US rock band, THE MERCURY RIOTS, is a new band formed by members of popular LA bands Warner Drive, The Brave Ones, and the infamous Bullets And Octane, this power-trio “super-band” brings a sense of swagger and prowess to the stage.

With soaring guitars from Felipe Rodrigo, unique and charismatic vocals from the bassist/frontman Zachary Kibbee and a rocksteady pulse from Jonny Udell on drums, THE MERCURY RIOTS will definitely be a crowd-pleaser when they inevitably hit the road.

“I’d known Jonny for years around the LA music scene, having seen Warner Drive many times. And Felipe and I had already played together in my project and The Brave Ones”, says Zachary Kibbee, the electric and powerful voice of the band. “So when we played together in Bullets it just clicked really well. So well in fact, that we really wanted to explore more music together, we just couldn’t help ourselves.”

Enter THE MERCURY RIOTS, a healthy combination of loud, fast, jet-fuel powered rock n roll. Look for the band’s debut single 'Save Me A Drink', which is coming soon.


Zachary Kibbee - Vocals, Bass
Felipe Rodrigo - Guitars
Jonny Udell - Drums

by Rock'n'Growl


DeFox Records and Heart Of Steel Records are proud to announce the debut album of the biggest European and South American heavy metal project called HELLBONES.
The group was born thanks to the collaboration between Magnus Westman (singer of the Swedish group Mindfuel) and the Argentine producer and guitarist Rafael Fidanza (Nordica, Tyrano).
Joined the project; Claudio “Taka” Quesada (from Quesada/Fidanza) additional lead guitar, Patricio Molini (by Nordica) on keyboards, Beto Vazquez on bass guitar .
The album titled "Crossing Borders" contains ten powerful songs in the atmosphere of traditional Hard n Heavy Metal with pure energy and an impressive vocal line.
HELLBONES is influenced by European legends of the old school genre, in fact the great screamer Ralph Scheepers, already with Primal Fear and former Gamma Ray and Tyran' Pace, is also involved in the role of special guest. It doesn’t get better than this if you are a lover of Heavy Metal Rock.

The release will be published on March 15th - 2021.
The digital album is available on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Shazam...YouTube Music also.

Band members:
Magnus Westman: Lead Vocals & Backing Vocals
Rafael Fidanza: Guitars, Lead Guitars, Bass and Keyboards

Guest Musicians:
Ralf Scheepers: Vocals and backing vocals
Beto Vazquez: Bass guitar
Claudio "Taka" Quesada: additional Lead guitars
Patricio Molini: Keyboards

Tracklist and info:

01) Fool to believe
02) Promises we made
03) When night falls
04) In my dreams
05) Gods disciple
06) Flashes of memory
07) Apocalypse
08) Angel or demon
09) House on the hill
10) Beautiful mountains

Recorded at Heaven and Hell Studio, Cipolletti, Patagonia, Argentina
Produced by: Magnus Westman and Rafael Fidanza
Special guest appearance: Ralf Scheepers: Lead Vocals (duet) and backing vocals on "When Night Falls"
Beto Vazquez: Bass guitar on "Flashes Of Memory"
Claudio "Taka" Quesada: additional Lead guitars on "Promises We Made", "When Night Falls" and "Apocalypse"
Patricio Molini: Keyboards on "Fool To Believe" and "Promises We Made"
Artwork by Alvaro Sicardi and Gabriel Outeda (Uruguay)



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American singer-songwriter LEDFOOT aka ‘Tim Scott McConnell‘ has released a music video for the new single ‘Take away the hurt’, which was released on February 5th, 2021 via TBC Records. The track is taken from the forthcoming album ‘Black Valley‘. The single can be ordered here: 

The YouTube video can be viewed here:

Ledfoot (Tim Scott McConnell) recently won Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) in the blues class for his latest album ‘White Crow’. Leedfoot has developed his own playing style using a 12-string guitar with extra thick strings, steel plates and brass slide, often accompanied by stomp-box. In addition to four albums as Ledfoot, he has released several solo albums under his full name, played in The Havalinas, been covered by Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes) and played in the NRK series ‘Exit’.

Ledfoot has been touring, performing and releasing records for over forty years with bands such as `The Rockats` and `The Havalinas` and has released numerous solo records.

Tim Scott McConnell started touring at the age of 15. He got his first recording contract with Sire Records in 1982. In 1985 he was signed to Geffen Records and recorded the  album “High Lonesome Sound”.

Tim Scott McConnell founded the band The Havalinas in 1989 with Smutty Smiff and Chalo Quitana, and they realeased their debut album on Elektra in 1990. The band  achieved a great success and soon toured as support for Bob Dylan on the Oh Mercy world tour, as well as with Chris Isaak, Tina Turner and Crowded House to name a few.

In 1993, after heavy touring, Tim Scott McConnell moved to Norway, where he signed a deal with Warner Music and released the album “Deceivers and Believers” under his own  name in 1994. The album “Everywhere I’ve been” was released in 1997. In 2002 he signed with Farmen and released the self-titled band project The MoMac Trio in 2002,  followed by the solo album “13 songs” in 2005.

In 1996, Bruce Springsteen first recorded McConnells song “High Hopes”, originally  recorded for the Havalinas album, as a b-side for a single. Later, in 2014, Springsteen recorded the song again, this time as the title track for his 2014 studio album. The album  reached #1 in more than 10 countries, including USA and the UK.

Tims alter ego Ledfoot came into being in 2006 and defined his music as ‘Gothic Blues’,  using heavy strings on a twelve string guitar in open tunings and a pair of stomp boxes.  In this incarnation he has toured extensively in Europe and the U.S.  As Ledfoot, he has released 4 records to critical acclaim - `The Devils Songbook`,  `Damned, `Gothic Blues Volume One’ and his newest release `White Crow` which was  award Spellemannprisen (The Norwegian Grammy) 2019 in the blues category.  In 2020, Ledfoot released the album “A Death Divine” as a duo project with Norwegian guitar legend Ronni Le Tekrø.  Ledfoots next album ‘Black Valley’ is set to be released in late February 2021.

by Rock'n'Growl


US metal band SILVER TALON has revealed the cover art for their forthcoming full-length debut, “Decadence and Decay”. The album cover was conceived and illustrated by noted fantasy artist Gerald Brom, whose work has ubiquitous in the worlds of role-playing games, comic books and video games, including “Magic: The Gathering” and “World of Warcraft”. His distinctive visual style complements the epic aura generated by the band's three guitar-fueled heavy metal power.

Tentatively scheduled for a May release via M-Theory Audio, “Decadence and Decay” – the follow-up to the band’s 2018 acclaimed debut EP, “Becoming A Demon” – builds upon the thrilling combination of heavy metal hooks and guitar-driven virtuosity displayed by the band on their earlier effort. Highlights include “Resistance 2029” – which features a guest appearance by guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) – and the blistering leadoff track, “Deceiver, I Am”, a music video: 


for which recently premiered via Decibel Magazine. “Deceiver, I Am” is currently streaming on all digital platforms, and a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl pressing backed with an exclusive B-side cover of Savatage's “Power of the Night” is available now for purchase at

“It’s an awesome feeling to get the blessing of not one, but two of our favorite artists for this album”, explains guitarist Bryce VanHoosen. “Brom’s cover art for Doom II and Diablo II/III practically shaped our adolescence, and his piece ‘Witchthorn’ provided the atmospheric inspiration for ‘Decadence and Decay’. We’re eternally grateful for his permission to use it as our album cover. And Andy La Rocque - what a legend! The creepy and melodic vibe he’s been able to capture with King Diamond has been a constant source of inspiration. We’re beyond excited for you to hear what he was able to add to the track ‘Resistance 2029’”.

With a virtuosic guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, SILVER TALON was birthed in 2017 after rising from the ashes of Spellcaster. Guitarist Bryce VanHoosen joined forces with fellow ex-Spellcaster member Sebastian Silva – who also plays in goth-rockers Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands) – in a shared mission to keep the heavy metal flame burning brightly. Bolstered by the soaring vocal attack of Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre), SILVER TALON began 2018 by unveiling two demo tracks, “Devil Machine” and “Warrior's End”, which showcased the group's ability to create fist-clenching, head-banging heavy metal through a combination of masterful hooks, lush melody and technical dexterity.

SILVER TALON subsequently built on this foundation in the second half of 2018 with the release of their self-released debut EP “Becoming A Demon”. The EP saw the band return to the studio to re-record their original demos with Zach Ohren (Exmortus, Fallujah, Machine Head) alongside three new originals and a cover of Sanctuary's “Battle Angels” featuring that group's former guitarist (and future Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitar hero) Jeff Loomis. The release was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a solid salvo for those who love mid-'80s U.S.-style power/heavy metal with occasional nods to Teutonic finesse” and “metal that has plenty of heaviness while being musically sharp, sophisticated and awe- inspiring”.

The group would further their reputation as masters of triumphant heavy metal with live performances alongside acts such as Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet, as well as a nationwide tour at the end of 2019 supporting Savage Master.

VanHoosen's guitar prowess is also displayed through his YouTube channel at, which is regularly updated with play-through videos, guitar covers and product reviews.

More information about “Decadence and Decay” will be revealed in the weeks to come.


Wyatt Howell – Vocals
Bryce R. VanHoosen – Guitar
Sebastian Silva – Guitar
Devon Miller – Guitar
Walter Hartzell – Bass
Michael Thompson – Drums



The Smashing Pumpkins release the new and highly anticipated album "CYR" anticipated by several singles, including the latest "Wyttch" and "Ramona". 

The single "Ramona" is accompanied by the official video directed by Linda Strawberry, featuring founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. 

The video tells a love story and blends two styles: western and gothic. The single "Wyttch" on the other hand, delves into the heavier side of the band, reminding audiences why fans appreciate The Smashing Pumpkins' continuous musical innovation. 

The double album, featuring the band's founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder, will consist of 20 tracks and is joined by a 5-part animated series called “In Ashes”.

1. The Color of Love 2. Confessions of a Dopamine Addict 3. Cyr 4. Dulcet in E 5. Wrath 6. Ramona 7. Year Satan 8 Birch Grove 9. Wyttch 10. Starrcraft 11. Purple Blood 12. Save Your Tears 13 Telegenix 14. Black Forest, Black Hills 15. Adrennalynne 16. Haunted 17. The Hidden Sun 18. Schaudenfreud 19. Tyger, Tyger 20. Minerva



Imagined Nothing – The Third Single From The Debut Album Of Finnish-German Band Averlanche Is Out Now! 

Helsinki based 2017 founded melodic metal band Averlanche has released the third single from their upcoming debut album LIFE’S PHENOMENON.


Listen to "Imagined Nothing”


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Averlanche's vocalist Rebecca Spörl talks about the third single “Imagined Nothing”:

“This is one of the earliest compositions that Antti has done for this album. Once again he managed to write a song with melodies so catchy, they will be stuck in your head for a while. This song is a very good example of our debut album’s sound, which is built on the contrast of heavy guitars and beautiful melodies. So if you like it you should definitely get the album!”


Averlanche’s debut album “Life’s Phenomenon” will be out November 6th 2020 and you can already pre-order it here:

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The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Hiili Hiilesmaa who has worked with bands like HIM, Moonspell, Sentenced and Apocalyptica. It was recorded at Studio Watercastle by Arttu Sarvanne in fall 2019.


Averlanche combines catchy melodies with beautiful female vocals. Their sound is influenced by Finnish heavy metal music from the 90's and early 2000's. Vocalist Rebecca Spörl is originally from Germany, where she lived until she moved to Finland in 2014.

DeFox Records and Heart Of Steel Records are really proud to announce the second instrumental solo album of guitar wizard Ricky De Camargo.

The album titled “Maverick” contains seven instrumental songs featuring guitar riffs, vibrant solos and magnificent keyboards sound. 

Guitarist Ricky De Camargo lives in Brazil and he has played in some rock and metal bands from his country, he love Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Bumblefoot and all rock guitar masters! 

The release will be published in September 25th - 2020.

The digital album available on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Shazam...YouTube Music also.

This will be Ricky's second Instrumental Solo Album. In this record, Ricky bring us the same concept of rock, prog rock and many guitar lines. Everything very well mixed with orchestral arrangements. The album has 7 Instrumental Tracks. All writen and arranged by Ricky in his studio. The record process took around 3 months from start to finish. 

Ricky played, programed and recorded all the guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, synths solos and orchestral arrangements. A truly one man band project. In this album, Ricky put all the best songs that came up during the pre-production. Making a perfect balanced record.


The opening track "Maverick" it's a orchestral/prog-metal tune that it's divided in two parts. The first one it's more metal and direct. The second half give us the taste of prog-metal, with odd time signatures, dark riffs that switchs during all the second part, meanwhile synths solos runs during the next two minutes.

The next track "Lifestream" it's a ballad in Re minor. It's a track about overcome depression and keep going.

The third track "Sunrise in your Eyes" was recorded in honor of the Asians. People that Ricky has the greatest respect and admiration.

"Full Throttle, the fourth track, is a more direct rock song on the album. It is about doing the best you can in what you do in this life.

"The Angel's Choir", it's the fifth track from album. It's a more Gospel tune, with several choirs arrangements and several time signatures changes. 11/8, 7/8 and 8/8 to be more precisely. Ricky also wrote the Synth Solo that we have in this one.

The sixth track from "Maverick" it's "Twilight". A track that Ricky wrote many years ago.

According to ricky, he always tried to improve his guitar technique in front of his house watching the sunset.

That was the inspiration for the track.

The last song on the album is "Shadows Will Fade Someday". A complete song from the orchestra with many changes of tones.

To complete the album, Ricky wanted to have a song that would challenge him technically and theoretically, in terms of composition.

Then, after days and days of composing, he finally achieved a harmony that fulfilled the requirements he intended for this song.


Ricky de Camargo: Guitars, Bass, Drums, Piano, Keyboards, Orchestral and MIDI arrangements.

Mixed and Mastered at Guazzelli's Studios.

Photo by Mario Mendes

Cover art by Ray Walter





B.O.C.'s "The Symbol Remains" coming October 9, 2020 on Frontiers Music srl.

1. That Was Me
2. Box In My Head
3. Tainted Blood
4. Nightmare Epiphany
5. Edge Of The World
6. The Machine
7. Train True (Lennie’s Song)
8. The Return Of St. Cecilia
9. Stand And Fight
10. Florida Man
11. The Alchemist
12. Secret Road
13. There’s A Crime
14. Fight

Eric Bloom
Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser
Richie Castellano
Danny Miranda
Jules Radino




David Bowie new live album in august

“I guess you know I never wanted anyone more than you”



Parlophone Records is proud to announce the third in a series of three digital David Bowie live releases from the 90s.

The previously unreleased David Bowie live album, ‘DAVID BOWIE SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99)’ recorded live at the Elysée Montmartre on 14th October, 1999, is available to stream from 14th August.

DRIVE-IN SATURDAY from the same show is available as audio from 7th August, with the video premiere on YouTube this evening at 19:00 GMT.

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) is a 15-track live album, featuring 12 previously unreleased recordings and three tracks used as B-sides for singles from the ‘hours…’ album. The day of the show was a momentous one for Bowie, as that afternoon he was awarded the Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest artistic honour that France can bestow.

The Elysée Montmartre performance was one of only seven full shows performed during the promotion of the ‘hours…’ album. For this special limited run of gigs Bowie dug deep into his back catalogue making these shows particularly memorable. Standout tracks include ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me’ first released in 1966 and not performed live in over 30 years, 'Word On A Wing' from Station To Station was reinstated into the set after an absence of 23 years. 'Drive-In Saturday' had not been performed since 1974, and ‘hours…’ track 'Something In The Air' made its live debut at this show.

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (LIVE PARIS 99) was recorded live at the Elysée Montmartre, mixed by Mark Plati, and features Page Hamilton - guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey - bass, vocals, Mark Plati – guitar, Sterling Campbell – drums, Mike Garson – piano, keyboards, synthesisers and Emm Gryner and Holly Palmer – backing vocals.


Life On Mars? (David Bowie)
Thursday’s Child (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Something In The Air (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Word On A Wing (David Bowie)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (David Bowie)
China Girl (David Bowie/Iggy Pop)
Always Crashing In The Same Car (David Bowie)
Survive (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Drive-In Saturday (David Bowie)
Changes (David Bowie)
Seven (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Repetition (David Bowie)
I Can’t Read (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell (David Bowie/Reeves Gabrels)
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)

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On April 10th, while much of the world was under lockdown, acclaimed Norwegian band KVELERTAK performed a special live stream show, "Live From Your Living Room" at empty Norwegian venue Artilleriverkstedet via website Vierlive. More than 5000 fans tuned in from across the globe to watch the one hour set and join in a live chat.

Now, the band have shared a video clip from that set on the Rise Records official YouTube channel. 

Couldn't make the original time? Or perhaps you just forgot it was happening? You can also still see the whole set in full, at whatever time suits you, for a limited period! Just head over to to get access.

When announcing the show, the band explained: "KVELERTAK ONE DAY WORLD TOUR! We had over three weeks left of our European tour when everything started closing down and we had to get back home. Like so many of you right now, we don’t know when we can get back to work and out on the road again. But only boring people get bored. So while we’re waiting for the apocalypse to either wipe us all out or just pass us by this time, we are inviting ourselves into your homes for our Kvelertak One Day World Tour. It’ll be a different type of show (obviously) than you’ve seen us do before and we’ll do some kind of Q&A as well. There will be a special event t-shirt for sale and we’ll put our new tour merch store up online. Hope to see all our fans worldwide for this one. Take care, stay safe, stay home!".

Long awaited, fourth studio album 'Splid' is out now via Rise Records. It is the first from KVELERTAK since 2016's 'Nattesferd' and is also the recorded debut of their new singer, Ivar Nikolaisen, who joined the group in 2018. The album was recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Code Orange, Zeal & Ardor, Every Time I Die, Dillinger Escape Plan, High On Fire) at Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.

The band kicked off 2020 by unveiling new song and video 'Crack Of Doom', featuring Troy Sanders of Mastodon. Watch the official video here. The video is directed by the award winning, renowned Norwegian stills photographer and music video director Stian Andersen. Stian has been a part of the KVELERTAK circle for many years, having also directed their previous videos for “Kvelertak” and “Bronsegud”. Earlier, the group shared first new song 'Bråtebrann', also taken from 'Splid', which was highlighted as a Track Of The Week on The Guardian's website. 

"Splid" Tracklist:
1. Rogaland
2. Crack of Doom (featuring Troy Sanders)
3. Necrosoft
4. Discord
5. Bråtebrann
6. Uglas hegemoni
7. Fanden ta dette hull!
8. Tevling
9. Stevnemøte med Satan
10. Delirium tremens
11. Ved bredden av Nihil

by Kinda