METAL CHURCH RETURN WITH LEGENDARY VOCALIST MIKE HOWE AND NEW ALBUM
"XI" SLATED FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 25th VIA RAT PAK RECORDS
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Music Video For Debut Single “No Tomorrow”
Now Available: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o
International Release Scheduled Through Licensing Agreement With Nuclear Blast Europe and KING Records Japan
(January 5th, 2016 – New York, NY) – Hard rock titans Metal Church return with their latest album XI slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The reunion between Mike and Metal Church started in July of 2014 when Mike started working with Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project he was forming with Nigel Glockler from Saxon. Through these initial conversations, Kurdt convinced Mike to ultimately return to Metal Church. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic from the 3 albums Metal Church released in the late 80’s: The Human Factor, Blessing In Disguise and Hanging In The Balance. Out of those sessions, XI was born and captures the sound that made the band fan-favorites in the 80‘s and mixes it with a new, invigorated sound for 2016.
“Sometimes I still can’t believe it myself, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost 2 decades ago” says guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof.
“At first I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn’t resist, the music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!” says returning vocalist Mike Howe.
Metal Church has also released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU. XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.
Rat Pak Records has also teamed up with Nuclear Blast Europe through a worldwide licensing agreement for distribution of XI in all territories outside of North America, South America and Japan. “We here at Rat Pak Records were very excited to receive a licensing request from Markus Staiger and his amazing team at Nuclear Blast Europe to release this new Metal Church XI into their international territories, ultimately insuring that this album will reach every corner of the globe,” states Rat Pak Records President Joe O’Brien. Markus Staiger adds: “We are happy and proud to welcome Metal Church, an absolute metal legend, to the Nuclear Blast Europe family! When the self-titled debut album was released in 1984, it was a revelation to me - that this was how heavy metal had to sound like - with killer riffs and plenty of speed! We will do our utmost to help re-establish Metal Church here in Europe and get them back where they belong - in the 'Champions League' once again!“ King Records will be overseeing the new Metal Church release throughout Japan. "We are very excited to be releasing the new album by Metal Church," adds “Ryo” Saito of King Records.
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[12-18-2015] [ALBUM UPDATE FROM METAL CHURCH ] Greetings to all! We’ve been working our asses off for a very long time and we are finally finished! We will begin announcing full album details, release date, tour dates and pre-order info on Tuesday January 5, 2016. We apologize for the extreme delays but we had to be sure this new album was the absolute best we could make it, so we took the time we needed! For now, here is a little behind-the-scenes footage from our upcoming video “No Tomorrow”. Please share!! For all the latest updates, don’t forget to sign up on our official e-mail list at: http://www.metalchurchofficial.com Video can be seen at https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU
[NEW!] METAL CHURCH / New Album EPK / Part 1 / "The Return of Mike Howe"! Part 1 features a behind the scenes look at the making of the new Metal Church album featuring singer Mike Howe and guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof & Rick Van Zandt. Sign up for the official Metal Church newsletter at: http://www.MetalChurchOfficial.com and be the first to receive details on their forthcoming album and 2016 world tour!
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[NEW!] Jerry Gaskill (King’s X) “Love and Scars” Track by Track (Part 1) A behind the scenes look at the making of the music of “Love and Scars” with Jerry and DA Karkos! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:: https://youtu.be/a9gJ3lqpX_g
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE STILLWELL "RAISE IT UP"
FEATURING FIELDY (KoRn), WUV (P.OD), Q (THE ARSONISTS) AND SPIDER
Raise it Up is the sophomore release from the band Stillwell which features KoRn’s Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, P.O.D drummer Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, vocalist Q-Unique (The Arsonists) and Pablo "Spider" Silva. Wanting to raise the bar higher than their critically acclaimed 2011 release “Dirtbag”, the band reached out to producer Chris Collier for direction. “When we connected with Chris Collier, that’s when for me, vocally, everything changed” says vocalist Q. The band started demoing tracks in early 2014 and by years end had reached the plateau they were looking for that redefined their sound. “The one thing I can say, the difference between this record and Dirtbag, is you can definitely tell the maturity, the song writing, the lyrics and the way the songs are put together” say WUV . Raise It Up is an album that is as passionate and powerful as anything these guys have been involved with before. “There’s a lot of explosion on this album, it’s opposite of our other bands, this is new and fresh and I don’t want to put it in a category, but it’s definitely nothing like the other bands we’re in!” says Fieldy. Combining elements of rock, hard rock and hip-hop, Stillwell manages to capture a unique sound that harnesses the band’s raw energy, without stifling the different personalities of the four musicians! Official release date for Stillwell “Raise It Up” is November 13, 2015 FOR PRE-ORDERS AND TRACK LISTING CLICK HERE
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE JERRY GASKILL (KING’S X) “LOVE & SCARS”Love and Scars is the long awaited sophomore release from legendary King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill and is by far his best work to date! Featuring Billy Sheehan, Phil Keaggy, Earl Slick, DA Karkos, Andee Blacksugar and a host of other notable musicians, Love and Scars marks the completion of a long musical journey that started almost a decade ago. Enduring a series of personal tragedies along the way, including two heart attacks, and losing all his possessions in Hurricane Sandy, Jerry remained steadfast and true in his belief that music heals all. “It’s been a long time coming and I’ve had some heavy obstacles to deal with, but the record is finally ready and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished!” says Jerry.
FEATURING BILLY SHEEHAN, EARL SLICK , PHILL KEAGGY AND MORE!
Love and Scars also spotlights Jerry’s vocal and songwriting talents as he passionately pours his heart out into each and every song, putting to music all of his triumphs and tragedies of the last decade. “The lyrical content of this album is simply about everyday life the way I see it and I hope that people will be able to relate to it on some kind of personal level.”, says Jerry. It quickly becomes evident within the first few seconds of this album that Jerry is highly influenced by his own band King’s X, as well as some of his earlier influences like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and Grand Funk Railroad.
“Drummers don’t always get the opportunity to showcase their full songwriting capabilities, but Jerry raises the bar and delivers a very solid offering with Love and Scars”, says Rat Pak Records owner Joe O’Brien.
Jerry Gaskill Love and Scars features Billy Sheehan, Phil Keaggy, Earl Slick, DA Karkos, Andee Blacksugar, John "JD" DeServio, Bob Burger, David Parks, Matt Gray, Matt Farley, John Farley, Topher Nolen, Joey Gaskill and Virus.
Official release date for Jerry Gaskill Love and Scars is Friday October 30, 2015.
01 FAR AWAY
02 THIS PICTURE
03 NO MORE YESTERDAY
05 WAKING UP
06 NEVER EVER KNOW
08 PATTY'S SONG
11 GIRL IN THE WAREHOUSE
12 GOODBYE SONG
Produced and mixed by DA Karkos. Mastered by Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE GEORGE LYNCH's "SHADOW TRAIN"Legendary guitarist George Lynch’s long awaited “Shadow Train” project finally comes to light in this all new 18 track deluxe edition two CD set! George’s stellar guitar work, along with vocalist Gregg Analla, bassist Gabe Rosales, keyboardist Donnie Dickman and drummer Jimmy D'Anda, create honest, soulful and meaningful rock, blues and hard rock based music, that makes this release a must have for all GL fans! Songs on this disc are also featured in George’s forthcoming movie “Shadow Nation”, a thought provoking documentary that explores the trials and tribulations that face Native American Indians in our world today. About the release George says, “I’ve spent over 4 decades of my life pursuing elusive musical aspirations. But for even longer than that, I’ve cared, studied and thought deeply about the human condition and how we interact with each other and the world around us. Fusing these 2 aspirations into one has been a challenge for me throughout my creative life. This is my attempt at bonding the music and the message into one cohesive whole”. Track listing: Disc 1: Vulture, Currency of Lies, Power and Resistance, Now It’s Dark, Vulture (Slight Return), I Am Weapon, Ghost, White Clay, Fight No More Disc 2: Believe, Blinded, Fallen, Glitter, Prayer Mechanism, Sioux Wake Up, Trail of Tears, Under A Crooked Sky, World on Fire. Official release date For George Lynch's "Shadow Train" is Friday July 19th, 2015. Pre-order bundles are now available at: www.ratpakrecords.com/georgelynch For media requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org
[5-7-2015] Rat Pak Records welcomes KoRn bassist Fieldy , POD drummer WUV, Q (The Arsonist) and Spider (aka “STILLWELL”) to the fold! The guys have just completed a new album with Chris "The Wizard" Collier at the helm who has worked extensively with the band to refine and evolve their sound to a new level! The new stuff is light years away from their first release and we are looking forward getting this out there in the near future! More info on this release tba in the coming weeks!
[4/30/2015] LEGENDARY METAL CHURCH SINGER MIKE HOWE RETURNS TO THE BAND!
Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, " I didn't want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn't be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.” Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”
Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday like”.
The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records. Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).
[4-6-2015] Rat Pak Records welcomes legendary Stryper front man Michael Sweet to the fold! Michael will be heading into the studio in late fall of this year to begin work on his next solo CD that will see the light of day sometime in early 2016. As for this year, we will have some other cool stuff going on with Michael that will be announced in the very near future! If you haven’t already, go like Michael Sweet official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/
[3/31/2015] Rat Pak Records welcomes legendary King’s X drummer Jerry Gaskill to it artist roster! Jerry is putting the final touches on an all new full length CD that is by far his best work to date! The CD will feature D A Karkos, Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs), Earl Slick, PGR, Phil Keaggy, J.D. DeServio (Black Label Society) and more! Full details on this release coming soon so make sure you like Jerry’s Official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JerryGaskill or sign up on the Jerry Gaskill mailing list HERE
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO
"SHRED FORCE 1" (THE ESSENTIAL MAB)
[3/5/2015] Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio. The new album is slated for release on April 14th via Rat Pak Records. Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s “What You’re Doing,” which features Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell.There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s ”Burn” with Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhodes (“RRR”) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensrÿche. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as, “8 Pillars of Steel” with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy, “Juggernaut” showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo. Michael Angelo Batio’s “Shred Force 1” is a must have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! “I feel that Shred Force 1 is the culmination of my best musical work,” exclaims Batio. “These are some of my personal favorite performances along with an army of featured guest stars pulled together by an amazing record company to bring it all into focus!” Official release date is April 14, 2015. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
[2/4/2015] Rat Pak Records welcomes legendary King’s X guitar player Ty Tabor to it artist roster! We will be releasing Ty’s next solo album (yet untitled) sometime in late spring of this year. This album will be a very straight up/ straight forward rock album that will highlight his unique songwriting & guitar playing abilities. More on this soon, but for now head over like the official Ty Tabor Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TyTaborFanPage
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE LYNCH MOB "SUN RED SUN"
Lynch Mob "Sun Red Sun" is the bands 11th release and was written and recorded by the same line up as the "Sound Mountain Sessions" EP (Lynch/Logan/Crane/Coogan). "Sun Red Sun" once again highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan & George Lynch and showcases their ever evolving songwriting abilities. Mixed & mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier” (Lynch Mob/Lita Ford/KXM), “Sun Red Sun” offers up straight forward rockers like "Believers of the Day" and "Play The Game", as well as more groove-oriented cuts like "Erotika" and "Subliminal Dream". The CD also features a dynamic George Lynch guitar solo track called “Black Waters” as well as an acoustic ballad called "Sun Red Sun", which is a tribute to the late great Badlands singer Ray Gillen. The release also features a cover of Bad Company’s "Burnin’ Sky" and includes four re-mastered bonus tracks from the original Sound Mountain Sessions EP: "Slow Drag", "World of Chance", "City of Freedom" and "Sucka"! Official release date is Tuesday December 9th, 2014. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
JEFF LABAR "ONE FOR THE ROAD EP CRACKS BILLBOARD TOP 200
Congrats to Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar! His new studio album, “One For the Road”, makes its debut on the Billboard charts today (September 4, 2014) at #130 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as, #38 Top Rock Albums, #21 Indie Releases, #14 Hard Rock Albums #110 Top Current Releases and #1 on Billboard Heatseekers charts! Pick up Jeff’s new CD in stores now or on Amazon or iTunes!
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE "SOULBENDER II"
FEATURING MICHAEL WILTON OF QUEENSRŸCHE
Formed over a decade ago in Seattle, Washington, "Soulbender" is comprised of Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton, vocalist Nick Pollock (My Sister’s Machine), guitarist Dave Groves (ex-Tin Pan/Fallen Angel) and drummer Wes Hallam (ex-Assault/Fallen Angel). SOULBENDER II contains four all new songs (Turn Anger up, Shoal, Slave To Reality, Seraphim) as well as the ten original tracks (remastered) from the first album (Fix Me, Clockwork and Compass, Rabbit Hole, The American Dream, Samsara, Prime Time, Shoot Poem, This Ocean, Hunger, Three Towers). Michael Wilton describes Soulbender as "a very progressive, hard rock band with very intense musicians and a couple of the members are prodigies". Official release date for Soulbender is September 30, 2014. Click here to pre-order
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE "ONE FOR THE ROAD"
THE DEBUT CD FROM CINDERELLA GUITARIST JEFF LABAR!
Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar’s “One For The Road” was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with long-time friend and noted engineer Ronnie Honeycutt, and mixed & mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (KXM/Lynch Mob/Lita Ford). Jeff's first solo release entitled "One For The Road" highlights both his songwriting and guitar playing abilities. It is also the first of two, seven song offerings of classic, hard rock style material that will be released via Rat Pak Records. About the album Jeff states, “This record is written about parts of my life since the hay-days of Cinderella....and there is a lot more where that came from!” The song “No Strings” features Tesla’s Troy Luccketta on drums and was mixed by Cinderella drummer Fred Coury. The song “Ode To Page” is Jeff’s acoustic tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Featured tracks include: "No Strings", "Asking For A Beating", "Muse", "Hello Or Goodbye", "Ode To Page", "Nightmare on My Street" and "One For The Road". Tracks on the CD range from classic, early Cinderella-style hard rock, to groove-laden blues rock and really captures the magic and spirit of the genre that Jeff helped create! Official release date is set for August 26th 2014. ORDER HERE
[KXM UPDATE- 1/3/2014] The new super-group “KXM” featuring Ray Luzier of Korn, Doug Pinnick of Kings X and George Lynch are heading into the studio this weekend to put a few final touches on their upcoming debut release. We’ve obviously hea...rd the tracks so here is an accurate description of what you can expect. The songs are truly amazing. Ray’s drumming sounds like 3 dimensional thunder, George’s guitar playing will leave you to wonder if he’s really playing through an amp or if he’s directly plugged into some kind universal energy that only the guitar gods have access to..…then add in Doug Pinnick who brings his rock solid bass grooves, intelligible lyrics and seasoned songwriting talents to the table…..no hype and no joke, KXM is the real deal and you are going to love this album! We will announce official release date sometime later this month. In the meantime, add the KXM official page https://www.facebook.com/KXMofficial
[1-3-2014] Big thanks to all those who participated in our 2013 Ultimate Year End Giveaway! Winners names of all items can be found on our Facebook page at: www.Facebook.comRatPakRecords
RAT PAK RECORDS 2013 ULTIMATE YEAR END GIVEAWAY
Our 2013 Ultimate year end giveaway will begin in December with weekly giveaways from your favorite Rat Pak artists and more! WIN a George Lynch OR a Michael Wilton signature ESP guitar along with with other cool items from The Monsters of Rock Cruise, Select-A-Head, Cruise To The Edge, & more! Details will be announced here on the site and on our social sites, so add us on Facebook so you don’t miss out!! www.facebook.com/RatPakRecords
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE BEASTO BLANCO "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD"
With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, Beasto Blanco's "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD" is a full-length anthemic hard rock offering that keeps you amped on "10" from start to finish! The progeny of long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD" yields a powerful combination of heavy riffs, driving bass, and melodic choruses that are bound to stick in your head after just one listen! Beasto Blanco is quickly becoming a favorite of the music and movie industry's most respected talents! Here is what just a few of them have to say about "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD":
Johnny Depp: "What an honor to hear something as beastly and killer as this!!! It's truly, truly great and wonderfully kind of life affirming! Makes one feel ownership of their being!"
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden): "Chuck has got himself a 'KIN' blazing band here. "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD" from Beasto Blanco is a solid piece and rockin' like there is no tomorrow! Well done me old china!"
Alice Cooper: "Beasto Blanco to me is an East L.A 'Day Of The Dead' kind of hard rock band. They seem dangerous - don't stand too close, this is a band that I see exploding in the next few years. The "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD" video shows my grown daughter Calico crawling around like some sort of animal, which is of course, just how I remember her as a child!"
Bob Ezrin (Producer): "Chuck Garric is modern day monster, one of the most talented and heaviest rock musicians I've ever worked with!"
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead): LIVE FAST DIE LOUD is a real ass-kicker and I wouldn't expect anything less when Chuck is at the forefront, keep slammin!
John Corabi: "I totally love "LIVE FAST DIE LOUD"! This is the real deal, it’s 100% raw energy from start to finish!"
"LIVE FAST DIE LOUD" features Chuck Garric, Calico Cooper, Glen Sobel, Jonathan Mover, Chris Latham and more! Official release date is scheduled for October 29 2013.
ILL NOSTRO SPIRITO
BEG TO DIFFER
LIVE FAST DIE LOUD
NO MORE MAN
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE METAL CHURCH "GENERATION NOTHING"
Metal Church "Generation Nothing" marks the bands 10th full length studio release and boasts the return to the band's classic metal sound, says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof, "It has elements of both the first album and the "The Dark", but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past."
Born out of the West Coast Metal scene in the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of their genre. The band's first release simply entitled "Metal Church" postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene, while their sophomore release "The Dark” was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's.
Now with the current band’s line up, Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Ronny Munroe (vox), Jeff Plate (drums), Rick Van Zandt (guitar) and Steve Unger on bass, "Generation Nothing" combines the best elements of the band’s early roots with modern day lyrical content and a revived hunger that delivers an electric assault of anthemic & epic metal songs! Videos for "Generation Nothing" and "Dead City" are currently in the post production stage and a world tour is in the works for 2014. Official release date for "Generation Nothing" is scheduled for October 22, 2013. CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER
1. BULLET PROOF
2. DEAD CITY
3. GENERATION NOTHING
4. NOISES IN THE WALL
5. JUMP THE GUN
8. HITS KEEP COMIN’
9. CLOSE TO THE BONE
10. THE MEDIA HORSE
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RAT PAK RECORDS WELCOMES "KXM" TO IT'S ARTIST ROSTER
KXM is Ray Luzier (KORN) Doug Pinnick (Kings X), George Lynch (Lynch Mob/Dokken)
Formed in early 2013, the band consists of Ray Luzier (KORN) on drums, Doug Pinnick (KINGS X) on bass and vocals, and legendary guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB/T&N/DOKKEN) on guitar. In this introductory trailer the band describes how they came together, the meaning behind the name "KXM" and give us a glimpse into their stellar songwriting ability as they perform the song "Gun Fight" from their upcoming full length release (title/release date tba). For all the latest updates please visit the KXM official KXM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KXMofficial Trailer produced by: Sébastien Paquet http://suspendedmotionproductions.com
[8/23/2013] Metal Church return to their roots with "Generation Nothing"! Here is an audio teaser w/ album track listing revealed. Audio clips from "Generation Nothing" featured in this teaser: "Hits Keep Comin" 00:05 - 00:45 and "Scream" 00:46 - 01:08. Pre-orders will begin in just a couple of weeks! View the video here: http://youtu.be/pHWlihtmhYs
[8/2/2013] Rat Pak Records is pleased to welcome long time Alice Cooper bassist CHUCK GARRIC to the fold! Rat Pak Records will be releasing the much anticipated full length CD from Chuck's band BEASTO BLANCO entitled "Live Fast Die Loud" early this fall. "Live Fast Die Loud" is a straight forward, balls-to-the-wall hard rock album that also features Chris Latham, Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Jonathan Mover and Calico Cooper. Alice Cooper will debut the lead single “Live Fast Die Loud” on his show “Nights with Alice Cooper” Thursday August 8, 2013. For more info please visit: www.livefastdieloud.com and www.ratpakrecords.com/beastoblanco
[7/26/2013] Rat Pak Records would like to officially welcome legendary west coast head bangers METAL CHURCH to the fold! Rat Pak records, in conjunction with Body of Work Recordings will be releasing the bands 10th studio album "Generation Nothing" worldwide in early fall of 2013. This full length release marks the "return to the band's classic metal sound" says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof , and adds "It has elements of the first album and the "The Dark", but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past". Look for a Fall release date and forthcoming tour to be announced!
JOHN CORABI - ULTIMATE FAN GIVEAWAY!
John Corabi in conjunction with Rat Pak Records and DBZ Guitars, will be giving away 6 cool items to 6 lucky fans! Giveaway items include: [TOP PRIZE!] DBZ HAILFIRE GUITAR (also comes with separate hand autographed pic guard), a 16 GB IPod touch pre-loaded with John’s top 5 favorite albums, a custom hand-made John Corabi skateboard, a one of a kind custom embroidered "Still Screamin" leather jacket (in your size), six 12oz bags of JC’s “Panama Gold” premium coffee blend and a hand autographed 18 x 24 John Corabi wall canvas!
There are 2 ways to get in on this, purchase any John Corabi “Still Screamin” gear from the Rat Pak Records store OR simply sign up for the John Corabi Newsletter and your name will be automatically entered!
NOTE: If you sign up for the newsletter AND purchase gear, your name will be added in twice! Names will be drawn Tuesday August 6, 2013 and then announced on the new OFFICIAL John Corabi website, the official John Corabi Facebook page, and the Rat Pak Records Facebook page!
In addition to the Ultimate Fan Giveaway, John is working on a brand new electric album that will be released exclusively on Rat Pak Records! [release date & details TBA]
Head over and enter to win the John Corabi Ultimate Fan Giveaway!
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PAMELA MOORE MANIA CONTINUES!
Pamela Moore "Resurrect Me" now at #3 on Amazon's HOT new releases! http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/music/468414
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE
PAMELA MOORE "RESURRECT ME"
Known by millions as "Sister Mary" for her role in Queensryche's platinum selling "Operation Mindcrime", Pamela Moore’s “Resurrect Me” is a full length offering that combines the best elements of heavy metal music, both past and present. Featuring Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Brooke Lizotte (Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis) , and popular Chicago based metal guitarist Michael Posch, “Resurrect Me” brings an uncompromising wall of sound while showcasing Pamela’s three and a half octave range and melodic vocal arrangements. Four years in the making, “Resurrect Me” is a well-polished powerful 10 track album that stands on its own against anything in today’s metal marketplace! Official release date is set for Tuesday May 14th, 2013.
Melt Into You
We Are Damaged
The Sky Is Falling
Desperate By Design
Wide Awake (Phoenix Rising)
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE LYNCH MOB “UNPLUGGED”
(LIVE FROM SUGAR HILL STUDIOS)
Lynch Mob “Unplugged” (Live From Sugar Hill Studios) was recorded at historic Sugar Hill Studios in downtown Houston, Texas during the filming of “Slow Drag”, the video from the band’s highly successful Rat Pak Records release “Sound Mountain Sessions”. Produced by renown Houston engineer Dan Workman, “Unplugged” features rare acoustic versions of “Wicked Sensation”, “River Of Love”, “Where Do You Sleep At Night”, “All I Want” and also includes a bonus 15 minute interview track. The entire performance was also filmed by producer Ross W. Wells (Zen Film) for an upcoming episode of Live From Sugar Hill Studios due out in early 2013 and is sponsored by Vitamin Water. Lynch Mob “Unplugged” features George Lynch (Guitars), Oni Logan (Vox), Robbie Crane (Bass), Brian Tichy (Guitars) and Tyson Sheth on percussions. Official release date for EP is set for March 26th, 2013.
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE SEVENTH STUDIO RELEASE FROM 3 KISSES - "ALL OR NOTHING HERO"Alaska's "party punk rock" sensations 3 Kisses "All Or Nothing Hero" is the 7th studio release from the Tish Meeks fronted outfit, who now hail from the land of the midnight sun! Best known for her stint on ABC's Wife Swap and her 'Joan Jett ' style approach to song writing, Tish moved to Alaska in 2011 following the successful “Lethal Love Addiction" tour and immediately began writing new material. Tish, along with lead guitarist Nate Lankford, Bassist Scott Roseman and drummer Nate Rouse, deliver yet another high energy dose of their alternative power punk pop sound in this all new 13 track offering! Official release date is March 12th, 2013.
Songs tracks include:
All or Nothing Hero
Can't Stop Loving You
Shut You Out
Raise Your Hands
Only One Who Gets Me
Pick Me Up
Don't Underestimate Me
Does It Matter
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2013 NAMM SCHEDULE
NAMM Music Convention in Anaheim CA. at the Anaheim Convention Center January 24-27, 2013
Michael Wilton (Queensryche)
Wed Jan 23rd NAMM Metal Jam 2013 @ The Whiskey A-Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
Sat Jan 26th 1:00 p.m. @ Dean Markley
Sat Jan 26th 4:00 p.m. @ ESP Guitars
Fri Jan 25th Sabian Live (performing with Ray Luzier & Billy Sheehan)
Sat Jan 26th at 1:00 p.m. @ Randall Amps
Sat Jan 26th at 4:00 p.m. @ ESP Guitars
Jeff Pilson (T&N / Foreigner)
Saturday Jan 26 at 1:00pm @ Rapco Horizon audio
Saturday Jan 26 at 4:00pm @ Dean Markley
Fri. Jan. 25th at 1pm @ Seymour Duncan
Fri. Jan. 25th at 4pm @ D'Angelico Guitars
Sun. Jan. 27th at 1pm @ D'Angelico Guitars
Debut video from Post Hardcore contenders Patterns of Myra "Carrier"
Watch video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GjJCRrmg3k
Download the single "Carrier" now on iTunes:
For immediate release 1/10/2013
T&N "Slave to the Empire" Official Video (NEW!)
Featuring George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Brian Tichy!
Producers: Jeff Pilson and Mark McLaughlin
Directed by: George Lynch and Mark McLaughlin
Cinematography: Neal McConnell,Mark McLaughlin and Kenny Chang
Edited by: Eric Medina
Visit the band at: www.slavetotheempire.com
T&N on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/slave-to-the-empire/id567743025
T&N on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Slave-Empire-t-n/dp/B009KT0IE0
T&N on RPR http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/TandN
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE JOHN CORABI “UNPLUGGED”
Best known for his vocal work with The Scream, Motley Crue, and Union, legendary hard rock vocalist John Corabi serves up a passionate, soulful dose of both new and classic songs on this all new acoustic release! “Unplugged” offers five new original tracks, seven re-recorded classic songs and in addition, features an exclusive 2012 behind-the-scenes interview with John. The album features John Corabi – vocals/guitar, Cheney Brannon (formerly of Collective Soul) - percussion/vocals, Topher Nolen - bass/vocals, D.A. Karkos - guitar/vocals, Matt Farley - percussion/vocals and Bruce Kulick - (second guitar on "Hoolgans Holiday" and "Man In The Moon"). Official release date is November 13, 2012.
LOVE (I DON’T NEED IT ANYMORE)
IF I NEVER GET TO SAY GOODBYE
ARE YOU WAITING?
EVERYTHING’S ALL RIGHT
FATHER, MOTHER, SON
IF I HAD A DIME
MAN IN THE MOON
OPEN YOUR EYES
I NEVER LOVED HER ANYWAY
2012 INTERVIEW (BONUS TRACK)
Please visit: www.ratpakrecords.com/johncorabi for more info!
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE T&N "SLAVE TO THE EMPIRE"
FEATURING "THE BIG 3" FROM DOKKEN!
T&N reunites George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and “Wild” Mick Brown – aka “The Big Three” from Dokken - for this brand new 12 song disk that will surely be referred to as a classic in years to come! Returning to their roots, “Slave to the Empire” offers seven new original songs and five re-recorded classic Dokken songs that feature sensational vocal performances by Tim “Ripper” Owens, Doug Pinnick (Kings X), Sebastian Bach, and Robert Mason (Warrant). Add to the mix the hard hitting, multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy and you’ve got yourself a major dose of awesome! This 12 song release is progressive, it's heavy, it’s dark, it’s bluesy, and each player’s performance is absolutely stellar. “Slave to the Empire” captures the spirit and magic from the classic metal genre, and is truly a work of art that will not disappoint! Official worldwide release date is set for October 31, 2012.
Slave to the Empire
Tooth and Nail (featuring Doug Pinnick of Kings X)
It’s Not Love (featuring Robert Mason of Warrant)
Rhythm of the Soul
When Eagles Die
Into The Fire
Alone Again (featuring Sebastian Bach)
Kiss of Death (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens)
For pre-orders and audio samples please visit: www.ratpakrecords.com/TandN and www.slavetotheempire.com
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For bookings and appearances please contact Larry Morand: LT3Ent@aol.com
Chris "Reno” Baker - WUZZ 94 and 107FM, Meadville, PA
“T&N’s great mix of raw, power-packed originals, and re-imagined Dokken classics make ‘Slave To The Empire’ a must have for any rocker. It’s a much needed shot in the arm to the world of rock!”
Scott Rockenfield – Queensryche
“A great sounding collection of music and performances!”
Mike Gaube 93.3 FM KDKB Phoenix AZ
“Now THIS is what we've all been waiting for!!!! Rockin' with WHO??? T&N, THAT'S WHO!!!”
Eddie Trunk -VH1 That Metal Show
“Really excited about T&N! The Dokken remakes, as well as the original songs, sound killer! Some great players and great special guests!”
Matt O'Shaugnessy WVOX and WVIP 93.5FM New York
“This is some of the most stellar and superior music I have heard all year!”
Harlan Hendrickson - Host of the Monsters of Rock
“George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown have just topped anything you have ever heard them do as a unit! How can one possibly exceed the power and rage of all those vintage Dokken classics? Easy...it’s called "Slave to the Empire" the new CD from T&N!
Fred Coury – Drummer - Cinderella
“The bar has been raised. Hey kids! This is what a rock band should sound like. These guys are playing better than ever. You can actually hear your ass getting kicked! Bravo!”
Larry Mac - 96.1 KLPX FM Phoenix, AZ
“Lynch, Pilson & Brown are not just giving hard rock the adrenaline shot it needs, but extending it into this millennium and beyond!”
Ronny Munroe / TSO /Metal Church
“Had the chance to check out a couple of advanced tracks from the new T&N record and I gotta’ say I'm stoked to hear the rest! Jeff Pilson's voice sounds great on the new stuff and Doug Pinnick of King's X rips it up on the new version of 'Tooth and Nail'! This rocks!”
Jim “Top Jimmy” Alvino WSCA FM 106.1, Portsmouth NH
“The tracks featured here redefine KILLER!! \m/ \m/ The spirit of this classic lineup still "Burns Like A Flame"!!”
David Garlow - The Examiner, Syracuse , New York
“The big three of Dokken has taken classics such as ‘Tooth and Nail’ and installed thrusters. Lynch alone sounds wickedly delightful, but Pilson and Brown give T&N the launching pad; and hold on tight, they brought friends. ‘Slave to the Empire’ is a flight into an area of the heavy metal stratosphere rarely seen or heard.”
Robbin Torrey - Motor City Metal Show Detroit MI
“Sweet and sharp, melodic and masterful! A divine feast of aural arousal!”
Lüc Carl - HAIR NATION SIRIUS XM
“George Lynch and company doing what they do best! Back to basics rock n roll with shredding solos by seasoned veterans. These guys are having fun with this new project and it certainly comes across in the music!”
Danny Palero - Artist Media Group USA
“After listening to T&N ‘Slave to the Empire’, all I could say was “Are you f&#king serious?” I haven’t been moved like this since the early days of metal! WOW!”
John Katic - GUITAR WORLD.com
“Jeff, Mick and George doing what they do best. Rippin' takes on timeless classics with friends and inspired new material. Break out your air guitars for this one!”
RAT PAK RECORDS SET FOR SPRING RELEASE OF GEORGE LYNCH "LEGACY" EP
This special edition EP release celebrates thirty years of George Lynch’s guitar playing with an amazing 4 track offering for the fans. Legacy injects us with a super charged dose of George’s signature style and proves once again why he’s one of the most respected guitar players of the last 3 decades!
Track #1 "Blood Drive" ignites this disc with an upbeat catchy rock track that has a real early VH meets Satriani groove to it. Track #2 "Circulo Del Fuego" offers us a well constructed rocker that incorporates all of George's legendary playing style. Track 3 "Invoid" can best be best described as "Mr Scary" meets "Tooth and Nail", it's laced from start to finish with amazing guitar technique and killer tone. Track #4 "The Road Ahead" is a haunting ballad style number that combines all the flavor & melodic angst of the late 80's but with a modern tone.
Legacy is a straight forward offering with a classic metal vibe and is a must have for any true fan of this elite guitar legend! You can hear the track “Invoid” in it’s entirety on EBR Nation (Part 5) “Reckoning Day” a short film in the continuing documentary series on American motorcycle icon Erik Buell and his motorcycle company. Click here to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFazKZFmpzU
Click here to get your pre-order: http://www.ratpakrecords.com/georgelynch
Official release date for George Lynch "Legacy": Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall) NAMM schedule: THURS 1/19 GATOR CASES 2-3,MAXONIX DRUM ACCESSORIES 3-3:30, FRIDAY 1/20 MAXONIX DRUM ACCESSORIES 4-4:30 SAT. 1/21 LP PERCUSSION 11-12 REMO- 2-3 PRO -CYMBAL TBA TAMA DRUMS 3-4 PRO-MARK 5-6
Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 2012 Namm schedule: Friday January 20th (2:00pm) at the Dean Markley booth - Saturday January 21st at the ESP booth (3:45)
Also on Saturday appearing at Planet Waves (1:00pm)
RONNY MUNROE LOTE CD RELEASE
Saturday, January 21, 8:00 pm RONNY MUNROE - "LORDS OF THE EDGE" CD RELEASE PARTY Backstage Bar: 6409 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA, with, Underneath the Waves, Degree of Disorder, Haunting the Disconnect, Melodramus, and Tatarus
DECEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER
The 1190RS Superbike continues it's momentum! Geoff May set a new track record this past Saturday with the 1190RS at The Homestead-Miami Speedway and won the Unlimited Grand Pri race during the CCS Florida region’s season finale! Check out the full details at http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=46811 You can check out the 1190RS for yourself at one of the progressive IMS Trade Shows! Click here for dates and locations HERE If you can't make it to one of the trade shows, you can download the 1190RS PDF brochure located here: www.ratpakrecords.com/erikbuell or if you are interested in purchasing the 1190RS please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details!
*NOTE* Only 3 weeks left to get in on the EBR Ultimate Race Fan Giveaway drawing, if you haven't checked it out yet you can find all the info at www.ebrgiveaway.com You can also find EBR Formula 1 and the new EBR 2 Year Anniversary shirts exclusively at www.ratpakrecords.com/erikbuell
JASON BITTNER (Shadows Fall)
Catch Jason Sunday, December 18th at VIC'S DRUM SHOP'S XMAS METAL BASH in Chicago along with Charlie Benante, Mike Portnoy, and Dave Lombardo! Jason will also be giving private lessons at VIC's on Saturday, December 17th from 11-5, you can sign up by calling 312-770-1200 or by emailing Vic@VicsDrumShop.com – Check out Jason's performance on a new track with guitar legend Marty Friedman called "Toire" go to www.jasonbittner.com - then click on releases - then click on Marty's album, and the song "Toire". If you are interested in private drum lessons with Jason via Skype please email email@example.com to set up arrangements! You can also see Jason perform one last time with AIC tribute band Sludge Factory on Feb 11 @ Trickshots in Clifton Park NY- it will be his last gig before Shadows Fall begin their 2012 tour!
Looking for cool JB merch? Now through December 31, 2011 get the Jason Bittner Road Crew Bundle for only $19.95 and the Jason Bittner concert T-shirt for only $9.95! Sizes Small – 3XL! Visit www.ratpakrecords.com/jasonbittner
MICHAEL WILTON (Queensryche)
WHIP ALE the new beer from Michael Wilton of Queensryche is finally making it's way in stores across America! The highly sought after beverage is quickly becoming the top selling ale in many markets. We have put together a list of links to help you locate the establishments that are currently stocking Whip Ale. Due to the popularity of Whip Ale, we suggest you call ahead to make sure they have it in stock that day!
If you live in the North West and are looking for a restaurant or pub that serves Whip Ale, here is a link that will help you find the nearest location BEER SPY
If you are looking to purchase Whip Ale in stores, click on the state nearest you for a full list of stores, addresses, and contact numbers
Whip Ale delivered directly to your door?
Would you like Whip Ale delivered directly to your door? Thanks to our new friends at BeerJobber, we now have a way to legally get it to you! If you live in one of the states listed below and are interested in getting Whip Ale in your hands!
Go HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page, the info is listed there!
Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The new CD “Lords of the Edge” featuring Ronny Munroe (ex Metal Church singer) with guitar work from Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Chris Caffery (Savatage/TSO), and Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden) is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Rat Pak Records, CM Distro, Disc Union Japan, and in stores. After returning from the current TSO tour, Ronny will be performing a handful of select shows in support of the CD, dates will be posted soon on the RPR Events page and on the Ronny Munroe Facebook sites. If you haven't added Ronny's Facebook page yet, you can find it HERE
For more music and merch from Ronny Munroe please visit: http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/ronnymunroe
Mid-west rock/blues band Kings Highway will be performing at The Brick House Bar & Grill, 328 East Walworth Avenue, Delavan, WI on Saturday December 17th at 9:00pm. If you haven't checked out their debut video “Wanted Man” you can find it HERE Kings Highway debut CD “The Line” is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, Disc Union Japan, or visit www.ratpakrecords.com/kingshighway
Production is underway for the sophomore video from Widow Sunday "Blood Money"! Footage is now being edited by the Boston based film company Punch Dance Productions and is being produced by Anthony Jarvis. Release date will be sometime in Feb 2012. Get yourself a copy of the Widow Sunday's top selling CD "In These Rusted Veins" at www.ratpakrecords.com/widowsunday or on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, CM Distro, Disc Union Japan, Bullmoose Music Stores, Newbury Comics, and Amazon MP3!
The Big Rock Show
The Big Rock Show will end it's 6th season on Thursday, December 22 with an exclusive interview featuring Brad Borchers of Kill Box. TBRS will then go on it's usual winter hiatus and will return with all new episodes in early spring of 2012! To hear past episodes head over to The Big Rock Show's official Facebook page HERE
Rat Pak Records Welcomes Kentucky's “KILL BOX”
Formed in early 2011 by band mates Scott Amiott, Brad Borchers, Roy Smith, and William Cole, Kill Box is quickly making a name for themselves in Kentucky's metal underground scene! Heavily influenced by bands like Pantera and Meshuggah, Kill Box takes the genre to a new and refreshing height with their self titled debut release. With songs like "Coming Back", "The Changing", "Save Me", and "The Way That It's Gonna Be", this 4 song EP packs a powerful punch and is a must have for all lovers of heavy music! Official release date is December 27, and will be available via Rat Pak Records, Century Media Distro, iTunes, Amazon and in stores! Check out audio samples KILL BOX here and grab yourself a pre-order CD or CD Bundle package: http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/killbox.cfm
Q release new single "One Degree" to help fight cancer
A note from the band members of Q
It's an unfortunate truth these days: most of you reading this either know someone who has battled, or is battling, some form of cancer at this very moment. Some of you may even be that person fighting the disease yourself. The fight takes a heavy toll on the health, emotional stamina, and finances of the person going through treatment, and no one can take up the entire burden alone.
A friend of ours in Los Angeles, Jen Moorman, learned of that first-hand when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, early in the spring of 2011. Soon afterwards, she found herself faced facing mounting bills for chemotherapy, surgery, and rehabilitation, even despite having help from her health insurance provider. After hearing word of her situation, we offered to help out in one of the few ways we could- by recording a brand-new track and offering it online, with the proceeds going to assist Jen with her medical expenses.
Over September into October, after receiving more than generous contributions of time, money, talent, and resources from Jim Fogarty at Zing Studios (http://www.zingrecording.com), and Joe O'Brien at Rat Pak Records (http://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com), we hit the studio in earnest.
The end result became Q's latest single, "One Degree" available for download through iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-degree-single/id484835170
Or on Amazon MP3 here: http://www.amazon.com/One-Degree-Single/dp/B006GDAH62/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322750343&sr=301-1
For those wanting to know a little more on Jen's story, and keep up on her progress, she keeps an online blog of her day-to-day experiencesat: http://www.mylifeline.org/jmoorman
Thanks to all of you for helping to support this great cause.