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Issue #563
Week of September 6, 2010
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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-Surprise! This week’s issue is kind of early. And, we may be taking a little hiatus for the next few weeks. Stay tuned… – Tim

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-Rob Halford Announces MADE OF METAL Release

Halford IV – MADE OF METAL
Metal God Records

Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to announce the release of Halford IV – MADE OF METAL featuring fourteen (14) new Halford studio recordings debuting world-wide September 27th (UK & EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).

Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, MADE OF METAL showcases a bulk of material (words & music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. MADE OF METAL features fourteen (14) new Halford studio tracks including: “The Mower,” “Made Of Metal,” “Fire And Ice,” “Till The Day I Die,” “Undisputed,” “Heartless” and “Thunder And Lightning.”

Halford’s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video “Made Of Metal” created by London-based Animator Dean Wright debuts September 13, 2010. Sneak peek now available at: http://www.robhalford.com/madeofmetal . The single “Made Of Metal” digital download is available at iTunes and http://www.HalfordMusic.com .

Halford’s first live performances in more than seven years has included appearances this year in San Francisco, Montreal’s Heavy Metal Festival and Ozzfest 2010.

Halford have confirmed Headline performances October 15, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan and October 16, 2010 at Tokyo’s Loud Park Festival 10.

Halford have also confirmed South America Headline performances October 20 Lima, Peru; October 22 Santiago, Chile; October 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil; October 26 and October 27, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

November and December Halford touring details will be announced September 21, 2010 at http://www.robhalford.com/index.php/halford-tours .

“It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV MADE OF METAL this September 2010,” comments Rob Halford.

“It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV MADE OF METAL hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans.”

Halford IV MADE OF METAL is releasing on Metal God Records September 27th (UK, EU, Australia – ADA Global / Warner Music Group), October 28th (North America – Fontana / Universal Music Group) and October 13, 2010 Japan (Fontana International / Universal Music Japan).

Track Listing:
1) Undisputed
2) Fire And Ice
3) Made Of Metal
4) Speed Of Sound
5) Like There’s No Tomorrow
6) Till The Day I Day
7) We Own The Night
8) Heartless
9) Hell Razor
10) Thunder And Lightning
11) Twenty-Five Years
12) Matador
13) I Know We Stand A Chance
14) The Mower

For more info, please visit:
RobHalford.com
MetalGodShop.com
MetalGodApparel.com
MetalGodRecords.com
HalfordMusic.com

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-Kamelot North American Tour Announcements

[Note: Two very different press releases came out in rapid succession. We’re presenting both here, to provide the complete picture. – Tim]

Kamelot Singer Falls Ill, North American Tour To Go On

The following statement was just made by the band:

“Hello Kamelot Nation,

“The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour — Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician’s care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.

“After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality — our good friend Michael [Ericksen] from Circus Maximus (Norway) has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.

“Also as a special thank you to our North American fans, our friends at ESP guitars have donated a beautiful ESP guitar which will be signed by Thomas Youngblood and given away at the end of our North American tour — this contest is open only to North American tour concert goers. Fans can enter for a chance to win this exclusive item by signing up in the designated area at each show! More surprises are in store at many shows including special guest appearances and more.”

Roy especially would like to add:

“I am terribly sorry that I cannot do this upcoming tour in North America this fall. We have our most fantastic album ever coming out in September, and the timing could have been better I guess. The band has my full and unconditional blessing to go out there and kick ass regardless, and I feel we have found a good replacement in Michael. He is a very good singer and long time friend. Be good to him! Hope to see you soon!

“All the best from Roy Khan.”

Michael states:

“Roy and I go way back, so when he called and asked me to help him and the rest of Kamelot to do their long planned USA tour, I told him, ‘Sure bro, I am there for you.’

“It will be big shoes to fill, but in his honor I will do my best to give the Kamelot fans a show they have long awaited. So grab your earplugs and come join the party!”

“We cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support over the years, and look forward to being out to meet more of you on the road! Please join us in wishing Roy a speedy recovery, and swift return to us!”

Kamelot will release POETRY FOR THE POISONED on September 10th in Europe. September 14th, 2010 in North America.

Kamelot will embark on its first North American tour in two years starting September 8th. Support on the trek will come from Leaves’ Eyes and Blackguard.

Kamelot North American Fall 2010 Tour Dates:
9/08/2010 House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
9/10/2010 Progpower USA Festival – Atlanta, GA
9/11/2010 Jaxx Nightclub – Springfield, VA
9/14/2010 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
9/15/2010 Nokia Theatre – New York, NY – RECORD RELEASE SHOW
9/17/2010 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
9/18/2010 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
9/19/2010 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/21/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/22/2010 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
9/24/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
9/25/2010 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
9/27/2010 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
9/29/2010 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10/01/2010 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
10/02/2010 House of Blues – San Diego, CA

Kamelot Postpone Full North American Tour

“Hi Kamelot Nation.

“As many of you know, Roy has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour.

“We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa — the band is tighter than ever and Michael from Circus Maximus is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today’s rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% Kamelot Experience. We appreciate that many fans have waited more than 2 years for new material and to see us perform together. Our new album, POETRY FOR THE POISONED represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved.

“Though we will suffer financial losses on this late hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make — we regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full form Kamelot strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty! We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return. To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the sold-out Progpower Festival, as a one off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival. Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!

“Best regards, Kamelot Members.”

Please don’t forget that Kamelot’s new album POETRY FOR THE POISONED comes out September 14th, 2010.

http://www.kamelot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kamelot
http://www.poetryforthepoisoned.com/
http://www.knifefightmedia.com/

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-Doro: New DVD And Big Tour Activities Before Songwriting Break!

German metal queen Doro is currently working on the last final steps to finish her biggest DVD project to date — the 25th Anniversary DVD 25 YEARS IN ROCK — recorded at the ISS Dome Hall in Dusseldorf on December 13th, 2008.

The A side of the concert includes a lot of special guest appearances, the package will contain a huge Doro interview, history and a lot more.

The DVD will be released in Europe via Nuclear Blast on November 26th, 2010 and in the rest of the World in 2011.

Please find the current tour dates below. Doro is very happy about the invitation of Motorhead to be special guest on their German dates in December 2010.

Until the end of the year Doro and band will do their last shows in Europe and North America.

After a break in 2011 Doro will begin the songwriting for the new studio album.

Doro USA Dates
30.09.2010 USA Manchester, NH – Rocko’s
01.10.2010 USA Brooklan, NJ – The Pennant
02.10.2010 USA Springfield, VA – Jaxx
03.10.2010 USA Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey

Doro Japan Dates
08.10.2010 JPN Tokyo Holiday – Shinjuku
10.10.2010 JPN Nagoya Holiday – Nagoya
11.10.2010 JPN Osaka Holiday – Osaka
30.10.2010 NED Tilburg Halloween Rock Fest

Doro on Tour with Motörhead
30.11.2010 GER Düsseldorf – Phillipshalle
01.12.2010 GER Hannover – AWD Hall
03.12.2010 GER Trier – Arena
04.12.2010 GER Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
07.12.2010 GER Berlin – Arena Treptow
08.12.2010 GER Wiesbaden – Rhein-Main Halle
10.12.2010 GER Chemnitz – Arena
11.12.2010 GER München – Zenith

Doro Headline Winter Dates
15.12.2010 GER Bremen – Aladin
16.12.2010 GER Kiel – Max
18.12.2010 GER Limburg – Stadthalle
19.12.2010 GER Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
21.12.2010 GER Augsburg – Spectrum
22.12.2010 LUX Esch / Alzette – Rockhal
23.12.2010 SWI Pratteln – Z7
26.12.2010 GER Nürnberg – Hirsch
27.12.2010 GER Gießen – Hessenhalle
29.12.2010 GER Crailsheim – Jurahalle
30.12.2010 GER Burglengenfeld – VAZ

http://www.doro.de/
http://www.myspace.com/doroband

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-Lizzy Borden Update

Lizzy Borden – Stockholm Rock Out Festival – This Weekend!

Don’t miss the Stockholm Rock Out Festival this weekend (September 10-11) at Gamla Tryckeriet in Alvik, Sweden. Bands includes Great White, U.D.O., Lizzy Borden, Kingdom Come and many more.

Tickets can be bought on door for 1 day and for two days. Doors open 3:00 p.m.

Tickets online here:
http://www.tickster.com/sv/events/he5zka0fzh56t6r

Stores:
http://www.direkten.se/website1/1.0.1.0/132/1/

Venue:
Gamla Tryckeriet, Gustavslundsvagen 149C, Alvik.

For more information go to:
http://www.sthlmrockout.com/

Over the past two years the Lizzy Borden “Appointment with Death Show” produced spectacular performances in 11 countries (from North America to Europe) and on the main stages of some of biggest festivals like Sweden Rock (Sweden) Bang Your Head!!! (Germany) Kobetasonic (Spain), and Rocklahoma (USA) all to rave reviews, unanimously declaring Lizzy Borden the hit of the festivals, “comparing their show to a Kiss concert.”

Upcoming Lizzy Borden Japan Dates:

November 6 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone
November 7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya Cyclone

Feel free to repost on your Twitter, MySpace or Facebook. Thank you!

http://www.lizzyborden.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lizzybordenband
http://www.youtube.com/lizzybordenband
http://www.myspace.com/lizzybordenband

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-Ross The Boss To Rock The East Coast This Week

Power metal rockers Ross The Boss — featuring Ross The Boss of Manowar and Dictators fame — have several American shows happening this week! The band will be headlining the Midweek Mayhem show this Wednesday, which is the pre-party for the annual ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This special concert will also feature Scott Columbus — also of Manowar fame — performing with RTB!

The band then heads to upstate New York the following day to headline a shows at Fusion, and the following day in Allston, Massachusetts. The festivities come to a culmination this Sunday with a headlining Ross The Boss performance at the Duff’s Bar sponsored Thunderfest 2010 in New York City.

Ross The Boss East Coast USA September 2010 Concerts:
9/08/2010 The Loft – Atlanta, GA @ Progpower USA Pre-Party w/ Vangough, Seven Kingdoms
9/09/2010 Fusion – Syracuse, NY w/ Seventh Calling, Titanium Black, Trial By Fire
9/10/2010 O’brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
9/12/2010 Bowery Electric – New York, NY w/ Magus Beast, Ravage, Martyrd, Horrifier, Seventh Calling, Made Again

Ross has been captivating rock and metal fans since the early ’70s. Originally as a member of The Dictators, he is best known for his work as co-founder of Manowar. As the band’s main songwriter and guitarist, his work can be found on Manowar’s first six albums. After releasing the first official Ross The Boss album NEW METAL LEADER in 2009, AFM Records will release the second full-length from RTB stateside on November 9th. More info on the album’s unveiling will be announced in mere days.

http://www.ross-the-boss.com/
http://www.myspace.com/newmetalleader
http://www.afm-records.de/
http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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-Spock’s Beard Update

[Note: This is a combination of two separate press releases. – Tim]

‘X’ Marks The Spot For New Release From Prog Rockers Spock’s Beard

NEW YORK — Acclaimed progressive rock band Spock’s Beard will release its tenth studio album, the aptly titled X, on September 28 via Mascot Records.

Over the past 17 years, Spock’s Beard has established itself as the crème de la crème of modern progressive rock. But Spock’s Beard is not simply a musician’s band; the group has also mastered the art of penning catchy, harmony-driven songs that will appeal to any fan of well-written pop songs.

The music of Spock’s Beard is a reflection of their varied influences, which include classical, pop, rock, jazz and jazz fusion, and R&B, while their intricate multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint add a whole other dimension.

Since Spock’s Beard began playing together in the early ’90s, not only have musical phases come and gone, but a whole new model of recording and selling music has taken shape. There were a lot of “firsts” for the group on X.

“We were never all in the same room at the same time, from the song writing stage all the way through mixing and mastering,” said bassist Dave Meros. “We have never done that before. One might think that would work against us, but apparently it had a positive effect in this case.”

The quartet’s dedicated fanbase can take partial credit for X. After coming to the end of their previous record deal, Spock’s Beard opted to take a decidedly modern approach to financing a new record. The group raised funds for recording by taking pre-sale orders for X. A privately released Limited Edition version of X was first issued and the record has since been licensed for release in America through Mascot Records.

Early reviews of X have hailed the release as one of — if not THE — finest release from Spock’s Beard. But pressed to explain how X differs from previous albums, Meros takes a humble and humorous observation:

“From what the critics have been saying, we wrote good songs this time, as opposed to the last CD which was super lame in their opinion. So in retrospect, I guess writing good songs may have been a good idea. We do that on purpose you know… sometimes we decide to be good and other times we choose to be super lame. We could be good all the time if we wanted, but what fun would that be? People would just love us and buy our CDs by the millions and we’d make loads of money. Who wants that? BORING!”

Mascot Records is an independent record company based in The Netherlands that specializes in guitar music, from metal to instrumental guitar, hard rock, prog rock and (guitar) fusion.

Spock’s Beard Makes Rare North American Live Appearance

NEW YORK — Acclaimed progressive rock band Spock’s Beard will play its one and only American show at the Downey Civic Theater in Downey, Calif., on Sunday, September 12.

Despite being a world-renowned recording act and touring act, Spock’s Beard rarely plays in America due to prohibitive touring costs. Spock’s Beard is booked for a European tour during the last two weeks in September, which made this one-off show possible.

“Since we’ll all be in L.A. at the same time doing rehearsals for the Europe tour anyway, we thought we’d try to book one L.A. date right before we left,” said Dave Meros, bassist for the band.

Spock’s Beard will release its tenth album, X, on September 28 on Music Theories Recordings, a subsidiary of Mascot Records. X has received rave reviews and will be the focus of the live show. “We’ll be doing the whole X CD plus some selected oldies to round out the set,” Meros said.

Tickets are available at http://www.calprog.com/ . Credit card and PayPal are accepted. The cost is $55 for a reserved seat.

http://www.spocksbeard.com/
http://www.myspace.com/spocksbeard
http://www.mascotrecordsusa.com/

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-Lemmy Kilmister Confirmed For Marky Ramone’s Benefit Concert Of Ramones Music With All-Star Band

Billy Sheehan, Michael Graves, Jeff Duncan, Marko DeSantis & Andy Hilfiger

Friday, October 8th – In Hollywood, CA @ Musicians Institute

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) has confirmed to play along with Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), Michael Graves (The Misfits), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult), Andy Hilfiger (bassologist/Fashion Guru) and Marky Ramone himself for a full concert of The Ramones. You will hear the music that defined many generations and inspired many bands. Marky’s set list is comprised of 31 historical Ramones songs such as “Sedated,” “K.K.K.,” “Psychotherapy,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Pinhead” and more!

The legendary Rock Hall of Fame drummer for The Ramones is performing a special all-star fund-raising concert on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8 p.m. in the MI Concert Hall. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The concert is in benefit for the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship for Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. “I am much honored to be chosen as an artist for the scholarship program. Music for kids is very important to have,” explains Marky. 100% of the event proceeds will fund the newly-created Marky Ramone Drum Scholarship at MI.

ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats (festival seating) are $30, VIP seating is $45 (guaranteed first 3 rows), $99 VIP Backstage (First 3 rows seating guaranteed | Backstage Pass | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special Marky Ramone Gift bag).

Click here to buy Marky Ramone concert tickets or go to http://www.Ticketweb.com/

http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3040365

WALK-UP (day of show): General Admission seats (festival seating) are $35, VIP seating is $50 (guaranteed first 3 rows), VIP Backstage not available.

Musicians Institute Concert Hall
1655 N. McCadden Place
Hollywood, CA 90028

Marky Ramone is a member of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, and is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for The Ramones. The Ramones formed in 1974, and are often cited as the first punk-rock group. Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones lineup — which featured Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Marky. He has performed over 1,700 shows and more than 15 album releases during his tenure (starting in 1978) as a member of The Ramones.

For more info on Marky Ramone or the concert click http://www.myspace.com/markyramone , http://www.mi.edu/ or http://musiciansfoundation.wordpress.com .

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

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

New Seventh Wonder Video & Lineup Change

Seventh Wonder and Lion Music are pleased to announce the release of the band’s debut video for the track “Alley Cat” taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth studio album entitled THE GREAT ESCAPE, set for release in late 2010.

The video recorded, edited and produced by Johan Larsson is the perfect backdrop for the mood of the new song which sees the band deliver their trademark brand of progressive metal.

Seventh Wonder – “Alley Cat”

Seventh Wonder cross the Atlantic for the first time to play the prestigious ProgPower USA festival along side of Kamelot and HammerFall in Atlanta on September 10th. Seventh Wonder will also perform a special second show on Saturday for Gold Badge holders.

The album THE GREAT ESCAPE is in the final stages of production and in spite of some delays is scheduled for a release later this year on Lion Music.

The track list will be as follows:

1. Wiseman – [5:42]
2. Alley Cat – [6:06]
3. The Angelmaker – [8:29]
4. King Of Whitewater – [7:20]
5. Long Way Home – [4:26]
6. Move On Through – [5:04]
7. The Great Escape – [30:14]

Total running time approx. 68 minutes

Full information on THE GREAT ESCAPE to follow soon.

Johnny Sandin Set To Leave Seventh Wonder

The band have also announced drummer Johnny Sandin will be leaving the band and have released the following announcements.

Below is a message from Johnny in connection to him announcing his departure from the band. Please note that this will have no effect on already scheduled gigs, in which Johnny is 100% devoted to participating.

“Hello fans and friends!!

“After more than 10 years of touring, recording, tons of laughter and a few tears I have decided to leave Seventh Wonder and take a break from music indefinitely.

“The last few years have been hectic and filled with really cool events. The Italy-tour which was put together by the band’s best friends Max, Romano and Manuel. The Sweden Rock gig is also one of the memories I will never let go of. Not to mention the upcoming ProgPower USA gig which is a dream for all of us. I view the release of the fourth SW album and the gigs to follow as a really good finish for me in the band!! Now I will get a chance to say goodbye to fans and friends when we are out playing.

“It is damned hard (although mostly fun) to put your entire soul into Seventh Wonder and at the same time work full time and also try to be a good father of four (soon five) and an equally good fiancé. It may sound selfish but I am doing this entirely for me. The more time I devote to the band, the more I lose time with my family. It is not worth that effort any more. I must make different prioritizations right now but at the same time nothing is ever really etched in stone. Who knows, in five years time I may have the drive once more. We will see what happens.

“I have had the honor of playing with the finest musicians I have ever met. They have not only been there for me as band members but also as my best friends and I know that they will always be there for me.

“Thank you to fans, friends and the band for 10 wonderful years.

“Johnny Sandin”

The band’s response:

“We are all very saddened by Johnny’s decision. We have lived with Johnny in one of the most important aspects of our lives for many years, some of us for over 10 years. At the same time we feel the utmost respect for Johnny’s decision which we believe to be a correct one for him. Since the first trembling steps of the entity that came to be Seventh Wonder, Johnny has been an integral part of the sound that is Seventh Wonder. Johnny co-wrote a lot of the earlier material and his rhythmic patterns, thunderous fills and poly-rhythmic excursions that he contributes to the music have challenged fans as well as his band members throughout this incredible journey. Johnny is the craziest man alive and has given many thousand laughs and hilarious moments to everyone around him.

“As you can understand it is very hard for us to think of Seventh Wonder without Johnny, but at the same time we are all, including Johnny, fully committed to carry on and keep doing what we have come to love and hold so dear over the years. This certainly ends one chapter in the Seventh Wonder book of history, let us together turn the page and see what the future holds as we let Johnny go towards other challenges.

“We love you Johnny and we wouldn’t have become who we are with out you!

“This does not affect already booked gigs. All scheduled gigs will be performed with Johnny at the helm, and 100% devoted to the task!”

Seventh Wonder Is Looking For A New Drummer

We envision that any applicant is a drummer with a well enough developed technical proficiency to be able to play through just about any song from our back catalogue. This should also work in a live setting with a metronome in a reasonably relaxed and steady manner. You who apply for the position should have a passion for the music we create and the genre in which we are active. The ability and will to sing back-up vocals during live sets is a plus. The band is active in Stockholm and that is also where the studio is — a fact to be considered by all applicants. Previous live show experience is a plus, a drum set of your own is a must.

To apply:

1) Record a video of reasonable quality of yourself playing two Seventh Wonder songs from WAITING IN THE WINGS and/or MERCY FALLS

2) Record a video of yourself playing anything else that you feel shows your drumming and your skills in a good way

3) Describe yourself, your musical background and activities, life situation and visions. You may either write this in the e-mail itself or in a file that you attach.

4) Send links to videos (for either download or streaming) and text according to bullet no. 3 above to: drummer@seventhwonder.nu

5) You do not have to be Johnny — be yourself

Thank You!

//Seventh Wonder

MindSplit – CHARMED HUMAN ART OF SIGNIFICANCE

RELEASED: September 17, 2010
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LM Promo Page: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/chaos.htm

MindSplit are a new band yet one with years of experience behind its individual members. With a style planted somewhere between straight metal, progressive metal and classic rock the band deliver a truly epic tale with their debut album CHARMED HUMAN ART OF SIGNIFICANCE which is set for release on September 17th, 2010 on Lion Music.

Featuring veterans of the Scandinavian metal scene in guitarist Matthias Holm and vocalist H.B. Anderson, the pair began writing and recording together again in their spare time c.2003 once again after the duo had worked together in the late ’80s with The ‘n’ Sin. When the music was taking shape bassist Conny Payne (Madison) joined along with highly respect sessions musicians — drummer Jon Skäre and keyboardist Jonas Lidström. This new collaboration turned into a whole different ballgame though when H.B. found his great old, old grandfather Xerxes Anderson’s Artificial Universe (a.k.a. Prof. Xandau 1807 ~ 1851) notes from his therapy sessions.

Prof. Xandau was a much respected therapist during the first half of 19th century and had his sessions all over the world based in both Europe and the U.S. These notes are the solid ground to this project and are used to tell a true story about psychological thoughts and human behaviours. H.B. Anderson comments, “The memory notes declare what’s going on in the human mind in different situations making for compelling listening, although as there are no names involved so it’s totally anonymous. It’s fantastic literature and breathtaking reading, the human brain is very complex and odd. You can say it sure lives its own life.”

This inspired lyrical setting led to the music of what would become C.H.A.O.S. taking on its own personality. This story line is set to a musically accomplished and captivating release which will draw the listener in from the first listen. Musically the album is big, powerful, dark yet with subtle light and a very impressive aura with a powerful production to suit the mood. This has been further extended by the promotional video for the song “NME – Myself & I” which has received positive reactions from YouTube viewers worldwide.

With CHARMED HUMAN ART OF SIGNIFICANCE MindSplit has produced a debut album of exceptionally high quality and one that will appeal to a wide range of metal lovers and those with an appetite for enthralling concept stories.

TRACK LISTING
01. Prologue – The Awakening.
02. Silhouettes.
03. The Traveller.
04. Presence Of Time.
05. …Elsewhere?
06. Inside The Heart Of Silence.
07. Battle Of The Mind.
08. Visual Minds – The Eternal Flame.
09. NMe – Myself & I.
10. Through The Eyes Of A Child.
11. A Room With Thousand Doors.
12. A Purpose Of Circumstance.
13. Abandoned Echoes.
14. Epilogue – The Imaginary End.

MUSICIANS
H.B. Anderson – Vocals
Mathias Holm – Guitars
Conny Payne – Bass
Jon Skäre – Drums
Jonas Lidström – Keyboards

GUEST MUSICIANS
Berger – Saxophone
Melody Payne – Voice
Nordanstigs Manskör – Male Choir
Mikael Rosengren – Keyboards

ALBUM CREDITS
o All music by Mathias Holm except “Through The Eyes Of A Child” by H.B. Anderson. “The Awakening” and “Imaginary End” by Jonas Lidström.
o All lyrics by H.B. Anderson with kind permission of Prof. Xandau. Recorded at Broad Way 45 Studios, Hudiksvall.
o Drums recorded at Studio Tweeta, Stockholm.
o Produced by Mathias Holm & H.B Andersson.
o Co-produced by Conny Payne.
o Mixed at Chrome Studios, Stockholm by Fredrik Folkare. Mastered at Dereborn Music production Studios, Bergsjö by Johan Dereborn.
o Cover Art & Illustrations by Fredric Arvidsson.

OFFICIAL WEB LINKS
http://www.mindsplit.se/
http://www.myspace.com/mindsplitse

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “NMe – Myself & I” below:

Anthriel – THE PATHWAY

RELEASED: September 17, 2010
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LM Promo Page: http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/thepathway.htm

With their spectacular debut THE PATHWAY, Finnish progressive metal outfit Anthriel have produced an album which has all the potential to be hailed a classic and is guaranteed to fascinate metal fans worldwide.

Formed in 2004 by guitarist Timo Niemistö, keyboardist Antti Hakulinen and drummer Jari Kuokkanen the band went through a couple of lineup variations before finding bassist Klaus Wirzenius and ultimately released a three-track E.P. VISIONS OF INNER LIGHT AND DEEPER THOUGHTS in 2007 which won considerable praise on the underground metal circuit. Yet it was until the band found powerhouse vocalist Simo Silvan in 2008 that the bands sound became fully realised.

Anthriel — the Archangel of balance and harmony — is the perfect name for the band’s music. With a sound driven by big guitar riffs, deft keyboard touches, a rock solid articulate rhythm section and a healthy dose of expressive vocals high in melody built into intricate yet digestible arrangements this is metal that is easily appreciated on first listen — yet where further plays reveal numerous hidden depths that will keep the listener coming back for more. The quality of material would not be best represented with anything less than a superb production and this is exactly what the THE PATHWAY serves up being an impressive self production by Timo Niemistö and mix by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR Studios.

On the band’s sound Simo Silvan comments, “We don’t want to go extremity with any style of music. There is a time for a head banging and time for musical landscaping. We try to keep our music as versatile we can. THE PATHWAY is a mixture of various different kind of music styles like heavy, pop, acoustic, orchestral and instrumental and symphonic metal. The music and lyrics were written hand in hand with the album theme.”

Thematically THE PATHWAY is a concept based on a sequence of individual songs and themes with inspiration coming from R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: “The Dark Elf Trilogy.”

On the basic premise of THE PATHWAY Timo Niemistö comments, “THE PATHWAY is the story of a man who finds himself grown against his former principles and philosophy of life. He decides to leave his past behind and begin a journey to find his own personal promised land and balance. As the path gets rough good and evil starts to battle in his mind where the reality and fantasy gets mixed. He puts the blame to the Gods for playing with his life and turns his adversities to the divine entertainment with consequences that ultimately lead to the discovery of perfect harmony from within his own soul.”

This compelling story is a captivating lyrical theme for the first class musicianship on offer all of which comes together to make Anthriel – THE PATHWAY a serious contender for best newcomers in progressive metal in 2010.

TRACK LISTING
01. Devil’s Lullaby.
02. Mirror Games.
03. Guardian.
04. Repression.
05. Haven Of Grace.
06. Dark Divided Minds.
07. The Deliverance.
08. Controversial Euphoria.
09. Light Divine.
10. Scent Of Dawn.
11. Promised Land.
12. Chains Of The Past.

MUSICIANS
Simo Silvan – Vocals.
Timo Niemistö – Guitars/backing vocals.
Antti Hakulinen – Keyboards.
Klaus Wirzenius – Bass.
Jari Kuokkanen – Drums.

ALBUM CREDITS
o Produced and recorded by Timo Niemistö.
o Mixed by Jussi Kulomaa at MSTR-Studio.
o Mastered at Chartmakers by Henkka Niemistö.
o Cover art & layout by Jan Yrlund @ Darkgrove.
o Photography by Pasi Ristolainen.

OFFICIAL WEB LINKS
http://www.anthriel.com/
http://www.myspace.com/anthrielmusic

New Twinspirits “Number One” Promo Video

Twinspirits have just made available the promotional video for the track “Number One.” The track is taken from their critically acclaimed album THE FORBIDDEN CITY which was released last year on Lion Music.

“Number One”

Directed by Salvatore “Xavy” Perrone.

Twinspirits are:

Göran Nyström: Vocals
Tommy Ermolli: Guitars
Alberto Rigoni: Bass
Daniele Liverani: Keyboards
Dario Ciccioni: Drums

Song “Number One” is taken from the album THE FORBIDDEN CITY released by Lion Music 11/09/2009.

http://www.twinspirits.net/
http://www.myspace.com/twinspiritsband

Video shoot at Geo-Palaeontological museum of Cava Bomba (Cinto Euganeo, Padova) on August 25, 2010, under the patronage of province of Padova. A special thanks to them for allowing the band to shoot on the location.

Overdrive Tour Dates

The Swedish traditional metal expoenents Overdrive have a few dates coming up:

Sept. 09 2010: Sigurdsgatan 25 Västerås, Västmanlan, SWEDEN
Sept. 11 2010: Gloria Kulttuuriareena, Helsinki, FINLAND
Dec. 03 2010: Compagniet (Karlshamn) Karlshamn, Blekinge, SWEDEN

http://www.overdrive.se/
http://www.myspace.com/overdrivesweden

Lion Music
Kvarteret ITiden
Elverksgatan 10
Mariehamn
Aland 22100

http://www.lionmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/lionmusiclabel
http://www.youtube.com/LionMusicFinland
http://www.twitter.com/LionMusic

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-Napalm Records News

Grave Digger: New Clip

The clip to Grave Digger’s new anthem “Highland Farewell” is currently in post-production. In the meantime, fans may want to check out first impressions of the video shoot here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/napalmrecords?feature=mhum#p/a/f/0/L1iPmGAiL40

As a special bonus, the band added their new song “Hammer Of The Scots” to the gallery.

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

Jaldaboath: Hark The Herald

Grand Master Jaldaboath and his brave companions produced their first video! Knights and squires may watch the clip to “Hark the Herald” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br3OgQVfhfM .

http://www.myspace.com/jaldaboathofficial

Kampfar: New Album

The Norwegian cult metal formation revolving around frontman Dolk issued a first update regarding their upcoming album:

“Things are brewing. Kampfar is currently in the latter stages of writing the follow-up to 2008’s HEIMGANG. We will soon enter Peter Tägtgren’s Abyss Studio to record the new songs. The release of the new album is tentatively scheduld for early 2011. Stay tuned, the witches are coming!”

http://www.kampfar.com/
http://www.myspace.com/norsepagans

Midnattsol: Album Update

Midnattsol completed the recordings for their upcoming third album and will start working on the cover and booklet in the next days. To ease the anticipatory wait, the band released an interview with their producer Markus Stock. Fans may watch the clip and check out first samples from the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oplV6TmO1-U .

http://www.midnattsol.com/
http://www.myspace.com/midnattsolfolk

Leaves’ Eyes: New Clip & Live Dates

Leaves’ Eyes Fans may watch the clip to “Take The Devil In Me” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JudU0SCYNTk . In addition, a complete list of upcoming live dates is available on MySpace.

http://www.leaveseyes.com/
http://www.myspace.com/leaveseyespage

Tristania Live On Tour

25.09.10 NO – Stavanger / Folken
30.09.10 NO – Kristiansand / Kick
01.10.10 NO – Oslo / Betong
07.10.10 NO – Bergen / Garage
08.10.10 UK – London / Underworld
09.10.10 NL – Hengelo / Metropool
10.10.10 NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
11.10.10 FR – Paris / Glazart
12.10.10 DE – Stuttgart / Die Röhre
13.10.10 DE – Frankfurt / Batschkapp
14.10.10 DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
15.10.10 DE – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
16.10.10 PL – Krakow / Loch Ness
17.10.10 SK – Bratislava / Randal
19.10.10 CZ – Prague / Exit Chmelnice
20.10.10 DE – Berlin / K 17
21.10.10 DE – Munich / Backstage
22.10.10 CH – Pratteln / Z7
23.10.10 BE – Wieze / Metal Female Voices Fest

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

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-Former Founding Members Of Yes & Toto First Los Angeles Concert: YOSO Headlines “Humanity Thru Music” Green Carpet Charity Concert

Saturday, November 6th @ Musicians Institute Music Corridor And Amphitheatre In Hollywood

PAW-sta Buffet And HUGE Silent Auction

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Come wag your tail and rock-out in Hollywood on November, 6th at the First Annual “Humanity Thru Music” concert and paw-sta dinner in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, a 501c3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Come help save the lives of our homeless animals from having to enter shelters and face needless euthanasia by supporting the building of Southern California’s first full NO-KILL animal sanctuary, medical and educational center.

The night will dazzle you with bright lights and stars as you cross the green carpet to the corridor off of Hollywood Blvd. for fun, food and a paw-stompin’ concert with Platinum super-group players from Yes & Toto — YOSO — playing hits from both bands: “Roundabout,” “Owner Of A Lonely Heart,” “Rosanna,” “Hold The Line” and so much more!!

Join celebrities and rock stars at the vegetarian Paw-sta buffet bar then trot over and chase your tail around one of the largest silent auctions full of the best treats, including guitars signed by Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, drum heads signed by Marky Ramone, weekend trips, Hi-end spa weekends, signed sports memorabilia, autographed “Star Wars” memorabilia, two Brunches at the House Of Blues, Tickets from the L.A. Philharmonic (winter season) and Hollywood Bowl tickets (summer season), a Two Night Stay at the beautiful Carmel By The Sea, Cypress Inn — part owned by Doris Day and pet friendly. The list of auction items is endless and all proceeds go to Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary to further their goal of building in 2011.

NIGHTS SCHEDULE: Will-call opens at 5:30 p.m. to check in and purchase tickets with the Green Carpet and silent auction starting at 6:00 p.m. The vegetarian paw-sta buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. with a martini and wine bar. 8:00 p.m. is your cue to go rock out to classic rock in the amphitheater for the concert that will start at 8:30 p.m. The concert will end about 11:00 p.m. in which the guests will return to the corridor for the last chance to bid on the silent auction before the winners are announced. At this time, coffee and dessert will be served.

ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats, dinner and dog tags (festival seating) is $50, VIP seating, dinner, dog tags and commemorative book is $100 (guaranteed first five rows), $195 VIP Backstage (First three center rows seating guaranteed | VIP Lounge | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special Yoso Gift bag), Platinum group seating for 10 includes all above* $1250.

TO BUY TICKETS: Go to http://www.myspace.com/furfeather OR PayPal direct with ticket seat-type and quantities to music@furfeather.org. You will be provided with a confirmation page you will bring to will-call night of the event. Will-call starts @ 5:30 p.m. sharp!

WALK-UP (day of show): General Admission seats, dinner and dog tags (festival seating) is $50, VIP seating, dinner, dog tags and commemorative book is $100 (guaranteed first five rows), VIP Backstage not available.

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 this Fall in the USA on Frontiers Records. This long awaited release comes with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics. Their 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.

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-Chinawhite Newsletter

Lineup Change

We have to report that we parted ways with our singer Don Feltges. After over 16 years it was time to move on. We thank him for all the fun and wish him all the best for his future ventures.

So this makes our CHALLENGES album even more special as it will be the last with Don’s remarkable voice on it. So don’t be shy and visit the shop ( http://www.rockcompany.nl/ ) to buy your copy if you don’t own it already. The album is available in digital and in physical formats.

Please don’t worry about our future, we already have a few ideas on how to work this out for our next record!

New Video

The idea had been floating around for a while, but a recent trip to Austria finalized the perfect stage for a new video! So welcome “How Many Miles.” The audio is of course available via our 2009 CD CHALLENGES. Buy it at our shop ( http://www.rockcompany.nl/ ). Members can also watch the video in divx quality (or download it).

Member Area And Videos

We got some comments that it was a little troublesome to locate the member area. That is why we featured it more prominently in the top menu. Of course you still need to log in to be able to see it. In case you don’t know, members get extra, previously unreleased material! And a permanent coupon for discount in our shop! And all for free! So what are you waiting for? Join now:

http://www.chinawhite.nl/index.php?option=com_user&view=register

Furthermore we would like to inform you that our guitar player Peter has recorded some acoustic songs he wrote waaaayyyy back in the day (1985). You can watch them at our YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/chinawhitenl

Enjoy!

Interested in more? Just visit the site!
http://www.chinawhite.nl/

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-Halcyon Way To Tour Europe As Support To Stuck Mojo

Two of Atlanta’s finest metal bands, Stuck Mojo and Halcyon Way, are teaming up together for a European tour in October/November 2010.

Ten albums into their career, it is no wonder that Stuck Mojo can pull a large sized crowd at the European venues, and for Halcyon Way to be able to tag along and display their songs is a big opportunity and a great honor.

The tour dates announced so far are:

Oct 25, Sala Totem, Pamplona, SPAIN
Oct 26, Sala Live, Madrid, SPAIN
Oct 27, Sala Salamandra, Barcelona, SPAIN
Oct 28, Ninkasi Kao, Lyon, FRANCE
Oct 29, Schuur, Luzern, SWITZERLAND
Oct 30, Rockstüble, Pforzheim, Baden-Würt, GERMANY
Oct 31, Viper, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Nov 1, Posthof, Linz, AUSTRIA
Nov 2, Duerer Kert, Budapest, HUNGARY
Nov 3, Marty’s Club, Ceske Budejovice, CZECH REPUBLIC
Nov 4, L.A. Cham, Cham, GERMANY
Nov 5, Alte Zuckerfabrik, Rostock, GERMANY
Nov 7, K17, Berlin, GERMANY
Nov 8, Logo, Hamburg, GERMANY
Nov 9, Bastard Club, Osnabrück, GERMANY

(more dates to be announced soon)

Halcyon Way will release their sophomore album, BUILDING THE TOWERS, through Nightmare Records in North America on October 12, 2010 and an as-of-yet undisclosed European label later in the fall.

Produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan, BUILDING THE TOWERS features the 10 best songs the band has ever written, superb performances by all involved, including new vocalist Steve Braun (formerly of Italy’s Ashent) and guest vocalist Pamela Moore (yes, Sister Mary from Queensryche’s OPERATION: MINDCRIME). Topped by a stunning artwork courtesy of Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, etc.), the album comes across as nothing but a masterpiece in the making.

Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies reminding you of a Geoff Tate or Ronnie James Dio in their prime, Halcyon Way will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.

http://www.halcyonway.com/
http://www.myspace.com/halcyonway
http://www.facebook.com/halcyonway
http://www.twitter.com/halcyonway

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Two Side Moon Promotions are very excited to welcome back to the party Atlanta’s Last Red Ransom.

Please find below the text info for the AWESOME new album SLEEP WELL SWEET VANITY.

Band: Last Red Ransom
Album Title: SLEEP WELL SWEET VANITY
Label: Independent
Street Date: July 23, 2010
Genre: rock/metal/industrial

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

Formed in 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia, Last Red Ransom is comprised of three members: Charlotte Kelli (lead vocals, keyboard, guitar, and programming), Saint (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, and programming), and Adair (drums). This group of driven musicians has brought all of their individual influences and experiences together to form the unique sound known as Last Red Ransom. The members of LRR have rocked the stage with many bands including: Sevendust, Nonpoint, Flaw, Kittie, In This Moment, 36 Crazyfists, and many more. Their dynamic stage performance calls to their listeners provoking them to return the punch resulting in an adrenaline filled exchange.

Their debut album released in 2010, SLEEP WELL SWEET VANITY, can only be described as epic. The album unfolds like the soundtrack of a dream screaming to awake. SWSV moves seamlessly though melodic rock hooks, raw metal, and industrial soundscapes.

The honey sweet vocals of Charlotte Kelli are laid side by side with her ferocious screams and blend brilliantly with the warm, sincere vocals of Saint. The vocal interplay between the two, soar in and out of cinematic and atmospheric keys, and heavy, scorching guitars, but stay anchored by the blistering and solid drumming of Adair bleeding into slick synthetic beats. This ambitious debut will leave you glad to have experienced it with the strange side-effect of being satisfied and craving more at the same time.

Band Lineup:
Charlotte Kelli: Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Programming
Saint: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Proramming
Adair: Drums

Track Listing:
1. Make Up
2. Seamstress
3. Black Gospel
4. One Word
5. Passport
6. Always Been
7. Synthetic Sleep
8. October
9. Lay Down
10. Stay
11. Empire

Two Side Moon Promotions are very excited to welcome back to the party Sweden’s Flag With Arthur Offen.

Please find below the text info for the AWESOME new album PERIHELION.

Band: Flag With Arthur Offen
Album Title: PERIHELION
Label: Arthur Offen Music
Street Date: January 1, 2010
Genre: Progressive Rock

Web:
http://www.arthuroffen.com/

Arthur Offen is a progressive rock song writer and artist with a special heritage and a very definite set of influences. His distinct outlook on how he sets his poetry and music in motion gives him an overall sound that can only be described as a style apart. Though his tuneful stories are at once completely original in their own right, Arthur’s musical tapestry clearly shows his upbringing amongst the giants of classic American and English rock of the late sixties and the explosive English art rock movement of the seventies.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Arthur came into his early teens with the British invasion headed by The Beatles on one hand and the civil rights movement and American rhythm and blues blowing up sky high on the other. Strong influences no doubt. Already playing piano and singing from an early age as one three very music driven siblings and his mother a pianist as well, being in the music world became the center of his life as the sixties progressed ever onward.

As the seventies and Art school took off he was drawn into an evening job at a local recording studio. There he was able to cut his teeth on the entire recording process at close range aided by guitarist Rick Hinkle a friend from his high school days. With the help of drummer extraordinaire and resident engineer Rick Brown and superb studio bassist Tom Walker Air Raid consumed Arthur’s artistic devotion and development through the seventies. Great English acts such as Yes and ELP were also an enormous motivating factor as Air Raid grew into a formidable recording act. The AIR RAID album (1980) produced by Eddie Kramer is now considered one of the sleeper classics of early ’80s progressive rock and still continues to sell today at Arthur’s site have gained fans in Europe and Asia.

With Arthur there was never a time when song writing and creating visual art weren’t happening side by side. Throughout the the ’80s, whether he was living in Scandinavia playing hotels or working as a studio musician in the US, the writing process was always presenting him with some new vista. Whether it involved the pageantry of history or a setting in the depths of outer space, the characters that inhabited these tales always had something amazing to say about what they did or how they felt. Further on into the ’90s settling into life in Boston the songs began to emerge as song books. It then makes perfect sense that Arthur would begin recording what eventually became an epic song cycle there in the studio where he worked that would culminate in the three album triptych under the moniker of Flag. The Flag albums represent an enduring accomplishment for Arthur at the present and should allow him the opportunity to perform this music past and present for his many fans around the world.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Arthur Offen
Background Vocal – Chris Cornish, Jimmy Cob
Keyboards – Arthur Offen
Guitar – Arthur Offen, Rick Hinkle
Bass – Jim Mouradian, Arthur Offen
Drums – Jon Sherman

Track Listing:
1. A Fall From Grace
2. Perihelion
3. A Runaway Train
4. O’ Centurion
5. Beyond This Mountain
6. When Storm Clouds Gather
7. Solar Fanfare
8. World By Night
9. My Life Of Crime
10. Stephanie
11. Low Country Rider – 1776
12. A Winter’s Tale

Two Side Moon Promotions are very excited to welcome to the party Australia’s Dark Synergy.

Please find below the text info for the AWESOME new album E.P. YOU ARE THE KILLER.

Band: Dark Synergy
Album Title: YOU ARE THE KILLER
Street Date: June 2009
Genre: “Cyber-Goth” – Rock/Metal/Punk/Acoustic

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

Dark Synergy was formed in April 2007 by guitarist/songwriter/producer Col Brown with female vocalist, Nellie Mokbel. During 2007 Col invited the vocalist to participate in an audition for a lead singer. Col was very impressed by her vocals and genuine passion for his music. The natural choice for Col was to make Nellie his lead singer, bringing with her a unique vocal styling to his music.

Nellie posed the question of a band name — Col suggested Dark Synergy, after the song “Dark Synergy” written by him in 2006. Nellie liked the name and believed in it. As she put it, “I like it, and it says a lot!” Thus, Dark Synergy was born. Dark Synergy expands the limits of Rock by blending both metal and heavy rock as well as goth and sc-fi influences into a unique style, described by Col as “Cyber-Goth.” Nellie’s passionate, yet delicate and soulful voice is the icing on the cake. Col’s trademark heavy metal riffs, dark left of center, sci-fi, minimalist lyrics, and searing lead guitar solos complete the musical package.

The Dark Synergy E.P. titled YOU ARE THE KILLER, released independently June 2009 on Dark Synergy Records (DSR) features Simone White (ex. Michael Franti – DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIP HOPRISY) on drums, as well as Stuart J. Spaans on fretless and standard electric bass. YOU ARE THE KILLER is carefully produced, arranged and timed and has won over both, national and international fans.

The title track from the E.P., “You Are The Killer” was in rotation on radarradio.com.au, Australia Top 50 for four months and won Ugly Phil’s unsigned band competition December 2, 2009 on Triple M FM Australia. Both the tracks “You Are The Killer” and “No Illusions” have been played on internet radio stations in the USA, and “No Illusions” was included on the USA Gothic compilation CD THE FUNERAL VOL. 4.

With a rapidly growing fan base in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia, Dark Synergy is looking to record their highly anticipated debut album.

Nellie Mokbel

Nellie Mokbel was born in 1984 and grew up in Sydney, Australia. From a very young age, Nellie had an innate passion for music. Her many and diverse influences include Justin Hawkins, Natalie Imbruglia, Gwen Stefani, Dale Bozzio, and Tarja Turunen.

Nellie’s passion for music led her to join the choir in primary school and participate in solo performances in church at the impressionable age of 12. She was chosen to be the lead singer of the high school band. Naturally, Nellie chose music studies in high school where she further honed in on her musical talent and was encouraged to emphasise her amazing vocal talents.

Soon thereafter, Nellie continued her vocal development through professional vocal training and also began to pursue her interest in song writing. Her lyrical repertoire provided the bases for two impressive demos created between 2000 and 2003.

Col Brown

Col Brown was born in Liverpool, England and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Col began playing guitar at age 20 after being highly influenced by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Gilmour, Black Sabbath, David Bowie and especially Eric Clapton. Col met Eric after a concert in Sydney in 1990 and was so inspired that he began teaching himself guitar. After pursuing Mining Engineering and graduating with Honors, Col turned his full attention to the Music.

Col has been writing and refining his music for several years. He has developed a unique style of songwriting and production, as well as an enviable repertoire of three albums of original material in produced demo format.

Having demonstrated the innate talent to teach himself guitar, Col enjoyed numerous opportunities to play lead guitar and perform locally as a member of the Cover Band The Scam, in Adelaide, South Australia. The Scam received radio promotion on the Triple M radio network and opened for Appetite For Destruction (Guns N’ Roses Tribute Show) to a packed to capacity house at The Venue in Adelaide.

Band Lineup:
Col Brown – Guitars/songwriting/production
Nellie Mokbel – Lead Vocals
With:
Simone White – Drums
Stuart J. Spaans – Bass guitars

Track Listing:
1. You Are The Killer
2. No Illusions
3. Altered State

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

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-American Speedway Release New Song “Howl (Ya Doin?)” Featuring New Guitarist Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty

PHILADELPHIA, PA — American Speedway, the beer guzzlin’ punk rock n roll foursome from the Philadelphia-area, have nearly completed their sophomore album A BIGGER BOAT (due Winter 2010). A 7″ vinyl single will be released in Fall 2010 and the featured track entitled “Howl (Ya Doin?)” is exclusively streaming on Stereokiller.com right now — http://www.stereokiller.com/AmericanSpeedway .

In January 2010, Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty joined the band as the new lead guitarist. McGurty was lead axe for an all female metal band called Wench, who (in the early ’90s) had a good amount of success domestically and also toured throughout Europe and the UK several times.

American Speedway is most known for topping the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio, Punk Channel 29, with their hit single “One Foot In, One Foot Out” back in Summer of 2008. They also charted on CMJ’s Heavy Rock charts with their single “Ship Of Fools” in November 2008. “Ship Of Fools” was the title track to their debut album released in January 2007.

The band has engaged on tours with The Meatmen, as well as provided main support for The Supersuckers, Mike Watt, Valient Thorr, just to name a few.

The street date for A BIGGER BOAT has yet to be set, but it will be released by Prophase Music, and distributed nationally by MVD Entertainment Group. The band’s sophomore release will be available on CD and vinyl. The vinyl will include a card with a unique number so fans can download the entire album on MP3.

The band is:

Michael Thursby Speedway – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Chris Callahan – Drums
Billy Angry – Bass/Vocals
Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty – Guitar

Web site:
http://www.americanspeedway.net/

MySpace:
http://www.myspace.com/americanspeedway

Music video for “Ship of Fools”:

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-Bastard Priest: UNDER THE HAMMER OF DESTRUCTION Out Now On Pulverised

Bastard Priest spew a finely honed, stomach-churning and downright offensive fusion of hardcore, punk and death metal. The band’s UNDER THE HAMMER OF DESTRUCTION debut features 11 soul-soiling tracks including a cover of “En Hälsning Från Helvetet” from Swedish crust punk legends Bombanfall.

Disturbingly obscene, hateful and hellish; this is Bastard Priest. There is no compromise.

UNDER THE HAMMER OF DESTRUCTION Track Listing:

1. Blasphemy From Hell
2. Visions Of Doom
3. Evil Pain
4. Total Mutilation
5. Power Of Death
6. Chock
7. Under The Hammer Of Destruction
8. From Beyond
9. Merciless Insane Death
10. Graveyard Sacrifice
11. En Hälsning Från Helvetet

View cover art here: http://tinyurl.com/32ak568

http://www.myspace.com/bastardpriestsweden
http://www.pulverised.net/
http://www.myspace.com/pulverisedrecords

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-Deadsea To Embark On October Tour; New Album To Drop In 2010

Columbus, Ohio’s unique prog/doom/tech/stoner/metal unit Deadsea are putting the final touches on their upcoming Grand Delugeon US tour. Set to kick off on the first of October, the band will splatter the Midwest, Northwest, West Coast and Southern US states — the band’s first time to tour the West Coast — on a three-week rampage, with the entire tour being centered around this year’s annual Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Deadsea will be slaying their nightly audience with their totally unclassifiable gargantuan alloy, which is comprised of countless strains of “out there metal.” Fans who venture out to the shows will hear selections from the band’s upcoming album they’re wrapping up now, set for release later in 2010. As with their previous full-lengths — 2005’s DESIDERATA LP and 2007’s self-titled CD — this new yet-to-be-titled full-length will again be released on the band’s own Chrome Leaf Records, who’ve also been responsible for releases from Prosanctus Inferi, Nekrasov/Aderlating (split), Portal and more in recent years.

DEADSEA Grand Delugeon 2010 US Tour:
10/01/2010 *TBA – Chicago, IL
10/02/2010 Bong Ward – Milwaukee, WI
10/03/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/04/2010 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN
10/05/2010 Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE
10/06/2010 *TBA – Denver, CO
10/07/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Laughter
10/08/2010 Red Room Tavern – Boise, ID
10/09/2010 Berbati’s Pan – Portland, OR @ Fall Into Darkness Fest
10/11/2010 Alibi- Arcata, CA
10/12/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA
10/13/2010 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Grayceon
10/15/2010 *TBA – Los Angeles, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/16/2010 *TBA – San Diego, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/17/2010 Sound Kontrol – Phoenix, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
10/18/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Albuquerque, NM
10/19/2010 Pine Box – Midland, TX
10/20/2010 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX
10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Christian Mistress
10/22/2010 *TBA – Nashville, TN

More news on Deadsea’s upcoming album will be released in mere days, along with more confirmed tour dates.

http://www.myspace.com/deadsea
http://deadsea.bandcamp.com
http://www.chromeleaf.org/

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-“AC/DC High-Voltage Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Ultimate Illustrated History” will be released October 15 through Voyageur Press. Hype says the book “follows the band from its roots in Sydney, Australia, to its most recent releases and sold-out world tours. Jam-packed with more than 400 illustrations — from handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography — this massive contribution to the AC/DC library gives fans a all-access visual tour through almost four decades of unadulterated rock mastery.”

-Accept’s BLOOD OF THE NATIONS entered the German album charts at #4, beating the band’s previous high: RUSSIAN ROULETTE hit #5 in 1986. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann commented, “This really swept us off our feet! Of course you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question. We tested new waters with our new singer Mark and emerged as winners! But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing and all the others who gave their everything for Accept.” But most of all we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing! Thank you!” Here is the confirmed list of the band’s upcoming tour dates with King’s X:

9/9 – Center Stage, Atlanta GA (ProgPower USA Kick-Off; no King’s X)
9/23 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
9/24 – Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore, MD
9/25 – The Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
9/27 – B.B. King’s, New York City, NY
9/29 – Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
10/1 – The Silo, Reading, PA
10/2 – The Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens, MI
10/8 – The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
10/9 – The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles (Chicago), IL
10/12 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX
10/13 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX

See http://www.acceptworldwide.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/accepttheband for more.

-Contrive’s new album THE INTERNAL DIALOGUE was mixed by Devin Townsend. Track list: “Is This The Way?,” “Both Sides All Lies,” “This Time Last Week,” “Spirits Alive,” “Hope,” “Confusions Way,” “The Internal Dialogue,” “Lessening Life.” The entire album is streaming now on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ContriveAustralia .

-Pre-orders of Denial Machine’s new E.P. THE GAINSAYING OF KORAH made through September 10 will include a free T-shirt, while supplies last. See http://denialmachine.net/buystuff.cfm for more. Check out a new article on the band at http://www.braingell.com/?p=8701 .

-Indica’s new video for “Precious Dark,” from the album A WAY AWAY, can be seen at http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=106390070 .

-The Iron Maidens have the following upcoming shows:

9/11 – Angel’s Roadhouse 2, Apple Valley, CA (all ages)
9/17 – Angel’s Roadhouse, Yucaipa, CA
9/18 – Second Wind, Santee, CA
9/25 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA – all ages
9/30 – Dante’s, Portland, OR
10/1 – Bull Market Bar & Grill, Tacoma, WA – all ages
10/2 – The King Cat Theater, Seattle, WA – all ages
10/9 – Fantasy Louge @ Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA – all ages free show
10/14 – Brixton, Redondo Beach, CA
10/23 – The Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA – all ages

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

-Jakks are finishing up their debut album for Z Records, and plan to release it later this year. See http://www.zrecords.net/ for more.

-The lineup for Z Records’ new super-group Legion has been announced as Phil Vincent (D’ercole) on vocals, Vince O’Regan (Bob Catley) on guitar, Gavin Cooper (Lionsheart, Di’Anno) on bass, and Steve Hopgood (Jagged Edge, Di’Anno) on drums. The band’s debut is due out October 11. Check out a rough mix of one album track now at http://www.myspace.com/z_records . See http://www.zrecords.net/ for more.

-Pantera’s 1988 release POWER METAL is the subject of an About Heavy Metal “Retro Recommendation” piece at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/AXf5 .

-Check out the second season’s third episode of Swashbuckle’s “Ask The Admiral” online series — featuring Admiral Nobeard — at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os07tS8oy88 . The band has a game at http://www.nuclearblast.de/games/swashbuckle2/ ; get the high score by September 24 for a chance to win Admiral Nobeard’s original pirate hat from the “Cruise Ship Terror” video. There are trailers for the upcoming new album CRIME ALWAYS PAYS… at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kl5-VWWh8c and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os07tS8oy88 . See http://www.swashbuckle.info/ and http://www.myspace.com/swashbuckle for more.

Thanks to Chip Ruggieri, Chad Bowar, Andrew Haug, Mark Alger, and Mikey@HeadbangerNYC.com for help gathering some of this information.

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ARMAGEDDA – I AM (C+) Agonia Records, 2010
4 tracks, RT: 23:24
[ http://www.myspace.com/armageddaonline ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Armagedda ]
[ http://www.agoniarecords.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/agoniarecords ]
In the metal world, it’s not unusual to hear of revolving-door lineup changes, haphazard E.P.s, L.P.s and overall releases, and Armagedda is no exception. Going under the moniker Volkermord (and no, it is not the German word for “genocide,” but in fact stands for nothing, according to the band) the band has been around since 1999, and split up — indefinitely — in 2004. Although defunct as a band, they’ve released a four-track E.P., I AM, from beyond the grave, in ironic black metal spirit. While these songs were never released, until now, the song “I Am” was unleashed unto the world during the band’s 2002 tour. Immediately upon listening to I AM, I was transported back to the era of old school black metal. I cannot put enough emphasis on adjectives like “old school” and “traditional.” It’s got the low quality production, where everything is muted. If you stretch your imagination, you may find yourself in an emotional abyss, somewhere dark and sorrowful. This is an album strictly for old school black metal disciples. Songs like “De Vanhelgade” keeps the guitars at a catchy, consistent pace, the drumming thrashing away, and the vocals growling and snarling with bone-cracking evil. “I Am” channels a grey and dreary pathos, and the agonizing vocals pierce at the heart of it all. If you like the more modern, Dimmu Borgir-esque style, you’re going to be disappointed in this, because it lacks the grandeur of what has now become the norm in black metal. By all means, if you’re into old school black metal, proudly banging your corpse-paint caked head, and have been yearning for something new to feast on, then your prayers to Satan have been answered with I AM. Enjoy.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

THE BREATHING PROCESS – ODYSSEY: (UN)DEAD (A-) Candlelight Records/Siege Of Amida Records, 2010
13 tracks, RT: 50:52
[ http://www.myspace.com/tbp ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/The+Breathing+Process ]
[ http://www.facebook.com/thebreathingprocess ]
[ http://www.candlelightrecords.co.uk/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecords ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/candlelightrecordsusa ]
[ http://www.siegeofamida.net/ ]
“Me, I feed the machinery of death. If that makes me evil, then so be it…” says a dark and deep voice. “Spend any amount of time around people and you get your heart broken,” he continues as the guitars slither in. “Treachery, hypocrisy, promise of love. Look at the mouth of a person and you find lies,” our narrator warns, and then the drumming flutters in, and our speaker begins to get drown out. In a few seconds we’re in the midst of a death metal song. Yes, you get all of that in a 1:42 minute song — the catalyst that fuels the rest an epic, symphonic black metal/melodic death metal album. Now, without further ado, let me introduce you to the band. They are The Breathing Process, and ODYSSEY: (UN)DEAD is their second album. “Grimoire” wastes no time in turning up the heat and laying siege to your ears. The drumming is off-the-walls mad, and the shrieking vocals pierces you to your very soul. The guitar work is so hauntingly melodic, it ossifies the song into the beast that it is. Ah, and what’s that I hear under all the grandiose insanity? Yes, it’s a piano! A big, goofy smile suddenly lit up on my face. It is woven into the song so intermittently, and at just the right times, as to give the song something truly dazzling. “Leveller” again teases the audience with more piano pieces flying in and flying out as quickly as they came. The vocals are on par with what we might expect of death metal or black metal. But alas, The Breathing Process is not limited to just one vocalist — they are an amalgamation of three vocalists, one of them female, making it even more impressive. The song ends on a creepy note, with what sounds like bats screeching maliciously in a cave in some forbidden faraway land. With “Vultures” we’re taken on a very melodic journey. It is also with this song where we hear softer vocals alternating with the rough-and-tough death metal style that we’ve seen so far on the earlier tracks. It seems like this song is going to be a slower one (slower, you realize, for death/black metal), but that is far from the case. The drumming summons so much gusto as to completely blow you away. In “Pantheon Unravelling” the synthetic sounds of the keyboard make for an almost techno style sound which you may think wouldn’t work, but it actually does. The song overall is a killer, truly something black metallers will nod their corpse-painted heads in approval of. “Starless: Eternal” is strictly instrumental and segues neatly into “Odyssey: (Un)Dead.” The keys make for an enchanting beautiful beginning, and this theme stays with the whole song. We even get a bit of a duet going when we hear growling death metal sung alongside a lower toned female vocal style. The Breathing Process cites Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, and Emperor as primary influences. You can sense the feel of said influences on certain songs throughout the album, but I must say, The Breathing Process honestly makes their music their own. This album is also a concept album, as explained by the band in an interview. It’s based on a man who has been ostracized, who travels through diverse and often harsh environments such as deserts, oceans, and glaciers. The songs attempt to create the atmosphere as the character intrepidly battles, “isolation, endurance and death.” As you can tell by now, there is a lot going on with this album, both lyrically and instrumentally, and I for one, say bravo.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

PLACE OF SKULLS – AS A DOG RETURNS (C+) Giddy Up Records/Sony Red, 2010
8 tracks, RT: 50:02
[ http://www.placeofskulls.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/placeofskullsdoom ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Place+of+Skulls ]
[ http://www.giddyuprecords.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/giddyuprecords ]
“As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly” — Proverbs 26: 11. I never thought I’d start off a review with a quote from the Bible, but it seemed appropriate given the Christ-loving nature of this band. Even the band’s name, Place Of Skulls is a biblical reference to Golgotha (the site outside of ancient Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus is alleged to have been crucified). Place Of Skulls overtly avows their Christian faith invariably throughout AS A DOG RETURNS. This is their third album, following a four-year hiatus from their sophomore release THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR. They’ve been on the scene for much longer than that, vocalist/guitarist Victor Griffin and bassist Lee Abney were previously involved in bands Pentagram and Death Row. So, the addition of drummer Tim Tomaselli rounds out the current lineup for Place Of Skulls. They’ve placed themselves under the enveloping umbrella of doom metal, but also claim territory under blues and “down-tempo.” I must agree with that, because while listening to AS A DOG RETURNS, it only vaguely feels like the doom metal most metalheads are accustomed to. The album is punctuated by bluesy riffs. The singing is reminiscent of early metal singers, because it is not heavy, not even raspy or guttural; it’s fairly clean, making the lyrics easily heard. And lyrically, it only somewhat stays within the parameters of the doom tradition, due to pensive and melancholy moments. Even as the band states, they “lyrically reflect upon their spiritual beliefs, faith, God, politics, and the search for peace.” They’re the type that would be proud to go by the appellation of a Jesus Freak, or being affiliated with other Christian bands. We’re welcomed into AS A DOG RETURNS with “The Maker” which is a jolt of downcast rock. The song flirts with thrash, but sticks to the doom-rock hybrid it claims to be. “Breath Of Life” exudes sorrow from the moment it begins. Griffin cries, “Tossed by the waves, am I sinking?… Without you, the tides of hope have broken…” The song cascades into a chasm of despair. Of course the song is sprinkled with religious wording referencing prayer, salvation, and the Holy Spirit. All of this, and then a poignant guitar solo. “Though He Slay Me” almost sounds like a prayer, with lyrics begging, “Jesus, will you teach me to deny myself? My flesh is weak, my soul is frail, but in my weakness, your love never fails.” The song emits a morose atmosphere and our reflective singer ponders the omnipotence of his favorite deity. Then we’re off to “Psalm.” Sigh. Another song with heavy religious overtones. The song is engraved with what sounds like a tribal drum, which meanders through most of its first half. When those drums comes to a cessation, the song picks up a heavier vibe. “Dayspring” is the longest, running nearly 10 minutes. “Timeless Hearts” adds a rustic charm — a harmonica? But for the most part it’s jamming, something rockers can get excited about. “Desperation” is yet another woeful rumination. “Do you ever think it’s useless? Do you ever feel like letting go?… Tell me why these things are still the same. Tell me why no one can feel, learn from mistakes.” “As A Dog Returns” is what brings the album to a close. It’s not as gloomy as some of the other songs, and it even boasts an attention-grabbing guitar solo. If you can stomach the maudlin praises to the Almighty, or have the ability to tune it out and focus strictly on the instrumentation, then it’s a decent album. If you’re a Slayer fan, then you’ll find Place Of Skulls to be anathema to your blasphemous tastes. That’s honestly my biggest gripe, and I’m sure it is what will turn off others as well, especially if they’re marketing themselves to a genre whose followers are generally gluttonous for gore, war, and annihilation. On the other hand, if you like Christian metal then this will be music to your sinless ears.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

VALDUR – RAVEN GOD AMONGST US (B) Bloody Mountain Records, 2010
9 tracks, RT: 34:21
[ http://www.myspace.com/valdurkult ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Valdur ]
[ http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=91155 ]
[ http://www.bloodymountainrecords.com/ ]
They hail from the frigidly icy, dismally dark mountains, blazoning black metal as their emblem. Sounds like a typical European black metal band, right? WRONG! Valdur resides in the mountains alright, but in California’s eastern Sierras. RAVEN GOD AMONGST US is Valdur’s second release, and it proves that they are still on the prowl, bloodthirsty for the next conquest. What’s even more impressive is that Valdur is very DYI, showing steadfast determination to make it to the top. RAVEN GOD AMOGNST US was not only self-financed, but released by drummer Sxuperion’s very own label, Bloody Mountain Records. And that is not the aberration — they are just as melodic as they are brutal, a challenging dichotomy. But they succeed in making it euphonic, plunging down to their blackened death metal roots, vivifying them to make for a truly wicked album. The thirty second intro cackles and crashes you into “Wound Fires In The Afterlife,” galvanizing the album into monstrous action. Vocalist Thor epitomizes the raspy and bestial death growls, while the guitars and drums create a hauntingly infernal atmosphere. “Great Abyss Unfold” starts as if the sound is coming from somewhere distant. Then at terrifying speeds they rush up to, getting louder and louder until they are frighteningly right in your face, utterly engulfing you, executing musical ferocity! The song never stops or slows down; it’s a barrage of tenacious tempos and guttural growls. It’s not until the end that evanescence creeps in and carries the sound away. Oh, but not for long. “Gravlagt I Morkets Natt!” brings with it a sinister aura. It’s not as melodic as the preceding tracks, but it keeps the consistent pattern of being fast. By the title’s name, you know that the song is in a foreign language. The album features some Norwegian lyrics, thanks to lead singer Thor’s Scandinavian heritage. But that’s about the only characteristic “European black metal” dose you get, along with “Med Fjell I Horisonten.” With “Past Of Wolves” we’re back to a melodic spirit, most notably the guitar work charging the way with memorable riffs. The vocals are recorded in quintessential black metal style — well, old school style, rather, so it does sound a tad muted. “Berserrker” marshals onward with the assault that is RAVEN GOD AMONST US. It’s a solid and strong offering, but it was hard to distinguish anything novel about it, compared to other tracks. The last two tracks left me feeling the same way: they’ve all got a demonic, dark quality, but we’ve already experienced this on earlier tracks. It’s an above-average album, but black metal fans are the ones who will get the most enjoyment out of it.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

YEAR OF NO LIGHT – AUSSERWELT (B) Conspiracy Records, 2010
4 tracks, RT: 47:09
[ http://www.yearofnolight.free.fr/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/yearofnolight ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Year+of+No+Light ]
[ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Year-Of-No-Light/8888503170 ]
[ http://www.conspiracyrecords.com/ ]
Imagine you’re rowing in a dilapidated wooden boat. The skies are ashen gray. Wispy, billowing clouds fluctuate, foreboding something sinister. Directly in front of you is a hauntingly beautiful island. The thick, ebony silhouettes of the dense forest arc around the bend of the island. A jagged, sable line guides your bleary eyes to a forbidding tunnel cutting through the trees. Pallid, gray waves lap at the island’s edges, slowly and sorrowfully. You draw nearer to this ghastly, yet enchanting island, mesmerized by it. Have I succeeded in drawing in a very vivid and palpable atmosphere for you? This is what Year Of No Light’s second full-length album AUSSERWELT does for listeners through their music. I was actually describing the ominously dark artwork for the album. Several sources acclaim the album to be very ambient, calling the music pieces “soundscapes.” As you might have guessed by now, this is a completely instrumental album. It’s hard to label the band or confine them to any one of metal’s bajillion sub-genres. Ones that I keep seeing coming up to describe them are post-rock, traditional drone metal, doom metal, black metal, hardcore, post-metal, and probably more. The album is delicately and intricately forged upon many layers. I can imagine zealous pedantry erupting over this album, analyzing every musical note, every instrument, etc. And there is room for this scrupulousness, because without vocals, there are no lyrics; there’s nothing that the album is clearly trying to convey. So, much is left to the listener’s imagination. The album is divided into four songs, and the first song is further split into two distinct songs, “Persephone I” and “Persephone II,” respectively. All of you Greek mythology scholars should recognize the name as being that of the Goddess of Spring — and unwilling wife of Lord Hades. So, that right there is ample enough to spark a storyline to go with the atmosphere. “Persephone I” is indeed the first track, and it serenades you with its lonesome song, playing distorted, down tuned guitar work. The drumming settles in and harmonically pummels away. You feel like you’re going on an odyssey, you’re not sure where, but the climate evokes despondence and hopelessness. Perhaps, this is reflective of Persephone: You’re imprisoned in the frightening and tortuous depths of Tartarus, far away from the viridian fields and kaleidoscopic flowers that brought you so much joy. As the song progresses, the sense of yearning is omnipresent, despite the bleakness. You really have to pay attention to all of the songs, and listen to them more than once for you to fully appreciate it. It took me until the third listen to pick up on some distant sounding chiming on “Persephone I.” There are also electronic keys at work on AUSSERWELT, but they’re not always conspicuous. To me, it just shows that the cohesion of the album is seamless, and truly a piece of art. “Persephone II” intrepidly soldiers onward. The atmosphere still feels cloudy and portentous. It’s the marching quality of the drumming that makes you feel like you’re on a mission. “Hierophante” is imbued with doom metal charm, crashing and thrashing drumming, and eerie, mutilated guitar riffs. The song dips into slower, surrealistic pieces which really make you stop and reflect on what exactly it is that you’re hearing. Is that the jingling of bells I hear, behind the guitars? The whole 13+ minute song remains cloaked in darkness. “Abbesse” is what guides our journey to an end. The sonorous drumming sounds almost rigid and gives a sense of dread. The repetitive clanking of the cymbals is only one of the many subtleties to be picked out on this track. By the time we reach the end, it is much quieter, a kind of sadness still pervades, perhaps signifying that the journey never ends. When the music stops, you feel like you’re still lost in AUSSERWELT. Even if instrumental albums aren’t normally your thing, I’d still recommend giving it a listen.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

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