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Issue #552
Week of June 14, 2010
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-Yes those were the 2010 Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks sitting in with Jay Leno’s band the other night, playing Twisted Sister and AC/DC songs. Surreal. – Tim

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-Heaven & Hell Announce One-Off Show

[Note: This is from http://www.black-sabbath.com/ . – Tim]

A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio

At

High Voltage Festival, Saturday 24th July 2010

Proceeds to be donated to the Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund

On the 16th May 2010 Ronnie James Dio passed away and the world of music mourned the loss of the greatest voice of heavy metal.

Dio was a truly iconic figure in music, whose work with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and most recently Heaven & Hell defined a genre.

Heaven & Hell were set to be on the road in Europe this summer when news came through that despite the amazing progress he was making Ronnie wouldn’t be well enough to tour and those shows were canceled. But now, remaining members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice are set to play a one off show to celebrate his life and work. The band will be completed by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande who will both contribute vocals. Former Deep Purple / Black Sabbath star Glenn Hughes was a close friend of Ronnie’s for many years and performed a musical tribute at Ronnie’s funeral service in Los Angeles. Norwegian Jorn Lande is best known in the U.K. as the vocalist for power metal band Masterplan, he has also released many solo albums including a tribute to Ronnie. It promises to be a fitting celebration to a man that the metal scene owes so much.

“It’s going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know — and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we’re immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you.” Love & Peace, Geezer Butler

Tony Iommi says “Ronnie’s passing has left a huge hole, we hadn’t anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that.”

The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund Program Description

*The fund is committed to the early detection and prevention of cancer through facilitating access to medical screening and medical educational programs.

*The fund supports programs designed to integrate medical knowledge into local communities such as cancer screening programs, education on nutrition in cancer prevention, exercise and overall wellness.”

*The goal of the fund is to reduce the risk of developing life threatening cancers by offering access to preventative medical services.”

*Furthering the commitment for patients to access to quality medical care related to cancer, the fund seeks to assist families burdened by the cost of caring for loved ones with cancer.”

For further information on the Fund and to make a donation please visit http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/

Tickets for High Voltage festival are priced £135 (for weekend tickets) and £75 (for day tickets). There is no booking fee for Classic Rock Presents High Voltage tickets. Other VIP packages available alongside standard tickets from http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/ or 24hr cc ticketline 0871 230 5582.

Please check the Web sites below for further updates:

http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/
http://www.classicrockmagazine.com/

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-Magic Circle Music Update

Magic Circle Music Present: MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO

Dio’s contributions to heavy metal are profound and indisputable. He participated in no fewer than six of the most critically important hard rock and heavy metal albums of all time, including RISING, LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOB RULES, HOLY DIVER and THE LAST IN LINE.

Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010. It is one of the greatest losses ever suffered by the heavy metal community.

Manowar and Magic Circle Entertainment have decided to honor one of metal’s greatest legends with MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO, a new CD featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio’s most inspired work.

MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO is especially poignant because Dio hails from the same fertile upstate New York soil as Manowar. “Heavy metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman,” says Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio. “I had the privilege of being his friend and, along with other friends and admirers, we wish to honor him.”

Manowar contributes a powerful rendition of Dio’s signature song, “Heaven And Hell.” Jack Starr’s Burning Starr and the Magic Circle All Star Band (with Shmoulik Avigal and Joe Stump) contribute the classics “Catch The Rainbow” and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” and his cousin and former Elf guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein delivers a song inspired and written for Dio titled “Far Beyond.” The album is rounded out by several tenacious, up-and-coming bands, such as female-fronted HolyHell, featuring the voice of Maria Breon (called by many “The Female Dio”) as well as Metalforce, Awaken and Crosswind, all of whom embrace Dio’s legacy in their own inspired interpretations of his songs on MAGIC.

In tribute to Dio’s legacy, famous fantasy painter and illustrator Ken Kelly, the man behind many of heavy metal’s most classic album covers (including some by Manowar) has reworked his iconic Rainbow RISING artwork for MAGIC.

MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO is from the hearts of these musicians. It is not only their privilege, but also their duty, to honor Ronnie by singing his praises while singing his songs.

MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO will be released on Magic Circle Music’s online store Kingdom Of Steel on June 18th, in Germany on July 16th, in the U.S. and Canada on July 20th and further international territories in the forthcoming weeks. The album will also be available at the merchandise booth of all upcoming Manowar live appearances, starting at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 23rd.

Track Listing:
1) MANOWAR – Heaven And Hell
2) HOLYHELL – Holy Diver (Live In Norway)
3) METALFORCE – The Last In Line
4) MAGIC CIRCLE ALL STAR BAND – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) AWAKEN – I Speed At Night
6) CROSSWIND – A Light In The Black
7) DEAN CASCIONE – Never More
8) FEINSTEIN – Far Beyond
9) HARLET – Straight Through The Heart
10) JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – Catch The Rainbow

HolyHell Confirmed For Metal Female Voices Fest In Belgium

Magic Circle Music recording artists HolyHell will take Belgium by storm for the first time ever at the Metal Female Voices Fest VIII at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium on October 24, 2010. The goth/power metal sensations have been racking up some pretty hefty worldwide touring miles over the last five years and the MFVF organizers sought them out as this year’s very special guest based on the band’s growing reputation as a stellar live act. HolyHell’s eponymous, full-length Magic Circle debut was released in the U.S. and Canada on June 8th and the band is also participating in the label’s forthcoming tribute CD, MAGIC – A TRIBUTE TO RONNIE JAMES DIO, with a monstrous live rendition of one of Dio’s all time classics “Holy Diver.”

MFVF is a Metal festival dedicated to female-fronted bands and has been running since 2003. It takes place every year in Belgium, most recently at Oktoberhallen in Wieze. The growing success of the festival comes from its unique concept, but also from past appearances by Epica, Nightwish, After Forever, Tarja and many others. This year’s lineup includes Arch Enemy, Revamp, Leaves’ Eyes and now, thanks to the fans, HolyHell.

For more info log on to http://www.metalfemalevoicesfest.be/ , http://www.holyhell.com/ , http://www.magiccircelemusic.com/ .

Kingdom Of Steel Online Store
http://store.magiccirclemusic.com/

Magic Circle Music
http://www.magiccirclemusic.com/

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-Doro Pesch Inks Deal With Nuclear Blast Records Europe

Nuclear Blast Records Europe is proud to announce the signing of German metal queen Doro Pesch. The first mutual release will be the two-DVD/CD set entitled 25 YEARS IN ROCK featuring the entire 25-year anniversary concert at the ISS Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany. The jaw-dropping performance includes a career-spanning set list and guest performances in front of 10,000 fans as well as a China special, out takes from Doro’s 2,500th gig and more. The release is planned for November 2010. Further details to be unveiled soon.

Commented Pesch: “I’m absolutely happy to be a part of Nuclear Blast now and am looking forward to putting the pedal to the metal together!”

Added Nuclear Blast founder, owner and CEO Markus Staiger: “We’re so proud to welcome the greatest, most important and most influential German rock singer Doro Pesch to the Nuclear Blast Family. Doro has influenced our musical universe like no other! Back in the ’80s she already made history with Warlock, and ever since she’s been defending her undisputed title as #1. Her striking solo career is a victorious march and her live performance still fascinates. In addition, Doro is such a fantastic, tender and gracious person who lives for her fans which has impressed us ever since. We are looking forward to the upcoming DVD 25 YEARS IN ROCK and the following studio albums.”

In related news, Pesch will make her Japanese debut this fall with three special dates in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka!

DORO PESCH – Japan 2010
10/08/2010 Holiday Shinjuku – Tokyo, Japan
10/10/2010 Holiday Nagoya – Nagoya, Japan
10/11/2010 Holiday Osaka – Osaka, Japan

Said an excited Pesch of the upcoming shows, “I always knew we had a strong fan base in Japan and I’m so happy to finally be able to play there. I can’t believe it! I’m so excited and so looking forward to meeting everybody, putting on great shows and rocking together with the fans!”

The metal maven and her bandmates are currently gearing up for a run of festival dates including:

6/25/2010 Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
7/09/2010 Rock Karz – Ballenstedt, Germany
7/17/2010 Bang Your Head – Balingen, Germany
7/18/2010 Masters Of Rock – Vicovize, Czech Republic
7/29/2010 Rock Arena Festival – St. Goarshausen, Germany
8/15/2010 Bloodstock Open Air – Derbyshire, UK

http://www.doropesch.com/
http://www.myspace.com/doroband
http://www.nuclearblast.de/

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-Rock Stars & Actors Donate In Support Of Humanity Thru Music © In Benefit Of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary

Steve Vai, Ozzy Osbourne, John 5, Blasko, Paul Gilbert, Tyler Mane, Marky Ramone, Billy Sheehan And More Donated Instruments From Ibanez, Yamaha, Ernie Ball, Schecter Guitars, Stage Clothes And
Theatrical Props Up For Auction

eBay Auction Now!!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Besides the love of music, rock stars have a soft spot for our four legged furry friends. With the help from so many artists and actors with their charitable donations of instruments and signed memorabilia, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary comes closer to breaking ground in the next year for the first fully solar and wind powered, no-kill animal sanctuary. The sanctuary will also provide the community with a low-cost animal clinic, education and cultural center.

Currently on the eBay auction block is a Yamaha bass signed by Bass-master Billy Sheehan, guitar virtuoso John 5’s famous 666 strap by Red Monkey from five tours with Rob Zombie signed and dated, Ozzy’s autobiography “I Am Ozzy” signed by Ozzy, legendary ax-slinger Steve Vai’s custom made silver outfit by famed rock star couturier Terri King. It was worn on the ULTRA ZONE tour in the late ’90s, “Halloween 2’s” movie prop w/ signed Michael Myers photo from Tyler Mane, and a Schecter Diamond Series Delux guitar signed by ALL the mainstage bands from OZZfest 2006 including Ozzy, Zakk Wylde, BLS, Hatebreed, Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, System Of A Down and more!

Shop eBay NOW!
http://shop.ebay.com/furfeather/m.html

Adding in the next week to the auction will be two signed Ibanez guitars one from Paul Gilbert and one from Steve Vai, an Ernie Ball bass signed by Blasko from Ozzy Osbourne’s band, and a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by horror Icons Tyler Mane (Michael Myers/”Halloween” 1&2) and Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees/”Friday The 13th”). More items coming!! Keep an eye out for additions of cool signed memorabilia from your favorite rock stars!! All items come with signed letters of authentication for your collection!

Did you know?

– Between four million and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.
– An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
– Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.
– There is a direct correlation between animal abuse and neglect and child abuse and neglect.

Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment.

For more information go to http://www.furfeather.org/ (almost finished) or visit them on Facebook now! Just search for Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary and look for the happy Pit-bull. To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to donations@furfeather.org or email to get address to send checks.

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-Napalm Records News

Huge Summer Sale

Just in time for the intense heat of summer, Napalm Records is holding a huge sale to include hundreds of articles at unbeatablel prices! You will find sensational bargains by visiting the various PRICE HITS sections of our online store. Don’t wait too long to shop around, since some of the articles are only available in limited quantities.

http://www.napalmrecords.com/index.php?cPath=22_27&osCsid=8086a687f192ed2e1a8a33a2985c28d8&sort=3a

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

Grave Digger: Whispers From The Grave

To ease the anticipatory wait, the German metal legends have released a first glimpse of their recording sessions. Headbangers may watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoqI3if23sY . Further updates will follow in the coming weeks.

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

Liv Kristine: A Norwegian Journey Of Emotion

Fans of the Norwegian A-list vocalist should highlight the month of August to mark the release of Liv Kristine’s next solo album. SKINTIGHT offers fans a very personal album, in which the listener becomes a part of the music. Details about the new release may be found at http://www.myspace.com/livkristinepage . Additionally, fans may visit Liv Kristine on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to stay on top of the newest developments.

http://www.livkristine.com/
http://www.myspace.com/livkristinepage
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Liv-Kristine-Official/131915610154561?ref=ts
http://www.twitter.com/LivOfficial
http://www.youtube.com/LivKristineOfficial

Tristania: New Album Teaser

The Norwegians present their fans with another video update. For the latest news regarding RUBICON, fans should head over to Tristania’s MySpace site.

http://www.tristania.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tristania

Saltatio Mortis: Musical Support

After top chart placements, sold-out tours, and mead-filled medieval fairs, the wandering minstrels are throwing themselves a birthday party. Saltatio Mortis will celebrate their 10-year anniversary at the historical Wuppertal city hall with an array of lively medieval tunes. Besides such esteemed guests as Victor Smolski (Rage) and Bodenski (Subway To Sally), none other than metal queen Doro Pesch will also be in attendance on 15 October to party with the gleemen. Further details regarding this event may be found at the band’s official site.

http://www.saltatio-mortis.com/
http://www.myspace.com/mittelalterpunk

Hatesphere: Conquer America

American fans may look forward to a good dose of Danish thrash metal, as Hatesphere takes on the North American continent this fall. All the dates to their tour in support of Nevermore are available at the band’s MySpace site!

http://www.hatesphere.com/
http://www.myspace.com/hatesphere

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

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-Destruction Returns To Nuclear Blast

Legendary German thrashers Destruction have just announced their return to the Nuclear Blast folds!

Comments main man Schmier: “Sometimes I really hate the business side of my job, we have been thru some very difficult decisions in the last couple of months. Now after some weeks of hard work, I can proudly announce that Destruction is back with Nuclear Blast Records!

“We really wanna thank AFM Records for the great co-operation in the last years! Cheers for supporting all our craziness, I know it wasn’t always easy folks!!

“Going back to NB feels like coming back home now, working with old friends is one of the biggest achievements you can have in this music business known as a ‘shark tank!’ Almost eleven years ago, Markus Staiger and his label made it possible for Destruction to come back in a strong way, those were some of the best years the band ever had!

“Hopefully this will be the last label change of the band’s career, we have returned to our home port again and it feels absolutely fantastic! We are working on a fast & furious new album that will kick ass in January 2011. Expect the roughest piece of THRASH you’ve heard from Destruction in many years!”

And A + R manager Jaap Wagemaker: “We are very stoked to announce that legendary German thrashers Destruction will be re-joining the nuclear family again! After a small stint with another label, the band around scene icon Schmier has made the decision to return to the their label home Nuclear Blast!

“Everybody knows that Nuclear Blast was the label that brought back the band with a bang with their comeback album ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE and the following tour they did with Kreator and Sodom. ‘Hell comes to your town!’ was a huge success for the band as well.

“After releasing several more CDs and DVDs the band decided to try something new, but over the years we have stayed in contact with both Schmier and Mike.

“When the time was right, we decided to sit around the table and realized that the future of both Destruction and Nuclear Blast should be a path we should walk together, and so Destruction is back home!! At the moment Destruction are hard at work to seal this deal with their most thrash sounding album for a long time! The future belongs to Destruction — the mad butcher has returned!!”

http://www.destruction.de/

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-New Spock’s Beard Available At Radiant!

Hello there,

Greetings from Nashville! We know how busy you are so we will get right to the point.

Just arrived is the new Spock’s Beard Limited Edition CD “X! This is a really great new CD that you gotta have for your prog collection.

Here’s the info on the new SB:

Spock’s Beard – X Limited Edition

The long awaited 10th studio CD by Spock’s Beard, SBX is being heralded as one of the best Spock’s Beard recordings to date.

With nearly 80 minutes of music, this Limited Edition is available in very limited quantities so order yours now before they are gone forever. The Limited Edition contains a bonus track called “Their Names Escape Me” which will not be available on any subsequent pressings.

Track Listing:
1) Edge Of The In Between (10:30)
2) The Emperor’s Clothes (6:01)
3) Kamikaze (4:15)
4) From The Darkness (16:53)
5) The Quiet House (9:13)
6) Their Names Escape Me (bonus track) (8:51)
7) The Man Behind The Curtain (7:44)
8) Jaws Of Heaven (16:22)

One of the songs, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” was co-written by Neal Morse and is a real jewel. Prog with an aggressive trombone section? Come on!!

Available now at http://www.radiantrecords.com/ .

While you are in our store check out all the other great prog items we have in stock! You’ll be in prog heaven! Like the new unreleased DVD from Transatlantic, THE OFFICIAL LIVE BOOTLEG!

Thanks for your customerness,
Cherie Morse

Radiant Records
http://www.radiantrecords.com/

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-Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records Update

Colossus Joins Tribunal; E.P. And Tour Forthcoming

In their early careers members of Colossus were in several formidable punk rock acts, but thankfully came to their senses and embraced their irrepressible youthful metal roots. Now, armed with guitars and beer they are storming across the tundra of central North Carolina to conquer the world. Colossus sound as if they were actually taking part in the original NWOBHM scene alongside Saxon, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden and Angel Witch in 1982, but cosmically (and fortunately for us) slipped through a wormhole winding up in 2010. DRUNK ON BLOOD spiritedly follows on the heels of their debut album, …AND THE RIFT OF THE PAN DIMENSIONAL UNDER-GODS, and only further expands on their love of classic heavy metal, fantasy, folklore, zombies, science fiction and ultimately laying waste to any and all who catch their enthusiastic and sweat-filled live shows. DRUNK ON BLOOD is for people who like to party and remember what it was like to make music for fun. When listening to DRUNK ON BLOOD your knobs most definitely should be cranked to 11.

For fans of:
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Angel Witch, White Wizzard and Wolf

Colossus
DRUNK ON BLOOD CD E.P.
Mastered by Jamie King
Street Date: August 10th, 2010

Track List:
1. The Mountain That Rides
2. Kill More Better
3. A Year Later (There Is Still Meat Left In The Skull)
4. The Operative
5. Wendigo

Catch Colossus On Tour!
“FLAWLESS VICTORY” – Summer Tour 2010

7/8 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Regal Beagle
7/9 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe
7/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero (Balcony Bar)
7/12 – TBA
7/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
7/14 – Columbus, OH @ The Carabar
7/15 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
7/16 – Chicago, IL @ Ronny’s
7/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
7/18 – OFF
7/19 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
7/20 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
7/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
7/22 – Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s
7/23 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
7/24 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ The Basement

Cro-Mags – ALPHA OMEGA Reissue In July

Cro-Mags
ALPHA OMEGA
DIVE011 – CD ONLY
Street Date: 7/13/10

AUDIO PREVIEW
http://www.divebombrecords.com/site/bands/cro-mags/

OVERVIEW:
Divebomb Records has partnered up with Century Media Records to reissue one of the most overlooked crossover albums ever, Cro-Mags’ ALPHA OMEGA. Since the original release of ALPHA OMEGA in 1992 its creative origins have been long argued amongst the band members, and with so many turbulent rumors floating about it’s no wonder this record has neither been properly understood nor — even worse — acknowledged by many Cro-Mags fans. We, at Divebomb Records, remain unconcerned with the drama as we feel the music created during this time in the Cro-Mags’ career is some of the band’s best. Sure such a statement could be debated for years, but the bottom line is that ALPHA OMEGA is, in our opinion, some of the finest crossover metallic hardcore N.Y.C. has ever produced, period.

We won’t bore you with typical descriptions because the legacy of the Cro-Mags certainly speaks for itself. We’re confident this album warrants a rightful place in your collection — regardless of whose side of the fence you reside on — and we hope to finally bring this much-treasured classic back into the favorable light it has always deserved!

“The Paths Of Perfection” MUSIC VIDEO
http://www.youtube.com/user/DivebombRecords#p/u/0/cZ1tEkWC52s

Cro-Mags
ALPHA OMEGA
DIVE011
PRE-ORDER NOW
(Free Domestic Shipping until 7/13)

BUY NOW
http://tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/category/divebomb-records

SELLING POINTS:
– Third release from NYHC legends (AGE OF QUARREL remains a NHYC classic)
– New introduction by Andrew of Aversionline.com
– Contains bonus music video
– Out of print for years
– Limited Edition of 1,000 (CD ONLY)
– Re-mastered by Jamie King (May 2010)

TRACK LIST
01 See The Signs
02 Eyes Of Tomorrow
03 The Other Side Of Madness (Revenge)
04 Apocalypse Now
05 The Paths Of Perfection
06 Victims
07 VII
08 Kuruksetra
09 Changes
+ The Paths Of Perfection (Music Video)

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

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

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-Suicidal Angels: Official Release To Reign Hell On North America

Greek old-school thrash assassins Suicidal Angels’ new full-length SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS will see North American release on Sonic Unyon Metal in mere weeks.

Already released across Europe on Nuclear Blast in November of 2009, the album will see official release in North America on June 22nd, 2010, and will mark Suicidal Angels’ first official North American release, versus being imported from Europe on previous releases. The band’s solid, no-bullsh*t attack has already reaped massive press and fan response across much of the world, and the crunchy, hellish riff attacks on the 11 meaty tracks composing SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS will now attack the Americas, who are always prime for a pungent new thrash unit to infiltrate and go on the rampage. Denim and leather-clad bullet-belt rockers of the land everywhere are surely ready to embrace the jaw-clenching riff attacks and swift thrash justice Suicidal Angels execute.

The North American version of SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS will include two bonus music videos for album tracks “Apokathilosis” and “Beyond The Laws Of Church.”

“Suicidal Angels resurrect the spirit of thrash metal’s glory days! They kill!!!” – Mille/Kreator

SANCTIFY THE DARKNESS Track Listing:

01. Bloodthirsty
02. The Pestilence Of Saints
03. Inquisition
04. Apokathilosis
05. Lies
06. No More Than Illusion
07. Atheist
08. Beyond The Laws Of Church
09. Mourning Of The Cursed
10. Dark Abyss (Your Fate Is Colored Black)
11. Child Molester

*Bonus Video Footage
Apokathilosis (video clip)
Beyond The Laws Of Church (video clip)

http://www.suicidalangels.com/
http://www.myspace.com/suicidalangels
http://www.sonicunyon.com/

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-Omega Crom Announce Summer Shred Tour Dates

Vancouver ripping metallers Omega Crom announce their Summer Shred tour dates presented by RockstarWeekly.com in support of their debut album BLOOD, STEEL AND FIRE released earlier this year on Reversed Records. This will be Omega Crom’s second Canadian tour this year in support of BSF, which features a progressive blend of power metal, aggressive death, thrash and shredding.

“OC is stoked to tear up the stage with friends and fans on our 2010 Summer Shred Canadian Tour! We’ll be debuting some searing new material as well as scorching tracks from our current album BLOOD, STEEL AND FIRE. So come down, grab a beer and let’s rip it up!” commented vocalist / guitarist Johnny Ketlo.

In addition to kicking off the Summer Shred tour, Omega Crom is offering up its killer track “The Passing Of Azazel” for free download available at http://www.ReversedRecords.com/ .

Facebook Event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123714701000382&ref=ts

Upcoming Tour Dates (more dates to be announced)

July 23 – Pogue Mahone, Kamloops BC w/ Kobra and the Lotus
July 24 – The Branding Iron, Armstrong BC
July 25 – Third, Prince George, BC (all ages)
July 26 – Better Than Freds, Grand Prairie, AB
July 29 – The Taphouse, St. Albert, AB
July 30 – The Canmore Hotel, Canmore, AB
July 31 – Dickens Pub, Calgary, AB
August 2 – Filthy McNasty’s (Metal Monday’s), Edmonton, AB
August 5 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
August 6 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
August 7 – Black Pirates, Thunder Bay, ON – Zombie Walk Fest
August 9 – Serbian Center, Sudbury, ON
August 10 – Moon Over Marin, London, ON
August 12 – The Coach and Horses, Windsor, ON
August 13 – Siesta Nouveaux, Toronto, ON
August 14 – Piranha Bar – Montreal, QC
August 15 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
August 18 – Kilroys, Thunder Bay, ON – Murder Fest
August 19 – Rideout Community Club – Kenora, ON
August 20 – The North Hill Inn, Brandon, MB
August 28 – Voodoo’s, Penticton, BC

http://www.OmegaCrom.com/
http://www.myspace.com/omegacrom
http://www.facebook.com/omegacrom
http://www.reverbnation.com/omegacrom

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-Fatal Embrace Update

Thrash metallers Fatal Embrace hailing from Berlin, Germany, have just released their new album THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY!

To give you a glimpse of their blend of Berlin Thrash Metal Fatal Embrace has uploaded another song of their new album for your listening pleasure. Click on the band’s Web site ( http://www.fatal-embrace.net/ ) to check out “Nothing To Regret!”

THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY, the band’s strongest album so far, deals with the most extreme and horrible fears and pains of mankind, the deepest depths of the human soul, the eternal struggle between good and evil, the life consuming beast. THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY will take every metalhead on a trip to the battlefield of the armies of the undead and the darkness. The war between heaven and hell has finally begun.

THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY track listing:
01. (Intro) The Last Prayer
02. Wake The Dead
03. Nothing To Regret
04. Haunting Metal
05. Another Rotten Life
06. Empires Of Inhumanity
07. Into Your Face
08. Rapture For Disaster
09. The Prophecy
10. Way To Immortality
11. Ravenous
12. Killers (bonus track)

The CD includes the Iron Maiden cover “Killers” as a bonus track!

Formed in 1993, Fatal Embrace is not a band you would accuse of jumping on a bandwagon because Thrash Metal seems hip again. In fact, these young men started out in the early nineties (remember that was the time when Thrash was dead) as a hard hitting metal band to praise the glorious days of the ’80s when bands like Slayer, Exodus, Metallica, Venom, Sodom and Kreator ruled the musical extremes. Fatal Embrace never compromised and over the years they released three albums on different labels. THE ULTIMATE AGGRESSION (1999), LEGIONS OF ARMAGEDDON (2002) and DARK POUNDING STEEL (2006). All of them pumped up with adrenaline, energy and power.

THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY is out now worldwide!

Order THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY for just 12,99 at http://www.emp.de/ !

Fatal Embrace will play the release show for THE EMPIRES OF INHUMANITY on the 19th of June at Club Halford in Berlin. Support comes from Bellgrave and Motor.

http://www.fatal-embrace.net/
http://www.myspace.com/fatalembracemetalberlin

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: The Royal Ghost
Album Title: THE ROYAL GHOST
Genre: Symphonic Rock/Opera
Release Date: Out Now

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

It all started in 2005 when the composer Teddy Jonasson made up a story together with his two daughters for a “family musical” with five-six songs. In September 2006 he started working with the music and after writing 15 songs some people in the music business came and listened to the stuff. They were really impressed and told him to finish the work of the opera so Teddy kept on working. The music took him 14 months to finish, and the he wrote the lyrics for another six months. All together it’s 29 songs and a total playing time of 1h 45 min.

Together with producer Bengt Hilding he then started to get musicians and singers to the set. After this process Bengt worked with them in the rehersals to create the right majestic sound and in May 2009 the first appetizer concert was played. The success was huge and the people who was there went completely crazy.

Two months later the freelance conductor Ulf Wadenbrandt got in contact with Teddy and asked if they could do a recording together with the famous Swedish symphony orchestra Dalasinfoniettan, and so they did. In October they started their collaboration and it can be heard on six tracks on the CD. The second appetizer concert was played in December and the reactions was much the same as after the first concert.

Now the self-confidence have grown and it’s time for “The Royal Ghost” to hit bigger stages. Plans making the complete show on theatres are made. A smaller tour version planned, and an acoustic version for smaller scenes also been planned. All along this process Teddy’s been working on their MySpace page a lot, and the reviews from listeners all over the world are overwhelming. Many of them asking when the tour come to their town. Teddy’s already been asked to make a new rock opera and bands are asking for help making arrangements for their songs or even ask for new written songs. He is a rising name on the rock scenes.

A newspaper wrote about “The Royal Ghost” as the rock version of “Phantom Of The Opera.” And very much that is what this is all about. Creating a real rock opera with influnces from melodic metal/classical music/opera/folk music, with a good story together with it.

The music is composed by Teddy Jonasson, a new interesting songwriter. Together with very talented musicians and with the help of majestic producer Bengt Hilding, they have come up with something new and fresh, with a very original sound! The songs in the opera come from different genres within rock music, and to somewhat show the depth in the music, six different lead singers with different character have been used. Musically the vibe runs from very soft ballads to hard rock,with ingredients of folk/classic, and opera/singer-songwriter to old school heavy blues rock.

The story takes part in an old castle where the ghost and princess become friends to eveyone’s despair. A revolt breaks out between the people and the ghosts. You can imagine the story as a tale of the difficulties we are exposed to in our modern world. “The Royal Ghost” rock opera has been shown in two shortened concert versions, and the response from public have been overwhelming. Even on MySpace the response has been fantastic, and critics and listeners have given thumbs up from all over the world. The full version Rock Opera consists of 29 songs and a running time of 1 hour 45 minutes.

Band Lineup:
Jonas Antesten: King Catley of Khan
Andreas Eklund: Moonmadness – The Ghost
Lasse Gidbo: Bornemann – The Ghostmaster
Mio Jager: Princess Linden – The Ekseptional
Emilia Feldt: Queen Hazel
Sofia Nystrand: Lilywhite

Track List:
1. The Commander
2. I Am Your Nightmare
3. The Future Is There For You
4. Same Old Rock N’ Roll
5. Forever Mine
6. Running Out Of Time
7. I’m Alive
8. In The Wind
9. Under Your Bed

Band: Starfire
Album Title: EYE OF THE STORM
Label: Starfire
Steet Date: April 30th, 2010
Genre: Rock

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/starfireband
http://www.starfiremusic.com/

Starfire’s music features catchy guitar work and ambient keyboards, which blend into a perfect combination for rock-pop, radio-ready tunes. With Lombard as their driving force, Starfire has created their own classic pop-rock influenced by such artists as Lenny Kravitz. The band has adopted a fierce, independent approach to recording albums that is everything but predictable, emulating legendary nontraditional artists such as Hendrix, Prince and Vernon Reid. Not satisfied to adopt any specific method or formula to create their music, Starfire prefers an out of the box thinking that allows complete artistic freedom in the studio.

Main guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for Starfire, Dairenn Lombard, has been playing since 1986, writing since 1995, and recording since 1997. Taking what Lombard’s parents taught him in the 1980s to the next level, he moved forward to teach himself new techniques as a teenager throughout the 1990s, studying the work of Rush’s Alex Lifeson, Edward Van Halen, Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert. In addition to arranging, composing and writing all the Starfire songs, Lombard engineered, mixed and mastered all of their albums. The production style that has worked best for the Starfire catalog takes from several influences by music producers including Vince DiCola, Ron Wasserman, Ron Nevison and Bob Rock.

Although Dairenn Lombard is the core of the band Starfire there are other members that support him in his efforts that carry as much importance.

Greg Pajer has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood with a Commercial Music Degree. Pajer has been playing professionally, performing, recording, music directing, and touring with numerous bands, singers, and songwriters.

Drummer Blake Paulson holds a BA in Professional Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Paulson was awarded Berklee’s distinguished Professional Music Achievement Award and has worked with artists from almost every major label and indie artists that have no desire to sign with a record label, artists who have sold 100 to 1,000,000 CDs and performers that have played small acoustic sets to jam-packed arenas.

Andrew James has been playing bass professionally for the last 10 years, and during that time, he has appeared in countless live shows, performed in numerous studio sessions, recorded a number of albums, traveled to many states, and rocked thousands of people worldwide on numerous stages.

With the diverse talents of Dairenn Lombard and the strong experience of the other members when Starfire performs live, the future looks bright with many musical projects on the horizon.

The Band:
Dairenn Lombard: Keyboard Synthesizer, Guitar & Vocals
Greg Pajer: Guitar & Backing Vocals
Andrew James: Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Blake Paulson: Drums

Track List:
1. Distance
2. Thinking About You
3. In The End (I Miss Youu)
4. Genie
5. Waiting
6. Open
7. No One But You
8. I’m On My Way
9. Eye Of The Storm

Band: George Casey
Album Title: GET IT ON
Label: Prism/Universal
Steet Date: Out Now
Genre: Alternative Rock

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

George Casey burst onto the Canadian music scene in 2009 with his breakthrough CD GET IT ON (Prism/Universal Music Canada). The first two singles, which were the title track and “Let’s Go Out” both did extremely well at Rock radio and the new single “City Lights” has just been released along with an accompanying video that can be viewed at http://www.myspace.com/georgecaseymusic . The video was has already been played on MuchMusic’s “The Wedge” for the first time last week.

Originally from eastern Ontario and now a high-profile member of the Toronto music scene, Casey has already riveted live audiences over the past year with his edgy guitar-driven rock at a number of city venues including Lee’s Palace, The Mod Club, The Silver Dollar and The Horseshoe Tavern.

The GET IT ON CD containing 12 original cuts was released by Prism Music in 2009 and is being distributed in Canada by Universal Music Canada.

Upcoming Toronto live dates for the George Casey band include a return June 26th appearance at The Mod Club.

For further information contact:
Gerry Young
Current Management
(416) 932-8281
currentmanagement@rogers.com
http://www.currentmgmt.com/
http://www.myspace.com/georgecaseymusic

The Band:
George Casey – Lead Vocals
Nick Cousins – Guitar
Peter McLaine – Bass
Sean Robinson – Drums

Track List:
1. Get It On
2. Let’s Go Out
3. Moonless Nights
4. Tear
5. Butterfly
6. You Tried Hard
7. All Your Fears
8. City Lights
9. Stay
10. Right The First Time
11. Out Of Sight

Band: Jon James
Album Title: AU CONTRAIRE
Label: Pound-O-Flesh
Steet Date: February 7th, 2010
Genre: Rock/Pop/Strut

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

Jon James has been actively performing since he was 12, and continues to this day in similar vein. Though he likes rock stars well enough, he aspires stubbornly to sideshow greatness. He is simply perverse in that way. He likes to daydream about hanging out with Dadaists in the days of yore.

Jon hails from northern Illinois and has long resided in Minneapolis. Since the die was cast, Jon has been involved with approximately one zillion bands, and currently juggles playing with precisely six (Tina Schlieske, Ali Gray, Johnny Clueless, Patrik Tanner & The Faraway Men, Mish Mash, Brat Pack Radio).

When he comes up for air, Jon likes to work on solo recordings. AU CONTRAIRE is his sophomore album. Jon likes loud guitars and big drums, but he’s also a sucker for bizarre noise and perplexing language. If pop music is bubblegum, AU CONTRAIRE is more akin to black licorice. Yes, both emanate certain sweet notes. But the latter lurks within enigmatic shadows, redolent with concentrated essences both unusual and unfamiliar.

It is, in a word, acquired taste. But rest assured — Jon has utmost faith in your sense of adventure.

In his tender youth, Jon was heavily influenced by Brit Invasion, Glam & Power Pop. As an over-schooled grown-up, he is now equally smitten with smart, melodic wordplay — from Dylan to Bon Scott, Leonard Cohen to Kurt Cobain, Warren Zevon to Wayne Coyne, Tom Waits to Jack White. In fact, if you can corner him, he’ll confess nothing shy of obsession with the written word; a steadfast conviction that lyrics are the heart of song. Some will tell you this is a crying shame, because it just so happens Jon is also a rather monstrous guitar player. They fear he is squandering potential glory. Try to ignore them. He is simply saving your ears so that you may revel in the laughter of your grandchildren.

Lately, Jon is conducting lots of research (read: wikipedia) on traveling medicine shows, the apothecary tradition, vaudevillian history, tin-pan alley, etc. — any similar institutions of old where people toured on a shoestring, penned ditties, filled parlours and dabbled artfully in potion & persuasion. He is formulating a theory that some precise combination of these arcane arts might serve as a much needed shot-in-the-arm for our beloved music industry; rock-and-roll in particular, lest it become ossified and inflexible. Even if he’s unable to distill a workable hypothesis, it’s clear these themes will be featured prevalently in his next CD. Stay tuned …

Track List:
1. Prologue: Blue Balls
2. Happy Hour
3. Cowboy Harmony
4. Cherrycake
5. Big Bang Scene
6. Intermission: Suck Face Abstract
7. Ballerina No.
8. Snake Oil (Beautiful Delusion)
9. Crash Car Superstar
10. Tester’s Redux
11. Tester’s Reprise
12. Blip On The Radar
13. Disclaimer: Introducing Mr. Tenacity

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

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-Gallows End Launches Album Teaser and Announces Online Release Party!

The Swedish Heavy Metal band Gallows End has just launched an album teaser for their upcoming debut album NEMESIS DIVINE at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vbKJ62oFmI .

The worldwide release date for NEMESIS DIVINE is set earlier already at June 25, 2010. The album will be released through Farvahar Records and distributed worldwide by Nightmare Records. The CD has been recorded, mixed and mastered at the 7th Gate Studios by Thord Klarström. All artwork is from the hand of J.P. Fournier (also, Edguy, Avantasia, Immortal, DragonForce, Power Quest, Steel Attack, Stormlord, among others).

In addition, the band will celebrate the release with an Online MySpace Release Party where the entire album will be for streaming for a couple of hours. This event will take place at Thursday, June 24 from 20.00 till 24.00 CET at http://www.myspace.com/gallowsend .

For all info, a full new song and samples, please visit http://www.myspace.com/gallowsend and http://www.gallowsend.com/ .

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-The Body: Release Details Confirmed + New Track Available

As the official At A Loss Recordings release from Providence, Rhode Island’s The Body draws near, details on the release and on the band’s sinister plot slowly fall into place.

Already being dubbed as an incredibly original and ultimately creepy by those who have acquired an LP, the dense, diverse seven tracks on ALL THE WATERS OF THE EARTH TURN TO BLOOD could ultimately be one of the most twisted releases in recent doom metal history. While the main destruction caused by The Body is born of its two main members, the unit frequently join forces with other rogue assassins and collectives of musical militia on stage to bring their hymns to life. On ALL THE WATERS OF THE EARTH TURN TO BLOOD, the duo have teamed up with The Assembly Of Light Choir, adding a totally mind engulfing, spine-chilling and downright freaky twist to the band’s devastating doom.

View the album artwork, new band photos, live video and more at this location:
http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=813

ALL THE WATERS OF THE EARTH TURN TO BLOOD is set to see an official CD release via At A Loss on July 27th, 2010. The LP version is already available from the band directly and via At A Loss mailorder, and a digital download version will also be available in the coming weeks. In support of the release the band will set out on a 2-3 month tour of The States beginning in late July. The full routing will be announced shortly.

ALL THE WATERS OF THE EARTH TURN TO BLOOD Track Listing:
1. A Body
2. A Curse
3. Empty Hearth
4. Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss
5. Song Of Sarin The Brave
6. Ruiner
7. Lathspell I Name You

“… be prepared to look beyond the realms of traditional doom, or of conventional heaviness, because The Body are anything but traditional or conventional, and ALL THE WATERS OF THE EARTH TURN TO BLOOD just might be the coolest, weirdest, most original doom record EVER.” – Aquarius Records

http://www.myspace.com/thevisionshallcometopass
http://www.atalossrecordings.com/

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-Online reports indicate Black Label Society will headline a two-month North American tour called “Black Label Berzerkus” later this year. Also on the bill will be Clutch, Children Of Bodom, and 2Cents.

-A little late, but check out this Associated Press article describing the scene at Ronnie James Dio’s public memorial on May 31: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/heavy_metal/2010/05/31/2010-05-31_ronnie_james_dio_memorial_service_heavy_metal_fans_drown_out_westboro_baptist_ch.html .

-Equilibrium — described as a “German pagan/folk metal veteran” band — is streaming its new album REKREATUR now at http://www.myspace.com/equilibrium . The stream ends on the album’s release date: Friday, June 18. See http://www.equilibrium-metal.de/ for more.

-Check out a live version of H.A.R.D.’s “Into The Fire,” from the Budapest show opening for Kiss, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XDLnCwTJbo .

-There’s a cool article entitled “Heavy Metal Turns 40” at http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/heavy_metal/2010/05/31/2010-05-31_heavy_metal_turns_40_four_decades_after_first_black_sabbath_album_the_music_stil.html .

-Upcoming shows from The Iron Maidens:

6/18 – Slingers Pour House, Agoura Hills, CA
6/20 – Expo Rock 2010, Tijuana, Mexico (free show)
6/26 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA
6/27 – San Diego Fair, Del Mar, CA
7/4 – Hot Rodz N Beer, Holtville, CA
7/9 – Sunset Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV
7/15 – D Club, Rock It Thursdays, Azusa, CA
7/17 – The Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV
7/23 – The Abyss, Salt Lake City, UT
7/24 – The Abyss, Salt Lake City, UT
8/5 – The VooDoo Lounge, San Jose, CA
8/6 – Audie’s Olympic, Fresno, CA
8/7 – The Blue Cafe, Huntington Beach, CA
8/21 – Pala Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA
8/25 – Zen Meister Bar, El Paso, TX
8/26 – Republic Live, Austin, TX
8/27 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX
8/28 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
8/29 – Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX

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

-Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has a cool piece at NYDailyNews.com where he talks about BRITISH STEEL, the legacy of metal, and other topics: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/heavy_metal/2010/05/31/2010-05-31_judas_priest_singer_rob_halford_on_seminal_1980_album_british_steel_fighting_met.html . In related news, fans of Halford’s clothing line, Metal God Apparel, can access some special pre-order offers at http://www.metalgodapparel.com/ ; they include the chance to get a free two-song Halford IV CD sampler or a free LIVE IN ANAHEIM CD.

-Lillian Axe’s DEEP RED SHADOWS is due out July 20 on Love & War Records. Track list: “Under The Same Moon,” “47 Ways To Die,” “The Quenching Of Human Life,” “A Minute Of Years,” “Nobody Knows,” “The Day I Met You,” “Sad Day On Planet Earth,” “Nocturnal Symphony,” “Deep Red Shadows.” See http://www.lillianaxe.com/ for more.

-Scientists want to map Ozzy Osbourne’s genetic code, to hopefully gain insight into how he’s been able to survive decades of substance abouse. Check out the interesting article at http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2010/06/14/2010-06-14_scientists_to_map_ozzy_osbournes_genetic_code_to_find_out_how_he_survived_so_muc.html . In related news, Osbourne’s former guitarist Randy Rhoads will be honored with a new museum dedicated to his legacy; it will reportedly open later this year in Corona, California. Also, another book about Rhoads is being assembled under the title “You Can’t Kill Rock & Roll.”

-Powerwolf will headline the second stage at the U.K.’s Bloodstock Open Air festival, on Friday August 13. It will also mark the band’s first trip to the U.K. See http://www.powerwolf.net/ and http://www.myspace.com/powerwolfmetal for more.

-There’s an excellent interview with ProgPower USA main man Glenn Harveston at http://www.bravewords.com/news/140841 .

-Rhapsody Of Fire’s song “Sea Of Fate,” from the new album THE FROZEN TEARS OF ANGELS, is now playable on JamLegend. Check out http://www.jamlegend.com/songs/166312 , http://www.rhapsodyoffire.com/ , and http://www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffireband for more.

-The Total Metal Festival will take place September 25 at the Demode Club in Bari, Italy. So far the roster includes Primal Fear, The Haunted, Methedras, Sawthis, The Prowlers, and Insidexile. See http://www.totalmetalfestival.it/ and http://www.myspace.com/totalmetalfestival for more.

Thanks to Chip Ruggieri, Nicky Baldrian, Vivo Management, Jim Farber, HeadbangerNYC.com, NYDailyNews.com, and Roscoe for help gathering some of this information.

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*** REVIEWS ***
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INNERWISH – NO TURNING BACK (A-/B+) Ulterium, 2010
12 tracks, RT: 54:40
[ http://www.innerwish.gr/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/innerwish ]
[ http://www.ulterium-records.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/ulteriumrecords ]
Now that Gus G. is a prominent member of Ozzy’s band, Greece should be getting some well deserved recognition for their excellent metal musicians, and hopefully Athen’s InnerWish will benefit as they are a vital outfit with plenty of artillery to deliver their explosive anthems to the masses. InnerWish excel at melding Halford-style riffs with Firewind’s sense of melody, resulting in hard chargers such as “The Signs Of Our Lives,” “Burning Desires,” “Save Us” and “Welcome To My World.” Vocalist Babis Alexandropoulos sings the band’s Christian lyrics with conviction over a cool bed of molten metal rhythms, guitarists Thimios Krikos and Manolis Tsigos injecting conventional but fiery solos into the proceedings. I’m hearing better production on a lot of recent releases and NO TURNING BACK is no exception, the mix clear and commanding. Okay, NO TURNING BACK doesn’t exactly scream originality, but when the execution is this good you may not be bothered. If these guys can maintain this energy and quality live I’m sure I’ll be seeing them very soon, I certainly hope so. Good stuff!
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

SECTION A – SACRIFICE (A-/B+) Lion Music, 2010
10 tracks, RT: 48:06
[ http://www.torbenenevoldsen.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/sectionatheband ]
[ http://www.lionmusic.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/lionmusiclabel ]
Section A return with a streamlined metal charger entitled SACRIFICE for their third outing and this one appears to be the charm. The title track starts things off and lets you know right away what you’re in for, Andy Engberg’s powerful vocals and Torben Enevoldsen’s ripping guitar work exploding from the speakers. Section A wisely blend in a good deal of melody with the metal bombast as evidenced on tracks such as “Lionheart,” “Land Of The Desert Sun,” “Days Of Sorrow” and “The City Is Falling.” I almost hear Section A as what Symphony X would sound like without the overblown prog elements, primarily due to Andy’s Russell Allen-esque vocals and Torben’s fleet-fingered excursions. New drummer Thomas Heintzelmann adds a potent percussive element to the proceedings, Circus Maximus’ Lasse Finbråten makes a welcome guest appearance for the keyboard solos and a crisp, punchy mix completes the excellent package. So there you go, a bit familiar in places but overall an exceptional release from this adroit outfit. Definitely worth seeking out for the melodic metal adherent.
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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