Detritus Issue #645

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Detritus
Issue #645
Week of March 18, 2013

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-Okay, Mother Nature, it’s spring now… Cut with the wind chills and snow and stuff… – Tim

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-MelodicRockFest 3

Chicago’s Arlington Heights, will become rock n roll central this September, as some of the most acclaimed and loved bands of the melodic rock world descend on the city for MelodicRockFest 3.

Three years on from the last gathering of the melodic faithful, MelodicRockFest 3 has upped the ante, with 26 bands to be featured over three days at one of Chicago’s newest and best music venues, H.O.M.E. Bar ( http://www.homebarchicago.com/ ) Friday September 27 – Sunday September 29, 2013.

Appearing at MelodicRockFest 3 ( http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ ) will be some very familiar names, some appearing for the third time in a row, others making their MelodicRockFest debut.

MRF3 organizer Andrew McNeice; “We wanted to change the script up a little this year. We wanted to give some up-and-coming artists a chance to finally be seen and heard as well. So over the weekend, talent will not only come from some of the pioneers of the scene, but also from some great young talent that need to be heard.”

Steve Augeri (formerly of Journey), Ted Poley (of Danger Danger), House Of Lords, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big), Kelly Keeling (of Baton Rouge), Glen Burtnik (formerly of Styx), 7th Heaven, Canadian legends Harem Scarem, Swedish hotshots Eclipse and W.E.T. (featuring industry veteran Jeff Scott Soto) will all deliver knockout “best of” sets for the fans gathered.

Joining them will be some cult names in the melodic rock scene, such as the reformed AdrianGale, AOR heroes Mecca (with special guest Fergie Frederiksen), Tango Down (featuring Bangalore Choir vocalist David Reece), Brett Walker, Robert Tepper, Sweden’s ColdSpell, Bombay Black and Newman — all the way from the UK. Rounding out the weekend is some of the brightest new talent around will be showcased in one place for the first time. Australia’s power pop hopefuls The Radio Sun, melodic metallers Inner Siege and Crossing Rubicon, plus rising stars Evolution Eden and Chicago’s own Loveblast.

2010′s MelodicRockFest 2 saw all bands present bring their A-Game. Some of the fan feedback for that weekend included:

Jody P: “I feel so honored to have been a part of what is sure to become a melodic rock institution! The first Melodic Rock Fest was such a great time, and I felt so lucky to have been chatting with music legends, and listening to them rock the stage all on the same weekend! Can’t wait for MRF3!”

Steve Neruda: “MRF2 provided value unheard of in the music industry. In days when a single act commonly asks upwards of $150 a ticket, the fact I saw two days of awesome band after awesome band — some of whom I never expected to see live at any price — for less than that is utterly amazing. It is simply an opportunity to good to pass up. I still have the ticket stubs in the visor of my car!”

Kimberly Pinto: “MRF2 was the best time I have ever had and can’t wait till September fit MRF3.”

Charlie Kaus: “MRF2 was the single greatest concert experience of my life!”

Max Kligman Roitman: “MRF2 was an awesome atmosphere! Mingling with the artists at the venue and outside was amazing! It was a Rock’n’Roll fest just the way I like them, intimate, friendly and comfortable!”

Doug Vogel: “You know it’s an event when the bands stay to watch other bands in the crowd.”

Kip Frazier: “Both previous MRFests were simply amazing! This is a three day Fest that shouldn’t be missed by any hardcore Melodic Rock Fan!”

MelodicRockFest 3 will be another very special weekend, not only for the fans gathered, but also for the artists involved:

Jeff Scott Soto: “We missed MRF2 but we’re making it up by showing this time to MRF3!! Thanks to Andrew for getting W.E.T. over to debut in the US, could be the start of something big… see you all in September!!”

Eric Martin: “Howdy Melodic-rockers, EM here in Holland waiting in the airport for the next flight to Austria. I’ve got a lot on my plate this year with this acoustic tour and the upcoming Avantasia Mystery Of Time tour, I’m a lucky man that’s for sure. But I’m saving my strength for the main course in Chicago this September. I am so excited to be sharing the stage with all these great performers; I can bet that the atmosphere will be full of wild energy Yee to the haw!!! For me it’s going to feel like a Rock & Roll High School reunion (without the platform shoes and bellbottom jeans).”

Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem): “Hey y’all! I can’t tell you how excited we are to be back and playing at Melodic Rock Fest 3 in September! Seems like to perfect gig to start the 2013 MOOD SWINGS reunion tour! This time I promise we’ll make sure our Visas are in order and actually show up. Oops!”

Ted Poley: “I am very proud to be a part of the upcoming MELODICROCKFEST! This event is a MUST for any fan of Melodic Rock, it’s a rare opportunity to see many of their favorite artists that simply do not tour on a wide scale. Anyone who attended the last one knows that this is an event not to be missed! See you there!”

Joe Vana (Mecca): “The last MR fest was an honor and a blast… the guys in Mecca and I very much look forward to doing this show and meeting the fans again! Oh yea, one thing more… Fergie Frederiksen is firmly back at the helm with me! We now get to do material from Mecca I, Mecca II, Fergie’s solo career and of course some Toto tunes from his tenure with that Amazing Band… We are coming to kick ass!!!”

Richie (7th Heaven): “It is an honor to be a part of Melodic Rock Fest 3. What a great lineup of great acts with great songs, I hope everyone can make it out. We, 7th Heaven, are looking forward to a great rocking set. See ya there!”

Vic Rivera (AdrianGale): “Pumped to be playing at my third MelodicrockFest — on behalf of all of AdrianGale, we are looking forward to seeing you all in Chicago in September for what will be a truly awesome event!”

Scott Miller (Tango Down): “We have played a lot of shows over the last two years, from festivals (indoor and outdoor) to clubs and even theatres. But playing MelodicRockFest 3 will be an event to remember!! Thank you for having us Andrew. It doesn’t get any better than playing your show and along with some of the most awesome bands around. Again, an event to remember. (Pre Beer drinking!)”

In order of appearance, THE COMPLETE LINEUP DETAILS ARE:

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27 (Acoustic Night)

- Eric Martin – Fresh from his European solo acoustic tour, Eric will bring the best of his solo career and all the Mr. Big hits to the stage for this headlining appearance.

- Kelly Keeling – The Baton Rouge vocalist will be performing a “best of” set including songs from his main band, plus others from his time with Michael Schenker, Heaven & Earth and John Norum.

- Glen Burtnik – One of the greatest songwriters of our time has agreed to do a solo “best of” set, which will include songs from his legendary HEROES & ZEROES and TALKING IN CODE albums plus more!

- Robert Tepper – The ’80s AOR star will perform songs from his cult classic NO EASY WAY OUT album and new material.

- Gary Schutt – Often a one man band in his own right, the popular Jeff Scott Soto Band bassist, guitarist, songwriter will be at his entertaining quirky best.

- The Radio Sun – Out of the ashes of Square One comes a new band ready to make a statement. They will perform acoustically Friday and a full electric set to open Saturday.

- Line Of Fire – One of the best new AOR acts out of America, here to play songs from their first two albums.

- Bonrud – By popular request, we are sneaking in these guys to close the night with an electric set to rev fans up for the weekend ahead. And there may be more… as we have no curfew to adhere to!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28

- Harem Scarem – After missing MRF1 due to visa issues, the band has a mission to blow fans away with their high energy set and infectious songs. The Canadian melodic rock legends will be touring to promote the 20th Anniversary of their classic MOOD SWINGS release. This is their first US show in 20 years and the only one for now!

- W.E.T. – The melodic rock “supergroup” consisting of Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Eric Martensson (of Eclipse on guitars) and Robert Sall (of Work Of Art on guitars/keyboards) plus members of Eclipse will perform their first ever USA show and are set to blow fans away just as they did last year in the UK and earlier this year in Sweden with one of their rare live appearances.

- Mecca+ – Mecca is Joe Vana and his powerhouse professional band of Chicago natives. But this time around they are bringing a very special guest with them — Toto’s Fergie Frederiksen, who was an integral part of the Mecca debut. The set list will comprise of tunes from Mecca (old and new) and also Ferge’s time with Toto.

- AdrianGale – No one saw this one coming, but Vic Rivera, Jamie Rowe and Co. are back together. What better place to re-launch this great act, along with a new album (on Kivel Records) than at MRF3! So expect a “Hit” infused set, with some killer new material!

- Tango Down – The band is becoming a well-seasoned live act and vocalist David Reece promises a set heavy on material from their new album and classic Bangalore Choir tunes!

- Brett Walker – He delivered the cult classic NEVERTHELESS album, so on the eve of a brand new studio release, Brett will bring his band to Chicago for a dose of old and new Americana melodic rock.

- Newman – The acclaimed British rock outfit are finally set for their USA debut. Expect a set featuring songs from all eras of the Newman legacy.

- 7th Heaven – These guys need no introduction, being at MelodicRockFest 1 and 2. For #3 they have a new singer and a new album — expect a killer high-energy set.

- Evolution Eden – One of the newcomers featured this weekend. This powerhouse trio will impress, no doubt.

- The Radio Sun – Plugging in and cranking it up to get Saturday off to a flying harmony filled start.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29

- Steve Augeri – Best known for his time bringing Journey back to the masses and fronting the amazing ARRIVAL album; he’s also fronted Tall Stories and Tyketto. The man himself will be in the house with his backing band Valentine for a set filled with everything you’ll be hoping for.

- Ted Poley – Mr. Energy will deliver another fabulous set of high energy rock n roll, from his solo tour to all the Danger Danger hits and a few rarely heard tracks for the die-hards!

- House Of Lords – The James Christian lead lineup that has delivered four amazing melodic hard rock albums in the last several years will be delivering a knockout set of hits and current favorites.

- Eclipse – Sweden’s favorite melodic hard rock act will be in the mood to rock, giving tracks from all albums a spin — especially the brilliant current album BLEED & SCREAM.

- Bombay Black – A party favorite for any occasion and MRF3 will be a party. So who better to warm up the crowd!

- ColdSpell – Another class act from Sweden, these guys are building their profile and delivering more each time. Get ready for a dose of Scandi hard rock.

- No Love Lost – A new American act that is making some waves and will no doubt make their presence felt at MRF3.

- Crossing Rubicon – One of two heavier bands for the day. American melodic metal band Crossing Rubicon will help make up the crowd after what will no doubt be a long night Saturday.

- Inner Siege – A touch of progressive metal mixed with a melodic edge will get the crowd over any hangovers from the night before.

- Loveblast – Chicago’s own ’80s melodic hard rock band will show why they are a star on the rise with a set that is bound to convert fans gathered for the show.

All these bands and more will rock your world at MelodicRockFest 3. Already several special guests are lining up to be in attendance and will no doubt try and talk their way onto the stage in one form or another. This is going to be an EPIC weekend and the venue has an early morning curfew, so we will rock as long as physically and mentally possible!

On top of the musical entertainment planned, there will also be a number of vendors on hand for your every merchandise wish. Merchandise will be located in two different areas, with a range of vendors on hand to offer that full rock n roll event atmosphere. Also expect some surprises, giveaways, and a lot more! Not only that but there is going to be the raffle to end all raffles, with so much gear and prizes to give away, it just can’t be listed in one place.

MelodicRockFest is planning to make this event a really “different” weekend than your usual concert going experiences. We are attempting to raise the bar a little to increase the fun factor and experience as a whole.

Also, make a point to stop by the MRF3 Event Booth! There will be plenty of other options to buy a whole range of MelodicRockFest gear, new and old MelodicRock Records CDs and MRCD Compilations and more.

MELODICROCKFEST 3 IS IN PART SPONSORED BY THE FOLLOWING GOOD PEOPLE:
Frontiers Records – http://www.frontiers.it/
Kivel Records – http://www.kivelrecords.com/
Escape Music – http://www.escape-music.com/
ARfm – http://www.arfm.co.uk/
ClassX Radio – http://www.classxradio.com/
CSR Music Promotions – http://www.csrmusicpromotions.com/
Rock The Stage NYC – http://www.rockthestagenyc.com/
Rock My Wood – http://www.facebook.com/RockMyWood?fref=ts
Metal Mayhem Music – http://www.metalmayhem.com/
Laser Engrave Art – http://www.laserengraveart.com/
RPM Vocal Studios – http://www.rpmvocalstudio.com/

MRF3 TICKET PRICES:
Friday (Doors at 5 p.m.) $55.00
Saturday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00
Sunday (Doors at 12 p.m.) $65.00

BLUE VIP – $220 (LIMITED VIP TICKETS LEFT)

Includes – three-day MRF3 ticket / Exclusive “Blue VIP” T-Shirt / Exclusive “Blue VIP” Laminate Pass / Event Poster / Friday after-show Meet & Greet with artists (exact details TBA)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW at: http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ (PayPal sales) or via TicketWeb/H.O.M.E. Bar using the following links:

BLUE VIP ($220) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3450014&pl=home

FRIDAY ($55) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446814&pl=home

SATURDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446984&pl=home

SUNDAY ($65) – http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3446994&pl=home

MORE INFORMATION AT:

http://www.melodicrockfest.com/

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-Kiss Army Spring Break In Los Cabos!

The Kiss Army Is Invited To Join Paul Stanley And Gene Simmons For A Rock And Roll Weekend In Los Cabos March 22 And 23 For The Grand Opening Of Rock & Brews

Paul and Gene are heading South of the Border to open their Rock & Brews™ restaurant in San Jose del Cabo March 22 and 23.

Kiss Army Fans are invited to join the celebration at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos, the rockin’ AAA Four-Diamond host resort for the event, which is offering a Kiss Army Rock & Brews weekend package to welcome them.

The Kiss Army Rock & Brews package includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and private terrace (double occupancy) March 22 and 23, two tickets to the invitation-only Rock & Brews grand opening on March 22, a private seaside reception and photo opportunity with Gene and Paul at the resort’s Five Star Diamond De Cortez restaurant prior to the opening event, a breakfast buffet for two at the resort’s Tomatoes restaurant, and a Rock & Brews T-shirt for $749 (including tax, based on availability). The rate code is KISARRB. For more information, or to make reservations, please visit http://www.sheratonloscabos.com/ , or call (011) 52-624-145-8000.

The new Rock & Brews Los Cabos features a unique concert themed-atmosphere, complete with giant murals of classic rock artists, album and tour art. Guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining offered, or enjoy sitting indoors in an authentically themed backstage concert site. The restaurant features a full bar and the largest selection of craft beers in Los Cabos. It is set to be a main late-night attraction for locals and tourists alike, as after the dinner rush, a DJ will be spinning tunes nightly.

http://www.kissonline.com/

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-Deep ?urp!e Reveals Song Titles And Artwork Of Their First Studio Album Since 2005

NOW WHAT ?! To Be Released On April 30

NEW YORK, NY — NOW WHAT ?! is produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper).

NOW WHAT ?! is Deep Purple’s 19th studio album. It was recorded in Nashville, TN and combines a fresh and modern production with the original spirit of ’70s Deep Purple. “PERFECT STRANGERS meets MADE IN JAPAN.”

NOW WHAT ?! is the name of the tour that will bring Deep Purple all over the world.

NOW WHAT ?! follows the release of “All The Time In The World” and “Hell To Pay.” A ballad and a classic Purple rocker. Two of the many faces to discover on the articulate and inspired new studio album. Available on all digital service providers April 2.

NOW WHAT ?! features 11 songs:

1. A SIMple sOng
2. WeiRDistAN
3. OUt of HANd
4. HELL to Pay
5. BOdyLinE
6. AbOVe aNd bEYOND
7. BLOod froM a StoNe
8. UNcomMon MaN
9. aprÈS VOus
10. ALL the tiME in thE WORld
11. VinceNt PRiCE

NOW WHAT ?! will also be released in a limited quantity with a bonus track and a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple in conversation plus additional audio material.

NOW WHAT ?! will on top be released as double vinyl LP containing 11 tracks plus bonus track, as in the limited edition CD.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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

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-Whitesnake’s Video For “Fool For Your Loving” Taken From Upcoming CD/DVD Package Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere Un Ultimate Classic Rock

MADE IN JAPAN Due Out April 19 In Europe And April 23 In North America Via Frontiers Records

Whitesnake fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Fool For Your Loving,” taken from their forthcoming CD/DVD package MADE IN JAPAN:

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/whitesnake-video-premiere-2013/

The new DVD/live CD package is set for release on April 23 in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyo0eGhcr4g to check out the official EPK; click http://www.frontiers.it/us to pre-order MADE IN JAPAN.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during sound checks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Click http://www.frontiers.it/us to download the cover art for the deluxe combo version, http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_japan_DVD.JPG for the DVD edition and http://www.frontiers.it/download/whitesnake_bluray.jpg for Blu-ray edition.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987′s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

For more information, please visit:

http://www.whitesnake.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official

http://www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Avantasia: New Album Trailer And More Tour News!

On March 29 the new Avantasia epic THE MYSTERY OF TIME will hit the stores. Many journalists have already stated, that the album might be the most enchanting and complete Avantasia adventure of all times.

Enjoy the first impression of the masterpiece here:

On April 12 a giant all-star ensemble will set off on the Mystery World Tour 2013, which will bring them to Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia and England. Now Avantasia are also set to play Costa Rica for the first time.

The first shows are nearly sold out, if you don’t want to miss out on the hottest metal event of the year, make sure you get your tickets!

Avantasia on tour:

12.04 – B – Moens – PPM Festival
13.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
14.04 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
16.04 – I – Mailand – Alcatraz
18.04 – D – Ludwigsburg – MPH Arena
19.04 – D – Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
20.04 – D – Fulda – Esperanto Halle
22.04 – D – Berlin – Tempodrom
23.04 – D – Hamburg – Große Freiheit
25.04 – D – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
26.04 – D – Lichtenfels – Stadthalle
10.05 – NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.05 – ES – Madrid – Sonisphere
01.06 – ES – Barcelona – Sonisphere
08.06 – S – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
21.06 – F – Clisson – Hellfest
23.06 – RU – Moscow – Milk
25.06 – ARG – Buenos Aires – El Teatro
27.06 – CHI – Santiago de Chile – Teatro Caupolican
29.06 – BRA – Sao Paolo – HCBC Hall
03.07 – CRC – San Jose – Peppers
05.07 – MEX – Mexico City – Circo Valador
10.07 – J – Tokyo – Shinagwa Prince Stella Ball
13.07 – D – Ballenstedt – Rock Harz
14.07 – CZ – Zlin – Masters Of Rock
08.08 – SLO – Snina – Festival Rock Pod Kamenom
10.08 – UK – Derbyshire / Catton Park – Bloodstock Festival

Also watch:

“Invoke The Machine” Lyric Video:

THE MYSTERY OF TIME Studio Reports:

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Chevy Metal – With Members Of The Foo Fighters Joins: 95.5 KLOS & The Whisky A Go-Go ~ Rock Against MS Benefit Concert

The Whisky A Go-Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By:
Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of 95.5 KLOS

Featuring:
Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, Brian Tichy, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Piggy D, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Brent Scallions (Fuel), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Teddy Zigzag, Tim King (Soil), Jeff Bowders, Jeff Young, Chas West

AND A HUGE SURPRISE GUEST!!

Showtimes:
Meet & Greet – 6:00 p.m. – Must have purchased this ticket – PHOTO ONLY – Not a signing
Doors – 7:30 p.m.
Show – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Sale Tickets:
$35 – General
$100 – Meet & Greet/General Ticket
$150 – VIP Pass/Meet & Greet – Limited 50 Tickets Only

Purchase online at Ticketfly:

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923

Day-Of Tickets:
$40 – General
$110 – Meet & Greet/General
$175 – VIP/Meet & Greet – if available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet – Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 6 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. PHOTO ONLY – not signing.

Sponsors:
Monster Energy Drink, Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Whisky A Go-Go, 95.5 KLOS, Majik Box/DW Drums

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-Timo Tolkki Returns With A Stunning Symphonic Metal Opera — THE LAND OF NEW HOPE — Due Out On Frontiers In May

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s stunning new Metal Opera entitled THE LAND OF NEW HOPE on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America.

Hailed by fans and press as one of the forefathers of the Power Metal genre with his songwriting for the band Stratovarius in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Timo Tolkki has been silently preparing his musical revenge. Following a call in August 2012 from Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino, Tolkki quickly cancelled all plans and started writing new music following an original concept discussed years ago between the artist and Perugino. The idea was to have a magniloquent metal / rock opera with some cinematic orchestrations to bring back the Stratovarius original sound in a more symphonic and grandiose fashion. “I sort of rediscovered myself musically in the process of making this album,” explains Tolkki. “I wrote the story first and started composing the music after that. My aim was to write memorable songs with good melodies that would support the story. In Stratovarius back in early ’90s, I was one of those who were there in creating the whole Power Metal genre, so it is natural that people may associate this music style to me. But on this album you will find a lot of different dynamics as well with some songs that are fully orchestrated and sound very very big.”

For this unique album, Tolkki managed to gather some of the most renowned singers around including Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Rounding up the stunning lineup of this album are: Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire) on drums and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, with Tolkki taking care of all guitars and bass recordings and of course production duties.

Anticipated by a sequence of YouTube trailers which have already ignited the interest among the fans, THE LAND OF NEW HOPE opens a new chapter in Tolkki’s career and perspectives, with the Finnish artist regaining full artistic credibility with his own music and performances. Tolkki says: “The LAND OF NEW HOPE album is one part of the story, the end of it actually. The story is longer and goes back to the time before this album’s story, so two more Metal Operas are likely to follow to complete a trilogy. In generally, I find the Metal Opera concept fascinating and logical to me at this point of my career. I love classical music and just like in Classical Opera, in the Metal Opera you can also create stories and have almost limitless possibilities musically. It is not so easy to stay fresh after 25 years career, but this album is truly something special.”

A stunning artwork was specially created for this project by Stanis W. Decker which will be released in two versions — regular CD and deluxe edition with a bonus DVD include a 30-minute documentary “making of the album” and two promotional video clips.

THE LAND OF NEW HOPE final track listing includes:
1. Avalanche Anthem
2. A World Without Us
3. Enshrined In My Memory
4. In The Name Of The Rose
5. We Will Find A Way
6. Shine
7. The Magic Of The Night
8. To The Edge Of The Earth
9. I’ll Sing You Home
10. The Land Of New Hope

The first single “Enshrined In My Memory” (sung by Amaranthe’s Elize Ryd) will be released digitally worldwide on March 25. You can enjoy a full EPK presentation of the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HoyZll5j0c .

Weblinks:

http://www.tolkki.org/

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Russ Dwarf Releases New Album WIRELESS On March 18

Russ Dwarf, the two-time Canadian Juno Award nominee and founding member the Killer Dwarfs, is pleased to announce the release of his latest album, WIRELESS, on March 18. Having stripped back ten of his most recognizable hits from his thirty plus year career, Russ has delivered an album high on raw emotion and inner beauty. Guns N’ Roses guitarist, Bumblefoot, lends a hand with a blistering solo on the album’s closing track, “Driftin’ Back.”

To support the new album, Russ has launched the all new website, http://www.RussDwarf.com/ where fans can pre-order the album and be kept up-to-date on all his latest news. The album is available worldwide as of March 18 via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other distribution channels.

The track listing for WIRELESS is:

1. Keep The Spirit Alive
2. Stand Tall
3. I’m Alive
4. Startin’ To Shine
5. Doesn’t Matter
6. Comin’ Through
7. Dirty Weapons
8. Look Around
9. Four Seasons
10. Driftin’ Back

Russ is currently on tour supporting the new release and is hard at work on a documentary film about his life tentatively called “Tall Tales.” The movie with an accompanying book of the same title is set to be released in early 2014.

http://www.RussDwarf.com/

http://www.facebook.com/russdwarf

http://twitter.com/RussDWaRf

http://russdwarf.bandcamp.com/music

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment Presents Rainbow – LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 On 2CD, Vinyl, And DVD

~Featuring Classic Lineup Of Blackmore, Dio, And Powell~

~April 30, 2013~

NEW YORK, NY — On April 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Rainbow: LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 on 2CD, DVD, and 2LP. [Pre-book Order Date April 5, MSRP $34.98 2LP, $17.98 2CD, $14.98 DVD]

Captured during the band’s 1977 European tour, LIVE IN MUNICH is the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio/Cozy Powell lineup. With newly re-mastered sound, this is also the first time this complete concert is available on vinyl.

Rainbow was the brainchild of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, created in 1975 after his departure from Deep Purple. A string of hit albums ignited immediate success, which persevered until 1983, when Blackmore disbanded the group (and re-joined Deep Purple). Featuring the lineup of Blackmore, Cozy Powell (drums), Bob Daisley (bass), David Stone (keyboards), and premiere Rock and Roll vocalist Ronnie James Dio, the excitement in the air during this night was electric. This might be due, in part, to Blackmore’s late arrival to Munich just before the concert, after being smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier. This seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly remarkable gig.

The DVD includes original promo videos for “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Gates Of Babylon,” and “L.A. Connection,” a photo gallery, slideshow with audio commentary, interviews, and the “Rainbow Over Texas ’76″ feature, which includes additional interviews and performance footage. Truly, LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 is a brilliant showcase of the primal electricity of Rainbow.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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

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-Watch Out For The Unruly Dogs Coming From Sweden! The Poodles Are Ready To Rock The House With Their New album TOUR DE FORCE Out In May On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the anticipated return of The Poodles with the release of the band’s fifth album TOUR DE FORCE on May 17 in Europe and May 22 in North America.

TOUR DE FORCE is the eagerly awaited follow-up to their Swedish No. 1 album from 2011, PERFORMOCRACY. Behind the wheel, taking on the duties of producer for a fourth time, will be Mats Valentin and once again the band wishes to underline with the album title their superb entertaining abilities both as Hard Rocking studio unit and as live act. “When writing and creating music we try to do something that we would love to listen to ourselves. It’s always been important for us to do music close to our hearts,” says bass player Pontus Egberg. “I do feel however that there’s a newly found playfulness about a lot of the tracks. I’m not quite sure what it is myself but it’s great!”

With songs like “Shut Up,” “Happily Ever After,” “Kings And Fools” and “Going Down,” The Poodles stay true to their legacy of powerful, melodic Metal while at the same time stretching into a new, more playful arena, flirting with influences from the past but always with a watchful eye on the present and in to the future.

In May 2013 the World Championships of Ice Hockey will be held in Stockholm, Sweden and the official theme song for the Swedish team will be performed by The Poodles! “The Swedish team wanted a great song to help cheer the team and the fans on during the games. Apart from a great song they also needed an artist/band to perform the song that could put some fire in to it,” tells Pontus. A fruitful collaboration between songwriters Anders Wikström (Treat) and Fredrik Thomander (Scorpions, Treat, Gotthard) and The Poodles came about and it resulted in the powerful sing-along, raise-your-fist-in-the-air rocker “En För Alla För En” which will be impacting at Swedish radio and TV on March 27 and is an exclusive bonus track for the physical edition of the album.

Another single from TOUR DE FORCE — “40 Days And 40 Nights” — a song which promises to entice both Poodles fans and anyone with a passion for rock n’ roll, will impact at radio and available for digital sales on April 26.

TOUR DE FORCE will include the following tracks:

1. Misery Loves Company
2. Shut Up!
3. Happily Ever After
4. Viva Democracy
5. Going Down
6. Leaving The Past To Pass
7. 40 Days And 40 Nights
8. Kings & Fools
9. Miracle
10. Godspeed
11. Now Is The Time
12. Only Just Begun
13. En För Alla För En (bonus track – physical edition only)

More good news is that The Poodles will be on the road to promote the new album! “We are kicking off the tour by doing three dates in Spain April 25-27. Then we are going to start touring mainly in Sweden in May and all through the summer. We are playing the H•E•A•T-festival in Germany in November and we are working on more European dates during the fall,” says Pontus who looks forward to rock The Poodles’ fans all over the world: “We love you, missed you, it’s been far too long, we hope you’ll love the new album as much as we do and we are looking forward to seeing you all soon on tour!”

After the gold and platinum records and the top chart results The Poodles achieved in their home country Sweden, now it is time for them to take on the world!

The Poodles:
Jakob Samuel – vocals
Pontus Egberg – bass
Christian Lundqvist – drums
Henrik Bergqvist – guitars
Produced by Mats Valentin & Rickard Nilsson

Weblinks:

http://www.poodles.se/

http://www.frontiers.it/

Tour Dates:
April 25 – Explosivo! Club, Zaragoza (Spain)
April 26 – Salamandra 2, Barcelona (Spain)
April 27 – Sala Rockitchen, Madrid (Spain)
November 3 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (Germany)

More dates TBA!

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-AFM Records Newsletter

U.D.O.: STEELHAMMER Album Cover & First Teaser Available!

STEELHAMMER — that’s the name of the upcoming new album of legendary German Metal band U.D.O.

On May 24 (USA: May 21) STEELHAMMER will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak, ltd. 2-Vinyl and ltd. Fan Package.

A first album teaser is available here:

Udo Dirkschneider comments on the cover artwork:
“Our new album is a real battering ram,” Udo says. “That’s why we have chosen this cover. It really shows best that U.D.O. is pure heavy metal! U.D.O. is back!”

STEELHAMMER was produced by Udo Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.

Lordi Enters European Charts With New Album!

The Finnish monster rockers Lordi invade the European charts with their new album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST:

#8 in Finland
#56 in Germany and
# 95 in Switzerland.

Congratulations!

Ektomorf: New Video Clip “Black Flag” / On Tour With Ill Nino!

Hungary’s neo thrash masters Ektomorf will embark on a tour with Ill Nino soon.

But before, they present their brand new video clip, filmed for the title track of their latest album, BLACK FLAG:

Ektomorf on tour with Ill Nino:

18. March – München, Germany – Backstage Werk
19. March – Wien, Austria – Szene Wien (w/ Shadows Fall)
20. March – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage
22. March – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus
23. March – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club
24. March – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (w/ Shadows Fall)
25. March – Berlin, Germany – SO36
26. March – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
27. March – Essen, Germany – Turock
28. March – Eindhoven, Holland – Effenaar
29. March – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
31. March – Köln, Germany – Underground

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

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-Vindictiv: New Album Details Revealed

Swedish metallers Vindictiv will release their new album CAGE OF INFINITY on May 10 via Escape Music. The cover artwork was done by Carl-André Beckston and the CD was mixed by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share), and mastered by Mike Lind.

CAGE OF INFINITY track listing:
1. The Chosen
2. Cage Of Infinity
3. Down In A Black Hole
4. Choices
5. Astronaut
6. Human Emergency
7. Resistance
8. Orphans
9. Son Of Fate
10. The Encounter
11. Screaming For Answers (bonus track)

Lineup:
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalle Påhlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Vindictiv released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and GROUND ZERO in 2009. Band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley’s international project Phenomena and Soulspell. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire).

Web:

http://www.escape-music.com/

http://www.stefanlindholm.net/

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-Code Of Silence Offers Free Track Download: “Tame The Tempest”

UK-based melodic metallers Code Of Silence are offering a free download of the track “Tame The Tempest.” The song is taken from the band’s debut album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON which has already received glowing reviews. This track is now available as a free download for signing up to the band’s Reverbnation mailing list. Just go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/16625691

The track started out as a piece written by guitarist Ben Randall and ended up a collaboration with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation).

Get Ready To ROCK! reviewer Alan Jones wrote about the track: “an opportunity for Randall to thrust himself forward as the new guitar hero for the next generation. Plenty of raw meat for guitar wannabes to get their teeth into and an absolute shoo-in for Riff Of The Year.”

The first single “Sky Is Falling Down” (also available at Reverbnation) is a four-minute burst of pop metal — catchy, re-playable, and engaging — the promo video is available at the band’s website http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ and has gathered an amazing 200,000+ views since February: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPtR8ote-I

The brainchild of respected UK melodic rock producer/ musician / songwriter Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and James Murray (bass), Code Of Silence is completed by John Clelland (drums), Scott McLean (keys), guitarist Ben Randall and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio).

The album DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON is released by Mausoleum Records in Europe (February 25) and North America (April 9) in Japan by Rubicon Music.

The band will be sharpening their spurs in late September playing selected UK dates including the inaugural Skyfest on September 21, 2013. (See http://www.facebook.com/events/543811352308788 for more on Skyfest.)

http://www.reverbnation.com/codeofsilenceuk

http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-BritWeek Celebrates British Rock ‘N Roll With UK Celebs In West Hollywood

The British invasion is back and is leading the charge at this year’s BritWeek event on May 4 in West Hollywood.

Molly Malone’s – 575 S Fairfax Ave – Los Angeles, CA 90036
Doors @ 7:30 p.m. – Show @ 8 p.m.

Imagine stepping back into the ’70s, but you are still in 2013 and feel that a new time for music has started…

On May the 4th it will be time to turn up the volume and enjoy some British rock n’ roll! A highly charged group of renowned British players, including Steve Cooke on vocals, will perform at this year’s BritWeek musical event. Previous BritWeek performers were Joss Stone and Duran Duran.

Founded by Nigel Lithgoe, BritWeek hosts a program of events promoting British creativity, innovation and excellence in California. They attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities like Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, as well as business and political leaders like Sir Richard Branson and Tony Blair.

Steve Cooke, whose musical background includes renditions of The Who’s TOMMY and Led Zeppelin’s THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME will be leading the audience through the night with his powerful vocals and twelve-string guitar playing.

Cooke is best known in Los Angeles for his Americana Rock song “Working For The USA,” which won him Best Song and Best Rock Album last year. He is now concentrating on his new sound with strong British influences and will be joined with special guest performances by legendary British drummer Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Average White Band) and Kofi Baker, son of legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker (Cream). The group will also be joined by a well known British guitarist, TBA.

This will be a powerful two-hour show featuring new rock songs and classic British rock favorites.

To buy tickets:

http://stevecooke.ticketleap.com/steve-cookes-britishrock-night/

More info on Steve Cooke:

http://www.steve-cooke.com/

More info on BritWeek:

http://britweek.org/2013/LA_music.html

Venue:

http://www.mollymalonesla.com/

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-Tombstone Highway Shares Some “Old Blood”

Italy’s Tombstone Highway has just released a new track entitled “Old Blood” exclusively at Rue Morgue magazine’s website. The song can be streamed at this location:

http://www.rue-morgue.com/2013/03/tombstone-highway-shares-some-old-blood/

RURALIZER, the band’s southern rock-inspired doom metal album, will hit the shops on April 16 in North America. The release is out now in Europe.

The music of Tombstone Highway is a classic blend of feisty stoner/southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pride & Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top. Apart from hard rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.

The album will feature guest appearances by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy), Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagream / The Hounds Of Hasselvander) commented on the release: “Absolutely cool! Good, old swamp-infested blues metal!”

RURALIZER will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” with a playing time of almost 50 minutes. The album will be made available on digi-pak CD and digital download. RURALIZER was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli, who is also in charge of mix and mastering.

The band commented: “We’re very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it’s the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!”

Track List:
1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (And Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (Mountain cover)
9. Hangman’s Friend

Tombstone Highway Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway

More music from Tombstone Highway:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records

http://www.agoniarecords.com/

info@agoniarecords.com

http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords

http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords

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

https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

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-Korpiklaani: Accordionist Leaves Band!

Juho Kauppinen, accordionist of Finnish traditional folk metal pioneers Korpiklaani, has decided to leave the band. Please find enclosed his official statement:

“I have decided to set my goals elsewhere, as a result of which Korpiklaani will go on without me from now on. Korpiklaani was a prominent part of my life for long, but after these eight and a half years I played in the band I have come to realize that I currently want to experience and pursue something else. Accordion has never been my primary instrument. I also understood that performing in front of an audience is not exactly what I hugely enjoy. Strange as it sounds, what I most want from making music nowadays is playing guitar at home. That is what I find relaxing and free of stress. Some people love touring, but because I am a very private person I found living and traveling on the tour bus for four weeks in a row a little challenging. Nevertheless, I got to experience many things I am deeply grateful for and want to thank all Korpiklaani’s listeners, fellow bands, crew members and our staff who enabled all of this. I am glad that the band has now found a truly professional accordionist to take the place of me to take care of the future tours and shows as planned. I wish everyone well. The journey has just begun.”

The band announced that there’ll be no show cancellations due to Juho is leaving the band.

If you want to see Korpiklaani live you better make sure to remember these dates:

10.04.2013 – Gdansk, Parlament – Poland
11.04.2013 – Wroclav, Alibi – Poland
12.04.2013 – Cracov, Kwadrat – Poland
13.04.2013 – Warsaw, Progresja – Poland
15.04.2013 – Copenhagen, Pumpenhuset – Denmark
16.04.2012 – Aarhus, Voxhall – Denmark
17.04.2013 – Lübeck, Treibsand – Germany
18.04.2013 – Dordrecht, Biebelot – Netherlands
19.04.2013 – Durbuy Rock – Belgium
20.04.2013 – Bremen, Tivoli – Germany
21.04.2013 – Leeuwarden, Romein – Netherlands
22.04.2013 – Berlin, K17 – Germany
23.04.2013 – Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal – Germany
24.04.2013 – Cham, L.A. – Germany
25.05.2013 – Memmingen, Kaminwerk – Germany
27.04.2013 – Losheim, Hexentanz festival – Germany
01.06.2013 – Geiselwind, Beastival – Germany
02.06.2013 – Plzen, Metalfest – Czech Republic
23.06.2013 – Clisson, Hellfest – France
15-17-08.2013 – Falun, RockFalun – Sweden
15-17.08.2013 – Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze – Germany
26.07.2013 – Volosianka, Carpathian Alliance Festival – Ukraine
7-8.12.2013 – Siembra y Lucha 2012 – Costa Rica
19.12.2013 – Pratteln, Z7 – Switzerland
20.12.2013 – Stuttgart, Kleine Schleyerhalle – Germany
21.12.2013 – Giessen, Hessenhallen – Germany
22.12.2013 – Dresden, Alter Schlachthof – Germany
26.12.2013 – Bielefeld, Ringlokschuppen – Germany
27.12.2013 – Fürth, Stadthalle – Germany
28.12.2013 – Bochum, Ruhrcongress – Germany
29.12.2013 – Bremen, Pier 2 – Germany
30.12.2013 – Potsdam, Metropolis Halle – Germany

http://www.korpiklaani.com/

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-”Last Shop Standing” — Official Film Of Record Store Day 2013 Coming To DVD On April 20

Featuring Interviews With Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley & Clint Boon

Based on the successful book of the same name, “Last Shop Standing” is a 50-minute documentary that was released on 10 September 2012. It is a celebration of the unique spirit of comradeship and entrepreneurial ingenuity that has enabled so many shops to keep operating successfully against the backdrop of massive changes in the music industry, the biggest recession in years, the growth of online file sharing and the explosion of choice in music consumption.

Not long ago there was a record shop on every high street, but over 500 independent record stores have closed during the last few years. Record shops were always more than retail outlets, they are part of our culture; they support new bands and local talent. A place for musicians and music fans to congregate, to browse away a few hours, to walk away with music they didn’t know existed.

The film features appearances by musicians and industry insiders including Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Nerina Pallot and Richard Hawley, but the real stars are the record shop owners, their stories are the stuff of folklore! The film tells the full story, holds back no punches, but also celebrates and promotes our great independent record stores.

“An essential watch…” – Mark Searby, MTV

“Punchy and engaging!” – Stevie Chick, MOJO

“4 stars” – John Mitchell, RECORD COLLECTOR

Website:

http://lastshopstanding.com/

Cover Art:

Clip:

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-The Stick People Gear Up To Release Debut Album

MADNESS Out On Tuesday, April 23 Via EFM Records/Bungalo/Universal Music Group

The Stick People are Stephen Duffy – vocals, Mike Stone (Queensryche/Klover/Criss) – guitar, Bernie Godwin – guitar, Frankie Anthony (Ozzy/WWIII) – drums and M.’. d’Ziur – bass, their debut album MADNESS produced by Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Kiss, Motley Crue) to be released on April 23 via EFM Records / Bungalo / Universal Music Group.

The band formed in 2008, signed their deal in 2009 but do to industry hold-ups they have been biding their time, writing and recording and are now poised and ready to bring MADNESS to the masses. The quintet is making plans to hit the road with reckless abandon and tour throughout 2013, the first song to infiltrate the airwaves will be the forceful punk rock assault on your senses “Think About That.”

The Stick People are a hard driving alternative punk rock band who bind together a diverse mix of influences to create a sound all their own. While mixing elements of old school punk with alternative and a touch of pop MADNESS delivers a rock and roll package that strikes a chord at first listen with its infectious riffs and explosive melodies. Expect to see this show on the road later this summer.

http://www.thestickpeople.com/

http://www.facebook.com/thestickpeople

http://www.twitter.com/thestickpeople

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-Reign Of The Architect To Release RISE

Reign Of The Architect will release their debut album, RISE, via Pitch Black Records on April 16 (everywhere except the USA where it will be released on May 14).

The album features guest appearances from Jeff Scot Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (Ayreon, After Forever). The fifteen tracks, spread over three “acts” on this album make up what is part one of a two-part concept, telling a tale of love, destruction and survival in the aftermath of this power struggle.

The mastermind behind Reign Of The Architect, Yuval Kramer comments:

“The storyline is an allegory of the powers that rage inside the human soul. Titles like ‘good’ and ‘evil,’ ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ are subjective terms which we only use to legitimize our actions. We wanted to focus on the survival instinct, which, in times of need, forces us to victimize ourselves and bend the rules just to turn the scale. Then we have to destroy this self and rebuild a new one who will eventually do exactly the same in the next similar situation. We wanted to point out this eternal battle between creation and destruction that wages inside the human psyche since the beginning of time, to grasp this feeling of being alone when it is most crowded.”

Based in Israel, and formed of musicians from several countries, Reign Of The Architect is a progressive metal band that has created a masterful debut album with rich soundscapes incorporating traditional folk instruments and soaring vocals which would appeal to fans of Blind Guardian, Ayreon, Pain Of Salvation, Kamelot and Devin Townsend.

Album trailer and a song available for streaming and free download available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

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-Critical Solution Taps Whitfield Crane & Andy La Rocque For Upcoming Debut!

The Norwegian Thrash Metallers from Critical Solution have just finished recording their debut album in Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.

Mid 2011, the band worked already with Andy La Rocque, when he produced and mixed their EP EVIDENCE OF THINGS UNSEEN. Also, this time, Andy La Rocque is responsible for the production, recording, mixing and mastering of this upcoming full-length, which will contain 14 tracks!

Critical Solution is revealing today two very special guests who will appear on their debut album! For their cover of Motörhead’s “Killed By Death,” guest vocals are contributed by Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) delivers a guitar solo on the same song!

The band has uploaded a teaser for “Killed By Death” (feat. Withfield Crane & Andy La Rocque) to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvUGifYKSv0 .

The new album has a tentative release date for Spring 2013. Stay tuned for much more news to come soon!

For all Critical Solution info:

http://www.facebook.com/CriticalSolution

http://www.twitter.com/criticalsoluti1

http://www.reverbnation.com/criticalsolution

http://www.youtube.com/user/Criticalsolution1

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-Reverse Grip Announced As EU Support Act For Lordi

Canadian hard rockers Reverse Grip have been confirmed as the tour support for Finnish overlords of Metal Lordi when they grace the stages over Europe in April 2013. The Reverse Grip Spring Tour announcement video teaser can be viewed at http://youtu.be/cyuIuSxmjZs .

Reverse Grip is a Super High Energy Hard Rock Band formed by Dru, Sean and Dylan Broda, three real Brothers from Toronto, Canada. Brothers, Dru Sean and Dylan Broda, along side Kramer White, pack a super hard hitting, High Energy brand of ’80s influenced Hard Rock. With a live show that is sure to knock you on your ass and all the drive you’d imagine, Reverse Grip is on their way up!

Reverse Grip is:
Dru Broda – Vocals
Sean Broda – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Dylan Broda – Drums and Percussion
Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair

Lordi EU Tour – Tour Beast Or Not Tour Beast Tour 2013 with Reverse Grip

03.04.2013 D – Hamburg, Markhalle
04.04.2013 D – Geiselwind, Eventhalle
05.04.2013 D – Memmingen, Kaminwerk
06.04.2013 D – Offenbach-Bieber, TV Turnhalle Bieber
07.04.2013 D – Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
09.04.2013 F – Savigny-Le-Temple, L’Émpreinte
11.04.2013 D – Köln, Essigfabrik
12.04.2013 D – Burglengenfeld, VAZ
13.04.2013 D – Leipzig, Hellraiser
14.04.2013 D – Berlin, K 17
16.04.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z 7
18.04.2013 ITA – Bologna, ZR Club
19.04.2013 ITA – Rome, Orion Club
20.04.2013 ITA – Treviso, New Age Club
21.04.2013 ITA – Milan, Alcatraz
23.04.2013 ES – Valencia, Alzire
25.04.2013 ES – Madrid, Penelope
26.04.2013 ES – Pamplona, Sala Tottem
27.04.2013 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
28.04.2013 ES – Burgos, Sala Hangar
30.04.2013 BEL – Antwerpen, Trix
01.05.2013 NED – Uden, De Pul

Full tour details are available at http://www.lordi.fi/tour/tour-2013 .

Reverse Grip is dedicated and has a do-or-die attitude when it comes to music and life (which are the same thing if you ask them). Whether you call it Hard Rock, Sleaze, Metal or just plain old Rock N’ Roll. The boys from Reverse Grip have a tight GRIP on their dreams and wont let go! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, so. STICK IT IN REVERSE!!

Reverse Grip World Tour 2013

Mar 16th @ The RockPile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, w/ Gilby Clarke (GNR)
May 31st @ The Bar Fly, Campo Grande, Brazil
Jun 01st @ Sleazy Zone Party, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Jul 05th @ The Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Jul 12th @ Rude Boy Club, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Jul 13th @ Trinec Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

More show dates for Brazil, Europe, Australia and Japan in 2013 to be added soon.

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http://www.youtube.com/reversegriprock

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-Blacklist Union Hit The Road In Support Of Third Release

LOS ANGELES, CA — Rising California hard rockers Blacklist Union are set to hit the road in two weeks supporting their newest album, TIL DEATH DO US PART. Pre-empted by a few warm-up gigs in Seattle and Las Vegas, the band’s 16-date run kicks off at the legendary Club Red in Tempe, AZ on Friday, March 22 and then travels east from there. The band will headline all dates, teaming up with regional and local acts along the way.

TIL DEATH DO US PART, Blacklist Union’s third effort, was released via BLU Records in 2012. It was produced and mixed by Chris Johnson (Buckcherry, Evanescence, Goldfinger, etc.) and recorded at Skip Saylor Recording and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The album takes the listener on a dark, disturbing and exhilarating run through songs like “Alabama Slammer” (a tragic love story that started off beautifully only to have a bitter crash and burn at the end), “I Do” (a song about “waking up after having your head in your ass for years,” says front man, Tony West) and the album’s title track (about loving and living your life to the fullest before we all “cross over”).

West says, “It’s been awhile since we last hit the road and I am very excited about it. We’re gonna show people that there is still kick ass rock ‘n’ roll out there in a big big way.”

TIL DEATH DO US PART is in stores now.

Blacklist Union Dates:

Mar 22 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Mar 23 – El Paso, TX – Gallery 127
Mar 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans Nightclub
Mar 25 – Dallas, TX – The Boiler Room
Mar 27 – Little Rock, AR – The Downtown Music Hall
Mar 28 – Memphis, TN – Newby’s
Mar 29 – Janesville, WI – The Backbar
Mar 30 – Madison, WI – CC Rider’s Clubhouse
Apr 1 – Chicago, IL – The Abbey Pub
Apr 3 – Crest Hill, IL – Bada Brew
Apr 4 – Lansing, MI – Uli’s House Of Rock
Apr 6 – Detroit, MI – The Ritz
Apr 9 – Cincinnati, OH – Whiskey Bar
Apr 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Claremont Lounge
Apr 12 – New Orleans, LA – Hangar 13
Apr 13 – Houston, TX – The Concert Pub

Relevant Links

http://www.blacklistunion.com/

http://www.facebook.com/BlacklistUnionRocks

http://www.twitter.com/blacklistunion

http://www.reverbnation.com/blacklistunion

http://www.myspace.com/blacklistunio

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-Napalm Records News

Lacrimas Profundere: Re-Signs With Napalm Records

After the release of THE GRANDIOSE NOWHERE in 2010 and the following tour in 16 countries around the globe, including destinations like South America, China and Spain, where the band experienced unforgettable memories and groundbreaking events, the guys revolving around mastermind Oliver Niklas took a break to concentrate on the arrangements for songs on the new album. Amid festival gigs in Wacken, the Mera Luna Festival, ARTmania, the WGT and many others, the band has been working hard on the 10th studio album, which will be released in May 2013, which is the 20th anniversary of the band. In addition, Napalm and Lacrimas Profundere renewed their co-operation with a new record deal.

Thomas Caser / Head Of A&R:
“We are very glad to announce the renewal of the contract with Lacrimas Profundere. In these modern and short-lived times, we appreciate this longtime relationship and are very proud, that the band will go their successful path with Napalm Records in the future! A fantastic album is about to be released!”

Oliver / Lacrimas Profundere:
“We are happy, that with Napalm Records — who are now the home for our idols Moonspell, Tiamat and Monster Magnet and for our most successful albums AVE END and FILTHY NOTES FOR FROZEN HEARTS — we have found a partner and friend for our 10th album. The record will surprise with unusual parts and heavy riffs, but not without the typical Lacrimas melodies and due to the collaboration with our idol Ricky Warwick and a guest appearance with our ex-singer Christopher, it will be our most varied and hardest album we made since 10 years. The record will be perfect for our anniversary and we cannot wait to share it with you. GOTH ‘N’ ROLL!”

Official Website

http://www.lacrimas.com/

Hate: New Clip For “Alchemy Of Blood”

Polish Extreme Metal machine Hate produced a clip to the song “Alchemy Of Blood,” which is taken from the latest album SOLARFLESH.

“Alchemy Of Blood” Clip:

Official Website

http://www.hate-metal.com/

Visions Of Atlantis – ETHERA Pre-Listening

Click on the link below to listen to the album preview of Visions Of Atlantis’ latest long-player ETHERA. Furthermore, you can pre-order this Symphonic Metal gem via our mail order!

Listen to ETHERA

Pre-Order ETHERA

http://www.napalmrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=15576

Delain & Visions Of Atlantis: “The Dames Of Darkness” Festival

Dutch Symphonic Metal act Delain along with fellow label mates Visions Of Atlantis have joined the lineup for “The Dames Of Darkness Festival.”

The festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 11 at the award winning Robin 2 venue near Wolverhampton, features eight bands from the UK and across Europe.

For further information visit the festival’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TheDamesofDarknessFestival

Delain Tour Dates / US Tour With Kamelot

“The good news just keep on coming! After announcing our Japanese tour, and our South American dates, we are really excited to announce that we’ll be joining Kamelot on a full-blown North American tour! It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends from Kamelot! We’re hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this fall and we’re hugely looking forward to meet YOU on our first ever full-blown US Tour. See you there, you don’t want to miss this!”

Tour Dates:
18.03.13 JP – Tokyo / Club Quattro
19.03.13 JP – Osaka / Akaso
13.04.13 NL – Hilversum / Vorstin
20.04.13 SU – Paramaribo / Unkies Open Air
23.04.13 AR – Buenos Aires/ Salon Reducci
24.04.13 BR – Sao Paolo / Carioca Club
05.05.13 NL – Zwolle / Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel
11.05.13 UK – Wolverhampton / Dames of Darkness Festival
18.05.13 NL – Uden / De Pul
01.06.13 NL – Nijmegen / Fortarock
22.06.13 NL – Dokkum / Dokk’em Open Air
12.07.13 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival

Delain on tour with Kamelot in North America:
02.09.13 US – Columbus, OH / Alrosa Villa
03.09.13 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
05.09.13 US – Philadelphia, PA / The Trocadero Theatre
06.09.13 US – New York, NY / Stage 48
07.09.13 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
08.09.13 CA – Montreal, QUE / Club Soda
10.09.13 CA – Toronto, ON / The Opera House
12.09.13 US – Chicago, IL / Mojoe’s
13.09.13 US – Kansas City, KS / The Granada
14.09.13 US – Denver, CO / Bluebird Theater
15.09.13 US – Salt Lake City, UT / In The Venue
17.09.13 US – Seattle, WA / El Corazón
18.09.13 US – Portland, OR / Hawthorne Theater
20.09.13 US – San Francisco, CA / Slim’s
21.09.13 US – Anaheim, CA / The Grove
22.09.13 US – Phoenix, AZ / Joe’s Grotto
24.09.13 US – Dallas, TX / Trees
25.09.13 US – San Antonio, TX / Backstage Live
27.09.13 US – Louisville, KY / Diamonds
28.09.13 US – Atlanta, GA / The Masquerade
29.09.13 US – Orlando, FL / House Of Blues

Official Website

http://site.delain.nl/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/delainmusic

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Swedish Doom Metallers Memory Garden Release Second Single of New Album DOOMAIN Exclusively Via Website Of Metal Hammer Germany!

Limited First Edition Digi-CD With Bonus CD! DOOMAIN Out April 12!

Swedish epic Doom Metallers Memory Garden have launched the second single and title track taken off their upcoming new album DOOMAIN exclusively via the website of Metal Hammer Germany! Click here to check out the title track “Doomain!”

http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article386492/epic-doom-premiere-memory-garden-stellen-den-neuen-song-doomain-vor.html

Make sure to also surf to http://www.metalblade.com/memorygarden to check out the front art and the first single “The Evangelist!” At the same address you can pre-order your copy of the album, be it a Digi-CD or LP, there’s also a T-shirt available! DOOMAIN will be released April 12/15 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

DOOMAIN was recorded at Annoying Sound Factory & SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little assistance engineering from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound.

Comments the band: “The recording of DOOMAIN must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.”

DOOMAIN will be released the 12th/15th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe on vinyl, as a standard jewel case CD and as a limited digi-CD with bonus CD!

The bonus disc features unreleased and rare tracks and pre-production recordings for the album VERDICT OF POSTERITY. Comments Memory Garden: “It’s two pre-production recordings for the VERDICT OF POSTERITY album. Both sounding better than the actual album which turned out quite disappointing sound wise. It’s not polished, but it’s raw and energetic. Mike Wead has just recently re-mastered these six songs.”

DOOMAIN track listing:
1. The Evangelist
2. Latent Lunacy
3, Daughters Of The Sea
4. Barren Lands
5. Violate & Create
6. Doomain
7. The King Of The Dead
8. A Diabolical Mind
9. Misfortune

CD 2 (ltd. edition):
“Covers recorded in 1998/1999 (unreleased / rare)”:
1. The Needle Lies (Queensryche)
2. Nightmare Be Thy Name (Mercyful Fate)
3. Country Girl (Black Sabbath)
“Original Recording 1 (1998)”:
4. Carved In Stone
5. Outward Passage
6. The Sum Of All Fear
“Original Recording 2 (1998)”:
7. Awkward Tale
8. Tragic Kingdom
9. Shadow Season

Memory Garden will be playing a release show on the 20th of April in Örebro, Sweden!

Memory Garden was founded in 1992 in Sweden and have since then released four albums, two of them under the flag of Metal Blade Records (VERDICT OF POSTERITY in 1998 and MIRAGE in 2000).

Excellent guitar harmonies and the classic clean vocals of Stefan Berglund are the outstanding trademarks of this highly talented outfit.

Memory Garden:
Stefan Berglund – Vocals
Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars
Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars
Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar
Tom Björn – Drums

http://www.memorygarden.se/

https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial

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-Surgeon: Philadelphia Prog Metal Trio Prepares To Release Sophomore Album

Amidst the plethora of extreme punk, hardcore and metal acts to come from within the underbelly of Philadelphia’s thriving music scene comes a bold new name to the progressive metal genre, in the form of Surgeon.

A shockingly unknown band outside of the local scene until now, Surgeon propels an organic, flowing style of progressive metal with bold rock buildups, which also merges into the realms of epic, classic doom. Comprised of vocalist/bassist Sean Bolton, lead guitarist Lydia Giordano and drummer Ruston Grosse (ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Woe, Master tour drummer), the band recorded their debut album ANGRY GUEST at Electrical Audio in Chicago by Steve Albini, self-releasing it onto the masses in 2008. Their energy and attitude carries through both in the studio as well as on-stage, a feature that has helped the three seasoned musicians become known across the Philadelphia region, with Surgeon having shared the stage with Stinking Lizaveta, Howl, Black Cobra and others.

Crafting each song as an individual piece of art, blending their infectious hooks with intricate melodies Surgeon’s alloy of metals shines more than ever on the band’s ambitious second opus, CHEMICAL REIGN. Boasting nearly 50 minutes of material recorded with Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios in Rockaway, New Jersey (Mike Portnoy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Russell Allen of Symphony X), Antreassian was able to capture the band’s live dynamics, the band unlocking new potentials only grazed upon before during previous recording sessions. Surgeon will be self-releasing CHEMICAL REIGN on May 19, 2013 digitally and on CD, the massive album undoubtedly something fans of Pharaoh, Atlantean Kodex, Slough Feg and early Iron Maiden should be proud to broadcast.

Hear the album’s second track “Watching You” as well as studio and live footage of Surgeon and more at these locations:

“Watching You” studio video:

“Greed” live video:

CHEMICAL REIGN Track Listing:
1. The Creeple
2. Watching You
3. Deadly Are The Words
4. Greed
5. Chemical Reign
6. Animals
7. Hamburger Factory
8. The Only Constant
9. Tomorrow
10. Waves

http://surgeonband.net/

https://www.facebook.com/Surgeonmusic

https://twitter.com/surgeonband

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-Lair Of The Minotaur Declares New EP & Release Show For Record Store Day

Celebrating ten years of clear-cut maliciousness through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, Chicago trio Lair Of The Minotaur will storm back with a new EP this Spring.

While the members of Lair Of The Minotaur have been skulking around in the back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band has been far from dormant. To commemorate a full decade of demolishing eardrums on record and on stage this year, the band will hammer their fan base with a brand new EP for this year’s Record Store Day. Entitled GODSLAYER, the new 7″ release bears two new tracks, with the surge of “Godslayer” opening up, and the monolithic “The Black Heart Of The Stygian Drakonas” on the B-side, both tracks mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). A limited edition of 300 copies will be pressed as a 7″, in addition to the digital download through iTunes, Amazon MP3 and the like, and as with their latest album EVIL POWER will be released on their own The Grind-House Records with distribution from previous label home, Southern Lord, for Record Store Day this April 20th.

Check out the GODSLAYER cover art designed by visual artist Tom Denney — artist for LOTM’s CARNAGE EP, ULTIMATE DESTROYER LP and s/t demo covers, and known for works for Kylesa, Sourvein, Soilent Green, Saint Vitus, Yakuza, Black Cobra, Rwake, Samothrace, Weedeater among others — and other Lair action right here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/20/lair-of-the-minotaur-declares-new-ep-release-show-for-record-store-day/

In conjunction with GODSLAYER’s release, Lair Of The Minotaur will storm stages once again in April, starting with a free hometown Record Store Day show at Reckless Records in Chicago’s Wicker Park.

Lair Of The Minotaur Live:
4/20/2013 Reckless Records – Chicago, IL (FREE Record Store Day/Record Release Show)

http://www.lairoftheminotaur.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lair-of-the-Minotaur/204157608648

http://thegrind-houserecords.com/

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-Kadavar: First Part Of Track-By-Track Commentaries!

Today, Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar presents the first part of the track-by-track commentaries for its upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12.

Let vocalist/guitarist Lupus Lindemann, bassist Mammut and drummer Tiger provide you with background information on the album’s first four tracks:

1. – Come Back Life
“On ‘Come Back Life’ we’ve tried to write similar melody lines for the vocals and guitar. After the song was done, I got the impression that someone had twiddled with out time machine and had sent us back to 1969!” (Tiger)

2. – Doomsday Machine
“It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction — inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Dr. Strangelove.’” (Lupus Lindemann)

3. – Eye Of The Storm
“After playing this six-minute piece, my fingers always glow like fireflies — a rough storm on the high seas! One of the songs that might be most fun to play live, due to its multifacetedness. Not a single second of rest for your ears, if you don’t want to miss one of the song’s great twists and turns!” (Mammut)

4. – Black Snake
“This song is about a friend of ours who’s been living in a small cave in the middle of Paris without water supply for about 10 years now. The cave is solely lighted by candles and filled with taxidermied animals and voodoo puppets — one for each of his ex-girlfriends. Try to recall a dark acid trip and multiply it by 10 — that’ll give you a rough idea…” (Lindemann)

Stay tuned for the upcoming second track-by-track part!

In the meantime, check out “Doomsday Machine,” the first single of ABRA KADAVAR:

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including a bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival Adds The Acacia Strain, Every Time I Die

In the ongoing propaganda campaign for the upcoming fifteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, this week the promoters proudly announce the latest round of acts confirmed for the massive gathering. The previously unannounced special guest for the festival’s pre-party kickoff show on Thursday, April 18 has now been confirmed as The Acacia Strain, and the special guest for the first main day of the festival, Friday, April 19, will be Every Time I Die.

Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium, the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV will take place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

https://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-There’s a new interview with 220 Volt (in Swedish) at http://www.afairjudgement.com/2013/03/17/intervju-220-volt/ .

-Anvil’s new album HOPE IN HELL is due out May 28 on The End Records. Track list: “Hope In Hell,” “Eat Your Words,” “Through With You,” “The Fight Is Never Won,” “Pay The Toll,” “Flying,” “Call Of Duty,” “Badass Rock’n’Roll,” “Time Shows No Mercy,” “Mankind Machine,” “Shut The F*ck Up.” The limited edition digi-pak version has two bonus tracks: “Hard Wired” and “Fire At Will.” Check out a short promo clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeFf12GJAsk&feature=youtu.be , and see http://www.anvilmetal.com/ for more.

-Beyond Fear — featuring singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, guitarists John Comprix and Matt Sorg, bassist Ed Stephens, and drummer Eric Elkins — is working on a new album.

-Drummer Clive Burr passed away March 12 at the age of 56. From a statement at IronMaiden.com: “We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.” Burr joined the band in 1979 and played on IRON MAIDEN (1980), KILLERS (1981), and THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (1982); he also played in Samson, Trust, Praying Mantis, and Dee Snider’s pre-Widowmaker band Desperado, among others.

-Double Threat — described as “Greek hard ‘n’ heavy rockers” — will release their debut album WANDER THIRST on April 5 through Sleaszy Rider Records. Hype: “The band sounds like a perfect mix of classic rock albums as BAD COMPANY (Bad Company), BURN (Deep Purple), LEFTOVERTURE (Kansas), DOUBLE VISION (Foreigner) and HEAVEN AND HELL by Black Sabbath!” Check out the band’s new website, http://www.doubletreatband.com/ , and http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Edge Of Paradise’s new single “Break Away” is out now. Check out a new interview with Edge Of Paradise singer Margarita Monet at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/J3ts .

-Escape will release BORDERLINE March 25 on Z Records. Hype: “Described as the jewel in the crown of English AOR by Rob Evans of Classic Rock AOR and Powerplay, Escape have produced a superb follow-up to their 2012 debut UNBREAKABLE.” Track list: “Lost And Found,” “Coming Home,” “Marianne,” “Restless Heart,” “Don’t Leave Me Lonely,” “Where Are You Now,” “Borderline,” “Take Me To The Limit,” “Angel Eyes,” “Young Guns Dream,” “Calling Out To You.” See http://www.z-records.com/ for more.

-The three finalists in Foghat’s “495 Boogie” lyrics contest are in. Check out the versions as follows:

Daniel Ney – “State Of Rock ‘N Roll”

Tom Mix – “Boogie Train”

Phil Dessinger – “4-9-5 Boogie”

Vote once for your favorite lyrics by emailing contest@foghat.net.

-Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP is out now via earMusic. The release includes the new tracks “Empire Of The Undead” and “Master Of Confusion,” covers of Holocaust’s “Death Or Glory” and Sweet’s “Lost Angels,” and six live tracks: “The Spirit,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Gamma Ray,” “Farewell,” “Time To Break Free,” “Insurrection.” The Japanese version includes the bonus track “Sag Mir Bescheid” (German version of “Send Me A Sign”). The live tracks were recorded in Bochum, Germany, and originally appeared on the SKELETONS & MAJESTIES Blu-ray. See http://www.gammaray.org/ for more, including video clips related to the EP.

-Hand Of God, featuring “Greek guitar hero” Theodore Ziras, will release THE HAND OF GOD through Sleaszy Rider Records later this year. Hype: “Hand Of God is a female-fronted power/melodic gothic band featuring, besides Theodore, vocal sensation Marissia!” Sample audio is available at http://www.myspace.com/handofgodband . See http://www.sleaszyrider.com/ for more.

-Heaven & Earth — singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum, and drummer Richie Onori — will release DIG through Quarto Valley Records on April 23. The disc was produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica, Tower Of Power) and features guest spots from Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), and David Paich (Toto). Track list: “Victorious,” “No Money, No Love,” “I Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Man & Machine,” “House Of Blues,” “Back In Anger,” “Waiting For The End Of The World,” “Sexual Insanity,” “Rock & Roll Does,” “A Day Like Today,” “Good Times,” “Live As One.” The official video for “No Money, No Love” was directed by Glen Wexler, includes a guest appearance by Calico Cooper, and is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WB1iW0thik . Hype: “The video features performance footage of the band, along with an old hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses.” Check out a new interview with Smith at http://unskinnypop.com/2013/03/interview-with-stuart-smith-of-heaven-earth/ , and a review of DIG and an interview with Wright at http://drmusic.org/Review_Of_The_Week.html . See http://www.heavenandearthband.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/officialheavenandearth , https://twitter.com/HeavenEarthBand , and http://www.youtube.com/user/HeavenandEarthBand for more.

-In Killer Dwarfs-related news, there is much more in store for us than Russ Dwarf’s new acoustic solo album WIRELESS. Russ has another new “rock” solo album in the works, there’s an album of unreleased Killer Dwarfs songs called START @ ONE, and much more. Check out a nice piece at Michael Brandvold’s blog that briefly discusses all this, at http://michaelbrandvold.com/blog/2013/02/russ-dwarf-of-the-killer-dwarfs-connects-with-michael-brandvold-marketing-for-digital-strategy-on-upcoming-release-wireless/ .

-Kiss’ full March 9 show from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOhg38p7e3g . In related news, check out Three Sides Of The Coin, http://www.threesidesofthecoin.com/ , for a blog entry on Bruce Kulick where he talks about wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup, working with various producers, and the unreleased REVENGE-era track “Do You Wanna Touch Me.”

-LaValle’s DEAR SANITY is due out this month on Kivel Records. Check out a “brief behind the scenes highlight reel to the beginning creation process, of what will become the artwork” for the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTN2GOS7op4 . The artwork was created by Thomas Ewerhard and the video was filmed at Kent Miller Studios last year in New York City. See http://www.kivelrecords.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s FAST LOUD DEATH is out now on Nuclear Blast. Check out the band’s final track-by-track feature, covering “Fatal Anoxia” and the bonus track “Escape From Delirium,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4rc5BYk_Eg . Another video that will let you “get an impression of what thrash metal legends like Mille Petrozza (Kreator) or Schmier (Destruction) as well as renowned music magazines” think of the album is available at http://bit.ly/XfD137 . The “Thrash All Over You” video is available at http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/ and a “making of” clip is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dow7iF_OB8w . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a promo video for Melodic Rock Fest 3 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig0AlNxz89U . For ticket info and more, see http://www.melodicrockfest.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/melodicrockfest .

-LiveMetallica.com is now offering more Australian Soundwave Festival shows, from earlier this month. Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia 3/1/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Four Horsemen,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Leper Messiah,” “My Friend Of Misery,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “All Nightmare Long,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Damage, Inc.,” “Seek And Destroy.” Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Australia 3/2/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “No Remorse,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “The Thing That Should Not Be,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “The Unforgiven,” “Orion,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Motorbreath,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-Orchid’s THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS is due out April 26 through Nuclear Blast. Check out a trailer featuring singer Theo Mindell talking the album’s artwork at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNslhPDg_Jg . Hype: “Orchid have been named ‘The best and most important doom band of the past five years’ by Rock Hard Germany’s chief in editor Goetz Kuehnemund and Behemoth’s legendary main man Nergal stated “Black Sabbath should do an album like THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS!” Check out the “Wizard Of War” lyric video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0nFQxXmmx4 and the “Capricorn” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTygdeTwZ9U . See http://www.orchidsf.com/ for more.

-Queensryche added a date to its current tour: July 13 at Fiesta Days in Peterson Park, in McHenry, IL.

-Metal Kaoz has a new audio interview with Raven’s John Gallagher, at http://www.metalkaoz.com/interviews/9477-raven-john-gallagher-audio.html , where he talks about a new album, a new DVD, and how the band will no longer be opening for Diamond Head in North America. In happier tour news, Raven is celebrating the 30th anniversary of ALL FOR ONE with the “All For One Forever” string of dates in the US, which so far stands at:

4/19 – Empire, Springfield, VA
4/20 – Dead Horse Cantina, Pittsburgh, PA
4/21 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY
5/11 – Encore Event Center, Freehold, NJ (w/ Anvil & The Rods)

-Tango Down, featuring vocalist David Reece (Bangalore Choir, Accept), has a pair of dates scheduled for this coming weekend:

3/22 – Bleachers, Bristol, CT (w/ Crossing Rubicon)
3/23 – Dingbatz Venue, Clifton, NJ

-Tombstone Highway’s entire RURALIZER album is now streaming at http://metalrecusants.com/2013/03/20/tombstone-highway-ruralizer-full-debut-album-stream-metalrecusants-exclusive/ See http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway for more.

Thanks to Andrew McNeice, John Kivel, Michael Brandvold, Chad Bowar, Tolis G. Palantzas, Music Buy Mail, BraveWords.com, John Erigo, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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-I was at a gaming convention over the weekend and spent a fair bit of time chatting with a few well-known artists, including David S. LaForce (a.k.a. “Diesel”) and Jeff Easley, who have been drawing and painting for “Dungeons & Dragons” and other games for decades. I was curious if there was any crossover or inspiration between their fantasy artwork and metal music; as it turns out, for these two men in particular, the answer was basically “not really” but I did found out Easley did a Rhapsody Of Fire album cover — 2006′s TRIUMPH OR AGONY. Very cool!

-So after I joked about The New Black 7 last week, Steve poked me and said their front man, Tory Stoffregen, is also Enuff Z’Nuff’s guitarist. Did not know that. So now I *totally* do not feel guilty about hyping a “midwestern country rock” band in Detritus. :) Check out https://www.facebook.com/tstoffregen and https://www.facebook.com/Enuff.Znuff.Official for more.

-I was checking out info on Gamma Ray’s MASTER OF CONFUSION EP — 10 tracks and 60 minutes of material makes for quite an EP! — and I saw on their website ( http://www.gammaray.org/) that the track list is divided into Side A (the two new songs), Side B (the two covers), and Side C (the live tracks). That’s kinda funny. :)

-Yes the punctuation in the Deep Purple press release annoyed the heck out of me. Who do they think they are, the KiLLeR DWaRfS?

-Come on Mr. Coverdale… MADE IN JAPAN is — to say the least — a kind of lame and uninspired title.

-Hey, look! Whitfield Crane sighting!

-In my current playlist: Serenity – WAR OF AGES (Napalm Records), N.O.W. – BOHEMIAN KINGDOM (Escape Music), Beatallica – ABBEY LOAD (Oglio Records), Ensiferum – UNSUNG HEROES (Spinefarm), Victor Griffin’s In-Graved – s/t (Svart Records).

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Detritus Issue #644.5 – Interview w/ Kiko Loureiro

15 March 2013 Leave a comment

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-Interview w/ Kiko Loureiro
February 27, 2013

Fans of sophisticated power metal need little in the way of introduction when it comes to guitarist extraordinaire Kiko Loureiro as his excellent playing has been informing Brazil’s Angra for twenty years; many may be unaware, however, of Kiko’s skills playing other styles of music, from sensitive acoustic pieces to intricate jazz-rock fusion. If you are not familiar with Kiko outside Angra, I would strongly urge you to check out any of his four solo albums as you’ll surely come away impressed and moved by his blend of melodic, technical and cultural elements. SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is Kiko’s latest solo venture and recently I had the opportunity to ask him about the album and his unique approach to making music…

DETRITUS: You have a new solo album out called SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE. Can you tell us a little about the album and what the title represents?

KIKO LOUREIRO: Instrumental music is very subjective as you don’t have lyrics to tell what you want to say with the song, so basically when I was recording the album I was about to have my first child so there was this moment of expectation, a new moment in my life; but also every day you go to the Internet and it just gets confused — with so much music coming from all parts of the world and so many great players — so when you sit down with your guitar or piano to compose you think “Well, what should I do now?” (laughs) So you just have to play whatever you feel, get into the mood so the creativity flows — that’s what I play, that’s what I like, that’s what I am. That’s my “innocence moment” — any melody that I like, I believe in that melody, every melody or idea of the song that I like, that I feel is right for me, that’s going to be on the album. So I’m trying to bring this innocent feeling of a child when you play, when you do your stuff without thinking about what people are going to think about it or demands of the market, and just do whatever you feel, not have your creativity blocked.

D: Right.

KL: Because I’ve been recording and playing everywhere, on many albums and stuff so sometimes your experiences block your creativity — you say “I’m not going to play that because I did that already,” or “I’m not going to play that because somebody else did that,” but you just do it, you know? I think any great composer goes through this thought of how to bring your creative flow to make it happen; then after you get into this mood to play whatever you feel, whatever you want, the songs come much easier and then you’re just really happy with the results.

D: How would you say this one compares to your previous solo albums?

KL: I always try to get the instrumental music to have this really good feeling that I feel great about playing. And then of course I want to transmit that to the listener, so with all my albums somehow, I think that is the main point. I know I have a lot of stuff that is quite technical, I know that because I spent a lot of my teenage time…

D: Working on it?

KL: (laughs) Yeah, but all my songs I try to compose like every songwriter would do — “A/B” parts and a chorus, some catchy hooks on the melody, so I don’t go totally to the technical — although I like it, I play fast stuff and add a lot of guitar layers. All my albums have that; some… my second album UNIVERSO INVERSO I did much more Brazilian fusion like Latin rhythms, I love acoustic guitar, Brazilian acoustic guitar, I play a lot of that. In all my albums I have a little acoustic or some songs that are really Brazilian with percussion and the melodies that come from my heart, come from my childhood when I learned Brazilian music. So that’s what I try to do on all my albums, sometimes I’m heavier, sometimes not as much, it depends.

D: The whole album is so good I hate to single anything out but let me ask you about a few of my favorites…

KL: Oh sure.

D: “Reflective” has some great atmospheric parts and excellent melodies…

KL: Yeah that’s like a very innocent song because I did the riff, which is like the main melody, and I just like it, it’s super simple, the harmony, then the solo part and at the end I tried to put some extra chords just to make it not so simple or a little bit more interesting somehow, but I love it!

D: It’s easy to listen to…

KL: It feels good; it’s funny — I mean it’s not funny, it is what it is — but everybody mentions this song because for everybody it has this good feeling. Even Virgil Donati the drummer, who is like well-known to people — this super technical guy — he always tells me he loved to record this song, he really likes that song. So I think it is very important that in my albums I have songs like that to balance out the technical.

D: Right, good contrast. “El Gujiro” utilizes some great rhythms. Speaking of Virgil Donati, how did he get involved in the project?

KL: Well Virgil I have known for a few years and I always wanted to ask him to record my album and it just came the time now. I did pretty much the demo with the drums programmed and the percussion as well, so my demo was quite clear as to what I wanted for the song, then he could add all his great playing because he is amazing, he made the song even better. A really fun song to play because although I am Brazilian, this is really a Cuban kind of groove, I try to bring the congas, this kind of Cuban, or a bit of Santana — I like kind of being a heavier Santana, I’m a big fan of Carlos Santana and the way he mixes the Latin thing with rock. I try to do something like that, in a different way of course — this song is pretty much that Latino/Cuban thing, that’s why I put the name “El Gujiro” which is a Spanish name for “normal guy.”

D: Yeah I was wondering what that meant! (laughs)

KL: So yeah it’s really representing the Cuban groove, it’s fun — then I put a lot of heavy stuff, tuned down one step trying to be very heavy, it was fun.

D: I’m a big fan of Al Di Meola…

KL: Oh yeah! Al Di Meola is also a very good reference, I’m a bit heavier probably! (laughs)

D: Yeah! (laughs) “Twisted Horizon” seems like a real technical challenge. Is it difficult to play that type of thing live?

KL: Oh yes, it is. This is like a happier song, it’s kind of rock n’ roll in A Major; my songs are really very much minor and melancholic, a Brazilian thing or Portuguese you know, but “Ray Of Life” is another song that is major and happier. Sometimes I like to play a bit slower but I also like to combine parts to make the song work sometimes, just play a little bit faster and that makes everything a bit more difficult to play; the chorus of this song is quite difficult to play. It shouldn’t be that fast but for the song to sound cool in general I had to put a few points faster in the song and it’s quite challenging to play, but it’s fun.

D: “A Perfect Rhyme” sounds like it could be film music. Were you thinking cinematically when you came up with that?

KL: I really like this song. What happened was, the album was done, drums were recorded, guitars were almost all finished. So normally you compose and then you take some time to prepare everything then you start recording; it’s not a fast process. So from the beginning of my songwriting to the proper finishing, like mixing, it was maybe eight months, so my baby was born already, your life changes a lot in eight months, so I wanted to have a song that represented the actual moment I was living. So I thought why not have an ending song that was more relaxed? In all my albums I always like to have an ending song that is more relaxed. Then I sat down at the piano with only that idea — I tried to do something that was more like a lullaby or something for my child — and I sat down at the piano and luckily this song came one night. Sometimes this happens, sometimes not, but I think I wanted it to happen, so it happened. I really liked the melody, but I thought I’m doing this on the piano but it would be cool to have this kind of Jeff Beck “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” — this Thelonius Monk song that Jeff Beck recorded for his WIRED album — it’s not a piano song but I had this in mind, I want to do something like Jeff Beck. I’m not Jeff Beck of course (laughs) but this kind of vibe, his jazzy, fusion time in the ’70s. So that was my concept, it was not a movie track or some kind of soundtrack; but in the end I started doing some orchestration and I said “Wow, that’s cool,” so I’m going to do stuff like that, piano orchestration with the guitar a kind of Jeff Beck vibe. But yeah, it sounds pretty much like a soundtrack, but it’s nice, I would love to do more stuff like that, be hired by someone from Hollywood! (laughs)

D: I think it would work! Do you find with songwriting you get ideas at anytime or do you have to be with your instrument?

KL: I can sing melodies at anytime — it can be in the shower, I can be walking, you know, but I really like to be with acoustic guitar in my hands. It doesn’t have to be in the studio though it can be anyplace, a hotel room, in the kitchen, doing whatever. Actually it is better when I’m doing nothing, just hanging with acoustic guitar in your hand, you’re not like forcing yourself to compose…

D: It just kind of flows?

KL: Yeah, and maybe just a little idea comes and you say “Oh, that’s cool,” then if you have an iPhone around or computer you record that. If it’s a very good idea normally you are going to play that same idea the next day, if it’s something that really catches you, you’re probably going to play again and this melody is going to come back to your mind naturally, and that’s the way to get the first melodic or harmonic ideas. Of course after that you have to sit down in front of the computer and work on how you are going to present the song, and that’s a lot of work!

D: I can imagine! (laughs)

KL: It’s part perspiration and part inspiration, like, “Okay, let me sequence the drums, the drums don’t work let me try another one and another one, let me try it with piano and then acoustic or with hard, heavy guitars.” Some songs you have ideas from the beginning but with some songs you’re lost, songs can be presented in so many ways, like Beatles songs, you know when people record Beatles songs so many ways…

D: Different versions…

KL: Different versions but they are all great, doesn’t matter the version. So sometimes when you like the melody you have to work… “How am I going to present this melody to people?” Then it takes time, a lot of time. Then to view the song because you may have a “A” part or an “A/B” part, then you need an intro and an interlude, a solo part, a “C” part, and outro, it takes time…

D: There’s a lot to it.

KL: Oh yeah. And mainly if you are going to do it by yourself, you know programming the drums, playing the keyboards, this takes time. If you have a band you can bring them a starting idea so they just jam and something comes; bands are great. Or if you have a partner you have two brains working on a solution for the songs. But when you are alone a solo album is very demanding, consumes a lot of your mental energy.

D: The album has a great sound. What kind of gear are you currently using?

KL: Thanks! A lot of stuff actually. I use a Laney amp which is this British amp — of course the studio we used in Finland has all the amps so some of the songs we used other stuff, a little bit of Mesa Boogie, a little bit of Marshall but mainly the Laney, a little bit of the Fractal Audio combined with some pedals… I really don’t remember any more! (laughs) But mainly this: you have a lot of toys and you just go for it. The sound that I normally use live is the Laney amps and my guitar which is handmade in Brazil, but like for some songs where I want a Strat sound I have a Fender, I use a lot of Fender on the album. When the song doesn’t need the super technical thing, the tapping and all this, I use the Strat; I use Ibanez as well. But in the studio the guy had a lot of guitars, so sometimes for just for one melody you put a Gibson, for the riffs maybe an Ibanez, a Strat or something else. As I record I put a lot of layers of guitar — I don’t do like a power trio and put just one track of guitar. I double the riffs maybe two or four times then I add overdubs doing guitar with delays or chords with a lot of effects or substituting keyboards, then I double the stuff. I do more like Steve Vai does, orchestrating with the guitar. Some songs are simple, some songs are more complex. So when you’re doing that, you experiment a lot with different guitars just to have this different inspiration to it. Different amps, different pedals, different effects — I think that’s the cool thing about being in the studio.

D: You get to play with all the toys…

KL: Yes!

D: I notice the album is already up on Spotify. Are you familiar with the site?

KL: Yeah, yeah, I was living in Europe — now I am in L.A., West Hollywood — but the last few years I was more in Europe and Spotify has been there for several years; it’s quite a big thing. What I discovered is that it is good, it’s better than YouTube in a way because you can hear the whole album and it’s easier to do some research or just listen to some old albums…

D: That you may not have heard before…

KL: Yeah, so it’s cool, it’s good to be there. If you want to talk about the money part, the pay…

D: That’s no good. (laughs)

KL: (laughs) Yeah, that’s no good; I think the advantage of the streaming site is so I can listen to stuff that I wouldn’t otherwise be listening to, just to see what is there…

D: Experiment…

KL: Yeah, like people playing a bouzouki in Greece. (laughs) Whatever, and you find some cool stuff, very cool stuff. Sometimes practicing guitar or studying music is a lot about research, listening to all this stuff; in this regard the Internet and Spotify are great because you hear musicians from countries that you’ve never been in, you could never have the chance to know these artists, so it’s cool, yeah.

D: Looking at your website I see you have some live dates in Brazil next month. Any plans to do a solo tour here in the US?

KL: Not yet but we are working on that!

D: We’d love to see you!

KL: Yes, I really want to play in the US. I’m based in the US now for a long time so I’m getting more connections here. As I’ve been touring and living in Europe I had more connections there and in South America but I want to do some stuff in the US for sure this year, it’s gonna happen!

D: Well I have to ask you about Angra — any new music coming up?

KL: We kind of stopped for awhile because we had some issues with the singer [Edu Falaschi] and he is no longer with us anymore but we had this invitation for the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise…

D: Yeah, I was going to ask you about that!

KL: We felt like “Should we go, or not?” Then we asked our friend Fabio Lione from Italy and he sang the songs great — we were so excited having him so we could be part of the festival, it was really awesome. So we were invited to play the big Live N’ Louder festival in Brazil in April, so we’re going to do it and probably do a small tour just to get the band excited to go on the road again; we’re really happy with that. After that we’re going to sit down and start composing. Of course we are always collecting ideas but it’s different than a solo project, you have to work as a band, not like everyone learning their stuff by computer. We need time as a band; we always work that way and we like that. So after this tour we will probably sit down and compose new material.

D: You have several instructional DVDs out including CREATIVE FUSION. Any plans for more of those in the future?

KL: Not really. I was open to the invitation and I know I’m going to record for a company in the UK called JamTracks Central; they asked me to do some stuff for them so I’m probably going to do that in the next couple of months. It’s not really instructional stuff but they do scores, transcribe and sell the package with the songs. But yeah, when I did CREATIVE FUSION for RockHouse I did record more stuff for them; I don’t know if they are going to release it one day. I really like teaching and talking about practicing so I’ve been doing a lot of guitar clinics as well; it’s fun. I like to show people and talk about music, tell people the way I did it and help them to get inspired, practice, play and enjoy music. It’s a good way to go in life.

D: I really liked the NEURAL CODE album. Will you be doing another jazz-rock fusion project like that?

KL: Yeah that was a project with two friends of mine, amazing players. People don’t know about it much as it was a small project but it was great. Of course we want to do more but everyone is very busy. I’m not living in Brazil anymore so I don’t meet the guys that often but they are super talented, the best guys I’ve ever played with. Well I couldn’t say that because I’ve played with so many great players… But it was really fun to compose together; the three of us had that creative flow we were talking about and all the songs came about one a day. We did a rehearsal with eight songs and recorded it. So yeah we want to do it, it sounds simple but it’s not because you have to get everyone together over many days and it’s not that easy. For me it’s great because I can develop all these skills with guitar and music, it inspires me when I play my solo stuff, it’s fun.

D: I’d like to hear another one of those and an acoustic album, I really like your acoustic playing…

KL: Yeah, acoustic is my dream. After I do that I can die. (laughs)

D: We’ll wait for awhile on that then! (laughs)

KL: That’s something that I really like, to play acoustic guitar at home and for practice. Last year I did an acoustic tour and when you play an instrument, you want to feel you are really a player of that instrument — like, I play piano but I don’t feel like I’m a pianist, I’m just a guitarist who plays some piano; I can sing, but I’m not a singer. The acoustic guitar is the same — I feel I’m an electric guitar player, I don’t feel like I’m an acoustic guitarist, but the last few years I’ve been trying to convince myself that I can be an acoustic guitar player as well. To belong to these kind of people who play acoustic, it is a different kind of relationship, a different music background and you have to be in the circle of people who are really acoustic players — the magazines, the interviews, the instruments, the luthiers — it’s a different group of people, a different mentality. So I did this tour to get into that, I was playing acoustic festivals and hanging with acoustic guys and I had the feeling that “Okay, I can belong to this group of people.” So that’s my goal, to keep practicing and to try to get into the circle of the acoustic people. Then I can be more confident to record an album, because it’s quite serious to record an album and say “Okay, I’m an acoustic guitar player.” I don’t want to be an electric guitar player trying to play acoustic guitar, I want to be an acoustic guitar player.

D: I’m looking forward to hearing that.

KL: I’m working on it! Jason Becker was very important to me, I was talking to him maybe two years ago and he was talking with his eyes, the way he does, and he told me “I love your acoustic guitar playing, you should record an acoustic guitar album.”

D: That’s a great endorsement.

KL: Yeah, so now I have to do it.

D: Well Kiko I know you have other interviews to do, is there anything you would like to add in closing?

KL: I would like people to listen to SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE and take a look at the other albums…

D: I will promote them to the best of my ability — I love all of them, all your stuff is excellent.

KL: Just spend some time with my music and understand what I am proposing as a composer and guitar player, and hopefully keep in contact via Facebook or email to find out when I’m playing in the US. I’m going to be busier doing more stuff in the US for sure. I’d love to play more in the US and show my music there.

D: There’s a lot of people here who would love to see you! I appreciate you taking time to do this interview, I’ll keep in touch!

KL: Cool, great! Thanks!

Relevant links:

Angra

http://www.angra.net/

http://www.myspace.com/angraofficial

https://www.facebook.com/angraofficial

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

http://angraofficial.blogspot.com

http://twitter.com/angraofficial

Kiko Loureiro

http://kikoloureiro.com.br/en/

http://www.facebook.com/KIKOLOUREIROofficial

http://www.myspace.com/kikoloureiro

http://www.youtube.com/kikoloureiroofficial

http://kikoloureiro.guitarplayer.com.br

http://twitter.com/kikoloureiro

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Detritus Issue #644

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-Trooper: A New Cask And Bottled Ale From Iron Maiden And Robinsons Brewery

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British rock legends Iron Maiden have teamed up with Cheshire family brewers Robinsons to create a new beer, Trooper.

Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden’s vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport. Dickinson’s on-stage Union Jack flag-waving military character is an iconic element of the band’s live concerts and “The Trooper,” written by bassist Steve Harris, is one of Maiden’s most popular songs and one of the highlights of any Maiden show.

Announcing the partnership, Oliver Robinson, Managing Director of Robinsons, said: “This collaboration — between two huge British success stories — makes for an ideal and natural match; Bruce Dickinson loves his real ale, and Robinsons Brewery is one of Britain’s most established and respected independent family-owned brewers.”

And Bruce Dickinson added: “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”

Iron Maiden, who continue their Maiden England World Tour this summer — including an historic return to the Download Festival, Donington Park, headlining for a record fifth time — have been at the forefront of heavy rock worldwide for more than three decades. Maiden are one of Britain’s most influential and revered bands, with close to 90 million album sales, more than 2,000 live performances in 58 countries and 15 studio albums described by critics as being of “unerring quality and power,” including the most recent — THE FINAL FRONTIER — which is their biggest ever chart success attaining No. 1 positions in over 28 countries including the UK.

Robinsons has been brewing award-winning beers from its Unicorn Brewery in Stockport for 175 years. Best known for its legendary “Old Tom” strong ale, which was voted “World’s Best Beer” by the international Beers of the World publication, it is Robinsons’ younger ales (Dizzy Blonde and “build a rocket boys!” beer; produced in partnership with Manchester band Elbow) that have lately been causing a stir in the beer world and introducing future ale drinking generations to Robinsons.

Oliver Robinson said: “Trooper is a premium British ale with true depth of character and flavour. For more than thirty years, the unmistakable icon of Eddie, the band’s instantly-recognisable mascot, has adorned every album cover, T-shirt and poster — so it is fitting that Eddie will now adorn the cask pump clip and take centre stage on the bottle label of Trooper.

“Not only do Iron Maiden genuinely enjoy a good pint of cask ale, but so do many of their fans — and they have an important part to play in our customer base. This partnership works for both of us. Music and beer are great treats for the senses in their own right, but the combination is very powerful. Authentic collaborations such as this are invaluable not only to our company but to the industry as a whole, because it shows that the world of real ale is more than just manufacturing, it is liquid artistry by the people who brew it — and for the people who drink it.”

Fans of both Iron Maiden and real ale can sign up to get news and updates on Trooper Premium British Beer from http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com/ , where bottles will be available to purchase by both UK and overseas customers from May 2013.

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http://www.twitter.com/ironmaidenbeer

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-Whitesnake Guitarist Doug Aldrich’s Original Band Burning Rain To Release New Album EPIC OBSESSION In May Via Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of bluesy hard rockers Burning Rain’s third studio album, EPIC OBSESSION, on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America. Burning Rain was founded by current Whitesnake axeman Doug Aldrich together with singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose). The lineup for the new album is rounded out by Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House Of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Click http://www.frontiers.it/download/burningrain_epicobsession.jpg to access the album art for EPIC OBSESSION and see below for the complete track listing.

Of EPIC OBSESSION, Aldrich commented, “I think we have a good batch of songs that will stand up. It’s a melodic blues rock approach to the band’s sound. It’s really the only thing I have done outside of Whitenake in the last ten years.”

Frontiers Records will be also be releasing on the same date reissues of the long out-of-print first two albums from Burning Rain, the self-titled debut (released in 1999) and the aforementioned PLEASURE TO BURN. Both albums will be repackaged and re-mastered and will contain two added bonus tracks to each respective album.

Burning Rain’s previous efforts received great acclaim in Japan and the UK prior to Aldrich being tapped as guitarist for Whitesnake in 2002, with Melodicrock.com declaring on the PLEASURE TO BURN review: “Great quality song writing… fantastic production that rivals any others out there. For fans of classic blues influenced hard rock there will be few albums to rival this record…”

EPIC OBSESSION track listing includes:
1. Sweet Little Baby Thing
2. The Cure
3. Till You Die
4. Heaven Gets Me By
5. Pray Out Loud
6. Our Time Is Gonna Come
7. Too Hard To Break
8. My Lust Your Fate
9. Made For Your Heart
10. Ride The Monkey
11. Out In The Cold Again
12. When Can I Believe In Love
13. Kashmir *
14. Heaven Gets Me By (acoustic) *

* bonus tracks

For more information, please visit:

http://www.burningrain.net/

http://www.facebook.com/BurningRain

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-Y&T / Dave Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the March 2013 newsletter. - Tim]

Lots of new shows have just been announced, with more to come. See the dates below and visit the Y&T tour dates web page for details.

Tickets are now on sale for the San Francisco Fillmore show. These shows sell out so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Important! – Tour Date Changes

Please note that the Baltimore and New York City dates have been changed. Y&T will now play Stage 48 in New York City on Friday 22 March, and Baltimore on Saturday 23 March. Tickets previously purchased are, of course, good for the changed dates. We apologize for any inconvenience but the circumstances were beyond our control.

She’s Got A MEAN STREAK!

Get your MEAN STREAK 30th anniversary shirts to celebrate the 1983 release of the MEAN STREAK album. The front of the tee features the popular MEAN STREAK snake along with the original Y&T logo from that release. The back features elements from the original back cover album art. This shirt is currently available in two different colors — traditional Black, plus a limited-edition Cardinal Red. The red shirt is planned as a limited release, available online only, so if you’re attracted to it, you’ll want to order yours soon before they sell out.

We also have a handful of BLACK TIGER shirts left. Once these popular designs are gone, they’re gone, so get yours while we still have them.

Visit our online store:

http://store.meniketti.com

Bring The Kids!

Shows overseas are typically all ages. Since that’s not the case in the States, we’re happy to tell you of the current “all ages” shows this year, which so far include: Texas, Maryland, Canada, Michigan, Nevada, and California, with more in the works. Bring the kids to share in the Y&T live experience.

http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the web site.

http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Stay tuned! Many more 2013 tour dates to come!

US
March 8 ~ San Antonio, TX – BackStage Live (all ages show)
March 9 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North (all ages show)
March 16-20 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise (FL-Bahamas) SOLD OUT!
—> NOTE DATE CHANGE: March 22 ~ New York, NY – Stage 48 (18+ show — call venue for under 18s accompanied by an adult)
—> NOTE DATE CHANGE: March 23 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages show)
March 24 ~ W Greenwich, RI – Rock Junction
March 26 ~ Etobicoke, ON, Canada – The RockPile (all ages show)
March 28 ~ Akron, OH – Ripper Owens Tap House
March 29 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop (18+ show)
March 30 ~ Bolingbrook, IL – Tailgaters
May 9 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club (all ages show)
May 10 ~ Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
May 11 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
May 18 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages show)
July 26 ~ Reno, NV – Knitting Factory Concert House (all ages show)
July 27 ~ Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (all ages show)

Europe
September 17 ~ Bilston, UK – Robin 2
September 19 ~ Glasgow, UK – ABC O2 Academy
September 20 ~ Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
September 21 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City
September 22 ~ York, UK – Fibbers
September 24 ~ Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
September 25 ~ Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
September 26 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook
September 27 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy
September 28 ~ Vauréal, France – Le Forum
October 1 ~ Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
October 4 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 5 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage
October 6 ~ Nürnberg, Germany – Hirsch
October 8 ~ Munich, Germany – Backstage Club
October 9 ~ Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7 Konzertfabrik
October 11 ~ Leewarden, Netherlands – Poppodium Romein
October 12 ~ Uden, Netherlands – de Pul
October 13 ~ Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*

Check the web site Tour Dates page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.

Weblinks:

http://www.Meniketti.com/

http://www.YandTRocks.com/

http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks

http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks

http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks

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-Stratovarius Releases Video For “Halcyon Days;” European Tour Underway

Melodic metal legends Stratovarius are pleased to unleash their “Halcyon Days” video from the band’s latest full-length, NEMESIS. Hailed by the media as, “the best Stratovarius album since many, many years,” by Metal Hammer Germany, “a collection of the band’s greatest hits that you never heard until now,” be Metal Underground (US) and, “the strongest Stratovarius album since the beginning of the century,” by KaaosZine in Finland, Stratovarius lives up to their reputation as one of the leading names of the metal genre once again exceeding fans’ and critics’ expectations and charting in ten countries thus far: Finland: # 3, Czech Republic # 12, Switzerland # 30, Spain # 32, Germany # 41, France: # 56, Sweden # 56, Austria: # 62, Belgium # 103 and Canada: # 126.

Coinciding with the band’s European tour, set to commence in Helsinki, Finland, the band proudly reveals the video for their second single. The footage for “Halcyon Days” was shot in Lithuania by Pekka Hara, and perfectly captures the song’s theme of finding one’s peace of mind.

The band further notes: “It was a really nice experience working with Pekka and his team, and Lithuania was a pleasant surprise, very friendly people there and everything worked out great. This video sets the mood of the song perfectly. And the fact is: A band is nothing without the fans.”

Prior to the video shoot, the band had launched a fan competition asking their supporters to send a picture of their most prized Stratovarius item. Over 100 items were sent, of which the band handpicked the 10 most original objects, which are now featured in the video. Over the course of the next weeks, Stratovarius will also launch a special fan item version of the video on their official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius .

To watch the video for “Halcyon Days,” point your browser to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f1qZRMmZxI .

NEMESIS was produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen, mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios) and released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on February 26, 2013.

“…NEMESIS is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for Stratovarius. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt Stratovarius’ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” — Metal Reviews

“This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time…” — Metalholic

“NEMESIS finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.” — About.com

NORDIC NEXUS OF NEMESIS TOUR 2013

08.03. Helsinki – Tavastia (FIN)
09.03. Kauhava – Tiikeri (FIN)
15.03. St. Petersburg – Aurora Hall (R)
20.03. München – Backstage Halle (GER)
21.03. Erfurt – Stadtgarten (GER)
22.03. Zlin – Masters of Rock Café (CZ)
23.03. Budapest – Club 202 (H)
24.03. Bratislava – Majestic Club (SK)
26.03. Vienna – Szene (A)
27.03. Nürnberg – Hirsch (GER)
28.03. Bochum – Matrix (GER)
29.03. Hamburg – Grünspan (GER)
30.03. Uden – De Pul (NL)
31.03. Paris – Cigale (F)
02.04. Strassburg – La Laiterie (F)
03.04. Lyon – Le Kao (F)
05.04. Barcelona – Razzmatazz (E)
06.04. Madrid – Arena (E)
07.04. Bilbao – Rock Star (E)
09.04. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
10.04. Milan – Alcatrazz (I)
11.04. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik (GER)
12.04. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (GER)
13.04. Mons – PPM Fest (Festival) (B)
14.04. Osnabrück – Rosenhof (GER)
16.04. Copenhagen – Amager Bio (DK)
17.04. Malmö – KB (S)
18.04. Stockholm – Klubben (S)
19.04. Lahti – Finlandia-klubi (FIN)
20.04. Tampere – Pallahuone (FIN)
26.04. Mikkeli – Vaakuna (FIN)
27.04. Jyväskylä – Lutakko (FIN)
30.04. Helsinki – Virgin Oil (FIN)
18.05. Sao Paulo – Carioca Club (BRA)
24.05. Santiago – Blondie (CHI)
15.06. Kaarina – Saaristo Open 2013 (FIN)

http://www.stratovarius.com/

http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius

http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius

http://www.eagle-rock.com/

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-Black Star Riders Announce Debut Album Title, Track Listing & Worldwide Release Dates!

Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth), have announced ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released worldwide on the following dates:

May 21 – Japan
May 22 – Sweden
May 24 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
May 27 – UK, France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece
May 28 – US, Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick states:

“I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.”

Produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), the track listing for ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE is:

1. All Hell Breaks Loose
2. Bound For Glory
3. Kingdom Of The Lost
4. Bloodshot
5. Kissin’ The Ground
6. Hey Judas
7. Hoodoo Voodoo
8. Valley Of The Stones
9. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain’t So Bad

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track “Right To Be Wrong” and a “Making Of” DVD.

A 24-minute compilation of behind-the-scenes video reports from the band’s studio time in Los Angeles can be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEx9gD8RPz8 .

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:

June 1 Hi Rock Festival – Inzell, Germany
June 2 Hi Rock Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
June 8 Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden
Nov. 29 Hard Rock Hell – N. Wales, U.K.

More tour dates to be announced shortly.

Members
Ricky Warwick (Vocals)
Scott Gorham (Guitar)
Damon Johnson (Guitar)
Marco Mendoza (Bass)
Jimmy DeGrasso (Drums)

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-Mash-Up Masters Beatallica Ready New Release, ABBEY LOAD

You’ve got to tip your hat to the lads in Beatallica. Few would have thought to merge together two of the most successful acts of their respective genres — pop tunesmiths the Beatles and thrash metal bashers Metallica — and create a must-hear, creative blend of both iconic artists. And the band that contains such wittily named band members as Jaymz Lennfield, Kliff McBurtney, Ringo Larz, and Grg III are back with their third full-length overall, ABBEY LOAD, on April 16 via Oglio Records (a label that is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year).

“Overall the album is our darkest,” explains Lennfield. “Not sure why it turned out that way, to be honest. We didn’t realize it til we got to listening to the first mixes. It sounds brooding in places. Not like we tuned down any more or played any stoner rock or anything. But the overall vibe is deeper than other projects we’ve done. Maybe it’s cuz the Beatles’ ABBEY ROAD was the last release for them — like the end of an era. And we were placing our fingers on that. After a while, I got to embrace that whole vibe. Beatallica is always fun and interesting, and yes there are ‘candy’ songs on the album such as ‘Help!’ and ‘I Saw Her Standing There’… but there is something more foreboding about ABBEY LOAD than what we initially thought.”

Once more, Beatallica have successfully found links between both aforementioned bands, most notably on the album’s tour de force, “Abbey Load Medley.” “The medley… well, it’s obviously one of the great famous pieces of rock music,” says Lennfield. “We really enjoyed working in NEWER Metallica tunes. Folks always ask us how much old stuff from Metallica we can use. Helloooo… they have a LARGE catalog, so use it! Those tunes work great, plus the fact that we are doing what we always do: deal with tempo, time signature, rhythm patterns, keys from major to minor, adding our own riffs, etc., but now we have to make all the songs in the medley sound like they fit. Not just one song at a time, but now five songs, bang-bang-bang. The challenge was irresistible.”

As for Beatallica’s plans for 2013, Lennfield predicts some good, old-fashioned global roadwork. “Well, we’d like to finally hit Japan. It’s just way overdue. We have US folks asking for us to come back so we’ll see how to best route. As far as Europe, they are starting to consider the fall sometime.”

“Beatallica is so much more than a novelty cover band,” adds Oglio Records founder Carl Caprioglio. “Beatallica’s members and producer are among the most creative and talented people I have encountered in my years with Oglio Records. Their ability to blend influences from these two legendary bands is as amazing and impressive today as it was when we met in 2006.”

Imagine what the Beatles’ ABBEY ROAD would have sounded like if it had been originally released by Metallica, and you have a good starting point for ABBEY LOAD.

For more information, visit:

http://www.beatallica.org/

http://www.facebook.com/beatallica

http://twitter.com/beatallica

Amazon pre-order sales link:

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-Epica Announces Its “Retrospect” Performance Live Stream!

On the 23rd of March 2013, female fronted symphonic metal band Epica is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special performance entitled “Retrospect.” Joining them on stage will be the 70-piece Extended Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of Miskolc National Theatre. This together with special effects and unexpected guests will make this the band’s most ambitious project ever.

Watch their message here:

Ever since Epica announced this extraordinary event, fans from all over the world have been asking to bring this concept to their country. Others expressed their sadness of not being able to make it to the Netherlands and thus missing out on the opportunity to be part of what will be the greatest Epica show.

For all those people out there who thought they would never get another chance to celebrate Epica’s 10th anniversary, the band has partnered with LiveMusicStage who will broadcast the concert online, live and in HD quality! The high quality live Retrostream provides an exclusive, social concert experience with a front row view.

“I am looking very much forward to this show. Everything we have done and achieved in these last 10 years will come together on the 23rd of March. Playing with a big orchestra and choir brings our music even more alive, in fact that’s the way how it’s meant to be. Very rarely can we realize all of it and that makes it so special,” says Mark Jansen of Epica.

Tickets to watch the live stream at http://www.livemusicstage.com/epica will be available for 5 euro until the 7th of March. After this, tickets will cost 7 euro (or the equivalent in US Dollar). You can purchase tickets for the live stream through http://www.livemusicstage.com/epica . You can also order an exclusive stream bundle (consisting of a ticket for the stream, a “Retrospect” T-shirt and a “Retrospect” VIP laminate) through the band’s webstore at this location:

http://www.epicashop.com/shop/retrostream-ticket–t-shirt–limited-edition-laminete-p-255.html

http://www.epica.nl/

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-Brett Walker & Line Of Fire Appearing At Melodic Rock Fest 3

Both Brett Walker and Line Of Fire have been announced for this years installment of MRF (Melodic Rock Fest). Brett Walker will be playing full electric set, while Line Of Fire will be performing during Friday night’s intimate acoustic evening.

Other acts scheduled to appear are Steve Augeri, Harem Scarem, House Of Lords, Eclipse, W.E.T., Ted Poley, Eric Martin, Bonrud as well as additional ex-Dimage rockers, No Love Lost plus many more.

Tickets are available at this location now:

http://www.melodicrockfest.com/

AVAILABLE NOW:
Brett Walker – NEVERTHELESS
Line Of Fire – MOMENTUM
Line Of Fire – s/t

Divebomb Records Website

http://www.divebombrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords

http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-April Release From RMB Records: Redrum’s VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES

Artist: Redrum
Title: VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: CD6119
EAN: 4018996237337
Copyright: 2013 RMB Records
Label: RMB Records

Release Date: 26. April 2013

Distribution:
Germany: Cargo, UK: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Benelux: Bertus, France: Season Of Mist, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Official Artist Website:

http://www.facebook.com/RedrumOfficialGR

Track List:
1. One Of Us (:59)
2. Scream (4:21)
3. You Can’t Buy No Hero (5:01)
4. Dust In Your Eyes (5:43)
5. Empty Promises (5:05)
6. Pokerface (3:59)
7. Dirty White Boy (3:47)
8. Mother I’m Coming Home (5:31)
9. Tear Down The Walls (4:10)
10. Have A Nice Day (4:40)
11. Victims Of Our Circumstances (4:19)
12. You’re The Voice (5:39)

Lineup:
Athan Kazakis – guitar
Panos Baxevanis – guitar
Michael Bormann – vox
Thanos Sarketzis – drums
Alex Kidd – bass
Marco Grasshoff – keyboard

Finest Hard Rock featuring Michael Bormann!

Redrum is a melodic Hard Rock band based in Thessaloniki (Greece). Athan “Lyssa” Kazakis and Panos Baxevanis founded the project during September 2003. About a year later, they had recorded 12 songs in a local studio. At this point the band still wasn’t complete in the way of needed members.

They decided to get in touch with well known German vocalist, songwriter, producer and engineer Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart, J.R. Blackmore, Bonfire, Zeno Roth, Rain). Michael liked the material and so he recorded all the vocal parts (and co-wrote a couple of the songs) in his RMB Studios in Germany. The first record label, Sleaszy Rider Records, a Greek label, released NO TURNING BACK, in September 2007 with rave reviews and successful sales.

During their headliner shows in Greece, Redrum supported great acts like Bonfire, Tyketto, Krokus, Danger Danger, House Of Lords, Adler’s Appetite, Blue Tears, Europe, Robert Plant and Glenn Hughes. Redrum also appeared at festivals such as Firefest and Rockwave in Athens.

“No Turning Back” was the first Redrum song released, from their debut which was a featured track on V3, the third compilation CD of http://www.melodicrock.com/ .

The Redrum project came together as a dynamite and popular hard rock band with the Greek/German alliance that is working very well in the way of musical chemistry.

For their second album Redrum decided to write and record together at RMB Studios in Duisburg, Germany with Michael Bormann at the helm. In about 14 days, 12 killer songs were written and the basics were recorded. These incredible songs are now ready to rock you on their new CD titled VICTIMS OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES set for a worldwide release in 2013 along with a tour to support their latest greatest masterpiece loaded full of pure hard rock heaven.

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-Battle Beast Announces New Album!

The beasts are back! After last year’s release of their brilliant debut record STEEL and highly celebrated European tours together with Nightwish and Sonata Arctica, Battle Beast — Finland’s finest heavy metallers — return with new astonishing lead vocalist Noora Louhimo and their second full-length album. Produced, mixed and mastered by the band in JKB Studios Helsinki, the new record will simply be entitled BATTLE BEAST and is set for a release via Nuclear Blast on May 17, 2013.

In order to provide you with some more information, bassist Eero Sipilä, keyboardist Janne Björkroth and drummer Pyry Vikki report in from the studio in a funny first album trailer that can be watched here:

Also, Battle Beast has recently joined Twitter — follow them here: http://www.twitter.com/battlebeast

Stay tuned for further details to be revealed soon!

http://www.battlebeast.fi/

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-Voodoo Highway Reveals SHOWDOWN Cover Artwork, Track List

Italian hard rockers Voodoo Highway have revealed the cover artwork and track list of their recently announced second studio album SHOWDOWN, the worldwide release is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), MVD (USA), RSK (UK), Universal (Canada).

Produced/mixed by Dysfunction Productions (Anthony Phillips, John Wetton, Logan Mader, etc.) and mastered by US senior mastering engineer Ue Nastasi (Gojira, AC/DC, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.) from Sterling Sound Studios, New York. The album artwork for the effort features the hand of UK graphic designer Mr. Storm Thorgerson, who has previously worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Audioslave, among many others.

SHOWDOWN track listing:

1. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
2. Fly To The Rising Sun
3. Midnight Hour
4. Could You Love Me
5. Wastin’ Miles
6. Church Of Clay
7. Mountain High
8. Cold White Love
9. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:
11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncle’s Inn

Voodoo Highway SHOWDOWN preview:

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, SHOWDOWN, on April 6 at Sala Estense in Ferrara, Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album BROKEN UNCLE’S INN back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

http://www.facebook.com/WhoDoHighway

http://www.youtube.com/TheVoodooHighway

http://www.myspace.com/voodoohighway

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-2013 Pure Rawk Awards Winners

The winners for the 2013 Pure Rawk Awards have been announced. They were presented in front of a live sold-out audience at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, North London last week.

Live acts between the awards were Hackney’s irrepressible folk-punks Great Malarkey, punked up pop rock n’ rollers Electric River, hard rockers Night By Night (playing a stripped down acoustic set) and trash blues rock from The Peckham Cowboys.

The winners are:

o Band Of The Year – Exit_International
o New Band Of The Year – The Blacklist Saints
o New Breed Of The Year – Electric River (PR contributors only)
o Front Person Of The Year – Ginger (Ginger Wildheart)
o Axe Hero Of The Year – The Rev (The Howling)
o Bassist Of The Year – Phil Ireland (Exit State)
o Drummer Of The Year – Robin Guy (various)
o EP/Single Of The Year – Night By Night – “Time To Escape”
o Album Of The Year – Ginger – 555%/100%
o Promoter Of The Year (for dedication to unsigned and new bands) – Emma Scott (Emma Scott Presents)
o Video Of The Year – Eureka Machines – “Pop Star” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOjOwyT8XEI (AshTV)
o The John Rayner Award (non industry dedication to the independents / underground) – Damian Tichborne
o DJ Of The Year – Mike James (Phonic FM / Planet Mosh / Bloodstock Radio)
o Underground / Independent Record Label Of The Year – Rocksector Records
o Local Venue Of The Year – The Black Heart, Camden

The entrance fee of £5 has gone to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Final tallies being counted and will be published separately.

Pure Rawk Editor, Nix Crichton comments “We had already taken over £600 in advance sales and we’re having a final count up on Monday (after having a little sleep!). We’re so pleased to have been able to raise so much money for such a great charity. The money from the door, wristbands and pin badges is going directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey. Their unit is state of the art and is already making a massive impact on the lives of families blighted by the horrid C word.

“It was lovely to see so many people from the six previous awards shows come back and so many new faces. There was such a feel good vibe going on and a hefty amount of networking between bands, industry, press and punters from all over the country. We’ll be back again in Feb/March 2014 at the Boston Music Room!”

Sponsors for the Pure Rawk Awards 2013 were BandApp, Big Green Coach, Metal Buddy, Badness Tango Custom Jewellery and Missy Le Pink’s Tattoo Tonic.

http://www.purerawk.com/

http://www.purerawkawards.com/

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-The New Black: Free Download, Guest Singers And That Girl From Playboy

“Count Me In” as free download:

One week before the release of their new album III: CUT LOOSE, German heavy rockers offer their single as a free download.

To download:
Just register at http://www.afm-records.com/free with the code “MG52K2V”. Alternatively you can visit http://www.reverbnation.com/thenewblackofficial .

Comments the band: “Blackies & Blackettes! Thanks for the impressive click rates and all the comments to the ‘Count Me In’ clip. Now you can take the song with you wherever you go, in the car, to the bar, visiting mom or your next stint on a red carpet somewhere. Download it, crank it! See you on March 15th in Düsseldorf or in April on the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour!”

The clip to “Count Me In” ( http://youtu.be/o1VLKIVNJj4 ) shows a young lady fighting off a bunch of “evil” middle fingers. The role is played by Cindy Wenk, who shortly after the filming was voted “Bild Girl 2013″ by Germany’s biggest tabloid paper — and can be seen in the current issue of Playboy. There have been rumors about half the band becoming quite nervous in hindsight, while the rest plays it cool: “See? We know even before them all! Fludid was it, he knows all the beautiful ladies. Congratulations! To Cindy, not Fludid…”

III: CUT LOOSE, the third album by The New Black, will be released on March 15. The regular edition contains 12 tracks, whereas the limited digi-pak version offers another studio song as a bonus and not less than four moody acoustic compositions. That’s a total of whopping 17 songs!

For the song “Superhuman Mission” the band invited two old friends to the studio for some screaming: Chris Birx of Motorjesus, a group that The New Black played their first gigs with in 2009, and Tyler Voxx of The Bulletmonks. The result: FAT!

On March 15, the band will be playing a special release show in Düsseldorf, in April they will be part of the Rock’n’Roll Overdose tour all over Germany.

http://www.thenewblackofficial.de/

http://www.facebook.com/thenewblackofficial

http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/

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-Payload Announces Release Date, Lyric Video!

The Finnish Heavy Metallers from Payload have just set the release date for their upcoming album! May 17, 2013 will be the day when all fans can enjoy ODYSSEY DAWN to the fullest!

In addition, the band has uploaded the official lyric video for the song “Wounds” which can be found at the band’s official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGjVfS9rTyI

Payload revealed the track list and cover artwork for ODYSSEY DAWN in an earlier stage already for their fans.

ODYSSEY DAWN Track List:
1. War Machine
2. Wasted (Matinkylä)
3. Wounds
4. Poison Cure
5. Lie
6. Nails
7. Odyssey Dawn
8. Natostan
9. Unleash

For all info:

http://www.payloadband.info

http://www.facebook.com/PayloadFinland

http://www.facebook.com/groups/payload

http://www.reverbnation.com/payload

http://www.twitter.com/payloadband

http://www.myspace.com/payloadfinland

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

http://www.hitlantis.com/payload

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

http://www.metalfromfinland.com/Payload

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-Mongrel Taps Mike Ariza For Permanent Bass Slot

BOSTON, MA — Boston based metal / punk crossover outfit Mongrel is pleased to announce that Mike Ariza has joined the band as the new full-time bassist. Ariza previously played for the Las Vegas alternative band Vault’d and was looking for a new band after his return home to Massachusetts not long ago. Guitarist, Adam Savage stated, “We found Mike online, reached out, he immediately was into the music and clicked with us pretty instantly. Within one week of meeting us, and four days with the tunes he joined us on stage for our show with Drowning Pool and Flyleaf in CT and it was an obvious great fit. We invited him to join the band that day and are really excited to have him be a part of the Mongrel family.” Ariza took over bass duties for Mongrel from Michael Mariano (ex-Affliction guitarist) who had been filling in with the band since December. Mike will make his “official” debut as a member of the band on March 16 at Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA.

Mongrel recently saw the UK release of their recent full length album RECLAMATION via THC-Music/Vanity Music Group with distribution through Code7 / Plastichead. RECLAMATION is now available in brick and mortar outlets throughout Great Britain in addition to digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes. RECLAMATION was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna) who also did the band’s video for lead off track “Bored To Death” ( http://bit.ly/P05CUe ). RECLAMATION was first released in the US on 25 September 2012 by THC-Music (home of American Head Charge, Oedipus, Attika7, etc.) and is receiving airplay on DMX, Faction on Sirius/XM, and hit number 41 on the CMJ charts this past fall.

Mongrel also just recently announced a new sponsorship deal with Artist Series Guitars to add to the list of sponsors/endorsements Mongrel has earned over the years including Marshall Amps, Peavey, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley, Agile Guitars, Monster Cable, In-Tune Guitar Pics, Cocaine Energy Drinks and Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey. ASG recently made Savage’s custom “TV Fight” guitar based on artwork done by Joey James Hernandez (Otep, Type O Negative, etc). You can check out and order your own Mongrel “TV Fight” guitar at http://artistseriesguitar.com/store/asg-core/mongrel.html .

http://www.MongrelBand.com/

http://www.facebook.com/MongrelOfficial

http://www.twitter.com/MongrelBand

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-Kadavar Releases First Single Off ABRA KADAVAR!

Berlin-based classic/psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar proudly present the first single of the upcoming second studio album ABRA KADAVAR, to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 12!

Check out the song “Doomsday Machine,” accompanied by exclusive on-the-road and behind-the-scenes video footage, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2SdzgPj3_o .

Regarding the song, the band explains: “It’s both the second track on the album and the second song that was written for it, probably showcasing our trademark sound best. Between changes in tempo, single note riffs and guitar solos, the lyrical concept deals with destruction — inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘Dr. Strangelove.’” ( http://bit.ly/tMbUAV )

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a limited digi version including a bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. Pre-order your copy at http://www.smarturl.it/kadavabrakadav .

Kadavar are:
Lupus Lindemann – vocals & guitar
Mammut – bass
Tiger – drums

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KADAVAR/108072095944589

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-Windhand Signs To Relapse Records For Forthcoming Album

Relapse Records this week officially welcomes Richmond, Virginia’s masters of ethereal doom metal, Windhand, to the label’s roster, having signed the quintet for the release of their forthcoming LP.

Stated the members of Windhand in response to their joining forces with the Relapse horde, “We’re all so honored to be in the company of so many amazing artists. To know that our next record will be alongside some of the albums that inspired us to play music is pretty incredible.”

Windhand has begun laying down tracks for the to-be-named upcoming LP in their home studio, The Darkroom, where the outfit will record and mix the entire album, and deliver it to Relapse for a Fall 2013 release date. More details will be made available as the album nears release.

Having formed in 2008 in the fertile Richmond, Virginia musical underground, Windhand’s incredible, organic style of low-end doom and trancelike occult/ethereal vocals helped the band catch immediate attention well beyond the region, drawing comparisons to everything from Electric Wizard and Pallbearer to The Devil’s Blood and Blood Ceremony. Continuous live shows and US tours have seen them share the stage with notable acts including Pallbearer, Tragedy, Balaclava, Iron Tongue, Bastard Sapling, Pilgrim, Elder, Pentagram, Sourvein, The Gates Of Slumber, Graveyard, Thrones, Mares Of Thrace, Coffinworm, Across Tundras, Primitive Weapons among countless others.

In the meantime, REFLECTION OF THE NEGATIVE, a split album with Windhand and local scene brethren and now label mates Cough, will see release via Relapse in mid-April. Cough leads off, delivering a characteristically electrifying down-tuned epic track, while their brethren in Windhand serve up two brand new epic songs for their half of the dirge, in the end bearing nearly 40 minutes music from two prime acts in the contemporary doom/sludge circuit. An album trailer and pre-orders for the split LP are available at http://www.relapse.com/coughwind .

To check out Windhand music, live footage and more, enter here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/03/07/windhand-signs-to-relapse-records-for-forthcoming-album/

Stay tuned for more recording and live updates on Windhand over the coming months.

Windhand Lineup:
Asechiah Bogdan – guitars
Dorthia Cottrell – vocals
Parker Chandler – bass
Ryan Wolfe – drums
Garrett Morris – guitars

http://windhandva.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Windhand/115952841804204

http://www.relapse.com/

http://relapserecords.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/RelapseRecords

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-E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr To Release KOMETENBAHN March 27 Through Svart Records

KOMETENBAHN ist heiß!

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr: K O M E T E N B A H N
LP and digital download. Svart Records 2013.

Track List:
1. Prolog Im Himmel
2. Nachtgeist
3. Durch Den Kosmischen Dunst
4. Sonnenwind
5. Mythos
6. Sonnenaufgang

This year promises to be a year of two great comets, both visible in the Northern hemisphere, the first one in March and another one in December. Experts believe these cosmic wanderers could turn out to be the most spectacular comets in decades, even centuries. Now, a Finnish deep space agency Svart Records is proud to launch yet another black and round object that rushes into both the inner parts of the Solar System and our earthly minds: an album by E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, a Finnish Kosmische Musik band fuelled by synthetic waves, propelling sequences and pulsating rhythms. This mission has been prepared for more than two solar revolutions and finally the probe is ready for takeoff.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s long-awaited studio album, entitled KOMETENBAHN, is a compilation of six original sonic pieces that mirror both hemispheres of the band. While E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr’s quest for cosmic experiences is proudly inspired by German Kosmische Musik of the 1970s, the band also boldly pursues to probe frontiers that have remained unchallenged for four decades. KOMETENBAHN is a journey into organic atmospheres, warm analogue timbres and melodic sequences that bring the sound of the pioneers into the 21st century.

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr has performed in various venues ranging from rock clubs to art museums, libraries and movie theaters. All music of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr is made to be played live and also many of the album tracks have evolved in live performances and jam sessions.

The four space cadets of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr are: Pertti Grönholm, synthesizers, sequencers and samplers; Jaakko Penttinen, synthesizers and sequencers; Kimi Kärki, guitar, e-bow and effects; Ismo Virta, Memotron, guitar and effects.

All the band members have been active in various underground music scenes for a long time. Kimi Kärki is the founder and guitarist of doom metal bands Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar and psychedelic progressive band called Orne. Ismo Virta leads a folk prog band called Kosmos and also makes up a dark ambient duo Dystopia with Pertti Grönholm. Besides Dystopia, Grönholm is known for his techno, house and ambient projects such as Corporate 09. Jaakko Penttinen has a background in various punk bands such as Forca Macabra, but nowadays is better known for his ambient and space music projects such as Galactic Travellers (with Ismo Virta and others).

Join the cosmic quest!

E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr @
BandCamp: http://e-musikgruppeluxohr.bandcamp.com/
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/e-musikgruppe-lux-ohr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EMGLuxOhr
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/luxohrkult

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV: Pre-Party Lineup Announced

Today the mosh pit instigators behind the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to announce the official pre-party lineup! Set to commence on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Palladium, the precursor to the 15th annual NEMHF takeover will feature performances by Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, NightBitch, Surrounded By Teeth and an unannounced special guest!

Additionally, NEMHF have added hardcore hooligans Code Orange Kids and crossover veterans Waking The Dead to the ever expanding bill. Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

As previously announced, official sponsors All In Merchandise are offering up a chance to win two three-day passes to this year’s event and ten T-shirts of your choice!

To Enter:

1. “Like” All In Merchandise ( http://www.facebook.com/AllInMerchandise ) and The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest ( http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest ) on Facebook.

2. Send an email with your Facebook ID to: NEMFCONTEST@gmail.com

Contest ends March 15, 2013! Good luck!

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The event takes place April 19 – 21 with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

http://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-This week Adrenalin Mob releases a collection of eight covers called COVERTA. Track list: “High Wire” (Badlands), “Stand Up And Shout” (Dio), “Break On Through” (The Doors), “Romeo Delight” (Van Halen), “Barracuda” (Heart), “Kill The King” (Rainbow), “The Lemon Song” (Led Zeppelin), “The Mob Rules” (Black Sabbath). Check out video of “Romeo Delight” at http://www.adrenalinemob.com/ . The band is also now on tour in the US as follows:

3/12 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
3/13 – Marlin @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
3/14 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
3/15 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
3/16 – Empire, West Springfield, VA
3/18 – Brewster’s Roc Bar, Jacksonville, FL
3/19 – Orpheum, Tampa, FL
3/20 – The Haven, Orlando, FL
3/22 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
3/23 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
3/24 – Trees, Dallas, TX
3/25 – Lucky Mule, Abilene, TX
3/27 – Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
3/28 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
3/29 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
3/30 – Roxy, Los Angeles, CA
4/1 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
4/2 – The VooDoo Lounge, Kansas City, KS
4/4 – Fubar, St. Louis, MO
4/5 – Exit IN, Nashville, TN
4/6 – Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
4/7 – Kingdom, Richmond, VA

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

-The Irish extreme metal band Chosen has premiered its track “Defective Prospection,” from the upcoming RESOLUTION, with a free download at MetalMusicArchives.com; get it at http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/chosen–mp3.aspx?id=2908 . The song features guest vocals from Jackie Mc Nally and sound samples from Paul Allen. RESOLUTION will be released March 30 as a free download at http://www.chosen.ie/ , and on CD in “two special editions.” Chosen consists of Paul Shields on vocals and guitar, and David McCann on drums and percussion.

-Denial Machine’s new song “Devil In My Veins” can be streamed at http://soundcloud.com/denialmachine and http://www.reverbnation.com/denialmachine . The track comes from an upcoming EP entitled THE FLAGRUM, THE SCOURGE which was produced by Chris Wisco and is currently being mastered by James Murphy. The EP is the first Denial Machine release featuring new singer Casey Lee Mullen and drummer Mike Tignino, and has this track list: “Devil In My Veins,” “The Flagrum, The Scourge,” “A New Life.” The band asks fans to “take part in the new EP (the recording, mixing, mastering, duplications, art, video and merch) by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/denialmachineart .” Reward options for donors include autographed CDs, “exclusive” T-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, and autographed drum heads. See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Denial-Machine/266881915400 for more.

-Ektomorf’s new video for “Black Flag” is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=befhkD4gs28 . Upcoming European tour dates with Ill Nino:

3/18 – Backstage Werk, München, Germany
3/19 – Szene Wien, Wien, Austria – w/ Shadows Fall
3/20 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
3/22 – Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
3/23 – Rock N Roll Club, Romagnano, Italy
3/24 – Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria – w/ Shadows Fall
3/25 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
3/26 – Markthalle, Berlin, Germany
3/27 – Turock, Essen, Germany
3/28 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Holland
3/29 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
3/31 – Underground, Köln, Germany

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

-Eternal Flight is now on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/ETERNALFLIGHT.BAND .

-FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty appears on episode #23 of “Brutally Delicious,” cooking up “Slammin’ Salmon,” at http://puregrainaudio.com/videos/brutally-delicious-episode-23-slammin-salmon-with-bill-leverty .

-According to JudasPriest.com the band is working on a new studio album; BraveWords.com has more info after speaking with Rob Halford, who said it should be out this year and compared it to BRITISH STEEL, PAINKILLER, and SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE. The band will also release a live DVD/Blu-ray from last year’s “Epitaph” tour; the video was directed by Alex Walker and the sound was engineered by Richard Kayvan and Tom Allom. BraveWords.com reported the set list the band played the night the DVD was filmed — May 26, 2012, at the Hammersmith Apollo in London — is as follows: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Heading Out To The Highway,” “Judas Rising,” “Starbreaker,” “Victim Of Changes,” “Never Satisfied,” “Diamonds And Rust,” “Prophecy,” “Night Crawler,” “Turbo Lover,” “Beyond The Realms Of Death,” “The Sentinel,” “Blood Red Skies,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown),” “Breaking The Law,” drum solo, “Painkiller,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Living After Midnight.” Read more at http://www.bravewords.com/news/200385 , and check out a trailer and more info for the live release at http://vimeo.com/59339098 .

-Lost Society’s fourth track-by-track — spotlighting the songs “This Is Me,” “Braindead Metalhead,” and “Piss Out My Ass” from FAST LOUD DEATH — is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggk3prGgnr4 . The first three parts are still online at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ , http://bit.ly/XrgPQx , and http://bit.ly/YxmnbG . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-According to online reports Duff McKagan has joined guitarist Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) in a new band. McCready and Martin formerly played together in Mad Season, and some of those songs are being worked on for the new group. Multiple singers, including Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman, are also reportedly involved.

-The New Black 7 — deemed “midwestern country rockers” — have a new video for “Crazy All Over Me” online via the Today’s Country website, at http://bit.ly/Y7yi0P . Hype: “Directed by Rickey Moore for Rosendbard Films and shot primarily on location at J Carter’s Bar And Grill in Temecula, CA and throughout southern California, the storyline of the video loosely follows the song’s lyrics, which, according to singer/guitarist, Tory Stoffregen reflect ‘my tongue in cheek lifelong enthusiasm for women of questionable sanity.’” The New Black 7′s mini-album HANGOVERS & HEARTBREAK is out now “digitally and regionally,” and will be released nationally in late April. The “Crazy All Over Me” single is available for purchase at iTunes at http://bit.ly/T2UmwR . See http://www.thenewblack7.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/TheNewBlack7 , http://twitter.com/#!/TheNewBlack7 , and http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNewBlack7 for more.

-Check out Night By Night performing “The Moment,” live acoustically at the Pure Rawk Awards on March 8, at http://youtu.be/ObMOx_lnIv4 .

-There’s a new interview with Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield at http://www.legendaryrockinterviews.com/2013/03/11/queensryches-scott-rockenfield-talks-to-lri-about-his-bands-creative-partnership-past-present-and-future/ .

-Stahlmann — the “German Gothic/electro rockers” — will release ADAMANT through AFM Records on April 19. Track list: “Die Welt Verbrennt,” “Süchtig,” “Wenn Der Regen Kommt,” “Schwarz” (feat. Teufel / Tanzwut), “Leuchtfeuer,” “Adrenalin,” “Der Schmied,” “Paradies,” “Nackt,” “Tempel Der Lust,” “Dämonin,” “Traumfrau” (digi-pak bonus), “Licht” (digi-pak bonus). See http://vk.com/stahlmannband for more.

-U.D.O.’s new studio album STEELHAMMER is due out May 21 in the US and May 24 in Europe, on AFM Records. Track list: “Steelhammer,” “A Cry Of A Nation,” “Metal Machine,” “Basta Ya,” “Heavy Rain,” “Devil’s Bite,” “Death Ride,” “King Of Mean,” “Timekeeper,” “Never Cross My Way,” “Take My Medicine,” “Stay True,” “When Love Becomes A Lie,” “Book Of Faith.” The limited digi-pak version will include the bonus track “Shadows Come Alive.”

-The deadline for submissions to the Wacken Metal Battle Canada contest has been extended to March 17. Apply here: http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html . Check out the Wacken Metal Battle Canada promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQcxqsxchkQ , and see http://metalbattle.ca/ for more.

Thanks to the Van Halen News Desk, John Parks, Jon Asher, Dave Tedder, Nix Crichton, John Erigo, Melinda Newman, and Hawk for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Okay, new Priest album — now we’re talking! The weird are-they-or-aren’t-they-retired saga continues, but whatever, a new album is a new album. They’ve been reunited for nearly a decade(!) already and we’ve only seen two new studio albums in that time. Call me greedy but I certainly want more! And the “Epitaph” tour DVD looks cool, assuming the set list (see above) is accurate. I was unable to see the “Epitaph” tour when it hit Chicago, so I’m looking forward to checking out “Starbreaker,” “The Sentinel,” and “Blood Red Skies,” among others, on this new DVD. (Nitpick: I’d have rather heard/seen something else from TURBO besides “Turbo Lover.” Oh well. I think it would’ve floored everyone if they’d have played something like “Reckless” or “Rock You All Around The World.” But I digress.) And I know Rob Halford has done “Never Satisfied” with his solo band, so it’ll be cool to see the full band doing it here. Final note on this: I watched the DVD trailer/teaser thingy and yes, wow, boy does Richie Faulkner REALLY look like a young K.K. Downing up there on stage.

-Hey, look! A new U.D.O. album. That Mr. Dirkschneider just does *not* quit. He just unloaded a two-disc retrospective and a live set, and now another studio album. The song titles have me thinking this will be another typical U.D.O. album, and that is just how it should be, isn’t it?

-I debated including the news bit on “midwestern country rockers” The New Black 7, but, gol’ durn it, the song and video are pretty cool. Ima git me a big ol’ belt buckle right now.

-The bottles of Trooper beer sure look cool, what with Eddie on the label artwork. Check ‘em out at http://www.ironmaidenbeer.com/ .

-I found it very cool that Adrenalin Mob chose to cover Badlands’ “High Wire” on that new COVERTA EP. I’ve always loved that song.

-Are you ready for a German Kosmische Musik of the 1970s revival?

-In my current playlist: Golden Resurrection – ONE VOICE FOR THE KINGDOM (Doolittle Group), Gloryhammer – TALES FROM THE KINGDOM OF FIFE (Napalm Records), Orange Goblin – A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 (Candlelight Records), Nubian Rose – MOUNTAIN (Funklord Dynasty).

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Detritus Issue #643

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Detritus
Issue #643
Week of March 4, 2013

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-”The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde, Kevin Martin, Morgan Rose, JD DeServio & The Infinite Staircase Debuts At #30 On Rock Radio

STATEN ISLAND, NY — “The Pride” Featuring Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), John “JD” DeServio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) & The Infinite Staircase, the song written and recorded for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, has debuted at #30 on America’s Music Charts’ Rock Radio Chart for the week of 2/19/13 – 2/26/13. (Can be seen here: http://americasmusiccharts.com/index.cgi?fmt=R5&rtmref=americasmusiccharts )

In lieu of the song’s recent success and growing demand from the public, the single’s release, previously an iTunes exclusive, will now expand to other digital service outlets including Amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic, deezer and Google music amongst others.

In the meantime, you can still preview and download “The Pride” here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pride-feat.-zakk-wylde-morgan/id598185653

“The Pride” was recorded at Architekt Music, the state of the art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where Sevendust recently tracked BLACK OUT THE SUN and The Infinite Staircase continue to record their new album with Morgan Rose. It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Call Me No One) and mastered by Alan Douches (Fleetwood Mac, Yes) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.

The song was released via Vanity Music Group and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carl V. Bini Memorial Foundation for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

A music video, being directed by Ralph Savercool lll, is also in the works with details on its release expected soon.

The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund was founded in honor of Firefighter Carl V. Bini, a member of the FDNY tragically taken during 9/11. The fund’s mission is to memorialize the heroism of its fallen hero by providing aid to those who so desperately need it now and in the future.

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-Avantasia: First New Track “Invoke The Machine” Released

On March 29 Avantasia will release their new album THE MYSTERY OF TIME. Now the band presents the first track called “Invoke The Machine.” Besides mastermind Tobias Sammet, the track features Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins as a guest singer.

You can watch the edit version of the track as a lyric video here:

Enjoy!

Tobias Sammet comments: “I have been a huge Pretty Maids fan since I was a teenager. I already asked Ronnie to be on THE METAL OPERA in 1999, but he was busy back then. Last year I saw Pretty Maids live, and they were a steam train on stage, unbelievable. After the show we met and Ronnie was a great guy. Finally after 13 years, I am really proud to have him on the new Avantasia album. And his kick-ass performance leaves no doubt: It was a great decision to ask him!”

http://www.tobiassammet.com/

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-Anthrax: Viral Video For Thin Lizzy Cover “Jailbreak” Online!

Thrash metal legends Anthrax have posted a viral video for their version of Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” online.

Surf to http://youtu.be/lu3wHBW0GdI and feel free to like, share, embed the video!

“Jailbreak” is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band’s successful last album, WORSHIP MUSIC. The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new ANTHEMS EP featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by Rush, AC/DC, Boston, Journey, Cheap Trick and Thin Lizzy.

ANTHEMS will also be released separately on CD and Vinyl and will be exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mail Order: http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop .

WORSHIP MUSIC Special Edition / ANTHEMS will be released March 22, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.

Also check out:
“Anthem” viral video: http://youtu.be/Pq-OPoNXf-Y

Anthrax live 2013:
10.05. CHI Santiago – Teatro Caupolican
12.05. AR Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
15.05. BR Sao Paulo – HSBC
17.05. MX Mexico City – Hell & Heaven @ Sala De Armas
18.05. MX Guadalajara – Hell & Heaven Festival
02.08. PL Przystanek – Woodstock
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
11.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock
17.08. D Hamburg – Open Air Festival
18.08. D Herford – X Rockfest

ANTHEMS track list:
1. Anthem (Rush)
2. TNT (AC/DC)
3. Smokin’ (Boston)
4. Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)
5. Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)
6. Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
7. Crawl (album version)
8. Crawl (re-mix)

http://www.anthrax.com/

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-Appice “Drum Wars” Kicks Off Canadian Tour May 9; Ten Exclusive Fan VIP Tix Available Per Show

“Drum Wars” Tour — Drumming Legends Vinny Appice & Carmine Appice — The Ultimate Showdown

Legendary drummer brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice will kick off their first Canadian tour on May 9, 2013 at This Ain’t Hollywood in Hamilton, Ontario. “Drum Wars” was created with Vinny Appice and older brother drumming legend Carmine Appice. It is a Rock Drumming Show featuring music from the history of bands the Appice brothers have played with, as well as drum solos, comedy and a massive drum battle finale that tears it up. The brothers will also offer VIP Ticket Packages to fans for this tour. The packages offer concert attendees an opportunity to hang out with two of rock’s legendary icons — Carmine and Vinny Appice. VIP Packages also include admission to the show and sound check prior to the show; photo opportunities at sound check; free Drum Wars T-shirt; autographed Drum Wars photos; photos of VIP ticket holders behind Carmine and Vinny’s drum sets; and VIP commemorative passes. The VIP Ticket packages are limited to 10 per show and can be purchased for $125US through PayPal at http://www.serge.org/drumwarsviptix.htm .

“There is nothing like Drum Wars in rock music. When me and Vinny play together or battle, it’s like thunder!!” – Carmine Appice

Appice Drum Wars tour dates include:
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton, Ontario – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2013 – The Rockpile Nightclub, 5555 Dundas Steet West, Toronto, Ontario – 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Le Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur Est., Montreal, Quebec – 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – Maverick’s, 221 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario – 7:30 p.m.

Carmine Appice – Bio
As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.

Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning guitar hero Jeff Beck to form the first super-group: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).

One of the premier showmen in rock, Appice became known worldwide for his astonishing live performances, in addition to becoming a highly sought-after session drummer, recording with countless artists throughout his career. In ’76, he joined Rod Stewart’s band, touring, recording and writing two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He left Stewart to record his first solo album, ROCKERS, and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band. In the early ’80s, he toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent. In the mid ’80s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. And in the late ’80s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record — MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON — and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake’s John Sykes and The Firm’s Tony Franklin. In the early ’90s, he pounded away soul-style for The Edgar Winter Group.

As an educator, Carmine was the first to legitimize rock drumming with his landmark book, “The Realistic Rock Drum Method,” selling over 400,000 copies (now in video format). He was the first rock drummer and rock musician to conduct instructional clinics and symposiums around the world, a tradition he continues. In appreciation for his universal appeal, Los Angeles was one of four cities that have had “Carmine Appice Day.” In ’91, he was forever immortalized via his induction in cement to the Hollywood’s Rock Walk (next to his idols, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).

Vinny Appice – Bio
Has powered the rhythm live and in the studio with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Ozzy Osbourne, WWIII, Axis, Rick Derringer, and at age 16 performed with John Lennon “live” on stage and in the studio. Vinny has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs many which are multi-platinum records and still selling numerous copies and downloads today! Drumming across the world for over two decades and playing before countless fans and selling millions of records his drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks and DVDs including “Wayne’s World 2,” “Heavy Metal,” “Iron Eagle,” “Bedazzled” and recently “Bad Teacher.” He is the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD HARD ROCK DRUMMING TECHNIQUES and has performed incredible drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioning his unique powerful drumming style and has become a part of rock drumming history!

In 2006, Black Sabbath was reborn as Heaven & Hell with Vinny again driving the rhythm behind the band with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Three world tours followed as well as a CD titled THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, the first studio album since 1991′s DEHUMANIZER. The band also released the HEAVEN & HELL LIVE IN EUROPE DVD in 2010 which was the last video recording of the late Ronnie James Dio at the Wacken Festival in Germany. Vinny can also be heard on the recent release of DIO AT DONINGTON, a live performance of Dio in 1983 and 1987. In 2012, Vinny’s new heavy band Kill Devil Hill featuring mega bassist Rex Brown (Pantera/Down) vocalist Dewey Bragg and guitarist Mark Zavon, toured and released their first CD on SPV Records. The music is a cross between Sabbath, Alice In Chains and some Zep. Vinny is working on the release of a new rock drum instruction book and instructional video.

For more information about Drum Wars, please visit the following web sites:

http://www.drumwars.com/

http://www.facebook.com/appicedrumwars

For more info about the VIP Ticket Package, please visit:

http://www.serge.org/drumwarsviptix.htm

http://www.carmineappice.net/

http://www.vinnyappice.com/

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-Armored Saint’s John Bush Performs On “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” Soundtrack; Launch Party Video Available

“Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” the latest entry in the storied video game franchise, was released in North America last week. On Sunday, February 17th, John Bush joined a host of other musicians to perform songs from the soundtrack at an official launch party at L.A.’s Universal CityWalk. Live footage from the concert, which was held at the Hard Rock Café, is available on youtube.com at http://youtube.com/watch?v=91LFjqGXox8 .

John Bush comments on his involvement: “I was asked through Vince at Metal Blade if I wanted to sing a couple of tracks for ‘Metal Gear’s Revengeance.’ I was excited to be a part of it ’cause I never sang on a video game before. Jamie Christopherson ( http://www.jamiechristopherson.com/ ) is the musical director and he created some killer, heavy tunes. When you play ‘Metal Gear Rising Revengeance,’ listen for the songs ‘Return To Ashes’ and ‘The Hot Wind Blowin’!’”

Additional photos and info from the launch party can be found on http://www.geekexchange.com/ . For more information on “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” visit http://www.platinumgames.com/ .

Keep up with John Bush and Armored Saint online:

https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint

https://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint

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-Lingua Mortis Orchestra: Live Debut On 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise; First Details On Upcoming Album

End of January, the Lingua Mortis Orchestra — founded by German heavy metallers Rage as an orchestral side project — made its live debut over the course of 2013′s 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise: On the high seas in the Caribbean, the 15-member band played two highly celebrated gigs in the packed “Chorus Line Theater” on board of the “Majesty Of The Seas” cruise ship. Enthusiastic feedback by both fans and the press provided the combo with another boost of motivation for the upcoming recordings of the debut album that are due in April under the musical direction of Victor Smolski. Right in time for several booked festival shows (on this year’s Wacken Open Air, among others), Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s debut record is set for an early August release.

Victor Smolski — guitarist and head of the project — comments on the work progress: “Back from Florida’s heat to Germany’s iciness, but there can be no talk of feeling chilly — we’re boiling over with work in our studio! I’m already back in arranging and composing mode, while mountains of scores are piling up on my desk. I’m already fascinated by the new Lingua Mortis Orchestra songs due to their multifacetedness: Rock-hard tracks, some of them even heavier than those of our latest Rage record 21, are contrasted with balladic melodies of sheer beauty. The first official Lingua Mortis Orchestra album will be something very special for us, as we’ve never created anything like this before. You can look forward to a concept album with long tracks, sung by Peavy and enriched with female vocals as well as with exotic orchestra instruments. I’ll keep you posted!”

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

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-Heavy Metal Television Hits 100,000+ Views In Three Months

PHOENIX, AZ — First came the antenna television, then cable television, followed by satellite television, and now Heavy Metal Television has successfully launched the first network television station, via the Internet. In a mere 90 days over 125,000 IP addresses (unique visitors) have viewed the station, and the numbers continue to grow by the minute. To date there has been no major marketing or mainstream media dollars supporting Heavy Metal Television, just simple word of mouth throughout the world. Consumers can easily tune in through a web address that is NOT a website, as there is NO navigation. There is NO log in, or password required. Nor will you be bothered by annoying pop-ups or Facebook buttons.

Heavy Metal Television was created by a small national US team in September 2012. The network is the home of the one-minute commercial break limited by 20-second commercial spots four to five times an hour, (the station has to pay its bills somehow). Sandwiched between classic and current heavy metal videos, that span over 40 years of metal history, 24 hours a day 365 days a year around the world. Dishing up a buffet of metal delights, is the newly hired eight-person VJ team, that also includes a “Demon” VJ Baron Von Killmore.

Heavy Metal Television beat Apple, Google, YouTube, and Intel in the race to create / offer the first 24-hour international television through the ‘net, for free to consumers. All you have to do to experience it for yourself is tune into http://www.heavymetaltelevision.com/ .

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-50 Concerts In 50 States For Epilepsy Awareness

Partnering with the largest non-profits in the world of epilepsy, Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness is proud to announce the first nation-wide epilepsy awareness endeavor — 50 Concerts in 50 States. It’s a network of coordinated live events over one weekend in March 2013.

Candlelight Concerts, along with Epilepsy Foundation ( http://www.EFA.org/ ), CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy ( http://www.CureEpilepsy.org/ ), Team Epilepsy ( http://www.TeamEpilepsy.com/ ) and Doose Syndrome Epilepsy Alliance ( http://www.DooseSyndrome.org/ ), are standing united to raise epilepsy awareness on this single weekend in March.

At each event, volunteers will be present to distribute information regarding epilepsy (a 16-page book prepared specifically for these events), provide access to services, answer questions and raise donations — all of which will go directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Events will vary in size from intimate house concerts with 20-40 attendees to 18,000+ seat arena shows with nationally known touring artists. Artists from all genres — classic rock, folk, jazz, singer/songwriters, orchestras, electronic, comedians, plays and more. All with the same objective, to distribute information and raise epilepsy awareness. All genres, all volunteers involved with the singular purpose to change the way the world sees and understands epilepsy.

This national network of events grows out of Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness — a webcast house concert series based in Pennington NJ. Started and run by Eric Miller, whose wife Carolina, passed away in August 2011 at the age of 25 as a result of epilepsy. Since that time, Eric has worked tirelessly to raise epilepsy awareness in her honor and in honor of all those living with or lost to epilepsy. The series has featured such amazing artists as Corey Glover of Living Colour, Eric Bazilian, Chris Barron, The Young Dubliners, Dan Reed, Mary Fahl, and many others. This network of events takes that model and raises it to a national level on a single weekend.

MORE STATES AND DATES WILL BE ADDED

Please visit http://www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp for updates.

3/15 – Hapa @ Stella Blue, Maui, HI
3/16 – Hapa @ Stella Blue, Maui, HI
3/17 – Jerrod Niemann 2 Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH
3/17 – Tegan & Sara @ Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
3/20 – Eric Clapton @ Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
3/20 – Terri Hendrix @ St. Marks Episcopal, Houston, TX
3/21 – Soul Asylum @ Woolys, Des Moines, IA
3/21 – Kelley McRae @ Underground 119, Jackson, MS
3/21 – G Love & Special Sauce @ Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
3/22 – Beau Soleil @ Hering Auditorium, Fairbanks, AK
3/22 – Caroline Herring @ Sundilla, Auburn, AL
3/22 – Great Big Sea @ Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/22 – Afro-Cuban All Stars @ Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
3/22 – Sons Of Cream @ World Café – The Queen, Wilmington, DE
3/22 – Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson With Orchestra @ Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
3/22 – Catie Curtis & David Wilcox @ City Winery, Chicago, IL
3/22 – Shemekia Copeland @ Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
3/22 – G Love & Special Sauce @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
3/22 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Shea Center / William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
3/22 – Jesse Cook @ KiMo Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
3/22 – They Might Be Giants @ The Paramount, Huntington, NY
3/22 – Y&T @ Stage 48, New York, NY
3/22 – Madeleine Peyroux @ Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York, NY (early & late show)
3/22 – Colbie Caillat @ Ohio University Memorial Auditorium, Athens, OH
3/22 – Rita Coolidge With Dayton Philharmonic @ The Schuster Center, Dayton, OH
3/22 – Brian Regan @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
3/22 – Jeffrey Gaines @ The Ritz, Lancaster, PA
3/22 – Soul Asylum @ The Vault, Sioux Falls, SD
3/22 – Eric Clapton @ Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
3/22 – Loudon Wainwright III @ The Lyric, Blacksburg, VA
3/22 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Ferguson Center For The Arts, Newport News, VA
3/23 – Kelley McRae @ Moonlight On The Mountain, Birmingham, AL
3/23 – Jesse Cook @ Scottsdale Center Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
3/23 – Boulder Philharmonic @ Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder, CO
3/23 – Great Big Sea @ Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/23 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
3/23 – Sam Miller Memorial @ Vitoria Station Café, Putnam, CT
3/23 – Anjelah Johnson @ Egyptian Theatre, Boise, ID
3/23 – Eternity Singers @ Valley Grace, Pikeville, KY
3/23 – Eric Clapton @ New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
3/23 – Y&T @ Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
3/23 – Paula Poundstone @ Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, ME
3/23 – Steel Wheels @ The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
3/23 – Owl City @ The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3/23 – “Dannee White” (Play) @ Justice Fellowship, Raleigh, NC
3/23 – Minus The Bear/Circa Survive @ Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh, NC
3/23 – Sound Investment @ Party & Event Center, Saluda, NC
3/23 – “Childrens Play” (Play) @ Papermill, Millburn, NJ
3/23 – Jeffrey Gaines, Jann Klose & Gary Hoey @ Trinity UMC, Ewing, NJ
3/23 – Madeleine Peyroux @ Jazz At Lincoln Center, New York, NY (early & late show)
3/23 – Rita Coolidge With Dayton Philharmonic @ The Schuster Center, Dayton, OH
3/23 – Emily Drennan @ Freehold Center, Bristow, OK
3/23 – Karen Drucker @ St. Claire, Ashland, OR
3/23 – Garbage @ Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
3/23 – The Fab Faux @ Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
3/23 – Rockapella @ Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
3/23 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA
3/23 – Brian Regan @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
3/23 – Sarah Lou Richards @ Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
3/24 – Various @ Powerhouse Grill, Fayatteville, AR
3/24 – Afro-Cuban All Stars @ Howard Theatre, Washington, DC
3/24 – Various @ Knights Of Columbus, Whitman, MA
3/24 – Garbage @ The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
3/24 – Brian Regan @ Dennison Theatre, Missoula, MT
3/24 – NYGASP @ Algonquin Arts, Manasquan, NJ
3/24 – Paint The Pony @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
3/24 – Gary Hoey @ Candlelight Concert, Pennington, NJ
3/24 – Zach Carr & Chris Glowacki @ Wheatfield Community Center, Lake Towananda, NY
3/24 – Various @ The Fuge, Warminster, PA
3/24 – David Bromberg Quartet @ Colonial Theater, Phoenixville, PA
3/24 – Y&T @ Rock Junction, West Greenwich, RI
3/24 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
3/24 – Danny Schmidt @ Stone Room House Concert, Falls Church, VA
3/24 – Sarah Lou Richards @ Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
3/25 – Lindsey Stirling @ The Granada, Lawrence, KS
3/25 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ Jackson Hole Center For Arts, Jackson Hole, WY
3/26 – The Pines @ Hopkins Center For The Arts, Hopkins, MN
3/26 – Todd Snider @ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
3/27 – Donavon Frankenreiter @ The Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
3/27 – Emily Hurd @ Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
3/30 – Grizzly Bear @ Carnegie Hall Of Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA
4/2 – Chris Trapper @ Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/3 – Terri Hendrix @ Private House Concert – Kelly Crofoot, Slaton, TX

Contact:
contact@candlelightconcert.org (Eric Miller)

http://www.CandlelightConcert.org/50.asp

http://www.Facebook.com/CandlelightConcert

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-Proto-Metal Legends Dust To Have Their Two Classic Albums Reissued Via Sony/Legacy

There are few artists you can single-handedly point to as being a trailblazers of a specific musical style. But when it comes to American heavy metal, Dust is one such band. Comprised of singer/guitarist/songwriter Richie Wise, bassist Kenny Aaronson, and drummer Marc Bell (with Kenny Kerner supplying lyrics and sharing songwriting and production duties), the band issued a pair of cult classic albums — 1971′s self-titled debut and 1972′s HARD ATTACK — before splitting up. Both albums have been long out-of-print, but headbangers will now get a chance to discover the legend, as Sony/Legacy will be reissuing both albums on a re-mastered (from the original analog master tapes) single CD on April 16th, with a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl version released on April 20th.

“We were loud and fast, and it was just unreal,” recalls Wise. “Even when we played low, we were 20 times louder than everybody else. When we got our record deal, I got three Marshall stacks, Kenny Aaronson bought four Acoustic 360 watt amps, Marc bought this huge set of Ludwigs with a big 28-inch bass drum. On stage, it was just an amazing amount of exhale — not a whole lot of inhale.”

And while they may not have acquired fame with Dust, all four aforementioned contributors found success elsewhere — Bell as the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame/Grammy Award-winning drummer for the Ramones (after changing his name to Marky Ramone), Aaronson as a bassist-for-hire with rock’s elite (Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett), and Kerner & Wise as a successful production duo (who produced Kiss’ first two classic albums).

As evidenced by such metallic rockers as “From A Dry Camel,” “Suicide,” and “Stone Woman,” the band had no problem matching the power and the fury of such peers as Black Sabbath. “Musically, locally, we stuck out,” explains Bell. “We were teenagers, but we were pretty developed as musicians — concerning that genre. Nobody else in Brooklyn that I knew of could do what we could do as a threesome. And we had a style. Yeah, we could all play blues and rock, but we took it further. We took it to different time changes within the songs, and people weren’t doing that at that time.”

With modern day technology at their disposal, the newly re-mastered Dust release rocks harder than ever before — as the band worked directly with the original master tapes. “We tweaked it a bit,” points out Aaronson. “But didn’t want to stray too far from the original, because that’s what people who do know it are used to. If it was up to me, I was thinking, ‘I wish I could re-mix the whole record,’ but the re-mastering was nice.”

But it’s the quality of Dust’s music that has persevered all these years, and the proof is within the upcoming DUST/HARD ATTACK reissue. “I think the music is relevant today,” says Kerner. “I think young kids who never heard it before will find new metal heroes, and people who grew up with Dust will rekindle their love for this music and this band!”

Clip on YouTube telling the Dust story posted here:

For more information please visit:

http://www.legacyrecordings.com/

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-AFM Records News

[Note: This compiles multiple updates. - Tim]

Masterplan: New Album NOVUM INITIUM To Be Released On April 26!

A highly-anticipated release that Melodic Metal fans worldwide are looking forward to: the new Masterplan album NOVUM INITIUM will be released on April 26.

The band, which now features vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) and bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) in its ranks, also recently filmed a video clip for the first single “Keep Your Dream Alive.”

NOVUM INITIUM will be released as CD, ltd. digi-pak and ltd. vinyl.

The New Black: Video Clip & Album Trailer Available!

German heavy rockers The New Black do it again: their third album III: CUT LOOSE will be released on March 15. The 17-track strong (first edition digi-pak) album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids) and shows The New Black on top of their game.

First teasers are available with the video clip “Count Me In” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1VLKIVNJj4 ) and a brand new album trailer that includes snippets of the 12 regular album songs ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxltTeyWbw8 ).

Stahlmann: “Süchtig” Single Available / Album ADAMANT Out In April!

Following up to their top 40 album QUECKSILBER (2012), German electro/Goth rockers Stahlmann will release their highly-anticipated new album ADAMANT on April 19.

The first single “Süchtig” is out now.

http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/31906?lang=en

Lordi: Live Appearance On German TV — Pro 7 “Wok Racing Championships!”

Last Saturday, only one day after the release of their new album TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST, Finnish monster rockers Lordi not only presented their new single “The Riff” on German TV, “Team Lordi” also competed in Pro 7′s “Wok Racing Championships!”

And as cool as the team retained its composure in the ice trail, their performance of “The Riff” was melting snow and ice with lots of flames and pyros.

See a video of Lordi’s “The Riff” performance:

http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/videos/player/index.html?contentId=139335

And also the show’s host Stefan Raab could not hide from the claws of Lordi…

Gama Bomb Unveils Cover Art, Track List And Single From THE TERROR TAPES!

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unveiled the artwork and track list for their forthcoming album THE TERROR TAPES.

The band’s fourth album, to be released on April 19 in Europe and April 22 in the UK, followed by a US release on May 7, boasts a cover illustrated by veteran movie poster artist Graham Humphreys who created pieces for classics “A Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Evil Dead.”

“We grew up in terror of VHS covers painted by Graham, but we never knew his name,” says vocalist Philly Byrne. “We found him, had the audacity to chat to him, and now it’s a dream come true to work together and to see the astounding work he’s done for us.

“The cover shows a man being consumed by a giant, living tape machine. It’s got the feeling of a grubby old 1980s video sleeve I think. It ties in perfectly with our obsession with old technology and mad horror imagery. It’s the best album cover we’ve ever had. Everyone else’s album art sucks because of this.”

THE TERROR TAPES will be preceded by a single for the track “Terrorscope,” available both as a completely free download on March 26, with a vinyl release following in April.

“It was really important to us to give people some music for nothing,” says Byrne. “It’s how we get our music and we want people to know we’re cool with them doing that, as long as they support us. Support comes from a lot of different places, not just the front pocket.”

Gama Bomb have also revealed the track list of the album, which will be released on AFM Records and follows the band’s 2009 album TALES FROM THE GRAVE IN SPACE.

THE TERROR TAPES track listing:

1. The Wrong Stuff
2. Legend Of Speed
3. Backwards Bible
4. Beverly Hills Robocop
5. Smoke The Blow With Willem Dafoe
6. We Started The Fire
7. Terrorscope
8. The Cannibals Are In The Streets – All Flesh Must Be Eaten
9. Sh*tting Yourself To Live
10. Matrioshka Brain
11. Metal Idiot
12. Wrecking Ball

AFM Records

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

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-Spock’s Beard: BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP

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

In their 20 years together, Spock’s Beard have built a reputation for invention, musicality and sheer restive energy. Yet perhaps nothing they have done before can properly prepare you for their 11th studio album. BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is an album that will constantly surprise. For one thing, this represents the studio debut of a new lineup. For another it sees the return of an old friend.

Let’s deal with the former first. Because long-time members Alan Morse (guitar/vocals), Dave Meros (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Ryo Okumoto (keyboards/vocals) are now joined by vocalist Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan. “Jimmy’s been our live drummer now for about 10 years,” says Meros. “But this is the first time he’s been in the studio with us. He’s very creative, as well as being a killer drummer, and he also has an amazing voice. So his presence has definitely brought an extra dimension to what we do. Ted is a vocalist who is capable of many different vocal styles and there was always the possibility that he’d bring something very different to our sound, but he got the Spock’s Beard vibe straight away and it sounds like he’s been singing with us for years. He is also quite a good guitar player and songwriter and that is very evident on this new CD.”

As for that aforementioned “old friend,” well that sees a return for Neal Morse, who left the band in 2002. Well, a return as songwriter anyway.

“Al and Neal are brothers, of course, and keep in regular contact with each other. What happened was that Al spoke to Neal and told him he was working on some ideas. Neal said he’d love to help, so Al went down to Nashville, where his brother’s now living, and they collaborated on the songs ‘Afterthoughts’ (for which Leonard later wrote the lyrics) and ‘Waiting For Me.’ I have to admit that I was worried, because Neal might make us sound a bit ‘retro-Beard.’ But the tracks turned out really well.”

Co-produced by Al Morse, Rich Mouser and John Boegehold (who once again also has a hand in the songwriting process as he has done since 2003), the album again sees Spock’s Beard stretching out into new musical areas. “This happens with every album we do. They each sound different from what has gone before. I think BRIEF NOCTURNES… is sonically superior to anything we’ve done before. Maybe part of the reason for this is that we spent the best part of a year working on it. Not in one stretch, but we’d go into the studio, do some recording, then take a break and return for some more work. That would give us a little time to live with the songs and have time to make changes when necessary.

“Inevitably, there are some supreme, standout moments on the album. One of these is ‘Afterthoughts,’ which is the latest in the ongoing series of songs in the ‘Thoughts’ cycle. It’s quirky, with four-part vocal harmonies which are reminiscent of Gentle Giant. And then there’s ‘Submerged.’ Ted had originally written and recorded this for his solo album WAY HOME (released in 2007), and it’s a real stadium rocker. We’ve adapted it to our own sound, but still stayed faithful to Ted’s original arrangement. I wouldn’t say it’s strictly Prog Rock, but fits what we do and is a great song.”

As always, Spock’s Beard take fans on a irresistible journey. And Meros says the band are also fully aware of ensuring the songs aren’t too overproduced. “There was a stage when we went over the top with orchestrations, and that made it impossible to recreate the songs live without a lot of help. Now, we ensure everything you heard on the album can be played onstage.”

So, what does Meros hope fans will get out of BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP? “Well, some will be shocked that Neal is involved. But I hope they appreciate the musical surprises here. This album is quirky, edgy, reminding us a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward. I am proud of what we’ve done. I believe this is the way Spock’s Beard should sound in 2013.”

Track List:

1. Hiding Out
2. I Know Your Secret
3. A Treasure Abandoned
4. Submerged
5. Afterthoughts
6. Something Very Strange
7. Waiting For Me

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-Telergy — New Album Featuring Members Of Porcupine Tree, Spock’s Beard, Hawkwind, King’s X, Magellan, Twisted Sister, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Coming Soon!

Composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Robert McClung formed Telergy in 2009 with the goal of bringing amazing musicians from all over the world together to tell the stories behind historical events through a wild blend of progressive rock, classical, jazz and world music.

The project’s first album THE EXODUS was released in 2011 to worldwide acclaim. The album featured many incredible musicians from a wide range of genres.

The album won the hearts of fans and critics around the globe, and soon numerous notable musicians from all over the progressive rock world and beyond were on board to be involved with the next Telergy album THE LEGEND OF GOODY COLE. Artists such as…

o Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree)
o Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard)
o Nik Turner (Hawkwind)
o Ty Tabor (King’s X)
o Trent Gardner (Magellan)
o Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
o Emmanuel De Saint Méen (Delusion Squared)
o Joe Cairney (Comedy Of Errors)
o Joel Hoekstra (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger)
o Valerie Vigoda (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cyndi Lauper, Groovelily)
o Laura Sanscartier (Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor)
o Mattan Klein (world renowned jazz flutist)
o Andy Reiner (The Earth Stringband)
o Rory Makem (The Makem Brothers)
o Tim Nunes (The Nero Complex)
o Adam Nunes (The Nero Complex)

And many, many more…

THE LEGEND OF GOODY COLE tells the true story of Eunice “Goody” Cole, who was convicted of witchcraft in the small New England town of Hampton, New Hampshire in the year 1656.

After serving the better part of 15 years in a Boston Jail, Eunice returned to Hampton to find that her husband had died and the town had seized their 40-acre farm. Frail and elderly, she was given a small shack on the marshland outside of town to live out her final days.

Upon her death she was hurriedly buried in a shallow, unmarked grave, with a stake through her heart to keep the evil spirits from escaping. Her ghost has been reported to wander the town at night searching for her grave stone.

This captivating tale is brought to life through the powerful, lush, energy filled music that Telergy creates, and transports the listener on a journey they will never forget.

Telergy is a completely independent project that receives no support from a major record label. Crowd funding is the only way to cover the large costs of mastering and duplication.

A portion of the profits from this album will be donated to the Hampton New Hampshire Historical Society in an effort to update and restore Goody Cole’s currently unmarked memorial stone.

Donate today and become a part of Progressive Rock history!!

Hear sound clips and find out more at http://www.telergymusic.com/ .

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-Escape Music To Release Stala & So.’s PLAY ANOTHER ROUND In April

Artist: Stala & So.
Title: PLAY ANOTHER ROUND
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Label: Escape Music
Release Date: 12. April 2013

Distribution:
Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Track list:
1. Rock Until I’m Done (3:52)
2. Tokyo Delights (3:42)
3. The Boys And Having Fun (4:00)
4. Never Again (4:07)
5. Back Together (3:54)
6. Alrite Tonite (3:23)
7. Life Goes On (3:27)
8. All Alone (4:18)
9. All She Wrote (4:05)
10. For Your Love (3:38)
11. Rockstar (3:47)
12. Pamela (bonus track) (3:07)
13. Shot In The Dark (bonus track) (3:38)

Specials: finest hard rock featuring ex-Lordi member!

Founded in 1997, Stala & So. is known for melodic rock tunes and a positive attitude.

The band has had the freedom to follow their own direction with their music and live performances while entertaining audiences and gathering lots of fans from all over the world along the way. The ’70s and ’80s glam rock bands, such as Sweet, T-Rex and ZIGGY STARDUST-era David Bowie, have had a strong influence on the band’s image. Stala & So. is making music professionally and also having fun with it. The late Finnish comedian, Spede Pasanen, said: “The main thing is to have FUN!” This has been, and continues to be, the guideline for the band as well.

In the beginning of 2011 the band became familiar to the Finnish TV-viewing people by taking part in the Finnish Eurovision Song Contest. They made their way to the national finals. There is also one ESC 2006 winner in the band’s lineup. After the Eurovision show it was time for the Finnish release of their self-written, -recorded and -produced debut album IT IS SO.

On October 24 the Japanese record company, King Records, released the IT IS SO. album in Japan and Southeast Asia. The German-based music company, Music Buy Mail, released the album in Europe and South America on September. In the fall of 2011 the band recorded five new songs and those were released as an EP, titled GIMME FIVE.

The band toured in Europe with Vain (US) throughout March 2012. This was Stala & So.’s first international tour and they played in countries like Great Britain, Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia. The songwriting and the pre-production for the new album began immediately after the European tour. The American top producer, Beau Hill, contacted the band and wanted to do some co-operation. Beau Hill has produced several multi-million selling album in the hard rock history, from the bands like Ratt, Europe, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister and Warrant. As a result of this fruitful co-operation with Stala & So., Beau Hill mixed the first single, “Rock Until I’m Done,” from the upcoming album. It was released on November 7, 2012.

PLAY ANOTHER ROUND is the second outing for the band, and has some great melodies.

This is Stala & So. for your listening and viewing pleasure. Enjoy the ride!

Lineup:
Sampsa “Stala” Astela – Lead Vocals (Kita – ex-Lordi, Finland)
Nick Gore – Bass, vocals (ex-Lordi, Finland)
Sami J. – Lead Guitars, Vocals
Pete Vaughn – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Hank – Drums

Escape Music

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

info@escape-music.com

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-Lion Music April Releases: Mastercastle & Ashent

Mastercastle
ON FIRE
Lion Music
Release: 19 April 2013

Track List:
1. Silver Eyes
2. Chains
3. Platinum
4. Quicksilver
5. Gold Violet
6. The Final Battle
7. Leaden Roads
8. Titanium Wings
9. Almost A Fantasy

ON FIRE is the smoldering new album from Mastercastle. ON FIRE consists of nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences from a band that has rapidly forged a glowing reputation thanks to their previous three releases.

Led by the powerful vocals of Giorgia Gueglio, the virtuoso guitar of Pier Gonella and driving bass lines of Steve Vawamas, ON FIRE marks the first release with one of the world’s most respected drummers John Macaluso (Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, and James LaBrie). This new addition has given the band a kick up the proverbial backside taking their unique brand of metal to an even higher plateau. On the band’s new member Pier Gonella comments, “John gives us great energy because from the first time he heard our music he was really impressed. He participated in the composing process and his vast experience was a great help for the album’s production.”

Once again all lyrics were composed by Giorgia Gueglio, “I started the lyrics with the intention of writing a concept album with the title METALS, concerning metals in metallurgy, chemistry, alchemy and magic. But during their creation I found my lyrics full of sentiments, suffering and emotions. So METALS became too cold. Many tracks have a title with a metal within, but these are ‘warmed’ by blood, my/our human warmth, the passion of making music in a difficult world. So the album title was changed to ON FIRE. ON FIRE is a hot work, very human. On the front cover (also created by Giorgia) you can see a metal hearth. It represents our body that became real and can be hot or burn thanks to our emotions.”

On the new album Gonella comments, “I don’t feel a big difference to our previous releases, but I think this is our most (and best) melodic album so far. Our first album THE PHOENIX had a similar sound but with more evident classical influences. For the second album LAST DESIRE we moved to hard rock style and less neoclassical. Our third album DANGEROUS DIAMONDS was somewhere between those first two, with heavy riffs and powerful sounds. This new album has our best work in the vocal melodies and their presence, with a more ‘natural’ sound, especially in the drums. There are some classical influences in the instrumental songs, and generally it has a heavier vibe in many ways thanks to Giorgia’s vocals. The production is also heavy but never harsh and really emphasis the power this band has.”

The writing process for ON FIRE began three months after the release of DANGEROUS DIAMONDS in February 2012 shortly after John Macaluso joined the band. Many demos where recorded with John of the new material before recording for the album began proper with drums first being recorded from July 2012 to September 2012. Gonella recorded the album along with Macaluso aiming for a strong metal sound without the reliance on triggered samples and sounds. Guitar and bass recording came next before vocals were laid down. After the mix was also done by Gonnela and Macaluso before the album was mastered the album by Pier with Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio from late 2012 to early 2013.

ON FIRE sees release on Lion Music on 19 April 2013 with a promo video for the track “Chains” on YouTube, etc.

Ashent
FLAWS OF ELATION
Lion Music
19 April 2013

Track List:
1. Flaws Of Men
2. Mhysteric
3. Awakened’s Transitions
4. Fallen Angel
5. Illusory
6. Silent Remedy
7. Anaemic Ardency
8. Persistence Of Frailty
9. A Puzzled Sentiment
10. Eden
11. Awakened’s transitions (demo 2003)
12. Fallen Angel (demo 2003)
13. Anaemic Ardency (demo 2003)
14. Eden (demo 2003)

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

FLAWS OF ELATION is a prog-power experience with some modern techno-thrash influences which are reflected in the way Ashent arrange and play guitars and drums. There are also some death metal references, in the mode the band use growling as backing vocals that have their importance in the economy of Ashent’s sound, wisely mixed with a modern prog attitude that uses avant-garde and gothic elements in order to create intense and dramatic music. The atmosphere is very dark, but the vocals of American vocalist Steve Braun are extremely melodic, supported by some beautiful orchestrations.

On FLAWS OF ELATION bassist Gianpaolo Falanga comments, “FLAWS OF ELATION was our debut, originally released seven years ago. Looking back now we wanted to share for the first time our complete musical vision for the long distance demonstrating that the progressive power metal could be created in a more aggressive and personal way than the usual clichés heard in the genre. We aimed to develop a balance between catchy vocals and huge riffing, creating true songs with interesting arrangements.”

On the change in sound from the bonus 2003 demos to the FLAWS OF ELATION album Gian comments, “At the time of our first official demo, the songs had a more ‘power-metal’ attitude, with less complex drum work and keyboards being more dominant. We decided to release the 2003 demos at the end of this reissue in order to underline the stylistic differences between the four songs in the original 2003 version, in comparison with the 2006 versions. You can clearly observe the renewed sound approach, with the introduction of seven strings guitars, more dynamic drum patterns and fills, but also a lot of choirs and harmonizations, with the aim to magnify the two sides of our sound: the aggressive and the melodic.”

Not only does the FLAWS OF ELATION album mark a refinement of the band’s sound, but also a change in personnel with new singer Steve Braun, drummer Davide Buso and guitarist Cristiano Bergamo joining the band between the album’s creation and the 2003 demos.

Ashent – FLAWS OF ELATION sees release through Lion Music on 19th April 2013.

Musicians
FLAWS OF ELATION Lineup:
Steve Braun (vocals)
Onofrio Falanga (guitars)
Gianpaolo Falanga (bass and growl)
Davide Buso (drums)
Cristiano Bergamo (guitars)
Paolo Torresani (keyboards)

ASHENT (demo) Lineup:
Max Zhena (vocals)
Onofrio Falanga (guitars)
Gianpaolo Falanga (bass and growl)
Jacopo “JC” De Simone (drums)
Thomas Giro (guitars)
Paolo Torresani (keyboards)

Credits
FLAWS OF ELATION:
Produced by Onofrio Falanga, Gianpaolo Falanga and Luigi Stefanini
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, January 2006
Drum recorded at The Outer Sound Studio, December 2005
Guitar solo on “Fallen Angel” by Gianluca Ferro ( http://www.gianlucaferro.com/ )

ASHENT (demo):
Produced by Onofrio Falanga, Gianpaolo Falanga and Luigi Stefanini
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, February 2003
Reissue artwork and layout by Mario Sànchez Nevado ( http://www.aegis-strife.net/ )

Official Website

http://www.ashent.net/

http://www.facebook.com/ashentband

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

Lion Music

http://www.lionmusic.com/

http://twitter.com/lionmusic

http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Vindictiv Signs With Escape Music

Swedish metallers Vindictiv has inked a deal with UK based label Escape Music Ltd. The band’s third album, CAGE OF INFINITY, was mixed by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share), and will mark the recording debut of their new singer, Marco Sandron (ex-Eden’s Curse).

“With the new album we are heading in a more straight-ahead heavy metal direction compared to the first two releases. I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder, I couldn’t restrain myself completely,” laughs band leader and guitar wiz Stefan Lindholm.

Vindictiv released two albums so far — the self-titled debut in 2008 and GROUND ZERO in 2009. Apart from his main band, Stefan has been a successful soloist on a number of albums, among them record producer Tom Galley’s international project Phenomena and Soulspell. Other great vocalists Stefan has worked with include Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) and Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire).

Web:

http://www.escape-music.com/

http://www.stefanlindholm.net/

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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. - Tim]

Van Canto: Renew Deal With Napalm

After the release of 2011′s BREAK THE SILENCE (number 23 in the German long-play charts) and the headlining tour through seven European countries in support of this album, the vocal masters of Van Canto took the very first live break in their career. They used the time to work on numerous side projects — including Stef’s new Power Metal band Heavatar — and to recharge the batteries for their return in 2013! Besides festival appearances (e.g. RockHarz and Summerbreeze) the band will also release their fifth studio album in the fall/winter of 2013. In addition, Van Canto renewed their deal with Napalm Records.

Nadir / Napalm Records A&R: “Van Canto is innovative, unique and polarizing — that’s the best thing that can happen to a label. You must not let a band like this go, and that’s why we are proud that Van Canto continue to work with us. Together, we will shake the foundations of the Metal world!”

Stef / Van Canto: “To take a break for a full year was quite odd for us. Maybe there are bands that are satisfied with releasing an album every five years, but for us it felt quite unnatural to stay away from the stage for a full year. We have checked out new things, and are now more eager than ever to return with Van Canto. We are happy that Napalm Records will be the partner for our fifth album. The album will be the most heroic, heaviest and most symphonic album in our discography, and we cannot wait to enter the studio. Rakkatakka Motherf*ckers!”

Van Canto – Official Website

http://www.vancanto.de/

Legion Of The Damned: Entering The Studio

Get ready for merciless brutality, because Legion Of The Damned are about to enter the Stage One Studio in order the record their new songs with Andy Classen. RAVENOUS PLAGUE will be unleashed in the summer! In addition, the band will post a first update from the studio in the upcoming days!

Legion Of The Damned – Official Website

http://www.legionofthedamned.net/

The Sorrow & Kontrust: Nominated For Austrian Amadeus Award

Congratulations to The Sorrow and Kontrust! Both are nominated for an Amadeus Award in the category “Hard & Heavy.” The bands count on your vote, which can be cast on a weekly basis! Let’s turn the Amadeus Awards into the Napalm Awards!

Vote here:

http://www.amadeusawards.at/voting/

Kontrust: “Hey DJ!”

The Austrian Crossover-heroes release the clip to “Hey DJ!” Click on the link below to watch the video! Get ready for gingerbread, leather trousers, a dirndl dress and heavy grooves are waiting for you!

“Hey DJ!” – Official Video

Tiamat: “384″

Mastermind Johan Edlund presents the Tiamat fans with the clip to “384,” which was directed by Ioanna Lampropoulou. Make sure to check out this visual masterpiece. The song is taken from the latest album THE SCARRED PEOPLE.

“384″ – Official Video

Delain – INTERLUDE

Dutch Symphonic Metallers Delain thank their loyal supporters by presenting them with a special release. INTERLUDE is a fantastic blend of brand new songs, special versions and mixes of popular Delain tracks, covers (e.g. “Smalltown Boy” or “Such A Shame”) and the beautiful single “Are You Done With Me.” Thanks to the new mix, the well-known anthem shines with a newfound splendor. The album includes a special bonus DVD featuring exclusive live footage and all clips from the band’s career. INTERLUDE is not only a must for loyal Delain fans, but also for those who have not experienced the music by Charlotte Wessels and her band members so far. It is the perfect introduction to the world of Delain and the starting point to an emotional and bombastic journey!

Release Dates:
01.05.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
03.05.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
06.05.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

CD Track Listing:
1. Breathe On Me
2. Collars And Suits
3. Are You Done With Me (new single mix)
4. Such A Shame
5. Cordell
6. Smalltown Boy
7. We Are The Others (new ballad version)
8. Mother Machine (live)
9. Get The Devil Out Of Me (live)
10. Milk And Honey (live)
11. Invidia (live)
12. Electricity (live)
13. Not Enough (live)
Bonus DVD:
1. Invidia (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
2. Electricity (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
3. We Are The Others (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
4. Milk And Honey (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
5. Not Enough (Video Live @ MFVFestival)
6. Backstage footage
7. Get The Devil Out Of Me (Video clip)
8. We Are The Others (Video clip with Album Version)
9. April Rain (Video clip)
10. Frozen (Video clip)

Delain – Official Website

http://site.delain.nl/

F.K.Ü. – 4: RISE OF THE MOSH MONGERS

The Swedish Horror Metal Mosh band are about to paint the town red with their latest offering. Over the course of a very intense hour, the listener will be haunted by rapid tracks and razor-sharp riffs. There’s no chance to take a breather, when the bloodthirsty bunch revolving around Larry Lethal are calling to mosh! Even fans of other genres will immediately be transformed into Die-Hard Moshoholics and will crave for more songs just like zombies will crave for the brains of the living. With a perfect grasp for heavy grooves and lethal melodies, F.K.Ü. puts the pedal to the metal from the very first to the last second! Are you ready to get moshed?

Release Dates:
24.04.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
26.04.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
29.04.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Moshocalypse Now
2. Rise Of The Mosh Mongers
3. Black Hole Hell
4. Cannibal Detox
5. The Überslasher Pt. 1
6. Scream Bloody Mosher
7. Esox Lucius
8. The Überslasher Pt. 2
9. At The Mountains Of Madness
10. A Nightmare Made Thrash
11. 112 Ocean Avenue
12. The Überslasher Pt. 3
13. Marz Attacks
14. Terror Train
15. The Überslasher Pt. 4
16. They Feed In The Dark
17. Anthem Of The Moshoholics
18. Mirrors Painted Black (Bonus Track – Limited Edition)
19. The New Flesh (Bonus Track – Limited Edition)

F.K.Ü. – Official Website

http://www.moshoholics.com/

Atrocity – OKKULT

“With OKKULT we want to start a very special album trilogy! OKKULT will be heavy, bombastic, but also bleak at the same time. The trilogy will not only consist of the most brutal and heaviest Atrocity albums in years, but also the darkest long-players in our history,” explains front man Alex Krull. On the one hand the band utilizes lots of bombast and big choirs, while on the other hand Atrocity offers pure, heavy, and authentic Metal songs that will get under the listener’s skin. All elements of the sound are in perfect harmony. The fulminant production has a sweeping quality and gives the songs the necessary power, atmosphere and brutality. Thus, it is possible to dive right into the lyrical concept. The concept is more than one-dimensional: The lyrics concern themselves with occult magic, mysterious places, to conspiracy theories and unsolved mysteries. John Milton’s visions of “Pandæmonium” become reality. “Death By Metal,” a mysterious story of long gone times, is Atrocity’s homage to their musical roots and at the same time their band hymn. The finishing touches for the gloomy atmosphere of OKKULT were provided by the Canadian sound designer Katie Halliday (known for acclaimed work on movies like “Saw V,” “Saw VI,” “Saw 3D (VII),” “The Devil’s Carnival” or “Todd And The Book Of Pure Evil.” She received numerous awards for her outstanding craft. The orchestral parts were recorded in Minsk with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra with Victor Smolski (Rage) as the conductor. Besides all the heaviness and bombast, Atrocity are demonstrating their excellent intuition for nice and catchy songs and wrote a real club hit with the catchy “Satans Braut.” Check out the band’s website for more details about the upcoming album and details about the first global treasure hunt in the Metal world!

Release Dates:
24.04.2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
26.04.2013 G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
29.04.2013 Rest of Europe
07.05.2013 USA/CAN

Track List:
1. Pandaemonium
2. Death By Metal
3. March Of The Undying
4. Haunted By Demons
5. Murder Blood Assassination
6. Necromancy Divine
7. Satans Braut
8. Todesstimmen
9. Masaya
10. When Empires Fall To Dust
11. Beyond Perpetual Ice
12. La Voisine

Atrocity – Official Website

http://www.atrocity.de/

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Kingcrow: New Video From Italian Prog Metal Quintet Available

Italian progressive metal outfit Kingcrow today unveils a newly completed video for the song “Morning Rain,” the third single to be released from their recently released fifth album, IN CRESCENDO.

Released on February 12 via Sensory Records, IN CRESCENDO has been reaping acclaim from rock and metal critics worldwide, and exposing countless new fans throughout the scene to Kingcrow’s massive sounds. The vibrant visual depiction of “Morning Rain” — the most melodic and emotional track to be found on the nearly hour-long IN CRESCENDO — was written by Devilnax and Kingcrow’s Diego Cafolla, and filmed and directed by Mauro Marani Studio and Devilnax.

Observe “Morning Rain” for yourself right here:

The opening song on IN CRESCENDO, “Right Before” is streaming at PureGrainAudio, and the second track, “This Ain’t Another Love Song,” is playing at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. The links:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/kingcrow-right-before-song-stream-exclusive-world-premiere

http://www.bravewords.com/news/198494

Following their glorious set at 2012′s ProgPower USA festival, Kingcrow recently confirmed their forthcoming return to North America this Spring, this time in support of IN CRESCENDO. The trek will begin April 28 with a one-off in Atlanta, Georgia, before hooking up with Pain Of Salvation for the main tour. The tour will traverse through Virginia and Maryland before hitting the annual RosFest ( http://www.rosfest.com/ ) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania alongside The Flower Kings, Shadow Gallery, Riverside and more. Following the festival the tour will hit New York City before heading into Canada for shows in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, then dropping back into the US for shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. Stay tuned as new tour updates are announced in the coming weeks. Check out a teaser for the tour and more here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/kingcrow-announces-north-american-tour-new-track-available/

Kingcrow North American Tour:
4/28/2013 The Local – Atlanta, GA w/ Halcyon Way, Imminent Sonic Destruction

Kingcrow w/ Pain Of Salvation, Imminent Sonic Destruction:
5/01/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
5/02/2013 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
5/03/2013 RosFest Afterparty – Gettysburg, PA (Kingcrow only)
5/05/2013 The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
5/07/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
5/08/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
5/09/2013 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/10/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN

Having evolved from a mostly progressive metal direction, Kingcrow has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock over recent years, nowadays culminating strong atmospheric components similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater.

“…from start to finish, on IN CRESCENDO, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with its progressive rock and metal counterparts. 5/5″ – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…Kingcrow bring this album to a triumphant conclusion with so much great and complex at times music and as with the other seven songs the vocals are also very inviting. 4.5/5″ – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a very fine mixture of modern progressive metal and mellow progressive rock, which is sure to please fans of both genres… 8/10″ – My Global Mind

http://www.kingcrow.it/

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose is a concert tour with selected bands from the Heavy Rock corner. Newcomers and famous artists are mixed up together to present you the full overdose of rock.

Five bands whose musical background is settled between Rock ‘N’ Roll and Heavy Metal are the main acts but also besides the music there is a lot to discover:

An extended framework program including hardcore comedy, several stands and culinary possibilities are waiting for all guests.

The following bands are confirmed:

Supercharger – Heavy Rock Newcomers from Denmark with warranty for party and two released albums are the right band to warm yourself up for the evening

’77 – The Spanish band has recently released their second album and will resurrect the ’70s for you! Often compared to AC/DC during the Bon Scott era, these guys rock every audience.

The New Black – This band already played as support of AC/DC, passed gigs in Wacken and Rock Am Ring and their third album is to be released in March. This band did everything right which is possible for a heavy rock band.

Motorjesus – This German band preaches and lives Rock ‘n’ Roll and weaves together different kinds of metal and rock to create a very sinful sound.

Psychopunch – These punk rockers from Sweden are in the business for more than a decade now and in the beginning of 2013 they will release their meanwhile tenth album… On a point where other bands have left long ago into direction commercial rock Psychopunch went on full throttle instead!

Between each gig German metal comedian Bembers will cause some bursts of laughter!

Here are the dates:

12.04.2013 Eisenbahnhalle, Losheim
13.04.2013 Matrix, Bochum
17.04.2013 C-Club, Berlin
18.04.2013 Markthalle, Hamburg
19.04.2013 Alter Gasometer, Zwickau *
20.04.2013 Rockfabrik, Nürnberg
26.04.2013 Kaminwerk, Memmingen
27.04.2013 Steintor-Varieté, Halle
28.04.2013 Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenburg **

* without The New Black, but with The Bulletmonks
** Special Show, Rock ‘N’ Roll Overdose meets the Der W Tour 2013

Tickets are available at Metaltix.com!
Ticket Hotline: +49 (0) 4627 – 18 38 38

More info about the event at:

http://www.rocknrolloverdose.de/

http://www.facebook.com/rrod666

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-Frontiers Records Is Pleased To Announce A Special Event For The Band Gene The Werewolf

The band will be performing two separate shows on Stageit.com on Sunday, March 10, one (at 8:05 p.m. GMT / 9:05 p.m. CET) geared for the European territory and one for folks in the good ol’ USA (at 7:05 p.m. EST). Both shows will be available to all territories, just themed as is for the fans’ convenience. The European territory show will be limited (150) tickets which are available now at the link below and the American date will be limited to (100) tickets (link also available below).

Each show will have a minimum “buy in” of $5.00. Additionally, both shows will be interactive in the sense that fans can chat with other fans as well as ask the band any questions they like throughout the set. Gene the Werewolf will reserve 10 minutes at the end of each set to address all questions asked by fans.

Both sets will consist of Hi-Def video and professional sound through the same mixing console that produced the bands debut album ROCK N’ ROLL ANIMAL!

Fans can purchase tickets for the early date (i.e. European show) here:

http://www.stageit.com/gene_the_werewolf/european_fans_can_watch_gene_perfom_songs_from_rock_n_roll_animal/20343

This show starts at 8:05 p.m. GMT / 9:05 p.m. CET or 3:05 p.m. EST.

Fans can purchase tickets for the late date (i.e. American show) here:

http://www.stageit.com/gene_the_werewolf/watch_gene_perform_songs_from_wicked_love_and_light_me_up/20342

This show starts at 7:05 p.m. EST or midnight / 1 a.m. CET.

Note: Each show will consist of a 30-minute full-band set, followed by a 10-minute segment where the band personally chats with its audience.

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-Escape Music Is Proud To Announce The Release For April 2013: Snowfall – COLD SILENCE

Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Catalog #: ESM250
EAN: 5031281002501
Copyright: 2013 Escape Music
Label: Escape Music

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 19. April 2013

Distribution:
Benelux: Bertus, Germany: H’Art, UK and Ireland: Cargo, Italy: Frontiers, Spain: Goi Music, Switzerland: Non Stop Music, Scandinavia: Sound Pollution

Lineup:
Lee Small – Vocals
Tore Meli – Guitars
“PB” Riise – Bass / Keyboards
Perra Johnson – Drums special guest
Additional keyboards by Helge Flatgård
Additional backing vocals by Bjørn Westum

Track List:
1. Don’t Drive Me Home Tonight (4:57)
2. Citadel Of Hope (4:27)
3. House Of Prayer (4:58)
4. Heaven’s Not Up There (5:00)
5. Jack Of Diamonds (3:52)
6. Wold’s Lair (4:43)
7. I Won’t Be Lonely Anymore (4:06)
8. Stampede (4:10)
9. Oscillate (5:20)
10. Alexandria (4:08)
11. The Vesper Bell (6:39)

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Martin Kronlund at JM Studio, Gothenburg
Cover Art & Booklet Design By Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp)

Great Hard Rock featuring Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena)!

Snowfall are a Scandinavian band that are based in a very cold part of Norway, hence their name and album title! “PB” is no stranger to the music scene as he used to be in Winter Parade who have previously released two fine albums. When Winter Parade dissolved PB and Tore formed Snowfall and at first used a Norwegian vocalist but when Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) came into the scene and Snowfall really started to mature. Musically the band sound like a mixture of British and American ’80s bands such as Whitesnake, Giant and FireHouse but they retain a Scandinavian trademark too. So you get the best of all worlds! The latest addition to Snowfall is a man used to all things “Cold,” none other than Coldspell drummer Perra Johnson. To put the icing on the cake Martin Kronlund of Sweden was hired to twiddle the knobs (mixing and mastering) and of course the result is flawless.

The songs you will find on this debut album are a joint venture between the band members and it shines through in the quality of the material. A mixture of riffs, hooks and elaborate arrangements make the album an experience that will both grab you instantly and hold that interest long-term. An exciting thought indeed. Songs like “Don’t Drive Me Home Tonight,” “Wolf’s Lair” and “Citadel Of Hope: are all great examples of fine hard edged rock.

Snowfall are certainly a name to look out for in March, their debut is bound to cause an avalanche of publicity giving their future a much warmer prospect…

Official Artist Website:

http://www.snowfallcoldsilence.com/

Escape Music

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

info@escape-music.com

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-Pitch Black Records: Five Years Of Metal 2008-2013

When we were putting together our first release back in 2008 we knew that we were going to continue doing this for a long time afterwards. This was obvious from the sheer passion and dedication we found ourselves putting into that first release and this hasn’t changed one bit for any of our releases that followed later on.

Five years might not sound much (or even 20 releases for that matter) but hey, we never bragged about being the biggest label ever! Besides, we pride ourselves in that what we lack in quantity we most certainly make up in quality! Each and every one of our releases has received a fair share of enthusiastic reviews, many of those releases have been included in “best of the year” lists by various writers and reviewers while others have received significant distinctions. Of course we’re not forgetting the fans and how they have all embraced Pitch Black Records and our releases so a HUGE thanks to you as well for being part of this.

During the last five years we have established some good solid relationships and friendships, both with business partners as well as with the artists we have had the honor of working with and releasing their work. Even more exciting things are happening this year, some of which include an important new distribution deal for North America (details to be announced soon), some great new releases (including new albums by Illnath and Arrayan Path) our new and revamped online store already in operation ( http://store.pitchblackrecords.com ) and our just-released free mobile app (currently available for Android via Google Play – http://bit.ly/XDecvf , coming soon for iPad and iPhone). We are also working on a compilation album that will be very special in lots of ways.

As part of our five-year celebrations we are offering a free 20-track sampler containing a song from each of our releases since 2008 (totaling in over one hour of music). We are offering this as a free download BUT… we are also offering the same compilation (again, for free) on CD! More details on how to acquire either version (or both) are available on our official Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords ).

We may be small but we definitely have a big heart when it comes to metal and metal fans and we hope this is evident throughout everything we do. We’re driven by the same passion and dedication as we were on day one and we don’t foresee this changing any time soon, so stick around, we’re still just getting started… \m/

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords

http://store.pitchblackrecords.com

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-Two Side Moon Promotions Update

Barish Kepic – ADDICTION (Featuring Michael Bormann & Ferdy Doernberg)

Please find below the text press info for the brand new CD ADDICTION.

Band: Barish Kepic
Album Title: ADDICTION
Label: Independent/TSM
Release Date: Out Now!
Genre: Hard Rock/Instrumental

Web:

http://www.barishkepic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/barishkepic

Barish Kepic is a Guitarist / Composer / Songwriter and Producer from Germany. Mainly known for his work with bands like Powerworld, Jaded Heart, Evidence One and Faro.

His tasteful style full of feeling and individuality as well as his versatility make him a sought-after studio and live guitarist. Kepic also works as an instructor at the Modern Music Concept school in Haag / South Germany.

Influenced by bands like Van Halen, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Kiss he started playing guitar at the age of 15. One year later he had already gathered his first performance experiences with the band Dark East and continued pursuing his goal of becoming a professional musician.

Besides his love for straight rock — songs with vocals, he discovered his passion for instrumental music and different styles, when he heard guitar players such as Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton and Eric Johnson for the first time.

“This experience opened a completely, very exciting, new musical world for me. After listening to my all time faves like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Gary Moore and Jimi Hendrix for some years, it was like starting a new adventure,” Barish comments.

From 1998-2006 Barish was the lead guitarist and one of the principal songwriters for the internationally famous German rock band Jaded Heart. He released five CDs with the band and toured all over the world. Other notable steps in his career include the bands Powerworld, Evidence One and Faro.

“I still love playing in bands with singers, but on the other hand, as a composer and writer, I always have so many ideas which are not suitable for vocals. And so the desire to do an fully instrumental album grew more and more over the years. One other reason for doing a solo album is, as a band musician, you have to do compromises all the time. As an solo artist I can let my inspiration flow and there’s more space for experiments and different styles and arrangements. There are simply no boundaries,” Barish says.

And the time was right for it back in 2009. Recorded and produced by himself, his album debut SENSITIVE CRUSH got positive reviews all over the world. It made it two times #1 in the USA-based Guitar Nine Records top sellers charts.

This was the first time for Barish promoting and distributing an album fully independently. Now, almost four years later, he was ready for the second strike. ADDICTION shows his keen sense for great melodies and compositions, again. Completely recorded and produced in his own studio and mastered by Bobby Altvater (Affair) in the Sky Studios in Munich.

ADDICTION is not just another instrumental guitar album — still very melodic and intense, it’s packed with passion and surprising moments. The technique is never the driving force in his compositions. “My aim is to reach the listener’s heart, to create atmospheres and emotions,” Barish says. Besides ten instrumental tracks, it includes an acoustic cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” with Michael Bormann on vocals.

Further guests on this album are Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell), who played keyboards on two tracks (“Book Of Destiny” and “While The City Sleeps”) and his longtime friend Chity Somapala (ex-Firewind, Powerquest), who composed the intro to the song “Lost In Samsara.”

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Michael Bormann on “Little Wing”
Guitars – Barish Kepic
Bass – Barish Kepic
Keys – Barish Kepic (except tracks 7 & 8 by Ferdy Doernberg)
Drums – Programmed by Barish Kepic

Track Listing:
1. Addiction
2. Vagabundear
3. Lost In Samsara (intro composed by Chity Somapala)
4. The Long Road
5. Buzzed & Blue Hearted
6. Only By Night
7. While The City Sleeps (keys by Ferdy Doernberg)
8. Book Of Destiny (keys by Ferdy Doernberg)
9. Inside Illusions
10. All That Idle Talk
11. Little Wing (vocals by Michael Bormann)

Kyler – SWAGGER

Please find below the text press info for the brand new CD SWAGGER.

Band: Kyler
Album Title: SWAGGER
Label: 7hard
Street Date: Out Now!
Genre: Groove Metal

Web:

http://www.kyler-metal.com/

http://www.myspace.com/kylermetal

http://www.facebook.com/kylermetal

http://www.youtube.com/kylerrednecks

Kyler are located in the Black Forest in the south of Germany.

Here we have lots of wild boars, mountains, lakes and pretty girls wearing silly hats and there are at least as many idiots as anywhere else. The region is not famous for metal though, which is astonishing because the regional culture and the mentality of the people offer best possible prerequisites. Here metal must sound rough! Brutal and powerful… however also beautiful, passionate and catchy; in other words, it should be a musical reflection of the landscape, the weather or the people’s sense of humor. To get the heart of it: It must sound authentic. Independent!

And this is exactly the sound of Kyler.

Facts:
The band was founded in 2006 first called Past All Hope. In February 2009 they produced a demo called SEX, BOOZE & METAL by themselves which mainly received good reviews.

After several gigs in the south of Germany and in Switzerland the band was renamed Kyler 2011 in order to get closer to the actual sound of the band which is somewhere between groove/thrash metal and southern rock. Kyler were inspired by bands like Pantera, Down, Machine Head, Hatebreed and Black Label Society. Also they love the sound of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and all the other great southern rock bands.

Having a new name and good songs Kyler went to Iguana studio in Freiburg in December 2011 to produce their debut album SWAGGER which might have been awaited by the rest of the world. During 14 days the 10 songs were recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Brandes. The album SWAGGER was released on September 14, 2012 on 7hard Records.

Live:
Humor, technical skills and above all the right “feeling” Kyler grants great entertainment. Due to this Kyler has continuously ranked high on lineups and are frequently booked as headliners for small festivals and concerts. Moreover Kyler has always been happy to support shows featuring bands as for example Agnostic Front, Ektomorf, Crushing Caspars, Undertow, Grantig, etc.

Future:
In fall 2012, they played a few concerts in their home area to promote the album SWAGGER. 2013 the band will play a lot of shows in Germany, Swiss and maybe the rest of Europe.

Also they have already started with the songwriting for the next album.

Discography:
2009 – SEX, BOOZE & METAL (demo)
2012 – SWAGGER (7hard Records)

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Marcus Keller
Guitar: Ralf Thomas, Benny Scherrer
Bass: Theo Kraus
Drums: Andi Biedermann

Track Listing:
1. The Unknown
2. The Last In Line
3. Tonight
4. Drag Me To Hell
5. Bounded By Hate
6. Buried Alive
7. Unloved
8. Fight
9. Bad Cocks (feat. Robocock)
10. FTW

Two Side Moon Promotions
twosidemoon.promo@ntlworld.com

http://www.twosidemoon.com/

http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor

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-Divebomb Records Update

Due Out March 12, 2013
Raped Ape – LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD
Toranaga – GOD’S GIFT CD

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Raped Ape
LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD

When people reflect on the Floridian metal scene of the late ’80s, groups like Death, Obituary and Solstice instantly spring to mind. Yet, there’s one band that despite never achieving the same glory some of their contemporaries enjoyed is still adored and respected amongst cultist metal fans all these years later. We’re talking about Lake Worth thrash heathens Raped Ape.

Named after car mechanic slang for something moving very quickly, Raped Ape did precisely that within the Southern Florida metal scene. Releasing three demos (1988′s IN APE WE TRUST, 1990′s PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION and 1991′s LOST IN MIND) and opening for some of the biggest metal bands at that time (Coroner, Sepultura, Overkill and M.O.D.). Eventually, the group entered the famed Morrisound Recording studios to work with producer extraordinaire Scott Burns to track their debut EP, 1993′s TERMINAL REALITY. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this new Divebomb Records collection combines not only the original TERMINAL REALITY EP, but also four of the band’s long sought-after demo tapes all of which lead up to their signing to Century Media Records.

A must-own for any fan of underground thrash, this LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES limited edition set contains brand new mastering from original source tapes and a massive 16-page booklet with member-supplied scrapbook styled memorabilia encompassing Raped Ape’s entire history. As a bonus, Divebomb Records has included an enhanced portion containing seven archival live videos of the band in their prime.

For Fans Of:
Sepultura, Overkill, Anthrax, Solstice and D.R.I.

Points Of Interest:
+ 20th anniversary for TERMINAL REALITY EP
+ first official CD release of all 4 demo tapes
+ 7 bonus live videos
+ liner note accolades by members of Cannibal Corpse, Solstice, Pro-Pain
+ TERMINAL REALITY produced by Scott Burns (Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Solstice)
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ changed name to Paingod — released one album via Century Media
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:
Disc 1
TERMINAL REALITY – EP (1992)
1. Land Of Broken Promises
2. Victim Of The Game
3. Voice Of Reason
4. Remembrance
5. Who’s In Control
6. Return To Nothing

PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION – Demo (1990)
7. The Krusher
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Kill Thy Neighbor
10. Circle Of Blood
11. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death)
12. Pieces Of Aggravation

LOST IN MIND – Demo (1991)
13. Hypothermia
14. Lost In Mind
15. Monkey See, Monkey Do
16. Feet First
17. Wastoid (Drooling Pigdogs Lineup)

Bonus Track
18. The Krusher (Live)

Disc 2
STUCK – Demo (1994)
1. Stuck
2. Future Tense
3. Drag
4. Mass Population

PAINGOD – Demo (1995)
5. Paingod/Sicklife
6. Not A Moment To Spare
7. Blind Vision
8. Easy Way Out
9. Self Made Man
10. One And The Same

Enhanced CD – Live Videos
Due Process
The Krusher
Hypothermia
Who’s In Control
Mass Population
Future Tense
Circle Of Blood

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Toranaga
GOD’S GIFT (Deluxe Edition) CD

Forging together in the UK metal scene of the late ’80s, Toranaga was a band that seemed destined for big things. Not only was their bridging of thrash with traditionally-flavored heavy metal songwriting instantly irresistible, they also had the major label muscle of Chrysalis Records behind them. But fate had other plans.

GOD’S GIFT, Toranaga’s 1990 sophomore album, should have propelled the group to headliner status. The record features barnburners such as the speedy assault of “Psychotic” alongside Black Sabbath-like stompers like “Black Is The Mask.” MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” even gave album single “The Shrine” some airplay, but a series of bad record label decisions ultimately killed off any chance of GOD’S GIFT truly finding a wider audience. After recording an EP as a last-ditch effort to keep the band signed to Chrysalis, Toranaga pulled the plug on the entire thing.

Always on a mission to right the wrongs of metal history, Divebomb Records now presents this deluxe edition of GOD’S GIFT in newly re-mastered form. The album also features a brand new interview with the band by Noisecreep.com’s Carlos Ramirez, plus archival photos. If that weren’t already enough, Divebomb is including the aforementioned EP, which has never been released before. It’s the kind of deluxe packaging Toranaga truly deserves.

For Fans Of:
Overkill, Savatage, Metallica, Sabbat and Satan

Points Of Interest:
+ new band interview by Carlos Ramirez Of AOL Music’s Noisecreep.com
+ includes 3 unreleased tracks recorded after album
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ festival appearances in summer 2013
+ brand new album in the works currently
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:
1. The Shrine
2. Psychotic
3. Sword Of Damocles
4. Hammer To The Skull
5. Food Of The Gods
6. Disciples
7. Last Breath Of Life
8. Black Is The Mask
9. Execution

Bonus Tracks
10. Beauty & The Beast
11. Eternity’s End
12. Oh Well

Tribunal Records
Divebomb Records [ Reissue Label ]

ADDRESS: POB 49322 Greensboro, NC 27419-1322
AIM: tribunalrecords
WEB: http://www.tribunalrecords.net/
WEB: http://www.divebombrecords.com/
WEB: http://www.kwdsux.com/
FORUM: http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Dew-Scented Confirmed To Support Testament On European Tour In March And for The Full Metal Cruise In May!

Special Anniversary Release Completed!

Dew-Scented have been confirmed as main support for the upcoming European tour of Testament!

Here is a list of all dates, including shows in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and France!

TESTAMENT
+ DEW-SCENTED
+ BLEED FROM WITHIN
16/03/13 – IT – Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock Club
17/03/13 – DE – Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
18/03/13 – DE – Dresden – Schlachthof
20/03/13 – DE – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21/03/13 – DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22/03/13 – DE – Hamburg – Docks
23/03/13 – DE – Köln – Live Music Hall
25/03/13 – DE – München – Backstage
26/03/13 – CZ – Prague – Nova Chmelnice
27/03/13 – PL – Krakow – Studio Club
28/03/13 – DE – Berlin – Huxley’s Neue Welt
31/03/13 – FR – Paris – La Machine

Here is a tour trailer by Testament:

Dew-Scented comments:
“We are highly excited about this opportunity and look forward to some intense shows! Make sure to grab your tickets for this awesome package (rounded off by Bleed From Within) soon and come meet us at the shows!

“This recent tour confirmation has caused us to postpone the previously announced shows in France with No Return. We apologize for any inconvenience this might produce and will be hopefully announcing re-scheduled dates for later this year very soon. Thank you for your understanding. However, we will still be appearing at Chaulnes Metal Fest on the 30th of March, 2013 since this show doesn’t clash with the other newly added dates. See you there!”

Dew-Scented is also confirmed for the upcoming Full Metal Cruise, going from May 5 to May 12, 2013. The cruise’s route is: Hamburg (Germany), Southampton (UK), Le Havre (France), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and back to Hamburg (Germany). Other bands playing include Kreator, Heaven Shall Burn, Firewind, Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Doro and many more.

Comments the band:
“We truly look forward to joining the Full Metal Cruise 2013 and we promise to thrash the boat at its hardest! Raise the cups!”

More details can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/FullMetalCruise

http://www.full-metal-cruise.com/

In other news, Dew-Scented have just completed working on some new studio recordings for a very special anniversary release, set to come out around late May 2013. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks…

http://www.dew-scented.net/

http://www.facebook.com/dewscented

http://www.myspace.com/dewscented

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-Free Fall Premiere “World Domination” Video At Classic Rock UK!

The stunning new music video “World Domination” by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall premiered at Classic Rock UK. Make sure to consume some shrooms and head over to http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/music_and_videos/video-exclusive-free-fall-world-domination/ ! Trippin’ time!

“World Domination” (directed by Artur Wolgers & Olle Bergman, animation by Tobias Petersson) is taken off the band’s debut album, POWER & VOLUME, which is out now via Nuclear Blast. Get it via http://www.smarturl.it/FreeFallCD (physically) and http://smarturl.it/ffpvitun (digitally).

Also check out:
Album Trailer 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHj_8ESfaho
Album Trailer 2 – http://youtu.be/s64IQaPWb4s
Album Trailer 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BppTqOXfbmY
Snippet & Commentary – http://youtu.be/Md8jHD8Dj5o
Valentine’s Day video – http://youtu.be/i0pg4F4xDtc
Track By Track Part 3 – http://youtu.be/DXbI398Nh58
Track By Track Part 2 – http://youtu.be/BFB03V82HpU
Track By Track Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQFmYHBlv48
“World Domination” viral video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-piKzrZj4U
“Power & Volume” music video – http://youtu.be/7xFYmCfZcyE
“Power & Volume” lyric video – http://youtu.be/ZGf0-7ypEBE

http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume

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-Death To All: North American Tour Dates Announced

The esteemed Death To All Tour, celebrating the life and music of Death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, will be returning in 2013 for an even larger run of dates. After a successful 2012 run, the tour, now referred to as DTA1, will feature the original lineup of Death from HUMAN — guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic/Exist. The band will be playing a selection of songs from the first four Death albums including the cream of the HUMAN album.

Once again, the spirit of the tour is to spread the word and raise money for the charity Sweet Relief ( https://www.sweetrelief.org/ ), while keeping the music and legacy of Chuck Schuldiner alive. A second version of the tour, dubbed DTA2, is planned for North America later this year, and will focus on the final three Death albums, plus a one-off European date at Neurotic Deathfest May 3 that will cover the entire Death catalog. A complete listing of dates is included below while a limited number of VIP tickets are available at http://www.soundrink.com/collections/death-to-all .

Additionally, 2013 will continue to see the deluxe reissues of Death’s catalog by Relapse Records. Over the last couple of years, the label has painstakingly reissued and re-mastered the later albums from the Death catalog including THE SOUND OF PERSEVERANCE, INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT PATTERNS, HUMAN, SPIRITUAL HEALING and other Chuck Schuldiner related releases. These Death titles are currently available for streaming at http://deathband.bandcamp.com/ . Details on the 2013 reissues will be announced shortly.

Death To All Tour Dates:
4/13/2013 House of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA
4/15/2013 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO
4/18/2013 St Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
4/19/2013 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
4/20/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/21/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/23/2013 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
4/24/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
4/25/2013 Theater For Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/26/2013 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
4/27/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/28/2013 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
4/29/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX

http://www.relapse.com/

http://www.facebook.com/deathofficial

http://www.deathband.bandcamp.com

http://www.emptywords.org/

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-Melodic Metallers Odium Announce Fan Contest, Giving Away Band Merch!

Coming off their recent Ontario and Quebec tour, Ontario melodic death metallers Odium are engaging fans with a stellar contest of FREE band swag!

Commenting via their Facebook:
“The contest that we have to announce is going to be an ongoing one. We are looking for the best live shots of the band or pictures of you guys with Odium. Post the pictures on our Facebook wall and if they are in fact among the best live shots or fan pics we will get in touch with you and hook you up with one (1) piece of free merch of your choice!! If you have pictures from past shows or hang outs with the band post ‘em up. Otherwise, get your cameras ready and come on out to our upcoming shows and take our picture.”

Like Odium on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic

In additional news, Odium will be announcing spring tour dates in the coming week and are currently offering their latest track “Blue Channel” for FREE DOWNLOAD exclusively on SMNNews.com at the following. The emotionally charged and ripping tune is from the band’s latest album BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE.

“Blue Channel” download:

http://www.smnnews.com/2012/09/25/exclusive-odium-mp3-stream-and-download/

BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE album stream:

“No Way Out” music video (directed by Chad Archibald of Black Fawn Films (HED p.e., Kottonmouth Kings, Arise and Ruin, Farewell To Freeway)):

For more info on Odium, please visit these links:
Bandcamp: http://odium1.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic
Twitter: @odiummusic

Bio:
Founded in 2006 by drummer Joe Mullen and vocalist Tom Emmans, Odium was born in order to create a focused project centered on the themes of growth and attrition. After being joined by bassist Dale Burrows and guitarists Bo Louther and Andrew Fullerton, it was clear the band was quickly becoming a cohesive group of musicians that had found their strengths in each other’s abilities to contribute to the writing process.

Most convincing is Odium’s arsenal of musical weapons that contribute to their overall sound, which was properly harnessed by Canadian producer Greg Dawson (The End, Moneen, Choke) on both of Odium’s metal opus’ underlining the quintet’s penchant for writing metal songs that are as heartfelt as they are heavy with Odium’s emotional hybrid of epic crescendos and fiery heaviness.

Over the years, Odium has opened for such well known bands as Alexisonfire, The Agonist, Beneath The Massacre, Divinity, Moneen, F*ck The Facts, Fairwell To Freeway and Arise And Ruin.

Free Downloads
“Insomnia”

http://yearofthesun.bandcamp.com/track/odium-insomnia

“Identity Of The Doomed”

http://yearofthesun.bandcamp.com/track/odium-identity-of-the-doomed

Music Videos
“At The Bottom”

“Populations Zero”

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-Tribunal Records: March Is Metal Month Sale!

We are offering special discounts on select titles to celebrate the occasion. Prices are dirt cheap (some 50% off), but we cannot afford to sell our entire stock at this price, so… STOCK IS LIMITED FOR THIS SALE!! (You have been warned. You snooze you lose.)

We will be running the sale for the entire month of March, but stock is not guaranteed to last that long.

NOTICE
This sale is for our valued Estore customers only. Customers can only purchase ONE COPY per title unless cleared with us in advance (TribunalRecords@aol.com). If you order more than one copy of a title your order will canceled and monies refunded to you.

We thank you all for your years of support!

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE

http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/march-is-metal-month-sale

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http://www.divebombrecords.com/

http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

http://www.tribunalrecords.net/

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-Tombstone Highway Premiers New “Acid Overlord” Song

Italy’s Southern/hard rock act Tombstone Highway has premièred “Acid Overlord” — second song off the debut album entitled RURALIZER, coming out March 12 in Europe and April 16 in North America on Agonia Records.

The song can be streamed at this location:

The music of Tombstone Highway is a classic blend of feisty stoner/southern rock and doom metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pride & Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top. Apart from hard rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.

The album will feature guest appearances by electric guitar virtuoso Mario Percudani (HungryHeart, Mitch Malloy), Hammond maestro Paolo “Apollo” Negri (Wicked Minds, Black Widow, Hasselvander) and Razor SK (Forgotten Tomb).

Joe Hasselvander (ex-Pentagram / The Hounds Of Hasselvander) commented on the release: “Absolutely cool! Good old swamp-infested blues metal!”

RURALIZER will consist of eight original songs and a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” with a playing time of almost 50 minutes. The album will be made available on digi-pak CD and digital download. RURALIZER was recorded at Elfo Studios by Daniele Mandelli who is also in charge of mix and mastering.

The band commented: “We’re very proud of how the album came out and we strongly believe it’s the perfect way to begin our legacy. People into heavy, ballsy southern-tinged Hard Rock should take note!”

Track List:
1. Old Blood
2. Acid Overlord
3. Graveyard Blues
4. Hellfire Rodeo
5. Ruralizer
6. Bite The Dust (And Bleed)
7. At The Bitter End
8. Mississippi Queen (Mountain cover)
9. Hangman’s Friend

Pre-orders are now available at this link:

https://www.agoniarecords.com/index.php?pos=shop&lang=en

Previously unveiled track is available here:

Tombstone Highway Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/Tombstone.Highway

More music from Tombstone Highway:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/1814120

Agonia Records

http://www.agoniarecords.com/

info@agoniarecords.com

http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords

http://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords

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

https://twitter.com/agoniarecords

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-Orchid Reveals THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS Track List & Comments On Every Song!

San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have revealed the track listing for the band’s upcoming album, THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, which is scheduled for a April 26, 2013 release via Nuclear Blast.

The band also commented on every song of the album — see below.

Check out the lyric video for the first single, “Wizard Of War,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0nFQxXmmx4 .

THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS Track List:

1. Mouths Of Madness
2. Marching Dogs Of War
3. Silent One
4. Nomad
5. Mountains Of Steel
6. Leaving It All Behind
7. Loving Hand Of God
8. Wizard Of War
9. See You On The Other Side

Track-By-Track:

1. Mouths Of Madness
“One of the first tracks written for this album. I was struck immediately by the soaring, yet totally sinister sounding vocals against that pulsing beat. A great opening number.” – Mark Thomas Baker, guitar

2. Marching Dogs Of War
“We really struggled with this one to get ‘the feel’ right. It’s a simple enough song on the surface but the subtlety of the shuffle can really be elusive sometimes. Do we swing on the light or dark side? Is it a slow enough tempo but not dragging? I’m very happy it didn’t end up on the cutting room floor since I think it is critical to the overall story the album tells.” – Keith Nickel, bass

3. Silent One
“The quintessential doom song of the album. The evil sludgy intro followed by the most crushing verse that I have ever played. My favorite drum song on the album.” – Carter Kennedy, drums

4. Nomad
“I’ve had the riffs for this song scattered about in my brain since we started the band. We’d jammed on different versions of the song and Mark always really liked it. One day it finally just fell together. I really like the feeling of it. It really feels like a journey through different emotions I’ve gone through about spending so much time away from home but then feeling restless when I’m at home… no peace.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

5. Mountains Of Steel
“A song that creeps into your soul. Very psychedelic imagery and a great heavy groove that makes it a blast to play. I’m always transformed by this song whether it’s jamming it with the band or just listening in my car.” – Keith Nickel, bass

6. Leaving It All Behind
“Man, this song was a pretty heavy one for me. I had the music for this one for a while and felt like it sounded really kind of sad but sentimental and loving at the same time. Honestly as funny as it sounds, I was driving and the Elton John song ‘This Is Your Song’ came on the radio. My mother has been really ill, she pretty much raised me on her own. I grew up pretty poor, just she and I really struggling to make ends meet when I was little. So this song just ended up being my way of saying thank you to her, not very evil. But I’ve never wanted to be in a band where I couldn’t say the things I wanted to, or feel limited by some poser identity of being a dark band all the time.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

7. Loving Hand Of God
“Started off as an Orchid take on traditional blues like Lightning Hopkins. When I heard the finished track, the vocals gave me goosebumps and the feeling was much more of a Victorian era England than a Mississippi Delta.” – Mark Thomas Baker, guitar

8. Wizard Of War
“This song just kind of happened in one night at practice. Mark had had this riff floating around for years that he and I would joke around about saying it sounded like Entombed or early Celtic Frost. I always really liked it and we’d jam on it periodically. One night we worked on it and I went home and wrote a chorus and a bridge and the next practice it was just done. It was just one of those songs that kind of wrote itself. It’s just a straight-ahead rocker, no frills.” – Theo Mindell, vocals

9. See You On The Other Side
“I always loved the riff, and especially the middle section, which grew to a point beyond what I thought was its potential.” – Carter Kennedy, drums

Orchid

http://www.orchidsf.com/

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-New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV Adds Terror And Goatwhore To The Lineup + More Chances To Win

Today the promoters of the fifteenth annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to announce two new additions to the lineup in the form of legendary hardcore battalion Terror and blackened thrash tyrants Goatwhore! This adds to an already monumental lineup that features over seventy acts from all walks of the extreme music spectrum, including headlining sets from Hatebreed, Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as iconic thrash behemoths Anthrax, who will be performing their classic AMONG THE LIVING full-length in its entirety as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

Additionally, official sponsors All In Merchandise are offering up a chance to win two three-day passes to this year’s event and ten T-shirts of your choice!

To Enter:

1. “Like” All In Merchandise ( http://www.facebook.com/AllInMerchandise ) and The New England Metal & Hardcore Fest ( http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest ) on Facebook.

2. Send an email with your Facebook ID to: NEMFCONTEST@gmail.com

Contest ends March 13, 2013! Good luck!

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The event takes place April 19 – 21 with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

http://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

http://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Psychostick Announce More Dates For “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour;” New Video “Dogs Like Socks”

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick who’s latest single and music video “Dogs Like Socks” has hundreds of thousands of views within weeks of posting, are proud to announce additional dates for “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour,” which includes various dates with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown.

Promo Video – OTCBUYT

Josh “The J” Key, Guitarist comments: “It’s about time we toured with Polkadot Cadaver! And the funniest band we’ve ever toured with, Downtown Brown, too? All I can say is: if you hate fun, don’t go to this show… you might have such a good time that you could suffer a brain aneurysm.”

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release SPACE VAMPIRES VS ZOMBIE DINOSAURS IN 3-D is now available at http://psychostick.com/music .

To view the video “Dogs Like Socks” please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmuqGWgZCc .

Dates – “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”
March 7th in Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
March 8th in Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall
March 9th in Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
March 10th in Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
March 15th in San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
March 16th in Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo’s
March 19th in New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
March 20th in Pascagoula, MS @ Thunder’s Tavern
March 21st in Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
March 22nd in Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Pit
March 23rd in St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local *
March 24th in Cocoa, FL @ The Hippodrome *
March 26th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade **
march 27th in Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery **
March 28th in Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater **
March 29th in Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock **
March 30th in Maumee, OH (Toledo) @ Lucas County Rec Center ***
March 31st in Muskegon, MI @ Club Envy **
April 2nd in Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb **
April 3rd in Madison, WI @ The Frequency **
April 4th in Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s **
April 5th in Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
April 6th in Fargo, ND @ Nestor’s Tavern **
April 9th in Englewood, CO (Denver) @ Moe’s **
April 11th in Cape Girardeau, MO @ Pitter’s Cafe & Lounge **
April 12th in Sauget, IL @ Pop’s **
April 13th in Merriam, KS (Kansas City) @ The Aftershock **
April 17th in South Bend, IN @ Cheer’s Pub
April 18th in Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
April 19th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
April 20th in Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
April 21st in Mansfield, OH @ Planet Rock
May 2nd in Reading, PA @ The Reverb **
May 3rd in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s **
May 4th in Olean, NY @ Phil-n-Station
May 9th in Amityville, NY @ The Revolution
May 10th in Southbridge, MA @ Mill Street Brews
May 11th in Trenton, NJ @ Championship
May 14th in Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

* with Polkadot Cadaver
** with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown
*** with Polkadot Cadaver, Downtown Brown, and Nonpoint

Lineup:
Alex “Shmalex” Dontre – Drums
Rob “Rawrb” Kersey – Vocals
Matty J “Moose” – Bass
Josh “The J” Key – Guitar

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com/

http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

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-The Ron Asheton tribute concert DVD, TRIBUTE TO RON ASHETON: FEATURING IGGY & THE STOOGES + SPECIAL GUESTS, will be released June 4, not April 9 as originally reported.

-Children Of Bodom are in the studio working on 10 songs for the band’s upcoming eighth album. Check out the latest studio update at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=594943913866930 . The album is due out this summer through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.cobhc.com/ for more.

-Corrosion Of Conformity will play the The Metal Fest at Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, on April 13, and the KFMX Big Purple Party at the Lonestar Amphitheater in Lubbock, TX, on April 21. There will also be a short tour with Danzig and The Agonist as follows:

4/17 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
4/19 – Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
4/20 – Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM
4/22 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin, TX
4/23 – Concrete St. Amphitheater Pavillion, Corpus Christi, TX
4/24 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
4/26 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
4/27 – Fox Theater, Pomona, CA
4/28 – Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA

-Crown had signed a worldwide deal with Candlelight Records. Hype: “This French duo creates a wondrous sound that weaves electronics and bombastic guitars to maximum effect.” PSYCHURGH is due out in North America on June 11. Candlelight is offering a free sampler, including tracks from Crown as well as Cnoc An Tursa, Nine Covens, Wodensthrone, and Voices, at http://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/candlelight-cult-winter-sampler .

-Check out a five-minute clip of the members of Dust — Kenny Kerner, Kenny Aaronson, Marky Ramone and Richie Wise — telling the band’s story at http://youtu.be/U4KnOFDxW0c .

-Eden’s Curse is “edging closer and closer” to finishing a new album. Check out a full update at http://www.edenscurse.com/ .

-Fear Factory will tour North America as follows:

4/14 – The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
4/15 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
4/19 – Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL – w/ Hate Eternal
4/20 – Club Fever, South Bend, IN – w/ Hate Eternal
4/24 – Opera House, Toronto, ON
4/26 – McGuffy’s House Of Rock, Dayton, OH
4/27 – The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
4/28 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
5/2 – Gramercy Theater, New York, NY – w/ Hate Eternal
5/3 – Revolution, Amityville, NY
5/9 – Brewster’s Rock Bar, Jacksonville, FL
5/12 – Brass Mug, Tampa, FL
5/14 – Trees, Dallas, TX
5/15 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
5/16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX

-British metal band Furyon — singer Matt Mitchell, guitarist Pat Heath, bassist Alex “Nickel” Bowen, and drummer Lee Farmery — will tour Spain for nine dates in September as follows:

9/12 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
9/13 – Sala Super 8, Ferrol
9/14 – Sala Berlín, Ourense
9/15 – El Gran Café De León, León
9/17 – TBC, Madrid
9/18 – Sala B, Murcia
9/19 – Pub D’leyend, Castellón
9/20 – Sala Utopia, Zaragoza
9/21 – Sala Rocksound, Barcelona

Hype: “Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock. Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock-radio-friendly songs, with technically-challenging-yet-infectiously-catchy musicianship, they are dedicated to one sole purpose: making hard-hitting songs that will stand the test of time.” See http://www.furyon.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Furyon/114816935285870 , and http://www.youtube.com/user/FuryonMusic for more.

-Havok is working on its third full-length album for a late June release; the band members are producing with Terry Date mixing. A show with Cephalic Carnage and Speedwolf is planned for March 23 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO, with a tour alongside The Casualties and Goatwhore to follow:

3/27 – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX
3/28 – Zero’s, Corpus Christi, TX
3/29 – Korova, San Antonio, TX
3/30 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX
4/1 – Launchapd, Albuquerque, NM
4/2 – Rocky Point, Tempe, AZ
4/3 – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
4/4 – The Vex, Los Angeles, CA
4/5 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV – no The Casualties
4/6 – Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA
4/7 – The Alley, Reno, NV
4/8 – Branx, Portland, OR
4/9 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA

-Ihsahn is working on his fourth solo album, tentatively for a late 2013 release.

-Lordi’s TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST is out now. Track list: “We’re Not Bad For The Kids (We’re Worse),” “I Luv Ugly,” “The Riff,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “I’m The Best,” “Horrifiction,” “Happy New Fear,” “Schizo Doll,” “Candy For The Cannibal,” “Sincerely With Love,” “SCG6: Otus’ Butcher Clinic.” Check out an album sampler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRluvFfGhCQ , the video for “The Riff” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwbrHAyuaw , and a “making of” the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiXgiqZV6YA . “The Riff’s” video hype: “Playboy Playmate Dominika Jandlova is part of the video in which she confronts a horde of zombies and monsters.” TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST is the first album featuring the revamped lineup of Mr. Lordi on vocals, Amen on guitar, and Ox on bass with new members Hella on keyboards and Mana on drums.

-Lost Society’s third track-by-track feature, discussing FAST LOUD DEATH, is online now at http://bit.ly/YxmnbG . Check it out for the band members’ thoughts on the songs “Lead Through The Head,” “Diary Of A Thrashman,” and “Toxic Avenger.” The previous parts are still online at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ and http://bit.ly/XrgPQx . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Upcoming releases from Metal Blade Records: March 4 – Neaera’s OURS IS THE STORM; 18 – Cannibal Corpse’s TOMB OF THE MUTILIATED (picture disc), Six Feet Under’s UNBORN; April 2 – Beyond The Shore’s GHOSTWATCHER (digital only), Cannibal Corpse’s DEAD HUMAN COLLECTION – 25 YEARS OF DEATH METAL (box set), Primordial’s IMRAMA (vinyl reissue); 15 – Cannibal Corpse’s THE BLEEDING (picture disc), Flotsam And Jetsam’s UGLY NOISE, Memory Garden’s DOOMAIN, Whitechapel’s THE SOMATIC DEFILEMENT (reissue); May 13 – Entrails’ RAGING DEATH (ltd. edition 2CD). See http://www.metalblade.com/ for more.

-LiveMetallica.com is now offering the band’s shows from the Australian Soundwave Festivals last month. Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, Australia 2/23/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “The Shortest Straw,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Fuel,” “Cyanide,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “And Justice For All,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Battery,” “Seek And Destroy.” Soundwave Festival, Sydney, Australia 2/24/13 set list: “Hit The Lights,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Holier Than Thou,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” Kirk solo #1, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Ride The Lightning,” “Broken, Beat & Scarred,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Fade To Black,” “Orion,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” Kirk solo #2, “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Creeping Death,” “Fight Fire With Fire,” “Seek And Destroy.”

-The release of Bret Michaels’ new solo album, GOOD SONGS & GREAT FRIENDS (Poor Boy Records), has been delayed until June 11. The album features new tracks, re-workings of Poison songs, covers, and tons of guest stars. Track list: “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” “Get Your Rock On,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “The App Song,” “Margaritaville” (Live), “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “You Know You Want It,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Nothing To Lose,” “Raine,” “Driven” (Rock Mix), “Fallen,” “What I Got,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Go That Far” (Hybrid Mix), “Party Rock Band,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (Country Version). The guests include Ace Frehley, Joe Perry, Michael Anthony, Phil Collen, Leslie West, Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), Scot Coogan (Lita Ford), Sal Costa (My Darkest Days), Bobby Capps (.38 Special), Loretta Lynn, Miley Cyrus, the Shields Brothers, Jimmy Buffet on the live duet of “Margaritaville,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, and Peter Keys on “Sweet Home Alabama.”

-Million Dollar Reload’s video for “Broken,” from A SINNER’S SAINT (Fronties Records), is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0WI6-5nAVE&feature=youtu.be&a .

-Melodic death metal band Odium will headline the Ontario Alliance Tour with Deathpoint and Aquila beginning in April as follows:

4/19 – TBA, Guelph, ONT (no Aquila)
4/20 – The Forum, Hanover, ONT (no Aquila)
4/26 – Club Absinthe, Hamilton, ONT
4/27 – Bovine Sex Club, Toronto, ONT
5/3 – Coach & Horses, Windsor, ONT
5/4 – Brannan’s Bistro, London, ONT

See https://www.facebook.com/odiummusic for more.

-Orange Goblin’s live CD/DVD set, A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012, is due out March 12 in North America. Hype: “It contains twelve awesome tracks as captured at Hellfest (France) and Bloodstock (England) last summer. ‘Red Tide Rising,’ ‘Time Travelling Blues,’ ‘Ballad Of Solomon Eagle,’ and the #3 Most Added song to CMJ’s Loud Report last week – ‘The Filthy & The Few.’” The band is set to hit the road with Clutch as follows:

3/8 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
3/9 – Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
3/10 – Pop’s, Sauget, IL
3/11 – Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, Little Rock, AR
3/12 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
3/14 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
3/18 – Black Sheep, Colorado Springs, CO
3/19 – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
3/21 – House Of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
3/22 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
3/23 – Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, NV
3/24 – House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
3/26 – Regency Grand Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
3/27 – Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
3/29 – Showbox At The Market, Seattle, WA
3/30 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
3/31 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
4/1 – Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
4/2 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
4/3 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
4/5 – Flames Centra, Calgary, AB
4/6 – Odeon Events Centre, Saskatoon, SK
4/7 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
4/9 – Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB
4/10 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
4/11 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA
4/12 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
4/13 – Orbit Room, Grand Rapids, MI
4/15 – Wescott Theater, Syracuse, NY
4/16 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
4/18 – Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
4/19 – Stage AE indoor, Pittsburgh, PA
4/20 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
4/21 – North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA – no Clutch
4/22 – St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, NY – no Clutch
4/23 – Middle East downstairs, Cambridge, MA – no Clutch

-Pretty Maids’ second digital single from the upcoming MOTHERLAND (Frontiers Records), “Sad To See You Suffer,” is out now; it can be downloaded from iTunes ( http://t.co/nuMGAkTR7p ), Amazon, and other online sources, and streamed through Spotify ( http://open.spotify.com/album/5CwvC9KA9Yz9ALd4Iyrb0J ). The artwork is available at http://www.frontiers.it/download/PM_sadtosee.jpg . Check out the MOTHERLAND video EPK at http://youtu.be/fICQOPdv9hM .

-Episode 4 of “Raven Lord TV” — “Guitar Demonstration and Raven Lord Update” — is online now at http://youtu.be/wLvWpShG7zw . Check it out as guitarist George Karafotis “gives a brief update on Raven Lord activity, announces and demonstrates his new endorsed instrument. George Karafotis is proudly endorsed by VGS Guitars.” See http://www.raven-lord.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic for more.

-The Rock USA festival is slated for July 17 – 20 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI. The lineup so far: 7/17 – Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Saliva, and two bands TBA; 7/18 – Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Great White, Slaughter, and one band TBA; 7/19 – Godsmack, Chevelle, Sevendust, and two bands TBA; 7/20 – Van Halen, Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken, and one band TBA. See http://www.rockusaoshkosh.com/ for more.

-Saxon’s new video for “Sacrifice” is online at http://www.saxon747.com/ . A “making-of” video is available at http://youtu.be/M4Sn6rbxgdE .

-Secret Sphere has been added to the lineup of this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, set for August 1-3 in Germany. Check out their video for “Lie To Me” at http://youtu.be/Qy98zDaGRmw . See http://www.secretsphere.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/secretsphere for more.

-Spock’s Beard’s BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is available for pre-order now for a worldwide release on March 25. Radiant Records announced all pre-sales will ship the week of March 17. Hype: “In their 20 years together, Spock’s Beard have built a reputation for invention, musicality and sheer restive energy. Yet perhaps nothing they have done before can properly prepare you for their 11th studio album. BRIEF NOCTURNES AND DREAMLESS SLEEP is an album that will constantly surprise.” See http://www.radiantrecords.com/ for more.

-Scott Weiland was “terminated” from Stone Temple Pilots last week.

-Subjektive has new album and T-shirt deals available at http://www.subjektive.com/ .

Thanks to The Axeman, Metaltix, Clint Weiler, Paula Hogan, Jon Asher, Axel Wiesenauer, Chipster PR, Earsplit PR, and for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-I don’t have much of a column here but I do want to share something cool that Steve stumbled onto the other day. Well-traveled bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, etc.) gave a good long 90-minute interview back in March 2010 to Steve Flack of Guitar Heroes ( http://www.guitarheroes.com.au/ ) for Australian Guitar Magazine ( http://www.australianguitarmag.com.au/ ). The interview is available in three parts as follows:

Part 1 (26 minutes):

Part 2 (25 minutes):

Part 3 (40 minutes):

I’ve always found Daisley’s situation fascinating. He’s played on and (co-)written a ton of cool songs and albums, yet has somehow remained fairly anonymous and underappreciated for all these years. His ins and outs with Ozzy’s camp over the years weave quite the tangled web…

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

-In my current playlist: Gamma Ray – SKELETONS & MAJESTIES LIVE (Armoury Records), Paragon – FORCE OF DESTRUCTION (Napalm Records), Holy Dragons – ZERSTORER (Pitch Black Records), Brett Walker – NEVERTHELESS (REISSUE) (Divebomb Records), Vanderbuyst – THE FLYING DUTCHMEN (Ván Records).

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Detritus Issue #642

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Detritus
Issue #642
Week of February 25, 2013

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-Chaos man, chaos! Work has been off the rails, and here we have a huge issue. No rest for the wicked I guess. :) – Tim

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-Rock Against MS Benefit Concert — Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler And Many More

KLOS & The Key Club Present ~
Rock Against MS Benefit Concert
The Key Club Hollywood
9039 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Wednesday, March 27

Hosted By: Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of KLOS

Featuring: Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (Ozzy), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Wayne Static, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Jeff Young And Many More!!

More Artists To Be Announced And Some Big Surprise Guests Too!

Silent Auction 8 p.m. To 10:30 p.m. – Signed Guitars From Rick Springfield, Paul Gilbert, Rare 1/2-hour Lesson From Steve Stevens, Clothes From Josie Loves Jay Valentine, Rock n Roll Jewelry, Rockstar Baskets From Foreigner, Warrant, Gary Hoey And MORE!!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — These artists are coming together to support a longtime friend and publicist Nancy Sayle, who was struck with Primary Progressive MS in 2009. This is a severe version of the disease and only 10% are inflicted with this level. She was also diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor 2012. Visiting her close and dear friend as well as client, Steve Stevens and his wife Josie Stevens, she informed them of this news and all the medical issues. Knowing that she would not be working as much and facing large amounts of medical bills, Stevens suggested that a benefit was in order to help her. This is an amazing selfless gathering with a lot of love as well as creating the much needed awareness.

About Multiple Sclerosis
o Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
o MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
o Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
o Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.1 million worldwide.

Showtimes:

Doors – 7:30
Show – 8:00

Pre-sale tickets:

$35 general
$100 – meet & greet/general ticket
$150 – VIP pass/meet & greet – limited 50 tickets only
Reserved tables buys – inquire @ (818) 795-6198

Purchase @ The Key Club Box Office (310) 274-5800 OR online at Ticketfly: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/230923

Day-of tickets:

$40 general
$110 – meet & greet/general
$175 – VIP/meet & greet – if available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet — Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 5 p.m. Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. Please bring only one item to be signed.

Sponsors: Schecter Guitars, D’Addario/Evans, Key Club Hollywood, KLOS, Majik Box

Contact: Jodie Wilson | Cheating MS | info@cheatingms.com | 707.543.6071

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-Stratovarius: NEMESIS Album Samples Posted

Record Sees North American Release This Week!

In celebration of the upcoming release of their new full-length, NEMESIS, melodic metal legends Stratovarius are offering up sound/video snippets of its eleven tracks. Produced and mixed by guitarist Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios), NEMESIS will be released in North America via earMUSIC in conjunction with Armoury Records on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

From the signature power of “Abandon,” and the aggressively energetic “Stand My Ground,” to the folkish elements of “Out Of The Fog,” and the title track “Nemesis,” which boasts medieval melodies and double bass drumming, NEMESIS delivers new elements fused with the traditional melodic power metal for which Stratovarius is known. In an early review of the record, Metal Underground dubs NEMESIS, “one of the finest releases in the band’s history,” while Metal Reviews gushes, “… NEMESIS is pure epic! It is grandiose, majestic, melodic yet heavy when it needs to be. It’s an unexpected return to form for Stratovarius. It’s what power metal should sound like, period! It is without the shadow of a doubt Stratovarius’ best album in ages… Album of the year award? You betchya! If you are a fan of this band, you can’t afford to miss this incredible album.” Metalholic, in a perfect 10/10 rating, notes, “NEMESIS has a lot of the traditional Stratovarius power metal edge, but they’ve managed to evolve and develop their sound to a much more rounded, matured, and polished heavy metal… This album hit the very depths of my core, my will, my heart, and my soul… This is more than music, it’s a masterpiece, and should go down in the book of heavy metal as one of the best heavy metal albums of all time,” while About.com adds, “NEMESIS finds the band recapturing the magic of their glory days. Most importantly, the songwriting is excellent as the band seems determined to capture memorable songs that sit alongside the best of their catalog.”

Hear for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUzKNn1SxrLobzWemQ9HItNA .

http://www.stratovarius.com/

http://www.facebook.com/stratovarius

http://www.myspace.com/officialstratovarius

http://www.eagle-rock.com/

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-Saxon Update

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

Special News

Pre-Order Has Started!!

Saxon SACRIFICE – limited D2C fan-package

Attention all Saxon fans, the wait is over. The limited edition SACRIFICE D2C fan package can be pre-ordered NOW!

With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release SACRIFICE in March 2013 through UDR.

On this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, recorded and produced by Biff Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and mastering.

LIMITED EDITION – D2C:

For collectors and fans there will be a strictly limited “Direct-To-Consumer Fan Edition” of Saxon’s new studio album available in two versions:

Standard Version:

Packaged inside a black cardboard box embossed with the Saxon Logo are the following specialties:

• the CD Album SACRIFICE Digi-book Edition (including the Bonus Disc with five classic tracks in new versions)
• exclusive Saxon Live CD LIVE IN HAARLEM with 14 live tracks, recorded live at the Patronaat in Haarlem, December 8th, 2012
• exclusive limited Saxon Hooded Sweatshirt, selectable in 4 different sizes (M, L, XL, XXL)

AND: 15 Meet & Greet – Package are randomly added to the Boxed Packages, which will allow the lucky winner to experience:

• free entrance to a Saxon Concert in 2013 (excluding festival appearances)
• experience soundcheck before the actual concert begins
• a Meet & Greet opportunity with Saxon
• a photograph together with the band
• a signed autograph card

This fan-package is limited to 500 units worldwide and it is only available at the UDR Shop and Digital Stores.

Deluxe Version:

For those of you who want to have it a little more exclusive the UDR Shop has a very special offer to make. 50 units of the D2C – Fan – Package will be available in an extra limited edition, which includes besides the components of the normal D2C, a very special item.

Gold Smith Ulli Ehlers (Skull Jewels) has designed a handmade belt buckle in shape of the Saxon “S” Logo as seen on the SACRIFICE album cover artwork. There are only these 50 units available. And it is exclusive to the special D2C Box.

Grab your copy and pre order now!

Pre-Order NOW online at:
UDR Shop: http://www.udr-music.com/index.php/en/saxon-products

Tour Dates

SACRIFICE WORLD TOUR 2013

16.03. – 20.03.2013 – CA – Bahamas – Monsters Of Rock Cruise
24.03.2013 – MX – Mexico City – Plaza Condesa
26.03.2013 – BR – Sao Paulo – A Seringueira
28.03.2013 – AR – Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
30.03.2013 – VE – Caracas – Gillmanfest
18.04.2013 – UK – Leamington Spa – Assembly Rooms
19.04.2013 – UK – Nottingham – Rock City
20.04.2013 – UK – Newcastle – Academy
21.04.2013 – UK – Glasgow – ABC
23.04.2013 – UK – Manchester – Ritz – St. Georges Day
24.04.2013 – UK – Leeds – Academy
26.04.2013 – UK – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
27.04.2013 – UK – London – Shepherds Bush Empire
28.04.2013 – UK – Bristol – Academy
01.05.2013 – IR – Dublin – Academy
03.05.2013 – IR – Belfast – Mandela Hall
05.05.2013 – UK – Oxford – Academy
06.05.2013 – UK – Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
07.06.2013 – SE – Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
08.06.2013 – DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
10.06.2013 – CZ – Brno – Fleda
11.06.2013 – AT – Vienna – Arena
12.06.2013 – SL – Ljubljana – Cvetlicarna
14.06.2013 – IT – Florence – Viper
15.06.2013 – IT – Rome – Orion
16.06.2013 – IT – Milan – Magazzini Generali
18.06.2013 – ES – Barcelona – Bikini
19.06.2013 – ES – Madrid – Sala Arena
21.06.2013 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest Festival
22.06.2013 – DE – Sankt Goarshausen – Metalfest
23.06.2013 – CH – Lucerne – Konzerthaus Schüür
24.06.2013 – CH – Solothum – Kofmhel
26.06.2013 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
27.06.2013 – DE – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
28.06.2013 – DE – Osnabrück – Halle Gartlage
29.06.2013 – BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
12.07.2013 – DE – Bahlingen – Bang Your Head
27.07.2013 – UK – Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – Steelhouse Festival

More dates to follow!

More information:

http://www.saxon747.com/

http://www.myspace.com/planetsaxon

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saxon747/131617386890119

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxon_(band)

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

http://www.last.fm/music/Saxon?setlang=en

http://www.ics-woa.de/

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-Stryper News

Christian Rockers Stryper released today “Bleeding From the Inside Out,” the first digital single off the forthcoming album SECOND COMING due for release on Frontiers Records on March 26 in North America. The song is one of the two original tracks which can be found on this new release (with the other being “Blackened”). The other 14 songs making out the new album are brand new recordings of Stryper classics taken from the band’s first three albums THE YELLOW AND BLACK ATTACK, SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND and TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL. SECOND COMING is produced by Stryper front man Michael Sweet.

The single can be ordered for download via iTunes ( t.co/jncC4QST20 ), Amazon and other fine shops and can be streamed digitally through Spotify ( http://open.spotify.com/album/5nFgnOZxxRca1bT2ZLK75R ).

At the same time it is possible to watch the video EPK that the band prepared for the new album following this link:

Artwork for the single “Bleeding From the Inside Out”, can be downloaded via this link:

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-Testament’s Chuck Billy Greets German Fans!

Chuck Billy, singer for thrash legends Testament, has recorded a short video message for all fans around Germany and the surrounding countries the band will tour in March.

Check out the clip at: http://youtu.be/XNm6M7kPftA

Testament will tour Europe in support of their latest studio effort, DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, which was released in Summer 2012 and marked the band’s highest chart entries around the world.

Testament Live 2013
16.03. I Reggio Emilia – Tempo Rock Club
17.03. D Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
18.03. D Dresden – Schlachthof
20.03. D Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
21.03. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22.03. D Hamburg – Docks
23.03. D Köln – Live Music Hall
25.03. D München – Backstage
26.03. CZ Prag – Nova Chmelnice
27.03. PL Krakau – Studio Club
28.03. D Berlin – Huxley’s
30.03. NL Schijndel – Paaspop Festival
31.03. F Paris – La Machine de Moulin Rouge

http://www.testamentlegions.com/

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-Death Dealer Signs Endorsement Deals With ESP Guitars!

Death Dealer, the new band fronted by former Manowar founder Ross The Boss, is excited to announce a partnership with ESP guitars.

Both guitarists Stu Marshall and Ross The Boss have a long history with ESP.

Featured as a clinician for ESP guitars, Stu Marshall has completed numerous clinics for the brand in Japan, as well as in Australia.

On a recent promotional trip to Japan, Stu met with ESP artist president Makoto Suzuki in Tokyo to discuss the deal.

Stu Marshall states, “It’s a great feeling to have Death Dealer associated with ESP guitars. I have a relationship spanning 10 years with the brand, and exclusively used my stable of ESPs to record the debut CD. ESP are working on a custom model for me which I can reveal is very aggressive and metal orientated. It’s a very exciting time.”

From Ross, “I first started playing ESPs in the ’80s when they were a small company based in N.Y.C., located on the legendary 48th street. I was impressed by the super playability of the instruments, even easier to play then my vintage Gibsons. Since then, ESP has grown into the preeminent guitar company brand for hard rock and heavy metal guitarists.”

ESP guitars will be launching their newly labeled E-II guitars in mid 2013, with Death Dealer to be a featured artist of the new product.

For further information please visit:

http://www.espguitars.co.jp/

http://www.espguitars.com/

http://www.deathdealer.com/

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-Kreator Releases Free Smartphone Application!

German thrash titans Kreator have released an exclusive and free smartphone application for their fans to stay up to date about all things Kreator.

As of now the app is available for iPhone and iPad, on versions for Android and Windows 8 is being worked and will follow soon.

Get the app at:

https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/kreator-thrash-metal/id601936663?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Commented main man, guitarist and singer Mille Petrozza: “We are happy to announce our new Kreator app. Get breaking news, tour dates and more directly to your cellphone. You can find the app which runs on the iPhone and iPad in every app store for FREE! Enjoy!”

http://www.kreator-terrorzone.de/

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-Raven Lord Announces New Drummer

International metallers Raven Lord have announced the addition of current Power Quest drummer Rich Smith to the group’s ranks.

The chance to challenge himself in a different field with Raven Lord was an opportunity he did not want to miss. Rich will finish the two shows for Power Quest’s farewell tour by the end of May.

Commented Smith: “…I’m delighted to of been offered the throne to drum for Raven Lord. I can’t wait to get in the rehearsal room with these guys and hit the road to play some kick ass shows I’d like to thank all the guys in the band and the management for this opportunity…”

Ex-drummer Larry Paterson on his leave: “…It is meant as no disrespect to any of you at all — and I wish great success for everybody. To cut a long story short, things are pretty tough right now as I have another band, a book and a documentary to make. All of this is running on a very tight schedule which WILL definitely get in the way of Raven Lord…”

Singer and band leader Csaba Zvekan commented “I’m saddened to see Larry go from Raven Lord but if dates are clashing there is not much any of us can do. The good thing is me and Larry Paterson will continue working on another band project called Exorcism which is expected to be released in 2014. Well, you know what they say; the show must go on! And with Summer shows in the pipeline we had to act fast and find another drummer as a permanent solution. Rich Smith is highly motivated to be the next Lord drummer and with Power Quest calling it quits it was obvious that he was available for grabs. We took the opportunity and welcome Rich Smith to Raven Lord.”

The complete Raven Lord lineup is:

Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals
Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar
Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin Band) – Bass
Rich Smith (Power Quest) – Drums
George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar
Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

Raven Lord recently got confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Tongeren, Belgium followed by some shows in the Netherlands and Spain. The summer show dates shape up as follows.

15. June Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN, T.B.A.
22. June R-MINE METALFEST 2013, Tongeren, BELGIUM
28. June P3, Purmerend, NETHERLANDS
29. June The Mix, Uithoorn, NETHERLANDS

more shows to be announced very soon.

Press Quote: “…Raven Lord and one of the best power metal albums in the last couple years… the power metal masterpiece that is DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD …” (Metal Delirium)

Raven Lord recently released their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun among others.

http://www.raven-lord.com/

http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic

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-Bullet To Tour Spain Together With ’77 In March

Swedish rock’n’roll riders Bullet have just announced a small tour through Spain together with their Spanish genre buddies of ’77 that’ll take place in early March, comprising the following dates:

06.03. E Madrid – El Sol
07.03. E Valencia – Rock City
08.03. E Barcelona – LA[2]
09.03. E Bilbao – Azkena

Bass player Adam Hector comments: “We are excited about going back to Spain to play a few shows! Spanish crowds are amazing, dedicated and give a lot of energy to us as a band. We remember the amazing show at Sonisphere in Getafe a few years ago very well. Plus, ’77 is absolutely one of our favorite live bands and they are great people and friends. See you on the road — vamos cojones!”

http://www.bullet.nu/

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-Docker’s Guild Unveil “Darwin’s Tears” Short Film

Docker’s Guild have just released the much anticipated short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” taken from the band’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut release THE MYSTIC TECHNOCRACY PART 1: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.

The 10-minute short film for “Darwin’s Tears,” shot and produced by Silos Production (the same team that produced 011 by Therion) was film in black and white in the style of 1920′s German Expressionism and movie serials of that time, and represents a video concept unlike any other seen before in a rock setting.

The “Darwin’s Tears” short film is available worldwide via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqXuW74y19c .

Further information on the band can be found at:

Docker’s Guild Official YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/dockersguild

Docker’s Guild Official Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/dockersguild

Docker’s Guild Official ReverbNation Page:

http://www.reverbnation.com/dockersguild

Buy the album from Lion Music:

http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/mystictechnocracy.htm

Buy the album on iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mystic-technocracy-seaon-1/id537543481

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-Hardcore Superstar Releases “Above The Law” Video Clip & Digital iTunes Single; Announce Tour Dates

Swedish street metallers Hardcore Superstar, whose new album C’MON TAKE ON ME — produced by themselves and mixed by Randy Staub (Metallica, Motley Crue, The Cult) — will be released on March 1, proudly present the brand-new kick-ass video clip for the second single “Above The Law”! Watch it at http://bit.ly/YcPGnP .

The digital “Above The Law” single is OUT NOW via iTunes — get it at http://bit.ly/hcssband .

Moreover, Hardcore Superstar will return to Europe’s stages soon, starting on the album’s release date. Check out the recently uploaded tour trailer at http://bit.ly/UMyC8l .

Join the Swedes’ famous excessive live parties on the following occasions:

01.03. S Göteborg – Sticky Fingers
02.03. S Malmö – Kulturbolaget
08.03. S Borlänge – Lijan
09.03. S Bollnäs – Tuppens Danskrog
15.03. S Mariestad – KG5
16.03. S Göteborg – Trädgårn
21.03. S Sälen – ICE
22.03. S Stockholm – Tyrol
23.03. S Västerås – Sigurdsgatan 25
27.03. FIN Åbo – Klubi
28.03. FIN Joensuu – Kerubi
29.03. FIN Tampere – Pakkahuone
30.03. FIN Helsinki – Tavastia
20.04. S Jönköping – Zaragon Rock Club
26.04. S Kalmar – Sandra
27.04. S Vara – Vara Konserthus
25.05. S Örebrö – Metallsvenskan
08.06. FIN Helsinki – Kivenlahti Rock
15.06. UK Castle Donington – Download Festival
21.06. F Clisson – Hellfest
29.06. CZ Spálené Porici – Basinfirefest
03.07. S Karlstad – Putte I Parken
03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air
15.08. S Falun – Rockstad Falun

More dates to be announced shortly!

http://www.hardcoresuperstar.com/

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-Edge Of Paradise Debuts Single “Break Away” Off Of Upcoming Release PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK On AOL’s Noisecreep

View It Here:

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/15/edge-of-paradise-metal-band/

Buy It Here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/edgeofparadise2

Edge Of Paradise obviously have a tireless work ethic and the Los Angeles-based combo are already at work on their next album, PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK. Working with producer Bob Kulick (Kiss, Motorhead, W.A.S.P.), the band has partnered with Noisecreep to bring you a taste of what they have cooking with “Break Away,” a song from the new sessions. Oh yeah, none other than Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Dokken, Accept) mixed the stuff!

View the YouTube lyric video here:

Edge Of Paradise is looking forward for people to hear the “next level” music. “Our sound has grown since the debut CD MASK, our writing has solidified, we have followed the direction where our sound has been evolving and we feel like we’ve captured something special.

“‘Break Away’ carries the underlying theme of PERFECT SHADE OF BLACK, which explores the survival of humanity. The Idea, that we will bring ourselves back to the primal state of existence and rise again from the dark.”

You can expect a music video from the group as well as tour dates, soon to be announced!

Find out more about Edge Of Paradise on their Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/EdgeOfParadiseBand

Visit Official Website

http://www.edgeofparadiseband.com/

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-Nightbitch: Connecticut Metal Tyrants To Unleash New 12″; Lyric Video Hosted By Invisible Oranges Available

Connecticut metal tyrants Nightbitch will unleash their latest Danzigian/Blackmore-driven bone metal anthems with the three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Set for release on March 26, 2013 via Ear One Productions, CHAINMAKER serves as a precursor to the band’s upcoming full-length.

Elaborates guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams of the offering: “CHAINMAKER is the bastard offspring of the nudie mag in your dad’s closet and the KILLERS tape in your older brother’s Firebird. It’s what’s in your Walkman on your way to meet the cheerleader with the red hair under the bleachers after detention so she can show you her new tattoo. It’s what happens when you grow up with your Priest vinyl a little too close to your Lisa Ann VHS tapes. Misfits and Samhain original pressings and Jess Franco laserdiscs on your bedroom wall. Denim and Hell. Riffs and sleaze. F*CK OFF NOWADAYS HEAVY METAL!”

CHAINMAKER will be released as a one-sided vinyl 12″ in a limited quantity of 250 and available digitally via iTunes and bandcamp.

In celebration of its impending release, Invisible Oranges is currently hosting the “Chainmaker” lyric video. Point your peepers to this location and embrace the sleaze:

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/02/song-debut-nightbitch-chain-maker/

CHAINMAKER Track Listing:
1. Chainmaker
2. Disrober
3. Into The Fire (Deep Purple cover)

Coalescing a mission statement of “wicked women, unholy passions and fire nights” with influences musical, aesthetic, chemical and carnal, Nightbitch are “purveyors of some of the finest occult-themed, sleazed-out, trad-flavored metal around” (CT Indie).

Nightbitch formed in the Summer of 2009 when Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan “His Emissary” Adams sought an outlet to reconcile his late-bloomer discovery of Ritchie Blackmore’s majestic emanations with his obsession for sleazy ’70s occult / exploitation films and plagiarized Danzig riffs. Adams soon hooked up with celebrated doom metal vocalist Phil Swanson (Hour Of 13, Seamount, Vestal Claret and many more) through mutual friend Bill Connnolly (whose No Visible Scars label would expose the world to Nightbitch via the SEX AND MAGIC cassette). The band was quickly rounded out by the formidable rhythm section of longtime friends and veteran CT musicians Chris Taylor (Kingdom Of Sorrow) and Mark Else (De Omega) on drums and bass, respectively.

In September 2010, after gigs opening for such heavyweights as Pentagram, Black Pyramid, Earthride and Midnight, Nightbitch traveled to Dublin, Ireland as the back-up band for Hour Of 13′s live debut at the Dublin Doom Day, playing its own gig as a part of the warm-up festivities. The band brought with it the SEX AND MAGIC cassette, which would sell out of all 100 copies within a month of its release. Upon returning from Dublin, Nightbitch and Swanson amicably parted ways and Taylor assumed vocal duties. In December, Cyclopean Records issued SEX AND MAGIC on vinyl limited to 350 copies, which also sold out in one month’s time. Analog formats exhausted, SEX AND MAGIC has since entered the digital realm via Austria’s Psychedoomelic Records, where it counts the godly Reverend Bizarre among its label mates.

With Taylor at the helm, Nightbitch has composed eleven infernal odes to comprise its full-length debut and is set to release the CHAINMAKER EP to showcase the depravity to follow.

http://www.nightbitch.net/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightbitch/204735052874021

http://www.reverbnation.com/nightbitch

http://www.twitter.com/NightBitchCT

http://www.earoneproductions.com/

https://www.facebook.com/earoneproductions

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-Napalm Records News

Delain: A Winter Adventure In Eisenerz

Last week, Delain’s Charlotte & Martijn hopped on a plane to Austria, in order to pay the Napalm Records headquarters a visit and to sign a worldwide contract. The new partnership was celebrated by hitting the snowy and icy slopes surrounding Eisenerz, where Austrian and Dutch racers met in a friendly competition. As behind the microphone, Charlotte gave 110% and broke her arm while racing to a well-deserved victory. Don’t worry though, she’s fine and Delain is the latest addition to the ever-growing Napalm Records family! Welcome!

Delain: “We are so much looking forward to the cooperation with Napalm Records. This is the perfect label for us, and this cooperation makes it possible for us to build on, and reach out to our fans.”

Thomas Caser, Head Of A&R: “Having been a fan and follower of the band since its beginning, I personally am extremely proud that Delain are now part of our roster. The band shares our visions and together we will bring Delain to the top!”

Delain Official Website

http://site.delain.nl/

End Of Green: On Tour & New Album

Alternative, Metal, Goth or Rock’n’Roll — may others give it a name. Michelle Darkness, Kerker, Lusiffer, Hampez and Sad Sir have been following their path since the beginning: loud, intense and full of wild passion. Already three albums from End Of Green went straight into the German Long-play Charts, HIGH HOPES IN HIGH PLACE even climbed up to number 17 in the German Charts. At the moment, End Of Green are working on their yet untitled eighth album, which will be released via Napalm Records in the summer of 2013!

End Of Green – Live
Presented by Sonic Seducer
13.07.13 DE – Mülheim, Ruhr / CASTLE ROCK
20.07.13 DE – Höchstadt, Aisch / SCHLOSSHOF FESTIVAL
10.08.13 DE – Hildesheim / MERA LUNA FESTIVAL
16.08.13 DE – Dinkelsbühl / SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL
17.10.13 DE – Nürnberg/Hirsch
18.10.13 DE – Berlin / C-Club
19.10.13 DE – Dresden / Tante Ju
25.10.13 DE – München / Backstage
26.10.13 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
01.11.13 DE – Bochum / Matrix
02.11.13 DE – Hamburg / Knust
08.11.13 DE – Osnabrück / Rosenhof
09.11.13 DE – Köln / Underground
16.11.13 DE – Stuttgart / LKA Longhorn

End Of Gree Official Website

http://endofgreen.extratix.de/

Ex Deo: Nominated For Juno Award

Ex Deo’s latest masterpiece CALIGVLA has been nominated for a Juno Award in the category “Metal Album Of The Year!” The Juno Awards are the equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

Juno Award Nominees

http://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners/

Grave Digger: Updated Live Dates

22.02.2013 RU – St. Peterburg / Avrora
23.02.2013 RU – Moscow / Club Moskwa Hall
24.02.2013 RU – Voronez / 100 Ruchev
26.02.2013 RU – Krasnodar / Arena Hall
27.02.2013 RU – Stavropol / Mazhor
28.02.2013 RU – Rostov-na-donu / Podzemka
01.03.2013 UA – Kharkov / Zhara
02.03.2013 UA – Ilyichevsk / Metropolis
06.04.2013 PL – Sczecin / Rock in Sczecin 2013
30.05.2013 BR – Porto Alegre / Becos Bar
01.06.2013 BR – Varginja/MG – 15° Roca “N” Roll Restival
02.06.2013 BR – Sao Pulo / Bar Manifesto (Special Unplugged Show)
22.06.2013 DE – Dischingen / Rock am Härtsfeldsee
11.07.2013 CZ – Vizovice / Masters of Rock Festival
13.07.2013 DE – Dorsten / Dorstival
20.07.2013 IT – Cenate Sotto (BG) / Metal for Emergency
02.08.2013 DE – Wacken / Wacken Open Air
24.08.2013 CZ – Loket / Metal Loket 2013
31.08.2013 CH – Diegten / Boom Openair
German Metal Attack Part II 2013
02.10.2013 DE – Osnabrück / Rosenhof
03.10.2013 DE – Bremen / Aladin
04.10.2013 DE – Magdeburg / Factory
05.10.2013 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser

Grave Digger Official Website

http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Pump Announces New Vocalist

German heavy rockers Pump have announced the addition of vocalist Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band, Ripe, D.I.M) to the group’s ranks. “Tear Down The Walls,” a brand new song snippet with the new vocalist Oliver Weers can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wu0m86ZG0O4 .

Commented Pump bassist Michael Vetter: “We had many candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really good musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”

Guitarist Aki Reissmann has to say: “We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Oliver Weers into the band as vocalist. Oliver has really been a breath of fresh air for us, and in the first week of jamming with him we were able to finish the recoding of the new album WAITING FOR THE RAPTURE soon. Oliver’s voice add new dimensions to our sound. Thanks for always supporting Pump, and keep your ears open for hot news in 2013″

Lineup:
Marcel “Selly” Bernhardt – Guitars
Andreas Minich – Drums
Oliver Weers – Vocals
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Guitars
Michael Vetter – Bass

Oliver Weer’s Biography can be downloaded here:

http://www.rockngrowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Oliver-Weers-Biography.pdf

http://www.pump-rocks.net/

http://www.facebook.com/PumpBandpage

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

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-Free Fall: Album Out Now! Announce Video Premiere And European Tour In April/May!

POWER & VOLUME, the stunning debut album by Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall is OUT NOW! Get it via http://www.smarturl.it/FreeFallCD (physically) and http://smarturl.it/ffpvitun (digitally).

Furthermore the band soon will premiere the video clip for the song “World Domination!” WATCH OUT!

Free Fall have also just been confirmed to be touring Europe in April/May alongside fellow Nuclear Blast label mates Witchcraft and Orchid:

Witchcraft/Orchid/Free Fall
26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (ORCHID only)
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http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume

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-Soen: Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer

Soen, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring their COGNITIVE debut stateside this Summer.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, COGNITIVE was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed And Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.” View the band’s video for “Delenda,” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KbWahoNCvVQ .

COGNITIVE Track Listing:
1. Fraktal
2. Fraccions
3. Delenda
4. Last Light
5. Oscillation
6. Canvas
7. Ideate
8. Purpose
9. Slithering
10. Savia

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, Soen weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While Soen may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez’s former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf’s somber voice, Platbarzdis’s transcendent guitar work, Lopez’s trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio’s exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

COGNITIVE isn’t an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man’s metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, COGNITIVE breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, COGNITIVE breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It’s just up to you to find them.

Further information on Soen to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

“The instrumental prowess of each of the members aside, the thing that ultimately makes COGNITIVE a success is the high caliber of songwriting from beginning to end, a triumph in rhythmic and melodic interplay between all instrumentalists and vocalist Joel Ekelof… a brilliantly executed album… sure to stand up to repeated listening for a long time to come.” – Ultimate-Guitar

“For a debut album, this is really something to behold. The production is even, the music thematic and smart, and the musicians eager to share every second with the other. Most remarkable is that SOEN simply appear to be on the exact same page.” – The Metal Observer

“…a fantastic record, and these talented musicians pull off this sound with proficiency. We could all use a melancholic and intelligent rock record that is equal parts melodic and progressive.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

https://www.facebook.com/SoenMusic

http://www.spinefarmrecords.com/usa

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-In The Silence: Sensory To Release Album From Ominous California Prog Act

Sensory Records this week confirms the upcoming release of A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD, the sprawling debut full-length from Sacramento, California-based dark/progressive quartet, In The Silence.

Founded in 2007 by guitarist/vocalist Josh Burke, the talented crew of musicians forming In The Silence had an instantaneous chemistry, which saw the outfit playing area shows almost immediately. Musically comparable to the emotional output of Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Opeth but boasting a more progressive nature than said acts, In The Silence surges with incredibly moving riffs and otherworldly atmospheres, boasting a huge mid-tone clean vocal performance atop a thunderous display of technical metal percussion.

After tracking several demo songs, the band settled into hometown Fat Cat Recording Studios and recorded their debut album A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD with producer Jack “Jay” Trammell. The record’s 45-minute lifespan possesses massive, pristine production, even further magnifying In The Silence’s skilled approach. The band released the album themselves, and when the initial run of 120 digi-paks sold out right away, the issued a 300-run eco-sleeves pressing. The album immediately reached journalists at popular metal webzines worldwide, including Blistering.com who called it, “A startlingly mature album that belies the band’s relative inexperience and fresh-face… certainly one of the more alluring dark/atmospheric albums to hit in 2012,” and Metalstorm.net, issuing in part, “…nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting and talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.”

Sensory Records, a division of progressive linchpin The Laser’s Edge, will give A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD the proper distribution and attention it deserves, having penned a striking digi-pak version of the album, as well as high-quality digital download, for official worldwide release on April 9th, 2013.

Check out the stunning artwork from Spanish artist Nacho Galacho and listen to several tracks from A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD at http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/ .

In The Silence also recently signed with Intromental Management who will be breaking them out on tours and festival appearances throughout North America in 2013. Already confirmed is a performance at the massive annual ProgPower USA XIV festival in Atlanta, Georgia, where they’ll share the stage with Circle II Circle, Rhapsody, Wolverine, Soilwork, Shadow Gallery, Wolf, Circus Maximus, Armored Saint and more. Stay tuned for additional imminent tour plans to be announced in the coming days.

In The Silence lineup:
Josh Burke: vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars
Nate Higgins: lead and rhythm guitars
Dennis Davis: bass
Niko Panagopoulos: drums

A FAIR DREAM GONE MAD Track Listing:
1. Ever Closer
2. 17 Shades
3. Serenity
4. Beneath These Falling Leaves
5. Close to Me
6. Endless Sea
7. All the Pieces
8. Your Reward

http://www.inthesilence.net/

http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/inthesilence

http://www.reverbnation.com/inthesilence

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Paganland Premieres New Track On Decibel Magazine’s Website

“A stirring and atmospheric album” – Zero Tolerance
“Certainly worth of the attention of those into earlier works by Nokturnal Mortum and Drudhk” – MetalReviews.com [8.6/10 rating, "Surprise Of The Month"]
“One of the better such debuts I have heard in recent years” – Blogcritics.org
“Bring something new to pagan metal” – Graveconcernsezine.com
“Well worth hearing” – Destructive-Music.com
“A must-listen” – Absolute Zero Media webzine

Today, Paganland premiere the new track “Wind Of Freedom” on Decibel magazine’s website. The song is the title track of the band’s debut album, WIND OF FREEDOM, set for international release on March 4 through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, WIND OF FREEDOM carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other — verily, to a mystical Paganland — and already, the buzz is starting to circulate, as the band have done interviews with Zero Tolerance, Rock Hard (Slovenia), and Parat magazines. Presented by North America’s ONLY monthly metal magazine, Paganland’s “Wind of Freedom” can be heard exclusively here:

http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-paganlands-wind-of-freedom/

Track listing for Paganland’s WIND OF FREEDOM:
1) Wheel Of Eternity (Intro)
2) Shadows Of The Past
3) Power Of Spirit
4) Chornohora
5) Podolyanka
6) Night Forest
7) Fogs And Twilights
8) Wind Of Freedom

Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv — one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland’s debut demo GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (1999) and the demo SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The lineup changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused Paganland’s breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group reformed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, WIND OF FREEDOM, having resumed their concert activity.

Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt’sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert… the runes of “Veles’ Book” and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)… secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves… how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

Paganland’s members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can — and must — stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland’s creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history.

Paganland Discography
1999 – GODS OF GOLDEN CIRCLE (demo)
2004 – SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS/CARPATHIA (split-CD w/Tini Zabutyh Predkiv)
2013 – WIND OF FREEDOM (full-length CD)

Paganland Lineup
Volodymyr – vocal
Ruen – keyboards
Yor – drums
Stanislav – bass
Vladislav – guitar

More Info:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paganland/413948075329819

http://www.myspace.com/paganland.ua

http://www.svarga.eu/

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-Pitch Black Records News

New online store (and 50% off exclusive offer)! Free mobile app also.

http://store.pitchblackrecords.com

We are happy to announce that our new online store is now LIVE! It features lots of upgrades, some of which include:

o Better stability, security and ease of use
o We have secured the entire site with strong 256-bit security
o Compatible with mobile phones and devices
o More shipping options
o Easier login and checkout — just use your Facebook, Twitter or Google account (safely and securely)
o Downloads section coming soon (including freebies as well!)

We invite you to check it out and we would love to hear your thoughts on it (good or bad). If you find something that doesn’t work quite right please do let us know about it. We’ll even send you a free CD if you do find something!

In other news, our free mobile app has just gone live! For now it’s only available for Android devices from Google Play but the iOS version will be arriving very soon so stay tuned.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.conduit.app_f82292bc9bd04461a798d56404127973.app

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords

https://twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds

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-The Unclean: Ohio Rock Trio Drops Second Full-Length

Ohio-based trio The Unclean has this month self-released their sophomore full-length album, in the process unleashing some of the most classic but contemporary, polluted but pristine rock n’ roll the underground has to offer.

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, the members of The Unclean collective pulled their resources together in 2007. Hailing from predominantly sludge/doom-scene acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer, with this act the members crank out solid, no-frills, riff-heavy, blues-based rock anthems. With influences and comparisons tracing to classic acts like ZZ Top, Humble Pie, Thin Lizzy, Motörhead, the band self-released their debut album NO EXCUSE NECESSARY in the Fall of 2008, and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally alongside other hard-working local and touring acts.

At the end of 2012 the trio shacked up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys’ live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, The Unclean proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with THE EAGLE. Boasting nearly forty minutes of ballsy, bluesy, beer-swilling anthems about good times and bad, guitarist/vocalist Bremmy (ex-Sofa King Killer, Honkeytonk Damnation), bassist Burns (ex-Rue, Nailblack, Fistula, Sofa King Killer), and drummer Frank The Tank (ex-Search Block) play it straight from hip, loud and in your face.

After releasing THE EAGLE this month digitally via all the usual online suspects (iTunes, Spotify, EMusic, Google Play and more), The Unclean will drop a CD version in the coming months alongside regional shows and sporadic touring in support of the record. Stay tuned for further info in the coming weeks.

THE EAGLE Track Listing:
1. On We Go
2. Live For The Day
3. Million Dollar Jezabel
4. Away Too Long
5. Not So Bad
6. Strange Kind Of Living
7. Been Gone
8. Nothing Left To Say
9. The End

https://www.facebook.com/theuncleanakron

http://www.myspace.com/theuncleanjunkie

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-Prog Rockers Fen Release New Music Video “A Long Line Final” + Performing Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kickoff

Lineup:
Bass: Jeff Caron
Drums: Nando Polesel
Lead Guitars/Backing Vocals: Sam Levin
Guitars/Vocals: Doug Harrison

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen have released their latest music video “A Long Line Final” from their fifth and latest album OF LOSING INTEREST, released last summer via indie label Ripple Music to follow up their fourth release TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The band will also be performing at this year’s Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kick Off on March 21st at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) in Vancouver, BC. (show details below)

Their heaviest and most technical album to date, OF LOSING INTEREST is an album that revisits the band’s harder edged metallic past while retaining the melodic sensibilities that made TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM so alluring. Co-Produced by Mike Southworth, his fourth with the band, OF LOSING INTEREST is a contrast of technical virtuosity layered against warm low end organics.

To view the video, please visit the following link:

OF LOSING INTEREST Track Listing:
1. Riddled (3:55)
2. Of Losing Interest (4:59)
3. Nice For Three Days (4:04)
4. A Long Line (4:43)
5. The Glove (3:23)
6. Drunken Relief (4:26)
7. Light Up The End (3:34)
8. Pilot Plant (6:03)
9. Snake Path (3:17)

Show Details:
March 21, 2013 – The Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC w/ Marching Mind, Porn For The Blind (kick off show for the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival, coming to Whistler April 12-21) put on by Powder Rocket http://powderrocket.com/about/ and Streetkore http://www.streetkore.com/about/

About:
In January of 1998, in the mountain shadows of Nelson, British Columbia, a creatorship emerged called Fen. The road has been long for this dark-leaning band, which after more than a decade of obscurity, was finally ushered into the prog and metal fan’s psyche. This occurred in 2010, when Fen signed to California label Ripple music and released their fourth album TRAILS OUT OF GLOOM. The album garnered impressive reviews from bloggers and print magazines worldwide, including mention in the UK’s Classic Rock magazine and a perfect 16/16 score from the US authority on prog: Progressions Magazine. To follow up this attention, in May of 2011, the management of UK/Israeli prog veterans Blackfield invited Fen to open for them on the Vancouver stop of their North American tour.

To date, Fen’s music has sold in more than fifteen countries, and with the help of dedicated bloggers, two AAA-radio campaigns, and a music video for the single “Miracle,” the band’s following continues to expand. In surprising contrast to the dark nature of Fen’s music, their songs have been placed on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) and Animal Planet’s “From Underdog To Wonderdog,” among others. The song “Through The Night” will soon be available on the video game “Rock Band.”

Fen has performed at clubs and festivals throughout BC, and in the summer of 2011, took part in the Forest Symphony at UBC’s Pacific Spirit Park. Fen’s fifth album, OF LOSING INTEREST, will be available in August 2012, and is a return to the heavier aspects of the band’s sound. It is their second release under the Ripple Music label, and it brings together a band lineup first assembled in 1999.

http://www.fenmusic.ca/

http://www.facebook.com/fenmusic

http://twitter.com/fenmusic

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

http://www.reverbnation.com/fen

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/fen/id255360979

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fen

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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Announce Tour Dates + New Video “Tides Of War”

Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to announce they will performing the following Quebec and Ontario tour dates in support of their recently released full-length album TIDES OF WAR.

Produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG’s new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP REVERENCE, which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.

The metallers have released two singles off the album — “Unbound” featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track — and both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on bandcamp and iTunes.

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tides-of-war/id597619046

Music Video – “Tides Of War”

Track Listing – TIDES OF WAR
1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides Of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation Of The Gods

Tour Dates:
March 8, 2013 – Le Petit Chicago – Gatineau, QC
March 15, 2013 – The Doors Pub – Hamilton, ON
March 16, 2013 – D.C. Music Theatre – Etobicoke, ON (Toronto) METAL FEST w/ Adversary Number 7, Livid And Blood Thirsty, War And Hate, All Else Failed and more
March 23, 2013 – Woodstock Bar – Sherbrooke, QC w/ Made Up A Reason, Black Absinthe
March 29, 2013 – Carleton University – Ottawa, ON

For more info on Chariots of The Gods please follow them at these links:

http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/

http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods

Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV Welcomes Paganfest + Enter To Win A VIP Flyaway Package

As the massive fifteenth edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand, the legendary event is pleased to welcome the coming of Paganfest! The annual caravan, notorious for its wealth of folk-loving, mead-swilling, Pagan-centric musical exports, this year features Finnish folk metal heroes/headliners Ensiferum, alongside Faroe Islands natives Týr, Dutch Pagan metallers Heidevolk, Norway’s Trollfest and California thrashers Helsott. Paganfest will be making a stop at The Palladium on April 20th.

Additionally, the founders of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are proud to add GreenVans as official sponsors of the event. Founded in 2008 by musicians for musicians, GreenVans offers eco-friendly affordable, reliable and safe tour transportation and are a reoccurring sponsor of NEMHF. For more info, go to http://rentgreenvans.com/ .

As previously announced, NEMHF has partnered with F.Y.E. to offer a VIP Flyaway package! One lucky winner will get two (2) VIP passes to the festival as well as airfare and hotel accommodations. F.Y.E stores are currently offering an assortment of pummeling metal CDs for $9.99, each on a NEMHF endcap. Any purchase of these titles will receive a free NEMHF CD Sampler featuring tracks from Hatebreed, Holy Grail, Shadows Fall, Continents, Sister Sin and many more!

Enter to win the contest and grab some great metal CDs from F.Y.E. at http://www.redmusic.com/metalandhardcorefestival .

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

Continuous updates will be made and coverage opportunities for the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are available via Earsplit PR, an official sponsor of this year’s event.

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

https://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Orchid’s WIZARD OF WAR EP Out Now!

As an appetizer for their upcoming second full-length album THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS (out on April 26, 2013), San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have released the WIZARD OF WAR EP!

The EP contains the following tracks:

SIDE A
1. Wizard Of War
2. Demon’s Eye
SIDE B
3. Albatross

The track “Wizard Of War” is taken from THE MOUTHS OF MADNESS, while “Demon’s Eye” was solely released on an underground Halloween compilation before and “Albatros” was previously released on the band’s debut album CAPRICORN.

The music press is enthralled:

“Dark, heavy, tricky — but yet highly gettable!” Classic Rock (D)
“Naturally a must-buy!” Legacy (D)
“Whets the appetite for the upcoming album big time!” Metal.de (D)

WIZARD OF WAR is available on 10″ vinyl in black, purple and light green — get yours now at the Nuclear Blast web shop:

http://www.smarturl.it/orchid

WITCHCRAFT
ORCHID
FREE FALL
26.04. Lichtenfels (DE) – Paunchy Cats
27.04. Berlin (DE) – Desertfest (FREE FALL tbc)
28.04. Warschau (PL) – Progresja
29.04. Krakau (PL) – Lizard King
30.04. Wien (AT) – Szene
01.05. Darmstadt (DE) – Steinbruch Theater
02.05. München (DE) – Backstage Halle
03.05. Siegen (DE) – Vortex
04.05. Paris (FR) – Trabendo
05.05. Wuustwezel (BE) – Puntpop Festival
06.05. Tilburg (NL) – O13
07.05. Aarau (CH) – Kiff
09.05. Barcelona (ES) – Razzmatazz 3
10.05. Madrid (ES) – El Sol
11.05. San Sebastian (ES) – C.C. Intxaurrondo *
12.05. Toulouse (FR) – Le Saint des Sains *
13.05. Milano (IT) – Lo Fi Club *
14.05. Rome (IT) – Traffic Live Club *
15.05. Bologna (IT) – Freak Out Club *
16.05. Dornbirn (AT) – Schlachthaus *
17.05. Stuttgart (DE) – Universum
18.05. Hamburg (DE) – Markthalle
19.05. Gelsenkirchen (DE) – Rock Hard Festival (nur ORCHID)
* without FREE FALL

http://www.orchidsf.com/

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-Florida’s Raped Ape Sees Collection Surface On Divebomb Records

When people reflect on the Florida metal scene of the late ’80s and early ’90s, groups like Death, Obituary and Solstice instantly spring to mind. Yet there’s one band that, despite never achieving the same glory some of their contemporaries enjoyed, is still adored and respected amongst cultist metal fans all these years later. We’re talking about Lake Worth thrash heathens Raped Ape. Named after car mechanic slang for a motor that runs hard and fast, Raped Ape did precisely that within the South Florida metal scene, releasing three demos (1988′s IN APE WE TRUST, 1990′s PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION and 1991′s LOST IN MIND) and playing shows with some of the biggest heavy bands at that time (Sepultura, Biohazard, Coroner, Morbid Angel and many more).

Eventually, the group entered the famed Morrisound Recording studios with producer extraordinaire Scott Burns to track their Independent EP, 1993′s TERMINAL REALITY. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, this new Divebomb Records collection combines not only the original TERMINAL REALITY EP, but also four of the band’s long sought-after demo tapes, all of which culminated in their signing to Century Media Records.

A must-own for any fan of underground thrash, this LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES limited edition set contains brand new mastering from original source tapes and a massive 16-page booklet with member-supplied scrapbook styled memorabilia encompassing Raped Ape’s entire history. As a bonus, Divebomb Records has included an enhanced portion containing seven archival live videos of the band in their prime.

Raped Ape
LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES 2xCD
CD/Digital
3/12/13

For fans of: Sepultura, Overkill, Anthrax, Solstice and D.R.I.

Points Of Interest:
+ 20th anniversary for TERMINAL REALITY EP
+ first official CD release of all 4 demo tapes
+ 7 bonus live videos
+ liner note accolades by members of Cannibal Corpse, Solstice, Pro-Pain
+ TERMINAL REALITY produced by Scott Burns (Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Solstice)
+ out of print since early ’90s
+ changed name to Paingod & released one album via Century Media
+ limited edition
+ new mastering by Jamie King
+ layout/restoration by Adam Peterson (WatchTower, Epidemic and Solstice)

Track List:

Disc 1
TERMINAL REALITY – EP (1992)
1. Land Of Broken Promises
2. Victim Of The Game
3. Voice Of Reason
4. Remembrance
5. Who’s In Control
6. Return To Nothing

PERPETUAL AGGRAVATION – Demo (1990)
7. The Krusher
8. Shrouded In Darkness
9. Kill Thy Neighbor
10. Circle Of Blood
11. S.T.D. (Socially Transmitted Death)
12. Pieces Of Aggravation

LOST IN MIND – Demo (1991)
13. Hypothermia
14. Lost In Mind
15. Monkey See, Monkey Do
16. Feet First
17. Wastoid (Drooling Pigdogs Lineup)

Bonus Track
18. The Krusher (Live)

Disc 2
THE STUCK – Demo (1994)
1. Stuck
2. Future Tense
3. Drag
4. Mass Population

PAINGOD – Demo (1995)
5. Paingod/Sicklife
6. Not A Moment To Spare
7. Blind Vision
8. Easy Way Out
9. Self Made Man
10. One And The Same

Enhanced CD – Live Videos

Due Process
The Krusher
Hypothermia
Who’s In Control
Mass Population
Future Tense
Circle Of Blood

Download/stream the track “Land Of Broken Promises” here:

http://tribunalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/divebomb-records-five-year-campaign

Divebomb Records

http://www.divebombrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords

http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/divebomb-records-563/

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-Kadavar Reveal ABRA KADAVAR Cover Artwork & Track List!

Kadavar — Germany’s most authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock combo of today that already casted a spell on all fans of solid riff-driven yet doom-like ’70s hard rock à la Black Sabbath or Pentagram — reveal the cover artwork and track list of their second full-length album ABRA KADAVAR that will be out via Nuclear Blast on April 12, 2013!

The photo for the cover artwork was taken by photographer / ex-Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth ( http://www.joedilworth.com/ ). Kadavar’s front man Lupus Lindemann states: “Joe had already worked with us for our debut album. He’s one of the best photographers I know and always understood our ideas which is why we wanted to cooperate with him again. He proudly brought an old camera from the ’60s and a color film that had been expired for ten years to the shooting — hard to get and highly coveted, because it causes unpredictable deviants as far as color and contrast are concerned. As one can see: We’ve used this very film!”

ABRA KADAVAR will be available as a ltd. digi version incl. bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. The track list reads as follows:

1. Come Back Life
2. Doomsday Machine
3. Eye Of The Storm
4. Black Snake
5. Dust
6. Fire
7. Liquid Dream
8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
9. Abra Kadabra
Bonus track:
10. The Man I Shot

http://www.facebook.com/pages/KADAVAR/108072095944589

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-En Route To Heavy MTL: Round 3: Death Metal Night Guest Judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)

Following the success of the inaugural edition in 2012, Dungeon Works Productions and Evenko are proud to present En Route To Heavy MTL 2013 and the selected twenty bands that will be battling it out over the next five months to win one of two opening slots at this year’s 2013 HVY MTL.

Battle 3 of the BOTB will take place on Thursday, March 7th at Les Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent Blvd) with special guest judges Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault) & Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) along with local music industry for the death metal night.

Competing bands: Death Metal Night

TUNGUSKA MAMMOTH

http://tunguskamammoth.bandcamp.com

PRONOSTIC

http://pronostic.bandcamp.com

BROUGHT BY PAIN

http://broughtbypain.bandcamp.com

DERELICT

http://www.derelictmetal.com

Event Details:
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/538264052860653/

Ticket Purchase:

http://www.admission.com/event/en-route-vers-heavy-mtl-2013-bataille-3-tickets/708091

La Boutique Labyrinthe: 486 Ste. Catherine Ouest

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 8:30PM
Cost: $12 Advance / $15 Door

sponsored by:
Budweiser – http://www.budweiser.ca/
Jagermeister – http://www.jagermeister.ca/
Galaxie – http://www.galaxie.ca/
Revolutionary Longboards – https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryLongboards
Godin Guitars – http://www.godinguitars.com/
Delta Hotels – https://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Montreal
Italmélodie – http://www.italmelodie.com/
La Boutique Labyrinthe – http://www.labyrintherock.com/
Slick Styled Steel Tattoo & Piercing – http://www.slickstyledsteel.com/
HMMAC – https://www.facebook.com/HMMACANADA
Absolute Underground Magazine – https://www.facebook.com/groups/10034445807/

For more info, please visit http://www.dungeonworksprods.com/ & http://heavymtl.com/en/jouer-heavy/ .

Rounds to come!

Prog/Power/Epic Metal Night:
Transcend – http://www.reverbnation.com/transcendband
Eclipse Prophecy – http://www.facebook.com/eclipseprophecy
Kalter (Quebec City) – http://kalterofficial.com/
Unbeing – http://www.unbeingmusic.com/

Deathcore Night:
Rosewood – http://www.facebook.com/RosewoodMTL
Self Collapse – http://www.reverbnation.com/selfcollapsemetal
Pandora’s Wake – http://www.facebook.com/pandoraswake
Death Lullaby – http://www.deathlullaby.com/

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-Joel Grind Announces Release Date For Debut Album On Hells Headbangers

Today, Hells Headbangers announces May 28 as the international release date for the CD version of Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS debut. The solo project of the selfsame Toxic Holocaust founder/front man, Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS bears many similarities to the early days of Toxic Holocaust — especially the CRITICAL MASS demo — but goes down a darker, dirtier, decidedly more primitive route. The (toxic) result is 10 tracks of raw and fuzzed-out rock ‘n’ roll / metal / punk in the vein of the first Bathory album and early Motorhead. Says Joel Grind, “If you are looking for over-produced sh*t that passes as ‘metal’ today, this is NOT for you!”

Track listing for Joel Grind’s THE YELLOWGOAT SESSIONS:
1. Ascension
2. Hell’s Master Of Hell
3. Vengeance Spell
4. Foul Spirit Within
5. Cross Damnation
6. Grave Encounters
7. Black Order
8. The Eternal One
9. Hail To Cruelty
10. Descension

More Info:

http://joelgrind.bandcamp.com/

http://www.joelgrind.com/

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/

“When you need metal, go to hell!”

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-The U.S. Bank National Association has claimed Ace Frehley stopped paying the mortgage on a home in Yorktown, New York, “nearly two years ago,” and has asked a court to order the house be sold to pay off he loan. See http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/02/kiss-it-goodbye-rocker-ace-frehley-accused-of-not-paying-mortgage-may-lose-home/ for more details.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/16 – Club 366, Ogden, UT
3/23 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
3/30 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/3 – Flying Elephant, Carlsbad, CA
5/17 – Outlaw Saloon, Cheyenne, WY
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
6/1 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Lost Society’s second track-by-track feature, covering the songs “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me),” “Bitch, Out’ My Way,” and “Fast Loud Death” from the album FAST LOUD DEATH (Nuclear Blast), is online now at http://bit.ly/XrgPQx . Part 1 is still available at http://youtu.be/kmDNf9vmkqQ , and the video for “KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)” is online at http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM . See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-The former members of Raped Ape will play a show March 10 at Propaganda Lake Worth in Lake Worth, FL, with their current bands — Ferocious Stones, JP Soars & The Red Hots, and The Mobile Homies — and then close out the night together “with a short set of classics from South Florida’s Heaviest, Raped Ape!!” See https://www.facebook.com/RapedApeOfficial for more.

-Slayer has replaced drummer Dave Lombardo with Jon Dette, stemming from a financial dispute. Read more at http://www.examiner.com/article/slayer-drummer-dave-lombardo-replaced-by-rocker-jon-dette .

-We must’ve missed these when they came out, but here are links to several Testament “making-of” videos about DARK ROOTS OF EARTH, featuring the listed band members:

Eric Peterson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VDEzxQ2uiM
Alex Skolnick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjdhnWLwew
Chuck Billy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT8OK4aQ2k
Greg Christian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C756lGyLBBI
Gene Hoglan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mPVJNPsJm4

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

-Timo Tolkki’s Avalon is the act Frontiers has been mysteriously promoting with a short (1:17) YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/MOaWC8yecQI . (At press time this clip was just showing a slate of upcoming Frontiers releases, though.) Avalon is a metal opera project set to release THE LAND OF NEW HOPE through Frontiers on May 17 in Europe and May 21 in North America. Tolkki’s guest stars include Michael Kiske (Unisonic ex-Helloween), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe, Kamelot), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), Rob Rock (Driver, Impellitteri), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion, ex-Dream Theater), and Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire). Hype: “The year is A.D. 2055 and planet Earth has almost been destroyed by a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and natural catastrophes. A small group of survivors leave on a quest to find a sacred place called The New Land Of Hope.”

Thanks to Matt Rudzinski, Hawk, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-My friend Bill alerted me to what looks to be a very somber, riveting documentary web series on the deadly fire that occurred at a Great White show at The Station in Rhode Island a decade ago. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/thestationwebseries . The first episode, “Gina Russo ‘Black Rain’,” and several trailers are online now. See TheStationMovie.com for more. It’s hard to believe 10 years have already passed… This event struck a little closer to home for me because a couple of weeks before the Station fire my brother and I had seen Great White at a club in Milwaukee, and we were surprised when they used a sparkling pyrotechnic prop in such a small venue.

-I was shocked and saddened to read about Nancy Sayle’s struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. We here at Detritus have had a great relationship with Nancy and her PR company for many, many years. She’s sent us tons of CDs to review and arranged many great interviews for us. That MS benefit at the Key Club next month sounds totally cool and I hope they raise a ton of money to help the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, her company, her colleagues, and her family. God bless.

-In happier Ace Frehley news, check out Chris Holmes’ (no, not *that* Chris Holmes) list of “Top 10 Ace Frehley Songs (Kiss And Solo)” at http://popdose.com/top-10-ace-frehley-songs-kiss-and-solo/ . The feature includes MP3s and videos, and gets major kudos from me for 1) including “Save Your Love” from Kiss’ DYNASTY, and 2) excluding “New York Groove.” (Thanks again, Bill!)

-In my current playlist: Vamp – THE RICH DON’T ROCK (DELUXE EDITION) (Divebomb Records), Early Cross – PATHFINDER (Lion Music), Evil Army – I, COMMANDER (7″ EP) (Hells Headbangers), Jess And The Ancient Ones – ASTRAL SABBAT (Svart Records).

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Detritus Issue #641

21 February 2013 Leave a comment

Detritus
Issue #641
Week of February 18, 2013

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-It’s a lot of pressure to come up with something witty to put here every week. It really is. This week: epic fail. – Tim

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-A WORLD WITH HEROES (Kiss Tribute)

[Note: This is from http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kiss40thtribute . - Tim]

Be a part of the Kiss 40th Anniversary Tribute Album — with songs from every era — and help out a cancer hospice.

Welcome!

To mark the 40th Anniversary of Kiss, we have gathered some of the greatest rock musicians for a Kiss tribute album. A WORLD WITH HEROES features unique performances of incredible Kiss songs.

Here at PledgeMusic, you can be a part of the creation of this album. Have a look to see how you can be involved.

Your pledge will PRE-ORDER this historic album.

And not only will we be making an amazing tribute to Kiss come to life, but your pledges will also benefit a cancer care hospice (my father-in-law passed away there peacefully on Jan 4th 2013).

All basic tracks will be recorded by these incredible musicians: Eric Brittingham (bass – Cinderella), Jeff LaBar (guitars – Cinderella) and Troy Lucketta (drums – Tesla). The vocalists and other artists that will contribute to the CD include: Terry Ilous (Great White), Bumblefoot (GNR), Russ Dwarf (Killer Dwarfs), Ron Young (Little Caesar), Doug Alrich (Whitesnake), Rex Brown (Pantera, Kill Devil Hill), Dery Grehan (Honeymoon Suite), Bill Leverty (FireHouse), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Doro, Tommy Denander, Slaves On Dope (w/ Jason Rockman), Phil Naro (ex-Talas & Peter Criss) and Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtado’s band & Helix). And more to be announced shortly.

Pledge to be a part of this amazing tribute and great cause.

- Mitch Lafon, Kiss Tribute Organizer

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-Multi-Platinum Rock Band Whitesnake To Release New DVD/Live CD Package: MADE IN JAPAN Due Out In April On Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary rock band Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package, MADE IN JAPAN. MADE IN JAPAN is set for release on April 19th in Europe (22nd in the UK) and April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during sound checks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Please see below for the full content listing.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987′s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang! voted David Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

MADE IN JAPAN track listing:
CD 1 – Best Years; Give Me All Your Love Tonight; Love Ain’t No Stranger; Is This Love; Steal Your Heart Away; Forevermore; Six String Showdown; Love Will Set You Free; Drum Solo; Fool For Your Loving; Here I Go Again; Still Of The Night.

Bonus CD 2 – Sound Check – Love Will Set You Free; Steal Your Heart Away; Fare Thee Well (Acoustic Version); One Of These Days (Acoustic Version); Lay Down Your Love; Evil Ways; Good To Be Bad (Acoustic Version); Tell Me How (Acoustic Version).

DVD / Blu-Ray contents – Best Years; Give Me All Your Love Tonight; Love Ain’t No Stranger; Is This Love; Steal Your Heart Away; Forevermore; Six String Showdown; Love Will Set You Free; Drum Solo; Fool For Your Loving; Here I Go Again; Still Of The Night.
Fan Videos For Forevermore and Steal Your Heart Away.

For more information, please visit:
Official Website – http://www.whitesnake.com/
Official Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official
Official Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale

Frontiers

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Doro Issues Roadside Update; Tempe, Arizona Meet & Greet Announced

Legendary Metal Queen Doro Pesch is currently finishing up the RAISE YOUR FIST North American tour which commenced with a fiery appearance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise late last month! Touring in support of the anthemic RAISE YOUR FIST full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year, the iconic songstress continues to enthrall the masses with her permeating voice, metallic grace and infectious, onstage charm.

Comments the perpetually upbeat Doro: “So far the tour has been so amazing! It’s the best North American tour we’ve ever done. The venues have been packed and so many have sold out. The fans have been truly amazing and so supportive, it’s been overwhelming! The Joliet, Illinois show was so intense, we’re saving some of the live footage for an upcoming DVD. Some shows have been very long — everyone wants to hear so many songs; so many encores! We are so looking forward to playing the rest of these shows, especially Hollywood! The old Warlock members, our label and so many friends are coming out. I truly thank all the fans who’ve made these shows so amazing and possible.”

Additionally, Doro devotees in Tempe, Arizona will have the opportunity to meet Pesch and her band mates at a special in-store meet & greet on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Naked Dave’s Music located at 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ. The signing session will run from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. For more info, go to this location:

https://www.facebook.com/EarsplitPR?ref=hl#!/pages/Naked-Daves-Music/79010550381?fref=ts

Doro North American Headlining Tour 2013 [remaining dates]:

2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ

Advance ticket links are available on Doro’s Official Facebook Page.

RAISE YOUR FIST features guest appearances by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G, with artwork by British artist and longtime Doro collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie. The offering debuted at #65 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart upon its first week of release and was commended by Outburn in an 8/10 rating for delivering “50 minutes of expertly crafted Teutonic metal.”

“…probably the classiest lady in metal.” – Outburn

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a solid outing for Doro Pesch and at this stage in the game, would expect nothing less from her. She still manages to savor that hard rock image and make it work for her and I hope she never stops doing this. I say raise your fist in the air babe, and never let it go.” – Blistering

“On her 12th solo album, German metal maiden Doro Pesch sounds more assured than ever, particularly as a songwriter on these 13 taut, Teutonic tunes.” – Revolver

“RAISE YOUR FIST will put a smile on all of Doro’s fans faces, many years after she first appeared Heavy Metal still has plenty to give thanks to those like Doro.” – Sea Of Tranquility

“There is no doubt in my mind that Doro is a pioneer in her field of music, one that does what she loves best, and gives her fans all. That’s what I call dedication. Do I recommend RAISE YOUR FIST, most definitely.” – Metal Titans

“RAISE YOUR FIST is a confident, well crafted, classic metal album, which offers a slab of horn-throwing anthems, with just the right amount of sentiment. Doro heads into a new decade with another load of rock and roll ammunition in her arsenal.” – The Examiner

“For a quarter century, Doro has been defying stereotypes and putting out old-school metal that never fails to recall the days when the star of heavy metal burned brightest. Time may not have been the kindest to the style of music Doro has always stood for, but it has been kind to her. The accomplishment of staying relevant in the scene for so long is not something to be taken for granted, and it’s something indeed to be proud of.” – Bloody Good Horror

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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http://www.nuclearblast.de/

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-Flotsam And Jetsam Ink New Deal With Metal Blade Records!

New Album UGLY NOISE To Be Released April 12th, 2013!

Flotsam And Jetsam, arguably one of the most influential and prominent acts from thrash metal’s birth in the early ’80s, has returned to Metal Blade Records to release their new album, UGLY NOISE. The lead single/title track is available for streaming now on http://metalblade.com/flotsamandjetsam .

UGLY NOISE is the band’s eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow-up to their 2010 album, THE COLD. The record also heralds the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who haven’t recorded with Flotsam And Jetsam since HIGH in 1997.

Flotsam And Jetsam’s Kelly Smith comments on working with Metal Blade: “We have just inked a distribution deal for the release of UGLY NOISE through Metal Blade Records. UGLY NOISE will be released worldwide in April of 2013. It was the obvious choice for us after our long-standing relationship and Metal Blade’s 30-year history of metal. You can’t match what they can do with 30 years of experience behind them. We are excited and looking forward to working with MB in 2013.”

UGLY NOISE track listing:
1. Ugly Noise
2. GittyUp
3. Run And Hide
4. Carry On
5. Rabbits Foot
6. Play Your Part
7. Rage
8. Cross The Sky
9. Motherf*ckery
10. I Believe
11. To Be Free
12. Machine Gun

Flotsam And Jetsam is:
Eric ‘AK’ Knutson – vocals
Edward Carlson – guitar
Michael Gilbert – guitar
Jason Ward – bass
Kelly Smith – drums

UGLY NOISE will be released via Metal Blade Europe as a Digi-CD and on LP the 12th/15th of April, 2013!

http://www.flotsam-and-jetsam.com/

http://www.facebook.com/flotsamandjetsam.official

https://twitter.com/Flotztildeath

http://www.youtube.com/webmasterflots

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-2013 To Bring Three More Releases From Jeff Lynne And ELO As Part Of ELO’s 40th Anniversary

In April Frontiers Records will release ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE And Two Reissues: ELO’s ZOOM And The Lynne Solo Album ARMCHAIR THEATRE

Just as the third quarter of 2012 brought three exciting works from Jeff Lynne — his second solo album LONG WAVE, the freshly recorded MR. BLUE SKY – THE VERY BEST OF ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA and the illuminating documentary “Mr. Blue Sky: The Story Of Jeff Lynne And ELO” — 2013 will be marked by more treats from the creative force of ELO and one of rock’s most iconic figures.

On April 19th in Europe (April 22nd in the UK) and April 23rd in North America, Frontiers Records will release three albums: ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE and two reissues, ELO’s ZOOM (re-mastered and including a brand new track) and his debut solo album ARMCHAIR THEATRE (also re-mastered, with two new brand new tracks). It’s all part of the 40th anniversary of ELO, who’ve sold 50 million-plus records worldwide. These releases will all feature new packaging and the live CD will come in a special ecolbook edition.

o ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE hasn’t been issued as an album until now. Taken from a 2001 performance for a PBS television special in Los Angeles at CBS Television City, the music was released as a DVD that year. The new hits-packed CD offers fans four tracks that weren’t on the DVD (“Secret Messages,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Twilight,” and “Confusion”) as well as two new, unreleased studio tracks, “Out Of Luck” (recorded in 2010) and “Cold Feet” (recorded in 1992). Although the singularly accomplished British singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has always preferred the creative experience of the recording studio, he is a compelling performer who’s always figured out ways to bring his distinctive widescreen musical universe to life onstage when he needed to.

o ELO’s ZOOM — unavailable for over 10 years — has been re-mastered and features a brand new track, “One Day” (recorded in 2004) as an added bonus, along with a live version of “Turn To Stone” from 2001′s ZOOM special on PBS. At the time of its original release in 2001, Lynne hadn’t issued an ELO album since 1986′s BALANCE OF POWER. He called upon notable friends for a little help, enlisting contributions from longtime ELO member Richard Tandy as well as good friends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The result is an album rich in that distinct ELO sound — classic Lynne melodies and songwriting, foot-stomping rock anthems and sweet, sexy strings.

o Lynne’s first solo album, 1990′s ARMCHAIR THEATRE, is a melting pot of different styles and influences featuring unexpected collaborations with Lynne’s heroes and close friends, including Tom Petty, Richard Tandy and George Harrison. This reissue, unavailable for the last decade, includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Borderline” and “Forecast” (both recorded in 1989). Interestingly, the album also features a few notable covers — “Don’t Let Go,” “Stormy Weather” and “September Song” — that demonstrated Lynne’s flair for covers two decades before the release of 2012′s acclaimed LONG WAVE. Suitably, the core of the album is Lynne himself, though he also left room for the contributions of a few friends and fellow travelers. Harrison contributed guitars and vocals on a number of tracks. Petty co-wrote “Blown Away,” a gorgeously romantic ballad. Longtime ELO band member Richard Tandy also contributed on keyboards and other instruments. ARMCHAIR THEATRE captures the musical genius of Jeff Lynne when — perhaps more than ever before — the world was his stage.

Outside of the success of ELO, Lynne has led a remarkable career producing and collaborating with many of the greatest musical artists of all time. They include a number of Lynne’s all-time heroes like Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh, whose new album ANALOG MAN Lynne recently produced some tracks for. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, Lynne was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys — a super group like no other. “I’ve been in love with music since I was probably just five years old,” says Lynne. “I was mad for music then — and I still am today.”

Track listings:

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE: Evil Woman, Showdown, Secret Messages, Livin’ Thing, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Mr. Blue Sky, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head, Twilight, Confusion, Don’t Bring Me Down, Roll Over Beethoven, Out of Luck (Bonus), Cold Feet (Bonus)

ZOOM: Alright, Moment In Paradise, State Of Mind, Just For Love, Stranger On A Quiet Street, In My Own Time, Easy Money, It Really Doesn’t Matter, Ordinary Dream, A Long Time Gone, Melting In The Sun, All She Wanted, Lonesome Lullaby, One Day (Bonus), Turn To Stone (Live From CBS Television City) (Bonus)

ARMCHAIR THEATRE: Every Little Thing, Don’t Let Go, Lift Me Up, Nobody Home, September Song, Now You’re Gone, Don’t Say Goodbye, What Would It Take, Stormy Weather, Blown Away, Save Me Now, Borderline (Bonus), Forecast (Bonus)

http://www.elo.biz/

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Renowned Prog Metal Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Unleashes SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE

South America has provided quite a few important historical moments in rock n’ roll over the years. Case in point, Kiss performing their final concert in make-up before unmasking in 1983; or Queen headlining the first-ever Rock in Rio Festival in 1985; or the continent spawning one of the world’s most renowned metal bands, Sepultura. And South America is also home to prog metal vets Angra, who have steadily issued challenging yet heavy albums on a regular basis since 1993.

And now comes the fourth solo album overall from that band’s leader, guitarist extraordinaire Kiko Loureiro — SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE. Running counter to today’s hard rock scene, the album, like its predecessors, is completely instrumental. And according to Loureiro, it is an incredibly personal piece of music, one that will finally establish him firmly in the US — the country which Loureiro now calls home. “All the reflective moments during the past year of my life are somehow represented in the ten songs from SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE.”

“These compositions depict my experiences in perfect form. They connect my past to what I am now — remembering the innocent times of a distant past but simultaneously being humble enough to keep innocence as an important value at present. It keeps me learning, exploring, developing and sharing. I love what I do, and this involves a unique feeling that music is something that unites us universally. Music doesn’t belong to me nor anyone. The more I create, the more innocent and free I feel to present and share my music.”

As a result, the tracks that comprise SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE run the gamut of tranquility (“Awakening Prelude,” “A Perfect Rhyme”) to over-the-top shredfests (“Conflicted,” “El Guajiro”), and some tracks that lay somewhere in between (“Ray Of Life”). And as its creator explains, there is a perfectly good reason for an album that resembles a hard rock rollercoaster ride. “SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is my inner voice, whispering constantly, sounds and melodies, textures and harmonies.” For admirers of modern day prog metal and impressive six-string work, SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE is a must-hear.

SOUNDS OF INNOCENCE Track List:
1. Awakening Prelude
2. Gray Stone Gateway
3. Conflicted
4. Reflective
5. El Guajiro
6. Ray of Life
7. The Hymn
8. Mãe D’Água
9. Twisted Horizon
10. A Perfect Rhyme

For more information, visit:

http://www.kikoloureiro.net/

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-Lion Music Latest Label And Artist News

New Releases Out February 14, 2013

Airless – CHANGES
Fourth release from Spain’s leading melodic hard rock outfit. CHANGES is a potent mix of infectious vocal melodies and blistering guitar across it’s eleven tracks. Guest appearance from Danny Vaughn (Tyketto).

Full information and ordering at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/changes.htm

Early Cross – PATHFINDER
Early Cross are a proto prog rock/metal band from Japan. PATHFINDER marks their label debut and is full of carefully crafted music, depth, musical richness and emotion with a dark foreboding presence that will find favor with fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Day Six, The Gathering, etc.

Full information and ordering at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/pathfinder.htm

Lion Music

http://www.lionmusic.com/

http://twitter.com/lionmusic

http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Hatriot: Debut From Act With Original Testament/Exodus Vocalist Out Now

Full Album Streaming At This Is Not A Scene

HEROES OF ORIGIN, the blazing debut from thrash act Hatriot — founded by original Exodus and Testament vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, alongside his sons Cody and Nick and guitarists Kosta Varvatakis and Miguel Esparza — is out now in North America via Massacre Records! Surging with nearly forty-five minutes of old-school Bay Area thrash tradition, yet with a crushing, cutting-edge tone, the ten tracks on HEROES OF ORIGIN were produced by Juan Urteaga at Trident Studios (Testament, Heathen, Exodus, Skinlab), the cover art and booklet designed by Mark Devito (Motörhead, Laaz Rockit, Ruffians, Exodus).

Heavy metal broadcasting portal This Is Not A Scene is streaming all of HEROES OF ORIGIN in commemoration of its release. Get bulldozed here:

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2013/thisisnotascene-and-earsplit-pr-team-up-to-stream-hatriots-heroes-of-origin/

Having proven his metal allegiance by fronting such acts as Exodus, Legacy (Testament), Dublin Death Patrol, Tenet, AC/DZ, and more, Steve “Zetro” Souza has once again steps into the thrash metal world with Hatriot, taking his musical roots back in time to the 1980s when metal was fast, furious, and yet still melodic. Souza has a vocal style that few singers possess, boasting a powerful sting yet at the same time delivering in a way where fans can fully understand the lyrics, a trademark trait that made him one of the premier singers in the genre. Still residing in the evolutionary birthplace of thrash metal, Hatriot is out to crush and destroy everything in its path. Unsatisfied with the newer trends in the metal scene, the band produces quality old-school metal with a proven formula with the perfect chemistry and hits the stage light a freight train!

“This is the very sound — that raging slaughter of burnt offerings; that over the wall toxic overdose — that all old school ’80s thrashers have been anticipating. Every element is present: that biting and harsh tempo of the damned, incredible solos, intense, yet thought-provoking lyrics which deal with violence and corruption, Sousa’s unique Bon Scott meets a deranged Paul Bailoff’s scowl and howl, and top-notch production. 9/10″ – Metal Temple

“Zetro has assembled thrash metal for the masses here. The entire album is phenomenal. It is destined to become a part of the classics he has been a part of! 5/5″ – Thrash Head

“This CD from start to end is why we become music fans… a must have, if there ever was one. 10/10″ – Wicked Channel

“Hatriot is already a force to be reckoned with in the Thrash scene. Their time as a band might be short, but their ability to craft energetic, fierce, and catchy music is already quite developed and remarkable. 8.5/10″ – The Metal Observer

“…hits hard, and drives the rage home with relentless aggression… The full record simply extrapolates the blistering attack over 10 full tracks. 8.6/10″ – Metalhoic

“…crank the f*ck out of this! From brutal start to anthemic finish, the energy just never lets up. 4/5 – CD of the month” – The Right To Rock

“…an old-school thrash free-for-all; high speed, leathery vocals, and an appreciable focus on anthem-writing.” – About.com

“…they destroy all hope you have for today’s society, and leave you begging for more audible punishment after just one spin. 8.5/10″ – Apoch’s Metal Review

http://www.hatriotmetal.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hatriot

http://www.reverbnation.com/hatriot

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

https://www.facebook.com/massacrerecordseurope

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-Chandler Mogel Update

[Note: This is from the ChandlerMogel.com Newsletter. - Tim]

Hey, it’s Chandler :) BIG NEWS to kick off 2013!

Praise For Chandler’s New Project Khaøs, Now Busy Working On First Full-Length Album

2013 is gearing up to be quite a Khaøtic year! :) Chandler has been working with Swiss hard rockers Khaøs for the past year, already releasing a digital EP entitled RISING to critical acclaim late last year, and are now working hard on their first full-length album, expected for a release later on this year.

If you like heavy and melodic hard rock with rich song structures, thought-provoking lyrics and a modern edge, you will enjoy Khaøs. See what some of the critics are already saying about RISING:

“Imagine Nickelback with great passion, music and hooks. Khaøs rewards being played very loud indeed but at the same time this is music that would suit radio” – Fanzine Australia

“‘Reason To Die’ is nothing else but a hit, it clicked right from the start with my brainwaves” – Lior Steinmetal, Metal-temple.com

“Honestly just the thought of Mogel leading vocals gives you a reason to check out these tunes” – Denys, Myglobalmind.com

Haven’t heard RISING yet? What are you waiting for? Check it out here!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kha-s-rising/id563320283

Outloud Gearing Up For Album #3 Featuring Special Guest Drummer

Outloud, the Greek / USA melodic hard rock band that made waves with their self-titled debut album in 2009 and the follow-up LOVE CATASTROPHE in 2011 are back with a vengeance.

George Kollias of the band Nile, one of the best extreme metal drummers in the world and long time friend of the band, agreed to participate in Outloud’s next album tentatively titled LET’S GET SERIOUS (due out late 2013 – early 2014) recording all the drums!

Bob Katsionis says: “We (Chandler Mogel, Bob Katsionis and bassist Sverd) are currently working on new melodic and versatile songs, and George Kollias’ addition is gonna put the icing on the cake! We couldn’t be more excited about this lineup for our new album. We are deep into the songwriting process and believe that this is some of the best and most powerful material we have written thus far. We can’t wait to share it with you!”

Like the band on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/outloudtheband and check their official website http://www.outloud-rock.com/ for updates!

Additionally, Outloud are auditioning a second guitarist and permanent drummer for the band. If you can sing background and live in Europe it’s a major plus! Please forward your links / video / bio etc. to bob_katsionis@yahoo.gr .

Chandler Sings Lead Role For New Musical “Daniel In Babylon”

Late last year Chandler performed the lead role of Daniel on a cast demo for “Daniel In Babylon,” a fantastic new musical based on the book of Daniel from the Bible. Would you like to see Chandler perform in a musical later this year? Although having already raised tens of thousands of dollars via a Kickstarter campaign for the early stages of its production, help is still needed to secure an off-Broadway run later in 2013. You can receive the CD of the Cast Demo along with tickets to the show when it debuts and many other goodies by clicking here and making a donation!

https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=3038&id=1759

“Talking Metal” Features Interview & Performance With Chandler

“Talking Metal,” the well-known heavy metal podcast featuring Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy, started a YouTube series last year called “Pirate Radio,” in which Chandler was interviewed and was also invited to perform the Judas Priest classic, “Breaking The Law” at the Gibson showroom in NYC, with the guys and also with Ron Lipnicki (Overkill) on drums and Dan Lorenzo (Hades) on guitars. In case you haven’t seen it yet, check out the full episode featuring Chandler at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmYZ_i2t5Yw , or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmUHvvYat-E for just the jam!

Free Music From ChandlerMogel.com

If you are receiving these newsletters and have not yet received your FREE six-song download courtesy of ChandlerMogel.com (perhaps because you were on the mailing list before the songs were released) — then you are entitled to them immediately. Just reply back with the word DOWNLOADS in the subject line and receive a digital download of all six new songs released late last year via ChandlerMogel.com, streaming on the home page. All fans of hard rock should be pleased!

Hire Chandler to Perform at your Event or Sing on your Recording! Are you planning a special event that you need 5-star entertainment for? Do you have a potential hit song that is just waiting for the right vocal? Just go to http://www.chandlermogel.com/ and click on the “Contact” link, and send Chandler all your details and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours about availability and rates. It’s that easy!

http://www.chandlermogel.com/

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-Raven Lord Update

[Note: This combines multiple updates. - Tim]

New Shows Confirmed And Video Trailer Posted

Multinational heavy metallers Raven Lord are confirmed for the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 and are scheduled to play the main stage Saturday June 22nd in Tongeren, Belgium alongside with Symphony X, Freak Kitchen, Secret Sphere, BloodBound, Tainted Nation, Tore St Moren to name a few and confirmed for two new shows in Netherlands. A new video trailer can be viewed below:

The shows add to what is rapidly becoming a busy summer for Raven Lord. The band’s schedule is shaping up as follows, with more shows expected to be confirmed soon.

22. June | R-Mine Metalfest, Tongeren, Belgium
28. June | P3, Purmerend, Netherlands
29. June | The Mix, Uithoorn, Netherlands

Also there is a show expected on the island of Mallorca in Spain prior to these dates above. More information and more shows to be announced soon.

t.b.a. | Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Mainman Interviewed By RockEyez

Brian Rademacher of RockEyez ( http://www.rockeyez.com/ ) recently conducted an interview with singer/songwriter/producer Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Exorcism, ex Killing Machine). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Raven Lord singer Csaba Zvekan talks for the first time about the feud between ex guitar player Stefan Lindholm and the band. In an exclusive and in-depth interview hosted by Brian Rademacher’s RockEyez radio show Zvekan reveals the reasons for their break-up last year. Lindholm accused the band of song theft after he got fired from the band last year.

Raven Lord recently released their debut album, DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD worldwide via Mausoleum Records. The CD was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, Arch Enemy, Nightrage, In Flames, Dream Evil, Opeth) and was mastered by US mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura, Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Dokken). The cover artwork was created by Brazilian artist Caio Caldas of CadiesArt, who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di’Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun among others.

Raven Lord are Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine) – Vocals, Joe Stump (HolyHell, Reign Of Terror) – Lead Guitar, Jamie Mallender (Tony Martin) – Bass, Lawrence “Larry” Paterson (Blaze Bayley) – Drums, George Karafotis (Vermillion Days) – Guitar, Alessandro Duo (Voodoo Highway) – Keyboards

http://www.raven-lord.com/

http://www.facebook.com/ravenlordmusic

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-Silent Opera Presents New Singer & Guitarist; Video Posted Online

Italian symphonic metal band Silent Opera announced that Francesca Zaff is their new singer, enlisted Alex Lombardi as second guitarist and released the new video for the single “Symphony Of Time.” Watch the new video below:

The band has to say: “After ups and downs, we are happy to present Francesca Zaff as our new singer today and Alex Lombardi on guitars. The new concept of the band doesn’t require some alter-ego figures to create a story; that’s why the real names of the members are going to be used for now.”

Silent Opera working heavily on a new album, the new songs are going to be more aggressive, but theatrical, and more voices and chorus are going to be implemented.

Silent Opera is: Francesca Zaff (vocals), Marco Clari (guitars), Loris Volcizzi (drums), Andrea Pin (bass), Alex Lombardi (guitars)

Silent Opera’s music is ageless symphonic metal, traversing the terrain between the rhapsodic romance of MOTHER EARTH/SILENT FORCE-era Within Temptation, the dynamic drama of Nightwish and the theatrical thrill of “Phantom Of The Opera.”

http://www.facebook.com/SilentOperaItaly

http://www.silentopera.it/

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-7th Heaven News

7th Heaven is back!!!!!

7th Heaven is back in full swing and we have an amazing year ahead.

Our first show with Anthony was last Friday at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg, IL. We have been working with Anthony on getting up to par on our set and also we have been in the studio working on a new CD that we are on target for a May/June release. The new stuff is coming along really well. We haven’t decided when we’ll start playing our new originals live yet, but they will be soon…

Over the next few months, we will be adding TONS of new things to both our full-band set and unplugged set… yes… our unplugged show is back. So please be patient with our set over the next month, as we will be adding more and more new stuff, week by week, until summer.
If you have some suggestions, let us know. We are open to all ideas you have.

2013, is going to be a big year for 7th Heaven… The amount of goals we have set for 2013 is the most we have ever had for one year. Not only will we play more shows this year than ever before, but our reach will be farther as well. We are looking forward to a fun year.

In case you missed it last month, here is the video we did to introduce Anthony here:

Anthony On FOX TV

Did you see Anthony on Fox Chicago last month talking with Bill Zwecker about “American Idol” and 7th Heaven? Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUt9Co6G0M

GiGi’s Playhouse

Some might not know that the very first show 7th Heaven ever played in public was at the Kirk Center School, which is a school for kids with special needs. GiGi’s playhouse is a organization for kids with special needs and this show feels full-circle for our band and completely makes sense for 7th Heaven to be involved with. You can get tickets to this event here: http://gigisplayhouse.org/gala

Relay For Life

We will be doing a show for Relay For Life on March 2 in Bolingbrook, IL. This is a great event and this organization helps raise money to fight cancer. You can get tickets here: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=50888&pg=entry

St. Patrick’s Weekend

We have TWO tent festivals over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Friday March 15, we are at Tilted Kilt in Vernon Hills, IL and Saturday March 16, we are at Finn McCool’s in Schaumburg, IL.

7th Heaven Unplugged Is Back!

We are bringing our unplugged show back! Our first show is Thursday February 28 at King’s in Rosemont, IL. We also will be at America’s Bar March 3. March 14 at Bannerman’s. Look for more unplugged dates coming soon.

Website

Our website is currently being worked on. We have been making some changes on our website and we are trying some new technologies out and see if we can implement them into our site. If you have ideas of things you would like to see, let us know. Every week more and more will be added back to our website. Our new “Tour” page has a new Google calendar added and if you have an iPhone, or any Apple products, you can add our calendar to your stream.

UPCOMING SHOWS
February 21 – Rivers Casino
February 22 – Hollywood Casino Joliet
February 23 – GiGi’s Playhouse Benefit
February 28 – King’s in Rosemont Unplugged
March 1 – Viper Alley
March 2 – Relay For Life Benefit
March 3 – America’s Bar – Cancer Benefit Unplugged
March 8 – PV, Mexico
March 9 – Private
March 14 – Bannerman’s Unplugged
March 15 – Tilted Kilt Vernon Hills Tent Fest
March 16 – Finn McCool’s Schaumburg Tent Fest
March 21 – Rivers Casino
March 22 – River Rockhouse with Aaron Carter
March 23 – Durty Nellies
March 28 – Bourbon Street
March 29 – Hollywood Casio Aurora
March 30 – Lodge
April 5 – Private
April 6 – Tilted Kilt Elgin
April 13 – H.O.M.E. Bar
April 18 – Rivers Casino
April 20 – Tailgaters
April 27 – Shark City
May 2 – River Rockhouse Autism Benefit Unplugged
May 3 – John Barleycorn
May 4 – TBA
May 5 – Chocolate Fest Unplugged
May 10 – Hollywood Casino Joliet
May 11 – America’s Bar – St. Baldrick’s Benefit Unplugged
May 11 – Durty Nellies
May 17 – Bourbon Street
May 18 – Taste of Glen Ellyn – All-Age Festival
May 23 – Rivers Casino
May 25 – Belmont Sheffield Fest
May 25 – Tilted Kilt
May 26 – TBA

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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-Dark Tranquillity Parts Ways With Bassist Daniel Antonsson

[Note: This is from http://www.facebook.com/dtofficial . - Steve]

Shortly before beginning the studio sessions for the upcoming 10th studio album CONSTRUCT, the band amicably parted ways with bassist Daniel Antonsson.

The decision has been growing for a while, and the main reason is that Daniel wanted to focus on his own musical projects as well as working more in his recording studio. Being first and foremost a guitarist, he felt that the playing bass in a full-time band didn’t allow him much time for his main instrument and true passion.

With this in mind, he chose to follow his heart and step aside at this point instead of committing to another album and an intense touring cycle that would leave little room for other activities.

We thanks Daniel for his years in the band — filled with great shows and amazing memories and experiences in all corners of the world — and wish him all the best with his future musical career.

Daniel’s statement:

I want to thank the guys in Dark Tranquillity and the amazing D.T. fans around the world for the last four years of touring around the globe! It’s been awesome! Also a huge hug to the D.T. crew and all of the people working with us. I will miss you all very much! You are like family to me and I hope we will meet again soon!

But… now is the time for me to follow my heart and again focus on my guitar playing and being a recording engineer/producer in my studio Gothenburg Rock Studios. We will meet again on the road or in the studio — that’s for sure!

Horns up and Cheerz!
/Daniel.

http://www.facebook.com/GothenburgRockStudios

http://www.gothenburgrockstudios.se/

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-Sleaszy Rider News!

In Utero Cannibalism | New Signing

Greek death metallers In Utero Cannibalism signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their third album SICK will be released March 15, 2013. After many gigs and two official releases, the band (led by drummer Alex of Obsecration and Korrodead among others) reformed recently and SICK is a death metal dynamite, for fans of Death and Malevolent Creation!

Double Treat | New Signing

Greek hard ‘n’ heavy rockers Double Treat signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their superb debut album WANDER THIRST will be released April 5, 2013.

Double Treat are only two persons, but both well-known in the Greek music industry: Sotiris Lagonikas and Chris Kissadjekian, both founder members of What’s The Buzz?, who released their self-titled debut album in 2000.

In addition to this, as a solo artist, Sotiris Lagonikas has released the melodic prog rock albums SL THEORY -I (2010) and PROGRESSIVELY DARK (2012), while Chris Kissadjekian remains a founding member of the heavy doomsters Infidel, who released I, OATHBREAKER (2006) and KING OF CYNICAL CONTROL (2011).

Sandness | New Signing

Italian glam/hard rockers Sandness signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider and their amazing debut album LIKE AN ADDICTION will be released April 5, 2013.

Expect another great new band we discovered in hard rock area (don’t forget Sister Sin and Lipstixx ‘N’ Bulletz), and wait for an album full of hard rock anthems, for fans of Mötley Crüe, Vain, L.A. Guns, CrashDiet, Crazy Lixx, Poison and Faster Pussycat!

Thy Symphony | New Album!

Brazilian symphonic metallers Thy Symphony finished their second album A NEW BEGINNING. Release date is set to April 5, 2013.

This album is a new beginning for the band, as they have three new members (both singers among others) and the new sound is more powerful!

The band plans their first European tour for May 2013, so stay tuned for more info to be announced soon.

Don’t forget, their debut album HARMONIZING THE WORLD is still available through our e-store for only €6.99 including worldwide shipping.

Encorion | New Album!

Dutch pagan metallers Encorion has finished their second album OUR PAGAN HEARTS REBORN. Release date is set to April 5, 2013. Expect another great album from this super band, that mixes pagan/black/death/viking/folk metal elements and the result is just wonderful!

Don’t forget, their debut album FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES is still available through our e-store for only €6.99 including worldwide shipping.

Crest Of Darkness | Vinyl Release!

We at Sleaszy Rider are proud to announce that on 18 March 2013 we will release our first vinyl ever! In co-operation with Italian label My Kingdom Music (and few more) we will release the new album of Norwegian black metallers Crest Of Darkness IN THE PRESENCE OF DEATH in LP format!

Pre-order your copy now, cause we are sure it will be sold out pretty soon!!!

Overtures | Track List Of New Album Revealed

The Italian heavy/power metallers Overtures announce that they finished the recordings of their new album ENTERING THE MAZE. The album has been mastered by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Kamelot, Epica, Edguy) at Gate Studio in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Track list:
1. The Maze
2. Under The Northern Star
3. Of Nightmares
4. Savior
5. Empty Trails
6. Consequences
7. In The Middle Of Nowhere
8. Programmed To Serve
9. A Different Point Of View
10. The Oracle

During the next weeks Overtures will also shot a new video clip for the song “Savior,” and a lot of bonus stuff will be published from now on to the release date, scheduled for May 2013.

* Now with free shipping world wide *

Sleaszy Rider Records
Tolis G. Palantzas
Gardiki Acheronta
46031 Greece
sleaszyrider@yahoo.com
info@sleaszyrider.com

http://www.sleaszyrider.com/

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-Napalm Records News

Summoning: OLD MORNINGS DAWN Track List

The highly anticipated new album OLD MORNINGS DAWN will consist of seven songs and one intro. Please see below for the track list! The band has also recorded two bonus tracks: “The Darkening Of Valinor” and “With Fire And Sword.” These songs will be available on the limited edition and on the LP version. We will be back soon with a teaser and the release dates for the album!

OLD MORNINGS DAWN
1. Evernight
2. Flammifer
3. Old Mornings Dawn
4. The White Tower
5. Caradhras
6. Of Pale White Morns And Darkened Eves
7. The Wandering Fire
8. Earthshine

Summoning Official Website

http://www.summoning.info/

Atrocity: OKKULT

Front man Alex Krull and his colleagues unleash the first details with regard to their upcoming album OKKULT. Make sure to visit the band’s website to get all the information about the album concept, the sound and the first global treasure hunt. In addition, the band has already released a brand new song! Atrocity will open the gates to the OKKULT on April 26 in Europe (North America TBA)! More details about this masterpiece will be issued soon!

Atrocity Official Website

http://www.atrocity.de/

Audrey Horne: Chartbreakers On Tour

After entering the Norwegian long-play charts on number 10, Audrey Horne made it to position 66 in the German charts. Thanks to all supporters who made YOUNGBLOOD a part of their personal collection. Make sure to catch the band on tour and check out their first-class Hard Rock songs live in concert!

Audrey Horne
supporting Long Distance Calling
01.03.13 DE – Münster / Sputnikhalle
02.03.13 DE – Hamburg / Klubsen
03.03.13 DE – Berlin / Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.03.13 DE – München / Backstage
05.03.13 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
06.03.13 DE – Köln / Essigfabrik
07.03.13 DE – Leipzig / Conne Island
08.03.13 CZ – Prague / Hoodoo

Heavatar: New Clip

The first clip from Heavatar’s debut OPUS I – ALL MY KINGDOMS is available on our YouTube channel! Click on the link below to watch “Replica”! OPUS I – ALL MY KINGDOMS will hit the streets on March 12 in North America!

Napalm @ YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

Mortillery: Album Preview

Check out the album preview of Mortillery’s latest offering ORIGIN OF EXTINCTION! The Thrash Metal long-player will be unleashed on March 12 in North America! Join Mortillery’s battle march!

Mortillery Album Preview

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Heidevolk To Begin First North American Tour Next Month, Alongside Ensiferum, Tyr

Critically acclaimed Dutch pagan metallers Heidevolk will embark upon their first North American tour starting next month! Touring alongside the esteemed Ensiferum and former label mates Tyr as well as hot newcomers Trollfest and Helsott, Napalm recording artists Heidevolk will proudly take part in Paganfest America Part IV, which will roll through 21 cities across the United States and Canada. Presented by Rock The Nation America, the Paganfest America Part IV tour will be hitting the following cities/venues:

3/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit
4/01 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
4/02 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
4/03 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
4/04 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
4/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
4/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
4/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/10 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
4/11 – Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret
4/12 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/13 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
4/14 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
4/15 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Note
4/17 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
4/18 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
4/19 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
4/20 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (NE Metalfest)
4/21 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

A statement from Heidevolk to their North American fans reads: “Pagan brotherhood of Vinland, your shores beckon! We are preparing to cross the mighty waves of Aegir’s realm to pay you a visit! Once there, our heathen legion will join forces with the tribes of Ensiferum, Tyr, Trollfest, and Helsott to form a horde of unsurpassed power! Hail the gods, hail to Vinland! See you at Paganfest America!”

Heidevolk’s BATAVI was released by Napalm Records in North America last March. For more info, consult http://www.heidevolk.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/heidevolkofficial , http://www.napalmrecords.com/ , and http://www.facebook.com/paganfestusa .

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-Canadian Hard Rockers Reverse Grip Sign With Rock N Growl

Canadian hard rock band Reverse Grip has signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management. The band’s latest video “Sold My Soul” World Tour 2012 can be viewed below:

Brothers Dru, Sean, and Dylan Broda, along side Kramer White, pack a super hard hitting, High Energy brand of ’80s influenced Hard Rock. With a live show that is sure to knock you on your ass and all the drive you’d imagine, Reverse Grip is on their way up!

Reverse Grip is: Dru Broda – Vocals, Sean Broda – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Dylan Broda – Drums & Percussion, Kramer White – Bass Guitar & Ginger Hair

Rock N Growl and Reverse Grip are currently shopping the band’s debut album, HUNGER FOR CHAOS, produced by the band, mixed by “Mix Master” Michael Chambers and mastered by “Rip Roarin’” Rob Di Gioia, in hopes of securing a record deal very soon.

Reverse Grip World Tour 2013:

Mar 16th @ The RockPile, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, w/ BulletBoys
May 31st @ The Bar Fly, Campo Grande, Brazil
Jun 01st @ Sleazy Zone Party, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Jul 05th @ The Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
Jul 12th @ Rude Boy Club, Bielsko Biala, Poland
Jul 13th @ Trinec Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic

More show dates for Brazil, Europe and Japan to be added soon.

Reverse Grip is a Super High Energy Hard Rock Band formed by Dru, Sean and Dylan Broda, three real Brothers from Toronto, Canada.

Reverse Grip is dedicated and has a do-or-die attitude when it comes to music and life (which are the same thing if you ask them). Whether you call it Hard Rock, Sleaze, Metal or just plain old Rock N’ Roll. The boys from Reverse Grip have a tight GRIP on their dreams and won’t let go! Sometimes you have to go back to go forward, so… STICK IT IN REVERSE!!

http://www.reversegriprock.com/

http://www.facebook.com/reversegriprock

Rock N Growl

http://www.rockngrowl.com/

http://www.facebook.com/RockNGrowlPromotion

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-Ron Asheton Tribute Concert With Iggy & The Stooges + Special Guests Coming To DVD On April 9

Live Concert tribute To Brother Ron Asheton Featuring The Stooges, Henry Rollins And More!

Recorded live at the Michigan Theater, this heartfelt tribute/celebration of Stooge guitarist Ron Asheton’s life and music featured Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins, and guest guitarist Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman). Includes a string section on a few Stooges classics! All profits from the sale of the DVD go to the Ron Asheton Foundation which supports animal welfare and music.

Gary Graff of Billboard writes:

“It was a typical night of Stooges-style brutality but in an even more passionate form, as the group and its guests took a wide swing through the repertoire, clearly moved by the sense of occasion and the cacophonous spirit of the 1,700 fans who snapped up tickets for the concert in less than an hour.

“‘Some of his (Asheton’s) themes always reminded me a lot of… classical music in the 17th century,’ Pop told Billboard.com prior to the show — emcee Henry Rollins fronted the band for ‘I Got A Right.’ Pop then came on to commence a full-on Stooges performance with co-founder and drummer Scott ‘Rock Action’ Asheton, ‘Raw Power’ guitarist James Williamson, longtime saxophonist Steve Mackay and Mike Watt, the group’s bassist since 2003.

“Shirtless and manic as always, even two days before his 64th birthday, it didn’t take Pop long to turn the theater to bedlam. Following pulverizing renditions of ‘Raw Power,’ ‘Search And Destroy’ and ‘Gimme Danger,’ Pop brought dozens of fans on stage for ‘Shake Appeal,’ clearly reveling in the ecstatic anarchy of the moment. The rest of the night maintained the energy through favorites such as ‘Beyond The Law,’ ’1970′ and ‘Fun House,’ the ‘ballad’ ‘Open Up And Bleed’ and a rendition of ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ beefed up by an 11-piece orchestra.

“The ensemble stayed on stage as Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek, a longtime Asheton friend, spelled Williamson for ‘T.V. Eye,’ ‘Loose,’ ‘Dirt’ and ‘Real Good Time,’ while Williamson returned for a new acoustic composition called ‘Ron’s Tune,’ in which Pop sang that ‘the music says you’ll be my friend to the end’ and ‘because you were my friend, I always think of you again.’ The night finished with everyone, including more audience members, onstage for ‘No Fun’ — whose title, of course, was the antithesis of the experience.”

The complete story can be read here:

http://www.billboard.com/articles/photos/live/471955/iggy-pop-and-the-stooges-rock-ron-asheton-tribute-concert

TRIBUTE TO RON ASHETON: FEATURING IGGY & THE STOOGES + SPECIAL GUESTS
LIVE FROM ANN ARBOR’S MICHIGAN THEATER * APRIL 19, 2011

Preorder:

http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=MVD5711D

Cover Art:

Clip:

Track Listing:
1. I Got A Right (with Henry Rollins)
2. Raw Power
3. Search and Destroy
4. Gimme Danger
5. Shake Appeal
6. 1970
7. L.A. Blues
8. Night Theme
9. Beyond the Law
10. Fun House
11. Open Up And Bleed
12. Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
13. I Wanna Be Your Dog
14. T.V. Eye
15. Loose
16. Dirt
17. Real Cool Time
18. Iggy’s Speech
19. Ron’s Tune
20. No Fun

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-Coma Announce The Release Of DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME On February 19, 2013, Via earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment

One Of The Biggest Rock Bands From Poland!

NEW YORK, NY — earMUSIC/Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that Poland’s biggest rock band, Coma, will release their new album DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME on February 19 stateside [MSRP $25.98].

In their home country, Coma has achieved everything there is to achieve for any artist, let alone a heavy rock band. With several number one hits in the single and album charts, Gold and Platinum awards are a constant every time the rock band releases new work.

The band has won several “Fryderk Awards” (the Polish equivalent of The Brit Awards) in the categories “Best Album” and “Best Band.” Every year they play over 100 sold-out shows and have been special guests for artists like Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and Tool.

DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME features 13 new songs covering struggle with personal demons, obsessions and twisted feelings. It’s a collection of powerful energetic songs that in true Coma style cannot be pigeonholed. From the catchy “With You” to the heavy rock “Rainy Song” and the heart-wrenching “Better Man,” the band manages to bring together beautiful melodies with a hard, straightforward rock sound.

Coma is:
Piotr Rogucki: vocals
Marcin Kobza: guitar
Dominik Witczak: guitar
Rafal Matuszak: bass
Adam Marszalkowski: drums

DON’T SET YOUR DOGS ON ME – Track Listing:
1. Keep The Peace
2. With You
3. Always Summer
4. Dance With A Queen
5. Rainy Song
6. Late
7. Lion
8. Furious Fate
9. Don’t Set Your Dogs On Me
10. Song 4 Boys
11. Moscow
12. A Better Man
13. When The Music Is A Flame

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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

http://www.ear-music.net/

http://www.youtube.com/earMUSICofficial

http://www.facebook.com/earMUSICofficial

http://www.twitter.com/earMUSICedel

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-Kilmara: New Album Details Revealed

More details of LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, the forthcoming album from Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara, have just been revealed.

The band has to say: “We want to inform our fans that the release of our new album LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES need longer as expected. After listening the pre-mix, we’ve realized that it’s not only the third record in our career, we want it to be the most perfect album we’ve ever recorded, that’s why we started thinking about new collaborations and elements. We cannot announce a release date yet, we’ll do things in the best way, our goal is to create a great piece of heavy metal.”

Kilmara have enlisted former Xeru, Chaman and DM X Project guitarist David Muñoz to lay down guitar solos on the song “Devil’s Eye” and former of Catalonian’s Death Metal band Resilience, guitarist and singer Pilar Villatobas on guest vocals with her guttural voice for the song “Fantasy.”

Spanish metallers Kilmara have recently entered Roland Grapow’s (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) studios in Slovakia to record their third album, LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES, for an 2013 release.

Kilmara is: Christian Wolfgang Kohl (vocals), Jonathan Portillo (guitar), Enrique Torres (guitar), Javier Morillo (drums), Raul Ruiz (bass guitar)

LOVE SONGS AND OTHER NIGHTMARES will feature guest appearances by Dave Imbernön from Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from young Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on the violin.

http://www.facebook.com/kilmaraofficial

http://www.kilmara.com/

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-RECLAMATION From Mongrel Gets UK Release

BOSTON, MA — RECLAMATION, the recent full-length album from aggressive, female fronted punk / metal crossover band Mongrel will see its UK release on February 25 through THC-Music/Vanity Music Group with distribution through Code7 / Plastichead. While already available through digital retailers such as iTunes and Amazon, RECLAMATION will now be available in brick and mortar outlets throughout Great Britain. RECLAMATION was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (P.O.D., Nullset, Sully Erna) who also did the band’s video for leadoff track “Bored To Death” ( http://bit.ly/P05CUe ). RECLAMATION was first released in the US on 25 September 2012 by THC-Music (home of American Head Charge, Oedipus, Attika7, etc).

“For years we’ve had bands we’ve toured with, like Trashlight Vision or Blitzkid, telling us we need to get our music out in the UK, so now to finally have the opportunity to do just that is awesome to us,” stated guitarist Adam Savage. “This album and the prior two EPs have gotten some great reviews and feedback from a bunch of different websites and zines in the UK over the last few years and we’ve got some really cool partnerships in the works around the album there so we’re all really excited about getting RECLAMATION out over there.”

Mongrel also just announced a new sponsorship deal with Artist Series Guitars to add to the list of sponsors/endorsements Mongrel has earned over the years including Marshall Amps, Peavey, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley, Agile Guitars, Monster Cable, In-Tune Guitar Pics, Cocaine Energy Drinks and Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey. ASG recently made Savage’s custom TV Fight guitar based on artwork done by Joey James Hernandez (Otep, Type O Negative, etc). You can check out and order your own Mongrel “TV Fight” guitar at http://artistseriesguitar.com/store/asg-core/mongrel.html .

Relevant Links:

http://www.MongrelBand.com/

http://www.myspace.com/Mongrel

http://www.facebook.com/MongrelOfficial

http://www.facebook.com/MongrelBand

http://www.twitter.com/MongrelBand

http://www.reverbnation.com/MongrelBand

http://www.youtube.com/adamMongrel

http://www.sonicbids.com/Mongrel

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-Conny Ochs: Lead Song From Upcoming Second LP BLACK HAPPY Now Playing

German singer/songwriter Conny Ochs has been making music for over a decade now in various incarnations — with bands, unique projects and as a solo artist. While local punters endorse and worship his musical endeavors, and especially his first solo album RAW LOVE SONGS which was released on Exile On Mainstream records in March 2011, it was the collaboration with Scott “Wino” Weinrich on the 2012 album HEAVY KINGDOM that really put him on the international map.

Conny Ochs will release the follow-up to RAW LOVE SONGS with his brand new LP BLACK HAPPY. An album of earnest and melancholic songs, Ochs bears his soul with raw emotion through his captivating vocal and melodic guitar style. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes nasty, sometimes nice, sometimes begging, sometimes proud, sometimes cheerful, sometimes bitter, sometimes lost, sometimes found, Conny Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that draws you in, makes you part of the music and deserves to be devoted.

Today fans can hear the album opening track “Exile,” one of the most engaging songs on BLACK HAPPY, via The Earsplit Compound YouTube page:

The music on BLACK HAPPY ultimately draws upon a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship created by some of America’s finest songwriters (though not restricted to the American continent). Through that inspiration especially, Ochs explores the realms of how your inner self can be sonically portrayed, once you are on your own and armed with only a guitar and your voice. Yes, this musical path is a well trodden one, but it isn’t worn out yet and Conny Ochs walks the road in his own wholehearted way. Mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog, BLACK HAPPY is set for official release via Exile On Mainstream in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available here:

http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/news/conozzpreorder

Conny Ochs is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates here:

http://connyochs.com/cms/website.php?id=/live.htm

http://connyochs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conny-Ochs/112536815501097

http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/

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-Wacken Metal Battle Comes To Canada; One Canadian Band To Rule Them All!

The world’s most prestigious metal festival, Wacken Open Air, known for its elite lineup of the globe’s best metal bands is bringing the largest metal contest on the planet to Canada. Wacken Metal Battle Canada will be recruiting one independent Canadian band to perform at this year’s highly celebrated gathering of metal heads in Wacken, Germany. Searching for the strongest contenders, Metal Battle Canada will showcase Canada’s premiere talents for one true champion to represent the nation with highest honor at the Wacken Open Air Festival.

Being held in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC during the months of May and June, Canadian metal bands from across the country will challenge one another to join a list of Canadian heavyweights such as Voivod, Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Anvil, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, 3 Inches Of Blood, Despised Icon and Danko Jones who have performed at the festival in years past.

The W:O:A Metal Battle was founded in 2004 to encourage future generations of heavy metal and rock, as Wacken Open Air believes in supporting the future of metal music and its musicians.

Submissions for Metal Battle Canada can be completed via the online application at the following link below and will be open from February 18 to deadline on March 10. (Please remember to select the city in which you would like to potentially compete.)

Metal Battle Canada application link:

http://www.metalbattle.ca/apply.html

Promo Video – Wacken Metal Battle Canada

Battling rounds for Metal Battle Canada will be held on the following dates:

TORONTO DATES:
QUALIFYING
April 28 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 2 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 5 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 9 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 12 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON
May 16 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
SEMI-FINALS
May 24 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
May 31 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
June 7 – Rivoli – Toronto, ON

MONTREAL DATES:
QUALIFYING
May 9 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 15 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 22 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
May 31 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC
SEMI-FINALS
June 7 – Katacombes – Montreal, QC*
* 2 MONTREAL BANDS MOVE TO FINALS – June 22 at Opera House, Toronto, ON

FINALS – METAL BATTLE CANADA
June 22 – Opera House, Toronto, ON

RULES

All bands that wish to participate in the Metal Battle must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands who send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.

Your band doesn’t have a record deal and isn’t about to sign to a record label in the near future.

Your band must be able to play a 30-minute set consisting of your own original material.

PA, lighting, and sound engineer will be provided for all bands by Metal Battle Canada.

Backline arrangements TBA.

The bands must bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, drum breakables, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.

To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left-handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.

Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live.

Jury of respected music industry folk will decide the winners each night.

If a band overruns its allotted performance time, then the band members should be aware of the fact that in this case their sound will be faded out. The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

About Wacken:

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is a summer open air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in the small town of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. With 80,000 festival visitors, and including personnel a total of roughly 86,000 attendees in 2011, it attracts all kinds of metal music fans, such as fans of black metal, death metal, power metal, thrash metal, gothic metal, folk metal, and even metalcore, nu metal and hard rock from around the world.

The festival was first held in 1990 as a small event for local German bands. By 1998 the event had become the major festival on the European metal calendar and has included over 70 bands from all over Europe, North America and Australia. W:O:A is usually held at the beginning of August and lasts three days, during which the festival-goers camp on several large camping grounds surrounding the actual festival area. The 70 or more bands perform across four separate stages over the course of the event.

Since 2002, the Wacken Firefighters, the local volunteer fire department band, opens the festival.

The 2009 edition set a sales record when it sold out its 70,000 tickets by December 30, 2008, just 200 days prior to the festival. However, the 2012 edition broke this record; when it sold out on November 29th, 2011, 8 months before the opening of the festival with 75,000 tickets sold. The W:O:A 2012 took place with 137 bands, performing on seven stages.

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:

Official Website: http://www.metalbattle.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetalBattleCanada
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WackenMetalBattleCAN

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-Year Of The Goat: New Video From Swedish Occult Metal Sect Now Playing

Blazing with over fifty minutes of supreme, metallic occult rock, ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, the infernal debut album from Year Of The Goat, has been claiming mass praise from heavy metal fans and critics alike, elevating this new act in the ranks of the scene quickly.

A brilliantly infectious album highlighting classic metal/occult rock harmonies Östergötland/Norrköping, Sweden-based quintet seemingly permeate the air around them with, rather than “perform” or “execute,” the atmospheric permeation of the eight rituals which comprise their ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS offering form the proper conditions to transport the listener to another plane of existence; a meditative state in tribute to Lucifer and his legions. The album was released on CD, LP and digitally worldwide via Ván Records, also liable for bringing The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar and others into the cult spotlight over the last decade.

This week Year Of The Goat has set loose a brand new video for the track “Spirits Of Fire,” showcasing the incredibly hooks and melodies the band have seemingly perfected, depicted in a psychedelic ’70s Occult horror theme.

Succumb to Him with the “Spirits Of Fire” video as well as full stream of ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/15/year-of-the-goat-new-video-from-swedish-occult-metal-sect-now-playing/

Year Of The Goat will hit the stage sporadically and continuously through the year, having just announced the acts first confirmed performances of 2013. Stay tuned for further updates as more shows are confirmed.

Year Of The Goat Live Rituals:
3/01/2013 John Dee – Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway
3/09/2013 Dynamo – Norrköping, Sweden
3/22/2013 Harry’s Rock Night – Linkoping, Sweden
5/24/2013 Club Destroyer – Sundsvall, Sweden
7/27/2013 Skogsröjet – Rejmre, Sweden
8/29/2013 Beyond The Gates – Bergen, Norway
11/16/2013 Hammer Of Doom Festival – Würzburg, Germany

“Album Of The Month” – Metal Hammer Greece

“…the hooks on ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS are extraordinary, its Blue Oyster Cult-derived fare countered by spellbinding, haunting lyrical content. Heavy on substance but devoid of gimmickry, it’s seductive: an impeccable balance of profundity and accessibility. 4/5″ – Terrorizer

“NECROPOLIS flat-out f*cking rocks. Comprising tuneful and intricate ’70s metal steeped in a devout, shadowy Satanism, the disc skirts the edges of prog and doom without losing its solid footing in masterful classic rock and the infernal art of the anthem.” – A.V. Club

“This record is a statement that good music can still be written which has its reference to the ’70s era. Year Of The Goat have claimed that malevolent structure, ANGELS’ NECROPOLIS, to perform their darkest arts and spread the worship of the dark Lord. 9/10″ – Metal Temple

“…a wildly dynamic record imbued with rich, vintage tones and ritualistic songwriting and lyrics. 9/10″ – Soundshock

“Year Of The Goat and their peers are laying the foundation for an extremely exciting movement and, as a shot across the bows, this is as powerful an opening gambit as there has ever been. Doubters will be silenced…” – Lurker’s Path

“…Sinners, thieves and liars, get ready for the ultimate occult magical Sabbatic Rock release of 2012… 10/10″ – Metak Kaoz

“Ein tolles Werk, wenn man sich ihm gegenüber öffnet und es entdecken möchte. Ich prophezeihe dann allerdings Suchtgefahr! Sagt nicht man hätte euch nicht gewarnt! 10/10″ – Hell Is Open

https://www.facebook.com/yearofthegoat

http://www.facebook.com/vanrecs

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

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-The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival: Third Annual Road To Metal Fest Tour Confirmed

As the lineup for the massive New England Metal & Hardcore Festival XV continues to expand, the latest batch of bands and pre-fest tours are in. Today, MassConcerts confirms the addition of several new acts including Gideon, the original lineup of Bracewar, The Plot In You, Beyond The Shore, and longtime NYHC kings Sick Of It All!

Additionally, the founders of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are proud to announce the third annual installment of the Road To Metal Fest Tour. This year’s lineup resembles that of those past, featuring a mix of festival alumni and newcomers. Leading the way is Sumerian Records’ After The Burial, followed by Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud and City In The Sea.

NEMHF founder, Scott Lee of MassConcerts, quoted, “We like to put this tour together to help showcase the talent that the festival has to offer, while giving bands an opportunity to tour together on their way to the festival. We want to thank everyone that has had a part in putting this together. It is great when we can get all these different companies working together to pull off a tour as diverse as this one.”

After The Burial is fresh off of last year’s Vans Warped Tour and are expecting a new record out in late August via Sumerian Records. Within The Ruins will be releasing their first LP for E1/Good Fight on February 26th, titled ELITE. The Contortionist is currently supporting Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and Dying Fetus in the United States. Glass Cloud recently released their first effort via Equal Vision Records and have supported Silverstein, Miss May I, and were a part of last year’s Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. One of Sumerian Records’ newest signees, City In The Sea, will be releasing their full-length this Spring and will be taking part in the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival for the first time.

Road To Metal Fest III Tour
w/ After The Burial, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City In The Sea
4/12/2012 The Vernon Club – Louisville, KY
4/13/2012 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
4/14/2012 Jamboree – Toledo, OH
4/15/2012 NV – Knoxville, TN
4/16/2012 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
4/17/2012 Green Street – Greensboro, NC
4/18/2012 Shakas – Virginia Beach, VA
4/20/2012 NEMHF – Worcester, MA
4/21/2012 Santos Party House – New York, NY
4/22/2012 The Note – West Chester, PA
4/23/2012 Xtreme Wheels – Buffalo, NY
4/24/2012 Ironworks – Pittsburgh, PA
4/25/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
4/26/2012 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
4/27/2012 Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The festival takes place April 19th, 20th and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th. Since 1999, the festival has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors.

Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup at http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/ .

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

https://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com/

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-Ear One Productions 2013 Update: Releases From Nightbitch, When The Deadbolt Breaks, Voice Of Reason Confirmed

Earsplit PR is stoked to join forces with Connecticut-based indie label Ear One Productions on their upcoming Winter and Spring releases. Formed in 2012 by hardcore/music scene vets Mike Livingston and Jay Reason, the label holds major clout within the Connecticut scene and well beyond. With seven Ear One titles out to date, including discs from When Waters Rise, Bonded Through Hate, Priapism, Big Ed, Continuum, The Curse Of Her Flesh and Sinners, the label’s roster boast s only bands from their home state. 2013 will prove to be the label’s biggest year yet…

First up, traditional, occult-bent metal trio Nightbitch, influenced by wicked women, unholy passions and fire nights, will unleash their latest Danzig and Blackmoore-driven bone metal anthems with the three-song CHAINMAKER 12″. Formed by Ipsissimus guitarist Ryan Adams (ex-Catalyst, ex-Capharnaum, ex-Vestal Claret, etc.) with longtime friends, drummer/vocalist Chris Taylor (Treebeard, Garbage Barge) and bassist Mark Eles (De Omega), Nightbitch has unleashed a plethora of cult cassette and vinyl releases over the years, and will penetrate the annals of rock even deeper with CHAINMAKER and more in 2013.

Early this Spring, roaring experimental doom trio When The Deadbolt Breaks will drop their most massive musical endeavor to date, with their sprawling fourth full-length release, DRIFTING TOWARDS THE EDGE OF THE EARTH. With a nearly two-hour-long diverse, debilitating doom/sludge metamorphosis taking place, the mammoth album will be released as a 2xCD or 2xLP package. Formed in 2005 by ex-Cable guitarist/vocalist Aaron Lewis, alongside bassist/vocalist Mike Parkyn and drummer Rich Kalinowski, a constant list of extra musicians and vocalists constantly appear on WTDB releases, which have included full-lengths on FuzzTown and Spare Change Records and a split with Negative Reaction. Watch for this band on tour throughout the year.

Late Spring/early Summer will see the release of the entire discography from Ear One co-owner Jay Reason’s first band, Voice Of Reason. The band made a major impact in the New England hardcore scene and beyond in the mid-late ’90s, boasting a high-paced, positive/anthem-based delivery but still maintaining a hard edge of urgency similar to early acts like Chain Of Strength, Seven Seconds and Gorilla Biscuits, and at the time comparable to Ten Yard Fight and Ensign. The band played alongside everyone from Hatebreed and Warzone to New Found Glory and Saves The Day and recorded with legendary NYHC producer Don Fury. LOOKING BACK TO THE WAY THINGS WERE: VOICE OF REASON 1995 – 2001 is a re-mastered collection of the band’s 32-song discography, and is set to be delivered as a limited edition CD and FREE digital download.

Stay tuned as the upcoming releases from Nightbitch and When The Deadbolt Breaks, and the Voice Of Reason discography near; more info and music will be available in the coming days.

Mike Livingston, having started out as a hardcore/thrash DJ in the mid-’80s helped bring the two scenes together in the crossover movement, moved on to work with Metal Blade Records, Aardshock America Magazine and more. Musically after playing with local acts Radium, Atmosfear, Smoke The Prophet, Black Wytche and Drained Of Life, Livingston did time with NYHC act 25 Ta Life followed by several years in Connecticut hardcore brutes 100 Demons, in addition to opening his own recording studio. Jay Reason is a musician, graphic designer and digital content creator who was the lead singer and founder of hardcore punk bands Voice Of Reason and The Distance, and is the current front man for Blackened (with members of Hatebreed). Hired by Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta, Jay was label manager/A&R of Stillborn Records from 2001 to 2007. Jay brings over 15 years of experience to the role following stints with Sony Music, Jive Records and various independent artists / label consultations, signings.

http://www.nightbitch.net/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/When-the-Deadbolt-Breaks/181287835243416

https://www.facebook.com/voiceofreasoncthc

http://www.earoneproductions.com/

https://www.facebook.com/earoneproductions

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-Scotland’s Cnoc An Tursa Next Up In Candlelight’s Cult Series

Candlelight Records today announces the next album in its Cult Series. THE GIANTS OF AULD from Scotland’s Cnoc An Tursa will see North American release on March 26th. It’s the debut release from the Pagan metal band and adds to the label’s growing developmental artist series. THE GIANTS OF AULD, already released in Europe, was produced by Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Napalm Death).

Chock full of intense, epic ballads that draw inspiration from old Scottish poetry, THE GIANTS OF AULD was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales. Early media has praised the record with Heathen Harvest calling it, “A potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.” Ave Noctum says, “Candlelight have picked a Pagan/folk metal gem… a highly melodic but driving sound that should be on the shopping list of any fan of pagan or folk metal,” while No Clean Singing adds, “put this album on your radar screen.”

Falkirk-based Cnoc An Tursa was formed in 2006 by vocalist/guitarist Alan Buchan and guitarist/keyboardist Rene Hill. With the later addition of bassist David Anderson and drummer Bryan Hamilton, the band caught the ear of Winterfylleth/Lone Vigil Recordings founder Chris Naughton after the release of a single demo recorded and released by the band in 2008. Discussing the rise of Isle bands with Decibel Magazine last November, Naughton noted, “When we spoke a few years ago, we were talking about a scene in its relative infancy; one that was starting to bring through some great bands with strong ideas. We are now a few years down the line and starting to see bands like A Forest Of Stars and Wodensthrone flourish. If anything I would say now is the time all the British bands are starting to hit their stride and bring their music to the world in a way they have never been able to before. There is a great undercurrent of bands like Cnoc An Tursa, Fyrdsman and Nine Covens coming through that represent a scene that is bearing some real fruit.”

Cnoc An Tursa has toured alongside Taake, Winterfylleth, and Wodensthrone to date. Sample the album’s fourth track “Hail Land Of My Fathers,” on Candlelight Records’ free Cult Series Winter sampler at this location:

http://candlelightrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/candlelight-cult-winter-sampler

THE GIANTS OF AULD Track Listing:
1. The Piper O’Dundee
2. The Lion Of Scotland
3. Bannockburn
4. Hail Land Of My Fathers
5. Ettrick Forest In November
6. The Spellbound Knight
7. In Shadowland
8. Winter-A Dirge
9. Culloden Moor
10. Blar Na H-Eaglaise Brice

Other artists available now via Candlelight’s Cult Series include: Wodensthrone (CURSE), Khors (WISDOM OF CENTURIES), Kontinuum (EARTH BLOOD MAGIC), Nine Covens (ON THE DAWNING OF LIGHT), Reverence (THE ASTHETIC ASCENSION), and Zatokrev (THE BAT THE WHEEL AND A LONG ROAD TO NOWHERE).

Upcoming Candlelight Cult releases include: Nonexistence/ANTARTICA (out June 4), Voices/FROM THE HUMAN FOREST CREATE A FUGE OF IMAGINARY RAIN (out June 4), Crown/PSYCHURGY (out June 11), and Shade Empire/DIVINE CODES (out June 11).

https://www.facebook.com/cnocantursa

http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CandlelightRecordsUSA

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-David Hooper’s “Six-Figure Musician” Available As A Free Book

Music Marketing blogger and radio show host David Hooper says, “Today’s music business has more opportunity for musicians and songwriters than ever before. If you’re willing to take control of your career and embrace change, you can be successful and make a lot of money.”

David is making his book, “Six-Figure Musician — How To Sell More Music, Get More People To Your Shows, And Make More Money In The Music Business,” available for free at http://www.musicianbook.com/ .

“Six-Figure Musician” is 272 pages of “big picture” ideas and proven marketing strategies that will help you to succeed in the new music business. It is a realistic, hype-free guide that will help you get to unleash your music and make a great living.

This book is currently available FREE at http://www.musicianbook.com/ .

David Hooper is the founder of the music marketing agency MusicMarketing.com and host of “Music Business Radio” heard online at http://www.musicmarketing.com and on Nashville’s Lightning 100.

Contact:
dave@kathoderaymusic.com

http://www.twitter.com/davidhooper

http://blog.musicbusinessradio.com/

http://www.musicmarketing.com/

http://www.facebook.com/musicmarketing

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-220 Volt announced its new lineup as Anders Engberg (ex-Therion, Lion’s Share) on vocals, founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson on guitar, bassist Mikael Krusenberg, and returning drummer Peter Hermansson. A teaser featuring the new lineup and samples of three new songs — “Broken Promises,” “Blind,” and “One Good Reason” — is online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OBvpDN1iS6k .

-The latest guest singer to be announced for Avantasia’s THE MYSTERY OF TIME, due out March 30, is Bob Catley (Magnum, Hard Rain). Catley will perform on the album and join Avantasia on tour; check out his video message at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OFMo94HtFr0 . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Joe Bonamassa’s AN ACOUSTIC EVENING AT THE VIENNA OPERA HOUSE is due out next month. 2DVD, 2CD and single Blu-ray formats can be pre-ordered now at http://jbonamassa.com/vienna/?p=share . A free download of “Athens To Athens,” the DVD trailer, track list info, and T-shirt orders are available at the same link. See http://www.jbonamassa.com/ for more.

-”Power thrashers” Edge Of Attack released their self-titled debut this week through Spread The Metal Records, and is available at http://www.spreadthemetal.com/catalog/ , https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edge-of-attack/id584063845 , and http://spreadthemetalrecords.bandcamp.com/releases . Hype: “Produced by EAO guitarist/vocalist Jurekk Whipple, the debut features ten tracks of haunting vocals, shredding guitars, complex bass lines, furious drumming plus choral and symphonic arrangements along with guest artists by solo artist Ivan Gianinni, Ryan Boivard (Hallows Die) and Pellek (Damnation Angels).” From singer Roxanne Gordey: “After having waited so long to release this album, we can’t be happier with its result! Our only hope is that everyone hears it and feels our dedication to this music. More than anything, we’re grateful to everyone who really stuck their neck out to get us this far. This album is our very first benchmark.” Track list: “In Hell,” “The Haunting,” “Demon (Of The Northern Seas)” feat. Ivan Giannini, “Take Me Alive,” “In The Night,” “Edge Of Attack,” “Rise Above,” “Forever,” “The Damned” feat. Ryan Bovaird, “Set The World Aflame” feat. PelleK. Check out the video for “In Hell” at http://youtu.be/qBRj84u-i50 . See http://www.spreadthemetal.com/ and http://www.EdgeofAttack.com/ for more.

-Free Fall’s latest track-by-track videos featuring drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed describing POWER & VOLUME are available at http://youtu.be/BFB03V82HpU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXbI398Nh58 . The band also has a free SongPier app for iOS and Android devices at http://songpier.com/freefall . See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Helker’s SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRLE is out now in Europe in digi-pak CD and digital download formats; there is also a Spanish-language version available via digital download. Hype: “Argentina’s Helker deliver a slice of finest Power Metal with SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRCLE, the band’s first international release.” Check out excerpts of all album tracks at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr0O3mLBs4Q .

-Kiss will headline Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, on July 20. See http://www.kissonline.com/ and http://www.rock-fest.com/ for more.

-Lost Society’s video for “Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)” is online at http://youtu.be/_VYaSmFcfVM . The clip was filmed in Jyväskylä, Finland, with director Maurice Swinkels (Legion Of The Damned). FAST LOUD DEATH comes out March 15 on Nuclear Blast Records. See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-The Swedish doom metal band Memory Garden has a new landing page at http://www.metalblade.com/memorygarden , featuring the cover art and first single “The Evangelist” from DOOMAIN, which is due out April 12 on Metal Blade Records. The album can be pre-ordered at the page, too. The band had this to say about the album: “The recording of DOOMAIN must be the most relaxed album session we’ve ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you.” And about the album title: “We wanted a short and effective title to this album. It’s a little game of words referring to the style of music we play ‘Doom metal’ and the actual word ‘Domain.’ We see this album as a statement of what Memory Garden stands for music wise and this album is certainly down our alley, it’s in our DOOMAIN.” Track list: “The Evangelist,” “Latent Lunacy,” “Daughters Of The Sea,” “Barren Lands,” “Violate & Create,” “Doomain,” “The King Of The Dead,” “A Diabolical Mind,” “Misfortune.” Lineup: Stefan Berglund – Vocals, Simon Johansson – Lead Guitars, Andreas Mäkelä – Guitars, Johan Fredrikson – Bass Guitar, Tom Björn – Drums. See http://www.memorygarden.se/ and https://www.facebook.com/memorygardenofficial for more.

-A Perfect Day’s unreleased cover of Adele’s “SkyFall” is out now, digitally. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88HiN45y03c .

-The EPK for Saxon’s SACRIFICE, a 17-minute clip featuring the band members running down the album’s tracks, is online at http://youtu.be/09vKzx2jKOo .

-Secret Sphere’s video for “Lie To Me” has surpassed 300,000 views on YouTube, at http://youtu.be/Qy98zDaGRmw . The song comes from PORTRAIT OF A DYING HEART, which was released last fall. See http://www.secretsphere.org/ and http://www.facebook.com/secretsphere for more.

-The Levellers have been added to this year’s Sweden Rock Festival, slated for June 5-8, in Solvesborg, Sweden. The lineup now stands at: Kiss, Rush, Europe, Status Quo, Saxon, Asia, Accept, Krokus, Survivor, Five Finger Death Punch, Rick Springfield, Skid Row, Candlemass, UFO, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend Project, At The Gates, Black Star Riders, Sonata Arctica, Kreator, Doro, Demon, Raubtier, Pugh Rogefeldt, Leningrad Cowboys, Hypocrisy, Threshold, Sweet, The Levellers, Firewind, Jon English, Paradise Lost, Hardline, Manilla Road, Vader, Ihsahn, Amaranthe, Satan, Heathen, Tankard, Crazy Lixx, Naglfar, Bullet, Stacie Collins, Sister Sin, Axxis, Spiders, Morgana Lefay, Mårran, Witchcraft, Nine Below Zero, Civil War, Audrey Horne, Huntress, Leprous, Martin Prahl’s Skelter Wheel, The Last Band, The Scams, Sahg, Mia Klose, Klogr. See http://www.swedenrock.com/ for more.

-Testament recorded its show last Friday, February 15, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY for an upcoming DVD/CD release. Before the gig singer Chuck Billy stated, “We haven’t shot a live DVD or CD since our LIVE IN LONDON release and we’ve had two killer albums since then. We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records (THE GATHERING, THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION and DARK ROOTS OF EARTH) mixed in with a good amount of classics too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for LIVE AT THE FILLMORE on the West Coast. This time we thought we’d give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be. We’re going to be playing an extra-long 17-18 song set, which will be our lengthiest set of the tour. Let’s see all you thrashers stirring it up out there and singing along!” The new live release is expected out later this year via Nuclear Blast Records. See http://www.testamentlegions.com/ for more.

-Voodoo Circle has a new video for “Graveyard City” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6noZosjABrw . The track comes from MORE THAN ONE WAY HOME, due out February 22 on AFM Records.

Thanks to Chip Ruggieri, Axel Wiesenauer, and Jon Asher for help gathering some of this information.

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-That new crowd-funded Kiss tribute album A WORLD WITH HEROES sounds pretty cool. Be sure to take a look at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kiss40thtribute for all the details. Some of the incentives to pledge include the CD for $20, signed 8x10s, Skype call with Russ Dwarf and Terry Ilous ($50 each), a signed drum head and sticks from Johnny Dee ($90), Skype lessons with Bill Leverty and Derek Sherinian ($100 each), etc. There are also a lot of updates about track info. It was recently announced that Dwarf and Leverty will perform on each other’s songs — “Unholy” and “Deuce,” respectively — Bumblefoot and Rex Brown will collaborate on “Detroit Rock City,” Ilous will contribute an acoustic version of “Forever,” and Willie Basse (Black Sheep) has been added to the roster with “I Love It Loud.” There’s a new interview Leverty concerning the project at http://www.seaoftranquility.org/article.php?sid=2410 ; additional interviews with Dwarf and Ilous will be posted at Sea Of Tranquility soon. Very cool stuff, and all for a more than worthy cause.

-Check out an awesome list of “10 Great Heavy Metal Documentaries” at http://fatfreddyscat.hubpages.com/hub/10-Great-Heavy-Metal-Documentaries . They are as follows: “The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years” (1988), “Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance Vs. Judas Priest” (1991), “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” (2008), “Until The Light Takes Us” (2009), “Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster” (2004), “Heavy Metal In Baghdad” (2007), “Born In The Basement” (2007), “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” (2005), “Lemmy” (2010), and “Kiss Loves You” (2004).

-Special thanks to my friend Bill for finding a list of “6 Musical Cruises To Make You Wish For A Hurricane” at http://popdose.com/6-worst-musical-package-cruises/ .

-I tell ya, when I first read the press release I thought David Hooper’s book was entitled “The Six-Fingered Magician.” :)

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – RIDE (Leverty Music), Impera – LEGACY OF LIFE (Escape Music), Audrey Horne – YOUNGBLOOD (Napalm Records), Valor – THE YONDER ANSWER (Pitch Black Records), Midas Touch – PRESAGE OF DISASTER (DELUXE EDITION) (Divebomb Records).

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Detritus #640

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Detritus
Issue #640
Week of February 11, 2013

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-We were gonna do a special “Luv ‘n’ Kisses” issue of Detritus for Valentine’s Day, where you could win a dream date with Steve, but then he was all like, “Dude, my wife will kill me…” so we had to scrap EVERYTHING. Oh well. – Tim

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-International Powerhouse Rock Group W.E.T.’s Brand New Video “Learn To Live Again” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep

New Album RISE UP Due Out Later In February Via Frontiers Records

Hard Rock lovers worldwide can click here to witness the Worldwide Premiere of the video for international powerhouse Rock group W.E.T.’s brand new track, “Learn To Live Again”:

http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/07/w-e-t-learn-to-live-again-video/

The video was shot on location last month in an industrial barn outside Stockholm, Sweden under bone-chilling weather conditions. “Learn To Live Again” is taken from W.E.T.’s forthcoming album, RISE UP, due out in Europe on February 22 and North America on February 26 via Frontiers Records. The album is already receiving early critical praise, with Sweden’s Hallowed declaring, “…this is the best ever melodic rock or AOR album,” while the UK’s Planet Mosh avowed that W.E.T. are “at the top of their game and raising the standards for others…” Click http://www.frontiers.it/download/WETrise%20upCOVER.jpg to download cover art for RISE UP.

W.E.T. is the union (and corresponding acronym) of some of the world’s most accomplished musicians. W.E.T. is Robert Säll (“W” = the keyboardist/guitarist from Swedish melodic rockers Work Of Art), Erik Mårtensson (“E” = from Swedish hard rockers Eclipse; Mårtensson plays guitars, bass, keyboards and lead vocals) and Jeff Scott Soto (“T” = from Talisman, the highly-celebrated American vocalist, also known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Journey), along with members Magnus Henriksson (guitars) and Robban Bäck (drums), also from Eclipse. W.E.T.’s self-titled debut album in 2009 was one of the rare occasions when a band created by the vision of Frontiers Records President/Founder Serafino Perugino managed to create such a wave of enthusiasm and interest from fans and the media alike that it went beyond the band’s own expectations.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/TheBandWET

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Frontiers Records News

Great White

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce that during the week of the release of Great White’s forthcoming live album 30 YEARS – LIVE FROM THE SUNSET STRIP (planned for February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America), a newly re-mixed version of the band’s latest studio album ELATION will be made available for digital download sales across the board at the special price of 4.99 USD / 3.99 GBP / 3.99 EURO. The album was re-mixed by George Tutko known for his work with such artists as Rod Stewart, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mellencamp and more. After the first week, the album will go back to normal price.

In the meanwhile the band’s latest video “Hard To Say Goodbye” is officially in rotation on MTV.com. The song is also #8 on the Classic Rock Radio media charts. This is indeed a major milestone for the band!

“When I assembled this band in 1979 that eventually became Great White in 1982, to have it still be around 30 years later is a complete blessing,” guitarist Mark Kendall said. “The music and fans is what keeps us rocking. From ON YOUR KNEES to ELATION the music has been for the fans. We decided to celebrate by taking it back where it all started for us, and that is on The Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Being a big part of our history, The Key Club in Hollywood, California, was the perfect venue to record this live album and celebrate our 30 years of making music together.” Drummer Audie Desbrow added: “A big thank you to all the fans, past present, and future, we could have never done it without you!”

Great White Artist Page:

http://www.mtv.com/artists/great-white

Official video link:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/great-white/876641/hard-to-say-goodbye.jhtml

http://www.greatwhiterocks.com/

Pink Cream 69

Wanted: virtual actors for a new music video!

Germany’s international rock band Pink Cream 69 will be shooting a new video for their new single “Special” (from their brand new album CEREMONIAL which entered the national album charts in Germany in the week of release at number 83). We are looking for people that would be willing to act as Internet users/chatters. The lyrics in “Special” are about people pretending something they are not in the social networks, visually and mentally.

If interested please make a short video of yourself in front of a computer doing “stuff” and send it to: special@pinkcream69.com . The best short videos will make it to the actual video with a length of 1-2 seconds max.

You should be looking funny, crazy, weird or sexy. You will be chatting with the video’s main female character. We are looking forward to your videos!

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-The Big Teutonic 4: 10″ Mini LP To Be Released February 15!

A while ago, German Legacy magazine included an exclusive four-track compilation CD of The Big Teutonic 4 in their issue no. 82 (1/2013) that included brand new cover versions of heavy metal classics by Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Now, Germany’s “big 4″ — namely thrash legends Kreator, Tankard, Destruction and Sodom — will also release this terrific tribute in the form of a 10″ mini LP. It’ll be available in black as well as in red and yellow (the latter two exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order) and will contain a different song by Sodom as compared to the compilation CD.

The track list reads as follows:

Side A:
Kreator – “The Number Of The Beast” (Iron Maiden)
Sodom – “Ace Of Spades” (Motorhead)

Side B:
Destruction – “The Hammer” (Motorhead)
Tankard – “The Prisoner” (Iron Maiden)

Order your copy of this very special limited release here: http://smarturl.it/TBT4

Moreover, for the very first time in history The Big Teutonic 4 will share one stage on the same night: at the Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that’ll take place from May 30 to June 1, 2013. Make sure not to miss this memorable event! Secure your tickets at the Nuclear Blast web shop: http://www.nuclearblast.de/suche/beastival

For further information, visit: http://www.beastival.com/ .

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-R-Mine Metalfest 2013 Confirm Festival Lineup

R-Mine Metalfest 2013 is scheduled for June 21th – 23th in Tongeren, Belgium. A new trailer for the festival can now be seen below:

Symphony X recently announced as headliner with Rhapsody Of Fire and Hell.

Acts confirmed for the festival include:

Friday 21/06 – Rhapsody Of Fire, Jorn, Nightmare, Evil Masquerade, Fate, Voodoo Highway, Ex Libris, Ethernity, Azylya (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Saturday 22/06 – Symphony X, Freak Kitchen, Secret Sphere, Raven Lord, BloodBound, Tainted Nation, Tore St. Moren feat. John Macaluso & Nic Angileri, Sunburst, Max Pie, Arhythmia, Magnacult, Scarlet Anger, Keyrah, Hell City, Pulver One (tickets presale 30€ – atd 35€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Sunday 23/06 – Hell, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Holocaust, Savage, Demon, Cloven Hoof, Fireforce, Attic, Wizz Wizzard, Voltrage, Civilian, Valkyre (tickets presale 25€ – atd 30€ – combi ticket 3 days 65€)

Tickets for R-Mine Metalfest 2013 are available at http://www.mymusicevents.be/ and all Free Recordshops in Belgium & Holland: Giga Swing Hasselt, Metal Zone Shops Belgium, Moonlight Shop Tongeren, etc.

Real metal fans will have a good time at the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 with the Metal Market + Meet & Greet area.

http://www.facebook.com/events/123709357795939

http://www.mymusicevents.be/

http://www.r-mineproductions.be/

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-Covered Call To Release IMPACT March 28 On AOR Heaven

Covered Call: An expression used in financial circles depicting a picture of Wall Street, big cities, and the frenzy of the stock market. Covered Call the band, however, was born in a small carpentry shed in the dark, deep forests of Sweden. The contrast couldn’t be greater between the band and their name.

Covered Call was formed by drummer Ronny Svanströmer and guitarist Joel Carlsson. Subsequently, second guitarist Morgan Rosenquist joined the band and the material rapidly started taking shape.

The band immediately landed a deal and released their debut album MONEY NEVER SLEEPS internationally in 2009. During the recording sessions for the band’s second album bassist Andy Loos (ex Glory, Lion’s Share) was recruited as a full member in the lineup.

Andy had previously been working with Göran Edman (ex John Norum Band, Yngwie Malmsteen), who was soon after recruited to complete this stellar lineup.

The new album, entitled IMPACT, was recorded by Covered Call along with Studio Fredman (Arch Enemy, HammerFall, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames) and was mixed by Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share (who also performed a guest solo on the track “Hold On”) at LS Studio.

The band has left their suits behind and is ready to deliver unforgettable rock music in the true AOR spirit!

This new musical constellation together with vocalist Göran Edman now sound stronger than ever and with fantastic new material Covered Call will prove, once again, that their brand of hook-layered rock is a force to be reckoned with.

Track List:
1. Lorraine
2. When The Lights Are Out
3. Think About All Times
4. Look Into Your Mind
5. Hold On
6. Make A Wish
7. Nothing Lasts Forever
8. Wake Up
9. When I’m Gone
10. Live It Up
11. Last Goodbye

Lineup:
Göran Edman – Lead vocals
Joel Carlsson – Guitars
Morgan Rosenquist – Guitar
Andy Loos – Bass
Ronny Svanströmer – Drums

Sound clips in advance:

“Hold On” (Edit)

“Lorraine” (Edit)

“When The Lights Are Out” (Edit)

Web:

http://www.coveredcall.se/

http://www.facebook.com/coveredcallrock

http://www.metalheaven.net/

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-Code Of Silence DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON Track-By-Track Video Posted Online

British melodic metallers Code Of Silence — who are fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio, Symbolica, Lord Of Mushrooms) posted a track-by-track album breakdown video provided by band leader and bassist James Murray who also supplied the debut album’s historical theme of the Knights Templar at the time of the Crusades. The video can be viewed here:

James says: “Although the album is thematic each song can be enjoyed in its own right separately away from any concept.”

Code Of Silence recently released their debut video “Sky Is Falling Down” — which has gained in excess of 15,000 views since posting — and an informative EPK introducing the band:

“Sky Is Falling Down”

EPK

“Taken in the round, this is a fabulous rock album. As a debut album it’s simply stunning.” Get Ready to ROCK!

A guitarist who wants to go to Japan, a drummer who thinks political leaders should settle arguments over a few beers, and a Brazilian who likes Scottish breakfasts. These are some of the fascinating facts you will glean from Code Of Silence’s newly launched website — http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/ .

The album — DARK SKIES OVER BABYLON — has been written and produced by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Hardline, Lionville). Stylistically it covers a range of genres from hard rock to progressive, fused with highly melodic metal.

The band includes seasoned vocalist Gus Monsanto, who has worked with Stratovarius vocalist Timo Tolkki (Revolution Renaissance) and Adagio, and guitarist Ben Randall who for a time was with Power Quest. Scott McLean on keys (Concept Of Time and Falloch) and John Clelland on drums (The Jack) complete the lineup.

The album is released in Europe on 25 February and in North America on 9 April via Mausoleum Records. It was released in Japan via Rubicon Music on 23 January. There is a limited pre-order offer before release date at the band’s website.

http://www.codeofsilence.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/codeofsilenceuk

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-Swedish Sleaze Rockers Crashdiet Brand New Video “California” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Noisecreep Today; North American Headlining Tour Dates Announced; New Album THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND Just Released Via Frontiers Records

Hard rock lovers worldwide can click http://www.noisecreep.com/2013/02/06/crashdiet-california-video/ to witness the worldwide premiere of the video for Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdiet’s brand new track, “California.” The song is taken from their latest album, THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND, which was just released worldwide via Frontiers Records and debuted at #2 on the Swedish album charts. Next month, Crashdiet are set to take their fiery live show to the masses in North America with a headlining tour kicking off on March 15th at Hooligans in Albuquerque, NM. Please see below for confirmed tour dates.

A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s, Crashdiet harkens back to the glam metal movement of the 1980s, with a more pronounced punk element. Crashdiet has earned an international following of diehard fans through extensive touring, with stints supporting the likes of Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Crashdiet overcame tragedy early in their career when original lead singer Dave Lepard committed suicide. Determined to carry on Lepard’s legacy, Crashdiet has endured and has become an example of determination to their fans. Crashdiet is Martin Sweet (guitars), Peter London (bass), Eric Young (drums) and Simon Cruz (vocals).

Crashdiet North American tour:

MARCH
15 – Albuquerque, NM – Hooligans
20 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
25 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
26 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl – Hard Rock Hotel Casino
30 – Arvada, CO – Jammin Joes

APRIL
2 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
4 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
5 – Detroit, MI – Hard Rock Cafe Detroit
6 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club Theatre
7 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
9 – Montreal, QC – Petit Cafe
11 – West Chester, PA – The Note
13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
16 – White Marsh, MD – House Of Rock

For more information, please visit:

http://www.crashdiet.org/

http://www.frontiers.it/

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-Metal Church, Overkill Confirmed For Headbangers Open Air!

Good news is coming from the Headbangers Open Air Camp:

Metal Church has been confirmed to perform an exclusive Headliner Show on HOA Saturday. They will play the complete first album plus many more highlights, which will be a 100+ minute set.

Overkill has just been announced as the headliner for the HOA Thursday!

And in other news: Blaspheme (FR) will play one of their farewell shows at HOA. Persian Risk (a NWoBHM pearl) has also been added to the bill and Axxion (CAN) will attend the Warm-Up Gig.

The 16th edition of Headbangers Open Air will take place from July 25 – July 27, 2013 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen (Germany).

The 2013 lineup is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
77 (ESP)
Blaspheme (FR)
Bloodfeast (USA)
Demon (UK)
Forte (USA)
Game Over (IT)
Heretic (USA)
Iron Savior (D)
King Leoric (D)
Kissin’ Dynamite (D)
Metal Church (USA)
Midnight Priest (POR)
Muro (ESP)
MX Machine (USA)
Overkill (USA)
Persian Risk (UK)
Praying Mantis (UK)
Rival (USA)
Savage (UK)
Skiltron (ARG)
Sleepy Hollow (USA)
Stormwitch (D)
Trespass (UK)
Vicious Rumors (USA)

Confirmed for the Warm-Up Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Wednesday July 24, 2013:
Hobbs Angel Of Death (Aus)
Axxion (Can)
Wild (Es)

Confirmed for the After Show in Lauschbar, Itzehoe, Germany for Sunday July 28, 2013:
Rezet (Ger)
Skiltron (Arg)

Presales are going strong, tickets remain 48,- Euro, the X-mas Packet (Metallticket + T-Shirt) for 53,- Euro. Shirt sizes: S, M, L, XL & Girly M.

Presale points:

http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/

http://www.hellionrecords.de/

http://www.Metaltix.com/

VonGestern Elmshorn
RemedyRecords Hamburg
AD Ticket + Ticketmaster
note: buy your tickets from our official pre-sale partners only

No entering of the campsite without a valid ticket… (no more just camping…)
Preorder your private Dixi for 60,- Euro (1 cleaning included)
Headbanging puppet for 18,95 in our shop.
From 2013 no more glass on HOA (just plastic bottles and cans)

For all info:

http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/

http://www.facebook.com/HeadbangersOpenAir

http://www.twitter.com/HOAGermany

http://www.myspace.com/headbangersopenair

\M/ MAKE THE GARDEN BURN \M/

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-Nightmare Records And Power Prog Join Forces!

Our cooperation has existed for a while, but now we raise our successful relations to a new peak…

Nightmare Records will act as exclusive distributor for all Power Prog releases in North America from this point on!

These albums are available as CD and digital download from February 22, you can pre-order them immediately at http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

Age Of Artemis – OVERCOMING LIMITS

http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1033/ctx-2

Lothlöryen – RAVING SOULS SOCIETY

http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1034/ctx-2

Rygel – IMMINENT

http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1035/ctx-3

Still Alive – KYO

http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/pgxso-product-details/prx-1036/ctx-3

Nightmare Records is an indie Prog power metal label distributed by Sony/RED, want more info on Nightmare? Join us.

Feel free to pass this on to friends you think may enjoy!

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112

http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightmare-Records/132869800174

http://www.www.myspace.com/NightmareRecords1

http://www.twitter.com/NightmareRecord

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

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-Doolittle Group Is Proud To Announce Two Releases For March 2013

Shadows Past – PERFECT CHAPTER

Artist: Shadows Past
Title: PERFECT CHAPTER
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Metal
Catalog #: DOOCD007
EAN: 7320470167168
Copyright: Doolittle Group 2013
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

Distribution:
Sweden – Sound Pollution, Norway – VME, Finland – Supersounds, Denmark – VME, Germany/Austria – Rough Trade, Switzerland – Non Stop, Italy – Audioglobe, France – Soundworks, UK – Plastic Head, Poland – Mystic Productions, Czech Republic – Mystic Productions, Spain – Avispa, Benelux – Suburban, Greece – Sound Forge, Bulgaria – Wizzard, Russia – Soyuz, USA/Canada – Super D, South America – Hellion

Track List:
1. Wherever I Go (4:20)
2. Perfect Chapter (4:18)
3. Cry No More (5:26)
4. An Old Enemy (4:42)
5. Ladder Of Life (4:34)
6. The Scars Run Deep (4:10)
7. Impressed (4:07)
8. Who Am I (5:12)
9. The One (5:51)
10. Believe (6:12)

Melodic metal with great attitude from Sweden. Vocalist Ola Halén, former Insania Sweden, is fronting this power unit. Style-wise you can compare Shadows Past with Symphony X, Kamelot and Helloween.

Shadows Past was formed in 2005 by singer Ola Halén and guitarist Jonatan Berg. It happened that Ola had a Tony MacAlpine tape running in his car when giving Jonatan a ride from the music school where Ola worked and Jonatan studied, and they discovered their similar taste in music. Prior to that, the name Shadows Past had been used by Ola for some of his solo projects on the side of Insania — the band for which he had been the singer and front man since 2002. The band saw various members come and go during the first few years. Among them drummer Johnny Sandin (who eventually had to focus solely on his other band Seventh Wonder) and bass player Niklas “Nille” Sandin, now in Katatonia.

Several demo recordings were made during these first years, with the first official one being released in 2009, containing the songs “Perfect Chapter,” “Cry No More” and “Who Am I.” By this time multi-instrumentalist Staffan Lindroth had joined the band on keyboards, soon to be joined by his brother Olle Lindroth on drums, who fittingly returned to Sweden from living in Spain when the need for a permanent drummer arose. To further solidify the musical foundation, one more change in lineup was made and Patrik Berg, Jonatan’s brother (and a talented musician) was brought in on bass, thus making it two pairs of brothers in the band.

Shadows Past had continuously been playing live, mostly throughout the Stockholm club scene and continued to do so during 2009 when the band also took part in the pan-European music contest “Emergenza” which culminated in a final performance at the final show at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. In 2009 new songs were also written and rehearsed and pre-production and recordings for the debut album could begin in 2010. The process of finishing the album was delayed by the decision to scrap some of the studio recordings for technical reasons, but in late 2011 everything was finally on tape (or disk rather) and the task to mix, master and set the sound of the debut could be delegated. For this job Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Seventh Wonder etc.) was chosen and during the spring of 2012 the album was finalized.

Later in 2012 Christian Liljegren and Doolittle Group got to hear the album and decided to invite Shadows Past into their roster of bands.

Style-wise, Shadows Past have always had a strong foundation in melodic metal. The emphasis never strays from strong melodies, put in a framework of heavy riffing and musically intriguing details. Comparisons to bands like Helloween, Stratovarius and Symphony X have been made, but there is no denying that Shadows Past have a powerful voice of their own that will carry on to be heard, both on and off the stages of the world.

Lineup:
Ola Halén – Vocals
Jonatan Berg – Guitar
Patrik Berg – Bass
Olle Lindroth – Drums
Staffan Lindroth – Keyboards

Join Shadows Past on Facebook for frequent updates, or check them out through any of the other channels.

http://www.facebook.com/shadowspast

http://www.shadowspast.com/

http://www.twitter.com/shadowspastband

http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup

http://www.youtube.com/shadowspastofficial

My Endless Wishes – MY ENDLESS WISHES

Artist: My Endless Wishes
Title: MY ENDLESS WISHES
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Catalog #: DOOCD008
EAN: 7320470167175
Copyright: Doolittle Group
Label: Doolittle Group

Promotion Territory: Worldwide
Release Date: 29.03.2013

Distribution:
Sweden – Sound Pollution, Norway – VME, Finland – Supersounds, Denmark – VME, Germany/Austria – Rough Trade, Switzerland – Non Stop, Italy – Audioglobe, France – Soundworks, UK – Plastic Head, Poland – Mystic Productions, Czech Republic – Mystic Productions, Spain – Avispa, Benelux – Suburban, Greece – Sound Forge, Bulgaria – Wizzard, Russia – Soyuz, USA/Canada – Super D, South America – Hellion

Track List:
1. Follow The Light (3:41)
2. Cry For Deliverance (4:11)
3. A Part Of Me (4:22)
4. Lost Without You (4:15)
5. Angel (3:36)
6. Waiting For A Sign (3:26)
7. Paradise (3:21)
8. Searching For A Hero (3:20)
9. Before I Say Goodbye (3:38)
10. Stronger (3:27)
11. Silent Tears (3:49)
12. Once Again (3:57)

Bombastic, true sound, with real strings for fans of Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation.

My Endless Wishes was created in 2005 by Frida and Martin Viberg, married since 2006. Musical influences have always been melodic metal, bands such as Evanescence, Nightwish, Within Temptation, etc. Joined by some local musicians they entered a studio in 2008, and recorded and produced a demo named NEVER WALK ALONE, which contained nine tracks, and was released in 2009. The song titled “Never Walk Alone” was also released on MySpace and got so much attention that it was released on a CD compilation named ULTRA POP OVERDOSE in the USA.

At this time the only permanent members where Frida and Martin, My Endless Wishes did not have a solid foundation and were struggling to create that unique sound. The band played a lot of gigs during the summer of 2008, among those a Ukraine mini-tour, which was the result of an earlier Ukraine gig from 2006.

In 2009, two more permanent members enters the band, Magnus Källström on bass, and Fredrik Pernros on guitar, both with a shared vision about the wanted sound, and a long background in the Hard Rock/Metal scene, but something was missing. There had been several drummers in the band through the years, and this slowed the progress down, but when Erik Ekestubbe auditioned, late in 2009, it was absolutely clear that the band was now complete, and the goal to take the sound to a higher level came within reach. Late 2011, the sound was bigger, heavier and more distinct — the seed that would grow to the band’s breakthrough and the co-operation with DOT Music AB and Doolittle Group, where they got in touch with Frippe Eliasson, Niclas Eliasson, and Christian Liljegren (known from Narnia, Golden Resurrection).

After the deal was signed in February 2012. My Endless Wishes entered the studio during autumn and winter 2012 to record the self-titled debut album. The album is recorded at Production House Studio, Örebro, produced by Fredrik Eliasson. The sound is really bombastic hard rock with an edge. Real strings are also used on the album and creates a great atmosphere!

My Endless Wishes is all about delivering a positive message, and doing so with a great sound!

Lineup:
Frida Viberg – Vocals
Martin Viberg – Guitars
Magnus Källström – Bass
Fredrik Pernros – Guitars
Erik Ekestubbe – Drums

http://www.myendlesswishes.com/

http://www.facebook.com/myendlesswishes

Doolittle Group

http://www.doolittle.se/

http://www.facebook.com/doolittlegroup

http://www.youtube.com/doolittlegroup

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-Frontiers Records Signs State Of Salazar

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Swedish Melodic Rock newcomers State Of Salazar. The band was formed in 2010 by five students from the Malmö Academy of Music who wanted to play rock music made for the big arenas. The band’s singer and songwriter, Marcus Nygren, began thinking of the concept of having a band like State Of Salazar in 2009 when he wrote a couple of songs that did not fit his metal based band 8-Point Rose.

State Of Salazar released their debut EP LOST MY WAY in the summer of 2012, it spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise. The Swedish quintet has received a lot of positive critique from all over the world during a very short period of time. “This is something that can grow really big;” “…State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre;” “…this EP is an extremely polished piece of art…;” “The performances and the production are superb…,” and so on. Considering bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey, Survivor and especially Bill Conti and Vince DiCola have influenced them, State Of Salazar have a lot to prove. But they handle all this pressure with their honor intact and their heads held high.

“I think this is an amazing opportunity for us in State Of Salazar and I can’t think of a better record company for us to sign with. I remember when Marcus and I had conversations about the band’s future a couple of years ago and that we thought that Frontiers would really be a great place to wind up,” says guitar player Johan Thuresson, while singer Marcus Nygren adds: “To be able to release our first full-length album with Frontiers is simply a dream coming true. I can’t wait for you all to hear these great new songs we’re working on. You don’t want to miss this one when it hits the stores!”

One of the bonus tracks from the EP, “I Believe In You,” will be re-recorded from scratch and also included in the debut album, which has a working title of ALL THE WAY. You can check the original version on the YouTube clip at http://youtu.be/0eVxt0yxGeI or tune in on the Frontiers webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio to start enjoying the music from these amazingly talented guys.

There is no mistaking that State Of Salazar delivers “feel good” music, and it is no wonder, since one of the biggest influences is “training montage” music from the “Rocky IV” movie. This is just one of many reasons why they actually stand out from many of the other bands in the same genre. State Of Salazar is not a retro band, or a walk down memory lane. They write songs and play music that strives forward and not backwards. Their songwriting, arranging and instrumental performance show that this is a band that wants to develop and contribute to the Melodic Rock genre.

State Of Salazar’s debut album is scheduled to be released later this year — look out for a another winner in the amazing Frontiers Records roster of bands!

It will be possible to follow progress on the album’s recording via the band’s websites:

http://www.facebook.com/stateofsalazar

http://www.youtube.com/stateofsalazar

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-AFM Records News

Shakra: SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF Video Clip!

On January 11th, Swiss Power Rockers Shakra were releasing their ninth studio album POWERPLAY.

For their new video clip, filmed for the song “Save You From Yourself,” the band teamed up with Nina Burri, well-known for her “snake woman” appearances in several TV shows.

Ill Nino Announce European Tour / Ektomorf To Support!

Latin Metal force Ill Nino is preparing to spread an epidemia over Europe. On their upcoming tour, in support of their latest studio album EPIDEMIA which was released in October, the band will be supported by Ektomorf and Shadows Fall.

Ill Nino “European Epidemic Tour”:

March 14 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Salamandra (Ill Nino & openers)
March 15 – Madrid, SPAIN – But (Ill Nino & openers)
March 16 – Barakaldo, SPAIN – Rockstar (Ill Nino & openers)
March 18 – Munich, Germany – Backstage Werk (feat. Ektomorf)
March 19 – Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 20 – Karlsruhe, Germany – Substage (feat.Ektomorf)
March 22 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus (feat.Ektomorf)
March 23 – Romagnano, Italy – Rock N Roll Club (feat.Ektomorf)
March 24 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm (feat. Shadows Fall & Ektomorf)
March 25 – Berlin, Germany – SO36 (feat. Ektomorf)
March 26 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle (feat.Ektomorf)
March 27 – Essen, Germany – Turock (feat. Ektomorf)
March 29 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie (feat.Ektomorf)
March 31 – Cologne, Germany – Underground (feat.Ektomorf)
April 2 – Southampton, England – Talking Heads (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 3 – Stoke, England – Underground (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 4 – Nottingham, England – Rescue Rooms (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 5 – Birmingham, England – Academy 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 6 – London, England – The Garage (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 7 – Manchester, England – NQ Live (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 9 – Cardiff, Wales – Bogiez (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 10 – Plymouth, England – White Rabbit (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 11 – Brighton, England – Concorde 2 (feat. Shadows Fall)
April 13 – Minsk, BELARUS – Club Republic (Ill Nino & openers)
April 14 – Moscow, Russia – Milk (Ill Nino & openers)

Helker: “No Chance To Be Reborn” Video Clip Released!

Argentina’s finest Power Metal band, Helker, is preparing for their first international album release SOMEWHERE IN THE CIRCLE (out on February 15th), which was produced by Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Sinner).

The band just finished working on their brand new video clip “No Chance To Be Reborn.”

AFM Records

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

info@afm-records.de

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-Lion Music: Latest Label And Artist News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. - Tim]

Opposing Motion Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music is proud to announce the signing of the progressive metal outfit Opposing Motion for the release of the upcoming debut album LAWS OF MOTION.

Opposing Motion is comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums) and their sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands a la Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above Symmetry.

With the release of a self-released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion has rapidly become known in the prog metal genre at the national and international levels. Composed of experienced musicians, all active on the UK and France session scene, the band weaves highly melodic and orchestral tapestries mixing technical pieces, intricate musicianship and offering a fresh outlook on the prog genre bringing together flamenco, classic rock, NWOBHM and progressive rock influences.

With several top-tier high street magazine features and numerous excellent reviews on the international metal scene, THE ILLUSTRATION EP (2010) set the foundations for their eagerly awaited full-length debut album.

2012 saw the band record its first debut album entitled LAWS OF MOTION, and Opposing Motion has now teamed up with prog metal specialists and recognized label Lion Music to bring its music to the scene on 11th May 2013.

Full details on LAWS OF MOTION to follow shortly.

http://opposingmotionband.co.uk/

http://www.reverbnation.com/opposingmotion

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Opposing-Motion/344411237711

http://fr.myspace.com/opposingmotion

19 April 2013 Releases Announced

We can now confirm that our 19 April releases are:

Mastercastle – ON FIRE

ON FIRE is the smoldering new album from Mastercastle, and is home to nine tracks of melodic heavy metal with neo-classical influences from a band that has rapidly forged a glowing reputation thanks to its previous three releases. This forthcoming release also marks the recording debut of new member, drum legend John Macaluso (Ark, Malmsteen, James LaBrie).

Ashent – FLAWS OF ELATION + BONUS

Following on from the recent success of INHERITANCE, the latest release from Italian progressive metal outfit Ashent, Lion Music are pleased to offer up a timely reissue of the band’s long out-of-print 2006 debut album FLAWS OF ELATION. In addition this new print comes with all-new artwork and the additional bonus of the band’s very first ultra-rare 2003 four-track demo!

Lion Music Sign Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite

Lion Music are proud to announce the addition of Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to the label’s roster for the release of the epic GALAHAD SUITE.

With a sound that runs across progressive rock/metal, melodic and hard rock grounds with equal measure, Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite is the result of an idea that has been in the head of former Mister Kite member Anton Johansson for almost 30 years and features an array of talented musicians including Linus Abrahamson (guitar and bass), Carl Lindquist (vocals), Mats Bergentz (Drums), Sebastian Berglund (Keyboards), Anna Forsvall Lundmark (Cello) and backing vocal by Evelina Andersson, Ellen Abrahamson and Mikael Cederhag.

The album also boasts notable guest performances by guitarists Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen, Freak Guitar), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Dennis Post (Star*Rats) and Magnus Kristensson (Mister Kite, Planet); along with keyboards by Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Agents Of Mercy, Electrocution 250) and additional vocals by Alf Wemmenlind (Mister Kite, Fifty Grand Suicide).

Project mastermind Anton Johansson, born 1960, started playing piano when he was nine years old, guitar at 12 and bass at the age 15. Like everybody else he nursed the dream of becoming a rock star and played in lots of local bands. In the mid ’90s he founded Lion Music act Mister Kite with whom who he recorded and toured with supporting acts like Bruce Dickinson, Dio and Saga. In 2007 he joined forces with Linus Abrahamson (Andromeda, The Codex) to finish the long-time coming project The Galahad Suite.

Lion Music are pleased to confirm Anton Johansson’s GALAHAD SUITE will be released on 11th May 2013.

An album preview can be viewed now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmu-9YLn5-8 .

Full details on Anton Johansson’s Galahad Suite to follow shortly.

http://www.galahadsuite.com/

http://www.facebook.com/GalahadSuite

http://www.youtube.com/GalahadSuite

For full details on all artists mentioned visit http://www.lionmusic.com/ .

http://twitter.com/lionmusic

http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel

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-Kingcrow Announces North American Tour; New Track Available

Italian progressive metal troupe Kingcrow proudly announces the band’s forthcoming return to North America this Spring!

Kingcrow’s fifth studio full-length IN CRESCENDO is nearing release this Tuesday, February 12th via prog linchpin Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge. Produced by the band at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, the nearly hour-long opus reaping acclaim from heavy metal critics worldwide preceding its street date.

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles has hosted an exclusive stream of “This Ain’t Another Love Song,” the second track from In Crescendo. Listen to it at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198494 .

Previously, PureGrainAudio released the album’s opening track “Right Before” at this location:

http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/kingcrow-right-before-song-stream-exclusive-world-premiere

After a triumphant display at 2012′s massive annual ProgPower USA festival, Kingcrow will return to the continent in support of IN CRESCENDO. The trek will begin April 28th with a one-off in Atlanta, Georgia, before hooking up with Pain Of Salvation for the main tour. With more dates still being locked down, the tour will traverse through Virginia and Maryland before hitting the annual RosFest in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ( http://www.rosfest.com/ ) alongside The Flower Kings, Shadow Gallery, Riverside and more. Following the festival the tour will hit New York City, then head into Canada for shows in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, then drop back into the US for shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. Stay tuned as new tour updates are announced in the coming weeks. Check out a teaser for the tour and more here:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/kingcrow-announces-north-american-tour-new-track-available/

KINGCROW North American Tour:
4/28/2013 The Local – Atlanta, GA w/ Halcyon Way, Imminent Sonic Destruction

KINGCROW w/ Pain Of Salvation, Imminent Sonic Destruction:
5/01/2013 Empire – West Springfield, VA
5/02/2013 House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
5/03/2013 RosFest Afterparty – Gettysburg, PA [KINCROW ONLY]
5/05/2013 The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
5/07/2013 Le Cercle – Quebec City, QC
5/08/2013 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
5/09/2013 The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
5/10/2013 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 – Minneapolis, MN

Having evolved from a mostly progressive metal direction, Kingcrow has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock over recent years, nowadays culminating strong atmospheric components similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater.

“…from start to finish, on IN CRESCENDO, Kingcrow weaves an immensely entertaining tapestry of music, a fine merger of melodic heavier rock with its progressive rock and metal counterparts. 5/5″ – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…Kingcrow bring this album to a triumphant conclusion with so much great and complex at times music and as with the other seven songs the vocals are also very inviting. 4.5/5″ – Sea Of Tranquility

“…a very fine mixture of modern progressive metal and mellow progressive rock, which is sure to please fans of both genres… 8/10″ – My Global Mind

http://www.kingcrow.it/

http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheLasersEdge

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Pat Metheny Group’s WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN March 12, 2013 On DVD And Digital Video

NEW YORK, NY — Eagle Rock Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of the WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN DVD from Pat Metheny Group on March 12, 2013. Featuring the classic trio of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays and Steve Rodby, this title is being reissued on Eagle Vision after being deleted for many years. [Pre-book Order Date February 8, MSRP $14.98]

The Pat Metheny Group reconvened in 1995 to release the album WE LIVE HERE, six years after their previous studio album. Following the release of the album, the group embarked on a world tour during which this concert was filmed in Japan. Many of the tracks from the WE LIVE HERE album are included along with others from their various ’80s albums. This was the first of a set of three (QUARTET, 1996 and IMAGINARY DAY, 1997) that the band referred to as the “triptych.”

The full lineup for this show boasted the talents of Pat Metheny (guitar, guitar synths); Lyle Mays (piano, keyboards); Steve Rodby (acoustic & electric bass); Paul Wertico (drums); David Blamires (vocal, various instruments); Mark Ledford (vocals, various instruments); Armando Marcal (percussion). Included in the DVD are short interview segments with the band members inserted between some of the songs which give an insight into the creation of the album and life on the tour.

WE LIVE HERE – LIVE IN JAPAN features some incredible musicianship from a band at the height of their powers.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

Follow Eagle Rock Entertainment at:

http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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

Track Listing:
1) Have You Heard
2) And Then I Knew
3) Here To Stay
4) First Circle
5) Scrap Metal
6) Farmer’s Trust
7) Episode D’Azur
8) Third Wind
9) This Is Not America
10) Antonia
11) To The End Of The World
12) Minuano (Six-Eight)
13) Stranger In Town

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-Napalm Records News

Devildriver: European Tour

There’s no excuse to miss Devildriver on their upcoming European tour, which kicks off in Oulu, Finland on Saturday, February 9! Be ready, when Dez and his crew come to your town! Updates with regard to the new studio effort will be issued soon. The new long-player by the Los Angeles metal outfit is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in August 2013!

DEVILDRIVER
Co-Headliner Cannibal Corpse
Support by The Black Dahlia Murder and Winds Of Plague
09.02.13 FI – Oulu / Teatrie Oulu
10.02.13 FI – Tampere / Pakkahoune
11.02.13 FI – Helsinki/ Nosturi
13.02.13 SE – Stockholm / Gota Kallare
14.02.13 SE – Gothenburg / Brewhouse
15.02.13 DK – Copenhagen / Amager Bio
16.02.13 DK – Aarhus / Train
17.02.13 DE – Hamburg / Gruenspan
19.02.13 NL – Tilburg / O13
20.02.13 DE – Cologne / Essigfabrik
21.02.13 DE – Karlsruhe / Substage
22.02.13 DE – Geiselwind / Music Hall
23.02.13 BE – Antwerp / Trix
24.02.13 FR – Paris / La Bataclan
26.02.13 IT – Milan / Alcatraz
27.02.13 CH – Lausanne / Les Docks
28.02.13 CH – Zurich / Komplex 457
01.03.13 DE – Chemnitz / Suedbahnhof
02.03.13 CZ – Ostrava / Garage Club
03.03.13 DE – Berlin / Columbia Club
05.03.13 DE – Munich / Backstage
06.03.13 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage Club
07.03.13 UK – London / The Forum
08.03.13 UK – Nottingham / Rock City
09.03.13 UK – Manchester / HMV Ritz
10.03.13 UK – Glasgow / ABC

Devildriver Official Website

http://www.devildriver.com/

Xandria: New Bassist

Xandria is thrilled to introduce their new bassist Steven Wussow to their fans! According to the band, he is the perfect candidate and more than ready to perform live and to record the follow-up to the critically acclaimed chartbreaker NEVERWORLD’S END! Check the band’s official website for the full statement. Stay tuned for more updates!

Xandria Official Website

http://xandria.de/

Napalm Records

http://www.napalmrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/napalmrecords

http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords

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-Total Metal Festival 2013: New Location!

The most important Heavy Metal Festival in southern Italy moves and enlarges!

The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival announce a new location! The Italian festival, already announced for Saturday July 13, moves to the town of Bitonto, always in the province of Bari to an impressive and huge new outdoor location.

The manager of the TMF Luigi Pisanello says: “Although at first we had confirmed the location of the last edition, for a variety of good reasons this year we had to opt for a change and, in all likelihood, this time it could be the ‘definitive’ one because the way it is structured leaves many possibilities for expansion and development of the festival for future editions.”

In fact the new location not only is wider than the last one, but also offers the possibility to improve some logistics aspects. There will be several news in fact, among these: a wider and organized car park, a camping within the Festival place and an area dedicated to bikers. Of course not even the innovations already included in the last edition will be missed, as the Soft Air area and the medieval village where everybody can engage in historical fencing, archery and crossbow and many other activities.

Everybody is still waiting for the most important news — who will be the “special guest” of this year edition — but the organizers promise that the wait will be short because the Headliner band of TMF2013 will soon be announced!

To stay updated about the Total Metal Festival, connect with its official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TotalMetalFestival or visit the official website http://www.totalmetalfestival.com/ where you can also find many interesting photos of previous editions.

Keep in touch for some more news!

For further information:
Vivo Management (organizers)

http://www.vivomanagement.it/

info@vivomanagement.it

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-Eagle Rock Entertainment To Release Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT

Fan Favorite Frampton Concert Receives First Time Blu-Ray Release On DVD, Blu-Ray And Digital Video March 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY — On March 26, 2013, Peter Frampton’s LIVE IN DETROIT will be reissued on DVD and Digital Video, as well as receive its first Blu-ray release, via Eagle Rock Entertainment [Pre-book Order Date March 1, MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray].

This incredible night was filmed in high definition at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre on July 17, 1999 and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD, originally released in 2000, has been touted as a fan favorite. Supported by one of his most classic bands — John Regan (bass), Chad Cromwell (drums), and the late Bob Mayo on keyboards — this Grammy Award winning guitarist/recording artist presents two hours of gems culled from his extensive career. “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do,” “Show Me The Way,” “Somethin’s Happening,” “(I’ll Give You) Money,” and many more are all brilliantly on display here.

Additionally, LIVE IN DETROIT includes a bonus interview with Peter Frampton and previously unseen rehearsal footage of “Boot It Up,” from the recent “FCA! 35″ tour.

Eagle Rock Entertainment recently released FCA! 35: AN EVENING WITH PETER FRAMPTON on DVD and Blu-ray, and THE BEST OF FCA! 35 3CD. These releases are stunning examples of Peter Frampton’s live expertise and musical excellence.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

Eagle Rock Entertainment

http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

http://www.twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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

Track Listing

1) Somethin’s Happening
2) Lying
3) Lines On My Face
4) Show Me The Way
5) All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)
6) If You Say Goodbye
7) Oh For Another Day
8) Penny For Your Thoughts
9) (I’ll Give You) Money
10) Nassau
11) Baby, I Love Your Way
12) Can’t Take That Away
13) Do You Feel Like We Do
14) Off The Hook
15) You Had To Be There
16) I Don’t Need No Doctor
17) Gemini (credits)

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-Reign Of The Architect Sign To Pitch Black Records

The progressive metal band Reign Of The Architect have signed a deal with Pitch Black Records who will be releasing the debut album, RISE, in spring 2013.

Reign Of The Architect is the brainchild of Yuval Kramer, and was formed in 2008 in Israel. Although starting out as a studio project, the band and the creation of their debut album has snowballed to incorporate performers from all over the world and features several guest appearances. Among those lending their talents to the release are Jeff Scot Sotto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey), Mike LePond (Symphony X) and Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever).

Regarding the recent signing of contracts, Reign Of The Architect released the following statement:

“After a long time working on our debut album, and six months of performances, we are proud to start a new chapter in the band’s life; becoming a part of the Pitch Black Records roster — we’re really looking forward to working with them. This is a great way to start this year. Stay tuned cause lots of things are being cooked inside ROTA’s lair… Let it Reign!”

An introduction video from Reign Of The Architect can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYMS7ZJxiCU

Pitch Black Records owner Phivos Papadopoulos commented: “Working with newcomer artists who are first and foremost talented and passionate musicians has always been a core element of Pitch Black Records. Reign Of The Architect is another fine example of this and we are very excited to welcome them to the constantly growing Pitch Black Records family. We are certain that their talent and passion in music will be quite evident from first listen and will not disappoint!”

Pitch Black Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 and based in Cyprus; it is home to artists such as Arrayan Path, Marauder and Illnath. Reign Of The Architect are represented by Jon Knight at Extreme Management Group — a New York Based management agency with clients including Suffocation and Aborted.

More info on ROTA at http://www.reignofthearchitect.com/ .

Upcoming shows:
8th February 2013 – The Reading Club, Tel Aviv (Progstage Mini Winter Fest)

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-Orange Goblin To Release First Live Set

Orange Goblin
A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012
Candlelight Records
Release: 12 March 2013

Track List:
1. Red Tide Rising
2. The Filthy & The Few
3. Ballad Of Solomon Eagle
4. Time Travelling Blues
5. Some You Win, Some You Lose
6. The Fog
7. Round Up The Horses
8. Acid Trial
9. They Come Back
10. Blue Snow
11. Quincy The Pigboy
12. Scorpionica

Candlelight Records today confirms March 12 as the North American release date for A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012. The CD/DVD is the first proper live recording from Orange Goblin and will be released in tandem with the band’s first full stateside tour in over eight years. The special recording kicks off a planned year of non-stop touring and continues the success found in 2012 in which the band appeared/topped countless “Best Of” magazine and fan generated polls.

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 includes Orange Goblin’s complete performances professionally recorded at Bloodstock Open Air Festival (England – August 11, 2012) and Hellfest (France – June 15, 2012). The DVD further includes the official Tom Cronin directed videos for “Red Tide Rising” and “Acid Trial,” the latter courtesy of Scion A/V, plus the Matt Chance directed “Red Tide Rising Documentary” and Gaetan Chataigner directed “Highway To Hellfest Documentary.” Art and design was once again provided by Jimbob Isaac under the direction of vocalist Ben Ward.

Discussing the album, Ward says, “for years people have been asking us to release a live album. It’s a warts and all recording to highlight exactly what you get at an Orange Goblin show. It’s not over-produced; you can hear the bum notes and the forgotten lyrics as well as the energy and power emanating from the stage. And the crowd! I think that’s what a good live album is all about. It’s just the sound of us getting up on stage, plugging in and going hell for leather. Crack open a beer, turn it up loud and bang your head.”

England’s Classic Rock Magazine says, “put simply, Orange Goblin are the best metal band in Britain.” A permanent fixture on the metal landscape since their formation in 1995, Orange Goblin recordings have been embraced by fans the world over. Their live performances have been hailed as one of the best. Kerrang! says, “Orange Goblin shows are very predictable… you know they are going to be brilliant before they even hit the stage.” Orange Goblin signed to Candlelight Records late 2008 and immediately began writing new material for the first time in over five years. Teaming with producer Jamie Dodd and two-time Grammy-nominated engineer Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd), the band completed recording of A EULOGY FOR THE DAMNED late September 2011. The record was released February 14, 2012 entering the UK Top 200 at 96 and landed on Billboard’s Heat Seekers chart at 38. The album hit the top of CMJ’s Loud Rock album chart on March 7 and ended the year at position 6 on the Top 50 Year-End Album chart. Decibel Magazine called the album, “maximum riffage, turbo-doom biker rock… awesome!” Hellbound proclaimed, “this dish is one spicy meatball.” Popdose confirmed, “possibly the best record from start to finish that they have released yet.”

A EULOGY FOR THE FANS… ORANGE GOBLIN LIVE 2012 features songs that span the band’s extensive repertoire including fan favorites “Stand For Something,” “Scorpionica,” “Quincy The Pigboy,” “Blue Snow,” “Time Travelling Blues,” and the album’s single “The Filthy & The Few” which is set to impact loud rock radio on February 26.

Orange Goblin w/ Clutch:
3/08/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
3/09/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
3/10/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/11/2013 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
3/12/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
3/14/2013 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
3/18/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/19/2013 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21/2013 House Of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA
3/22/2013 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2013 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2013 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
3/26/2013 Regency Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
3/27/2013 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
3/29/2013 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
3/30/2013 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
3/31/2013 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
4/01/2013 Wilma Theater – Missoula, MT
4/02/2013 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
4/03/2013 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
4/05/2013 Flames Central – Calgary, AB
4/06/2013 Odeon Events Centre – Saskatoon, SK
4/07/2013 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
4/09/2013 Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB
4/10/2013 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/11/2013 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
4/12/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
4/13/2013 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
4/15/2013 Wescott Theater – Syracuse, NY
4/16/2013 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
4/18/2013 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
4/19/2013 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
4/20/2013 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Orange Goblin is vocalist Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner. The band delightfully use/endorse Meinl Cymbals, Lace Pick Ups, Fender Guitars, Marshall Amps, Vater Sticks, Orange Amps, Natal Drums, Rotosound, and Jagermeister.

http://www.orange-goblin.com/

http://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial

http://www.myspace.com/theorangegoblin

http://www.youtube.com/orangegoblinofficial

http://candlelightrecordsusa.com/

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-Just In Time For Valentine’s Day: Player’s New Video “I Will” Has Exclusive Worldwide Premiere On Ultimate Classic Rock Today

TOO MANY REASONS Due Out In February Via Frontiers Records

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Player fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for the romantic track “I Will.”

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/player-i-will-video-premiere/

The song is taken from Player’s forthcoming set, TOO MANY REASONS; the album is due out on February 22 in Europe and February 26 in North America via Frontiers Records. TOO MANY REASONS is Player’s first album in nearly 20 years and is written and produced by Peter Beckett. To pre-order TOO MANY REASONS, please click http://bit.ly/ULnbih (for North America) or http://www.frontiers.it/album/5113/ (for Europe).

Player was formed in 1977 when Englishman Peter Beckett met J.C. Crowley at a Hollywood party. Beckett had come to the United States after the demise of his popular English band Paladin. The band was completed by Ronn Moss and John Friesen and the four became the founding members. After many rehearsals and songwriting sessions, Player was born. In 1978, the band had an international number one hit with first single “Baby Come Back,” which was co-written by Beckett and J.C. Crowley and sung by Beckett. The first album entitled simply PLAYER went platinum and the band toured extensively, including support stints with Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Heart and Kenny Loggins, consistently playing to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed spawning four more hit singles, including “This Time I’m In It For Love,” which reached number eleven on Billboard’s chart. Player “redux” consists of founding members Peter Beckett (guitars/lead vocals/keyboards) and Ronn Moss (bass/lead vocals).

Peter Beckett has written hit songs for such artists as Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and most recently Vanessa Hudgens. He has numerous movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer, including “The Karate Kid,” “Two Of A Kind,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Major League,” “St. Elmo’s Fire” (Grammy nomination), “Frankie And Johnny,” “Rock Star,” “Terminator 3,” “Basic Instinct,” “Beyond Borders,” “Life Or Something Like It,” “Dirty Dancing 2,” and “Transformers.” From 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of Little River Band and has written several singles for them.

Since the mid ’80s, Ronn Moss has also gained worldwide stardom with his other career: 25 years as Ridge Forrester, the male lead in the CBS television series “The Bold And The Beautiful,” a role from which Moss recently elected to depart to allow him time to devote to Player and other film and TV roles. “B&B” consistently ranked as the most-watched television series in the world, averaging more than 26 million viewers per day, and garnered more than 500,000 Twitter followers for Moss. He has also appeared in numerous feature films and television commercials, and took second place on the Italian version of “Dancing With The Stars.”

For more information, please visit:

http://www.player-theband.com/

http://www.frontiers.it/

http://www.ronnmoss.com/

http://www.facebook.com/PeterBeckett.player

http://www.facebook.com/ronnmoss1

@ronnmoss

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-Raven Black Night Streams Third Single “Fallen Angel” Exclusively Via Stormbringer.at Online Mag!

New Album BARBARIAN WINTER Out This Friday!

Australian epic Heavy Metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut BARBARIAN WINTER February, 15th/18th!

In collaboration with Austria’s Heavy Metal online mag #1, stormbringer.at, Raven Black Night has now posted the third and final single “Fallen Angel” taken off BARBARIAN WINTER. Surf over to stormbringer.at at this location to check out the exclusive premiere!

http://www.stormbringer.at/news_37301/raven-black-light-fallen-angel-bei-uns-exklusiv-im-stream.html

Surf over to this location to check out the second single “Lips Of Desire!”

http://www.rockhard.de/megazine/praesentationen/raven-black-night-lips-of-desire.html

Check out the album artwork and the first single “Morbid Gladiator” and the pre-order options at http://www.metalblade.com/ravenblacknight !

BARBARIAN WINTER will be released as a CD, double gatefold vinyl and digital download. The double gatefold vinyl will feature two exclusive bonus tracks, “Metal Martyr” and “Love Is Holy!”

BARBARIAN WINTER track listing:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
9. Changes
10. Lips Of Desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing
13. Metal Martyr (vinyl exclusive!)
14. Love Is Holy (vinyl exclusive!)

About Raven Black Night:
It was late 1999 when Jim Petkoff, The White Knight (guitar/vox), and Rino Amoriono, The Raven (guitar), met over a cold beer in Adelaide, South Australia: the city of churches and where AC/DC found Bon Scott. This would mark the beginning of Raven Black Night’s campaign to bring their traditional metal sound to a worldwide audience.

After deciding to form a doom/heavy metal band, they enlisted Matt Spencer The Black Knight (bass), and Jeremy The Godfather on drums. They began building a formidable live reputation, with a style of metal that appealed to many varieties of metal heads in their home town. With their stage adorned with swords, shields, and candles, they spent 2003-2006 criss-crossing Australia, performing at various metal festivals and underground clubs. Drummer Joe Toscano was brought into the band and their first album, CHOOSE THE DARK, was recorded and released in 2005.

CHOOSE THE DARK garnered praise throughout Australia and Europe culminating into an invitation in 2007 to perform at the 10th annual Headbangers Open Air in Germany, where they band performed with Candlemass, Rage, and many others.

Several years of touring and festival appearances were to follow: Hard and Heavy summer nights, the Hamburg Ballroom, and more dates throughout Australia. In 2011 Jim, Rino with Chris on bass enlisted Matt Enright to record new material for their long awaited follow-up CD.

Jim and Rino are prepared to take the Raven Black Night sound of true metal/doom rock to a global audience. A new partnership with Metal Blade Records and a new album will firmly place Raven Black Night on the world map of true heavy metal.

http://www.facebook.com/ravenblacknightofficial

http://www.facebook.com/rinoamor

http://www.reverbnation.com/ravenblacknight

http://www.youtube.com/jimpetkoff

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-Conny Ochs: Sophomore LP From German Singer/Songwriter To See Release

Following his debut solo album, as well as a collaborative LP with doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, German singer/songwriter Conny Ochs is now gearing up to release his second solo studio full-length, BLACK HAPPY, once again via Exile On Mainstream. Having produced music for over a decade, local fans have endorsed and worshiped the man’s efforts for years. Yet, it was Ochs’ album co-written with Wino and the heavy touring across Europe and North America in support of the record that put him on the international map.

This leads into this new album BLACK HAPPY, the title an absolute indication to the atmospheres Conny Ochs is able to create. Deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul he carves a mixture of melancholy and catharsis into the rough edges of songs that come out so natural, so organic and sonically sparkling. While keeping his approach pure to the heart and the creation limited to just him and his guitar Ochs reaches a stark authenticity that can only be worshipped. It draws you in, makes you a part of the music and leads to a deep admiration of the tunes, the pain and beauty relatable to everybody who hears them.

Bound to a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship drawn from but not limited to the American continent, Conny explores the realms of what of your inner self can sonically portray once you are on your own and armed with a guitar and voice. The path has been walked by many before, but that doesn’t make it a worn-out road.

Just like his previous solo album RAW LOVE SONGS and the HEAVY KINGDOM album with Wino, BLACK HAPPY was engineered, mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog fashion. The album is set for official release in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available at http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/news/conozzpreorder .

Conny Ochs is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates at http://connyochs.com/cms/website.php?id=/live.htm .

BLACK HAPPY Track Listing:
1. Exile
2. No Sleep Tonight
3. Die In Your Arms
4. Faces In The Crowd
5. Stable Chaos
6. Trust In Love
7. Borderline
8. Phantom Pain
9. Lead-Out
10. Blues For My Baby
11. Mouth

http://www.connyochs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conny-Ochs/112536815501097

http://www.mainstreamrecords.de/

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-Toxic Holocaust To Unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Collection This April; Teaser Video Posted

Portland punk/metal derelicts Toxic Holocaust are pleased to unleash FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION this Spring. The mammoth 22-track anthology collects over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation. Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight and others, together with demo versions of treasured Toxic classics, FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION is a historic romp through the history of one of today’s best old-school metal bands.

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION will see release through Relapse Records on April 2 in North America, March 29 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Benelux and April 1 in the UK. Peep the FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION teaser video at:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/07/toxic-holocaust-to-unleash-from-the-ashes-of-nuclear-destruction-collection-this-april-teaser-video-posted/

To pre-order, point your browser to http://bit.ly/toxicashes .

FROM THE ASHES OF NUCLEAR DESTRUCTION Track Listing:

1. Intro
2. Metal Attack
3. Deathmaster
4. Created To Kill
5. Ready To Fight
6. Arise From The Cemetery
7. Thrashing Death
8. Send Them To Hell
9. Never Stop The Massacre
10. Army Of One
11. Death Camp
12. Reaper’s Grave
13. Death Brings Death
14. In The Name Of Science
15. Nuke The Cross
16. Suicide Eye
17. 666
18. Bitch
19. Agony Of The Damned
20. A.T.O.M.I.C.
21. We Bring ‘Em Hell
22. Altar-ed States

Following a solid year of relentless stage pollution, Toxic Holocaust will enter the studio later this Winter to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their 2011 CONJURE AND COMMAND full-length.

“After taking a much-needed break from touring and finally being able to enjoy life outside the confines of a van,” details band mastermind Joel Grind, “things have come back in full swing and I’ve been working nonstop writing the new Toxic record for Relapse Records. Things are coming along great it’s a bit too early to tell for sure but it seems like this record will encompass all of Toxic’s past recordings while building on that as well and moving forward. I can’t wait to get into the studio to record this!”

Praised for its “nuclear reactive riffage and Repo Man punk attitude,” by Revolver and commended for its “tar-thick riffage, staggering breakdowns, and a corroded dose of self-loathing,” by The Onion’s A.V. Club, CONJURE AND COMMAND continues to reap hails from fans and critics globally. As an added bonus, the band closed the year with the honor of having the song “Bitch” rear its sonic apocalyptic menace in an episode of high-rated FX drama series “Sons Of Anarchy” (season 5; episode 11).

Toxic Holocaust mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal and the flash of L.A. hard rock into his ideal band. Like his influences — Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones — Toxic Holocaust offers up blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world wrapped in a DIY attitude.

“If The Exploited and Nuclear Assault had a kid, Toxic Holocaust would take its lunch money and toss it in the dumpster.” – Hails & Horns

http://www.facebook.com/ToxicHolocaust

http://www.myspace.com/toxicholocaust

http://www.relapse.com/

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-Barbarian Twins Release HOUSE OF ILL FAME

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new album HOUSE OF ILL FAME!

Label: Rapid Records
Genre: Rock

Norwegian rockers Barbarian Twins started up in 2005 as a trio. The band soon made its mark in the US, with the single “44,” winning the American music contest “Make A Star” the same year. In the early days, Barbarian Twins made an impact on the underground scene in Oslo with a different show. Their opening number was performed behind a curtain, where the band was soundtracking a car chase from the projected film, “Bullitt,” with their own instrumental “Backstreet Stalker.” The band’s sound gradually developed from cinematic, funky ’70s rock to a more black music-based rock ‘n’ roll, where the band kept its unique sound, whether the song was a blues, a funky tune or a straight rock ‘n’ roll number.

To this day, the band’s influences are heavily drawn from the blues, soul, funk and Caribbean music, albeit dressed in a hard ’70s rock sound. Fans describe the music as “The inevitable encounter between Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones.” In 2008, the band signed with the American label D And M Records, releasing the very rootsy rock album WON’T BOW DOWN, that was received extremely well in Norway. The band toured in America shortly after the release in 2009, to stellar reviews. Performing a full live set during the tour, for a million listeners on the WLUW channel in Chicago, helped making a name in America. After the US tour, the band’s sound became harder and more rooted in rock ‘n’ roll. Adding a second guitar player, as well as a very vital Buddy Rich-esque drummer, helped in developing the new sound.

Barbarian Twins started recording their second album HOUSE OF ILL FAME in 2009 in Sunflower Recording Studios in Oslo, Norway. Due to the mentioned personnel changes, the band decided to scrap the finalized album, and chose to re-record it, as well as including a few new songs, to fit the soundscape of the new and bigger sound of the current lineup. In 2012, Barbarian Twins signed with the Norwegian label Rapid Records (well-known in Norway for its comet, Andrea Dahle), and collaborated with the label’s manager Henrik Moy Askildsen, who played on the album as well as co-produced it. In the middle of the recording process, “the Twins” were approached by American glam rockers L.A. Guns, asking if they would tour in Europe with them in February/March the same year.

The famous founder of both Guns N’ Roses and L.A. Guns, Tracii Guns, was impressed by the Norwegian band, stating that it was one of the most authentic rock ‘n’ roll acts he’d ever heard. He even came on stage playing on a rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with them in Amsterdam. Barbarian Twins did 15 shows in Europe with L.A. Guns, rapidly growing their fan base in countries like Germany, UK, Holland, Poland, Austria and Switzerland. Going back to the studio in March 2012, to record HOUSE OF ILL FAME, the band was hot after touring, and put down eight tracks in a few weeks. Conceptually, the album is about being on the run, escaping and having trouble dealing with difficulties. The symbol of that destination is “the House Of Ill Fame.” The music spans from creepy gospel with a country flavor (the title track), via rough Texas blues with a sing-along chorus (“Can’t Hide Your Love”), hard, melodic rock (“Heads Or Tails,” “Free Your Mind”), haunting ballads (“Running From The Cold,” “Final Destination”) to long guitar jams (“So Sad You’re Gone,” “Getaway”).

Barbarian Twins will be touring Norway in May this year, with an entourage of four other bands from Norway and the United States. The show is called “The Rock Of Ill Fame Circus.” HOUSE OF ILL FAME and the single “Can’t Hide Your Love”/”Heads Or Tails” are out now.

Band Lineup:
Bård Andersson: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Ziggy Espedal: Guitar, backup vocals
PK: Bass, backup vocals
Big Bill Lucas: Drums, percussion
Line Pedersen: Backup vocals

Track Listing:
1. House Of Ill Fame
2. Can’t Hide Your Love
3. Heads Or Tails
4. Running From The Cold
5. Free Your Mind
6. Getaway
7. So Sad You’re Gone
8. Final Destination

Web:

http://www.barbariantwins.com/

http://www.facebook.com/barbariantwins

http://www.myspace.com/barbariantwins

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

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BarbarianTwins1

http://www.reverbnation.com/barbariantwins

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-Melodic Death Thrashers Chariots Of The Gods Unleash New Music Video “Tides Of War”

Releasing their debut their full-length album TIDE OF WAR on Tuesday, January 29, Ottawa, ON’s melodic death thrashers Chariots Of The Gods are proud to unleash their new music video in support of the annihilator on BlankTV at the following link below.

“Tides Of War”

http://pop.www.blanktv.com/index.php/component/content/article/317

Produced by award-winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson ( http://www.glenrobinson.com/ ) who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG’s new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP REVERENCE, which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection.

The metallers have released two singles off the album: “Unbound” featuring guest vocals by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther ( http://www.norther.net/ ) and a FREE DOWNLOAD of the title track. Both can be heard and purchased with the album at the following locations on Bandcamp and iTunes:

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/tides-of-war/id597619046

“Tides Of War” Free Download:

http://chariotsofthegods.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-war

Track Listing – TIDES OF WAR

1. Overture
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides Of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse Of An Empire
10. Red Skies
11. Nebula
12. Starborn
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation Of The Gods

Lineup:
Renaud Jobin (vocals)
Mathieu St-Amour (guitar)
Dimitri Gervais (guitar)
Payam Doryani (bass)
Rich O’Neil (drums)

About:
Riding out of Canada’s capital, Chariots Of The Gods has one sole mission — to deliver straight-up, balls-to-the-walls, in-your-face heavy metal. On the road since 2008, spreading its music to the masses, Chariots Of The Gods has become known for blistering solos, gripping melodies, rioting vocals and drums that just won’t quit because, after all, that’s what it’s all about.

Having played with bands such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, F*ck The Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection and released a debut EP, REVERENCE, in 2010, Chariots Of The Gods is now ready to unveil its latest masterpiece — TIDES OF WAR.

Produced by musical legend Glen Robinson (Queensryche, GWAR, Annihilator), the band’s debut full-length is set to storm the metal scene until there is nothing left, except Pure. Heavy. F*ckin’. Metal.

For more info on Chariots Of The Gods please follow them at these links:

http://www.chariotsofthegods.net/

http://www.facebook.com/chariotsofthegods

Twitter: @chariotsotgods

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-Unitopia Releases COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK

Please find below the text press info for the group’s brand new CD COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK.

“Undoubtedly the best covers collection album I’ve heard and while, you want to listen to the whole album over and over, rather than dip in and out to hear the Uni take on an old personal fave. Which is very clever indeed. If you’ve never heard Unitopia, start here, you’ll instantly want to hear more — and you won’t be disappointed.”
- Steven Reid, Sea Of Tranquility

“This is by far the best cover version album I have heard ever! An amazing release, that belongs in every serious music lovers collection”
- Tonny Larsen, ProgPlanet

“Come… Enter this Garden of sound and sit back and enjoy the discoveries you will find. If you know all the songs already… take in the new spin these brilliant musicians have added to the menu”
- Mark Johnson, Sea Of Tranquility

“COVERED MIRROR is an opportunity to relax in the warmth of Mark Trueack’s vocals and the band’s virtuosity”
- John Simms, Flight Of The Skypilot

“A definite ‘one to purchase’ sticker on this one, and, I feel certain that anyone doing so and hearing Unitopia for the first time will soon plunder their back catalogue”
- Prog Rock Music Talk

“COVERED MIRROR has the vibe of something captured in a moment in time, for it is a whole new studio record, retaining the powerful symphonic pop tinge rock of this prog supergroup”
- Tommy Hash, Ytsejam.com

Band: Unitopia
Album Title: COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK
Label: InsideOut Music
Genre: Progressive Rock/New Art

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Unitopia endeavors to draw from the heart and soul of the listener thought-provoking topics such as environmental awareness, political and social upheaval and the hectic pace of life and human relationships in a positive and uplifting light. Using progressive themes as a framework, Unitopia’s music includes elements of world, classical, jazz, heavy rock, and groove.

Mark Trueack (composer / lead vocals / producer), Sean Timms (composer / keyboards / backing vocals / producer) and Matt Williams (guitars / backing vocals / producer) form the nucleus of the band. To complete them, they chose the combined drum/percussion batteries of David Hopgood and Tim Irrgang, Craig Kelly on bass and Daniel Burgess (sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo, didgeridoo). They signed their first album deal in 2007 with Canadian Label Unicorn Digital and released MORE THAN A DREAM. In 2008, Unitopia signed a three-album deal with InsideOut Music, Germany. THE GARDEN, an ambitious 15-track double CD released in November 2008, firmly established the band as one of the premiere progressive rock acts in the world. In 2010, Unitopia released their third album, ARTIFICIAL. Based on the themes of artificial intelligence, this new CD consolidates Unitopia’s position as one of the most exciting progressive rock acts to emerge since the 1970s.

Progrock.com has chosen ARTIFICIAL as Best Album and “The Great Reward” as Best Track for their 2010 awards. ARTIFICIAL was proclaimed Album of the Year 2010 by AiiRadio.net, paperlate.nl and nominated by the international Jury of Progawards in Italy for Best Foreign Record and Best Production. Mark Trueack also won the honor of second best voice of 2010 on Classic Rock magazine. Their 2010 European tour brought them to the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The critics were unanimous; “Unitopia has been one of the best live acts on the Progressive Rock scene in the last few years.” They have been invited by TV Limburg to do a television performance and also filmed one of their performances which have been released on October 2011 as an Indie DVD and a live CD production.

On October 31, 2012, Unitopia just released their fifth album, COVERED MIRROR with Musea Records France. Thirteen songs from different bands are revisited with Unitopia’s unique touch and already nominated by Paperlate.nl as best album of 2012! Unitopia is known for supporting worthy causes. “321,” from THE GARDEN, was created as a touching tribute to the courage, ordeal and eventual rescue of the Beaconsfield miners. The track gained nationwide exposure including a segment on “60 Minutes.” In May of 2007, with support and funding from the West Tamar Council, the band launched the single “321″ at the one year anniversary memorial in Beaconsfield, Tasmania to an audience of nearly 3,000 people.

Unitopia has also allowed the use of other songs for Charity causes such as “Stomp Out Cancer” in 2008, “Songs For Haiti” in 2010, and “Strengh” for Japan in 2011. They also donated part of the proceeds from ticket sales of one of their concerts in Adelaide to the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

As lead singer Mark Trueack says, “Music is the doctor!”

Band Lineup:
Mark Trueack
Sean Timms
Matt Williams
Tim Irrgang
Daniel Burgess
Craig Kelly
David Hopgood

Track Listing:
1. “Signs Of Life” Prelude
2. Calling Occupants Of – Interplanetary Craft
3. Easter
4. Man Of Colours
5. Genesis Medley
6. Rain Song
7. Even In The Quietest Moments
8. Can We Still Be Friends
9. Speaking The Truth (Interlude)
10. Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
11. Yes Medley
12. To One In Paradise
13. The Way The Waters Are Moving

Web:

http://unitopiamusic.com/

http://unitopianstore.com/

http://www.myspace.com/unitopiaband

http://reverbnation.com/unitopia

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unitopia/22985966625

http://powerofprog.ning.com/profile/Unitopia

http://twitter.com/unitopiaband

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-Upcoming Releases From Svart Records

Two special releases here from Svart Records, both set for a March 22 release! Oh, and two words: VICTOR GRIFFIN!

Victor Griffin’s In-Graved
VICTOR GRIFFIN’S IN-GRAVED
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Digital Critic
2. What If…
3. Late For An Early Grave
4. Fading Flower
5. Thorn In The Flesh
6. Teacher
7. Love Song For The Dying
8. Never Surrender

In~Graved, the new band led by former Pentagram and Place Of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin, will release their self-titled debut album in Europe and the UK on Friday, March 22 via Svart Records and in the US on Tuesday, March 26 via Veritas Records.

The debut self-titled album was produced by Travis Wyrick (Place Of Skulls) and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls). The album was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee and engineered by Travis Wyrick and Mike Dearing (Place Of Skulls) with cover art by Richard Schouten (Place Of Skulls, Massacre).

While closing the books on Pentagram and Place of Skulls in 2012, Victor Griffin invited drummer Pete Campbell (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls) to join him in the studio to record a new album. With no name, no members, and a batch of unfinished material… they cranked out eight tracks in just under a week and Pete went home. But much was left unfinished. An invitation was then extended to some of the best bass players around with Guy Pinhas (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake), Ron Holzner (Trouble, Earthen Grave, Debris Inc), Greg Turley (Pentagram), Marty Swaney (Death Row, Pentagram), and Dan Lively (Sweet Cicada) accepting. Meanwhile, keyboardist Mike Puleo (Orodruin) was making his contribution. Then with great enthusiasm… the timing was right for Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble) to join and bring the Hammond organ alive on the rest of the album!

In-Graved will play a full Euro tour in April 2013, including appearances at famous festivals such as Roadburn, Doom Shall Rise and Desertfest.

Touring lineup is as follows:

Victor Griffin – Guitar/Vocals (Death Row, Pentagram, Place Of Skulls)
Pete Campbell – Drums (60 Watt Shaman, Place Of Skulls)
Guy Pinhas – Bass (The Obsessed, Acid King, Goatsnake)
Jeff “Oly” Olson (Trouble, Retro Grave)

High Priest of Saturn
HIGH PRIEST OF SATURN
Svart Records
22 March 2013

Track List:
1. Protean Towers
2. Kraken Mare
3. Crawling King Snake
4. On Mayda Insula

Stuck up on the icy western coast of Norway, Trondheim might not be the easiest way to embark on intergalactic voyages but it surely does hold an incredibly versatile metal and rock scene whose latest avatar is ready to take you on a hell of a trip.

Self-described as a psychedelic doom act inspired by classic stoner bands and ’60s and ’70s psychedelic rock, High Priest Of Saturn are a three-piece that consists of guitarist Martin Sivertsen and guitarist-drummer Andreas Hagen’s slow-pounding riffs and beats, and Merethe Heggset’s eerie vocals, which seem to resonate from another dimension. The entire opus then is drenched with swirling, menacing vintage organ sounds, played on the album by Ole Kristian Malmedal.

Groovy yet epic (none of the four tracks presented here are below the nine minutes mark!), High Priest Of Saturn’s debut full-length is a trip. Not only does it fulfill the many promises offered by their 2011 demo (whose two songs have been re-recorded here in even heavier and more mesmerizing versions), but it also propels this trio towards the same league as Sleep and Acid King, towards the sky and beyond.

High Priest Of Saturn are:
Merethe Heggset – Bass Guitar and Voice
Martin Sivertsen – Guitar
Andreas Hagen – Guitar and Drums

Recorded by High Priest of Saturn in the Mindmade Moonlit Passage
Keyboards played by Ole Kristian Malmedal

Cover image: Espen Solheim
Photography: Ørjan W. Saur

http://www.highpriestofsaturn.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/highpriestofsaturn

Svart Records

http://www.svartrecords.com/

http://www.facebook.com/svartrecords

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-The Wounded Kings To Be Featured In “Smells Like Sweat” Documentary

England’s The Wounded Kings are one of several artists to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Smells Like Sweat.” Filmed at 2012′s inaugural Heavy Days in Doomtown Festival, the film was compiled by Unknown Factor, a DIY collective of progressive artists. The 30-minute film will be premiered at the Denmark-based festival’s warm-up weekend planned in Stockholm on February 22nd with an encore showing in Copenhagen on February 23rd. The Wounded Kings are set to perform at the premiere in Copenhagen.

Regarding the film, The Wounded Kings guitarist Steve Mills says, “When we were asked to play the festival, we were one of the first bands to be approached and we all really liked the DIY ethos behind it so we signed up immediately. Little did we know it was going to turn into such a beast! Along with the crowd on the 23rd, this will also be the first time we will see the documentary. If the festival was anything to go by then the film will be loud, heavy and f*ckin’ killer.”

A trailer for Smells Like Sweat can be seen at:

http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/2013/02/06/the-wounded-kings-to-be-featured-in-smells-like-sweat-documentary/

Last month it was announced The Wounded Kings had signed with England’s metal powerhouse Candlelight Records. Questioned on the choice of label partner Mills shares, “When we were looking at new labels we were convinced that walking straight into one that focused primarily on doom wasn’t the way to go for us. We all felt it would have been kind of limiting. So we are totally stoked to be able to call a diverse label like Candlelight our new home.” Discussing plans for the band’s still unrecorded fourth album, Mills says, “at the moment we are aiming towards a July recording but nothing is set in stone. We have a working title of SEVEN VEILS. Rehearsals so far are shaping up. Expect this album to be our most expansive and heaviest yet.”

The Dartmoor-based five-piece has released three full-length studio albums and a split album with Richmond, Virginia’s Cough since forming in 2005. The two-time Roadburn Festival performer has been finding a growing American audience since the release of their 2011 album, IN THE CHAPEL OF THE BLACK HAND. The first album to feature new vocalist Sharie Neyland, MetalSucks noted her “voice is like ice water and mercury dripped down the small of your back in a darkened room. She’s like a post-apocalypse metal Grace Jones or Eartha Kitt.” Terrorizer Magazine called the album, “absolutely monstrous and essential.”

The Wounded Kings are guitarist/keyboardist Steve Mills, vocalist Sharie Neyland, guitarist Alex Kearney, bassist Al Eliadis, and drummer Myke Heath.

https://www.facebook.com/thewoundedkings

http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/

http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecordsusa

http://www.twitter.com/candlelightusa

http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/candlelightrecords

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-Extreme Irish Metallers Chosen Announce New Album RESOLUTION; Offer FREE Download Of Song “Engines Of Belief”

Lineup:
David McCann (Drums & Percussion)
Paul Shields (Vocals/Guitars)

Irish death metallers Chosen are proud to announce their debut album RESOLUTION set for release on March 30 as a FREE DOWNLOAD on their official website http://www.chosen.ie/ along with it being available on CD in two special editions.

The Deluxe Special Edition is a double CD that features a nine-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, rough mixes, drum and bass tracks taken from their album sessions along with a detailed album booklet.

The Collector’s Edition is a spawn of the Deluxe Special Edition that includes a beautiful 60-page, full-color soft-cover booklet, extensive liner notes, lyrical themes and illustrations for each song, rare photos, studio diaries and more, all exhibited within an exquisite tapestry of expanded album artwork courtesy of Fiaz Farrelly making it a must-have item for those who want something a little more tangible to add to their music collection.

Chosen will also be holding a competition on the album release day, where they will be giving away three copies of the Deluxe Special Edition. To enter, contestants must email their full name to competition@chosen.ie for their chance to win, with the option of having a personal message of your choice inscribed inside the booklets if they choose.

The winners will be announced the day of the album release on March 30. The closing date for entry is March 28.

Produced by Alwyn Walker ( http://www.alwynwalker.com/ ), RESOLUTION is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work.

Drummer / Percussionist David McCann comments:
“Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.”

Chosen is now streaming and offering their first track off “Engines Of Belief” as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

Download:

Streaming:

Track Listing of Album:
1. Engines Of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
5. Diminishment
6. Instinct
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge

• All songs performed by: Chosen
• All music / lyrics written by: Paul Shields and David McCann
• Sound F/X Synth: Paul Allen/Chosen/Alwyn Walker
• Backing Vocals: Alwyn Walker/David McCann
• Additional Vocals: Jackie McNally
• Fiddle: Fiona Morrin
• Produced by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mixed by: Alwyn Walker – Westland Studios, Dublin Ireland
• Mastered by: Darrell Walker – MSB Mastering
• Available: March 30, 2013
• CD Cover, Album Artwork: Fiaz Farrelly

Behind The Scenes In Studio With Chosen:

“Crossing the groove of Meshuggah with overt Death and Nevermore influences, their demos to date have been nothing short of impressive.” [Terrorizer Magazine]

“A band that has worked hard and under unusual discipline to produce what very few other bands in the country would be capable of.” [Metal Ireland Webzine]

“These guys know how to knock the sh*t out of a song; they do it with skill, originality, aggression, and undeniable talent.” [Scene Point Blank]

“Get the word out. Chosen is one of the best bands you’re likely to hear this year and they deserve it.” [Scene Point Blank]

“In short, this is material that deserves attention from any metal fan on the planet.” [Metal Revolution]

http://www.chosen.ie/

http://www.facebook.com/chosenmetal

http://www.twitter.com/chosenmetal

http://www.youtube.com/chosenmetal

http://www.reverbnation.com/chosenmetal

http://chosenmetal.bandcamp.com/

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-Psychostick Announce Dates For “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”; New Video “Dogs Like Socks”

The originators of humorcore, Psychostick whose latest single and music video “Dogs Like Socks” has hundreds of thousands of views within weeks of posting, are proud to announce “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour,” which includes various dates with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown.

Josh “The J” Key, Guitarist comments:

“It’s about time we toured with Polkadot Cadaver! And the funniest band we’ve ever toured with, Downtown Brown, too? All I can say is: if you hate fun, don’t go to this show… you might have such a good time that you could suffer a brain aneurysm.”

Psychostick’s fifth and latest release SPACE VAMPIRES VS ZOMBIE DINOSAURS IN 3-D is now available at http://psychostick.com/music .

To view the video “Dogs Like Socks,” please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swmuqGWgZCc .

DATES – “Our Tour Can Beat Up Your Tour”
* with Polkadot Cadaver
** with Polkadot Cadaver and Downtown Brown
*** with Polkadot Cadaver, Downtown Brown, and Nonpoint
March 7th in Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
March 8th in Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard Music Hall
March 9th in Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
March 16th in Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo’s
March 19th in New Orleans, LA @ Hangar 13
March 20th in Pascagoula, MS @ Thunder’s Tavern
March 21st in Orlando, FL @ Bombshell
March 22nd in Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Pit
March 23rd in St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local *
March 24th in Cocoa, FL @ The Hippodrome *
March 26th in Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade **
March 28th in Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater **
March 29th in Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock **
March 30th in Toledo, OH @ Lucas County Rec Center ***
March 31st in Muskegon, MI @ Club Envy **
April 2nd in Waterloo, IA @ The Reverb **
April 3rd in Madison, WI @ The Frequency **
April 4th in Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s **
April 5th in Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
April 9th in Denver, CO @ Moe’s **
April 12th in Sauget, IL @ Pop’s **
April 13th in Kansas City, KS @ The Aftershock **
April 17th in South Bend, IN @ Cheer’s Pub
April 18th in Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
April 19th in Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
April 20th in Sandusky, OH @ The Underground
April 21st in Mansfield, OH @ Planet Rock
May 2nd in Reading, PA @ The Reverb **
May 3rd in Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s **

For more info, music and tour dates, please visit the following links:

http://www.psychostick.com/

http://www.facbeook.com/psychostick

http://www.twitter.com/psychostick

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-The cover art for Avantasia’s upcoming THE MYSTERY OF TIME comes from “highly-acclaimed British fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Thin Lizzy, Asia, Nazareth, Magnum).” From Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet: “It is a great honor for me to have Rodney create the artwork . . . Since the new album is a conceptual album and its story has a magical and enchanting atmosphere, there was no other painter I could think of to create the artwork. I’ve had several creative conversations with Rodney during the process and I had the feeling that the concept was inspiring to him right from the start. I put a lot of energy into producing a very detailed and fascinating album, and Rodney had that same enthusiasm to create an artwork just as detailed and fascinating. This is a new chapter in Avantasia’s history and I think it didn’t deserve less than a magical painting by my favorite painter and childhood hero: The one and only Rodney Matthews!” Avantasia studio updates are available at http://www.youtube.com/AVANTASIAOFFICIAL . See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Singer Todd La Torre has resigned from Crimson Glory. In a detailed statement at http://www.bravewords.com/news/198498 , he maintains his involvement with Queensryche did not contribute towards the lack of progress towards a new Crimson Glory album. Guitarist Ben Jackson released a statement of his own at his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ben.jackson.7505 , saying the band members “remain good friends with Todd and support him completely,” and that Crimson Glory “absolutely can go on to make a new record/records and finding a suitable and talented vocalist will not be an impossibility for us. There are many and numerous outstanding vocalists around the world who strongly desire to work with C.G. Recovering from the loss of Todd is not as big an obstacle as some think, after all we never even made a record with him.” The statement ends on an up note: “The next record and chapter of C.G. will be monumental, magical and a masterpiece. Many thanks to all our fans and friends who have supported us and continue to support us throughout our journey. The legend and legacy of Crimson Glory will triumph and continue on.” See http://www.officialcrimsonglory.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/crimsonglory for more.

-Check out a live clip of Enforcer performing “Roll The Dice” during the Diamonds On The Road World Tour 2010-2012 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voGQfuLnGAE . The video was filmed at Daikanyama Unit in Tokyo on January 30, 2011. See http://www.enforcer.se/ for more.

-Free Fall has posted its first track-by-track video for the upcoming debut album POWER & VOLUME, featuring drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed, at http://youtu.be/VQFmYHBlv48 . There is also a new, free SongPier app for iOS and Android devices at http://songpier.com/freefall . POWER & VOLUME is due out February 22 through Nuclear Blast. See http://www.facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume for more.

-Frontiers Records has another teaser/sampler labeled “THE NEW METAL OPERA!” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkICOKp9TWE , with accompanying text reading “TUNE IN ON FEBRUARY 18TH FOR MORE NEWS!” See http://www.frontiers.it/ for more.

-There’s a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Hellion’s SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT (1987) at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/IizY . The piece includes a link to the “Bad Attitude” video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMfZEXWXPI0 .

-Helloween’s STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL debuted at #2 in Japan on the international album charts; #4 in Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic; #6 in Sweden; and #10 in Hungary.

-The Iron Maidens are set to make their “big screen theatrical debut” this summer. Check out a sneak peek at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkW_Df6HVE . Upcoming tour dates:

2/23 – Pure Platinum, San Diego, CA
3/16 – TBA, Ogden, UT
3/23 – El Cajon Grand, El Cajon, CA
3/30 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/6 – Titanic Metal Bar, Managua, Nicaragua
4/27 – Tropicana Express, Laughlin, NV
5/3 – Flying Elephant, Carlsbad, CA
5/17 – Outlaw Saloon, Cheyenne, WY
5/18 – Jammin Joe’s, Arvada, CO
6/1 – 105 Brigada De Infanteria, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Judas Priest’s US webstore is now open at http://shopjudaspriest.com/ .

-Kiss will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend in Orlando, FL, on August 16. A two-part interview with Paul Stanley will air on the nationally-syndicated radio program “Nights With Alice Cooper” on February 13 and February 21. See http://www.nightswithalicecooper.com/ for more. In other Kiss news, the band is taking fan requests for the Kiss Kruise III’s Acoustic Unmasked Deck Show; each kruiser can request one song via a special email, and the band will create the set from the list. See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Young Finnish thrashers Lost Society have posted the first in a series of track-by-track discussions about the upcoming Nuclear Blast debut, FAST LOUD DEATH, due out March 15. All members — Samy Elbanna (guitar, vocals), Arttu Lesonen (guitar), Mirko Lehtinen (bass), Ossi Paananen (drums) — appear in the clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmDNf9vmkqQ , talking about the album’s first three tracks: “N.W.L.,” “Trash All Over You,” and “E.A.G.” See http://www.facebook.com/lostsocietyfinland for more.

-Check out a 16:00+ audio interview with Lowside’s Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte at PodOmatic, at http://mountainproduction134177.podomatic.com/entry/2013-02-04T14_47_39-08_00 .

-Raven Lord guitarist George Karafotis is now endorsed by VGS Guitars, playing a VGS Eruption Pro Black Burst Faded Guitar. Karafotis stated, “I am very honored and proud to be endorsed by VGS Guitars. These are such beautiful instruments with a killer tone and a build of pure professional quality. Definitely one of the best guitars I’ve ever played.” See http://www.vgs-guitars.com/ for more. Raven Lord’s DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD is out now on Mausoleum Records. See http://www.raven-lord.com/ for more.

-Sabaton will open for Iron Maiden in European stadiums this summer as follows:

6/29 – Open Air Arena, Singen-Aach, Germany
7/6 – KöPi Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
7/10 – Stadion, Malmö, Sweden
7/16 – New Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
7/18 – Olympinsky Stadium, Moscow, Russia
7/20 – Polympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland

See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Tainted Nation — featuring Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse), Ian Nash (Lionsheart), Pontus Egberg (The Poodles), and Mark Cross (Firewind, Helloween) — has a new video for “Million Dollar Teaser” at http://youtu.be/XLFvBSkjO5o . The track comes from the band’s debut, F.E.A.R., which was released last month on Massacre Records. Video hype from Egberg: “For this, we wanted to show that we do have fun playing rock ‘n roll! We all feel the same pleasure working together with such great chemistry.” From Newdeck: “There was no expense spared making this creative masterpiece of a teaser clip under the supervision of Cross. It oozes class! In all seriousness, we are having a ball and blown away by almost every album review. So far, so good.” See http://www.taintednation.co.uk/ , http://www.facebook.com/officialtaintednation , and http://www.youtube.com/TaintedNationUK for more.

-Australian proggers Unitopia hit #1 on the UK’s Radio Caroline Album Chart with COVERED MIRROR VOL 1: SMOOTH AS SILK. The release features “re-interpretations and covers” of songs by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Supertramp, Icehouse, and more. Singer Mark Trueack stated: “We’re really proud of what the album has achieved so far and extremely satisfied that we’ve been able to create a wonderful collection based on the music of some of our favorite artists.” The band is working on a new album entitled TURN LEFT for 2014, with a tour to follow. See http://www.unitopiamusic.com/ for more.

Thanks to Darrin DeLatte, Axel Wiesenauer, Chad Bowar, Dan Marsicano, and Nicky Baldrian for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Was anyone shocked by the Crimson Glory announcement? Man oh man, I just hope the remaining guys can pull it together. I mean, it sounds like they really want to, but there’s just so much uncertainty. I know they’re all “real people” with lives, families, etc., but as a fan I selfishly want, like, five more awesome albums from those guys. Fingers crossed this all ends up well…

-How is it that Raven Black Night has now released three singles off of BARBARIAN WINTER, and the album isn’t even out yet? Am I the only one that thinks that’s a little odd?

-If anyone wants to sponsor me a trip to the R-Mine Metalfest 2013 in Belgium or the Headbangers Open Air in Germany, I’ll do it. Seriously. :)

-I can’t say I spend a lot of time over at MTV.com, but it’s cool to see they are giving Great White some love.

-My new favorite song title is “Quincy The Pigboy” by Orange Goblin. I *must* hear that song.

-In my current playlist: Stratovarius – NEMESIS (Armoury Records), Gypsyhawk – REVELRY & RESILIENCE (Metal Blade), My Soliloquy – THE INTERPRETER (Sensory Records), Paganland – WIND OF FREEDOM (Svarga Music).

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