RAVEN LORD Add “Larry Paterson” On Drums…
RAVEN LORD have revealed that former “Stuka Squadron” (Blaze Bayley, Chokehold, Sinocence, Arbitrater) drummer, Larry Paterson, will be joining the group. Larry lives in the UK & comes to the band with a pro-echelon of touring experience.
The band has often been compared to the sounds sound of Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Sabbath, & Judas Priest. Preliminary work on a new album has already began, with various songs at different stages of completion. Two new songs ‘End of World’ & ‘Saints & Sinners’ can be heard at www.myspace.com/raven-lord or www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic.
Raven Lord’s line-up is Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – vocals, Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv) – lead guitar, Julian Barrett (Tarja Turunen, Barilari, Lorihen) – lead/rhythm guitar, Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band, ex-Black Sabbath) – bass, & now Larry Paterson (Blaze Bayley, Stuka Squadron, Sinocence) – drums.
Lawrence Paterson was born in Matamata, New Zealand – drumming by the age of 15…influenced by the sounds of classic hard rock & heavy metal bands like Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, & AC/DC. Several projects in the New Zealand region followed, until around 1988…when Larry relocated to the United Kingdom.
Again, Larry spent several years in bands of different calibres & levels of achievement – like drumming for thrashers “Arbitrater” in 1992, when they released the ‘Darkened Reality’ album. For a period of time, Larry was an official helper & “gear carrier” for Cozy Powell (& his drum tech Eddie Naughton), during the writing & recording of the Black Sabbath ‘Forbidden’ album. Striking up a friendship with one of his all-time drum heroes left an indelible impression on Lawrence…a profound influence in Larry’s playing style & attitude to both music, & metal in particular.
Over the years, since his arrival in the UK, Larry has played in several notable bands including Chokehold (who released three albums, appeared on Channel 4 Television, & toured with Saxon) & Blaze Bayley – appearing on two studio albums, a “LIVE” double album & DVD…plus touring throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Eire, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Croatia, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, & Greece between 2007 & 2010.
Larry also authored a book on the Blaze Bayley Band’s history entitled, “At The End Of The Day”, published originally in 2009. This was actually his eleventh book, as he has also written ten others about a totally different kind of “heavy metal”. Since 2000, he has penned non-fiction histories of Germany’s Second World War U-boat service…inspired largely by his lifelong interest in the Second World War & workings as a scuba instructor, diving the wartime wrecks off of the coast of France.
Larry proudly endorses the following equipment: Mapex drums & hardware, Wincent drumsticks, Paiste cymbals; Aquarian drumheads, The Music Shipping Company (Kidderminster), Hardcase cases, & Dreadmeister custom drum parts.
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MELVINS LITE Debuts with “FREAK PUKE” on June 5th…
Line-Up Features BUZZ OSBORNE, DALE CROVER, & TREVOR DUNN
The Melvins have unveiled the latest twist in their 29-year history with “Melvins Lite” – an additional incarnation of the band that finds founders Buzz Osborne & Dale Crover partnering with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk) for a 10-song release, titled FREAK PUKE…due out June 5th on Ipecac Recordings.
“The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups, & I think that’s what has kept us relevant for so long.” explains Osborne, “Consider the ‘Freak Puke’ record as the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins triangle.”
Dunn is known as one of rock & jazz’s top bass players, performing on both a traditional & upright bass in a wide range of bands, as well as working as a freelance musician. He is currently recording the new Tomahawk album, is a member of Fantômas, & was the bassist for Mr. Bungle.
The Melvins will be taping an episode of “Last Call” with Carson Daly at their April 13th show, in Los Angeles. Osborne will join Greg Gutfeld for another chat on June 28th on Fox News’ Red Eye.
Freak Puke was recorded by Toshi Kasai & the Melvins, in Los Angeles.
1. Mr. Rip Off
2. Inner Ear Rupture
3. Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
4. Worm Farm Walt
5. A Growing Disgust
6. Leon vs. The Revolution
7. Holy Barbarians
8. Freak Puke
9. Let Me Roll It
10. Tommy Goes Berserk
As previously announced, the Melvins (in “traditional” four piece line-up with Crover, Osborne, & Big Businesses’ Jared Warren & Coady Willis) will be touring the U.S. this spring, in support of the free release “Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees” – available March 13th. Dates are listed here, & a Melvins Lite tour is forthcoming.
“We Are Doomed”, the second song from the ‘Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees’ EP, is now streaming via Revolver Magazine.
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Vinny Appice (Dio, Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath) to “Guest Judge” at Heavy MTL 2012 BOTB – March 14th, Montreal…DRUM CLINIC Announced!!!
Montreal’s heaviest & loudest bands will take to the stage (once again) to battle out in ROUND THREE of “En Route” – for a chance to win one of two prized spots on the Heavy MTL 2012 line-up at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 11th to 12th, 2012. This “Battle of the Bands” round will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at Katacombes (1635 St. Laurent) with special guest-judge drummer, Vinny Appice in attendance – known for his solid percussion on over 25 multi-platinum selling albums with influential groups like DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL (to name a few)…along with historic live & in-studio sessions accompanying JOHN LENNON at the novice age of sixteen.
In additional news, the Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada with ItalMelodie, Evans Drumheads, & Vic Firth are proud to present a DRUM CLINIC - along with a “Meet & Greet” signing with Vinny Appice at ItalMelodie’s Montreal location (250 Jean Talon East – 3rd Floor) on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30PM – 7:30PM. Tickets for the clinic are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, & can be purchased at ItalMelodie.
Heavy MTL 2012 “BOTB” showcases are every second Wednesday of the months leading up to Heavy MTL 2012.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 – “Progressive/Modern Death-Thrash Metal” Night
18+ / 8:30 PM / Tickets -$12
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/331075960266885/
Guest Judge: Vinny Appice – http://www.vinnyappice.com
Bands: DEMISE OF THE CROWN / HEROIK / INSTANZIA / TRAINWRECK ARCHITECT
Six judges (in all) will decide the score of each band. The “TOP 5″ scoring bands out of the 20 competitors will go on to THE FINALS – where TWO will win their spot on the stage of the Heavy MTL 2012 festival!!!
Sponsored By: Budweiser / Jagermeister / La Boutique Labyrinthe / Steve’s Music Store / LoudTrax.com / H.M.M.A.C. / Magik Tours
Tickets onsale now @ Admission.com & Labyrinthe (486 Ste. Catherine West).
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About Vinny Appice: He has powered the rhythm of bands like DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, OZZY OSBOURNE, WWIII, AXIS, RICK DERRINGER…& at age 16 performed with JOHN LENNON on stage & in the studio. Vinny has recorded & co-written songs on over 25 albums, many of which hail multi-platinum status! Drumming across the world for over two decades, & playing before countless fans, his work has sold millions of copies…& his drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks like “Wayne’s World 2″, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle”, “Bedazzled”, & most recently “Bad Teacher”. He is the author of the drum instruction book “Rock Steady”, & DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, plus has performed incredible drum clinics around the globe.
Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath & Dio, with the authors always mentioning Vinny’s unique & powerful drumming style…which has become a part of rock drumming history! In 2006, Black Sabbath was reborn as “Heaven & Hell” with Vinny again manning the rhythm behind the band…with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Three world tours followed, as well as a CD titled “The Devil You Know” – the first studio album since 1991’s “Dehumanizer”. The band also released the “Heaven & Hell: Live in Europe” DVD in 2010, which was the last video recording of the late Ronnie James Dio at Wacken Festival in Germany. Vinny can also be heard on the recent release of “Dio At Donington” – a live performance of Dio from 1983 & 1987.
“Drum Wars”, created with older brother & drumming legend Carmine Appice, was a show that pounded venues everywhere. It was a rock drummer’s journey, featuring music from the history of bands the Appice’s have played with…as well as drum solos, comedy, & a massive “Drum Battle Finale” that was critically-acclaimed. The last time the brothers performed together was in 1992 at a few drum clinics in the USA.
2012 is set to see Vinny’s new band “Kill Devil Hill” – featuring mega-bassist Rex Brown (Pantera/Down), vocalist Dewey Bragg, & guitarist Mark Zavon – tear up the world! The band just finished a warm-up tour & plans to release their first CD on SPV Records in March, 2012…with more touring to follow. It’s a cross between Sabbath, Alice In Chains, & Led Zeppelin. Vinny is also working on a 2012 release for a new rock drum instruction booklet & video. Stay tuned for this, & all other news regarding Vinny Appice.
Former ANTHRAX Guitarist & Founder of “RED LAMB” – DAN SPITZ Shooting Documentary @ “WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS”
Twin Autistic Sons Will Be The Subject For Exclusive Film…
Dan Spitz, founder & former guitar player for Anthrax & current creator of Red Lamb, along with his wife Candi (as well as their twin four-year-old boys) are raising awareness of the life-changing effects of autism by participating in the “Walk Now For Autism Speaks” in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Autism is what makes our children special, we do not see it as a disability. They are beautiful, intelligent, silly, & we love that they see the world differently.” explains Candi Spitz, who is also on the committee for Autism Speaks. The couple’s four-year-old twin sons’ autism diagnosis has given the Spitz family a mission to do all they can for not only their children, but the 1 in 110 American children currently diagnosed with the disease. They will be participating in the walk on March 4th, while filming portions from the event for a documentary on their sons’ lives. The currently untitled documentary is being produced by SheKnows.com, a prominent parenting website that won both a 2010 & 2011 “OMMA Award for Excellence”.
Dan Spitz formed Red Lamb in 2010 & recently released a self-titled debut album, co-produced with Dave Mustaine (Megadeth). Spitz & Mustaine also co-wrote the song “Puzzle Box” for the release – a video for the track is in the works with footage from Sunday’s event being included. Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) oversaw all programming for the album. Vrenna & Spitz are also working on a side project with more details to be announced shortly. The first video from Red Lamb is for the song “The Cage” – which can be seen here.
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