Ritchie Blackmore Performs First Show With New Rainbow Lineup

  • He’s back! After bowing out of Deep Purple in 1993 and subsequently rock music altogether two years later, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has returned to the rock ‘n’ roll spotlight with a revamped lineup of Rainbow. The band made their first performance yesterday (June 17) at the Monsters of Rock festival in Germany.

    The setlist was lined with not only Rainbow classics from the Ronnie James Dio era, but the Russ Ballad cover of “Since You Been Gone” from Down to Earth along with “Spotlight Kid” and the title track off Difficult to Cure. Among the Dio songs were “Stargazer,” “Catch the Rainbow,” “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

    Of the 13 songs performed, six Deep Purple cuts made the set, including opener “Highway Star,” “Mistreated,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Child in Time,” “Black Night” and “Smoke on the Water.” As setlist.fm indicates, “Soldier of Fortune,” “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves,” “Lazy” and “Burn” were on the setlist but were not played. More footage can be seen below.

    Blackmore was surrounded by an entirely new cast of musicians, rounded out by singer Ronnie Romero (Lords of Black), keyboardist Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (ex-Blackmore’s Night). Romero’s voice is well-rounded and able to handle the diverse range of material, falling in line between Dio and David Coverdale with his tonality and capable of delivering the signature grit found in Ian Gillan‘s voice.

    After years of being left on the sidelines, Deep Purple were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class. Blackmore was among the members who received the honor, but was not in attendance citing Deep Purple’s management barring the guitarist from the event.
    Rainbow, Monsters of Rock Setlist
    “Highway Star”
    “Spotlight Kid”
    “Mistreated” (Deep Purple)
    “Since You Been Gone” (Russ Ballard)
    “Man On The Silver Mountain”
    “Catch The Rainbow”
    “Difficult To Cure”
    “Perfect Strangers” (Deep Purple)
    “Child In Time” (Deep Purple)
    “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
    “Black Night” (Deep Purple)
    “Smoke On The Water” (Deep Purple)

    Source: http://loudwire.com/



ABBATH Jumps On The BABYMETAL Hype Train

  • Choo-choo, all aboard the Babymetal hype train, we are excited to welcome our newest passanger Abbath. Babymetal posted the above photo of the trvest of the trve metal gods posing for an adorable photo with the group at the Fortarock Festival in the Netherlands this past weekend. Here’s another, equally adorable photo: Abbath adds his name to the long list of Babymetal supporters including Lamb of God, Metallica, Slayer, Deftones and Limp Bizkit. Carcass even defended them, Dragonforce recorded with them and Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt said the band helped ween his young daughter off One Direction.Source: http://www.metalinjection.net/


RAMMSTEIN Performs New Song At Italy’s GODS OF METAL Festival (Video)

  • German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN kicked off their European summer festival tour last night (Thursday, June 2) with a headlining appearance at the Gods Of Metal festival in Monza, Italy. The group opened the concert with a brand new song, presumably from their forthcoming album, the details of which have not yet been revealed. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below. RAMMSTEIN last year released a 21st-anniversary box set, a numbered, career-wide collection titled “XXI”. The set included the band’s six studio albums, produced by Jacob Hellner and remastered onto 180-gram heavyweight double vinyl by Svante Forsbäck, as well as a separate rarities double LP, “Raritäten”, including a previously unreleased version of the track “Los”. RAMMSTEIN hasn’t made a new CD since 2009’s “Liebe Ist Für Alle Da”. The band’s frontman Till Lindemann last year released a debut album with his side project LINDEMANN. Source: http://www.blabbermouth.net

Immortal announces new album

IMMORTAL has completed the writing of their ninth full length studio album.

– This will be our darkest and coldest album in a long time: pure Blashyrkh metal the way our fans know it, with massive majestic riffs, grim frostbitten vocals and tales from our mighty realm. Fast and furious tracks, epic tracks and longer playtime than any of our previous albums.

Founding IMMORTAL member, lyricist and guitarist Demonaz is now also handling the vocals.
– The massive fansupport has been very inspiring and we will not let down the fans. The last year we have completed all the new songs and look forward to record our most passionate album in a long time. The songwriting process has been awesome and we are soon ready to start the recordings.

In a time when true and origin Black Metal is nearly dead, the band is in ultimate spirit.
– After the last years incidents it was time to go back to the roots to what this band is really about musically, and also to take the integrity of the band back to where it belongs. Cold, grim uncompromising Blashyrkh metal with a true feeling is what we deliver.

From 2010 until 2014, IMMORTAL wrote all the songs for the successor to “All Shall Fall”, but when ex- member Abbath left the band in 2014, he changed the lyrics, song titles and recorded these songs for his so called “solo album”.
– We had to focus on making a new album nearly from scratch, which is the main reason why things have taken this much time. We are now looking forward to record the new album and present it to all those who have shown their loyalty and support.
IMMORTAL has always been a unique and unstoppable force, and that goes for our fans as well. We will never change our music or attitude.

The album title and song titles will be revealed soon.



Iconic rockers SCORPIONS will hit the road in May for twelve North American headlining dates with Mikkey Dee formerly of Motörhead sitting in on drums for James Kottak, announced today. Kottak is currently on break while he seeks medical attention. Swedish-born Mikkey Dee joined Motörhead in 1992 and is well-respected among the rock and metal community. SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine states “we would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority. We wish James a speedy recovery and he will be back to Rock with us very soon! We look forward to seeing all our fans this month.”

SCORPIONS kick off the 2016 U.S. leg with twelve dates in May beginning at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on May 6th and includes a Las Vegas residency.


More info on the band’s webpage https://www.the-scorpions.com/tour

Metalinsider reports on attack of Belphegor’s frontman by an Orthodox Christian in Russia


  • We know that Russia is not a very tolerant country in many aspects, which sometimes extends to their thoughts on heavy metal. For years, bands have faced difficulties when trying to perform in the motherland – like Behemoth, whogot arrested and ejected entirely out of the country for simply being Behemoth.

    Now, it seems like is Belphegor who had to deal with some perils during their last visit in the country, particularly its frontman Helmuth Lehner.

    During their current visit to Russia in company of Nile and Melechesh, Belphegor had to deal with some opposition by a Christian orthodox at the airport in St. Petersburg, who claims Lehner attacked him and sent him to the emergency room, although on the video you can see Lehner being the one spat on and attacked.

    “It’s all lies and slander. There are surveillance cameras that are recorded. We most likely will file a complaint with the police on the fact of hooliganism “- said a spokesman for Infinity Concerts, the organizers for Belphegor’s concert in the city. He also stated that there was a group of Christian activist picketing the arrival of the band because of their Satanic lyrics and that they will enhance the security for their show. This has been an ongoing issue in Russia. A few weeks ago, Polish band Batushka was forced to cancel their performance in Moscow due to threats coming from the orthodox church opposition of attacking or even killing those who attend the concert. Also, huge props to Nile’s Karl Sanders for helping calm down the situation.Source: http://www.metalinsider.net/



Brian Johnson’ statement after Axl Rose is announced to take over the vocals for the legendary AC/DC

After making the surprising statement that “AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals” Brian Johnson sheds more light into the matter:

  • As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer. I want personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented. On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life. Since that day, I have had several consultations with my doctors and it appears that, for the near future, I will be unable to perform on stage at arena and stadium size venues where the sound levels are beyond my current tolerance, without the risk of substantial hearing loss and possibly total deafness. Until that time, I tried as best as I could to continue despite the pain and hearing loss but it all became too much to bear and too much to risk. I am personally crushed by this development more than anyone could ever imagine. The emotional experience I feel now is worse than anything I have ever in my life felt before. Being part of AC/DC, making records and performing for the millions of devoted fans this past 36 years has been my life’s work. I cannot imagine going forward without being part of that, but for now I have no choice. The one thing for certain is that I will always be with AC/DC at every show in spirit, if not in person. Most importantly, I feel terrible having to disappoint the fans who bought tickets for the canceled shows and who have steadfastly supported me and AC/DC these many years. Words cannot express my deep gratitude and heartfelt thanks not just for the recent outpouring to me personally of kind words and good wishes, but also for the years of loyal support of AC/DC. My thanks also go to Angus and Cliff for their support. Finally, I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic. Only time will tell. Once again, my sincere best wishes and thanks to everyone for their support and understanding. Love, Brian Brian Johnson


New drummer joins Ammon Amarth

  • Drummers are hard to find, just ask Amon Amarth. They have a new record coming out and still don’t have a new drummer. For the recording of their new album, Jomsviking, the band enlisted Tobias Gustafsson of Vomitory. But the band made it clear he’s not in the band. These dudes have some touring lined up soon, so they definitely need somebody behind the kit. Today, they revealed who that somebody is. In a new video (below), the band revealed they are enlisting October Tide drummer Jocke Wallgren for the tour cycle. It looks like he fits right in…Source: Metal Injection


Welcome to Amon Amarth, Jocke Wallgren.Welcome to Amon Amarth, Jocke Wallgren. Jocke will be joining us as drummer for our upcoming tours and we are happy to have him. jomsviking.lnk.to/tour

Posted by Amon Amarth on Tuesday, March 22, 2016