Halloween is, of course, the most metal of all holidays, so it makes sense that rock and metal bands get in the holiday spirit every year with some great costumes. As we do every year, we thought we would look at some of the best of the best.
Big hat tip to ThePRP for finding a bunch of these.
Vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, TESTAMENT, EIDOLON), drummer Shawn Drover (MEGADETH, ACT OF DEFIANCE, EIDOLON) and bassist Adrian Robichaud (EIDOLON) joined forces to perform heavy metal classics under the A NIGHT OF METAL banner on November 6 at L'Anti Bar & Spectacles in Quebec, Canada. Video footage of the concert can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "Rene Richard").
In a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Owens stated about A NIGHT OF METAL: "It's the one time I tour that I'm not playing [songs from my era of JUDAS PRIEST]. People are, like, 'Play 'Burn In Hell',' or this, that and the other. Well, I tour solo non-stop, and I play those songs when I tour — I just got back from South America and I'm playing 'One On One' and 'Hell Is Home' and 'Burn In Hell'. But this set is just a fun set. We're going up there as 'A NIGHT OF METAL.' It's exactly what it says, when Shawn and Glen came up with that. It's the perfect name for us, because we're just jamming — we're having fun. We'll probably have a beer and get on stage."
A NIGHT OF METAL is:
Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) - Vocals Shawn Drover (MEGADETH, ACT OF DEFIANCE, EIDELON) - Drums Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, EIDELON) - Guitar Adrian Robichaud (EIDELON) - Bass
Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Rob Halford.
Glen Drover left MEGADETH at the end of 2007 and was replaced by Chris Broderick, who previously played with NEVERMORE and JAG PANZER.
Shawn joined MEGADETH in 2004 as the replacement for Nick Menza, who had only just rejoined the group. Drover performed on four MEGADETH studio records: 2007's "United Abominations", 2009's "Endgame", 2011's "TH1RT3EN" and 2013's "Super Collider".
When Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali announced last month that he is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer — a diagnosis he actually received back in April — it was a major blow to the rock world. Suddenly it made sense why the 67-year-old drummer, who hadn’t missed a gig in 38 years, had sat out Quiet Riot’s summer tour. But shortly after his announcement, Banali returned to his drum kit for a triumphant comeback show at Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go, and he’s fighting his disease with the same sort of power with which he hits the skins.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the cancer, with a five-year survival rate of only nine percent. Banali, in fact, was initially told that he would be dead by mid-October of this year. But his health has taken an unexpected (some doctors might even say downright miraculous) turn for the better, and he even has several concert tour dates lined up in the coming months. He is also joining forces with Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) to make the best use of his time and platform. Even though Banali’s own father died of pancreatic cancer many years ago, Banali himself was blindsided by his recent diagnosis, so he knows it’s important to educate the public about what signs to watch out for and what screening and treatment options are available.
Yahoo Entertainment recently sat down with Banali for an inspiring Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month conversation about his illness, his ongoing treatment (seven rounds of chemotherapy so far), and his unflappably positive attitude in the face of grave adversity.
Black Swan's debut album, "Shake The World" will be released February 14, 2020. The debut single & music video for the title track will be out tomorrow, December 10th. Pre-orders, including signed CDs and t-shirt bundles will be available beginning tomorrow as well. Black Swan is: Robin McAuley (vocals), Reb Beach (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), & Matt Starr (drums).
Novena has slowly made a name for themselves with their 2016 EP Secondary Genesis, playing UK-Tech Fest 2016 and 2017, and hitting the road with acclaimed artists like Skyharbor, Vola, Sithu Aye. If you're not tuned in to the hype just yet, the single version of "Disconnected" will clue you in quick.
Novena will release their new album Eleventh Hour on March 6 via Frontiers Music Srl, which will feature the full version of "Disconnected" alongside a handful of other killer tracks. Here's what Novena had to say about the record.
In writing Secondary Genesis, we were saying to ourselves, "what could this be?" With Eleventh Hour, we are saying "this is who we are.” After three years of working hard to define, write, and record a new album, we are enormously excited to share our debut LP with the world. It acknowledges all of the experimental roads we explored on Secondary Genesis, and refines them, focuses them, and directs them. Eleventh Hour incorporates all of the heavy catharsis, fragile melody, rich harmony, and grand storytelling of the EP, but takes it further and casts the net wider. Still, our aim was to write and tell heartfelt stories, both true and fictitious. In doing so, we've created something that we're proud to share with you and hope you'll enjoy. We're enormously excited to be working with Frontiers today and in the future; to share a label with a number of our favourite bands is a dream. Expect so much more from us in the coming years – on record, online and in person.