Posts Tagged ‘Rob Halford’

Review by Jeff Maki
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Sister Sin had a fairly successful 13-year career, which saw the Swedish hard rockers sell thousands of records and play all over the world, including the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, where we interviewed vocalist Liv Sin (read here), who also stakes claim as one of Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks in Metal.” When Sister Sin unexpectedly called it quits in 2015, Liv Sin—the band—was born. And what a rebirth it is. Follow Me sees Liv transforming into full-on-metal, while channeling the classic sound from the late ’80s and early ’90s.

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In This Moment have announced the release of their eagerly anticipated new album. Ritual arrives everywhere on Friday, July 21. In This Moment’s sixth studio album, Ritual, will be released by Atlantic Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records and is available for pre-order now.

All pre-orders will be joined by an instant grat download of the album’s first single, “Oh Lord,” with additional instant grat downloads becoming available in the weeks leading up to the album’s release. Exclusive pre-order bundles, which include custom In This Moment branded rosary beads, are available now at the band’s webstore.

“Oh Lord” – which is also available now for streaming and individual purchase – arrives today at Rock radio outlets nationwide. The track is joined by a powerful companion video, streaming now at the band’s official YouTube channel.

Watch the video for “Oh Lord” and view album details inside! (more…)


Swedish metal goddess Liv Sin has released the video for “Immortal Sin” (f / Jyrki 69 from 69 Eyes) from her debut solo album Follow Me. The video can be seen inside. The classic Fight cover comes off of Liv’s recently released and hotly tipped debut solo album, Follow Me, which was produced by the duo of Stefan Kaufmann and Fitty Weinhold, who brought out more intense metal in me than I ever could imagine” Liv says. “These guys have been in the business and in this music for so long, so their experience really brought out the essence of our songs, for the better.” Watch it inside! (more…)

Judas Priest’s tour in support of its 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive of the group’s entire career—consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of its classic albums. Fans will be able relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25 via Epic Records.

Recorded live on Aug. 1, 2015, at Germany’s Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry will be available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains three bonus tracks shot in Poland on Dec. 10, 2015, at the Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland. (more…)

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Rob Halford

Rob Halford

Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, SME’s catalog division, have signed a worldwide rights deal with the Metal God, Rob Halford. Frontman of the legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest, Halford has branched out on various side projects since 1992, including his bands Fight, 2wo and Halford. The new SONY/Legacy agreement with Halford will include individual album catalog titles and audio-visual releases. Upcoming anthology titles will include an Essential and Playlist collection with plans for a definitive Complete Albums Box.  (more…)

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“The Metal God,” Rob Halford, acknowledges his worshipers during Judas Priest’s Oct. 24, 2014, show at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md.

View Judas Priest Live Photos from the show here.
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Review by Jeff Maki
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When we arrived at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md., for Judas Priest’s show Friday, Oc. 24, 2014, on its Redeemer of Souls tour, it was like stepping out of a time warp into 1986. The crowd—mostly men old enough to be my dad, though the thought of that is very frightening—had raided their attics and old storage boxes to dust off their cut-off jean jackets, with sewn-on patches of iconic ’80s metal bands (I saw a Kreator patch of all bands), leather jackets, tassels, combat boots, high-top sneakers and vintage band T-shirts. More surprising, they either had done up or retained (I’m going with retained) their most fashionable ’80s heavy metal hairstyles. I saw fans drunk out of their minds, who had clearly been partying all day leading up to the show. This was no scene at a Mayhem Festival. I maybe had to witness it live and in-person to realize this, but heavy metal has changed drastically over the years, so for these Priest fans, this was their biggest night in years. This was Heavy Metal Parking Lot 2014.

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Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls (July 8), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding yes. Priest will be touring the U.S. in the fall, with dates running throughout October and most of November. Steel Panther will open all dates, which are listed below. (more…)

Review by Greg Maki
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It’s hard to think of anyone in the 40-plus-year history of the genre who’s more “metal” than Ronnie James Dio. The man practically invented the “metal horns,” for Pete’s sake, a salute metalheads can throw up to each other even if they’ve never met, confident it will be returned happily. As the frontman of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his eponymous band, Dio’s career aligns with metal’s inception, and though his commercial success hit peaks and valleys, for four decades, he stayed true; even in the year before his death—at age 67 from stomach cancer—he was recording and touring with his former Black Sabbath bandmates as Heaven and Hell. (Their 2009 album, The Devil You Know, holds its own with the best of Dio’s discography.) (more…)

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This is Your Life pays tribute to the late singer with covers of his greatest songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio. The disc will feature newly recorded tracks from Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D, and will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. (more…)

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Zoltan Bathory: Heaven nor Hell Volume 2

This summer, Five Finger Death Punch co-headlined (with Rob Zombie) the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and saw its latest album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1, debut at No. 2 on the Billboard charts (behind pop star Robin Thicke). And they’re just getting started. A full North American headlining tour is set for the fall, followed by a European run with Avenged Sevenfold, and The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 is set to be released Nov. 19. When the Mayhem Festival came to Camden, N.J., this summer, Live Metal’s Greg Maki sat down with guitarist Zoltan Bathory for a lengthy chat about all things Death Punch. In volume one of this interview, the discussion focused on touring, specifically the band’s history with the Mayhem Festival and the ever-growing Five Finger live show. In volume two, Zoltan talks in depth about the new album and the challenges that came with it.

Read Zoltan Bathory: Heaven nor Hell Volume 1 HERE. (more…)