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Issue #564
Week of October 11, 2010

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-Sneakin’ in here with some press releases and news I wanted to get out before they got too stale. Also, please check out a bunch of Steph’s new reviews and my take on last weekend’s Chicago-area Accept/King’s X show. – Tim

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-Yngwie Malmsteen Returns With Killer New RELENTLESS Album On November 23rd 2010

Recently Selected As One Of Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” Of All Time

“Shred guitar” and “neo classical metal” are two phrases that have been commonplace in the world of heavy metal for decades by this point, but both can be attributed to the unmistakable work by Yngwie Malmsteen. Ever since the early 1980s, Yngwie has been pushing the limits of guitar, and influencing countless other players in the process. And he continues to impress to this day, as evidenced by his forthcoming album, RELENTLESS, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed PERPETUAL FLAME (Yngwie’s first album for Rising Force Records). The album is the second to feature ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, and features over 60 minutes of incredibly complex, kick ass arrangements.

“This title truly is the right one for this album,” explains Yngwie. “I mean, after all these years, some kind of force is driving me to create something that totally surpasses everything I’ve done before. I tried to capture the raw energy of a live performance, yet push myself to the most demanding level of playing and composing to harness that elusive magic that can’t just be switched on. All the way out, caution to the wind, but disciplined performances was what I went for. Maybe I did it too, check it out!” Confirmed song titles for RELENTLESS include “Relentless,” “Look At You Now,” “Shot Across The Bow,” “Adagio B Minor Variation,” “Caged Animal,” “Critical Mass,” “Into Valhalla,” “Enemy Within,” and “Caprici Di Inferno.”

Bursting onto the scene with such classic releases as 1984’s RISING FORCE, 1985’s MARCHING OUT, and 1986’s TRILOGY, Yngwie instantly made a name for himself, by recreating the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccolò Paganini, but within the realm of heavy metal guitar. Soon, countless other guitarists were copying Yngwie’s style… but there is simply only one Yngwie. Yngwie’s career continued to thrive throughout the world, including such additional triumphs as his totally classical work for orchestra and solo electric guitar, CONCERTO SUITE, which proved once and for all that his classical credentials were genuine. Yngwie continues to receive accolades worldwide, such as recently being selected as one Time Magazine’s “Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitar Players” (amongst the stellar company of Les Paul, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix).

A respected musician among both his peers and his fans, Yngwie continues to play and compose at a level of mastery that many career musicians only dream of. RELENTLESS is a must-have, which will appeal to all Yngwie fans and rock music fans alike. Prepare yourself for a RELENTLESS classical metal attack!



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-Lillian Axe Searching For A New Singer

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

As you may have heard by now or if you haven’t, Ronny Munroe will not be the lead singer of Lillian Axe due to prior commitments beyond anyone’s control. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. We remain on great terms and the band is already in auditions with several new singers. Steve [Blaze] has already written several new songs for the new album that we will record in 2011.

Unfortunately this means that we will have to postpone our tour to support Deep RED SHADOWS. We were planning on touring at the end of October – November in the USA and in Europe in January. As soon as the new singer is chosen, the band plans to record a new song for immediate download to introduce him. Then Lillian will do a string of warm-up dates while working on the next album slated to be released in May / June of 2011.

In March 2011, the new Cuba Gooding Jr. movie, “Hit List” will be released and it features “47 Ways To Die” from DEEP RED SHADOWS as the main opening song in the movie during the opening credits and start of the movie.

Lillian Axe is still looking for the right vocalist.

Submissions for singers MUST include the following to be considered: (1) 3 song demo CD, (2) DVD containing your recent live performance, (3) 2 photos (color and b&w), and (4) your bio containing your musical resume.

All submissions should be sent to:
Love & War Records
PO Box 130
Hicksville, New York 11802-0130
Attn: A&R

*** Please keep the packages at the following size (10″l x 2″w x 10″h)

(All submissions become the property of Love & War Records and will not be returned to the sender).

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-Quiet Riot Back In Business With New Singer And Upcoming Tour

After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots — as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.

A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.

Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic METAL HEALTH. Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal — “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” — the METAL HEALTH album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi lineup that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring lineup (and also, most stable).

Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour — their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (“The Wrestler,” “Tropic Thunder”), video games (“Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The ’80s”), and even musicals (“Rock Of Ages”) — as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds — Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!



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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the band’s October 2010 e-mail newsletter. – Tim]

On behalf of Phil [Kennemore], his family, and Y&T, we would like to thank everyone who has so generously donated something to Phil. There is not a donation, no matter how small, that goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

We’ve been so moved by some of the stories — fans who could probably not afford a cent yet they gave what they could anyway, even if it was $5; a number of fans who have been kind enough to give more than once; a fan in Japan who sold his extra guitar and donated the funds to Phil; George Bisceglia who is building a FACEMELTER guitar to auction for Phil (details to come); Denise & Eric Martin who gave a generous donation; a popular booking agent in the UK who gave a substantial donation for his pal Phil; one of our agents in Belgium who wired a healthy donation into Phil’s account. Those are just a few of the many events that have overwhelmed us.

And one donation that has touched us all… Wendy Dio phoned Jill [Meneketti] to say that the board of the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund” met and decided to give a sizeable donation to Phil. The check arrived the next day, along with a handwritten note from Wendy for Phil.

As Dave [Meneketti] recently posted on the forum, what you all are doing demonstrates more how you feel about Phil than just the monetary value of your donation. Thank you, one and all, for your outpouring of love and support for our buddy Phil.

New Phil Health Updates

Since our last email update, Phil has posted two new threads on the forum regarding his health and well-being.


As Phil stated, he is reading (and re-reading) every single response. Please post your messages to Phil in one of the above posts.

Y&T On Twitter!

Now you can follow Y&T on Twitter. Sign up and follow Y&T tweets at http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks .

Mystic Weekend

Don’t miss the annual Y&T Mystic Theatre weekend! If you’ve never been, you’ve probably heard that people fly in from all over the world to attend these shows — the most anticipated weekend of Y&T shows. This weekend always SELLS OUT so get your tickets now while they’re still available. Every year there are plenty of people who wait too long and can’t get tickets — don’t be one of those! For ticket information, go the TOUR DATES page of the website and click the Mystic Theatre link.


First Call

This is your annual notice that this year’s shirt designs are going… and once they’re gone, they’re gone. The 2010 shirts have been HOT this year, and difficult for us to keep in stock. So get yours while we still have them.

The 2010 T-shirts feature the FACEMELTER cover art (created by John Taylor Dismukes) on the front and tour dates on the back.

Shirts for the ladies have the gold Y&T logo and the FACEMELTER title on the front (nothing on the back). Both available exclusively from our web store:


Y&T Shows

Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the website.


November 19 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
November 20 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
December 11 ~ Brooks, CA – Cache Creek Resort

October 7 ~ Glasgow, Scotland, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow + Fury UK
October 8 ~ Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy Newcastle + Fury UK
October 9 ~ Nottingham, UK – Rock City + Fury UK
October 12 ~ Ipswich, UK – Corn Exchange
October 14 ~ Southampton, UK – The Brook + Fury UK
October 15 ~ Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham + Fury UK
October 16 ~ London, UK – O2 Academy Islington + Fury UK
October 20 ~ Paris, France – Le Trabendo
October 22 ~ Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
October 23 ~ Uden, Netherlands – De Pul
October 25 ~ Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
October 26 ~ Bruchsal, Germany – Fabrik
October 28 ~ Prague, Czech Republic – Exit Chmelnice Music Hall
October 29 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
October 30 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage
October 31 ~ Berlin, Germany – Magnet
November 2 ~ Hamburg, Germany – Knust
November 3 ~ Koln, Germany – Underground Cologne
November 5 ~ Zaragoza, Spain – Sala Oasis Club Teatro
November 6 ~ Valencia, Spain – Durango Club
November 7 ~ Madrid, Spain – Sala Heineken + special guest Lynch Mob

January 14 ~ Shangri-La – Osaka, Japan
January 15 ~ Club Citta’ – Kawasaki, Japan
January 16 ~ Club Citta’ – Kawasaki, Japan

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*

Check the website TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti website.
5255 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite #233
Santa Clara CA 95051


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-Classic Rock Society Of America To Debut

PHILADELPHIA — Rock producer and historian Denny Somach today announced the establishment of the Classic Rock Society of America. The organization will be devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of classic rock music by the artists, musicians, producers and fans of the most popular musical category of the past fifty years.

Somach is a recognized expert on Classic Rock and considered one of the architect’s of the Classic Rock radio format, which has become dominant in broadcasting and attracts millions of listeners. He has produced over 7,500 hours of classic rock programming and maintains one of the largest archives of audio, video and data related to the topic. Somach has also authored numerous articles and books on the subject and appeared as an authority on shows including “Today,” “Larry King,” “CBS Early Show,” “Dateline NBC,” CNN, CNBC, MTV and others.

“The appeal of classic rock artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Doors, Moody Blues, Yes, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Aerosmith, Styx, Deep Purple, Queen, the Allman Brothers and many, many others has never been more popular,” said Somach. “Classic rock has become cross-generational and is the most popular rock music format not just in the US and Canada, but around the world.”

The Classic Rock Society Of America (CRSA) is an organization where people from all over the world can experience and commemorate their favorite music. Many colleges and universities have classes about this music and it is being taught everywhere. The CRSA will act as a resource center for students and teachers, enabling them to further enhance their study of classic rock.

CRSA was inspired by the UK’s Classic Rock Society, with a membership of thousands, and Classic Rock magazine, a publisher, recording label and music promoter. Both organizations are dedicated to the growth of all classic rock music. The UK’s Classic Rock Magazine presents a number of live shows, including the recent High Voltage Festival, which featured ZZ Top, Foreigner, Asia, Bachman-Turner, Uriah Heep, Argent and a reformed Emerson, Lake And Palmer to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Rick Wakeman is the honorary Chairman of the U.K. Classic Rock Society. “When I contacted him about the Classic Rock Society Of America we were launching, he immediately lent his support and thought it was about time something like this was established in America.” Subsequently the other founding board members including John Wetton of Asia and Dave Cousins of the Strawbs have publically announced their support. “I have also spoken to over fifty musicians, producers and managers who are more than happy to not only lend their name but become actively involved in the Classic Rock Society of America,” stated Somach.

The Classic Rock Society of America will debut as an interactive website and its own radio channel. It will also include marketing and promotion entities. The virtual society will eventually have a physical location where musicians and fans can visit and enjoy the many facets of the musical genre. Somach said, “We have already been contacted by a couple of municipal development organizations about locating a facility in their communities.”

More details will be announced in the New Year and further information can be obtained by contacting info@classicrocksocietyamerica.com.

Denny Somach is the founder of Denny Somach Productions, which maintains one of the largest archives of Classic Rock content. DSP also has a long history of creating some of the most memorable programs in rock for NBC, ABC, CBS, Westwood One, MJI, USA Network, Turner Broadcasting, and MTV and produced the award winning Beatles radio program, Scott Muni’s “Ticket To Ride.” Currently DSP produces the syndicated “Get The Led Out” for United Stations.

Classic Rock Society Of North America
Denny Somach

Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc.
Chip Ruggieri

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-Rob Zombie – ICON Features The Best Of His Musical Horror Show

Single-CD And Double-CD Retrospectives Chronicle Rock’s Master Of Grooves And Gore


HOLLYWOOD, CA — The Master of monster mayhem is back to unleash two new ghoulish delights with the best of Rob Zombie’s psycho-metal music in tow. Rob Zombie – ICON (Geffen/UMe) is a double assault with a 12-track single-CD and 24-track double-CD versions are out in the stores now. Revising as well as updating his previous collections with tracks from his most recent super-smash studio masterpiece album — the Top 10-charting HELLBILLY DELUXE 2: NOBLE JACKALS, PENNY DREADFULS AND THE SYSTEMATIC DEHUMANIZATION OF COOL — the single-CD (exclusive to Walmart) offers an overview of his solo career while the double-CD (exclusive to Best Buy) adds tracks from his seminal days with White Zombie.

Whether it’s the single-CD or double-CD, Rob Zombie – ICON represents the best of rock’s most frightful vision of the dark side. Rob Zombie – ICON is part of the new Icon series of albums from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history. With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy® nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician and, more recently, his vision as a director and writer.

Showcasing Zombie’s command of the horror movie genre, Zombie’s first film, “House Of 1,000 Corpses” (Lionsgate 2004), became an instant cult classic. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically acclaimed “The Devil’s Rejects” (Lionsgate). In 2007, Zombie had a bona fide blockbuster hit with his re-imagining of “Halloween,” and his sequel “Halloween 2” (2009) had record-breaking success at the box office as well.

This year, Zombie returns to making music. Zombie enthusiasts can also look forward to the release of the special edition of HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 via new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records. Set to street on September 28, this deluxe version of HD2 will feature three brand new tracks: “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a reimagining of “The Man Who Laughs.” In addition, the package will include a brand new video for “Mars Needs Women” (shot during the “Gruesome Twosome” tour with Alice Cooper), a live version of Cooper’s classic “School’s Out” with Cooper on board, and a 30-minute DVD featuring a tour documentary entitled “Transylvanian Transmissions,” along with all-new expanded artwork.

For more information on Zombie go to http://www.robzombie.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/robzombie .

1. Superbeast
2. Dragula
3. Living Dead Girl
4. Feel So Numb
5. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
6. Scum Of The Earth
7. House Of 1000 Corpses
8. Foxy Foxy
9. American Witch
10. The Devil’s Rejects
11. What?
12. Mars Needs Women

1. Thunder Kiss ’65
2. Black Sunshine
3. Super-Charger Heaven
4. More Human Than Human
5. Feed The Gods
6. The One
7. The Great American Nightmare
8. Superbeast
9. Dragula
10. Living Dead Girl
11. Demonoid Phenomenon
12. Meet The Creeper

1. Feel So Numb
2. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)
3. Scum Of The Earth
4. House Of 1000 Corpses
5. Foxy Foxy
6. American Witch
7. The Lords Of Salem
8. Let It All Bleed Out
9. The Devil’s Rejects
10. What?
11. Sick Bubblegum
12. Mars Needs Women

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-Z Records News

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

Z Records Launch All-New Multi-Function Website

Z Records have launched their all-new website at http://www.zrecords.net/ . The new site features video clips, audio samples of all our latest releases [to follow], a special members section which if you join you will be able to download promo MP3s and other exclusive offers, online store, forums and much more. If you log into the site’s main page you will hear an exclusive track by Legion, the band we are tipping for big big things. Their debut is released on October 11th; go check them for yourself at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Z Records Release Schedule For The Last Quarter Of 2010

Z Records’ final three releases for 2010 are in truth three gems. Due to seasonal delays at the pressing plants our release schedule has been updated. So what do you have to look forward to…

Legion – LEGION
CAT NO: ZR0497142
GENRE: Hard Rock
REL: October 25th

Already touted by many as a contender for album of the year for 2010, Legion is an Anglo / American supergroup formed by US singer Phil Vincent [D’ercole] and England’s Vince O’Reagan [Bob Catley]. The result is an album that shakes Whitesnake’s foundations and then crosses the Atlantic to do the same to such legends as Dokken and many more. As described by Pheonix Radio’s Chris Nelson, “This is a sensational album.” Don’t be left in the cold check it out and preorder your copy now!

Holy Rage – HOLY RAGE
CAT NO: ZR0497142
GENRE: Metal
REL: November 22nd

Featuring original Judas Priest front man Al Atkins, Holy Rage have recorded a molten metal onslaught that will leave fans of such Priest classics as SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE and DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH gagging for more. Pure Metal genius!!!!!

Jakks – FIRE
CAT NO: ZR0497143
GENRE: Melodic Rock
REL: November 29th

Jakks are no strangers to the melodic rock stage in their native Argentina despite their young age. The band have already released albums in the Spanish market and now with their first English release they have their eyes set on England, Europe and the United States. Work is currently underway on their follow-up for Z Records. Essential melodic rock for fans of early Bon Jovi, Bonfire, Dokken and many more

Check out sound samples of our latest releases at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Holy Rage Set To Set Birmingham Alight This Weekend

Holy Rage will be appearing at the Meltdown festival in Birmingham this weekend on October 17th at the Asylum, Hampton St, Hockley, Birmingham, B19 3LS.. The band will be sharing the stage with the likes of Blaze Bayley, Stampede and many more. Holy Rage will be playing material from their forthcoming album on Z Records which will be released on November 22nd. Check the band out at http://www.zrecords.net/ .


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-The Stick People Merge Punk And Metal On Debut Single, “Think About That”

Although their guitarist was a long-time member of Queensryche, don’t assume that the music of the Stick People is based in challenging prog metal. While they do indeed have elements of metal in their sound, it’s more of a “party-hearty” metal vibe, with energetic punk rock added to the mix as well. For the proof, all you have to do is surf on over to iTunes and give a listen to the group’s digital single, “Think About That,” for the sonic proof.


Comprised of band members Stephen Duffy on Lead Vocals/Guitars, Mike Stone on Vocals/Guitars (the group’s aforementioned “Queensryche connection”), Billy Close on Bass, Bernie Godwin on Lead Guitar, and Frankie Anthony on Drums, the group recently signed with EFM/Bungalo/Universal Music Group Distribution, which issued the band’s debut single “Think About That” recently.

“The band wasn’t calculated, it just happened,” explains Duffy. “Bernie, Frankie, and I were in the studio working on promotional material, and we clicked. Stone called in, roped in Billy, and suddenly, we were The Stick People.” Adds the band’s producer, Dito, “The Stick People is a ‘band’s band.’ Great players, great chops, great songs and they love each other, how often do you find that?!”

The group also just recently wrapped up shooting a video for the tune, and having recently signed on with Ashley Talent International, LLC, the Stick People are gearing up for live dates before the end of the year, including a pair of confirmed dates — Winchester, VA on October 22nd at the Winchester Sportsplex (with Vince Neil) and St. Charles, IL at the Arcada Theatre (Chicago, IL) on November 5th (with Quiet Riot).

And as Godwin explains, the band can’t wait to hit the road. “The Stick People is a band of diverse musicians and walks of life. Together, we make a statement that is universally seen and heard by all people in our music. We use everyday life for inspiration. We can’t wait to give you the show of your life!”

For more information, visit:


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-Chipster PR Launches New Website And Billboard Magazine Feature

Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc. President and Senior Publicist, Chip Ruggieri, has been chosen to comment on the “Billboard Maximum Exposure 2010 Hard Rock Top 5.” Billboard says of the feature “There are more tools than ever to promote a new single or album. But which ones work best? To find out, Billboard presents its third annual Maximum Exposure list, which tabulates the 100 best ways to generate sales and buzz. We asked label and publishing executives, publicists, managers and branding experts to rank the most effective means to promote music. Then we compiled our list — as well as rankings for Latin music, the United Kingdom, Japan and genres like rock and hip-hop — with the input of Billboard’s editorial staff. The results identify the most powerful promotional vehicles in music today.” A rundown of the top 25 entries can be seen at http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/genre/e3i4397ede245b231242e381303289658d7 .

Chipster PR & Consulting, Inc. has also announced the launch of their new website http://www.chipsterpr.com/ , designed by http://www.921associates.com/ . The site features a news section, highlight video and a link to donate to longtime client and friend Ronnie James Dio’s “Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.” The Current Clients pages includes a “share” button which will allow artists and media to add a direct link to the page on their social networks. You can also “LIKE” Chipster on Facebook and follow Chipster on Twitter!

Chipster’s offspring, Coverslut Cosmetics, Inc. has a page link featured, which offers artists make up and grooming services provided by Jen Farhood, who’s celebrity roster includes iconic acts such as The Police, Olivia Newton-John, Halford and Jon Bon Jovi.

For more information, visit:


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-7th Heaven Newsletter October 2010

Welcome To The 7th Heaven October Newsletter

The summer of 2010 will go down in 7th Heaven’s history as one magical time. We accomplished so much over this past summer that I am so happy to have a group of great guys and great crew and then to have great fans support our dream. I will forever be grateful for the gift all of you have given us. It only motivates us to work harder and build upon our success. Over the next few months we will be focusing on a bunch of new things we want to acomplish. We are working on a couple new products that will be released, some sooner than others. We already started working on new songs to add to our set and we’ll be setting goals we want to reach in 2011. So a big “THANK YOU” to all of you who took the time to come see 7th Heaven play over the summer… It’s becasue of you that we are there.

7th Heaven With 1985 Chicago Bears

7th Heaven is the featured band at the official ’85 Bears Reunion — Allstate Glory Days “Legends Of The ’85 Chicago Bears!”

Friday November 5, 2010. When the organizers were looking for a band we were a perfect match. 7th Heaven also is celebrating our 25th anniversary. What is interesting is that I actually had Super Bowl tickets but I passed on them as I had things to do with the band and I wanted to do the band stuff rather than travel for a few days. I did watch the game and in fact Walter Payton is listed as one of my biggest influences in life on my personal bio page. (I was also a running back.)

This event will be seen on NBC during prime time and there will media coverage of it in the papers and on radio. Come be a part of Chicago history. 7th Heaven and the Chicago Bears. 1985. A magical year for both!!!

Tickets are selling fast and we got a special deal for 7th Heaven fans only of 20% of ticket prices. Get tickets here:


To get the discounted rate, use the special PROMO CODE: REUNION on Ticketmaster.com.

Check out the Press Release here:

Learn more about the event here:

JUKEBOX — 700 Original Songs — NOW AVAILABLE

JUKEBOX is a MASSIVE 700 all-original song box-set of songs we have written, recorded and/or played in the 25 years 7th Heaven has been around. This box set is a great musical journey thru different styles of music. We do not think there has been another band to date that has released this many originals at one time. This could break a world record! JUKEBOX has a bunch of guest singers as well as featuring your favorite members. All songs have been written by at least one member of 7th Heaven in the 25-year history. Some songs are brand new, some are older but had never been released, all are fresh new recordings. This product is available in two formats;

· 1 – A box set of 15 traditional CDs and a bonus DVD data disk of the original MP3s of demos as they were written and recorded over the last 25 years. This bonus data disk is only available in the full CD box-set.
· 2 – The Internet: iTunes, Amazon, NTD Records store and 7thheavenband.com.

Look for a flash USB drive and iPod coming in 2011.

A complete listing of all songs with full production notes and credits, as well as writing credits, who is performing on each track, all the lyrics to every song will be featured on our website coming next month.

UPDATE: You can check out ALL the songs off JUKEBOX right now on our website. Go to the home page ( http://www.7thheavenband.com/ ) and click on the jukebox photo and the player in that site has some song samples for you to listen to.

The price of this product is $50 (That’s 7¢ per song).

7th Heaven’s “Better This Way” Hits HOT AC Radio

It is great news to tell you the 7th Heaven song “Better This Way” is picking up steam and getting played on more and more radio stations across America. Please support these stations and send them an email letting them know you appreciate them playing 7th Heaven and to keep playing us.

Chicago – The Mix 101.9 FM
Chicago – 102.3 FM XLC
Chicago – Star 96.7
Chicago – Star 105.5 FM
LaSalle – 99.3 WAJK
DeKalb – B95 (94.9FM)
Fort Wayne – Majic 95.1 FM
Cincinnati – Class X Radio 88.9 FM
Milwaukee – B93.3 FM
Denver – 105.9 FM The Alice
Sirus/XM – The Pulse
AOL Radio

Check out the videos from the Radio appearances we did:

101.9 The Mix – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf6hCzH9csc
Star 105.5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoO2bi5DEm8
102.3 XLC – http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1587017707789


The Soldier Field show was AMAZING. What an experience!!! Thank You for helping vote 7th Heaven #1 and win us the spot. We just released a LIVE AT SOLDIER FIELD DVD of the show, which is now available at our merchandise table and online at 7thheavenband.com. This DVD contains the entire 7th Heaven concert at Soldier Field but it also has all the TV Appearances the band did over the summer of 2010.

Halloween Show At Chicago City Limits… Boo

Plan to join us at Chicago City Limits on Saturday October 30 for our annual Halloween bash we do every year. It’s always a great time to see all the creative costumes. Look for cash prizes to be given to the best costume that night and make sure you dress up. Any suggestions on what we should dress up as? Post your ideas on our Facebook Page:


7th Heaven On TV

7th Heaven has been all over TV in Chicago, check these videos out:

NBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_4p4Fdb9yY
ABC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHQ3SCZ–Zs
FOX: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGV1oXbHwUw
WGN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXexWLnSI_w

Clearer Quicktime videos of all TV Appearances are on 7thheavenband.com.

7th Heaven In National & Local Press

7th Heaven was featured in a bunch of press in July, check it out:

Chicago Tribune: http://tinyurl.com/29am645
Chicago Sun-Times: http://tinyurl.com/2g36q5x
Daily Herald: http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=381907
Chicago Press : http://tinyurl.com/2fha3jo
Chicago Rocker: http://chicagorocker.com/JUNE2010/indexjune2010.htm
7th Heaven was also in the Journal.

7th Heaven Website

I just wanted to share a crazy statistic with you. Since we do so much marketing and advertising, we watch our analytics all the time to make sure our efforts are effective. In the last couple months our website has been getting over 100,000 clicks throughout the entire website per day. Why that is crazy is because when we put the website up years ago, I don’t think we had that much traffic in an entire year. I thought it would be cool to share that with you.

7th Heaven On The Big Screen

Did any of you see 7th Heaven on the big screen at the Streets Of Woodfield all summer long? We were featured before every movie all summer long at the Theater.

25th Anniversary CRUISE — The Next 7th Heaven Cruise

Over 70 people are coming with us… are you?

Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us by coming on the next 7th Heaven cruise. We will be sailing on Royal Caribbean’s “Allure Of The Seas,” which is the “Oasis Of The Seas'” new sister ship that comes out three weeks prior to our sailing. We set sail for the Western Caribbean on Sunday January 16, 2011. We have GREAT rates on this ship and have a very limited amount of cabins left available, so please put your deposits down ASAP.

The cruise is selling way faster that anticipated, so lock your room and price down soon. We only have ONE inside room left (the cheapest room) and we have a couple balconies. The cruise starts at $790 for the week and more details can be found on our cruise website: http://www.7thheavenband.com/cruise .

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

7th Heaven On The Little Screen

The reality show on the band is just starting to get edited. There will be a pilot episode that will should have in a few weeks and we’ll post on our website. So look for a update on that in the next newsletter.

7th Heaven Picnic — Our Way To Say THANKS

We want to thank all of you who came out to our annual BBQ in September. We had a great time being able to chat with all of you and getting the chance to talk without having to be rushed to the stage. It was our way of saying THANKS for the support you give us.

7th Heaven #2 And #20 On Billboard Charts In Chicago

7th Heaven is now #2 in the Billboard Charts with our CD U.S.A. – U.K. We also charted #20 with our new JUKEOBX boxset that we just released. Thanks to all of you who have been supporting the band by purchasing our music. To think the band would even show a presence on this chart is amazing… and then to chart TWICE! WOW!

NEW 7th Heaven T-Shirts And Merchandise

We have received a lot of email asking about ordering T-shirts off our website. We will be putting a new way to order on the website in November, just in time for the Christmas season.

25 Years Of 7th Heaven!!!

2010 marks our 25th year of being a band!!! We released JUKEBOX this year to celebrate our acomplishment. We typically are not a band that stops to look back because we always focus on the future, but this milestone is one that very few bands can say they have achieved. The history of this band is an amazing story, for those of you who have shared your lives with 7th Heaven over the 25 years, you have seen some amazing good times and some sad bad times. You have watched us get older, wiser and better. We have watched many of you go from high school to college to careers to marriage and families. Feel free to check out our MASSIVE history section on our website. It’s broken down by years and really is a massive amount of information. You can also learn about the very important band members that have helped put 7th Heaven on the map and keep it there. We are planning to have a reunion show at Durty Nellies on November 19, 2010 featuring some past band members and many original songs over the past 25 years.


All of our original CDs are now available on iTunes. Our new JUKEBOX, U.S.A.-U.K. CD, SILVER, LIVE AT DURTY NELLIES, and FACES TIME REPLACES are all now available. You can even purchase 7th Heaven ringtones on iTunes. Remember to leave us a good review on iTunes.

New Year’s Eve Show Update

We got a bunch of emails asking about where we are on New Year’s Eve. We are talking with a few different places about what the best option is for 7th Heaven and our fans. We hope to have this resolved and a location locked in place by the end of October.

Shows, Shows, Shows…

We have 2.5 months left till the end of 2011, can you believe that? Time flies… We have some added shows and some changes to our schedule so check out the dates at 7thheavenband.com and come out to a show or two or three or more… and let’s make musical memories together!

October 13 – Snuggery – @
October 14 – Mad Mark’s – @
October 15 – Real Time Sports
October 16 – Bourbon Street
October 21 – Tilted Kilt – @
October 22 – Thirsty Whale Reunion
October 23 – Harrah’s Casino
October 29 – Cubby Bear
October 30 – Chicago City Limits
November 5 – Glory Days Event with the ’85 Chicago Bears
November 6 – Shark City
November 11 – Mad Mark’s – @
November 12 – Total Sports
November 13 – Tilted Kilt
November 19 – Durty Nellies – 25th Ann. Show
November 20 – Brat Stop
November 24 – Turkey Testicle Festival
November 24 – Chicago City Limits
November 26 – Excalibur / Dome Room
November 27 – The Lodge
December 2 – Bannerman’s – @
December 4 – Angelman’s Syndrome Show
December 9 – Mad Mark’s – @
December 10 – Austin’s
December 11 – Private Event
December 16 – Tilted Kilt – @
December 17 – John Barleycorn
Decemebr 18 – Bourbon Street
December 21 – Wit Hotel
December 31 – T.B.A.
@ = unplugged show

Thanks for all your continued support. We love playing and as long as you keep coming out to see us play, we’ll continue to be there.

Richard Hofherr
7th Heaven

*** PRESS RELEASE #11 ***
-Eternal Descent Comic Book Featuring Atreyu Guitarists Dan Jacobs And Travis Miguel Presales Now Available

Atreyu Guitarists Land Cameo Appearances In Heavy Metal Comic Book Series Issue #5

LONDON, UK — “Eternal Descent” comic book presales for issue #5 are now available. Issue #5 features guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel of popular metal band Atreyu. In the storyline inspired by the Atreyu song “Black Days Begin” from the album CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED, the battle of Wayne Static from the previous issue has left the city in smoldering ruins and Lyra Constance burning with a new determination: find Loki and bring his reign of madness to an end once and for all. But in Loki’s lair, nothing is ever as it seems. What looks like a way in could be a perilous trap lying in wait.

Eternal Descent Issue #5 is available to pre-order from these outlets in the USA and Canada:

Things From Another World:

Heavy Ink:

European retail outlets include:

Comic Shop:

Forbidden Planet (UK):

The comic book will be available at comic book stores worldwide November 24th through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multimedia concept “Eternal Descent,” recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the “Eternal Descent” comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians. The initial launch issue was released on March 31st, 2010 with subsequent issues released every 4-6 weeks, spotlighting God Forbid guitarist Doc Coyle in issue 2, Gus G of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne in issue 3, and Wayne Static of Static-X in issue 4. Other bands including Shadows Fall and Soulfly are slated for upcoming cameo appearances in subsequent issues.

Samples of the “Eternal Descent” Issue #5 comic book artwork are available for viewing at these links:

Issue #5 Cover Image:

Issue #5 Artwork Gallery:

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

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


by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Accept/King’s X
Arcada Theater, St. Charles, IL
October 9, 2010

Man, this has been building for a while. To say I had high expectations for this concert would be a gross understatement, because the 17-year gap between Accept shows for me was, well, unacceptable (sorry). When I first heard the German metal gods were reforming with American singer Mark Tornillo I thought, “They freakin’ better tour the U.S.!” I got my wish on October 9, at what I believe was the first-ever metal show at the stately Arcada Theater in pleasant little St. Charles, Illinois.

King’s X (75 mins.)
<> / Dogman / <> / Over My Head

I thought King’s X was an odd choice for a tour mate, but then again I saw them sandwiched between classic metal icons Dio and HammerFall many years ago, so I guess they are no strangers to playing before headbangers. I give all the credit in the world to the charismatic Dug Pinnick (bass, vocals), Ty Tabor (guitar, vocals), and Jerry Gaskill (drums, vocals) for keeping the band intact and slugging it out for over 25 years, and everyone knows how well-respected the guys are by their fellow musicians, but honestly I’ve just never been able to “get” King’s X.

Sure, I have a couple of their albums and remember the “glory days” when “Over My Head” was played regularly on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball,” but that’s about it. Thus, I only recognized two of the songs they played during their 75-minute set. I was a little surprised at how grungy they sounded, but the crowd certainly was into them. (I was expecting a “Metal or bust! Balls to the wall!!” mentality from the audience.) The closer, “Over My Head,” featured an extended jam and Tabor solo, and Pinnick held a mini rock/gospel revival with a very cool speech about doing what you love that turned into a sing-along.

Accept (105 mins.)
Starlight / Living For Tonite / Breaker / Teutonic Terror / Bucket Full Of Hate / Restless And Wild / Son Of A Bitch / Metal Heart / Neon Nights / Bulletproof / Run If You Can / The Abyss / No Shelter / Up To The Limit / Monsterman / Fast As A Shark // Pandemic / Princess Of The Dawn / Balls To The Wall

Accept — vocalist Mark Tornillo, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank, bassist Peter Baltes, and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann — burst onto the stage with “Starlight” from 1981’s BREAKER, and I knew about 30 seconds in that Accept was truly back, looking like fit, trim, and ready to kick ass. And in a totally efficient German way, naturally. Hoffmann and Frank took center stage for a dual Flying V guitar solo and all was right in the world of metal.

The bouncy “Living For Tonite” (METAL HEART, 1985) followed, and without skipping a beat or pausing to take a breath the band launched into an insanely fast version of BREAKER’s title track. I’m sorry but there is no way a nearly 30-year-old song should’ve sounded this amazing! The sound in the room was crystal clear and the band played like a group of men easily half their age. Very impressive.

Tornillo plugged the excellent new album, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS (Nuclear Blast), from which the next two songs were taken: the evil, anthemic “Teutonic Terror” and the rousing “Bucket Full Of Hate.” Both fit in seamlessly with the much older catalog material. (Side note: It’s totally cool the band finally got around to naming a song “Teutonic Terror,” given the number of times ’80s metal magazines like Circus, Rip, Metal Edge, and Hit Parader referred to Accept as “the Teutonic Terrors.” Well played.)

“Restless And Wild” was the first of four tracks to be played from the seminal 1982 album of the same name, and it was followed by the hilariously vulgar “Son Of A Bitch” (BREAKER). (My buddy Jeff wasn’t familiar with the song and during the chorus he gave me the “Wait… WHAT is he singing?” look before cracking a huge smile.) The classic, mini-epic title track from 1985’s METAL HEART came next and had everyone singing/shouting along with gusto.

Hoffmann was then showcased in an extended version of in “Neon Nights” (RESTLESS AND WILD) and I have to say this man knows how to work a crowd while playing. His crazy mix of uber-metal grimaces, fist pumps, and broad “I’m really happy to be here!” smiles is a study in contrast that somehow works perfectly. Never has kicking ass looked like so much fun. (Truth be told, all four front-liners were fun to watch; excessive choreography and macho posing sure can get old quickly, but they never crossed the line.)

Next came the set’s lone selection from the band’s previous (’90s) reunion period, “Bulletproof” from 1993’s OBJECTION OVERRULED. The middle turned into a humorous, extended back-and-forth “battle” between Baltes and Hoffmann, where they squared off on a variety of riffs and licks. It was a pretty odd moment, in my opinion. It’s certainly a fine song but I thought it was kind of strange to make it a centerpiece of the set, and mash up the track’s dark lyrics with a light-hearted instrumental section. The crowd loved it, though.

Tornillo talked about getting into a time machine before launching into another BREAKER chestnut, “Run If You Can,” which included a nice split solo from Frank and Hoffmann. We were then brought firmly into the present with two more BLOOD OF THE NATIONS tracks, “The Abyss” and “No Shelter.” Both had extended mid-sections, the former with more melodic vocals expertly shared by Tornillo and Baltes, and the latter with another Baltes/Hoffmann jam while Frank held down the rhythm and chanted “No Shelter” over and over.

The main portion of the set closed with “Up To The Limit” (METAL HEART), the surprising inclusion of “Monsterman” (RUSSIAN ROULETTE, 1986), and the blazing, pummeling “Fast As A Shark” (RESTLESS AND WILD). “Shark” kicked off with the skippy, familiar German folk song intro and when the thrashy tune launched in earnest, the front row of the crowd started whipping its long hair around in total abandon. Awesome.

After a short break the encore section — chock full of “ohhhhhhhhhh ohhh” crowd sing-along parts — began with the new song “Pandemic.” Yes the lyrics about a “metal disease” are a little silly but man does the song rock live! R-O-C-K. Another personal highlight, the intricate “Princess Of The Dawn” (RESTLESS AND WILD), followed before the inevitable, show-closing money shot: crowd favorite “Balls To The Wall.” (Later on while reviewing the set list, I was surprised to learn it was the only song played from 1983’s BALLS TO THE WALL.) It’s the mark of a great band to deliver a song *everyone* knows is coming, yet still be able to floor the entire audience. Kudos, Accept.

So here we have one of those rare cases where a band splits into two factions — this newly reformed incarnation of Accept, plus former singer Udo Dirkschneider and former drummer Stefan Kaufmann’s ongoing, storied U.D.O. project — and nobody loses. Any fans out there who still think there can’t be an Accept without Dirkschneider really need to check out what the band is doing here in 2010. Trust me, Hoffmann and Baltes are going about it correctly and they’re proving it on stage as well as on record. After the show Tornillo told a line of autograph-seekers that this current tour is essentially a “welcome back” kind of thing, just to show the band is really back and serious, and a more comprehensive trek will follow in 2011. Be there.

Relevant links:


King’s X

-Check out “Metal-Rules.com Presents: A Metal Halloween,” featuring “video interview footage of hard rock and heavy metal notables weighing in on everything from their favorite Halloween candy to their favorite horror movies,” at http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/2038/86/ . Featured artists include Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Anvil, Brian Posehn, Exodus, HammerFall, Hirax, Lizzy Borden, Marduk, Overkill, Paul Di’Anno, Queensryche, Satyricon, and The Iron Maidens.

-Virgin Steele’s new album THE BLACK LIGHT BACCHANALIA is due October 22 and 25 in Europe, and due November 9 on SPV/E1 Entertainment in the US.

Thanks to Mark Gorman, Robert Williams, and HeadbangerNYC.com for help gathering some of this information.

*** REVIEWS ***
DUSTED ANGEL – EARTH SICK MIND (C+) Mankind Records/Corruption Recordings, 2010
7 tracks, RT: 39:56
[ http://www.myspace.com/dustedangelrocks ]
[ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dusted-Angel/297763855929 ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/mankindrecords ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/corruptionrecordings ]
Fairly new on the scene, and hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, are hard rockers/heavy metallers Dusted Angel. While the band was formed in 2008, these guys have been involved in other metal acts. Vocalist Clifford Dinsmore was a member of Spaceboy — a self-described “avant-prog doom” band. And some of the other guys in Dusted Angel were in the hardcore band, Bl’ast back in the day. So you know right off the bat, these guys have racked up some trooper points for being in the metal circuit for some time. EARTH SICK MIND is the band’s first LP. Spanning nearly 40 minutes, and showcasing seven songs, the album is quite what you might expect from a doom dusted band. They’re not the dark, funeral doom metal that a lot of bands strive to mimic. This is doom metal after it’s been smoked through a pipe. That’s right — it feels kind of stonerish, maybe even borderline Southern metal, but that’s a stretch. Everything about this band hurtled me back through the years, creating a psychedelic nostalgia. Everything from the way the band’s logo looks crudely stamped, to releasing a 2010 album on a 7″ record — it has this tangible feel of the past. And I haven’t even gotten to describing the sound. “Thorn” starts off like you’re in a dream. The guitars are steadily plucking, with the drums shimmying the cymbals so quietly and eerily in the background. Then the drumming smashes in, taking prominence, beating like a tribal drum would to send off warriors into a battle. We’re out of dreamland now, but the air still feels foggy. The pace of the instruments is still slow and sounds muted. Vocally, this sounds like a straight-up hard rock band. Dinsmore has a raspy voice, but it’s still clean enough that you can hear the vocals. The album wanders in and out from galloping at a medium pace, to trudging along at the pace of a sloth. There’s the doom metal quality for you. And while, for that reason, EARTH SICK MIND can be considered doom metal, I almost feel it’s a bit of a misnomer. The catchiness, the husky vocals, and the forceful jamming of the guitars places the band somewhere else. If you drew a Venn diagram of all the genres and sub-genres of metal, Dusted Angel would only be slightly overlapped in there. They’d mostly be in the hard rock circle, with maybe another small chunk in stoner metal. In “Seeking The Dawn,” there’s a guitar solo in there, something reminiscent of ’80s thrash. It’s nowhere near what you’d see on a Megadeth or Metallica album, and no way in hell as long, but it’s there, and it might induce some headbanging. “Tards On Shards” sounded similar to the previous tracks, but towards the middle of the song, things get awkwardly slow. If the song was a car, then this would be the car breaking down. Oh but this doesn’t last long, and soon we’re on the road again. I did like the colorful soloing we encounter later in the song. “Pulverizer” sounds, dare I say, a bit ghoulish? Even though the vocals don’t scream at you and utterly assault your ears, it still manages to sound agonizing; it’s just that the volume is turned down. I usually don’t go for this kind of vocal style, because it doesn’t amaze, astound, or excite me in any way. While I can commend Dusted Angel’s ability to make a doom metal album almost unrecognizable to the genre, the album was just not creative enough, and after a while seemed to languor on. Cool guitar pieces, yes, but it doesn’t make up for what EARTH SICK MIND is lacking.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

8 tracks, RT: 36:10
[ http://www.myspace.com/encoffination ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Encoffination ]
[ http://www.selfmadegod.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/selfmadegodrecords ]
What do you think of when you think about doom metal? You’re probably imagining poor quality production, sulking guitars, pummeling drumming, and barely audible death growls, all at a dreadfully slow pace. Sound about right? Encoffination hits the nail on the head for all of these character traits. Look at the album name, RITUAL ASCENTION BEYOND FLESH, and you immediately know what to expect. These guys, like so many others, of course don’t just stick to calling themselves doom metal. They also lay claim to being death metal, down tempo, and religious. But what do they sound like? In their own words they are as creepy and damning as, “the croak of a tomb door closing.” Sounds deliciously spine-chilling. And let me tell you, the gentlemen of Encoffination are no novices in the infernal world of death and doom, and all things encompassing any kind of dark metal. Let’s have a look at the roster. Ghoat, our vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has been racking up experience by playing with such acts like (Father Befouled, Festered, Hills Of Sefiroth, Winds Of Old, Stormhammer (USA), Lilitu, Bastard Cross, and Vomitchapel. Oh but drummer Elekrikutioner has him beat with Decrepitaph, Festered, Skincrawler, Shrouded, Tombstones (USA), Black Pentagram Cult, Foreboding, Eternal Suffering, Stone Evil, Skulleton, Scum Bitch, Bastard Cross, Beyond Hell, Scaremaker, Loathsome. Dear Odin, that is insane! But have the duo learned from all this mayhem how put together something new and creative? That’s why I’m disappointed. You’d think you’d be getting something so villainous, diabolical, something so terrifying as to make Satan himself cower in fear. But that is not the case with RITUAL ASCENTION BEYOND FLESH. As is custom to do in doom and black metal bands, the song titles are predictably long. You’re assailed with “Nefarious Yet Elegant Are The Bowels Of Hell,” followed like a plague by “Eucharist Of The Bone And Flame.” Further into the depths of the album you’re met with, “Beyond The Grace Of Flesh I Go,” and then by “Entombment Of Breathing Flesh.” They seem to have a fetish for flesh. The whole album makes you feel like you’re on a death march, walking barefoot on scorching cinders, a piece of you dying with every step. It’s agonizingly long. The vocals sound bestial and inhuman, that is, when they’re audible enough to be heard. In all, it doesn’t manage to rise above the swelling tide of others doing pretty much the same thing. I hate to call them hackneyed, maybe that is a bit harsh. For fans of the genre craving some new rancid meat to feast on, Encoffination’s newest dish will satisfy you ’til your little black heart’s content. For everyone else, you’re better off with something else.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

MY RUIN – GHOSTS & GOOD STORIES (A) Tiefdruck-Musik, 2010
13 tracks, RT: 47:54
[ http://www.myruin.net/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/myruin ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/My+Ruin ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/tiefdruckmusik ]
The divine Tairrie B and multi-instrumentalist maestro Mick Murphy are one hell of a hard rock/heavy metal duo. Together the pair are the blood, sweat and tears — the unholy embodiment that is My Ruin. If you’ve never heard of them, then you haven’t been diligent in your underground digging. My Ruin was born of the “Patron Saint Of Blasphemy” — the one and only, Miss Tairrie B back in 1999. And now, ten years later, through hell and high water, they have proven to be not only alive — but resilient as ever. GHOSTS & GOOD STORIES is their sixth studio album, which has received raving reviews so far, and is about to get another one. My Ruin is not your everyday typical metal band. They are a band rooted in rock n’ roll, yet also have been baptized in the brimstone of the devilishly wicked underworld of heavy metal. Tairrie is all over the vocal spectrum — she shreds and screams with utmost ferocity, giving metal elites a run for their money. And then she brings us back down into a somber chasm, where her harrowing spoken-word style pierces you through the heart, communicates to your soul, and chills you to the bone. Mick Murphy impressively plays every instrument on the album — the drums, bass and guitar. The man must live and breathe music, because the album is put together so seamlessly and professionally. GHOSTS & GOOD STOIRES is christened by the opening track, “Diggin’ For Ghosts,” which, with the first stroke of the guitar, surges into a bleak, yet menacing abyss. As the guitars squeal with their eerie charm, the hair raises on the back of your neck. The drums sonorously pound in, and then Tairrie’s steely voice slithers in, sounding layered in half a ghostly whisper, half venomous spoken word. My Ruin has a penchant for penning lyrics anointed with religious terminology, and “Diggin For Ghosts” is on par with that. “Tie the wires around my head, pound the nails into my flesh and I’m bleeding again,” Tairrie declares in a spellbinding and sultry tone. “Long Dark Night” catapults us out of the melancholy milieu that we wallowed in during, “Diggin For Ghosts.” “Long Dark Night” wreaks rock n’ roll havoc, ignited with the inextinguishable fury of Tairrie’s scathing vocals. “Eyes Black” was a particular favorite of mine. It’s an unrelenting attack on Islam and sheds the light of truth on how inhumanely women are treated. The lyrics epitomize Tairrie’s pride in being the most blasphemous girl around. The following track, “Money Shot,” reviles young women who are more preoccupied with sex appeal than striving to have substance or self-respect. The opening line, “Get ready to shoot yourself” summarily says it all. The drumming blazes and thrashes, perpetuating a steady beat and keeping it catchy. “La Ciudad” dazzles as it follows the electric current of the guitar. Fusing smoldering spoken word pieces with damning death growls, the song exposes Hollywood for the gilded city it is. Miss B desecrates its highly revered status, as the cheap, gold exterior chips away. “Suicide Tuesday” is wrought with palpable guitar work worthy of worship. Tairrie cuts like a searing knife, shrieking out her lungs in raw passion. “Saviorself,” is replete with Tairrie’s trademark “anti-pious poetry.” “Turned Out” is My Ruin’s tribute to the Rollins Band. This is another cover song in a string of several that the band has recorded as of late. The album draws to a close with “Deathknell,” which is inked with emotion and pensive acrimony. It’s a personal reflection, which shows that even though they have endured turbulent tides, My Ruin has persevered through it all, and they will continue to do so. Every song on GHOSTS & GOOD STORIES brings something new. Tairrie shatters the proverbial glass ceiling with an assassin’s tongue, chastising many of society’s ugly features and Mick complements it by creating a profusion of musical pizzazz. It’s an album that demands your attention and keeps you fully engaged from start to finish. Amen to that!
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

WOLFSHADE – WHEN ABOVE… (C) Wraith Productions, 2010
7 tracks, RT: 47:10
[ http://www.myspace.com/wolfshade7 ]
[ http://www.wraithproductions.net/ ]
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I must be the lone dissenter on Wolfshade’s latest dish, WHEN ABOVE… Upon researching the band, I came across glowing reviews for WHEN ABOVE… So hear my side of the story. The singing is horrendous. It’s silly. It sounds like an emo teen vocalizing a painful, agonizing rapture. If we imagine the singer as such, then imagine that he’s whining about all of his hardships and all the scars he’s been marred with trough the time. So this story would get to be tediously long, right? Well the run time on my computer’s iTunes account said it was just over 47 minutes, but it felt like 47 days. Who is this poor tormented soul behind the voice? That would be Kadhaas, the mastermind behind the project. I do give him kudos for being the sole member of the band; orchestrating an album that must have been painstakingly crafted. There’s a theme involved on WHEN ABOVE…, but you wouldn’t know it for two reasons. The first is, the vocals are sung in a screeching, anguished tone, muddling the words into just simply noise. The second is, about half of the lyrics are in French. Now, not all of the vocals are sung in the aforementioned pain-ridden style. Some are sung with the breath of a whisper. But getting back to the concept of the album… H.P. Lovecraft fans brace yourselves, because you just found a band catering to your esoteric tastes. In 2008, an individual named Samigina joined Wolfshade’s ranks, assisting with some of the musical burden. WHEN ABOVE… is stereotypical ambient music. The opening track is short teaser of things to come. You’re swept into an ethereal scene, floating on its evanescent charm. The fluttering of a flute guides your passage. “II-Ex Nihilo” sounds more like a doom metal song, but it’s sung with a heavy heart. The quality of the production is squeaky clean, placing the instrumentation front and center. But once Kadhaas barges in demanding attention, you’re taken aback at how insufferable he sounds. It’s like being at the opera, and then out of nowhere a man who’s on fire waltzes onto the stage and starts shrieking in pain. Wide-eyed, you are horrified, compelled to get the man help, yet you’re strangely transfixed on the insanity of it all. That’s what it feels like every time Kadhaas goes into his I’m-going-to-kill-myself cries. The softer style is much more tolerable, especially when it’s sung in French. It exudes a quixotic aroma, and it bedazzles you. So that’s why it’s an odd juxtaposition to couple that with all the annoying yelling. Instrumentally, it’s right up there with modern, doomy ambient music. The music dances on its airy pathos ever so elegantly. I just can’t get over the vocals. Give it a listen if this music is normally your thing, you may actually like it.
– Stephanie Davison (Zatanna7@comcast.net)

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