"The bold souls at Ripple Music, Kozmik Artifactz, Twin Earth Records and DHU Records have come together across continents to make it happen, and a 500-copies-pressed 2LP four-way label sampler split featuring all previously unreleased tracks and versions is the result. I shouldn’t have to tell you this is something special, something that doesn’t happen every day, and something that might not happen again." - The Obelisk
Two US-based labels, Ripple Music and Twin Earth Records, join forces with two European-based Lables, DHU Records and Kozmik Artifactz to bring forth a double album of epic proportions, something so massive it could only have it's own monolith, Skull Mountain. Each Label showcases one full album side of it's signature sound, each song previously unreleased or unreleased mix. The entire album mastered to perfection by Tony Reed at HeavyHead.
Inside the gatefold, Tarot cards display the four element theme of Skull Mountain with each Label represented by it's own signature element, Ripple-Water; Twin Earth-Earth, DHU- Fire, and Kozmik- Air. Accordingly, each label has a limited amount of vinyl available in it's own signature elemental color, Ripple-Blue, Twin Earth - Green, DHU-Red, and Kozmik- Clear
Only 500 of these stunning 2xLP albums were pressed, with each label only having 125 in it's signature color. Once they're gone, they're gone. Preorders start Tuesday May 29 at 9pm CET, 12 noon PST. Available at Ripple Music, Twin Earth Records, D.H.U Records, and Kozmik Artifactz.
An epic introduction into the worlds of North American and European heavy music. A monumental journey to Skull Mountain
The Watchers - Starfire (Cosmic Nebula mix)
Kingnomad - Dewer's Hollow
Blackwulf - The Tempest (Black Tide mix)
Vokonis - Celestial Embrace
Side Twin Earth
Alastor - Blood on Satan's Claw
Kabbalah - Abomination
Starts that Move - Give It All Away
Haunted - Crossmoth
Disenchanter - More Evil Than Thou
Dawn - Day of the Lord
Witch Ritual - Drawing Down the Moon
Youngblood Supercult - Sticky Fingers
The Heavy Eyes - Home
Devil Electric - Devil's Bells
Red Spektor - Devil's Keeper
Hair of the Dog - My Only Home
"You Need An Ass Kickin' Right Now" is the first video from D.O.A.'s new album Fight Back. Canada's legendary punks have always delighted in sticking it to pompous and despicable characters, so this new video carries on their fine tradition of defiance and irreverence.
"In our modern world that is stuffed with ever increasing episodes of racism, sexism, greed and warmongers, it's time say enough is enough, time to fight back," said Joe "Shithead" Keithley, the fearless leader of D.O.A.
In "Ass Kickin'" he takes on callous and tragic characters like: Kanye, Putin, Harvey Weinstein, Xi Jingping, Trump, and many more. "My only regret is that the song is only one minute and 20 seconds long, so we ran out of time to include more," concluded Keithley.
D.O.A., the pioneering punks who set the bar high for punk and basically invented hardcore, are ready to rip it up on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. Their new album is called Fight Back and they are embarking on a worldwide tour to support this impressive new effort. The "Men of Action" are ready to take on all opposition and lay down a punk rock path of wild music and free thought. Their rough and ready line up is led by the godfather of Hardcore, Joe Keithley (guitar, vocals) he is more than ably accompanied by the manic rhythm section of
Paddy Duddy (drums) and Corkscrew (bass).
Early reviews indicate that Fight Back is the most innovative D.O.A. album since War on 45. D.O.A. has always been right on the pulse of what's going on in our screwed up world. Fight Back deals with what we have left, which in a lot of ways, is not much.
"When you really think about it, income inequality and disparity is at the root of a lot huge problems, like environmental degradation, war, sexism and hate" said Keithley who has been fighting the good fight for the last 40 years. It's why he's made TALK - ACTION = 0 his lifelong mantra.
Fight Back, released on Joe's own label Sudden Death Records, is a scathing and timely piece. Joe deals with all manner of unseemly low characters and issues. The album opens with acerbic "You Need an Ass Kickin' Right Now," next rips right into the startling "Killer Cops," then smashes into the anthemic "Time To Fight Back," which is street punk resistance at its fiercest. The album proceeds with the timely "Gonna Set You Straight" with violent and natural ease, and continues with the vitriolic "I Just Got Back From the USA." Then, the album takes a funny twist with "We Won't Drink This Piss" (down with bad corporate beer!) and "You Can't Stop Me," a song in which Joe delves into the character of Slapshot's playing coach Reggie Dunlop (a natural alter ego perhaps).
The "Men Of Action" are returning to the US for some unfinished business.
US TOUR DATES:
US EAST COAST & CANADA TOUR DATES:
D.O.A. was formed amidst a whirlwind of controversy and upheaval. In 1978, three guys fresh out of high school from the backwaters of Canada's suburbs heard about the punk rock revolution. In February of that same year the band formed and started playing shows. They soon realized that there were no record deals coming in any time soon.
Keithley (aka Joey Shithead) who was working towards being a civil rights lawyer before he found punk rock, concluded that the band had to take the "do it yourself" approach long before DIY became a popular concept. He formed a fledging record label called Sudden Death Recordsand the label released D.O.A.'s first snarling slab of vinyl, the Disco Sucks 7" EP.
Disco Sucks soon became an underground hit and the band started touring from Vancouver to their newly adopted "home base" of California five to six times a year. In 1980, Keithley coined the term "hardcore" and the band soon released their landmark album Hardcore 81. The album became a hit, the hardcore movement took off, and D.O.A. pushed that expression into common vernacular.
Over the last four decades, D.O.A. have released 17 studio albums, sold over a million albums, and played 4,000 shows on five different continents. The band's albums, shows, and attitude have won over three generations of fans and influenced the likes of Green Day, Nirvana, Offspring, Henry Rollins, David Grohl and The Red Hot Chilli peppers, to name a few. Keithley has also written two books: I Shithead: A Life in Punk and TALK - ACTION = 0.
From day one, D.O.A. has helped organize and lead hundreds of benefit concerts and protests for good and just causes like environmental issues, women's rights, food bank benefits, and First Nations' rights. They have organized protests and stood against war, racism, weapons proliferation, and countless other causes.
Keithley has been called a cultural politician, trying to change the world from outside the system. He's currently running for Mayor of his home town of Burnaby, under the Green Party banner, attempting to change the system from inside. Keithley and the band were also ardent supporters of the Occupy Movement, realizing this was a step towards equality in our world. He is always looking for a way to push "grassroots democracy" and like his idol Pete Seeger, he and the band won't give up.
When the band takes their wild, unbridled show live show on the road, it's a must see, because it's a chance to see one of the last real punk rock bands that gets out there, kicks ass, and tells it like it is. It's a perpetual atmosphere of chaos, veering out of control, but somehow, at the last minute, D.O.A. manages to reign all of it back in. And in an indescribable way, you are not quite the same person afterwards.
D.O.A. - Forty years and going strong! Follow Joe and the D.O.A. gang on Twitter and on Facebook
Portland rockers RED FANG have announced a Kerrang! sponsored US Fall headlining tour with support from Big Business, Monolord (select dates), and Dead Now. The tour begins September 7th at Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, NC, travels through 17 cities and ends September 28th in Indianapolis, IN. All confirmed tour dates are available below.
Additionally, RED FANG recently finished successful South American and Australian/New Zealand tours. The band is also scheduled to perform at additional North American Summer festivals Heavy Montreal and Psycho Las Vegas.
Watch RED FANG’s hilarious, animated music video for “Not For You” directed by Balázs Gróf that was recently named one of the top 5 music videos of the year by Revolver Magazine. Watch the full video at this location.
Watch a full collection of previously released RED FANG music videos HERE.
Stream RED FANG’s discography on Bandcamp HERE.
RED FANG’s latest album Only Ghosts is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.
RED FANG Tour Dates:
--- All Dates Sep 11 - 28 w/ Big Business & Dead Now ---
^ Red Fang Only
# w/ Monolord and Dead Now, No Big Business
It’s hard to imagine a more forceful statement of intent than “Riot on the Strip,” the bruising first video from James Williamson & the Pink Hearts. Co-written by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Williamson and band frontman Frank Meyer, “Riot on the Strip” is just one of the incendiary flash bombs to feature on next month’s highly-anticipated Behind the Shade album. Behind the Shade is released June 22, 2018 on LP+CD, standalone CD, and digitally via Leopard Lady Records.
James Williamson, most famous for his role as guitarist and co-songwriter on the massively influential Raw Power by Iggy & the Stooges, is set to make his most stylistically diverse musical statement to date with the Pink Hearts. Fronted by Los Angeles-based vocalists Frank Meyer (the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden (the Haden Triplets), the Pink Hearts’ repertoire encompasses everything from feral rockers to soul-searching balladry. The band has announced two upcoming concerts. Tickets for the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on June 29 can be purchased HERE and for the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on June 30 HERE.
“’Riot on the Strip” is one of the rabble rousing songs on the album that’s kind of an anthem to disgust, disaffection and dissatisfaction,” Williamson recently told Classic Rock Magazine. “It rocks hard and feels good. The riff and solo are unmistakably mine.”
Meyer, the song’s lyricist, continues: “It’s about the downfall of the L.A. music scene. The lyrics deal with the tendency of music labels to latch onto something cool, like an underground scene or new sound, and then turn it into something uncool, generic and lame. It feels like they take something organic and artistic and just stick it on the factory belt to churn out product. In the song, the kids get so fed up over being bought and sold that they rebel and start a revolution, storming through the streets of L.A., burning down the whole industry.”
Additional players on “Riot on the Strip” are bassist Jason Carmer, drummer Michael Urbano, and keyboardist Gregg Foreman.
The “Riot on the Strip” video was directed by Amy D’Allessandro Stolz for Bella Nova Pictures. D’Allessandro will shoot her debut feature film, The Subconscious Dreamer, this summer. The video was lensed by cinematographer James Stolz. Visit their Vimeo Channel.
"Riot on the Strip" lyrics (Meyer/Williamson)
“They say they tried to teach us but we would never would learn
They say they tried to beat us but they always got burned
They played by the rules we set the rulebook on fire
They said I was a bastard, a real live wire
They tried to take the money and dock my pay
I said listen here mister this is gonna end today
He tried to bring a knife to a blazing gun fight
and found himself dead under the Chevy headlights
There’s a riot, a riot in the strip
There’s a riot, Better not get hit
They say we never listen, they never gave us a chance
Music politicians with their corporate dance
They tried to take our scene, that underground sound
And then blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
The Tower is burning, the Whisky‘s gone to shit
And now we got a riot on the Sunset Strip
The kids just want some music and none of this bullshit
Are you kidding me with this?
There’s a riot, a riot in the strip
There’s a riot, Better not get hit
Burnt and burned
Flash bomb sounds
Machine gun rounds
There’s a riot, a riot in the strip
There’s a riot, Better not get hit
Hey Hey There’s a riot ....”
Formed in 1975, Iron Maiden led the wave of British heavy metal music and became a global institution. Over the course of 40 years the band has come to embody a spirit of fearless creative independence, ferocious dedication to fans, and a cheerful indifference to critics. Iron Maiden has built a following that reaches every culture, generation, and time zone. With over 90 million album sales, more than 2,000 live performances in 63 countries, tens of millions of fans and 16 studio albums of unerring quality, Iron Maiden has more than earned its proudly-held status as one of the most influential and revered bands of all time.
The Iron Maiden pinball machines aim to reflect the same excitement, energy, and experience of a live Iron Maiden concert. Players will immerse themselves in an interactive Iron Maiden universe transforming into various forms of Eddie, the band’s legendary mascot. Players, as Eddie, will embark on a quest to defeat the Beast and his minions across the Legacy of the Beast mobile game and comic book world. Iron Maiden pinball entertains with an amazing array of modern and classic features, making it suitable for all skill levels.
All models include twelve Iron Maiden songs with players going to battle as Eddie with the help of four flippers, two spinners, a set of 3-bank drop targets, metal and wireform ramps, a captive ball mechanism, a dual up-post lock mechanism, and a center bullseye target.
It should be noted that Stern Pinball, Inc. is the oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games.