Category Archives: International


Canadian tech-metallers to tour South Africa early 2015

Turning Tricks Entertainment in association with Jagermeister proudly presents PROTEST THE HERO LIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

In September, Protest The Hero made their live South African debut in front of a crazed legion of fans at Krank’d Up 2014. The once-off performance saw fans from all over South Africa and neighbouring countries make the pilgrimage to Johannesburg for what can only be described as a historical show. It soon became very clear that the South African legion wanted their Canadian heroes to come back as soon as possible, and that’s all Protest The Hero needed to hear to set the wheels in motion for their speedy return. Continue reading PROTEST THE HERO SET TO MAKE THEIR SOUTH AFRICAN RETURN

Pixies To Release First Full Studio Album In More Than 2 Decades!

Special Vinyl Release Confirmed for Record Store Day

“…their songwriting chops have hardly wavered and the best may be yet to come.”
— Village Voice

March 25, 2014 — Fans have dreamed about it for years, and now Pixies are delivering. Indie Cindy, the band’s first full studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, will be released in late April (April 23/Japan, April 28/UK/Europe/International, April 29/North America) on the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic (marketed and distributed worldwide by [PIAS] Recordings). Pre-orders for most configurations can be placed beginning today at iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail outlets. Continue reading Pixies To Release First Full Studio Album In More Than 2 Decades!

THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Release new album ‘Going to Hell’ March 17th

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“The Pretty Reckless are about to set fire to rock ‘n’ roll. The genre’s been begging for an honest-to-goodness firestarter like Taylor Momsen for years now. Rock music is about to go up in flames with Going to Hell. It’s easily one of our most anticipated records of 2014.”


“It looks like 2014 is going to be the year that The Pretty Reckless prove their doubters wrong, once and for all”


 It has been announced that the second THE PRETTY RECKLESS–titled GOING TO HELL–will be released March 17, 2014. The band has also launched the new album pre-order bundles with unique items (outlined below) which can be pre-ordered HERE.

Initial orders of the CD will be available in a Limited Edition Softpack design, pull out poster, and will include two bonus tracks. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase any of the below bundle packages when they pre-order GOING TO HELL, HERE:

•      Limited Edition CD (features 2 bonus tracks)
•      Deluxe Bundle: Featuring Limited Edition CD, T-shirt, Wristband and Totebag
•      12” Vinyl (features a download card with 2 bonus tracks)
•      Vinyl Bundle: Featuring 12″ Vinyl, T-shirt, Wristband and Totebag

Tracklisting for GOING TO HELL:

1. Follow Me Down
2. Going to Hell
3. Heaven Knows
4. House on a Hill
5. Sweet Things
6. Dear Sister
7. Absolution
8. Blame Me
9. Burn
10. Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party
11. Fucked Up World
12. Waiting for a Friend

Available on LTD Edition physical & Itunes Deluxe ONLY:

13. Going to Hell (Live Acoustic)
14. Sweet Things (Live Acoustic)
*Itunes Deluxe will also have track ‘Only You’ available as an exclusive.

‘Going to Hell’ will also be available to pre-order from Amazon & Itunes.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS have previewed four songs from the upcoming GOING TO HELL album leading up to the pre-order. 

The official music video for the album title track “Going To Hell,” leads the way with over 2.5 million views, a lyric video for the bracing “Follow Me Down,” a teaser for “Burn”, and Fan Lyric Video (compiled from fan Instagram submissions), for the current single “Heaven Knows”, which is available to buy on itunes HERE.

There will be an announcement for the official video for ‘Heaven Knows’ soon.

Last Autumn, THE PRETTY RECKLESS embarked on a critically acclaimed “Going To Hell” headlining tour in North America. The band kicks off 2014 headlining the SnoCore tour in North America starting January 29 in Lincoln, Nebraska, before heading overseas to open for FALL OUT BOY on the “Save Rock And Roll European Tour 2014,” starting February 28, 2014 in Madrid, Spain (complete list of tour dates below). For tour dates and tickets, visit:  THE PRETTY RECKLESS have also just announced a one off London show at the Electric Ballroom on 24th March 2014.

SNOCORE (with Heaven’s Basement, The Letter Black, Crobot)

Jan 29            Bourbon Theater               Lincoln, NE
Jan 30            Wooly’s                            Des Moines, IA
Feb 1             The Eagles Hall                  Milwaukee, WI
Feb 2              Mojoes                             Joliet, IL
Feb 4              The Machine Shop            Flint, MI
Feb 5              Phoenix Concert Theatre   Toronto, ON
Feb 7              Montage Music Hall           Rochester, NY
Feb 8              The Palladium                  Worcester, MA
Feb 9              Upstate Concert Hall         Albany, NY
Feb 11            Sound Stage                     Baltimore, MD
Feb 12            Irving Plaza                      New York, NY
Feb 13            Maingate                         Allentown, PA
Feb 14            Levels Nightclub               State College, PA
Feb 15            Chameleon                       Lancaster, PA
Feb 17            Pittsburgh, PA                  Altar Bar
Feb 19            Summit Music Hall            Denver, CO
Feb 21            Vinyl at Hard Rock            Las Vegas, NV
Feb 22            Observatory                     Santa Ana, CA
Feb 23            House of Blues                  Los Angeles, CA


Feb 28           Palacio Vistalegre Arena   Madrid, Spain
Mar 1              Pala Sant Jordi               Barcelona, Spain
Mar 2              LePhare                         Toulouse, France
Mar 4              Rockhal                         Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 6              LeZenith Arena              Lille, France
Mar 7              Palladium                      Cologne, Germany
Mar 8              Heineken Music Hall       Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 11            Ancienne Belgique          Brussels, Belgium
Mar 12            LeZenith                        Paris, France
Mar 15            Motorpoint Arena           Cardiff, Wales
Mar 16            NIA                               Birmingham, England
Mar 17            Phones 4 U Arena           Manchester, England
Mar 20            Wembley Arena              London, England
Mar 21            Metro FM Arena              Newcastle, England
Mar 22            The SSE Hydro                Glasgow, Scotland

Additional Euro dates announced:

Mar 5            Komplex Klub           Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 24          Electric Ballroom       London, UK
Mar 26          Uebel & Gefährlich    Hamburg, Germany
Mar 27          Lido                        Berlin, Germany
Mar 28          Magazzini Generali    Milan, Italy

Onsale now. tickets are £19.50 and are available at and


THE PRETTY RECKLESS formed in 2009 and released their debut album LIGHT ME UP in 2010 and a follow-up EP HIT ME LIKE A MAN in 2012. After two years on the road supporting LIGHT ME UP, the band has risen through rock ‘n’ roll’s ranks to become a polarizing presence. Over the course of their debut and EP, the quartet has sold over 1 million combined albums and digital singles and have supported Evanescence, Guns N’ Roses and Marilyn Manson on tour in addition to headline runs in both the U.S. and abroad. MOMSEN and her bandmates delivered nothing short of killer performances on their just-wrapped headlining North American “Going To Hell Tour” with a set list including new material off GOING TO HELL and the group’s debut LP LIGHT ME UP. Next, look for THE PRETTY RECKLESS headlining SnoCore in North America and supporting Fall Out Boy in Europe.

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Black Sabbath – 13 … streaming now on iTunes

From the guy who has probably played an more than one high stakes poker games with the devil himself comes out favorite bat eating rock star,
Ozzy has been at it again, never disappointing.

35 years since the last Black Sabbath album Ozzy says, “We decided to write horror music” , and sing me symphonies from beyond thats just what they have done.

black sabbath – 13

Streaming free on iTunes today, lock in and enjoi


Ray Manzarek, Doors Keyboardist, dies at age 74

Doors co-founder and keyboardist Ray Manzarek died yesterday, 20 May 2013, in Rosenheim, Germany after a long battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today,” Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement. “I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”

The Doors didn’t have a bassist, so Manzarek often played the bass parts on his Fender Rhodes piano. He also played a Vox Continental organ, which can be heard on the famous intro to “Light My Fire” and numerous other Doors classics. The group shared credit on most songs and split all profits evenly.

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Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and co-founder of Slayer, dies aged 49

American guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a co-founder of the heavy metal band Slayer, died in southern California on Thursday, the band said in a statement posted on their website. He was 49.

“Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure,” the band said.

Jeff had been recovering from a spider bite which had left him with necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease which attacks subcutaneous tissue.

Hanneman founded Slayer with fellow guitarist Kerry King in the early 1980s in suburban Los Angeles.


The band was known as one of the “big four” thrash metal groups of the 1980s, along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica.

Hanneman is best known as a writer of the songs Raining Blood and Angel of Death from the 1986 album Reign of Blood, which is considered a landmark of the thrash genre.

Social networks took off with people expressing their gried, not only fans but also fellow musicians. Slash, from Guns’n’Roses fame, said: “Tragic & shocking news about Jeff Hanneman. He is going to missed by so many. What a sad day for Metal. RIP man”, while Andrew WK said “Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to.”

Hanneman is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three siblings.

RIP Jeff, another sad loss to music the world over.

On this day…. Kurt Cobain left us, 19 years ago

How could we have let most of the day go by without some reference to Kurt Cobain..
For those of you who are a bit clueless heres the lowdown

Cobain’s death still leaves some mystery, with Courtney Loves story changing during interviews and a lot of unanswered questions. All we know is we lost a legend.

Wikipedia says:

Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)[2][3] was an American musician and artist, best known as the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989.
After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from its second album Nevermind (1991). Following the success of Nevermind, Nirvana was labeled “the flagship band” of Generation X, and Cobain hailed as “the spokesman of a generation”.[4] Cobain, however, was often uncomfortable and frustrated, believing his message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, with his personal issues often subject to media attention. He challenged Nirvana’s audience with its final studio album In Utero (1993).
During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, illness and depression. He also had difficulty coping with his fame and public image, and the professional and lifelong personal pressures surrounding himself and his wife, musician Courtney Love. On April 8, 1994, Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle, the victim of what was officially ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. The circumstances of his death at age 27 have become a topic of public fascination and debate. Since their debut, Nirvana, with Cobain as a songwriter, has sold over 25 million albums in the U.S., and over 50 million worldwide.[5][6]

Crazy Drum Solo

Watch as Aric Improta performs a rattling five-minute drum solo in front of approximately 1,500 spectators and a lineup of celebrity judges. Out of 4,000 drummers across the country that showed interest in the Drum-Off competition, Improta was one of a handful that made it to the final round!

Aric Improta from Fullterton, CA – solo performance at 2012 Drum-Off Grand Finals that took place on January 19th, 2013 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. For more info on Guitar Center Drum-Off visit