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The RETROMATIC is the latest release from PEERLESS GUITARS
The exciting new range of smaller body, thinline guitars. The RETROMATIC’s stylish and distinctive headstock, truss-rod cover, and pick guard design, oozes ultra-cool, retro-rock appeal, which makes a bold, confident, standout statement from Peerless.
As a crowning touch the quirky Peerless logo has been die-cast, set, and attached onto the headstock. The 628mm scaled neck is maple, with rosewood fret board, and angled Mother of Pearl inlay, consisting of 22 polished frets. Neck width at nut is 43mm, and 57mm at end fret, with black binding to match the headstock, giving not only a slick, sophisticated appearance, but also, a comfortable playing profile.
The RETROMATIC comes with a variety of options, either a single humbucker, or a combination of humbucker and P90 pickups, with or without the 6-way varitone. The Peerless branded pickups are designed by Matt Gleeson, of Monty’s Pickups London, and were specifically created for the RETROMATIC body shape and its acoustic characteristics.
The bridge humbucker is Alnico II wound at 7.9k / 8.0k to give you that ‘vintage crunch’ when required. The neck is P90 Alnico V wound at 7.1k / 7.3k which provides clarity with plenty of good strong rock. All of which is what we set out to achieve. The laminated maple archtop contoured body, consists of a mahogany sustain block and single ‘F’ hole to retain that lively, dynamic vibe while facilitating effortless performance, at high volume. Several retro finishes are available. These include natural, teal green, honey sunburst, ivory, black, gold, and candy apple red, finished off with a combination of either black or aged white/ black binding or nickel hardware. With the professional build quality you have come to expect from the legendary Peerless plant, the new RETROMATIC range is a, 'must have' for any guitarist who wishes to add diversity to their repertoire of inspired sounds!
Left handed models are also available in natural, teal green, honey sunburst, ivory, black, gold, and candy apple red by special order.
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PAMELA MOORE "RESURRECT ME"
Known by millions as "Sister Mary" for her role in Queensryche's platinum selling "Operation Mindcrime", Pamela Moore’s “Resurrect Me” is a full length offering that combines the best elements of heavy metal music, both past and present. Featuring Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Brooke Lizotte (Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis) , and popular Chicago based metal guitarist Michael Posch, “Resurrect Me” brings an uncompromising wall of sound while showcasing Pamela’s three and a half octave range and melodic vocal arrangements. Four years in the making, “Resurrect Me” is a well-polished powerful 10 track album that stands on its own against anything in today’s metal marketplace! Official release date is set for Tuesday May 14th, 2013.For pre-order bundles & sound samples visit: www.ratpakrecords.com/pamelamoore
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SONIC REIGN's Monument in Black Now Available For Pre-Order
Monument in Black, the new album from German Black Metal stalwarts
SONIC REIGN is now available for pre-order through Apostasy Records.
The pre-order comes as an exclusive package which includes the digipak CD, t-shirt and poster. Order yours at apostasyrecords.bigcartel.com. Monument in Black is set for release on February 1, 2013.
SONIC REIGN's newest offering follows up 2006's Raw Dark Pure (reissued in 2007 by Metal Blade) with driving muscular grooves and feral force again reminiscent of SATYRICON. The album comes highly praised by some very renowned names in the global metal community, including MELECHESH vocalist/guitarist Ashmedi who called the album "Intense, dark, [and] powerful." KATATONIA's Anders "Blakkhem" Nyström added that Monument in Black is "Raw and to the bone with a metal morbid consistent groove."
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Jimi Hendrix The Ultimate Lyric Book - Compiled by Janie L. Hendrix
Arriving in time for Hendrix’s 70th birthday is this collection featuring never-before-seen songs, photos, and handwritten lyrics
Jimi Hendrix was such an extraordinary guitarist, it is easy to forget that
just as much passion, soul, and precision went into his lyrics. Inspired by
Bob Dylan, Hendrix was a fearless lyrical innovator, willing to let his
imagination guide him to uncharted landscapes within the pop music realm.
From the existential euphoria of “I Don’t Live Today” to the elusive beauty
of “Little Wing” to the psychedelic blues of “My Friend” to the otherworldly
“1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be),” his lyrics remain among the greatest
in the pantheon of rock, infused with the same inventiveness, virtuosity,
and courage that informed his guitar playing.
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book (Backbeat Books, November 2012, $40) contains all the words to the Hendrix classics fans have rocked along to for years, as well as unpublished songs from “Valley of Neptune” and other previously undiscovered sources. Compiled by Jimi’s sister, Janie L. Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book is extraordinarily personal, and includes numerous examples of Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, often scribbled on hotel stationery, as well as photos of him that accompany every song.
Much of the material has never been seen before. “When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi's handwriting,” recalled Janie Hendrix, who compiled this collection. “It was an art form in and of itself. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book will give fans a glimpse of the lyricist behind the songs, a songwriter whose words were just as searing as his solos.
Janie L. Hendrix, is president and CEO of Experience Hendrix, LLC, the official Jimi Hendrix Family Company, and sister of the legendary guitarist. Her mission as head of the family company is to continue Jimi’s legacy and to preserve the integrity of his artistic contribution to musical history. She lives in Seattle. To hear Janie talk about Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book, please visit www.jimihendrixlyricbook.com
COMEDY CENTRAL® TO STAGE THREE FREE NEW YORK CITY SUMMER SHOWS
IN MANHATTAN'S CENTRAL PARK AND EAST RIVER PARK AND BROOKLYN'S RED HOOK PARK
AS PART OF ITS ONGOING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY PARKS FOUNDATION
SUMMERSTAGE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
“COMEDY CENTRAL Stars Under the Stars” Hosted by Gabriel Iglesias and Featuring Performances by
Adam Devine, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross and Amy Schumer
Will Take Place on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 P.M. in Central Park
“COMEDY CENTRAL Live Presents The Dark Lords of Comedy”
Featuring Mike Lawrence, Jared Logan and Dan St. Germain
Will Take Place on Sunday, August 18 at 8:00 P.M. in East River Park
“COMEDY CENTRAL Live Presents Cristela Alonzo” and Featuring Mark Normand
Will Take Place on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 P.M. in Red Hook Park
For the first time since 2007, COMEDY CENTRAL Live® is holding three free comedy events to mark its seventh consecutive year partnering with the City Parks Foundation. In addition to the highly successful annual SummerStage comedy showcase in Central Park, shows will also be held in Manhattan's East River Park and Brooklyn’s Red Hook Park.
For the Central Park show, get ready for some stellar stand-up from the network's finest comedians. “COMEDY CENTRAL Stars Under the Stars” is hosted by Gabriel Iglesias and featuring performances by Adam Devine (“Workaholics”), Anthony Jeselnik (“The Jeselnik Offensive”), Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show”), Jeff Ross (“The Burn with Jeff Ross”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”). “COMEDY CENTRAL Stars Under the Stars” will be held rain or shine on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. (gates open at 7:00 p.m.) at the SummerStage venue in mid-Central Park (Fifth Avenue at 69th Street). COMEDY CENTRAL Live® welcomes back Outback Steakhouse for its fourth consecutive year sponsoring this Central Park event.
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KILLCODE is a five piece band based in New York City. Their unique sound is a product of their diverse influences and has been described as “Southern infused Metal / Rock with modern vocals”. KILLCODE’s songs are hooky super charged sing along Anthems with BIG Guitars and Driving Rhythms’.
Forming in 2008, vocalist Tom Morrissey and guitarist Chas laid the foundation with a couple of songs they recorded at Chas’home studio. After recruiting long time musical companionErric Bonesmith on bass guitar, KILLCODE found it’s final form with the addition of Pat Harrington on guitar and Rob Noxious on the drums. With all members coming from established projects prior to KILLCODE, the band quickly raised eyebrows and landed onbills with the likes of Godsmack & Sevendust.
KILLCODE also provided main support to Brett Scallions on the Re Fueled East Coast tour. Since their inception, the band has released “To Die For”, a six song EP released at the end of 2008 and a second six song EP,“Taking it All” released in 2010. Both EP’s charted well nationally and gained the band critical acclaim worldwide. The song “Breaking Away”, off of To Die For, was featured in the inspirational documentary, DRESSED, Directed by David Swajeski and starring fashion designer Nari Manivong.
In 2012, they entered the studio once again with Juno nominated producer, Stacy O’Dell, who produced both EP’s, to record the full length, twelve song effort titled, “KILLCODE”. The Album charted in the #2 position for the week of 8/18/12 on BILLBOARD Mid-Atlantic Heatseekers Charts.
The band has enjoyed an ever growing fan base has headlined and sold out marquee venues such as New York City’s Gramercy Theater, Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza. KILLCODE is at the top of their game and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. They are ready and able to take their rightful place alongside the biggest rock acts out there.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival has announced more concerts for its 34th edition, Friday, June 28 - Sunday, July 7, 2013!
A History of Metal
LOUDER THAN HELL
THE DEFINITIVE ORAL HISTORY OF METAL By Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman
Based on Hundreds of Original Interviews with Metal Elite -- Including Lemmy/Motorhead, Members Of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Korn, Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Marilyn Manson, Van Halen, and Many More!
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Compiled from over 400 interviews conducted by respected music journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, LOUDER THAN HELL: The Definitive Oral History of Metal (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) is a chronological history of heavy metal, told through the words of the men and women who created it, played it, re-invented it, and continue to rock it.
Revolver senior editor Wiederhorn and Nights with Alice Cooper producer Turman dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never-before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. Candid and confessional commentary comes straight from icons of the genre, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy Kilmister, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Slayer’s Kerry King, Phil Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. With an introduction by Scott Ian of Anthrax and an afterword by Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and with two 16-page photo inserts, with some never-before seen candid shots by celebrated rock photographers Stephanie Cabral and Robert Matheu, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.
The many musicians interviewed by these veteran journalists offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business, and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse, and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists, and porn stars) provide additional insight.
From the creation of Black Sabbath in the late 1960s, to Judas Priest’s development of the leather-and-studs look, to Metallica introducing the world to thrash, to the inception of Ozzfest, to Faith No More accidentally creating the first hybrid of rap and metal, to the provocative exploits of the Sunset Strip scene, to the death and destruction surrounding Norwegian black metal, LOUDER THAN HELL gets to the meat of the metal matter:
Rob Halford of Judas Priest reveals how he kicked cocaine and alcohol in 1986 after tragically witnessing his boyfriend’s suicide and sought solace in spirituality, which has helped the Metal God stay clean to this day.
Guns N’ Roses' Axl Rose talks about the early days of Guns N’ Roses, the making of the 36-million-copy-selling debut Appetite for Destruction, and how Robert Willams’ graphic cover art was censored.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi explains how he lost parts of his fingers while working a day job in a factory – and created homemade prosthetics so he could play guitar, which changed the tonality of the instrument and the sound of heavy metal forever.
Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares how he dug through his own vomit in search of the balloon of heroin he’d swallowed to avoid being arrested by the police, and then used that heroin to celebrate his victory over not getting busted.
Members of Metallica and Anthrax detail the horrifying events of 1986 when Metallica’s tour bus crashed and tipped over, crushing bassist Cliff Burton beneath it while the rest of the members escaped relatively unscathed.
Alice Cooper reveals how it was really wheelchair-bound members of his AUDIENCE who tore the live chicken apart during his fateful concert in Toronto, while Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne give first-person accounts of Ozzy biting the head off a dove while wasted during a high-level record company meeting, and decapitating a bat onstage during his Diary of a Madman tour.
Hellhammer, drummer of Norway’s pioneering black metal band Mayhem, talks about ex-vocalist Dead committing suicide and how guitarist Euronymous used a chunk of Dead’s brain to make a Mexican stew.
Biohazard guitarist Billy Graziadei details how gang bangers stabbed a member of the group’s posse with a hunting knife while shouting, “Payback, Motherfucker!” and how the band vowed to retaliate. Vocalist Evan Seinfeld also recounts his graphic sexual liaisons while on tour, and how they led to his career in porn.
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray (who died of an overdose at age 38 during the writing of LOUDER THAN HELL) discusses the evolution of the lineup; physical fights between band members, and his own struggles with addiction.
LOUDER THAN HELL explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal—from metal progenitors such as Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, and the MC5 to current day innovators including Slipknot, Mastodon, and Lamb of God—LOUDER THAN HELL is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.
To learn more about LOUDER THAN HELL, please visit these official locations:
About the Authors:
Jon Wiederhorn is a senior writer for Revolver who also writes for Guitar World, Yahoo.com, eMusic.com and Noisey.Vice.com. His second book, the authorized biography of Ministry’s Al Jourgensen, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, is scheduled for release in August. His work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Loudwire.com, AOL Noisecreep, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, RIP, Alternative Press and Cosmopolitan. Jon currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, down the street from legendary ‘80s/’90s metal club L’Amour. His greatest accomplishment is teaching his two pre-teens to flash the devil horns long before they discovered Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.
Katherine Turman is the producer for Alice Cooper’s nightly syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper. A former editor of RIP magazine and producer at TV’s The Sharon Osbourne Show as well as radio’s Rockline, her writing has been in major publications including Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, SPIN, Billboard, Marie Claire, Guitar World, Metal Hammer, Village Voice and Daily Variety. A Los Angeles native, she now lives in Brooklyn.
CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES to Open Select Dates
Marking their first U.S. live performances in over 10 years, 90’s alt-metal band COAL CHAMBER is pleased to announce that they are back in action and kicking off a co-headline tour with Sevendust this spring. The tour will also feature special guests Lacuna Coil as direct support on each date, as well as Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies opening on either half of the run (see the split below). See below for a full listing of North American tour dates.
Each member of COAL CHAMBER had words to share about the announcement.
“I'm STOKED to be bringing COAL CHAMBER back to the United States,” exclaims vocalist Dez Fafara. “These shows are going to rule! The line-up is perfect! Hope to see you all there!”
The past has fuelled the fire to bring COAL CHAMBER back stronger than ever,” adds drummer Mike Cox. “I couldn’t be more excited to tour the states on an amazing tour. HERE WE GO!”
I’m really excited and grateful to be a part of such an awesome bill! We will be slaying it across America and the world,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón.
Bassist Chela Rhea Harper states, “America is where COAL CHAMBER started; where the music first came to life. The entire experience in Australia and South America has been so surreal up until this point, and to be able to continue this adventure on the band's home soil is an honor. The support from all has been tremendous.”
Sweden's ELDKRAFT release new song on RockHard.de
ELDKRAFT is a musical constellation whose primary foundation rests on
epic metal while drawing experimental influences from ancestral musical
traditions of the North and spiritual guidance of its hermetic crafts.
Shaman, the debut album, is a psychedelic trip gazed upon through
contemporary elements, circumnavigating journeys of knowledge, growth and
the ecstasy of the soul.
Now ELDKRAFT have released the second single off their upcoming debut album Shaman! Head over to the website of Rock Hard Germany HERE for the exclusive premiere of Gränslos Gräns!
Comments Poison Tongue founder/PRIMORDIAL singer A.A. Nemtheanga on his latest signing: "I was turned on to Eldkraft by Mortuus from Marduk and instantly recognized even in its raw demo form, here was something genuine, and it had the potential to be a massive pagan metal album. Not the cartoon stuff but the real deal, immersed in ancient shamanism and traditions with the spirit of Bathory somewhere deep in its bones…Eldkraft!"
Please head over to the landing page at www.metalblade.com/eldkraft to feel the forbidding power ELDKRAFT is able to unleash. Their first single Gammal Krigare is up there for you to check out as well as the album's artwork and the pre-order links.
ELDKRAFT's debut album Shaman will be released the 24th /27th of May, 2013 in Europe via Metal Blade Records on CD and LP. The LP will be a gatefold double-LP with an exclusive bonus track entitled Shaman. Shaman will be available digitally in North America on May 28th.
2011 was the year when J. Sandin and H. Karlsson chose to embark on a different path, having reached the end of the line with previous projects and bands. After hearing demo recordings, Metal Blade saw the potential of ELDKRAFT and expressed immediate interest.
With a record deal firmly in place, ELDKRAFT immortalised ten songs for their debut album in their own studio Epidemic, while N. Fjellström recorded the drums in studio Necromorbus. Mixing and mastering was completed under the watchful eye of Magnus Devo Andersson of Endarker Studio Sweden.
J.Sandin - all vocals & keys
H. Carlsson – all guitars & bass
N. Fjellström – drums
https://www.facebook.com/Eldkraftband - www.metalblade.com/eldkraft
New Artist Videos
Keith Kenny - Limit is the Sky
This a Great Artist that I had a chance to catch performing at BAMM 2013, He is one to watch, Great Energy and a true "One Man Band" he captivated and excited everyone there.
Check him out : http://www.keithkenny.com/
On YouTube: Keith Kenny