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The latest episode and a very booze infused installment of the MKULTRASOUND PodCast hosted by MK ULTRA’s Alex Zander and former MINISTRY member Ty Coon can now be streamed at https://soundcloud.com/mkultrasoundpodcast. This weeks guest were Nichole Bodie and Damon Christopher of The Nichole Bodie band who had played in Chicago at the Elbo Room the night before. They also performed live from Studio D-ABLO a song from their forthcoming release.
About the weekly PodCast: 90 minutes of uncensored, unrestrained, unregulated and unapologetic talk regarding topics ranging from social media hyper – hysteria and toxic sensitivity, the freedom of speech, entertainment and non -mainstream pop culture.
MKULTRASOUND was created by Alex Zander (Chicago) who serves as host with co-host Ty Coon (MINISTRY) and producer along with Executive Producer Too Dark Mark (Baton Rouge) with Bill V serving as Engineer and Danny Lee Hill as Engineer in training. The show is recorded in Chicago at Studio D-Ablo and with production in Baton Rouge at ALAB Media.
Established in 1995 mk ultra magazine was an born when alternative music became mainstream this publication became considered, dark, and or underground or part of a subculture, which is in part true, but the body of work itself defies definition.
Once dubbed the most anti establishment publication of it’s kind mk ultra magazine always danced on the edge of what was considered acceptable by the staus quo, and it always will.
With the roar of a motorcycle, ’60 pop chanteuses THE SHANGRI-LAS introduced the world to a new tragic hero, the unforgettable bad boy heartthrob and the titular “Leader Of The Pack”. The year was 1964 and by that time “teenage tragedy songs” had become a genre unto itself with the likes of Jan & Dean’s “Dead Mean’s Curve”, Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her” and many others. But none captured the melodrama of heartbreak as well as “Leader Of The Pack”, which would become a No. 1 pop hit and the defining song for THE SHANGRI-LAS.
Now, two veterans of garage rock, trailblazing heartthrobs in their own right, have teamed up for a glorious new version of the tune. Famed STOOGES guitarist James Williamson pours gasoline on the song’s instrumental track and lights it on fire with his raw, heavy guitar playing, while RUNAWAYS vocalist Cherie Currie, aided with backup vocals by Leslie Koch Foumberg, amps up the theatricality for maximum emotional impact.
Williamson sings the praises of this new version, saying: “When I first discussed playing on a remake of ‘Leader of the Pack’, I was skeptical that we could improve on it. That song is so ingrained in my psyche that I couldn’t imagine anyone other than Mary Weiss singing the vocal. But when I heard Cherie Currie’s version combined with my guitar, I instantly knew we had done an update we could be proud of. I just love the way it came out.”
This supercharged version of “Leader Of The Pack” is currently available on all streaming and download platforms as well as on a special seven-inch vinyl single backed with a tune that will be imminently familiar to fans of Cherie Currie, “Cherry Bomb” — a previously released recording featuring music by the MC5’s Wayne Kramer and the RAMONES’ Marky Ramone.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Seven new dates for the “Ultimate Tour Named Death,” Ghost’s six-week North American headline arena tour are announced, adding shows in Edmonton, Toledo, Moline, Youngstown, Huntington, Hamilton, and Ottawa. A series of ticket pre-sales begins today at 12 NOON local, and the public on-sale starts at 10 AM local this Friday, May 24. Log on to http://ghost-official.com for all pre-sale, VIP packages, and ticketing details. With Nothing More providing support for the tour and Twin Temple supporting on the 9/28 SLC date, the Frank Productions Concerts-produced Fall dates kick off on September 13 in Bakersfield, CA and run through to October 26 in Glens Falls, NY.
In support of this tour, “Faith,” the third single from Ghost’s GRAMMY-nominated album Prequelle, was the #1 Most Added track last week at Active Rock Radio with 36 adds, and this week, made the highest chart debut, coming in at #32. “Faith” follows Prequelle’s two previous singles, “Rats” and “Dance Macabre,” both of which held the #1 spot on the Active and Mainstream Rock Radio charts for multiple weeks. An eminently tight track with its relentless and melodic guitar solos and dark, torturous lyrics, “Faith” manifests Ghost creative force Tobias Forge’s flair for soaring stadium-size anthems.
A live performance of “Faith” was shot last November at Ghost’s sold-out Los Angeles Forum show, the band’s first-ever North American headline arena concert. The clip showcases this tour’s expanded theatrical production, a striking stage set resembling a medieval cathedral with a backdrop of illuminated stained-glass windows. In addition to rich costumes, special effects, and a spectacular light show tailored-made for arenas, the Cardinal, the Ghouls, and the Ghoulettes will take advantage of a series of multi-level platforms and walkways to prowl around on while performing some of Ghost’s fan-favorite songs from the band’s albums and EPs catalogs. The set list will include favorites “Square Hammer,” “Cirice,” “Ashes,” “He Is,” “Year Zero,” “Rats,” “Mummy Dust,” “Life Eternal,” “Dance Macabre,” and many more.
Ghost has just wrapped up Leg One as Special Guest on Metallica’s 25-date “WorldWired” Summer European Stadium Tour, with Leg Two set to run from June 8 – 20. All 2019 tour dates, including the now-complete itinerary for North America’s “Ultimate Tour Named Death,” are as follows:
8-20 Metallica’s WorldWired European Stadium Tour
6-21 Metallica’s WorldWired European Stadium Tour
27 Heavy Montreal, Montreal QC
14-25 Metallica’s WorldWired European Stadium Tour
“Ultimate Tour Named Death” North American Fall Dates
13 Rabobank Theatre, Bakersfield, CA
14 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
16 Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center, Portland, OR
17 Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA
19 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
20 Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC
21 So. Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
23 Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB NEW DATE
24 The Corral, Calgary, AB
26 Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA
27 Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
28 Maverik Center, West Valley City, UT*
30 Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch, Loveland, CO
1 Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
3 Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD
4 Scheels Arena, Fargo, ND
5 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
7 Resch Center, Green Bay, WI
8 TaxSlayer Centre, Moline, IL NEW DATE
10 Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH NEW DATE
11 Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WVa NEW DATE
12 Exit 111 Festival, Manchester, Tennessee
14 DeltaPlex Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
15 Huntington Center, Toledo, OH NEW DATE
17 FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, ON NEW DATE
18 Richcraft Tire Center, Ottawa, ON NEW DATE
19 Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME
21 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
22 The Oncenter, Syracuse, NY
24 GIANT Center, Hershey, PA
25 Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton, NJ
26 Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, NY
* Twin Temple will support on this date
The Swedish-born Tobias Forge, who has been referred to as “the Andrew Lloyd Webber of rock,” is Ghost’s creative force, singer, songwriter, musician, and architect of the elaborate storylines that are woven through the band’s four full-length studio albums, EPs, music videos, webisodes, and live shows, all of which advance the Ghost storyline. Forge grew up listening to a wide array of 70s and 80s rock – Alice Cooper, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Starship, Iron Maiden, and Foreigner. He’s a hardcore music junkie; at home in Sweden, he has a most impressive collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and VHS tapes, and when on tour, he regularly arranges for visits to local record haunts and ships back even more treasures. He plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and kazoo. Ghost’s new album, Prequelle, is loosely based on The Black Plague of 14th century Europe, a metaphor Forge hopes will apply to the societal ills of today.
Ghost’s music began as being much heavier, harder and “more metal,” but over the band’s recent history, their songs have evolved to embrace a more catchy, rock/pop sound. Five of the band’s songs have hit Billboard’s Top 5 Rock chart – “Cirice” claimed the #4 spot in 2015, “From The Pinnacle to the Pit” went to #5 in 2016, and “Square Hammer” (2017), “Rats” (2018), and “Dance Macabre” (2018) all held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. “Faith,”the band’s new single, was the #1 Most Added track at Active Rock Radio in its first week with 36 stations programming it. Ghost’s music retains its rock edge as well as its dark lyrical themes like The Black Plague, the Antichrist, the Inquisition, avarice, and the Apocalypse. Ghost has received three GRAMMY nominations: “Best Metal Performance” in 2016 for “Cirice,” which they won, and “Best Rock Album” for Prequelle and “Best Rock Song” for “Rats” in 2019.
The official music video for “Blood Moon Fever”, the brand new single from LIV SIN, the Swedish band led by former SISTER SIN vocalist Liv “Sin” Jagrell. The song is taken from LIV SIN’s upcoming album, “Burning Sermons”, which will be released on September 6 via Despotz Records. The disc was produced by Emil Nödtveidt (DEATHSTARS) at Black Syndicate studio.
Liv comments on the track: “‘Blood Moon Fever’ is a catchy and heavy melody driven song that will make you wanna both headbang and dance. The single represents a new beginning, about leaving old stuff behind you and go out in the world as a reborn creature. We thought that the concept suited well with a new album on its way, which might sound a bit different from the first one. Some of our sinners out there might be surprised by the sound of this one where our producer Emil Nödtveidt’s influence really shines through. Prepare to get this tune spinning in your head for a long time to come.”
Channelling the band’s love of classic heavy metal with a bruising modern edge, “Burning Sermons” is a riff-heavy collection; showcasing LIV SIN’s innate ability to match melody with aggressive metal with ease. Jagrell is in particularly fine form throughout, with a voice equally capable of capturing your heart as it is knocking buildings to the ground.
Liv comments on her decision to work with Emil: ‘We wanted to explore a more modern sound with some synthesizers on this album. I think that this album might surprise a lot of our fans. I have known Emil for many years, so it was really fun to reconnect. The first moment he sent us his ideas of our demos, I was delirious.”
LIV SIN’s upcoming single “Hope Begins To Fade” features a guest appearance by SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid.
The band is currently planning its upcoming European tour and is confirmed for major festivals such as Sabaton Open Air and Skogsröjet.
LIV SIN’s acclaimed 2017 debut album was co-produced by German metal musicians Stefan Kaufmann (U.D.O., ACCEPT) and Fitty Wienhold (U.D.O.) and featured guest appearances by Schmier from DESTRUCTION and Jyrki 69 of THE 69 EYES.
An unboxing video for the “In Nomine Satanas” deluxe vinyl box set from VENOM can be viewed above.
VENOM formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, the band’s first two albums — “Welcome To Hell” (1981) and “Black Metal” (1982) — are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. VENOM’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of the extreme metal subgenre of black metal. The band classic line-up trio of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon recorded two further studio albums, “At War With Satan” (1984) and “Possessed” (1985), and live album, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (1986). Often cited by bands such as METALLICA, BEHEMOTH, CELTIC FROST and MAYHEM as major influences, they are one of the most revered bands of their generation. VENOM is still fronted by original singer/bassist Cronos and headlines festivals all over the globe and continues to release new music.
This coming May 31 sees the release of “In Nomine Satanas” via BMG — a deluxe vinyl box set that celebrates VENOM’s 40th anniversary and features the original Neat Records recordings from their 1981 debut “Welcome To Hell” to “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, the live recording of their mythical appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985. All of the albums are remastered from the original tapes with embossed covers, posters and inserts like their original first editions. They’re all now on color-configured vinyl too. The set also includes a 12-inch book detailing the history of the band featuring new interviews with all three members, written by respected journalist Dom Lawson.
Of particular interest to hardcore VENOM fans will be the “Sons Of Satan” double album included within the set that features a treasure trove of unreleased demos from the bands vaults, some of which are mythical among fans who have known about their existence, but have never heard them as the tracks alluded bootleggers. Among the tracks are the earliest known VENOM performances, captured where the band rehearsed in 1979 at Westgate Road Church Hall in Newcastle’s West End and featuring original singer Clive “Jesus Christ” Archer on vocals. Also included are the £50 demos from 1980, captured at Impulse Studios, alongside further demos from 1980 and the “At War With Satan” 1983 Impulse Studio demos.
“In Nomine Satanas” features in full:
4LPs and 2 x 2LP
“Welcome To Hell”
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)
(Remastered from original tapes on swirl vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)
“At War With Satan”
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproduction 6-page roll fold booklet and leather book effect cover.)
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster, insert and sleeve on mirror board.)
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
(Pressed on half and half vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original gatefold and inserts.)
(Planchette shaped 7” picture disc single)
“Sons Of Satan”
(New album of previously unreleased demos. Pressed on splatter vinyl. Gatefold cover)
12″ x 12″ book of the story of VENOM written by renowned heavy metal journalist Dom Lawson from new interviews with Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon. Featuring previously unseen and rare photos and memorabilia.
90cm x 60cm two-sided poster of “Seven Dates Of Hell” tour poster.
Reproduction “Seven Dates Of Hell” tour program.
VENOM’s Legions back patch.
The first 300 orders from the official store will also receive a signed art card by Cronos.
Also available as an introduction piece is the “In Nomine Satanas – The Neat Anthology” — a 22-track double-vinyl collection of VENOM’s most evil songs, remastered and pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare photos and memorabilia from the band’s personal collection, plus interviews with the band.
And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 43-track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook, that also includes two unreleased tracks.