Detritus #688: Helloween, Primal Fear, King Diamond

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Issue #688
Week of November 2, 2015

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-Helloween Publishes “Hellbook” For their 30th Anniversary

As pioneers of German Melodic Speed Metal, Helloween are not only one of Germany’s most respected metal exports, but also one of the globally most influential metal bands today. Since 1984 Helloween have performed at all important festivals such as Rock In Rio or Woodstock in Poland, which they headlined in front of over 500,000 fans. The band played countless world tours, delivered spectacular shows with colleagues such as Iron Maiden, Slayer, or Ozzy Osbourne, released 15 studio and three live albums, and sold more than eight million records. With 14 gold and six platinum awards under their belt, they scored their career’s highest German album entry in 2013 and scored at the US Billboard’s Top 100. Obviously, Helloween are far from running out of steam: Their 30th anniversary sees the publication of their first book, the “Hellbook.” By this, the pumpkin heads from Hamburg present a long awaited fan item that documents 30 years of metal passion and is the only official reference work of its kind so far.

“For us, this book is highly emotional and evokes a thousand memories. Good moments as well as not so good ones are captured here. 30 years of Helloween on almost 500 pages — and no end in sight…” – MARKUS GROSSKOPF

Order now at .

The “Hellbook” is a singular tribute to the European metal gods. On 498 pages in the format 22×28 cm, this tour de force of speed, power, and rhythm initially takes us back to the roots. We witness their most important and renowned moments, as well as their darkest and most tragic hours: The true story of Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske, Andi Deris, Michael Weikath, Ingo Schwichtenberg, Markus Grosskopf, Roland Grapow, Uli Kusch, Dani Löble, Sascha Gerstner, and other masters is told for the first time officially, and accompanied by high-quality and partially unreleased live and backstage images. Actually, 30 years of Helloween are the best excuse to spill their best kept secrets and most legendary anecdotes…

“We had great years and a fantastic time, that, looking back, makes the downsides that come with everything big, seem insignificant.” – KAI HANSEN

With its premium artwork, designed by illustrators and designers like the mysterious Frederick Moulaert or Marcos Moura, a 350gr soft cover, and 150gr paper, the “Hellbook” is a 2kg must-have for hardcore fans and a true treasure for collectors: The comprehensive and complete legacy of a legend, alive and necessary — and a collage of their dreams, dedicated to one of the biggest German heavy and hard rock bands of recent years. The “Helloween Bible” was initiated by Carlos Vincente Leon and David LĂłpez GĂłmez from Spain, who penned this masterpiece with blood, sweat, and tears by fans for fans.

“A reference book, even for myself. I’ll probably flick through the pages in 20 years going: ‘Really? That’s how it was? Cool!’ ;-)” – ANDI DERIS

The deluxe edition is strictly limited 3kg heavy weight, manually numbered, and personally signed by the band members including Kiske and Hansen. The golden hardcover and high-quality protective cover wrapper printed with UV coating contains 556 pages — 58 pages more than the “Hellbook’s” standard edition. These 58 pages are the “Hidden Treasures” with copies of originals from the band’s early days: private stories like the first record deal, the development of the logo, pictures from times before Helloween, and much more. The “Hidden Treasures” are printed on 150gr. maxisatin /glossy paper.

“I haven’t been dealing with these years for almost two decades now. Looking at all the forgotten pictures now brings back lots of memories; good memories! It’s great to have a book like this!” – MICHAEL KISKE

Those who love the genre know that Helloween deserve their spot on the pedestal of international metal — and those who don’t know everything about the “Godfathers” of the genre yet will love this book. The “Hellbook” will be exclusively available via from October 31, 2015 in the standard and deluxe version, which is strictly limited to 777 copies.

“I wonder if this story will ever end. Flipping through the pages, there are many details I didn’t know, didn’t realize, or forgot. Here’s hoping it will entice and thrill the interested reader — and do some good in unforeseeable ways.” – MICHAEL WEIKATH

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-Frontiers To Release Primal Fear’s RULEBREAKER In January

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the worldwide release of the new Primal Fear studio album, RULEBREAKER on January 29, 2016! Available in CD, deluxe CD/DVD and — in collaboration with Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH in Germany — the album is also available on vinyl and a special super-limited vinyl edition version featuring an eagle head on the vinyl. RULEBREAKER combines the strongest Primal Fear moments ever, with a well-balanced typical Primal Fear trademark riff-vibe, crushing songs, and some very ambitious musical journeys. Pre-orders for RULEBREAKER will be unveiled soon.

Singer Ralf Scheepers says: “We have so much energy, fantastic melodies, and a hell of a drum groove on each and every song, there is no doubt that the fans will love it as much as I do! And again we have achieved to combine bombastic and atmospheric orchestral sounds with soaring heavy metal riffs and licks, together with ear-splitting screams and also emotional sequences. We have kept the promise of being a heavy metal band with all the trademarks for which people love Primal Fear.”

After the massive DELIVERING THE BLACK World Tour, Primal Fear started the song writing in spring 2015 and recorded at Hansen Studios in Denmark, with producer Mat Sinner and engineer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe). Mat Sinner adds: “We learned a lot during the DELIVERING THE BLACK sessions and the following world tour. We tried to put this know-how and all the positive energy into the songs and production of RULEBREAKER. Working the second time with Jacob Hansen and even recording in his studio, gave another dimension to our sound, plus the recording comeback of founding member Tom Naumann was the right move.”

Classic and ultra-fresh, Primal Fear have created riff-rockers like the album opener “Angels Of Mercy,” and groove monsters “The End Is Near” and “Bullets And Tears,” which hit the bullseye from the beginning. The album features another untamed speed killer “In Metal We Trust” and the metal anthem and title track “Rulebreaker.” The melodic and unique ballad “The Sky Is Burning” shows a different side of Primal Fear with a new vibe and a monster chorus. And of course, Primal Fear included again an 11-minute plus Prog Metal tour-de-force entitled “We Walk Without Fear,” spiced with big orchestral arrangements and complex sound designs.

Primal Fear are about to release what is definitely their strongest album ever: RULEBREAKER! Don’t miss the German Metal Commandos on their worldwide tour in 2016!

RULEBREAKER Track Listing:
1. Angels Of Mercy
2. The End Is Near
3. Bullets & Tears
4. Rulebreaker
5. In Metal We Trust
6. We Walk Without Fear
7. At War With The World
8. The Devil In Me; Constant Heart
9. The Sky Is Burning
10. Raving Mad; Final Call (Bonus Track – deluxe edition only)
11. Don’t Say You’ve Never Been Warned (Bonus Track – deluxe edition only)

DVD (Deluxe Edition Only):
The End Is Near (Video Clip)
Angels Of Mercy (Video Clip)

Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Tom Naumann – Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals

Rock Hard, EMP, Legacy, Musixx & Noizeletter Presents: RULING EUROPE TOUR 2016
Brainstorm & Striker
05.02.16 ES – BARCELONA – Razzmatazz 2
06.02.16 ES – MURCIA – Garaje
07.02.16 ES – MADRID – Arena
09.02.16 FR – TBA
10.02.16 FR – Paris – Divan Du Monde
11.02.16 GER – Siegburg – Kabana
12.02.16 CZ – Prague – Nove Chelmince
13.02.16 GER – Cham – LA CafĂ©
14.02.16 GER – Hamburg – Logo
16.02.16 GER – Hannover – Musikzentrum
17.02.16 GER – SaarbrĂŒcken – Garage
18.02.16 GER – Stuttgart – LKA
19.02.16 CH – Pratteln – Z7
20.02.16 GER – MĂŒnchen – Backstage
21.02.16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
23.02.16 AT – Vienna – Szene
24.02.16 PL – Cracow – TBA
25.02.16 GER – Berlin – K17
26.02.16 GER – Wuerzburg – Posthalle
27.02.16 GER – Essen – Turock
28.02.16 BE – Vosselaar – Biebob

More Dates Will Be Announced Soon:
North America – April / May 2016
Japan – June 2016
Latin America – September 2016
Europe Part 2 – October 2016

For More Info Visit

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-King Diamond: New Video Interview On Vice; Upcoming Shows In Detroit And Philadelphia To Be Filmed For DVD

King Diamond sat down for a chat with Slayer’s Kerry King while on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem fest this summer. Noisey was there with cameras in hand to capture the conversation. That “King vs. King” conversation can be viewed now at

In other news, Philadelphia and Detroit have been selected as the cities in which King Diamond will film the live shows for the forthcoming DVD. The massive, multi-camera shoot, will be directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage), and will also include additional footage from multiple shows throughout the entire “Abigail In Concert 2015” tour. Tickets are on sale now for all shows, so pick them up soon before they sell out!

KING DIAMOND w/ special guests Exodus:
10/29/2015 The Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/31/2015 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/02/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
11/04/2015 The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
11/05/2015 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
11/06/2015 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
11/08/2015 The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/09/2015 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/13/2015 Housecore Horror Fest @ The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/15/2015 The Civic Auditorium – New Orleans, LA
11/16/2015 The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
11/19/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/20/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/21/2015 PlayStation Theater – New York, NY
11/23/2015 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
11/24/2015 Orpheum – Boston, MA
11/25/2015 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
11/27/2015 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
11/28/2015 The Fillmore – Detroit, MI
11/30/2015 Myth Live – Minneapolis, MN
12/02/2015 Brady Theater (Club Brady) – Tulsa, OK
12/04/2015 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
12/05/2015 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

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-Avantasia: Marco Hietala (Nightwish) On New Album!

Update from Tobias Sammet:

“What do Geoff Tate, Dee Snider, Michael Kiske, Robert Mason, Jorn Lande, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Olli Hartmann, and me have in common with Marco Hietala of Nightwish? Yes, we’re all good-looking, funny and amazingly talented… AND: we’ll be on the new Avantasia album GHOSTLIGHTS — out on January 29th, 2016.

“About Marco: It was August 1997 and we were in Helsinki to mix the VAIN GLORY OPERA album of Edguy when someone played the band Tarot to me. That great band seemed to be some sort of a legend in Finland (in Germany Tarot were not really known at the time). A few years later a band called Nightwish had appeared on the map and were about to take the European Metal world upside down. Edguy played a festival in England with Saxon and amongst others: Nightwish! I remember even though they had a great female vocalist how much I loved the rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’ that they did — if I remember correctly — which was sung by their bass player. You know, a lot of bass players are bass players because they wanna be in a band, too; and there’s only so much damage you can do to the sound of a band with just a bass. Sometimes they’re only in the band because they talk enough to organize things or they have a day job to finance the first demo recordings, nice stage clothes, or sun glasses, but at the end of the day, most of them aren’t taken seriously because… well, because they’re bass players. 🙂 And they’re always suspicious… 😉 Anyway — I don’t need a bass player because I play bass myself (not as good as Marco, but I am the cheaper solution for my own project, ha!). AND Marco is more than a bass player, he is a proper musician! I have no clue why it took so long until I eventually asked Marco Hietala (that bass playing vocalist with the two beards and the voice!!) if he could imagine singing a role on an Avantasia album. Now it is happening! And the results kick ass! You will love it! We’re putting together an epic metal record I believe…

“Furthermore Robert Mason (Warrant) can been confirmed to sing on the new album as well. Robert first made a name for himself back in the early nineties as the lead singer in Lynch Mob. Robert is an amazing singer coming from what some would call a different musical world, and he contributed something very unique to the Avantasia world. He really gave the songs what they needed! You will hear it!

“Cheerz, Tobi”

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-Berlin-Based Startup Company Staramba Has Made It Possible: Metal Queen Doro Comes To Your Home As A 3D figure!

Doro Pesch has played more than 2,800 concerts in more than 60 countries across four continents in her 30-plus-year — and now the metal queen comes to your home, whenever you want, wherever you want, forever!

Staramba has made this incredible feat possible. From now on, the Berlin-based startup company offers Doro and her entire band as terrific 3D figures in different sizes. Doro and the band look incredibly realistic, this is due to the unique technology (photogrammetry scanner 3D Instagraph), which scans persons within a few seconds. Afterwards, lifelike and full-colored figures emerge shift by shift in a highly-modern 3D printer.

The puppets made out of polymer plaster casts are the spitting images of the originals, only smaller. “The figures became absolutely super,” Doro states. “It’s a really interesting experience to hold yourself in your hands suddenly. I’m sure that the fans will love these new figures and they will get them all for their homes.”

Next to Linkin Park and Slash, Doro is the third rock act that Staramba has created.

Doro Pesch and her band mates Johnny Dee (drums), Nick Douglas (bass), Bas Maas (guitars), Luca Princiotta (guitars), and Harrison Young (keyboards) are available now as a full package in the scale of 1:20 and 1:15 from the Staramba online shop.

All band members are purchasable separately for €30 – €295 in the scale of 1:20, 1:15, 1:10 and 1:7.

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-Nightwish’s ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL Tour Edition Out Now!

Right before the European leg of the ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL tour kicks off, Nightwish release a strictly limited (no re-prints!), special tour edition of their current record, coming with a bonus DVD.

The DVD contains all 21 making-of episodes, which came along before, during, and after the album release. Besides those, the DVD includes two new, unreleased live clips for “Yours Is An Empty Hope” and “Stargazers” as well as five special clips including documentary scenes for the songs “Planet Hell,” “Last Of The Wilds,” “Storytime,” “Arabesque,” and “Last Ride Of The Day.” On top, there will be a huge photo gallery with more than 400 pictures, taken on the road and during the promotional period of ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL.


1. Shudder Before The Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
3. Élan
4. Yours Is An Empty Hope
5. Our Decades In the Sun
6. My Walden
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful
8. Edema Ruh
9. Alpenglow
10. The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula
11. The Greatest Show On Earth

1. Yours Is An Empty Hope (Live)*
2. Stargazers (Live)*
3. Planet Hell (Special Clip)
4. Last Of The Wilds (Special Clip)
5. Storytime (Special Clip)
6. Arabesque (Special Clip)
7. Last Ride Of The Day (Special Clip)
8. Making-of
– The Cabin
– By The Lake
– Inside His Head
– Summer Camp
– More Campers
– New Hometown
– Almost There
– London
– Mixing And Mastering
– Ready!
– Release Of The First Single
– The Theme Of The Album
– The Recordings For Floor & Kai
– Thoughts And Feelings
– The Release
– The Artwork
– The Tour Rehearsals
– The Tour Starts
– The Second Single
– The Upcoming Shows
– Troy
9. Élan (Official Video)
10. Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Official Video)
11. Photo Gallery

*Previously unreleased, 5.1 Dolby digital & stereo

Order the tour edition here:

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-New Track from Billy Sherwood’s Upcoming Album CITIZEN: “The Citizen,” Featuring Chris Squire And Tony Kaye

Frontiers Music srl has unveiled another song from the new Billy Sherwood album, CITIZEN. The song, “The Citizen,” can be heard at . The album, CITIZEN, is due out November 6.

This is the third song to be revealed prior to the new album’s release on November 6th. All digital pre-orders of CITIZEN include instant downloads of “The Citizen,” “Just Galileo And Me,” and “No Man’s Land.” Pre-orders available here: .

In writing the song, “The Citizen,” Billy Sherwood’s main goal was to set up his concept album, CITIZEN, about a lost soul reincarnated in different eras. Almost modeling the album’s opening after the beginning scroll of the movie “Star Wars,” he wanted the lyrics to show how one thing could change the course of history. “I think people need to listen to the album once, and then start again with the song ‘The Citizen’ as it shows that the guy has already been there throughout history.”

Billy’s aware that the song “The Citizen” can also stand on its own, and thus be interpreted in other ways including the responsibility of citizens being informed. “That is the cool thing about music, people can read a lot of things into it. It shows how the music relates to the listener.”

It is significant that the song “The Citizen” is the last recording of Billy’s mentor, Yes bassist Chris Squire. Earlier this year when Chris was diagnosed with cancer, he handpicked Billy Sherwood to fill in for him on bass and vocals in Yes, before he left for cancer treatment and ultimately, his untimely death. Former Yes keyboardist Tony Kaye is also on the recording.

Other artists on the album, CITIZEN, are Yes keyboardists Patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman, and Geoff Downes, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, and Yes’ current singer Jon Davison.

Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then as a member of World Trade, who have two critically-acclaimed albums. He has produced and engineered for many artists including John Wetton, Motorhead, Queensryche, Paul Rodgers, and Yes. He joined Yes first as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, and was a full-time member from 1997 to 1999. He recorded two albums with Chris Squire as the Conspiracy project and released six albums with Circa, the band he formed with Tony Kaye.

CITIZEN is Billy’s eighth album of new material, though he sees this as a group effort, “While I’ve created a lot of this record myself I couldn’t have done it without the amazing talents brought to bear by all the great artists who participated. So I feel it’s much more of a collective effort than a solo album. It’s my desire to take this production onto the stage and some of these amazing artists can help bring this concept to life.”

The album, CITIZEN is being released November 6 on Frontiers Music Srl.

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-Rockett Queen Reveals “I Hate You” Video

TYLER, TEXAS — Rockett Queen has unveiled the first video from their GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA EP, “I Hate You.”

A fan favorite at live shows, “I Hate You” brings the story of a contentious romantic relationship to life through a simple yet highly effective concept.

“The concept was interesting to me because I didn’t want it to just be a simple, on-the-nose sexual video,” said vocalist/guitarist Walter Lee. “I wanted to touch on all the different dark places we tend to go while trying to work out our issues, whether they be from the new relationship or an old relationship, so we can move on with the new. At the same time, it shows how sometimes sex can be used as a weapon.”

To do this, “I Hate You” juxtaposes images of a boxing couple with steamy sex scenes, illustrating the dichotomy of the relationship, while also interspersing shots of Rockett Queen’s dynamic on-stage performance.

“I’m extremely happy with how the video came out,” said Lee, who took on the directorial role along with Bruno at Snap The Picture, whose previous work includes Vogue, Neiman Marcus, MTV, Wall Street Journal, and Tiffany & Co. “Bruno has such a great eye for detail and style that it was for the most part easy to film. Everything from his lighting to his scene-stealing camera work really brought the whole project together. The only thing missing was a final scene where I wanted to light the inside of his studio on fire for a climactic ending to the video, but he was having NONE of that, so we went with an alternate ending!”

The video took roughly two months to film and cast, a task that was beginning to feel hopeless.

“It took a special quality to really get the point across and we spent forever trying to find the right leading lady and man,” Lee said. After nearly giving up, Lee connected with former Playboy model Summer Ayala, who took an interest in the role. “After discussing the treatment with her and joking about how perfect she would be with her past experience in acting and modeling, surprisingly she jumped at the chance to do it. Even better she knew the perfect male lead in Devin Northrip an actor/model signed to her agency. With Devin’s background in MMA fighting he really added a lot to the fight scenes.”

Rockett Queen’s brand of straight-up, honest rock ‘n’ roll has garnered the quartet a great deal of critical acclaim and Top 40 airplay. Performing for more than 25,000 music fans, the band’s energetic live show has won over a devoted fan base.

GOODNIGHT CALIFORNIA is available now via Fade To Silence Records.

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-Frontiers Rock Festival News

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the THIRD EDITION of the Frontiers Rock Festival — a two-day event which will again take place at the Live Music Club in Trezzo sull’Adda (Milan), Italy on April 23rd and 24th, 2016.

The first two editions were a huge success, so we are incredibly happy to announce this third edition!

We will announce the bill in the next few days and as usual, we worked hard to gather the very best of the international Hard Rock scene on the Trezzo stage!

Fourteen bands, all international acts, are coming from all over the world to make many Melodic and Hard Rock fans’ dreams come true…

So, stay tuned! For those of you with faith that we will no doubt deliver a killer lineup, tickets are on sale NOW! Prices are 59.00 EURO for the single day and 99.00 EURO for the whole 2-days event! You can order them here: or via the TicketOne circuit.


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-Meet Beyond The Black At Waterkant X-Mas Bash

On December 4, Hamburg’s Sporthalle will host the first Waterkant X-Mas Bash with Accept, HammerFall, Equilibrium, and Armored Saint. Germany’s symphonic metal hope Beyond The Black will be there, too, and present the songs off their acclaimed debut SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH.

As a little treat for you, we raffle a meet & greet for two persons among all who ordered their tickets for the event at Metaltix or do so until November 6. The winner will be informed via email, there is no right appeal.

By the way: You don’t have to wait until December to experience Jennifer and her guys live! Tickets for their tour with special guest Masterplan and support act InLegend are available via , too!

Waterkant X-Mas Bash
with: Accept, HammerFall, Equilibrium, Armored Saint, & Beyond The Black
04.12. Hamburg, Sporthalle


Beyond The Black – SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH Tour 2015
12.11. Frankfurt a.M., Batschkapp
13.11. SaarbrĂŒcken, Garage
14.11. Cologne, Live Music Hall
16.11. Bremen, Aladin
17.11. Herford, X-Herford
19.11. Rostock, Mau Club
21.11. Berlin, Astra und Cassiopeia
23.11. Nuremberg, Hirsch
24.11. Munich, Backstage
25.11. Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
26.11. Mannheim, Alte Seilerei


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-Casablanca Releases Special “Golden Void” Version Of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Swedish melodic rock masters Casablanca have released a special version of their MISKATONIC GRAFFITI album just in time for Halloween.

Released October 30 and dubbed the “Golden Void” version, it features The Phantom, a.k.a. Casablanca front man Anders Ljung, giving a spooky narrative of the Cthulhu mythology inspired story revolving around “The Originals,” who ruled the Earth prior to the Lovecraftian “Old Ones.”

The added narration is broken up into intro and outro segments accompanying each track on MISKATONIC GRAFFITI so that the tale flows smoothly as the music moves in and out of the storyline.

The Phantom himself, says,”EXTRA EXTRA!!! There will be no pumpkins in the Casablanca windows this year. Instead, we’ve decided to give you this trick and treat. The Phantom was in a good mood and decided to share some of the material from his memoirs with all of you.”

The “Golden Void” extended version of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI can be heard on Spotify and Soundcloud:

It can be purchased exclusively on iTunes:

The initial version of MISKATONIC GRAFFITI can be purchased here:

Relevant Links:

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-Starblind’s Video For “A Dying Son” Released!

The new video by STARBLIND: “A Dying Son.” The song will be on the upcoming album DYING SON, which will be released on December 4th, 2015 via Pure Steel Records.

Cover art by Markus Vesper
Logo By Chris Horst
Photography by Stefan Steise

Following the brand new signing of Starblind with Pure Steel Records in March 2015, Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON is soon to be unleashed upon the world, following up their album debut DARKEST HORRORS from 2014. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Starblind are here to deliver traditional Heavy Metal as if time had stood still since 1984.

Their music can be described as catchy Heavy Metal with majestic twin guitar leads, pumping bass guitar, dynamic drums, and melodic, powerful vocals. No attempts has been done to hide the influences when writing the material to DYING SON. And it stands clear that the metal giants from Great Britain are the main ones.

DYING SON contains everything from fast songs like “The Lighthouse” and “A Dying Son,” to mid-tempo “Firestone” and “Sacrifice,” to the 11 1/2-minute opus “The Land Of Seven Rivers Beyond The Sea.”

Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON has been recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers, and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live!

To the fans of ’80s metal and of the “New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal,” this is a record you cannot miss!

Mike Stark – vocals
Daniel Tillberg – bass
Zakarias Wikner – drums
Björn Rosenblad – lead guitars
Johan Jonasson – lead guitars

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-MarysCreek Signs With Escape Music, New Album INFINITY Out January 2016

Swedish heavy rockers MarysCreek have signed a two album deal with Escape Music. The band’s sophomore album, INFINITY, will be released on January 22, 2016.

MarysCreek’s new album was recorded in June/July 2015 at Green Hell Studios/Mike Cameron Force Studios and produced by the band. The 12 tracks are mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Within Temptation, Europe, Paradise Lost) and mastered by Svante ForsbĂ€ck (Rammstein, Volbeat, Lindemann, Tarja Turunen). The first solo part on the song “Forever Lost” is played by David Andersson (Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra).

Track listing:
1. Hypnotized
2. Buried Deep Within
3. Into Infinity
4. So Afraid (To Live)
5. The First Day
6. My Confession
7. On The Other Side
8. The Ghost Inside
9. Blinded by Darkness
10. Forever Lost
11. My Own Enemy
12. Tomorrow

MarysCreek are:
Mats Nilsson – Vocals
Stefan Halldin – Drums
Peter Bergkvist – Guitar
Roger Blomberg – Bass
Jonas Hallberg – Guitar

MarysCreek courageously blends modern heavy metal with the classic melodies of Scandinavian pop tradition to form a fresh and unique sound. The ambition is to take the best of the two worlds: a heavy rock foundation consisting of fat, distorted guitars and huge drums with a delicious topping of pop-flavored song melodies arranged with multi-layered vocals.

The debut album SOME KIND OF HATE was mixed by demon producer Fredrik “Fredman” Nordström (In Flames, Soilwork, The Haunted, Opeth, Dream Evil) and released in 2007 by MTM Music. The album received great responses and the band toured to support the album. MarysCreek have shared stage with many artists, including Takida, Evergrey, Crucified Barbara, Dead By April, Uriah Heep, The Poodles, Fatal Smile, etc.

MarysCreek’s EP INCUBIC TIN was recorded with the help of the two producers: Henrik Edenhed (Robyn, Straight Frank, Cesars Palace, Dead By April) and Sebastian Forslund (Staireo, Night Flight Orchestra) and was released in 2014 via MarysCreek Records.

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-First Bands Announced To Sweden Rock Festival 2016!

The wait is over! We proudly present the first 22 confirmed bands confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2016.

We can now officially confirm that The Hellacopters will be reuniting for a single, world-exclusive show at next year’s festival. The band played their farewell shows in Stockholm in 2008, but in June next year their 1996 lineup reforms for one night only to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album SUPERSH*TTY TO THE MAX.

We are also proud to announce the last show in Sweden ever by Twisted Sister. After reuniting for the 2003 edition of the Sweden Rock Festival, one of the most acclaimed live bands in the world is coming full circle next year, by playing their only Swedish show on their final tour in Sölvesborg. Following the tragic loss of drummer A.J. Pero, the surviving original members will be backed by none other than former Dream Theater sticksman Mike Portnoy.

Among the other 20 acts announced today are King Diamond, who will perform a special ABIGAIL set for the first and possibly last time ever in Sweden, featuring what is said to be the band’s most elaborate stage production ever. Special mentions are also in place for the only Avantasia show in Sweden next year, which is sure to make for a spectacular evening, and Satyricon, who will perform their classic NEMESIS DIVINA album in its entirety.

The full list of confirmed acts so far reads as follows:

THE HELLACOPTERS (world-exclusive reunion show)
TWISTED SISTER (their final tour, only show in Sweden)
KING DIAMOND (performing a special ABIGAIL set)
AVANTASIA (only show in Sweden)
SATYRICON (performing a special NEMESIS DIVINA set)

Another 60 acts are to be announced during this autumn and winter.

More information about all artists and the festival can be found at .

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-Neal Morse: November Inner Circle Sneak Peek

November’s Inner Circle: Neal Morse – ACOUSTIC SKETCHES

If you are not an Inner Circle member, here is your chance to sign up! This month’s release will include many of the acoustic songs that Neal personally chose to play each night of the “Alive Again” tour!

If you are not a member you can sign up at to get this month’s Inner Circle and also be a part of all the behind-the-scenes specials, IC-only sales, and many more benefits.

Check out some of what will be on this month’s Inner Circle!

Peace and Blessings,
Team Radiant

Radiant Records

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-Visigoth Launches Live Video For “Iron Brotherhood” From Last Month’s Frost And Fire Festival!

Last month, Salt Lake City’s Visigoth delivered a full set of no-frills, no-gimmicks heavy metal to eager fans in Ventura, CA at the Frost And Fire Festival. For anyone that missed this epic performance, the band has launched a live video of “Iron Brotherhood” from the show here:

Visigoth comments: “Frost And Fire was an absolutely incredible experience for us as both a band and as heavy metal fans. We are deeply honored to have shared the stage with so many phenomenal bands and to have met so many die-hard heavy metal enthusiasts who were in attendance from all over the world. Thank you so much for having us out your way, Ventura. We can’t wait to come back.”

Visigoth released their debut, THE REVENANT KING, earlier this year, giving fans and critics alike “real-deal old-school goods with power and swagger to spare” (Revolver Magazine). While they pay tribute to the titans of steel that left their mark on metal history, the quintet goes above and beyond mere imitation, making their own musical mark on the genre they lovingly embrace. As NPR Music proclaims, “[Visigoth] looks to Manowar, Judas Priest, and Manilla Road… for that classic ’80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers’ regal voice.”

To purchase THE REVENANT KING, please visit .

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-Junkstars Release New Single, “Snakebites,” And Prepare To Hit The Road With Backyard Babies

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Scandinavia’s newest punk-fueled rock heroes, Junkstars, release their new single, “Snakebites,” through Despotz Records on November 6.

Jumping out of your player with enough velocity to peel your skin off of your face, the doom-laden lyrics reflect what the planet is heading for if we don’t take care of it. The band says, “It’s actually a horror-sci-fi inspired song about peace on Earth and what we do with our planet. The metaphor is that if we continue to destroy our world the snakes will come kill us, take over, and live in our homes. We have to prevent this from happening.”

“Snakebites” is taken from the band’s THIS IS WAR album (Despotz).

The trio are also gearing up for a European tour with Swedish punk metal legends Backyard Babies. The tour kicks off on November 5 at the Markthalle in Hamburg and concludes at Islington Academy in London on November 25.

The dates are as follows:

5 Nov – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
6 Nov – C-Club – Berlin, Germany
7 Nov – Hirsch – Nuremburg, Germany
8 Nov – Backstage Halle – Munich, Germany
9 Nov – Szene – Vienna, Austria
10 Nov – Gaswerk – Winterthur. Switzerland
11 Nov – L’usine – Geneva, Switzerland
12 Nov – Live Club – Milan, Italy
14 Nov – Bikini – Barcelona, Spain
15 Nov – Joy Eslava – Madrid, Spain
17 Nov – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
18 Nov – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
22 Nov – Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton, UK
23 Nov – 02 ABC2 – Glasgow, UK
24 Nov – Academy 3 – Manchester, UK
25 Nov – Islington Academy – London, UK

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-Saviours: PALACE OF VISION Streaming In Full At MetalSucks; Record Out Now Via Listenable + Additional Live Dates Confirmed

West Coast riff peddlers, Saviours, has levied their thundering PALACE OF VISION full-length upon the ears of the masses via Listenable Records. Dark yet simultaneously driving and anthemesque, the band’s first proper full-length in four years was captured at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon with Billy Anderson (Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon, etc.) and delivers nine tumultuous tracks of herculean riffs, quaking rhythms, and galloping guitar harmonies twined around a fixation on the apocalypse, the occult, psychedelics, and the arcane.

In advance of its official descent and following previous track premieres with Decibel, Cvlt Nation, and Invisible Oranges, MetalSucks offers up the record in full noting, “Saviours are always good for a healthy dose of gnarly, NWOBHM fun; just the right amount of dirty rawness and just the right amount of Thin Lizzy polish. But, best of all, they never repeat themselves, which is so often the downfall of ‘reliable’ bands: they twist things up just enough to make each release an engaging listen, as they’ve done now over the course of five full-lengths and two EPs spanning a decade-plus career. PALACE OF VISIONS is their latest same-but-not-the-same endeavor, and you can stream it in full below.”

Witness PALACE OF VISION in all its head-jogging glory courtesy of MetalSucks:

Following the release of PALACE OF VISION, Saviours will kick off a North American Fall tour supporting Corrosion Of Conformity and Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band. The trek will commence on November 16th and run through December 10th with additional support provided by Mothership. From there the band will level ten more stages from December 11th to December 20th to close out the year.

SAVIOURS w/ Corrosion Of Conformity, Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Mothership:
11/16/2015 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
11/17/2015 Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
11/18/2015 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/19/2015 High Water Marl – Portland, OR * SAVIOURS only
11/20/2015 Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
11/21/2015 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA
11/23/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
11/24/2015 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
11/25/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
11/27/2015 Rtr 20 – Racine, WI
11/28/2015 The Odeon – Cleveland, OH
11/29/2015 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2015 Firehouse Saloon – Rochester, NY * SAVIOURS only
12/01/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/02/2015 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
12/03/2015 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
12/04/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
12/05/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
12/07/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
12/08/2015 Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/09/2015 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
12/10/2015 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC

SAVIOURS Headlining Dates:
12/11/2015 The 529 – Atlanta, GA
12/12/2015 The Nick – Birmingham, AL
12/13/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, OR
12/14/2015 Boondocks – Houston, TX
12/15/2015 611 E. 7th – Austin, TX
12/16/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX
12/18/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
12/19/2015 Flycatcher – Tucson, AZ
12/20/2015 All Star Lanes – Los Angeles, CA

Rooted in hardcore punk but preferring to cruise in outer space, Saviours have always brought an infectious swing and swagger to their forward-charging heavy metal. The band melds the prime tenets of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, progressive rock, and proto-doom, and delivers it all with a snarling, West Coast hardcore edge. The result is a rugged beast of a sound that is singularly Saviours.

“…these guys still have some of the tastiest guitar playing in the game…” – Invisible Oranges

“Riffs that wander, but through that brutal wall of sound, if there were a band that was the demon spawn of early Metallica and early Black Sabbath, Saviours would be that band… In an age of singles, Saviours has made a superior album.” – Glacially Musical

“Fans of bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and other classic bands will hear multiple lines of influence here. But Saviours is more than the sum of its parts. This is original heavy metal, played to perfection.” – Sea Of Tranquility

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-Witchcraft Announce Album Details, First Single, Pre-Orders Online!

Swedish classic / doom rock masters Witchcraft have announced the release date, track list, and cover for the band’s eagerly anticipated new album.

NUCLEUS is scheduled for a January 15, 2016 release worldwide via Nuclear Blast and will be available as CD, lavish digi-pak (also as a T-shirt bundle), vinyl (black, clear, splatter, gold), and digital download.

The first single, “The Outcast,” will be released on 7″ vinyl (black, clear) and as digital download on December 4 and will exclusively be available via the Nuclear Blast Mailorder. The single will include the Nirvana cover “Even In His Youth.”

The track lists for both releases read as follows:

“The Outcast:”
Side A
1. The Outcast (edit)
Side B
2. Even In His Youth (Nirvana cover)

1. Malstroem
2. Theory Of Consequence
3. The Outcast
4. Nucleus
5. An Exorcism Of Doubts
6. The Obsessed
7. To Transcend Bitterness
8. Helpless
9. Breakdown
10. Chasing Rainbows (Limited Digi-pak CD & 2LP Vinyl Bonus Track)

The successor of 2012’s globally extremely successful album, LEGEND, will be entitled NUCLEUS and is said to be mixing the rawer side of Witchcraft’s early roots with a slightly more melancholic modern sound.

With an all new lineup (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds hungrier and more powerful than ever before. In combination with the thrilling, yet very down-to-earth production by Pelander himself, Philip Gabriel Saxin, and Anton Sundell, it just throws you in dreamy sonic landscapes that will mesmerize and haunt you alike.

Pre-order NUCLEUS and “The Outcast” here:

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-Out Now! Silent Line Release New Concept Album SHATTERED SHORES

SHATTERED SHORES teaser video:

Producing heavy and melodic music with an orchestral flair rooted in death metal, Bonnyville, AB Silent Line’s first concept album SHATTERED SHORES is now available to follow up their 2012 LP BORN OF A DYING STAR. The title track is split into two parts, and throughout the album several thematic riffs and lyrics are repeated, creating a motif for listeners. The title references being stranded and trapped forever as the shores become more eroded and the reality of isolation sets in. The lyrics revolve around the themes of overcoming hardships, anxiety, and “weathering the storm” in order to persevere. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island — unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave.

The band explains the album:

“SHATTERED SHORES is a concept album — our first attempt at one — that depicts a tortured island stuck in time being slowly worn away by an endless ocean. Themes of frost, snow, fire, night, and stars are used to illustrate feelings of hopelessness, fear, and loss. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave. Lots of references to snow and frost are used as we live in Canada, and there is a lonely but beautiful character to the long winter we experience. Another recurring theme is the storm, which brings change and renewal; it is — for lack of a better term — the symbol of hope and of a brighter future.

“Overall, SHATTERED SHORES has a melancholic feel to it. It is definitely darker than our other albums, but we feel that it is much more mature and identifiable with an audience. It’s not meant to be depressing, but it deals with real issues and lots of the time those are not pretty. While it is a darker album, the message is not. Overcoming internal issues and feelings is the prime focus, and to describe how important that is, it is necessary to spend time describing the more pessimistic side of things and what makes it so crippling. The songs are more involving and deeper in meaning and structure than our last release, and we took a step back technically on purpose. Individually, the instruments are not as ‘crazy’ as before, but we had a vision for the songs this time, we could see the end product and knew that to get there we didn’t have to play the most technically demanding things as fast as we could. The songs, while more simple, have far more feeling and emotion than before and we are very proud of what we have produced. We hope that everyone listening to the album can find something they enjoy, something they identify with, and something that makes them want to continue listening.”


Album Purchase:

Silent Line is composed of Mike Burton leading the charge on guitar and vocals, Randy Bergh writing pummeling guitar riffs, Andy Sidloski crafting driving bass lines, and Adam Kallstrom thundering on drums. The lineup charges audiences with their energy and fills the entire room with its symphonic melodies. Their dedication to their craft is strengthened by their loyal fans, who have supported their development over the years with their two previous albums BORN OF A DYING STAR (2012) and ONE BODY BLADE (2010).

1. Frost Of The Night (5:46)
2. Erosion (3:52)
3. Black And White (3:21)
4. Shattered Shores I: Timeless Night (5:45)
5. Summer Song (5:40)
6. Starfall (4:08)
7. Shattered Shores II: A New Beginning (8:08)
8. Into The Chasm (4:39)
9. The Faceless Shadow (6:24)
10. Embrace The End (5:19)
Album Length: 53:07

For more info, please visit:

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-Native Construct Launches Cover Of “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables” From “Les Miserables;” Band To Kick Off Tour With Between The Buried And Me And Enslaved Later This Month

After completing a USA headlining run this past summer, progressive metal outfit Native Construct is ready to embark on another North American trek, set to kick off November 18th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, and Intronaut, this tour package is a must-see for all prog music fans! See below for dates.

In anticipation of the upcoming run, Native Construct has launched a new video today, which showcases front man Robert Edens’ incredible vocal range with a cover of Les MisĂ©rables’ “Empty Chairs At Empty Tables.” Watch the video at .

Myles Yang (guitar) comments: “I’m sure you can hear the musical theatre influence in the music of Native Construct. We’re big fans of it, and this is a tune from an old favorite of ours, ‘Les MisĂ©rables.’ I did this arrangement for Rob to sing on back in our freshman year of college, just for fun. We did a little recording of it in a dorm room, and that was that. Fast forward to a few weeks ago — our guitarist, Poh Hock, was competing in the .strandberg* Guitar Competition. A portion of the competition was decided by popular vote, and we called on our fans for assistance. Turns out we have a great little community going here; we received an outstanding amount of support, and Poh Hock ended up taking first place in the competition. So, as a token of our appreciation, we decided to dust off this old arrangement and make a new and improved version of it for everyone to enjoy. We recorded all new vocals from Rob, and he also did a fresh mix and master of the whole thing. And Max Harchik (bass) directed, shot, and edited a video of it all, for your viewing pleasure. Hope you like it!”

Native Construct will be touring in support of their recently released debut full-length, QUIET WORLD. Crowned a, “masterpiece,” by Heavy Blog Is Heavy in a 5/5 review, QUIET WORLD was largely self-produced and written between 2011 and 2013, when the individual band members weren’t busy with their studies at the Berklee College of Music. What began as jam sessions simply for fun eventually turned into a full-fledged musical endeavor. Having already made their mark on the Billboard charts (#56 Hard Music Albums Chart; #85 New Artist Chart) in addition to securing multiple national tours on this first album, it is anything but quiet in Native Construct’s world.

To preview and purchase QUIET WORLD, visit: .

Native Construct w/ Between The Buried And Me, Enslaved, Intronaut:
11/18/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
11/19/2015 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
11/20/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
11/21/2015 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/23/2015 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
11/24/2015 Bourbon Theater- Lincoln, NE
11/25/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver CO
11/27/2015 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV
11/28/2015 The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/29/2015 Mayan Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
12/01/2015 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
12/02/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
12/03/2015 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
12/04/2015 Lonestar Pavilion – Lubbock, TX
12/05/2015 The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
12/06/2015 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
12/08/2015 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
12/10/2015 The Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
12/11/2015 Bronson Centre – Ottawa, ON
12/12/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
12/13/2015 Theatre Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/2015/2015 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/16/2015 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/17/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

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-Niche: Savannah Quintet Signs With Retro Futurist To Release HEADING EAST LP; Track Playing

Kylesa’s Retro Futurist label has signed dynamic rock quintet Niche for the upcoming release of the band’s third album, HEADING EAST.

What began as a simple three-piece rock band, Savannah, Georgia-based Niche has since coalesced into a formidable quintet. Laying down ’70s-influenced rock with Southern and psychedelic tendencies, where dual guitar solos, three-part vocal harmonies, layered Hammond organ and synths, and a powerful rhythm section fuse together to produce a sound that is both nostalgic and unique, hints of Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, and Steely Dan showing through in their well-crafted songs. Founded in 2009 by childhood friends guitarist/vocalist Justin Dick and bassist/vocalist Michael Redmond, the current Niche lineup includes Corey Barhorst on Hammond/synths (Black Tusk, ex-Kylesa), drummer Lee Vallier, and guitarist/vocalist Kristopher Maedke-Russell.

With two previous self-released albums under their belt — SO BE IT and THE OTHER SIDE OF THE END which were both recorded by their good friend Chris Adams — in December 2014, Niche went to The Jam Room in Colombia, South Carolina to record their third album with longtime friend Phillip Cope of Kylesa at the helm of producing the album, the first release with their current lineup. Titled HEADING EAST, the album catapults six new tracks with nearly 40 minutes of mega-rich, perfectly hazy, psychedelically-induced classic rock fueled and jacked-up for modern times, completed with beautiful, kaleidoscopic artwork by Samantha Muljat.

Offers Niche’s Michael Redmond about the new release, “The music scene in Savannah has always been a family to me; we work, play, live, love, cry, and party together. We help and support each other. I could not be happier that something I’m so proud of will be released by friends and musicians here in Savannah.”

HEADING EAST will see release through Retro Futurist on digital and CD November 13th with a vinyl pressing to follow in early 2016. The album’s third song, “On Down The Line,” is now streaming at .

Niche Live:
12/11/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ Caustic Casanova

HEADING EAST Track Listing:
1. Exiled To Islands
2. When I’m Gone
3. On Down The Line
4. Dear Sweet Anne
5. Tough And Mean
6. Days To Come

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-Magic Circle Unveils Title Track To JOURNEY BLIND LP Via Beatroute Magazine

In preparation of the release of Magic Circle’s sophomore LP, JOURNEY BLIND, through 20 Buck Spin next month, Beatroute Magazine has interrogated the band for an in-depth feature which has now been published alongside an exclusive stream of the album’s title track.

The excellent write-up leading the Beatroute feature offers, “the seven-track release marks an evolution for the band who clearly culls their sound from the British classic doom side of the tracks. Herein lies Witchfinder General and Pagan Altar love aplenty, though channeled through the eyes of five men who have their feet equally planted in the genre of hardcore, where they began their musical journey.” Later it proclaims, “We’ll come right out and say it: Magic Circle has capped off 2015 triumphantly and with any luck, will appear on a plethora of year’s best lists.”

Dive into Beatroute’s “Talking doom, vinyl, and Magic Circle with guitarist Chris Corry” and premiere of the title track right here:

Also stream JOURNEY BLIND’s “A Ballad For The Vultures” through Decibel Magazine here:

JOURNEY BLIND sees its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20th, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. Stand by for further details and pre-orders for JOURNEY BLIND, tour dates and more on Magic Circle throughout the weeks ahead.

Following their self-titled debut which was well-received in metal and hardcore circles, Boston’s Magic Circle returns with 45 minutes of dominant, pure, traditional doom-ridden heavy metal on JOURNEY BLIND, a record which sees the outfit doing what they do, but doing it even better. Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC’s The Pain Cave, the record surges with the viscosity a team of top-tier producers would be proud to back. The cover art for JOURNEY BLIND is an unused piece by legendary artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Mammoth Grinder, Autopsy) dating to 1979 yet properly fitted to this modern ripper. Surging with over 45 minutes of doomed heavy metal that invokes the masters in their purest form, JOURNEY BLIND is a record which could have been captured three decades ago yet booms with a refreshed spirit to guide today’s misguided youth back to their unbeknownst roots.

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-Wacken Metal Battle Canada 2016! Band Submissions Open November 5th! New Cities Added! One Band To Rule Them All!

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is proud to return for its fourth year showcasing Canada’s top independent metal talent to the world stage at Wacken Open Air in Wacken, Germany, which holds an attendance of over 80,000 metalheads from around the world. For the last three years that Wacken Metal Battle has been held in Canada, it has produced two world champions Vesperia (2015) and Crimson Shadows (2013) to triumph at the international Wacken Metal Battle beating out over 30 other representing countries from around the globe.

This year’s 2016 edition has expanded once again across the country with Hamilton and London and cities from BC’s Lower Mainland, Island, and Interior set to be announced at a later date joining the ranks of Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

“It’s hard to believe that we are already on our fourth edition of the Metal Battle. As always we are striving to make it the best one yet! Expanding to new cities is key to our growth, and we’re very pleased with the addition of Hamilton and London in Ontario, and the Interior in BC. So prepare for a wild year of quality showcases across our great country, and let us all join in celebrating Canadian metal,” comments WMBC organizer JJ Tartaglia.

Submissions for bands from across Canada will be open as of November 5, 2015 and end on January 5th 11:59pm EST. Bands can submit their application for participation at .

Wacken Metal Battle Canada is part of an international competition where over a hundred bands from across the country battle each other for one to be selected and join over 30 other countries for an international battle of the bands at the world’s largest outdoor metal festival Wacken Open Air, which has been taking place in Wacken , Germany for the last 26 years. Oshawa’s Vesperia (2014 winners – ), Toronto’s Crimson Shadows (2013 winners – ) and Montreal’s Mutank (2014 winners – ) have had that honor playing in front of thousands. The 2016 festival will be taking place from August 4-6.

How it works:
Each city will hold their qualifying rounds plus city finals from the months of January to May 2016 selecting the top band to move forward to the national finals in Toronto, ON in June (date to be determined) with one being selected to perform at the 27th edition of Wacken Open Air taking place from August 4-6. All bands will be judged during battle rounds by respected local music industry.

The finalists will be selected as follows by province:
o 1 finalist from BC
o 1 finalist from Alberta
o 2 finalists from Ontario
o 1 finalist from Quebec
o 1 finalist from Saskatoon or Winnipeg


Wacken Metal Battle Canada Promo Video:

Wacken Metal Battle 2014 Canada Finals by

For more info on Metal Battle Canada, please visit these links:
Twitter: @MetalBattleCAN

For more info on Wacken Open Air, please visit:

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-2016 Armstrong Metal Fest Early Birds Pre-Sale Tickets Available Now! Online Store Now Open!

Promo Video:

Armstrong Metalfest Band Submissions have ended with the line up now to be selected and announced at a later date.

Early Bird Pre-Sales have begun!

Tickets prices as follows:
– $90 limited early bird pre-sale, online only (November 1st to January 31st)
– $120 regular presale (February 1st to July 14)
– $160 at the door

Tickets can be purchased at the following link:

Armstrong Metal Fest’s eighth annual 2016 edition will be taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena to showcase over 40 Western Canadian and international bands.

Previous years of the festival have seen lineups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Anciients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, and Gomorrah, among many others.

Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but 11 local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul, and Odinfist, to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 will be the eighth year of the festival and is planned to be the largest year for music and attendance yet. This year’s team of organizers known as the West Metal Entertainment Society is the most dedicated to date and are excited to present an incredible lineup along with some changes to come for AMF 2016.

For more info, please visit .

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-Updated Accept tour dates:

11/20 – MS Viking Cinderella, Stockholm, Sweden
11/24 – Arena Hall, Krasnodar, Russia
11/26 – Ray Just Arena, Moskva, Russia
11/27 – A2, St. Petersburg, Russia
11/29 – Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
12/1 – Prime Hall, Minsk, Belarus
12/4 – Waterkant X-mas Bash @ Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12/5 – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting @ Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
12/7 – The Forum, London, UK
12/8 – Le Bataclan, Paris, France
12/10 – La Belle Electric, Grenoble, France
12/11 – Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
12/12 – Eventzentrum Strohofer, Geiselwind, Germany
12/14 – Arenele Romane (Roman Arena), Bucharest, Romania
12/16 – Hristo Botev Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
4/2/16 – Full Metal Mountain, Hermagor-Pressegger See, Austria

See for more.

-Adrenechrome’s new song, “The Lead Elephant,” is streaming now at The track comes from TALES FROM ADRENECHROME, which is due out November 27. Hype has the band’s sound as “offering a blend of groovy progressive thrashy metal that’s ready to smash your headbanging into overdrive.” See for more on the band, and check out the song at .

-Anthrax posted an announcement at , apparently indicating a new album entitled FOR ALL KINGS will be released February 26.

-Axemaster announced its participation in a benefit show slated for January 16 in suburban Detroit, at The Ritz in Warren, MI. The show is a fundraiser for Dani Neal, the sister of Halloween’s George Neal, who is battling cancer. The full lineup: Halloween, Wulfhook, Wreking Crue (Motley Crue tribute), Axemaster, Lisa Hurt. Tickets cost $10. There will be raffles during the show, and additional donations will be accepted.

-Black Sabbath announced additional tour dates for 2016. The updated tour video trailer is at . The new dates:

8/17 – Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
8/19 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Philadelphia, PA
8/21 – Jiffy Lube Live, Washington, DC
8/23 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
8/25 – Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
8/27 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
8/29 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
8/31 – DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit, MI
9/2 – Klipsch Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
9/4 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
9/7 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
9/9 – Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM
9/11 – USANA Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
9/13 – Sunlight Supply Arena, Portland, OR
9/15 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
9/17 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
9/19 – Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA
9/21 – AK-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ

See for more.

-Ritchie Blackmore has announced three European dates so far for his “return to rock,” where he’ll be playing Rainbow and Deep Purple songs. The dates so far:

6/17 – Monsters Of Rock @ FreilichtbĂŒhneon Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
6/18 – Festplatz am Viadukt, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany
6/25 – Birmingham Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK

A new authorized DVD documentary, THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY, is out this week and features career-spanning footage, interviews with Blackmore, former band mates including Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, and Graham Bonnet, and others including Brian May, Lars Ulrich, Ian Anderson, Gene Simmons, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. Check out a cool piece with information on Blackmore’s Night’s new release ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, including the new video for “Will O’ The Wisp” ( ), online at .

-Chastain’s new video for “All Hail The King,” from WE BLEED METAL, is online at . The album is due out November 6 on Pure Steel Records.

-There’s a new interview with Deep Purple’s Roger Glover online at .

-Udo Dirkschneider’s “Back To The Roots Tour 2016,” where he’s going out as Dirkschneider and playing Accept songs for the last time, has updated dates as follows:

2/19 – Folken, Stavanger, Norway
2/20 – Byscenen, Haugesund, Norway
2/21 – Rick’s, Bergen, Norway
2/24 – Train, Aarhus, Denmark
2/25 – KB, Malmo, Sweden
2/26 – Tradgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden
2/27 – Folkets Hus, Sundsvall, Sweden
2/28 – Klubben, Stockholm, Sweden
3/4 – Lutakko, JyvĂ€skylĂ€, Finland
3/5 – Rantasipi, Vaasa, Finland
3/25 – Garage, Ostrava, Czech Republic
3/26 – Masters Of Rock Cafe, Zlin, Czech Republic
3/27 – Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic
4/5 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
4/6 – Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
4/7 – Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona, Spain
5/11 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan
5/12 – Bottom Line, Nagoya, Japan
5/13 – Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball, Tokyo, Japan
6/16 – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Germany
8/12 – Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain

See for more.

-Doro’s updated list of German tour dates:

11/27 – Kreuz, Fulda, Germany
11/28 – Neue Messe Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
11/29 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
12/1 – Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany
12/2 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
12/4 – Herford, X-Herford, Germany
12/11 – Stadthalle, Saarburg, Germany
12/13 – LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
12/19 – Loewensaal, Nuremberg, Germany

See for more.

-Ensiferum’s list of updated German 2016 tour dates:

4/4 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
4/6 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
4/8 – Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany
4/16 – VAZ Pfarrheim, Burglengenfeld, Germany
4/19 – Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
4/20 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
4/21 – Columbia Theater, Berlin, Germany

See for more.

-Epica’s new live video for “Unchain Utopia” is online now at . The video was filmed in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this year on the European Enigma Tour. See for more.

-Sammy Hagar and Vic Johnson performed “Right Now” and “I Can’t Drive 55” at halftime of the 49ers/Seahawks game on October 22. Check out the video at .

-Ice War will release a two-track EP entitled BATTLE ZONE on December 18. Hype: “From the ashes of cult favorites Iron Dogs arises Ice War, and Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present the band’s debut EP, BATTLE ZONE. Set to be released on 7″ vinyl, BATTLE ZONE is two tracks of ancient heavy metal classicism. Much like Iron Dogs, Ice War aesthetically exist in that turn-of-the-’80s realm where the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in full stride and the American HM scene was coalescing before speed metal and thrash took over the rest of the decade. The title track is a moody slow-burner while the B-side, ‘This Was Our Home,’ is an up-tempo rocker — enter the Battle Zone with Ice War!” See for more.

-In Vain has released “Dragon Huntress” as the first single from THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER; check it out now at Soundcloud, at . Hype: “Thanks to straight, hymnic sing-along parts, rich and straightforward double bass drums, powerful and sublime vocals, and skilled twin guitars, the Spanish quintet is able to cast a spell over every studded metalhead bursting with leather. The clear, transparent production and outstanding song writing in the manner of Teutonic legends like Running Wild, Grave Digger, and more meets Mediterranean spontaneity, which gave a new spirit to the scene in the last few years!” See for more.

-Jameson Raid, a NWoBHM band that’s been around since 1975, signed a global deal with Pure Steel Promotion to re-release UNINVITED GUESTS, the band’s indie release from this past July 1. Jameson Raid’s lineup features singer Terry Dark, guitarist Dave Rothan, bassist Peter Green, and drummer Lars Wickett. See and for more.

-Check out Ultimate Classic Rock’s new piece on Journey, which details drummer Deen Castronovo’s exit from the band and legal situation, at .

-A lyric video for Khymera’s “A Night To Remember,” from THE GRAND DESIGN, is online now at .

-Online reports indicate a Kiss movie, TV series, and video game are in the works. There aren’t many details, but the movie may be a biopic on the band, the Warner Bros. TV series may be animated (possibly based on the “Kissteria” world featured in this year’s Scooby-Doo movie, “Rock And Roll Mystery”), and the video game will be done by Activision. Check out an article at .

-Legion’s final album, SOLACE, hit #1 at the NEH store’s chart for October 1 in North America. With singer Phil Vincent now gone, the remaining band members, led by guitarist Vince O’Regan, will begin an “all-new project” whose album is due out on Z Records in 2016. See for more.

-More on the upcoming new Metal Church album — check out part 1 of the album’s EPK, entitled “The Return Of Mike Howe” and featuring Howe, Kurdt Vanderhoof, and Rick Van Zandt, online now at . See for more.

-There’s a new interview with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett online now at .

-The Out & Loud festival is slated for July 8-10, 2016 in Geiselwind, Germany. The lineup so far includes Within Temptation, Kreator, Powerwolf, Kataklysm, Behemoth, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani, Dark Tranquillity, Annihilator, Finntroll, Delain, Eisregen, Secrets Of The Moon, Brainstorm, Kissin’ Dynamite, Suicidal Angels, Black Messiah, Winterstorm, and Stallion, with more to come. The festival will also feature signing sessions, after-show parties, a newcomer stage, etc. See for more.

-Loudwire is running a contest where you can win Mike Portnoy’s Hello Kitty drum set. Check out for various clips explaining the backstory on this one — it’s good. Go to for info on the contest.

-There’s a new interview with Queensryche singer Todd La Torre at . The band recently announced a North American headlining tour for 2016:

1/7 – Rockbar, San Jose, CA
1/8 – House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
1/9 – Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas, NV
1/10 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
1/12 – Marquee Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
1/14 – Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
1/15 – Trees, Dallas, TX
1/16 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
1/17 – Brewster Street Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX
1/21 – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1/22 – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
1/23 – The Palladium, Boston, MA
1/24 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
1/25 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
1/27 – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
1/28 – Limelight, Peoria, IL
1/29 – St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
1/30 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
1/31 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
2/2 – Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO
2/3 – Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
2/4 – In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
2/5 – Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

See and for more.

-Big Music Geek has an interview with Rikki Rockett (Poison, Devil City Angels), where the drummer touches on the new project The Special Guests that features him, his Poison mates C.C. DeVille and Bobby Dall, and Devil City Angels singer/guitarist Brandon Gibbs. Read it at .

-There’s a “Confessions” interview piece on Saxon’s Biff Byford at . has a cool new interview with Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker online now at .

-Spheric Universe Experience announced original drummer Ranko Muller is now back with the band. The statement: “WELCOME BACK, RANKO. Dear fans, SUE’s original drummer Ranko Muller (2004-2008) is back! He will be the one hitting the drums on The Journey Continues Tour 2016 with headliner Threshold. The man behind ANIMA’s insane drumming returns, seven years after, stronger than ever, AND IT JUST ROCKS!”

-The fourth Sunstorm album, featuring singer Joe Lynn Turner and producer/co-writer Alessandro Delvecchio, is being recorded now and will be released by Frontiers next year. For more info, check out .

-Check out preview clips of all songs from The Temperance Movement’s new album, WHITE BEAR, at The band will tour the UK in January to support the album:

1/16 – Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth, UK
1/17 – UEA, Norwich, UK
1/19 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, UK
1/20 – Barrowland, Glasgow, UK
1/21 – O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
1/22 – Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
1/24 – Academy 2, Manchester, UK
1/25 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
1/26 – Y Plas, Cardiff, UK
1/27 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK

-The third single from Thundermother’s album ROAD FEVER is “Rock N’ Roll Sisterhood,” and it’s due out November 6. “This song in particular draws on our personal struggle being females in the industry but also more importantly about the unity of the band and sisters of rock across the globe,” says front woman Clare Cunningham. For more info, see and .

-Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH on November 13. Hype from the band’s website: “The overall concept is based on TSO’s NIGHT CASTLE (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child’s grandfather. On LETTERS FROM THE LABYRINTH TSO deals with subjects as broad as humanity’s journey through the ages (‘Time & Distance’), and as specific as bullying (‘Not The Same’), the fall of the Berlin Wall (‘Prometheus’), and the world banking controversies (‘Not Dead Yet’).” Track listing: “Time & Distance,” “Madness Of Men,” “Prometheus,” “Mountain Labyrinth,” “King Rurik,” “Prince Igor,” “The Night Conceives,” “Forget About The Blame,” “Not Dead Yet,” “Past Tomorrow,” “Stay,” “Not The Same,” “Who I Am,” “Lullaby Night,” “Forget About The Blame” (featuring Lzzy Hale). See for more.

-The Van Halen News Desk has some “fun facts” about the song “Hot For Teacher” and its video, online now at .

Thanks to Mark Alger, John O’Brien, John Erigo, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, Patrick Prince, Mick McDonald, Martin Popoff, Dave Tedder, and Metaltix for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #687: Anthrax, Survivor, Doro

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Issue #687
Week of October 26, 2015

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*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Anthrax Premieres “Evil Twin,” The First New Song From The Band’s Upcoming 2016 Album; Track Is Accompanied By Bold Lyric Video Clip!

“Evil Twin,” the first new song from Anthrax’s long-awaited album set for a first quarter 2016 worldwide release (Megaforce/North America * Nuclear Blast/Europe, UK), has debuted. Also released is the “Evil Twin” lyric video, a compelling barrage of places, victims, actions, and some of the infamous zealots who have perpetrated violent extremism on innocents around the world, aptly exemplifying the song’s powerful message. The video can be viewed here:

“Evil Twin” is now available digitally, and can be purchased here:

Musically, “Evil Twin” is a full-on thrash-metal tune that blasts off with a raging guitar riff, accelerates expeditiously, and is completely uncontrollable.

“Yeah, that opening riff is really evil,” laughed the band’s Charlie Benante. “We had done a lot of touring with Death Angel and Exodus, so I was in a really thrashy state of mind when I starting writing the riffs for that song. I think along with Scott’s lyrics and Frank’s melodies, we came up with a really great, old school thrash metal feel.”

As Anthrax bassist Frank Bello put it, “it’s a song that begs to be played live.”

Lyrically, the track unapologetically denounces the self-righteous religious extremists who spread their bloody terror under the guise of a holy war.

You represent your discontent
Slaughtering the innocent
You’re no martyrs

“I was very affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre as I have been with all of the shootings that have taken place at schools and movie theatres,” said Anthrax lyricist Scott Ian. “I can’t figure out what would cause someone to think that was the right thing to do. ‘I’ll show the world, I’ll make my God happy.’ It’s just such bullsh*t. I’m not bagging on religion, that’s not my intent, but people who go to that extreme, who feel they have become judge, jury, and executioner over their fellow man because you or I don’t believe the same thing they do, I think that’s the ‘Evil Twin’ of humanity. Writing words about that is my only catharsis.”

Beginning in the fall of 2014, Anthrax — Benante (drums), Ian (rhythm guitar), Bello (bass), Joey Belladonna (vocals), and lead guitarist Jon Donais — took their time in the studio recording the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated, critically-acclaimed 2011 album, WORSHIP MUSIC. The band recorded some 20 original songs, almost twice as many as they had ever brought into the studio in the past. In terms of how the new music sounds, Bello said, “The thing about Anthrax… we have this heavy, thrashy music and Joey’s powerful and melodic vocals. I love heavy music, but I also love melody, so the challenge is to blend them together so they sound like Anthrax. I think we’ve done a really good job of that on the new album.”

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-Veteran Rock Band Survivor Hits The Road With Lead Vocalist Cameron Barton

[Note: We heard about this on – Tim]

Legendary rock band Survivor is embarking on their next chapter in 2016 with a new member who has seemingly given new life to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s preeminent bands. With 21-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton assuming lead vocalist duties, the group will take their trademark arena rock sound to their loyal and devoted fan base.

Barton steps into the role of Jimi Jamison, who passed away in September 2014. Survivor is excited to have Cameron bring his powerhouse vocal style to the band’s live shows. “He’s great,” says the band’s Frankie Sullivan. “After hearing him, I was in Nashville within 24 hours. I was in the studio with him about a day later. I stayed with him for about four days, and put him through the ringer. He just kept getting better and kept delivering.” Barton’s commitment to getting the job done is something that impresses his band mate. “He’s a very focused guy. Most musicians aren’t that focused when they are that young. He learned 20 songs in about eight days.”

Sullivan noted that there might be pressure of taking on the role of lead singer in a group with such a historic pedigree, but he says Barton doesn’t seem to be affected by the pressure. “He just wants to do what he does. You get new people in with new ideas, and usually that comes with a different vibe.”

All in all, the band is hoping that 2016 brings more success with their impending tour and planned album, slated for later in the year. “I think it could be a year to remember. He has a great work ethic.”

Survivor released their first album in 1980 on Scotti Brothers. Their first Top-40 on the Hot 100 came the next year with “Poor Man’s Son.” Their big break would come in 1982 when the band was asked by Sylvester Stallone to provide the theme song for “Rocky III.” That single, “Eye Of The Tiger,” hit # 1 — staying there for seven weeks, winning a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, a People’s Choice Award, and an Academy Award nomination. The song came in at #18 on the “Top 100 Singles” chart in Billboard’s 100th Anniversary issue and it’s well over the 300,000 mark on iTunes, where it’s currently holding strong at #9 on their “Top Soundtrack” chart. The band also struck paydirt as a result of a Stallone movie when “Burning Heart” appeared on the soundtrack of “Rocky IV” in 1985, hitting #2 on the singles chart.

The band’s VITAL SIGNS was another huge success for the band, peaking at #16 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart thanks to the Billboard Top-20 hits “I Can’t Hold Back” (#13), “High On You” (#8), and “The Search Is Over” (#4).

Dates for 2016 will be announced soon. For more information about Survivor, log on to .

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Cage Announces November Live Dates For US East Coast

San Diego-based metallists Cage are set to return on October 30th (pre order here: ), with the release of their latest metallic tour de force, ANCIENT EVIL (via SMG Records), and a little more than a week later, the band will be hitting the northeast of the US.

Comprised of Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (vocals), Dave “Conan” Garcia (guitars), Casey “The Sentinel” Trask (guitars), Alex Pickard (bass guitar), and Sean “The Thrash Machine” Elg (drums), Cage’s November tour kicks off on the 11th in Williamsburg, NY, and will wrap up on 19th in Patchogue, NY.

“Finally we are getting back to the east coast,” explains Peck. “It has been long overdue. I can’t wait to unleash the new material with this new lineup which I feel is by far our strongest yet! Power metal freaks mark the date!! It will be great to see all of our friends and fans again out there. The last tour we had on the east coast was mayhem! I expect it to be even crazier this time! We have prepared an extended set infused with speed and screams from beyond the realm of human comprehension!! Metal!!!”

For a taster of ANCIENT EVIL, check out the lyric video for the killer composition, “The Procedure,” which can be viewed here:

Based on a horror novel written by lead singer Sean Peck, ANCIENT EVIL continues the legacy of Cage as a heavy metal innovator. This nearly 80-minute monstrosity has 19 tracks that combine songs and narrated interludes to forge a unique musical journey that rocks!

Tour Dates:
11/11/15 – Williamsburg NY – Duff’s Brooklyn ***
11/12/15 – Clifton NJ – Dingbatz
11/13/15 – Allentown PA – Jabber Jaws
11/14/15 – Elmhurst NY – Blackthorn
11/15/15 – New Castle DE – JB McGinnes Pub
11/16/15 – New York NY – Three Of Cups ***
11/17/15 – Lidenhurst NY – Lindenhurst Village Pub ***
11/18/15 – Providence RI – Firehouse 13
11/19/15 – Patchogue NY – 89 North Music Venue

*** Meet & Greet only – no band performance.

ANCIENT EVIL track listing:
1) There Were Others
2) Ancient Evil
3) Behind The Walls Of Newgate
4) The Procedure
5) The Appetite
6) Cassandra
7) Blinded By Rage
8) Tell Me Everything
9) The Expedition
10) Beholder
11) I Have Awakened
12) Across The Sea Of Madness
13) To Save Love
14) Christ Protect Me
15) Sinister Six
16) Symphony Of Sin
17) The Antidote
18) Tomorrow Never Came
19) It Can’t Be


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Doro Launches Kickstarter Campaign For “Love’s Gone To Hell” Video Shoot

German metal queen Doro Pesch has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help realize a high quality video production for the band’s brand new single “Love’s Gone To Hell.” Check it out, here:

“Dear friends, fans & supporters,

“While creating new music for our next release, we hit on something that immediately had a very, very special vibe to it and sparked our imagination plus an amazing story. The title of this special song is ‘Love’s Gone To Hell.’ We believe that this song carries a tremendous magic and that it immediately draws you in and gives you chills… It is our dream to bring this wonderful song to life in the form of a beautiful, fantastic music video, and it is our goal to create this high quality vision together with you! For your support and contributions, there are many special and one-of-a-kind rewards to be had. A unique payback in the form of small to very large rewards can be expected in return for your pledge and support. We would be so happy to do this project together with you and realize an amazing high class, high quality music video for this magical, very special song: ‘Love’s Gone To Hell.’

“Thank you so much for all your support and belief for all these years. Keep on rocking everybody!

“Let’s rule the ruins! FĂŒr immer With love and gratitude,

“The DORO band”

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody Announces The Special Guests Of The “Prometheus Cinematic Tour”

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody are proud to announce the great bands which will share the stage with them in Europe on the upcoming Prometheus Cinematic Tour. The special guests:

IRON MASK (from Jan 15 to Jan 30)
TEMPERANCE (from Jan 31 to Feb 19)
ASYLUM PYRE (from Jan 15 to Jan 30)
QANTICE (from Jan 31 to Feb 16)
ANCIENT BARDS (in Italy from Feb 17 to Feb 19)

Dominique Leurquin, the guitar player of Rhapsody, affirms: “It is really amazing to be on tour with such great bands and musicians. Different styles of music for all tastes, different attitudes, but the same glorious approach to art based on heart and soul!”

Patrice Guers, the bass player, adds: “Such a tour will represent a real emotional adventure: an amazing set list, video projection, special guests, surprises… We are all waiting for you. Stay Cinematic!”

The “Prometheus Cinematic Tour”:

Date – City – Country
2016-01-15 – Annecy (Le Brise Glace) – FR
2016-01-16 – Mannheim (Alte Seilerei) – DE
2016-01-17 – Tilburg (013) – NL
2016-01-18 – Bochum (Matrix) – DE
2016-01-20 – Hamburg (Logo) – DE
2016-01-21 – Berlin (Columbia Theater) – DE
2016-01-22 – Prague (Nova Chmelnice) – CZ
2016-01-23 – Wroclaw (Alibi) – PL
2016-01-24 – Warsaw (Proxima) – PL
2016-01-26 – Kosice (Collosseum) – SK
2016-01-27 – Budapest (Club 202) – HU
2016-01-29 – Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) – SK
2016-01-30 – Wien (Szene) – AT
2016-01-31 – Augsburg (Spectrum) – DE
2016-02-01 – Aschaffenburg (Colossaal) – DE
2016-02-03 – MĂŒnchen (Backstage) – DE
2016-02-04 – Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) – DE
2016-02-05 – Lyss (Kufa) – CH
2016-02-06 – Paris (Divan Du Monde) – FR
2016-02-08 – Glasgow (Divan Du Monde) – GB
2016-02-09 – London (02 Academy Islington) – GB
2016-02-10 – Vosselaar (Biebob) – BE
2016-02-12 – Madrid (Caracol) – ES
2016-02-13 – Barcelona (Salamandra 1) – ES
2016-02-16 – Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) – FR
2016-02-17 – Bologna (Estragon) – IT
2016-02-18 – Rome (Orion) – IT
2016-02-19 – Milan (Live Club) – IT

Tickets for the German Shows are available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder:

Order your copy of Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody’s new outstanding record here:

Luca Turilli (Guitars, Keyboards)
Dominique Leurquin (Guitars)
Patrice Guers (Bass)
Alex Landenburg (Drums)
Alessandro Conti (Vocals)

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-The All-Star Concert Event Of The Year!

Hailed by critics and fans alike as the “Guitar Event Of The Year,” the multi-artist celebration known as the Experience Hendrix Tour is set to return in 2016. These special concert performances present legendary artists who join together to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. This next edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour will encompass 27 performances this coming February and March, stopping in more than two dozen cities along the east coast, midwest, and southern states. Now in its second decade, the tour celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix by bringing together a diverse array of extraordinary musicians, ranging from blues legend Buddy Guy to Black Label Society and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, as well as Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Dweezil Zappa, and many others. Billy Cox, bassist for both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band Of Gypsys, anchors a rhythm section that provides the foundation for exciting renditions of such signature Hendrix favorites as “Purple Haze” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

Slated for a run of 27 shows commencing February 24, 2016 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the 10th instalment of the Experience Hendrix Tour will run through March 25, 2016 with a finale at the Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH.

Be sure to check back regularly for updated performance rosters, ticketing information, and special announcements about additional dates.

2/24 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
2/25 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
2/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
2/28 – Charleston, SC @ Gaillard Center
2/29 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn
3/2 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
3/3 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
3/4 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
3/5 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
3/6 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater
3/8 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
3/9 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
3/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
3/11 – Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theater
3/12 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
3/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
3/15 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Casino
3/16 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
3/17 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theater
3/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theater
3/19 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino
3/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid Hudson Civic Center
3/22 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theater
3/23 – Worcester, MA @ Hanover Theatre
3/24 – New Bedford, MA @ Zeiterion
3/25 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino

*** PRESS RELEASE #7 ***
-Reverence Releases “Until My Dying Breath” Music Video

US power metal act Reverence, featuring Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland, and ex-Savatage drummer Steve “Doc” Wacholz, have released a new video for the song “Until My Dying Breath Video” from the upcoming sophomore full-length album GODS OF WAR, set for release via Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The video can be seen at .

The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (Primal Fear, Sabaton, Hysteria). The track listing can be read below.

GODS OF WAR track listing:
1. Gods Of War
2. Heart Of Gold
3. Until My Dying Breath
4. Angel In Black
5. Tear Down The Mountain
6. Blood Of Heroes
7. Battle Cry
8. Choices Made
9. Splinter
10. Cleansed By Fire
11. Race To Obscene

Bryan Holland says: “It’s been three long years since you have had any new music from the power metal band Reverence. That’s a hell of a long time to go without some OLD SCHOOL METAL. So, with that being said, we are proud to give you this new video of what you can expect from Reverence’s second release GODS OF WAR.”

The impending power metal assault is coming your way, take cover!

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-RAM: SVBVERSVM Full-Length From Swedish Heavy Metal Loyalists Streaming In Full At Noisey; Record To See Worldwide Release This Friday Via Metal Blade

“Dig Portrait? Love Natur? Stoked for Judas Priest’s next tour? Do yourself a favor and stream SVBVERSVM in all its well-sharpened glory.” – Noisey

Swedish heavy metal defenders (of the faith), RAM, will drop the molten fruits of their SVBVERSVM full-length upon the masses this Friday via Metal Blade Records. Brimming with fist-pumping hymns of death, post-apocalyptic dominance, and total devastation through iron, RAM’s fourth studio offering was self-produced at Black Path Studios, mixed at Welfare Sounds by Olle Björk, Per StĂ€lberg, and RAM, and mastered by Daniel Johansson.

In an advance 8/10 review of the record, Dead Rhetoric gushes, “Rare is the day where one hears an opening mid-tempo riff and marching sequence for ‘Holy Death’ that captivates in the same way as the iconic ‘Balls To The Wall’ did for Accept listeners in 1984, but RAM succeed in embedding another series of hooks and riffs through this arrangement stage ready for simultaneous axe swings or hip flexing. Other dark chord combinations summon early makings of Savatage and Sanctuary, such as opener ‘Return Of The Iron Tyrant’ and the slow churning triplet action meets brooding clean transitions for ‘Temples Of Void.'” The esteemed blog farther elaborates, “After DEATH’s more ’70s Rainbow/Judas Priest slant, RAM come forward into US metal influences from the ’80s while still maintaining that finesse and melodic sensibility that is necessary for long term retention.” Of second single, “The Usurper,” Heavy Blog Is Heavy notes, “RAM are keeping the dream alive for those clamoring for a modern take on the powerful ’80s metal scene that propelled legends Judas Priest, Dio, and Iron Maiden into the spotlight.” Adds Battle Helm, “From Oscar Carlquist’s screaming crescendo vocals to the heavy, raw, twin-guitar attack of Harry Granroth and Martin Jonsson, RAM are well poised to bring about their reign of heavy metal tyranny! On this fourth album there is a definite step up in the composing, with some truly heavy and dark material giving a mystical and occult atmosphere to the 10 majestic tracks herein, especially with that aforementioned crushing guitar sound made all the more prominent by the big but natural production.”

As a special precursor to its release this week, today Noisey hurls forth SVBVERSVM in its anthemic entirety noting: “Each track on the nearly hour-long album is a master class in traditional heavy metal (dosed with just a snort of vintage speed) that promises to bang the head that does not bang, from ‘The Usurper’ (which liberates that combination of words from their Celtic Frost-forged chains to deliver a fist-pumping revenge anthem) to the sky-scraping falsetto vocals and wailing NWOBHM licks on the title track.”

Bang your heads in unison to the sounds of SVBVERSVM courtesy of Noisey at .

SVBVERSVM will be unleashed on October 30th via Metal Blade Records worldwide. In Europe, the record will come available as a limited CD/DVD digi-pak, as well as on CD and vinyl. Pre-order your copy today at .

Track listing:
1. Return Of The Iron Tyrant
2. Eyes Of The Night
3. The Usurper
4. Enslaver
5. Holy Death
6. Terminus
7. The Omega Device
8. Forbidden Zone
9. Temples Of Void
10. Svbversvm

The limited first edition of SVBVERSVM will be released as a digi-pak with a bonus DVD. The bonus DVD is entitled X ANNIVERSARY, A DECADE OF HEAVY METAL TYRANNY CONCERT and was filmed on Friday, 13th of September 2013 at a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Track listing:
1. Sudden Impact
2. Judgement and Punishment
3. Blessed to be Cursed
4. Under The Scythe
5. Defiant
6. Awakening the Chimaera
7. Machine Invaders
8. Ghost Pilot
9. Death
10. Forced Entry
11. Flame Of The Tyrants
12. Infuriator

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-Old Boy Returns To Z Records

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce the return of one of Z Records’ old boys: PJ Zitarosa. PJ is of course known to everyone as lead guitarist in Vaughn and Tyketto. PJ played and toured with Vaughn whist they were with Z Records for the SOLDIERS & SAILORS, FEARLESS, and FOREVER LIVE releases. His all-new band Two Hundred Feet, whom also feature Chandler Mogel on vocals and Fede Delfino on bass, will release their debut through Z Spring/ Summer 2016.

PJ made the follow statement about returning to his former label…

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to team back up with Mark Alger and the Z Records family!!! Mark and I met while I was playing guitar for Danny Vaughn on his solo project titled Vaughn. Here we are 14 years later and Z Records has just signed my new project Two Hundred Feet!!! I am overwhelmed with excitement and I can’t wait to get back to the UK and tour!!!!! It’s been too long!!!!! I’m back in the studio now, and will have a full-length record release on Z Records for 2016!!! See you all soon!”

Los Angeles-based guitarist / song writer PJ Zitarosa started his music career in the clubs of Asbury Park, New Jersey. PJ never stopped pursuing his dreams and through his passion and persistence he now has numerous recordings under his belt and has toured the world with such artists as Tyketto, Danny Vaughn, Brother Love, Jon Jones, New Power Soul, Bobby Lynch, Garden State Radio. While touring with these bands PJ has shared the stage with ZZ Top, Motorhead, AC/DC, Don Felder, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, and others.

Z Records

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-Love N War’s UP THE ANNIE

[Note: I don’t think this means the album is necessarily being reissued for sale, but you may start hearing about it so here’s the background. – Tim]

Love N War, one of Houston, Texas’ leading high-energy melodic hard rock / metal bands currently on the scene are independently re-releasing their (2012) long sought after debut CD UP THE ANNIE to the worldwide specialized rock / metal media and radio outlets for review and airplay for the very first time ever.

Track Listing:

1. Love N War
2. Save Me
3. Revolution
4. 6 Feet
5. 710 Groove
6. Dead Man Walkin’
7. Hungry
8. Freakshow
9. Meltdown
10. Haunting

Love N War band lineup:

John Adams – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Vandenberghe – Lead Vocals
Donnie Bragg – Drums
Ray Soliz – Bass Guitar


Love N War was initially formed in early 2000 when guitarist / song writer John Adams and vocalist / composer Jeff Vandenberghe met to do a reunion of their former band. The duo has been writing music, performing, and touring together since 1982 and after rehearsals and fueled by an interest to write new songs together again, they decided to join up in a brand new musical outfit.

Guitarist John Adams says, “Me and Jeff have always clicked when writing together, so immediately we knew that the time was right to form a band and play once again.”

The duo was later joined by drummer Donnie Bragg, who’s hard-hitting “Bonham” style playing provided the required groove that helped define the band’s massive chest-pounding drum sound. With the final addition of bassist Ray Soliz in 2010, the band’s signature locked and loaded bottom end was established and the backbone of the band complete.

Love N War’s goal is very simple: Deliver melodic hard rock to the legions of fans hungry for this style of music. The band has been working hard on the local live circuit and creating a major buzz in the Houston, Texas area since releasing their debut CD UP THE ANNIE in 2012.

Love N War has repeatedly been the go-to opening band for numerous national acts passing through the Houston area and are now hard set on recording their follow-up second CD during 2016.

“What it comes down to it for us,” says guitarist John Adams, “[is] we love what we are doing because it comes from the heart, while we showcase our style and creativity together through music as we look forward to sharing it with our loyal fans.”

Love N War is highly recommended for fans of Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Skid Row, and Whitesnake.

Love N War – “Hungry” and “710 Groove” live in concert:

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:

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-November 20th Releases From Napalm Records: Honeymoon Disease, Phantasma, & Manegarm

November 20th sees a trio of amazing releases from Napalm Records, including the debut albums from Honeymoon Disease and Phantasma as well as another killer release from Manegarm.

Honeymoon Disease
Napalm Records
20 November 2015

Track List:
1. Higher
2. Stargazer
3. Imperial Mind
4. Gotta Move
5. You’re Too Late
6. Breakup
7. Bellevue Groove
8. Fast Love
9. Rock N Roll Shock
10. Brand New Ending
11. Keep Me Spinning

Honeymoon Disease’s single “Fast Love” (2014) was quite possibly the surprise of the year: The Quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden didn’t just release an acceptable debut single, but delivered a heavy-speed-rocking masterpiece which could easily hold a candle comparable to classic outfits like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, or Rainbow. The “Bellevue Groove” single B-side also pays tribute to The Damned with a fantastic cover of “Neat, Neat, Neat.”

With such a heavy-hitting debut single, the weighted question remains as to whether the band can deliver the same quality on a full-length debut. THE TRANSCENDENCE delivers, answering this question with an album full of future classics steeped in timeless charm, blessed with massive grooves, spirited with cocky howls, and seasoned with classic style riffs. Honeymoon Disease are proof that the Modern Retro Rock movement is not a male-dominated genre; with two women, Jenna and Acid, jointly responsible for their unique sound, Honeymoon Disease are making their mark with testosterone-fueled rhythm on anthems like “Gotta Move!” So follow, or get out of their way!

Release Date:
Nov. 13, 2015 – Sweden
Nov. 20, 2015 – Rest Of World

Tour Dates:
18.11.15 DK – Lyngby / Templet
19.11.15 DE – Hamburg / Klubsen
20.11.15 DE – Essen / Turock
21.11.15 NL – Eindhoven / Speedfest
22.11.15 UK – London / Underworld
23.11.15 DE – Frankfurt / Das Bett
24.11.15 CH – Pratteln / Z-7
25.11.15 DE – Munich / Backstage
26.11.15 DE – Leipzig / Moritzbastei
27.11.15 AT – Wien / Szene
28.11.15 AT – Innsbruck / Weekender
29.11.15 DE – Berlin / Bi-nuu

Napalm Records
20 November 2015

Track List:
1. Incomplete
2. The Deviant Hearts
3. Runaway Gray
4. Try
5. Enter Dreamscape
6. Miserable Me
7. The Lotus And The Willow
8. Crimson Course
9. Carry Me Home
10. The Sound Of Fear
11. Novaturient
12. Let It Die

Allow yourself to be transported to another world by Phantasma — a project sprung from the collective energy of Georg Neuhauser (Serenity), Oliver Philipps (Everon), and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). The release features memorable songs and intense arrangements centered around the included novella “The Deviant Hearts.”

Phantasma was born from the longstanding ambition to create a story-driven concept record of Georg Neuhauser, vocal force behind Tyrolean Symphonic Metal outfit Serenity. He found his partner in crime with multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and vocalist Oliver Philipps (Everon) who gladly embarked on this new mission that allowed him to reconnect with being a musician in the first place, as a welcome change from working for other bands, which he has done extensively over the years, providing the rich sound connoisseurs of the genre have come to expect from him. As Oliver worked with Delain since their debuting record, a request at Charlotte Wessels’ address was made to complete the dynamic trio of Phantasma. To introduce Charlotte Wessels to any connoisseur of Symphonic metal would be like carrying coals to Newcastle — she is, after all, since 2005 the vocal figurehead of Dutch grandees Delain. It is therefore not only surprising, but also gratifying that Charlotte now even found some leisure time, to lend not only her voice to Phantasma but also her debut novella “The Deviant Hearts” — which was written especially for the project.

With Phantasma she can let her beautiful and variable voice run free like the wind — sometimes tender like on “Runaway Grey,” plaintive on “Let It Die,” and the duet “The Lotus And The Willow” — makes Charlotte’s passion for Nick Cave abundantly clear, matching even the intensity of “Where The Wild Roses Grow.” Meanwhile Georg’s dedication for classic rock acts like Queen and Meat Loaf shine through in tracks like “Crimson Course” and “Novaturient.” Giving a face to other characters in the story are noted guest vocalists, such as Tom Englund, who performs on title track “The Deviant Hearts,” Cloe Lowery on the heart-wrenching ballad “Try” alongside Dennis Schunke, who can be heard also on the comforting “Carry Me Home.”

Album Guests:
Tom S. Englund – Vocals (Band: Evergrey)
Dennis Schunke – Vocals (Band: Van Canto)
Chloe Lowery – Vocals (Band: Trans-Siberian Orchestra/ Chameleon)
Jason Gianni – Drums (Band: Daredevil Squadron/ Neal Morse Band/ Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Randy George – Bass (Band: Neal Morse Band /Ajalon)
Tom Buchberger – Guitar (Band: ex-Serenity)

Cover art by Marco Mazzoni
Photos by Fabio Interra

Release Date:
Nov. 20, 2015

Tour Dates:

Napalm Records
20 November 2015

Track List:
1. Blodörn
2. Tagen av Daga
3. Odin Owns ye All
4. Blot
5. Vigverk – del II
6. Call of the Runes
7. Kraft
8. BÀrsÀrkarna frÄn Svitjod
9. Nattramn
10. Allfader

Their fans have long known that the 20-year music business veteran vikings of MÄnegarm are not afraid of developing their melodic pagan sound further. With their latest, self-titled album the band keeps true to course: MÄnegarm remains expressive and varied from the first note to the last. Once again the band around singer Erik Grawsiö shows just how much wicked fun powerful music can be. From Swedish folk ballads reminiscent of camp fires to wild and forceful black metal interludes, everything the metal sounds of the north are known for is represented. Those looking for the soundtrack to life as a seafaring warrior will get just the thing. And anyone remaining to be convinced will finally receive certainty: Odin owns ye all!

Release Date:

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-Mirror: Occult Heavy Metal Alchemists Uniting Members Of Satan’s Wrath And Repulsion Unveil New Single At The Obelisk

From unlikely origins, dark forces have been summoned, in the form of the self-titled debut album by brand new occult heavy metal alchemists, Mirror. A work of rare passion, drama, and intrigue set for release via Metal Blade Records on November 13th, 2015, this collection of cult crypt-kickers and mighty conjurings bears all the hallmarks of an instant classic.

Mirror is the musical brain-child of prime mover, bassist, and diehard metal connoisseur Tas Danazoglou (Satan’s Wrath, ex-Electric Wizard). A chance meeting with respected producer (Ghost, Cathedral, Paradise Lost) and accomplished drummer Jaime Gomez Arellano led to the pair hitting on a shared vision of a classically aligned outfit that drew inspiration from the epic amplified landscapes of lore and legend whilst avoiding the lure of mere tribute, rather reinventing the sound and fury they loved anew. They were soon joined on this quest by Satan’s Wrath axeman Stamos K, and their fate further sealed by the arrival of the mightily operatic tenor of vocalist Jimmy Mavromatis, before the ouroborus was completed with the arrival of Los Angeles-based guitarist Matt Olivo, whose infamy was earned as the guitarist of grindcore pioneers Repulsion.

Yet not only have these five far-flung warriors managed to stay true to the spirit of their original mission, they’ve positively transcended it, delivering a thunderously resonant salvo of metal magnificence with as much savagery and sorcery to offer as pomp or circumstance. Grandiose in approach, richly melodic in delivery, and fiercely passionate in character, MIRROR is a veritable feast for the lover of traditional hard rock and heavy metal. Think the glorious widescreen sweep of Rainbow’s RISING, the mystical atmosphere of Angel Witch’s self-titled debut, and the cinematic sturm-und-drang of early Iron Maiden, yet also prepare to bear witness to a band taking the sparks that flew in the transition from the rock of the ’70s to the metal of the ’80s, and using them to forge a fire of their own creation.

As a precursor to its release, The Obelisk thrusts forth the galloping sounds of sixth track, “Galleon,” now streaming at this location:

And don’t forget to check out first single, the epic “Heavy King,” where you’ll also find pre-order bundles at .

All or any expectations have been shattered all around, as Mirror has reached deep into the metallic mother lode. And such are the portals opened up by their dark serenades. One suspects we’ll be in for rather more agreeable fate than any customary seven years bad luck.

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-Idobi Howl Exclusive Album Premiere: Silent Line’s SHATTERED SHORES

Bonnyville, AB death-infused melodic metallers Silent Line have teamed up with Idobi Howl for the exclusive stream of their new concept album SHATTERED SHORES, released October 23rd to follow up their 2012 LP, BORN OF A DYING STAR.

The band explains the album:

“SHATTERED SHORES is a concept album — our first attempt at one — that depicts a tortured island stuck in time being slowly worn away by an endless ocean. Themes of frost, snow, fire, night, and stars are used to illustrate feelings of hopelessness, fear, and loss. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave. Lots of references to snow and frost are used as we live in Canada, and there is a lonely but beautiful character to the long winter we experience. Another recurring theme is the storm, which brings change and renewal; it is — for lack of a better term — the symbol of hope and of a brighter future.

“Overall, SHATTERED SHORES has a melancholic feel to it. It is definitely darker than our other albums, but we feel that it is much more mature and identifiable with an audience. It’s not meant to be depressing, but it deals with real issues and lots of the time those are not pretty. While it is a darker album, the message is not. Overcoming internal issues and feelings is the prime focus, and to describe how important that is, it is necessary to spend time describing the more pessimistic side of things and what makes it so crippling. The songs are more involving and deeper in meaning and structure than our last release, and we took a step back technically on purpose. Individually, the instruments are not as ‘crazy’ as before, but we had a vision for the songs this time, we could see the end product and knew that to get there we didn’t have to play the most technically demanding things as fast as we could. The songs, while more simple, have far more feeling and emotion than before and we are very proud of what we have produced. We hope that everyone listening to the album can find something they enjoy, something they identify with, and something that makes them want to continue listening.”

To listen to the album stream for SHATTERED SHORES, please visit the following link:

Producing heavy and melodic music with an orchestral flair rooted in death metal SHATTERED SHORES is the band’s first concept album. The title track is split into two parts, and throughout the album several thematic riffs and lyrics are repeated, creating a motif for listeners. The title references being stranded and trapped forever as the shores become more eroded and the reality of isolation sets in. The lyrics revolve around the themes of overcoming hardships, anxiety, and “weathering the storm” in order to persevere. A single person is referred to throughout the album and everything is told from their point of view as they wander, stuck on the island — unsure of how they got there, and unsure if they will ever leave.

Silent Line is composed of Mike Burton leading the charge on guitar and vocals, Randy Bergh writing pummeling guitar riffs, Andy Sidloski crafting driving bass lines, and Adam Kallstrom thundering on drums. The lineup charges audiences with their energy and fills the entire room with its symphonic melodies. Their dedication to their craft is strengthened by their loyal fans, who have supported their development over the years with their two previous albums BORN OF A DYING STAR (2012) and ONE BODY BLADE (2010).

1. Frost Of The Night (5:46)
2. Erosion (3:52)
3. Black And White (3:21)
4. Shattered Shores I: Timeless Night (5:45)
5. Summer Song (5:40)
6. Starfall (4:08)
7. Shattered Shores II: A New Beginning (8:08)
8. Into The Chasm (4:39)
9. The Faceless Shadow (6:24)
10. Embrace The End (5:19)
Album Length: 53:07

Teaser video:

For more info, please visit:

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-SayWeCanFly Takes Viewers On An Animated Journey Through The Socio-Political World Via “High School”

TORONTO — Singer/song writer act SayWeCanFly tackles the many harsh realities of the state of the human race all within less than four minutes in the new animated video for “High School,” the first single from DARLING, SayWeCanFly’s debut EP for Epitaph, available now.

“The song is really about how I feel the world has lost its mind, and humans have completely lost touch with each other,” said SayWeCanFly’s Braden Barrie. “People treat each other poorly in high school and it continues on a much larger scale in war, politics, and racism. I really wanted to capture the feeling of being alone in a foreign place that makes no sense to the character because he feels hurt by the way things are around him. He just wants to feel loved and he wants others to be happy, and doesn’t see a reason for the chaos and pain.”

Using simple images, the video makes a huge visual impact. “From the very start of the video’s production, I really wanted to combine the strong message behind Braden’s lyrics with the theme of its title, ‘High School,'” said director John Howe. “Braden describes how the world is full of atrocities, and that it is important to bring awareness to these happenings.”

The video follows a character as he embarks on his first day as an outsider in a new school. The high school represents a miniature society featuring individual students depicting the world’s problems. The character acts as a passenger, allowing the audience to follow his day and witness the contrast between him and the rest of the students. In the end, the sun slowly gravitates towards the Earth before swallowing it whole.

“The ending was very clear to me, thanks to the fact that Braden’s lyrics are packed with imagery,” Howe said. “The sun has been seen as a sentient being since the dawn of humanity’s reign. So what would be more fitting end to have the very thing that gave us life take it all away?”

Howe is the director of numerous animated videos and countless lyric videos. The UK-based director previously focused on corporate work before stepping over to music. “It made me realize how much creative freedom the music business has to offer,” he said. “It really makes every project a joy to work on, especially when the artist has a strong core message within the song. What I particularly like about ‘High School’ is that it’s daring to speak up about very real issues in our society today. Thanks to the rise of Internet culture, I believe that musicians have more of a podium to share their voice than ever before without the fear of being censored.”

“I know we all have a hard time addressing the darkness we know exists in our world,” Barrie said, “but I had to do my best to put those issues in front of everyone in a way I think we can all understand.”

“High School” premiered last week exclusively on MTVu. The video is now available to view on YouTube.

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-Reminder: November 1st Deadline For 2016 Armstrong Metal Fest

Band Submissions Now Open! Online Store Now Open!

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Armstrong Metal Fest is still taking band submissions until November 1st for this year’s 8th annual 2016 edition taking place on July 15th and 16th in Armstrong, BC at the Hassen Arena to showcase over 30 Western Canadian and international bands.

Previous years of the festival have seen lineups with Cattle Decapitation, Suffocation, Ancients, Bison BC, Striker, Crimson Shadows, Holy Grail, Archspire, Cryptopsy, Unleash The Archers, Divinity, Into Eternity, Ninjaspy, Vesperia, XUL, Odinfist, Death Toll Rising, Gomorrah, among many others.

Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong Metal Fest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but 11 local metal bands such as Terrifier, Xul, and Odinfist to name a few, has grown into a a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene. 2016 will be the eighth year of the festival and is planned to be the largest year for music and attendance yet. This year’s team of organizers known as the West Metal Entertainment Society is the most dedicated to date and are excited to present an incredible line up along with some changes to come for AMF 2016.

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-Amberian Dawn’s INNUENDO, the follow-up to 2014’s MAGIC FOREST, is out now on Napalm Records. The “female-fronted Finnish Symphonic sextet” is also on the road in Europe, supporting Delain with The Gentle Storm:

10/27 – Kopfmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
10/28 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
10/29 – Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
10/30 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/31 – Juz Live Club, Andernach, Germany
11/2 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
11/3 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
11/4 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
11/5 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
11/6 – Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
11/7 – Club Progresia, Warsaw, Poland
11/8 – K17, Berlin, Germany

See and for more.

-Anvil launched a crowd-funding campaign to help with its next album. Background: “We’re underway in recording a new album and want to invite you to be a part of it as it comes to life! After years of having record labels being in between the band and our fans, we’re finally at a point in our history to directly connect. We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next Anvil album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a crowd-funding approach and we are fully confident in our fans to really pitch in and help. Considering that almost anyone aware of Anvil knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honored to help and prove us right in our belief in you… and we promise another top-notch Anvil recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future…” Check it out at . Rewards include drum lessons from Robb Reiner, guitar lessons from Lips, attending a band rehearsal, a private viewing of Reiner’s art collection’, and a vibrator used live on stage by Lips.

-Avatarium’s — “Swedish doom metallers” — second album, THE GIRL WITH THE RAVEN MASK, is out now on Nuclear Blast. From the label: “The strong quality of the album has gained critical acclaim from the press globally and rated #1 album of the month by both Germany’s Metal Hammer and Rock Hard.” The band’s lineup consists of singer Jennie-Ann Smith, guitarist Marcus Jidell, bassist Leif Edling, keyboardist Carl Westholm, and drummer Lasse Sköld. Check out the lyric video for “Hypnotized” at , and see for more.

-Axes & Anchors is the “first-ever guitar-dominated cruise,” set for February 20-24, 2016, sailing from Miami, Florida, to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas. There will be concerts, workshops, and more with Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Zakk Wylde, Alex Skolnick, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, Chris Broderick, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Gilby Clarke, Pamela Moore, Metal Mike Chlasciak, and more, plus bands like Act Of Defiance, Flyleaf, Demon Hunter, and others. Check out a promo video at , and see for more.

-The new Blood Red Saints song, “Kickin’ Up Dust,” is online at . See and for more.

-Cats In Space’s new video, “Last Man Standing,” is now online at . The track comes from TOO MANY GODS, which is due out October 30 on Harmony Factory/Cargo Records. It will be available in limited 12″ deluxe gatefold vinyl, replica LP Compact Disc, and digital download formats. See and for more.

-Children Of Bodom’s I WORSHIP CHAOS (Nuclear Blast) debuted at #32 on the World Sales Charts, and hit the following chart positions in various countries: Finland #1, Sweden #11 (Rock/Metal), Germany #20, Canada #23, Switzerland #26, Hungary #31, Austria #36, France #55, Belgium #76, UK #102 (#21 Rock charts), and Holland #104. See for more.

-Doro’s upcoming tour dates:

11/20 – Waterfront, Norwich, UK
11/21 – Tivoli, Buckley, UK
11/22 – Garage, London, UK
11/27 – Kreuz, Fulda, Germany
11/28 – Brann Winterfest, Leipzig, Germany
11/29 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
12/01 – Große Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
12/02 – Capitol, Hannvoer, Germany
12/04 – X, Herford, Germany
12/05 – Steinhof, Duisburg, Germany
12/06 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
12/10 – Trix, Antwerpen, Belgium
12/11 – Stadthalle, Saarburg, Germany
12/12 – SchĂŒtzenhalle, LĂŒdenscheid, Germany
12/13 – LKA/Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
12/15 – Szene, Wien, Austria
12/16 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
12/18 – Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic
12/19 – Löwensaal, NĂŒrnberg, Germany

See for more.

-There’s a new live version of Eden’s Curse’s “Evil & Divine,” from the band’s 2014 Glasgow show, online at . See for more.

-“Loss,” the second video from Everthrone’s THE DAWNING (out December 11 on Divebomb Records), is online at . The new song/video “reveals a more introspective and mellow side to the group.” The previous video, “Consciousness,” is online at and “Under A Burning Sky” is streaming at . The band — billed as “for fans of Nightwish, Amorphis, Kamelot, and Pyramaze” — will perform THE DAWNING in its entirety at a release party/show slated for November 27 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. See for more.

-Updated list of dates for Exumer’s “Road Rage 2016” European tour, with Exarsis and Coma 7:

1/28 – Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
1/29 – Centro Civicio Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
1/30 – El Tren, Granada, Spain
1/31 – Lemon, Madrid, Spain
2/4 – Club Gebr. De Nabel, Leiden, The Netherlands
2/5 – Club Bogaloo, Pfarrkirchen, Germany
2/6 – Schlachthaus, Dornbirn, Austria
2/7 – Blue Rose Saloon, Mailand, Italy
2/8 – Traffic Live Club, Rome, Italy
2/10 – Comet, Berlin, Germany
2/11 – Progresja, Warschau, Poland
2/12 – LDK, Lodz, Poland
2/13 – Sumpfblume, Hameln, Germany
2/14 – LĂŒkaz, LĂŒnen, Germany

See and for more.

-Find Me, featuring Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Mind’s Eye), will release DARK ANGEL on December 4 through Frontiers. Check out the lyric video for “Nowhere To Hide” (featuring Blanc Faces’ Robbie LaBlanc) at . The track is included as an instant download with digital pre-orders placed at .

-Frontiers has a new US webstore online now at . Hype: “We have a bunch of our 2015 releases on sale for just $10.98 each including the newest albums from Stryper, Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Toto, Operation: Mindcrime, Yes, Lynch Mob, Blackmore’s Night, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, and MORE! You can also pre-order upcoming releases from Billy Sherwood, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall, Vanden Plas, and MORE for just $10.98 each too! And yes, we’ll be adding more catalog and pre-orders for 2016 releases in the coming weeks!”

-Grave Digger’s EXHUMATION – THE EARLY YEARS is out now on Napalm Records. The new compilation of re-recordings “presents a new take on the band’s classic recordings in a wistful look back to the eighties.” Track list: “Headbanging Man,” “Fire In Your Eyes,” “Witch Hunter,” “Shoot Her Down,” “Stand Up And Rock,” “Heavy Metal Breakdown,” “Enola Gay – Drop The Bomb,” “Get Away,” “We Wanna Rock You,” “Playing Fools,” “Here I Stand,” “Tyrant,” “Paradise.” The limited-edition version includes two all-new songs as bonus tracks: “My Private Morning Hell” and “Young And Dangerous.” The band is currently touring North America in support of Blind Guardian:

10/27 – Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
10/29 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
10/30 – Corona, Montreal, QC
10/31 – Palladium, Worcester, MA
11/1 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
11/3 – Webster Hall, New York, NY
11/4 – Carnegie Music Hall, Munhall, PA
11/6 – The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
11/7 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH
11/8 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL
11/9 – Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
11/11 – The Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
11/13 – MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
11/14 – Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
11/16 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
11/17 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
11/19 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
11/20 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA
11/21 – National Grove Of Anaheim, Anaheim City, CA
11/22 – The Marquee, Tempe, AZ
11/24 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
11/25 – Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
11/27 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
11/28 – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL

The band will then celebrate 35 years of Grave Digger with “Birthday Bash Shows” in Germany:

12/26 – Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau, Germany
12/27 – Backstage, MĂŒnchen, Germany
12/28 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
12/29 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany
12/31 – MS Franconia – Aqua Ruction, NĂŒrnberg, Germany

See and for more.

-Check out a recent interview with Grim Reaper’s Steve Grimmett and Nick Bowcott at .

-A.V. Undercover, from The Onion’s A.V. Club, has a video of GWAR covering Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop.” Check it out now at .

-Just in time for Halloween — about Heavy Metal’s list of “9 Heavy Metal Horror Movies” is online at .

-Iron Mask announced Arturo Almeida as the new singer. The band will tour Europe with Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody in January (see tour dates elsewhere in this issue), and AFM Records will reissue SHADOW OF THE RED BARON (with bonus tracks) about the same time. A new album is also slated for a 2016 release.

-Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill’s recent interview with Eddie Trunk is online at .

-Another new song from Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall has surfaced; check out “Out Of The Dark” (featuring Poodles singer Jakob Samuel) online at . The album KINGDOM OF ROCK is due out November 6 on Frontiers. See for more.

-Check out “10 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Kiss” at .

-There’s a brief Madame Mayhem interview, a “5 Questions With…” piece, online at .

-Metallica’s September 19 show from Rock In Rio is now available on CD and MP3 from Set list: “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Battery,” “King Nothing,” “Ride The Lightning,” Kirk solo #1, “The Unforgiven,” “Cyanide,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Turn The Page,” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” See for more.

-Night Viper’s new song “The Hammer,” from the band’s self-titled debut due out December 4th on Svart Records, premiered through Noisey – Music By Vice at . See for more.

-Operation: Mindcrime main man Geoff Tate was on Eddie Trunk’s show recently; check out the audio interview at .

-Ozzy Osbourne guests on the track “Gods,” from Billy Morrison’s (The Cult, Billy Idol) new solo album GOD SHAPED HOLE. Check it out at .

-Playboy’s list of the top 14 “Metal Maidens” is online at .

-Queen was recently awarded the “Q Classic Track” award for “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the 2015 Q Awards. Check out “Absolute Radio’s” interview with drummer Roger Taylor about the song at .

-Red Tide Rising’s new video, “Cold,” premiered through Revolver at . The track comes from last year’s THE RISING (Vanity Music Group), and is described by front man Matthew Whiteman as “the type of person I am. I see a lot of wasted talent out in the world and I try my best to better them. That’s what the song is actually about.” The band is working on a new album for a 2016 release. See , , and for more.

-Guitarist Roman Singleton (Enertia) is working on his second instrumental solo album. Check out the new song, “Heartstrings,” at . Singleton talked about the “very personal” track on Facebook: “These slower songs can be much harder to create than more technical music in my opinion, every note stands out, every note bleeds. The song went thru a few re-writes. I recorded it thru a ’63 Fender Princeton Verb as opposed to my usual arsenal of high gain/modern amps I would use in the studio. The music, the tone, and the emotion were a perfect marriage. I am proud of this song, it meant a lot to me to get it out of my system. I hope you guys enjoy it.”

-Solution .45’s NIGHTMARES IN THE WAKING STATE – PART I is due out November 20 on AFM Records. It will be released in CD, download, and gatefold blue double vinyl versions. Check out the lyric video for the first single, “Perfecting The Void,” at .

-UFO announced North American tour dates for next March:

3/2 – The Tangier, Akron, OH
3/3 – The Token Lounge, Detroit, MI
3/4 – Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL
3/7 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
3/8 – Pop’s, Sauget, IL
3/9 – The Voodoo Lounge, Kansas City, MO
3/11 – Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
3/12 – Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX
3/13 – Concert Pub North, Houston, TX
3/15 – Buffalo Rose, Denver, CO
3/18 – Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
3/19 – M15, Corona, CA
3/20 – The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
3/21 – Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix, AZ
3/23 – Count’s Vamp’d, Las Vegas, NV
3/24 – The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA
3/25 – Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA
3/26 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA

See for more.

-Check out the new Vanden Plas song, “Godmaker’s Temptation,” at . The track comes from CHRONICLES OF THE IMMORTALS: NETHERWORLD (PART 2) (Frontiers).

-Warrant guitarist Joey Allen was recently interviewed in episode #21 of the “Thunder Underground” podcast, where he talks about a new studio album and potentially working with producer Michael Wagener. Check out the show now at .

-Witchcraft — described as “Swedish classic / doom rock masters” — will release NUCLEUS early next year on Nuclear Blast. Hype has it “said to be pursuing the more rawer side of the older recordings as well as the slightly modern path of the younger past. With an all new lineup (Rage Widerberg on drums and Tobias Anger on bass) the band sounds more hungry and powerful than ever again.” Main man Magnus Pelander (vocals, guitar) rounds out the lineup. See for more.

Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer, Arto Lehtinen, John Erigo, Dave Tedder,
Zach Fehl, Jon Freeman, Chad Bowar, and Matt Rudzinski for help
gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-This maybe isn’t soooo metal, but I’ve worked with Anne Leighton since before Detritus was even born, promoting her artists, reviewing albums, attending shows, doing interviews, etc. She’s great, and if you are into poetry, give this your attention.

Anne Leighton Releases Her First Book Of Poetry, “The Leighton Explosion!”

(Tour dates and merchandise to follow, bit by bit, through 2017!)

Anne Leighton is pleased to announce the birth of her first poetry book, “The Leighton Explosion,” which has always been the title Anne has wanted to use. “Inspired by The Music Explosion who rocked with a favorite song, ‘A Little Bit Of Soul.’ It’s optimistic, glorious, fun, and self-empowering, which are qualities I love in art…”

Empowerment was something Anne felt all the way through the making of the book. She pre-sold “The Leighton Explosion” through a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Lots of friends, including her stepbrother Ken Bluttman, helped her along. “Through my whole adult life, when my dad was telling me to get ‘a real job with the phone company,’ Ken was one of the biggest cheerleaders I had.” In the campaign, Ken would cc Anne and some of her closest friends in round-robin emails, “Come on, let’s spread the word; she’s gonna reach her goal.” Anne says,”He believed in me.”

Her father’s attitudes changed for the better as Anne became an editor at a rock magazine, Hit Parader, and built a freelance career as a writer in rock, fitness, and cat magazines including Billboard, Goldmine, Creem, Catfancy, Inside Kung Fu/Karate, Entertainment Weekly, and then authoring books: “Using Your Art And The Media To Comfort People” (Free to Run, California) and “Paws For Thought How To Know What Your Cat Is Thinking” (Rockwell UK), and her own 2014 ebook, “Get The Gig: Common Sense Career Consulting.” Her plays are read in churches, libraries, and bars. They were also performed at the Howl Fest and by The Poets Repertory Theater of Long Island. She won some small writing awards and honorable mention for a 1993 Billboard song writing contest for the song “Carry Across” with Jessie Galante. She also works in music and publicity with clients that include Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson (who wrote the foreword to “The Leighton Explosion”).

Anne has also performed on radio and in a variety of recordings, from Jay Tausig’s “Trip Around The Sun” series to the the Grammy-nominated album, HEALTHY FOOD FOR THOUGHT: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT. It was with the making of HFFT that she met Canadian poetry publisher Ken Cowle.

“The Leighton Explosion” is available for order at every major book chain in North America, Australia, Europe, and South America. Next, look for Anne’s growing merchandise line (e-books, home recordings of the book, USB sticks, and her T-shirts, all designed by Anne!).

As for her agoraphobia, she’s becoming more mighty every day. She travels by buses throughout the city, and then asks people to help her cross the street till she reaches her destination. She will be traveling and sharing her poetry live through 2017 in New England, Washington, DC, eastern Pennsylvania, Buffalo, the Bronx, and Manhattan. She would love to open for Courtney Barnett.

“Anne Leighton is hilarious.” – Bebe Buell, author of “Rebel Heart,” singer, animal lover

“Whether musing about pets or past loves, the pleasure of her word-play is palpable.” – Sander Roscoe Wolff,

“You have an awesome book, Anne, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and found myself, smiling often, and laughing out loud at times too, with your great sense of humor and wit.” – Ken Cowle, Anne’s publisher at Soul Asylum books

Ordering page for Autographed copies:

“The Leighton Explosion” on Amazon:

-Do you think that Cage bassist Alex Pickard ever feels left out, since he’s apparently the only guy in the band without an ass-kicking nickname? Seriously, his mates are “The Hell Destroyer,” “Conan,” “The Sentinel,” and “The Thrash Machine.”

-Some of the top-end Kickstarter rewards Doro is offering include having her come to your wedding to sing “Fur Immer,” or to your house to play a show.

-I saw some Iron Maiden import CD singles selling for $50 or so at Half Price Books the other day. Yowza!!!

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Detritus #686: Scorpions, Brian May, more

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Issue #686
Week of October 19, 2015

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-The Scorpions “Forever And A Day” Comes To DVD, Blu-Ray, And Digital Platforms On November 27th

Scorpions – “Forever And A Day” Trailer

The new fully-authorized Scorpions documentary “Forever And A Day” is wrapping up its theatrical run and will come to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms on November 27th (in German with English subtitles). The movie takes a look at the German hard rock legends’ long career, while focusing on the band’s Final Sting trek, which initially was intended to be a farewell tour.

As the film shows, during the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. Founding Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker says that if you watch “Forever And A Day,” you can see the veteran rockers come to the realization that they weren’t ready to call it quits.

Schenker explains, “Seeing all these old fans, the new fans coming, everything was sold out, and getting told by the fans what the music means for them, then we more and more” understood that the time wasn’t right for the band to retire.

Among the interesting career highlights covered in the movie is The Scorpions’ historic 1991 visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to meet Mikhail Gorbachev. The band presented the then-Soviet president with a gold record for its hit ballad “Wind Of Change,” which celebrated the end of the Cold War.

Describing “Wind Of Change” as “the soundtrack of the most peaceful revolution on Earth,” Schenker says The Scorpions’ visit with Gorbachev was “something very special” since they were the first, and possibly the only, Western band ever invited to the Kremlin. He adds that The Scorpions are still friendly with Gorbachev, who makes an appearance in “Forever And A Day” commenting about the group and the impact of “Wind Of Change.”

The Scorpions recently wrapped up the 2015 US leg of its 50th anniversary tour, which also is in support of their latest studio album, RETURN TO FOREVER. With regard to the band’s future, longtime Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs says, “It doesn’t look like the end is near. You know, we keep ourselves open now. We tried the farewell tour, and we [called] it afterwards the ‘went well’ tour.”

The Scorpions will finish the year with a series of European dates in November and December, with more to come in February and March of 2016, including a run of shows in their homeland. Jabs says the band also plans to play more US shows in May, and may visit South America and China as well. Check for the group’s confirmed itinerary.



Hi Res Art:

Scorpions – “Forever And A Day” @ MVD

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-Rock Star Brian May’s & Unanico Group’s Critically-Acclaimed Animation Short, “One Night In Hell,” To Be Made Into A Major Feature Film

[ Note: This is from – Tim]

It has just been confirmed that “One Night In Hell” will be made into a major stop-motion animation and live action mix feature, produced by Unanico Group and Duck Productions, in association with The London Stereoscopic Company, involving some of the biggest names in the film industry.

Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars,” “Empire Strikes Back,” “Dark Crystal”) is set to be a Producer, teaming up with production partners MacKinnon & Saunders (Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” “Frankenweenie,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”).

In addition to composing the soundtrack, Brian May will be an Executive Producer on the film.

The film will be directed by Jason Jameson from a screenplay by Jason Jameson & Paul Laikin. Paul Laikin will also produce for Unanico Group.

The film is in development now for release in 2019.

The creators are currently in discussion with voice talent and distributors.

The feature is based on the critically-acclaimed short film “One Night In Hell,” directed by Jason Jameson & James Hall, and produced by Unanico Group and Duck Productions in association with The London Stereoscopic Company. The short film has launched at over 20 film festivals worldwide, was given five stars in the British press, proclaimed by Esquire to be the “best film you’ll see all Halloween,” and hit the number one spot for short films on iTunes. The short film is currently featuring at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles.

For further information, please visit or download the Diableries app (App Store/Google Play).

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-AFM Records News

Shakra: Reunited With Mark Fox!

Finally there’s official news from the Shakra camp: The fox is on the run again — Mark Fox is back together with Shakra! Chris von Rohr said the following after former singer John Prakesh left the band in early 2014: “Let’s bring back together what belongs together.”

That being said, it took a while till the early disputes had been put aside but in late summer of 2014 it was clear to everyone that it’s time to do it again! Since that point of time, the whole band shed blood, sweat, and tears to finish their new album HIGH NOON which will be out on January 29th, 2016.

Shakra have signed with Universal Music for Switzerland while AFM will continue to release their albums in the rest of the world.

With the first new single and video “Hello,” a typical Shakra-style rock song, Mark Fox and Shakra say HELLO to old and new fans. Welcome to the party!


Manimal: First Track From Upcoming Album Available For Streaming!

Swedish heavy/power metallers Manimal have just released a first song from their upcoming album TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS (which will be released on November 20th):

“March Of Madness”

1. Irresistible
2. March Of Madness
3. The Dark
4. Trapped In The Shadows
5. Invincible
6. Man-Made Devil
7. Silent Messiah
8. The Journey
9. Screaming Out
10. Psychopomp

AFM Records

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-Ensiferum Confirms European Tour In April 2016!

Finnish Metal warriors Ensiferum have just announced another European headliner tour for April 2016.

Comments Ensiferum: “Greetings from Ensiferum camp! ONE MAN ARMY world tour has already visited many cities but there is still lot more to come. We shall not rest before every metalhead has partied with us like there is no tomorrow! Now we are very proud to announce European tour in April 2016 with brilliant lineup! More info later, so please be patient, we promise that it will be worth it. Folk on!”

+ t.b.a.
01/04/16 DE – Lichtenfels – Ragnarök Festival
02/04/16 NL – Rotterdam – Maasilo
03/04/16 BE – Antwerp – Trix
04/04/16 DE – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
05/04/16 LU – Esch/Alzette – Kulturfabrik
06/04/16 DE – Hannover – Capitol
07/04/16 DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
08/04/16 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
09/04/16 AT – Wien – Szene
10/04/16 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra Club
12/04/16 RO – Bucharest – Arenele Romane
13/04/16 BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5 Club
14/04/16 SR – Belgrade – Dom Omladine
15/04/16 HR – Zagreb – Vintage
16/04/16 DE – Burglengenfeld – VAZ Pfarrheim
17/04/16 CH – Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
18/04/16 IT – Milan – Fabrique
19/04/16 DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
20/04/16 IT – Köln – Live Music Hall
21/04/16 DE – Berlin – Columbia Theater

In other news Ensiferum have just confirmed four shows in Finland supporting Children Of Bodom!

supporting Children Of Bodom
09/12/15 FI – Tampere / TĂ€htiareena
10/12/15 FI – SeinĂ€joki / Rytmikorjaamo
11/12/15 FI – JyvĂ€skylĂ€ / Paviljonk
12/12/15 FI – Oulu / Super Park

Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY debuted at #167 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #19 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart, #36 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #9 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. In Canada, ONE MAN ARMY placed at #69 on the Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Music Chart, and #126 on the Digital Music Charts.

On the Official Top 100 Charts in Europe, the record earned the coveted #1 slot in Finland, #15 Germany, #37 Austria and #24 Switzerland. Additionally, Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY has ranked among the top five entries in the iTunes Metal Charts in multiple territories.

Ensiferum’s ONE MAN ARMY is out now via Metal Blade Records. Order yours today at where you’ll also find the band’s recently debuted “One Man Army” video and companion making-of footage. For iTunes orders, point your browser to .

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-Zierler’s ESC Out Now!

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Multinational prog metal conglomerate Zierler, featuring members of Beyond Twilight, Halford, Firewind, Scar Symmetry, and Circus Maximus have their debut album, ESC out now via Vanity Music Group.

Two years in the making, ESC is Finn Zierler’s first new album in a decade and is his most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date. Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Danny Elfman, Finn and company masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. A musical as well as a personal tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to finally complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing album that was 100% uncompromising in every way. I wanted to break through new creative areas. And I wanted to show compositions, structures, and techniques that no one has ever heard or seen before,” reflects Finn on the making of ESC.

“This is by far the most time-consuming, complex, and detail-oriented album I’ve ever worked on. I took the time necessary to record this beast out of respect for the players, the compositions, and the music itself. I put a lot of emphasis on not taking the easy way out, not using technology to do edits to save time or whatever. The musicians involved are all so talented — there’s no cheating, no copy/paste anywhere. Everything on the album is recorded as organically as possible. Personally, I’m sick of listening to ‘plastic’ albums that sound more like machines than humans!”

Joining Finn in his latest venture are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa), the first to come aboard, and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (Insense, Circus Maximus), on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out to Texas drum veteran, Bobby Jarzombek, whose resume includes the likes of Fates Warning, Halford, Riot, and Spastic Ink. ESC also marks the return of another Texan, vocal powerhouse Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on Beyond Twilight’s 2005 album, SECTION X, and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G’s band, Firewind, as well as Darkology.

The album, featuring a 28-page booklet, can be ordered online at Vanity Music Group’s store.

Track List:
1. A New Beginning
2. Aggrezzor
3. Darkness Delight
4. Dark To The Bone
5. Evil Spirit
6. Married To The Cause
7. No Chorus
8. Rainheart
9. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

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-Azrael’s Bane Signs To HighVolMusic (USA)

Houston, Texas re-activated melodic hard rock band Azrael’s Bane are proud to announce their signing to HighVolMusic (USA) for the 2016 re-release of their two highly sought-after albums WINGS OF INNOCENCE (2004) and MODERN DAY BABYLON (2009).

Azrael’s Bane vocalist Trey Gadler has checked in with the following update:
“The band and I are all very excited to announce our signing with HighVolMusic! HVM are great people who share our vision and game plan making them the perfect partner for us in getting our music out to the world. Stay tuned because this is going to be awesome!”

HighVolMusic label boss Bill Chavis has checked in with the following update:
“We are super stoked to announce that Azrael’s Bane has signed with HighVolMusic! An amazing metal band, Azrael’s Bane is comprised of top-notch musicians with their own signature sound loaded with crushing rhythms, blazing guitars, five-part vocal harmonies, and the man up front Trey Gadler. Welcome home boys…”

The band is currently writing music for their third album to be released in 2017.

Azrael’s Bane 2015 lineup:
Trey Gadler (Vocals)
Jeff Clifton (Guitars)
Chuck McFadden (Guitars)
Brent Marches (Bass)
Van Turner (Drums) – Formerly of Z-Lot-Z

Azrael’s Bane – “Shine” video (2004)

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:


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-Shallow Ground To Release New CD EMBRACE THE FURY

Meriden, Connecticut old school thrash metal band Shallow Ground will be releasing their new second CD EMBRACE THE FURY on November 13, 2015 in Europe via Germany based Killer Metal Records and independently throughout the rest of the world.

Shallow Ground guitarist Tim Smith has checked in with the following update:

“We are beyond excited for the release of EMBRACE THE FURY. This is a pure thrash record but at the same time there are a few surprises for the fans. The song writing and production quality are miles ahead of anything we’ve done to this point. We couldn’t be happier with the record and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it!”

Killer Metal Records label boss Jens Hafner has checked in with the following update:

“US Thrashers Shallow Ground return with their second album EMBRACE THE FURY. If you like to thrash with class, you should check out the band from Connecticut! This is old school Thrash Metal in the Bay Area style at its best!”

EMBRACE THE FURY track list:

1. Once Again
2. Khan
3. Brace for Impact
4. Human Flame
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. F.I.U.
7. Class Warfare
8. Looking Glass
9. Slayer Of The Gods

Shallow Ground lineup:

Keith Letourneau (Guitar / Vocals)
Tim Smith (Guitar)
Mark Chrzaszczewski (Bass)
Kurt Ragis (Drums)

Upcoming Shallow Ground show dates:

11/07/15 – The Wreck Room – Peterborough, NH
11/20/15 – The Webster – Hartford, CT – Supporting Exodus
11/22/15 – Stafford Palace Theater – Stafford, CT – supporting Kamelot

Hailing from Meriden Connecticut, Shallow Ground is a four-piece thrash metal band originally formed back in the mid-nineties. Comprised of four like-minded individuals with a passion for playing loud, aggressive, brain-rattling music, the band is aiming to spread their brand of thrash metal to the masses. After taking a few years off, vocalist/guitarist Keith Letourneau and guitarist Tim Smith came together in 2009 with new members Nick Ziembicki and Kurt Ragis to record their self-titled EP.

In 2013, the band signed a deal with Killer Metal Records, released their full-length debut THE END OF EVERYTHING, and played The Warriors Of Metal pre-fest in Columbus, Ohio. 2013 also marked the departure of Nick Ziembicki and new bassist Nick Persico entering the fold.

Shallow Ground have shared the stage with national acts such as The Devin Townsend Band, Tesseract, Holy Grail, Cauldron, Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Diamond Plate, Unearth, Chimaira, Skeletonwitch, Kittie, The Agonist, Blackguard, Diecast, Bonded By Blood, and Vindicator.

“Slayer Of The Gods” video (2015)

“Darkness” video (2013)

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website:

Killer Metal Records

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-Exumer To Record New Album; Fourth Full-Length Since The Band’s 1986 Inception!

European Tour Confirmed!

German thrash masters Exumer will enter the studio in Dortmund/Germany on October 19th, to record the follow-up for FIRE & DAMNATION, which was released worldwide via Metal Blade Records in 2012.

The band will once again team up with producer Waldemar Sorychta (Sodom, Moonspell, Grip Inc., Tiamat, etc.), who had produced the band’s comeback album in 2011.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We take our time to record/release our records in order to deliver the most exciting and quality products for our fans. We are fortunate enough that Metal Blade gives us the space, time, and freedom we need to write the album we believe will advance the band the most. Having Waldemar back with us in the studio to produce the new record is such a huge plus, since he did a fantastic job on the last production. Anyone who liked our two records from the 1980s or our last album will not be disappointed with this new one as it delivers our signature brand of fast and aggressive thrash metal.”

Exumer’s new album is set to be released via Metal Blade Records in early 2016, and marks the fourth output in the band’s 30-year history. Title, artwork, and bonus material for the 10-track-strong album will soon be released. The album will be released in time for the upcoming European tour! Please make sure to spread the dates through your channels!

European ROAD RAGE 2016
+ t.b.a.
28.01.16 ES – Barcelona Boveda
29.01.16 ES – Zaragoza Centro Civicio Universidad
30.01.16 ES – Granada El Tren
31.01.16 ES – Madrid Lemon
05.02.16 DE – Pfarrkirchen Club Bogaloo
06.02.16 AT – Dornbirn Schlachthaus
07.02.16 IT – Mailand Blue Rose Saloon
08.02.16 IT – Rom Traffic Live Club
10.02.16 DE – Berlin – Comet
11.02.16 PL – Warschau – Progresja
12.02.16 PL – Lodz – LDK
13.06.16 DE – Hameln – Sumpfblume
14.06.16 DE – LĂŒnen – LĂŒkaz

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-Sleaszy Rider Records Update

Energema | New Signing!

Power metallers Energema from Colombia signed a deal with Sleaszy Rider! The band founded from well-known and charismatic guitarist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas Waldo.

Nicolas is official artist from Ibanez Guitars Japan and he worked like international artist from the American enterprise Dean Guitars USA. He has worked for over 10 years like soloist on his project called Nicolas Waldo signed by the instrumental metal label Lion Music Finland.

Energema is a parallel band founded by Nicolas, as he is a great fan and passionate for the power metal sound. The other members of Energema are the amazing vocalist Alejandro Pinzon, Andres Parada on rhythm guitars, and Daniel Pinzon on bass.

The new album debut of Energema was recorded at Yara Records and Meggido Records Studio on Armenia city and Bogota city on Colombia, South America. This album was produced by Nicolas Waldo and Energema.

The music is summarized on: Energy, Fury, Force with an impeccable execution of his members on his instruments. The lyrics are based on the famous “Narnia” books from C.S. Lewis and some stories of the ancient world.

The debut album of Energema is entitled THE LION’S FORCES and it will includes nine powerful tracks, perfect for lovers of bands like Gamma Ray, Helloween, and Impellitteri.

Release date will be announced soon.

Far Behind The Flame | New Signing!

Sleaszy Rider signed a deal with Far Behind The Flame. This French project started as one man’s band by Leo, but recently he found some members and he complete a full lineup. After a self-released EP, they will release their debut album soon.

Nasty Ratz | New Signing!

Sleaszy Rider welcomes Nasty Ratz to the family! The hard rockers coming from the sin city of Prague (Czech Republic) and after a self-released (and sold out) EP, they are ready to explode your speakers and blow the bras of the chicks with their amazing debut album FIRST BITE! Fans of Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat, Ratt, FireHouse, and Pretty Boy Floyd, be prepared for an album you MUST buy for your collections!

Hesperia | Studio Report

As previously mentioned the recording of CAESAR [ROMA VOL. I], the sixth album by Hesperia, has started; an intro and the first track have already been recorded. This will be a concept album about Julius Caesar, and the first of a few albums about the Roman era.

The tracks will not form a “continuum” like on the previous album; despite being linked to each other by the concept story, they’ll be single tracks about five minutes long.

Caesar’s life will be recreated with a Roman and cinematographic feel, where orchestra meets metal in its entirety (including its various subgenres), neofolk, ’60s-’70s (and earlier) rock opera, old prog, and identitary rock.

Among these different atmospheres you’ll find two more culturally miscellaneous tracks:

– the track introducing Cleopatra’s theme, with its Egyptian monumental feel

– the track about Caesar’s work “De Bello Gallico,” with a Celtic feel. This has been achieved also by using the crwth, a typical Celtic instrument dating back to the 7th century.

Once again Italic-Roman folk instruments will be used, together with mellotron, Korg, and a Hammond organ.

The usage of opera and especially the tenor will be extended.

The recording places will be different.

The album will also feature a Hesperian thematic cover of the Iron Maiden song “The Ides Of March” (official Caesar’s day of death).

The ritual-sciamanic side will help the album’s birth in a way that will be explained in the next studio reports.

Attached to this studio report are a few pictures showing the crwth recording evening. The crwth lines were played and arranged by Hesperus himself at the Picene-Celtic sword master Behoram Wallace’s haven. Behoram is the owner of the Celtic traditional instruments.

Hesperia official links:

Deviser | Re-Release Of UNSPEAKABLE CULTS

After an agreement with Greek melodic blacksters Deviser, we will re-release in early 2016 their amazing debut album UNSPEAKABLE CULTS, which was originally released on 1996 by Mascot Records. Celebrating 20 years of the album’ s existence, we will re-release it in special editions like limited digi-pak, picture disc LP, and T-shirt!

Sleaszy Rider Records

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-Divebomb Records: Aftermath – KILLING THE FUTURE Bootcamp CD Coming October 30th

Aftermath Reissue!

Bootcamp Series #24

KILLING THE FUTURE sees release on October 30th

Chicago’s Aftermath are celebrating their 30th anniversary with the release of their now legendary demo KILLING THE FUTURE. This will be the first time these recordings are available in North America. Once considered “too damn fast” by Don Kaye of Kerrang! Aftermath quickly became a front-runner within the newly birthed ’80s crossover movement.

Creating so much buzz within the industry Aftermath were included as part of Metal Forces magazine’s DEMOLOTION – SCREAM YOUR BRAINS OUT LP release which showcased other upcoming (now quite notable) acts of the that time such as Anacrusis, Atrophy, Hobbs’ Angel Of Death, and Leviathan. Though their eventual artistic evolution would steer them away from the neck-breaking speed of KILLING THE FUTURE Aftermath are still held in high regard as one of the crossover champions of the era.

This Bootcamp Series reissue collects not only the original KILLING THE FUTURE cassette release as well as Demo #1. All audio was transferred from original two-track master reels, a first, and re-mastered by Paul Logus. Cover art is a faithful recreation of the original KILLING THE FUTURE cassette release.

Corrosion Of Conformity, Wehrmacht, Cryptic Slaughter, Ludichrist, Beyond Possession, D.R.I.

o limited edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide
o update artwork
o digitally re-mastered
o band-supplied photos
o full-color 121page booklet with band interview and lyrics

1. When Will You Die?
2. Going No Place
3. Chaos
4. Meltdown
5. War For Freedom

6. Sentenced To Death
7. Revenge
8. Shotgun
9. The Aftermath

“When Will You Die?”



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-Pre-Order Links Online For Gentle Giant’s Iconic OCTOPUS On Blu-Ray / CD

Steven Wilson Re-Mix In Stores October 27, 2015

Classic rock/blues blogger Rev. Keith Gordon could not believe when he received the press release announcing the release of the Steven Wilson re-mix of Gentle Giant’s OCTOPUS on Blu-ray / CD, right after he revisited OCTOPUS in his “Fossil Column” at his blog, “That Devil Music.”

At , Keith wrote “OCTOPUS, along with the following year’s IN A GLASS HOUSE and 1975’s FREE HAND would prove to be the cornerstones of the band’s enduring legacy.” “It worked out quite well,” the good Rev. states proudly. “Each post has gotten approximately 3,000 unique page views.”

And pre-orders for the OCTOPUS Blu-ray / CD package is also a head-turning experience.

Pre-order links are up:

Amazon Blu-Ray:
Amazon CD:

Originally released in 1972, OCTOPUS is Gentle Giant’s fourth album, featuring band members: Gary Green (guitars, percussion), Kerry Minnear (keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, cello, vocals), Derek Shulman (vocals, alto saxophone), Phil Shulman (saxophones, trumpet, mellophone, vocals), Ray Shulman (bass violin, guitar, percussion, vocals), John Weathers (drums, percussion, xylophone). The album was produced by the band and engineered and mixed by Martin Rushent.

OCTOPUS has been tastefully re-mixed by Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Gentle Giant’s THE POWER & THE GLORY in 2014).

* This Blu-ray / CD package also includes a bonus of Steven’s mix of live 15-minute concert performances of “Excerpts From OCTOPUS” from the band’s 1976 tour.

* New sketches by Roger Dean (who produced the original UK album cover) will be included in the new packaging as well as artwork from the USA album (an octopus in a jar created by Charles White).

* The Blu-ray’s re-mixed album and added 15 minutes of live excerpts will be in 96/24 PCM, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Master Audio. The Blu-ray also includes instrumental mixes of five of the original eight tracks from this album. Also included is the flat transfer of the original mix of the album.

The releases will be through Caroline-UMG in North America, and on Soulfood in the rest of the world on October 27.

1. The Advent Of Panurge *
2. Raconteur Troubadour *
3. A Cry For Everyone
4. Knots
5. The Boys In The Band *
6. Dog’s Life
7. Think Of Me With Kindness
8. River
9. Bonus Live “Excerpts From Octopus 1976”
* Original stereo mixes and Penteo surround sound upmixes.


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-Vote For Bluesman/Spinal Surgeon, Daniel Ivankovich, For “CNN Hero Of The Year”

Few people can list “bluesman” and “spinal surgeon” as their top two levels of expertise.

But then again, Dr. Daniel Ivankovich is not your average gentleman. The Yugoslavian-born Ivankovich also goes by the nicknames of “Dr. Dan” or “Chicago Slim,” who does his best to aid blues musicians, and help them get proper coverage to suit their needs from the health system (and even often providing free care through his non-profit One Patient Global Health Initiative).

Ivankovich was once a college basketball star at Northwestern University, before a career-ending knee injury put an unexpected halt to his dreams. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Ivankovich found solace in the fields of surgery and blues music.

By co-founding the Chicago Blues All-Stars band (for which he supplies vocals and guitar), it was by performing in blues venues that he crossed paths with blues vets who were in need of better health care.

Due to his good work, Ivankovich has received praise and coverage from the press:

And as a result, Ivankovich has been named a 2015 Top 10 CNN Hero. Voting for CNN Hero of the Year continues through Sunday, November 15. All of this year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored during “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” on Sunday, December 6, on the global networks on CNN. For more information (and to place your vote), visit:

“I know I can’t fix everybody,” he told CNN. “My goal is to be the battering ram to help break down the barriers to get these patients the care and the resources they need.” And now, those who have benefitted from the hard work and good deeds from Daniel Ivankovich can say “thanks” by helping him being named “CNN Hero of the Year.”

-Check out a short Anthrax feature from Loudwire, with Scott Ian and Charlie Benante reminiscing for the 30th anniversary of the SPREADING THE DISEASE album, at .

-The “poetic rock band” Bed Of A Nun has signed a global deal with Pure Rock Records. See for more.

-There’s a new interview with Casablanca’s Josh Rundquist, from the “That Drummer Guy” podcast, at .

-Chastain’s new single “All Hail The King,” from the upcoming WE BLEED METAL (Pure Steel Records), is online now at .

-There are clips of a couple new Circle II Circle songs (“Untold Dreams” and “It’s All Over”) at .

-Def Leppard’s new song “Dangerous” is online now at . The band is still slated for the Def Leppard Cruise from January 21-25, 2016, and recently announced more North American tour dates with Styx and Tesla, for next year:

1/27 – Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
1/29 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1/30 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
2/2 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
2/3 – Lafayette Cajundome, Lafayette, LA
2/5 – American Bank Center Arena, Corpus Christi, TX
2/6 – State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, TX
2/9 – Verizon Arena, Little Rock, AR
2/10 – CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, LA
2/13 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
2/14 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
2/16 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
2/17 – PPL Center, Allentown, PA

In related news, guitarist Phil Collen’s book with Chris Epting, the memoir entitled “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, And Beyond,” is due out October 27. There is more info and pre-ordering available at ; see for more on Collen, and for more on the band.

-Diviner, the Greek metal band, has a new lyric video for “Come Into My Glory” at . The track comes from FALLEN EMPIRES, due out November 20 on Ulterium Records. See for more.

-Ghost will appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” October 30.

-Ghost Machinery has two singles out now from EVIL UNDERDOW, which is due out November 13 on Pure Legend Records:

“Lost To Love”

“Arms Of The Strangers”

The new video for “Arms Of The Strangers” is at . See and for more.

-Hollowfest is set for this weekend, October 23-24, at JB McGinnes in New Castle, DE. The fest is “Pure Steel recording artists Sleepy Hollow’s First annual celebration of the Halloween season.” The lineup on the 23rd: Altar Of Dagon, Infernal Opera, Axemaster, Images Of Eden, Psychoprism, Crown Of Earth, Lowdown 302. The 24th: Sleepy Hollow, Voodoo Terror Tribe, Exxplorer, Wretch, Power Theory, Sunless Sky, Season Of Mourning, Dark Scary Dead Things. See for more.

-Inglorious’ new track, “Breakaway,” is online now at . The self-titled album is due out February 19 on Frontiers. Track list: “Until I Die,” “Breakaway,” “High Flying Gypsy,” “Holy Water,” “Warning,” “Bleed For You,” “Girl Got A Gun,” “You’re Mine,” “Inglorious,” “Wake,” “Unaware.” See for more.

-Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall will release KINGDOM OF ROCK on November 6 through Frontiers. The release features an excellent array of guest singers including Jorn Lande, Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Harnell, and Harry Hess. Check out the new track “I Am Coming For You,” featuring Karlsson on lead vocals, at . Pre-orders are now being taken at , and the MP3 version comes with instant downloads of the tracks “I Am Coming For You,” “No Control,” and “Kingdom Of Rock.” See for more.

-Check out an interview with Masterplan’s Roland Grapow and Rick Altzi online now at . In it, the band reveals plans to re-record material Grapow originally wrote and performed in Helloween.

-Melted Space’s lyric video for “Terrible Fight” is online at . Also, “the entire hi-res 24 bit/96 khz edition of” the whole album — THE GREAT LIE (Sensory Records) — is currently available at . See for more.

-Tim “Ripper” Owens recently guested on the podcast “The Jasta Show.” Go to to hear it.

-There’s an interview with Queen’s Brian May on Boston’s 100.7 WZLX-FM at .

-Check out footage of Queensryche appearing on Las Vegas talk show “Valley View Live!” at , with performances of two songs:

“Arrow Of Time”

“Eyes Of A Stranger”

-Check out an EPK for Resurrection Kings — featuring singer Chas West, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Sean McNabb, and drummer Vinny Appice — at . See for more.

-Saxon’s new track “Queen Of Hearts” is streaming now at . Yahoo is also streaming five songs from the new album, BATTERING RAM, until the North American release date of October 30; check out “The Devil’s Footprint,” “Queen Of Hearts,” “Destroyer,” “Eye Of The Storm,” and “Stand Your Ground” [cut off abruptly mid-song when we tried – Tim] at .

-SayWeCanFly’s new video for “High School,” from the DARLING EP (Epitaph), will premiere October 22 in the US, exclusively, on MTVu,, and See for more.

-Michael Schenker’s full show at the Rock Hard Festival 2015 — in HD and featuring ex-Scorpions mates Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums) in the lineup — is online at .

-The Scorpions’ new video for “Going Out With A Bang” is online at .

-Signum Regis’ new lyric video for “Lost And Found,” from CHAPTER IV: THE RECKONING, at . The album is due out November 20 on Ulterium Records. See and for more.

-Slik Toxik’s IRRELEVANT (1994) has been reissued by Perris Records, in a “20 Something Anniversary” edition. This version drops the original’s Sex Pistols cover “EMI,” and replaces it with 1989 demo version of “White Lies / Black Truth,” a track which later appeared on 1992’s DOIN’ THE NASTY. Track list: “Twenty Something,” “Kill The Pain,” “Voodoo,” “Drained,” “I Wanna Gun,” “Liquid Calm,” “Fashioned After None,” “Dive,” “Blue Monday,” “Mother Machine,” “Just Fade Away,” “White Lies / Black Truth” (1989 demo). See and for more, and check out a nice review at .

-Stearica’s new video, a live version of “Geber” from FERTILE, is now online at .

-Stryper’s FALLEN is out now on Frontiers. Check out an EPK at , and some new songs as follows:



“Big Screen Lies”

“Let There Be Light”

“After Forever” (Black Sabbath cover)


There are new interviews with Michael Sweet at and . Speaking of Sweet, there’s a contest to “Scream For Stryper,” where you can win a Washburn PXL20B guitar by screaming like him; see details at . See for more.

-Vanden Plas’ CHRONICLES OF THE IMMORTALS: NETHERWORLD (PART 2) is due out November 6 on Frontiers. Hype from the label: “Highly recommended for fans of Dream Theater, Beyond The Bridge, Circus Maximus, Between The Buried And Me, and the like!” Check out the new track “The Last Fight” at . The release can be pre-ordered on CD and MP3 through Amazon at , and MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Stone Roses Edge” and “The Last Fight.”

-Check out an interview with With The Dead singer Lee Dorrian (ex-Cathedral) at .

Thanks to Chad Bowar, Dave Tedder, Chuck Nowlin, James Wood, Earsplit, Frontiers, Music Buy Mail, Mazur PR, and Pure Steel Promotion for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (

-Cool to see Slik Toxik’s IRRELEVANT getting reissued, but, honestly, I won’t be buying it. I still have my original and it was one of those early/mid-1990s albums by fun/party/”hair” bands that had gone adrift. (These albums caused me heartache, and led me to start seeking new bands via import shops… Remember Kiss’ CARNIVAL OF SOULS? That was the first big Internet leak I cared about, and ugh… How about Skid Row’s SUBHUMAN RACE, Extreme’s WAITING FOR THE PUNCHLINE, Motley Crue’s s/t, Warrant’s ULTRAPHOBIC, Wildside’s s/t, Dokken’s DYSFUNCTIONAL, Vince Neil’s CARVED IN STONE, and INSANITY BEACH by Sleeze Beez? Ugh, ugh, and more ugh.) I totally dug Slik Toxik’s prior album, 1992’s DOIN’ THE NASTY, and I remember paying a lot to get IRRELEVANT via mail order, and then when it arrived I threw it on and went “Oofff…” Still, it is cool to even be reading about Slik Toxik in 2015.

-I was trolling around YouTube and found a full Judas Priest show, from the REDEEMER OF SOULS tour in Oslo, Norway, this past June 2nd. I know there are countless full concerts out there nowadays, but for some reason I still get happily surprised when I completely unintentionally stumble across something I’m totally interested in. The link for the show is , and the set list is as follows: “Battle Cry” (intro), “Dragonaut,” “Metal Gods,” “Devil’s Child,” “Victim Of Changes,” “Halls Of Valhalla,” “Love Bites,” “Turbo Lover,” “Redeemer Of Souls,” “Jawbreaker,” “Breaking The Law,” “Hell Bent For Leather,” “The Hellion/Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Painkiller,” “Living After Midnight.” I saw a slightly longer version of this show on the US tour, here in Chicago back in May. Gotta love the Priest.

-I just saw in a Chicago Tribune book review by Lloyd Sachs that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s new novel “Career Of Evil,” written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has “a title, chapter headings and themes taken from Blue Oyster Cult.” That’s just crazy and cool. Made me think of some funny mash-up titles:

“Harry Potter And The Agents Of Fortune”
“Harry Potter And The Fire Of Unknown Origin”
“Harry Potter And The 7 Screaming Diz-Busters”

-So, yeah, that Saxon BATTERING RAM five-song preview on Yahoo!… I saw it mentioned several times on Facebook so I finally relented and checked it out. The songs sound cool, typical heavy latter-day Saxon, but then “Stand Your Ground” just ends abruptly. I tried it twice to see if maybe I just had a bad connection or something, but it happened again at the exact same spot. Didn’t anyone test this?

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Detritus #685.5: Circle II Circle, Corrosion of Conformity, Iron Maiden

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Mini-Issue #685.5
October 16, 2015

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-Here’s a little late Friday mini- to let you all know I’m thinking of you. I know, creepy, right? 🙂 – Tim

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[Note: I grabbed this off of YouTube. – Tim]

Following the impressive main stage performance of Zak Stevens with Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra in front of 80,000 people at Wacken Festival 2015, Zak and his band Circle II Circle are about to release their new album REIGN OF DARKNESS.

earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with Savatage albums like EDGE OF THORNS, THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN, and DEAD WINTER DEAD (true milestones of hard rock and metal and some of the biggest charts metal successes in the ’90s) and Circle II Circle albums such as SEASONS WILL FALL alike.

REIGN OF DARKNESS, marking the third release in a row for Circle II Circle on earMUSIC, is released on October 16th, 2015.

Circle II Circle is a band that has been reinventing themselves through the years, but maintaining that signature sound that fans around the world love — REIGN OF DARKNESS is no exception to that attitude, bringing out the very best Circle II Circle has to offer. Needless to say, that REIGN OF DARKNESS overshadows what has been done before.

“You might say that REIGN OF DARKNESS represents a musical reinvention for us, but the minute you hear each song you know right away that it’s CIIC. We wanted to pay homage to the past, but we also wanted to create a musical renaissance within our genre that is fresh and energetic. This is an album that will positively pave the way for our future.” – Zak Stevens

REIGN OF DARKNESS features the powerful metal sound, strong hard rock riffs, both emphasizing Zak Stevens’ passionate melodic rock vocals. Again, the band has created something new, something fresh and vigorous. And the artwork definitely sets new standards.

In August 2012, CIIC delivered a groundbreaking performance of Savatage’s most successful albums THE WAKE OF MAGELLAN at the world’s biggest and craziest heavy-metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany. Followed by a sold-out tour in Europe and Brazil in support of their studio album SEASONS WILL FALL, Circle II Circle really hit it off from this point. This album had been considered to be the strongest album of their entire career from both a musical and production standpoint… That was until now, when CIIC is about to release their brand new record!

Circle II Circle are:
Zak Stevens (Savatage) – Vocals
Mitch Stewart – Bass/Vocals
Bill Hudson (Power Quest, Cellador) – Guitars/Vocals
Christian Wentz – Guitars/Vocals
Henning Wanner (White Lion, Jaded Heart) – Keyboards/Vocals
Marcelo Moreira (Almah, Symbolica, Marmor) – Drums

Track List:
1. Over-Underture
2. Victim Of The Night
3. Untold Dreams
4. It’s All Over
5. One More Day
6. Ghost Of The Devil
7. Somewhere
8. Deep Within
9. Taken Away
10. Sinister Love
11. Solitary Rain

“Victim Of The Night” official song stream:

Pre-order now on iTunes and get the song “Victim Of The Night” as instant download! Click here:

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-Iron Maiden To Headline 2016’s W:O:A Night To Remember!

[Note: This is from the latest Wacken newsletter. – Tim]

Up the Irons! Iron Maiden will bring their highly anticipated THE BOOK OF SOULS World Tour to Wacken on August 4. The band’s recently released double studio album THE BOOK OF SOULS debuted at #1 in the German charts and in over 40 other countries round the globe.

Bruce Dickinson comments:

“It’s been some time since our last show and we cannot wait to get back out on tour. Maiden thrive on touring and playing to our fans, it’s what we enjoy the most. We look forward to returning to Wacken!

“We haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording of THE BOOK OF SOULS was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favorites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart!!! You certainly deserve it for your patience. We very much look forward to seeing you all at Wacken next year.”

Look forward to a huge spectacle featuring old hymns and new hits alike. A true Night To Remember is in the making!

For more information on the band, check out their entry at Billing/Bands:

Starting December 1st, the next W:O:A 2016 acts will be revealed within our annual X-Max Calendar at!

More news about W:O:A and more you will find on the W:O:A Homepage:


Your W:O:A Team

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-Chastain’s WE BLEED METAL Due Out November 6, 2015

The release date of the Chastain album Chastain on CD is November 6th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on October 23rd, 2015 in the Pure Steel webshop, .

By mentioning the name Chastain, Metal maniacs and lovers of female-fronted Metal bands fall into endless rapture. Active since 1985, the band featuring legendary vocalist Leather Leone and guitarist David T. Chastain has earned an almost godlike status with albums such as RULER OF THE WASTELAND (1986) and THE VOICE OF THE CULT (1988).

Now, Pure Steel Records has the honor to welcome this band. With the release of the new, now tenth album, WE BLEED METAL, the cult act still delivers the old spirit and celebrates traditional Heavy/Power Metal at its best. The unique heavy vocals of Leather Leone and the dark, shredding riffs of the eponym are still full of contemporary impact. Not pandering to any trends, this is pure steel from the USA!

To sum it up: With WE BLEED METAL Chastain releases their best effort in at least 25 years!

Track Listing:
1. We Bleed Metal
2. All Hail The King
3. Against All The Gods
4. Search Time For You
5. Don’t Trust Tomorrow
6. I Am A Warrior
7. Evolution of Terror
8. The Last Ones Alive
9. Secrets
Total Playing Time: 44:51 min.

Leather Leone – vocals
David T. Chastain – guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn – bass
Stian Kristoffersen – drums

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-RAM: Exclusive Premiere Of “Awakening The Chimaera” From Forthcoming SVBVERSVM Bonus DVD Now Playing At Rock Hard Germany

SVBVERSVM is the impending new full-length from Sweden’s classic heavy metal stalwarts, RAM. Boasting 10 raging hymns of death, post-apocalyptic dominance and total devastation through iron that recall the power and prestige of some of metal’s most revered acts (think Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, et al) without replicating them, RAM’s fourth studio offering was self-produced at Black Path Studios, mixed at Welfare Sounds by Olle Björk, Per StĂ€lberg, and RAM, mastered by Daniel Johansson, and will be unleashed on October 30th worldwide via Metal Blade Records. In Europe, SVBVERSVM will come available as a limited CD/DVD digi-pak, as well as on CD and vinyl.

In collaboration with Germany’s Rock Hard Magazine, today RAM offers up a clip of “Awakening The Chimaera.” Taken from the bonus DVD, X ANNIVERSARY, A DECADE OF HEAVY METAL TYRANNY CONCERT, which comes free with the limited edition digi-pak of SVBVERSVM, the performance was filmed on Friday the 13th of September 2013 at a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Surf on over to this location to check it out and raise your horns:

Additionally, you can still listen to first single, “Eyes Of The Night,” at , where you can also find various pre-order bundles, as well as second single, “The Usurper,” courtesy Of Heavy Blog Is Heavy right here:

“We are very pleased with the album that is the product of four months of being locked up in the studio and offering our very last drop of sweat and blood for it to become the most massive RAM production ever,” shares the band of their latest offering. “This is our latest assault upon the rotting world, may it be a dagger in the heart of the powers that may be! SVBVERSVM is at hand!”

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-Waterkant X-Mas Bash 2015: Final Lineup Out Now

The final lineup of Waterkant X-Mas Bash is fixed: Bavarian pagan metallers Equilibrium and the symphonic newcomer-sensation Beyond The Black complete the lineup.

The event takes place on December 4 in the Sporthalle Hamburg and you can celebrate with the bands Accept, HammerFall, Beyond The Black, Armored Saint, and Equilibrium the best party ever into the Holidays.

The final lineup guarantees you hits and fun pure… no matter if it is Equilibrium’s “Wirtshaus Gaudi,” HammerFall’s “Hearts On Fire” or an immortal hymn of Accept: Make sure you won’t miss this event!

Waterkant X-Mas Bash
December 4 – Hamburg, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle

Tickets are available HERE!

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-Divebomb Records: Holosade Bootcamp!

Bootcamp Series #23

A CIRCLE OF SILENT SCREAMS sees release on October 30th.

Following the release of their debut album HELL HOUSE in 1988, Holosade ran into all sorts of member departures (Simon “Jack Hammer” Jones taking up rhythm guitar for Sabbat and Damien “Michael” Lee jumping behind the kit of Scarborough rockers Little Angels). The future became so uncertain that in 1991 they eventually drifted into a hiatus.

Fast forward to 1994, Phillip de Sade (vocals) and Gary Thomas (guitar) decide to get together to record the last batch of songs the group had worked up before its hiatus. Joining them once again was Simon Jones along with newer members Andy Barker, (drums) Steve Wright (bass), and Fred Purser from Tygers Of Pan Tang on the keyboards. This new and revamped Holosade recorded 12 songs that was a perfect follow-up to HELL HOUSE, but the industry had changed and they couldn’t find a label to support them or the release of A CIRCLE OF SILENT SCREAMS. So, the recordings sat unreleased for 20 years, until now.

Divebomb Records is proud to present the first official release of Holosade’s sophomore album, A CIRCLE OF SILENT SCREAMS. Sourced from the band’s original DAT master and re-mastered by Jamie King, this album fulfills everything Holosade fans have been yearning for and more.

Anthrax, Hallows Eve, Abattoir, Razor

o limited edition of 500 copies
o new interview with Phillip de Sade
o archival photos
o eight-page booklet
o new artwork by Steven Cobb

1. Maximum Security
2. Masquerade
3. The Return
4. I Am The One
5. Superstition
6. Computer World
7. Hard Life
8. Eastern Promise
9. Carolanne
10. Little Miss
11. Once Upon A Nightmare
12. Babylon’s Burning

“Maximum Security”


Divebomb Records

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-Magic Circle Debuts First Single From 20 Buck Spin-Bound JOURNEY BLIND Sophomore LP Via Decibel Magazine

Decibel Magazine has unveiled “A Ballad For The Vultures,” the thundering maiden single from Boston-based Magic Circle’s impending second LP, JOURNEY BLIND.

Following their self-titled debut which was well-received in metal and hardcore circles, Magic Circle returns with 45 minutes of dominant, pure traditional doom-ridden heavy metal on JOURNEY BLIND, a record which sees the outfit doing what they do, but doing it even better. Self-produced and recorded by the band at guitarist CC’s The Pain Cave, the record surges with the viscosity a team of top-tier producers would be proud to back. The cover art for JOURNEY BLIND is an unused piece by legendary artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Mammoth Grinder, Autopsy) dating to 1979 yet properly fitted to this modern ripper. Surging with over 45 minutes of doomed heavy metal that invokes the masters in their purest form, JOURNEY BLIND is a record which could have been captured three decades ago yet booms with a refreshed spirit to guide today’s misguided youth back to their unbeknownst roots.

Ahead of its November street date through 20 Buck Spin, Decibel Magazine has unchained “A Ballad For The Vultures,” the third of the seven triumphant songs on JOURNEY BLIND. The track is a pivotal example of Magic Circle’s mighty genre-mangling crossover delivery.

Hear Magic Circle’s “A Ballad For The Vultures” exclusively through Decibel Magazine right here:

JOURNEY BLIND sees its initial release in CD and digital formats on November 20th, with the vinyl to follow in early 2016. Stand by for further details and preorders for JOURNEY BLIND, tour dates and more on Magic Circle throughout the weeks ahead.

20 Buck Spin will round out its roster for 2015 with the release of JOURNEY BLIND, the triumphant sophomore LP from Boston-based quintet Magic Circle. This year has already been the most productive and expansive year for the label, but JOURNEY BLIND will fit into your parents’ unwavering classic rock collection the same as it could be the hottest thing on your younger cousin’s latest playlist. The tunes are rude, vicious. Some lumber ominously along, bare-fisting the downbeat through riffs raised from basements held in the odors of stale beer, mold, and want. Others stuff the song’s shape with directional changes — tipping a cap to Trouble and Saint Vitus via Sabbath. All the dots are easily connected. There’s no sport there. But, in lieu of refinement, we get an honest reckoning: Magic Circle is a band (quickly) becoming. Through the web of influence and itchy, artistic compulsion they’ve found savage and ultimately promising ways of reanimating long since taxidermied forms. Devotees of 1980s Black Sabbath, 1980s Trouble, Pagan Altar, Saxon, Armored Saint, Saint Vitus, and the like should not pass this one by.

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-Corrosion Of Conformity Signs To Nuclear Blast Entertainment!

Nuclear Blast Entertainment is pleased to announce the worldwide signing of metal legends Corrosion Of Conformity.

The band will enter the studio late this winter/early spring with longtime producer John Custer. Custer has recorded such prior C.O.C. classics as DELIVERANCE, WISEBLOOD, AMERICA’S VOLUME DEALER and IN THE ARMS OF GOD. The as-of-yet-untitled-album will mark the band’s studio reunion with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan and their first full-length record since 2005.

Says Keenan about the new partnership:
“To all the C.O.C. fans worldwide, Mike, Reed, Woody, and I are proud to announce that we are starting our next sonic adventure with Nuclear Blast Entertainment! We are honored and psyched to be a part of the Blasted Family, both professionally and artistically. After all these years, it’s truly inspiring to reawaken the chemistry that the four of us have. We are seriously f*cking with our pants off now! We do not take this journey lightly and cannot wait to return to the studio to drop Ze’ Hammer! All of this would not be possible without the global support of all you free thinkers and beer drinkers. Much love and respect and look forward to seeing you soon.”

President of Nuclear Blast Entertainment, Monte Conner adds:
“I love all the incarnations of C.O.C. over the years but the Pepper-fronted version has always been the definitive lineup of the band for me. Ever since hearing Pepper take charge on 1991’s ‘Vote With A Bullet’ I was dying to hear him sing more with the band. This lineup’s 1994 debut DELIVERANCE, with its signature tracks ‘Clean My Wounds’ and ‘Albatross,’ was an instant classic and is still one of my all-time favorite albums.

“It has been a long 10 years since their fourth album — the highly underrated IN THE ARMS OF GOD — and as a fan, I am dying to hear what these guys come up with next. I know it will be a monster. The fact that it is coming out on Nuclear Blast is very fulfilling for me and many others on the Nuclear Blast team as we finally get to work with one of our favorite bands.”

A fall 2016 release is expected. In the meantime, catch Corrosion Of Conformity on tour this fall on the following dates:

10/16 – Sauget, IL (Pop’s Nightclub)
10/17 – Lincoln, NE (Bourbon Theatre)
10/18 – Fargo, ND (Scheels Arena)
10/20 – Billings, MT (Shrine Auditorium)
10/22 – Spokane, WA (Knitting Factory Concert House)
10/23 – Boide, ID (Knitting Factory Concert House)
10/24 – San Bernardino, CA (Knotfest)
10/25 – Las Vegas, NV (Vinyl Hard Rock)
10/26 – Tucson, AZ (Rialto Theatre)
10/28 – Austin, TX (Austin Music Hall)
10/29 – Dallas, TX (Gas Monkey Live)
10/30 – Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center)
10/31 – New Orleans, LA (Civic Theatre)
11/1 – Birmingham (Iron City)
11/12 – Atlanta, GA (The Loft)
11/13 – Shreveport, LA (Riverside Warehouse)
11/16 – Scottsdale, AZ (Pub Rock)
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA (Teragram Ballroom)
11/18 – San Francisco, CA (Slim’s)
11/20 – Vancouver, BC (Venue Nightclub)
11/21 – Seattle, WA (Neumo’s)
11/23 – Denver, CO (The Summit Music Hall)
11/24 – Kansas City, MO (The Riot Room)
11/25 – Minneapolis, MN (Mill City Nights)
11/27 – Racine, WI (Rte 20)
11/28 – Cleveland, OH (The Odeon)
11/29 – Philadelphia, PA (Underground Arts)
12/1 – Toronto, ON (Opera House)
12/2 – Flint, MI (The Machine Shop)
12/3 – Pittsburgh, PA (Altar Bar)
12/4 – New York, NY (Gramercy Theatre)
12/5 – Allston, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
12/7 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
12/8 – Asheville, NC (The Orange Peel)
12/9 – Virginia Beach, VA (Shaka’s Live)
12/10 – Raleigh, NC (Lincoln Theatre)

C.O.C. emerged from hibernation as a trio and released 2012’s self-titled album and 2014’s IX to wide acclaim, but many hardcore fans have been eagerly and patiently awaiting the return of Pepper Keenan.

The band was originally an influential hardcore punk/heavy metal crossover act before reaching critical success with a then new lineup on 1991’s BLIND album. That trajectory continued with wider appeal as Keenan took over as the group’s primary vocalist on DELIVERANCE (1994) and WISEBLOOD (1996).

These two recordings in particular fused the raw energy of their previous albums, with some great strides forward in classic rock inspired song writing and more spacious production and execution. Since then the band has often been copied but rarely equaled.

This juggernaut gained mass and momentum with relentless touring alongside such greats Metallica, Clutch, EyeHateGod, and many more.

Eventually, following the release of IN THE ARMS OF GOD in 2005, Keenan decided to focus all his energy on his hometown band Down… until now.

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-Adrenechrome: New Single “God Sized Shadow,” Reveal New Album & Artwork TALES FROM ADRENECHROME

If Mastodon and Baroness gave birth to a bastard child, that child’s name would be Canada’s Adrenechrome. Hailing from Orillia, ON this quartet offer a blend of groovy progressive thrashy heavy metal that’s ready to smash your headbanging into overdrive. Three years since releasing their 2012 debut HIDEOUS APPETITES, these mosh-thirsty bangers are ready to release their sophomore follow-up TALES FROM ADRENECHROME on November 27th. With its epic album artwork by graphic artist ClöwnbĂ€bĂż ( ), TALES FROM ADRENECHROME features seven hot pocket tracks exposing you to the horrors of their metal crypt. Leading up to its release the band’s first single “God Sized Shadow” is now streaming and available on bandcamp at the following link:

“I think this is our most ‘song’-like offering to date with a little black metal in the middle,” comments vocalist / guitarist Chris Friesen.

Album Pre-Order:

Track Listing:
1. A Familiar Face (2:59)
2. Lockstep (5:17)
3. Black Brubeck (4:05)
4. God Sized Shadow (4:01)
5. The Heart and The Feather (5:21)
6. Hideous Appetites (3:36)
7. The Led Elephant (5:36)
Album Length: 30:57

Chris Friesen – Guitar/Vocals
Tim Kehoe – Guitar
Mike Van Dyk – Bass
Matt Copeland – Drums

Ontario’s Adrenechrome are hurtling forward like zombies with a hunger for flesh looking to create good old-fashioned rock n’ roll infused with groove and peppered with metal. The group features Chris Friesen dominating on guitar and lead vocals, Tim Kehoe who shreds guitar and haunting vocal work, Matt Copeland thrashing the drums, and Mike Van Dyk creating groovy bass lines. Their name inspires a frantic, adrenaline fueled misadventure and is a direct reference to a fictional drug in the film “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.”

These heavy metal monsters started in 2010 and rode like the four horsemen to devour every audience they could around Canada. Their song writing swings like an unhinged pendulum between rapid, brief works to heavy, ten-tonne brick tunes. Members are veterans of the music scene, coming from various acts like Gaswitch, Shimmy Rabbits, and The Doug Trucker Band. Live, the band is tight and strictly a “no frills” affair — this means no make-up or gimmicks, just straightforward, kick-ass metal.

The band has upcoming album TALES FROM ADRENECHROME is due out on November 27, 2015 to follow up their 2012 debut HIDEOUS APPETITES and is their most abstract, spastic, and explosive release to date. This album is established on heavy riffs, roaring drums, smooth bass lines, and wrapped up with lyrical themes that combine personal experience with fantasy, sci-fi, and classic literature. This album is reserved for only those who can handle the high velocity heavy metal adventure that is Adrenechrome!

For more info, please visit .

“What starts out as a solid thrash album quickly morphs into a far more interesting, original, and engaging work with strong flavors of Mastodon’s proggy sludge and big riffs.” – Metal Hammer

“each song features a sweaty, aggressive thrash engine that propels the music forward, but the instrumentation is far more skillful and intricate than just straightforward shredding. ‘Hymn For The Heathens’ has a great classic rock feel to it and opener ‘Titans Fall’ does its mythic subject matter proud.” – Exclaim!

“The illustrious list of top quality metal bands to emerge from Canada has just been added to. Adrenechrome take the hard hitting technicality of bands like Realm, the addictive assault of classic thrash and bring it all up to date with a liberal helping of Baroness style, passionate free thinking. It’s a fresh, interesting, exciting combination of sounds that makes new seven track EP HIDEOUS APPETITES, well worth going out of your way to track down. Songs like ‘Titan’s Fall’ and ‘Hymn For The Heathens’ combine the immediate appeal of crisp, melodic riffing with a clear longevity, born of their intelligent complexity and diversity. CK 4 /5” – Zero Tolerance Magazine

“Adrenechrome have concocted a winning recipe. This four-piece from Ontario, Canada clearly know their way around thrash’s greats but show no fear in chucking in some modern flair. And I don’t mean crash, bang, wallop, what the hell — you only have to hear the opening riff to ‘Titans Fall’ to get those saliva glands going.” –

“Kudos to the guitars for their mix of heaviness and catchiness, as well as inventive rhythms.” – Metallian

“Adrenechrome are a highly skilled and technically proficient band musically. The songs rage with great breakdowns yet are also layered with lots of crunch and have some tasty Jazz influenced solos throughout.” – Metal-Temple

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Detritus #685: Rage, Joel Hoekstra, Redemption

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Issue #685
Week of October 12, 2015

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-Go Cubs! Wow this has been a crazy year. – Tim

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-Rage: First Tour With New Lineup, New EP MY WAY To Be Released In January!

BLACK IN MIND is one of the ultimate must-have records of the German metal band Rage. For the 20th anniversary of this release, the band around singer/bass player Peavy Wagner will play a tour throughout Europe, on which Peavy will introduce his new fellow musicians Marcos Rodriguez (guitars) and Vassilios Maniatopoulos (drums) live on stage for the first time.

“Rage are back! After the opening show at Metal Hammer Paradise on November 14th at the ‘Ferienpark WeissenhĂ€user Strand/Germany,’ we will be back in December with something special. On the BLACK IN MIND Tour we will introduce our new lineup with an exclusive set list,” explains band boss Peavy Wagner.

Furthermore, Rage will release a four-track EP on January 22nd — right on time for the start of their tour with Helloween. “This EP will shorten your waiting time until the release of our new album — the first one since 2012 — which will be in the shops next May,” reveals Peavy.

The EP MY WAY contains four tracks, two re-recorded ones from the splendid album BLACK IN MIND and a brand-new song in English and Spanish versions.

MY WAY EP track list:
1. My Way (new song)
2. Black In Mind (title song of the album BLACK IN MIND; re-recorded)
3. Sent By The Devil (from the album BLACK IN MIND; re-recorded)
4. Apuesto A Ganar (Spanish version of “My Way”)

The EP will be released on time for the opening of the band’s European tour with Helloween on January 22nd, 2016 and will be available as MCD and 7″ vinyl exclusively at the Nuclear Blast Shop and on tour at the merchandising booth. Pre-order MY WAY at .

Tour dates:
Date – City (Venue) – Country
2015-11-14 – WeissenhĂ€user Strand (Metal Hammer Paradise) – DE
2015-11-27 – Athens (Kittaro) – GR
2015-11-28 – Thessaloniki (Eightball) – GR
2015-11-29 – Sofia (Mixtape 5) – BG
2015-12-05 – Pratteln (Z7) – CH
2015-12-06 – Landgraaf (Oefenbunker) – NL
2015-12-07 – Kosice (SH Cassosport) – SK
2015-12-08 – Ziar Nad Hronom (Mestske Kulturne Centrum) – SK
2015-12-11 – Wien (Viper Room) – AT
2015-12-12 – Ostrava (Club Barrak) – CZ
2015-12-13 – Markneukirchen (Warwick Music Hall) – DE
2015-12-18 – Valencia (X-Mas Metal Fest) – ES
2015-12-19 – Karlsruhe (Knock Out Festival) – DE
2015-12-20 – Burscheid (Megafon) – DE
2016-01-29 – Pratteln (Z7) – CH
2016-01-30 – MĂŒnchen (Backstage) – DE
2016-01-31 – Mailand (Alcatraz) – IT
2016-02-02 – Paris (Le Bataclan) – FR
2016-02-03 – London (Forum) – GB
2016-02-05 – Antwerpen (Trix) – BE
2016-02-06 – Oberhausen (Turbinenhalle) – DE
2016-02-07 – Stuttgart (Longhorn) – DE
2016-02-10 – Oslo (Rockefeller) – NO
2016-02-11 – Göteborg (TrĂ€dgarn) – SE
2016-02-13 – Turku (Logomo) – FI
2016-02-14 – Helsinki (The Circus) – FI
2016-02-16 – Warszawa (Progresja) – PL

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-Frontiers Music SRL Presents: Joel Hoekstra’s 13 Full Album World Premiere

Out October 16th On Frontiers Music SRL; Pre-Order On iTunes And Amazon

“The guitarist keeps good company on this album… They’ve created an accomplished set of radio-friendly tunes on DYING TO LIVE, including the sultry ‘Long For The Days.'” -Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine

“To sum up DYING TO LIVE it is a captivating, uplifting, joyous release to please and appease fans of Melodic Rock, and in my humble opinion ranks as one of the top must have Melodic Rock Albums released in 2015 to date.” (10/10!) -Seb DiGatto, The Metal Gods Meltdown

“Hard rock the way it used to be. One of the best rock albums of the year? Quite possibly.” (10/10!) -Alan Bannerman, Powerplay Magazine

HOLLYWOOD, CA — This Monday, October 12 the world will hear what critics are calling “The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!” Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – DYING TO LIVE has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic hard rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums), and Derek Sherinian (Keyboards).

Album World Premiere here:

“Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, ‘Rock Of Ages,’ Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and now Whitesnake, I’ve had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,” explains Hoekstra. “Here it is! Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc. I’m honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me. Maybe I’m not a familiar ‘name’ for many of you, but if you’re a fan of melodic hard rock that’s Dio-ish at its heaviest and Foreigner-ish at its lightest, I really think you’ll like this. Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance! Have a listen!”

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Scream” and “Until I Left You” (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus “Long For The Days” and “Anymore” (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here:
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Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well-known for his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger, and the hit show “Rock Of Ages.”

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and Whitesnake click:

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-Redemption To Release New Album THE ART OF LOSS In Early 2016 Via Metal Blade Records!

Redemption’s sixth album, THE ART OF LOSS, has been completed and will be released early in 2016 by Metal Blade Records. Featuring groundbreaking guest performances from a number of legendary musicians, the CD’s nine tracks contain over 70 minutes of Redemption’s unique blend of passion, melody, aggression, and complexity.

Los Angeles-based Redemption is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes renowned prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrews, and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical leave of absence from the band.

The band recruited several of the finest guitarists in metal to complement van Dyk’s playing. “We’re fortunate to have worked with a number of amazing musicians,” begins van Dyk. “To start with, I’m extremely proud to announce that Chris Poland has lent his immense talent as a special guest on this record, contributing his unique playing on the majority of the songs and elevating our music into extremely interesting territory while calling to mind his work in his previous bands, who need not be named. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to have mind-blowing guest performances from Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick, and Simone Mularoni, all of whom are amazing guitarists who add so much to this record.”

In a remarkable and compelling first, the high-octane track “Thirty Silver” features Poland, Friedman, and Broderick in the same song — something that will be a special treat for fans of these world-class players.

In addition, Redemption’s cover of The Who’s classic “Love Reign O’er Me” features a vocal duet between Alder and guest vocalist John Bush. “The combination of Ray’s rich melodic voice and John’s go-for-broke passion on this track really makes it special,” explains van Dyk. “Daltrey’s performance on the original is one of the most iconic vocal performances in the history of rock music and John does it great justice.”

In addition to the nine tracks featured on the US release, bonus editions will be released in Europe and Japan, each featuring alternate versions of selected songs that highlight the guitar performances of Poland, Friedman, Broderick, and Mularoni. In addition, the European release will include an additional cover song (A Great Big World’s “Say Something”) which features a vocal duet between Alder and van Dyk’s daughter Parker, who makes her recording debut after having been the subject of several of Redemption’s songs over the years.

The CD was mixed at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark by veteran producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.) who also worked with Redemption on 2009’s SNOWFALL ON JUDGMENT DAY. The artwork — the band’s most extensive to date — was again created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith.

Redemption – THE ART OF LOSS track listing:
1. The Art Of Loss
2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
3. Damaged
4. Hope Dies Last
5. That Golden Light
6. Thirty Silver
7. The Center Of The Fire
8. Love Reign O’er Me
9. At Day’s End

Stay tuned for more details about THE ART OF LOSS coming soon!

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-AFM Records News

Danzig: Cover Album SKELETONS Out On November 27th!

On November 27th, the highly anticipated new Danzig album SKELETONS — with cover versions of ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Elvis Presley, and many more — will be out. Available as Digi-pak and Vinyl in four different colors.

Manimal: Udo Dirkschneider To Guest On New Album; Cover & Track List Unveiled!

Swedish heavy/power metallers Manimal have set November 20th as release date for their sophomore studio album, titled TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS, which follows 2009’s successful debut THE DARKEST ROOM.

TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS will feature a guest appearance by legendary vocalist Udo Dirkschneider on the song “The Journey.”


1. Irresistible
2. March Of Madness
3. The Dark
4. Trapped In The Shadows
5. Invincible
6. Man-Made Devil
7. Silent Messiah
8. The Journey
9. Screaming Out
10. Psychopomp

Nightmare Announces New Lineup!

French heavy metal pioneers Nightmare had to face vocalist Jo and drummer David Amore leaving the band this August. But who thought that this could mean the end for the long-running group (which was founded in 1979), was wrong.

Last Saturday, Nightmare held a presentation of their new lineup in their hometown Grenoble; announcing the addition of new vocalist Magali Luyten (Beautiful Sin, Beyond The Bridge, ex-Ayreon) and drummer Olivier Casula (Sangdragon, ex-Thalidomide, The Seven Gates).

Have a look at the band’s video message:

The next Nightmare studio album is planned for Fall 2016.

AFM Records

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-Zakk Wylde Guitar Gods Figure, Limited To 1500 Units — Shipping Now!

Guitar Gods proudly announces… ZAKK WYLDE

Officially licensed limited-edition bobble head detailing the master of Metal guitar, hand-numbered and limited to just 1,500 units.


The next figure in the Guitar Gods series ( ) is the founder of Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde.

This figure representing the American musician, song writer, and multi-instrumentalist is limited to 1,500 numbered units, stands at seven inches tall, and is made of a lightweight polyresin.


Displayed in a full-color window box, here Zakk is accurately sculpted down to his beard, vest patches, and signature bulls-eye guitar.

All Guitar Gods figures are available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, etc. via distribution by MVD Entertainment Group — a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986.

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-Queen’s A NIGHT AT THE ODEON To Be Released On November 20th

[Note: I swiped this off of YouTube. – Tim]

Pre-order now –

December 24, 1975. London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Onstage at this legendary venue, the four members of Queen are bringing to a close a ground-breaking show, transmitted live on BBC TV, and also bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year in their careers so far — one that has taken them from the UK to America to Japan, sealing their transition from ambitious upstarts into one of the biggest and most important bands of the era — and beyond.

Forty years later, this groundbreaking show officially takes to the World Stage. On November 20, Queen – A NIGHT AT THE ODEON – HAMMERSMITH 1975 is released on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set, and digitally through Virgin EMI. As well as a live recording of this legendary gig, the packages also include extra-special bonus features for the Queen fans. Featuring 15 tracks from their first four visionary albums, plus covers of four classic rock’n’roll staples delivered with characteristic panache, A NIGHT AT THE ODEON – HAMMERSMITH 1975 captures a band in full flight and radiating megawatts of self-confidence.

Their latest single “Bohemian Rhapsody” — universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released — was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at Number One in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (the most expensive record ever made to that point) found Queen’s grandiose vision coalescing into a breathtaking set of songs and ushered the band into a seat at rock’s top table (just three days after the concert, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA reached the top of the UK album charts).

The Christmas Eve show was the climax of the 26-date “Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera Tour,” which had begun mid-November and had already seen the band play four nights at the same venue a month earlier. Melody Maker magazine had trumpeted the tour with the words “Britain’s most regal band await your presence,” and the reviews of the previous shows had been ecstatic. By the time the band returned to Hammersmith on Christmas Eve, they were truly firing on all cylinders. No expense had been spared, from the stellar light show which lent a spectacular visual element to the night’s proceedings to the suitably lavish white Bechstein grand piano which had been hired especially for this show. Nor had the band themselves overlooked the finer sartorial details. Freddie Mercury sported two different satin cat suits — one black one white — during the show, designed by Wendy deSmet with the singer’s input. Similarly, Freddie had painted the nails of his left hand black for the occasion, while Brian May had his (at the time) trademark white nails.

But for all the stage dressing, every Queen concert was purely and simply about the performance — and this was no exception. Cherry-picked from QUEEN, QUEEN II, SHEER HEART ATTACK, and the triumphant A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, the set list showed every facet of the band, from the ornate hard rock of “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Seven Seas Of Rhye” to the baroque grandeur of “The March Of The Black Queen,” from the heavy metal strut of “Ogre Battle” and “Son And Daughter” to the playful genre-bending of “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” and Queen’s breakthrough hit “Killer Queen.” It was also the tour when they first unleashed the soon-to-be-legendary “Bohemian Rhapsody” on an unsuspecting public — to a rapturous reception.

With the issue of A NIGHT AT THE ODEON this legendary show has finally been given the pedestal it deserves, delivered in fitting style, featuring an incredible new audio mix in stereo and 5.1 surround-sound plus an absolute state-of-the-art restoration of the video. As well as audio and visual footage of the gig, the DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions feature two special bonus features — “Looking Back At The Odeon,” a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show, plus the rarely seen “Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975” footage, featuring three songs (“Now I’m Here,” “Killer Queen,” and “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited”) recorded during their legendary tour of the Far East. The Super Deluxe Boxed Set also includes a never-before-heard recording from the pre-show soundcheck — something that no one outside of the band themselves knew existed until now.

A NIGHT AT THE ODEON – HAMMERSMITH 1975 is released on the following formats:

SD Blu-ray:
CD+SD Blu-ray:
2 LP:
Super Deluxe Box:


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-RAM Premieres “The Usurper” Online; SVBVERSVM Out October 30th Via Metal Blade!

[Note: This combines two separate releases. – Tim]

“Heavy Metal Tyranny, Bang Your Head Or Lose It, Death To All Who Oppose Us.” — RAM

Swedish heavy metal defenders (of the faith), RAM, are ready to unleash their latest batch of fist-pumping, molten metal anthems upon the masses in the form of SVBVERSVM.

Brimming with raging hymns of death, post-apocalyptic dominance, and total devastation through iron, the band’s fourth studio offering was self-produced at Black Path Studios, mixed at Welfare Sounds by Olle Björk, Per StĂ€lberg, and RAM, mastered by Daniel Johansson, and will be unveiled on October 30th via Metal Blade Records worldwide. In Europe, the record will come available as a limited CD/DVD digi-pak, as well as on CD and vinyl.

As a precursor to its release, Heavy Blog Is Heavy and Germany’s Deaf Forever magazine hurl forth the fire ‘n’ brimstone enormity of “The Usurper,” with Heavy Blog Is Heavy issuing of the track, “Swedish headbangers RAM are keeping the dream alive for those clamoring for a modern take on the powerful ’80s metal scene that propelled legends Judas Priest, Dio, and Iron Maiden into the spotlight.”

Heavy Blog Is Heavy

Deaf Forever

You can still listen to the first single “Eyes Of The Night” at . Make sure to check out the pre-order section where you can also order a bundle with an exclusively designed T-shirt!

Comments RAM on their latest offering, “This album is the rebirth of RAM and a natural step to take after DEATH. For this album, we went back and rediscovered the mass of notes, lyrical ideas, and sketches that were created at the very birth of RAM, from around 1999-2001. We saw that these ideas were more valid than ever and still very inspiring. We are very pleased with the album that is the product of four months of being locked up in the studio and offering our very last drop of sweat and blood for it to become the most massive RAM production ever. This is our latest assault upon the rotting world, may it be a dagger in the heart of the powers that may be! SVBVERSVM is at hand!”

SVBVERSVM track listing:
1. Return Of The Iron Tyrant
2. Eyes Of The Night
3. The Usurper
4. Enslaver
5. Holy Death
6. Terminus
7. The Omega Device
8. Forbidden Zone
9. Temples Of Void
10. Svbversvm

The limited first edition of SVBVERSVM will be released as a Digi-pak with a bonus DVD. The bonus DVD is entitled X ANNIVERSARY, A DECADE OF HEAVY METAL TYRANNY CONCERT and was filmed on Friday, 13th of September 2013 at a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Bonus DVD track listing:
1. Sudden Impact
2. Judgement And Punishment
3. Blessed To Be Cursed
4. Under The Scythe
5. Defiant
6. Awakening The Chimaera
7. Machine Invaders
8. Ghost Pilot
9. Death
10. Forced Entry
11. Flame Of The Tyrants
12. Infuriator

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-Texas Metal Titans Ignitor Issue Update!

Texas metal powerhouse Ignitor were recently confirmed as the latest main-stage addition to next year’s Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival which will be held at Reggie’s Rock Club May 6th & 7th in Chicago, Illinois.

Ignitor features in its ranks veterans of the US metal scene, including founding guitarist Stuart Laurence (Batlord) from Agony Column and legendary front man Jason McMaster of Dangerous Toys & WatchTower, alongside co-founding drummer Pat Doyle best known for his work with The Offenders.

The recently revamped lineup of Ignitor now includes bassist Billy Dansfiell (Agony Column) and rhythm guitarist Robert Williams (Witches Mark).

Ignitor is currently recording the follow up to 2012’s YEAR OF THE METAL TIGER full-length at Emphatic Audio Recording Studio in Austin, Texas for a tentative early Spring release.

A free download of the band’s all-covers album MIX TAPE ’85 can be obtained here .

For more information, visit:

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-Chastain’s SURRENDER TO NO ONE Vinyl Edition — Cover, Track List, Release Date: 27th November 2015

The release date of the Chastain album SURRENDER TO NO ONE on Vinyl is November 27th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on November 13th, 2015 in the Pure Steel webshop:

Parallel to the release of the new studio album WE BLEED METAL on Pure Steel Records, the predecessor SURRENDER TO NO ONE from 2013 will also be released on vinyl for the first time. Two years ago the album marked the return of vocalist Leather Leone to Chastain after more than a 20-year absence.

SURRENDER TO NO ONE cemented Chastain’s reputation as one of the greatest US Metal bands in history. Groovy, doom-styled riff smashers like “Bleed Through Me” and “I Am Sin” combined with the unobtrusive shred guitar parts of master David T. Chastain, helped drive double bass hymns such as “Stand And Fight” and “Freedom Within.” Despite a modern, rich production, the release stands with the band’s classics from the second half of the ’80s.

SURRENDER TO NO ONE is a must-have item for every LP collector with a penchant for female Metal vocals!

Track Listing:
Side A
1. Stand Up and Fight
2. Freedom Within
3. Evil Awaits Us
4. Rise Up
5. Fear My Wrath
Side B
1. Surrender To No One
2. Call Of The Wind
3. Deep Down In The Darkness
4. Save me Tonight

Side A
I Am Sin
Side B
Bleed Through Me

Total Playing Time: 53:50 minutes

Leather Leone – vocals
David T. Chastain – guitars
Mike Skimmerhorn – bass
Stian Kristoffersen – drums

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-Necromancing The Stone Signs To Metal Blade Records!

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of Necromancing The Stone! Featuring former and current members of Arsis, The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Brimstone Coven, Necromancing The Stone may be considered a “super-group” or “studio project” by some, but that is not the intent of this quintet. Upon unleashing their upcoming debut full-length in 2016 via Metal Blade, the band plans to take their unique brand of no-nonsense, traditional heavy metal out on the road.

Necromancing The Stone’s Jeramie Kling (drums) comments: “It’s an honor to be a part of the Metal Blade family. Together, we have crafted a release that will not only destroy an entire seaboard village by way of force, but also soothe that very hoard into a capricious trance. We have finalized the recording process and have sent our offering to the mighty James Murphy. Cannot wait to get this released and see all of you maniacs out there on the road!”

Justin Wood (guitars) adds: “Necromancing The Stone is something that we are all excited to be a part of as it gives us a creative outlet to create the kind of hook-laden, riff-centric heavy metal that we want to hear more of in the world. Justin Wood and John Williams (Brimstone Coven), along with James Malone (Arsis), Ryan Williams (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder), and Jeramie Kling (The Absence, 456 other bands) swore their solemn allegiance to the cause with a blood sacrifice upon the peak of Ogre’s Rock in a secret ritual veiled in danger and mystery in the summer of 2014 and came together for the recording of an online EP BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU ARE DEAD. The time has now come to batten down the hatches and set forth into the world with a purpose in our hearts and a sword in our hands. We aim to leave no stone unturned and hope to see you all out there with us blazing a path of blood and riffs.”

For a preview of what’s to come, fans can stream and purchase Necromancing The Stone’s 3-track EP, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU ARE DEAD, now on Bandcamp: . Released in summer 2014 and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, PAIN, etc.), BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU ARE DEAD will be re-recorded and included on the band’s currently untitled album. Stay tuned for more news about this release coming soon!

Necromancing The Stone:
“Big” John Williams – vocals
James Malone – guitars
Justin Wood – guitars
Ryan Williams – bass
Jeramie Kling – drums

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-The New Black Team Up With Producer Jacob Hansen For New Album; Start Crowdfunding Campaign!

German Heavy Rockers The New Black are currently working hard on their fourth album with Danish producer Jacob Hansen of Volbeat fame. The album will be released on February 26th, 2016 via AFM Records and is being recorded in the band’s hometown of WĂŒrzburg, Germany at Jam Productions Studio.

Jacob Hansen had previously mixed and mastered the band’s last self-produced effort III: CUT LOOSE (2013). He comments: “Watching the guys live, I saw some extra excitement that I’d love to capture on an album. There’s a lot of cool music cooking in this band, and I’m looking forward to making it as good as we can.”

Says the band: “We loved what Jacob did for the sound of last album. He’s a cool guy, too, so we wanted him on board as the producer from start to finish to really dig into the songs together. We had reached a limit with doing everything ourselves, we need to make the next step to avoid repeating ourselves. And it all sounds so far like we achieved that next step. We have never worked on new material that intensively, mercilessly and enjoyably.”

The New Black ask any friends, sympathizers, and well-wishers to have a look at their crowdfunding campaign at PledgeMusic. Here the fans can pre-order new music and get their hands on cool exclusives goodies like checking out the band at their rehearsal dungeon, get their portrait drawn by singer Fludid, and becoming the official Beertech at one of their shows, not to mention a lot of behind-the-scenes-stuff.

The band’s campaign can be found here:

See a video here:

The five musicians are also grateful for being supported by the Wacken Foundation with a temporary loan to help cover the cost.

The New Black entered the studio freshly energized from a stint on the road with Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society where they premiered new tracks “Send In The Clowns” and the title track “Godzilla With A Grin.” Pics from the studio can be found on the band’s homepage, Facebook presence, and other social media outlets.

Germany’s The New Black so far have released three self-produced albums so far and were fortunate to have played shows with AC/DC, Black Label Society, Volbeat, and Alter Bridge, among others.

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-Prog Metal Super-Group Zierler Premiere “No Chorus” Lyric Video Through Revolver

NEW YORK, NY — Transatlantic progression metal conglomerate Zierler, featuring members of Beyond Twilight, Fates Warning, Scar Symmetry, and Circus Maximus, have released a lyric video for the song “No Chorus,” the first single off the band’s long-awaited debut album, ESC, out October 16 via US-based Vanity Music Group. The track is exclusively streamed by Revolver magazine at this location:

“‘No Chorus’ is about breaking norms and conventions. Whether it’s approaching music, song structures, life, culture, or solving problems in new innovative ways. Articulating a point of view in relation to a particular situation in ways we had never thought of before. Most of all, it’s about encouraging people to foster the ability to look at things differently from the way we typically look at them,” explains mastermind/keyboardist Finn Zierler the inspiration behind the song.

“The track itself is written without a chorus. The line, ‘I’m so sick of verse, bridge, and chorus’ expresses the sentiment at the core of it all. Writing a song without a chorus and making it work as a song is hard. Writing a song without a chorus and making it work so that the listener doesn’t notice is really hard! ‘No Chorus’ seemed like a fitting title as the line, ‘this song has no chorus’ actually takes on the role of the chorus although the song lacks a traditional chorus. Music nerds won’t be disappointed.”

His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn Zierler’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date. Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood wizard Danny Elfman, Zierler masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.

Joining Finn on ESC are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa) — the first to come aboard — and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (Insense, Circus Maximus) on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out across the pond to a pair of Texas standouts, drum veteran Bobby Jarzombek, whose stellar resume includes the likes of Fates Warning, Halford, Riot, and Spastic Ink, and vocal powerhouse Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on Beyond Twilight’s 2005 album, SECTION X, and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G’s band, Firewind, as well as Darkology.

The album’s stellar mix comes courtesy of another Beyond Twilight alum and long-time friend, noted studio whiz Jacob Hansen, best known for his affiliation with Danish superstars Volbeat as well as his work with Amaranthe and Destruction amongst others. Last but not least, acclaimed London-based graphic artist Rob Sindermann has been tapped to create the stunning visuals for the ESC album packaging which includes an elaborate 28-page deluxe booklet.

ESC track listing:

1. A New Beginning
2. Aggrezzor
3. Darkness Delight
4. Dark To The Bone
5. Evil Spirit
6. Married To The Cause
7. No Chorus
8. Rainheart
9. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

Relevant sites:

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-Starblind’s DYING SON Due Out On Pure Steel Records

GENRE: Heavy Metal
LABEL: Pure Steel Records
RELEASE: 4th December 2015
ARTWORK: Markus Vesper

Following the brand new signing of Starblind with Pure Steel Records in March 2015, Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON is soon to be unleashed upon the world, following up their album debut DARKEST HORRORS from 2014. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Starblind are here to deliver traditional Heavy Metal as if time had stood still since 1984.

Their music can be described as catchy Heavy Metal with majestic twin guitar leads, pumping bass guitar, dynamic drums, and melodic, powerful vocals. No attempts have been made to hide the influences when writing the material to DYING SON. And it stands clear that the metal giants from Great Britain are the main ones.

DYING SON contains everything from fast songs like “The Lighthouse” and “A Dying Son,” to mid-tempo “Firestone” and “Sacrifice,” to the 11Âœ-minute opus “The Land Of Seven Rivers Beyond the Sea.”

Starblind’s sophomore album DYING SON was recorded live in the studio and is produced by Rocka Rollas/Blazon Stone mastermind Cedrick Forsberg. Because of the philosophy of no guitar dubbing, no triggers, and no metronome when recording, the album has a very authentic and organic feel. What you get on the album, is what you get live!

To the fans of ’80s metal and of the “New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal,” this is a record you cannot miss!

Track List:
1. A Dying Son
2. Blood Red Skies
3. Firestone
4. The Man Of The Crowd
5. The Lighthouse
6. Sacrifice
7. Room 101
8. The Land Of Seven Rivers Beyond The Sea
Total playtime: 74:53

vocals – Mike Stark
lead guitars – Björn Rosenblad
lead guitars – Johan Jonasson
drums – Zakarias Wikner
bass – Daniel Tillberg

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-Wild Frontier Proudly Announce The Release Of Their New Album ALIVE 25

Artist: Wild Frontier
Title: ALIVE 25
Released Formats: CD, Download
Style: Hard Rock
Copyright: 2015 Prime Entertainment
Label: Prime Entertainment
Release Date: 17. October 2015
Distribution: Music Buy

Track List:
1. Anything You Want (6:17)
2. Bad Town’s Side (3:29)
3. Alive (04:15)
4. To The End Of The World (3:38)
5. Don’t Walkaway (4:25)
6. Thousand Miles Away (4:42)
7. One Heart One Soul (4:36)
8. Shake Your Body (5:28)
9. Wild Wind Blows (3:50)
10. Too Late (4:54
11. Why Don’t You Save Me (4:56)
12. I Can’t Believe (4:18)
13. The End of The Road (5:21)
14. It’s All Over Now (4:47)
15. Sourrounded (4:55)
16. We Will Be One (5:22)

Wild Frontier proudly announce the release of their new album ALIVE 25. The album contains 16 live recorded songs from their 25th anniversary show plus a free DVD from the concert. The show was filmed last year, on March 8th in Wabern / Germany. The DVD contains 16 live songs plus two video clips from the 2012 album. The album release will be on October 17th by Prime Entertainment/Music Buy Mail.

Jens Walkenhorst – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Mario Erdmann – Bass/Vocals
Thomas Ellenberger – Keyboards/Vocals
Sascha Fahrenbach – Guitar/Vocals
Nico Fahrenbach – Drums

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-Night Viper Set Release Date For New SVART Album, Premiere First Track

Today, Svart Records sets December 4th as the international release date for Night Viper’s self-titled debut album. Night Viper are a hot-rockin’ heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The first two ingredients in the Viper pie were Sofie Lee Johansson and Tom Sutton (Horisont, The Order Of Israfel, ex-Church Of Misery). As soon as they met, the chemistry started flying and some pure fist-banging heavy metal demos were thrown down. They were joined briefly by Sven Nilsson from Antichrist on drums as well as a few others on guitar and bass, but it was once swing master Jonna Karlsson was behind the kit that things started really moving. The folk-tastic stylings of Emil Ridderstolpe on guitar and the fast fingers of Ruben Åhlander Persson (Miasmal) on bass completed the lineup. They played their first show in Summer 2014, and since then have played at Heavy Days In Doomtown, Muskelrock and Geggan festivals to great success, along with gigs throughout Sweden. October marks their first European tour, with shows in Germany, Denmark, and The Czech Republic with good friends Demon Head. They have released a single through Svart Records, and are again working with the label for the release of NIGHT VIPER, set to be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Plans are already underway for European tours and festival appearances throughout 2016, but in the meantime, the band are sharing the new track “The Wolverine” as part of the Metal Riot Halloween compilation Creature Honeymoon here:

“We love it,” says guitarist Tom Sutton of NIGHT VIPER. “We recorded all the basic tracks live together, and I think you can really hear the excitement in the room. It’s very organic-sounding, and will remind people of the heavy metal classics they love, while still being very current and very unique. It’s not a tribute to any era in any way. There’s elements of KILL ‘EM ALL-era Metallica, Judas Priest, Entombed, and the more metal side of Motörhead, along with some Pentagram or Coven-type spookiness. This is just a pure and honest representation of how we sound. Each song really has its own personality, and the melodies are super-catchy. The differences in style and influences between the two guitarists, Emil and I, give the album a lot of texture, I think. If there’s a solo that sounds like cat with its tail on fire, that’s me, and if there’s something with a beautiful twirling melody to it, that’s probably Emil. Ruben sounds totally thumping on bass, and Jonna plays with a swing that isn’t heard in metal much these days. And for those who haven’t heard Sofie Lee sing yet, you really are in for a treat. We can’t wait for people to hear it. There will be bangovers!”

Track listing for Night Viper’s NIGHT VIPER:
1. Night Viper
2. The Hammer
3. Curse Of A Thousand Deaths
4. Run For Cover
5. Warrior Woman
6. Faces In The Mirror
7. Never Be Enslaved
8. Dagger In Hand
9. The Wolverine

More info:

Svart Records

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-Divebomb Records: Holosade HELL HOUSE Deluxe Edition CD Coming October 30th

HELL HOUSE (Deluxe Edition)

Holosade hail from Darlington in the North East of the UK which was also home to such revered acts as Venom, Raven, Atomkraft, and Warfare. Unlike many of the above, it took Holosade quite a while to emerge as a unit. The band began, in 1985, as a thought in the head of Phillip de Sade (vocals), but the right lineup was a long time in the making and it wasn’t until 1986 that the lineup was confident or stable enough to find its own style and really push itself through the demo LOVE IT TO DEATH. Although not the band’s first, it was by far the best, and ultimately led to their signing with Powerstation Records (Tokyo Blade, Chrome Molly), especially when the demo was coupled with the tremendous live effect the band were having where ever they appeared.

Originally intended to be an EP, HELL HOUSE was released in 1988 as a full-length based on the label’s confidence that Holosade had a surefire formula to success which combined a gritty mixture of Anthrax and Di’anno-era Iron Maiden. Holosade delivered little in the way of sophistication and refinement, but they were a raucous quintet full of honest under-arm sweaty stains and intrinsically British. It wasn’t long after the release of HELL HOUSE that the plague of lineup changes resumed and Holosade slowly fell apart with some members departing to such notable UK acts Sabbat and Little Angels.

Despite Holosade’s flirtation with the spotlight, Divebomb Records is excited to present HELL HOUSE in this special deluxe edition reissue. The 20-page booklet contains band-supplied photos, archival magazine features, and full album lyrics. This edition also contains six bonus tracks, four of which are from a previous unreleased BBC 1 Rock Show Session. This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans.

HELL HOUSE sees release on October 30th.

Stream Now:
“Welcome To The Hellhouse”

For Fans Of:
Anthrax, Hallows Eve, Abattoir, Razor

Track List:
1. Look Into The Mirror
2. Welcome To The Hellhouse
3. Love It To Death
4. Madame Guillotine
5. Psycho
6. Bitter Sweet
7. Eternal Life
8. Nightmare Reality

Bonus Tracks
Neat Records Demo (1987)
9. Psycho
10. Eternal Life

BBC Radio 1 Rock Show Session (1988)
11. Welcome To The Hellhouse
12. Psycho
13. Computer World
14. Look Into The Mirror


Divebomb Records

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-Seattle Thrashers Fallen Angels Announce Show Dates + New Album Out WORLD IN DECAY Produced By Legendary Thrash Producer Michael Rosen

For fans of late ’80s Bay Area thrash, Testament, Havok, Forbidden, Exodus, ’80s-era Metallica and Megadeth, Annihilator, Anthrax, Overkill, and Death Angel.

Seattle, WA thrashers Fallen Angels announce they will being hitting the road for dates ins Washington state this October and November in promotion of third studio release WORLD IN DECAY, produced by Grammy award-winning metal producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Forbidden, Testament, Death Angel, Flotsam And Jetsam, Tesla, Vicious Rumors). The album was released on August 4th via their indie label Cyberdyne Records to follow 2010’s ENGINES OF OPPRESSION and 2008 debut RISE FROM ASHES released on Metal On Metal Records. To order WORLD IN DECAY, please visit .

Fallen Angels are also offering a FREE Download of their track “Nightmare” at , which is also supported by a video at .

Show Dates:
Oct 17 – Everett, WA – Tony V’s
Oct 31 – Tacoma, WA – Louie G’s
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA – The Highline w/ Havok
Nov 14 – Tukwila, WA – Lucky Liquor
Nov 21 – Olympia, WA – 4th Ave Tavern

WORLD IN DECAY track listing:
1. The Hammer’s Blow (4:25)
2. Nightmare (4:58)
3. Forsaken Existence (5:05)
4. Leading The Blind (4:36)
5. Fire At Eden’s Gate (6:13)
6. Into The Abyss (5:39)
7. The Hour Of The Time (5:40)
8. Mortis Ex Machina (4:28)
Album Length: 41:08

Capturing the classic thrash sound of the Big Four in their prime; early Metallica, Testament, Slayer, and Megadeth as well as lesser-known cult heroes Exodus, Annihilator, Forbidden, and Havok. Fallen Angels is influenced by a wide range of ’80s thrash as well as classic metal from the ’70s and ’80s. The band combines these elements in a fresh, modern sounding album with the explosive riffs and solos that one might have expected to hear on the radio around 1989. Fallen Angels is a band that thrash fans and more classic metal oriented fans can agree on because the music is catchy but also very aggressive.

For more info, please visit .

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-Rock Company Newsletter

Special Offers: Several Promotions Running At Rock Company!

First is a temporary discount on the first Earthshine CD. So if you want some music to relax to, to create that much needed peace of mind…

Second is a promo on Bandcamp ( ) for the first Forest Field release FLOATING ON AIR. This 32-minute ambient track now sells for 1 euro (or more).

And last but not least: We now offer over 40 non-label CDs for 3 to 7 euro. New, almost new or used in various rock genres!

Get yourself a crazy deal!

And still a flat shipping rate, no matter how many CDs you order!

New Video: Forest Field Visit “The Zoo”

A lot of people have seen the video with several samples of the ANGELS? album. And critics are liking the more rock approach that this album represents.

So all the more reason to release a video for a full track. Relationships are serious business. As is human behavior. But we think it is a good thing to sometimes make a little fun about it… So take us to “The Zoo” where we can see what all you people do!

Website Update

The Rock Company website offers more audio now.

There were already a lot of videos on display at the site, but now we have expanded the audio as well. All artist pages now have a music player.

And finally we also made a sample video for our first distribution CD from Roger de Bree. For those who like classical acoustic guitar! We are also looking for artists to work with. Contact us if interested!

And did you know we have 10 releases available for you now, and several albums in various states of progress? Expect more in the near future. #musicforallmoods

We thank all our customers for their support, it is vital for our little independent company.

Rock Company


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-Martin Barre To Tour America — The South And East Cost — Nov. 15 Through Dec. 20

Martin Barre will be headlining his first solo tour of the States, starting this November as he is playing Cruise To The Edge November 15-19 with Yes, Marillion, Spock’s Beard, Enchant, and rising prog guitarist Randy McStine. (In 2004, Martin co-billed in the United States with Willie Porter, whom he met when Porter opened for Jethro Tull in 2003.)

After Cruise To The Edge, Martin starts his solo date in Del Ray, Florida at the Arts Center on November 21, which is almost sold out. The tour moves up the east coast through Fayette, AL; Tupelo, MS; Jackson, MS, Shreveport, LA; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; Vienna, VA; Rocky Mount, VA; Sellersville, PA; Binghamton, PA; Cleveland, OH; Rochester, NY; New York City, and other TBA shows.

For the past four years Martin has toured the world with his own band to play the “classic” music from the Jethro Tull catalog, but also many new tracks written by Martin including his new album, BACK TO STEEL (plus his two recent solo albums MARTIN BARRE and AWAY WITH WORDS).

For 43 years Martin Barre was the renowned guitarist of Jethro Tull, and his role in the band cannot be overestimated. Bruce Eder wrote on, “His playing has provided much of the energy that allows the band to soar on record and in concert.”

His unique sound and style contributed enormously to their success, which includes several chart-topping albums, 11 gold and five platinum albums, a Grammy Award for CREST OF A KNAVE in 1988, and album sales exceeding 60 million units. Tull continues to be played worldwide, representing an important part of classic rock history.

Martin’s guitar playing has earned him respect and recognition; he’s been voted among the best ever in the USA and in the UK for his playing on “Aqualung.” Beyond numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has plied those award-winning chops with many other distinguished artists, including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, and Chris Thompson. He has shared a stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin.

Redoubtable drummer George Lindsay, alongside super song writer and bass player Alan Thomson form the core of Martin’s accomplished band, with vocals performed by the talented and distinctive Dan Crisp. All members are committed to giving the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years with a few surprises along the way.

“Song For Jeffrey” video:

Martin Barre’s Confirmed Tour Dates:
11/15-19: Cruise To The Edge – w/ Yes, Marillion, Randy McStine, Enchant, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Spock’s Beard…
11/21 – Arts Garage, Del Ray, FL
11/24 – Fayette Civic Centre, Fayette, AL – w/ Chris Simmons
11/25 – The Blue Canoe, Tupelo, MS
11/28 – Bears On Fairfield, Shreveport, LA
11/29 – Duling Hall, Jackson, MS
12/2 – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA
12/3 – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC – w/ The Get Right Band
12/4 – Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
12/6 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA – w/ opener The Get Right Band
12/10 – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA – w/ Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
12/11 – Eclipse, Binghamton, NY – w/ Joe Deninzon & Randy McStine
12/13 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Cleveland, OH
12/15 – The Lovin’ Cup (Presented by the Bop Shop)
12/18 – The Spire Center For The Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA
12/19 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY

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-Ghoul Releases New Song for “The Humans” Comic Book Soundtrack

“We were really stoked on a comic about violent, motorcycle-riding monkeys. They throw their poo, just like us!” — Cremator, Ghoul

Ghoul has released a new song for the ongoing soundtrack to Image Comics’ “The Humans” graphic novel series. The song is available online from “The Humans” Soundcloud page:

“The Humans” comic, by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely, is set in the ’70s and follows a motorcycle gang’s exploits, but with a twist; in this world, the gangs are all apes and actual humans are primitive beasts kept around for sport. Each issue of “The Humans” is accompanied by two original songs released online from bands such as Goblin Cock and Witches Of God. Ghoul’s song, “Humans Till Deth,” is an octane-fueled surf-thrash tune attached to the release of issue #8, out now.

To celebrate the release, Ghoul has also released a promotional video for the song, available for viewing on their Facebook page.

Says Ghoul bassist Cremator, “We were really stoked on a comic about violent, motorcycle-riding monkeys. They throw their poo, just like us!” Ghoul front man Digestor added, “Ghoul has been busy writing new material, so the timing was just right. We recorded for the first time at Antisleep Studios and their wax cylinders are of the highest quality. The next album will actually and literally murder you.”

Ghoul will be recording a follow-up to their 2011 LP, TRANSMISSION ZERO, for Tankcrimes Records in December of this year.

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-Peace Killers Set Release Date For Svart, Reveal Teaser Video

Today, Svart Records sets January 22nd, 2016 as the international release date for Peace Killers’ self-titled debut album, to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats. Svart signed Peace Killers to a deal in 2014, and the Sacramento-based band recorded PEACE KILLERS in the summer of 2014 at Earth Tone Studios ( ) with the help of local record producer Pat Hills, a force in Sacramento’s strong and proud local music scene.

Over the years, Sacramento has produced a diverse array of bands including Deftones, Will Haven, Far, Cake, Death Grips, Trash Talk, CHRCH, Battle Hag, and Bog Oak, among many others. Peace Killers are excited and proud to follow in the footsteps of these great bands, of which more can be read here:

The members of Peace Killers make up a combined 40 years of experience in the Northern California punk and hardcore scenes. The style of writing is swift, intuitive, and improvisational. The result is an early metal sound with a DIY punk ethic. The band boasts a second lead guitar that creates a 3-D effect in the band’s blues-based sound. It is inspired by the twin guitars of legends like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. Apart from those names, influences include the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, UFO, Melvins, Fu Manchu, Queens Of The Stone Age, Red Fang, Witchcraft, and Kiss.

Visual documentation of Peace Killers’ live prowess can be viewed here:

A special preview video for Peace Killers can be viewed here:

Track listing for PEACE KILLERS:
1. Devil’s Daughters
2. Feast On Fisticuffs
3. From Sleep
4. Heavy Days / Moon Blood
5. Sugar’s Peepers
6. Young Man’s Shoes
7. Recovery
8. Green Metal
9. Spoonful

Peace Killers are:
Andrew Harrison – lead singer, guitars
Alex Dorame – bass, vocals
Cory Weigert – guitars, vocals
Greg Hyatt – drums

More Info:

Svart Records

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-Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Announces Official Film Lineup + Second Stage Bands Confirmed

In just a little over a month, Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Fest will terrorize San Antonio. Now in its third year of audio and visual pandemonium, this year’s multi-stage gore gala will take place at the Aztec Theater, The Korova, and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel on November 13th – 15th, 2015 and features three film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings, and the return of The Metal Masters And Horror panel with special appearances from performing bands and legendary filmmakers throughout the weekend, as well as what’s mutated into one of the most punishing live lineups of the year!

For the onscreen carnage cravers, this year’s edition of HHF includes 80 eye-gouging film screenings throughout the weekend. Having sifted through a record-breaking amount of independent film submissions, the Housecore Horror Fest plague-bringers narrowed it down to 45 gems from filmmakers around the globe, including Israel, Brazil, Poland, Spain, Canada, Denmark, and more. Anselmo added to the banquet of visual grotesqueries, reaching deep into his personal vault of repulsions to bring fest goers a variety of personal horror favorites including “Cannibal Man,” “Don’t Torture A Duckling,” and “Baba Yaga.”

Housecore Horror Fest III will also include special guest appearances by Gwar’s Don Drakulich a.k.a. “Sleazy P. Martini” who will host a special screening of “Skulhedface” and a secret bonus film that Gwar fans won’t want to miss. Other bonuses include a onetime screening of cult classic, “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” with original cast members Alan Ormsby and Anya Cronin in attendance, a premiere of a never-before-seen short film from Coffin Joe, the world premiere of the controversial, gore-tastic “American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock,” a special director’s cut of zombie-Viking-black metal-biker film, “Saga,” starring Ted Skelljum of black metal icons Darkthrone and an appearance by iconic bodybuilding champion/actor/song writer/screen writer/musician, Jon Mikl Thor, who will be screening his new documentary followed by a performance on The Korova stage. Additional special guests include comedian Dave Hill from the Metal Grasshopper films, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” star Bill Moseley, and more!

Comments Anselmo of the upcoming festivities, “This may be our strongest film lineup yet. I can’t wait for people to come and have their minds blown! We’re screening some crazy sh*t this year. And obviously we’re showing [late Housecore Horror Fest co-founder] Corey [Mitchell]’s favorite movie as a tribute to him, ‘Henry, Portrait Of A Serial Killer.’ We’re also trying out a VHS swap meet this year, which I’m looking forward to. And we’re bringing back our late-night VHS Vomitorium, which will screen obscure VHS gems.”

Easily its most maniacal bill yet, this year’s music lineup includes King Diamond performing 1987 quintessential second full-length, ABIGAIL, in its harrowing entirety, Agoraphobic Nosebleed playing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin doing a live score of George Romero’s “Dawn Of The Dead,” Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, Exodus, and so many more.

Recently added second stage at The Korova, located just steps away from the Aztec Theater, will play host to the likes of Aggravator, Big Okie Doom, Black Breath, Black Moriah, Bloodf*ckers, Butcher, Classhole, Delta Doom, Disfigured, Fang, Fat Stupid Ugly People, Hellknife, Hellshock, Honky, Idolatry, Kill It Again, Krigblast, Los Revolucinarios, Mountain Of Wizard, Ossacrux, Protest, The Unnaturals, Valdur, and War Master! Bring a helmet.

Official second stage and film schedules will be posted on the website soon!

Housecore Horror Festival Aztec Theater Day-To-Day Lineup:

King Diamond
Child Bite

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Corrosion Of Conformity
Negative Approach
Poison Idea
Cripple Bastards

Goblin (“Dawn Of The Dead” live score)
Author And Punisher
Muscle And Marrow

Tickets for Housecore Horror Fest III are currently available at:

Further surprises to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Until then, suffer.

-Adligate, German groove metal band, has a new video for “Kill The Moon” online at . The clip features Sascha Bisley, and the track comes from NEW BLOOD OLD CHAPTER. See and for more.

-Check out an interview with Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera, in a new podcast at .

-Another Avantasia guest singer… Pretty Maids’ Ronnie Atkins will guest on the new album GHOSTLIGHTS, due January 29 on Nuclear Blast, and will also join the band for the 2016 world tour. See for more.

-Upcoming Britny Fox shows:

11/7 – North Atlanta Trade Center, Norcross, GA
11/13 – Blackthorn 51, Queens, NY
11/14 – Theatre Of The Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA – w/ Heavens Edge

See and for more.

-Coda is working on its debut for Z Records, due next spring. Hype: “The material is blistering and gigantic with a Led Zeppelin influence.”

-Crimson Day’s ORDER OF THE SHADOWS is due October 16 on Iron Shield Records. Background: “Crimson Day is a five-piece heavy metal band from Tampere, Finland. First release was the CRIMSON DAY EP in 2013. The sound? ‘High and loud’ style singing of vocalist Valtteri Heiskanen, pounding riffs and shredding solos of guitarists Ari Balzar and Jesse Liukkonen, and a tight rhythm section of bassist Jesse KĂ€mĂ€rĂ€inen and drummer Tuomas Lesonen combine a formula of honest and ‘balls to the wall’ Heavy Metal.” ORDER OF THE SHADOWS track list: “Enter The Order,” “Stormborn,” “And Then Came Death,” “Sandstalker,” “Order Of The Shadows,” “Lies About Paradise,” “Far From Serenity,” “Burning Redemption,” “Fatal Destination,” “Blessed Be Thy Hate,” “The Gathering.” Check out “Blessed Be Thy Hate” online now at . See and for more.

-Gentlemans Pistols will have HUSTLER’S ROW out October 16 on Nuclear Blast. Check out a video interview with singer/guitarist James Atkinson and guitarist Bill Steer about the new album, online now at . HUSTLER’S ROW can be pre-ordered now at . See for more.

-Upcoming Goatsnake tour dates:

11/19-22 – Le Guess Who? Festival – Utrecht, The Netherlands
12/12 – 5th Quarter Lounge, Indianapolis, IN w/ Pelican, Bongripper, Rlyeh, Sacred Leather
12/13 – Ace Of Cups, Columbus, OH – w/ Pelican
12/14 – The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI – w/ Pelican
12/15 – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL – w/ Pelican, Cloakroom, Canadian Rifle

-Check out the trailer for “GutterdĂ€mmerung” — described as “Bjorn Tagemose’s dark rock and roll fairy tale” — at . Lemmy, Slash, Tom Araya, Volbeat, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, and many more rockers star. See and for more.

-Hibria’s new live video for “Tightrope,” from a recent show in Tokyo, is online at . See for more.

-There’s a great interview about the Hollywood Vampires — both the band and the old Hollywood drinking club that inspired it — at . The main interview is with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, plus “sidebar” segments with Bob Ezrin and Micky Dolenz.

-More on that nifty-sounding Ignitor MIX TAPE ’85 compilation, mentioned above… Track listing: “Deathrider” (Anthrax), “Fast As A Shark” (Accept), “Violence And Force” (Exciter), “Into The Coven” (Mercyful Fate), “Witching Hour” (Venom), “Hell Bent For Leather” (Judas Priest), “A Lesson In Violence” (Exodus), “Highway Star” (Deep Purple). Nab it now for free at , and check out a couple reviews at and .

-Track list for Swedish “punk n rollers” Junkstars’ new album, THIS MEANS WAR: “Kill The Ravens,” “Romance Of Death,” “Monster Blood,” “Snakebites,” “Old Mans Dead House,” “Hometown,” “Unrighteous Grave,” “Chamber Of Suffering,” “This Means War.”

-Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall’s KINGDOM OF ROCK is due out November 6 on Frontiers. Check out the new track “No Control,” featuring Joe Lynn Turner, at . The album can be pre-ordered at Amazon at , and iTunes at . See for more.

-Check out some recent interviews with Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer at and .

-Lachrymose’s new video for “In A Reverie,” featuring Thomas Vikström and taken from CARPE NOCTUM, is online now at . See and for more.

-The live version of Masterplan’s “Spirit Never Die,” from the KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE set, is online now at . The band’s upcoming Latin American tour dates are as follows:

10/15 – Teatro Odisseia, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
10/16 – Clash Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10/17 – Bar Da Montanha, Limeira, Brazil
10/18 – El Toro Pub, Porto Alegre, Brazil
10/20 – Bluzz Live, Montevideo, Uruguay
10/22 – Asbury Music Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10/23 – El Galpon De La Musica, Rosario, Argentina
10/24 – Kmasu Premiere, Santiago, Chile
10/25 – Cinemateca Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
10/28 – Made In Peru, Lima, Peru
10/29 – Ozzy Bar, Bogota, Colombia
10/30 – Escena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
11/1 – Foro Indie Rocks, Mexico DF, Mexico

See for more. now has the band’s two recent Quebec City shows available, in digital and CD formats. Set list from September 14 at Colisee Pepsi: “Fuel,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Blackened,” “King Nothing,” “Disposable Heroes,” Kirk solo #1, “The Day That Never Comes,’ “The Memory Remains,” “Lords Of Summer,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “The Unforgiven,” “All Nightmare Long,” “One,” “Master Of Puppets,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Whiskey In The Jar,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.” Set list from September 16 at Centre Videotron: “Creeping Death,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Battery,” “Harvester Of Sorrow,” “Ride The Lightning,” Kirk solo #1, “The Unforgiven II,” “St. Anger,” “Wherever I May Roam,” “Sad But True,” bass solo, “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “Frayed Ends Of Sanity,” “One,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” Kirk solo #2, “Fade To Black,” “Seek And Destroy,” “Turn The Page,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman.”

-Mindless Sinner’s new single, “Men Of Steel,” from THE NEW MESSIAH (due October 16 on Pure Steel Records), is streaming online now at . See for more.

-Ninja — dubbed “the classic German metal band from Wuppertal” — has signed a global deal with Pure Steel Records. The band’s indie 2014 release, INTO THE FIRE, will be re-released by Pure Steel on CD, and INVINCIBLE, LIBERTY, and VALLEY OF WOLVES will be re-released on CD for the first time by affiliated lable Karthago Records. The band’s lineup consists of singer Holger vom Scheidt, guitarists Ulrich Siefen and Frangus (ex-Black Messiah), bassist Michael Posthaus (Jamheads), and drummer Hans Heringer (PMD, Universe). See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton at .

-Last week, Rammstein announced on Facebook they are “back on!” A new DVD entitled IN AMERIKA is due, and a live version of “Benzin” from Madison Square Garden is online at .

-Rush’s clip for “Jacob’s Ladder” from R40 LIVE is online at .

-Billy Sherwood’s new single from CITIZEN, “Just Galileo And Me,” features XTC’s Colin Moulding on vocals and is online now at . CITIZEN is due out November 6 on Frontiers; check out an EPK at . See and for more.

-Episode 21 of Dee Snider’s “Snider Comments” podcast features Howard Stern. Check it out now at .

-Trancemission’s new single for “Queen Of The Night,” from PARANOIA (Pure Rock Records), is streaming online now at . See for more.

-Voodoo Circle, featuring guitarist Alex Beyrodt, will release WHISKY FINGERS on November 27 on AFM Records. There will be CD, digi-pak, vinyl, and boxed set versions. Track list: “Trapped In Paradise,” “Heartbreaking Woman,” “Watch And Wait (I Got My Eye On You),” “Medicine Man,” “The Day The Walls Came Down,” “Heart Of Stone,” “Straight Shooter,” “The Rhythm Of My Heart,” “Devil Takes Me Down,” “5 O’Clock,” “Been Said And Done.” The digi-pak version will include the bonus track “Coming Home To You” and the video clip for “Trapped In Paradise.” Upcoming German club shows:

11/25 – Rock CafĂ©, Hamburg, Germany
11/27 – 7er, Mannheim, Germany
11/28 – Kreuz, Obermarchtal, Germany
11/29 – Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany

See for more.

-Winery Dogs’ HOT STREAK is out now. Track list: “Oblivion,” “Captain Love,” “Hot Streak,” “How Long,” “Empire,” “Fire,” “Ghost Town,” “The Bridge,” “War Machine,” “Spiral,” “Devil You Know,” “Think It Over,” “The Lamb.” Check out the video for “Oblivion” at , and behind-the-scenes footage at . Check out a new video interview where singer/guitarist Richie Kotzen “discusses the current state of music and where their band fits in the rock scene,” online now at .

-Wizard Eye’s new self-titled album (Black Monk Records) is streaming in full at Blow The Scene, at . See for more.

-Z Records is teaming up with Classic Rock Radio to launch “a classic rock night at the Buckley Tivoli commencing December 5, 2015.” A radio ad is online now at . In related news, Z Records’ Mark Alger “will return to the Sunday Morning breakfast show on Classic Rock Radio from this Sunday October 18th between 10 a.m. and noon GMT.” Check it out at . See for more.

Thanks to Ken Sharp, Chad Bowar, Jon Asher, Peter Hodgson, Metal Dave, Anne Leighton, Graham “Gruhamed” Hartmann, Head First Entertainment, Earsplit PR, Pure Steel Promotions,, and VQPR for help gathering some of this information.

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Issue #684
Week of October 5, 2015

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-In this new world of Queensryche and Geoff Tate / Operation: Mindcrime co-existing, is it possible for these two bands to *not* release their albums simultaneously? Just askin’. – Tim

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-Y&T Update

[Note: This is from the band’s latest newsletter. – Tim]

Y&T is hyped & ready to play for the great fans in Europe and the UK this fall! And the band has some surprises in the set list. Come on out to a show near you.

We’ve already announced the first batch of 2016 US tour dates for spring! The guys are excited to play for the fans around the country, and to finally hit Memphis, Charlotte, & Raleigh, NC, as well as MA. Check out the tour dates . . . and don’t worry, there are more 2016 tour dates to come!

Y&T Documentary

The Y&T documentary is consistently rolling along! Current and former members have already been interviewed, as have many celebrities. The production team is wading through loads of footage over the past 4+ decades of Y&T’s career. We’re still aiming for a late spring 2016 release.

Y&T On New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with Y&T! New Year’s Eve and Y&T are synonymous for many Californians. This year, we’re happy to announce that Y&T will play New Year’s Eve at Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA. Join us to celebrate the new year!

Don’t Stop “Wine”-ing

The 2013 Meniketti “Forever” Pinot Noir is tasting great right now, and it’ll be even that much better in a few more months to years. You can order from the winery website ( ) or visit Testarossa Winery, where they sell Meniketti Wines in their Club 107 Wine Bar and in their tasting room.

Testarossa found just a few more bottles of the delicious Meniketti “Contagious” Chardonnay tucked aside in their cellars. As of the writing of this email, those few were left, as it had not been publicized. If you want some, order yours now at , as they’ll surely go fast.

Get these inaugural year Meniketti wines while they are still available — wine is a finite commodity, so what’s available is all that’s left for this vintage. There are direct links to each varietal in our Y&T webstore:

Magical Mystic Weekend

Y&T’s “Mystic Theater weekend” is almost upon us. This iconic weekend of shows draws fans from around the country and the world. This year’s magical Mystic Theater weekend is November 20 & 21 in Petaluma, CA. Babylon A.D. opens both nights. Get your tickets well in advance, as these shows always sell out. See the tour dates page for the ticket links.

What Do We Have In Store For You?

This year’s most popular items include Y&T’s classy 2015 tour shirt, the “Dirty Girl” ladies’ vest/tank top, and the Meniketti logo shirts. Be sure to get yours while they’re still in stock.

Take a browse through our webstore. We have some unique items there, including the Y&T patches (in both black & white), the delicious Meniketti Wines, and our manager’s rock ‘n’ roll novel “Welcome To Groove House.”

Not all of the above items are available on tour, so get yours while they’re still available in our Y&T webstore:

Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2016 – SOLD OUT!

If you missed out on this fantastic cruise, be sure to get on the waiting list for the next cruise. You won’t want to miss the boat again!

Y&T takes to the seas once again, on the 2016 Monsters Of Rock cruise. Come sail away next year with Y&T and Tesla, Steve Vai, Queensryche, Helloween, Gotthard, Doro, Lynch Mob, Vixen, Dangerous Toys, Kingdom Come, Jeff Scott Soto & Gus G, Akira Takasaki (Loudness), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Michael Angelo Batio, Helix, Killer Dwarfs, Tyketto, Hellion, Metal Church, Dio Disciples, Anvil, Lillian Axe, Madam X, and more to come. We all sail on a new ship, too!

Y&T Shows

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

October 1 ~ Pamplona, Spain – Sala Zentral
October 2 ~ Vitoria, Spain – Jimmy Jazz
October 3 ~ Santander, Spain – Escenario Santander
October 4 ~ Gijon, Spain – Sala Acapulco
October 7 ~ Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
October 9 ~ Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
October 10 ~ Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
October 11 ~ Jonkoping, Sweden – Denim & Leather
October 13 ~ Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
October 15 ~ Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands – Gebouw T
October 16 ~ Leeuwarden, Netherlands – Schaaf City Theater
October 17 ~ Leiden, Netherlands – Gebr de Nobel
October 18 ~ Heerlen, Netherlands – Poppodium Nieuwe Nor
October 21 ~ Siegburg, Germany – Kubana Live Club
October 23 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 24 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage
October 25 ~ Hamburg, Germany – Downtown Bluesclub
October 28 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook
October 30 ~ Bilston, UK – Robin 2
October 31 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
November 1 ~ Cardiff, UK – The Globe
November 3 ~ Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
November 5 ~ Edinburgh, UK – The Liquid Room
November 6 ~ Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – O2 Academy Newcastle
November 7 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City
November 8 ~ Buckley, UK – The Tivoli Venue
November 10 ~ Dublin, Ireland – Opium Rooms
November 11 ~ Belfast, N Ireland – The Limelight 1
November 13 ~ Oxford, UK – O2 Academy Oxford

North America
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)
November 21 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre (Babylon A.D. opens)
December 31, 2015 ~ Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (all ages)

2016 – More to come!
January 29 ~ Tracy, CA – Grand Theatre Center for the Arts (all ages)
January 30 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
February 5 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
February 10 ~ Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
February 12 ~ San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall (all ages)
February 13 ~ Houston, TX – Concert Pub North
February 15 ~ Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
February 16 ~ Memphis, TN – Rockhouse Live
February 17 ~ Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
February 22-26 ~ Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau, Bahamas – Monsters of Rock Cruise… SOLD OUT!
February 28 ~ Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend (all ages)
March 1 ~ Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre (all ages)
March 3 ~ Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage (all ages)
March 4 ~ New York, NY – BB King Blues Club (all ages)
March 5 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater (all ages)
March 6 ~ Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall (all ages)
March 8 ~ Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (all ages)
March 10 ~ Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Agora (all ages)
March 11 ~ Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
March 12 ~ St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater (all ages)
March 15 ~ Fridley, MN – Pickle Park
March 24 ~ Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
March 25 ~ Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
March 26 ~ Grants Pass, OR – Rogue Theatre
April 22 ~ Fresno, CA – The Tower Theatre for Performing Arts (all ages)

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

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

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.

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-Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) And Bob Catley (Magnum) To Join Avantasia On The Forthcoming Album GHOSTLIGHTS

“We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “I Wanna Rock,” “The Kids Are Back”… there’s hardly any rock fan around the globe who isn’t familiar with the big hits of rock icons Twisted Sister, whose front man Dee Snider is going to appear on the forthcoming Avantasia album GHOSTLIGHTS out on January 29th.

Tobias Sammet comments: “I’ve always been a fan of Twisted Sister and Dee Snider in particular. He is entertaining, flamboyant, energetic, loud, tongue in cheek, colorful and mean! When I was young, I remember that he was the kind of character that I wanted to be. A crossing between peacock, jackal, and Bugs Bunny. I loved it! On GHOSTLIGHTS Dee is gonna be a ghost, and what a ghost he is. Great performance. Dee, welcome to the Avantasia family!”

Finally after Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Michael Kiske, & Jorn Lande, another guest vocalist is confirmed to appear on the forthcoming Avantasia: Mr. Bob Catley.

Mainly known as the voice on masterpieces such as ON A STORYTELLER’S NIGHT or WINGS OF HEAVEN by British Epic Rock legend Magnum, Bob Catley has also made himself a name amongst Avantasia fans, having appeared on signature tracks such as “In Quest For,” “The Story Ain’t Over,” or “The Great Mystery.”

Besides Jorn Lande, Michael Kiske, and many more, Bob will also join Avantasia on the European tour that is going to kick off in March. Avantasia have already stated that they’ll play over three hours every night and the set list will contain both some new material but also a lot of older classic stuff from all eras of the band’s history.

More singers are going to be announced soon.

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-Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody Announce European “Prometheus Cinematic Tour” 2016!

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, the creators of cinematic metal, have announced their European “Prometheus Cinematic Tour.” The band will tour in support of their latest album, PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS, released by Nuclear Blast Records.

Rhapsody singer Alessandro Conti is very excited about this tour: “We are excited and proud to present the new world tour starting in Europe. We’ll enrich our cinematic shows with video projections with strong visuals, a real trademark of our new Rhapsody band. A unique set list consisting of songs from our last albums, some Rhasody classics, a few tracks from Luca Turilli’s solo discography, and some songs that have never been played before. Moreover, Emilie Ragni, the lead soprano performing on PROMETHEUS, SYMPHONIA IGNIS DIVINUS, will be on stage with us for some magic unforgettable duets. See you soon!”

Special guests supporting Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody soon to be announced. Stay tuned!

Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 5th at 10.00 CET.

Date – City – Country
2016-01-15 – Annecy (Le Brise Glace) – FR
2016-01-16 – Mannheim (Alte Seilerei) – DE
2016-01-17 – Tilburg (013) – NL
2016-01-18 – Bochum (Matrix) – DE
2016-01-20 – Hamburg (Logo) – DE
2016-01-21 – Berlin (Columbia Theater) – DE
2016-01-22 – Prague (Nova Chmelnice) – CZ
2016-01-23 – Wroclaw (Alibi) – PL
2016-01-24 – Warsaw (Proxima) – PL
2016-01-26 – Kosice (Collosseum) – SK
2016-01-27 – Budapest (Club 202) – HU
2016-01-29 – Bratislava (Majestic Music Club) – SK
2016-01-30 – Wien (Szene) – AT
2016-01-31 – Augsburg (Spectrum) – DE
2016-02-01 – Aschaffenburg (Colossaal) – DE
2016-02-03 – MĂŒnchen (Backstage) – DE
2016-02-04 – Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik) – DE
2016-02-05 – Lyss (Kufa) – CH
2016-02-06 – Paris (Divan Du Monde) – FR
2016-02-08 – Glasgow (Divan Du Monde) – GB
2016-02-09 – London (02 Academy Islington) – GB
2016-02-10 – Vosselaar (Biebob) – BE
2016-02-12 – Madrid (Caracol) – ES
2016-02-13 – Barcelona (Salamandra 1) – ES
2016-02-16 – Lyon (Ninkasi Kao) – FR
2016-02-17 – Bologna (Estragon) – IT
2016-02-18 – Rome (Orion) – IT
2016-02-19 – Milan (Live Club) – IT

For additional information, tickets, and VIP tickets please visit .

Order your copy of Luca Turilli’s Rhapdosy’s new outstanding record at .

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-Lion Music Release: Joe Stump – THE SHRED LORD RISES

Released October 24, 2015

Fans of maniacal, guitar-driven releases and amazing displays of power and jaw-dropping technical command prepare yourselves as the Shredlord returns with THE DARK LORD RISES October 24th.

American Shred Guitar legend Joe Stump returns with the best album of a career spanning over 20 years. His new record THE DARK LORD RISES is home to 11 new tracks full of the guitar abuse Joe’s worldwide legion of fans know and love all delivered in his inimitable style.

Dark, brooding, and oozing with major attitude, THE DARK LORD RISES delivers Joe’s incredible playing, showcased nicely inside very listenable musical songs that use influences from various schools of metal and hard rock. It’ll appeal to both guitar enthusiasts as well as fans of guitar-driven metal.

To those of you in guitar and metal circles Joe Stump should need no introduction. The Shredlord has been raining down full-throttle neoclassical shred/speed metal since GUITAR DOMINANCE was released over 20 years ago. He is one of the most intense and over-the-top guitarists on the planet and his maniacal guitar-driven releases are amazing displays of power and jaw-dropping technical command. He was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the top 10 fastest shredders of all time, by Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time, and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has appeared in countless guitar- and metal-based publications, fanzines, and webzines worldwide.

He has toured the world both as a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump’s Reign Of Terror, HolyHell, RavenLord, and Exorcism. Joe’s also an Associate Professor at the esteemed Berklee College where he’s been the metal/shred guitar specialist for the last 22 years. THE DARK LORD RISES marks Joe’s 10th solo record and once again the Shredlord has raised his game in every aspect still finding another gear.


» Named by Guitar One Magazine as one of the 10 fastest shredders of all time and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time.
» Joe regularly tours over the USA, Asia, and Europe delivering solo concerts and clinics as well as those with his bands Reign Of Terror and HolyHell.
» Joe Stump has a frenzied and hardcore following worldwide.

01. Hostile Takeover
02. Stratomaster
03. Out For Blood
04. The Black Knight Returns
05. Tortured Soul
06. The Dark Lord’s Allegro
07. Staring Into The Abyss
08. Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Minor
09. Neo-Classical Shredfest No. 4
10. Battle Tested
11. Brothers In Shred (bonus track)

Joe Stump – Guitar
Jay Rigney – Bass
Jeff Hale – Drums
Francisco Palomo – Keyboards

Produced by Joe Stump and Francesco Palomo



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-Magnus Rosén Joins Shadowside

Brazilian female-fronted metallers Shadowside have announced the addition of Swedish bassist Magnus RosĂ©n (ex-HammerFall) to the group’s ranks.

Shadowside was formed by singer Dani Nolden, Raphael Mattos on guitars, and Fabio Buitvidas on drums and now with Magnus Rosén (ex-HammerFall) on bass. Magnus was part of HammerFall from 1997 to 2007, did several world tours, and recorded several albums, being awarded golden records and a Grammy nomination with HammerFall. He also recorded albums with Jorn Lande, Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), and has just released his 10th solo album titled THE WORLD CHANGES with musicians who played with HammerFall, Black Sabbath, ABBA, Yngwie Malmsteen, and others.

Magnus RosĂ©n sent a message to the fans: “I’ve been away from the metal stage for more than eight years! Metal has a very nice energy that I miss and love, and I think Shadowside has just that kind of nice metal that fits my style! And at the same time I always liked Brazil/South America. After nine times with mixed HammerFall tours and solo bass tours in this part of world, I know for sure of my feelings and I am looking forward to join the band Shadowside. So when I was asked to join and play with Shadowside, so was the desire great to once again set a high volume, smoke, light, and good metal music. The band have nice feelings in the metal music that I like. I got few new song ideas from the band and I think these songs and music are powerful and will be loved by the people out there. So I can’t wait to get the wheels moving forward with the band.”

Shadowside’s singer Dani Nolden also commented on why they invited Magnus and what this means for the band: “Magnus is someone we admire greatly and it is an honor to work with him, not only because of his great skills as a bass player but also because he has an incredible experience with many different and special projects. We felt he would be a perfect match for us and we’re thrilled that he accepted our invitation to join Shadowside. Now we can’t wait to start the recordings and get this show on the road. It’s going to be amazing!”

Magnus RosĂ©n is already participating in the song writing process of the new album with Shadowside, which is set to be recorded between June and August 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Once again, Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) will be in charge of the album production. He has already worked with the band on the high acclaimed INNER MONSTER OUT album, that got the band awards in Brazil and worldwide, such as the Independent Music Awards as “Best Hardcore/Metal album,” hitting position #26 in the Japanese charts according to BURRN! magazine and position #9 on CMJ’s Loud Rock USA radio charts. The INNER MONSTER OUT tour had over 60 shows and went through 18 countries.

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-ColdSpell To Support Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock In February 2016

Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock for the Nordic leg of their SPIRIT ON A MISSION world tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, and getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.

ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire, and was warming up a US audience as runner-up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

Micke Larsson, guitarist and founder of ColdSpell, says, “Michael Schenker’s guitar playing was a great inspiration growing up and listening to UFO. The ’79 live album STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT got spin after spin on the turntable, two got so many scratches so I am now on my third copy. It is great honor to share stage with Michael Schenker for these shows.”

Gig dates February 2016

February 3 Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)
February 4 Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE)
February 5 KB, Malmoe (SE)
February 6 Union Scene, Drammen (NO)

More information can be found here:

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-Frontiers Music s.r.l. Is Pleased To Announce The Signing Of Another Hot New Young Band From The Melodic Rock Underground: OD!

[Note: This is from . – Tim]

OD hails from Finland and will be releasing their debut album via Frontiers in 2016.

The band was originally put together by drummer Ossi “OD” Sivula in 2012 based on his longtime dream of creating a record full of melodic rock ass-kickers. The first demos were put together with several musicians and the next few years flew by as time was spent creating big melodies and searching for members that would round out the soul and inspiration of the band.

In 2014, the band was joined by guitarist Juice Wahlsten, and later — in 2015 — by bassist Ilari HĂ€mĂ€lĂ€inen. A big voice was the last missing piece to create the big bang they were looking for and a Brazilian guy, “Zorro” Dan Vasc was found in the latter half of 2014. Ossi was amazed after watching a video where Dan showed off his deep voice and high range vocals and knew he was the singer they were looking for! After working on music long distance via the Internet for a few months, Dan’s flight tickets were booked so he could come in to finish the band’s recordings in Finland and to finally take the band out in front of live audiences.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a better company than Frontiers to work with as they have a strong and stable reputation with classic rock acts that has been a huge impact for OD’s music as well,” tells the band. “As we are finishing the debut album, we are eagerly looking for the future and getting front of live audiences to spread the word of classic melodic rock. Stay tuned, this is only the beginning!!”

Musically OD is very close to their Finnish mates Brother Firetribe, with a slight heavier edge. But take a listen now to two songs on YouTube and judge for yourself:


“Do You Believe”


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-Radiant Records: October Giveaway & Special!

Happy Fall Everyone!!!

Here is the NEW and EXCITING Monthly Giveaway and Sale for the month of October!

Read on to find out how you could win an Inner Circle T-shirt and get The Prog World Orchestra’s A PROGGY CHRISTMAS CD for $9.99 and the Download version for $6.99!

The Prog World Orchestra – A PROGGY CHRISTMAS

A Proggy Christmas? What do you get when some of the top prog artists in the world combine forces to make a world class prog Christmas album? We don’t know…but if it ever happened it might sound something like this!

The Prog World Orchestra – “Joy To The World”

We know that you all are ready to hear Christmas music now! The first sign of cool weather permits us to break out our holiday cheer! So, Radiant Records wants to help you get started early this year with a special special price on our FAMOUS Christmas album: The Prog World Orchestra – A PROGGY CHRISTMAS!

For the month of October ONLY you can get the CD for $9.99 and the download version for $6.99!

Get your copy TODAY HERE!

October Inner Circle Giveaway!

During the month of October, ALL Inner Circle members will be entered to win an Inner Circle T-Shirt!

Not yet an Inner Circle member? Join any day during the month of October, and you’ll be entered to win an Inner Circle T-Shirt. Join the Neal Morse Inner Circle here for exclusive releases, backstage insights, and more special offers and giveaways like this one!

Stay tuned! More monthly giveaways and specials are coming your way.

Blessings and Peace,
Team Radiant Records

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-Divebomb Records Welcomes Final Sign!

The musical partnership between vocalist Shawn Pelata and guitarist Brian “Hellstorm” Williams dates back to 1999, when Brian contacted Shawn with the hope of recruiting him to sing for a new project he was putting together. That short-lived endeavor became K-Octave — yielding a single, highly-praised album, OUTER LIMITS, issued via Germany’s Hellion Records in 2001.

Williams then continued with his main band, underground metal giants October 31; while Pelata released two albums with melodic rock outfit Line Of Fire, as well as working with metalcore cultists Killwhitneydead. The two kept in touch, vowing to one day work together again when the time was right.

That time, it seems, is now. An unstoppable riff machine (he’s not called “Hellstorm” for nothing), Brian soon found himself with new players, and eight new songs in need of the right voice. He knew just who to call: Shawn was brought on board and — alongside Kevin Haverlah (drums) and Howard Baker (bass) — Final Sign was born.

Divebomb Records is proud to present the debut album from Final Sign, HOLD HIGH THE FLAME, upon the heavy metal faithful. It’s a ravenous blend of US power metal, thrash, and old school heavy metal — executed with unbridled anger and intensity!

Pelata adds, “Brian and I are really excited that our new band Final Sign is part of the Divebomb Records family! These guys know their audience, they know their Metal, and their track record speaks for itself. It’s an honor for me, personally, to have their continued support.”

HOLD HIGH THE FLAME sees release on October 30th


Stream Now @ Bandcamp:
“Burn The Temple Down” + “Madness Eternal”

For Fans Of:
October 31, Helstar, Reverend, Exciter

Track List:
1. Daring The Sun
2. Burn The Temple Down
3. Hold High The Flame
4. Possessor
5. The Sinister Silence
6. Scaling Lies
7. Madness Eternal
8. The Ominous Black


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-Pure Rock Records To Release No Bros’ METAL MARINES On November 20

Whoever starts his career with a live album called HEAVY METAL PARTY may stay on that party for the rest of his life. For more than 40 years the Austrians No Bros dedicated their lives to Metal. And there is still no end in sight for the best known hard and heavy combo of their country. After the comeback album HUNGRY FOR THE GOOD TIMES was released on their own nine years ago, their new work METAL MARINES comes out on Pure Rock Records. The re-release of the two classics READY FOR THE ACTION and HEAVY METAL PARTY by Karthago Records was just a foretaste, because Klaus Schubert and his fellows are almost in their original lineup. “Legends Of The Eighties” is dedicated to the own legend as well as the Deep Purple sound of that age and one of the first duels between a Hammond organ and a guitar. The strings and keys are rough-handled until they smoke. By hitting the high notes in the song “Back Again” No Bros prove to be back in business stronger than ever.

Songs like “Devil With An Angel’s Face” and the potential hit “Written In Fire” sound so light-footed like only Ian Gillan could have been with his solo works. With “Dance Of The Black Tattoo” everyone, who listens to Magnum and Rough Silk in sacred hours, gets down to his knees in awe and enjoys these celestial tones.

Neither inventive songs with the organ like “Song Number Nine” nor the beautifully melodic and first-class hard rock in “Runaway Girl” nor the outstanding “A Night In Touch City” must be missing. Since a ballad should be on a big hard rock album as well, “Find Myself” delivers this aspect.

For the cherry on top the album includes the melancholic “Dark Chamber” which is on the upcoming promotional single “Legends Of The Eighties.”

Everyone who considered the last album a milestone should listen to the new one first.

Track List
1. Legends Of The Eighties
2. Back Again
3. Devil With An Angel’s Face
4. Dark Chamber
5. Written In Fire
6. Dance Of The Black Tattoo
7. Over The Sea And Far Away
8. Metal Marines
9. Song Number Nine
10. Runaway Girl
11. A Night In Touch City
12. Find Myself
13. In The Shadow Of The Galle
Total playtime: 55:54

guitars – Klaus Schubert
vocals – Freddy Gigele
keyboards – Andy J. Brunner
drums – Bernie Welz
bass, backing vocals – Andy Marberger (lead vocals on track 6, effects & keyboards on track 7)
Hammond – Martin Seimen (track 9)
bass – Michael Ausserhofer (track 12)

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-“Jethro Tull By Ian Anderson” Tours The United States November 1-11

(Shows in Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Connecticut, Brooklyn, Port Chester, New Jersey, Philadelphia)

The British Press loves “Jethro Tull,” written and performed by Ian Anderson. Now delighting audiences in South America, the production wrapped up its first leg in the UK two weeks ago.

This multi-media night of music by the band Jethro Tull offers new life on both the songs and the inspiration of the original Jethro Tull, the famous 18th Century agriculturist and inventor of the seed drill.

It’s “something remarkable to beheld,” writes Andy Snipper of London’s Music News. “It isn’t often that I go overboard about live performances but I have to say that if you don’t have a ticket for a show on this tour you need to be out there searching. It wasn’t about the performances — although they were excellent — or about the songs — once more great songs. It is about a concept brought through to completion that is in itself circular and thoroughly original but also immediately familiar to anyone familiar with the band.”

It was only recently that Ian began researching the life of the man that his band took the name of 48 years ago on a weekly audition night at London’s famed UK club, The Marquee.

The performance of Jethro Tull includes favorites “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” and “Locomotive Breath” alongside of songs that could be about Jethro Tull including “Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” “Songs From The Wood,” and “The Witch’s Promise.” Some of them are rewritten slightly to better tell the tale.

The band features Greig Robinson (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), and virtual guests including Ryan O’Donnell who toured with Ian from 2012-2014/15. Bassist David Goodier, who has played with both Jethro Tull and with Ian since 2002, appears in Ian’s virtual world. Also on the big screen is Unnur Birna BjörnsdĂłttir as the Agricutluralist’s wife. Writes Public Reviews Selwyn Knight, “She is expressive and has a beautifully clear and pure voice that cuts through the rumble of drums and guitars. She’s a mean violinist, too.”

Knight also raves about Ian Anderson’s charisma, “to whom all eyes are drawn… a looming stage presence, stalking the stage like a caged animal casting notes from his flute far and wide, occasionally rising to stand on one leg in his signature silhouette. Even singing at the microphone, one feels there is great energy barely held in check as he is never quite still. A consummate showman with a unique voice and flute style.”

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and performing simply under his own name, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and is recognized as the protagonist of the flute in rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in its career, Tull has been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In many recent shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets, and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the progressive genre.

Look for more dates in Russia and throughout Europe and South America before the end of the year. Below are the November US shows. Below that are links to the full reviews.

November 1: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
November 3: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
November 5: CITI Performing Arts Center, Boston, MA
November 6: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
November 7: Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
November 8: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
November 10: Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
November 11: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

Selwyn Knight’s write-up in The Public Reviews of “Jethro Tull” from Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK:

Andy Snipper’s review from London’s Music News:

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-Earache Records: Pre-Order The White Buffalo’s New Album Now On CD And Vinyl In Europe!


You may have heard the exciting recent news that Earache has teamed up with California-based recording artist The White Buffalo — well you can now pre-order the new album LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION on CD and vinyl in Europe!

Led by singer/song writer Jake Smith, The White Buffalo is probably best known for his numerous songs featured in the TV series “Sons Of Anarchy,” including the Emmy-nominated series finale song “Come Join The Murder.” LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION features a brand new set of authentic and evocative blues tracks, including Smith’s first ever duet, “I Got You,” featuring vocalist Audra Mae.

The White Buffalo’s own Jake Smith talks about LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION: “With this album, I really wanted to get back to songs… I wanted to get back to writing individual stories, as opposed to an extended narrative. I wanted each song to make you feel something. In the past, the songs have almost always been pretty dark. But this time, I was also able to channel some happier stuff and write a couple of actual feel-good songs. It’s also more varied musically. I really made an effort to expand my sound, and to get out of my comfort zone as a song writer.”

LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION is already available on iTunes in Europe at .

LOVE AND THE DEATH OF DAMNATION is due to be released on CD and vinyl in Europe on February 12th, and as a special treat for making you wait longer for the physical release, the album will feature three exclusive bonus tracks, included on the disc for the CD version and as a bonus 7″ with all vinyl versions! There’s also a very limited number of signed CDs and LPs available, so pre-order your copy now to avoid disappointment:

Earache Webstore –
Amazon UK (CD) –
Amazon UK (Vinyl) –

Keep an eye out for The White Buffalo as he tours across the USA and Canada this month, with plans to tour Europe in the near future.

In the meantime, why not check out the whole album right now on YouTube at .


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-With Our Arms To The Sun Gears Up For Release Of A FAR AWAY WONDER With West Coast Gigs

Arizona Desert — With Our Arms to the Sun will celebrate the upcoming release of its A FAR AWAY WONDER with several shows on the West Coast later this month.

The progressive art rock band will make stops in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles area before headed back to their native Arizona to share the stage with Tool in front of more than 30,000 fans at the second day of Tempe’s huge Monster Mash.

With Our Arms To The Sun recently signed with the upstart label Fade To Silence Records, which was founded by music industry veteran Paul Bibeau. The group’s first release for the label was previously available as a self-release but will now be available worldwide in both CD and vinyl formats with expanded artwork on October 30.

These first few shows are a just a warm-up for 2016, when the band plans to hit the road hard and reach new cities across the county.

“We’ve done lots of DIY tours where we booked ourselves around the western parts of the United States,” vocalist/guitarist Josh Breckenridge said. “Now that we are working with a booking agent, we have some other great support tours in the works and 2016 is going to be a big year.”

Catch With Our Arms To The Sun live:

10/9/15 Fri. Tacoma, WA
10/10/15 Sat. Black Forest, Eugene, OR
10/23/15 Fri. Peties Place, Tarzana, CA w/ MAL
10/24/15 Sat. The Mint, Los Angeles, CA w/ Volto! (Danny Carey from Tool) & MAL
10/31/15 Sat. Monster Mash @ Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, AZ w/Tool, Primus, Coheed And Cambria, & Aeges
11/1/15 Sun. The Grid, Mesa, AZ
11/5/15 Thu. Blue Max, Midland, TX w/ Barbwire Doll
111/6/15 Fri. Click’s, Tyler, TX

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-Giveaway: Vancouver Thrashers Scissortooth Offer Free Download + Signed Copies Of NOVAGOMORRAH Through YELL! Magazine

Scissortooth are streaming their title track off of their full-length NOVAGOMORRAH through YELL! Magazine and are offering up a chance for people to win signed copies of the album. The song and album name pairs up “nova” (Meaning new), and the religious tale of the twin cities Sodom and Gomorrah, which were a sinner’s paradise, thus NOVAGOMORRAH is an interpretation of the current state of the world. Derek Lunblad, guitar and vocals for Vancouver thrash metal group had this to say about the track:

“Welcome to ‘Novagomorrah!’ The Title Track sits at just over eight minutes, it’s our ‘Rime of The Ancient Mariner’ or our ‘Stonehenge.’ This track has big, gloomy verses flanked with rapid choruses and a second act of high energy metal. Thank you to YELL! Magazine for hosting this track, we hope you thoroughly enjoy this beast!”

Fans are also invited to enter to win a signed copy of NOVAGOMORRAH by sharing their Soundcloud link found here:

NOVAGOMORRAH is just under 1 hour (58 minutes total) spread over tracks engineered and mixed by the band’s own, Shawn Hoskins, and mastered by Vancouver’s Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs (Biff Naked, D.O.A., Finger 11). Their sound embodies the aggressive, yet groovy feeling of early Pantera braised with industrial samples throughout the album.

Track Listing: Scissortooth – NOVAGOMORRAH
1. Hostile Takeover (5:14)
2. 10 30 (4:21)
3. Slowber (5:42)
4. Yellowhead (3:59)
5. Incision (5:05)
6. Shoegazer (5:20)
7. Common Thread (5:24)
8. Rotting Alive (4:38)
9. Nova Gomorrah (8:12)
10. Rats (4:48)
11. Wormwood (5:39)
Album Length: 58:00

-About Heavy Metal’s list of “12 Essential Heavy Metal Books” is at .

-A limited run (200 copies) of Artizan’s THE FURTHEST REACHES — on “black/orange splatter” vinyl, with a bonus track and a printed insert — is due out October 16 and can be pre-ordered now at . Track list: Side A – “Coming Of Age,” “Summon The Gods,” “Hopeful Eyes,” “The Furthest Reaches,” “The Cleansing.” Side B – “Wardens Of The New World,” “Heed The Warning,” “Supernova,” “Starchild,” “Into The Sun,” “Come Sail Away.”

-The first single from As Darkness Dies’ new self-titled album is “Black Death,” and it can be heard at and . AS DARKNESS DIES was produced by Michael Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen, Obsession, Loudness) and is due out October 30 on Pure Steel Records. See for more.

-Audiotopsy’s NATURAL CAUSES is out now on Napalm Records. Background: “Heavy. Melodic. Atmospheric. Giant hooks. And that special bounce! Audiotopsy from the US might be considered newcomers — and at the same time old hands. (Former) members of Mudvayne, Hellyeah, and Skrape have joined to follow old instincts and at the same time create their own unique version of heavy modern sounds with NATURAL CAUSES. Audiotopsy are the bearers of a great heritage and big names and they let it shine through on their debut: NATURAL CAUSES which is its very own gargantuan beast!” Track list: “Headshot,” “All We Know,” “LYLAB,” “The Calling,” “H2O (Interlude),” “Swim,” “Disguise Your Devils,” “Burn The Sky,” “Distorted,” “Darken The Rainbow,” “Frozen Scars,” “Natural Causes (Outro).” See for more.

-Chastain’s WE BLEED METAL is due out November 6 on Pure Steel Records. The band’s current lineup is Leather Leone on vocals, David T. Chastain on guitar, Mike Skimmerhorn on bass, and Stian Kristoffersen on drums. Hype: “With the release of the new, now tenth album, WE BLEED METAL, the cult act still delivers the old spirit and celebrates traditional Heavy/Power Metal at its best. The unique heavy vocals of Leather Leone and the dark, shredding riffs of the eponym are still full of contemporary impact. Not pandering to any trends, this is pure steel from the USA! To sum it up: With WE BLEED METAL Chastain releases their best effort in at least 25 years!” Track list: “We Bleed Metal,” “All Hail The King,” “Against All The Gods,” “Search Time For You,” “I Am A Warrior,” “Evolution Of Terror,” “The Last Ones Alive,” “Secrets.” See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Children Of Bodom keyboardist Janne Wirman at .

-Dangerous Toys have a few US shows on the horizon, and will appear on the Monsters Of Rock East cruise out of Miami next February 22-26 ( ). The dates:

10/16 – Star Bar, Chicago, IL
10/17/15 – Pickle Park Bar & Grill, Minneapolis, MN (w/ Pretty Boy Floyd, Every Mother’s Nightmare, & Loveblast)
11/14/15 – Voodoo, Kansas City, MO
12/4/15 – The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX (w/ Great White, Slaughter, & L.A. Guns)

See and for more.

-Draconian’s SOVRAN is due out October 30 on Napalm Records. The background: “Founded in 1994 in the Swedish SĂ€ffle, Draconian gradually refined their sound of melodic Death Metal with elements of Black Metal, becoming more ponderous and doomy over time. Their style-defining 2003 debut LP WHERE LOVERS MOURN served a welcome alternative for fans of such classic doom artists like My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost. Contrary to many of their peers however, Draconian’s sound has remained steadfast to its origins, in particular, the powerful vocal growls of Anders Jakobsson, one of the band’s defining and most unique features, along with newcomer female vocalist Heike Langhans sensitively interwoven melodies. Draconian’s sixth studio album SOVRAN is no exception to this formula, and immediately convinces the listener with Beauty and the Beast-esque vocal contrasts, striking accents, and threatening moods. Sovran also features a guest appearance from Daniel Änghede (Crippled Black Phoenix) on the haunting track ‘Rivers Between Us.'” Track list: “Heavy Lies The Crown,” “The Wretched Tide,” “Pale Tortured Blue,” “Stellar Tombs,” “No Lonelier Star,” “Dusk Mariner,” “Dishearten,” “Rivers Between Us,” “The Marriage Of Attaris.” See and for more.

-Everthrone’s THE DAWNING is due out October 30 on Divebomb Records. The first video, for “Consciousness,” is online now at , and the band will perform the album in its entirety at a gig on November 27, at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Track list: “This Great Expanse,” “Consciousness,” “Children Of A Dying Sun,” “Under A Burning Sky,” “Crimson Gold,” “The Anarchist,” “Loss,” “Masquerade,” “Word Of The Oracle,” “All Things Manifest.” Check out “Under A Burning Sky” streaming now at Bandcamp, at . The band is tagged as “for fans of” Nightwish, Amorphis, Kamelot, and Pyramaze. See for more.

-FireHouse has a brand new website design, including new information on Gold, Platinum, and Diamond VIP meet & greet packages. Upcoming tour dates:

10/15 – North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC
10/16 – Anthem At Hard Rock Casino, Sioux City, IA
10/17 – Skullfest, Pekin, IL
8/13/16 – Riverbend RV Resort, Watertown, WI (all ages)

See for more.

-Ghost Machinery’s EVIL UNDERTOW is due out November 13 on Pure Legend Records. The regular edition includes 11 tracks, and the limited edition version has two bonus tracks as follows: “Arms Of The Strangers,” “Fatal,” “Kingdom Of Decay,” “Go To Hell (It’s Where You Belong),” “Evil Undertow,” “Brave Face,” “Tools Of The Trade,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Dead Inside,” “Lost To Love,” “The Last Line Of Defence,” “Fight For The Strangers” (bonus track), “Never Stop Running” (bonus track). See and for more.

-The Guessing Game, featuring Jeff Rouse (Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Fozzy), has DESTROY IT ALL out now on Guessing Game Music. Hype: “The single ‘Death Valley’ slammed the airwaves blowing the minds of the masses! With the aggressive sound of this new album, The Guessing Game is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international rock scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Jeff Rouse, and driven by the onslaught of heavy guitar riffs, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show.” The band will play a show October 16 at the Crocodile in Seattle, with Into The Cold and The Pink Slips (featuring Duff’s daughter Grace McKagan). See and for more.

-The live version of Harem Scarem’s “No Justice,” from the upcoming concert set LIVE AT THE PHOENIX, is online now at .

-The fourth single from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new album, DYING TO LIVE, called “Scream,” has a video at . From Hoekstra: “‘Scream’ is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that’s sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life. Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars. Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!” DYING TO LIVE is due out October 16 on Frontiers Records. See , , and for more.

-Iron Maiden announced 2016 US tour dates in support of THE BOOK OF SOULS:

2/24 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2/26 – BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
2/28 – Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV
3/30 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
4/05 – Palace Of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
4/06 – United Center, Chicago, IL
4/11 – Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
4/13 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
4/15 – The Forum, Los Angeles, CA

For tickets, the fan club pre-sale began October 6 and wider sales begin October 10. Canadian dates will be announced soon. See and for more.

-Aussie Kiss press barrage! Check out Paul Stanley interviews with ABC Australia at and 4KQ Brisbane at , and a Tommy Thayer interview with Grant Broadcasters at .

-A new list of Loudwire’s “100 Metal Facts You May Not Know” is up at .

-Megadeth debuted a new song called “Fatal Illusion” at . The new album, DYSTOPIA, is due out January 22 with this track list: “The Threat Is Real,” “Dystopia,” “Fatal Illusion,” “Death From Within,” “Bullet To The Brain,” “Post American World,” “Poisonous Shadows,” “Conquer Or Die!,” “Lying In State,” “The Emperor,” “Foreign Policy.” Pre-orders are now available at ; see and for more.

-Melted Space’s new lyric video for “Terrible Fight” — featuring a guitar solo by Adrian Martinot and guest singers David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic), Manuel Munoz (The Old Dead Tree), ClĂ©mentine Delauney (Visions Of Atlantis), Virginie Goncalves (Kells), and Lucie Blatrier — is online now through New Noise Magazine at . The album THE GREAT LIE is due out October 16 on Sensory Records. The band will tour Europe with Diabulus In Musica, supporting Leaves’ Eyes as follows:

10/15 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
10/16 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
10/17 – Centrale Rock Club, Erba, Italy
10/18 – Traffic Club, Rome, Italy
10/20 – Music Hall, Geiselwind, Germany
10/21 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
10/22 – Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherland
10/23 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/24 – Glazart, Paris, France
10/26 – KuFa, Lyss, Switzerland
10/27 – Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany
10/28 – K17, Berlin, Germany
10/29 – Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
10/30 – Puschkin, Dresden, Germany
10/31 – Autumn Moon, Hameln, Germany

See for more.

-Millennial Reign’s new lyric video for “Men Stand Alone” is online now at . CARRY THE FIRE is due out October 30 on Ulterium Records. See and for more.

-There’s a new interview with Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell at .

-Power Theory’s “Cut & Run,” a single from the upcoming album DRIVEN BY FEAR, is online now at and . See and for more.

-Primal Fear will release RULEBREAKER through Frontiers on January 29. See and for more.

-The 2016 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse is slated for next May 6-7 at Reggie’s in Chicago, IL. The lineup so far: Jag Panzer, Scanner, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, Satan’s Host, Ashbury, Warcry, Ordained Fate, Riot City, Medieval Steel, HexenHammer, Chalice, and Wulfhook. See and for more, and get ticket info at .

-The Reload Festival will return in 2016, to Sulingen, Lower Saxony, Germany, on August 26-27 next year with a “warm-up night” slated for August 25. Airbourne is the first band to commit, with more to be added soon. “Early bird” tickets are available now at . See and for more.

-Resurrection Kings is a new band featuring singer Chas West, guitarist Craig Goldy, bassist Sean McNabb, and drummer Vinny Appice. They will release their self-titled debut early next year on Frontiers. Hype: “Think Whitesnake/David Coverdale’s classic 1987 self-titled album mixed with Ronnie James Dio’s DREAM EVIL with a touch of classic Led Zeppelin Official and Rainbow and you will not be far from the end result of what this stellar album sounds like!” See for more.

-Scorpion Child will release a new single on 7″ vinyl and digital download, on November 6. The tracks are “She Sings, I Kill” and “(Enter The) Twilight Coven.” The band is set to tour Europe in November and December with Crobot and Buffalo Summer, and a new album is due early next year on Nuclear Blast. See for more.

-There’s a German-language interview with Seasons Of The Wolf’s Barry Waddell at .

-Check out the video for Billy Sherwood’s “No Man’s Land,” from CITIZEN, at . The track features Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) guesting on guitar. Background on the track: “[It] is about a World War I runner, someone who runs from trench to trench where his fellow soldiers are fighting, to pass messages from their leaders — the generals who are giving orders from behind friendly lines. In ‘No Man’s Land,’ the Runner sees his buddies die, and, as the video progresses, seems to be walking more and more in a daze,” and Sherwood says, “You get the idea that he’s the only guy who walked away from the battle.” Pre-orders for CITIZEN are being taken at . See and for more.

-Skindred’s VOLUME is due out October 30 on Napalm Records. Band hype: “Since 1998 Skindred has been responsible for developing their own unique sound blending elements of Metal, Rock, Reggae, Dance Hall, & Electronica to forge the Skindred sound as we know it today. Add to this one of the most charismatic front men in Rock music in Benji Webbe, a man that always knows how to get the party started whether it’s getting Millions of people across the globe to do the now infamous Newport Helicopter or just making them rock harder than they have ever rocked before at any show previously.” Album hype: “VOLUME, the band’s sixth studio album encapsulates everything that is great about Skindred. Drawing inspiration from their previous albums such as BABYLON and UNION BLACK, VOLUME showcases the Skindred sound better than ever before while not at any point trying to emulate anything or anyone that has ever come before. If you like big heavy Riffs then this is the album for you. This is Skindred at their loudest and their best. Songs like ‘Under Attack’ and ‘Volume,’ the album’s title track and ‘Hit The Ground’ resonate louder than ever before as they continue to hit hammer and anvil together mercilessly to bring you a slab of quality Skindred that will have Skindred fans across the globe going mental. As the title track says, Keep Turning it up, KEEP TURNING IT UP, KEEP TURNING IT UP, This is VOLUME! Turn it up to 12 — as THIS is SKINDRED!” Track list: “Under Attack,” “Volume,” “Hit The Ground,” “Shut Ya Mouth,” “I,” “The Healing,” “Sound The Siren,” “Saying It Now,” “II,” “Straight Jacket,” “III,” “No Justice,” “Stand Up,” “Three Words.” Upcoming tour dates:

11/4 – Guildhall, Southampton, UK
11/5 – UEA, Norwich, UK
11/6 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
11/7 – Academy, Manchester, UK
11/8 – Academy, Newcastle, UK
11/10 – ABC, Glasgow, UK
11/11 – Stylus, Leeds, UK
11/12 – Academy, Bristol, UK
11/13 – Institute, Birmingham, UK
11/14 – Brixton Academy, London, UK
11/15 – Glazart, Paris, France
11/16 – 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands
11/18 – Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
11/19 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
11/20 – Rock N’ Roll Arena, Novara, Italy
11/21 – Corallo Rock Club, Scandiano, Italy
11/22 – Kufa, Lyss, Switzerland
11/23 – Dynamo, Zurich, Switzerland
11/25 – PPC, Graz, Austria
11/26 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
11/28 – Akvarium, Budapest, Hungary
11/30 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
12/2 – Debaser Medis, Stockholm, Sweden
12/3 – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
12/4 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany

See and for more.

-Stryper’s FALLEN is due out October 16 on Frontiers. Track list: “Yahweh,” “Fallen,” “Pride,” “Big Screen Lies,” “Heaven,” “Love You Like I Do,” “All Over Again,” “After Forever” (Black Sabbath cover), “Till I Get What I Need,” “Let There Be Light,” “The Calling,” “King Of Kings.” Check out three songs:


“After Forever”

“Let There Be Light”

See and for more.

-Check out Testament’s Chuck Billy on an episode of BangerTV’s “Metal Giants” at .

-Goth Rockers Van Halst, from Edmonton, Alberta, have a new single out called “Save Me.” The track is from the upcoming 2016 release WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE, and is available at . About the song, singer Kami Van Halst says, “‘Save Me’ is about Religious Extremists. We chose it for our first single because it’s a statement piece. We wanted to come out with a bang and show everyone what we’re about. We’re very excited to release the song to the world.” Upcoming live dates:

10/16 – The Rivoli, Toronto, ON (Indie Week)
10/16 – Coalition Bar, Toronto, ON (Indie Week)
10/17 – The Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto, ON (Pinktober 5.0; all ages)

See for more.

-Wizard Eye’s new song “Stoneburner” is online now at . The track comes from the band’s new self-titled release, out October 10 on Black Monk Records. From singer/guitarist Erik Caplan, about the song: “I don’t think anyone ever sets out to write a nine-minute song, but this one just blossomed naturally into its final, lengthy form as we indulged our desire to explore some of the places the riff wanted to go.” Hype on the album: “Tracked in just three days at Haddon Heights, New Jersey’s Gradwell House Studios with Steve Poponi and mastered by Dave Downham, the record boasts a cosmic, riff-centric synthesis of fuzz, grit, pavement-quaking bass rumbles, tripped-out effects, and rawhide vocals with roots firmly plated into the lysergic soil of ’70s acts like Hawkwind, Budgie, Blue Cheer, Captain Beyond, Motörhead, and Black Sabbath without replication.” See for more.

-Zoner will release its third album, AURALSONIC NAVIGATION, on November 9. The album completes a trilogy that also includes SPECTRAPHONIC DEVIATION (2012) and EUHARMONIC ELEVATION (2015). Hype: “This new offering is definitely more hard hitting and ‘solid,’ something quite possibly attributed to the fact that the album features mostly new arrangements of 10-, 15-, and 20-year old songs. Bottom line is that the end result this time is much more METAL as the early influences (such as Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth to name a few) are heavily relied upon. Of course all songs are filtered with the same ‘quirkiness’ that was evident throughout the previous two albums and yes, the rock/pop/prog and even funk vibes are subtly evident here and there!” Track list: “S.O.S. (Same Old Sh*t),” “Suited And Tied,” “Mouth Sealed,” “Back Into Metal,” “Turnaround,” “Emptymess,” “Unique,” “A Clean Slate?” Limited quantities of the CD are available for free; see , , and for more.

Thanks to Jon Freeman, Stephen Cenatiempo, Chad Bowar, Anne Leighton, Jon Asher,, Classic Rock, Rock Cellar Magazine, VQPR, Earsplit PR, Audacious PR, Metaltix, and Pure Steel Promotion for help gathering some of this information.

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Detritus #683

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Issue #683
Week of September 28, 2015

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-Scorpions Documentary “Forever And A Day” Hits US Theaters Beginning October 14

Attn: US Fans!

The Scorpions continue to celebrate their 50th year in metal with a special national screening event of their first theatrical release, the documentary film, “Forever And A Day,” beginning Wednesday, October 14th.

For locations and tickets visit:

Watch the trailer now!

Presented by SpectiCast Entertainment and Tempest Films, “Forever And A Day” captures the history of one of the most influential bands in music history — following them for 18 months with an insightful look into the dynamic that has kept them at the top of the metal community. Filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied the Scorpions on their “Final Sting” dates — originally the band’s farewell tour around the globe, from Bangkok via Los Angeles to Moscow, the resulting documentary “Forever And A Day” is a moving portrait of their unique history, packed with candid moments and Scorpions’ memories, culminating with the decision to scrap their retirement plans. Klaus Meine adds, “I think it’ll be a really special film for our fans.”

The title, “Forever And A Day,” outlines the philosophy Scorpions have internalized since their early days. In the Eighties of the past century, they wrapped it up in the slogan “Don’t Stop At The Top” (allegorical: Never rest on your laurels). They simply are travelers, who always seek new challenges, overcoming all obstacles along the way.

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-Harem Scarem’s Homecoming Show At The Phoenix Concert Theatre In Toronto On 2CD/DVD & Blu-Ray; Out In December On Frontiers

[Note: This is from the Frontiers Facebook page at . – Tim]

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming live release by the Canadian rock group Harem Scarem, entitled LIVE AT THE PHOENIX on December 4th.

Available in 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray and Digital formats, this new release, marks the first proper live album recorded by Harem Scarem in front of their “home” audience. Singer Harry Hess explains “Canada is where we started touring all those years ago and to be able to invite our friends, family and fans to this show was cool.”

Recorded live on Saturday July 11th, 2015 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, this happened to be the perfect time and venue for the band to capture live recordings of numerous songs from their latest record THIRTEEN and also to revisit their classic early material. It was an honest and raw performance showcasing the repertoire of a band which is at the top of their game.

“It wasn’t easy coming up with this set list but I think we got to all the important stuff plus it’s always fun to play the new material that you haven’t been playing for 20 years.” Tells Harry “It is definitely the most extensive live recording and video that we have ever done and the quality of both the video and audio are by far the best of anything we have ever done.”

For fans around the world that were not able to see Harem Scarem on their THIRTEEN tour, this special Blu-ray DVD and double audio CD is a must!!

Enjoy the live rendition of the band’s classic song “No Justice:”

LIVE AT THE PHOENIX track listing includes:

CD1 – Garden Of Eden; Hard To Love; Saviors Never Cry; Dagger; Distant Memory; The Midnight Hours; Mandy; Killing Me; Slowly Slipping Away; Troubled Times.

CD2 – Sentimental Blvd.; Turn Around; Stranger Than Love; All I Need; Saints And Sinners; So Blind; Human Nature; Voice Of Reason; Change Comes Around; No Justice.

DVD/Blu-ray – Garden Of Eden; Hard To Love; Saviors Never Cry; Dagger; Distant Memory; The Midnight Hours; Mandy; Killing Me; Slowly Slipping Away; Troubled Times; Sentimental Blvd.; Turn Around; Stranger Than Love; All I Need; Saints And Sinners; So Blind; Human Nature; Voice Of Reason; Change Comes Around; No Justice.

Harem Scarem
Harry Hess: vocals, guitar
Pete Lesperance; lead guitar, vocals
Stan Miczek: bass guitar
Darren Smith: drums, vocals

Visit the official Harem Scarem sites

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-Rock Meets Metal: “The Dwarves” Forging An Alliance With Blind Guardian

“The Dwarves” are tough — made from stone by their god Vraccas, they are rough warriors and skilled craftsmen. The love for all kinds of metal is in their blood and there is only one kind of music to complement the thunder of their sledgehammers and the clash of their battleaxes: Metal!

Developer KING Art is happy to announce that today a cooperation with the legendary band Blind Guardian has been arranged: Not only will musicians from Blind Guardian perform parts of “The Dwarves” OST in their own unique style but there will also be a special quest involving Blind Guardian in the game. To perfectly blend that into the fantasy-world of Girdlegard, the developers from KING Art and Blind Guardian are cooperating closely with the author of “The Dwarves” book series.

A new video shows the visit by some developers of Blind Guardian’s studio, where members of the band are playing “The Dwarves” for the first time.

Watch it here:

“The Dwarves” On Kickstarter

A crowdfunding campaign for “The Dwarves” started furiously and is only hours away from passing its 80%-line, having gathered more than 4,000 backers who have pledged over $200,000 so far — and there are still 15 days of funding left! A variety of stretch goals has also been revealed. Supporters will be able to vote for either a cooperative Multiplayer, a brand-new character with its own unique skills & story, different new games modes such as New Game Plus or a Horde-Mode and more.

Check out “The Dwarves'” Kickstarter campaign here:

Blind Guardian

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-Frontiers Music Srl Is Excited To Announce A New Band That Just Joined The Label Roster: The Defiants!

[Note: This is from the Frontiers Facebook page at . – Tim]

Behind this new band is a trio of fabulous musicians all with ties to Danger Danger.

On vocals and guitar, is none other than Mr. Paul Laine! Best known for being the D2 singer for 12 years, Paul is now coming back to work with his former band mates Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello, who are the other two pillars of The Defiants.

“Very, very excited about this new project, and to be working again with my ol’ pal Paul Laine, and of course, Rob Marcello!” says Bruno Ravel, who will also produce the debut album. “The writing process has been a lot of fun. We all trust and respect each other’s instincts so there’s little second guessing and that takes a lot of the usual stress out of the equation, so for me, this has been a blast so far. We will be entering the studio in the next few weeks to start recording, with completion set for the end of the year. So… what should you expect,? Well, expect some straight ahead ‘in your face’ melodic hard rock, that’s what!”

Paul Laine says: “I’m very happy to once again, create something special with Bruno and Rob. Although it’s a brand new release, I feel it’s a great opportunity to say thank you and do something for the fans who have followed us through the years. Bruno and Rob are immense talents. I feel honored to be a part of this and have my voice on this album.” Rob Marcello concludes “Beyond psyched to work with my best friend Bruno and Paul on this project! It’s going to be a great one! Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

Check out The Defiants and “Like” their Facebook page:

The band will be documenting the recording process and uploading studio clips and song samples on their FB page as the album takes shape. Expect the album to hit the stores in late Spring / early Summer 2016.

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-Denner / Shermann To Release SATAN’S TOMB On October 2nd; Stream The Title Track Online Now!

The Denner / Shermann EP SATAN’S TOMB will be released on October 2nd via Metal Blade Records. The title track has been finally released and is streaming online now at . While there, make sure to pre-order your physical or digital copies of SATAN’S TOMB!

Guitar Legends Michael Denner and Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate have given an offering of supremely, classic heavy metal infused with an overload of their signature, dark magic shredding. According to the legendary guitar duo, getting Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Therion, Sabaton) on drums, Marc Grabowski (Demonica) on bass guitar, and Sean Peck (Cage, Death Dealer) on vocals onboard to form the band was a critical component to bringing these four tracks to life. Michael Denner added “Creating these songs with this lineup really ignited my metal fire hotter than ever! I’m sure the fans are going to love this thing” “This mix ended up really having an old school feel to it that sounds awesome when blasting at an unhealthy volume,” says Shermann.

The EP was recorded in the USA, Denmark, and Sweden and was mixed by Arnold Lindberg at Sound Industry Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. The mastering was done by Maor Applebaum in Los Angeles, California.

The SATAN’S TOMB cover artwork was painted by Thomas Holm whose work on Mercyful Fate’s MELISSA and DON’T BREAK THE OATH is well known throughout the metal world.

The track listing for SATAN’S TOMB is as follows:
1. Satan’s Tomb
2. War Witch
3. New Gods
4. Seven Skulls

Denner/Shermann – SATAN’S TOMB trailer

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-Black Star Riders: Vote for THE KILLER INSTINCT In The 2015 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour

The 2015 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour takes place on Wednesday, November 11 at The Roundhouse, London. It’s the star-studded night where the great and good of high-voltage rock’n’roll will get together to celebrate talent both old and new — from those bands making their debut on the scene, to those who began it all…

Black Star Riders are pleased to announce that their latest album THE KILLER INSTINCT has been nominated in the Album Of The Year category! The award is fan voted, which means YOU can make a difference! So please cast your votes now and get involved. Rock that vote!


Black Star Riders

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-Grave Digger Exhumes Its Past

Grave Digger, along with bands like Running Wild, Rage, Sinner, and early Helloween, spearheaded the Teutonic Metal scene in Germany in the early eighties. The title track from their iconic debut HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN, as well as “Headbanging Man” were some the first anthems showcased in this groundbreaking new era of Metal. Charismatic front man Chris Boltendahl, core and figurehead of the band since the very beginning, left his mark with his unique vocal style on each and every release since. This new compilation, EXHUMATION, presents a new take on the band’s classic recordings in a wistful look back to the eighties. Focusing beyond their debut and subsequent hit albums like WITCH HUNTER and WAR GAMES, with new takes on classic favorites such as “Shoot Her Down” the unforgettable opening track from the first Grave Digger demo from 1982! Also included is “Stand Up And Rock” from 1987’s STRONGER THAN EVER, which was released under the cross-over attempted band name Digger (now a rare and highly sought-after edition). In addition, the release includes “My Private Hell Morning” and “Young And Dangerous,” two bonus tracks and the first new songs since last year’s RETURN OF THE REAPER teasing what is to come from the band’s upcoming 2016 new studio album!

In support of this release GRAVE DIGGER will be returning to North America alongside the legendary Blind Guardian. All dates are listed below.

Grave Digger – EXHUMATION – THE EARLY YEARS (Napalm Records)

Release Date:
October 23, 2015

Track List:
1. Headbanging Man
2. Fire In Your Eyes
3. Witch Hunter
4. Shoot Her Down
5. Stand Up And Rock
6. Heavy Metal Breakdown
7. Enola Gay – Drop The Bomb
8. Get Away
9. We Wanna Rock You
10. Playing Fools
11. Here I Stand
12. Tyrant
13. Paradise

Tour Dates:
Supporting Blind Guardian
27.10.15 US – Baltimore / Soundstage
29.10.15 CA – Toronto / Danforth Music Hall
30.10.15 CA – Montreal / Corona
31.10.15 US – Worcester / Palladium
01.11.15 US – Philadelphia Union Transfer
03.11.15 US – New York / Webster Hall
04.11.15 US – Munhall / Carnegie Music Hall
06.11.15 US – Pontiac / The Crofoot
07.11.15 US – Cleveland / House of Blues
08.11.15 US – Chicago / Concord Music Hall
09.11.15 US – Minneapolis / Mill City Nights
11.11.15 US – Denver / The Summit Music Hall
13.11.15 CA – Calgary / MacEwan Hall
14.11.15 CA – Edmonton / Union Hall
16.11.15 CA – Vancouver / Commodore Ballroom
17.11.15 US – Seattle / Studio Seven
19.11.15 US – San Francisco / The Fillmore
20.11.15 US – Sacramento / Ace Of Spades
21.11.15 US – Anaheim City / National Grove of Anaheim
22.11.15 US – Tempe / The Marquee
24.11.15 US – Dallas / Gas Monkey Live
25.11.15 US – Houston / Warehouse Live
27.11.15 US – Atlanta / The Masquerade
28.11.15 US – Orlando / The Plaza Live

35 Years Grave Digger
– Birthday Bash Shows –
26.12.15 DE – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
27.12.15 DE – MĂŒnchen / Backstage
28.12.15 DE – Bochum / Zeche
29.12.15 DE – Berlin / C-Club
31.12.15 DE – NĂŒrnberg / MS Franconia – Aqua Ruction

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-Satan: ATOM BY ATOM Full-Length From Heavy Metal Giants Streaming In Full At Invisible Oranges; Release Day Draws Near

Following teasers from Metal Hammer and Decibel Magazine, today Invisible Oranges delivers ATOM BY ATOM, the impending new full-length from heavy metal giants, Satan, in its horn-raising entirety!

Reaping critical accolades both stateside and abroad, The Metal Observer gushes in a recent 9/10 review, “Out of all the bands who have reunited in the last half-decade, Satan are still the band to beat when it comes to releasing excellent heavy metal of the highest order… ATOM BY ATOM is a fantastic record that cements their importance in style.” Two Guys Metal Reviews concurs naming ATOM BY ATOM, “the most worthwhile listen from these dudes yet,” furthering, “It’s encouraging to see a band of SATAN’s level and notoriety still putting out top-notch material in 2015… ATOM BY ATOM is living proof that Satan are only going to get better as the years progress. Reminiscent of all the magic of the ’80s and yet more evolved than any of their early recordings, this record sees the band charging boldly forward into a brave new world that shall never be forgotten!” In a near-perfect 9/10 score, Worship Metal crowned the record their “Album Of The Week” noting, “Exquisite riffs abound, Brian Ross’ vocals soar like never before and Satan’s kingdom is a stronghold of modern yet classic heavy metal that’s beyond sh*t-hot; it’s positively searing. ATOM BY ATOM bleeds quality from every last morsel; a stunning tour de force from a group of musicians who somehow, after 35+ years in the business, are operating at a level most bands can only dream of. We expected ATOM BY ATOM to be good but this is Album Of The Year material right here. Ave Satana!” In a 5/6 rating, Metal Invader champions an “unpolished diamond of heavy metal” that’s “raw, with a pure smell of the ’80s all around… classic Satan as we know and cherish them.” Of vocalist Brian Ross specifically, the publication adds, “the voice that never ages, the voice that never fades, my god… you listen to him and you wonder if he’s in 2015 or still in 1983, especially, since the album opens with killer screaming this is where you begin to understand the greatness and the majesty of his voice.”

Adds Invisible Oranges of ATOM BY ATOM, “Many say that music is a young man’s game, but there’s evidence to the contrary such as last year’s Triptykon record, MELANA CHASMATA, and this year’s Paradise Lost record, THE PLAGUE WITHIN. Add ATOM BY ATOM, the fourth album by NWOBHM underdogs Satan to that list. The band still plays the not-quite-thrash style that they always did, but this new material doesn’t feel like it’s couched in nostalgia. The members of Satan have heard what’s been done with velocity and note choices since. The modern informs their more classic approach, and the result is probably their most satisfying album since the original COURT IN THE ACT.”

Hear ATOM BY ATOM in full courtesy of Invisible Oranges at .

Founded in Newcastle, England in 1979, Satan was part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. Though generally obscure throughout their career, the band is considered influential for playing a form of proto-thrash metal that was fairly advanced by the standards of the early 1980s. Their lineup has undergone numerous personnel changes over the years and even changes in band name. For a time the band was called Blind Fury, putting out one album — 1985’s OUT OF REACH — under that moniker before reverting back to Satan shortly thereafter. In 1988, the group changed its name again to The Kindred and then yet again to Pariah, releasing two albums under that name before folding in the early ’90s. In 1997, Pariah released another album. The band’s shifting lineup has included members of many other heavy metal bands such as Blitzkrieg, Rough Edge, Pariah, Atomkraft, Avenger, Persian Risk, Cronos, and Battleaxe. In 1990, guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English together with singer Martin Walkyier of UK thrash metal band Sabbat founded folk metal act Skyclad.

Captured at Newcastle’s First Avenue Studios, and mixed and mastered by Dario Mollo (Crossbones, The Cage, Voodoo Hill) who helmed the band’s 2013’s acclaimed comeback album LIFE SENTENCE, ATOM BY ATOM includes a collaboration with Angel Witch’s Kevin Heybourne as well as the striking cover renderings of Eliran Kantor ( ; Testament, Sodom, Sigh, Iced Earth, etc.) who crafted the art for Satan’s previous opus.

ATOM BY ATOM will see release in North America on October 16th via Listenable Records. For pre-orders point your browser to .

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-Reverence’s GODS OF WAR Track Listing Revealed

Detroit power metallers Reverence, featuring Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland, and ex-Savatage drummer Steve “Doc” Wacholz, will release their new album GODS OF WAR via Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015. The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (Primal Fear, Sabaton, Hysteria). The track listing can be read below.

GODS OF WAR track listing:

1. Gods Of War
2. Heart Of Gold
3. Until My Dying Breath
4. Angel In Black
5. Tear Down The Mountain
6. Blood Of Heroes
7. Battle Cry
8. Choices Made
9. Splinter
10. Cleansed By Fire
11. Race To Obscene

“If Reverence stays on the same trajectory they have been, they’re soon to become a household name for metalheads everywhere. Though they play Power, this album should appeal to lovers of everything heavy metal. Their sound covers all the bases as far as I’m concerned. GODS OF WAR is a brilliant follow-up to an already amazing debut, and one that you need in your collection.” (MyGlobalMind Rating 9/10)

The following video clip features tracks from the new album: “Battle Cry,” “Angel In Black,” and the title track “Gods of War.”

Bryan Holland says: “It’s been three long years since you have had any new music from the power metal band Reverence. That’s a hell of a long time to go without some OLD SCHOOL METAL. So, with that being said, we are proud to give you this short sneak peek of what you can expect from Reverence’s second release GODS OF WAR.”

The impending power metal assault is coming your way, take cover!

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-Azrael’s Bane Fire Up The Engines, Announce Houston Reunion Show

Re-activated melodic hard rock band Azrael’s Bane are firing off the engines once again and have announced their reunion show to be held on October 17, 2015 at The Office live venue in their hometown of Houston, Texas.

Special guests will be local melodic hard rock partners in crime Love N War.

Azrael’s Bane vocalist Trey Gadler has checked in with the following update:

“We never really broke up. We just had a lot of things happen all at once that made going forward with the band difficult at that time. Our label went under. Our drummer moved out of state. A couple of us were going through divorces and a couple of us were having kids. It was just a ton of stuff, so we just tabled things for a while. Most of us dabbled in other projects during the break, but we’ve always stayed in touch. Those guys are all like brothers to me. Bane is family and we’re back now. Everybody is back on the same page and we’re ready to roll. Our rehearsals have been going well, and we’ve started writing again, so the future is bright for Azrael’s Bane. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.”

Azrael’s Bane 2015 lineup:

Trey Gadler (Vocals)
Jeff Clifton (Guitars)
Chuck McFadden (Guitars)
Brent Marches (Bass)
Van Turner (Drums) – formerly of Z-Lot-Z

Combining the haunting melodies of Queensryche and Crimson Glory with the more mainstream approach of Lillian Axe and Leatherwolf, Azrael’s Bane issued their independently-released debut album WINGS OF INNOCENCE in 2004 which was widely acclaimed by specialized hard rock / metal media reviewers which included a perfect (5 out of 5) review score from legendary Los Angeles, California radio station website KNAC.COM.

The band saw Chavis Records do a re-release of the enhanced album in 2005 which featured a stunning cover of the Ozzy Osbourne classic song “Diary Of A Madman.”

Based on the strength of their debut album, Azrael’s Bane was personally invited to play the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest II in Mexico in direct support of the main stage bands which included headliner Motorhead, Danzig, Mago de Oz, W.A.S.P., HammerFall, Beyond Fear, Metal Church, and Into Eternity.

In 2009, the band again independently released their second album MODERN DAY BABYLON to another wave of critical acclaim by the worldwide melodic rock music media.

The band is currently writing music for their third album to be tentatively released in 2016.

Azrael’s Bane – “Shine” video (2004)

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official Facebook page:

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-Ulterium Records Proudly Presents FALLEN EMPIRES, The Debut Album From The Greek Heavy Metal Band Diviner!

Ulterium Records 2015 – ULTCD033

Style: Heavy Metal, Metal
Release date: November 20th (Europe, North America)
EAN: 4018996238075

Short info:
FALLEN EMPIRES, a very strong heavy metal album that keeps the legacy from the genre but at the same time sounding new and inspired. Perfect for fans of bands like Accept, Dio, Judas Priest, and Iced Earth! Mastered by Peter In de Betou (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth)

Track listing:
1. Fallen Empires
2. Kingdom Come
3. Evilizer
4. Riders From The East
5. The Legend Goes On
6. Come Into My Glory
7. Seven Gates
8. The Shadow And The Dark
9. Sacred War
10. Out In The Abyss

Diviner biography:
Diviner is a heavy metal band from Greece founded by long-time friends and music partners Yiannis Papanikolaou (vocals) and Thimios Krikos (guitar) in the summer of 2011. Their vision was to proudly express themselves by creating and playing something powerful, intense, deep, heavy, dark, and inspired that at the same time would sound up to date. All this without losing the elements that reflect the essence of pure and timeless magic of metal music.

With this in mind they started writing songs and in a short period of time some of their friends and well known musicians of the local metal scene George Maroulees (guitar), Herc Booze (bass), and Fragiskos Samoilis (drums) joined them and the band took its final form.

FALLEN EMPIRES is Diviner’s first attempt to reach out to the metal world and will be released by Ulterium Records on the 20th of November 2015.

Their sound influences cover a very wide range of metal paths having classic heavy origins and melodies, blended with modern crushing riffs, groovy rhythm sections, powerful vocals, and an overall up to date approach.

The recordings took place at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, with Thimios Krikos and Fotis Benardo (SiXforNinE, ex-Septic Flesh) handling them. Thimios Krikos was also responsible for the mixing of the album, while Peter In de Betou (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth) of Tailor Maid fame handled the mastering. The cover artwork and sleeve design were made by the talented artist Alan Fall of Digital Grief.

Follow Diviner into the Fallen Empires!

Diviner lineup:
Yiannis Papanikolaou (Rock ‘n’ Roll Children, ex. Innerwish) – Vocals
Thimios Krikos (Innerwish) – Guitar
George Maroulees (4bitten) – Guitar
Herc Booze (SiXforNinE) – Bass
Fragiskos Samoilis (Innerwish) – Drums

Diviner discography:
2015: FALLEN EMPIRES (Ulterium Records)

Produced, engineered and mixed by: Thimios Krikos
Co-produced by: Yiannis Papanikolaou
Drum production by: Fotis Benardo
Mastering by: Peter In de Betou (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Amon Amarth) at Tailor Maid
Artwork by: Alan Fall, Digital Grief


Label info – Ulterium Records
Ulterium Records, Adelsköldsgatan 4, SE-44131 AlingsÄs, Sweden

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-Corners Of Sanctuary Sign To Metalizer Records (Germany) For Release Of METAL MACHINE Album

New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal (NWoTAHM) band Corners Of Sanctuary announces their signing to Metalizer Records (Germany) for the European release of their brand new fourth album METAL MACHINE on October 31, 2015 in CD format and on vinyl at a later date to be announced.

Corners Of Sanctuary guitarist Mick Michaels has checked in with the following comment:

“Corners Of Sanctuary is very excited to now be a part of the Metalizer Records family. Having our fourth album, METAL MACHINE, released under the Metalizer label offers us an incredible opportunity to reach new heights. The support has been inspiring. We feel this union will be a great fit for both the music and our style. We look forward to what lies ahead… The road before us is wide open and we are ready to drop the pedal to the Metal on this machine!”

Metalizer Records has checked in with the following comment:

Metalizer Records is very proud to announce that the great Corners Of Sanctuary have signed with us for the release of their new killer album METAL MACHINE! This one will make your ears bleed if you’re into traditional US power metal with slight Judas Priest influences! Stay tuned for the METAL MACHINE!!”

Corners Of Sanctuary’s METAL MACHINE features 11 brand new tracks of razor sharp and memorable heavy metal songs from Philadelphia’s own Kings of Steel.

The album was mastered by guitarist / producer Stu “The Hammer” Marshall (Death Dealer / Blasted To Static / Empires Of Eden / ex-Dungeon) at his Frontier Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Corners Of Sanctuary – METAL MACHINE track listing:

1. Turn It On
2. Metal Machine
3. Like It Matters
4. Left Scarred
5. In Blood We Shall Fight
6. The Return
7. Souls Will Shout
8. Monster
9. Tomorrow Never Comes
10. Wrecking Ball
11. Killswitch

For the latest Corners Of Sanctuary news, visit the band’s official website:

Metalizer Records (Germany) official website

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-Kara And The Dam Band Looking For ’80s Style Double Bass Drummer

San Antonio, Texas based hard rock / metal band Kara And The Dam Band are looking for an ’80s style rock / metal influenced double bass drummer.

The band is on the hunt for a professional, flashy, rocking Tommy Lee type drummer to join the band and who will be required to perform both original material as well as high energy cover songs, while playing approximately 8-10 shows per month.

Must be totally professional, have massive stage presence, killer attitude, mesmerizing musical chops and a bitchn’ set of drums.

Interested drummers willing to relocate to San Antonio, Texas, contact guitarist / producer Chad Austin via e-mail at:

Kara And The Dam Band – “Alone In The Dark” video

For the latest band news and show dates, visit their official website and Facebook page:

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-Camelot/Nightprowler Split CD STRANGER IN THE TWILIGHT/NIGHTPROWLER Cover, Track List; Release Date: October 30, 2015 On Karthago Records

The release date of the Camelot/Nightprowler split album STRANGER IN THE TWILIGHT/NIGHTPROWLER on CD is October 30th, 2015. The pre-order phase will start on October 16th, 2015 in our webshop.


While Camelot from Wuppertal/Germany were active, they only released one mini-album. This album is a good example of German ’80s Heavy Metal, although the cover artwork is really uninspired. “Young Man,” the first song on the album, is catchy and powerful. But you will have to ignore the bad pronunciation, which is typical of many German albums in the ’80s. “Working Hard,” the first song on the B-side, is again a very catchy Metal song, which is the second highlight on this mini-album. The final “I’m A Tramp” is also on a good level. The way the band plays is very refined and their compositions are convincing. If Camelot had had a record label as support, they definitely could have been more successful.


Nightprowler from Dusseldorf/Germany had as little success as Camelot. But their 1986 maxi-single is nevertheless very sought after. Both EP songs, “Attention” and “Nightprowler,” are typical examples of the imitation of the British scene and they are definitely a must for all NWoBHM fans. The bonus tracks on this CD are early demos and live gigs, and show a band which has assimilated influences from Motorhead and Warfare. Thy vinyl definitely contained the most refined and promising songs of Nightprowler. Unfortunately there were no other releases of this band.

Track Listing:

1. Young Man
2. You Came For Me
3. Working Hard
4. I’m A Tramp

5. Attention
6. Nightprowler
7. Truck Driver (bonus track)
8. Rock’n’Roll Lady (bonus track)
9. S.O.B. (live) (bonus track)
10. Alcohol (bonus track)
11. The Letter (live) (bonus track)
12. Black Sheep (bonus track)
Total Playing Time: 54:32 min.


Harry Rein – vocals
Ronnie Rodney – guitars
Claus Riedel – bass
Michael Rokker – drums
guest musician:
Benedikt Koch – keyboards
Holger vom Scheidt – backing vocals

Max Steglich – vocals
Tucky Ptak – lead guitars
Uwe Kunze – rhythm guitars
Ringo Nischak – bass
Udo Marsch – drums


Karthago Records

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-Martyrd Announce New Album ENDLESS

The heavy yet technically challenging metal of Martyrd will soon be on display once more, with the arrival of a new album, ENDLESS.

In a statement, the New York-based band (which is comprised of members Aaron Pollard – vocals, Michael Andreas – guitar, Mike Kitsos – guitar, Brian Nichols – bass, and Randall Lee – drums) explained:

“We loved what we did with THE MORTAL COIL, but we wouldn’t want to keep making the same album again. All of us have grown as musicians and humans, and its been a natural progression taking us from that era to this new territory we’re exploring with ENDLESS. This time around, we’re diving right into the deep end, the album is darker and heavier than anything we’ve ever done before — just how we like it! It’s still Martyrd, but taken to the tenth degree.”

And the quintet pointed out that ENDLESS is a conceptual work, as well:

“The album is really story driven — both musically and lyrically, every song is part of this big story. Each song stands by itself, but they’re all part of a bigger whole. Musically too — you’ll be able to listen to the whole album through as a single piece of music. We didn’t decide on the name ENDLESS until very late in the recording process. All the music and story was done, by that point, we had been in the studio for almost a year already, and the name seemed really fitting!

“We’re incredibly excited to bring this album on the road. It defines who we are today — the culmination of all we’ve become. It’s also the heaviest thing we’ve ever done, and we can’t wait to get out there and go nuts with our friends.”

For more information, visit:

-Amberian Dawn will release INNUENDO through Napalm Records on October 23. Hype: “After their last highly acclaimed 2014 album MAGIC FOREST, female-fronted Finnish Symphonic sextet Amberian Dawn return with INNUENDO, their second studio album with gorgeous singer PĂ€ivi ‘Capri’ Virkkunen. Presented in a catchier and more melodic way than previous efforts, Innuendo sounds like a deliberately fresh new start with some of the strongest vocal performances in the band’s history. With production work from Mikko Karmilla (Amorphis, Apocalyptica) and Tuomas SeppĂ€lĂ€’s apparent influences of the likes of Jean Michel Jarre to Vangels, INNUENDO showcases the epic trademarks of an album that could easily place the band into the forefront of the Symphonic Metal genre! INNUENDO is a term most famed by Queen and their album titled the same, but as time goes on, some might also come to think of Amberian Dawn alongside those British rock heroes.” Track list: “Fame & Gloria,” “Ladyhawk,” “Innuendo,” “The Court Of Mirror Hall,” “Angelique,” “Rise Of The Evil,” “Chamber Of Dreadful Dreams,” “Knock Knock Who’s There?,” “Symphony Nr. 1, Part 1 – The Witchcraft,” “Your Time – My Time.” Upcoming tour dates with Delain and The Gentle Storm:

10/27 – Kopfmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
10/28 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
10/29 – Divan Du Monde, Paris, France
10/30 – Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
10/31 – Juz Live Club, Andernach, Germany
11/2 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
11/3 – Live Club, Milan, Italy
11/4 – Explosiv, Graz, Austria
11/5 – Club 202, Budapest, Hungary
11/6 – Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
11/7 – Club Progresia, Warsaw, Poland
11/8 – K17, Berlin, Germany

See and for more.

-BAT will release WINGS OF CHAINS early next year on Hells Headbangers. Singer/bassist Ryan Waste says: “We are louder and prouder than ever with the completion of WINGS OF CHAINS, our debut full-length. It’s been a long time coming, so we decided to put every song we’ve written to date in a heavier package as one recording. I just finished solely tracking all the vocals for the album in my house, which was quite a milestone for me. Nick [Poulos] and Felix [Griffin] crushed it as usual, and it’s safe to say these songs showcase BAT in our true live-sounding element. To commemorate the wrap up of the album, we’re unleashing the cover artwork today, illustrated by our German brother Chris from Infected Arts.” Stickers of the cover art are available at , and the album is set to include the songs “Bloodhounds,” “Code Rude,” “Master Of The Skies,” “Primitive Age,” “Condemner,” “Ritual Fool,” “Wings Of Chains,” “Total Wreckage,” “Rule Of The Beast,” “You Die,” “Cruel Discipline,” and “BAT.” The band has also decided to re-press the PRIMITIVE AGE EP on gray vinyl; pre-order it now at . Upcoming tour dates:

10/16 – The Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
10/17 – Frost And Fire Festival @ Bombay, Ventura, CA
10/18 – White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys, CA (all ages)

See and for more.

-The Graham Bonnet Band, featuring the Rainbow/Alcatrazz/MSG/Impellitteri singer joined by guitarist Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone, and drummer Mark Zonder (Fates Warning/Warlord), will release an album early next year on Frontiers. Hype from Mr. Bonnet: “It has been a while since I last released a full-length album, but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that. We are very excited about working with the great folks at Frontiers for our first ‘Graham Bonnet Band’ record, we look forward to a productive and exciting 2016!” The band is also set to tour the UK in February as follows:

2/5 – O2 ABC 2, Glasgow, UK
2/6 – O2 Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
2/7 – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield, UK
2/10 – Rebellion Bar, Manchester, UK
2/11 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
2/12 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
2/13 – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
2/16 – The Haunt, Brighton, UK
2/17 – Sin City, Swansea, UK
2/18 – Talking Heads, Southampton, UK
2/19 – Bierkeller, Bristol, UK
2/20 – O2 Academy 2 Islington, London, UK

-Check out a new interview with Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover at .

-Divebomb Records now has ARTCH’s ANOTHER RETURN and FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND, Betsy’s self-titled release, and deluxe editions of Wild Dogs’ REIGN OF TERROR and Osiris’ FUTURITY AND HUMAN DEPRESSIONS available. There’s a special deal now where buyers of all five releases will get free shipping to anywhere in the world. See and for more.

-The Swedish metal band Enforcer’s new live DVD/CD release, LIVE BY FIRE, is due out November 20 on Nuclear Blast. Check out the video for “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare” at . LIVE BY FIRE can be pre-ordered now at . The band consists of singer/guitarist Olof Wikstrand, guitarist Joseph Tholl, bassist Tobias Lindqvist, and drummer Jonas Wikstrand. See for more.

-The Frost And Fire Festival is slated for October 17 at Bombay in Ventura, CA. Touting its “true heavy metal” and “classic heavy metal,” the lineup includes Manilla Road, Ashbury (performing the album ENDLESS SKIES), Night Demon, Visigoth, Savage Master, BAT, Steel Prophet (featuring Neil Turbin on vocals), Gygax, Blade Killer, Helion Prime, and Wolfcross. There will also be a meet-and-greet with Tim Baker and Robert Garven of Cirith Ungol. See and for more.

-Ghost Machinery will release EVIL UNDERTOW on November 13 through Pure Legend Records. The melodic heavy metal band from Finland features Pete Ahonen (Stargazery) on guitar and vocals, Mikko MyllylĂ€ on guitar, Sami Nyman on bass, and Jussi Ontero (Stargazery) on drums and keyboards. Hype: “On the third output EVIL UNDERTOW concise keyboards meet up with moony, strong guitar harmonies and a very clear, differentiated sound. Sometimes they exceed the limits to Power Metal in the well-known Stratovarius tradition. But mostly, on 13 tracks of hard rock influenced by Rainbow, Black Sabbath (Tony Martin era) and Axel Rudi Pell reigns supreme. Also AOR lunatics should give it a listen. With EVIL UNDERTOW Ghost Machinery deliver the goods to every hard rockin’ friend of melodic stuff.” Track list: “Arms Of The Strangers,” “Fatal,” “Kingdom Of Decay,” “Go To Hell (It’s Where You Belong),” “Evil Undertow,” “Brave Face,” “Tools Of The Trade,” “No Easy Way Out,” “Dead Inside,” “Lost To Love,” “The Last Line Of Defence.” There will also be a limited edition version with two bonus tracks. See and for more.

-Graveyard’s INNOCENCE & DECADENCE is out now on Nuclear Blast. The band says: “Just like life in general, it depends on what you choose to see and hear — but to sum things up you could say that INNOCENCE & DECADENCE is built on thousands of layers of love, fury, and being alive in the year 2015.” The band is hitting the road in October as follows:

10/16 – KB, Malmö, Sweden
10/17 – Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, Sweden
10/23 – Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
10/26 – Capitol, Hannover, Germany
10/27 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
10/28 – Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
10/29 – Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
10/30 – Technikum, Munich, Germany
10/31 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
11/1 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11/3 – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
11/4 – Electric Ballroom, London, UK
11/5 – Academy 3, Manchester, UK
11/6 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
11/7 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
11/9 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
11/10 – Dynamo, ZĂŒrich, Switzerland
11/11 – Circolo Magnolia, Milano, Italy
11/12 – L’Usine, Geneva, Switzerland
11/13 – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
11/14 – Metal Hammer Paradise @ Strand, WeissenhĂ€user, Germany
11/15 – C-Club, Berlin, Germany

See for more.

-Check out Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s third single, “Long For The Days,” at . Hoekstra’s commentary on the song: “‘Long For The Days’ is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly. It’s a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I’ll let you figure them out!). Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection. Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!” The album, DYING TO LIVE, is due out October 16 on Frontiers. See , , and for more.

-There’s an interview with Huntress’ Jill Janus online at .

-Guitar Center has an Iron Maiden sweepstakes with prizes including a trip for two to see the band on its upcoming North American tour, a set of all 1980s-era singles on 7″ vinyl, a box set of all albums from 1980-1988, and triple vinyl version of THE BOOK OF SOULS autographed by Bruce Dickinson. Enter at .

-Manimal — featuring singer Samuel Nyman, guitarist Henrik Stenroos, bassist Kenny Boufadene, and drummer Andre Holmqvist — will release its second album TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS on AFM Records on November 20. See for more.

-Mayfair will soon start working on a new album for Pure Prog Records. The progressive rock/metal band’s lineup consists of singer Mario, guitarist Rene, bassist Hannes, and drummer Jolly.

-Metal Allegiance’s video for the Dio cover “We Rock” is online now at . In it the main band — guitarist Alex Skolnick, bassist David Ellefson, and drummer Mike Portnoy — is joined by singers Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Chuck Billy, and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), plus guitarists Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer). There are also a few cool cameos from other guests. See for more.

-The title track from Mother Feather’s upcoming eponymously titled release is now available from iTunes, and the video is online at . Singer Ann Courtney stated the following: “Mother Feather is the embodiment of your wildest inspiration. We are missionaries of pop cock rock and ‘Mother Feather’ is our hymn. Upon hearing it at a live show in 2011, Isaiah King, our director and animator, came to us with a simple, undeniable concept: illustrate the Mother Feather live experience. Isaiah turned out to be the MVP of our artistic collaboration dream team.” See for more.

-Psychostick is on the road, with a couple of its own shows before taking up with Dog Fashion Disco for another leg of the “Ugly Americans Tour” beginning October 4:

9/29 – The Loft, Lansing, MI
9/30 – Frankies, Toledo, OH
10/2 – Shakas, Virginia Beach, VA
10/4 – Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, NC
10/6 – Ziggy’s By The Sea. Wilmington, NC
10/8 – West End Trading Co., Orlando, FL
10/9 – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
10/10 – Underbelly, Jacksonville, FL
10/13 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
10/14 – Dirty Dog Bar, Austin, TX
10/15 – The Rail Club, Fort Worth, TX
10/16 – 89th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
10/17 – Fubar, St. Louis, MO
10/19 – The Tree Of Joliet, Joliet, IL
10/20 – Aftershock, Shawnee, KS
10/21 – Amsterdam Bar And Hall, St. Paul, MN
10/22 – The Red Zone, Madison, WI
10/23 – The Foundry Concert Club, Lakewood, OH
10/24 – Championship, Trenton, NJ
10/25 – The Ottobar, Baltimore, MD

The “comedy metallers” have a behind-the-scenes video from its recent London show online now at . See for more.

-There’s a “guitar playthrough” video of Pyramids On Mars’ “Heaven’s Gate” online now at . The track comes from ECHO COSMIC, which is out now. See for more.

-Check out Queensryche’s new song “Hellfire” at .

-Saviours’ PALACE OF VISION (Listenable Records) is due out October 30, and pre-orders are now being taken at . Hype: “Rooted in hardcore punk but preferring to cruise in outer space, Saviours have always brought an infectious swing and swagger to their forward-charging heavy metal. The band melds the prime tenets of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, progressive rock, and proto-doom, and delivers it all with a snarling, West Coast hardcore edge. The result is a rugged beast of a sound that is singularly Saviours’.” The first single, “Burning Shrine,” is online at and now “Flesh Of Fire” can be streamed at . See for more.

-Slayer’s REPENTLESS stormed the charts: #1 on the German album charts and #1 on the Japanese International Chart. It also hit #4 in the US and #2 on Billboard’s Current Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Hard Music charts. Other top 10s were in the Netherlands (#2), Australia and Finland (#3), Belgium (#4), Greece and Sweden (#5), France (#7), Italy and New Zealand (#8), Hungary (#9), and Japan (#10). From Nuclear Blast’s Gerardo Martinez: “The entire Nuclear Blast global team thanks Slayer and their loyal fans everywhere for the tremendous first-week success for REPENTLESS. Slayer made an amazing album that stayed true to who the band is, and the fans’ overwhelming response is proof of that.” See for more.

-Survivors Of Rock is a new classic rock band featuring singer Jimi Interval, guitarists Barry “Skully” Waddell (Seasons Of The Wolf) and Mark Skey, bassist Andy Garcia, keyboardist Dennis Ristow, and drummer Donny Vosburgh. Check them out at .

-There’s a cool article entitled “Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s PASSION AND WARFARE” online at .

-Voodoo Hill, featuring Dario Mollo, will release WATERFALL on October 16 on Frontiers. Check out the new track “The Well,” featuring Glenn Hughes, at . See , , and for more.

Thanks to Todd La Torre, Nancy B. Sayle, Jon Asher, Matt Rudzinski, Nathan Birk, Chad Bowar, Jon Freeman, Pure Steel Promotion, and Earsplit PR for help gathering some of this information.

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