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Issue #588.5

Mini-Issue #588.5
April 15, 2011

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-This just started out as a way for me to send a reminder for tomorrow night’s ’80s Rockers For Japan Benefit, but then a bunch of stuff came in and I figured, “ah, what the heck.” So — oxymoron alert — here’s a pretty big mini-issue. – Tim

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-’80s Rockers For Japan Benefit April 16 At Harper’s In Tarzana, California

Including Performances By Onetime Members Of AC/DC, XYZ, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ratt, Asia, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses, Dio, Black Sabbath, Mr. Big, Poison, And Dog And Butterfly

The original “We Are The World” and last year’s “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” featured great artists raising money for important causes, but they failed to do one thing — really rock!

No worries there with the ’80s Rockers For Japan ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rDuHxjE7eM ) benefit Saturday, April 16 at Harper’s in Tarzana, Calif. Organized by Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), the show will include members of some of the ’80s’ most popular rock and metal bands. Ilous and Jeff Paris have also written a song and are creating a video that will feature many of the participating musicians. The song will be recorded, and the video shot live at the benefit. It will subsequently be available on iTunes. Proceeds from the event and sales of the track and video will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts.

“Japan has always been very supportive of our kind of music, and this is our small way of giving back,” says Ilous.

In addition to Ilous, performers who have committed to the show and recording/video project include Bobby Kimball (Toto); Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm); Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Oyster Cult); Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol); Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big); Greg Douglass (The Steve Miller Band); Juan Croucier (Ratt); John Payne (Asia); Teddy Zigzag (Alice Cooper, Guns N’ Roses); James Lomenzo (Megadeth, Black Label Society); Robin McAuley (Survivor , MSG); Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC, UFO); Robert Sarzo (Hurricane); Mitch Perry (MSG, Asia, Edgar Winter); Steven Adler and Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses); Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford); Jetboy, Scott Waren (Dio); and many others.

Other artists contributing to the benefit song but not performing at the show include Lita Ford, Don Dokken, Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), and Michael Thompson. Line6 will provide the backline, drums by Spaun Drums, pedals by DW drums, and cymbals by Paiste. The show is also sponsored by AL Bane for Leather Asahi beer and Rockwood Saloon apparel.

A live streaming broadcast will be done by Front Row Entertainment ( http://www.frontrowent.tv/ ) and viewers will be able to watch the event for free online; a link to the Red Cross will be provided and the musicians who are participating request that those watching make a small donation. Artists will also auction some musical gear and memorabilia to raise money for the cause.

Event Recap:

Saturday, April 16
’80s Rockers For Japan Benefit
7 p.m. – midnight
5545 Reseda Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 342-9300
Tickets: $10 minimum donation each
All Ages Welcome

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-Z Records News

Z Rock 2011 Schedule Tweaked To Avoid Disappointing Fans

We’ve listened to fans whom have mailed us concerning the venue and schedules. We are now pleased to announce that there will be a one hour break between ColdSpell and Mad Max to enable people to go out for food or to meet ColdSpell and listen to the forthcoming release Omega in full!

Tickets are still remaining and can be purchased for £40 advance [£45 on day] online at http://zrecords.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/1928536 or in person at ST Records Dudley, The Asylum Birmingham or X Records Bolton. For credit card orders call TEL 01384 230726 or for further information tel: +44 [0]1695 629917 or email rockrockprod@btinternet.com.

The revised Schedule is now…

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. COLDSPELL
Sweden’s hottest new sensation, UK Exclusive.

5:40 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. MAD MAX featuring Michael Voss [Casanova]
This will be Mad Max’s first UK appearance in what we think is 25 years!

7:05 p.m. – 8:05 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!

8:20 p.m. – 9:20 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.

9:45 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 days event’s. If you haven’t seen them live make sure you do.


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-Twisted Tower Dire: Fifth Album Set For May Release Via Cruz Del Sur Music

Virginia-based classic metal outfit Twisted Tower Dire have completed their fifth full-length album, MAKE IT DARK, which is set for North American release by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music on May 3, 2011.

Twisted Tower Dire’s name has been synonymous with uncompromising classic heavy metal since its inception in 1995. Formed out of “a stubborn hatred for the ’90s anti-metal culture,” the band have always been able to maintain a respectable profile, not following transitory trends but keeping true to their original metal beliefs.

After their 2007 release NETHERWORLDS, Twisted Tower Dire took a short break which included the entry of new singer Johnny Aune (Viper) replacing Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on February 6th, 2010. Rounding out the current lineup is bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement) and guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture).

In terms of songwriting, Twisted Tower Dire’s fifth full-length MAKE IT DARK represents probably the most mature album the band has written to date. With a direct approach, the band has been able to write a very compact-sounding release, made of some immediate hit songs as well as others marked with more traditional TTD taste. MAKE IT DARK is the sum of those elements which are the pillars of rock/metal music in general and that are so greatly expressed by the band in this release: guitar and vocal melodies above the standards, catchy refrains and most important of all, the feeling that each and every one of these songs bears the potential to become a new metal classic! Strengthened by Chris Salamone’s (While Heaven Wept) post-studio work, and features cover art by UK artist Martin Hanford (Slough Feg, Bal-Sagoth, Warhammer).

TTD have confirmed their next live appearance on May 20th in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will be announcing more live actions over the coming months in support of the new album.

Twisted Tower Dire Live:
5/20/2011 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Colossus, Volture, Sex Panther


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-Ten Years After The 9/11 Release of The Band’s Last Album SUPERCONNECTOR Singer/Songwriter Mark Davison Revamps Gems From His Popular ’90s Band Along With Eight New Tracks On THE LIVING END: THEN AND NOW

The Specially Priced Two-Disc Set Includes 13 Songs From Cubic Feet’s Four Recordings And Disc Of New Tracks, All Produced By Pete Solley (Oingo Boingo, The Romantics), Who Produced MAKE WAVES NOT WAR, The 2009 Debut Album By Davison’s New Band Nuke The Soup

Sometimes just when you think the party’s over, it’s merely a cool musical hiatus before “The Living End.”

In 2002, Mark Davison was vacationing in St. Thomas, taking some much needed chill time and celebrating the recent release of SUPERCONNECTOR, the fourth album by Cubic Feet, the popular indie band the singer/songwriter founded in the mid-’80s with guitarist/keyboardist Woody Lissauer. He got wind that their song “Hold On Me” was #2 on “8 At 8” on Pirate Radio US Virgin Islands and immediately contacted the station’s program director. Davison soon made a return visit to the island, this time with the full ensemble, headlining the station’s First Annual Birthday Bash at Bolongo Bay — which turned out to be one of the final live performances by Cubic Feet. But you can’t keep a great band down forever — especially when some of their best material has never been officially released.

SUPERCONNECTOR had the odd fortune to be released on 9/11, a day when the world changed and music was far from everyone’s thoughts. Ten years later, Davison and Lissauer celebrate life and affirm the power of music with the release (April 4 on iTunes, May 5 on CD) of THE LIVING END – THEN AND NOW, a specially priced double CD set. It includes a 13-track “Best Of” collection compiled from Cubic Feet’s four albums from the ’90s and early 2000s, and a bonus disc featuring eight previously unheard songs, including “The Living End,” a mid-tempo rootsy blues rocker which is being promoted to Triple AAA and college radio starting on May 2-3. All 21 songs were originally recorded in analog at Davison’s Cubic Studios and were re-mastered for this project at Gateway Mastering in Maine.

In May 2011, the Baltimore area based Davison will perform onstage with Lissauer at the Dewey Beach High Tide Jamfest in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Lissauer will be introduced in the middle of a set by Davison’s new band Nuke The Soup, which released its first album in 2009.

Davison will debut THE LIVING END – THEN AND NOW at the NON-COMM Convention in Wilmington, a gathering of noncommercial radio stations (mostly Triple AAA) May 19-21.

“I’m excited to perform these songs again and be at NON-COMM sharing the good news that Cubic Feet is still around,” he says. “I feel like I had to put a cap on it this way. I let Cubic Feet go for a bit, but I always felt there was unfinished business. It’s a wonderful experience revisiting these songs, taking that trip down memory lane, and it was fun putting them together in a way that made sense, with strong continuity from song to song.

“Woody and I went through some different phases as Cubic Feet evolved,” Davison adds, “from those Bryan Ferry influences on our 1991 debut ACROSS THE RIVER to the sonic distortion on PASSENGER IN TIME (1994) that was a product of the grunge era. By the time we did INSIDE RAIL (1997) and our best album, SUPERCONNECTOR (2001), our vibe had changed and we hit our creative stride doing rootsy, straight-ahead rock that had a touch of Americana, then the classic American sound that came to define the band. The last album even had some Hammond B-3 organ on it, adding another dimension. The songs still sound great to me after all these years, and truly reflect the way we grew creatively over the course of that wonderful decade-plus.”

One of the major common threads that runs through all of the Cubic Feet material on THE LIVING END – THEN AND NOW is producer Pete Solley, best known for his seminal work with Oingo Boingo and The Romantics; also behind the boards for Cubic Feet’s original sessions was producer Dave Adams. Solley is still a major creative force in Davison’s musical life, producing Nuke The Soup’s MAKE WAVES NOT WAR, which the singer describes as “looser, with more of an island vibe, surf and skiing vibe.”

“But,” he adds, “the music isn’t so different between Cubic and Nuke that the songs from each can’t be played on the same stage during the same gig. I think the biggest difference in Cubic Feet is Woody. His strength in writing music perfectly complemented mine in penning meaningful lyrics. His songwriting ability was so strong and it inspired me to up my own game. We have a very unique creative chemistry. Nuke The Soup reveals a different personal side of me, and I’m able to branch off a bit into reggae stuff and surf lyrics which are outside of Cubic Feet, which is more pop. Nuke The Soup is, dare I say, slightly more twisted!”

Davison’s fascinating transition began in 2003 — after the final Cubic Feet tour and the St. Thomas show — when he and his new wife Sarah took off to explore the Southern Hemisphere and embark on exotic adventures with a wild itinerary that included many of the world’s most captivating surf spots. They hit Fiji before snow skiing and heli-skiing in New Zealand. Their Magellan-like voyage also took them to Sydney and Perth (venturing down the Margaret River into the heart of wine country) and Rottnest Island, where they cavorted with the wallabees and watched surfers off the coast hanging with the dolphins.

Other spots on their itinerary were a surf camp in the Maldives (in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka), then several hot surf spots off the East coast of Africa, where they went windsurfing and wave riding: Reunion Island, Mauritius and the Seychelles. While Davison was off on his adventures, the prolific Lissauer was busy recording the first of his three solo albums.

Davison wrote the song “Living End” which was inspired by the global adventure. The idea came to him in a dream: that this is our world, the one we’re given, so good or bad, let’s enjoy it and make the best of it. “I want to live to the living end/There is nothing to pretend,” he sings, creating what became the perfect soundtrack to his life affirming, seize the day approach to traveling. “Save The World” also takes a personal reflection to a level of global consciousness. He wrote the words in 2000 just before getting married, as if egging himself on to make a great life for his bride.

Penned in Cubic Feet’s heyday, “19 Again” is a song he wrote with Woody long before marriage and the notion of being a family man entered the picture; it harkens back to a carefree time when he’d taken a year off from college and life was about as perfect as it could ever get. The previously unreleased “Brand New Day” is Davison’s clever ode to two very different icons of his growing up years, singer/songwriter Warren Zevon and “gonzo journalist” Hunter S. Thompson.

Davison is pleased to let Cubic Feet fans know that while he’s excited about the release of THE LIVING END – THEN AND NOW, he’s by no means finished mining gold from his musically compelling past. Plans are already in the works to release a re-mastered version of the band’s debut ACROSS THE RIVER, featuring the full album and numerous bonus tracks. The original session featured backup vocals on three songs by The Weather Girls, famous for their anthem “It’s Raining Men.”

“I think younger fans will enjoy hearing music from a time where you could record everything on analog and achieve those warm, intimate tones that process is famous for,” he says. “And that’s what making music boils down to, and what releasing this project is all about — connecting with the fans across the years and generations. One of my fondest memories from our early touring days was renting a bus and inviting 30 fans to join us as we traveled up from the Baltimore area to New York for a show, leaving in the afternoon and returning at 4 a.m. the next morning. There was no Facebook in those days, but we got word out through the grapevine that existed, and had a fantastic time.”


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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Ohio based band MIDIsaurus.

Please find below the text info for the latest album JURASSIC and the new album RACE.

Band: MIDIsaurus
Album Titles: JURASSIC, RACE
Label: Train Wreckords
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Metal


About MIDIsaurus
MIDIsaurus borrows its name from the computer industry’s standard protocol called “MIDI” (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and the Latin suffix “-saurus” meaning “lizard.” All of MIDIsaurus’s music is created using the MIDI language and the built-in software synthesizer found in nearly all modern personal computers. This should explain why many of the instruments sound very simplistic, synthetic, or perhaps even familiar to you if you’ve played old MS-DOS games.

The sequencer, 19-year-old American Anthony George, works out of his college dorm room and parents’ basement and writes all the music using Arobas music’s “Guitar Pro 5.” George writes a broad variety of music for games which is why MIDIsaurus can take such a progressive form of genres. Though the musical style is instrumental, MIDIsaurus tries to release increasingly appealing music to all kinds of metal fans and looks forward to sharing new music as frequently as possible.

Track Listing For JURASSIC:
1. Hexadecibel
2. Broken Atlatl
3. Archeo Logic
4. The Great Blue Tooth Tiger
5. Five Legged Spider
6. Teradacyl
7. Caprice In Dinoland
8. Hyperlink Extinction
9. Fossillator
10. We Believe In MIDIsaurus

Track Listing For RACE:
1. Rash
2. Cage
3. Skull
4. Zoom
5. Grave
6. Jet
7. Niche
8. Tune
9. Rex
10. Byte
11. Helm *(Hidden Bonus Track attached to “Byte”)

The Band:
All music written and produced by Anthony George.

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Melbourne based rockers The Vagrants.

Please find below the text info for the new album STAND UP.

Band: The Vagrants
Album Title: STAND UP
Street Date: 2011
Genre: Rock


About The Vagrants
Independence, that is the word that sums up The Vagrants. From the first of their three CDs you could tell this was going to be a hard band to put in a category. The latest release is easier.

It is ROCK at its finest. No other superfluous adjectives to make it sound trendy, just great, classic, solid rock with their own unique sounding hot lead singer, with a real voice, very complex guitar work made to sound simple, with punchy bass riffs, thumping drums, and superbly written songs by Steve Iorio that range from very serious, to down right hysterical.

Like heroin, The Vagrants are addictive. The live show is just a sweaty soaking wet T-shirt ready to happen. Vocalist Renate Ludwig is the real deal and her intensity has finally been captured on a recording. Va-Va-Voom… It is the sound of rumbling earth, shaking bones and bam, a herd of Rhino run right through the living room.

The Vagrants have been touring relentlessly for six years, so if you haven’t caught them live it is high time you did. So go on line, buy a CD and come to a gig and sing along with everyone else!!!

Oh yes, and all members of The Vagrants do like turtles.

The Band:
Lead Vocals – Renate Ludwig
Guitar – Steve Iorio
Rhythm – Geoffrey Browning
Bass – Adam Williams
Drums – Ben Harrington

Track Listing:
1. Count On Me
2. Stand Up
3. Cant Take Anymore
4. Believe
5. I See Angels
6. Talk To Your Soul
7. Fanghaus
8. Accelerated Karma – live
9. We’re Gonna Go – live
10. Why Me – live

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Delaware based classic rockers Not Too Late.

Please find below the text info for their new self-titled album.

Band: Not Too Late
Album Title: NOT TOO LATE
Genre: Classic Rock


About Not Too Late
Not Too Late is a Christian band ministry formed in 2007 with the intent of reaching the world with a life changing message using music relevant to today’s culture.

Each band member — Dawn Shaffer, Debbie Loftis, Craig Wetherby, and Dave Turner — is encouraged to share their God given songs and talents in this ministry thus resulting in the variety of music on this album.

Dawn Shaffer, the primary vocalist, has formal vocal training including opera, and contributes the powerful vocals you hear in her song “Baptize Me,” jazzy blues in Dave’s song, “We Must,” and sweet harmonies you hear in her song “Oak Tree Root” and the remake of “Refiner’s Fire.”

The guitarist, Debbie Loftis, who teaches guitar in three different music schools, lets loose her rock influences with searing guitar solos in several songs throughout the album including her song “Weeping And Gnashing Of Teeth,” then some bluesy licks sprinkled though out Craig’s song, “God On Your Side,” and winds it down with acoustic 12-string arpeggios in her song, “She Needs You, Jesus.”

Every organization has a “Jack of all Trades” and for Not Too Late, that person is Craig Wetherby. Though Craig’s primary function in the band is bass player, his classical piano training and choir experience adds some extra flavor to this album as heard in his piano part contributing to the sultry sound of “We Must.” His funk and pop influence can be heard in his acoustic and bass playing in his song, “Big God,” and Deb’s song “My Jesus.” Craig is also the author of the band’s title song, “Not Too Late.”

Dave Turner, our drummer, put his five years formal percussion training to use along versatile drumming style, keeping up with the diversity of the album from cymbal swells and thundering bass drum dynamics to foot tapping rhythms.

The Band:
Lead Vocals: Dawn Shaffer
Guitar: Debbie Loftis
Bass: Craig Wetherby
Drums: Dave Turner

Track Listing:
1. Not Too Late
2. My Jesus
3. God On Your Side
4. Weeping And Gnashing Of Teeth
5. Big God
6. Oak Tree Root
7. Baptize Me
8. We Must
9. She Needs You, Jesus
10. Refiner’s Fire

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Canadian based Progressive Rock Band Diatessaron.

Please find below the text info for the new album MONUMENT.

Artist: Diatessaron
Label: TSM
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: Out Now


About Diatessaron
Diatessaron is a five-piece Prog-Rock band from Calgary, Canada. The culmination of their three years together is Monument, an album consisting of one 35-minute long piece of music divided into five movements.

The album is an abstract commentary on the dropping of the atom bombs ending WWII. For more information on the lyrical content of the piece, email diatessaronband@gmail.com and request an annotated copy of the lyrics. The music itself contains a large dynamic range, from high distortion metal to mellow, clear acoustic sections. The band is known for making heavy use of mixed meters without sounding overly mathematical or forced. MONUMENT is meant to be played as one continuous piece (press play at track one and everything will meld together). However, tracks 1 and 3 are most able to stand apart from the whole if desired as they follow more traditional song structure within themselves.

Diatessaron – MONUMENT

“Diatessaron are a new melodic progressive band from Calgary in Canada. The band are fronted by Si Tj on vocals with Carl Janzen and Darren Young on guitars, Erik Smistad slams out the bass and Stephan Bots knobs the drums.

“The band have been together for several years and even though this album is only five tracks it actually scurry’s in at 35 minutes and its foundations are based on the atom bomb dropping in WWII. It would be easy to view the band alongside the likes of Spock’s Beard and Rush, but while that is completely apparent Diatessaron have their own form of prog rock taking on many twists and turns throughout the 35 mins.

“The tracks I enjoyed the most were ‘Senbazuru’ which is totally breathtaking; I love the whole flow of this track and the commanding enthusiasm it releases, musically and lyrically. The track is reminiscent of Rush and Welsh prog band MAN. It’s a really good track, the playing and production is right on the money and in singer Si we have new prog star in the making, I also hear a lot of early Yes flowing through this track which runs in at over 12 minutes and takes on the Spock’s Beard track ‘The Light’ as being one of my favourite and longest tracks I can keep playing throughout without getting fed up, there is so much to enjoy from Eastern influences to even a slight political Pink Floyd tone, genius.

“I also enjoyed the charismatic ‘Galactic Jellyfish’ which again has a Spock’s Beard crossed with America and ELO, very basic ’70s prog rock texture. The mid section is just so beautifully performed. I must give a special mention to the bass playing on this track, again there’s so many influences running through this track that the first thing most will shout is Rush, but that’s really only in Si’s vocals. I also loved ‘The Statue,’ one of the shorter tracks that has a funky little Dream Theater vibe crossed with Swedish A.C.T.

“Overall, MONUMENT is a great progressive release and a must have for prog fans and the band have already had airplay on such UK stations as ARFM Soundscapes, check them out at: http://diatessaron.bandcamp.com .”

– Nick, TSM

The Band:
Carl Janzen – Guitar
Darren Young – Guiatar
Erik Smistad – Bass Guitar
Si Tj – Vocals
Stephan Bots – Drums

Track Listing:
1. The Statue
2. The Phoenix
3. Prism
4. Galactic Jellyfish
5. Senbazuru

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from Austrian solo artist Rusty Pacemaker.

Please find below the text info for the new album BLACKNESS AND WHITE LIGHT.

Band: Rusty Pacemaker
Label: Solanum Records
Street Date: October 20, 2010
Genre: Dark Alternative Metal


About Rusty Pacemaker
Rusty Pacemaker was born in 1974 and lives in Lanzenkirchen, Austria.

He is into heavy music since his childhood and started to make his own music at the beginning of the new millennium.

He never took any lessons on an instrument or joined any musical education. He started to play guitar and in order to complete his first songs he just grabbed a bass and did the vocals. On the first demo versions the drums were programmed.

Very soon he dreamt of writing, recording and producing his own music however, in the end it took him about seven years to complete his debut album BLACKNESS AND WHITE LIGHT. The first material that could be considered as a song, ended up as the opener of the album, titled “Cell,” and is a very different version from the original of 2003. After having written and recorded five songs in a rough demo version, he got to know Franz Löchinger, a professional drummer, who agreed to play the drums on the album. To complete a full-length opus, Rusty wrote another five songs and slowly collected recording devices and studio equipment.

At that time Rusty (which is the artist’s nickname) just added the word “Pacemaker” and hence had his pseudonym as an artist.

The next logical step was to build a studio and so he did. The recording of BLACKNESS AND WHITE LIGHT was finished in 2009, mixing and mastering happened in 2009 and 2010 in Rusty’s, by then named, White Studio. After all the hard work, Rusty felt it took him a lifetime to complete the album but eventually the release date was set for the 20th of October 2010.

To stay completely independent and to keep all rights in his hands, he did everything by himself (composing, mixing, mastering, cover artwork, etc.) and finally founded the label Solanum Records. Right after having finished the album Rusty Pacemaker decided to improve his studio situation as he found the working condition in the White Studio quite frustrating. So just before the album was released, the studio was completely rebuilt to set a new standard and push things forward.

By now Rusty is writing new songs for an upcoming album under the working title RUINS to be released in the year 20??.

His idea of being an artist is strongly influenced by one of his idols, Bathory mastermind Quorthon, who sadly passed away.

The Band:
Lead Vocals – Rusty Pacemaker
Guitar – Rusty Pacemaker
Bass – Rusty Pacemaker
Drums – Franz Löchinger

Track Listing:
1. Cell
2. You Never Had
3. My Way
4. Amok
5. Waiting For Tomorrow
6. The Human Race
7. My Last Goodbye
8. Blackness And White Light
9. Revolution
10. Mother

TSM/SLW Promotions

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-Del Rey To Perform Live Score To Sci-Fi Classic “Fantastic Planet”

Psychedelic post-rockers Del Rey perform a live score to the animated sci-fi classic “Fantastic Planet” at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, May 5. They’ll be joined on the bill by drone merchants White/Light, who will provide accompaniment to a film by Chicago experimental filmmaker Alexander Stewart.

Since their inception in 1997 in the attic of a three-flat in Ukrainian Village, Del Rey has been keeping Chicago’s instrumental rock torch aflame, purveying their brand of sonic lyricism and rhythmic textuality from countless stages and speakers. In 2010, they released their fourth full-length, IMMEMORIAL, in North America via At A Loss Recordings (in Europe via Golden Antenna), which fused the punishing grace of the band’s riff- and percussion-driven sound to a more evocative, melodic sensibility.

The beautiful and surreal imagery of “Fantastic Planet” (1973) may be the perfect cinematic complement for Del Rey’s cosmic soundscapes and epic odysseys. In the film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, humans are kept as pets by blue humanoid alien giants called Traags. Said to be based on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic, the story centers on a human named Terr, who escapes the Traags and incites other humans to revolt. Del Rey will also be performing the score in Spain later in May as part of a tour based around their upcoming show at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona.

Last seen curating the “Face The Strange” series at the Museum of Contemporary Art this Spring, White/Light create minimalist drone compositions that emphasize subtle tonal variations, sustained notes, and other properties of sound. For this show they’ll provide the soundtrack for “Cosmicrusts,” a work by filmmaker and animator Alexander Stewart.

Lincoln Hall will provide an ideal setting for the screenings — the club is a converted movie theater.


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-Fatality Announce Eastern Intoxication Tour + Release New Song For Free Download

Toronto’s beer bong loving thrashers Fatality has announced they will be trekking across east coast Canada and USA for their “Eastern Intoxication Tour” and will be sounding their explosive form of high-energy thrash to fans with their independent release BEERS FROM THE GRAVE.

Having shared the stage with acts such as Municipal Waste, Bonded By Blood, Evile, Holy Grail, Exodus, Razor, DBC, and headlining many of their own shows, Fatality has demonstrated dedication to their passion for decimating audiences with their high voltage performances, and above everything else, having a damn good time.

“We could not be more ecstatic to extend our message of fun and heavy-metal indulgence to audiences on the east coast of Canada and the USA. We will not only be offering just a great live show, but rather an atmosphere, an attitude and a positive energy to our friends in the East! Can’t wait!” commented Fatality vocalist/ guitarist Spencer Le Von.

A free download of Fatality’s latest song “Uppercut” — mixed by Daniel Tsourounis, known for his handy work on Skull Fist’s HEAVIER THAN METAL EP — can be found at the following link on Bandcamp.com:


Facebook Tour Event

Tour dates:
May 4, 2011 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria – w/ Bolero, Into Exile, Fallen Legion (Free Show)
May 5, 2011 – Ottawa, ON – Café Dekcuf – w/ I Colossus, Naartok, Barrow Wight
May 6, 2011 – Montreal, QC – Hemisphere Gauche – w/ Dissension, Trainwreck Architect + guests
May 7, 2011 – St. Hyacinthe, QC – Bar le Trash – w/ Eternal Judgment, Alcoholator, Dusk, T.P.G.
May 8, 2011 – Quebec City, QC – Bar Octobre – w/ Eternal Judgment, Warnatic
May 11, 2011 – Moncton, NB – Plan B – w/ Sanktuary
May 12, 2011 – Fredericton, NB – F Studio – w/ Sanktuary
May 13, 2011 – Halifax, NS – Coconut Grove – w/ Sanktuary, Threshold Guardian
May 14, 2011 – Boston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub – w/ Skull Hammer, Led to the Grave, Manic Repressive
May 15, 2011 – Providence, RI – Firehouse 13 – w/ Skull Hammer + guests
May 16, 2011 – Portland, ME – Geno’s Rock Club – w/ Hessian, Skull Hammer, WarAnimal
May 17, 2011 – Framingham, MA – The Chop Shop – w/Skull Hammer, Crypter, Xatatax, Secret Headliner
May 18, 2011 – New York City, NY – The Acheron – w/ Brohammer
May 19, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA – JR’S Bar – w/Rumpelstitskin Grinder, Hessian, Coffin Dust
May 20, 2011 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose – w/ Mantic Ritual, Crown the Lost + guests
May 21, 2011 – Cleveland, OH – Gomorrah – w/ Vindicator, Miasmal Mammoth Grinder, Hatred Surge
May 22, 2011 – North Canton, OH – Sadie Rene’s – w/ Vindicator, Mortifier
June 3, 2011 – Toronto, ON – Blue Moon Pub – w/ Bolero, Derelict

Fatality Live at Opera House opening for Municipal Waste – Toronto, ON

Fatality Live at Mod Club opening for Exodus – Toronton, ON

Fatality Webisode 1

Fatality Webisode 2


*** PRESS RELEASE #8 ***
-Xerath: Exclusive Song Premiere Via Gun Shy Assassin

Today the fine folks at Gun Shy Assassin play host to an exclusive premiere of “Nuclear Self Eradication” from UK-based experimental progressive metal outfit Xerath. “Nuclear Self Eradication” is the eighth track off the band’s upcoming new studio offering II, set for release in North America via Candlelight Records on May 3, 2011.

Said bassist Chris Clark of the song: “‘Nuclear Self Eradication’ is one of the most brutal and aggressive offerings from II. As heavy as it is technical, it offers a definitive guide to the key elements and ideology of Xerath. The track also features a guest solo from Daath guitarist, Emil Werstler.”

To check out “Nuclear Self Eradication,” point your browser here:


Xerath was originally formed in 2007 as an experiment to combine film score composition with extreme groove-based heavy metal. Now a fully functional band with an emphasis on the live stage, Xerath aim to remain on the cutting edge of extreme. Metal Hammer hailed the band for sounding like, “the result of a chaotic experiment to produce the ultimate please-them-all 21st century metal band,” while Blistering added to the sentiment noting, “once you have your head wrapped around the gravitational strength of Xerath’s chug-enforced labyrinthine rhythms and beats, you can sit back and wonder at the sense they make and what compelling fantasy they create.” II features artwork from Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Scar Symmetry).


*** PRESS RELEASE #9 ***
-USX: Appalachian Masters Of Dark Psychedelia To Release THE VALLEY PATH Via Neurot Recordings This May

Neurot Recordings is proud to unleash the latest full-length from Appalachian masters of dark psychedelia, USX. Titled THE VALLEY PATH, the epic follow-up to 2010’s critically-lauded RUN THICK IN THE NIGHT consists of one, near 40-minute mammoth track of esoteric beauty set for release in North America on May 31, 2011.

Commented guitarist/vocalist/wordsmith Nate Hall of the prodigious offering: “When the idea for THE VALLEY PATH was imagined, all involved agreed it was true and went forward. Forward in thought, forward in vision, forward in action. We achieved what we wanted to achieve, and whatever is said about THE VALLEY PATH, it will stand. USX has played more gigs than I can remember, from Marion to Prague, Detroit, Austria, Memphis and Switzerland. Dirt floors and Masonic temples, churches and ghettos, wilderness and cities. To dozens and hundreds — occasionally thousands. We have recorded our songs, projected our collective visions. We have realized all that we have imagined. At this point, we have nothing to prove. We’ve been under the gun many times, and whatever anyone might think about us, we’ve never flinched. Never compromised. When things are good — and they usually are, being in this band is a dream. But we can’t entirely escape reality. Fuse boxes blow, power fails, instruments break, people leave. We vomit in parking lots and go play inside. We sleep sitting up and wake up sore. Or we sleep in places most people would not willfully enter. We are hungry and miss home. We go on, and we are thankful because we have songs. And when we write our songs become a part of us, our center. Our home. A song does not have to be a part of a collection. It is more important for music to take the path it chooses, and an artist must be willing to let this happen. THE VALLEY PATH is one song. And a song is a thing that changes.”

The record was engineered by Travis Kammeyer, mastered by Vince Burke and features the fittingly striking cover art by Adam Pernell Deal. Check it out at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2410 .

As a precursor to the release of THE VALLEY PATH, USX will be performing several one-off shows, including three full acoustic performances in North and South Carolina. Confirmed dates include:

USX Live Actions
4/16/2011 Earshot Records – Greenville SC – ACOUSTIC SHOW
4/22/2011 Static Age Records – Asheville NC – ACOUSTIC SHOW
4/29/2011 or 4/30/2011 (TBA) Night Light – Chapel Hill, NC – ACOUSTIC SHOW
5/25/2011 Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN w/ Black Skies, Generation Of Vipers
5/26/2011 The Get Down – Asheville, NC w/ Black Skies, Generation Of Vipers, Caltrop
5/27/2011 King’s – Raleigh, NC w/ Black Skies, Caltrop, Royal Thunder

“Nate Hall is a plain-faced general calling his troops to a doomed battle, but then jerking awake occasionally to find that it was all a moonshine hallucination.” — Decibel

“At times this is heavy, heavy psych that possesses the power to blow yer mind to little bits, but it’s when the band let their psych out to play with a Laurel Canyon acoustic strum that things really take off. Headphones and a bong are mandatory packing items for this trip.” — Montreal Mirror

“US Christmas provide an album that challenges listeners instead of directly handing them emotions.” — Slug Magazine

“USX weave a psychedelic spell as potent as that by any other mystic. Open your third eye and get that nail ready.” — Sleazegrinder


-It was a pretty big week for cool guitarists on “American Idol.” First Zakk Wylde appeared on Wednesday, playing Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” with contestant James Durbin. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk5ph-DfRDk and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpBDsE81LuA . Then last night Rihanna performed “California King Bed,” featuring Nuno Bettencourt. Check that one out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1ZEieOZP4I .

-The lineup for this year’s Wacken Open Air has changed; Devil Driver had to cancel due to other touring commitments, and Dir En Grey and Lacrimas Profundere have been added. See http://www.wacken.com/ for more.

Thanks to Eric “Berzerker” Helgeson and Bill “1919” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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