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David Bowie’s “Heroes” covered by Motörhead

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 9:19 PM (PST)

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.

RIP Lemmy/deaf forever.

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Lita Ford announces new album ‘Time Capsule’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM (PST)


Los Angeles heavy metal guitarist Lita Ford has announced that her newest album Time Capsule will come out on April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer.

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.

Check out tour dates here.

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Prong premiere “Cut And Dry”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM (PST)


New York metallers Prong have released their latest song “Cut And Dry”.

“Cut And Dry” comes from Prong’s forthcoming album X-No Absolutes.

X-No Absolutes will come out on February 5 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Check out “Cut And Dry” and Prong Europe and North America tour dates here.

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RIP Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio, etc.)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 9:02 AM (PST)


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/

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Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:23 PM (PST)
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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:

“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.

Share stories.

Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.


Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win.”


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Classic early Motorhead member Phil Taylor passes away

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:48 PM (PST)


The great “Philty Animal”, Phil Taylor has left this mortal coil at age 61. He was a true character and part of the classic legacy of one of the all time great rock n roll bands. More info HERE.

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Axel Rudi Pell prepare to drop “Game of Sins”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM (PST)

Axel Rudi Pell

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.

Vardis signs to SPV/Steamhammer

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM (PST)


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.

Motörhead honored by L.A. city council on 40th anniversary

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:39 PM (PST)


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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Motorhead ain’t scared of “Bad Magic”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM (PST)


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).

Tracks BELOW.

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Virgin Steele releases “Lucifer’s Hammer” lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 12:24 PM (PST)


Long Island power metallers Virgin Steele are preparing to unleash a new album, Nocturnes of Hellfire & Damnation, which will drop on June 23 via SPV/Steamhammer.

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.

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How to make a “Rainbow In The Dark” beverage

Posted by Andrew Johann Datoush on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM (PST)


“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.

READ the recipe BELOW and Hail RJD!

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2015 Grammy Awards announce Metal choices and…uhhhh…yeah

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM (PST)


So, the Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance have been released and as usual it is nothing to write home about. I mean, it was awesome Killswitch was nominated last year but we all new it would go to Black Sabbath (which is fine. It’s Black Sabbath). My point though is they rarely dig that deep and get anyone shocking each year anymore. This year there are two nominees from the Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life compilation and neither is near the quality of the best two songs (“Egypt” by Doro and Corey Taylor’s “Rainbow In The Dark” smoke the Tenacious D and Anthrax songs picked, no offense to either of those groups. Anthrax’s “Neon Knights” is good and faithful to the original classic.). Seriously, though…why put Tenacious D on this list? Jack Black rules but they are a comedy act?! Then again so are some metal bands, haha.

The new Machine Head is certainly worthy and should have been on here. That said, it is nice to see Motorhead and Mastodon in here and at least Slipknot were nominated for a heavy song “The Negative One”, but in a year when such exciting stuff happened in metal left and right from  T.O.A.D. ‘s mighty Vacant Face to Shores Of Null to Revocation, this list is pretty fuckin’ lazy yet again. Even someone who had never heard those bands could still trip over dozens of other releases to shore up this list and make it relevant.

That said, go Lemmy all the way.

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“Where do an Israeli band tour? Lebanon? Syria?
I don’t think they would welcome a metal-band… without decapitating them for being anti-religion.” – Yakir.

There will be more pro peace movement in the world. I believe it is possible if we focus on that energy.

Many people across the world have fought over religion or land disputes or what is taboo. Some days it is real disagreement and other times it is a thin veil to stir up outrage when beneath the surface are business concerns to go into a country and get natural resources, when we ought to be instead focusing on energy efficiency.

If the GOP are right (get it, “right”?) and their version of God didn’t create Climate change, we have nothing to worry about. If, as it seems, God did create free will and allow us to sin and pollute and have consequences that may damn us, destroying the planet just might be a side-effect of the sin of pride, you dumb asses. Perhaps we should use God given critical thinking and investigate climate change as…just a potentiality. Since we live here and all? But maybe we’re screwed anyway…Cuz if on the offhand it is a vengeful Old Testament God, we might be fucked either way.

Even if governor Chris Christie was well intentioned on Sandy clean up – hard to know for sure, now that his manipulation of everyday people via the bridge scandal – his denial of Climate change means he is not serious enough on the issue. we love to say Guliani was great after 9/11 and do these weepy sixty minute specials…that’s your job! And then you say you never politicize patriotism? But we never get to the root of real terrorism issues. Same with climate. Y’know what? there wont be room for all the Sandy-type post hurricane weepy humanitarian testimonials because storms will be too frequent. Watch Years of Living Dangerously!!! In thirty years most of the US could be as hot as fucking Arizona.

Anyway, I want to say that we all need to get along. We are out of wiggle room. There is no more room for territorial war, whatever side you fall on. We also often take too much for granted as humans in the modern age.

Today I was talking to Israeli thrash band Hammercult‘s Yakir Shochat via Facebook IM. He had the dignity to apologize for not having some guest answers to a piece done for me yet, because his band has been in an area currently under heavy fire. These people have a minute warning between when an explosion could happen, and just 15 seconds in the South. And this man has the grace, a dude in a thrash metal band, to apologize for not being able to email me sooner. Think about that the next time you complain your band doesn’t have enough places to play in town. Or other concerns that a band with gusto and team work could overcome. We are getting spoiled as a quick fix culture. Thankfully many people are waking up.

Our conversation was cut short because he had to run and take cover from incoming danger several times and check on the safety of his friend.

Here are some outtakes from my chat with Yakir today. He wanted me to be certain to tell readers that he doesn’t think he is better than bands from elsewhere because of his troubles, but rather that he is simply listing logistical issues.

Click HERE to read more.

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The direct-to-consumer store for Dio: Live In London – Hammersmith Apollo 1993 is now live HERE. The DVD, SD Blu-ray, and 2CD (out on May 13 via Eagle Rock Entertainment) is the first ever video release of this classic 1993 concert, and features fan favorites like “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” “Strange Highways, and Heaven And Hell.” The D2C store offers not only these versions, but deluxe bundles of each format with an exclusive t-shirt and bandanna!

Of course, Dio is the greatest ever and this footage just adds to his legacy. Strange Highways was a killer album.

For a sneak peak at what’s to come, check out a high octane video of classic Sabbath track “Mob Rules” HERE.
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