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Issue #582

Detritus
Issue #582
Week of February 28, 2011
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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-As a public service, this issue is entirely Charlie Sheen-free. – Tim

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from their March 2011 newsletter. – Tim]

Tickets are on sale for Y&T’s May 7th show at the Fillmore San Francisco. This Y&T Fillmore show sells out each year so be sure to get your tickets early and get ready for a great night; special guest Kip Winger opens the show.

“That Metal Show”

Since the TV show’s inception, Eddie Trunk has been lobbying VH1 to have Dave Meniketti on as a guest. Eddie’s years of efforts have paid off, as Dave will be on Season 7 of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic. Dave’s episode tapes early March and airs on Saturday, April 9th.

Bring The Kids!

Fans in the US are constantly asking for Y&T shows where they can bring the kids. We’re happy to announce that Y&T is playing several “all ages” shows in California: April 2 at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, May 7 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and August 27 at the Tower Theatre in Fresno. So there are three shows where your kids can share in the Y&T experience!

Shake It Loose

Check the web site end of March, as we’ll have new items in store, including brand new shirts to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the EARTHSHAKER album. Available exclusively on our Y&T web site and at Y&T shows. In honor of this anniversary, Y&T will also be playing the entire EARTHSHAKER CD at select 2011 shows, including the Fillmore show in May.

Geek Out

Hey, all you gadget-heads who have an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Droid, LG, Kindle, XBOX, Nintendo, PS3, PSP Guitar Hero, or Zune… check out these Y&T and Meniketti skins that you can now get for your gear. There are Y&T and Meniketti logos, and FACEMELTER, BLACK TIGER, and MEAN STREAK covers. Cool stuff! Laptop skins are also available.
http://skins.meniketti.com/

Y&T Shows

Stay tuned. More 2011 shows to come. Details for each of the shows below are on the Tour Dates page of the web site.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

US
March 31 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
April 1 ~ Redondo Beach, CA – Brixton
April 2 ~ Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre (all ages show)
May 7 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore … plus special guest Kip Winger (all ages show)
August 27 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre (all ages show)

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*
Check the web site Tour Dates page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.Meniketti.com/
5255 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite #233
Santa Clara CA 95051

Weblinks:
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/YandTRocks
http://www.myspace.com/YandTRocks
http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks

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-Kamelot Announce Full North American Tour!!!

In the ongoing Kamelot campaign for their newest release, POETRY FOR THE POISONED, we are extremely pleased to announce that Kamelot have confirmed a full North American Tour!

Pandemonium Over North America 2011

The long awaited North American Tour, to support the Billboard Charting Epic POETRY FOR THE POISONED (Peaking @ number 74 in the US on Billboard’s Top 200!), has been solidified. Along for the ride, are folk/power metalers Alestorm, who are happy to bring their brand of “Pirate infused Metal” to the Kamelot Legions. Also, aboard are Canada’s ferocious Blackguard and the The Agonist.

Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of POETRY FOR THE POISONED.

“Hello All,

“I am here in Norway still recovering from what seems to have been a severe burnout syndrome. I am getting better but still under medical care. My priorities at the moment are my health & family. My future endeavors in Kamelot and music in general are being evaluated, however at this time my focus is on getting back on my feet and spending time with family and friends.

“Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!

“Roy Khan”

With the news of Roy’s continued absence, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties.

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating, “I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour… I always loved the sound of the band… and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band, and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot… See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!”

In addition to Fabio, throughout these shows there will also be special guest and vocal appearances from top artists in the scene, this is a special and rare tour, and one not to be missed!

In addition, Kamelot’s Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe, and Sons Of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule!

Pandemonium Over South America Tour 2011

April 2011
07 – CHI – Santiago De Chile – Teatro Teleton
08 – ARG – Buenos Aires – Velez Sarsfield – w/ Iron Maiden
09 – BRA – Sao Paulo – Espaço Lux
12 – COL – Bogota – Teatro Metropol
14 – MEX – Mexico City – Circo Volador

Pandemonium Over Europe Tour 2011
special guests:
Evergrey, Amaranthe, & Sons Of Seasons (on select dates, TBA)

April 2011
22 – FRA – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
23 – NED – Amsterdam – Paradiso
24 – BEL – Antwerp – Trix
27 – GBR – Sheffield – Corporation
28 – GBR – London – KoKo
29 – LUX – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
30 – SWI – Luzern – Schüür

May 2011
01 – ITA – Milano – Magazzini Generali
03 – HUN – Budapest – Petöfi Hall
05 – SVK – Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
06 – POL – Krakow – Kwadrat
07 – GER – Berlin – C-Club
08 – GER – Stuttgart – Longhorn / LKA
10 – GER – Köln – Live Music Hall
11 – GER – Hamburg – Markthalle
12 – SWE – Gothenburg – Trädgårn
14 – NOR – Oslo – Sentrum Scene (plus Circus Maximus)
15 – DEN – Copenhagen – Amager Bio

Pandemonium Over North America Tour 2011
special guests:
Alestorm, Blackguard, & The Agonist

August 2011
26 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
27 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
28 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
30 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
31 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium

September 2011
02 – Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
03 – Quebec City, QUE – Imperial De Quebec
04 – Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
06 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
07 – Detroit, MI – Blondie’s
08 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
09 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
12 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
13 – Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
14 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
15 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
16 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
20 – Dallas, TX – Trees
21 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
23 – Orlando, FL – The Club At Firestone

Go to Kamelot.com for more info!!

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-Rage: Peavy Reports From The 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

After a quite relaxing flight and a surprisingly unannoying entry into the US, we arrive at our hotel which is located directly at Miami Beach. So that is the territory of Crockett & Tubbs. After getting some food at the beach restaurant we indulge in the happy hour at our hotel bar, having diverse free drinks. Later on, we continue at diverse other bars, savoring a few buckets of barley sherbet. At some point I’m fagged out and go for sleep while André is considering getting a new tattoo and Victor is carrying on his pub tour with some coincidental acquaintances, a few fellow Russians.

Here we go. We try to get to the harbor by taxi which is quite difficult as half of Miami is closed because of obsequies for two policemen (Crockett & Tubbs ??) who were killed in a shootout two days before. After a number of detours our taxi driver finds a way, dropping us off at our shuttle. The Majesty Of The Seas is a gigantic floating tower, having everything on board one could wish for. Pure luxury — in comparison, the “Traumschiff” (from a popular German TV series) is a bleak nutshell. In fact, all the black, long-haired masses which were populating every spot aboard didn’t really fit the ambience. Just imagine Wacken on sea. We move into comfortable cabins with sea view, being door to door with diverse buddies from all the other bands. A real alumni reunion.

There are three stages, with the main stage being located in a theater (decks 5-7), one deck across a smaller stage in a lounge, and the pool stage upstairs on deck 12. Every band, 40 in numbers, was expected to play at about the same time. Our departure is being delayed for some time because a crane which is to heave the stage elements for the pool stage on board was late due to the jam in the city. Although the departure will be just one hour later, it costs the organizer an extra 100,000 dollars as he has to get a new leaving out permission.

But then we say ship ahoy. The scenery of Miami passing by at dusk is really impressing. We first tipple at the pool, watching the first bands who directly start playing after departure.

Today is our first show on the main stage. Although Victor has to go without his new self designed Victor Smolski Signature Amp by Engl which he presented at the NAMM show in L.A. some weeks ago (there were problems during delivery), everything is running without technical problems. We check the sound with soundman Gerd and stage tech Dominik in front of a number of fans who are hungering for us. At the show the theater is packed and we play a great gig, mixing new and well-tried material. The atmosphere is awesome, especially many US fans are incredibly happy seeing us finally. Overall there are fans from all over the world, also many from Germany.

After the show we first dine in one of the many restaurants on board, treating us with some fine food around the clock. There is almost everything a heart desires. Afterwards we have party until the doc comes (as the German saying goes). Especially Victor is totally in party mode. Victor, being single at the moment (attention ladies :-), didn’t leave out anything. Oh dear, and we have the cabin next to him.

Shore leave. In the morning we’re landing at Cozumel, a Caribbean island which belongs to Yucatan, Mexico. André prefers to honour the local shopping and bar miles while Victor and myself visit the old Mayan city of Tulum which is more than 1,000 years old. Really superb. 25 degrees Centigrade and bright sunshine directly at the Caribbean Sea. We aren’t letting that skip so we go swimming extensively in the afternoon. The water has optimal temperature, it’s azure blue and the palmy beach is snow-white, what more can we ask from life? Of course there’s one thing: Metal! And Metal is what we’re delivering at prime time at the evening with maximum joy, playing in front of a packed house. The atmosphere is topping the gig from the previous day although we’re pretty swaying over the stage. But not due to alcohol but rather from swell, which is stronger on our return voyage. The swell doesn’t matter though, as the increasing playing level is in a way compensating for it. We carry on celebrating the party with the other bands and fans properly. Actually one of the best things on the trip is that the contact between bands and the fans is so direct. We’re available for everything — autographs, photos, small talk, etc., no problem. Anyway, everybody keeps cool and no one is annoying, can’t get any better. Victor is thoroughly taking care of his female fans on his way.

Except for having party and giving an autograph and promo session we haven’t anything to do today. The German television channel ZDF is filming us for a docu about this spectacle, we give various interviews, lots of international press/TV people travelling with us. Unfortunately, I miss the scheduled meet & greet as I was invited to the Captain’s Dinner.

The whole crew is forgathered at the bridge of the boat, finest food is being served while the press members do photo sessions with the bands and crew. During the small talk with the Finnish captain of the ship, the information passed that this first time (test) event makes Royal Caribbean, the cruise line company, feel extremely positive. Not only do they have heavenly sales, but there wasn’t any trouble or any damage also. They might have assumed the Metal fans will dismantle the whole ship and half of the people will go overboard drunken, but nothing of that kind happened. As we’re told by the enthusiastic crew, the nagging pensioners are more stressful. So you can see: If there were more metal heads, the world would be a better place, hihi…

Too bad, it’s the end today. Everybody involved agrees that this journey could have been even longer. Anyway, there will be a repetition of this spectacle, maybe the festival will develop into a solid institution. Anyway, we hope that we will be reinvited. Everybody on board had this “we’re doing Metal history” feeling, and I can only advise you: Be there next time, it was really amazing.

Thanks to all participants for this unforgettable experience!

Rage
http://www.rage-on.de/

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-Manowar Sells Out Second Night In Sweden! A Third Show Has Been Added!

The Swedish fans have spoken again! Manowar’s shows at Tradgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 29th and March 30th, 2011 are officially SOLD OUT!

Those who waited and missed the opportunity to buy a ticket, now have another chance: Manowar has just confirmed a THIRD show at Tradgarn in Gothenburg, Sweden. The additional date is Thursday, March 31st, 2011! Tickets go on sale at http://www.ticnet.se/ .

To all true brothers and sisters from Scandinavia and everywhere else: Come and witness Manowar’s power in Gothenburg, Sweden on March 31st, 2011!

In addition to performing Manowar classics, the band will perform the entire BATTLE HYMNS record in celebration of the release of BATTLE HYMNS 2011! And YOU can help shape the set list: Vote for your favorite song on http://www.manowar.com/vote.php so that the untamed power of Manowar and their fans will shake the ground of Gothenburg, Sweden!

The band is scheduled to re-enter the studio in April. If you wish to see the “Battle Hymns Tour” in Sweden you are advised to purchase your ticket fast for March 31st, 2011 while still available.

Hail to all the true metal Vikings! The Time To Strike is NOW! Hail & Kill!

Upcoming Manowar tour dates worldwide:

Saturday March 05, 2011 @ The Palladium in Worcester, MA – USA
Friday March 11, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA
Saturday March 12, 2011 @ The Agora in Cleveland, OH – USA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday March 17, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece
Friday March 18, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece (SOLD OUT)
Saturday March 19, 2011 @ Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki – Greece (SOLD OUT)
Friday March 25, 2011 @ St. Jakobshalle in Basel – Switzerland
Sunday March 27, 2011 @ O2 Academy in Birmingham – UK (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden (SOLD OUT)
Thursday March 31 2011 @ Tradgarn in Gothenburg – Sweden
Saturday April 02, 2011 @ Campo Pequeno in Lisbon – Portugal
Friday April 08, 2011 @ Rodahal in Kerkrade – The Netherlands
Sunday April 10, 2011 @ La Riviera in Madrid – Spain

Check out http://www.facebook.com/manowar for constant updates!

Manowar
http://www.manowar.com/

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-ProgPower USA XII Kick-Off Show: World Exclusive Announcement

[Note: This is from ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston’s post at Ultimate Metal Forum. – Tim]

Swedish progressive metallers Evergrey, have confirmed a world exclusive performance of their 2001 epic concept album, IN SEARCH OF TRUTH, in its entirety at the ProgPower USA XII Kick-Off Show on September 15th at the annual progressive and power metal festival held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Vocalist, Tom Englund explains:

“Glenn (the promoter) asked me for a special show… what else is new as he always does… hrmpff. So to pay tribute to one of our most loved albums, we decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of IN SEARCH OF TRUTH by playing the whole damned thing. This will be an exclusive for Atlanta and the ProgPower USA show alone. One thing I do need to mention is that the backing-tracks for the songs are long gone, BUT we will try to do it justice as well as we can. Don’t miss this sh*t as it will be an EPIC milestone… or failure! This is Tom signing out from the rehearsing room, trying to learn the damn string-skipping part of ‘The Encounter’…”

Evergrey will also perform a U.S. exclusive acoustic show at the Mid-Week Mayhem on September 14th to start the week’s festivities.

Bands confirmed for the festival:

Arcturus**
Creation’s End
Darkwater**
Dream Evil**
Eldritch**
Evergrey
Haken**
Labyrinth**
Mob Rules**
Red Circuit**
Sanctuary
Therion**
Vanden Plas**
Voyager
While Heaven Wept

** U.S. Exclusive

Ticket and show information can be found at the ProgPower USA website ( http://www.progpowerusa.com/ ).

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-The Rods Support Forthcoming Release, VENGEANCE, With Upcoming Texas Appearances

Most well-versed metalheads will be very familiar with the Rods and their contribution to heavy metal. Such classic albums as 1981’s THE RODS and 1982’s WILD DOGS fit perfectly in with the sound of the burgeoning “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” scene (despite the fact that the Rods were New York natives!), and resulted in shows with such big-time acts as Iron Maiden, the Scorpions, Twisted Sister, and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as taking a then-unknown Metallica out as support on the Rods’ first headlining tour.

Now, Texas fans will be able to not only catch the Rods in full concert flight, but also get to the meet the band at a record store appearance. On March 19, the band (singer/guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein, bassist Garry Bordonaro, and drummer Carl Canedy) will be performing, meeting fans and signing merchandise at Cheapo Records in Austin at 11:00 a.m. Then, later in the evening (10:15 p.m, to be exact), the band will be performing at Rusty Spurs in Austin (as part of the SXSW Festival).

The Rods in store performance.

3/19/11
11:00 a.m.
Cheapo Records
914 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
512-477-4499

The Rods in concert.

3/19/11
10:15 p.m.
Rusty Spurs
(512) 482-9002
405 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

May 10 will see the official release of VENGEANCE, a recording that includes the first single “The Code,” featuring lead vocals from Feinstein’s cousin, Ronnie James Dio (which was one of the very last songs Ronnie ever recorded, before his passing last year). VENGEANCE will be released via the Niji Entertainment Group, and comes hot on the heels of Feinstein’s recently-released solo album, BITTEN BY THE BEAST. 2011 also marks the 30 year anniversary for this veteran metal band.

As renowned Quiet Riot/Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult bassist Rudy Sarzo remembers, “The Rods opened up for Ozzy during the 1981 BLIZZARD OF OZZ tour. I was blown away by their no holds barred metal onslaught performance and became an instant fan!” With a full US tour planned for the summer, fans will soon be able to experience the mighty metal of the Rods first hand themselves.

VENGEANCE Track Listing:

1. Raise Some Hell
2. I Just Wanna Rock
3. Rebels Highway
4. Ride Free Or Die
5. The Code (featuring Ronnie James Dio)
6. Livin’ Outside The Law
7. Let It Ripp
8. Fight Fire With Fire
9. Madman
10. Runnin Wild
11. Vengeance

For more information, visit:

http://www.therods.com/

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-Symfonia: All-Star Melodic Metal Project To Release Debut Via Armoury Records This April

New Song Stream Available

Symfonia — the new melodic metal project featuring the all-star lineup guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra), drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius), and keyboardist Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Artica) — are gearing up to release their debut full-length. Titled IN PARADISUM, the 10-track offering was recorded mainly in Finland, mixed and mastered in Italy and produced by Timo Tolkki. The record will be released in North America via Armoury Records on April 19, 2011.

To check out a stream of “Pilgrim Road,” the sixth track off IN PARADISUM, visit the band’s official website http://www.symfonia.fi/ and click the “News” link.

IN PARADISUM Track Listing:

1. Fields Of Avalon
2. Come By The Hills
3. Santiago
4. Alayna
5. Forevermore
6. Pilgrim Road
7. In Paradisum
8. Rhapsody In Black
9. I Walk In Neon
10. Don’t Let me Go

Honoring the heritage of their previous bands, Symfonia is a force no serious melodic metal fan will be able to ignore. The band made its live debut on February 18 at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki, Finland. To check out some fan-filmed video footage, point your browser to http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2199 .

http://www.symfonia.fi/
http://www.eaglerockent.com/

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-Duff McKagan’s Loaded To Sweden Rock Festival 2011!

Sweden Rock Festival
June 8-11, Solvesborg

Duff McKagan is obviously ever-famous as the bassist in the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup and Velvet Revolver. But since 2008, his own project Loaded has also progressed impressively. With this band, originally formed as early as 1999, Duff handles vocals and rhythm guitar. The sound is rough and rugged hard rock with strong punk influences, and the band names the Rolling Stones, Thin Lizzy, and Black Flag among their influences. Loaded have so far recorded three full-length albums, most recently THE TAKING which will be released this April. However, they are primarily a live act, and what makes their SRF-debut even more anticipated is that this will be Duff’s first SRF appearance ever!

Read more under Bands 2011
http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=17&pr=526

4-day tickets sold out! – Get your 3-day ticket now!

CONFIRMED DATES FOR SOME OF THE BANDS:

Wednesday June 8
Hardcore Superstar – Five Horse Johnson – Rhino Bucket – Crashdïet – Seventribe

Thursday June 9
Judas Priest – The Cult – Saxon – Joan Jett – Morbid Angel – Buckcherry – Clutch – FM – Moonspell – The Damned – Dan Reed – Groundhogs

Friday June 10
Whitesnake – Rob Zombie – Helloween – Mr. Big – Down – Iced Earth – Overkill – Jason & The Scorchers – The Brew

Saturday June 11
Ozzy Osbourne – Thin Lizzy – Styx – Kansas – Molly Hatchet – Hawkwind – Spock’s Beard – Lee Aaron – Walter Trout – Electric Wizard – Rage (acoustic)

Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest – last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake – with very special guests
Rob Zombie
The Cult
Saxon
Accept
Down
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Kansas
Thin Lizzy
Morbid Angel
Helloween
Styx
Mr. Big
Rhapsody Of Fire
Iced Earth
Hardcore Superstar
Stryper
Hawkwind
Destruction
Duff McKagan’s Loaded
Molly Hatchet
Clutch
Mustasch
Spock’s Beard
Overkill
The Haunted
The Damned
Buckcherry
Lee Aaron
Necronaut
Jason & The Scorchers
Five Horse Johnson
Evergrey
FM
Doc Holliday
Crashdïet
Black Veil Brides
Electric Wizard
Moonspell
Agent Steel
Ghost
Dan Reed Band
Raubtier
Walter Trout
Groundhogs
Mason Ruffner
The Brew
Houston
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (acoustic)

The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.

More information at:
http://www.swedenrock.com/

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-Revolver Golden Gods Awards

[Note: This came from HeadbangerNYC.com. – Tim]

The third annual Revolver Golden Gods awards show presented by Epiphone will take place Wednesday, April 20, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will be televised on VH1 Classic on May 28.

This year, hosting duties for the Golden Gods will be handled by WWE pro-wrestling legend and Fozzy front man Chris Jericho.

2011 Revolver Golden Gods nominees:

Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)

* John 5 (Rob Zombie)
* Dan Donegan (Disturbed)
* Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind)
* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
* Janick Gers, Dave Murray, & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
* Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)

Drum Workshop Best Drummer

* Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne)
* Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
* Joey Jordison (Rob Zombie)
* Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
* Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
* Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold)

Best Vocalist

* Glenn Danzig (Danzig)
* Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
* Chino Moreno (Deftones)
* Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzy Osbourne)
* M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
* Corey Taylor (Stone Sour)

Affliction Album Of The Year

* Avenged Sevenfold, NIGHTMARE
* Black Label Society, ORDER OF THE BLACK
* Deftones, DIAMOND EYES
* Ozzy Osbourne, SCREAM
* Stone Sour, AUDIO SECRECY
* Volbeat, BEYOND HELL/ABOVE HEAVEN

Samson Zoom Best Live Band

* Avenged Sevenfold
* Gwar
* Iron Maiden
* Megadeth
* Rammstein
* Sevendust

Most Metal Athlete

* Chris Cole (pro skateboarding)
* Dan Hardy (MMA fighting)
* Toni Lydman (NHL)
* The Miz (WWE wrestling)
* Jeremy Shockey (NFL football)
* Mike Vallely (pro skateboarding)

Best New Band

* Asking Alexandria
* Black Veil Brides
* The Damned Things
* The Pretty Reckless
* Times Of Grace
* We Are The Fallen

Eagle Rock Comeback Of The Year

* Accept
* Faith No More
* Murderdolls
* A Perfect Circle
* Soundgarden
* System Of A Down

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-AFM Records New Releases

The New Black II: BETTER IN BLACK

Release Date: April 19, 2011

What a year — and then another one! Things have been moving fast and furiously for The New Black since 2009, with critical praise for their debut album, appearances at every major festival and incredible gigs everywhere. The German quintet opened up for the mighty AC/DC in front of 65,000 rabid fans, supported Alter Bridge on a sold-out German tour, played alongside Volbeat and Black Label Society and dominated at Wacken and at Rock Am Ring…

A pretty eye-opening story, considering that the band was basically formed by coincidence (and heavy drinking), solely for the love of rock, huge riffs, and the power of a great song. The New Black’s tale proves once again that authentic music goes a long way — with real musicians, real songwriting, and real sweat. There’s no juvenile fist-clenching going on here — it’s more like a knockout punch.

This uncompromising ethic anchors the band’s second release, II: BETTER IN BLACK. While their debut album was an enthusiastic exploration of new territory, these days the bands are fully in tune with themselves after laying the crucial groundwork. Apart from the musical abilities needed to do the job, it’s the immeasurable vibes within the band that really make them what they are — their groove, their sound, their vibe, and (again) their songs.

When it comes to delivering the music, the band are on fire. II: BETTER IN BLACK brings you classic heavy rock tunes such as the powerful stomper “The King I Was,” unbelievable hooks like those in “Batteries & Rust” and rude riffs along the lines of “Downgrade.” There’s also Southern rock with slide guitar and harmonica (“Altar Boys”), modern grooves (“Better In Black”), epic ambition (“When It All Ends”), and laid-back acoustic vibes with “Happy Zombies” — a song that was described by Metal Hammer as “a good-time catchy tune that Kid Rock could storm the charts with.” II: BETTER IN BLACK has it all: riffs, hooks, solos, melodies, and plenty of headbanging. Godzilla with a grin, if you will.

The five road-hardened musicians are committed to good songwriting, not to current trends or technical geekery. For that reason, The New Black self-produced their second opus at their studio in Würzburg. II: BETTER IN BLACK was mixed by the band’s longstanding engineer Michael Dotzler and axeman Fabian Schwarz, with Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Amon Amarth) adding a final punch during the mastering.

Once again, Fludid’s voice is The New Black’s secret weapon: he easily holds his own against any international rock vocalist. In fact, Britain’s Kerrang! remarked “You might expect this honest-to-God rock machine to hail from Texas rather than Germany,” before labeling the debut album “muscular.” Other publications chimed in with “clever” (Metal Hammer), “superior” (Visions), and “big boys playing rock ‘n’ roll with a taste of whiskey” (Rock Hard). Out of the blue, the record hit Number 2 in Metal Hammer’s monthly Soundcheck, while the readers of Rock Hard voted The New Black one of the Top 10 newcomers of 2009.

With II: BETTER IN BLACK, The New Black continue their spectacular story, with a professional work ethic and a firm focus on the important elements — the music and the joy of playing it. And, of course, with a huge riff up their sleeves.

Track List:
1. Better In Black
2. The King I Was
3. Batteries & Rust
4. Downgrade
5. Into Modesty
6. Altar Boys
7. Happy Zombies
8. My Favorite Disease
9. Fading Me Out
10. When It All Ends
11. Last Chance To Throw Dirt
12. Sun Cries Moon

http://www.myspace.com/thenewblackofficial

A Life Divided – PASSENGER

Release Date: April 19, 2011

What does it mean “to live” if you blank out the banal everyday-life, the daily tasks and efforts? You will find the true core of life. The core in which lie hidden the main features of existence — love, suffering and death.

The Munich, Germany-based five-piece electro rock unit A Life Divided started a brave journey to the core of our existence. And brought to live literally “a live divided” at the very heart of this journey. It is something that lives in every one of us, if we allow a glance. “Everyone has multiple personalities. In different situations we act different, depending on the situation,” explains singer Jürgen Plangger the bottom line of his journey — and thereby the journey of A Life Divided. “At work, on the sofa or on the next first date, there are a 1,000 different lives within us. Not everybody can deal with all of them.”

A Life Divided faced self-reflection and created music out of it. The result is an incredible dramatic, electrifying, dark-aesthetic album. An album that deals with deep personal issues and sets them to music. Issues, “about which you would only talk about after some glasses of wine,” as Jürgen Plangger admits. Songs like “Heart On Fire” or “Save Me” tell about love and suffering. However, the band doesn’t compose Hollywood-pictures out of those topics, but faces the often much more dramatic reality, the “certainty that you only have a really limited influence on those things,” as the singer explains. “Everyone tries to maneuver himself somehow through this labyrinth. Some blind, some stupid, some clever and some simply by auto-pilot. The last ones are supposed to be the lucky ones. But all the others that think about such things will certainly understand the record.”

Though they are newcomers yet, they had enough time to gain the courage to allow such a personal, intimate insight. Founded in 2003 the band already released two records on a smaller label and toured with Oomph! (No. 1 in the single charts at that time) in 2006 and with Eisbrecher (No. 1 in the media control long-player charts with their current output EISZEIT) in 2007. There also is a special relationship to that band: singer Jürgen Plangger has been Eisbrecher’s live guitarist for several years now. So it’s no wonder that Eisbrecher’s co-captain and producer Noel Pix is deeply involved into the production process of A Life Divided.

Track List:
1. Heart On Fire
2. Forever
3. Anyone
4. Words
5. Hey You
6. Doesn’t Count
7. Save Me
8. Other Side
9. Sounds Like A Melody
10. Change
11. The End

http://www.myspace.com/alifedivided

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-Napalm Records New Releases

Journey into mysticism and majesty with Napalm Records’ four newest releases: Sons Of Seasons’ MAGNISPHYRICON, Power Quest’s BLOOD ALLIANCE, Kampfar’s MARE, and Vintersorg’s JORDPULS. All four records are set for North American release on April 5th.

Sons Of Seasons – MAGNISPHYRICON
Sons Of Seasons step into the limelight once again to deliver a second album that is even more impressive than their debut. MAGNISPHYRICON is not a mere continuation of their chosen path, but rather a bold step into unexplored musical territories. Led by mastermind Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Doro), the band performs the difficult feat of balancing technical prowess with memorable melodies. Some of the best examples of this gripping mix of musical complexity and headbanging quality are “Soul Symmetry” and “Tales Of Greed.” The new songs also provide Henning Basse (Metalium) a forum in which to prove his vocal talents and ennoble the album with sweeping renditions. Simone Simons (Epica) again lends her captivating voice, making the track “Sanctuary” one of the album’s undisputed highlights. The powerful and lively production completes the listening experience and gives the tracks their crystal-clear quality. MAGNISPHYRICON is a profound and multifaceted melodic symphonic metal album that will whisk you away to a breathtaking sound universe.

Power Quest – BLOOD ALLIANCE
Following a relatively long break, the band revolving around mastermind Steve Williams will finally release a new album! BLOOD ALLIANCE presents the melodic power metal combo at its best. Driving drums, catchy metal riffs, and virtuous guitar and keyboard leads are the ingredients making up Power Quest’s sound. Once again, the band focuses on memorable melodies and captivating hooklines, without ever neglecting the fine details that creep out of the woodwork with each successive run. The new man on the mic, Chity Somapala, has proven his weight in gold with powerful vocals on tracks such as the sweeping “Glorious,” or the catchy “Survive.” BLOOD ALLIANCE is not only a new chapter in Power Quest’s history, but also a loud and confident proclamation of melodic power metal that will not stop at merely convincing the genre’s fans of its musical prowess.

Kampfar – MARE
Kampfar’s latest album MARE opens a new chapter in the Norwegian band’s history, while delivering a true monument to black metal. Front man Dolk and the rest of the band have achieved the difficult task of giving their sound new impulses without losing their unique style. Isolated keyboard passages and sprechgesang consort with icy riffs, dark melodies, and oppressive drums. Dolk’s raw vocals continue to set the pace, while giving songs like “Bergtatt,” “Volvevers,” and the title track such intensity that they are left with no other choice but to crawl under the skin of even the most discerning black and pagan metal fans. The album was produced by none other than Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studio), who provided the songs with a piercing and very powerful sound. MARE is the pagan black metal masters’ best work to date and is sure to become the genre’s next cult classic.

Vintersorg – JORDPULS
JORDPULS adds yet another masterpiece to Vintersorg’s already impressive discography. The unrelenting visionary allows this particular album to glimpse back at the past. The result is an imposing symbiosis of traditional and modern elements taken from the Swede’s characteristic sound cosmos. Folk metal anthems meet icy black metal passages and Nordic melodies. The mix delivers multifaceted and memorable songs that carry the mastermind’s unique signature. The album is completely sung in Swedish and its lyrics borrow from Vintersorg’s past themes: Revolving around man and nature, unique phenomena in the wild, and philosophical observations. Vintersorg’s unmistakable and powerful vocals — from clean to extreme — reign over each track with resounding force, while his production prowess gives the songs a crystal-clear and potent sound. JORDPULS (“Earth’s Pulse”) impressively combines tradition with modernism, while showcasing the best of the Swedish visionary.

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

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-Sneak Peak At Tangent Plane’s New Album PROJECT ELIMI

Release Date: March 25, 2011

The result is the musical and lyrical concept in the mind of keyboardist and composer Ralph Swan. Again and again he took temporary project musicians to realize his musical visions. With a four-track EP and various concerts with support for Fates Warning, Mind Odyssey, Sieges Even, etc. Due to the positive reviews from the media, fans and not least of the musicians the band was found in 2007.

In early 2008, the album AMONG GREY MASKS taken in self-distributed and collected excellent reviews. At this time, the solid Tangent Plane lineup manifested:

Jan Michaelis – Vocals
Piero Pellegrino – Guitars
Kostas Kontos – Bass
Ralph Swan Krieger – Keyboards
Dennis Hoffmann – Drums

Early 2010 the band worked in the studio with C. Schmid and R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Suicidal Angels, Orden Ogan, Eldritch, etc.) the first part of the PROJECT ELIMI trilogy. In May 2010 the band signed at 7Hard Records.

THE CRUSADES CONTINUES :: SO FAR – PROG ON!

Tangent Plane
http://www.tangent-plane.de/
(NEW MYSPACE DESIGN ONLINE)

Check:
7Hard Records – http://www.7hard.com/
ROCK N GROWL – http://www.rockngrowl.com/
Video by KmS RoX – http://www.kmsrox.com/

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-Onslaught Unveil First Video In 20 Years Via Metal Injection

A world premiere of the brand new video from UK thrash legends Onslaught is available via online video juggernaut Metal Injection now!

The title track to the band’s brutal new studio album, the video for “Sounds Of Violence,” is Onslaught’s first official video in twenty years, the last being from the band’s 1990 full-length IN SEARCH OF SANITY. “‘The Sound Of Violence,'” stated Onslaught vocalist Sy Keeler “was inspired by the horrendous loss of over 150,000,000 souls throughout the 20th Century, instigated by religious tyranny and dictatorial madness of humankind. The lyrics echo the horrific realities of war and remarkable resistance endured by our fellow men and women which continues to this day. Wake up world; welcome to a land of devastating brutality where conflict is a part of everyday life. This is the Sound Of Violence.” The video was filmed and edited By Lukas Hambach of Bloodwork Entertainment (Destruction, Gamma Ray) and produced by Tommy Morriello and Thosten Lütje.

Tune in to Metal Injection to see the new video now!

http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/6484/onslaught-sounds-of-violence-video-premiere

Onslaught’s fifth studio album SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE was released in North American in early February via Germany’s AFM Records. The now critically-acclaimed album falls perfectly in line with their massive 2007 comeback album KILLING PEACE, yet broadens the classic Onslaught style once again, helping the band maintain an original edge. Recorded and produced in the renowned Hansen-Studios (Destruction, Heathen, Mercenary), the blazing record boasts ten brand new original tracks, as well as a cover of Motörhead’s classic “Bomber,” featuring guest appearances by Phil Campbell (Motörhead) and Tom Angelripper (Sodom).

Stay tuned for more Onslaught updates as the band prepares to assault North America full-on later this year!

“…this is as good as metal gets… 10/10” – Ultimate Guitar

“…a massive dose of skull-crushing metal with first-rate guitar work and angry lyrics.” – About.com

“It’s as violent musically and conceptually as its predecessor… put this on your ‘must buy’ list for 2011.” – Hellride Music

“…the darkest, meanest sounding and heaviest album in their career. 4/5” – Metal Rules

“…Onslaught’s finest effort. Everything comes together here, from the thick buzz saw riffs to the deft songwriting and arrangement. 5/5” – Dangerdog

“…easily Onslaught’s best album and a must-have for thrash-heads. 4.5/5” – The New Review

“…a collection of songs that not only stand up to their already-impressive legacy, but in fact build on it. 4.5/5” – OneMetal

“…a relentless, well-crafted and fresh-sounding metal record… 4.5/5” – The Metal Register

http://www.onslaughtfromhell.com/
http://www.myspace.com/onslaughtuk
http://www.afm-records.de/
http://www.myspace.com/afmrecordsgermany

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-Images Of Eden’s REBUILDING THE RUINS Now Available

Images Of Eden’s REBUILDING THE RUINS is now available worldwide through Nightmare Records and is available at most North American “main chain” stores (Best Buy, FYE, Sam Goody, Amazon.com), many worldwide retailers, and online digital retailers (iTunes and many others). For more details, visit http://www.imagesofeden.com/discography3.htm .

REBUILDING THE RUINS is a 74-minute concept CD produced by Chris Lucci and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Eric Zimmermann (Fates Warning, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Buckcherry, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), adding top-notch production to the release. The title track, “Rebuilding The Ruins,” was also selected by an indie film company to be used as a soundtrack for an upcoming short film to debut at Cannes/ Tribeca Film Festivals later next year.

What the press is saying:

“REBUILDING THE RUINS rivals their American brethren like Dream Theater or Symphony X, but also their kin across the Atlantic, where melodic progressive metal has never waned… For pure progressive metal from an American band, Images Of Eden’s REBUILDING THE RUINS casts them into the category of ‘a band to be reckoned with’ in the present, and future, for that matter.”
– Craig Hartranft (www.dangerdog.com)

“This third album from Images Of Eden makes an impact only few bands do…”
– Lars Bjorn (www.ice-vajal.com)

“REBUILDING THE RUINS goes far into announcing Images Of Eden as one of those bands to be reckoned with in the Progressive Metal genre. From deft songwriting to stellar musicianship to top notch production, REBUILDING THE RUINS is a force.” – Derric Miller (Hard Rock Haven)

“A majestic and uplifting triumph.” – Matthew Bankes (Rising Forces USA)

“REBUILDING THE RUINS is a great album by Images Of Eden that I would strongly advise fans of American-sounding progressive metal to take a listen to. There are enough memorable hooks, breathtaking instrumental runs, and interesting compositions to keep me coming back for more and more. If you’re a fan of Fates Warning and Dream Theater, checking out this album will be a mandatory benchmark for 2011. I’ll go with 3.5 stars here — Images Of Eden has created some standout material that’s surely worth looking into.” – Jeff B. (Sea Of Tranquility)

Cheers!

Images Of Eden
http://www.imagesofeden.com/
http://www.myspace.com/imagesofeden
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Images-of-Eden/147985975233439

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-Believer Reveals Album Art And Track Listing For TRANSHUMAN! Pre-Orders Now Available!

Legendary Heavy Metal outfit Believer have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming, brand new concept album TRANSHUMAN due April 8, 2011! Fans can pre-order their copy of TRANSHUMAN at http://www.metalblade.com/believer/ . Also available on the band’s pre-order page is a video that shows how the cover art came to be.

TRANSHUMAN track listing:

1. Lie Awake
2. G.U.T
3. Multiverse
4. End Of Infinity
5. Transfection
6. Clean Room
7. Currents
8. Traveler
9. Ego Machine
10. Being No One
11. Entanglement
12. Mindsteps

Once again, Believer tapped into the artistic genius of Michael Rosner and Eye Level Studio to produce the TRANSHUMAN artwork and layout. “We wanted to work with Roz again on TRANSHUMAN as our visions of combining art and music truly parallel. He just gets it and his artwork is outside the typical box in a way that we strive for musically. It is an amazing collaboration that we have with Roz that continues to evolve. We are excited for everyone to see the final layout!”

The band continues: “Sonically we’re extremely happy with this album and can’t wait for other people to hear it. We feel like this is a really strong and unique album in the Believer catalogue and it’s something we’re definitely proud of.

“So what will you hear? We focused more on the overall musicality which included more instrumental layers than we used before. The vocals were also more of a focus as we have had much feedback throughout the years, specifically to get out of the one dimensional realm. Kurt wanted the vocals to be more complementary to the overall tune feel, so he used many facets of his vocal abilities. As with all Believer albums, this one is definitely unique.”

Transhumanism: The study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.

Immensely heavy, deceptively melodic, ambitiously daring, and brilliantly played. Believer’s brand new concept album TRANSHUMAN available in Europe April 8, 2011!

Believer is:
Kurt Bachman – guitars/vocals
Joey Daub – drums
Jeff King – keyboards/guitars
Kevin Leaman – guitars

http://www.believerband.com/
http://www.facebook.com/believerband
http://www.youtube.com/believerband
http://twitter.com/blvrbnd
http://www.myspace.com/believerband
http://www.metalblade.com/english/artists/believer/news.php

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-Eternal Descent Comic Book Issue #6 Featuring Shadows Fall’s Jon Donais Now On Sale

Shadows Fall Guitarist Jon Donais Lands Cameo Appearance In Heavy Metal Comic Book Series

LONDON, UK — Eternal Descent comic book issue #6 featuring metal guitarist Jon Donais of the chart-topping metal band Shadows Fall is no available at comic retailers worldwide. In the storyline inspired by “Embrace Annihilation,” a song from the band’s RETRIBUTION album, Jon sides with chaos, joining the nefarious Loki as a fathful servant of the damned. An allegiance with dire consequences, Lyra and Sirian must fight for survival, as the ground trembles and shadows fall.

Eternal Descent Issue #6 is now available at the following links:

Things From Another World:
http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Eternal-Descent-6___374288

USA and Canada:
http://heavyink.com/comic/16762-Eternal-Descent-6

Europe:
http://decomicshop.nl/eternal-descent-6-p-47783.html

UK:
http://forbiddenplanet.com/64900-eternal-descent-6/

The comic book is available at comic book stores worldwide 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, Wayne Static of Static-X in issue 4, and Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel of Atreyu in issue 5.

Eternal Descent is published by IDW with issues available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution.

Samples of the Eternal Descent Issue #6 comic book artwork are available for viewing at these links:

Issue #6 Cover Image:
http://www.eternaldescent.com/comic/issue-6/issue-6/cover

The Eternal Descent Comic Artwork Gallery can be previewed here:
http://www.eternaldescent.com/comic

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, Marshall Amps, Digitech Pedals, Guitar Grip, Pickboy, and Coffin Case.

http://www.eternaldescent.com/
http://www.myspace.com/eternaldescent
http://www.facebook.com/eternaldescent
http://www.espguitars.com/eternaldescent.html
http://forum.idwpublishing.com/viewforum.php?f=22
http://www.shadowsfall.com/

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-Contrive Meets Rowdy Slayer Crowd…

Contrive drummer Andrew Haug, also host of Triple J’s National Metal Radio program “The Racket,” had the tough task of delivering bad news to hyped up Slayer fans as they cancelled their Soundwave Festival Sydney appearance due to illness just minutes prior to taking the stage.

View footage here:

Extended footage here:

It’s not the first time Contrive members have pitched in for Slayer. In October 2009 during their Australian tour with Megadeth, Contrive vocalist Paul Haug lent his vocals to an ill Tom Araya on the track “Dead Skin Mask.”

View Footage here:

Contrive have released their second record, THE INTERNAL DIALOGUE, mixed by Devin Townsend.

http://www.myspace.com/contriveaustralia
http://www.facebook.com/contriveaus

Write Contrive:
PO Box 134
East Keilor 3033
Victoria
Australia

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-Stereokiller.com Launches Fully Customizeable Band Profile Pages, Challenges MySpace Music

Online Community With Over 250k Members And 40k Bands Looks To Further Foster Artist Development And Promotion

MySpace Music has had a stranglehold on the music hosting game for quite some time, but according to Chris Brickhouse, owner and operator of Stereokiller.com, their media player is outdated, their profiles are littered with MySpace navigation, and their pages take too long to load.

“The MySpace media player downgrades the bitrate of the music, making it sound ‘fuzzy’ and play at a lower volume, whereas our media player doesn’t require Flash… The music is exactly the same quality as uploaded,” said Brickhouse. “They degrade the songs to save disk space… We won’t sacrifice the music quality for a few bytes of space.”

Stereokiller.com’s fully customizable band profile pages are just the latest change in an ongoing effort to foster band development and promotion. Within five minutes a band could have their page up and running. The site allows users to do live previews of the site’s appearance before committing to the design, and the number of tracks a user can upload is unlimited.

In addition to visual customization, users have the ability to sell merchandise (without paying a fee) on their page. The interface allows them to manually add items, then facilitates a transaction (single or multiple) via PayPal. There is also the option to connect to display Twitter activity, list upcoming shows, embed videos, and update fans with news, etc.

Stereokiller.com started in 1998 as a forum for Hardcore, Metal, Punk, Hip Hop, Emo, and Indie fans. It has since become a free music hosting site and community with over 250,000 members and 40,000 bands.

Band page examples:
http://www.stereokiller.com/TheQueers
http://www.stereokiller.com/StokedOnBeingPumped
http://www.stereokiller.com/ChangeToday
http://www.stereokiller.com/Saille
http://www.stereokiller.com/Yuma

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-Havok: Denver Thrash Titans Check In From The Road

Vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez of Denver thrash titans Havok, who are currently pillaging the lands on tour with Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation, recently checked in with an update from the road. “Tour is getting better and better! Everyone gets along and we’re all having fun. I can’t wait to get to Denver and the West Coast. It’s party time!”

Havok United Hate Across America Tour 2011 [remaining dates]:
w/ Malevolent Creation, Blown Chaos, The Absence, and Beyond Terror Beyond Grace
3/01/2011 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
3/02/2011 – Branx – Portland, OR
3/04/2011 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/05/2011 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
3/06/2011 – The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
3/07/2011 – EBGB’s – Amarillo, TX
3/08/2011 – Reno’s Chop Shop – Dallas, TX
3/09/2011 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
3/10/2011 – Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

Team Havok is readying for the release of their upcoming new full-length entitled TIME IS UP, which is slated for a March 29th street date via Candlelight Records. The follow-up to the ravaging BURN long-player was mastered by James Murphy and features ten tracks of flawlessly executed thrash anthems. Said Rock Hospital in an early review of the record: “TIME IS UP is a killer sophomore effort by four dudes who do justice to their musical forefathers. Cliff Burton would smile on this release.” Added Thrash Hits, “Playing a style of metal that has been around 30 years always runs the risk of feeling tired and overly derivative, but TIME IS UP is so lively and bubbling over with personality that it never so much as flirts with those potential pitfalls.” Metal Review agreed: “Havok’s purest intention is to thrash your face into a circle-pitted-pulp, and more often than not they’re wildly successful.”

Check out a TIME IS UP video teaser at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYx1YCczlfg .

Havok formed in 2004. After two self-released albums, the band caught the attention of England’s Candlelight Records and by the Spring of 2009, the band unleashed BURN to the metal masses. The album peaked on CMJ’s Loud Rock chart at 15 and broke MediaGuide’s Top 10.

http://www.myspace.com/havokh
http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial
http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

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-Marionette Wrapping Up Latest Album

Gothenburg Sweden based metal sextet Marionette is currently in the process of mastering its yet to be titled third full-length album at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm with Erik Broheden (Rammstein, Turbonegro, Within Temptation). Song titles set to appear on the CD include “Something Forgotten,” “Remember Your Name,” “Stand In Line,” and “Lights Out.” Guitarist and backing vocalist Aron Parmerud commented:

“Our third album is currently being mastered at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm. These guys really know what they are doing, having worked with acts like Rammstein, Turbonegro, Within Temptation, and The Hellacopters among many others. We’re currently adding the final touches and making some final tweaks, but the light at the end of the tunnel is drawing very near! We worked really hard on all the compositions and we feel this is by far the most unique, dynamic, and mature record we’ve made. Here is a photo we took recently after completing the mixing at Pontus Hjelm’s PH Studio (Dead By April) in Gothenburg.”

Marionette also recently completed European dates with the Murderdolls — the band consisting of Joey Jordison (Slipknot, Rob Zombie) and Wednesday 13 — on the “Women And Children Last Tour.” Aron Parmerud commented:

“We recently completed our European dates with the Murderdolls on their ‘Women And Children Last Tour.’ It was great to get back down to play in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy again. We want to give a special thanks to all of our new fans in France as well. We’ll be back to see you soon! Big thanks to the Murderdolls and their crew for helping us make this the best tour Marionette has ever done. We have confirmed a date in Copenhagen on March 19th; we look forward to playing some new songs from our upcoming record that we haven’t tried yet live!”

Marionette’s tour diary from the “Women And Children Last Tour” can be viewed at the link below:

Photographs from January 23rd’s concert in Milan courtesy of MetalItalia Webzine can be viewed at the link below:
http://www.metalitalia.com/concerts/view.php?&concert_pk=614

Links:
http://www.myspace.com/marionettesweden
http://www.marionette.se/
http://www.youtube.com/marionettesweden
http://twitter.com/marionetteswe
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marionette/54644928790

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-The Ocean Announce North American Tour With Between The Buried And Me

German atmospheric progressive metal collective and Metal Blade Recording artists, The Ocean, are pleased to announce a near month-long North American tour this April! Presented by Peter Says Denim, In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net, “The Hypersleep Dialogues Trek” will begin in Farmingdale, New York at The Crazy Donkey, include a stop at this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and wind its way through 20 cities before making a final stop in Ashville, North Carolina at The Orange Peel. The band will be joined by headliners (and recent Metal Blade signees) Between The Buried And Me, Job For A Cowboy, and Cephalic Carnage on select dates. View tour poster at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2204 .

Said guitarist Robin Staps of the upcoming live assaults: “The Ocean will be touring the US and Canada with Between The Buried And Me! We’re excited to get back over there finally, and are particularly excited about our appearance at New England Metal Fest at the beginning of the tour!”

Peter Says Denim Presents Between The Buried And Me
In association with Guitar World & MetalSucks.net
With Job For A Cowboy, The Ocean & Cephalic Carnage (*on select dates)

4/15/2011 The Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
4/16/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
4/17/2011 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
4/18/2011 Atlar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
4/19/2011 Club Infinity – Williamsville, NY
4/20/2011 Le National – Montreal, QC
4/21/2011 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/22/2011 Headliner’s – Toledo, OH
4/23/2011 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
4/25/2011 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
4/26/2011 Granada – Lawrence, KS
4/27/2011 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO *
4/29/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/30/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
5/01/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR *
5/03/2011 Ace Of Clubs – Sacramento, CA *
5/04/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *
5/05/2011 Glasshouse Music Hall – Pomona, CA *
5/06/2011 Soma – San Diego, CA *
5/07/2011 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ *
5/09/2011 The Door – Dallas, TX
5/10/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK
5/11/2011 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
5/12/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
5/13/2011 Rockettown – Nashville, TN
5/14/2011 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Check out a live clip of “Firmament” filmed during The Ocean’s HELIOCENTRIC record release show on March 26th, 2010 at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2204 .

The Ocean will be touring in support of their 2010 separately-issued double album: HELIOCENTRIC and ANTHROPOCENTRIC (released in April and November 2010, respectively). This mammoth conceptual effort took almost two years to complete. From a lyrical and artistic point of view, the albums represent a fundamental and philosophical critique of Christianity. Both albums scored rave reviews worldwide, including Album Of The Month in Metal Hammer Germany, Italy, and Greece, and a cover feature in the December issue of Metal Hammer UK’s/Subterranea (their extreme metal supplement). Said AMG Magazine: “This is the most forward-thinking statement by The Ocean yet, and stands as the most seamlessly integrated and consistent recording they’ve issued to date.” Added Rock Sound (UK): “Luxurious, tectonic, ingenious, calculated, charismatic, enterprising, dexterous, inventive, unrestrained, fascinating, and poignant. If all this doesn’t convince you to at least check them out, then seriously, f*ck off.”

http://www.theoceancollective.com/heliocentric
http://www.metalblade.com/theocean
http://www.facebook.com/theoceancollective
http://www.myspace.com/theoceancollective
http://twitter.com/OceanCollective
http://www.youtube.com/theoceancollective
http://www.metalblade.com/

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*** PRESS RELEASE #22 ***
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-Free STORMING THE GATES… TABARNAK! Compilation; Montreal’s 2011 Metal Showcase At Canadian Music Week

Montreal metal will be storming the gates of Canadian Music Week, March 9th, 2011 in Toronto, ON at The Opera House (735 Queen St. East) for a head banging experience of the city’s best upcoming metal talent. A free compilation has been put together showcasing the eight acts performing at STORMING THE GATES… TABARNAK! with Cryptopsy and Beneath The Massacre leading the charge. To download the compilation STORMING THE GATES… TABARNAK! VOL 1. please visit http://stormingthegatestabarnak.bandcamp.com/ .

Track List:
1. Cryptopsy – Worship Your Demons (2:12)
2. Beneath The Massacre – Condemned (4:20)
3. Fatality – Bleed Me Useless (3:49)
4. Catalyst – When The Sun Shall Rise (5:48)
5. Dissension – Blacksteel (4:22)
6. Disgust – So What (3:25)
7. Dush – Ancient Cities (4:31)
8. Sykode – Cosmic Fool (4:21)

Dungeonworks Productions & CMW presents:

Storming The Gates… Tanarnak!
Montreal’s 2011 Metal Showcase
(a Canadian Music Week event):

Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 – 6 p.m. – 19+

Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

Tickets $25 available at http://www.ticketscene.ca/ and Rotate This.

Cryptopsy (Century Media Records)
http://www.myspace.com/cryptopsy

Beneath The Massacre (Prosthetic Records)
http://www.myspace.com/btm

Fatality
http://www.myspace.com/fatalitythrashf*ck

The Catalyst
http://www.myspace.com/thecatalystmetal

Dissension
http://www.myspace.com/dissensionmtl

Disgust
http://www.myspace.com/disgustmusic

Dush
http://www.templeofdush.com/
http://www.myspace.com/templeofdush

Sykode
http://www.sykode.com/
http://www.myspace.com/sykode

Sponsored by:

Ticket Scene – http://www.TicketScene.ca/
Inkfusion Band Merch – http://www.inkfusion-band-merch.com/
Kiamecodesigns – kiamecodesigns@hotmail.com
Labyrinthe Botique – http://www.labyrintherock.com/

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-THE DWARVES ARE BORN AGAIN To Be Released May 3; Deluxe CD Or Vinyl Package (With Bonus DVD)

25th Anniversary Of The Most Bizarre And Misunderstood Punk Rock Band Of All Time…

THE DWARVES ARE BORN AGAIN features all your favorite heroes from the Dwarves’ long and twisted saga. Blag the Ripper, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything, and a cast of thousands return to crush the ears of a desperate public. Teamed with Top Ten producer Eric Valentine (Slash, All American Rejects) they have created a perfect mix of hardcore punk, ear soothing pop, and everything in between. Damaged celebrity cameos mix with twisted phone messages, ear splitting noise with dance friendly grooves, all delivered with the Dwarves trademark humor and intensity.

Did you know of the stabbings, bannings, arrests, assaults, and secret peccadilloes of the last punk band standing?

Did you know that The Dwarves have been members of groups as diverse as KMFDM, Gnarls Barkley, Excel, The Queers, and Scream?

Did you know their music has been featured in dozens of television shows from “Viva La Bam” and “Jackass” to “Spongebob Squarepants” or feature films like “Hostel” and “Ghostworld?”

Click here to see all 25 things you don’t know about the Dwarves!

http://mvdb2b.com/i/press/mvd5176a/mvd5176a_25_things_you_dont_know_about_the_dwarves.pdf

Website:
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Release Info:
http://mvdb2b.com/s/DwarvesBornAgainDeluxeEdition/MVD5176A

Hi Res Cover Art:

MVD Entertainment Group
PO BOX 280
Oaks PA 19456

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*** NEWS/RUMORS ***
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-This year’s Bang Your Head!!! festival is slated for July 15-16 in Balingen, Germany. The lineup so far: Accept, Amorphis, Asphyx, Crashdïet, Crimson Glory, Cripper, Crystal Viper, D-A-D, Death Angel, Desaster, Helloween, Immortal, Legion Of The Damned, Lordi, Metal Inquisition, Overkill, Psychotic Waltz, Sonata Arctica, and StormWarrior. More bands will be announced soon. See http://www.bang-your-head.de/ .

-Black Label Society has replaced drummer Will Hunt with Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void).

-Grave Digger tour dates:

3/24 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
3/25 – Halle 101, Speyer, Germany
3/26 – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, Germany
3/27 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
3/28 – Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
3/29 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany
3/30 – Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg, Germany
3/31 – Backstage, Munich, Germany
4/1 – Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau, Germany
4/2 – Stadthalle, Lichtenfels, Germany
4/3 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
4/9 – Live Club, Andernach, Germany

See http://www.grave-digger-clan.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/gravediggerclan for more.

-Graveyard’s HISENGEN BLUES is due out March 25 on Nuclear Blast. A 7″ vinyl picture disc single for the title track (featuring a non-album track as the B-side) is now available at http://www.nuclearblast.de/mailorder . See http://www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs for more.

-Check out http://www.marinij.com/rss/ci_17353018?source=rss for an early report on Sammy Hagar’s upcoming autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock.”

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens:

3/5 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA
3/11 – ExpoMaiden, Lima, Peru
3/12 – Arequipa, Peru
3/15 – House Of Blues, Hollywood, CA (all ages)
3/19 – Can Club, Garden Grove, CA
3/26 – Gillmanfest, Caracas, Venezuela
4/1 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
4/2 – The Blue Cafe, Huntington Beach, CA
4/8 – Brixton, Redondo Beach, CA
4/23 – Cooperstown, Phoenix, AZ (all ages)
5/6 – Arcata Theatre, Arcata, CA

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

-Jag Panzer’s THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGHT is out now in Europe and is due March 8 in North America. Track list: “Condemned To Fight,” “The Setting Of The Sun,” “Bringing On The End,” “Call To Arms,” “Cycles,” “Overlord,” “Let It Out,” “Union,” “Burn,” “The Book Of Kells.” This is the band’s — singer Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin, guitarists Christian Lasegue and Mark Briody, bassist John Tetley, and drummer Rikard Stjernquist — first album since 2004’s CASTING THE STONES. See http://www.jagpanzer.com/ and http://www.twitter.com/_JagPanzer for more.

-Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE wrestler) was announced as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” earlier this week.

-According to Hennemusic, a documentary entitled “Gary Moore: White Knuckles And Blue Moods” was in the works for a 2011 release, but now with the guitarist’s passing on February 6 the release has been delayed until later in the year. The film is being produced by Jörgen and Stefan Mossberg and features Moore, Don Airey, Jon Hiseman, John Sykes, Brian Downey, Eric Bell, and Brian Robertson. Check out a trailer at http://www.hennemusic.com/2011/02/video-gary-moore-documentary-trailer.html .

-Motley Crue, Poison, and the New York Dolls will hit the road together this summer in North America. Motley Crue is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Poison its 25th. Depending on where you read your info, the tour is either a Motley headliner “with support from Poison and special guest New York Dolls,” or a co-headling jaunt from Motley and Poison. The dates so far:

5/29 – Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
6/7 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX
6/9 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
6/10 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
6/12 – Hard Rock Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
6/14 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
6/15 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
6/17 – Desert Sky Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
6/18 – TBA, Las Vegas, NV
6/19 – USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
6/21 – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
6/22 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
6/24 – Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
6/25 – Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
6/26 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
6/28 – Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
6/29 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
7/1 – FMB Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
7/2 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
7/3 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
7/5 – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, Hollywood, FL
7/6 – St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
7/8 – Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
7/9 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Pelham, AL (no Poison)
7/10 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
7/12 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
7/13 – Star Pavilion @ Hershey Park, Hershey, PA
7/15 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
7/16 – Susquehannna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
7/19 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
7/20 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
7/22 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
7/23 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
7/24 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
7/27 – Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY (Motley Crue only)
7/29 – Covelli Centre, Youngstown, OH
7/30 – Outlaw Jam 2011, Frederick, MD
7/31 – Toyota Pavilion @ Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA
8/5 – Fort McCoy, Tomah, WI

See http://www.motley.com/ , http://www.poisonweb.com/ , and http://www.nydolls.org/ fo rmore.

-Poison’s Bret Michaels will appear on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9 p.m. Eastern on March 2, and on NBC’s “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on March 3.

-Download a free MP3 of Rage’s “Into The Light” at http://media.nuclearblast.de/download/mags/Rage.Into.The.Light.zip . See http://www.rage-on.de/ for more.

-Requiem Aeternam has signed a deal to sell its complete discography through Century Media Records’ CM Distro. See http://www.requiem-aeternam.com/ , http://philosophicalmetal.blogspot.com/ , and http://www.cmdistro.com/search/Requiem_Aeternam for more.

-All five of Scythia’s “Red Wizard” episodes are now streaming on Blank TV at these links:

EPS 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2x7p-l4OuQ
EPS 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saan2nrSiiU
EPS 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_8iYM8pAac
EPS 4 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkI_5E674FU
EPS 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0gw1pDBXz4

The mini-series was filmed with an iPhone on the band’s “Exiled Across Canada Tour” last fall. Hype: “The episodes chronicle the folk metal warriors’ encounters with the evil red wizard as they cross the bad lands of Canada.” The band is now working on a new album. See http://www.scythiafolkmetal.com/ for more.

-Voodoo Circle — featuring guitarist Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force, Sinner) along with singer David Readman (Pink Cream 69), bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner), keyboardist Jimmy Kresic (Steve Lukather, Jordan Rudess), and drummer Markus Kullman — has released BROKEN HEART SYNDROME through AFM Records and King Records. Track list: “No Solution Blues,” “King Of Your Dreams,” “Devil’s Daughter,” “This Could Be Paradise,” “Broken Heart Syndrome,” “When Destiny Calls,” “Blind Man,” “Heal My Pain,” “The Heavens Are Burning,” “Don’t Take My Heart,” “I’m In Heaven,” “Wings Of Fury.” Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=33305 and see http://www.voodoocircle.de/ for more.

Thanks to Paul Liberatore, HeadbangerNYC.com, Jon Asher, Metaltix, Music Buy Mail, Bill “Red Voodoo” Kotowski, and Jeff “Glam Rules” Adee for help gathering some of this information.

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*** ROCK HARD RIDE FREE ***
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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-This from Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot’s review of a recent Lady Gaga concert in Chicago: “‘It’s raining unicorns and gay teddy bears,’ Lady Gaga said Monday at the sold-out United Center as the audience hurled gifts at her. Then she bit the heads off several dolls, but allowed a mini-Paul Stanley to live another day and watch the show from the lip of the stage. Kiss, and Kiss-style spectacle, still rules in the Land of Gaga.”

-I saw “Gnomeo & Juliet” a couple weeks ago with the family. In case you haven’t heard, Ozzy does a voice in the flick. It’s not a huge part but he’s quite funny and, surprisingly, 100% intelligible!

-Even if you don’t know or care about The Dwarves, take a few minutes to read through that “25 things you don’t know about the Dwarves” PDF file linked above. It’s pretty good.

-That Symfonia project/band sure sounds cool. I had no idea Timo Tolkki was working with Andre Matos and the rest of those guys. I hope it’s a good album.

-Wow, look at those Stereokiller.com guys, pissing in MySpace’s Cheerios.

-In my current playlist: Overdrive – ANGELMAKER (Lion Music), Casanova – ONE NIGHT STAND (DELUXE EDTION) (Divebomb Records), Elvenking – RED SILENT TIDES (AFM Records), Robin Beck – THE GREAT ESCAPE (Her Majesty’s Music Room).

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*** REVIEWS ***
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NEKROMANTHEON – DIVINITY OF DEATH (C+) High Roller Records, 2011
11 tracks, RT 30:42
[ http://www.myspace.com/nekromantheon ]
[ http://www.last.fm/music/Nekromantheon ]
[ http://www.hrrecords.de/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/high_roller_records ]
Destruction, Sadus, and Kreator. Any of these bands your faves? How about old school blackened thrash? Well the aforementioned bands and sub-genre are the influences of Norwegian-based Nekromantheon. Apparently, according to the band that is, they are tired of the trendy modern thrash bands on the scene lately. That I can understand and sympathize with, but on the other hand, it’s not like there is a shortage of new old school thrash (or blackened thrash for that matter). I remember reviewing quite a few from last year alone. But onward to the album! It starts off with “Gringo Death,” the intro sounding like it belongs as a soundtrack to a horror film. But it’s not long before the guitars take over with a catchy riff and the drums start smashing away. It truly does sound like a throwback to old school thrash. The vocal style is thick and raspy. It’s not anything too rough or epically brutal, but it still manages to sound gritty and mean. The singer screams at a fast pace, keeping up excellently with the cacophony of the instruments. My only gripe was that the vocal style sounded too rushed, almost like the vocalist would be exhausted and out of breath by the end of the song. “The Point Of No Return” is the follow-up to the fireball first song we heard. This song wastes no time in upping the ante and rushing into ultra-fast performing — again both vocally and instrumentally. There was a notable guitar piece about halfway through which stood out from the usual lighting-fast mayhem that is usually being played. It’s moments like that on DIVINITY OF DEATH that make the album something more than a blur. It’s those moments where it sounds like they tried to focus on the music instead of making it sound like a contest to see which song could be played the fastest. “Lex Talionis” was the shortest on the album, clocking in at less than a minute. From start to finish, it’s a shredder of a song — all instrumental — but it will leave you with your head spinning. “Psyanide” I liked a little bit better than the rest. The clanking of the cymbals and the dramatic pounding on the drums could be heard above the racing guitars. Also, the vocalist here slows down, which makes the song more of something you want to sing along to. After listening to DIVINITY OF DEATH, I can assert that Nekromantheon succeeded in sounding like a blackened, old school thrash band. Aside from it sounding too rushed, it’s a decent album with some standout moments with the guitars and drums.
– Stephanie Davison (zatanna7@comcast.net)

SEVENTH WONDER – THE GREAT ESCAPE (A-) Lion Music, 2010
7 tracks, RT: 1:07:21
[ http://www.seventhwonder.nu/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/officialsw ]
[ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Wonder/13899703377 ]
[ http://www.lionmusic.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/lionmusiclabel ]
Rising prog metal stars Seventh Wonder refuse to tarnish their track record of creating music that is at once intricate, passionate, and melodic, impressing both veteran and neophyte with their fourth album THE GREAT ESCAPE. Seventh Wonder’s tight musicianship is well-known at this point so I won’t belabor it but rest assured you’ll find plenty of virtuosic displays to, well, wonder at here! Progressive music is often notoriously hard to get into without some time and effort and there are areas of THE GREAT ESCAPE that definitely require patience but Seventh Wonder also know how to write material that is relatively accessible, case in point being the spirited and infectious “Alley Cat” and atmospheric rocker “Move On Through.” Where even seasoned prog devotees will have heavy lifting to do is on the 30-minute (!) epic that is the title track, the song a treasury of premium composition and technique; for me a bit of editing might have made for a more streamlined listening experience but the guys manage keep even this prolonged entity exciting and interesting. Seventh Wonder deserve to be mentioned alongside those in the upper echelon of the genre, reflecting the modern sensibilities of Circus Maximus and Vanden Plas, comparable in technical skill to masters such as Dream Theater and Symphony X but always maintaining a foundation built on the original works of architects like Kansas and Triumph. In a word, exquisite.
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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