VOICES OF EXTREME (VOX): Members of NY-Based Rock Band Boast All-Star Collaboration Credits Like Van Halen, Thin Lizzy and More‏


VOICES OF EXTREME (VOX): Members of NY-Based Rock Band Boast All-Star Collaboration Credits Like Van Halen, Thin Lizzy and More


New Album Break The Silence Hitting Stores November 1, 2013

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Hailing from New York, VOICES OF EXTREME is a powerful hard rock ensemble that will appeal to fans of dynamic, harmonic metal and melodic rock. All of the members have extensive experience in the industry and are now supporting their new album Break The Silence, the follow up to their debut album HypocriteBreak The Silence is hitting stores on November 1, 2013 via Smash-Mouth Records and features some of the band’s best songs to date.


Break The Silence, states vocalist Don Chaffin, “is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and various individual styles, and is a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances!”


Break The Silence track listing:

  1. Damned
  2. Tell Me What It Takes
  3. Apocalypse
  4. Break the Silence
  5. Numb
  6. Did It Again
  7. Hollow
  8. Made of Stone
  9. Blown Away
  10. Sorry
  11. Pain
  12. More than Anything

VOX was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan. The two started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan and Nick Gertsson returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin.


VOX debuted in 2005 with the amazing Hypocrite, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005. Their debut CD immediately found favor with critics and listeners alike, propelling them to the forefront of metal’s hierarchy. Experts at their craft, VOX has earned song writing credits on Van Halen’s DVD entitled “The Early Years,” as well as endorsements with ESP, Daddario Strings, Planetwaves Cables, Paiste Cymbals. Over the past seven years, VOX. has shared the stage with Godsmack, Disturbed, Alice in Chains ,Powerman 5000, Buckcherry, 10 Years, Dope, Dropkick Murphys and many more, proving their determination as a premier live act on the Eastern Seaboard. Recently, the band’s lead singer, Don Chaffin toured with Dan Spitz in their high profile band Red Lamb (co-produced by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Dan Spitz) which embarked on a United States tour that consisted of 25 dates  in 2013.

Learn more about who VOX is…


  • Lead vocalist Don Chaffin of Huntington, NY toured the United States as lead vocalist of Red Lamb with Dan Spitz from Anthrax. Red Lamb’s music was produced by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Chaffin has also completed studio work with Kasenetz and Katz and has been the lead vocalist for Ram Jam since 1994. Don Chaffin and Ram Jam have acted as tour support for the likes of Foreigner, Godsmack, Disturbed, Dr. John, Steve Howe of Yes, Robbie Krieger of The Doors and Vanilla Fudge, and has done additional studio work with Jim Bralower and Ace Frehley of Kiss.


  • Bassist Bob Brennan hails from Boca Raton, FL. Brennan toured the US with Tongue N’ Cheek in 1992, and has completed studio work with Jon Gatto of the Good Rats and Dan Spitz formerly of Anthrax. Brennan has worked with Tony Bongiovi of Power Station Studios and co-wrote music on the Van Halen DVD documentary “The Early Years”. Brennan has also done live work with Chris Rizzola of Steel Heart and studio work and live touring with Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden.


  • Guitarist Nick Gertsson of Vimmerby, Sweden moved to the United States in 1992 to attend G.I.T. (Musicians Institute, formerly the Guitar Institute of Technology) and graduated in 1993. Gertsson has worked with Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Dave Spitz (Black Sabbath, Great White) Chris Risola (Steelheart), Dan Spitz (Anthrax), Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen) and more.


  • Drummer John Cappadona of Farmingdale, NY performed with Thin Lizzy in Donnington, England, filling in for Tommy Aldridge at Donnington Park Stadium. Cappadona is the current drummer for Almost Queen, an international tribute act, authentically performing the music of Queen. Almost Queen has performed in over 23 states as well as Mexico, Canada, and South America. Cappadona has been in various original bands including Agentz, Beggar’s Opera, and Livesay.

For more information on VOICES OF EXTREME, please visit www.voicesofextreme.com or www.vox-rocks.com. You can check out some of the band’s music videos at http://youtu.be/v3EoiaX52TY and http://youtu.be/eU7XyCHVw44 /.

Nick Menza – gives us the lowdown on what he’s been up to!

photo by Alex Solca 2013 courtesy of Nick Menza

photo by Alex Solca 2013 courtesy of Nick Menza


Nick Menza was part of Megadeth during what I feel was their most successful period. Rust In Peace, Countdown To Extinction, Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, what Megadeth fan doesn’t love those records? Nick has since moved on from Megadeth and is now reentering the limelight with a new book and some new projects. Nick took the time out of his very busy schedule for a free-form chat with us about music, the industry and such. It was an extreme honor to talk with him.   Here is the interview, uncut, unscripted and raw! Enjoy:


Thanks to Nick and Robert Bolger for making this happen!


it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

-the Hellion


DOYLE to Join Second Leg of DANZIG’s 25th Anniversary Tour – Performing Special MISFITS Set Together Every Night‏

DOYLE to Join Second Leg of DANZIG’s 25th Anniversary Tour – Performing Special MISFITS Set Together Every Night


Butcher Babies, Texas Hippie Coalition and A Pale Horse Named Death to Open


DOYLE Taking Part in Official Signing at Guitar Center in Hollywood on August 29th


NEW ALBUM ‘Abominator’ OUT NOW Digitally via DOYLE’s Monsterman Records – Physical Versions Coming this October


Get Your DOYLE DIGIPAK Now Exclusively From www.officialdoyle.com.


Former Misfits guitarist DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein will head out with Danzig on the second leg of the DANZIG 25 tour. The second leg of the tour will again feature a special Misfits set and also features openers Butcher BabiesTexas Hippie Coalition and A Pale Horse Named Death. The tour kicks off on September 13th with a performance at Riotfest in Chicago, IL, and picks back up again on October 8th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tour closes in San Francisco, CA on Halloween night! How horrifically perfect for two of music’s most influential horror-punk masters.


Heads up – just before his Los Angeles performance with Danzig next Friday, August 30th at Gibson Amphitheatre, DOYLE will take part in an exclusive signing at Guitar Center Hollywood on Thursday, August 29th from 3:00-4:00PM! Guitar Center Hollywood is located at 7425 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Digipak copies of Abominator will be available for sale and fans will have the opportunity to get their CD signed by DOYLE himself.


DOYLE is currently touring with Danzig in North America on the first leg of the DANZIG 25 tour. See below for all remaining tour dates and the second leg tour dates, as well.



8/24 – CALGARY, AB – Flames Central

8/25 – EDMONTON, AB – Union Hall

8/27 – VANCOUVER, BC – Commodore

8/28 – SEATTLE, WA – Sodo

8/30 – LOS ANGELES, CA – Gibson Amphitheater

8/31 – PHOENIX, AZ – Marquee Theater



9/13 – CHICAGO, IL -Riotfest

10/8 – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Revolution

10/9 – TAMPA, FL – Cuban Club

10/11 – NASHVILLE, TN – Marathan Music Works

10/12 – ATLANTA, GA – Center Stage

10/13 – CHARLOTTE, NC – Fillmore

10/15 – NORFOLK, VA – The Norva

10/17 – NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Rapids Theater

10/18 – NEW YORK, NY – Roseland

10/19 – WORCESTER, MA – Palladium/Rock And Shock

10/21 – PITTSBURGH, PA – Stage AE

10/23 – GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Orbit Room

10/24 – LOUISVILLE, KY – Expo 5

10/26 – HOUSTON, TX – Warehouse Live

10/27 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Diamond Ballroom

10/29 – EL PASO, TX – Tricky Falls

10/31 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Warfield



The lyric video for DOYLE’s new single ‘Valley of Shadows’, now has a lyric video counterpart. The video was released earlier this week via Loudwire.com, exclusively. Take a look at the video here.


DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein released his brand new album Abominator in July with his own label, Monsterman Records (in partnership with Brain Muscle Media), via INgrooves, the leading global independent music distributor. DOYLE is represented by Insane Management. The album is available digitally at all major digital retailers now, and will be available in CD and vinyl form in October 2013. A digipack is available now exclusively from www.officialdoyle.com.


On his Facebook page, Glenn Danzig recently spoke out in support of Abominator“Hey, Danzig Fans – get ready for the pure hellish darkness that isAbominator, the new solo album from the Monsterman himself, DOYLE Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.  ‘Blow up the System’ with something real for your ears instead of that bullshit music the industry machine is trying to force-feed you!!”


it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

the Hellion

Dellacóma Rio (ex Sunset Riot vocalist) gives us an exclusive interview!

Dellacóma Rio(ex Sunset Riot)

Dellacóma Rio(ex Sunset Riot)


We just received an exclusive phone call from the man himself. He gave us a look into his future musical plans. Listen to it here:

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL

-the Hellion


Ted Nugent, Shotgun Rebellion, AND Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper!!!

     I just received this press release courtesy of SHOTGUN REBELLION:


“OK Corral 2013 – the Legend, the Dean, and the Gunslinger”

Every music lover has that one show that they’ll never forget. That one ticket stub that they hold in prized reverence. The show that led to stories they’ll still be telling in the old folks home.

This will be one of those shows…

At the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on August 25th, three stellar guitarists will be on display; the Gunslinger Rick Davis, the Dean Randy Cooper, and the Legend Ted Nugent.

As the style of southern metal continues to grow, one of the fastest rising and dominant bands to emerge is “Shotgun Rebellion”. Built by the rebel soul of Davis and influential and creative bassist Jon Parr; “SGR” has taken over, driven hard by the power and thundering Johni Walker on drums and leaving audiences amazed.

As “SGR” toured the southern regions, a brotherhood was cemented with current “Emperors & Elephants” and former “Texas Hippie Coalition” guitarist Randy Cooper during the dozens of shows they shared.

With “THC”, Randy helped spread the outlaw metal style across Europe and South America on one of his many custom Dean guitars.

Knowing that playing a show with Nugent was a bucket list item also with Cooper, as soon as DCF Concerts announced that “Shotgun Rebellion” had been selected as the opener, “SGR” reached out to their southern brother for a guest appearance.

As if a night with one of outlaw metal’s top acts featuring two of the genres best guitarists wasn’t enough, the legendary motor city madman Ted Nugent himself takes the stage. Playing a full set showcasing some of rock’s most classic anthems, Nugent defines the image and sets the standard for guns and guitars.

For one night, and one night only, Oklahoma City’s Diamond Ballroom becomes a shrine to the six string. “Shotgun Rebellion” come all blazing with Rick Davis, Jon Parr, and Johni Walker, with special guest appearance from Randy Cooper; supporting a no holds barred headlining performance from Ted Nugent. For one night Rick and Randy team up to become the Arsenal!

..the Legend, the Dean, and the Gunslinger…see it all live !!!

– Jon Parr

Nick Menza – Legendary Drummer will be doing a phone interview on the Hellion Rocks on 08/23/13


Nick is one the sickest drummers Megadeth has ever had. We will be catching up with him this Friday on the phone! Interview will be up right here on Saturday! Stay Tuned! Check out Nick on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/menzanation?fref=ts and https://www.facebook.com/Menzajamz

KYNG Joins Razor & Tie’s Worldwide Label And Publishing Rosters

 (New York, NY) – Razor & Tie announces the addition of the Southern California, rock trio KYNG to its worldwide label and publishing rosters. The band is currently well into the writing and recording of their forthcoming new studio album with a single expected later this year. KYNG will be hitting the road in late August with Sevendust10 Years, Monster Truck and American Fangs and will join the Hellpop Tour with In This MomentMotionless In White and All Hail The Yeti beginning October 24th (tour dates below).
KYNG joins Razor & Tie at an exciting time in the label’s history as R&T continues to nurture and expand its rock roster that currently includes both established rock radio acts like All That Remains and P.O.D., alongside such lifestyle acts as AttilaFor TodayChiodos,HatebreedThe SwordNorma JeanChelsea GrinSworn InHIMSuch GoldDeaf Havana and many more.
KYNG comments, “We are very excited to announce that we have signed a record deal with the illustrious Razor &  Tie. We are over the moon about being on such a great label and being a part of an incredible roster of bands, including our brothers THE SWORD! We will have new music out for you soon. The world will know…”
Formed in 2008 in Southern California, KYNG’s sound features a unique and universally appealing combination of heavy and captivating concepts, channeling influences from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin to the Foo Fighters and Queens Of The Stone Age.  KYNG’s versatile approach of a sweet devastation bleeds from an artistic drive toward a momentum described as “California Heavy.”
The band’s well received first album, Trampled Sun, was released independently in 2011 withLoudwire calling it, “a hard hitting fusion of rocking goodness,” and Ultimate-Guitar stating, “if they keep churning out records as good as Trampled Sun, they will be mentioned right up there with Mastodon and the like.”
The band has toured with The SwordBlack Stone CherryIn FlamesTriviumClutch,Megadeth as well as performing at Metallica’s 2012 Orion Fest.
KYNG is singer/songwriter Eddie Veliz bassist, Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magana.
KYNG are managed by Bill McGathy and John Bambino at IndieGoot and booked by Anthony Paolercio at The Agency Group.
KYNG Tour Dates
August 28 – Riverton, WY – Freemont Country Fairground – Heritage
August 31 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion (Festival)
September 1 – Madison, WI – Taste of Madison (Festival)
September 4 – Chattanooga, TN  – Rhythm & Brews>
September 5 – Nashville, TN – Exit/IN>
September 6  -Knoxville, TN – Knoxville’s Historic Old City Main (w/ 10 Years Only)
September 7 – Birmingham, AL – High Note Lounge
September 8 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box (w/ 10 Years Only)
September 10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre (w/ 10 Years Only)
September 12 – Pharr, TX – Pharr Entertainment Center+
September 13 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live+
September 14 – Lafayette, LA – The District (w/ 10 Years Only)
September 15 – Dallas, TX – Trees+

+w/10 Years and Sevendust and American Fangs
>w/10 Years and Monster Truck

Hellpop Tour Dates
w/ In This Moment, Motionless In White and All Hail The Yeti
October 24 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
October 25 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
October 26 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheater
October 27 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
October 29 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
October 30 – Abilene, The Luck Mule
October 31 – Bryan, TX – Grand Stafford Theater (w/ 10 Years and All Hail the Yeti only)
November 1 – Tampa, FL – Cuban Club
November 3 – Orlando, FL – Club of Firestone
November 5 – Jacksonville, FL – Brewsters Megaplex
November 6 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
November 8 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
November 9 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
November 10 – New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
November 11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
November 13 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
November 18 – Joliet, IL – Mojoes
November 20 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
November 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
November 23 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
November 24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
November 26 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
November 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia LA




!. Everything Everything

2. The Witch

3. Sugar Mama

4. The Sound

5.  Jealous Of The Rain

6. Painted Lady

7. Taste Your Fear

8. Feathers In A Hurricane

9. Long Way To Heaven

10. One

11. Saginaw Blues

12. Without You

13. Space And Time Collide


Remember when people made music for the love of music? I do and this is one of those records. I have been a fan of Tracii Guns and his guitar playing for many years. Through Early GNR,  LA Guns, Brides Of Destruction, Contraband, and his solo stuff  I have paid attention to what he was doing. I have been fortunate to have met him a couple of times throughout the years.

the Hellion and Tracii Guns

the Hellion and Tracii Guns

I was geeked when I heard of the Tracii Guns’ League Of Gentlemen project. Little did I know how great of a record this would turn out to be. TGLOG features Scott Foster Harris – lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Craig McCloskey – bass guitar/vocals, Tracii Guns – lead guitars/vocals, Doni Gray – drums/percussion/ vocals, and John Bird – keyboards/vocals. This record is from another time and place and it will transport you there as well. There is no reason to skip any of these track as this is a record that should be consumed by your ears in an entire dose. The soul and spirit of this record flows though you. One can feel the love these artists have for their craft. Scott’s vocals are pure and beautiful, Tracii shows a side of his playing the proves he belongs in the hall of guitar gods, Craig provides solid bass lines that helps to keep it all together, Doni gives the songs the perfect rhythm, and Johns’ keyboards set the tone of the record.  Emotions raging from melancholy to outright fun and everything in between fill this record. If I am hard pressed for stand outs on this record I would recommend the following: “The Sound”, Painted Lady”, “Long Way To Heaven”, and “Backside OF The Moon”. I think I am gonna start a campaign to get “The Sound” played on regular radio rotation, it’s that good. Check out the video and see for yourself: 


Thank you Tracii and crew for making this record and giving me hope for the future of new music!


it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

the Hellion



Sir Lord Baltimore – “The Godfathers of Stoner Rock”

From left: Louis Dambra, Gary Justin, and John Garner, c. 1971

From left: Louis Dambra, Gary Justin, and John Garner, c. 1971

Every now and then you run across a bit of music from your past that you haven’t heard in a while and you realize “Damn I forgot how good this was.” I have since forgotten who first turned me on to Sir Lord Baltimore but I remember being very young and enthralled by their music. One of the other cool things about this band is that they are notable for the fact that a 1971 review of their debut record, Kingdom Come, contained the first documented use of the term “heavy metal” to refer to a style of music.


      Sir Lord Baltimore is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1968 by lead vocalist/drummer John Garner, guitarist Louis Dambra, and bass player Gary Justin.

Their Debut album Kingdom Come was released in 1970 on Mercury Records. Heavy guitar, and bass distortion, and fast paced Rock N Roll, made this a standout record in that era of contemporary Rock music. some of the tracks,mixing, and overdubbing were done at Electric Lady Studios by Eddie Kramer. Rumor has it that Pink Floyd heard some of these sessions and were said to be impressed.

I am continuing my mission to bring you Rock N’ Roll music you should be listening to from the past,  to the present, and all points in between. Check out the track “Kingdom Come” and tell me these guys didn’t Rock!

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!

     the Hellion