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Issue #556

Issue #556
Week of July 12, 2010

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-They’re filming “Transformers 3” here in Chicago. I think I’ll swing down to the set and try to get Optimus Prime’s autograph. – Tim

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-Kiss: Meet & Greet and Flip Video Camera Packages Now Available

If you don’t already have tickets to the tour and you want a VIP experience, get one of the three VIP ticket packages with your ticket included. The Meet & Greet package includes many exclusive offers available no where else like an autographed photo and a personal photograph with the band. The Flip Video package includes a limited edition KISS Flip Video Camera made exclusively available for this package only!

KISS Meet & Greet Experience

o One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 5 rows of the stage
o Exclusive Meet & Greet with the members of KISS
o Personal photograph with KISS
o Autographed 8X10 photo
o Exclusive, Limited Edition KISS Flip Video Camera
o Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
o Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
o Official Meet and Greet Laminate
o Set of KISS guitar picks
o $25 voucher to the official KISS on-line store

Exclusive Flip Video Package

*Limited edition for this VIP package only!

o One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 10 rows of the stage
o Exclusive, Limited Edition KISS Flip Video Camera
o Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
o Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
o Commemorative Tour Laminate
o Set of official KISS guitar picks
o $25 voucher to the official KISS on-line store
o Two guests per show will be upgraded to the KISS Meet & Greet Experience

Premium Ticket Package

o One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
o Specially Designed KISS Concert Shirt
o Collectible KISS Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
o Commemorative Tour Laminate
o Set of official KISS guitar picks
o $25 voucher to the official KISS on-line store
o Two guests per show will be upgraded to the KISS Meet & Greet Experience


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-American Carnage: Leg Two

Metalheads, rejoice: North America’s biggest thrash tour in 20 years is announced, as 1991’s original American “Clash Of The Titans” lineup — Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax — will tour together once again on Leg Two of the “American Carnage Tour.” This trek kicks off September 24 at Verizon Wireless Theatre in Dallas, TX and will play 20 dates, including New York’s Nassau Coliseum, concluding at Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on October 21.

On Leg Two of American Carnage, Megadeth will continue to roar through its landmark 1990 album RUST IN PEACE from front to back, while Slayer will rip the roof off by performing its much-lauded SEASONS IN THE ABYSS album, which was also released in 1990. Anthrax recently welcomed back singer Joey Belladonna, who defined the band during its heyday, and now permanently back in the band, will be front-and-center.

A special pre-sale will launch this Wednesday, July 14, and fans should log onto http://www.slayer.net/ , http://www.megadeth.com/ , or http://www.anthrax.com/ to obtain the special code needed for the pre-sale, and then go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/ ( http://knoxvilletickets.com/ for the Knoxville date) to purchase tickets. The public on-sale will begin July 23 in most markets.

In the spirit of beating the recession, there will be pre-sale discounts on all tickets in most markets (see below for more details), and if that’s not enough, a limited amount of $10 tickets will be available in many cities — log onto any of the bands’ Web sites or onto Ticketmaster’s site for those details.

Confirmed dates for Leg Two of the American Carnage Tour are as follows:

24 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Dallas, TX*
25 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX*
26 Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX*
28 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA*
30 Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

1 The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA*
2 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
3 Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL*
5 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA
6 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD*
8 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, NY*
9 Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA*
10 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH**
12 Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
14 War Memorial Coliseum, Ft.Wayne, IN*
15 DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, MI*
16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI**
19 E Center, Salt Lake City, UT
20 The Pearl, Las Vegas, NV
21 Gibson Amphitheatre, Hollywood, CA*

* $10 discount for tickets purchased during pre-sale (excluding the special $10 tickets)
** $5 discount for tickets purchased during pre-sale

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-Blind Guardian: Song Samples + Fifth Studio Trailer Now Online!

German metallers Blind Guardian have posted song samples of all ten tracks from the upcoming tenth studio album on the band’s homepage. Their fifth studio trailer featuring lead singer Hansi Kürsch is now available on YouTube.

AT THE EDGE OF TIME will be released in North America on August 24th and is the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s A TWIST IN THE MYTH, which debuted in North America at #21 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart.

A deluxe edition digi-pak with a bonus CD (6 songs, 1 video, and a documentary) plus a code for exclusive content at a special fan-only site will also be available.

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

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

Photos from the recording sessions for AT THE EDGE OF TIME can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.

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

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


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-Rage Signs New Deal With Nuclear Blast

With their current album STRINGS TO A WEB Rage climbed up to # 27 in the German charts and reached a great success worldwide. Also their headliner tour received a great ressonance and turned out to be one of the best they ever did. Their summer is in the sign of the festivals, but in between those, Rage signed a new deal with their partner Nuclear Blast.

“We are happy that our common history will continue. At Nuclear Blast we really feel beeing at home and we look forward to all upcoming projects. After the great success of STRINGS TO A WEB we are even more motivated and we saw the same energy in Nuclear Blast as well. Rage On – Metal Headz!!!” Victor – Peavy – André


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-Lion Music Label News

Guitar Virtuoso Month Continues…

Our celebration of our world renowned guitar talent continues with new interviews with Alex Masi whose new album THEORY OF EVERYTHING is out July 16th and Dutch guitar sensation Marcel Coenen of Sun Caged and solo work fame also checks in.

More additions are coming before the end of the week so keep checking the Guitar Virtuoso month homepage at http://www.lionmusic.com/virtuosoindex.html .

Also be sure to check out the numerous special deals running in the LM store at http://www.lionmusic.com/ShopSelect.htm .

Competition In Association With TruthInShredding.com

To further celebrate Guitar Virtuoso month we have teamed with the world’s leading guitar instrumental resource “Truth In Shredding.com” and we are offering three sets of Michael Harris CDs. To enter simply visit http://www.truthinshredding.com/ , look for the Lion Music logo at the top of the right hand side and enter the competition.

New Release Information Coming Soon

Hot new releases from Anthriel and Mindsplit coming in September, look out for full album details coming shortly.

Current / Latest Releases

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

Relevant Links


Contact Info

Lion Music
Kvarteret I Tiden
Elverksgatan 10
22100 Mariehamn

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-Sons Of Liberty: BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND Out Now!

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

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

Schaffer knew exactly what he was doing when he initially launched the Sons Of Liberty project via his very public and outspoken appearance on Alex Jones’ radio show, the man behind the controversial and wildly-popular http://www.infowars.com/ and “Prison Planet TV.”

You can download the song “Jeckyll Island” for free on MetalSucks.

You can check out this in-depth interview below where he talks about the song “Jeckyll Island.”

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

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

Buy CD from CMDistro.com


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-Power Of The Night Festival 5

The ultimate metal festival of Cyprus is back — bigger and better!

Pitch Black Records is thrilled to be co-organising this year’s Power Of The Night Festival, now in its fifth instalment.

For the first time since its inception, the festival will be held over two days and will include international bands as well. Along with nine local metal acts, the first day will see Greek epic metallers Marauder headlining while the second day will have all speakers blown by Ross The Boss with special guest Scott Columbus, both legendary of course, well known for their tremendous contribution to Manowar.

All the ingredients of a metal festival will be there, from hot dogs and an endless flow of beer to band merchandise and of course good LOUD music, guaranteeing two days of absolute fun and metal mayhem!

The full lineup is as follows:

Friday 23 July:
Marauder (GR)
Arryan Path (CY)
Zenith (CY)
Hardraw (CY)
Metal Blade (CY)
Temple Of Evil (CY)

Saturday 24 July:
Ross The Boss w/ special guest Scott Columbus (USA)
R.U.S.T. (CY)
Winter’s Verge (CY)
Solitary Sabred (CY)
Teror (CY)

Metal fans from abroad who will be enjoying the Cyprus sun during those days are invited to get in touch with Pitch Black Records for more information and to purchase their tickets through the label’s site.

The festival will take place at the University of Cyprus yard in Nicosia with gates opening at 17:30. Tickets are just 20EUR for both days and all tickets sold will be entered into a draw for an electric guitar.

Like every year the festival is dedicated in memory of those lost in traffic accidents, this year however it’s also dedicated to a special someone else; someone who still lives deep inside every metal fan’s heart…

For more information:

Pitch Black Records
PO BOX 28522

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-In This Moment Exclusive Pre-Order, Video Messages And Track-By-Track Video

After months of anticipation, the highly acclaimed new full-length In This Moment album, A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND, is now available in stores everywhere. The band kicked off their massive worldwide touring cycle for the new album by taking part in this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest, which started this past weekend. Check out a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals) now at the link below.

The new In This Moment disc will be exclusively available at the Century Media/Metal Army booth and this is the only place that the group will be doing any signings on the Mayhem Festival tour, so be sure to come say hello and get your disc signed. These signings are always 30 mins. after their set, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity.

Chris Howorth (guitars) checks in with the following Mayhem Fest report: “After only two days of Mayhem Fest performances I can confidently say this is the most fun we have ever had on a tour. The crowds are massive and so pumped up for music. The first show in San Bernardino was a hell of a kickoff and there had to be over 10,000 people going ape sh*t. There were people waving T- shirts that were on fire and some guy was shooting off fireworks in the middle of our mosh pit. It was pure Mayhem indeed. The second show in Mountain View was just as crazy. We were the headliner of the second stage and although we were a bit nervous at first we couldn’t believe how many people stayed to watch us headline and to keep it interesting Maria jumped into the crowd and incited a huge circle pit around the front of house tent. It was certainly a sight to behold.”

“We are beyond excited for the rest of the tour. We are doing exclusive signings every day at the Century Media/Metal Army booth and we can’t wait to meet everyone. Mayhem Fest kicks so much ass it’s hard to put it into words, so just come out and let all these bands kick your ass. On a side note our bus buddies Norma Jean turned out to be an outstanding group of guys and we are having a blast hanging out with them every day. Our new CD comes out today and we are really excited for everyone to hear our new stuff. Rock on!”

ORDER NOW: In This Moment – A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND CD + Shirt + Button + Sticker + Photo


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

Just to further wet fans’ voracious appetites for this new material even more, the band has posted the new track, “Just Drive” on their MySpace page, so click on the link below now to check it out.


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-Napalm Records News

Jaldaboath: Heraldic Templar Metal

Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Jaldaboath. The Heraldic Templar Metal of these British newcomers will be sure to inspire both noble damsels and mighty knights this September. Dragon slayers and crusaders will find more details at the band’s MySpace page.


Atrocity Feat. Yasmin Release New Album

“Ethno meets metal” is the motto of the latest Atrocity album. This new work by mastermind Alex Krull was recorded in collaboration with the gifted vocalist Yasmin and will be released in September. Details may be found on the band’s MySpace site.


Edenbridge: “Making Of” The Video “Higher”

Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge just released a “making of” for the video to their latest hit “Higher” on YouTube. You may find the corresponding clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf7Q71kq77A . The video to “Higher” may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1dJDzB2OFU !


News From Middle-Earth

This past June Battlelore again entered the studio. Fans may read up on their experiences during the recording of the upcoming Middle Earth saga by visiting Battlelore’s studio diary:



Hatesphere Introduce New Front Man

After conducting auditions in Copenhagen, Hatesphere introduces their new front man Esben “Esse” Hansen. Unfortunately, bassist Mixen Lindberg has chosen to leave the band to pursue other projects. Mixen will temporarily replaced until the end of 2010 by the former Hatesphere member Mikael Ehlert.


Napalm Records

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-Death Angel Update

San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, Death Angel, have uploaded the album cover art by Brent Elliot White (Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex, Whitechapel) for their upcoming release entitled RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION, to their official MySpace page.

RELENTLESS RETRIBUTION is a full return to the band’s thrash roots and will be released on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America.

The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (Trivium, August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, White Chapel, Devildriver).

Vocalist Mark Osegueda commented:

“I haven’t been as excited about the cover artwork on any other Death Angel album as I am for this one! It fits the whole theme of the album! Angry and aggressive! I think what excites me most is that Brent did the artwork based on our lyrics! It wasn’t an already finished product. When we first saw Brent’s work we were floored by the mixture of fantasy meets reality and we knew we wanted him to do the artwork for this album! In the end he surpassed our expectations with the fiercest Death Angel album cover to date!”

Cover artist Brent Elliot White added:

“Originally the theme of this album was betrayal by those close to you and revenge against the deceitful. After a pretty spirited conversation with Rob and emails back and forth the saying ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ kept coming up. Basically we danced around that metaphor till it became pretty clear that a direct interpretation was the way to go. Illustrating betrayal and revenge in a single piece proved to be a challenge but as I received the lyrics to the songs things quickly fell into place.”

Deat Angel will be direct support to Swedish melodic metallers Soilwork this Summer. Joining them will be Quebec’s tech-death masters Augury, Roadrunner Records recording artists Mutiny Within, and pirate themed thrashers Swashbuckle.


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-Therion: SITRA AHRA Approaches!

Sweden’s genre-defying Therion have uploaded the artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (HammerFall, Edguy, Avantasia) for their new album, SITRA AHRA, onto their official Web site (best viewed with Mozilla Firefox).

Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, SITRA AHRA will be released later this year.

In regards to the new album, Therion mastermind Christofer Johnsson stated back in February, “Expect something spectacular, even by Therion’s standards!”

Track List:
01. Sitra Ahra
02. Kings Of Edom
03. Unguentum Sabbati
04. Land Of Canaan
05. Hellequin
06. 2012
07. Cu Chulain
08. Kali Yoga III
09. The Shells Are Open
10. Din
11. After The Inquisition: Children

In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-Candlemass) had official permanent member status. Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band’s new guitarist, who his live debut with Therion on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City. Comprising Therion’s new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass.


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-Eternal Descent, ESP Guitars Sponsor Gus G. Guitar Contest

Win An LTD GUS-600NT Guitar Played And Signed By Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G.

LONDON, UK — Eternal Descent and ESP Guitars have once again joined forces to sponsor a contest to win a guitar: an LTD GUS-600NT ESP guitar played and signed by Gus G. of Ozzy Osbourne. The LTD GUS-600NT Guitar has a light alder body with a flamed maple top, a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, Sperzel locking tuners, Tonepros bridge/tailpiece, Seymour Duncan Distortion (bridge) and ’59 (neck) pickups with a set-thru construction at 25.5″ scale. Contest entries are accepted from now until August 31, 2010 at http://www.eternaldescent.com/contest/ . A winner will be randomly selected from all entries. One entry per person.

In the latest issue of “Eternal Descent,” you saw Gus G. using his random star-shaped Signature Series guitar to battle the hordes. In real life, you can see Gus playing his Signature ESP in the latest Ozzy Osbourne videos and onstage at Ozzfest.

“Llexi Leon really caught my attention when I met him at NAMM, and he described his vision of combining actual rock dudes in his comic book series and doing an issue with each one,” explains guitarist Gus G. “I immediately asked him if we can be in one of his books and that’s how the whole thing started. It’s incredible! I feel Llexi has done a great job in capturing all of the band members’ characters.”

The “Eternal Descent” comic book series is inspired by and features cameos from a host of iconic metal musicians including the bands Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall, and Static X, among others. Issue 3 featuring Gus G. is available at comic retailers listed here:


Llexi Leon, the created of the “Eternal Descent” comic book, 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.

Eternal Descent web sites:

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-Colossus On Tour Now

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.


Mastered by Jamie King
Street Date: August 10th, 2010


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


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


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-Witchery – WITCHKRIEG Out Now; New video Coming Soon!

Witchery are proud to present another new track of the upcoming album WITCHKRIEG that will be released by Century Media Records June 21st, 2010 in Europe and June 29th, 2010 in North America. “From Dead To Worse” featuring a guest solo from Andy LaRoque of King Diamond fame can be heard on the band’s MySpace site http://www.myspace.com/witcherytheband . Guitarist Jensen: “Andy was an old friend of the band since he recorded the WITCHBURNER E.P. (back in 1999). I think all musicians would at some point like to play with other musicians that they respect. Like with jazz, the constellations of musicians are always changing, but with metal it’s a lot more rigid. Having people do guest solos is the closest way of collaborating in metal.” Other guest guitarists on the album are Gary Holt & Lee Altus (Exodus), Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Demonica), Jim Durkin (Dark Angel), and Kerry King.

Hard to believe that a satanic supergroup like Witchery never did a video before. But in their 13th year of unholy existence Jensen (The Haunted), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars), Rickard Rimfält (Séance), Martin Axe (Opeth, Bloodbath), and new vocalist Legion (ex-Marduk, ex-Devian) finally got together in Stockholm in early May to shoot a video for the title track of the new album WITCHKRIEG. The video is filmed, directed and produced by Daniel Larrson and Jensen’s The Haunted buddy Anders Bjoerler (At The Gates Productions). If you have seen Daniel Larrson’s amazing The Haunted “Trenches” video you will have an idea what the team is able to do.

Look for the video to debut this week!


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-Nightfall Update

Greek Metal Gods Nightfall have announced the track listing and release dates for their new album ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS.

Pompous, grandiose, savvy — the album attracts names from people who have been enjoying an earlier audition, offering satisfaction to the whole team involved in the genesis of it.

The band claims ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS the best Nightfall album so far, raising expectations to the maximum. “We have worked hard and we’ve put lots energy and effort in the details of the production. The outcome is massive and believe can attract any metal fan’s attention.”

The powerful Athenian act is now running on an ingenious combustible engine made of Greek, American and German blend and is aiming high. Dare to join!

The album’s artwork has been created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Katatonia, a.o.). It is unique and beyond Mr. Smith’s typical patterns. “The front cover depicts the sea, the grand opposite of the sky-cum-space, and the means we humans are inventing to explore the unexplored. We are part of this universe and we use its planets to navigate, to tune our lives through the ‘time’ set by their motion, and who knows, may be to escape to some day in the future.”

Nightfall prepared a video teaser to celebrate the unveiling of the great cover artwork. Click here to check out the video of the cover presentation and listen to excerpts of the upcoming new album ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS:


The album was recorded in various places with Soundlodge (Germany) being the main studio. It has been produced by Efthimis Karadimas (“Athenian Echoes”) and co produced by Jorg Uken (known from his work with God Dethroned, Dew Scented, and Sinister).

ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS will be released on August 27/30 in Europe and on August 31 in North America.

The track listing reveals the concept behind the album.

1. Intro
2. Astron Black
3. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon
4. Astra Planeta / We Chose The Sun
5. Ambassador Of Mass
6. The Criterion
7. Asebeia
8. I-I
9. Archon Basileus
10. Proxima Centauri / Dead Bodies
11. The Thirty Tyrants
12. Epsilon Lyrae

Nightfall formed in 1991 in Athens and have released seven albums since then. After the temporary fold of their wings for a few moments-cum-years, they enter the scene again with a brand new opus under the magnificent title ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS!

Nightfall is:
Efthimis Karadimas (vocals)
Evan Hensley (guitars)
Stathis Kassios (keyboards)
Jörg Uken (drums)

ASTRON BLACK AND THE THIRTY TYRANTS will be released August 27/30. Pre-order the CD for just 12,99 Euro at http://www.emp.de/ !


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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Band: Lazy Chaos
Label: Indie
Street Date: 06/06/10
Genre: Rock/Metal


Lazy Chaos is an original rock band based in St. Louis, Missouri. Lazy Chaos works on a foundation of hard rock and metal, but add generous elements of hip hop/rap, industrial, and pop sounds as well.

Lazy Chaos formed in late 2009. They’re currently playing shows, while promoting their first full-length album titled, MORAL CALCULUS. Lazy Chaos is also working on their first music video which will feature the track “Including You.”

Nick Lowery and Jeb Rice wrote and recorded the complete album in studio. Once complete, they recruited the remaining band members for live presentation.

The band is comprised of Nick Lowery – lead guitarist, keyboards, songwriter; Jeb Rice – lead vocals; Beto Moreno – Bass guitar; Brian Sax – guitar; and Tom Thiel – drums.

Track Listing:
1. Anti-Mandatory (3:18)
2. Combat Ambiance (2:51)
3. Moral Calculus (3:46)
4. Including You (3:44)
5. Blood Of A Relic (3:45)
6. 1118 – 1312 (3:21)
7. Making Frankenstein (2:31)
8. Cemetery Cherry (3:16)
9. Will Flow (2:39)
10. Outside The Wire (3:33)
11. Freak Of Freewill Entity (4:50)

Band: Melodrome
Album Title: FLOOD
Label: Soultube Music
Street Date: March 12, 2010
Genre: Rock


Formed in Autumn of 2000, Melodrome is comprised of singer/guitarist Robby Baier, bassist Jesko Stahl, and drummers Justin Guip (studio) and Kali Baba (live). Basically, Melodrome rocks. Everything else about them is just icing.

Yeah, there are the Independent Music and Songwriting Awards the track placements in the 2004 Academy Award nominated documentary “Ferry Tales” by Katja Esson (four songs plus original score), the national TV beer ads, the airplay on college and independent radio stations across North America. Oh, and the deal with BMG Europe in the ’90s of Baier’s and Stahl’s previous project Pearls At Swine.

So granted, the icing is a bit thick. But deep within their hot, gooey center this band is all about plugging in, turning up and making sure that everyone in the house is having a great time. Perhaps now more then ever: Melodrome has written a new batch of songs that take them (and their listeners) all the way back to their sweaty roots in a Berlin basement. That’s where Baier and Stahl met years ago and that’s where their blues based, hard hitting riffs first made their way through the grates up to the Kreuzberger streets, breaking hearts and kicking it.

Now, miles away from there, and with the help of fellow brother in arms Justin Guip (700 Miles, RCA) and live drummer Kali Baba (Arlo Guthrie, Xavier, Lord Hill), Melodrome has recorded their fourth release FLOOD. The new tracks are hard hitting rock anthems, stripped down to their bare assets: Driving beats, catchy riffs and soulful vocals. Mostly, the new tracks are a blast to listen to and don’t ask much of the casual listener other than to grin and do like an AC/DC Fan and bang your head. However if one decides to slip on some headphones to dig deeper into the lyrics, Baier’s words will take one up or down a flight to subtler levels of meaning and interpretation.

But wait… this is starting to sound like Melodrome cares much about stimulating your cerebral cortex with this release. No… If these tracks make your “soul rage” or your “heart race” (from their track “Rock With Me”) then their job is done. If you’re into crying about how and why your lover left, then ask them to play songs from one of their other records (HAPPENS WHILE YOU BLINK, THE SIDEWALK ENDS, PLAY AMERICA).

Recent Live Appearances: Albany, Live at 5: opening for Styx Pittsfield, Bousquet, Monterey, CA: Monterey Music Festival, with Spearhead, Cake, The Fugees, BRMC… Lenox, MA, Peace Festival at Aspenwell.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Robby Baier
Guitar: Robby Baier
Bass: Jesko Stahl
Drums: Kali Baba

Track Listing:
1. I Wanna Run
2. Complacent
3. Enough
4. Shelter
5. With My Friends
6. Time On My Hands
7. Sticky
8. Lie To Myself
9. Rock With Me
10. Oh Yeah
11. I Want You Gone


Melodrome takes out all the stops on this one and comes off like a New York City garage band channeling AC/DC. Features “Complacent” and “Enough.”

TSM/SLW Promotions

*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-Place Of Skulls To Release New Record This Fall

Knoxville, Tennessee doom metallers Place Of Skulls are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their long-awaited fourth full-length entitled AS A DOG RETURNS. The follow-up to 2006’s THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR was recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and founding guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row, Cathedral, Joe Hasselvander) with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing.

Said Griffin of the band’s latest output: “The new album AS A DOG RETURNS picks up dynamically where THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR left off. Where THE BLACK… album had a bit more of a depressive theme lyrically, the new album tends to look to a brighter outcome. Musically we’ve gone further than ever before with dynamics and production. Though all the Place Of Skulls’ brand of heaviness you would expect is certainly there, there’s a nice ebb and flow with quieter parts which tend to set a very dramatic and melancholy mood at times to the overall album.

“With every album we’ve done,” he continues, “our growth and progression has been evident, and this new release is no different. I’m really enjoying the growth of my songwriting as time goes by. I don’t feel as if I have anything to prove so I think the writing gets more open, honest, and genuine with every release. We’re very excited to finally get a new album out and hit the road again! Look for AS A DOG RETURNS to be available in late September!”

AS A DOG RETURNS Track Listing
1. Timeless Hearts
2. Breath Of Life
3. Though He Slay Me
4. Psalm
5. Dayspring
6. The Maker
7. He’s God
8. Desperation
9. As A Dog Returns

Check out a brief clip from the Place Of Skulls studio sessions here:

Formed in early 2000 by guitarist/singer/songwriter Victor Griffin, bassist Lee Abney and drummer Tim Tomaselli, Place Of Skulls — a biblical reference to Golgotha — carries the torch of prior Griffin and Abney bands such as Death Row and Pentagram in the ever-burgeoning underground scene of doom metal. But as their sound continues to expand beyond those boundaries, they incorporate intricate dynamics in their songs that few bands of the same genre explore and lyrically reflect upon their spiritual beliefs, faith, God, politics, and the search for peace. Having stepped outside the proverbial box of “doom metal,” Place Of Skulls opens the door of accessibility to a whole other cross section of heavy rock enthusiast. But by no means should this be taken lightly. Their sound is as crushing and molten live as ever and no less threatening than any of their musical counterparts in volume. With a new album and tour now on the horizon, Place Of Skulls looks primed to re-establish their position among their fans and peers.

AS A DOG RETURNS will be released this fall. Further details to be announced soon.


*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Southern Lord Presents: The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010

Recently we announced the Southern Lord West Coast mini tour — featuring Eagle Twin, Black Breath, Goatsnake, Righteous Fool (featuring members of Corrosion Of Conformity) and the ANIMOSITY-era lineup of Corrosion Of Conformity — set to take place this August 8th through 12th. The short but massive tour will be led off by a festival of monolithic proportions, being dubbed The Power Of The Riff Fest 2010.

Converse presents….

“The Power Of The Riff” Festival
Sunday Aug. 8th 2010
@ The Echo and EchoPlex in Echo Park – Los Angeles, CA

In Association with Scion, Southern Lord and Spaceland Productions

All Ages / Free Admission with RSVP at this location:

Curated by Greg Anderson (Southern Lord) and Sam James Velde (Night Horse) with the intent to blur the lines between Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Rock music. To celebrate and encourage the cross over of genres and to dispel the common homogeny that exists within today’s music cultures. A free event that honors fans and musicians of “heavy music” of all ages. Tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current touring acts such as Repulsion, Corrosion Of Conformity, From Ashes Rise, Trap Them, Coliseum and Goatsnake. Shedding light on “up and coming” acts such as Nails, The F*cking Wrath, Night Horse, Eagle Twin and Black Breath to name a few.

“The Power Of The Riff” Festival 2010 Lineup:

Corrosion Of Conformity III
From Ashes Rise
Trap Them
Black Breath
Night Horse
Eagle Twin
Early Graves
Righteous Fool
Semen Sundae
The F*cking Wrath
Rats Eyes
Spider Fever

The Power Of The Riff Festival will be an all day, all ages, free music event that also includes a record swap meet of local stores such as Vacation Vinyl, Origami Vinyl, and will also feature pop up stores by Tee Pee Records, Southern Lord Recordings and more.

DJ sets throughout the day curated by Pete Majors (Harassor/Vacation Vinyl).

In addition, the festival will feature a gourmet food truck court of Los Angeles’ best purveyors of street food dining. There’s something for everyone… from vegan delights by Sweet Vindication, stacked burgers by Grill Em All, head-high sandwiches by the legendary Canters Deli and unforgettable frankfurters by The Greasy Wiener!

Southern Lord West Coast Mini Tour:
8/08/2010 Echo and Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff Fest
8/10/2010 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
8/12/2010 Neumo’s – Seattle, WA

More info on both of these events can be found at the following links:

Southern Lord tour press site:

The Power Of The Riff Fest official site:


*** PRESS RELEASE #19 ***
-Neurosis – LIVE AT ROADBURN 2007 Details Announced

Neurot Recordings proudly unveil a brand new live album from Neurosis, who are undoubtedly cited as one of the most influential bands of heavy music’s experimental underworld.

The first release from Neurosis since 2007’s GIVEN TO THE RISING, this new live album was recorded that same year in Tilburg, Holland, at the annual Roadburn Festival, where Neurosis headlined to a diehard audience. The album expertly captures as much of the band’s live experience as one possibly could on a physical recording, harnessing the monolithic flow and power of the band’s well-known sonically devastating live performances. The monstrous 78-minute record showcases this iconic band surging through hymns from their last few albums, including GIVEN TO THE RISING, THE EYE OF EVERY STORM, A SUN THAT NEVER SETS, and THROUGH SILVER IN BLOOD.

LIVE AT ROADBURN will see official release on August 30, 2010, alongside the reissue of Neurosis’ groundbreaking 1993 release ENEMY OF THE SUN. The ROADBURN release features the iconic artwork/layout skills of visionary artist/Neurosis live visual master Josh Graham, also responsible for the redesigned ENEMY OF THE SUN layout. Both albums will be released on CD worldwide August 30th, 2010, part of this year’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary act.

Check out the redesigned artwork, an extended album biography and more on this release at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=937 .

LIVE AT ROADBURN 2007 Track List:

1. Given To The Rising
2. Burn
3. A Season In The Sky
4. At The End Of The Road
5. Crawl Back In
6. Distill
7. Water Is Not Enough
8. Left To Wander
9. The Doorway


*** PRESS RELEASE #20 ***
-Decibel Magazine Premieres Song From October Tide’s Forthcoming Album; A THIN SHELL In Stores September 28

Decibel Magazine has premiered the first song from October Tide’s new album, A THIN SHELL, scheduled for release on September 28. “Blackness Devours” can now be heard by visiting http://decibelmagazine.com/Content.aspx?ncid=378527 .

A THIN SHELL is the first new album from Sweden’s October Tide in over ten years. Mixed/mastered at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden and featuring artwork from American photographer/graphic designer Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Testament, Death, etc.) the album delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Guitarist/founder Fredrik Norrman recently commented, “I have wanted to get October Tide back together for some time. When we decided the time was right, ideas for new songs surprisingly came together nicely. Many sleepless nights were involved, with lots of coffee of course, but the songs were written in flow one after another.”

Formed in 1995 by then Katatonia guitarist Norrman and Katatonia/Bloodbath vocalist Jonas Renkse, October Tide quickly made a mark with two albums recorded and released during the years 1997 and 1999 (RAIN WITHOUT END and GREY DAWN, respectively). Much of the band’s music was written during a short break-up of Katatonia which later proved only temporary as the band would reform and continues today; their latest album, NIGHT OF THE NEW DAY, features work by Norrman. October Tide would not perform live during this short period of activity and few interviews with the members were granted despite praise from both media and fans. The band, until reforming in late 2009, would maintain a cult status throughout the doom/metal community.

October Tide currently features vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, and session bassist Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry, Carnal Forge) with Norrman.


*** PRESS RELEASE #21 ***
-Vise Massacre Prepare For Japanese Live Assault

Scathing Brooklyn-based crossover trio Vise Massacre will take their brutality across the planet for a four-day romp in the empire of Japan! The tour is in support of a tribute album to Japanese act Vaginers; Vise Massacre is one of two non-Japanese bands to be included on the tribute album, which will bear 35 tracks from 17 artists in total.

Like VM front man Rich Muller stated in a recent Noisecreep.com feature: “Vise Massacre is a stripped down, meat-and-potatoes metal outfit that will settle for nothing less than full-on progression and we will destroy anytime, anywhere.” And so they shall. Look the f*ck out, Japan…

Vise Massacre have more tour plans in the works which will include jaunts throughout the U.S. during the rest of 2010 and beyond, including a hometown show in Brooklyn directly following their Japan mini-tour, and an upcoming tour in September which is in the planning phases now. They also just finished tracking a 12-song full-length album which will be completed after the band returns from Japan. Full album info will be announced shortly.

Vise Massacre July 2010 live actions:
7/23/2010 Blue Port, Kobe
7/24/2010 King’s Cross – Kobe
7/25/2010 R.A.D. – Nagoya
7/27/2010 246 West Studio – Kobe
7/30/2010 Production Lounge – Brooklyn, NY

Stay tuned for plenty of other upcoming Vise Massacre release and tour news in the coming weeks. Check out the band’s latest video for their rager “Eyes Of Fire” and more at this location:



-Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-0cSAolXWM to see “all the awesome extras” on the Deluxe Edition of 3 Inches Of Blood’s HERE WAITS THY DOOM. See http://www.3inchesofblood.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/3iob for more.

-About Heavy Metal has a “Retro Recommendation” feature on Dream Theater’s 1989 release WHEN DREAM AND DAY UNITE at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/A4wb .

-Contrive will open Testament’s August 7 show at The Manning Bar in Sydney, Australia. The band’s other upcoming gig is a slot at the High Voltage Festival (featuring Macabre) on July 31 at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. See http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia and http://www.facebook.com/contriveaus for more.

-Check out a trailer for Dream Evil’s album IN THE NIGHT at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=248eQITTlP8 , and the video clip for “Bang Your Head” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY9LccwUJpg . See http://www.dreamevil.se/ and http://www.myspace.com/dreamevil for more.

-Halford has chosen the band Cylinder to open its special show this Saturday, July 17, at The Regency Ballrom in San Francisco, CA. Each ticket-holder at the concert will receive a CD copy of CRUCIBLE – REMIXED AND REMASTERED, which was just released this week. In other news, Halford will perform at the Loud Park 10 festival on October 16 in Tokyo. See http://www.loudpark.com/ for more on the fest, and http://www.robhalford.com/ for more on the band.

-Finnish band Indica released its English-language debut A WAY AWAY in June and hit the charts as follows: #8 in Finland, #20 in Germany, #32 in Switzerland, and #52 in Austria. See http://www.indica.fi/ and http://www.myspace.com/theindicaband for more.

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

7/15 – D Club, Rock It Thursdays, Azusa, CA
7/17 – The Knitting Factory Concert House, Reno, NV
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 – Backstage Live, 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
9/18 – Second Wind, Santee, CA
9/25 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA

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

-Liv Kristine’s (Leaves’ Eyes) new album SKINTIGHT has a new North American release date on Napalm Records: September 14. See http://www.livkristine.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/livkristinepage for more.

-Line Of Fire’s third webisode promoting the upcoming album MOMENTUM is out now. Check out “Production” at http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DvcmIofGL8xE . The disc is due out August 10 from Tribunal Records, but the first single “Obsession” can be downloaded now at http://www.divebombrecords.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/02-Obsession.mp3 . See http://www.tribunalrecords.net/ for more.

-The Michigan-based thrash band Nocturnal Fear — Devastator on vocals, Rev. Chris Slavehunter PhD on all guitars, Warmonger on bass, and Aggressor on drums — is in the studio working on EXCESSIVE CRUELTY. The disc’s release date will be announced later this year. See http://www.myspace.com/nocturnalfear and http://www.moribundcult.com/ for more.

-Nuclear Blast has a new quarterly, mid-priced compilation out entitled SUMMER SHOWDOWN. Track list: Rhapsody Of Fire – “Sea Of Fate!,” Callejon – “Sommer, Liebe, Kokain,” Exodus – “Downfall” (edit), Accept – “The Abyss” (7″ version), Sabaton – “Screaming Eagles,” ReVamp – “Head Up High,” Equilibrium – “Die Affeninsel,” Blind Guardian – “A Voice In The Dark,” Soilwork – “Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning,” Amorphis – “Silver Bride” (edit). The release is available at iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Napster. See http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/ for more.

-Omega Crom has released “The Passing Of Azazel” as the second single from BLOOD, STEEL & FIRE; check it out at http://reversedrecords.com/news.html . Upcoming Canadian tour dates presented by RockstarWeekly.com:

7/23 – Pogue Mahone, Kamloops, BC – w/ Kobra & The Lotus
7/24 – The Branding Iron, Armstrong, BC
7/25 – Third, Prince George, BC (all ages)
7/26 – Better Than Freds, Grand Prairie, AB
7/29 – The Taphouse, St. Albert, AB
7/30 – The Canmore Hotel, Canmore, AB
7/31 – Dickens Pub, Calgary, AB
8/1 – The Vent, Coaldale, AB
8/2 – Filthy McNasty’s (Metal Monday’s), Edmonton, AB
8/5 – Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
8/6 – The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
8/7 – Black Pirates, Thunder Bay, ON – Zombie Walk Fest
8/9 – Serbian Center, Sudbury, ON
8/10 – Moon Over Marin, London, ON
8/12 – The Coach and Horses, Windsor, ON
8/13 – Siesta Nouveaux, Toronto, ON
8/14 – Piranha Bar, Montreal, QC
8/15 – Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
8/16 – Cafe Chaos, Montreal, QC
8/18 – Kilroys, Thunder Bay, ON – Murder Fest
8/19 – Rideout Community Club, Kenora, ON
8/20 – The North Hill Inn, Brandon, MB
8/26 – The Drake, Canmore, AB
8/28 – The Legion, Penticton, BC

The Facebook Event for the tour is http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123714701000382 . See http://www.OmegaCrom.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/omegacrom for more.

-Sonic Syndicate’s new album WE RULE THE NIGHT is due out August 27. The video for “My Own Life,” directed and produced by Patric Ullaeus, has debuted on MySpace at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=105731710 .

Thanks to Nathan Birk, Jon Asher, Chad Bowar, HeadbangerNYC.com, Andrew Haug, and Matt Rudzinski for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

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