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Detritus
Issue #584
Week of March 14, 2011
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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Tim Wadzinski, Owner
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-Shamrock Shakes tomorrow! I’m buyin’!! 🙂 – Tim

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-Alice Cooper Calls Rock Hall Induction “A Dream,” Plots NIGHTMARE Sequel

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

As he prepares for the “dream” of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday (Mar. 14), Alice Cooper is also delivering a nightmare.

Make that another nightmare. This fall, the shock rocker will be releasing WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE, a sequel to his 1975 concept album WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE — his first “solo” release after the break-up of the original Alice Cooper band. Cooper tells Billboard.com that the project grew out of a desire to work again with original NIGHTMARE producer Bob Ezrin, but on a sequel to another of his albums.

Rock Hall of Fame to Induct Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Tom Waits

“I had an idea to do a part two to (2008’s) ALONG CAME A SPIDER,” Cooper says. “I came to Bob with it, and he listened and goes, ‘Eh. I would be more excited if ALONG CAME A SPIDER was a No. 1 record.’ He wasn’t really into it. Then we started talking about WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE’s 35th anniversary or something like that, and he said, ‘What if Alice had another nightmare?’ All I was trying to do was get Bob to say, ‘Yeah, I want to produce the album,’ so we found a place where both of us really felt comfortable, and that was doing NIGHTMARE 2.”

The album features some other familiar faces from Cooper’s past. The original NIGHTMARE tandem of Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner played on the album, while Vince Gill plays on a track called “Runaway Train.” And surviving Cooper band members Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith reunited on the track “When Hell Comes Home.” “I was going to go in and say, ‘What I want this thing to have is this live, ’70s sound — but I didn’t have to say that. That’s just the way they play,” Cooper recalls. “They just had that sound you couldn’t go in and try to direct them to get. That’s the normal way they play. I said to Bob, ‘I don’t want it to sound any different than that.'”

NIGHTMARE 2, meanwhile, will have plenty of similarities to its predecessor. “There are certain songs where we let some of the themes from (the original) NIGHTMARE slip in,” Cooper says. “All of a sudden you’ll hear the little piano part from ‘Steven’ or from ‘The Awakening.’ I wanted (the albums) to be married together. I think we even make reference to a couple of characters from the original (album).”

Though planning to play an “Alice hits” set on tour this year, Cooper is planning a full-fledged NIGHTMARE 2 show for 2012. Meanwhile, he’s gearing up for the Alice Cooper band’s Rock Hall induction in New York, where the group — joined by Hunter in place of the late Glen Buxton — will play a three-song set that will include “School’s Out” and two others still being determined.

“We’re actually getting special tuxedos made, special Alice Cooper tuxedos,” Cooper says. “We’ll do the tuxedos, but it’ll definite be our style. It’ll be within our sense of humor.” And, he adds, the induction “is terrific. The whole idea of finally being in that club, and the great thing about it is… it’s your peers that voted you in, the guys that you actually watched on ‘Shindig’ and ‘Hullabaloo’ and all that, and they’re the guys voting on you. That’s a really nice thing.”

by Gary Graff
Billboard.com

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-A New Twist On The Music Of Frank Sinatra: Eagle Rock Presents SIN-ATRA

CD Released March 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY — What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on SIN-Atra, a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29, 2011. [MSRP $13.98]

This all-star project, created from the team that brought you the merry, molten melodies of WE WISH YOU A METAL XMAS, reinvents the classic songs that the great Frank Sinatra performed and, in turn, made famous. These twelve cherished tunes, written by some of the greatest songwriters of all time, are given a radical hard rock/heavy metal treatment, resulting in electrically charged versions of the classics.

Some of the most potent and recognizable voices of rock rework such legendary gems as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers In The Night,” and “That’s Life,” including Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Glenn Hughes, Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Eric Martin, and dUg Pinnick. Producers Bob Kulick, of Kiss and Meat Loaf fame, and Brett Chassen recreated these songs on guitar and drums, respectively, rounded out by Billy Sheehan (bass) and Doug Katsaros (keyboards, orchestration). Also making an appearance as lead guitarist on “That’s Life” is renowned rock guitarist Richie Kotzen.

These familiar favorites are beloved the world over, but they’ve never been heard like this before! “A fantastic CD,” says executive producer Wendy Dio, “keeping the era alive with today’s musicians.”

Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.

Track Listing:
1.) New York, New York – Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2.) I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3.) Summerwind – Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4.) It Was A Very Good Year – Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5.) Witchcraft – Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6.) Fly Me To The Moon – Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7.) Lady Is A Tramp – Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8.) Strangers In The Night – Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9.) High Hopes – Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway)
10.) I’ve Got The World On A String – dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11.) Love And Marriage – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12.) That’s Life – Jani Lane (Warrant)

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-Firewind: New Digital Single; Golden Gods Nomination

The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by the modern day guitar hero Gus G, is currently preparing for a slew of activity over the course of the next few months. The group are set to release a new digital single for the stunning song “Embrace The Sun” on March 15th, which will also feature the much anticipated video for the track shot by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames).

A special, behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “Embrace The Sun” and “World On Fire” videos can now be seen at the link below. In this clip you will get a glimpse into the many hours of work it takes to create such a visual masterpiece. This also features in-depth interviews with the band members on the set, so click the link below now to check it out.

Gus also announced a competition here, challenging fans to do their best version of the solo in the video to win some awesome prizes!

Gus G’s guitar prowess was recently further validated as Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards has nominated him in the “Best Guitarist” category, which is decided upon by fan voting. Click http://www.revolvermag.com/beta/goldengods/voting now to cast your vote for Gus now and stay tuned as the winners will be announced live on April 20th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

Check out Gus’s new ESP Commercial here:

Firewind
http://www.firewind.gr/
http://www.myspace.com/firewind

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-Grammy Award-Winning Former Kansas Singer, John Elefante, Returns With New Album, REVOLUTION OF MIND

The first singer/keyboardist to replace Steve Walsh in Kansas, John Elefante, has just issued a new album from his solo band (credited to John Elefante And Mastedon), titled REVOLUTION OF MIND. And fans of Elefante’s former band are sure to find plenty of satisfaction within the album’s grooves. “I think there are shades of Kansas in just about everything I write,” explains Elefante, who was a member of Kansas from 1981 through 1985. “I’m a tenor singer like Steve Walsh, I like a lot of mood changes in songs, although sometimes I get in the mood to just write a straight pop song from head to toe. Like in all great Kansas records, there are a lot of twists and turns and things you don’t expect musically, that keeps the listener surprised. And at the same time, excited.”

The album also features guitar work from none other than Elefante’s former band mate in Kansas, Kerry Livgren. “These days, another thing that makes it easier for people to work together is you don’t have to be in the same studio and in the same room anymore. I can literally send files to Kerry and hear what he’s doing in real time. The song ‘One Day Down By The Lake,’ I was going to take it off the record, because I thought it was a little too ‘Kansas-y,’ if you will. So I kind of put the song on hold for a while, and when Kerry agreed to play on it and when I heard what he did on it, I went, ‘Wait a minute, now it makes sense.’ So I decided to put it on the record. I probably get more email about that song then any other song on the record.”

As evidenced by such standout tracks as “Questions (It’s About Time),” “The Western World,” and the aforementioned “One Day Down By The Lake (See You Real Soon),” fans of finely crafted melodic rock are surely in for a treat. And Elefante is quick to point out that REVOLUTION OF MIND is a different kind of record than previous Mastedon efforts. “Sonically, it’s different. It’s definitely a different record. Sonically I think it’s more modern. We were quite limited in the old days, we didn’t quite have the technology we have now. We had more capability to do more things. And the one thing that makes it different is the past Mastedon records were a little more like an Alan Parsons Project, where it was a studio thing and we’d have guest singers and guest musicians all over the place. This time, I sang everything — I wanted to sing everything. So that inherently makes it way, way different.”

Elefante also sees a difference between his work with Mastedon compared to his earlier work with Kansas. “Mastedon is my show, so the sky’s the limit — I can do whatever I want. I’m not confined to a brand that’s already in place. Nowadays, things have definitely changed. Instead of going into a big-time Record Plant type studio, which we used to own, I’ll go to a friend’s house who is a killer drummer, and in his basement, he’s got his drums mic’d up to the max, with a ProTools rig. It’s so easy and fun — there isn’t any down time in setting up mics to get drum sounds.”

Elefante plans to support REVOLUTION OF MIND with a set of live dates. “The touring plans are in the works. We’re going to take it as it comes. We’re working on getting some opening dates. I would like to secure an opening slot for a multi-band tour. I think that would be right up my alley. Even though I don’t have the mega hits that Styx had, without tooting my horn, I think the people will be pleasantly surprised when they hear what I have to offer.”

“I’m very proud to have John join our label, Big3,” says the label’s chairman, Bill Edwards. “John and I go way back, and I’ve been a huge fan of his for years. I strongly feel that REVOLUTION OF MIND is a great showcase for his talents, and we’re honored at Big3 to be working with John.”

REVOLUTION OF MIND Track Listing:

1. Revolution Of Mind
2. Slay Your Demons
3. Nowhere Without Your Love
4. One Day Down By The Lake (See You Real Soon)
5. Water Into Wine (Fassa Rokka)
6. Questions (It’s About Time)
7. You Can’t Take Anything
8. Lying
9. The Western World
10. That’s What You Do

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
http://www.johnelefante.com/

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-Shadowman – WATCHING OVER YOU

Escape Music – ESM224
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5031281002242
Release: April 22, 2011

Specials: feat. Steve Overland (FM), Steve Morris (Heartland), Chris Childs (Thunder), Harry James (Thunder)

Produced by Steve Morris / Mixed by Tommy Hansen

Track list:
1. Across The Universe
2. Renegades
3. Cry
4. Watching Over You
5. Are You Ready
6. Suzanne
7. Waiting For A Miracle
8. Stop Breaking This Heart Of Mine
9. Heaven Waits
10. Whatever It Takes
11. Justify
12. Party Is Over

Bio:
It has been seven years since the debut album by Shadowman was released (LAND OF THE LIVING, ESM098). The album was warmly received by all who had a penchant for good old British melodic hard rock. As you would expect Shadowman had elements of both Heartland and FM deeply embedded in its grooves, yet it was highly original and was often touted as the best British melodic release of 2004.

Two years later in 2006 and the eagerly awaited follow-up DIFFERENT ANGLES (ESM 127) became an important album for this quartet that also includes both Harry James and Chris Childs of Thunder. The unmistakable guitar trademark sound of Steve Morris and the vocals of Steve Overland will always shine through at a very early stage. Somehow they make their music sound effortless, and as we all very well know Steve Overland has a remarkable vocal range. His vocal range suits the classic melodic rock genre and he has a very bluesy side to his talent. His solo releases BREAKAWAY (ESM170) and DIAMOND DEALER (ESM198) are both beautiful examples of his work.

Shadowman are a band that is all about great rock music who will win you over with charm. Quality rock music is so hard to find these days and it is reassuring to know that it hasn’t lost its way. GHOST IN THE MIRROR (ESM179), the band’s third release in 2008, is an extension of the band’s already established sound, with some clever twists on the way. Three albums under their belt and how can the band hone that sound into something that little bit more special?

Enter WATCHING OVER YOU, a brand new release for 2011. These boys just mature nicely as time passes and new songs like “Renegades,” “Waiting For A Miracle,” and “Are You Ready” will set pulses racing. Once again Tommy Hansen is at the mixing desk, his capabilities need no introduction. This new release is set to be a top ten contender for 2011!

Discography:
LAND OF THE LIVING (ESM098)
DIFFERENT ANGLES (ESM127)
GHOST IN THE MIRROR (ESM179)
WATCHING OVER YOU (ESM224)

Lineup:
Steve Overland (FM) – Lead Vocals
Steve Morris (Heartland) – Guitars & Keyboards
Chris Childs (Thunder) – Bass
Harry James (Thunder) – Drums

Label:
Escape Music
http://www.Escape-Music.com/
info@escape-music.com

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-The Bailey Brothers Want You!

Mick and Dez Bailey were born and raised on planet rock.

In a career spanning three decades they emerged from The NWOBHM to international stardom via TV, Radio, and Journalism but most importantly as live performers. They have also added song writing/Musicians and recording artiste to their long list of achievements.

Have you met the Bailey Brothers and have an interesting story to tell?

In search of Artists, Managers, Promoters, and most of all Rock fans to all contribute to their forthcoming book to tell of the fascinating journey that has taken them from a Sheffield Suburb, to all over the world, to interview bands for TV, Radio, and magazines.

If you want to be a part of this book and have quotes or photos to share please contact info@rockitmanagement.com for consideration. All contributors will be credited in the book.

The Bailey Brothers Brief History

TV – Writers & Presenters of MTV’s No. 1 rated TV show for two years running reaching 15 million viewers in Europe.

RADIO – Writers/producers of the “Bailey Brothers Rock Show,” a networked radio show.

JOURNALIST – Helped launch Metal Hammer magazine in the UK and had a double page feature. Wrote for the magazine for six years and were instrumental in making it a success. The Baileys also had their work translated in to the Polish language for the magazine Forbidden Freak and into the German language for the magazine ROCK IT. Writers for top European webzine RockUnited.com, etc.

LIVE – Appeared at most of London’s premier venues: Marquee, Brixton Academy, Lyceum, Astoria, etc. Also elevated to the festival circuit appearing on the bill three years in a row at the Monsters Of Rock with Kiss, Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, and Guns N’ Roses to name but a few. Their band Baileys Comet enjoyed a debut release in Europe and Japan and then went on to tour with former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin fronting the band; signed to Frontiers Records (Whitesnake, Journey, etc.) in Europe had the album they wrote and produced (JUDGMENT DAY) released throughout Europe and also signed to Nippon Crown and had a release in Japan.

THE FUTURE – And to celebrate their 30 years in the business 2011 will see the Brothers begin writing their autobiography, detailing the hardship of growing up in Sheffield, working in the mining industry to becoming the purveyors of the Air Guitar phenomenon and becoming the face of MTV’s Metal Hammer. Find out who they met on this incredible journey and view never before seen photos and get further insight into the bands that they met along the way.

The Bailey Brothers will be going back on air through the digital domains with video and audio podcasts, interviewing bands, and reviewing music. A new website to house news, reviews, and interviews past and present is in the works, and to also begin work on an all-star album featuring many artists collaborating with the Bailey Brothers.

RECENT ACTIVITY – Appeared in the Star newspaper on two consecutive days with a double spread on each occasion ( http://www.thestar.co.uk/lifestyle/features/brothers_in_yarns_1_2970371 ).

“Signing On For The Devil” – Book Publication 2010

Sheffield: metal capital of the ’80s, is a new book featuring the Bailey Brothers which we are on the front cover, alongside Def Leppard, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and many more.

“Take It To The Limit” – Book Publication 2009

The new book chronicling the life of the West Street venue that ran from 1978 to 1991 by author / journalist Neil Anderson. The Book contains exclusive interviews and comments from a host of Sheffield acts / artists including Def Leppard, Human League, Bailey Brothers, and scores more. Released 2010.

“All Pens Blazing” – Book Publication 2009

Ever wondered what it takes to be a heavy metal journalist? In this comprehensive collection, Neil Daniels has interviewed a staggering 65 of the world’s most successful writers of heavy metal and hard rock. Many of these writers are successful biographers, editors and long-standing freelancers which include the Bailey Brothers!

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-Sweden Rock Update

Sweden Rock Festival
June 8-11, Solvesborg

Finnish Heavy Metal From Oz At Sweden Rock Festival This Summer!

Oz were formed in Finland in the late ’70s and between the years 1982 and 1991 they released five albums and the cult single “Turn The Cross Upside Down.” The band were praised by the metal community, but their catchy brand of heavy metal never managed to break through to the mainstream consciousness. And then they met that same destiny that so many of the acts that later would come to get up on the stages at Sweden Rock Festival: the band’s lineup fell apart, problems with the record label arose, and the music scene changed, all while the band would, or could, not evolve. During the renaissance of criminally underrated, genuine heavy metal, that we have seen during the last few years Oz have been discovered by new generations of headbangers; giving classics like “Search Lights,” “Black Candles,” and “Turn The Cross Upside Down” a new lease on life. 2011 sees the band return with the single and video for new the song “Dominator” and the quintet (with classic members Ape De Martini, Jay C Blade, and Mark Ruffneck in the lineup) performing their first gigs since their return.

Angel Witch To Sweden Rock!

One of the prime cult bands of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal will finally debut at SRF! Angel Witch, led by singer/guitarist Kevin Heybourne, released their eponymous debut in 1980. The album was a historical landmark in ominous, diabolical and mystical heavy metal. Shortly thereafter, lineup problems led to the break-up of Angel Witch. However, Kevin Heybourne has revived his “baby” on a(n ir)regular basis, to tour and record the occasional new album. In our time, the computer game “Brütal Legend,” featuring Angel Witch’s signature song “Angel Witch,” has contributed to a whole new generation discovering the band. Now these new fans can cheer along with the old ones as songs like “Angel Witch,” “Angel Of Death,” and “Sorcerers” echo over the domains of SRF.

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 – Queensrÿche – 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 – Black Label Society – 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
Black Label Society
Down
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Queensrÿche
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
Steelheart
The Damned
Buckcherry
Lee Aaron
Gwar
Angel Witch
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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-Z Records News

[Note: This combines several updates. – Tim]

D’ercole ROCK SCAR Out Now!

D’ercole’s all-new studio album ROCK SCAR is out now. Strong songs and great melodies, ROCK SCAR sees a huge leap forward from the band’s 2010 debut. Check it out!

Z Rock 2011 Plans And More

Tickets for Z Rock 2011 are now finally on general sale, and all pre-orders will be sent out this week. A special Hotel discount rate has sorted for those attending details for which can be found at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

The lineup is Daylight Robbery, Sacred Heart, Tara’s Secret, Takara, Mad Max, Arabia, Legion, It Bites.

Tickets are available online at http://www.zrecords.net/ via the online store, from X Records – Bolton, ST Records – Dudley, and the Asylum – Birmingham. Most of the arrangements for the show are now done but if you can help distribute flyers in your area please email info@zrecords.net; any help would be appreciated.

Z Rock 2011 Running Times And Further Details

We are now two months out from Z Rock 2011 and it’s with great pleasure that we are able to reveal the running order for the entire day. Tickets have been ticking over as expected with people travelling from as far away as South Korea, Mexico, and the USA. There are limited discounted hotel rooms available via a special code which you receive when you purchase your tickets via the Z site at http://www.zrecords.net/ . These rooms are available on a first come first served basis and we emphasis these are limited. For details for mail orders call tel: +44 [0]1695 629917 or email rockrockprod@btinternet.com; for credit card orders call TEL 01384 230726.

Once again Marshall amplification have joined us as sponsors and Chris Nelson from Hair Metal Haven / Phoenix Radio will be our official compare.

Now to the day’s schedule…

Door 12 noon

12:45 p.m – 1:15 p.m. Daylight Robbery – The band are a highly melodic English outfit, with a great new album which is currently under production. Essential for FireHouse and Dokken fans.

1:35 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Sacred Heart – The band have a new album underway and return after their appearance at Z Rock 2007.

2:35 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Tara’s Secret – Having already attracted a fair bit of attention over the past few years we thought it was time Tara’s Secret played at Z Rock.

3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Takara – The debut appearance from L.A.’s Takara on UK soil, a must for all to see.

5:05 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. Mad Max – Featuring Michael Voss (Casanova) this will be Mad Max’s first UK appearance in what we think is 25 years!

6:35 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Arabia – It’s nearly 10 years to the day since Arabia’s last UK appearance; a new album is out June 4th but we hope to have copies available at this year’s show!

8:05 p.m. – 9:05 p.m. Legion – The band’s debut live performance, with a critically acclaimed debut and the all-new CODE OF HONOUR being released on April 4th all eyes will be on Legion.

9:40 p.m. – ’til close It Bites – Highly regarded by many as one of England’s best rock acts, It Bites add a different twist to the day’s events. If you haven’t seen them live make sure you do.

SEE YOU ALL THERE!

http://www.zrecords.net/
http://www.z-records.com/
http://www.facebook.com/ZRECORDS.OFFICAL
http://www.myspace.com/z_records

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-Exclusive World Premiere Of New Images Of Eden Song “Crosses In The Sand”

Hardrock Haven is premiering a track from the new Images Of Eden release REBUILDING THE RUINS.

“Crosses In The Sand”
by Images of Eden

Lead singer Gordon Tittsworth: “REBUILDING THE RUINS is a concept CD about gaining wisdom/ strength from our past experiences and overcoming traumatic events in our lives until we learn all that we are here on this Earth to learn. Only then is it time to move on…

“‘Crosses In The Sand’ is the first track off of REBUILDING THE RUINS, which picks up exactly where ‘Midnight’s Tide’ left off (the final track on the previous CD, SUNLIGHT OF THE SPIRIT). The song is (in a broad sense) about forgiving yourself for something in your past that haunts you, specifically from a traumatic decision you may have made that inevitably turned into a huge regret. The song is actually written about something specific, but written in a way to open the door of interpretation to others. The ‘crosses’ that I’m referring are actually metaphors for ‘headstones’ covering our past demons and regrets. Being carved ‘in the sand’ represents the fact they they are not permanent markings, and that we can get beyond them, essentially ‘let the waves wash them away’ until they are completely erased from our memory (or conscience). Essentially, we lay our regrets to rest and ‘bury them in the sand.’ This goes back to the quote on the CD tray card of, ‘There are times when war is absolutely necessary in order to achieve peace, especially if this war is internal. Our wounds will never heal if we cannot bleed.'”

Read Hardrock Haven’s review of REBUILDING THE RUINS:
http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2011/images-of-eden-rebuilding-the-ruins/

Listen to the audio interview with front man Tittsworth as well:
http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2011/gordon-tittsworth-of-images-of-eden-2/

Images Of Eden official:
http://www.imagesofeden.com/

– Derric Miller (Hard Rock Haven)

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-In This Moment To Headline Revolver’s “Hottest Chicks In Metal” Tour

In This Moment have electrified the rock world with their opus A STAR-CROSSED WASTELAND. From climbing into radio’s coveted Top 40 with the single “The Promise” or touring relentlessly alongside KoRn, Disturbed, and Sevendust as part of the Music As A Weapon tour, the band has already kicked off 2011 with a bang. Now they are excited to reveal plans for their first headlining tour of 2011. Revolver Magazine presents “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock: Hell Hath No Fury” tour sponsored by Keep A Breast Foundation featuring In This Moment with support coming from Straight Line Stitch, System Divide, and Sister Sin.

Front woman Maria Brink comments: “In This Moment are extremely happy to team up with Revolver Magazine and Keep A Breast Foundation for the ‘Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock Tour’! It is always an honor to work with Revolver and we are excited to support a worthwhile charity in Keep A Breast Foundation by donating a percent of all CD sales on this tour to the charity. Most of all, we are excited to get back on the road and see all of you! Come out to a show and rock out with us!”

The tour will kick off on April 22nd in Santa Ana, CA, and run through May 15th. During the tour, Maria will be filming exclusive video blogs for Revolver and will be interviewing each of the other front women on this incredible package. In This Moment and Century Media Records will be donating a percentage of all CD sales on this tour to the Keep A Breast Foundation, who will also be launching exclusive charity auctions during the tour.

In This Moment
http://www.myspace.com/inthismoment

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-Alberto Rigoni’s REBIRTH — Release Date Delayed / Live Video Available!

Nightmare Records announces that Alberto Rigoni’s new solo album REBIRTH is going to be released on May 24th (Pushed back from previously stated April 26th) via Sony / RED distribution (North America), Code 7/Plastichead (United Kingdom), Twilight (G.A.S.), and Bertus (Netherlands/Europe).

Meanwhile there is now available a live video footage featuring Alberto Rigoni and John Macaluso (Ark, TNT, ex,Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.) playing “Ontogeny,” a song from the upcoming album. The video has been recorded during John Macaluso’s Italian clinic tour “The Drumming Of Ark” on Sept. 25th 2010.

More news coming soon…

More info about the album:
http://www.albertorigoni.net/alberto_rigoni_rebirth.php

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-Graveyard; Track-By-Track Commentary Available

Classic rockers Graveyard from Gothenburg, Sweden has offered the following track-by-track commentary on the nine songs comprising their new studio album, HISINGEN BLUES. This 100% analog recorded release will be out in Europe on March 25.

Check out the teaser for the upcoming video clip “Hisingen Blues” at this location:

To get a clue of what to expect of Graveyard’s second album, check out the title track + “Ain’t Fit To Live Here” at:
http://www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs
http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial

The exclusive “Hisingen Blues” 7″ picture vinyl limited to 500 copies worldwide is already SOLD OUT!

HISINGEN BLUES – track-by-track

Ain’t Fit To Live Here
“Classic blues riffs, just harder and on speed, and filtered through 30-40 years of rock history. Lyrics — frustration and the feeling that you hate everybody.”

No Good, Mr. Holden
“Introspective lyrics. A doomy and gentle song at the same time. The song melodies really stand out on this one.”

Hisingen Blues
“A fast hard song about living fast and hard. Not your general song structure. Influenced by many different types of music.”

Uncomfortably Numb
“Jokingly, we’ve called it the power ballad of the album. Lyrics speaks for themselves. A touch of southern rock. Suitable for making love to. Maybe.”

Buying Truth (Tack Och Förlåt)
“A bit more modern if you will, but hard and primitive. Get-drunk-and-fight-it-out vibe. Lyrics about nervous, fake, media/music industry people, and other assh*le musicians that haven’t got anything to bring to the table.”

Longing
“Something we’d been jamming on for a long time before we went in to the studio. But it was also very much written in the studio. Don (producer) had a lot of ideas for this one and we had kind help from a couple of friends, also. It’s a nice break with a very different instrumental on the album.”

Ungrateful Are The Dead
“Title explains most of it. It’s not easy being alive. Personal lyrics. A song that we recorded a couple of times but never really were satisfied with until we made this version. Heavy. Maybe the most metal song on the album.”

RSS
“Live fast die. A party song with troublesome lyrics. And unusual backing vocals.”

The Siren
“Slow swamp blues with classic rock outbreaks and a really intense outro. Lyrics deals with a nightmare about Roky Erickson.”

http://www.myspace.com/graveyardsongs

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-Amon Amarth “For Victory Or Death” Worldwide Track Premiere Via Metal Hammer Germany

Today Metal Hammer Germany premieres “For Victory Or Death,” the seventh track off Amon Amarth’s eagerly anticipated new full-length SURTUR RISING. Scheduled for release in the US via Metal Blade on March 29, 2011, the record marks the eighth studio offering from the kings of epic, melodic death metal.

To hear “For Victory Or Death” visit Metal Hammer Germany! On the same site you can find a video of Johan Hegg and Olavi Mikkonen talking about the track.

http://www.metal-hammer.de/Amon_Amarth_Song_Premiere_For_Victory_Or_Death_SURTUR_RISIGN

Check out the SURTUR RISING landing page, where you can find pre-order options, videos, and a stream of “War Of The Gods,” the record’s opening track. Check it out at http://www.surturrising.com/ .

US fans will have 10 SURTUR RISING pre-order options:

· Deluxe Box Set
· Deluxe Box Set + LP
· Deluxe Box Set+ LP + Exclusive Shirt
· Deluxe Box Set+ Exclusive Shirt
· CD/DVD
· CD/DVD + LP
· CD/DVD + LP + Exclusive Shirt
· CD/DVD + Exclusive Shirt
· LP
· LP + Exclusive Shirt

The shirt is a Metal Blade US pre-order exclusive and will be unavailable for purchase after street date.

CD/DVD Digi-pak includes:
· 10 tracks of brand new music
· Multi-panel digi-pak
· 28-page full-color booklet
· DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the “Bloodshed Over Bochum” concert series in 2008

Deluxe CD/DVD Package w/ Surtur Action Figurine Includes:
· Limited collectible Surtur figure (approx 5.5″ tall)
· 10 tracks of new music
· 2 Bonus Tracks: Kiss’ “War Machine” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall”
· 28-page full-color booklet
· Multi-panel digi-pak
· DVD includes over four hours of live concert footage filmed during the “Bloodshed Over Bochum” concert series in 2008

Picture Disc Includes:
· 2-sided SURTUR RISING picture disc
· Die-cut gate-fold sleeve

SURTUR RISING Track Listing:
1. War Of The Gods
2. Töck’s Taunt – Loke’s Treachery Part II
3. Destroyer Of The Universe
4. Slaves Of Fear
5. Live Without Regrets
6. The Last Stand Of Frej
7. For Victory Or Death
8. Wrath Of The Norsemen
9. A Beast Am I
10. Doom Over Dead Man

SURTUR RISING is Amon Amarth’s eighth studio offering in a winding discography that’s helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (“flame land”) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the record was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.

http://www.surturrising.com/
http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth
http://www.amonamarth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/AmonAmarthBand
http://twitter.com/amonamarthband

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-Orphaned Land Give Out FREE Download Of THE NEVER ENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR For Their Arabian Fans!

Israeli prog/metal band Orphaned Land has just posted the following statement regarding the current events in the Arabian world:

“For years I was educated to hate Arabs and learned how much they hate me and my nation, I was sure both Israelis and Arabs, Jews and Muslims will never live in peace. But then something happened, a small movement — the music that taught me more than any teacher, guru, rabbi, sheikh, was my band’s music Orphaned Land. I know that a football fan of Barcelona will never cheer up for Real Madrid, so how can it be that Arab people will follow my Israeli band? It’s simple — the power of music to bring people together, to break walls, even worst enemies can find a mutual song that they love, and right there — it’s a moment where they can find something in common, a door to a dialogue, to understand that we are all one.

“We consider you, our Arabian fans, to be the most brave metal heads in the world, since you re-defined the word ‘underground’ into a new level.

“We know how hard it is to be a metal head in the middle east and we always want you to know that we as pioneers of the Middle Eastern Metal genre, we are trying our best to be your voice too without getting into politics that divide us for ages. I already know that music can bring people together since I see how many fans we have in the Arab world despite the fact we are Israelis.

“I know that all the wars and bullsh*t they put in our heads are just a stupid lie, I know it because we succeeded to break it, and we are not politicians, we are just a heavy metal band.

“We are banned in your countries, not to mention the fact that we cannot play a concert there, this will never stop the power of music and friendship that exists between us — I see you, our fans as a miracle, you give us the inspiration to continue as much and as strong as we can.

“Lately we have decided to make our latest album legally available in your countries — FOR FREE! We hope that you’ll enjoy it and spread the word.

“Our countries’ flags may have different signs and colours but deep in our hearts shines the same flag — the flag of hope, friendship, brotherhood. Don’t you ever forget it — it is our duty as disciples of the sacred oath.

“With love, peace, Salam & Shalom,
“Kobi,
“Orphaned Land.”

You can download the entire album for FREE at the following website.

http://www.metalarmyinternational.com/

If you are lucky to live in a country where you can simply go out to a record store and buy whatever you want, grab your copy of THE NEVER ENDING WAY OF ORWARRIOR and support this fabulous band as they still live up to their message!

Even media outside the metal community meanwhile realizes the importance and relevance of Orphaned Land and The World (US) recently talked to Kobi Farhi. You can listen to the radio feature and read the article here:

http://www.corriere.it/esteri/11_febbraio_15/vigevani-orphaned-land%20_4e777288-391f-11e0-8e8c-58f8c06c30d0.shtml

Also, Italy’s biggest daily paper Corriere della Sera lately reported about Orphaned Land.

Orphaned Land
http://www.orphaned-land.com/

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-One-Eyed Doll’s Inspiring New Track “Water Song” Released To Help The Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Relief Effort

After the devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami that shook the Northern Coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, hard rock duo One-Eyed Doll (OED) is helping those in dire need of the recent tragic events through the power of music. In support of helping the people of Japan, lead vocalist and guitarist Kimberly Freeman posted a new single “Water Song,” for download at http://music.oneeyeddoll.com/track/water-song-tsunami-benefit outreaching to OED’s devoted fans and newcomers to “name your own price.” OED will give 100% of the download proceeds to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort.

“Water Song” was initially planned to be released on Freeman’s upcoming solo project, which is currently being produced by the other half of OED and drummer for the duo, Jason “Junior” Sewell. She wrote the track on stormy summer day in Texas, after massive triple thunderstorms hit the area on June 2, 2010, ironically the date of Freeman’s birthday. The thunderstorms helped Freeman to express some her most intimate and inspiring lyrics that touch on finding inner strength.

“I didn’t write this song about the recent disaster and it wasn’t meant to be released until the next ‘Kimberly Freeman’ album later this year,” the singer explained “… I just thought now would be a good time to release it with positive intentions and the possibility of raising some help and awareness for our Japanese fans.”

In mainstream news, Freeman was recently shot by renowned photographer Matthew Rainwaters for her inside cover and feature for Revolver’s January/February 2011 issue, which named her one of the “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock.” The outtake photos by Rainwaters skyrocketed the magazine’s website traffic since it viral release in December 2010. Freeman will also be featured in Guitar Player Magazine’s April 2011 issue due to her talents as a female in hard rock and her electric guitar playing ability. That same talent, along with Sewell’s strong and creative production skills, caught the attention of legendary producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down, Prince). Massy is now working with the band to produce the next OED project. The new OED album is slated for late 2011.

In other news, OED is taking on their home turf of Austin, Texas this week for 2011 South By South West(SXSW).

Event Recap:

March 17
Bass Invasion
Bass Invasion Compound
419 E. 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
4:00 p.m.
All Ages
No Cover

March 18
Heart Of Texas Rockfest SXSW
Texas Rockfest
207 W. 5th St. and Colorado
Austin, TX 78701
10:30 p.m.
All Ages
No Cover

March 20
J Dub Allstars Sxsunday Throw Down
Headhunters
720 Red River
Austin, TX 78701
11:15 p.m.
21+
No Cover

One-Eyed Doll
http://www.oneyeddoll.com/

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-Of Wrath And Ruin Releases Debut CD

BLACKWOOD, NJ — Apollyon Records is pleased to announce the release of the debut album from Of Wrath And Ruin. CONQUERING OBLIVION is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and other retail outlets. The band has recently performed two shows and is preparing for a larger tour.

Of Wrath And Ruin traces its roots back to 2004, and after several incarnations founders Pat Brose and Joe Brannigan have finally found the right people to meet the needs of the bands unique progressive metal style. During one stint as The Heliand, Pat and Joe met vocalist Laura Tyburski. A deep musical chemistry has evolved between the three as they have worked together over the last several years. The combination of Pat’s death metal vocal style and Laura’s clean vocals is one of the characteristics that make OfWAR special. They feel bands such as Dream Theater, Opeth, Nevermore, Dark Tranquility, Children Of Bodom, and Nightwish have heavily influenced their music.

Pat Brose has been the driving force behind the music, writing and recording almost all of the music single-handedly. In early 2009 producer Steve Childs offered to work with Pat on a full-length album. They had known each other for almost a decade and, having heard many of Pat’s home recordings, Steve was confident that the album would be successful. Pat began tracking all the guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and death metal vocals. Shortly after the recording began, Joe began learning all the rhythm guitar parts from the album. In early 2010, drummer Ryan Welikonich joined the band. At this time, the group decided to include more clean vocals, so they brought Laura into the studio as the new singer.

Steve introduced Of Wrath And Ruin to Apollyon Records in 2010 and the band was quickly signed. OfWAR released their debut album CONQUERING OBLIVION in early 2011. It has only nine tracks, but as is common with progressive metal, each song is its own epic journey. The ultimate result is, as Ryan says, “A one hour long molten slab of metal.”

http://www.ofwrathandruin.com/
http://www.apollyonrecords.com/
info@apollyonrecords.com

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-Lazarus A.D. Unveils Official “The Ultimate Sacrifice” Music Video At Metalsucks.net!

Wisconsin thrash metallers Lazarus A.D. and MetalSucks.net are pleased to debut the brand new official music video for the track “The Ultimate Sacrifice” today! Head to this link to view the new video! The track “The Ultimate Sacrifice” is cut from the band’s recent Metal Blade Records release, BLACK RIVERS FLOW. The album landed at #35 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums chart, and #86 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart. Black Rivers Flow also charted at #90 in Canada on the Hard Music charts.

http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/03/07/exclusive-premiere-lazarus-a-d-s-metalsucks-tastic-video-for-the-ultimate-sacrifice/

MetalInjection.net recently finished posting a series of video blogs chronicling “The Making Of BLACK RIVERS FLOW.” Check out the final installment at this link. The behind the scenes footage for the series was filmed by the band and produced/edited by Clay Cook at Dirty Cheese Design & Development. Check out all of the previous installments at MetalInjection.net.

http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/6328/lazarus-ad-making-of-black-rivers-flow-6—for-the-record

Lazarus A.D. and Bonded by Blood are touring Europe right now!

European Tour
Lazarus A.D.
w/ Bonded By Blood
Mar. 09 – Academy 2, London, UK
Mar. 10 – Area 81, Bristol, UK
Mar. 11 – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes, UK
Mar. 12 – Well, Leeds, UK
Mar. 13 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, UK
Mar. 14 – The Maze, Nottingham, UK
Mar. 15 – Joiners, Southampton, UK
Mar. 16 – Metal Lust @ Brickmakers, Norwich, UK
Mar. 17 – Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany
Mar. 18 – Dynamo, Zürich, Switzerland
Mar. 19 – Modra Vopice, Prague, Czech Republic
Mar. 20 – Orto Bar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar. 21 – 3Raum /Arena, Vienna, Austria
Mar. 22 – Blogs Club, Bologna, Italy
Mar. 23 – Mephisto, Barcelona, Spain
Mar. 24 – Hebe, Madrid, Spain
Mar. 25 – Paris Extreme, Paris, France
Mar. 26 – Santana 27 Black, Bilbao, Spain
Mar. 27 – Porto Rio, Porto, Portugal
Mar. 29 – Headcrash, Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 30 – Merleyn, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Mar. 31 – The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr. 01 – Underground, Cologne, Germany
Apr. 02 – JH Comma, Bruges, Belgium

Here’s what critics are saying about BLACK RIVERS FLOW:

“Lazarus A.D.’s BLACK RIVERS FLOW is meticulously perfect. The guitar solos are reminiscent of Slayer, the riffs remind me of Coroner, Atheist, and Testament, and the precision of the guitar work brings to mind Metallica and Megadeth.” Altsounds.com

“This band is in no danger of suffering from a sophomore slump (the title track is especially wicked).” MetalSucks.net

“The album wraps up with the seven-minute ‘Eternal Vengeance,’ which builds from a mellow vocal introduction reminiscent of James Hetfield’s (Metallica) somber moments to the crunching heaviness that defines the rest of the album. It too is a strong and, in a different way, expansive cut. Lazarus A.D. have taken a big step forward with BLACK RIVERS FLOW and kept the killer instinct intact. No flash in the pan, this is a band to watch in 2011 and beyond.” Blabbermouth.net

http://www.lazarusad.com/
http://www.facebook.com/lazarusad
http://twitter.com/LAZARUSAD
http://www.myspace.com/lazarus1
http://www.metalblade.com/LazarusAD

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-Portrait Reveals Album Art And Track Listing For CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE! Post First Two Songs Online!

Swedish Heavy Metallers Portrait have revealed the track listing and album art for their sensational new album CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE!

CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE is an album transcending the most glorious moments of ’80s Heavy Metal. Portrait are turning something great into something greater — you can only describe this album as the wet dream of any fan of Heavy Metal. CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE is Metal in its purest form — relentless, energy-driven, complex, dark, catchy and. HEAVY!

Comments Portrait guitarist Richard Lagergren: “The eight songs on CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE constitutes Portrait’s by far darkest, hardest, and most intense material to date. This album is an outburst of a long time of targeted hard work, an intense creative process and pure black magic. To Hell and back and to Hell again! To achieve the goals we had for this album, working with someone not being the obvious choice for our type of music proved to be just the right (or if you will, wrong) decision. CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE sounds like Portrait was always meant to. It is hate, and it is love. And in many ways, it is our true debut album.”

Portrait guitarist Christian Lindell about the recordings: “Outside the walls danced the plague that is man its one-way dance, so blindly strutting about the path that leads to its ever-hungry end. Inside the fires burned and the cauldron bubbled, enhancing forever the fierce opus that is CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE. A beastly support was present in the Necromorbus Studio, pointing us in the right directions all the way through those dark days in November. The songs could not have materialized in a more satisfying way than they have on this album. Prepare to get burnt to ash by its fires, swallowed by its darkness, and forever trapped in its boundless abyss, in anguish trying to convince yourself that what you’ve gone through was only music. If this one doesn’t kill you, you’re already dead!”

Track listing CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE:
1. Beast Of Fire
2. Infinite Descension
3. The Wilderness Beyond
4. Bloodbath
5. Darkness Forever
6. The Nightcomers
7. The Passion
8. Der Todesking

Portrait is:
Per Karlsson – vocals
Richard Lagergren – guitars
Christian Lindell – guitars
Joel Pälvärinne – bass
Anders Persson – drums

The relentless, Swedish heavy metal monster known as Portrait spawned in the year 2006 with the intention to bring back the dark energy that once was the cornerstone in many a classic metal release, but was long gone, raped by the hippie-infested power metal and retro- as well as modern “thrash” metal outfits of the day, whose entire existence the band spat whole-heartedly upon, hungry to take back the flag of hate, and then exterminate the entire world.

Listen to the brand new songs “Bloodbath” and “Darkness Forever” at http://www.portraitband.se/ .

CRIMEN LAESAE MAJESTATIS DIVINAE will be released on CD and vinyl May 6/9 via Metal Blade Records in Europe, May 10 in North America.

http://www.portraitband.se/
http://www.myspace.com/portraitmetal
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portrait/67969460585

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-American Speedway’s A BIGGER BOAT Due On April 26

Sophomore Effort Featuring New Guitarist Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty

American Speedway, the beer guzzlin’ punk rock n roll foursome from the Philadelphia area, have completed their sophomore album A BIGGER BOAT. The album will be relased on vinyl and CD on April 26th and distributed through Hostile City Distribution.

For this album, Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty joins the band as the new lead guitarist. McGurty was lead axe for Wench, an all female Metal group who achieved international success with hit songs as “Stone Cold” and “Die Crying,” while touring Europe and the UK in the early ’90s.

American Speedway is most known for topping the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Punk Channel with their hit single “One Foot In, One Foot Out” back in Summer of 2008. The song was within the Top 5 Most Played Songs for five months straight. They also charted on CMJ’s Heavy Rock charts with their single “Ship Of Fools” in November 2008. “Ship Of Fools” was the title track to their debut album released in January 2007.

The band has engaged on tours with The Meatmen, as well as provided main support for The Supersuckers, Mike Watt, and Valient Thorr, just to name a few. They’ll be touring in support of A BIGGER BOAT at the end of March and throughout April.

3/31 – Asheville, NC – The Get Down
4/1 – Charleston, SC – Jimbo’s Rock Lounge
4/2 – Savannah, GA – The Jinx
4/3 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor
4/4 – Boone, NC – Tba
4/5 – Charleston, WV – The Vault
4/6 – Washingston, DC – The Asylum
4/7 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
4/8 – Martinsville, WV – Dub V
4/9 – Lafayette, IN – Jerliee’s Pub
4/10 – Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
4/11 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
4/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Belvedere’s
4/13 – Kent, OH – Euro Gyro
4/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Melody Inn Tavern

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

Music video for “Ship of Fools”:

Websites:
http://www.americanspeedway.net/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Speedway/21704069608
http://www.twitter.com/amerspeedway
http://www.youtube.com/americanspeedway
http://www.myspace.com/americanspeedway

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-Ecliptyka: Making Of A TALE OF DECADENCE Available

Brazilian metallers Ecliptyka posted a series of four webisodes documenting the making of A TALE OF DECADENCE, the band’s debut album. The CD was recorded at Mark Studio and features guest appearances on vocals by Marcelo Carvalho (Hateful) and Danilo Herbert (Mindflow). The artwork was designed by João Duarte (Angra, Andre Matos, Hangar).

You can watch the making of at the following links:

– Part 1 – Drums – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTdBy4mPw0E

– Part 2 – Bass – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMcW5VD1qOA

– Part 3 – Guitars – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gV6H0GyM-c

– Part 4 – Vocals – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_B1Tc9KmFw

Ecliptyka is a heavy metal band that draws its influences from hard rock, death metal, and metalcore. The band’s lineup is formed by Helena Martins (vocals), Guilherme Bollini (guitars, vocals), Hélio Valisc (guitars), Eric Zambonini (bass), and Tiago Catalá (drums).

Metal Brasil – Support the Brazilian metal scene
info@emanuelseagal.com
http://www.myspace.com/metalbrasil

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-Worldwide Tours And Hotly Anticipated Album Pay Off For TesseracT With Golden God Nomination

Following an incredible year conquering globe, TesseracT, the UK pioneers of the blowing up djent movement return home to receive their first Golden God nomination for “Best New Band.” From dazzling America on the Devin Townsend Project tour, India whilst playing with Meshuggah, Europe on the band’s first oversees headline tour, and the home crowd on the sell-out League of Extraordinary Djentlemen tour with Periphery, TesseracT have rapidly become an international metal household name.

Here are a selection of videos to relive some of these moments:

TesseracT in India (January 2011) – at Springfest on band’s second visit to the country. TesseracT were asked back following the success of December shows at the Great India Rock Festival.

TesseracT in the USA (November 2010) – on the Devin Townsend Project Tour

TesseracT in Russia (May 2010) – on the European headline tour

TesseracT in the UK (February 2011) – on the League of Extraordinary Djentlemen tour

TesseracT in Ireland (February 2011) – on the Irish headline tour

Bassist Amos Williams comments:

“For TesseracT to be nominated for the ‘Best New Band’ award at this year’s Golden Gods has come as a major shock to us. We really didn’t expect anything like that at all, especially so early in our career, hell we haven’t even released our debut album yet. Being nominated alongside bands such as The Dammed Things is pretty cool as well… that’s Scott Ian, man! Just to be nominated is an award in itself, anything else will be a bonus. A massive thanks must go out to everyone who has voted for us so far.”

The band’s debut album ONE has become one of the most anticipated releases of 2011 which will be released on March 21st via Century Media.

Vote for TesseracT in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods here:
http://goldengods.metalhammer.co.uk

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-Across Tundras: Album Details Unveiled; American Tour Confirmed

As previously announced, Across Tundras have signed with Neurot Recordings for the release of their newest full-length opus, and we now proudly unveil details on this beautiful display of purely organic atmospheric rock.

The sprawling, seven-song album, entitled SAGE, is now officially confirmed for North American release on May 17th, 2011. Neurot label owner, Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, exposes a bit of insight on the new album: “Lurking somewhere between unearthed, aged, haunted Americana and the psychedelic sludge scraped from the edges of the cosmos, Across Tundras’ new artifact SAGE explores new territory, that while at once, rooted in history, and soaked firmly in the rich soil they cultivate, rises above the arcane to the sound of what will become.” Check out the cover art for SAGE and more at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2293 .

SAGE Track Listing:
1. In The Name Of River Grand
2. Hijo De Desierto
3. Buried Arrows
4. The Book Of Truth
5. Tchulu Junction
6. Mean Season Movin’ On
7. Shunka Sapa

On this album, more than ever before, Across Tundras manage to perfectly capture their heritage through a perfect amalgam of haunting doom tinged Americana and echoes of traditional country blues all bound by heavy waves of psychedelic sludge. Their organic sound is well-honed, marking SAGE as their most fully realized album to date with all their influences and elements flowing cohesively with one another. A utterly original album, broadening the horizons for metal music, taking it into unknown territories and yet still with a warm familiarity we have grown to love about Across Tundras’ music over the years. Echoing our sentiments entirely, Tanner from the band remarked “This is by far the best AT album we’ve done.”

Additionally, Across Tundras have also just confirmed a plethora of American touring activities for the coming weeks as they begin to unveil the material on SAGE to the public. With shows already booked throughout March, April, May and June — and with many more in the planning stages to be announced shortly — this is just the beginning of an extensively active year for the band.

Confirmed Across Tundras Live Actions:
3/22/2011 Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN w/ Hull, Battilus, Mose Giganticus
4/27/2011 Exit/In – Nashville, TN w/ Dax Riggs
5/19/2011 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
5/20/2011 The CoffePot – Roanoke, VA
5/21/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Souvenirs Young America
5/22/2011 So Addictive Lounge – Herndon, VA w/ Admiral Browning
5/23/2011 WMUC Third Rail Radio Show – College Park, MD w/ Admiral Browning
5/24/2011 Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
5/25/2011 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ominous Black
5/26/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Ominous Black
5/27/2011 Elm’s – New Haven, CT w/ Sea of Bones
5/28/2011 The Depot – York, PA
5/29/2011 Badlands – Syracuse, NY
5/30/2011 Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY w/ Sonorous Gale
5/31/2011 Garfield Artworks – Pittsburgh, PA
6/01/2011 Carabar – Columbus, OH w/ Main Street Gospel
6/02/2011 *TBA – Chicago, IL
6/03/2011 Mayday – Cincinatti, OH w/ Beneath Oblivion
6/04/2011 The Green Lantern – Louisville, KY w/ Below, Stampede

Stay tuned for more album updates and for more widespread domestic and overseas touring announcements from the band throughout the year.

http://www.acrosstundras.bigcartel.com
http://www.myspace.com/acrosstundras
http://www.neurotrecordings.com/
http://www.myspace.com/neurotrecordings

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-Terminatryx Update

Unique South African Industrial-Metal Band

The female-fronted Industrial-Metal band Terminatryx (pronounced: “terminaytrix”) is a rare breed of music in South Africa. Established in 2002 with one of its founding members from the Godfathers of S.A. Metal, V.O.D — Voice Of Destruction, they’ve released their self-titled album locally via indie company ENT, as well as a DVD featuring music videos, a short film, and live clips, plus the full classic vampire film “Nosferatu” with their brand new soundtrack. The band has played across South Africa and at Popkomm, Berlin (2006), and supported several European acts like Diary Of Dreams and VNV Nation. (Terminatryx was on the short list to support Rammstein on their recent SA tour, but for technical reasons they performed solo.)

Band Biography – http://www.terminatryx.com/TXbiog.htm

February Terminatryx launched its latest exciting music video, the Horror-laced “Virus” — see the clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDiRabFQXvg (More info in the “Virus” press release below this message.) The song “Midnight” (with a more Gothic slant) can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwPqABV1Vg

The next boundary-stretching Terminatryx release is a full re-mixed version of the self-titled album, including international re-mixers like Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Sheep On Drugs (both UK), Industriezone (Austria), Modern-e-Quartet (Greece), The Awakening (RSA / USA), and local artists like Battery 9, Mr. Sakitumi, Nul, Axxon, and more. All Terminatryx related releases can be found here (with audio samples): http://lnk.ms/F5g72 . Digital download purchases at: http://www.subterania.co.za/index.php?

Terminatryx Facebook picture gallery:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=190790624281009&aid=55551

Unique South African Horror-Laced Music Video / Short Film Combo

“Virus,” the Horror-inspired music video of Cape Town based female-fronted Industrial-Metal band Terminatryx, is in fact a three-pronged project breaking South African boundaries and expectations. Originally in October 2009 a werewolf transformation promo clip was produced by Paul Blom and Sonja Ruppersberg for their South African HorrorFest Film Festival (est. 2005). It was directed by Paul (also a Fangoria contributing writer), stars Sonja (who is the HorrorFest poster girl) and features makeup FX by Clinton Smith.

A woman finds an unmarked envelope on her doorstep containing an old Betamax tape. She digs an old player from her cupboard and views it. A full moon appears on screen — and things get hairy(!)

See the uncensored Terminatryx “Virus” music video here:

Watch the original HorrorFest trailer at:

Catch a teaser of the expanded movie & music video here:

The outcome of this promo clip was very well received, and even “American Werewolf In London” director John Landis was impressed when it was passed on to him. With a very tight shoot of a single night for the original promo clip, some of the prosthetics by world class makeup FX artist Clinton Smith (from Cosmesis) could not be utilized. (Smith has done exceptional work for movies like “The Last House On The Left” remake, “Laconia,” and “Death Race 2”). So, mid-2010 they loaded up and head down the Cape Town east coast to Betty’s Bay, to expand upon this exciting clip. This was transformed into the impacting “Virus” music video for Paul and Sonja’s band Terminatryx, as well as an even more involved short film, “Marked” (featuring soon at: http://www.YouTube.com/FlamedropProductions ).

The bulk of this expanded shoot was done over a single weekend with very little sleep in the middle of the Cape Town winter (with a few pick-up shots in July and October). A grueling shoot had Sonja running around the woods in the cold night, and naked in a freezing mountain pool. The movie was shot on the Canon 5D MKII camera by Marnus Tredoux — camera supplied by Visual Impact / Magus, chosen for its superior quality and user friendly handling — http://www.visuals.tv .

This multi-purpose project is unlike any South African music video, short film, or promo clip, and was produced by Paul and Sonja’s Flamedrop Productions, in cooperation with Cosmesis Advanced Prosthetic Studio, Visual Impact / Magus, Magic Hour Productions, Furry Wood Productions, and Silver Bullet Lighting. Both Terminatryx “Virus” and “Marked” made their debut at the 2010 South African HorrorFest Film Festival over Halloween season, and got the Audience Choice Award, plus Best Special Makeup FX.

Paul and Sonja are currently gearing up for another short film and music video, as well as writing a feature film screenplay. Another audio-visual project they spearhead is The Makabra Ensemble, creating new soundtracks for silent classics silent movies and performing it live to the screen.

Music Credits:

“Virus” performed by Terminatryx:
Music & Lyrics by Paul Blom – copyright 2008 Flamedrop Productions / ENT Entertainment

Movie Credits for “Marked” the short film / S.A. HorrorFest promo clip / Terminatryx “Virus” music video:
Produced by: Paul André Blom, Sonja Ruppersberg, Clinton Smith, Louw Verwoerd
Starring: Sonja Ruppersberg, Paul Blom, Ronnie Belcher, Patrick Davidson
Directed by: Paul André Blom
Special Makeup & Prosthetic FX: Clinton Smith & the Cosmesis team (incl. Ashley, Liesl, Lauren, Gerald, Adrian, Michael, Jenny — full credits at end of the clip)
Director Of Photography & Camera: Marnus Tredoux
1st AD & Location: Louw Verwoerd
Editing / AfterFX / Grading: Leon Visser
Special smoke FX & blood splatter FX: Kevin Bitters
Music by: Terminatryx
Production Coordination: Jenny Verwoerd
Lighting: Silver Bullet
Additional shots: Paul Blom & Leon Visser
Camera Supply: Visual Impact / Magus
Assistants: Tiaan Barnard & Javan Mattei
Stills: Tiaan Barnard, Ronnie Belcher, Olivari Auret, Javan Mattei
(full detailed credits at the end of the movie)

Relevant Links:
http://www.YouTube.com/terminatryx
http://www.YouTube.com/FlamedropProductions
http://www.Terminatryx.com/
http://www.HORRORFEST.info
http://www.COSMESIS.co.za

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-East Of The Wall Announce Recording Plans For New Album

East Of The Wall is extremely excited to announce that they will enter the studio on May 8th to begin work on their next record, THE APOLOGIST. The New Jersey-based technical metal unit will be recording at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York with Andrew Schneider, renowned for his work with Cave In, Pelican, Keelhaul, Unsane, Rosetta, City Of Ships, Made Out Of Babies, and many others.

The tentative track listing for THE APOLOGIST is as follows:

“False Build”
“Naif”
“Linear Failure”
“My Favorite Society Guy”
“Precious Memories”
“The Apologist”
“Running Tab Of Sweetness”
“Horseback Riding In A Bicycle World”
“A Functional Tumor”
“Nurser Of Small Hurts”
“Whiskey Sipper”
“Underachiever”

THE APOLOGIST will be released this fall by Translation Loss Records, as with their acclaimed previous album, 2010’s RESSENTIMENT. East Of The Wall will be supporting the record with extensive touring.

In addition, RESSENTIMENT will be released on vinyl in Europe on March 11th, via Germany’s I.Corrupt.Records. Preorders for American import copies are currently being taken at the band’s official website: http://www.eastofthewall.com/

East Of The Wall upcoming shows:
3/24/2011 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY w/ Meek Is Murder (record release show) and Wizardry
4/02/2011 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ (Jay Sica benefit) w/ Abacinate, The Binary Code, Fit For An Autopsy, Sydbarret, The Ghost In Black And White, many more

Stay tuned for continuous updates on the band’s live actions as well as updates on the upcoming album.

http://www.eastofthewall.com/
http://www.facebook.com/eastofthewall
http://www.translationloss.com/

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-Mediaskare Launches New Subsidiary Label Rite Of Passage Records

Rite Of Passage Records, a new subsidiary of Mediaskare Records, has announced its first three signings: Creations, Float Face Down, and Stand Your Ground. All three will have albums in stores this year through the label.

“Rite Of Passage Records is the perfect model for an independent label like Mediaskare to really develop and nurture up and coming acts that we feel have a long and bright future without exposing them to too much too soon,” commented Mediaskare Records owner Baron Bodnar. “A big problem in the current state of music is that instead of really taking the time to develop bands, labels are throwing them out to the wolves right away and their longevity is dramatically cut short,” he added.

Australian hardcore band Creations will be the first artist to release an album through Rite Of Passage, with their debut THE GOSPEL set to be released this summer. Meanwhile, New Jersey’s Float Face Down and Tennessee’s Stand Your Ground are currently in the studio recording their album, which will see release later this year.

For more info on Rite Of Passage Records and its artists, check out:

http://www.riteofpassagerecords.com/
http://www.myspace.com/creactionshc
http://www.myspace.com/floatfacedown
http://www.myspace.com/standyourgroundhc

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-Park The Van At SXSW 2011

Generationals, Floating Action, Brass Bed, Empress Hotel, Spinto Band, Native America

Park the Van will once again have a strong presence at SXSW 2011 as they bring their killer roster of bands and showcase to one of the premiere Tamale shops in all of the Americas. The official PTV showcase will be on Friday, March 18th at Mi Casa Cantina (503 E. 6th Street). When offered much larger and more suitable locations, Park The Van insisted on keeping it “where the masa means just as much as the music.”

Here’s the lineup…

1 a.m. – Generationals
Midnight – Floating Action
11 p.m. – Native America
10 p.m. – The Spinto Band
9 p.m. – Brass Bed
8 p.m. – Empress Hotel

Per usual, all of the PTV bands will have alot going on in Austin. Here’s a complete run down by band, and be sure to check out the incredible PTV SXSW 2011 commercial.

GENERATIONALS
Weds. March 16 @ Red 7 – Force Field PR / Terrorbird Media Party (3 p.m.)
Thurs. March 17 @ Waterloo Records (instore) (2 p.m.)
Thurs. March 17 @ Cheers – Treehouse party (5:15 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Red House Pizzeria – Music For Listeners Party (3 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ The Eastern (4:55 p.m.) 4:25 load-in
Friday March 18 @ Cedar Street Courtyard – The Orchard showcase (9 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (1 a.m.)
Sat. March 19 @ KUT Cactus Cafe – KUT Radio party (12 p.m.)

FLOATING ACTION
Weds March 16 @ SXSW Convention Center (3 p.m.)
Weds March 16 @ Cheers (7:15 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Cheers – Treehouse SXSW (3 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Red House Pizzeria – Music For Listeners Party (4 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (12 a.m.)

BRASS BED
Weds March 16 @ The Ghost Room – Riot Act showcase @ (1:15)
Weds March 16 @ The Parrish – Good Danny’s showcase. time TBD
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (9 p.m.)

EMPRESS HOTEL
Thurs March 17 @ Skinny’s Ballroom & Radio Station (5 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Hotel Vegas – LA Crawfish Boil Showcase (3 p.m.)
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (8 p.m.)
Saturday March 19 @ Historic Victory Grll – Backbeat NOLA (tbd)

THE SPINTO BAND
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (10 p.m.)

NATIVE AMERICA
Weds. March 16 @ Stanky Possum House (tbd)
Friday March 18 @ Mi Casa Cantina – Park The Van showcase (11 p.m.)

Flyer/Commercial:
http://www.parkthevan.com/sxsw2011/

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-Clamfight Announce Recording Plans; Album To See Release Via The Maple Forum

Philadelphia-area doom quartet Clamfight have signed with The Maple Forum for the release of their upcoming full-length album, which the band are set to begin recording next month.

A crew of childhood friends from the South Jersey/Philadelphia area who have been jamming together in various bands since 1997, Clamfight lay down an incredibly solid assault of doom/sludge with enough rock and roll and thrash influence to keep things upbeat, resulting in some of the most bruising grooves in the tri-state area.

After Clamfight’s debut album, VOLUME I, received endless live coverage and praise throughout all of last year on major heavy rock portal The Obelisk — even earning the site’s #7 spot on the site’s 2010 year-end list — site taskmaster JJ Koczan simply turned around and offered to release the band’s next album via The Maple Forum, the official record label of The Obelisk. This April, Clamfight will be returning to Gradwell House Studios, where they birthed the massive VOLUME I.

Clamfight have shared the stage regionally alongside Pale Divine, Bitchslicer, Hellblock Six, Rukut, A Day Of Pigs, and countless more, as well as national touring acts including Solace, Jucifer, and Iron Man. Their bourbon-soaked rock-bred-sludge is as soulful as it is thunderous, the kind of thing fans of Grand Magus, Beaten Back To Pure, and Crowbar will flock to like free beer.

Stay tuned for more live updates as Clamfight lay down their sophomore release and take their thunder to the road throughout 2011. In the meantime you can stream the band’s entire VOLUME I album for free at their Bandcamp page:

http://clamfight.bandcamp.com/album/volume-i

Also check the band out live in Jersey this Saturday night to witness the band’s on-stage aggression:

Clamfight live:

3/19/2011 Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Negative Sky

“I knew when I first heard it that VOLUME I was going to be my favorite unsigned release of 2010, and it absolutely was. Lethal. F*cking. Groove.” – The Obelisk

“…more than enough groove to break down walls.” – Doommantia

http://clamfight.bandcamp.com
http://www.clamfight.com/
http://mapleforum.bigcartel.com

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-Avantasia’s THE FLYING OPERA – AROUND THE WORLD IN 20 DAYS two-DVD set is due out March 18. The first DVD features live material (in stereo and Dolby 5.1) “recorded during their shows at Wacken Open Air 2008 and Masters Of Rock Festival 2008.” Track list: “Twisted Mind,” “The Scarecrow,” “Another Angel Down,” “Prelude,” “Reach Out For The Light,” “Inside,” “No Return,” “The Story Ain’t Over,” “Shelter From The Rain,” “Lost In Space,” “I Don’t Believe In Your Love,” “Avantasia,” “Serpents In Paradise,” “Promised Land,” “The Toy Master,” “Farewell,” “Sign Of The Cross” / “The Seven Angels” (Medley). The second DVD features a road movie/documentary entitled “Around The World In 20 Days – The Movie” plus the videos for “Lost In Space,” “Carry Me Over,” “Carry Me Over” (making of),” and “Dying For An Angel.” The limited edition version includes two CDs with the concert audio and “any never before seen photos.” See http://www.tobiassammet.com/ for more.

-Backwoods Payback had to drop off a tour with Lo Pan after a March 12 date in Atlanta, Georgia, “due to a serious medical emergency.” The band still plans to release its Small Stone Recordings debut later this spring. See http://www.backwoodspayback.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/backwoodspayback666 for more.

-Check out a new interview with Children Of Bodom vocalist/guitarist Alexi Laiho at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/C6Ce .

-Alice Cooper will release the “OLD SCHOOL” ULTIMATE BOX SET: 1964-1974 in June. The set will include four CDs as follows: CD 1 – demos, rarities, live, and advertisements; CD 2 – demos from MUSCLE OF LOVE, a pre-production of songs from SCHOOL’S OUT, a 1973 live track recorded at Madison Square Garden, and advertisements; CD 3 – spoken word; CD 4 – a live show recorded in St. Louis on the 1971 KILLER tour. A DVD will contain “three never-before-seen features” clocking in at over two hours, and there will be vinyl: “bootleg” audio of a 1971 KILLER show in St. Louis, and a 7″ single featuring the songs “Wonder Whose Lovin’ Her Now” and “Lay Down & Die, Goodbye” from The Nazz. Other box contents include a 64-page, full-color hardcover “yearbook style” book written by rock journalist Lonn Friend and containing many never-before-seen photos, and a gatefold folder holding two tour programs, ticket stubs, a set list, and five prints. The set’s packaging will be a 12″ square “one-of-a-kind SCHOOL’S OUT desk.” The set can be pre-ordered now at AliceCooper.com for $260.00, with an exclusive bonus immediate download of the “Elected” music video.

-Endwell’s PUNISHMENT is due April 26 through Mediaskare Records. The new song “Depression Party” is available at it Facebook profile, http://www.facebook.com/EndwellNYC , and you must “Like” the Endwell page in order to gain access to the stream.

-Gamma Ray has three German dates scheduled for April on the “Skeletons And Majesties” tour:

4/25 – Tivoli, Bremen, Germany
4/26 – Halford, Berlin, Germany
4/28 – Zeche, Bochum, Germany

The show in Bochum will be recorded for a new live CD and DVD. See http://www.gammaray.org/ and http://www.myspace.com/gammaray for more.

-Iced Earth has tapped Into Eternity’s Stu Block to be its new singer, replacing the retiring Matt Barlow. See http://www.icedearth.com/ for more.

-Iron Maiden has a new two-disc compilation FROM FEAR TO ETERNITY: THE BEST OF 1990 – 2010 due out May 20. Track list: CD 1 – “The Wicker Man,” “Holy Smoke,” “El Dorado,” “Paschendale,” “Different World,” “Man On The Edge” (live), “The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg,” “Blood Brothers,” “Rainmaker,” “Sign Of The Cross” (live), “Brave New World,” “Fear Of The Dark” (live). CD 2 – “Be Quick Or Be Dead,” “Tailgunner,” “No More Lies,” “Coming Home,” “The Clansman” (live), “For The Greater Good Of God,” “These Colours Don’t Run,” “Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter,” “Afraid To Shoot Strangers,” “Dance Of Death,” “When The Wild Wind Blows.” The release will also be available as a digital download and on vinyl as a limited edition three-record picture disc set. The band is currently on the road supporting THE FINAL FRONTIER, and had to cancel its Japanese shows due to the recent natural disasters in that country. The upcoming shows in Chile and Argentina will be filmed for a DVD release. See http://www.ironmaiden.com/ for more.

-Check out a new interview with Jag Panzer guitarist Mark Briody at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/C6Cf . The band’s new album THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGHT is out now on SPV. See http://www.jagpanzer.com/ for more.

-Music Buy Mail is currently offering a free copy of their THE POWER OF ROCK – VOL. 2 sampler — featuring “loads of great rock music including some unreleased material!” — to customers with all orders. See http://www.musicbuymail.eu/ , http://www.myspace.com/musicbuymaileu , and http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=838794157 for more.

-Upcoming Stryper tour dates:

3/16 – Trees, Dallas, TX
3/18 – Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN
3/19 – Harpo’s Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI
3/20 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
3/22 – Bourbon Street Ballroom, Baltimore, MD
3/23 – Diesel, Pittsburgh, PA
3/24 – B.B. King’s, New York, NY
3/26 – Showcase Live, Foxborough, MA
3/27 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
3/29 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH
3/30 – The Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY
5/26 – Teatro Estudio Cavaret, Guadalajara, Mexico
5/27 – Expo Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico
5/28 – Escenica Live, Monterrey, Mexico
6/10 – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, Sweden
6/11 – Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
6/13 – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
6/16 – Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
6/17 – Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
6/18 – Bikini, Barcelona, Spain
6/20 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
6/23 – De Uithof, Den Haag, The Netherlands
6/24 – Rock The Nation Festival, Loreley, Germany
6/25 – Rock The Nation Festival, Ferropolis, Germany
7/31 – Ignite Festival, Zion, IL

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

-Sylosis’ EDGE OF THE EARTH (Nuclear Blast) is out now in the UK and EU, and will be released April 19 in the US. Track list for the death/prog/thrash metal album: “Procession,” “Sands Of Time,” “Empyreal,” “Empyreal (Part 2),” “A Serpents Tongue,” “Awakening,” “Kingdom Of Solitude,” “Where The Sky Ends,” “Dystopia,” “Apparitions,” “Altered States Of Consciousness,” “Beyond The Resurrected,” “Eclipsed,” “From The Edge Of The Earth.” See http://www.myspace.com/sylosis for more.

-Tokyo Blade has regrouped as guitarists Andy Boulton and John Wiggins, bassist Andy Wrighton, drummer Steve Pierce, and new singer Nicolaj “Nick” Ruhnow (Domain, Nick Hellfort), and THOUSAND MEN STRONG is due out March 18 on Fastball Music. Track list: “Black Abyss,” “Thousand Men Strong,” “Lunch-Case,” “Forged In Hell’s Fire,” “No Conclusion,” “The Ambush,” “Killing Rays,” “Heading Down The Road,” “Condemned To Fire,” “Night Of The Blade.” The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Anvil, Thin Lizzy, Y&T, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.). Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=33393 . See http://www.tokyoblade.com/ for more.

-U.D.O. will release REV-RAPTOR on May 20 through AFM Records. The first single is called “Leatherhead” and is due out April 8. The single’s track list: “Leatherhead,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldiers,” “Free Or Rebellion” (non-album track), “Run!” (non-album track), “Jingle Balls” (video), “Leatherhead” (video). According to U.D.O.’s website, “Leatherhead” is an “homage to the rock scene, the enthusiastic fans and the inflammatory lifestyle of the scene.” The album was recorded and mixed by guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, and was mastered by Manfred Melchior in MM Sound Digital Studios in Steinhagen. The album cover will featruing another “comic figure,” and 2009’s “Dominator” character “will show up on REV-RAPTOR in a new and even more stunning design and will bring as U.D.O. mascot the necessary attention to all albums from now on.” The band will tour Latin and South America as follows, with trips to Europe and Russia slated for later in the year:

4/30 – Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
5/3 – Auditorio Derrama Magisterial, Lima, Peru
5/4 – Espacio 334, Santiago, Chile
5/6 – Teatro Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/7 – Carioca Club, São Paulo, Brazil
5/8 – TBA, São Luis, Brazil
5/10 – Bolshoi Pub, Goiânia/GO, Brazil

See http://www.udo-online.de/ , http://www.myspace.com/udoonline , http://www.youtube.com/udotubetv , and http://twitter.com/udoonline for more.

-Unisonic has welcomed guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Helloween) into the fold, reteaming him with former Helloween band mate Michael Kiske. The rest of the all-star lineup consists of Mandy Meyer (guitar), Dennis Ward (bass), and Kosta Zafiriou (drums). Hansen will remain a member of Gamma Ray and will not miss any of that band’s touring obligations. Unisonic is currently writing songs for its debut release, due later this year. See http://www.myspace.com/unisonic and http://www.michael-kiske.de/ for more.

-Weedeater’s new “whiskey-soaked” Album JASON… THE DRAGON (Southern Lord) came out March 15. The band has two SXSW-related shows in Austin, Texas, this week and will then resume touring with Zoroaster as follows:

3/17 – Converse & Thrasher’s Death Match @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX (day show)
3/18 – SXSW Metalliance Tour @ Dirty Dog, Austin, TX (night show)
3/19 – Korova, San Antonio, TX – w/ Kvelertak
3/20 – Siberia, New Orleans, LA
3/21 – Newby’s Too, Panama City Beach, FL
3/22 – Orpheum, Tampa, FL
3/23 – Backbooth, Orlando, FL
3/24 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
3/25 – Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC
3/26 – The Jinx, Savannah, GA

See http://www.myspace.com/weedeater for more.

Thanks to Dave Brenner and Metaltix for help gathering some of this information.

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by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Congrats to Alice Cooper and his band for getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Now, as for his upcoming sequel to the decades-old WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE, is this a desperate cash-in or a truly artistic decision? It sounds cool to me, especially since it will apparently hearken back to the original with reprises of musical themes, etc. It’s just odd to do a sequel this many years on, but at least it feels more “right” than, say, Helloween’s 2005 KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS – THE LEGACY, which to me just seemed like they slapped the word “Keeper” on the title to rope in fans of the legendary one-two punch from the ’80s.

-The announcement of NWOBHMers Tokyo Blade’s new album got me going. I have a vinyl copy of 1984’s NIGHT OF THE BLADE and 1989’s NO REMORSE on CD, but I know very little about the band. I looked ’em up on Wikipedia and was surprised to see that not only have they had about 50 guys (okay, *slight* exaggeration…) in and out of the band, but some of the folks have ties to the bands Skin and Johnny Crash. No, this is not exactly front-page news but I always like “discovering” such links between bands.

-Amon Amarth has *ten* configurations of SURTUR RISING for their fans to choose from. Wow. C’mon, is that necessary? I just can’t believe someone beat Kiss to this idea. 🙂 But seriously, although I am not a fan of this band I have to give props — the boxed set and artwork look awesome. Dig around online for some pictures and you’ll see what I mean. If I was 14 I would HAVE to own this.

-Yesterday I saw car with the license plate “Q RYCHE,” and now my boss just walked by whistling Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” The incidents were not connected in any way, but still I felt I must report them.

-So yeah, that Bailey Brothers press release had me scratching my head. I mean, sure, they have quite a resume but I don’t think I’d ever heard of them. How did I miss all that?

-That Unisonic news is huge! I cannot wait to hear more from these guys. Oops, I think I just drooled…

-Anyone care to set me up with a photo pass for the “Hottest Chicks In Metal” Tour? 🙂

-That whole Orphaned Land thing is pretty cool.

-In my current playlist: Bill Leverty – FIRE (SINGLE) (indie), Praying Mantis – METALMORPHOSIS (indie), Tankard – VOL(L)UME 14 (AFM Records), Visions Of Atlantis – DELTA (Napalm Records).

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IMAGES OF EDEN – REBUILDING THE RUINS (B+) Nightmare Records, 2011
11 tracks, RT: 1:13:42
[ http://www.imagesofeden.com/ ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/imagesofeden ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/gtittsworth ]
[ http://www.nightmarerecords.com/ ]
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Album number three from Images Of Eden is a brooding, intense chunk of prog metal played in traditional fashion with a bit of contemporary elements aimed at the engaged and dedicated fan of the style. REBUILDING THE RUINS features material both energetic and contemplative, highlights including the driving opener “Crosses In The Sand,” potent rocker “Human Angels,” edgy “My Stigmata,” and ambitious closer “Sunlight Of The Spirit Part IV.” Well to the fore on the album is vocalist and mastermind Gordon Tittsworth, who delivers spiritually provocative lyrics with strong dynamics and emotion, characteristic of masters such as Geoff Tate and Lance King. The musicianship of guitarist Dennis Mullin, keyboardist L. Dean Harris, and drummer Chris Lucci is solid without being overbearing, and the production fits the ruminative nature of the music. REBUILDING THE RUINS is not a quick and easy experience, as its rather lengthy duration will require some time and attention to fully absorb the subtleties, but there is plenty here for the discerning listener to explore, especially those with an ear for some of the more adventurous aspects of Fates Warning, Queensryche and Pyramaze.
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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