Legendary Seattle rockers Queensrÿche have released the video for “Redemption,” a track from their newest (and curiously self-titled) album. The video includes scenes from their studio recordings as well as footage of their first US shows with vocalist Todd La Torre. Continue reading
27 years ago on September 26, 1986, Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident at the age of 24 while on tour with Metallica in Europe. His loss has left a void in the metal world forever. Continue reading
September 2013, marks a significant memory in the annals of Heavy Metal; it marks the Thirty-Year Anniversary of the release of the seminal, cornerstone heavy metal album by STEELER. Continue reading
Óðinn has answered our prayers and will send Viking metal legends Amon Amarth back to North American shores this winter! Continue reading
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Swedish dark rock quintet Katatonia has released a lyric video for “The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here,” a track from their 2012 album Dead End Kings re-imagined for their upcoming release Dethroned And Uncrowned. Check it out below:
Dethroned And Uncrowned will release September 10 in North America and is currently available for pre-order here.
Katatonia will also co-headline the Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour in North America with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT. The two-week run will commence September 23 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now, and dates are below:
09/23 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
09/24 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
09/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/27 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
09/30 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/01 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/04 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Photo credit: (c) 1986 Michael Richard Sneeberger
Former original founding member of W.A.S.P., as well as bassist for the seminal 1980’s heavy metal band STEELER, SIN, SURGICAL STEEL, BURN and others, Rik Fox will be among the featured all-star jam performers at “A Fight For Life – Rockin’ For Dave Brown – A Cancer Benefit” tonight (August 16th) in Los Angeles.
Fox confirmed that he will perform two songs with BITCH lead vocalist, Betsy as well as amazing guitarist Chris Cardenas and drummer, Scandall West. Fox most recently performed as a featured guest with his former STEELER bandmate, Ron Keel and the band KEEL at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go club in Hollywood, this past June, to a roaring crowd which devoured the two classic Steeler songs ‘Cold Day in Hell’ and an acoustic version of the ballad ‘Serenade.’ This was the first time the two STEELER band mates shared the stage together in thirty years, making it a heavy metal night of record. Among those also slated to perform at the benefit, are Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford), Mandy Lion (World War III), Armored Saint, and L.A. favorites DC4.
Drummer Dave Brown, (who is known for his work with Sound Barrier, another 1980’s metal band) is currently battling colon cancer. While Fox was a member of STEELER, both bands headlined the Los Angeles rock club and metal rock circuit together. Sound Barrier, was a break-though, all-black heavy metal band, that stormed the Los Angeles music scene in 1980 after signing with MCA Records. The band was dropped by their label after low album sales and insufficient radio airplay. Some of the members of Sound Barrier later went on to perform with such notable bands as Fishbone and Mother’s Finest.
“To me,” Fox stated, “ it seems that it didn’t matter that Sound Barrier was a black metal band; the crowds still seemed to rock like crazy right along with them, especially when I was with them headlining the same larger venues STEELER headlined at such as The Country Club, in Reseda, California.”
“It’s just a shame that they weren’t able to push that envelope beyond the local level scene and break through to the big time; they certainly had what it took amongst all the other bands competing for the same brass ring” Fox said. Yet, during that time, there was still a problem with racism for black rock musicians until bands like Living Color began to change the face of racism in rock music. Nowadays multi-cultural tolerance has become the mandatory norm as it should be, no matter what ethnicity you are, everyone should have an equal shot at the dream(s) of their life and goal(s).
Fox also echoed a statement from fellow rocker Ann Boleyn of the legendary band HELLION:
“We all know someone who has been stricken or affected by cancer and those of us in the metal and hard rock community should give of ourselves when one of our fellow rockers is down and in need of help, and support and honor those with cancer, and those that have passed from it.”
Fox is featured in several books including well-known writer-author Ken Sharp’s upcoming coffee table book “KISS, Nothing to Lose; KISS, The Early Years” for his association with the band from its inceptive days before Ace Frehley was even a member; Fox knew KISS drummer Peter Criss, before he joined KISS. Fox is also an in-demand interview subject and was featured in NPR’s Charlie Schroeder’s best-seller “Man of War; My Adventures in the World of Re-enacting” with regard to Fox’s passion for and representation in America, of his Polish noble ancestry and being the first officially recognized portrayal and representation of the legendary Polish winged knights cavalry of the 17th century central Europe. “Cross blending both, the Polish Heritage and metal rock is a concept that is only very large in Europe and in Poland itself; it hasn’t yet caught on here in America yet, however, I receive an amazing amount of praiseworthy accolades for doing so from all my fans,” stated Fox. “They all think it’s a very unique and noble thing to do, blending and celebrating ones’ ancestry, and wrapping it in a rock package.”
Fox was also one of the featured interview subject in author Darren P. Upton’s famous tell-all unofficial Bio: “W.A.S.P.; A Sting in the Tale”, in which Fox was tapped for his small, yet integral part of the bands’ early history, and revealed some missing puzzle pieces to the early memory of the bands’ history for the fans. “At first,” Fox stated, many W.A.S.P. fans didn’t believe me, especially the part about that it was me who created the band’s name, and before the internet, it was hard to prove my story, but, once I was able to produce the evidence; the first W.A.S.P. demo on which I recorded and co-wrote one song, and also all the photos from the bands’ first photo session with Motley Crue photographer Don Adkins Jr., suddenly, many of the former hating W.A.S.P. fans began to turn around and now embrace my part of the bands’ history”, although it is still disavowed and dismissed by bandleader Lawless himself.
In recent days, Fox has been featured on the History Channel’s cable show ‘Museum Secrets’ with regard to his education about the subject of the Polish winged hussar knights, marking a milestone, due to it’s being the first time the subject was covered respectfully in the English language. Fox says: “Poland is a country who has never received its due credit for its vast contributions to world history and is continually subject to insensitive and propaganda-filled misinformation, incorrectly perpetuated by an anti-Polish agenda in the world. I see it and experience it all the time, so I educate those people in an attempt to make it better.”
Fox is also very proud to have been a part of the ‘classic’ STEELER line-up, not only for paving the way for many of the bands who followed their format in both appearance and sound, but also for being on the first and largest selling independently- released heavy metal album of all time. “Although the RIAA never officially certified it, I’m told and we believe, that it surpassed the Gold Album status some years ago,” Fox states. “I also recorded a debut album with the Phoenix, Arizona metal band SURGICAL STEEL, but it never got finished and it should be released for posterity; I got to record with guest drummer Mick Brown of DOKKEN and we just worked together like a well-oiled machine. It was a high-point in my career, but so was also being invited onstage to perform with the late Ronnie James Dio, who succumbed to stomach cancer in May of 2010, for a live rendition of the Hear n Aid hit song ‘We’re Stars’, twice. I believe it was recorded on video and hopefully should be released soon. I also got to perform ‘Wild Thing’ with the late Sam Kinison and his all-star band back in the beginning of the 1990’s.” “Currently I’m writing my Biography of my years in rock from the 1970’s New York Max’s Kansas City/ C.B.G.B.’s scene through the 1980’s to today…it promises to be a real eye-opener.”
Bringing it all home, Fox stated that ‘it’s a privilege and an honor to be attached and associated with this benefit for Dave Brown, I’m only too glad to be invited to perform and be involved in my small part in helping his cause. I hope all the talent involved will help make it a smashing success for Dave.”
If you are in the Los Angeles area stop by and support a great cause and enjoy some great music. $15.00 to get in and doors open at 7:00 p.m. Paladino’s is located at: 6101 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, California 91356. (818) 342-1563 or visit their website You can also read more about Dave and his battle with cancer, here