MICHAEL MONROE, Celebrated Rock ‘N’ Roller, To Release Blackout States On October 16 Via Spinefarm Records

MICHAEL MONROE, Celebrated Rock ‘N’ Roller, To Release 

Blackout States On October 16 Via Spinefarm Records

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(New York, N.Y.): MICHAEL MONROE-hugely influential front man, force of nature, multi-instrumentalist and revered rock ‘n’ roll icon-will release a new studio album, Blackout States, on Friday, October 16 via Spinefarm Records.

This 13-track outing was produced by Chips Kiesbye (Hellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri in Helsinki, Finland.

It is the follow-up to Horns and Halos, a Finnish chart-topper in 2013.

With Blackout States, MONROE‘s current touring and recording outfit, comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen), and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig), provided strong creative support for a groundbreaking artist whose reputation continues to flourish. Many of rock’s most noted performers, including Dave Grohl and Slash, have cited MONROE‘s unwavering drive and three-decade-plus career as a genuine source of inspiration.

Indeed, when Slash headlines the Ice Hall in Helsinki on May 28, MONROE will be the invited “Special Guest,” opening the show in front of thousands of fans; after that, he heads across to London to play the Camden Rocks Festival on May 30.

This one-off UK appearance at Camden Proud will be filmed by celebrated videographer/photographer Ville Juurikkala as part of the video for the first single from Blackout States.

As with Horns and Halos, the new recordings see MONROE both toasting the future and honoring the past, occasionally giving the nod to glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks, the group with which he forged his name in the early-to mid-’80s.

Says MONROE, “I’m extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record: strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy

rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”

MONROE has a number of festival appearances locked into place for the spring and summer, with further international touring plans to be announced shortly.

For More Info Visit:

http://www.michaelmonroe.com/site/

https://www.facebook.com/michaelmonroeofficial

https://twitter.com/michaelmonroe

     Michael Monroe and Hanoi Rocks was very influential to the “Hair Metal” bands of the 80’s. I have always been a fan of the music and style of Hanoi Rocks. I am glad to see Michael still living the dream and making great music.

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s Michael Monroe!!!

     -the Hellion

 

VENOM Reveal Stunning From The Very Depths Cover Art!

VENOM Reveal Stunning From The Very Depths Cover Art!

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Album Out January 27 Via Spinefarm Records

VENOM announced the January 27 release of From The Very Depths(Spinefarm Records) last week, news that was met with elation among the metal community, from tastemakers to fans. The metal icons, who are pretty much responsible for authoring their own genre, have followed up the album release news by sharing the two-horns-up album artwork.

 

The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable VENOMlogo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’sFallen Angels, also released via Spinefarm.

 

And to think this is merely the cover! The album’s accompanying music slays,and early praise indicates that this could be one VENOM‘s best releases…ever. Even the album title is 100 per cent ‘Venomous’, referencing the band’s infamous live intro tape.

 

Screw the holiday season. January 27 can’t get here fast enough!

For More Info Visit:

www.venomslegions.com

www.spinefarmrecords.com

Can you feel the darkness?

-the Hellion

AMARANTHE Unveils New Track ‘Mechanical Illusion’ Today — New Album ‘The Nexus’ Due for U.S. Release on March 26th via Spinefarm Records‏

AMARANTHE Unveils New Track ‘Mechanical Illusion’ Today — New Album ‘The Nexus’ Due for U.S. Release on March 26th via Spinefarm Records

 

Hitting Stores Internationally on March 25th also via Spinefarm Records

 

New Music Video for ‘The Nexus’: Racking Up 916,000 Views on VEVO and Counting!

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Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet AMARANTHE are streaming a brand new track today, entitled ‘Mechanical Illusion’, on their official website,www.amaranthe.se.  ‘Mechanical Illusion’ is cut from their forthcoming sophomore album, The Nexus, due for release in the U.S. on March 26, 2013 via Spinefarm Records. The Nexus will be released everywhere else internationally one day prior on March 25, 2013, also via Spinefarm Records.

 

In the words of AMARANTHE guitarist/composer Olof Mörck, “To give a second taster of The Nexus is truly exciting! The first single and title track showed a familiar, yet amped-up AMARANTHE. ‘Mechanical Illusion’ is quite different from what people have heard from us so far. Probably the heaviest track yet, a dystopian vision steeped in a darkened futuristic atmosphere, combined with a mega-catchy chorus that is likely to ring in your head for days. Brace yourselves, the illusion is upon us!”

 

Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet AMARANTHE are streaming a brand new track today, entitled ‘Mechanical Illusion’, on their official website,www.amaranthe.se.  ‘Mechanical Illusion’ is cut from their forthcoming sophomore album, The Nexus, due for release in the U.S. on March 26, 2013 via Spinefarm Records. The Nexus will be released everywhere else internationally one day prior on March 25, 2013, also via Spinefarm Records.

 

In the words of AMARANTHE guitarist/composer Olof Mörck, “To give a second taster of The Nexus is truly exciting! The first single and title track showed a familiar, yet amped-up AMARANTHE. ‘Mechanical Illusion’ is quite different from what people have heard from us so far. Probably the heaviest track yet, a dystopian vision steeped in a darkened futuristic atmosphere, combined with a mega-catchy chorus that is likely to ring in your head for days. Brace yourselves, the illusion is upon us!”

 

 

AMARANTHE recently released their new music video for the title track, ‘The Nexus’, which alone has racked up an impressive 916,000 views in just one month! The video is available for viewing now on VEVO at this link. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus, who has worked with names such as In FlamesArch Enemy and Dimmu Borgir; he was also responsible for AMARANTHE video for ‘The Hunger’, the lead single from the band’s highly successful debut, now at a whopping 3.5 million YouTube views (and counting).

 

The Nexus was produced by Jacob Hansen (whose credits include VolbeatDreamshade & Ginger Wildheart, and who worked on AMARANTHE’s 2011 self-titled debut).

 

 

AMARANTHE is: Andy – vocals, Jake E – vocals, Elize – vocals, Olof Mörck – guitars & keys, Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums, Johan Andreassen –bass.

 

For more information on AMARANTHE and details on all confirmed shows, please visit these websites:

www.amaranthe.se

www.facebook.com/AmarantheBand