A seriously great real metal package is coming to town: Manowar co-founding guitarist Ross The Boss announces headline tour all over Europe to promote his recently released album "By Blood Sworn". His band features siren Marc Lopes on lead vocals, Symphony X bassist Mike LePond on bass and Steve Bolognese on drums.

Ross The Boss states: “On April 20th we released a very ambitious album, "By Blood Sworn".  Now in the fall we will perform some of these great new tunes plus the timeless classics. Hope everyone will be there to witness the onslaught!”.

Alongside the Ross The Boss band, Sweden’s Bullet will raise the value of the tour package as co-headliner. The band released their latest critically acclaimed album "Dust To Gold" just as Ross on April 20th.

BULLET says:"Are you ready for the second leg of the ”Dust to Gold” European tour? We are!!! Feels great to be back with a new tour especially with the legend Ross the Boss. See you all on the Heavy Metal Highway!!!!".

And as if that is not enough Poland' s Crystal Viper will join in as a special guest for the first part of the tour from October 16th – 22nd. After that Sweden’s Portrait will take over the special guest slot for the shows from October 24th until November 3rd, including the Metal Hammer Paradise and Aalborg Metal Festival.

Ross the Boss


Crystal Viper

16.10. ES - Oviedo, Sir Laurens

17.10. ES - Madrid, Caracol

18.10. ES - Barcelona, Bóveda

19.10. FR - Grenoble, Ilyade

20.10. IT - Parma, Campus Industy

22.10. FR - Colmar, Le Grillen


Ross the Boss



24.10. CH - Winterthur, Gaswerk

25.10. DE - Köln, Essigfabrik

26.10. DE - Bochum, Matrix

27.10. DE - Andernach, JUZ

30.10. DE - Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal

31.10. DE - Hamburg, Markthalle

01.11. DE - Rheine, Hypthalamus

02.11. DE - Metal Hammer Paradise

03.11. DK - Aalborg Metal Festival

According to the band's new video message, Dream Theater are currently working on the follow-up to "The Astonishing" album (2016), which is going to be "heavy, progressive, melodic, shredding and epic"! James LaBrie, John Petrucci and the rest of the pioneering band have locked themselves in the studio and have begun composing new songs. Let's see what LaBrie and Petrucci said in the clip.

James LaBrie: "John and I are here at the studio. We've been here for one week, and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room, and we're all interacting with one another, and I've gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you're in for a treat".

John Petrucci: "Yeah, the vibe is really cool, the hang is cool, the atmosphere, the inspiration. It's been great — there's a lot of ideas flowing. It's already been really productive, only a week in, which is cool".

J.LaBrie: "Not to mention just the style of the music, which I think a lot of people will stand up and applaud at this point. But there's a heaviness to it, there's an aggression to it. But you mentioned something earlier when we were talking about this, and you said, what was it? The five…"

J. Petrucci: "The five pillars of D.T. I think everyone's on the same page with the type of record this is gonna be. I mean, so far the music is heavy, it's progressive, it's melodic, it's shredding, and it's also epic. So it has all those elements, which… they are the five pillars of Dream Theater, if you wanna call it that. We just called it that; there you go ... And the cool thing is everybody is contributing. We're fired up with all our gear as a band, so it's a real big live sound. We kind of get an idea when we're writing what things really feel like to play and whether the grooves are powerful or whatever, whether it really is hitting us and making the hairs on our arms stand up. And just to give you a little insight on how we're doing this and what we'll be doing for the next couple of months, we have all the gear set up, all of our live gear, and we're basically going through this kind of neat little board here that we have set up. It's a very simple thing, but all the instruments are pretty much direct. We only have four mics on the drums, and as we complete a section or a song even, we get it to where we can all play it — as hard as it is, however many takes we have to get and we get a really solid live demo out of it. And then what we're gonna do is we're also multitracking, so we'll take that multitrack and then we'll mix that down, so we'll have a pretty good-quality demo. And then our engineer will then take that and prep it for tracking, so he'll prep it for Pro Tools, so when it's time to track and overdub, we'll be all set to do that".

J.LaBrie: "I think that's the beauty, though — you're laying it down and you're recording it, and then we get a reference mix. So we know right away: is it hitting us the same way that it felt when it was going down? And then you're able to either adjust, go back, rethink it, or it's great, and we can just move on. It's a very positive situation and a very productive one".





Ian Gillan, the legendary singer of Deep Purple, shared some interesting news, when he spoke to Kaaos TV. More specifically, he revealed that he just recorded a new album with his first-ever band, The Javelins! Let's see what he told during this interview, when he was asked if he has any plans to release new solo music.

Ian Gillan: "I've got about five projects in mind. I've got about 30 songs in my library that have never been recorded. I don't know which of those will actually end up coming alive, but there is one, a project that we've just finished recording in Hamburg. I recorded a new album with my first-ever band, The Javelins, from 1962, and we finished recording that material of the time. And that's coming out in August. And I'm gonna start promotion work on that in a few weeks' time. So you're the first to actually know about it. And it contains songs like Ray Charles and Buddy Holly and Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry and stuff like that, from that era. And the guys in the band, most of them tickled along at the occasional gig and they practiced, but most of them haven't really played in any progressive way for 50 years or more — 55, 56 years now. I prepared all the material with Steve Morris, my old partner from Liverpool — not Steve Morse; Steve Morris. And we sent the tapes, 16 songs, to each of the guys, and said, 'Okay, practice like crazy for six weeks.' And so we all met in the studio in Hamburg and we recorded 10 songs on the first day. And the whole 16 were recorded in two days, and then the solos and extra bits and pieces, a few mistakes, were repaired on a Wednesday, and then we did a video, and that was it. It was unbelievable. And I was listening to the rough mixes, before we put on the vocal backings, the girls, and the brass section, because a lot of those old songs, like The Coasters and Ray Charles, had brass sections on them, so we're doing it authentically, augmenting the band. But, you know, because they hadn't played professionally for 50 years, they didn't evolve at all — they kept playing in the style which was in 1962, and consequently, when I'm listening to it, I think, 'My God! This is so authentic. It sounds just exactly as it did in those days.' It's not musicians from today trying to do a retro version of those songs, which I've heard plenty of, and they're always high production — there's no breathing space; no nothing. It sounds, to me, just as I remember it. And so I'm very excited about that. Of course, we're all in our 70s, and we're like a bunch of school boys in the studio. We had a reunion a couple of years ago — at Christmas, we all went on a boat up the river Thames and had a fantastic night. And it was great — the old banter was still there, the jokes and the sense of humor. And it was wonderful — just truly wonderful. A great experience for these guys who have not been in a studio like that before. We did try another project a few years ago and made another set. So I think there were some nerves and some apprehension prior to the session, but by God, they went through it great. After every day's work, we sat down, we had a meal and drank some beers together and just talked about things. It was great. It was certainly a fantastic experience ...".



AOR/classic/prog rockers The Night Flight Orchestra are going to release their new album on June 29 via Nuclear Blast. As everybody knows, The Night Flight Orchestra is the supergroup, which was formed by members of Soilwork and Arch Enemy. The follow-up to the successful "Amber Galactic" (2017) was again produced by the bandmembers themselves and was recorded at Handsome Hard Music / Larsson Music Studio as well as Nordic Sound Lab in Skara, Sweden. Mixing duties were taken on by the band's guitarist/percussionist Sebastian Forslund and mastering was done by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room.

The band baptized its new album "Sometimes The World Ain't Enough" and has just released its new video for a song from this upcoming album ("Lovers in the Rain").

The band comments: "'Lovers In The Rain' is the soundtrack of the way it felt when you held the hand of your first true love for the first time. Happiness so intense, your heart beating so fast that it almost feels like a panic attack. And in the back of your head, you're already mourning the fact that one day it will all be over. But during those first trembling moments, you know that nothing will ever be the same again. From now on, you will always compare every life experience to these first magic moments. 'Lovers in the Rain' is an homage to the anthems of our youth, the songs that made us believe that in every life; no matter how insignificant you might feel sometimes, you will someday have that experience with someone. Hopefully with The Night Flight Orchestra playing in the background. And believe us, we've all been there. This song, like the whole new album, is about those moments when you transcend reality and might for one fleeting moment catch a glimpse of the otherworldly. It's for each and every one of you, with love from The Night Flight Orchestra, remembering everyone we've ever loved and lost".

"Sometimes The World Ain't Enough" tracklist:

01. This Time 
02. Turn To Miami 
03. Paralyzed 
04. Sometimes The World Ain't Enough 
05. Moments Of Thunder 
06. Speedwagon 
07. Lovers In The Rain 
08. Can't Be That Bad 
09. Pretty Thing Closing In 
10. Barcelona 
11. Winged And Serpentine 
12. The Last Of The Independent Romantics 
13. Marjorie (limited-edition digipack CD and vinyl bonus track) 
14. Pacific Priestess (Japanese bonus track)
Björn Strid - Vocals 
Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass 
David Andersson - Guitars 
Richard Larsson - Keyboards 
Jonas Källsbäck - Drums 
Sebastian Forslund - Guitars, Percussion, Special FX 
Anna-Mia Bonde - Backing Vocals 
Anna Brygård - Backing Vocals
Photo credit: Carlos Del Olmo Holmberg