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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Richmond, VA’s McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill, Co-Owned by LAMB OF GOD’s Chris Adler, Launches Special Allergen-Free Menu



This past summer, Chris Adler, drummer for LAMB OF GOD, announced his partnership with Richmond restaurateur Will “Mac” McCormack to open McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill in Richmond, VA. Last week, the restaurant launched a truly special allergen-free menu. In many circles of the culinary industry, specifically in most southern U.S. cities (such as Richmond, VA), it is a rare to see a restaurant offering a specifically complete allergen-free menu.

Chris Adler was inspired to create the allergen-free menu by his wife, who has suffered from severe food allergies her entire life. Building a restaurant that could accommodate her needs and the needs of other food allergy sufferers was a large priority in his vision for the restaurant. McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill features a unique two-kitchen system, allowing the restaurant the ability to safely serve these tasty allergen-free meals to patrons with any and all food allergies or dietary restrictions (GF, V, VO).

The new menu will feature items without common food allergens, such as nuts, shellfish, seeds, red meat, and gluten to mention a few items omitted from this special allergen-free menu. Many dishes will also be dairy free and egg free. Menu items include the chef’s creative and inspired new interpretations of sea bass, roasted chicken, spaghetti squash, and roasted cauliflower. This new menu will be available daily, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, patrons who are concerned with cross-contamination will have all meals prepared separately in the allergen-free second kitchen.

“One of the most important details for me, outside of the incredible whisky collection, is the idea of two kitchens, with one sterilized to serve specialized diet and allergy needs,” offers Chris Adler. “My wife and a few relatives have suffered from severe food allergies for their entire lives and have never been able to comfortably dine out — and they are not alone. I'm driven to create a safe environment for any dietary concern, choice or not. The allergen-free menu is available all week, but we sanitize and staff the second kitchen separately on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for those with any cross-contamination concerns.”

Adler adds, “We're able to accommodate every major food allergy concern and/or diet preference. Lots of veggie and vegan stuff as well as I'm now 20+ years meat-free. Richmond’s own Phillip Denny (one of the area’s top chefs) has come up with some amazing dish options and we're all hopeful to help serve a very under-served group and I'll probably see you there.”

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill holds up to 600 people and offers a selection of over 2000 spirits – 700-bottle whiskey selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine selection. Adler and McCormack are also working with Henrico County health officials to offer a high-end Cigar room within the 11,000 sq. ft. footprint of the restaurant.

For more info, visit: www.facebook.com/mccormacksbigwhisky

dir en grey RETURN FOR TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS



Japanese avant-garde metallers dir en grey return to the UK this May, giving fans the opportunity to hear songs from last year’s ‘ARCHE’ album performed live for the first time.

For the uninitiated, the dir en grey live show is a genuinely jaw-dropping experience. Well-worn phrases are often bandied about in promotional hyperbole, but in the case of this Japanese five piece, the secretion of blood, sweat and tears is a real prospect, such is the emotion and soul poured into their shows.

Bold and sensitive, chaotic and melodic, over the course of nine albums, dir en grey have become one of the biggest names in Japanese rock to break outside of their home country. Embraced by the international rock media, support for the band has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in the UK, where they became the first (and so far only) Japanese band to appear on the cover of Kerrang! Magazine.

TOUR15 THE UNSTOPPABLE LIFE:

Sat 23 / Sun 24 May
Islington o2 Academy

Tickets go on sale at www.kililive.com | www.seetickets.com at 10am on Thursday 12th February.

Motor Sister "Ride" to be released via Metal Blade Records on 10 March 2015



For his fiftieth birthday, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wanted one present more than any other – the reunion of one of his favorite unsung heroes, Mother Superior – only he wanted to be a part of the lineup.

"They're a great, classic band that hit me in the same spot as all my favorite '70s bands, whether it's UFO, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick or KISS," Ian explains. "I knew getting to play with them would be like joining KISS and getting to record all my favorite KISS songs with Gene and Paul."

Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working on her solo career with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig. "I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house," Ian says of the event that eventually led to an album.

"[Mother Superior] frontman] Jim [Wilson] was totally into the idea. Pearl was a huge Mother Superior fan from way back and was in. I asked my good friends Joey Vera (Fates Warning/Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) to be a part of it because I knew they were both big fans as well and with no hesitation they said, 'We're in.'"

Wilson, too, was stoked by the opportunity to dust off some songs he hadn't played since his LA rock trio broke up in the early 2000's after releasing eight albums and playing as Henry Rollins' backing band. "I definitely didn't need any arm-twisting," he says. "I was totally flattered and thought it was a great idea. I figured it would be fun and it was a great opportunity for a new chapter to be established in order to move forward."

The band called itself Motor Sister after the Mother Superior song "Little Motor Sister" and got together the day before the party to rehearse in Ian's jam room. For the party, they invited about 25 friends who were already Mother Superior fans and appreciated the significance of Wilson re-opening the vault.

"The energy in the room was amazing and we were great as a band playing those songs," Ian says. "It felt awesome. We had no intention of doing anything after that. It was just something we did for fun and to celebrate my birthday."

The crowd for the show may have been small, but it included several industry veterans who couldn't stop raving about the performance. In no time, word got back to Metal Blade A&R man Mike Faley, who immediately realized the potential to capture the lightning in a bottle vibe the band exhibited that night and put it out on a record.

"He called me up and asked if I had any intention of doing anything more than that one show," recalls Ian. "And I said, 'It's funny you should mention that because I was sitting in the kitchen talking to Pearl and I just said to her, 'Imagine if we could make a record.' And they said if I was serious Metal Blade would be happy to put it out."

After the original Mother Superior broke up, Wilson recorded a solo album and played with Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris and Pearl. As rewarding as those projects have been, he was excited to return to the pedal-to-the-floor groove-rock he pursued for almost 18 years with Mother Superior.

"The minute I started to play with Scott, Joey and John the chemistry was amazing," Wilson says. " We sounded like a band that had been together forever. It was fresh, it was powerful. The original band had moments, but it was a power trio and it just never got its due. We were either a little ahead of our time or a little behind our time. When Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were taking over, we were rock and roll fans. We were being driven by classics like Humble Pie, Cream and KISS. Scott, John and Joey all come from that same place, too, so when we got together to play these songs that Scott had chosen it was like we were putting a fresh coat of paint on these old songs that still held up."

Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian emailed producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy Motor Sister generated at their makeshift gig, and if an album could be recorded quickly. "He said, 'Yeah, we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.' So that's what we did," Ian says. "A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio and the set-up was just like it was at my house."

For Wilson, revisiting Mother Superior classics with a second guitarist leant a new urgency to songs like "Devil Wind," "Beg, Borrow, Steal" and "Dog House." "I was always the sole guitar player of the original band. I overdubbed rhythm guitar in the studio, but it was all me," Wilson says. "Now, there's definitely a metal edge to these songs. It's still blues-soaked rock and roll influenced by Zeppelin and the Stones. But it's so great having Scott's guitar in the mix. He's playing on the left side and I'm on the right. Sometimes I jump in the center for a solo. But when you listen to the album it's so cool to hear the two guitars and know who's doing what. So if I'm doing a bluesy solo, you hear Scott on the left side adding his touch to the rhythms. And it sounds like him. I've never heard these songs sound more exciting."

Ian, too, couldn't be prouder of the album and insists he favorite tracks change almost every day. "I always go back to 'Devil Wind' because there's something so epic about it," he says. "If they ever finally make 'The Dark Tower' by Stephen King into a movie or TV series, 'Devil Wind' sound be the theme song."

While everyone in Motor Sister is busy with their day jobs, they are all interested in playing live as much as possible. "We are a great live band" Ian says. "We proved it to ourselves in my jam room. It was our ability to play live together that made this happen and I can see us getting onstage and playing this shit back-to-back, Ramones-style, and just blowing people's minds with the power of these songs. And the door is always open to write more material because Pearl and Jim are always working together and I'm always with them. So we'll see what happens in the future."

"It would be great to keep this thing going," Wilson concluded. "I enjoyed playing these songs with Motor Sister more than I've ever enjoyed them before. Scott's like a brother, John Tempesta is such a monster drummer, Joey [Vera] is incredible and Pearl's harmonies and background vocals are amazing. This feels like a continuation of trip I started long ago and it's a real blessing."

QUEENSRŸCHE tour Europe and release new album in 2015



Good news for QUEENSRŸCHE fans! The legendary Seattle Metal band will return to Europe to play summer festivals as well as some headline shows. Armored Saint and Death Angel will support them on special dates.

With the QUEENSRŸCHE canvas wiped completely clean and the band's easel the strongest and most stable it's been in years, Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton forge ahead to create yet another QUEENSRŸCHE masterpiece. The band has already begun writing new material for the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled 2013 Century Media Records release, Queensrÿche. The new album is tentatively scheduled for release in late summer 2015.

QUEENSRŸCHE – Live:

18.07.2015 Bang Your Head Festival, Balingen, GERMANY 21.07.2015 Metaldays Festival, Tolmin, SLOVENIA 31.07.2015 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, GERMANY 01.08.2015 Skogsrojet Festival, Rejmyre, SWEDEN 03.08.2015 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (Armored Saint support) 04.08.2015 Effenaar, Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS (Armored Saint support) 05.08.2015 Marble Factory, Bristol, UK (Death Angel support) 06.08.2015 Electric Ballroom, London, UK (Armored Saint, Death Angel support) 07.08.2015 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK (Death Angel support) 08.08.2015 Alcatraz Festival, Kortrijk, BELGIUM

More dates to be announced soon.

QUEENSRŸCHE is:

Todd La Torre - Vocals Michael Wilton - Guitars Parker Lundgren - Guitars Eddie Jackson - Bass Scott Rockenfield - Drums

KROKODIL ASSEMBLE FOR FIRST HEADLINE SHOW



KROKODIL will play a headline show at The Black Heart in Camden Town, North London, on Thursday March 19th.

Up to this point, the band – featuring members & previous members of Hexes, Gallows & SikTh – has either occupied Special Guest spots or appeared at festivals, taking in Download, Sonisphere & Bloodstock as well as touring around Europe with Mastodon last November/December.

An opening act for The Black Heart show will be announced shortly.

Tickets can be purchased here: billetto.co.uk

The debut Krokodil album, ‘Nachash’, is out now on Spinefarm Records; recorded & mixed by Steve Sears Jr, the record includes first single ‘Shatter’ (originally released for ‘Record Store Day’ 2014), plus 11 other compositions, including latest single / lyric video ‘Sun Riders’ (feat. Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro). The video clip for ‘Sun Riders’ was created by Bleed From Within guitarist Craig Gowan, and features illustrations by Krokodil guitarist, Dan P Carter.

Watch the ‘Sun Riders’ lyric video here:



On the international front, Krokodil have now confirmed a number of festivals for the spring / summer; these include Temples Festival in May (UK), Tuska Open Air in Finland (June) FortaRock in Holland (June) and MetalDays in Slovenia (July), with more to follow.

Valerie Gentile returns with new single “F**k Yes”



Brooklyn NY // February 10, 2015 – Industrial pop-rock star Valerie Gentile partnered up with ReGen Magazine to host an exclusive pre-release stream of her single "Fuck Yes" (HERE). Today she made the new brash and bold single available for purchase and download via Bandcamp! Being the first new material released since Val's 2013 debut EP 'Love Is Luxury', Gentile showcases a forward movement in energy and sound.

Leaning heavily into it's electronic and industrial-pop influences, "Fuck Yes" was originally composed by Shane Allen Hall (The Break Up) who shared the track with Gentile last summer. “I was home alone, about to get married and the thought of growing up continued to freak me out,” Gentile shared. “I had high expectations coming from my families and my job to become a real adult, whatever that means! Shane sent me this song to work on and I thought it was such a cool track! He had titled it 'Fuck Yes', so I worked that into the chorus. It seemed like a really positive statement.”

At the time, Valerie was focused on her upcoming marriage and to-be husband, which allowed the lyrics to naturally flow, concluding with a finished product in one day. Shortly after, Gentile turned to her now husband and talented musician, Abbey Nex (Combichrist) for assistance in finishing the track. Nex contributed guitar and synths to the track allowing it to be fleshed into it's full form. Both were featured in Gentile's recent video for her song "Danger" off 'Love Is Luxury'.

Stream & Purchase 'Fuck Yes' via Bandcamp

Biography: Valerie Gentile is one of goth and industrial music's most prominent guitarists of recent vintage. Gentile's new solo work follows on a long career of touring and recording with such luminaries as The Crüxshadows, Angelspit, and Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Her 2013 debut solo EP, "Love Is Luxury", swims comfortably between classic goth-rock and modern industrial dance, with dark new wave-tinged songwriting and sharp alto vocals throughout.