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Detritus
Issue #600
Week of July 11, 2011
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-Those fireworks last week weren’t for Independence Day here in the US, no, they were for our 600th issue! – Tim

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-Y&T / Meniketti Update

[Note: This is from the band’s July 2011 newsletter. – Tim]

Y&T fans in Chico have been asking for the band’s return, and we’re happy to say that Y&T will be playing the El Rey Theatre in Chico on Friday, August 5. This is an all ages show, so bring the kids!

We have more all ages shows for fans on the West Coast:

o Chico
o San Juan Capistrano
o Reno
o Sacramento
o Fresno

Bring the kids to share in the Y&T experience. Details listed in the tour dates section below.

MYSTIC WEEKEND!

This year’s magical Mystic Theatre weekend is Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19. Each year this weekend sells out so be sure to get your tickets early. For ticket information, go the TOUR DATES page of the web site and click the Mystic Theatre links.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

NEARLY A MILLION

Y&T’s “I’m Coming Home” video on YouTube has reached nearly 1 million views! If you haven’t yet had a chance to see it, check it out from our multimedia page or directly on YouTube here:

NEW SHIRTS!

We now have 2011 Tour Shirts, plus three other brand new designs. Check out our store for the four brand new shirts that we’re offering this year:
http://store.meniketti.com/

1) Tour Shirts: The “2011 On With The Show” tour shirt features Dave’s classic “Forever” pose on the front, and the 2011 tour cities on the back.

2) Tank tops: For the first time ever, we have tank tops in stock — black tanks with a red Y&T logo on the front (nothing on the back).

3) White T-shirts: For the first time in a long while, we have white shirts. These feature the classic gold Y&T logo across the front (nothing on the back).

4) Black T-shirts: For those who still love their black, we now have black shirts with a white Y&T logo across the front (nothing on the back).

We also have some of this year’s EARTHSHAKER tees in stock, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the EARTHSHAKER album. This shirt features the EARTHSHAKER album cover design on the front, and the EARTHSHAKER logo with song titles on the back. Available exclusively on the Y&T web site and at Y&T shows. In honor of this anniversary, Y&T will also be performing the entire EARTHSHAKER album at select 2011 shows.

HELLO, HELLO

Long before Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, Y&T had their own web site forum for fans to join and communicate with band members and other fans from around the world. Many friendships and loves have developed from our little forum. Unlike social networking sites, on the Y&T forum you can type a lengthy message — no character limits! So come on by our web site forum and join the conversation, and keep current with all things Y&T.
http://www.meniketti.com/vforum/

CRUISIN’ WITH Y&T

If you haven’t yet booked your Monsters of Rock Cruise, you can still get special discounts & deals by using the Y&T promo code: YTMOR

Join Y&T with Tesla, Cinderella, Stryper, Kix, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Keel, Black ‘N’ Blue, Eric Martin, and many more, as we cruise to the Bahamas — February 25-28, 2012.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

Y&T SHOWS

Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.
http://www.meniketti.com/tourdates.html

US
July 16 ~ Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
August 5 ~ Chico, CA – El Rey Theatre (all ages show)
August 6 ~ Modesto, CA – X Fest
August 10 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
August 12 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
August 13 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
August 19 ~ Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
August 20 ~ Portland, OR – Peter’s Room
August 25 ~ Reno, NV – Knitting Factory (all ages show)
August 26 ~ Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (all ages show)
August 27 ~ Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre (all ages show)
November 18 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
November 19 ~ Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

UK / Europe
September 23 ~ Helsinki, Finland – DOM Helsinki
September 24 ~ Sala, Sweden – Rockland
September 25 ~ Sala, Sweden – Rockland
September 27 ~ Edinburgh, Scotland – The Caves + The Jokers
September 29 ~ Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC Glasgow
September 30 ~ Newcastle, England – O2 Academy Newcastle + Stampede
October 1 ~ Nottingham, England – Rock City
October 2 ~ Manchester, England – Manchester Academy
October 5 ~ Cork, Ireland – An Cruscin Lan
October 7 ~ Belfast, N Ireland – Spring & Airbrake
October 8 ~ Dublin, Ireland – The Village
October 11 ~ Wolverhampton, England – The Slade Rooms + Stampede
October 12 ~ Southampton, England – The Brook
October 14 ~ London, England – The Garage + Stampede
October 15 ~ Cardiff, Wales – Millennium Music Hall
October 18 ~ Savigny-le-Temple, France – L’Empreinte
October 20 ~ Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Sala Capitol
October 21 ~ Ponferrada, Spain – Sala La Vaca
October 22 ~ Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain – Teatre Ateneu + Wishbone Ash
October 23 ~ Bilbao, Spain – Rock Star Live
October 25 ~ Munich, Germany – Garage Deluxe
October 26 ~ Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
October 28 ~ Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
October 29 ~ Uden, The Netherlands – De Pul
October 30 ~ Zwolle, The Netherlands – Hedon Podium
November 1 ~ Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
November 3 ~ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
November 4 ~ Koln, Germany – Underground Cologne
November 5 ~ Isernhagen, Germany – Blues Garage

2012
February 25-28 ~ Monsters of Rock Cruise
Book with the special Y&T promo code to get deals & discounts: YTMOR

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*

Check the web site TOUR DATES page for the most up-to-date concert information.

Thanks for your support!

The official Y&T and Dave Meniketti web site.
http://www.YandTRocks.com/
http://www.Meniketti.com/
5255 Stevens Creek Blvd, Suite #233
Santa Clara CA 95051

Weblinks:
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http://www.twitter.com/YandTRocks

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-Appice Drum Wars Invades The Northeast

Brothers Carmine And Vinny Appice Go To Battle In The Northeastern USA July 30-August 1

The Rock House in West Greenwich, Rhode Island will kick off the first northeastern USA Drum Wars shows featuring legendary drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice on Saturday, July 30th. Brothers and “rivals” Carmine and Vinny Appice are set to battle it out by performing classic hard rock, pop and metal hits that were popular during their long drumming careers. Drum Wars is an ultimate showdown featuring legendary rock drumming brothers Carmine & Vinny Appice. The show will include hits from Carmine & Vinny’s storied past, tributes to late drummers, audience participation and even a bit of magic. And of course the phenomenal Drum Wars climax as the brothers compete against each other for drumming dominance!

On, Saturday July 30th, The Music Complex presents Carmine and Vinny Appice Drum Wars: The Ultimate Drum Battle and Rock and Roll Show at:

The Rock House
731 Centre of New England Blvd
West Greenwich RI 02817
Phone: 401-385-3036
Web site: http://www.therockhouseri.com/
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Showtime: 9:30 p.m.
Tickets $15
Advance tickets available at the club or charge by phone

ATTN: LOCAL MUSICIANS — Would you like to perform with Carmine and Vinny Appice? THE MUSIC COMPLEX in Pawtucket will hold a contest to choose the cream-of-the-crop vocalist, guitarist and bassist to be Drum Wars band members at the Rock House. For contest rules and entry info, contact Rudy at the Music Complex at rudy@themusiccomplexri.com or 401/729-1860 or check out the entry info at http://www.themusiccomplexri.com/ or on their Facebook page.

On Sunday, July 31st, Monster Music presents Carmine and Vinny Appice Drum Wars: The Ultimate Drum Battle and Rock and Roll Show at:

The Crazy Donkey
1058 Route 110
Farmingdale NY 11735
Phone: 631-753-1975
Web site: http://www.thecrazydonkey.com/
ALL DAY DRUM FEST! – Doors: 4 p.m.
Drum Wars: 8 p.m.
Tickets $20 for the entire day
Advance tickets available at http://www.clubloaded.com/ and at MONSTER MUSIC, 3068 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756

On Monday, August 1st B.B. King’s hosts the final battle for this 3-day run at:
B.B. King’s
237 West 42nd Street
New York, NY
Phone: 212-997-4144
Web site: http://www.bbkingblues.com/
Doors: 6 p.m.
Showtime: 8 p.m.
$16 advance / $20 day of show

Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Guitar Zeus, King Kobra — to name a few) has enjoyed an amazing 30 year career as a rock star, music educator, and rock pioneer. He is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished showmen in rock and is the recipient of numerous awards including dozens of gold and platinum selling records. Carmine co-wrote such monster selling hits as “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Young Turks.” He has broken new ground in very aspect of his career as a performer, as a teacher, and as a writer, and he continues to inspire drummers and listeners throughout the world with his originality and his unwavering dedication to the art of drumming.

Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, WWIII, Axis, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny’s drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks including “Wayne’s World 2,” “Heavy Metal,” “Iron Eagle” and “Bedazzled.” Vinny, the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD HARD ROCK DRUMMING TECHNIQUES, has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about Black Sabbath and Dio with the authors always mentioned Vinny’s unique powerful drumming style!

“Vinny and Carmine break out the heavy artillery in this entertaining no-holds barred battle to the finish. Carmine and Vinny… Vinny and Carmine! Don’t know which one comes first, which one had the mustache first, or which one has the best legs! However, they are both great artists in their own genre. Carmine’s track record includes Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, B.B.A. (Beck, Bogart and Appice), and Rod Stewart, to name a few. Not bad! Vinny has driven John Lennon, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. Not bad! From the initial downbeat of this sibling confrontation, this spectacle culminates in the final battle of Drum Wars. The Ultimate Battle both playing with great power, imagination and musically spirited. So now, Drum Wars – The Tour where Carmine and Vinny demonstrate their sensational playing abilities. It is comedy in that they leave Laurel and Hardy very secure! It is entertainment in that it is great fun. Sincere, open and honest. Both drummers play great solos and great ensemble work in their own inimitable style. Their years of experience are reflected in their ability to respond musically to each other. I personally am honored to have them both as friends and musical colleagues. May the musical battle continue!” – Vic Firth

http://www.drumwars.com/

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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 14 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:

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

AUGUST
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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-Manowar Confirmed Headliners For Getaway Rock Festival Sweden 2012

Late Friday night, Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio appeared onstage at this year’s Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle, Sweden and announced that Manowar, the “Kings Of Metal”, will perform as next year’s festival headliners.

This will be the fulfillment of Manowar’s promise to return in triumph to the Swedish festival scene after 12 years.

“The Swedish fans have won; their belief, shown by their non acceptance of false metal is the reason we will finally return.” said DeMaio after the announcement. “There was no compromise in their voices, nor in our resolve; we promised each other that it’s all or nothing. It is no secret that there was a war between promoters as to who would bring Manowar back to Sweden and finally give the fans what they want and Getaway won.”

“This is a major step for us and naturally we are honored that we could secure Manowar as headliners for Getaway Rock Festival 2012,” said festival organizer Tomas Gernberg. “Manowar have a strong and loyal following in Sweden, Scandinavia and all over the world. We are proud to be the ones to bring the band back to Sweden.”

“We played our last festival in Sweden in 1999 and we promised we would not return until we could give our fans what they deserve and next year that promise will be fulfilled. We vow to crack the earth with power and might,” said Joey DeMaio.

“This will be a show which no true metal warrior will want to miss. We are calling all Manowarriors not only from Scandinavia, but from all over the world to join us for earth-shattering, face-melting metal,” continued DeMaio.

“The voice of the fans in Sweden has been heard, many other countries will also take heed and their voice too will be the reason Manowar will appear in their country next,” said DeMaio. “There will be more news and surprises to be announced!” promised DeMaio and added: “Check out our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/manowar for constant updates!”

Secure your ticket for Getaway Rock Festival 2012 here:
http://www.getawayrock.se/

Manowar
http://www.manowar.com/

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-Doro Pesch: Special DVD Release Show In NYC This Fall

Legendary metal maven Doro Pesch will perform a special show in New York City this Fall. Scheduled for September 9, 2011 at the Gramercy Theatre, the show will mark the official US screening/release party for Doro’s 25 YEARS IN ROCK DVD, set for release in North America via Nuclear Blast on September 13. Released in Europe late last year (also via Nuclear Blast), the epic two-DVD/CD set includes Doro’s 25-year anniversary show in its entirety as well as out-takes from her 2,500th concert and so much more. Tickets for the show are on sale at Livenation.com.

In related news, professionally filmed video footage Pesch’s entire Hellfest performance in Clisson, France can be viewed at http://liveweb.arte.tv/fr/video/Hellfest___Doro/ (courtesy of Arte, a Franco-German TV network).

More DORO news, including additional US dates, to come. In the meantime, be sure to check out Doro’s new (and official) fan page at http://www.facebook.com/DoroOfficial .

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-Anvil And Helix Confirmed For The Sweden Rock Cruise, October 6-7

The Canadian bands Anvil (who were forced to cancel their appearance at the cruise in April this year) and Helix, reunited with all living members of their classic lineup, are both confirmed to appear at the Sweden Rock Cruise. The ship Tallink Silja Galaxy departs from Stockholm, Sweden on October 6th and makes a round trip to Turku, Finland to return to Stockholm 23 hours later.

Four more bands are to be booked and we hope to present their names soon.

Testament Cancelled

Testament whom we earlier announced, have unfortunately announced that they are cancelling their entire European tour, which includes the show at the Sweden Rock Cruise. We are working on finding a replacement and hope to present one soon.

http://www.swedenrockcruise.com/

Anvil (Can)

It took Canada’s Anvil 30 years to become an overnight sensation. The documentary “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” was one of the most talked-about phenomena of 2009, not only among metalheads. Anvil were best known for METAL ON METAL (1982) and FORGED IN FIRE (1983), two classic heavy metal albums influential to the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. Then their career stalled and for many years the band was all but forgotten. Yet the optimism of dynamic duo Steve “Lips” Kudlow (vocals/guitar) and Robb Reiner (drums) never faltered, which made a huge impression on those who watched and loved the documentary. Triggered by the renewed public interest, Anvil have released their best album since their halcyon days, JUGGERNAUT OF JUSTICE. As a live act, they have nothing left to prove — the only difference is that more people than ever come to the shows.

Helix (Can)

In the mid ’80s, Helix were one of the most popular hard rock acts in Sweden. These Canucks’ biggest hit “Rock You,” from 1984, remains a sing-along anthem at heavy metal parties nationwide. Contrary to popular belief these days, Helix was no one-hit wonder. Songs like “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’,” “Heavy Metal Love” and “Deep Cuts The Knife” also bear the name of classics — the latter is found on an album that made #1 in Sweden, namely LONG WAY TO HEAVEN (1985). The last time Helix took the stage in Sweden was at Sweden Rock Festival in 2005. This time it’s even more special. There has been a reunion of Helix classic lineup: Brian Vollmer (vocals), Brent Doerner (guitar), Daryl Gray (bass), Greg “Fritz” Hinz (drums), plus Kaleb Duck (guitar) in lieu of the late great Paul Hackman. You will hear the both raunchy and melodic hard rock of Helix presented in exactly the proper fashion — prepare to get floored by a true ’80s knuckle sandwich.

http://www.swedenrockcruise.com/

Tel: 0456-317 95
Fax: 0456-317 94
E-mail: info@swedenrock.com
http://www.swedenrock.com/

Sweden Rock Festival
Norjebokevägen 2
294 76 Sölvesborg
Sweden

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-Arch / Matheos: First Single Off Debut Album SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE Now Live; Album Artwork And Track Listing Revealed!

The new progressive rock band Arch / Matheos has released the first single off the group’s upcoming full-length debut SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE. The new track, a five-minute clip of the song “Stained Glass Sky” that clocks in at just less than 14 minutes, can be heard at http://www.archmatheos.com/ .

Cover art for SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE was fashioned using an image created by light painting photographer Dennis Calvert, who has described light painting as “The ability to see in four dimensions, time traveling, and creating fantasy using only what we base all reality on, light.”

SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE track listing:

1. Neurotically Wired
2. Midnight Serenade
3. Stained Glass Sky
4. On the Fence
5. Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)
6. Incense And Myrrh

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 March 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!

Lineup:
John Arch – vocals (former 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)

http://www.facebook.com/archmatheos
http://twitter.com/archmatheos

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-Falconer: Metal Injection Premieres New Music Video “By The Roses Grave”!

Band Creates English Version Of “Vid Rosornas Grav” For Video

Starting today Metal Injection is hosting the worldwide premiere of “By The Roses Grave” from Swedish folk metallers Falconer. “By The Roses Grave (Vid Rosornas Grav)” is taken off the band’s brand new studio album ARMOD, which features 11 songs sung completely in Swedish and was released last month via Metal Blade Records.

Check out the video here:

http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/view/7253/falconer-by-the-roses-grave-video-premiere

Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: “The video for ‘By The Roses Grave’ 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.'”

Fans can check out the original version of this fascinating video, which is sung in Swedish, at the Metal Hammer website:

http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article101937/Exklusiv-Falconer-zeigen-das-Video-Vid-Rosornas-Grav.html

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

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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-Z Records News

[Note: This combines multiple updates. – Tim]

Paul Sabu’s CALL OF THE WILD Out Now

Paul Sabu’s CALL OF THE WILD was unleashed July 4 in England and on July 8 in mainland Europe. Fireworks Magazine’s latest issue describes CALL OF THE WILD as an essential purchase! who are we to argue!!

Z Launch Mobile App Version Of Site

We have launched a mobile app version of our website for Android and iPhone appliances. Now you can take Z Records with you on the move via http://www.z-records.com/ .

Z Release Schedule Set Until June 2012 But Search For More Acts Is On

We have new acts and named acts signed whom are yet to be announced, the result being that we only require two more new acts for the forthcoming 12 months. If you think your act has something fresh to offer Z Records email info@z-records.com or visit http://www.zrecords.net/ to find out how to submit your material.

Arabia Sign New Deal Extension With Z To Follow Hot On The Tail Of FREAKSHOW Success

Arabia have signed on with Z Records for a further three studio albums due to the success of their long awaited WELCOME TO THE FREAKSHOW release this year. The band are currently in the early stages of recording their third studio album which is set for a March 2012 release.

Saturday July 16th Arabia frontman John Blaze will be interviewed by Chris Nelson on Phoenix Radio between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Make sure you tune in to find out why it took so long for the band’s follow-up to 1001 NIGHTS and what the future holds. You can listen to the show on the net via http://www.phoenixradio.co.uk/ .

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

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-Lion Music Label & Artist News

Details of our upcoming 19th August 2011 releases.

Vargton Projekt – PROGXPRIMETAL

Released 19th August 2011
LMC307 / EAN6419922003077
Available on CD & Digital Download

Lion Music are proud to introduce the debut release PROGXPRIMETAL from Vargton Projekt, a new band based around some of the finest musical talents to have emerged in recent years from Sweden in guitarist Mats Hedberg, Grammy winning drummer Morgan Ågren and vocalist Björn Jansson set for release on 19th August 2011.

PROGXPRIMETAL as the title may suggest is a varied and special release that will satisfy the extremist metal and hard rock fan and Zappa freaks too with its wide ranging sound.

The seeds for what would become Vargton Projekt started 2006 when Mats Hedberg (BFH) contacted Morgan Ågren (Frank Zappa/Mats Morgan band) to collaborate together after hearing his drumming on a Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) album. Mats sent some rough demos which caught Morgan’s ear and the pair decided to collaborate on an album together.

Recordings started 2007 in May at Morgan’s “Studio Annanstans” (Stockholm/Sweden) where all drums and basic guitar tracks where recorded. The sessions continued on five other occasions throughout 2008-2010 by the end of which the recordings where ready to be mixed in September 2010 at OSD studios (Bologna, Italy) by Nicola Venieri, and was mastered in march 2011 by Claes Persson at CRP studios (Stockholm, Sweden).

The original thought for the album was to be an instrumental CD but Mats had an idea to ask one of Sweden’s finest metal vocalists Björn Jansson (Tears Of Anger / Ride The Sky) to put some vocals on selected tracks with the result in Mats’ own words being “Amazing!” Keyboardist Hans Lundin (Kaipa) was asked to play on three tracks and another important element for the sound came from the animal voice of Percussionist Giovanni Imparato (Paco de Lucia) from Naples. Alessandro Gwis contributed additional basic keyboard parts and some electronical stuff which added a further dimension to the music whilst Lars Eric Mattsson performs some guest guitar solo duels with Mats on track 7.

Stylistically PROGXPRIMETAL is high output heavy guitar and drum oriented music with modern nods to the likes of King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Yet there are also deft moments of subtlety and atmospheric passages all of which manages to sound open and inviting to the casual listener.

Vargton Projekt have produced an intoxicating blend of progressive thinking and intelligent design and make PROGXPRIMETAL not only one of the most original releases you will hear in 2011 but one of the most musically satisfying.

Full album information, pre-order online and streaming audio at:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/progxprimetal.htm

Elias Viljanen – TAKING THE LEAD + EVIL SPIRIT LIVE DVD

Released 19th August 2011
LMC306 / EAN 6419922003060
Available on CD & Digital Download

Lion Music is proud to introduce the release of a special edition of Sonata Arctica guitar whiz Elias Viljanen’s 2002 debut solo release TAKE THE LEAD.

This new special edition re-release sees the original 12-track instrumental tour-de-force packaged with the added bonus of a professionally shot, previously unreleased seven-track live DVD entitled EVIL SPIRIT LIVE which contains material from Elias’ two solo albums released on Lion Music.

The live DVD is something long requested by fans of Elias’ solo works and we are proud to be able to introduce this added bonus which allows guitar fanatics worldwide the chance to experience Elias formidable technique live and up close.

Some nine years after original release TAKING THE LEAD is still regarded as one as one of the best debuts of instrumental rock/metal guitar to have emerged in the 21st century from a then unknown guitarist, and Elias has built a reputation that has seen him advance into the upper tier of hard rock shredders founded on the solid foundations of this debut solo release.

Fans of highly charged guitar instrumentals will find much to enjoy within TAKING THE LEAD thanks to its heavy dose of melody intertwined with the thrilling guitar flash and virtuosity for which Elias is known. The quality of material saw the album upon original release end up with a top 10 rank in guitar9.com’s 2003 end of year best sellers chart. The album even attracted the attention of one Steve Vai who had gotten hold of the album and subsequently sent Elias some positive feedback on the release.

The new dual CD+DVD version of TAKING THE LEAD hits the streets on 19th August 2011.

Full album information, pre-order online and streaming audio at:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/takingthelead.htm

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Consortium Project V – SPECIES

Released 15th July 2011
LMC305 / EAN6419922003053
Available on CD & Digital Download

Ian Parry’s Consortium Project V – “Enemy Within”

Consortium Project is the brainchild of vocalist/producer Ian Parry, a singer blessed with one of the most distinctive voices in metal and one that powers along SPECIES — the epic conclusion of the Consortium Project series set for release through Lion Music on 15th July 2011.

Consortium Project V – SPECIES is a culmination of brutal but melodic gothic-power metal at its best. Packed full of powerful songs and first class musicianship, it’s a fitting end to the pentalogy of critically acclaimed Consortium Project releases.

As on previous Consortium Project albums a lineup of some of the most notable names in progressive / power / gothic metal circles provide the potent performances on the album. Guitars come from Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas), Niels Vejlyt (Infinity Overture) and Veith Offenbächer (Dawn Of Destiny). Bass tracks are performed by Kris Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation) and Jens Faber (Dawn Of Destiny) whilst Casey Grillo (Kamelot) performs all drum parts. Ian is also proud to introduce newcomers to the CV ranks in female vocalsts Lene Petersen and Ani Lozanova (Ani Lozanova Project) along with keyboardists Kalin Jechev (Ani Lozanova Project) and Peter-Jan Kleevens on keyboards.

The worldwide release of SPECIES marks the 21st album release from Ian Parry celebrating a career of over 25 years in the world of rock & metal. A career which has seen classic albums from Elegy, Ayreon, Vengeance and numerous guest performances in addition to the Consortium Project album series. In this final installment the story sees SPECIES take mankind on a final epic journey into outer space met with dire consequences the world has never seen.

Consortium Project V – SPECIES is the ultimate combination of the strongest songs to date written by Ian Parry, brought alive by commanding performances from some of the best musical talent in today’s rock/metal scene. These qualities add up to make this final album the ultimate Consortium Project release.

In addition Lion Music will be re-releasing re-mastered and enhanced versions of the first four Consortium Project releases beginning in late 2011.

Full album information and online ordering at:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/species.htm

James Byrd’s Atlantis Rising – BEYOND THE PILLARS

Released 15th July 2011
LMC304 / EAN6419922003046
Available on CD & Digital Download

Lion Music are proud to introduce some true musical treasure in the form of this special release from the early days of one of the worlds most accomplished guitarists, James Byrd. A name synonymous with some of the finest guitar work committed to tape, this unique release is an album any fan of the former Fifth Angel guitarist will have been longing to hear and serves as a reminder of just how good a songwriter and musician Byrd is.

Comprised of 14 never before heard performances and seven new songs, BEYOND THE PILLARS is — literally — a lost album. The material’s origins date to when James Byrd began writing and recording with vocalist Freddy Krumins within days of departing Fifth Angel in the summer of 1987, with much of the music material Byrd had originally intended for the second Fifth Angel album.

Like Deep Purple’s SMOKE ON THE WATER release, BEYOND THE PILLARS was recorded on location. Brain Storm Productions mobile captured the band’s magic at the infamous Music Bank sound stages in Seattle, Washington from the fall of 1987 through the winter of 1988. Fans of Byrd’s solo debut JAMES BYRD’S ATLANTIS RISING (Shrapnel Records) will recognise seven of the track titles on offer here. However the versions here showcase a rawer, heavier and more immediate delivery to those that were later re-recorded on the now out-of-print ATLANTIS RISING release by Shrapnel Records. Further treasures are revealed in seven never-released songs rich in diversity and depth that make this a “must own” part of any Byrd, or indeed Fifth Angel’s fans music collection.

The forgotten masters that make up BEYOND THE PILLARS were undiscovered until early 2011 when Freddy Krumins was going through a box of old tapes. Regarding the discovery of the recordings, James Byrd comments, “I was shocked to have had these masters turn up, and then to hear the quality. I had long forgotten the sessions after almost 25 years of other musical activities. Everything sounds better than I could have imagined and I think my playing was on a higher energy level than what later ended up on the J.B.A.R. debut. I knew it needed to be heard.”

On the musicians’ aim almost 25 years ago Byrd recalls, “The goal was to create a musical statement which was melodic and dynamic.” This material’s character is further shaped by a lyrical content which blends tales of lost love, with Greek mythology and fantasy all powered by the sublime vocals of Freddy Krumins, himself a student of legendary vocal tutor David Kyle (who also coached the likes of Geoff Tate/Nancy Wilson/Chris Cornell, etc).

BEYOND THE PILLARS sounds like no other album from an American group before or since. The combination of European influences by groups and musicians such as Scorpions, UFO, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Uli Jon Roth, and James Byrd’s decidedly classical influences, is such that BEYOND THE PILLARS captures the energy of a newly formed group ready to take on the world.

From hard driving dark tracks like “Chasing The Shadows,” to power ballads like “I’ve Got To Find You,” and lush instrumentals such as “Requiem Atlantis,” this album showcases a level of maturity and sophistication seldom heard from any band, let alone a new one from America in 1987.

Full album information and online ordering at:
http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/beyondthepillars.htm

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-Seven: New Album + Deal With Nuclear Blast!

The Czech Heavy Metal act Seven has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records, who will release their new album FREEDOM CALL worldwide on September, 2nd.

“We are very delighted to announce that the new record is being released under the Nuclear Blast label, which is one of the biggest and most professional labels on the whole world. We are very proud of it and looking forward to the new fans,” says guitar player and founding member Honza Kirk Behunek.

In their home country, Seven is already an established name. The band released several instrumental records, some with guest vocalists — including a “best of” record with guests, such as Doro and Blaze Bayley.

Seven recently supported Rage in their European Tour. Also Victor Smolski produced FREEDOM CALL, performed as a guest and wrote part of the lyrics. “Victor isn’t only a great musician, but also an amazing and modest person. I would even consider him as a part of Seven, even though he doesn’t play with us,” says Honza.

The new album is also the first one with their new vocalist Lukas Pisarik, who fits perfectly into the band. Honza adds: “Lukas is a young and talented singer. He’s also a great person and everything is only ahead of him. He came to our audition and I knew from the very first moment, that he is the one we’re looking for.”

Listen to the new stuff and see what the band and Victor have to tell you below!

FREEDOM CALL will be released on September, 2nd and will feature the following tracks:

1. Freedom Call
2. Brain Eater
3. Get It
4. The Road
5. So Scarred
6. Suicide Fall
7. Abandoned
8. Wild In The Night
9. The Joker
10. You Steal My Breath
11. To Hell
12. War Within
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13. Autumn In The Rose Garden (bonus)
14. No Surrender (bonus)

http://www.sevencz.com/

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-Texas Hippie Coalition Welcomes New Drummer To The Fold

Dallas’ favourite badasses, Texas Hippie Coalition have welcomed new drummer, Tim Braun, to the band. Braun joins the band upon Ryan “The Kid” Bennett’s departure on June 30 to join Eye Empire.

“We’ve been behind ‘The Kid’ ever since he came on board to help the Hippies out,” says front man BigDad Ritch. “We’ve appreciated his help and everything he’s brought to the band during his time here and there is no doubt that he will go on to be the biggest rock star of all of us.”

Braun, who was actually recommended by Bennett himself is a longtime friend of the THC organization and “is the baddest ass drummer I know of,” according to Bennett’s Facebook page. “In regards to Tim Braun, we’re thrilled to have him with us,” continues Ritch. He’s been rehearsing with us for the past week and we’re not missing a beat.”

Texas Hippie Coalition keeps rollin’ across The US:

July 15 – Houston, TX
July 16 – Columbus, TX
July 30 – Hutchinson, KS
Aug 9 – Oklahoma City, OK (Jaegermeister stage – Rockstar Mayhem)
Aug 12 – Wichita, KS
Aug 13 – Springfield, MO
Aug 18 – Ironton, OH (Ironton Bike Fest)
Aug 19 – S. Houston, TX

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-Candlelight Red Confirmed For Summer Tour With Saving Abel

Candlelight Red continue to land prime opening slots with renowned rock acts, as it has been announced that the group (vocalist Ryan Hoke, guitarist Jeremy Edge, bassist Jamie Morral, and drummer Josh Hetrick) will be opening this summer for Saving Abel on a nationwide US tour.

The tour kicks off on Saturday, July 9th in Williamsport, PA (the band’s hometown) with a headlining performance, and will wrap up on Wednesday, August 30th in Erie, PA. Additional dates should be announced soon for September, as well.

The band’s debut single “Closer,” continues to climb the active rock radio charts (with double digit stations spinning the track), and the group recently finished work on their Imagen Records debut, THE WRECKAGE, with producer David Ivory (Silvertide, Halestorm and The Roots). THE WRECKAGE will be released sometime in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

Candlelight Red is no stranger to sharing the stage with established and well-known hard rock acts, as they have opened for both Kiss and was part of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival (which included Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hellyeah) and just finished a month long tour with Egypt Central.

With each additional tour, Candlelight Red is closing in on headlining status themselves, so catch the group in an intimate setting while you still can!

Candlelight Red confirmed tour dates:

Saturday, July 9th in Williamsport, PA @ The Cell Block
Friday, July 15th in Philipsburg, PA @ Club Squared
Friday, July 22nd in Pottsville, PA @ Goodfellas w/ Saving Abel
Saturday, July 23rd in Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun – Wolf Den w/ Saving Abel
Sunday, July 24th in Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance w/ Saving Abel
Monday, July 25th in Luzerne, PA @ Brews Brothers w/ Rev Theory
Tuesday, July 26th in Lemoyne, PA @ The Drinkin’ Bone
Thursday, July 28th in Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s w/ Saving Abel
Friday, July 29th in Kansas City, MO @ KC Power & Light District w/ Saving Abel
Sunday, July 31st in Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club w/ Saving Abel
Tuesday, August 2nd in Birmingham, AL @ Cafe Firenze w/ Saving Abel
Wednesday, August 3rd in Clarkesville, TN @ The Warehouse w/ Saving Abel
Sunday, August 7th in Cedar Falls, IA @ The Wheelhouse w/ Saving Abel
Wednesday, August 10th in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Gallivan Ctr w/ Saving Abel
Thursday, August 11th in Casper, WY @ The Venue w/ Saving Abel
Friday, August 19th in Fostoria, OH @ The New Nest w/ Saving Abel
Sunday, August 21st in Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel w/ Saving Abel
Tuesday, August 23rd in Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s w/ Saving Abel
Wednesday, August 24th in Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans w/ Saving Abel
Friday, August 26th in Vienna, WV @ Fishbone Gill & Grill w/ Saving Abel
Tuesday, August 30th in Erie, PA @ Sherlock’s w/ Saving Abel

For more information, visit:
http://www.facebook.com/candlelightred
http://www.myspace.com/candlelightred
http://twitter.com/candlelightred
http://www.candlelightred.com/
http://www.imagenrecords.com/

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-Raven Lord Announce Lineup + Two Demo Songs!

Raven Lord is causing a lot of stir these days. Csaba Zvekan (Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) the founder of the band who recently signed with Rock N Growl. Csaba Zvekan played last Summer Wacken, Graspop, Foire aux Vins and was the support Act for AC/DC’s BLACK ICE tour 2010 for the French leg.

The Euro-based metal band has found some core members to finalize their pre-production and securing a record deal. Raven Lord’s music has its roots and can be compared to classic bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen and Judas Priest.

Csaba in his own words explains: “I am totally thrilled to work with these talented guys. Like Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv) he is a world class guitar player and Tobias Flensburg who hits the drums like no one does. Then we have atmospheric keyboards by no other than Alessandro Del Vecchio.”

After the release of the debut album which is planned this fall followed by a EU tour to present the band.

Raven Lord’s lineup shapes up as follows:

Csaba Zvekan (ex- Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Lead Vocals
Stefan Lindholm (Vindictiv) – Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Eden’s Curse, Edge Of Forever) – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Tobias Flensburg – Drums, Backing Vocals
t.b.a. – Rhythm Guitar
t.b.a. – Bass Guitar

Check out the band’s brand new MySpace Page with two demo songs “End Of The World” & “Saint And Sinners” at http://www.myspace.com/raven-lord .

Raven Lord @Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Raven-Lord/142193549183927

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-Cyprus-Based Heavy Metal Rockers R.U.S.T. Announce Their Self-Released Debut Album, FORGED IN THE FIRE OF METAL, Out On August 5th

In true old school underground manner the album is a complete DIY production with the band undertaking all recording and mixing tasks in their own home-made recording studio. Although not one of its releases, Pitch Black Records is proudly supporting it as part of its continuing efforts to support and promote the local scene of Cyprus.

Admittedly the sound might be rough and not polished to perfection but considering the band’s DIY approach this is a must. Clearly evident throughout their music however are two fundamental elements of rock music; spirit and passion! The same two elements that the band has become known to portray during their live shows along with their infinite energy. R.U.S.T.’s music is full of melodies and an immense amount of energy and passion with the end result screaming out loud “ROCK N’ F’IN ROLL!”

With bands such as Savatage, Warlord, Accept, and Saxon, among others, listed as their influence, R.U.S.T. were formed in 2003 and in 2007 released a four-track EP. An extremely active member of the local scene in Cyprus they have performed live numerous times and they are also the main organisers of the annual two-day metal festival Power Of The Night which this year will take place on July 16th and 17th in Nicosia. A limited number of copies of R.U.S.T.’s album will be available at the festival for purchase.

Consisting of nine tracks and a 16-page booklet containing hand-drawn artwork, FORGED IN THE FIRE OF METAL will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as directly from the band. It will also be available as a digital download through major MP3 stores.

Track listing:

1. The Thunder Rolls
2. Metal Child
3. We Are Rock ‘n’ Roll
4. Phoenix In The Night
5. In The Streets Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
6. Lady Of The Lake
7. Straight To The Top
8. Queen Of The Amazons
9. The Beginning
10. Forged In The Fire Of Metal

Tracks from the album are already available on the band’s MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/rustcyprus .

http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pitchblackrecords
http://www.twitter.com/pitchblackrcrds

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-Songwriter Randy VanWarmer The Focus Of New, Posthumously Released Collection

Whether you realize it or not, you are probably familiar with quite a few tunes that Randy VanWarmer penned during his far-too-short lifetime. As the writer of #1 hits by such renowned country acts as Alabama (“I’m In A Hurry”) and the Oak Ridge Boys (“I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes”), VanWarmer’s biggest hit was actually a solo tune, “Just When I Needed You Most,” which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 and has become a classic and enduring presence to this day.

VanWarmer passed away in 2004 after a battle with Leukemia, but his friends Roger Earl (longtime Foghat drummer) and his wife, Linda Arcello-Earl, as well as VanWarmer’s widow, Suzi (Blosser) VanWarmer (a former record executive for ABC Records and Warner Brothers), have assembled a release that pays tribute to this songwriter great.

Titled after his aforementioned hit, JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST, the 19-track set will be released on Foghat Records and distributed digitally via Ingrooves on July 12, 2011. Actual CDs will be available through Amazon, CD Baby, and other internet outlets.

JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST is comprised of several never-released versions of some of VanWarmer’s most beautiful songs, which were recorded in his home studio as “rehearsal tapes” before his passing. It also contains the full album, THE VITAL SPARK, which was never issued in the USA (and features his version of the aforementioned tune that Alabama scored a hit with, “I’m In A Hurry”).

“If all you’ve ever heard is his biggest hit ‘Just When I Needed You Most,’ you’ve only scratched the surface of what an amazing singer he was. He was a true original who created from such a soulful place. Whenever I need to be reminded what it means to write from the heart, I put on Randy’s music. All the inspiration I need is right there in his songs.” -Pat Terry

“Randy’s songs have become part of our lives. But more than that, he was a good man, a tender man, a dear friend. We miss him every day.” -Joe Bonsall/Oak Ridge Boys

“The gentle grace that filled his music, also permeated his life” -Parker McGee

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randy-VanWarmer/173222326054133
http://www.randyvanwarmer.com/
http://www.reverbnation.com/randyvanwarmer
http://www.youtube.com/randyvanwarmermusic

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-Instrumental Rockers Taz Taylor Band Earn “Best Hard Rock Album” Nomination For 2011 San Diego Music Awards

TTB Celebrates Their First-Time Nomination And Prepares To Open For Legendary Guitarist Pat Travers At Ramona Mainstage August 26

San Diego-based rockers Taz Taylor Band (TTB) earn a 2011 San Diego Music Award nomination for “Best Hard Rock Album” for their fourth studio effort, BIG DUMB ROCK. TTB stands out as the only band in the category to be recognized for a full-length instrumental guitar driven album.

“It’s an honor to be nominated for this award in our hometown because we usually get far more attention and credit overseas,” said Taylor. “San Diego has a thriving music scene and it is with great pride that we now finally feel a part of it.”

Nominated alongside six other local rock acts, TTB will contend for top honors at the 21st annual ceremony, to be held at Humphreys By The Bay on August 8. Tickets for the event are currently on sale and are available for purchase on the award show’s website, http://www.sandiegomusicawards.com/ .

In addition to the award show buzz, TTB is hot on the promotional circuit for their follow-up to 2009’s STRAIGHT UP. The band is currently preparing their next gig — opening up for legendary guitar virtuoso Pat Travers at the Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, Calif. on August 26. Tickets are available now on http://www.taztaylor.com/ .

Event Recap
Friday, August 26
Ramona Mainstage
626 Main St.
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-7008
7 p.m.
Tickets: $25

http://www.taztaylorband.com/

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-Two Side Moon/SLW Promotions Update

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Chicago’s Down & Dirty.

Please find below the text press info for the band’s rockin’ fun new album TASTE OF ROCK & ROLL.

Band: Down & Dirty
Album Title: TASTE OF ROCK & ROLL
Label: Down & Dirty
Release Date: Out Now
Genre: Hard Rock

Web:
http://www.facebook.com/downndirtychicago
http://www.myspace.com/downndirtyband
http://www.twitter.com/downndirtyband

If you like the type of rock & roll that makes your head shake, your body move, and your girlfriend wild, then meet Down & Dirty; the type of band who’s sound is not only a perfect fit for your next party, but it defines the term “soundtrack of your life!” Down & Dirty burst onto the scene with their debut CD, LIVE FAST, a straightforward rocker for the fans to initially cut their teeth on! Its honest accounts of misspent youth propelled the band into the spotlight. Then, in November 2010, Down & Dirty entered Electrowerks studio to work with Producer Chuck Macak, and to raise the bar even further for all to enjoy! The result is the new 11-song CD TASTE OF ROCK & ROLL. This rock & roll animal was unleashed on the world on April 30, 2011.

Down & Dirty, “The Best Bet In Rock & Roll,” is a young band, (average age of 18) are rocking with the seasoned riffs and scorching vocals of the music that defined a generation. Attitude, attitude, and more attitude! With the talent, the sounds, and the flash of the bands that ruled the airways and the arenas both, Down & Dirty is taking Chicagoland by storm! The four members collectively are the band to bring the fun, the sound, & the swagger back to rock & roll! In early 2008, rising from the ever-changing band Skizm, the boys adopted a new name and a new attitude. The appropriately named Down & Dirty, armed with a new direction, set out to conquer the local music scene. Right from the beginning, it was obvious this band was set to shake things up! Their solid rhythms, wicked solos, wailing vocals, and over the top stage presence is unmatched by any of their peers. Down & Dirty’s performances always make a statement “we are here to kick some ass!” and that’s just what they do. With each show and each new song, the band has grown, refining its melodic rock into songs and sounds that will entice and excite you!

Down & Dirty recorded their debut CD LIVE FAST and the response was nothing short of amazing! The band’s incredible singles have been placed in heavy rotation on many radio stations throughout the Internet. The CD lent to the band being invited to play at the 2009 Rocklahoma Festival, as well as the 2010 Rock -N- America festival. These shows along with other numerous opening slots for national acts such as Dirty Penny, Vains Of Jenna, Bang Tango, & Bad City, to name a few, have been met with an amazing turnout, resulting in an outpouring of new interest in the band. Influenced by a tremendous amount of musical backgrounds, the four members have come together to forge a sound and direction that lifts the fans to a euphoric level that can only be described in the lyrics of the music itself. Now the release of their new CD is upon us, TASTE OF ROCK & ROLL, a truly defining moment in this amazing band’s rise to fame! A treat for any rock & roll fan, this CD showcases a variety sounds, from the upfront rocking anthem “R U Ready” to haunting sounds of “Fallin’,” and the good time vibe of “Gotta Luv It,” this CD is full of lust, love, honesty, and life; it will leave you rocking, energized, and begging for more!

Band Lineup:
LA – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Majuk – Vocals
Joey The Kidd – Drums, Backing Vocals
Ryan “9-VOl T” Tyler – Bass, Backing Vocals

Track Listing:
1. R U Ready
2. Taste Of Rock & Roll
3. Free & Young
4. All In
5. Fallin’
6. Wild Child
7. Hurts So Good
8. Party With Me
9. Get It Right
10. You
11. Gotta Luv It

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Milwaukee’s Laurie J. Potter.

Please find below the text press info for Laurie’s astounding new album INFRARED.

Band: Laurie J. Potter
Album Title: INFRARED
Label: None
Release Date: Out Now
Genre: Melodic Rock

Web:
http://www.lauriejpottermusic.com/

Laurie J. Potter has released INFRARED her second full-length CD. The song style is melodic rock and some of her fans have compared her musical style to Poe and Portishead.

Laurie was born and raised in a suburb outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has since relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota. Although influenced by her parents, who are classically trained musicians, Laurie appreciates many genres of music and tries to incorporate a variety of styles in her songs. Having played in cover bands in college, Laurie felt a void that prompted her to start writing her own music.

Since relocating to Minnesota, Laurie has played many live acoustic shows in the Twin Cities. She has also teamed up with Matthew Zimmerman and Tony Axtell. Matthew, the owner and engineer for Wild Sound Studio, is also the drummer and percussionist for INFRARED. Tony Axtell, who has toured and recorded nationally and internationally with an array of artists, including jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy, lends his talents playing bass, piano and Hammond B3 organ.

Laurie’s mission is to create intriguing and interesting music and is actively promoting her new CD INFRARED.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals – Laurie J. Potter
Guitar – Laurie J. Potter
Bass – Tony Axtell
Drums – Matthew Zimmerman
(extra guitars – “Again” Gerard Boissy; “Predator” Kyle Tennis; “Taking The World By Storm” and “Tears In My Eyes” Leo Lenander)

Track Listing:
1. Again
2. Cruel Mystery
3. Divide
4. Following The Sun
5. Slippin’ Away
6. I Should’ve Known
7. Predator
8. Taking The World By Storm
9. I Have Survived
10. Forgive Me
11. Tears In My Eyes
12. Sooner Or Later

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Norwegian rockers Seks.

Please find below the text press info for the band’s storming new rockin’ album HARDER THAN YOU.

Artist: Seks
Album Title: HARDER THAN YOU
Label: Independent
Street Date: May, 2011
Genre: Arena Rock

Web:
http://www.seksband.com/
http://www.facebook.com/SEKStheband
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seks1

Seks was formed by singer Rock Hart in April 2009 as a dream to revive the heavy rock genre. The radio is dominated by pop and hip-hop currently, and Hart wanted to remind the world of what they were missing. Concerts and bands do not exist today like they did in the 1980s. The idea of a rock star is not the same as it used to be. When someone thinks of a rock star, they think of someone who goes against the everyday norms, dresses flamboyantly, and is just plain over-the-top. This is exactly what Hart set out to do.

After a brief half-year living in Los Angeles, Rock moved to Norway to look for the perfect candidates to make this idea of Seks a reality. He thought there was no other better place in the world to begin this journey than in Scandinavia, where metal is highly-regarded and loved. Once in Oslo, he began writing songs and searching for members. When three Norwegians stepped up wanting to form a hair metal band, Rock briefed them about his idea, and they were 100% with him. These Norwegians were Tad, Savage Thrilla, and Gash A Lean.

The only thing missing then was a lead guitarist who could seriously shred. Norway, being the heart of black metal, turned out to be perfect for finding a worthy guitarist. One day while in the studio, Tad invited friend Charles McMillin to join the session and record lead guitar. When he began to shred, Hart and Tad looked at each other and knew, without saying a word, that this was their guy.

Seks released their debut album entitled HARDER THAN YOU on May 17th, 2011. The album has been getting positive buzz from around the globe, and their first single entitled “On The Inside” has already been featured on numerous radio stations all over the world. The album is primarily written by Hart, and has been receiving praise for his songwriting skills as well as his ability to capture the feel of the ’80s arena rock and pull it into the present. In addition, the album has been getting some very positive feedback due to Hart’s working with Beautiful Beast’s own Julian Angel, who performed the majority of the lead guitar.

Seks is a young band in their early and mid 20s doing today what the veterans did in the 1980s. They view their music as a large tribute to their rock n’ roll heroes. Recently, Seks performed on tour with Hollywood Vampires in Fredrikstad and Drammen to highly-positive crowds, as well as a nearly sold-out concert in their home city of Oslo.

Rock Hart’s vision is one step at a time. The Seks machine is already in motion, cranked at 100% and will not be stopping anytime soon.

Band Lineup:
Rock Hart – Vocals
Tad – Bass
Savage Thrilla – Drums
Gash A Lean – Guitar
Charles McMillin – Lead Guitar

Track Listing:
1. Rich Girl
2. On The Inside
3. Something To Believe In
4. Charlemagne
5. Royal Nights
6. Hangin’ On
7. Lick You Up
8. I Wanna Be Your Bitch
9. Forever
10. Get Out Now
11. Rock Me
12. Not Far From Shallow Water
13. Give It Up [Bonus Demo]*

*Track 13 only available on physical album release.

Two Side Moon Promotions are excited to welcome to the team Sao Paulo rockers Aygan.

Please find below the text press info for the band’s storming new album PLASTIC CITY.

Band: Aygan
Album Title: PLASTIC CITY
Label: Independent
Street Date: Out Now!!!
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Web:
http://www.aygan.com.br
http://www.myspace.com/aygan

Aygan was formed in 2003 with a group of friends from Sao Paulo united by music since they were teenagers.

His musical diversity reflects the mix of styles of its members, a blend of Progressive Rock and Groove with the energy of Hard Rock and the punch of heavy metal.

After releasing demo songs that were played more than 600,000 times on the Internet and on several online radio stations worldwide, the band released their first album in 2010 — PLASTIC CITY — on Furia Festival, sharing the stage with two of Heavy Metal’s biggest names in Brazil: Sepultura and Andre Matos. The show was marked by great openness to the public and media reviews. First of all, PLASTIC CITY is a rock album. The songs are diverse, with instrumental sound that highlights an original work. The result is a modern sound that brings to mind themes and personal relationships.

The band is focused in promoting the PLASTIC CITY album, playing live concerts and releasing video clips along 2011.

Band Lineup:
Lead Vocals: Marcelo Lane
Guitar: Rodrigo Curvo / Marcelo Lane
Bass: Bruno Vellutini
Drums: Vitor Rodrigues

Track Listing:
1. To Turn Around
2. Shadows
3. From The Fire
4. Days
5. Bloody Meanings
6. Back At Moon Street
7. Neural Groove
8. Hollywoodian Roses
9. Now It’s Over
10. Aygan

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

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-ZombieShakerBox Releases Debut Album, ENCRYPTED

LAS VEGAS, NV — Upcoming Las Vegas alternative hard rock act ZombieShakerBox have recently released their debut album, ENCRYPTED. Fronted by Washington, DC native Kirk Hulshoff, the band is also comprised of guitarist Jami Lin, bassist Cory Kay and drummer Tomonori Sugiyama. Two years in the making, ENCRYPTED was recorded at Piranha Digital Studios in Burbank, CA. Produced by Hulshoff and engineered by Mike Milchner, the album features ten blistering tracks rooted in ’90s grunge but with a more modern, melodic twist to the material.

Formed in early 2008, ZombieShakerBox quickly found its legs and headed straight into the studio to begin work on ENCRYPTED, all the while building a strong local fan base on the strength of its live show. Once the album was finished the band took to the road playing shows throughout Nevada, California and Utah, impressing club promoters so much that the band was invited back time and again, extending their following beyond their Las Vegas home territory. In 2010 ZombieShakerBox won “Best Male Vocalist” at the LA Music Awards and “Best Metal Band” at the Vegas Rocks Awards. “We opened the Las Vegas Music Awards with “Blow N’ Smoke” and won “Best Metal Band” based on that performance, relates bassist, Cory Kay. “We got to turn a lot of heads that night with a lot of big time players. It was definitely my favourite experience to date with the band. After winning at the LA Music Awards it made me realize that ZombieShakerBox is going places.”

ENCRYPTED is an autobiography of sorts for singer Kirl Hulshoff, as the lyrics deal primarily with drugs and living life far too close to the edge for comfort — subjects that Hulshoff is far too familiar with. “I went down the wrong road more times than I can count and luckily was able to rebound from everything,” he reflects. “Lyrically, the album takes you through the pain, regret, lessons learned and redemption that eventually made me a stronger person coming out of it all.”

ENCRYPTED is in stores now and will be up on iTunes and other digital outlets on July 12.

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-Neurosis: Classic SOVEREIGN EP To See Official Neurot Recordings Reissue Including Previously Unreleased Bonus Track

For the last 26 years, Neurosis have tapped into the elusive wellspring where resonance and dissonance collude, circling emotional poles where nothing is withheld, where the psyche screams for answers to Earth’s ancient mysteries.

Following the recent reissues of some of Neurosis’ most seminal groundbreaking earlier albums — SOULS AT ZERO and ENEMY OF THE SUN — Neurot Recordings are now prepared to unveil the details on the next installment of this reissue series, with a new pressing of the band’s infamous SOVEREIGN EP. Originally unveiled in 2000, the SOVEREIGN EP was the first Neurosis release issued through the band’s own then newly-founded Neurot Recordings, with the vinyl pressing handled by Hydra Head. In chronological terms, SOVEREIGN served as a millennial segue between two of the band’s two revered full-lengths of that era; 1999’s TIMES OF GRACE and 2001’s A SUN THAT NEVER SETS.

The EP, though shorter than a Neurosis full-length opus, is a psychotropic experience of the highest order. And to top that off, this Neurot Recordings CD reissue also includes a previously unreleased fifth track, with the inescapably feedback-tormented hymn “Misgiven” closing out the reissue, added as a special bonus to this repressing of the recordings. The reissue comes bound in an O-Card/jewel case setup like the other recent Neurosis reissues, with artwork completely redesigned and updated by Aaron Turner.

Check out the new cover, live footage of Neurosis performing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest and more at http://www.earsplitcompound.com/site/?p=2872 .

SOVEREIGN Reissue Track Listing:

1. Prayer
2. An Offering
3. Flood
4. Sovereign
5. Misgiven* [newly released track]

The reissue of SOVEREIGN will be released in North America on September 12, 2011. Stay tuned for more updates on the reissue and on Neurosis actions as a whole throughout 2012, as the band plots more live appearances for the coming months, and as they continue to culminate their energies into the band’s upcoming new full-length release.

http://www.neurosis.com/
http://www.facebook.com/officialneurosis
http://www.neurotrecordings.com/
http://www.facebook.com/neurotrecordings

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-Unexpect Self-Release FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE

Hailing from Montreal (Canada), Unexpect constitute a massive rising force in the actual music scene for they stand alone in an original and very personal musical style. Highly respected for their musical talent and incredible live performances, this creative and unique act is now attracting more attention than ever with the coming of their anticipated new album FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE (2011). Their critically acclaimed album IN A FLESH AQUARIUM (2006) received distinguished honors and has been incensed by the press, depicted as “a twisted work of sheer, breathtaking genius.” It has been acclaimed nearly unanimously by the critics as a milestone in contemporary metal. A perfect follow-up to their first full length UTOPIA (1999) and their breakthrough mini CD: WE_ INVADERS (2003). They’ve even been congratulated and incensed by former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy who declared publicly: “WOW… I am speechless!!! I just got turned onto this INSANE band from Canada called UNEXPECT. Absolutely some of the most OUT THERE, progressive, technical, avant-garde music I’ve ever heard!” Following that statement, Unexpect had been personally invited on the Progressive Nation Tour 2009 covering the whole European Territory with Dream Theater, Opeth & Bigelf.

FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE (2011)

This record serves as a glimpse into the new potential paradigm of Artists becoming the label, and self-releasing with a direct to consumer operation in place. FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE is truly an impressive venture and one that continues the Unexpect story, recorded over the course of 2009-2010 in several places in the “Great White North” (Canada), and mixed by Jeff Fortin with the production assistance from Syriak, Leïlindel & Unexpect at Badass Studios (All Drums, Vocals & Bass were also recorded @ Badass Studios), the album grabs the listener from the first chord and doesn’t let go until the circus is over. In addition to recording, the album was mastered, engineered, edited and re-amped by Jeff Fortin at Badass Studios. The band however chose to record Guitars, Keyboard & Violins at various home studios so they could spend the time to really capture the right vibe for each track. Additional Vocal tracks were also recorded at J-C Desjardin’s (Caraan & Shy Sh*t) home studio.

On FABLES… Unexpect have truly hit their stride, their ability to mix ethereal lyrics, growling, and almost circus gang vocals is something to be heard to say the least, and the musicianship on this record is f*cking ridiculous!

“We’ve been making developments concerning the availability of our newest album FABLES OF THE SLEEPLESS EMPIRE! Our original plans have been revised as we’ve seen that it was a bit hard/expensive shipping-wise for some of you guys. We’re currently talking to some mail-orders and will keep you informed about new online vendors as they come.” – Unexpect

WHERE TO BUY?

PHYSICAL
Amazon.com
The Laser’s Edge
The End Records (The Omega Order)
Just For Kicks Music (Germany)
Galy Records

DIGITAL
http://unexpect.bandcamp.com

Mail orders and stores all around the world should contact Unexpect directly at unexpectmail@yahoo.ca for wholesale orders as they are not working with distributors for now.

There’s also some physical stores in Montreal & and the Quebec Province that will carry the album.

Complete list – http://unexpect.com/unxpct/index.php/merch/

And for the first time, Unexpect’s debut album UTOPIA will also be available in digital download format from bandcamp.com!!

TOURING

Brutal Assault Open Air Festival – in Czech Republic between 11th and 13th of August.

Members
syriaK: Guitar / Vocal
Artagoth: Guitar / Vocal
Borboën: Violin
Chaoth: 9 Stringed Bass
Leïlindel: Vocal
Landryx: Drums

Members Photography: Élaine Phaneuf
Cover Artwork: Mario Sanchez Nevado ( http://aegis-strife.net/ )
Back & Inside artwork and Layout: Éric Charron
Unexpect Logo: Sarah Hegyesy

Unexpect
http://www.unexpect.com/
http://www.myspace.com/unexpect
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unexpect/238413107024
BAND EMAIL: unexpectmail@yahoo.ca
ONLINE STORE: http://www.ifmerch.com/en/catalogs/unexpect

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-Clamfight: Philly Sludgesters Issue Studio Progress And Live Updates

Philadelphia-area sludge thugs Clamfight are in the thick of recording their second full-length album, VOLUME III. After a long several days of laying down track after track of their groove-laden thunder at New Jersey’s infamous Gradwell House Studios, the band have completed all of the rhythm tracks for the upcoming album and will return in August to hammer out the leads and vocals for the record, which will see release via The Maple Forum in the Autumn months.

In the meantime, the crew have confirmed several new local live attacks taking place this week, as well as a quick run of the Carolina’s with New Jersey-based cohorts Rukut late this month.

Clamfight Live:

7/16/2011 JR’s Bar – Philadelphia, PA w/ Rukut, Blue Aside, Bitchslicer
7/17/2011 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE w/ Blue Aside, Lor, The Walking Ghost
7/29/2011 DIVEbar Raleigh – Raleigh, NC w/ Rukut, The Black Tie Operation [free show!]
7/30/2011 The House – Simpsonville, SC w/ Rukut, Black Hand Throne

Clamfight pummel anyone in earshot with a crushing style of sludge/doom metal chock full of more upbeat rock/thrash aggression, resulting in some of the most bruising grooves in the tri-state area. After their debut album, VOLUME I, received endless live coverage and praise throughout all of last year on major heavy rock portal The Obelisk, site taskmaster JJ Koczan simply turned around and offered to release VOLUME III via The Maple Forum, the official label imprint of The Obelisk.

Clamfight tour and album updates will continue to drop through the rest of 2011. In the meantime you can stream their meaty VOLUME I album in its entirety at http://clamfight.bandcamp.com/ .

http://clamfight.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clamfight/248201303669
http://mapleforum.bigcartel.com

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-About Heavy Metal’s lists of “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1983” and “Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1984” are online now at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/D4IO and http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/D8I5 , respectively.

-Black Country Communion’s second album, 2, hit the top of the BBC Radio 1 Top Rock Charts, aka “the UK’s #1 chart for music.”

-Burden My Surrender won an Ernie Ball competition and played at the Vans Warped Tour show on July 12 at the Darien Center in New York. The band — Britney Johnson on vocals, Mat Marsiglio on guitar, backing vocals, and screams, Dale Schoonover on guitar, Kyle Linscott on bass, and Brad Buffington on percussion, backing vocals, and screams — was also recently featured in the February 2011 issue of Music & Noise Magazine. Upcoming tour dates:

7/16 – Club Diablo, Buffalo, NY
8/5 – Station 58, Syracuse, NY
8/6 – The Station, Nichols, NY
9/3 – The Beam House, Elkland, PA
9/10 – Rockfest Rochester City Park, Rochester, IN
10/7 – The Gaslight, Wellsboro, PA

Check out the songs “Rip And Tear” and “For What It’s Worth” at http://www.facebook.com/burdenmysurrender , and see http://www.myspace.com/burdenmysurrender and http://twitter.com/BurdenMySurrend for more.

-BraveWords.com reported Chickenfoot has signed a North American distribution deal with eOne Music. The band’s second album, III, is due out in September and will include the songs “Bigfoot,” “No Change,” “Who’s Next,” “Astral Years,” and “I Ain’t Got You, I Got The Two By Blues.” The album cover and first video will reportedly both be in 3D. Check out an album teaser at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGDg2RsjY8M .

-Clepsydra’s new single “Asa Phelps” is available at http://youtu.be/rS5s2PPfiOQ . The band’s third album, MARMALADE SKY, is out now through Italy’s Go Down Records. Hype: “MARMALADE SKY is an emotional meeting that can lead to addiction, a fascinating and extremely psychedelic work that flows like a A and B sides of a LP; the songs start with an intimate and direct approach, and (after few tracks) lead the listeners into a mystical and dreamy experience.” See http://www.clepsydraband.it/ and http://www.myspace.com/clepsydraband for more.

-DC4’s second single from the upcoming ELECTRIC MINISTRY, the title track, is online now at http://www.dc4rocks.com/ . The first single, “XXX,” can still be heard at http://www.metalblade.com/dc4 . See http://www.facebook.com/DC4HardRock and http://www.myspace.com/dc4duncan for more.

-Check out a new interview with In Flames at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/D4IP .

-Infinity Overture’s new web video for “Do You Care?,” their track on Lion Music’s EMBRACE THE SUN – THE LION MUSIC JAPAN BENEFIT PROJECT, is online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0thTx75PIv8 . For more on the charity project see http://www.lionmusic.com/cd/embracethesun.htm .

-Upcoming shows by The Iron Maidens, the all-female tribute to Iron Maiden:

7/16 – Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
7/26 – House Of Blues, Hollywood, CA – all ages
8/6 – Paladino’s, Tarzana, CA
8/20 – The Gaslamp, Long Beach, CA
8/27 – The Lotus Hall, Reseda, CA – all ages
9/17 – Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, Santa Fe Springs, CA – all ages

See http://www.theironmaidens.com/ , http://www.facebook.com/TheIronMaidensOfficial , and http://www.myspace.com/theironmaidens for more.

-Lizzy Borden announced they will close the main stage show on Friday, December 2 at the Hard Rock Hell V festival in the UK. The night before the band will play a warm-up show at the Underworld in London. See http://www.lizzyborden.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/lizzybordenband for more, and check out the video for “Under Your Skin” at http://www.metalblade.tv/tv/music-videos/lizzy-borden-under-your-skin/ .

-Check out About Heavy Metal’s “Retro Recommendation” feature on Metallica’s NO LIFE ‘TIL LEATHER demo at http://glclk.about.com/?zi=1/D4IQ .

-Nuclear Blast has a new 17-track compilation entitled METAL BALLADS available through Weltbild. Track list: Avantasia – “Symphony Of Live,” Sirenia – “Winter Land,” Gotthard – “I’ve Seen An Angel Cry Tonight,” All Ends – “Nobody’s Story,” While Heaven Wept – “Unplenitude,” Epica – “This Is The Time,” HammerFall – “Send Me A Sign,” Indica – “Lilja’s Lament,” Rhapsody Of Fire – “Lost In Cold Dreams,” Revamp – “Sweet Curse,” Rage – “Connected,” Therion – “Sitra Ahra,” Edguy – “Forever,” Sonata Arctica – “The Last Amazing Grays” (symphonic version), Pain – “You Only Live Twice,” Doro – “Herzblut” (live version), Amorphis – “From The Heaven Of My Heart” (live version). Check it out at http://www.weltbild.de/3/16743628-1/musik/metal-ballads.html#Kundenbewertung+Metal+ballads .

-Powerwolf’s new video for “We Drink Your Blood” is available at http://www.metal-hammer.de/video-audio/premieren/article106004/Powerwolf-Premiere-des-We-Drink-Your-Blood-Videos.html . Hype for the video: “According to their sacral image and the concept of [the new album] 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!'” See http://www.metalblade.com/powerwolf , http://www.powerwolf.net/ , http://www.facebook.com/powerwolfmetal , and http://www.myspace.com/powerwolfmetal for more.

-Symphony X is inviting fans to make their own videos for the new song “Electric Messiah,” from the new ICONOCLAST album. Check out the info at http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/Splash/SymphonyX_VideoContest/index.html . See http://www.symphonyx.com/ for more.

-Unearth’s DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT (Metal Blade Records) debuted in the US at #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #14 on the Billboard Top Independent Album chart, and #7 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart; in Canada at #42 on the Top 200 chart, #5 on the Hard chart, and #44 on the Digital Albums chart; and in Germany at #99 on the official Album charts and at #68 on the Media Markt/Saturn charts. See http://www.darknessinthelightalbum.com/ , http://www.unearth.tv/ , http://www.facebook.com/unearthofficial , http://www.twitter.com/unearthofficial , http://www.myspace.com/unearth , and http://www.metalblade.com/ for more.

Thanks to Chad Bowar, Earsplit PR, Chipster PR, Metal Blade Records, and Bill “Atlantis” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

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RIVERSIDE – MEMORIES IN MY HEAD (B) Laser’s Edge, 2011
3 tracks, RT: 32:36
[ http://www.riversideband.pl/ ]
[ http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl ]
[ http://www.myspace.com/riversidepl ]
[ http://www.lasercd.com/ ]
Poland’s favorite prog unit is back with a three-song EP called MEMORIES IN MY HEAD, and while it’s most definitely not metal, there are some captivating and engrossing moments to be discovered here. Riverside to me play quintessential mood music, this nowhere more evident than on opening track “Goodbye Sweet Innocence,” a rather tame and ponderous affair that takes over half of its almost 11 minute running time to get off the ground. More substantial is “Living In The Past,” probably my favorite of the three, this one featuring retro keyboards and atmospheric lead guitar blending with the more modern vocal approach of Mariusz Duda, kind of Tool meets Deep Purple at a Pink Floyd concert. “Forgotten Land” may just be the most immediate song on the EP, with a brisker pace and heavier edge, again highlighted by ethereal keyboards and soaring guitar, with some cool rhythmic backing. OK, so MEMORIES IN MY HEAD is not something you are likely to crank up on your way to see Slayer, but it just might be something cool to put in on your way home. Generally hypnotic and flowing, Riverside’s music is probably best appreciated with headphones, when you can fully immerse yourself in it. Recommended especially for those who are already fans of Riverside, who will likely enjoy MEMORIES IN MY HEAD as something to keep them occupied until the next full-length disc comes out.
– Neal Woodall (MysticX9@gmail.com)

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