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Ricky Warwick Announces New Album 'When Life Was Hard And Fast'
To Be Released On February 19th



Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) has announced today that he will be releasing a brand new studio album, his first since 2015. The new album is titled 'When Life Was Hard And Fast' and will be released on the 19th February through Nuclear Blast. The album's first single 'Fighting Heart' has also been released today and is available on all streaming services right now. You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/9g4YESLtSzs

Pre-order the album on various formats, including a 2CD Digipack which includes the bonus covers album 'Stairwell Troubadour', now from: https://www.musicglue.com/ricky-warwick/

Ricky comments "Fighting Heart" is a celebration of how music, literature, art and movies can inspire and motivate us on a daily basis. Can these things change the world? Who knows for sure. But I believe that loud guitars and rock 'n roll can save a little piece of us all".

For the process of recording the album, Ricky was joined by Robert Crane (Bass), Xavier Muriel (Drums) and Keith Nelson (Guitar) as well as a number of special guests including Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran, Thunder's Luke Morley, Dizzy Reed of the mighty Guns 'N Roses and even Ricky's daughter Pepper. Keith also produced the new album, having previously worked with Buckcherry, Blackberry Smoke and Alice Cooper. Keith noted that "Ricky is a true Rock-n-Roll soul... he’s got incredible stories to tell and a unique way of telling them. It’s been an honor to be asked to partner and contribute to this record."

'When Life Was Hard And Fast' Tracklist
1. When Life Was Hard And Fast
2. You Don't Love Me
3. I'd Rather Be Hit
4. Gunslinger
5. Never Corner A Rat
6. Time Don't Seem To Matter
7. Fighting Heart
8. I Don't Feel At Home
9. Still Alive
10. Clown Of Misery
11. You're My Rock N Roll

'Stairwell Troubadour' Tracklist
1. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Dead Or Alive cover)
2. Ooops!...I Did It Again (Britney Spears cover)
3. Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochran cover)
4. 1000 Dollar Car (Bottle Rockets cover)
5. Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
6. I Don't Want To Grow Up (Ramones cover)
7. I Fought The Law (The Clash cover)
8. Burning Love (Elvis Presley cover)
9. Jesus Loves You...But I Don't (The Almighty cover)
10. Wrathchild (Iron Maiden cover)

Ricky with his band The Fighting Hearts have announced the following UK tour for April/May 2021 with full date schedule below.

28 April 2021: Cambridge Junction*
29 April 2021: Norwich The Waterfront*
30 April 2021: Bedford Esquires*
1 May 2021: Swansea Patti Pavilion – Sound Bay Festival*^
2 May 2021: London O2 Academy Islington*
4 May 2021: Newcastle University Students Union^
5 May 2021: Glasgow The Garage G2^
6 May 2021: Belfast Limelight 2
7 May 2021: Manchester Club Academy^
8 May 2021: Carlisle The Brickyard^
9 May 2021: Buckley The Tivoli^
12 May 2021: Reading Sub 89*
13 May 2021: Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill*
14 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend (Ricky Solo Acoustic)
15 May 2021: Blackpool The Waterloo – Massive Weekend *^
16 May 2021: Leeds Warehouse^
19 May 2021: Bournemouth Madding Crowd^
20 May 2021: Nottingham Rescue Rooms^
21 May 2021: Lincoln Call Of The Wild Festival

Special Guests on all dates (except Belfast, Blackpool & Lincoln) are VIRGINMARYS
Plus THE HOWLING TIDES on all shows marked* and ANCHOR LANE on all shows marked^

Tickets are available from all venue box offices, websites and usual outlets from 9am Monday, October 19th, 2020.




DEATH DEALER RELEASE NEW LYRIC VIDEO, "EVERY NATION," FROM UPCOMING ‘CONQUERED LANDS’ ALBUM

 

The band DEATH DEALER lead by ROSS THE BOSS has issued a new lyric video, ‘EVERY NATION," off their forthcoming 3rd record, CONQUERED LANDS - to be released worldwide November 13, 2020, through STEEL CARTEL.

The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/oBMwrHWQvjU

The all-star heavy metal roster of DEATH DEALER features the aforementioned ROSS THE BOSS (ex-MANOWAR), Sean Peck: vocals (CAGE, THE THREE TREMORS, DENNER/SHERMANN), Stu Marshall: guitar (DUNGEON, NIGHT LEGION), Steve Bolognese: drums (ROSS THE BOSS BAND, INTO ETERNITY), and newly added bass player extraordinaire Mike Lepond (SYMPHONY-X, ROSS THE BOSS BAND).

It is almost like DEATH DEALER could see the future when they wrote this song 4 years ago, as "EVERY NATION" asks the question, "What would the world be like if everyone was a metal head?" And the answer is found within this inspiring song and music video. It is times like these that we need to come together and the spirit of heavy metal can do just that.

Sean: "It is kind of weird that I wrote these lyrics 4 years ago and the video was scheduled to come out now in the middle of a turbulent time of division. The song represents how I feel that the metal community that it is an evolved society compared to others. If I see someone with an Iron Maiden shirt on at the store I say hey what is up and throw them the horns. I do not care about any of the things that could divide us. I just know we are both metal loving maniacs and that is the number one thing for me. People say it is a lifestyle off the cuff but it really is."

Ross: "The song is really rocking and has a strong message too. Music is a uniter and the video captured the concept perfectly. This whole album is filled with great songs like this one I am really proud of it. So support heavy metal and pick it up!"

Stu: "I was hoping this track would get picked as one of the songs to do a video for. I always liked how it came together when Sean and I wrote it. This track is one I am sure we will be working into the live set in the future."

Mike: "Sean and Stu let me be as creative as I wanted on the album. They just set me loose and trusted me 100%. This style of metal is right up my alley. It's where my playing is at its best. The level of talent in this band is off the charts. These guys push me to the edge and I love it."

The ‘Conquered Lands’ pre-order page for has some great bundle packages available here: http://www.deathdealermetal.com/store.html

DEATH DEALER will be supporting their new release in the future – as the album reviews so far have been stellar:

Metal Hammer Magazine: "Conquered Lands brings Death Dealer into the A-League"
KNAC: 5 out of 5
MetalKaos: 10 out of 10

‘CONQUERED LANDS’ TRACKLIST:

1. Sorcerer Supreme
2. Every Nation
3. Beauty and the Blood
4. Running with the Wolves
5. The Heretic Has Returned
6. Conquered Lands
7. Hail to the King
8. Slay or Be Slain
9. Faith Under Fire
10. 22 Gone
11. Born to Bear the Crown



BLACKMORE'S NIGHT PREMIERE OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR 2ND BRAND NEW HOLIDAY SONG 'IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR'


Leading up to the release of Blackmore’s Night’s upcoming 4-track holiday EP "Here We Come A-Caroling", the band, founded in 1997 by legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and award winning vocalist Candice Night, is revealing their second brand new holiday song and video ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ today.

This song is another beautiful interpretation of a classic Christmas carol to celebrate the holiday days with and is part of their holiday EP "Here We Come A-Caroling", which will become available on December 4 th, 2020, on Limited Edition 10" Translucent Green Vinyl as well as a Limited Edition CD Digipak and Digital.

You can pre-order the EP here: https://blackmoresnight.lnk.to/carolingPR



‘UNDER THE GUILLOTINE’
THE NOISE RECORDS YEARS DELUXE BOX
SET TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 26th 2020!

PRE-ORDER HERE https://kreator.lnk.to/GuillotinePR


The story of Kreator’s meteoric rise to the global elite of thrash metal bands from their humble beginnings in Essen Germany, began under their first name of Tormentor in the early 80’s. It was their ‘Blitzkreig’ and ‘End Of The World’ demos changing hands in the era’s bustling underground tape-trading network that exposed them to the international metal community.  Positive word of mouth soon attracted the attention of Germany’s own metal start-up, Noise Records, which signed the newly re-christened Kreator to a deal.

Kreator’s tenure at the label spawned six studio albums and established them as one of the most influential on the thrash scene, one they dominate to this day.  1985 debut, Endless Pain was a savage debut; its crude thrashing quickly had the underground metal world abuzz with excitement. 1986’s Follow up, Pleasure To Kill is considered the band’s first "classic" album and raised the bar with more diversity of tempos, while losing nothing in terms of ferocity or speed. 1987’s Terrible Certainty further cemented the reputation that Kreator were one of the genre’s finest exponents.  In 1989 the band closed the decade with the thrash triumph of Extreme Aggression, their biggest seller to date.  1990’s huge magnum opus Coma Of Souls confirmed them in thrash history before they diversified their sound on the experimental, Renewal in 1992.

Under The Guillotine is a deluxe celebration of Kreator’s, Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their first decade of recorded work and contains :

Endless Pain - (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Pleasure To Kill - (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner sleeve)
Terrible Certainty - (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Extreme Aggression - (Half/half vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Coma Of Souls - (Splatter vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Renewal - (Swirl vinyl with original artwork & inner lyric sleeve)
Some Pain Will Last DVD - Containing ‘From The Vault’ mini documentary, plus two previously unreleased audio live concerts and an Andy Sneap remix of Live In East Berlin 1990
12" x 12", 40 page hardback book of photography, quotes and lyrics from the first decade of the bands existence. Contains rare and previously unseen photos from the era.
Reproduction ‘End Of The World’ demo cassette
‘Demon’ figurine USB drive containing MP3 audio of all the expanded editions of all the albums.
All encased in an executioners, guillotine box.
The first 250 orders from the Noise Records store will also receive a signed art card by Mille Petrozza.

Also available as an introduction piece is ‘Under The Guillotine – The Noise Anthology’ – an 18 track double-vinyl collection of Kreator’s Noise era classics, pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare and unseen photos. And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 30 track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook.  Both feature rare tracks and remixes from the bands discography.


 
 
 
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