PRONG Reveal More Details on New Album Ruining Lives and Record Store Day Exclusive Single

PRONG Reveal More Details on New Album Ruining Lives and    Record Store Day Exclusive Single

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Ruining Lives Available May 13th on SPV/Steamhammer in North America

Ruining Lives is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2012 release Carved Into Stone and continues to show the band on an upward trajectory, proving that despite having a long, illustrious career PRONG can still make records that matter and re-invent themselves without negating their roots.

With Tommy Victor in the producer’s chair and Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Sepultura) once again coming in to put his trademark shine on the record, Ruining Lives has turned out to be a monster of an album. From the first riff-assault of the opener “Turnover”, the album takes you on an angst-filled roller coaster ride that marries some very old school, Beg To Differ-elements with post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash, all the while retaining a modern and current feel. Fans of the bands legendary, genre-defining Cleansing-era and new fans alike will be thrilled.

Tommy Victor about Ruining Lives: “This is the fastest written and recordedPRONG-album ever and it has more great songs than any previous PRONG-record.  I am particularly proud of the vocal performance and I think we captured some outstanding sounds on this album. There’s a little bit of a throwback element here. Ruining Lives is almost a “Force Fed” type of song. The album is a hybrid between NY Hardcore and some very modern, song oriented work. You will find some “Rude Awakening” but also some solid, crushing riffs. I feel we have captured the best elements of PRONG on this album.

 

He continues, “Come To Realize” is something new – we have never approached this kind of time signature. It really is math-metal meets pure hardcore with a crazy-ass riff. What’s exciting about the whole album is you have your hooks, your riffs and something innovative that makes the album very current. This qualifies as the hybrid nature of PRONG: marrying post-punk, industrial metal, hardcore thrash and modern elements – all of that with hooks and not just a bunch of screaming.”

The new album Ruining Lives will be released now throughSPV/Steamhammer in Scandinavia on April 23rd, in Germany on April 25th, in Europe on April 28th and in the US/Canada on May 13th as a limited digipak version incl. 1 bonus track and poster, as a double gatefold colored vinyl version incl. 1 bonus track and the CD in cardboard sleeve, as a standard version and download.

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April 19th PRONG will release an exclusive single for “Record Store Day” celebration with the new track “Turnover” on side A and a pig remix version of “Revenge Best Served Cold” by Raymond Watts on Side B. The single is limited to 3.000 copies and comes in a green/white marbled vinyl version. The worldwide digital release of this single is April 21st!

 

Track Listing DigiPak:

1.Turnover

2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

4.Remove, Separate Self

5.Ruining Lives

6.Absence Of Light

7.The Book Of Change

8.Self Will Run Riot

9.Come To Realize

10.Chamber Of Thought

11.Limitations And Validations

12.Retreat  (Bonus Track)

 

Track Listing Jewel Case

1.Turnover

2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

4.Remove, Separate Self

5.Ruining Lives

6.Absence Of Light

7.The Book Of Change

8.Self Will Run Riot

9.Come To Realize

10.Chamber Of Thought

11.Limitations And Validations

 

Track Listing Vinyl Version

LP1 Side 1

1.Turnover

2.The Barriers

3.Windows Shut

 

LP1 Side 2

1.Remove, Separate Self

2.Ruining Lives

3.Absence Of Light

 

LP2 Side 1

1.The Book Of Change

2.Self Will Run Riot

3.Come To Realize

 

LP2 Side 2

1.Chamber Of Thought

2.Limitations And Validations

3.Retreat  (Bonus Track)

 

PRONG Live 2014

26.03. D-Essen – Turock

27.03. NL-Haarlem – Patronaat

28.03. NL-Roermond – ECI Cultuurfabriek

29.03. B-Antwerp – Trix

30.03. GB-London – Underworld

01.04. GB-Glasgow – Cathouse

02.04. GB-Manchester – Sound Control

03.04. GB-Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms

04.04. F-Paris – Nouveau Casino

05.04. D-Cologne – Luxor

06.04. D-Karlsruhe – Substage

08.04. D-Saarbrücken – Garage

09.04. CH-Aarau – Kiff

10.04. D-Munich – Backstage

11.04. A-Vienna – Szene

12.04. CZ-Prague – Nova Chmelnice

13.04. PL-Krakow – Kwadrat Club

15.04. D-Berlin Lido

16.04. D-Bremen – Tower

17.04. D-Hamburg – Knust

18.04. DK-Copenhagen – Vega

19.04. SE-Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers

20.04. SE-Stockholm – Debaser Strand

21.-25.07. SLO-Tolmin – Metaldays

26.07. D-Viersen – Eier mit Speck Festival

27.07. NL-Eindhoven – Dynamo

29.07. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg

30.07. D-Weinheim – Cafe Central

31.07. D-Wiesbaden – Schlachthof

01.08. D-Wacken – Wacken Open Air

08.08. GB-Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air

09.08. B-Kortrijk – Alcatraz Festival

23.08. D-Bad Wünnenberg – Wünnstock Open Air

 

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http://www.spv.de

 

Soulfly- an interview with Max Cavalera and show review from New Mexico

5f9762544b26e54f77076a6708871616     In April of 1998 I was given a copy of the debut record from Soulfly. I had been a fan of Sepultura since Morbid Visions came out in 1986 and was excited to hear this new project from Max Cavalera. Soulfly has since become a favorite band of mine and each release fills me with excitement. Over the years Soulfly has given us 9 records throughout the years. The latest being Savages which was released on September 30th of this year.

The latest release from SouIfly (I was lucky and Max signed my copy)

The latest release from SouIfly (I was lucky and Max signed my copy)

Over the years of being a fan of Soulfly I have never had the opportunity to see them live. One circumstance after another has prevented that from happening. That changed on November 1st. Not only was I going to be able to see Soulfly live, I was going to get to interview Max Cavalera and shoot their show.

Max and I on his tour bus.

Max and I on his tour bus.

Max was inviting and wonderful to talk to. I felt as if I had known him for years, we had a relaxed conversation as if we were catching up with each other. Here is the interview:

     The Sunshine theater was abundant with fans in Soulfly shirts and they were electric with anticipation of the performance. When Max Cavalera (vocals/guitar), Tony Campos (bass/vocals), Marc Risso (guitars), and Zyon Cavalera (drums) took the stage the crowd was primed and ready. Their live performance was everything I expected and more, this lineup of Soulfly played every song as they should be played, loud, aggressive, and with a spontaneity that makes me appreciate live performances.

Max Cavalera in action

Max Cavalera in action

Zyon Cavalera on drums!

Zyon Cavalera on drums!

Tony Campos on bass

Tony Campos on bass

Marc Rizzo on guitars

Marc Rizzo on guitars

The crowd participated with great fervor as each song was played. Mosh pits, fists raised, horns high, and heads banging with delight. At times it seemed that everyone in the crowd was singing along with Max as he sang the songs we all know and love.  The crowd went completely berserk when the band played “Roots Bloody Roots”. As the last notes of the music faded in our ears, hands were shook, goodbyes were said and Soulfly left to bring their awesomeness to another town. Thank you Max, Zyon, Tony, and Marc for a kick ass evening of Rock N’ Roll! I have to thank Charles Elliott from Nuclear Blast Records, Publicity/Radio and Video Promotions for making this happen.

     It’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s SOULFLY

     the Hellion

 

 

 

 

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Quote Snippets from Kerry King and Philip Anselmo Released!‏

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS: New Quote Snippets from Kerry King and Philip Anselmo Released!

 

Hitting Stores April 9, 2013 — Written by NYC Music Scene Veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins

 

Featuring Exclusive Photography by Iconic East Coast Photographer Frank White

 

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The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists, compiled by Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is the ultimate look at the world of heavy metal via the ease and convenience of a list. No stone is left unturned here, and I mean no stone. If you think you have a list about metal that isn’t in this book, chances are you’re wrong. Both Jenkins and Abrams have exhaustively researched and brainstormed Merciless and delivered a look at their beloved genre that is informative and fun.” – Iann Robinson, CraveOnline.com

THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, written by NYC music scene veterans Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, is set to be released on April 9, 2013. Touted as being “the most opinionated compendium ever written concerning Heavy Metal”, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS is comprised of 208 jam-packed pages representing all that is glorious across the world of Heavy Metal. The book features dozens of never-before-seen photographs from iconic East Coast photographer Frank White.

The foreword for THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS comes from one of the most respected names in the genre, Slayer guitarist extraordinaire Kerry King, with a candid and passionate afterword from Pantera/Down frontman Philip Anselmo.

“This book will appeal to metalheads because it’s what they love. They’ll get to laugh at the industry and at themselves. Any information is good information, and metal kids want it.” – Kerry King (Slayer)

“I am an unabashed heavy metal fan, and I know as well as anyone, that metal fans can be an extremely loyal lot. But we are a very critical lot too. With each new movement, a new, defiant, outspoken, and sovereign audience is born. Music is older than all of us, so its history is ours to writhe in and absorb.” – Philip Anselmo(Pantera/Down)

There are numerous other contributions from key metal luminaries and industry personnel like:

Scott Ian (Anthrax)

Gary Holt (Exodus)

Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly)

Katon W. DePena (Hirax)

John Gallagher (Raven)

Danny Lilker (Nuclear Assault/SOD)

Eddie Trunk (That Metal Show)

Jon & Marsha Zazula (Megaforce Records)

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)

Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica Producer)

ILL BILL (Heavy Metal Kings/La Coka Nostra)

MC Serch (3rd Bass)

Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned/The Howard Stern Show)

Monte Conner (Roadrunner Records/Nuclear Blast Records)

Borivoj Krgin (Blabbermouth.net)

Shaun Glass (Soil/Dirge Within)

Betsy Weiss (Bitch)

Presented in the form of dozens of factual, random and often outrageous lists, THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS dares to call many out for being the worst instead of being the best. It points out the triumphs, as well as the miserable failures concerning metal, from a diehard fan’s point-of-view.

TMBML leaves no stone unturned, often blurring the lines separating fact and hilarity. You want to know about album covers that feature goats on them? WhatMotorhead icon Lemmy’s warts might tell you if they could speak? The achievements Iron Maiden would never have reached had their original vocalist Paul Dianno remained in the band? Well then, this book is for you.

To pre-order THE MERCILESS BOOK OF METAL LISTS, please visit Amazon.com. You can learn more about the book at the official Facebook page orAbrams Books.

 

 

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact Adrenaline PR and Maria Ferrero at 732-462-4262 or maria@adrenalinepr.com.

About the Authors

HOWIE ABRAMS:

Howie is a former…lots of things, including record label A&R rep, music publisher and artist manager. Abrams grew up in his beloved NYC as part of its Metal and Hardcore scenes and has always carried the torch for aggressive music. He was the co-founder of the influential hard music label In-Effect Records, where he signed bands such as Agnostic Front, Nuclear Assault and Sick of it All among others. Later, as the Senior Director of A&R at Roadrunner Records, he inked Vision of Disorder, Madball, Shelter and others, plus, he handled marketing duties for groups such as Sepultura, Type O Negative, Biohazard and more. Howie also worked at Jive Records/Zomba Music, as well as Warner Music.

SACHA JENKINS:

Sacha Jenkins loves heavy music. He grew up in New York City, and has produced books about both hip-hop and also graffiti, including ego trip’s The Book of Rap Lists, and Big Book of Racism. He’s produced some television too, and plays guitar in a band called The White Mandingoes along with Darryl Jenifer of the legendary Bad brains.

 

EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

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EXODUS ANNOUNCES HEADLINING “METAL ALLIANCE TOUR” OFF-DATES

“Metal Alliance Tour” with Anthrax, Municipal Waste and more to commence next month

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BAY AREA, CA – Bay Area thrash metal icon, Exodus, has announced several headlining shows to commence following the band’s March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.” A full list of confirmed “Metal Alliance Tour” and Exodus headlining off-dates can be seen below.

Tickets for all “Metal Alliance Tour” dates – featuring headliner, Anthrax, as well as Municipal Waste, High on Fire and Holy Grail – can be purchased online at:http://www.metalalliancetour.com/tour-dates.html.

A staple of the Bay Area Thrash scene for over 30 years, Exodus released its latest studio albumExhibit B: The Human Condition in 2010 on Nuclear Blast Records.

Stay tuned for more information on Exodus and the band’s upcoming March/April run on “Metal Alliance Tour.”

 

 

Exodus on “Metal Alliance Tour”…

3/22 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

3/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

3/24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

3/25 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

3/27 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues

3/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

3/29 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom

3/30 – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA @ Commodore Ballroom

3/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

4/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue **Exodus headline

4/02 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

4/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

4/05 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

4/06 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

4/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

4/08 – Fayetteville, AR @ The Rogue **Exodus headline

4/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

4/10 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

4/12 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

4/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

4/14 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

4/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre **Exodus headline + Holy Grail

4/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

4/19 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ***Exodus + Municipal Waste (New England Metalfest)

4/20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

4/22 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance **Exodus headline

4/23 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall **Exodus headline

4/25 – Ashwaubenon, WI @ Green Bay Distillery **Exodus headline

4/26 – Fargo, ND @ House of Rock **Exodus headline

4/27 – Billings, MT @ The Railyard **Exodus headline

Exodus online…

DETHKLOK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DANGEROUS TOYS Members Comment on the Late MELDRUM Guitarist Michelle Meldrum‏

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DETHKLOK, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and DANGEROUS TOYS Members Comment on the Late MELDRUM Guitarist Michelle Meldrum
 
MELDRUM are pleased to announce that their long awaited third album ''LIFER'' is officially out now via REVERSED RECORDS. ''LIFER'' was released as a proud tribute to the late MELDRUM founding guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM. MICHELLE tirelessly spent her career touring the world and sharing the stage with the likes of MOTORHEAD, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SEPULTURA, DANZIG and NASHVILLE PUSSY to name a few. During that time MICHELLE left a everlasting impact on the guitar world. To mark the release some of MICHELE's closest friends GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok) JOHN DESERVIO (BLS, Cycle of Pain), JAMES LOMENZO (BLS, Megadeth, White Lion) and JASON MCMASTER (Dangerous Toys, Watch Tower, Broken Teeth) have commented on their fallen friend. ''LIFER'' is available now on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lifer/id579206627),CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/meldrum14) and at http://www.reversedrecords.com/estore.

DETHKLOK’s Gene Hoglan states, “It was and still is an honor to know Michelle and it is indeed with great pride that we release "LIFER". I know she's watching over us and smiling along with us at this wonderful day. I know I'm a better person for knowing Michelle, and I know she feels all of our love for her, as we feel hers for us. Through tragedy may we find joy, and through "LIFER" and all her other works, may Michelle find immortality. She'll always be immortal to us. Remember, this is meant to be cranked up.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s James LoMenzo adds, “Michelle had the amazing ability to conjure almost any guitar style, from her earlier "Steve Vai" styled dexterity to the out and out muscular style that she later carried through with her own band Meldrum. A fine guitarist in the 80's/90's virtuoso tradition and one of the finest people you could ever come to know.”

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s John Deservio states, “First off I want to say how much I miss Michelle. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I am blessed to have known her. I miss you and love you Mich, R.I.P. baby.”

DANGEROUS TOYS/WATCHTOWER/BROKEN TEETH’s Jason McMaster adds, “Proud to call her a friend. Michelle Meldrum was and will always be one of my favorite and most inspiring guitarists and real people I've ever known. The world misses her.”

Listen to ''Blackened Blue'' now at: http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/02-blackened-blue

Listen to ''A Toast To Romance'' now at: http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/a-toast-to-romance

Listen to ''Paid'' now at: http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic/03-paid

Multinational hard rock/metal band MELDRUM recently announce November 20, 2012 as the release date for their long awaited third album ”LIFER”. Founder and late ex-PHANTOM BLUE guitarist MICHELLE MELDRUM passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. “LIFER” stands as a proud tribute to MICHELLE and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music. In honor of their fallen bandmate remaining members drummer GENE HOGLAN (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist LAURA CHRISTINE (Warface) and vocalist MICHELE MADDEN (Tourette’s, Saint Cecilia) entered the studio in with Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become ”LIFER”.

”LIFER” will be released via REVERSED RECORDS and was produced by Producer/Engineer/Manager ROB SHALLCROSS (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) and Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok). MELDRUM have released three singles from ”LIFER”, ”A TOAST TO ROMANCE”, BLACKENED BLUE and ”PAID” are all available now via iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/meldrum/id255422158).

Gene Hoglan comments on ”LIFER”, “Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I’ve been involved in as I have with MELDRUM‘s latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member’s full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what MELDRUM stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed.”

Follow MELDRUM online:

http://www.facebook.com/MeldrumOfficial
https://twitter.com/Meldrumofficial
http://www.myspace.com/meldrumofficial
http://soundcloud.com/meldrummusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/meldrum
http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialMeldrum