Madam X To Release Its First New Album In 33 Years This Fall

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

Madam X is set to make its mark on the music industry for the first time in more than 30 years this fall when it will release its second full-length studio recording.

The Detroit-based rock outfit will release Monstrocity Oct. 31 domestically and Oct. 27 in Europe.  Both releases will be through EMP Label Group.  The band’s only other album, We Reserve The Right, was released in 1984 and led to the release of the band’s only major hit ‘High In High School.’

Four years after the record’s release, founding member Roxy Petrucci left the band to join Vixen.  Original vocalist Brent Kaiser was replaced briefly by a then unknown Sebastian Bach. A short time later, Madam X disbanded, but reunited in 2014 at the Sweden Rock Festival.

A collaboration this year between Petrucci, her sister and fellow Madam X founder Maxine Petrucci, and Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP Aftershow project led to Slaughter introducing the Petrucci sisters to EMP Label Group A&R head Thom Hazaert.  That introduction led to discussions about Madam X’s next record.

Hazaert said the discussions with the Petrucci sisters about Madam X’s new album eventually led to the group’s new deal with EMP Label Group.

“When I connected with Roxy and we were working on the Aftershow stuff, and she told me they were working on a new Madam X record, I was extremely excited at the prospect of releasing it,” Hazaert said.  “After a brief courtship, we made the decision to put it out together, and I can honestly say I’m still excited.  Madam X is such a kickass rock band.  I was always a huge fan of their first record, and to be able to release its follow up over 30 years later is just insane.”

Roxy Petrucci echoed Hazaert’s sentiments, offering praise to him and EMP Label Group founder Dave Ellefson for taking a chance on the band.

“Hell may not be pretty, but good things will find their way out!,” Petrucci said.  “It takes a huge pair of metal balls to sign a band like Madam X.  David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert at EMP put their love of metal first, and crushed it by signing Madam X!  Raw and flawed, Monstrocity will be unleashed onto the world in fall 2017!  Love live Rock n Roll, but immortalized in metal!”

More information on Monstrocity is available online along with all of Madam X’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.madam-x.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Madam-X-1390973624496842

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MadamXmetal

 

 

 

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Autograph Inks New Record Deal; Announces New Album Details

Courtesy: EMP Label Group

1980s rock outfit Autograph has signed a new record deal.

The band recently inked a new deal with Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The new deal will see the band’s next new full-length studio recording Get Off You’re a** released via EMP Label Group on CD and digital download. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the album will be released in November.

The new album is the first studio outing for the band’s new members – Simon Daniels (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Marc Wieland (drums) – with founding members Steve Lynch (guitars) and Randy Rand (bass).  It boasts what a news release called “a harder-edged (and keyboard-free) sound featuring down-tuned guitars and a blues-based vocal delivery” from new front man Daniels.

Pre-orders for Get Off Your A** are available now.  The band is currently touring in support of the forthcoming record.  More information on the band’s tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.autographband.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/autographband

 

 

 

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Next To None Unveils ‘Phases” Latest Single, Video

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/InsideOut Music

Next To None is giving audiences a new preview of its new album.

The band unveiled the video for its new single ‘The Apple’ this week.  The song is the latest song from the band’s upcoming album Phases, which is currently scheduled to be released Friday, Friday, July 7.  It will be released domestically via EMP Label Group in North America and via InsideOut Music in Europe.

The record’s full track listing is noted below.

Phases Track Listing:
1. 31
2. Answer Me
3. The Apple
4. Beg
5. Alone
6. Kek
7. Clarity
8. Pause
9. Mr Mime
10. Isolation
11. Denial
12. The Wanderer

The band’s new video sets the band in an open-air environment as it performs the song, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the peaceful setting and the controlled chaos of the song’s arrangement.  Audiences can check out the video online now here.

Next to None will tour in support of Phases alongside Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress in Europe this summer.  The bands’ tour begins June 28 in London, UK and runs through July 6 in Tilburg, Holland.  The bands’ current tour schedule is noted below.

28th June – Koko, London, UK
1st July – Trianon, Paris, France
2nd July – Slagthuset, Malmo, Sweden
3rd July – Kulturfabrik, Esch Sur Alzette, Sweden
4th July – Teatro Della Luna, Milan, Italy
5th July – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6th July – 013, Tilburg, Holland

More information on Next To None’s new single, album and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.nexttonone.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NextToNoneBand

 

 

 

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Next To None Announces Sophomore Album’s Release Date

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/InsideOut Music

Next To None will release its sophomore album this summer.

Phases will be released July 7 via EMP Label Group in North America and InsideOut Music in Europe.  The announcement this week comes on the heels of the completion of the band’s European tour with Haken.

Work on the new record started last October and took approximately four months. Drummer Max Portnoy said the band in whole has been anticipating the album’s release.  He said that was because of the work put in by the band’s members in making the album become a reality.

“We’re so excited to finally be releasing our new album” Portnoy said.  “We feel it’s a huge step forward for the band and shows a much heavier and much more technical side.  This album is very special to us because it’s the first time we recorded and self-produced our entire album.  We were able to create music that is completely our own.  Every note, every sound, every word came from us, and we can’t wait for you all to hear it.  I suppose you could say what we’ve done here is do more of everything we did before but the greater experience we now have has helped us become better at what we want to do.”

Phases marks the debut for new guitarist Derrick Schneider with the band.  Schneider joined the band from a recommendation by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Rob “Bumblefoot” Thal, who also made a guest appearance on the band’s debut album.  Ryland Holland left the band left the band last year to study at Berklee College of Music.

The band will hit the road alongside label mates Doll Skin this summer in celebration of the album’s release. The dates for that tour will be announced soon.  More information on those dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.nexttonone.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NextToNoneBand

 

 

 

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Doll Skin Debuts Sophomore LP’s Lead Single

Pop punk outfit Doll Skin is giving audiences the first taste of its new album.

The band debuted the video for its new song ‘Shut Up (You Miss Me)’ this week via the Vans Warped Tour website.  The song is the band’s first from its upcoming sophomore album Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the follow-up to the band’s 2016 EMP Label Group debut In Your Face (Again).  The record was produced by Cage9 front man Evan Rodaniche.

The song is pure pop punk in terms of its musical arrangement. Its lyrical content is a seeming story about someone who is a little bit too devoted to another person.  Audiences can check out the video online now here.

Courtesy: Vans Warped Tour/EMP Label Group

Doll Skin is currently touring in support of its upcoming record, whose release date has not yet been announced. The band wraps a short string of live dates across Wisconsin May 12 and 13 in St. Calvary and LaCrosse respectively before heading to Dubuque, IA to wrap the weekend. Dates in Nebraska and Okolahoma next week finish the band’s current headlining schedule.

Once the band finishes its headlining dates, it will take some time to rest up before joining the Vans Warped Tour June 16.  That string of dates runs through June 25 in Denver, CO.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Upcoming Must-Attend Events

Tour Dates:

DOLL SKIN Headlining:

SHUT UP 2017 TOUR:

5/11 Ft Atkinson, WI. @ Hijynx w/ Evil Engine
5/12 Mt Calvary, WI. @ Maximillians w/ Evil Engine
5/13 LaCrosse, WI. @ The Warehouse w/ In Solace
5/14 Dubuque, IA. @ The Venue
5/15 Omaha, NE. @ Lookout Lounge w Green Death
5/17 Scottsbluff, NE @Union Bar & Grill
5/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley

VANS WARPED TOUR 2017 PRESENTED BY JOURNEYS:

June 16 — CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
June 17 — Oregon State Fairgrounds – Salem, OR
June 21 — Balloon Fiesta Park – Albuquerque, NM
June 22 — Fear Farm – Phoenix, AZ
June 23 — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
June 24 — Utah State Fair Park – Salt Lake City, UT
June 25 — Pepsi Center – Denver, CO

More information on Doll Skin’s new single, album, tour and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://dollskinband.com

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

 

 

 

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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/THC Music/Amped/O’Donnell Media Group

90s rock act Kik Tracee will release its new compilation record this summer.

Big Western Sky is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 17 via THC Music/EMP Label Group/Amped.  The record will feature a collection of B-Sides, Demos and other rarities from the band’s classic No Rules/Field Trip era prior to its break-up in the early 90s.

In discussing the upcoming release of Big Western Sky, Shareaux said its release happened naturally.

“After all these years, why a Kik Tracee release now?  The timing just felt right,” Shareaux said.  We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now?  Kinda pulled them out recently and listened to the stuff and thought..you know..let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will.  Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

Shareaux added discussions with Thom Hazaert and representatives with THC Music led to the compilation’s creation and its upcoming release.

The announcement of the record’s impending release comes fresh on the heels of former front man Stephen Shareaux’s addition to this weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffe Company’s first brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN.  That performance is just one of a handful of live acoustic dates that Shareaux will perform this spring.  His current live schedule is noted below.

Dates are as follows:

4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Shareaux will be joined by his one-time band mate, guitarist Drew Fortier for the tour.  Fortier also performs with Shareaux as a member of Zen From Mars, which also features Shareaux on vocals, Chip Z’nuff of E’nuff ‘Z nuff and members of FLIPP and Fear Factory.

Shareaux released his debut solo record Golden independently in 2013.  He is currently in the final stages of recording Zen From Mars’ debut album.  More information on Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars is available online now at:

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Mark Slaughter Announces Solo Sophomore Album’s Release Date

Courtesy: EMP Label Group/Amped/SPV/Universal

Mark Slaughter will release his new solo album next month.

The Slaughter founder’s sophomore solo album, Halfway There, will be released via EMP Label Group/Amped on Friday, May 26 in North America and EMP/SPV in Europe. It will be released May 10 via EMP Label Group/Universal in Japan.  Its release comes roughly two years after the release of Slaughter’s solo debut record, 2015’s Reflections in a Rearview Mirror.

Slaughter will support RATT next month in a Japanese tour in support of his new album.  The tour will include performances in Nagoya, Osaka and the Toyo Metal Summit on May 14 with RATT, Sebastian Bach E’Nuff Z’ nuff, and other veteran acts.

More information on Slaughter’s new album and tour is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.markslaughter.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/markslaughter33

 

 

 

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