Skullbanger Media and LiveNation have partnered up to give away TWO PAIR of tickets to see guitar MASTER Yngwie Malmsteen live in New York City at the Irving Plaza on April 30th.

To enter all you have to do is correctly answer the following questions and SHARE this article on your Facebook wall:

1. What is the nickname of Yngwie’s famous 1972 Fender blonde Stratocaster?

2. Who was the singer on the first Rising Force Album?

3. What is the name of the current album Yngwie is currently on tour to support?

Email your answers to skullbangermedia@yahoo.com with the subject line containing ‘Yngwie Malmsteen Ticket Giveaway‘:

The contest will end at midnight of April 28th and (2) WINNERS will be picked randomly from the correct answers.

Tickets for the event can also be purchased here.



AVANTASIA: ‘Sleepwalking’ Single Due This Week

On March 22, the single “Sleepwalking” from EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet‘s AVANTASIA project will be available as a digital download, featuring a duet between Tobias and female vocalist Cloudy Yang.

“Sleepwalking” comes off AVANTASIA‘s new album, “The Mystery Of Time”, which will be released on March 30. The effort will be made available as a regular CD, limited-edition vinyl and limited-edition hardcover book with a 28-page booklet containing ten regular songs and two bonus tracks (“The Cross And You”, “Death Is Just A Feeling”). The cover artwork was hand-painted by world acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Among Rodney‘s most famous artworks are not only album covers for rock legends such as MAGNUM, THIN LIZZY, ASIA and NAZARETH, he has also designed the characters for the TV series “Lavender Castle” and created the covers for novels by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock and many more.

“The Mystery Of Time” will feature guest appearances by Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Michael Kiske (UNISONIC, HELLOWEEN), SAXON frontman Biff Byford, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, drummer Russell Gilbrook of URIAH HEEP, AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (also ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), Ronnie Atkins of Danish hard rock veterans PRETTY MAIDS and MR. BIG frontman Eric Martin.

The new AVANTASIA CD was recorded in part at VOX Klangstudio in Bendestorf, Germany with producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, EDGUY, EPICA, RHAPSODY).

“The Mystery Of Time” track listing:

01. Spectres
02. The Watchmakers’ Dream
03. Black Orchid
04. Where Clock Hands Freeze
05. Sleepwalking
06. Savior In The Clockwork
07. Invoke The Machine
08. What’s Left Of Me
09. Dweller In A Dream
10. The Great Mystery

Immediately after the release of “The Mystery Of Time”, a metal opera based on a story written by Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage.

Since the performances will embrace all the different eras and history of AVANTASIA, these shows will feature an extended playing time and the entire evening will be dedicated to AVANTASIA with no support acts.

Tobias originally wanted to put AVANTASIA to rest after the release of the “The Flying Opera – Around The World In 20 Days” concert DVD in April 2011, but he has since had a change of heart.

JEFF SCOTT SOTO On Working With YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “We Were Helpless Sidemen With No Chance For Growing Or Making Something Of Ourselves While We Were With Him”

Vocalist JEFF SCOTT SOTO (TALISMAN, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) is featured in a new interview with Greece-based Rock Overdose. An excerpt from the discussion is available below:

Continue reading JEFF SCOTT SOTO On Working With YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – “We Were Helpless Sidemen With No Chance For Growing Or Making Something Of Ourselves While We Were With Him”

Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

Music Review: Avantasia

CD: The Mystery of Time

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Availability: March 30th, 2013

by: TJ Fowler

                When I saw that Avantasia was due to release a new album I was immediately interested in giving it a listen as I always found Tobias Sammet to be an excellent singer(and one of the only singers I have heard to sound like Bruce Dickinson) and his other band Edguy I always thought were very talented musicians and songwriters.  I had never listened to a lot of Avantasia before this so I was somewhat going in blind.  So what did I get with Avantasia’s ‘The Mystery of Time’?  Well it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting but it also was by no means a disappointment. Continue reading Music Review: Avantasia CD: The Mystery of Time

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Gear Talk With Seymour Duncan In New Video Interview

Guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is featured in a new video interview with Seymour Duncan discussing his career, how he achieves his guitar tone, and some playing tips for guitar players.

Malmsteen recently announced a string of North American tour dates in support of his new album, Spellbound. Continue reading YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Gear Talk With Seymour Duncan In New Video Interview