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Issue #548
Week of May 17, 2010
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-R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. Our tributes will run in a special mini-issue. – Tim

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-Legendary Guitarist Michael Schenker Recruits Drum Icon Carmine Appice For History-Making Summer Tour

Legendary drummer joins forces with MSG for 30th Anniversary Tour Of North America

“Michael Schenker’s guitar playing has left an indelible mark on rock and roll history.”
– Ultimate Guitar

“Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming before John Bonham, before Ian Paice, before anyone else.”
– Rick van Horn, Modern Drummer

LOS ANGELES, CA — Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will join forces with drum icon Carmine Appice on the 30th Anniversary Tour – North America. Other band members in the lineup include Gary Barden – vocals; Elliott “Dean” Rubinson – bass (July tour dates): Rev Jones – bass (August tour dates); and Wayne Findlay – guitars and keyboards. The tour kicks off on July 15th in Redondo Beach, CA. 10 specially priced VIP tickets will be sold for each concert which will allow attendees to hang out with Appice and Schenker after the concert and also enter them in a contest for prizes. Stay tuned for more info soon.

Tour dates for the 30th Anniversary Tour – North America are:

JUL 15 2010 – Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
JUL 16 2010 – Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
JUL 18 2010 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
JUL 21 2010 – Back Stage Live – San Antonio, TX
JUL 24 2010 – Zoo Amphitheatre (Rock N America Festival) – Oklahoma City, OK
JUL 27 2010 – Showcase Live – Foxborough, MA
JUL 28 2010 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
JUL 29 2010 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
JUL 30 2010 – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
JUL 31 2010 – The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza – New York, NY
AUG 01 2010 – The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
AUG 02 2010 – The Hideout – Binghamton, NY
AUG 04 2010 – Scatz Nightclub – Middleton, WI
AUG 8 2010 – Tower Theatre – Fresno, CA
AUG 11 2010 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
AUG 13 2010 – The Last Day Saloon – Santa Rosa, CA
AUG 14 2010 – Pepperbelly’s – Fairfield, CA
AUG 15 2010 – The Avalon – Santa Clara, CA

Hard rock guitarist Michael Schenker is a former member of UFO and a founding member of the Scorpions and the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). He is the younger brother of Rudolf Schenker, guitarist with the Scorpions. Schenker joined UFO under unusual circumstances. The band left the U.K. to play some dates in Germany. Their guitarist at the time, Bernie Marsden, forgot his passport and was unable to make the first gig. At the venue, UFO spotted Michael playing a soundcheck with the Scorpions and managed to persuade him into playing that evening’s show. And the rest is history… Eventually, Schenker decided he wanted to play his own music and not be a hired hand for another band. In 1979, he founded the Michael Schenker Group, and the band has been recording and touring as numerous incarnations ever since.

Author, clinician, drummer… Carmine Appice first came to prominence as the percussionist with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert, adding to the group’s high decibel sonic assault. After five albums, Appice and Bogert left Vanilla Fudge to form the blues rock quartet Cactus with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty. Eventually, Appice left Cactus with Bogert to join Jeff Beck in the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice, and then later joined Rod Stewart’s backing band in 1977, co-writing hit songs such as “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Young Turks.” In 1978, Appice played drums on Paul Stanley’s first solo album and has recorded with Stanley Clarke and Pink Floyd. He also recorded and toured with Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Murder, and was the founding member of King Kobra. Fuel Records reissued Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus project in August 2009.

For more information about Michael Schenker and Carmine Appice, please visit the following Web sites:

http://www.michaelschenkerhimself.com/
http://www.carminappice.net/

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-Accept: New Video Online!

“Teutonic Terror,” the video for a track off the upcoming Accept album BLOOD OF THE NATIONS, debuted on MySpace on May 10th. It was shot by director/producer/editor Dave Blass. Executive Producer is Doug Jeffery (Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Rhianna) for Grid 41.

When asked how he came to be involved in making Accept’s “most metal video,” director/producer and long-time Accept fan Blass states:

“I first met [guitarist] Wolf [Hoffman] and [bassist] Peter [Baltes] back in ’89 when they were touring with W.A.S.P. on the EAT THE HEAT tour. I was a DJ in Boston doing the Sunday night metal show. I reconnected with Wolf later when we used a song from his classical album for a reality series I produced. After that, we talked on-and-off over the years. He reminded me that I had called him to do some photography on ‘The Biggest Loser’ when we needed some cool stylized photos of the contestants. The producers opted out of paying for a cool photographer and I ended up doing it myself. We touched base when the [band] reunion happened and talked about a video, and when it got closer, we all just decided to make it happen.

“Grid 41 is the video production company owned by Doug Jeffery who I brought in to do the project. I have worked with Doug for years and told him I needed a favor and that this would be a great project for his company as they are branching into music videos. They did the design work on the Miley Cyrus ‘Party In The USA’ and Rhianna ‘Umbrella’ videos to name a few. Too pretty for my taste… I needed more tanks and fire!

“Working with the band was great. Peter [Baltes] was impressed when I pulled my 1985 Accept shirt out of my bag at the shoot. I couldn’t tell who was more excited, the band or the crew. Even those that weren’t familiar with their music got caught up in the mosh. I mean, Wolf Hoffmann and his Flying V standing on a GIANT TANK surrounded by smoke and flames doing his guitar solo… how can you not love that?! Having spent many a night in high school waiting till midnight to catch ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ and wishing they would play ‘Balls To The Wall,’ it was a very cool to be a part of the Accept legacy. I think the best quote about the video comes from my production assistant Reed Blake who was awestruck after the first take with the huge flames, the crane, the smoke the drums, and the tanks. He said to me, ‘I have never seen anything this METAL.'”

View the Accept video for “Teutonic Terror” here:
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=104860537

Accept’s 2010 lineup (which features three on-going members) is: Wolf Hoffmann, guitar; Peter Baltes, bass; Stefan Schwarzmann, drums; Herman Frank, guitar; and Mark Tornillo on vocals.

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS, Accept’s twelfth full-length studio album, is scheduled to be released in Europe in September. Their 13-date European tour begins May 11th in Vilnius, Lithuania and includes opening for AC/DC in Hannover, Germany.

http://www.acceptworldwide.com/

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-Sweden Rock to Honor Ronnie James Dio

Sweden Rock Festival
June 9-10-11-12, Solvesborg

Ronnie James Dio made four appearances at Sweden Rock Festival: twice with his own band Dio, and twice with Heaven & Hell — most recently just last summer. Ronnie always had a keen eye towards Sweden and Sweden Rock, and over the years we developed a good relationship to both him and his wife/manager Wendy. It was with heavy hearts we woke up Monday morning realizing that the news of his passing the day before had not been a bad dream, and that one of the greatest of all time had indeed left us.

To honor his memory, we have decided to rename the Zeppelin Stage: this year it will be called Dio Stage. We are also planning a tribute ceremony on one of the main stages. More info on this will follow shortly.

In October, we will gather some of the most prominent Swedish metal musicians for a tribute concert on the Sweden Rock Cruise. The names of the participants will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed.

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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-OSI Signed With Metal Blade Records!

OSI (Office Of Strategic Influence), the hard rock duo formed by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, Dream Theater), has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band has gained a strong underground following since its inception in 2003. OSI already has three full-length records and an E.P. in its catalogue of music. Their 2009 album, BLOOD, includes guests Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). Past participants include Mike Portnoy on the first two albums, Sean Malone and Steven Wilson on the debut, and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning) on FREE. OSI is currently working on their fourth album and Metal Blade debut for a late 2010 release.

OSI’s music can’t easily be pigeonholed and is a completely different animal when compared to its founders’ other projects. The music is a combination of dark rock choruses with atmospheric, often industrial keys and is an eclectic mix of both Moore’s and Matheos’ influences.

Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel adds: “We are very excited to welcome OSI to the Metal Blade Family. I have been a big fan of the band and all of us here can’t wait to work on the new album.”

Keep an eye out for more news and updates as the band continues work on their new album!

OSI discography:
OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE (February, 2003)
FREE (April, 2006)
RE:FREE (E.P.) (November, 2006)
BLOOD (April, 2009)

http://www.osiband.com/

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-Foghat Return To Their Blues Roots On LAST TRAIN HOME Due June 15th, 2010

Foghat is often linked to the classic rock genre, due to such anthems as “Slow Ride” and “Fool For The City,” but the band has always had their roots in vintage blues. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to longtime fans that Foghat has reconnected with the blues on their latest release, LAST TRAIN HOME. Recorded both in New York at EKO Studios and at Foghat’s own studio, Boogie Motel South, the album combines covers of such blues classics as “So Many Roads, So Many Trains” and “Shake Your Money Maker,” as well as a few new originals.

The group’s blues roots can be traced back to the pre-Foghat band, Savoy Brown, as well as Foghat’s first hit single — the classic cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You.” But perhaps the most obvious connection was a star-studded concert the band organized in 1977 at the Palladium in New York, when they hosted a benefit to start a Blues Archive at the New York Public Library. Foghat was the house band at the show, as many bona fide blues legends joined them on stage — including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield, Honey Boy Edwards, Otis Blackwell, and Eddie “Bluesman” Kirkland (the latter of which recently reconnected with the band, and led to his inclusion on “Last Train Home”).

LAST TRAIN HOME sees Foghat’s lineup — Roger Earl (drums), Charlie Huhn (vocals/rhythm & lead guitar), and Bryan Bassett (lead & slide guitar) — joined by several special guests, including Kirkland, harmonica player Lefty “Sugar Lips” Lefkowitz, and Earl’s brother, Colin, on piano. Due to a prior commitment for the band’s bassist, Craig MacGregor, former Foghat/Savoy Brown/Outlaws bassist Jeff Howell filled in for the recording.

Additionally, another of the band’s recent endeavors has been the creation of their own wine label Foghat Cellars. Their first wine was a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, and they will be releasing their 2008 Chardonnay this summer. More info can be found at http://www.foghatcellars.com/ .

One mustn’t forget their roots, and Foghat once more reminds us that it’s the blues that just about every rock n’ roll style is built upon — as evidenced throughout LAST TRAIN HOME.

Complete track list for LAST TRAIN HOME on Foghat Records:

“Born for the Road” – Earl, Bassett, Huhn
“Needle & Spoon” – Chris Youlden
“So Many Roads, So Many Trains” – Otis Rush
“Last Train Home” – Huhn, Bassett, Earl
“Shake Your Money Maker” – Elmore James
“It Hurts Me Too” – Elmore James
“Feel So Bad” – Chuck Willis
“Louisiana Blues” – Muddy Waters
“495 Boogie” – Earl, Earl, Bassett, Howell, Huhn, Lefkowitz
“Rollin’ & Tumblin'” / “You Need Love” – CC/Willie Dixon
“In My Dreams” – Eddie Kirkland
“Good Good Day” – Eddie Kirkland

Confirmed Foghat 2010 concert engagements:

SUN 5/23/2010 – PRYOR, OK – PRYOR CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL
FRI 5/28/2010 – WICHITA FALLS, TX – BULLY’S GRILL
SAT 5/29/2010 – HOUSTON, TX – SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
MON 5/31/2010 – ST. LOUIS, MO – SOLDIER’S MEMORIAL PARK
SAT 6/5/2010 – PUEBLO, CO – HARP (HISTORIC RIVERWALK)
SAT 6/12/2010 – MEREDITH, NH – LACONIA HARLEY-DAVIDSON
WED 6/16/2010 – DEL MAR, CA – DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
FRI 6/18/2010 – WARSAW, IN – THE GLOVER PAVILLION @ CENTRAL PARK
FRI 7/2/2010 – EL PASO, TX – EL PASO DOWNTOWN STREET FESTIVAL
SAT 7/3/2010 – FLORENCE, IN – BELTERRA CASINO
SUN 7/4/2010 – NAPERVILLE, IL – NAPERVILLE RIBFEST
THU 7/8/2010 – SAWYER, ND – ROCK DAKOTA RANCH
SAT 7/10/2010 – ENFIELD, CT – ENFIELD TOWN GREEN
FRI 7/16/2010 – WINDSOR, ONTARIO – WINDSOR BLUESFEST
SAT 7/17/2010 – LONDON, ONTARIO – LONDON BLUESFEST
SUN 7/18/2010 – OTTAWA, ONTARIO – LEBRETON FLATS
FRI 7/23/2010 – LINCOLN CITY, OR – CHINOOK WINDS CASINO & RESORT
SAT 7/24/2010 – LINCOLN CITY, OR – CHINOOK WINDS CASINO & RESORT
SUN 7/25/2010 – COSTA MESA, CA – PACIFIC AMPHITHEATRE
FRI 7/30/2010 – SACRAMENTO, CA – CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
FRI 8/6/2010 – DETROIT, MI – ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVERFRONT
SAT 8/7/2010 – ALTOONA, PA – ALTOONA RAILROADERS MUSEUM
SUN 8/8/2010 – LAMPE, MO – BLACK OAK MOUNTAIN AMP
SAT 8/14/2010 – WOOD DALE, IL – WOOD DALE PRAIRIE FEST
SAT 8/21/2010 – SILVER SPRINGS, FL – TWIN OAKS AMPHITHEATRE
SAT 8/28/2010 – GARDEN CITY, KS – MOSAIC ROCK CONCERT
SAT 9/4/2010 – PORTSMOUTH, OH – PORTSMOUTH RIVER DAYS FESTIVAL
MON 9/6/2010 – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – CITY MILITARY PARK
SAT 10/2/2010 – SNYDER, TX – SNYDER COLISEUM GROUNDS
SAT 10/9/2010 – RIDGEFIELD, CT – RIDGEFIELD PLAY HOUSE
TUE 10/12/2010 – FRESNO, CA – THE BIG FRESNO FAIR-PAUL PAUL

http://www.foghat.net/
http://www.facebook.com/foghat
http://www.myspace.com/foghat1

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-Roswell Six To Release TERRA INCOGNITA: A LINE IN THE SAND On June 22

Guest Appearances By Sass Jordan, Steve Walsh (Kansas), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga)

Following up the success of the first effort, Kevin J. Anderson and ProgRock Records announce the second Terra Incognita CD, A LINE IN THE SAND, to coincide with the publication of the second novel, “The Map Of All Things” through Orbit Books.

“This CD features a different, grittier part of the story, focusing on the devastating generations-long war between continents, and it has an entirely different sound,” said Anderson.

This time, the music is helmed by Henning Pauly (Frameshift, Chain, Shadows Mignon) and features some artists returning from the first CD as well as new performers.

“Henning is absolutely perfect for this type of music, with hard-driving guitars, passion, and thought-provoking complexity,” said Shawn Gordon of PRR. “Kevin’s been a fan of Henning’s music for years, and this seemed to be a perfect match.”

TERRA INCOGNITA: A LINE IN THE SAND’S vocals are performed by rock legends Steve Walsh (Kansas), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), and Sass Jordan (Album Rock’s Female Vocalist of the Year) and Nick Storr (The Third Ending) with guest appearances by Charlie Dominici (solo, original Dream Theater vocalist), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon and many others), Alexander Froese (Frameshift) and Juan Roos (Shadow’s Mignon).

Anderson and Moesta penned the lyrics/story again and even co-wrote two songs with multi Grammy winner Janis Ian (“Society’s Child,” “At Seventeen,” etc.). Due to commitments to their own bands / projects, Erik Norlander and some of the original performers were unable to participate in the second CD.

“With two CDs and two novels, this takes Terra Incognita into unprecedented territory,” said Anderson. “Progressive rock has always focused on story and ideas. The union of music and prose has never before been done on this scale.”

The first volume, “Beyond The Horizon,” is now available on paper back. For more information on both releases:

http://www.progrockrecords.com/artists/view.php?id=116

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/roswellsix
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/roswellsix

Link to Purchase Item: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=PRR721

Hi Res Cover Art: http://files.dvdnote.com/images/300dpi/PRR721.jpg

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-Six New Releases From Prog Rock Records For May/June 2010

Band: Dante
Album Title: SATURNINE
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: July 13th 2010
Catalog: PRR760
Style: Rock/Metal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 837792008125
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru July 28 2010

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Dante was founded in 2006 by keyboardist Markus Maichel and guitarist Markus Berger after a chance encounter at a Dream Theater concert. All members of Dante have been fascinated by progressive music ever since, starting with influences like Pink Floyd, ELP, the early Genesis and Yes, up to present artists like Porcupine Tree, Neal Morse and Dream Theater. SATURNINE features beefy riffing, astounding melodies, huge orchestrations as well as intimate moments, culminating into the epic nineteen-minute closing track “Vanessa.”

SELLING POINTS
· Good size fan base in Europe and an aggressive live schedule.
· German progmetal is a popular genre and this is a fresh take on it.

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publications.
· Visibility on major Internet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and programs as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Alexander Gohs – Vocals Markus Berger – Guitar
Markus Maichel – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Michael Neumeier – Bass
Christian Eichlinger – Drums, Backing Vocals

TRACKS
1. All My Life
2. Drifting
3. Last
4. Never Return
5. Maybe On Day
6. Modal Acousma
7. Vanessa

Band: FramePictures
Album Title: REMEMBER IT
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: July 13th 2010
Catalog: PRjt770
Style: Rock/Metal
Format: Compact Disc
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 837792008132
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru July 28th 2010

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Originally formed in 2004 as a group of session musicians backing up a pop vocalist, the band realized that prog was where they wanted to be and ventured out as an instrumental group similar to Planet X. After some time in this configuration they decided that having a vocalist was what they needed and found Tiago and started working on their first album. The debut album of the Portuguese band brings to the 21st century the same non-conformism and artistic expression without boundaries that was so fresh in the past, through musicians like Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke and Steven Wilson. Varying from the most aggressive up-tempo guitar riffs to the intimate warmth of the grand piano, REMEMBER IT is stretching from left to right of the rock repertoire, including the 25-minute conceptual seven-part epic song “My Will To Live.”

SELLING POINTS
· Appeals to fans of earlier Dream Theater style music
· Good fan base in Portugal and a lot of buzz starting

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publications.
· Visibility on major Internet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and programs as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Tiago Delgado – Vocals
Artur Jorge – Drums
Helder da Silva – Guitar
Ricardo Drumond – Bass
Mafalda Brogueira – Keyboards

TRACKS
1. Memories Faded Away
2. Remember It
3. Call For Me
4. Don’t Trust My Eyes
5. Why Nobody Cares
6. Shadows Black and Grey
7. My Will To Live

Band: PBII
Album Title: PLASTIC SOUP
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: July 13th 2010
Catalog: PRR780
Style: Rock/Metal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 83779200156
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru July 28th 2010

OVERVIEW
PLASTIC SOUP is the first album of the new Dutch Progressive rock band PBII, the successor to the well known Plackband of the ’70s and ’80s, often called the Dutch Genesis. PLASTIC SOUP however, has a sound that is absolutely 2010: modern, fresh and rocky but still with some great symphonic influences of the past. Stylistically, you could place it somewhere between Spock’s Beard, Porcupine Tree, Frost*, Marilion, Linkin Park and Genesis. Special guests include John Mitchell (Arena, It Bites, Frost*), John Jowitt (IQ, Frost*) and Heidi Jo Hines (daughter of Denny Laine of Wings). Though not a concept album, the central theme of the album is the environment. PLASTIC SOUP is another name for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, floating in the ocean with a size twice that of the U.S. Discoverer of this plastic soup is captain Charles Moore, who also did some voice overs on the album. PBII wishes to get more attention to this environmental problem.

SELLING POINTS
· Plackband was huge in their day, a lot of fans left waiting on this
· Getting exceptionally positive reviews, very positive ecological message

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publications.
· Visibility on major Intemet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and programs as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Tom van der Meulen: Drums
Harry den Hartog: Bass, backing vocals
Michel van Wassem: Lead vocals, Keyboards
Ronald Brautigam: Guitar, backing vocals

TRACKS
1. Book Of Changes
2. In The Arms Of A Gemini
3. Ladrillo
4. Loneliness
5. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
6. Criticize The Critics
7. It’s Your Life
8. Fata Morgana
9. Living By The Dice
10. Cradle To Cradle

Band: Roswell Six
Album Title: TERRA INCOGNITA: A LINE IN THE SAND
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: June 29th 2010
Catalog: PRR721
Style: Rock/Metal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 837792008142
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru Jule 14th 2010

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Last year best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson and ProgRock Records introduced Terra Incognita: An innovative crossover project of fantasy on a grand scale — an epic novel and companion progressive-rock CD. Following up the success of the first effort, Anderson and ProgRock Records bring you the second Terra Incognita CD, A LINE IN THE SAND to coincide with the release of the second novel, “The Map Of All Things.” Featuring a different, grittier part of the story, focusing on the devastating generations­long war between continents, and it has an entirely different sound.

This time, the music is helmed by Henning Pauly (Frameshift, Chain, Shadows Mignon) who brings hard-drivinq guitars, passion, and thought­provoking complexity to the music. Vocals are by rock legends Steve Walsh (Kansas), Michael Sadler (ex-Saga), Sass Jordan (Album Rock’s Female Vocalist of the Year) and Nick Storr (The Third Ending), with guest appearances by Charlie Dominici and Arjen A. Lucassen.

SELLING POINTS
· Part 2 of a series in connection with a popular book, huge cross over
· Very well known artists involved with large fan bases

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publlcations.
· Visibility on major Internet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and progra,!!s as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Steve Walsh (Kansas) – Vocals
Michael Sadler (Saga) – Vocals
Sass Jordan – Vocals
Nick Storr (The Third Ending) – Vocals
Charlie Dominici (Dream Theater) – Vocals
Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon) – Vocals
Alex Froese (Frameshift) – Vocals
Henning Pauly – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Orchestration

TRACKS
1. Barricade
2. Whirlwind
3. The Crown
4. Loyalty
5. My Father’s Son
6. When God Smiled On Us
7. Need
8. Spiral
9. Battleground
10. Victory

Band: Sky Architect
Album Title: EXCAVATIONS OF THE MIND
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: July 13th 2010
Catalog: PRR790
Style: Rock/Metal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 837792008163
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru July 28th 2010

ABOUT THE ALBUM
EXCAVATIONS OF THE MIND can best be described as symphonic, complex, dynamic, versatile and ambitious. Thriving to revive and reinvent the progressive style and sound of the ’70s, the album hopes to reclaim a place for symphonic rock music in the 21st century. The album dives into the dark and disturbing psyche of a mentally troubled man, while staying true to the concept oriented nature of progressive rock music. The music has a complex structure with a lot of instrumental freedom. Vintage keys add to the warm, symphonic character of their sound. You can often hear a hint of bands such as King Crimson, Gentle Giant, The Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree and Pain Of Salvation in their music. The epic magnitude of the album takes the listener on a journey into ones vivid imagination. Renowned rock illustrator Mark Wilkinson, famous for his work with Marillion, Fish and Judas Priest has created the artwork for the CD.

SELLING POINTS
· A very nice hommage to symphonic 70’s prog, with a modern twist
· Taps in to the prog scene in the Netherlands

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publications.
· Visibility on major Internet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and programs as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Tom Luchies – Vocals, Guitar
Wabe Wieringa – Guitar
Rik van Honk – Keyboards, backing vocals
Guus van Mierlo – Bass
Christiaan Bruin – Drums, backing vocals

TRACK LlST
1. Deep Chasm Part 1: Charter
2. Deep Chasm Part 2: Chime
3. Deep Chasm Part 3: Changeling
4. Deep Chasm Part 4: Chasm
5. The Grey Legend
6. Russian Wisdom
7. Excavation Of The Mind
8. Gyrocopter

Band: Wolf Spring
Album Title: WOLF SPRING
Label: Prog Rock Records
Release Date: July 13th 2010
Catalog: PRR800
Style: Rock/Metal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Box Lot: 30
UPC: 837792008170
Price $16.95
Discount: 5% thru July 28th 2010

ABOUT THE ALBUM
Wolf Spring is a new band created by JP Louveton, guitarist and singer of the progressive French band Nemo. Motivated by the creation of new musical surroundings, this new project surrounds JP with musicians of various influences: Julian Clemens (vocals), Ludovic Moro-Sibilot (Metal drummer) and Guillaume Fontaine on keyboards, who also played in Nemo.

Mixing in a new Metallic sounds, acoustic atmospheres and symphonic music, Wolf Spring belongs to that kind of modern progressive bands that does not hesitate to experiment with genres, all while keeping a musical coherence and a personal sound.

SELLING POINTS
· Nemo was extremely popular and this band has the same core songwriters, so built in audience
· Well known in France and surrounding areas, nice unique sound.

MARKETING AND PROMOTION
· Will be serviced to national, regional and local rock and music/musician oriented publications for reviews.
· Consumer advertising will be placed in popular music publications.
· Visibility on major Internet music sites with a focus on metal and progressive sites
· Price/positioning programs to be sought with key retail accounts.
· CD servicing to a comprehensive selection of rock and progressive specialty radio shows and programs as well as college radio stations.

THE PLAYERS
Julian Clemens – Vocals
Jean-Pierre Louveton – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Guillaume Fontaine – Keyboards
Ludovic Moro-Sibilot – Drums

TRACKS
1. The Haunting
2. 24/7
3. Carpathian Wolves
4. Train’s Gone
5. Now Or Never
6. Mutation
7. Howling With The Banshee
8. Our New MediaEvil world

http://www.progrockrecords.com/

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-Forbidden: More Song Commentry

Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their fifth studio album, OMEGA WAVE. Guitarist Steve Smyth checks in with the following update:

“We began Day 3 going straight back into ‘Adapt Or Die,’ finishing up [the] layering and got done a few hours in. I decided to move into a track called ‘Swine’ next. ‘Swine’ is a little different from the rest of the tracks to me, a little more on the ‘doomy’ side of things, but it has more than a few surprises in there. I’m not going to give away too much here… you’ll have to wait for it!

“‘Swine’ has some cool odd-time stuff at the intro, Forbidden style, and well-arranged by Craig [Locicero] and Mark [Hernandez]! I sort of created the intro riff for this song by accident. Craig and I were jamming on some of the other songs one day, and I just happened to be noodling on something, not really thinking about anything, and he looked at me, and said ‘What’s that?! Play that again!’ I played it again, and we turned this from something completely unconscious on my part into the intro of the song pretty quickly! Mark and Craig brought some odd-time and arrangement ideas into it from there, and the rest of the song came right into it. Awesome! I’m a huge fan of things happening like that. The riff I’m talking about has the influence of Randy Rhoads and Sabbath in it, no doubt from my years of playing a lot of that stuff in my Ozzy/Sab tribute Sweet Leaf. A very dark, eerie-sounding (I hope!) arpeggiated pattern that has a moving bass line underneath it as well. Back to tracking: we started from here, and got the flow going, and moved on through the track, noting certain places where I would put some layered stuff in later, as I wanted to bring out the eerie arpeggio section as much as possible.

“Once this was done, I wanted to move into another song I had a bit more of a hand in writing as well, a song called ‘Behind The Mask.’ This one starts off heavy and moody, and does not let up for a long time! Very heavy pounding metal with a lot of peaks and valleys, as well as a killer chorus that Craig came up with for this one, which absolutely is heavy as hell, and jumps around the beat; a little tricky, but grooves like a mofo!

“Again, I don’t want to give away the farm on this one, but there’s some really cool stuff I came up with in the bridge that I hope you’ll all dig on; lots of melody in this section, and not the type of instrument or style I think was ever heard on a Forbidden record, but rest assured, I kept it heavy! We ended the day with this track, and moved into the next day from there… I was exhausted, but stoked as f*** that I got both of these tunes happily where I wanted them.”

http://www.silencesoloud.com/FORBIDDEN.html
http://www.myspace.com/forbidden__evil

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-Divebomb Records Update

Widow Available Now (Pre-Order)

We originally released this album in 2003 and at that time shocked many loyal Tribunal Records metalcore followers by serving up a dose of traditional metal similar to the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate yet with a dash of modern Children Of Bodom flair. In 2010 traditional metal is making huge resurgence in the metal community, but Widow since MIDNIGHT STRIKES’ original release have continued carrying the torch having released two more albums (ON FIRE, NIGHTLIFE) via Cruz Del Sur Records.

Having been out of print for years and with the success of our reissue division, Divebomb Records, we have decided to give Widow’s debut album a proper release within an arena we think it will be given the respect it finally deserves. The new MIDNIGHT STRIKES…TWICE! (Deluxe Edition) reissue features the re-mastered original album, NO STONE UNTURNED demo plus new band interview and enhanced footage of full six-song live set from the MIDNIGHT STRIKES era.

For fans of:
IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ANGEL WITCH, TANK, MERCYFUL FATE and WOLF

ON TOUR:
6/4 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/5 – Omaha, NE @ The Hideout
6/9 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
6/10 – Richmond, VA @ Plaza Bowl
6/11 – Greensboro, NC @ Somewhere Else Tavern
6/12 – Raleigh, NC @ The Dive Bar
6/13 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ Drink!

MUSIC VIDEO:
“The Pleasure Of Exorcism”

Widow – MIDNIGHT STRIKES…TWICE! CD
Re-mastered by Jamie King

Buy now:
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/

TRACK LIST:
MIDNIGHT STRIKES (2003)
01 The Pleasure Of Exorcism
02 Witch Way
03 Angel Sin
04 Nightchild
05 Inside The Sign
06 No Stone Unturned
07 Empire Of Thorns
08 Reunion

NO STONE UNTURNED (Demo – 2002)
09 Angel Sin
10 Reunion
11 No Stone Unturned
12 Empire Of Thorns
13 Inside The Sign

ENHANCED VIDEO
Live @ Lincoln Theatre 3/26/04 (Raleigh, NC)
01 Nightchild
02 Witch Way
03 No Stone Unturned
04 Angel Sin
05 Reunion
06 The Pleasure Of Exorcism

http://www.divebombrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/divebombrecords
http://www.myspace.com/divebombrecords
http://twitter.com/tribunalrecords

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-Z Records News

Eden’s INTO THE WITHIN Now On Presale

Eden’s INTO THE WITHIN is now available on pre-order from the official Z store at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Hollywood Tease To Support Enuff Z’Nuff At U.K. One-off Show

Tickets for the special Download warm-up show by Enuff Z’Nuff with support from Hollywood Tease are now on general sale.

The show takes place on Thursday June 10th at the Masque Club, Seal St., Liverpool. Tickets are £16 advance or if any are remaining £20 on the door. For details and mail order enquiries e-mail rockrockprod@btinternet.com or call 07818 258294. Tickets can be bought also from Probe Records, Liverpool and X Records, Bolton.

Release Schedule Update
Due to some minor delays or schedule is now as follows for May – July

June 7th – Eden – INTO THE WITHIN
June 21st – Dercole – THE ART OF SELF DESTRUCTION
July 19th – Jakks – FIRE

http://www.zrecords.net/
http://www.myspace.com/zrockrecordsuk
http://www.myspace.com/zrockfest

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-Spanish Symphonic Gothic Metallers Diabulus In Musica Post Second New Song Of Their Upcoming Debut Album SECRETS! Announce More Live Shows!

Female fronted Spanish symphonic gothic metallers Diabulus In Musica have uploaded the second new song of their much anticipated debut album SECRETS!

Please surf over to the band’s MySpace to check out “New Era!”

SECRETS was engineered by the prestigious Spanish tech-producer Iñaki Llarena and mixed by former Epica guitar player Ad Sluijter who was blown away by the stuff DIM sent to him. Last but not least, DIM is supported by the invaluable expertise of Sascha Paeth, Simon Oberender and Michael (Miro) Rodenberg who mastered SECRETS in the Gate studios in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Diabulus In Musica managed to record an equilibrated album, including self arranged classical music elements, catchy melodies as well as darker and harsher sounds, so an eclectic but perfectly fused style is what we can find on SECRETS. The metaphorical lyrics of the versatile singer Zuberoa, express personal feelings and worries but we can also find some anthems to nature and freedom or mythological themes.

SECRETS track listing:
1. Renaissance
2. Come To Paradise
3. Nocturnal Flowers
4. Evolution’s Whim
5. New Era
6. Lies In Your Eyes
7. Lonely Soul
8. The Seventh Gate
9. Ishtar
10. Under The Shadow (Of A Butterfly)
11. Beyond Infinity
12. The Forest Of Ashes
13. St. Michael’s Nightmare

Diabulus In Musica have posted a trailer with excerpts from a few songs of SECRETS:

The Spanish band also confirmed a couple of gigs. Please spread the word.

Diabulus In Musica
28/05/10 – ES – Pamplona – Civivox Iturrama (acoustic show)
05/06/10 – ES – Aizoáin – Sala Movie (release show)
12/06/10 – NL – Dokkum – Dokk’em Open Air
19/06/10 – MX – Venustiano Carranza – El Circo Volador (with Theatre Of Tragedy)
23-24/10/10 – BE – Wieze – Metal Female Voices Fest VIII

SECRETS will be released as a limited first edition Digi-pak on the 21st/24th of May via Metal Blade in Europe and on the 25th of May in North America!

Pre-order the Digi CD for just 12,99 Euro at http://www.emp.de/ !

http://www.diabulusinmusica.com/
http://www.myspace.com/diabulusinmusicaband

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-Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Doc Coyle Guitar Contest

Win An LTD V-200 ESP Guitar Played And Signed By God Forbid’s Doc Coyle

LONDON, UK — Eternal Descent and ESP Guitars have once again joined forces to sponsor a contest to win a guitar — an LTD V-200 ESP guitar played and signed by God Forbid’s Doc Coyle. The LTD V-200 Guitar has a mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets, EMG 81 (bridge & neck), active pickups and more, all in a black finish. Contest entries are accepted from now until June 30, 2010 at http://www.eternaldescent.com/contest/ . A winner will be randomly selected from all entries. One entry per person.

The God Forbid guitarist appears along side his band mates in the second issue of the gothic comic book series “Eternal Descent,” currently available at comic retailers worldwide. The issue features a storyline inspired by God Forbid’s fourth studio album IV: CONSTITUTION OF TREASON. The series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of iconic metal musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, and Static X, among others.

Samples of the “Eternal Descent” Issue 2 comic book artwork featuring Doc Coyle are available for viewing at the following links:

http://eternaldescent.com/comic/issue-2

Doc Coyle Eternal Descent Cover Art

Doc Coyle art page 1

Doc Coyle art page 2

Byron of God Forbid art

For a list of current comic book retailers, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2ang52e .

Llexi Leon, the mastermind behind Eternal Descent, 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 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.

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

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-Contrive: Official Album Release Date Announced

Australia’s Contrive will release their long overdue album THE INTERNAL DIALOGUE on July 2nd 2010. The first pressing will be available as Special Limited Edition hand numbered embossed digi-pak to #500 copies only! It will be available in stores Australia wide via MGM Distribution or order through the band’s MySpace page for fans outside of Australia. It will also be available via iTunes and many other digital outlets.

Mixed by DEVIN TOWNSEND

To hear the new record check out this Teaser clip:

Hear Two Brand New FULL LENGTH TRACKS:
http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia

Check out the band’s front man Paul Haug interviewed in the latest DVD from Swedish Thrashers The Haunted titled ROADKILL:

Contrive Merch Available – Limited Stock left.
http://www.contrive.bigcartel.com

Contrive on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/CONTRIVE/16792407242?v=info

Contrive on Twitter
http://twitter.com/CONTRIVEAus

Write CONTRIVE
PO Box 134 East Keilor 3033
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: Svölk
Album Title: SVOLK
Label: Tuba Records
Street Date: Out Now
From: Oslo/Norway
Sounds Like: Svölk
File Under: Rock

Web:
http://www.svolk.net/
http://www.myspace.com/svolk
http://www.facebook.com/svolk666

Svölk punches hard without gloves and with a match weight of about 400 kg. For the last four years they have established themselves on the Norwegian rock scene. Early in 2005 the band released its first E.P. BEAST UNLEASHED, engineered by Don Dons from We.

This recording has received standing ovations all over the world.

Late 2009 Svölk released history’s first Bear metal album – mastercraft hard rock from the deep forests of eastern Norway.

As original as the band sounds, it still pays a great hommage to traditional eigthies metal masters, but has signature sound of its own. Strong, rich, compelling and with a creative and intelligent twist that lifts this band way above the hundred other bands to emerge from basements and clubs this year.

It’s brutal and it’s charming. They’ve kidnapped the Scorpions hairdresser and they’re making a run for it.

Live these guys will eat you alive — are you ready to be eaten?

Band lineup:
Lead Vocals: Knut Erik Solhaug
Guitar: Jengt Castral
Guitar: Martin Østerhaug
Bass: Halstein Røyseland
Drums: Jørgen Seger Haave

Track listing:
1. 52
2. This Is It
3. Anchor
4. Sweet Agony
5. Miss Alcohol
6. 12 Times The Pain
7. End Of Days
8. Inferno
9. Dead:30

Band: Wiser Time
Album Title: BEGGARS AND THIEVES
Label: Wiser Time Music
Street Date: Feburary 12, 2010
Genre: Roots Rock, Americana

Web:
http://www.wiser-time.com/
http://www.myspace.com/wisertime

Wiser Time originated in the small town of Millington, NJ by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Carmen Sclafani in the spring of 2002. Sclafani had been a fixture in the local music scene, performing in bars and clubs during the evenings, while working as a commercial artist during the days.

Sclafani had a love of the classic Rock and Roll sounds of ’60s and ’70s bands like Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, and The Rolling Stones, and he began writing and recording material that would eventually become the self-produced five-song E.P. titled, INTRODUCING WISER TIME in 2005.

The E.P. was received well by audiences, and local radio stations began playing it. Sclafani continued performing regularly while continuing to record, which would eventually result into Wiser Time’s first full-length album, THERE AND BACK AGAIN, in the fall of 2006.

While in support of THERE AND BACK AGAIN in 2007, Sclafani met drummer Steve Decker and the two instantly clicked. Decker became a permanent member of the band, and the two would spend the remainder of the year performing and writing new material, while pushing the band from local bars to ballrooms.

During this period, Sclafani also spent time exploring some of his earlier, folkier work, and was inspired to write and record a selection of stripped-down songs including a powerful acoustic ballad titled, “What You Give – Unplugged.”

Sclafani and Decker would hit the studio in the winter of 2007 and would record Wiser Time’s second full-length album, ALL FOR ONE, in May 2008 with subsequent touring to follow, including stops in the U.K. and Germany.

In the spring of 2009, Wiser Time would begin work on their third full-length album in Brooklyn, NY. The sessions would be titled BEGGARS AND THIEVES. The band also rounded out it’s lineup by adding lead guitarist, Jimmy Somma, and bassist Damon Trotta.

PRESS:
“It’s fluidly enjoyable stuff, with the likes of ‘Even,’ ‘Hammer Down’ and ‘Blame It All On Me’ rocking hard, whilst the loose-limbed groove of ‘A Long Time Gone’ echoes the Brit rock soulsters Free.” – Classic Rock Magazine, U.K.

“The music is bursting at the seams with feeling. It’s gritty, it’s bluesy and it grabs your attention and warms you up like a double shot of hiskey. A dash of Humble Pie, a dash of J Geils Band and a lot of southern blues roots is the foundation for Wiser Time” – all Access Magazine, Atomic Chaser

Band Lineup:
Carmen Sclafani – Vocals & Guitar
Jimmy Somma – Guitar
Damon Trotta – Bass
Steve Decker – Drums

Track listing:
1. Love And Devotion
2. On Our Way
3. Take Me Back Home
4. It’s Hard Letting You Go
5. Revolution 09
6. Keep It On
7. Whiskey And Wine
8. Working Man’s Blues
9. Seagull

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

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-Cancer Strikes Special Ops — U.S. Tour Dates Postponed

Due to the unfortunate news from the Special Ops infantry, the Montreal rock quartet has issued the following statement:

“It comes with great sadness to announce to our fans, friends & family that our bassist Waldo Thornhill’s battle with cancer continues. Due to this matter, we will be postponing our current U.S. tour dates but will be performing our upcoming Canadian dates. Bassist and good friend of Special Ops, Matt Mullet has been asked to substitute while Thornhill undergoes treatment.”

In 2008, Thornhill was previously diagnosed and conquered cancer, which led to Special Ops current recording THROUGH THE HEART OF THE INFIDEL that they are currently on tour presented by RockstarWeekly.com to promote for its release on May 25th on Thorny Bleeder Records.

* Special Ops will be at the Thorny Bleeder Showcase June 5th in Vancouver at The Shark Club with label mates Quartered and Black Hat Villain.

Facebook Event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118835394804001&ref=ts

Tour Dates:

June 4, 2010 Everett, WA
June 5, 2010 Vancouver, BC *The Shark Club – Thorny Bleeder Showcase
June 8, 2010 Vancouver, BC
June 9, 2010 Vancouver, BC
June 10, 2010 Fraser Valley, BC
June 11, 2010 Kamloops, BC
June 12, 2010 Okanagan, BC
June 15, 2010 Calgary, BC
June 16, 2010 Grande Prairie, AB
June 17, 2010 Edmonton, AB
June 18, 2010 Edmonton, AB
June 19, 2010 Lethrbridge, AB
June 22, 2010 Moose Jaw, AB
June 23, 2010 Saskatoon, SK
June 24, 2010 Brandon, MB
June 25, 2010 Winnipeg, MB
June 26, 2010 Fargo, ND
June 30, 2010 Thunder Bay, ON
July 1, 2010 Thunder Bay, ON
July 2, 2010 Sault Ste Marie, ON
July 3, 2010 Subdbury, ON
July 7, 2010 Oshawa, ON
July 8, 2010 Rochester, NY
July 9, 2010 St. Catharines, ON
July 10, 2010 Toronto, ON

http://www.opsmission.com/

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-Ramesses: New Release Details Unveiled

The psychedelic doom trio Ramesses were spawned in the woodland of Dorset, England in 2003, and have been brutalizing their devoted fanbase ever since, unleashing a rash of E.P.s and demos, one full-length release, splits with Negative Reaction and Unearthly Trance and more over the past seven years. They’ve ripped a wound in the U.K. and across Europe with brutalizing live shows alongside some of the best and heaviest names in the extreme metal world.

2010 brings the next slab of raging doom from Ramesses, in the form of their second mammoth full-length release TAKE THE CURSE, which is set to infect the general public on the 2010 Summer Solstice, June 21st. Releasing the album is new label Ritual Productions; the label formed by the band’s management. The beast will see worldwide release on CD and digital download formats through Ritual, as well as a 2xLP version to be released by Scottish label At War With False Noise.

On TAKE THE CURSE, mournful harmonies are the backdrop to the ever-increasing influence of The Occult on the band. Although a riff tsunami remains the centerpiece, the Ramesses sound is refracted through even more circles of hell; of dirge-sludge, of rhythm, of Lucifer himself. Grim melodies, blistering spaced-out guitar solos and atmospheric samples add depth to the tracks and display the band’s eclectic traits and ’70s influences.

TAKE THE CURSE Track Listing:
1. Iron Crow
2. Terrasaw
3. Black Hash Mass
4. Take The Curse
5. Vinho Dos Mortos
6. Baptism Of The Walking Dead
7. Another Skeleton
8. Hand Of Glory
9. The Weakening
10. Khali Mist

TAKE THE CURSE is a shattering expression of cruelty where Ramesses’ bleak sound finds an accurate counterpart in U.K. artists Jake and Dinos Chapman ( http://www.jakeanddinoschapman.com/ ) and their grand vision of suffering; the Chapman’s controversial art piece “F*cking Hell” has become the front cover art of TAKE THE CURSE. The pieces of this masterpiece used for the album’s art have never been released to the public until now. The CD version of the album will come with two alternative covers, and first 200 orders through the label Web site will receive a limited edition collectors art card set featuring the two alternative covers. The music and the artwork dredge the turpitude of humanity and explore the utter horror of possibility. Prepare to be engulfed by torrential riffing!

Check out the cover art, updated band photos, the official video for the track “Khali Mist” off of TAKE THE CURSE and more at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=665 .

http://www.myspace.com/ramesses666
http://www.ritualproductions.net/
http://www.myspace.com/ritualproductions

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-Eyehategod Announce Two Special Chicago Performances

New Orleans sludge metal titans Eyehategod performed a special one-off show last Friday at Emo’s in Austin, Texas. Those lucky enough to be in attendance witnessed the band play their coveted first two full-lengths — IN THE NAME OF SUFFERING and TAKE AS NEEDED FOR PAIN respectively — in their entirety! Needless to say, it ruled in unimaginable ways. Elaborated Hellbound.ca of the historic spectacle: “…The collective anticipation and tension swelled like a ripening fruit ready to burst… The slow riffs of [Jimmy] Bower [also the drummer of Down], Brian Patton [also Soilent Green’s guitarist] and relatively new bassist Gary Mader sounded as though they were literally being strummed beneath the surface of a murky Louisiana swamp, such was their slow and powerful delivery… It was a thunderous, distinctly southern kind of blues ‘n’ doom poured through a punk-rock filter.”

Eyehategod — Bower, Patton, Mader, vocalist Mike Williams and drummer Joey LaCaze — will kick off their long-anticipated U.S. tour alongside psychedelic black metallers Nachtmystium (from June 4 – 15) and a rotating roster of other eclectic openers on June 3 at Blackbooth in Orlando, Florida. The band will pillage through 16 cities before winding down in Chicago for two dates at the Empty Bottle where they will again perform IN THE NAME OF SUFFERING (June 19) and TAKE AS NEEDED FOR PAIN (June 20) in their entirety. If you missed it the first time, now’s your chance!

Eyehategod U.S. Tour 2010
6/03/2010 Backbooth – Orlando, FL w/ Withered
6/04/2010 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ Nachtmystium, Withered
6/05/2010 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC w/ Nachtmystium, Withered, Black Tusk
6/06/2010 Headliners – Louisville, KY w/ Nachtmystium, Black Tusk
6/07/2010 Fubar – St Louis, MO w/ Nachtmystium,
6/08/2010 Muse – Nashville, TN w/ Nachtmystium, Withered
6/09/2010 Alley Katz – Richmond, VA w/ Nachtmystium, Black Tusk, Strong Intention
6/10/2010 Krug’s – Frederick, MD w/ Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, Strong Intention
6/11/2010 Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA w/ Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, Black Anvil, Tombs
6/12/2010 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ Nachtmystium, Brutal, Truth, Black Anvil, Tombs
6/13/2010 Club Hall – Providence, RI w/ Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, Black Anvil, Tombs, Howl
6/14/2010 Daniel St – Milford, CT w/ Nachtmystium, Howl
6/15/2010 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH w/ Nachtmystium, Howl
6/16/2010 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
6/17/2010 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH w/ Keelhaul, The Atlas Moth
6/18/2010 Blondie’s Detroit, MI w/ The Atlas Moth, Strong Intention
6/19/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ Anal Cunt, Weekend Nachos, Strong Intention
6/20/2010 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL w/ The Atlas Moth

http://www.myspace.com/eyehategod

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-About Heavy Metal’s list of “Essential Progressive Metal Albums” is online now at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/9c9U .

-Australian melodic power metallers have released IN YOUR HONOUR on Limb Music. Hype says the album “brims with energetic guitar duels, increased tempo, a lot of thrust and those melody lines characteristic of Black Majesty.” Track list: “Far Beyond,” “God Of War,” “Millenium,” “Break These Chains,” “Further Than Insane,” “End Of Time,” “Wish You Well,” “Follow,” “Witching Hour.” The limited edition digi-pak version also has two bonus tracks: “Two Hearts” and “Silent Company” (acoustic). Grab a free download of “Far Beyond” at http://www.blackmajesty.com/ and check out clips of “God Of War” and “Millenium” at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=30687 . See http://www.myspace.com/blackmajesty for more.

-Blind Guardian’s AT THE EDGE OF TIME is due later this summer on Nuclear Blast Records. Track list: “Sacred Worlds,” “Tanelorn,” “Road Of No Release,” “Ride Into Obsession,” “Curse My Name,” “Valkyries,” “Control The Divine,” “War Of The Thrones,” “A Voice In The Dark,” “Wheel Of Time.” “A Voice In The Dark” will be the first single, due June 25 with this track list: “A Voice In The Dark,” “You’re The Voice,” “War Of The Thrones.” See http://www.blind-guardian.com/ for more.

-Check out the first (of many?) Popdose articles by The Bottom Feeders, for info on rock tracks that charted in the ’80s: http://popdose.com/bottom-feeders-the-rock-end-of-the-80s-part-1/ . [It’s complicated. Just read the description of what’s going on at the page. – Tim] The article has links to MP3s of a bunch of cool tracks from artists like Accept, AC/DC, and Bryan Adams.

-The reunited Fifth Angel made its live debut at the Keep It True XIII festival in Germany on April 24. The set list: “The Night,” “In The Fallout,” “Shout It Out,” “Cathedral,” “Seven Hours,” “Call Out The Warning,” “Fifth Angel,” “Midnight Love,” “Time Will Tell,” “Wait For Me,” “Cry Out The Fools,” “Only The Strong Survive,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “We Rule,” “Lights Out.” Check out festival live reports at Metal-Temple.com:

http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/worldwide_live_shows/2010-04-25_100400.htm
http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/worldwide_live_shows/2010-04-24_100400.htm

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

6/5 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
6/26 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA
7/9 – Sunset Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
8/5 – The VooDoo Lounge, San Jose, CA
8/6 – Audie’s Olympic, Fresno, CA
8/21 – Pala Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA

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

-Jackyl’s WHEN MOONSHINE AND DYNAMITE COLLIDE is out now. Hype: “Jackyl has delivered an album that sounds exactly like Jackyl except it’s one notch louder.” Track list: “Loads Of Fun,” “I Can’t Stop,” “She’s Not A Drug,” “My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s Ass,” “Get Mad At It,” “The Overflow Of Love,” “When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide,” “Just Like A Negro,” “Deeper In Darkness,” “Freight Train,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Full Throttle.” Check out clips of the first three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=30693 , and see http://www.rockmerollmejackylmeoff.com/ for more.

-There’s a new interview with Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing at http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/music/2010/05/16/13967071.html .

-It’s currently Kiss week on Facebook; go to http://www.facebook.com/KISS to answer a question, and each day a winner will be chosen for a chance to win “a $30 coupon to the Kiss store plus an Official Kiss Army Fan Club Membership.” The band is currently on the Sonic Boom Over Europe tour, selling USB sticks of that night’s performance at each show. The set list from the May 13 show Wembley Arena in London: “Modern Day Delilah,” “Cold Gin,” “Let Me Go, Rock N’ Roll,” “Firehouse,” “Say Yeah,” “Deuce,” “Crazy, Crazy Nights,” “Calling Dr. Love,” “Shock Me” (with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer solos), “I’m An Animal,” “100,000 Years,” “I Love It Loud” (with Gene Simmons solo), “Love Gun,” “Black Diamond,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Lick It Up,” “Shout It Out Loud,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “God Gave Rock N’ Roll To You II,” “Rock And Roll All Nite.” See http://www.kissonline.com/ for more.

-Lord — featuring Lord Tim from Dungeon — has a video for their cover of Kylie Minogue’s “On A Night Like This” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1i3cBS2kx8 . See http://www.Lord.net.au/ for more.

-Pretty Maids has announced Hal Patino as the band’s new bassist, and keyboardist Morten Sandager is now a permanent member. The new album PANDEMONIUM (Frontiers) reportedly “is a return to the FUTURE WORLD/RED, HOT AND HEAVY era of the eighties but with an updated sound and freshness that consolidates that Pretty Maids are as strong as ever.” Track list: “Pandemonium,” “I.N.V.U.,” “Little Drops Of Heaven,” “One World One Truth,” “Final Day Of Innocence,” “Cielo Drive,” “It Comes At Night,” “Old Enough To Know,” “Beautiful Madness,” “Breathless,” “It Comes At Night” (remix) (bonus track on initial pressing only). Check out clips of all songs, plus the video for “Little Drops Of Heaven,” at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=30673 . See http://www.prettymaids.dk/ for more.

-Check out I Heart Guitar’s new interview with Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini at http://iheartguitarblog.com/2010/05/interview-ratts-warren-demartini.html .

-Six Volt’s self-titled debut is due September 14, with the first single “Mind On Me” due digitally on June 1. A summer tour is planned, and there will be a launch party on May 24 at The Bitter End in New York City. See http://www.sixvoltband.com/ for more.

-Online reports indicate Twisted Sister main man Dee Snider and his family will have a new reality show entitled “Growing Up Twisted” on A&E later this year.

-The Van Halen News Desk was recently updated with some interesting recordings:

Van Halen covering Rainbow’s “Man On The Silver Mountain” in 1976:
http://www.vhnd.com/2010/05/17/soundboard-recording-van-halen-performing-rainbows-man-on-the-silver-mountain/

Pearl Jam covering Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” earlier this month:
http://www.vhnd.com/2010/05/16/pearl-jam-covers-aint-talkin-bout-love/

-Samples of Y&T’s newie FACEMELTER (Frontiers) are streaming now at HeavyHarmonies.com.

Thanks to Fallon Ullman, Chad Bowar, HeadbangerNYC.com, Dave Steed, Peter Hodgson, Darryl Sterdan, and Bill “Into The Fire” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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by Patrick Brower (pwbrower@gmail.com)

-Anybody watch ABC’s “Cougartown?” The song that played all thru last week’s graduation scene was Nuno Bettencourt’s “Pursuit Of Happiness” from his 1997 solo album SCHIZOPHONIC.

-Pretty sweet news last week about Todd La Torre joining Crimson Glory, right? Thanks to those provided video files it sounds like he’s a great fit for them. And that got me thinking about other bands that are due to release new albums with new singers, so let’s take a look at a few. Keep in mind when reading that I was very much a fan of Quiet Riot’s QR (featuring Paul Shortino on vocals in place of Kevin DuBrow) and Motley Crüe’s self-titled release with John Corabi replacing Vince Neal. In fact, that is still my favorite Crüe disc.

-First up is Balance Of Power. This British power/prog outfit rose to prominence in the late ’90s with Lance King on vocals (but even he wasn’t their original singer). When he and the band parted ways in 2002, they released an amazing recorded called HEATHEN MACHINE with Biomechanical’s John K. as their new vocalist. Next they released a live retrospective, also with John K., and then he left the band in 2004. In 2005 Balance Of Power announced Corey Brown (Magnitude 9) as their current singer. Since then? Nothing. Their Web site says they’re writing their next album, but it’s said that since 2006. I love this band and was blown away by their work with John K. I was very excited to hear the new stuff, seeing as how each singer has only strengthened the band, yet now, four years later, I can only wonder if they’re, in fact, done as a band. Radio silence is never encouraging.

-Next is the former thrash/speed, current power metallers, Angel Dust. Their last release, OF HUMAN DONDAGE, came out in 2002 and it was SO good! In 2005 vocalist Dirk Thurisch left the band and was replaced with Carsten Kaiser. The band entered the studio in 2006 to write and record the next Angel Dust album, TALES FROM ASHES AND DUST. It’s scheduled to be released in December 2010, yet the vocalist is listed as… Dirk Thurisch. So I have no idea what’s going on and who is singing, but I’ve been waiting for this album for a long time.

-Moving along, and thankfully to a band with a more linear member structure, we come to Pyramaze. Started with Balance of Power’s Lance King on vocals, he left after two albums and was replaced by Iced Earth’s Matt Barlow. Barlow left after his only album, IMMORTAL, and their current vocalist is Urban Breed (Tad Morose, Bloodbound). However the bankruptcy of their record label and problems with their last tour have cost the band a ton of money so things are progressing more slowly than before. They are said to be working on the next album.

-And I’m stopping here. These were the bands that came to me when I decided to write this, so I’m sticking with them. If you have any bands to add, lemme know and I’ll do a follow up.

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*** REVIEWS ***
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WILD SIDE – SPEED DEVIL (A-) Escape Music, 2010
12 tracks, RT: 46:28
[ http://www.wildsidetheband.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/wildsidetheband }
[ http://www.escape-music.com/ ]
What would happen if you took Motley Crue’s SHOUT AT THE DEVIL, mixed it with Ratt’s OUT OF THE CELLAR and added in a healthy dose of John Sykes riffs and George Lynch flash? Norway’s Wild Side apparently decided to find out on SPEED DEVIL, the band’s excellent new album of hot and heavy anthems guaranteed to have you reaching to crank up the volume. SPEED DEVIL begins with a bizarre but fun intro and it’s right into opener “Live Forever,” a high energy rocker that really sets the mood for the rest of the disc. Wild Side kind of have a one-track mind when it comes to lyrical themes, and it’s…sex! What else? You’ll hear what I mean on steamy tracks like “Play With Me,” “Wild One” and “Need To Deliver.” Great songs here, with hummable melodies that almost require an immediate replay. Andy LaRocque handled the production and did an amazing job on the mix, the songs positively jumping out of the speakers with razor sharp guitars, kinetic bass, pounding drums and piercing vocals all well to the fore. Not much to complain about here, although Joachim Berntsen’s vocals do bear a little too much resemblance to Vince Neil and obligatory ballad “Love For You” seems unnecessary. If you’re a fan of early ’80s hard rock and metal (and you know you are!), I highly recommend checking out SPEED DEVIL, it’ll take you back…
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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