Former ANTHRAX Singer NEIL TURBIN Releases Debut DEATHRIDERS Single And Video, 'Never Surrender'

Former ANTHRAX Singer NEIL TURBIN Releases Debut DEATHRIDERS Single And Video, 'Never Surrender'

DEATHRIDERS, the band featuring featuring Neil Turbin (ANTHRAX) on vocals, Jonas Hornqvist of guitar, Richard Svard on bass, and Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND) on drums, has released its debut single and video produced by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy La Rocque at Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. “Never Surrender” is taken from the DEATHRIDERS‘ upcoming debut album, “The Metal Beast”. The video was edited by Jimmy Kay of The Metal Voice and was shot on location at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas and Sonic Train Studios.

Turbin stated: “The new song ‘Never Surrender’ combines power, melody, neoclassical and thrash in a way that I didn’t have the opportunity to sing like I did on [ANTHRAX‘s] ‘Fistful Of Metal’ and ‘Armed And Dangerous’.

“I can’t wait for everyone to hear our new album. The album is so diverse — there are many tracks leaning on the thrash side but there are also many tracks which are melodic and technical as well.

DEATHRIDERS packs a punch with a brilliant team of high-precision players.”

You can purchase “Never Surrender” on Bandcamp.

ANTHRAX has had a number of vocalists — including Turbin, Joey Belladonna, Dan Nelson and John Bush — over the last 40 years, with guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante remaining the sole bandmembers who have appeared on every one of the group’s studio albums.

Turbin performed and recorded with ANTHRAX on the original demo recordings and the band’s debut album, “Fistful Of Metal”. He wrote the lyrics to all songs on that LP with exception of the cover of Alice Cooper‘s “I’m Eighteen”, and also has writing credits on five of the seven songs on the band’s “Armed And Dangerous” EP, as well as two songs on “Spreading The Disease”.

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HALESTORM Announces More Summer/Fall 2021 Headline Tour Dates; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

HALESTORM Announces More Summer/Fall 2021 Headline Tour Dates; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

Grammy-winning rock powerhouse HALESTORM has announced a slate of headline tour dates and a handful of rescheduled shows to take place this fall. The band is also touring arenas this November and December on a co-headline run with EVANESCENCE, in addition to appearing at several key festivals. Mongolian folk rock sensation THE HU appears on several dates, which is particularly exciting since HALESTORM singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale guests on THE HU‘s “Song Of Women”.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Tuesday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. local and end on Wednesday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “VICIOUS” to access tickets before the general public. General on-sale will be this Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. local.

New HALESTORM headline and festival dates:

Jul. 30 – York, PA – York State Fair^
Aug. 14 – Council Bluffs, IA – KIWR River Riot^
Aug. 31 – Syracuse, NY – NY State Fair^
Sep. 01 – Buffalo, NY – Art Park@
Sep. 03 – Kansas City, MO – Azura Amphitheater@
Sep. 04 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks Amphitheater@
Sep. 05 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma^
Sep. 08 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium~
Sep. 09 – Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival^
Sep. 11 – Nashville, IN – Brown County Music Center*#
Sep. 12 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration^
Nov. 04 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center%
Nov. 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union&
Dec. 08 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre*+

* Rescheduled Date
^ Festival/Fair
@ With THE HU + Cory Marks
~ With THE HU
& With PLUSH
+ With Lillith Czar

During an appearance on the June 11 edition of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion”, Lzzy spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for HALESTORM‘s follow-up to 2018’s “Vicious” album. She said: “It’s going great. We’re actually kind of in the eleventh hour. Everything is starting to really congeal and just reveal itself. So we’re at the tail end of it. We already have a first single picked; that just happened. So you’re definitely going to be hearing music sooner than later. As far as the release date of the record, I don’t have that yet.”

Hale went on to reflect on the songwriting process for the new HALESTORM LP, some of which took part after touring was shut down due to coronavirus precautions. She said: “I think a lot of us [artists] were questioning, over the past year and change, about why am I still doing this? Who am I without touring? Who am I without all of the normal things that make my life normal? And we took, or at least I — I can’t speak for the guys — but I took writing when there was no real schedules, ’cause we didn’t know what was gonna open up, I took to writing to kind of have that be my escape, have that be my stage. So what you’re going to hear on this record is a lot of that, a lot of me placing myself in this spot, in this communion of people that I feel most comfortable, and just surrounded by everyone that loves the same music that I do.”

Lzzy also talked about once again working with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who first helmed HALESTORM‘s 2017 effort “ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP” and was previously described by Hale as the group’s “fifth member.”

“He’s so passionate and he’s just a fan of music,” she said. “And I know that sounds surprising — oh, yeah, a music producer that isn’t a fan of music. There are a lot of those; there are a lot of those types of producers that are not fans of your music, let alone really listening to your genre. So it’s just great to be working with a producer that just loves the same kind of music and knows what we can do.

“We’ve written so much material for this record, and a lot of it we end up throwing out and then rewriting and whatever,” she explained. “What people don’t understand is you have to be willing to work so hard just to throw it all away and do it again and make sure it’s right, ’cause it has to be right. ‘Cause you don’t wanna look back and be, like, ‘Oh, I should have said something about that.'”

HALESTORM‘s latest release was last year’s “Halestorm Reimagined”, a collection of the band’s reworked original songs as well as a cover of “I Will Always Love You”, the love ballad made famous by Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton.

Lzzy and her brother Arejay formed the band in 1998 while in middle school. Guitarist Joe Hottinger joined the group in 2003, followed by bassist Josh Smith in 2004.

In December 2018, HALESTORM was nominated for a “Best Rock Performance” Grammy Award for its song “Uncomfortable”. Six years earlier, the band won its first Grammy in the category of “Best Hard Rock/ Metal Performance” for “Love Bites (So Do I)”. According to the Grammy web site, Lzzy became the first woman to earn a Grammy in the category.

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RONNIE JAMES DIO's 'Rainbow In The Dark' Autobiography: More Details Revealed

RONNIE JAMES DIO's 'Rainbow In The Dark' Autobiography: More Details Revealed

The long-awaited autobiography from heavy metal music icon Ronnie James Dio, the powerhouse voice of ELF, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and his longtime namesake band DIO, will be published on July 27 by Permuted Press in the U.S. and Canada and Constable in the U.K. Co-written with British music journalist Mick Wall and Dio‘s widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio, “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” is now available for pre-order.

For actor and musician Jack Black, in whose 2006 film “Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny” Ronnie played a pivotal cameo role, Dio was “the Pavarotti of heavy metal.” When Ronnie James Dio lost his valiant battle with gastric cancer in 2010, Chuck Klosterman, the author of “Fargo Rock City”, told Rolling Stone. “Anybody who tries to caricature heavy metal singing is really just doing an imitation of what Dio did naturally. His cultural influence is vast.”

Ronnie James Dio had begun writing the manuscript several years before being diagnosed with cancer. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in an Italian-American family in the upstate New York town of Cortland, his journey to international fame was hardly pre-ordained. He first began playing trumpet and then guitar and bass in local bands at parties, bars and clubs while still in high school, surviving life-changing setbacks–among them the loss of his bandmate and best friend in a car accident that put his own life in jeopardy. These events only made him more focused and determined to succeed. He documents how he evolved from sideman into singer and frontman to not one, but three, internationally renowned multi-platinum-selling bands, playing on the world’s most hallowed stages, among them London’s Hammersmith Odeon, Tokyo’s Budokan, The Forum in his ultimate hometown of Los Angeles, and the arena that represented, for him, the pinnacle of success — New York’s Madison Square Garden, where this book begins and ends.

Ronnie James Dio weaves his tale of tenacity, tragedy and triumph in a chatty conversational style, easily moving through the sudden transition that put him front and center behind a microphone; the luck that led to the formation of RAINBOW and a productive-but-difficult collaboration with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore; the chance meeting with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi that made him the second singer to front the venerable band, taking them to new levels of international success; his marriage to Wendy, who became his manager and true partner and the huge gamble they took together to launch the most successful endeavor of his career… his own band, DIO. He explains how the “Devil Horns” (or maloik), something his grandmother taught him would provide protection from the “evil eye,” became his personal calling card and an enduring symbol of heavy metal for fans around the globe.

Ronnie writes candidly about the many excesses of the rock ‘n’ roll life, how his masterful songwriting skills were born of necessity and the number of times he was forced to rethink his career path, always confidently clinging to the dream that propelled him forward. He talks throughout the book about his love for his loyal fans, for whom his consideration led to countless hours of signing autographs and posing for photos so that no one would be left feeling disappointed. “He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it,” said TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French at the time of Dio‘s passing. “He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.”

“Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography” is illustrated throughout with photographs, largely never-before-seen, derived from family photo albums and personal archives, plus an eight-page color insert devoted to additional rare photographs from Ronnie‘s life and career.

To bring the book to completion, Wendy Dio, whom Ronnie met in 1975, married in 1978 and became his manager following his painful departure from RAINBOW, fleshed out certain unfinished sections with additional details and her own observations of specific events covered in the book. Over the past 30 years, Wendy Dio has been involved in many aspects of the music business, receiving awards for stage set design and concert video production, along with serving as executive producer on numerous gold and platinum albums. In 2010, she co-founded the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund in Ronnie‘s memory, which has gone on to raise over $2,000,000 for cancer research, education and early detection screenings. She worked with esteemed British music journalist and author Mick Wall, who, as a rock music writer for publications such as Classic Rock, Mojo, The Times and a variety of others, had interviewed Ronnie countless times, to finalize the manuscript. In addition to writing for many of the U.K.’s major music publications, Wall has produced award-winning television and radio documentaries and has written biographies of musicians and bands, among them “When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin” and “Two Riders Were Approaching: The Life & Death Of Jimi Hendrix”.

To celebrate the publication of the book, Wendy Dio will participate in an hour-long event produced by Premiere Collectibles on Wednesday, July 28 beginning at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time). Those who have pre-ordered the book at will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance for Wendy to answer during the event, which will stream live via the Ronnie James Dio Facebook page.

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