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Issue #586
Week of March 28, 2011
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Patrick Brower, Editor
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-Opening Day tomorrow! Woo-hoo! Let’s hope the Cubs can hit .500 this year. – Tim

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-Iced Earth Leader Chooses New Vocalist, Announces European Leg Of Massive World Tour

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow’s retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded Iced Earth’s management team. But one name kept popping up — Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.

According to Schaffer, Robert Kampf, founder of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

“Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on,” said Schaffer. “We heard one of Stu’s incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, ‘Damn, that dude has serious range.'”

So while Iced Earth’s management team sifted through the growing number of prospective vocalists, Schaffer got in touch with Block.

After several phone conversations with the then-prospective Iced Earth vocalist, Schaffer asked his manager to e-mail Block several key Iced Earth songs, with the vocals stripped. Block went into his studio and recorded himself singing, then sent the files back to the team.

The result landed Block an intense two days at Schaffer’s studio where the two musicians hit it off.

“I felt a lot of chemistry between us, we knocked out a couple of great original pieces of music in no time,” said Schaffer. “He’s very good at coming up with catchy melodies, and will help with lyrical duties as well. There’s no doubt Stu has an amazing vocal range and a lot of energy, but he also has the touring experience, which is a big plus for our plans of performing in all corners of the world.”

In addition, Schaffer said Block has what Iced Earth needs in a front man: “stage presence that includes high energy, passion, and focused rage.”

“Stu is charismatic and understands the depth and varying emotions in Iced Earth’s music,” said Schaffer. “So he will embody not only the emotion of our songs, but he will be able to perform them in a dynamic way. I believe fans are in for some incredible records and live shows in the coming years.”

New Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block concurs: “Iced Earth fans are wonderful, wonderful people,” he said. “The music is so passionate. So they’re passionate, and very loyal to the band. I am, too. I’m a huge fan of Iced Earth myself. So I share that same passion, and I will show it on stage. I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Block continues: “It’s a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, for sure.”

Schaffer is totally stoked. “This is a new beginning,” he said. “It’s game-on time. Iced Earth is going to record and tour like it never has before. The band is really amped-up and ready to hit the ground running in November.”

And to prove it, Iced Earth has released the European leg of a world tour that will take the band to countries it has never previously played. All told, the 2011-2012 Iced Earth world tour will be the largest the band has undertaken since its inception.

Additional dates will be announced on the official Iced Earth web site, as well as on all official social media.

NOTE: Retired Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow will perform with the band on all summer festival dates. New vocalist Stu Block will take over from there, starting with the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.

The band’s long-awaited six-hour, three-concert live DVD FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED is scheduled for release this spring.

http://www.icedearth.com/

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-Symphony X Album Artwork & Track Listings Revealed!

North America’s progressive metal masterminds Symphony X are proud to announce the two artwork versions and track listings for their ninth studio album & Nuclear Blast debut, ICONOCLAST. It will be available in Europe on June 17th and in North America on June 21st.

Illustrator and film concept artist Warren Flanagan (“Watchmen,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “2012”) is the talent behind the album artwork. Here, he shares his creative process on the new album’s artwork:

“The idea was to create imagery that was a little darker in tone to previous Symphony X albums and to represent the overall theme of ICONOCLAST into the artwork. The whole concept came from Mike [Romeo], who had a strong idea of what the cover should represent based off the music. I just ran with it. When the album’s title was decided on, I focused the image based on the meaning of it. I also wanted to use the band’s signature ‘masks’ but present them in a way that connected to the new album.”

Symphony X founder & lead guitarist Michael Romeo has the following to say about Flanagan’s art:

“We worked with Warren on the last CD, PARADISE LOST, and have a good relationship with him. When I talk to Warren about artwork ideas, a lot of times we end up making comparisons to films and movies. With the new CD, ICONOCLAST, the music and lyrics have a darker mechanical/technological theme, and I remember us talking about scenes from films like ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Terminator.’ From there, we sent him some song titles and lyrics (songs like ‘Dehumanized,’ ‘Bastards Of The Machine,’ ‘Electric Messiah’) and just let Warren run with the ball. He has a great imagination and style, and he totally gets what we are trying to convey with the music.”

The track listing for the jewel-cased version of ICONOCLAST is:

1. Iconoclast
2. The End Of Innocence
3. Dehumanized
4. Bastards Of The Machine
5. Heretic
6. Children Of A Faceless God
7. Electric Messiah
8. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
9. When All Is Lost

The track listing for the 2-CD Special Edition digi-pak version of ICONOCLAST is:

CD 1:
1. Iconoclast
2. The End Of Innocence
3. Dehumanized
4. Bastards Of The Machine
5. Heretic
6. Children Of A Faceless God
7. When All Is Lost

CD 2:
1. Electric Messiah
2. Prometheus (I Am Alive)
3. Light Up The Night
4. The Lords Of Chaos
5. Reign In Madness

Symphony X are currently on the Power Of Metal tour in Europe with Nevermore and will hit North America in April. View all upcoming Symphony X tour dates here:

http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/label/music/band/tourdates/71100.symphony-x.html

http://www.symphonyx.com/

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-Manowar & Magic Circle Music Partner With D.A.S. Audio S.A., Masters In Sound Reproduction, At World’s Biggest Music Fair!

Manowar & Magic Circle Music are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with D.A.S. Audio S.A.

Joey DeMaio said that “This union was brought about because of their mutual desire to set new standards in live sound reproduction proving that live music can be both ‘louder than hell’ and crystal clear.”

D.A.S. Audio S.A. was founded in Valencia/Spain in the early ’70s by design engineer and innovator Juan Alberola and has since become a leader in sound reinforcement, with a global presence and distribution centers in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The BATTLE HYMNS 2011 tour marks the beginning of this collaboration in which Manowar will be playing exclusively with D.A.S. Audio’s Aero Series 2 line array systems.

“This is the most amazing PA system I have ever used. The company’s commitment to excellence is second to none.” said Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio after playing with an especially imported D.A.S. Audio PA in Cleveland, OH.

The partners share the determination to deliver an uncompromised crystal clear in-concert sound at any volume.

D.A.S. Audio S.A. will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their company at Musikmesse Frankfurt.

Trade and public visitors are invited to visit D.A.S. Audio at Musikmesse Frankfurt/Germany, Hall 8.0 booth H56.

Musikmesse Frankfurt is the biggest fair for musical instruments, live music and the music business.

Trade visitor days: April 6 – April 8, 2011 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

Public visitor day: April 9, 2011 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

http://musik.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/willkommen/erleben.html

About D.A.S. Audio S.A.:

After almost 40 years of intense activity in the world of audio, D.A.S. has acquired a valuable know-how in the development and manufacture of sound reinforcement systems. Recognized around the world for its quality products and customer-oriented service, the company’s highly qualified staff is dedicated to designing and building an extensive lineup of products used wherever reliability and sound quality are required. The company headquarters is located in Valencia, Spain and occupies approximately 24,000 square meters (260,000 square feet) in Spain’s largest industrial park, the second largest in Europe.

D.A.S. has an extended network of dedicated distributors across the globe. They are actively supported by regional sales and distribution centers located Singapore and the Miami, Florida, providing clients with the rapid response needed in today’s demanding market. Exceptional customer support, both before and after the sale, on-site technical training seminars and long-lasting business relationships are just a few of the reasons that have made D.A.S. above all, the professional’s choice.

D.A.S. Audio is committed to innovation and the development of high-quality products. The R&D department employs highly qualified professionals and state-of-the-art technology allowing the company to undertake ambitious projects and compete with the best. D.A.S. has secured its position as a market leader in the sound reinforcement industry while continuing to establish itself worldwide and develop new products that satisfy the requirements of an ever-changing market.

For more information go to http://www.dasaudio.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/pages/DAS-Audio/109142086128 .

Upcoming Manowar tour dates worldwide:

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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-Z Records News

[Note: This compiles multiple updates. – Tim]

Z Rock 2011 Looms Closer With A Special Paul Sabu Offer

As the Z Rock 2011 date of May 15th looms closer and closer we’ve been receiving many mails concerning the awesome signing of Paul Sabu to Z Records. His contract also includes his exclusive UK appearance at Z Rock 2012. Check out Paul’s message to fans which plays on entry at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

To thank those whom have supported our efforts over the years we will be awarding all whom purchased a ticket in advance for 2011 a special 15% discount period and first option on tickets for our 2012 show. To qualify all you need to do is to purchase your ticket for this year’s event before noon on May 14th at http://zrecords.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1928536 via PayPal, via phone 01384 230726 / 01695 629917, or in person at ST Records Duldey and X Records Bolton.

Arabia Artwork Revealed

Arabia’s all-new album WELCOME TO THE FREAKSHOW will be released on June 4th. We are pleased to be able to preview the artwork which was created by The Digital Dictators. Go to http://www.zrecords.net/ to view.

Legion’s Vince O’Regan Hits The Airwaves This Saturday

Legon’s Vince O’Regan will be appearing live on Chris Nelson’s “Hair Metal Haven” to talk about their new album CODE OF HONOUR, which is released April 4th, and the band’s debut live appearance at Z Rock 2011 on May 15th. Tune in between 5 – 7 p.m. GMT [noon – 2 p.m. EST] at http://www.phoenixradio.co.uk . The band’s all-new album can be purchased for just £8 until midnight March 31st at http://zrecords.webs.coM/apps/webstore/products/show/2108524 .

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

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

Seventh Wonder Seek New Drummer & Announce Headline Show At ProgPower Europe 2011

Leading Swedish progressive metallers Seventh Wonder are looking for a new drummer preferably based in Sweden — all applicants should contact: drummer@seventhwonder.nu

The band’s current release THE GREAT ESCAPE has seen universally excellent praise from press and fans worldwide and the video for “Alley Cat” has now had over 120,000 hits at YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sRDa-xTfwg

In addition Seventh Wonder are proud to confirm they will headline the ProgPower Europe 2011 festival on Friday September 30. Bassist Andreas Blomqvist is currently working in US and will unfournately be unable to make this show. His replacement will be Johan Larsson, a good friend of the band and also the guy who did the artwork for THE GREAT ESCAPE and the “Alley Cat” video.

Official Links
http://www.seventhwonder.nu
http://www.myspace.com/officialsw

Day Six Live In The UK This Week!

Dutch progressive metallers Day Six fresh from some support slots to Threshold in Europe hit the UK this week for some selected headline shows and an appearance at the Fused Festival.

Day Six UK-tour 2011

Mar 31st 2011 London The Dublin Castle UK
Apr 1st 2011 Canning Town, London Bridgehouse II UK
Apr 3rd 2011 Lydney Fused Festival UK ( http://www.fusedfestival.com/ )

The band’s current release THE GRAND DESIGN was released in June 2010 on Lion Music.

Official Links
http://www.day-six.com/
http://www.myspace.com/daysixweb

Sun Caged – THE LOTUS EFFECT To Be Released 17th June 2011

Dutch progressive metallers Sun Caged see their highly anticipated third album THE LOTUS EFFECT set for release on 17th June 2011 on Lion Music.

Those who try to describe Sun Caged’s music will find this task to be considerable. Influences range from progressive metal to fusion and jazz, and atmospheric and ambient jaunts. The band’s progressive blend is going to excite lots of listeners because of its diversity and excitement with THE LOTUS EFFECT serving up the most potent examples of the band’s sound yet.

One full track from the forthcoming album, the 10-minute “Pareidolized (The Ocean In The Shell)” can be heard now at the band’s MySpace page – http://www.myspace.com/suncaged

Official Links
http://www.suncaged.com/
http://www.myspace.com/suncaged

Pre-Orders Now Being Taken For Lars Eric Mattsson’s AURORA BOREALIS

Pre-orders for Lars Eric Mattsson’s forthcoming instrumental masterpiece AURORA BOREALIS – CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA & ELECTRIC GUITAR (released 15th April 2011) are now be taken at the Lion Music store.

Direct link – http://www.lionmusic.com/shop/M/Mattsson.htm

This new wholly instrumental 12-track release takes a fresh approach to the blend of guitar and orchestra for a musical experience as uplifting as seeing the wonder of the northern lights, from which the album gets its title. Whilst the combination of orchestra and guitar may have been done before by amongst others one of Mattsson’s influences Uli Jon Roth; AURORA BOREALIS takes the range of sound and expressions further that what has been heard before and places as much emphasis on each tracks backing as with its guitar work. The result is a highly captivating and listenable experience. Lush in textures and timbres, AURORA BOREALIS comes across at times like a film score; sometimes fast and exotic whilst at others sweet and luxurious. Many moods are covered and all of which see Mattsson deliver impassioned guitar work in his own inimitable style.

Also visit Lars’ newly redesigned official website at http://www.larsericmattsson.com/ .

Lion Music Links

OFFICIAL LABEL WEBSITE
http://www.lionmusic.com/

LION MUSIC WEBSTORE
http://www.lionmusic.com/ShopSelect.htm

SOCIAL NETWORK SITES
http://www.facebook.com/LionMusicRecordLabel
http://www.youtube.com/lionmusicfinland
http://www.myspace.com/lionmusiclabel
http://www.twitter.com/LionMusic

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-In Flames Sign To Century Media!

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of In Flames. “We are very happy to make In Flames part of the Century Media Family. The band has a very loyal international fan base and has found a partner with an international set up,” says Antje Lange, Century Media Records.

“This is number 10… Album number 10!!!!! That we even made it this far, that is amazing. Then, to deliver the album of our career, that is something else… It’s fast, slow, heavy, and mellow. It’s happy, sad, angry, and calm. SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING is everything we ever done on crack (it’s a metaphor boys and girls), it’s cask strength whisky when it’s THAT perfect moment. Use and abuse!!!!!

“By the way, we are happy to be in bed with Century Media. They know the business, we know the music, a perfect match. What can possibly go wrong… ha, ha, ha!!!!!!” – Anders Fridén/In Flames

In Flames was founded 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish Metal bands since the release of their breakthrough album THE JESTER RACE in 1996. Like many of the predecessors, their last album A SENSE OF PURPOSE (2008) charted all over the world including the band’s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28. Other notable chart entries: Sweden #1, European Billboard top 100 #7, Canada Billboard top 200 # 7, Germany #6, UK (top 200) #54, Finland #3, Japan #14, and Norway# 17. A SENSE OF PURPOSE was at the time of release the seventh most-sold album in the whole of Europe.

In September 2010 In Flames once again entered their own IF Studios together with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo to start the recording of the new album. The album SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING is planned for a June 2011 release. Around that time, In Flames will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival US tour in July and a European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.

Expect nothing but the maximum when one of biggest metal bands teams up with one of biggest worldwide metal labels.

http://www.inflames.com/

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-Death Angel To Release New Documentary In 2012!

Bay Area thrash legends Death Angel will release their brand new DVD entitled DEATH ANGEL: A THRASHUMENTARY in the Spring of 2012. See a special 12-minute trailer at this year’s Heavy Metal Film Festival, to take place in Los Angeles on March 31st through April 2nd 2011.

DEATH ANGEL: A THRASHUMENTARY is a combination live video and documentary, all wrapped up in one thrashing DVD. The footage was directed by Tommy Jones (Soilwork, Kataklysm) and mixed by Chris Clancy of The Studio. The film gives the viewer an in-depth look into one of the longest running thrash acts out of the San Francisco Bay Area, an area known for turning out historic thrash bands such as Metallica, Testament, and Exodus.

With the band surviving a span of 30 years of activity, and nearly 25 years since the release of the classic album THE ULTRA-VIOLENCE, now was the time to tell the story. Filmed on the “Relentless Retribution” world tour, the film shows the bands energetic live performance, cut with documentary style interview footage. “Fly-on-the-wall” filming of the band talking about their career and footage of the band on the road, give the viewer a personal connection to what is known as the mighty Death Angel.

http://deathangel.us/

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-Nuclear Blast Says “Thank You” To Fans On Facebook

The Nuclear Blast family on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/nuclearblasteurope and http://www.facebook.com/nuclearblastusa ) keeps growing immensly! This is why we want to say thank you by offering a FREE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD SAMPLER for all our fans on Facebook!

If you are registered at Facebook, just go to our page and “like” it — and become our new family member. Afterwards you’ll find the link for the sampler download.

Besides, you are able to hear about the news concerning all our bands first in your news feed. Please let your friends know about this, too, just “share” our page on your profile and help the family grow!

If you are not registered, you may of course go to our Facebook page and stay up to date concerning all our bands, as well (you can read all news without logging in)!

THANK YOU ALL!

http://www.nuclearblast.de/
http://www.youtube.com/user/NuclearBlastEurope
http://www.myspace.com/nuclearblasteurope
http://www.facebook.com/nuclearblasteurope
http://www.facebook.com/nuclearblastusa

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-Napalm Records News

Nemesea: New To Napalm

Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the Dutch gothic rock band Nemesea has joined its ranks. The band revolving around front lady Manda signed a worldwide recording deal with the Austrian label and is currently working on new songs. The new album will hit the streets in the summer of 2011!

“Teaming up with Napalm Records is something we have been looking forward to for quite some time now. We’ve been working really hard on our new album and are very excited that Napalm has taken us under its wings. A great record company that believes in Nemesea! There’s a lot of emotion on this album, as well as power and anxiety. The upcoming album is filled with strong and powerful songs, as well as beautiful fragile ballads. We are confident that Napalm Records will bring the music where it belongs.”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nemesea/11496289849
http://www.myspace.com/nemeseaband
http://www.nemesea.com/

Midnattsol: Video Update

Midnattsol present their fans with a video update on their upcoming album and live dates. Make sure to check out the clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thYlb5D_r_Y ! THE METAMORPHOSIS MELODY will be released in North America on May 3rd.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midnattsol_Official/107772609265831
http://www.myspace.com/midnattsolfolk
http://www.midnattsol.com/

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

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-The Iron Maidens Make South American Music History And Set New Ticket Sales Record

The Iron Maidens, the World’s Only Female Tribute to the legendary band Iron Maiden, recently returned from their South American debut tour where they not only helped break ticket sales records but made music history as well. Selling 6,000 tickets in the first 12 hours for the Gillmanfest-Barquismetal 2011 Venezuelan Festival they beat out previous ticket sales title holders Metallica who held the record at 5,000 tickets sold in two days. The Iron Maidens also made music history by being the first and only all-female metal band to perform on Venezuelan soil. Twice during The Iron Maidens’ performance festival promoters stopped their set because the crowd of 40,000+ concert goers broke through the security lines. Finishing off the festival night, The Iron Maidens joined former Judas Priest/Iced Earth and Yngwie front man, Tim “Ripper” Owens, on stage for two songs, “Breaking The Law” and “Flight Of Icarus.”

Formed in 2001, these five women — Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg, Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald, Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz, Elizabeth “Devina Murray” Schall, and Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox — comprise excellent musicianship with an elaborate stage show with effects and appearances from Iron Maiden mascot, “Eddie,” and other theatrical characters that have gained the band national and international recognition. This female musical force has the energy and chemistry reminiscent of Iron Maiden itself.

Catch them live:

Friday – April 1, 2011 at Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA

Friday – April 8, 2011 at Brixton, Redondo Beach, CA (Those holding ticket stubs from the cancelled Paul Di’Anno Jan 2, 2011 Dive show will get in FREE.)

Saturday – April 16, 2011 at Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA

Saturday – April 23, 2011 at Arizona Tribute Festival, Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, Friday & Saturday – April 28, 29, 30 2011 at Pioneer Hotel and Casino – Laughlin River Run, Laughlin, NV

Friday, May 6, 2011 at Arcata Theatre, Arcata, CA

Visit http://www.theironmaidens.com/ for more info, audio and video samples.

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-“The Rogue’s Gallery” Prog Rock Radio Show To Host Lisa LaRue 2KX CD Listening Party April 2nd

~ CD now available to pre-order through Rock Tunz ~

MUSKOGEE, OK — On Saturday, April 2nd, “The Rogue’s Gallery” prog rock radio show will debut in its entirety the Lisa LaRue 2KX CD FAST AND BLUE CD. The show is hosted by Frans Keylard and is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. “The Rogue’s Gallery” will also feature interviews with FAST AND BLUE musicians Lisa LaRue, John Payne (vocals, bass), and Don Schiff (N/S Stick) along with a pre-recorded message from cellist Michael Alvarez. Friends and fans can tune in at http://www.thedividingline.com/rg and can also chat online throughout the duration of the show.

FAST AND BLUE will be released exclusively on March 31st for one month at Rock Tunz web store. The title will be released in a jewel pack along with both a DVD and magazine each sold separately. There will also be a very special limited edition (50 copies) of the entire package sold for $25.95. Pre-orders can be placed directly at http://tinyurl.com/4z7n8hv . After that, the CD will be available at http://www.lisalaruemusic.com/ and at other retailers worldwide, distributed through Nightmare Records Distribution.

The core 2KX band consists of:
Lisa LaRue – keyboards
Steve Adams (ARZ) – guitars/bass
Merrilll Hale (ARZ) – drums
John Payne (Asia Featuring John Payne) – vocals, bass

Special guests on the CD include:
Michael Sadler (Saga) – vocals
Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard, GPS) – keyboards
Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane, Erik Norlander, Tappestry) – NS/stick
Mitch Perry (Asia Featuring John Payne, Cher, Aerosmith, Michael Schenker, Edgar Winter) – guitar
Maxi Nil (Visions Of Atlantis) – vocals
Michael Alvarez (Bass Clef Experiment) – cello

The FAST AND BLUE CD will contain seven tracks:
1. Mystery Of The Rose (1:14)
2. Prometheus (18:53)
3. Tryptych (4:55)
4. Jam Jehan Nima (13:30)
5. Lament Of The Cherokee/Ruins Of Home (7:40)
6. Fast and Blue (5:12)
7. Recurring Dream (7:26)

FAST AND BLUE is co-produced by Lisa LaRue and Steve Adams with John Payne.

The FAST AND BLUE DVD will contain:
• The making of FAST AND BLUE with special appearances by Ryo, Michael, Don, John, Steve, and Lisa
• “Fast And Blue” – the single video
• “Recurring Dream” video (this video will not be available on YouTube)
• “Prometheus” video (this video will not be available on YouTube and will contain portions of Thomas Edison’s “Frankenstein 1910,” the first film made of Mary Shelley’s book “Frankenstein: The Modern Day Prometheus”)

The FAST AND BLUE magazine features include:
• 8.5″ x 11″ dimensions
• 24 pages
• An intro to the album
• One page with beautiful artwork devoted to each song
• A narrative about each song’s place in the overall theme of the album
• A crayon drawing by actor Brad Pitt done in the first grade at Horace Mann Elementary School where he and Lisa LaRue were classmates
• A full page bio with photos of each band member
• Full-page official publicity photos
• A scrapbook collage of band members and special guests taken during the making of FAST AND BLUE
• Two pages specially devoted to the CD and DVD storage

“FAST AND BLUE is about how life can change so quickly, but yet this life we live may be but one of many we live throughout one long soul life,” says LaRue. “The esoteric mysteries of the Knight’s Templar, the Holy Grail, and even my own indigenous culture all tie together in a big musical story. Many of us involved in the project have a deep interest in the many facets of this story, including Steve Adams’ CD SOLOMON’S KEY and John Payne’s continuing work on a Dan Brown-related theme.”

The Rogue’s Gallery
http://www.thedividingline.com/rg

Official Lisa LaRue 2KX Web Site
http://www.lisalaruemusic.com/

Lisa LaRue 2KX Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-LaRues-2KX/150370058320003

Rock Tunz
http://www.rocktunz.com/

Pre-order URL:
http://tinyurl.com/4z7n8hv

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-Onslaught And Suidakra On “Screaming For Violence” Tour In Europe

At the end of March two bands will hit the road to come through Europe with their best of Metal. Onslaught and Suidakra are the Thrash and Celtic Metal duo which comes together.

Formed as a Punk band in the early ’80s Onslaught gradually transforms into Britain’s finest Thrash Metal band. In 2010 a new chapter is about to come, the band signs with AFM records from Germany to release their fifth studio album SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE. Nige Rockett comments: “It’s extremely violent and back to our roots in many ways, but also sounding very contemporary in its entirety.” For more info and a taste of their new album have a look at:

http://www.myspace.com/onslaughtuk

As support Suidakra consorts with Onslaught! They became successful not only in Germany but also in international music business. Beside numerous shows in Europe, USA, North America, and Russia Suidakra also played some shows in China in 2009. On the 25th of March BOOK OF DOWTH will be published. Watch the brand new video “Dowth 2059” here:

http://www.suidakra.com/

Two great bands with two new albums will make this show to a grandiose metal experience. Don’t miss it when the Thrash and Death Celtic Metal duo calls on you to attend their “Scream Of Violence” Tour 2011!

Tour dates:

Onslaught (Suidakra)

31.03.2011 GER Hamburg Markthalle
01.04.2011 DEN Arhus Metal Royale
02.04.2011 SWE Göteborg Parken
03.04.2011 SWE Stockholm Klubben
06.04.2011 FIN Turku Klubi
07.04.2011 FIN Helsinki Dom
08.04.2011 FIN Salo Monkey
09.04.2011 LIT Tallin Club Tapper
10.04.2011 LAT Riga Melna Piektdiena
11.04.2011 LTU Vilnius Club New York
13.04.2011 POL Katowice Megaclub
14.04.2011 CZE Prag Exit
15.04.2011 AUT Wien Escape Metalcorner
16.04.2011 GER München Backstage
17.04.2011 SWI Pratteln Z7
19.04.2011 GER Darmstadt Steinbruch-Theater
20.04.2011 GER Osnabrück Bastard Club
21.04.2011 GER Essen Turock
22.04.2011 BEL Vosselar Biebob

For tickets have a look at:
http://www.metaltix.com/

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-Photojournalist Phil McAuliffe Presents “35 Years Of Views From The Concert Stage”

TRENTON, NJ — A song may capture an artist’s soul in aural form, but a photograph can tell the story of an artist — the passion, the energy — without a sound.

Photojournalist Phil McAuliffe, whose exhibit “See The Music – 35 Years Of Views From The Concert Stage 1976 To 2011” will be featured at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial on April 9, has become an expert on the subject.

Starting as a hobby in the 1970s, McAuliffe would arm himself with a camera everywhere he went. These were the days before cameras at concerts became contraband, and McAuliffe fed his addiction to photography by documenting all the live shows he attended.

“As I got published in local newspapers, I was on my way to a career as a photojournalist and music, of all kinds, was always a love and continues to be a favorite subject,” McAuliffe said. “This is my contribution to a visual record of some of the legendary, as well as not so well known artists, to leave their mark, to meet the face behind the song.”

In addition to musical acts, McAuliffe has covered major stories such as 9/11 and its aftermath, Hurricane Katrina, the Space Shuttle, and Presidential politics. In 1999, while photographing refugees from the war in Kosovo being sheltered at Ft. Dix, he made two trips to Kosovo that resulted in the reunification of two families who had members separated during the war. His images have appeared globally in such publications as Newsweek, Time, People, US News & World Report, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Stern (Germany), Guardian, and Daily Mail (UK).

McAuliffe is based in central New Jersey. He has been employed locally by the Princeton Packet for 14 years and since 2005 has been represented by the international news photo agency Polaris Images in New York.

“See The Music – 35 Years Of Views From The Concert Stage 1976 To 2011” will be presented in conjunction with the Blues in Disguise show. Tickets for this two-set performance, photo show and Blues Buffet are just $25.00.

A 10% military discount is available (Box office only, must show ID). Tickets are available by calling The Patriots Theater Box Office at (609) 984-8400 or (800) 955-5566, or online at thewarmemorial.com or tickets.com.

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial is located at 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Parking is always free and directions can be found at the Patriot’s Theater website ( http://www.thewarmemorial.com/ ).

Presented by MEConcerts.com and TrentonBlues.biz.

http://www.meconcerts.com/
http://www.thewarmemorial.com/

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-Argus: Details On New Album Confirmed

Italian heavy metal label Cruz Del Sur Music confirms May 3, 2011 as the official release date for the sophomore album from Pennsylvania-based Argus! Entitled BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED, this is the first release from Argus via Cruz Del Sur. View the album’s cover art and more at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2347 .

BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED Track Listing:
1. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium
2. A Curse On The World
3. Wolves Of Dusk
4. The Ladder
5. Durendal
6. 42-7-29
7. Boldly Stride The Doomed
8. Fading Silver Light
9. Pieces Of Your Smile
10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros

Argus stormed onto the underground metal scene with their twin guitar-driven, doom-tinged, working class metal sound with a self-recorded demo in early 2007, on John Brenner’s (Revelation/Against The Nature) DIY label, Bland Hand Records. The band was roundly welcomed by the metal community at home as well as abroad and established its foundation amongst friends/fans within the scene. With this initial momentum, the band created a buzz that was only solidified by their punishing live performances. Their self-titled debut album was released on Shadow Kingdom Records in 2009 receiving praise from media outlets worldwide. The band continued to gain notoriety attracting like-minded fans world-wide who celebrate the genre and its core values of: hard work, discipline and integrity.

Featuring the powerful voice of former Penance vocalist Butch Balich, Argus prepares to cement themselves within the metal archives with their sophomore effort, BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED!

http://www.myspace.com/theargus
http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/cruzdelsurmusic

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-Csaba Zvekan Signs With Rock N Growl Promotion In Germany

Csaba Zvekan (ex -Killing Machine, Emergency, Sardonyx, Warpdrive) has signed a managment deal with Rock N Growl Promotion, Germany. A new melodic metal project is on the way. The lineup will be announced soon.

Csaba: “Signing with Rock N Growl starts a new chapter for us and opens up new opportunities. I am excited and really looking forward to work with these guys.”

Axel (Rock N Growl): “Great to have the outstanding metal vocalist Csaba Zvekan in our roster now! Watch out for the new melodic metal project.”

About Csaba Zvekan:
Csaba Zvekan is a musician and founder of the band Sardonyx, Emergency, and Warpdrive and was the singer for Killing Machine (2008-2011). Csaba Zvekan also played and/or recorded with members of Kiss, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Anthrax, Great White, Steve Vai, and The Black Crowes among others.

Check:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Csaba-Zvekan/43185219525
http://www.myspace.com/csabazvekan
http://www.rockngrowl.com/
http://www.trendxl.de/

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-ESP Guitars Japan Unveils Limited Edition Eternal Descent Guitar Range

Musikmesse In Germany, Kapow! Comic Con In London To Feature Simultaneous Unveilings

LONDON, UK — On April 9th and 10th, ESP Guitars Japan will simultaneously unveil a range of three Eternal Descent guitars at two high-profile events — Musikmesse in Germany and Kapow! Comic Con in London. The three guitar models are strictly limited to 50 of each design and are inspired by three major characters in the Eternal Descent comic book series: Lyra – a volatile succubus; Loki – a twisted demon; and Sirian – a fallen angel. Photos and specifications for the Eternal Descent range are available at http://www.eternaldescent.com/phantom/edrange.jpg .

Eternal Descent is a comic book and music series unlike any other, a cross-genre story that blends elements of fantasy, action, music, superhero, gothic, science fiction, supernatural, and other elements into an ongoing saga.

Llexi Leon is the creator of multimedia concept Eternal Descent — which 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, electronic, and ambient genres to the more prominent genres of rock and metal. Fusing these genres into one, Leon created a cinematic fantasia to accompany the ongoing Eternal Descent comic series, which launched March 2010 from IDW Publishing. Leon’s love of music is only matched by his passion for comic books and animation — bringing stories to life through escapism, utilizing everyday events and a vivid imagination to create ongoing sagas of art, narrative, and sound. Working closely with major names in the music and comic industries, Eternal Descent continues to expand globally in both areas. A slate of 2011 releases include comics, interactive media, novels, music, and signature musical instruments. Headline recording artists Atreyu, Firewind, Shadows Fall, Static X, and more, have appeared in the Eternal Descent comic series so far, with many set to collaborate on the new album.

Eternal Descent web sites:
http://www.eternaldescent.com/
http://www.facebook.com/eternaldescent
http://twitter.com/LlexiLeon

ESP Japan web sites:
http://www.espguitars.co.jp
http://twitter.com/ESPGuitarsJP

Musikmesse web site:
http://www.musikmesse.com/

Kapow! web sites:
http://www.kapowcomiccon.com/
http://twitter.com/KapowComicCon

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-Tormenta’s TORMENTED SOULS Out Now

Released: March 22, 2011

New age thrash metal at its finest, this EP summarizes the root sound of Tormenta. TORMENTED SOULS defines the first take of Tormenta’s work to bring about new age thrash metal into the world. Ranging from old school heavy thrash to new age brutality, the music has a way to reminisce the feeling of how the songs were and yet offers that vital originality needed to make metal heads bang their heads all night long.

The album talks about how the world has come to be, people at each other’s throats, trying to overpower each other through sheer force, propaganda, bribery, etc. We, the people, must realize the lies and prevail in order to have a better future. Through years of sweat and painstaking sacrifices Tormenta is ready to break out into the world, six tracks of head banging thrash metal to show the world Maldivian Thrash Metal as through the eyes of Tormenta. Let the tormentation begin!

Credits:
MU-K – Vocals
J355Y – Bass
DHAI – Drums
LAI – Guitars
MABY – Guitars

Logo by Adam Mcfadyen
Booklet and Cover Design by Hamy MOhamed Studios
Mixing and Mastering by Record On Site
All Materials written and performed by Tormenta

Tracks:
1. Judgement
2. Hours Of Darkness
3. Illumi Nation
4. Defy
5. Tormented Souls
6. Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

About the band members:

MU-K – Vocals
Even though he seems fun and friendly, when Mu-K steps on stage, he seems to be possessed by an inner demon! Thrashing all around the stage, Mu-K screams and growls with the crowd totally entertained!

J355Y – Bass
Stepping in to the band later on, he certainly has what it takes to fight alongside his brothers! With his heartbeat skipping bass vibe, the band has maximized the impact!

DHAI – Drums
Awarded the best drummer on “ROCKSTORM,” he certainly beats up to his title! With Dhai providing hard thrashing drum beats. Tormenta has achieved a skull crushing sound!

LAI – Guitars
Always coming up with new, fast and sick guitar riffs. His unique quench for the extreme, pushes the band right on to the edge of insanity!

MABY – Guitars
Cursed with the spell of music, Maby wrote most of the lyrics and songs in their debut album — TORMENTED SOULS — and is the solo killer of the band!

Band Biography

Tormenta started with Dhai (Drums) and Lai (Guitars) wanting to form a band playing the music of the greats such as, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura, etc.

Practicing with other local metal bands like Locura and Serenity Dies, the search for lead guitarist, bass, and vocals was on. Various musicians jammed with them but never clicked with the duo. Mabi (guitar) joined the band through the help of Chippe’ (Serenity Dies), sharing the same dream as Lai and Dhai, Tormenta grew strong. All the while Mu-k (Locura drummer) did vocals for a few practice sessions just for the fun it. At the time A.D (Phormentera) was filling in for vocals and only the position of bass was open. Bringing in the heavily Iron maiden influenced Riley (ex-Delirium XIII Bassist) into a heavier, faster music.

Tormenta started to practice for their first debut show (Anti-drug campaign show June 29th, 2006) with Mu-k as guests to play covers of Sepultura. On stage when Mu-k went up, it felt right and the rest of the band felt that this was the beginning of Tormenta.

Concentrating mostly on covers from many different bands, Tormenta made it a point to renew their repertoire for each show. The idea of originals was always there but to make the connections with each member stronger these thoughts were put to a halt through the first year. The views of genre in music Tormenta was to make was never a question although each band members thoughts were different. Dhai bringing in Slayer influenced drum works, Lai and mabi creating notorious riff works and solos of that of Metallica, Megadeth, and Lamb Of God. Riley bringing in the grinding bass lines influenced by Iron Maiden, and to top it up, Mu-k created his Sepultura sound to front the band.

Tormenta’s music would be described as NEW AGE THRASH METAL.

But from the start of 2008, due to the lack of practice room and other reasons Tormenta had to take a break and this delayed the album work.

Tormenta United on 2009, but this time with a lineup change heavily influenced from the great thrash pioneers. J355y accepted his oath to fullfill on the bass as Riley departed. With a lot of hardwork and overcoming lot of obstacles during the course, Tormenta released there first album TORMENTED SOULS on April 30, 2010.

Tormenta is working now heavily on a new album release in 2011 and they signed a worldwide deal with Rock N Growl ( http://www.rockngrowl.com/ ) for promotion an management. Stay TORMENTA!

Tormenta Online:
http://www.thetormenta.com/ (under construction)
http://www.myspace.com/thetormenta (new design soon online)
http://www.facebook.com/thetormenta
http://www.twitter.com/TormentA_Metal
http://www.youtube.com/user/TormentaTV

Tormenta Video Links:
Official Music Video – “Tormented Souls”

Judgement Performing on the Album Launch show

TORMENTED SOULS album trailer

MBF performance (the winning act)

Hanged Drawn Quartered performed in the MBF showcase

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-One-Eyed Doll Takes Home Best Punk Band And Best Goth Band For The 2011 Austin Music Awards At SXSW

The Duo Rocked Out At Multiple Appearances For SXSW And Gave Two Stellar Acoustic Performances On “Good Day Austin” And KXAN-TV’s “Noon Show”

Austin punk duo One-Eyed Doll (OED) won big at the 2011 Austin Music Awards while at South By Southwest (SXSW), the largest annual music and media festival in the US. For the third consecutive year, the rockers took home the honor of Best Punk Band. In addition, OED unexpectedly garnered another trophy, winning again in the category for Best Goth Band. The band was nominated for 17 different categories including Best Guitarist, Best Drummer, Album of the Year (BREAK), and Song of the Year (“Beautiful Freak”).

Back on their home turf, OED played four SXSW showcases and lit up two of the city’s morning TV stations with their captivating acoustic performances — beating out thousands of other band submissions for their first stop on Austin Fox 7’s “Good Day Austin” segment and again, just two days later, on KXAN-TV for the station’s “Noon Show.”

In light of the recent tragedy in Japan, OED is also supporting the cause with the release of their single “Water Song.” 100% of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts. The track was originally meant to be included on Freeman’s new solo project, however, she felt it necessary to release it with positive intentions for their Japanese fans.

In mainstream news, Freeman has recently graced the inside cover of Revolver magazine for the January/February 2011 issue, which named her one of the “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock.” This month, she is featured in Guitar Player’s April 2011 issue, highlighting her talent as a female in hard rock and her electric guitar playing ability. Freeman’s talent, paired with Sewell’s creative production skills, prompted legendary Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down, Prince) to work with the band on their next LP, slated for a late 2011 release.

http://www.oneeyeddoll.com/

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-Lothlöryen: “When Madness Calls” Single Available For Download

Brazilian heavy/folk metallers Lothlöryen are working on their third album, the follow-up of 2008’s SOME WAYS BACK NO MORE, released by Die Hard Records (U.D.O., Annihilator, TNT, Magician, Chris Caffery).

The new effort, which according to the band will be their heaviest work so far, will present a new lineup, featuring the vocalist Daniel Felipe. The album is being recorded in São Paulo, Brazil, and produced by Augusto Lopes (Dr. Sin, Scelerata, Hangar), ex-guitarist of Torture Squad.

This new album will be released in the second half of 2011. Meanwhile the band is booking dates for a tour which will begin in June. They also posted a single online entitled “When Madness Calls.”

About the new song the guitarist Leko Soares comments: “This single doesn’t reflect exatly how the new album will sound, since it’s the most simple of the tracks, but we decided to start from it because it has all the elements that will be found in our new album: heaviness, atmosphere and great choruses.”

“When Madness Calls” single has full booklet, design made by Marcus Lorenzet (Sacredeath, Alkeea, Thortaz), and is available for downloaded on the band’s MySpace page, which was recently redesigned, at http://www.myspace.com/lothloryenband .

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

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-Place Of Skulls: AS A DOG RETURNS To See European Release April 4, 2011 Via Volcom

Volcom Entertainment is proud to join forces with legendary doom guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (Pentagram, Death Row, Cathedral) and Place Of Skulls. Titled AS A DOG RETURNS, the nine-track follow-up to 2006’s THE BLACK IS NEVER FAR was released in the US last fall via Giddy Up Records. Recorded at Lakeside Studios in Knoxville by Travis Wyrick and Griffin with drums recorded and engineered by Mike Dearing, AS A DOG RETURNS will finally see a proper European release on April 4, 2011 via Volcom with distribution by ADA Warner.

Said Griffin of the cooperation: “We’re extremely happy with this arrangement. I’ve had my eye on Volcom for some time now. They’re a wide-reaching company and have their hand in other markets besides music… a clothing line, skateboard/surfing apparel, and more. It’s cool that a company like this loves heavy music and only puts out the stuff they really dig. It’s just a whole different angle than the way labels typically work.”

Already commended by critics and fans alike, Cosmic Lava called AS A DOG RETURNS, “intense and evocative…,” with Doommantia adding, “…classy, solid and creative, the musicianship is second to none as Griffin is in top form, Tomaselli delivers a stellar performance on the drums, and the bass playing of Abney is spot on.” Metal Register boasted, “…AS A DOG RETURNS proves, convincingly, that Place Of Skulls are much more than just a Trouble tribute band… a solid and creative heavy metal/hard rock album that will leave an imprint on many a listener.” Dangerdog also gave the record kudos claiming, “‘The Maker,’ ‘Breath Of Life,’ ‘Psalm,’ and ‘Desperation’ are some of the best, somber, foreboding, and often dark, heavy/doom metal you’ll find on this side of the Atlantic.”

Coinciding with the European release of AS A DOG RETURNS, Place Of Skulls will embark on a European tour with The Gates Of Slumber. Presented by Vibra-Agency, Volcom and Rock Hard Magazine, the dates are as follows:

3/31/2011 FIN – Helsinki, Kuudes Linja
4/01/2011 FIN – Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub
4/02/2011 FIN – Turku, Klubi
4/05/2011 GER – Nürnberg, KV
4/06/2011 CH – Lenzburg, Met Bar
4/07/2011 A – Wien, Arena
4/08/2011 I – Vicenza, Sabotage
4/09/2011 I – Parma, Onirica Club
4/10/2011 CH – Martigny, Les Caves du Manoir
4/12/2011 F – Paris, Le Labo – Théatre de Ménilmontant
4/13/2011 ESP – Barcelona, Rocksound
4/15/2011 NL – Tilburg, O13, Roadburn, Midi Theater for POS

http://www.placeofskulls.com/
http://www.myspace.com/placeofskullsdoom
http://www.volcomeurope.com/

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-Check out About Heavy Metal’s “Best Hair Metal Ballads” list at http://slclk.about.com/?zi=1/w2S .

-Amon Amarth’s SURTUR RISING is out this week on Metal Blade. The band will tour Europe with The Black Dahlia Murder and Evocation as follows:

5/13 – Betong, Oslo, Norway
5/14 – Tyrol, Stockholm, Sweden
5/15 – Trädgarn, Gothenburg, Sweden
5/17 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
5/18 – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
5/19 – Hof Ter Lo, Antwerp, Belgium
5/20 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5/21 – E-Werk, Köln, Germany
5/22 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
5/24 – Tonhalle, München, Germany
5/25 – Limelight, Milan, Italy
5/27 – Metalfest Germany, Dessau, Germany
5/28 – Metalfest Austria, Mining, Austria
5/29 – Metalfest Switzerland, Pratteln, Switzerland

See http://www.SurturRising.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/OfficialAmonAmarth , http://www.myspace.com/amonamarth , http://www.amonamarth.com/ , and http://twitter.com/amonamarthband for more.

-Slayer has been confirmed as a headliner for this year’s Bang Your Head!!! Festival, slated for July 15-16, 2011 in Balingen, Germany. Here’s the updated roster of acts: Accept, Amorphis, Asphyx, Astral Doors, Crashdïet, Crimson Glory, Cripper, Crystal Viper, D-A-D, Death Angel, Desaster, Helloween, Immortal, Legion Of The Damned, Lordi, Metal Inquisition, Overkill, Portrait, Pretty Maids, Psychotic Waltz, Slayer, Sonata Arctica, StormWarrior, Tygers Of Pan Tang. See http://www.bang-your-head.de/ for more.

-Canadian progressive power metallers Borealis have signed with Lion Music and will release their debut for the label, FALL FROM GRACE, on May 20.

-Check out Charge Of The Light Brigade’s new video for “Charge!” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqBrjK2gmr4 . The band’s rock/punk/pop album WE HAVEN’T BEEN PROPERLY INTRODUCED is out now. See http://www.myspace.com/chargeband for more.

-Check out live video of The Dead End Kidz performing “The One” last December at Evolution Sound Stage, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy8zUUIJ6gg . The track is currently being made into a downloadable game for the Rockband Network. See http://www.myspace.com/dekmusic for more.

-Firewind’s video for new single “Embrace The Sun” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlstARCNT2c . See http://www.firewind.gr/ for more.

-Havok’s new album TIME IS UP is out now on Candlelight Records. It’s been streaming in full at MetalSucks, at http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/03/28/exclusive-full-album-stream-time-is-up-for-havok/ . Check out footage of the band performing at a MetalSucks showcase at SXSW, at http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/6626/havok-covering-fire-live–sxsw-2011 . See http://www.myspace.com/havok , http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial , and http://www.candlelightrecordsusa.com/ for more.

-Karma To Burn — billed as a “stoner-rock institution,” will release V in North America on June 7, on Napalm Records. The band is currently touring the US as follows, with Honky joining the trek starting April 3:

3/31 – 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown, WV
4/1 – Shamrocks, Hungtington, WV
4/2 – Ravari Room, Columbus, OH
4/3 – Headliner’s, Toledo, OH
4/4 – Double Door, Chicago, IL
4/7 – Cicero’s, St. Louis, MO
4/8 – Downtown Lounge, Tulsa, OK
4/9 – Davey’s Uptown, Kansas, MO
4/11 – So Addictive, Herndon, VA
4/12 – Ottobar, Baltimore, MD (no Honky)
4/13 – The Depot, York, PA (no Honky)
4/14 – Taphouse, Norfolk, VA
4/15 – The Get Down Bar, Asheville, NC
4/16 – Ground Zero, Spartanburg, SC
4/20 – Tsunami, Monroe, LA
4/21 – The Wild Salmon, Lafayette, LA
4/22 – Woody’s Tavern, Ft. Worth, TX
4/23 – Rudyard’s, Houston, TX
4/24 – Emo’s, Austin, TX

See http://www.k2b.com/ and http://www.napalmrecords.com/ for more.

-Irony… Metallica’s label, Warner Music Group may be bought by a partnership featuring young billionaire Sean Parker — Napster’s founder. See http://rocknewsdesk.com/world-news/napster-boss-set-to-buy-metallicas-record-label/1034/ for more.

-Bret Michaels has reportedly filed a lawsuit “for unspecified damages” against Tony Award Productions and CBS. Michaels was knocked down by a descending set piece as he exited the stage at the 2009 Tony Awards, after Poison performed “Nothin’ But A Good Time” with the cast of “Rock Of Ages.” Check out video of the incident at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JocPcYBCN18 , and check out more on the lawsuit at http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/422434/bret-michaels-blames-tony-awards-for-his-brain-hemorrhage-files-lawsuit/ .

-Last week Vince Neil’s ex-girlfriend filed a batter report against him, after he “allegedly stormed in and started screaming obscenities at her and her two friends. She told police Neil got physical with her and one of her friends.” Neil was not arrested.

-Snowy Shaw will film a show May 27 at Brew House in Gothenburg, Sweden, with an all-star band featuring guest stars Andy LaRoque and Mikkey Dee, and “secret guests and a few surprises.” The show will include music from Shaw’s many bands and projects: King Diamond, Notre Dame, Dream Evil, Mercyful Fate, Therion, Memento Mori, Illwill, XXX, and Dimmu Borgir.

-Sum 41’s new album SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER is out now. Track list: “Reason To Believe,” “Screaming Bloody Murder,” “Skumf*k,” “Time For You To Go,” “Jessica Kill,” “What Am I To Say,” “Holy Image Of Lies,” “Sick Of Everyone,” “Happiness Machine,” “Crash,” “Blood In My Eyes,” “Baby You Don’t Wanna Know,” “Back Where I Belong,” “Exit Song.” The whole thing can be sampled at Sum41.com.

-Sylosis’ video for “Empyreal,” from EDGE OF THE EARTH, is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXdPoL1yQsA . See http://www.sylosis.com/ for more.

-Tarot has re-recorded 1986’s SPELL OF IRON and will release it May 6 as SPELL OF IRON MMXI. Check out the video for the new version of “Wings Of Darkness” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD1q21dr8tw . See http://www.wingsofdarkness.net/ for more.

-Yes has reunited with producer Trevor Horn for FLY FROM HERE, due out in July on Frontiers. Check out http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/03/31/yes-reunite-with-trevor-horn-for-new-album/ for more.

Thanks to Nicky Baldrian, Chad Bowar, Marjo Verdooren, Nathan Birk, Liz Ciavarella-Brenner, Lyndsey Parker, John Erigo, Nancy B. Sayle, TMZ.com, Andy Craven, and Jeff “Red Hot” Adee for help gathering some of this information.

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