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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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As much as I relish and miss the opportunity to write a Motörhead related story more frequently, it is with heavy heart that we repeat the news that “Fast” Eddie Clarke has passed away. Pardon the delay in this post. A lot going on in my life right now and the news also took time to process as a fan. Clarke, to me, reminds me that it is so important to do what you believe in and strive to make your mark/use your lifetime for YOU. It could make a huge difference. Think of all the moments that would have been lesser without Clarke’s contributions to rock n’ roll. There you go. RIP
Very sorry to hear today the sad news about Eddie Clarke… his iconic riffs inspired many and will remain dear in our hearts…. RIP FAST EDDIE CLARKE
— Phil Campbell (@MotorheadPhil) January 11, 2018
We've just heard our good friend Fast Eddie Clarke has died.
Our thoughts go out to his loved ones and family. He will be greatly missed, but he's gone to join Phil and Lemmy. We have great memories of our times with him.
— Saxon (@SaxonOfficial) January 11, 2018
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Thank you for the riffs.
Thank you for the solos.
Thank you for the attitude.
Thank you for being in the coolest band.
Thank you for inspiring me to go down the same path.#rip #fasteddie #motorhead pic.twitter.com/wZGBoqEyXS
— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) January 11, 2018
Anvil will be heading out on tour through Europe in support of the album starting in February.
Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial survival. Steve Kudlow (guitars/vocals): “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”
In view of their impressive new album which brims over with inspiration, Anvil can look into the future with optimism, knowing that they have succeeded – as expressed in their song ´Doing What I Want` – in not having to pander to anyone’s taste artistically: “Despite all adversities that the life of a musician entails, we still find ourselves in a very privileged position. We can basically do what we want to do. Nobody interferes, nobody tries to steer us in one direction or the other. Which other artists can say that of themselves? Even the biggest bands in the world envy us and tell us: ‘You damn bastards have always been able to do what you want.’ And that’s precisely what we’ve done again on Pounding The Pavement.”
Check out info about the album and Anvil tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Rolling Stone has premiered a previously unreleased moving cover of Bowie’s classic “Heroes” as interpreted by the much missed Lemmy and his band Motörhead. It will appear on an upcoming covers record.
The accompanying video footage reminds with ease how pure and real a rock n’ roll band they were and that music can really bring us together.
I’m glad the last time I saw them on the 2012 Mayhem Fest they totally crushed it and gave Slayer and Slipknot a run for their money, showing that the old dogs still had it in, uh, spades.
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The album will feature Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
In addition to the album Lita will head out on the road, first by herself this month and later with Halestorm in April.
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Jimmy Bain epitomized the solid metal bass player, supporting the band, capable of flourish yet above all holding a rock bottom groove as the bedrock between any tune he played on. In this capacity, much like Michael Anthony in VH glory days, Bain was a Godsend. His contributions to metal can never be repaid, from writing credits on “Rainbow In The Dark” to Hear N’ Aid to the classic as fuck Rising album toeven working with Phil Lynott (and almost playing on a Scorpions album, if I recall).
In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time, and that’s just ONE of Bain’s unforgettable contributions.
Blabbermouth has a good, full piece on Bain HERE. \m/Add to My Radar
Having dealt with death in my life this year, it’s with a heavy fucking heart that I report that Lemmy is dead.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Lemmy lived a full fucking life, but it never makes it easier when shit like this happens.
I only had one chance to see Motorhead and that was at 2012 Mayhem Festival. It was a cool fall evening in Georgia and of course Lemmy and Co. brought their best. It was a hell of a time.
Lemmy will be missed by the entirety of the metal community. Pour one out for him tonight.
From Motorhead’s Facebook:
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“There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.
We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.
We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.
Have a drink or few.
Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.
HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.
Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister
Born to lose, lived to win.”
German guitarist Alex Rudi Pell is preparing to release his 17th solo album on January 22.
Game of Sins will be released in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.
Check out the tracklist for Game of Sins here.
British NWoBHM band Vardis have signed a worldwide deal to SPV/Steamhammer.
Vardis will release Red Eye in 2016.
Check out comments from guitarist and singer Steve Zodiac and Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn here.
In case you missed it, Andrew Bansal at Metal Assault has a very cool article about our boys with bite being honored:
For a band with no members originating from the city, rock ‘n roll veterans Motörhead have established as much of a connection with Los Angeles as any hometown band.
Read it HERE.
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UK true grit heroes Motorhead always deliver and Bad Magic (out late August) is sure to be another solid punch in the gut from Lemmy, his fellow pirates (and, uh, road crew).
Bad Magic was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California with the band’s long-time producer Cameron Webb (Weezer, A Skylit Drive, Alkaline Trio). I might add that the “Sympathy For The Devil” cover announced might just make me fall off the wagon (in a good way).
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Ahead of the release of that album, the band has released the lyric video for the song “Lucifer’s Hammer”.
Check out the video as well as vocalist David Defeis comments on the new album here.Add to My Radar
“Without pain, there can be no strength. No way to grow. No way to own your own soul. Then the rainbow… The rainbow fades to black”. – Blaze Bayley
Today marks 5 years since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, one of the most influential singers in the heavy metal genre. Dio has inspired millions with his solo band DIO, as well as RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH / HEAVEN & HELL, and others, as the list goes “on and on, on and on and on…” (Admit it, you sang that last part. )
Growing up, I was all over the place as a metal fan boy. As a little kid, my mix tapes I rocked in my old Walkman featured everything from SLAYER to STRYPER. One band that made most of my mixes was the Dio fronted BLACK SABBATH. Songs like “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”, “Die Young” and “Country Girl” jumped out at me, and spoke to me. 5 years ago today, I was sitting in the now closed (editor’s note: insane punk rock shit-hole) Basement venue in Kingston, NY with some friends when the news broke. I can only describe our reaction to the news as one collective gasp followed by several minutes of silence. Nobody knew what to say. As Obi-Wan Kenobi said in the original Star Wars film following the destruction of Alderaan, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
It truly felt like that, as it felt like our world may have just taken a deathstar blast as well. Once we were able to compose ourselves, and wipe away the tears, we decided that May 16th would become “Dio Night”. Break out the projector and big screen, crank up the venue speakers, and we would celebrate the life of Dio with the HEAVEN & HELL live DVD. To make things a little more official, fellow Metal Riot writer, Morgan Y. Evans, our friend Mike, and I created some Dio inspired drinks to help with the tribute to Dio, and also to help numb us to help hold back the tears. Here we are today, 5 years later, and as a gift to you all, I would like to share with you, the ingredients for the most popular drink we created that night, and my regular go-to drink for most holidays, the Rainbow In The Dark.
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