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Autograph Sign to EMP Label Group, New Album ‘Get Off Your Ass’ In October

Legendary LA Hard Rockers Autograph have signed a deal with EMP Label Group who will release their forthcoming album ‘Get Off Your Ass‘ October 6th on CD and Digital, with a limited edition vinyl LP version available in November.

Get Off Your Ass‘ is the first official studio LP from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand, alongside new vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels, and drummer Marc Wieland.

Lynch, an iconic guitarist, revered Worldwide as a bona fide guitar hero (known for his signature 8 finger hammer-on technique), reactivated the band in 2013 with bassist Randy Rand after reconnecting at the NAMM Show. After approaching original vocalist Steve Plunkett, who was unavailable for the reunion due to other business interests, with his blessing, the newly resurrected Autograph recruited former Jailhouse vocalist Simon Daniels, the rest, as they say, is history.

Get Off Your Ass‘ features an updated, hard-edged (and keyboard free) sound for the band, featuring down-tuned guitars, and the fiery, blues-soaked delivery of Daniels, as evidenced on tracks like “Every Generation”, “I Lost My Mind In America”, and the first single, edgy title track ‘Get Off Your Ass‘. The album also features an updated live version of the band’s classic rock staple “Turn Up The Radio”, performed by the current lineup.

Says co-founder, guitarist Steve Lynch, “Get Off Your Ass definitely sets a new direction for the band, with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from Autograph. This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!!”

Adds vocalist Simon Daniels, “We are so excited about this record! This is a lineup of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless, and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies, but with heavier guitars and a more “in your face” attitude. The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era, with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s Autograph on steroids.

On their partnership with EMP Daniels adds, “EMP is the perfect match for us. They understand what we’re doing, they have the same vision and we are grateful to work with such great experienced humble focused achieving people!

A sentiment echoed by drummer Marc Wieland. “EMP shares and supports the same Vision we had for our new album ‘Get Off Your Ass‘. We are stoked to be part of their family!!!!

EMP President (and Megadeth bassist) David Ellefson expresses a mutual admiration. “When I first moved to LA to go to MI (then known as GIT), Steve Lynch was the guy EVERYBODY went there to learn from. As far as guitar players in LA went, he was THE guy. I never did end up at GIT, we formed Megadeth and obviously went down an extremely different path, but Steve truly is an iconic guitar hero of the highest caliber, and I am so proud for EMP to be able to partner with him and the re-imagined Autograph to release this killer album.

Get Off Your Ass‘ will be available for pre-order this Friday, 8/4, from empmerch.com.

Forming in 1983, Autograph gave the world the perpetual Rock anthem ‘Turn Up the Radio‘, which still commands nearly constant airplay on Classic Rock stations around the World, and has become an iconic piece of pop culture, making appearances in mass media classics like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and more recently in the hit film Hot Tub Time Machine.

With seminal albums Sign In Please [1984], That’s The Stuff [1985], and Loud and Clear [1987]. as well as years of touring alongside legendary artists including Mötley Crüe, Ronnie James Dio, Van Halen and Aerosmith, Autograph left an everlasting imprint on rock ‘n’ roll. Now this undeniable Rock legacy is reclaimed with ‘Get Off Your Ass‘.

Autograph will continue to tour through 2017, and into the new year, with more dates added daily, and an appearance on the 2018 MONSTERS OF ROCK Cruise.

Upcoming Shows:

8/4/2017 Heath, OH Muddy Creek Saloon
8/5/2017 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fair – with Queensryche & KIX
9/8/2017 Ellsworth, WI “SCVR 27th Annual Chilifeed” @ Gas-Lite Tavern
9/16/2017 Kingman, AZ The Great Mohave County Fair – (Free show w/ fair admission)
10/6/2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena – w/ Slaughter & Vixen

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Review: Broken Teeth – 4 On The Floor

Review: Broken Teeth – 4 On The Floor

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Reviewer: Grant Foster

Broken Teeth are the brainchild of Dangerous Toy singer Jason McMaster, this being album number eight in their canon, of a twenty year existence so far.

I have the first two in my collection –  the self titled debut and follow up, ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and those were very much a simplistic take on the AC/DC formula, but I haven’t heard any of the others, before I came across this release.

The production overall, is nice and meaty, with guitars high in the mix, although on the title overall track I thought the vocals could have done with being further up. But the tune itself bops along quite nicely in time honoured DC fashion.

Sinful’ is a lovely mid paced shuffle with some nice ZZ top style licks and a chorus that will eventually worm it’s way into your heads. It’s the change of pace as much as anything that helps this song stand out.

All or Nothing’ has a bass line reminiscent of Shot Down In Flames, although it’s a little bit formulaic to these ears.

Getcha Some’ boasts a lovely lyric of when you’re ‘young, face down and wasted’ and it’s very much a summer driving rock song.

Borrowed Time’ is a lot more laid back and bluesy with a nice groove. McMaster’s delivery is spot on here and it’s one of the stand out tracks. ‘House of Damnation’ is a up tempo romp, but average.

But ‘Let The War Machine Roll’, well, it’s almost like a horror film song, sounding really menacing and I’m sure this will go down a storm live……you could almost hear Dee Snider doing this!

Never Dead’ is a tribute to Lemmy…….and boy it could have been on 1916……’I believe in Motorhead, all the gauges in the red’, this really is a fine tune in it’s own right as well as being a nod to the late Motorhead icon. ‘All Day Sucker’, has a chorus that remains and grooves along with another nice change of pace.

Last tune is a cover of ‘Rock Bottom’ by Kiss. However good it is and it’s certainly passable, I’d have preferred another original.

So, to sum up, as I’ve only heard the first two BT releases, it’s certainly a step up from them. Yes, there are times when your mind wanders, but, you can’t deny that BT do this style of rock as good, if not better than most up there.


Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Signs with EMP Label Group For ‘Little Brother’ Reissue

Former Guns N’ Roses and current Art of Anarchy guitarist, vocalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has signed a deal with EMP Label Group who will re-release his epic 2015 independent solo release ‘Little Brother Is Watching on CD and Double LP on August 25th.

Little Brother Is Watching‘ is an eccentric, upbeat collection of epic, modern rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond, specifically, Thal’s own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and includes a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York. The day after its initial release, the album went as high as #4 on the Amazon.com Rock charts in Europe.

EMP Label Group‘s Thom Hazaert says of the collaboration, “Myself and Ron have been working together for years now, even pre-EMP, through the original release of Little Brother, and discussing various scenarios for a wider retail release. Obviously, Ron and David (Ellefson) have a great relationship, and eventually the stars aligned and we are extremely proud to welcome Bumblefoot to the EMP family!

Thal echoes those sentiments. “I have a great friendship with David and Thom, and through a really great organic process, we came to a mutually beneficial scenario that will breathe new life into a record I’m really proud of. I had always planned to do an LP version, the timing just never quite worked out, and now I’m excited to say that we are able to do it with EMP.

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Mark Slaughter To Release New Solo Album ‘Halfway There’

Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter is to release his new solo album ‘Halfway There‘ in Japan via Universal Music on May 10, 2017 and in Europe and the USA via EMP Label Group on May 26, 2017.

Says Slaughter: “We have been dropping hints for a while, but it is official. I have signed a deal with EMP Label Group, the record label owned by my good friend David Ellefson of Megadeth, who will release my new solo record Halfway There on May 26th in the US and Europe!! I’m so proud of this record, and can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

If you pre-order ‘Halfway There‘ on CD or limited-edition vinyl LP on empmerch.com, you will get a free immediate download of  the song ‘Hey You‘. Also, the first 200 pre-orders will be signed. You can pre-order the album Here.

Tracklist:

  1. Hey You
  2. Devoted
  3. Supernatural
  4. Halfway There
  5. Foreevermore
  6. Conspiracy
  7. Reckless
  8. Disposable
  9. Turn It
  10. Not Here

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Dead By Wednesday Release ‘I Will Define’ Lyric Video

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US metallers Dead By Wednesday have released a lyric video for ‘I Will Define‘ feat. Waylon Reavis (A Killer’s Confession), the song is taken from their latest album ‘The Darkest of Angels‘, released earlier this year on David Ellefson‘s EMP Label Group.

Dead By Wednesday to support A Killer’s Confession on the following US tour dates:

1/27/17 FRI Jacksonville NC @Hooligans
1/28/17 SAT Clarksville TN @The Warehouse
2/3/17 FRI Queens NY @Blackthorn 51
2/4/17 SAT Providence RI @Fete Music Hall
2/8/17 WED Toronto ON @The Coalition
2/9/17 THU Rochester NY @Pineapple Jack’s
2/10/17 FRI Akron OH @The Empire
2/12/17 SUN Covington KY @Madison Live
2/17/17 FRI Chicago IL @Portage Theater
2/18/17 SAT Detroit MI @The Token Lounge
2/19/17 SUN Indianapolis IN @5th Quarter

More dates to be announced soon.

Line up:

Mike Modeste – Bass & Vox
Joey Concepcion – Guitar
Rob Roy – Vox
Opus – Drums & Vox
Marc Rizzo – Guitar

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Helstar To Tour USA With Flotsam & Jetsam And Hatchet.

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Texas old-school metallers Helstar have announced they’re to tour USA this November/December with Flotsam and Jetsam and Hatchet. The tour is presented by Bravewords.comHelstar released their new album ‘Vampiro‘ on August 26 via David Ellefson‘s EMP Label Group.

James Rivera says: “So as the world turns. Here you go my friends. The kind of tour I have been waiting for a life time for! Funny thing is it couldn’t get any closer to home since I once filled in and sang with Flotsam myself. Wow! This is going to be one hell of a full on metal show. So for all of you who are into the real shit! This is the tour you do not want to miss! Vampiro is very happy and looking forward to transforming as many souls possible!!!

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Heaven Below Reveals New Album ‘Good Morning Apocalypse’

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US rock/metal band Heaven Below, which features Union Underground/Lita Ford guitarist Patrick Kennison, will release its new album ‘Good Morning Apocalypse‘ via David Ellefson‘s EMP Label Group/eOne (USA) and SPV (Europe) on Friday, October 14th. The band’s third full-length studio effort, is a concept record that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. It features guest appearances from Lita FordJason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Watchtower), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., Accept) and Kobra Paige (Kobra and the Lotus).

The first single ‘Renegade Protest Movement‘ can be streamed HERE

The band has made available a teaser stream featuring samples of each of the album’s 12 songs online now via Soundcloud.

Tracklist:

01.Nefarious Angels (feat. Jason McMaster)
02.Renegade Protest Movement
03. Follow Me Under
04. Devilina And The Damage Done (feat. Kobra Paige)
05. Nightfall Comes To Life
06. Killing The Deadman
07. Running Under Satan’s Hand (feat. Lita Ford)
08. Death Battalion
09. Bonded By Blood
10. Black Sunrise/War Of The Gods (feat. Udo Dirkschneider)
11. Among The Wolves/Worldwide Suicide
12. I Would Do It All Again/Burials At Sunset

After achieving notoriety with its active rock hit ‘When Daylight Dies‘, and its follow up collaboration with William Shatner on their cover of Rush’s ‘Subdivisions‘, Heaven Below has just completed their most ambitious releases to date ‘Good Morning Apocalypse‘.

Line up:

Patrick Kennison – Vocals & Guitars
Lucas Kanopa – Guitars
John Younger – Bass
Shad Wilhelm – Drumsone

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