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Issue #539

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-ProgPower USA Kick-Off Headliner Announced!

[Note: This is from ProgPower USA’s forum at Ultimatemetal.com. – Tim]

The Legends Are Back! Accept Confirmed For ProgPower USA

Reformed German metal legends, Accept, have been confirmed as the headliner of the ProgPower USA Kick-Off on September 9th in Atlanta, GA. This will be their first headline show in Atlanta in their illustrious thirty year career.

The band’s lineup consists of:
Mark Tornillo – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Herman Frank – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass
Stefan Schwarzman – Drums

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is the first Accept studio album in over a decade and the first to feature Mark Tornillo on vocals. It was recorded over the winter of 2009-2010 at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England with celebrated British producer, Sabbat guitarist and long-time Accept fan Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Nevermore). It is currently scheduled for an April release.

Wolf sums it up plain and simple: “Something amazing has happened. We seem to have been transformed from one world into another… these new songs simply bursted out of a vault that has been locked up for too long! We’re not sure where BLOOD OF THE NATIONS and all this new excitement will ultimately take us; we only know one thing: We never had it this good!”

The remaining schedule for the 11th edition of North America’s premier progressive & power metal festival is set:

MID-WEEK MAYHEM PARTY
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010:
Ross the Boss (with special guest Scott Columbus): “A Night of Manowar Classics”
Vangough (US)
Seven Kingdoms (US)

PROGPOWER USA KICK-OFF
THURSDAY, SEPT 9, 2010:
Accept (Germany)
Leprous (Denmark)
Borealis (Canada)
Six Minute Century (US)

PROGPOWER USA DAY 1
FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010:
Kamelot (US/Norway)
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Tyr (Faroe Islands)
Seventh Wonder (Sweden)
Leaves’ Eyes (Norway/Germany)
Stormwarrior (Germany)
Illusion Suite (Norway)

PROGPOWER USA DAY 2
SATURDAY, SEPT. 11, 2010:
Hammerfall (Sweden)
Tarot (Finland)
Delain (The Netherlands)
DGM (Italy)
Oceans of Sadness (Belgium)
Paradox (Germany)

Ticket and schedule information is available at http://www.progpowerusa.com/ .

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-Armored Saint’s LA RAZA Out Now! Album Of The Month In Rock Hard And Metal Hammer Germany!

Armored Saint has now released their new album LA RAZA, the band’s first album since REVELATION in 2001 and their sixth in total! The album’s foundation was laid back in 2008 when Joey Vera and John Bush began writing new material for what would become LA RAZA and the album was completed in December at Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, CA. The album was produced by bassist Joey Vera, and engineered by Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss. Recording was mostly done with analog equipment and the final album mix was delivered on 1 inch tape. This gives LA RAZA the most organic sound as possible. Fans can hear the first single, “Left Hook From Right Field!” Visit http://www.myspace.com/metalbladeeurope to check it out!

LA RAZA is getting rave reviews worldwide and has topped the monthly soundchecks of the two most popular Heavy Metal magazines in Germany, Rock Hard and Metal Hammer! Thumbs up!

“A quality level that 99% of all metal bands will never reach!” Rock Hard magazine Germany – 9,5 out of 10 – album of the month!

“LA RAZA offers an incredible amount of freshness and authenticity that is hard to find these days!” Metal Hammer magazine Germany – 6 out of 7 – album of the month!

“Divine songwriting and a John Bush at the top of his vocal abilities!” Legacy magazine Germany – 13 out of 15

“An early metal highlight of the year 2010!” Rocks magazine Germany – 5 out of 6

“Armored Saint make TabuLA RAZA with the idea of monotonous metal and set the standards on how to play gripping hard music!” Break Out magazine Germany

“Ten cool, unforced songs that will immediately cheer you up and won’t disappoint any fan of the band!” metal.de Germany – 9 out of 10

“LA RAZA shows an extremely confident band that is fully aware of what they want!” powermetal.de Germany – 9 out of 10

LA RAZA track listing:
1. Loose Cannon
2. Head On
3. Left Hook From Right Field
4. Get Off The Fence
5. Chilled
6. La Raza
7. Black Feet
8. Little Monkey
9. Blues
10. Bandit Country

Watch John Bush and Joey Vera cooking at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/interviews/cooking-with-armored-saint-part-1/ .

LA RAZA is out now as a limited Dig-pak!

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-W.A.S.P. Cancels Show

[Note: This is from HeadbangerNYC.com. – Tim]

W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless has released the following statement regarding the band’s last-minute cancellation of Thursday, March 11 concert at the Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York City:

“An unfortunate incident arose this evening at the Gramercy Theater in New York City that we need to let you know about. It prevented W.A.S.P. from performing this show, and caused us to disappoint many of our New York fans and friends.

“About 50 VIP tickets were sold to about 50 different fans for $50.00 apiece, twice the normal ticket price for this show. It turned out that part of that VIP ticket price included a meet-and-greet with W.A.S.P. These tickets were sold to these 50 or so fans without W.A.S.P. having any knowledge of this, let alone agreeing to this.

“Upon learning of this late in the afternoon of the show day, W.A.S.P. insisted that the promoter of this venue, who sold these VIP tickets to these fans, return the VIP portion of those tickets back to the fans. This meant that the promoter would have had to give each of those VIP ticket holders a refund of $25.00 of each ticket. W.A.S.P. demanded that this $25.00 be returned to each of these ticket holders in cash prior to the meet-and-greet, which W.A.S.P. was still going to do. The promoter refused. W.A.S.P. then informed the promoter unless these monies were refunded to these fans, in cash, that the band would not perform the show. Again, the promoter refused and W.A.S.P. canceled the show.

“We are saddened that it had to result in the cancellation of our performance for this evening, but we believe this unfortunate situation amounts to nothing more than our fans being ripped off.

“We have never charged a fan for an autograph and WILL NEVER charge any fans for an autograph.

“To all the fans that came to the show and were turned away, please accept our sincerest apologies. W.A.S.P. CANNOT and WILL NOT ever stand by and watch or be involved in their fans being ripped off… EVER.”

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-Running “Door To Door,” FireHouse Teams Up With Universe Racing

BERWICK, PENNSYLVANIA — Like baseball and hotdogs, rock-n-roll and auto racing go hand in hand. Keeping that tradition alive, Universe Racing, an ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards race team is pleased to announce its alliance and marketing partnership with the multi-platinum recording band, FireHouse for both ARCA events at Pocono International Raceway this season. In conjunction with Tyler Jett Motorsports Marketing, the partnership has been agreed upon, with the possibility of the team running more than just the events at Pocono this year.

Consisting of band members CJ Snare, Bill Leverty, Michael Foster and Allen McKenzie, FireHouse has been a force on the hard rock music scene for over two decades. Most fans remember their rockin’ hits like “Don’t Treat Me Bad,” “Love Of A Lifetime,” “Live My Life For You” and “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” among others. After all of these years together, the band continues to tour, make new music and entice new fans while maintaining the same fan base they’ve had for years.

FireHouse are no strangers to auto racing. They have performed at numerous racing events including Bristol Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway. Drummer, Michael Foster has always been an avid fan of auto racing. Front man and Pennsylvania native, CJ Snare, commented, “We are very proud to support Universe Racing. As a young man growing up in PA, we always heard about the Pocono Raceway and for FireHouse to play a small part in the races is an honor. We are all race fans but by far the biggest fan is our drummer, Michael Foster,” noted Snare.

Matter of fact, the band released “Door To Door” on their CD labeled PRIME TIME. The song is specifically written around racing. Along with many other FireHouse favorites, “Door To Door” is available for download at iTunes.

Owned by Bronx, New York businessman, Tony Aquilino, Universe Racing is entering its first season of competition with Hazleton’s Steve Fox at the controls. Fox has over 30 years under his belt in many forms of racing. He began racing motorcycles and snowmobiles and has since competed at many local short tracks in the Northeast. He also has a handful of ARCA Racing Series starts at Pocono International Raceway, where he is the General Manager for the Stock Car Racing Experience.

“This is great,” exclaimed Fox when asked about the newly formed alliance. He continued, “I’m thrilled to be working with FireHouse, one of my favorite bands. When FireHouse burst on the scene in the ’90s they really went right to the top. They have proved that they have staying power with how popular they still are today. I’m really looking forward to having a lot of fun with this and I hope they are as well. Looks like this season we’ll have to ‘Reach For The Sky.'”

FireHouse will be in the Pocono area the night prior to the Pennsylvania 125, which is slated for July 31. Along with Skid Row, FireHouse will be performing at Penn’s Peak, a popular club in nearby Jim Thorpe, PA.

With FireHouse Music on the hood of the FireHouse Music Dodge Charger for both Pocono races this season, and if agreed upon by the management at Penn’s Peak, Fox and others from the Universe Racing team may be on hand at the Jim Thorpe venue for concert-goers to check out the full bodied stock car and the great rock band that helps support their efforts in the ARCA Racing Series.

Both Fox and the entire Universe Racing team look forward to the summer events at Pocono and hope to obtain backing to run more races this season. Thanks to FireHouse, Universe Towing, Valve Tech Sales and G-Force Racing Products, they’re off to a great start.

Please visit http://www.universeracing.net/ for more information regarding Universe Racing and view the entire FireHouse schedule at http://www.firehousemusic.com/ .

MP3 sound clip of “Door To Door”

FireHouse
http://www.firehousemusic.com/

ARM FireHouse Promo Page
http://www.armentertainment.com/firehousemusic/firehouse.html

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-Metal Blade Records Launches Metal Blade TV!

Forerunners in the heavy metal scene since its humble beginnings in the early eighties, Metal Blade Records is once again spreading the word of Heavy Metal to the world now through the label’s brand new site, Metal Blade TV. Metal Blade TV will be a place for metalheads to go and see video interviews and segments from some of their favorite Metal Blade artists in addition to other notable metal musicians and bands. Metal Blade is doing this because the label is not only about exposing its own bands to the metal community, but also bringing attention to the talents of all metal musicians out there on the scene working hard to give you music to bang your heads and pump your fists to.

Chairman and CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel comments; “We are very excited about the launch of our own TV channel, Metal Blade TV! We are going to bring you not only content from Metal Blade artists, but from the entire world of Heavy Metal. We want to take you behind the scenes and see all the bands in a different way. Also there will be a lot of rare live video clips too! We really hope you enjoy this new venture from Metal Blade Records!”

As Brian Slagel stated above, Metal Blade TV will also host rare video clips from his illustrious collection that spans 30 years of Heavy Metal shows. There are sure to be some very interesting and never seen footage so be sure to stay tuned to Metal Blade TV to catch of glimpse of Heavy Metal history.

New videos to coincide with the launch of Metal Blade TV include:

-Cooking with John Bush and Joey Vera of Armored Saint: Part 1
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/interviews/cooking-with-armored-saint-part-1/

-Primordial “All Empires Fall” Full Trailer in HD
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/dvd-trailers/primordial-all-empires-fall-trailer/

-Lazarus A.D. “Revolution” Live @ Loudpark Japan
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/live-videos/lazarus-a-d-revolution-live-in-japan/

-Phil Sgrosso of As I Lay Dying takes on a tour of the not so metal instruments of the NAMM convention
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/interviews/as-i-lay-dyings-phil-sgrosso-jams-at-namm-2010/

About Metal Blade Records:

The noise began 28 years ago…

A music starved kid named Brian Slagel, killing time in suburban Los Angeles, gets sick of watching the local metal scene being ignored by the major labels. Working days at legendary metal emporium Oz Records and nights putting together one of the first metal fanzines, The New Heavy Metal Revue, Slagel asks some distributor friends if they’d be interested in circulating a compilation of unsigned bands if he put it together. The distributors said yes and Metal Blade Records was born. Of course it wasn’t quite that simple. Putting in long 17-hour days between Oz and Metal Blade, Slagel pieced together the bands that would grace the label’s first release — The New Heavy Metal Revue presents METAL MASSACRE. Metallica, Ratt and Black ‘N Blue were just a few of the willing locals. Except before METAL MASSACRE, Metallica didn’t exist.

So now for almost 30 years, Metal Blade Records has been setting the trend in heavy metal music without compromising its underground beginnings. Brian Slagel and Metal Blade Records have without a doubt had a major role in developing the American metal scene since day one and remains one of the most essential sources of metal music today. Since its beginnings in 1982, Metal Blade Records has unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, and King Diamond while developing acts like As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Unearth, Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Goatwhore, The Ocean, Soilent Green, Lazarus AD and 3 just to name a few. There are few who can argue that Metal Blade is one of the leading independent metal labels around! Constantly growing and expanding, Metal Blade has offices in Japan, Canada, and an office in the U.K. Not to mention the already significant Metal Blade Records Germany who’s been a strong and major force in the European scene for over a decade. By keeping a constant eye on the underground, adding some of the best bands out there to its roster, and sponsoring leading metal tours and festivals like the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, it is obvious that Metal Blade Records is here to stay!

http://www.metalblade.com/
http://www.metalblade.tv
http://www.myspace.com/metalbladerecords
http://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords
http://twitter.com/MetalBlade
http://www.youtube.com/metalbladerecords
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Metal+Blade+Records

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-Rhapsody Of Fire: Listen & Download A New Track For Free

Rhapsody Of Fire have finished their work on the new record THE FROZEN TEARS OF ANGELS, which is once again an outstanding, monumental and epic masterpiece.

On April 30th the new record will be released as a standard version jewel case, as a high-size digi-pak with two bonus tracks and as a gatefold double-vinyl.

As a present for all fans of the band, you can now download the opening track of the album, called “Sea Of Fate” for free. Click on the following link:

http://www.nuclearblast.de/gratisdownload/index.php?link_kampagne=RhapsodyOfFire-SeaOfFate

http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com/
http://www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffireband

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-DragonForce Split With Vocalist ZP Theart

In a message from DragonForce earlier today:

It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wish ZP great success with his future projects.

While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. “We are looking for a powerful melodic singer, to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us.” said guitarist Herman Li.

Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at this web address:

http://www.dragonforce.com/audition

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-Casanova’s 20th Anniversary — Debut Reissue In April

Though Casanova may not have become a household name in the ’90s hard rock scene it wasn’t for a lack of great songs and drive to succeed. Their roots began in such classic and esteemed German hard rock/heavy metal bands such as Mad Max and Warlock. Formed in 1990 when Warlock super-producer, Henry Staroste, brought Michael Voss and Michael Eurich together to craft the debut album, CASANOVA, that took the hard rock world by storm. Well, the hard rock world outside of the U.S.A. that is.

Touring Europe in support of the album, which eventually sold 170,000 copies, only helped to establish and strengthen their rapidly increasing fanbase. A devout fan base that remains by their side, even now, 20 years later. CASANOVA has been out of print for years and was never actually released in the United States until now. With supplies diminishing over the years, the price of obtaining an original copy of CASANOVA has skyrocketed to prices exceeding the $100 mark. So with it being the band’s 20th anniversary we are extremely excited to present a new deluxe edition of the album which includes not only re-mastered audio, but seven (7) bonus tracks. This updated release of CASANOVA is the ultimate edition and more importantly a celebration of the classic hard rock sounds of Casanova!

FOR FANS OF:
WARLOCK, MAD MAX, WHITESNAKE, BON JOVI, FIREHOUSE, DOKKEN and ICON

POINTS OF INTEREST:
– Features former members of Warlock and Mad Max
– Contains 7 bonus tracks (Five of which were never available outside Japan)
– Out of print for years/original version highly collectible
– Never released in the U.S. before now
– Limited Edition of 1,000 (CD ONLY)
– Band celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2010
– First time all original 14 recorded album tracks compiled together
– All tracks re-mastered in 2010 by Jamie King

CASANOVA (Deluxe Edition)
STREET DATE: 4/13/2010

TRACK LIST:
01 Don’t Talk About Love
02 Burning Love
03 Living A Lie
04 The Girl Is Mine
05 Rome Burns
06 Love Lies
07 Bang Bang
08 Sticky Sweet
09 Back To The Wall
10 Ride The Wings Of Freedom
11 Hollywood Angels
12 Heaven Can Wait

(BONUS TRACKS)
13 Hot Legs
14 Written In My Heart
15 Hollywood Angels (Acoustic)
16 Love Lies (Acoustic)
17 Don’t Talk About Love (Live)
18 Burning Love (Live)
19 Ride The Wings Of Freedom (Live)

We are offering FREE SHIPPING within the United States for all PRE-ORDERS placed before album street date of 4/13/2010.

Buy Now:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/divebomb-records

Divebomb Records
http://www.myspace.com/divebombrecords

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-Wacken Update

W:O:A Top News

In the year 1980 the band Grave Digger was founded in Gladbeck. During that time no one could imagine how pioneering the band would be during their career for the metal scene.

30 years later, the band that never lost the bound to their fans, will play an exclusively and unique show at W:O:A 2010.

The main focus of the show will be on their most sucessfull album TUNES OF WAR from 1996, which appears in a trilogy with KNIGHTS OF THE CROSS and EXCALIBUR. The topic of the album is about the Scottish history and the battles between Celtic and English people in the 11th century untill the riot of the Jacobins during the 18th century. Not only it gave the band their first chart entry, but TUNES OF WAR also gave the band an honorary membership of the Scottish Cavanaugh-Clan.

For the very first time the entire album will be performed in its original way. To draw attention to the look of the stage there will be an elaborate stage concept and a special pyro show with a lot of famous guest appearances: The Baul Muluy Pipes & Drum band from Hamburg, but also the queen of metal Doro Pesch, Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and the A Capella ensemble Van Canto will support Grave Digger with all their energy. That will make the gig into a remakable event.

It will be the first and the last time Grave Digger perform the album live in its entirety. The bonus to all of this will be hits like “Ballad Of A Hangman,” “Heavy Metal Breakdown” or “Excalibur.”

Thanks for your support!!!

W:O:A New Bands

ASTRAL DOORS
BY THE PATIENT
FEAR FACTORY
OVERKILL
SKANNERS
SNAKEBITE
UNLEASHED

Info to all of the bands you can find at wacken.com in the band section:

http://www.wacken.com/en/woa2010/main-bands/billing-2010/

More news about W:O:A and more you will find on the W:O:A Homepage:
http://www.wacken.com/

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-Napalm Records News

Grave Digger: Wacken United

The German Metal legends celebrate their 30th anniversary this year and present their fans with something special for this landmark in music history! Charismatic front man Chris Boltendahl and his band members will perform their classic album TUNES OF WAR in its entirety at this year’s Wacken Open Air! Specials guests will be Doro Pesch, Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Van Canto! Headbangers may look forward to a lavish birthday party that will remain a night to remember for ages to come! Fans may find the complete press release at http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/ .

http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/
http://www.myspace.com/gravediggerclan

Van Canto: Chartbreaker

The German vocal acrobats entered the German longplay charts at number 84! A very loud Rakkatakka goes out to all fans and supporters!

The band has also been making waves beyond the charts, as their song “Magic Taborea” is featured in the award-winning online roleplaying game “Runes of Magic”! ( http://www.runesofmagic.com/en/index.html ).

http://www.vancanto.de/
http://www.myspace.com/vancanto

Schelmish: The Rogues On TV

Congratulations to Schelmish for winning the band contest on Katrin Bauerfeind’s show on the German channel 3Sat. Fans may watch the full episode at http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=17187 . The next episode will feature an interview with the rogues and will air on April 7, 2010.

http://www.schelmish.de/
http://www.myspace.com/schelmishband

Napalm Records: Latest Newsflyer Available

The latest Napalm Records newsflyer is now available and offers music fans everything a metal heart desires! Besides the exclusive Napalm anniversary shirt, tons of novelties are waiting to be discovered, making the flyer a must-read! Fans may also read the newsflyer as a PDF at http://www.napalmrecords.com/files/catalog.pdf .

http://www.napalmrecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/napalmrecords

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-Perris Records Update

Band: Broken Teeth
Album Title: VIVA LA ROCK, FANTASTICO!
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/brokenteeth

Broken Teeth, the Texas-based rockers featuring Dangerous Toys/WatchTower vocalist Jason McMaster, will release their new album, VIVA LA ROCK, FANTASTICO!, in January 2010 via Perris Records. The album features guest vocals by Canadian rock ‘n’ roll killer, Danko Jones. The album is a fireball of scorching new tracks, including “Exploder,” “Spitting Nails,” “Blackheart” and the spiked-with-tequila title track.

As always, Broken Teeth will screech their rock ‘n’ roll sermon to the metal church faithful when FANTASTICO ignites a case of road-hard, white line fever across the U.S.A. and beyond. If you bow at the altar of Rose Tattoo, AC/DC and Rhino Bucket, you’re gonna scream for Broken Teeth!

Track list:
1. Blackheart
2. Exploder
3. Spitting Nails
4. Dressin’ Up In Flames
5. Break The Spell
6. Twister
7. Back On The Road
8. All Hail The Altar
9. Get Outta Here Alive
10. Bullet
11. Viva La Rock, Fantastico!
12. Big Spender
13. Ride Upon Glory

For Fans of AC/DC and Rhino Bucket.
Featuring Dangerous Toys/WatchTower Singer.
Special guest Danko Jones.

Tribute: BON APPETITE
Album title: VOLUME 2
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.perrisrecords.com/

“It’s A Long Way To The Top” recorded by Helix.
http://www.planethelix.com/

“Sin City” recorded by the band Ford T.
http://www.myspace.com/hailtothets
http://www.fordt.dk/

“You Shook Me All Night Long” – vocals by Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), guitars by TAZ (Cherry
St.), bass by Jaimie Scott, drums by Kris Beavers (Every Mother’s Nightmare)

** Digital E.P.-only release

Distributed digitally by iTunes, Rhapsody and hundreds of online digital download sites worldwide.

Track list:
1. It’s A Long Way To The Top
2. Sin City
3. You Shook Me All Night Long

For fans of AC/DC.
Featuring Helix, Ford T, and Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent vocalist).

Band: Cherry St.
Album Title: MONROE & X RATED
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/cherrystband

CD Booklet features unreleased rare photos of the band’s legendary Hollywood History on the Sunset Strip and liner notes. The MONROE CD features on vocals Marq Torien (BulletBoys), Kevin Steele (Roxx Gang) and Shannon Strobel (toured on last offical Cherry St. tour with Tuff in 1993). CD was mixed by Union Underground Vocalist Brian Scott. This CD was originally released in 1996 and re-released with three bonus tracks. Bonus tracks feature the legendary three-song tape that sold thousands on the Sunset Strip. Vocalist Billy Coane stepped in for a short appearance on the recording and touring before Chris Van Dahl came back into the band in 1992. The X RATED CD band members: Wes Kimball – Vocals, Tom Mathers – guitar, Taz – guitar, Jaime Scott – bass, Kelly Thomas – drums. Features Jaime Scott of Tyketto fame; the original Cherry St. bassist was brought back into the studio to knock out all bass duties. CD was mixed by TAZ who also has produced Bang Tango, Cherry St. and Spinning Chain.

Band History:
Cherry St. was formed in 1989 and within a year released a three-song demo distributed by Important/Relativity that sold over 8,000 units worldwide. That same year Cherry St. appeared on MTV’s “Pay To Play” segment with members of Guns N’ Roses, Bang Tango, and Warrant. In 1993 Cherry St. released SQUEEZE IT DRY on JRS/BMG Records produced by Pat Regan (Kiss, Deep Purple), Erik Turner (Warrant), and Tommy Thayer (Kiss, Black N’ Blue). Following their MTV exposure the band toured 29 states sharing the bill with such bands as Dangerous Toys, Foreigner, Warrant, April Wine, Vince Neil, Slaughter, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Sweet F.A.

MONROE track listing:
1. Dogtown
2. One More Tonight
3. Break Me
4. Joker’s Wild
5. Bite The Bullet
6. The War Is Over
(Bonus Tracks)
7. Comes Around Goes Around
8. Soft & Slow
9. Push & Shove

X RATED track listing:
1. Good In A Bad Way
2. Luv Junkie
3. Cloud 9
4. Roll The Bones
5. Red Devil
6. You’ve Got The Bomb
7. King Of The Mountain
8. 2 Times You
9. Whiskey

For fans of AC/DC, Buckcherry, Helix, and Rhino Bucket.
Perris Double Series 2-CD set.

Band: Helix
Album Title: VAGABOND BONES
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.planethelix.com/
http://www.myspace.com/helixonmyspace

The biggest heavy metal band in Canadian history! With a catalogue of music that spans a history of over 30 years. With five gold and two platinum albums under their belt and millions of records sold around the world, we see Helix release their 15th studio album this year called VAGABOND BONES. Lead vocalist Brian Vollmer had this to say about the CD: “We were working under a self-imposed deadline of having the CD out for the fall of 2009. The writing relationship between Sean and I developed when Sean joined the band this past spring. When Sean got the job as the new guitar player for Nelly Furtado we made a pact between the two of us to finish the new CD before he had to take off on tour. We went right down to the wire last week, but in the end victory was ours and everything was finished by the time Sean got on the plane for Europe. We really lucked out with the talented people we were able to involve on the project. From the recording to the artwork, the team we assembled did a remarkable job. I’m very proud of this piece of work. I hope the fans will enjoy it as much as I did recording it.”

Track list:
1. The Animal Inside (Won’t Be Denied)
2. Go Hard Or Go Home
3. Vagabond Bones
4. Monday Morning Meltdown
5. Bitter’s Got The Better Of You
6. Hung Over But Still Hangin’ In
7. Best Mistake I Never Made
8. Make ‘Em Dance
9. Jack It Up

For fans of AC/DC and Buckcherry.

Band: Danger Angel
Album Title: DANGER ANGEL
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/dangerangelrock

Danger Angel officially announce their collaboration with Houston based Perris Records which will be the label to release their self-titled debut album in January 2010. Most importantly, Danger Angel are proud to announce the contribution of legendary singer Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Rudi Pell, etc.) on this album. Danger Angel Tour dates, band information and news and music samples will be posted on http://www.myspace.com/dangerangelrock .

Bio:
Danger Angel were formed in Athens, Greece during the summer of 2006. The lineup of the band is as follows: Jimmy Cage – vocals; Ethan Chionos – guitars; Spiros Foussekis – guitars; Antonis Venieris – drums; Rudy Rallis – bass; George “AHAS” Lignos – keyboards. The self-titled album contains 13 songs of a typical Hard Rock and AOR style, boasting the distinctive vocals of singer Jimmy Cage, the tight rhythm section of Rudy Rallis and Antonis Venieris, the roaring yet melodic guitars of Ethan Chionos and Spiros Foussekis and the inspiring and colorful keyboards of George “AHAS” Lignos. Danger Angel will be entering a busy gig schedule to promote their new album and get in touch with their existing and new fans.

Track list:
1. Com’ On Rock Me
2. Runaway Angel
3. Poison Dreams
4. I’ll Be There For You
5. Rebel Son
6. Never Let You Go
7. Hangover
8. Together Forever
9. The Rain
10. Till The End Of Time
11. Until The Morning Light
12. 9202
13. Burning Hearts

For fans of Bon Jovi, Europe, and Honeymoon Suite.

Band: Phantom-X
Album title: THIS IS WAR
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.Phantom-X.net/
http://www.myspace.com/PhantomXMetal

Phantom-X was started in Dallas, Texas, in 2004 by ex-Omen singer, Kevin Goocher and bassist, Glenn Malicki. Goocher and Malicki along with then guitarist and drummer began writing and recording. The music was heard by Mausoleum Records out of Belgium and Phantom-X was soon signed for their debut release. RISE OF THE PHANTOM was released in 2005 and was voted #7 best metal album by Heavy Magazine – Germany. Phantom-X toured with legendary metal band, Anvil, in 2005 to support their release. On this tour, the bands were video taped by Sacha Gervasi for a documentary called “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil.” Following this tour, Phantom-X quickly began writing for their follow-up CD. STORM RIDERS was released in 2006. The band went on their second European tour following this release. Kevin Goocher joined the cast of a VH1 reality show in 2008 called “I Know My Kid’s A Star,” which featured Danny Bonaduce. Goocher has recently signed on to do a new reality TV show called “Rock Race” with Rikki Rockett of Poison and Stevie Benton of Drowning Pool. The new show begins taping in Summer of 2010. Phantom-X went back into the studio for their third CD that will be released on Perris Recordds on January 26, 2010. This CD is to be titled THIS IS WAR. The band will do a supporting tour in Fall of 2010.

Track list:
1. Call To Arms
2. This Is War
3. Forever Midnight
4. Chaos In Paradise
5. Into Battle We Ride
6. A Strange World (Chapter 8)
7. The Lord Of The Sword
8. Twilight
9. Blood Of Eden
10. Discovery II (Chapter 9)
11. Whore Of Babylon
12. Cries In The Night
13. Deep Six Down (Chapter 10)

For fans of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

Band: Worlds Apart
Album Title: CLEAN SLATE
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/therockbandworldsapart

Perris Records is proud to announce the return of Worlds Apart with a new studio release. Worlds Apart appeared on the Hollywood Hairspray DVD along with Stephen Pearcy, Babylon A.D., Cherry St., and Dangerous Toys to name a few. Perris Records recruited Anthony Focx (Ace Frehley, Buckcherry, Foreigner), (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica mixes for XBOX games) to master the CD. Worlds Apart, who have performed and recorded together since the early ’90s, are a powerful melodic rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Worlds Apart has released three CDs on Perris Records as one of their top-selling artist. Since the beginning Worlds Apart has played to sold-out crowds, headlining as well as directly supporting many national acts such as Dokken, Y&T, Night Ranger, Cinderella, FireHouse, Zakk Wylde, MSG, Montrose, Bang Tango, Enuff Z’Nuff and many others. Worlds Apart’s fourth and new CD, CLEAN SLATE, brings the return of original guitarist Rich Cedillo. The band now consists of the entire original lineup of Jay Davids – vocals, Rich Cedillo – guitars, Gary Silva – drums and JAS – bass. The new CD CLEAN SLATE, produced and engineered by JAS, is a collection of songs which capture the band’s live sound like never before. Worlds Apart is extremely proud of their new CD CLEAN SLATE and looking forward to an exclusive release with Perris Records.

Track list:
1. Heaven Sent
2. All Your Lovin
3. The Light
4. We Can’t Go On
5. Two 4 Nothin
6. Fight Hard
7. Hard Times
8. Body Double
9. Center Stage

For Fans of Dokken, Europe, and Lynch Mob.

Band: Sahara Steel
Album Title: Sahara Steel
Genre: Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/saharasteel

Perris Records is proud to announce the re-release of this hidden gem from Mid Michigan. Perris Records recruited Anthony Focx (Ace Frehley, Buckcherry, Foreigner), (Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica mixes for XBOX games) to re-master the CD. This band in the mid ’90s opened for many hard rock classic bands such as Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Foreigner, Extreme, and Night Ranger to name a few. Guitarist Pat Sheppard’s style has been compared to George Lynch and vocalist Jack Klunder hits notes only monster vocalists for the BulletBoys and Steelheart can hit. Pat Sheppard also grew up next door to President and CEO of Rocknation, Tom Mathers. Mathers had this to say about this CD: “This band should have made it along with the many bands of their era, only to be crushed when GRUNGE hit with bands wearing flannel shirts, singing depressing lyrics, playing crappy guitar riffs and NOT able to play guitar solos, then you would get signed by the majors to drown out talented bands such as Sahara Steel. Crank this CD is your player and I guarantee it will rock your world.”

Track list:
1. Fatal Heartbreaker
2. Back In Trouble
3. Heart Of Fire
4. Open Fire
5. Booze, Tattoos, & Rock ‘N Roll
6. Save Your Prayers
7. Man On The Run
8. Push Comes To Shove
9. Good Girl Gone Bad
10. Over Exposure

For Fans of Dokken, Lynch Mob, BulletBoys, and Steelheart.

CDs distributed in:
o U.S.A. by Select-O-Hits, The End, Century Media
o U.K. by Plastic Head Music
o Italy by Andromeda
o Greece by Soundforge Music Group
o The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg by Bertus,
o Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France by Sound Pollution

http://www.perrisrecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/perrisrecords

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-Sweden Rock Festival Update

[Note: This is a combination of two separate updates. – Tim]

June 9-12, Solvesborg

Eight more bands confirmed to Sweden Rock 2010!

CINDERELLA (U.S.) – Only show in Scandinavia 2010!
In the ’80s, Philadelphia’s Cinderella was one of the most lauded and successful bands in glam oriented metal. Their debut NIGHT SONGS arrived in 1986 to become an instant mega-success. Main characteristics included Tom Keifer’s unmistakable vocals, highly impressive songs and unusually prominent blues influences. The latter became increasingly dominant on the succeding LONG COLD WINTER (1988) and HEARTBREAK STATION (1990). After the raunchier STILL CLIMBING (1994) Cinderella were forced to take an extended break, since their music no longer had any support from the music industry. Now the band finally make their serious comeback, with their classic lineup intact: Tom Keifer (vocals, guitar), Jeff LaBar (guitar), Eric Brittingham (bass) and Fred Coury (drums). So many of you have longed to see Cinderella at SRF — 2010 is the year when it happens. And it will be the band’s only Scandinavian appearance this year, as you may have guessed.

MICHAEL MONROE (FIN)
Finnish singer Michael Monroe (né Matti Fagerholm) is best known from Hanoi Rocks, one of the most influential bands in modern glam history. Their five records from 1981-84 have influenced bands like Poison and Guns N’ Roses. But Mike has also released several solo albums, including the classic NOT FAKIN’ IT (1989), and led acts like Jerusalem Slim and Demolition 23. In 2002-09 Mike once more fronted Hanoi Rocks, releasing three more fine rock albums. Now the singer is once more on his own, excepting of course his illustrious back-up musicians. Namely guitarists Ginger (The Wildhearts) and Todd Youth (Danzig), bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Joan Jett) and drummer Jimmy Clark (Deborah Harry, Joan Jett). Top-notch musicians and three decades of stellar rock ‘n’ roll to boast — Michael Monroe is one of the genuine rock ‘n’ roll articles at this year’s SRF.

GRAVE DIGGER(D)
Grave Digger from Germany have made major contributions to heavy metal history not once, but twice. Once following their debut HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN (1984), which put them at the frontline of the exploding German metal scene. And once more spearheading heavy metal’s triumphant return in the ’90s, with such albums as the famous “Middle Ages Trilogy” — TUNES OF WAR (1996), KNIGHTS OF THE CROSS (1998) and EXCALIBUR (1999). Grave Digger have continued creating fan-fave records in the 21st Century, like THE GRAVE DIGGER (2001) and last year’s BALLADS OF A HANGMAN (a new album is on its way). Now one of the world’s leading “true metal” bands make their highly anticipated comeback at SRF, as always with indefatigable singer Chris Boltendahl at the helm.

SATOR (S)
Sator was discovered by the Swedish public in 1988, thanks to their bizarre version of “Oh Mama” by female pop-duo Lili & Sussie. Their album debut SLAMMER arrived the same year, and STOCK ROCKER NUTS in 1990. These albums contained ballsy and punk-influenced rock ‘n’ roll and established Sator as a cult act in Sweden. The third record HEADQUAKE (1992) was actually a bona fide hard rock release. It was a great success that has since become a classic, but Sator still chose not to continue in that direction. Instead they returned to their roots, but the album releases became more scarce and the band itself all but invisible. In 2009, Sator was at the crossroads: quit, or give it all once more and show the youth of today where bands like Backyard Babies and the Hellacopters have their roots. They chose the latter, and will now return to SRF in 2010.

DUNDERTÅGET (S)
Robert Dahlqvist played guitar with the Hellacopters but also wanted a side project where he also handled lead vocals. The year was 2004, and the new band was named Thunder Express after a song by MC5. Under this name, the band released two albums filled with raw and rootsy rock music, influenced by the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Fleetwood Mac and of course the Hellacopters. However, their big national break came when they “translated” their name to Dundertåget (literally “Rumble Train”) and switched to Swedish lyrics. The first Dundertåget album SKAFFA NY FRISYR (“Get A New Haircut”) was one of the most talked-about records in Sweden in 2009. This April, the band will release their sophomore album. DOM FETA AREN AR FORBI (“The Fat Years Are Gone”). And in June, one of Sweden’s hottest bands at the moment makes their SRF debut.

F.K.Ü. (S)
Certain thrash lovers are sceptical towards FKÜ from Sweden. If a band takes a name that is the acronym of “Freddie Krueger’s Ünderwear,” dresses up as said “Nightmare On Elm Street”-antihero on stage, and writes lyrics exclusively as tributes to old horror movies and metal legends — is it even possible to take them seriously? Absolutely, since FKÜ are dead serious when it comes to songwriting. In fact, they’re probably one of the best bands of their kind at the moment. They have made three albums, and the most recent one, last year’s WHERE MOSHERS DWELL, is definitely the band’s biggest success so far. The music is solid old-school thrash, equally classy whether you find the lyrics amusing or not. The greatest moshpit alert of this year’s SRF?

STEELWING (S)
Steelwing is Sweden’s newest stars in the new wave of traditional heavy metal, also featuring compatriot bands like Enforcer, Portrait, In Solitude and Helvetets Port. The band got signed by Nuclear Blast after winning a contest against more than 1,200 bands from around the globe. Now their debut LORD OF THE WASTELAND will arrive on April 30th. Some of you, primarily Swedes, may remember these talented true metal fighters as Scavenger or Hellevator, but now when they finally introduce themselves at the international metal scene it is under the Steelwing monicker.

STONE SOUR (U.S.)
On the release of the eponymous debut from Des Moines’ Stone Sour in 2002, many mistook the band for a new side-project by Slipknot-members Corey Taylor (vocals) and Jim Root (guitar). As it were, the duo had been in Stone Sour even before Slipknot, and when the latter took a break the two released an album by their “other” band. The sound was more melodic than Slipknot’s — it has been referred to as post-grunge — and many were surprised by how well Taylor mastered “normal” singing. Stone Sour released their second album COME WHAT(EVER) MAY in 2006, and started getting serious attention from audiences outside America as well. Currently, during another gap in Slipknot’s schedule, Stone Sour is working on their third album for a possible August release. But we don’t have to wait that long to see one of the currently most talked-about names of modern American metal at SRF.

1-day tickets on sale now (Saturday sold out)
4-day tickets — only a few left!
Buy tickets directly from our homepage!

Confirmed bands so far (out of a total of 60+):

Aerosmith (U.S.)
Guns N’ Roses (U.S.)
Gary Moore (U.K.)
Slayer (U.S.)
Billy Idol (U.K.)
Bachman & Turner (Can) – Only show in Scandinavia
Stone Sour (U.S.)
W.A.S.P. (U.S.)
Rick Springfield (Aus/U.S.)
Cinderella (U.S.)
Danzig (U.S.)
Ratt (U.S.)
Winger (U.S.)
Opeth (S)
Sabaton (S)
Nazareth (U.K.)
U.D.O. (D)
Mastodon (U.S.)
Y&T (U.S.)
Magnum (U.K.)
Saga (Can)
Fates Warning (U.S.)
D-A-D (DK)
Suicidal Tendencies (U.S.)
Grave Digger (D)
Mother’s Finest (U.S.)
Stratovarius (Fin)
Pendragon (U.K.)
Behemoth (Pl)
Point Blank (U.S.)
Unisonic (D)
Death Angel (U.S.)
Aldo Nova (Can)
Dundertåget (S)
Michael Monroe (Fin)
Sator (S)
The Quireboys (U.K.)
Watain (S)
Steel Panther (U.S.)
Alestorm (U.S.)
Jorn (N)
Anvil (Can)
Raven (U.K.)
Bigelf (U.S.)
Blackberry Smoke (U.S.)
F.K.Ü. (S)
Steelwing (S)
The Itch (S)
Damn Delicious (S)

Tickets on sale now at: http://www.swedenrock.com/
Tel: 0456-317 95
Fax: 0456-317 94
E-mail: info@swedenrock.com
http://www.swedenrock.com/

Sweden Rock Festival
Norjebokevägen 2
294 76 Sölvesborg
Sweden

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-Exodus: New Song Online + New Album Track Listing Revealed

Exodus have recently uploaded “Hammer And Life,” a new track off their upcoming May 18th release, EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION, onto their MySpace player at http://www.myspace.com/exodus .

Guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt shares the background on the new song:

“We decided to put up an early rough mix of ‘Hammer And Life’ to give everybody a little taste of the new record. The really fast songs you’ll get soon enough! This song is inspired by the one and only [original vocalist] Paul Baloff, our ode to him. Paul was always the hammer in Exodus and he lived for metal more than anyone I’ve ever known. R.I.P.”

The track listing for the band’s ninth studio album is as follows:

01. The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles
02. Beyond The Pale
03. Hammer And Life
04. Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)
05. Downfall
06. March Of The Sycophants
07. Nanking
08. Burn, Hollywood, Burn
09. Democide
10. The Sun Is My Destroyer
11. A Perpetual State Of Indifference
12. Good Riddance

Nuclear Blast USA’s Webshop will be issuing an exclusive mail-order edition of the album featuring a slipcase with different artwork (to be unveiled soon) plus the North American bonus track “Devil’s Teeth.”

Exodus will be making an in-store appearance at Atomic Comics Superstore in Mesa, Arizona on Tuesday, March 30th from noon to 3 p.m.

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=19523175&blogId=530789400

The band will be available to autograph copies of their Terminal Press comic book titles, “Exodus: Death Begets Death” and Rob Dukes’ “I Am Become God,” in addition to their new DVD, SHOVEL HEADED TOUR MACHINE: LIVE AT WACKEN.

When: March 30, 2010
Time: Noon – 3 p.m.
Atomic Comics
1120 South Country Club #105
Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 649-0807
http://www.atomiccomics.com/

EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION was recorded this past December in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Kreator).

Exodus are currently on the Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour with Megadeth and Testament. Remaining dates can be found on the band’s MySpace page.

http://www.exodusattack.com/
http://www.myspace.com/exodus
http://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

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-Nightmare Records: Coming Soon / New Titles

New Releases Coming

DON’T MISS ANY OF THESE NEW RELEASES, THEY’RE ALL VERY WORTH YOUR ATTENTION! Streaming audio samples on every song can be heard, some titles have videos to check out as well on their respective pages at http://www.nightmare-records.com/ all along with biog, track listing, and other sales info. We have over 500 titles on the Nightmare Records Web site, and another 500 or more titles on our Amazon Listings that we only have a few copies of left. Check those too if you have time. And we have about 2,000 more that are not listed yet, if you’re looking for something, don’t hesitate to ask!

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER:
http://www.Twitter.com/nightmarerecord

Audiovision – FOCUS
Ulterium Records
Genre: Melodic Metal/Hard Rock
Release Date: April 23, 2010

FOCUS is a first class melodic hard rock/metal album and fans of Rainbow, Whitesnake, Dio, Gotthard, Europe and Stryper will for sure love it! Songs like “Invitation,” “Keep The Fire Burning” and “We Are Not Alone” will definitely become big hits and live favourites, so keep an eye out for Audiovision and FOCUS! Features members of previous work in the bands Narnia, Divinefire, Veni Domine and Saviour Machine.

Painside – DARK WORLD BURDEN
Inner Wound Recordings
Genre: Metal
Release Date: April 6th, 2010

With so much of today’s modern metal being little more than downtuned riffs and growler/screamer vocals, it’s always good to hear something that incorporates a lot of elements of the old school that just plain kicks ass. For the first time this year, a band I’d never heard of before has emerged with an album that just flat out kicked my ass. That band is Painside.
PITRIFF RATING – 9/10

Steve Cichon – CRANIAL FEEDBACK
Nightmare Records
Genre: Metal/Rock/Instrumental
Release Date: March 30th, 2010

Remember the wonderful music from the ’70s heavy rock and progressive movements, Steve manages to capture the essence of this “Real” and “Uncommercial” musical liberation of no boundaries with this collection of ten tracks he offers us on CRANIAL FEEDBACK. This album is truly a musical mind journey to take you through your own great depths.

HARD – TIME IS WAITING FOR NO ONE
BLP / Escape Music
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock
Release Date: March 16th, 2010

HARD is a Swedish-Hungarian hard rock group, None other than famed record producer Beau Hill (of Winger/Ratt/Warrant/Airbourne fame) blew his mind when he first heard the album, he immediately asked the guys to let him re-mix the tunes. They agreed, and the result was more than amazing. A truly inspirational piece of work from a band that just may set a precedent for all others to follow, in short, essential!

Phonomik – SOUL CREEPER
Nightmare Records
Genre: Metal/Rock/Thrash
Release Date: March 30, 2010

Melodic integrity and hard rocking riffs play in favor for Phonomik’s unique sound. The renaissance meets 2000 with the primal scream of a caveman. Appealing to the human emotions Phonomik’s music scales love and hate. Inspired by and honouring the great heroes of rock, Phonomik wishes to contribute to the universal art of music by standing on the shoulders of giants. Produced by award winning producer Jacob Hansen.

Sinbreed – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
Ulterium Records
Cat#: ULTCD013
Genre: Metal
Release Date: April 6, 2010

The blistering combination of speed, melodic and aggressive arrangements combined with high and soaring vocals characterizes Sinbreed’s distinctive Power metal, and they now present their debut album WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE. The members of Sinbreed are Frederik Ehmke [Blind Guardian] on drums, Hebie Langhans [Seventh Avenue] on vocals, Alexander Schulz on bass and Flo Laurin who handles guitars and keys. Mixed and Mastered by acclaimed producer Markus Teske.

Charlotte – MEDUSA GROOVE
Eonian Records
Genre: Rock/Hard Rock
Release Date: April 20, 2010

With a unique sound influenced by Great White, Guns N’ Roses, and Led Zeppelin, they quickly garnered barrels of buzz and rode the wave of their rapidly rising popularity to other gigs. Through it all, they were never content to follow the trend, always staying true to themselves and delivering vibrant, creative, unpredictable hard rock music.

Legacy – LEGACY
Eonian Records
Genre: Rock/Hard Rock/Christian
Release Date: April 20, 2010

Legacy made no bones about being a Christian metal band. While the music was important, a sizzling salvo of heavy guitars, thunderous rhythms, melodic hooks, and layered harmonies, the band placed equal, if not more, importance on their message, ensuring their lyrics cleaved true to who they were as men of faith.

Nightmare Records
7751 Greenwood Drive
St. Paul MN 55112

http://www.nightmare-records.com/
http://www.myspace.com/nightmarerecords1

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-Scion Presents: Death Angel And Arsis In Atlanta And Los Angeles!

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel and melodic tech-deathsters Arsis will be playing two FREE all ages shows this April presented by Scion.

To attend, make sure you RSVP at http://www.scion.com/metalshow . Space is limited and based on a first come first serve basis.

DEATH ANGEL, ARSIS
4/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/14 The Roxy – Hollywood, CA

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, have uploaded their first studio blog at http://www.youtube.com/user/deathangelofficial .

The band plans to post regular updates following their progress in the studio on their MySpace page ( http://www.myspace.com/deathangel ) and on their brand new Web site ( http://www.deathangel.us/ ), so keep an eye out for that.

Hot on the heels of a busy and productive 2009, Death Angel are currently at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (Trivium, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, White Chapel, Devildriver) tracking the new record, tentatively scheduled for a September of 2010 release.

Arsis recently wrapped up a tour with Arch Enemy and Exodus in support of their brand new release STARVE FOR THE DEVIL, which sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

Death Angel
http://www.deathangel.us/
http://www.myspace.com/deathangel

Arsis
http://www.facebook.com/arsis

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-Forbidden: First Studio Report + Working Song Titles

After a thirteen-year hiatus, San Francisco’s Forbidden have returned to the studio to record their as-yet-untitled fifth studio album. Last week, drum tracks were recorded at Bombshelter Studios in downtown Los Angeles with owner Eric Kretz (drummer & founding member of Stone Temple Pilots). Forbidden are currently at Sonic Room Studios in Livermore, California tracking bass, guitar, and vocals.

Guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero checks in about the band’s experience thus far:

“What a week it’s been. F*cking insane!

“February 28th – Mark [Hernandez], his tech Jeff (Trigger), Tim Narducci and myself left for L.A. and the Bomb Shelter. We packed 3 drum sets (all Sonor) and one guitar for me. It was one of my trusty Les Pauls, if you’re wondering — she’s is a rock! Had dinner in Japan town at what was referred to as the Denny’s of sushi — good and cheap!

“March 1st – I left early to go pick up the new Line 6/Bogner 100 watt HD. Everyone else starting pulling out the pieces of drums and hardware and matching whatever sounded best together. Mark switched out to one maple kick drum instead of two birch ones. It simply sounded amazing! He’s had the same kick since 1990 when he joined Vio-lence. We were a bit concerned about the one kick vs. two kick issue, but it sounded perfect. Eric Kretz came down and lent us a hand and showed us some mic techniques for the overheads… just enough to sound spectacular.

“March 2nd – We started tracking at 12 and we nailed the first song in a couple of hours. The next one was pretty easy as well. Tim was great working with Mark and getting him to try different things for the sake of the songs. His ear was money the entire session! On the third song, we hit a snag with the click we set up before we left the Bay. It was actually comical to watch Mark and I try to figure out what was wrong. Kretz showed up and was sitting behind me for a while without my knowledge. I turned around and we both laughed. Eventually we figured out the click issue.

“March 3rd – We started by taking the only showers of the week in the morning! ‘Scumbag metal dudes, we are!’ (Yoda style.) It was a very productive day after we cleaned up. We flew through 3 songs. Everything went perfectly. The groove was grooving… whatever the hell that means (???). It started to feel like a real record to me. Everything was coming together wonderfully.

“To be continued…”

View more studio pictures and read the rest of the studio report here:

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=35155627&blogId=530985163

Working titles on the new release are as follows:

Intro
Swine
Immortal Wounds
Omega Wave
Hopenosis
Adapt Or Die
Forsaken At The Gates
Inhuman Race
Beyond The Mask
Dragging My Casket
Overthrow

The 2010 lineup for Forbidden is Russ Anderson on vocals; Craig Locicero, guitar; Steve Smyth, guitar; Matt Camacho on bass; and Mark Hernandez, drums.

Hear two new Forbidden demo tracks, “Adapt Or Die” and “Hopenosis,” at the band’s MySpace page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Forbidden-Official/207083553064
http://www.myspace.com/forbidden__evil

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-Atlantean Kodex Signs With Cruz Del Sur

German Epic Metal band Atlantean Kodex and Italian label Cruz Del Sur Music announce to have signed a deal for the worldwide release of the upcoming debut Atlantean Kodex album THE GOLDEN BOUGH.

Atlantean Kodex are one of the most acclaimed newer bands in the European underground metal scene. Rooted deeply in the sound of old Manowar, Viking-era Bathory and classic 1980s metal, their PNAKOTIC DEMOS E.P. has sold close to 2,000 copies and has been praised by critics as one of the best epic metal releases ever. With festival appearances at renowned events like Keep It True XII, Up The Hammers and Hammer Of Doom, Atlantean Kodex have also earned a reputation as an intense live band who never fail to deliver the steel.

Says guitar player Manuel Trummer about the deal: “I couldn’t have imagined anyone else than Cruz Del Sur to release THE GOLDEN BOUGH. We’re highly impressed by the work label-owner Enrico did in the past and we’re honored to be on the same label like some of our favorite bands such as While Heaven Wept, Slough Feg, Twisted Tower Dire or Battleroar.”

On behalf of Cruz Del Sur Music, label owner Enrico Leccese states: “I am very glad we have the opportunity of working together with Atlantean Kodex. I am definitely impressed by the enthusiasm, the strength and motivation these guys have shown so far; that’s exactly what we’re looking for in a band. And the music contained in THE GOLDEN BOUGH is simply fantastic!”

THE GOLDEN BOUGH is scheduled for a release on Cruz Del Sur in September 2010. A deluxe vinyl edition will be released by renowned German high-quality vinyl label Iron Kodex.

THE GOLDEN BOUGH track list:

1. The Atlantean Kodex – 8:26
2. Pilgrim (Through The Ruins Of Europa) – 10:56
3. The Golden Bough – 1:35
4. Fountain Of Nepenthe (Journey To The Island Of The Blessed) – 9:30
5. Temple Of Katholic Magick – 6:54
6. Vesperal Hymn (For A Long-Gone Friend) – 6:03
7. Disciples Of The Iron Crown – 4:24
8. A Prophet In The Forest – 10:49

http://www.myspace.com/atlanteankodex
http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-Halcyon Way Announce Artist For New Album!

Atlanta progressive metal band Halcyon Way have confirmed that artist Travis Smith ( http://www.seempieces.com/ ) will be creating the artwork for the upcoming album.

Travis Smith is a world renowned artist whose artwork has been featured on album covers, T-shirts and movie posters. He has worked with many well known acts such as Amorphis, Devin Townsend, Metallica, Nevermore, Opeth and Slayer. The band plans to unveil the album art shortly.

The new release is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut by the band, A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION. It features the debut of new vocalist Steve Braun (Ashent, Siloam), as well as a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of Queensryche fame.

The album was produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan. Drums were engineered by Mike Froedge (doubleDrive, Bloodsimple, Speed X) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. Lammert is mixing the album at his studio, LSD-Tonstudio in Germany.

For more information, visit:

http://www.halcyonway.com/
http://www.youtube.com/hwmetal
http://www.myspace.com/halcyonway
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Halcyon-Way/20493107797
http://www.twitter.com/halcyonway

Halcyon Way would like to welcome two new sponsors:

Brace Audio digital wireless systems (BraceAudio.com)
In Tune Guitar Picks (InTuneGP.com)

Thanks for your support!

Upcoming Shows:

May 1 – Metal MayDay w/ Cage & many more – The Masquerade, Atlanta
May 13 – w/ Fozzy – Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
May 14 – w/ Fozzy – Rock City Basement, Nottingham, England
May 15 – w/ Fozzy – The Relentless Garage (2 shows!), London, England

Get tickets to all of the upcoming Halcyon Way shows by clicking on the link below!
http://www.HalcyonWay.com/Tickets

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-7th Heaven Update

[Note: This is from the band’s March newsletter. – Tim]

Spring is here and we are getting ready for a HUGE summer ahead. It has been a long cold winter and we couldn’t be more excited to see spring arrive. Our focus right now is planning for the future. We have a bunch of new products coming out in a couple months. We are working on a bunch of new songs to add to our set for the summer and we think this year will really be a great year for 7th Heaven. Check it out.

Studio Time

Most of the past few months have been spent in the studio. Everything has been sounding amazing and we can’t wait to share it with you. We are working at a fast pace to get all the parts recorded that we need to have this product complete by May. Look for a HUGE announcement in the next couple newsletters on this as this will be something that we do not think has ever been done before with any band on earth.

“American Idol”

In case you missed it, Keith was featured on this season’s “American Idol.” Keith made it thru all rounds and got a golden ticket. If you want to find out what happens watch the link below.


(this video is also on our Web site)

25 Years Of 7th Heaven !!!

2010 marks our 25th year of being a band!!! We have some great things in store later this year to celebrate that and document our history a little. While we typically are not a band that seems to stop and look back, as we always seem to keep our eyes focused on the future. This milestone is one that very few bands can say they have achieved. The history of this band is a amazing story, for those of you who have shared your lives with 7th Heaven over the 25 years, you have seen some amazing good times and some sad bad times. You have watched us get older, wiser and better. We have watched many of you go from high school to college to careers to marriage to families. We are working on a great way to document our history, stay tuned for that. In the mean time, feel free to check out our MASSIVE history section on our Web site. It’s broken down by years and really is a massive amount of information. You can also learn about the very important band members that have helped put 7th Heaven on the map and keep it there. More to come on this!!!

7th Heaven On Radio

Our focus over the next six months will be on radio. We have some major opportunities that came our way that we feel might really give 7th Heaven a HUGE chance to break on radio. Some MAJOR players in the music business have taken a liking to the band and our songs and look for some potential growth coming soon.. if all works out… wish us luck!!! It looks like our song “Better This Way” will be the lead-off track to radio this summer.

Shows, Shows, Shows…

Our summer dates are just about booked up. We have a few last minute shows we are locking down. We will announce our Summer schedule in the May newsletter.

Melodic Rock Fest 2

7th Heaven will be part of the Melodic Rock Festival 2 that is coming to Chicagoland on April 30 – May 3. 7th Heaven will be performing on Sunday May 2 at the new Elgin Roadhouse. That night Winger will headline, as well as Jimi Jamison of Survivor, Kevin Chalfant from Journey, and Ted Poley from Danger Danger. I believe Trixter will also be on that bill. This shows we will play almost all original music and maybe a medley. But this show will be a bit different that a typical 2-3 hour long 7th Heaven show. We will have a new product being released that weekend.

Check out MelodicRock.com and get your tickets once they become available.

iTunes

All of our original CDs are now available on iTunes. Our new USA-UK CD, SILVER, LIVE AT DURTY NELLIE’S and FACES TIME REPLACES are all now available. You can even purchase 7th Heaven ringtones on iTunes. Don’t forget to leave us a good review on iTunes.

March 12 – Chicago City Limits
March 13 – Kam’s – University of Illinois
March 17 – Finn McCool’s Crystal Lake (Unplugged)
March 18 – Keywester (Unplugged)
March 20 – Bourbon Street
March 26 – John Barleycorn
March 27 – Shark City
April 1 – Bannerman’s (Unplugged)
April 2 – Elgin Roadhouse
April 3 – Lodge
April 8 – Serenity (Unplugged)
April 9 – Austin’s
April 15 – Keywester (Unplugged)
April 16 – Cubby Bear Chicago
April 17 – Chicago City Limits
April 21 – Fire Bar & Grill
April 23 – Kam’s – University of Illinois
April 24 – Double Trouble Frat Party at U of I
April 29 – Bourbon Street
April 30 – Alumni Club
May 1 – Shark City
May 2 – Melodic Rock Fest
May 7 – Real Time Sports St Charles
May 8 – El Sombrero Cinco De Mayo Fest
May 14 – Durty Nellies
May 15 – Tilted Kilt
May 19 – Fire Bar & Grill (Unplugged)
May 20 – Keywester (Unplugged)
May 21 – Glen Ellyn All-Age Festival
May 22 – Private Party
May 28 – John Barleycorn
May 29 – Belmont-Sheffield All-Age Festival
May 29 – Gaelic Irish All-Age Festival

Thanks for all your continued support. We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven
http://www.7thheavenband.com/

7th Heaven
PO Box 66473
Chicago IL 60666

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-Eternal Descent, ESP Launch Ltd Graphics Edition Guitar Contest

~ESP Guitars Web Exclusive: “Eternal Descent” Comic Book~

~Eternal Descent Lands Guitar World Spotlight~

LONDON, UK — Eternal Descent’s Llexi Leon officially formed a mutually beneficial strategic alliance with ESP Guitars in October, 2008 and since that time, the mastermind behind Eternal Descent has been on a whirlwind campaign. With the release of a CD, an E.P., a comic book via IDW, and a forthcoming CD in the works with producer Eddie Kramer, Leon, an Incendium Records recording artist and guitarist, has aligned with ESP Guitars to produce three original custom model guitars. These unique guitars, based on LTD’s EX, F, and EC models, have custom graphics of the main “Eternal Descent” comic book characters and feature color-coordinated DiMarzio pickups. Eternal Descent and ESP Guitars have teamed up for a contest — you win the contest, you pick the guitar! The contest winner can choose either the Lyra, Loki, or Syrian model guitar, all based on the “Eternal Descent” comic book characters. To enter, follow this link: http://www.eternaldescent.com/contest/index.php

In addition, ESP Guitars has launched an exclusive Eternal Descent web portal/section for the “Eternal Descent” comic book. Filled with info highlighting the comic book published by IDW with the first issue released on March 31st and 23 subsequent issues, this section will feature art, contests, news as well as anything else “Eternal Descent” comic book related. The comic book boasts the first ever to feature ESP endorsed guitarists from bands including God Forbid, Static X, Firewind, and Atreyu as characters in comic book issues. To visit this exclusive section on the ESP Guitars web site, follow this link: http://www.espguitars.com/eternaldescent.html

To support his expanding career, Eternal Descent/Llexi Leon are covered in the April 2010 issue of Guitar World where Leon talks about his concept for his music and comic book: “I love writing music that creates an atmosphere. Yet at the same time, I’m a big fan of epic films and comics that deal with the whole good-versus-evil theme. So I thought ‘why not combine the two?,’ and that’s how I came up with Eternal Descent.”

Llexi Leon began his own production company, Incendium Records, to release his first concept album LOSING FAITH and the E.P. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. This fulfilled Leon’s dream of having all Eternal Descent media developed with the highest standards under one roof. Leon recently began recording his third CD release with producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss) at the helm. He has also secured a publishing deal with IDW to release 24 issues of his comic book featuring artists Jason Metcalf, David Rivera, Javier Tartaglia and Joel Chua beginning March 31st.

Eternal Descent Web sites:
http://www.eternaldescent.com/
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eternal-Descent/151763664056?ref=ts

A high definition animated trailer is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBf8QJ3s5Vc .

Additional samples of the “Eternal Descent” comic book artwork are available for viewing at http://tinyurl.com/ybpsgle .

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-Solitude Reunion Show 2010

SOLITUDE REUNION SHOW 2010
w/ Faith Or Fear & Thunderbrew

WHEN: APRIL 17, 2010
WHERE: JB McGuinnes – 519 E. Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720
(near the airport/10 mins. from Wilmington)

Delaware thrash/speed metal band, Solitude, was formed in 1983. Despite releasing three critically acclaimed demos true “break out success” always seemed to slip through their fingers. While influenced by Metallica and Testament they were also equally drawn to works by Rush, Mahavishnu Orchestra and even Eric Johnson.

In 1987, they released their first demo, FOCUS OF TERROR, which received an enthusiastic response from the scene thus resulting in the track “The End” appearing on THRASH ATTACK III. SICKNESS, released a year later, found the band quickly gaining ground with great reviews in fanzines worldwide most notably, Kerrang! As if all the positive press and opening for bands such as Death, Dark Angel and Sacred Reich, wasn’t enough to warrant the scene’s attention. “Typhoid Mary” was then chosen to appear on Metal Blade Records’ prestigious Metal Massacre series.

FALL OF CREATION brought greater exposure in publications like Metal Maniacs, Thrash ‘Em All and Metal Forces and they signed with Red Light Records in 1993 and recorded FROM WITHIN in 1994. Sadly enough, right before the album’s release the label went belly up and it never saw the light of day in the U.S. After a crushing blow like that and 10 years as a band Solitude decided to quietly bow out of the metal world.

POISONED POPULATION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (1987-1994) is a two-disc re-mastered collection of all 26 tracks. It features all new artwork, extensive liner notes, full lyrics, enhanced live concert videos and much more.

Video
“Side Winder” Live In Bay Shore, NY

Solitude – POISONED POPULATION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (1987-1994) (DIVE006)

Buy Now
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/divebomb-records

– Enhanced CD contains vintage live material and slideshow of original show flyers
– Shared stage with: Death, Dark Angel, Sacred Reich, Forbidden & Nuclear Assault
– Includes new band interview conducted in 2009 by Kevin Stewart-Panko of Decibel/Terrorizer
– Features unused 1994 artwork by original Solitude artist, Steven R. Cobb (Heavy Metal)
– All tracks remastered in 2009 by Jamie King

DISC 1
01 Twisted
02 No Future
03 Tipping The Balance
04 Alter The Red
05 Mind Pollution
06 From Within
07 The Afterlife
08 A Loss Of Blood
09 The Empty
10 Poisoned Population
11 In This Life
12 Side Winder

DISC 2
01 Shroud Of Silence
02 Fall Of Creation
03 Degenerate
04 Alter The Red
05 Instrumental
06 The After Life
07 Side Winder
08 Typhoid Mary
09 Bats In The Belfry
10 The Elegy
11 The End
12 You Die
13 Dead Or Alive
14 Buried Alive

For fans of: Testament, Metallica, Slayer, Metal Church & Sacred Reich

Web site: http://www.myspace.com/solitude302

Buy Now:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/divebomb-records

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-Warren Appleby’s New CD TREACHEROUS Released On CD Baby & iTunes

Blacktask’s Warren Appleby has released his 10th solo CD, TREACHEROUS, through CD Baby, and iTunes. It’s another strong instrumental hard rock album full of emotion charged intensity! At CD Baby, fans can download the entire TREACHEROUS CD for just $7.00, or single tracks for just $0.79 each!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/WarrenAppleby1
http://www.warrenappleby.com/
http://www.blacktask.net/

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-Fear Factory: Second In-Store Appearance Announced

Candlelight Records confirmed the second in-store/meet-and-greet with Fear Factory on their upcoming Revolver Presents: Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will appear at Hogwild Records, located at 1824 North Main in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, March 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m. This will be the first opportunity for fans to meet the band who have not toured the U.S. in nearly three years.

Fear Factory announced their first American dates in support of their recently released new album, MECHANIZE, several weeks ago. Set to begin March 22, tickets for all shows are on sale now through all major ticket outlets and individual venue ticket box offices. The band recently announced two special VIP ticket packages now on sale exclusively via Artistarena.com (direct link is http://tixx1.artistarena.com/fearfactory ). Each package contains a ticket to the show granting early admission, plus a T-shirt and other special items. VIP packages are available for each of the shows on the upcoming tour, also featuring Winds Of Plague, Dirge Within and Periphery. Confirmed dates are:

3/22/2010 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
3/24/2010 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/26/2010 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
3/27/2010 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
3/28/2010 The Channel @ Wired Live – Houston, TX
3/30/2010 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3/31/2010 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/01/2010 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/02/2010 Valarium – Knoxville, TN
4/03/2010 The Village – Little Rock, AR
4/05/2010 Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
4/06/2010 Mesa Theatre – Grand Junction, CO
4/08/2010 Club Nokia (Revolver Golden God Awards), Los Angeles, CA
4/09/2010 Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
4/10/2010 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
4/11/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

MECHANIZE features the highly reported reconciliation of vocalist Burton C. Bell with original guitarist Dino Cazares. Along with bassist Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad) and journeyman drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethlok, Strapping Young Lad), the album also welcomes back the involvement of keyboardist/producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly). BraveWords.com says, “combining just the right elements of their own past, present and future, with MECHANIZE, Fear Factory has achieved instant excitement and an immediate adrenaline boost. In a word: essential.” The band premiered the album’s first video, “Fear Campaign,” while hosting MTV2/”Headbanger’s Ball” on February 8. The Ian McFarland-directed video is currently in rotation nationwide on over 100 different broadcast and internet outlets. It is available for viewing at Candlelight’s official YouTube channel located at http://www.youtube.com/user/candlelightusa . The deluxe edition of MECHANIZE is now sold out with only limited copies remaining available at various retailers and Candlelight’s official webstore located at http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com . Fear Factory will have a limited number of deluxe editions for sale at their merchandise booth.

http://www.myspace.com/fearfactory
http://www.fearfactorymusic.com/

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: HellCircles
Album Title: STILLNESS
Genre: Heavy/Prog Metal
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/hellcircles
http://www.hellcircles.com/

HellCircles were born in November 2008 from the idea of the singer and keyboardist Marco Parisi and the guitarist Roberto Fornaroli, joined in a short time by Fabio Pedrali on guitar and Davide Ravara on drums, for a long time together in foregoing lineups. The aim is to create a style that merges the main influences of each one of the four members; the result is a mix of elaborate and kicking rhythmics and melodies, fast tempos and melodic yet aggressive vocals.

The lineup has been later completed by Danilo Arisi on bass and after few months, in May 2009, the band conceives the first work: STILLNESS, a five-track demo album, recorded at New Sin Studio in Loria (Treviso). They’re now working on the first full-length album, due to be released in 2010.

Members:
Marco Parisi: Vocals & Keyboards
Roberto Fornaroli: Guitar
Fabio Pedrali: Guitar & Vocals
Danilo Arisi: Bass
Davide Ravara: Drums

Contacts:
http://www.hellcircles.com/
http://www.myspace.com/hellcircles
info@hellcircles.com
Phone: +393347796632, +393497414893

Track list:
1. Stillness
2. Let Us Unite
3. The Damage Done
4. Turn Back Time
5. Rise Again

Band: Rayburn
Album Title: RAYBURN
Label: Psych Of The South
Genre: Rock/Progressive Rock
Release Date: Out Now

Web:
http://www.psychofthesouth.com/

Rayburn was an amazing hard rock band from Little Rock, Arkansas that formed in 1970 and played in a moody and technical style with inventive songwriting.

Their unreleased recordings are must for fans of underground psych and prog sounds. They recorded for Mega Records, an RCA records subsidiary, and got signed to the label.

However their success was cut short when Steve Stephen’s father, who was co-owner of one of the biggest investment banks in the country, went to the label and bought Rayburn’s recording contract out from under them in order to derail his son’s music career. Over the next two years, the band recorded at Jaggars Studio in Little Rock and for Steve Cropper’s TMI studio in Memphis, but the band’s second chance at fame continued to elude them. In 1974, guitarist Jimmy Roberts’ life was cut short when he developed cancer at the age of 21.

Three years later in 1977, the band reunited to record more songs from their early ’70s era that they never got a chance to record with Roberts.

For the first time in over 30 years, Rayburn reunited for a live concert in their hometown of Little Rock, AR in July of 2009. With the help of the band member’s musical children, the 2009 version of Rayburn was a tribute and reboot of the original group with the meeting of two generations to celebrate the music of the past. At the concert, their reel-to-reel demos from 1972-1977 were released on CD, featuring a full-color 12-page book compiled and researched by Harold Ott.

This was a supremely talented group that was gone too fast and held back from the world. With this release, Psych Of The South attempts to correct that injustice with a CD of 14 of Rayburn’s original compositions heard here for the first time.

Track list:
1. Your Mind (Doubt)
2. Got To Get Ready To Die
3. Steam Shuffle
4. Said, I Love Only You
5. Righteous Man
6. Songbird
7. See My Eyes
8. The Trail Is Gone
9. Your Mind (Doubt)
10. America
11. Saltless Tears
12. Hey Friend
13. Working My Way Upstream
14. Your Mind (Doubt)

TSM/SLW Promotions
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor
http://www.slwpromotions.com/

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-Haken Debut To See Release Via Sensory

Haken are arguably the most exciting sound to emerge from the modern progressive movement.

Formed in 2007, Haken is a virtuosic progressive rock/metal band from London, England, comprising some of the country’s finest young musicians. Featured in the band are members of To-mera and Linearsphere. In July 2007, Haken showcased their music for the very first time to a packed out London bar with a great response, followed the next week by a sold out show at The Peel in Kingston. Within months of this double-debut performance, the band were billed in support of Riverside at Camden’s prestigious Underworld. Haken continued performing sets to packed houses throughout London and on U.K. tours in support of cult metal bands King’s X, Bigelf, and To-Mera and continue to extend their fan base. One of the band’s demo tracks was featured on the cover CD for the second issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine in 2009.

The band melds metal with progressive rock, drawing influences from contemporary bands like Dream Theater and IQ as well as “old school” icons Genesis and Queen. AQUARIUS is their debut release — a 72-minute, larger-than-life conceptual sci-fi/fantasy work filled with bombastic keyboard flourishes, stunning vocals, and lethal guitar work. The album was recorded in The Netherlands at Spacelab Studios (Delain, Everon, Wolverine) and mastered in Germany at Eroc’s Mastering Ranch. Graphics has been created by Dennis Sibeijn at Damn Engine to tie in with the AQUARIUS story.

Check out an extended preview of the album here:
http://www.youtube.com/EarsplitPR#p/f/12/Hiz5Vu2treI

In their brief existence, Haken are already highly respected within the British metal community, and their unique and imaginative genre-bending approach to music has garnered praise from all corners of the globe.

AQUARIUS will be released on March 29th, 2010.

http://www.myspace.com/hakenmusic
http://www.lasersedgegroup.com/

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-Methusalem Announces New CD UNITE AND CONQUER!

The Dutch Heavy Metal band Methusalem has set the release-date for their upcoming album UNITE AND CONQUER at March 26, 2010. This self-financed album will be distributed by Rock Inc.

When the band decided that it was time for a new, full-length album, they threw overboard all biases about how heavy metal should sound and listened very carefully to what producer Arno Krabman from Graveland Studios had to say about their current style. The result is an album that features a bunch of songs that are all miles apart, some more traditional, some more modern, yet all fitting perfectly into Methusalem’s philosophy. That philosophy is still to rock the world with hard rock and heavy metal, but in stead of living in the past, they’ve now made an album that remembers the past.

The album was mastered by an international mastering professional, Darius van Helfteren, who had also previously worked with Judas Priest and the Scorpions. He gave the album that last edge that it needed to sound truly great. Finnish graphic designer Jan Yrlund was asked to create the artwork and succeeded in capturing the overall lyrical theme of the album in the cover artwork.

Methusalem has uploaded an album preview and a video teaser at their MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/methusalemband

To celebrate the release of UNITE AND CONQUER, the band will party online with their fans during a four-hour online MySpace Release Party, where the new album will be for streaming for four hours at March 25 from 19:00 till 23:00 CET.

Who wants to celebrate this release live with the band, can visit the Official Live Release Party at April 1 at the Gloppe in Leeuwarden (NL).

UNITE AND CONQUER track list:

1. Hardrock Showdown
2. Go All The Way
3. Forever
4. Brothers In Arms
5. Running In Circles
6. Get Ready To Rock
7. Thunder
8. Lock & Load
9. Unite and Conquer

For more information and to watch the CD video teaser and listen to the album preview, please go to http://www.myspace.com/methusalemband .

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-16 Second Stare Join Forces With Cold And Nonpoint On Tour

In Support Of Self-Titled Debut Album Out April 27th

“Bonnie And Clyde” — First Single To Hit The Airwaves

HOLLYWOOD, CA — LOUDER, HARDER, and HEAVIER than their debut, 16 Second Stare breaks new sonic ground with their new self-titled album releasing April 27 on Goomba Music.

With the aggressive sound of their new self-titled record, 16 Second Stare is ready to take their place in the vanguard of the international metal scene. Fueled by the ferocious vocals of Chris Davis, who stepped out from behind his drum kit to prowl the stage like a madman, and driven by the onslaught of guitarist Angry Tim Shanks, the band has been winning legions of fans with its uncompromising stage show. During the summer of 2009, on the road with Crüefest 2, 16 Second Stare showed what they were made of winning over huge crowds with their radical onslaught. Now they’re unleashing an equally radical album.

16 SECOND STARE took a year to make and, during that time, the band underwent a transformation. “I started singing lead and everything clicked into place,” says singer and drummer Chris Davis. “We used to think about radio play, but this time decided to go for the jugular. We’re going to get right up in your face and if people like it, that’s fine. If not, f*ck ’em. Anyone who’s seen us live knows we kick ass, so we decided to kick ass in the studio too. Making Chris the singer was the best move we ever made.”

Standout tracks on 16 SECOND STARE include the current single, “Bonnie And Clyde,” a heavy stomping rocker, with the grinding guitars of Shanks complimenting the processed vocals Davis lays down over his own brutal backbeat. The shrieking harmonies of Davis and Shanks add another sinister element to the mix. “Bonnie And Clyde” is already being played on Sirius Satellite’s Octane channel, AOL’s Extreme Alt Rock station, and is climbing the Media Base Active Rock chart.

Come out and hear the Hot Ticket of the year, 16 Second Stare on tour now with Cold and Nonpoint. The trek will begin on February 17, 2010 at Juanitas in Little Rock, Arkansas.

MARCH

Wed 17 – Little Rock AR – Juanitas
Fri 19 – Houston TX – Scout Bar
Sat 20 – Dallas TX – Tree’s
Sun 21 – San Antonio TX – Scout Bar
Tue 23 – Colorado Springs CO – Black Sheep
Wed 24 – Denver CO – Marquee
Fri 26 – Boise ID – Knitting Factory
Sat 27 – Spokane WA – Knitting Factory
Mon 29 – Reno NV – Knitting Factory
Tue 30 – Orangevale CA – Boardwalk
Wed 31 – Chico CA – Senator

APRIL

Thu 01 – Santa Rosa CA – Last Day Saloon
Sat 03 – Los Angeles CA – Roxy
Sun 04 – Tempe AZ – Marquee
Tue 06 – Albuquerque NM – Sunshine
Wed 07 – Lubbock TX – Jakes
Fri 09 – Abilene TX – Midnight Rodeo
Sat 10 – Odessa TX – Dos Amigos
Sun 11 – Corpus Christ TX – Brewster Street Ice House
Tue 13 – Jacksonville FL – Freebird
Wed 14 – Ft Walton FL – The Swamp
Fri 16 – Melbourne FL – County Line Saloon
Sat 17 – Orlando FL – Lyrica

For more information go to http://www.16secondstare.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/16secondstare .

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-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1994” is online now at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/98Jw .

-A new video trailer for Extreme’s TAKE US ALIVE CD/DVD release is available now at http://www.extreme-band.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Z_g7AM0iQ . TAKE US ALIVE is due out May 4 in the U.S.A.

-There’s a new interview with Paul Stanley of Kiss at http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/1892/86/ , in which he reveals another studio album could be out in 12 or 18 months.

-M.I.C.’s video for “Something To Say,” from the album OUT 2 ROCK, is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8KddhCJ5Dk .

-“Rush – The Documentary” will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24, with all three band members set to appear.

-Online reports indicate the new Scorpions album is true return to form, and that the band may tour with Ratt this year.

-All three episodes of Swashbuckle’s “Ask The Admiral” series are now availble online:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

See http://www.swashbuckle.info/ and http://www.myspace.com/swashbuckle for more.

-Andrew W.K.’s new video for “I’m A Vagabond” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAZ_ndQeHPE . His new releases CLOSE CALLS WITH BRICK WALLS and MOTHER OF MANKIND are due out March 23, and there will be an in-store signing at 8 p.m. on March 25 at the Best Buy located at 52 E. 14th St. #64 in New York City. Also, check out clips of Andrew hosting Cartoon Network’s “Destroy Build Destroy” at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/dbd/index.html . See http://www.andrewwk.com/ , http://www.myspace.com/andrewwk , http://twitter.com/andrewwk , http://www.facebook.com/andrewwk , and http://www.youtube.com/andrewwk for more.

Thanks to John Erigo, Chad Bowar, HeadbangerNYC.com, Nicky Baldrian, Marko Syrjala, and Nancy B. Sayle for help gathering some of this information.

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BRIAN HOWE – CIRCUS BAR (B+/B) Frontiers, 2010
14 tracks, RT: 51:14
[ http://www.brianhowe.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/brianhowe01 ]
[ http://www.frontiers.it/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords ]
You may remember Brian Howe from his stints with Ted Nugent and Bad Company, but since his departure from Bad Company in 1994 he has embarked on a solo career and released two albums, the latest being the curiously titled CIRCUS BAR. Brian’s vocals are in fine form here, delivering some gorgeous AOR gems cut from the cloth of Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams and John Waite with some modern pop flavors thrown in to keep things fresh. Fans of early ’80s MTV ready anthems will get the most from CIRCUS BAR, Brian clearly having a good time on tracks such as the instantly hummable “I’m Back,” uplifting “Life’s Mystery,” infectious rocker “There’s This Girl,” reggae-splashed “Could Have Been You” and a quiet remake of Bad Company’s “Holy Water.” Brian had some help from several well-known names in the business, Pat Travers lending a hand on “My Town” and the Little River Band’s Wayne Nelson partially handling bass duties, with Brooks Paschal providing the suitably crisp production. Some relatively standard sounding tracks bring the score down a bit for me, but overall CIRCUS BAR is a pleasant break from the hard rock and metal I can usually be found listening to. A nicely crafted slice of good time AOR…
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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