RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE METAL CHURCH “CONGREGATION OF ANNIHILATION”
West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 13th studio album, Congregation of Annihilation, on May 26th via Rat Pak Records (America) and Reaper Entertainment (Europe). The new album marks the first release since the tragic death of legendary front man Mike Howe who passed in July of 2021. It also marks the first album with new vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross the Boss / Let Us Prey) who came on board in the summer of 2022 and features the current lineup of founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger and drummer Stet Howland. The new songs are a return to the band’s musical roots harkening back to the vibes of the self-titled first album and The Dark.
Of the album Kurdt Vanderhoof comments “This new album is starting a new chapter in the Metal Church legacy. I really love this album. It's a fresh approach for us in one way, but also a return to the very beginnings of Metal Church as part of the New American Thrash Metal movement. This record contains some of the most aggressive songs we have recorded. I hope the fans will like it as much as we do.”
Marc Lopes comments, “I am beyond honored to be part of carrying on this legacy into a new era of Metal Church. Working with Kurdt and a band that was a huge influence of mine growing up was a surreal experience to say the least. For me there was no point in trying to imitate what was already done to perfection. So, with respect to the past, we moved forward to a new chapter and here we are!”
Congregation of Annihilation features nine all new tracks from Metal Church and continues to build upon their iconic sound the band established over three decades ago. From the first guitar riff of album opener “Another Judgement Day” through the driving outro of album closer “Salvation,” it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. “Pick A God and Prey”, “Children of the Lie”, “Congregation of Annihilation and “These Violent Thrills” showcase the sonically charged songwriting that made the early Metal Church albums such fan favorites. Haunting musical opuses “Me the Nothing” and “Making Monsters” each puts the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2023. Infused with intelligent lyrical content, thundering guitar riffs, and Marc’s aggressive soaring vocals, Congregation of Annihilation furthers the bands sonic evolution up to the next level and is guaranteed to enthrall metal music fans around the world. Pre-order HERE
(01) Another Judgement Day
(02) Congregation of Annihilation
(03) Pick A God and Prey
(04) Children of the Lie
(05) Me the Nothing
(06) Making Monsters
(07) Say a Prayer with 7 Bullets
(08) These Violent Thrills
(09) All That We Destroy
(10) My Favorite Sin (bonus track)
(11) Salvation (bonus track)
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE ELLEFSON-SOTO "VACATION IN THE UNDERWORLD"
In a partnership that has been years in the making, GRAMMY® Award winning bassist David Ellefson and acclaimed metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto have joined forces for an all-new collaboration, Ellefson-Soto. The band follows the tradition of successful individuals that joined forces to create memorable music: David Coverdale & Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi & Glenn Hughes, Tommy Shaw & Jack Blades, Michael Sweet & George Lynch to name a few examples. The metal duo is joined by Andy Martongelli on guitar and keys and Paulo Caridi on drums to unleash their debut album Vacation In The Underworld. The album features eleven tracks and three bonus recordings that demonstrates why Ellefson-Soto are considered legends by many in the metal world.
From the fiery guitar lead of the album opener “Vacation In The Underworld” to the prog-metal fury of closer “Rise To Win,” Ellefson-Soto have created a debut that is sure to capture metal fans from all over the globe. Combining different styles of metal, songs like “Sharpen The Sword,” “The Revolution” and “Live To Die Another Day” showcase the various influences Ellefson-Soto have picked up over their four decades in music. Jade Etro from the Italian power metal band Frozen Crown makes a guest appearance on “The Day Before Tomorrow.” Steve Conley and Ken Mary from Flotsam and Jetsam perform on the title track “Vacation In The Underworld.” Vacation In The Underworld ignites an inimitable hybrid of thrash firepower, rock swagger, and anthemic arena-ready thunder. Official Worldwide Release Date is Friday, October 7, 2022. PRE-ORDER HERE
01. Vacation In The Underworld
02. Like A Bullet
03. Sharpen The Sword
04. The Reason
06. The Revolution
07. Celebrity Trash
08. Live To Die Another Day
09. The Day Before Tomorrow
11. Rise To Win
BONUS TRACKS [CD, Digital & Download Card]
13. Out Of The Blue
14. Lone Star
15. Writing On The Wall
RAT PAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE ANTHONY GOMES "HIGH VOLTAGE BLUES"
Acclaimed Blues Rock guitarist Anthony Gomes will release his 13th studio album entitled, “High Voltage Blues" on Friday September 23, 2022 via Rat Pak Records. Coming off the heels of his highly successful 2020 #1 Billboard charting release, “Containment Blues”, High Voltage Blues is a compilation album that showcases three new studio tracks, along with eleven re-recorded fan favorites and features guest appearances by legendary bassist Billy Sheehan, KoRn drummer Ray Luzier, renown vocalist Bekka Bramlett and The Voice™ contestant Wendy Moten.
“We had a lot of fun rocking these songs up” says Anthony. “As an artist, it was great to circle back to some of my past work and look at it from a different perspective. Billy and Ray really pushed the way I play guitar and they added a whole new element, with a little insanity”, he laughs. When people ask me what I sound like I tell them, “If B.B. King was in AC/DC, that’s what I feel we try and capture. That’s High Voltage Blues in a nutshell.”
From the charging rhythms of album opener “Painted Horse” to the heart wrenching classic “Darkest Before The Dawn”, it is clear that Anthony's trademark blues guitar playing lays the bedrock for his latest solo offering. Produced by Peter Carson and mixed by Chris Collier, High Voltage Blues delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from this high-level blues artist.
01 Painted Horse (featuring Billy Sheehan & Ray Luzier)
02 Fur Covered Handcuffs
04 Born to Ride (featuring Billy Sheehan & Ray Luzier)
05 Peace, Love and Loud Guitars (featuring Billy Sheehan & Ray Luzier)
06 I Believe
07 Red Handed Blues
08 Turn It Up!
09 Blues In The First Degree
10 Hell and Half of Georgia
11 Darkest Before The Dawn (featuring Bekka Bramlett & Wendy Moten)
12 Blues Child
13 White Trash Princess
14 Rebel Highway (featuring Billy Sheehan & Ray Luzier)
15 Darkest Before The Dawn - Extended Version (featuring Bekka Bramlett & Wendy Moten)
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE PROJECTED "HYPOXIA"
Building upon the success of 2017’s release Ignite My Insanity, rock and metal supergroup Projected today announces Hypoxia, the band’s third studio album out on June 24th via Rat Pak Records. The upcoming album features 13 brand new songs from the heralded quartet consisting of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vince Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman.
Guitarist and singer John Connolly says, “To me, personally, it feels like the most cohesive work we’ve done especially considering it’s the first time we all went in the studio together. That in itself had a huge impact on the songwriting process. And it’s taken some time to finally get released but it feels like we’ve matured quite a bit as a band.”
Hypoxia shows a band building on its established foundation while incorporating new and exciting elements. Following the brooding album intro “Consequences,” listeners are then greeted to the crushing guitar riffs of John Connolly to open the galloping track “Dead Weight,” setting the stage for the rest of the album’s journey. Projected shows great range on this latest offering, establishing hooky and singable moments in songs like “Stain,” “Take Aim,” and “Scars” while expertly crafting classic nu-metal styles in “The Thing That’s Real,” and “Hypoxia.” Songs like “Dark” and “Death Is Mostly Permanent” showcase the band’s ability to slow things down while still keeping a foot-stomping pulse. Fans will be sure to be headbanging in no time to the latest offering by these rock and metal stalwarts. Official release date is Friday June 24, 2022 PRE-ORDER HERE
02. Dead Weight
03. The Thing That’s Real
05. Take Aim
07. Without You
09. My Addiction
12. Death Is Mostly Permanent
13. At Your Window
RPR SET TO RELEASE TY TABOR "SHADES" MARCH 4, 2022
Acclaimed King’s X guitarist, songwriter, and co-vocalist Ty Tabor has today announced his latest solo album, Shades, out on March 4th via Rat Pak Records. The upcoming 11th solo album features 10 brand new songs with three bonus tracks and is available via CD, vinyl and digital download and follows the successful release of 2018’s Alien Beans.
"When it comes to what I write for solo material, I don’t really think about bands or anything like that. These new songs explore different sides of life and death,” Ty explains. “I was dealing with the recent loss of my dad when some of this was written. There are lighter moments mixed in to keep it from being too focused on loss or sadness. I also resurrected a couple of old ideas that weren't ready until now. I just write music that makes me happy, and I’ve ended up with an album I really love!"
From the opening chords of “Come Home,” it is clear that Ty Tabor’s trademark guitar tone lays the bedrock for his latest solo release Shades. Ty tackles a wide array of emotions and topics with layered harmonies, hooky pop sensibilities, and the total riffage that remains a crucial ingredient to the King’s X sound. Songs like “What You’re Thinking,” “One Drop of Water,” and “Doesn’t Linger” show Ty’s penchant for crafting tunes with tremendous melodies, while songs like “Shallow,” and “Your Fantasy,” trend heavy and exemplify why Ty is one of the most influential guitarists of the last three decades! PRE-ORDER HERE
01 Come Home
03 Your Fantasy
04 What You're Thinking
05 Sister Genocide
06 Best Day in a While
08 One Drop of Water
09 Doesn’t Linger
10 Leaves Falling Down
11 Ashes – (Bonus Track) [CD & Digital Download only]
12 Political Nonsense – (Bonus Track) [CD & Digital Download only]
13 Ashes (Acoustic) – (Bonus Track) [CD & Digital Download only]
RPR SET TO RELEASE GEORGE LYNCH "SEAMLESS"
(NEW YORK 07/09/2021) With over 40 years playing guitar and songwriting as a professional musician, career firsts are minimal for someone as prolific as George Lynch. On August 20TH, George gets to add another highlight with the release of his first-ever full-length instrumental album, Seamless. The album features nine brand new tracks and three bonus tracks from Lynch who is backed by drummer Jimmy D’Anda and bassist Eric Loiselle.
“Seamless is my attempt at creating a guitar driven instrumental record that delivers something outside the realm of what most people would expect from a guitar instrumental record coming from a semi-redeemed 80’s hair shredder. I wanted the record to be challenging but not exhausting; personal without being belligerently self-indulgent and include a fair amount of guitar histrionics and pay tribute to the masters without making it sound like I’m competing to be the end all summation of all guitar legacies that preceded me. I also wanted the underlying music to be more than vehicles for solos; I wanted the compositions to be able to stand on their own,” explains Lynch.
From the driving guitar riff of album opener “Quiver” to the haunting outro of album closer “Falling Apart,” it is clear George Lynch was looking to explore his writing and love for the guitar. Songs like “Cola,” “Sharks With Laser Beams,” and “Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing” explore the various musical styles George likes to play while giving him room to experiment with new sounds alongside his signature tone. The album on all formats includes three bonus tracks that were added to the album after the extra tracks were presented to the label. “Blue Light Effect,” House Of Eternal Return” and “The Weight” also show the musical diversity that only George Lynch as a trio can create. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
4. Death By A Thousand Licks
6. Sharks With Laser Beams
8. Supersonic Hypnotic Groove Thing
9. Falling Apart
BONUS TRACKS (on CD/Digital & Download Card)
10. Blue Light Effect (Bonus Track)
11. House Of Eternal Return (Bonus Track)
12. The Weight (Bonus Track)
RPR SET TO RELEASE THE CEO "REDEMPTION" FT: VINCE HORNSBY OF SEVENDUST
[05/14/2021] (New York, NY) – Georgia hard rockers The CEO are ready to take on the music world. The band made a soft announcement in March 2020 and a week later, the entire world would be different due to the global pandemic. Now that things are trending in the right direction, the band comprised of Mack Mullins on vocals, Vince Hornsby (Sevendust) on bass, Chase Brown and Mike Dunn on guitar and Joseph Herman on drums are ready to release their debut album Redemption. The CEO draw on various musical influences and puts them on full display on the upcoming debut.
From the driving guitar riff of album opener “Twin Flame” to the final vocal melody of album closer “Alone and Dead,” The CEO have created a sound that fits right in with Active Rock radio today. Songs like “Behind These Eyes,” “The Storm” and “Casting Shadows” showcase the band’s harder side. The band explore their softer side on “Black Hearts” – the longest track on the album and a song that is sure to be a fan favorite. The first single is the rocking title-track “Redemption” and the song and video will be released in the near future. Redemption was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Mammoth WVH, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Myles Kennedy, Tremonti). PRE-ORDER HERE
01. Twin Flame
02. Behind These Eyes
04. Black Hearts
05. Dirty Tragic
06. The Storm
08. Beginning & the End
09. Bourbon Straight
10. Work of Heart
11. Casting Shadows
12. Alone and Dead
BONUS TRACK (CD ONLY)
13. High N' Dry (Saturday Night)
The CEO is
Mike Dunn - Guitar
Vince Hornsby - Bass
Mack Mullins - Vocals
Chase Brown - Guitar
Joesph Herman - Drums
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE TODD MICHAEL HALL "SONIC HEALING"
Current Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall is gearing up to release his first-ever solo album. Todd received national attention when he appeared on the 18th season of NBC’s hit television show The Voice. After being selected by judge Blake Shelton for his version of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero,” the success from the show would drive him to explore the idea of a solo album. Written as the world shut down during the recent pandemic, Todd connected with Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof to write the tracks that would become Sonic Healing. The results of those sessions are the foundation for the album that will be released on May 7th via Rat Pak Records.
“Music has a healing effect to get you up and running,” Todd explains. “People use it to console themselves on a daily basis. It’s such a weird time right now. So, Sonic Healing is meant to be good positive rock. We definitely paid homage to our favorite bands, but we added a new twist. There’s a hunger for this music, and there aren’t many artists trying to scratch the itch. We’re here to scratch the itch and bring the energy.”
From the infectious guitar riffs of the opening track “Overdrive”, to the anthemic album finale of ”Long Lost Rock & Rollers,” Todd showcases his vocal range and passion for rock music. Songs like “Let Loose Tonight,” “Running After You” and “Like No Other” are testaments to the magic that was created when Todd and Kurdt began to focus on their deep love of classic rock icons like Boston, Rush, Styx, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon. Todd’s multi-octave voice and Kurdt’s riff writing capabilities create memorable songs that are reminiscent of the artists that inspired them to pursue a career in music. With thought provoking lyrics and rock solid guitar riffs, Sonic Healing delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high-level players.
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The track listing for Sonic Healing:
2. Let Loose Tonight
3. All On The Line
4. Running After You
5. Love Rain Down
6. Sonic Healing
7. Like No Other
8. Somebody’s Fool
9. To The Bone
10. Long Lost Rock & Rollers
11. The Other Side (bonus track)
12. Not with a Sword (bonus track)
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE QUEENSRŸCHE FRONTMAN TODD LA TORRE"S DEBUT ALBUM
(New York, NY 12/04/2020) – As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album Rejoice In The Suffering. The idea for a solo album was always in the cards for Todd. With Queensrÿche tour dates postponed indefinitely, the world events offered Todd the opportunity to explore his ideas for Rejoice In The Suffering. Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Craig Blackwell and alongside producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris created a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. These styles will surprise fans who only know La Torre from his previous work with Queensrÿche or Crimson Glory before that. Rejoice In The Suffering is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records.
“Rejoice In The Suffering was truly a labor of love. It's a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Todd La Torre.
From the album's opening riffs of “Dogmata” to the vocal acrobatics that drive the album closer "Apology," it is apparent that Todd La Torre has a true love of heavy metal. Playing drums and recording the vocals for the album, songs like “Darkened Majesty” and “Critical Cynic” offer an inside look into the musical mind of La Torre. Craig Blackwell’s guitar playing provides the perfect musical accents to La Torre’s vocals. Todd even finds vocal wails not heard from him before as showcased on the title track and the punishing “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall.” The deluxe version of the album features 3 bonus tracks: “Fractured,” “Set It Off” and “One by One.” CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
The track listing for Rejoice In The Suffering:
3. Hellbound and Down
4. Darkened Majesty
5. Crossroads to Insanity
6. Critical Cynic
7. Rejoice in the Suffering
9. Vanguards of the Dawn Wall
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Version Only)
12. Set it Off
13. One by One
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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA/SAVATAGE AND FORMER METAL CHURCH DRUMMER
JEFF PLATE LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT ALTA REIGN
(New York, NY – November 24, 2020) Jeff Plate has joined forces with TSO keyboardist Jane Mangini and some amazing new talent to form his "years in the making" band Alta Reign. Plate and Mangini, along with Tommy Cook (guitars/lead vocals), Collin Holloway (guitars/lead vocals), Kevin McCarthy (bass, vocals) and Zach Hamilton (keyboards, guitars/vocals), will be releasing Alta Reign’s debut album "Mother’s Day" on January 8, 2021 via Rat Pak Records. The album is a reflection of dedication as the initial idea spawned 30 years ago and ended in 2020 with the album now being released in 2021.
States drummer Jeff Plate, “Beginning in a rehearsal room in Rockland, Ma. 30 years ago and ending in this insane year of 2020, "Mother’s Day" is the end result of years of writing, listening, learning, planning and waiting for the right moment to put this all together. Everyone involved has been the perfect combination of effort and talent to complete the ideas and songs that have been kicking around in my head for years. I could not be prouder to share this album with the world, this is Alta Reign.”
From the album's opening riffs of “Shine” to the majestic "Mother's Day", the reflective mood of "Always" and the mindful closer “Rise”, Alta Reign has created something very different and original. Drawing from his history, his influences and his heroes, Plate has combined Melodic, Progressive, Hard Rock and straight up Metal to create a unique landscape for the listener. Other TSO brethren make an appearance on Mother’s Day as guitarist Joel Hoekstra can be heard on the title track and guitarist Chris Caffery shows up on “Rise”. Songs like “Thin Red Line”, the frenetic instrumental “ESC (Escape)” and “Let’s Go! (I’m In Charge Now)” present every indication that the talent of these musicians is limitless.
“I have known Jeff for 20 years through the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I had the honor of playing with him on ‘Beethoven’s Last Night’ Tour in 2010. The most fun I had on that tour was soundcheck, actually his soundcheck. He would play the coolest riffs and I probably annoyed him playing along, but I always thought how great it would be to put something together with him. Ten years later I got a call and I'm pretty sure I said yes before he even finished asking me. I’m so very happy that I fit in”, explains keyboardist Jane Mangini. CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER
The track listing for Mother’s Day is:
03. Thin Red Line
04. Never Say Never
05. Mother's Day (FT Joel Hoekstra)
06. ESC (Escape)
07. Come Out and Play
08. Let's Go! (I'm In Charge Now)
12. Rise (FT Chris Caffery)
13. Always (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track)
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(New York, NY – July 17, 2020) West coast rock veterans Lynch Mob will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their seminal album Wicked Sensation with a special limited print/deluxe anniversary edition of the album. Wicked Sensation Reimagined features re-worked and re-recorded versions of their classic songs and is scheduled for release via Rat Pak Records on August 28, 2020 (also available in Japan via Marquee/Avalon). The twelve-track album, originally released in October 1990, is considered by many to be sacred and perfect the way it is. The idea of rerecording it was not something Oni Logan or George Lynch took lightly.
“The term ‘re-record’ makes me cringe, this is not that,” explains Lynch. “We re-invented the wheel on this record. It’s really a different animal than the original! Fans won’t be disappointed!”
Logan adds: “30 years later here we are celebrating the first song I penned and wrote for the band Lynch Mob, ‘Wicked Sensation’. This one is for the fans that have been there from the beginning, My recommendation is to listen to it loud!!”
The new cover of Wicked Sensation Reimagined was hand drawn by mid-west comic artist Andrew Owens as a tribute to the original cover art. The project was mixed and mastered by Chris "The Wizard" Collier.
With the help of Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) on bass and Brian Tichy on drums, George Lynch and Oni Logan bring passion and power into these newly created arrangements, take nothing away from the old versions, but bring new light and magic to the material. The songs continue to sound fresh and timeless and will be ready to garner a whole new legion of fans for the next thirty years!
The track listing for Wicked Sensation Reimagined is:
01. Wicked Sensation (reimagined)
02. River of Love (reimagined)
03. Sweet Sister Mercy (reimagined)
04. All I Want (reimagined)
05. Hell Child (reimagined)
06. She’s Evil but She’s Mine (reimagined)
07. Dance of the Dogs (reimagined)
08. Rain (reimagined)
09. No Bed of Roses (reimagined)
10. Through These Eyes (reimagined)
11. For a Million Years (reimagined)
12. Street Fightin' Man (reimagined)
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO "MORE MACHINE THAN MAN"
New York, NY – May 1, 2020) Shred guitar pioneer Michael Angelo Batio will release his 12th studio album More Machine Than Man on June 12th via Rat Pak Records. The album features 13 new studio tracks and is the highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s Intermezzo. More Machine Than Man is an all instrumental shred album from the Fastest Guitarist On The Planet that's sure to resonate with Michael’s past fans, as well as garner new fans along the way. From the infectious guitar riffs from album openers “Laser Guided” and “The Badlands”, to the crushing bonus-track finale of “No Backup Plan” Michael has created something truly special and engaging.
More Machine Than Man is available for pre-order in numerous bundle configurations here: https://www.ratpakrecordsamerica.com/mcihaelangelobatio
Mixed and Mastered by longtime Batio engineer Chris Wisco, the album also features guest performances by Chris Adler (Lamb of God), lending his drum skills on the tracks “More Machine Than Man” and “The Two Sirens”. Also appearing on the album is renowned bassist Victor Wooten who performs on “AVTD”, and guitar virtuoso Andrea Martongelli who guest solos on “The Countdown Is On”.
Regarding the release, Michael comments, "This is the most “in your face” album I have ever recorded. I limited the use of keyboards so you can hear the detail and precision of the rhythm guitars. My goals were to write the best songs I could, keep the tracks as raw and natural as possible and make the grooves relentless! I’m borrowing a quote by NITRO singer Jim Gillette that I think describes this album perfectly – “If this album doesn’t rock your socks off, call the coroner ‘cause you must be dead!”"
With heavy rhythm riffs, blazing guitar solos and rock-solid grooves More Machine Than Man delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from this high-level player and is sure to be a favorite of shred lovers around the globe! A video trailer for the new album can be seen here: https://youtu.be/V9Asp196d2o.
The track listing for More Machine Than Man is:
1. Laser Guided
2. The Badlands
3 Put All Fear Aside
4. More Machine Than Man
5. Dreamin’ of 1986
6. Beyond the Outer Limits
7. The Two Sirens
9. The Countdown is On
10. Rhythm Reprise (I Pray the Lord)
Bonus Tracks (CD & Digital versions)
11. 21st Century Beck
12. Charlie Went To Chicago
13. No Backup Plan
Michael Angelo Batio showcased his guitar techniques and innovations for the first time with his early instructional programs, as well as in his live performances, which are now considered “standard techniques” amongst guitarists worldwide. Michael not only invented but was the world’s first player of the double-guitar and was also voted one of the World’s Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time by Guitar World Magazine. He also holds the YouTube record for his instructional video “Speed Kills”, the highest views for a guitarist coming in at over 21 million!
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE METAL CHURCH "FROM THE VAULT"
(February 21, 2020 – New York, NY) West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release From the Vault” via Rat Pak Records on April 10, 2020. This latest release is a special edition compilation album that features 14 previously unreleased tracks from the Mike Howe era, which include four newly recorded studio tracks including a redux of the band’s fan favorite classic “Conductor.” The remaining tracks are compiled from various recordings in the band’s history and include five tracks from 2018’s Damned if You Do recording sessions, three cover songs and two live tracks “Agent Green” and “Anthem to the Estranged” which was recorded at the famous Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan on the Damned If You Do world tour. Tracks 1 through 4 were mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard Collier” (KXM, Whitesnake, Prong, Korn) and Tracks 5 through 14 were mixed & mastered by Kurdt Vanderhoof.
Mike Howe comments; “This album is for the fans and has some really cool unreleased tracks on it, I think metal Church fans everywhere will really enjoy it!”
Also available for pre-order is a ltd print twenty-two-page comic book “Return of the Fake Healer” featuring the artwork of mid-west comic book illustrator Andrew Owens. The comic book also comes with an additional compilation CD which features a mix of “XI” and “Damned If you Do” tracks as well as 2 previously unreleased mixes of “Killing Your Time” and “Needle & Suture”. PRE-ORDER HERE
TRACK LISTING (DELUXE USA VERSION)
NEW STUDIO TRACKS
01. Dead on the Vine
02. For No Reason
03. Conductor [redux]
04. Above the Madness
B-SIDE TRACKS FROM THE “DAMNED IF YOU DO” SESSIONS
05. Mind Thief
06. Tell Lie Vision
07. False Flag
08. Insta Mental
COVER SONGS FROM THE VAULT
10. Please Don’t Judas Me [NAZARETH COVER]
11. Green Eyed Lady [SUGARLOAF COVER]
12. Black Betty [RAM JAM COVER]
LIVE TRACKS FROM THE VAULT
13. Agent Green [LIVE IN JAPAN]
14. Anthem to The Estranged [LIVE IN JAPAN]
15. “Killing Your Time” (Wizard mix) [digital and comic CD version only]
16. Needle & Suture” (Metal mix) [digital and comic CD version only]
17. “The Enemy Mind” (XI bonus track) [digital download version only]
18. “The Coward” (XI bonus track) [digital download version only]
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE KXM "CIRCLE OF DOLLS"
Building upon the success of their 2014 self-titled debut album and 2017 sophomore release Scatterbrain, KXM returns with their third studio album, Circle Of Dolls, which is scheduled for release on September 13, 2019. KXM is comprised of Dug Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier of Korn, on drums. Circle Of Dolls features 13 new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood California, where the band once again tapped Chris “The Wizard” Collier to engineer and co-produce the new effort. Ray Luzier comments, “There’s a certain energy that happens in the studio very quickly when George, Dug and I get together and jam. This is our 3rd record and it was recorded with the same formula as the first two albums, no pre-written ideas, we just come up with totally fresh grooves & riffs and not over think anything. We definitely didn’t repeat ourselves, but you know for sure who it is when you hear it, all 3 records have their own unique character". George Lynch adds, “It’s better than the first two albums. It's insane, the magic is there, the chemistry's there and we're just sitting here patting ourselves on the back, telling each other what geniuses we are.” Says Dug Pinnick, “I hope everyone enjoys listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!”
From the infectious riff of the album opener “War of Words”, to the album finale of “The Border”, KXM have again created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Lightning”, “Big As The Sun”, and “Cold Sweats” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Circle of Dolls is a darker record thematically than their first two albums and builds upon the established KXM rock sound with thought provoking lyrics, catchy guitar riffs and rock-solid grooves. Pre-order HERE
The track listing for Circle Of Dolls is:
01. War of Words
02. Mind Swamp
03. Circle Of Dolls
05. Time Flies
07. Big As The Sun
08. Vessel of Destruction
09. A Day Without Me
10. Wide Awake
11. Shadow Lover
12. Cold Sweats
13. The Border
14. War of Words (Radio Edit) *CD & Download Versions Only*
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE BEASTO BLANCO "WE ARE"
[04/05/2019] Beasto Blanco; the band comprised of Chuck Garric (long time Alice Cooper bassist) on guitars and vocals, Calico Cooper on vocals, Brother Latham on guitars, Jan LeGrow on bass and Sean Sellers on drums, will release their 3rd studio album We Are on May 24, 2019 via Rat Pak Records. We Are is the follow up album to their highly successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release Beasto Blanco. Produced by Ryan Greene, the new album is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations including vinyl, cassette and hand autographed CD’s at: www.ratpakrecords.com/BeastoBlanco.
Influenced by bands such as White Zombie and Motorhead, Beasto Blanco’s music is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses. From the album opener “The Seeker” to the closer “I See You In It,” it is clear that Beasto Blanco wear their influences on their sleeve. Tracks like “Solitary Rave,” “Perception of Me” and “We Got This” showcase that vocal interplay between Garric and Cooper, something that separates Beasto Blanco from these influences. A bonus version CD and digital downloads will feature a bonus track “Halcyon.” A video for the first single “The Seeker” will be released later this month.
Regarding the new album Chuck Garric comments, “We spent a lot of time channeling, dissecting and arranging the songs from our new album. The idea was, “Let’s make 'our' record - not necessarily what’s popular now or what we think other people will like. We said, let’s make a record for us and our fans. Our fans are loyal and our sound is our sound."Guitarist Brother Latham adds “We Are” is a novel record for us. It shows maturity in the band, without surrendering our reckless abandon and love of rock n’ roll!” Calico Cooper adds, “This record has teeth. It’s got a bite to it that I love. It’s message is from the people we see around us every day, it’s heartbeat is so loud. It says We are strong. We are indestructible. We are here. We Are!“
The track listing for We Are is:
01 The Seeker
02 Solitary Rave
03 Ready To Go
05 Perception Of Me
06 Let's Rip
07 Half Life
08 We Got This
09 Follow The Bleed
10 I See You In It
11 Halcyon (Bonus-track CD & Download versions)
Beasto Blanco will be touring U.S and Canada in support of We Are opening for Halestorm and Palaye Royale. The tour begins April 18th at the Verizon Center in Mankato, MN and takes the band through spring with additional headlining shows, as well as an appearance at this years Rocklahoma.
APR 18 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center*
APR 20 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium*
APR 21 Denver, CO Moe’s Original BBQ
APR 22 Salt Lake City, UT The Union*
APR 23 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert House*
APR 25 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center*
APR 26 Vancouver, BC Chan Centre*
APR 28 Edmonton, AB Norther Jubilee Auditorium*
APR 29 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom*
MAY 01 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre*
MAY 05 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Event Center*
MAY 07 Rapid City, SD Barnett Arena*
MAY 08 Sioux Falls, SD Bigs Bar
MAY 09 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center*
MAY 10 Council Bluffs, IA West Fair Amphitheater*
MAY 11 Indianapolis, IN Kiss Expo
MAY 12 London, ON London Music Hall*
MAY 13 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall*
MAY 14 Ottawa, ON The Brass Monkey
MAY 15 Montreal, QC MTelus*
MAY 16 Quebec City, QC La Source de la Martinière
MAY 17 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
MAY 19 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
MAY 20 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Cafe
MAY 22 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
MAY 23 St Louis, MO Fubar
MAY 25 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
MAY 26 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
MAY 27 Austin, TX Come & Take It Live
MAY 28 Houston, TX Warehouse
MAY 31 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
JUN 01 Nashville, TN The Basement East
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE PRESTO BALLET "THE DAYS BETWEEN"
[11/21/2018] Seattle’s prog-rockers Presto Ballet will release their sixth studio album “The Days Between” on December 14, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. Founded by Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof in 2005, Presto Ballet combines the melodic and harmonic old school aspects with the neo progressive rock sound of today. While their sound is often compared to the early works of Kansas, Rush, and Yes, Presto Ballet still maintains its own identity.
In regards to the musical direction of “The Days Between”, guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof comments, “This new album is a mixed bag of musical influences, ranging from the 60's to the 70's but done in a modern context. The songs are a little more focused on melody, hooks and song structure, it's definitely more on the melodic rock side and it has all the elements of the things that this band loves most about music!”
Pre-order your copy at: www.ratpakrecords.com/prestoballet
Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof
1. Out Of Mind (It’s Outta Sight) [6:29]
2. Earthbound [3:57]
3. Tip Of The Hat [ 5:47]
4. I Just Drive [ 6:22]
5. Hard Times For Dreamers [ 7:30]
6. I Am Wire [10:09]
7. The Man With The Plastic Face [7:00] (Bonus track CD Version)
[46:34 minutes of music!]
Brand New Minute [4:57]
(Bonus track on the download card that comes with vinyl edition)
PRESTO BALLET IS:
Kurdt Vanderhoof - Guitars
Chuck Campbell - Vocals
Kerry Shacklett - Keyboards
Bobby Ferkovich - Bass
Charlie Lorme – Drums
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE METAL CHURCH DAMNED IF YOU DO
Band’s 12th Studio Album Scheduled for Worldwide Release on December 7, 2018
[10-4-2018] West coast metal veterans Metal Church will release their 12th full length studio album Damned If You Do via Rat Pak Records on December 7, 2018 and will also be available in Europe via Nuclear Blast and Japan via KING Records. The latest release is the follow up to their highly successful 2016 album “XI”, which saw the return of legendary front-man Mike Howe. Damned If You Do is a cross between the band’s iconic Blessing In Disguise and The Human Factor. This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs that showcase the sound that has garnered the band a solid fanbase for over 3 decades.
Kurdt Vanderhoof comments, “I feel this album is a very powerful statement to what Metal Church has always been about. A tough and aggressive old school metal album while maintaining a level of musicality and melodic sensibilities”.
Damned If You Do also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex WASP / Lita Ford). Stet first arrived after the departure of long-time drummer Jeff Plate, but soon after joining the band was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Miraculously his treatments for the aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma worked and he was able to begin recording the new album.
Speaking of the new album Stet Howland comments, “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special. I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick. I’m beyond happy with all aspects of this CD, great songs, great performances, great production, just an overall great CD! I love it!”
Damned If You Do is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and Metal Church’s musical vision is unified. From the haunting opener “Damned If You Do” to the final hard-edged track “The War Electric,” this new album is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s early years while garnering new ones. Songs like “By The Numbers,” “Guillotine” and “The Black Things” are sure to become instant favorites!
Mike Howe comments: “I'm very excited about the new release. It all came together way better than I even imagined. It's a great feeling to work really hard on a musical project pouring your heart into it and hoping it comes out as something you can be proud of in the end. I have been listening to it every day and loving it! I hope our fans do as well!”
Metal Church “Damned If You Do” is available in various formats and bundle configurations including a ltd Blue, Black & white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “Thank-you” phone call from Mike Howe, exclusively available at: www.ratpakrecords.com/metal-church
01. Damned If You Do
02. The Black Things
03. By The Numbers
04. Revolution Underway
06. Rot Away
07. Into The Fold
08. Monkey Finger
09. Out Of Balance
10. The War Electric
Metal Church is
Mike Howe – Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitars
Stet Howland – Drums
Steve Unger – Bass
Rick Van Zandt – Guitars
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE ROXANNE "RADIO SILENCE"
[09/20/2018]“Radio Silence” is the sophomore release from the LA based rock band Roxanne and will be available on October 26, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. Originally formed in the late 80’s, Roxanne garnered commercial success with their 1988 self-titled debut album which was well received with two songs charting on rock radio; “Cherry Bay” and “Sweet Maria”, as well as a cover of Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” which hit #63 on the Billboard singles charts and was in full rotation on both dance and rock stations simultaneously.
As with many bands from that era, facing the decline in interest for AOR rock due to the onslaught of the “grunge” scene, the guys in Roxanne went on hiatus. Now 30 years later the band returns with a new offering entitled “Radio Silence”, which features 11 tracks of pure adrenalized classic rock influenced music and also features special guest appearances by guitar legend George Lynch, King’s X front-man dUg Pinnick and Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
Regarding the recording process, lead singer Jamie Brown comments, “We wanted to make a rock record that you’d want to crank in your car and drive fast with the windows down and I think we accomplished that!”. Drummer Dave Landry adds, “We are all very proud of this album and are ecstatic the way it turned out...the songs, the tones and the performances. Recorded on 2-inch analog, it sounds real, it is real, and truly represents the way our band sounds!”
With influences that range from Queen to Bad Company to Thin Lizzy, “Radio Silence” is best described as a perfect blend of classic rock with a modern-day edge!
Produced by Rich Mouser and Jamie Brown and recorded, mixed & mastered at The Mousehouse Studio, Los Angeles, CA
01. Someone To Kill
02. Girls Alright
03. Super Bad (ft: George Lynch)
04. Thin Blue Line
05. Broken Chandeliers
06. Man In The Moon (ft: Ray Luzier & dUg Pinnick)
07. Go Fuck Yourself (ft: George Lynch & dUg Pinnick)
08. Without Us
09. Quarter To Four
10. I Don’t Want to Live This Way
11. First Mistake
Jamie Brown - Vocals, Guitar
John Butler - Guitar
Joe Infante - Bass
Dave Landry - Drums
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE VIXEN “LIVE FIRE”
Classic 80’s rock veterans Vixen will release “Live Fire” via Rat Pak Records on July 6, 2018. Mixed by Michael Wagener, “Live Fire” features 12 live tracks recorded at Chicago's legendary Arcada Theater during the group’s successful 2017 tour. In addition to the classic Vixen songs, the effort also includes a newly recorded studio version of the song “You Ought to Know By Now”, a new studio acoustic version of their hit song “Edge of a Broken Heart” and a live version of a previously unreleased track called “Big Brother”.
Regarding the track “You Ought to Know by Now”, vocalist Janet Gardner says, “It gives you a taste of classic Vixen days with a revitalized energy and passion!”...and bassist Share Ross adds, “This song is the ultimate connection between our history with Jan and our future!”
Speaking of the live material drummer Roxy Petrucci comments, “It’s really cool to see so many old and new fans enjoying these classic songs as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this live album!” Guitarist Britt Lightning adds, “This album really captures all the spontaneity and energy of the band’s live performance.”
Vixen first burst onto the scene in the 80’s and achieved large scale commercial success with songs like “Edge of A Broken Heart”, “Cryin” and “Love Made Me”. The band has sold over a million albums, had six #1 videos on MTV, four songs on Billboard’s Top 100 and is the only platinum selling all female 80’s act. The band continues to write new music and tour with their eyes set firmly on the future!
Vixen “Live Fire” is available in various formats and bundle configurations including a ltd white vinyl pressing with an alternate track sequence and also an Ultimate Fan Bundle that includes a personal “Thank-you” phone call from Janet Gardner, exclusively available at www.ratpakrecords.com/vixen
Janet Gardner (vocals)
Roxy Petrucci (drums)
Share Ross (bass)
Britt Lightning (guitars)
01. Rev It Up (Live)
02. How Much Love (Live)
03. One Night Alone (Live)
04. Cryin’ (Live)
05. Meet The Band (Live)
06. Rock Me (Live)
07. Streets In Paradise (Live)
08. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Live)
09. Love Is A Killer (Live)
10. Love Made Me (Live)
11. Big Brother (Live) *previously un-released*
12. Edge of A Broken Heart (Live)
13. You Ought To Know By Now (New Studio Version)
14. Edge of A Broken Heart (New Studio Acoustic Version)
RPR SET TO RELEASE DUG PINNICK'S "TRIBUTE TO JIMI" (OFTEN IMITATED BUT NEVER DUPLICATED)
Legendary King’s X front-man dUg Pinnick will release “Tribute to Jimi” (Often Imitated but Never Duplicated) a special limited print tribute album to the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix on May 18, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. “Tribute to Jimi” was recorded at Blacksound Studios, Pasadena, CA and was co-produced by dug Pinnick and Michael Parnin and mastered by Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church.
About the release dUg states, "I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, so when Joe at Rat Pak Records brought the idea up to me, I couldn’t wait to get started! We wanted to recreate the analog recording process as closely to the original recordings as possible, so we did our research and tried to use as many of the original effects and equipment that we could find. I’m very happy with how this turned out and I hope everyone enjoys listening to this music as much as I enjoyed recording it in memory of Jimi Hendrix!” Official release date for “Tribute to Jimi” (Often Imitated but Never Duplicated) is Friday, May 18, 2018 and is available in various configurations. PRE-ORDER at this location
01. Are You Experienced
02. Crosstown Traffic
04. If 6 was 9
05. Purple Haze
06. Up From The Skies
07. All Along The Watchtower
08. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
dUg Pinnick: vocals, rhythm guitars, bass, piano, percussion, kazoo, combs and foot-stomps. Mike Hansen: drums and percussion. Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton: lead and acoustic guitar. Tommy Baldwin: additional lead guitar, background vocals. Mike Farrell: keyboards. Reinhold Schwarzwald: saxophone.
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE “DEEP CUTS & RARITIES”
[04/20/2018] “Deep Cuts & Rarities” is a Limited Edition 15 track compilation CD that includes rare unreleased and previously released cover songs which are performed by various artists from the Rock and Hard Rock genres. The release features mostly classic songs from the 70’s & 80’s but also includes a solo acoustic version of CAM’s “Burning House” performed by Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and a recently recorded live version of John Corabi performing The Screams “Man in the Moon” which was recorded during his “Live 94” tour. Other featured artists on this release include Dug Pinnick (King’s X), Todd La Torre (Queensryche), John Connolly (Sevendust), Metal Church, Michael Angelo Batio, Mark Tremonti, Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper), Vixen, Dave Rude (Tesla), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church), Roxanne, Lynch Mob, Presto Ballet, Beasto Blanco, Tommy Baldwin, Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Craig Blackwell and John Corabi. "Deep Cuts & Rarities" features 9 unreleased tracks and 6 previously released tracks. Official release date is Friday May 18, 2018. Pre-order at this location
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE JOHN CORABI "LIVE '94" (ONE NIGHT IN NASHVILLE)
(1/9/2018) Famed vocalist of The Dead Daisies, John Corabi, is set to release his first-ever solo live album Live 94 (One Night In Nashville). Corabi performs the classic self-titled 1994 Mötley Crüe album that he sang on after longtime Crüe vocalist Vince Neil stepped away from the role in 1992. “I love the way this record came out. I wanted something pure, and I think we’ve got it here!,” exclaims Corabi. Recorded live on October 27, 2015 during a stop on his Motley 94 tour, Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) documents the album in its entirety along with the bonus track "10,000 Miles" which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the Quaternary EP. The Live 94 (One Night In Nashville) band is comprised of John Corabi (Guitar/vocals), Jeremy Asbrock (Guitar/vocals), Phil Shouse (Guitar/vocals), Tommy Daley (Guitar) and Ian Corabi (Drums/percussions). The album was recorded live from The Basement in Nashville and contains no overdubs or backing tracks. The recording even includes 2 tracks of Corabi addressing the crowd about his time in Mötley Crüe .“I have to congratulate the guys in my band for helping me do a live album with no backing tracks or extras!!! It’s how it should’ve sounded live!!!,” Corabi adds. Official release date for Jon Corabi "Live 94" (One Night In Nashville) is Friday, February 16, 2018. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
1. Power to the Music (Live)
2. Uncle Jack (Live)
3. Hooligan's Holiday (Live)
4. Misunderstood (Live)
5. Loveshine" (Live)
6. Poison Apples (Live)
7. John Joins The Band (Live) *
8. Hammered (Live)
9. Til Death Do Us Part (Live)
10. Welcome to the Numb (Live)
11. Smoke the Sky (Live)
12 Here Is The Band (Live) *
13. Droppin' Like Flies (Live)
14. Driftaway (Live)
15. 10,000 Miles Away (Live)
* John speaks to the audience
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE BEASTO BLANCO "LIVE FROM BERLIN"
(11/24/2017) Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, will release “Live From Berlin” on January 19, 2017 via Rat Pak Records. "Live From Berlin" was recorded at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany during the 2016 sold-out Böhse Onkelz tour. The Release features songs from both their debut release “Live Fast Die Loud” (2013) as well as their highly successful 2016 self-titled sophomore release “Beasto Blanco”. Front-man Chuck Garric comments, "It was an honor to be invited to tour with the legendary Bohse Onkelz. Every show was sold out, every night a feast of Rock ‘n’ roll. The music was loud the crowd was louder! Berlin was a special night and we want to invite you to the party!” Calico Cooper adds “Beasto is a band that’s driven by the crowd. The more they scream for it the more we give it and Berlin was howling, it was an electric show!” and guitarist Brother Latham adds “Blood, and sweat, it makes for any great story…this one, for sure will be written in the books. Berlin knocked us up beyond our wildest potential, living up to our motto “Live Fast Die Loud!”
Influenced by bands such as White Zombie and Motorhead, Beasto Blanco’s music is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses. “Live From Berlin” is available for pre-order in various bundle configurations including vinyl, cassette, deluxe jewel case, hand autographed and an Ultimate Fan Bundle where you can receive a personal phone call from Chuck Garric! Click HERE to pre-order.
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE TY TABOR'S "ALIEN BEANS"
(11/16/2017) King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor will release his all new solo effort “Alien Beans” January 12, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. “Alien Beans” is a double disc album that features 10 all new studio tracks and a “best of” compilation disc featuring 11 newly re-mixed and re-mastered tracks from Ty’s previous releases.
Regarding the new album, Ty comments, “I wanted to do a rock album and put some new, heavier stuff together. Along the way we also decided to remix some of the older stuff and make it a double album. Everything just fits together like it should. The whole concept behind the new album was to simply re-release a lot of my old catalog that was only available online and that most people didn't really know about. Basically, my back catalog has kind of been hidden among the fans for a long time, but I didn’t just want to re-release the same stuff. A lot of times when you release an album you wish you could go back later and fix a little thing, or mix this differently, or whatever. Well, I took a look at all the old songs in that light and I did do some tweaking. I remixed some of it and I remastered all of it. But we didn’t stop there. We ended up spending a year writing a whole new album too and decided to put them both out together. So, it’s not just the old compilation of stuff that people know about, but it's brand new songs too. Double album, old and new."
On the subject of song writing Ty states, "When it comes to what I write for solo material, I don’t really think about bands or anything like that. I just write music that makes me happy and I’ve ended up with an album I really love!"
With thought provoking lyrics, solid guitar riffs, and Ty’s signature sound, “Alien Beans” will surely resonate with all fans of rock music! Official release date for "Alien Beans" is January 12, 2018 and the album will be available in a variety of formats including vinyl, CD, cassette and autographed CD bundles at: www.ratpakrecords.com/ty-tabor
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[DISC ONE] ALIEN BEANS, FREIGHT TRAIN, JOHNNY GUITAR, SO HERE’S TO YOU, BACK IT DOWN, SOMEBODY LIED, THIS TIME, HEAVILY TWISTED, UNTIL THIS DAY IS DONE, DEEPER PLACE
[DISC TWO] 'CAUSE WE BELIEVED (BLAME IT), FREE YOURSELF, RIDE, SENSELESS PARANOIA, MONEY MOUTH, FAST ASLEEP, POLITICIAN’S CREED, PLAY, BRING IT ON BACK, NOBODY WINS WHEN NOBODY PLAYS, CHANGE
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE LYNCH MOB "THE BROTHERHOOD"
[7-13-2017] 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. PRE-ORDER HERE
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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)
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE PROJECTED "IGNITE MY INSANITY"
[5/25/2017] Projected “Ignite My Insanity” is the new sophomore release from the super-group comprised of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly, Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips, Sevendust bassist Vinnie Hornsby and Tremonti guitarist Eric “E-ROCK” Friedman and is the long awaited follow-up to their 2012 self-released debut album “Human”.
Ignite My Insanity features 21 all new tracks and is an album that's sure to resonate with fans from the band’s original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the infectious guitar riffs off disc one’s “Reload”, to the crushing finale of ”Battlestations” on disc two, Projected have created something truly special. Songs like “Rectify”, “Call Me The Devil” and “Vain” are stand-out testaments to John’s heavy riff writing capabilities, while more melodic songs like “10 Years Gone”, “Faith” and “Inside the Sun” bring you to a place of quiet reflection. Songs “Reload” and “Ignite” are sure to be instant fan favorites!
On the subject of Projected’s new record, John Connolly comments, “There are four very strong personalities in this band. Everyone has been in the business doing various things, from Tremonti to Alter Bridge to Creed to Sevendust and it took all those elements and sounds to make this album what it is!”
Guitarist Eric “E-Rock” Friedman comments, “When I think Projected, the first words that come to my mind is a very raw and honest band. Things aren’t overthought. It’s very organic.”
Scott Phillips adds, “We’re all part of other bands that we’ve put our heart and soul and life into and this was just a chance to extend that into somewhat of a different direction."
Says bassist Vinnie Hornsby, “We’ve been playing so long together, you know it’s kinda' like a marriage to a certain degree, it really warms my heart to be able to play with my friends and these great musicians.”
With thought provoking lyrics, heavy guitar riffs, rock-solid bass grooves and stand-out drumming, “Ignite My Insanity” delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high-level players! Official release date is July 21, 2017.
DISC 1 - STRIKE, RELOAD, SIX FEET BELOW, VAIN, RECTIFY, FAITH, GOMORRAH, HEAVEN ABOVE, 10 YEARS GONE, ONLY
DISC 2 - FIRE, IGNITE, CALL ME THE DEVIL, CONCEDE, INHUMAN, BETTER, HATE YOU BACK, UPSIDE DOWN, SECONDS, INSIDE THE SUN, BATTLESTATIONS
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PRE-ORDER NOW AT: www.ratpakrecords.com/projected
[3/3/2017] 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!”
Metal Church Classic Live is 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
KXM "BREAKOUT" VIDEO RELEASED
The video for “Breakout” premiered on the band’s Facebook page and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/E7NEoECwbeI. The video, directed by previous KXM director Jamie Brown, is a barrage of visuals of the band that captures the high-energy feel of the song. The song comes from the album Scatterbrain that is scheduled for worldwide release on March 17th via Rat Pak Records. Fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbitunes) will receive both “Breakout” and the first single “Scatterbrain” as an instant download. The album is also available via Amazon (http://smarturl.it/kxmsbamazon).
Scatterbrain is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records website in various bundles including signed CD’s and t-shirts. All fans who pre-order the album through the Rat Pak website will be entered to win a one-of-a-kind custom guitar as well as other prizes. The pre-order is available at RatPakRecords.com/KXM. The video for the debut sinlge “Scatterbrain” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/UvTnzne69Ts and has become a fan favorite since it was released. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Ray Luzier, of Korn on drums. Scatterbrain features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood California. The album was produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) who also produced the band’s 2014 debut.
KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was released on March 11, 2014 and debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players.
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE KXM "SCATTERBRAIN"
[1/5/2017] “Scatterbrain” is the all new sophomore release from the super-group KXM comprised of drummer Ray Luzier (KoRn), guitarist George Lynch (Lynch Mob) and King’s X front man dUg Pinnick and is the follow up album to their highly successful 2014 self-titled debut release which landed at #31 on the Billboard Top 200.
“Scatterbrain” features 13 brand new tracks and was recorded at the Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood California where the band once again tapped Chris “The Wizard” Collier (Flotsam & Jetsam/Prong/Last In Line) to engineer the new effort.
From the infectious riff of the album opener “Scatterbrain” to the outro of “Angel,” KXM have created something truly special and musically diverse. Songs like “Breakout,” “Calypso,” and “True Deceivers” are sonically different from each other taking the listener on a musical journey. Scatterbrain is thematically a darker record than the debut. The album builds upon the developed KXM rock sound but this time includes some different dynamics drawing inspiration from prog, ska, punk and metal. Through it all, it remains undeniably KXM.
Speaking about the recording process for KXM’s new record, vocalist dUg Pinnick comments, “We wrote all the songs right on the spot and immediately recorded them, everyone doing his part and no one telling the other one what or how to play, just like the previous album!”. Drummer Ray Luzier adds “We wanted to use the same formula as the 1st KXM record…book studio time, come in fresh every day with a new idea, run with it and not over think anything” .
Basically it was “Record-topia”, we showed up in the studio, camped out with a bunch of gear and let the tape roll!” states guitarist George Lynch. “Just like the first album, no pre-production, no rehearsal, no pre-written songs, every song was written as a product of an in-studio jam session!”
On the topic of the musical direction and overall vibe of the new album Ray recently told Modern Drummer Magazine; “It's a darker record than the first one, it's really heavy and it’s very soulful with dUg's voice leading the way". Ray further describes the direction of the new album, “There is some straight ahead rock, bits of prog, ska and tons of dynamics, there is a lot involved but it still sounds like KXM!” Official release date for KXM “Scatterbrain” is March 17, 2017. PRE-ORDER HERE
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RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE BEASTO BLANCO'S SELF-TITLED SOPHOMORE EFFORT
[10-16-2016] Beasto Blanco, the band fronted by long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, will release their self-titled, full length second album, on November 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records . The effort, which was produced by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Mr. Big), features 11 new tracks and an amped-up cover version of Alice’s hit song “Feed My Frankenstein” that also features Alice's daughter and fellow Beasto band mate Calico Cooper.
"Beasto Blanco" is the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2013 release “Live Fast, Die Loud” (Rat Pak Records) which was endorsed by the likes of movie actor Johnny Depp, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, producer Bob Ezrin, and many more.
Influenced by bands such as White Zombie and Motorhead, Beasto Blanco’s all new 12 song sophomore release is a potent mix of heavy riffs, driving bass and melodic choruses. “I’m very proud of this release” says Chuck Garric, “This new album showcases the bands evolution as songwriters and our unity as a musical force” and Calico Cooper adds “This record is like a baseball bat to the chest that you want more and more of“.
Beasto Blanco’s version of “Feed My Frankenstein” can be heard on “Nights With Alice Cooper” radio show which is syndicated on over 100 stations worldwide and can also be heard at 15,000 AMC, Regal, Cinemark and NCM movie theaters in the United States throughout November.
Asked what makes this album so unique, Chuck comments “This album is a clash of elements coming together in an organic implosion of sonic perfection, Beasto Blanco is not about reinventing the wheel, we’re all about giving ’em cool rims!”
Beasto Blanco will embark on a 2016/17 Fall/Winter tour starting in November, that includes a string of U.S headline dates, as well as an arena tour of Europe with German Hard Rock heavyweights Boshe Onkelz. They return home to the U.S for another run of headline dates that will conclude with performances on the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise in February. OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE IS NOVEMBER 25, 2016 PRE-ORDER HERE
01. Buried Angels
03. Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper cover)
05. Death Rattle
06. Dark Matter
08. I Rise
09. Machine Girl
11. Blind Drive
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE MICHAEL SWEET "ONE SIDED WAR"
Surrounding himself in the studio with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh, Michael began creating what would soon be known as “One Sided War”. Michael states “Originally I planned on showcasing my own guitar playing; I was going to do it all myself, but once I brought Joel & Ethan into the picture, things began to take a new direction and I am very happy with what we have accomplished”. Says Ethan Brosh about working with Michael, "He's one of those guys who have always been at the top of their game and has just never lost it and for me to be a part of this is very special". Joel Hoekstra comments "Michael and I actually go back to my time in Night Ranger when we opened for him when he was playing with Boston. Ever since then we've just been kind of collaborating and this is sort of a natural evolution getting to play on a few songs on his solo album".
The fast and furious opener “Bizarre” ignites the album’s pace with it's lightning fast riffage, soaring vocals and blazing guitar solos. Tracks like “Can’t Take This Life”, “One Sided War”, "Golden Age", “I Am” and “Comfort Zone” keep the metal fires ablaze, while tracks like “Radio”, “One Way” and “You Make Me Wanna” bring the hard rock vibe to the forefront . “One Sided War” features only one ballad, “Who Am I?”, a heartfelt, passionate song that reminds us of the softer side of Michael’s talents. Closing out the disc is a bonus track; it’s a different version of the song “Can’t Take This Life”, a duet with Michael and 16 year old up-and-coming female vocalist Moriah Formica. If you are a fan of Michael Sweet / Stryper or a fan of classic Hard Rock & Metal in general “One Sided War” is an absolute must have, you won’t be disappointed! Official release date is August 26, 2016
The CD was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
One Way Up
Can't Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring Moriah Formica)
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE THE DEBUT OFFERING FROM "PROJECT NFIDELIKAH"
[4-22-2016] Project NFidelikah combines the talents of Fishbone front-man Angelo “Dr. Mad Vibe” Moore, Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch, ex War/Philm bassist Pancho Tomaselli and Endangered Species drummer Chris Moore. Their music has been described as “rock infused hybrid ghetto funk gone haywire”, as each track showcases their different musical backgrounds. “Musically, it’s a wide open landscape in this band”, says drummer Chris Moore. Project NFidelikah creates their hybrid sound by combining an arsenal of instruments including guitars, organs, saxophones, percussions and even a Theremin which highlights the many musical landscapes offered in this debut release. “The musicianship is to a whole other level, I can go into other areas that I maybe couldn’t delve into while in a straight hard rock situation, it’s teaching me something I didn’t know how to do” says guitarist George Lynch. Project NFidelikah is rock, funk, blues and pop all mixed into something very unique and special! Official release date is Friday May 27, 2016. TRACK LISTING 1. Project Blackout 2. Army of Jesus 3. Exposure Fi' Pay 4. Landslide Salvation 5. Corazon of Doubt 6. I Wanna Be White (But I Can't) 7. Deprivation of Independence 8. Anchor Baby 9. I Know 10. She Was Dead When I Got There 11. Rain Again 12. Curse of 1000 Mommies (bonus track) Pre-order here: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/projectnfidelikah
"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
(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
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
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
[4/30/2015] LEGENDARY METAL CHURCH SINGER MIKE HOWE RETURNS TO THE BAND!
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"
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
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
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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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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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!
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JOHN CORABI - ULTIMATE FAN GIVEAWAY!
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]
HERE IS THE LINK: JOHN CORABI ULTIMATE FAN GIVEAWAY