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Eric Carr “Unfinished Business”

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This 20th anniversary commemorative collection features 18 rare Eric Carr recordings including unreleased music, live performances, remixes, and interview clips. Along with Eric are performances by fellow musicians and friends, current and former members of KISS, Twisted Sister, Europe, Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Poley, Seether, ZO2, Benny Doro, Marcia Juell and more!

Go to http://www.EricCarr.com for more info about this great CD. And keep your eyes on us, as Detritus has interviews lined up with the folks who worked on the CD, and we’ll also be giving copies away!

Issue #612.5 SAXON Interview

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Interview w/ Biff Byford (Saxon)
October 12, 2011

Saxon, one of the original NWOBHM bands, has been kicking ass for 35 years, releasing albums regularly since 1979. The current lineup — singer Biff Byford, guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, bassist Tim “Nibbs” Carter, and drummer Nigel Glockler — has been stable for a number of years and is making some of the best music of the band’s storied career. The excellent latest album, CALL TO ARMS, was released overseas back in June, and on September 27 in North America, and the band is currently touring here to support it. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the classic DENIM AND LEATHER album, so there is certainly quite a bit going on in the Saxon camp these days. I was able to chat with Mr. Byford this week to get caught up.

[Note: Biff had a busy day of press and I was his last interview. When the call scheduled for 7:30 was late, I got a little worried. I emailed the PR folks at 7:47 -- Saxon joke there!!! -- but then the phone rang a few minutes later and off we went. Phew... - Tim]

DETRITUS: First of all, congratulations on a spectacular new album. I really, really like CALL TO ARMS quite a bit.

BIFF BYFORD: Thank you very much. It’s doing well. It took us by surprise a bit, really, the way people love the album. Even moreso in the US, actually, it’s really great.

D: What led to a full North American tour this time out? You guys don’t tour here for every album.

BB: No, we sort of delayed the album in America so we could tour on the release date. That’s what we wanted to do. Because you can tour here, and we do all right, but it’s much better when the album’s out. You get the full force of the promotion, all the PR people working on it. It gives everybody something to talk about, doesn’t it? Rather than just talking about the band all the time. Yeah, we like the album, and I think this album seems to be a little bit special. We’re obviously in a good place at the moment, really.

D: Unfortunately the only time I ever got to see you was back in 1998 when you were touring the US for UNLEASH THE BEAST. Have you done a number of full-length American tours since then?

BB: Not really, we usually just come in and play our strongest cities, like we’ll come in and do New York and a few shows in Texas, and then usually go off down to South America. We really wanted to make an effort this year to tour in America on the album’s release. Actually the attendance and the reception has been fantastic.

D: As far as the set list, I was supposed to see your Chicago-area show but I couldn’t make it, so I don’t know what you played. I know this is a big year with the 30th anniversary of DENIM AND LEATHER…

BB: Yeah!

D: I know you played it in its entirety in some places. But when you come here, since you don’t get to tour very often, do you do something different with the set?

BB: Well we play for about two hours, for a start. We do a couple of songs off of [1983's] POWER & THE GLORY, you know we just feature that, we do a bit of [1985's] INNOCENCE IS NO EXCUSE, and obviously we do all the big hits from the ’80s, really. Because we don’t tour often, we really want to please the audience. And we are playing five or six songs off the new album. It’s difficult, really, to do a set list.

D: I imagine! I was just looking over your discography. In my review of CALL TO ARMS I said Saxon is one of the few bands that really has been consistent and strong for so long, supporting true heavy metal. I wonder if you ever come across US fans who want you to play more of the newer stuff, and not just the ’80s stuff.

BB: We do, we do. We get people who want us to play “Battalions Of Steel” off the last album [2009's INTO THE LABYRINTH], “I’ve Got To Rock (To Stay Alive)” off [2007's] THE INNER SANCTUM. But, you know, we can’t play for five hours. (laughs) But you know what I mean? It’s difficult, really, for our American fans. We played “Battalions Of Steel” in Chicago, and some of the newer stuff. We are trying to make it a good mixture of songs.

D: I don’t envy that task… Getting back to the new album, I see you co-produced it with Toby Jepson.

BB: Yeah.

D: How did you cross paths with Toby, and why did you choose to work with him?

BB: Well Toby used to sing with a band called Little Angels, who were like what they call “Brit Rock,” in the ’90s. He was a huge Saxon fan when he was young, a teen-ager basically, or actually smaller than that — he’s from a different generation. He had some great ideas. I had the idea to do this album a bit more organic, you know, with less samples and less Pro Tools jury-bunkery [I really do think that's what he said. - Tim], less keyboards and choirs and, you know, a hundred guitar overdubs. He wanted us to make an album more in the spirit of the ’80s, which has got more of a “live” feel. So things are worked out before and the songs are written in such a way that when you record them in a big room, you know, it sounds great. And that’s what we did. He controlled the performance of the band and I controlled the arrangements and what parts people played. So it was a great partnership.

D: It was interesting to me because I’m familiar with his work in Little Angels, and I just saw Dio Disciples here in Chicago…

BB: Yeah, he’s on that tour, singing four or five songs. He’s not singing enough, actually. He’s great. Toby is a bit of a cross between Robert Plant and sort of a, I dunno… He’s a really great singer.

D: I had no idea he was a metalhead, but here I see him working on your album, which sounds great, and I saw him doing the classics with Dio Disciples.

BB: He’s a total metalhead! He likes that early blues rock influence, you know, and the punk influence that we had back in the ’80s. So he wants us to go back to that because he thinks that’s what the fans want. And obviously he’s right. (laughs) I can’t really argue with that. The album’s already sold nearly twice as many [copies] as our last one. So really there’s no contest there.

D: Wow, great — congratulations. Let’s talk about some of the songs on the new album. The lyrics of “Back In ’79” make it seem like a sequel to “Denim And Leather.”

BB: Yeah, it is. It’s “Denim And Leather” revisited, because that’s what we wanted to do. I wanted to sort of go back there in the zone of that working class person in a rock band. You know, we’re obviously talented musicians but we’re still within the ranks of our friends and the people that are out there on the streets. I just wanted to get back to that. Toby wanted me to get back to that style of writing, like “Back In ’79,” “Ballad Of The Working Man,” “Surviving Against The Odds,” that type of thing.

D: “Mists Of Avalon” is one that stuck out to me, because I’ve been on a King Arthur kick. Throughout all your albums, and being British of course, is this really the first time you’ve ever written about Arthurian legend?

BB: Yeah it is actually, it was kind of fun to do. I was gonna call the album — thing is, Iron Maiden came out with a song on their last album [2010's THE FINAL FRONTIER] called “Isle Of Avalon,” and I thought, “Aw, sh*t.” I was gonna call the album EXCALIBUR but that sounded a little bit cheesy. So the record company encouraged me to go with the “Mists Of Avalon” idea that I originally had. So I’m sort of glad I did, really. But yeah, it tips its hat a little bit to the prog rock thing, you know? I love that song. I love playing it live, ’cause I get to sing different styles in that song.

D: The songs “When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)” and “No Rest For The Wicked” are going to be in a movie?

BB: Yes, they’re going to be in a movie that goes into production next year. They’re just waiting for the actors to become free. But yeah, “Hybrid Theory” it’s called. It’s a British film and the director [James Erskine] is a huge fan, and thought that we should be on some film soundtracks.

D: So they sought you out and requested a couple of tracks?

BB: Yeah, they sought us out. We’ve had a bit of success on some video games, like, you know, “Grand Theft Auto” and things. They just wanted a British band — more of a “cult” band than, say, AC/DC, ’cause they get a lot of soundtrack stuff — so yeah, it’s really great.

D: Then there’s a song like “Afterburner” that just comes out and kicks your ass for a few minutes. Is it easier for you to write a song like that, rather than something that has more parts, or is more progressive?

BB: For me, lyrically, I have to have a topic. That topic is about an aircraft carrier; that’s what’s really where the song originates from. You know, the planes taking off from an aircraft carrier with the afterburners on full thrust. But yeah, it’s that sort of thrashy, thrash metal stuff that we write a lot, from “Motorcycle Man” [on 1980's WHEELS OF STEEL] to “To Hell And Back Again” [on 1980's STRONG ARM OF THE LAW], all that sort of quite punky, thrashy stuff. We still love to write it, really.

D: You’ve always been the band’s chief lyricist, right?

BB: That’s right, yeah.

D: With all your albums and all your songs, is there anything you haven’t written about that you really want to?

BB: I don’t know… I might do a song about the Mayan / Incan empire on the next album. (laughs) Not to set you up, where it goes… I mean, the guys have to come up with a fantastic riff which sort of brings me to that point, you know what I mean?

D: Is there any topic that you would just never write a song about?

BB: Eh, we don’t do a lot of “sleaze rock,” you know what I mean? Yeah we don’t do a lot of, what can I say, “sleaze rock,” basically. We tend to really… It has to be about life, or anthemic, that means things to people. That’s what we seem to be good at. On this album that’s where we tried to stay. In fact “Hammer Of The Gods” is a classic Saxon track. Fantastic Paul Quinn riff that opens the song. It’s a Doug Scarratt riff on the verse, so the two styles blend together perfectly. It’s a song about Vikings, you know, so it’s a classic Saxon song, really.

D: What is the glue that holds the band together? You’ve been doing this so long with remarkable consistency, as I said earlier.

BB: It’s probably me that holds it, that glues the band together. (laughs) I’m really enthusiastic about everything to do with the band, and music. It’s probably me. I don’t mean that in a sort of, you know, macho way, but it’s probably me that keeps everybody on their road to awareness.

D: It doesn’t seem like you guys ever take breaks. You’re always on the road or working on an album.

BB: We’ve got 10 days after South America. That’s all right. (laughs) We’re gonna take January off, I think, and have a rest. Then we’re gonna write a few new songs, I got a few ideas in my head. So we’ll write a few new songs in January, and then try and get back into America. That’s the plan, maybe to keep the album out there, floating around, you know, selling a few copies every day. That’s what we need to do.

D: So there are — hopefully — no retirement plans in the foreseeable future, like some of your contemporaries?

BB: Not at the moment, unless somebody gets ill — that’s always a problem. But at the moment, no. We’re still climbing mountains.

D: I’m glad you said that!

BB: (laughs)

D: As far as the 30th anniversary of DENIM AND LEATHER… A lot of bands have done the 25th or 30th anniversary thing lately, where they re-release an album or play it live in its entirety. You put out an album a year, basically, throughout the ’80s. So are you going to do 30th anniversary celebrations for each, over the next few years?

BB: Well, we’ve done two or three shows with a full album. It’s generally just a section within the set that we play — ’cause these albums are only 23 minutes long anyway. (laughs) So it’s just a section within our set where we play an album. So it’s not really [where] we go on stage, play the album, and then go home. It’s just integrated within the set. I suppose in that respect it’s easy for us to do it. There’s no plans to do it in the near future. We did it in Japan — we did the DENIM AND LEATHER album a couple of months ago — and we did it on the cruise to Miami we did. [Note: The band played WHEELS OF STEEL and STRONG ARM OF THE LAW in their entireties on this cruise. - Tim] But apart from that we’ll probably do it on special occasions, maybe.

D: That was the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. What was that gig like? Was that your first one?

BB: Yeah, that was the first time we’ve ever played on a ship. It was a bit… Yeah that was a bit crazy. It was great, though. I mean it was really sort of a fantastic experience actually. I’d recommend it to anybody if they can afford it. (laughs)

D: Were you able to interact with the fans?

BB: Yeah, we got to wander around the ship meeting the fans. There was no VIP area or anything — I suppose that’s the only thing you could do, really. We had a great time. We were partying with our mates. I mean, a lot of bands on there were our friends — Blind Guardian, Uli Jon Roth, and people like that.

D: I saw some of your UK live dates back in April were done in conjunction with charities. Can you talk about that?

BB: For charity, yeah. We did quite a bit for the children’s charity.

D: What was the band’s connection to the Nordoff Robbins and ChildLine charities?

BB: Well it was actually Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s manager who we’re mates with, who put me onto it. They wanted me to do a bike ride across Cuba but I couldn’t do it because we were doing the Miami cruise thing. So to make up for that I’d come up with the idea of doing a charity where people come in and watch the soundcheck and have photographs taken, and they just pay, you know, £10 or I think it was £15, £15 cash on the day. So they came in and saw the soundcheck and took photographs. Yeah, it was really successful, actually. We were really surprised.

D: I thought that was a great thing. Had you done charity work in the past?

BB: Yeah, we’ve done a little bit with record sales and things. But no, we’d never done anything [like this] — I think we’re the probably the first ones to do it, actually. We might roll that out again next year. It was quite successful. We raised about $15,000 or something. Not too bad, yeah?

D: That’s great — well done! Let’s end with a cliche question. What’s your all-time favorite Saxon song, and why?

BB: My all-time favorite Saxon song? I dunno… It’s got to be “Princess Of The Night” [on 1981's DENIM AND LEATHER] probably. It’s just a great song.

D: I thought you might say that one. I just read somewhere those lyrics were inspired by some childhood memories?

BB: That’s right, a train at night used to cross from our village. I used to sit and watch it. I was fascinated by the fire and the steam and power. That’s really what the song’s about. We play that song around the world and everyone knows it.

D: Thank you very much for your time!

BB: Ah, great. Thank you very much for doing the interview. Let’s just keep whacking at the new album. (laughs)

D: Take care and have a great rest of the tour. Come back to Chicago — I won’t miss it next time.

BB: Yeah, that would be great if we could. Okay, cool — nice talking to you.

-So there you have it, proof that Biff Byford has had heavy metal in his blood since he was a wee lad. :) Thanks to Biff, Saxon, Leo Loers, and Chipster PR for arranging this interview.

Relevant links:

ChildLine

http://www.childline.org.uk/

“Hybrid Theory” (film)

http://www.hybridtheoryfilm.com/

Toby Jepson

http://www.tobyjepson.com/

Nordoff Robbins – Music Transforming Lives

http://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/

Saxon

http://www.saxon747.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Saxon747

http://www.myspace.com/planetsaxon

http://www.youtube.com/user/PlanetSaxon

http://www.last.fm/music/Saxon

http://www.saxon.udr-music.com/

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Issue #612

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-Judas Priest Celebrate Stellar Metal Career With Two Compilations And Upcoming North American Epitaph Tour

Judas Priest’s contribution to the world of heavy metal can never be understated, as there are few metal bands that appeared in their wake that can match the group for their influence on the genre, and the amount of classic albums and anthems they created. And soon, fans will be able to re-experience Judas Priest’s all-time classic recordings with two compilations.

On October 18th, fans will have 20 discs of Priest to sink their teeth into, when SINGLE CUTS arrives. The box set presents all of the group’s UK 7″ and 12″ A and B sides from 1977 through 1992 (a total of 51 tracks), and each single will be featured as a vinyl-replica disc, and housed in a wallet featuring the original artwork. Additionally, the set will feature track-by-track notes by Kerrang! founder Geoff Barton, as well as rarely seen photos.

SINGLE CUTS will be made available as a limited edition set, and pre-orders are now being taken via http://judaspriest.com/ , or via this direct link: http://www.myplaydirect.com/judas-priest

And for those metalheads who are looking for a stellar single disc of Priest classics, THE CHOSEN FEW will certainly fit the bill. Released a week earlier than SINGLE CUTS, THE CHOSEN FEW is comprised of 17 Priest classics, chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal community (including Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Slash, and Alice Cooper, among countless others). The result is a release that manages to include the obvious choices (“Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) with the less-than-obvious, but just as rocking (“Dissident Aggressor,” “Rapid Fire,” “Turbo Lover,” etc.).

And last but not least, US fans will soon be able to experience these Priest classics one last time on a nearby concert stage, as the group will be launching their Epitaph Tour on October 12th, in San Antonio, TX.

As Priest’s vocalist, Rob Halford, recently told Rolling Stone about the upcoming dates, “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”

SINGLE CUTS Track Listing:

1977
Diamonds And Rust
Dissident Aggressor

1978
Better By You, Better Than Me
Invader

1978
Evening Star
Starbreaker

1978
Before The Dawn
Rock Forever

1979
Take On The World
White Heat Red Hot (Live)
Starbreaker (Live)

1979
Evening Star
Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live)
The Green Manalishi (Live)

1980
Living After Midnight
Delivering The Goods (Live)
Evil Fantasies (Live)

1980
Breaking The Law
Metal Gods

1980
United
Grinder

1981
Don’t Go
Solar Angels

1981
Hot Rockin’
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)

1982
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Exciter (Live)

1982
(Take These) Chains
Judas Priest Audio File (Biography)

1984
Freewheel Burning
Breaking The Law (Live)
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

1984
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Jawbreaker
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)

1986
Turbo Lover
Hot For Love

1987
Locked In
Reckless
Desert Plains (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)

1990
Painkiller
United
Better By You, Better Than Me

1991
A Touch Of Evil
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Live)

1992
Night Crawler
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)

THE CHOSEN FEW Track Listing:

1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

Confirmed North American Tour Dates:

12 October – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
14 October – Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
15 October – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
16 October – Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
18 October – Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
19 October – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
21 October – AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
22 October – San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
* PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE ONLY LOS ANGELES SHOW OF THE TOUR!!
23 October – Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
25 October – TO BE ADVISED
27 October – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
29 October – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
30 October – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
1 November – Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
2 November – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
4 November – Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5 November – 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
8 November – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November – Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November – The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
12 November – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
13 November – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
15 November – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November – The Armory, Rochester, NY
18 November – Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
19 November – Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, PA
20 November – Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
22 November – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November – Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November – Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November – Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
3 December – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi

For more information, visit:

http://www.judaspriest.com/

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-Halford Releasing LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 5.1 DVD & BD

Metal God Records and Rob Halford are pleased to announce a new 5.1, multi-camera, HD Live-Concert film: Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA debuting in DVD and BD worldwide October 10th and 11th.

Also releasing: Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (CD) debuting worldwide November 21st & 22nd.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA features Rob Halford – Vox, Roy Z. – Guitars, Mike Chlasciak – Guitars, Mike Davis – Bass and Bobby Jarzombek – Drums.

The band returned to Japan October 10, 2010 debuting new tracks from Halford IV – MADE OF METAL. LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA features fifteen (15) 5.1 Surround-Audio Recordings spanning The Metal God’s Halford, Fight and Judas Priest catalog. Track Listing provided below.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA is the band’s first Hi-definition, 5.1 Surround-Audio Production. LIVE AT SAITAMAM SUPER ARENA Blu-ray (BD) release features Exclusive Footage with Rob Halford commentary.

Halford – LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA DVD & BD are available October 10th and 11th. Visit Amazon.com, http://www.RobHalford.com/SuperArena or your favorite E-tailer for more details.

Track List:
1. Resurrection
2. Made In Hell
3. Locked And LoadeD
4. Drop Out
5. Made Of Metal
6. Undisputed
7. Nailed To The Gun
8. Golgotha
9. Fire And Ice
10. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
11. Diamonds And Rust
12. Jawbreaker
13. Cyber World
14. Like There’s No Tomorrow
15. Thunder And Lightning

http://www.robhalford.com/

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-Wild Eye Announces Rare 35mm Screening Of “Trick Or Treat” In Brooklyn!

This Halloween, Wild Eye invites you to bang your head against the movie screen with a rare, 35mm screening of 1986’s heavy metal classic “Trick Or Treat” plus a slash n’ grind trailer show!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents “The Heavy Metal Horror Show!” Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only: Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic, “Trick Or Treat,” directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of rock n’ roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price). Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And as if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act “The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show” performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the ’60s and ’70s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons & Dragons game and raise your devil-horns as we bring heavy metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

Avoid price-gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at http://www.NitehawkCinema.com/ .

http://www.wildeyereleasing.com/

http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/

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-Royal Hunt — The Neoclassic Metal Kings Are Back On Their Throne!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Royal Hunt’s 11th studio album entitled SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Royal Hunt have been recently rejoined by D.C. Cooper, the American singer that marked the two most successful releases of the band in the ’90s: MOVING TARGET and the concept album PARADOX. “We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that’s how the idea of doing a mini tour came about,” tells Royal Hunt founder, songwriter and keyboards player Andre Andersen. “After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue… recording a new album — first…” And you can certainly hear the results on SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE. The new material is described as “highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production,” this will certainly please the fans of neoclassical yet progressive music. Andersen continues: “The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, so far it sounds great. It will have some qualities of our previous albums MOVING TARGET and PARADOX, but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!”

Founded in Denmark in 1989 by Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personnel changes since the inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer D.C. Cooper; are the ones that mostly stood the test of time: MOVING TARGET in 1995 and the subsequent concept album PARADOX in 1997.

While Andre Andersen — a musical genius who can virtually play any instrument, compose, write lyrics and produce all at the same time — is undoubtedly the powerhouse force that drives the entire ensemble forward like a bulldozer, it’s also sure that D.C. is one of the top singers in the entire hard rock world. The extension and warmth of his vocals are the key elements that can bring back Royal Hunt to the throne of nowadays Hard Rock scene.

Once again recorded and produced at NorthPoint Studios in Denmark, SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new lineup, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated Royal Hunt!

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE final track listing includes:

Introduction; One More Day; Another Man Down; An Empty Shell; Hard Rain’s Coming; Half Past Loneliness; Show Me How To Live; Angel’s Gone.

As a companion to the new album release, Frontiers Records will also release on the same day a double DVD entitled FUTURE COMING FROM THE PAST. This double package serves as a celebration of the return of singer D.C. Cooper to the lineup, and makes finally widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan back in the day.

The first DVD is entitled 1996 and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band’s MOVING TARGET album. 1996 is an excellent summary of Royal Hunt’s career up to that point. The band offers a great mix of songs from their first three studio albums. The band was in top form for this show, with D.C. leading the way.

The second DVD PARADOX – CLOSING THE CHAPTER was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original D.C. Cooper era for Royal Hunt. It is essentially a complete live performance of the band’s amazing studio album PARADOX, their most successful album to date. It is a very solid performance and D.C. delivers the goods, while the band’s playing is superb. To complete the package is a 50-minute documentary which shares stories of life in a Rock band.

FUTURE COMING FROM THE PAST table of contents include:

DVD1 – 1996
– Concert: Flight; 1348; Wasted Time; Stay Down; On The Run; Stranded; keyboard solo; Martial Arts; Far Away; Last Goodbye; Land Of Broken Hearts; Makin’ A Mess; Clown In The Mirror; guitar solo; Step By Step; drums & bass solo; Running Wild; Epilogue; Age Gone Wild; Ten To Life; Legion Of The Damned; Kingdom Dark; Time.
Total length 150 mins.

DVD2 – CLOSING THE CHAPTER (PARADOX):
– Concert: The Awakening; River Of Pain; Tearing Down The World; Message To God; Long Way Home; Time Will Tell; Silent Scream; It’s Over.
– Documentary.
Total length 100 mins.

Format: NTSC Region Free – Screen 4:3 – Stereo

While Andre Andersen says “We’re taking it one step at the time — let’s finish the new album first, release it and see how the reaction of our fans is,” you can anyway certainly expect to see Royal Hunt playing in a town near you in the first months of 2012.

Royal Hunt current lineup includes:
André Andersen – keyboards
D.C. Cooper – vocals
Allan Sørensen – drums
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitars

http://www.royalhunt.com/

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Iced Earth: Revolvermag.com Premieres “Dystopia” From Forthcoming Iced Earth Album

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — DYSTOPIA — Iced Earth’s 10th studio album — won’t be released until October 18th, but Revolver readers will get a taste of the sonic onslaught to come with an exclusive airing of “Dystopia,” the album’s title track. The song can be heard here:

http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=24468

“I’m proud to debut ‘Dystopia’ on Revolvermag.com,” said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. “I hope Revolver readers like it as much as we do.” If the rave reviews piling up worldwide are any indication, they will:

Rock Hard Magazine “Album of the Month.”
Metal Hammer Germany “…the album is a classic…”
Powerplay (UK): “…DYSTOPIA is a great album from a re-energized band…”

Although DYSTOPIA is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs — and even an appearance by band mascot “Set Abominae.” “I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of life,” Schaffer said. “Movies like ‘Metropolis,’ ‘Brazil,’ and ‘The Matrix’ resonate with me. The same for albums like 2112, THE WALL, and of course OPERATION:MINDCRIME. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me.”

In much the same way HORROR SHOW (Iced Earth’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well — even paying homage on the new album to the movies “Dark City,” “V For Vendetta,” and “Soylent Green.” The end result is Iced Earth meets the nightmarish offspring of “Brave New World” and “Blade Runner.”

Of special interest to long-time fans are two songs on DYSTOPIA (the title track and “Tragedy And Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae.”

Track List:
Dystopia
Anthem
Boiling Point
Anguish Of Youth
V
Dark City
Equilibrium
Days Of Rage
End Of Innocence
Tragedy And Triumph

DYSTOPIA is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the US on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.

The release of DYSTOPIA will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.

Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released nine studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs — the most recent of which is FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy metal bands.

http://www.icedearth.com/

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-AFM Records North American Release Update: Brainstorm, Sinner, Wolfpakk

Following the band’s first album under the AFM banner with 2009’s lauded MEMORIAL ROOTS, German power metal kings Brainstorm will set loose their sophomore full-length for the label with the North American release of ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT on November 8th. An AFM label priority, the newest product of this fine German export — the band’s ninth full-length release to date — ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT is an incredible power metal album, that more than ever emphasizes the exceptional status of Brainstorm within the diehard power metal communities of the world. Showcasing the band’s musicianship on all levels, the record takes their majestic power metal energy to greater heights with an incredibly layered 10 anthems, recorded by Axel Heckert in Ludwigsburg, Germany’s Studio 22. Brainstorm’s tight-knit lineup of vocalist Andy B. Franck, guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, bassist Antonio Ieva and drummer Dieter Bernert remains solid.

ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT Track Listing:

1. Below The Line
2. In The Blink Of An Eye
3. Temple Of Stone
4. In These Walls
5. Still Insane
6. Dark Life
7. No Saint – No Sinner
8. Where Your Actions Lead You To Live
9. A Life On Hold
10. My Own Hell

Hard rock kings Sinner, who have been engaging the scene with their blistering tunes since the mid-’80s, are back with a brand new album, and are preparing to unleash ONE BULLET LEFT onto North American fans this November 8th. The usual cycle of long gap between Sinner albums is over, as ONE BULLET LEFT sees release only three years after their persuasive CRASH & BURN album. Coming back hard on this album with a renewed lineup, of course you can expect the Sinner-typical guitar harmonies and a high-quality base of traditional heavy metal and honest, handmade rock, celebrated in a fresh and gutsy way. Band leader, bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, etc.) has rounded out the new Sinner lineup with drummer Andre Hilgers (Rage), returning guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, etc.), and two additional guitarists Christof Leim (The New Black) and Alex Scholpp (Tarja, Farmer Boys)… yes, three guitarists this time. Recorded and produced in several studios in Europe by Mat Sinner, mixed and mastered then by Achim Köhler, some might say Sinner are at their very best on ONE BULLET LEFT.

ONE BULLET LEFT Track Listing:

1. The One You Left Behind
2. Back On Trail
3. Give & Take
4. One Bullet Left
5. 10 2 Death
6. Haunted
7. Atomic Playboys
8. Suicide Mission
9. Wake Me When I’m Sober
10. Mind Over Matter
11. Mend To Be Broken
12. Rolling Away

The self-titled debut from Wolfpakk is out now in North America. The brainchild of musicians Michael Voss (ex-Casanova, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball), the goal of Wolfpakk was not only to feature their respective characteristics and strengths, but also to be joined by guest musicians on the album from all over the hard rock and traditional metal scenes. Within a very short time over 30 musicians from all over the world had contacted the ambitious Sweeney and Voss to take part in the project, and an album was constructed. Simply dubbed WOLFPAKK, all 10 songs were written by Voss and Sweeney, who also shared in the vocal duties, in addition to handling all production and mixing. Joining Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney on this release was an international cast including Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, Robert Plant), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.), Marco Wriedt (Axxis) [view full list of guest musicians at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolfpakk/111305725627387?sk=info .]

WOLFPAKK Track Listing:

1. Sirens
2. Dark Horizons
3. Lost
4. Slam Down The Hammer
5. The Crow
6. Wolfpup
7. Let Me Die
8. Reptile’s Kiss
9. Ride The Bullet
10. Wolfony

http://www.brainstorm-web.net/

http://www.matsinner.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolfpakk/111305725627387

http://www.afm-records.de/

http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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-House Of Shakira Announces Sixth Album Title

With the announcement in 2010 of lead vocalist Andreas Novak joining Swedish melodic rock stalwarts House Of Shakira, the band have wasted little time putting together material for what marks their sixth album, the simply titled HOS.

Now nearing the final stages of production, HOS represents the end of one cycle and the start of a new dawn in the band’s history, and also marks the debut for other new members Basse Blyberg on bass/backing vocals and Martin Larsson on drums.

House Of Shakira – HOS is set for an anticipated release date of 27th January 2011 on Lion Music with full album details to follow soon.

http://www.houseofshakira.com/

http://www.myspace.com/houseofshakira

http://www.youtube.com/user/hosmh

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-DC4 And Odin Join The First Annual Monsters Of Rock Cruise

LOS ANGELES, CA — Metal Blade Recording Artists DC4 have been invited to participate in the first annual Monsters Of Rock cruise from February 25 – 28, 2012. Named after the legendary hard rock festival held at Donington Raceway near Birmingham, England, this time the Monsters Of Rock will wreak havoc on the high seas from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and (hopefully!) back again.

Along with DC4, the legendary Hollywood hellraisers, Odin, (featuring Jeff and Shawn Duncan from DC4) have been added to the bill, capping off a stellar year of return performances for the band, which formed in 1983. On both bands being asked to take part in the festivities, drummer Shawn Duncan says, “It’s an honor for DC4 to be recognized and included on this bill as we support our new album, ELECTRIC MINISTRY. And, as for Odin, does this mean we’ve finally ‘made it?,'” he asks. “I mean, it’s not that million dollar check I was counting on but this sure ain’t bad, either!”

Both bands join Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Keel, Stryper, Lynch Mob, UFO, Y&T, FireHouse, Black ‘N Blue, Faster Pussycat, Bang Tango, XYZ, Mr. Big’s Eric Martin, John Corabi of The Scream and Motley Crue, Helix, Rhino Bucket and Night Ranger on the three day trip.

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-Cage: SUPREMACY OF STEEL

All hail the “Supremacy Of Steel”! Cage has once again struck gold and forged their sixth release of pure Metal magic. Entitled SUPREMACY OF STEEL, Cage has leapt forward another giant step on the path to Metal greatness by once again delivering a Heavy Metal monstrosity. This is set for worldwide release on November 25th, 2011 through Music Buy Mail in Europe and Heavy Metal Media in the US and rest of the world.

Known for crafting great memorable songs, capturing the essence of the classic NWOBHM sound, and always sounding unique and modern, Cage somehow effortlessly shows how the limits of the genre can be pushed without losing what makes the Heavy Metal sound a worldwide calling for the faithful. Throughout the 11 tracks, all the smashing Cage elements are found along with fresh new surprises that are tastefully sprinkled about in just the right fashion.

From the blast beats in the opening scream fest “Bloodsteel,” to the eerie King Diamond-like falsettos in “Annaliese Michel,” Cage fans new and old will be banging their heads with horns in the air throughout this entire long player for decades to come. SUPREMACY OF STEEL also contains the epic, long awaited sequel song “Hell Destroyer Vs. Metal Devil” and a remake of their unreleased cult classic song, “Braindead Woman.” Anthems like “Metal Empire” and “King Of The Wasteland” will have all Metal fans unable to resist such true, convincing Metal emotion.

Their latest and greatest lineup yet includes the hulking frame of riff master Dave “Conan” Garcia, the unmatched vocal diversity and range of singer Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck, drummer Norm “The Legend” Leggio also of Psychotic Waltz, and debuting the new additions of thunder-thrash guitarist Steve “Bloodsteel” Brogden and the amazing bass playing of one America’s best, Pete “Hands Of” Stone.

All the power and speed from their previous award winning albums has once more been ramped up with faster drums, blazing leads and riffs that will stay with you into the night, and the highest of inhumanly impossible supersonic screams. This is all pointless without great songs but Cage has always had their song writing as their greatest strength and SUPREMACY OF STEEL is absolutely no exception. Cage has carved yet another stone to fit into the foundation that reinforces their title as the American Power Metal Kings.

As always, Cage has spared no expense when it comes to the presentation and packaging of their products. The amazing artwork of Marc Sasso (Dio, Halford, Marvel Comics) depicts the band in a live setting with the very Metal Godz themselves looking down upon the mayhem! The 16-page interior booklet is second to none with various artists chronicling the contents of each song in vivid color and truly has to be seen to be believed. It may be the finest looking metal booklet ever and that is no exaggeration!

Voted best new band in 1999 in Rock Hard’s UNERHORT competition, Cage has gone on to win album of the month and album of the year awards with each subsequent release, in various publications and web sites all over the world. True Metal fans all over the world have embraced Cage as one of the few that can consistently deliver the magic that only this kind of sound can give. Having ramped up their touring over the last four years more and more people have gotten to experience the Cage sound live and thus the fan base for them has grown greatly in recent times.

Formed in 1992 at the height of the grunge era in San Diego California was no easy task for Cage. Their thirst for metal glory was unshaken during these metal dark ages and thus their commitment to the genre is equaled only by few. Opening for the legends Iron Maiden, Dio, and Judas Priest had them forging their sound in the hottest of Viking fires. Their amalgamation of all that is good in metal is worn proudly on their black leather and glittering steel sleeves. Defying all that would have them believe that heavy metal was dead, Cage not only showed America the “Supremacy Of Steel,” but they have taken that message around the world as well. Now, almost two decades later, perhaps their finest work is here for you to experience!

The special pre-order packages are available at http://www.cageheavymetal.com/ and have been extended until October 31st. These will include both bonus tracks, a special sticker, a full color poster, a CD-R with unreleased versions and bonus tracks, and other Metal goodies.

Cage – SUPREMACY OF STEEL track listing:

1. Bloodsteel (featuring guest artist Bitterfrost)
2. The Beast Of Bray Road
3. King Of The Wasteland
4. Metal Empire
5. War Of The Undead
6. Flying Fortress
7. Doctor Doom
8. Annaliese Michel
9. Braindead Woman
10. The Monitor
11. Hell Destroyer Vs. Metal Devil
Bonus track for Europe:
12. Skinned Alive
Bonus track USA and rest of the world:
12. Blood White And Blue

Below is a link to the song “Bloodsteel” from the SUPREMACY OF STEEL album which features guest artist Bitterfrost on guitar. He can be found at http://www.bitterfrost.com/ .

Listen to “Bloodsteel”:

Cage official website: http://www.cageheavymetal.com/
Cage on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cageofficial
Follow Cage at http://www.twitter.com/cageheavymetal
Official video channel: http://www.youtube.com/cageofficialchannel

Distribution In Europe:
Music Buy Mail
order@musicbuymail.eu

http://www.musicbuymail.eu/

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-Lance King To Release A MOMENT IN CHIROS November 11th On Nightmare Records

Artwork And Track Listing Revealed For Lance King’s New Album A MOMENT IN CHIROS — In Stores 11/11/11

“Etheric Progressive Power Metal from the former voice of Pyramaze, Balance Of Power, for fans of Redemption, Dream Theater and Symphony X with a nod at greats Led Zeppelin”

Lance King is world renowned in the underground as a melodic metal vocalist, singing on over 25 worldwide releases over the last 21 years. This fact is impressive in itself, but what is truly special about Lance is his ability to morph his voice to fit any mood and intensity of a song, he’s proved this over the years by adding a very “special something” to every album he has been a part of.

Said to have the golden touch, Lance’s voice just seems to connect the dots making head banging metal also into a good song.

On the last day of June, 2011 Lance decided to invite some of his musical friends to co-write songs with him as he ventured into his first solo album. An act of faith only knowing their work, never working with them before in creating music. In just two months, those involved had created an epic masterpiece, quite a feat indeed based on the quality of this release.

In under three months, A MOMENT IN CHIROS was mixed and mastered and off to the presses, perhaps the fasted created music in history? This album was meant to be out by 11/11/11 and is destined to stand the test of time.

The album’s concept is based on the 11:11 time prompt phenomena happening to over 75 million people around the world, Lance is one of these people, and has dived in deep to find more about what it’s all about. This album is one man’s journey as a seeker of truth looking for answers to the world’s greatest mysteries.

Lance has chosen “Human Trafficking” (sex slavery), one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide as the charitable cause he would like to champion, profits from this album will go to efforts to abolish this slave trade worldwide through an organization called NOT FOR SALE! http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/about/slavery/

Boasting great creativity and performances by these fine musicians: Jacob Hansen (Beyond Twilight, Invocator & Anubis Gate), Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Tore St Moren (Jorn), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater / Harmony), Kevin Codfert (Adagio), Michael Hansen & Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath) & Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Elyes Bouchoucha, Malek Ben Arbia, Anis Jouini (Myrath) & Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson and MANY others).

Produced by: Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate) & Jacob Hansen, (Volbeat, Heathen, Tyr, Amaranthe, Communic, Mercenary, Onslaught, Rob Rock, Blotted Science, Raunchy, Pretty Maids, Cryoshell)

Track List:
111. A Sense Of Urgency
222. Awakening
333. Manifest Destiny
444. A Given Choice
555. A Moment In Chiros
666. Dance Of Power
777. Kibou
888. Infinity Divine
999. Joy Everlasting
10:10 Sacred Systems
11:11 Transformation

Lance’s Links!
http://tinyurl.com/LanceKingVox (Facebook)

https://www.twitter.com/lancekingvox

https://www.myspace.com/lancekingvox

https://www.NightmareRecords.com/

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-Talon – III

Escape Music – ESM234
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5 031281 002341
Release: 25. November 2011
Produced by Ty Sims

Guest Musicians:
Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and Backing Vocals on “Take You All The Way”

Track List:
1. Crying To Me
2. The Last Time
3. Did You Have To Say
4. Everytime
5. Take You All The Way
6. Maybe One Day
7. You Don’t Know Me At All
8. Walk Away
9. Brothers
10. When Will I
11. You Got What It Takes
12. Jane

Bio:
An American band and based in California, Talon was born from the ashes of Voxen — a band that achieved international success with their release SACRIFICE, which included a track that was used in the major motion picture “Outbreak” starring Dustin Hoffman.

Soon after, a new vision was brought forward with the recruitment of Michael O’Mara (Joshua Perahia, EFX) and demos were soon recorded and then the band signed on with Now & Then/Frontiers Records which culminated with the release of their self-titled debut. The CD was produced by Mikey Davis (Kiss, W.A.S.P., Slaughter). Upon release, the CD was wildly praised and was on countless top 10 lists for the year. Soon followed major live shows, including The Gods Festival in the UK. Talon also had the privilege of being Stan Bush’s backing band at The Gods Festival and the subsequent DVD release. After a break of working on individual projects, Talon recorded new demos and ultimately signed with Kivel Records and then recorded their next release FALLEN ANGELS. With a closer vibe to an AOR feel, New York native Chandler Mogel was brought on board and more live shows — including Firefest 5 — were performed. FALLEN ANGELS was a huge success and brought Talon into the forefront of the Melodic Rock field.

Upon mutual agreement, Chandler Mogel went on to front the Greece outfit Outloud and with a new group of songs, Talon were on a quest to create the ultimate album and added some serious quality to the band — Shawn Pelata (Line Of Fire) and Eric Ragno (China Blue, Takara, etc.). Now the band have just signed to Escape Music for the release of this classic slab of Melodic Rock — III — which is scheduled for release in November, 2011!

Talon’s III recently completed mixing at The Recovery Room by Ty Sims (Far Cry, Tango Down) and is full of classic hard rock songs and ballads that the band describes as “really a return to the sound, vibe and energy of our debut self-titled release.” “This latest CD was a total labor of love and we all feel this will be our strongest release to date! We pulled out all the stops and really think the results speak for themselves and is an excellent follow-up to our recent FALLEN ANGELS release.” In addition, premiere vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Talisman, JSS) has a guest appearance on the album with some amazing lead vocals on the hard-driving track “Take You All The Way!” The best musicians contributed their best talents to help create an outstanding release!

Lineup:
Shawn Pelata – Lead and Backing Vocals
Kory Voxen – Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Jim Kee – Lead Guitar
Phil Keller – Bass Guitar
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
John Parker – Drums

*Guest Musicians: Jeff Scott Soto: Lead and Backing Vocals on “Take You All The Way”
Produced by Ty Sims / Co-Produced by John Parker and Kory Voxen

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Talon-Official/166176213429236

http://www.myspace.com/talonrocks1

http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-Nightwish: IMAGINAERUM World Tour 2012 – 2013!

The fans of Nightwish had to be patient for a long time. Finally the time has come. After more than four years, Nightwish will release their long-desired fifth studio album entitled IMAGINAERUM on the 2nd of December 2011. At the same time, the album serves as the soundtrack to a movie that will involve an old balladeer with an incredible power of imagination as its protagonist. IMAGINAERUM appeals to our fantasies and long forgotten desires from a magical world. The anticipation is huge, for it’s been three and a half years now that the Finns raised the roofs of sold-out stadiums. Nightwish are known for their exceptional special effects and brilliant stage and light shows. The creative work of Nightwish is bombastic, their sound epic, passionate and breathtaking. How their new album sounds and in what way it’ll be effectuated visually can be experienced on the IMAGINAERUM world tour in spring.

IMAGINAERUM World Tour 2012 – 2013
support: Battle Beast + Special Guest

11.04.12 DK-Copenhagen Falconer Theater
13.04.12 NL-Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall
14.04.12 DE-Düsseldorf ISS Dome
16.04.12 BE-Brussels Forest National
17.04.12 FR-Paris Bercy
18.04.12 FR-Nantes Zenith
20.04.12 FR-Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
21.04.12 LU-Luxembourg Rockhal
23.04.12 DE-Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
24.04.12 CH-Zurich Hallenstadion
25.04.12 IT-Milano Forum
27.04.12 AT-Vienna Gasometer
29.04.12 HU-Budapest Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ-Prague Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 DE-Leipzig Arena
03.05.12 DE-Hamburg o2 World
05.05.12 DE-Nuremberg Arena
06.05.12 DE-Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
08.05.12 SL-Ljubljana Križanke

More dates follow on October, 24th

http://www.nightwish.com/

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-Sonata Arctica: LIVE IN FINLAND Video Teaser Online!

A video trailer for Sonata Arctica’s LIVE IN FINLAND 2 DVD + 2 CD set is available for viewing here.

In it, keyboard player Henrik Klingenberg says the following about the band’s epic show on April 15th, 2011 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland: “Basically everything we have done for the past two years has been leading up to this night… we’ve been working on this for a long time.”

LIVE IN FINLAND will be released in Europe on November 11th. It includes bonus DVD material and bonus audio CDs.

The track listing for LIVE IN FINLAND reads as follows:

DVD1:

1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Victoria’s Secret
10. Instrumental Exhibition
11. The Misery
12. Full Moon
13. In Black & White
14. Mary-Lou
15. Shy
16. Letter To Dana
17. Caleb
18. Don’t Say A Word
19. Outro (Vodka / Everything Fades To Gray)

DVD2:

Sonata Arctica Open Air 2 in Kemi, Finland – August 8th, 2009

1. White Pearl, Black Oceans
2. Draw Me
3. In Black & White
4. Don’t Say A Word

Bonus Content & Extra Features:

- Making of LIVE IN FINLAND
– Making of “Flag In The Ground”
– Latin-American (Tour Documentary)
– Made In Finland (Tour Documentary)

Music Videos:

- Don’t Say A Word
– Paid In Full
– Flag In The Ground

Acoustic live set at Alcatraz, Milano

The “FITG” cover Contest

Photo Gallery

CD1: Sonata Arctica Live in Finland

1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. The Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Instrumental Exhibition
10. The Misery
11. In Black & White
12. Letter To Dana
13. Caleb
14. Don’t Say A World / Everything Fades To Gray

CD2 Bonus: Sonata Arctica Open Air

1. Paid In Full
2. 8th Commandment
3. Replica
4. Tallulah
5. Caleb
6. White Pearl, Black Oceans
7. Draw Me
8. Fullmoon

http://www.sonataarctica.info/

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-Z Records News

Z Unleash Six Free MP3 Downloads To Fans

Turn on the news and it’s doom and gloom. Well those nice people at Z Records have decided to brighten up your day by giving you six — yes six — MP3s totally free of charge!!

Check out Paul Sabu, Prophet, Arabia, Legion, Omega and Steele for yourself by visiting the podcast page at http://www.zrecords.net/ and simply download the tracks.

Come join Z Revolution!

http://www.zrecords.net/

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-Andromeda To Release MANIFEST TYRANNY Through Inner Wound Recordings

Andromeda – MANIFEST TYRANNY
Inner Wound Recordings 2011 – IW83015
File under: Progressive Metal
Order #: CD6086
EAN: 7320470150542
Release: 25. November 2011

Specials:
New masterpiece from the Swedish progressive metal masters Andromeda.

Track List:
1. Preemptive Strike
2. Lies ‘R’ Us
3. Stay Unaware
4. Survival Of The Richest
5. False Flag
6. Chosen By God
7. Asylum
8. Play Dead
9. Go Back To Sleep
10. Antidote

Bio:
The origins of the Swedish quintet Andromeda can be traced back to 1999. Nowadays Sweden’s Andromeda with several albums and tours under their belt is definitely one of the most successful progressive metal bands in Scandinavia and Europe. Albums like EXTENSION OF THE WISH, II=I and CHIMERA are considered classics in the scene, and the DVD PLAYING OFF THE BOARD shows how talented this Swedish guys really are. This is something Andromeda also have proved over the years with appearances at festivals like ProgPower USA and Europe, Bloodstock UK and shows together with Evergrey among others. With amazing media support and great accolades from fans all around the World, Andromeda now found time to write their sixth and most mature effort ever; MANIFEST TYRANNY which we hereby present to you.

This fall Andromeda have performed at festivals like Generation Prog Festival, Denmark Rock Festival and Slottsskogen Goes Progressive, and when the new album hits the shelves many more shows will be announced. Already confirmed for 2012 are the Fused Festival in UK and the PPM Fest in Belgium.

Stronger than ever Andromeda is here to show you something you have not heard before. Dark, brutal, energetic and intelligent.

Open your ears and you too will transcend into the multifaceted galaxy of Andromeda!

http://www.andromedaonline.com/

Lineup:
Johan Reinholdz – Guitar
David Fremberg – Vocals
Thomas Lejon – Drums
Martin Hedin – Keyboards
Linus “Mr. Gul” Abrahamson – Bass

Discography:
EXTENSION OF THE WISH [Century Media 2001]
II=I [Century Media 2003]
EXTENSION OF THE WISH – FINAL EXTENSION [Century Media 2004]
CHIMERA [Massacre Records 2006]
PLAYING OFF THE BOARD [DVD/CD - Metal Mind 2007]
THE IMMUNITY ZONE [Nightmare Records 2008]
MANIFEST TYRANNY [Inner Wound Recordings 2011]

Artwork by: Markus Sigfridsson [Darkwater, Harmony]

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-Theocracy’s AS THE WORLD BLEEDS Due November 25 On Ulterium Records

Theocracy – AS THE WORLD BLEEDS
Ulterium Records 2011 – ULTCD020
File under: Heavy Metal
Order #: CD6087
EAN: 7320470150535
Release: 25. November 2011

Specials:
o The long-awaited third album from the US melodic power metal band Theocracy
o Mastered by Mika Jussila [Stratovarius, Nightwish, Children Of Bodom]
o Artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth]

Track List:
1. I AM
2. The Master Storyteller
3. Nailed
4. Hide In The Fairytale
5. The Gift Of Music
6. 30 Pieces Of Silver
7. Drown
8. Altar To The Unknown God
9. Light Of The World
10. As The World Bleeds

Bio:
Theocracy is a metal band from Athens, Ga., whose melodic style has more in common with their European contemporaries than with most of their US counterparts. Characterized by huge choruses, epic arrangements and progressive elements, Theocracy’s music is both immediate and deep, managing to be instantly catchy and memorable, yet revealing new levels of intricacy and depth with each subsequent listen.

The self-titled debut album from Theocracy was released at the end of 2003 on MetalAges Records, to fantastic reviews and worldwide acclaim within the metal community. After the release the band started playing shows (including the prestigious ProgPower USA) and working on new material. After years of hard work, Theocracy signed with Ulterium Records and released their second album MIRROR OF SOULS.

MIRROR OF SOULS was definitely a huge breakthrough for Theocracy and it received fantastic reviews from press around the world, and it was released in Europe, North America and Japan. The European live debut took place at the Elements Of Rock festival in Switzerland 2009 in front of 500 crazy fans.

Besides playing shows in the US opening up for bands like Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and Circle II Circle, Theocracy also did their first European headliner tour during fall 2009.

Theocracy now present their third magnum opus entitled AS THE WORLD BLEEDS. The album is mastered by Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom] and features artwork by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth].

AS THE WORLD BLEEDS is definitely the strongest album from Theocracy so far, and will be loved by fans and critics in the scene. The band is going to Europe once again this fall for another headliner tour, and the future of Theocracy is exciting for sure!

http://www.theocracymusic.com/

Lineup:
Matt Smith: Vocals
Val Allen Wood: Lead Guitar
Jonathan Hinds: Guitar
Jared Oldham: Bass
Shawn Benson: Drums

Discography:
2011: AS THE WORLD BLEEDS [Ulterium Records]
2008: MIRROR OF SOULS [Ulterium Records]
2003: THEOCRACY [Metal Ages]

Mastered by: Mika Jussila [Nightwish, Stratovarius, Children Of Bodom] at Finnvox
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Iced Earth]

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-Dutch Heavy/Power Metal Band Lord Volture Joins Rock N Growl Promotion!

Lord Volture’s sound and style is said to resemble US power metal masters Jag Panzer, Iced Earth, Cage and Vicious Rumors.

The band’s second full-length album NEVER CRY WOLF is scheduled for release on 11 November 2011. The 11 tracks cover over 67 minutes of pure delicacy for the steel-hearted. Master vocalist Sean Peck from US power metal crusaders Cage sings along on one of the songs.

Track listing:
1. Never Cry Wolf
2. Taiga
3. Wendigo
4. Celestial Bodies Fall
5. Korgon’s Descent
6. Minutes To Madness
7. Necro Nation
8. I Am King
9. Into The Lair Of A Lion
10. Brother
11. The Wolf At Your Door

Band:
David Marcelis – lead & backing vocals
Paul Marcelis – lead, rhythm & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Leon Hermans – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Simon Geurts – bass, backing vocals
Frank Wintermans – drums, backing vocals

Guest musicians:
Sean Peck – vocals on “Into The Lair Of A Lion”
Mark Bogert – guitar solo on “Minutes To Madness”
Sinem Cangir, Yuma van Eekelen and Bart Hennephof – backing vocals

Album Info:
o Music and lyrics by David Marcelis, music in “Brother” by Paul Marcelis and David Marcelis
o Produced and mixed by Bart Hennephof, Yuma van Eekelen and Lord Volture
o Mastered by Bart Hennephof and Yuma van Eekelen
o Recorded at Excess Studio, Rotterdam and Final Focus Studio, Tilburg
o Artwork by Bas Wijers

Lord Volture — The majestic of a lordship, the velocity and power of an electrical charge and the beastly ruggedness of a scavenging vulture!

Lord Volture is a heavy metal band hailing from The Netherlands founded by vocalist David Marcelis. After an explosive take-off in 2010 with the release of their debut album BEAST OF THUNDER and an intensive touring schedule, the band rapidly rises to find themselves in the frontier of Dutch Heavy Metal. The album thunders through the global metal community and reviewers worldwide count BEAST OF THUNDER among the major releases of 2010 (e.g. 10/12 Ancient Spirit, 88/100 Digital Steel, 85/100 Mario’s Metal Mania, 4/5 Maximum Metal, 9/10 Maxirock, 8.5/10 Metal District, 4/5 Metal Rules, 86/100 Metal To Infinity, 87/100 Metalfan, 5/7 Mindview, 8/10 My Global Mind and 80/100 Zware Metalen). Lord Volture’s sound and style is said to resemble US power metal masters Jag Panzer, Iced Earth, Cage and Vicious Rumors. The band’s ever growing reputation opens doors to many headline performances, as well as support shows for Blaze Bayley (UK), James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath (US) and Conquest Of Steel (UK).

With the release of the band’s second full-length NEVER CRY WOLF in autumn 2011 Lord Volture progresses to the next level without abandoning their traditional sound nor the uncompromising energy that characterizes the debut album. Containing upbeat thrash tracks, grandiloquent epics as well as catchy rockers the new album is even more dynamic in nature. The tradition to invite a renown guest set on BEAST OF THUNDER with Annihilator’s Jeff Waters is being continued on NEVER CRY WOLF with no one less than Cage singer Sean Peck. But also the Lord Volture members themselves show their worth. The piercing mid and high register of singer David, the shredding solos of guitar duo Paul Marcelis/Leon Hermans and the pounding rhythm machine of bass player Simon Geurts and drummer Frank Wintermans deliver all ingredients for the ultimate metal sound. For all who bear a heart of steel, Lord Volture is a definite MUST!

http://www.lordvolture.com/

http://www.myspace.com/lordvolture

http://www.facebook.com/lordvolture

http://www.rockngrowl.com/

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-Dark Forest: Anticipated Sophomore Full-Length From NWOBHMers Due In November

On Tuesday, November 8th, Cruz del Sur Music will release DAWN OF INFINITY, the sophomore full-length offering from recent label signing, UK traditional metallers Dark Forest, onto North American soil. Featuring ten triumphant NWOBHM-styled compositions, DAWN OF INFINITY soars with over 50 minutes of glorious, unfiltered, heartfelt traditional heavy metal fans of Dark Forest throughout the underground have embraced since the band’s formation in 2002.

Two tracks from DAWN OF INFINITY are now available for streaming via the label’s official Facebook page. Check out the tracks “Light Years On” and “Under The Greenwood Tree” at this location:

http://www.facebook.com/cruzdelsurmusic

Cruz Del Sur Music signed Dark Forest in June of this year as the band entered the studio to record DAWN OF INFINITY, after watching the young Birmingham, England-based outfit evolve over the last few years. Bearing a strong appreciation for the forefathers of the genre, and producing the full-blooded sound of a distinctly English brand of heavy metal, the new album fulfills the expectations placed on one of the most interesting bands in the UK’s contemporary traditional metal scene, infusing British folklore and Celtic inspiration into their craft.

DAWN OF INFINITY Track Listing:

1. Hourglass
2. Light Years On
3. Green Knight
4. Seize The Day
5. The Tor
6. Through The Glass Darkly
7. The Stars My Destination
8. Under The Greenwood Tree
9. Black Delta
10. Deadly Premonition

Stay tuned for more news on Dark Forest through 2012 in support of the new album.

http://www.myspace.com/darkforestrealm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Forest-UK/155861227763625

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/cruzdelsurmusic

http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-Hammers Of Misfortune’s “The Day The City Died” Streaming Exclusively On AOL’s Noisecreep!

17TH STREET Available On CD, Vinyl And Digitally On October 21st/24th!

With a newly-rejuvenated lineup and their signature sound intact, San Francisco’s Hammers Of Misfortune have returned with 17TH STREET, a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, Thrash, Doom, and American Folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these.

Fans can now check out “The Day The City Died” exclusively on Noisecreep.com:

http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/10/10/hammers-of-misfortune-the-day-the-city-died-song/

Along with hearing the new track, fans can also watch a video of John Cobbett responding to Noisecreep’s inquiries about the concept of the song, lineup changes in the band and more. Watch and listen now at http://www.noisecreep.com/ .

You can still listen to the first single “The Grain” and check out the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune/ .

17TH STREET track listing:
1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

17TH STREET will be released October 21st/24th on both CD and 180 gram double LP gatefold vinyl!

Hammers Of Misfortune is:
John Cobbett: guitar
Chewy Marzolo: drums
Sigrid Sheie: organ, piano, vocals, flute
Leila Abdul-Rauf: guitar, vocals
Joe Hutton: vocals
Max Barnett: bass

http://www.hammersofmisfortune.com/

http://www.facebook.com/hammersofmisfortune

http://www.myspace.com/hammersofmisfortune

http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune

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-New York Dolls’ LOOKIN’ FINE ON TELEVISION To Be Released On DVD On November 22, 2011

Bob Gruen’s Amazing Archival Footage Of The Legendary New York Dolls In The Early ’70s

In the early ’70s, Rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years, they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. This footage became the critically acclaimed documentary “All Dolled Up.” For LOOKIN’ FINE ON TELEVISION more footage has been edited to create 15 live music video-style clips.

“Lookin’ For A Kiss” Video Clip:

These 15 clips include footage from the Dolls’ early shows in NYC at clubs such as Kenny’s Castaways, and Max’s Kansas City as well as their West Coast tour: Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, and more.

All the fan favorites are here including ripping versions of “Personality Crisis,” “Who Are The Mystery Girls?” “Babylon” and more. See the incredible early days of the band that influenced generations of punks and rockers.

Track list:
Jet Boy
Personality Crisis
Bad Girl
Human Being
Bad Detective
Subway Train
Trash
Vietnamese Baby
Lookin For A Kiss
Who Are The Mystery Girls
Private World
Babylon
Frankenstein
Chatterbox
Jet Boy

Bonus:
Ultra rare 1976 Lisa Robinson interview with David Johansen and Johnny Thunders

Item Info:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5272D

Hi Res Cover Art:

Bob Gruen has photographed some of the most famous names in Rock and Roll including John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, and most major rock acts from Muddy Waters to Green Day. He has just published a monograph of his 40 year career titled Rock Seen and has frequent gallery exhibits.

Check out http://www.bobgruen.com/ .

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-A Rhyme And A Reason For Chris Ousey’s Solo Debut

Escape Music are pleased to announce the long awaited solo debut for Heartland/The Distance/Virginia Wolf vocalist Chris Ousey. The album RHYME & REASON will be released across Europe November 11.

o All songs are written by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander.
o Produced and Mixed by: Mike Slamer.
o Co-Produced by: Tommy Denander
o Mastered by: Christoph Stickel at MSM-Studios Germany.

Track List:
1. Mother Of Invention
2. Motivation
3. To Break A Heart
4. Bleeding Heart
5. A Chemical High
6. Give Me Shelter
7. The Reason Why
8. Any Other Day
9. Don’t Wanna Dance
10. Watch This Space
11. By Any Other Name
12. A Natural Law

The Band:
Chris Ousey – Vocals
Mike Slamer – Guitars and Keyboards (City Boy/Streets/Seventh Key/Steelhouse Lane)
Tommy Denander – Guitar and keyboards (Radioactive/Robin Beck/Spin Gallery)
Neil Murray – Bass (Whitesnake/Gary Moore)
Gregg Bisonette – Drums (Dave Lee Roth/Ringo Starr)
Backing vocals: Billy Trudel and Kristoffer Lagerström

Chris Ousey’s career goes from strength to strength. His first main achievement was with Polygram recording artists Monroe with guitarist Gary Sharpe, but Chris never made it to the album as he was snatched in the pre-production stages by John Bonham’s son, Jason, for his new band of the moment, Virginia Wolf. The band notched up 250,000 album sales between two records in the form of their self-titled debut (produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor) and PUSH (produced by Keith Olsen).

Most will associate Chris with the band Heartland which was actually formed by Chris with Gary Sharpe and their self-titled debut on A&M Records in the early nineties was produced by James “Jimbo” Barton. Since then Chris has notched up 10 releases with Heartland, and recently BEST OF (ESM221) is a great reminder of the work he has done over the years.

Nicknamed by the press as “The Man with the Golden Tonsils” Chris has always been loved by the rock audience, simply because of his amazing voice and his uncanny vocal range. So, for the first time we have a solo album from the man himself, and are we all in for a treat. Produced by none other than the famous Mike Slamer, RHYME & REASON is a superb slice of melodic hard rock that will have you singing every chorus after the first spin. Songs Like “Mother Of Invention” (available as a Digital download on 5th October) and “The Reason Why” are two great examples of songs from the album, but there is not one single weak track here. Chris has a knack of writing great lyrics and with Tommy Denander writing the music then it is a match made in heaven… and just wait till you hear the collaboration of two great guitarists Mike Slamer and Tommy Denander and the combination is just pure magical!!

RHYME & REASON is a great album and highlights just how Chris has matured over the last two decades.

http://www.Escape-Music.com/

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-New Halcyon Way — INDOCTRINATION — Available From Nightmare Records

Artist: Halcyon Way
Title: INDOCTRINATION
CAT #: NMR-556
UPC : 734923006381
Genre: Metal / Prog / Power
Key Markets: USA, Europe
North American Release Date: Oct 25, 2011
European Release Date Oct 28, 2011

The new CD, INDOCTRINATION is the sequel to BUILDING THE TOWERS and continues the sound and theme of that album. It features five brand new original tracks, a cover of “Stand Up” by Steel Dragon, a radio edit of “The Age Of Betrayal,” and an industrial remix of “The System.”

Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess and attitude of Evergrey and both soaring and death vocals, Halcyon way creates a new metallic hybrid.

Halcyon Way is Atlanta’s premiere heavy metal band. Known for their explosive live shows, intricate yet pounding rhythms and live showmanship hearkening back to the glory days of arena rock. They are back with a new album despite adversity. After releasing released their debut full-length album, A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION, in 2008 through Nightmare Records worldwide. Produced by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Obituary, etc.), the album received rave reviews, the band returned to the studio to record the second album, before departing to do a full scale UK tour with the band Fozzy, featuring wrestler Chris Jericho and members of the band Stuck Mojo.

INDOCTRINATION, like BUILDING THE TOWERS, is produced Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot). Vocalist Steve Braun delivers another great vocal performance on this one. Topped by a stunning artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth etc.), the album is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Just days before the release of BUILDING THE TOWERS, as well as two weeks before Halcyon Way was to embark on a full European tour with Stuck Mojo, founding member and guitarist Jon Bodan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the band was forced to cancel the tour so Jon could be treated aggressively. In spite of this adversity, Halcyon Way performed at the Florida Powerfest with Blind Guardian in December 2010, and with Atheist in March 2011. He is now in remission, and the band is preparing to return with a vengeance to the touring circuit in late 2011.

Track List:
1. On Black Wings
2. Our Finest Hour
3. IndoctriNation
4. Revolution Is Now
5. The Wages Of War
6. Stand Up
7. The Age Of Betrayal (radio edit)
8. The System (karbonBlack RMX-Remixed-Bodan)

Discography:
2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records

Members:
Steve Braun – vocals
Jon Bodan – guitars
Zane – guitars
Kris Maltenieks – bass
Ernie Topran – drums

Halcyon Way:
http://www.halcyonway.com/ (Official Website)
http://www.twitter.com/halcyonway (Twitter)
http://www.facebook.com/halcyonway (Facebook)

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-7th Heaven Update

[Note: This is from the band's October newsletter. - Tim]

Fall is here, Colors are changing and 7th Heaven has a few things going on that we want to let you know about.

7th Heaven Cruise – Now Booking!!!

Join us on the next 7th Heaven cruise, set to sail on January 28, 2012 for 7 days of fun in the sun on Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis Of The Seas.” This cruise will be sailing the eastern Caribbean sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with stops at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau, Bahamas. At this point we are not sure if we will be performing on the ship and all band members will be on the ship, but we will still travel as a group. Besides dining together, we will have a bunch of events thru the entire week that we will be doing as a group. The last sailing we had 80 people and we had a great time. There will also be a pre-cruise party to go over documents and answer questions as well. Since this was just confirmed we do not have a website up yet on the info. We will have that soon. You can learn more at OasisOfTheSeas.com. We have a limited amount of rooms reserved, so book ASAP. Booking form is available here: http://www.ntdvacations.com/7hcruise/7hbookingform2012.pdf

7th Heaven – POP MEDIA

Our new CD POP MEDIA is now available. We have been playing songs off our new CD all summer, did you get a copy yet? The CD is available at all shows, on Apple iTunes, Amazon and our website. For our fans in the UK / Germany you can get it at Music Buy Mail ( http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34527 ). For our fans in Germany you can get it on AORHeaven ( http://www.aorheaven.com/ ). For our fans in Japan you can get our CD starting next week on Hitman Records in Japan ( http://www.hitman-metal.com/ ).

“Sing” Music Video

Check out our new music video we just shot for our song “Sing” off our POP MEDIA CD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDEXG3kHjqk . This is the song we just started to promote to radio. The video was shot 16:9 in HD, so when you watch it, make sure to choose the higher resolution. Do us a favor and pass this video onto every person you know and tell them to pass it on. Let’s see if we can get over 10,000 views by Halloween, we are almost half way there at 4,500 views… Can you help us do that? You can also see the video in HD on our website as well. (give it a minute to load).

7th Heaven On Radio

Over the past two months we have been stopping by multiple radio stations to do performances and/or interviews. We stopped by The Mix 101.9, Star 96.7, Star 105.5 and WJOL AM 1340. We also have been heard on ClassX, B85 in DeKalb and The Best Radio You’ve Never Heard Podcast. Starting this weekend, tune into 102.3 XLC and listen for “Sing.” We are just starting to get spins at more radio stations. Help us out by calling your favorite radio station and tell them to play 7th Heaven – “Sing.”

7th Heaven Street Team

Join our new “street team” and help 7th Heaven keep growing. We could use more help in areas of promotion, marketing and creative ideas to keep building the bands popularity. We will send out email blasts on things we are working on and could use help with. We have other fun ideas that we are working on for the street team. Sign up for the street team by emailing: streetteam@7thheavenband.com

Two More All-Age Shows

We have two more all-age shows left this year. This weekend we play at St. Charles Scarecrow Fest in downtown St. Charles. We expect a great turnout with the warm weather. We play 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. On Sunday October 23, we play the “Honor Ride & Run” fest in downtown Barrington by the train station from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. These will be our last All-Age Shows for a little while, so make sure you plan to come out. Make sure you also stop by the merch table, as we’ll be having some clearance sales going on.

Halloween Show

Start thinking about your costume now! Join 7th Heaven and our guests He Said, She Said for a great Halloween party at Chicago City Limits on Saturday December 29. Get there early as the place will be crowded. Also enter to win some prizes in the costume contest. Let’s see your creativity.

FACES TIME REPLACES CD And Unreleased DVD

We just re-released our CD FACES TIME REPLACES with a added unreleased DVD in a digi-pak for $5.00. This lineup had: Tony DiGiulio, Richard Hofherr, Nick Cox, Danny Weymouth and Dan Miller. From the year 2000. This CD is a little heavier than the style we currently have. The DVD has unreleased videos of 7th Heaven on Jenny Jones’ TV show (twice), as well as our in’s and out’s to commercial, as well as a few music videos. With a bonus video of our tribute to 9-11 with our song “I Don’t Know.”

LIVE AT DURTY NELLIES – Re-Released

In 2005 we shot a live concert of only original songs at Durty Nellies. This DVD and CD was not available for a long time, as it sold out right away and the band changed lineups. I decided to re-release a short run of them, as I would love our fans to see and understand a little of the band’s history. This DVD has excellent audio right off the mixing board and was shot with 13 cameras, many which were fan cameras. This product is $5.00, available at shows and our website.

7th Heaven Is Getting Close To 12,000 Fans On Facebook

Help us get over 12,000 fans/friends on our official Facebook page. We utilize that page for last minute updates, new merchandise and other cool info that we want to share with you on a regular basis. So “Like” our band’s Facebook page so we can keep you updated as things happen in the 7th heaven world. http://www.facebook.com/pages/7th-heaven/38789126903

7th Heaven Heard At Abercrombie & Fitch

We just signed a deal with Abercrombie & Fitch to play our new song “Sing,” off our new CD POP MEDIA, in all the 325 stores worldwide. So if you are in any Abercrombie & Fitch in a mall around the world, listen for 7th Heaven and let us know you heard it.

New Year’s Eve Is Confirmed

The Hyatt Regency Chicago have asked us to return this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with everyone. The Hyatt Regency Chicago will be the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Details coming soon.

October 7 – John Barleycorn
October 8 – Scarecrow Fest
October 9 – Tony LaBarbera Benefit @ Shark City
October 13 – McCarthy’s unplugged
October 14 – Rivers Casino in Des Plaines
October 15 – Brew Moon Fest – Beer Tasting Fest
October 15 – Durty Nellies
October 19 – Snuggery – Edison Park
October 20 – Blues Bar
October 21 – Bourbon Street
October 22 – Shark City
October 23 – Honor Ride & Run Festival in Barrington
October 27 – Thirsty Whale
October 28 – The Lodge
October 29 – Chicago City Limits
November 3 – Evviva
November 4 – Vipers Alley
November 5 – Chord on Blue
November 9 – Snuggery – Edison Park
November 10 – Lucky Monk
November 11 – 191 South
November 12 – Tailgaters
November 18 – Total Sports
November 19 – Joe’s on Weed Street
November 23 – Turkey Testicle Festival
November 24 – Bourbon Street – Special Thanksgiving show for the Food Depository
November 26 – Tilted Kilt
November 30 – Snuggery – McHenry
December 1 – Evviva
December 2 – Chicago City Limits
December 3 – Angelman Syndrome Benefit
December 8 – Blues Bar
December 9 – John Barleycorn
December 10 – Private Corporate Event
December 14 – Snuggery – Edison Park
December 15 – Lucky Monk
December 16 – The Lodge
December 17 – Durty Nellies
December 22 – Thirsty Whale
December 29 – Bourbon Street
December 30 – Shark City
December 31 – Hyatt Regency Chicago

Thanks for all your continued support.

We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven

http://www.7thheavenband.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/7th-heaven/38789126903

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-zebrahead GET NICE On Their 11th Studio Effort Overall

La Habra, CA’s zebrahead have unleashed a new offering of explosive pop-punk called GET NICE on September 27th. Although this is the group’s 11th release overall, it will be their first to be released via the Niji Entertainment Group for North and South America. Two videos have already been filmed (one for the title track and one for the song “Ricky Bobby”), both of which can be viewed via these links:

Just released:
“She Don’t Wanna Rock” video from the album GET NICE!

zebrahead is comprised of vocalist/rapper Ali Tabatabaee, vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis, guitarist Greg Bergdorf, bassist Ben Osmundson, and drummer Ed Udhus, and has been rocking since 1996. In the process, zebrahead has sold 1.5 million copies of their albums (800,000 in the USA alone), and even received a Grammy nomination. Additionally, zebrahead has toured around the world since 1996, both headlining clubs and festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour and opening for bands like Green Day and 311.

There is an interesting connection between zebrahead and heavy metal greats Motorhead. When nominations for the 2000 Grammy awards were announced, Motorhead was named among the nominees for Best Metal Performance for a cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” However, upon further review, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences amended the nomination, adding the So Cal punk outfit zebrahead to share the nod for the “Enter Sandman” cover. The song can be found on ECW EXTREMEM ENTRANCES CD. Both bands share the same management as well.

GET NICE was produced by Jason Freese (Jewel, Death by Stereo, and plays with veteran outfit Green Day) and mixed by Andy Carpenter (Dwarves). As with past releases, zebrahead will be touring heavily behind it, including dates in the US, Europe, Japan, and their first-ever visit to Australia. In fact, the album hasn’t even been released yet, and the new single, “Get Nice,” is in the Top 4 on Japanese Radio and in the Top 10 on the European International Artist Radio Chart!

According to Tabatabaee, GET NICE is the finest zebrahead release yet. “I think this album will definitely win a Nobel Peace Prize, get you a raise, and get your girlfriend pregnant all at the same time. It’s that good!”

GET NICE Track Listing:

1. Blackout
2. Nothing To Lose
3. She Don’t Wanna Rock
4. Ricky Bobby
5. Get Nice!
6. The Joke’s On You
7. Nudist Priest
8. Galileo Was Wrong
9. Truck Stops And Tail Lights
10. I’m Definitely Not Gonna Miss You
11. Too Bored To Bleed
12. Kiss Your Ass Goodbye
13. This Is Gonna Hurt You Way More Than It’s Gonna Hurt Me
14. Demon Days

For more information, visit:
http://www.zebrahead.com/ [sponsored and fully ran by Nokia]

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-Industrial Melodic Metal Band Edge Of Paradise Gear Up To Wreak Havoc On The World With Forthcoming Debut Release MASK!

The Los Angeles based female-fronted metal band, Edge Of Paradise, are ready to set the world aflame, with the worldwide digital sales premiere on Loudtrax of their debut CD, MASK.

Check it out here: http://www.loudtrax.com/Artist/EdgeOfParadise

Edge Of Paradise is fronted by the stunning Margarita Monet who delivers potent yet melodic vocals along with virtuoso keyboard playing that adds a unique classical flair to the band’s sonic metal assault. Combine that with the ferocious fretwork of guitarist Dave Bates who intertwines compelling leads and bombastic riffs and you’ve got a band that offers something highly refreshing in today’s modern metal sound-scape. MASK also features guest appearances by renowned session drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Don Henley and major session drummer for hit TV and movie soundtracks) and bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (The Firm, Glenn Hughes, Blue Murder, Roy Harper) who prove to be the ultimate rhythm section when it comes to the hard-edged rock sounds contained on the debut recordings. Other guests on the CD include bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen), drummer Craig Anderson and backing vocals from Robin McAuley (MSG) who also co-wrote most the songs along with Dave and Margarita, and cutting-edge songwriter Ryan Jones.

Edge Of Paradise was formed in the beginning of 2011 from the ashes of Dave Bates’ former band Bleed, which was fronted by Robin McAuley. The influences on the CD are incredibly diverse, and have been pegged as “Industrial Melodic Chaos.” Margarita states “it has always been my vision to create music that will be around for a while and I feel like we have really achieved that with MASK.” The band plans to tour the US at the start of the year 2012, to promote MASK. Along with Margarita and Dave, drummer Kevin Katich and bassist Steven Cook will round off the live band.

MASK features 9 stellar tracks, highlighted by “Falling Down,” “Tail Of The Gun,” the title track “Mask,” and modern-day power ballad “We Breath.”

The complete track listing for MASK is:

1. Falling Down
2. Tail Of The Gun
3. Mask
4. We Breath
5. Thrown It All Away
6. Walk The Line
7. Shredenstein
8. I Come In Peace
9. Fire

For more information visit:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Edge-Of-Paradise/175809195764541

http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com/

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-Orphaned Land: New Trailer Available For Orphaned Land’s Debut DVD THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM

A second video trailer is now available to preview premier Middle Eastern progressive metal crusaders Orphaned Land’s debut DVD, THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM. Click here to check it out:

The compelling live performance DVD will be released in North America on November 1st via Century Media Records. The DVD documents the band’s incredible mission to unite warring factions in their home region through the power of music. Filmed in Tel Aviv, Israel in December, 2010, THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM features nearly two hours of live performance, as well as a second bonus DVD. The bonus DVD material includes additional live footage, a behind-the-scenes documentary and video clips.

Formed in Israel two decades ago, Orphaned Land’s unique style of Middle Eastern progressive metal or Jewish Muslim metal has amassed a huge fan base of both Jews and Muslims worldwide. The band’s signature sound features multilingual vocals (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Yemenite and more) along with standard instruments, as well as countless Oriental and traditional instruments such as: saz, santur, Arabian flutes, bouzouki and cumbus. The result is an exotic, heavy and fascinating mix. Orphaned Land live shows feature flags from both Israel and Lebanon prominently displayed, with fans from all ethnic and religious backgrounds singing along in both Hebrew and Arabic. These same fans proudly bear Orphaned Land tattoos, although this potentially puts them at risk in their home countries. Orphaned Land’s most recent release (their fourth), THE NEVER ENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR, is in stores now. Orphaned Land is: Kobi Farhi – leading chants, growls, narrations, choir & backing vocals; Uri Zelha – electric & acoustic bass; Yossi Sassi Sa’aron – electric & classic guitars, saz, bouzouki, chumbush, choir vocals, piano and Matti Svatizky – electric & acoustic guitars.

For more information, please visit http://www.orphaned-land.com/ or http://www.centurymedia.com/ .

Orphaned Land THE ROAD TO OR SHALEM DVD track listing:

DVD 1:
1. Halo Dies
2. Birth Of The Three
3. Olat Hatamid
4. The Kiss Of Babylon
5. A Never Ending Way
6. Disciples Of The Sacred II
7. Bereft In The Abyss
8. The Storm Still Rages Inside
9. Sapari
10. From Broken Vessels
11. Ocean Land
12. M I?
13. New Jerusalem
14. Vayehi Or
15. The Warrior
16. Baraka
17. Codeword: Uprising
18. El Meod Na’ala
19. In Thy Never Ending Way
20. The Beloveds Cry
21. Norra El Norra
22. Ornaments Of Gold

DVD 2:
1. Bakapaim (with Yehuda Poliker)
2. Halom Layam Hatihon (with Yehuda Poliker)
3. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness (drums & percussion solo)
4. Seasons Unite (from the album SAHARA)
5. Thee By The Father I Pray (from the album EL NORRA ALILA)
Documentary – Vayehi Or
Videos – “Sapari,” “Norra El Norra,” “Ocean Land”
Slide show/band photos

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-Rough Angel To Release Re-Mastered EP HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK!

The music is “doomy,” “lava” — like and heavy metal with tuned down guitar riffs that sounds like a brick wall is coming down on you. Aggressive high pitch screams with oriental type melodies forge these recordings and give it the ultimate experience on a pure metal meltdown.

The recordings never got published until now when Csaba Zvekan re-mastered the songs to a first official worldwide release “only digital” scheduled for 30th November 2011 under Rock N Growl Records.

The title of Rough Angel’s EP is called HEAR THE ANGELS ROCK and has following tracks:

1. Standing By Mirrors
2. Defiance
3. Let It Burn
4. Hear The Angels Rock

The lineup is as follows:

Csaba Zvekan – Lead & backing Vocals
Jimmy Z. – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Marc Mougavero – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Ross Manzo – Bass Guitar
Dave Kappos – Drums (on recording)
Mike Rangel – Drums (live later after Dave Kappos left the band)

US Heavy Metal weights Rough Angel have been around for more than two decades. Originally found in Hollywood, Los Angeles by Jimmy Z. and Johnny G. the band quickly built up a fan base and followers. Rough Angel were playing the Sunset Strip up and down and eventually moved to Las Vegas. The band got nominated as the best local band in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eventually Johnny G. left the band as he moved to Hawaii. So the spot for a singer was vacant and Csaba Zvekan has gotten the job. In 1993 Rough Angel have decided to record four memorable songs for an EP.

http://www.facebook.com/RoughAngel

http://www.rockngrowl.com/rough-angel

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-Exclusive Isole And Lonely Kamel Track Premieres On The Obelisk!!!

The Obelisk ( http://www.theobelisk.net/ ), THE purveyors of all that is doomed-out and low-ended on the Internet, are now streaming exclusive track premieres from Isole and Lonely Kamel’s respective new albums. Set for North American release on October 25th thru Napalm Records, both Isole’s BORN FROM SHADOWS and Lonely Kamel’s DUST DEVIL are slaying the critics with their differently doomed sounds, proving that Napalm’s a new force in all things slow, deep, and hard.

The exclusive track-stream for Isole’s “Born From Shadows” can be found here: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2011/10/11/isolestream/

The exclusive track-stream for Lonely Kamel’s “The Prophet” can be found here: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2011/10/07/lonelykameltrackstream/

A mere smattering of the good word going ’round both Isole and Lonely Kamel’s forthcoming new records:

Isole
• “Any fan of the band will be dismally gratified to have this record in their collection, particularly with the colder months quickly approaching” – MetalReview.com [8/10 rating]
• “Slow and heavy, dark and melancholic, haunting and epic, Isole’s BORN FROM SHADOWS is the epitome of quality doom metal” – Seaoftranquility.org [4.5/5 rating]
• “Simply impressive” – Absolute Zero Media webzine
• “Have carved an identity for themselves” – TheObelisk.net
• “Not many have this kind of craft with the weaving of the epic and the mournful dark” – MetalTeamUK.net
• “Sets that perfect doom mood” – WickedChannel.com

LONELY KAMEL
• “Fans of original southern rock, heavy rock and proto-metal are bound to enjoy this album” – Seaoftranquility.org [4/5 rating]
• “An album so sludgy, dirty, groovy and blues-heavy, you’d have to be a zombie to not move to this album” – Headfullofnoise.com [4/5 rating]
• “You could literally get high just listening to this record… epic” – Metalholic.com
• “Come off like graduates from the University of Roadsaw (with a minor in Sixty Watt Shaman), infusing loud, driving heavy rock with a sensibility straight off the Delta” – TheObelisk.net
• “A superlative album… The band manage to sound timeless, without sounding dated, and are to be commended for it” – MetalTeamUK.net
• “Brings back retro like only the Scandinavians can… I cannot get enough of this one these days” – WickedChannel.com

For more info, consult http://www.napalmrecords.com/ , http://www.forevermore.se/ , and http://www.myspace.com/lonelykamel .

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-The Living Fields: Full Album Streaming Via Hellbound

For two weeks, Ontario-based metal site Hellbound is hosting a full album stream of The Living Fields’ sophomore album, RUNNING OUT OF DAYLIGHT.

Check out the brilliant release in its entirety at this location:

http://www.hellbound.ca/2011/10/listen-to-the-living-fields-running-out-of-daylight-album-on-hellbound-ca/

Enriching their symphonic, epic metal through the use of piano, violin, viola, cello, and acoustic guitar and more, The Living Fields take their distinctive style to great new heights on RUNNING OUT OF DAYLIGHT, the album released in late July via Candlelight Records. While the members of the band are scattered across multiple continents, having never played a live show or even recorded a full release in the same session, their talent and creativity are unstoppable when combined. The new album has received acclaim form media outlets worldwide helping elevate this underground act’s name higher into the ranks of metal’s contemporary elite.

“It’s a fine line between brilliance and mediocrity when trying to do something like this, but The Living Fields manage to do what they do exceptionally well.” – Hellbound

“One of progressive metal’s most tantalizing prospects… a genuinely evolutionary way of songwriting.” – Terrorizer

“…one of the year’s more somber and striking efforts…” – Blistering

“I can’t think of another band that sounds much at all like them, and that’s one hell of a compliment in today’s saturated consumer climate.” – Metal Review

“…one of the best metal albums of 2011.” – Teeth of the Divine

http://www.thelivingfields.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thelivingfields

http://www.candlelightrecords.com/

http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa

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-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Thrash Metal Albums” is online at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dx5M .

-Almah’s new video for “Late Night In ’85” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCu1no-MtLo . The track comes from MOTION, due October 14 on AFM Records. See http://www.facebook.com/official.almah for more.

-New Sebastian Bach interviews/features as follows…

Fox News “Face2Face”

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1204315632001/face2face-sebastian-bach/

Toronto Sun

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/10/07/sebastian-bach-still-screaming

“The Larry Flick Show” / Sirius XM
itun.es/iBG5Yq

Please note the last one is explicit… See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ for more.

-Brainstorm’s ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT (AFM Records) hit #59 on the German media control chart. See http://www.brainstorm-web.net/ for more.

-Check out Divine Ascension’s video for “Answers” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvGlDimlZxc .

-Doro had to cancel two shows in Slovakia — in Kosice and Bratislava — “due to problems with the local promoter.” Front woman Doro Pesch stated: “Dear Fans, unfortunately the two shows in Slovakia got cancelled due to promoter issues. It’s a shame that we aren’t able to play in Kosice and Bratislava. We are extremely sorry, we were so excited and were really looking forward to it. We hope to be able to play in the near future. For further information please get in touch with the promoter or venue. We love you guys – Doro & Band” See http://www.doro.de/ for more

-Emerald Sun will play the following shows in Greece this month:

10/27 – Bat City, Athens, Greece
10/29 – Eightball, Thessaloniki, Greece
10/30 – Polyxoros-Agora, Ioannena, Greece

-Check out a funny video of a toddler crying for some Iron Maiden at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7761/kid-cries-for-iron-maiden .

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

10/22 – Roland/Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA (free show)
10/29 – Marquee 15 Concert Theater, Corona, CA (Halloween show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV (all ages)
11/11 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/1 – House Of Rock Live, El Paso, TX
12/2 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
12/3 – Smokin Aces, Mission, TX
12/6 – The Meridian, Houston, TX
12/10 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ for more.

-Judas Priest was the musical guest last Friday on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Check out their performance of “Breaking The Law” at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7766/judas-priest-breaking-the-law-on-jimmy-fallon , and the web-only exclusive performance of “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMn55zX03a0 . In related news, Halford’s new video single for “Resurrection,” from the LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA DVD, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpBKCnult_E .

-There’s a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Kiss’ HOTTER THAN HELL at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dx5N . Former guitarist Bruce Kulick has a nice write-up on the Gene Simmons/Shannon Tweed wedding at his site, in the “Message” section of http://www.kulick.net/ . And speaking of the wedding, check out “exclusive merchandise from the rock ‘n roll wedding of the year!” — such as glass coasters, T-shirts, shot glasses, beer steins, keepsake plates, guitar picks, etc. — at http://www.personalizationmall.com/Gene-Simmons-Shannon-Tweed-Wedding-Gifts-Collectibles-l90.lp . And in related news, the video trailer for late, former drummer Eric Carr’s 20th anniversary commemorative CD UNFINISHED BUSINESS at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vJswJyOgQQ has samples of some of the CD’s tracks. Part 1 of an exclusive four-part interview series, from EricCarr.com and BraveWords.com, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YNmDh5F65Y . It features Kiss’ former manager, the late Bill Aucoin, and Seether drummer John Humphrey talking about Carr. The rest of the parts will feature Bruce Kulick, Lydia Criss, and others, and will be released over a three-week period. Sign up for special e-mail notifications at EricCarr.com.

-Lord Volture’s song “Minutes To Madness,” from NEVER CRY WOLF and featuring Mark Bogert on guitar, is streaming at http://soundcloud.com/lordvolture/minutes-to-madness-new-1 . NEVER CRY WOLF is due out November 11. See http://www.lordvolture.com/ for more.

-A track-by-track breakdown of Morton’s COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN (AFM Records) is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G-DfUm9vAs , and the live video for “Brotherhood Of Light” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUOKhcPQbfw .

-The “mailorder edition” of Nightwish’s IMAGINAERUM, available only at Nuclear Blast’s mailorder, is a limited and numbered (1,000 copies) boxed set that includes the double digi-pak CD, a single for the “Rest Calm” demo (featuring Marco Hietala on vocals), and an exclusive Nightwish IMAGINAERUM mirror. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-A new, “previously unreleased (slightly different) director’s cut version” of Oz’s video for “Dominator” is available now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-xRNZwQ3WQ . The band’s comeback album BURNING LEATHER is due out November 18 on AFM Records.

-Check out “Metal Messiah,” a sample from Pegazus’ new album IN METAL WE TRUST, at http://www.myspace.com/pegazusmusic/music/songs/metal-messiah-sample-new-album-79111063 .

-Redemption — featuring guitarist Nick Van Dyk and singer Ray Alder (Fates Warning) — has THIS MORTAL COIL out this week. Hype: “Redemption have made a name for themselves as one of the premiere prog metal bands to come out of the past decade. The band, featuring Fates Warning singer Ray Alder, has toured with fellow prog legends Dream Theater and are highly admired for their aggressive yet melodic sound. However, it’s been a challenging time for Redemption following the release of 2009’s SNOWFALL ON JUDGMENT DAY, as guitarist/founder Nick van Dyk had been diagnosed with blood cancer. While it appears that Dyk is now cancer free after intense therapy, it’s understandable that the band’s new album THIS MORTAL COIL would reflect the dark times the guitarist went through these past few years.” Track list: “Path Of The Whirlwind,” “Blink Of An Eye,” “No Tickets To The Funeral,” “Dreams From The Pit,” “Noonday Devil,” “Let It Rain,” “Focus,” “Perfect,” “Begin Again,” “Stronger Than Death,” “Departure Of The Pale Horse.” The limited edition version has a second CD of cover songs, called A COLLECTION OF SONGS ORIGINALLY RECORDED BY OTHER ARTISTS THAT ONE WOULD NOT EXPECT WOULD BE PERFORMED BY A PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND – PART THE FIRST. Track list: “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” (Elton John), “Jane” (Starship), “Hold The Line” (Toto), “Edge Of The Blade” (Journey), “Love To Love” (UFO), “Precious Things” (Tori Amos). Metal Insider is streaming the full album at http://www.metalinsider.net/new-music/exclusive-stream-redemption%E2%80%99s-new-album-%E2%80%9Cthis-mortal-coil%E2%80%9D-in-its-entirety . See http://www.redemptionweb.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/thebandredemption for more.

-Riot — singer Tony Moore, guitarists Mark Reale and Mike Flyntz, bassist Don Van Stavern, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek — had to pull out of the European tour with HammerFall “due to complications from Tony’s emergency oral surgery,” which he needed to deal with a “deeply infected root canal.” Check out statements from him and the band at http://www.riotrockcity.com/ and http://www.markreale.com/ . Vicious Rumors has replaced Riot on the HammerFall tour, but Riot plans to “visit Europe as soon as possible.” The band assured its Asian fans that the Japanese dates in 2012 are unaffected by this turn of events, and is planning a US tour for early next year. The band’s reunion album, IMMORTAL SOUL, has this track list: “Riot,” “Still Your Man,” “Crawling,” “Wings Are For Angels,” “Fall Before Me,” “Sins Of The Father,” “Majestica,” “Immortal Soul,” “Insanity,” “Whiskey Man,” “Believe,” “Echoes.” The limited digi-pak version has two bonus tracks, recorded live at the 2009 Sweden Rock Festival: “Johnny’s Back” and “Metal Soldiers.” There will also be a double gatefold LP on blue vinyl.

-Sacred Heart’s PROPAGANDA is out now. Hype: “The general vibe the listener can get from PROPAGANDA is positive, no questions asked, since the band shows they have belief in their skills mixing traditional minor-scale British Hard Rock with more fresh American Rock elements, not avoiding a slice of AOR touch in some of their musical pieces.” Track list: “Everybody Falls” (instrumental), “Propaganda Part One,” “Can’t Breathe,” “Nothing At All,” “Paldies Thank You,” “Never Let You Go,” “With Open Arms,” “Spit,” “Goodbye,” “We Stand Hand In Hand,” “You’re The One,” “Propaganda Part Two.” The version with bonus tracks has these extra songs: “Propaganda Part One” (edit), “Crazy World” (demo), “Enough” (demo), “You’re The One” (2003), “Hand In Hand” (2004). See http://www.sacredheartband.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/sacredheartband for more.

-Mike Tramp And The Rock N Roll Circuz are gigging in the UK this week:

10/13 – The Purple Turtle, London, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion
10/14 – The Corporation, Sheffield, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion
10/15 – The Yardbirds, Grimsby, UK – w/ Crimes Of Passion & Serpentine

-Sick Of It All, Machine Head, and Coroner have been added to the lineup for the Wacken Open Air 2012. Moonspell will also perform an “Exclusive Orchestral Acoustic Show,” entitled “Sombra” and featuring guest musicians. See http://www.wacken.com/ for more.

-White Wizzard’s FLYING TIGERS is out now on Earache. Hype: “Flying the flag for classic metal with a singular vision and unflinching belief in the power of great riffs and earth-shattering vocals, L.A.’s finest exponents of the genre return with all guns blazing on FLYING TIGERS. From the rallying cry of ‘Fight To The Death,’ through the emotive arena rock power of ‘Starchild,’ to the multi-layered concept nature of the album’s closing side (the last six tracks form an epic, progressive concept piece), the spirit and class of the song writing is topped with the world beating vocals of Wyatt Anderson. Taking in visits to downtown Tokyo, sultry L.A. hangouts, ancient Egypt, outer space and beyond across the course of twelve killer tracks, FLYING TIGERS gives traditional classic metal a huge shot in the arm.” Track list: “Fight To The Death,” “West L.A. Nights,” “Starchild,” “Flying Tigers,” “Night Train To Tokyo,” “Night Stalker,” “Fall Of Atlantis,” “Blood On The Pyramids,” “Demons And Diamonds,” “Dark Alien Overture,” “War Of The Worlds,” “Starman’s Son.” Check out clips of three songs and a video at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34762 . See http://www.myspace.com/whitewizzard for more.

-Upcoming Y&T shows:

10/14 – The Garage, London, England – w/ Stampede
10/15 – Coal Exchange, Cardiff, Wales
10/18 – L’Empreinte, Savigny-le-Temple, France
10/20 – Sala Capitol, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
10/21 – Sala La Vaca, Ponferrada, Spain
10/22 – Teatre Ateneu, Cerdanyola Del Vallès, Spain – w/ Wishbone Ash
10/23 – Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
10/25 – Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
10/26 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
10/28 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/29 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/30 – Hedon Podium, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/1 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/3 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
11/4 – Underground Cologne, Koln, Germany
11/5 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany
11/18 – 11/19 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
12/10 – Cache Creek Resort, Brooks, CA
2/25 – 2/28 – Monsters Of Rock Cruise, Bahamas & Key West
2/29 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
3/1 – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
3/2 – B.B. King’s Blues Club, New York, NY
3/3 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY
3/4 – The Rock House, W. Greenwich, RI
3/7 – Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA
3/9 – The Tangier, Akron, OH
3/10 – Tailgaterz, Bolingbrook, IL

“Special discounts & deals” for the cruise can be had by booking with the Y&T promo code: YTMOR. See http://www.YandTRocks.com/ and http://www.Meniketti.com/ for more.

Thanks to Music Buy Mail, Nightmare Records, Pitch Black Records, Mitch Lafon, Axel Wiesenauer, AFM Records, Rupert Withers, Chad Bowar, Thomas Jensen, Jeff “Big ‘Orra” Adee, and Eric “Parallels” Helgeson for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Last Friday I ran my interview with Dio Disciples members Tim “Ripper” Owens and Craig Goldy. I left a few Owens-related tidbits out of that write-up because they didn’t directly pertain to the Dio Disciples project. Owens told me the next Beyond Fear album has been “done” — presumably he meant “written” — for a year, and it should be out soon, once he gets it finished off. He also left open the possibility of doing another solo record but said that his solo project is mainly a touring concern. I also asked Goldy about any of his upcoming solo ventures, but he graciously declined to discuss them. I’m hoping to touch base with him separately about this soon.

-I was all set to go see Saxon and Borealis in St. Charles, Ill., last Saturday but I came down with a *nasty* sinus infection that morning. I was supposed to do an in-person interview with Biff Byford and it absolutely KILLED me to send an email saying I couldn’t do it, because I had to stay home sick. Ugh… Please note it pretty well takes an Act Of God for me to miss a show and interview like this! I’m bummed about missing the show but on a happier note I was able to do a phoner with Mr. Byford last night. Stay tuned.

-My friend Bill sent me these funny lists of the worst metal albums of all time and the worst metal album covers:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/listoftheday/141511/the-ten-worst-heavy-metal-albums-of-all-time/

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-worst-heavy-metal-album-covers-of-all-time-207047

-What’s up with Starship’s “Jane?” Funny that two bands — Talon on III and Redemption on the bonus disc for THIS MORTAL COIL — just covered this tune. (And bonus points of you remember The Burnpool’s cover from its 1995 self-titled debut.)

-I listened to Lord Volture’s song “I Am King.” It sounds like a Scorpions tune with a cross between Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin and Blaze Bayley singing. Weird.

-I don’t know why but I actually *was* a little surprised to see Gene Simmons selling memorabilia from his wedding…

-If I was in N.Y.C. I would totally go to that screening of “Trick Or Treat.” Awesome.

-Get those free Z Records MP3s — Steele’s “Tricks Up My Sleeve” is a *killer* song.

-In my current playlist: Saxon – CALL TO ARMS (UDR Music/EMI), FireHouse – FULL CIRCLE (FireHouse Music), Golden Resurrection – MAN WITH A MISSION (Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group), Argus – BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED (Cruz Del Sur Music).

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JUDAS PRIEST – THE CHOSEN FEW (B+) Columbia/Legacy, 2011
17 tracks, RT: 1:17:05
[ http://www.judaspriest.com/ ]
You read the press release above; the idea of having other rockers hand-pick their favorite songs for your compilation album is pretty cool, but ultimately, the result is just another compilation album. This one has tracks from most of Priest’s Sony/Columbia catalog, with BRITISH STEEL (1980) having the most at four, and POINT OF ENTRY (1981), PRIEST…LIVE! (1987), and RAM IT DOWN (1988) being ignored. And of course there’s nothing from ROCKA-ROLLA (1974) or SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (1976), but there are live versions of the latter’s “The Ripper” and “Victim Of Changes” taken from PRIEST IN THE EAST (1979). The booklet starts off with a surprisingly cool “foreword” written by Gene Simmons, and includes thoughts from this complete list of folks who selected the tracks: Joe Elliott, Steve Vai, Geoff Tate, Accept, Lars Ulrich, Kerry King, David Coverdale, Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Lemmy, Vinnie Paul, Zakk Wylde, Alice Cooper, Geezer Butler, Slash, Klaus Meine, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Chris Jericho, Jonathan Davis (Korn), and Joe Satriani. So logistics aside… this *is* a pretty good overview of Priest’s impressive output from 1977 – 1990, with all of the *really* big hits on display, and a handful of surprise inclusions in “Dissident Aggressor,” “Exciter,” “Rapid Fire,” and “The Sentinel.” (The latter has always been a favorite of mine; I’m glad to see it get its due here.) For me, it was big fun to read through the liner notes and think back to when I discovered Priest as a teen-ager, and first heard these songs. (I swear I had this conversation with a buddy in 8th grade: “What’s ‘The Green Manalishi’ about?” “I think it’s about a car, or a demon… Or maybe a woman.” “Cool.” “Did you know it’s a cover?” “No!” “Yep, it’s a Fleetwood Mac song.” “Wait… what? FLEETWOOD MAC??”) So, I suppose diehards/fanboys like me will go for this release, as will casual fans who aren’t yet sick of “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law.”
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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*** SPECIAL REPORT #1 ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Interview w/ Craig Goldy & Tim “Ripper” Owens (Dio Disciples)
September 29, 2011

One of the greatest rock voices of all time was silenced on May 16, 2010, when Ronnie James Dio passed away. The rock and metal worlds mourned long and hard, and various tribute songs and projects started popping up almost immediately. But there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Dio Disciples. Although Ronnie was most active with Heaven & Hell in the months leading up to his death, his solo band was still intact. Earlier this year, under the aegis of Ronnie’s wife and manager Wendy, those musicians — guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright — decided to recruit not one but two singers — Tim “Ripper” Owens and Toby Jepson — and head out on the road, to celebrate Ronnie’s life by bringing his music to his fans. I was able to speak to Goldy and Owens prior to the Chicago stop on their leg of US dates. I was curious to find out more about how the project coalesced, and what the future holds. Read on…

DETRITUS: What was the spark that originally brought this thing together?

CRAIG GOLDY: It was originally from Wendy. Ronnie passed away — he’s family to us — so when any important family member dies a family will do something at least once or twice a year in remembrance of that person. It’s similar to this. Wendy wanted to do something to keep his music alive, you know? And a lot of people took it upon themselves to start doing Ronnie’s music — I’m sure some of them had a good heart and some of them didn’t — and she wanted to wait a little bit. I can’t speak for her but from my perspective it seemed like she wanted to wait for the dust to settle from all the cockroaches and everything. (laughs) You know, for when it was the proper time for us to actually do it. But it was basically Wendy’s idea.

D: Obviously the core band was Ronnie’s band, but there had to be a vocalist search.

CG: Yes.

D: And for not only one, but two. How did that unfold? Who decided there should be two?

CG: Well in my world it was always Tim. Ronnie’s always believed in Tim, and so did Wendy. In fact Wendy has been managing Ripper for quite a while. So when this started he was automatically the first one we thought of, just because he’s so good. Honestly, I called him up one time — I’d seen something on YouTube — and we were just gonna see how things would seem, you know? I saw him doing some Rainbow and Black Sabbath stuff and said, “Man, this is gonna be so badass.” ‘Cause I get embarrassed when I hear other singers try to sing Ronnie’s music. Because he’s such an amazing vocalist they often embarrass themselves. Tim has just been amazing.

D: So you got a phone call…?

TIM “RIPPER” OWENS: Well we were always talking from the start. Wendy mentioned it to me and said “We’re thinking about doing this. Do you want to do it?” It wasn’t even, you know… they didn’t really even have to ask me. I’d had some summer solo tours lined up, and some other things lined up, and I just emptied out my schedule, period. Being a friend of Ronnie’s, and not only having Wendy be my manager but be a friend of mine, and knowing these guys it was an honor to do this, and to celebrate Ronnie. So there was no doubt I would do it. I was excited. I thought right away that we should look into another singer as well because I didn’t want in *any* way for it to look like — at least from my point of view — someone was trying to replace Ronnie. I think that bringing Toby in makes it more of a celebration. It has more of the spirit of what we’re doing.

D: I admit I haven’t kept up with Toby’s career. I know he was in Little Angels a while back, and didn’t he just produce the latest Saxon album? Is he more behind the scenes now?

TRO: He’s sung for Fastway for years now; he just did the new Fastway record. And yeah, he does a lot of producing and stuff like that now. He’s still out there — the difference is he was bigger in the UK than the US. That’s what’s even more exciting for me when we did the European leg of the tour. I don’t think at that time we were positive what we were gonna do on this US leg — if we were gonna have Toby, or an American, or we were gonna have somebody else — but once we did that leg of the tour, I came back and the first thing I did was call Wendy and say “There’s no question Toby has to do this. He gets it and he’s great to be with.” So even if, over here, he didn’t have as big of a following, it was a no-brainer to me. He’s great and he’s fun to be with.

D: It makes sense that you would be with these guys, due to all the history between you, Wendy, and the guys. But what was the connection with Toby? Were some of you friends with him? Did you admire his work?

TRO: Originally I think it was an agent who was booking the European tour. We were talking about it and he kinda said “You know, I got a guy. You should check into Toby Jepson.” I think that’s what did it.

CG: Yeah. We were considering who we could have as a guest vocalist. And when he found that out, it was exactly as Tim said — he said, “I got a guy for you.” (laughs)

D: The “I got a guy…” thing. (laughs)

CG: “I got a guy!”

TRO: “I got a guy who knows a guy who has a friend who knows a guy…” (laughs)

D: How did you decide what songs to play? I’ve seen set lists from some European shows, and I’m assuming it was the same set every night, where it looked like a “best of” type set. Was there ever an idea to pull out some more atypical songs?

TRO: We did!

CG: Yeah, we did. At first we were gonna go out and do all the songs that we hardly ever did, as a special treat for the fans. But then little by little, as we were putting everything all together, one, and trying to make it special for the fans, two, the more we thought of it it was like what Tim was saying — it’s a celebration of Ronnie’s music. And then Wendy decided it should be more of the classics, especially when we first started, to pay more honor to Ronnie’s music that, you know, unifies everybody — everybody knows these particular songs. And then like Tim had said, this time around we snuck in a couple of songs that we haven’t played before, ever. Depending on how things go — we’re supposed to be doing more in January and February — and I’m sure we’re gonna be slotting in a few more surprises here and there. Especially with YouTube, you don’t want to do the same set every time because people will say, “Why should I go? I can just watch it on YouTube.”

D: Well, that may be true but something like this project is pretty unique…

CG: Very. It’s an experience that any Dio fan should do. You can talk about what it is, and the true heart behind it — we have true and pure intentions and everything — but once you see the crowd actually start to connect with the band, we’re reuniting Ronnie’s fans with his music, live. There comes a special moment every single night where the crowd and the band just kind of unifies and becomes one. It’s a great connection. It’s *such* a great experience. It’s just really beautiful.

D: So what was the process? You get the list of songs but now you have to decide who sings what, or maybe there will be some duets. How did that work?

TRO: It just came together. It was funny ’cause we started with one idea, then we started rehearsing and it started changing. We had to figure out which ones fit the voice, and you know, it really started at the first rehearsal. I mapped it out originally, kinda thought about it, and then when we started rehearsing it changed right away. Sometimes we actually mix it up; we change it up anyways. We even change it up now. I used to sing “Man On The Silver Mountain” by myself, but I said to Toby, “Why don’t you sing this with me?” So we mix it up a lot, but we try to get a game plan and work on it.

D: Craig, I came across a statement you’d made online — I’m not sure how long after Ronnie had passed that you made it — where you basically said he was the reason anyone even knows who you are.

CG: That’s right.

D: It was very heartfelt and profound. I know what you said earlier about this being like a family, and celebrating a lost loved one, but was there ever any reluctance, or fear that this project might not come off well?

CG: Oh, of course. Yeah. It’s just the human factor alone, there’s that “Is this going to be what we hope it can be?” There was plenty of that at first. (laughs)

D: You all seem pretty easygoing, and you’re veterans of this lifestyle. Is this fun, like a normal band would be on tour, or is there more pressure than a regular tour? How is this different?

TRO: I don’t feel any pressure. It’s fun in different ways. Obviously it’s more emotional than any tour that you would do. I mean, on stage every night emotions just pour out of you, really. It’s amazing how they come out every night.

CG: I know.

TRO: Right? We did a whole European tour and then last night I *really* had some emotions. It’s just like, you know, everybody has a sense of humor, everybody gets along, we’re all friends, we’ve known each other for years. Then you get Toby to come in, who’s like somebody who’s known each other for years. The crew, management, Steve [Mignardi] the tour manager, everything… So it’s a mixed thing. Yeah we have fun but on the other hand, you know… These guys — for me to turn around and see these guys doing it — I think it’s probably what makes it even more emotional for me, ’cause you’re standing on stage with Ronnie’s band… What I’d usually do is load my equipment up before Ronnie played and open up for him, you know? (laughs) I’d rather be doing that now. But I think that’s probably even more of the emotions — I tell you, you can just channel him, you can feel him looking down going “You just did that wrong, Tim.” (laughs)

CG: (cracks up)

TRO: You know? Right?

D: Do any of you feel like you have to be perfect every night, to be true to the legacy?

CG: There’s a little bit of that, yeah, but I mean…

TRO: Well I do that for myself anyway.

CG: Exactly.

TRO: I’m my own worst critic. Being perfect, I would want to do that for every show, whether it’s singing at my restaurant or singing at Bob’s Grill, or an arena.

CG: That’s right. Yeah. It’s a little bit of both.

TRO: (pointing to Craig) He *is* perfect every night.

CG: (laughs)

D: You touched on this a bit. I read some of the European reviews and every single one commented on how emotional the whole evening was, from the people outside waiting in line before the show to the looks on your faces while you’re playing. Does that get any easier to deal with?

CG: Not for me. It just switches. One night it might be one song and the next night it might be another song. Or it might be a moment because of memories. It might be because I see someone in the crowd breaking down. It’s just different every night.

TRO: Yeah, you really see it in people’s faces, but it does change with different songs. (pauses to think) I can’t remember which one it was last night but I remember talking between, the song ended… I dunno. I do a lot of staring upwards during the show.

CG: (laughs)

TRO: There’s a lot of pointing to the sky, horns held high…

D: Tim, obviously everyone knows your background now. You followed one legendary singer when you joined Judas Priest. And this is very different — as you said earlier, you are not replacing anyone here — but how does it feel to be walking in another legend’s shoes?

TRO: It’s totally different with this one, due to the fact that I’m not replacing anyone. I sing… You know, my voice fits the songs.

CG: Yes.

TRO: But it’s me singing like myself. So I don’t feel it. Once again I feel more pressure of just singing the songs well, as I want to sing as my own self. You know, listen… there’s only one Ronnie. You can take an army — you can take a choir of singers — and they’re not gonna be Ronnie up on the stage. I’m just there being myself and celebrating. That’s all I want to do. And good night or bad, it’s always from the heart up on stage. That’s all I can do, is get up there and do that.

CG: That’s right.

TRO: But it is *totally* different doing the Judas Priest thing, and now, because I was always going to be in that shadow, of Rob, and fill his shoes. But this is not even the same thing.

D: Has anyone criticized this project?

CG: At first — that’s what ties back in to the earlier questions about worries or pressure about pulling this thing off the way we hoped to. There were a lot of naysayers. There’s always going to be those types of people, who think we’re in it for the wrong reasons. It was nice, though, because afterwards the reviews were really very flattering.

TRO: It stopped it.

CG: A lot of it stopped.

TRO: A lot of it stopped once that first [show happened]… It was nice. ‘Cause they *saw* it.

CG: Yeah, yeah. Exactly. And we would say stuff like that in the interviews sometimes. We’d say “Once you see the looks on our faces…” Because you can read and you can hear but when you see it face-to-face, one-on-one so to speak, then you know whether it’s real or not. You’re always gonna know if it’s real or not. But you have to go and see for yourself. You can’t just sit back on a couch and make judgment calls when you haven’t even experienced it, or met someone, or been there firsthand.

D: This is probably a dumb question but was anybody surprised by the global outpouring when Ronnie passed away? If you were online at all you saw statements coming out every day from every band, every musician. Other performers have passed away — and this year has also been kind of ugly — but I’ve never seen anything like what happened with Ronnie.

CG: Well just because of knowing him, and him being such a nice person, he gave his all to everybody. Every single person he met, he would give his all to that person. And he never stopped. So to someone who didn’t know him it would probably seem quite surprising that he touched so many lives and was such a big deal. But being with him in his band for so many years, and all the guys — Scott, Simon, and Rudy, and everybody that’s ever been in his band and worked with him on a daily basis — had all seen the same thing. We’d see how much time he put in to his fans and how much time he’d put into people. You just don’t forget that kind of thing.

D: Are there any plans to record and release something, maybe to raise money for cancer research? A live DVD or something?

CG: I think we’re getting ready to do something like that.

TRO: We’re in the works, figuring it out. We’re taking it one step at a time, and making sure we do it right. The Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is something different than Dio Disciples, and if Dio Disciples does do something for that, we’d put it out there saying in big bold letters that we’re doing something. But at this moment it’s a different entity. But we are looking, at the end of this American run, to get a concert on DVD, and doing some interviews. But like I said, you know, we just to make sure we do it right. Even tour-wise we just get one tour at a time and don’t look down the road too far.

D: It just seems like a logical thing to do, given Ronnie’s past record of helping people, with Hear ‘N Aid and other endeavors. It would seem to be another cool way to honor him.

CG: That’s right.

TRO: Wendy really does a great thing with the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. It’s really amazing. She has so many big, big, big things coming up — it’s just amazing what she’s doing with that, it really is. This next year there are a lot of big things coming up. I know she’s looking at doing a record the right way, with big celebrity guests and artists, and doing concerts. But those are things she’s doing, the right way. It’s amazing, the money she’s already raised on that, and I can’t imagine how much money she’s going to raise this coming year.

D: You’ve mentioned there are more Dio Disciples tour dates coming. But would you consider recording a studio album?

CG: If it made sense, yes. But it’s just like Ripper was saying — we’re doing everything just as long as it’s right, and we don’t really look too far down the road. You do have to treat this thing a special sort of way because we’re honoring his legacy. So if that’s the next step we take in the natural course of honoring his legacy then that answer would be yes. But we don’t want to do something that looks to people like, “Okay, here we go! Let’s go try to make some money off this thing!” ‘Cause that’s exactly what people would think — that’s what they thought when we first started this. So little by little we want to let it take its natural course and let it grow its natural way. If that’s the course it takes then that’s what we’ll do. It would be great to do something like that — I mean, the talent that’s on this stage with Ripper and Toby, and Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright and Scott Warren — it would be a shame not to. But like Ripper was saying, at the same time it needs to be done right if it’s gonna be done at all.

D: Of course. I just wondered about the future of this project. Tim, are you still with Yngwie Malmsteen’s band? He’s got a tour coming up. Then there’s a new Charred Walls Of The Damned record coming out.

TRO: Yeah, I’m on that Yngwie tour. And the thing about Charred Walls Of The Damned [with drummer Richard Christy] is it was a very well-received album — the first one got good reviews; the new one comes out in October, and it’s getting great reviews again — but it doesn’t really take up my time because we don’t tour. It’s out on Metal Blade and the album does fairly well, but we both kind of have other things. The Yngwie thing doesn’t really take up time, either; it’s just a little bit of a tour. The things that take up most of my time next year, especially, would be Dio Disciples and then my solo stuff. I’ll probably tour solo most of the time. But this is gonna be the big one for me.

D: The reason I asked about a studio album is because I want to know if there could be something related to Ronnie. There have been rumors that MAGICA 2 was in the works.

CG: Yes, he and I were writing that together.

D: Or would you consider forming a “new” band without any obvious reference to the past?

TRO: What I think would end up happening is, well, obviously you can’t have a band name with the word Dio in there, and I think Disciples is probably already taken…

CG: (laughs)

TRO: Whatever we do, you know, we’ll figure out a name using all the letters from our last names. It will make no sense whatsoever — we’ll make up our own word so someone can’t take the name.

CG: So someone can’t take the name…? (laughs)

D: I heard there was a show canceled on this tour?

CG: Yeah, Minnesota tomorrow night.

TRO: I’m not exactly sure what was going on…

CG: Actually, we’re not getting along but we just decided to make it seem like everything’s cool. (laughs)

TRO: Yep, Chicago is it!

CG: No, we really don’t know why but it wasn’t our call.

TRO: I think Ronnie looked down and said, “Ninth show in a row? Let’s get rid of that!” (laughs)

I think Ronnie would be proud of these guys. Take a look at the various live videos all over YouTube if you still need convincing that they mean it, and are in it for the right reasons. And stay tuned to the Dio Disciples Facebook page for announcements of new tour dates.

Relevant links:

Dio

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

http://www.myspace.com/dioofficial

http://twitter.com/OfficialRJDio

Dio Disciples

http://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund

http://diocancerfund.org/

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Dio Disciples/The Last Vegas
House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
September 29, 2011

I never got to see Heaven & Hell so with Ronnie James Dio’s passing last year I figured that, outside of a band covering a song here or there, I’d heard the last of Dio’s music in a live setting. Then came word of the Dio Disciples tribute/celebration project earlier this year — hope was not lost! I thought it was cool Ronnie’s band reconvened to do this, but I admit I was extremely curious about the selection of co-singers Tim “Ripper” Owens and Toby Jepson (Little Angels, Fastway, Gun). I’m a fan of Owens, but I wondered how he’d hold up under the scrutiny of Dio’s ardent followers, and I had no idea how Jepson would fit into the vocal mix with Owens. Could these guys really pull it off? And would anyone be overcome with emotion? So many questions and expectations for this night…

The Last Vegas (40 mins.)

I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of this Chicago band, but they definitely have my attention now. Their fun, rocking nine- or ten-song set was full of brash, catchy, sleazy hard rock in the vein of vintage Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Skid Row, with a little Jet-like rock and Motorhead-like speed/punk sprinkled in for good measure. Singer Chad Cherry kept me guessing all night; at first I actually thought he was the Mick Jagger-clone contestant from CBS’ old “Rock Star: INXS” TV show. I mean, wow, this guy had all the slippery swagger of the Stones front man. His vocals were all over the place, in a good way. He’s got (at least) two distinct voices like an Axl Rose or Sebastian Bach, and at times he also sounded a lot like Tesla’s Jeff Keith. And he paid homage to Dio’s demonic mascot Murray by pointing back at the huge DIO banner and saying “That thing used to scare me as a kid!” Any way you slice it, he was a very charismatic and capable front man. Guitarists Adam Arling and Johnny Wator ably traded off on the solos, bassist Danny Smash held everything together, and drummer Nate Arling pounded and kept me amused with his old-school style.

Put it this way — I liked what I saw and heard so much that after The Last Vegas’ set I scurried back to the merch area to pick up their 2009 release WHATEVER GETS YOU OFF (co-produced by the band and heavyweights Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, and Marti Frederiksen) and chat briefly with Cherry. I certainly hope to see more of this band, and a new album is due very soon.

Dio Disciples (95 mins.)
intro / Stand Up And Shout / Holy Diver / Don’t Talk To Strangers (w/ short drum solo) / The Shed (Subtle) / Kill The King / Egypt (The Chains Are On) / medley: Catch The Rainbow/Stargazer / The Mob Rules / Discovery (tape) / Magica Theme / Lord Of The Last Day / All The Fools Sailed Away / band intro’s / The Last In Line / Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Man On The Silver Mountain / Heaven & Hell // Rainbow In The Dark / We Rock

Here we go… I’d seen the set list from a couple of recent European shows so I thought I knew what I was in for. The curtain parted and there was the band: guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Rudy Sarzo, keyboardist Scott Warren, and drummer Simon Wright. After a short, taped intro featuring Ronnie’s voice speaking some of his song and album titles poetically, Tim “Ripper” Owens walked out and they broke into a trio of classics from HOLY DIVER. Immediately, I was happily surprised at how easily Owens’ voice melded into these songs. He’s not a mere Dio clone by any stretch of the imagination, and it just *worked*. The opening salvo ended with a brief solo by Wright. Then it got interesting…

I expected Toby Jepson to come out for the next song but instead Owens introduced a “Rainbow classic” that I just did *not* recognize. It started with a tasty solo from Goldy, and then opened up into a stomping groove. I was at a loss and only found out much later that the track was “The Shed (Subtle)” off of 1978’s LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. Deep cut, there, eh? (Okay, so, I just proved I’m not a true Dio Disciple — a Dio Acolyte, perhaps?) Rainbow burner “Kill The King” ensued, and Jepson finally emerged, to duet with Owens. Killer, indeed.

After another nice Goldy spotlight solo, Jepson took center stage for “Catch The Rainbow” and did a great job. His warmer tone was a nice contrast/juxtaposition to Owens’ more metallic bent. He fit in seamlessly, too, with no hints of apprehension at all. In fact, he commanded the stage and got the crowd going even more than they already were. Owens came back out during the medley with “Stargazer.” Of course there was a medley — it *is* a celebration of all things Dio, right?

Owens and the band ripped through the first Black Sabbath tune of the evening, “The Mob Rules.” This classic rocker was always a highlight of Dio’s live set for me, and the Disciples’ rendition held true to form. Next up was a parcel of material from Dio’s concept album, 2000’s MAGICA, complete with intro tape “Discovery” and lush instrumental “Magica Theme,” followed up by the plodding “Lord Of The Last Day,” sung by Jepson. Then came the lone DREAM EVIL track, “All The Fools Sailed Away,” with both singers sharing the load.

After a brief pause to introduce the band members and catch a breath, Jepson sang the mellow intro to “The Last In Line” before Owens took over when it kicked in. Awesome, simply put. These guys were kicking ass and taking names, all in the name of Ronnie. Owens handled “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” with its requisite crowd sing-along, before another duet on the final Rainbow song, “Man On The Silver Mountain.” The second and final Sabbath track, the epic “Heaven & Hell,” closed the main part of the set and, curiously, did *not* include the extra section that Ronnie always added in live versions. Afterwards the band left the stage but we knew it wouldn’t be for long…

The guys came back out after a pretty short break. Someone in the front row handed Owens a Budweiser tall boy, with which he promptly proposed a toast to Ronnie, and the crowd happily joined in. He then sang a great version of “Rainbow In The Dark,” before pointing out Ronnie’s widow Wendy in one of the opera boxes overlooking the stage. He asked the crowd to wave, say “Thanks, Wendy!,” and blow her a kiss. And we did. :) The night ended with one more duet, on the smokin’ “We Rock.”

So if you’re keeping score at home, the European set lists I saw included “King Of Rock And Roll,” “Neon Knights,” “Straight Through The Heart,” “Children Of The Sea,” and “Killing The Dragon,” but we got “The Shed (Subtle),” “Kill The King,” “The Mob Rules,” “All The Fools Sailed Away,” and the MAGICA suite. An interesting trade, to be sure.

But more important than dissecting the set list, I just want to say that these guys did a fantastic job of keeping Ronnie’s spirit alive without letting anything overwhelm them. This was still a rock ‘n’ roll party, not a funereal occasion. (Rudy Sarzo’s animated, finger-licking antics put an exclamation point on that. :)) There were numerous acknowledgements of the fallen icon, with metal horns galore and Owens gazing upwards from time to time, but the guys struck an excellent balance between reverence and celebration. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the evolution of this project.

Relevant links:

Dio

http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/

http://www.facebook.com/OfficialRonnieJamesDio

http://www.myspace.com/dioofficial

http://twitter.com/OfficialRJDio

Dio Disciples

http://www.facebook.com/DioDisciples

The Last Vegas

http://www.thelastvegas.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thelastvegas

http://www.myspace.com/thelastvegas

http://www.reverbnation.com/thelastvegas

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-Stay tuned for a mini-issue Friday with my special report on the Dio Disciples. – Tim

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-Rock, Drink And F*ck — New Manowar Power Package On Sale Now!

[Note: We strategically placed an asterisk throughout this press release. If you want to follow the URL below, change it back. :) - Tim]

Manowarriors & Pleasure Slaves, watch out! Now you can truly live the Manowar motto. The Kingdom Of Steel has restocked one of their most popular items: The Manowar “Warrior’s Shield” Condoms! The perfect way to have ultimate fun in a responsible way.

As a special treat we have created a new Power Package for you that provides all the tools you need to enjoy life the Manowar way:

http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1201/Manowar-Power-Package-Rock%2C-Drink-and-F*ck

The Manowar Power Package “Rock, Drink And F*ck” contains:

1 x Manowar “Warrior’s Shield” Condoms (set of five condoms) — Make sure you have them with you for your next Manowar show. You never know…

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A combined value of almost $60.00 for only $44.95.

All items, including the restocked “Warrior’s Shields” are also available as individual items at the Kingdom Of Steel.

Have fun and be safe!

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-Seven Witches Guitarist Jack Frost Featured In New Instructional Course

Band To Open For Armored Saint This Fall

“Epic Rhythm Guitar Power,” the new instructional DVD course from Guitar Control features Seven Witches main man/guitar wizard Jack Frost giving in-depth lessons on “the four big secrets to epic rhythm guitar power.” The epic three-DVD/26-page tab package is broken down into four sections:

Big Rhythm Secret #1 – “Borrow From The Legends”
Big Rhythm Secret #2 – “Create An Epic Wall Of Sonic Power”
Big Rhythm Secret #3 – “Master The Right Hand”
Big Rhythm Secret #4 – “Bring On The ‘Frostitude'”

Check out a video sample at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3434 .

For more info and to order, go to http://ws1.rhythmguitarpower.com/main.php .

Seven Witches will be supporting legendary metallers Armored Saint on three special East Coast dates later this fall.

Commented Frost: “I am stoked to do this run of dates with my brothers in Armored Saint. This is a killer paring for the East Coast, but for me it’s a dream come true. Not only am I a fan of Saint’s music, but there are so many family ties with those guys since Joey Vera for several years played bass — on albums and live — in Seven Witches and he has mastered, engineered, and/or mixed on all the Witches albums since EXILED TO INFINITY AND ONE in 2002. It’s gonna be a fun night and Witches will try our best to warm you all up for the mighty Saint. This is also a very special for us because it will be a one-time run with this special lineup. We will be playing new music from our latest album CALL UPON THE WICKED, the classics we are known for, plus dusting off a few we haven’t played in a while.”

Seven Witches w/ Armored Saint:
11/30/2011 Ollie’s Point Bar – Amityville, NY
12/02/2011 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
12/03/2011 The Studio at Webster Hall – New York, NY

Seven Witches touring lineup (for AS dates)
Alan Tecchio (Hades, Non Fiction, Autumn Hour) – Vocals
Paul Marciano (Die Hard Till Death, ex-Belladonna) – Drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X) – Bass
Jack Frost (Bronx Casket Co., ex-Savatage, Lizzy Borden, Belladonna) – Guitar

Seven Witches recently released their CALL UPON THE WICKED full-length in North America via FrostByte Records. CALL UPON THE WICKED was recorded at Lickman Studios by Frost with co-producers Mike LePond and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), who also mixed the record.

“Seven Witches is a major force in keeping this style and the roots alive and in ass kicking headbanging metal, this is pure heavy metal thunder the ’80s way, anthemic, hellraising, and adrenalizing…” — Hellride

“CALL UPON THE WICKED is solid, especially if you’re looking for potent prog-power metal.” — Metal Underground

“…a keeper for those who appreciate classic metal.” — Sea Of Tranquility

http://www.myspace.com/jackfrostsevenwitches

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-Official Statement Of Edu Falaschi

[Note: This is from http://almah.com.br/eng/ . - Steve]

Dear friends,

At last I would like to clarify some facts about my voice with all the sincerity, humility and integrity that I may have.

For over 20 years I have worked without a day off in the Heavy Metal style, and we all know how difficult and technically demanding it is. Joining Angra I had to fit a particularly high way of singing, which was totally out of my range, and of the vast majority of the singers! At the time I took the responsibility and faced all the pressure. But 10 years ago it was much easier due to the physical factor, excitement and age. I started to feel, year after year, gradually, the difficulties of singing something so high and out of my natural trait. I fought to the end! I did everything possible to continue to sing the songs, particularly the old ones, always in high pitches, because the melodic metal audience has ever “demanded” this of us singers. But unfortunately, today, older and more experienced, I assume that I am no longer able to sing so high. I am extremely tired and feeling the weight of all that in my voice, including the region that has always been the most comfortable for me! I’m a baritone singer who dominates the mediums and lows, with drive, singing with a more aggressive chest voice, as I did in Symbols and do in Almah. I have conquered many things and built much of my story with my own style.

Therefore, I made a decision, thinking only and exclusively about the health of my voice and integrity of my career, which I have built with so much struggle and dedication. After fulfilling all the promotional activities of MOTION, scheduled until the end of the year, I will stop indefinitely to finally rest and be able to deal properly with my health. But I have to point out that from today on I’ll just sing whatever is in my natural range, be it in Angra or any other band, for my own good! I want to be who I really am, instead of being what people want me to be! In the meantime, I’ll continue with my activities as a producer and composer, which are things I love doing, and will not harm at all the progress of my recovery.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the fans who always supported me and defend me unconditionally! I will always do my best writing and singing good music for you guys, with all my truth and emotion! This is the first step to a new time in my life! I have confidence in the future and will always be passionate about the greatest music ever, HEAVY METAL!

Edu Falaschi

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-Gotthard: Steve Lee’s Dream Will Live On

Day of death has its first anniversary on the 5th of October — Steve will live on through the live album HOMEGROWN and the continuation of the US bike tour.

LUGANO — Gotthard will release the long-since announced and highly anticipated live album entitled HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO on the 30th of September. The album comes out only a few days before the first anniversary of Steve Lee’s day of death on the 5th of October. At the same time, bassist Marc Lynn has already travelled to the USA to follow Lee’s dream through: in commemoration of the exceptional artist he will drive along the route again that was planned one year ago, together with the other friends that were present on the fateful day in 2010.

Together with Marc Lynn, his wife Anja and 18 other friends, the helmet that Steve Lee wore to the last will go on the journey with them. Lee had bought him shortly before his death in the USA and wore him on his last day. Since then, it acts as a memento for his parents — now it’ll go on a motorbike trip one last time, in place of Steve Lee. “The trip shall help us digesting the inexplicable and finally putting Steve’s death behind ourselves,” states bassist Lynn. “We’ll remember him, cry over him and for sure will be able to laugh at many a beautiful memories.”

The album HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO that will be released on the 30th of September also bears witness to strong amicable ties. It contains audio footage of the concert that took place on the 17th of July in Lugano, which was recorded over the course of the band’s concert in their hometown. It was one of the last concerts with Steve Lee.

“Music has allowed us to travel round the whole world together during the last 20 years,” guitarist Leo Leoni summarizes. “In doing so, we’ve shared lots of unforgettable moments that rank among the best times of our lives. Anyhow, returning to Lugano has always been something special. It’s the place we belong to and where we have strong and deep roots.”

HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO marks the end of an era for Gotthard. Currently, the band is searching for a new singer and will soon start a new chapter in the band’s history.

Meanwhile, Marc Lynn and his companions experience what has always been Steve Lee’s dream: riding the motorcycle through the Southern states of the US for two weeks. He was only able to live this dream for 1,000 kilometers. “We owe him bringing this ambition to an end now,” comments Marc Lynn. “That trip has really been his biggest dream.”

http://www.gotthard.com/

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-Rhapsody Of Fire Announces New Second Guitar Player

Rhapsody Of Fire proudly announces the name of the second guitar player who will join them on stage: Italian guitar player Roberto De Micheli.

After weeks of considering whom among thousands of guitar players would be chosen to join the band on their upcoming world tour, Rhapsody Of Fire had finally selected the very best guitarist out of many great guitar players wanting to tour with them.

Alex Staropoli says: “With so many very good guitar players to chose from, it took time and great care to find the absolute best guitar player for us. In the end, we decided on Roberto De Micheli due to his complete mastery of the guitar, his unique abilities to amaze all those who hear and watch him play live, and his complete dedication as a musician. I have known Roberto De Micheli since the early 1990s. The decision to finally chose him over all other guitarists in the world to play with us became very obvious and natural the more we considered all our options. After so many years, he is still highly devoted to his instrument. He remains passionate and enthusiastic about rehearsing and playing music many hours every day. He is also a perfect fit for Rhapsody Of Fire because he continues the band’s tradition of being a truly professional, polite and a positive person to work with. Roberto De Micheli and Tom Hess are already working together on their guitar parts for the upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire tour, that’s just very exciting! The huge anticipation of the band’s new lineup, sound and upcoming world tour has been something much greater and more exciting than we have ever experienced before from fans all over the world.”

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com/

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-Iced Earth: World Dystopia Tour

[Note: This is from a Metaltix newsletter. - Tim]

Just a few weeks left until Iced Earth are going to start their upcoming “Dystopia World Tour.” During the end of the year you can see them life performing the new album in different cities in Europe.

As special offer Iced Earth provides VIP tickets on their homepage! Besides the normal ticket these VIP packages includes a Meet & Greet with Iced Earth, a signed tour poster, a shirt and some different gimmicks. For more information about the VIP package you can have a look here: http://www.icedearth.com/tour

As support on the European parts of the tour Fury UK and White Wizzard will hit the road with Iced Earth.

Tour dates:

Iced Earth [Fury UK, White Wizzard]

30.10.2011 GER Bochum Zeche
01.11.2011 NED Amsterdam Melkweg
02.11.2011 NED Uden De Pul
03.11.2011 BEL Antwerp Trix
04.11.2011 GBR London O2 Islington Academy
05.11.2011 GBR Birmingham O2 Academy
06.11.2011 GBR Bristol O2 Academy
08.11.2011 FRA Paris Alhambra
09.11.2011 FRA Lyon Transbordeur
10.11.2011 ESP Barcelona Salamandra 1
11.11.2011 ESP Madrid Sala Heineken
12.11.2011 ESP Bilbao Rock Star Live
14.11.2011 ITA Milano Alcatraz
15.11.2011 ITA Rome Alpheus
18.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
19.11.2011 GRE Athens Gagarin 205
20.11.2011 GRE Thessaloniki Principal Club
21.11.2011 BUL Sofia Yubileina Hall
22.11.2011 ROM Bucarest The Silver Church
23.11.2011 SER Belgrade SKC
24.11.2011 HUN Budapest Club 202
25.11.2011 SVK Bratislava Majestic Music Club
26.11.2011 POL Warsaw Stodola
27.11.2011 LTU Vilnius Forum Palace
29.11.2011 RUS Moscow Tochka Club
01.12.2011 FIN Helsinki Nosturi
03.12.2011 DEN Copenhagen The Rock
04.12.2011 GER Hamburg Markthalle
06.12.2011 GER Herford X
07.12.2011 GER Köln Essigfabrik
08.12.2011 GER München Backstage Werk
09.12.2011 GER Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival
10.12.2011 SWI Pratteln Z7
11.12.2011 GER Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik
13.12.2011 TUR Istanbul Refresh The Venue
15.12.2011 CYP Nicosia Pavilion

Tickets for the shows you’ll find here!

http://www.metaltix.com/item_list.php?item_cat=4532

For more information have a look on the Iced Earth homepage!

http://www.icedearth.com/tour

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-Arrayan Path New Album — IRA IMPERIUM

Features A Guest Appearance By Tony Martin; Free Track Available For Download

Pitch Black Records is thrilled to announce the release of Arrayan Path’s third album, which as previously announced will be titled IRA IMPERIUM. A follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed TERRA INCOGNITA (nominated for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award) IRA IMPERIUM can only be described with one word: MASTERPIECE! Fans of melodic epic power metal should brace themselves!

IRA IMPERIUM features a guest appearance by the legendary Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and also sees the return of Vagelis Maranis (Sanvoisen) lending his voice on several songs. The main voice throughout the album remains the same of course; that of Nicholas Leptos, the driving force behind Arrayan Path whose unmistakable charismatic voice is the finishing touch to the brilliantly passionate sound of Arrayan Path. Completing the lineup are Socrates Leptos and Alexis Kleidaras on guitars, Vagelis Maranis on bass, George Kallis on keyboards and Stefan Dittrich on drums.

Recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany, IRA IMPERIUM is released worldwide on November 4th (November 7th in the UK) with a bonus track featured on the CD version. Also through major MP3 stores, while a limited edition will also be available for diehard fans, details of which will be revealed later.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list already had the chance to check out an exclusive free download track off the album and that track is now available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ . More free download tracks will be announced soon.

Track listing:
1. Dies Irae
2. Gnosis Of Prometheus
3. Ira Imperium (The Damned)
4. Kiss Of Kali
5. Katherine Of Aragon
6. 77 Days ‘Til Doomsday
7. Emir Of The Faithful
8. Hollow Eyes Of Nefertiti
9. Amenophis
10. Lost Ithaca
11. I Sail Across The Seven Seas
12. The Fall Of Mardonius
13. The Poet Aftermath (CD bonus)

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords

http://www.twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds

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-Z Records News

Prophet Reveal All-New Artwork For RECYCLED

Prophet’s third classic album RECYCLED will be reissued by Z Records on October 24th. The long deleted album has been re-mastered and serviced with all-new artwork can be pre-ordered and viewed at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Prophet have also been added to the Z Rock 2012 festival in England on May 5th. Tickets are currently available at the Z store at a special discounted rate for a short period so check it out.

Paul Sabu Studio Update

Paul Sabu has entered the studio in L.A. immediately after the success of his CALL OF THE WILD release by Z Records during July this year. Paul is now hard at work on new material in the vein of his classic HEARTBREAK and ONLY CHILD releases, something that has been on many fans’ wish lists for many years.

The all-new album currently has the working title BLOODY HELL and may feature such titles as “Back To Back,” “Rock In The Road,” “Bite Til It Hurts,” “Read My Eyes,” “Bang It Out” and “Bangkok Rules” when released during March 2012 to coincide with Paul’s debut appearance on UK soil on May 5th at Z Rock 2012. Further details can be found at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

http://www.zrecords.net/

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-Charred Walls Of The Damned Full Album Stream Of COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS Up On Website Of Rock Hard Magazine, Germany! Album Out In Europe October 7th/10th!

Charred Walls Of The Damned is teaming up with Rock Hard Germany for the streaming of the entire new album COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS! Please surf over to Rock Hard magazine to listen to the album! The album stream is live from the 3rd of October until the 10th of October!

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/charred-walls-of-the-damned.html

Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again joined forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording 12 songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS as a “perfect storm of producing” — Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Fans can hear the second single, “Ashes Falling Upon Us,” as well as place pre-orders now on http://www.metalblade.com/cwotd .

COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS track listing:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead The Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire The Heroes
12. Avoid The Light

COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS will be released October 7th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

In other news Richard Christy has partnered up with Modern Drummer Magazine to premiere his studio performance video for the song “Admire The Heroes.” Richard filmed his drum takes while recording COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS at the Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, FL earlier this year. Those takes from two different cameras were edited into the video you can see on ModernDrummer.com here:

http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2011/09/richard-christy-admire-the-heroes-studio-drumming-video-debuts-on-moderndrummer-com/

Christy’s approach to this record was that he wanted a more organic and spontaneous sounding album. Amazingly, drums were recorded in a mere two days and the video is evidence to his ability to record the songs in an entire, contiguous take.

http://www.metalblade.com/cwotd

http://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned

http://twitter.com/cwotd

http://richardchristy.com/

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-Voodoo Highway BROKEN UNCLE’S INN Worldwide Digital Album Release

The Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway are going to release their debut album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN (physical edition already sold out) on October 14th 2011 — digital distribution worldwide.

BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is actually defined by most as a true revelation in the classic rock scenario and contains a concentrate of the best ’70s and ’80s hard rock…

- “BROKEN UNCLE’S INN is literally fabulous and totally ROCKS!!” (Fireworks Magazine – UK)
– “Energy, madness, power is the album.” (Rockoverdose – Greece)
– “A style that is defined by most as a perfect cross between the sounds of the ’70s Deep Purple and Rainbow, and the issues of most modern bands.” (BeRock.com)

The band’s LP will be available all over the world on the major distribution channels like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, MTV Music, HMV, Napster, Roadrunner Records Music, Vodafone and many more for a total of about 250 shops all over the globe.

Voodoo Highway would dearly like to thank their manager Axel W. at “Rock N Growl” for the great work with the band.

Web

http://www.facebook.com/pages/VOODOO-HIGHWAY/107889722591097

http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway

http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-Twisted Tower Dire: Virginia Power Metallers To Headline NC Metalfest

Virginia-based power metal heavyweights Twisted Tower Dire perform as one of the main headliners of the NC Metalfest in Wilson, North Carolina. Scheduled to take place Saturday, October 8th, the full-day affair features three stages, with 30 bands from across the country performing, and showcasing Twisted Tower Dire will headlining the festivities alongside Widow, Blatant Disarray and more.

Twisted Tower Dire features guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture), bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement), and vocalist Johnny Aune (Viper) now replacing previous singer Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in February 2010.

Released in May via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, Twisted Tower Dire’s latest full-length MAKE IT DARK showcases some of the most matured and well-honed material in the band’s 16-year history, culminating their pillar elements of rock/metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months as Twisted Tower Dire schedule more live appearances and begin work on the follow-up to MAKE IT DARK.

“Along with bands like Jag Panzer and Pharaoh, they’ve championed the American style of power metal…” – Decibel

“…a terrific release that signals Twisted Tower Dire’s emphatic return to the forefront of traditional heavy metal. 9/10″ – Metal Assault

“MAKE IT DARK is everything a traditional metal album should sound like. 9/10″ – Hardrock Haven

“…one of the best hidden traditional metal acts in America today.” – Metal Army America

“…the band’s new material is top notch, over the top and well above that of their peers in the American underground traditional heavy metal genre. 4.5/5″ – Metal-Rules

“MAKE IT DARK will make unbelievers, believers.” – Blistering

http://www.twistedtowerdire.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Twisted-Tower-Dire/351013855588

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/cruzdelsurmusic

http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-Dan Swanö & Nightingale Return To The USA For OhioProg 2012

[Note: This was received in a private message from http://www.last.fm/user/nacho220 . - Steve]

I apologize if you received this news already. I’m trying hard to spread the word about OhioProg 2012 and may have contacted people multiple times.

I wanted to share this information about a new progressive rock festival we have started here in the US which sees Nightingale return to the USA for OhioProg 2012, Ohio’s premiere progressive rock festival. A total of eleven bands from five countries including Arena, Persephone’s Dream, FM and more. It will be held September 7, 8 & 9 of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio.

Tickets are available exclusively though the OhioProg 2012 “Pledge Your Ticket” program via Kickstarter starting November 4th, 2011 to January 2, 2012. Be sure to tell all your friends who might be interested as well and tell them to Pledge Their Ticket!

Hopefully you’d be interested in attending! We’d love to see you there. We hope that you can help spread the word also. Maybe someone you know would be interested if you weren’t interested yourself. Please, if you are interested sign up for the OhioProg mailing list on the website and/or “like” us on Facebook to receive updates about the festival and information about the bands as well as information about tickets from our “Pledge Your Ticket” program.

http://www.ohioprog.com/

http://www.facebook.com/ohioprog

http://www.twitter.com/ohioprog

Take care,

Allen Thompson
Operations Director, Co-Founder OhioProg

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-Hammers Of Misfortune Title Track Exclusively Streaming On Pitchfork.com! The New Full-Length Album 17TH STREET Out October 21st/24th!

With a newly-rejuvenated lineup and their signature sound intact, San Francisco’s Hammers Of Misfortune have returned with 17TH STREET, a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, Thrash, Doom, and American Folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these.

Fans can now check out the title track off 17TH STREET exclusively at http://www.pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12480-17th-street/ .

You can still listen to the first single “The Grain” and check out the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune/ .

17TH STREET track listing:
1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day The City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

17TH STREET will be released October 21st/24th on both CD and 180 gram double LP gatefold vinyl!

Hammers Of Misfortune are:
John Cobbett: guitar
Chewy Marzolo: drums
Sigrid Sheie: organ, piano, vocals, flute
Leila Abdul-Rauf: guitar, vocals
Joe Hutton: vocals
Max Barnett: bass

http://www.hammersofmisfortune.com/

http://www.myspace.com/hammersofmisfortune

http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune

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-Myon Signs With Rock N Growl

Finland’s melodic rockers Myon have inked a worldwide deal with Rock N Growl Management/Promotion.

Myon band: “Myon proudly presents the new management deal in courtesy of Rock N Growl Promotion! With this new management deal we expect great international success with our forthcoming album; VITALWORKS! We expect a great increase in live performances and touring. Also it is to be expected, that we will establish a more permanent and secure place within the European Central markets. And with this, more media visibility.”

The band’s fifth full-length album VITALWORKS is ready to release in 2012.

Myon’s fifth album VITALWORKS (COUNTDOWN TO GROUND ZERO) is done. With this album, you have access to the biggest unused resource — unique album with unique sound — in the music industry today. As earlier albums has proved, Myon’s tracks works for everybody involved in the rock scene. GROUND ZERO is a strong package of genius songs made with the highest level of professional touch.

The new single “After It’s Gone” proves that all once again. Myon is taking music to the new direction and brings the rock to the new era 2011. The VITALWORKS era has begun.

“After It’s Gone” video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLBLGsLxj0M

Band:
Jukka Nummi – vocals
Mika Pohjola – keyboards
Jyrki Laiho – guitars
Keijo Koivikko – bass
Matti Torro – drums

Web:

http://www.myonmusic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/myonmusic

http://www.facebook.com/Myonmusic

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-Line Of Fire/ARfm Special Offer: Free WORLDWIDE Shipping

In conjunction with ARfm, American Melodic Rockers Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records are launching a special offer in honor of its most loyal UK fan base. Beginning now, Line Of Fire’s second album MOMENTUM is being offered internationally for $13.99 USD with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING DIRECT FROM THE BAND!! That’s right, regardless of where you live in this great, big world, you can get MOMENTUM directly from Line Of Fire and Tribunal Records with FREE SHIPPING!

To make a very long, convoluted story as short as possible, we had some missteps and mishappenings with our distributor, which were completely out of Tribunal’s control, at the time of original release. As an unfortunate result our album was by and large not available at all to our non-American brothers and sisters. We only found this out, as did Tribunal Records, way after the fact. You can read the full story here, if you’d like:

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/how-three-indie-labels-took-over-a-failing-1005358962.story

So, we took matters into our own hands, went to the label, and they more than graciously agreed to offer FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING outside of the USA! Many thanks to ARfm, Steve Price, Paul Nicholls, and all of our global fans who have shown us love and support these many years! We apologize to all the international fans who contacted us not being able to get the album through their normal channels. This one’s for you, we hope it helps!

MOMENTUM was released in August 2010 received a 90/100 from Andrew McNeice @ MelodicRock.com as well as glowing reviews from Fireworks magazine and HardRockHaven.net, and SleazeRoxx.com.

You can view the “Making Of MOMENTUM” documentary here:

To order your copy of MOMENTUM with FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING, go here:

http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/line-of-fire-momentum-arfm-special-deal

http://www.tribunalrecords.net/

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-Metal Blade To Release Reissue Of Cirith Ungol’s SERVANTS OF CHAOS As Double Digi-Pak Three-Disc Package And Three-Gatefold-LP!

On November 18th/21st Metal Blade Records Europe will release a reissue of Cirith Ungol’s SERVANTS OF CHAOS. Since there is still a huge demand for this long out of print rarity compilation, Metal Blade has decided to make the album available again.

In collaboration with Cirith Ungol drummer Robert Garven Jr. the album will be released as a double-digi-pak featuring the two original CDs plus a bonus DVD. There will be a limited three-gatefold-LP version available as well!

The bonus DVD features the Cirith Ungol live show that took place the 9th of November, 1984, when the band performed at the Wolf & Rissmiller’s Club in Reseda, California.

Track listing bonus DVD:
Cirith Ungol – Live at Wolf & Rissmiller’s Country Club
November 9, 1984
1. I’m Alive
2. The Black Machine
3. Master Of The Pit
4. King Of The Dead
5. Death Of The Sun
6. Finger Of Scorn
7. Frost & Fire
8. Cirith Ungol

Lineup:
Tim Baker – vocals
Jerry Fogle – guitar
Robert Garven – drums
Michael “Flint” Vujea – bass

This live DVD is the first live relic ever to be released by Cirith Ungol!

Comments Robert Garven Jr.: “This amateur video was never meant to be released. The audio was taken off the mixing console. As we were an opening act, we had little or no sound check, room on stage, and restricted access to the lighting and sound. Even though, this rare and primitive video is one of the few ever taken of the band!”

Track listing SERVANTS OF CHAOS:
CD 1
1. Hype Performance
2. Last Laugh
3. Frost And Fire
4. Eyes
5. Better Off Dead
6. 100 MPH
7. I’m Alive
8. Bite Of The Worm
9. The Twith
10. Maybe That’s Why
11. Ill Met In Lankhmar
12. Return To Lankhmar
13. Darnkess Weaves
14. Withdance
15. Feeding The Ants
16. Obsidian

CD 2
1. Death Of The Sun
2. Fire
3. Fallen Idols
4. Chaos Rising
5. Fallen Idols
6. Paradise Lost
7. Join The Legion
8. Before The Lash
9. Atom Smasher (live)
10. Master Of The Pit (live)
11. King Of The Dead (live)
12. Last Laugh (live)
13. Cirith Ungol (live)
14. Secret Agent Man
15. Ferrari 30SQV

http://www.myspace.com/cirithungol

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-Sister Supporting Gwar On Upcoming European Tour In January!

Yes, it’s true! After securing highly attractive support slots for Fozzy and U.D.O., Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal band Sister have now been confirmed as support act for the European tour of the mighty Gwar, starting the 11th of January, 2012!

Comments the band: “When the rumors of a tour supporting Gwar first started circulating the whole band got excited right away! They are a band that really stands out from the rest and has been doing that for a long time. A cult band really!! Secondly it’s great to finally infect the UK with our presence and to round it all up back home in Stockholm couldn’t be better. Sister will kick it harder than ever and we’re looking forward to see all of you Gwar-heads and Sister supporters in January! F*ck, the tours just keep on coming our way. We love it!!”

GWAR
+ SISTER
11/01/12 – BE – Antwerp – Trix
12/01/12 – UK – Bristol – Bierkeller
13/01/12 – UK – London – Electric Ballroom
14/01/12 – UK – Coventry – Kasbah
15/01/12 – UK – Manchester – The Ritz
16/01/12 – UK – Belfast – Spring & Airbrake
17/01/12 – IE – Dublin – Button Factory
18/01/12 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
20/01/12 – UK – Swansea – Sin City
21/01/12 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
24/01/12 – UK – Portsmouth – Highlights
25/01/12 – DE – Bochum – Matrix
26/01/12 – DE – Bielefeld – Forum
27/01/12 – DK – Copenhagen – The Rock
28/01/12 – SE – Gothenburg – Brewhouse
29/01/12 – NO – Oslo – Rockefeller
30/01/12 – SE – Stockholm – Klubben

More Sister live dates:

FOZZY
+ SISTER
15/11/11 – DE – Köln – MTC
16/11/11 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
17/11/11 – DK – Copenhagen – The Rock
18/11/11 – DE – Berlin – White Trash

U.D.O.
+ SISTER SIN
+ SISTER
24/11/11 – NL – Zwolle – Hedon
25/11/11 – DE – Pirmasens – Quasimodo
27/11/11 – DE – Berlin – C-Club
30/11/11 – BE – As – GC Drieschaar
01/12/11 – DE – Recklinghausen – Vest Arena
02/12/11 – DE – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
03/12/11 – DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
04/12/11 – DE – Köln – Essigfabrik
06/12/11 – DE – Langen – Neue Stadthalle
07/12/11 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
09/12/11 – DE – Balingen – Volksbankmesse
10/12/11 – DE – Memmingen – Stadthalle

About the band:
Sister, who hails from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. Sister consists of four members — Jamie on vocals, Lestat on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals — who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of G.G. Allin and Guns N’ Roses.

Sister’s Metal Blade debut HATED has been released the 3rd/6th of June, 2011!

http://www.facebook.com/sisterband

http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial

http://www.myspace.com/sisteronline

http://www.sisteronline.net/

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-Bolt Thrower: Established 1986!

2011 is the year of the 25th anniversary in the history of Bolt Thrower. It’s about time for an update from the band:

“Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached 25 years of not splitting up!

“We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.

“So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we’ll get there in the end! Well, that’s all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back.

“Cheers,
“Bolt Thrower”

http://www.boltthrower.com/

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Alternative Rock Band Dirtswitch from Slovenia.

Please find below the text info for the new album PHOENIX DOWN.

Artist: Dirtswitch
Album Title: PHOENIX DOWN
Label: Self-released / copyright managed by SAZAS
Street Date: Sept. 7th 2011
Genre: Alternative / Modern rock

Web:

http://www.dirtswitch.com/

http://www.myspace.com/dirtswitch

http://www.facebook.com/dirtswitch

http://twitter.com/dirtswitch

http://www.last.fm/music/Dirtswitch

About Dirtswitch
Based in Naklo, Slovenia, modern rock/post-grunge band Dirtswitch formed in early 2009. Immediately focusing on writing their own material, the band hit the studio in February 2010. Their debut album PHOENIX DOWN was released on Sept. 7th, 2011. The record features 12 tracks, seamlessly passing from high-octane mayhem of “Restaints” and “Too Much” to the enchanting fading chords of “Today.” The album is available internationally on iTunes.

Heavily influenced by the grunge, modern rock and post-grunge artists of the past two decades, such as Alter Bridge, Soundgarden, King’s X and Shinedown, the band’s trademark sound is comprised of heavy, down-tuned riffs combined with powerful and memorable vocal lines.

Dirtswitch have successfully promoted their music both home and abroad, appearing at some of Slovenia’s biggest rock festivals (Majske Igre, Schengenfest) as well as securing eighth place at the International Live Award on Maifest 2011’s rock stage in Vienna, Austria.

The Band:
Lead Vocals – Luka Lamut
Guitar / Backing vocals – Jani Nendl
Bass – Rok Seifert
Drums – Uros Markic

Track Listing:
1. Restraints
2. Too Much
3. Sulfur
4. Another Breath
5. Looking Back
6. Comatose
7. Over & Over
8. Innocence
9. Overhang
10. Forever
11. Today

TSM/SLW Promotions

http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor

http://www.slwpromotions.com/

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-Alaric: Entire Debut Album From Oakland Dark Punk Act Now Streaming

As of today, Washington State-based 20 Buck Spin is hosting a full album stream of the self-titled debut LP from the Bay Area’s dark punk collective Alaric, set for release next week, on Tuesday, October 11th.

Alaric boasts nearly 50 minutes of creepy, mid-paced, utterly infectious ’80s-influenced darkwave punk rock, resulting in a brilliant, vintage-sounding convergence of Killing Joke, Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and Joy Division, performed by a lineup comprised of former and current members of Noothgrush, Enemies, Cross Stitched Eyes, Dead & Gone, UK Subs and other notable acts.

Stream Alaric’s full self-titled album right here:

http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/alaric

Alaric’s hometown record release show takes place on Friday, October 28th, with more regional performances as well as stateside touring in the devising stages for the months ahead.

Alaric Record Release Show:

10/28/2011 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Nezzy Idy, Hollow Mirrors, Young Lions

“Morbid, threatening, and obsidian, this is the best original music I’ve heard this year… Album Of The Year by a long shot. 5.5/6″ – Zero Tolerance Magazine

“… looks toward 1980s dark punk, goth, and crust then brings it intensely to the present.” – Pitchfork

“…the band delivers a signature sound: heavy on the reverb guitars, gorilla drums, and surely scowling angry vocals.” – Music Emissions

“The production can be suitably ethereal, the drums delicate and otherworldly, the guitars can drone and swirl behind the vocals which sit at a level in the mix to suggest that each of these elements is as important to the whole as each other.” – Alternative Matter

“… an act whose refusal to bow to any current trends should be admired and supported, particularly with the end results of their self-titled debut being this good.” – Metal Army America

“…often discordant, unashamedly retro at times, and on the whole sonically apocalyptic, but most of all it is a release that completely feeds and pleasures the senses with its twisting manipulating hooks and dark shadowy atmosphere.” – This Is Not A Scene

http://www.myspace.com/alaricalaric

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaric/201671150715

http://www.20buckspin.com/

http://www.facebook.com/20buckspin

http://www.twitter.com/20buckspinlabel

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-The Fall’s ERSATZ G.B. To Be Released On CD In The US On December 6, 2011 Via Cherry Red Records And MVD

“Everything that you get sort of disintegrates in your hands nowadays if it’s made in Britain, doesn’t it?”

(Mark E. Smith on ERSATZ G.B. – MOJO, October 2011)

ERSATZ G.B. is the new studio album from The Fall, the 29th in their impressive canon. As with any Fall recording, ERSATZ G.B. retains many of the group’s most distinctive elements, whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E. Smith’s familiar style and subject matter.

The lineup on the album remains the same as for the last few Fall releases: Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards, vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).

ERSATZ G.B. is The Fall’s first album for Cherry Red Records and it will be released on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, preceded by a double A-side 7″ single.

There aren’t very many groups that have been together longer than The Fall and it’s difficult to think of any who, like The Fall, have released brand new material almost every year. Formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. The group’s music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years but it is often characterized by an abrasive, guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith’s distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

The Fall were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed the group from the very early days and often cited them as his favorite group, famously opining, “they are always different; they are always the same.”

Track Listing:
Cosmos 7
Taking Off
Nate Will Not Return
Mask Search
Greenway
Happi Song
Monocard
Laptop Dog
I’ve Seen Them Come
Age Of Chang

Item Info:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5282A

Hi Res Cover Art:

MVD Entertainment Group
PO BOX 280
Oaks PA 19456

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-Black Cobra: Full Album Stream At BrooklynVegan

With the deadly release of Black Cobra’s fourth full-length INVERNAL set for official North American release this Tuesday, October 11th, today BrooklynVegan have hosted a stream of the brutally-charged sludge-core monolith in its entirety. Check out all of INVERNAL from now through Tuesday when the album is released:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/10/black_cobra_rel.html

Black Cobra will hit the road across North America supporting Kyuss Lives! and The Sword for three weeks this November and December, which will be followed by the band’s first full-on headlining tour supporting the new album and a continuous stream of fresh dates to be announced through the coming months. Stay current with all of the band’s activities through the Winter months at the newly revamped Black Cobra website, where fans can now preorder INVERNAL and more.

The fantasy-inspired tales woven about a post-Apocalyptic and mutated Antarctica on INVERNAL not only bear some of the most story-driven themes from Black Cobra to date, it also bellows with some of the most diverse, thunderous amplification from the outfit yet.

“…eight tracks of bulldozing sludge accompanied by a pounding drum assault.” – BrooklynVegan

“As the band marks its 10th anniversary in 2011, they do so with their greatest achievement yet. This is what metal should be.” – The Obelisk

“…like a shotgun blast of thumb tacks, gravel and raw amphetamine — point blank to the face.” – The Bone Reader

“…a band that seems to always improve on its punishing formula.” – Music Emissions

http://blackcobra.net/

http://www.facebook.com/blackcobramusic

http://www.twitter.com/blackcobramusic

http://www.southernlord.com/

http://blog.southernlord.com

http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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-Uneven Structure Partner With Metal Hammer To Unleash Debut Video “Awaken”

French Progressive metallers Uneven Structure have partnered with Metal Hammer magazine to exclusively debut their new video for “Awaken.”

The track comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album FEBRUUS which will be released on October 31st via Basick Records. The release is a 13-piece concept spanning across two discs, mixing lush soundscapes with fierce polymetric Metal, think Pink Floyd’s creativity meets Meshuggah’s brutality with a side serving of Devin Townsend’s progressive charm. Two special edition pre-order packages are currently available from Play.com (2 CD and signed poster pack) or from Basick Records store (CD and T-shirt pack).

View the video here:

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-uneven-structure-unveil-awesome-new-video

Filmed on location in Switzerland, guitarist Igor Omodei gives us an insight to the imagery behind the video: “The track ‘Awaken’ takes place at the very beginning of the album, it’s the start of a journey. The music video is meant to metaphorically re-transcribe this and to help the viewer get acquainted with the physical representation of the FEBRUUS universe, visual codes and characters.”

Filmed over two days on location in Switzerland by Patrick Haberli (Proghippie.com) and Christophe Mosconi (Qatlaq), the concept, artwork and post production was completed by guitarist Igor Omodei.

Since forming in 2008 Uneven Structure have become a truly exciting prospect for the future of heavy music by disassembling and reconstructing the Metal genre in their vision, creating contemporary atmospheric movements that are all at once dripping with seductive cinematic ambiance and groove-laden riffs.

Uneven Structure will appear at Euroblast Festival which takes place on Oct 21/22 in Germany. Debut album FEBRUUS is released via Basick Records on October 31st.

https://www.facebook.com/unevenstructure

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-TesseracT Release ONE Instrumental

Progressive metallers TesseracT go back to their roots with the release of an instrumental version of their highly acclaimed debut album ONE. Fans from the guitar forum days, where founder Acle Kahney and TesseracT begun, have been requesting instrumentals ever since the band rose from the internet to the clubs, and they will not be disappointed!

Check out a preview here:

Bassist Amos Williams explains:

“TesseracT began as an instrumental project in Acle’s filthy cat ridden bedroom, so it has always had quite a strong instrumental focus. That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy vocals, we love them! But, it is worth noting that with every song we write, we like for it to be able to stand up on its own with or without vocals. We’ve always had the mind to, about six months after the initial release of ONE, to then release the instrumental version. It’s something that the fans have always asked us to do, and we felt now was the correct time to do so.”

ONE instrumental is out now via iTunes.

TesseracT set off on the European leg of the Lowering The Tone tour (with Vocals!) on Saturday 15 October with Chimp Spanner, and then head to the US for the Saints And Sinners tour with Between The Buried And Me and Animals As Leaders.

http://www.facebook.com/tesseractband

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-Accept is working on the follow-up to BLOOD OF THE NATIONS with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, etc.). Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stated: “Accept and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with BLOOD OF THE NATIONS and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer, but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the Accept family.” See http://www.acceptworldwide.com/ for more.

-AFM Records’ three-CD set, 15 YEARS AFM RECORDS – METAL ADDICTION will be available for a special price starting October 28. The set includes brand new songs from Iron Savior, Dragonland, Morton, and Iron Mask, plus classics by U.D.O., Edguy, Masterplan, Avantasia, Danzig, and more. Track list: CD 1 – “24/7″ (U.D.O.), “Avantasia” (single version) (Avantasia), “The Black Mare” (edit) (Dragonland), “Broken Hero” (Iron Mask), “Soulburn” (Masterplan), “Temple Of Stone” (Brainstorm), “Brotherhood Of Light” (Morton), “Heavy Metal Never Dies” (Iron Savior), “Watching In Silence” (Circle II Circle), “Night Of The Sin” (Crystal Viper), “Dominator” (Oz), “The Evil In You” (At Vance), “The Evil Beside You” (Jon Oliva’s Pain), “Back On Trail” (Sinner), “Astral Hand” (edit) (Mob Rules), “Lost In Your Eyes” (Heavenly), “Drop The Bomb” (Bloodbound), “My Last Goodbye” (Squealer). CD 2 – “Celebrate” (Doro feat. Biff Byford/Saxon), “No Solution Blues” (Voodoo Circle), “Vain Glory Opera” (Edguy), “Trinity” (Eden’s Curse), “Batteries & Rust” (The New Black), “Heart On Fire” (A Life Divided), “Devote Yourself To Nothing” (Dark Age), “Obsessions” (Epysode), “Stahlwittchen” (single version) (Stahlmann), “The Regret” (Lyriel), “On A Wicked Night” (Danzig), “Farewell” (Orden Ogan), “The Divided Heart” (Elvenking), “B True B You” (Shakra), “Human Condition” (Triosphere), “Hold On Tight” (Magica), “Storm” (Theatre Of Tragedy), “Böse Mädchen” (Eisbrecher). CD 3 – “Godhead” (Onslaught), “Bladed Vaults” (Solution .45), “Powershifter” (Fear Factory), “Redemption” (Ektomorf), “Rectifier” (Tankard), “The Vanir Tribe” (Black Messiah), “Dowth 2059″ (SuidAkrA), “Zombie Blitzkrieg” (Debauchery), “Buried Alive” (Byfrost), “Raise Your Soul” (Korzus), “Midnight Madness” (Lake Of Tears), “Ashlands” (Rev 16:8), “Soul Collector” (Destruction), “Collision Course” (Paradox), “God Is For The Dead” (Ill Nino), “Bestseller” (Betzefer), “Angel Of The Fall” (Athorn), “The Bait” (Buried In Black). See http://www.afm-records.de/ and http://www.facebook.com/afmrecords/ for more.

-Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC charted as follows: Finland #6, USA #12, Germany #13, Sweden #24, Czech Republic #28, Switzerland #28, Austria #30, Canada #33, Australia #35, Italy #37, France #43, England #49, Ireland #62, Belgium #65, Spain #70. Drummer Charlie Benante said “A big thank you to our fans for coming out strong and making WORSHIP MUSIC a huge success worldwide! See you soon for the celebration!” See http://www.anthrax.com/ for more.

-Check out a preview of Arrayan Path’s new album, IRA IMPERIUM, at these links:

Greek

http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=6308

English translation

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=el&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=6308

-Sebastian Bach’s KICKING & SCREAMING hit #30 on the BBC UK Top 40 Album Chart. Check out the latest interviews/features:

NOW Magazine (Toronto)

http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/music/story.cfm?content=182876

Strombo

http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/arts-and-entertainment/sebastian-bach-on-his-fight-with-george.html

Upcoming tour dates:

11/5 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
11/8 – Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
11/10 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
11/11 – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
11/12 – The Asylum, Portland, ME
11/19 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach/ for more.

-Boguslaw Balcerak’s Crylord has a new video for “Warrior’s Moon” (featuring Carsten “Lizard” Schulz on vocals), from BLOOD OF THE PROPHETS, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmTgSU6kU1k . The album is due out October 14 from Lion Music. Check out full album info at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/bloodoftheprophets.htm and an MP3 album sampler at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/boguslaw-balceraks-crylord .

-Check out the trailer for Black Country Communion’s LIVE OVER EUROPE DVD at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP32V9hwaY4 . A free download of the track is available at http://bccommunion.com/soy . The DVD will be shown theatrically in the UK on November 1; see http://www.myvue.com/bcc for more information.

-AFM Records has re-released Bloodbound’S BOOK OF THE DEAD with new artwork (from the initial Japanese edition) and the bonus track “Rivers Of Pain.”

-Bolero’s latest single from VOYAGE FROM VINLAND, “When The Legends Die,” is available for free download at http://bolerometal.bandcamp.com/track/when-the-legends-die . Upcoming live dates:

11/12 – The Annex Wreckroom, Toronto, ON – w/ Arkona & Talamyus
11/14 – Mavericks, Ottawa, ON – w/ Arkona, Talamyus, & Sonburst
11/26 – Club Saphir, Montreal, QC – w/ Aegnymist

See http://www.myspace.com/bolerometal and http://www.facebook.com/pages/BOLERO-OFFICIAL/35972167012 for more.

-Chickenfoot’s webcast from last Tuesday, featuring in-studio performances, is available at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=163930 .

-Cornerstone’s new video for “Stay,” from SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA, is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZf0M4sZ4H8 . See http://www.cornerstone.co.at/ and http://www.youtube.com/cornerstoneaustria for more.

-The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is staging its 1st Annual Awards Gala on November 1 at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California. The honorees are Tony Martell – Man On The Silver Mountain Award, Mike Carden – Rainbow In The Dark Award, Geezer Butler – King Of Rock ‘N Roll Award, Sandeep Kapoor, M.D. – Sacred Heart Award, Danny Zelisko – Killing The Dragon Award, and Rita Haney – Stand Up And Shout Award. Asia Featuring John Payne will perform, and there will be “commemorative photos and tours of the mansion Grounds and world famous grotto, gourmet cuisine prepared by celebrity chef, full hosted bar, [and] valet parking and shuttle service to the mansion provided.” See http://diocancerfund.org/events/ for more.

-Edguy had to postpone German shows this past weekend in Essen, Fulda, and Bamberg “due to a virus infection and an acute laryngitis that Tobias Sammet has been diagnosed with.” Sammet’s statement: “I am really sorry, it is the second consecutive tour this sh*t happens to me! I have just returned from the phoniatrics unit of the university hospital Essen, because I so desperately wanted to play those shows this coming weekend, but my throat just says ‘no.’ It doesn’t work. I sincerely apologize to all of you who might be disappointed, be sure I must be the most disappointed one myself. We’ll do everything to reschedule those dates after the regular tour is finished, we keep you updated regarding the dates.” The shows have been rescheduled for Essen on 10/25, Fulda on 10/26, and Bamberg on 10/27, and tickets remain valid. See http://www.edguy.net/ for more.

-Fiona is back after a 19-year hiatus with UNBROKEN (Cargo). The release was produced by James Christian (House Of Lords), and the “mostly all new songs” were written by Fiona, Christian, Tommy Denander, Holly Knight, Marc Tanner and “UK pop production team, The Elements.” The lineup consists of Fiona on vocals; Tommy Denander, Bobby Messano, Paul Jones, and Dai Smith on guitar; Christian on bass and backing vocals; Jeff Batter on keyboards; James Jamal on drums; and Robin Beck on backing vocals. Track list: “Loved Along The Way,” “Broken,” “I’ve Released You,” “Shadows Of The Night” (Pat Benatar cover, with DL Byron’s “original dark lyrics”), “Badge Of Love,” “Wild One,” “This Heart” (duet with Robin Beck), “Get Yer Kix,” “Salt On My Wings,” “I Love You But Shut Up,” “Everything You Are” (Prophet cover). See http://www.fionarock.com/ for more.

-Graveyard is set to support Motorhead’s German tour in November. Statement from the band: “This year is getting more and more unbelievable for us. As it if it wasn’t enough that we got the chance to open for Maiden in our hometown, now we’re gonna go on tour with the essence of rock ‘n’ roll — Motorhead!! Once again we feel deeply honored to get a sort of approval to step into rock history by opening for Motorhead. And when you’re talking about Motorhead, there’s no way of getting around talking about Lemmy. That cat has always been an inspiration to us, all the way from Sam Gopal to Motorhead. Not only musically through his combination of psychedelia, rock and punk. But also through his relentlessness, something we hold very high in the Graveyard camp. But let’s not forget that we also get to go on tour with a fellow Gothenburger — Mikkey Dee — the magic stikks wizard!” Dates:

11/23 – Coulmbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
11/24 – Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany
11/26 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
11/27 – Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
11/29 – Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany
11/30 – Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany

See http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial for more.

-Hull’s new album BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY (due October 11 in North America on The End Records) is streaming in full via AOL Music, at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/10 . Hype: “The Brooklyn sludge rockers again emerged with a creation to outlive the ages with a Mayan-based epic that takes the listener through a division of two brothers and the struggles they are faced with. One finds salvation amongst the stars and the wisdom of a stranger, while the other is mesmerized with the bloodthirsty belief of sacrifice and self mutilation. In silence lies a realm that exists outside the plane of fear.” See http://www.hullorhighwater.com/ for more.

-Iron Savior’s new album will be called THE LANDING, and is due out November 18 on AFM Records. Bassist Jan-S. Eckert has returned to the fold, meaning the CONDITION RED-era lineup is back together. (His previous stint with the band ran from 1997 – 2003.) Check out the new song “Heavy Metal Never Dies” at http://www.soundcloud.com/afm-records/iron-savior-heavy-metal-never .

-John 5’s new single “Welcome To Violence,” from GOD TOLD ME TO, is now available at “all download sites like iTunes and Amazon.” See http://www.john-5.com/ for more.

-Singer Lance King (Balance Of Power, Pyramaze, Avian, Gemini, etc.) is working on a solo album for a November 11 release. It will feature contributions from Tore Moren (Jorn), Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson), Morten Gade Sorensen (Pyramaze, Wuthering Heights), Michael Harris (Darkology, Thought Chamber), Fred Colombo (Spheric Universe Experience), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater, Harmony), Michael Hansen (Phonomik), Shane Dhiman (Phonomik), Malek Ben Arbia (Myrath), Anis Jouini (Myrath), and Elyes Bouchoucha.

-Kiss’s Gene Simmons married Shannon Tweed over the weekend at the Beverly Hills Hotel. KISSonline.com has all the poop, including links to People magazine’s photos and “Entertainment Tonight’s” video coverage. At the reception Simmons’ son Nick sang a cover of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” with Paul Stanley’s son Evan on guitar. Then Kiss played “Lick It Up,” “Shout It Out Loud,” and “Rock And Roll All Nite.” In related news, the new season of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” began this week on A&E. The 2011 Chicago Kiss Fan Expo is this Sunday, October 9, at the Best Western Hotel in Hillside, IL. KISSOnline will have a booth with “the latest Official KISS merchandise.” Money will be raised at the Fan Expo to benefit Pink Lotus Breast Center via donations and the sale of “signed ‘Family Jewels’ Banners and signed Kiss pics and posters” that were donated by Tweed. In related news, former guitarists Bruce and Bob Kulick will appear at Kiss Fest 2 in Brazil on November 2-3. Bruce will then appear with John Corabi at the Kiss Army Spain’s event at Sala Ramdall in Madrid, Spain, on November 25; check out a brief promo video at http://youtu.be/oAn2WbtSRr0 and see http://www.kissarmyspain.com/kissnoticias/noticias.htm for more. Both Kulicks and Corabi will then appear at the 3rd Annual Helsinki Kiss Expo on November 26 . See http://www.kulick.net/ for more on Bruce. Finally, November 24 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of former Kiss drummer Eric Carr. To celebrate his memory his family will release a CD called UNFINISHED BUSINESS featuring unreleased music, live performances, remixes, and interview clips, with contributions from Carr, Bruce Kulick, Ted Poley (Danger Danger), A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister), Kee Marcello (Europe), ZO2, members of Seether, and others. Hype: “This CD is a testament to a man whose personality and heart were as big as his enormous talent. Eric’s spirit is alive in each and every song.” Tracks include “Shandi” (with Carr singing; from his Kiss audition tape), “Trouble’s Inside You” (by Carr and Mitch Weissman), “No One’s Messin’ With You” (by Carr and Kulick; an alternate version of Kiss’ “Little Caesar” from HOT IN THE SHADE), “Elephant Man” (by Pero, Marcello, Bob Gilmartin, and Carr’s sister and niece on background vocals; the lyrics were written by Carr and the music was written in 2006), “Dial L For Love” (by Carr; from the CRAZY NIGHTS era); “Just Can’t Wait” (by Poley and Kulick; vocals were added to a song originally released as an instrumental in 2001), and “All Hell’s Breaking Loose” (by ZO2). The CD can be pre-ordered now at EricCarr.com for $14.99 plus shipping & handling, and orders in the USA will include a free, exclusive guitar pick; orders will ship starting October 15. Check out a promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vJswJyOgQQ and see http://ericcarr.com/rockheads/UnfinishedBusiness.html for more.

-Masterplan is working on a new album.

-Morton’s video for “Sleeping King” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut4kd5qcdgk . COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is due out in Europe on October 21, via AFM Records. See http://www.maxmorton.com/ for more.

-Check out a nice Metal-Rules.com article/interview on Oz at http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2326/92 . The band’s comeback, BURNING LEATHER, is due out November 18 on AFM Records. The new video “Dominator” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-0Lit2vPw . See http://www.ozofficial.com/ for more.

-Axel Rudi Pell will tour Europe next year as follows:

4/20 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
4/21 – De Bosuil, Weert, The Netherlands
4/22 – Underworld, London, UK
4/24 – Neue Stadthalle Langen, Langen, Germany
4/25 – Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
4/27 – Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany
4/28 – All-Karthalle, Kaufbeuren, Germany
4/29 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
5/1 – HsD, Erfurt, Germany
5/2 – Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
5/4 – 5/5 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
8/2 – 8/4 – Wacken Open Air

See http://www.axel-rudi-pell.de/ for more.

-Radiant Records has a new preview of Neal Morse’s TESTIMONY 2 live DVD at http://www.radiantrecords.com/ . The label will continue to post new clips from releases by Morse and Transatlantic every week.

-Scythia’s second album …OF EXILE hit #1 on Earshot’s Canadian Loud Charts. See ScythiaFolkMetal.com for more.

-Toxic Holocaust’s CONJURE AND COMMAND is out now on Relapse Records. Hype from Crave’s review: “…the best thing Toxic Holocaust has done thus far. This isn’t a subtle record or an album filled with nuances. This album runs up behind you with a baseball bat and doesn’t stop beating you until you’re dead.” The album is streaming at http://toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com/ , and a preview of the deluxe CD/DVD set is at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7360/toxic-holocaust-war-is-hell-live . See http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust , http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust , and http://www.relapse.com/ for more.

-There are free Tribunal/Divebomb Records digital samplers available now, with a combined 40 songs. The Tribunal sampler features Killwhitneydead’s new song “Sound The Alarms,” Vanisher’s “Reaction” (mixed by Joey Sturgis), Forte’s new song “This Unholy War,” and The Fed’s unreleased album track “Welcome To America.” Get it at http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/free-digital-sampler . The Divebomb sampler features preview tracks from forthcoming reissues by Confessor, Cyclone Temple, Fly Machine, Ironchrist, and Solstice. Get it at http://www.divebombrecords.com/site/free-digital-sampler/ . See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/tribunalrecords , http://www.myspace.com/tribunalrecords , http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords , http://www.divebombrecords.com/ , and http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/trb-distribution for more.

-Van Canto — the German “a cappella metal band” featuring five singers and one drummer — has a new video for “Primo Victoria,” off of BREAK THE SILENCE (Napalm Records). The track is a Sabaton cover and the video features Sabaton front man Joakim Broden. Check it out at http://youtu.be/agWwSsCP6KI . See http://www.vancanto.de/ for more.

-Check out the EPK for Warrant’s ROCKAHOLIC at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-9ahi1nqbA . The band has newly designed CHERRY PIE and ROCKAHOLIC T-shirts available exclusively at http://warrantrocks.cinderblock.com/ . Upcoming tour dates:

10/7 – Sunken Garden Theater, San Antonio, TX
10/14 – Wild Bill’s, Duluth, GA
10/15 – Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
11/4 – Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA
12/2 – Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN
12/9 – 12/10 – Cactus Pete’s, Jackpot, NV

See WarrantRocks.com for more.

Thanks to Loretta Caravello, Jon Asher, Matt Rudzinski, Arto Lehtinen, Nancy B. Sayle, Earsplit PR, Axel Wiesenauer, Pitch Black Records, and Bill “Big Foot” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #610
Week of September 26, 2011

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-Rage: First Information On The New Album

After more than 18 months of constant touring through about 20 different countries over the course of their current album STRINGS TO A WEB, Peavy, Victor and Andre have now started writing songs for the follow-up record. The recordings will take place from mid-October on in the Twilight Hall Studios, Grefrath under the time-proven direction of Charlie Bauerfeind (Saxon, Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween, et al.). As a direct consequence of the decision to release orchestral compositions under the banner of the project Lingua Mortis Orchester in the future (the first album release is scheduled for 2012), the guys will fully concentrate on their metallic fortes on the 21st record within the band’s history. Therefore, one can justifiably look forward to the hardest Rage album to date. The release is planned for March of 2012. Watch out for it!

http://www.rage-on.de/

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-Lizzy Borden Announces “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011

After blazing through the US and Canada on the “Summer Of Blood Tour,” Lizzy Borden have announced the “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011.

Lizzy Borden will kick off the European part of the tour in the Netherlands (Eindhoven) on November 23rd, then on to Germany for the Christmas Metal Festival with HammerFall, Lordi and Saxon in Lichtenfels, Germany on Nov 25th. A much anticipated performance at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK will follow on December 2nd with Ace Frehley, Magnum and the Quireboys.

Lizzy Borden’s “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” also includes headlining shows throughout Europe (all tour dates below).

Full tour dates are as follows:

November
19 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Hell And Heaven Festival (with Megadeth)
23 – Eindhoven, Holland – The Rambler
25 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Christmas Metal Festival (with Saxon, Lordi)
26 – Uster, Switzerland – Rock City
27 – Munich, Germany – Garage De Luxe
28 – Vienna, Austria – Escape
30 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Channel Zero

December:
1 – London, England – Camden Underworld
2 – Prestatyn, North Wales – Hard Rock Hell Festival (w/ Ace Frehley, the Quireboys)
3 – York, UK – The Duchess
5 – Helsinki, Finland – DOM
9 – Sala, Sweden – Rockland
10 – Trollhattan, Sweden – Backstage
11 – Copenhagen, Danmark – The Rock

Lizzy Borden will be performing all of the classic songs like “Me Against The World,” “American Metal,” and “Master Of Disguise,” as well as songs from the latest Lizzy Borden full-length album APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, along with some new surprises in the show just for this holiday tour.

Go to http://www.Lizzyborden.com/ for additional dates and presales in your area.

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-HolyHell Announce John Macaluso As Their New Drummer With A Free Song Download For Their Fans!

[Note: This combines content from two different press releases. - Tim]

New York based Rock/Metal/Gothic band HolyHell have announced veteran John Macaluso as their new drummer and celebrate their new arrival with a free download of one of their first live appearances together.

HolyHell and Macaluso first played together in March 2011 with performances in sold-out shows in Worcester, MA and Cleveland, OH.

“The energy was so amazing, you can hear it effortlessly in the performances,” said HolyHell front woman and songwriter Maria Breon. “We want to share this experience with our fans! Join us on Facebook — and on the road!”

Macaluso has been the recording and touring drummer for world-renowned acts, such as Yngwie Malmsteen, ARK, James LaBrie (Dream Theater), TNT, Riot, Powermad, Starbreaker, Chris Caffery and KRS-One. Also known as “Johnny Mac” he is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals, Evans DrumHeads, Vic Firth Drum Sticks and GMS Drums. Learn more about John Macaluso at http://johnmacaluso.com/bio.shtml .

“Playing with ‘Mac’ has been a revelation and a pleasure for the whole band. He’s a monster drummer with impeccable timing and a strong sense for the music,” said musical director Francisco Palomo.

“‘Johnny Mac’ is a perfect fit for HolyHell. The band sounds killer!” adds Joe Stump.

HolyHell have earned high praise for their debut album HOLYHELL. The 13-song concept album taps into the dichotomy of its namesake, as HolyHell explore, lyrically and musically, the eternal struggle between darkness and light, life and death, evil and divine. HolyHell have gathered a growing following with their live performances in Europe and the US over the last couple of years.

The band is working on their new album, set for release in 2012.

The next opportunity to witness the infernal energy of HolyHell & Macaluso are two upcoming shows in November: Nov. 18, at the Dublin Pub in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY and Nov. 19, at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/holyhell and get your FREE live version of “Revelations” from our album HOLYHELL now.

Go to the tab “HOLYHELL” on the left side of the screen and download the song that was recorded live at the Agora, Cleveland on March 12, 2011.

And tell all your friends to do the same! Thank you all for your constant support! You are the greatest!

For more info:

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http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

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-Illdisposed, StormWarrior, Supreme Pain, Wizard: Massacre Records Announce Four October Releases Via New North American Distribution

German metal label Massacre Records has secured new North American distribution through AFM Records’ deal with E1 Entertainment, and are preparing to bring four of their strongest 2001 releases stateside on the 25th of October, 2011, including the latest albums from Illdisposed, StormWarrior, Supreme Pain, and Wizard.

Among the oldest of Denmark’s metal bands, longstanding extreme metal act Illdisposed are preparing to set loose their colossal eleventh full-length album THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME) on North American soil, also marking the band’s 20th anniversary together!

Surging with over 40 minutes of groove-laden thunder that elevates Illdisposed’s style, transcending from their old-school death roots up through their contemporary sound, everything is bigger, louder and stronger on THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME), showing that the past two decades together definitely haven’t been a waste of time. Produced and mixed by one of Denmark’s most experienced sound engineers Tue Madsen (Suicide Silence, Heaven Shall Burn, Sick Of It All), this is the band’s most thoroughly prepared album since their 2004-released 1-800 VINDICATION.

THERE IS LIGHT (BUT IT’S NOT FOR ME) Track Listing:

1. Your Own Best Companion
2. Heaven Forbid
3. Our Words Betrayed
4. The Taste Of You
5. As The Day Rottens
6. Reality To Fall
7. Step Onto My Winter
8. Rape
9. Sunday Black
10. We

Since catching the attention of Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray/ex-Helloween) for the recording of their 2002 debut full-length, Northern Germany’s StormWarrior have become well known for their ’80s metal influences based on tales of Nordic mythology. They’ve toured their way across Europe countless times and have shared the stage with metal’s biggest names at prestigious festivals, and cranking out multiple full-length albums amidst a live record and an array of EPs and smaller releases over the past decade.

Now, with their fourth full-length album HEATHEN WARRIOR, StormWarrior are raising the bar once more. Not only staying true to their roots, they managed to evolve their already unequaled musical prowess with the most catchy yet intricate guitar work, earwig-melodies and pushing drum and bass attacks. The band once again worked with their trusted companion Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Rage, Wuthering Heights, etc.) once again, who mixed the album at Jailhouse Studios.

HEATHEN WARRIOR Track Listing:

1. …Og Hammeren Hæves Til Slag…
2. Heathen Warrior
3. The Ride Of Asgård
4. Heirs To The Fighte
5. Bloode To Bloode
6. Fyre & Ice
7. The Returne
8. Wolven Nights
9. Ravenhearte
10. The Valkyries Call
11. And Northern Steele Remaineth

Dutch death metal maniacs Supreme Pain are prepared to drop DIVINE INCARNATION on North American audiences, their third and strongest album to date, and the band’s debut for Massacre Records.

The brutalizing quintet features a cast of death metal militia including vocalist Adrie Kloosterwaard (Sinister, Infinited Hate, ex-Houwitzer), drummer Paul Beltman (ex-Sinister, ex-Judgment Day, ex-Infinited Hate, ex-Fondlecorpse), bassist Alesa Sare (ex-Sarcasm, Root ‘A Balluta) and guitarist Bas Brussaard (Fondlecorpse, ex-Infinited Hate). This lineup culminates massive talent with the ranks of Supreme Pain, who break out their heaviest weaponry to date on their third full-length DIVINE INCARNATION. Produced at Soundlodge Studio by Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew-Scented, Defloration), DIVINE INCARNATION is the band’s most epic and evil atmospheric album to date, but not by weakening their groove-laden, aggressive death metal.

DIVINE INCARNATION Track Listing:

1. Dawn Of A New Era
2. The Dark Army
3. Damned Creation
4. Treasonous Disease
5. Trapped In Heresy
6. Spiritual Sickness
7. Divine Incarnation
8. Putrefied Beauty
9. The Fallen Kingdom
10. Towards Hell

Celebrating their 23rd year together as a band, and over these years having become one of Germany’s leading traditional/speed metal exports, Wizard will release their ninth full-length, …OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES, on North American soil this October.

A concept album based on a trilogy of fantasy novels by German writer Andre Wiesler, …OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES boasts nearly 50 minutes of the band’s trademark true, epic heavy metal, recorded at Magic Hall Studio by the band’s bassist Volker Leson and produced by Wizard, before being mastered by Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Sinner, etc.). Wholly infusing influences from a wider range of metal’s subgenres than ever before, this album is the most well-executed and professionally recorded release in the band’s catalog.

…OF WARIWULFS AND BLUOTVARWES Track Listing:

1. … Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
2. Undead Insanity
3. Taste Of Fear
4. Wariwulf
5. Messenger Of Death
6. Sign Of The Cross
7. Fair Maiden Mine
8. Hearteater
9. Hagr
10. Bletzer
11. Hagen Von Stein

http://www.illdisposed.com/

http://www.stormwarrior.de/

http://www.myspace.com/supremepainofficial

http://www.legion-of-doom.de/

http://www.massacre-records.com/

http://www.myspace.com/massacrerecordseurope

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-Arrayan Path: IRA IMPERIUM

[Note: This is from PitchBlackRecords.com. - Tim]

We are thrilled to announce the release of Arrayan Path’s third album, which as previously announced will be titled IRA IMPERIUM. A follow-up to last year’s highly acclaimed TERRA INCOGNITA (nominated for IMPALA’s European Independent Album of the Year Award) IRA IMPERIUM can only be described with one word: MASTERPIECE! Fans of melodic epic power metal should brace themselves!

IRA IMPERIUM features a guest appearance by the legendary Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) and also sees the return of Vagelis Maranis (Sanvoisen) lending his voice on several songs. The main voice throughout the album remains the same of course; that of Nicholas Leptos, the driving force behind Arrayan Path whose unmistakable charismatic voice is the finishing touch to the brilliantly passionate sound of Arrayan Path. Completing the lineup are Socrates Leptos and Alexis Kleidaras on guitars, Vagelis Maranis on bass, George Kallis on keyboards and Stefan Dittrich on drums.

Recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany, IRA IMPERIUM is released worldwide on November 4th (November 7th in the UK) with a bonus track featured on the CD version. Also through major MP3 stores, while a limited edition will also be available for die-hard fans, details of which will be revealed later.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list already had the chance to check out an exclusive free download track off the album and that track can now be downloaded by clicking here:

More free download tracks will be announced soon.

Track listing:
1. Dies Irae
2. Gnosis Of Prometheus
3. Ira Imperium (The Damned)
4. Kiss Of Kali
5. Katherine Of Aragon
6. 77 Days ’til Doomsday
7. Emir Of The Faithful
8. Hollow Eyes Of Nefertiti
9. Amenophis
10. Lost Ithaca
11. I Sail Across The Seven Seas
12. The Fall Of Mardonius
13. The Poet Aftermath

Arrayan Path would like to especially thank Nicholas Sampson and Behind The Mirror for contributing towards the making of this album.

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http://www.myspace.com/pitchblackrecordsmetal

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pitch-Black-Records/162944690417465

http://www.reverbnation.com/label/pbr

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-Z Records News

Prophet Confirmed For Z Rock 2012

It Is with great pleasure that we can confirm the addition of Prophet to the Z Rock 2012 lineup. The band are highly regarded in rock circles and their appearance will be Prophet’s first on English soil. Prophet’s RECYCLED will be rereleased on October 24th via Z Records.

The confirmed line for Z Rock 2012 on May 5th is now as follows… Paul Sabu, Prophet, Arabia, Legion, Vanden Plas and Shakra with one further act to be confirmed.

Tickets can be purchased at a special discounted rate of £38 until November 30th when they revert to £45. Visit http://www.zrecords.net/ to obtain yours!

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-Hostile

Hostile, formed in 2006 by A.J. who was brought up in a graveyard house in the heart of the Black Country (the birthplace of heavy metal).

The lineup consists of vocalist Jay, the guitar duet of A.J. and Matt, Alex Hill (son of Ian Hill, Judas Priest) on bass duties and Gunga on the drums.

Having become regulars on the UK live circuit, playing renown venues such as The Wolverhampton Civic and gaining support to big acts such as Soulfly and Morbid Angel, Hostile managed to gain the attention of metal God and founding member of the mighty Judas Priest, K.K. Downing, who caught the band live at his local venue. Impressed by the potential of the band, K.K. not only agreed to produce the band’s debut album but to also write a song for the band titled “Addiction” which is very unique as this is the first time K.K. has written a song outside Judas Priest.

As a taste of things to come, Hostile then hooked up with top London booking agent Rod Macsween of I.T.B. who went on to book the band for the Download Festival at the historical Donington Park venue, gaining excellent reviews such as KERRANG! ‘kkkk’ review and also packing out the Gibson stage tent to which they went down a storm. The band then went on to support the newly reunited brothers Max and Igor Cavalera in their new band Cavalera Conspiracy at the sold-out London Astoria gaining stunning reviews and again going down a storm with the London crowd.

Hostile then re-grouped with K.K. Downing and headed down to The Old Smithy studios where Judas Priest recorded ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION (2003) and their latest masterpiece NOSTRADAMUS (2008) to start work on Hostile’s debut album which was also to be engineered by Richard Wood who had worked with Judas Priest on their latest work NOSTRADAMUS.

Writing the album and working with K.K. has been an invaluable experience for Hostile and they certainly can now understand why K.K. says metal is in his veins, Hostile are also proud to say that they too hail from the cherished birthplace of heavy metal. “We live and breathe Heavy Metal!” says A.J.

Now with their debut album EVE OF DESTRUCTION complete, Hostile hope to aspire to be the most important band from Birmingham/Black Country since their mighty predecessors Judas Priest and Black Sabbath themselves.

http://hostile1.net/

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-Napalm Records News

Nachtblut: “Antik” Clip

ANTIK is out on 30 September and Nachtblut present their fans with the clip to the title track! Fans may view the clip at http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords !

http://de-de.connect.facebook.com/Nachtblutgefluester

http://www.myspace.com/nachtblutgefluester

http://www.nachtblut.com/

Van Canto: Rock “Runes Of Magic”

Attention a cappella friends and “Runes Of Magic” players: click http://www.runesofmagic.com/de/Rock_Taborea_Der_Musikvideo_Contest.html to find out all the details about the music video contest that brings together Van Canto and the fantastic worlds of the online role-playing game! In addition, fans may want to watch the BREAK THE SILENCE track- by-track and studio outtakes at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exLGKAvJoZM ! BREAK THE SILENCE is available now!

http://www.facebook.com/vancantoband

http://www.myspace.com/vancanto

http://www.vancanto.de/

Out Of The Dark Tour 2011

Xandria, Van Canto, Tristania & Serenity

30.09.2011 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
01.10.2011 CZ – Prague / Abaton
02.10.2011 HU – Budapest / Club 202
04.10.2011 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
05.10.2011 CH – Pratteln / Z7
06.10.2011 FR – Paris / Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
08.10.2011 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
09.10.2011 UK – London / O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 DE – Munich / Backstage
13.10.2011 DE – Neu-Isenburg / Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
15.10.2011 DE – Dortmund / FZW

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

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-Out Now! Folk Metallers Scythia Release New Album …OF EXILE (Pay What You Want)

Vancouver’s folk metal clan Scythia are proud to announce the official release of their sophomore album …OF EXILE on September 23, 2011. In celebration of the release, the band is offering a special combo package (CD with a limited release Fierce Riders T-shirt) along with the digital album available as a pay what you want at the following link:

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/album/of-exile-out-september-23-2011

“…OF EXILE is a fantasy concept album that blends storytelling with neoclassical and progressive metal. The album features 10 tracks that are linked together with cinematic sound effects and lush narration showcasing a range of different styles at play from medieval folk to ’70s rock and all the way to full-blown power metal,” commented vocalist/ guitarist Dave Khan.

Scythia is also offering two free downloads “For The King” and “Voice Of The Sword” at the following links.

“For The King”

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-king-free-download

“Voice Of The Sword”

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/voice-of-the-sword-free-download

…OF EXILE Teaser Video:

Track Listing:

1. Prelude
2. Spirit Of The Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice Of The Sword
7. For The King
8. Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth’s Inn

About the album: …OF EXILE is a story album that that tells the tale of a Scythian king deceived by those closest to him and his journey to reclaim his throne with his possessed sword and remaining loyal knights. Forging musical influences from folk and prog metal along with classical complements from instruments such as the Oboe of Death, cello and trumpet, …OF EXILE takes the listener on a musical adventure to the land of Scythia. The record was produced and mixed by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on albums with (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole, Lamb Of God, Fear Factory).

About the band:

Formed in the latter half of 2008, Scythia is a five piece band that combines haunting folk melodies (emphasized by keyboards and oboe) with the driving force of modern progressive metal to form a raw and powerful sound that is their own. Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes.

So what is Scythia?

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.

In 2010, Scythia released its debut, …OF WAR (originally with violin) which was produced by Shaun Thingvold who has engineered on projects with SYL, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour and many more. Now, following some lineup changes, Scythia has released its second album …OF EXILE, again produced by Shaun Thingvold, on September 23, 2011.

Upcoming Show Dates:

November 19, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Nerdfest)

http://ScythiaFolkMetal.com/

http://www.myspace.com/scythiafolkmetal

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scythia/254231525306

http://twitter.com/scythiametal

http://www.youtube.com/scythiaband

http://www.reverbnation.com/scythia

http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Scythia

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-Atlantean Kodex: New Album From Epic German Metal Outfit Underway

Germany’s Atlantean Kodex have been hard at work over recent months, writing their sophomore full-length album, which at press time remains untitled. The follow-up to their heralded debut album, THE GOLDEN BOUGH, is surely one of the most anticipated albums for fans of grand, epic and pure heavy metal.

Stated guitarist Manuel Trummer this week on the progress of the writing process: “The new album is slowly starting to take shape. So far we have around 30 minutes of all new, unreleased material. There won’t be any demo songs or older songs from previous releases on the album. Regarding the general direction, you can expect the same sound and atmosphere as on THE GOLDEN BOUGH. There won’t be any change in style whatsoever. The stuff we have written so far ranges from nice headbanging up-tempo anthems to some of the slowest and most epic stuff we have done… it’s safe to say that our key coordinates still are INTO GLORY RIDE-era Manowar, VIKING-era Bathory, arcane ’80s US Metal served with a healthy dose of NWOBHM, folk and ’70s vibes. All regressive, all Atlantean Kodex.”

Atlantean Kodex will be focusing on the writing of this opus year until they are 100% sure the album is a worthy successor to THE GOLDEN BOUGH, being planned for release sometime in late 2012 or early 2013.

THE GOLDEN BOUGH, released by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music in 2010, took fans of the most epic classic, power and doom metal by surprise, reaping incredible acclaim from critics and publications of all caliber and from diehard fans of pure heavy metal worldwide, and closing out the year on countless year-end lists.

Read Trummer’s full statement with much more detail on the album’s progress at Cruz Del Sur Music’s website here, and stay tuned for more details on the album to emerge through the coming year.

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/index.php/2011/09/atlantean-kodex-new-album-under-way/

http://www.atlanteankodex.de/

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/cruzdelsurmusic

http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-The Texas Hippie Coalition Unleash Their Brand Of Fury On The US

THC — Gearing Up For Tour Now!!!

Select Dates With Black Label Society

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Texas Hippie Coalition will hit the road to unleash their brutal fury of hard driven Southern Fried Metal across the US — THC will start their journey in Las Vegas, September 12th at the Crown Theater in the RIO Hotel.

Asked whether THC are rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal or southern rock — or a bastardization of the three, the band will tell you one thing, they are a wrecking crew of BRUTALITY! “We’re as southern as southern can be,” says “Big Dad” Ritch, the behemoth front man and driving force behind Texas Hippie Coalition. “Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson — we’re as outlaw as we can get, while at the same time having the power of that Texas groove, like Pantera. We’re metal with a southern rock and roll spirit. We are a band of outlaws.” Big Dad Ritch (vocals) leads this driving force along with Randy Cooper (lead guitar), Wes Wallace (rhythm guitar), John Exhall (bass) and Tim Braun (drums).

THC will join the much anticipated Black Label Society on select shows dates. While they trek with their guns blazing across the US, THC will have their latest release available ROLLIN’ on Carved Records.

Tour Dates:

September
Wed 28 – Worcester, MA – The Lucky Dog
Thu 29 – Seabrook, NH – Chop Shop
Fri 30 – Auburn, ME – Club Texas

October
Sat 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Sun 2 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Tue 4 – Morgantown, WV – 23 Pleasant Street
Wed 5 – Reading, PA – Reverb Rock Garden
Fri 7 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom **
Sat 8 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall **
Sun 9 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues **
Fri 14 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Bar
Sat 15 – Houston, TX – Flamingo Room
Thu 20 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Fri 21 – Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
Fri 28 – Georgetown, OH – Victory’s Sports Bar

November
Fri 4 – Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
Sat 5 – Mankato, MN – Buster’s
Wed 9 – Kearney, NE – The Garage
Thu 10 – Omaha, NE – The Hideout
Fri 11 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill And Reverb Rock Garden
Sat 12 – Illiopolis, IL – Bunker’s Bar
Mon 14 – Urbana, IL – The Stop City
Wed 16 – Fargo, ND – The Nestor Tavern

** Denotes date with BLS

THC plan to go back in studio after this extensive tour and record their new material for a 2012 follow-up release, yet to be titled. For more information on THC go to http://www.thcoutlaw.com/ or http://www.carvedrecordds.com/ .

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-Kobra & The Lotus: Tour Dates December

Vocal Warrior Queen, Kobra Paige returns this December to warm are souls and bang are heads hard with her band Kobra And The Lotus they are one of the most successful and influential new metal bands emerging out of Canada. Fronted and formed by powerhouse vocalist Kobra Paige, the band’s popularity is due to their high energy, molten metal live show that continues to define them. Their first album, OUT OF THE PIT, produced by Kevin Shirley, was launched in March 2010. In the following 16 months the band performed 168 gigs, across five countries including seven festival stages. With a heavy fist full of great reviews …

“Brittany Paige, singer and co-songwriter of Kobra And The Lotus. This smiling bit of sunshine just has to open her mouth and this powerful Metal voice of charisma just fills the room with euphoria with no effort. Truly a gift which she shares with us.” … http://www.metaltalk.net

“Kobra And The Lotus are the fire-breathing, female-fronted heavy metal bombshell. Classic, Priest-loving riffs. Powerhouse drummer. Singer who can belt the Halfordian high-notes … these Canadian headbangers can’t return soon enough for us.” Classic Rock Magazine

The band has recorded their second album, produced by Julius “Juice” Butty, scheduled for release in early 2012. A pre-release of their music video “Welcome To My Funeral” point to an undisputed evolution in the band; the music is stronger, meaner and heavier. “Touring for OUT OF THE PIT had a huge influence on us in terms of realizing which direction we wanted the new music to take,” says Kobra. “We really wanted to create new music that would portray the large amount of energy we put forward in a live performance.”

Kobra And The Lotus will be hitting the UK again this December. The new live show is largely based on the upcoming album.

Kobra Paige – Vocals
Chris Swenson – Guitars
Griffin Kissack – Drums
Peter Dimov – Bass
Timothy Vega – Guitars

video link:

Tour Dates:
Date & Show Time – City – Prov/State – Country – Venue
December 1, 2011 19:00 – York – UK – Fibbers
December 2, 2011 12:00 – Prestatyn – UK – Hard Rock Hell V Festival
December 4, 2011 19:00 – Birmingham – UK – HMV Institute
December 6, 2011 19:00 – London – UK – Barfly
December 8, 2011 19:00 – Newcastle – UK – Trillions
December 10, 2011 19:00 – Glasgow – UK – Stereo

http://www.kobraandthelotus.com/home/tour

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-Byron Nemeth To Pay Tribute To Jimi Hendrix During L.A. Amp Show

LOS ANGELES, CA — Scottsdale, AZ-based guitar hero Byron Nemeth plans to commemorate Jimi Hendrix’s burial date of Oct. 1 1970 during his appearance at L.A. Amp Show Oct. 1 and 2.

Nemeth will be heading to the roof of the Airtel Plaza Hotel at approximately 4:20 p.m. to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” as performed by Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and to light a guitar on fire in Hendrix’s memory. “Honoring Hendrix by replicating his very controversial rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ on electric guitar is the most important political rock statement that needs to be done today to wake people up to new music,” says Nemeth. “This delivery of screaming guitar and ballistic feedback will shock and inspire listeners to a new vision of what modern rock should be instead of the watered down corporate drivel we have been force-fed in recent years.”

Byron will be representing Moore Amps and the company’s new model Mooresound 1013 Amp Class A 20 Watt Single Channel All Tube Amplifier throughout the weekend.

Relevant links:

http://www.byronnemeth.com/

http://www.mooresound.com/

http://www.airtelplaza.com/

http://www.ampshow.com/

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-Jägermeister Presents Tour With Co-Headliners Unearth & Chimaira

[Note: This combines two updates. - Tim]

Since the band’s genre defining release THE ONCOMING STORM, Unearth has continuously crisscrossed the globe, becoming one of the hardest — and most consistent — touring bands in all of hard rock. With DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, their fifth full-length, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody.

Earning themselves Top 200 Billboard Chart entries for all four of the band’s Metal Blade releases (THE ONCOMING STORM, III: IN THE EYES OF FIRE, THE MARCH, and DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT), Unearth is once again prepared to take the world by storm when they hit the road this fall with Cleveland, Ohio’s Chimaira. The tour will be joined by Athens, Ohio’s Skeletonwitch and Las Vegas, Nevada’s Molotov Solution.

Jägermeister, the brand that’s synonymous with music, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local and basement level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. “Both bands symbolize the attitude that Jägermeister shares with hard rock and metal music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “Chimaira and Unearth have both worked with our brand for several years and it’s great that we can continue the relationship with this tour.”

“We are incredibly pleased to announce this fall’s Jägermeister tour in North America,” says Trevor Phipps of Unearth. “We will be supporting our new album DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT and are anxious to play more tracks from that album. Hitting the road with us will be our old friends in Chimaira, Skeletonwitch and soon to be new friends in Molotov Solution. We would like to thank Jägermeister for supporting this tour and we look forward to seeing you all on the road! Let’s make this a fall tour to remember!!! Cheers!!!”

Tickets are on sale to the general public through each venue’s ticketing outlet. Please check local listings or Unearth’s website ( http://unearth.tv/tour-dates/ ) for more details.

Jägermeister presents Unearth/Chimaira tour
with Skeletonwitch & Molotov Solution:

11/13/2011 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
11/14/2011 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
11/16/2011 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
11/17/2011 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/18/2011 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
11/19/2011 Wally’s Pub – Hampton Beach, NH
11/20/2011 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
11/21/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
11/22/2011 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
11/23/2011 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
11/25/2011 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/26/2011 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
11/27/2011 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
11/29/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/30/2011 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
12/01/2011 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM*
12/02/2011 Mesa Theater & Club – Grand Junction, CO
12/03/2011 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO*
12/04/2011 Top Deck – Farmington, NM
12/05/2011 The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ*
12/07/2011 Glass House – Pomona, CA*
12/08/2011 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
12/09/2011 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
12/10/2011 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*
12/11/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB
12/12/2011 Starlite – Edmonton, AB
12/14/2011 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
12/16/2011 Wheelhouse – Cedar Falls, IA
12/17/2011 The Barrymore Theater – Madison, WI
12/18/2011 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

* Skeletonwitch will not be appearing on these dates

“DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT is a maelstrom of melodic riffs, screamy shouts and enough noodling to keep ‘Guitar Hero’ nerds happy. But it’s not chasing maidens and slaying dragons; Unearth have enough of the ’90s straight-edge hardcore scene still left in their blood to give the lyrics an impassioned warrior cry against corrupt politics and wavering faith. 4/5″ — Alternative Press Magazine

“strong, dynamic songwriting… it highlights Unearth’s strengths superbly.” — Decibel Magazine

“Meet metalcore’s AC/DC, a band who consistently showcase what the genre can deliver.” — Total Guitar Magazine (UK)

“…faster and fiercer…” — Revolver Magazine

“Hot Damn! This is the best record I’ve heard this year.” — PureGrainAudio.com

“Unearth have found the perfect distillation of their sound, and in doing so deliver their defining moment. 4/5″ — Kerrang Magazine

“…crushing, catchy, and exhilarating.” — Metal Hammer Magazine

“…this album takes the best elements from every album released so far and pushes them to their limits… Unearth’s writing at its finest. 9/10″ — Ultimate-Guitar.com

“Unearth have never let their fans down before, and their new album, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, is no exception.” — MetalSucks.net

“Tight riffing, varying from technical pedal-style patterns to twin-harmony Maiden/At The Gates worship, plus all the brutally chugging breakdowns, will surely serve to inspire many a karate kick in the pits come tour time.” — Fangoria Magazine

“The music hits like a baseball bat to the kneecap and the guitar work from Ken Susi and Buz McGrath is the best to date by the duo.” — About.com Heavy Metal

“…absolutely jaw dropping…” — HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com

“DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT penetrates through you with this array of melodic tones that seamlessly melts with the aggressive metal assaults and guitar work that is blistering.” — TheDailyRock.com

“…their most powerful statement to date, slamming their proverbial fists into the head of the listener, track after track.” — TheMetalDen.com

In related news, Unearth recently posted additional footage from their spot on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest and Heavy MTL in Montreal, Canada this summer. Check it out at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3406 .

Keep up with Unearth at the following locations:

http://unearth.tv

http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial

http://www.youtube.com/unearthofficial

http://twitter.com/unearthofficial

http://www.myspace.com/unearth

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-Ecliptyka Signs To Rage On Stage Management

Collectively, Ecliptyka was fused in 1998, by members Helena Martins (main vocals), Hélio Valisc (guitars and backing vocals), Guilherme Bollini (guitars and scream vocals), Eric Zambonini (bass) and Tiago Catalá (drums).

Ecliptyka has a unique sound with straightforward, no-nonsense vocals by Helena Martins with occasional blending by Hélio Valisc … finishing along aggressively are the vocals of Guilherme Bollini. Symbolic barreled guitar riffs spun by driving drums and quick snappy-back bass lines bring the foundation from the floor to the stage, clearly elevating their musicianship to a level not seen or heard before.

The band is influenced by many styles from Metal, Heavy Metal to Death Metal and Metalcore, however to try and fit them in any specific genre would be insane because you can still even find a progressive influence as demonstrated on WE ARE THE SAME and its obvious the lyrics, as well as the band directs expressed feelings and ideas, altogether trying to convey awareness about current world issues.

The band Ecliptyka has shared the stage with important heavy metal greats, such as Dr. Sin, Tuatha De Danann, Mindflow and others, and took to the stage in shows throughout São Paulo state. At the end of year 2007, the band released its first independent CD called THE FIRST PETAL FALLS and in July 2008, the band went on a tour throughout Europe, where they took part in major festivals with noted European greats. Ecliptyka then gained attention from the international media and carried on to give interviews to Brazilian TV, radio shows and was considered one of the best national bands of 2008 by the columnist Costábile Salzano Jr from TV Tribuna and was asked to perform at top Brazilian festivals and recently was a supporting act band for the touring Dutch band Delain, Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), The Agonist and Revamp in São Paulo.

Currently, Ecliptyka constantly tours throughout Brazil to promote their new album called A TALE OF DECADENCE, released in Brazil on March 2011 via Die Hard Records and in Japan on Radtone Music in September of 2011. This album has a much updated concept, with lyrics about destruction of the Planet by humans, cruelty against animals, politics and war …

In August 2011, Ecliptyka signs with Rage On Stage Management from the USA, which is now responsible for all their business relations worldwide. Helena says, “We couldn’t be happier with the signing to Rage On Stage Management. It’s an amazing opportunity for us to collaborate with Frank James and spread our music throughout the world. We are very excited and look forward to working together with the ROSM family and making all our efforts worth it!” Frank from ROSM quotes, “We anticipate the arrival of Ecliptyka for a US tour in July of 2012″ as well as the release to a new video in September this year!

You can visit Ecliptyka at these sites;

http://www.reverbnation.com/ecliptyka

http://www.facebook.com/ecliptyka

http://www.myspace.com/ecliptyka

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-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder Signs To Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of thrashers Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. The Philadelphia-based band is already working on their new album, titled GHOSTMAKER, expected for release early spring 2012. The four-piece tested some of their new material via a string of regional shows this past weekend and expect to tour in support of the album once released.

Guitarist Ryan Moll comments, “we are psyched to be on Candlelight.” Sharing details about the ongoing recording he notes, “Right now we are in the studio working on our third and most intense release to date. This album promises to be the fastest, darkest, most relentless and insane album yet. It will contain some of the most bone-crushing, graveyard stomping, Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman hate-f*ck riffage written thus far.”

Guitarist Matt Moore adds, “Our wretched new masterpiece will be finished soon enough. Each song has its own distinct and strange aura of speed, darkness, brute strength, violence, cunning, and power. Like any respectable band, we have raised the bar and taken on musical and lyrical concepts that would drive commoners insane. Faster. Louder. Darker. Crazier.”

Formed in 2002, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder dropped several underground releases, including a split 7″ inch and a live album, before signing with Relapse for their studio debut, BURIED IN THE FRONT YARD, released October 2005. Blabbermouth called the record “a dynamic thrash album with roots in crossover, a musically talented cast, and loads of tongue-in-cheek cleverness.” The band would keep busy with additional split recordings, SPEED N SPIKES VOL. II (2008) and URINE TROUBLE / NOTHING DEFEATS THE SKULL (2008) before getting back in to the studio for their second full-length, LIVING FOR DEATH; DESTROYING THE REST also released by Relapse January 2009. The band supported Absu for a 22-date US/Canadian tour in April 2009, a tour with Deceased in 2010, and have been performing regionally since.

Rumpelstiltskin Grinder currently features guitarist/vocalist Matt Moore, bassist/vocalist Shawn Riley, drummer Pat Battaglia, and guitarist Ryan Moll.

http://www.rumpelstiltskingrinder.com/

http://www.facebook.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder

http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa

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-The 3 Guitar Heroes tour — featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and Leslie West — has been postponed until early 2012 due to West’s leg amputation. More info will be made available at a later date. See http://3-guitar-heroes.ulijonroth.com/index.html for more.

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Power Metal Albums” is available at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Don7 .

-AFM Records’ planned 15th anniversary two-CD compilation has now been upgraded to a three-CD set. The 50+ tracks include material from Doro, U.D.O., Destruction, and many others including “great newcomers.” The set will have a “low price” and is due out October 28. Fans set to attend the label’s 15 Years Metal Addiction festival on November 26 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany, will get the compilation for free. See http://www.afm-records.de/ , http://www.facebook.com/afmrecords/ , http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany , and http://www.youtube.com/afmrecords for more.

-Check out new interviews with Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna at http://www.rockconfidential.com/inside/2011/09/exclusive-interview-joey-belladonna-from-anthrax/ and http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/09/27/joey-belladonna-back-with-anthrax/ .

-Arch/Matheos’ SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE debuted at #13 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and at #36 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart. The album also landed at #27 in Germany, #67 in Austria, and #78 in Switzerland. Guitarist Jim Matheos stated: “John [Arch] and I would like to thank everyone who has purchased the new Arch/Matheos CD so far. We received word today that SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE entered the German charts at #27, our highest debut ever! A lot of time and effort went into the making of this record and we had no idea how it would be received, particularly after having been away so long. The response so far has been overwhelming and is much appreciated.” See http://www.archmatheos.com/ for more.

-Armored Saint has three shows scheduled on the East Coast for the first time in 20 years, with Seven Witches:

11/30 – Ollie’s Point Bar, Amityville, NY
12/2 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
12/3 – The Studio @ Webster Hall, New York, NY

Bassist Joey Vera said this in a press release: “In July, we held a poll asking fans to choose their favorite Saint songs and we compiled a list of the top 10. At recent gigs in Los Angeles and in Germany, we would allow fans to come up and choose one of the top 10 songs for us to play, right there on the spot. We did this three times during our set. It was such a good time that we’re going to do this again for our tri-state shows. John Bush will stop the show at three different times and choose someone from the crowd to come up and pick what song we play next. So come down and be a part of choosing our set list for the night!” See http://www.armoredsaint.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/armoredsaint for more.

-Autumn — billed as a “Dutch heavy rock collective” — has a video teaser for its new album COLD COMFORT online at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/teasers/autumn-cold-comfort-album-trailer . COLD COMFORT is due out on Metal Blade Records in November. Check out the title track and pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/autumn . See http://www.autumn-band.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/AutumnBand , and http://www.myspace.com/autumnband for more.

-Sebastian Bach’s KICKING & SCREAMING is out this week via Frontiers. The full album is streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/4 . Check out a German TV commercial for the album at http://im1.tv/rocks/video?ContentId=1002 . And here is the latest round of new Bas interviews:

Australia Triple M Radio (Audio)

http://www.triplem.com.au/melbourne/music/news/blog/former-skid-row-frontman-sebastian-bach-reveals-he-plans-to-tour-australia/20110916-eihr.html

NYC.com

http://www.shortandsweetnyc.com/2011/09/sebastian-bach-talks-life-after-skid-row-his-new-album-kicking-screaming-and-much-more/

New AU (Australia)

http://www.theaureview.com/interviews/sebastian-bach-new-jersey-usa

Gibson.com

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/sebastian-bach-0921-2011/

Italy SpazioRock

http://www.spaziorock.it/intervista.php?&id=389u&eng=1

Classic Rock Revisited

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/INTERVIEWSBACH.htm

Glide Magazine

http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/57641/sebastian-bach-rocking-rolling-again.html

Rock Confidential

http://www.rockconfidential.com/inside/2011/09/exclusive-interview-sebastian-bach-2/

Fox News Live (video)

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1183656189001/sebastian-bach-still-kicking–screaming/

See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ for more.

-Brainstorm’s “Where Your Actions Lead You To Live,” from ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT, is currently streaming at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/brainstorm-where-your-actions . The album is due out September 30 on AFM Records.

-Charred Walls Of The Damned’s COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS is due out next month on Metal Blade Records. Track list: “Timeless Days,” “Ashes Falling Upon Us,” “Zerospan,” “Cold Winds,” “Lead The Way,” “Forever Marching On,” “Guiding Me,” “The Beast Outside My Window,” “On Unclean Ground,” “Bloodworm,” “Admire The Heroes,” “Avoid The Light.” Check out “Admire The Heroes” at http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=72058 . See http://www.richardchristy.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned , and http://twitter.com/cwotd for more.

-Chickenfoot’s III is out this week. Check out the full album streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/3 . The band — with Kenny Aronoff subbing for Chad Smith, who is busy with the Red Hot Chili Peppers — will conduct a short five-date “road test tour” in November, with venues to be disclosed on October 3:

11/1 – San Francisco, CA
11/2 – Los Angeles, CA
11/4 – St. Louis, MO
11/5 – Chicago, IL
11/8 – New York, NY

-Colossus is hitting the road:

10/6 – The Get Down, Asheville, NC
10/7 – The Radio Room, Greenville, SC – w/ MEH, Divulgence, Larval Stage
10/8 – The Milestone, Charlotte, NC – w/ 25 Minutes To Go, Towering Pyre, Boolow
10/22 – Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC – w/ Deceased

-A re-mastered version of Consortium Project’s CRIMINALS & KINGS is due November 18 from Lion Music. Check out the title track at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/consortium-project-criminals .

-Dragonland’s UNDER THE GREY BANNER is due out November 18 through AFM Records.

-FireHouse’s Bill Leverty posted a link to the band’s performance of “Love Of A Lifetime” from the September 17 Rock In Arena Fest in Puerto Rico: http://youtu.be/szcnPNx-kSk .

-The Iron Maidens’ 10-year anniversary show is this Saturday, October 1, at Paladino’s in Tarzana, CA. The first 100 people who come to see the band will receive a “*SPECIAL 10 Year Anniversary Gift.” Other upcoming tour dates:

10/15 – Pala Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA (free show)
10/22 – Roland/ Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA (free show)
10/29 – Marquee 15 Concert Theater, Corona, CA (Halloween show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV (all ages)
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/10 – The Ruby Room, San Diego, CA

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Iron Savior has signed with AFM Records for the follow-up to 2007’s MEGATROPOLIS. The band’s new song “Heavy Metal Never Dies” will debut tonight, September 28, on “The Metal Madman Radio Show” sometime between 7 and 10 p.m. EST at Themetalmadman.com.

-Did you know there’s a picture of Kiss hidden on the back of Nirvana’s NEVERMIND album? Read all about it at http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/amplifier/89911/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-nirvanas-nevermind .

-L.A. Guns’ ACOUSTIC GYPSY LIVE is streaming at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/12 . Track list: “Crystal Eyes,” “One Way Ticket,” “Decide,” “Dreamtime,” “Electric Gypsy,” “It’s Over Now,” “Never Enough,” “Over The Edge,” “Little Soldier,” “Sex Action,” “These Arms Of Mine,” “Love Hurts,” “The Ballad Of Jayne,” “Rip And Tear.”

-There will be a benefit show for ailing legendary Chicago promoter Tony “Shark” Labarbera (of Shark Entertainment, Silver Fin Records, and Chicago Rocker newsletter fame), to raise money to help pay his mounting medical expenses. The show will take place October 9 at Shark City in Glendale Heights, IL, and is set to include 7th Heaven, Cougar, Veilside, and Friction. Tickets cost $15; they can be bought, and donations can be made, at http://www.sharkbenefit.com/ . Contact sharkbenefit@yahoo.com for more information. For more on the Rocker, see http://www.chicagorocker.com/ . For more on the bands, see http://www.7thheavenband.com/ , http://www.cougarrocks.com/ , http://www.veilsideband.com/ , and http://www.frictionchicago.com/ .

-Check out the title track from Mastercastle’s DANGEROUS DIAMONDS, due November 18 through Lion Music, at http://soundcloud.com/lionmusicrecordlabel/mastercastle-dangerous .

-Morton, a power metal band from Ukraine, has signed with AFM Records. The members are singer Max Morton, guitarists Alexander Rudnev and Roman Skorobagatko, bassist Andrey “Kull” Karpov, and drummer Dmitry Smotrov. Hype: “This incredible new band offers a perfect blend of classic heavy/power metal with an up-to-date attitude and sound.” The group’s debut album COME READ THE WORDS FORBIDDEN is due October 21 in Europe. Track list: “Calling For The Storm,” “Eaglemark,” “Brotherhood Of Light,” “Sleeping King,” “Losing Faith,” “We Are The Shades,” “Oblivion,” “Grimoire,” “Burning Prisoner,” “Werewolf Hunt,” “Black Witch,” “Azrael,” “Weeping Bell.” “Brotherhood Of Light” is online at http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/morton-brotherhood-of-light . See http://www.myspace.com/maxmorton and http://www.afm-records.de/ for more.

-Music Buy Mail has new releases out now — Stala & So.’s IT IS SO., Holy Force’s s/t, and The Wheel’s s/t — and Vain’s ENOUGH ROPE is due next month. Stala (Stala & So., ex-Lordi) and Davy Vain are visiting Germany for a promo tour and meet & greets in early October. Hype from the label: “It’s a unique opportunity for all fans to talk with the artists, get autographs, or even a souvenir photo shoot. Both artists will perform some songs from their latest albums. Check out the schedule below and if you come to our office we also have a lot of current, reduced and rare CDs, DVDs, CDs and T-shirts in stock you can browse through.” The schedule:

10/4 – 5:00 p.m. @ Hot Shot, Nordmannpassage 1, 30159 Hannover
10/5 – 5:00 p.m. @ Saturn Hansa am Alex, Alexanderplatz 3, 10178 Berlin
10/6 – 5:00 p.m. @ Music Buy Mail, Truderinger Str. 13, 81677 München, (Souterrain)
10/7 – 5:00 p.m. @ Saturn Hansa, Neusser Straße 39, 47798 Krefeld

For the October 6 date at Music Buy Mail’s office, attendance is limited to 40 people. Pre-registration is advised, by contacting news@musicbuymail.eu. See http://www.musicbuymail.com/ for more.

-Check out Night Ranger’s Jack Blades’ appearance on Sean Hannity’s TV show at http://public.media.foxnews.com/091911/hannity_fred_WMPG4.mp4 . The band is now asking fans to “Like” their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nightranger . If you do you’ll get “a special Discount Code for use in the Official Store on any purchase of our amazing selection of shirts, hats, stickers and a ton of other Night Ranger items including the BRAND NEW BANDANA as well!” Check out the store at http://nightranger.cinderblock.com .

-Radiant Records is now taking pre-orders for Neal Morse’s TESTIMONY 2 – LIVE IN LOS ANGELES and Transatlantic’s MORE NEVER IS ENOUGH – LIVE IN MANCHESTER AND TILBURG. According to the site, “the 1st 100 BUNDLES sold will be autographed by both Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy!!!” See http://www.radiantrecords.com/ for more.

-Riverdogs’ WORLD GONE MAD is out now through Melodic Rock Records. Track list: “World Gone Mad,” “Big Steel Town,” “Best Day Of My Life,” “Just A Little Higher,” “For You,” “This Empty Room,” “Glitter Town,” “No Matter What” (live). Hype: “Riverdogs! What a great band — Rob Lamothe, Vivian Campbell, Nick Brophy and Marc Denzeisen reunited in 2003 to record a new album that never was completed and for a few shows. However, thanks to Andrew McNeice, the band finished the songs and recorded two new songs for a release in 2011. The album also includes a cover of Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What,’ still we only get seven new Riverdogs tracks which is better than nothing. The new songs are great, this is what classic rock is all about — a little bluesy, riffy, rootsy and very melodic with Lamothe’s splendid voice over it. The title track ‘World Gone Mad’ belongs on a Best Of collection no doubt, just as much as the amazing ‘Best Day Of My Life.'” See http://www.melodicrockrecords.com/ for more.

-Two more Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camps are scheduled, for New York City from October 27-29 and for Hollywood from November 10-13. The NYC camp is only open to 40 Citi Bank customers and includes jamming/rehearsing at the Gibson Showroom, an opening night party at the Core Club, and a final-night show at the Cutting Room. Singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue), guitarists Lita Ford and Bruce Kulick (Kiss), bassists Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio) and Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf), keyboardist Teddy Andreadis (Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper), drummers Simon Kirke (Bad Company) and Marky Ramone (The Ramones), and producer/song writer Mark Hudson (Aerosmith, Ringo Starr), as well as “more surprise guests,” are set to participate. Two packages are available: the Rocker Package for $999 and the Groupie Package for $399. See http://www.rockcamp.com/rrfc_newyork_2011.php for more. The Hollywood camp includes a jam with Paul Stanley, an acoustic concert at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills, and a final-night party and performance at the Playboy Mansion. Stanley, Sarzo, Ford, Hudson, Andreadis, and Kulick will appear, along with Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath), Howard Leese (Heart, Bad Company), Kip Winger (Winger), Chris Slade (AC/DC, Manfred Mann), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth), Nils Lofgren (E Street Band, Neil Young), Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie), Willie Basse (Black Sheep), Phil Soussan (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), and producer Eddie Kramer (Kiss, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin). A wide variety of packages are available, including the Recording Star ($8,499), Headliner ($5,999), and Groupie ($1,599), as well as varying levels of tickets, including the $50,000 Monster Cabana, the $10,000 VIP Cabana, and the $1,000 VIP, $1,500 Rock Star, and $1,800 VIP Couples ticket packages. See http://www.rockcamp.com/rrfc_playboy_2011.php for more. See http://www.rockcamp.com/ for more on the camps overall.

-Guns N’ Roses, Heart, and Joan Jett are among this year’s first-time nominees for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Small Faces/Faces were also nominated.

-Saxon’s CALL TO ARMS is streaming in full at http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/18 . Check out a new interview with vocalist Biff Byford at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Don8 . See http://www.saxon747.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Suicidal Tendencies front man Mike Muir at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3376 . See http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/ for more.

-The Sweet’s 2009 live album LIVE! IN AMERICA has been picked up for release by a label. The band will throw a “special CD Release performance party” at the Key Club in Los Angeles on October 26. Radio station KLOS 95.5 is partnering on the show; the station has a special $9.55 ticket and the first 95 ticket-holders through the doors will receive a copy of the CD. See http://www.keyclub.com/event/67229/ for more on the show, and http://www.thesweetband.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sweet/47432377093 for more on the band.

-The Andy Timmons Band — featuring the onetime Danger Danger guitarist along with bassist Mike Daane and drummer Rob Avsharian — will release THE ANDY TIMMONS BAND PLAYS SGT. PEPPER through Timstone Records in October. The release has been called “a strong guitar-based reworking of the album minus vocals.” Check out a brief Timmons interview with insight into the release at the Beatles’ Examiner site, http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/exclusive-band-readies-power-version-of-sgt-pepper-for-release-this-fall . The band will also tour Italy in October, playing 10 shows. Hype: “You can expect to hear lots of songs from the new CD, new original material as well as old ATB favorites. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!!!” There will also be clinics scheduled amid the band’s tour dates:

10/14 – Dragon Music, Forli, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/15 – Musicarte, Chiaravalle, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/17 – Citta Della Musica, San Giovanni Teatino, Italy (Mesa Boogie clinic)
10/19 – Il Faro, Catania, Italy (clinic & band show)
10/20 – Go West Saloon, Roccaforzata, Italy
10/21 – Oddly Shed, Caserta, Italy (w/ Cirro Manna)
10/22 – Jailbreak, Rome, Italy (w/ Cirro Manna)
10/25 – Essemusic, Montebelluna, Italy
10/26 – Accademia Del Suono, Milano, Italy (clinic)
10/26 – Land Of Live, Legnano, Italy
10/27 – Baricentro, Verona, Italy
10/28 – Borderline, Pisa, Italy
10/29 – Lapsus, Torino, Italy

See http://www.andytimmons.com/ for more.

-Chicago-area cover band TrashCan Symphony has a new contest where fans who suggest songs for the band to learn can potentially win “a most excellent prize.” See http://www.trashcansymphony.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/TrashCan-Symphony/212930548717143 for more.

-Tribunal Records’ new DIGITAL LABEL SAMPLER compilation is available for free download at http://www.tribunalrecords.net/home/free-digital-sampler . Track list: Colossus – “The Mountain That Rides,” KONG! – “Mind Eraser,” Forte – “This Unholy War,” Vanisher – “The Architect,” Blatant Disarray – “Down & Out,” Killwhitneydead – “Sound The Alarms (Teas’n Pleas’n Mix),” Line Of Fire – “Obsession,” Inferi – “The War Machine Embodiment,” The Feds – “Welcome To America” (previously unreleased), Enemy Is Us – “My Cross To Bear,” Canvas Solaris – “When Solar Winds Collide,” Vanisher – “Reaction (Joey Sturgis Mix),” Vale Of Pnath – “…A Disoriented Blur,” Six Reasons To Kill – “Observer,” Iron Thrones – “Still Waters,” A Thousand Times Repent – “A Band Of Hunters Stalk In Edo,” Woe Of Tyrants – “Hail The Count,” Heartscarved – “Subsiding The Floods Of Indifference (Redux Version),” Azazel – “Habitual Murderer (Redux Version).” See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ for more.

-U.D.O.’s set list from the September 24 show in Kraków was posted on the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/udoonline . It includes three songs suggested by online fan voting: “Rev-Raptor,” “Dominator,” “Independence Day,” “Leatherhead,” “Break The Rules,” “Thunderball,” “Screaming For A Love Bite,” “Heart Of Gold,” “Vendetta,” “Princess Of The Dawn,” “I Give As Good As I Get,” guitar solo, “Neon Nights,” “Protectors Of Terror,” drum solo, “Man And Machine,” “Renegade,” “Two Faced Woman,” “Metal Eater,” “The Bogeyman,” “Metal Heart,” “Balls To The Wall.” The band is now selling audio from its concerts on USB sticks, the same night as the show. See http://www.udo-online.de/ for more.

-Check out Vangough’s video for “Drained” streaming at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7685/vangough-drained-premiere . The album KINGDOM OF RUIN is due out October 25 through Nightmare Records.

-Warrant’s next video from ROCKAHOLIC will be “Home.” See http://www.warrantrocks.com/ for more.

Thanks to Stuart Smith, Matt Rudzinski, Steve Marinucci, Clint Weiler, Chad Bowar, Marcus Jervis, Dan Marsicano, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Bryan Reesman, Music Buy Mail, and the Illinois Entertainer for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Lots of new stuff these last few weeks, with recent releases from Anthrax, Alice Cooper, and Dream Theater all coming out on the same day, and now the new Sebastian Bach and Chickenfoot are out this week. The new Anthrax threw me with its goofy track list. I bought it, tore it open, and dialed up track #8 — “Judas Priest.” I figured it was “an homage” to the mighty Priest Beast and I *had* to hear it. Well, it didn’t sound anything like or related to Judas Priest… Turns out the back of the CD shows tracks 1-11 but there really are 13, two of which are short “hymn” instrumentals that threw me off. Here’s the correct track list, if you care: “Worship,” “Earth On Hell,” “The Devil You Know,” “Fight’em ‘Til You Can’t,” “I’m Alive,” “Hymn 1,” “In The End,” “The Giant,” “Hymn 2,” “Judas Priest,” “Crawl,” “The Constant,” “Revolution Screams.” What’s more, the final track includes a ghost track that kicks off at the 11:08 mark — a cover of Refused’s “New Noise.” Oh, and yes, “Judas Priest” is what I thought it was. :)

-Do yourself a favor and download that Tribunal Records compilation mentioned above. There’s some death-y / core-y stuff you may wish to skip, but I’d heartily recommend Colossus’ “The Mountain That Rides,” Line Of Fire’s “Obsession,” Vanisher’s “Reaction (Joey Sturgis Mix),” The Feds’ “Welcome To America,” Forte’s “This Unholy War,” Blatant Disarray’s “Down & Out,” and Canvas Solaris’ “When Solar Winds Collide.” Not bad at all. For free.

-I didn’t have a column last week so I’ll say this now… Here’s the description of Ronny Munroe’s (Metal Church) new album LORDS OF THE EDGE: “[It] sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put Metal Church’s LIGHT IN THE DARK CD into a blender with Queensryche’s first EP and Judas Priest’s PAINKILLER, then mixed it with some present day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline.” Intriguing, no?

-Don’t forget, Chicago-area metalheads — the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse festival is this weekend at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL. I can’t make it and it’s killing me… I’d love to see Obsession, Sacred Oath, Helstar, Cage, and the others. Check out the details at http://www.ragnarokkrmetal.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/RagnarokkrMetal .

-The name “Rumpelstiltskin Grinder” cracks me up… I had a buddy in junior high who had trouble pronouncing my last name and would call me Rumpelstiltskin instead. :)

-Grab those free Arrayan Path and Scythia downloads, too — killer stuff.

-In my current playlist: Alice Cooper – WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (UMe), Wolfpakk – s/t (AFM Records), Michael Monroe – SENSORY OVERDRIVE (Spinefarm/Universal), Stala & So. – IT IS SO. (So Music Finland), Lionville – s/t (Avenue Of Allies), Crash Street Kids – SWEET CREATURES (Vanity Music Group/Hot City Recording Company).

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BYRON NEMETH GROUP – THE FORCE WITHIN (REISSUE) (B+) Digital Nations Music, 2011
9 tracks, RT: 1:04:03
[ http://www.byronnemeth.com/ ]
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[ http://www.digital-nations.com/artists/byronnemeth ]
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Here’s an interesting instrumental for you — originally released on Pacifica Records in 2007, Byron Nemeth’s THE FORCE WITHIN now gets a well deserved 2011 re-launch. Normally this type of album would fall under the “shred” umbrella — and with things starting off with a homage to Joe Satriani called “Satrianimal” you could be forgiven for assuming that’s what you’re in store for — but shred is simply not an accurate term for what THE FORCE WITHIN offers. Byron clearly has a variety of influences including rock, metal, progressive and fusion, and he blends them in creative ways to construct cool entities such as “Chocolate Factory,” “Snake Charmer,” “Be” and the title track. Indeed, many of the passages sound like the missing link between instrumental Rush and Gamalon, with great use of tricky drumming, atmospheric keyboards and agile bass work. What’s nice about THE FORCE WITHIN is the almost complete avoidance of shred cliches, Byron opting for effectively spacey themes and dynamics instead of “watch what I can do” theatrics. The only real drawback is the production, which often buries the rhythm guitars. Check this out, if you enjoy instrumental excursions but have grown weary of guitar acrobatics you might find THE FORCE WITHIN takes you off the beaten path, in a good way!
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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-David Coverdale Celebrates His 60th birthday On September 22nd

“I’ve retired more times than Frank Sinatra — but it never lasts for very long…”

Legendary Whitesnake singer David Coverdale is going to celebrate his 60th birthday on September 22nd. His latest studio record FOREVERMORE, released on March 25th, shows experience, musical maturity and a personality that is far from jaded after an almost 40 year career. Also it is an evidence that Whitesnake’s career is far from finished, even if Coverdale evoked the end quite a few times in the last years: “I’ve retired more times than Frank Sinatra — but luckily I didn’t tell many people.” he laughs. “The music business can be so exhausting & destructive on a person, which makes you think sometimes, that you have to step back & take stock of your situation & circumstances,” Coverdale confessed.

Today David Coverdale is happy that he never threw totally stepped away. He recently wrote a song called “Best Years” that he says still perfectly fits describes his life with him turning 60 years old. He explains: “It’s great that I’m able to still work as a musician. And with it came consistency in my career and also in my private life. I really am experiencing the best times of my life these days, & believe me, I’ve seen a lot.”

FOREVERMORE is Whitesnake’s eleventh album released on Frontiers Records. The band is still known as one of the most successful acts of all times with several platinum awards. Through his eloquent, always cultivated, British-charming personality David Coverdale is not only known as a rock patron, but a highly regarded gentlemen within the rock business. There are not many other musicians that deal with love and passion in their lyrics like he does. And also there are just a few acts that are able to highlight lyrics perfectly and successfully with thrilling blues and soul anthems like he does.

Before Coverdale, who’s originally from Saltburn-by-Sea area, founded Whitesnake, he was the lead vocalist for Deep Purple. When Coverdale celebrates his 60th birthday on September 22nd he’s able to look back at a musical career that is almost 40 years long. “I’m going to celebrate my birthday with my private family & my musical family,” he reveals, “I will party several times on several different continents. Even if it sounds a little un-rock & roll, I will use the day to reflect and be thankful for what I achieved in my life so far. I’m incredibly grateful to still be experiencing professional success & to be so physically active in what I do, after all these years.”

Web: http://www.whitesnake.com/
Label: http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Lizzy Borden’s “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011

After blazing through the US and Canada on the “Summer Of Blood Tour,” Lizzy Borden have announced the “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” 2011.

Lizzy Borden will kick off the holiday tour with Megadeth in Guadalajara on November 19th at the Hell And Heaven Festival, then on to Europe for the Christmas Metal Festival with HammerFall, Lordi and Saxon in Lichtenfels, Germany on Nov 25th. A much anticipated performance at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival in the UK will follow on December 2nd with Ace Frehley, Magnum and the Quireboys.

Lizzy Borden’s “Death Takes A Holiday Tour” also includes headlining shows throughout Europe, (all tour dates below).

Starring: Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson, Dario Lorina and AC Alexander.

Full tour dates are as follows:

November
19 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Hell And Heaven Festival (with Megadeth)
23 – Eindhoven, Holland – The Rambler
25 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Christmas Metal Festival (with Saxon, Lordi)
26 – Uster, Switzerland – Rock City
27 – Munich, Germany – Garage De Luxe
28 – Vienna, Austria – Escape
30 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Channel Zero

December:
1 – London, England – Camden Underworld
2 – Prestatyn, North Wales – Hard Rock Hell Festival (w/ Ace Frehley, the Quireboys)
3 – York, UK – The Duchess
5 – Helsinki, Finland – DOM
9 – Sala, Sweden – Rockland
10 -Trollhattan, Sweden – Backstage
11 – Copenhagen, Danmark – The Rock

In a career spanning 28 years, Lizzy Borden was created in 1983 in Hollywood California, Spitting venom, stage blood and dripping grease paint while breathing life into Theme oriented creations; LOVE YOU TO PIECES (1985), MENACE TO SOCIETY (1986), VISUAL LIES (1987), MASTER OF DISGUISE (1989), BEST OF (1994), DEAL WITH THE DEVIL (2000), and APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH (2008).

Lizzy Borden produced spectacular performances in North America, Japan and all through Europe on the main stages of some of the biggest festivals like, Sweden Rock (Sweden), Wacken (Germany), The Reading Festival (UK), Bang Your Head (Germany), Kobetasonic (Spain), Rocklahoma, Rock In America (USA) all to rave reviews.

Lizzy Borden will be performing all of the classic songs like “Me Against The World,” “American Metal,” and “Master Of Disguise,” as well as songs from the latest Lizzy Borden full length album APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, along with some new surprises in the show just for this holiday tour.

Go to http://www.Lizzyborden.com/ for additional dates and presales in your area.

http://www.facebook.com/lizzybordenband

http://twitter.com/OfficialLizzy

http://www.myspace.com/lizzybordenband

http://www.youtube.com/lizzybordenband

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-Manowar: Feel The Powers From Hell!

Time for a new Power Package from The Kingdom Of Steel — The only official store for original Manowar merchandise! And you better hurry! The Sister Of Steel Power Packages were sold out fast!

This week’s special is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming Manowar tour with their two legendary double live albums. Feel the unlimited power that Manowar unleash on stage in your own home and let the earth shake in true Manowar style! As owner of this package you can show your passion for the best music on earth by proudly wearing an original Manowar T-Shirt that the Kingdom Of Steel will pick for you.

http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/product/1200/Manowar-Power-Package-Blow-Your-Speakers

This special offer “Manowar Power Package – Blow Your Speakers” contains:

1 Manowar CD Double HELL ON STAGE LIVE
1 Manowar CD Double HELL ON WHEELS LIVE
1 Manowar Single “Die With Honor:” This item is exclusively available in this package.
1 Manowar T-Shirt: Our pick from a range of Manowar T-Shirts, all in the excellent quality you know from the Kingdom Of Steel!

Four items with a combined value of more than $60.00 for only $35.00!

This Package will only be available for a limited time and while supplies last (please check Terms & Conditions in the store at http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/page/7/Terms-and-Conditions ). Get your Power Package today. And don’t miss to check in regularly for new Power Packages and further great offers!

And don’t forget: For any order of $30 or more, you will also get a FREE Manowar Tote Bag.

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel

http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/

Manowar

http://www.manowar.com/

http://www.facebook.com/manowar

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-Wolfpakk’s All-Star Debut Due October 11 On AFM Records

Artist: Wolfpakk
Title: WOLFPAKK
Label: AFM Records
Release: 11 October 2011

Alpha Wolves of the Heavy Metal project Wolfpakk are the full blooded musicians Michael Voss (ex-Casanova, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball). Voss and Sweeney had planned on starting a project together one day, so when Voss was chosen as the producer for Sweeney’s second solo album in 2009, it became the perfect time for this collaboration to take place.

The goal was not only to have the guest musicians on the album but also to feature their respective characteristics and strengths. Thanks to Voss’ extensive network gathered over the years as a producer, within a very short time 30 musicians from all over the world joined the project now called Wolfpakk.

All ten songs, including the lyrics, were written by Voss and Sweeney, who also shared in the vocal duties as well as handling all production and mixing. Joining Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney on this release was an international cast including:

Vocals: Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Mark Fox (ex-Shakra), Michaela Schober (Tanz der Vampire), Jean-Marc Viller (Callaway), Pearl, and Molly Duncan

Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, Robert Plant), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Matthias Rethmann (ex-LeeZ, Silver), Nils Middelhauve (Xandria), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Barend Courbois (Vengeance)

Guitars: Igor Gianola (U.D.O.), Marco Wriedt (Axxis), Andy Midgeley (Power Quest), Ira Black (ex-Vicious Rumors, Lizzy Borden), Torsten Koehne (Eden’s Curse), Doc Heyne (BISS), Tommy Denander (Dan Reed, Paul Stanley), Nadja Kossinskaja (Peter Maffay), Freddy Scherer (Gotthard), Olaf Lenk (At Vance), George Solonos (Tommy Lee)

Keys: Alessandro Delveccio (Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice), Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell, Rough Silk)

Drums: Gereon Homann (Eat The Gun)

On WOLFPAKK the parts for every guest vocalist and musician seem to be tailor-made, and in combination with the traditional songwriting and the impressive production, this has become a very special debut album and has turned out to be a “must-have” for every fan of hard rock and traditional metal.

Track list:
1. Sirens
2. Dark Horizons
3. Lost
4. Slam Down The Hammer
5. The Crow
6. Wolfpup
7. Let Me Die
8. Reptile’s Kiss
9. Ride The Bullet
10. Wolfony

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolfpakk/111305725627387

http://www.afm-records.de/

http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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-Gotthard: HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO Trailer!

The release of Gotthard’s live album HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO is coming closer and with that also the unavoidable ending of an era within the band’s history — the era of Steve Lee.

The recordings of the concert which took place on the 17th of July 2010 in Lugano — the band’s home town — portray one of the last shows with the charismatic exceptional singer before his tragic accidental death later that year and will occupy a special position in Gotthard’s complete works always and evermore.

Bassist Marc Lynn puts the album’s magic into moving words: “Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed of all that we’ve experienced with our friend Steve Lee. The memories of the past 20 years on stage with Steve are brought again to life intensively with this album. They reflect the memorable times that we were able to enjoy on the Mount Olympus of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

The enclosed bonus DVD shows chosen recordings of another historical concert of Gotthard: On the 31st of December 1999, the rock group played a gig over the course of the millennium — which also took place on the local piazza in Lugano and can be seen as one of the band’s most exceptional shows to date.

Find the trailer for HOMEGROWN – ALIVE IN LUGANO here:

The album will be released on September 30!

Currently, Gotthard are still in search of a new singer, but soon a new chapter of the band’s history will be opened…

http://www.gotthard.com/

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-Guitar Guru Richie Kotzen Record Release Party October 23rd At The House Of Blues Hollywood

24 HOURS To Release 11.11.11 On Headroom-Inc.

First Single “24 Hours” Available On iTunes Now!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Join Richie Kotzen at the House Of Blues Hollywood, Sunday October 23rd for his record release party for his new album 24 HOURS.

Tickets are now on sale for Richie Kotzen at House of Blues Sunset Strip on Oct 23rd! Get yours today at:

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RichieKotzen/c154992264/24d931dd40/7481c9897c

OR purchase the VIP package at:

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RichieKotzen/c154992264/24d931dd40/0f202e3b2a

After two years of extensive international touring, guitar virtuoso, singer/ songwriter Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album 24 HOURS, releasing November 11 on Headroom-Inc.

24 HOURS reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level of playing. “I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track ’24 Hours,'” explains Kotzen. “I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song ’24 Hours,’ and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solos on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings.”

24 HOURS is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s musical influences and diversity. 24 HOURS takes you on an inspired, musical journey as the opening track sets the tone that falls stylistically somewhere between early Van Halen and Sly & The Family Stone. Kotzen also brought in his talented daughter, August Kotzen and friend Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, to complete the album. “My daughter, August is singing with me on a few songs and is playing electric piano on the song ‘Stop Me,'” states Kotzen. “My friend Jerry Cantrell is singing backgrounds on ‘Love Is Blind’ and does a very cool lead vocal ad-lib in the final chorus of the tune.”

24 HOURS was recorded and produced in Kotzen’s studio Headroom-Inc. 24 HOURS will be released on 11.11.11. Expect the first single, title track “24 Hours” to hit airwaves sometime soon. For more information go to http://www.richiekotzen.com/ .

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-Golden Resurrection – MAN WITH A MISSION

Release Date: October 26, 2011
Catalogue No. CD: LRCD008
Label: Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group
Style: Melodic Metal
Origin: Sweden
Territory: Worldwide (excluding Japan)

Selling Points:
Golden Resurrection — The melodic metal kings from Sweden are back with the second album called MAN WITH A MISSION with a big bombastic production, good compositions, virtuoso guitar, keyboard, drums & bass playing and on top of that vocal arrangements that few bands can deliver!

Golden Resurrection’s guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed performed on primetime on Swedish National TV August 9, 2011 in front of two million viewers and now more and more fans wants to know more about Tommy ReinXeed.

Golden Resurrection continues the Swedish melodic metal explosion they successfully started with their debut album GLORY TO MY KING.

Both Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed’s latest albums got fantastic reviews all over the world and went straight into the Japanese Metal Charts.

Track List:
1. The Light Overture
2. Man With A Mission
3. Identity In Christ
4. Golden Times
5. Finally Free
6. Generation Of The Brave
7. Standing On The Rock
8. Metal Opus 1 In C# Minor
9. Are You Ready For The Power
10. Flaming Youth
11. Point Of Know Return (Kansas tribute – digital release only)
12. The End Of The World (Gary Moore tribute – digital release only)

Biography:
After the success on primetime on Swedish National TV August 9, 2011 in front of 2 million viewers and 30,000 in the audience when they saw Golden Resurrection’s amazing guitarist & vocalist Tommy ReinXeed performing “The Look” (Roxette) & “Money Money Money” (ABBA). It was a success and after the show big artists and movie stars in Sweden were stunned by Tommy’s guitar playing and singing and now the rest of the world wants to know more about Tommy ReinXeed and his bands Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed.

Golden Resurrection continues the Swedish melodic metal explosion they successfully started with their debut album GLORY TO MY KING.

Both Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed’s latest albums got fantastic reviews all over the world and went straight into the Japanese Metal Charts.

MAN WITH A MISSION is the second album by the Swedish metal band Golden Resurrection. First album GLORY TO MY KING got great reviews all over the world and fans was happy that vocalist Christian Liljegren was back with a new fresh band following in the great melodic tradition of his former band Narnia.

Since Christian Liljegren & Tommy ReinXeed formed Golden Resurrection in 2008 they have been very productive, involved in many album productions by Golden Resurrection, 7Days, DivineFire, Audiovision, ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal.

The songwriting process for MAN WITH A MISSION has been really exciting and the songs just came with a passion and a great flow. You will of course hear the melodic neoclassical & symphonic elements with big bombastic vocal arrangements. With this album they have really found a unique sound for Golden Resurrection.

Both Christian & Tommy are big fans of ABBA, Europe, Kansas, Queen, Rainbow, Malmsteen, Stratovarius, & Dio and of course you can hear these influences in their music as well as influences from their respective bands Narnia, DivineFire, & ReinXeed.

Lots of fans all over the world have been following the singer and composer Christian Liljegren (Narnia & DivineFire) and guitarist, singer & composer Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed) and the reaction on their videos this year 2011 with Golden Resurrection, ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal on YouTube have been tremendous. Hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube so the interest is huge.

In March this year Golden Resurrection made a charity single & video called “Pray For Japan” to support their friends and fans in Japan. Japan has a very special place in the hearts of Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed.

ReinXeed latest album 1912 released in May in Japan reached their best position ever on Japanese metal charts, peaking at position 9 and SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL reached position 22 on top 50. Both albums charted in the same month. In Sweden the success has been fantastic for Tommy ReinXeed. He performed the songs “The Look” (Roxette) & “Money Money Money” (ABBA) from the SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL album in August in front of 2 million people on national TV and 30,000 people in the audience. After Tommy’s performance on TV the SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL album have reached top positions on the Swedish charts this summer and media are very interested in Golden Resurrection & ReinXeed as well.

Here’s more information about the members of Golden Resurrection:

Christian Liljegren – Lead & backing vocals & main composer in Golden Resurrection has reached achieved success in the past with his bands Narnia, DivineFire, & Audiovision and sold over 200,000 albums all over the world. He’s toured in places like Japan, Mexico, Europe and Israel to name a few, together with big bands like Dio, Stryper, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, and many more.

Tommy ReinXeed – Guitars, keyboards &vocals. 23 years old and a great guitar player and a wonderful vocalist. Tommy is following the good tradition of great guitar heroes like Gus G, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris Impellitteri, John Sykes, Jake E. Lee, John Norum & Gary Moore.

Tommy ReinXeed has an exceptional technique of playing shredding guitar with a fast, heavy style, with a great melodic tone and with lots of feeling in his guitar playing and composing. Gary Moore is his biggest influence and on the Japanese edition of MAN WITH A MISSION you will hear the song “The End Of The World” as a bonus track, complete with the intro guitar solo and a vocal duet between Tommy & Christian. This song will also be included in the live set as a tribute to our lost guitar hero Gary Moore.

Tommy ReinXeed is also the vocalist, guitarist & band leader for Swedish melodic metal band ReinXeed and the band has built up a strong fan base especially in Japan. Their latest album release 1912 & SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL was praised in Burrn! Magazine and went into the metal charts in Japan.

Rickard Gustafsson is our powerful drummer of Golden Resurrection and he is also involved in the Swedish band Pantokrator who plays more extreme metal, still with lots of melodies. The band has done several albums and toured all over Europe. Few knows that Rickard is also a great vocalist and have some secret musical projects where he is both the guitar player and lead vocalist with strong influences from the hair metal style of the ’80s.

Steven K is our bass player and he’s been touring a lot, playing many different kinds of music. His skillful bass playing blends perfectly into the music of Golden Resurrection.

Kenneth Lillqvist is the newest member and keyboard player of the band and he joined the band because former keyboard player Olov Andersson (Grand Stand) had to leave the band due to health problems. We are really happy to welcome Kenneth into the band. He is from Finland and has studied composing and studio engineering on a professional level. These skills will be very useful in Golden Resurrection. He is also a great vocalist.

We wish Olov the best of luck and pray for his health. Olov is a long time friend of Christian and many of the musical ideas and visions Christian have had in the past comes from their shared passion for dramatic and powerful music. Olov will always be the member beside the band.

All members of the band have been involved in the harmony vocals on the album as the vocal arrangements are a key element together with the melodic virtuoso guitar playing in Golden Resurrection’s music.

We also show our dedication to our musical heroes and make our Golden Resurrection versions by our lost musical hero Gary Moore and the song “The End Of The World” and “Point Of Know Return” by symphonic progressive rock kings Kansas. These songs only available on digital release of the album and they are bonus tracks on the Japanese edition.

The mastering of the MAN WITH A MISSION album was done by Michael Lind at Masterplant, Sweden and he has done many great productions with crystal clear mastering for DivineFire, ReinXeed, Dio, Candlemass, Talisman, The Poodles and many more.

The lineup of Golden Resurrection:
Christian Liljegren (Narnia & DivineFire) – Vocals
Tommy ReinXeed (ReinXeed & Swedish Hitz Goes Metal) – Guitars, Keyboards, Lead & Backing Vocals
Steven K – Bass & Backing Vocals
Rickard Gustafsson (Pantokrator) – Drums & Backing Vocals
Kenneth Lillqvist – Keyboards & Backing Vocals

The new Swedish melodic neoclassical metal explosion is here again and it is spelled Golden Resurrection!!!

Discography:
Golden Resurrection – GLORY TO MY KING – LRCD003
ReinXeed – THE LIGHT – RRCD036 – Rivel Records
ReinXeed – HIGHER – RRCD040 – Rivel Records
ReinXeed – MAJESTIC – LRCD002 – Liljegren Records
ReinXeed – 1912 – LRCD007 – Liljegren Records/Doolittle Group
SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL – DOOCD003 – Doolittle Group

Liljegren Records / Doolittle Group Web:

http://www.myspace.com/goldenresurrection

http://www.facebook.com/goldenresurrection

http://www.doolittle.se/

http://www.facebook.com/doolittlegroup

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-Rat Pak Records Set To Release Sophomore Album LORDS OF THE EDGE From Metal Church Singer Ronny Munroe Produced By Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden)

Classic power metal is still alive and well! Ronny Munroe’s (voice of Metal Church) new CD LORDS OF THE EDGE is hands down his finest work to date. Featuring the guitar mastery of Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden), Chris Caffery (TSO/Savatage), and Michael Wilton (Queensryche), LORDS OF THE EDGE is a true metal offering that delivers an onslaught of fist-pumping, guitar-driven heavy metal.

LORDS OF THE EDGE gives us 12 new solid tracks of melodic metal that can only be described as one of those rare albums that captures the magic of the classic metal era. “We wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time, true metal fans could hear everything that we were influenced by growing up in the classic metal era,” says Ronny on the recording of the new CD. “LORDS OF THE EDGE sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put Metal Church’s LIGHT IN THE DARK CD into a blender with Queensryche’s first EP and Judas Priest’s PAINKILLER, then mixed it with some present day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline.”

The opening tracks, “Just Breathe” and “Full Circle,” offer fast and furious guitar assaults with high energy vocals, while tracks like “The Vision” and “Touched By A Demon” take on a more haunting melodic approach that set up the listener for the gritty, power-metal influenced tracks like “Let Them Feed” and “Rock And A Hard Place.”

With 12 strong tracks on this CD, it is a fantastic offering that deserves to be in every metal fan’s music collection!

Watch the video trailer for LORDS OF THE EDGE here:

Track listing:

1) Just Breathe
2) Full Circle
3) Pierced By The Maiden
4) The Vision
5) The Fear Of What’s To Come
6) Let Them Feed
7) Rock And A Hard Place
8) Blood Red Skies
9) Lords Of The Edge
10) Touched By A Demon
11) Still Alive
12) Goodbye To The Black

http://www.ratpakrecords.com/ronnymunroe

http://www.empiresofeden.com/

http://www.rockngrowl.com/

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-Vain – ENOUGH ROPE

Jackie Rainbow Records #CD6076
File under: Hard Rock
Order #: CD6076
EAN: 4024572481391
Release: 28. October 2011 (31. Oct. 2011 – UK)

Specials: Featured in the upcoming Tom Cruise movie “Rock Of Ages”

Track List:
1. Greener
2. Triple X
3. Hot Stage Lights
4. Stray Kitten Burns
5. Cindy
6. Treasure Girl
7. Enough Rope
8. Solid Gold
9. Distance Of Love
10. Vain
11. Worship You

Bio:
Davy Vain has a list of accomplishments under his belt few artists today can rival. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Davy began his rise as the front man/songwriter/producer for the band Vain. Their debut record, NO RESPECT (originally released by Island Records), continues to receive critical acclaim worldwide having landed them on the cover of such notable music publications as Kerrang! and BAM. It is clearly evident from the praise garnered from the music press and more importantly other musicians, that Davy has an incredible knack for writing great songs.

As the music industry progressed and changed, Davy explored his creativity and musicianship even further. Remaining true to his musical integrity each of his recordings is filled with catchy hooks and choruses, rampant with melodies, and loaded with fresh and creative guitar sounds. Davy’s voice is one of the most unique, hypnotic and original voices in rock and roll. It invokes and inspires you with a style that is entirely his own. His recorded and live performances are electric, raw, and infused with a power and magic that is as rare today as it was when Davy first started playing out.

The new amazing album ENOUGH ROPE follows on seamlessly from the glory days of their debut NO RESPECT.

Even the upcoming film “Rock Of Ages” with Tom Cruise pays respect to Vain by featuring posters and music of this all time classic band.

Lineup:
Davy Vain – vocals, guitars
Jamie Scott – guitars
Ashley Mitchell – bass
Tommy Rickard – drums
Danny West – guitars

Additional musicians:
Louie Senor – drums
Fraser Lunney – bass

http://www.davyvain.com/

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-Charred Walls Of The Damned Release Second Single “Ashes Falling Upon Us” Of New Album COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS!

Charred Walls Of The Damned returns with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owns, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album!

With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording 12 songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further: “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS as a “perfect storm of producing” — Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.

Fans can hear the second single, “Ashes Falling Upon Us,” as well as place pre-orders now on http://www.metalblade.com/cwotd .

COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS track listing:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
3. Zerospan
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead The Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
10. Bloodworm
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light

COLD WINDS ON TIMELESS DAYS will be released October 7th/10th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

http://www.metalblade.com/cwotd

http://www.facebook.com/charredwallsofthedamned

http://www.twitter.com/cwotd

http://www.richardchristy.com/

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-Z Records News

Legion In Studio To Record Third Album NEMESIS

Legion have entered the studio to begin work on their all new album entitled NEMESIS. The band’s third release via Z Records will be released February / March ahead of their appearance at Z Rock 2012.

Z Rock 2012 Offer Still Available For A Short Time

A big thank you to everyone whom has taken advantage of the ticket offer exclusively at http://www.zrecords.net/ . We have tickets still available from the allocated 200 at just £38 a saving of £7. This offer is on a first come first served basis so do not delay.

The confirmed lineup for May 5th, 2012 is Paul Sabu, Arabia, Legion, Vanden Plas and Shakra, all of which are exclusive UK appearances. A further two acts will be announced shortly.

Z Roll Call For Those On Facebook

Many of you have already joined us on Facebook, if you haven’t please add us, you’ll often hear sound samples, etc. before they are available anywhere else.

Find us at http://www.facebook.com/ZRECORDS.OFFICIAL .

http://www.zrecords.net/

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-Pegazus Reveals Very Special Touring Lineup And Confirms More Tour Dates!

The Australian Metallers of Pegazus have just announced some very special news concerning the touring lineup for the upcoming shows for the IN METAL WE TRUST tour.

Due to the fact that both Ange Sotiro (Drums) and Cory Betts (Bass) will not be available for touring duties because of serious working-related issues, the band has asked two well-known names from the past to join the band for the upcoming shows in Melbourne and Europe!

Ange Sotiro will be replaced by no one other than co-founder of Pegazus and former drummer Robbie Stoj! Johnny and Robbie Stoj created Pegazus in 1993 and Robbie was the drummer from its beginning till 2003, when he had to unfortunately leave the band due to a serious hand injury. In the past few months he has felt very comfortable and back into the groove of being back behind the drum kit again and will now replace Ange for the upcoming shows. Robbie Stoj comments on the recent events: “Looking forward to getting back to Europe, seeing old and new friends and fans. Great to be back touring, especially with Pegazus. This lineup has got a lot to be seen to be believed. These will be really great shows.”

And the surprises will continue as Cory Betts will be replaced on bass by the former Pegazus vocalist Rob Thompson! After Rob left the band in 2008, he always stayed in close contact with his former band mates. The band knew that Rob is a great guitarist and bass player as well, so without any doubts he was asked to replace Cory Betts for the tour. Rob Thompson about his “return” for the upcoming shows: “When I was asked if I was interested to do these shows with Pegazus as their bass player, it was a no-brainer for me. I have always loved the band and it makes no difference to me if I’m the lead singer or the bass player. Being on stage with those four guys is all that matters and it’s a unique opportunity which I never thought would happen. The rehearsals so far have shown already that this lineup is gonna kick some ass and you’d better not miss this!”

It has taken the band 13 years to finally return to Europe and the excitement is overwhelming. Founder and guitarist Johnny Stoj comments on the tour and the two guest appearances from Robbie Stoj and Rob Thompson: “It’s definitely been a long time coming and I can’t wait to finally be back in Europe rippin’ it up on stage with the boys. Having both Robbie and Rob on this tour is going to be a BLAST!”

Also vocalist Justin Fleming is thrilled with all the recent happenings: “I’m really pumped to go to Europe and destroy some PA’s over there. I hope the fans will not miss the opportunity to see this very special lineup. For Rob and myself, it will be the first time to hit the stages in Europe and being able to do that with this line-up will be an experience none of us will ever forget.”

The band has confirmed the following dates for the IN METAL WE TRUST tour:

Oct 14, 2011 – Central Club – Melbourne, Australia
Oct 22, 2011 – Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival – Manifesto – Hoorn, Holland
Oct 28, 2011 – De Rots – Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 3, 2011 – Livestage – Innsbrück, Austria
Nov 4, 2011 – Rock City – Uster, Switzerland
Nov 5, 2011 – Steel Fest – Estragon – Bologna, Italy
Nov 9, 2011 – Exit-Us – Prague, Czech Rep
Nov 11, 2011 – JUZ, Jugend- und Programmzentrum – Kaiserslautern, Germany (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 17, 2011 – Garage De Luxe – Munich, Germany
Nov 18, 2011 – Hapa Haole – Witten, Germany
Nov 19, 2011 – Downstairs – Worblaufen-Bern, Switzerland (w/ Ivory Night)

More tour dates are expected to be added, so keep a close eye on all official band sites.

Touring Lineup:
Justin Fleming – Vocals
Johnny Stoj – Guitars
Rob Thompson – Bass (Former Pegazus vocalist 2000-2008)
Robbie Stoj – Drums (Former Pegazus drummer 1993 – 2003)

For All Info:

http://www.pegazusofficial.com/

http://www.myspace.com/pegazusmusic

http://www.twitter.com/pegazusmusic

http://www.facebook.com/pages/PEGAZUS/56974008938

http://www.youtube.com/user/pegazusmusic

http://www.ivorynight.de/

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-Scandinavia’s Finest Secret The Magnificent Is Unleashed To The Unsuspecting Melodic Rock Crowd!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from The Magnificent on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.

With Scandinavia becoming more and more the promised land for quality Melodic Rock bands, it was just natural that Frontiers would dig deep in the scene to find and expose the best new talents around. Then imagine if two of the most gifted guys from the Prog Metal scene in two different Scandinavian countries decided to join forces in a monumental new band project. The result should be nothing but stunning right? Then get this: Circus Maximus singer extraordinaire Michael Eriksen from Norway and Finnish producer/guitarist Torsti Spoof (of Leverage fame) have decided to join forces together in a new Melodic Rock band aptly called The Magnificent.

With the help of musicians including Rolf Pilve on drums, Sami Norbacka on bass and Jukka Karinen on keyboards, The Magnificent offer a monster Melodic Rock album, a record melting the contemporary sound of Brother Firetribe and classic Europe, with obvious hints to the fathers of the genre: Journey and Foreigner.

Songwriting contributions also come from Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe, Leverage), Tomppa Nikulainen (Brother Firetribe), Tuomas Heikkinen (Leverage), Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale) and others.

Torsti Spoof said: “A lot of my musical influences come from the ’80s and I always wanted to make an album in that spirit. Now the dream has came true! This one was truly a joyride. Great musicians, songwriters and an AMAZING Michael Eriksen! I think together we’ve made a perfect blend of the old school songwriting with a big up to date sound.” Michael Eriksen added “I grew up in the ’80s and with this album the ’80s are BACK! Working together with Torsti has been a privilege and I believe together we have created a rock album that will apply to all fans of rock music out there. So turn up the volume and enjoy!”

The resulting debut album oozes class, stunning melodies and fabulous arrangements. Eriksen’s powerful vocals perfectly complement the spectacular musical landscape created by Spoof and his cohorts. THE MAGNIFICENT is an album that screams for the attention of all Melodic Rock fans.

THE MAGNIFICENT includes the following tracks:
Holding On To Your Love; Cheated By Love; Memories; Angel; Satin & Lace; Love’s On The Line; Bullets; Smoke & Fire; Tired Of Dreaming; If It Takes All Night; Lost; Harvest Moon.

“Cheated By Love” can be listened in full on the Frontiers webradio on http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

The Magnificent:
Lead and Background Vocals: Michael Eriksen
Lead Guitars, Keyboards and Background Vocals: Torsti Spoof

With:
Drums: Rolf Pilve
Bass: Sami Norbacka
Keyboards: Jukka Karinen
Backing vocals: Antony Parviainen

Except on:
“Memories:” Guitar, Bass, Keyboards: Mats Haugen / Drums: Tommy Jacksonville
“Satin & Lace,” “Bullets,” “Harvest Moon:” Guitars: Tuomas Heikkinen
“Tired Of Dreaming:” Bass: Torsti Spoof

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

New Releases From Gronholm & Niels Vejlyt Out Now

This month’s new releases:

Gronholm – SILENT OUT LOUD

Home to 10 tracks full of infectious vocal melodies over dynamic musical backdrops; SILENT OUT LOUD is an impressive collection of song craft all topped off with a powerful production and mix.

Gronholm the band is built around the song writing skills of Mika Gronholm (guitar, bass and keyboards) with vocals once again by Markku Kuikka (Status Minor) and drums from Tom Rask. This core trio of musicians are joined by “special guests” Billy Sherwood (ex Yes) and Marco Hietala (Nightwish / Tarot) who add some extra dynamics to backing vocals, and in the case of Sherwood help add his trademark lush “Yes style” vocal harmony sheen to the likes of “Out From The Nest” amongst others.

Whilst the new offering aside from a greater emphasis on guitar has a sound not too dissimilar to its well received predecessor EYEWITNESS OF LIFE. The new album sees Mika take a heavier approach to his song writing utilizing a down tuned B tuning for all stringed instruments. On the change Mika comments, “All the songs on SILENT OUT LOUD are tuned down to low B. Sometimes B-tuning is used for roaring vocals or lighting fast guitar parts, but no, not this time. With this tuning I was seeking more power and energy to my riffs.”

SILENT OUT LOUD’s first six tracks are all up-tempo numbers where the new tuning is given a fine showing between the heavy packed hard rock riffs with some prog influenced melodies. As the album nears its conclusion we see an instrumental offering in “Giant Step” which clears the mind’s palette for the acoustic flavor that is heard on the final three tracks with album finale “Away” also getting an orchestral arrangement.

Promotional Videos:
Grönholm – “Cross Of Mind”

Grönholm – “Out From The Nest” (featuring Billy Sherwood)

Full Promo Page With Online Ordering:

http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/silentoutloud.htm

Niels Vejlyt – STHENIC (CD+DVD dual pack)

Best known as the guitarist and driving force behind metal outfit Infinity Overture, Danish guitar virtuoso Niels Vejlyt is about to make his mark on the guitar instrumental scene with his powerful solo debut STHENIC on 16th September 2011 fully loaded with a bonus DVD!

Already no stranger to guitar fanatics worldwide thanks to numerous instructional DVDs, books and his own online guitar school, STHENIC is a long awaited release for Neils Vejlyt’s legion of fans worldwide and is also sure to attract many newcomers.

With a sound reminiscent at times of instrumental offerings from Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai, etc., STHENIC sees Vejlyt serve up eight tracks that blend intricate heavy riffs with exciting grooves and chord progressions over which Niels’ formidable lead technique takes the album over the edge!

With a strong core backing band of Jakob Vand (Infinity Overture) and bassist Kris Gildenlow (ex Pain Of Salvation), Niels has taken the live approach of a classic three-piece and worked from that basic premise adding further textures and rhythm guitars to build a strong wall of sound. This live feel to the music manages to bring a direct sound often lacking in “overdub city” guitar offerings and also make the album more palatable for even the most hardened cynic.

Mixed and mastered by the legendary Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jørn Lande, Circus Maximus) STHENIC boasts a strong and powerful production which further enhances the listening experience and makes this a true scorcher of a release for guitar fans worldwide.

Promotional Video:
Niels Vejlyt – “Die Today”

Full Promo Page With Online Ordering:

http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/sthenic.htm

Lion Music

http://www.lionmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

http://twitter.com/lionmusic

http://www.youtube.com/lionmusicfinland

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-Trillium Debuts With ALLOY

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of ALLOY, the anticipated debut album from Trillium the new Metal Project masterminded by American Singer Songwriter Amanda Somerville on November 4th in Europe and November 1st in North America.

ALLOY is an album that’s charged with emotion and exploration and a very personal statement from Amanda and certainly the listener can enjoy very different musical atmospheres on the album. “Since I’m an eclectic and diverse person and musician, that certainly comes out in this album,” says Amanda. “I think that the diversity is what is going to set this album apart from other stuff that’s out there right now. It’s got big choruses and epic symphonic hits, guitar solos you could imagine being played on a mountain top with an aerial camera view, but it’s also got a lot of soul added to the raise-your-fists-in-the-air-and-make-a-mean-face vibe.”

Musically Trillium melts Rock and Metal in a new, interesting and different way from anything Amanda has worked on so far. ALLOY is also graced with the talents of several musicians with whom Amanda had the honor of working in the past. Sander Gommans (ex After Forever, HDK) and Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Epica, After Forever, etc.) were the main songwriters together with the American singer on this album. They have brought a lot to the project and have certainly allowed the sound to be a lot richer and stronger.

“Sander is all around an awesome songwriter and guitar player, and he’s especially good at coming up with riffs and movements of a song, while Sascha is a fantastic producer who can play any instrument there is — and play the hell out of it — and his sense of songwriting is really strong!” tells Amanda.

Other contributing musicians include Miro Rodenberg who did all of the orchestral and keyboard arrangements, Robert Hunecke on drums, Olaf Reitmeier on acoustic guitar, Simon Oberender on keyboards (and mastering). But more surprises are on this record: “Working with Mat Sinner on KISKE-SOMERVILLE established a solid professional relationship and I also found a good friend in him,” says Amanda. “We co-wrote ‘Love Is An Illusion’ together for this album and it was a pleasure working with him once again!”

And last, but in no way least, Jorn Lande has lent his epic voice to the song “Scream It.” Ms. Somerville tells the story: “I actually wrote that song with Jorn in mind not for his status in the scene, but because I absolutely love his voice, he’s a wonderful friend of mine through working together on Avantasia and he was the perfect ‘actor’ to play the character in the song. And he nailed it!”

With touring plans in Europe in the first quarter of 2012 and a rousing excitement surrounding Trillium, you can bet the world is finally ready to enjoy the talents of one of the most interesting, creative and gifted singers and songwriters of today’s entire Rock scene.

ALLOY will be exclusively released in a lavish digi-pak CD edition and will include the following songs:

Machine Gun; Coward; Purge; Utter Descension; Bow To The Ego; Mistaken; Scream It; Justifiable Casualty; Path Of Least Resistance; Into The Dissonance; Slow It Down; Love Is An Illusion*. *bonus track

While a video clip for the song “Coward” is in the works, you can now enjoy a video presentation of the album following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7KQITdzezc

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding Trillium!

Trillium
Amanda Somerville – Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sascha Paeth – Guitars, Bass, Keys, Drums
Sander Gommans – Guitars
Miro – Arrangements & Keys
Olaf Reitmeier – Acoustic Guitar
Robert Hunecke – Drums
Simon Oberender – Keys
Jorn Lande – Guest Lead Vocals on “Scream It”

Weblinks:

http://www.amandasomerville.com/

http://www.youtube.com/amandasomerville

http://www.twitter.com/amsomerville

http://www.myspace.com/amandasomervillemusic

http://www.facebook.com/amandasomervillemusic

http://www.reverbnation.com/amandasomerville

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Artwork And Track Listing Revealed For Damian Wilson Retrospective!

Damian Wilson (Threshold, Landmarq, Ayreon, etc.) has revealed the artwork and track listing for the upcoming compilation album I THOUGHT THE WORLD WaS LISTENING. 1997-2011 to be released on October 28th.

This 31-track, two-disc album features re-mastered tracks from throughout Wilson’s solo career, re-recorded versions of important songs and previously unreleased new material.

Disc 1

1. Disciple
2. Commune
3. Beating Inside
4. Please Don’t Leave Me ‘Til I Leave You
5. Never Close The Door
6. One Life
7. A Long Way Home
8. Naturally *
9. Homegrown (original demo version)
10. Adam’s Child
11. Quietly Spoken *
12. When I Leave This Land
13. She’s Like A Fable (feat. Rick Wakeman)
14. Spin **
15. See You There ***
16. Wedding Song **

Disc 2

1. Array Of Lights **
2. Brightest Way
3. Light In The Middle
4. Smile
5. For The One I Long **
6. Warning Light
7. Moment Of Your Doubt **
8. Naked
9. Subway
10. Fine Weather *
11. Nothing In This World Remains The Same *
12. Just The Way It Goes
13. Feels Good
14. Nothing Without You
15. Part Of Me *

* New version
** Previously unreleased
*** Hidden track on DISCIPLE

I THOUGHT THE WORLD WAS LISTENING. 1997-2011 will be released on CD and as digital download. An acoustic solo tour in support of this release is being planned for November.

The album can be pre-ordered until October 10. The Pre-Order Package includes:

- A signed copy of the CD
– A bonus CD as digital download, featuring the live set Damian did in 2006 with Stream Of Passion
– A Damian Wilson Band T-shirt – two designs to choose from
– A Damian Wilson Band stick-on tattoo

To pre-order this package or for more information, visit the only official Damian Wilson website, http://www.damian-wilson.net/ .

http://www.damian-wilson.net/

http://www.facebook.com/damianwilsonofficial

http://www.youtube.com/damianwilsonofficial

http://twitter.com/damian_wilson

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-Forbidden’s Drummer Search Continues While Band Announces Plans For Live DVD

Craig Locicero, guitarist / songwriter / founding member for the reactivated Bay Area thrash band Forbidden, has issued the following band update:

“After getting kicked in the balls last month, we’ve managed to land on our feet and keep running. We’re already starting to think about the next record now and will be choosing a drummer sometime in October. I would call that progress! Ever since we started our quest for a new drummer, we’ve been walloped by videos from some pretty amazing players as well as offers from more established guys. It’s been fun looking at the videos objectively and imagining what these hopeful dudes could do with Forbidden if given the chance. There will be a lot more videos posted on our YouTube channel and we’re still taking video submissions through the end of September. Some of the most impressive guys aren’t all from the US; some drummers from abroad have to be taken seriously. We’ll announce our decision as to who gets to come out and jam with us soon. Stay tuned for that.

“We performed at Belgium’s Alcatraz Festival in late August with Gene Hoglan on the drum kit. It was an incredible night. The fan reaction was a huge lift to our spirits. That gig may have been one of our BEST shows since we’ve gotten back together! Getting to play there after cancelling our European tour was pretty special, and hanging out with our friends in Death Angel, Helstar, Anacrusis, and Vicious Rumors was way too much fun. Seeing them on the side of the stage while we were playing was good motivation! Thanks to everyone involved with the festival and all of the fans that came from different parts of Europe to see us. We still have a tour to make up!

“We’ve been invited to play the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta this weekend. This will be another show with Gene behind the kit. We’re getting spoiled! There are many cool things about playing this gig, but the coolest one is that we’ll be filming it for a live DVD to be released some time in the near future. Our fans have been hounding us about when we’re going to do something like this; the time is now. Those of you fortunate enough to be there on Saturday will be a part of our history! We will be playing a few songs we have not brought out in years, too. Maybe even something off of 1995’s DISTORTION? We shall see…”

Drummers interested in online auditions should send their name & contact information plus their video via a Dropbox, Fileblaze, or Mediablaze download link to: forbiddendrummer2011@gmail.com. NOTE: Your submission means you are granting your consent to having your video file uploaded onto the Forbidden Drummer 2011 YouTube channel and other social media sites for comments.

Visit Forbidden’s YouTube Drummer Auditions channel here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/forbiddendrummer2011

http://www.silencesoloud.com/FORBIDDEN.html

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-Napalm Records News

Saltatio Mortis: Storm The Charts

Sensational news to report: Saltatio Mortis’ latest album STURM AUFS PARADIES has skyrocketed into the German long-player charts and made it to number 3! In addition, the band also entered the Swiss and Austrian long-player charts, reaching number 84 and 60 respectively. A big “thank you” goes out to all fans for their dedication and support!

http://www.facebook.com/saltatiomortisofficial

http://www.myspace.com/mittelalterpunk

http://www.saltatio-mortis.com/

Tiamat: New To Napalm

The legendary Tiamat are the latest addition to the Napalm Records family. The band is responsible for classics such as WILDHONEY or A DEEPER KIND OF SLUMBER and is currently working on new songs. Mastermind Johan Edlund:

“We are very proud to announce that Tiamat have signed to Napalm Records, home of great bands such as Monster Magnet, Seventh Void, Leaves’ Eyes & many more. We are very excited about this new collaboration and are working on our new album which will be released in 2012.”

http://www.churchoftiamat.com/

http://www.myspace.com/tiamat

Hate: Signs To Napalm

Polish extreme metal machine Hate has inked a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. The band’s front man ATF Sinner has issued the following statement:

“We are really proud to have found a new partner with Napalm Records for our future endeavors! Even though we have been touring intensively in support of our latest album EREBOS, we have already started writing new material for a 2012 release. It sounds very promising to me, and with this new record deal, I am quite sure it will definitely signify a step in the right direction. At the same time, I’d like to show my appreciation for our previous record label, Listenable Records, for their dedication and assistance we experienced throughout the years of collaboration. I wish you all the best!”

Hate has announced a headlining European tour to begin on 16 September in Copenhagen. The band will be supported by Vesania, Negura Bunget, Inferi, and Livarkahil. In November, Hate will return once again to North America for a tour with Mayhem that will consist of 37 shows. A full list of dates is available at the band’s MySpace site .

http://www.facebook.com/pages/HATEOFFICIAL/230031520344

http://www.myspace.com/hatepoland

http://www.hate-metal.com/

New Songs: Thulcandra

In order to prepare their fans for the upcoming album, Thulcandra present their audience with TWO new songs from UNDER A FROZEN SUN. Black metal disciples should check out the band’s Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/ThulcandraMetal

http://www.myspace.com/thulcandrametal

Napalm Records: Streaming Sites

In light of recent events, we would like to announce that Napalm Records will no longer offer its products via streaming sites such as Spotify, Simfy, etc. As previously reported on various online publications, the income generated through streaming is so insignificant that neither we, as a record company, nor our artists are able to further support this method of distribution. We have absolutely nothing against innovative software or new methods of distribution, but do object to price models that endanger our existence and that of our bands. We hope that our customers and fans will understand the necessity of this decision. If possible, we will continue to offer snippet versions via streaming sites, enabling fans to preview two songs of our current and upcoming releases.

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.myspace.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-7th Heaven Newsletter September 2011

Welcome To The 7th Heaven September Newsletter

Summer is winding down and we still have a bunch of all-age festivals for you all to come to. We have had a great summer so far. We just shot a full live concert DVD in HD to be released by the holiday season. Here’s some updates and news for you in our world.

7th Heaven – POP MEDIA

Our new CD POP MEDIA is now available. We have been playing songs off our new CD all summer, did you get a copy yet? The CD is available at all shows, on Apple iTunes, Amazon and our website. For our fans in the UK / Germany you can get it at Music Buy Mail. For our fans in Germany you can get it on AORHeaven. For our fans in Japan you can get our CD starting next week on Hitman Records in Japan.

7th Heaven #1 On The Billboard Charts For Four Weeks

We have been charting #1 in the midwest market on the Billboard Charts for 4 weeks now!!! Thanks to you!!! We are also #31 in the Heatseekers. Update, I got word that we rose to #13 on the charts now in he heetsekers charts, which come out next week.

7th Heaven Heard At Abercrombie & Fitch

We just signed a deal with Abercrombie & Fitch to play our new song “Sing,” off our new CD POP MEDIA, in all the 325 stores worldwide. So if you are in any Abercrombie & Fitch in a mall around the world, listen for 7th Heaven and let us know you heard it.

“Sing” Music Video

Check out our new music video we just shot for our song “Sing” off our POP MEDIA CD. This is the song we just started to promote to radio. The video was shot 16:9 in HD, so when you watch it, make sure to choose the higher resolution. Do us a favor and pass this video onto every person you know and tell them to pass it on. Let’s see if we can get over 10,000 views by Halloween. Can you help us do that?

You can also see the video in HD on our website as well. (give it a minute to load).

7th Heaven On Radio

Over the past two months we have been stopping by multiple radio stations to do performances and/or interviews. We stopped by The Mix 101.9, Star 96.7, Star 105.5 and WJOL AM 1340. We also have been heard on ClassX, B85 in DeKalb and The Best Radio You’ve Never Heard Podcast. Starting this weekend, tune into 102.3 XLC and listen for “Sing.” We are just starting to get spins at more radio stations. Help us out by calling your favorite radio station and tell them to play 7th Heaven – “Sing.”

7th Heaven Street Team

Join our new “street team” and help 7th Heaven keep growing. We could use more help in areas of promotion, marketing and creative ideas to keep building the bands popularity. We will send out email blasts on things we are working on and could use help with. We have other fun ideas that we are working on for the street team. Sign up for the street team by emailing: streetteam@7thheavenband.com

7th Heaven LED Screens, Light Show & Glow

Have you been out to see our new video screens? We have been using them for over a month now and have been getting great feedback on them. People are really liking the addition it makes to our show. We are about to go into phase 2 of them, so stay tuned for that.

New Merchandise

We have a bunch of brand new merchandise, as well as our new newsletters available at all full band shows all summer long. Look for limited edition POP MEDIA shirts, custom die-cast keychains, cool new guitar pick cards, lighted dog tags, wristbands and more… Make sure to check the merchandise table at every show, as we add new products every week. We also just re-released a couple older products we had in the past that have been out of print for a while now, so make sure you check the merch table to see all the new stuff.

FACES TIME REPLACES CD And Unreleased DVD

We just re-released our CD FACES TIME REPLACES with an added unreleased DVD in a digi-pak for $5.00. This lineup had: Tony DiGiulio, Richard Hofherr, Nick Cox, Danny Weymouth and Dan Miller. From the year 2000. This CD is a little heavier than the style we currently have. The DVD has unreleased videos of 7th Heaven on Jenny Jones’ TV show (twice), as well as our in’s and out’s to commercial, as well as a few music videos. With a bonus video of our tribute to 9/11 with our song “I Don’t Know.”

LIVE AT DURTY NELLIES – Re-released

In 2005 we shot a live concert of only original songs at Durty Nellies. This DVD and CD was not available for a long time, as it sold out right away and the band changed lineups. I decided to re-release a short run of them, as I would love our fans to see and understand a little of the band’s history. This DVD has excellent audio right off the mixing board and was shot with 13 cameras, many which were fan cameras. This product is $5.00, available at shows and our website.

7th Heaven Is Getting Close To 12,000 Fans On Facebook

Help us get over 12,000 fans/friends on our official Facebook page. We utilize that page for last minute updates, new merchandise and other cool info that we want to share with you on a regular basis. So “Like” our band’s Facebook page so we can keep you updated as things happen in the 7th Heaven world. http://www.facebook.com/pages/7th-heaven/38789126903

7th Heaven Cruise – Announcement Coming Soon

If you are looking to join us on the next 7th Heaven cruise, we’ll be finalizing the info within the next couple weeks. If you were thinking of going, let us know and we’ll let you know when we are ready to start booking. The time frame will be in next February 2012, so start saving your money now.

New Year’s Eve Is Confirmed

The Hyatt Regency Chicago have asked us to return this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with everyone. The Hyatt Regency Chicago will be the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Details coming soon.

Some Changes To Our Schedule

A few of our dates have changed since we released our schedule, so be aware of the new updated dates and always check the website and Facebook if you are unsure.

September 21 – Carlucci’s
September 24 – Huntley Fall Fest
October 1 – Grundy County Corn Festival
October 2 – Long Grove Apple Fest
October 6 – Evviva
October 7 – John Barleycorn
October 8 – Scarecrow Fest
October 9 – Tony LaBarbera Benefit at Shark City
October 13 – McCarthy’s
October 14 – Rivers Casino – Des Plaines
October 15 – Durty Nellies
October 19 – Snuggery – Edison Park
October 20 – Blues Bar
October 21 – Bourbon Street
October 22 – Shark City
October 23 – Honor Ride & Run Festival – Barrington
October 27 – Thirsty Whale
October 28 – The Lodge
October 29 – Chicago City Limits
November 3 – Evviva
November 4 – Vipers Alley
November 9 – Snuggery – Edison Park
November 10 – Lucky Monk
November 11 – 191 South
November 12 – Tailgaters
November 18 – Total Sports
November 19 – Joe’s On Weed Street
November 23 – Turkey Testicle Festival
November 24 – Bourbon Street
November 26 – Tilted Kilt
November 30 – Snuggery – McHenry
December 1 – Evviva
December 2 – Chicago City Limits
December 3 – Angelman Syndrome Benefit
December 8 – Blues Bar
December 9 – John Barleycorn
December 10 – Private Corporate Event
December 14 – Snuggery – Edison Park
December 15 – Lucky Monk
December 16 – The Lodge
December 17 – Durty Nellies
December 22 – Thirsty Whale
December 29 – Bourbon Street
December 30 – Shark City
December 31 – Hyatt Regency Chicago

Thanks for all your continued support. We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven

http://www.7thheavenband.com/

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-Industrial Melodic Metal Band Edge Of Paradise Gear Up To Wreak Havoc On The World With Forthcoming Debut Release MASK!

The Los Angeles based female-fronted metal band, Edge Of Paradise, are ready to set the world aflame, with the worldwide digital sales premiere on Loudtrax of their debut CD, MASK!

Check it out here: http://www.loudtrax.com/Artist/EdgeOfParadise

Edge Of Paradise is fronted by the stunning Margarita Monet who delivers potent yet melodic vocals along with virtuoso keyboard playing that adds a unique classical flair to the band’s sonic metal assault. Combine that with the ferocious fretwork of guitarist Dave Bates who intertwines compelling leads and bombastic riffs and you’ve got a band that offers something highly refreshing in today’s modern metal sound-scape. MASK also features guest appearances by renowned session drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Don Henley and major session drummer for hit-TV and movie soundtracks) and bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (The Firm, Glenn Hughes, Blue Murder, Roy Harper) who prove to be the ultimate rhythm section when it comes to the hard-edged rock sounds contained on the debut recordings. Other guests on the CD include bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen), drummer Craig Anderson and backing vocals from Robin McCauley (MSG) who also co-wrote most the songs along with Dave and Margarita, and cutting-edge songwriter Ryan Jones.

Edge Of Paradise was formed in the beginning of 2011 from the ashes of Dave Bates’ former band Bleed, which was fronted by Robin McAuley. The influences on the CD are incredibly diverse, and have been pegged as “Industrial Melodic Chaos.” Margarita states, “It has always been my vision to create music that will be around for a while and I feel like we have really achieved that with MASK.” The band plans to tour the US at the start of the year 2012, to promote MASK. Along with Margarita and Dave, drummer Kevin Katich and bassist Steven Cook will round off the live band.

MASK features nine stellar tracks, highlighted by “Falling Down,” “Tail Of The Gun,” the title track “Mask,” and modern-day power ballad “We Breath.”

The complete track listing for MASK is:

1. Falling Down
2. Tail Of The Gun
3. Mask
4. We Breath
5. Thrown It All Away
6. Walk The Line
7. Shredenstein
8. I Come In Peace
9. Fire

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Edge-Of-Paradise/175809195764541

http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com/

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-Dragonsclaw Release Three Tracks From Forthcoming Debut Album On Official Facebook Page

Traditional Metal act Dragonsclaw has uploaded three tracks to its official Facebook page streaming audio player as a preview from their forthcoming debut release PROPHECY, which features guest vocals from Blaze Bayley (of Iron Maiden / Wolfsbane fame) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, and who has also worked with Ian Paice, Roger Glover & James LaBrie).

The tracks can be streamed at this location:

http://www.facebook.com/DragonsclawOfficial

Dragonsclaw is a four-piece Heavy Metal outfit that features guitarist Ben Thomas, already an established name with his work with Paindivision and his guest appearances with Empires Of Eden, and vocalist Giles Lavery who brings an immense vocal range and an ear for melodies in the tradition of the classic metal genre. The band is also made up of bassist Aaron Bryn Thomas and Ray Martens on keys… The band is recruiting a full time drummer shortly for live dates.

Guest vocalist Alessandro Del Vechio has the following to say regarding his appearance on the album:

“Even if I’m not the typical ‘metal’ singer, as I am known for my melodic stuff, I grew up on the right stuff like Dio, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath so I really enjoyed getting the call from Dragonsclaw. It’s music I normally don’t sing every day so my performance was genuine and fresh… and that’s how a performance should be when you’re a guest on a record. Really wish these guys the best!”

The debut album which was recorded over the last 12 months and mixed and mastered by Producer Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden/Pain Division/ex-Dungeon) is a true celebration of traditional metal.

Vocalist Giles Lavery gives a run down of the three tracks below:

“Darkness Within”

“This track opens our album, it is a heavy ‘Balls to the wall’ fast powerful dose of metal, it already seems to be favorite amongst those who have heard it and is very much in that Judas Priest style … who are of course one of our favorite groups, we think this will be a stormer live too.”

“Angels In White”

“Probably our most melodic track on the CD, the guitar harmonies and the chorus really stay with you after listening … this was a very late addition to the album, we were working on a track that wasn’t quite coming together and then this one just came out from an idea guitarist Ben Thomas had, He’s great, he is a never ending supply of riffs and song ideas, We laid this one down in two nights and it is a fine addition to the CD, needless to say the other track got left behind very quickly… it is very early ’80s sounding and hopefully will find favor among the fans of that NWOBHM or early US Steel scene”

“Unknown Horizon”

“Another fantastic riff from Ben, and we called upon Corey Wyer from Australian band The Cursing Stone for lyrics here, I have known Corey for years and he’s always been a great lyricist … he did a great job here and this track is a face melting power metal anthem about a deadly entity from another world descending upon earth … would we survive, I think not?”

The band is currently working on securing a label for the debut and is in the process of coordinating the release for different territories.

Giles added “We have a really strong set of songs here, We need the right label and the right folks behind it, we also have a Promo video for another track due in the coming week put together by Filmmaker and band photographer Jeremy Belinfante.”

Some early reviews of the album describe the work as a mix of Judas Priest, Helstar, Symphony X, & early Kamelot, one of Europe’s leading online metal sources Forgotten Scroll had the following to say:

“The album rules simple as that. This band came out of nowhere and they are actually handing a Metal bomb full of inspiration, passion and power, that should be released as soon as possible. For those who are after some high quality Metal this is the record they should look for. It is already on my top ten list for the best albums of the year.”

Any interested labels, radio shows, websites, ‘zines, or journalists should contact the band at dragonsclaw@live.com.au.

The full review can be read here:

http://www.forgotten-scroll.net/review.php?act=s_rev&id=587&rev=Countraven

http://www.facebook.com/DragonsclawOfficial

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-Martyr Announces Details And Reveal Front Art Of Upcoming New Album CIRCLE OF 8! New Song Posted!

Dutch old school metallers Martyr have posted the first song of their upcoming new album CIRCLE OF 8! Surf over to the landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/martyr to listen to the title track “Circle Of 8″ and to check out the pre-order options!

Martyr is a pure Heavy Metal force from The Netherlands. During the five years that Martyr was alive and kicking (1982-1987), the band released two albums that are considered cult in the Metal scene of today! FOR THE UNIVERSE (1985) and DARKNESS AT TIME’S EDGE (1986) are classic Metal, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.

In those years, Martyr appeared on compilation albums from Roadrunner and Metal Blade, was voted Holland’s best new metal band in Aardschok magazine, has toured with several international acts and appeared on Sky Channel’s Monsters Of Rock.

Martyr disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later, the band revived almost the complete 1982 lineup to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 Martyr supported US shock rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also in 2009 and 2010 Martyr hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam And Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey, a.o.

In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years has been released. That’s when the new EP FEAR was coupled with a re-release of the classic FOR THE UNIVERSE album as a double digi-pak entitled FEAR THE UNIVERSE on Rusty Cage Records (RCR0017).

In 2010 and 2011 Martyr re-entered the studio between the live shows, by working on the successor for FEAR. A complete new album called CIRCLE OF 8, which will be released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 worldwide, will be a significant impulse in Martyr’s revival. And by signing with Metal Blade again, the clan is back home!

Comments the band: “Martyr is really pleased to have the new album CIRCLE OF 8 released by Metal Blade Records. It feels like a reunion with metal friends for us after the METAL MASSACRE VI release in 1986!”

CIRCLE OF 8 contains 11 new tracks and one oldie and fan favorite, “Speed Of Samurai,” which has been re-recorded.

Track listing CIRCLE OF 8:
1. D.I.
2. Afterlife
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Bleed
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed Of Samurai

CIRCLE OF 8 will be released November 4th/7th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

Martyr will play a release show on the 4th of November in Club Azotod in De Meern (near Utrecht), Holland. Presale tickets are 8 Euro and two support acts are yet to be announced!

Martyr live:
04/11/11 – NL – De Meem (near Utrecht) – Club Azotod (release show)
26/11/11 – CH – Uster – Rock City
01/12/11 – UK – London – The Underworld

Martyr is:
Rick Bouwman – Guitars
Wilfried Broekman – Drums
Rop van Haren – Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers – Guitars
Toine van der Linden – Bass

http://www.metalblade.com/martyr

http://www.martyronline.nl/

http://www.facebook.com/MARTYRONLINE

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-Metal Blade About To Release Vinyl Reissues Of Three Bold Thrower Albums!

MMA Strikeforce Fighter Josh Barnett Shows Support To Bolt Thrower!

On the 21st/24th of October, Metal Blade Records Europe will reissue the three Bold Thrower albums MERCENARY, HONOR VALOUR PRIDE, and THOSE ONCE LOYAL on vinyl. All three albums will be released as Gatefold LPs in colored vinyl, limited to 1,000 units each.

The band members themselves feel honored to get support from the “War Master” Josh Barnett: “Congratulations to, the mighty ‘War Master’ Josh Barnett, who ground and pound his way into the final of the MMA Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix after choking his opponent Sergei Kharitonov into submission in the first round of his fight on Saturday night. So, massive congrats to Josh, we’re very grateful and honored to be able to play a very small part in the reign of ‘The War Master.'”

Cheers,
Karl, Jo, Baz, Gav and Kiddie

Bold Thrower live:
15/10/11 – DE – Straubing – Metal Invasion Festival

http://www.boltthrower.com/

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-Cyco Miko: Suicidal Tendencies Front Man To Release New Album This October

Suicidal To Play Three Special East Coast Shows This Weekend

From the mind of the original Cyco, Suicidal Tendencies/Infectious Grooves mastermind Mike Muir takes us on a journey into his world with the release of THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR. With a 63-minute run time, the album features new tracks from Cyco Miko, as well as previously unreleased Infections Grooves tunes that highlight where the band has been as well as where the band is headed. THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR features 14 tracks and includes appearances by Robert Trujillo (now with Metallica), Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise) and Brooks Wackerman. View the cover art at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3320 .

THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR Track Listing:

1. MMM
2. Happiness
3. All The Way
4. Got Feeling
5. Alone
6. Slightly
7. Done Gone Stupid
8. Full Of It
9. Hang On (The Fight Song)
10. Logical Thoughts Of A Lunatic
11. Who’s Next
12. What It Is!
13. S.lo Death
14. Soulvation

THE MAD MAD MUIR MUSICAL TOUR will be released in North America on October 11, 2011 via Suicidal Records via Fontana Distribution.

http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/

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-Re-mastered Axemaster Now Available

Selected re-mastered songs from Axemaster’s catalog are now available through the band’s new ReverbNation page at http://www.reverbnation.com/axemasterofficial . Since being re-mastered the material now sounds much better than it did on any of the releases it previously appeared on, especially the songs from DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR and 5 DEMOS. In all there are 16 songs available (one never before released) and the cost is only $0.75 per MP3.

Progress continues toward finishing the writing of the new Axemaster release. Every small detail is being taken into account in order to be sure that this CD will end up being as good as it can possibly be. This is an extremely important release and the band is treating it as such by taking the time to do everything properly. The final product will definitely reflect this.

http://www.facebook.com/axemasterofficial

http://www.myspace.com/thebandaxemaster

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-Juke Kartel To Release Newly Recorded Single

“If Only” Hitting The Airwaves And Charts!

HOLLYWOOD,CA — Following up their #50 ranked Pop single, “If Only,” Australian natives Juke Kartel are breaking out single number two from their Carved Records release, LEVOLUTION. “Soulshaper (Come With Me)” has become a fan favorite and the newly recorded single will hit Top 40 radio in mid-September.

The band went back into the studio with Grammy nominated producer Curt Cuomo (Kiss), and Grammy winning producer and engineer Ed Cherney (John Mayer, the Rolling Stones) to re-record the acoustic ballad and turn it into an upbeat electric track.

Juke Kartel vocalist, Toby Rand had this to say: “‘Soulshaper’ is a word created to show that even in the depths of despair, when you feel your soul is crushed, there is a way to change for the better — by allowing yourself to forgive your past and shape it into a new beginning.”

Adds bassist Tommy Kende, “To me, ‘Soulshaper’ shows our continued growth as individuals and as a band of brothers. Originally, the song in its acoustic form was written to showcase our harmonies and acoustic strengths. The new and improved rock version takes you on a journey and gives you insight into what Juke Kartel is all about.”

“Soulshaper (Come With Me)” is already making waves in the radio world with early adds from WERO, WIXX and KVLY. The new single became available for digital download September 13, 2011. Look for Juke Kartel on tour with stops in California and North Carolina, along with an upcoming radio tour taking them all over the country.

Come hear the band that is the new rising star to music in an intimate performance at the Viper Room in Hollywood ~

09/30/2011 West Hollywood. CA – Viper Room

For more information go to http://www.jukekartel.com/ and get a free download too!

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-Autumn Announces Details And Reveals Front Art Of Upcoming New Album COLD COMFORT! New Song Posted!

Dutch heavy rock collective Autumn makes a return to the front line with its new album, COLD COMFORT, to be released November 4th/7th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

This is the band’s fifth full-length effort, its third for Metal Blade Records. It offers a collection of striking songs blended into a diverse and yet surprisingly compact album, one that Autumn considers to be its most personal and meaningful to date.

While Autumn’s roots remain firmly planted in heavy rock/guitar-oriented soil, its branches are stretching out to more progressive musical genres and alternative approaches to the sound of individual songs. Guitarist Jens van der Valk elaborates: “In terms of sound we realized there were still leaps to be taken out of our comfort zone and into unthought-of possibilities. As a first step in the right direction, our main focus was on a more open, transparent sound, one through which the often multi-layered nature of our songs would be optimally channeled.”

Autumn needed not look far for a man to put at the helm with the right pioneering philosophy for the band to begin taking leaps: Erik-Jan Dodd, Autumn’s live sound engineer since the My NEW TIME era, envisioned a more vintage approach for COLD COMFORT. An experiment the band was all too eager to embrace, explains guitarist Mats van der Valk. “If there’s anyone who knows what we’re all about and more importantly: what we could potentially be all about, it’s E-J.”

COLD COMFORT will be released November 4th/7th in Europe as a limited first edition digi-pak CD including two bonus tracks!

Track listing COLD COMFORT:
1. The Scarecrow
2. Cold Comfort
3. Black Stars In A Blue Sky
4. Retrospect
5. Alloy
6. End Of Sorrow
7. Naeon
8. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
9. The Venamoured
10. Changes For The Bitter (Digi-bonus)
11. The Mute (Inhale) (Digi-bonus)

Check out the title track and first single COLD COMFORT and the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/autumn .

Autumn is:
Marjan Welman – vocals
Jerome Vrielink – bass
Jan Munnik – keyboards
Jan Grijpstra – drums
Mats van der Valk – guitar, grunts and backing vocals
Jens van der Valk – guitar and backing vocals

Confirmed Autumn live shows:
04/11/11 – NL – Sneek – Bolwerk
05/11/11 – NL – Hoorm – Manifesto
11/11/11 – NL – Roermond – Azijnfabriek
17/11/11 – NL – Amstelveen – P60
18/11/11 – NL – Den Haag – Bazart
19/11/11 – NL – Zierikzee – Brogum
26/11/11 – NL – Zeist – Peppel

http://www.autumn-band.com/

http://www.myspace.com/autumnband

http://www.facebook.com/AutumnBand

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-Toxic Holocaust To Release Benefit Split 7″ With Midnight

Portland, Oregon’s metal-punk warriors Toxic Holocaust has teamed up with Cleveland, Ohio’s Midnight for a split 7″ to benefit the victims of the Japanese tsunami disaster.

The 7″ is limited to a one-time pressing of 1,000 copies on Japanese-flag colored heavy-weight vinyl, and features tracks from both bands (“A.T.O.M.I.C.” by Toxic Holocaust, “Destroy Tsunami’s Power” by Midnight) exclusive to this release. The split also features exclusive artwork by Daniel “Sawblade” Shaw (Toxic Holocaust, Insect Warfare, Coffins). All proceeds will go to the Red Cross relief efforts for victims of the tsunami disaster. The 7″ can be ordered at http://www.relapse.com/japanese-benefit-7.html .

Toxic Holocaust recently released the first video from its brand new album, CONJURE AND COMMAND. The video, for the track “Judgment Awaits You,” can be viewed at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3346 .

Additionally, Toxic Holocaust heads to Europe for a five-week winter tour alongside Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

TOXIC HOLOCAUST
w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us:
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene – Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger – Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet – Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia – Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground – Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 – Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 – Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens – Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC – Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld – London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom – Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur – Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart – Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club – Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene – Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg – Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage – Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch – Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle – Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall – Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget – Malmo, Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust

http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust

http://www.relapse.com/

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-Alaric Premiere New Track Via Pitchfork

With the release of Bay Area dark punk act Alaric’s self-titled debut full-length nearing release early this October, today Pitchfork Media have unveiled a song from the forthcoming album to the public. The third track from ALARIC, the ominous “Your God” showcases some of the prime examples of how Alaric infuse their Anarcho punk roots with Gothic, post-punk stylings formulaically creating a unique take on these vintage styles.

Meet “Your God” right here:

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12414-your-god/

Featuring former and current members of Noothgrush, Enemies, Cross Stitched Eyes, Dead & Gone, UK Subs and more, Alaric perpetuate classic ’80s dark post-punk elements, with influence from Killing Joke, Rudimentary Peni, Christian Death and Joy Division showing through. The immediately infectious songs and revamped classic/retro nature of the album sets Alaric’s sound apart from any other contemporary act under the banner of punk rock.

Alaric Record Release Show:

10/28/2011 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Nezzy Idy, Hollow Mirrors, Young Lions

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“… looks toward 1980s dark punk, goth, and crust then brings it intensely to the present.” – Pitchfork

“…the band delivers a signature sound: heavy on the reverb guitars, gorilla drums, and surely scowling angry vocals.” – Music Emissions

“The production can be suitably ethereal, the drums delicate and otherworldly, the guitars can drone and swirl behind the vocals which sit at a level in the mix to suggest that each of these elements is as important to the whole as each other.” – Alternative Matter

“This burrowing style sets Alaric apart as an act whose refusal to bow to any current trends should be admired and supported, particularly with the end results of their self-titled debut being this good.” Metal Army America

http://www.myspace.com/alaricalaric

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaric/201671150715

http://www.20buckspin.com/

http://www.facebook.com/20buckspin

http://www.twitter.com/20buckspinlabel

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-There’s a new video update on Aerosmith’s next album, featuring bassist Tom Hamilton, at http://www.aeroforceone.com/ .

-All Else Fails’ fourth episode from the band’s webisode series “Studio Spaces” is now online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXMu60nhsdM . This one “follows the band during a tour van jacking of vocalist / guitarist Barrett Klesko’s laptop while on tour this summer and their adventures around Vancouver to file a police report.” See http://www.facebook.com/AllElseFailsCanada for more.

-There’s a new interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Dt .

-There’s a new interview with Arch/Matheos singer John Arch at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Dv .

-Arrayan Path’s next album through Pitch Black Records will be called IRA IMPERIUM.

-Athorn’s new bassist is Björn Spier. Check out a video introduction at http://youtu.be/BbBTILqEcwM .

-There’s a free MP3 of Sebastian Bach’s “Kicking & Screaming” at his Facebook band page, http://www.facebook.com/sebastianbach?v=app_178091127385 . This week’s batch of new interviews:

Loud Mag Australia

http://www.loudmag.com.au/content/sebastian-bach-still-screamin

Blogs N’ Roses

http://blogsnroses.com/2011/09/18/exclusive-interview-with-legendary-sebastian-bach.aspx

“May The Rock Be With You” Australia

http://maytherockbewithyou.com/mtrbwy/2011/09/sebastian-bach/

Metal As F*** (replace the “***” with you-know-what)

http://metalasf***.net/zine/articles/2011/i-know-everyone-says-best-album-ive-ever-done-metal-f***-talks-one-only-sebastian-bach

These tour dates were just announced:

11/5 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
11/8 – Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
11/10 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
11/11 – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA

See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ for more.

-Check out Guitar Interactive Magazine’s interview with Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion) at http://www.iguitarmag.com/issue4 . Hype: “This amazing interactive guitar magazine goes through Joe’s history, gear, guitar lick lessons, latest album and the future.”

-Alice Cooper’s WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (Hip-O Records) came out last week. Track list: “I Am Made Of You,” “Caffeine,” “The Nightmare Returns,” “A Runaway Train,” “Last Man On Earth,” “The Congregation,” “I’ll Bite Your Face Off,” “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever,” “Ghouls Gone Wild,” “Something To Remember Me By,” “When Hell Comes Home,” “What Baby Wants,” “I Gotta Get Outta Here,” “The Underture.” The version selling at Best Buy has four bonus tracks: “Under The Bed,” “Poison” (live at the Download Festival), “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (live at the Download Festival), “Black Widow” (live at the Download Festival). Check out Alice’s track-by-track rundown of the album at http://youtu.be/pWBXuv_H6ns . Upcoming “No More Mr. Nice Guy Tour 2011″ dates:

9/22 – The Trusts Stadium, Henderson / Auckland, New Zealand
9/24 – Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
9/26 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
9/29 – Palais Theatre, St. Kilda Melbourne, Australia
9/30 – Palais Theatre, St. Kilda Melbourne, Australia
10/2 – Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia
10/5 – The Coliseum – Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore
10/7 – EX Park-Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
10/12 – Atlantico, Rome, Italy
10/13 – Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy
10/14 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
10/16 – St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
10/17 – Steiermark Halle, Graz, Austria
10/18 – Gasometer Wien, Vienna, Austria
10/20 – Stadthalle (Grosser Saal), Chemnitz, Germany
10/21 – EWS Arena, Göppingen, Germany
10/22 – Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Mannheim, Germany
10/23 – Silverdome, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
10/25 – Oval Hall, Sheffield, UK
10/26 – Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
10/27 – IA Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
10/29 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
10/30 – O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK
10/31 – Clyde Auditorium, Finnieston Glasgow, Scotland
11/2 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
11/3 – Zenith, Lille, France
11/5 – Zenith, Toulouse, France
11/6 – Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France
11/8 – Zenith, Paris, France
11/9 – Zénith De Rouen, Rouen, France
11/10 – Liberté, Rennes, France
11/12 – Pier 2, Bremen, Germany
11/13 – RWE Halle, Mülheim An Der Ruhr, Germany
11/14 – Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
11/17 – Oktyabrsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia
11/19 – Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia
11/27 – Keith Albee Theatre, Huntington, WV
11/30 – The Palace Theatre, Albany, NY
12/2 – House Of Blues – Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
12/3 – The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport, CT
12/6 – Centre In The Square, Kitchener, ON, Canada
12/9 – Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
12/10 – Warner Theatre, Erie, PA
12/12 – Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH
12/13 – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA
12/14 – Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL

Check out all tour-related info, including details of VIP packages, at http://alicecooper.com/tour-terror . See http://www.alicecooper.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/AliceCooper , http://www.myspace.com/officialalicecooper , and http://www.youtube.com/user/officialalicecooper for more.

-Down & Dirty’s video for “Taste Of Rock And Roll” is online at http://youtu.be/TYZWWFJZ-ZQ .

-There’s a new interview with Edguy main man Tobias Sammet at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Dk%5Du .

-Check out Greenthief’s new video for “Vultures” at http://www.youtube.com/greenthiefband#p/a/u/0/ECWJ6iKtpS4 . Hype from Ben Hughes’ review of the band’s album RETRIBUTION, at Uber Rock.co.uk: “Greenthief have a way of creating music using space and dynamics, with clever arrangements and a top notch production job courtesy of legendary producer Steve James, it’s a joy to experience. Yes, it’s progressive and experimental in places but not in a self indulgent, over the top way.”

-Haken’s second full-length concept album, VISIONS, is due out in North America on October 25 through Sensory Records. Statement from singer Ross Jennings: “We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of AQUARIUS. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players. We poured everything we’ve got into this album; it’s been a really emotional year for us and hopefully that comes across in these songs.” Track list: “Premonition,” “Nocturnal Conspiracy,” “Insomnia,” “The Mind’s Eye,” “Portals,” “Shapeshifter,” “Deathless,” “Visions.” See http://www.hakenmusic.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/HAKEN/102787549743 , http://twitter.com/Haken_Official , and http://www.myspace.com/hakenmusic for more.

-Halford’s upcoming LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA is available for pre-sale at http://www.metalgodshop.com/ . The CD version is $9.99, the DVD is $11.98, and the Blu-ray is $19.98. The Blu-ray and DVD pre-sales both include a bonus download of a “five-song digital promo including a LIVE performance video single from LIVE AT SAITAMA SUPER ARENA.” Mr. Halford is having another big online sale as well. Check out HalfordMusic.com for $.99 video singles (.MP4 format files) taken from Halford’s RESURRECTION WORLD TOUR: LIVE AT ROCK IN RIO III and LIVE IN ANAHEIM and Fight’s WAR OF WORDS – THE FILM and LIVE IN PHOENIX. The site also has MP3s of Halford and Fight studio albums for $6.99, live albums for $10.99, and Halford’s SILENT SCREAMS – THE SINGLES for $2.99 and a “singles & videos bundle” from Halford’s LIVE IN ANAHEIM for $4.99. The MetalGodApparel.com site has a deal where you can get $10 off when you buy a second T-shirt, using coupon code SUPERARENA. Finally, the site MetalGodShop.com is selling other physical discs for cheap as follows: Halford’s METAL GOD ESSENTIALS VOL. 1 and Fight’s K5 – THE WAR OF WORDS DEMOS for $4.99, Fight’s WAR OF WORDS – THE FILM DVD for $5.99, and Halford’s LIVE INSURRECTION – REMASTERED two-CD set for $9.99. See http://www.RobHalford.com/ for more.

-Hull’s BEYOND THE LIGHTLESS SKY is due in North America on October 11 through The End Records. The band will play a special record release party on October 10 at the Mercury Lounge in New York City. See http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/64757 for more on the event, and http://www.hullorhighwater.com/ for more on Hull.

-Iron Lamb’s THE ORIGINAL SIN is due out September 27 through Pulverised Records. Track list: “Rotten Wood/Original Sin,” “Dubious Preacher,” “Our Demise,” “Poison” (Motorhead cover), “Suicide,” “I Don’t Wanna Be Like You,” “I Don’t Like You,” “Iron Lamb, Dead Inside,” “Another Miserable Day” (bonus track), “TBC” (bonus track). See http://www.myspace.com/ironlambofficial for more.

-Check out the first page of the upcoming Kiss/Archie comic book at http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/09/19/first-look-at-archie-meets-kiss/ . In related news, Gene Simmons was in Toronto last weekend for Rally For Kids, “a chairty event benefiting kids with cancer.” Check out an interview at http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110916/110916_Simmons_Video/20110916/?hub=CP24HomeRallyForKids.Com .

-Korpiklaani — the “Finnish folk metal ambassadors” — have replaced violinist Hittavainen with Teemu Eerola. Hittavainen had to step down because “his personal health issues made the constant touring and recording impossible.” The band is heading out on tour later this month. See http://www.korpiklaani.com/ for more.

-Four clips from The Magnificent’s s/t are available as follows:

“Holding On To Your Love”

“Cheated By Love”

“Angel”

“Satin & Lace”

-Mystic Prophecy’s next album, RAVEN LORD, is due out November 25. Track list: “Ravenlord,” “Die Now,” “Eyes Of The Devil,” “Cross Of Lies,” “Endless Fire,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Damned Tonight,” “Hollow,” “Reckoning Day,” “Back With The Storm,” “Miracle Man” (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (bonus track). There will be a hand-signed “digi-pak + limited gatefold vinyl edition” limited to 500 copies. Check out the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHkEiTIkqXQ . The band will tour Europe in February and March of 2012. See http://www.facebook.com/mysticprophecy and http://www.myspace.com/mysticprophecy for more.

-Check out a backstage interview with Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, and Brad Gillis at http://youtu.be/6C374J0VEQY .

-Oz’s BURNING LEATHER is due November 18 through AFM Records.

-The lineup for next year’s ProgPower USA XIII festival, set for September 2012 at Center Stage in Atlanta, GA, has been announced. Friday: Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Solution.45, Serenity, Primordial, Redemption, Epica (headliner). Saturday: Above Symmetry, Lanfear, Amaranthe, Mystic Prophecy, Mayan (with special guests), Pretty Maids, Symphony X (headliner). See http://www.progpowerusa.com/ , http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/progpower-usa-120/ , and http://www.facebook.com/ProgPowerUSA for more.

-The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse festival is set for September 30 – October 1 at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL. Friday’s lineup: Question Of Madness, Ghost In The Ruins, Degradation, Hessler, Skullview (coming out of retirement for one night only), Obsession. Saturday’s lineup: Iron Finger, Furnaze, Catalano, Sacred Oath, Helstar (only Midwest appearance), Cage. VIP ticket holders are entitled to a meet-and-greet with the bands, and will be treated to a private screening of Cage’s new album SUPREMACY OF STEEL. See http://www.ragnarokkrmetal.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/RagnarokkrMetal , and http://www.myspace.com/badabrewbar for more.

-Saxon is set to hit the road on the CALL TO ARMS tour, with support from Borealis in North America, Anvil and Crimes Of Passion in Europe, and HammerFall in the UK. Dates:

9/28 – The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
9/30 – The Avalon, Santa Clara, CA
10/1 – The Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa, CA
10/2 – The Galaxy, Santa Ana, CA
10/3 – The Crown, Las Vegas, NV
10/4 – Club Red, Tempe, AZ
10/6 – Stereo Live, Houston, TX
10/7 – Sunkin Gardens, San Antonio, TX
10/8 – The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL
10/9 – Blondies, Detroit, MI
10/10 – Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, QC
10/11 – Mod Club, Toronto, ONT
10/13 – B.B. King’s, New York, NY
10/14 – Jaxx, Springfield, VA
10/15 – Bourbon Street, Baltimore, MD
10/18 – New Rockola, Santiago, Chile
10/20 – Barraca Biruta, Fortaleza, Brazil
10/22 – HSBC Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10/23 – Masterhall, Curitiba, Brazil
10/25 – El Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
11/15 – Sesia Rock’n’Roll Arena, Romagnano, Italy
11/17 – Konzerthaus Schüür, Luzern, Switzerland
11/19 – Gemeindesaal, Kundl, Austria
11/20 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
11/21 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
11/23 – Schorre, Halle, Germany
11/24 – Aladin, Bremen, Germany
11/25 – Christmas Metal Festival, Lichtenfels, Germany
11/26 – Metropool, Hengelo, The Netherlands
11/27 – Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/29 – Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
11/30 – Trädgårn, Gothenburg, Sweden
12/2 – Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
12/4 – Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
12/7 – Club Studio, Krakow, Poland
12/8 – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
12/10 – Knock Out Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany
12/11 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
12/13 – O2 Academy, Oxford, England
12/14 – O2 Academy, Leicester, England
12/16 – Picturehouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
12/17 – Mandela Hall, Belfast, Ireland
12/18 – O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
12/20 – Koko, London, England

See http://www.saxon747.com/ for more.

-Sinner’s ONE BULLET LEFT (AFM Records) hit #65 on the official album charts in Germany.

-Sister’s new video for “The Unlucky Minority, from HATED (Metal Blade), is available at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/music-videos/sister-the-unlucky-minority/ . Hype from the band: “We filmed this video for ‘The Unlucky Minority’ in one evening without any major plans really but with a lotta sweat and beers instead! Keep it simple and keep the Sister approach to it all. This video represents us and just like the album, we’ve captured the raw and dirty feeling in it. This is a straight rock n’ roll video with no f*cking around. Just pure Sister.” See http://www.sisteronline.net/ for more.

-Next year’s Sweden Rock Festival is set for June 6-9, 2012, in Solvesborg. The 3-day and 4-day ticket packages will go on sale October 24 at 9:00 CET. The 1-day tickets will be released next spring. The first 5,000 ticket buyers will receive an exclusive T-shirt. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

-Check out some song clips from Trillium’s ALLOY at these links:

“Machine Gun”

“Coward”

“Scream It”

See http://www.amandasomerville.com/ for more.

-UFO — Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Paul Raymond, and Andy Parker — has more North American tour dates, still supporting last year’s BEST OF A DECADE (SPV/Steamhammer), with Mindflow opening:

9/21 – The Fat Cat, Modesto, CA
9/23 – Boulder Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
9/24 – The Key Club, Los Angeles, CA
9/26 – Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
9/27 – Warnor’s Center For The Performing Arts, Fresno, CA
9/29 – The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
9/30 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
10/4 – The Rock, Tucson, AZ
10/6 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/7 – Warehouse Live Studio, Houston, TX
10/8 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX

The band is working on a new studio album for next year. See http://www.ufo-music.info/ for more.

Thanks to Nicky Baldrian, the Illinois Entertainer, Nightmare Records, Earsplit PR, Metaltix, AFM Records, Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, and Chad Bowar for help gathering some of this information.

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-Big week at Best Buy — Anthrax’s WORSHIP MUSIC, Alice Cooper’s
WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE (with bonus tracks), and Dream Theater’s A
DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS are all on sale for $9.99 each. And I saw
Warrant’s ROCKAHOLIC for the same price, but not on sale. Let’s
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by Jan W. (jw4jzon@hotmail.com)

-Interview w/ Aaron Wiig (The Stone Chiefs)
September 7, 2011

Put together five musicians from Raleigh, North Carolina, with a dream
and a label all their own, and you have The Stone Chiefs. This band
has accomplished quite a bit in the time they have been together:
creating a label, landing a tour sponsorship with Jagermeister
distributors (Sidney Frank, Inc.), and playing the Triad Music Fest in
Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as debuting their first release,
DRIVE ON. Aaron Wiig and his best friend David Arnn created this band
while they were in college. Brian “BT” Torrence joined the duo, then
they added seasoned singer Dallas Perry. The final piece of the band,
Michael “Twig” Neece, became their drummer with a “heavy right foot.”
Together they wrote and played until they were ready to unleash their
music upon the world. As Detritus readers check out their first
release, founding member Aaron Wiig agreed to answer some questions to
introduce the band.

DETRITUS: You performed recently at the Triad Music Fest in
Greensboro, North Carolina [September 3, 2011]. Was that your first
big festival?

AARON WIIG: There were multiple firsts for the band at that festival.
It was the first time the band played a stadium, shared the bill with
Grammy-winning artists, and performed while being projected on a
Jumbotron. It was a very exciting, fun experience. My highlight
(besides jammin’) was listening to the Carolina Chocolate Drops warm
up in the green room, great stuff! We have played other festival
shows, but the Jumbotron takes the cake so far.

D: Who would you most like to tour with, if you could create your
dream tour with two other bands? Why?

AW: The Black Keys, one of my favorite bands. If you don’t know who
they are you gotta check them out: blues-riff rock played by vocalist/
guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. These guys generate
raw, in-your-face old-school vibes. I love the band and think their
crowd would dig our music as well. They also seem like cool dudes to
hang out with.

Radiohead — what band wouldn’t want to go on tour with Radiohead?
Although they are very different than The Black Keys, I think folks
who dig Radiohead would also dig The Black Keys and The Stone Chiefs.
I am one of those folks, anyway.

Radiohead
The Black Keys
The Stone Chiefs

The tour would sell out worldwide, that’s for certain.

D: Is there anyone in particular you want to work with that you
haven’t yet? If you could choose, who would you like to be a guest
musician on your next CD?

AW: Two people come to mind: Warren Haynes and Audley Freed.

Warren Haynes. I am a big Gov’t Mule fan…seen them many times live.
I also dig on the Allman Brothers [Band]. It’s possible I’ve seen
Warren Haynes perform live more than any other guitarist… except
maybe Neil Young. Warren is a master. He’s got a feel that only comes
from a life dedicated to the craft. He’s a great songwriter, too.

Audley Freed. I have huge respect for his accomplishments as a guitar
player over the years. Audley is a BAD ASS! I’ve seen Audley perform
with The Black Crowes, Peter Frampton, and Jakob Dylan… the guy is
everywhere. He used to be in a popular band called Cry Of Love back in
the day.

I’d love to have a bluesy-riff oriented jam tune where I can stretch
my legs for awhile, then Warren takes the helm with a slide solo to
make you cry, followed by Audley melting your face. That would be a
treat.

D: The Stone Chiefs have joined in an agreement with Jagermeister
distributors Sidney Frank, Inc. sponsor your tour. What advantage do
you feel this gives the band?

AW: Being sponsored by Jager helps our booking agent land us better
gigs. He tells them we got some free stuff to give away, which always
makes customers happy. Jager plugs us, we plug them. It’s good to have
a large corporation willing to help you out and the band is very
grateful for their support.

D: What is the most difficult aspect of songwriting? Where do your
ideas come from? Do lyrics or music come first, and does that affect
the song?

AW: Not all songs are great. At some point you get comfortable with
the idea that upon further reflection, that song you wrote awhile back
just isn’t as great as you thought it was when you first wrote it.
That is the most difficult thing to me… recognizing that sometimes
it just doesn’t come together and stand the test of time like you
thought it might. This is why you need to write more songs. It’s like
baseball. If you are batting .300 you are doing well.

D: Where do your ideas come from?

AW: My ideas for lyrics generally come from my life experiences or
those of people I know. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere and other
times it takes years for an idea to be fully developed.

D: Do lyrics or music come first, and does that affect the song?

AW: For me personally, music usually comes first. Sometimes music and
lyrics come around the same time. I usually get snippets of words or
phrases with the music… a melody, an idea for the direction and feel
of a song, and some phrases if I’m lucky. Usually I reflect, do some
re-working and then fill in the gaps if I think it’s worth anything.
If the music comes first, it tends to be more riff-oriented. If the
melody comes first the song tends to be more rootsy.

D: How do you think that the digital age has changed music? Has it
helped or hurt The Stone Chiefs?

AW: The digital age has wreaked havoc on the music establishment as
everybody knows. Major labels don’t take chances on bands much anymore
from what I can gather. Investing in and developing a band is
generally a thing of the past. Labels want bands to be money engines
before they get in the game. It’s a business after all, right? So
given the prevalence of music pirating it’s harder to get a label deal
and be developed by major labels than it used to be. Bruce Springsteen
didn’t release a commercially successful album until his third
release, BORN TO RUN. A label taking a hit on two albums to stand
behind the artist for a third is unlikely these days. Bruce most
likely would have been dropped after the first or second release in
today’s climate.

On the other hand, it is now much easier to get music to the world
market. Some clicking and uploading on a computer and all of a sudden
you can sell to millions of customers digitally. The issue is
convincing people to buy… or even exposing them to the band. How are
they supposed to know who is who, if there are thousands of other
bands putting music out there? Cutting through the noise is very
important, which is the advantage an established label, management,
and publicity team brings to the table. The bottom line is that you
have to create a buzz for the band first before getting the attention
of other industry players. I doubt there is nearly as much scouting
and risk taking by labels these days.

Even with the challenges, it is great that people have an outlet to
funnel their creative juices. I am a firm believer that if you work
hard and make great music people will take notice. It’s tough to say
if the digital age has helped or hurt The Stone Chiefs. I’d like to
think that people are yearning for more old-school classic rock
sounds. I guess time will tell. We’ve sold CDs outside the US, so in
that respect the digital age has definitely helped us.

D: How did the band decide to create their own label? What did you
feel were the advantages with the music business changing so much over
the past couple years?

AW: Honestly, we created our label out of necessity. We didn’t want
sales going to personal bank accounts. There are accounting and tax
burden issues. Plus we can use the record company to funnel our gig
revenue and expenses, recording cost, publicist cost, etc., etc. We
got enough money moving around to justify a separate entity. Although
it is cool we can say we own our own label, we would rather partner
with a well established label so we can focus on the music more and
record label business less.

D: What are your goals for the coming year, in terms of performing?

AW: I want the rest of 2011 and 2012 to be a break-out time for the
band. I believe in this band. We all have put so much effort into
creating a great album. We stand by our work and want to play as many
live shows as possible. We want to move towards playing larger venues
with well established acts in front of large crowds on a routine
basis. I’ve wanted to make my living playing music since I was a kid.
It’s a very real possibility now given the band has created this
awesome new album that is getting recognized at the national level. I
welcome the opportunity to be a full-time musician.

D: Each fan takes something different away from your music. If you
could choose one thing fans get from DRIVE ON, what would that be?

AW: I hope people appreciate the diversity on the album and the amount
of teamwork the band exhibits. There are four songwriters in the band,
although Dallas does the majority of writing / co-writing. This leads
to lots of influences on our music. All the songs don’t sound the
same, which is something I love about this band.

D: Who is contributing to your Twitter page, one band member in
particular, or everyone? Which Internet connection to your fans is
your favorite and why?

AW: I think BT handles the Twitter page more than anybody. If you want
to get up with us, the Facebook page is the best route. The official
website has lots of info and connects out to all the other media –
http://www.thestonechiefs.com/ is a great place to start.

D: What has been your most embarrassing moment (as a band member) on
stage or off?

AW: This has got to be when I lost my capo playing SXSW [South By
Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas] with Mike Posner and Eric Holljes
back when they were still at Duke. Mike was already making a name for
himself and lined up a showcase where some major label execs would be
checking him out. I got called in as a fill-in guitarist just for this
gig when Mike’s original dude flaked out. Mike Posner, Eric Holljes
(plays with Delta Rae) and I rehearsed three songs at my house
relentlessly before driving to Austin, Texas from North Carolina. We
set up in some bar/restaurant overlooking downtown Austin in an area
covered with decking. I’m setting up my rig, getting stuff ready…
and I knock my capo off the top of my Dr Z. That’s when things started
in slow motion. The capo didn’t even hit the deck boards; it just
perfectly flew right in between the boards and disappeared into the
darkness below. I was screwed. One of the songs absolutely required me
using a capo and I had no spare. The bar is packed. No other
guitarists are around. We are supposed to play in like five minutes.
There is a film crew following us around so I am trying to keep my
cool. I go over to Mike and tell him the situation. He says, “OK, no
problem man.” Then he un-mutes the guitar track he had on his
computer, which he was using for backing tracks and drums, etc. So I
ended up driving to Texas to play air guitar in front of major label
execs for most of that tune… except the little solo part. I felt
like a complete jackass and was very embarrassed about the whole
thing. After Mike got signed, the subsequent recording of that song,
“Cooler Than Me,” became a number-6 Billboard hit for Mike Posner and
Eric Holljes. I think it sold over a million downloads or something.
Interestingly, the hit version didn’t have a guitar track…

But with The Stone Chiefs, I couldn’t come up with anything more
interesting than the occasional guitar flub (always embarrassing).

D: What is the craziest thing a fan has asked you to do?

AW: I’m married. You should as the other guys that question… I got
nothin’.

I think it’s funny when somebody buys you a beer or a shot ’cause they
think you rock and try to give it to you mid-song. They will hold it
up for awhile wondering why you’re not grabbing it before realizing it
takes two hands to play guitar. People generally like to drink at our
shows and I love getting free drinks… it’s just funny when people
miss out on the whole guitar thing.

D: Is there anything we’ve missed that you would really like to add?

AW: Nope. Check out the music. Buy the album. Help a great band get on
the road.

Relevant links:

The Stone Chiefs

http://www.thestonechiefs.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thestonechiefs

http://www.myspace.com/thestonechiefs

http://www.twitter.com/thestonechiefs

http://www.youtube.com/user/thestonechiefs

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Interview w/ Jammer (Brute Forcz)
September 8, 2011

You know how bands always say they kick ass? Well here’s one that
does, literally. Brute Forcz is comprised of former pro wrestling
brothers Jammer and Slammer, on vocals/bass and drums, respectively,
and guitarist Will Wallner. They just released a Bob Kulick-produced,
four-track EP entitled KICK ASS HEAVY METAL, and with that name and
song titles like “Live For Speed,” “Sex Machine,” “Thrill Queen,” and
“Leather N Chains,” you kinda know what’s in store — pounding old
school ’80s metal. And the guys wouldn’t have it any other way. I had
a chance to speak with Jammer about the brothers’ career changes –
from music to wrestling to acting and now back to music — as well as
their music, live plans, influences, and, yes, Kane Roberts.

DETRITUS: I was going to start off with a lame question, “How do you
pronounce your band name?,” but I did watch your video interview
online where you said it’s “Brute Force.” I wasn’t sure if it was
pronounced “Force” or “Forces.”

JAMMER: Yeah, it’s “Brute Force.”

D: Where did the lightning bolt “Z” at the end come from? Was it
inspired by the Kiss logo?

J: Ah, we were just trying to get fancy with that word “Force,”
because everyone puts “F-O-R-C-E” so we just put on a lightning bolt
in the shape of a “Z.” It’s our twisted mind.

D: Gotcha. So I see you and your brother started a band when you were
in high school, and then when the opportunity for a career in pro
wrestling arose you jumped at that. What was it that caused you to get
back into music now, after such a period of time?

J: We had always wanted to do the music, but other things like
wrestling had kind of derailed us. We had a really good opportunity,
and then through the wrestling we got opportunities to act. We were
acting in Atlanta, or in the south. We had a better opportunity to go
with an agency if we went to California, so we moved to California to
act. So the wrestling led to the acting, and then because of the
acting being kind of slow we were able to pick up the band again. So
we always wanted to play the music; it’s just that opportunities came
along that would help us out down the road, so we took them.

D: The songs on your EP have a very old school ’80s metal sound; I
think you’d agree. How does the sound now compare to what you were
doing with the previous era of the band?

J: That’s the style that we have. To us it’s a compliment to be called
’80s style metal because we feel that’s the best music out there. The
older bands, the ones that started out or who were hot during that
period and who are still playing now, are selling out and remain
popular because of that style. That’s just the style that we have.
We’re more the ’80s kids that like that style of music.

D: Have you changed since the early days?

J: No, we just actually got a little heavier. We actually tried to
start out as a cover band and it didn’t work out. We became a three-
piece band. In Atlanta they didn’t show Motorhead very much on TV or
the radio during that period of time, and I never really knew that
much about Motorhead. Someone played me one of their songs, “Killed By
Death,” and I’m thinking “Instead of us looking for a singer to do
covers, why don’t we become an original band because I can fit my
voice around a style like Lemmy did?” So since that period of time
we’ve just gotten heavier, more of a heavier sound. That’s our style.
We’ve got a better guitarist.

D: How long has Will been with you and your brother?

J: Will’s been with us since 2010. Our first gig that we came back
with was in January 28, 2010, and Will’s been with us since.

D: How did you hook up with him?

J: I needed to be a little better on guitar. I’m the bass player and I
wanted to be able to write my songs better, and play the music, or at
least give somebody an idea of what I needed to know, so I answered an
ad for a guitar teacher on Craigslist. Will ended up being my guitar
teacher. He had just finished breaking up with a band that he was
playing with for a couple of months. We asked if he’d play our music,
if he’d be happy doing that. And that’s how we hooked up with Will.

D: So it was pretty painless then?

J: (laughs) Well, it’s L.A. so nothing is painless. But yeah, we’ve
been the only three people in the band since we came back.

D: The EP has four songs, and I found others on your various websites.
There’s a “love song” called “Teenage Lover,” and I saw one called
“Freedom’s Heart,” and “Out For Blood” and “Hang ‘Em High.” So you
have more material. Why did you choose to release a four-song EP
rather than a full-length album?

J: Well, we really have about 13 songs so when we play live we have a
whole hour’s set of music. The reason we chose those four songs is No.
1 we didn’t have a whole lot of money, and mainly No. 2, is because we
wanted to put our music out there first and see what response it would
get before we did any more work. I don’t know if that’s a good answer
or not, but that’s exactly what happened.

D: Was it difficult to choose four out of the 13 for the EP? Or did
you feel those were your four strongest songs?

J: Yeah, it was definitely difficult to choose the four songs. But
when we went to Bob Kulick at The Office Studios he listened to all of
our songs and said, “You want to put four of your better songs up
front.” He liked those four songs.

D: I was fascinated by the song “Freedom’s Heart.” The title caught my
eye, especially with the proximity to the 10th anniversary of
September 11. I don’t know if there’s a connection; what is that song
about?

J: That song is about that young lady in Iran named Neda [Agha-
Soltan], who got gunned down in 2009 for no reason at all. There was
all kinds of news about her. She actually had just tried to be a free
person. In Iran, I guess in their religion women can’t show their
faces and she wanted to show her face and wear jeans and just be, you
know, a regular person. And she got gunned down. So that’s what that
song is about. It’s not a political song — it’s about people’s
individual rights around the world, and how sometimes we don’t realize
how good we have it here, whereas in other countries they’re just
trying to be regular people and live a life and some people are
getting killed for it.

D: I think it’s an excellent song, very dynamic, and I was wondering
why it didn’t make the EP. Now I can see that maybe thematically it
doesn’t fit with what’s on the EP. Going forward, hopefully things
take off and you do a full album. When you do that, do you see
yourselves re-releasing the four songs from the EP with the other
songs you’ve already got, or do you plan to write all new material?
What does the future hold?

J: Yeah, almost all of the above. We’re always writing new songs.
We’re going to put a full album out soon, and re-release those songs
with it. We just really wanted to get some attention first, and we
didn’t want to burn everything out. Because sometimes when you’re a
new band and no one knows about you, and you put a whole album out,
sometimes all of it gets lost. I didn’t want all of it to get lost. I
wanted to get a little bit of attention first, and then go from that
point.

D: Where can people get the EP?

J: We’re in the process of getting a website, but right now on our
MySpace page the links are there — iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Loud
Tracks, BraveWords.com, any of the major outlets. It’s all available
there.

D: You mentioned Bob Kulick a while ago. His name pops up a lot –
he’s very busy and very successful. What sparked your collaboration
with him?

J: (laughs) Okay, it’s a good story. Recently, before we met Bob, we
had tried to get a couple of our songs recorded and we were having a
hard time because people out here in L.A. really aren’t that into
metal. You would think so but we had a hard time finding someone that
could produce a metal song. I took a W.A.S.P. CD, a Motley Crue CD,
and a Motorhead CD in to one guy and said, “Look, can you give us this
kind of sound?” He couldn’t. (laughs) So we had finished doing some
recording that wasn’t what we thought it should be. My brother and I
— we work out together at the gym — we would see this gentleman go
back and forth every once in a while and we’re thinking, “We know who
this guy is,” but we just can’t quite figure it out. One day the light
bulb went off and we realized it was Bruce Kulick from Kiss. I said to
my brother, “Why don’t we just ask him if he knows anybody?” So we
kinda cornered him in the gym and he had this look in his eyes like,
“Why are these two big gorillas crowding me? I haven’t done anything!”
But we introduced ourselves and told him we were ex-wrestlers, and we
act and we also have a band. We said we tried to do some recording but
we couldn’t get anybody to give us a good metal sound. And that’s when
he introduced us to his brother. He said, “My brother does recording.
I’ll give him your number, and here’s his number.” Bob actually called
us up the very next day, and then we met and talked about wrestling
for the first hour. Then we talked about what he could do to help our
band out, and give us a better sound and record with us. That’s how we
ended up meeting Bob.

D: Where does Bob’s nickname “Bonecrusher” come from? It’s in your
press materials but I’ve never heard that before.

J: We gave him that because he loves wrestling so much. He’s about
5’10” and 150 pounds, and he wanted to be a wrestler so we gave him
the name Bonecrusher.

D: To survive in the wrestling world and the metal industry I’m
guessing you need patience and a sense of humor. Is that about right?

J: (laughs) Yeah, times ten! And you need very thick armor. They’re
very similar industries. It’s a lot of “who you know” and you’ve got
to pay your dues, and you just have to kind of hang around, and when
you get an opportunity, take advantage of it. They’re very, very
similar.

D: Maybe you just answered my next question… Is there anything you
can take from your successful career as a wrestler and apply it to
making metal, and going out on tour to perform for people?

J: Well, really, what you mentioned — you have to be patient, and you
have to understand that sometimes things don’t happen overnight. You
really have to have thick armor. And you have to put yourself in a
position so that when you do get an opportunity, you’re well-practiced
or well-rehearsed in what you need to do, so that you can make the
most of it.

D: I wracked my brain to come up with some older wrestling/metal
crossovers. My list has the “Demon” wrestler/character based off of
Kiss makeup; Motorhead and Doro Pesch, who both have done theme songs
for wrestlers; and back in like ’95 there were the WWF Superstars &
Slam Jam with guys from Anthrax and Savatage. Then I saw Jake “The
Snake” Roberts mentioned in your press kit — wasn’t he associated
with Alice Cooper at some point?

J: I’m not sure if he was, but I know that he liked boa constrictors
like Alice does. I don’t know if he was ever connected with music at
all, to be honest with you. I know that Chris Jericho is the most
recent, and the most popular [with Fozzy].

D: What do you think of that? Do you think the two worlds just fit
together easily?

J: Yeah, I think they do, and I think Chris Jericho has a different
style than we have — I think that we’re more “heavy metal-er.” Yeah,
I think they go together.

D: I found it interesting you mentioned W.A.S.P. as an influence.
They’ve been around forever and had their ups and their downs, but I
don’t really ever see too many bands cite them as an influence. What
about them inspired you?

J: Just their sound — that buzz saw sound on the guitar, especially
on the first two or three albums when Chris Holmes and Randy Piper
were there. I just like that buzz saw sound that they have — “I Wanna
Be Somebody,” “On Your Knees,” and, you know, “F*ck Like A Beast,”
stuff like that. We just like that sound a lot, that guitar sound.

D: What was it like to play with them? Was that a tour or just like a
one-off?

J: We did a show here in L.A. at the Keyclub. It was really good for
us because it was the first big show that we did where there was
actually quite a few people. We didn’t really get to hang with
W.A.S.P. or anything like that — I wish we could’ve. But going back
to the wrestling analogy, we’re just the minor leagues compared to
them. It was a good show for us. We got to play in front of people
that like our style of music, which we needed to do.

D: Speaking of the live front, do you have anything on tap? What’s the
logical next step?

J: We are trying to pick up on some tours coming up soon, and we’re
also trying to get into Europe. We’re also trying to get into the
Monster Truck Jams at stadiums to play. So that’s what we’re trying to
do now. We are trying to go live outside of southern California, and
tour with whoever we can, whenever we can. Those are the things we’re
trying to hit on right now.

D: How does the Monster Truck Jam thing work? Do bands play a few
songs or a full set at one of those?

J: It’s like a 45-minute set. It used to be sponsored by Advanced Auto
Parts, and they’d have a tent set up for people who bought reserved
tickets. They could go to an area where they could actually view some
bands, things of that nature — they’d kind of treat them to
something. But now they’re doing the show right before the Monster
Truck Jam, on the field before it actually starts. So like an hour
before, they have a band come on. A couple of times they’ve had REO
Speedwagon at these Monster Truck Jams, and they’ve had other bands
play with them, but we’re trying to be one of the bands — or *the*
band — out here on the West Coast, [where they have] a couple shows
in L.A., Anaheim, San Diego, and the big finals happen in Las Vegas.
We’re trying to play before those Monster Jams.

D: That sounds awesome. I hope it works out for you guys.

J: Yeah, great exposure for us, great fans — our kind of fans. You
want to play in front of your kind of fans, basically.

D: What’s going on with your appearance in the upcoming Adam Sandler
movie, “Jack And Jill?” Will this be your biggest exposure through
acting? What else on your resume may we know about?

J: We’ve actually done a lot of national commercials with IBM and
Budweiser. But yeah, movie-wise it’s gonna be our biggest thing. Well,
I can’t say it’s gonna be yet because we don’t know if our scenes will
be on the cutting room floor or not. I just know that we did the shoot
with Adam Sandler. Sometimes you make it on the screen, sometimes you
don’t, but by far that was our biggest movie opportunity right there.
The movie is supposed to come out this fall; it’s called “Jack And
Jill,” and it’s about twins. We don’t want to brag about it too much
because if we brag about it and then we don’t end up on the screen,
then everyone’s gonna go, “Ah, those guys are full of bull, whatever.”
(laughs) But no, we really were there working with Adam Sandler. We
just don’t know if we’re on the cutting room floor or not yet.

D: Is there anything else you’d like to hit on that I haven’t asked
about.

J: Nah, you did a good job. We’re just old school metal. We want
people to know that it’s basically just good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. You
know, that kind of music where you can roll your window down, play
your music loud and bang your head. We’re kind of disappointed in a
lot of the music today — there is not a lot of lead guitar, it’s just
kind of like a lot of harmonizing where they harmonize at you, and
then yell at you. We’re just the old school metal and we hope people
like that stuff. We think they do.

D: Well okay, then let me ask you — what do you listen to besides
your own band? Or are you one of those bands that can’t listen to your
own stuff?

J: No, we listen to our stuff a lot ’cause we just like it. I listen
to the older bands just because that’s what I like. We’re big
Motorhead fans, we like Priest, you know, Metallica, AC/DC, Pantera –
but they’re not around anymore. Slayer. I listen to Satyricon a little
bit. Other than that I’m not a big fan of today’s metal. You can call
it whatever you want — death metal, there’s all kinds of genres –
I’m just not really a fan. I’ve gotta be able to understand the words.
If you go 100 miles an hour… We played before in front of like, four
death metal bands and after I’d heard four songs, the whole night I
heard the same song from that point. I don’t want to be negative
towards anybody but we just like the old school metal the most. We
think that’s what we are.

D: Oops, I guess I have one more. It’s a stupid question. You remember
Kane Roberts from the old days?

J: Yes.

D: He was bulked up and quite huge for a while.

J: Yeah, he was jacked. We were jealous. (laughs)

D: Is it hard to play guitar when you’re physically that big? A lot of
times you see guys that are expert guitarists, and they’re spindly
with long, thin fingers. Do you know what I mean?

J: I agree; I totally agree. I don’t know how he did it, to be honest
with you. I don’t know how you can play guitar and be as jacked as he
was. I don’t know how you can play drums like that. You can play bass
’cause my stuff’s just basic. I’m not that jacked, but you could play
bass. That’s a good question. I don’t know how he did that. We
remember him, he was playing with Alice Cooper and then he came out
with his own stuff, and I remember going to my brother, “The guy’s
arms are like bowling balls — how did he get ‘em that jacked? How’s
he able to play?” To me it would seem hard to be able to play guitar,
especially lead guitar, and have your arms be that massive and tight.

D: Maybe that’s why he kind of deflated later during his solo career.

J: (laughs) Yeah, maybe his career went down when his arms went down.

D: Thanks for your time, and take care.

J: Thanks for a good interview. Take care.

You know you want more. Go online to hear the EP and the band’s other
material, and check out an excellent video interview with both Jammer
and Slammer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDqHDHCPY0A .

Also, be sure to Google “Neda Agha-Soltan” or “Neda Iran” for more
background on the inspiration behind “Freedom’s Heart (Neda’s Song).”

Thanks to the folks at Chipster PR for setting up this interview.

Relevant links:

Brute Forcz

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BRUTE-FORCZ/127211873983429

http://www.myspace.com/bruteforcz

http://www.reverbnation.com/bruteforcz

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-Judas Priest Release THE CHOSEN FEW This October

Judas Priest
Album: THE CHOSEN FEW
Release date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

“Priest has always meant one thing — take no prisoners. For decades. Across one continent to the next, they have never wavered in their commitment to treating the Stage as Holy Ground…”
– Gene Simmons, Kiss

Sony Music are proud to announce the release of a unique Judas Priest album. THE CHOSEN FEW is an album curated by Judas Priest’s contemporaries in the music world — each artist picking their own favorite Priest track and explaining why it is special to them. Included are legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Joe Elliott, Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King and Corey Taylor. All build an album from the very best of Judas Priest — from 1977’s “Diamonds And Rust” through to 1990’s “Painkiller.” A selection of excerpts are below:

Lars Ulrich, Metallica – “Beyond The Realms Of Death”
“The blueprint for the epic rock ballad. Copied thousands of times, never eclipsed.”

Ozzy Osbourne – “The Ripper”
“This has always been one of my favorite Judas Priest songs… I just want to know what the f*ck that note is that Rob Halford hits in the beginning of the song. F*cking hell!! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear.”

Alice Cooper – “Living After Midnight”
“For a metal band, Priest has always used tons of melody… when you have a singer as great as Rob Halford, you have to write great riffs WITH great melodies, you can’t just have riffs. ‘Living After Midnight’ is the perfect example…”

Slash – “Screaming For Vengeance”
“Judas Priest have put out their fair share of great albums to be sure. But my all time favorite is SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE. It was and still is, one of the best metal records ever produced and the title track is in my humble opinion, still ahead of its time.”

Corey Taylor, Slipknot – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”
“Judas Priest: the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band…”

THE CHOSEN FEW track listing is as follows:

1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metalliica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns N’ Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

Confirmed North American concert engagements:
12 October – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
14 October – Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
15 October – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
16 October – Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
18 October – Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
19 October – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
21 October – AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
22 October – San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA
23 October – Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
25 October – TO BE ADVISED
27 October – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
29 October – WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
30 October – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
1 November – Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
2 November – Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
4 November – Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5 November – 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
8 November – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November – Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November – The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
12 November – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
13 November – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
15 November – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November – The Armory, Rochester, NY
18 November – Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
19 November – Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, PA
20 November – Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
22 November – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November – Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November – Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November – Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
1 December – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL
3 December – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi, MS

For more information, visit:

http://www.judaspriest.com/

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-Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK To Be Released On CD And LP October 11, 2011 Via MVD Entertainment Group

US Tour Dates With Uli Jon Roth And Leslie West Set For October

Michael Schenker, a true purveyor first-class hard guitar rock, is set to release the aptly titled TEMPLE OF ROCK on October 11 on CD, digital formats, and vinyl. He will also be touring with Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West on the 3 Guitar Heroes tour (complete schedule below).

The list of Schenker’s successes is extensive… As a young man he lent his very special sound, together with his brother Rudolf, to the Scorpions, which later made the band one of the first real international hard rock stars from Germany. In the ’70s, he similarly helped the British rock legends UFO to their definitive breakthrough, turning songs like “Rock Bottom” or “Doctor, Doctor” into hits everyone knows.

In 1980, it was time for him to form the first band of his own… The Michael Schenker Group, or MSG for short. Some of the world’s best musicians were assembled, cavorting with founding members such as Gary Barden, Don Airey or Simon Phillips. Not forgetting that no one less that Roger Glover from Deep Purple manned the production console for the first record. Since then, the three letters MSG have become a synonym for honest, hand-crafted and impelling premium hard rock.

Now, after extensive touring, and following a well-earned rest, Schenker has returned with his group to add a new jewel to his creative work. Names such as Pete Way, Wayne Findlay, Neil Murray and Chris Slade still represent the highest of standards and get aficionados’ heartbeats racing. One of the biggest treats is his collaboration with the former Scorpions drummer, Herman “the German” Rarebell, as well as his beloved brother Rudolf. And yet the list is even longer with Doogie White (former member of Rainbow), super drummer Carmine Appice and Elliott Tichy. However the one name missing in 2011 is Gary Barden. Michael Voss, the new vocalist, is more than “just” a replacement. The experienced producer and singer showed just what he is capable of during the last MSG tour.

Schenker says:

“The Temple of Rock is within me where I create since I was introduced to the amazing invention of the distorted Guitar which is for me the most enjoyable and the best possible way to express myself. The Rock Guitar Sound that I fell in love with, mostly expressed as Lead break, is what I have nurtured and treasured all of my life. Combined with the infinite spring from within and the amazing musicians around me I keep expressing an ongoing development of my Art (Being). With TEMPLE OF ROCK I am entering a new stage of my life, a new level of existence enjoying life more than ever, reaping the joy of all sorts of developments from the past.

“Also, it seems to me that collectively, with true expressive makers of Rock Music, we have been building the external Temple Of Rock for many years and have now come to the point of putting on the roofing and celebrating the almost completion of the Temple. All generations of this period are meeting all over the world on one stage it seems celebrating an Era of ‘Hand Made Rock’ which will never be the same again due to invention of new technology but of course New Temples and New Wonders will arise to enjoy expressions in new ways.”

Check out the single “Miss Claustrophobia” here:

Track list:
1. Intro
2. How Long
3. Fallen Angel
4. Hanging On
5. The End Of An Era
6. Miss Claustrophobia
7. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
8. Storming In
9. Scene of Crime
10. Lover’s Sinfony
11. How Long (3 Generations Guitar Battle Version)

Item Info:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=INAK9103CD

Vinyl:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=INAK91031LP

Press Photos:

http://mvdb2b.com/i/press/INAK9103CD/Press%20Photo/

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Website:

http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Schenker-Group/57664474314

Schenker will be joining Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West on the 3 Guitar Heroes tour. Upcoming dates for 2011 in the USA include:

October 6 – Norfolk – CT – Infinity Music Hall & Bistro
October 7 – Albany – NY – The Egg
October 8 – Ridgefield – CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
October 9 – Plymouth – NH – The Flying Monkey
October 12 – Foxborough – MA – Showcase Live
October 13 – Asbury Park – NJ – Stone Pony
October 14 – New York – NY – Irving Plaza
October 15 – Philadelphia – PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
October 16 – Westbury – NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury
October 18 – Silver Spring – MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
October 19 – Baltimore – MD – Sound Stage
October 20 – Cleveland – OH – House Of Blues
October 21 – Cincinnati – OH – Bogart’s
October 22 – Indianapolis – IN – Egyptian Room
October 26 – Milwaukee – WI – The Pabst Theater
October 27 – Chicago – IL – House Of Blues
November 4 – Dallas – TX – House Of Blues
November 5 – Houston – TX – House Of Blues
November 11 – Las Vegas – NV – Boulder Station Hotel & Casino

3 Guitar Heroes

http://3-guitar-heroes.ulijonroth.com/index.html

MVD Entertainment Group
PO BOX 280
Oaks PA 19456

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-Edguy Hit The German Album Charts On #3!

Edguy have just released their new album AGE OF THE JOKER, critically acclaimed as the “Heavy Metal album of the year” and one of the best Edguy albums of all time. We have just received information that the album has entered the German album charts at the highest position an Edguy album has ever reached. AGE OF THE JOKER went from zero to NUMBER THREE in the German Media Control album charts. With this AGE OF THE JOKER is the most successful Edguy album of all time.

Same success in Switzerland (#13) and Austria (#30) — both the highest chart entry of any Edguy record.

“Thank you all for getting an original copy of AGE OF THE JOKER and making this possible. It might have been the strongest chart week of the year, with seven new albums hitting the album Top 10. There was stiff competition, but YOU were there for us!!! We have given our very best to deliver the best possible album, but YOU, our fans, are responsible for making it such a great success. We are in the middle of our rehearsals for the tour that will kick off on September 23rd and the news hit us in the rehearsing room, where we are sitting right now! Now we’re gonna rehearse so hard, we’ll make sure to blow you all away during the forthcoming live shows and celebrate the biggest Heavy Metal party you won’t be able to imagine… Be prepared for a great set with a lot of specials, and we are looking forward to seeing you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you — and cheerzzz!!! – Edguy”

EDGUY – AGE OF THE JOKER EUROPEAN TOUR 2011
Special Guest: KOTTAK (feat. James Kottak, Scorpions)

23.09.2011 – S – Malmö, KB
24.09.2011 – S – Göteborg, Trädgarn
25.09.2011 – S – Stockholm, Tyrol
27.09.2011 – D – Hamburg, Docks
28.09.2011 – D – Berlin, Columbia Club
30.09.2011 – D – Essen, Grugahalle
01.10.2011 – D – Fulda, Wartenberg Oval
02.10.2011 – D – Bamberg, Arena
04.10.2011 – D – Filderstadt, Filharmonie
06.10.2011 – CZ – Prag, KD Vitavska
07.10.2011 – D – Langen, Stadthalle
10.10.2011 – I – Mailand, Alcatraz
11.10.2011 – CH – Pratteln, Z7
12.10.2011 – F – Lyon, Transbordeur
14.10.2011 – ES – Madrid, Heineken
15.10.2011 – ES – Barcelona, Apollo
16.10.2011 – ES – Bilbao, Rock Star
18.10.2011 – D – Saarbrücken, Garage
19.10.2011 – F – Paris, Bataclan
21.10.2011 – D – Memmingen, Kaminwerk
22.10.2011 – D – Straubing, Messehalle
23.10.2011 – CZ – Zlin, Rock Cafe

http://www.edguy.net/

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-Doro: New Video Interview And CD Contest

25 YEARS IN ROCK 2 DVD/CD Set Released Today!

A street side interview in New York with Doro Pesch is available for viewing at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3303 .

Doro and her band just performed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York last Friday and at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago on Sunday. The mammoth 25 YEARS IN ROCK 2 DVD/CD set is finally available to North American fans today! Point your browser here for a brief clip of the German metal queen talking about the DVD from the Chicago show:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3303

Enter a contest to win an autographed copy of 25 YEARS IN ROCK here:

http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/09/08/signed-doro-cd-giveaway/

In 2008, Doro celebrated her 25th anniversary concert at the ISS Dome in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany. With over 8,500 people in attendance, this magical performance featured her long-time band members Nick Douglas (bass), Joe Taylor (guitar), Johnny Dee (drums) and Oliver Palotai (keyboards, guitar). Guest appearances were made by Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, Grave Digger’s Chris Boltendahl, former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, Liv Kristine (Leaves’ Eyes), Floor Jansen (After Forever), Axel Rudi Pell and many others. This once-on-a-lifetime concert set was captured in its entirety and includes out takes from this very special career-affirming evening.

Don’t forget to check out the 25 YEARS IN ROCK landing page:

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/Splash/doro/index.html

Keep yourself updated on all things Doro Pesch at:

http://www.DORO.de/

http://www.facebook.com/DOROOFFICIAL

http://www.twitter.com/DOROOFFICIAL

http://www.YouTube.com/DOROOFFICIAL

http://www.myspace.com/DOROBAND

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-Michael Monroe’s SENSORY OVERDRIVE Out Now!! World Tour To Follow

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Iconic rock front man, Michael Monroe, has released his new CD SENSORY OVERDRIVE in the US and Canada on August 23rd on Spinefarm/ Universal. The new CD from the former front man of the influential band Hanoi Rocks was produced by legendary producer Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick). The CD also features guest performances from Americana artist Lucinda Williams and Motorhead front man Lemmy. The first single and video from SENSORY OVERDRIVE is the track “78.”

In support of the CD, Monroe will head out September 30th on a 16 date US and Canadian tour with his all-star band featuring guitarists Steve Conte (New York Dolls) and Dregen (Hellacopters, Backyard Babies), bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, Jetboy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (Danzig).

Following the US run, the band will head to Japan for the V Rock Festival to be followed by shows in Michael’s home country of Finland. The band will then end 2011 with a run of shows in the UK co-headlining with Wednesday 13. Tour dates are as follows:

Fri, Sep 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sat, Oct 1 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
Sun, Oct 2 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Tue, Oct 4 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Wed, Oct 5 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Thu, Oct 6 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theater
Fri, Oct 7 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Sat, Oct 8 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Sun, Oct 9 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
Mon, Oct 10 – St. Louis, MO – FuBar
Wed, Oct 12 – Denver, CO – Moe’s
Sat, Oct 15 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Sun, Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
Tue, Oct 18 – Santa Clara, CA – Avalon Theater
Wed, Oct 19 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
Thu, Oct 20 – Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
Sun, OCT 23 – V-Rock Festival – Saitama Super Arena – Japan
Fri, Nov 4 – FINLAND – Lahti – Finlandia Club
Sat, Nov 5 – FINLAND – Tavastia – Tavastia Club (2 shows)
Thu, Nov 24 – ENGLAND – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Fri, Nov 25 – ENGLAND – Manchester – Ritz
Sat, NOV 26 – ENGLAND – Nottingham – Rock City
Sun, NOV 27 – SCOTLAND – Glasgow – Garage
Mon, NOV 28 – ENGLAND – Newcastle – Academy
Tue, NOV 29 – ENGLAND – Leeds – Academy
Thu, DEC 1 – ENGLAND – Bristol – Academy
Fri, DEC 2 – ENGLAND – London – Electric Ballroom
Sat, DEC 3 – WALES – Prestatyn – HRH

The band will continue to do extensive touring in 2012 in support of SENSORY OVERDRIVE. For more information go to http://www.michaelmonroe.com/ .

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-Sonata Arctica – LIVE IN FINLAND DVD Cover & Track List Revealed!

Finnish metallers Sonata Arctica have revealed the cover artwork for their new DVD as well as the track list. The main show was recorded at Teatria in Oulu, Finland on April 15th, 2011. The release also includes material from the band’s own Sonata Arctica Open Air Festival held in Kemi, their hometown, in August 2009 as well as documentaries, making of’s and music videos, as with their previous DVD, the band once again recorded a commentary track for the main show (in Finnish). For the complete track list, check below. LIVE IN FINLAND will be released on the 11th of November 2011.

Track list DVD

DVD1: Sonata Arctica: Live In Finland

1. Intro (Everything Fades To Gray)
2. Flag In The Ground
3. Last Amazing Grays
4. Juliet
5. Replica
6. Blank File
7. As If The World Wasn’t Ending
8. Paid In Full
9. Victoria’s Secret
10. Instrumental Exhibition
11. The Misery
12. Fullmoon
13. In Black & White
14. Mary-Lou
15. Shy
16. Letter To Dana
17. Caleb
18. Don’t Say A Word
19. Outro (Vodka/Everything Fades To Gray)

DVD 2: Extra Features

Sonata Arctica Open Air II:
1. White Pearl, Black Oceans
2. Draw Me
3. In Black & White
4. Don’t Say A Word

Making of LIVE IN FINLAND
Making of “Flag In The Ground”
Latin-American Tour Documentary
Made In Finland – Tour Documentary
Music Videos: “Don’t Say A Word,” “Paid In Full,” “Flag In The Ground”
Acoustic live at Alcatraz, Milano
The “Flag In The Ground” cover contest
Photo Galleries

http://www.sonataarctica.info/

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

Niels Vejlyt Releases Video From Forthcoming Album STHENIC

Danish guitarist Niels Vejlyt (Infinity Overture / Consortium Project) sees the release of his debut instrumental album STHENIC on September 16th. Niels has just finished the video for the track “Die Today” which can be viewed at http://youtu.be/GFalkpZhXa8 .

The album STHENIC serves up eight tracks which will appeal to fans of the likes of Jeff Loomis, John Petrucci and Steve Vai. In addition the album also comes packaged with a bonus DVD featuring a host of guitar related goodies.

Full info on STHENIC can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/sthenic.htm .

Mastercastle Releases Video For Contribution To Lion Music Japan Benefit Album EMBRACE THE SUN

Italian metallers Mastercastle have just unveiled the promotional video for the track “Sakura.” This song represents their offering to the Lion Music Japan Benefit Project EMBRACE THE SUN, released back in June 2011 which sees all artist, label and publishing royalties donated to the Japanese Red Cross in the aftermath of the tragic events of March 2011.

The video for “Sakura” can be viewed at http://youtu.be/ehbaYHJ8c6M .

Full information on EMBRACE THE SUN – THE LION MUSIC JAPAN BENEFIT PROJECT can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/embracethesun.htm .

In related Mastercastle news the band has wrapped up work on its third album to be entitled DANGEROUS DIAMONDS with full release information coming soon.

Lion Music

http://www.lionmusic.com/

http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

http://www.myspace.com/lionmusiclabel

http://www.youtube.com/LionMusicFinland

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-Six Years In The Making… At Long Last Mecca II UNDENIABLE Is Scheduled For Release!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Mecca’s anticipated second album UNDENIABLE on November 4th in Europe and January 10th, 2012 in North America.

Six years in the making UNDENIABLE is the culmination of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Rewind to 2002: the Melodic Rock community is taken by storm by the debut album of a new band named Mecca. Formed by vocalist Joe Vana, he enlisted, among others, the services of former Toto members David Hungate (bass) and Fergie Frederiksen on vocals and close friend and former Survivor founding member Jim Peterik, who contributed masterfully to the songwriting and production of the album.

MECCA created a sonic treasure bringing the energy to drive diamond-hard rockers and the finesse to create lush power ballads, all with the texture that, until now, only super-groups such as Journey, Toto or Foreigner could provide. Amazing press responses blessed the album’s release and Joe Vana soon started putting together plans for a follow-up album. “I wanted a BAND sound, like the old days where all the guys played together in the room,” tells Joe. “We came very close to doing just that… PLUS, I wanted an album Jim Peterik would hear and be proud that he worked so hard mentoring me for so many years. I had a challenge.”

Songwriting started in 2005 between Vana and Swedish guitarist Christian Wolff. In 2007 things really took a groundbreaking turn with the songwriting masterpieces that Vana wrote with Swedish Producer/Songwriter/Guitarist Tommy Denander. Vana said: “The writing synergy between Tommy and I has been amazing, we think so much alike in terms of melody and space but sounds very different melodically than what we both have done separately, so it truly is a union of ideas…” The musical direction soon showed that new heights in Melodic Rock music could be reached. “Since Tommy and Christian were my co-writers,” continues Vana, “I had parts of theirs from when we wrote the tunes that were stellar and it integrated wonderfully.”

Several problems created bumps in the road, including the death of Vana’s longtime friend and co-producer / engineer Bryan Mitchell which made the completion of the recording process extremely slow. Joe explains: “It took a lot of time to build the right team to produce with me, Mark Alano and Chuck Macak and to get the right combination of guys. I had an opportunity to hand pick a band and I was not going to ruin that! I know I was getting killed on the Internet, but I needed to make sure it was ALL correct. The music had to be able to carry the melodies and the lyrical content I had written, this album had to flow correctly and I had a vision sonically I wanted as well… it was not an easy road… and as far as the songs themselves, it is the best writing Tommy Denander and Christian Wolff have done. They were SO EASY to write with and we make a GREAT team!”

Vana enlisted the talents of session masters such as Pat Mastellotto (King Crimson, Mr. Mister) and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), along with Denander and Wolff. His core band was also created around Rick Vitek on drums, Brian Moritz on keyboards, Wally Hustin on bass, Eric Ragno on keyboards, Mark Alano on guitar and Joe’s ace in the hole… his son Joey on guitars and backing vocals.

Fast forward to 2011. Mecca II UNDENIABLE is finally completed and delivered. The results are breathtaking. According to Vana: “This is a thinking man’s record with a lot of Chicago AOR, Prog and a good dose of West Coast thrown in! You can listen to the album 10 times, and will hear different things each time…” An album which perfectly melts the outstanding High-Tech AOR approach of Mr. Mister’s WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD to the commercial sheer brilliance of Toto’s THE SEVENTH ONE. Oh and… the good news is that Mecca III is underway!

If Mecca I was born to unveil the treasures of the Melodic Rock genre to the unsuspecting public, then Mecca II UNDENIABLE sets in stone the gospel of this music with stunning arrangements and unbelievable melodies. Mecca is now here to stay… get converted to their music!!!

UNDENIABLE track listing includes:
Perfect World; Closing Time; 10life; Life’s Too Short; I Know; Did It For Love; From The Start; Deceptive Cadence; W2W; Undeniable; As I Walk Alone.

The first single — the title track “Undeniable” — can be streamed in full on the Frontiers Records web radio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

Mecca:
Joe Vana: Vocals
Joey Vana: Guitars
Brian Moritz: Keyboards
Paul Pisciotto: Synthesizers
Wally Hustin: Bass
Rick Vitek: Drums
Mark Alano: Guitars

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Flametal’s New Flamenco-Metal Masterpiece VISION Out Now On Flametal Records

Special Guests: Steve Stevens (Bily Idol), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, ex-King Diamond), Sean Reinert (Cynic, ex-Death), Uriah Duffy (ex-Whitesnake) And More

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Flametal guitarist Benjamin Woods releases his latest masterpiece VISION on Flametal Records. This defies all expectations of an instrumental metal guitar album. “I’ve always thought of Flamenco Guitar Music as kind of like ‘Acoustic Progressive Metal,’ so with this album, I really expanded upon that idea.” says Woods. In a world of clones and “guitar shredder” albums, this goes way beyond the beaten path.

Listen now: http://www.wix.com/benwoods66/vision

This Flamenco-Metal masterpiece features Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth, ex-King Diamond), Sean Reinert (Cynic, ex-Death), Steve Stevens (Bily Idol), Uriah Duffy (ex-Whitesnake) and more.

Woods is a new breed of virtuoso and a speed metal guitarist from the start. By a twist of fate Woods gear was stolen by a junkie, leaving him with only a Spanish Guitar to practice on. This was the defining moment that ignited a passion for Flamenco Guitar. After spending years studying and performing authentic Flamenco, Woods created the genre-bending group Flametal, earning him an international reputation as the master of Flamenco and Metal. Playing Metal without a pick, or distortion would seem impossible to most, but through his training and creativity, Woods is the first and only musician to successfully combine real Flamenco and Metal. Here he pays tribute to some of his favorite metal tunes, played in the Flamenco idiom, with traditional accompaniment.

Woods’ raw energy combined with exotic and sophisticated acoustic playing and the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre.

For more information go to http://www.flametal.com/ .

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-Nightwish: IMAGINAERUM Release Date, Cover & Track List

Nightwish’s new album IMAGINAERUM will be released in Finland on 30th of November. The rest of Europe will follow on 2nd of December.

The cover artwork:
“Originally, this was supposed to be the centerfold image of the album but once I and some mates saw the final image, we immediately knew that the hunt for the actual cover artwork was over. I believe this is Toxic Angel’s finest piece of work yet, capturing the deepest essence of what IMAGINAERUM is all about. The power of imagination and places of wordless wonders, magic and awe, of longing and the surreal.

“I emphasized from the start that not a single living thing should be seen in the picture, and Toxic was able to create that sublime but desolate, ‘all this waiting for you, and you only’ feeling.

“All you need is the courage to enter.”
– Tuomas

The track list:
1. Taikatalvi
2. Storytime
3. Ghost River
4. Slow, Love, Slow
5. I Want My Tears Back
6. Scaretale
7. Arabesque
8. Turn Loose The Mermaids
9. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
11. Last Ride Of The Day
12. Song Of Myself
13. Imaginaerum

Track-by-Track teasers:
“Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.” – Henry David Thoreau

1. Taikatalvi
This world is but a canvas for our imagination.

2. Storytime
How would it feel to take a midnight flight with a snowman through the most wondrous landscapes, like in the classic animated Yuletide film? The meaning of our very existence is created though stories, tales and imagination. They are at the very core of humanity.

3. Ghost River
LIFE is the ultimate privilege; a river filled with wonders and horrors. Love, sorrow, beauty, evil and temptation. And we need them all to survive and enjoy the journey.
Good, Evil, Pain and Pleasure — members one of another.

4. Slow, Love, Slow
Truest love needs no words, demands or promises. It is wordless territory, and thoroughly unconditional.

5. I Want My Tears Back
Longing for things long gone, but still possible to bring back.

6. Scaretale
Monsters in the closet, squealing pigs, hordes of spiders and flesh-ripping harpies. A peak into childhood’s unforgettable nightmares — a vivid and twisted circus sideshow.

7. Arabesque
A catharsis to a nightmare. Giving birth through a death-dance.

8. Turn Loose The Mermaids
We quietly witness as her dying loved one takes his last journey… forever now, a haunting moment of beauty and comfort.

9. Rest Calm
Memories and hope are two things no-one can ever take away from you. The sweetness of my own past is a bottomless chest of comfort and inspiration.

10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me Truth”
– Henry David Thoreau
Love is everything, and only Truth is our guide to a deeper state.

11. Last Ride Of The Day
The theme park is just about to close, but the rollercoaster runs one more time and you get to take the last ride by yourself. It’s dark and the fireworks have just started. Moments such as these are portals to infinite dreams, of deep realisation, and ultimately the thrilling awareness of being a speck of dust in this vast swirling cosmos.

12. Song Of Myself
Our homage and version of Walt Whitman’s transcendental celebration of life and existence, delving deep into a personal catharsis.

13. Imaginaerum
Thank you for sharing the ride and we hope to welcome you back soon. The stage is lit, and the Magnificent Play is beginning…

- Tuomas

http://www.nightwish.com/

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-KLOS And The Avalon Hollywood Present: Second Annual Humanity Thru Music Concert And PAWsta Dinner

A Benefit For Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, A 501(c)3

Sunday, November 13th @ The Avalon Hollywood

Multi-Platinum Singer/Songwriter Richie Kotzen To Headline The Concert

TV Star Gretchen Bonaduce To Open With Her ’80s Band Ankhensenamen

Hosted By Pet Celebrity Trainer Harrison Forbes

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Come join us for the Second Annual Humanity Thru Music fundraiser in benefit of the Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safety and welfare of animals. KLOS and the Avalon Hollywood are hosting this year’s Humanity Thru Music Green Carpet and “PAWsta” dinner, which promises to be even more sensational than last year’s event.

This year’s event is bigger and better with more celebrities and more excitement! Strut down our Celebrity Green Carpet, and wag your tail while you rock out at Hollywood’s most historic landmark, the Avalon Hollywood, on November, 13th.

This is the Second Annual “Humanity Thru Music” and our concert lineup is a howling good time with celebrity Gretchen Bonaduce and her ’80s band Ankhensenamen opening for Multi-platinum recording artist Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big/Poison). The night will be hosted by celebrity pet trainer and radio host Harrison Forbes from radio show “Pet Talk.”

The first 20 VIP tickets sold will get a private meeting with Richie Kotzen. Kotzen will also be selling his latest CD, 24 HOURS and will donate $3 for every CD sold!!

The first 100 tickets sold get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a HUGE Def Leppard package. The package includes: Signed guitar by the whole band, signed 11×17 portrait of Def Leppard by their private photographer Ash Newell, and a signed bass-drum head by the whole band!!

The night starts with a Pawsta dinner buffet, cash bars, HUGE silent auction and raffles all in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Tickets are $35 for General and $50 for VIP. To buy tickets and for more information on the ticket levels go to http://www.wanttickets.com/ or call (818) 398-0340.

Humanity Thru Music is a fundraising celebration for the safety & welfare of animals as well as the environment. Our Goal is to build the first fully solar/wind powered no-kill sanctuary in California where high-kill shelters still exist and animal cruelty runs. We are currently fundraising to buy land and build homes where animals can live in healthy surroundings until they are adopted. This environment will protect and allow all animals to live to see their full potential. Humanity Thru Music encourages people to participate in the fight for a No-Kill Nation and Solar World. We want our guests to walk away having been empowered to make a difference in the world.

For more info on F&FAS go to http://www.furfeather.org/ and for info on the event for to http://www.955klos.com/ or http://www.avalonhollywood.com/ .

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-Steve Howe’s Remedy – LIVE On DVD October 25

Yes Guitarist’s Feature-Length Live Solo Concert Filmed During The 2004 European Tour, Plus Acoustic And Tour Story Special Features

This fascinating documentary presents the magic web of chemistry created behind the scenes on Steve Howe’s Remedy’s European Tour 2004, featuring exclusive footage of the band in their own studio and rehearsal environment, interviews with band members on the road and backstage footage. Presented with 5.1 Dolby Digital, 5.1 DTS and Dolby Stereo Sound Options, Steve Howe’s Remedy’s LIVE will include a feature-length Steve Howe’s Remedy “Live” concert, filmed during his 2004 European Tour and the DVD is loaded with the “Acoustic” and “Tour Story” Special Features.

Clip:

Link:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5252D

Cover
Art: http://mvdb2b.com/i/300dpi/MVD5252D.jpg

Bonus:
– Steve Howe Acoustic: This exclusive feature captures Steve Howe performing many of his classic signature solo acoustic pieces in front of a live audience, filmed in 2004.
– Tour Story: The story of Steve’s first solo band tour ever and the magic web of chemistry created behind the scenes on the Remedy European Tour 2004, featuring exclusive footage of the band in their own studio and rehearsal environment, interviews, and more.

Track Listing:
Small Acts Of Human Kindness
Sensitive Chaos
Country Viper
Diary Of A Man Who Vanished
Across The Cobblestone
America/Southern Solo
The Nature Of The Sea
Where I Belong
Pennants
Excerpt From “Close To The Edge”
So Bad
Lost Symphonywhile
Rome’s Burning
Raga/Mywhite
Bicycle
Wurm
Excerpt From “The Ancient” (Acoustic)
J’s Theme (Acoustic)
Mood For A Day (Acoustic)
Second Initial (Acoustic)
To Be Over (Acoustic)
Intersection Blues (Acoustic)
Clap (Acoustic)

What the fans are saying on Amazon.com…

“Sound quality is extremely good — right up there with any of the best DVD concert videos. We can finally hear — with some measure of accuracy I suspect — what Steve is striving for, tone-wise, from his instrument.”

“This DVD is, as others have said, of superior video and audio quality compared to most other DVD items available that include Steve Howe.”

“Howe fans, run don’t walk to buy this DVD!”

MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280
Oaks PA 19456

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-Radiant Studios

Hello Music Fans and Music Makers,

It’s been a long time coming, but after much preparation, Radiant Studios (recording home of Neal Morse and Transatlantic), is available for your next music project.

Radiant Studios has created numerous Prog and Christian albums that have spawned World Tours and have been listened to by countless music fans around the globe. The attention to detail that makes these albums world renowned starts with the right space, the right gear and the right knowledge.

Take a look around the new site!

The Guest list and Gear list testify to the uncompromising dedication to excellent music.

So, if you are looking to record your next project or finish one you’ve started, check us out at:

http://www.radiantrecords.com/radiantstudios

Regards,
Chris Thompson
Radiant Records

http://www.radiantrecords.com/

http://www.radiantrecords.com/radiantstudios

http://www.twitter.com/radiantrecord

http://www.nealmorse.com/

http://www.twitter.com/nealmorse

http://www.facebook.com/nealmorse

http://www.nealmorsefans.com/

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. - Tim]

Napalm Records: Streaming Sites

In light of recent events, we would like to announce that Napalm Records will no longer offer its products via streaming sites such as Spotify, Simfy, etc. As previously reported on various online publications, the income generated through streaming is so insignificant that neither we, as a record company, nor our artists are able to further support this method of distribution. We have absolutely nothing against innovative software or new methods of distribution, but do object to price models that endanger our existence and that of our bands. We hope that our customers and fans will understand the necessity of this decision. If possible, we will continue to offer snippet versions via streaming sites, enabling fans to preview two songs of our current and upcoming releases.

Van Canto: New Video And Making-Of Trailer

Rakkatakka Motherf*cker… The time has come for Van Canto to present the first video from their album BREAK THE SILENCE. “The Seller Of Souls” may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords . To lesson the anticipatory wait until the new album’s release, fans may also watch an exclusive Making-Of Trailer filmed during the recording process at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NNhA-W3VYU .

http://www.vancanto.de/

http://www.facebook.com/vancantoband

http://www.myspace.com/vancanto

Nemesea: Album Update

Nemesea issued an extensive update with regard to their upcoming album! Fans may find the update at http://www.nemesea.com/ ! THE QUIET RESISTANCE will be released in November 2011! More details and a new song will be available soon!

http://www.nemesea.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nemesea/11496289849

http://www.myspace.com/nemeseaband

Three New Releases From Napalm Records

November coming fire — Napalm Records is here to scorch your socks off with three new releases just in time for Halloween! Isole’s BORN FROM SHADOWS, Lonely Kamel’s DUST DEVIL, and Visions Of Atlantis’ MARIA MAGDALENA MCD are all set for North American release through Napalm on October 25th.

Isole – BORN FROM SHADOWS
With their first releases, Isole was able to secure an excellent reputation within the doom metal underground. They have now elevated their status even further with their last two albums, BLISS OF SOLITUDE and SILENT RUINS. Their current work, BORN FROM SHADOWS, impressively maintains their well-earned position and lays any doubts as to their superiority to rest. The Swedish quartet understands more than any other band how to effectively merge hypnotic melodies with viscous guitar lines. The album’s main focus is undeniably the heavy riffs, but occasional digressions into more aggressive realms, where growls and vicious drumming reign, also find their niche. As such, even the epic tracks remain tantalizing and require one’s complete attention, so as not to miss the fine details of this musical tristesse. The dark euphonious landscapes relate the third part of the “Moonstone Trilogy,” which dates back to the band’s debut. The story of an endless struggle between good and evil couldn’t have found a better soundtrack than that of BORN FROM SHADOWS. The four Swedes guarantee genuine and essential doom metal. Get it now and lose yourself!

Lonely Kamel – DUST DEVIL
Lonely Kamel’s third album proves once again that it is absolutely not necessary to be surrounded by desert sands and cacti in order to produce genuine stoner rock. The four Norwegians are living proof of this fact, and don’t stop there. With the release of DUST DEVIL, they unquestionably provide the genre with a refreshing brand of unrelenting and passionate dedication. The opening two tracks, “Grim Reefer” and “Evil Man,” reveal the road on which Lonely Kamel will travel. It offers much more than typical stoner riffs and captivating rhythms, adding sing-along choruses and hypnotic melodies to its winding course. Short trips to the world of blues and psychedelic round off this unforgettable journey by ensuring a welcomed change of pace. DUST DEVIL is the Nordic alternative to the desert sands, and for fans of the stoner rock genre a definite must-have!

Visions Of Atlantis – MARIA MAGDALENA
Visions Of Atlantis first embarked on their musical journey over 10 years ago. Now, with their latest album DELTA, they deliver an impressive mix of epic power and pure emotion. Their recent tour in support of this release couldn’t have been more successful. Not only did the band members, including new vocalist Maxi Nil, win over countless new fans, but they also grew closer together, as is evident in the band’s latest MCD, which offers five brand-new songs, as well as one re-recording. Visions Of Atlantis empowers the opening track, an epic symphonic version of Sandra’s “Maria Magdalena,” while capturing the original spirit of the ’80s hit. The vocal duet comprising Maxi Nil and Mario Plank give the song a welcomed dynamic. “Melancholia,” “Change Of Tides,” and “Distant Shores” uncover the band’s orchestrally appealing style, while the re-recording of “Last Shut Of Your Eyes” and “Beyond Horizon” wind this work down with a soulful and dreamy edge. MARIA MAGDALENA presents yet another side to Visions Of Atlantis’ magical creative spectrum and will certainly influence the band’s future journey, wherever it may take them.

Napalm Records

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http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.myspace.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Primus’ GREEN NAUGAHYDE Out Now

First New Studio Album In 11 Years

Fall Tour Begins Sept. 23 In Boston

Preview and buy at iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/green-naugahyde/id458517312

Also available at all Target stores for $7.99

LISTEN to the album in its entirety:

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner?j=27719279

WATCH the GREEN NAUGAHYDE trailer:

GREEN NAUGAHYDE was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup. GREEN NAUGAHYDE expands on Primus’ incomparable sound and also sees them bringing it into the next millennium. It is a cerebral and complex album that, like all of the band’s output, is teeming with the band’s signature blend of whimsy and underlying darkness.

For the past 27 years, Primus have followed in the footsteps of boundary-pushing artists like Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd to create some of the most original and inventive music in existence. GREEN NAUGAHYDE is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails — and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band’s impressive canon of music.

Says Claypool, “If I were to look at all of our records, it seems like this is reminiscent of the early stuff. Obviously, with Jay there’s a newness to it, but because he left the band right before we recorded our first record, his approach has an eerie harkening to the old FRIZZLE FRY days.”

Primus Fall Tour Dates:

9/23 – The Orpheum – Boston, MA
9/24 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
9/26 – The National – Richmond, VA
9/27 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
9/30 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
10/1 – Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA
10/2 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
10/4 – Metropolis – Montreal, QE
10/5 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
10/7 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/8 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
10/10 – Louisville Palace – Louisville, KY
10/11 – Michigan Theater – Ann Arbor, MI
10/13 – Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
10/14 – The Congress – Chicago, IL
10/15 – Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
10/17 – Ogden – Denver, CO
10/18 – Ogden – Denver, CO
10/20 – Mesa Amphitheater – Mesa, AZ
10/21 – Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA
10/22 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
10/29 – The Greek Theatre – Berkley, CA

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-Anubis Gate Streaming Entire New Album On Metal Insider!

Anubis Gate’s highly anticipated self-titled album will be released this coming Tuesday September 13th on Nightmare Records. MetalInsider.net is currently streaming the album in its entirety at:

http://wp.me/pvE8X-6BH

As an added Bonus to Anubis Gate fans, the new album will be available for digital download on iTunes at a special price of only $4.99.

The music of Anubis Gate: Stylistically Anubis Gate is conglomeration of the classic ’80s heavy metal, a more epic ’90s ambience and a dark progressiveness of our days. You could describe it as metal with beautiful soundscapes, cool riffing, and a clear and powerful vocal performance.

The new album, titled simply ANUBIS GATE, is the most beautiful album the band has yet emerged with. The songwriting, which has always been the core of the “Anubis Gate sound,” stands stronger than ever. This time emphasized by the fact that Henrik Fevre, who was largely responsible for writing the vocals on the previous albums, gets to sing the songs he wrote himself, injecting the emotion and meaning into the lyrics that he had in mind when writing them.

ANUBIS GATE isn’t an album that’s about endless keyboard/guitar unison soloing. It’s all about the songs. From the classic Anubis Gate opener “Hold Back Tommorow” to the melancholic, but very crunchy, “The Re-formation Show,” this album displays Anubis Gate at the top of their game while in no way rehashing their last two albums. Quite to the contrary, this album sees the band taking new turns whilst retaining the core of all the albums that came before.

Track List:
1. Hold Back Tomorrow
2. The Re-Formation Show
3. Facing Dawn
4. World In A Dome
5. Desiderio Omnibus
6. Oh My Precious Life
7. Golden Days
8. Telltale Eyes
9. River
10. Circumstanced

http://www.anubisgate.com/

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-Clandestine Announces New Tour & Changes For Its Upcoming US West Coast Shows With Spineshank!

Nightmare Records are proud to announce that California-based progressive band Clandestine has just been confirmed to support Grammy-nominated and returning alternative rockers Spineshank in their upcoming US headlining tour. The trek will take place in September-October 2011 and will stop in 20 different cities across the country, focusing mainly on the West and Mid-West markets. Tour dates can be found below. This will be Clandestine’s first full US tour in support of the critically acclaimed debut, THE INVALID, released in 2010 via Nightmare Records / Sony / RED.

Clandestine / Spineshank tour dates:

9/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
9/30 – Ogden, UT @ Kamikaze’s
10/1 – Cheyenne, WY @ TBA (hold, radio presents)
10/2 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern
10/4 – Kearney, NE @ The Garage
10/5 – Des Moines, IA @ House Of Bricks
10/6 – Fargo, ND @ Nesters
10/7 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room
10/8 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
10/9 – Joliet, IL @ Bada Brew
10/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
10/11 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
10/12 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar (hold)
10/13 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Big Papa’s Poor House
10/15 – Amarillo, TX @ Sorority House
10/16 – Lubbock, TX @ Wreckers
10/17 – El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Amped
10/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse

http://www.ClandestineBand.com/

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-Led Zeppelin 2 To Kick Off Fall Tour; Live Video Footage Posted

Led Zeppelin 2 are readying to kick off their Fall tour in Boston on September 15th! The band will make their way through several major cities throughout October and November (including some recently added dates listed below), captivating audiences with their flawless Led Zeppelin reenactment.

Rather than a “greatest hits” show, Bruce Lamont — most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago-based Yakuza — and his cohorts allow fans to experience Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played in front of an audience. LZ2 sold-out venues across the US in 2010 and the early part of 2011 and continue to draw rave reviews for a “spot-on” Zeppelin show, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific shows and sets from the band’s storied history.

Check out pro footage of the band from their 2009 House Of Blues show at http://www.youtube.com/Zep2Chicago .

LED ZEPPELIN 2 Fall 2011 Tour Dates:
09/15/2011 Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
09/16/2011 Theatre at Westbury – Westbury, NY
09/17/2011 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/14/2011 The Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
10/15/2011 Bell Up – Aspen, CO
11/03/2011 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
11/04/2011 Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
11/05/2011 The Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
11/08/2011 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ** [newly added]
11/09/2011 The Foundry – Phoenix, AZ ** [newly added]
11/11/2011 Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
11/12/2011 Slim’s San Francisco, CA

“…the best Zep band going anywhere.” — Time Out New York

“There are a lot of Zep tributes out there, but this one’s our favorite, not least because its members fully immerse themselves in the musicianship and style of the four classic-rock heavyweights. That Yakuza howler Bruce Lamont does a mean Robert Plant is icing on the cake.” — Time Out Chicago

“…these imitators get the Led out in a way your battered copy of PHYSICAL GRAFFITI never will, right down to the unearthly tones of guitarist Paul Kamp’s bowed Les Paul solos. Sure, purists are still holding out for the real deal’s tour, but even if that happens, it’s doubtful that Robert Plant can wail the opening lines of ‘Black Dog’ as well as his Led Zeppelin 2 counterpart, Bruce Lamont,” — The Onion

“The band is on its way out of the minor leagues, and is now playing bigger venues for a generation of fans too young to have ever experienced the genuine article.” — The New Yorker

“…these guys sound f*cking exactly like Led Zeppelin!” — Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett

“…the closest thing to seeing the real Led Zeppelin.” — Dallas Observer

“…such authentic raw flair, the entire crowd bought it, no questions lingering… It was nasty… hard to believe how balls-out fantastic they are.” — Atlanta’s Backstage Beat

“Bruce Lamont and Paul Kamp (of Yakuza and Busker Soundcheck fame, respectively) and the killer rhythm section of Ian Lee and Chris Klein bill themselves as Led Zeppelin 2, and they do as good a Zep as Zep ever did back in the day.” — The Chicago Sun Times

http://www.ledzeppelin2.com/

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-Mournful Congregation New Album & American Tour Details + Album Streaming

As previously announced, Australian funeral doom icons Mournful Congregation have signed with 20 Buck Spin for the North American release of two full-length releases. The first of the pair, a compilation of out-of-print tracks entitled THE UNSPOKEN HYMNS, acts as a prologue for the band’s newly completed, monumental, brand new full-length album, THE BOOK OF KINGS.

20 Buck Spin has posted a full album stream of the THE UNSPOKEN HYMNS compilation ahead of its September 20th release date. Fans can check out the oppressive five tracks at this location:

http://listen.20buckspin.com/album/the-unspoken-hymns

The label also this week confirms the details for Mournful Congregation’s brand new full-length THE BOOK OF KINGS, now officially confirmed for North American release on November 8th. Undoubtedly serving not only as a pinnacle release for the band, dating back through their nearly 20-year history, it is also a landmark release in the extreme doom subgenre as a whole. The album consumes nearly 80 minutes, and takes the listener on a turbulent journey through both imperial nobility and crestfallen, tarnished hope.

This week the band have released the track listing for THE BOOK OF KINGS, as well as the cover art and a music sampler for the album. Check it all out at this location:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3257

THE BOOK OF KINGS Track Listing:
I. The Catechism Of Depression (XIX:XIX)
II. The Waterless Streams (XII:XVIII)
III. The Bitter Veils Of Solemnity (XII:II)
IV. The Book Of Kings (XXXIII:X)

In support of both of these new releases, Mournful Congregation will travel to the United States for the first time this Autumn, invading the West Coast on a two-week venture on their way to perform at the massive Rites Of Darkness III festival, where the band will hold one of the main headlining slots alongside Zemial, Demigod, Mortuary Drape, Sargeist, Urfaust and others.

Mournful Congregation US Tour Dates:

11/30/2011 Highline Bar – Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
12/01/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Merkstave
12/02/2011 Jumbalaya’s – Arcata, CA w/ Ash Borer
12/03/2011 The Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil, Laudanum, Lycus
12/04/2011 TBA – San Francisco, CA w/ Vastum
12/05/2011 TBA – Los Angeles, CA
12/06/2011 The Rouge – Scottsdale, AZ w/ Rituals
12/07/2011 Larry O’s Lounge – El Paso, TX w/ Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Ritual Necromancy, Obeisance
12/08-11/2011 Rites of Darkness Festival – San Antonio, TX

http://www.myspace.com/mournfulcongregation

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mournful-Congregation/147837944149

http://www.20buckspin.com/

http://www.facebook.com/20buckspin

http://twitter.com/20buckspinlabel

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-Lo-Pan: Ohio Road Dogs Set To Kick Off Fall Tour!

There’s no rest for the Ohio road dogs known as Lo-Pan. Having recently completed the successful Let Freedom Ding tour (allegedly named for the many bells that mysteriously occupy the dashboard of the band’s van), the band will set out an another trek through the Northeast and Midwest alongside Small Stone label mates Suplecs and Backwoods Payback. The journey will include two separate Small Stone showcases in Philadelphia on September 23 and Chicago on October 1.

Lo-Pan Fall Tour 2011:

9/15/2011 The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
9/16/2011 The Jewish Mother – Virginia Beach, VA w/ Freedom Hawk, Crimson Electric
9/17/2011 DIVEBar – Raleigh, NC w/ Suplecs
9/18/2011 The Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC w/ Suplecs, Weed Is Weed, Nitroseed
9/19/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE w/ Suplecs
9/20/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY *Brooklyn Vegan and The Obelisk Presents* w/ Suplecs, The Brought Low
9/21/2011 AS220 – Providence, RI
9/22/2011 Church – Boston, MA w/ GOZU, Gunslinger, Planetoid
9/23/2011 The M Room – Philadelphia, PA Small Stone Showcase w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback, Freedom Hawk, Infernal Overdrive
9/24/2011 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback
9/25/2011 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback, Freedom Hawk
9/26/2011 The Mockbee – Cincinatti, OH w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback
9/27/2011 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback
9/28/2011 Mac’s – Lansing, MI w/ Supecs, Backwoods Payback
9/29/2011 Corktown Tavern – Detroit, MI w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback, Freedom Hawk
9/30/2011 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI Prospecto Showcase
10/1/2011 Double Door – Chicago, IL Small Stone Showcase w/ Sasquatch, Suplecs, Gozu, Backwoods Payback, Freedom Hawk
10/2/2011 Fubar – St Louis, MO w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback
10/3/2011 Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN w/ Suplecs, Backwoods Payback
10/4/2011 TBA – Nashville, TN w/ Backwoods Payback
10/5/2011 TBA – Lexington, KY w/ Backwoods Payback
10/6/2011 V Club – Huntington, WV w/ Backwoods Payback
10/7/2011 The Bluestone – Columbus, OH *Columbus Alive Rocktober Show*
10/8/2011 The Stone Tavern – Kent, OH w/ Backwoods Payback

Lo-Pan will be touring in support of their critically-lauded Small Stone Records debut, SALVADOR.

In addition, Small Stone’s 180-gram vinyl pressing of SALVADOR is available now in white and red/blue clear swirl. Whatever flavor you choose, it’s delicious, and available now at http://smallstone.com/store . The band will also have copies with them on the road.

“The proverbial bar has been raised, and if they can keep up this level of performance and songwriting across their next few offerings, Lo-Pan could easily stand as one of the most important bands of their generation in the genre. Yes, they’re that good, and yes, you really, really need to hear this album.” — The Obelisk

“…an utter triumph…” — The Number Of The Blog

“If you’ve ever liked stoner rock, classic rock, rocky rock, whatever… you can’t miss SALVADOR.” — Hellride

http://lopandemic.com/

http://smallstone.com/

http://www.lechuzabooking.com/

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-Check out About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Doom Metal Albums” at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/DgT1 .

-Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans’ book entitled “Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC” is due out in North America in November. It can be pre-ordered now from publisher Bazillion Points, and a limited number will come with a color metal badge. Hype: “At nineteen years old in 1975, Mark Evans joined AC/DC, one of the hardest-working and loudest barroom bands in Australia. His memoir, ‘Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC,’ is the first bio written by a band insider during the early years, giving insight into the struggles and camaraderie that fueled the rise of hard rock’s most successful group. His likeable stories capture the energy and essence of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott.” See http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com/ for more.

-AFM Records will celebrate its 15th anniversary by throwing the 15 Years Metal Addiction festival on November 26 at the Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany. The lineup so far includes U.D.O., Kissin’ Dynamite, Orden Ogan, Voodoo Circle, Dark Age, Stahlmann, Lake Of Tears, Mob Rules, The New Black, A Life Divided, Black Messiah, Crystal Viper, Byfrost, and Buried In Black. More acts may be announced soon. See http://www.afm-records.de/ , http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany , and http://www.youtube.com/afmrecords for more.

-Almah, featuring Angra’s Edu Falaschi, will release its third album MOTION on October 14 in Europe through AFM Records. The video for the first single, “Trace Of Trait,” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ftBEq2ON8 .

-Anthrax’s Scott Ian has a “Digital Playlist” feature at the Attention Deficit Delirium blog. Check it out to see Ian’s “top five most played songs ever in his iTunes account.” It’s at http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/09/13/digital-playlist-scott-ian/ .

-Sebastian Bach’s new video “Kicking & Screaming” has been added into rotation at VH1 Classic; check it out online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qhYW-_IUAs . There are new Bach interviews with Sleaze Roxx and Front Row Rock at http://www.sleazeroxx.com/interviews/sebastianbach.shtml and http://frontrowrock.com/sebastian-bach-interview-exclusive/ , respectively, and a two-part interview with Static Multimedia at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1IFR_VKujg and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqawi3KyMBc . He’ll appear at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, on September 27 to sign copies of his new album KICKING & SCREAMING. See http://www.sebastianbach.com/ for more.

-Barn Burner — billed as “Canadian beer metallers” — are touring Europe behind BANGERS II: SCUM OF THE EARTH (Metal Blade) as follows:

9/15 – Carlo Levi, Liege, Belgium
9/16 – Rider’s Park, Messancy, Belgium
9/17 – Café Nova, Essen, Germany
9/18 – Boro, Brno, Czech Republic
9/20 – Barak, Slavonice, Czech Republic
9/21 – Szabad Az A, Budapest, Hungary
9/22 – 007, Prague, Czech Republic
9/23 – Zoro Fest, Leipzig, Germany
9/24 – Kastanienkeller, Berlin, Germany
9/25 – Astrastube, Hamburg, Germany
9/26 – Revolver, Oslo, Norway
9/27 – Perrong 23, Hassleholm, Sweden
9/28 – Kafe De Luxe, Vaxjo, Sweden
9/29 – TBA, Stockholm, Sweden
9/30 – L’Orient, Linköping, Sweden
10/1 – KB 18, Copenhagen, Denmark
10/2 – 1000 Fryd, Aalborg, Denmark
10/5 – Das Haus, Ludwigshafen, Germany
10/4 – Bastard Club, Osnabrück, Germany
10/6 – Hirscheneck, Basel, Switzerland
10/7 – Csoa SARS, Viareggio, Italy
10/8 – Holy Fog Fest, Casalmaggiore (PR), Italy
10/9 – S.G.A., Arese (MI), Italy
10/10 – Tacu Tacu, Padova, Italy
10/11 – TBA, Ljubljana, Slovenia
10/12 – Garabonczias, Szeged, Hungary
10/13 – AK 44, Giessen, Germany
10/14 – Coq D’Or, Olten, Switzerland
10/15 – Tap Tab, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
10/16 – Immerhin, Würzburg, Germany

See http://www.facebook.com/theinfamousbarnburner for more.

-The “Berlin Live” mini festival this weekend includes a free concert with Gamma Ray, Bullet, and Crucified Barbara on September 18 at Trafo in Berlin, Germany. The whole event will air on Germany’s ZDFkultur channel on January 7, 2012.

-Check out the trailer for Black Country Communion’s LIVE OVER EUROPE DVD at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP32V9hwaY4 . Bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes is heading out on a solo acoustic tour of the UK as follows:

“An Evening With Glenn Hughes”
11/14 – Leicester Square Theatre, London, UK
11/15 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
11/16 – Glee Club, Cardiff (Wales), UK
11/20 – Glee Club, Nottingham, UK
11/22 – Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa is currently working on a new solo album, this thirteenth. See http://jbxp.net/ , http://www.glennhughes.com/ , and http://www.bccommunion.com/ for more.

-Get a free download of Bolero’s “Pints Held High” (from VOYAGE FROM VINLAND) at http://bolerometal.bandcamp.com/track/pints-held-high . The song’s video is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlaCcVvVfVY . The band is gearing up for a November 14 gig at Mavericks in Ottawa, Ontaria, Canada with Arkona, Talamyus, and Sonburst.

-Brainstorm’s new video for “In These Walls” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgjcYEc2qWs .

-Contrive has footage of its recent show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXM4hfroBeE . Next up for the band is “Kiss Or Kill Presents: IGNITE! At The Prague” on September 24 at The Prague in Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia. Also on the bill that night are Jericco, A Lonely Crowd, and Miramar. See http://www.facebook.com/contriveaus and http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia for more.

-Take a listen a studio version of “New York Groove” by The Dead End Kidz at http://youtu.be/yp-y0X69N04 .

-Check out video of Accept front man Mark Tornillo joining Doro onstage at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City to perform the Warlock classic “East Meets West” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDr-ql-rDWI . There’s a “Dinner With Doro” photo feature at http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/09/08/dinner-with-doro/ . See http://www.doro.de/ for more.

-Dragonland’s new album, its fifth, is due out November 18 in Europe, via AFM Records. Some track titles: “The Tempest,” “A Stranger I Know,” “The Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains,” “A Thousand Towers White.” Check out a demo of “The Shadow Of The Mithril Mountains” at http://youtu.be/ORkFEQFkmE4 , and watch an album trailer at http://youtu.be/q5J9M5D6Tqo . According to online reports, “the music itself is based on a deep and emotional story, picking up where the band’s second album, HOLY WAR, left off nine years ago. The effort also includes a guest appearance by the legendary musical stage actor Fred Johanson.” See http://www.myspace.com/dragonland and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dragonland/125056981382 for more.

-Epica is now working on its fifth album which should be out March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The band is working with producer Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire). See http://www.epica.nl/ for more.

-FireWölfe — featuring singer David Fefolt (Hawk, Masi, Angels Of Babylon), guitarists Paul Kleff and Nick Layton, bassist Zack Uidl (Thoughts Betrayed), and drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, Unruly Child, Asia) — has its self-titled debut out now in North America, and the Japanese release is due next month via Rubicon Music. Track listing: “Air Attack,” “Unholy,” “FireWolfe,” “Armed Forces,” “Back From Hell,” “Wicked Words,” “Ice Wizard,” “Tempter,” “M.O.D.,” “Feel The Thunder,” “Waiting For Daylight” (Japanese bonus track). Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34668 , and grab band wallpapers and a free MP3 of “Air Attack” at http://firewolfe.com/blog/wolfe%E2%80%99s-den/ . See http://www.firewolfe.com/ for more.

-Foghat’s show this Saturday, September 17, at the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston, Texas, will stream live online courtesy of The Rogue TV Network. The show is a benefit designed to raise money for Camp For All, which is “a facility that provides challenging programs for both children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs.” See http://roguetv.ning.com/events/foghat-live-concert-broadcast for more on the stream, and http://www.foghat.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/foghat , and http://twitter.com/foghat for more on Foghat.

-Online reports indicate Guns N’ Roses have some new US dates:

10/28 – Amway Arena, Orlando, FL
10/29 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
11/12 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
11/13 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
11/15 – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

In related news, check out excerpts from former bassist Duff McKagan’s book “It’s So Easy” at http://www.scribd.com/doc/59886432/It%E2%80%99s-So-Easy-by-Duff-McKagan%E2%80%94read-an-excerpt . See http://www.gunsnroses.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/gunsnroses , and http://www.myspace.com/gunsnroses for more.

-Halcyon Way’s new album INDOCTRINATION is due out October 25 through Nightmare Records.

-Check out a “behind-the-scenes” feature on Hull’s new video “Beyond The Lightless Sky” at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7558/hull-beyond-the-lightless-sky-music-video-behind-the-scenes . See http://www.hullorhighwater.com/ for more.

-Kiss’ Gene Simmons announced via Twitter that Brooke Ostrander, co-founder of the pre-Kiss band Wicked Lester, died September 3 after battling cancer. In other Simmons news, he had a “nice, friendly lunch” with Ace Frehley earlier this week and proactively quashed any rumors by stating “Ace and I are both happy with our lives and are not changing anything.” Gene and son Nick will host the Classic Rock Awards in London on November 9. Finally, he announced last week that folks wanting to get a wedding gift for him and Shannon Tweed should donate to Kiva ( http://www.kiva.org/ ), The Saskatoon SPCA ( http://www.saskatoonspca.com/ ), or the Pink Lotus Breast Center ( http://www.pinklotusbreastcenter.com/ ). See http://www.genesimmons.com/ and http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Check out Lizzy Borden’s video postcard from the Sweden Rock Festival at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtvzHTDoqRo .

-Greek band Lucky Thir13n has signed a promotion deal with Rock N Growl. The band’s new album MARCH OF THE YOUNG was mastered by Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) and is due out September 23. Track list: “Alibi (Intro),” “Feels Like Coming Home,” “Get In My Way,” “Rivers Run Dry” (feat. Invoker), “Amazing,” “Another Memory,” “Forever Free (March Of The You),” “Yeah, I Want It,” “R’n’R” (feat. Vivian & DJ. Spac), “Operation Overload,” “Say Goodbye.” Hype: “Young Modern Hard Rock at its best!” The band consists of singer/guitarist Elias Elias, lead guitarist Nash, bassist Alex “Tze,” and drummer Tsaky Dee, and cites Warrant, Trixter, FireHouse, Winger, Danger Danger, Extreme, Nickelback, Sunrise Avenue, and Bon Jovi as influences. Check out the video for “Alibi” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=754b1xgleAw . See http://www.myspace.com/lthirteen , http://www.reverbnation.com/l3t , http://www.youtube.com/lucky13gr , http://www.twitter.com/luckyThir13n , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucky-13/89146843105 , and http://www.rockngrowl.com/lucky-thir13n for more.

-Check out clips of four tracks from Mecca’s UNDENIABLE as follows:

“Perfect World”

“10life”

“Did It For Love”

“Undeniable”

-There’s a new Q&A with Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis, about his guitar influences, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagFDzdrOEc . See http://www.nightranger.com/ for more.

-There’s an interview with Pegazus’ Johnny Stoj at Metal-Temple.com, at http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/musicians/johnny-stoj-pegazus.htm .

-Radiant Records is now on Twitter at http://twitter.com/radiantrecord .

-Check out an interview with Saviours (“Motorhead-meets-Mercyful Fate”) about their new album DEATH’S PROCESSION at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/DgT3 .

-Wayne Static’s new song “Thunder Invader” is now available exclusively through Revolver Magazine at http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-static-xs-wayne-static-premieres-new-solo-track-thunder-invader.html . See http://www.facebook.com/waynestatic and http://www.waynestatic.com/ for more.

-TrashCan Symphony, the excellent new Chicago-area cover band, has another gig set for October 8 at JB’s in Elgin, IL. See http://www.trashcansymphony.com/ , http://www.twitter.com/TCSymphony , and http://www.facebook.com/pages/TrashCan-Symphony/212930548717143 for more.

-U.D.O. bassist Fitty Wienhold has a new endorsement deal with Spector Basses. See http://www.spectorbass.com/ and http://www.udo-online.de/ for more.

-Check out the Y&T forums for pictures of the “Summertime Girls” video shoot, from Dave Meniketti’s personal collection: http://www.meniketti.com/vforum/ . Upcoming Y&T tour dates:

9/23 – DOM Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
9/24 – Rockland, Sala, Sweden
9/25 – Rockland, Sala, Sweden
9/27 – The Caves, Edinburgh, Scotland – w/ The Jokers
9/29 – O2 ABC Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
9/30 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, England – w/ Stampede
10/1 – Rock City, Nottingham, England – w/ Dawn Trader
10/2 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, England
10/5 – An Cruscin Lan, Cork, Ireland
10/7 – Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, N. Ireland – w/ Glyder
10/8 – The Village, Dublin, Ireland – w/ Glyder
10/11 – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England – w/ Stampede
10/12 – The Brook, Southampton, England
10/14 – The Garage, London, England – w/ Stampede
10/15 – Coal Exchange, Cardiff, Wales
10/18 – L’Empreinte, Savigny-le-Temple, France
10/20 – Sala Capitol, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
10/21 – Sala La Vaca, Ponferrada, Spain
10/22 – Teatre Ateneu, Cerdanyola Del Vallès, Spain – w/ Wishbone Ash
10/23 – Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
10/25 – Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
10/26 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
10/28 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/29 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
10/30 – Hedon Podium, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/1 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
11/3 – Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
11/4 – Underground Cologne, Koln, Germany
11/5 – Blues Garage, Isernhagen, Germany

See http://www.Meniketti.com/ , http://www.YandTRocks.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks , http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks , and http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks for more.

Thanks to Bryan Reesman, Axel Wiesenauer, Jon Asher, Nancy B. Sayle, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Andrew Haug, Chad Bowar, John Erigo, Axeman, MusicBuyMail, and Bill “Nighttrain” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Last week I reviewed Saxon’s excellent new album, CALL TO ARMS, and said “Outside of Iron Maiden/Bruce Dickinson and Accept/Udo Dirkschneider, who else has so consistently and so continuously flown the flag of classic heavy metal for so long?” I debated including Motorhead in this grandiose statement because I still tend to think of them as punk/thrash metal, not classic metal. Yeah, splitting hairs. :) And besides, hasn’t Lemmy sort of resisted the “heavy metal” tag? I swear he’s stated many times that he feels Motorhead is a “rock ‘n’ roll band,” and not heavy metal. Ah well.

-Hmm… Another Judas Priest compilation? I mean, yes the concept of having other rockers pick the tracks and write liner notes is way cool but the bottom line is it’s just another compilation. I’m glad to see “Rapid Fire,” “The Sentinel,” and “Delivering The Goods” on there, and I’m a little surprised “Grinder” made the cut, but the only real shrug is Korn’s Jonathan Davis selecting “Turbo Lover.” Who the hell invited Korn’s Jonathan Davis to the party anyway??? :)

-Wow, that new Michael Schenker single “Miss Claustrophobia” is really good! Some of us here at Detritus were kicking it around and we’ve decided adding Michael Voss on vocals is Herr Schenker’s best move on that front since teaming up with Robin McAuley 25 years ago. Kudos! And, it’s especially awesome to hear Schenker playing with Pete Way and Herman Rarebell as his rhythm section. Can’t wait to hear the full album.

-The curious find of the week for me has to be FireWölfe, hands down. I love David Fefolt’s voice and it’s just cool to see drummer Jay Schellen do a metal band at this point in his career. Plus, I see a band name like FireWölfe and a song title like “Ice Wizard” and I’m 13 years old again.

-I’m sorry but the phrase “Flamenco-Metal Masterpiece” is just downright goofy.

-On the other hand, the phrase “Rakkatakka Motherf*cker” is awesome.

-And Lonely Kamel’s song title “Grim Reefer” rules.

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – JESUS CHILDREN OF AMERICA (SINGLE) (indie), Grönholm – SILENT OUT LOUD (Lion Music), Kickhunter – ALL IN (AFM Records), Daedalus – MOTHERLAND (Galileo Records), ZombieShakerBox – ENCRYPTED (indie).

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*** LET IT BE KNOWN ***
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-I mean, c’mon… The Cubs have been soooo bad this year that I still
haven’t bothered to sit down and watch a full game. And both times I
managed to watch more than two innings, they lost the games in
spectacular fashion. It’s funny, but it’s not. – Tim

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-Hurricane Irene Destroys Doro’s House On Long Island!

Rude shock for Doro Pesch. Yesterday morning the rock singer took the
plane from Düsseldorf to her second home New York. When she arrived at
her domicile on Long Island, instead of her neat house on the beach
Doro only came upon a heap of ruins — the results of Hurricane Irene
which had been raging over New York on last weekend and had brought
big floodings to the east coast of the US.

“The damage is disastrous,” Doro states mournfully. “The whole ground
floor was flooded. It stinks, electricity failed and everything’s
wrecked inside of the house. From the TV to the fridge to the
furniture. Everything’s grime-stained, defective, unusable.”

Doro continues: “The worst thing is that pieces of my stage costumes
and lots of my souvenirs and presents from fans from all around the
world are lost forever now.”

Actually the rock queen wanted to prepare for her two live shows in
New York and Chicago on Long Island calmly, which she’ll play next
week over the course of her jubilee DVD’s release Doro – 25 YEARS IN
ROCK.

Doro: “The shows will take place of course. For now, I’ve found
accommodation in a hotel in New York and will have to see where things
will go from here. I saw the pictures of Irene on TV when I visited my
mother in Germany on the weekend. When a red rubber raft appeared
canoeing through a road on Long Island, I’ve already assumed the
worst.”

And the fears were even surpassed. In spring, Doro Pesch had sat by
the pier in front of her house to make use of the idyllic atmosphere
for writing songs for her new album that will be released in 2012.

http://www.doro.de/

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-Black Country Communion To Release Double Concert DVD LIVE OVER
EUROPE On October 24, 2011

The 2-DVD live set was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 surround
sound during the band’s debut tour in the summer of 2011. Over three
nights, playing to packed venues in the German cities of Hamburg,
Munich and Berlin, the 18-song set list (17 originals and 1 cover)
hits on both of BCC’s albums — 2010’s debut and 2011’s sophomore
release 2, which The Sunday Mercury praised, “This is classic rock
goes large, an album that lives up to its heritage. It may not be
bettered this year.” Live Over Europe highlights include the songs
“Black Country,” “One Last Soul,” “Save Me,” “Man In The Middle,”
“Cold,” and “Song Of Yesterday,” which fans can sign up to receive as
a free audio track download, available Sept. 8, here:
http://bit.ly/bcclive . Bonus features include an exclusive 28-page
collector’s booklet and DVD with a 20-minute “behind the scenes”
featurette and photo collection.

Producer Kevin Shirley explains, “We saw that this live act could be
an awesome force of nature to behold; one that promised legendary
performances like those of our heroes of Classic Rock. The plan was to
get them out there for the entire world to hear. Records allow a
certain musical finesse, but live performance promises so much in the
very transient nature of a gig; chances are taken, boundaries are
crossed and the most exciting performances explode. Two studio albums
built a repertoire big enough for a full concert which allowed us to
unleash the monster for all the world to see and feel.”

BCC recently completed their debut tour, visiting a select number of
cities in North America and Europe. On June 10, the band played to a
near sold-out crowd in Anaheim, CA where The Orange County Register
exclaimed, “The four members of BCC truly recast the heavy rock of the
’60s and ’70s and yank it into the 21st century as well as anyone in
recent memory.” At the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, The Birmingham Mail
called their performance “rip-roaring” and “breath-taking.”

As part of J&R Adventures’ strategy to use social media as an integral
part of the initial marketing launch of LIVE OVER EUROPE, they created
the Facebook BCC Event Page. Facebook members can join the page here
http://on.fb.me/loebcc to receive an exclusive glimpse of the new DVD
and a chance to download the live free track “Song Of Yesterday.”

Black Country Communion
LIVE OVER EUROPE

Disk One:
Revolution Of The Machine (intro)
Black Country
One Last Soul
Crossfire
Save Me
The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
Beggarman
Faithless
Song Of Yesterday
I Can See Your Spirit
Cold
The Ballad Of John Henry
The Outsider
The Great Divide
Sista Jane
Man In The Middle
Burn
Somestack Woman (credits)

Disk Two (Bonus):
Bonus Features -
– o Forging BCC – The Making Of LIVE OVER EUROPE
– o Photo Collection – Live On Tour
– o Photo Collection – Behind The Scenes

DVD Trailer:

http://www.bccommunion.com/

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-Knights, Maidens And Metal — Blind Guardian Featured In The New
Trailer For “The Cursed Crusade!”

Fantastic metal met a fantastic game at the gamescom. Marcus Siepen
and André Olbrich, the two guitarists of the legendary metal band
Blind Guardian from Krefeld, visited the exhibition stand of dtp
entertainment AG not only to convince themselves of the qualities of
the hack’n’slay entitled “The Cursed Crusade,” but also to take time
to chat with the numerously congregated fans and to sign autographs.

Not only the metal icons caused shining eyes, but also “The Cursed
Crusade” met the taste of the gathered metal fans. While relentless
fights and infernal impressions were on the box, many music and game
fans came to the exhibition stand, which attracted people with its
medieval style, fair maidens, martial knights and brute game scenes.

The new trailer for “The Cursed Crusade” doesn’t only show new in-game
scenes but also awakens the memories of this huge event of the gaming
scene for everyone who attended the fair. For everybody else, who
couldn’t make it to the gamescom this year, it offers a great preview
of dtp’s action highlight.

The video featuring impressions of the trade-fair appearance, Blind
Guardian’s visit at the exhibition stand and game scenes can be here:

http://www.blind-guardian.com/

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-Sinner: ONE BULLET LEFT Will Be Released On September 9!

Sinner is back! Three years after their convincing power album CRASH &
BURN and a lineup renewal, the new Sinner album ONE BULLET LEFT will
be released on September 9 via AFM Records. A surprisingly fresh,
ambitious and biting album…

Since the middle of the ’80s the name Sinner is the epitome of rock
solid in the hard & heavy scene. Despite band leader Mat Sinner’s
involvement as musician and producer in bands and projects like Primal
Fear, “Rock Meets Classic” and many others, every now and then the
band luckily finds the time to write and record what their fans are
impatiently waiting for: a new Sinner album! This time a pleasant
makeover and return to the band’s roots are what put the stamp on the
new album ONE BULLET LEFT. Of course you can expect the Sinner-typical
guitar harmonies and a high-quality base of tradition and honest,
handmade Rock music, celebrated in a fresh and gutsy way.

The new Sinner lineup will make you listen up: beside band leader Mat
Sinner and guitarist Christof Leim, now powerhouse drummer Andre
Hilgers (Rage), Tarja/Farmer Boys guitarist Alex Scholpp, and the
returning Alex Beyrodt (guitars) complete the 2011 lineup. Yes, now
three guitars. That’s one louder!

The usual little break between two releases is over now. And ONE
BULLET LEFT just picks up where CRASH & BURN ended: more forceful,
strong and with an outstanding display of delight in playing. Sinner
at their very best! The new production will satisfy all supporters for
sure, and it’s likely that Sinner will win over a lot of new fans.
Beside 12 brand new songs (14 on the limited edition) also an amazing
cover version of the Steve Stevens song “Atomic Playboys” can be found
on the album. ONE BULLET LEFT was recorded and produced in several
studios in Europe by Mat Sinner, mixed and mastered then by Achim
Köhler. For the first single “Back On Trail” the band filmed a video
clip with director Martin Müller and his team (RCN TV), in September
then Sinner will be on tour in Europe. SINNER IS BACK!

Track List:

1. The One You Left Behind
2. Back on Trail
3. Give & Take
4. One Bullet Left
5. 10 2 Death
6. Haunted
7. Atomic Playboys
8. Suicide Mission
9. Wake Me When I’m Sober
10. Mind Over Matter
11. Mend to be Broken
12. Rolling Away
13. Still Unbroken (ltd. ed. digi-pak only)
14. My Final Day (ltd. ed. digi-pak only)

http://www.matsinner.com/

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-Vain Finishing New Album ENOUGH ROPE

MusicBuyMail.eu is pleased to announce the release of a new Vain album
entitled ENOUGH ROPE in October 28th.

Davy Vain has a list of accomplishments under his belt few artists
today can rival. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Davy began
his rise as the front man/songwriter/producer for the band Vain. Their
debut record, NO RESPECT (originally released by Island Records),
continues to receive critical acclaim worldwide having landed them on
the cover of such notable music publications as Kerrang! and BAM. It
is clearly evident from the praise garnered from the music press and
more importantly other musicians, that Davy has an incredible knack
for writing great songs.

As the music industry progressed and changed, Davy explored his
creativity and musicianship even further. Remaining true to his
musical integrity each of his recordings is filled with catchy hooks
and choruses, rampant with melodies, and loaded with fresh and
creative guitar sounds. Davy’s voice is one of the most unique,
hypnotic and original voices in rock and roll. It invokes and inspires
you with a style that is entirely his own. His recorded and live
performances are electric, raw, and infused with a power and magic
that is as rare today as it was when Davy first started playing out.

The new amazing album ENOUGH ROPE follows on seamlessly from the glory
days of their debut NO RESPECT. Even the upcoming film “Rock Of Ages”
with Tom Cruise pays respect to Vain by featuring posters and music of
this all-time classic band.

Track list:

1. Greener
2. Enough Rope
3. Stray Kitten Burns
4. Hot Stage Lights
5. Distance Of Love
6. Cindy
7. Treasure Girl
8. Solid Gold
9. Worship You
10. Vain
11. Triple X

The album is being released on CD and digital format in Europe & USA
by Music Buy Mail (with an online ltd. ed.) and in Japan by Spiritual
Beast / Universal followed by a tour in early 2012.

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-Magic Circle Music Update

Your Chance To Win FREE Admission To A Manowar Show, And More! Send Us
Your Video/Photo For The UK/Ireland Tour Facebook Challenge

Thanks to all of you who have sent us your submissions for the UK/
Ireland Tour Facebook Challenge! Tons of great recommendations for all
metal brothers and sisters from all over the UK, Ireland and the world
who will be storming the tour cities on the Manowar BATTLE HYMNS 2011
UK/Ireland Tour!

But we want MORE material!

The deadline for submissions to Challenge # 6 is Thursday, September
8. Use the time! Go out, roam the streets of Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin,
Glasgow, Leeds and London with your cell phone or camera and shoot a
video (or photo) that tells us and all Manowarriors worldwide, why
your city is the best Metal City in the entire UK and Ireland! Post
your video or photo in answer of Challenge # 6 on our Facebook wall –
http://www.facebook.com/manowar .

If your submission is entered into the voting for “Metal Ambassador”
of one of the tour cities you can win free admission to the respective
Manowar show, a massive surprise gift package AND a personalized
“Metal Ambassador” certificate autographed by the band and handed to
you on stage! For more details about this challenge go to
http://www.facebook.com/manowar?sk=app_128953167177144 .

Hail & Kill
See you on tour!

BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour Challenge # 6

To all our brothers and sisters in Glasgow, Leeds, London, Cardiff,
Dublin and Belfast: Tell us why your city is the best Metal City in
the entire UK and Ireland.

Tell your brothers and sisters all over the world why they should come
to Manowar’s show in your town and help to make it the biggest,
heaviest metal party of the year!

Be creative. How about a cool video showing us your town? Photos and
text are of course welcome too. Post your video, photo or text answer
to today’s challenge on our Facebook wall –
http://www.facebook.com/manowar .

This is the last challenge of our BATTLE HYMNS 2011 UK/Ireland Tour
Challenge.

The best submissions of all challenges will be entered into the voting
for “Metal Ambassador” of their respective town.

The prize for the lucky winner:
– Free admission to the Manowar show in the city he/she submitted
entries for
– A massive surprise gift package
– A personalized certificate, signed by Manowar

And your gifts will be handed to you ON STAGE BY THE BAND!

To learn more about the challenge, go to
http://www.facebook.com/manowar?sk=app_128953167177144 .

Special Offer For Our Sisters Of Steel! For Limited Time Only!

As a special offer to the best female metal fans in the world the
Kingdom Of Steel has prepared an exclusive “Manowar Power Package –
Sister Of Steel.” But brothers: This is not “For Ladies Only!” Buy
this as a perfect gift for your Pleasure Slave!

The “Manowar Power Package — Sister Of Steel” contains:

1 Manowar Ladies’ Tank Top With Manowar Logo In Silver. Featuring the
classic Manowar logo printed in silver, this item will make you feel
sexy as you show your support for the Kings of Metal and drive the
boys wild. This item is only available as part of this Power Package!

1 Manowar Ladies’ Tank Top With Manowar Logo In White. Comfortable,
casual, edgy and dangerous, this sexy shirt is revealing enough to
show off your Manowar tattoo and fashionable enough in black to go
with any clothing ensemble.

1 Manowar Dog Tag BATTLE HYMNS. A perfect addition to complete your
Sister Of Steel outfit. This item is exclusively available in this
package.

Three items with a combined value of more than $50.00 for only $19.99!

This Package will only be available for a limited time and while
supplies last (please check Terms & Conditions in the store).

Get your Power Package today. And don’t miss to check in regularly for
new Power Packages and further great offers!

And don’t forget this: For any order of $30 or more, you will also get
a FREE Manowar Tote Bag.

See you at The Kingdom Of Steel

http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/

Magic Circle Music

http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

Manowar

http://www.manowar.com/

http://www.facebook.com/manowar

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-Hammers Of Misfortune Release First Single, Artwork, And Track
Listing For New Full-Length Album 17TH STREET Out October 21/24!

With a newly-rejuvenated lineup and their signature sound intact, San
Francisco’s Hammers Of Misfortune have returned with 17TH STREET, a
brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM,
Thrash, Doom, and American Folk music while somehow sounding unlike
any of these.

17TH STREET takes the band’s inimitable sound to a new level, creating
an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band’s
formidable songwriting chops. “I can see how someone could find it an
upbeat record,” says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band,
also of underground metal legends Ludicra and Slough Feg. “There are
glimmers of hope there. But if you listen carefully to each song,
you’ll find that each one has it’s own point of view; you might find
hope, or something very different, very dark.”

From September 7th on you can hear the first single “The Grain,” which
has been made into a lyric video, here:

http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune/

Fans can now preorder a copy of the album, which is available on both
CD and double LP gatefold vinyl.

17TH STREET track listing:
1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

Stay tuned for more information on Hammers Of Misfortune and their
upcoming release 17TH STREET, available in Europe on October 21/24!

Hammers Of Misfortune are:
John Cobbett: guitar
Chewy Marzolo: drums
Sigrid Sheie: organ, piano, vocals, flute
Leila Abdul-Rauf: guitar, vocals
Joe Hutton: vocals
Max Barnett: bass

http://www.hammersofmisfortune.com/

http://www.myspace.com/hammersofmisfortune

http://www.metalblade.com/hammersofmisfortune

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-No Sky Today Announces USA Tour Dates!

The USA Metal / Hard Rock formation No Sky Today has just revealed
their upcoming USA Tour Dates:

09/14: Route 33 Rhythm and Brews – Wapakoneta, OH
09/15: Czars 505 – St. Joseph, MI
09/16: Penny Road Pub – Barrington Hills, IL
09/17: The Cruise Inn – Wausau, WI
09/18: Smokin Joe’s – West Allis, WI

All details can be found on the bands official sites (incl. full songs
and samples of the latest album):

http://www.reverbnation.com/noskytoday

http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Sky-Today/144107765634846

http://www.twitter.com/noskytoday

http://www.myspace.com/noskytoday

http://www.youtube.com/user/NOSKYTODAYTV

No Sky Today is Wayne Findlay (Michael Schenker Group/Slavior) on
Guitars/Keyboards, and Paul Jones (Robot Lords Of Tokyo) on Vocals.

These two founding members are the core of the No Sky Today sound.
With Wayne Findlay writing and producing the music, and Paul Jones
writing the lyrics and vocal melodies, these two have really made a
sound that stands on their own, as the next band to watch out for.

Within a month of releasing their debut CD, it was chosen by
Touchtunes digital jukeboxes to be played in 40,000 nightclubs,
restaurants and bars across America. Not an easy task for an
independent band!

No Sky Today have already begun refining the band and have recently
made some changes to the lineup.

Now adding bassist/engineer Joe Viers (Robot Lords Of Tokyo) and B.Rad
Dettmer (FNR) to the mix, they are gearing up for some upcoming tours
this year. The second No Sky Today CD is already being written and
will begin to be recorded in the next few months!!

NO SKY TODAY track listing:

1. No Sky Today
2. She’s On Fire
3. Final Hour
4. Heavy Is The Debt
5. Another Goodbye
6. Escape
7. Break Up
8. Intermezzo
9. Real Life
10. Into The Sun
11. Pieces
12. Gear Grinder

No Sky Today is:
Paul Jones – Vocals
Wayne Findlay – Guitars & Keyboards
Joe Viers – Bass
B.Rad Dettmer – Drums

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-Heavy Metal Band Snew Records Latest Album With Music Industry
Legends

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Having gained a loyal following for their raw,
electrified monster rock and roll, hard rockers Snew recently visited
Redondo Beach, CA’s Total Access Recording to track songs for their
upcoming release, accompanied by producer Bobby Owsinski and engineer
Ken Scott.

Owsinski, a pioneer in the art of surround sound music mixing, is a
respected author, speaker and music industry advisor whose production
credits include projects for Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young and
Chicago. Owsinski also produced Snew’s much-praised debut SNEW YOU
(2008) and WE DO WHAT WE WANT (2010).

“Bobby is a guru in the music recording industry,” says lead singer
Curtis Don Vito. “He’s a master at capturing that raw high energy
sound that defines Snew. We’re really fortunate to have him on this
project.”

Ken Scott is a legendary engineer/producer who has recorded many of
rock’s seminal albums, including The Beatles’ White Album, David
Bowie’s ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS and Supertramp’s
CRIME OF THE CENTURY.

“Ken is truly a wizard when it comes to getting great drums sounds,
and any other sound for that matter,” says drummer Mark Ohrenberger.
“I’ve never heard my drums sound so amazing in the studio.”

The band recorded four new songs that will appear on their third
album. The tracks feature a guest appearance by classic metal bassist
and Black Sheep front man Willie Basse.

Snew’s new album is scheduled to be released by the end of this year.
Several singles will precede its release.

http://www.snewyou.com/

snew@snewyou.com

http://www.facebook.com/snewyou

http://twitter.com/snew

http://www.youtube.com/snewmusic

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-Metal Blade Records Signs Worldwide Deal With Swedish Heavy Metal
Force RAM!

Announces DEATH As Title Of Forthcoming New Album!

Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of one of the leading
forces in Swedish Heavy Metal, RAM!

Comments RAM: “We are very pleased and proud to sign with a metal
label that has done so much for Heavy Metal and has such an amazing
legacy. We are also very pleased to become label mates with our good
friends and fellow Swedish old school headbangers Portrait and In
Solitude. Now with the Blade of metal behind our backs the conquest of
demolition continues! HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!”

RAM was created back in ’99 and released their first EP SUDDEN IMPACT
in 2003. After playing numerous festivals and a support tour for
Sebastian Bach they released their first long-player FORCED ENTRY in
late 2005 which brought the entire old school Heavy Metal community to
its knees. RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity, did some
Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray and played gigs and festivals all
over Europe.

In 2008 the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to
record the album LIGHTBRINGER which was released in 2009 via AFM
Records. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy
metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but
strife for pure Heavy Metal perfection. RAM also headed out on a
headline European tour to promote the album.

In 2011 RAM went back into the studio to record their third album
DEATH. This time they worked with producers Per Stålberg and Olle
Björk to create their best album to date by far. Live shows as support
for Swedish extreme black metal band Watain followed as well as
destroying some festivals.

Metal Blade and the World tremble in fear before the early 2012
release of the Metal behemoth that is DEATH.

RAM are back! Necks will be broken!

RAM is:
Oscar Carlquist – Vocals
Morgan Pettersson – Drums
Harry Granroth – Guitar
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Tobias Peterson – Bass

More details on RAM and their new album DEATH will be posted in the
weeks and months to come!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RAM/128575340510564

http://www.myspace.com/rammetal

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-Metal Blade Records Signs Pasadena, California’s Gypsyhawk!

Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Gypsyhawk, a
band who hails from Pasadena, CA and is part of the Modern Wave of
Classic Heavy Metal. Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and
Deep Purple with contemporaries like The Hellacopters, somehow just a
few average dudes with a penchant for riffs have set out to return
music to the people that really appreciate it. Gypsyhawk is a band’s
band, a fan’s band, and a flat-out rock and roll band when music needs
it most.

The band comments: “Metal Blade Records has been making the hits since
before most of us were born. They inherently had a latent inspiration
on all of us, cranking out some of the most inspirational sounds to
come out after the ’70s. To be part of this family doesn’t leave much
to be desired. In the mean time we’ll be doing our best to live up to
the Metal Blade legacy and couldn’t be more eager for everything we’ve
been working for during the last two and half years.”

“Gypsyhawk captures the epic ’70s hard rock riffs of such great ’70s
bands as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with their own updated twist. We
are excited to be working with such a gifted band and look forward to
their first album on Metal Blade,” comments Michael Faley of Metal
Blade Records.

Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris
(former bassist of Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch),
Gypsyhawk’s foursome is rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and
Erik Kluiber, and drummer Ian Brown.

Gypsyhawk is:
Andrew Packer – Guitars
Eric Harris – Bass and Voice
Ian “P.P. Rider” Brown – Drums
Erik “Ron Houser” Kluiber – Guitars

About the band:
In a time when music is shoveled down listeners’ throats, Gypsyhawk
backs up the walk with rock, and maybe a little swagger but that’s all
for good showmanship as much as the sake of the song. The Pasadena,
Calif. foursome has been honing its sound, sharpening its riffs and
showing the promise it holds in the palm of their hands since the
band’s mid-2009 inception through perseverance, practice, and an ever-
increasing number of shows both at home in Southern California and
across the US.

Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris,
having already put in his time with Ohio blackened thrashers
Skeletonwitch before moving to California, Gypsyhawk’s foursome was
initially rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Scotty Conant,
and drummer Joe Fabio. The band’s promising self-recorded January 2010
demo caught Bay Area-based Creator-Destructor’s attention, which in
turn led to the July 2010 release of PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE, a
full, 12-track debut mixing melodies, musicianship, monstrous riffs,
and the all-important guitar solo.

Recorded in April 2010 in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall
Perish, Light This City), Gypsyhawk enlisted artist Dan Lerner to
create a fitting visual representation of the band’s manifest, which
Harris and company think Lerner more than accomplished, mixing eerie
vibes with hippy mentality, suiting for the band’s brand of harmonies
and hard rock. With PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE and subsequent early
praise for such a new band, Gypsyhawk hopes to keep spreading the love
for melody and riffs — and the solos — and everything that made the
’70s era of super rock so fun.

Since the release of PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE, and several tours in
support of the record, Gypsyhawk has finally capitalized on the hard
work the band has burdened their shoulders with in its brief, but
bubbly and budding, existence. Now supplementing founders Packer and
Harris are guitarist Erick Kluiber and drummer Ian Brown, injecting
some fresh blood into the four-piece, long-haired outfit.

Up next: another nation-wide tour in support of PATIENCE — all booked
themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion, whereupon Gypsyhawk is unveiling a
handful of new songs which will surface on a second full-length, so
fans will get a preview before the tunes are laid down in the studio.
Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed!

Music video for the song “Gypsyhawk”:

http://www.facebook.com/Gypsyhawkusa

http://gypsyhawk.bandcamp.com/

http://www.reverbnation.com/gypsyhawk

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-The Texas Hippie Coalition Unleash Their Brand Of Fury On The US

THC Gearing Up For Tour Now!!!

Select Dates With Black Label Society

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Texas Hippie Coalition will hit the road to
unleash their brutal fury of hard driven Southern Fried Metal across
the US. THC will start their journey in Las Vegas, September 12th at
the Crown Theater in the Rio Hotel.

Asked whether THC are rock ‘n’ roll, heavy metal or southern rock –
or a bastardization of the three, the band will tell you one thing,
they are a wrecking crew of BRUTALITY! “We’re as southern as southern
can be,” says “Big Dad” Ritch, the behemoth front man and driving
force behind Texas Hippie Coalition. “Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet,
ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson — we’re as outlaw as we can
get, while at the same time having the power of that Texas groove,
like Pantera. We’re metal with a southern rock and roll spirit. We are
a band of outlaws.” Big Dad Ritch (vocals) leads this driving force
along with Randy Cooper (lead guitar), Wes Wallace (rhythm guitar),
John Exhall (bass) and Tim Braun (drums).

THC will join the much anticipated Black Label Society select shows
dates while they trek the US with their guns blazing across the US.
THC will have latest release available ROLLIN’ on Carved Records.

Tour Dates:

September

MON, SEPT 12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Crown Theater/Rio Hotel
THURS, SEPT 15 – Davenport, IA – Redstone Room/River Music Experience
FRI, SEPT 16 – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
SAT, SEPT 17 – Glendale Heights, IL – Shark City
SUN, SEPT 18 – Covington, KY – The Mad Hatter
TUES, SEPT 20 – Fredricksburgh, VA – Q Balls Billiards
WED, SEPT 21 – Sarver, PA – Peter B’s
THURS, SEPT 22 – Watertown, NY – Fatboys
FRI, SEPT 23 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
SAT, SEPT 24 – Tupper Lake, NY – Old Northern Pub
WED, SEPT 28 – Worcester, MA – The Lucky Dog
THURS, SEPT 29 – Seabrook, NH – Chop Shop
FRI, SEPT 30 – Auburn, ME – Club Texas

October

SAT, OCT 1 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
SUN, OCT 2 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
TUES, OCT 4 – Morgantown, WV – 23 Pleasant Street
WEDS, OCT 5 – Reading, PA – Reverb Rock Garden
FRI, OCT 7 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom **
SAT, OCT 8 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall **
SUN, OCT 9 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues **
FRI, OCT 14 – San Antonio, TX – Jack’s Bar
SAT, OCT 15 – Houston, TX – Flamingo Room
THURS, OCT 20 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
FRI, OCT 21 – Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
FRI, OCT 28 – Georgetown, OH – Victory’s Sports Bar

November

FRI, NOV 4 – Rochester, MN – Wicked Moose
SAT, NOV 5 – Mankato, MN – Buster’s
WED, NOV 9 – Kearney, NE – The Garage
THURS, NOV 10 – Omaha, NE – The Hideout
FRI, NOV 11 – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s Grill & Reverb Rock Garden
SAT, NOV 12 – Illiopolis, IL – Bunker’s Bar
MON, NOV 14 – Urbana, IL – The Stop City
WEDS, NOV 16 – Fargo, ND – The Nestor Tavern

** Denotes date with BLS

THC plan to go back in studio after this extensive tour and record
their new material for a 2012 follow-up release, yet to be titled. For
more information on THC go to http://www.thcoutlaw.com/ or
http://www.carvedrecordds.com/ .

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-Canadian Folk Metallers Scythia Post Free Download “Voice Of The
Sword” From Upcoming Album …OF EXILE

Vancouver’s folk metal clan Scythia whom have just returned from their
recent “Summer Siege” tour have announced they will sharing with fans
their latest track “Voice Of The Sword” for free download from their
upcoming album …OF EXILE set to be released September 23rd.

Free download link for “Voice Of The Sword” available via their
YouTube stream of the track:

…OF EXILE is a story album that that tells the tale of a Scythian
king deceived by those closest to him and his journey to reclaim his
throne with his possessed sword and remaining loyal knights. Forging
musical influences from folk and prog metal along with classical
complements from instruments such as the Oboe of Death, cello and
trumpet, …OF EXILE takes the listener on a musical adventure to the
land of Scythia. The record was produced and mixed by Shaun Thingvold
who has engineered on albums with (Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole,
Lamb Of God, Fear Factory).

Summer Siege Tour Video Pt. 2:

…OF EXILE Teaser Video:

“For The King” Free Download:

http://scythia.bandcamp.com/track/for-the-king-free-download

Track Listing:
1. Prelude
2. Spirit Of The Quest
3. Sleeping Village
4. Forgotten Forest
5. Fallen King
6. Voice Of The Sword
7. For The King
8. Fortress
9. Dies Irae II
10. Hobarth’s Inn

ScythiaFolkMetal.com

http://www.myspace.com/scythiafolkmetal

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scythia/254231525306

http://twitter.com/scythiametal

http://www.youtube.com/scythiaband

http://www.reverbnation.com/scythia

http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Scythia

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-Cornerstone Signed With Rock N Growl; New Album SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA!

AOR Pop Rocker Cornerstone from Austria signed promotion deal with
Rock N Growl Promotion for the new album SOMEWHERE IN AMERICA!

Enjoy this unhip, uncool and un-sexy music! Rock, Pop and Indie with a
big dose of AOR, big guitars and big vocals, destined for US Airplay!

Tracks:
1. Stay
2. Rise And Shine
3. Breathing For You
4. Right Or Wrong
5. Like A Stranger
6. Follow You, Follow Me
7. Being Unaware
8. Oblivious
9. High And Low
10. Strut

Band:
Patricia Hillinger – Vocals
Michael Wachelhofer – Bass, Keyboards and Vocals
Steve Wachelhofer – Guitars and Vocals
Mike Pawlowitsch – Drums and Percussion

Quotes:
“Cornerstone caught my attention with their excellent material, an
unusual focus on arrangement details, and progressive melodic hooks…
sounds like the the recipe for a hit to me!” – Beau Hill, Producer
(Alice Cooper, Winger, Europe, etc.), USA

“This Band is very good and very, very tight.” – Dennis Stratton, Iron
Maiden/Remus Down Boulevard, UK

“A fabulous band from Austria!” – Steve Price, Radio ARFM, UK

Live:
2011-09-30 :: AT, Concert (Rock the HBA, Brunn am Gebirge)
2011-10-01 :: AT, Concert (Mulligans, Deutsch-Wagram)
2011-11-05 :: AT, Concert (Indian Dreams Saloon, Vienna)
2011-11-18 :: AT- Concert (Die Werkstatt, Imst)
2011-11-11 :: AT- Concert (American Roadhouse, Graz)
2011-11-12 :: AT- Concert (Die Werkstatt, Rankweil)
2011-11-25 :: AT- Concert (Mulligans, Deutsch-Wagram)
2011-11-26 :: AT- Concert (Artefakt, Mistelbach)
2012-02-17 :: AT- Concert (Raymans, Neunkirchen)

Web:

http://www.cornerstone.co.at/

http://www.myspace.com/cornerstoneaustria

http://www.youtube.com/cornerstoneaustria

http://www.reverbnation.com/cornerstoneaustria

http://www.facebook.com/cornerstoneaustria

http://www.lastfm.de/music/Cornerstone+%C2%AE

http://www.twitter.com/cornerstoneat

http://www.rockngrowl.com/cornerstone

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-California Rockers Crowned By Fire Are PRONE TO DESTROY

LOS ANGELES, CA — Los Angeles based hard rock ruffians Crowned By
Fire have recently issued their debut album, PRONE TO DESTROY, via New
York based upstart label Digital Media Records.

Eleven songs laced with pure piss and vinegar, PRONE TO DESTROY is an
in-your-face sonic masterpiece produced by Chris Collier and recorded
at Larione 10 Studios in Florence, Italy. Front man John Fitterer
says, “We were flown over to Italy by a label called Molten Metal
Productions who we were signed to for the European territories. We
actually stayed on an ancient Tuscan estate for five weeks and
recorded. It was an amazing experience.”

Formed in 2006, Crowned By Fire made a name for themselves playing
throughout Southern California alongside such notable bands as Saint
Vitus and Trouble as well as playing events including The Body Art
Expo (both Los Angeles and San Francisco) and the Seattle Doom
Festival. They most recently played the Las Vegas Doom Festival in
June of this year.

PRONE TO DESTROY can be purchased at:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prone-to-destroy/id450066095

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-Kut U Up “Reunite And Record” Kickstarter Campaign Launch

The dudes who made a documentary about their 2003 “Pop Disaster” tour
with Green Day, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World return with new
material and a plan.

After several long years, Kut U Up has decided to get their sh*t
together and reunite. Applauded for their innate ability to cause
havoc, concern authorities, and leave destruction and laughter in
their wake, they’ve been busy writing new songs, with new concepts,
themes and ideas, and now they need to record.

Kickstarter Campaign:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/clintweiler/kut-u-up-reunite-and-record

It’s been a long journey for the band known by many as those crazy
guys who made a documentary about their 2003 “Pop Disaster” tour with
Green Day, Blink 182, and Jimmy Eat World. The result, “Riding In Vans
With Boys” was unfettered, sh*t-faced, start-to-finish hilarity mixed
with real-life drama. A lot has changed since those days, but the
band’s passion to perform has not.

Kut U Up was honored when Andy Irons (RIP) chose their song “Make It
Out Alive” to accompany his winning “Video Part Of The Year” segment
in “Campaign.” An incredible accolade for a band so close to the
surfing community.

http://www.takeazap.com/video/695/Campaign-1-Andy-Irons

The official reformation of the band was marked by their reunion
performance in San Diego on July 21. This momentous occasion was used
to announce the launch of this Kickstarter campaign, thus opening a
new chapter in the band’s ever-evolving story.

Kut U Up would like the opportunity to record all of their new
material in a good studio… That’s what this campaign is all about.
The majority of the funds raised will go towards recording and
mastering expenses, with the remainder being used to create merch and
promote the new album (which is yet to be named).

http://kutuupmusic.com/

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-Kvelertak: Announce Special Edition Release + US Tour Dates

Norway’s Kvelertak will release a limited-edition, deluxe CD/DVD
reissue of their genre-defying self-titled debut via Prosthetic
Records on September 27th in North America. The package includes four
live audio tracks, two demos, three music videos, five live videos,
documentaries, extended artwork, a poster and more.

Produced by Kurt Ballou and mixed by Alan Douches with artwork by John
Baizley and guest appearances by Hoest (Taake), Andreas Tylden (JR
Ewing and Altaar), Ivar Nikolaisen (Silver), and Ryan McKenney (Trap
Them), Kvelertak was certified Gold in Norway and one of 2010’s most
acclaimed underground releases. The new deluxe version is limited to
5,000 copies worldwide. Pre-orders for North America is available at
http://shop.indierecordings.us/ .

In addition, Kvelertak recently confirmed a string of US dates around
the annual CMJ Festival in New York City, this October!

Kvelertak – US Tour 2011

10/19/2011 The Early – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2011 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
10/21/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
10/22/2011 Rocks Off Cruise – New York, NY
10/23/2011 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
10/25/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/26/2011 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/27/2011 The Pyramid Schene – Grand Rapids, MI
10/28/2011 Belvedere’s – Pittsburgh, PA

The converted:

“Kvelertak lives up to expectations, and is one of those CDs you can
put on repeat and enjoy all day long.” — About.com

“Rock ‘n’ roll, metal, and punk all collide to form an absolutely
raucous first album that’s loud, confrontational, largely
indecipherable, and most of all, huge, huge fun.” — Popmatters

“Kvelertak the album abounds with such richness, openness, joy and
hedonism. It somehow captures an entire history in its 49 minutes. It
is timeless and multitudinous, but so urgent and immediate that it
could not have existed in any other instant except this one.” — Long
Island Press

“…the erudite and unstoppable three-axe riff barrage and leather
razor strop vocals of Erlend Hjelvik make this a release that will
fire up the polemics machine.” — Hellbound

“the best Norwegian band since A-Ha,” — Kerrang! Magazine

..”an absolute monster of a record…” — Blistering

“…this record is the vinyl that’s spun at the height of hedonism,
these songs blast of blasphemy made flesh where the chemical-spiked
Jager (don’t try that at home) flows as freely as water while the
record spins at maximum volume for maximum impact.” — Brave Words &
Bloody Knuckles

http://www.facebook.com/kvelerface

http://www.myspace.com/kvelertak

http://indierec.net/

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-Havok: New Drum Cam Video Posted Courtesy Of Sick Drummer Magazine

Today Sick Drummer Magazine hosts an exclusive drum cam video of Havok
basher Pete Webber destroying his kit to “Time Is Up,” the title track
off their current full-length out now on Candlelight Records. The
video is part one of a series of drum cam videos that will lead up to
the band’s upcoming North American tour later this fall.

Commented Webber: “We filmed these videos so you can get up close view
of the drums that you don’t always get to see! Hope everyone enjoys!”

To view the video, point your browser here:

http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/latest-news/2291-exclusive-video-from-havoks-pete-webber-1.html

The Denver thrashers will embark on another punishing support trek in
October alongside headliners Exhumed, Goatwhore and Cephalic Carnage.
Set to commence on October 26 in New Mexico, the tour will lay waste
to nearly two dozen cities and come to a close in Flagstaff, Arizona
on November 20. Confirmed dates below.

HAVOK
w/ Exhumed, Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage
* = no Goatwhore
10/26/2011 The Juggernaut – Gallup, NM *
10/27/2011 Sorority House – Amarillo, TX *
10/28/2011 The Conservatory – 1H – Oklahoma City, OK
10/29/2011 FuBbar – St Louis, MO
10/30/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
10/31/2011 I-Rock Nightclub – Detroit
11/01/2011 Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
11/02/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/03/2011 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
11/04/2011 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
11/05/2011 Rock Cafe Le Stage – Trois-Rivieres, QC
11/06/2011 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
11/08/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/09/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY
11/10/2011 Championships – Trenton, NJ
11/11/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
11/12/2011 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/13/2011 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/14/2011 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/15/2011 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
11/17/2011 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
11/18/2011 Korova/Goregrowler’s Ball – San Antonio, TX w/ Suffocation
11/19/2011 TBA *
11/20/2011 Orpheum Theatre – Flagstaff, AZ *

Sick Drummer Drum Camp

http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/latest-news/2245-sick-drummer-camp-george-kollias-derek-roddy-sean-reinert-navene-koperweis-danny-walker-gus-rios-a-dirk-verbeuren.html

As previously announced, a limited edition, hand-numbered, color vinyl
pressing of TIME IS UP will be released via Restricted Release to
coincide with the upcoming tour. Stay tuned for details!

http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial

http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/

http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Black Cobra Unleash New Track From Upcoming Album Via MetalSucks

Bay Area gruesome twosome Black Cobra today unleash “Avalanche” — the
opening track from their upcoming fourth full-length release, INVERNAL
— along with the public’s first look at the album’s intense cover
art.

Check out the frozen carnage at this location now!

http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/09/06/exclusive-track-album-cover-debut-avalanche-from-black-cobras-invernal/

Set for release via Southern Lord Recordings on October 11th in North
America — Black Cobra’s sophomore album for the label — the
thunderous INVERNAL was recorded in eight days this past July at
Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou’s God City Studio and mastered by John
Golden (Neurosis, Melvins, Weedeater, countless more). The theme to
the entire record is based on a post-apocalyptic trek to a nuclear
infested and mutated Antarctica, inspired in part by the treks of
English researcher Ernest Shackleton.

INVERNAL Track Listing:

1. Avalanche
2. Somnae Tenebrae
3. Corrosion Fields
4. The Crimson Blade
5. Beyond
6. Erebus Dawn
7. Abyss
8. Obliteration

In support of INVERNAL, Black Cobra’s rigorous touring season has
begun as well. The band recently bombed those in attendance at the
massive The Power Of The Riff festival in Los Angeles, immediately
following that performance as direct support for High On Fire in
Oakland. This week Black Cobra will be performing at the MusicFest
Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon alongside Kylesa, Witch
Mountain and more, followed immediately by a direct support slot for
Kylesa in Seattle, Washington.

Black Cobra Live:

9/08/2011 Dante’s – Portland, OR @ MFNW
9/09/2011 Highline – Seattle, WA w/ Kylesa
9/22/2011 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco, CA

Black Cobra tour actions will continually be announced through the
rest of 2011 as this band hits the road hard once again.

http://blackcobra.net/

http://www.facebook.com/blackcobramusic

http://www.twitter.com/blackcobramusic

http://www.southernlord.com/

http://blog.southernlord.com

http://twitter.com/twatterlord

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-Toxic Holocaust: North American and European Tour Update

Metal/punk road warriors Toxic Holocaust have added new Long Beach and
Los Angeles dates to their current, six-week North American headlining
tour. The band has also added 11 Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Denmark,
Finland) dates to their upcoming European run this winter alongside
Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. A listing of confirmed Toxic
Holocaust tour dates can be found below.

Toxic Holocaust recently released the first video from their brand new
album, CONJURE AND COMMAND. The video, for the track “Judgment Awaits
You,” can be seen here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=3250

CONJURE AND COMMAND is out now internationally and available across
several formats including a limited edition, deluxe CD and DVD set
that includes a full Toxic Holocaust live show. A preview of the live
show can be seen at this location:

http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7360/toxic-holocaust-war-is-hell-live

In addition, CONJURE AND COMMAND is streaming in its entirety here:

http://toxicholocaust.bandcamp.com/

Toxic Holocaust Tour Dates:
w/ Holy Grail, Krum Bums
9/06/2011 The Fire Escape – Sacramento, CA
9/07/2011 The Metro – Oakland, CA
9/08/2011 DiPiazza’s – Long Beach, CA
9/09/2011 The Shakedown – San Diego CA
9/10/2011 The Black Castle – Los Angeles, CA

w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene – Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger – Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet – Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia – Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone – Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo – Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground – Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 – Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 – Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens – Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC – Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse – Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld – London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom – Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur – Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart – Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club – Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene – Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice – Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg – Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage – Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch – Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle – Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall – Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget – Malmo, Sweden

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust

http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust

http://www.relapse.com/

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*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
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-Check out a new interview with Anubis Gate vocalist/bassist Henrik
Fevre at
http://www.metalunderground.com/interviews/details.cfm?newsid=71456 .

-Arch/Matheos’ SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE (Metal Blade) is “Album Of The
Month” in Germany’s Rock Hard (review: 9/10) and Heavy (review: 12/12)
magazines. Other great reviews are rolling in at Legacy magazine
(14/15), Metal.de (9/10), and PowerMetal.de (9.5/10). Check out track-
by-track video descriptions of the album’s songs at GuitarWorld.com.
See http://www.archmatheos.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/archmatheos
, and http://twitter.com/archmatheos for more.

-Sebastian Bach appeared on Eddie Trunk’s radio show on August 29;
check it out at http://youtu.be/yGmgxq266L8 (part 1) and
http://youtu.be/hFFnrE4mvBQ (part 2). There’s also a new Radio Metal /
France interview with Bach at

http://www.radiometal.com/en/article/the-passion-according-to-sebastian-bach,41352

.

-Check out Backstage Heroes’ new video for “Anybody” at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9iaIGh4AVI . Hype from Uberrock: “A
band worthy of slotting into your CD collection between Babylon A.D.
and Backyard Babies.” Hype from Rockunited: “It’s raw, noisy, dirty,
sleazy, complete with gang-like vocals in the background and screaming
guitars, What more do you need?”

-Brainstorm’s ON THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT is due September 30. Track
list: “Below The Line,” “In The Blink Of An Eye,” “Temple Of Stone,”
“In These Walls,” “Still Insane,” “Dark Life,” “No Saint – No Sinner,”
“Where Your Actions Lead You To Live,” “A Life On Hold,” “My Own
Hell.” Check out bootleg fan-shot video of the new song “Temple Of
Stone” at http://www.brainstorm-web.net/ . The video for “In These
Walls” will premiere on September 7 at http://im1.tv/rocks . An album
release party and show, featuring a concert, meet & greet, giveaways,
special merchandise, etc., will take place September 30 at the “Rock
It” Club in Aalen, Germany.

-Furyon’s GRAVITAS is out now. Track list: “Disappear Again,” “Stand
Like Stone,” “Souvenirs,” “Don’t Follow,” “New Way Of Living,” “Voodoo
Me,” “Fear Alone,” “Wasted On You,” “Our Peace Someday,” “Desert
Suicide.” Hype: “Furyon is taking the first tentative steps towards a
successful future. What they have created here is nothing sort of
spectacular. It is initially available direct from the band themselves
with a view to a full release later this year, but in fact it’s a
travesty that a major Label hasn’t already snapped them up. Slots on
the Bloodstock and Hard Rock Hell festivals later this year will
certainly do the band no harm, and will hopefully culminate in some
serious Label attention. Given the right promotion GRAVITAS could be a
dark horse for album of the year. Do yourself a favor and be there
from the beginning, you won’t regret it.” Check out clips of three
songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34620 , and see
http://www.myspace.com/furyon for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

9/10 – Malone’s, Santa Ana, Ca
9/17 – Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs, CA (all ages)
10/1 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA (10-year anniversary show)
10/15 – Pala Resort and Casino, Temecula, CA (free show)
10/22 – Roland/ Boss Loop Semi-Finals @ Musicians Institute,
Hollywood, CA (free show)
11/5 – BroadAcres Market Place & Event Center, North Las Vegas, NV
(all ages)
11/12 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
12/10 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ ,
http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and
http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Iron Mask has signed with AFM Records.

-KISSOnline reported CNN will air a special called “Kiss Inc.” on
October 23. Hype: “CNN’s Poppy Harlow goes inside the world of Kiss –
on board the band’s plane on the way to a concert, to exclusive
backstage access. She also visits the homes of Gene Simmons and Paul
Stanley to explore how Kiss has become one of the most branded names
in the world.” In other news, Simmons and Shannon Tweed have set
October 1 as their wedding date; see GeneSimmons.com for a summary of
coverage from various tabloids and gossip magazines. Simmons has also
stood by his comments regarding Michael Jackson’s personal life; check
out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m75XsY8g8MQ for his recent
appearance on “Showbiz Tonight.” Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer is in the
October issue of Golf Magazine; check it out at
http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,2090235,00.html .

-Majesty, featuring vocalist Tarek “MS” Maghary, has a new two-disc
set on Massacre Records entitled OWN THE CROWN. The band had changed
its name to Metalforce, but is now Majesty again. Hype: “OWN THE CROWN
is the long awaited comeback album of Majesty containing two CDs
packed with immortal heavy metal hymns. On the first disc you find all
the greatest Majesty hits of the band’s career so far. Besides of the
two new songs “Own The Crown” and “Metal On The Road” the second CD
features lots of rare songs and re-recorded material which most of the
fans have never heard before.” Track list: CD 1: “Metal Law” (feat.
Udo Dirkschneider), “Sword & Sorcery,” “Reign In Glory,” “Hail To
Majesty,” “Guardians Of The Dragongrail,” “Keep It True,” “Aria Of
Bravery,” “Fields Of War,” “Hellforces,” “Son Of Metal,” “Heavy Metal
Battlecry,” “Sons Of A New Millennium,” “Into The Stadiums,” “Metal To
The Metalheads.” CD 2: “Own The Crown” (new song), “Metal On The Road”
(new song), “Snow Is On The Mountains” (2011 version), “Freedom
Warriors” (2011 version), “Halloween” (2011 version), “Geh Den Weg
(re-mastered), “Make It, Not Break It,” “Guardians Of The Dragongrail”
(orchestral version), “Troopers Of Steel” (live), “Pray And Die”
(demo), “Into The Night” (demo), “We Will Ride” (demo), “Guidance To
Death” (demo). The last four tracks are taken from the band’s first,
self-titled demo from 1998. Check out an album trailer at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzeckyT8ZcA , and see
http://www.majesty-metal.de/ and http://www.facebook.com/majestymetal
for more.

-Mastercastle’s new video for “Sakura” is available at
http://t.co/OgETAOA .

-Metallica and Lou Reed will release LULU on November 1. Track list:
“Brandenburg Gate,” “The View,” “Pumping Blood,” “Mistress Dread,”
“Iced Honey,” “Cheat On Me,” “Frustration,” “Little Dog,” “Dragon,”
“Junior Dad.” The collaboration features songs Reed wrote for “a
Berlin production of the ‘Lulu Plays,’ a pair of plays written by
German playwright Frank Wedekind.”

-Myrath’s new song “Merciless Times” is streaming at
http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/09/01/myrath-merciless-times-song/ .

-Guitarist Byron Nemeth’s video for his instrumental cover of The
Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” is online at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUmJVo0bmbs . The clip was produced and
directed by Steven Ezparz and Robert Turchick, and co-stars
Scottsdale-based model Cathy Rankin.

-Night Ranger will perform at a special acoustic benefit show on
September 11 at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. The show will benefit
veterans and their families and is presented by 105.9 The Rock and
Hard Rock Cafe. According to the band’s website: “All proceeds from
the show will go to Not Alone, a nonprofit organization that provides
no-cost counseling to returning combat veterans impacted by post
traumatic stress disorder and their families.” General Admission
tickets cost $30, and VIP tickets cost $50; VIP tickets include a copy
of the new album SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA and a chance to meet the
band. See http://www.1059therock.com/ and http://www.notalone.com/ for
ticket info. Also, check out a new Q&A with Brad Gillis at
http://www.nightranger.com/news/qa-brad . See
http://www.nightranger.com/ for more.

-Nightwish’s first single from IMAGINAERUM, “Storytime,” is due out
November 11. The title of the album (and corresponding movie) was
recently changed from IMAGINARIUM to avoid confusion with other
projects having that name. See http://www.nightwish.com/ for more.

-Check out a new video interview with Doro Pesch at
http://www.pattys-pit.com/seenoevil_doro.php .

-Sabaton’s first live album, WORLD WAR LIVE – BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA
(Nuclear Blast), entered the charts as follows: #7 in Poland, #26 in
Germany, #26 in Sweden, and #62 in Switzerland. See
http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Seven’s FREEDOM CALL is out now via Nuclear Blast, and has been
favorably compared to Rage and Brainstorm. Hype: “FREEDOM CALL offers
dynamic and honest full throttle metal with powerful riffs and sing-
along qualities.” The release is available at the Nuclear Blast online
shop at http://bit.ly/nguhw5 and via iTunes with a digital booklet at
http://bit.ly/sevenfreedom . Check out the new video for “Get It”
(featuring live footage from the band’s show at this year’s Masters Of
Rock festival) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLL1ne3xDu8 . See
http://www.sevencz.com/ for more.

-Check out four new songs — “The One You Left Behind,” “Haunted,” “10
2 Death,” and “Back On Trail” — from Sinner’s new album ONE BULLET
LEFT (AFM Records) at
http://soundcloud.com/afm-records/sets/sinner-one-bullet-left .

-Sister’s updated list of tour dates:

Sister
9/16 – Rock City, Uster, Switzerland
9/17 – Paunchy Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany
9/18 – Sottotetto Sound Club, Bologna, Italy
9/20 – Thunderbird Lounge, St. Etienne, France
9/21 – La Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris, France
9/22 – De Verlichte Geest, Roselare, Belgium
9/23 – TBA, Arlon, Belgium
9/24 – TBA, Köln, Germany

supporting Fozzy
11/15 – MTC, Köln, Germany
11/16 – Rock Temple, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
11/17 – The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
11/18 – White Trash, Berlin, Germany

with Sister Sin, supporting U.D.O.
11/24 – Hedon, Zwolle, The Netherlands
11/25 – Quasimodo, Pirmasens, Germany
11/27 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
11/30 – GC Drieschaar, As, Belgium
12/1 – Vest Arena, Recklinghausen, Germany
12/2 – VA Zentrum, Burglengenfeld, Germany
12/3 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
12/4 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
12/6 – Neue Stadthalle, Langen, Germany
12/7 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
12/9 – Volksbankmesse, Balingen, Germany
12/10 – Stadthalle, Memmingen, Germany

See http://www.sisteronline.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
, http://www.myspace.com/sisteronline ,
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official , and
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial for more.

-Skull Fist — featuring Jackie Slaughter on vocals and guitar, Casey
Slade on bass, and Alison Thunderland on drums — has HEAD OF THE PACK
out now through Noise Art Records. Hype: “Hailing from Canada, Skull
Fist is one of the more promising of these new traditional metal
bands. Skull Fist is a band that worships at the altar of Judas
Priest, Iron Maiden and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Accept,
Dio, Exciter and the like. It’s an old school sound with a modern
energy.” Track list: “Head Of The Pack,” “Ride The Beast,” “Commanding
The Night,” “Get Fisted,” “Cold Night,” “Tear Down The Wall,” “Commit
To Rock,” “Ride On,” “Like A Fox,” “Attack Attack,” “No False Metal.”
Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34528 .
See http://www.myspace.com/skullfisted and
http://www.myspace.com/noiseart for more.

-Wayne Static’s new video for “Assassins Of Youth” premiered as an AOL
Exclusive on September 7. See http://www.waynestatic.com/ for more.

-Steel Panther’s third album, BALLS OUT, is due November 1. Track
list: “In The Future,” “Supersonic Sex Machine,” “Just Like Tiger
Woods,” “17 Girls In A Row,” “If You Really Really Love Me” (single),
“It Won’t Suck Itself,” “Tomorrow Night,” “Why Can’t You Trust Me,”
“That’s What Girls Are For,” “Gold Digging Whore,” “I Like Drugs,”
“Critter,” “Let Me Cum In,” “Weenie Ride.” See
http://www.steelpantherrocks.com/ for more.

-Titans Eve, from Vancouver, BC, have another tour blog from their
recent North American tour. This one “chronicles their adventures from
Philadelphia to Vancouver.” Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmQD0H6_oYc . In other news, there’s a
new interview with vocalist/guitarist Brian Gamblin in the September
issue of Metal Hammer Germany. The band’s debut album THE DIVINE EQUAL
is also up for Album Of The Month in the magazine. See
http://titanseve.bandcamp.com/ , http://www.reverbnation.com/titanseve
, and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titans-Eve/53568260495 for more.

-Tesla’s TWISTED WIRES & THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS… is out now,
featuring “re-imagined versions of some of their older songs, plus
some new tracks.” The first six songs feature the current lineup, with
guitarist Dave Rude, and the latter six feature the last session (from
2005) with original guitarist Tommy Skeoch. Track list: “Into The
Now,” “Hang Tough,” “2nd Street” (new), “Edison’s Medicine,” “What You
Give,” “Better Off Without You” (new), “Shine Away,” “I Love You”
(Climax Blues Band cover), “Changes,” “A Lot To Lose,” “Caught In A
Dream,” “Song And Emotion.” Check out a new interview with singer Jeff
Keith, where he discusses the situation with Skeoch, at

http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/09/01/tesla-jeff-keith-tommy-skeoch-interview/

. See http://www.teslatheband.com/ and
http://www.facebook.com/teslatheband for more.

-Niels Vejlyt’s video for “Die Today,” from STHENIC (Lion Music), is
online at http://t.co/MsKCn4U .

Thanks to Carlos Ramirez, Dave Tedder, Nicky Baldrian, Nancy B. Sayle,
LordsOfMetal.nl, Jon Asher, and Nightmare Records for help gathering
some of this information.

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*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I really wonder what the heck LULU, that Metallica/Lou Reed album, is
going to sound like. The final track, “Junior Dad,” clocks in at a
whopping 19:28! And “Cheat On Me” (11:26), “Dragon” (11:08),
“Frustration” (8:33), “Little Dog” (8:01), “Pumping Blood” (7:24), and
“Mistress Dread” (6:52) are no slouches in the running length
department, either! I’m not really up on my Lou Reed lore so take this
for what it’s worth, but to my knowledge the last rock/metal band he
collaborated with was Kiss for 1981’s MUSIC FROM “THE ELDER.” See
where I’m going with this? :) Yes, I know his involvement with “THE
ELDER” was minimal, as he only co-wrote three songs, but still.

-This is way old by now, but I just found it… Here are links to
Judas Priest’s May 24 press conference:

http://fb.me/10uoZsCDl

http://fb.me/yKq4zGK7

http://fb.me/NYBMd2e1

-Wow, man, Sister is hitting Köln, Germany, three times later this
year. And Berlin twice in the span of nine days. That’s sure covering
the market. :)

-I can’t WAIT to get me one of those Skull Fist “Get Fisted” T-shirts.

-And I know Steel Panther is a joke, but c’mon…

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – SPANISH MOON (SINGLE) (indie),
Infinita Symphonia – A MIND’S CHRONICLE (SAMPLER) (End Of The Light
Records), Bridger – s/t (Escape Music), Brute Forcz – KICK ASS HEAVY
METAL (indie), R.U.S.T. – FORGED IN THE FIRE OF METAL (indie).

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*** REVIEWS ***
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FIREHOUSE – FULL CIRCLE (B) FireHouse Music, 2011
11 tracks, RT: 49:44
[ http://www.firehousemusic.com/ ]
[ http://www.leverty.com/ ]
Here we go with the current FireHouse lineup’s — singer C.J. Snare,
guitarist Bill Leverty, bassist Allen McKenzie, drummer Michael Foster
— slab of re-recorded material. Generally I can see both sides of the
coin when it comes to albums like these. On the con side: 1) I’d
rather see a studio album of new material, and 2) the re-recordings
can lack the “magic” of the original versions. On the pro side: 1) The
sound quality is almost always better, and 2) since artists usually
get screwed somewhere along the way by a record company, there’s
nothing wrong with the band making new recordings that they own and
can do with whatever they see fit. Unsurprisingly, most (eight) of the
songs on FULL CIRCLE come from FireHouse’s first two and most widely
known releases: 1990’s self-titled debut and 1992’s HOLD YOUR FIRE.
So, it’s basically a “greatest hits” album. (Yes, video hit “Don’t
Treat Me Bad,” fave rockers “Overnight Sensation” and “Reach For The
Sky,” and uber-ballads “Love Of A Lifetime” and “When I Look Into Your
Eyes” are all here.) The disc also features the ballad “I Live My Life
For You” from 1995’s 3 and the hyper-catchy, groovin’ love song “You
Are My Religion” from 1996’s GOOD ACOUSTICS. The disc closes with
“Christmas With You,” a wistful acoustic track previously available
only on a Japanese EP. (No doubt, the band wisely included this rarity
to entice buyers who already have the original versions of the other
songs.) So adding it all up… On the con side: 1) longtime fans may
feel a *bit* of “here we go again” since some of these songs were
already redone once on GOOD ACOUSTICS; 2) one can quibble about the
track list (personally, I’d have taken “Hold Your Fire,” “Helpless,”
“Oughta Be A Law,” and/or “Lover’s Lane” over “Shake & Tumble”); and
3) there’s still that matter of wanting an all-new album… :) (It’s
already been eight(!) years since the band’s last album, PRIME TIME,
fer cryin’ out loud.) On the pro side: 1) FULL CIRCLE’s sonics are
great, as expected; 2) Snare’s voice still sounds fantastic after 20
years (kudos!); and 3) Leverty & Co. play the tunes relatively
straight, a little raw, and with a few extra licks and minor tempo
changes thrown in for a bit of variety. Bottom line: A great song is a
great song, and FULL CIRCLE shows off some of the best from these
guys. FireHouse has sold a ton of records for a reason! Maybe your old
CDs are worn out, maybe you just need a “best of,” maybe you
overlooked the band back in the day — whatever the reason, pick this
up knowing you’re in for high-quality melodic hard rock.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

SAXON – CALL TO ARMS (A) UDR Music/EMI, 2011
11 tracks, RT: 43:35
[ http://www.saxon747.com/ ]
[ http://www.saxon.udr-music.com/ ]
All hail Saxon! Outside of Iron Maiden/Bruce Dickinson and Accept/Udo
Dirkschneider, who else has so consistently and so continuously flown
the flag of classic heavy metal for so long? CALL TO ARMS marks the
start of Saxon’s fifth (!) decade of making studio records and
touring, and it rocks hard and well throughout. The up-tempo opening
salvo “Hammer Of The Gods,” instantly air guitarable “Surviving
Against The Odds,” and quick in ‘n’ out pounder “Afterburner” are fist
pumpers, and “Mists Of Avalon” is a killer mid-paced bounder about
Arthurian legend. On the more “rock” side, “Back In ’79” is a stomping
anthem tailor-made for the stage, and “Chasing The Bullet” and “Ballad
Of The Working Man” are groovin’ swaggerfests. Back-to-back tracks
“When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)” and “No Rest For The Wicked”
were written for the film “Hybrid Theory,” and expertly add ominous,
dark vibes to the mix. Finally, the gut-wrenching title track appears
in two versions, regular and orchestral, and will make you want to
thank and shake the hand of the next military serviceman or woman you
meet… (And as a bonus the limited, first edition digi-pak CD version
of the album comes with a second disc entitled LIVE AT DONINGTON 1980
featuring seven re-mixed and re-mastered concert recordings:
“Motorcycle Man,” “Still Fit To Boogie,” “Freeway Mad,” “Backs To The
Wall,” “Wheels Of Steel,” “Bap Shu Ap,” “747 (Strangers In The
Night).”) Chalk up another triumph for Biff and the boys.
– Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

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