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Issue #554
Week of June 28, 2010

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-Keep an eye out for a mini- on Friday, featuring my interview with Lillian Axe guitarist Steve Blaze. – Tim

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-IN DARK PLACES…1986-2000 — The Complete Discography Of Crimson Glory Out Soon!

[Note: This is from http://www.metalmind.com.pl/ . – Steve]

Metal Mind Productions presents the complete discography of one of the best and most influential prog-metal bands of the ’80s — Crimson Glory.

The exclusive five-CD box entitled IN DARK PLACES…1986-2000 contains all of their studio albums: CRIMSON GLORY, TRANSCENDENCE, STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL, ASTRONOMICA (two-CD). The box also includes bonus tracks, such as songs taken from singles, videos, live or demo tracks plus a 60-page booklet. All recordings are re-mastered using tube technology. Box is limited to 1,000 numbered copies and is a must-have for all fans of the band as well as for the lovers of the progressive metal genre!

Crimson Glory’s origin reaches the ’80s, when the band emerged with a dazzling combination of early Queensryche style, fascinating guitar melodies and distinctive, emotive vocals. The lineup, consisting of Ben Jackson (guitars), Jon Drenning (guitars), Jeff Lords (bass), Dana Burnell (drums) and Midnight (vocals) recorded two albums — CRIMSON GLORY and TRANSCENDENCE, both bringing the band a large number of devoted fans. The unique musical mixture, followed by a characteristic image (all band members wore silver masks) marked the beginning of a prog metal legend. But the band did not wish to be captivated in only one musical style. With their third album, Crimson Glory reached far beyond simple power metal musicianship, replacing it with complex, precise songwriting, controversial both in sound and structure. STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL turned out as an epic musical experience, filled with elements borrowed from prog metal, as well as blues and hard rock. For some fans the band explored far too commercial regions, but others greeted Crimson Glory’s evolution enthusiastically. Unfortunately, after the release of their third L.P. the group stepped down from the scene for six years. It wasn’t until 1997, when Jon Drenning and Jeff Lords decided to reunite Crimson Glory. Ben Jackson’s return was a great start to the process; however it was soon clear that this trio will be the only remaining members of the original lineup, as vocalist Midnight was at that time not interested in recording a new album. Drenning, Lords and Jackson had a tough decision on whom to set as a replacement for the charismatic singer. The final choice was Wade Black, whose vocals sounded much more powerful and aggressive, brining a totally new quality to Crimson Glory’s music. After adjoining ex-Savatage drummer Steve Wacholz the band was ready for a definite comeback. In 1999 ASTRONOMICA saw daylight. The album proved the band’s great form, being both a nod to the past as well as updated for the present, retaining some of the classic guitar harmonies with a slightly more dynamic approach. Although soon after its release Black left the band to front Seven Witches and Leash Law, Crimson Glory did not cease to exist. On May 2010 the band announced that a new singer, Todd La Torre, had joined the band. La Torre made his first (and as yet only) public appearance with Crimson Glory at ProgPower USA X as one of seventeen guest performers paying tribute to Midnight, the band’s original singer who passed away in 2009. The band is currently working on their new material.

Metal Mind Productions will release IN DARK PLACES…1986-2000 on August 23rd in Europe and October 5th in the U.S.A. (via MVD).

Crimson Glory
IN DARK PLACES…1986-2000

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP 5CD BOX 007
Barcode: 5907785036055
Format: 5 CD Box + 60 pages booklet (limited edition of 1,000 copies)
Genre: progressive metal
Release date: 23.08.2010 Europe / 5.10.2010 USA

Track List:


1. Valhalla
2. Dragon Lady
3. Heart Of Steel
4. Azrael
5. Mayday
6. Queen Of The Masquerade
7. Angels Of War
8. Lost Reflection

Bonus track:
9. Dream Dancer


1. Lady Of Winter
2. Red Sharks
3. Painted Skies
4. Masque Of The Red Death
5. In Dark Places
6. Where Dragons Rule
7. Lonely
8. Burning Bridges
9. Eternal World
10. Transcendence

Bonus Tracks:
11. Lonely (Re-Mix)
12. Lonely (Video Clip)


1. Strange And Beautiful
2. Promise Land
3. Love And Dreams
4. The Chant
5. Dance On Fire
6. Song For Angels
7. In The Mood
8. Starchamber
9. Deep Inside Your Heart
10. Make You Love Me
11. Far Away

Bonus Track:
12. The Chant (Video Clip)


1. March To Glory (Instrumental)
2. War Of The Worlds
3. New World Machine
4. Astronomica
5. Edge Of Forever
6. Touch The Sun
7. Lucifer’s Hammer
8. The Other Side Of Midnight
9. Cyber-Christ
10. Cydonia


1. War Of The Worlds – Remake
2. Astronomica – Demo Version
3. Touch The Sun – Demo Version
4. Edge Of Forever – Demo Version (bonus track)
5. Dragon Lady – Live
6. Eternal World – Live
7. Painted Skies – Live
8. Queen Of The Masquerade – Live
9. Lost Reflection – Live


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-Update: Crimson Glory Further Comment On News Of Metal Mind Productions’ Upcoming Release Of Five-CD Box Set

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

Crimson Glory wishes to formally address the announcement made by Metal Mind Records regarding plans to release a box set featuring the band’s discography:

“Crimson Glory does not recognize nor sanction the new CD releases or box-sets made by Metal Mind Records (Poland). They are producing our CDs illegally and thus have ZERO rights to market, promote, advertise, release, distribute or sell any of our material; therefore they have ZERO rights to make any profit from our image, likeness or music.”

This has been an ongoing battle between Crimson Glory and Metal Mind ever since Roadrunner Records took yet another step in blatantly disregarding the band’s legal requests to cease and desist all involvement with Crimson Glory by illegally selling the rights (which they did not possess) to the Polish record company in 2007. It is a glaring example of what a shambles the music industry has become, and it is crucial to the band that their fans recognize the reality of the situation: Since Roadrunner’s involvement with Crimson Glory nearly 20 years ago, not a single cent generated from the production, sale, or publishing of ANY Crimson Glory record has been returned to the band.

“We have become disenfranchised from our own music,” says lead guitarist and founding member Jon Drenning, “with everybody making a profit from our efforts but us! As a group of hard-working dedicated musicians who have now given 25 years of our lives and hearts to this band and this music, it is beyond heart-breaking to watch these companies deliberately break the law and profit from selfish and downright criminal actions. This music is our passion; creating each record has been a labor of love, and what’s happening to us and our music right now is frustrating and insulting.”

Drenning adds, “We wish to make it perfectly clear to our friends and fans out there, all over the world, that these and any other albums or releases are not being produced or distributed with our permission, and that the money they wish to spend on our records is money that we as a band have earned but will never see until this matter is properly resolved. While we appreciate our fans wanting to purchase our material, it’s imperative that everyone out there recognizes that in doing so, they are only helping to make a criminal richer. In the meantime, Crimson Glory is presently negotiating with other labels regarding the remastering, re-releasing and future distribution of all of our material, and anything to do with the band regarding album releases, tour dates, promotional material etc will be shared via official press releases and the Crimson Glory MySpace and Facebook pages ONLY.”



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-Lillian Axe: Ronny Munroe In, Derrick LeFevre Out

[Note: This is from http://www.lillianaxe.com/ . – Tim]

Love & War Records and Lillian Axe welcome Ronny Munroe as the new voice of Lillian Axe. As of August 1, 2010, Ronny Munroe, formerly the lead vocalist of Metal Church, will join Lillian Axe as a fulltime member replacing departing vocalist Derrick LeFevre as lead vocalist of Lillian Axe.

The members of Lillian Axe wish Derrick LeFevre nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors. Unfortunately Derrick could not commit to the rigorous touring schedule that Lillian Axe prides itself on to this day.

When Ronny Munroe takes the stage, he has the crowd’s attention. His unique vocal style sets him apart from other singers because he brings something extraordinary to every song. Ronny is an in-your-face performer, consummate professional, innovative lyricist and songwriter who fuses melody with hard hitting rock in a way that will take your breath away.

Lillian Axe founder and guitarist, Steve Blaze says, “We met Ronny in Seattle playing a show together two years ago. My first impression was ‘damn he’s tall!’ After watching him perform, I thought to myself how amazing a vocalist and presence he was. I always keep in the back of my mind great talents when I see them, and Ronny was one of those guys. During the three days we spent together in New Orleans rehearsing and getting to know each other, I was amazed how well he fit in as a human being as well as a band mate. The true talent is only half the game; the person is the other. Ronny has it all. Having Ronny as a writing partner and performing partner is something I am very much looking forward to!”

Bassist Eric Morris agrees, “I am looking forward to what a vocalist like Ronny can bring to the table. I think he will add a whole new element and catapult our music into a brand new fan base as well as satisfy the die-hards.”


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-Triumph’s Classic Anthem, “Lay It On The Line,” Featured In New Adam Sandler Movie, “Grown Ups”

Actor Adam Sandler has always had a knack for including standout classic rock tunes in his movies. His latest flick, “Grown Ups,” is no different, as Triumph’s hard rocking “Lay It On The Line” is included in the movie, which opened nationwide June 25th.

Also, the official Japanese release of their new “best of” set, Triumph: GREATEST HITS: REMIXED, hit the Land of the Rising Sun on June 23rd.

GREATEST HITS: REMIXED was released in the U.S. and Canada on May 18th, and throughout Europe during May as well. All of Triumph’s classic tunes that were — and continue to be — in heavy rotation on rock radio (and the early days of MTV) are included here, namely, the aforementioned “Lay It On The Line,” as well as “Hold On,” “Fight The Good Fight,” “Magic Power,” etc.

These 14 tracks of anthemic metal have never sounded so good, as they were all recently re-mixed by Rich Chycki (who has recently worked with Aerosmith and Rush). The set also includes a previously unreleased recording — “Love Hurts” — which will be the lead-off single from Triumph’s GREATEST HITS: REMIXED.

“We have been planning this release forever,” says bassist Mike Levine. “For years, Triumph fans have been demanding that we give them a fresh greatest hits package and they are going to love this one.”

Also included in the set is a DVD, mixed in 5.1 audio, that features eleven promo and live videos in widescreen (plus additional unreleased videos for “Child Of The City,” “Blinding Light Show,” and “Love Hurts,” and footage of the group’s 2008 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame).

The deluxe two-disc package is housed in a six-panel digi pak — including a 20-page color booklet, complete with liner notes, lyrics, and chockfull of vintage photos.

Whether you’re a long-time Triumph fanatic or a new convert, you have never heard the group as crystal clear and loud n’ proud as you will throughout GREATEST HITS: REMIXED. “GREATEST HITS: REMIXED rocks like no other Triumph set,” declares drummer Gil Moore. “This is the definitive Triumph collector’s edition.”

Track listing for GREATEST HITS: REMIXED CD:

1. Allied Forces
2. Lay It On The Line
3. Follow Your Heart
4. Magic Power
5. I Live For The Weekend
6. Hold On
7. Just One Night
8. Fight The Good Fight
9. Spellbound
10. Never Surrender
11. When The Lights Go Down
12. Somebody’s Out There
13. Rock And Roll Machine
14. Love Hurts


1. Follow Your Heart
2. Lay It On The line
3. Spellbound
4. Magic Power
5. When The Lights Go Down
6. Hold On
7. Just One Night
8. Somebody’s Out There
9. Allied Forces
10. Never Surrender
11. Never Say Never

Bonus Videos
1. Child Of The City
2. Blinding Light Show (Bootleg: Filmed on Fan Cam)
3. Love Hurts

For more information, visit:

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-Swedish Metal Musicians Team Up For Dio Tribute Concert

On October 7-8 musicians from some of the most important bands on the Swedish metal scene will join forces to pay tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio, who recently passed away.

Songs from Dio’s career with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and the band Dio will be performed. The core band of the evening will be melodic metallers Lion’s Share, fronted by Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors). Guest artists confirmed this far:

Björn Gelotte and Peter Iwers (In Flames)
Joacim Cans (HammerFall)
Ian Haugland (Europe)
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, ex-Dio)
Messiah Marcolin (ex-Candlemass)
Johan Edlund (Tiamat)
Joakim Berg & Magnus “Adde” Andreasson (Hardcore Superstar)
Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
Mike Wead (Bible Black, King Diamond)

More guest artits may be added.

During the cruise, money will be raised to Dio’s “Stand Up And Shout” cancer fund.

Five other bands will be playing on board. Confirmed this far are:

Alien (original lineup!)

Tickets are available from 395 SEK, including part in a cabin.

More info is available on our Web site: http://www.swedenrockcruise.com/

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-Symphony X Offer New Album Update

North America’s progressive metal gods Symphony X have recently entered the studio to begin recording drum tracks for the band’s Nuclear Blast debut, tentatively due before the end of the year.

According to the band’s webmaster, “[guitarist] Michael J. Romeo said that the drums and most of the rhythm guitars are all recorded. At the moment, they are fine-tuning the lyrics and melodies, during which time Russ [Allen] will also be recording his vocals.

Symphony X guitarist Michael J. Romeo has previously gone on record to say this about the group’s new material:

“We have over an hour of really good stuff that we really dig; there’s more than enough stuff there that we can choose the best songs to go on the CD… but all of the songs are really strong. One is shaping up to be 10 minutes plus. I think everyone will like it. It has a little bit of everything.”

While Symphony X is busy working on their new album, fans are encouraged to submit questions for the band’s soon-to-be-updated FAQ section of their Web site. Send questions in to symxfaq@gmail.com with ‘FAQ’ in the subject line.

Symphony X are also asking their fans to submit names of bands they’d like to see tour with/open for them. Send your suggestions to symxfaq@gmail.com with ‘Tour Suggestion’ in the subject line.

Formed in 1994 in New Jersey, Symphony X has seven studio albums and one live album to their credit. Their discography has sold 170,000 copies in the U.S. alone.


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-Former Members Of Yes And Toto Return With A New Band

YOSO To Release Debut Album July 2nd Europe & July 23rd U.S.A. On Frontiers Records

HOLLYWOOD, CA — The term “Super-Group” describes a band rising out of two of the most creative bands of the past 30 years: YOSO is formed out of Toto’s brilliant lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of former Yes members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, thus equalling the magic of Yes with the voice of Toto. However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. The band’s debut album ELEMENTS will debut July 2nd in Europe and July 23rd in the U.S.A. on Frontiers Records. This long awaited release comes with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics. This musical blend presents a fascinating combination of the sound of Yes (90125/BIG GENERATOR era) and Toto, with a very interesting and original sound that truly encompasses the styles.

Even with the band’s two diverse heritages, YOSO intends to become its own identifiable entity in a very short time. YOSO’s mission is to make the next decade one where their music will stand the test of time holding up alongside their classic rock roots.

“YOSO was started when I suggested to Bobby Kimball we should write some new music and form a band,” recalls Sherwood. “We had been working together on various tribute projects that I was producing and one thing lead to another. Before too long we had five songs in the can and were well on our way to making a record. That is when we started thinking seriously about taking it to the next level. Once there was a few songs underway the concept grew into the band we now have, YOSO.”

YOSO’s lineup was later rounded out with two amazingly gifted musicians: Johnny Bruhns as the guitarist and background vocalist and Scott Conner on drums, percussion and background vocals.

ELEMENTS track listing includes: Yoso; Path To Your Heart; Where You’ll Stay; Walk Away; The New Revolution; To Seek The Truth; Only One; Close The Curtain; Won’t End Tonight; Come This Far; Time To Get Up; Return To Yesterday. Bonus live CD: Yoso; Rosanna; Owner Of A Lonely Heart; Walk Away; Good For You; Yes Medley (Yours Is No Disgrace/Heart Of The Sunrise/South Side Of The Sky/Starship Trooper/I’ve Seen All Good People); To Seek The Truth; Hold The Line; Cinema; Gift With A Golden Gun; White Sister.

YOSO – U.S. Tour dates (more TBA)

Aug 11 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
Aug 12 – The State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
Aug 15 – Ramshead Tavern – Annapolis, MD
Aug 17 – B.B. King’s Blues Club – New York, NY
Aug 19 – Kent Stage – Kent, OH
Aug 20 – Syndicate Dinner Theatre – Newport, Ky
Aug 21 – Lake Clementia Amph. – Rancho Murieta, CA

For more information visit http://www.myspace.com/yosohq , http://www.frontiers.it/ or http://www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords .

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-Nightmare Records: Save $20 On ProgPower USA Tickets Buying Music At Nightmare!

Save $20 on both days at ProgPower USA if you buy ANY TWO CDs, DVDs or DOWNLOADS at Nightmare, it’s that simple!

After you order two forms of music at NightmareRecords.com, you’ll receive a special promotional code that you can enter online at Ticketmaster.com.

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Leaves’ Eyes
Illusion Suite

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-Empires Of Eden’s REBORN IN FIRE Due Out July 16

Band: Empires Of Eden
Label: 7Hard
Steet Date: July 16th, 2010
Genre: Melodic/Power Metal

Cat. No: 7H-034-2
Produced By Stu Marshall
Recorded, mixed & mastered by: Stu Marshall, Dan Quinlan
Type: CD-Album
Distribution: H’ART – G.A.S. / 7Hard – World / Underclass – France / Soundforge – Greece / Andromeda – Italy / Cargo Records – U.K. & Europe


REBORN IN FIRE: With a wide selection of powerful new material the album features some of the world’s leading voices in metal. Titled REBORN IN FIRE the album also features the incredible talents of the Australian singers featured on the debut, and incorporating the celebrity guests the album will clock in with eight singers. The album has features on Zak Stevens (Savatage), Mike Vescera (Loudness), Steve Grimmett (Onlaught), Carlos Zema (Outworld), Sean Peck (Cage) and the three incredible voices from the debut that you have. All performances are incredible. This is the first time Zak Stevens has done anything in the power metal style since Savatage and he agrees, Savatage fans will definitely see this as a return to form.

Zak Stevens is one of the feature artists on the upcoming album REBORN IN FIRE. After rising to legendary status as lead singer for Savatage and Circle II Circle as well as Machines Of Grace, Zak is featured on a full-length song on the album. Zak’s vocals were recorded in Tampa, Florida by Mark Prator, who engineered the Savatage albums EDGE OF THORNS and HANDFUL OF RAIN. The album was mixed and mastered at Frontiers Studio in Sydney, Australia.

From Zak: “It’s an understatement to say that I had an amazing time working on the new Empires Of Eden CD. Stu Marshall is a super-talented recording musician who really knows how to get the best performances out of the artists he works with. Stu asked me to write my own lyrics and vocal melodies to the song I appeared on (‘Prognatus Ut Obscurum’). That’s exactly how I like to do things, and that really allowed me to bring out more of myself on the composition. As a result I was able to give an all-round stronger performance, there’s no doubt about it. Working with Stu was a fantastic experience for me. His vision for the overall spectrum of the album was stunning. I learned a lot… and that’s what it’s all about in the world of music and artist collaboration.”

Chris Ninni is one of the surprise stars of the melodic metal scene, sounding like a hybrid of “John Farnham / Joe Lynn Turner,” Chris’ incredible range and power have added a pure melodic touch to Empires and is sure to showcase Chris as one of the finest rock voices on the scene today.

Mike Vescera is one the feature artists on the upcoming album REBORN IN FIRE. Mike’s incredible voice has appeared on multiple albums for Yngwie Malmsteen and with Japanese metal giants Loudness. Mike is featured on a full-length song on the album entitled “Of Light And Shadows.”

Empires Of Eden // Band Bio

Empires Of Eden represents a powerful voice in aggressive contemporary power metal. With a list of collaborators spanning several countries and a wide range of musical disciplines, this studio project is a veritable dream team of uncompromising artists cooperating in a framework which allows them to bring their finest talents to the table.

While Empires Of Eden has been created as a labor of passion by virtuoso Stu Marshall — of Paindivision and Dungeon fame — the central philosophy is to give all the musicians as much freedom as they need to produce the best work they are able to. Drawing on influences as diverse as Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Maiden through to Cacophony and Arch Enemy, Empires is a no-compromise shred laden adventure that will excite guitar heads and metal fans alike.

Marshall leads an all-star cast of players, singers and writers who over the years have proven themselves to be some of the most exciting performers in metal today. Including stars of the heavy metal scene like Zak Stevens (Savatage / Circle II Circle), Mike Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen / Loudness), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper / Lionsheart), Sean Peck (Cage) and Carlos Zema (Outworld).

Empires Of Eden also showcases three of metal’s finest voices. Vocalist Mike Zoias is a powerful operatic force who can combine the classic, finely crafted tones with a fire rarely experienced in metal vocalists today. Louie Gorgievski, whose fire-breathing style combines a unique power and brings a passionate Dickinson-style vocals to the project. Louie is current vocalist with the band Crimsonfire and has proven he is a must-hear voice for all fans of high-powered vocals. Completing the vocal talent is Chris Ninni. Chris is one of the surprise stars of the melodic metal scene, sounding like a hybrid of John Farnham / Joe Lynn Turner, Chris’ incredible range and power have added a pure melodic touch to Empires and is sure to showcase Chris as one of the finest rock voices on the scene today.

While the initial framework for the songs has been created by Marshall, all singers have been instrumental in creating their own lyrics and melodies. This provides a wide range of flavors to Empires Of Eden and again highlights the collaborative spirit that the project is built upon. Marshall has contacted many of his friends and respected musicians to add their magic to the recording.

Under other circumstances, such an ambitious allocation of free reign might result in a directionless melee of self-indulgence. However when taking into account the specific individuals chosen by Marshall to cooperate in this project, it’s immediately clear that they share a disciplined and visionary approach that drives them towards the same goal. Strong, soaring melodies and well crafted chorus’ reign supreme through everything that Empires Of Eden is.

Stu Marshall – Guitars / Bass / Orchestra (Empires Of Eden, Paindivision)

Featuring on vocals:
Mike Vescera (Obsession, Loudness, Yngwie Malmsteen)
Louie Gorgievski (Empires Of Eden, Crimsonfire)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Zak Stevens (Savatage, Circle II Circle)
Mike Zoias (Dune, Transcending Mortality)
Chris Ninni (outstanding session vocalist)
Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Onslaught, Lionsheart, GrimmStine)
Carlos Zema (Outworld)

Keyboard solo – Bobby Williamson (Eumeria)
Additional harmonies by Louie Gorgievski
Intro screams by Mike Vescera, Carlos Zema, Toshinori Kamiya
Jasix – Drums

Produced by: Stu Marshall
Recorded, mixed & mastered by: Stu Marshall – Dan Quinlan
Cover artwork & booklet design by: Alex Ruiz

Track Listing:
1. Of Light And Shadows – Feat. Mike Vescera
2. Enter The Storm – Feat. Louie Gorgievski
3. Total Devastation – Feat. Sean Peck (Cage)
4. Prognatus Ut Obscurum – Feat. Zak Stevens
5. Reborn In Fire – Feat. Chris Ninni & Mike Zoias
6. Beyond Daybreak – Feat. Steve Grimmett
7. Death Machine – Feat. Louie Gorgievski
8. Searching Within – Feat. Louie Gorgievski
9. Rising – Feat. Carlos Zema

“An excellent album full of energy. Great writing, powerfull stuff. Listen deeper to hear even more going on with this album. Top draw guitar that is pitched to perfection, nothing overblown in the solos. Spot on” – Overloaded Radio, Wales, U.K.

“Empires Of Eden is uncompromising in their sonic attack of the senses, brutal on the ears and filled with double kick-drum madness. In other words, it’s pretty damn good” – Melodicrock.com

** Empires Of Eden played on Bruce Dickinson’s Friday Rock Show on BBC Radio6 earlier this year.

Reviews for the band’s last album in: Powerplay, Fireworks, Classic Rock Society, Rock Realms, Get Ready To Rock, MelodicRock.com and all Radio airplay all over the globe.

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-Lion Music Artist News

Twinspirits Release “Making Of THE FORBIDDEN CITY” Video

After many requests from fans Twinspirits have put together a video of the making of last year’s THE FORBIDDEN CITY album. The video which shows all band members recording various aspects of the album can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTMeAYQ257k .

Twinspirits recently completed a successful second leg of their “Italy In Progress” tour and are currently in the studio putting together their third album.


Sun Caged Finalising THE LOTUS EFFECT

Critically acclaimed Dutch progressive metallers Sun Caged are mixing their third album THE LOTUS EFFECT. The album sees the band retain the same lineup as on ARTEMISIA with the addition of new bassist Daniel Kohn and promises to show a more mature version of the band. Guitarist Marcel Coenen comments, “The majority of songs on this album were written in the rehearsal room together as a band and it will show the chemistry we have as a group.”


Dreyelands To Support Queensryche

Hungarian progressive metallers Dreyelands, who have seen tremendous press reaction to their debut album ROOMS OF REVELATION, are confirmed as the support act for Queensrÿche in Budapest, Hungary on July 12th, 2010.

All at Lion Music send their congratulations to the band on this — full event info can be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=110264445662881&ref=mf .


Mistheria’s DRAGON’S FIRE Album Personnel Correction

A slight mix-up in last week’s Mistheria news info, bassist Alberto Rigoni is in fact handling all bass duties on the album.

Current / Latest Releases

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

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Contact Info

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Kvarteret I Tiden
Elverksgatan 10
22100 Mariehamn

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-Line Of Fire Launch MOMENTUM Webisode Series

In anticipation of the release of their sophomore album Line Of Fire have, in conjunction with Tribunal Records, put together a weekly webisode series helping fans to catch up with the band and highlighting various aspects of their forthcoming new album, MOMENTUM.

MOMENTUM is due in stores August 10th. “Obsession,” the album’s first single, can be heard here:

The physical release contains an exclusive bonus cover of Dokken’s “Breaking The Chains.”

Produced by Line Of Fire & Jamie King

Track List:
1. It Takes Time
2. Obsession
3. Give Me All
4. I’ll Be The One Tonight
5. I Belong
6. The Fire Never Dies
7. I’m Crying For You
8. In The Stone
9. Undone
10. Ghost In Your Heart
11. Breaking The Chains (CD ONLY – Bonus Track)



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-New Video From Richard Christy Of Charred Walls Of The Damned On MetalBlade.tv!

In a new video on Metal Blade TV, Richard Christy discusses his new drum set from Ddrum and the rest of his gear from Sabian, Aquarian, Vater, Axis and Gator Cases. The video can be seen here:


Fans will see Richard’s new orange and black Ddrum kit on the first ever Charred Walls Of The Damned tour this July. Support on this tour will come from comedian and co-host of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” Don Jamieson.

Watch Charred Walls Of The Damned videos on MetalBlade.tv, including the music video as well as Richard and Owens’ interview on the Eddie Trunk show on Sirius XM’s “The Boneyard.” Check out those videos and more now on MetalBlade.tv!

Charred Walls Of The Damned has recently released their cover of Powermad’s “Nice Dreams” on iTunes. The track is available now for $.99 here:


Previously, the song was only available in Japan.

Tour w/ Don Jamieson
07/01 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
07/02 – Detriot, MI – Harpo’s Concert Hall
07/03 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Électriques
07/04 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
07/06 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Downunder
07/07 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
07/08 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
07/09 – West Chester, PA – The Note
07/10 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium w/ Dream Theater

Get the self-titled debut CD of Charred Walls Of The Damned now at http://www.emp.de/ !


*** PRESS RELEASE #13 ***
-New Pitch Black Records Site & Webstore Launched

Pitch Black Records have launched a revamped version of their Web site adding more content and features and everyone is invited to drop by and explore it. Aiming at a clean and simple design the new Web site is easy to navigate and (among other new features) it now offers detailed pages on each label artist.

Along with the main site a new webstore has been launched featuring all the label’s releases and merchandise as well as a selection of old and new “Cyprus scene” releases. Visit http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ .

Of course the eagerly anticipated Arryan Path TERRA INCOGNITA Special Edition is now available and is moving FAST! Limited to just 50 numbered copies it comes in a wooden engraved case and includes an extra disc with bonus audio and video material.

“Arryan Path are well-crafted melodic traditional heavy and power metal, a rare consistency that makes for a solid and entertaining work. Quite recommended.” – Dangerdog.com

“Simply stunning. Arryan Path really have put together a scintillating mix of light and shade with TERRA INCOGNITA and one which will definitely be featuring in my end of year best of lists.” – Sea Of Tranquilty.org

Pitch Black Records is also very pleased to be supporting the following four metal festivals happening this summer:


Pitch Black Records is a co-organiser for Power Of The Night V (headlining Ross the Boss featuring Scott Columbus) so more information concerning the festival will be made available on the label’s site soon.


*** PRESS RELEASE #14 ***
-Flamenco Guitar Master Benjamin Woods Of The Band Flametal Releases New CD HEAVY MELLOW Featuring Steve Stevens, July 6th, 2010 On Flametal Records

“It’s not hard to believe that Ben Woods might have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical virtuosity. With dark, feral eyes and fingers blurring on the guitar, it’s easy to imagine him at a crossroads cutting the deal” – East Bay Express~

HOLLYWOOD — Benjamin Woods and his monster creation Flametal will release their latest masterpiece HEAVY MELLOW July 6th on Flametal Records. This album embraces the metal-works of Slayer, Megadeth, Kiss and the Scorpions to name a few. “This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other Flametal releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom.”

Woods is a new breed of virtuoso and a speed metal guitarist from the start. By a twist of fate Woods gear was stolen by a junkie, leaving him with only a Spanish Guitar to practice on. This was the defining moment that ignited a passion for Flamenco Guitar. After spending years studying and performing authentic Flamenco, Woods created the genre-bending group Flametal, earning him an international reputation as the master of Flamenco and Metal. Playing Metal without a pick, or distortion would seem impossible to most, but through his training and creativity, Woods is the first and only musician to successfully combine real Flamenco and Metal. Here he pays tribute to some of his favorite metal tunes, played in the Flamenco idiom, with traditional accompaniment. “I had to use all my Flamenco knowledge to play these metal favorites without losing the integrity so I picked great songs with great melodies. On some songs I sped up the tempo, dropped a verse or created a new solo version only slightly changing the arrangements,” explains Woods. “The King Diamond song was a great challenge to put into the 12/8 time Flamenco rhythm of Bulerias, and the solo was definitely fun, but a bitch to learn on the Spanish guitar. The Megadeth tune was difficult to create melodies from Mustaine’s vocal grunts and growls, but cool how it fit into the slithery rhythm of Tanguillos. I was very fortunate to have Steve Stevens do some nylon and electric guitar solos on my original tune ‘Cursed.’ It’s a raw preview of what the next original Flametal album will be with many great guest artists featured.”

Woods has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording as HEAVY MELLOW unveils him to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and Flamenco guitar. Woods is also one of the only American Flamenco guitarists to ever grace the pages of Spain’s national newspaper El Pais, and Spain’s number one Flamenco publication ALMA 100.

Woods’ raw energy combined with exotic and sophisticated acoustic playing and the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre.

Flametal’s new album HEAVY MELLOW is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. For more information visit http://www.flametal.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/flametal .

*** PRESS RELEASE #15 ***
-While Heaven Wept Live Album Details Announced

While Heaven Wept are currently working on the forthcoming release of their new live album TRIUMPH:TRAGEDY:TRANSCENDENCE – LIVE AT THE HAMMER OF DOOM FESTIVAL set for a November 2010 release date.

TRIUMPH:TRAGEDY:TRANSCENDENCE will be made available as a CD/DVD set courtesy of Cruz Del Sur Music, as well as a 2xLP set via a joint collaboration between Cruz Del Sur Music, Iron Kodex, and High Roller Records. The DVD portion will contain several bonus features that will be detailed after the band will finish the studio work on the masters.

The release is a stunning 24-track audio capture of While Heaven Wept’s performance at the Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany on February 6th, 2010. The final master will be later synchronized to the multi-camera pro-shot footage, resulting in the band’s very first DVD. This release is guaranteed to take all fans by surprise, seen the awesome quality of both audio and video materials.

The philosophy behind this release is twofold; First, it is an expression of gratitude to everyone who attended the show — who made it such a special, unforgettable experience for the band. Secondly, being that there are so many fans of the band who they’ve not been able to reach tour-wise, this record should help tide those fans over until While Heaven Wept can make it to their town.

In the words of WHW’s Tom Phillips, “The audio quality of this release is incredible — perhaps in some ways better than even VAST OCEANS LACHRYMOSE — along with the excellent energy of the performances and the excitement of the improvisations. The video is even more amazing, so expertly filmed and edited by our friends at Streetclip TV in Germany.”

Expect TRIUMPH:TRAGEDY:TRANSCENDENCE – LIVE AT THE HAMMER OF DOOM FESTIVAL to be an incredible live testimonial of WHV excellent musicianship and stage power, a release which will haunt your stereo and DVD player for many a night of relentless epic doom!!


*** PRESS RELEASE #16 ***
-Atrocity Feat. Yasmin — New Album AFTER THE STORM North American Release Date Set For September 15th!!!

Attention, Atrocity fans — hot news! The brand-new album of Atrocity feat. Yasmin is entitled AFTER THE STORM, and it will be released soon in North America on September 15th. This is, without a doubt, a very special album based on a cooperation between the band and guest female singer Yasmin. Admirers of the legendary and just re-released CALLING THE RAIN E.P. won’t have to wait any longer. Atrocity is surely the only metal band which attracts fans from the metal scene as well as from ethno, folk and world-music genres.

Says founding vocalist Alex Krull: “Fans and musicians of the band have been waiting much too long for the continuation of CALLING THE RAIN. Now time has finally come and we just can’t wait to let our fans hear and enjoy the new songs. We are incredibly happy with the result. The songs contain great rhythms, the music is sounding very special and organic; moreover, the energetic vocals together with the mythological-based lyrics convey a magic atmosphere. Well, once more it’s time to take blinkers off! Just listen, and it will take you away!”

Below you will find more details in the official product information to the release AFTER THE STORM:

***Ethno meets Metal***

Atrocity are one of the most successful metal bands from Germany. In addition, the group is one of the most experimental and diverse music acts in the history of metal, because they have the courage to explore new musical horizons. At the same time, Atrocity stands for top-notch productions. With their previous studio effort, the longplayer WERK 80 II, the band entered the top 20 of the German Media Control Charts. Some time ago, the “Metal chameleon” decided to work together with vocalist Yasmin — no one else than the sister of front man and producer Alexander Krull — on a new project. This comes as no surprise, as the band already worked with the A-list vocalist in the mid Nineties. The result of this cooperation was the E.P. CALLING THE RAIN, which turned out as a forerunner milestone of the scene. The songs were a perfect blend of ethnic elements, world music and metal. Up to this point, this was especially for a metal group an unimaginable mix of atmospheric yet gripping musical diversity. The latest Atrocity Feat. Yasmin album AFTER THE STORM does not simply repeat the collaboration, but elevates the songwriting and production to a new level. All instruments were performed live and a huge amount of percussions allows for a tapestry of complementary rhythms. The driving and tribal-like beats are the foundation of Atrocity’s music and allows for an intense and fascinating atmosphere. The string instruments and vocals harmonize perfectly with the mood of the individual songs and with the whole music respectively. Besides wonderful atmospheric songs such as the title track “After The Storm” or the emotional “Silvan Spirit,” true rock songs like “Black Mountain” or the anthem “Transilvania” show a completely new side to a metal band. With the mystical songs “A New Arrival” and “As The Sun Kissed The Sky” or the music-turned-Celtic-legend “The Otherworld” Atrocity, together with the exotic vocals of Yasmin, takes the audience into a mythological world. The band featuring the singing siblings Alex and Yasmin switches to high gear with the catchy song “Call Of Yesteryear!” No listener will remain untouched. The music of Atrocity Feat. Yasmin can only be described with one word: unique!

Atrocity Feat. Yasmin – AFTER THE STORM

1. A New Arrival
2. Call Of Yesteryear
3. After The Storm
4. Silvan Spirit
5. Black Mountain
6. As The Sun Kissed The Sky
7. Transilvania
8. The Flight Of Abbas Ibn Firnas
9. Goddess Of Fortune And Sorrow
10. The Otherworld
11. Eternal Nightside

Produced by Alexander Krull at Mastersound Studio

North American Release Date for Atrocity Feat. Yasmin AFTER THE STORM is September 15th!!!

Available exclusively as noble matte-printed digi-pak and, moreover, as strictly limited “Deluxe Edition” with a noble matte-printed slipcase including both Digi-paks Atrocity Feat. Yasmin AFTER THE STORM and the re-mastered Atrocity Feat. Yasmin CALLING THE RAIN incl. bonus track.

Unique – Ethno meets Metal!
A mythological journey round the world
For fans of Folk, Metal, Dead Can Dance and Loreena McKennitt!

Artwork by Stefan Heilemann

*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-Eternal Descent Update

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

Los Angeles’ Meltdown Comics Hosts “Eternal Descent” Comic Book Signing; Win An ESP Eternal Descent Graphics Series “LYRA” Guitar

Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, CA will host a comic book signing event at 7 p.m. Friday, August 6th featuring guitarist and Eternal Descent creator Llexi Leon. In conjunction with the signing, you can also enter a contest for a chance to win an ESP Eternal Descent graphic series guitar featuring the art of Eternal Descent comic character Lyra. For updates about the contest, please visit http://www.meltcomics.com/ . A winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced at the comic book signing on August 6th. Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, phone 323-851-7223.

“Eternal Descent” Comic Book Featuring Wayne Static Issue #4 — Presales Now Available; Static-X Front Man Lands Cameo Appearance In Heavy Metal Comic Book Series

“Eternal Descent” comic book presales for issue #4 are now available. Issue #4 features guitarist Wayne Static of the popular metal band Static-X. In the storyline, Wayne is featured as a super-powered nemesis under Loki’s control, taking on heroes Lyra and Sirian. Depicting a sequence inspired by Static-X song “Electric Pulse,” “Eternal Descent” presents Wayne Static as you’ve never seen him before.

A list of Issue #4 presales retailers is at http://www.eternaldescent.com/events/eternal-descent-4-featuring-static-x-available-for-pre-order . The comic book will be available at comic book stores worldwide in September through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multimedia concept ETERNAL DESCENT, recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians. The initial launch issue was released on March 31st, 2010 with subsequent issues to be released every 4-6 weeks, spotlighting God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2, and Gus G of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne in issue 3. Other bands including Atreyu, Shadows Fall, and Soulfly are slated for upcoming cameo appearances in subsequent issues.

Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue #4 comic book artwork are available for viewing at these links:

Issue #4 Cover Image:

Issue #4 Artwork Gallery:

The Eternal Descent comic book is also available in the Playstation Portable (PSP) format at the Sony Playstation Portable site ( http://tinyurl.com/ygg2yx3 ).

Llexi Leon, creator of the multimedia concept Eternal Descent, recruits ESP-endorsed artists for cameo appearances in the “Eternal Descent” comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians. The initial launch issue was released by IDW Publishing on March 31st, 2010 with subsequent issues to be released every 4-6 weeks, spotlighting God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2, and Gus G of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne in issue 3. Other bands including Static X, Atreyu, Children Of Bodom, and Soulfly are slated for upcoming cameo appearances in subsequent issues.

Leon began making noise in London, England in 2005. His highly intricate guitar style exhibits the many influences corralled to create his intense sound — from classical, flamenco, electronica, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. All of these genres infused to one, Leon has built a cinematic metal fantasia with his music which has branched out to a comic book series. His main aspirations are bringing stories to life through escapism. He utilizes everyday events and his vivid imagination to drive him to create more avenues for his multimedia enterprise. To prove its tangibility, Llexi Leon, has recruited artists from Marvel, DC Comics, The Darkness and Magdelina on pencils, inks, coloring:

~ Jason Metcalf on pencils and inks, and a driving force behind detailing the “Eternal Descent” world, who previously worked on “The Darkness” and “Magdelina.”

~ David Rivera will begin inking over Jason’s pencils from issue two and beyond, while Javier Tartaglia and Joel Chua, both veterans of many Marvel and DC comics titles, provide stunning colors.

Eternal Descent endorses ESP Guitars. Ovation Guitars, Kahler Tremolos, DiMarzio Pickups Ernie Ball Strings, Marshall Amps, Digitech Pedals, Guitar Grip, Pickboy, and Coffin Case.

Eternal Descent Web sites:

Official site


Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Eternal Descent Event Page


*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: Hogjaw
Album Title: IRONWOOD
Label: independent – swampjawbeamusic L.L.C
Street Date: May 11th, 2010
Genre: Rock, Southern Rock


Like a Four wheel Drive, Hogjaw, have taken the off-road into the music industry head-on. Blazing they’re own trail of rock & roll, Hogjaw, have brought back the sound of pure listening. Cranking tunes and bringing music back for the people that can be understood by all walks. With vocals telling stories, guitars blazing & drums thundering: Hogjaw’s record’s are going to come at you like a freight train of sound!

Hailing from the desert land of Arizona, Hogjaw is bringing in the rock from the Southwest. The quartet includes Jonboat Jones (vocals/guitar), Kreg Self (lead guitar), Elvis DD (Bass) & J. “Kwall” Kowalski (drums) deliver a dose of genuine rocking goodness.

Hogjaw was formed in late 2006 through the power of jamming… “when we realized what we had, it just snowballed.” Everyone in the band is standing friends from High School and with one common goal, rockin’, it became easy for the music to develop. With years of playing in label bands, touring afar, and playing beat-up acoustic guitars in and around the hills, these guys find their talents on a way of their own. It is spoken through the songs… and with support from everyone surrounding Hogjaw…. Things couldn’t be better for the group!

The band has had the opportunity to spend most of 2009 & 2010, traveling the States playing music from Major events, to playing Clubs and Bars with acts like Cowboy Mouth, Ratt, Helmet, Valient Thorr to Railbenders, Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Van Zant, etc. The album DEVIL IN THE DETAILS was in the top sales for ’08, ’09 & 10′ at CDBABY.com… Their videos have been in the top 10 at OurStage.com and also the record has been picked up by many European & English distributors with turn around sales. Locally the group recently had their CD acknowledged as top 5 record of the year by “you asked for it” at the Phoenix New times… Also with a nomination in the hard rock category for the Phoenix new times “summer of sound” concert series ’09.

Now with the second installment of the Hogjaw catalog, IRONWOOD. Two years after the first release (DEVIL IN THE DETAILS) the band is still on course. Singing songs that define the artists and keeping true to what they stand for. The sophomore record shows more growth from the quartet, which is what you would expect a group to do…

Give them both a spin and we hope you dig it as much as we all do in the HJ camp… Cheers to everyone and look forward to hearing back some feedback!!!

Band Lineup:
Jonboat Jones – Lead Vocals/guitar
Kreg Self – Lead Guitar
Elvis DD – Bass
Kwall – Drums/ BK vocals

Track Listing:
1. Rollin Thunder
2. Blacktop
3. Three Fifty Seven
4. Ol’ Slippery Willie
5. County Line
6. Ain’t Ever Gonna Win (Without A Little Bit Of Sin)
7. Two Guns
8. Walkin
9. Flathead
10. Hornswogglin

Band: Mike Campese
Label: Mike Campese Music
Street Date: 6/1/2010
Genre: Rock Fusion


About Mike Campese

Mike Campese is known as a guitar virtuoso, he is an all-around music performer, session artist competent in many musical styles, electric and acoustic. Mike has been featured and is a lesson writer for many national guitar magazines such as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, he has done several full-page lessons for these magazines. Mike also writes lessons for several online sites such as Guitar9.com, ibreathemusic, Chops From Hell, Shed Academy, Premier Guitar and many more. Mike teaches over 60 students a week and is one of the top teachers in the N.Y. area. He has released three instructional DVDs for Chops From Hell: VIRTUOSO ROCK FUSION CONCEPTS, CREATIVE SPEED-BUILDING PICKING TECHNIQUES, and MELODIC SHRED.

Mike attended one of the world’s top guitar school Musicians institute (GIT) in Hollywood, California and graduated with Honors. He studied with many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Keith Wyatt and many more.

Mike was a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and recieved a Gold record for his work, and has appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd WARMTH IN THE WILDERNESS on the Lion Music label in Finland, which was a international release. Mike performed and opened for many national acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen on two tours, Michael Schenker, The B-52’s, Lou Reed, The members of Yes and Asia, K.C. And The Sunshine Band, Spin Doctors, Little Steven, Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls, Sebastian Bach on two tours, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett of Triumph, Lizzy Borden, Vinnie Moore and many many more.

Mike has released seven solo CDs to date and performs locally and nationally. January 2007-2010 Mike played at the NAMM show in Anaheim California. Mike’s fan base is growing internationaly and has appeared on national radio and TV and his music has been used for a Lions Gate movie. He is endorsed by several national companies, be sure to visit http://www.mikecampese.com/ for more info and shows.

ELECTRIC CITY by Mike Campese

ELECTRIC CITY is the seventh solo release from guitar virtuoso Mike Campese. The 14 song, over 76 minute CD is filled with some of the most blistering guitar work Mike has ever recorded. The CD kicks off with a bang with the tune “Eleventh Degree” featuring some intense melodic shredding and jazzy harmonies. Just when you thought you heard some crazy guitar playing, Campese takes it up another notch with “Shred Machine,” which is just pure non-stop shredding done very tastefully. This is defiantly Mike Campese’s most heaviest CD to date, with the down tuned song “Heavy Thing” and the in-your-face progressive vocal tune “LandShark.”

Mike Campese really shows off his versatility with the indian inspired tunes like “Cruisin Across The Mojave” and “Camelryde.” Like each Mike Campese CD there is something for everyone, Campese does some pretty intense over-the-top guitar work, especially on the demonic arpeggio blistering tune “Over The Top,” which Paganini fans would love and the face melting tune “Napali Coast.” Mike does sing on a few tracks on this disc like on the epic tune “Kauai Blue,” which is loaded with lush harmonies.

Mike can really shred but he has a strong sense of melody that he is known for which can be heard on his catchy ballad “Closer To The Sun” that has some beautiful haunting melodies. Campese even gets a little funky on the tunes “Butterfingers” and “Punk Ass,” featuring some hip sassy melodies. The Mike Campese fans are going to love this Cd and it should bring him over the top.

Track Listing:
1. Eleventh Degree
2. Shred Machine
3. Heavy Thing
4. Cruisin Across The Mojave
5. Over The Top
6. Kauai Blue
7. Closer To The Sun
8. Napali Coast
9. Punk Ass
10. Landshark
11. Shred
12. The Bitch Upstairs
13. Butterfingers
14. Camelryde

TSM/SLW Promotions

*** PRESS RELEASE #19 ***
-Andrew W.K. And G.G. Allin “Condensed Carnage” Aggronautix Throbblehead Figures Announced

Two dudes, two initials each, different eras, way different people… Both party hard personas.

Aggronautix is releasing two new Throbbleheads, Andrew W.K. (limited to 1,000) and G.G. Allin “Condensed Carnage” Edition (unlimited).

Andrew W.K., the king of party music, needed some sweet merch for the Warped Tour, so Aggronautix created a sweet ass Throbblehead for him. This figure ($19.95 SRP) captures Andrew raging on stage and is limited to 1,000 numbered units, stands at 7 inches tall, and is made of super strong polyresin. Displayed in a windowed box, he’s accurately sculpted right down to the bloody face, arm tats, watch, and dirty whites.

Link to buy: http://www.aggronautix.com/products.cfm?productid=22

Hi-Res Image: http://tinyurl.com/2v3rlam

Box Art: http://tinyurl.com/32ljn2e

Sketches by Peter Wonsowski: http://tinyurl.com/3yfxw6r

The G.G. Allin “Condensed Carnage” Edition is a smaller version of the original G.G. “1991” limited edition throbblehead that quickly sold out. The figure ($14.95 SRP) stands at 5 inches tall and is made of a lightweight polyresin. Displayed in a windowed box, here G.G. is accurately sculpted right down to the tattoos, blood, and filth. Mount him on your dash or on your hood, carry him in your your pocket, take him everywhere!

Link to buy: http://www.aggronautix.com/products.cfm?productid=23

Hi-Res Image: http://tinyurl.com/395m2ya

Box Art: http://tinyurl.com/329lzm9

Both throbblehead figures will be distributed by MVD Entertainment Group — a company specializing in music-related distribution since 1986 — and DKE Toys — a wholesale distributor of urban / vinyl / designer art / objects / toys / figurines.

Andrew W.K. is the seventh punk personality to be polyresinated by Aggronautix. In May of 2009, the company launched with a highly popular G.G. Allin “1991” figure, which was limited to 2,000 numbered units.

All Aggronautix figures are now available for purchase on http://www.aggronautix.com/ or http://www.seeofsound.com/ and will also be available at many independent retailers, comic shops, tattoo parlors, and Walmart (just kidding).

*** PRESS RELEASE #20 ***
-2Cents Remain On The Road With Two Upcoming Tours

Out of all the up-and-coming metal bands out there at the moment, few are as hard-working/hard-touring as 2Cents. Comprised of the brother tandem Adam (lead vocals, drums) and Dave O’Rourke (guitar, vocals), and Adair Cobley (guitar) and Jason Wendell (bass), 2Cents recently completed a tour opening for Korn, and has also played alongside such renowned acts as Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage, Rise Against, Pennywise, Static X, and Gwar, among many others.

Now, 2Cents will have further names to add to their resume, as they will be launching a co-headlining tour this July and August with Seasons After, and then afterwards, will be joining the multi-band Black Label Berzerkus Tour. In support of their latest release, DRESS TO KILL (which was released via Eight O Five Records, and produced by Matt Hyde), the quartet will be playing the dates with Seasons After during July and August, and as part of the Black Label Berzerkus Tour throughout September and November, which will be headlined by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, and feature additional performances by Clutch and Children Of Bodom.

2Cents is featured in the latest issue of Revolver Magazine (on stands now), and their latest single, “Now You Know,” is receiving some serious attention at rock radio. Sink your your teeth into DRESS TO KILL, and get ready for a supreme one-two punch, when 2Cents rocks a town near you!

UPCOMING 2CENTS TOUR DATES [with Seasons After]:

7/24 – Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
7/25 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
7/27 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
7/29 – Abilene, TX @ Midnite Rodeo 3
7/30 – San Antonio, TX @ Zombies
8/01 – Little Rock, AR @ The Village
8/02 – Jackson, MS @ Fire
8/05 – Greenville, SC @ Handlebar
8/09 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
8/10 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
8/15 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty’s North


*** PRESS RELEASE #21 ***
-City Of Fire’s Self-Titled Debut Due Out August 24th

It was early 2008 when the Cobalt Hotel in Vancouver hosted the reunion of Caustic Thought, a popular local band that had not played together for twelve years. Little did bassist Byron Stroud (Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole), drummer Bob Wagner (Econoline Crush), and guitarist Ian White know at the start that this special evening would light a spark that would take this reunion further than they initially expected.

After recruiting guitarist Terry Murray, the four decided to rearrange, write and record new material. As the writing came together Byron reached out to friend and band mate Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers, G//Z/R, Ministry) and the final member was found. The spark that ignited on that very special night among old friends had now become a spirited new band… City Of Fire was complete.

The band’s self-titled debut contains eleven energetic and melodic songs that reflect the band’s immensely talented musicianship. Three additional songs were recorded earlier this year adding to the album’s overall depth. Bell recalls of the early sessions, “I have always loved Vancouver. During this session, my eyes were intensely aware that Vancouver is vibrant with life, like a raging fire. This is where the name of the band came from. I was inspired like never before and I believe it shows.”

Musically, City Of Fire finds its roots in everything from metal to hard rock to punk, and boasts a more commercially-oriented sensibility; a sound reflective of the evolving maturity of its members and audience. Sonically hard yet groove heavy, the band has conceived a sound that distinguishes itself from the rest.

“Byron and I have always talked about music and realized that we had many similarities between us: the same music likes and dislikes,” Bell explained to popular music site Noisecreep. “Byron knew that I would love the music he and the guys were creating and he was right. When I first heard the music, I was excited by the sounds I heard.”

CITY OF FIRE will see U.S. release just as Fear Factory finish up their Canadian run of dates which will include their performance at Montreal’s Heavy MTL Festival where the band will appear alongside Megadeth, Slayer, Mastodon, Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb Of God and more.

CITY OF FIRE Track Listing
1. “Carve Your Name”
2. “Gravity”
3. “Rising”
4. “A Memory”
5. “Spirit Guide”
6. “Coitus Interruptus”
7. “Hanya”
8. “Emerald”
9. “Hollow Land”
10. “Dark Tides”
11. “Rain”
12. “Children Of The Revolution” (bonus)
13. “Last Wish” (bonus)
14. “Dark Tides Revisited” (bonus)
15. “Rising” (video)



*** PRESS RELEASE #22 ***
-Nocturnal Fear: New Lineup + Next Album Update!

Led by Michigan thrash institution Nocturnal Fear, the battle against false metal rages on! Outmanned and outgunned pockets of resistance continue to inflict serious carnage upon the enemy. From the frontlines, Nocturnal Fear reports: “Our perimeter is now fortified by ‘The Axes Of Death’ Chris on guitar and new ‘SpecialForces Kommando’ Warmonger on bass. That’s right! An alliance has been formed with the enigmatic nuclear-war bass-assassin Warmonger! The prophesied Circle Of Iron is complete!”

Even now, deep underground in their reinforced concrete blast-proof bunker, Nocturnal Fear plan their next onslaught, EXCESSIVE CRUELTY, again to be released by Moribund Records. “We shall emerge no sooner than this winter, STRONGER, FASTER, LOUDER, and HEAVIER to unleash an assault that will CRUSH the enemy into submission,” says the band. “Trendy false-metal scum are in for a rude awakening, for they have made a fatal error in miscalculating the resolve of the true legions of metal — Nocturnal Fear ‘bangers kill!!!”

A release date for Nocturnal Fear’s EXCESSIVE CRUELTY will be announced later this year. In the meantime, consult http://www.myspace.com/nocturnalfear and http://www.moribundcult.com/ .

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-Votum Added To Metal Hammer Festival 2010

Polish prog metallers Votum recently confirmed their appearances at this year’s edition of the Metal Hammer Festival in Poland alongside Katatonia, Opeth, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside and headliners Korn (with one band still to be announced). The event will take place on August 27 at Spodek Hall in Katowice.

Votum formed in Warsaw in 2003. The band will unleash their second full-length, METAFICTION, in the U.S. on August 3 via Armoury Records. At once dark, somber and beautiful, METAFICTION was recorded at the famed Izabelin Studio in Poland and is a seven-track concept album that focuses as much on the music as it does the lyrics and visual art surrounding it. Votum’s concern is not of the particular style of music they play but rather the atmosphere pouring from within. For fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree and Anathema.

“…METAFICTION is a progressive musical puzzle. A puzzle to a psychotic search. A mindgame; look for the pieces, connect them together and write the ending of the story.” – Power Of Prog Blog

Metal Hammer Festival 2010

Korn (US)
Opeth (SE)
Katatonia (SE)
Riverside (PL)
Pain Of Salvation (SE)
Votum (PL)
+ 1 more band TBA

Doors: 12.45
Start: 13.30

For ticket info visit:


-Anihilated’s SCORCHED EARTH POLICY is out now on Killer Metal Records in Europe. See http://www.killermetalrecords.de/ and http://www.myspace.com/killermetalrecords for more.

-Bill Aucoin, Kiss’ first manager who also went on to work with Billy Idol, Billy Squier, and many others, passed at away Monday at the age of 66. Reports indicate he died “of surgical complications from prostate cancer.”

-The “lost” Blacktask track “Polaris” is now available on CD Baby and iTunes at these links:


The track was recorded in 1987 after the band’s LONG AFTER MIDNIGHT release, and more tracks from those sessions will be released soon. In related news, guitarist Warren Appleby’s a cover of Jethro Tull’s “Teacher” available at these links:


See http://www.blacktask.net/ , http://www.warrenappleby.com/ , and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/WarrenAppleby1 for more.

-Exodus will make a one-off appearance at OZZfest’s show in San Bernardino, CA, on August 14. Check out a new interview with vocalist Rob Dukes, a live review, and a photo gallery at these links:


See http://www.exodusattack.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/exodus for more.

-Ferreira, featuring songwriter/singer/guitarist/producer Marco Ferreira (Monkey Bite, Venturia, Goodbye Thrill), will release BETTER RUN!!! through Escape Music on July 23.

-Foghat’s “Born For The Road,” from LAST TRAIN HOME, can be downloaded for free at http://www.foghat.net/ . The band is urging fans to read reviews of the new album now at http://www.amazon.com/Last-Train-Home-Foghat/product-reviews/B003KNDL5K/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 .

-Forever’s Edge will release CHAOTIC SILENCE through Escape Music on July 13. The power metal band features singer Clay Barton (Suspyre), guitarist Salvatore Pisano, bassist Andrew Distabile (Suspyre), keyboardist Mike Khalilov (Empyreon, Revolution Renaissance), and drummer Frank Godla (Empyreon, Dividing Light), with guest female vocalist Sharon MacPherson and orchestration by Gregg Rossetti (Suspyre). Hype says the band’s music will appeal “to fans of Evergrey, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius, Adagio, Serenity, and Suspyre.”

-Halford’s new single “The Mower” is available now at HalfordMusic.com. It comes from the upcoming album MADE OF METAL, which is due out in October with a presale date sometime in August. The LIVE IN ANAHEIM soundtrack CD is now available for audio download at HalfordMusic.com. See http://www.RobHalford.com/ for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

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
8/13 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, 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.

-Iron Mask’s apperance at the Graspop Festival last month was marked with some lineup changes. Vocalist Carsten “Lizard” Schulz (Evidence One) filled in for Valhalla Jr., due to the latter’s emergency surgery, and keyboardist Phil Giordanna (Magic Kingdom, Fairyland) filled in while Andreas Lindahl had “other work engagements.” On a permanent basis, Rami Ali (Freedom’s Call, Evidence One) is the band’s new drummer. See http://www.iron-mask.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/ironmaskmetal for more.

-Jon Mullane will release SHIFT on July 23 through Escape Music. The disc features Harem Scarem guitarist Pete Lesperance, and was produced and co-written by Harem Scarem drummer Creighton Doane. The first single is “Sin City,” and the disc also features a re-mixed version of Mullane’s prior hit “Make You Move.”

-Online reports indicate Vince Neil (Motley Crue) was arrested the morning of Monday, June 28, in Las Vegas “on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

-Nuclear Blast Records has launched its Rockband Network games for all Rockband network users. Check out songs from these artists:

Arsis – http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002034
Death Angel – http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002396
Exodus – http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002806
Meshuggah – http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002233
Testament – http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002083

See http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/ for more.

-Ozzy Osbourne’s SCREAM sold 81,000 copies in the U.S. last week, enough to debut at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart.

-Revolver Magazine’s Metalzone Community is part of its Web site relaunch, which includes the ability to view and share videos, listen to and buy MP3s, and read the latest Revolver news. Check it out at http://www.revolvertv.com/ .

-Slayer has a new “Slayer: Pinball Rocks” pinball game app available for $2.99 at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/ . Hype: “The game will include original voiceovers from Slayer members as well as songs from Slayer’s latest American Recordings release, WORLD PAINTED BLOOD.” Check out a demo of the game/app at http://www.slayer.net/us/videos/slayer-pinball-rocks-demo .

-This summer’s Triple Threat Tour features Tracii Guns’ L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, and John Corabi:

7/17 – Jon Jon’s, Fresno, CA
7/18 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
7/29 – The Club @ Tom Dick & Harry’s, Green Bay, WI
7/31 – Shark City, Glendale Heights, IL
8/1 – Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
8/3 – Petit Cafe Campus, Montreal, QC
8/4 – The Rock Pile, Toronto, ON
8/5 – Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
8/6 – Jaxx, Springfield, VA
8/7 – Crazy Donkey, Farmingale, NY
8/11 – 37 Main, Buford, GA
8/20 – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
8/21 – Brixton, Redondo Beach, CA

Thanks to Roger Earl, Sebastian Eder, BraveWords.com, Wayne Parry, and HeadbangerNYC.com for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Yes, the new Halford song “The Mower” *is* pretty cool, if a little screechy, but I just can’t get over that title. A buddy of mine asked: “Really?!?! ‘The Mower’!?! Is this a late April Fools joke? ‘The Ripper’ & now ‘The Mower’?!?!” I admit, when I first read that title I wondered if “The Mower” would be part of an epic “Lawn Care Trilogy” along with “The Weedeater” and “The Mulcher.” Ah, I only tease because I love Rob Halford. Check out the song in the Knuckletracks player at BraveWords.com.

And speaking of the upcoming Halford album, MADE OF METAL, I wonder if the songs will truly be new recordings or if he’s planning to include some of the one-offs that have already been released, like “Drop Out” and “The Forgotten Generation” from METAL GOD ESSENTIALS – VOLUME 1 or “Fetish” and “God Bringer Of Death” from the RESURRECTION reissue. I’m hoping it’s a cohesive album of all new stuff.

-I pulled out Lillian Axe’s POETIC JUSTICE the other day, and after a quick perusal my 5-year-old asked, “Daddy, why are they all dressed like girls?” Ah, fashion.

-Neal found this — so blame him! This is horrible but funny:


-In my current playlist: Heathen – THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS (Mascot Records), Herman Rarebell – TAKE IT AS IT COMES (Dark Star Records), Bruce Kulick – BK3 (Twenty4 Record/Rocket Science), Delain – LUCIDITY (REISSUE) (Sensory).

*** FEEDBACK ***
1. From: jeffwalsh@aol.com (Jeff Walsh)

I totally agree with your comments on Ratt and their album cover. I think they must have overthought that. But when you have that cool skeleton Ratt thing they use in artwork I think a plan on that with a bunch of those on the cover (animated or life like) would have been really cool. It would have been easy to come up with something better than what they chose. They have this great set of songs and their promotional aspects highlight all the wrong things. That cover does nothing to imply the contents of the album are so good or cool or rocking. I was also disappointed in their video for Best of Me. No one wants to see Stephen Pearcy sucking face with some girl… especially not with how much older he is these days… maybe in the actual 80s that might have seemed cool in a video. That and their minimal stage in the video made me think more about how far off things are for them now compared to their heyday rather than just thinking about where they are now in a positive sense. I would have liked to see them do something that would have been more energetic and inspiring both in a video and an album cover to really generate excitement and interest among current and even potential new fans. This is the rock band/guitar hero era… we are finally in a phase where the younger kids are more open to 80s style metal… the impression you’d want to give would be “COOOL!” and “AWESOME” not… “EWWW” or “WEAK STAGE”. I understand bands dont have the budgets they used to… but I think many of these bands still could do more than they do to update the cool factor. That is the stuff, along with the music that won many of us over back in the day… and those things tend to be pretty universally appealing to kids in certain age ranges… and kids (whether 10, 15, 20, 25 etc… are still people you’d want to win over… I would think it is easier to build some diehards in those sets than to win over people who already have an opinion of you from back in the day.

[Well said! Agreed 100%. I know we’re being hypercritical but we can do that since we’re fans. 🙂 The album is so strong that I hope it gets its due recognition, and that it gets “discovered” by some of the young ‘uns out there, despite that dang goofy artwork. – Tim]

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