Legendary guitar and piano/keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine‘s new self- titled album, to be released June 21 on Favored Nations, marks a highly-anticipated return to solo work after a prolific decade of output with his bands, including prog-metal-fusion trio PLANET X; Grammy-nominated jazz fusion outfit CAB; power metallers RING OF FIRE; as well as performing keyboard and guitar duties in Steve Vai‘s double platinum DVD-selling live band “The Breed” from 2001-2006.
“When I set out to write a new album, I quickly realized that my urge to once again create and define myself as a solo artist had returned with a vengeance,” said MacAlpine. “This is my strongest album to date. I can’t wait to hit the road and play it live.”
Recorded in his home studio in Pasadena, California, “Tony MacAlpine” is the musician’s 11th solo album. Featuring 12 tracks of guitar-laden progressive instrumental metal — MacAlpine performing seven- and eight-string guitar, keyboards, bass and programming, along with drum legendsVirgil Donati (PLANET X, VIRGIL DONATI BAND) on tracks 1, 5, and 10; and Marco Minnemann (ADRIAN BELEW, NECROPHAGIST) on tracks 3, 4, 8 and 12. Bassist Philip Bynoe (STEVE VAI, RING OF FIRE) also appears on track 2. The album was mixed by Ulrich Wild (DEFTONES, STATIC-X,DETHKLOK) and mastered by former chief mastering engineer of A&M Studios, Dave Collins.
One of the guitarists at the forefront of the virtuoso guitar movement of the mid-80s, 2011 marks Tony’s 25th anniversary of groundbreaking guitar work (his seminal 1986 debut album “Edge Of Insanity” was recently ranked #4 in Guitar World magazine’s “Top 10 Shred Albums Of All Time”), in a career spanning 11 solo albums, 13 band albums, and countless guest appearances, in genres diverse as metal, progressive fusion, neoclassical, jazz and classical piano.
The album’s opening tracks “Serpens Cauda” and “Ölüdeniz” are available now for FREE download in high quality MP3 at Tony‘s web site.
Tony plans to tour the album in the USA, Europe and South America later this year and 2012.
“Tony MacAlpine” track listing:
01. Serpens Cauda (4:23)
02. Ölüdeniz (5:16)
03. Fire Mountain (4:23)
04. Dream Mechanism (4:18)
05. Ten Seconds to Mercury (4:35)
06. Flowers For Monday (3:05)
07. Angel of Twilight (5:03)
08. Pyrokinesis (3:56)
09. Blue Maserati (4:41)
10. Summer Palace (4:36)
11. Salar de Uyuni (5:40)
12. The Dedication (4:22)
KYUSS LIVES!, the project featuring three-quarters of KYUSS — the influential American stoner rock/metal band, originally from Palm Desert, California — has announced a very special show to take place on Thursday, June 30 at club 013 in Tilburg, Holland. Dubbed “An Evening With Kyuss Lives!”, the concert will feature two 90-minute sets from the band, with no support acts.
What can fans expect? Obviously a lot of classic songs but also spontaneous jam sessions; songs that normally are NOT on the band’s set list and one hell of a light show.
KYUSS LIVES! will unleash its desert rock fury on the U.S. for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near-total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group’s sold-out spring European tour which has proven to be a feast of recognition for the band. Due to unprecedented demand, the legendary musicians — bassistNick Oliveri, drummer Brant Bjork and singer John Garcia along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, who most recently played with Garcia in theGARCIA PLAYS KYUSS project — have announced two very special U.S. shows to take place this fall in New York and California. Openers THE SWORD will get each evening started before KYUSS LIVES! delivers its titanic grooves.
The dates are as follows:
Sep. 23 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Oct. 08 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
In a recent interview with UGO, Oliveri was asked how the idea for KYUSS LIVES! came about. “MONDO GENERATOR was on tour — we went to Europe and did a festival in France called Hellfest, and John Garcia and the guitar player, Bruno Fevery, were playing a version of KYUSS calledGARCIA PLAYS KYUSS, and he was going out,” he replied. “He hadn’t toured for a bit and wanted to go out and do some KYUSS stuff. They were headlining one of the side stages, and Brant Bjork‘s band was playing, andMONDO GENERATOR was playing on the same day. John asked us to come up and play some songs with him, so me and Brant up and did it, and it felt really great. It was great to play those old tunes — we hadn’t thought about them for a long time. I think Brant being the first drummer that I ever interacted with as a musician — I played in their bedrooms playing these songs — kind of just felt normal and natural. I got a call from him when I came home, saying, ‘Hey man, do you want to do some more shows?’ And I said, ‘Yeah man, that sounds cool. Let’s do it.’ So that’s how it started —John was doing it and it was getting good response from people that never got a chance to see any version of KYUSS at all. We didn’t realize there were so many people that wanted to see it, so it’s been a pleasant surprise and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Regarding why KYUSS guitarist and founding member Josh Homme is not involved in the reunion, Garcia told Rock Sound, “I have nothing bad to say about Josh — he’s extremely intelligent, very smart, a great guitar player, great songwriter, a great vocalist — he is a bad-ass, there is no question, and I love him dearly but he is busy with his own thing. He has THEM CROOKED VULTURES, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, he’s a father, a businessman and even if we asked him to do it, I don’t think he’d say yes, so I don’t want to set myself up for a big fat no which is 99.9 percent what he would say.”
KYUSS LIVES! recently revealed that it will record a new studio album following the band’s current tour.
KYUSS, the inventors of Desert Rock, have been in the last ten years much more popular than when they were still around in the early Nineties. So, due to massive public demand over the years to play songs from his old cult band KYUSS, John finally made the decision to give the fans what they want.
Video footage of KYUSS LIVES! performing on April 2, 2011 at The Forum in Kentish Town, London, England can be viewed below.
“Bulldogs Unleashed”, the new video from CHROME DIVISION, the Norwegian five-piece featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (a.k.a.Stian Thoresen) on guitar, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed with director Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (DIMMU BORGIR,LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE, KAMELOT), who previously worked with the group on the “Serial Killer” video (off 2006’s“Doomsday Rock ‘N’ Roll” album).
“Bulldogs Unleashed” comes off CHROME DIVISION‘s third album, “3rd Round Knockout”, which will be released in Europe on May 6 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Marius Strand Studio in Oslo.
“3rd Round Knockout” track listing:
01. Bulldogs Unleashed
02. 7 G-Strings
03. Join The Ride
04. Unholy Roller
05. Zombies & Monsters
06. Fight (Rumble ‘n’ Roll)
07. The Magic Man
08. Long Distance Call Girl
09. Ghost Riders In The Sky (JOHNNY CASH cover)
10. Satisfy My Soul
“Bulldogs Unleashed” can be streamed on the band’s Facebook page.
CHROME DIVISION has scheduled a release show/party for “3rd Round Knockout” on Friday, June 3 at John Dee in Oslo, Norway.
CHROME DIVISION in August 2009 parted ways with longtime vocalistEddie Guz “due to lack of dedication and commitment to the band.” His replacement is none other than Athera of SUSPERIA, who filled in for Guzat the Winterfire Festival at Hessenhallen in Giessen, Germany on February 21, 2009 after Eddie Guz was unable to make the gig.
“Booze, Broads And Beelzebub” was released in July 2008 in Europe and August 2008 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
CHROME DIVISION current lineup:
Shagrath – Guitar
Luna – Bass
Shady Blue (a.k.a. Athera) – Vocals
Ricky Doom – Guitar
Tony White – Drums