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Issue #598

Issue #598
Week of June 20, 2011

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-This has nothing to do with music but my new favorite term is “Swamp Donkey.” I guess it’s Canadian slang for “moose.” Some guys on Chicago sports radio have begun referring to White Sox free agent bust Adam Dunn as “Swamp Donkey” because he’s, well, huge. Not very flattering, but funny. 🙂 – Tim

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-Judas Priest: SINGLE CUTS — The Complete UK CBS/Columbia Singles Release Date: August 25, 2011

At the start of their last major world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release of the complete CBS/Columbia singles collection, SINGLE CUTS.

Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their 40 year career. Responsible for not only issuing some of metal’s all-time classic albums (BRITISH STEEL, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, and PAINKILLER among them) and anthems (“Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), the group has been one of the leading arena rock acts for decades. To date the band have sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.

SINGLE CUTS is not only a testament to Priest’s enduring influence but also tells the story of why they are such a force in metal.

Boasting a massive 52 tracks across 20 discs the collection includes legendary cuts such as “Dissident Aggressor,” “Living After Midnight,” “Breaking The Law,” “Turbo Lover,” and “Painkiller.” Also featured are much-loved tracks such as Priest’s unique cover of “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)” plus a raft of live B-sides.

Housed in a deluxe, numbered box, SINGLE CUTS brings together the CBS/Columbia singles from 1977 to 1992, including 7″ and 12″ cuts. All singles are issued on vinyl replica CDs with original labels and 7″ vinyl artwork wallets.

In May this year Judas Priest debuted their new guitarist, 31 year old British Richie Faulkner on the finale of “American Idol.” The band are currently setting stages alight across Europe on their Epitaph tour which will see them on the road throughout 2011 and beyond.

SINGLE CUTS is only available to order from the official Judas Priest website http://www.judaspriest.com/ .

Track listing

Diamonds And Rust
Dissident Aggressor

Better By You, Better Than Me

Evening Star

Before The Dawn
Rock Forever

Take On The World
Starbreaker (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978)
White Heat Red Hot (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978)

Evening Star
Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978)
The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)

Living After Midnight
Delivering The Goods (Live In Tokyo)
Evil Fantasies (Live In Tokyo)

Breaking The Law
Metal Gods


Don’t Go
Solar Angels

Hot Rockin’
Breaking The Law (Live)
You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Exciter (Live)

(Take These) Chains
Judas Priest Audio File

Freewheel Burning
Breaking The Law (Live from US Festival May 1983)
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)

Turbo Lover
Hot For Love

Locked In
Desert Plains (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)

Better By You, Better Than Me

A Touch Of Evil
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Live)

Night Crawler
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)

JudasPriest.com – The Official Judas Priest website.

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-Mr. Big Embarking On US Tour

Their First US Tour By The Original Band In 15 Years!

New Release WHAT IF… Out Now!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Mr. Big will once again unleash their brand of brutal fury on their first US tour in 15 years starting July 30th, in San Diego at the 4th & B. Returning fresh from a successful run of tour dates overseas, vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey, will be hitting the road in the United States this summer in support of the band’s new album, WHAT IF… “Man, it’s been a long time,” states guitarist Paul Gilbert. I can’t wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It’s gonna be huge!”

WHAT IF… is Mr. Big’s first all-original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of HEY MAN, the new recording is set to bring back Mr. Big on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first Mr. Big album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one.” Continues Billy Sheehan, “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat, too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first two records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs.” Pat Torpey adds “Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians.”

Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World,” Green-Tinted Sixties Mind,” “Just Take My Heart,” and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy,” “Addicted To That Rush,” “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover.”

WHAT IF… is released in a special edition CD + DVD in digi-pak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

WHAT IF… track listing includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes The Blame; Still Ain’t Enough For Me; Once Upon A Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America — not on vinyl edition).

The DVD will include the video clips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making Of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

In other Mr. Big news, the next single from the new album, “American Beauty,” will ship to radio in July in support of the tour.

Mr. Big on tour:

30 – San Diego, CA – 4th & B
31 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club

2 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
4 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
5 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
6 – Modesto, CA – Xclamation Festival
8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
9 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
12 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
13 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
17 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
20 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
23 – New York, NY – BB King’s
24 – Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
26 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
30 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
31 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

For more information please visit http://www.mrbigsite.com/ .

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-Get The New Rhapsody Of Fire Record FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY Today

Today is the release day of the brand new Rhapsody Of Fire album FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY, which is another masterpiece in the outstanding history of the Italian act.

“This album has two hearts: in the first eight titles we let the guitars blast stronger again, putting emphasis rather on basic heavy metal… but with the last song we defined once again the cinematic impact of our music for the grand finale of Rhapsody’s tale,” Alex Staropoli states concerning this year’s variant of their “Film Score Metal” and the alignment of the new opus, which into the bargain finalizes the fantasy saga of the emerald sword that has been continued from the debut on for more than 15 years.

Once again Christopher Lee, doyen of dramatic arts, could be won over as the narrator, who introduces the lyrical concept in the theatric intro “Ad Infinitum” and furthermore guides the listener through “Heroes Of The Waterfalls’ Kingdom” which is 20 minutes long and the concluding centerpiece of the album.

“Epic symphonies with a strong metal attitude, FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY is another killer album from Rhapsody Of Fire,” says Metal Hammer, Italy.

“Rhapsody Of Fire draw worlds constantly changing, thanks to the immense work of Turilli’s guitar. Joy, anger, love and hate are just some of the emotions painted by the music of FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY, another amazing album of Rhapsody Of Fire,” wrote Metal Maniacs, Italy.

To sum it up: Rhapsody Of Fire have created a record that — like all of its precursors — will be able to stand the proof of time with “Summa cum Laude.”


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-Firewind Announces All Tour Dates And Special VIP Ticketing Options For The “Frets Of Fury” Headlining North American Fall Tour

The Greek metallic powerhouse Firewind, led by modern day guitar hero Gus G, is extremely excited to announce their first ever headlining North American tour, dubbed the “Frets Of Fury.” This package (sponsored by ESP Guitars, BlackStar Amps and Guitar World) kicks off on Oct. 9th and features a wide array of metal’s elite: Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage.

This is easily one of the most diverse and exciting tours of the fall. Either see below or head over now to http://www.facebook.com/firewindofficial to view the entire list of tour dates.

The band has also decided to ensure that their loyal fans are getting the first opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public. This is a first come first serve online ticket ordering system. The maximum order is four tickets. There are three ticketing/VIP package options that includes meet and greets with the band with exclusive 3D posters and laminates, as well as a Platinum Package featuring a private 20 minute guitar lesson with Gus G. Head over now to http://tixx1.artistarena.com/firewind/ to register and get your tickets and VIP access before they are sold out. General Admission tickets go on sale everywhere on June 16.

The “Frets Of Fury” Tour Itinerary
Oct 09 St Petersburg, FL @ The State Theater
Oct 10 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct 11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Oct 12 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Oct 13 Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s
Oct 14 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct 15 Ottawa, ON @ Maverick’s
Oct 16 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Oct 18 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Oct 19 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct 20 Winnipeg, MB @ The Osborne Village Inn
Oct 21 Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
Oct 22 Kelowna, BC @ Sapphire Nightclub
Oct 23 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Oct 24 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 25 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct 26 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Oct 27 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go Go

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-Seven Witches: New Track Stream Available At Bravewords.com

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles is hosting an exclusive stream of “Lilith,” the second track off Seven Witches’ upcoming new full-length, CALL UPON THE WICKED. Scheduled for a June 28, 2011 release via FrostByte Records with North American distribution by eOne Entertainment, CALL UPON THE WICKED was recorded at Lickman Studios by founding guitarist Jack Frost with co-producers LePond and Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), who also mixed the record.

Commented Frost of the track: “This tune just rips. ‘Lilith’ has so many elements of yesterday and today. We wanted a heavy yet melodic vibe with awesome melody. Hope you all like this one. We worked really hard on it.”

Check out “Lilith” here:

Their first record since 2007’s DEADLY SINS, CALL UPON THE WICKED finds Frost reunited with former vocalist James Rivera (Helstar). Rounding out the lineup is bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X) and drummer Taz Marazz, who each play an integral role in crafting what is easily Seven Witches’ finest offering to date. Said Hellride in an early review of the record: “…this is pure heavy metal thunder the ’80s way: anthemic, hell-raising, and adrenalizing…” Added Wickedchannel: “Jack Frost brings us the sharp riffs that we expect from him and James Rivera is as versatile as ever on vocals. Every member of the band plays an integral role in the biting sound offered on CALL UPON THE WICKED.”


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Swedish epic power metal superstars Sabaton will release their first ever live album WORLD WAR LIVE: BATTLE OF THE BALTIC SEA on August 5, 2011.

The track list for the limited first edition 2CD/DVD package has been revealed now:

(Live At Sabatoncruise, Dec. 2010):

1. The March To War (Intro)
2. Ghost Division
3. Uprising
4. Aces In Exile
5. Cliffs Of Gallipoli
6. White Death
7. Swedish Pagans
8. Wolfpack
9. 40:1
10. The Art Of War
11. Attero Dominatus
12. The Price Of A Mile
13. Primo Victoria
14. Metal Medley
15. Dead Soliders Waltz (Outro)

(Recorded during World War Tour 2010):

1. Screaming Eagles
2. Coat Of Arms
3. Into The Fire
4. Talvisota
5. Final Solution
6. Back In Control
7. Panzerkampf
8. 7734
9. Hellrider
10. Panzer Battalion
11. Rise Of Evil
12. 40:1

– Sabaton live 2008 @ Rockstad Falun
– “Coat Of Arms” (video clip)
– “Uprising” (video clip)
– “Screaming Eagles” (video clip)


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-Arch/Matheos Band Sets SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE As The Title Of Upcoming Debut Full-Length Album!

Fates Warning Guitarist Jim Matheos And Original Vocalist John Arch Team Up For New Band!

As previously announced, Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) have teamed up to form the new progressive rock band, Arch/Matheos. The band — accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar — began tracking the drums on January 12 and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing. Arch/Matheos is pleased to announce SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE as the title of the debut album, which will be released September 9/12, 2011 in Europe!

Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE: “I think John and I work really well together. There’s a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we’re also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it’s one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us.”

John Arch added: “When I first heard some of the arrangements Jim had written and recorded, it took quite some time before I could wrap my mind around the odd time signatures and guitar work going on here. There are some long compositions, so putting anxiety and apprehension on the back burner it was time to dissect these numbers into digestible bits. After the lengthy process of lyrics and melodies, listening to the songs now, I can’t imagine them any other way.” In terms of the lyrical content on SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE, John Arch notes that “the lyrics this time around are more in line with A TWIST OF FATE and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”

John Arch – vocals (Fates Warning)
Jim Matheos – guitars (Fates Warning, OSI)
Joey Vera – bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches)
Bobby Jarzombek – drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot)
Frank Aresti – additional lead guitar (Fates Warning)

More details will be released over the coming months so be sure to stay tuned to MetalBlade.com and Arch/Matheos’ pages on Facebook and Twitter coming soon!

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Fans around the globe have been waiting for the latest In Flames release and the time is now! SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING is finally out and it is the best In Flames record in recent memory. Fans have already shown their approval of the first single “Deliver Us” with the video receiving more than a half-million views online since its premiere. In Flames are now finally making the album available for all this week so make sure you pick up a copy in stores or online at outlets like iTunes and AmazonMP3. Fans also have the option of picking up an exclusive T-shirt, vinyl and digi-pak versions of the record exclusively at CMDistro.com.

In Flames is also now premiering SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING via AOL Listening Party at http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/16 .

In Flames will soon be giving US fans the opportunity to hear their latest material live as they hit the road on the main stage of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival from July 9th to August 14th alongside heavyweights such as Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Suicide Silence and more!

Album EPK

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Bridger – BRIDGER
Escape Music – ESM228
File under: Hard Rock
EAN: 5031281 002280
Release: July 29, 2011

Specials: feat. Terry Ilous (XYZ, Great White), Glen Bridger (Head East), Greg Manahan (Head East), Sam McCaslin (Michael Shenker, Carmine Appice)

Track List:
1. Tuesday Afternoon
2. How Long
3. On The Ledge
4. Don’t Push Me
5. Without A Sound
6. Free
7. Live For The Moment
8. Good To Be Home
9. Gonna Get Better
10. Once In A Lifetime
11. Heaven & Hell (tribute to Ronnie James Dio)

Glen Bridger was born in Albany, MO and grew up in the Kansas City area. He started playing guitar at the age of 13 after hearing the band Van Halen, whose influence is immediately recognizable in Glen’s playing today. He was awarded a scholarship to play baseball in college, but by his senior year he decided that he would rather play music than baseball and left college to pursue his music career.

Glen developed his guitar playing skills by studying magazines like Guitar World and Guitar For The Practicing Musician which helped him land the lead guitar spot in several of Kansas City’s top bands including Faze One, and London Drive before joining Head East as their lead guitarist as well as writing new material with them. Glen’s songs “Me And My Whiskey” and “One Night” have already been added to the Head East set list.

Bridger is an exciting new band featuring some great musicians such as vocalist Terry Ilous, who has a naturally powerful voice that will just blow the speakers. This debut features straight-ahead rockers that smack of Great White and Mr. Big, as well as softer numbers such as “Live For The Moment” and “I’m Free.” There is also the fantastic “Don’t Push Me” which is like a cross between Head East and Journey. After a slow intro this song then rips out with great guitar and keyboard interplay. Bridger also perform a very credible version of Dio-era Sabbath’s “Heaven & Hell.”

BRIDGER is a fantastic album; it is so good to see that the US anthemic rock sound is still very much alive.

Terry Ilous: (XYZ, Great White) Vocals
Glen Bridger: (Head East) Guitars
Greg Manahan: (Head East) Bass
Danzoid: Drums and Percussion
Sam McCaslin: (Michael Shenker, Carmine Appice) Keyboards

Additional Players:
JK Northrup: Guitars and Bass
Larry Hart: (Montrose, King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup) Bass
Eddy Jones: (Head East) Drums and Percussion
Marcus Nand: Drum loop programming, Keys and Guitars
Mark Murtha: (London Drive) Keys,Electric and Steel guitar
Patt Fontaine: (XYZ) Additional lyrics

Produced by: JK Northup

Escape Music

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-Falconer Premiere Brand New Video Clip For “Vid Rosornas Grav” Exclusively Via Website Of Metal Hammer Germany!

Swedish folk metallers Falconer are about to premiere their brand new video for “Vid Rosornas Grav” exclusively via the website of Metal Hammer Germany!

“Vid Rosornas Grav” is taken off the band’s brand new studio album ARMOD that has been released earlier this month via Metal Blade Records!

Please surf over to Metal Hammer to check out the fascinating video for “Vid Rosornas Grav!”


Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: “The video for ‘Vid Rosornas Grav’ is re-enacting a story that took place not far from where we live. It gives you a vision of what position you would have 150 years ago if you were just a common man or serf. It surely doesn’t look like a metal video in the beginning but then again, when have Falconer ever been about being as metal as possible. The video is once again produced and directed by http://www.1897.se that also did the video for ‘Carnival Of Disgust.'”

ARMOD 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 are only available with the limited first digi-pak edition of ARMOD!

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


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-Cruz Del Sur Update

Argus Live

Pennsylvania-based doom/metal troupe Argus have confirmed several badass live appearances for the coming weeks, kicking off with two shows last week. More Argus shows are being confirmed for the Summer months, and the band are planning a mini tour for the late Summer/early Fall months as well. More info to follow in the coming weeks.

Argus have also confirmed that they’ll be recording several bonus tracks for the vinyl edition of their latest opus, BOLDLY STRIDE THE DOOMED, including “Black Rose” by Thin Lizzy and “At The Gallow’s End” by Candlemass. More info on the vinyl release will be announced shortly.

Argus Confirmed Live Appearances:
7/23/2011 The Bricks – Franklin, PA w/ The Del Rios, Fistfight In The Parking Lot

“…one of the strongest, most memorable heavy metal albums in recent memory. The album gets the highest recommendation I’ll give this year, a rewarding album for fans of heavy and doom alike. 98%” – Metal Archives

“…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… 9/10” – Hellbound

“Classic and epic, foreboding and entertaining… 4/5” – Dangerdog Music Reviews

“…prime pick for top albums of the year…” – Hellride Music


Twisted Tower Dire Record Release Party

The latest in an ongoing list of regional live appearances, Virginia’s high-energy metal outfit Twisted Tower Dire have scheduled an official record release show for their latest scorcher, MAKE IT DARK. The festivities will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, August 5, as a totally free show! View the flyer for the event and more at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2751 .

Stay tuned for more updates on TTD live over the coming months as they continue to promote the blazing MAKE IT DARK release.

Twisted Tower Dire Record Release Show:
8/05/2011 The Dive Bar – Raleigh, NC

“Been a long time since I’ve been this ‘jazzed’ about a new album from an established artist. Highly recommended! 9/10” – Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles

“…a terrific release that signals Twisted Tower Dire’s emphatic return to the forefront of traditional heavy metal. 9/10” – Metal Assault

“…a killer attack of great traditional metal and NWOBHM sounds. 4.5/5” – About.com

“MAKE IT DARK will make unbelievers, believers. 8/10” – Blistering

“…one of the best hidden traditional metal acts in America today.” – Metal Army America


Dark Forest Signs With Cruz Del Sur Music

Cruz del Sur Music welcomes Dark Forest to the label’s ever-expanding roster, having just inked a recent deal for the band’s upcoming album.

A young band based out of Birmingham, England, Dark Forest has been knocking skulls around for a few years now, after the release of their self-titled debut album on Eyes Like Snow Records in January 2009. Their traditional take on heavy metal is as British-sounding as some of the best NWOBHM bands, reinterpreted with a modern production’s punch able to make them stand out alone. If your heart has a soft spot for Iron Maiden, Angel Witch, Isen Torr or early Deep Purple, Dark Forest boasts the kind of fist-pumping old-school classic metal to make your day.

Dark Forest entered the studio on Saturday, June 18th, and began the process of recording their second full-length, DAWN OF INFINITY, which will be released by Cruz Del Sur Music in the fall of 2011. More news will follow during the Summer months…


Cruz Del Sur Music

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-Multinational Heavy Metallers Powerwolf Have Finished Shooting A Video For “We Drink Your Blood!”

Multinational Heavy Metal warlords Powerwolf recently finished shooting a video clip for the song “We Drink Your Blood” from their upcoming album BLOOD OF THE SAINTS!

According to their sacral image and the concept of BLOOD OF THE SAINTS, Powerwolf shot the video in an ancient monastery church. “Shooting the video in such a special and atmospheric place was incredible,” comments organist Falk Maria Schlegel. “The combination of the sacral interior of the church, including altar, confessional box and a church organ with a lot of fire, fog and metal insanity was the perfect set for a Powerwolf video!”

The song title “We Drink Your Blood” is an allusion to the congregation in the Christian liturgy “Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant.”

In the very own style Powerwolf have adapted this to a typical suggestive horror story. Be prepared for a stunning video to a great metal hymn!

To give you a first glimpse about things to come, Powerwolf have revealed some making-of photography on http://www.powerwolf.net/ .

BLOOD OF THE SAINTS will be released July, 29 (G/A/S) / August, 1 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. The album will be released as a regular CD, a limited edition digi-book 2-CD and on vinyl.


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HUNTINGTON, WV — Rising US hard rock quartet, ZeroKing have released their new EP, A TASTE OF SELF DESTRUCTION, through Vanity Music Group. The five tracks on offer — “Girls Of California,” “Stone Cold Bitch,” “She Said,” “Black Friday,” and “Kings Of Self Destruction” — are all pulled from the band’s sophomore release, KINGS OF SELF DESTRUCTION, which drops on September 27, 2011.

“After the release of our digital single, we wanted to make those songs available at our shows as well,” front man Andy Haught says. “So, we decided to package those along with three other songs from the KINGS… record that are staples in our live set. The next logical decision was to make all five songs available online as either single tracks or as a very affordable digital EP. We feel this is a great way to get these songs out quickly to our fans while we are shoring up the release details for KOSD and help spread our name and music more to build both our fanbase and the anticipation for the full length CD.”

Formed in Huntington, West Virginia in early 2005, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Bobaflex, Jackyl, Dope, Black Stone Cherry, Airbourne and many more, becoming the “go to” band for regional promoters needing a secure draw and an act that can step into the ring with anyone. The band has gone on to play events such as Rocklahoma, X Fest,103.1 The Bear’s “Party Like A Rockstar” Festival, and Bearfest, amongst a host of other high profile events.

In the summer of 2009 ZeroKing entered Smash Hit Studios in Huntington, WV., to begin tracking the KINGS OF SELF DESTRUCTION album with producer and engineer Steve Riley. Comprised of 13 tracks, the session produced a tour de force of hard rock and metal. From anthemic rockers, to songs chock full of heavy metallic riffage, the album contains more than enough to satiate fans of new school, old school, and everything in between. As if all that wasn’t enough, the session produced a couple of melodic, captivating ballads, showcasing yet another strong dimension of the band.

ZeroKing’s single, “Stone Cold Bitch” b/w “Girls Of California” was released in March and can be purchased on iTunes at this link:


For more on ZeroKing visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Zerokingfans and their Reverbnation page at http://www.reverbnation.com/zeroking .

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-Rival Sons’ PRESSURE & TIME Album Out Now In Europe!

Hello rockers!

PRESSURE & TIME, the mind-blowing new album from Californian blues-rockers Rival Sons, is out now in Europe!

PRESSURE & TIME feature 10 incredible tracks of raucous, blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll and is available now in Europe on CD, limited edition audiophile vinyl, and digital download.

Grab your copy now to find out why Rival Sons are America’s hottest new band!

iTunes (w/ two exclusive bonus tracks) – http://j.mp/l09Sji
HMV (w/ free pin badge) – http://bit.ly/iSGe3e
Play.com (w/ free signed band photo) – http://bit.ly/fHc5XU
Earache Euro Webstore – http://j.mp/jucwYJ

PRESSURE & TIME is due to be released on CD and LP in North America on July 26th, and on iTunes on June 21st. Pre-order the album now:

iTunes (w/ 2 bonus tracks) – http://j.mp/jnpcLp
Earache US Webstore – http://j.mp/mtaFfm

If you haven’t already watched the new Rival Sons video for the track “Pressure And Time,” check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MA0m1K2jW4 .

Lastly, don’t miss Rival Sons on tour this summer:

June 24 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
June 26 – Imola, Italy – Sonisphere Festival
June 28 – Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo Werk 21
July 01 – Dortmund, Germany – FZW Visions Party
July 02 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival
July 03 – Arras, France – Main Square Festival
July 05 – Oslo, Norway – Baa
July 06 – Kalskoga, Sweden – Putte Parken Festival
July 08 – Weert, Netherlands – Bospop Festival
July 09 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
July 12 – Leeds, UK – Cockpit 3
July 13 – London, UK – Borderline

July 15 – Newport, UK – Newport Centre
July 16 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
July 17 – Doncaster, UK – The Dome
July 19 – Glasgow, UK – SECC
July 20 – Newcastle, UK – Metro Arena
July 21 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
July 23 – London, UK – High Voltage Festival
July 24 – Bournemouth, UK – BIC


Earache Records

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-Unearth: Worldwide Album Premiere Hosted By Alternative Press

Alternative Press is hosting a worldwide album premiere of Unearth’s upcoming DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT full-length, scheduled to hit North American record shelves on July 5, 2011, via Metal Blade Records. 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 (Killswitch Engage/Blood Has Been Shed).

Comments vocalist Trevor Phipps of the record: “This album is without a doubt some of the heaviest, most dynamic and memorable tunes we’ve ever written. The disc is littered with the shred ‘n’ stomp-filled songs our fans would expect from us, as well as some added vocal hooks, guitar melodies, guitar solos and some different paths taken in style and structure. We knew we had to continue to separate ourselves from the pack and to cement our place in the heavy metal world as one of the leaders and not as one of the many followers that seem to hop on the trend wagon and give up so easily when the going gets hard. We are here to stay and collectively we couldn’t be any more fired up to play these songs around the world for our fans new and old. So check it out, spread the word of underground metal and leave some feedback. See you on the road!”

To check out DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT in its entirety, point your browser here. The stream will run from June 20 to July 5, the day the record hits streets.


With DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, the quintet have delivered their most honest and powerful statement to date, setting a new standard when it comes to marrying precision brute force and exhilarating melody. Fangoria.com commended the band in an advance review noting: “Tight riffing, varying from technical pedal-style patterns to twin-harmony Maiden/At The Gates worship, plus all the brutally chugging breakdowns, will surely serve to inspire many a karate kick in the pits come tour time. This is definitely music to move by…” Pit Riff said DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT is, “powerful, has the right amount of grab to it, and definitely has the spit-filled rage lyrically that this kind of music once possessed before being softened for the mall kids,” while Crave added: “DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT is a first rate slice of metal that helps return the meat to the hollowed and empty husk of the metalcore genre.” Said Decibel of the band’s unwavering vitality: “Whether they’re tearing up a club at a headlining gig, opening for another band on a few square feet of stage space or blasting through headphones, that unmistakable energy is always there.”

Several discounted pre-order deals for DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT are still 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.


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-Pentagram Announces First Ever UK Show! European Dates To Be Announced Shortly!

New DVD On Its Way!

Pentagram have announced they will make their first ever UK appearance in December!

The Doom rock legends will play the Garage in Highbury, London on December 9, 2011. Support comes from Horisont. Tickets are on sale now.

Legendary singer Bobby Liebling has been dreaming of this moment for a long time: “I’ve always dreamed of playing London some day. Thanks to the fans for having us over to play in this great country! It’s a land who’s music has had a huge impact on my life and work. We are absolutely honoured.”

More European Pentagram dates are in the works as we speak and will be announced shortly!

Pentagram, featuring the talents of Bobby Liebling, Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and new drummer Albert Born, recently released their highly anticipated full-length album LAST RITES via Metal Blade Records. LAST RITES contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 (BE FOREWARNED).

Metal Blade Records will release a Pentagram DVD entitled WHEN THE SCREAMS COME on the 12th/15th of August 2011. More details on this will be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…


*** PRESS RELEASE #17 ***
-New Releases From Emmeciesse Music Publishing/Heart Of Steel Records

Artist: Steve Saluto
Country: Europe
Label: Emmeciesse Music Publishing/Heart Of Steel Records
Format: 1CD Digi-pak limited edition
Tracks: 10
Music Style: Melodic Hard Rock, Funk Rock
Release date: Europe: May 15th 2011
Release digital: May 20th 2011

“The guitar of Steve Saluto is able to show all the artist’s taste and heart having in the impact and in the freshness of the sound its winning card.” In this way Guitar Club Magazine introduced Steve Saluto in the Nov. 2000 issue. Residing in Treviso (Italy), Steve Saluto began playing guitar at the age of fifteen.

At the beginning they were jazz guitar lessons then, inspired by the Van Halen solo in “Beat It,” Steve took up playing rock. From Jazz to Funk to Rock and Pop, Steve has played and or recorded with a diverse many such as Federico Stragà, Danny Losito, Massimo Riva, Elio e le Storie Tese, Cheryl Porter, Vittorio Matteucci, The Venice Gospel Ensemble, Jeff Berlin, Darryl Jones, Danny Gottlieb, Buddy Miles, Phil Palmer, and many more.

He has written and produced seven solo and band recordings featuring his diverse guitar virtuosity. Besides his guitar player and band leader status, Steve is an in demand co-writer and producer for up and coming young bands under his production company known as Imput Level Productions; He also own a recording commercial studio in San Biagio di Callalta (TV). Steve graced national TV and radio shows (“RAI,” “Video Music,” “Roxy Bar”) and the pages of several guitar and music publications including Guitar Player, Guitar Club, Axe, Metal Shock, Flash and Basimedia Magazine, and he is always included in magazines and websites as a brilliant and versatile guitarist and songwriter.

In his ROUGH BEAT (2006), RUST & GOLD (2008) and RESURRECTION (2010) releases he joined forces with Richie Kotzen … but his latest venture is a band called La Famiglia Superstar with Terry Ilous on vocals, Atma Anur on drums and Marco Mendoza on bass.

The Italian rock guitar player returns with BROWN EYED SOUL, a brand new album for 2011 featuring Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) on vocals, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Madonna, Michael Bolton) on bass and Atma Anur (Cacophony, Greg Howe) on drums. The album’s release has been anticipated by the single/video clip “Your Love” that reveals the funk/rock with a ’70s touch sound defining the unmistakable Steve’s style.

The album was recorded and produced by Steve Saluto and mixed and mastered by his long time friend guitarist Alex de Rosso (Dokken).

As a solo artist Steve released during the years eight albums with different music styles ranging from hard rock, to jazz/fusion to funky/rock and ’70s influenced music. BROWN EYED SOUL offers fans a collection of songs: from classic and melodic hard rock and soul (the album also includes a revisited version of the Tommy Bolin tune “Wild Dogs”) to a couple of burning instrumental.

Track List:

(Lyrics & Music By S.Saluto/G.Mosole/D. Losito)

Marco Mendoza – Lead Vocals
Steve Saluto – Background Vocals, Guitars, 1st guit. solo
Gianluca Mosole – Guitars, 2nd guit. solo, Bass, Drums & Programming

(Lyrics by S. Saluto/M. Mendoza – Music By S. Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead Vocals
Steve Saluto – Lead & Background vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synth
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics & Music By S. Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead Vocals
Steve Saluto – Guitars, Organ, Background vocals
Doug Wimbish – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics by S. Saluto/M. Mendoza – Music By S. Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead & Background Vocals
Steve Saluto – Guitars
Giorgio Frè – Hammond
Doug Wimbish – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Music By S. Saluto)

Steve Saluto – Guitars
Piero Trevisan – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics by S. Saluto/M. Mendoza – Music By S. Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead & Background Vocals
Steve Saluto – Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
Giorgio Frè – Hammond
Doug Wimbish – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics by S. Saluto/M. Mendoza – Music By S. Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead & Background Vocals
Steve Saluto – Background Vocals, Guitars
Giorgio Frè – Hammond
Doug Wimbish – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics & Music By T. Bolin)

Marco Mendoza – Lead Vocals
Steve Saluto – Guitars
Gianluca Mosole – Piano, Hammond
Piero Trevisan – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

(Lyrics & Music By Steve Saluto)

Marco Mendoza – Lead Vocals
Steve Saluto – Guitars, Bass, Synth, Background Vocals
Giorgio Frè – Hammond
Atma Anur – Drums

(Music By S. Saluto)

Steve Saluto – Guitars
Gianluca Mosole – Organ
Piero Trevisan – Bass
Atma Anur – Drums

Here at you a basic marketing info:

– Extra special guest, Doug Wimbish on bass (Living Colors, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Annie Lennox…), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent…) on vocals and Atma Anur (Cacophony, Greg Howe…) on drums!!!

– A must for fans of Mr. Big, Lenny Kravitz, Richie Kotzen, & Jimi Hendrix

– The album will be heavily supported with advertising and press in the whole of Europe, Japan, USA, and South America.


Artist: Fireyed
Country: Europe
Label: Emmeciesse Music Publishing/Heart Of Steel Records
Format: 1CD limited edition
Tracks: 10
Music Style: Hard ‘n’ Heavy, Glam street, sleazy
Release date: Europe: May 15th 2011
Release digital: May 20th 2011

The project started in 2006 with the goal to recreate, at least initially, the spirit and sound of the ’80s rock ‘n’ roll.

After a first round of live shows, focusing on playing the most famous American hard rock covers, Fireyed get an instant success in the local music scene, earning acclaim from the public who regularly is blown away by the power of a band that hinges on the power of their performances.

In 2007 the band decides to lock themselves up in the studio to stretch their initial ideas and come up with six new songs that will be part of the homonymous LP FIREYED; the album is not yet ripe but already shows the insights that would later bring the band to a more contemporary sound but always full of the spirit that characterizes the taste of the rock ‘n’ roll quintet.

Therefore, the band has a chance to perform with some known names in the Italian and European rock scene, such as Jaded Heart, Rezophonic, Mike Terrana, Pino Scotto and others.

The sound undergoes its first evolution also due to the change of lineup:

The drums play relentlessly, the tone will darken, the bass is saturated with overdrive and the songs that will make the first official album begin to blossom, drawing from the influences of various components, all from different musical backgrounds.

Fireyed throw their musical mix in a boiling cauldron full of slashing dynamics, expanding the horizons of a band to which the only Italian underground music scene begins to feel tight.

Thus began in 2009 a collaboration with First Step Management, a British agency that launched bands like The Coors, which brings the powerful shows of Fireyed on the stages of the Anglo-Saxon region, planning a spring tour that touches England and Wales.

The result is extraordinary, the homeland of hard rock appreciates immediately the band’s live energy.

The return to Italy is promising, Fireyed participated in the national Metal Battle and won second place after a heated show on the final evening, grazing the chance to perform on stage at the Wacken Open Air in Germany.

The band makes this missed opportunity an even stronger motivation to better express their potential and walk the Italian stages again with a national tour, and then begin the recording sessions that will give birth to the first full-length album, FROM THE GROUND FLOOR, a product that celebrates the band in terms of a new sound, pulling away from the initial hard rock stereotypes that are replaced by a ripe sound and reflects disillusioned anger built up over time.

The sessions end in March 2010, just in time to go on the road to the British lands where the five rockers finally fully express their mature identity with a longer tour that sees them play shoulder to some of the best known bands of the United Kingdom, such as first of all Tygers Of Pan Tang, historical formation of the NWBOHM scene in the beginning of the ’80s.

The consecration comes, Fireyed acquire the popularity and reputation in UK and returning to their country they are noticed by the label Heart Of Steel Records/Emmeciesse Music Publishing that produces FROM THE GROUND FLOOR launching it in the worldwide rock market.

Erik, vocals
Paco, guitars
Frank, guitars
Blaze, drums
Steve, bass

Track List:
1. Fireyed
2. Big Monkey
3. Rock’n’sex
4. From The Ground Floor
5. Dirty Devil Rock
6. Living In Rock’n’roll
7. Shake Me
8. I’ll Be Waiting
9. Stop’n’go
10. Thunderlips

Here at you some basic marketing info:

– Distributed in all bigest webstores like iTunes, Amazon, Virgin, Fnac, & Emusic

– Executive producer by Mirko DEFOX Galliazzo (X-Hero)

– A must for fans of Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Keel, & Lynch Mob

– MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/fireyed

– The album will be heavily supported with advertising and press in the whole of Europe, UK, Japan and USA.

Artist: Dark Ages
Country: Europe
Label: Emmeciesse Music Publishing/Heart Of Steel Records
Format: 1CD limited edition
Tracks: 13
Music Style: Hard ‘n’ Heavy, Prog Metal
Release date: Europe: May 15th 2011
Release digital: July 30th 2011

Simone Calciolari founded Dark Ages in 1982 together with some friends. After some year spent in forging the band’s sound, they recorded the first album, SATURNALIA in 1991. After the CD was published, a hiatus followed, ending in 1996 with a new lineup and with extensive live tours. Many musicians changed in those years, and this prevented the band from writing new original material. In 2008 the members consolidated, so it was time to lay down a new project: a concept named TEUMMAN, whose first part has seen the light in may 2011.

TEUMMAN is a concept album which stems from the tradition of the classic rock operas, but is set in a long distant past (the characters’ names are taken from ancient Assyrian culture) and blends metal, progressive, rock and classical music. In TEUMMAN, the term “opera” is taken very seriously: the characters are well defined and so vivid you can feel them suffer, scream, bleed, the locations are an important part of the story, everything is in line with the melodramatic tradition of the nineteenth century. And this is what we call a true Rock Opera.

Simone Calciolari (guitars)
Davide Cagnata (lead vocal)
Carlo “bam bam” Busato (drums)
Marco Gennari (bass)
Angela Busato (keyboards)

Track List:
1. Overture
2. Battlefield
3. The Fall
4. Hell
5. Damned
6. Oath
7. New Life
8. Arrival
9. The Palace
10. Drop Of Rain
11. Scared
12. Doubt
13. Regret
(Music and lyrics by Simone Calciolari)

Here at you some basic marketing info:

– Distributed in all bigest webstores like ITunes, Amazon, Virgin, Fnac, & Emusic

– Executive producer by Mirko DEFOX Galliazzo (X-Hero)

– Italian Cult metal band from the ’80s, great sound, great band!!

– MySpace page: http://www.darkagesrock.com/

– The album will be heavily supported with advertising and press in the whole of Europe, UK, Japan and USA.

Artisti No Limits/Heart Of Steel Records
P.O. Box n.8 – 36045 Lonigo (Vicenza)

*** PRESS RELEASE #18 ***
-Mane Entertainment Announces First Project Completed Filming: “247°F” Featuring Scout Taylor-Compton And Tyler Mane

HOLLYWOOD, CA — Mane Entertainment announces the completion of filming for their first movie project titled “247°F.” Scout Taylor-Compton and Tyler Mane reunite for the suspense-thriller; this is the first time since the Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” films that the pair have worked together on screen. Also appearing in “247°F” is Travis Van Winkle (“Friday The 13th”), Christina Ulloa and Michael Copon. The production was completed in Tiblisi, Georgia in partnership with Sarke Studios, a European production company. Sarke Studios, best known for their edgy commercial endeavors, have recently expanded their slate to include full-length feature films.

In “247°F,” best friends Jenna (Compton) and Renee (Ulloa) set out for a weekend of fun but bring with them the heavy burden of a past tragedy and a friendship strained to the breaking point. Along with Renee’s reckless boyfriend, Michael (Copon),and his friend, Ian (Van Winkle), they plan on spending the weekend partying at a lakeside cabin provided by Ian’s uncle, Wade (Mane). Just when it seems that the weekend might be better than what the girls had hoped for, circumstances conspire to trap them in Wade’s sauna. With the temperature rising and time running out, Jenna must find a way to overcome her deepest fears and save herself and her friends.

Mane Entertainment’s follow-up project is currently in preproduction. “Compound Fracture” is set to begin filming this September, also in Georgia. “I am excited to be working with (Sarke’s) David Patarkalishvili again,” states Mane. “We are planning a long partnership.”

“247°F” is expected to be a late 2011 release. For more information please got to http://www.maneentertainment.com/ .

-Check out About Heavy Metal’s list of “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1981” at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/CwUV .

-Alestorm’s BACK THROUGH TIME (Napalm Records) debuted on the German album charts at #42. See http://www.alestorm.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/alestormband , and http://www.myspace.com/alestorm for more.

-Doro leader Doro Pesch will join the Dio tribute band Dio Disciples as a special guest at four shows in Italy and Spain:

6/29 – Magazzini Generali, Milano, Italy
7/1 – Sala Heineken, Madrid, Spain
7/2 – Rock Star Live, Bilbao, Spain
7/3 – Bikini, Barcelona, Spain

See http://www.doro.de/ for more.

-Check out Draconian — billed as “gothic doom masters” — and their first video “The Last Hour Of Ancient Sunlight” at http://www.youtube.com/napalmrecords . The band’s new album A ROSE FOR THE APOCALYPSE is out this week on Napalm Records. See http://www.draconian.se/ , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Draconian/38489221637 , and http://www.myspace.com/draconianmusic for more.

-Famous Underground — featuring former Slik Toxik singer Nick Walsh — has a show June 25 at the Boston Manor in Burlington, Ontario, Canada with Reverse Grip, Heart & Stone, and Morbid North. There’s a contest at http://www.y108.ca/ where you can enter to win two tickets to the show, an autographed CD, buttons, T-shirts, a meet & greet, and an autographed Explorer guitar. Additionally, check out the band’s site ( http://www.famousunderground.tv/ ) for information on a bus package where you can get a ticket to the show, a round-trip bus ride from Toronto to Burlington, an autographed CD, and entry to another contest to win a Flying V guitar. The band’s self-titled debut is out now, with this track list: “Wasteland,” “Overdrive,” “Dead Weight,” “Love Stands Still,” “Forever And A Day,” “Bullet Train,” “Mommy Is A Junkie,” “Wheel Of Misfortune,” “On Broken Wings,” “Necropolis,” “Hell To Pay.”

-Fatality — a.k.a. “Toronto’s party thrashers” — have released the THRASH F*CK EAT SLEEP demo online for free download at http://fatality.bandcamp.com/ . The demo was produced by the band, and mixed and mastered by Daniel Tsourounis. Track list: “Uppercut,” “Thrash F*ck Eat Sleep,” “Hammerfist.” Check out the video for the title track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNaYiUm6ze4 . See http://www.facebook.com/pages/FATALITY/97224729901 , http://www.myspace.com/fatalitythrashf*ck , http://www.youtube.com/user/Fatalitythrashers , http://www.reverbnation.com/fatalitymetal , and http://twitter.com/FatalityThrash for more.

-Fullforce, a new Swedish super-group featuring singer Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Silent Memorial), guitarists Stefan Elmgren (HammerFall) and C.J. Grimmark (Narnia, Divinefire, Audiovision), bassist Tommy Larsson (Heed), and drummer Anders Johansson (HammerFall, Yngwie Malmsteen, Malmsteen) — has released ONE on SPV/Steamhammer. Track list: “Mythomaniac,” “None Of Your Concern,” “Heart And Soul,” “Oblivion,” “Open Your Eyes,” “Rain,” “Suffering In Silence,” “Walls Of Secrets,” “Father Spirit,” “Bleed,” “Into The Cradle.” Hype says the band members “describe their music to be a genuine blend of traditional, catchy heavy metal to more updated melodic metal with some ethnic touches which will make them a standout to within the genre.” Check out clips of three songs at http://musicbuymail.eu/?i=34224 , and see http://www.fullforce.se/ , http://www.facebook.com/fullforcesweden , http://twitter.com/fullforcesweden , and http://www.myspace.com/fullforcesweden for more.

-The Headbangers Open Air 2011 is slated for July 28 – 30 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany (near Elmshorn). The tag line: “The Garden Will Burn.” The festival’s lineup features: Astral Doors (Sweden), Baron Rojo (Spain), Beehler (Canada), Bon Scott (Germany), Circle II Circle (USA), Crystal Viper (Poland), Evil One (France), Fates Warning (USA), Gama Bomb (Ireland), Rezet (Germany), Jaguar (UK), Leviathan (USA), Meliah Rage (USA), Metal Inquisitor (Germany), More (UK), Skull Fist (Canada), Slough Feg (USA), Spartan Warrior (UK), StormWarrior featuring Kai Hansen (Germany), Striker (Canada), Syron Vanes (Sweden), Tokyo Blade (UK), Tierra Santa (Spain), Torch (Sweden), Vulcain (France). Tickets are available through http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/osc/ , http://www.hellionrecords.de/ , http://www.Metaltix.com/ , VonGestern Elmshorn, RemedyRecords Hamburg, all Presalepoints, http://www.adticket.de/index.php/component/event/soloevent/6585 , and http://www.ticketmaster.de/event/HeadbangersOpenAirtickets/EABZ2807 . See http://www.headbangers-open-air.de/ , http://www.myspace.com/headbangersopenair , and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Headbangers-Open-Air-Festival/180529205304366 for more.

-Iced Earth’s FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED double-DVD set is due soon. It features three full concerts with both Matt Barlow and Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals (including appearances at 2008’s Metal Camp Slovenia and Rock Hard Festival and 2007’s Wacken Open Air), a full-length documentary, and bonus footage. Check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgJO1j0oKcw .

-In Kiss news, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” is back and so is the A&E quiz, at http://www.aetv.com/gene-simmons-family-jewels/quiz/ .

-Symphony X’s ICONOCLAST is out now. Hype: “ICONOCLAST is the heaviest and still most rocking progressive metal album ever! This is kind of the ‘black album’ of Symphony X — mindblowing!” See http://www.symphonyx.com/ for more, and get a free MP3 of “Dehumanized” at http://www.nuclearblast.de/gratisdownload/index.php?link_kampagne=SymphonyX-Dehumanized .

-Titans Eve’s latest tour video blog, “Las Vegas To Tampa Bay,” is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rql78B19awg . Download the songs “Becoming The Demon” and “Tides Of Doom” at http://titanseve.bandcamp.com/track/becoming-the-demon and http://titanseve.bandcamp.com/track/tides-of-doom , respectively. See http://www.facebook.com/pages/Titans-Eve/53568260495 for more.

-According to a report at the Van Halen News Desk, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti was interviewed recently by Austria’s “Mulatschag TV,” and stated he’s friends with Wolfgang Van Halen and was invited to watch the band — minus David Lee Roth — run through their upcoming new album live in 5150 studios. Check out the full report at http://www.vhnd.com/2011/06/18/alter-bridge-guitarist-calls-new-van-halen-album-incredible/ . The band is reportedly working on the album with producer John Shanks, and rumors have it being released this fall.

-W.A.S.P. has some German dates scheduled for August:

8/3 – Spectrum, Augsburg, Germany
8/7 – Hirsch, Nürnberg, Germany
8/8 – Backstage, München, Germany

Thanks to Marjo Verdooren, Chad Bowar, Metaltix, Nathan Birk, MusicBuyMail.eu, Jon Asher, and Bill “Isolation” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

-Yes, the Steve Saluto album info in the Heart Of Steel Records press release confused me, too. The way I initially (mis)read it, I thought singer Terry Ilous (XYZ) performed on Saluto’s new album BLACK EYED SOUL, but then the track-by-track info listed Marco Mendoza as lead vocalist. This boggled me. 🙂 After a re-read and some a-Googlin’, I realized Saluto, Ilous, Mendoza (on bass), and drummer Atma Anur released a self-titled album as La Famiglia Superstar last year, and Ilous is not on Saluto’s BLACK EYED SOUL, where Mendoza indeed sings lead. Done. See http://www.myspace.com/lafamigliasuperstar for more on La Famiglia Superstar, and http://www.stevesaluto.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/steve.saluto , and http://www.myspace.com/stevesaluto for more on Saluto.

-Ah well, another week, another cool festival I can’t go to… Last week we mentioned the UK’s Hard Rock Hell festival this December, with Ace Frehley, Raven, Magnum, Praying Mantis, Tyketto, Demon, Wolfsbane, Black Stone Cherry, Michael Monroe, Bronz, and tons of other cool bands, and now this Headbangers Open Air 2011 in Germany has StormWarrior featuring Kai Hansen, Circle II Circle, Fates Warning, Slough Feg, Tokyo Blade, Crystal Viper, Astral Doors, Meliah Rage, Jaguar, and more. But hey, Chicago has Lollapalooza… 😦

-I don’t really follow Pentagram but I know the band members have been around since, like, forever, and I was surprised to read they’ve never played the UK. So I thought it was cool to read vocalist Bobby Liebling’s comments in the above press release, about being honored to finally be able to do a show there. Congrats, dude.

-That Judas Priest SINGLE CUTS set looks cool but I’m sure it’s way expensive (I haven’t checked JudasPriest.com yet… ooh, slacker!) and I already have all the B-sides, so despite the killer packaging I’ll have to take a pass. If anyone gets it, drop me a line with a review!

-Congrats to Alestorm for the successful German debut of BACK THROUGH TIME (Napalm Records). I guess these guys get some guff for the whole “pirate metal” thing, but I like ’em. They’re funny and cool. Dig it.

-My buddy Bill turned me on to Alter Bridge’s song “Isolation.” Wow is this song awesome. I’d always summarily dismissed Alter Bridge because of the Creed connection, but dang, man… Wow again. Check it out.

-Fullforce sounds like a cool band. Hooray for those Swedish super-groups! Keep ’em coming!

-In my current playlist: Gamma Ray – SKELETONS & MAJESTIES (Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment), Circle II Circle – CONSEQUENCE OF POWER (AFM Records), Free Reign – HEAVIER THAN METAL (DC Rightside Music), Amon Amarth – SURTUR RISING (Metal Blade).

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Although coverage of the earthquake and tsunami which recently devastated Japan has diminished, the people affected by that terrible disaster are still in need of a great deal of help, prompting the good folks at Lion Music to assemble this compilation of 28 tracks from some of the label’s top artists, with all proceeds from the album going directly to the Japanese Red Cross. Japan has a long history of fondness for hard rock and heavy metal, dating back to the ’70s when bands such as Deep Purple, Scorpions and Judas Priest were received as heroes there, so it is satisfying to see a number of musicians from the genre attempting to make a difference via the power of music. In addition to the primary purpose of aid to Japan, what makes this especially appealing to fans of these artists is that all the tracks are previously unreleased material, with much of it recorded especially for this compilation. The album serves as a great sampler of the excellent talent on the Lion roster, featuring offerings from familiar names such as Lars Eric Mattsson, Milan Polak, Dreyelands and Jennifer Batten along with some of their more obscure artists and newcomers. Like most compilation albums, EMBRACE THE SUN contains a variety of styles, including the straight-ahead metal of Locomotive Breath’s “Rise Up,” Marco Sfogli’s melodic shred virtuosity on “Stand Alone,” Mindsplit’s sensitive ballad “Guardian Angel,” Missing Tide’s ’80s-flavored hard rocker “Falling” and Benny Jansson’s interesting progressive tinged outing “Savior.” EMBRACE THE SUN is one of those rare win-win projects in that aid is provided to a hurting country while fans receive something of value and the artists even get a bit of exposure. Recommended!
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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