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FORMER JUDAS PRIEST GUITARIST K.K DOWNING ANNOUNCES DETAILS ON HIS NEW BAND

Los Angeles, CA – February 18, 2020 – K.K Downing, founding member of Judas Priest, today announces the name of his new band KK’s PRIEST. This all new band features some very familiar faces. With Downing on guitar, KK’s PRIEST features ex-Judas Priest members Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, who fronted the band for eight years and recorded two studio albums, Jugulator, featuring the GRAMMY® nominted track “Bullet Train,” and Demolition, plus two live albums, and Les Binks who was the drummer on the studio albums Stained Class and Killing Machine and the live album Unleashed in the East. They are joined by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, and A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar. With the line-up complete, KK’s PRIEST is hard at work in the studio creating the band’s debut album which will be released globally by Explorer1 Music Group as a part of the partnership with K.K Downing signed early 2020. More details to come.

KK’s PRIEST is represented exclusively by Andy Gould for Explorer1, with Jim Morewood handling the band’s global bookings outside the U.S. for the K2 Agency. Extensive touring and festival dates are already being planned with KK’s PRIEST taking to stages around the world to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Judas Priest and K.K Downing’s career as a founding member. The band will deliver everything that fans would expect of Downing and his ability to deliver up everything that is Priest including newly written metal masterpieces.

“Forging ahead with KK’s PRIEST was not only inevitable, but was essential for me to perform and deliver everything that is expected from me and KK’s PRIEST” says K.K Downing. “Due to the massive demand and overwhelming support from fans around the world, I feel this is where I belong, and a set combining the true, classic songs and sound of Priest, together with great, newly forged metal tracks, is what fans can expect when KK’s PRIEST takes to stages around the world.”

Last summer K.K Downing made his first public appearance in almost 10 years, performing classic Judas Priest cuts at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in the U.K. In November K.K Downing called on Tim “Ripper” Owens and Les Binks for a surprise, one-off performance, featuring Hostile’s A.J. Mills on guitar and David Ellefson from Megadeth on bass. The band performed a blistering set of classic Judas Priest songs as well as deep album cuts that have never been performed live. With an overwhelming response and the instant chemistry Downing, Owens and Binks shared on stage, KK’s PRIEST was born.

K.K Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish Judas Priest‘s iconic sound and helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous  accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.

THE RAVEN AGE CELEBRATES RADIO SUCCESS OF “THE FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS”

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 – British rockers The Raven Age are celebrating stateside success at radio with their latest single “The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships.” Stations like KFML, KDDX, KGRR, WKLC, KTRX and more have added the song to rotation. The song showcases the softer side of the English melodic metal band – highlighting the vocals of front man Matt James. Fans can stream “The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships” today at LINK.

 

“The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships” is featured on the band’s recent release through Explorer1 Music Group, Conspiracy. The second chapter of this band’s story takes on a fantasy world through 13 tracks that are as brilliantly catchy as they are deviously heavy, delicately balancing classic and modern metal influences with an alt-rock twist.

 

From epic opener “Bloom Of The Poison Seed” right through to grand finale “Grave Of The Fireflies,” the latest opus traps lightning in a bottle and laces cinematic flavors within concrete heaviness in a way very few have done before – dragging the listener deeper and deeper inside their dark dystopian reality. Truth be told, this is a band that are every bit as explosive as a blockbuster movie.

 

This release saw The Raven Age making their debut on the Billboard Top 40 Active Rock Chart with their first single released in the US “Fleur De Lis.”

 

Fans can stream Conspiracy today via Explorer1 Music at http://hyperurl.co/qszww1.

 

The band will be performing at #Happens in Las Vegas later this month before kicking off a string of headlining shows across the United States in March. A list of tour dates are below with tickets and more information available at https://www.theravenage.com/.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:

          March 14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

          March 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room

          March 19 – Chicago, IL – WC Social Club

 

The band will also be visiting radio stations to promote the single and hang out with fans across the US.

LEGENDARY GUITARIST K.K. DOWNING SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL WITH EXPLORER1 MUSIC GROUP

VETERAN ROCK MANAGER ANDY GOULD JOINS E1

Los Angeles, CA – January 30, 2020 – Explorer1 Music Group (E1) is proud to announce a global partnership with legendary guitarist K.K. Downing, founding member of GRAMMY® Award winning, multi-platinum selling metal icons Judas Priest, with veteran rock manager Andy Gould joining E1 as Principle Manager for Downing.

 

After what was meant to be a one-off live performance in November, K.K. Downing has been in the studio, working on the next chapter of his career.  After receiving offers from multiple labels and management companies, Downing met with Paul Woolnough, CEO of Explorer1 Music Group and the creator of its innovative business model, and they agreed to partner and work together in all aspects of K.K.’s career.

 

“I am very much looking forward to my partnership and future with Explorer 1” said K.K. Downing. “The reason I chose Explorer1 to manage my future over many other bona fide companies is their extensive roster of so many familiar and qualified experts and veterans of the industry that is surely incomparable. Also their exciting and innovative business model is something that I truly believe will become the future industry standard, making Explorer1 leaders not followers in the music and entertainment industry”.

 

Joining Explorer1 Music Group is management veteran Andy Gould who will take on the role as Principle Manager for K.K. Downing. Gould had successfully managed Rob Zombie during his solo career as well as his days in White Zombie with a track record that includes sales exceeding fifteen million worldwide and seven GRAMMY® nominations with Zombie including securing deals for Zombie to become one of only a handful of people to have unprecedented success for six feature films as the writer and director. Gould has also co-managed such acts as Linkin Park (with Rob McDermott), Pantera (with Walter O’Brien) and Guns N’ Roses (with Irving Azoff).

 

“Having been in the hard rock and metal music management business for over four decades, I jumped at the chance to join the Explorer1 team and its innovative artist partnership model” says Andy Gould. “I have been a huge admirer of K.K. Downing’s work throughout his career, from listening to those early ground-breaking albums to watching him every night when Judas Priest had Pantera open for them,” Gould continues, “and with this new partnership I look forward to representing the next chapter in the K.K. Downing legacy.” 

 

“After first seeing Judas Priest at Birmingham Odeon as a teenage fan, I was always inspired by their innovative style, stage shows, and larger than life personas” said Paul Woolnough, Explorer1 Music Group’s CEO.  “When we met I was impressed with his drive and vision to create this new chapter in his already incredible career, and I am so proud he chose Explorer1 to be his partner in what will be an amazing journey into the past and future of one of rock music’s true icons”.

 

K.K. Downing’s genre-defining guitar style helped establish Judas Priest‘s iconic sound and helped propelled them to one of the top Heavy Metal bands of all-time, earning numerous  accolades including a GRAMMY® in 2010 for “Best Metal Performance,” a total of five GRAMMY® nominations and multi-platinum and gold releases.

NOV 12, 2019:  THE RAVEN AGE LAUNCH A VIDEO FOR "FACE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SHIPS"

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The U.K. metal outfit featuring guitarist George Harris—son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris—premiere the video for their power ballad “The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships” with AltPress today

Contrary to popular belief, America does not have the market cornered on metal bands fueled by passion and something to say. That’s why today we are premiering the new video by the Raven Age, “The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships.” The song appears on their latest album, Conspiracy, released on the Explorer1 label.

“The video for ‘The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships’ was shot whilst on tour in the U.S.,” guitarist George Harris says. “The location we chose was in the desert just outside Las Vegas as we thought it would help paint the picture of the story of Helen Of Troy, which is what the song’s written about.”

The Raven Age—vocalist Matt James, guitarists Tony Maue and George Harris, bassist Matt Cox and drummer Jai Patel—may be familiar to listeners thanks to the success of their recent single, the furious rockin’ “Fleur De Lis.” That song made its way onto Billboard’s Top 40 Active Rock chart, powered by tandem leads, kick-drum acceleration and a bona fide rock-god performance from James, worthy of giving him a Valhalla mailing address.

But on “The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships,” the band dial things down to power ballad mode. James wanders the Vegas desert, seemingly in search of his perfect ideal and not just trappings of purported happiness. The restless hero sentiment of the Helen Of Troy mythology is bolstered by the lyrics (“I promise that I will keep/This fire burning in me/I’ll face a war before I give in”) and the singer’s delivery. Of course it’s dramatic: Would you expect anything else from a band whose guitarist is the progeny of bassist Steve Harris, the crucial linchpin in epic fantasy-metal icons Iron Maiden?

Check out the video for “The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships” below and seek out Conspiracy here for your minimum daily requirement of metal majesty.

See the original article HERE

OCT 31, 2019 BRITISH LION PARTNERS WITH EXPLORER1 FOR NEW ALBUM RELEASE AND TOUR

NEW ALBUM RELEASE FOR BRITISH LION 

(Featuring Steve Harris)

ON THEIR NEW AMERICAN RECORD LABEL EXPLORER1 MUSIC TWO FREE DOWNLOAD TRACKS AVAILABLE WITH ALBUM PRE-ORDER AND U.S. TOUR IN THE NEW YEAR

Los Angeles, CA – October 31, 2019 – Explorer1 Music (E1) are proud to announce a new collaboration in the U.S. with their release of Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris’ second album with BRITISH LION, the ‘up close and personal’ side project he devotes his time to, outside of his Maiden activities, which will be followed by an 18-date U.S. tour (details below).

The Burning features 11 new songs and will be released worldwide on January 17th 2020 in Digi-pack CD, double gatefold Vinyl and Digital Download formats. 

BRITISH LION comprises: vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Grahame Leslie, Steve Harris on bass & keyboards and drummer Simon Dawson. Recorded, engineered and mixed at Barnyard Studios by Tony Newton and produced by Steve Harris, The Burning is crammed with powerful hard rock melodies, with two songs Lightning and Spit Fire being made available for immediate download from tomorrow with all album pre-orders HERE

Richard Taylor says,

“We’ve been working on 'The Burning' for the past couple of years and everyone is really pleased with the results. We started playing some of the songs live on recent tours and got a fantastic reaction from our fans so we are really excited to be sharing this album with the world. We’re also looking forward to heading out on the road again and seeing everyone at the shows.”

Paul Woolnough, CEO and Co-Founder of Explorer1 Music says,

"Explorer1 offers a completely new turn-key solution for touring and recording artists such as BRITISH LION in today's fast-changing industry. After watching the band evolve over the last couple of years and recently launching E1, it seemed the perfect time to partner and collaborate on the U.S. release of ‘The Burning’ and BRITISH LION's touring activities. I am proud to welcome Steve and the rest of BRITISH LION into the E1 family and look forward to working together for many years to come"

The Burning is a follow-up to BRITISH LION’s 2012’s eponymous debut album, Steve’s first ever musical venture outside of Iron Maiden which was pronounced both “brilliant” and “a big hearted ferocious triumph” by the music press. The band have since been tirelessly honing their live show performances with club tours every year and festival dates whenever time allows, building and establishing a firm and dedicated fan-base, reaching 24 countries across the globe so far, and now with their first ever Stateside tour on the following dates:

January

Sat       18            Orlando, FL                           Ace Café

Sun      19            Tampa, FL                              Brass Mug

Mon     20            Pensacola, FL                        Vinyl Music Hall

Wed     22            Houston, TX                          Scout Bar

Fri         24            San Antonio, TX                   The Rock Box

Sat        25            Dallas, TX                              Trees

Sun       26            Memphis, TN                        Growlers

Tue       28            Nashville, TN                        The Cowan

Wed     29            Joilet, IL                                 The Forge

Fri         31            Cleveland, OH                      The Odeon

 

February

Sat       01               Lexington, KY                        Manchester Music Hall

Tue      04               Atlanta, GA                           The Masquerade

Wed    05               Jacksonville, FL                     Jack Rabbits 

Sat 08 - Thur 13                                                   Monsters Of Rock Cruise 

Sat       15               Fort Lauderdale                    Revolution Live

Mon     17              Savannah, GA                       Victory North

Tue       18              Greensboro, NC                  The Cone Denim

Wed     19              Lancaster, PA                        Chameleon Club

Thu      20               New York NY                        Gramercy Theatre

 

Steve says,

“It’s great for us to finally come to America to play some shows around the release of the new album there through Explorer1 Music. The E1 team have been extremely pro-active and we’re delighted to be working with them on both the record and the tour.”   

         

Tickets available from https://britishlionuk.com/. Every ticket to the British Lion US Tour includes a digital download of the new album “The Burning” out January 17, 2020. The Digi-pack CD and Special Edition double gatefold Vinyl Album is also available for pre-order now in the E1 STORE. Support at all shows will be The PICTUREBOOKS.

OCT 21, 2019, THE RAVEN AGE SINGLE "FLEUR DE LIS" DEBUTS IN THE BILLBOARD ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS @ #40

THE RAVEN AGE DEBUT IN THE TOP 40 ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS WITH “FLEUR DE LIS”

RECENT SINGLE FROM SOPHOMORE RECORD CONSPIRACY

 

AVAILABLE TO STREAM TODAY AT HTTP://HYPERURL.CO/QSZWW1

 

OCTOBER 21, 2019 – English melodic metal band The Raven Age have officially entered the Billboard Top 40 Active Rock Chart with their latest single “Fleur De Lis.” Taken from their sophomore album, the track has been added to playlists like Kick Ass Metal and Metal Gym Hours on Spotify and Breaking Hard Rock on Apple Music.

 

“Fleur De Lis” is the latest single from Conspiracy, which was recently released via Explorer1 Music. The second chapter of this band’s story takes on a fantasy world through 13 tracks that are as brilliantly catchy as they are deviously heavy, delicately balancing classic and modern metal influences with an alt-rock twist. Fans can stream Conspiracy today at http://hyperurl.co/qszww1.

 

From epic opener “Bloom Of The Poison Seed” right through to grand finale “Grave Of The Fireflies,” the latest opus traps lightning in a bottle and laces cinematic flavors within concrete heaviness in a way very few have done before – dragging the listener deeper and deeper inside their dark dystopian reality. Truth be told, this is a band that are every bit as explosive as a blockbuster movie.

 

“Our single, Fleur De Lis has been a great success for us, it’s seen some of the highest streaming numbers and reached the most radio play we’ve ever had” said The Raven Age guitarist George Harris. “But never did we think we’d be sitting alongside some of our favourite bands in the Billboard Top 40 Active Rock chart. This is a huge deal for us and we’re very proud to be amongst some of the greatest bands out there!”

 

“We are extremely proud that the first Artist to partner with E1 has charted with their debut single” said Paul Woolnough, Co-Founder & CEO of Explorer1 Music. “The Raven Age have in a short period of time already demonstrated that with hard work and great music, anything is possible in today’s industry and we can collectively compete against more established acts and major music companies.”

 

Most recently, the band took North America and South America by storm, performing for over a million people on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour, opening for Iron Maiden and will be performing with Alter Bridge and Shinedown in Europe in later 2019.

 

A full list of tour dates are below with more information available at https://www.theravenage.com/.

 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB Hallen

Nov. 14 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box

Nov. 16 – Stockholm, SE @ Hovet

Nov. 17 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene

Nov. 19 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle

Nov. 20 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

Nov. 22 – Leipzig, DE @ Hause Auensee

Nov. 23 – Warsaw, PL @ Hala Kolo

Nov. 26 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium

Nov. 27 – Munich, DE @ Zenith

Nov. 29 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer

Dec. 1 – Zurich, CH @ Halle 622

Dec. 2 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum

Dec. 4 – Barcelona, ES @ St. Jordi Club

Dec. 6 – Lisbon, PT @ Sala Tejo

Dec. 7 – Madrid, ES @ Vistalegre

Dec. 9 – Paris, FR @ Olympia

 

Founded by guitarists Dan Wright and George Harris in 2009, The Raven Age has toured with the diverse likes of Iron Maiden, Tremonti, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax and Delain. After the announcement of new vocalist Matt James last year and a steady stream of new music and non-stop touring, it’s an exciting time for the group who were awarded Best New Band 2017 by Planet Rock and championed as “the UK's next brightest metal hope” by Metal Hammer.

 

With a strong touring schedule, a new global partnership with Explorer1, the Hollywood, California based full service music company, and new music on the horizon, the next 12 months are set to be a monumental year for The Raven Age. Stay tuned to https://www.theravenage.com/ for more information coming soon.

 

The Raven Age is George Harris (guitar), Matt Cox (bass, backing), Jai Patel (drums), Tony Maue (guitars) and Matt James (lead vocals).