NEWS FEED

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

TRACK LISTING

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
 
TRACK LISTING
01. Damned If You Do
02. The Black Things
03. By The Numbers
04. Revolution Underway
05: Guillotine
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’sPlay 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

 

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

 

TRACK LISTING

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

 

Vixen is

Janet Gardner (vocals)

Roxy Petrucci (drums)

Share Ross (bass)

Britt Lightning (guitars)

 

TRACK LISTING

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)

BONUS TRACKS

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

TRACK LISTING:
01. Are You Experienced
02. Crosstown Traffic
03. Fire
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

TRACK LISTING
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

For media inquiries please contact Kevin Chiaramonte at PFA Media kevinc@pfamedia.net

TRACK LISTING

[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

For media requests please reach out to: iceraven@ratpakrecords.com

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


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 Projecteds 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.

TRACK LISTING

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

For media inquiries please contact Kevin Chiaramonte at PFA Media kevinc@pfamedia.net

PRE-ORDER NOW AT: www.ratpakrecords.com/projected


RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE METAL CHURCH "CLASSIC LIVE"
 

[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 "NOISES IN THE SKY" VIDEO RELEASED
 
[February24, 2017] The Jamie Brown-directed video for "Noises In The Sky", a brand new song from KXM, the project featuring drummer Ray Luzier (KORN), bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick (KING'S X) and guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, DOKKEN), can be seen here: Noises In The Sky
 

KXM "BREAKOUT" VIDEO RELEASED
[February 3, 2017] Coming on the heels of the video for the debut single “Scatterbrain,” KXM has released a video for another song from the upcoming sophomore album.

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
 
For media inquiries please contact Kevin Chiaramonte at PFA Media: kevinc@pfamedia.net 
 



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
 
TRACK LISTING
01. Buried Angels
02. Grind
03. Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper cover)
04. Carcosa
05. Death Rattle
06. Dark Matter
07. Sadhana
08. I Rise
09. Machine Girl
10. Honey
11. Blind Drive
12. Damnation
 
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE MICHAEL SWEET "ONE SIDED WAR"
 
[7/8/2016] In what promises to be Stryper front-man Michael Sweet’s most intense solo release to date, “One Sided War” showcases a full plate of hard rock & classic metal riffs from start to finish. One Sided War marks Michael’s 7th studio solo album and it clearly proves that he is still at the very top of his game! “I’ll tell you about it”, says Michael, “Musically it’s my heaviest solo album. It’s not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you. There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden / Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence to them. It’s a very guitar-oriented, hard rock/metal album with lots of melodies and hooks!
 
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
 
TRACK LISTING:
Bizarre
One Sided War
Can't Take This Life
Radio
Golden Age
Only You
I Am
Who Am I
You Make Me Wanna
Comfort Zone
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  


 


 

 



METAL CHURCH RETURN WITH LEGENDARY VOCALIST MIKE HOWE AND NEW ALBUM
"XI" SLATED FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 25th VIA RAT PAK RECORDS

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
 
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.

MEDIA CONTACT please contact: Kevin Chairamonte at kevinc@pfamedia.net

 
Metal Church Official Website: http://metalchurchofficial.com
Metal Church Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch
Metal Church on Twitter https://twitter.com/metalchurchis1
 


 

[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
[10-22-2015]

[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!

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/wLBQKXQlKSc
 

 

[10-22-2015]

[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
 


[10/1/2015]
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

 


[9-15-2015]
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE JERRY GASKILL (KING’S X) “LOVE & SCARS”
FEATURING BILLY SHEEHAN, EARL SLICK , PHILL KEAGGY AND MORE!
 
 
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.
 
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. 
 
TRACK LISTING:
01 FAR AWAY
02 THIS PICTURE
03 NO MORE YESTERDAY
04 HYPOTHETICAL
05 WAKING UP
06 NEVER EVER KNOW
07 SANDY
08 PATTY'S SONG
09 PARADISE
10 SAD
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

[5-19-2016]
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 iceraven@ratpakrecords.com 
 

[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/TheMichaelSweet

[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
 
[1/7/2014] Rat Pak Records welcomes legendary Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar to the fold! Jeff is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his brand new album that we will be releasing sometime in early spring. The tracks range from classic, early Cinderella-style hard rock, to groove laden blues-rock, and everything in between. Jeff not only sings on this release, but also does a fantastic job of capturing the magic and spirit of the classic genre he helped create! Head over and like the new Official Jeff LaBar Facebook page HERE, or sign up on the mailing list to be the first to receive updates!

[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
[11-27-2014]
 
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
 



[9-24-2013]
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.

TRACK LISTING:

ILL NOSTRO SPIRITO
BEASTO BLANCO
BLOOD SHOT
CALIFORNIA
BREAKDOWN
VEGAS
MOTOR QUEEN
FREAK
BEG TO DIFFER
LIVE FAST DIE LOUD
NO MORE MAN

Press & Media contact:
iceraven@ratpakrecords.com   
For wholesale orders:
info@ratpakrecords.com    
[9-17-2013]
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

TRACK LISTING

1. BULLET PROOF
2. DEAD CITY
3. GENERATION NOTHING
4. NOISES IN THE WALL
5. JUMP THE GUN
6. SUICIETY
7. SCREAM
8. HITS KEEP COMIN’
9. CLOSE TO THE BONE
10. THE MEDIA HORSE

Press & Media contact: iceraven@ratpakrecords.com  
For wholesale orders: info@ratpakrecords.com  
For bookings please contact: tim.harding@live.com  

[9-16-2013]
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! 

For all news updates please visit the band on their official Facebook
or sign up for the official Rat Pak Records newsletter



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!
HERE IS THE LINK:
JOHN CORABI ULTIMATE FAN GIVEAWAY


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  
GET YOUR TICKETS TO THE OFFICIAL PAMELA MOORE CD RELEASE PARTY [JULY 13, 2013] http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/394677

Pure Grain Audio
http://puregrainaudio.com/features/pamela-moore-siren-song-moore-finds-her-musical-groove-with-new-album-resurrect-me

KISW 99.9FM SEATTLE {stream last night's show!}
http://media.kisw.com/a/77726621/loud-local-7-7-13.htm?q=pamela+moore

All About The Rock UK [interview & review]
Album review: http://allabouttherock.co.uk/pamela-moore-resurrect-me
Interview: http://allabouttherock.co.uk/interview-with-pamela-moore/

Interview with Lady Obscure
http://www.ladyobscure.com/portfolio/interview-with-pamela-moore/

Interview with Lisa Rae on Blog Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkintheshadows/2013/07/08/jumpin-july--pamela-moore-talks-in-the-shadows

PopTopia [CD Review]
http://www.pop-topia.com/cd-review-pamela-moore-resurrect-me/

PAMELA IN ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE
http://allaccessmagazine.com/2013/06/20/resurrect-me/
Pamela Moore "Resurrect Me" [full song] from the CD "Resurrect Me" Take a listen! http://soundcloud.com/rat-pak-records/resurrect-me
Pamela Moore "The Sky Is Falling" featuring guest duet with Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear https://soundcloud.com/rat-pak-records/the-sky-is-falling

PAMELA MOORE “PARANOIA” [FULL UNCUT VIDEO] FROM THE CD "RESURRECT ME" http://youtu.be/vIe9dApQTis


 


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.

Track listing:

Acquiescent
Melt Into You
Paranoia
We Are Damaged
Resurrect Me
The Sky Is Falling
Awakening
Breaking Down
Desperate By Design
Wide Awake (Phoenix Rising)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT PAMELA MOORE



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.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER


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
Save Me
We're Through
Terminal Adolescents
Move On
Tragedy
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

For press, media, or wholesale please contact iceraven@ratpakrecords.com
 
CLICK HERE FOR PRE-ORDERS


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


George Lynch
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



Mike Stone
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:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/carrier-single/id592803040  




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
  
 
 

Join our mailing list for all the latest news and events!

© 2003 - 2019 Rat Pak Records LLC