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  • Blabbermouth reports THE WINERY DOGS, the new project featuring Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG) and Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will release its debut album in May in Japan via Victor Entertainment. Release dates for other territories have not yet been announced.  The first official THE WINERY DOGS photo, as well as the band's logo, can be seen below.  THE WINERY DOGS' CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: "I'm really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course Mike annihilated on drums. [It's a] really cool, unique record."  At the end of 2011, Portnoy and Sheehan tapped Kotzen to be the guitarist/vocalist of their new project following the departure of John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY).  Although Portnoy and Sykes demoed a dozen or so songs at a Los Angeles studio in 2011, their vastly different work ethics and conflicting schedules were solely to blame for the dissolution of their collaboration.  During an interview that aired on the July 13, 2012 edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Portnoy said, "I love John personally, and we get along great — he's a sweetheart of a guy — but I need to keep moving. I can't sit still and kind of wait to make an album over the next three years, I need to put things on the calendar and move forward and get them done, and John's kind of just a 'wait, wait, wait' guy. Sadly, it kind of just stopped in its tracks, and Billy and I said, 'Look, let's do something.' And you [Eddie] were the one, actually, that suggested Richie Kotzen and I thought it was a brilliant suggestion, because he's an unbelievably underrated talent, not only [as] a guitar player but a phemonal singer, and just an amazing songwriter and artist. I think people just kind of lump him, or write him off as the guy that was with POISON and MR. BIG. I think they have no idea what he's really capable of."  When asked to describe the musical direction of the project, Portnoy said, "It's a classic-rock kind of power-trio sound. If you picture the classic-rock bands of… the classic ones — [LED] ZEPPELIN, CREAM, [JIMI] HENDRIX, GRAND FUNK [RAILROAD] — if you take that classic-rock power-trio sound of the early '70s, and then you sprinkle it on top with some of the modern kind of sounds of SOUNDGARDEN and ALICE IN CHAINS or BLACK CROWES or LENNY KRAVITZ… It's in that vein; it's kind of a [mixture] of all of those bands. But on top of it all you've got the phenomenal playing that Richie and Billy do, and I could play a couple of things on the drums as well [chuckles], so... And all three of us are singing — Richie is the lead vocalist, obviously, but me and Billy are also singing."


  • Blabbermouth reports big dreams came true for the members of thrash-metal band ANTHRAX in Septemer 2011 when they returned to their hometown of New York and stepped on the stage at Yankee Stadium with the other three acts that are part of the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH. As the only one of the "Big Four" bands whose members are from New York, a number of the band have many childhood memories of attending Yankees games, making the concert especially significant.  Specialized ANTHRAX Yankees jerseys have since been made for the occasion are currently hanging in the historic baseball stadium for all to see. Check out a photo below.  For ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante playing Yankee Stadium was extremely personal; his father, also named Charlie, was a huge baseball fan and onetime budding ballplayer, who died when Charlie Jr. was 5.  "I would give all this up just to have my father around," Benante told, "but to have him be there and see me playing Yankee Stadium, I know for him it would probably be the greatest thing ever."  Benante's father, who was scouted by the majors, would regale a four-year-old Charlie with all the stats and facts about the Yankees players while the two played catch in the backyard. "My dad was a huge Yankees fan," Charlierecalled. "I remember he always had the TV or radio on, listening to every Yankees game he could. He died when I was five, so he never knew about my success as a musician, but I know he would have been so proud of me playing Yankee Stadium. I know that in some way, he'll be there, giving me the power I'll need to knock it out of the park."  Read more at Loudwire


  • Blabbermouth reports Greek guitarist Gus G. (FIREWIND, OZZY OSBOURNE) will join legendary singer Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on stage on April 25 at the Eightball club in Thessaloniki, Greece. Soto says: "Gus and I are also collaborating on each other's upcoming solo albums, my favorite kind of bartering."  Hillock Productions recently announced the imminent launch of the long-awaited biography of Jeff Scott Soto, entitled "Stand Up And Shout… The Story Of A Rock Star". This authorized biography, by Frank Tunney, takes the reader through Jeff's early years right up to the present day ahead of his forthcoming European tour.  "Stand Up And Shout… The Story Of A Rock Star" follows Jeff's career — from his first college band through to W.E.T. and the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Running to over 400 pages, the book is filled with facts and anecdotes and is illustrated with more than 120 pictures, many of which are from Jeff's own extensive archive. These include track listings; cover art and a comprehensive, up-to-date discography/videography, together with many quotes from Jeff, his fellow musicians and backstage team.  The first 100 copies will be available during Jeff's 2013 tour as a limited advance edition of the "book" on a USB Card — ahead of the official publication, which will be in Kindle, iBook and eBook formats, as well a digitally printed version on Amazon's Create Space platform.


  • Blabbermouth reports, Australia's first-ever dedicated 24/7 rock and metal online radio station launched by Andrew Haug, the former host of Triple J Australia's "The Racket" radio show (originally "Full Metal Racket"; 2001-2011), has announced a brand new metal program. Dubbed "The Dead Show", it is hosted by none other than frontman Nick Holmes of British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST. Joining Nick and telling his fair share of tales is Holmes' sidekick and PARADISE LOST tech Millie Evans.  Says Nick about the show: "If you edit out all the bits in between the songs, 'The Dead Show' has all the hallmarks of quality metal radio."

    "The Dead Show" will Air on the following dates/times:

    Wednesday, March 27 at 9:00 p.m. AEDT (Australia)

    Thursday, March 28 at these times:

    * USA/Canada 7:00 p.m. PST
    * USA/Canada 10:00 p.m. EST
    * U.K. 9:00 p.m.
    * Rest of Europe 10:00 p.m. CET


  • Blabbermouth reports Danish thrash metal veterans ARTILLERY will enter the studio today (Sunday, March 24) to record two new songs — "Anno Requirem" and "Dies Irae".  The band is expected to return to the studio in June to track its new album for a late 2013 release. Other working songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Define Your Sins" and "Wardrum Heartbeat".  Singer Søren Adamsen left Danish ARTILLERY last year for personal reasons and was replaced by Michael Bastholm Dahl.  The ARTILLERY song "The Almighty" featuring Michael Bastholm Dahl's vocals can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track was recorded at Medley studio with producer Søren AndersenARTILLERY will join Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB on the travelling thrash-fest, the Speed Of Sound Tour 2013. In May. Brazilian outfit TORTURE SQUAD will join the tour as special guests, with newcomers TANTARA from Norway completing the lineup.  ARTILLERY's Michael Stützer Hansen comments: “ARTILLERY is looking forward to thrash Europe together with the Irish Madmen and the Brazilian samba killers!"  ARTILLERY's South American tour in November featured the band's new lineup, which also includes drummer Josua Madsen alongside longtime bassist Peter Thorslund and founding members Morten and Michael Stützer on guitars.


  • Blabbermouth reports guitarist Lord Ahriman (real name: Mikael Svanberg) of Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL has posted the following message regarding the passing of his former bandmate, Swedish guitarist David Parland (pictured below; NECROPHOBIC, DARK FUNERAL, INFERNAL):  "A couple of days ago I was reached by the terrible news that my old brother David 'Blackmoon' Parland had passed away and entered the eternal fire once and for all. It's taken me a few days to grasp it all. And it still hurts a lot to even think to talk about it.  "During the last couple of weeks, I was in close contact with David. He was going through an extremely difficult time of life, whereof he contacted me to ask for my help.  "Even though the two of us had a bit of a complicated relationship over the years (much excessive in the media though), he knew that he could ALWAYS call or visit me when needed, which he also did once in a while.  "Last time I talked to him was when he called me on March 15. From what I could understand, things were going in the right direction. I also had some very good news for him, which he was very happy to hear about. What happened after that I simply can't understand. And I cant understand WHY he didn't call me (again).  "So close, so fucking close to get back on track, brother.  "Why?  "You will be missed deeply! May you reign forever and ever in the eternal hellfire.  "Hail the hordes!"  Parland died on March 19 at the age of 42. No cause of death has yet been revealed.  A founding member of the Swedish melodic death metal band NECROPHOBIC, Parland later went on to start DARK FUNERAL and make a melodic and essentialist version of black metal that later worked more occult heavy metal into the mix. After that, he joined INFERNAL and developed their unique style of intensely violent music.  A posting on the web site reads: "With the passing of Mr. Parland, death metal loses a talented musician and someone whose forward momentum launched more vital projects than most can dream of. It is hope that his legacy will not be forgotten."


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