Cavalera Discusses Working With The Navajo In New ‘Ritual’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly front man Max Cavalera is sharing more background on the making of the band’s new album.

In what is now the fifth “making of” video promoting the album, Cavalera talks about working with the Navajo Indian tribe during the album’s creation.  He talks happily about meeting the last of the code talkers during a special performance for the Navajo, going through a blessing ceremony and much more.  The video is streaming online now here.

The band’s previous “making of” videos feature Cavalera discussing Ritual‘s album art, working with producer Josh Wilbur on the album, the album’s title and the return of Soulfly’s tribal elements this time out.

The band also debuted Ritual‘s third single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘ last Friday.  It follows the release of the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered‘ on Aug. 9 and the album’s title track on Aug. 30.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soulfly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Archer Nation To Open 2019 With New Album

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Hard rock band Archer Nation is preparing to release its sophomore album.

The band is currently scheduled to release Beneath The Dream January 25, 2019.  Produced by Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Mo tley Crue), it will be released via EMP Label Group.

Front man Dylan Rose said expectations for the record are high,especially since three years have passed since the release of the band’s debut album.

“After working to create Culling The Weak, everyone was excited to get back in the studio with Mike for the second record,” Rose said.  “We’re very pleased with the result and can’t wait to release Beneath The Dream with the great team at EMP Label Group, so we can get back to non-stop touring in 2019!”

Dave Ellefson, EMP Label Group head, shared Rose’s thoughts.

“When Mike Clink first turned myself and Thom [Hazaert] onto the Archer Nation record, we were blown away,” Ellefson said.  “Clink is a true world-class producer, and we’re honored to work with him and Archer Nation to release their ferocious new album in 2019!”

More information on Archer Nation’s new album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://archernation.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/archernation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ArcherNation

 

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Tom Mason & The Young Buccaneers’ New LP Is A Musical “Treasure” For Everyone

Courtesy: Gas Station Music

More often than not, when one thinks of pirates, one’s thoughts typically are not of the most…savory characters, but apparently not all pirates apparently are bad.  Case in point is Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers.  The Nashville, TN-based group has proven over the course of many years that maybe, just maybe, not every pirate is as bad as Hollywood has led them to be portrayed.  They continue to do just that with their fifth full-length studio recording, Songs For Young Buccaneers.  Released last Friday, Sept. 7, via Gas Station Music, the 10-song record is a rollicking musical ride on the high seas for the whole family from start to finish.  This is proven in part through the musical arrangements presented throughout the album.  This will be discussed shortly.  The record’s lyrical themes support that statement just as much as its musical arrangements, and they will be discussed a little bit later.  The record’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the record’s elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each element noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Songs For Young Buccaneers.  All things considered, they make this latest effort from the group another musical “treasure” for the whole family.

Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers’ fifth full-length studio recording Songs For Young Buccaneers is a musical “treasure” for the whole family.  It has plenty of *ahem* booty (yes, that awful pun was intended) for listeners of all ages, beginning with its collective musical arrangements.  From start to end, every one of the album’s 10 songs boasts a sound that is quite similar to the shanty type arrangements that audiences have heard so many times on the big and small screen thanks to Hollywood.  They come complete with the accordions, guitars and gravelly vocal delivery of a “pirate” singer.  That is the case even as Mason sings about the pressing matter of caring for the world’s oceans in ‘Treasure Through the Trash,’ ‘Treasure The Sea’ and the album’s finale, ‘Sailing on.’  Simply put, the record’s more lighthearted and emotional moments alike present the same sort of musical approach in each song.  Just as important to note is that while the songs’ musical styles are much the same throughout the record, audiences they don’t repeat themselves from one song to the next.  In other words, listeners get the same style of song each time, but none of the arrangements are in themselves the same as one another.  To that end, the arrangements presented across this album give reason in themselves for audiences to take in the album.  They are collectively only one of the ways in which the album stands out.  The lyrical themes add even more interest to the album.

The lyrical themes presented throughout SFYB follow the stereotypical pirate theme just as much as the record’s musical arrangements.  What’s interesting here is that the songs’ lyrical themes are just as lighthearted as their companion arrangements.  In ‘Kristofer The Kinfly Kraken,’ listeners get a story about a nice kraken who just wants to be friends with others.  ‘In The Drink (Kids’ Version)’ is just a fun song about a pirate’s adventures on the high seas.  ‘Parrot of a Pirate’ is just as fun as Mason sings about a parrot who was not exactly what one might think.  It turns out that the bird, bought at a pet shop, was a former pirate’s parrot.  Mason sings that the revelation is made thanks to the bird’s language and what it talked about, yet never makes the song improper for younger listeners.  The previously noted songs ‘Treasure the Sea’ and ‘Treasure Through The Trash’ address the issue of conservation, changing things up slightly at two different point.  Those changes keep things just as interesting as the already noted songs and others such as ‘Talk Like A Pirate,’ which celebrates the upcoming “Talk Like A Pirate Day” (Sept. 19), ‘My Invisible Crew,’ which lets young listeners know it’s okay to have an imaginary friend and the fun ‘A Lot of Work to be a Pirate,’ which tells listeners about all the work that goes into the life.  Between all of these songs and others, Mason and company offer listeners of all ages plenty to enjoy from beginning to end.  When this is considered alongside how much the album has to offer listeners musically, the end result of that consideration is a record that proves enjoyable both musically and lyrically.  Of course as much as the album’s musical and lyrical content has to offer listeners, they are not the only elements that make the album so enjoyable.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

A close listen to SFYB reveals an interesting aspect about its sequencing.  That aspect is that it plays out almost list a story, even though the record clearly is not a story/concept presentation.  It opens with “Capt.” Mason welcoming listeners “aboard” and then explaining everything that goes into being a pirate.  Once that is done, the “journey” gets under way, and Mason tells listeners the tale of a friendly kraken that just wants to be friends with creatures above and below the waves.  From there, the enjoyment continues as he introduces listeners to his “crew” before inviting listeners to take part in some pirate fun in ‘In The Drink (Kids’ Version).’  As the “journey” progresses, Mason tells listeners about the problems posed by pollution in ‘’Treasure through the Trash’ and again later in ‘Treasure the Sea.’  Between those songs is another fun introduction – this time to a parrot who used to be a pirate’s feathery pal.  As the album reaches its end, Mason bids adieu to listeners in ‘Sailing On.’  Considering that the album opened with Mason welcoming listeners and then ends with that fond farewell, the record in whole feels like a musical journey on the high seas.  Again, the intent likely was not to create a concept record here, but it still comes across as a journey of sorts.  It is an enjoyable journey, too.  That is thanks not just to this approach, but to the songs – both musically and lyrically.  When all three elements are combined, they make SFYB a wonderful musical treasure for listeners of all ages.

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers’ new album If You Want To Be A Pirate: Songs For Young Buccaneers, is an enjoyable new offering for listeners of all ages.  Whether one is a seasoned salt (yes, that pun was intended, too) or less familiar with the Mason and his “crew,” everyone will agree that it has plenty to offer everyone, beginning with its musical arrangements.  The arrangements are everything that audiences have come to expect of pirate style music.  The lyrical themes are just as familiar overall, and the sequencing makes the album overall feel like a musical trip on the waves.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make If You Want To Be A Pirate: Songs for Young Buccaneers a wonderful musical treasure for the whole family.  The album is available now.  More information on this record and all of Tom Mason’s music is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.tommason.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TomMasonandTheBlueBuccaneers

 

 

 

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The Jamie Lawrence Sextet’s Debut LP Was Well Worth The Nearly 30 Year Wait

Courtesy: Good Mood Records

The best comes to those who wait.  Everyone has said and heard that old adage at one point or another in life.  It is an adage that definitely applies in the case of The Jamie Lawrence Sextet’s debut album New York Suite.  Lawrence started work on the album almost 30 years ago, but had put it on the back-burner so many times throughout his career.  That sounds like something right out of Mr. Holland’s Opus does it not?  The similarities are purely coincidental, but cannot be ignored.  Getting back on topic, the five-song, 43-minute record from the Emmy and Clio Award-winning producer, composer and music director is a strong effort that proves to have been well worth the wait.  That is proven in part through the album’s extensive title track and opener.  It will be discussed shortly.  Its finale, ‘Tongue Twister,’ also serves to support that statement, and will be discussed a little bit later.  ‘Beluga Triangle’ is yet another example of what makes New York Suite such a surprising first effort from Lawrence.  When it is considered along with the record’s title track/opener,

The Jamie Lawrence Sextet is scheduled to release its debut album New York Suite next month.  Scheduled to be released independently Oct. 5, the five-song, 43-minute record is a surprisingly enjoyable work for jazz enthusiasts and the most devoted aficionados alike.  That is proven in part through the varied arrangements presented throughout the record.  The album’s opener, which is also its longest work at just over 21 minutes, conjures thoughts of the free jazz sounds of the 1950s and 60s.  More specifically, listeners can almost instantly hear the influences of the likes of Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler and other similar acts through Lawrence’s own work on the piano as it is joined with the musicianship of famed drummer Peter Erskine and fellow musicians Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, clarinet), J.D. Parran (tenor sax, clarinet, alto clarinet) and Jim Pugh (trombone).  Bassist Carlos Henriquez even conjures thoughts of Charles Mingus circa 1959 with his own work.

Those collective talents keep the song completely engaging from start to end thanks to little things like the call and response of the saxes and horns presented early on in the song.  The addition of special guest Ed Bialek’s harmonica line to the mix makes the song even more engaging thanks to his light, almost playful approach.  The controlled chaos of the group that follows (and gives each member of the group his own moment in the limelight) paints a vivid picture of New York City that any listener will appreciate.  It does this through the use of a series of movements that are clearly defined throughout the song.  The first of those movements melds into the second movement just before the six-minute mark and the second.  What’s interesting here is the subtle way in which that progression happens.  That subtlety lets listeners know that something is changing, but doesn’t just push it in listeners’ faces and ears.  That same subtlety is used as the song’s second “movement” progresses into its third.  One could argue that a fourth “movement” closes out the overall arrangement in its final minutes.  It is executed through a solo from Henriquez that is eventually complimented by his fellow musicians to finish off the song, and is just as engaging as the song’s other sections.  From start to end, listeners will find themselves getting images of a busy 42nd Street, filled with cabs, the laid back vibes of Central Park and more in each movement.  That Lawrence and company can create such a rich picture of life in New York’s various areas (including even the subway) is a tribute to their talents.  It also serves to show that not only is it a strong first impression from Lawrence and company, but how much the album has to offer listeners.  It is not the only work that stands out in the record’s overall presentation.  The record’s closer, ‘Tongue Twister’ boasts its own merits.

‘Tongue Twister,’ the record’s closer, switches things up a bit by crossing the group’s already familiar free jazz styling and crossing it with a little bit of a Latin jazz vibe.  Even more interesting is that the use of the electric bass here generates a sort of fusion vibe.  One might not think that grouping Latin, fusion and free jazz would work in one composition, but they are expertly balanced throughout.  The end result is a work that presents its own sense of chaotic yet enjoyable chaos.  That is due not only to the work of Lawrence and his fellow musicians, but also to the attention put into balancing each musician’s talents with those of his counterparts.  Case in point is the balance between Lawrence’s work on the piano, Jon Faddis’ trumpet line and Parker’s time keeping.  All three lines are prominent throughout the majority of the song, but are not the only notable additions to the arrangement.  When sax players George Young and Lou Marini join the mix, their funky, upbeat arrangements mix just as well with their band mates to create a fun whole that is certain to have any listener on his or her feet.  To that end, the whole group together creates what is a solid finale to this record and one more example of what makes New York Suite such an enjoyable offering from the Jamie Lawrence Sextet.  It still is not the last of the record’s most notable tracks.  ‘Beluga Triangle’ is one more positive addition to the album.

‘Beluga Triangle’ stands out because it paints a picture that is so dramatically different from its counterparts on this album.  It presents a more nuanced, focused feel than those songs, and one that is more emotional, too.  That is evidenced early on through the balance of Lawrence’s piano line and the work of his fellow musicians.  Saxophonist Eddie Daniels’ John Coltrane-esque performance and drummer Ronnie Zito’s subtle yet solid time keeping make for a wonderful juxtaposition that adds so much to the song’s whole.  When they join with Lawrence’s piano line and trombonist Jim Pugh’s own work, the whole of the group’s work becomes a work that is just as engaging as New York Suite’s other works because of that balance.  As a matter of fact, the overall subtlety in the composition and the balance in the lines creates an atmosphere that could be argued to be even more engaging than the record’s other offerings.  It’s one of those works that proves the old adage true that less is more.  When this is considered along with the engagement and entertainment offered through the rest of the album’s entries, the whole of the album proves to be a surprisingly enjoyable work that jazz fans of all levels will appreciate.

The Jamie Lawrence Sextet’s debut album New York Suite is one of the most surprising releases of this year’s new jazz offerings.  It is a record that continues to show the expansive talents of its namesake, who has spent decades making music for television, and his fellow musicians.  From the rich picture painted in the record’s opener and title track — which gives listeners a vivid picture of life in New York City — to the equally engaging Latin/free jazz sound of ‘Tongue Twister’ to the moving ‘Beluga Triangle’ and more, this 43 minute record is a solid start for Lawrence and company.  By the time it’s over, jazz fans of all levels will agree that hopefully it will be just the beginning for Lawrence and company.  The album is currently scheduled to be released Oct. 5.  More information on New York Suite is available online now along with Jamie Lawrence’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://jamielawrenceproductions.squarespace.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jameselliotlawrence

 

 

 

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Anti-Flag Debuts Video For ‘For What It’s Worth’ Cover

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Punk band Anti-Flag has debuted the video for its cover of Buffalo Springfield’s fame protest song ‘For What It’s Worth.’

The video, which originally debuted online at Democracy Now!, presents the band’s slightly amped up take on the classic tune alongside live footage of the band from its 2018 European tour, the March For Our Lives and images of firearms with statistics about gun violence in America.  It is a partnership with Everytown, “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

Anti-Flag’s cover of ‘For What It’s Worth’ is included in the band’s forthcoming album American Reckoning, which is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 28 via Spinefarm Records.

The record, which was mixed and mastered by Justin Francis, features acoustic re-workings of songs from the band’s previous two albums American Spring (2015) and American Fall (2017) along with a handful of covers including this song.  Pre-orders are open now.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

 American Reckoning Track Listing
1. The Debate Is Over (If You Want It)
2. Trouble Follows Me
3. American Attraction
4. When The Wall Falls
5. Racists
6. Set Yourself On Fire
7. Brandenburg Gate
8. Gimme Some Truth (John Lennon cover)
9. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
10. Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)

The band explained in a written statement that while this is the first time that the band has covered ‘For What It’s Worth’ in whole, it’s not the first time that it has used elements of the song in its music.

“Inspiration and the energy to keep fighting for social and economic justice comes in all forms,” the band said.  “Many would not expect a punk rock band to take an inspiration from an artist like Buffalo Springfield, but they’d be wrong.  We have been influenced by the power of this song for years.  We have used portions of the groove and drum beat on Anti-Flag records, and now have created this version of the song.”

Additionally, the band praised Democracy Now! for its part in premiering the its new video.

“To premiere this video via Democracy Now! is an absolute honor and privilege,” the band said.  “When people ask us how they can become informed, be better citizens of the world, find news predicated upon empathy and the truth, we tell them to listen to Democracy Now!  To be featured on this life-changing and undeniable for for truth and positive change in the world is incredibly special to our band.”

Anti-flag is touring now with Rise Against and AFI.  The band will launch a UK/European tour this fall with Silverstein, Cancer Bats and Worriers.  The tour will include two ANTIfest indoor shows,  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records/Brixton Agency

Tour Dates:
9/15 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amp^
9/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Complex^
9/17 – Boise, ID – Revolution^
9/19 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse^
9/20 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle^
9/21 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Center^
9/23 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum^
9/24 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater^
9/25 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom^
9/27 – Reno, NV @ Cargo Concert Hall
9/28 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
9/29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl^
9/30 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater^
10/11 – Vienna, AT – Flex*
10/12 – Wels, AT – Alter Schlachthof*
10/13 – Salzburg, AT – Rockhouse*
10/14 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory*
10/16 – Hannover, DE – Pavillon*
10/18 – Berlin, DE – SO36*
10/19 – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik*
10/20 – Köln, DE – Live Music Hall*
10/21 – Stuttgart, DE – Longhorn*
10/23 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk*
10/25 – Saarbrucken, DE – Garage*
10/26 – Haarlem, NL Patronaat – ANTIfest*
10/27 – Hasselt, BE Muziekodroom – Groezrock Indoor*
10/28 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof – ANTIfest*
10/30 – Birmingham, UK – Asylum#
10/31 – Bristol, UK – SWX#
11/1 – London, UK – Heaven#
11/2 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2#
11/3 – Glasgow, UK – Garage#
11/5 – Belfast, UK – Foundry#
11/6 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s#

^ = w/ Rise Against, AFI
* = w/ Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Worriers
# = w/ Cancer Bats,Worriers

Courtesy: Spinefarm RecordsBrixton Agency

26 OCT 2018
city: Haarlem, Netherlands
venue: Patronaat
line-up: Anti-Flag, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Silverstein, Cancer Bats, Prestige, Black Peaks, Culture Abuse, Worriers, Tusky, Drones

28 OCT 2018
City: Wiesbaden, Germany
venue: Schlachthof
line-up: Anti-Flag, Silverstein, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Cancer Bats, Black Peaks, Worriers, Tusky

More information on Anti-flag’s upcoming live dates, its upcoming album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://anti-flag.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anti.flag.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anti_flag

 

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Soulfly Debuts Third Single From ‘Ritual’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly has debuted another single from its forthcoming album, and has already coupled with with a companion video.

The band debuted the “visualization” video for its new single ‘Dead Behind The Eyes‘ on Friday. The song is lifted from the band’s forthcoming album Ritual and features a guest appearance by Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe.  The “visualization” takes audiences through a maze of rusty chains and occasional burning embers, a shot of the band and Ritual‘s cover art as the thrash style arrangement plays.

Soulfly front man and founder Max Cavalera explained in an interview with Sweden’s Rock Sverige that the song’s lyrical content was influenced in part by the Cenobites, the creatures from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser movies, but offered little other background on the lyrics’ meaning.

“It was really cool,” Cavalera said. “[Randy is] really tight with [producer] Josh Wilbur, and Josh has done all the Lamb of God stuff, and he was working on the Burn The Priest record, so I just told Josh to give him the tracks and “show them to him, and if there’s anything he likes, if he wants to sing on it, it’s all cool.” I didn’t have a song for him, so he showed him everything, and what Josh told me was that they were listening to it and the minute that song came on — it was nicknamed ‘Bruiser Brother’ — and the minute he heard it, it was like, “That’s it! This is the one ! I don’t wanna hear anything else.”  I had already written the lyrics, so I sent him all my lyrics, and it was just good to have the Randy voice on it.  He’s got a real distinctive voice, really unique, and that’s what I like about guys like him.  It’s very original and you know it’s him.”

Cavalera went on to explain that the song’s musical arrangement was rooted in some familiar influences.

“That song, the vocal pattern is really based on [Sepultura’s 1987 album] Schizophrenia and ‘From The Past Comes The Storm,” Cavalera said.  “It’s totally influenced by that.  When I worked on that song, I worked with my son Zyon and he was listening to Beneath The Remains and asking me about songs like ‘Stronger Than Hate,’ and all those parts, and mesmerized by it, and I was like, “You know what? Let’s challenge this! Let’s make a song like that!”  So I started working with him and added all those parts, and it has one of my favorite guitar solos of Marc Rizzo.  I gave him a whole section.  It was crafted like Ride The Lightning era.  You’ve got this solid rhythm behind the leads, which not many people do.  It can be kind of a headache to put it together, and it might take a little time, but I think the final result is f****** awesome.”

Cavalera stressed if he can convince Blythe to take part, he would like to make a full video for ‘Dead Behind The Eyes.’  The song’s current video is just the latest presentation to come from the album. Also released are a full 360-degree video for Ritual‘s title track and a stream for the album’s lead single, ‘Evil Empowered.’

Four videos featuring Cavalera talking about topics, such as Ritual‘s artwork, working with Josh WilburRitual‘s title and tribal elements are also streaming now.

Pre-orders are open now for Ritual.  The album’s track listing is noted below.

Ritual track listing:
1.  Ritual
2.  Dead Behind The Eyes (feat. Randy Blythe)
3.  The Summoning
4.  Evil Empowered
5.  Under Rapture (feat. Ross Dolan)
6.  Demonized
7.  Blood On The Street
8.  Bite The Bullet
9.  Feedback!
10.  Soulfly XI

More information on Ritual is available online now along with all of Soulfly’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.soulfly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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BMG, Niji Entertainment Group Partner To Re-Issue Dio Albums

Courtesy: BMG/Niji Entertainment Group

Dio fans looking to complete their collections can finally do just that.

BMG and Niji Entertainment Group have partnered to release Dio’s final four albums.  The albums — Angry MachinesMagicaKilling The Dragon and Master of the Moon — were released in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004 respectively. The links for purchase via iTunes and Apple Music are noted below.

Apple Music links:
Angry Machines
               Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/album/angry-machines/1435073926?ls=1
Magica
               Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/album/magica/1435392004?ls=1
Killing The Dragon
Master Of The Moon

The records, which collectively sold a quarter of a million copies in their original releases, have been out of print and unavailable for the past five years.  Today’s sales launch for the records coincides with Julien’s Auctions’ live auction of RJD memorabilia at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.  The auction continues Sept. 15.

Dio’s widow, Wendy Dio, said she was happy to see her late husband’s work re-issued.

“I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music,” Dio said.  “They will be making the complete Dio catalog available again with some interesting surprises.”

The information for the albums’ re-issues, including those surprises, is noted below.  Information on the albums’ physical releases will be announced at a later date.

Angry Machines
  • Originally released in 1996, DIO‘s first independent release
  • Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Tracy G (Guitars), Jeff Pilson (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) & Scott Warren (Keyboards)
  • Features: “Don’t Tell The Kids” and “Hunter Of The Heart”
Tracklist:
  1. Institutional Man
  2. Don’t Tell The Kids
  3. Black
  4. Hunter Of The Heart
  5. Stay Out Of The Mind
  6. Big Sister
  7. Double Monday
  8. Golden Rules
  9. Dying In America
  10. This Is Your Life

 

Magica
  • Originally released in 2000
  • Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums)
  • Magica hit the charts in the US, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Japan
  • Features: “Fever Dreams” and “Magica Theme”
Tracklist:
  1. Discovery
  2. Magica Theme
  3. Lord Of The Last Day
  4. Fever Dreams
  5. Turn To Stone
  6. Feed My Head
  7. Eriel
  8. Challis
  9. As Long As It’s Not About Love
  10. Losing My Insanity
  11. Otherworld
  12. Magica (Reprise)
  13. Lord Of The Last Day (Reprise)
  14. The Magica

 

Killing The Dragon
  • Originally released in 2002
  • Killing The Dragon charted in the US, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, & Japan
  • Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Doug Aldrich (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums)
  • Video for the single “Push” features appearance by Tenacious D
Tracklist:
  1. Killing The Dragon
  2. Along Comes A Spider
  3. Scream
  4. Better In The Dark
  5. Rock & Roll
  6. Push
  7. Guilty
  8. Thrown Away Children
  9. Before The Fall
  10. Cold Feet

 

Master Of The Moon
  • Originally released in 2004, final studio album under the DIO band name
  • Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitar), Jeff Pilson (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums)
  • Master Of The Moon charted in the US, Finland, Sweden, & Germany
  • Features: “One More For The Road” and “The Eyes”
 Tracklist:
  1. One More For The Road
  2. Master Of The Moon
  3. The End Of The World
  4. Shivers
  5. The Man Who Would Be King
  6. The Eyes
  7. Living The Lie
  8. I Am
  9. Death By Love
  10. In Dreams

More information on these re-issues and all things Ronnie James Dio is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

Twitter: http://twitter.com/officialrjdio

 

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