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Music Review: Gygax CD: Critical Hits

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BY: TJ FOWLER

Available: January, 22, 2016

Label: Creator-Destructor Records

Official Websites:

http://www.facebook.com/GygaxUSA

http://www.creator-destructor.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creator-Destructor-Records/281868423801

http://www.twitter.com/CD_Records

http://www.creator-destructor.bandcamp.com

 

What do you get when you mix in some Thin Lizzy, Manilla Road, April Wine, Dungeons and Dragons and odd shaped dice?  Well you get Gygax and their album ‘Critical Hits’ and by the cursed hand of Vecna does it blast forth hymns of classic rock that Demogorgon could head bang both his baboon heads to. Continue reading Music Review: Gygax CD: Critical Hits

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BLACK STAR RIDERS Check In From KISS Tour In New Video

BLACK STAR RIDERS, the new band featuring THIN LIZZY members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ALICE COOPER, MEGADETH), have been opening up for KISS during their Australian Monster 2013 tour. Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson check in from the road below:

Black Star Riders recently announced All Hell Breaks Loose as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released worldwide on the following dates:

May 21st – Japan
May 22nd – Sweden
May 24th – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Australia
May 27th – UK, France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, Ireland
May 28th – US, Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, frontman Ricky Warwick states: “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.”

Produced and mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, RUSH), the track listing for All Hell Breaks Loose is:
‘All Hell Breaks Loose’
‘Bound For Glory’
‘Kingdom Of The Lost’
‘Bloodshot’
‘Kissin’ The Ground’
‘Hey Judas’
‘Hoodoo Voodoo’
‘Valley Of The Stones’
‘Someday Salvation’
‘Before The War’
‘Blues Ain’t So Bad’

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track ‘Right To Be Wrong’ and a Making of DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube:

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

June
1 – Hi Rock Festival – Inzell, Germany
2 – Hi Rock Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
8 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden

November
29 – Hard Rock Hell – N. Wales, UK

More tour dates to be announced shortly.

For more details visit BlackStarRiders.com.

(Photo Credit: Robert John)

KISS – Exclusive Video Footage From Australian Monster 2013 Tour

KISSonline.com photographer Keith Leroux has shot exclusive video of KISS during their Australian Monster 2013 tour. Check out the band’s classics ‘Detroit Rock City’, ‘Deuce’ and ‘Black Diamond’ below:

KISS’ Australian tour dates with MÖTLEY CRÜE and THIN LIZZY include:

March
10 – Allphones Arena – Sydney, Australia
12 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane, Australia
16 – Virgin Australia Stadium – Mackay, Australia

MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Rushed To Hospital For ‘Internal Pain’

MÖTLEY CRÜE was forced to play an abbreviated set earlier today (Sunday, March 10) at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia during the band’s tour with KISS and THIN LIZZY. CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx writes on Twitter: “Sorry, Sydney, for a short set tonight but Vince [Neil, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer] had to be rushed to the hospital for internal pain. Will update you on his progress.”

Neil played a show with CRÜE in Toronto last September after sustaining two fractures in his foot during the previous night’s concert in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

MÖTLEY CRÜE last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.

Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.

MOTLEY CRÜE TO SPLIT AFTER ONE MORE ALBUM & TOUR

Motley Crüe To Split After One More Album And Tour

VIA: THE MUSIC.COM.AU

A backstage interview with Nikki Sixx, before their second Etihad show with KISS last night, saw the bassist spill his guts to Bryget Chrisfield about Mötley Crüe’s plans to go out on a high.

“I wanna finish our movie [adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s New York Times bestselling collaborative autobiography The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band] and put out a new album,” he revealed before adding they will also release a soundtrack to the movie and then embark on “a farewell tour”. “We’ll be back in Australia and, ah, that’ll be it,” he said. “I can honourably say, ‘We did it our way and we’re never coming back’.”

Sixx accentuated that this split would see the band done for good, he has no interest in resurrecting its corpse down the track.

“It’s important that when you do a farewell tour that people understand that when you put a bullet in the back of the horse’s head, and it goes down, it’s not a plastic bullet it’s a fucking shotgun blast. You know, blow its fucking brains out, it’s never coming back. It has to [be that way],” he stressed. “It’s the only way I can look at myself in the mirror and do a farewell tour. That’s it. So when we take our final bow, it’s IT. I will cry. I cry thinking about it.”

Mötley Crüe have been raising musical hell for more than three decades and Sixx admits, “I love this band. I fucking spent my life doing this band. I’ve been doing this band longer than I’ve been doing anything else. And I’ve been in this band longer than I’ve known any woman, longer than I’ve known my children – only my family, and I have a closer relationship with my band than I have with my family, and a rockier relationship with my band than I’ve had with anybody in my family as well.

“So it’s very emotional and I just think it’s important that we finish what we started and then, you know, it will be whatever it will be. It could be beautiful. It could be a beautiful ending! When you go and see a great movie – I’ll leave you with this: when you go and see a great fucking movie and it ends and you go, ‘Fuck!’ like, you walk out and you go, ‘That was amazing! That blew my mind!’ It’s not like, ‘That blew my mind and, um, maybe there’ll be a sequel to it’.”

After various line-up changes and years of turmoil, the original Mötley Crüe line-up re-formed, announcing the Carnival Of Sins reunion tour in December 2004. Since then there’s been a new album, their ninth, entitled Saints Of Los Angeles (2008) and relentless touring including appearances at their own Crüe Fest music festivals, a three-week residency at Hard Rock venue The Joint in Las Vegas and their ongoing Monster co-headline tour with KISS.