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Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of cult New York heavy metal band RIOT V who will be inducted into the prestigious Heavy Metal History Hall Of Fame 2018. Hardly any other metal act has such a long, absorbing history behind it. Since the quintet formed in 1975 they have been hit by several severe strokes of fate during their long career. With Rhett Forester (R.I.P. 1994), Guy Speranza (R.I.P. 2003) and Mark Reale (R.I.P. 2012) - three deceased members have left their mark on the four decades of Riot's band history. Since their legendary debut album Rock City (1977), Riot has released numerous heavy metal classics, including Fire Down Under (with classics like "Swords And Tequila"), their masterpiece Thundersteel (1988), and the unforgotten The Privilege Of Power (1990). The new songs promise to please fans of the Thundersteel-era of Riot, as main song writer, very longtime HardRadio friend, and longtime Mark Reale music collaborator Don Van Stavern undertakes a lot of the writing as he did on Thundersteel, The Privilege Of Power and the latest offering Unleash The Fire. Don van Stavern adds: "This next offering will please long time fans and create new ones, as the material is fresh and Power Metal at it's finest." In addition, Riot V will return to Europe for some live shows in December. December 1 - Valladolid, Spain - Sala Porta Caeli. 2 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala La Nau. 3 - Irun, Spain - Sala Tunk. 5 - Nicosia, Cypress - Red Live Club. 6 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Eightball. 7 - Crete Heraklion, Greece - Cine Studio. 8 - Athens, Greece - Kyttaro. 9 - Rome, Italy - TBA.
Frontiers Music welcomes legendary US metallers WARLORD to the label for the release of a new studio album in 2018. Founded in 1980 by guitarist/composer William J. Tsamis and drummer/percussionist Mark Zonder, Warlord is considered a pioneer in power metal thanks to their now classic 1983 6-song EP, Deliver Us. Adding further intrigue to the Warlord mystique was the band members' use of pseudonyms such as 'Destroyer' (Tsamis), 'Thunderchild' (Zonder), 'Damien King' (vocalist Jack Rucker), and 'Sentinel' (keyboardist Diane Kornarens). Says Zonder, "After all of these years, Warlord is with a "real label". It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience, which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!"
As previously reported, Season 2 of father-son reality series OZZY & JACK'S WORLD DETOUR - starring Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne, is set to premier on Wednesday, November 8th at 10 PM, ET/PT on A&E. "I am so excited to be back for a second season because it means my dad didn't kill me or cause too much destruction last season," said executive producer Jack Osbourne. "But you never know what will happen this time around!"
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