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· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:49:19
British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo.

The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3rd, 2017 on 3 CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.

Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”.

Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased,  ‘Live in Kansas City’, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.

The band add “The 80’s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with ‘Turbo’.  Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward.  The combined songs show another side of Priest’s range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era.  The ‘Fuel For Life’ tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! ‘Turbo’ remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level.”



  • Turbo Lover
  • Locked In
  • Private Property
  • Parental Guidance
  • Rock You All Around The World
  • Out In The Cold
  • Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
  • Hot For Love
  • Reckless


  • Out In the Cold 
  • Locked In 
  • Heading Out To The Highway 
  • Metal Gods 
  • Breaking The Law 
  • Love Bites 
  • Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 
  • The Sentinel 
  • Private Property 
  • Desert Plains 
  • Rock You All Around The World


  • The Hellion 
  • Electric Eye 
  • Turbo Lover 
  • Freewheel Burning
  • Victim Of Changes 
  • The Green Manalishi (With The Two -Pronged Crown) 
  • Living After Midnight 
  • You've Got Another Thing Coming 
  • Hell Bent For Leather 

THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL Offer Free Download 'Violet Empress (Last Love) via PureGrainAudio
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:44:57

Montreal progressive rock / metal champs THE CHRONICLES OF ISRAFEL released their long awaited sophomore album 'A Trillion Lights, Tome II' this past October via BOH Records. TCOI is lead by founder/guitarist/vocalist Dominic Cifarelli, best known for his work in Pulse Ultra along with playing in multiple projects such as Scars on Broadway, Lukas Rossi, Billy Ray Cyrus, Zaho among many others. The new album has been nine years in the making to follow their 2007 debut 'Starborn, Tome I'. Featuring 13 tracks of progressive songwriting blended with incredible guitar riffs and symphonic piano rounded with melodic vocals for a cinematic music experience, TCOI has teamed up with to offer an exclusive FREE download of their track 'Violet Empress (Last Love)' for those who have yet to hear what awaits them on 'A Trillion Lights, Tome II'.

To get your FREE download of 'Violet Empress (Last Love)', please visit the following link:

The track's music video can also be watched at

Album Stream at plus available on iTunes, CD Baby.

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Primal Attack Announce New Album “Heartless Oppressor”, Premiere Lyric Video For “The Prodigal One”
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:41:42

Three years after the release of the critically-acclaimed debut “Humans”, Portuguese thrash metal five-piece group PRIMAL ATTACK return with their sophomore release titled “Heartless Oppressor”.

Produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist/backing vocalist Miguel Tereso, “Heartless Oppressor” is set for release on February via Rastilho Records and sees the Lisbon-based group expanding their musical palette, incorporating new influences from prog, industrial and even rock without ever compromising the pummelling metallic heaviness of their thrash-metal roots.

Just recently, Primal Attack shared a lyric video for the album’s first single “The Prodigal One”, check it out at this location.

· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:38:35

Rock N’ Roll fans looking to turn up the holiday cheer this season, look no further. Today the internationally renowned glam rock band Steel Panther debuted their sing-a-long music video for Anything Goes, the latest single off their upcoming album, Lower The Bar, on Vevo. In Anything Goes, fanthers can sing along in a spectacular psychedelic fashion with on screen lyrics about Charlie Sheen, unicorns and hand grenades. It’s the music video all your friends will be talking about at this year’s holiday party.

As an extra holiday bonus, fans who preorder LTB on iTunes will instantly get access to download Anything Goes and She’s Tight, the first single from LTB. Anything Goes is now streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.  An Australian Limited Edition album is to be released featuring 2 extra tracks and can be pre-order at JB Hi-Fi Online.  Fanthers can also preorder special packages of LTB at PledgeMusic or



In less impressive news, Fanthers will now need to wait another month to get their hands on Lower The Bar, as the band announced today that drummer Stix Zadinia recently checked out of rehab after battling alcohol addiction.

“After months of touring the world, my taste for whiskey and chipotle finally got the better of me and my stomach,” said Stix. “I’d like to apologize to my friends, family, and especially Satchel, whose bottom bunk on the tour bus was on the receiving end of my many blacked out bouts of explosive diarrhea. Now that I’ve had time to clear my mind, and my intestines, I can get back to doing lines with all of you on the upcoming 2017 Girls in a Row Tour,” he proclaimed.

Lower The Bar is Steel Panther’s fourth studio album and is the follow-up to their 2014 chart topper, All You Can Eat, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Current Comedy chart and #24 on their Top 200 Album chart. “LTB” is set for release on March 24, 2017.

Earlier this year, Steel Panther premiered “Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage,” the band’s first full length film/DVD featuring a live ten-song acoustic concert interspersed with comedic vignettes. The “National Rock Review” called the film "The best night in you’ve had in pretty much forever.” XXXclusive DVD bundles of “Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage” are available on the band’s website.

Steel Panther recently completed a European headlining run with dates in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK (Wembley Arena) and are now on a US national tour. To see when Steel Panther stops in your city, head to

Steve Hackett To Release New Album The Night Siren And Announces Tour Dates
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:29:19
Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), releases his latest album The Night Siren on Friday, March 24th 2017, through InsideOut Music (Sony).

As implied in the title, The Night Siren is a wake-up call…the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division.

The Night Siren showcases Steve’s incredible guitar as strongly as ever, along with musicians from several different countries, who Steve invited to join him in celebrating multicultural diversity and unity.  This includes singers from Israel and Palestine, who both actively campaign to bring Jewish and Arabic people together.  There are also instrumentals from the USA and Iraq, and a multiplicity of sounds, including the exotic strains of Indian sitar and Middle Eastern tar and oud, the ethnic beauty of the Peruvian charango, and the haunting Celtic Uilleann pipes.

Steve is widely travelled, making friends everywhere he goes, and has always embraced multicultural diversity. In these times of unrest, he has been inspired to express his belief that the world needs more empathy and unity.  His wish to involve a range of musical sounds, instruments, musicians and singers from different parts of the world is both a development of his eclectic approach to music and shows how people can be brought together, even from war-torn regions.

Talking about his latest work, Steve says, “This latest waxing represents a bird’s eye view of the world of a musical migrant ignoring borders and celebrating our common ancestry with a unity of spirit, featuring musicians, singers and instruments from all over the world.  From territorial frontiers to walled-up gateways, boundaries often hold back the tide.  But while the night siren wails, music breaches all defences. To quote Plato, ‘When the music changes, the walls of the city shake’.”

The musical journey takes us from ‘Behind the Smoke’, focusing on the plight of refugees throughout the ages, to the penultimate track ‘West to East’ which reflects on the damage of war and the hope for a better world.

From personal to universal, the themes celebrate the life force, breaking free from chains of repression.

Full Track Listing
1.  Behind the Smoke
2.  Martian Sea
3.  Fifty Miles from the North Pole
4.  El Niño
5.  Other Side of the Wall
6.  Anything but Love
7.  Inca Terra
8.  In Another Life
9.  In the Skeleton Gallery
10.  West to East
11.  The Gift

In addition to singers Kobi and Mira (Israeli and Palestinian), also featured on the album are Nick D'Virgilio (drums) from the USA, Malik Mansurov (Tar) from Azerbaijan & Gulli Breim (drums & percussion) from Iceland, along with regular Hackett collaborators: Roger King, Nad Sylvan, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend and Amanda Lehmann.  Additional musicians who add to the rich flavour of the album are Christine Townsend (violin & viola), Dick Driver (double bass) and Troy Donockley (Celtic Uilleann).

Steve Hackett is returning with an exciting new show, Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett, for a 13 date North American tour in February and March 2017.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic Genesis album, Wind and Wuthering, Steve and his band will be performing several tracks from the album as well as fan favourites such as ‘The Musical Box’ and other Genesis numbers never performed before by Steve's band including ‘Inside & Out’, ‘One For The Vine’ and ‘Anyway’ as well as material from The Night Siren.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

Tuesday, February 14th City Winery Nashville, TN
Wednesday, February 15th  City Winery Nashville, TN
Friday, February 17th Victoria Theater Newark, NJ
Saturday, February 18th  State Theatre Ithaca, NY
Wednesday,February 22nd  Ridgefield Playhouse  Ridgefield, CT
Thursday, February, 23rd  NYCB Westbury, NY
Friday, February 24th  Santander PAC Reading, PA,
Saturday, February 25th  Playstation Theater New York, NY
Sunday, February 26th  Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 28th  20 Monroe Live Grand Rapids, MI
Wednesday, March 1st  Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Thursday, March 2nd  The Oakville Centre Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Friday, March 3rd  Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo, NY

The Night Siren will be released through Inside Out Music on Friday, March 24th in the following formats:

Special Edition CD/Blu-Ray Digipak featuring 5.1 surround sound mix & "Making of...” feature.
Standard Jewel case CD.
Digital Download.

For further information please visit:


Wiegedood Announces Sophomore Album, Premieres New Song “Smeekbede”
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:25:40

After exploding onto the extreme music scene last year, with their furious and critically lauded debut album “De Doden Hebben Het Goed”, Belgian black metal trio WIEGEDOOD now returns with their sophomore album, simply titled “De Doden Hebben Het Goed II”.

Set for release on February 10th via Consouling Records, the new album picks where their debut left off, but sees the band comprised of members of Oathbreaker, Rise And Fall, Hessian and Amenra, sounding more concise, cohesive and ferocious than ever before.

The Belgians have just shared, “Smeekbede”, the first new song from this new album via Decibel Magazine, who commented on the track, “Wiegedood have lost absolutely none of the ferocity from De Doden on “Smeekbede”… Vocalist and guitarist Levy Seynaeve screeches like a man possessed over blast beats and dizzying tremolo picking sections that sandwich a mid-paced respite.”

Listen to the track here.

Physical pre-orders are now available via Consouling Sounds webstore at this location.

Ashestoashes - Official Video "Once Upone A Time" Out now
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:16:49

Epictronic and Wormholedeath Records are proud to announce that ashestoashes official video for the song "Once Upone a Time", taken from "Urania"(2016, Epictronic), is out today via Vevo!
The song has been re-recorded with the new singer Giulia Sarpero.



"Urania" - Soundcloud

A band who blend light and dark, heavy and acoustic Ashes to Ashes take female fronted metal to a new level with a mix of cleans and growls that is visionary. With touches of  alternative metal and even bits and pieces of post hardcore on one side and clean arpeggios on the other one, the style of the band became easily recognizable and peculiar. The guys think their strenght is this ambition of creating a distinctive sound.

Homer's Barbershop Quartet Goes Punk With Dan Cribb’s Latest Single
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 18 2016 12:10:05
The third instalment in Dan Cribb’s yearlong punk rock tribute to The Simpsons comes with a festive tinge attached to a classic from The Be Sharps.

Employing the harmonies of Sydney-based musical twin wizards Andy and Gav McDougall, Cribb tackled one of the show’s most iconic songs in Baby On Board, with an added bonus of Whacking Day; the original melody of which is derived from O Christmas Tree.

Playing in a numerous Sydney acts, the brothers have long fronted punk rock outfit Ebolagoldish, making a name for themselves with ruthless harmonies, and now Gav can add pitch-perfect castrato vocals to the resume after dishing up a haunting vocal solo in Whacking Day, which also features NSW ska-pop punkers Chris Duke & The Royals as a choir.

Although taken from separate episodes, both songs were released in 1993, with Whacking Day taken from an episode of the same name, while Baby On Board is taken from the episode Homer's Barbershop Quartet.

Cribb’s latest tribute to The Simpsons is available for free download via Bandcamp and follows a cover of Flaming Moe’s featuring rising Melbourne star Alex Lahey and Dr. Zaius/Chimpan-A To Chimpan-Z featuring Grenadiers’ Jesse Coulter.


Pretty City to play CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
· Andrew Schizodeluxe on December 16 2016 10:55:31

After a hugely successful stint at SXSW 2016, Melbourne shoegrunge sons are once again heading abroad to bring the fuzz to Canadian Music Week. The band has been included in the first round artist announcement, and will be jetting off in April 2017. 

Pretty City are no strangers to North America with their 2016 album COLORIZE spending 15 weeks in the CMJ top 200 having debuted at 116 and climbing to 70. The albums was added to over 138 stations across the USA whilst being included in numerous top 10's charts across college radio.

CMC Announce: