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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
The new CD from Chicago-based British guitarist Andrew Bordoni called simply "Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released June 2007 and is currently only available for pre-order at andrewbordoniandfriends.com. The entirely instrumental album will feature guest appearances from some of today's best metal and rock guitarists including:
Michael Angelo Batio
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Doctor Butcher, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Kee Marcello (Ex- Europe - K2)
Dave Weiner (Steve Vai Band)
Lars Eric Mattsson
Matt Konfirst (Independent Artist)
Will Scarlett ( One of Andrew's 16 year old students! )
Ryan Richko (Independent Artist)
Featuring 12 songs ranging from soft rock to full on metal, anyone who loves guitar will find something they'll enjoy on this album.
"Andrew Bordoni & Friends" will be released independently and will be available at the following websites:
I-Tunes, Rhapsody, Napster and most major download websites.
The profits of the CD will go into supporting the "Beyond Music - Creative & Interactive Music School" created and founded by Andrew Bordoni.
Professionally shot video footage of SAVATAGE performing the song "Dead Winter Dead" at the Dynamo Open Air festival in Eindhoven, Holland in 1996 has been posted online at YouTube.com. The clip originally aired on the German music video channel VIVA TV on the metal show "Metalla". More...
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the band featuring former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Burden of Truth", due on August 4 via AFM Records.
CIRCLE II CIRCLE have created a very special record based on the "Holy Blood Holy Grail" and "The Da Vinci Code" theory of a Holy Bloodline extending up to our modern day.
Commented Zak: "This is the record I’ve been trying to make my whole life and now's it's finished. Fuck, what a great feeling it is to finally realize my aspirations after all these years! CIRCLE II CIRCLE/SAVATAGE fans are in for a HUGE treat with this record."
He continued: "50 million fans have read these books and i'm sure they have had some of the same feelings and questions I've had, so the band and I decided to explore our thoughts and share them with our fans. There's definitely some dark stuff on this record but if you really dig deep you'll see that there's a very positive outcome."
"Burden of Truth" was recorded at Tampa's Morrisound Recording. Touring is scheduled for the fall 2006 throughout Europe and a special 90-minute performance at the ProgPower Festival in September — the only show where CIRCLE II CIRCLE will play "Burden Of Truth" in its entirety along with some classics.
Here is the "Burden of Truth" track listing: More...
ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.
Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.
Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.
Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.
ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.
Abrasive Rock.com will be hosting a live fan chat with Circle II Circle mainman Zachary Stevens Monday, November 14th, at 4:00 PM Pacific (7:00 Eastern). Fans will be able to talk to Zak directly about the critically acclaimed second album, The Middle Of Nowhere, as well as anything else they want to know.
Stevens sang for SAVATAGE from 1992 to 2000, replacing Jon Oliva. Their debut solo album, "Watching In Silence", set the scene in 2003. Now, with compositional/instrumental help from Oliva, Stevens has upped the ante on his promising solo career with "In The Middle of Nowhere", delivering 10 studio tracks in 54:26, a distinct synthesis of Progressive Rock and Power Metal. Considering his longtime musical pedigree, and the musicians he’s surrounded himself with, this South Carolinian is primed and poised to take the prog-power sub-genre to new heights with CIRCLE II CIRCLE.
On November 14th Abrasive Rock will also launch a new contest for fans to enter for a chance to win signed copies of the album as well as cool new merchendise. Go to AbrasiveRock.com/chat for more info.
Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Chris Caffrey is to start recording a new solo album at the end of the year. To be called 'Pins And Needles', it will be be released by Black Lotus Records.
Jon Oliva's Pain, the new band led by Savatage mastermind Jon Oliva, have announced the venue details for the Greek portion of their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to take place in December. The dates are as follows:
Dec. 18 – Thessaloniki, GRE @ Hydrogios
Dec. 19 – Athens, GRE @ Rodon Live!
Dec. 20 – Athens, GRE @ AN club (acoustic show)
It is important to note that the all-acoustic show (Dec. 20) will a completely different performance from the two electric shows. Fans can expect to hear most of the new album, "'Tage Mahal", as well as feast of old-school Savatage. Support at the shows will come from Wheelrunner. A possibility exists that a second support act to the bill.
As previously reported, Jon Oliva's Pain will perform a hometown show at Boomerz Boiler Room in Seminole, FL on December 11.
Jon Oliva's Pain's debut album, "'Tage Mahal", was released in Europe on October 25 through SPV Records. The U.S. release date is set for January 2005. More information is available at www.jonoliva.net.
In a recent interview with BW&BK about his new project Jon Olivas's Pain, Savatage frontman/founder Jon Oliva explained why the long awaited follow-up to the band's 2001 album Poets And Madmen hasn't surfaced.
“Savatage has been together for 23 years, all the guys in the band except for me play with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I write for TSO, and unfortunately Savatage has taken a back seat to that. It’s for business reasons mainly, because you don’t take something that’s selling out Madison Square Garden and 18,000 seat arenas and crush it over a band that sells 100,000 records. That’s common sense, and Savatage can go on as long as the guys want to make records. We’re planning on doing something for the 25th Anniversary of the band, which falls in 2007. We’ve been compiling video footage and I’ve been working on material, so we’re just going to see what happens. But, that’s still a couple years away, and in the meantime I want to go out and play. I don’t want to sit around and get old, which is why I came up with Jon Oliva’s Pain. I figure that if it takes two or three years to get another Savatage record out it’s not gonna matter because I’ll still be doing stuff that makes me happy.”
The Jon Oliva's Pain debut, 'Tage Mahal, will be released on October 25th through SPV. Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery released his solo debut Faces / God Damn War on September 24th.
Circle II Circle, the new band fronted by former Savatage singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup.
Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John 'Ozzy' Osborn, who had just filled in on drums for our Saxon/Doro tour. He really understood what kind of players we needed to go to that next level, and thank god he did, because he introduced us to some really great players and some really great friends.
"Mitch Stewart (bass/vocals) and Tom Drennan (drums/vocals) were able to get on board during the June/July tour with Blaze and Saxon. They were so absolutely fantastic and made such a HUGE impression on all of the fans and press that we knew they were the guys we were looking for.
"After the tour they recommended that we contact some great friends of theirs, Evan Christopher (guitars/vocals) and Andrew Lee (guitars/vocals), both of whom they had been performing with in Nashville for many years. On the December tour with Saxon and Doro, Circle II Circle hooked up with keyboard great Oliver Palotai of Doro to handle the intricate keyboard arrangements and soon he became Circle II Circle's sixth touring member."
Circle II Circle are currently completing work on their second album, "Faces In the Dark", tentatively due late February 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD was completed at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Commented Zak: "We have finally found our own Circle II Circle sound!
"We make 'classic heavy metal' in a modern way!! Pushing the old boundaries, and creating a new future for this style of music that we all love so much."
In 2005, Circle II Circle will hit the road once again with an extensive worldwide tour, including some great summer festivals and possibly a headlining tour in the fall.
An EP, called "The Mold" taken from the first personal album featuring Chris Caffery (main guitarist of Savatage, master of ceremonies & guitarist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra) as the singer besides his guitars duties is released in Europe through Black Lotus Records. Includes two exclusive non-album tracks. The album features Paul Morris (Rainbow, Doro), Dave Z (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ZO2, Jeff Plate (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
A world-wide tour will follow with an appearance in Wacken Festival 2005.
"The Mold" tracklisting: More...
According to BW&BK sources, Circle II Circle frontman Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage), cut off a finger yesterday mowing his lawn in Florida and is currently in the hospital.
As previously reported, Circle II Circle have set Faces In The Dark as the working title to their second album, due out through AFM early next year. The band recently finished pre-production at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Circle II Cirlce, the new band fronted by former Savatage singer Zachary Stevens, have set "Faces In the Dark" as the working title of their second album, tentatively due in early 2005 through AFM Records. The pre-production for the CD was completed at Cabin Fever Studios in Brooksville, Florida.
Owned and operated by hit songwriter Troy Montgomery, Cabin Fever Studios is known for its privacy, excellent writing conditions, relaxed atmosphere, and a great a collection of guns, bow and arrows, and wildlife.
Among the tracks set to appear on the upcoming album is a song penned by Stevens in collaboration with Running Wild guitarist Bernd Aufermann.
Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery officially released the first single, called 'The Mold', from his upcoming solo debut Faces / God Damn War in Europe on September 1st. The five song EP also includes the album tracks ‘God Damn War’ and ‘Fade Into The X’, and the non-album cuts ‘Fright Nights’ and ‘Forever We’ll Be’. The unreleased tracks are exclusive to the single.
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Sound-clips from the solo debut of Savatage mastermind, Jon Oliva, are now up on the band’s website. The album, titled ‘Tage Mahal, will be released through SPV Records on October 25 in Europe and October 26 in the US. Also, there will be a listening party for the entire album in the framework of the pre-party of Prog-Power V in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 16th 2004 at the Vinyl Club. Jon Oliva’s Pain will perform at the Prog-Festival on Friday, Sept 17, along with a special performance by both present and former members of Savatage. Please find all the details at the official site of the event www.progpowerusa.com.
Due to possible trade-name conflicts and to avoid “consumer confusion” with the previously announced band name 'Tage Mahal, the name of Oliva’s solo project has been changed to Jon Oliva’s Pain . The title of the record will be called ‘Tage Mahal . The bands management realized that there is an established blues artist in Europe who has been using a similar band name for decades.
The solo debut release date for Savatage mastermind, Jon Oliva, has been set for October 25 in Europe and October 26th in the US . SPV Records will handle distribution worldwide. SPV has expressed incredible enthusiasm for this release after listening to the final master a few weeks ago. Final artwork and packaging is being completed with a massive promotional campaign to begin shortly. An extensive US and European tour will follow soon after. This record is the first installment of a 3-part series which will be followed by a box set release which will include all 3-releases, a live DVD, along with live and studio outtakes from both the recording sessions and the tours to follow.
Jon Oliva’s Pain will debut the new material live at the sold-out Prog-Power V Metal Festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 16. Also appearing that night will be a performance by Savatage members, both past and present.
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
BW&BK is reporting at their site bravewords.com that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been in talks with Annihilator guitar legend Jeff Waters about him possibly joining the ranks of the newly rejuvenated thrash legends.
"I’ve been talking to one of your countrymen about playing with me and it looks pretty good," Mustaine revealed about his recent communication with Waters.
"We’ve been talking quite a lot and my only fear is that he’s so good and he’s a leader of his own thing and this is an institution here, it’s a worldwide thing and, you know. I’ve already had some struggles with bringing in a hired gun that was a leader of another situation with Alan (Pitrelli). Alan’s a good guy, good player. I don’t think that he really could take going from being a leader in Savatage and TSO (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) to being, you know, second, or actually fourth, in Megadeth. I don’t think he could handle it. That’s my only fear about working with Jeff is that he’s a leader of his own thing.
But, we’re talkin’ and we’re talkin’ and I’m passionate about what I want to do and it may very well happen. We’ve obviously started a friendship and I’ve known of him for years. It may just be that this is a combination that will put him on the map and give me some stability because I have a lot of friends that are Canadian and every one of them is just fucking righteous."
This isn't the first time that a Mustaine-Waters collaboration has been spoken about. Waters was rumored to replace Jeff Young (So Far, So Good...So What! era) in the late '80s. More...
Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently took part in the premier of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert", featuring a 30-piece orchestra. " It was simultaneously one of my most challenging and most rewarding musical experiences," Alex said. "To play in such a situation requires a lot of focus and concentration. You have to give it all your energy but still not lose your place with the sheet music and with the conductor (make a mistake and it's VERY obvious!). But when it all comes together it's something else. The music covers a lot of territory, from suspense to cabaret to pop and driving rock. Some sections were like an electric guitar concerto. It was funny to think back to the very early days of TESTAMENT in those sweaty dive bars; I never could have imagined I'd one day be surrounded by strings, brass, woodwinds, classical percussion and a conductor. It was a thrill to work hands on with creator/composer Frank Wildhorn. For now it's looking like our next round of performances is the week of September 8th at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut (with an eight-piece ensemble) with more large orchestra performances as a future possibility. Even if you're not a Broadway fan, you'll probably enjoy this, as it's got a rock edge both in the story and the music (at one time Sebastian Bach was in the lead role). Check out this show if you can!"