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Issue #550

Issue #550
Week of May 31, 2010

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-I thought this issue was going to be small but then I was suddenly smacked with a ton of press releases. And the hits keep coming — keep an eye out for a mini-issue tomorrow, too. – Tim

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-Rarebell Returns With TAKE IT AS IT COMES

Few metal drummers have a name as recognizable as Rarebell. And with good reason — after all, it was Rarebell’s drumming that helped propel the Scorpions into one of the 1980’s most successful rock bands (as well as co-penning the all-time classic, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”). And Herman is back once more with his latest album, TAKE IT AS IT COMES, which was recently released via Dark Star Records. A kick-ass, rockin’ good time, the album is available as a standard version, as well as a limited edition box set, which comes with two discs and a card autographed by ze German himself.

The album can also be purchased via the Amazon.com site by following this link:

The new single from TAKE IT AS IT COMES is the appropriately-titled “Let Me Rock You,” which has an add date at radio of June 3rd. Herman will also be in the U.S. starting July 12th in N.Y.C., until July 30th ending in L.A., visiting radio and press nationwide supporting the new radio single.

This will also tie in with a July 24th special appearance with the Michael Schenker Group, at this years Rock N’ America Festival, at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre (in Oklahoma City, OK).

Herman enthuses, “I guess most of you guys know me as the former drummer of the Scorpions — ‘Herman Rarebell.’ Together with my friends Rudolf, Matthias, and Klaus, I enjoyed twenty truly awesome years of exhilarating rock n’ roll. We went through thick and thin, toured the world a couple times, and were awarded over 70 gold and 30 platinum records in addition to a bunch of other awards and prizes. It is my pleasure to tell you that my new solo CD, TAKE IT AS IT COMES, is now available on Dark Star Records.”

Get ready to be pounded into submission once more by one of rock’s greatest drummers… Rarebell!


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-Manowar And Friends Salute Ronnie James Dio

Metal heavyweights Manowar will honor the legacy of Ronnie James Dio with MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio said “Heavy Metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman. I had the privilege of being his friend and I, along with other friends and admirers, wish to honor him.”

In addition to Manowar, the musical salute to the man who inspired heavy metal musicians all over the world, features performances by HolyHell, Metalforce, Awaken, Avigal, Crosswind, Dean Cascione, Harlet, and more.

The enhanced CD, part one of a two part tribute, will feature new interpretations of classics like “Holy Diver,” “Heaven & Hell,” “I Speed At Night” and “Catch The Rainbow” among others.

For news and release dates go to http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/ or http://www.manowar.com/ .

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-Blind Guardian: New Album Track Listing Revealed!

German power metallers Blind Guardian will release their 10th studio album, AT THE EDGE OF TIME, on August 24, 2010 (North America) and TBA (Europe).

A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (six songs, one video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.

Artwork for the new album was created by Colombian artist Felipe Machado Franco (Iced Earth, At Vance, Axel Rudi Pell).

Track List:
01. Sacred Worlds (9:17)
02. Tanelorn (5:58)
03. Road Of No Release (6:30)
04. Ride Into Obsession (4:46)
05. Curse My Name (5:52)
06. Valkyries (6:38)
07. Control The Divine (5:26)
08. War Of The Thrones (4:55)
09. A Voice In The Dark (5:41)
10. Wheel Of Time (8:55)

A single, “A Voice In The Dark,” will be released in Europe on June 25th.

The track listing is:
01. A Voice In The Dark (5:45)
02. You’re The Voice (4:43)
03. War Of The Thrones (5:20)

Photos from the recording sessions for At The Edge Of Time can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.

A 30-second trailer to the song “A Voice In The Dark” is available on the band’s homepage.

View all Blind Guardian in-studio video teasers on the band’s YouTube channel.


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-Frontiers Records To Release DIO, Jorn’s Offer To The Musical Legacy Of The Great Singer

NAPOLI — The Norse God of Metal. The leader of the renaissance of classic Hard Rock on its highest level. One of the most prolific and sought-after singers of today, whose vocal talent has reserved him a place amongst the greatest giants in the history of Rock. This is Jorn Lande and now he offers his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled DIO, to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the U.S.

Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man’s influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the ’70s, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man’s creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the Dio era.”

The album also includes an original song for which a video clip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says “I wrote ‘Song For Ronnie James’ as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.”

The “Song For Ronnie James” videoclip can be watched on YouTube following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEtyaC6ltQg

Either as front man in German metal act Masterplan, which has achieved great success around the world, or as guest in spectacular projects such as Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, or in the Allen / Lande’s releases, Jorn Lande is today a trademark for quality Hard Rock music. DIO is the new chapter in Jorn’s history and a sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to a great and influential Artist.

DIO was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final track listing includes the following tracks: “Song For Ronnie James;” “Invisible;” “Shame On The Night;” “Push;” “Stand Up And Shout;” “Don’t Talk To Strangers;” “Lord Of The Last Day;” “Night People;” “Sacred Heart;” “Sunset Superman;” “Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth” (2010 version); “Kill The King”*; “Straight Through The Heart” (live). “Song For Ronnie James” (video clip)

Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Tore Moren: guitars
Jgor Gianola: guitars
Tor Erik Myhre: guitars
Nic Angileri: Bass


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-Extreme’s TAKE US ALIVE Concert Premieres On The HDNet Concert Series

The Full Version Of This Concert With Bonus Videos Are Available Now On DVD

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Multi-platinum band Extreme’s newly released live concert DVD TAKE US ALIVE will premiere on the HDNet Concert Series, June 6th at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The band performed and recorded this “in your face” live concert in their hometown of Boston at the House Of Blues. This is Extreme’s first live DVD/CD showcasing their flawless performance of all their biggest hits, including “Hole Hearted,” “Get The Funk Out,” and the number one hit “More Than Words,” as well as songs from all their records.

HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular, critically acclaimed original programming and will be broadcasting a tailored version of Extreme’s TAKE US ALIVE concert starting in June. If you miss the first airing, the concert will repeat that night as well as on June 13th at 5:50 p.m. ET followed by a regular rotation so check the listings.

HDNet TAKE US ALIVE trailer:

The HDNet networks are available in the U.S. and Canada via:

* DISH Network
* Charter Communications
* Comcast
* Insight Communications
* Mediacom Communications
* NCTC Affiliated cable systems
* Verizon Fios
* Bell Express Vu
* Star Choice
* Shaw
* Cogeco

About Extreme:

To date, the Grammy-nominated Extreme have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set — selling over 10 million records worldwide. They also achieved a #1 hit single, “More Than Words” — from their 1990 multi-platinum album Extreme II: PORNOGRAFFITTI — on the Billboard Hot 100, which they followed with the Top Five “Hole Hearted.” Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, the band’s trademark sound has always been more a mix of hard rock funk — fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums.


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-Rhapsody Of Fire Offer Some Song Commentary For New Album

Composer, guitarist, producer and teacher Luca Turilli offers some song commentary to three tracks on the band’s latest album, THE FROZEN TEARS OF ANGELS, scheduled for North American release on June 29th.

“Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio”: “For the solo, I used simply my electric guitar’s clean sound. I love the result and I plan to do it more often in the future. For me, it is very easy to play in this way because especially in the early years, I used to play electric guitar in an ‘acoustic way,’ without using an amplifier.”

“On The Way To Ainor”: “I am a big fan of chromatic licks and Frederic Chopin is one of my favorite composers. In his piano compositions, he used a lot of chromatic ideas. Paganini, another one of my classical influences, used to play violin in this way too.”

“The Frozen Tears Of Angels”: “The use of Italian lyrics allows me to write in a special way (using many ‘old’ words not typical of the modern language in order to have a more poetic result) that can not be easily translated in English. Sooner or later, we will add an English translation of the Italian passages on ‘The Frozen Tears Of Angels’ to the Web site just as a ‘résumé’ of what I wanted to mean in those lyrical, Italian parts of the album for the people to understand at least the meaning behind those words.”

Produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, THE FROZEN TEARS OF ANGELS was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Avantasia, Epica) and debuted on the following international album charts following their European release: Italy #31; Germany #33; Switzerland #39; Japan #41; Austria #58 and Belgium #96.

Track list:
01. Dark Frozen World
02. Sea Of Fate
03. Crystal Moonlight
04. Reign Of Terror
05. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
06. Raging Starfire
07. Lost In Cold Dreams
08. On The Way To Ainor
09. The Frozen Tears Of Angels
North American Bonus Tracks
10. Labyrinth Of Madness
11. Sea Of Fate (Orchestral Version)

View the video for “Sea Of Fate” on YouTube:

Rhapsody Of Fire are:
Luca Turilli on guitar
Alex Staropoli on keyboards
Fabio Lione on vocals
Patrice Guers on bass
Dominique Leurquin on guitar
Alex Holzwarth on drums


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-Jon Schaffer’s Sons Of Liberty: BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND Set For July 13th Release, New Web Site Streaming Debut Album And Alex Jones Show Video Interview

Historically, music has always been at its most powerful when coming from a place of oppression or struggle. As the reality of making ends meet in North America becomes a bleaker prospect with each passing year, regular people who never before questioned their own government, are now finding themselves looking for answers to explain the increasing levels of difficulty and fear we are all now forced to deal with.

Iced Earth brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, Sons Of Liberty, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, T-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. He setup the very informative resource Web site http://www.sons-of-liberty.net/ as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. Sons Of Liberty: BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND is set for a July 13th release.

Schaffer knew exactly what he was doing when he initially launched the Sons Of Liberty project via his very public and outspoken appearance on Alex Jones’ radio show, the man behind the controversial and wildly-popular http://www.infowars.com/ and “Prison Planet TV.” You can check out this in-depth interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXcGIjGGdGU .

Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for Sons Of Liberty, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, Iced Earth guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, Sons Of Liberty aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people.

Schaffer, in turn, has reverently named his new project after a secret organization comprised of notable United States’ patriots that formed in 1765. These patriots worked fervently to expose and resist the tyranny that the colonists were subjected to, which ultimately led to the American Revolution.


*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Asia’s Critically Acclaimed Single “An Extraordinary Life” Chosen To Promote Hit NBC Show “America’s Got Talent”

OMEGA Out Now On Frontiers Records

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Asia’s critically acclaimed rock track “An Extraordinary Life” was chosen as the soundtrack for promotional spots announcing the 2010 season of “America’s Got Talent.” This show is among the most popular entertainment reality shows of all time. Last season the show peaked at the #1 position in overall viewership.

“America’s Got Talent” producers specifically sought out the rights to use the famed Asia song, which was written by members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. The track was recorded shortly after Wetton survived open heart surgery, in 2007. The song celebrates “carpe diem”: each person’s ability to seize each day, living life to the fullest. The promotional spots for “America’s Got Talent” featuring “An Extraordinary Life” began airing on NBC in prime time, Wednesday, May 26th.

English band Asia recently released OMEGA, their fifth album since 1982’s multi-platinum world best-selling debut, and the third release since reuniting in 2006. The band will launch a new North American tour in August, 2010. The already well-received album OMEGA is distributed by Frontiers Records ( http://www.frontiers.it/ ). EMI released Asia’s best-selling album PHOENIX [under license from Frontiers Record], containing the hit “An Extraordinary Life.” Both albums are available at Amazon.com and other fine retailers.

The original members of Asia are rock n’ roll superstars Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitars), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (lead vocals and bass). More about the band can be found at http://www.originalasia.com/ .

*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-Eden’s Curse: “Man Against The World” Charity Single Release

Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse have released a digital single of their ballad “Man Against The World” with 100% of the profits being donated towards two homeless charities, namely shelter.org.uk in the U.K. and feedthechildren.org in the U.S.A.

Songwriter Paul Logue commented “We receive emails from our fans time and time again, but none moved me more than the one I received from Jared Hochstettler. He put together a montage on YouTube featuring some really powerful images of homeless men, women and children. It stopped me dead in my tracks and made me think about how fortunate I am. Right there and then I decided to do something about it and I’m delighted to gain the support of my band mates, record labels and Music By Mail in Germany, who assisted us with launching the track onto the worldwide portals, with a view to raising some money to help Shelter and Feed The Children.

“I urge everyone to simply watch the video and if you feel as moved as I did buy the download and do your bit to help ease the suffering of those less fortunate than ourselves,” Logue added.

“Man Against The World” is available to buy NOW from all major digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Napster and also the popular rock digital download site http://www.MusicByMail.eu.

To watch an updated version of Jared Hochstettler’s video click here:

The group’s loyal fanbase have also started a campaign on Facebook called “LET’S GET EDEN’S CURSE INTO THE CHARTS AND BEAT HOMELESSNESS”:

Shelter Web site

Feed The Children Web site

Email: info@edenscurse.com
Web site: http://www.edenscurse.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/edenscurse

*** PRESS RELEASE #10 ***
-Crystal Tears Feat. Ian Parry Presents Full Uncensored Video For “Nightmare Serenade”

7Hard & Crystal Tears are very proud to present the “Nightmare Serenade” video clip extended uncensored version, over eight minutes, taken from the forthcoming album GENERATION X (release date: the 18th June 2010 by 7Hard).

Chrisafis Tantanozis: “Our debut video clip called ‘Nightmare Serenade’ and taken from our forthcoming album GENERATION X is about a personality diverse, a fictional Jekyll & Hyde character, whose personality unfolds into a cold-blooded killer. So, quite a few blood scenes and suspense can be found on the screen. As director explained, there had to be this ’70s thriller/horror movie atmosphere flawless for the audience! At the link given, you can watch the uncensored, uncut, full-length, extended version of the video clip. Play it loud and simply enjoy!”

“Nightmare Serenade” video:

Crytal Tears’ lineup includes Ian Parry on vocals (Elegy, Vengeance, Ayreon guest, etc.), Dimitris Goutziamanis on guitars, Stratos Dionisopoulos on bass and Chrisafis Tantanozis on drums. The album was produced by R. D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Suicidal Angels, Orden Ogan, etc.). Cover artwork and booklet design by Meran “Darkmouth” Karanitant (Six Feet Under, Hatebreed, Sodom, Leaves’ Eyes, Dimmu Borgir, etc.). Video clip and promotional album trailer by Jim Evgenidis.

Chrisafis Tantanozis: “I’m so glad — throughout this sh*t our music industry is going through — there is a label and what is more, a serious label that trusts in us and has chosen Crystal Tears to be their metal comrades on the difficult path of rock. While Ian Parry is one of the most unique and flexible metal voices out there and R. D. Liapakis one of the very few producers who knows exactly what he wants to do and how to do it, we can feel nothing but secure about the quality of our work regardless the subjective factor of each one’s personal taste. Being honest, we really worked our asses off; we got our sh*t together, we listened and gave more than we could give. I truly hope you enjoy every little second of GENERATION X album, because it’s a sincere, straightforward effort indeed, well, at the end of the day… this is what rock is all about! Thank you very much for your time reading this! Hope to meet you all one day somewhere on the road!”

Check on http://www.myspace.com/crystaltearsgr and http://www.7hart.de/ for news and pre-release information.

Axel Wiesenauer (Label Manager)

*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Lion Music Artist/Label News

[This is a composite of two updates. – Tim]

Iron Mask Confirmed For Graspop

Iron Mask have been confirmed to appear on the bill at one of Europe’s most prestigious metal festivals — Graspop in Belgium. The band will be appearing onstage on Saturday 26th June 2010. Full information on the festival can be found at http://www.graspop.be/ .

The band, who have seen their third album SHADOW OF THE RED BARON receive superb praise worldwide, are also in the process of putting together a “Barock Heroes” tours later in 2010 with At Vance and label mate Joe Stump.

More details to follow.


July 2010 Is “Guitar Virtuoso Month”

To celebrate the release of new albums from world acclaimed guitar virtuosos George Bellas and Alex Masi on July 16th, Lion Music are celebrating “Guitar Virtuoso Month” in July 2010. Full details on these two new monster guitar releases to come next week.

As part of “Guitar Virtuoso Month” the whole of July will see new, exclusive interviews with guitarists on the label’s roster posted frequently. These will tie in with special offers on releases from the Lion Music store and a whole host of other goodies to look out for.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action check back at http://www.lionmusic.com/ regularly or by joining the label’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lion-Music-Record-Label/344149693292 , where frequent updates on the latest events will be posted.

George Bellas – THE DAWN OF TIME

Released 16th July 2010
Genre – Guitar Instrumental

Promo page w/ streaming audio:

In the beginning there was nothing… And then there was light! The Dawn Of Time. Fifteen billion years later George Bellas presents to you an epic collection of instrumental songs inspired by the universe, how it was created, and from where and what it came from.

THE DAWN OF TIME is an instrumental album rich in Romanticism and Futurism with over-the-top performances by Marco Minnemann and George Bellas. The album contains a diverse collection of 19 songs that range from simple and delicate, to complex and ferocious. The production is dynamic, clean, and has an open sound to it allowing the music to breath naturally.

Bellas comments, “For this album I wanted the arrangements to be short and accessible, and the songs to be euphonious and tonal, especially when compared to my previous album, which was a single 75-minute song and atonal for the most part. For some songs I wanted to utilize compositional techniques and elements from the baroque, classical and romantic eras, and also have other songs lean more on the progressive side by using modern aspects of music. Another important factor to me was the melodies, I wrote some in a lyrical style, and others in a virtuoso instrumental style. I strived for a pleasing balance of the two.”

THE DAWN OF TIME was inspired by the universe, how it was created, and from where and what it came from. Bellas states, “I have always loved science, especially astrophysics, and this album is a creative expression of the visions produced from studying the works of great scientists such as: Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Amy Mainzer, and Brian Green, to name but a few. Their research, thought-provoking lectures and writings have been the most inspiring resources I have ever had. This album is different from my last two releases which were ultra modern in style, and THE DAWN OF TIME consists more of a neoclassical sound, along with some futurism sprinkled throughout. This new album is also more aggressive sounding than my previous release. The production on THE DAWN OF TIME is very open with lots of dynamic headroom. I do not subscribe to the volume wars that the industry has been in since the advent of the compact disc. When I want to hear something loud I much prefer to use this neat little invention called a volume knob. So, if this album seems quieter than other albums you’re used to — TURN IT UP!”

Marco Minnemann once again performed and recorded some mind blowing drum takes. Bellas: “Working with Marco is always an extreme pleasure. I truly believe Marco to be one of the best drummers that has ever lived. I compose and score all the parts for all instruments in my music, but when I hear Marco’s interpretation and the additional Minnemann pizazz he adds, it just blows me away and really takes the parts to a whole new level. And believe me, just playing the complex rhythms I throw at Marco can be daunting, but for him to play them with the intensity and personality that he does is just sheer over-the-top talent.”

The voracious writing process began shortly after Bellas’ previous release STEP INTO THE FUTURE was turned in to the record label. Bellas comments, “As I usually do, I first scored out all the parts, and then proceeded to track the guitar, bass, drums and keys. The guitar was recorded through a Focusrite Red Series mic preamp into an Apogee Rosetta 800 converter, and then optically straight into a DAW through an RME PCI card.

“The bass guitar sound on this album was recorded differently from my previous releases. For this album I used a Musicman Stingray bass plugged into an Ampeg SVT Classic amp and cabinet. I used a Sennheiser MD421 to mic the bass cabinet and combined that with the direct out of the amp. Another factor of achieving the bass tone was using a custom made isolation box for the mic, not an iso-box for the whole cabinet, but just the mic. Having the isolation box surround the mic allowed me to selectively increase or decrease the amount of room reflections. For guitars and amps I used the usual assortment of Fender Strats, Gibson Les Pauls, a Marshall 1976 MKII, a Marshall JCM800, and a few JCM900 Marshall amps. For the majority of the album no compression was used, and in the few spots that it was used it was a minimal amount.”

George Bellas — One of the world’s leading and most prolific guitar virtuoso’s returns with THE DAWN OF TIME, an album which encompasses all the numerous elements heard throughout his solo career to date on July 16th, 2010.

“Machine Man” promo video:

“The Dawn Of Time” promo video:

01. Cyclone
02. Seeding The Universe
03. Let There Be Light
04. The Dawn Of Time
05. Machine Man
06. Voyage To Triangulum
07. Mysterious Light
08. Mystical Dream
09. Glimmering Stardust
10. Electromagnetic
11. Genesis Of Life
12. Carbon Creature
13. Suns of Andromeda
14. We Are Not Alone
15. Nightmare Awoken
16. Primordial Atom
17. Metropolis
18. Always At My Side
19. The Angels Are Calling

Total Running Time: 79:57

George Bellas – Guitars, Bass and Keyboards
Marco Minnemann – Drums

Written and Produced by George Bellas
Artwork and Design by George Bellas
Mixed and Mastered by George Bellas
Guitar, Bass and Keyboards recorded at Bellas Music Studio
Drums recorded at Marco Minnemann’s Studio
Published by Bellas Tune Factory, BMI



Released 16th July 2010
Genre – Guitar Instrumental

Promo page w/ streaming audio:

Alex Masi is a guitarist that is constantly pushing the boundaries and challenging himself as a musician. Never content to stay in one musical climate too long, his career is a smorgasbord of musical styles and directions from all out metal, fusion, straight classical to ethnic world influences whether under his own name of the fusion rock outfit MCM. One thing has remained a constant throughout all these albums and that’s Masi’s mastery of the instrument.

Now almost four years on from his last solo album Alex returns with his most adventurous and personal album to date — THEORY OF EVERYTHING, an album which has content and an approach quite different to your typical guitar album.

This 10-track instrumental collection of album sees a first for Masi with him handling all aspects of the albums creation himself. This showcases a brand new approach to making music for Masi, something he is keen on exploring and developing a lot more in the future.

THEORY OF EVERYTHING sees Alex stay away from the typical approach used when making guitar albums and explored new compositional possibilities. This is an electric album recorded without using other musicians and it tries to stay away as much as possible from the realm of what’s expected from a guitar based album. On handling all aspects himself Alex comments, “The only ‘new band member’ is the new (for me) technology used to make this album. Lots of new software, samples and loops. It really felt like dealing with someone’s personality at times. Enjoyable though.”

When not writing or recording his own material Alex Masi is a much sought after session musician with gigs from the heaviest of metal to hip-hop to pop to funk. This eclectic mix of styles is mirrored in the songs on THEORY OF EVERYTHING, from the almost Prodigy esque opening title track, the rock meets middle eastern vibe of “Ladies Of The House,” to the subtle Jeff Beck like phrasing of “The Past.” Fans of Masi’s full on rock past are well served with “Breakfast At Owley’s” amongst others whilst the funk rock tinged “Queen Of Headf*ck” makes for a diverse yet easily digestible instrumental offering.

Writing and recording and writing for THEORY OF EVERYTHING ran simultaneously with Masi developing song ideas in his home studio (Haunted Hill) in Studio City, California during the summer of 2009, between a break in European tours. With the album being finished up at the start of 2010. In the run up to the release of the album Alex is currently on tour in Europe performing solo gigs.

THEORY OF EVERYTHING sees Alex Masi jump headfirst into 2010 with style and panache that befits one of the genres most alluring players and composers.

01. Theory Of Nothing.
02. Ladies Of The House.
03. Queen Of Headf*ck.
04. The Past.
05. Breakfast At Owsley’s.
06. Big Bad Science.
07. Scratch The Meat.
08. Jam On Haunted Hill.
09. Have A Talk With God.
10. Soul Virus Hack.

Alex Masi – All instruments.

Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Alex Masi.


Artist News Round-Up

Vendetta – “Killing Time” Promo Video

The U.K. traditional metallers have just unleashed their third video from the HERETIC NATION album with the track “Killing Time” getting the video treatment. View the clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSLGn1h0a7g .

In addition Vendetta are special guests at NWOBHM heroes Blitzkrieg’s 30th anniversary gig at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday 10th July 2010. Full information at http://www.vendetta-theband.com/ .

More information on the latest Vendetta album HERETIC NATION can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/hereticnation.htm .

Pangea – “Hold Your Fire” Promo Video

The melodic hard rockers who returned after an absence of over a decade have just made a promo clip of the track “Hold Your Fire” taken from their new album RETROSPECTACULAR available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMcDV28dh_0 .

Full information on the new album can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/retrospectacular.htm .

Be Sure To Check Out…


Section A return after an absence of four years with their third album SACRIFICE. Led by the rich vocals of Andy Engberg and the virtuoso guitar work of Torben Enevoldsen (Acacia Avenue, Fatal Force) the band is completed by new drummer Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) for the pounding 10 tracks of the new album.

SACRIFICE marks a heavier and more direct approach from Section A with a more streamlined song orientated approach than its two predecessors THE SEVENTH SIGN (2003) and PARALLEL LIVES (2006). The progressive elements of its predecessors are used more sparingly this time round and lyrically there is no concept to follow yet the album does tread the a similar ground in lyric subject matter.

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Pangea are a melodic hard rock band that should be a household name, as it stands the band are highly respected on the underground scene thanks to two albums released in the mid 1990s. RETROSPECTACULAR marks the release of the band’s long-thought-lost third album.

RETROSPECTACULAR is classic Pangea, led by the punchy and expressive guitar work and vocals of Torben Lysolm, the band peddle a similar vein of rock to early Extreme with the guitar skill to match their late ’80s/early ’90s contemporaries. The album will also please fans of the band’s first two releases as the classic Pangea sound is continued here in fine style.

It may have taken over a decade to be finished but RETROSPECTACULAR finally saw release on May 21st 2010 on Lion Music.

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Dreyelands are a melodic progressive metal band from Hungary. Their debut album ROOMS OF REVELATION showcases the band’s versatile attitude for music being a tasty mixture of the metallic and the melodic side of progressive and power metal, combined with a touch of ’80s AOR/hard rock music.

The songs are powered by heavy guitar riffs fused with ultra melodic, memorable vocal themes along with clever arrangements. Sonically the album is big, modern and natural with no triggers on the drums and live string arrangements, etc. The first half of the album has the lighter songs and as the listener gets nearer to the end they are increasingly heavier and darker.

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EYEWITNESS OF LIFE is the debut album from a new act from Finland — enter Grönholm led by guitarist and song writer Mika Grönholm. The music of EYEWITNESS OF LIFE is built with an appreciation for a number of metal genres yet there is a common theme of progressive orientated riffs throughout the album, however EYEWITNESS OF LIFE avoids the monster shredding the genre is renowned for resulting in a more focused compact album for those that like strong songs first and foremost.

Nuances of artists such as Queensrÿche and Rush can be heard here and there, but the song is of main concern for Grönholm who also adds a few shades of other cultural sounds from Indian and Spanish music along with some jazz inspired progressions to add a little spice, yet the overall feel remains firmly in the metal camp and is easily accessible.

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Current/Latest Releases

Mastercastle – LAST DESIRE
Mattsson – TANGO
Cyril Achard – VIOLENCIA
Mastermind – INSOMNIA
Acacia Avenue – s/t

Relevant Links:

Contact Info:
Lion Music
Kvarteret I Tiden
Elverksgatan 10
22100 Mariehamn

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-Nevermore: New Tracks Online, Shoot New Video In Europe And Richard Christy Checks In With Glowing Album Review

Nevermore are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY, which is what could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious decade plus, heralded career. North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.

All tickets go on-sale June 1st exclusively through Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow Nevermore meet and greet. See below or visit http://www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.

THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY is set for June 8th North American release and you can now access a slew of specially priced album and exclusive T-shirt pre-order bundles at the link below.

Nevermore @ CM Distro

THE OBSIDIAN CONSPIRACY is available is the following formats listed below:

-Regular 10 song edition

-Limited Edition digi-pak featuring the cover song “Temptation” (originally done by The Tea Party).

-iTunes version featuring the cover song “Crystal Ship” (originally done by the Doors).

-LP version with a bonus 7″ featuring the cover songs, “Temptation” and “Crystal Ship”

-Limited edition, import only box set only available at CM Distro in N. America with the following:

In addition to the album’s standard edition, a limited box set edition will be made available featuring featuring two cover versions — “The Crystal Ship” (The Doors) and “Transmission” (The Tea Party) — and a bonus “Play The Guitar Like Jeff Loomis” disc containing “Your Poison Throne” and “The Obsidian Conspiracy” play-along videos and guitar tabs for both songs.

This quintessential metal band was formed out of the ashes of Seattle, Washington, based thrash act Sanctuary in 1991 by Dane and Jim Sheppard (bass), with the addition of Jeff Loomis (guitar, who had played in the final lineup of Sanctuary) and Mark Arrington on drums. A few years later, Van Williams joined the band (drums). The band has since released six full-length albums, toured the world a number of times and captivated the hearts of metalheads touring with such diverse and major acts ranging from Megadeth, In Flames, Disturbed, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Children Of Bodom, among countless others.

NEVERMORE w/ Warbringer, Mutiny Within, Hatesphere
9/23 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
9/24 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
9/25 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/26 Slim’s – San Francsico
9/28 The Key Club – Los Angeles
9/30 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana
10/1 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona
10/2 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
10/3 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
10/5 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/6 Marquee – Tulsa, OK
10/7 Ridglea Theater – Ft. Worth, TX
10/8 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/9 Numbers – Houston, TX
10/11 Emo’s Alternative Lounging – Austin, TX
10/15 Jaxx – West Springfield – VA
10/16 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/17 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/19 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
10/20 FouFounes – Montreal, Que
10/21 Music Hall – London, Ont
10/22 Opera House – Toronto, Ont
10/23 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
10/25 Diesel Nightclub – Pittsburgh, PA
10/26 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
10/27 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
10/29 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
10/30 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
10/31 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/1 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
11/2 The Exchange – Regina, SK
11/3 The Republik – Calgary, AL
11/4 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AL


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-Exodus Announces The “March Of Brutality” Tour + Billboard Charts!

EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION, the ninth studio album from Bay Area thrash progenitors Exodus, has sold over 4,600 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan and has debuted at #114 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #112 on the Billboard Top Current Albums chart, #12 on the Top/Current Hard Music Albums charts, and ranks #3 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart at Core Stores.

States guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt:

“Just woke up at the insane hour of 6 a.m. to find that we have actually entered the Billboard charts at 114! Very cool to be back! Nice jump in sales; it shows that thrash is alive and well indeed! Now to get this show on the road! Announcement coming soon!”

EXHIBIT B’s first-week rankings in the following European countries are as follows:
#22 – Netherlands (Top 30 Alternative)
#23 – U.K. Top 40 (Rock chart)
#32 – Germany
#35 – U.K. Top 50 (Indie chart)
#49 – Austria #53 – Switzerland

Come August, Bay Area thrash pioneers Exodus will be hitting the road with their “March Of Brutality” tour for a headlining run through the U.S. and Canada with Malevolent Creation, Holy Grail, and Bonded By Blood.

Guitarist/songwriter Gary Holt: “We are f*cking stoked to announce the ‘March Of Brutality’ lineup. This tour is going to re-write the book on how much fun is actually legal!”

For complete tour dates, visit the band’s MySpace page.

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

Exodus filmed videos for “Downfall” and “Hammer And Life” on April 1st in Los Angeles on the old set of the television sitcom “Night Court” with director Jon Schnepp of “Metalocalypse” fame. The online debut of the “Downfall” video will be announced shortly.

EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION was released on May 7, 2010 (Europe) and May 18, 2010 (North America)

Confirmed record release show dates are:

Thursday, June 10th – Chico, CA @ The Senator Theater with Laaz Rockit, Anvil Chorus, plus two local openers

Friday, June 11th – Los Angeles @ Key Club with Heathen, Bonded By Blood, plus two local openers

Saturday, June 12th – San Francisco @ Slim’s with Heathen, Anvil Chorus, and Passive Aggressive


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-Napalm Records News

[Note: This is a mix of several updates. – Tim]

Hatesphere To Support Nevermore In U.S.A. And Canada!

Earlier this year Hatesphere returned from a successful U.S. tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, now they are now preparing for a second visit to The States.

This time Hatesphere will be supporting Nevermore on their forthcoming U.S. and Canada tour along with Warbringer and Mutiny Within. Hatesphere’s visit to Canada will be their first since they started out in ’00.

In addition to the Nevermore tour, Hatesphere will soon announce a handful of European shows and festivals.


23.09.2010 (CDN) VANCOUVER, BC / Rickshaw Theatre
24.09.2010 (USA) SEATTLE, WA / El Corazon
25.09.2010 (USA) PORTLAND, OR / Hawthorne Theatre
26.09.2010 (USA) SAN FRANCISCO, CA / Slim’s
28.09.2010 (USA) LOS ANGELES, CA / Key Club
30.09.2010 (USA) SANTA ANA, CA / Galaxy Theatre
01.10.2010 (USA) RAMONA, CA / Ramona Mainstage
02.10.2010 (USA) MESA, AZ / U.B.’s Bar
03.10.2010 (USA) TUCSON, AZ / The Rock
05.10.2010 (USA) DENVER, CO / Bluebird Theater
06.10.2010 (USA) TULSA, OK / Marquee
07.10.2010 (USA) FT. WORTH, TX / Ridglea Theater
08.10.2010 (USA) SAN ANTONIO, TX / Scout Bar
09.10.2010 (USA) HOUSTON, TX / Numbers
11.10.2010 (USA) AUSTIN, TX / Emo’s Alternative Lounging
13.10.2010 (USA) ATALNTA, GA / The Masquerade
14.10.2010 (USA) RALEIGH, NC / Volume 11
15.10.2010 (USA) WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA / Jaxx
16.10.2010 (USA) WORCESTER, MA / The Palladium
17.10.2010 (USA) PHILADELPHIA, PA / The Trocadero
19.10.2010 (USA) NEW YORK, NY / The Gramercy Theatre
20.10.2010 (CDN) MONTREAL, QC / FouFounes
21.10.2010 (CDN) LONDON, ON / Music Hall
22.10.2010 (CDN) TORONTO, ON / Opera House
23.10.2010 (USA) CLEVELAND, OH / Peabody’s
25.10.2010 (USA) PITTSBURGH, PA / Diesel Nightclub
26.10.2010 (USA) LOUISVILLE, KY / Headliner’s Music Hall
27.10.2010 (USA) DETROIT, MI / Blondie’s
29.10.2010 (USA) CHICAGO, IL / Reggie Rock Club
30.10.2010 (USA) MILWAUKEE, WI / Rave
31.10.2010 (USA) ST. PAUL, MN / Station 4
01.11.2010 (CDN) WINNIPEG, MB / Royal Albert Arms
02.11.2010 (CDN) REGINA, SK / The Exchange
04.11.2010 (CDN) CALGARY, AL / The Republik
05.11.2010 (CDN) EDMONTON, AL / Pawn Shop

For further information visit http://www.hatesphere.com/ .

Battlelore: Túrin’s Story

Finnish Epic Metal masters Battlelore issued the first update on their upcoming album:

“We will begin the recordings of our next album in early June at Sound Supreme Studios (FIN) with Janne Saksa, who will engineer and produce the album. The legendary Dan Swanö will do the mixing and hopefully, we’ll get the whole battle package out in early fall of 2010. Stylistically, we have turned back to the old school style of songs with grinding drums and fast guitars! This will also be our first concept album and the songs will relate the story of Tolkien’s tragic hero Túrin Turambar.”


Midnattsol: Exclusive Studio Diary

Fans of Midnattsol may experience the band in the studio through their exclusive studio diary at http://www.midnattsol.com/forum2009/viewforum.php?f=17 . The band will post the latest news, updates, and exclusive details on a regular basis. In addition, Midnattsol produced a short teaser which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVhs0pb1xoc .


Jungle Rot: Emissaries Of Death

Jungle Rot are taking the fight to North American streets this summer. Fans will find all the live dates and details regarding the exclusive pre-sale tickets on the band’s MySpace! To get into combat mode, check out the clip to Jungle Rot’s anthem “Worst Case Scenario” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmUM5ec00A8 .


Edenbridge – SOLITAIRE

The exceptional Austrian symphonic metal formation presents its long awaited album, SOLITAIRE. Edenbridge fans will immediately recognize the signature sound of mastermind and guitarist Lanvall, who once again proves impressively capable of combining musical sophistication with catchy melody lines. SOLITAIRE offers heavy guitar riffs, elaborate orchestral arrangements, and powerful drum parts. The musical foundation is crowned by Sabine Edelsbacher, whose singular voice carries the diverse compositions to new heights. The end result is a muliti-faceted kaleidoscope of heavy metal songs (“Solitaire”, “Further Afield”) and power ballads (“Skyline’s End”) that through the prominent use of violins and beautiful vocal lines bring back strong memories of Loreena McKennitt. The final polish is the work of mixing guru Karl Groom (Threshold) and the mastering genius of Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studio). SOLITAIRE is an atmospherically solid and technically masterful album that majestically sets itself apart from all prevalent clichés and will do nothing less than captivate symphonic metal fans!


ASCENDING IN TRIUMPH is the second album for the Swedish formation Nox Aurea, a band that that worships doom metal’s majestic darkness with heart and soul. Heavy guitars and hypnotic keyboard passages meet both low-pitched growls and fragile female vocals to create overflowing doom metal symphonies impressively veiled in obscurity. The lyrical concept is Gnostic in nature and removes itself from the gothic romanticism and grandiloquence of vampire tales to achieve a truly menacing and creeping darkness. The release is impressively rounded off by atmospheric artwork that skillfully sets the lyrical scene. ASCENDING IN TRIUMPH is a mature and compact album that brings the Swedes closer to the top acts within their genre.

Upcoming Releases:

Thulcandra – FALLEN ANGEL’S DOMINION – Black Metal – 06/04/2010
Necronomicon – THE RETURN OF THE WITCH – Black/Death Metal – 06/04/2010

Edenbridge – SOLITAIRE – Symphonic Metal – 07/02/2010
Nox Aurea – ASCENDING IN TRIUMPH – Gothic Doom Metal – 07/02/2010


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-In This Moment Launch New MySpace, New Track On SiriusXM & Exclusively On iTunes

As the anticipation surrounding the imminent release of the new In This Moment album, A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND, continues to build up to epic proportions the group launches an eye-popping new MySpace layout along with a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals). The clip also debuts the beautiful album cover art for A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND, which is set for a July 13th release. Head over to http://www.myspace.com/inthismoment to check it out. The blistering new track, “The Gun Show,” will make its worldwide debut exclusive on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal channel today (Tuesday, June 1st) premiering alongside an in-depth interview with Maria Brink.

The single is also available now exclusively on iTunes.

In This Moment shot a cowboy themed video for the track “The Gun Show” in the Los Angeles, CA area on May 16th. The shoot was helmed by acclaimed director David Brodsky (Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder). Look for it to make its debut exclusively through http://www.revolvermag.com/ on June 15th. “We enlisted our good friend David Brodsky to direct the video. We met Dave a few years ago and became friends and after working with him on our ‘Forever’ video in 2008, he was our first choice for ‘The Gun Show.’ Dave is a very talented guy who has a real passion for making videos and we consider it an honor to be working with him again. Maria Brink and Dave came up with a really interesting treatment for the video and I don’t wanna spoil anything but it involves guns, cowboys, hot cowgirls and headbanging. We also invited a small group of fans to help us make the video extra special. We were feeding off their enthusiasm and energy and it just made the whole thing kick more ass. We always love to involve our fans, without our fans we wouldn’t even be doing this. I can speak for the whole band in saying this is the most fun we have had making a video and we can’t wait to see the results in a couple of weeks. I think people are going to be very pleasantly surprised by the song and the video. Welcome to the f*cking gun show!”

In This Moment are extremely excited to be performing on this summer’s much anticipated Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean and 3 Inches Of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album. The group were also hailed by Alternative Press as “One of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010.” Be sure to visit http://www.myspace.com/inthismoment to view their entire summer touring itinerary. Maria Brink had also just won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for the “Hottest Chick In Metal.” Check out her interview with Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal station now at http://www.youtube.com/user/revolver?blend=1&ob=4#p/a/u/2/y9cae8MqVm0 .


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-Fast-Rising Rock Band Heaven Below Hit Hard On Self-Titled Release

Displaying stellar vocals, amazing guitar tones and backed by powerhouse songs, the rock band Heaven Below brings an exciting and fresh sound to the world of music — as evidenced throughout their new, self-titled release. Fronted by Patrick Kennison — formerly of The Union Underground — and supported by members Jesse Billson on guitar, John Younger on bass, and Chad Clark on drums, Heaven Below has forged a tour de force of sonic power and songwriting — that is poised to lead the way for new rock music.

“Our sound encompasses the best parts of our influences,” explains Kennison. “We love the vocal harmonies of classic bands like Alice In Chains, or the angst of legends like Trent Reznor, but our riffs and song ideas tend to be spawn from guitar driven bands like Metallica, or even Rage Against The Machine. Once we put the vocals on, we immediately feel that our music takes on its own sound.” And on their self-titled release, Heaven Below shows that despite being such a young band, they can easily keep pace with the top dogs of the current rock scene — especially on such standout tracks as “When Daylight Dies,” which was produced by Grammy-award winning/multi-platinum artist Ben Moody of Evanescence.

Heaven Below recently completed their inaugural set of live dates — which saw the group spread the word even further throughout the hard rock/metal community. As Kennison points out, “We pride ourselves on delivering a live show thats dangerous and emotionally vulnerable. Playing on the Sunset Strip has not only strengthened us, but has proved that great songs are only a portion of putting on a great live show. Live, we set out to engage the audience with a video presentation that inter-plays our lyrics and song concepts through our performance. In this day and age we believe the audience deserves a full blown cathartic experience, bar none.”

And their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed, as evidenced by quite a few impressive accolades, such as Marissa Brown from Artist Direct, who describes HB as “Most brilliantly bludgeoning performance,” and also Robert Foster from Metal Edge, who gushes, “Every track explodes with expression.” And as added by Kennison, “Our future plans are to reach an audience that strives for something fresh and new. If building a touring fan base is one of the requirements, we’re primed and ready.” As evidenced with by the sonic wallop of their self-titled release, the buzz and praise thrust upon Heaven Below is certainly deserved, as a most promising road lies ahead.

For more information, visit:

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-Ivory Night Teams Up With Mekong Delta Guitarist!

Ivory Night, Germany’s strong force in the Heavy Metal underground announce their new guitarist.

The band comprising members of Ross The Boss and the former drummer of Germany’s Top 20-charting Rock outfit Saltatio Mortis team up with the guitar player of the legendary avant-garde Metal formation Mekong Delta: Benedikt Zimniak.

Singer Patrick Fuchs: “Finding a suitable guitarist for Ivory Night was a tough task especially for me as the new man would replace me in order to give me the freedom to be a full-fledged singer and front man. With Benedikt we have found the perfect match on both the musical and the personal level. Welcome to chaos, Bene!”

The new five-piece lineup has just made its first public appearance on the Saarbangers Festival on Friday, May 21. Their new album is expected to be released in September 2010.

For all info, please visit:

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-7th Heaven Major Announcements

[Note: This is from the band’s June newslettter. – Tim]

There is SO much going on in the 7th Heaven world that we want to share all the great news… the past few months have been amazing and it’s starting to pick up steam.

JUKEBOX — 500 Original Songs

JUKEBOX is a MASSIVE 500+ all-original song box-set of songs we have written, recorded and/or played in the 25 years 7th Heaven has been around. This box set is a great musical journey thru different styles of music. We do not think there has been another band to date that has released this many originals at one time. This could break a world record! JUKEBOX has a bunch of guest singers as well as featuring your favorite members. All songs have been written by at least one member of 7th Heaven in the 25-year history. Some songs are brand new, some are older but had never been released, all are fresh new recordings. This product will be available in five formats:

· 1 – A box set of traditional CDs (about 20-25). The box set contains a bonus disk of the original MP3s of demos as they were written and recorded over the last 25 years. This bonus data disk is only available in the full CD box-set.
· 2 – A data DVD with all the songs as MP3s.
· 3 – A flash drive with all the songs as MP3s.
· 4 – The Internet: iTunes, Amazon, NTD Records store and 7thheavenband.com.
· 5 – A limited edition Apple iPod with the entire catalog on it.

Look for a complete listing of all songs on our Web site with full production notes and credits, as well as writing credits, who is performing on each track, all the lyrics to every song. This section of the Web site will be done this summer. JUKEBOX will be available mid-summer.

Beginning June 1st look for songs to be posted on 7thheavenband.com for your previewing pleasure! Look for these very special products at the merch table and online in July. The price of this product will be very low, as we want our music to be heard by everyone. We hope you all pick a copy of this amazing product.

7th Heaven To Open For Bon Jovi At Soldier Field

THANK YOU goes out to all of you who were nice enough to take them time out of your day to vote 7th Heaven #1 out of 500+ bands to put us in first place. We not only took first place, but we secured an opening slot for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL on Friday July 30, 2010. What an amazing experience that will be! Thanks again for helping us win this, without all of you this could not have happened.

7th Heaven On Radio… FINALLY!!!!

Finally… 7th Heaven have been getting spins on radio across the U.S. on various Hot AC Radio stations. The Mix 101.9FM Chicago is supposed to start playing our song “Better This Way” in the next couple weeks. We were also just featured in Denver on Alice 105.9FM ( http://blogs.alice1059.com/samsundayschool/ ). Stay Tuned as we’ll let you know what radio stations add 7th Heaven.

One more place you can help vote for 7th Heaven for radio is here:

This is a FREE Web site. Fast and easy to sign-up and vote for 7th Heaven.

7th Heaven On The Big Screen

Starting June 18 and thru August 26, 2010 7th Heaven will be seen at the Streets Of Woodfield Movie Theaters before every movie that’s playing. So when you go to that AMC you will see a 7th Heaven ad on the big screen.

7th Heaven On The Little Screen

There will be cameras around 7th Heaven this summer doing a reality TV show on what our life is like in 7th Heaven. You will get to see tons of behind-the-scenes things that happen in our world. We do not know what network will air the footage, but we think it will air this Fall. So when you’re out at a show and the camera sees you, smile and show off your 7th Heaven support.

7th Heaven On Billboards

Did you see the 7th Heaven billboards on major Chicagoland Expressways? Keep watching, 7th Heaven will be on different billboards throughout the city this summer. Let us know when you see them.

7th Heaven On Cover Of Daily Herald

7th Heaven was featured as the main story in the Daily Herald on Friday May 21, 2010. If you missed it we’ll have the full article on our Web site for you to check out.

7th Heaven On The Cover Of This Month’s Chicago Rocker

If you are out in the clubs or restaurants in the next month, pick up a free copy of the Chicago Rocker Magazine because 7th Heaven is on the cover of the magazine with a feature story on the band written by well known writer Guy Arnston. You can also read the story online at this Web site address: http://www.chicagorocker.com/

25th Anniversary Cruise — The Next 7th Heaven Cruise

Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us by coming on the next 7th Heaven cruise. We will be sailing on Royal Caribbean’s “Allure Of The Seas,” which is the “Oasis Of The Seas'” new sister ship that comes out three weeks prior to our sailing. We set sail for the Western Caribbean on Saturday January 15, 2011. We have GREAT rates on this ship and have a very limited amount of cabins available, so please put your deposits down ASAP. The cruise starts at $790 for the week and more details can be found on our cruise Web site: http://www.7thheavenband.com/cruise

(Payment plans are also available.) To book this trip and find out availabilities, email our travel agent Neelie at Cary Travel at this email address: neelie@carytravelexpress.com.

25 Years Of 7th Heaven!!!

2010 marks our 25th year of being a band!!! We will be releasing JUKEBOX as well as some other new stuff coming soon. We typically are not a band that stops to look back because we always focus on the future, but this milestone is one that very few bands can say they have achieved. The history of this band is an 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 and families. 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. We are planning to have a reunion show at Durty Nellie’s on November 19, 2010 featuring some past band members and many original songs over the past 25 years.

7th Heaven Picnic — Our Way To Say THANKS

As a way to say “Thanks” to everyone for voting for us with Bon Jovi and supporting our band, we are hosting a 7th Heaven picnic. This will be on Sunday, September 19th from 12 noon – 3 p.m. off Golf Road in Schaumburg in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve. Details and a map can be found on our Web site under the tour page.


7th Heaven has signed endorsement deals with Vic Firth drum sticks and we now have custom 7th Heaven drum sticks. You can get a pair for yourself at our merchandise table at all shows. Mike and band will gladly sign them. Richie has also signed a endorsement deal as a producer with the software company Toontrack. 7th Heaven is also endorsed by: Dunlop, Dean Markley, Grundorf and Mesa Boogie.

Winning It All — Chicago Blackhawks

Last summer, Walter E. Smithe and the Chicago Cubs used our song “This Summer’s Gonna Last Forever” in TV ads. This Summer our song “Winning It All” might be featured for the Chicago Blackhawks if they win the Stanley Cup. So let’s hope they take it all the way to “Win It All.”

NEW 7th Heaven T-Shirts And Merchandise

We have a bunch of NEW T-Shirt designs available at the merchandise table at our shows. Check them out. Over the next month we will be releasing a few brand new designs and limited run shirts. We also have a bunch of other cool stuff coming out this year like wristbands, necklaces, dog tags, temporary tattoos, water bottles, key chains, beach balls, and things that glow in the dark, so make sure you continue to stop by the merchandise table at each show. Our new 2010 newsletter should be available next week as well with more information and full 2010 schedule. Per request, we now accept credit cards at the merch table.


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. Our new 500 song JUKEBOX will be available sometime in July on iTunes. You can even purchase 7th Heaven ringtones on iTunes. Remember to leave us a good review on iTunes.

Shows, Shows, Shows….

We have TONS of shows booked for 2010. Below is a list of all the shows we have booked. We might still add more (as we are crazy and like playing all the time) so check out the dates at 7thheavenband.com and come out to a show or two or three or more… and let’s make musical memories together!

June 3 – Serenity
June 4 – Joe’s Bar
June 5 – Navy Pier
June 6 – June Jam
June 9 – Itasca Concert in the Park
June 11 – Ohio Bike Week
June 12 – Andersonville Fest
June 12 – St. Charles Riverfest
June 13 – Wild Bull – Cancer Benefit
June 13 – Wells Street Art Festival
June 17 – Elk Grove Festival
June 18 – Walter Payton’s Roundhouse
June 19 – Raven Fest
June 19 – Elgin Brewfest
June 20 – Mid Summer Festival
June 23 – Park Forest Concert in the Park
June 24 – Golf Concert in the Park
June 25 – Taste of Joliet
June 26 – St. Josaphat Summerfest
June 26 – Strawberry Fest
June 26 – Schaumburg Family Fest
June 27 – Gay Pride Parade
June 27 – Jeff Fest
June 30 – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 1 – Bartlett Fest
July 2 – Oak Fest
July 3 – Naperville’s Ribfest
July 3 – Lisle Eye’s to the Skies Fest
July 4 – Palatine 4th of July Fest
July 6 – Downers Grove Concer i/t Park
July 7 – Glenview Concert in the Park
July 8 – Norridge Fest
July 9 – Byron Fest
July 10 – Roscoe/Bam Festival
July 10 – Taste of Park Ridge
July 11 – Glendale Heights Fest
July 14 – Darien Concert in the Park
July 15 – Millennium Park
July 16 – Arlington Heights Irish Fest
July 17 – Lombard German Fest
July 18 – Uptown Ribfest
July 21 – Bolingbrook Concert i/t Park
July 23 – Streamwood Fest
July 24 – Lake Zurich Alpine Fest
July 25 – Taste of Lincoln
July 28 – Bensenville Festival
July 29 – Mt. Prospect Concert i/t Park
July 30 – Soldier Field w / BON JOVI
July 30 – John Barleycorn – Post Bon Jovi Party
July 31 – Lincoln Park Fest
July 31 – Des Plaines Augustfest
August 1 – Algonquin Commons
August 4 – Navy Pier
August 5 – Keywester
August 6 – Warrenville Summer Daze
August 7 – Market Days Fest
August 7 – Chicago City Limits
August 8 – Worth Fest
August 8 – Romeoville Fest
August 12 – Gurnee Days
August 13 – Wood Dale Fest
August 14 – Palmer College
August 15 – Blarney’s Island
August 19 – Hinsdale Concert i/t Park
August 20 – Monte Fiore
August 21 – Arlington Park Million
August 21 – Taste of Grayslake
August 22 – Dock’s
August 22 – Elburn Festival
August 25 – Navy Pier
August 26 – Beer Barrel at Put-in-Bay
August 27 – Beer Barrel at Put-in-Bay
August 28 – Beer Barrel at Put-in-Bay
August 29 – Lakeview Festival
September 2 – Bourbon Street
September 3 – Lemont Keepawata Fest
September 4 – Naperville’s Last Fling
September 4 – Lake in the Hills Festival
September 5 – Schaumburg Septemberfest
September 5 – Taste of Polonia
September 6 – Castaways (Labor Day)
September 10 – John Barleycorn
September 11 – Evviva Outdoor Block Party
September 11 – Big Brother, Big Sister
September 12 – Wells Street Fall Festival
September 17 – Walter Payton’s Roundhouse
September 18 – Des Plaines Festival
September 18 – Shark City
September 25 – Huntley Fall Festival
September 30 – Keywester
October 1 – Austin’s
October 2 – Elgin Roadhouse
October 3 – Apple Fest
October 7 – Mad Mark’s
October 8 – Durty Nellies
October 9 – Tailgaters
October 10 – Kraft Beer Expo Fest
October 15 – Real Time Sports
October 16 – Bourbon Street
October 22 – John Barleycorn
October 28 – Keywester
October 29 – Excalibur / Dome Room
October 30 – Chicago City Limits
November 6 – Shark City
November 12 – Alumni Club
November 13 – Tilted Kilt
November 18 – Keywester
November 19 – Durty Nellies
November 24 – Chicago City Limits
November 27 – The Lodge
December 3 – Elgin Roadhouse
December 4 – Angelman’s Syndrome Show
December 9 – Mad Mark’s
December 10 – Austin’s
December 11 – Private Event
December 16 – Keywester
Decemebr 18 – Bourbon Street
December 31 – T.B.A.
@ = unplugged show

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

*** PRESS RELEASE #19 ***
-Jethro Tull Hits The Road

Jethro Tull will be touring this summer along the east coast. The classic rock band, which has been performing for 42 years, features front man/flutist/guitarist Ian Anderson, guitarist Martin Barre, drummer Doane Perry, keyboardist John O’Hara, and bassist David Goodier.

Ian Anderson says the band will be providing fan favorites — both familiar classics as well as special nuggets from the Jethro Tull catalog, and some new music.

Opening for Jethro Tull in Vienna, Wantagh, Holmdel, Boston, Canandaigua, Toronto, and Highland Park is Procol Harum.

Ian Hunter will be opening for the band in Boca Raton.

Over 70 dates are booked for Jethro Tull’s tour, which started in Great Britain this past March, and is including spring and summer dates in the U.K. and Canada, plus shows across Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Greece and Israel. There are also 31 Ian Anderson shows this year.

Jethro Tull have carved out a musical niche all their own with a career that has spanned over three decades. Selling over 60 million albums including AQUALUNG, THICK AS A BRICK and STAND UP; albums which have offered up Classic Rock radio staples “Locomotive Breath” and “Aqualung.” The band has played over 2,500 concerts around the world and helped define a unique blend of acoustic and electric music that draws influences from the world’s music, including Asian, Jazz, Classical and Folk.

As live performers, Jethro Tull are unparalleled. Famous for instrumental virtuosity and theatrical flair, Jethro Tull live is an event that welcomes longtime fans and new converts alike.

June 4 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheater
June 6 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park
June 8 – Vienna, VA – The Filene Center
June 10 – Ledyard, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
June 11 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Music Theater
June 12 – Atlantic City, NJ – Caesar’s Atlantic City – Circus Maximus
June 13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 15 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavillion
June 17 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
June 18 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
June 19 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor
June 20 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Pavilion


*** PRESS RELEASE #20 ***
-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: Bulletrain
Album Title: TURN IT UP!
Genre: Classic Rock
Release Date: Out Now


The band consists of five best childhood friends who all share a dream of becoming a rock band who’ll affect the world in the same ways like their idols; Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi to name a few! After working hard since 2006, almost rehearsed every day to become Sweden’s hottest live act, the late teenagers finally have begun getting the reputation they’re struggling for!

In the beginning of 2010 Bulletrain played at the big venue Klubben /fryshuset in Stockholm at a great concert in memory of the early dead rock singer Dave Lepard called “Rest In Sleaze Festival.” This is a milestone in Bulletrain’s career because this concert took them out to the big crowd!

Bulletrain’s latest E.P. TURN IT UP! gave them a reputation as one of Sweden’s best upcoming, unsigned Glam/Sleaze (a genre that’s very popular in Sweden) acts at the moment! Also the American and influential webzine Sleazeroxx.com gave TURN IT UP! a big thumb up and said that Bulletrain sent the reviewer back to the ’80s in the best of ways…

Bulletrain’s from a town in south Sweden named Helsingborg, and at the moment Bulletrain’s the most booked band in this city, playing almost every week at one club or another! Bulletrain has played several times at the legendary rock club The Tivoli! as an opening act or headline, played together with bands such as Bullet, H.E.A.T, CrashDïet and Crazy Lixx!

The boys in ages from 18 to 22 won’t stop here and still works hard to reach out to the press and people! Knowing that with their young ages they haven’t written their best songs yet and have many aces up their sleeves when they have the chance to record an debut album!

Somepress quotes so far:
“The new Bulletrain E.P. TURN IT UP! sent me back to the ’80s in the best of ways. These Swedish rockers are not trying to reinvent heavy metal, they are playing it forward. Pounding drums, solid hooks, impressive guitar solos, and all the things we loved about the ’80s right down to the ‘gang style’ chorus.”
– Bc Beneke, Sleazeroxx.com / U.S.

“If you like bands such as HEAT, Pretty Wild, Crazy Lixx, Danger Danger and Kiss, so you will love this E.P. Bulletrain is another bright spot on the Swedish rock heaven.”
– Callesrockcorner.dk / DK

“Bulletrian has great harmonies, good lead vocals by Robert Lindell and the songs are smoking, plus slapping you to the ground with skyrocketing leads by Mattias Persson of pure sleaze metal.”
– Rockeyez.com / U.S.

“Bulletrain does not leave much to be desired for those who thinks that the hard rock scene was at its best in the Glam/Sleaze era! This band could probably already tomorrow record an album which wouldn’t be ashamed aside acts like Crashdïet and Crazy Lixx!”
– Swedish Newspaper(Helsingborgs Dagblad hd.se) ’bout Bulletrain

Band Lineup:
Robban – Vocals
Jonas – Drums
Matte – Guitars
Robin – Guitars
Emil – Bass

Track Listing:
1. My Way
2. Turn It Up
3. Fly Away
4. Even With My Eyes Closed

Band: Sonic Rebellion
Label: None / Independent
Street Date: April 24, 2010
Genre: Hard Rock


Sonic Rebellion is a New York City based hard-rock band with a simple plan — bring powerful, fist-pumping music back to the rock scene with passion, power, and hooks. Influenced by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC and classic Aerosmith, their self-titled debut album is a stomping adrenaline rush driven by soaring vocals and screaming guitars, anchored by thundering bass and explosive drums.

Sonic Rebellion was formed in New York City by vocalist Andy Smith and guitarist Lefty in 2007. After several attempts at crafting the right rhythm section, the band’s lineup was cemented in 2009 with the addition of Dustin Smith on bass and Sean Pokress on drums. In their brief time together, the band has rocked several of New York’s famous clubs including The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, Crash Mansion and Don Hill’s. Recently, the band played for tens of thousands at the New York Marathon and opened up for Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist, Zakk Wylde, at the prestigious Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan.

The band’s debut album brings an old school, gritty rock and roll swagger back to the hard rock scene. With all the music written by the band members, the 12 diverse tracks draw in the listener with memorable riffs and lyrics that range from the sleazily poetic on “Stripped Down,” to the surprisingly heartfelt on “Find My Way.” Revved up tracks like “Song About Revenge” and “Make It To Midnite” dare the listener to drive below the speed limit, while “Mad As Hell” and “No End In Sight” touch on the current political climate, harnessing the rage of those coming of age in a time of war and economic uncertainty.

Join the rebellion!

“Regardless, part of HEADS WE WIN’s allure has to be the spontaneity of Sonic Rebellion. While each track is able to work in a simple rock vein, Sonic Rebellion continually shifts influences and experiments with different sounds and styles. The result is that no two tracks on this album sound the same, and that listeners are constantly on the edge of their seat, never knowing where the band may take them. It is hard to make a genre like rock exciting after so many bands have sullied it’s good name, but Sonic Rebellion cuts an album that may just be sick enough to get people excited in the genre again.”

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Andy Smith
Guitar: Lefty
Bass: Dustin Smith
Drums: Sean Pokress

Track Listing:
1. Awake Now
2. Song About Revenge
3. Mad As Hell
4. Make It To Midnite
5. I Got Mine
6. Think It Through
7. Find My Way
8. Feel It
9. Bad Trip
10. You’re In Kansas
11. No End In Sight
12. Stripped Down

Band: Weaponhead
Label: None / Independent
Street Date: April 24, 2010
Genre: Hard Rock


Sometimes, if you work hard enough — and then work a little harder — things happen… Weapon Head have always done this, and the results are on the board.

The unbelievable opportunity in 2007 for the boys to travel to America and support Black Sabbath with Dio and Alice Cooper at The Locobazooka Festival was the first major milestone. This came up after the festival organizers picked up Weapon Head through their Web site and asked them directly if they were interested in the gig… they were!

This touring experience proved to be invaluable for the band who got to play before these rock legends in front of 15,000 screaming fans. Some strong key contacts have been made from this tour, which have Weapon Head on their radar.

The boys returned home to Australia to contemplate their next move, that move seemed inevitable — it was time to find a producer and record. With a strong set of material Weapon Head went about searching for the right producer for the job. They found that man in Steve James from Rocking Horse Studios at Byron Bay. Steve has worked with icons like The Sex Pistols, Airbourne, Cold Chisel, The Angels, The Screaming Jets and Shihad to name a few. His 35 years industry experience in the U.K., Europe and Australia has been shared with Weapon Head unsparingly and the band have since formed a really strong bond with Steve.

The result of this recording jaunt was a shiny new self-titled E.P. full of grunt, attitude and promise. The boys were excited…

Soon Weapon Head were getting attention from this recording. The title track “The March Of Misery” finished 10th place in The Australian Songwriters Association – Song Of The Year 2008. The other four tracks from this competition were short listed to the top 100. This was from over 3,000 entries Australia wide.

Next port of call was the 2008 U.K. Song Writing Competition. The track “The March Of Misery” finished up a Finalist with “Bleed” finished up a Semi Finalist. This was an amazing result from over 8,000 entries worldwide.

Back on home soil Weapon Head turned their attention to Triple J and put three tracks on The Triple J Unearthed Web site. In no time at all the boys got the following mind blowing results on the Triple J Unearthed Charts at the end of November 2008.

No. 1 – “The March Of Misery”
No. 4 – “Bleed”
No. 8 – “Can’t Release The Pain”

Straight after this Weapon Head were approached by “The Going Ballisticyx Snowboard Show.” They were loving the above three tracks and worked out a Synchronization Deal with the band to use all three tracks in their entirety on the show with full credits on December 28, 2008.

Bring on 2009! Weapon Head started the new year off with some fantastic news. Brad Bush, editor for CDbaby.com contacted the band and informed them that they had been chosen for a full feature review of their E.P. on the front page of CDbaby.com. Since then the band’s profile page on CD Baby has been getting hammered!

Mid way through 2009 the boys decided to focus all of their energy on getting material together for the official debut album. After three months of writing, and another phone call to Steve James… Weapon Head went full-steam ahead with pre-production. Everything came together beautifully, again Rocking Horse Studios was booked, and by the end of August the album had been recorded.

The team all thought long and hard about who to get to master the album. It was decided to request the services of Tim Young from Metropolis in the U.K. Tim goes back around 20 years with Steve and his career speaks for itself.

So now here we are… all of the hard work from the last four years has led the boys right here — in your hot little hands!

High profile agencies and management from Australia, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.A. have Weapon Head in their sights… and what are the boys doing while this is all happening… working bloody harder!

Band Lineup:
Drew – Bass, backing vox
Dave – Guitar, backing vox
Boris – Lead Vox, Drums
Steve – Guitar, Backing Vox

Track Listing:
1. Bullsh*t Has No Sound
2. Gimmie Gimmie
3. Got No Money
4. Surgical Smile
5. Bring Me Home
6. Charade
7. The March Of Misery
8. Swangsta Gangsta
9. Rescue Me
10. Lucifers Lunch
11. Let Go
12. Cold Turkey

TSM/SLW Promotions

*** PRESS RELEASE #21 ***
-Boris Collaboration With Ian Astbury Announced

Southern Lord proudly announces an incredible collaboration between label artists Boris and Ian Astbury of The Cult and The Doors! This finely-crafted four-song mini release, simply entitled BXI, was tracked and mixed in Tokyo in late April. Astbury’s vocals are a perfect match for Boris’s straightforward, laid-back, but still raw and imaginative songwriting constructed for the E.P.; another intriguing display within the band’s ever-morphing, extensive résumé of releases, tours and collaborations.

To see official CD, LP and digital release this September via Southern Lord, BXI will showcase the already unclassifiable rock of Boris in an entirely new light, and shows a new side one of rock and roll’s most notorious singers. The release features three new original tracks, as well as a cover of The Cult’s song “Rain,” ethereally vocalized by Boris guitarist Wata. Art and design for the release was commissioned to Stephen O’Malley (Ideologic.org, SunnO))), etc.).

Pitchfork briefly interrogated Boris drummer Atsuo about this collaboration this week. Check out this exclusive piece on the E.P. and find out how this collaboration came to light: http://pitchfork.com/news/39000-boris-team-with-the-cults-ian-astbury/

This past weekend, Ian Astbury made an unannounced appearance with Boris at the band’s performance at Sydney, Australia’s Vivid LIVE appearance, blowing fans away with this unexpected set which showcased some of the material from the BXI E.P. as well as a cover of the classic “The End,” by The Doors.

BXI E.P. Track Listing:
1. Teeth And Claws
2. We Are The Witches
3. Rain
4. Magickal Child

As previously announced, Boris will rock North America once again this summer alongside Russian Circles for half of the tour and Red Sparrowes for the latter. The usual Boris lineup of Wata (guitar, vocals), Atsuo (drums, vocals) and Takeshi (bass, guitar, main vocals) will once again be joined by additional guitarist, companion Michio Kurihara, as on several previous live and studio ventures together.

Boris North North American Summer Excursion 2010:
7/24/2010 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
7/25/2010 Plush – Tucson, AZ
7/27/2010 The Loft @ Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX w/ Russian Circles
7/28/2010 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Russian Circles
7/30/2010 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA w/ Russian Circles
7/31/2010 The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL w/ Russian Circles
8/01/2010 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Russian Circles
8/02/2010 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC w/ Russian Circles
8/03/2010 930 Club – Washington DC w/ Russian Circles
8/04/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ Russian Circles
8/07/2010 The Middle East – Cambridge, MA w/ Russian Circles, Cave In
8/08/2010 Le Tulipe – Montreal, QC w/ Russian Circles
8/09/2010 Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON w/ Russian Circles
8/10/2010 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ Russian Circles
8/11/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ Russian Circles
8/13/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL w/ Russian Circles
8/14/2010 Firebird – St. Louis, MO w/ Russian Circles
8/15/2010 Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS w/ Russian Circles
8/16/2010 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Red Sparrowes
8/17/2010 *TBA – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Red Sparowes
8/19/2010 Republik – Calgary, AB w/ Red Sparowes
8/20/2010 The Starlite – Edmonton, AB w/ Red Sparowes
8/22/2010 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Red Sparowes
8/23/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA w/ Red Sparowes
8/24/2010 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR w/ Red Sparowes
8/26/2010 Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA w/ Red Sparowes
8/27/2010 El Rey – Los Angeles, CA w/ Red Sparowes
8/28/2010 The Glass House – Pomona, CA w/ Red Sparowes
9/05/2010 Kutsher’s Country Club – Monticello, NY @ ATP Fest – “Altar set” w/ SUNNO)))

More info on the BXI E.P., additional U.S. live aktions, and additional Boris news is forthcoming. Please stay tuned.


*** PRESS RELEASE #22 ***
-Hörnerfest: July 9-11, Germany!

The Hörnerfest is an open air music festival with a musical range from medieval metal and pagan metal to folk rock. The venue is the yard of a burned down and restored farm in the middle of nowhere (near Hamburg). The stage is raised in the inner yard and the surrounding fields serve as parking lots and campgrounds. Beer and BBQ-shacks, all for reasonable prices, are provided. We also have a nice little medieval market, fireshows and a lot more to offer! The 5th Hörnerfest takes place from July 9th till July 11th 2010. The price for the three-day ticket made out of leather is 31,- Euro (incl. presale, parking and camping). The pre-sale has started.

Here follows the lineup:

Friday 9.7.10 – Start 12.00 h
Arkona (Ru)
The Shanes
Rapalje (NL)
Feuerteufel Feuershow
Cultus Ferox

Saturday 10.7.10 – Start 12.00 h
Myrkvar (NL)
Bran Barr (Fr)
The Pokes
Feuerteufel Feuershow

Saturday during the break: MacPiet (Scottish bagpipe)
and on both days ImmerNochFrank (the world’s second best juggler).

For tickets, go to:
HellionRecords, Itzehoe
Pilindi, Itzehoe

RemedyRecords + Kartenhaus Hamburg
Von Gestern Elmshorn

For all info, please visit:

*** PRESS RELEASE #23 ***

A turned-on tale of the new American dream featuring a soundtrack with unreleased music from the MC5

Wild Eye Releasing and MVD Visual are pleased to announce the release of GOLD: BEFORE WOODSTOCK. BEYOND REALITY. for North American distribution on July 27. Considered a “lost” film for 40 years, GOLD has been found again… This is its first time ever on any form of home video.

In 1968, filmmaker Bob Levis led a rag-tag band of dreamers, drop outs and drug-happy darlings into the wilderness to make a movie and emerged a month later with GOLD, a bizarre and beautiful journey into the mind and madness of the late 1960s — one overflowing with fantasies of revolution, recreation and raunchy free love. At once a western, a comedy, a nudie, a drama and a musical — GOLD is a profound potpourri made in the spirit of shaking down square society, while systematically shattering every movie rule in the process. But then the film vanished, lost like the generation from which it came… Until now.

Starring the father of improvisational comedy Del Close (“The Untouchables,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Garry Goodrow (“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “The Hollywood Knights”), and fueled by the hard kickin’ sounds of the MC5 and more, GOLD is a tawdry and twisted testament to a time when the world was ready for change, and the counter-culture set out to turn it upside-down.

In the current Hollywood film “Pirate Radio” (Focus) — the character played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman is based on Ronan O’Rahilly (Radio Caroline) — who produced the movie GOLD and got the MC5 in the movie since he was their tour manager ’70 to ’71.

Track Listing
* David McWilliams – “Gold”
* Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – “Farther Along”
* Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (with Tony Brown) – “All That Glitters”
* MC5 – “Gold Rush (Train Music)”
* Carl Orff – “Carmina Burana”
* Beastly Times – “Out Of Sight Mouth”
* Sailcat – “Freedom Without”
* David McWilliams – “Go On Back To Momma”
* MC5 – “Inside Out (Convention Music)”
* Sailcat – “I Is The Law”
* Barry St. John – “Money Man”
* Barry St. John – “Artificial Faces”
* MC5 – “Sister Anne (Instrumental/ Convention Music)”
* MC5 – “Future Now”
* David McWilliams – “Move Over Gabriel”

Bonus Materials
· Commentary with director Bob Levis and star Garry Goodrow
· Special commentary track from Upright Citizens Brigade founding members Matt Walsh (“The Hangover,” “Reno 911!”) and Ian Roberts (“Reno 911!”)
· Bob Levis 60-minute interview from N.Y.C. cable television
· Clip from Garry Goodrow “Tribute”
· Trailers and GOLD Lobby Cards

Official Film Web site: http://www.wildeyereleasing.com/gold.html

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oWhW4mVctM

Hi Res Cover Art: http://files.dvdnote.com/images/300dpi/MVDV4918.jpg

MVD Entertainment Group | PO BOX 280 | Oaks | PA | 19456

*** PRESS RELEASE #24 ***
-Angelus Apatrida Release CLOCKWORK Album On June 29th, Launch New Track Online And Reveal Cover Art And Track Listing

Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida are set to release their Century Media Records debut album, CLOCKWORK, on June 29th. This release marks the band’s third album after two independent national releases and was powerfully produced by Daniel Cardoso at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal. The striking cover artwork of the album comes courtesy of Gustavo Sazes/ http://www.abstrata.net/ (Arch Enemy, God Forbid, Krisiun). The disc can only be purchased domestically via all digital retailers or through http://www.cmdistro.com/ .

The furiously intense new track, “Blast Off,” has been launched on the band’s MySpace and will quickly catch the attention of fans of classic Thrash Metal in the vein of Testament, Megadeth, Overkill or early Metallica. Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/angelusapatrida .

In its limited first edition pressing, CLOCKWORK will come with packaged in an O-Card and will include a cover version of Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick Or Be Dead” as an exclusive bonus track. The album’s full track listing is as follows:

Angelus Apatrida – CLOCKWORK
1. The Manhattan Project
2. Blast Off
3. Of Men And Tyrants
4. Clockwork
5. Devil Take The Hindmost
6. The Misanthropist
7. Legally Brainwashed
8. Get Out Of My Way
9. My Insanity
10. One Side War
11. Into The Storm
12. National Disgrace
13. Be Quick Or Be Dead (Bonus Track)

Angelus Apatrida are confirmed to be touring all over Europe in September 2010 together with Skeletonwitch and Warbringer. Dates will be announced soon, but in the meantime, the band has just announced their first summer live dates as follows:

Angelus Apatrida – Live 2010:
May 29th – Sala Who Rock Bar, Granada, Spain
June 12th – Metal GDL Festival, Grandola, Portugal
July 30th – Luarca Metal Fest, Luarca, Spain
July 31st – Vans Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain


*** PRESS RELEASE #25 ***
-Dark Age Want You In Their New Video

German melodic death metallers Dark Age are launching a special video contest and need your help.

The band’s idea: “We are planning to do a video for the song ’10 Steps To Nausea’ from our current album ACEDIA (out now on AFM Records). We want to something different from the normal (and usually boring) performance clips you see all the time; we want our fans to be a part of the clip.


“Just switch on your webcam (or a digi cam) and film yourself going crazy to ’10 Steps To Nausea.’ Use your imagination, You can do a crazy performance alone or with your friends … indoors, outdoors, whatever comes to your mind is welcome.

“After filming the stuff, please email us at nausea@dark-age.de with a short description of your video. We will get back to you with further instructions. Please DO NOT send anything without notification!

“After receiving your filmed material, we want to compile everything and present something very unique which will include YOU!

“So, tell your friends, switch on your cam and let the madness begin! We are really looking forward to your ideas! Thanks and greetings from Germany!” — Martin Reichert and Dark Age


-Aerosmith will embark on the Cocked, Locked, Ready To Rock Tour of North America as follows:

7/23 – Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA – w/ Sammy Hagar & The Wabos
7/26 – State Fair, Paso Robles, CA
7/29 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
7/31 – MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV – w/ Hagar
8/3 – Superpages.com Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX
8/5 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX – w/ Hagar
8/7 – Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
8/9 – BankAtlantic Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL – w/ Hagar
8/12 – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY – w/ Hagar
8/14 – Fenway Park, Boston, MA – w/ The J. Geils Band
8/17 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – w/ Hagar
8/19 – Qwest Center, Omaha, NE – w/ Hagar
8/22 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Tinley Park, IL
8/24 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – w/ Hagar
8/26 – NY State Fair, Syracuse, NY
8/28 – Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ – w/ Hagar
8/31 – The Palace At Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI – w/ Hagar
9/2 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH – w/ Hagar
9/4 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

-The Dead End Kidz are competing to win an opening slot at Kiss’ show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. To vote, visit http://eventful.com/competitions/kiss2010/wantagh and click “Demand It” next to the band’s name.

-Halford will gig July 17 at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. All ticketholders will receive the CRUCIBLE – REMIXED AND REMASTERED CD; tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. The band also has a new “videos & singles bundle” of LIVE IN ANAHEIM tracks available for $4.99 at HalfordMusic.com. The download bundle includes six live videos, six live MP3s, and two bonus MP3s. The six live tracks are “Golgotha,” “Hearts Of Darkness,” “Resurrection,” “White Heat Red Hot,” “Diamonds And Rust,” and “Rapid Fire,” and the bonus studio MP3s are “Forgotten Generation” and “Drop Out.” Halford’s upcoming releases can be reserved/pre-ordered now at a discount, as follows: the LIVE IN ANAHEIM two-CD set is due out June 22 (July 6 in digital format) and can be reserved for $11.99 (regularly $18.99); the CRUCIBLE – REMIXED AND REMASTERED CD is due out July 13 (out now digitally) and can be reserved for $9.99 (regularly $16.99); and the LIVE IN ANAHEIM DVD is due out August 24 and can be reserved for $13.97 (regularly $19.97). The CDs and DVD can be reserved at MetalGodShop.com and the digital releases can be reserved/ordered at HalfordMusic.com. See http://www.robhalford.com/ for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

6/5 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
6/12 – Second Wind, Santee, CA
6/18 – Slinger’s Pour House, Agoura Hills, CA
6/20 – Expo Rock 2010, Tijuana, Mexico
6/26 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA
6/27 – San Diego Fair, Del Mar, CA
7/9 – Sunset Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
7/15 – Rock It Thursdays @ D Club, Azusa, CA
7/17 – The Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV
7/23 – 7/24 – The Abyss, Salt Lake City, UT
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.

-Check out samples of tracks from Jorn’s upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, DIO, at these links:

-Kiss has three different packages available for the North American Hottest Show On Earth Tour, and Kiss Army Fan Club members will get first crack at them. The Meet & Greet package includes one premium, reserved ticket located within the first five rows of the stage, an exclusive Meet & Greet with the band, a personal photograph with the band, an autographed 8X10 photo, an “Exclusive, Limited Edition Kiss Flip Video Camera,” a specially designed concert shirt, a collectible (limited edition, numbered) tour poster, an official Meet & Greet laminate, a set of Kiss guitar picks, and a $25 voucher to the band’s online merchandise store. See Kissonline.com for further information on two different VIP packages.

-Manowar will visit Colombia for the first time, playing Bogota in November. Stay tuned to http://www.manowar.com/ for more information. In related news, according to a new interview with Scott Columbus, the drummer has actually been out of the band for over two years, despite still being pictured on the Manowar Web site. Columbus will play some gigs with former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss soon, and is getting ready to launch an instrumental project. See http://www.scott-columbus.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/official.scottcolumbus , and http://twitter.com/scottcolumbus for more on Columbus, and check out the interview at http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/news/scott-columbus-why-i-left-manowar/ .

-The track list for ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell’s new solo album, Herman Ze German – TAKE IT AS IT COMES, is as follows: “Take It As It Comes,” “Don’t Lose Your Trust,” “Rough Job,” “Let Me Rock You,” “Your Love Is Hurting,” “Freak Show,” “Heya Heya,” “Backattack,” “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” “Wipe Out,” “Drum Dance,” “I’m Back,” “Your Love Is Hurting” (Radio Version). Besides the standard version there is also a limited edition box set version with two discs and a card autographed by Rarebell. See http://www.hermanrarebell.com/ , http://www.myspace.com/hermanrarebell , and http://www.myspace.com/hermanzegerman for more.

-The 2010 Slang Metal Fest takes place June 18-19 at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds in Danville, IL. Friday’s lineup: Conquest, Soul Descenders, Slow Intentional, Damage, Jonesful, Blackwood. Saturday’s lineup: God Forbid, Threat Signal, Psychostick, Stemm, Ventana (with members of Mushroomhead), Boomslang, Pain Link, Devium, Denial Machine. See http://www.myspace.com/slangmetalfest or contact slangmetalfest@hotmail.com for more.

Thanks to Rob Kern, John Erigo, Nathan Birk, HeadbangerNYC.com, antimusic.com, the Illinois Entertainer, and Bill “VOA” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

*** REVIEWS ***
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Ana Kefr is a band that defies what metal music is. If their debut album, VOLUME 1 told us anything, it was that a band could create an album so eclectic, so complex that it was nothing of the ordinary kind. Ana Kefr has showed us they have an expansive range in musical diversity. How so? Well, consider the juxtaposition of aggressively fast anti-religious/anti-political songs with somberly slow reflective/emotional songs — on the same album. “Tonight We Watch The Children F*cking Burn” is their new single, and it follows true to Ana Kefr’s indefinable style. Compared to VOLUME 1, this song is an absolute beast. It’s nearly six minutes of epic ferocity, pummeling you with lightning fast speeds, and hitting you hard with thought-provoking lyrics. Yes, this single provides definite Kefr goodness — sure to satisfy the infidel in anyone. If this is a foreshadowing of things to come, then I can’t wait to see what the next album will hold.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

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