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Ace Frehley is on a roll, and he’s ready to embark on his next musical journey with Spaceman, his third solo outing in four years, and eighth overall. Amongst Ace’s post-KISS recorded output, Spaceman might be the closest link to his widely acclaimed 1978 solo record, both in spirit and execution. First off, Frehley played all of the guitar parts on Spaceman, as well as bass on all but two songs. Longtime drummer Anton Fig, whose friendship with Ace began in that 1978 record, also appears on “Off My Back” and “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” (longtime collaborators Scot Coogan and Matt Starr also play drums on Spaceman). There’s also a thematic, almost biographical, thread running through the album of a long life in rock ’n’ roll, although Ace admits it wasn’t intentional. The first single “Bronx Boy” lays out Ace’s pre-KISS roots, running wild with an Irish street gang called the Ducky Boys. It might be his grittiest song to date, with an opening riff that lashes out like a switchblade. “Pursuit of Rock and Roll” ticks off a list of rockers that made Ace who he is, including Little Richard and the Stones. Frehley also makes it clear that rock is truly all he needs: “So sick of looking at reality TV / and like the Beatles said, you gotta ‘Let It Be.’” “No need to worry, I’ll be home soon, ’cause I’m rockin’ with the boys,” Frehley sings on “Rockin’ With the Boys,” which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS’s heyday in the ’70s—if you listen closely, it could almost be seen as a rockin’ counterpart to the Peter Criss-penned KISS classic “Beth.” Speaking of KISS brethren, let’s get back to those two songs on Spaceman that Ace didn’t play bass on. One listen of opener “Without You I’m Nothing” should be a dead giveaway. That mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belongs to Gene Simmons, who co-wrote that song, along with “Your Wish Is My Command,” with the Space Ace at Frehley’s home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Frehley's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free’s “Fire and Water” for 2016’s covers LP Origins, Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrated 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace’s clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his top 20 Anomaly album in 2009, his top 10 Space Invader LP in 2014 (a first for any KISS member); and continues with Spaceman (a title suggested by Gene Simmons himself). Spaceman is a lean-and-mean nine tracks, and includes what has become a trademark for any Ace joint, a cosmic instrumental. “Quantum Flux” is a classic prog ’n’ roll song from Frehley, with lush acoustics and twin-leads. Fans might also notice the song’s doomy outro, which nods to “Black Diamond” on KISS’s 1974 debut.
Both ancient and modern cultures rely heavily on rituals. From religious proceedings that date back millennia to daily 21st century routines such as checking social media, humanity gravitates towards ritualistic behavior for the appearance of order and a semblance of control over life’s chaos. Perhaps more than any other art form, ceremonious behavior defines heavy metal. Thousands of fans worship at the altar of a speaker or congregate in person for the sermon of a live show. Two decades into their storied career, Soulfly continue to engender near cultish zeal with each subsequent album and tour. In that sense, the group’s eleventh full-length, Ritual [Nuclear Blast], lives up to the promise of its name with a metallic ceremony of the highest order. The iconic gold-certified quartet—Max Cavalera [vocals, guitar], Marc Rizzo [lead guitar], Zyon Cavalera [drums], and Mike Leon [bass]—cast their word in bludgeoning riffs, thunderous percussion, and menacing growls. Formed in 1997, Soulfly has become a mainstay in contemporary heavy metal. Led by former Sepultura vocalist Max Cavalera, Soulfly has released 10 full-length albums with combined sales of over 1MILLION records. Mixing many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal, world music and punk, Soulfly are known for crafting something completely unique in the modern heavy music landscape. Marketing Highlights -Fronted by Max Cavalera, former vocalist & founder of metal legends Sepultura, Soulfly has released 10 full length albums in the band’s 20+ year career. The band’s previous album “Archangel” debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Hard Music Chart and #130 on the Top 200 -Produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira), “Ritual” is chock full of groove that Soulfly is known for while also containing elements of thrash and the feel from Max’s classic albums like “Chaos AD” -Always the touring machine, Soulfly will spend the majority of the summer of 2018 performing all over Europe and the UK -Building up to the release of “Ritual” Soulfly will be releasing several singles, music videos and promo video interviews. The first single “Evil Empowered” will be released on Aug 10 will a track video released on the same date. On Aug 31 the second single “Ritual” will be released with an animated video. The third single “Dead Behind the Eyes” will be released on Sep 14 with a music video. The final single “Under Rapture” will be released on the album’s release date Oct 19 -Advertising in Revolver, Decibel, New Noise and other hard music and lifestyle publications. Banner advertising on Blabbermouth, Metal Sucks, Metal Injection and other hard music and lifestyle sites
Since the early 90s Sweden’s Opeth have stretched the boundaries of heavy music. From the progressive death metal the band began with on classics like “Orchid” and “My Arms, Your Hearse” to the records like “Blackwater Park” and the band’s recent record, 2016’s “Sorceress”, Opeth has continually invited their growing audience along with them as they grew into the musically respected band they are today. Filmed and recorded in 2017 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside of Denver, “Garden of the Titans (Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)” is a 2-CD/BLU-RAY + DVD release (along with several vinyl color formats) consisting of tracks spanning the band’s nearly 30 year career.
It’s been said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Well, it was nearly impossible to knock over a mammoth. ROYAL TUSK dig in their heels, defiantly hold their ground, and fight with fury. These blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North are steadfast champions of the majesty of kickass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing Royal Tusk II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.
Since the release of their debut album ‘Void’, Within Destruction have fast gathered a legion of dedicated fans as they continue to straddle the worlds of Death Metal, Deathcore, Tech and of course...SLAM. Slams all over the place. Don’t even get us started on the brutality of the vocals...imagine falling through a wind turbine and you’re close.
Back with a vengeance with the relentlessly heavy new offering ‘Deathwish’, armed with jaw dropping art and a savage mix from Will Putney (Thy Art, Fit For An Autopsy) WD are on the brink of dropping some serious hammers on the world of heavy music. Bring out the crime scene tape and start marking out your chalk lines in the pit.
2018 release. The triumphant return of the #1 Hispanic black/death metal band! Debuting with a self-titled 7"EP on legendary Osmose Production in 2004, Hacavitz signed with Moribund Records in 2005 and quickly released their massive debut album Venganza. Hacavitz swiftly returned with 2007's critically acclaimed Katun, an album based on the revival and conquest of the new Aztecan Empire. Katun immediately became the new South American anthem of cultural revival and once again pushed the known boundaries of extreme metal. 2010's "Metztli Obscura" continued this revolution of ancestral culture and history solidifying Hacavitz as the #1 Hispanic Metal band of our era. After a brief stint with well-known death metal institution Dark Descent records, releasing 2015's "Darkness Beyond", Hacavitz have resigned to Moribund Records. The result is the bands come-back and most rocking, ominous, accomplished and skillful album to date, "NEX NIHIL". "NEX NIHIL" showcases ranging Wraith-like, forked-tongue Black Death metal vocals, multi-layered guitars that weave in and out with angular death to black metal riffing, pounding bass and perfectly timed drumming crafting infernal Quetzalcoatlian nahual spells! Completely rocking, hook-laden black death metal from beginning to end! With "NEX NIHIL" Hacavitz reap a multi-lingual whirlwind of serpentine blackened death metal immersed in Pre-Hispanic Mythology that spells the end in any language. The perfect mix between Dissection, Morbid Angel and Immortal!!!