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Issue #594
Week of May 23, 2011
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-North American Judas Priest tour dates announced! Dig it!! – Tim

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-Judas Priest North American Tour Announced

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

Judas Priest will embark on a North American tour in the fall with support from Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society. The trek — which was just announced during a press conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California — will kick off on October 12 in San Antonio, Texas and conclude on November 18 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Oct. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
Oct. 15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center
Oct. 18 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater
Oct. 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Oct. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair
Oct. 22 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Oct. 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
Oct. 26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Oct. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 01 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
Nov. 02 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Nov. 05 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
Nov. 12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
Nov. 13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

http://www.judaspriest.com/

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-HammerFall: New Album INFECTED Out Now + iPhone App For Free!

The new HammerFall record INFECTED has been released!

The record received great media results and will also surprise their fans in a positive way, by adding some new elements. INFECTED is produced by James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions etc.). This is what the medias say:

“Highly enjoyable!”
(BW&BK, CAN, Mark Gromen)

“Bold, brilliant and balls to the wall, INFECTED will have the name HammerFall spreading like a virus. Prepare for an epidemic!”
(Powerplay UK, Bruce Turnbull)

“The HammerFall of the future!”
(Metal Hammer ES, Sergi Ramos)

“The perfect blend of their past, present and most likely future. Rougher, more epic and yet catchy.”
(Rock Tribune BE, Vera Matthijssens)

HammerFall have also unveiled their first-ever app for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, now available here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hammerfall-infected/id434394160?mt=8

Fans will receive an exclusive HammerFall song plus band news, blog postings, and additional band-related information.

HammerFall
http://www.hammerfall.net/

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-Sabaton: Gold Ceremony In Dessau/Germany During Their Show At Metalfest; Fans Can Win An Exclusive Meet ‘N Greet!

They are probably the hottest band in metal business right now — Sabaton, hailing from Sweden. Their current album COAT OF ARMS hit the TOP 20 of the official German album charts and managed to continue the band’s huge success. After several years of building their fan base and releasing albums via a small label, this record was the first one to be released by Nuclear Blast. Afterwards they played several summer festivals such as Metalcamp Slovenia and in September 2010, the band went out headlining on the so-called “World War Tour,” which included 66 shows and almost all of them were sold-out!

In March 2011 they went on a headlining tour and next week they will headline Metalfest Open Airs before they hit the road again in Fall on the so-called Power Of Metal II tour with Grave Digger, Powerwolf and Skull Fist!

As if that wasn’t enough Sabaton now were certified Gold for their album COAT OF ARMS in Poland! Congrats, boys!

WIN – WIN – WIN: Meet Sabaton At Metalfest Dessau/Germany!

Ever wanted a group pic with the band and a gold disc? Then take part in the competition!

All of you who show up for the Sabaton signing session and meet ‘n greet in Dessau/Germany in Sabaton outfit plus national flag of Poland will get to meet the band behind the scenes, so you can already congratulate them for achieving gold status!

Just be next to the signing tent at 7:00 p.m., right after the Sabaton signing! You’ll get picked up by Metalfest staff and be brought to the band!

Remember, only those in complete Sabaton outfit PLUS national flag of Poland will have the chance to have a group shot, so you’d better start digging in your closet now! We’ll see you in Dessau!

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The ticket pre-sales will end today, so either order your tickets today online at Metalfest shop or purchase directly at the festival’s box office!

3-day ticket: EUR 69,- (incl. Camping, parking* plus pre-sale fee) *GER only!

1-day ticket: EUR 40,- (plus pre-sale fee)

Furthermore you can order your tickets through Nuclear Blast:
http://www.nuclearblast.de/mailorder

1-day tickets are available at the box office and via Eventim, Eticket and Ö-Ticket!

SECOND METALFEST 2011 TRAILER AVAILABLE – check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/MetalfestOpenAirs

Metalfest Germany again will take place at airport Dessau, Metalfest Austria will happen in Mining am Inn and Metalfest Switzerland in Z7 in Pratteln, all at the same time from May 27 – 29, 2011.

Sabaton
http://www.sabaton.net/

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-L.A. Hard Rockers DC4 Featuring Jeff Duncan Of Armored Saint And Former Dio Guitarist Rowan Robertson Release ELECTRIC MINISTRY On July, 29th / August, 1st! Reveal Track Listing And Front Art!

L.A. Hard Rockers DC4 are all pumped up for the release of their latest ass-kicking record ELECTRIC MINISTRY! ELECTRIC MINISTRY will be released on CD via Metal Blade Records in Europe on July, 29 (G/A/S), August, 1 (rest of Europe)!

“Welcome to the alter of conviction,” snarls DC4 front man and guitarist Jeff Duncan as the band launches into the title track from their fourth release, ELECTRIC MINISTRY. Tackling subjects such as being on the wrong side of Johnny Law (“25 To Life”), the ultimate male specimen (“Rock God”) and the pleasures of the flesh (“XXX”) the quartet blast through eleven tracks on the opus produced by Bill Metoyer and co-produced by Jeff Duncan.

Metoyer, who has worked with the likes of Armored Saint, Fates Warning, W.A.S.P. and Slayer amongst countless other bands, is basically a member of the DC4 family. “I first met Bill when he engineered Armored Saint’s REVELATION album,” says Jeff. “Before long he started showing up at DC4 shows, checking us out. And he kept showing up more and more, it kind of became more than just showing up to see your friend play, ya know? So, we started talking and when the opportunity came up for us to work together he just jumped on board.”

“We made a point of making ELECTRIC MINISTRY a real guitar album. Back to our roots as guitarists.” says Rowan Robertson. “I think on our last album EXPLODE we still had a bit of that ’90s feel in us so we’ve gotten rid of that now.”

“This was the first time we had any special guests appear on a DC4 album,” relates, Jeff. “We had Dizzy Reed from Guns N’ Roses provide keys on the songs ‘Dirty Hands’ and ‘The Ballad Of Rock And Roll”,’ Gonzo from Armored Saint played percussion on several tracks, also. Then we had our cousin, Erin Duncan, do backing vocals on ‘The Ballad Of Rock And Roll’ and Juliette Primrose (Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord Of The Dance’) played violin on ‘The Ballad Of Rock And Roll’ as well.”

Track listing ELECTRIC MINISTRY:
1. Wrecktory
2. Electric Ministry
3. XXX
4. Rock God
5. 25 To Life
6. Broken Soul
7. People
8. The Ballad Of Rock And Roll
9. Glitter Girl
10. Sociopath
11. Dirty Hands

Forming as the 21st Century became a reality DC4 came to be when Jeff Duncan met Rowan Robertson, the band’s musical pedigree is virtually unrivaled by their peers. “Jeff and I met when a local promoter named Happenin’ Harry asked us both to be in his backing back for a few shows in the L.A. area and in Chicago,” relates Robertson. “When we got back to L.A. he just flat-out asked if I wanted to join DC4 and we got along so well and played so great together that I just had to do it.”

Jeff recalls that “I wasn’t into the whole idea of auditioning guitarists, We would know the right one when he came long and that’s exactly what happened. He was looking for the sort of situation we had to offer and as it turned out, we were looking for him!”

Having spent time in such bands as the legendary Dio, metal heroes Armored Saint, the short-lived Violet’s Demise, and Odin, a band who had reached cult status by the end of the 1980s without ever leaving Hollywood, DC4 is much more than just your average hard rock act.

DC4 is:
Jeff Duncan – Lead vocals, guitar,
Rowan Robertson – Guitars
Matt Duncan – Bass
Shawn Duncan – Drums, percussion

DC4 will release their third long-player ELECTRIC MINISTRY via Metal Blade Records on July, 29 (G/A/S), August, 1 (rest of Europe)!

http://www.facebook.com/DC4HardRock
http://www.myspace.com/dc4duncan

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-’80s US Metal Band Alias Reunites To Perform At Rocklahoma 2011

PRYOR, OK — Retrospect Records, one the largest Hard Rock and Metal reissue labels on the planet, is bringing ’80s US metal band Alias to perform at Rocklahoma 2011. This show will mark the band’s first performance in more than 20 years and will feature their original lineup.

Alias will be performing songs from their 1987 self-titled debut album and their 1989 follow-up, METAL TO INFINITY. Both the Friday night and Sunday performances will be recorded for a possible later release. Last year, Retrospect Records re-released the band’s debut album which has been digitally re-mastered and is available for the first time ever on CD. The Sarasota, Florida based band was formed in the early 1980s, released two albums and featured vocalist Len Jarrell (Unleashed Power, Surgeon), guitarist Mark Severns (Tyger Tyger, Jeff Austin Project), bassist Dirk Van Tilborg (Attakk, Crimson Glory, Kamelot) and drummer Phil Arnt. The CD is available worldwide at http://www.retrospectrecords.com/ and through various international distributors.

About Rocklahoma:
Rocklahoma (also known as Rock Fever Presents Rocklahoma or Rock Fever) is an annual hard rock music festival held in Pryor, Oklahoma. There were an estimated 100,000 people (about 30,000 per day) at the first annual Rocklahoma held in 2007. The Third Annual Rocklahoma had over seventy bands on four stages, including favorites from previous Rocklahoma festivals, Beautiful Creatures, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Gun, Bang Tango, Lillian Axe, Gypsy Pistoleros and Faster Pussycat. Included on the side stages are bands from all over Europe. Playboy and Rolling Stone in 2008 called Rocklahoma one of the top festivals that should not be missed.

About Retrospect Records:
Founded in 2003, Retrospect Records is a leading Hard Rock and Metal reissue label. The company has released over 300 albums — many on CD for the first time ever. For additional information, please visit http://www.retrospectrecords.com/ http://www.myspace.com/aliasheavymetal .

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-Swedish Folk Metallers Falconer Launch Second Single Off Their Seventh Album ARMOD Exclusively Via Website Of German Metal Hammer!

Swedish folk metallers Falconer have launched their second single “O, Tysta Ensamhet” taken off their brand new studio album ARMOD via German Metal Hammer.

Please surf over to Metal Hammer to check out “O, Tysta Ensamhet”!

http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article97363/Falconer-exklusiv-O-Tysta-Ensamhet-hoeren.html

Falconer will release their seventh studio album ARMOD on June 3/6 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!

The CD features 11 songs completely sung in Swedish and four bonus tracks that are English versions of the band members’ favourite new songs.

The four bonus tracks will only be available with the limited first digi-pak edition of ARMOD!

Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: “The album is embracing the Swedish folk music to a greater extent than before making it sound slightly more down to earth. The music spans from acoustic songs with cello, flute and fiddle to songs with blast beats and really heavy riffing. As said before this is a one-time-only album and does not define the future sound of Falconer, but it was about time to pay full notice to the influence that has always made us different. Now we have that out of our system!”

ARMOD was once again recorded at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque’s Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, during December and January.

ARMOD track listing:
1. Svarta Änkan
2. Dimmornas Drottning
3. Griftefrid
4. O, Tysta Ensamhet
5. Vid Rosornas Grav
6. Grimborg
7. Herr Peder Och Hans Syster
8. Eklundapolskan
9. Grimasch Om Morgonen
10. Fru Silfver
11. Gammal Fäbodpsalm

English bonus versions (only available on limited first edition digi-pak!):
1. Black Widow
2. Grimborg
3. By The Roses’ Grave
4. O, Silent Solitude

Falconer is:
Mathias Bladh – Vocals
Stefan Weinerhall – Guitars
Jimmy Hedlund – Guitars
Magnus Linhardt – Bass
Karsten Larsson – Drums

http://www.falconermusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Falconer/23124336122
http://www.myspace.com/falconermusic

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-Bitch To Release BE MY SLAVE/DAMNATION ALLEY Re-Mastered Reissue Including Bonus DVD With Rare Live Footage On July 1st/4th! Video Trailer Available!

On July 1st (G/A/S) / July 4th (Europe) Metal Blade Records will release a CD+DVD package by the first female fronted Heavy Metal Band in the World, the infamous Bitch!

The CD includes the BE MY SLAVE album and the DAMNATION ALLEY mini-LP! Both being re-mastered sounding better than ever. There will be an exclusive bonus track on the CD, “Let’s Go,” which has never been released before!

Check out the video trailer for this release at Facebook (no login necessary) or YouTube!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150256625415971

The bonus DVD includes ancient footage from the early and mid ’80s. All sorts of live clips recorded at various American shows. The DVD also includes the entire show Bitch just played in April this year at the prestigious Keep It True festival in Germany. Filmed with multiple cameras Bitch gave the Keep It True the whip and delivered nothing but a killer show featuring all the greatest hits of the rich Bitch history!

About Bitch:
One of the earliest of the ’80s Heavy Metal club bands to gain national media exposure, Bitch was formed in 1981 and quickly gained a large local following. They generated notoriety (in part) as a result of their live performances which included sadomasochism and bondage themes. They were also the first artists signed to Metal Blade Records and one of the first ever heavy metal bands to have a female lead singer, Betsy “Bitch” (Weiss). No stranger to making history, Bitch was also exposed to the national media during the Parents Music Resource Center (P.M.R.C.) hearings in the US Congress. Shortly after the band was formed, they met Brian Slagel who had recently formed Metal Blade Records, and was a friend of Bitch guitarist David Carruth. The original quartet included vocalist Betsy Weiss, guitarist Carruth, Mark Anthony Webb on bass and drummer Robby Settles. They signed for the label and released a self-financed EP entitled DAMNATION ALLEY (1982). During their early days, Bitch played a lot of gigs with other metal groups such as W.A.S.P., Slayer and Armored Saint.

The following year, the group released their first full-length album, BE MY SLAVE. During the tour of the album, Bitch developed their controversial and elaborate stage shows; these included sadomasochistic elements: clothing with chains and whips, bondage acts with a “slave” on stage.

http://www.bitchmetal.com/
http://www.myspace.com/bitchmetal

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-The UK Cult Rockers Hell Comment Each Track Of Their Highly Acclaimed — Metal Album Of 2011 — HUMAN REMAINS.

After 24 years, Hell finally receive their long overdue credit. The album sales are amazing and the press ratings beat everything that has been there before. This makes HUMAN REMAINS the most important metal debut of the year 2011, worldwide. Hell are among the most remarkable acts of our time, an unbelievable history, a unique album on his own and a global media hype without peer.

Hell’s guitarist Kevin Bower, takes this occasion and offers an insight on the band’s thoughts about their masterpiece HUMAN REMAINS.

Track Notes: Hell – HUMAN REMAINS

1 OVERTURE: THEMES FROM “DEATHSQUAD”
This began life as a rocking instrumental which originally appeared as the B-side of Hell’s self-financed and now extremely rare 1983 7″ vinyl single — subsequently bootlegged, but with the original now selling for absolutely ludicrous money on eBay. For the introduction to this album, Kev Bower has taken some of the principal themes and orchestrated them in full-on Wagner “Sturm und Drang” style using digitally-sampled orchestra and choir.

2 ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HELL
The intro section to this song is strangely notable for having been written by Tony Speakman whilst he was sat playing his bass on the toilet (bog metal?) with the remainder consisting of typically “agent provocateur” religion-questioning lyrics over slabs of furious riffing. Live performances of this would always see Dave donning a full vicar’s garb complete with the band’s now-infamous pyrotechnic exploding bible. This caused outrage amongst the local clergy at the time — it was literally front-page headline stuff in the local papers…

3 PLAGUE AND FYRE
A true moment of inspiration, written about the Bubonic Plague and the Great Fire of London. This song featured Dave lurching round the stage, enveloped in smoke, dressed in a hooded cloak ringing a plague caller’s handbell. The new intro features a chilling 1665 “Black Death” soundscape — again put together using a digital sampler — but which amazingly features Dave’s voice, which Andy Sneap has somehow managed to lift and reprocess from a 25-year-old live gig cassette-tape recording. The song is historically significant, as it was the penultimate one Dave and Kev ever wrote as a Hell composition.

4 THE OPPRESSORS
A bludgeoning adaptation of a Race Against Time song which was a hugely popular feature of the Hell set for many years. The song is about an alien abduction, and the consequent refusal of those in authority to believe the story told by the victim.

5 BLASPHEMY AND THE MASTER
A great favourite of both fans and band alike, and a dire warning about the consequences of selling your soul to the wrong deity… The intro and outro of this song are based around haunting sets of synthesizer drones which were Kev’s first foray into keyboards back in the day — using a vintage Moog analogue machine which would drift hopelessly out of tune mid-way through the set as it warmed up under the lighting rig. The song has been updated with a new Latin chant in the middle section beefed up with Gregorian choirs and a massive digitally sampled church organ.

6 LET BATTLE COMMENCE
This song opened the show from the very beginning of Hell’s previous existence almost until the end, with Dave performing an intense, lunatic front-man show. Although the song was already fairly quick, the lethal combination of pre-show nerves (no beta-blockers back then…) coupled with immense adrenaline, a baying crowd, Dave’s “anything-goes” antics and the band’s collective over-abundance of youthful testosterone, meant that it was usually played at breakneck speed, with somewhat unpredictable and sometimes amusing results. It would also feature the unleashing of massive quantities of fire and pyrotechnics, which generated so much smoke in smaller venues that the band were usually rendered totally invisible to the audience for at least the first ten minutes of the gig…

7 THE DEVIL’S DEADLY WEAPON
A musical and lyrical epic, a classic tale of good versus evil (guess who wins?…) and a song which shows how Kev was becoming ever more adventurous with synthesizers during the latter days of Hell’s first coming. Much Hell material would see him playing either guitar or keyboards individually, but the complexity of this one meant that in the middle section, both were needed at the same time, so some of the keyboard parts were fed in automatically using a sequencer — a kind of digital memory box programmed up to play these parts. This had to be synchronised to a “beep” metronome, so that Tim could play along in time with this gadget, using a click-track relayed to him onstage through headphones.

8 THE QUEST
Straightforward, heads-down, foot-on-the-monitors boogie courtesy of Tony and Tim. When it first surfaced, two members of the band (who shall remain nameless) were very reluctant to play it because it was “too happy” and was deemed to be structurally, lyrically and musically “too simple.” But — the fans absolutely loved it, and it went on to hold the distinction of being one of a tiny number of songs which remained firmly entrenched in the Hell set from the very first gig through to the very last. Just goes to prove that variety is indeed the spice of life…

9 MACBETH
Whilst most young men were reading car magazines (and other subject matter), Dave was reading Shakespeare, and the “Scottish Play” was his favourite. The song bravely attempts to précis the guts of the story into a few simple lines and was again a huge favourite with the fans, due in part to the cauldron-stirring, three-witches theatrical antics which accompanied the live performance of this. This version is re-worked for 2011, but remains totally true in spirit to the original.

10 SAVE US FROM THOSE WHO WOULD SAVE US
This song was the A-side of the previously-referred-to 7″ single on Hell’s own Deadly Weapon label. The original was recorded in one live take in a studio which was essentially the living room of someone’s tiny terraced house, up a back street in Kingston-Upon-Hull, using very quiet guitars and Tim’s drum kit muffled out with a quilt and pillows from the studio owner’s bed. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t exactly capture the raw guts of the band’s live performance, and it suffered from an achingly soft production. This new version is how it was supposed to have sounded…

11 NO MARTYR’S CAGE
A massive slab of dark heaviness with a distinctly mystic-East feel, created using a recycled Halliday verse riff added to a bunch of Kev’s new ones, a new arrangement, and lyrics which deal with the subject of political imprisonment. This song is also historically significant, but in direct contrast to “Plague And Fyre” which was almost the last song, this was the first-ever Hell composition, written by Kev and Dave at his mother’s house one evening, just a few days after the band had formed.

Hell
http://www.hell-metal.com/

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-New Releases From Avenue Of Allies

Alyson Avenue – CHANGES
Avenue Date: June 10th 2011

Track List:
1. Liar (4:13)
2. Will I Make Love (4:17)
3. Changes (3:51)
4. Amazing Days (3:57)
5. Don’t Know If Love Is Alive (4:37)
6. Fallen (4:08)
7. Into The Fire (4:41)
8. I Will Be Waiting (3:37)
9. I’ll Cry For You (3:53)
10. Somewhere (4:15)
11. Always Keep On Loving You (4:10)

All songs written by Niclas Olsson, except “Don’t Know If Love Is Alive” written by Fredrik Bergh and Niclas Olsson, and “Changes” written by Mats Edström.

Produced by Alyson Avenue
Mixed and co-produced by Chris Laney @ Laneyland
Mastered by Classe Persson @ CRP Recordings

Alyson Avenue are:
Arabella Vitanc: Vocals, background vocals
Thomas Löyskä: Bass, guitar
Fredrik Eriksson: Drums
Tony Rohtla: Guitars
Niclas Olsson: Keyboards, background vocals

Additional musicians:
Michael Bormann: Vocals and background vocals on “Will I Make Love”
Anette Olzon: Background vocals on “Liar,” “Into The Fire,” “Always Keep On Loving You,” “Fallen”
Rob Marcello: Guitar solo on “Changes”
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards on “Don’t Know If Love Is Alive”
Chris Laney: Background vocals on “Amazing Days”
Mike Andersson: Background vocals on “Liar,” “Somewhere,” “Changes,” “Don’t Know If Love Is Alive,” “Into The Fire,” “Fallen,” “I’ll Cry For You,” “Always Keep On Loving You”
Tommy Stråhle: Background vocals on “I’ll Cry For You”

Gregor Klee: Executive Producer

CHANGES is the highly anticipated comeback of the female fronted Swedish Melodic Rockers Alyson Avenue. It’s their third album and it marks the recording debut of powerhouse vocalist Arabella Vitanc, who joined the band in 2009, following the departure of their former lead singer Anette Olzon in 2007 to front Nightwish. The boys on Arabella’s side are main song writer and keyboard player Niclas Olsson, guitar player Tony Rohtla, bassist / guitarist Thomas Löyskä and Fredrik Eriksson on drums.

The band co-produced all songs of the album together with one of Sweden’s best Rock producers, Chris Laney (Crazy Lixx, H.E.A.T., Brian Robertson), who also mixed the record and sang background vocals. With Chris in the producer’s chair, CHANGES turns out to be Alyson Avenue’s most powerful album to date with a crunchier Melodic Rock sound, that gives more space to the guitars.

Half a dozen guests followed the band’s invitation to be part of CHANAGES and add their special touch. The band welcomed Nightwish’s Anette Olzon in the studio to sing background vocals. Anette did always keep in close personal contact with Niclas, who had helped her to record the demos that paved her the way to the Nightwish auditions.

Another longtime friend of the band, Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart, Charade, BISS) sings the duet “Will I Make Love” with Arabella. Michael returns the favour for the guest appearances of Niclas on Michael’s CONSPIRACY (2006) and CAPTURE THE MOMENT (2008) CDs and Anette’s duet vocals on “Two Of A Kind” from CONSPIRACY.

The title track “Changes,” the only outside song writing contribution courtesy of Mats Edström (Shiva), is high lighted by a fiery guitar solo of Swedish guitar wizard Rob Marcello (Danger Danger, Marcello – Vestry) and Fredrik Bergh (Street Talk, BloodBound) plays keyboards on the track “Don’t Know If Love Is Alive,” which he also co-wrote with Niclas.

The lineup of background vocalists for the catchy harmonies throughout the album is completed by Tommy Stråhle and Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Planet Alliance).

The history of Alyson Avenue started in 1989, back then the band was one of many male fronted followers of Swedish Melodic Rock greats like Treat and Europe. During the following years Anette joined the guys as a background singer and later took over the position as the band’s lead vocalist. They recorded a couple of demos, but it wasn’t until late 2000 when their self-produced debut album PRESENCE OF MIND was officially released. The CD became a big success for the band with the fans and the media alike, including a 93/100 rating in prestigious Japanese Burrn! magazine. Four years later their sophomore effort OMEGA followed, another favourite among Melodic Rock and AOR fans.

In the years to come Alyson Avenue was put on hold and the band members participated in different projects. Following Anette’s successful audition as the new female voice of Nightwish in 2007, the interest in the works of Alyson Avenue started to grow again and the band decided to re-release the two already sought after CDs. Finally in 2009 PRESENCE OF MIND was reissued in its original version, while OMEGA became OMEGA II, with re-recorded instrumental parts to achieve an album sound closer to the band’s vision, while keeping all of Anette’s original vocal performances.

Also in 2009 the band started to audition female vocalists to write a new chapter in the history of Alyson Avenue. They looked for a charismatic lady with a Rock edge and after careful consideration and interest from female singers from around the world, Arabella Vitanc, a previously undiscovered Swedish talent, was chosen to be the voice of Alyson Avenue.

A long time in the making CHANGES became a more mature affair than its two predecessors, the songs grow with each listen and the hooks have the strength to become a long lasting guest in your head.
(Words: Gregor Klee)

If Only – NO BED OF ROSES (United Kingdom 1992 / 2011)
Avenue Date: June 10th 2011

Track List:
1. Loaded Gun (5:29) (Writers: Greg Hart, Tina Egan)
2. Tumblin’ Dice (4:51) (Writers: Greg Hart, Bob Mitchell)
3. If Love Could Last Forever (4:38) (Writers: Bob Marlette, Greg Hart, Jackie Bodimead)
4. I’m No Angel (5:47) (Writers: Brian Marshall, John Willoughby)
5. No Bed Of Roses (4:45) (Writers: Ian Edwards, Greg Hart, Martin Chaisson, Jackie Bodimead)
6. Easy Lay (3:58) (Writers: Brian Marshall, John Willoughby)
7. Rock And A Hard Place (4:51) (Writers: Greg Hart, Jackie Bodimead)
8. Red Hot Heaven (4:51) (Writers: Martin Chaisson, Jackie Bodimead)
9. Ghost Of You (4:02) (Writers: Greg Hart, Bob Mitchell)
10. Forever My Love (4:36) (Writer: Bob Marlette)
11. Long Way From Home (6:26) (Writers: Greg Hart, Nobby Styles, Tina Egan)
12. Man Against The World (2:58) (Writers: Ian Edwards, Jackie Bodimead, Greg Hart, Andy Elphick, Martin Chaisson, Toby Sadler)

Bonus tracks:
13. All Over (3:57) (Writers: Greg Hart, Jackie Bodimead, Martin Chaisson)
14. Stand Like A Stone (4:00) (Writers: Tony Cox, Arnie Roman)
15. Don’t Let Go (4:00) (Writers: Greg Hart, Jackie Bodimead)
16. Shotdown (4:49) (Writers: Greg Hart, Jackie Bodimead, Martin Chaisson, Bob Marlette)
17. Tight Jeans (live) (4:16) (Writers: Brian Marshall, John Willoughby)

Produced by Geoff Downes and Ian Caple

If Only are:
Tina Egan – Lead vocals (tracks 1-12, 17)
Ian Edwards – Bass, keyboards
Greg Hart – Guitars, acoustic 6 & 12 string guitars, mandolin, keyboards
Nobby Styles – Guitars
Judit Armstrong – Keyboards
Andy Elphick – Drums, percussion
Jackie Bodimead – Lead vocals (tracks 13-16)

Backing Vocals:
Tina, Ian, Greg, Judit, Nobby, Geoff Downes, Toby Sadler, Jackie Bodimead

Guest Musicians:
Geoff Downes – Piano, Hammond, keyboards
Mike Moran – all keyboards & string arrangements on “Man Against The World”

Additional Musicians:
Toby Sadler – Keyboards
Martin Chaisson – Lead guitars, voicebox

The If Only Story
“No UK band can play AOR that good, they must be from America!”
Geoff Downes, 1989

It all started back in 1988 in London, If Only was to be centred around the amazing vocal talents of Lorraine Bennington, and after a few false starts and a rotating cast of members things finally settled down with the lineup that was set to record the NO BED OF ROSES album. Founding member and songwriter Greg Hart recruited his band mates from his previous group Moritz, including Ian Edwards on bass, Andy Stewart on keyboards and Andy Elphick on drums. Alongside them they added hot shot guitarist Martin Chaisson (UFO, Waysted). Unfortunately personal events led to the departure of Bennington after just one show, but luckily for the band a friend recommended ex-Girlschool vocalist Jackie Bodimead as a replacement.

“This is where the story really began,” said Greg back in 2004. “Jackie had a voice from the angels, a class that oozed so much quality.” The next year was spent in the studio recording, writing and arranging what would become the original NO BED OF ROSES album, and it was around this time that the band got a break when a “chance hearing” of their working demos fell on the ears of Asia/Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes, who insisted on meeting the band. He was stunned by the quality of songs and performance, thinking it was a “big shot” USA band looking for a UK release. Geoff refused to believe If Only were an English group; “No UK band can play AOR that good, they must be from America!” was Geoff’s famous quote. Geoff saw the band play live in the rehearsal studio and on the spot he insisted on producing the album, taking it into Advision Studios for what would become a huge production. Geoff also invited Greg to write some songs, for the up and coming Asia comeback album AQUA.

With Geoff at the helm, the band completed the album, and even had the privilege of recording the album closer “Man Against The World” (a tribute to the immortal Freddie Mercury) with Mike Moran (Queen, Gotthard). Mike helped the band to finish the record by adding every Queen trick in the book on this beautiful piece and he even tried to get Brian May in to feature but alas time and schedules proved this just a bit out of reach.

With the album in the “can,” and full of potential hit singles, all was set for a big celebration, but yet again a sinister twist would halt the party. Once more with personal issues looming, Jackie left the band at the eleventh hour, causing a devastating blow that halted everything. It was 1991 and with grunge looming ever closer, the band were seemingly in trouble, in debt, and in emotional pieces. But once more help was at hand when the band was told about this amazing female singer from London ready to set the world alight, Tina Egan. She was invited to join the band and be given the arduous task of re-recording the entire vocals on the album. Tina roared her way into the studio and with a voice of blood and thunder, she set about stamping her mark on the tracks. To spice things up, Tina brought in a few of her own tracks for the album, this also inspired the band to record “Long Way From Home,” a new song that became the epic on the record. Tina and the band even set out to play some legendary live shows in the Winter of 1991.

The album, now over two years in the making, and caught in the middle of Grunge was finally finished and released in Japan in 1992. A European release never materialised until 1994, and soon after disappeared. It was a tragedy that the band seemed to attract bad luck and misfortune on a far too regular basis and the band folded in the early ’90s, leaving behind a classic record, now hailed as one of the finest female fronted AOR and Melodic Rock albums ever. NO BED OF ROSES stands up there with the classic albums by artists like Vixen, Witness, Robin Beck, Heart, Laos, Lee Aaron and Darby Mills.

And tragedy was to dog the band even long after their split with the untimely death of Tina Egan in 1999. Devastating the music world, friends and fans, alike, Tina will remain the “star” she alas never became. Tina was, and remains a simply gigantic loss to the music business. The story ends on a happier higher note with the reformation of Greg, Ian and Andy’s previous group Moritz in 2008 thanks to the worldwide interest in their back catalogue.

Following their unexpected and successful comeback to the AOR scene, they recorded UNDIVIDED, Moritz’ first-ever full-length album, which was released through Avenue Of Allies in January 2011.

But for here and now, NO BED OF ROSES is a tribute to the late great Tina, who when pronounces on “I’m No Angel,” “Heaven shook with my first yell…” you know she damn well meant it!
(Words: Greg Hart & Gregor Klee)

Avenue Of Allies
http://www.avenue-of-allies.com/

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-Rob Moratti – VICTORY

Escape Music – ESM227
File under: melodic hard rock
Release: June 24, 2011

Specials:
Brilliant melodic hard rock solo album of Final Frontier & ex-Saga singer feat. Reb Beach (Winger / Whitesnake), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder / The Firm), Brian Doerner – Drums (Saga)
Mixed by Richard Chycki (Rush / Aerosmith / Gotthard / Pink)

Track list:
1. Life On The Line
2. Everything But Good Bye
3. Lifetime
4. Power Of Love
5. Hold That Light
6. On And On
7. Take It All Back
8. I Promise You
9. Standing On The Top Of The World
10. Jennie
11. Now More Than Ever

Bio:
Canadian singer Rob Moratti has had a varied career; he first appeared as a songwriter and lead vocalist in the early ’90s for the band Moratti, the result being the recording of two fine albums (DESOLATION in 1995 & LEGENDS OF TOMORROW in 1997).

He then shot to centre stage as singer with Final Frontier, a band which also featured Mladen (Von Groove) and over a period of time the band recorded four albums and gained a cult following both in Europe and Japan. They played exciting hard rock AOR which was set apart by Rob’s powerful vocal performances.

In 2008 Rob has found more fame as front man for AOR / Prog rock legends Saga who discovered him to replace Michael Sadler in recent years. Rob sang, wrote and produced the vocals on the 2009 THE HUMAN CONDITION album and toured extensively with the band. He has since left Saga and this has given Rob time to concentrate on his solo CD VICTORY.

VICTORY has an impressive lineup which includes Reb Beach (Winger / Whitesnake) Tony Franklin (The Firm / Blue Murder) and fellow Saga drummer Brian Doerner. The whole album is dominated by outstanding songs and great musicianship. The opening track “Life On The Line” is nothing short of outstanding, Rob’s vocals are so strong, and with great musicians alongside him no one can deny the end product is music to the ears. If you like a sound that mixes the great AOR brilliance of Final Frontier and Toto with a progressive edge that smacks of Saga then this is the release you have been waiting for.

Rob Moratti continues to be passionate about his production, his songwriting skills and vocal abilities are impeccable as this new release VICTORY will show. This is a brand new era for Rob and a one that will escalate him to new heights.

Lineup:
Rob Moratti – Lead and Background Vocals (Final Frontier, Saga)
Reb Beach – Lead Guitars (Winger / Whitesnake)
Christian Wolff – Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars and Keyboards
Tony Franklin – Bass (Blue Murder / The Firm)
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards / Brian Doerner – Drums (Saga)

Produced by Rob Moratti
Mixed by Richard Chycki (Rush / Aerosmith / Gotthard / Pink)

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

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-Arabia Set To Make Freakish Return On June 7th

Arabia are set to release their all new album WELCOME TO THE FREAKSHOW via Z Records on June 7th. It’s nine long years since the band’s critically acclaimed debut 1001 NIGHTS stormed into the hearts of European Melodic Rock fans but the wait has been worth it. Ten Hard Rock gems are about to unleashed that will put Arabia back firmly where they belong, the top of the Melodic Rock division. The band are currently working on a new album for release early 2012 so the wait won’t be as long as before. On My 15th the band appeared live at Z Rock 2011 in England check out this video of the live version of the opening track from the album…

The full track listing for WELCOME TO THE FREAKSHOW is…

1. Welcome To The Freakshow
2. No Place like Home
3. Last Temptation
4. Strange Days
5. Jesus Wept
6. Scarecrow
7. Crush
8. Blood Runs Blind
9. Beggars Bag
10. Drive

Order yours at http://www.zrecords.net/ .

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-Private Angel – NAILED

Point Music #10370
File under: Hard Rock
Release: June 3, 2011

Specials: you can expect finest traditional hard rock!

Track list:
1. Human Wreck
2. Nailed!
3. Tomorrow is Today’s Yesterday
4. Last Chance
5. Kush
6. Shine on
7. Tramp Stamp Boogie
8. My Haunt
9. Valiant Song
10. Private Shelter
11. Upside Right
12. With a little Help from my Friends

Bio:
Private Angel are a bunch of friends that know each other since 25 years. They were constantly playing the music they like. And this is in fact the music You like, otherwise you would not be reading this.

While Peter and Dazz had a Group in the early ’80s, which was called Maggie’s Madness (later renamed as Wildcat), Robbo and Jo have been the heart of the rock band Vacancy.

Beside Talon and later Frontline, these two rocking Acts were the only ones out of Nuremberg that got their name spread all over Germany and Europe.

Private Angel’s third release means the full pack for your ears. Straightforward, on the level and neat they bring things to the point. Twelve powerful and well produced songs covering everyday matters as well as current incidences just like the afghan complex of problems. Private Angel plays adult, heavy and straightforward music in which you can feel the experience of a lifetime in Rock business, loaded with catchy tunes and recognition value.

Discography:
THE TRUTH
SELLING OFF TIME IN WONDERLAND
NAILED!

http://www.private-angel.com/

Press feedback about previous album:

sleaze-metal.com
“Classic Hard Rock needs good songs and these good songs are on this new record…”

metalearth.de
“You can expect 70 minutes of finest hard rock…”

metalius.de
“With this album you can expect 18 well produced and catchy songs, lots of groove and some nice ballads. I have hard times selecting the best songs from this album as they don’t really have filler-songs. Cool album!”

rocktimes.de
“There is not one weak song among the 18 tracks on this good hard rock album.”

metal-observer.com
“Fun and fresh, SELLING OFF TIME IN WONDERLAND is an excellent piece of Hard Rock; pick it up now!”

Point Music
point.music@t-online.de

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-Marazene Machine: “Live Wire” Cover Scores “Killer” Comments From Motley Crue

Motley Crue Members Give Thumbs Up To Marazene Machine “Live Wire” Cover

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago’s Marazene Machine (formerly Marazene) have been “swooning” over the recently posted comments by rock legends Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx about the band’s digital single cover of “Live Wire.” Described as an “edgy electronic/whiskey/sex-fueled rendition of the Motley Crue classic,” “Live Wire” is currently available at iTunes or for free download (with email signup) for a limited time at the following location:

http://www.reverbnation.com/MarazeneMachine

Tommy Lee was first to notice the track over the weekend. “F*cking wicked version” he tweeted on the social networking juggernaut Twitter.

“Killer,” Nikki Sixx was quick to concur in a retweet.

Motley Crue, currently on tour in South America, have been in the news almost daily keeping fans updated on their current whereabouts and happenings. To say they have a lot on their plate would be an understatement so the comments definitely come during a time when it would have been just as easy to say nothing at all or the track to have been overlooked altogether.

For those in cushy industry strongholds like MTV, Blabbermouth, AP, Century Media, Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast, Bullet Tooth and the like; this may all seem like just another day in metal news.

But Marazene Machine members are humbled to have been mentioned at all.

“It’s a grounded/stuck-in-his-room-for-a-YEAR kids dream come true to hear this kind of acknowledgement from a couple guys I deeply admire,” offered vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dietrich Thrall. “I think I’m going to wallpaper my studio with print outs.”

“Always a good feeling to get the ‘nod’ for a cover song from the guys who wrote it!” commented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nikk Skum.

Over the years the independent Marazene Machine have racked up several major and impressive accomplishments. The band was quick to land three instrumental tracks on “The Matrix Revolutions” and subsequent “The Matrix Reloaded” box set out of the gate then followed that up with multiple self-managed National tours with the likes of Mushroomhead, The Human Abstract, Psyclon Nine, Wednesday 13, and DeadStar Assembly 100% DIY. Marazene Machine also took the lead in establishing themselves as “virtual” performers in Second Life, a social interactive virtual world.

More recently the band survived the recent passing of original drummer and co-founder Kristopher “Kristov” Kemp to cancer which threatened to end their run outright. Marazene Machine abruptly went silent only to emerge after a self-imposed mourning period with an archive of 40+ songs which are on deck to be released in the coming months as digital singles and future albums.

With little industry support other than a rabid cult fan base “defying the odds” has become a calling card for one of the hardest working underground bands today.

And with a new album in the works set for Fall 2011 release, industry experts would do well to keep an eye on Marazene Machine as nabbing a quick spotlight no longer seems to be a fluke — it’s fast becoming a time-honored tradition.

“Live Wire” YouTube video stream:

Labels interested in working with the band should contact mgmt@narcicessity.com.

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

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-Daydream XI: “The Guts Of Hell” Single And Video Released

Brazilian progressive/power metallers Daydream XI posted online their new single, entitled “The Guts Of Hell,” and also a video featuring footage from the recording sessions.

About the new song the group comments: “This ‘The Guts Of Hell’ single shows a little bit what people can expect from Daydream XI in the next records. We picked it as a single because it is straightforward, fast and heavy song. The video was made with footage from the recording sessions and it was produced by us. We are working hard with 7-string guitars and developing things from what we did so far. The songs are heavier and have more progressive elements than HUMANITY’S PROLOGUE EP, but still have all the characteristics that define us.”

The single is available for download on Daydream XI’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/daydreamxi and the video can be watched on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coqwzfADRO4 .

Related links:

– Daydream XI @ MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/daydreamxi
– Daydream XI @ YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/DaydreamXI
– Daydream XI @ Twitter – http://twitter.com/daydreamxi
– Daydream XI @ Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DaydreamXI

Daydream XI
press@daydreamxi.com
http://www.daydreamxi.com/
http://www.myspace.com/daydreamxi

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team rockers D Drive!!!!

Please find below the text press info for the band’s new album 3D.

Band: D Drive
Album Title: 3D
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Rock

Web:
http://www.ddrive.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ddrive
http://www.facebook.com/DDrive
http://www.melodicrevolution.com/

D Drive began rocking the Northeast in 2004 when guitarist Don Mancuso (The Lou Gramm Band, Black Sheep, Cheater, and Celtic Fire) put together his second solo recording effort after finishing tracks for singer Phil Naro’s (Talas, Peter Criss, 24K) GLASS MOUNTAIN project. Mancuso and Naro joined forces to write the first self-titled D Drive album. Singer Lou Gramm (The Lou Gramm Band, Foreigner, Black Sheep) heard the demos for the D Drive CD, asked if he could come in as guest vocalist/co-writer, and they obliged! Canadian producer Steve Major rounded out the direction and production.

Released in 2005, the first D Drive CD received critical acclaim and airplay in the US, Australia, and Europe. The band’s signature sound blends strong classic rock roots with a modern edge sound all its own. The first D Drive CD did so well that Mancuso and Naro decided to put together the band’s second release in 2007 entitled STRAIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. The new album has received accolades from a rapidly growing legion of D Drive fans, and is in its second pressing. D Drive released a video in summer ’08.

3D, the long awaited follow-up to STRAIGHT UP THE MIDDLE, was released in June 2010 and the fans agree it was worth the wait the album has been well received by both fans and media alike around the world. 3D is an album that will be enjoyed for generations to come. 3D has great significance as well, not only as D Drive’s third release but the CD is also housed in a special edition 3D cover with 3D Glasses and features 11 rocking tracks plus the album features some special guests like longtime friend Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth) on the first single “Dig Down.” There is no slowing down for the band as the guys continue to showcase the brand of rock ‘n’ roll live, they have already started writing new material for their next release.

Make sure to catch them live!

D Drive are pleased to announce that singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Mike Gladstone is the newest addition to the D Drive family. Mike is the guitarist and founding member of western NY band Uncle Plum. D Drive are touring in support of their successful release 3D. 3D was released in June 2010 and features the hit single “Dig Down” with special guest Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, 24k) on bass. 3D also featured Andy Knoll (Lou Gramm Band) on keys and programming.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Phil Naro
Guitar: Don Mancuso
Guitar: Mike Gladstone
Bass: JT Taylor
Drums: Bobby Bond

Track Listing:
1. Dig Down
2. Next Train Out Of This Paradise
3. Kiss The Ground
4. Chains
5. Never Had A Chance
6. Last To Fall Down
7. Down Deep
8. Always Done What I Want
9. 1 To 7
10.Tumbin Down
11. Welcome To My World

Also available:
Don Mancuso’s D DRIVE
STRAIGHT UP THE MIDDLE

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Austrian Melodic Hard Rock band Speed Limit.

Please find below the text press info for the bands new album MONEYSHOT.

Band: Speed Limit
Album Title: MONEYSHOT
Country: Austria
Label: Pure-Rock-Records
Street Date: December 10, 2010
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock

Web:
http://www.speedlimit.at/
http://www.myspace.com/speedlimitmyspace
http://www.youtube.com/speedlimitrocks

Speed Limit started their crusade to establish the band’s name on the world map of heavy metal music in 1984 in Salzburg/Austria. In 1986 they released the self-financed UNCHAINED record which confirmed their position amongst the leading Austrian metal acts. Soon they got signed by Austrian metal label Breaking Records.

In 1988 the EP THE PROPHECY including single “Lady” made them enter charts in seven European countries followed by international video airplay, contribution in “best of rock/metal” compilations all over the world. The Austrian music magazine Rennbahn Express voted Speed Limit “best national metal act” in 1989 (jury members: Gene Simmons/Kiss, Wurzel/Motorhead, Bruce Dickinson/Iron Maiden). PERFECT INSPIRATION, the third album was released in 1992 and opened the last chapter of the first part of the band’s story which ended in 1994.

2008 Speed Limit reunited in the successful lineup of 1989 with singer Steven Hogger, bassist Chris Pawlak, the guitarists Chris Angerer and Joe Eder, and drummer Wolf Krug. “This is no comeback, this is a new beginning!” the five agreed.

Shortly after the first rehearsals Speed Limit had been invited to open for Nazareth in Austria. The first live appearance after nearly 14 years took place on April 12th, 2008 at Gusswerk/Salzburg. The overwhelming reaction of some 1,300 rock fans washed away the last doubts about this reunion.

For a thunderous reunion party the Rockhouse Salzburg was packed on 27th of October 2008 before Speed Limit embarked on a brief tour with Uriah Heep in November. They also co-headlined the Austrian Rock Festival in Klagenfurt and continued their reunion tour as headliner in 2009 before playing some highly rewarding shows with Manfred Mann’s Earthband in Germany.

Midsummer 2009 the band stopped live activity to start working on a new album. Finally in November 2010 the new album MONEYSHOT was released by Pure-Rock-Records a new sublabel of Pure-Steel-Records.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Steven Hogger
Guitar: Chris Angerer
Guitar: Joe Eder
Bass: Chris Pawlak
Drums: Wolf Krug

Track Listing:
1. Broken Mirror
2. Done With Dreamin’
3. Lost & Found
4. Too Old To Dye Young
5. On The T.O.P.
6. Don’t Fear The Dark Lanes
7. Heartbreakin’ Valentine
8. Fly Like An Eagle
9. Lady (2010)
10. I Came, I Saw…

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from rockers Trouble Tribe Japan (TTJ).

Please find below the text info for the new album SUPERSONIC STARE!

Band: Trouble Tribe Japan (TTJ)
Album Title: SUPERSONIC STARE
Label: Independent
Street Date: 5/10/2011
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal/Pop

Web:
http://www.troubletribejapan.com/
http://www.myspace.com/troubletribejapan

About TTJ
Based in Osaka Japan, TTJ boasts a lineup of two supreme Japanese guitar players that play 7-string guitars and 6-string bass. Add one slammin’ American drummer and a stereotypical Irish singer into the mix, and you’ve got “total chaos that makes your butt move!” The band’s various musical backgrounds and culture create a unique blend of rock that some in the media have described as “…fresh but nostalgic,” “…a thumping pacemaker in your chest!” and “They kick their own asses!”

Since forming in the year 2000, TTJ has marked several accomplishments. Armed with only low-budget demo material, the band members were featured guests on FM radio stations such as FM Osaka, FM CoCoLo, Kiss FM, and FM Wai Wai. Such radio airplay helped land three of their tracks on a movie soundtrack called “Maido” which was released at the end of 2002.

In 2004, the band clinched their first record deal on Onkyo’s label, Premium Stones, which triggered more media attention. In addition to almost daily FM radio airplay, the band was featured as guests several times on Japan Music TV and NHK. TTJ hit a peak in 2005 and followed that up by booking as many shows as possible from Fukuoka to Tokyo.

In spite of the effort, however, TTJ was not satisfied with their progress. As a result, they parted ways with Onkyo to create a musical direction that would be more true to themselves. It was an uphill battle to be sure, taking more than five years to complete their next album. SUPERSONIC STARE, however, is the comeback that many have been waiting for. Besides stronger song-writing and a good production, the band has captured its signature sound and become exactly what they always wanted to be. In their eyes, that’s all the success they ever wanted. “It’s not about trying to be rock stars,” says drummer, Gordy. “It’s about doing what we love to do, and that’s simply playing together.”

You can see TTJ playing in venues of all sizes between Tokyo and Sydney. You’ll see them at the Hard Rock Cafe, outdoor festivals and fairs, and even smoky bars. Seeing them in any one of these venues however, will give listeners a different experience every time. Perhaps that’s one reason why “they kick their own asses!”

The Band:
Lead Vocals – Brian O’Kane
Guitar – Jun Sugimoto
Bass – Yugi Uchida
Drums – Gordy Carlson

Track Listing:
1. In My Head
2. Supersonic Stare
3. Sunny California
4. She’s Got It All
5. Sacred Places
6. Starlight
7. When You Doubt
8. STFU

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Norwegian Classic Rock band Hercules.

Please find below the text press info for the bands rockin’ new album ROCKWAVES.

Band: Hercules
Album Title: ROCKWAVES
Label: MM Productions
Street Date: Out Now
Genre: Classic rock/boogie rock

Web:
http://www.herculesband.com/
http://www.myspace.com/herculesband

Hercules is a boogie and rock ‘n’ roll band from Norway. The band was born in 1998 and recorded their first EP in 2000 called NICE TRY.

Hercules’ first album was called CHECKIN’ IN and released early 2001. The band’s second album LICENSE TO ROCK was released in September 2005 and was in many ways the band’s breakthrough. The album got great reviews both in Norway and abroad. UK’s Classic Rock magazine said: “best heads-down-no-nonsense-boogie album of the year.”

The song “Rat Race” was later included on a “best of” CD made up by of Norway’s most famous Radio and TV DJ Finn Bjelke; other bands on the album were Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, CCR, ZZ Top, and others. ROCKWAVES is Hercules’ brand new album, with all songs again written by Vemund Moss (with Dutch lyricist Jan Leentjes). ROCKWAVES has already received great reviews and many say it’s Hercules’ best album so far.

On seeing the band live radio DJ Finn Bjelke said, “Hercules move wigs and make gaps between teeth.” Another review of ROCKWAVES said: “It’s 40 years of rock crammed into one album.” Hercules have shared stages with acts like The Quireboys, Dan Baird, Nazareth, Blackfoot, and Blackberry Smoke to name a few.

Review:
We are in Norway again, and here we find yet another marvelous act loitering around the Norwegian rock scene. ROCKWAVES is the second CD from this Norwegian five piece. The band are: Vemund Moss – Lead vocals and guitar, Kristian Hauge – Keys, Simen Knuts – Lead vocals and bass, Lars Braastad – Drums and Tormod Haug on Rhythm guitar.

If you are a fan of bands like Bad Company, Status Quo, Nazareth, Thunder, Aerosmith (circa TOYS IN THE ATTIC), Foghat, etc. then you will no doubt enjoy what the band have to offer, it’s all been done before of course, but who cares right? And what’s more Hercules seems to be at home playing this style of rock. The album comes over very focused and sincere. The songs have substantial amounts of oomph and the production is also very good, without sounding to, how can I say, modern? Just prime time good time rock n’ roll fun is what can be heard all the way through ROCKWAVES.

My favourite songs are “Waiting,” very catchy song, great playing from the entire band. This track comes at you like a slice of Boston, 707, Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, Foghat and 38 Special all baked into one dish. “Wanna Play” is also very infectious and in the vein of Status Quo, the track is very ’70s retroish sounding with superb vocals and guitar work. My other favourite song is “Heading For Trouble,” this song just rocks and grooves, ladies to the dance floor please.

All in all ROCKWAVES is a varied album with ample bouts of heavy ’70s retro groove with an early ’80s good time fun rock ‘n’ roll vibe. You know the saying, had this come out in the ’80s it would have sold bucket loads. You can purchase the CD from CD Baby.
Nick – TSM

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Vemund Moss
Guitar: Vemund Moss, Tormod Haug
Bass: Simen Knuts
Drum: Lars Braastad

Track Listing:
1. Straight Ahead
2. Sad Old Joke
3. Progress In Reverse
4. A Hold On Me
5. Waiting
6. By Your Side
7. Special Service
8. The Price
9. Wanna Play
10. When The Rock Won’t Roll
11. Heading For Trouble
12. Love In Vain
13. No Chance At All

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Australian modern pop/rock band Enspier.

Please find below the text press info for the bands excellent catchy new album THE HALL OF MIRRORS.

Band: Enspier
Album Title: THE HALL OF MIRRORS
Label: Enspier Music
Street Date: May 2011 (UK)
Genre: Pop Rock

Web:
http://www.enspiermusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/enspiermusic
http://www.facebook.com/enspier

Enspier is a rock band on a mission, and that mission is to inspire listeners to transcend the ordinary from Australia to the other side of the globe.

Enspier’s debut release THE HALL OF MIRRORS has taken listeners to that special place. A place, that cannot be defined by words but can be expressed through music.

In 2005 Enspier was formed and the band began writing for their album THE HALL OF MIRRORS, their journey began wanting to create a fresh new sound and this took them on a ride they would never forget.

These five perfectionists found themselves working every night to create a new style of artistic music, rock music that would not only prick up the ears of the public but turn many heads as well. They have an energy that makes for an incredible album you don’t want to miss.

David Galluzzo’s angelic, soulful yet solid lead vocals enchant the audience while playing his guitar. Jeremy shows his genius ability on bass and backing vocals, DB with an aggression on the guitar that would make anyone bend to their knees, Joe Rahme with his “machine like hits” confuses the most intelligent mind with his mathematical inspiration, and last but definitely not least Costa Lambiris on percussion adds his own unique flavor to the mix. While each member of the band brings his own special talent and musicianship the Enspier boys are proud of the diversity in sounds that influence them as artists and as a band.

King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, The Carpenters, Dream Theater, Prince, U2 and Guns N’ Roses all had major parts to play in the creation of Enspier even though they didn’t know it.

Enspier headed to 301 Studio Sydney where they recorded 13 tracks under the production of Aria Award winner Anton Hagop (Producer/Engineer for Silverchair and Powderfinger). The mastering of the album was done at New York’s famous Sterling Sound (AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Pearl Jam) and as you will be able to tell, the result is a truly inspiring melodic rock album sure to appeal to lovers of all ages.

Enspier’s five intense, talented musicians have poured their heart and souls into creating THE HALL OF MIRRORS. They have performed on MTV’s “The Lair” at the Metro in Sydney and MTV like their music so much they decided to film a video for the track “Deliverance.”

Enspier is looking into the future and are dedicated to bringing THE HALL OF MIRRORS to audiences worldwide. Make sure you keep an eye on their website for any upcoming events.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Dave Galluzzo
Guitar – DB
Bass – Jeremy Barton
Drums – Joe Rahme
Percussion – Costa Lamb

Track Listing:
1. Elephantine
2. The Hall Of Mirrors
3. Believe
4. Deliverance
5. Mistreatment
6. Unknown Gravity
7. Message From A Fool
8. Little Piece
9. Waiting For The HourHand
10. Minutes At Hand
11. Draxton’s Nightmare
12. Switch Sticker Highs
13. Waking

TSM are delighted to announce the new release from The Lonely H.

This is one of my favourite Southern Rock releases so far of 2011, “these guys will blow the spurs off your cowboy boots!!!”

Please find below the text info for the awesome new 12-track killer album CONCRETE CLASS!

Band: The Lonely H
Album Title: CONCRETE CRASS
Label: Control Group/TCG
Distribution: ADA
Street Date: Out Now!!!
Genre: Southern Rock/Americana

Web:
http://www.myspace.com/thelonelyh

Official Video:
“Hair” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAzVfiT3ijI

About The Lonely H
The Lonely H have three domestic releases, CONCRETE CLASS, KICK UPSTAIRS and HAIR on The Control Group with distribution through ADA.

With worn out boots and starry eyes, The Lonely H return from the road bearing one thing: CONCRETE CLASS. After 400+ shows in the last few years, these knights-in-shining-denim have seen their share of hard-wood floors, hopeless drunks, and enough roadkill to feed Detroit.

Following up KICK UPSTAIRS (2006) and HAIR (2007) both on The Control Group, CONCRETE CLASS, The H’s third full-length, reels with the rawness of Bob Seger’s blue collar howl, and rolls with the purity of a “Tequila Sunrise.” But it doesn’t end there — these 12 tracks, recorded and mixed on miles of analog tape, sweat with the heart and honesty to match. Bearing melodies that pump at the passing of every mile marker, the music radiates a steadfast dedication to not only rock and roll music, but to rock and roll as a way of life. This idea, the boys don’t take lightly.

Don’t let the fresh faces and blonde locks fool you, these northwest gauchos have seen more red, white, and blue than that trucker eyeing your little sister. And they’re not satisfied yet. Hitting the road for yet another full course of America, the Lonely H would gladly hock all their leather and feathers just to fill the tank one more time. And that, they will.

The last time Don Henley sat at the same booth as the rest of the Eagles, he ordered “Concrete Class.”

“The achingly epic vocal and lead piano belongs in a stadium full of bell bottoms and lighters raised heavenward.” – MSNBC

“Taut live shows swirled with swank three-part vocal harmonies earned the band a ‘don’t miss this’ reputation.” – SPIN

“Truly infectious old-school rock n’ roll.” – The New York Post

“Talk about overachievers.” – CMJ

“Their music is mature and honed with finesse, aged well beyond the members’ years” – Houston Press

“these boys are capable of clean-burning classic rock” – The Onion

“strong sense of musical maturity that just as easily could’ve come from someone who’s twice their age and three times more experienced.” – Seattle Weekly

“boisterous blues-rock in the Zeppelin vein, but it also evokes Savoy Brown’s blues, or even the extreme edges of the Black Crowes.” – Boston Patriot Ledger

“they flaunt the infamous shiny locks of their forefathers, they finish the look with the same wicked guitar solos” – The Stranger

“it has a modern sense that feels refreshingly honest and relevant in today’s peculiar musical landscape” – Huntington Beach Independent

“surprisingly well developed, they sure have their music act together” – We Are The Magazine

“pins original three-part vocal harmonies to produce fresh rock clearly inspired by masters of the past” – Flagstaff Live

“Fans of rock — especially the classic variety — can rest assured: The Lonely H did their homework, and they’ve made honor roll.” – Performer Magazine

“You’ll be hooked by the time the dueling guitar acrobatics kick in near the end of ‘The Drought.'” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“come together so effectively that they’ll restore one’s faith in the kind of rock that seemed to have passed from the scene in 1977” – InSound

“One measure of a band’s rockingness is the get-on-your-feet factor. And the Lonely H — an infectious classic-rock outfit — has it in spades” – Willamette Week

“right out of the ’70s timeless music sounds like it should be played for a crowd of bell bottom-wearing, peace-sign flashing, music-loving bohemians” – The News Record

“combining pop melodies and classic rock riffs while also displaying their maturity via perfectly developed arrangements” – The Austinist

“Well here’s something new — a band who believe rock identifies more with a small-town lifestyle, not tight-pants hipster chic” – Metroland

“the sound of pure, unadulterated freedom and should be available on prescription in South Korea” – The Devil Has The Best Tuna

“I was blown away by their intensity and commitment to playing balls-to-the-wall rock like bands used to play twenty years ago” – How Was The Show

“bringing back what was genuine about rock ‘n’ roll” – Obscure Sound

The Band:
Mark Fredson – Vocals/Keys
Eric Whitman – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Eyestone – Drums
Johnny Whitman – Bass

Track Listing:
1. Right Down To Me
2. Cold Blues
3. White Horse Tears
4. Out West
5. The Singer
6. Diggin’ A Hole
7. Take Care
8. Phoenix
9. Other Side Of The Water
10. Girl From Jersey
11. The River
12. Strike A Chord

TSM are delighted to announce the brilliant and very catchy new single releases from Russia’s excellent Smirnov!

Please find below the text press info! You can hear the new singles on the Smirnov official website.

Band: Smirnov
Album Title: “Ice Orkestra”/”Forest Queen” (singles)
Label: Independent
Street Date: 2011
Genre: Earthling Rock

Web:
http://www.smirnovmusic.com/
http://www.myspace.com/rockjusticemusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/smirnovmusic

About Smirnov
Smirnov’s story is a story to tell!

“Typical Russian wonder!” That’s what Russian journalists say about Ivan Smirnov and his new project Smirnov as a result of an incredible journey from the winters of Russia to the center of L.A. music scene.

Year 2010. Smirnov has recently finished recording his American debut album PRIVET EARTH! with a Grammy-nominated producer Robb Vallier (Bon Jovi’s BLAZE OF GLORY, P. McCartney, Eurythmics, Whaling Souls, etc.) and has just finished shooting videos for two album singles: “A Phuken Angel” and “The Saddest Boy In The World.”

Born in St. Petersburg and raised in a small city of Vologda a few hundred miles from Moscow, Ivan was heavily influenced by the American/British rock scene and started writing his own material in English at the age of 8. While studying classical piano, Ivan also picked up the guitar and by the age of 19 he had an independent self-produced album under his belt. Going international was always his dream. This dream finally drove him to pursue his career nowhere else, but the entertainment capitol of the world — Los Angeles! His friends thought that this penniless 19 year old student was just joking… But just a few years ago, after 12,000 miles and obstacles Ivan finally made it to Hollywood! “The struggle was unbelievable!” remembers Ivan. “One day I even found myself homeless sitting in front of a McDonalds in Burbank with the only thing I owned — my guitar.” But he didn’t give up. His explosive performances, unique vocal style and enormous talent quickly gained this Russian wonder respect among everyone who heard his music. With kick-ass shows and dedicated fans in different parts of the planet, Smirnov is ready for SUCCESS!

Smirnov Latest News
Smirnov is approached by Universal Music Group Canada and The Orchard for online and physical distribution of PRIVET EARTH!

NARA has placed Smirnov on the voting ballot for the 53rd Grammy Awards in two categories: 1. Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“The Sunshine Never Cries,” “The Saddest Boy In The World”). 2. Best Rock Song (“The Saddest Boy In The World”).

Muzik Reviews (USA) writes an incredible review of PRIVET EARTH! giving the album 5 / 5 stars!

PRIVET EARTH! has made buzz in Europe and was written about in Netherlands, England, Italy and Russia. Italian rock magazine Metallus gave it the highest ranking (9 out of 10!) among new international rock releases on their site!

Track Listing:
1. Ice Orkestra
2. Forest Queen

Also Available:
PRIVET EARTH

TSM/SLW Promotions
http://www.myspace.com/nickyaor
http://www.slwpromotions.com/

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-LoNero Releases Much Awaited New Album J.F.L.

Metal / Guitarcore / Rock

What Is Guitarcore? The Answer Is Simple… J.F.L.!!

LoNero gave birth to Guitarcore with their first release RELENTLESS in 2007. Fourteen tracks of punishing rhythms and strong melodic hooks. From the time RELENTLESS was released, musical barriers were not only broken, but shattered! Fans of nearly every genre responded with more enthusiasm than the band could have ever imagined which gave even stronger resolve to LoNero’s idea that the melody and song should be the most important aspect whether it’s instrumental rock or not. Guitarcore is about the song, the band and the fans! No limits, no borders, no nonsense. Unlike most instrumental rock artists whose songs are a seemingly endless display of solos, LoNero chooses to focus on rhythm, groove, verse, chorus and melody. Their songs are constructed as if a vocalist is going to sing over them. As Guitar Player magazine stated “(LoNero) claims to have invented Guitarcore so you should really hate them! But you can’t because they’re just so damn good!”

LoNero’s vision and drive is evident in their 2011 release J.F.L. This time with the talents of Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Michael Rosen (Metallica, Joe Satriani, Santana, Papa Roach, Rancid, Testament, Todd Rundgren and many many more). Recorded entirely at LoNero’s rehearsal/recording studio, J.F.L takes Guitarcore to an even more refined level. With such songs as “Little Bastard,” “Eden,” Downside,” etc., LoNero proves groove and melody are still king. Not only has LoNero created Guitarcore, but with J.F.L. they introduce “Punkstramental.” With a nod and wink to bands such as The Ramones and Social Distortion, the punkstramental songs “Fat Tat” and “Good Luck” keep the punk vibe alive within an instrumental format. Something truly unique within the instrumental genre.

With J.F.L., LoNero continues to move forward and forge new ground while still retaining integrity and honesty in their music. Something that is tantamount to what Guitarcore stands for.

Track List:
Eden
Little Bastard
Fat Tat
Oblivion
Downside
New Song
Good Luck
Giant
King Of Damage

Order from LoNero or Nightmare Records
http://www.thenewalbum.com/
http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store/nightmare-artists/pgxso-product-details/prx-807/ctx-1

LoNero knows a lot of you like to purchase your music on iTunes, etc., but trust me, LoNero put a lot of work into designing the new album and nothing gives you the complete experience of an artist’s music like holding the CD in your hands and reading the liner notes (of which there are plenty).

KmS RoX Review:
Founding father Bill LoNero refused to take the short path to success in order to preserve the integrity of his visionary concept of “Guitarcore.” With Bill on Lead / Rhythm / Harmony Guitar, he recruited Mike McKaigg on Bass, Brandon Hayes on Rhythm / Harmony Guitar and Marco Bicca on Drums and they set out to take music to a new level. Guitarcore literally has each instrument doing the singing therefore one does not miss the vocals. The success of Guitarcore and raving reviews are well deserved. LoNero just set the bar higher for everyone else that picks up a guitar. Guitarcore is not instrumental music it is art pure and simple. Each person that listens will have their own individual interpretation of the music as it will invoke many emotions which can be interpreted differently each time you listen depending on your reception giving you an album and experience that will never get old. Why have a vocalist tell you what the song is about when you can feel the words? This is a must have album for any Rock / Metal and newly created genre Guitarcore fan. — Kimmie M Sharon – KmS RoX Founder/CEO

http://www.lonero.net/

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-Unearth: Worldwide Premiere Of New Track, “Ruination Of The Lost,” Brought To You By MetalSucks

Today popular metal portal MetalSucks hosts the worldwide premiere of Unearth’s “Ruination Of The Lost,” the explosive second track off the band’s upcoming DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT full-length.

Commented vocalist Trevor Phipps: “‘Ruination Of The Lost’ is a pummeling frontend album song that showcases our mix of both American and European metallic influences with an Apocalyptic lyrical theme. Buz [McGrath] and Ken [Susi] both rip some serious guitar solos in the tune and their guitar harmonies are hauntingly catchy. This one is a high energy shredder while lyrically it speaks about the end of the human race in the not so distant future if we continue to destroy our planet with the current level of disregard year after year. It’s hard for me to understand why people still let money and politics interfere with any real positive change even with the warning signs Mother Nature has given us. The title of the song refers to the self-destructive nature of the human race and how we are collectively so lost in our lust for money and power that we are destroying the world that gave us life in the first place.”

To check out “Ruination Of The Lost,” point your browser HERE:
http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/05/24/exclusive-track-premiere-unearths-ruination-of-the-lost/

Charging out of the late ’90s Massachusetts underground in a storm of thunderous riffs and focused aggression, in 2011 Unearth proudly stand at the forefront of modern metal. With fifth full-length, DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, the quintet have delivered their most honest, powerful, and compelling statement to date, driving a fist into the collective gut of every image-obsessed wannabe metal band currently cluttering up the landscape, and setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody. Slated for North American release via Metal Blade Records July 5, the 11-track long player was recorded at Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts with producer (and Killswitch Engage guitarist) Adam Dutkiewicz and mixed at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium, et al). Sitting in on drums during the recording was Justin Foley of Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed.

Several discounted pre-order deals for DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT are available. Packages include:

CD: $9.99
CD + T-Shirt: $19.99
CD + Unearth Beer Bong: $20.99
CD + T-Shirt + Unearth Beer Bong: $29.99

It should be noted that the Unearth Beer Bong is a pre-order item only and will not be available post street date. For further info, check out Unearth’s official DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT landing page where you’ll also find news, tour updates and more:
http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com

Worldwide Release Dates:
DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Norway July 1, the rest of Europe on July 4, North America, Spain and Italy on July 5, Finland and Hungary on July 6, Australia July 8 and Japan on July 27.

http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/
http://www.unearth.tv
http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial
http://www.twitter.com/unearthofficial
http://www.myspace.com/unearth

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-King Giant In Final Recording Stages Of New Album

Northern Virginia-based doom-rock outfit King Giant are currently in the final mixing and mastering stages for their upcoming sophomore full-length, DISMAL HOLLOW, currently being slated for release by Autumn 2011.

In March of this year, the five members of King Giant entered legendary Inner Ear Studios (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Avail, Jawbox, etc.) to take their thunderous doom-bred Southern rock to the next level on their sophomore full-length; the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album, SOUTHERN DARKNESS. The band have just released a trailer built around the creation of the new album, showcasing some killer footage of what is in store. Check out the newly completed preview of what’s to come right here:

King Giant have also recently signed with 313 Artist Management — home of Hour Of 13, Pristina, Cortez, When The Deadbolt Breaks and more — so expect to hear more widespread news and live action from the band in the coming months as more live ventures are booked and the album nears completion.

The band have also raised a Kickstarter project to incorporate fans into the support and creation of their next video, to be filmed later this year. Check out that promo here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1811214947/king-giant-music-video-for-appomattox

Complete info on the forthcoming King Giant album will come to light in the weeks ahead, but this much is certain; the record is guaranteed to be one of the most groove-heavy, doom-fueled albums of the whole year.

http://www.kinggiant.com/
http://www.facebook.com/kinggiantband
http://www.myspace.com/kinggiant

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-Check out a trailer for Accept’s upcoming live shows at http://www.youtube.com/accepttube .

-Alestorm’s new video for “Shipwrecked” is available at http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords . See http://www.alestorm.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/alestormband , and http://www.myspace.com/alestorm for more.

-Check out the winners of the Amon Amarth / MetalSucks Viking Beard Contest at http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/05/19/amon-amarth-viking-beard-contest-winners-announced/ .

-Upcoming tour dates from “Pennsylvania Stoner/Doom Rockers” Backwoods Payback:

6/9 – Crayola House, Harrisonburg, VA
6/10 – The Triple, Richmond, VA
6/11 – The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
6/12 – The Nick, Birmingham, AL
6/13 – Little Hamilton, Nashville, TN
6/14 – The Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
6/16 – The Mill< Iowa City, IA
6/17 – The P.L.A.V., Kenosha, WI
6/18 – Cobra Lounge, Chicago, IL
6/19 – The Summit, Columbus, OH
6/20 – Mac's Bar, Lansing, MI
6/21 – 31st St. Tavern, Pittsburgh, PA
6/22 – 123 Pleasant St., Morgantown, WV
6/23 – Millcreek Tavern, Philadelphia, PA
6/24 – The Note, West Chester, PA
6/25 – Krug's, Frederick, MD

See http://www.backwoodspayback.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/backwoodspayback666 for more.

-Borealis' FALL FROM GRACE is out now on Lion Music. Check out the video for "Where We Started" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I79UW4eCs5g%26 . See http://www.borealismetal.com/ for more.

-Dead End Kidz singer John Erigo will be interviewed on the Internet radio show "Metal Score" June 2 from 7-8 p.m. Eastern time. Check out http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fightinwordsradio/2011/06/02/metal-score–dead-end-kidz-vocalist-john-erigo for more info, including listening instructions and a phone number you can use to call in questions. See http://www.myspace.com/dekmusic and http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-DEAD-END-KIDZ/6323764485 for more.

-Check out a new interview with all members of Halestorm at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/Cgmf .

-Get a free MP3 of HammerFall's new song "One More Time" at http://www.nuclearblast.de/gratisdownload/index.php?link_kampagne=Hammerfall-OneMoreTime .

-There's a new interview with Hard's singer Bjorn Lodin at http://virtuosityone.com/2011/05/19/an-interview-with-bjorn-lodin-of-hard/ .

-There's a brief bit on Judas Priest's "Epitaph" tour, with info on a new studio album and quotes from Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and new guitarist Richie Faulkner, at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/judas-priest-plan-full-on-metal-extravaganza-for-farewell-tour-20110524 .

-Neal Morse is now on Twitter; follow @nealmorse.

-Check out Sabaton's second "Screaming Eagles" video teaser at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwSlFuAD_hU . See http://www.sabaton.net/ for more.

-Stinking Lizaveta is hitting the road; according to hype prepare for them "infiltrating town after town with their intense, eclectic, instrumental aggro-prog-jam live rage." Dates:

6/3 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA
6/7 – Twisted Tea Room, Charlottesville, VA
6/8 – The Pilot Light, Knoxville, TN
6/9 – The Nick, Birmingham, AL
6/10 – Siberia, New Orleans, LA – w/ Spickle
6/11 – Grant St. Dancehall, Lafayette, LA
6/13 – Emo's, Austin, TX
6/14 – Rubber Gloves, Denton, TX
6/15 – Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS
6/16 – Mojo's, Columbia, MO
6/17 – Pancho's, Chicago, IL
6/18 – Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA

After June 3, all dates also feature Erode and Disappear. See http://www.stinkinglizaveta.com/ for more.

-Check out a track-by-track feature on Stream Of Passion's upcoming album DARKER DAYS at http://www.streamofpassion.com/darkerdays_trackbytrack.php . See http://www.streamofpassion.com/ for more.

-Check out Warrant's new video for "Life's A Song" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V8uSouJrRY , and check out a "making of ROCKAHOLIC" video in the band's new EPK at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-9ahi1nqbA . There's a new interview with guitarist Erik Turner at http://hardrockhaven.net/online/2011/warrant-guitarist-erik-turner-talks-rockaholic/ . See http://www.warrantrocks.com/ for more.

Thanks to Greg Prato, Chad Bowar, Nathan Birk, Nicky Baldrian, and Earsplit PR for help gathering some of this information.

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