Viking Metallers Amon Amarth Are Victorious In Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays List

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As the final few days of 2018 wind down, there is still some work to be done by critics putting in their year-ender lists.  That includes this critic.

This critic’s most recent year-ender focused on the year’s top new live CDs.  In a gradual transition to movies and television, there is still one more music list to present — the year’s top new live DVDs/BDs.  As has been noted previously, there are some live recordings that translate in  relatively acceptable fashion, but there are also others that can and should only be experienced with the full audio-visual experience.

Keeping this in mind, it is only fair to examine the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  Topping this year’s list is Amon Amarth’s The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm.  There is nothing negative to say about this presentation.  The extensive documentary outlines the band’s career from the band’s own mouths, showing the group as a hard-working, blue-collar outfit that has earned its place in the metal and music communities.  The equally expansive two-night, 30-song set pulls from almost every one of the band’s albums.  The performance is great, as are the production values.

Second Place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live DVDs/BDs goes to Devin Townsend Project’s Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv.  This performance features Townsend performing Ocean Machine live in its entirety along with an equally extensive by-request set.  That combination makes for a great set list.  As with Amon Amarth’s live recording, the group’s performance ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment, even at home.  The same can be said of the production values.  The whole makes the recording yet another that is best experienced with the full audio-visual presentation versus just the audio alone.

Third Place in this year’s list of the top new live DVDs and Blu-rays goes to The Rolling Stones’ San Jose, California ’99 show from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The recording is everything that audiences have come to expect from one of the elite of the elite acts in the music industry today.  The extensive 20-song set list doesn’t play it safe, instead giving audiences material that is less common in the band’s previous live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The group’s performance (including that of the touring musicians) couples with the production values to make the performance yet another must have for any true fan of The Rolling Stones.

Also featured in this year’s list are the new live recordings from Anthrax, The Robert Glasper Experiment and Opeth, just to name a few more acts.  As always, the first 10 titles in the last are the best, while the next five are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS & BLU-RAYS

  1. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  2. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  3. The Rolling Stones — No Security: San Jose ’99
  4. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  5. Accept — Symphonic Terror
  6. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks
  7. Anthrax — Kings Among Scotland
  8. The Sound of Music Live
  9. Steven Wilson — Home Invasion Live at the Royal Albert Theatre
  10. Norah Jones — Live at Ronnie Scott’s
  11. Tommy Shaw & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra — Sing For The Day!
  12. The Moody Blues — Days of Future Passed Live
  13. Overkill — Live in Overhausen
  14. Robet Glasper Experiment — Live
  15. Lacuna Coil — The 119 Show Live in London

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Eagle Rock’s Mingus Montreux Show Shines In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top New Live CDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Going to live shows is neither easy nor inexpensive nowadays.  Between the collective cost of tickets — which is itself oftentimes bank-breaking — transportation, food, potential lodging and souvenirs, and of course planning around work and family schedules, getting out to live shows is not easy for anyone.

Those barriers make the availability of live recordings something critical for audiences everywhere, regardless of genre.  To that end, live CDs deserve their own consideration just as much as studio recordings, each year.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has developed once again a list of the year’s Top 10 new live CDs.

This year has been an interesting one for live CDs.  Some notable live CDs were featured as part of bigger bundles (E.G. The Rolling Stones’ San Jose ’99 and Voodoo Lounge ’94 shows) while others, such as Alice Cooper’s A Paranormal Night @ The Olympia Paris and Marty Friedman’s One Bad M.F. Live were standalone offerings.

Some were standout offerings for all of the best reasons.  Others had some problems to note.  Keeping all of this in mind, this year’s crop of live CDs deserves just as much attention as the vast sea of studio recordings released throughout the year.

Topping this year’s list is yet another live CD from the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of Charles Mingus’ classic 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival show.  This recording presents Mingus at one of his finest moments, and why his live performances were — and still are today — such powerful presentations.

Coming in second in this year’s list is the new Jimi Hendrix live CD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  This CD was released as part of the bigger Electric Ladyland box set, and stands out so strongly because of its set list, Hendrix and company’s performance and the production values.

Third place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live CDs goes to veteran viking metal outfit Amon Amarth.  The 30-song set list spans two nights and quite an expansive portion of the band’s catalog.  That set list is directly mirrored on its DVD and BD presentation, and sounds just as good.  Though because of the intensity of the show, it is still better appreciated being seen and heard and not just heard.  That’s not to say the CD presentation is bad, but audiences will agree that hearing it makes for far more appreciation for the concerts’ DVD and BD presentations.

Also featured in this year’s list of top new live CDs are those noted new offerings from Marty Friedman, Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones alongside new offerings from Opeth, Devin Townsend and John 5 to name just a few more titles.  As always, this critic’s list features 10 of the year’s top new offerings plus five honorable mentions, which follow, for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 new Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Charles Mingus — Live at Montreux 1975
  2. Jimi Hendrix — Live at the Hollywood BowlAug. 14, 1968
  3. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  4. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean MachineLive at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  5. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  6. The Rolling Stones — No SecuritySan Jose ’99
  7. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  8. John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip — Live in San Francisco
  9. Marty Friedman — One Bad M.F. Live
  10. Accept — Symphonic TerrorLive at Wacken 2017
  11. Alice Cooper — A Paranormal Night at The Olympia Paris
  12. Fates Warning — Live Over Europe
  13. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow — Memories in Rock II
  14. John 5 and The Creatures — It’s Alive
  15. Overkill — Live in Overhausen

Peter Baltes Announces Departure From Accept

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept is in search of a new bass player.

Founding member Peter Baltes revealed this week that he has left the band.  He made the announcement in a shortly-worded news release, which offered no explanation for his departure.

“To All Accept fans, I hereby announce my departure as bass player from Accept,” Baltes said.  “I have been with the band from the very beginning.  Many of you were there, as well.  I’d like to thank you for all the great years we shared together.  Keep it real.”

Baltes’ now former band mates offered praise to him in their responses, and also offered no explanation for his departure.  Founding guitarist Wolf Hoffman said in his own prepared statement,he appreciated his years working with Baltes.

“We spent four decades together through thick and thin, ups and downs, and I remember some incredible moments on stage,” Hoffman stated.  “There was a blind understanding between us, personally and musically, which is very rare in this business!  Looking back, I will always cherish the carefree, early years, the countless hours we spent writing songs, goofing around or roaming cities together on tour, just having a good ol’ time! Especially these last 10 years, after the revival of Accept being so much fun and so successful that I thought we would continue forever – maybe until one of us would drop dead on stage, but I guess I was wrong.  It wasn’t meant to be.”

Hoffman added Baltes’ departure is discouraging.

“To see Peter leave Accept now saddens me immensely, but there’s nothing I can do but to wish him well – hoping that this is the right decision for him, and that he will find whatever he is looking for…I will certainly miss my musical brother!  One thing is certain however:  Accept will continue full steam ahead.”

Full steam ahead includes a series of live dates in 2019 in support of the band’s recently released live recording Symphonic Terror.  The recording was released Nov. 23 via Nuclear Blast Records.  The band’s currently announced live dates are noted below.

20.04.19    Wuppertal  –  Stadthalle
21.04.19    Leipzig  –  Haus Auesee
22.04.19    Hamburg  –  Mehr!Theater
23.04.19    Fürth  –  Stadthalle
25.05.19    Saarbrücken – Congresshalle
27.05.19    München – Circus Krone

Pre-orders for tickets to the noted shows are open now.

Accept Drummer Christopher Williams offered his own thoughts on Baltes’ announcement, offering a small explanation behind Batles’ departure from the band.

“I want to wish Peter nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Williams said.  “Peter simply needed a change in his personal life.  It has been an absolute blast sharing the stage with him over the last four years.  He is one of the most solid rock and roll bass players I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and I’ve worked with many.  One thing is for certain:  I will miss my friend!  Thank you Peter, for the great memories and the great music.  Cheers!”

Additionally, Williams addressed the band’s fans in his statement.

“To the fans:  I’m sure this is a shocking moment for many of you,” Williams said.  “As a diehard fan of many bands myself, I understand that transitions like these are never easy, especially with the legacy someone like Peter has with their band.  From one fan to another, thank you for all your continued support!”

The band in whole, echoed Williams’ and Hoffman’s thoughts, in a collective statement about Baltes’ departure.

“We are all heartbroken!,” the statement reads.  “Peter needed a change in his life an we wish him all the best.  He will always be a part of the Accept family, and to honor his tribute to music history, we should all wish him well.”

More information on Accept is available online now at:

 

Website: http://acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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Accept Debuts New ‘Symphonic Terror’ Trailer

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept has released a new trailer promoting its forthcoming live recording.

The band debuted the trailer for its upcoming live recording Symphonic Terror on Thursday. The recording is scheduled to be released Nov. 23 via Nuclear Blast.  The trailer only runs 36-seconds in length, but gives a new visual and audio preview of the band’s new recording in that time.

Pre-orders for Symphonic Terror are open now. Symphonic Terror will be available on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 will be available in the following formats:

  • BluRay+2 CD-DIGI
  • DVD+2 CD-DIGI
  • 2 CD-DIGI
  • 3 LP Box (black) incl. booklet, poster
  • 3 LP Box (gold) incl. booklet, poster // NB Mailorder exclusive
  • BluRay+DVD+2 CD-Earbook
  • BluRay+DVD+2 CD-Earbook + photo card (signed) // NB Mailorder exclusive

Accept guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffman said in an interview, that the band is proud of its new recording.

“We are so glad we recorded this unique show,” Hoffman said.  “This very special concert at Wacken will always stay in our memories.”

He added that the band has already scheduled a handful of live dates for the new year, and that audiences have a lot to be excited about from the band in its upcoming dates.

“Those who couldn’t be there at Wacken have never seen Accept like this, but it’s definitely worth it.  On our last tour, I personally missed the orchestra in some songs.  What I can already say is this: There will be some visual and musical surprises on the Symphonic Terror tour that you wouldn’t exactly expect from Accept.  2019 will be exciting!”

The dates for the band’s upcoming tour are noted below.

ACCEPT live 2019:

31.01. – 04.02. USA     Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 70000 Tons of Metal

20.04. D – Wuppertal – Stadthalle
21.04. D – Leipzig – Haus Auensee
22.04. D – Hamburg – Mehr!Theater
23.04. D – Fürth – Stadthalle
25.05. D – Saarbrücken – Congresshalle
27.05. D – München – Circus Krone

Accept’s new trailer for Symphonic Terror is just the latest video that the band has released in anticipation of the recording’s release.  The band has also released full live clips of ‘Balls to the Wall,’ ‘Symphony No. 40‘ and ‘Breaker‘ to build anticipation for the recording’s release.

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

The band has also released ‘Balls to the Wall’ on a limited edition 10-inch vinyl pressing, with ‘Symphony No. 40’ as the vinyl’s b-side.  It can be purchased now digitally and physically.

More information on Symphonic Terror is available online now along with all of Accept’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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Accept Releases ‘Breaker’ Clip From Its Upcoming Live Recording

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept has released a new live clip from its forthcoming live recording Symphonic Terror, which us currently scheduled to be released Nov. 23 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band debuted the clip of its performance of its classic 1981 hit single ‘Breaker‘ early last month.  The performance is one of 21 total songs performed by the band at Wacken Open Air Festival 2017, where the band’s performance for this recording was captured.

Pre-orders for Symphonic Terror are open now.  Audiences who pre-order the recording now via iTunes will receive ‘Breaker’ as an instant grat download along with instant grat downloads of the band’s performances of ‘Balls to the Wall’ and ‘Symphony No. 40,’ both of which are also included in the band’s extensive set.

Speaking of ‘Balls to the Wall‘ and ‘Symphony No. 40,’ the band previously released clips of its performance of those songs, too, in anticipation of Symphonic Terror‘s upcoming release.

‘Balls To The Wall’ is also available now in a limited edition 10-inch vinyl pressing.  The band’s performance of ‘Symphony No. 40’ serves as the vinyl’s b-side.  The vinyl pressing can be ordered both physically and digitally now.

Symphonic Terror will be available in a variety of platforms, which are listed below.

Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017 will be available in the following formats:

  • BluRay+2 CD-DIGI
  • DVD+2 CD-DIGI
  • 2 CD-DIGI
  • 3 LP Box (black) incl. booklet, poster
  • 3 LP Box (gold) incl. booklet, poster // NB Mailorder exclusive
  • BluRay+DVD+2 CD-Earbook
  • BluRay+DVD+2 CD-Earbook + photo card (signed) // NB Mailorder exclusive

The full track listing for Symphonic Terror is noted below.

The track list reads as follows:
DVD/Blu-Ray
Part 1: Accept
01. Die By The Sword
02. Restless And Wild
03. Koolaid
04. Pandemic
05. Final Journey
Part 2: Headbanger’s Symphony
06. Night On Bald Mountain
07. Scherzo
08. Romeo And Juliet
09. Pathétique
10. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor
11. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
Part 3: Accept with Orchestra
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Stalingrad
14. Dark Side Of My Heart
15. Breaker
16. Shadow Soldiers
17. Dying Breed
18. Fast As A Shark
19. Metal Heart
20. Teutonic Terror
21. Balls To The Wall
Bonus:
22. Making Of: Wacken
23. Making Of: Headbanger’s Symphony

More information on Accept’s latest live clip, Symphonic Terror and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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Pre-Orders Open For ‘Symphonic Terror’

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records has officially opened pre-orders for its new live recording.

Nuclear Blast Records announced Friday that pre-orders for Symphonic Terror have opened.  The album is currently scheduled to be released Nov. 23 via Nuclear Blast Records on seven separate platforms noted below.

BluRay+2CD-DIGI
DVD+2CD-DIGI
2CD-DIGI
3LP Box (black) incl. booklet, poster
3LP Box (gold) incl. booklet, poster // NB Mailorder exclusive
BluRay+DVD+2CD-Earbook
BluRay+DVD+2CD-Earbook + photo card (signed) // NB Mailorder exclusive

The two-hour, 23-song performance was originally recorded Aug. 3, 2017 at the Wacken Open Air Festival in front of an audience of 80,000 people.  Thousands more streamed the performance online live.

The concert was separated into three separate sections.  The first featured full on performances of classic songs such as ‘Restless and Wild’ and ‘Pandemic’ and then new songs ‘Die By The Sword’ and ‘Koolaid.’

The second section features a rock/symphonic performance of select songs from Wolf Hoffman’s recent solo album Headbanger’s Symphony.  The songs featured in that record are amped up takes on some of the world’s most beloved classical compositions from famed composers Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi and others.

The concert’s third segment features the band performing many of its own hits, such as ‘Princess of the Dawn,’ ‘Breaker,’ ‘Fast as a Shark,’ ‘Metal Heart,’ ‘Stalingrad,’ ‘Shadow Soldiers,’ ‘Teutonic Terror’ and ‘Balls to the Wall’ complete with orchestral backing.

The concert’s full track listing is noted below.

The Tracklist:
DVD/Blu-Ray
Part 1: Accept
01. Die By The Sword
02. Restless And Wild
03. Koolaid
04. Pandemic
05. Final Journey
Part 2: Headbanger’s Symphony
06. Night On Bald Mountain
07. Scherzo
08. Romeo And Juliet
09. Pathétique
10. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor
11. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
Part 3: Accept with Orchestra
12. Princess Of The Dawn
13. Stalingrad
14. Dark Side Of My Heart
15. Breaker
16. Shadow Soldiers
17. Dying Breed
18. Fast As A Shark
19. Metal Heart
20. Teutonic Terror
21. Balls To The Wall
Bonus:
22. Making Of: Wacken
23. Making Of: Headbanger’s Symphony

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

In anticipation of Symphonic Terror‘s release, Accept will release a limited edition 10-inch vinyl pressing of ‘Balls to the Wall/Symphony No. 40 in G Minor’ on Oct. 5.  Both performances are taken from Symphonic TerrorDigital and physical Pre-orders for the vinyl are also open now.

Also in anticipation of Symphonic Terror‘s forthcoming release, the band is touring worldwide, including the current U.S. leg of its tour.  The band is scheduled to perform live in St. Charles, IL on Sept. 26.  The U.S. leg of its tour is scheduled to wrap Oct. 4 in Houston, TX.

Once it wraps the U.S. leg of its tour, Accept will move to Central and South America from Oct. 6 to Oct. 25 before back to Europe from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4 for what has been dubbed “The Rise of Chaos Festivals 2018 Tour.”  Orden Ogen, Monuments and Refuge will join Accept for the festival shows.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

ACCEPT live:
26.09.  USA     St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
28.09.  USA     Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
29.09.  USA     Pasadena, CA – The Rose
30.09.  USA     Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
02.10.  USA     Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
04.10.  USA     Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

06.10.  MEX    Monterrey – Tecate México Metal Fest
10.10.  BR       Belém – Botequim
12.10.  BR       Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém
14.10.  BR       São Paulo – Carioca Club
16.10.  BR       Belo Horizonte – Mister Rock
18.10.  RA       Buenos Aires – Teatro Flores
19.10.  RA       Chubut – Predio Ferial Comodoro
20.10.  RA       Cipolletti – Kimika Night Club
23.10.  RCH     Santiago – Teatro Coliseo
25.10.  RCH     Puerto Montt – Arena

»Rise Of Chaos Festivals 2018«
w/ ORDEN OGAN, REFUGE, MONUMENT
01.11.  D         Cologne – Live Music Hall
02.11.  D         Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise* *SOLD OUT*
03.11.  D         Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
04.11.  D         Regensburg-Obertraubling -Airport-Eventhall
*ACCEPT only

More information on Accept’s upcoming live dates, Symphonic Terror and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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Accept To Release Special Limited Edition 10-Inch Vinyl From Its Upcoming Live Recording

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept will release its new live recording Symphonic Terror — Live at Wacken 2017 late this fall,and in anticipation of its release, the band has announced it will release a special limited edition vinyl single featuring two performances from that recording.

The special 10-inch vinyl single ‘Balls To The Walls / Symphony No. 40 in G Minor’ is currently scheduled to be released October 10 via Nuclear Blast Records.  Both performances included the CNSO Symphony Orchestra.  Physical and digital pre-orders are open now.

Along with the announcement of the upcoming limited edition vinyl single, the band also recently announced a new slate of North American and European live dates.  Three North American dates between September 28 and 30 are scheduled in California.

Once those dates are done, the band will rest up before heading south of the border for the Tecate Mexico Metal Fest on October 6.  From there, the band will head overseas for a handful of European dates, which will eventually be accompanied by additional dates to be announced at a later date.  The band’s current live schedule is noted below.

ACCEPT live:
28.09.  USA     Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
29.09.  USA     Pasadena, CA – The Rose
30.09.  USA     Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon

06.10.  MEX    Monterrey – Tecate México Metal Fest
10.10.  BR       Belém – Botequim
12.10.  BR       Fortaleza – Complexo Armazém (w/ KORZUSMATANZA)
14.10.  BR       São Paulo – Carioca Club
16.10.  BR       Belo Horizonte – MG
02.11.  D         Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise

 

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Accept’s upcoming dates will be in support not only of its upcoming live recording, but also its most recent full-length studio recording, The Rise Of Chaos (2017).  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered physically and digitally direct via Nuclear Blast’s online store now.

The Rise of Chaos has generated three hit singles since its release — ‘Koolaid,’ ‘Die By The Sword‘ and its title track.  More information on those single, the album and the band’s upcoming live recording and its limited edition 10-inch vinyl single is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.acceptworldwide.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/accepttheband

 

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