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas

1/23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

1/25 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage – The Loft – Vinyl

1/26 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte

1/27 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

1/29 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater

1/30 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

1/31 – Portland, ME – Aura

2/01 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury Theater

2/02 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

2/05 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

2/07 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago

2/08 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre

2/09 – Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall

2/10 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

2/12 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

2/13 – Fort Smith, AR – Temple Live

2/14 – Springfield, MO – The Complex Springfield

2/15 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman

2/16 – Madison, WI – Majestic Madison

LONG LIVE POP EVIL.

STONE.

UPCOMING FAITH NO MORE BOOK, “SMALL VICTORIES: THE TRUE STORY OF FAITH NO MORE” (SEPT. 12, JAWBONE PRESS), IMPRESSES BAND WITH LEVEL OF DETAIL AND DEPTH

Posted in books, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, world news with tags , , , on August 28, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

Aug. 28, 2018, SAN FRANCISCO – Adrian Harte, the blogger whose website, Faith No More 2.0 (newfaithnomore.com), has become the pre-eminent source for all things Faith No More, releases the book, “Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More” on Sept. 12 via Jawbone Press.

“When I first heard about this Faith No Moe biography, I didn’t know what to think,” said Faith No More co-founder and bass player Bill Gould. “But I have to give credit where it is due. It’s a quality piece. The man has done his research, and it shows. It provided me with more than a few revelations… and I’m in the band.”

While not an official book from Faith No More itself, the 376-page offering features interviews with multiple band members, managers and key figures from the band’s 39-year history and has the full endorsement of the San Francisco-based group.

About “Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More”

“Small Victories…” tells how such a heterogeneous group formed, flourished, and fractured, and how Faith No More helped redefine rock, metal and alternative music. The book chronicles the creative and personal tensions that defined and fueled the band, forensically examines the band’s beginnings in San Francisco’s post-punk wasteland, and charts the group’s ascent to MTV-era stardom. Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, the book combines a fan’s passion with a reporter’s perspicacity.

About Adrian Harte

Adrian Harte is an experienced journalist and communications professional who works as a media intelligence manager for UEFA, the European football governing body. Since 2009 he has run newfaithnomore.com, through which he has become known and trusted by the band, their management and their fans. He lives in Aubonne, Switzerland.

Published by Jawbone Press

Release date: Sept. 12, 2018

Format: 376pp paperback with 2x8pp color photo inserts

ISBN 978-1-911-036-37-1

Price: $22.95 US

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LONG LIVE FAITH NO MORE.

LONG LIVE ADRIAN HARTE.

STONE.

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