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Compulsions Frontman Fires Guns N' Roses Members, Hires Bumblefoot
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 01 2017 12:45:33

In a brand new interview with Mark Strigl for the "Talking Metal" podcast, THE COMPULSIONS frontman Rob Carlyle spoke publically for the first time about dismissing drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Richard Fortus, both of GUNS N’ ROSES, and enlisting former GUNS N’ ROSES axeman, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, to record upcoming COMPULSIONS material.


On his decision to recruit Bumblefoot, Carlyle said: “I was looking around for another guitar player and I was like, ‘you know what? Who’s somebody that’s super badass? Number 1. You know, the music always comes first. [And] what’s a name that would raise eyebrows?’ And Bumblefoot definitely fits that bill.”


When describing what it’s like to work with Bumblefoot, Carlyle stated: “He’s a perfect gentleman, sick player and it’s been working out great.”


On his reasons for dismissing Ferrer and Fortus, Carlyle explained: “What was a little tough was some of the attitudes and behaviors behind the scenes were pretty fucking harsh sometimes and after a while they just became more trouble than they were worth. There’s really no other way for me to put it… and it’s a shame because the music [we made together] is great.”


When comparing Ferrer’s and Fortus’ work in other bands to their work with THE COMPULSIONS, Carlyle said: “I pretty much know most of their musical history, their careers, what they’ve done and I don’t think they hold a candle to what we’ve done and I think [THE COMPULSIONS] was just kind of squandered.”


He also added: “But I’m moving forward. I have a whole new lineup of guys that I’m working on pulling together and hopefully the guys that are on the majority of this new album, I can continue working with in the future.”


THE COMPULSIONS’ sophomore album, 2015’s “Dirty Fun,” boasted the talents of Carlyle, Ferrer, Fortus and bassist Sami Yaffa [ex-HANOI ROCKS, ex-NEW YORK DOLLS], a lineup Team Rock declared “a super group.”


Both the “Dirty Fun” album and subsequent record release shows in New York City and West Hollywood garnered rave reviews from the music press.


For over a decade, THE COMPULSIONS have drawn extremely favorable comparisons to legendary artists such as AC/DC, AEROSMITH, FACES, NEW YORK DOLLS, THE ROLLING STONES and beyond.


You can listen to Carlyle’s interview at this location (beginning at around the 21:10 mark):


For more information on THE COMPULSIONS, visit

Norwegian metallers Tomorrow's Outlook have revealed the front cover illustration for a new concept album
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 01 2017 12:17:21

Norwegian metallers Tomorrow's Outlook have revealed the front cover illustration for a new concept album in the works, based on actual events that happened in Northern Norway anno 1748-1750; "The gruesome murders of two young Sámi men, and a trial where three local people; two men and a young girl, were sentenced to death".

"Northern Norway, December 1748. Two Saami boys were heading home, their boat loaded with food and liquor for Christmas. The weather was awful and the seas were rough, so by necessity they pulled to shore and started dragging the boat across a sandbank. This is where they met their cruel fate.

Three local people who lived nearby came to help: Iver, a wicked man; Steffen, old and weak; and his daughter Ane, a fair-haired young beauty. The Saami people are viewed as inferior, and when Iver found the liquor he decided to take it. A fight broke out, and the Saami boys were murdered in cold blood – one knifed in the throat and the other strangled with his own scarf.

The murderers buried one boy, but the other was left on the cold stone where he fell. This would be their undoing, as he was found within days and suspicion fell upon Steffen, who lived nearby. Also, Ane was seen prancing around wearing the dead boy’s scarf. This carelessness led to their arrest, confession and harsh judgement.

“The sentence is death for each and every one of you. Thrice you shall be branded with red hot pliers; first on the place of your crime, next on route to Pikeholme, the place of execution, and lastly when you arrive. Your right hands are forfeit; they shall be hacked off. Then, after justice is served and your heads have been severed, the Night Man shall place your hands and heads on pikes and lay your bodies on stalls, there to rot as a warning to any who pass by, that we will not suffer murderers in our midst!”

After the Supreme Court upheld the sentence, the murderers were executed in the summer of 1750. For the sake of alcohol, five people had died."

The band says:
"We don't want to give away too much about the next album yet, but since the cover artwork has already been ready for quite some time, and since we're extremely pleased with the amazing work of our good friend Rado Javor, we can't keep it to ourselves any longer. The picture looks super awesome! The landscape, with the sea and the mountains, is actually authentic with the view from our living room window, so it's a bit chilling when you actually know the story and what happened only a couple of thousand meters apart from where we live. It's a great story to write an album about, and we're definitely having a lot of fun with it."

The music is said to be a continuation of what the band did on A Voice Unheard, the upcoming album which was produced by Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson/Halford/Judas Priest). The band describe their music as a nice hybrid of classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Helloween.

The band says:

"It looks like the next album might be another Roy Z production. We have already introduced him for some ideas, and he was amazed by the intriguing concept. He did a killer job with the mix on A Voice Unheard, so why really change a winning formula? We're also going to ask him to play some guitar on the album. Roy is both an amazing guitarist and song-writer, so don't be surprised if there will also be one or two of his ideas on the album. Regarding singers, we'll probably stick with Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Tony Johannessen (Thunderbolt). These two Supermen are among the top singers in heavy metal of today, and with them only the sky is the limit."

Some music for the next concept album has already been written and recorded, and the band are truly excited about the new songs.

The band says:
"We can't wait to start talking more about the next album, but first let's focus 100% on the upcoming A Voice Unheard; which details about the release is just around the corner. Hang in there and thanks for being patient."

Tomorrow's Outlook have just recently released two teasers from the upcoming A Voice Unheard album. Both are cover songs where they are collaborating with leading members of Russia's biggest and most famous heavy metal band, Aria. The songs are "Darkside Of Aquarius" which is off Bruce Dickinson's fourth solo album, Accident Of Birth, from 1997 and "Slave To The Evil Force" (На Службе Силы Зла) which is off Aria's most famous release from 1987, Hero Of Asphalt (Герой Асфальта).

For further news please follow the band at:

Matty T Wall - Blazing into Summer with 'Scorcher'.
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 01 2017 12:11:18

Western Australian blues shredder Matty T Wall has dropped a new video for instrumental burner 'Scorcher'. The new track and visuals wrap up an incredible 2016 for Matty, and for his debut album 'Blue Skies'.


Scorcher conjures up visions of Dick Dale's surf instrumentals alongside classics like Stevie Ray Vaughn's 'Rude Mood'. It's a masterclass in high-energy picking and knife-edge band interaction and is one of the stand out tracks on the Blue Skies album.


Blues Skies has launched Matty T Wall's career in stunning fashion, and has received glowing reviews the world over. Please keep reading below for some media reactions to the release.


Blue Skies is available online and in stores through Only Blues Music


2009 CantoCore Records Finally Surface
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on January 01 2017 11:36:27

Although Say Bok Gwai disbanded at the beginning of 2010, Monkey King Records is releasing two new records from the original CantoCore purveyors. TRIO and Chinese Jesus were recorded in 2009 and the 1” master tapes have sat on a shelf until this year. TRIO picks up where Say Bok Gwai’s second release, Chink In The Armor, left off. Featuring 17 short, quirky and fast songs about Chinese and American culture, society, politics, history and identity. Say Bok Gwai reinvents musical genres from punk to metal to hardcore.  In reaction to requests by fans, this recording has the inclusion of bass guitar which has not been in any previous recordings. As a companion to the TRIO album release, the Chinese Jesus EP  reveals four very different and unique compositions. This EP expands the band’s music landscape by having the duo move into areas of Jazz, Progressive, Satanic and Stoner Metal.  Although Say Bok Gwai has always touched upon these genres, Chinese Jesus dives even deeper by adding new instrumentation and overdubs to expand the dynamic of the duo. These two releases will be available on Bandcamp as a digital release on December 25, 2016 and a CD release featuring both TRIO and Chinese Jesus will be available at the beginning of 2017.


Say Bok Gwai combines American hardcore, metal, punk, experimental, improvised and thrash music, with Cantonese and English vocals creating the first and only CantoCore band in existence.  SBG consists of Alex Yeung(composer/guitarist/vocalist) and Andre Custodio aka Tong Long(drummer).  Formed in 2004, SBG played over 100 shows in it’s six year run.  SBG performed mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2005 toured in Hong Kong performing at the Rock On Festival and Hard Rock Café in Kowloon.


This CantoCore duo creates a new Chinese American perspective with songs that would offend, educate, surprise and entertain both Chinese and American listeners.  Diverse in musical influences and sound, Say Bok Gwai employs genres such as thrash, metal, punk, and hardcore while incorporating progressive, experimental and improvisational aspects in the compositions and performances. With a Chinese American perspective unique to San Francisco, Say Bok Gwai creates a new direction in music rooted in Chinese and American culture.

Lagerfest returns in 2017, February shows announced
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 29 2016 10:46:28

Beer drinkers and pirates alike rejoice as Lagerfest returns this Febuary for a day filled with bands, beer and buckets of fun.


Lagerfest is renown for it’s atmosphere and sideshow alley events. It brings together a festival line up featuring Australia’s “funnest” bands, alongside an incredible array of exciting entertainment.


Beyond the massive main stage line up you can expect live magic performances, acoustic acts, competitions, games, party prizes, and boutique food and beer.


For the fourth time Lagerfest will be gracing the ears and tickling the taste buds of party-goers around the country. Traveling down the coast with dates in Brisbane (The Triffid Feb 11th), Sydney (Bald Faced Stag Feb 18th) and Melbourne (The Evelyn Feb 25th).


Headlined by Brisbane’s party pirates Lagerstein, the event is like Oktoberfest crashed headfirst into a pirate ship.


Here are the details:


Brisbane – 7 Feb at The Triffid with: Lagerstein, Superheist, Darkc3ll, The Stiffys, Darker Half, Keggin, Valhalore, The Wrath


Sydney – 18 Feb at Bald Faced Stag with: Lagerstein, Darker Half, The Stiffys, Valhalore, Keggin, Saralisse, Head In A Jar. Eightball Junkies


Melbourne – 25 Feb at The Evelyn with: Lagerstein, The Stiffy’s, Osaka Punch, Electrik Dynamite, Espionage, Keggin, Valhalore



$40 On the Door/$25 Presale in Brisbane, $30 On the Door/$25 Presale in Sydney and Melbourne. VIP Options available. Get tickets and find out more at


DORO - pays tribute to Lemmy with new video!
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 29 2016 10:41:19

A year ago to the day, MOTÖRHEAD fronter and rock legend Lemmy Kilmister passed away and his death marked the end of an era of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. While fans all over the world raise their Jacky Coke-glasses today to honour him, metalqueen DORO came up with a special idea to celebrate the life and legacy of her colleague, but also very close friend Lemmy. In this new video to the song 'It Still Hurts' that she recorded with him in 2012, you can find the clip footage and many pictures of several decades from both metal legends working together and sharing the spirit of heavy music:

DORO's official statement about this new clip:
"It's been axactly one year since the world of rock lost on of its greatest characters - and one of my best friends. Lemmy Kilmister. One year and we miss him so much. Therefore it was our great wish to release this video with a compilation of our greatest moments that we had together. Here it is. In memory of Lemmy, one of the greatest rock'n'roll heroes!
It still hurts!
R.I.P., my dear friend - we love you."

If you are sick of the sad year 2016 and look for new ways to celebrate life in 2017, mark your calendars to see DORO in concert on one of the following dates:

23. - 29.07.     SLO      Tolmin - Metaldays
12.08.             D         Hanau - Hanau Rocks
11. - 13.08.     B         Kortrijk - Alcatraz
24. - 26.08.     D         Schleswig - Baltic Open Air
08./09.12.       D         Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting

And don't miss the metalqueen on the German TV show "Ultimative Chartshow" on RTL where she teamed up with AVANTASIA mastermind Tobias Sammet to talk about "The most successful one hit wonders ever" and "The most successful radio hits of all time". Watch the two episodes on New Year's Eve and in January:
31.12.2016, 08.15 pm, RTL
06.01.2017, 08:15 pm, RTL

Get your copy of DORO's »Strong And Proud - 30 Years Of Rock And Metal« here:
Or you can order the digital version:

Falls Downtown Fremantle Line Up Change
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 22 2016 21:45:42

We regret to inform our Fremantle patrons that Childish Gambino will no longer be able to perform at this year’s Falls Downtown in January. We have received word that he is in the running for a couple of nominations at the upcoming Golden Globes, and as a first time nominee and show creator he will be flying back to America prematurely. He looks forward to making this date up to you all in the near future. All other Childish Gambino performances will be continuing as originally scheduled in Lorne, Marion Bay and Byron Bay.

Due to the proximity to Christmas and the requirements for Visas, getting an international replacement just isn’t possible. We have instead found not one but two of Australia’s hottest acts to step in and save the day and make our Saturday in Freo a night to remember! Australian legends and prime time psych monarchs King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard plus free-flow hip-hop king Allday are stepping up to the Saturday night party slots, ready to treat you right!

Everybody’s favourite free-form jazz, funk, rock, punk, psychedelic, folk collective - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are set hit the stage for our very first Freo show to send us deep within the trip! One of the most prolific bands in recently memory, King Gizz have released nothing short of eight records in the last five years. Count ‘em - eight! The most recent is this year’s Nonagon Infinity, an album which was created to flow perfectly to each following track, playing in a sonic möbius strip. The psych-rock septet have fed the past 50 years of rock history through a paper shredder and seamlessly taped the strands back together in intriguing new patterns. On stage they are a multi-headed, unpredictable beast; chaos will reign supreme.

Allday is leading a new era in Hip Hop for Australia. Having dropped out of art school to focus full time on music, he successfully lived off stolen sachets of microwave rice for months on end. Oh, and managed to drop multiple mixtapes, slide into triple j’s world famous Hottest 100 Poll with ‘So Good’, debut an EP at #1 on the AIR chart (and #18 in the ARIA Charts), and play a whole bunch of sold out shows and festivals around Australia. With new 2016 tracks ‘Send Nudes’, ‘Monster Truck’, ‘Slides’ and ‘Raceway’ he cruises in a low gear, dotted with languid beats and syncopated synths, channeling his inner Drake on sensual, half-sung rhymes. Sold out national tours, supports for Lily Allen, and huge festival spots have ensued.  Allday’s cult is spreading far…

For 1 day festival ticket holders on Saturday 07 January, refunds will be available for a limited time and only to the original ticket purchaser, closing at 5pm ADST on Saturday December 31. No other refunds past this date will be processed. Please contact Oztix via with your order number. Refunds will be processed back to original purchase credit card within 10 business days. Please note: Oztix office is closed 25 and 26 December and you will receive a response when they return on 27 December. 

Updated playing times will be released by the end of the week.



2016/17 EVENTS:
Lorne VIC: 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 1993) 18+ event *sold-out (locals on sale)
Marion Bay TAS: 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec (est. 2003) All ages
Byron Bay NSW: 31 Dec, 01 Jan, 02 Jan (est. 2013) 18+ event *sold-out
Fremantle WA: 07 Jan, 08 Jan (est. 2016) 18+ event

METAL BLADE RECORDS: To Be Inducted Into The Hall Of Heavy Metal History
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 22 2016 21:44:02

As part of Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary celebration in 2017, "The Hall of Heavy Metal History" will induct the label at an all-star ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday, January 18th at the Anaheim Expo Center in Anaheim, CA.


Hosted by television and radio legend Eddie Trunk, the awards show will also feature performances by the Dio Disciples (with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and Joe Retta), Ross "The Boss" (with iconic guitarist Ross 'The Boss' Friedman, Rhino, vocalist Marc Lopes, and Mike LePond), among others. Proceeds from the event will benefit the "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund".


2017 "Hall of Heavy Metal History” inductees are:

--Ronnie James Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio (with Wendy Dio accepting the induction)
--Metal Blade Records (with Brian Slagel accepting the induction)
--Scorpions (with drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction)
--Rainbow Bar and Grill (with Rainbow Bar and Grill owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction)
--Lemmy Kilmister, MotorHead (with Manager Todd Singerman accepting the induction)
--Ross "The Boss" Friedman, formerly of Manowar
--Rudy Sarzo, formerly of Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake
--Frankie Banali, of Quiet Riot (along with a special 33rd anniversary induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 heavy metal album status)
--Vinny Appice, formerly of Black Sabbath and Dio
--Don Airey of Deep Purple
--Andy Zildjian, President/CEO of Sabian Cymbals
--Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne (with the Rhoads family members accepting the induction)


Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel comments:
"We are totally honored to be inducted into such a great organization. I am awestruck at the names that stand beside us, and so thankful for everyone who has helped us along the way.
Huge thanks to all at the 'Hall of Heavy Metal History' for this great honor."

For tickets and more information about "The Hall of Heavy Metal History", please visit:

DAMNED PILOTS Take Aim With Their Latest Album ‘Overgalaxy’
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 22 2016 21:41:13

Damned Pilots announce the release of their new cd Overgalaxy via Sliptrick Records (Dec 15th, 2016). Overgalaxy is a steam punk concept album. As drummer/founder Don Nutz says, ‘it’s built on the story of four cartoon characters, Don Nutz, Sgt Ote, Willer Hertz and Erik Space …aka The Damned Pilots. They travel through space in the year 2500 A.C. on a 1970’s hippy van customized to fight against their archenemy Gorguss and his evil empire’. The lyrics, written by Sgt Ote, are about love and hate, war and peace, past and future, rebellions against failed systems, all imbued with the sensibilities and humour of classic sci-fi b-movies.

The cd has been recorded at Track Terminal Studio in Trieste, Italy by Francesco Bardy, except ‘Just Another Day’ and ‘People Don’t Die’ which were recorded at Voodoosound Studios in Ijmuiden, Holland by Paul van Rijswijk. Overgalaxy is produced by Ron Goudie (Gwar, Death Angel, Poison) and mixed and mastered by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (W.A.S.P., Trouble, Slayer). The artwork has been made by Philippine graphic designer Uzi Emperado.

Overgalaxy includes nine songs written by Don Nutz and Sgt Ote and one by Ron Goudie (Hell Is Cold). Their style varies from mid tempo groovy metal to doom metal plus psychedelics ballads all strung together by catchy melodies.

The Tracks:
Damned Pilots and Season Of The Endings are two groovy metal pounding numbers dominated by huge solid riffs made to bang your head to. Desert Europa is a deep slow doom-laden song with black metal influences characterized by a soulful raspy metal vocal. Just Another Day and People Don’t Die are both spaced out ballads. Gorguss is a catchy doom pop song with monolithic riffs and memorable cosmic melodies. Hell is Cold is the electric first single from the album written by producer Ron Goudie. Sylvanic is a song about a Bigfoot from another planet, it’s a powerful crossover between classic rock and 90’s metal. Finally, Mos is a pure noise drone written together with Mos DJ.

Damned Pilots are influenced by Kiss, Monster Magnet, Trouble, Beatles, Mayhem, Turbonegro, Voivod, Ghost, Devil’s Blood, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd & ELO.

Damned Pilots are:
Vocals/Guitar – SGT OTE | Guitar – Willer Hertz | Drums – Don Nutz | Bass – EriK Space

Band pages: Official WebsiteFacebook