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Issue #590
Week of April 25, 2011

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-Here’s hoping your jelly-bean-and-chocolate-bunny-fueled sugar high has finally worn off… – Tim

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-Dream Theater — An Exclusive Look Into The Band’s Search For A New Drummer

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

NEW YORK, NY — A little more than a month after original drummer Mike Portnoy’s sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an amazing and productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly with seven of the world’s greatest drummers, learning about them musically, personally and professionally, and assessing the fit of each drummer’s incredible chops with the band’s trademark prog-rock sound.

Dream Theater have been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of DT fans around the world. “The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow,” says guitarist John Petrucci. “The fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening.”

Dream Theater would like to share with its fans some of the intense process, along with the musical joy, that went into choosing a new drummer. Who is the best fit behind the kit?

Go to Dream Theater’s Facebook page to sign up for the mailing list and to receive more details about an exclusive and intimate look at the auditions, and to find out exactly when and how the momentous announcement about the band’s new lineup will be made. Also on Facebook, fans will be able to find out information about the band’s upcoming 2011 World Tour.


To see where Dream Theater is playing near you, head to our TOURS section.


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-Lizzy Borden Posts Recording Update!

Here’s an update from the Lizzy Borden camp:

“2010 was an amazing year for Lizzy Borden touring in Europe, Japan and the States with our ‘Appointment With Death Show.’ The festivals and headline dates in every country were all very special to us in one way or another. This was all possible due to our very well received APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH record.

“We created two epic videos that aired on MTV (one of which was nominated for video of the year on ‘Headbanger’s Ball’) and a brand new stage show that proved to everyone that this was a new era for Lizzy Borden. The APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH show and record took a giant leap forward into a whole new generation of fans all around the world. (Don’t miss our year end summary video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ir9Rgp9uE ). We are now in the writing process for a new Lizzy Borden record as well as new videos and a brand new stage show soon to follow.

“Because we do not wish to repeat ourselves we are taking our time with this new release to make sure we create songs that inspire us for the visual medium as well as our usual audio mayhem. This new record is already heading in a more (individual) song oriented direction, and it is my hope that we end up with at least ten new songs that can stand on their own and will be the soundtrack for our new generation of Lizzy Borden fans, all the while satisfying our dedicated fans who have been with us from the beginning.

“We learned so much from last year in what you want from us from switching songs in and out of the set based on reaction, all of that is starting to feed into the writing for the new record. At one point last year we had seven songs in the set from APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH and the only complaint we had was to play longer! It is our strong desire that we have that same problem for our upcoming release.

“Because we want this new release to be very special and something very different than anything we have done before we are on the hunt to find the right producer that can understand the misunderstood. Finding that ‘right producer’ may be the biggest task we have at hand.

“Having said all of the above, we can’t stay off the stage for too long or we will start to go studio-crazy, so you just may find us out and about playing shows in 2011 while we work on the new record, possibly here and there all over the world. Please check in to our Facebook fan page for upcoming shows and more recording updates throughout 2011.

“We hope to see you all very soon!”


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-Michael Bormann: Euro Tour Kicked Off In Spain And Here’s The Rest!

The original Ex-Jaded Heart star of 14 years founder-singer-record producer Michael Bormann, also known as front man for Bonfire, Letter X and Zeno Roth, is back stronger than ever on the road to huge success with his knockout fourth solo release titled DIFFERENT.

Michael Bormann has kicked off his tour in Madrid, Spain on April 9th 2011 to rave live reviews!

The Michael Bormann Tour 2011 band lineup is:
Andreas “Rippel” Rippelmeier (Heavenward) – guitars
Barish Kepic (Jaded Heart, Powerworld) – guitars
Guido Gallus (Heavenward) – drums
Chris Ivo (Jaded Heart, The Sygnet, Doro) – keyboards
Ilker Ersin (Powerworld, Freedom Call) – Bass
…and of course the Maestro himself Michael Bormann – acoustic guitars and lead vocals

Quote from the man with the golden vox Michael Bormann:

“Hello Rock ‘n’ Rollers ūüėČ What can I say… MADRID RULES! Amazing show!!! My personal TOP 5 gig! Couldn’t believe, HOW great the audience was. I was swept off my feet!! You left me breathless!!! Thank you my spanish friends for an unforgettable night! Next, we rock the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland! The set list includes songs from all four of the Michael Bormann solo releases plus, some of my songs from the true Jaded Heart era! Hope to rock you on UK soil soon!

“~Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll~”

MetalTalk.net’s Dutch Michaels caught up with Michael Bormann’s US personal manager Leslie Monet whom further added that Michael Bormann is prime to be picked up by a major US label with all the crossover radio chart-toppers on his latest best selling release DIFFERENT, despite his astronomical success as an indy artist. Michael Bormann’s DIFFERENT is a strong contender for the 54th Grammy Awards as I am “extremely confident” that Michael will land onto the highly impressive Grammy short-list’s streaming for voters which is a huge honor in itself taking into consideration that more than 20,000 entries on any given year are submitted as history has proven with Michael Bormann making the cut with his previous solo releases CAPTURE THE MOMENT (2008), Michael Bormann’s first re-released (2009) on RMB Records with four brand new bonus tracks and CONSPIRACY (2006) with some of the biggest names in the music industry that are larger than life. Michael Bormann solo music is available for digital downloads at Amazon and iTunes Worldwide ranked one of the best selling independent artists of today. A dynamite blend of hard rock/metal/melodic rock/modern rock and modern adult contemporary at its finest for good measure of which Michael Bormann has had continued success in the European and US markets. We are currently in discussions regarding potential UK concert dates as with other expected groundbreaking Michael Bormann upcoming music news. (ok Leslie I think we gotta the picture here. new Yawkers lol)

Michael Bormann Up Close & Personal video teaser the making of his fourth solo release DIFFERENT!!!

Michael’s MySpace page read after The Madrid concert:

April 9th & 10th 2011

Raul Beckham – “All the thanks to you Michael for the amazing show,… you still rocks¬°¬°¬°¬°”

Javier Garc√≠a Casamayor – “Danke Michael. Fantastisches Konzert!! Sie und Ihre jungs ihr habt uns eine unvergessliche Nacht. Jederzeit wieder.”

Eva Montes Nieto – “Thanks, Michael for an unforgettable night and for being so nice!”

Jose Manuel Alvarez Santos – “Superb show last saturday night in Madrid, thanks Michael for all you’ve given to us!!”

Sergio Pc – “Thank you for the concert in…Madrid, SPECTACULAR!!!

Olga Pl√° – “Amazing concert yesterday, thank you for making us feel so special. And so ‘magical’ Come back soon… :)”

Carol Runaway – “Thanks for the a great concert in Madrid!!! kisses!!!”

Maria Jose Saxonmetal – “A very good concert yesterday in Madrid..ou yeahhhhh”

Padrinoy Madrina – “Michael, it was a pleasure to talk with your daughter, also your performance in Madrid was amazing, greetings from my husband and me.”

Dave Tempest – “We want more”

You can Catch Michael Bormann on his DIFFERENT tour on the dates below:

Thursday, May 5 · 8:00 p.m. Р10:00 p.m.- DE-Mannheim Р7er Club
Friday, May 6 ¬∑ 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.- DE-M√ľnchen – Garage Deluxe
Saturday, May 7 · 8:00 p.m. Р11:00 p.m.- CH/Uster РRockcity
Sunday, May 8 · 8:00 p.m. Р11:00 p.m.- DE-Ludwigsburg РRofa 2
Friday, May 13 ¬∑ 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.- DE-L√ľbeck – Riders Cafe
Saturday, May 14 · 7:00 p.m. Р10:00 p.m.- DE-Bochum РZeche
Friday, June 3 · 8:00 p.m. Р11:00 p.m.- DE-Duisburg РDas Parkhaus
Saturday, June 4 · 8:00 p.m. Р11:00 p.m. РDE-Zirndorf РSaal des ASV Zirndorf

More Euro and UK Dates to Follow Before Michael Embarks on his USA Tour.

Having toured with Michael in the past, I can only wish him more success, and say what a gentleman he is!

-Dutch Michaels

Michael Bormann In Concert! Tickets!!!
Germany and Netherlands buy tickets at TicketMaster and Eventim:



Michael Bormann (53) Hot digital download tracks available Worldwide at Amazon and iTunes direct links!!!

Michael Bormann UK Amazon click link:

Michael Bormann (Germany) Amazon klicke link:

Michael Bormann US Amazon click link:

Michael Bormann websites

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-Heathen: North American Tour To Commence Today In Vancouver

Today Bay Area legends Heathen kick off a long-anticipated North American tour with headliners/German thrash kings Destruction! The North American Reckoning Tour 2011 will commence at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver and ravage its way through 19 cities before drawing to a close at The Key Club in Hollywood. Warbeast will also be joining the trek.

Commented guitarist Kragen Lum: “We’re stoked to be going out on the road again with our friends in Destruction on the North American Reckoning Tour. Get ready for the chaos!”

Heathen will be touring in support of their critically-acclaimed THE EVOLUTION OF CHAOS full-length, which marked their first studio offering in nearly 20 years! Released in North American via Holland’s Mascot Records last year, the record reaped praise from critics and fans nationwide. “There are hardly any weak moments on the album and this is as close as it gets to a modern-day thrash classic,” said Metal Underground in a 4.5/5 review. Added About.com in a 4/5 rating: “Oldschool thrashers certainly remember Heathen from back in the day, but their return will garner them a whole new generation of fans,” while Mind Over Metal noted: “There’s nary a boring moment on the album, and when combined with strong production and memorable artwork, you have a solid contender for one of the best metal releases of 2010. The band’s current lineup includes Lum (Prototype), David White (vocals), Lee Altus (guitar; Exodus), Jon Torres (bass; Angelwitch) and Darren Minter (drums).

Heathen – “North American Reckoning” Tour
with Destrcution and Warbeast!
4/26/2011 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
4/27/2011 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/29/2011 Oakland Metro Opera House – Oakland, CA
4/30/2011 The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
5/01/2011 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
5/03/2011 Oriental Theatre – Denver, CO
5/05/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
5/06/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
5/07/2011 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
5/08/2011 Maverick’s Bar – Ottawa, ON
5/09/2011 Foufones Electriques – Montreal, QC
5/10/2011 Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
5/11/2011 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
5/12/2011 Church of Boston – Boston, MA
5/13/2011 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
5/16/2011 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
5/17/2011 Mug Shots – Austin, TX
5/18/2011 Numbers – Houston, TX
5/20/2011 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
5/21/11 Angel’s Roadhouse – Yucaipa, CA
5/22/11 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA


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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

EMBRACE THE SUN: Lion Music Japan Benefit Album Artwork Unveiled

Lion Music are proud to unveil the cover artwork for EMBRACE THE SUN, our benefit album from which all artist royalties and label profits shall be donated to the Red Cross benefit for the victims of the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

The album artwork (and inlay) has been produced by long-time Lion Music associate Carl-Andre Beckston (Monowasp).

EMBRACE THE SUN will feature only previously unreleased and in many cases new songs recorded exclusively for this special album from many acts on the Lion Music roster as well as some special surprises.

Full artist involvement and track listing will be confirmed soon.

EMBRACE THE SUN is set for release on 17th June 2011.

Join the album’s special Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lionmusicjapanbenefit .

Seventh Wonder Announce New Drummer

Swedish progressive metal act Seventh Wonder after a long search are pleased to confirm Stefan Norgren (ex Lion’s Share) as their new permanent drummer after a long search to replace the departed Johnny Sandin.

Stefan is an experienced musician who was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, has been a teacher and drum instructor for many years, possesses a great voice and also plays piano and guitar. Stefan brings a slightly heavier, angrier and more groove based drumming approach to the band.

On his appointment to Seventh Wonder Stefan comments: “I can’t wait to take on this challenge. Johnny’s work is insane so listening to the bands back catalogue and learning the drum parts has been both exciting and scary. My philosophy will be to stay true to the original drums while adding my personal touch.”

On Stefan’s arrival in the band Seventh Wonder guitarist Johan Liefvendahl comments: “When he walked in we instantly hit it off personally, which is very important in any band. We spent the day jamming and he auditioned a few SW songs and we all felt that what he brought was just what we were looking for. We’re very happy to have him aboard!”

Keyboard player Andreas Soderin adds: “Obviously, not having a drummer all these months had in a way brought the band to a standstill. When Stefan set up his gear and began tearing it up with us that day it was kind of like a rocket launch for us. Seventh Wonder is now at full speed ahead!”

Seventh Wonder released their fourth album THE GREAT ESCAPE in December 2011 on Lion Music. The video for the track “Alley Cat” from that release has seen over 130k views on YouTube:

Seventh Wonder will be headlining the prestigious ProgPower Europe Festival on Friday September 30.

Full info on “The Great Escape” at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/greatescape.htm .

Twinspirits Unveil “The Making Of LEGACY” Videos

Italian progressive metallers Twinspirits, who released their third album LEGACY on Lion Music in February 2011, have made available a number of special “making of” videos on YouTube to give fans an exclusive peak behind the scenes of the albums creation.

Twinspirits keyboardist/composer Daniele Liverani worked his way through over 150GB of recorded footage to produce the following clips.

General “Making Of LEGACY” video:

Other videos can be found at:

“The Endless Sleep” Studio Sessions Split Screen full vids:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_chdHPyX8c
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=773Ojmrfgjo

“The Endless Sleep” Keyboards Sessions short medley:

“What Am I Supposed To Do” Goran Vocals Session:

“Legacy” Goran Vocals Session:

The Making Of “Slave To This World” video:

LEGACY Picking Up Postive Press

LEGACY is being widely hailed as Twinspirits best work to date with some selected comments:

5/5 at http://www.ytsejam.com/

“Like contemporaries Circus Maximus, Sun Caged, and Mind’s Eye, Twinspirits have created the template for modern progressive metal — instead of playing by the steadfast symphonic rules, they don’t walk on thin ice or turn their music into an emotional train wreck or conjure up a concoction of overzealous vain ridden solos that go nowhere — there is catchiness, tough riffs, hook laden arrangements, and the passionate technical tinge that all makes this album something exceptional, as there is a lot for those whole the musical scheme of things and there is a lot for those who love ‘songs’ as well.”

96/100 at http://www.virtuosityone.com/

“Daniele Liverani is well known for his grand visions (‘Genius Rock Opera’ anyone?) but with Twinspirits he seems to have found his niche, delivering creating intelligent, mature and enjoyable metal all performed to virtuoso levels by all involved.”

9/10 at http://www.metalperspective.com/

“LEGACY is an album that will speak to the ears and hearts of every progressive metal fan. Liverani is an unrest musician and composer and has led the Italian progressive metalers to a fresh album of elegant progressive/power metal.”

4.5/5.0 at http://www.dangerdog.com/

“Once more, on LEGACY, Twinspirits delivers an ambitious, intriguing blend of melodic and heavy progressive metal. Thanks to a settled lineup, Twinspirits is hitting their groove. Strongly recommended!”

86/100 at http://www.powerofmetal.dk/

“Twinspirits is moving towards the major league with this album and LEGACY is a clear move in the right direction both soundwise as well as musically.”

4/5 at http://www.friday13thmetal.co.uk/

“This album features 11 tracks of operatic at times Progressive Metal and with this album have a 30 minute epic split into 5 parts entitled ‘The Endless Sleep’ is a masterpiece in its own right.”

Order online and full information on Twinspirits’ LEGACY can be found at http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/legacy.htm .

Iron Mask Stage Time Confirmed For PPM Festival This Saturday

Neo-classical metal outfit Iron Mask have confirmed they will hit that stage at the Prog and Power Metal Fest on 30th April 2011 at Lotto Mons Expo (Belgium) at 13:30 hrs. The band will also now be playing for 40 minutes instead of the previously advertised 30 minute slot.

Iron Mask – “Forever In The Dark”

Lion Music Links
http://www.lionmusic.com/ShopSelect.htm (webstore)

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-Napalm Records News

Alestorm: Album & Video Update

BACK THROUGH TIME will hit the Seven Seas in early June and will be available as a regular jewel case, digi-book including two bonus tracks, box set including digi-book and pendant & deluxe box set including digi-book and Captain Morgan bobblehead! Fans of vinyl may choose between a black or a silver edition. All editions come with a free poster. This offer is only good while supplies last!

In addition, a new video will soon be released. The band issued the following update with regard to its production.

“Ahoy you bunch of bastards! We’ve just got back from sunny Belgrade in Serbia, where we’ve been filming the music video for our new song ‘Shipwrecked.’ No expense was spared in the making of it, and I can confidently say that it’s gonna be the best damn music video ever. ‘But how can you be so sure?’ I hear you ask. Here’s why: violin playing midgets! Hot medieval babes! Ridiculous CGI! Rampant alcohol abuse! All this and much much more! The video was directed by the mighty Ivan Colic (Epica, Kamelot, Kataklysm), and should be released sometime in May, a month before our forthcoming album BACK THROUGH TIME hits the stores! I’m sure like us, you can’t wait to see the finished thing! Happy pirating, everyone!”

Chris & Alestorm


On Tour

Leaves’ Eyes
22.04.11 NL – Sneek Bolwerk
23.04.11 NL – Enschede / Atak
24.04.11 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
25.04.11 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
26.04.11 DE – N√ľrnberg / Z Bau
28.04.11 CH – Pratteln / Z7
29.04.11 IT – Bologna / Sottotetto Sound Club
30.04.11 IT – Romagnano Sesia-Novara / Rock N Roll Arena

Supporting Tarja Turunen – Watch the Liv / Tarja Interview HERE!

03.05.11 DE – Stuttgart / Longhorn
04.05.11 DE – Erlangen / E-Werk
06.05.11 DE – M√ľnchen / Backstage
07.05.11 DE – Karlsruhe / Festhalle Durlach
10.05.11 DE – Bonn / Br√ľckenforum
11.05.11 DE – Osnabr√ľck / Rosenhof
13.05.11 DE РHamburg / Große Freiheit
14.05.11 BE – Durbuy / Durbuy Rock Festival (without Tarja)
16.05.11 DE – Leipzig / Haus Auensee
17.05.11 DE – Neu Isenburg / Hugenottenhalle
19.05.11 DE – Bochum / Matrix
20.05.11 DE – Hannover / Capitol

22.10.11 BE – Wieze / Metal Female Voices Festival

Supporting Leaves’ Eyes

22.04.11 NL – Sneek / Bolwerk
23.04.11 NL – Enschede / Atak
24.04.11 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
25.04.11 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
27.04.11 AT – Innsbruck / PMK**
28.04.11 CH – Pratteln / Z7
29.04.11 IT – Bologna / Sottotetto Sound Club
30.04.11 IT – Romagnano Sesia / Rock N Roll Arena
14.05.11 BE – Bomal-sur-Ourthe / Durbuy Rock Festival
03.06.11 HU – Budapest / Metalfest
22./23.10.11 BE – Wieze / Metal Female Voices Festival
**without Leaves’Eyes

Napalm Records

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-Tony Martin To Guest On New Arrayan Path Album!

As announced last month, the new Arrayan Path album (IRA IMPERIUM) to be released in September through Pitch Black Records, will also feature a special guest vocal appearance. Ever since the announcement, fans have been bombarding the band to reveal who it is and although this was originally planned to be announced later this month, the band decided to spill the beans now so as to please all their fans.

The guest vocalist appearing on the band’s new album is none other than former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin who will be sharing vocals on the album’s title track along with Nicholas Leptos.

In the band’s own words: “We are truly humbled to have worked with this amazing singer, one of our all-time favourites! His singing has always been (and still is) out of this world and of course this is also evident in his performance on the song “Ira Imperium (The Damned).”

More news soon.


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-Ihsahn Confirmed For ProgPower USA

Former Emperor vocalist/guitarist Ihsahn will make his first American solo appearance at ProgPower USA, scheduled September 14-17 at Center Stage in Atlanta. Confirmed by festival organizer Glenn Harveston, Ihsahn replaces Arcturus on the Friday evening lineup of the popular music festival. Tickets are nearly sold out; fans are encouraged to buy tickets now.

Ihsahn comments, “I am very excited to get the opportunity to play at ProgPower. My backing band, Leprous, played the festival last year and had a fantastic time. Given the nature of my solo material, I believe this festival will be a great place to present it live. I have already performed at several festivals/shows in Europe in 2009/2010 and will do a few more this year.”

Ihsahn’s performance is expected to include selections from all three solo albums — THE ADVERSARY (2006), ANGL (2008) and his most recent, AFTER (2010). “As compelling as Emperor’s best,” says Decibel in a review of AFTER in their February 2010 issue. Continuing, the magazine notes, “Ihsahn sounds as fresh as he did fifteen years ago, but with the hindsight of a grown man.” Revolver called the album, “brimming with classical, goth, prog, and eighties-metal passages.”

After completes Ihsahn’s planned trilogy of initial recordings. The album showcases the Norwegian icon with drummer Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect), bassist Lars K. Norberg (Spiral Architect), and saxophonist Jorgen Munkeby (Shining). Currently at work on his fourth album, Ihsahn confirms he is eighty percent done with the songwriting and is planning for a mid-2012 release.

Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) Award Nominee Ihsahn (born Vegard Tveitan) began playing music at a very early age. As a teenager, his friendship with Tomas Haugen (a.k.a. Samoth) would trigger the start of his music career — one that to date includes over fifty individual recordings, five high-profile Emperor European tours (the band reaching US shores on only three occasions) and the respect of fans and peers worldwide. In mid-2009, Ihsahn gave his first live performance in Oslo supporting Opeth.

Ihsahn is endorsed exclusively by Ibanez Guitars, Line 6, Steinberg and Blackstar Amplification.

Tickets for ProgPower USA are available now via Ticketmaster.


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-Free Reign Video For “One Step Away” Makes Debut Today On America Online Noisecreep

If there’s one band in the Noisecreep universe that you shouldn’t screw around with, it’s Free Reign.


The hard rock act counts two members of the Dallas Cowboys (singer Marc Colombo and bassist Leonard Davis) and one Miami Dolphin (drummer Cory Procter), as members.

Free Reign have already won an award at the Golden God Awards (Most Metal Athletes) and count metal luminaries like Rob Halford, Vinnie Paul, and Zakk Wylde as fans.

Free Reign have just released the aptly titled HEAVIER THAN METAL, their debut album. Noisecreep has the world premiere of “One Step Away,” the band’s brand new video.

We also spoke with Marc Colombo about the song and the idea behind the clip.

Click here for more and to view the video:

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-Foghat Video Contest — Send Us A Photo!

Hello to all of our friends!

Last year, on June 15th, Foghat released their first Blues CD LAST TRAIN HOME. The reviews have been fantastic and we have had a lot of fun with this recording!

Now… to continue the fun we are having a VIDEO CONTEST and we want you to be part of it!

We will be posting lyrics from the title track “Last Train Home” to our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/foghat every few days. We want you to POST A PHOTO corresponding to that lyric. Feel free to post more than one, and tell your friends!

To get into the spirit we are offering you a FREE DOWNLOAD of the song “Last Train Home” along with easy instructions about the contest. Just go to http://www.foghat.net/ and click on the link. Winners will get their name in the video credits and win an autographed copy of LAST TRAIN HOME. AND if you come to a show we will be sure to get you to meet the band! Just let us know you are coming!

Come and join in. We would love to see your photos!!


Thanks for being there for us and Keep rockin’!

And now a word from our sponsors!

Pick up a copy of LAST TRAIN HOME as a high quality digital download, CD or one of these limited edition options:



o The new CD and digital download
o Autographed picture of the band
o Foghat magnet and keychain
o Hat & T-Shirt!


For the ultimate Foghat Party!


o LAST TRAIN HOME CD + Digital Download
o Four Foghat shot glasses
o Autographed guitar picks
o Autographed Roger Earl drumsticks
o “Stadium Rock” book written by Jeb Wright


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-Radiant Records Update

We are ready to start taking pre-orders for the new Neal Morse Prog Concept Album, TESTIMONY 2! (release date is May 23)

Special Offer! Pre-order the Special Edition and receive a free MP3 download of Disc 1 on May 5th!

(The link and password for the download will come with your online receipt, it will be activated May 5th — You can hear the album before the concerts that start May 19th!)

There are two versions of the album, a regular two-CD version and a Special Edition three-disc box set that includes an extraordinary DVD titled THE MAKING OF TESTIMONY 2. This is really a good one.

Neal’s Book!

It’s finally done! Also, being released at the same time is Neal’s new book titled “Testimony – The Inspirational And Spiritual Journey Of A Prog Rock Musician.”

From the obscurity of dozens of California bar bands and nightclubs to the heights of some of the most prestigious concert venues worldwide, Neal Morse recounts the events that led him though the maze of musical, personal and spiritual experiences that shaped his life. Starting from his first musical endeavors as a child, Neal bears his soul as he recalls the pitfalls, heartaches and temptations along his journey.

This hard-hitting, inspirational expos√© takes the reader from Neal’s club days to the formation of Spock’s Beard and from the rigors of musical and personal burnout to the wondrous joy of spiritual fulfillment and purpose. The book spans approximately 230 pages in paperback form, and includes photos from all stages of Neal’s life.

Special Offer! Pre-order the TESTIMONY 2 Special Edition Box Set and the Book together for one low price. Neal will sign the first 200 books and Special Editions pre-ordered whether ordered separately or bundled together.

Here’s a bit about the CD and DVD:

Neal Morse – TESTIMONY 2

In 2003, Neal Morse released his TESTIMONY album. It was an artistic triumph that was and is still considered one of his best to date. With the sequel, TESTIMONY 2, Neal goes even deeper into unchartered musical and lyrical territory. Incorporating the legendary drummer Mike Portnoy and the excellent bassist, Randy George, this breathtaking album is a prog epic with depth that will dazzle and melodies that reach into the soul.

Disc 1 – TESTIMONY 2, the main disc tells us the poignant story of Neal’s life from the beginning of Spock’s Beard through when his leaving the band in 2002. The brilliant conceptual piece consists of 13 songs in three sections each over twenty minutes long.
Total time: 78:52

Disc 2 consists of three great tracks. Two shorter songs and one 26:00 minute prog epic, “Seeds Of Gold” which features a guitar solo by famed guitarist, Steve Morse.
Total Time: 36:51

This album marks the audio reunion of Spock’s Beard as it contains a “tribute” to Spock’s where Neal and the guys sing an elaborate vocal section that is reminiscent of the early days of the band.

Guests Include:
Nick D’Virgilio
Alan Morse
Dave Meros
Steve Morse
Paul Bielatowicz
Matthew Ward
Members of the Nashville Symphony

THE MAKING OF TESTIMONY 2 DVD – An in-depth look behind the scenes at the entire process of creating this amazing album. Edited by Chad Hoerner. This one really shines! From the beginning of the writing process on the beaches of California, to the tracking sessions in Nashville Tennessee, this documentary will take you on the journey along with Neal, Mike Portnoy and Randy George as they create this epic. Not to be missed!

Total running time: 64:28 NTSC Region Free

Here’s the track listing for the CDs:

Disc One
Part Six: (22:50)
– Mercy Street
– Overture No. 4
– Time Changer (with Spock’s Beard)
– Jayda
Part Seven: (22:54)
– Nighttime Collectors
– Time has come Today
– Jesus’ Blood
– The Truth Will Set You Free
Part Eight: (32:36)
– Chance of a Lifetime
– Jesus Bring Me Home
– Road Dog Blues
– It’s For You
– Crossing Over
– Mercy Street Revisited
Total Time: 78:22

Disc Two
Absolute Beginner (4:39)
Supernatural (6:11)
Seeds of Gold (25:59)
Total Time: 36:52

Pre-order now at http://www.radiantrecords.com/ .

We will be shipping all these items to arrive on or as close to the release date of May 23rd as possible.

Check out all the other great items in our store while you are there!

Thank you,
Cherie Morse
Radiant Records

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-Scream Arena Hits Hard With Debut Single, “Forever”

YORK, UK — Rising Brit hard rockers, Scream Arena have just released their debut single, “Forever” b/w “Another Night In London Town.” Taken from their self-titled debut album, due this summer through Vanity Music Group, the single (and album) was helmed by Paul Sabu, who has worked with the likes of David Bowie, John Waite, Madonna, Shakira, Kiss and more.

Hailing from York, England, Scream Arena take their musical cue from classic British hard rock acts such as Judas Priest, Rainbow and Queen as well as giving a nod to American bands Ratt, W.A.S.P. and Van Halen.

Forging a reputation as a powerful live act, Scream Arena have held support slots with the likes of Gun, Panic Room, The Sign and Terrorvision, amongst others.

“Forever” is available digitally via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/forever-single/id428754001 and other legal download sites.

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-Lana Lane, The Bob Moog Foundation And The Wall Of Doom To Join Erik Norlander At RoSFest 2011

Limited Number Of Tickets Still Available For Prestigious Prog-Rock Fest

The Galactic Collective, an innovative re-imagining of the best of Erik Norlander’s vast instrumental catalog, is scheduled to perform at the prestigious progressive rock festival RoSFest on Saturday, May 21st from 5-7 p.m. with a very special guest appearance by symphonic rock icon Lana Lane. Norlander’s band of stellar musicians includes guitarist Freddy DeMarco, bassist Mark Matthews, and drummer Nick LePar, all from the Akron, Ohio area. Also joining this performance will be Asheville, North Carolina vocalist Debrissa McKinney who worked with Norlander on the Moogus Operandi concert last year. An additional highlight of the concert will be Norlander’s Wall Of Doom, a massive Moog modular analog synthesizer whose core dates back to 1967. Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of The Bob Moog Foundation, will be introducing the band on stage and hosting a table for the Foundation throughout the festival.

The Rites Of Spring Festival 2011 (RoSFest) will be hosted by the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg, PA May 20th – May 22nd. A limited amount of tickets are still available and can be purchased at http://www.rosfest.com/ .

“RoSFest is a special event for me,” affirms Norlander. “And we have put together some very special plans for the show. In addition to bringing out the Wall Of Doom, my 24-oscillator 1967 modular Moog synthesizer, we will play the entire Galactic Collective album along with some songs from my solo catalog that have never been performed live before. Lana and Debrissa will bring a vocal element to The Galactic Collective, both in a choral fashion like we did on the album and also to deliver some vocal songs from my composed catalog. We will play a two-hour set. I’m also honored to have Michelle Moog-Koussa join us at the festival, both to introduce the band and to promote her vital work with The Bob Moog Foundation.”

About The Galactic Collective:
Erik Norlander’s The Galactic Collective CD was released by Chian Productions on March 27, 2010. The Galactic Collective is a fresh and innovative take on the best of Norlander’s vast instrumental catalog written for Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane, and his own solo albums over the years. The versatile keyboardist recorded the CD with an astounding array of classic analog synthesizers, Hammond organ, and a Steinway grand piano at Cleveland’s Magnetic North Studio with engineer Chris Keffer (Syzygy) and executive producer Dena Henry. Musicians included bassist Mark Matthews, drummer Nick LePar, and a cadre of stellar guest guitarists including John Payne (Asia Featuring John Payne), Mitch Perry (Asia Featuring John Payne, Michael Schenker Group) and Mark McCrite (Rocket Scientists) along with leading Ohio artists Freddy DeMarco and Ron Redfield.

Erik Norlander Facebook Fan Page – http://tinyurl.com/ycfxd8k

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-UK Guitarist Festival “MonkeyFest” Offers Guitar Tuition From Virtuoso Talent

New UK Fest Brings Guitar Tuition From The Screen To The Stage

LONDON, UK — MonkeyFest is a new UK-based music festival taking place from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2011 at Bisley Pavilion, Woking. Hosted by Rob “The Monkey Lord” Chapman — who is frequently YouTube’s UK #1 most-viewed musician, and is internationally acclaimed for his free online tuition — Rob is bringing guitar tuition from the screen to the stage at MonkeyFest.

MonkeyFest is a unique event combining tuition and performance, and with a lineup comprising of blistering shred guitarists, smooth classical artists and driving rock bands, it has something to offer everyone. Guitar heroes such as Guthrie Govan, Andy James and Alex Hutchings are confirmed to perform and teach alongside the likes of Godsized, Haken and Sons Of Icarus topped-off with rising talent, including Ben Wilshire, Sammy Coulson and Adam Lee.

MonkeyFest is a one-of-a-kind festival experience run by guitarists for guitarists, who are absolutely mad about guitars, guitar music, gear and the fraternity and brotherhood that is sacred amongst players. MonkeyFest is a gathering of like-minded musicians.

With a lineup of virtuosos from all over the world, and a fantastic venue to hold the event, MonkeyFest tickets are available from just £55 at http://www.seetickets.com/ .


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-Producer-Guitarist Ray DeTone Helms Debut Mark Clarke Solo Album

NEW YORK CITY — New York City based producer and session guitarist Ray DeTone recently completed work on Billy Squier, Colosseum, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Mountain and Natural Gas bass player, Mark Clarke’s debut solo album, MOVING TO THE MOON, which is available now, through the Philadelphia based, It’s About Music label. Ray also has five co-writes on the CD and shows off his skills as a “serious” composer with his orchestral arrangements on two of the tracks.

DeTone, who has worked with artists as varied as Paul Di’anno from Iron Maiden, Ronnie Spector, Drive, She Said, Japanese star Himuro w. Grammy Winning Producer Neil Dorfsman, Chinese legend Phil Chang and the Taiwanese rock band Power Station, performed all the guitar tracks on MOVING TO THE MOON, which was recorded at Ray’s own Dancetone Music studio. Ray says, “Working with Mark was a blast! We’d get rolling with a full head of steam and all of sudden something would remind him of a story from back in his Liverpool days … ‘one day me and Ringo were driving down the M1 and …’ and the session would come to a screaming halt. HaHa. The history this man has been involved in is simply amazing! I’m honored to be able to work so closely with him.”

Ray has recently placed songs in two episodes of MTV’s “Pranked,” co-written a song for the 40th Anniversary Colosseum release and was even asked by Colosseum leader, John Hiseman, what he used to record Mark Clarke’s voice on the demo. This past winter Ray played guitar on Fred Weidenhammer’s release, and will be recording with multi-platinum songwriter/producer Heather Holley (Christina Aguilera) on the voice of the David Lynch movie, “Mulholland Drive,” Rebekah Del Rio’s record slated to start production early this Summer. DeTone has also taken over the single guitar chair in the show Celebrating Queen with performances at NYC’s B.B. King’s & The Palace Theatre already under his belt and more scheduled around the US starting in May. Ray also continues to do the “reading” gigs with a multitude of Chinese pop stars that perform in concert around the US while still turning out compositions for the Omni Music library on a regular basis.

His production credits also continue to grow, as he just finished producing Danish singer, Kamilla Kristensen, and is presently working in the studio with a couple of fresh faced youngsters developing their talents.

You can visit and listen to Ray’s three instrumental CDs at http://www.raydetone.com/ , iTunes or his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ray-DeTone/78167221945 .

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-Barn Burner Announces BANGERS II: SCUM OF THE EARTH And Post First New Song!

With the volume, technicality and intensity that embodies heavy metal and the overarching catchiness and longevity of stoner and classic rock, Barn Burner capture a signature sound that cannot be easily placed or categorized. Cultivating the principles of partying and the everlasting might of the riff, Barn Burner creates a live atmosphere that render an audience incapable of standing still. Whether it is giving your best friend a well-deserved swill of beer or lovingly smashing the bottle over his head to the sound of a ruthless riff, Barn Burner will fulfill the demands of its listeners. Having finished their second record and follow up to the critically acclaimed BANGERS, Barn Burner are prepared to unleash something more fierce.

“Keg Stand And Deliver,” the debut single from the new album BANGERS II: SCUM OF THE EARTH, can be heard NOW on metalblade.com/barnburner . Pre-orders are also available!

BANGERS II: SCUM OF THE EARTH will be released June 3/6 in Europe!

The upcoming release of their second full-length record, entitled BANGERS II: SCUM OF THE EARTH, saw Barn Burner teaming up with producer/engineer Adrian Popovich once again (Tricky Woo, Priestess, Sam Roberts, The Dears, and Sebastian Grainger) to create a truly original heavy metal record. While maintaining some of the core aspects of their previous record, Barn Burner have captured something more intense, taking steps to create an album more dynamic then their last. Having already toured Canada, the US and Europe with the likes of Priestess, Bison B.C., and 3 Inches Of Blood, Barn Burner intend to continue its war path in support of the Metal Blade release of BANGERS II.

Vocalist/guitarist Kevin Keegan tells us “we will be hitting the road with 3 Inches Of Blood and Cancer Bats in May in Canada so look forward to us bothering you for a place to stay on our way across Canada with a couple of the most killer bands this country has to offer. Let’s party!”

“This music is all about the swagger, and the foursome carries themselves like the 1976-77 Habs: they will own you, plain and simple, no matter how hung over they are from the night before.” – Decibel Magazine

“huge groovy riffs that would make Phil Lynott proud.” – Craveonline.com

“the band is electrifying, and whether you are in the mood to headbang or not, they inject something into your bloodstream that renders you incapable of resisting the overpowering urge.” – Outburn Magazine


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-KeyDragon: New MYTHICAL CD Keeps Mystique Alive

Recent Goth-Metal Release Flames On With Vision, Range And Expertise

The enigmatic entity known as the KeyDragon — a gothic-metal manifestation which has dwelt for years in the gold-country region of Grass Valley, California — emerges from its mountain lair once again to breathe forth a fiery musical offering entitled MYTHICAL. Written and arranged by dragon-centric keyboardist Ron Langford, the disk celebrates, as do all KeyDragon releases, the heritage and role of the dragon in human lore and culture around the globe. Recorded at KeyDragon Studios in Nevada County by Ron and a powerful posse of players, the MYTHICAL CD was released in mid-August, and is now available through various sources, including CD Baby. On this eighth KeyDragon compilation, the angelic voice of Tamara Venus Star once again provides a harmonious foil for Ron’s raging fulminations, while additional “dragon vocals” are furnished by Jake DeMarco. Holly Rains returns on drums and percussion, Andrew Grant plays bass, and guitar duties are credited this time to Roger Rains, with additional six-string support coming from Ben Blackmon on a couple of tracks.

MYTHICAL delivers a full-value clutch of 14 tracks, and it could come as a surprise to those familiar with the band that this eighth KeyDragon CD opens with a song which is not specifically about the incendiary reptiles that are so near and dear to Ron Langford’s heart. Entitled “Happy Face,” the disk’s first ditty commences with Tamara gently encouraging the listener to “take a deep breath … relax … and put on a happy face,” after which Ron stirs things up with his accustomed aggro approach, on top of a Primus-like sonic salad. The band then takes off for more familiar territory, first to find the Dragon of Borneo in the chunkily-rocking “Kinabalu,” and then to meet the “Ethiopian Dragon” in a song that features both cool synthesizers from Ron and sweet, Celtic-sounding melodies from Tamara. And next, surprise, comes “Do You Ever Feel Like?” — another song that doesn’t mention dragons by name, and which might remind one a little, at the outset, of Megadeth’s “Sweating Bullets.” Yet as Ron explores the theme of frustration, yelling about “smashing all around, stomping on the ground,” one sees that while dragons are not actually identified in the lyrics, Ron’s expressions of aggravation could still be interpreted as reptilian roars of wrath. Next, it’s off to Japan for “The Legend Of Yofune-Nushi,” which features clever instrumental interplay as a foundation for the story of an equal-opportunity heroine: a devoted daughter who slays a dragon and rescues a dad. The journey continues to ancient Greece — in its mythical days of yore! — for the thrash-toned tale of “Typhon,” the gigantic, coiled, god-battling beast who met his doom beneath Mount Aetna.

In another break from dreams of dragon-fire, a song called “So Fragile” gives the listener a prime example of the contrast between Ron and Tamara, who perform in a complementary yin-and-yang duality. Like “Typhon” before it, and many other KeyDragon compositions, the piece operates in dramatic point-counterpoint fashion, with Ron roaring in rage while Tamara tenderly intones, sometimes separately, sometimes simultaneously.

“A Stay In The Waters Kingdom” takes a look at a vintage remnant of French folklore, recounting the saga of a mighty, magical creature named Drac. Coming home to the New World, Ron and his musical minions unfurl three Native American dragon-tales this time around, ranging all the way from “Nanabozho,” taking place near Lake Superior, out to “Coyote And The Dragon” in the Pacific Northwest, and down to the Hopi Nation, in the Southwest domain of “Palulukon,” a great feathered serpent. The construction of “Palulukon” is based simply on an appealing piano foundation and a straightforward vocal delivery from Tamara, and the song is endearingly melodic and charming, as well as brief, clocking in at just over two minutes in length. “Coyote And The Dragon,” on the other hand, goes longer and louder, containing busy, progressive riffs that are partly due to guest-work by Ben Blackmon, while “Nanabozho” is highlighted by metallic influences that range from Maiden to Leppard to B√ĖC. Moving on, “The Wave Rider” is another thrasher that isn’t about dragons, nor is “Whose Life Is It?,” which charges out strong and heavy with a potent bass and drum impact, propelling a simple riff that soon combines with creative changes to keep things interesting. And the disk closes with “Rustam,” the story of a great hero from Persian folklore, who gained fame by vanquishing a fearsome dragon foe. Fans should be glad to find that the CD sleeve contains the lyrics — but be forewarned, some tiny type was used to fit all the words into a two-page spread.

As in previous KeyDragon releases, Ron sounds like many death-metal vocalists, as though he gargles with Drano, and this approach produces a tone that’s appropriate for one who seeks to emulate the dragon’s roar, evoking its fierce majesty. Ron’s guiding vision is singular and strong, and his musical choices remain his own, as he steadily avoids the sort of obvious, gratuitous cultural tie-ins that might appeal to others (no Chinese “Chopsticks,” Native tom-toms, or French can-cans, for instance). Ron provides his own punchy progressions and lyrical melodies, and brings them to life with great musicianship and production, ensuring that MYTHICAL is as expertly realized as it was ambitiously imagined. Holly’s precise drumwork is outstanding throughout the entire compilation, while Roger’s tight guitar phrasing and choppy chords team well with Ron’s keys and Andrew’s bass, filling the dragon’s cavern with imposing sound. While MYTHICAL might not be to the taste of all ears all the way through, the disk does contain much to please a wide range of aficionados. KeyDragon, the goth-metal dragon from Northern California, pours fire once more, inviting rockers far and wide to heed the clamor and partake of the MYTHICAL CD — a distinctive musical expression that roars, up and down the scales, for attention and respect.


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-Argus: Full Album Stream & Contest Hosted By MetalReview Is Live Today

With the street date for Pennsylvania-based traditional/doom metal warriors Argus’ sophomore album, BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED, just over a week away, high-traffic metal ‘zine MetalReview.com is hosting a stream of the entire ten-song opus until its official for North American release on May 3, via Cruz Del Sur Records. Stop by and crank up the album stream at this location now!


In addition to the album stream, MetalReview is also hosting a contest in conjunction with Cruz Del Sur and Argus directly. Running from now until the May 3 North American release date, the “Name That Mascot And Tell Us What The Hell He’s Doing On Those Two Covers” contest focuses on the cover art for Argus’ new BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED full-length, as well as their 2009 self-titled debut album, both crafted by artist Brad Moore. Check out the full details and enter the contest at this location.


“They are simply about making fist-in-the-air heavy metal of the highest order, and here they succeed effortlessly with an album equally musical, emotionally-charged, and balls-out-rockin’, but most importantly timeless. 9.2/10” – Metal Review

“…jam-packed with solid doom-metal riffage and tasty, melodic solos while Balich’s voice soaring overtop like a true Messiah. 9/10” – Hellbound

“Unlike bands such as Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus, Argus is not afraid to let the tempos run into the mid-range and thus avoids an album of dirges. 4.25/5” – The Metal Crypt

“…soulful metal for thoughtful metal fans; the likes of which makes for some truly memorable music.” – Metal Army America


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-Iggy & The Stooges RAW POWER LIVE: IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS To Be Digitally Released April 26, 2011 Via MVD Entertainment Group

Free Song And Photo Downloads At InTheHandsOfTheFans.com

Iggy & The Stooges’ RAW POWER LIVE: IN THE HANDS OF THE FANS is the audio document of the reformed Stooges’ (Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt) RAW POWER performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival on Friday, September 3, 2010.

Of the performance, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times writes, “Iggy Pop, now 63, knew that his body language translated into still photographs resembling Mannerist paintings… The Stooges attacked the album’s eight songs, in a different order, just about perfectly.”

Iggy and the band sound flawless as they rip through the archetype riffage of “Search And Destroy,” “Raw Power,” “Gimmie Danger” and more.

“Getting this top-notch performance of the entire RAW POWER album by The Stooges realized a life long dream,” said Iggy Pop. “This sh*t really sizzles and we are so obviously a crack band in a class of our own.”

MVD Entertainment Group, an industry leader in producing and distributing music-related audiovisual content, launched the “In The Hands Of The Fans” series with the intention of utilizing the energy and talents of fans, who by means of an online video submission contest, win the opportunity to film a performance of their favorite band in HD and then interview the band members after the performance. The result is a high quality, low cost, unique program that is part concert film and part reality TV show.

Item on iTunes:

Vinyl Info / Track list:

Hi Res Cover Art:

In The Hands Of The Fans website:

MVD Entertainment Group
PO Box 280
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-Titans Eve’s Vocalist/Guitarist Comments On Buying His Own Fan T-Shirt Bootleg On eBay

Titans Eve’s vocalist / guitarist Brian Gamblin commented today on finding an interesting surprise while surfing online. Titans Eve bootleg T-Shirts straight out of Indonesia!

“Hey everyone this is Brian from Titans Eve. So today I came across band bootlegged T-shirts out of Bali, Indonesia. It’s cool that fans have taken notice of us and have begun selling DIVINE EQUAL shirts over eBay, but if you want to support us, buy a T-shirt where the money is actually going to the band, titanseve.bandcamp.com is where you will find our official tees directly from us. In the meantime, I am going to check out the quality of these bootleg T-shirts as I ordered one for myself to wear.”

Titans Eve are currently prepping for their “Divine Equal Tour” that will see them trek across Canada and USA. Additional dates for the tour will be announced soon.

Titans Eve North American Dates Part 1 – More tour dates to be added

May 17, 2011 – The Vat – Red Deer, AB – w/ guests
May 18, 2011 – Oly’s Pub – Medicine Hat, AB – w/ Ted Bundy, Trissection
May 19, 2011 – The Distillery – Calgary, AB – w/ Woods Of Ypres and guests
May 20, 2011 – Daves Sports Bar, Kelowna, B.C – w/ Woods Of Ypres and guests
May 21, 2011 – The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C – CITR 101.9FM – Powerchord 25th Anniversary Show w/ Woods Of Ypres, Scythia, Auroch Scissor Tooth, Magnus Rising
May 23, 2011 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA – w/ Woods Of Ypres and guests
May 24, 2011 – Plan B – Portland, OR w/ Stone Creep, Deth Proof and guests
May 26, 2011 – The Black Forest – Eugene, OR – w/ Stone Creep, Beyond The Red Horizion, Fullix
May 27, 2011 – On The Y – Sacramento, CA – w/ Defiant Circle, Prelude To Ruin, Queen Alice
May 28, 2011 – The Stork Club – Oakland, CA – w/ Syndicon, Ashkira, Insanity
May 29, 2011 РThe Blue Café РLos Angeles, CA Рw/ guests
May 30, 2011 – Di Piazza – Long Beach, CA – w/ Scythe, Malignent
June 1, 2011 – Meat Heads – Las Vegas, NV – w/ guests
June 3, 2011 – UB’s – Mesa, AZ – w/ Stone Creep, Misanhtropic Slaughter, The Artifact
June 4, 2011 – Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ – w/ Souless
June 6, 2011 – Night Rocker – San Antonio, TX – w/ Settling The Score, Raise The Matyr
June 7, 2011 – Head Hunters – Austin, TX – w/ No Dinero, Critical Assembly, Brink Of Disaster
June 9, 2011 – The White Swan – Houston, TX – w/ Legion, Kleos, Witness To The Fallen, Soul Skard
June 10, 2011 – Kirks Biz’zar – Gulfport, MS – w/ Soul Skard, Southern Shadow
June 11, 2011 – Sam’s Lounge – Jackson, MS – w/ Soul Skard
June 13, 2011 – Handle Bar – Pensecola, FL – w/ Pychomatics
June 14, 2011 – Brass Mug – Tampa, FL – w/ Singod, Imperial Conquest, Take Charge!
June 17, 2011 – Cafe 331 – Jacksonville, FL w/ Ultracoven, Sleight Of Mind, Product Of Treason, Newborn Ransom, Sanctum
June 18, 2011 – Shaka’s – Virginia Beach, Va – w/Guests
June 19, 2011 – JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA – w/ guests


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-Threat Signal Guitarist’s Nociceptor Signs With Pivotal Rockordings

Dallas, Texas based progressive metallers Nociceptor, which features in its ranks Threat Signal guitarist Travis Montgomery, has signed to Pivotal Rockordings. The band will officially release its debut EP AMONG INSECTS via all major digital retailers in May. The EP was produced by Montogomery himself at his home studio in Dallas.

Track listing is as follows:
1. Intro
2. The Fell
3. Emergence
4. Botfly
5. Mollusk
6. Pornoholocaust
7. Cuntagion
8. Angus McGillicuddy

AMONG INSECTS promises to be a hard-hitting riff-fiesta featuring massive grooves, scorching solos, and insane jam-offs for fans of Meshuggah, Nevermore, and Tesseract.

Nociceptor is:
JD Schmidt – Vocals
Travis Montgomery – Guitars
Joey Bartoli – Guitars
Scott Allen – Bass
Michael Eskandari – Drums


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-Hydria: POISON PARADISE Released In Japan

Brazilian symphonic metallers Hydria had their second album, POISON PARADISE, released in Japan on April 13th via Spinning ( http://www.spinninginc.jp/ ). The album was originally released in Brazil in November/2010, two years after their debut, MIRROR OF TEARS. The Japanese edition features new artwork and two bonus tracks, “Chasing Dreams” and “Face It All.” The track list can be viewed below, and also features two songs composed in 2009 for the soundtrack of “2012 Onda Zero,” a sci-fi webseries.

1. Time Of My Life (Center Of My Universe)
2. The Place Where We Belong
3. Whisper
4. When You Call My Name
5. Finally
6. Prelude
7. Distant Melody
8. The Sword
9. Queen Of Rain
10. Sweet Dead Innocence
11. Poison Paradise
12. In The Edge Of Sanity (“2012 Onda Zero” soundtrack)
13. The Only One (“2012 Onda Zero” soundtrack)
14. Chasing Dreams (bonus track)
15. Face It All (bonus track)

The album is already being promoted in Japan, and received a great review by Young Guitar magazine, which commented: “The Brazilian symphonic metal band Hydria has great highlights like the beauty of Mrs. Sch√ľler, who, with only 21 years old, charms us with her melodious voice, along with the loud male voice, which creates the feeling of agony and explosion by the guitarist/vocalist, giving an aggressive approach to a melodic and catchy atmosphere.”

Hydria is formed by Raquel Sch√ľler (vocals), Marcelo Oliveira (guitars and vocals), M√°rcio Klimberg (keyboards), Turu Henrick (bass) and Fabiano Martins (drums). Samples of the band’s work are available at http://www.myspace.com/HydriaOfficial .

Metal Brasil – Support the Brazilian metal scene

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-Iron Lamb: Cover Art Revealed

Two New Songs Streaming On Band’s Official MySpace Page

Swedish rock ‘n’ roll punks, Iron Lamb — who feature within their gristly ranks metal veterans Johan Wallin (General Surgery, Scurvy, Bombstrike, ex-Repugnant), Grga Lindstr√∂m (ex-Repugnant), Thomas Daun (Dismember, ex-Repugnant, ex-Insision) and Daniel Ekeroth (Tyrant, ex-Insision, ex-Dellamorte, author of Swedish Death Metal) — will unleash their debut full-length, THE ORIGINAL SIN, via Pulverised Records later this year.

THE ORIGINAL SIN offers up ten bludgeoning tracks and features cover art by Lindström, in collaboration with Erik Danielsson (Watain) of Trident Arts. To check it out, point your browser to http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2460 .

In addition, the band is currently streaming to new tracks — “I Don’t Wanna Be Like You” and “Dubious Preacher” — on their official MySpace page. To check them out, visit: http://www.myspace.com/ironlambofficial .


1. (Carved Out Of) Rotten Wood
2. The Original Sin
3. Dubious Preacher
4. Poison
5. Iron Lamb
6. Suicide!
7. Our Demise
8. I Don’t Like You
9. I Don’t Wanna Be Like you
10. Dead Inside


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-Fatality Release New Song “T.F.E.S.” For Free Download + Tour Dates

Toronto thrashers Fatality have released a new song dubbed “Thrash F*ck Eat Sleep” for free download in celebration of their upcoming “Eastern Intoxication Tour” that will see the band tour east coast Canada and USA from May 4th to June 3rd.

To download “T.F.E.S.” please visit the following link:

Fatality released their debut album BEERS FROM THE GRAVE back in 2009 and have shared the stage with acts such as Municipal Waste, Bonded By Blood, Evile, Holy Grail, Exodus, Razor, DBC, and have headlined many of their own high voltage performances, showing audiences a damn good time.

Facebook Tour Event

Tour dates:
May 4, 2011 – Oshawa, ON – The Atria – w/ Bolero, Into Exile, Fallen Legion (Free Show)
May 5, 2011 РOttawa, ON РCafé Dekcuf Рw/ 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


-About Music’s “Classic Punk Rock Video Clips On YouTube” feature is available at http://slclk.about.com/?zi=1/wRM .

-Warren Appleby’s new album APPLEBY CASTLE is out this week through CD Baby and iTunes. The track list: “Appleby Castle,” “Glass Moon,” “Midnight Vision,” “Grains Of Sand,” “Melody Maker,” “Sacred Space,” “Emerald Eclipse,” “Eye Ninety-Five,” “Silverstar.” Song samples are available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/warrenappleby7 and a “stills video” for the title track is available at http://www.warrenappleby.com/ .

-Chinawhite recently re-recorded the track “Wings Of The Wind” from 2009’s CHALLENGES with new singer John Neessen and new lyrics and melodies; it will be available online soon. The band now has a “safe and secure CD shop” on its website http://www.chinawhite.nl/ , and in celebration the albums BREATHE FIRE and CHALLENGES are now available for 8‚ā¨ each, including global shipping. Finally, the band is now on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chinawhite/201573813209847 .

-The Dead End Kidz have a new page at SignMeTo Roadrunner Records, http://signmeto.roadrunnerrecords.com/artists/the-dead-end-kidz . Fans are being asked to check out the page and rate the band. And in celebration of Ace Frehley’s 60th birthday, DEK has posted its live cover of “New York Groove” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aN1Kc6qC4E . See http://www.myspace.com/dekmusic and http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-DEAD-END-KIDZ/6323764485 for more.

-Dream Theater’s second “drummer search” video is now up at http://www.youtube.com/roadrunnerrecords . In this one, they talk about Mike Mangini and show parts of the auditions by Dereck Roddy, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, and Marco Minnemann.

-Elecric Boys will release AND THEM BOYS DONE SWANG through Escape Music on June 3. Track list: “Reeferlord,” “My Heart’s Not For Sale,” “Father Popcorn’s Magic Oysters,” “Angel In An Armoured Suit,” “Ten Thousand Times Goodbye,” “The House Is Rockin’,” “Welcome To The High Times,” “Sometimes U Gotta Go Look For The Car,” “Put Your Arms Around Me,” “The Day The Gypsies Came To Town,” “Rollin’ The World,” “A Mother Of A Love Story.” See http://www.electricboys.com/ for more.

-“False Metal, Dead!,” Popdose scribe Dave Steed’s ambitious 30-part list of his Top 300 metal albums of all time, is finished. Check it out at http://popdose.com/category/music/false-metal-dead-music .

-Check out About Music’s “Retro Recommendation” feature on Flotsam And Jetsam’s NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/CTEw .

-Forbidden drummer Mark Hernandez missed two shows over the weekend due to “a personal family obligation.” Gene Hoglan (ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Dethklok) filled in at the gigs, at Inferno Fest in Norway and Metropole Ruhr Fest in Germany. Hernandez is still in the band and will perform on Forbidden’s upcoming North American tour, with support from Revocation, White Wizzard, and Havok:

6/9 – The Whisky, Hollywood, CA
6/11 – The Alley, Sparks, NV
6/12 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland, OR
6/13 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
6/14 – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
6/15 – Sapphire Nightclub, Kelowna, BC
6/16 – Pawn Shop, Edmonton, AB
6/17 – Riddell Centre, Regina, SK
6/18 – Royal Albert Arms, Winnipeg, MB
6/20 – Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI
6/21 – Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL
6/22 – Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH
6/23 – Montage Music Hall, Rochester, NY
6/24 – Championship Bar And Grill @ The Backstage, Trenton, NJ
6/25 – AlRosa Villa, Columbus, OH
6/26 – Fubar, St. Louis, MO
6/27 – The Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO
6/29 – The Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
6/30 – Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
7/1 – The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
7/2 – JT’s Limelight, Escondido, CA

The band will also play some European festivals shows in the summer:

7/22 – Tuska 2011, Helsinki, Finland
8/12 – Bloodstock, Derbyshire, UK
8/13 – Brutal Assault, Jaromer, Czech Republic

See http://www.facebook.com/forbiddenofficial and http://www.silencesoloud.com/FORBIDDEN.html for more.

-Upcoming live dates for The Iron Maidens:

4/28 – 4/30 – Laughlin River Run @ The Pioneer Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, NV
5/6 – Arcata Theatre, Arcata, CA
6/4 – Paladinos, Tarzana, CA
6/26 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA (all ages)
7/9 – The Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA (all ages)
7/16 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA

The band will also embark on the “Uno Mas” South American tour of Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil from June 9-19. See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Killing Machine will reportedly release a new album and tour in the fall.

-Kiss will play at this year’s Salmon Festival at Centennial Park in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, on July 9. See Kissonline.com for more, including a new batch of North American summer ’11 tour dates.

-Bill Leverty’s (FireHouse) latest single, a cover of Harry Nilsson’s song “One” (popularized by Three Dog Night), is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby as follows:



CD Baby:

As with his solo cover of The Ohio Players’ “Fire” from earlier this year, Leverty played all instruments and sang on “One.” See http://www.leverty.com/ and http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BillLeverty for more.

-Check out live video of former Lillian Axe members Ron Taylor (vocals), Jon Ster (guitar), and Darrin DeLatte (bass) performing acoustically at the recent The Basement Reunion 3 show in Dallas, TX:

“Ghost Of Winter”

“My Number”

-Malice has some upcoming European gigs:

4/30 – Keep It True Festival, Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany
5/1 – Rock City, Uster, Switzerland

After the shows the band will focus on recording a new album with Max Norman. See http://www.MaliceMusic.com/ for more.

-Platinum Rockstars is a cover/tribute band featuring David Victor (Velocity) on lead vocals and guitar, Mike McManus (Queen Nation) on guitar and keyboards, Dario Seixas (FireHouse, Stephen Pearcy, Takara) on bass, Oleg Ginzburg on keyboards, and Glenn Jost (The Great Kat) on drums, with Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Giuffria, House Of Lords) sometimes playing bass as “special guest.” Upcoming tour dates:

6/4 – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
6/22 – Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks, CA (debut: Rock Party!)
7/8 – Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs, CA
7/10 – Chumash Park, Agoura Hills, CA
7/23 – Dos Lagos, Corona, CA (Bon Jovi Experience)
7/31 – private event, Playa Vista, CA
8/4 – Summer Concert Series, Cerritos, CA
10/31 – Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA

See http://www.platinumrockstars.com/ for more, including a promo video.

-The Swedish melodic rock band Sanchez had a new promo video for RUN THE STREETS at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXbVzEgBlxg . See http://www.myspace.com/sanchezkicks and http://www.rockngrowl.com/ for more.

-Upcoming Saxon tour dates:

5/6 – Cooperative de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, France
5/7 – Rock Star Live, Bilboa, Spain
5/8 – Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
5/10 – Sala Heineken, Madrid, Spain
5/11 – Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux, France
5/12 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France
5/13 – Splendid, Lille, France
5/15 РLive Music Hall, Köln, Germany
5/16 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg
5/17 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
5/18 – Garage, Saarbr√ľcken, Germany
5/20 – Halle Gartlage, Osnabruck, Germany
5/21 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
5/22 – Limelight, Milano, Italy
5/24 – New Age, Treviso, Italy
5/25 – Longhorn / LKA, Stuttgart, Germany
5/26 – L√∂wensaal, N√ľrnberg, Germany
5/28 – Metalfest, Dessau, Germany
5/29 – Metalfest, Mining, Austria
5/30 – KS, Ljubljana, Slovakia
5/31 – Estragon, Bologna, Italy
6/1 – Backstage Werk, M√ľnchen, Germany
6/3 – Metalfest, Budapest, Germany
6/4 – Metalfest, Plzen, Czech Republic
6/5 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
6/7 – De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands
6/8 – Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
6/10 – Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland

See http://www.saxon747.com/ for more.

-Seven Witches will release CALL UPON THE WICKED on June 6 through E One Entertainment. There will be a video for the track “Fields On Fire,” and the band wil hit the road soon.

-Skansis, from Bern, Switzerland, will release LEAVING YOU through Escape Music on June 3. Hype: “The band play slick hard rock with an aggressive edge. If you have a liking for bands like Gotthard, Van Halen, Europe and George Lynch then these five guys are just up your alley. They have opened for bands like Krokus, 3M (ex Whitesnake), Vivian and Shakra in the past and it will not be long before they are headline material themselves.” Track list: “Next To Mine,” “Leaving You,” “Never Walk Alone,” “I Don’t Believe,” “I Want You,” “Coming Out,” “Rock All Night,” “Carry You On,” “Hear Now,” “Just Another Day,” “Back From War,” “Anything.”

-There is now an official Slayer Mobile App for the iPhone, iPod, and Android. Hype: “The Slayer App, identified on your screen by Slayer’s iconic Eagle logo, is free and offers fans access to exclusive content, the latest band news, photos you can’t get anywhere else, the band’s social media feeds, music and music videos, a merch store, a fan wall, tour dates, and much more.” It’s now available in the iTunes store.

-Check out the new Twisted Tower Dire track “White Shadow,” from the upcoming MAKE IT DARK, at http://www.apochs.net/Exclusive/TwistedTowerDire.html . The album is due out May 3 in North America on Cruz Del Sur Music. Hype: “MAKE IT DARK showcases some of the most mature material from Twisted Tower Dire to date, culminating pillar elements of rock/metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.” The band currently has one show scheduled for May 20 at Kings in Raliegh, NC, with Colossus, Volture, and Sex Panther; more concerts will be announced soon. See http://www.twistedtowerdire.com/ and http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/ for more.

-Z Records is celebrating the upcoming Z Rock Festival: “As usual we have very special CD offers at the forthcoming Z Rock 2011 festival, our usual five titles for ¬£40 and the ultra new 10 CDs for ¬£70, yes you read it correctly ¬£70!!!!” The offer is also available online for two weeks in the online store at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

Thanks to Peter Cox, HeadbangerNYC.com, Michael Fischer, Mark Alger, Chad Bowar, John Erigo, Metaltix.com, Dave Brenner, Axel Wiesenauer, Bill “You Don’t Amaze Me Anymore” Kotowski, and Jeff “Stixx” Adee for help gathering some of this information.

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