Sanctuary Joins Kill Ritual For Iced Earth’s Latest Tour

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Veteran metal outfit Sanctuary hit the road this week for a new string of live dates with label mates Iced Earth, and with the tour’s launch, the band also announced another new addition to its lineup.

The band has brought Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence) to handle guitar duties for the tour.  Most recently, the band tapped vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) to take the place of Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary), who sadly died from a heart attack late last December in Sao Paulo, Brazil while recording his then most recent solo album.

Concepcion said in an interview ahead of the tour’s launch, that he was looking forward to joining Sanctuary for its new tour.

“I’m very stoked to be playing with Sanctuary on their upcoming tour,” Concepcion said.  “I’ve been a fan since I was in high school, listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black.’  I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”

The current schedule for Sanctuary’s tour with Iced Earth is noted below.

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets are available online here.

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Experience Hendrix Releases Exclusive Record Store Day 7-Inch Single

Art Credit: Randy Chavez

Jimi Hendrix fans are going to get a new collection of the guitar legend’s music this spring, and in anticipation of its release, a new 7″ vinyl single has been released.

‘Lover Man’ was released Friday in anticipation of the upcoming release of Both Sides of the Sky, the forthcoming new collection of previously unreleased Hendrix compositions.  The album is currently scheduled to be released March 9 in stores and online.

Those who weren’t lucky enough to get a copy of the exclusive Record Store Day release can hear it streaming online now here.  Pre-orders for Both Sides of the Sky are open now here.  The 10-song collection, which was co-produced by Hendrix’s long-time producer Eddie Kramer, Jimmy’s sister Janie and John McDermott, will be available on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Both Sides of the Sky track list (out March 9):

1)         Mannish Boy*

2)         Lover Man*

3)         Hear My Train A Comin’*

4)         Stepping Stone*

5)         $20 Fine*+

6)         Power Of Soul^

7)         Jungle*

8)         Things I Used to Do#

9)         Georgia Blues++

10)       Sweet Angel*

11)       Woodstock*+

12)       Send My Love To Linda*

13)       Cherokee Mist*

*Previously unreleased

^ Previously unavailable extended version

+Featuring Stephen Stills

#Featuring Johnny Winter

++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood


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Alex Di Leo Premieres ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ Video; Announces New Contest

Independent alt-rock/pop artist Alex Di Leo has unveiled the video for his latest single ‘Brooklyn Bridge.’

Produced by Brother Sundance, the video follows Di Leo through the streets and rooftops of New York City as well as along the Brooklyn Bridge as he performs his catchy, radio-ready single.  The video is streaming online now here.

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Along with the video’s debut, a contest has been launched giving audiences the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to see Di Leo live July 1 at the Brooklyn Bridge complete with complimentary meet and greet.  The trip last from Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2 and also will include a $100 gift card.  Contest information is available here.

Di Leo’s music has made gotten a lot of airplay this year already, being featured on MTV’s Teen Mom and on a pair of GoPro camera ads.  His new EP is currently scheduled for release this spring, with an official release date announcement expected soon.

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Anti-Flag Unveils New Single; Announces More Live Dates

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Anti-Flag has released yet another single from its latest album, American Fall.

The band released the explicitly-titled song ‘Mr. Mother******.’  The song is streaming online now via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and all digital platforms.  It is available for purchase online via iTunes and Amazon.

Guitarist Chris #2 said of the song, which was originally a b-side for the band’s American Attraction picture disc, that it is meant to pay homage to certain social activist organizations.

“Honestly, we just wanted to throw our hat into the ring in the storied history of Stagger Lee,” Chris #2 said.  “Our version has nods to those in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement of today, the black panther movement and the overall fight for social and economic justice.”

He added the song, creatively, was a reflection of the band trying something new in terms of its songwriting approach.

“This is a one-take demo of the song that we thought captured something very cool,” Chris #2 said.  “We were trying to push ourselves to experiment with tempos and structures when writing for American Fall, and those experiments are pretty clear on ‘Mr. Mother******.’

Anti-Flag will embark on a new tour this spring and summer in support of American Fall.  The two-month-long-plus tour is currently scheduled to run launch May 13 in Somerset, WI and run through July 15 in Tabor, Czech Republic.  The tour includes three festival performances in May at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio; Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wisconsin and Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Canada.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
May 13 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 18-20 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 18-20 Montreal, QC – Pouzza 8
June 7 Interlaken, CH – GreenField Festival
June 8 Bologna, IT – Zona Roveri
June 9 Arluno, IT – Malt Festival
June 10 Cordenons, IT – Rock Town
June 13 Bratislava, SK – Incheba Expo Arena
June 14-17 Nickelsdorf, AT – Novarock Festival
June 22 Dessel, BE – Graspop Festival
June 29 Ysselsteyn, NL – Jera On Air
June 30 Würzburg, DE – Mission Ready Festival
July 6-7 Straubenhardt, DE – Happiness Festival
July 6-8 Hünxe, DE – Ruhrpott Rodeo
July 11-14 Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Festival
July 12-14 Glaubitz, DE – Glaubitz Open Air Back to Future
July 13-15 Tábor, CZ – Mighty Sounds

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Exmortus Joining Obituary For European Tour

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Exmortus is headed to Europe.

The band announced this week that it will serve as direct support for veteran metal outfit Obituary on its European headlining schedule.  The tour, which will run from March 3 to April 1, will take the bands to Vienna, Austria; Mulhouse, France; Stuttgart, Germany and a variety of other cities.  the current tour schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS European & UK tour dates w/ OBITUARY
Mar 03, 2018 – Luxor Koln, Germany
Mar 04, 2018 – Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Mar 06, 2018 – Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 07, 2018 – The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 08, 2018 – Manchester Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 09, 2018 – O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 10, 2018 – ULU Live at Student Central London, United Kingdom
Mar 12, 2018 – Universum Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 13, 2018 – ​Zoom Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mar 14, 2018 – Le Trabendo Paris, France
Mar 16, 2018 – CCO DE Villeurbanne Villeurbanne, France
Mar 17, 2018 – Le Noumatrouff Mulhouse, France
Mar 18, 2018 – Feierwerk / Hansa 39 München, Germany
Mar 19, 2018 – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Mar 20, 2018 – Alcatraz Milan, Italy
Mar 22, 2018 – Szene Wien Vienna, Austria
Mar 23, 2018 – Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany
Mar 24, 2018 – Musik & Frieden Berlin, Germany
Mar 25, 2018 – ​Logo Hamburg, Germany
Mar 27, 2018 – Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 28, 2018 – Fryshuset Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 29, 2018 – Inferno Festival Oslo, Norway*
Mar 30, 2018 – Sticky Fingers Göteborg, Sweden
Apr 01, 2018 – Paaspop Festival Schijndel, Netherlands*
*Obituary only 
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Hatchet Signs With Combat Records; Reveals New Album Specs

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Hatchet officially has a new home and a new album on the way.

The band announced this week that it had signed a new deal with the recently resurrected hard rock label, Combat Records.  With the deal officially signed, the band–Julz Ramos (vocals/guitar), Clayton Cagle (guitar), Devin Reiche (bass) and Ben Smith (drums)–also announced it will release its next album, Dying To Exist, via Combat Records and EMP Label Group June 22, 2018.  The album will be the band’s fourth full-length studio recording.

Ramos said in a recent interview that he was humbled to be the latest addition to Combat Records.

“We couldn’t be happier to have found a home on Combat!,” Ramos said.  “The label is obviously a huge staple in thrash and extreme metal, with some of the most infamous bands in close connection to or directly under Combat at some point.  Its true history and significance is beyond my years and first-hand understanding.  However, from what I do know and have seen, assures me this is a good home for our album!”

In talking about Dying to Exist, Ramos said the album offered plenty for the band’s audiences.

“The album itself is the fastest and most creative material to date, with all four members contributing our writing efforts throughout the record,” Ramos said.  “This is the most we’ve sounded like a band collectively, and it’s definitely for the better!”

Combat/EMP Label Group head Dave Ellefson had positive words for the band while talking about the new signing.

“Hatchet is a great young band who definitely fit the bill for Combat.  Aggressive, modern thrash metal, with an old-school intensity,” Ellefson said.  “I’ve been a fan of these guys for a while now, and we’re extremely proud to add them to the Combat roster.”

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‘Great Performances: Havana Time Machine’ Hits Almost All The Right Notes In Its Recent Home Release

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PBS’ cultural arts series Great Performances has for years brought to audiences what are in fact some of the greatest performances from one arts medium to another. From jazz to opera to even hip-hop and R&B and more, Great Performances has exposed audiences to worlds that they otherwise might never have experienced. This past December, the long-running series continued to live up to that positive reputation with the presentation of the Latin tinged concert Havana Time Machine. This roughly 50-minute program follows famed Grammy Award-winning Cuban musician Raul Malo as he visits his home nation and puts on a star studded concert for local residents. The journey that precedes the concert is itself one key part of what makes this program such a joy to experience. That does not mean that the concert itself is not important. Quite the opposite actually. It is very important, and will be discussed later. For all of the good that this program gives audiences in its new home release, it is not without at least one negative. That one negative is the lack of any program guide other than the one on the disc. This may seem minor on the surface, but in the bigger picture of the presentation, is key in its own way, and in turn will be discussed later, too. Even with that one negative to note, it is not enough to make the program unwatchable. It would have been nice to have had that one element, but even without it, the concert and the pre-concert tour together are enough to make this program worth the watch and then some.

Havana Time Machine is a successful new concert recording from PBS’ hit cultural arts series Great Performances. Originally released on DVD December 12, 2017, this recording hits almost all the right notes in its home presentation. That statement is supported in part through the tour of Havana hosted by Grammy Award-winning Cuban musician Raul Malo. the tour precedes the main feature concert that makes main body of the presentation. During his tour, audiences get to see firsthand some of the buildings and streets of Havana while also getting some mini performances from a small handful of artists including Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club), Ivette Cepeda and Sweet Lizzy Project. Cepeda’s intimate acoustic performance of ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ alongside Ochoa is so moving and enthralling. Malo’s discussion with Sweet Lizzy Project about getting its music distributed without major retailers couples with its performance to give audiences even more enjoyment. The introduction of Cuba’s art institute and his performance of ‘Besame Mucho’ with some of the institute’s students is another highlight of the program’s pre-concert tour. It is just one more of the highlights of the pre-concert tour that when joined with the other features, makes for plenty of enjoyment in whole as a warm-up for the big show. Speaking of the big show, it is another of the recording’s key elements. However, there is one part of the concert that cannot be ignored that is problematic. That one issue is its lack of a program guide outside of the guide presented on disc.

The lack of a physical program guide may not seem overly important on the surface to the whole of Havana Time Machine. A close examination however, shows it plays its own important part to the concert’s overall presentation. The addition of a physical program guide, on one level, allows audiences to follow along with the concert and in turn know which song (and artist) is which. That is the most basic level of its importance. On another level, having artist and song titles could be that proverbial door that opens audiences to artists and music about which they otherwise would not have known. Having those names and song titles as reference points, audiences unfamiliar with either would be able to start their searches for more music and information. To that end, the lack of a physical program guide does detract from the recording’s presentation to a point. Luckily though, that impact is not so much that it makes the program unwatchable. The program’s primary concert feature couples with the pre-show tour to make the recording in whole well worth the watch.

The concert feature is enjoyable in part because of its venue. Rather than being hosted at a standard arena or other modern venue, it is instead held at a venue that once was run by a beer company. While Malo notes that the jungle reclaimed the venue in the century since the location was abandoned by that company, it is clear that it has been cared for and turned into quite the unique concert venue. The intimate setting makes the concert feel that much looser in its energy from one act to the next. Those varied acts are another part of what makes the concert feature so enjoyably. Malo himself takes part in the performance, but is just one of the acts tapped for the show. Roberto Fonseca performs at the concert along with Ochoa and Sweet Lizzy Project to round out the show that is capped off with a full-on star-studded performance of ‘Guantanamera.’ The finale leaves audiences feeling fulfilled, but still wanting for more in the best way possible. Keeping that in mind, hopefully PBS and Public Media Distribution will release the full concert sooner rather than later, as there’s no doubt that performance (and the rest featured here) would easily couple with any others left out for an even more enjoyable show. Even with the material that is here in mind, it couples with the pre-show tour of Havana and its related performances for a recording that hits nearly every right note with Latin music fans.

Great Performances: Havana Time Machine is a program that definitely lives up to the “Great Performances.” It is a presentation that time and again will hit almost all of the right notes with Latin music fans as is evidenced in part through the recording’s pre-show tour of Hanava. The tour takes viewers through the streets and even countryside of Havana and comes complete with a handful of mini-performances. The lack of a physical program guide does detract from the concert’s viewing experience, but not so much that it makes the program unwatchable. It just would have been nice to have had one instead of relying on the on-disc program. The main concert feature included in the recording rounds out its most important elements, and is certain to entertain audiences just as much as the pre-show tour. Keeping all of this in mind, Great Performances: Havana Time Machine hits almost all of the right notes, making the program in whole a presentation that any Latin music fan will appreciate. It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of Great Performances is available online now at:




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