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Lynch Mob – The Brotherhood Now Available For Pre-Order

Lynch Mob‘s new album ‘The Brotherhood‘ is now available for pre-order via Rat Pak Records.

Produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Lynch Mob; Flotsam And Jetsam; Prong; KXM), ‘The Brotherhood‘ features eleven brand new hard rock tracks from Lynch Mob. This album will surely resonate with long time fans of the band, as well as those longing for that good ol’ hard rock sound and feel. ‘The Brotherhood‘ highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track ‘Main Offender‘ to the melodic album finale ‘Miles Away‘, Lynch Mob have once again proven they remain on top of their game and at the top of their genre!

On the subject of Lynch Mob’s new record, Oni Logan comments, “After doing quite a few miles together with this latest line-up of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D’Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name ‘The Brotherhood‘ for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It’s got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it. We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early 90’s and it’s when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later, George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you”.

George Lynch adds, “We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about, and what all my bands have been about since I’ve been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music.

Official release date for “The Brotherhood” is Friday September 08, 2017.

Track listing:
01. Main Offender
02. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
03. I’ll Take Miami
04. Last Call Lady
05. Where We Started
06. The Forgotten Maiden’s Pearl
07. Until the Sky Comes Down
08. Black Heart Days
09. Black Mountain
10. Dog Town Mystics
11. Miles Away
12. Until I Get My Gold (bonus track)

You can pre-order the album Here

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Metal Church Release ‘Fake Healer’ Video FT: Queensrÿche’s Todd La Torre

Metal Church have released an Official video for ‘Fake Healer‘, featuring Queensrÿche‘s Todd La Torr. This comes ahead of the release of their brand new live album ‘Classic Live‘ on Rat Pak Record.

The album can be pre-ordered Here

Official release date for Metal Church ‘Classic Live‘ is Friday, April 28, 2017.

Track listing:
01. Beyond the Black (Live)
02. Date with Poverty (Live)
03. Gods of a Second Chance (Live)
04. In Mourning (Live)
05. Watch the Children Pray (Live)
06. Start the Fire (Live)
07. No Friend of Mine (Live)
08. Badlands (Live)
09. Human Factor (Live)
10. Fake Healer (Bonus Studio Track) featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche
11. Badlands (2015 Studio Version) **Vinyl version only**

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Rat Pack Records To Release Metal Church ‘Classic Live’

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West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release ‘Classic Live‘ via Rat Pak Records on April 28, 2017. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic Metal Church songs recorded live on their 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track; a powerful new studio version of ‘Fake Healer‘ that features a duet with Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre.

Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof; “This album not only commemorates the reunion between Mike and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It’s really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this”. Mike Howe adds “It’s an honor to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3 decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!

On the subject of the ‘Fake Healer‘ duet with Todd, Mike Howe comments, “The idea came from the owner of our label Rat Pak Records (Joe). It was his idea to record this as a duet with Todd. It’s an amazing version and I think fans will be very surprised at how good it sounds!

Queensryche singer Todd La Torre further comments, “Having been a fan of Metal Church since my early teens, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the great Mike Howe would re-join the band! Getting the opportunity to record a duet to the track Fake Healer was beyond amazing!”

Classic Liveis currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including vinyl, signed CD’s and t-shirts and can be found at: www.ratpakrecords.com/metal-church

Track listing:
01. Beyond the Black (Live)
02. Date with Poverty (Live)
03. Gods of a Second Chance (Live)
04. In Mourning (Live)
05. Watch the Children Pray (Live)
06. Start the Fire (Live)
07. No Friend of Mine (Live)
08. Badlands (Live)
09. Human Factor (Live)
10. Fake Healer (Bonus Studio Track) featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche
11. Badlands (2015 Studio Version) *VINYL VERSION ONLY*

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Interview With George Lynch

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George Lynch joins Dan Mann once again, this time to chat about the brand new KXM album ‘Scatterbrain‘, which will be released on March 17th via Rat Pak Records.


Review: KXM – Scatterbrain

KXM - Scatterbrain

Review: KXM – Scatterbrain

Rat Pak Records (March 2017)

Reviewer: David Mark Pearce

KXM – ‘Scatterbrain‘ The second album, the often called “difficult” second album ….. well, it might be for some bands out there – but not for messrs Lynch, Pinnock and Luzier!

Will you hear the same tribal intensity as the first album? – YUP.

Will you hear the same amount of Lynch riffage? – YUP.

And will you hear a band that’s taken what it had on the first outing, put it back in the blender and added some other secret ingredients? – then, simply, yes and more!

I would say the lads have spread their experimental wings even further, but their sound is still very much at the heart of this album. It’s a band which isn’t constrained by some big shot producer saying they should do this or that. As they openly admit, they just get together and, over a short amount of time, days in fact, jam it out until they’ve got their songs together and then record and refine – y’know the way bands used to do it!

Hell, there’s even a kinda soft reggae influence on one of the songs, so that shows how experimental this band is, but don’t let that put you off as the song in question features a searing solo from Lynch. Like I said, there are a few other ingredients in that old Rock ‘n’ Roll blender for y’all! It’s a pleasure to listen to this album, let alone review it. Three musicians who have been at the top of their game for years and still are. Long may it continue!

How about a tour lads?


Metal Church Release Official Video For ‘Needle and Suture’

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West coast metal veterans Metal Church have released a new music video for ‘Needle and Suture‘, a song from the band’s latest album ‘XI‘ which was released on March 25th of this year via Rat Pak Records and debuted at  #57 on the Billboard top 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units for the week ending March 31. Metal Church XI‘ is the band’s eleventh studio album and also marks the return of legendary front man Mike Howe.

The coinciding ‘XI‘ tour showcased the invigorated lineup to audiences around the world, where they performed at several European festivals including: Wacken, Dynamo, Rock Hard, Alcatraz, Beast Coast Festival, Porispere and many more hot spots around Europe. The U.S. leg of the tour paired them with Armored Saint for a co-headlining run, and also saw them supporting Megadeth’s ‘Dystopia‘ tour, alongside Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and the Butcher Babies. The band performed over 50 headline shows and also appeared on both the Monsters of Rock Cruise and the Ozzfest meets Knotfest kickoff show.

The band is currently working on new material and will be announcing some new show dates and few other cool surprises in the coming days!

Line up
Mike Howe (vocals)
Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar)
Jeff Plate (drums)
Steve Unger (bass)
Rick VanZandt (guitar)

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Review: Metal Church – XI

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Review: Metal Church – XI

Rat Pak Records (2016)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Okay I’ll start by saying from the off that I was really looking forward to hearing this album. I’ve been a fan of Metal Church since the release of their self titled album, and to once again hear Mike Howe on vocal duties was a cocktail worth savouring.

And from the opening bars of ‘Reset‘ I knew instantly I wasn’t going to be left wanting.

Mike Howe has lost none of his distinctive vocal sound, it’s like travelling back to Blessing In Disguise, but with a growth and maturity in sound which was never quite reached after that release in my humble opinion.

Killing Your Time‘ is certainly a track which could easily of been found on Blessing In Disguise while ‘No Tomorrow‘ just ramps it to another level with the frenetic drumming of Jeff Plate and the twin axe attack of  Kurdt Vanderhoof and Rick Van Zandt.

Signal Path‘ at 7.12 in length is one of those tracks that drags you in the more you listen to it. A great piece of song writing. Following that is another 7 minute plus track, ‘Sky Falls In‘. Leaning more towards progressive metal, it shows the band aren’t afraid to push matters in slightly different directions. ‘Needle & Suture‘ soon pulls you back into speed metal territory and I found myself turning the volume up & up and to hell with the neighbours!

Again we twist and turn in direction as we launch into ‘Shadow‘. Mike’s vocals again just showing what he’s capable of. I thought for a minute we were heading into Watch The Children Prey as the intro to ‘Blow Your Mind‘ started. A haunting, atmospheric start reinforced a minute and a half in by the engine room combo of drummer Jeff Plate and bassist Steve Unger. Such a tight powerful sound, helped by great production.

Soul Eating Machine‘ is another Blessing era sounding track, very enjoyable. I thought for one awful second I was about to hear a drum solo as ‘It Waits‘ started. But fear not, it was just leading me into another very atmospheric track, Mike’s vocals being given a few sound tweaks, and I’ve got to say it’s becoming one of my favourite tracks on the album.

You just have to love the guitar sound that is synonymous with the band, amply demonstrated on the second to last track ‘Suffer Fools‘. And so we reach the last track of the album. ‘Fan The Fire‘ is a fine way to round things off, proving that there isn’t one weak track on XI.

To sum up, if you like me are a Metal Church fan and you’ve not yet bought XI, then what the hell are you waiting for?? They are back in all their glory and heres hoping they continue to release such great material.


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