EMP Outlaw Giving Audiences A Double Dose Of Ron Keel In 2018

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Ron Keel fans will get a double dose of the veteran southern rock artist’s music this year.

EMP Label Group officials announced via press release Tuesday that Keel’s 2014 album Metal Cowboy will be re-issued March 2 via EMP Label Group’s recently launched Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw.  Along with its release, this year will also see the long-awaited release of Fight Like A Band, the follow-up to Metal Cowboy.  It will also be released via EMP Outlaw.

EMP Outlaw’s upcoming Metal Cowboy re-issue features remixed and remastered versions of the original album’s songs, which featured guest appearances by Frank Hannon Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Travis Toy (Rascal Flatts) and Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot). It also includes the bonus studio track ‘Rock N Roll Hell,’ which features Jeff Labar and Eric Birttingham (Cinderella) and Mike Vanderhule (Y&T) on guitar and bass.

Keel said of releasing his music via EMP Outlaw that the decision and progress were natural.

“I knew EMP was the perfect home for this project,” Keel said.  “Knowing David (Ellefson) personally, their diverse artist roster, and the quality of their products and business model told me all I needed to know.”

EMP Label Group A&R Director Thom Hazzert agreed.

“When someone like Ron Keel comes to you and says he wants to be on your label, it pretty much just happens, and that’s pretty much verbatim how it happened,” Hazaert said.  “One day me and David got an email from Ron saying he was a fan of EMP and he wanted to be on the label. So we created a label just FOR him. Bottom line, Ron is one of the most talented Rock vocalists of our generation, and a true gentleman outlaw, and we are honored to have him as part of the EMP family.”

Keel said his albums’ upcoming releases are a new beginning for him and his new band.

“I want each album to contain new original music, covers of some classics that I love, and brand-new versions of songs from throughout my career,” Keel said.

More information on Ron Keel’s upcoming releases is available online now along with all of his latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://ronkeel.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ronkeel

 

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Mark Slaughter Debuts ‘Halfway There’ Title Track, Video

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Mark Slaughter has released another single from his latest solo recording.

The Slaughter front man debuted the song ‘Halfway There’ this week. The song is the third single and title track from his sophomore solo recording, which was released this past May via EMP Label Group.

In conjunction with the song’s release, the band also debuted the song’s companion video this week. It is streaming online now here.

Slaughter said of the song that it is an introspective work to which any listener can relate.

“‘Halfway There,’ the concept with the album and the song, is about life and how fast it goes,” Slaughter said. “Here I go, I’m halfway there. It’s not a negative thing. It’s just a realization. It’s life. On the other side of that I have been blessed to have amazing fans who have supported us for so long, and this video is also a kind of a love letter to them.”

Slaughter has one more live date this year with his namesake band. That performance is scheduled for Dec. 16 in Sioux City, IA. He also has a handful of live dates scheduled for 2018 already including Biloxi, MS on Feb. 3; Marathon, Fla on Feb. 17 and Medina, MN on March 9. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

SLAUGHTER TOUR DATES:

2017
12/16 Hard Rock Hotel, Sioux City, IA

2018
2/3 Hard Rock, Biloxi, MS w/GREAT WHITE
2/17 Coral Head Music Fest, Marathon,FL
3/9 Medina Ballroom, Medina, MN w/LYNCH MOB
5/19 Rocky Gap Casino – Cumberland, MD
5/20 Jergel’s Rhythym Grille, Warrendale, PA
8/11 Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL w/AUTOGRAPH

More information on Mark Slaughter’s new single, his live dates with Slaughter and more is available online now at:

Website: http://markslaughter.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/markslaughter33

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Combat Records To Rise Again

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Combat Records is coming back.

EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson announced this week that the label, which was one of the seminal punk and thrash labels from the 1980s, has been resurrected and will be part of the EMP Label Group family. The one-time powerhouse label shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s after its catalogue was absorbed by Sony Music.

The label’s official re-launch will happen in 2018, with its first release being British hard rock act Raven’s next, as yet untitled album. It will also re-issue a number of classic thrash and metal albums from various acts once it officially opens as well as a new compilation piece from Helstar and new recordings from Dead By Wednesday and 80s progressive thrash outfit Wrath.

Ellefson said in a recent interview about the label’s re-launch that he was optimistic about its new life.

“Today is a really exciting day, as after over a year, it was finally announced that we will be re-launching the legendary Combat Records as a new label through EMP Label Group,” Ellefson said. “We are so excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history. Even though we signed to Capitol after Killing is My Business, Combat’s logo was on all the Megadeth releases through Countdown to Extinction, and it was and is one of the most iconic metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like Helstar. The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days, is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP, and we are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.”

Ellefson added with Combat’s resurrection, it will only handle new material because Sony has control of the label’s back catalog.

“…And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat Records back catalog,” Ellefson stressed. “That is owned and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on nre releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for more details!”

Combat Records will be distributed through EMP Label Group via Amped Distribution domestically and via SPV in Europe.

More information on Combat Records, along with its latest news, is available online now at:

Website: http://www.combatrecs.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/combatrecs

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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