Kenny Wilkerson “Gets Cooking” Raising Awareness About Autism

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Nova Rex bassist Kenny Wilkerson has launched a new effort to help raise money for a nonprofit agency that assists people who have autism.

Wilkerson recently released a new cookbook titled Rockin’ Recipes for Autism Volume 1. The 127-page book features recipes from well-known rock and metal artists and acts, such as Stone Sour, Ozzy Osbourne, and Queensryche.

A portion of proceeds from book sales will benefit the nonprofit agency We Rock For Autism. The organization, formed in March 2014, provides music therapy for those with autism, raises awareness about autism through concerts, and even provides sensory-friendly movie screenings for autistic audiences.

Outlets, such as Rachael Ray Magazine, Loudwire, and Autism Parenting Magazine have featured the recently released cookbook.

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Black Tree Vultures Debuts ‘The Unforeseen’ Lyric Video

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Black Tree Vultures debuted the video for its new single over the weekend.

The band debuted the lyric video for its single ‘The Unforeseen‘ Sunday.  The song is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming EP III, which is scheduled for release Feb. 12, 2021.

The video’s debut came more than a week after the band debuted the song by itself.  The fully CG video features a woman making her way through a post apocalyptic setting, going to different settings, such as a church, a cold, wintery setting (that maybe is supposed to be London) and her own lair of sorts.

The musical arrangement featured in the new song is a heavy, no nonsense guitar-driven work that lends itself to comparisons to works from bands, such as Metallica, Stone Sour, and Megadeth.  Guitarist Aaron “Ham” Hammersley is to be applauded for his performance here. There is even a short run late in the song that sounds like it came right from one of Metallica’s classic albums.  Producer Will Maya (The Answer) is credited with helping the song have such a sharp, intense sound and impact.

Drummer Jono Smith’s time keeping and bassist James “Ched” Cheeseman add their own touch to the song while front man Celyn Beynon’s vocals at times echo the sound and style of Stone Sour/Slipknot front man Corey Taylor.  The whole of those parts alongside the guitars is a powerful first impression from the band.

The song’s lyrical theme is centered on the matter of a breakup, according to Beynon.

“This song started with the Chorus. “Ched” brought the riff to Aaron and Jonno and the song (though very different from what you hear today) grew from that,” he said. “Originally titled ‘Black Limousine’ the lyrical content was very different, but after a tough experience, I rewrote the lyrics to reflect this.”

“On a cloudy day on a Hill in North Dorset, amidst a break-up, I turned to a good friend for advice,” added Beynon. “They allowed me to view myself from the standpoint of someone else. In the song, I refer to a text or two I received in the middle of the break-up describing who I was and what I’d become. It made me realise that things are going to have to change and was a bit of a wakeup call! I think it’s important to write and draw from experience when it comes to music as it makes it genuine and people can connect with it.

Black tree Vultures is scheduled to release its single worldwide on Sept. 25.  .

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Corey Taylor To Celebrate Debut Solo LP’s Release With Livestreaming Concert

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Corey Taylor will celebrate the release of his new solo record next month with a livestreaming performance.

Taylor will hold what is dubbed “Forum or Against ‘Em” Oct. 2.  The streaming performance will come live from The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.  The concert is in support of his forthcoming album CMFT, which is scheduled for release the same day through Roadrunner Records.

CMFT has produced three singles and companion videos in the form of ‘HWY 666,’ ‘CMFT Must Be Stopped (ft. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie),’ and ‘Black Blue Eyes.’  Pre-orders for the album are open.

The set list for “Forum or Against ‘Em” is expected to feature songs that Taylor has crafted with Slipknot, Stone Sour and with his own solo project.  According to information provided about the upcoming event, it will be a full concert presentation, complete with pyrotechnics and guest performance by the all-female dance troupe The Cherry Bombs.

Tickets for the pay-per-view event are available.  Ticket bundles are also available.  They feature extras, such as a t-shirt, hoodie, poster, and access to an exclusive acoustic set from Taylor.

Taylor said in a recent interview, he was looking forward to the performance.

“I’ve been saying since the beginning, I’d find a way to bring this music and this band to the people,” he said.  “And I’m honored that the forum let us do just that.  It’s CMFT in its entirety.  It’s songs I’ve shared over the years.  It’s a celebration, and I’m so stoked to party with all of you.”

“Forum or Against ‘Em” is presented through a partnership between Danny Wimmer Presents and Taylor’s management company, 5B Artists + Media.

5B Artists + Media Founder/CEO shared Taylor’s excitement about the upcoming performance as he talked about the event.

“When Corey sent me a text saying FORUM OR AGAINST ‘EM I knew we had something truly special and unique,” he said. “The Forum is one of the most iconic venues in the world and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate his debut solo album!”

Additionally, Danny Wimmer Presents Founder and namesake Danny Wimmer said he was also anticipating the concert.

“To do a rock show on this scale, with an icon like Corey Taylor – while putting some of the behind-the-scenes heroes of the concert industry back to work – is an exciting step into the future,” said Wimmer. “We believe that Pay-Per-View is here to stay and we couldn’t think of anyone better to help us launch our new digital platform than Corey Taylor. He’s a global star, and his music with Slipknot and Stone Sour, as well as our amazing relationship with 5B, has helped to fuel DWP’s growth over the past decade. We can’t wait to get this show started.”

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Trivium Announces New LP Release, Tour Dates; Debuts Video For LP’s Lead Single

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Trivium will release its ninth full-length studio recording next month.

What The Dead Men Say is scheduled for release April 24 through Roadrunner Records.  It will come less than three years after the band released its eighth album The Sin and the Sentence.

In anticipation of the new LP’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Catastrophist‘ Thursday.  The video, directed by Ryan Mackfall, is a full cinematic presentation that finds the band — Matt Heafy (vocals, guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar), Paolo Gregoletto (bass) and Alex Bent (drums) — watch a woman try to escape a pair of unidentified figures who are pursuing her.  The whole thing is captured on a series of closed circuit cameras, allowing the band to follow all of the events of the chase.

An explanation behind the video’s treatment was not provided in a news release about the video.  What can be said is that the song’s musical arrangement is comparable to works from Stone Sour while the song’s lyrical content, which seems to present a certain commentary of sorts, adds to the song’s interest.  That content is featured with the song’s video.

Heafy talked about the band’s new album in a recent interview.

What The Dead Men Say is everything that is Trivium,” he said.  “On this album, one can hear the proper ingredients of past, present and future Trivium.  The Trivium sound is having everything the band does — on one album.”

Gregoletto added to Heafy’s comments with his own statement.

“With the new album, we took what worked on the The Sin and the Sentence and dialed it all up to 11,” he said.

Beaulieu expanded on his band mates statements.

“We wanted to build on the foundation that we established with the last album,” he said.  “The record has all the elements that are Trivium — along with all of us pushing ourselves creatively.  This led to a highly-inspired and fast-paced writing and recording process that really captures the energy of the band.”

The track listing for What The Dead Men Say is noted below.  Pre-orders for the album are open now.



“What The Dead Men Say”
“Amongst The Shadows And The Stones”
“Bleed Into Me”
“The Defiant”
“Sickness Unto You”
“Scattering The Ashes”
“Bending The Arc To Fear”
“The Ones We Leave Behind”



Trivium will join Megadeth and Lamb of God on their summer tour starting June 12 in Bristow, VA.  The band’s run on the tour is scheduled to go through Aug. 1. Following some time off, Trivium will rejoin Lamb of God and Megadeth starting Oct. 2 in West Palm Beach, FL.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Nov. 13 in Reno, NV.

The bands’ tour schedule is noted below.



SUMMER 2020:

6/12 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
6/13 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
6/14 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
6/16 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
6/17 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
6/20 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
6/21 — Boston, MA — Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
6/23 — Syracuse, NY — St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/24 — Providence, RI — Bold Point Park
6/26 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/28 — Burgettstown, PA — S&T Bank Music Park
6/29 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
7/1 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/2 — Mount Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
7/3 — Indianapolis, IN — Ruoff Music Center
7/5 — Atlanta, GA — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
7/7 — Cincinnati, OH — PNC PAVILION
7/8 — Cleveland, OH — Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/10 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/11 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/12 — Nashville, TN — Nashville Municipal Auditorium
7/14 — Rogers, AR — Walmart AMP
7/16 — Austin, TX — Germania Insurance Amphitheater
7/17 — Houston, TX — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/18 — Irving, TX — The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
7/20 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
7/21 — Phoenix, AZ — Arizona Federal Theatre
7/23 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
7/25 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/26 — Portland, OR — Moda Center
7/29 — Salt Lake City, UT — USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Pocatello, ID — Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
8/1 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion

FALL 2020:
10/2 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/6 — Birmingham, AL — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/7 — New Orleans, LA — UNO Lakefront Arena
10/9 — Corpus Christi, TX — American Bank Center Arena
10/11 — El Paso, TX — Don Haskins Center
10/14 — Springfield, MO — JQH Arena
10/16 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center
10/21 — Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center
10/23 — Huntington, WV — Mountain Health Arena
10/24 — Bethlehem, PA — The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
10/28 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
10/30 — St. Paul, MN — Armory
10/31 — Green Bay, WI — Resch Center
11/2 — Omaha, NE — Baxter Arena
11/3 — Sioux Falls, SD — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/5 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
11/7 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 — Spokane, WA — Spokane Arena
11/11 — Nampa, ID — Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 — Reno, NV — Reno Events Center


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The Amsterdam Red Light District’s Latest LP Proves Again This Band Belongs In The Mainstream

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The Amsterdam Red Light District has finally returned. Early this month, the band released its latest album Sapere Aude. The band’s third full-length studio recording, this 10-song record is another solid new effort from the French four-piece and another work that shows the independent music scene has just as much to offer audiences as the mainstream realm. This is made obvious right off the top in the album’s opener ‘Nobody Moves Like You.’ It will be discussed shortly. ‘Carry On,’ the album’s mid-point — and possibly the album’s best offering –also shows what makes this record so strong. It will be discussed later. ‘Evil Stakeholders,’ the album’s penultimate track, is yet another example of what makes this album so impressive. It will also be discussed later. Of course it is not the last of the songs included in this album that shows its strengths. The other seven songs included in the album’s body are strong points in their own right here. Those songs, together with the works directly noted here, the whole of the album makes this latest effort from TARLD an easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s top new independent albums and hard rock/metal albums.

Sapere Aude, the latest full-length studio recording from France’s The Amsterdam Red Light District, is easily one of this year’s top new independent albums and one of its top new hard rock and metal albums. It is another of those albums that shows — over the course of its 35-minute run — that independent bands deserve just as much attention and credit as their more well-known counterparts. This is proven in this album right off the top in the album’s opener, ‘Nobody Moves Like You.’ In regards to its musical arrangement, it wastes no time at all grabbing listeners. Rather, the band launches almost immediately into the guitar-driven opus and keeps the energy full throttle right to the song’s end. That energy is a great compliment to the song’s lyrical content. That’s because,as it would seem, the song is one of those works that centers on a woman. That is inferred as front man Elio Sxone sings, “I see a smile growing up on your face/You can close your eyes, but your whole body shakes/Stop looking at me like this/And let your body feel the heat.” He also notes at one point in the song, “Nobody moves like you/You used to be so cool/What the f*** happened to you/You don’t feel different/But you don’t feel the same/I’ll give you something you don’t want to forget.” Considering all of this, the song seems to come across as the song’s subject singing to a woman to whom he perhaps had a connection but maybe no longer does. The Sxone’s energy in his vocal delivery, coupled with that of the song’s arrangement, hints at some pretty strong emotions of frustration and sarcasm; sort of as if this is someone saying, look at what you lost. It’s really an interesting work and certainly a strong first impression from the band this time out. It is only one of the album’s strong points, too. ‘Carry On’ is another of the album’s strongest offerings, if not its strongest.

‘Carry On’ is such an interesting work because as with the album’s opener, the pairing of its musical energy and lyrical content creates yet another powerful overall statement. As with ‘Nobody Moves Like You,’ this adrenaline-fueled rocker is very much a guitar-driven piece whose foundation is only strengthened even more by its rhythm section and Sxone’s powerhouse vocals. It is a song that will certainly appeal to fans of Stone Sour and Buckcherry. That sounds like an offbeat comparison, but those are the first bands to come to this critic’s mind. Interestingly enough, those influences work quite well here in keeping listeners engaged and entertained. This time out, the song seems centered on someone who has just been absolutely beaten down by the world and is struggling just to keep it together emotionally. This is inferred as Sxone sings, “I’m not the man I used to be/I am the one you never wanted to see/It’s not that I don’t like you, baby/It’s just that I hate everybody.” The seeming frustration doesn’t end here. He goes on to sing, “It comes alive when I lose control/My state of mind is so unstable/The only thing I know/You have to stop yelling at me when I try to talk/If you think I’m in trouble/Have you ever felt so paranoid?/The only thing I know/If something strange happens to me/You’ve got to keep control/This world makes me feel like I’m losing myself/If you’ve got a solution/I don’t need your help/Carry on.” Again, this seems to hint at someone who has just been torn down emotionally and psychologically. This is inferred even more in the song’s final verse in which Sxone sings, “I promise I’m not as bad as you think/If I don’t know myself, how can you know me anyway/My clear mind is doomed/F****** locked in a room.” This is a pretty strong statement, and one that is certain to reach plenty of listeners. What makes all of this so much more interesting here is that it’s not one of those brooding, goth songs that it could be, considering this wording. Instead, Sxone and his band mates have crafted a song that captures the frustration of someone angry over dealing with this seeming instability, someone who wants some form of stability. This makes the song all the more engaging for audiences, and in turn all the more clear an example of what makes the album in whole stand out. Even as strong as it is, it is not the last example of what makes Sapere Aude another enjoyable effort from TARLD. ‘Evil Stakeholders’ is one more example of what makes the album so impressive.

‘Evil Stakeholders’ speaks for itself just from its title alone. This is a sociopolitical commentary on the current state of the world. It expresses both musically and lyrically, anger and frustration at what the world’s political and other leaders have caused to happen to the planet’s people. Sxone sings here against a metalcore style arrangement, “I try to understand what they’re telling me on TV/Remote control in my hand/Are they watching me?/Spending our time like a flock of sheep/Mind your step/Keep your head up and follow me/Can’t you see that they try to split the world/Spreading their words/Tell us we can’t live together/How can’t you see/Look at me/I cannot breathe anymore/Who is right, who is wrong/How many tons of evil stakeholders/Now don’t you feel paranoid?” He goes on in similar fashion from here on out, even indicting those leaders for trying to bribe the masses to get the votes. Once more, Sxone and company have crafted another powerful statement here, a statement that is just as relevant today as it has ever been. A statement that likely will be relevant for decades to come, sadly. That statement, when coupled with its musical counterpart, goes a long way toward showing even more why the song stands out in this record, and why the record in whole stands out. It is a work that both musically and lyrically is certain to appeal to audiences around the world, yet still not the last of the album’s notable works. ‘Need,’ with its Prong-esque arrangement and commentary on capitalism and consumerism is another stand out effort, as is ‘Over The Fence’ with its defiant call to action against those who control the world and ‘Wild Life,’ which seems to encourage individuality versus being just another drone in the masses. Between those songs, the works more directly noted here and the remaining four songs not discussed here, it becomes clear what makes Sapere Aude a strong new offering from a great independent hard rock band.

Sapere Aude, the third full-length studio recording from The Amsterdam Red Light District, is a powerful new effort from the French hard rock outfit. It shows over the course of its 10-song, 35-minute run that independent acts deserve just as much credit and attention as any major name band. That is proven time and again here, as already noted, beginning with the album’s opener, which seems to center on a broken relationship that is anything but brooding. Rather it is empowering. ‘Carry On’ is another of those works that could have been brooding as it seems to center on personal emotional and psychological strife. Instead of being that brooding work that it could have been, is another impacting work that is certain to give listeners their own strength. That is because it lets them know they are not alone in their struggles. ‘Evil Stakeholders,’ with its blatant commentary on what’s happened to the world thanks to its political and business leaders and its equally stinging musical arrangement, helps the album stand out, too. There’s also the commentary on consumerism in ‘Need’ coupled with its Prong-esque musical arrangement, ‘Over The Fence’ with its defiant, fist-pumping call to action by the world’s people and ‘Wild Life,’ which seems to encourage people to stand up for themselves rather than just being another number, that stands out here. These songs, and the album’s other offerings taken into consideration, make Sapere Aude a great new effort from The Amsterdam Red Light District and — again — more proof of why independent acts deserve just as much attention and credit as their more well-known mainstream counterparts. It also collectively proves this record to be easily one of this year’s top new independent albums and hard rock/metal offerings. It is available now and can be ordered direct via the band’s website. more information on Sapere Aude is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:




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Stone Sour Announces 10th Anniversary ‘Come What(ever) May’ Vinyl Re-Issue

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Stone Sour will re-issue its 2006 album Come What(ever) May next week.

The band’s powerhouse record will be re-issued Dec. 16 on a special 10th Anniversary edition double LP in a special 180-gram black and gold pressing.  The set’s lead disc features the album’s original presentation.  The second disc includes previously unreleased live and acoustic takes of songs such as ‘Through Glass,’ ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘Zzyxx Road.’

Speaking of the latter song, the audiences can view the song’s companion video online now here.  It has been made available as part of the celebration of the album’s upcoming 10th Anniversary re-issue.


Courtesy: Roadrunner Records

Courtesy: Roadrunner Records


The record’s full track listing is noted below.


LP 1




  1. 30/30 150
  2. Come What(ever) May
  3. Hell & Consequences
  4. Silly World
  5. Made of Scars
  6. Reborn




  1. Your God
  2. Through Glass
  3. Socio
  4. 1st Person
  5. Cardiff
  6. Zzyxx Rd.






  1. Through Glass (Live Acoustic)*
  2. Wicked Game (Live Acoustic)*
  3. Wild Horses (Live Acoustic)*
  4. Cardiff (Acoustic)*
  5. Zzyxx Rd.(Acoustic)*




  1. Suffer
  2. Fruitcake
  3. Freeze Dry Seal
  4. The Day I Let Go
  5. The Frozen


Come What(ever) May will be re-issued Friday, Dec.16.  It can be ordered online now here.  More information on the record’s upcoming vinyl re-issue is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:










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Zakk Wylde Debuts ‘Sleeping Dogs’ Video

Courtesy:  eOne

Courtesy: eOne

Zakk Wylde releases his new album Book of Shadows II this week.  Ahead of its release, the veteran rocker debuted the video for one of the album’s songs last week.

Zakk Wylde premiered the video for the song ‘Sleeping Dogs’ last week.  The video can be viewed online now via Wylde’s official Vevo channel at


Courtesy: eOne

Courtesy: eOne


The video follows Wylde as he walks through a rather bleak looking forest setting.  Within the forest is an interesting group of figures.  It was helmed by long time Black Label Society collaborator Justin Reich.  Of Wylde discussed Reich’s involvement in the video in a recent interview, noting Reich’s talents behind the lens.  “Black Label Brethren O’ Doom Father Justin Reich Did Another Amazing job Directing the video,” he said.  He jokingly added of Reich’s vision, “I asked Father Justin to capture the sights, sounds, smell and feel of the first day my parents dropped me off at kindergarten. Watching the video made me realize why I’m so fond of reading and vegetables.”

While he doesn’t appear in the visualized take on the song Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor does make an appearance on the LP version of the song.  Wylde also shared his thoughts on Taylor’s involvement in the song noting, “Having Father Corey Taylor’s brilliant Voice sing on ‘Sleeping Dogs’ fulfilled my vision of the two of us as the modern day Simon & Garfunkel.”  Not one to ever be entirely serious he added of his relationship with Taylor, “We may not be as legendary, talented or as handsome as those two, but we’ve eaten at some of the same restaurants as them.”

Zakk WYlde Revolver Mag CoverAlong with the debut of his new video Wylde is also on the cover of the new issues of Revolver magazine and Guitar World magazine.  He appears alongside fellow guitar legend Buddy Guy in the new issue of Guitar World.  Each can be purchased online via Revolver’s official online store and that of Guitar World.


Courtesy:  Guitar World Magazine

Courtesy: Guitar World Magazine



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Otherwise Starts Recording Process For Its Latest LP

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Las Vegas based hard rock band Otherwise has entered the studio to start work on its latest album.

Peace at All Costs will be the band’s second full length release for Century Media Records and third overall full length release. It is being produced by Grammy Award-winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Flaw, Muse, Stone Sour, Godsmack, Staind, Peter Gabriel) in Las Vegas at Audio Mix House and Vegas View Recording Studios. Front man Adrian Patrick discussed bringing Bottrill on board to man the boards for this record and how much it means to have him on board for the record’s creation. “We’ve always felt different from other bands; not just as performers but as people also,” he said. Being in the studio with an elite producer like David Bottrill, knowing his impressively diverse resume and discerning taste in the artists he chooses to work with, only reinforces our resolve. Our next album, “Peace at All Costs,” will prove what we are capable of.”

The band will take a short break from working on its album next Saturday, April 12th as it is scheduled to take part in Orlando, Florida’s annual Earthday Birthday Festival.

George Cappellini, Sr. (Former VP of Promotion for Geffen Records and VP of Rock Promotion for Elektra Records) co-manages Otherwise. He was very excited in talking to the press about the past, present, and future of Otherwise. “I wanted to work the band to radio after hearing “Soldiers” on Octane,” he said. Fast forward two years later after 200+ shows, two Top 20 Singles, and now being a part of the management team, this band has grown into a powerhouse right before our eyes. You will all hear that on their sophomore album.”

Century Media Records head Robert Kampf has already had a listen to some of the material that fans will get to hear later this year. He put in the simplest terms what he thought of what he heard. He told reporters, After hearing the demos for the new album, OTHERWISE is going to be the future of rock, period.”

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This Is Your Life Is Not Just Another Throw-Away Tribute Album

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

Tribute albums are a dime a dozen. So many tribute albums are released each year that one can’t help but feel that the labels that release them care more about their bottom line than about actually celebrating said artists being given tribute. That being the case, one can’t help but wonder why This Is Your Life, the new tribute album to iconic rock front man Ronnie James Dio, would be any different from those records. The answer to that is not a simple one. One reason that this tribute album stands out is the list of performers and bands that recorded songs for the compilation. It’s a who’s who of hard rock from the past, present, and even future of the genre. Another reason that this compilation stands out is its track listing. This record boasts some of the most beloved songs of RJD’s career. And last but definitely not least important to consider in this record is the fact that it isn’t just a means for the label distributing it to make money. It actually doubles as a fundraiser for RJD’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. So it’s actually a record crafted to essentially help give back. How many bands, artists, groups, etc. can say that they have crafted an entire album simply to raise funds for charity? That–along with the list of songs and performers, bands, etc. on this album–makes This Is Your Life an album that stands well above the rest of the otherwise throw-away albums claiming to be tribute albums.

Courtesy:  Rhino Records

Courtesy: Rhino Records

The primary aspect of This Is Your Life that makes it stand out against all of the other tribute albums out there is the list of performers drafted to record songs for the record. The list of performers drafted for this record is a who’s who of hard rock’s past, present, and even future. It wasn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists and groups tossed together. Everybody tapped to record for this tribute record is either a counterpart to RJD or someone that grew up idolizing him and his talents. Veterans such as Anthrax, Motorhead, Scorpions, Biff Byford, and Rob Halford perform alongside younger acts such as Adrenaline Mob, Killswitch Engage, and Halestorm over the course of the record’s fourteen total tracks. That collection of bands and artists singing Dio’s hits is in itself a musical history lesson. It introduces younger audiences that might be more familiar with the latter grouping of bands and artists to the veterans and to the music of Dio. To that extent, This Is Your Life quickly earns major points. Even more points come from the sampling of Dio’s music in question chosen for this compilation.

The list of bands, artists, and groups tapped to record RJD’s music for This Is Your Life is in itself a major boon for the record. As noted, it isn’t just a mish-mash of bands, artists, and groups. It is a collection of bands, group, and artists that played alongside Dio during his career, and those that have come since, growing up with the music of Ronnie James Dio. In short, it’s a collection of individuals that have the utmost respect for Dio and his music. Speaking of that music, the songs chosen to be included on this record are another part of the whole that makes it so enjoyable for listeners. Every song on this record is a classic in its own way. From the more well-known pieces such as ‘The Mob Rules’, ‘Neon Knights’ and ‘Holy Diver’ to slightly lesser known songs such as ‘Straight Through The Heart’, Egypt (The Chains Are On’, and ‘Temple of the King’ This Is Your Life does quite the job of chronicling the career of a man that was and is still even in death, one of the greatest vocalists and performers in the history of hard rock.

The music and performers chosen for This Is Your Life are both key components of the success of the album. As important as they are to the success of the record, there is still one central aspect of the recording that makes it so worth picking up. That aspect is the fact that a certain portion of the sales of the album will go to benefit Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, which was established by Dio’s wife Wendy Dio. Bands, groups and artists go out on tour every year or they take part in fundraising concerts. How many artists can say they were part of a recording project that was also meant as a way to pay tribute to one of their own, too? It’s just like bringing home a hard rock festival without having to pay the exorbitant prices for tickets, souvenirs, sodas and more. And at the same time, audiences that purchase the album will actually be helping to fund an organization that works to research and promote awareness of cancer, as well as educate people about early detection in hopes of one day stopping it.

This Is Your Life is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online via Amazon at and can be downloaded via iTunes at

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Gus G. Debuts EPK Ahead Of New Single, Album Release

Courtesy:  Century Media Records

Courtesy: Century Media Records

Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Firewind front man Gus G. will release his debut solo album this Spring.  I Am The Fire is scheduled to be released March 18th in the United States.  It will be released March 17th in Europe.  It will be released worldwide via Century Media Records.  Before he releases his debut, Gus G. has released a brand new EPK that offers audiences a look inside the making of the album.  Fans can check out the new EPK online now via YouTube at

The album’s title track is impacting radio now.  It is currently playing on Sirius RadioXM Octane.  It will be added to mainstream radio stations’ playlists beginning next Tuesday, February 18th.  It features the members of hard rock band Devour The Day as special guests.  It will go on sale digitally via iTunes February 25th.  The track listing for I Am The Fire is listed below.


  1. My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (feat. Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (feat. Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can’t Let Go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (feat. Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (feat. Mats Levén)

Gus G. handled all guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on his solo debut.  Brought along for the record were drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and, Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy) bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen), and vocalists Mats Leven (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmstein/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill),Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey).  The album was produced by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther).

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