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10 LATEST REVIEWS
HONEYMOON DISEASE: Part Human, Mostly Beast - Album (High energy Rock)
HOLY TERROR: Total Terror - 5-disc Box Set (Thrash/Speed/Heavy metal)
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD: Five - Album (Some ghetto shit)
HERETIC: A Game You Cannot Win - Album (Power/Thrash metal)
MEFISTO: Mefisto - Album (Extreme metal)
Madame Mayhem: Ready For Me - Album (Hard rock)
ICE AGE: Breaking The Ice - Album (Thrash/Heavy metal)
FIRE RED EMPRESS: Black Morphine - Album (Modern hard rock/metal)
NEURONSPOILER: Second Sight - Album (Heavy metal)
DEADFREIGHT OF SOUL: Tortured Puppets - Album (Death metal)
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The Baboon Show THE BABOON SHOW ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
Swedish punk rockers The BABOON SHOW are going on a European tour from March to April 2018. Unfortunately mainly Spain and Germany (so far), but they will probably add more dates soon.
For dates, tickets and other information, check out thebaboonshow.com
A new album, entitled "Radio Rebelde", will be released on February 16, 2018.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ANNOUNCES MORE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have added some more tour dates for 2018 to their schedule. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, October 27, and the dates are:
Jan. 22 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC
Jan. 24 - Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
Jan. 25 - KeyArena at Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
Jan. 26 - Rose Quarter – Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
Jan. 27 - Hult Center For the Performing Arts – Silva Concert Hall, Eugene, OR
Jan. 29 - Selland Arena at Fresno Convention Center, Fresno, CA
Jan. 30 - Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA
Feb. 01 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 16 - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea, Las Vegas, CA
Feb. 17 - The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
More dates can be found at qotsa.com

DAVID GLEN EISLEY AND CRAIG GOLDY GOT A NEW BAND TOGETHER
Singer David Glen Eisley and guitarist Craig Goldy (RESURRECTION KINGS, ex-DIO), both formerly of GIUFFRIA, have joined forces again in EISLEY/GOLDY, a partnership which sees the 2 artists bring back the signature sound that launched their careers in the early 80s.
EISLEY/GOLDY's debut album, "Blood, Guts And Games", will be released on December 1 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Raubtier RAUBTIER FRONTMAN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM IN NOVEMBER
RAUBTIER frontman Pär Hulkoff will release his first solo album, "KVEN", under the name HULKOFF via Faravid Recordings/Playground Music on November 17.

HULKOFF CONFIRMED FOR SABATON OPEN AIR
HULKOFF (Pär Hulkoff from RAUBTIER) is the first act to be confirmed for next year's Sabaton Open Air, which will take place in Falun, Sweden on August 15-18, 2018. SABATON will also play of course..
More info at sabatonopenair.net

NEW ALBUM WITH STARBLIND IN NOVEMBER
Swedish heavy metal band STARBLIND will release a new album, "Never Seen Again", on November 24 via Pure Steel Records. Pre-order starts on November 10 from puresteel-records.com
starblind.se

LIVE CD/DVD WITH PRETTY MAIDS NEXT YEAR, NEW ALBUM IN 2019
Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS are going to release a new live CD/DVD via Frontiers Music Srl next fall (2018), and a new studio album in late summer or fall 2019.
frontiers.it   prettymaids.dk

ZZ TOP POSTPONE CURRENT TOUR
It looks like ZZ TOP have been forced to postpone their current tour due to a thumb issue. This is what they say on Facebook anyway: "Upcoming scheduled dates on ZZ TOP's current tour are temporarily suspended and are arranged for immediate rescheduling. ZZ's cornerstone bass guitarist, Mr. Dusty Hill, is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks."
zztop.com

NEW ALBUM WITH THE VARUKERS OUT NOW
British hardcore/punk veterans The VARUKERS have just released a new album, "Damned And Defiant". It's available in all formats: LP, CD, download and streaming. It looks like the album is just available in Europe though.
facebook.com/thevarukers

Anthrax ANTHRAX AND KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINE TOUR
ANTHRAX and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE have announced a 29-date North American co-headline tour that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4. HAVOK will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.
For dates, go somewhere else.. Like 1 of these sites for example: anthrax.com or killswitchengage.com

KINGDOM COME MEMBERS IN DISCUSSION ABOUT REUNION OF ORIGINAL LINEUP
Former SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak says he's in discussions with singer Lenny Wolf for a reunion of the original lineup of 80s hard rockers KINGDOM COME, a band perhaps best known for its uncanny musical resemblance to LED ZEPPELIN. Kottak played on the band's first 2 albums, 1988's "Kingdom Come" and 1989's "In Your Face" before leaving the same year. Kottak went on to play on MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP's 1992 "MSG" album before joining SCORPIONS in 1996.

Vanna Inget LIVE ALBUM WITH VÅNNA INGET IN NOVEMBER
Swedish post punk band VÅNNA INGET will release a live album, "Vi Tar Alla Minnen Härifrån", via Gaphals on November 24. It will be released on vinyl in 3 colours (pink, yellow, white) in a limited edition of 333 copies together with a 100-page photo book.
facebook.com/Gaphals   facebook.com/vannainget

40TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION OF RAMONES' "ROCKET TO RUSSIA"
On November 4, 1977 NYC punk rock legends RAMONES released "Rocket To Russia". This will be celebrated with a 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on November 24 via Rhino, which will contain 2 different mixes of the album (a remastered version of the original and a new 40th Anniversary Tracking Mix by original engineer/mixer Ed Stasium) and a number of unreleased studio recordings, plus a previously unissued recording of the band's 1977 concert in Glasgow, Scotland. This means a box filled with 3 CDs and 1 LP.
You can pre-order this box set now from store.ramones.com

METALLSVENSKAN TO RESURRECT IN 2018
Swedish metal and football festival Metallsvenskan will be back in 2018. This time in Norrköping (instead of Örebro) on June 15-16. The first confirmed artists will be announced on Thursday, October 19, and that's also the day when the early bird tickets go on sale.
More info at metallsvenskan.net

THE SAINST DRUMMER IAIN SHEDDEN HAS DIED
Iain Shedden, drummer of Australian punk rockers The SAINTS, has died at the age of 60. He had been treated for throat cancer some years ago and was undergoing additional treatment when he died suddenly on Monday, October 16.
Read more here: smh.com.au/entertainment/music/music-writer-and-saints-drummer-iain-shedden-dies-aged-60-20171016-gz1t4h.html

THE STRANGLERS ANNOUNCES IRISH DATES WITH THERAPY?
English rock veterans The STRANGLERS are teaming up with THERAPY? for 3 dates in Ireland in March 2018. These dates are:
Mar. 1 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Mar. 2 - Big Top, Limerick
Mar. 3 - Ulster Hall, Belfast
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 20.
After that the bands are going on a UK tour together. Those dates can be found at stranglers.net

THUNDERMOTHER IN THE STUDIO
Swedish all-female hard rock n roll band THUNDERMOTHER has just enetered the studio to record a new album.
thundermother.com

ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE AND PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, M.D.C., The ADOLESCENTS and CITY SAINTS are among the latest acts to be confirmed for the Rebellion festival at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are D.R.I., The EXPLOITED, DISCHARGE, G.B.H., SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS, COCKNEY REJECTS, The BOYS, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT, RUTS DC, UK SUBS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, RAW POWER, SUBHUMANS etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

TREAT, FM AND KEE MERCELLO CONFIMRED FOR MELODIC ROCK FEST SCANDINAVIA
TREAT, FM, DARE, Kee Marcello, CRAZY LIXX, ONE DESIRE, GRAND DESIGN, DEGREED, PRETTY WILD, GRAND SLAM and MIDNITE CITY are some of the artists that have been confirmed for Melodic Rock Fest Scandinavia 2018 at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden on May 31 to June 2, 2018.
More info at melodicrockfestscandinavia.com

Old photo of Satyricon SATYRICON ANNOUNCES DATES IN RUSSIA, ISRAEL AND GREECE
Norwegian black metal veterans SATYRICON have added some more tour dates in January:
23 Jan - Fuzz Club, Athens, Greece
24 Jan - Barby, Tel Aviv, Israel
26 Jan - Club Zal, St Petersburg, Russia
27 Jan - Svoboda, Ekaterinburg, Russia
28 Jan - Red, Moscow, Russia
satyricon.no

RELEASE OF "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS" BOX SET POSTPONED TO DECEMBER
Due to circumstances beyond the band's control, the release of SEX PISTOLS' "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols" 40th Anniversary box set has been moved to December 1.
facebook.com/sexpistolsofficial

NEW GREATEST HITS ALBUM WITH GREEN DAY IN NOVEMBER
GREEN DAY will be releasing a new greatest hits album, called "Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band", which will be out November 17. It includes 2 new tracks and a new music video.
greenday.com

STEVEN ADLER WORKING ON NEW BOOK
Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler is working on a new book called "Steven Adler: The Shit My Friends Remember I Did".
Adler recently started a web site called Steven Adler Stories where fans can share their personal tales about the drummer for possible inclusion in the book. All submissions should be between 20 and a 125 words. You can find it here: stevenadlerstories.com

Mustasch SWEDISH CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MUSTASCH AND HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
Swedish hard rockers MUSTASCH will team up with HARDCORE SUPERSTAR for a short co-headline tour in Sweden in March 2018. Main support will be death metal legends ENTOMBED A.D., and the exclusive dates are these:
Mar. 9 - Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad
Mar. 10 - Annexet, Stockholm
Mar. 23 - Slagthuset, Malmö
Mar. 24 - Lisebergshallen, Göteborg
Both MUSTASCH and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR have released a new single today (Oct. 13).
mustasch.net   hardcoresuperstar.com   entombedad.com

NEW ALBUM WITH ANVIL IN JANUARY
Canadian heavy metal legends ANVIL will release their new album, "Pounding The Pavement", on January 19, 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer.
ANVIL will embark on a massive European tour from February to April 2018. The dates are way too many to post here, so check out facebook.com/anvilmetal
Before that they are going to Australia for a little tour in November. Check the link above for the dates..

THE WHO FRONTMAN ROGER DALTREY TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN 2018
Blink Publishing is to publish the autobiography of THE WHO frontman Roger Daltrey in autumn/fall 2018.
Read more about it here facebook.com/pages/Roger-Daltrey or thewho.com

NEW SINGLE WITH HELLOWEEN
German power metal legends HELLOWEEN give away their new single, "Pumpkins United", as a free download from their web site helloween.org
A 10" vinyl single with that song will be released on December 8, and you can pre-order it now from nuclearblast.de

FKU SWEDISH TOUR WITH F.K.Ü., ICE AGE AND REIGNSAW
Swedish thrash bands F.K.Ü., ICE AGE and REIGNSAW will team up for a short Swedish tour in January/February 2018. The dates are:
Jan. 26: Finspång, Hugo
Jan. 27: Göteborg, Sticky Fingers
Feb. 2: Gävle, Dirty Harry Rockbar
Feb. 3: Strängnäs, Garaget

JOHN BONHAM STATUE
Legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham will be honored with a statue in his hometown of Redditch. The Redditch Advertiser reports that most of the funds for the memorial, by renowned British sculptor Mark Richards, were raised through a private donation.
The bronze statue will be unveiled in time for what would have been the late drummer's 70th birthday next May.
John Bonham died on September 25, 1980 of pulmonary edema which is fluid accumulation in the lungs. He was 32 years old.

STATUS QUO ANNOUNCES TOURING HIATUS IN 2018
STATUS QUO will radically cut back on its touring activities and will only perform a series of summer shows and festivals during 2018.
For the first time in around 30 years, there will be no traditional winter tour of Europe or Christmas shows in the U.K. As a result, the show already announced for November 3, 2018 at the massive Hallenstadion in Zurich has been rescheduled for October 6, 2018 and will be the final STATUS QUO gig of the year. All tickets for the original date will be valid for the new date and ticket holders do not need to take any further action.
Thus, the forthcoming Australian tour and the "Plugged In: Live And Rockin'!" U.K. tour will be the only opportunity for fans to see the band in smaller and more intimate venues for at least 2 years. Additionally, as a tribute to the late Rick Parfitt, the setlist at these dates will now include 2 of his best-loved classics, "Don't Drive My Car" and "Little Lady".
statusquo.co.uk

NEW ALBUM WITH NORDIC UNION BEFORE END OF 2018
Melodic hard rockers NORDIC UNION - with Ronnie Atkins (PRETTY MAIDS) and Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE) - let us know that they will release their second album before the end of 2018.
facebook.com/nordicunion

ECLIPSE GOING TO JAPAN NEXT YEAR
Swedish melodic hard rockers ECLIPSE are going to Japan in April 2018 for 2 shows on the following dates:
April 27 - Tsutayao-West, Tokyo
April 28 - The Live House Soma, Osaka
eclipsemania.com

TONY HARNELL HAS LEFT TNT AGAIN
Norwegian melodic hard rock veterans TNT has once again parted ways with vocalist Tony Harnell.
TNT will continue with a new vocalist and new release through Frontiers Records, to be announced very soon. The band will then commence international touring in early 2018 in support of the new release.
Tony will immediately start to work on a new STARBREAKER album, also through Frontiers Records. A solo release is also in the works. Tony will start touring worldwide early in the new year, with STARBREAKER shows planned after a solo tour.
tnttheband.com

ALESTORM ANNOUNCES UK/IRELAND TOUR
Heavy metal pirates ALESTORM are going on a crusade through UK and Ireland in February 2018. They will bring their friends in RUMAHOY and The DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD. The crusade will make stops at the following places along the way:
Feb 9th - O2 Academy, Liverpool
Feb 10th - Corporation, Sheffield
Feb 11th - Northumbria Uni, Newcastle
Feb 13th - Garage, Aberdeen
Feb 14th - O2 ABC, Glasgow
Feb 15th - Mandela Hall, Belfast
Feb 16th - Tivoli, Dublin
Feb 17th - HRH Metal, Birmingham
Feb 18th - O2 Ritz, Manchester
Feb 20th - Stylus, Leeds
Feb 21st - Waterfront, Norwich
Feb 22nd - O2 Forum, London
Feb 23rd - Concorde 2, Brighton
Feb 24th - Motion, Bristol
Feb 25th - Engine Rooms, Southampton
alestorm.net   facebook.com/rumahoy   thedreadcrewofoddwood.com

CASSETTES WITH CLASSIC THE WHITE STRIPES ALBUMS
American rock duo The WHITE STRIPES will have their classic albums "The White Stripes", "White Blood Cells" and "De Stijl" released on cassette for the very first time. This will happen on International Cassette Store Day, which is on Saturday, October 14.
thirdmanrecords.com

MARILYN MANSON CANCEL AFTERSHOCK APPERANCE
Marilyn Manson and FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES have canceled their appearances at this year's edition of the Aftershock festival. The organizers have since announced that BUTCHER BABIES and PALAYE ROYALE have been added to the 2-day event, which is scheduled to take place October 21-22 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California.
Among the other acts that will play are Ozzy Osbourne, NINE INCH NAILS, A PERFECT CIRCLE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, MASTODON, HALESTORM, GOJIRA, IN THIS MOMENT, STEEL PANTHER, FOZZY, STONE SOUR, ANTI-FLAG, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES etc.
More info at aftershockconcert.com

NEW ALBUM WITH SNAKEYES IN NOVEMBER
Spanish/Romanian heavy metal band SNAKEYES has set "Metal Monster" as the title of their new album, which will be released on November 25.
A trailer for the album is available here: youtube.com/watch?v=YPexr8C5PPI
snakeyes-metal.com

PARADISE LOST ANNOUNCES UK TOUR
Gothic metal veterans PARADISE LOST are going on a UK tour in February 2018. The dates will be:
15th Feb - Arts Centre, Colchester
16th Feb - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
17th Feb - Thekla, Bristol
18th Feb - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20th Feb - Limelight 2, Belfast
21st Feb - Tivoli, Dublin
22nd Feb - Classic Grand, Glasgow
23rd Feb - Gorilla, Manchester
Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 13.
For more tour dates, go to paradiselost.co.uk

SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS CONFIRMED FOR REBELLION
British punk veterans SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS have been confirmed for the Rebellion festival at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK on August 2-5, 2018.
Confirmed since earlier are D.R.I., The EXPLOITED, DISCHARGE, G.B.H., COCKNEY REJECTS, The BOYS, 4 PAST MIDNIGHT, RUTS DC, UK SUBS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, RAW POWER, SUBHUMANS etc. etc.
More info at rebellionfestivals.com

HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND ANNOUNCES SPANISH TOUR
Swedish rock band HELLSINGLAND UNDERGROUND are going to Spain in January for 11 shows. The dates are:
January 17th - Rocksound, Barcelona
January 18th - Loco Club, Valencia
January 19th - Boite Live, Madrid
January 20th - Sala X, Sevilla
January 21st - Louie Louie, Estepona
January 22nd - El Zagal de San Martin, Aldeamayor de San Miguel
January 23rd - Forum Celticum, O Burgo - A Coruña
January 24th - Sala Acapulco, Gijón
January 25th - El Almacén de Little Bobby, Santander
January 26th - Back Stage, Bilbao
January 27th - La Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza
hellsinglandunderground.com
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