Sterling Winfield on the Hellion Rocks!

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I have been doing a lot of thinking about the songs that have staying power. What makes them great? Why can certain songs be listened to over and over again, yet others drive you batshit. One of the things that has come to light in my thoughts is the alchemy between the musicians and the studio wizards. I have decided to seek out some of these wizards and try to get in their heads.

I now present to you the first of my conversations with said wizards, Mr. Sterling Winfield. If you have been living under a rock and do not recognize the name let me educate you. He has worked with: Pantera, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Nightranger, Pissing Razors, Hellyeah, and Damageplan to name a few.

Sterling also clues us in to a new band he is working with: A Rebel Few. Check them out at: http://www.arebelfew.com/

Grab yourself a cold one, put your headphones on, and check out our interesting chat with Sterling right here:

     It’s loud (and it sounds great), it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!!!

the Hellion

MOTÖRHEAD ANNOUNCE 2015 US TOUR DATES NEW ALBUM “BAD MAGIC” COMING AUGUST 28TH

What can I say about Motörhead? Well, having witnessed them live, and meeting the immortal Lemmy, they will remain a favorite of mine eternally.
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June 16th 2015 –  Grammy Award winning iconic rock band Motörhead, who are embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour in support of their upcoming release Bad Magic, have announced a US tour. These North American shows start in mid-August, with Saxon and Anthrax as special guests on select dates, before ending with the now-legendary Motörboat Cruise between Sept 28th – Oct 2nd from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise also features Slayer, Anthrax and a bumper line-up of bands including three exciting new acts, OthersBudderside, and No Words.
 
Bad Magic is the band’s 22nd studio album and is slated to be released August 28th via UDR Music / Motörhead Music. The album was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA with long-time producer Cameron WebbBad Magic is the follow up to the band’s highly successful album Aftershock which saw Motörhead enjoy their most successful year yet, including a fourth Grammy nomination.
 
 
MOTÖRHEAD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
 
Wed 19 Aug – Riverside, CA – RHA
Fri 21 Aug – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
Sat 22 Aug – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine
Mon 24 Aug – San Francisco, CA – Warfield 
Thu 27 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Fri 28 Aug – Denver, CO – RIOTFEST
Tue 01 Sep – Austin, TX – Cedar Park Center
Wed 02 Sep – San Antonio, TX – Aztec
Fri 04 Sep – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Sat 05 Sep – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Tue 08 Sep – St Louis, MO – Pageant
Wed 09 Sep – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
Fri 11 Sep – Chicago, IL – RIOTFEST
Sat 12 Sep – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
Tue 15 Sep – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale
Wed 16 Sep – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
Sat 19 Sep – Toronto, ONT – RIOTFEST
Tue 22 Sep – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Wed 23 Sep – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
Fri 25 Sep – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
 
 
 
BAD MAGIC – TRACK LISTING
 
1.     Victory Or Die – 3.09
2.     Thunder & Lightning – 3.06
3.     Fire Storm Hotel – 3.35
4.     Shoot Out all of Your Lights – 3.15
5.     The Devil – 2.54
6.     Electricity – 2.17
7.     Evil Eye – 2.20
8.     Teach Them How To Bleed -3.13
9.     Till The End – 4.05
10.  Tell Me Who To Kill – 2.57
11.   Choking On Your Screams – 3.33
12.  When The Sky Comes Looking For You – 2.58
13.   Sympathy For The Devil* – 5.35
 
*by The Rolling Stones
     it’s LOUD!!! SO LOUD!!! IT’S MOTORHEAD!!!
     -the Hellion
 

Disturbed Return After 4-Year Hiatus with New Album, Single and Video‏

 

 

 

Sometimes less is more. When a band puts out a release every year, year after year, the music and excitement can grow stale. Now, after a four year absence Disturbed is returning to kick our collective asses with some new music. the Hellion Rocks is really looking forward to this release!

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DISTURBED ANNOUNCE RETURN FROM HIATUS WITH

NEW ALBUM IMMORTALIZED DUE AUGUST 21 WORLDWIDE

 

OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “THE VENGEFUL ONE” OUT NOW

 

ALBUM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER EVERYWHERE TODAY

 

June 23, 2015 – Burbank, CA – After a four-year hiatus, Grammy Award-nominated, multiplatinum hard rock titans Disturbed have announced their return with their sixth studio album, entitled Immortalized, to be released August 21 through Reprise Records.  Lead single “The Vengeful One” is out now, along with the accompanying animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci, and Immortalized is available for pre-order everywhere today. The upcoming release follows 2010’s gold-certified Asylum, Disturbed‘s fourth consecutive #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and the group’s subsequent four-year hiatus, which gave members David Draiman [vocals], Dan Donegan [guitar], Mike Wengren [drums], and John Moyer [bass] the necessary reprieve to make this imminent and deliberate return.

Watch/share the official video for “The Vengeful One”:

“The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated,” asserts Draiman. “We had basically been going nonstop since 1998,” adds Wengren. “We got to do our own things. It didn’t take too long until the itch started coming back.” And Donegan agrees: “We wanted to return when we collectively had that fire underneath us. We missed it so much that we could tap into this energy and deliver the right album. We did it on our own terms.”

 

In January 2014, Draiman, Donegan, and Wengren met for dinner in their hometown of Chicago. Shortly thereafter, without notifying friends, families, or their label, the three began to fly back and forth to each other’s respective home studios for writing sessions, marking the beginnings of Immortalized and the first time they collectively wrote together since 2001.

 

“For this album, everything was written in the same room,” Draiman remarks. “It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference.”

 

To push themselves further, the group headed to Las Vegas’ Hideout Recordings to work alongside producer Kevin Churko [Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch]. “The goal was to find a producer we felt creatively comfortable with, but who could challenge us and spark a new evolution,” said Donegan. “Churko did that.”

 

The resulting record features the unshakable first single “The Vengeful One” – “Musically, it’s got that old school metal sound,” says Donegan. “It’s definitely Disturbed!” – along with an outside-the-box cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” unlike anything in the group’s catalog.

 

“I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait,” says Donegan. “We’ve been planning this for the past year and keeping it a secret so we can’t wait to hear the response. I hope fans realize we have a lot more left in us. This album reassured me of that. To be away from it for almost 5 years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome. Part of me didn’t want to leave the studio! We still have a lot more to say. We still have a lot more to do. We’re returning stronger than ever. I think Immortalized shows that.”

 

Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold 12 million albums globally, scored nine No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio, and had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut The Sickness formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by their subsequent gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records as well as a Grammy Award nomination in the category of “Best Hard Rock Performance” for “Inside the Fire” in 2009.

 

Pre-order the album, including deluxe limited edition bundles:

http://smarturl.it/DSTImmortalized

Immortalized Track Listing:

1.       The Eye Of The Storm

2.       Immortalized

3.       The Vengeful One

4.       Open Your Eyes

5.       The Light

6.       What Are You Waiting For

7.       You’re Mine

8.       Who

9.       Save Our Last Goodbye

10.     Fire It Up

11.     The Sound of Silence

12.     Never Wrong

13.     Who Taught You How To Hate

14.     Tyrant*

15.     Legion of Monsters*

16.     The Brave And The Bold*

* Deluxe Only

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Photo Credit: Travis Shinn

 

http://www.disturbed1.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/Disturbed

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s DISTURBED!!!!

     -the Hellion

 

Vinnie Vincent mystery?

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I have been hearing lately that guitarist Vinnie Vincent has gone missing. I did a Google search and found a couple of atricles regarding this but nothing concrete. Interesting how a former member of “The Hottest Band In The World!” can just fall off the earth. Is it a conspiracy? Did people from the planet Jendell abduct him on Ace’s command? Did Gene and Paul stash him with Jimmy Hoffa? Has fallen under the spell of the Cat People? Or is he just done with the limelight and rat race and just living life? I’m gonna keep digging and will keep you updated.

     where are you Vinnie?

     -the Hellion

CHILDREN OF BODOM Pre-Orders For I Worship Chaos Start 06/19/15!‏

CHILDREN OF BODOM Pre-Orders For I Worship Chaos Start 06/19/15!

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     I had the great fortune to meet and hang out with Alexi a little while back. We had a great discussion about life, music and the intense New Mexico sun. I’m looking forward to this new release and VERY interested in hearing their cover of the Kenny Loggins song “Danger Zone”, it should be interesting. Keep CHILDREN OF BODOM making music and pre-order yours TODAY!!!

Finnish Metal heroes CHILDREN OF BODOM will release their ninth studio album, I Worship Chaos, worldwide on October 2nd, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.  Check out a message from the studio from Alexi and Janne :

Pre-orders for I Worship Chaos are available beginning today!

I Worship Chaos will be available in following formats:

– CD + DVD digibook (incl. bonus DVD and three bonus tracks!)

– CD

– 2LP (black, clear, silver, yellow, picture)

– digibook + canvas (mail order edition)

Pre-order your copy of CHILDREN OF BODOM‘s new record here:http://nblast.de/COBWorshipChaosNB

I Worship Chaos Track Listing:

01. I Hurt

02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)

03. Morrigan

04. Horns

05. Prayer For The Afflicted

06. I Worship Chaos

07. Hold Your Tongue

08. Suicide Bomber

09. All For Nothing

10. Widdershins

Bonus Tracks (digibook only):

11. Mistress Of Taboo (PLASMATICS cover)

12. Danger Zone (KENNY LOGGINS cover)

13. Black Winter Day (AMORPHIS cover)

2LP (Black, Clear, Silver, Yellow, Picture):

Side A

01. I Hurt

02. My Bodom (I Am The Only One)

03. Morrigan

04. Horns

05. Prayer For The Afflicted

Side B

01. I Worship Chaos

02. Hold Your Tongue

03. Suicide Bomber

04. All For Nothing

05. Widdershins

CHILDREN OF BODOM live 2015:

19.06.         F       Clisson                                   Hellfest

20.06.         LUX  Luxembourg City                 Den Atelier

21.06.         B       Dessel                                   Graspop Metal Meeting

26.06.         D       Dischingen                           Rock am Härtsfeldsee

17.07.         E       Viveiro                                  Resurrection Fest

31.07.         FIN   Tampere                                Ratinan Stadion

01.08.         FIN   Kuopio                                  Kuopio Rockcock

10.10.         J        Saitama-Shi                          Loud Park

05.12.         S       Södra Hammarbyhamnen     Fryshuset

06.12.         N       Oslo                                      Rockefeller Music Hall

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Visit CHILDREN OF BODOM online at: http://www.cobhc.com 

 

Like: https://www.facebook.com/childrenofbodom 

 

Follow: https://twitter.com/cobhc 

 

Follow: https://instagram.com/cobhc

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s CHILDREN OF BODOM!!!

     -the Hellion

New Mastodon video for “Asleep In The Deep”

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Mastodon remains a band that continues to impress and entertain me. They have just released a new video for the track “Asleep In The Deep” off of their 2014 release Once More ‘Round The Sun.

MASTODON PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ASLEEP IN THE DEEP”  

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Mastodon teams up once again with Once More ‘Round The Sun‘s cover artist Skinner to push the boundaries of psychedelia as far as they can. Skinner is the mastermind behind “Asleep in the Deep” The video tells the psychedelic and epic journey of a house cat who unknowingly travels into a bizarre gypsy catacomb where it encounters a giant bullfrog, a three-headed evil rat king, cat gnomes, cheese slaves and a warrior squirrel. ‘Asleep in the Deep’ is directed by Atlanta-based director, Video Rahim, and co-directed by Special FX guru, Shane Morton (Head of SPFX Make-Up on Adult Swim’s Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell) and Skinner. Hey Beautiful Jerk, a NYC-based design and visual effects boutique, provided creative direction and all post production services. The creator and co-director of “Asleep in the Deep”, Skinner, has this to say about the video:

“This concept was birthed out of my curiosity about what a cat really does at night while we are asleep,” says Skinner. “Where do they go? Cats have a very mysterious myth to them and I thought it would be cool to explore that, as little nocturnal heroes. I decided to put a sort of Joseph Campbell hero myth spin on it and add some Jodorowsky psychedelia as well. I’m more than excited about the way it came out! I love it!”

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Mastodon is excited to have a limited webstore exclusive bundle to celebrate the video premiere, which includes the “Asleep in the Deep” t-shirt and larger-than-life 24″x36″ old school movie-style poster printed on 100# text paper.  Both the “Asleep in the Deep” shirt and poster feature the exclusive art by Skinner. This is a pre-sale item.  Bundles will begin shipping by July 1st.

Order your limited web store exclusive bundle today:

http://shop.mastodonrocks.com/asleep-in-the-deep-bundle.html

 

Mastodon will spend their summer overseas performing at all the major European and South American festivals, including Belgium’s Pukkelpop, the prestigious Reading and Leeds Festival in England, and Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival. They will also support Metallica for two shows in Russia.Please see below for of Mastodon’s upcoming tour dates.

June 19             Clissonm FRA                           Hellfest

June 20             Vitoria-Gasteiz, SPA                  Azkena Rock Festival

June 22             Pratteln, SWI                             Konzertfabrik Z7

June 24             Luxembourg, LUX                      Rockhal Club

June 26             Dublin, IRE                               Olympia

June 27             Cork, IRE                                  The Savoy Theatre

June 28             Belfast, N. IRE                          Ulster Hall

July 1               Malmo, SWE                             KB Hall

July 2               Roskilde, DEN                           Roskilde Festival

July 3               Turku, FIN                                 Ruisrock

Aug 7                Montreal, QC                             Heavy Montreal Fest

Aug 12              Oslo, NOR                                Oya Festival

Aug 14              Dinkelsbuehl, GER                    Summer Breeze Fest

Aug 15              Hamburg, GER                          Elb-Riot Festival

Aug 16              Dornbirn, AUT                           Bregenz Conrad Sohm

Aug 18              Cologne, GER                           Essigfabrik

Aug 19              Berlin, GER                               Kesselhaus

Aug 20              Charleville Mezieres,                  FRA Cabaret Vert

Aug 21              Hasselt, BEL                             Pukkelpop Shelter Marquee

Aug 25              St. Petersburg, RUS                  SKK Arena (w/ Metallica)

Aug 27              Moscow, RUS                           Olympysky (w/ Metallica)

Aug 29              Reading, ENG                           Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 30              Leeds, ENG                               Leeds/Reading Festival (The Pit Stage)

Aug 31              Istanbul, TUR                            100% Metal Headbangers

Sept 2              Thessaloniki, GRE                      Principal Theater Club

Sept 3              Athens, GRE                              Gazi Hall Entertainment Stage

Sept 5              Reykjavik, ICE                           Rokkjotnar Festival

Sept 25             Rio de Janeiro, BRA                   Rock in Rio Festival

Sept 27             Sao Paulo, BRA                         Anhembi (outdoor)

Sept 28             Santiago, CHI                            Comes Louder Festival

As previously announced, Mastodon are featured on THE GAME OF THRONES MIXTAPE, Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2, with their new original song, “White Walker,” which is available here: https://soundcloud.com/catchthethrone.

Expect additional Mastodon news to be revealed soon. Until then, go to: www.mastodonrocks.com

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MASTODON:
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals

      it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s MASTODON!!!!

     -the Hellion

 

PRO-PAIN Debut New Song “Age of Digust” Via Metal Insider‏

PRO-PAIN Debut New Song “Age of Disgust” Via Metal Insider

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     WAAAY back in 1992ish I first heard of Pro-Pain and have been listening to them ever since. Now they have a new release and are still kicking ass!!!

Available Tuesday June 23rd on SPV/Steamhammer

PRO-PAIN‘s new album Voice Of Rebellion will be released through SPV/Steamhammer June 23rd in North America.  The album can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.  Today the song “Age of Disgust” is receiving its exclusive premiere via Metal Insider.  Get a first listen to this punishing track HERE.

Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous – all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of metal/hardcore pioneers PRO-PAIN.  Since their crushing 1992 NAIRD nominated debut album Foul Taste Of Freedom, PRO-PAIN have become a staple in the diets of heavy music listeners around the globe.  Their successful and enviable career has perpetually prospered throughout its course, and yet they still manage to find room to improve, and more importantly, impress.  Each and every PRO-PAIN album is a paragon of intensity, inspiration, honesty and unwillingness to compromise.  Their latest (and 15th) studio effort entitled Voice Of Rebellion is a testament to those very same qualities.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Corey Williams at Sound Lounge Recordings (Venice, Florida), Voice Of Rebellion features 14 punishing tracks that are sure to satisfy die-hard fans and new fans alike.  Williams and PRO-PAIN main man Gary Meskil share production credits on the album

The album kicks off with a blistering and infectious title track (which is destined to become a PRO-PAIN classic).  Songs like No Fly Zone and Age Of Disgust take the listener back to the bands groove laden glory days, while new ground gets forcefully broken with tracks such as Hellride and Souls On Fire.  The entire spectrum of the band’s musical influences are proudly displayed and are tastefully explored within the contents of this explosive album.

The album is available in the following configurations:

– Standard Jewel edition

– Limited edition Digipak (with 3 bonus tracks and double sided poster)

– Limited Edition Vinyl LP in red color

– Download

For More Info Visit:

www.pro-pain.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/PRO-PAIN-OFFICIAL-PAGE/215861125115781

https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial

     Do yourself a favor and help keep bands like Pro-Pain on the scene! Check this and their other 14 records out, you will NOT be disappointed!

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s PRO-PAIN!!!

     the Hellion